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Shotoku Broadcast Systems Announces “SMART” IBC Exhibition Plans

IBC Stand # 11.F40

New SmartTrack System Anchors New and Enhanced Studio and Field Camera Support Gear

Staines, UK — Shotoku Broadcast Systems, the well-established leader in manual and robotic camera support, and virtual reality tracking, will anchor its IBC Stand with a new ‘smart’ rail camera system targeting the rigorous demands of daily TV studio use. The SmartTrack system will be at show alongside Shotoku’s advanced and high-performing control solutions, pan & tilt heads, robotic and manual pedestals, and virtual reality products for OB, studio, field production and legislative applications.

“As always, we are totally committed to IBC, which is a major event in our calendar. It allows us to showcase our systems to visitors from Europe and so many other parts of the world. It’s a fantastic opportunity to meet new clients and catch-up with old friends with whom we’ve worked for many years,“ said James Eddershaw, sales director, Shotoku. “This year, as usual, we will be showing a combination of systems from across our entire range of camera supports, including for the first time outside the USA the new SmartTrack rail-based camera system for floor or ceiling use.”

ROBOTIC HIGHLIGHTS

    NEW SmartTrack
    For the first time at IBC, Shotoku will demonstrate the new SmartTrack system, a fully integrated product based on the core track-based technology of MAT, Germany. In combination with Shotoku pan & tilt heads and control systems the MAT system is turned into the perfect solution TV studio use, day after day. It is highly adaptable, supporting floor or ceiling operation and a range of height column configurations, in both upright and inverted modes. The high quality engineering of the MAT and Shotoku systems ensure that the system is robust and stable, designed for long-term use in demanding applications such as 24/7 news or TV Shopping environments.

    ENHANCED TR-XT Control Systems
    Shotoku’s leading advanced control system will be shown once again, incorporating the recent enhancements and expansions in terms of camera capacity and dynamic configuration. The systems on show will be controlling multiple cameras and sharing camera operation across several controller-types.

    ENHANCED Fully Robotic Pedestal
    Shotoku will also be showing the latest developments in fully robotic studio pedestals, providing complete X-Y-H camera positioning with free-roaming capability, where track systems would not be appropriate. Several enhanced features including Virtual Reality tracking and simple referencing make the pedestal ideal for many TV studio applications.

    SEE IT LIVE Orchestra CMS Parliamentary Systems
    Fully automated and with live video touch-screen operation, Shotoku’s world-leading parliamentary TV system will be shown in action. The TG-27 pan and tilt head, becoming a standard among high-end parliaments and legislatures all over the world, will be shown under the control of the TR-S panel.

    MANUAL HIGHLIGHTS
    NEW TTH1502C Carbon Fibre Tripod

    Shotoku’s new 2-stage TTH1502C carbon fibre tripod incorporates the latest technology to give operators a lightweight, yet sturdy tripod system that is perfect for EFP or documentary production. Built to last with carbon fibre legs, the tripod weighs a mere 5.9kg (13 lbs.), features a 150mm bowl base, and stands over 1615mm (5’) tall at its maximum height. Available with a ground spreader or a mid-level spreader, the tripod is ideally paired with Shotoku’s SX300 pan & tilt head for optimal performance.

    TRIED & TRUE SX300 Pan & Tilt Head
    One of Shotoku’s latest mid-weight EFP pan & tilt fluid heads, the SX300 features outstanding balance, a robust build and ergonomic design. With a high capacity 38kg (83 lbs) payload and wide-balance capability, the SX300 supports an array of cameras, lenses and accessories, making it perfectly suited for field production, OB and studio use. The 300 head accommodates flat base or 150mm ball. Operators can not only expect top-class performance and reliability from the SX300’s VISCAM technology for smooth and adjustable pan & tilt drag with reinforced torque, but a continuously adjustable balance system.

    FLEXIBLE SG900 Pan & Tilt Head
    Shotoku’s SG900 manual pan & tilt head offers vibration-free speed in an ergonomically designed sturdy package. Ideal for OB and studio production with Teleprompters or box type lenses, the SG900 supports 90 kg (198 lbs), and features single knob balance adjustment. The unit incorporates the VISCAM ultimate fluid drag system to control smooth pan & tilt movement and REULAUX perfect balance system for maintaining the camera’s centre of gravity. The SG900 fits various pedestals including Shotoku’s TP200 lightweight, 2-stage pneumatic pedestal and both the TP-80 and TP-90 studio models.

    BACKED BY EXPERIENCE Virtual Tracking Systems
    Based on decades of extensive VR experience, Shotoku VR tracking systems offer outstanding design features, robust and reliable platforms for a wide range of camera and lens configurations. High-accuracy, real-time data output with absolutely no loss in manual performance is common to all Shotoku systems as is compatibility with all leading VR graphics systems. Shotoku’s VR range includes the simplest PT head and tripod right up through studio pedestals and high payload heads to state of the art cranes and jibs with total freedom of movement within VR studios small or large. Shotoku will have a sample of these systems on show at IBC.

