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Extron Introduces Single-Gang DTP Wallplate Transmitters for HDMI

Extron Electronics is pleased to introduce the DTP T HWP 231 D and DTP T HWP 331 D, single-gang Decora®-style transmitters for sending HDMI, audio, and bidirectional RS-232 and IR signals over a shielded CATx cable to Extron DTP-enabled products. The DTP T HWP 231 D extends signals up to 230 feet (70 meters), while the DTP T HWP 331 D extends signals up to 330 feet (100 meters). The one-gang form factor provides maximum space efficiency in wall mount, floor box, and furniture mount applications. The transmitters support computer video up to 2560×1600, HDTV 1080p/60 Deep Color, and 4K resolutions. Both models also accept analog stereo audio signals for simultaneous transmission over the same shielded twisted pair cable. They feature remote power capability, plus bidirectional RS-232 and IR pass-through for remote AV device control. The single-gang wall-mountable design of the DTP T HWP 231 D and DTP T HWP 331 D provides the convenience of placing input connections precisely where they are needed. more

100 Free DPA Microphones – How Do You Wear Yours?

As part of an exciting competition that begins today (September 1 2014), DPA is giving 100 lucky people the chance to win its d:screet™ Necklace Microphones, which were launched earlier this year.

The competition, running on DPA’s Facebook page and website, asks contestants to come up with ingenious ideas for how and where to use the d:screet™ Necklace Microphone. Five microphones will be awarded to the five most liked submissions on Facebook, while the remaining 95 will be given to the people who, in DPA’s opinion, come up with the best, most creative and most original ideas. An example can be found at this YouTube video, created by DPA Microphones: http://bit.ly/1ll1KBQ

This unique plug-and-play microphone solution from DPA is ideally suited to situations where mounting and consistent audio output are the primary requirements. By housing a legendary d:screet 4061 Omnidirectional Miniature Capsule in a soft rubber necklace, DPA has created a microphone that anyone can use. There is no need to worry about attaching it to clothing because the only fitting skill this microphone requires is the ability to do up a necklace catch.

“We are extremely excited about this product and want to share our excitement with the rest of the world,” says DPA’s CEO Christian Poulsen. “These new microphones are clearly meeting a need because they can be mounted and removed quickly, and several times, by untrained talent without a sound expert nearby. We are well aware that they are perfect for reality show settings as they have already been used for the Danish adaptation of Big Brother. But we think there are plenty of other situations where their simplicity, audio quality and size make them ideal. We hope that people entering our competition will use their imagination to come up with some really ingenious ideas to surprise and amuse us.”

DPA’s competition also has a second phase, which will be open to those who win one of the initial 100 necklace microphones. Once winners get their microphones, all they have to do is document their idea by sending the company a picture or a video. The two best entries will win a grand prize – a choice of DPA Microphones up to a value of 1,000 EUR (list price).

Entry to this competition is via the DPA website or DPA’s Facebook page. All ideas need to be submitted by September 28, 2014 and the 100 initial winners will be announced on October 1, 2014. Contestants can win multiple necklace microphones, but only one microphone will be awarded per idea.

Entry to phase two of the competition will open after October 1, with the two ultimate winners announced on November 10, 2014. The first grand prize will go to the most liked picture or video on Facebook, while the second will go to the application idea that DPA perceives to be the best and most well documented.

To enter and for more information please follow these links:
Website http://www.dpamicrophones.com/100freemics
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/dpamicrophones

For inspiration of what you might do with your microphone, watch this clip:

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About DPA
DPA Microphones is the leading Danish Professional Audio manufacturer of high quality condenser microphone solutions for professional applications. DPA’s ultimate goal is to provide you – whether you’re in live sound, recording, theater or broadcast – with the absolute finest possible microphone solutions for your tasks. DPA takes no shortcuts in the design processes nor makes any compromises in manufacturing, which is all done at the DPA factory in Denmark. As a result, DPA’s products are globally praised for their exceptional clarity and transparency, unparalleled specifications, supreme reliability, and above all, pure, uncolored and undistorted sound.
For more information, please visit www.dpamicrophones.com

Digital Nirvana Introduces New Media Management Platform at IBC2014

Fremont, CA – At IBC2014 in Amsterdam next month, Digital Nirvana will introduce its Media Management Platform, which offers a suite of applications that allows users to capture, edit, share, and manage content – as well as prove compliance, monitor and analyze video. Digital Nirvana will exhibit this platform in the booth of EMEA Gateway during the IBC convention – Hall 9, Stand B14.

