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Hitachi Raises the Bar with Four New Ultra Short-Throw Projectors

Las Vegas, Nevada, June 18, 2014 – Hitachi America, Ltd., Digital Media
Division, Business Solutions Group today introduced its CP-AX2503, CP-AX3503, CP-AW2503 and CP-AW3003 Ultra Short Throw projectors – four high-performance models that are ideally suited for delivering large images in limited spaces. The new 3LCD projectors offer improved image quality, flexible connectivity including powered focus, and wireless networking plus a host of useful convenience features.

The CP-AX2503 and CP-AW2503 deliver 2,700 color and white light ouput with XGA and WXGA resolution, respectively, while the CP-AX3503 and CP-AW3003 offer 3,300 and 3,600 color and white light output with XGA and WXGA resolution, respectively. All four projectors include Hitachi’s High Dynamic Contrast Range feature that provides a unique ability to alter contrast when ambient light is present and yet preserve the integrity of the image. Additionally, Hitachi’s exclusive Accentualizer technology enhances sharpness, gloss and shadow detail for more realistic image quality while providing greater depth of field.

All four models can be used in tabletop mode, or wall mounted. All provide a full complement of inputs including two HDMI inputs, two computer HD-15 inputs, three USB inputs for use with a USB memory stick, wireless adapter or mouse plus component, composite video, audio and mic A/V jacks. All the projectors have computer monitor and audio outputs. In addition, all four models have RS-232C and RJ-45 Ethernet ports. An optional wireless adapter lets users connect their computer to the projectors via a wireless network. The projectors’ PC-less presentation feature enables users to project images directly from a USB thumb drive, eliminating the need to connect a computer.

For more information on Hitachi projectors visit www.hitachi-america.us/projectors

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About Hitachi America, Ltd.
Hitachi America, Ltd. headquartered in Tarrytown, New York, a subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd., and its subsidiary companies offer a broad range of electronics, power and industrial equipment and services, automotive products and consumer electronics with operations throughout the Americas. For more information, visit www.hitachi-america.us. For information on other Hitachi Group companies in the United States, please visit www.hitachi.us.

About Hitachi, Ltd.
Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE: 6501), headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, delivers innovations that answer society’s challenges with our talented team and proven experience in global markets. The company’s consolidated revenues for fiscal 2013 (ended March 31, 2014) totaled 9,616 billion yen ($93.4 billion). Hitachi is focusing more than ever on the Social Innovation Business, which includes infrastructure systems, information & telecommunication systems, power systems, construction machinery, high functional materials & components, automotive systems, health care and others. For more information on Hitachi, please visit the company’s website at http://www.hitachi.com.

SunBriteTV Sets New Performance Standards for Outdoor Digital Signage, Adds Improved Marquee Series to SunBriteDS Family

LAS VEGAS, Nevada, June 19, 2014 — SunBriteTV’s new division of commercial outdoor digital signage products, SunBriteDS, today announced newly upgraded Marquee Series models. The new Marquee Series models boast 2,000 NIT and higher LED LCD panels, setting new standards in direct sunlight performance.

Available in 47” and 55” sizes, black and silver colors, and portrait and landscape orientations, Marquee Series models will also feature Ambient Light Sensors, which automatically adjust brightness based on surrounding lighting conditions. SunBriteTV’s high temperature Extended Solar Tolerance technology fully prevents isotropic blackout in direct sunlight while delivering an incredibly bright viewing experience.

Like all SunBriteDS’s outdoor commercial displays, the Marquee Series models are fully weatherproof, protected from rain, dust, insects, humidity, grease and salty air due to a rugged exterior and watertight Cable Entry System. The Marquee Series functions in temperatures as low as -40° and as high as 122° Fahrenheit.

“The new Marquee Series is the most advanced offering in the world of outdoor digital signage,” said Cameron Hill, CEO, SunBriteTV. “Between 2,000 NIT panels, flexible connectivity options, EST and Ambient Light Sensors, venue operators at amusement parks, stadiums, resorts, and hotels now have an affordable true outdoor digital signage display that can be confidently placed in any climate or lighting condition and perform flawlessly.”

The SunBriteDS Marquee 47” (SB-4720L) will be on display at SunBriteTV’s booth (#C5835) at InfoComm 2014.

First released in 2004, SunBriteTV’s outdoor televisions incorporate over 10 years of research, design and weatherproof technology, resulting in the world’s first and only time-tested true outdoor TVs.

Designed for permanent installation outdoors, SunBriteTV’s outdoor televisions are superior to indoor televisions when it comes to both safety and performance. Specialized gaskets and insulated electronics keep all wiring safe from every kind of natural element from moisture to insects. The bright, anti-glare screens are specially designed to deliver bright HD images outdoors, day or night.

For more information on SunBriteTV please visit www.sunbritetv.com or call the sales department directly at 866.357.8688.