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

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

    Press contact: Desert Moon Communications / Harriet Diener
    +1-845-512-8283 / mailto:Harriet@DesertMoon.tv

DPA Microphones Was The Impresario Of Aspen Opera Theater Center

Collection of company’s mics were on hand for recording at Wheeler Opera House during the Aspen Music Festival and School

ASPEN, CO, AUGUST 19, 2014 – Every year, professional and aspiring classical musicians and technical personnel from around the world head to the mountains of Colorado for an eight-week summer intensive retreat at the Aspen Music Festival and School. As the country’s premier classical music program, the festival presents more than 300 performances and music education events, including the Aspen Opera Theater Center (AOTC) program at the historic Wheeler Opera House, where DPA Microphones had its chance to shine.

The AOTC relied on the d:dicate™ 4006C Omnidirectional, 4011A Cardioid and 4015C Wide Cardioid Microphones, as well as the d:vote™ 4099 Instrument Microphone 10-piece Classic Touring Kit for their pristine recording capabilities. Supplied by DPA, Inc. — the company’s U.S. branch, these mics were used primarily to record and broadcast AOTC’s Saturday morning opera master classes as well as its fully-staged productions of Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin and Bizet’s Carmen.

“We were looking for a clean and accurate sound,” explains Scott Burgess, head audio engineer for the Aspen Music Festival and School. “The DPA mics are spotless and precise, and could handle the dynamic range of an operatic performance.”

Since the AOTC is a training program for professional singers, the music was not amplified for the live audience. However, Burgess still needed to ensure that the broadcast audiences, recording listeners and guests in the green rooms all had the same audio experience as the live attendees. He selected the d:dicate 4006s to pick up the vocals from across the front of the stage, a pair of d:dicate 4015s arranged for the main orchestra, a pair of d:dicate 4011s in the wind section and the d:vote 4099s to accent the orchestra’s string section. This guaranteed a pure sound for all recordings and radio broadcasts, including those aired on the local NPR station.

“Another big appeal of the d:dicates and the d:votes was their small size,” adds Burgess. “We could put them where we wanted without having visual distractions, as we needed to stay out of the way of the performances that took place.”

Burgess also arranged d:votes inside the piano to feed sound to the students during the master classes. “The flexibility and sound of the d:votes proved invaluable for the Saturday classes, especially since the piano was constantly being moved in and out of the pit,” he continues. “DPA’s unique magnetic clip design saved us a lot of time as the mics can easily be placed in and out of the piano.”

In addition to the traditional uses, Burgess also called on his d:dicate 4011s to amplify the percussion section for the July performances of Lowell Liebermann’s The Picture of Dorian Gray into the theater through a pair of powered speakers. “We weren’t able to record Dorian Gray, for contractual reasons, but we still needed mics during these performances,” he explains. “Since the show had an especially large orchestra, we were unable to fit the percussion in the theater. Instead, they had to perform from a side room where we set up an ORTF pair of DPA 4011s, which allowed us to amplify the sound of the percussion back into the theater using a standard PA speaker system. It was an astoundingly convincing method as audiences could scarcely tell that the percussionists were not in the theater. The conductor was happy with it and it worked really well for everyone.”

Though the AOTC had not used the newer DPA mics before, it was essential to Burgess, who started with the festival in 2011, to be able to hit the ground running. “The space can be a little challenging and usually I have to make some modifications, but the DPA mics worked right off the bat,” he says. “We only had to make very minor adjustments to get a really good sound.”

Working with professional companies, such as DPA Microphones, has proven indispensible to Burgess and the students. “Our staff comes from all around the country, from some of the biggest recording programs where they are taught on a variety of equipment,” he says. “Having companies like DPA Microphones as one of the sponsors is a great way for our students, and even our professionals, to work with the best professional audio equipment on the market, which is a really important part of our program.”

Founded in 1949, The Aspen Music Festival and School is held annually each summer, with this year’s run ending on August 17. The three AOTC operas presented each summer feature AOTC singers and distinguished conductors and directors. Additionally, all members of the AOTC are expected to sing in one opera chorus and to provide technical-support hours during events such as vocal chamber music performances, house concerts and the weekly public Opera Scenes Master Classes. AOTC singers also participate in an intensive curriculum of weekly voice lessons, and classes focused on opera music, acting, song repertory, movement, rehearsals, Alexander Technique and auditioning, among other requirements.