Professionals using the new Digital Nirvana platform can capture content from multiple live video feeds in original recording and proxy format; edit, capture and store live video feeds; quickly repurpose content for multiple platforms and export it for final editing, rebroadcast, MAM, and archiving; manage and search content using advanced search terms; log and monitor video for regulatory or licensing requirements and quality control; and compare, review and analyze content for competitive analysis, legal reviews, and cross-functional collaboration.

“We couldn’t think of a better venue than IBC to launch our new platform,” said Arco Groenenberg, director of sales and marketing for Broadcast Products, Digital Nirvana. “With these new features, we’ve solidified our platform as the smartest management solution in the industry with the most rapid return on investment. Based on the feedback we receive from our close customer relationships, we’ll keep pushing the envelope and bring more functionality to this centralized approach.”

The Digital Nirvana Media Management Platform includes the following applications:

Capture
A feature-rich capture application records and stores hybrid inputs including SDI, ASI, ASI-IP, ATSC and QAM signals. Recording formats include 50 Hz, 60 Hz, SD/HD and DVB-T/C/S2. The platform supports RF and Cable Card Technology recording from encrypted cable feeds in full HD – allowing for direct cable and off-air antenna recording with no conversion needed. By setting parameters within the Program Guide, users can schedule continuous or intermittent recording. Users can record, monitor and analyze the performance of multiple competitive stations, saving hours of time, raising productivity and eliminating the need for stand-alone DVRs.

Edit
A powerful edit application allows users to produce frame-accurate cut clips from live or previous recordings, allowing for quick turn around when repurposing and editing content. OTT clipping and ad verification are also included in this system. Edits can be made from the desktop or mobile devices using any standard web browser. An unlimited number of users can collaborate from anyplace via the web-based interface. Content can be uploaded to the cloud and stored for final editing, re-broadcast, MAM files or archives.

Share
The platform enables users to capture and record multiple video feeds and repurpose them quickly for multiple platforms such as web, mobile, social media and the cloud. Clips can be exported directly to editing, MAM and archiving solutions. NAS Connect allows for connection to NAS/SAN storage for expansion and easy integration into existing workflows. The platform also allows unlimited user account and role set-ups and provides web captioning ability.

Manage
The platform’s management capabilities set Digital Nirvana’s approach apart from other systems. Users can search by date, time, and channel as well as by key words in the close caption, alert reports, as-run and traffic logs. Expression searches enable simultaneous keyword searches in the As Run log and closed captioning sections. A Boolean search capability makes it easier to define the search by adding AND, OR, + within search terms. This allows the user to search for captions that contain multiple words. The results are contained within a summary list with a hyperlink to the video content. Users can set up custom profiles with specific preferences that, depending upon the application, are searchable by time, date and alarm profile.

Comply
Users can log and monitor video content for regulatory, licensing requirements and quality control. Alerts can customized based upon the channel, time of day, duration, and choice of error such as a missing closed caption, loss of video or audio, loudness, etc. Customized profiles with specific preferences, searchable by time, date and alarm profile, can be set up.

Analyze
Users can also compare, review and analyze content for quality, competitive analysis, legal review and collaboration. It also extracts NAVE (Nielsen Audio Video Encoder) watermarks embedded in the audio track of the DTV signal and can log that data. The system decodes, logs, and verifies the presence of the watermarks to: ensure proper transmission and delivery to Nielsen’s home monitoring equipment; enable effective troubleshooting with real-time alerts for any signal discrepancies; and ensure ratings credit for advertising, allowing the setting of proper ad rates. It also provides a director’s audio track for assistance troubleshooting newscasts and programs.


Optional Modules

- Loudness monitoring
- iPad/iPhone encoding
- Centralized management
- REST API
- Variable speed playback that allows for playback at 2x, 4x, 1/2x, and -2x; enabling faster operation during legal reviews, ad verification, content review and repurposing.

Hardware
The solution runs on a feature-rich hardware appliance that accepts multiple inputs in one unit, allowing operators to do more with less hardware. In addition to recording SDI, ASI, ASI-IP, ATSC and QAM signals, it supports SD/HD, 50 Hz, 60 Hz and DVB-T/C/S2 formats. It also supports RF and Cable Card Technology recording from encrypted cable feeds in full HD. It is an industrial grade server with Linux OS, RAID 6HDD, built-in redundant power supplies and open IT connectivity
The system is available in three levels: Essentials (1RU server), Pro and Enterprise (both 3RU)

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. 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.
www.digital-nirvana.com

Lyon Video Installs Calrec Apollo Audio Console in Newest Mobile Production Truck

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Simple. Robust. Intelligent: Kramer Launches RC-43T Control Panel

Audio, video and computer signal processing specialists, Kramer Electronics introduces the RC-43T, a 6−button auxiliary control panel that works as a remote control panel for master room controllers such as the Kramer SL−1 in classrooms, meeting rooms, boardrooms or auditoriums.