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About SunBriteTV
SunBriteTV engineers and manufactures award-winning televisions and displays built specifically for outdoor use. SunBriteTV developed the industry’s first all-weather TV in 2004 and its products have been time-tested in home installations, outdoor sports arenas, restaurants, hotels, amusement parks, and airports. All models are available through SunBriteTV’s network of Authorized Dealers. To inquire about becoming an Authorized Dealer, contact SunBriteTV at 866.357.8688, or visit the Dealer Inquiry page at www.sunbritetv.com.

HARMAN’s Martin Professional Introduces New Additions to VC-Grid and VC-Strip LED Video Solutions at InfoComm 2014

LAS VEGAS, Nevada — Today at InfoComm 2014, HARMAN’s Martin Professional introduced the latest additions to its VC-Grid and VC-Strip LED video solutions to include 15, 25, 30 and 60 mm pixel pitch for architectural installations, stage design, and television set design.

Martin’s VC-Grid LED panel allows for the creative integration of LED video into interiors, set elements, stage designs, and custom-shaped LED video screens. Driven by Martin’s P3 System Controller, the VC-Grid provides high-quality image processing that eliminates the need for DMX pixelmapping, loose power supplies, and cabling. The VC-Grid offers 64 individually controllable pixels in RGB and cool, medium and warm white colors. Additionally, a hybrid power/date cabling systems allows the panels to be easily daisy-chained for ultimate design freedom.

“With the latest additions to the VC-Grid & VC-Strip Family, we are now able to offer the most comprehensive range of solutions for any creative LED video project,” said Wouter Verlinden, Product Manager for LED Video, Martin Professional. “Our integrated cabling system and ergonomic processing take the difficulty out of working with creative LED Video. Martin’s VC-Grids and VC-Strips are perfect for any LED video application from rental and installation to low or high resolution.”

The VC-Strip is a narrow yet extremely flexible LED video strip that can be cut to required length directly on-site. VC-Strips are fed power and data via Martin Professional’s P3 PowerPort 1500 and is controlled by Martin’s P3 System Controller for smooth playback that outperforms any DMX-based system. The VC-Strips are also fitted with color temperature control, color target control and gamma curve control and are guaranteed to perform at the same frame rate as the video source.

Additionally, the VC-Strip is fully compatible with Martin’s VC-Grid panel for more innovative and creative LED video designs.

For more information on Martin’s VC-Grid and VC-Strip LED video solutions, please visit: http://www.martin.com/productgroup/productgroup.asp?psg=leddisplaysystems&selgroup=93

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

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

HARMAN’s BSS Audio Introduces Soundweb™ Contrio Wall Controllers Providing Enhanced System Functionality for End-Users in Variety of Applications

LAS VEGAS, Nevada — HARMAN’s BSS Audio today introduced its Soundweb Contrio family of wall controllers, designed to provide greater system control and flexibility for a variety of fixed install applications. The Soundweb Contrio wall controller lineup features four models that, in addition to advanced multiple zone control, can easily be employed in a room-combining and splitting environment. The Soundweb Contrio platform and its two initial products, the Contrio wall controller range and Contrio Server, are the first within the Soundweb Contrio family that will ultimately provide enhanced system control capability and audio routing flexibility for a variety of applications.

All Soundweb Contrio products will be backward compatible with existing BSS Audio Soundweb London devices, providing the widest and most comprehensive choice of audio processing, distribution and control devices available in a single system solution today.

Contrio wall controllers are powered via PoE (Power over Ethernet) and are compatible with HARMAN HiQnet™ products. Simple controls and multi-colored visual feedback and displays make the controllers approachable and straightforward for non-technical users. Multiple modes of operation allow system integrators to tailor the functionality of the controller to the requirements of the application and its users.

“The Soundweb Contrio Wall Controllers are designed to provide a simplistic, yet powerful interface that allows for greater control of audio for a variety of applications and venues. These controllers along with the other members of the Contrio family are designed to provide integrators and end-users alike with better control, management and ultimately, performance, of their audio systems,” stated Iain Gregory, Market Manager, Installed Sound at HARMAN Signal Processing.

Soundweb Contrio controllers are scheduled to be available in September 2014 in white or back finish and EU or US form factors.

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

HARMAN’s AKG Offers License-Free Operation and 128-Bit Encryption with DMSTetrad Digital Wireless Microphone System

LAS VEGAS, Nevada – At InfoComm 2014, HARMAN’s AKG is introducing the DMSTetrad digital wireless microphone system. Ideal for a variety of applications ranging from concerts and clubs, to conferences, this license-free wireless system offers uncompressed audio transmission, superior RF performance and 128-bit AES standard encryption.

The AKG DMSTetrad digital wireless microphone system features an integrated 4-channel mixer, and an antenna front mount kit. With 24bit, 48kHz audio coding, it provides uncompressed studio-quality transmission and a linear frequency response, for uncompromising vocal and instrumental performances. The DMSTetrad’s 128-bit AES standard encryption prevents tapping of the audio signal, which makes it a perfect companion for high-security conferences.