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 always provide its customers with the absolute finest possible microphone solutions for all its markets, which include live sound, installation, recording, theatre and broadcast. When it comes to the design process, DPA takes no shortcuts. Nor does the company compromise on its manufacturing process, which is 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 on DPA Microphones, please visit www.dpamicrophones.com

Kreative Teknik AB Illuminates Ullevi Stadium’s Iconic Pillars with HARMAN’s Martin Exterior 400 Wash Lights

GOTHENBURG, Sweden — As one of the largest arenas in the Nordic region, Sweden’s Ullevi Stadium recently completed a renovation that increased its capacity from 54,000 to 75,000 people featuring 43,000 seats with another 32,000 in standing room. Located in the Swedish city of Gothenburg, the outdoor arena was inaugurated in 1958 when the country hosted one of the world’s most prestigious soccer competitions. However, as the stadium has aged it has undergone a series of renovations, the first in 1985 when the stadium’s iconic concrete pillars on either side of the main entrance were reinforced. Further renovations in 2004 brought Swedish lighting design firm Kreative Teknik AB on board to light the pillars and recently the company retrofitted their original design with six of HARMAN’s Martin Professional Exterior 400 light fixtures.

Each pillar features three Exterior 400 fixtures mounted over 200 feet or 65 meters above the ground, shining both up and down to ensure the entire length is evenly covered. The lighting is controlled by a CueServer-system via DMX that allows for the facility manager to easily change the appearance through a simple click on the touchscreen or by a pre-programmed calendar.

Martin’s Exterior 400 now produces a much brighter and crisper light with more saturated colors when compared to the earlier models Kreative Teknik installed back in 2004. Today, the Exterior 400 line boasts a brighter light with lower power consumption of 139 W, down from the 575 W of its predecessor. Additionally, the fixture’s advanced LED technology limits downtime and maintenance costs while increasing the life span from 2,000 hours to 40,000 hours.

“Once again Martin’s fixtures were the best choice and we are extremely proud of the result of this project,” said Marcus Persson, CEO and Owner of Kreative Teknik AB. “We chose Martin because of their well-documented quality of outdoor fixtures in installations and their exceptional ability to support us with spare-part handling.”

The lighting concept was designed to allow the city’s population to know what type of event was being held inside the venue, such as blue and white washes over the pillars to signal a soccer match for the local team. The color-changing technology and rugged design of the Martin Exterior 400 made it a clear choice for Kreative Teknik.

“The technology has changed drastically since we first installed a number Martin’s Exterior 200 and 600 at the stadium,” said Persson. “Almost a decade has passed and Martin’s been a proven innovator in LED technology, energy-efficiency, RA-index and fixture design. The Exterior 400 is a great example of their ability to provide designers with advanced technology to empower their creative visions.”

For more information on the Martin Exterior 400 wash light, please visit: http://www.martin.com/product/product.asp?product=exterior400

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 premier audio, visual, infotainment and integrated control solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets. With leading brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon® and Mark Levinson ®, the Company is admired by audiophiles, musicians and the entertainment 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 approximately 16,000 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $5.3 billion for the twelve months ended June 30, 2014.

Torus Power Appoints Four New Canadian Sales Representative Agencies

New Canadian reps extend Torus Power’s reach and add value to dealer partners

TORONTO, ON, CANADA – AUGUST 19, 2014 – Torus Power, a subsidiary of Plitron Manufacturing and maker of uncompromising, clean, isolation transformer–based power components, announced today that it has appointed four new Canadian representatives in the Ontario, Quebec, British Columbia, and Alberta territories.

Known for its power components that isolate the AV system, Torus Power products are engineered to provide high instantaneous power to the system, filter noise present in the system, protect the connected equipment from electrical fluctuations and surges, and can extend the life of connected equipment.  

“Torus Power is built in Canada to perform and protect like no other, and we are committed to reaching our dealers through a network of dedicated professional sales representatives,” says Kevin Main, VP of Sales and Marketing for Torus Power. “Our goal goes beyond just being a supplier to A/V dealers and custom integrators. Our goal is to bring added value to our network of dealer, which is why we have aligned our company with sales representatives who share our core values and are dedicated to enhancing the businesses of our dealer partners.”

The new firms now representing Torus Power in Canada are as follows:
• Ontario: Wired with Sound – James Drew, President 

• Quebec: Griffin Audio – James Griffin, Principal

• British Columbia: Mark Owen Agency – Mark Owen, Principal

• Alberta: Grand Prix Marketing – Jason Hay, Principal

Torus Power has two open Canadian territories for which it is seeking interested applicants, including Saskatchewan/Manitoba and Atlantic Canada. Interested parties are encouraged to contact Kevin Main of Torus Power by e-mailing kmain@plitron.com or by phoning(800) 754-8766.

Torus Power turns up the heat at CEDIA Expo 2014
During CEDIA Expo, Torus Power will showcase an assortment of toroidal isolation power conditioning solutions, including TOT, AVR, and WM Series models. Torus Power will also host the “Torus Power Hour +” September 12, 2014 from 3–4:30 PM. The course provides attendees .75 CEU and will deliver a stimulating discussion on grounding and power for high-end, high-performance installations, covering everything integrators need to know to properly power, protect, and preserve electronics in high-end, high performance installations. All-star panelists participating the session include Dennis Erskine, Anthony Grimani, Dr. Henry Pajooman, Ph.D., and Arthur Kelm, who will share field-tested best practices as part of an in-depth technology overview and deep dive into key success factors.