The RC-43T uses proprietary KNET™ protocol to power and communicate over a single cable and between Kramer products. Easy to use front panel buttons are touch−sensitive and give press confirmation using LED lights. The slimline unit measures 6.9cm x 1.6cm x 11.4cm (2.72″ x 0.63″ x 4.5″ W, D, H – US) and matches 1-gang US wall plates. Rugged and robust, the RC-43T is made for extensive use and brings significant return on investment.

Speaking about the new innovation, Ezra Ozer, Vice President, Marketing at Kramer Electronics said: “Created with the end user in mind, the RC-43T is simple to use, reliable, functional and intelligent. It forms part of Kramer’s comprehensive range of media and wall controllers. All products are expertly designed to be future-proof, manufactured at our factory in Jerusalem and marketed globally.”

The RC-43T will make its official international debut at InfoComm India 2014 at Booth D1, Mumbai Exhibition Center from 17-19 September 2014.

Some useful links:
Website: www.kramerelectronics.com
Twitter: KramerElec
Facebook: kramerelectronics
Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/company/895692

ESP/SurgeX Partners with RGB Communications to Distribute Growing Energy Intelligence and Power Protection Products in the UK

ESP/SurgeX Partners with RGB Communications to Distribute Growing Energy Intelligence and Power Protection Products in the UK

Knightdale, NC, USA – August 28, 2014 – ESP/SurgeX, the leader in energy intelligence and power protection, has partnered with RGB Communications, a UK distributor representing premium audio video products for residential and commercial custom installers to distribute the SurgeX brand of AC power solutions throughout the UK.

SurgeX provides professional-grade power protection and intelligence solutions for rack systems, branch circuits, and standalone equipment for mission critical electronics in audio visual solutions including residential and commercial projects ranging from digital signage displays to residential home cinema to education and houses of worship.

“At RGB we work in partnership with our manufacturing vendors to provide localized technical support, customer service and award winning training programs for their products,” said Gordon Innocent, Chairman of RGB Communications. “The SurgeX portfolio fills the growing need for specialized products that protect the significant investment both home and business owners make in their audio visual systems. We are thrilled to add such a prestigious brand to our portfolio.”

“We are proud to be the top power protection brand represented by RGB in the UK market,” said Shannon Townley, president SurgeX & energy intelligence solutions sales. “UK dealers face unique energy management challenges in their residential and commercial projects, and RGB has the experience to support that expansive market. We look forward to providing them with the very best power protection and energy intelligence solutions available.”

For more information, please visit www.surgex.com and www.rgbcomms.co.uk/.

About ESP/SurgeX

ESP/SurgeX is the leader in energy intelligence and power protection products whose comprehensive product portfolio offers a complete line of AC power solutions for surge protection, power conditioning, diagnostic analysis, and control of sensitive electrical and electronic equipment. Backed with 37 patents/patents pending, ESP/SurgeX products are engineered to safeguard against power anomalies that can “confuse” the circuitry in digital equipment and cause both equipment degradation and downtime. Independent research proves that ESP/SurgeX technology can improve equipment performance, profitability, and ROI. For over 25 years, business leaders worldwide have trusted ESP/SurgeX to protect and improve their electronic systems. Visit www.surgex.com or www.espei.com for further company and product information.

About RGB

Established in 1991, RGB Communications Ltd is one of the top UK technical AV distributors. Initially distributing ‘connectivity’ solutions to AV resellers, RGB have since expanded their product range to cover almost all aspects of audio visual solutions for AV resellers and custom installers. In partnership with their manufacturers and channel partners, they specialise in providing not only leading edge technology solutions, but also technical expertise and support to their resellers and installers. In order to help their channel partners grow their business, RGB offers a range of training programmes and access to their demonstration suites. For more information visit: www.rgbcomms.co.uk

Press Contact:

Caster Communications 401.792.7080

Nick Brown at nbrown@castercomm.com

Peter Girard at pgirard@castercomm.com

 

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DPA Helps Ivan Rutherford Bring Broadway to Hong Kong

Internationally acclaimed artist Ivan Rutherford turned to DPA’s d:facto™ Vocal Microphone to help him give a truly emotional performance during a recent one-off show in Hong Kong.

The actor and singer, who has performed the role of Jean Valjean in Les Miserables over 2,000 times on Broadway, was looking for a microphone that could deliver exceptional sound quality and clarity through a large venue sound system. He also wanted a hand held microphone so that he could move freely on stage while he sang a series of Broadway hits dating from the 1930s to the present day. DPA’s d:facto Vocal Microphone fitted the bill perfectly. Rutherford used the microphone in a wireless configuration with a Sennheiser Wireless System, which made movement possible and allowed him to deliver a vocal performance that was memorable for the audience.

“I had never used a DPA microphone before and I was very pleased with the experience,” Rutherford says. “I was impressed with the intensity of the sound and the mobility it allowed onstage, which gave me great freedom to make unobstructed connections with my audience. I also enjoyed the feel and weight of the microphone in my hand, and found that it helped give me the necessary confidence for a one man performance. I would very much enjoy working with a DPA mic again.”

Rutherford’s show, entitled A Taste of Broadway, took place at the Academic Community Hall in Hong Kong. Mr. Clarence Chang, from Jazz World Live Series that organized the concert, says: “The only instrument on stage was a grand piano, which was also miked with DPA – a matched pair of d:dicate™ 4011A Cardiod Microphones in A-B configuration to capture the main piano signal and d:vote™ 4099 Instrument Microphones in a stereo piano kit configuration to provide additional percussive effect from the hammers. This proved to be a very successful formula because the piano sounded fantastic – really crisp and lively, yet with all the body and warmth one would expect from a top of the range instrument.”

Ken Kimura, DPA’s General Manager for the APAC region, and Ricky Wan, from DPA’s Hong Kong distributor Digital Media Technology, were on hand to ensure the optimal microphone set up.

“The d:facto Vocal Microphone in a wireless configuration was a perfect match for Ivan Rutherford as it enabled him to move freely, while capturing every nuance of his voice,” Kimura says. “When you have a two hour show that only consists of a singer and grand piano, you really need that artist to be super talented and to have a great voice. Ivan Rutherford had both of these attributes in abundance and gave a fantastic performance.”

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About DPA
DPA Microphones is the leading Danish Professional Audio manufacturer of high quality condenser microphone solutions for professional applications. DPA’s ultimate goal is to provide you – whether you’re in live sound, recording, theater or broadcast – with the absolute finest possible microphone solutions for your tasks. DPA takes no shortcuts in the design processes nor makes any compromises in manufacturing, which is all done at the DPA factory in Denmark. As a result, DPA’s products are globally praised for their exceptional clarity and transparency, unparalleled specifications, supreme reliability, and above all, pure, uncolored and undistorted sound.
For more information, please visit www.dpamicrophones.com

Chandler Limited and Abbey Road Studios Announce Long-Term Agreement

Wade Goeke - Chandler Limited, Mirek Stiles - Abbey Road Studios

Wade Goeke - Chandler Limited (L), Mirek Stiles - Abbey Road Studios (R)

Continued Development of EMI/Abbey Road Studios Recording Gear

Shell Rock, IA – August 2014 … Chandler Limited, recognized globally for signal processing and related music and audio products that deliver the classic analog sounds recording and professional musicians seek, is excited to announce the company has entered into a new long-term agreement with Abbey Road Studios, UK, to continue Chandler Limited’s development and marketing of EMI/Abbey Road Studios’ vintage recording equipment.

Abbey Road Studios are the most famous recording studios in the world, home to countless landmark recordings and pioneering advances in recording technology. The studios have hosted some of the world’s most celebrated artists, including the Beatles, Pink Floyd, the Hollies, Kate Bush, Oasis, Florence and the Machine, Adele and Lady Gaga. During the 1950s, ‘60s and ‘70s, Abbey Road Studios helped the EMI Record Engineering Development Department create some of the finest recording gear in history, most of which was only available to EMI Studios and was never sold commercially.

Since the two companies’ relationship began more than a decade ago, Chandler Limited has become renowned for recreating and delivering to the recording industry the highly sought-after and legendary sound of EMI/Abbey Road Studios recording equipment.

With this new agreement, Chandler Limited’s homage to original EMI/Abbey Road equipment is set to grow well into the future.  The official products currently on the market are considered ‘modern classics’ and include the TG1 Limiter, TG2 Pre Amp/DI, TG Channel MKII, TG12345 Curve Bender EQ, TG12413 Zener Limiter and the newly released TG2-500 Pre Amp in the 500-series format.

Mirek Stiles, Head of Audio Products at Abbey Road Studios had this to say, “Thanks to Chandler Limited, a whole new generation of engineers and producers today have access to EMI hardware, inspired by the very units used to record some of the biggest pop hits in history.

Abbey Road Studios is extremely proud to be associated with these excellent examples of quality recording hardware. We are delighted that our partnership has been extended and look forward to releasing new products that continue to keep the Electronic and Musical Industries legend alive.”

Chandler Limited’s Chief Designer Wade Goeke remarked, “I’m delighted to be starting a new era with Abbey Road Studios. We have already logged ten years together, but this new agreement will allow us to expand our product lines and develop our relationship as a whole.