Torus Power is a Crestron Integrated Partner and a member of Savant’s Partner in Excellence Program, which enables seamless integration across platforms. More information about Torus Power can be obtained by visiting www.toruspower.com, calling (800) 754-8766, writing to tech@toruspower.com and by following @TorusPower on twitter.

To schedule a media booth tour at CEDIA, contact Katye (McGregor) Bennett, KMB Communications, 425-328-8640,katye@kmbcomm.com@katyemcgregorwww.kmbcomm.com/press.

About Torus Power
Torus Toroidal Isolation Power Conditioners are the world’s finest clean power source for audio, video, and control systems. Built to an uncompromising standard of quality, performance and reliability, Torus Power Conditioners are engineered to perform and protect like no other. Torus Power products are the consistent choice of knowledgeable audiophiles, home theater enthusiasts, custom electronic system integrators and designers, whose discriminating tastes and technical requirements mandate the ultimate performance and protection levels achievable.

Utilizing Plitron’s patented NBT technology and toroidal isolation transformers, Torus Power products restore incoming power to its clean original state, eliminate virtually all power line noise artifacts, and protect connected equipment from potentially damaging AC power line events, including severe lightning strikes and brownouts, thereby increasing system reliability and extending product life. Providing high levels of clean, instantaneous current, Torus Power products ensure that dynamic components – such as high power amplifiers – are never starved for power.

Precision engineered by Plitron Manufacturing Inc., a much sought-after OEM supplier of toroidal transformers and toroidal-based products for many of the audio/video industry’s leading amplifier brands, providing more than 30 years of experience and an unparalleled reputation, Torus Power is manufactured to rigorous standards under Plitron’s ISO9001 medical-level quality control system in Toronto, Canada. More information can be found online at www.toruspower.com. Follow Torus Power on Twitter @TorusPower.

Torus Power Media Contact
Katye (McGregor) Bennett, KMB Communications, (425) 328-8640katye@kmbcomm.com@katyemcgregor,www.kmbcomm.com/press.

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DVEO Wins Prestigious Annual SBE Award for DOZERbox II IP Video Traffic Smoothing via UDP Packet Recovery Technology

IP Video Traffic Smoothing and Packet Recovery Technology for Reliable and Timely Delivery of Video over Public Internet – DOZERbox IP IPSan Diego, California — DVEO, the broadcast division of Computer Modules, Inc. (CMI), announced today that their patent pending IP video traffic smoothing technology has won the prestigious Society of Broadcast Engineers Technology Award for 2014.

DVEO’s DOZERbox II IP gateways enable broadcasters, IPTV operators, and Over The Top (OTT) video providers to improve their video distribution over public internet or so-so private lines, doing invisible packet loss recovery. DVEO will demonstrate their “DOZER” technology at the International Broadcasting Convention (IBC) in Amsterdam, September 12-16, at Stand 2.A34.

“Only one SBE Technology Award is granted each year,” stated Laszlo Zoltan, Vice President of DVEO. “We are extremely honored to be chosen for this major broadcast engineering award. Everyone at DVEO is very proud of our engineering team.”

The Technology Award recognizes the SBE Individual or Sustaining Member who has provided the industry with the best new or innovative technical item to further the science of broadcast engineering and to assist the broadcast engineer to be more productive in the craft. The award will be presented during the SBE National Meeting taking place October 8th in Verona, New York.

In some regions of the USA, public internet infrastructure is not always reliable and drops video packets during periods of high packet volume. Public routers do not prioritize video traffic well enough. DVEO’s “DOZER” technology routes video through the public internet in a unique way.

The DOZERbox II IP IP is a compact (4.6 inches/117 mm square) end to end Error Correcting Router for smoothing UDP traffic over the public internet, with built-in packet recovery algorithms for alleviation of packet loss or resultant video freezes. It makes transmissions immune to jitter and noise, and does not delay video like FEC. It is perfect for delivering critical video over congested public backbones. The technology is also available as a software license — the Media Dozer: LIC, or in a 1 RU system — the DOZER Racks IP IP.

Typically sold in pairs, the DOZERbox and DOZER Racks gateways replace expensive private point to point internet managed network connections. Many broadcasters use them to replace satellite transmissions. Customers in the USA use Dozer technology to import video content from Greece, Iraq, Colombia, and Bangladesh — with no packet loss or video freezes, and lower latency. An Asian IP TV operator uses the DOZERbox to utilize video transfer between cities. Many customers use it to create their own advanced CDN (Content Delivery Network). The technology is also used in remote robotics.

When Media Dozer II: LIC is added to DVEO systems such as the MultiStreamer encoder or MPEG Gearbox II transcoder, the original content can be encoded or transcoded before it is processed by the Media Dozer II: LIC.

Media Dozer II: LIC can also be added to DVEO’s unicast to multicast RTP to UDP converter, the Proxicaster IP IP. The system adds wrappers such as HLS or RTMP, and redirects video streams to multiple locations. This new combination product is sold as the Proxi DOZER™.

Supplemental Information for Press Release

Features:

  • Supports both HD and SD H.264/MPEG-4 AVC or MPEG-2 encoded streams
  • Underlying traffic is not examined
  • Inputs/Outputs: 2 each Gig/E ports
  • Guaranteed packet delivery with UDP protocol with up to 50% packet drop recovery (given enough bandwidth)
  • Supports IP UDP unicast and multicast, in or out
  • Uses proprietary and sophisticated data and streaming management algorithms in order to optimize traffic that traverses across managed switches and routers
  • Ships with designated IP addresses on each unit
  • Will not alter the internal structure of the transport stream (PAT, PMT, etc.)
  • IP address and Port can be remapped to different ones if necessary in the remote network
  • Protocol is resistant to packet loss and corrects for internet jitter and packet reordering
  • All inter-Dozer communication is encrypted
  • Configurable destination port on listener for firewall traversal
  • Can be configured for point-to-point or point-to-multipoint functionality
  • Supports dual destination in primary/backup configuration for redundant setups
  • Each device can be configured as a sender, a receiver, or both
  • One DOZERbox transmitter can send 50+ channels to one DOZERbox receiver
  • One transmitter can send channels to 8 different receiver devices
  • One receiver can accept channels from up to 8 different Dozer transmitter devices
  • Each receiver device can output UDP on a local network to one or many different devices using second Ethernet port on unit
  • Each connection using Dozer Transmitter and Receiver is authenticated with a user name and password for additional security
  • Performance certified with WAN Emulator Appliance testing
  • Also available: Rackmountable 1 RU – DOZER Racks IP IP

Suggested Retail Prices:
Media Dozer II: LIC: $100 to $1,200 U.S. each
DOZERbox II IP IP: $1,695 U.S. each, typically sold in pairs
DOZER Racks IP IP: $2,995 U.S. each, typically sold in pairs
Proxi DOZER IP IP: $4,995 U.S. each

DVEO, DOZERbox II IP IP, DOZER Racks IP IP, Media Dozer II: LIC, MPEG Gearbox II, MultiStreamer, Proxicaster IP IP, and Proxi DOZER IP IP are trademarks of Computer Modules, Inc. All other trademarks and registered trademarks are the properties of their respective owners.

About The Society of Broadcast Engineers
The Society of Broadcast Engineers (SBE) is the only organization devoted to the advancement of all levels and types of broadcast engineering and the broadcast engineer. With more than 5,500 members and 114 local chapters, the SBE provides a forum for the exchange of ideas and the sharing of information to help members keep pace with our rapidly changing industry. The SBE amplifies the voices of broadcast engineers by validating skills with professional certification, by offering educational opportunities to maintain and expand those skills and by speaking out on technical regulatory issues that affect how our members work.

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

Seymour-Screen Excellence Brings to Market Best-in-Class Ambient Light-Rejecting Film Screen Line

Available in 1.3, 2.1 and a black 1.2 gain version, the company’s proprietary technology prevents color shifting and sparkling in a manner that has already been declared best-in-class by reference calibrator
W. Jeff Meier in his June 2014 AccuCal Projection Screen Material Report

Ames, IA – August 19, 2014 – Seymour-Screen Excellence — the made-in-the-USA brand best known to date for its luxurious, reference-grade acoustically transparent 4K film screens — is rounding-out its offerings with Ambient-Visionaire™, a proprietary ambient light filtration technology that the company claims is the most advanced to ever reach the market.

The Ambient-Visionaire is a solid screen surface, comprised of billions of nano-mirrors, dithered at the desired viewing angle, and layered so that side light (from any direction) will be absorbed by carbon particles and the substrate.

Ambient-Visionaire screen surface close-up

”By shrinking the reflective elements down to less than 1/10th the smallest size visible by the human eye, the screen cannot create a discrete sparkle,” says Seymour-Screen Excellence Managing Director Chris Seymour. “They are so small and dense, that a 16K resolution pixel would have over 300 mirrors to itself; a 4K pixel would have nearly 5,000. With this more efficient method of selectively reflecting the projected image versus ambient light, the screen offers the reference quality color uniformity that Seymour-Screen Excellence is known for without exhibiting any color shift, sparkles or ringing – all issues that have plagued performance of ambient light-rejecting film screens.”

Chris Seymour putting the finishing touches on a film screen

Ambient-Visionaire Silver Series
To satisfy a wide range of installation applications, the Silver Series consists of both 2.1 and 1.3 gain versions. The Silver 1.3 was reviewed and declared best-in-class by W. Jeff Meier in his June 2014 AccuCal Projection Screen Material Report. Meier is considered by many in the industry to be a leading reference calibrator. The AccuCal report can be read here: http://bit.ly/1lWPgec

Ambient-Visionaire Black Series
Using the same aggressive combination of carbon particles and stacked, dithered nano-mirrors along with a deep black background that absorbs 90% of ambient light from any direction, the 1.2 gain Black produces a 12x improvement in contrast ratios in environments that are otherwise unsuited to front projection use, even outdoors.