We will be offering products based upon classic EMI equipment that has never been modelled before, including REDD and RS units, as well as new directions in the TG line. There are also a few tricks that we have up our sleeve, which I think will surprise people. We are very excited about what the future holds.”

About Chandler Limited
Headquartered in Shell Rock, Iowa, Chandler Limited, Inc. is a boutique manufacturer of high-end signal processors, mixers, and amplifiers for musicians and audio professionals. Recognized globally for its exquisitely handmade products and the company’s high profile clientele, Chandler’s product offerings include the Abbey Road/TG line, its unique Germanium transistor series of products, the 500 Series Modules, plus its recently introduced guitar pedals and amplifier. For additional information about all Chandler Limited products, please visit the company online at www.chandlerlimited.com.

About Abbey Road Studios
Abbey Road Studios are the most famous recording studios in the world and an iconic symbol of British music.  They have been home to countless landmark recordings and pioneering advances in recording technology.  Opened in November 1931, Abbey Road Studios were the world’s first purpose-built recording studios.  The hallowed building has a phenomenal history spanning over 80 years, during which the studios have hosted many of the world’s most famous artists, including the Beatles, Pink Floyd, the Hollies, Kate Bush, Oasis, Florence and the Machine, Adele and Lady Gaga.  Abbey Road is also one of the world’s premiere locations for movie scoring.  Since the 1980s, scores for films such as Raiders of the Lost Ark, the Lord of the Rings Trilogy, Braveheart, and The King’s Speech have been recorded there.  The list continues with many other major titles, including Shrek, Prometheus, Harry Potter, Skyfall, and The Hobbit.

Abbey Road Studios, Curve Bender, EMI and TG and their associated logos are trademarks of EMI (IP) Limited.

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Casio Makes a Smash at the 2014 US Open Grand Prix Gold Badminton Championships

CASIO MAKES A SMASH AT THE 2014 US OPEN GRAND PRIX GOLD
BADMINTON CHAMPIONSHIPS

Company Donates Two Dual Projection Systems for Use During the Global Competition 

DOVER, NJ, AUGUST  28, 2014 Casio America, Inc., the leading brand of LampFree® projectors, donated two Dual Projection Systems that were used at the 2014 US Open Grand Prix Gold Badminton Championships at Suffolk County Community College, which took place July 8-13, 2014. Sanctioned by the Badminton World Federation, 192 world class athletes from 30 countries competed including Canada, Chinese Taipei, Denmark, France, India, Indonesia, Japan, Netherlands, Thailand, Russia, USA, Vietnam. The event was live broadcast via BWF’s BadmintonWorld.TV. The finals were live broadcast globally.

The Casio Dual Projection System was chosen specifically for its ability to project large (up to 300” diagonal), bright images despite high ambient light. The systems were used to project player profiles and live scoring throughout the duration of the event. One of the units was installed courtside to project live coverage on to a 9’ x 16’ screen.

“We are very appreciative of Casio’s donation, which gave us the ability to offer a great visual experience socially for both attendees and participants,” said Sami Saour, one of the event organizers.

Casio’s Dual Projection Systems are designed by incorporating two projectors mounted inside a custom cabinet. Dual Projection is available in two models; the XJ-SK650 features two 2600 Pro Series projectors and features up to 6,500 lumens, the XJ-SK600 features two Signature SeriesXJ-M250 projectors and provides up to 6,000 lumens. The Casio YA-S10 geometric correction box mounts on the outside of the cabinet and is used to align the two images. The box has 81 points of precision control allowing for easy modifications, alignment, and image warping using a remote control.

The Dual Projection System is powered by Casio’s state-of-the-art LASER & LED Hybrid Light Source, which provides LampFree®, eco-friendly data projection at a percentage of the cost of traditional projectors. Now in its 5th generation, Casio’s LASER & LED HYBRID Light Source combines a laser, a fluorescent element and LEDs to generate high brightness. The improved LASER & LED HYBRID Light Source now offers a 30 percent increase in LED light output for improved colors for all models in Casio’s portfolio in addition to an estimated 20,000 hour lifespan with minimal brightness degradation and continuous operation.  Casio’s LASER & LED Hybrid Light Source will continue to serve as the driving force behind its projectors.

For additional information on Casio’s dual projection system and its 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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SMPTE Announces 2014 Honorees and Award Winners

Annual SMPTE Honors & Awards Ceremony Highlights Vision, Ingenuity, Perseverance, and Dedication to Motion Picture and Television Industries

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. — Aug. 26, 2014 — The Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers(R) (SMPTE(R)), the worldwide leader in motion-imaging standards and education for the communications, media, entertainment, and technology industries, today revealed the outstanding industry members who will be recognized Thursday, Oct. 23, at the SMPTE 2014 Honors & Awards Ceremony.