The Ambient-Visionaire screens are available in sizes up to 130-inches wide (141-inches diagonal) in 2.37 aspect ratio and 100-inches wide (115-inches diagonal) in 16:9 aspect ratio. The surface of both the Silver and Black series feature a durable finish that can be wiped down and cleaned with common household cleaners including rubbing alcohol or mineral spirits.

While manufactured in Seymour-Screen Excellence’s Ames, Iowa production facility, the Ambient-Visionaire line is also available outside of The Americas through partner Screen Excellence, located in the UK.

”The response to Ambient-Visionaire from dealers, reps, calibrators and press has been extremely enthusiastic,” says Patrice Congard, Seymour-Screen Excellence partner. “Chris Seymour has done a phenomenal job – certainly his background as an engineer has been quite influential in the development of this special screen surface. I am quite confident that Ambient-Visionaire will be a catalyst in our joint-venture taking an even stronger foothold in the home theater channel.”

For more information on Ambient-Visionaire visit http://www.seymourscreenexcellence.com/materials.asp or call 515.450.5694.

For all Seymour-Screen Excellence media inquiries, please contact Paul Muto via paul@mutocomm.com or phone 631.849.4301.

About Seymour-Screen Excellence
Founded as a joint venture by US-based Seymour AV and UK-based Screen Excellence, SSE combined the leadership and innovation of their acoustically transparent projection screen materials for high-end custom installers and specialty AV retailers in North America. Using the latest in materials and design from Patrice Congard, originator of the modern acoustically transparent screen, the company’s state-of-the-art screens provide flawless picture quality and acoustic transparency, superior to traditional perforated screens or other less exacting woven screen materials. www.seymourscreenexcellence.com

About AccuCal
AccuCal was founded in 2005 by Jeff Meier to provide professional services and develop tools to support the installation of sound and video equipment. The services offered include audio calibration, design, performance measurements and video calibration. AccuCal is unique in this business segment. Jeff has developed proprietary software and methods that are combined with industry reference sensors and standards to deliver superior results. AccuCal also sells no products and receives no incentives to promote products. This provides clients the assurance that recommendations are not biased by equipment margins. Since 2005, Jeff has assisted with over 2,000 audio and video installations for home theater and commercial applications including movie post production, TV advertising, businesses, churches and schools.
Equipment that is supported ranges from reference quality to very modest in nature depending on the client’s budget and needs. www.accucalhd.com

D-Tools 2014 Design Awards Entry Deadline Extended Through Friday, August 29th

Winning submissions will be announced during Design Awards Ceremony taking place next month during CEDIA EXPO in Denver, Colo.

CONCORD, CA, USA — AUGUST 19, 2014 — D-Tools, Inc., the worldwide leader in system integration software, today announced the call for entries deadline for its annual contest, the Design Awards, has extended and will close on August 29, 2014. D-Tools is pursuing System

Integrator SIX software users’ success stories and project designs that best represent how the platform has positively affected their business and ROI, as a way to showcase not only their efforts but also to demonstrate the benefits of using system integration design-estimation-proposal platforms.

Sponsored by AtlonaAnthony Gallo AcousticsIC RealtimeKordzKramerStealth Acoustics, and Vaddio, Design Awards contest categories include Best Residential, Best Commercial, Most Unique, and Best Overall. Winners will be selected from a diverse group of D-Tools users and chosen by a group comprised of D-Tools product team members and select certified partners. Entries are being accepted from around the world and will be judged on a number of criteria, including; originality; depth and breadth of D-Tools’ software usage; overall system design; and demonstrated proficiency with the platform.

Winning submissions will be awarded prizes from the contest sponsors and D-Tools Manufacturer Vantage Point (MVP) partners. Winners will be announced during CEDIA EXPO during a ceremony being held at 3pm on Friday September 12, 2014 in D-Tools booth #526. D-Tools customers can submit their entries through August 29th by visiting http://d-tools.com/design-awards/ or by sending an email to Josh Carlson at joshc@d-tools.com.

About D-Tools, Inc.
D-Tools, founded in 1998 and based in Concord, California, is a worldwide leader in accessible, highly accurate system design and documentation software platform. The company’s flagship product, System Integrator™ (SI), is a robust solution that utilizes Autodesk® AutoCAD and Microsoft® Visio to facilitate comprehensive system design, documentation and project management. D-Tools enables residential and commercial integrators to streamline business processes and increase revenues while reducing the time and cost associated with the installation and integration of low-voltage electronic systems. More than 4,500 leading companies currently use the award-winning D-Tools platform to reduce time, costs and to streamline the system integration process. Product updates and related information can be obtained by following D-Tools on Twitter and on Facebook.

Learn more about the D-Tools MVP Program, D-Tools System Integrator, or the undeniable benefits of using a streamlined system design, proposal, and estimation software platform at www.d-tools.com(866) 386-6571 ext. 1, or e-mail info@d-tools.com or mvp@d-tools.com.

Press Contacts
Tim Bigoness, D-Tools, Inc., (925) 270-4102timb@d-tools.comwww.d-tools.com

Katye (McGregor) Bennett, KMB Communications, Inc., (425) 328-8640katye@kmbcomm.comwww.kmbcomm.com

MVP Contact 
Josh Carlson, D-Tools, Inc., (925) 270-4105joshc@d-tools.com

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JVC ‘F.A.S.T. Track Tour’ to Showcase Live HD Streaming Technologies

Multi-City Road Show Launches in Boston on Aug. 26

WAYNE, NJ – JVC Professional Products Company, a division of JVC Americas Corp., today announced its “F.A.S.T. Track Tour,” a series of presentations to promote the live HD streaming capabilities built into its camcorders and related products, as well as to provide information about streaming technology for video professionals. The multi-city tour launches in Boston on Aug. 26, 2014, at the Boston Marriott Newton, and continues to Fort Lauderdale, Fla., on Sept. 23. The free seminars run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and include lunch.

Short for “Fluent Adaptive Streaming Technology,” F.A.S.T. represents streaming technology built into JVC’s GY-HM650, GY-HM850 and GY-HM890 cameras that includes content-aware error correction to ensure reliable HD transmission over a variety of Internet connections. During the presentation, JVC will showcase the cameras as well as its new BR-800 ProHD Broadcaster server, BR-EN800 encoder and BR-DE800 decoder. The program will also include guest speakers and interactive demonstrations.

“JVC has already revolutionized live reporting for several broadcast news stations across the country. Now we want to show the professional non-broadcast marketplace – from corporations and churches to PEG channels and event videographers – how to provide cost effective live HD transmissions for their audiences,” said Dave Walton, assistant vice president, marketing communications. “We have recruited industry experts to share valuable information and help our attendees get on the ‘F.A.S.T. Track’ for live HD video streaming.”

The program includes an introduction to streaming technology, including details on bandwidth, data rates, encoding and protocols. Streaming production workflows, from network connectivity to delivery, will also be discussed. The seminars will be presented by industry consultant Jan Ozer, who has written more than 20 books about video technology and currently writes for Streaming Media Magazine and Streaming Media Producer.

“Many producers shy away from live streaming because they think it’s too hard, too expensive and that the quality is inferior,” said Ozer. “With its in-camera HD streaming capabilities, JVC has created a simple, high-quality and affordable streaming solution that can improve communications within an organization or potentially create a new revenue stream.”

Additional F.A.S.T. Track Tour dates are being confirmed for other major markets, including Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, Seattle and Washington D.C. Registration is free, but seating is limited. For registration and more information, please visit pro.jvc.com/fast.

ABOUT JVC PROFESSIONAL PRODUCTS COMPANY
Headquartered in Wayne, New Jersey, with West Coast operations in Long Beach, California, JVC Professional Products Company is a division of JVC Americas Corp., a wholly-owned subsidiary of JVC Kenwood Corporation. JVC is a leading manufacturer and distributor of broadcast and professional video and audio equipment, D-ILA front projection systems, and Super LoLux HD video security products. For further product information, visit JVC’s Web site at http://pro.jvc.com or call (800) 582-5825.

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HARMAN’s Martin Professional Establishes a New Standard for Moscow Nightlife in Space Club

MOSCOW, Russia — The nightlife culture changed dramatically in the Russian capital of Moscow with the grandiose opening of Space Moscow, a huge entertainment venue and nightclub designed to match the style of the original Space Club in Ibiza, Spain. To create a mesmerizing experience, Vitally Perepelin, Lighting Designer for Space Moscow, deployed over 70 of HARMAN’s Martin Professional lighting fixtures, fog machines, and lighting consoles.

The Space Ibiza club is a long-time active user of Martin lighting solutions, so when the franchise was brought to Moscow it was natural to continue using Martin equipment. Perepelin’s design features 22 MAC Aura LED wash lights, 12 MAC Viper Profiles, 12 compact MAC 101 fixtures, 16 RUSH MH3 Beams, 12 Atomic 3000 DMX strobes, M6 controller, ZR-44 Hi-Mass fog machine and the Jem 365 Ready hazer.

“I personally insisted on using Martin equipment,” said Perepelin. “I worked with Martin fixtures at the Euroshow company and I know very well the high quality of the products. The fixtures are very simple to use and they have a user-friendly menu. Moreover, some of them are really unique lights that don’t have any equals on the market. For example, the MAC Viper Profile is very fast for its size, bright, has a great set of gobos and is an excellent beam and animation. In my mind, Martin offers an optimal price-quality ratio which was a deciding factor for our installation.”

“Knowing that they also used Martin fixtures at Space in Spain, it was one more reason for me to pick the fixtures,” said Perepelin. “I think that our greatest achievement is that we can meet the riders of such popular world stars performing at our club such as Tiësto, who was the opening act in 2013, Steve Aoki, Above & Beyond, Cosmic Gate and others. The Lighting Designer for Tiësto was very appreciative of our installation and equipment, which is proof of our success.”