The SMPTE 2014 Honors & Awards Ceremony, supported by IMAX, is being held in conjunction with the SMPTE 2014 Annual Technical Conference & Exhibition at the Loews Hollywood Hotel in Los Angeles, California. Those registering for SMPTE 2014 may elect to purchase awards ceremony tickets with their conference package. A limited number of tables are also available for purchase. Further details about the event are available at www.smpte2014.org.

Honorary Membership in the Society recognizes individuals who have performed eminent service in the advancement of engineering in motion pictures, television, or in the allied arts and sciences. It is the Society’s highest accolade. This year, SMPTE honors three technologists for their innovations, which have left a lasting impression on the industry.

George Lucas is best known as a writer, director, and producer responsible for iconic American films, but Lucas is also a pioneer in the adoption of new technologies for motion picture production and exhibition. Lucas founded Industrial Light & Magic (ILM) in 1975, and it has gone on to produce visual effects (VFX) for nearly 300 films. Among many other innovations, ILM invented the OpenEXR file format in 2000 to support high dynamic range (HDR) imaging. The animation studio Pixar was founded as the Graphix Group of Lucasfilm in 1979. In 1981, Lucas co-founded the sound company THX to advance the quality of theatrical sound systems. In 2002, “Star Wars: Episode II-Attack of the Clones” was the first major Hollywood feature to be captured digitally, on 24p high-definition (HD) video cameras. In his determination to push the medium of cinema with new technologies and techniques, Lucas encountered both support and skepticism. It is now clear that his perseverance and vision were key factors in the eventual widespread adoption of digital cinematography in motion picture production.

Leonardo Chiariglione is generally considered to be the driving force behind the development of the MPEG set of standards that underpin today’s many digital moving pictures applications. Chiariglione’s constant push for a simple, standardized moving pictures toolbox began in 1988 with the founding of the International Standards Organization (ISO) Moving Pictures Experts Group (MPEG) group, and it continues to the present day. Chiariglione has forcefully maintained focus on timely standardization, technical simplicity, and efficiency. The wide adoption of MPEG-2 to MPEG-4, in particular, is apt testimony to the contribution Chiariglione and the MPEG group has made to date.

The Honor Roll posthumously recognizes individuals who were not awarded Honorary Membership during their lifetimes but whose contributions would have been sufficient to warrant such an honor.

John Logie Baird (1888-1946) is inducted into the SMPTE Honor Roll in recognition of his lifelong contributions as a pioneer in television technology. His accomplishments include the first live television demonstration (in 1925), the first publicly shown color television system (1928), and the first fully electronic color television picture tube. The British Broadcasting Company (BBC) began transmitting with the Baird system in 1929. Baird continued to develop new technology including a mechanical color system in 1939 (adopted by CBS/RCA); a 500-line 3-D system in 1941; and an electronic 600-line color display in 1944. Baird lobbied for post-war standardization of his 1,000-line electronic color television system.

The Progress Medal is the highest SMPTE medal award, and it recognizes outstanding technical contributions to the progress of engineering phases of the motion picture, television, or motion imaging industries. Ioan Allen has earned the 2014 Progress Medal Award in recognition of his many contributions to the motion picture and television industry, specifically his innovations in sound research and development programs at Dolby Laboratories, including Dolby Stereo(R), Dolby Spectral Recording (SR), and Dolby Digital, as well as his ongoing contributions to worldwide standards organizations.

The Archival Technology Medal recognizes significant technical advancements or contributions related to the invention or development of technology, techniques, workflows, or infrastructure for the long-term storage, archive, or preservation of media content essence. The 2014 award will be presented to Neil Beagrie in recognition of his long-term contributions to the research and implementation of strategies and solutions for digital preservation. Beagrie played a key role in the development of a collaborative approach to the study and dissemination of knowledge relating to research data management, digital preservation, digital curation, and data archive. He was responsible for establishing the Digital Preservation Coalition, with more than 35 major members from industry, national libraries, broadcasters, and archives. In addition, he was responsible for establishing the digital preservation program within the Joint Information Systems Committee. This program helped to create the Digital Curation Center, which seeks to actively manage, preserve, and curate digital data throughout the research life cycle.

The David Sarnoff Medal recognizes outstanding contributions to the development of new techniques or equipment that have contributed to the improvement of the engineering phases of television technology, including large-venue presentations. Clyde D. Smith Jr. will receive the 2014 award in recognition of his pioneering work in the application and deployment of digital technologies in the broadcast network environment, including the development of automated, server-based closed-captioning systems, as well as optimization of digital media to address the issue of audience disaggregation and to provide the capability to seek out viewers on their preferred platform and make a rich selection of programming available to them in their preferred environment. Smith’s experiences, contributions, and support have provided critical guidance to the development of a meaningful educational experience for local broadcast engineers.

The Digital Processing Medal recognizes significant technical achievements related to the development of digital processing of content for cinema, television, games, or other related media. The 2014 award will be presented to Barry Haskell for his contributions to the digital transmission and coding of images over a 44-year career. Haskell has published more than 70 technical papers and holds more than 125 patents. He is the author or co-author of three books, including one of the foundational books on MPEG. Haskell managed the compression research group at Bell Labs, making major contributions to the MPEG standards, and followed that at Apple Computer, where his research team made significant contributions to the H.264/AVC standard.

The Kodak Educational Award honors an individual who advances the educational process at any level through innovative and inspirational methods, and it recognizes outstanding contributions in new or unique educational programs utilizing the technologies of film. Steve Wright will receive the 2014 award for his service in visual effects as an accomplished practitioner and master trainer. Wright’s specialization is in the digital domain, but he has long been an advocate for visual effects education in workflow for both film and digital intermediates. He has worked to perfect and to implement color management paradigms in compositing, cementing the place of film in digital postproduction and promoting stronger understanding of film’s value in digital compositing. Wright has been a master visual effects trainer since 2005, and his two books, “Compositing Visual Effects: Essentials for the Aspiring Artist” and “Digital Compositing for Film and Video,” are among the very few that actively instruct in film color science for digital intermediate and compositing.

The Samuel L. Warner Memorial Medal recognizes outstanding contributions in the design and development of new and improved methods and/or apparatus for motion picture sound, including any step in the process. Ville Pulkki will receive the 2014 award for his outstanding contributions in the field of spatial sound reproduction and multichannel audio rendering, including the two-dimensional and three-dimensional panning methods of vector-base amplitude panning (VBAP) and non-unitary vector-base amplitude panning (NVBAP). The value of Pulkki’s contributions is underscored by the emergence of immersive sound in the cinematic and broadcast arts.

The Technicolor/Herbert T. Kalmus Medal recognizes outstanding contributions that reflect a commitment to the highest standards of quality and innovation in motion picture postproduction and distribution services. The 2014 award will be presented to Jim Houston for his leadership and contributions in the application of digital technologies to motion picture production and postproduction processes. As an industry leader, he established a state-of-the-art digital finishing facility for a wide range of postproduction processes including digital intermediates, digital cinema mastering, and restoration. Houston has played a key role in the development of standards related to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Academy Color Encoding System (ACES), as well as various standards for video and motion picture mastering.

The Workflow Systems Medal recognizes outstanding contributions related to the development and integration of IT file-based systems and infrastructures into production processes. Philip Tudor will receive the 2014 award for his foundational contributions to professional media file formats and for early implementations of file-based workflows. Tudor has worked tirelessly in numerous SMPTE committees and in the Advanced Media Workflow Association (AMWA), focusing on developing standards and specifications for file-based essence and metadata interchange. His pioneering work on tapeless audio and video capture, Material eXchange Format (MXF), and the Advanced Authoring Format (AAF) led to the implementation of workflows at the BBC. Tudor continues file-based workflow innovation with the Digital Production Partnership (DPP) and IP Studio, which focuses on file-based workflows for live television production within an Internet protocol (IP) environment.

The Camera Origination and Imaging Medal honors the recipient by recognizing significant technical achievements related to invention or advances in imaging technology including sensors, imaging processing electronics, and the overall embodiment and application of image capture devices. Eric R. Fossum will receive the 2014 award in recognition of his leadership in the invention and development of the complementary metal-oxide-semiconductor (CMOS) active pixel sensor (APS) technology. This advancement was first published in 1993 while Fossum worked at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Additionally, he promoted the new technology to a broad range of manufacturers as a new way of making camera image sensors. CMOS image sensor technology is now widely deployed in motion picture and television cameras, cell phones, medical devices, security systems, and many other professional and consumer applications.

Each year, one SMPTE Journal Award is presented to the author of the most outstanding paper originally published in the SMPTE Motion Imaging Journal during the preceding calendar year. The 2014 SMPTE Journal Award will be presented to Andrew B. Watson for “High Frame Rates and Human Vision: A View Through the Window of Visibility,” published in the March 2013 issue of the SMPTE Motion Imaging Journal. Journal Certificates of Merit will also be presented to Benjamin Bross, Heiko Schwarz, and Detlev Marpe for their May/June 2013 Journal article titled “The New High-Efficiency Video Coding Standard.”