Space is far from just a nightclub and a big entertainment venue as it also functions as an events hall for corporate events. For this reason, it was important that the lighting installation be mobile to meet the different requirements of various events.

“From time to time I change the position of the Martin fixtures in the lighting set to add some diversity,” said Perepelin. “Of course, the changes are not so crucial but it’s still nice to have the flexibility to do so according to the customers’ wishes.”
“I still like to use my favorite compact moving head, the MAC 101,” said Perepelin. “Even though it’s been four years since its launch, it is a vital asset in many of my installations. It’s really fast and has a very bright beam! When the time comes for the most energetic part of the show, the MAC 101s and RUSH MH3 Beams march into battle. The high speed in combination with the brightness is truly amazing.”

Perepelin was very happy with Martin’s decision to provide an entry-level fixture with the launch of the RUSH series. “I think the RUSH MH3 Beam is a very worthy fixture for its functions and features,” he said. “It is perfect from the point of price and quality, which is a crucial factor in the club sphere. It’s not easy to find an affordable fixture with a good light output but the RUSH MH3 Beam has everything you need. It’s dynamic, has rich colors, a great prism and awesome gobos. It’s the perfect fixture!”

Perepelin explained that the basis for all lighting installations is centered around the flagship M6 lighting console and mentioned that he chose for several reasons. “As we use a set of Martin equipment, in my opinion we should use an original console. The M6 has all necessary functions for this club. Also, it is really easy to use and very powerful. It has perfect touchscreens that I like a lot and the programming is very easy too. It’s intuitive and user-friendly, making it easy to jump between pages and arrange everything. I put one kind of parameters on one page and all the others on another which makes it easy to switch back and forth. This function makes this console so handy for me!”

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 premier audio, visual, infotainment and integrated control solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets. With leading brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon® and Mark Levinson ®, the Company is admired by audiophiles, musicians and the entertainment 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 approximately 16,000 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $5.3 billion for the twelve months ended June 30, 2014.

Three SSL Live Consoles Deployed for Chess in Concert

“I was stunned by the exceptional audio quality and dimensionality of sound from the SSL Live”

TROMSØ, NORWAY – What better music to accompany the 41st World Chess Olympiad tournament than the soundtrack to Chess the musical? Under the direction of Andrew Eljas (who also wrote the original score to the music by Benny Anderson and Bjørn Ulvaeus), the performance included the Norwegian Arctic Philharmonic Orchestra along with a choir and ensemble of leading Norwegian musical performers. This full concert version of Chess demanded a massive audio system. The production tapped the power of three SSL Live consoles, supplied by Bary Sales AS in Oslo, to handle the inputs from the live band, choir and the Arctic Philharmonic. This application is among the largest implementations of SSL Live thus far.

FOH and monitor consoles shared 64 inputs from the band and soloists on stage, while the third Live was used to submix 86 orchestra channels down to six stereo stems. Engineer Espen Andersen was at the helm of the orchestra console, delivering the stem mixes to the main FOH console. The layering, VCA and snapshot automation capabilities of Live were utilised to control both the mix and solo portions.

Additionally, FOH engineer David Solheim and monitor engineer Stig Kamonen each took advantage of Live’s highly flexible automation system to store and recall scenes. This was especially helpful for Kamonen whose monitor console was running a total of 71 mix busses, feeding effects, in-ear monitors, wedges and personal monitoring systems.

“I was stunned by the exceptional audio quality and dimensionality of sound from the SSL Live,” adds Solheim. “The console provides tremendous detail and the response of the controls is very precise. At the Olympiad ceremony, a competitor console was being used at FOH to mix two guest artists who were also playing with the orchestra. The same six stereo orchestra stems were sent to this console; so it was very interesting to have the opportunity to compare the audio quality through my SSL Live as well as the guest console. I think we all were a bit surprised by the difference in quality. Listening to it through the SSL Live was like hearing a stereo mix compared to a mono mix.”

Each of the Live consoles used for this special staging of Chess in concert included onboard Blacklight II I/O. The system was also comprised of six 32 channel ML 32.32 analogue stageboxes, a D 32.32 AES/EBU stagebox and two BL II.D MADI Concentrators. The analogue stageboxes provided the engineers with shared access to a total of 192 remote-controlled SSL Super Analogue™ mic/line inputs and 192 line outputs, while the AES/EBU stagebox facilitated use of 16 pairs of AES/EBU digital I/O at 96 kHz for driving the PA mains. SSL’s BL II.D MADI Concentrator ensured bullet-proof reliability through redundant pairs of SSL’s proprietary Blacklight II connections, each of which are capable of carrying 256 channels of 96 kHz digital within a single armoured fibre cable.

Solid State Logic is the world’s leading manufacturer of analogue and digital audio consoles and provider of creative tools for music, broadcast and post production professionals. For more information about our award-winning products, please visit: www.solidstatelogic.com.

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