The Citation for Outstanding Service to the Society, which recognizes individuals for dedicated service for the betterment of the Society over a sustained period of time, will be conferred upon five SMPTE members:

John Beckhaus, for his dedication and service to the Australia Section over the past decade. Beckhaus has served on the Section board since 2003, taking on the additional roles of membership chair, providing a contact point for queries from regional membership, and minute secretary, ensuring comprehensive reporting of both Section board and subcommittee meetings. He has also served six terms as audio visual (AV) chair for the biennial Australia Section conferences, managing the complex requirements of conference presenters. Beckhaus is a dedicated Section member, always working behind the scenes to ensure the success of the Australia Section meetings.

Siegfried G. Heep, for his contributions to the Hollywood Section, as well as his instrumental role in the reinvention of the Society’s annual Honors & Awards Ceremony. Heep has served as a role model for active involvement in SMPTE as both a Hollywood Section member and manager. In 2007, he was enlisted as the technical director for the newly reimagined Honors & Awards Ceremony, transforming the event from a small ceremony to the full-fledged, high-quality awards event that it has become today. Heep has reprised his role each year since, helping to improve the show in terms of technical production, quality, and prestige.

Federico Savina, for his leadership and support of the Italy Section over the past 25 years. As one of the original SMPTE Members who petitioned for the formation of the Italy Section in 1989, Savina has been a long-term contributor to the Section, serving the Section board for 10 years in the roles of secretary/treasurer and manager. Savina attends and contributes to all Section activities and was instrumental in bringing the SMPTE Regional Seminar to Rome in 2013. A professor at Roma University, Savina strives to raise the bar in digital cinema (D-Cinema) education, and he is working to provide his students with an introduction to the industry through participation in SMPTE.

T.J. Scott Jr. for his leadership and commitment to raising the standard of quality for Atlanta Section events. His close alignment with developing trends and innovative technologies, as well as his substantial contacts in the industry, have led to a collection of well-executed, technically inspired monthly meetings. Through Scott’s efforts, the Atlanta Section has seen growth in both its membership and meeting attendance. His contributions to the production of the Section’s 2007 “Video Over IP” seminar in particular set the bar for excellence in special event programming. All subsequent special events have been sold out, reinforcing SMPTE’s reputation for producing exceptional and inspired events.

Peter M. Weitzel for his instrumental role in re-establishing the SMPTE U.K. Section, and for his leadership in driving the growth of the Section and the quality of programming provided to its members. A driving force behind the U.K. Section, Weitzel’s enthusiasm, determination, and outreach, especially to students and universities, have contributed to the 200-percent increase in the Section’s membership during its first two years of operation. His passion for the Society’s core mission and goals is ever-present as he works to increase the visibility and impact of SMPTE at both a global and regional level.

The Excellence in Standards Award recognizes individuals or companies that have been actively involved in advancing the Society’s standards activities and processes. The 2014 award will be presented to John Hudson for his sustained efforts in the development and evolution of standards relating to real-time electrical and optical streaming media interfaces for video and D-Cinema production. Hudson authored the SMPTE 3Gb/s serial digital interface (SDI) standard in parallel with his work developing the necessary components, resulting in a rapid and successful adoption of the interface by the industry, and he is a key player in the development of 6Gb/s and 12Gb/s UHDTV SDI interfaces. Hudson’s SMPTE work is characterized by commitment and competence, combined with an attitude of cooperation and collegial relations with colleagues and competitors.

As previously announced, eight new SMPTE Fellows also will be recognized during the event: Hanno Basse, Thomas G. Edwards, Joseph J. Kane, Jr., John McCoskey, Andrew Quested, Vince Roberts, Jim Starzynski, and Colin R. Wright. More information about Fellows inductions is available at: www.smpte.org/2014fellows.

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About the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers(R) (SMPTE(R))
The Oscar(R) and Emmy(R) Award-winning Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers(R) (SMPTE(R)), a professional membership association, is the preeminent leader in the advancement of the art, science, and craft of the image, sound, and metadata ecosystem, worldwide. An internationally recognized and accredited organization, SMPTE advances moving-imagery education and engineering across the communications, technology, media, and entertainment industries. Since its founding in 1916, SMPTE has published the SMPTE Motion Imaging Journal and developed more than 800 standards, recommended practices, and engineering guidelines.

The Society is sustained by more than 6,000 members — motion-imaging executives, engineers, creative and technology professionals, researchers, scientists, educators, and students — who meet in Sections throughout the world. Through the Society’s partnership with the Hollywood Post Alliance(R) (HPA(R)), this membership is complemented by the professional community of businesses and individuals who provide expertise, support, tools and the infrastructure for the creation and finishing of motion pictures, television, commercials, digital media, and other dynamic media content. Information on joining SMPTE is available at www.smpte.org/join.

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