The entire DMSTetrad system features the DSRTetrad Digital Stationary Receiver, the DPTTetrad Digital Pocket Transmitter and the DHTTetrad Digital Handheld Transmitter, available with AKG’s patented D5 acoustics or as DHTTetrad P5 with standard dynamic capsule. Two sets are available, the DMSTetrad Vocal Set including the DHTTetrad P5 and the DMSTetrad Performer Set including the DPTTetrad together with a C111 L earhook microphone and the MKG L instrument cable.

The DMSTetrad can be quickly assembled and ready to use. The DSRTetrad receiver can work with up to four channels of audio in parallel which can be mixed down directly to its balanced XLR sum output. The dynamic frequency selection (DFS) ensures that only the cleanest frequency bands are selected for the connection between receivers and transmitters automatically.

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

SMPTE Extends Call for Papers Deadline for SMPTE 2014 Annual Technical Conference & Exhibition, Announces Registration Opening on June 16

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. — June 17, 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, has extended the call for papers deadline to July 7 for the prestigious SMPTE 2014 Annual Technical Conference & Exhibition, which will take place Oct. 21-23 in Hollywood, California. Proposals may be submitted online at www.smpte.org/cfp2014. Registration for the conference has also opened at www.smpte2014.org will open on June 16.

“The presentation of technical papers is an important element of this event, and we strive to ensure that papers address a range of critical concepts and issues that influence the motion-imaging field,” said Paul Chapman, chair of the SMPTE ATC Program Committee. “Though we already have received an array of quality proposals, we are providing additional time for those who may have been considering submitting but have not yet done so.”

The SMPTE Annual Technical Conference & Exhibition is the premier annual technology event covering motion-imaging and media technology, production, operations, over-the-top content services, and the allied arts and sciences. Proposed papers must be informational and must address technical theory, research, innovation, application, or practice specific to any of the evolving technologies associated with the media technology industry.

Technical paper topics include, but are not limited to, 4K/8K UHDTV and beyond; postproduction; broadcast infrastructure, file-based workflow; cinematography and image acquisition; asset management, storage, and archiving; the “Internet of everything,” the second screen, and alternative content; audio/video processing and compression; content security; new techniques in audio; content distribution; display technology; advanced image processing; mobile, IP, and future distribution technologies; and restoration and preservation.

Student papers are strongly encouraged. Papers that have been published previously or that are commercial or promotional in nature will not be considered. A complete and more specific listing of possible topics, as well as instructions on submitting a topic heading, paper title, and one-page abstract, are available at www.smpte.org/cfp2014.

Further information about SMPTE and the SMPTE 2014 Annual Technical Conference & Exhibition is available at www.smpte.org.

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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 650 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. Information on joining SMPTE is available at www.smpte.org/join.

All trademarks appearing herein are the property of their respective owners.

Legendary Fisherman Bill Dance Reels in Viewers with HD Images Shot Using FUJINON Lenses

FUJINON ZA12x4.5BERM lenses perform in harsh conditions with outstanding reliability

Wayne, N.J. – When America’s best-known professional fisherman Bill Dance demonstrates his magic touch to TV viewers, his production crew captures the moment with super wide angle lenses from the Optical Devices Division of FUJIFILM North America Corporation. A television fixture since 1968, Dance’s trademark is his ability to entertain his audience, while he teaches them how they too can land the big fish. His shows, “Bill Dance Outdoors” and “Bill Dance Saltwater,” reach a combined total of over 200 million households airing on the NBC Sports Network, Discovery’s Destination America, and the Outdoors Channel.

Dance’s production team has used FUJINON lenses since 2008, but this year expanded their inventory with the purchase of two ZA12x4.5 BERM ENG/EFP lenses from Universal Media Services of Pensacola, Florida for use on their SonyHD cameras. Shane Bell, producer and editor for “Bill Dance Outdoor,” said, “For each half-hour show, our three-man camera crew spends up to four days fishing and filming from sunup to sundown in conditions that can include saltwater spray and harsh glare off the water. But the quality of the glass used in these lenses really helps us get great footage even with low-light or high-contrast conditions.”
The FUJINON ZA12x4.5BERM is a 2/3″ ENG-style Select Series Super Wide Angle ENG/EFP lens featuring a 2X range extender, DigiPower servo for highly accurate zoom and focus control, and Quick Zoom for rapid focus checks in the telephoto position. Their super wide angle allows the team to include both Bill and his guest fishermen in the same frame, while the quick zoom capability lets them capture the battle between fish and angler from the first strike to the moment Bill hauls his catches aboard. Bell explained, “With these lenses, we’ve been able to deliver captivating content that makes viewers feel as if they’ve climbed aboard for the fishing expedition.”

He continued, “These are also very robust lenses. We have absolute confidence that they will hold up to the rigors of our type of outdoor field production. The field crew has given the new lenses rave reviews, and the price point was also very appealing. For us, it’s an ideal combination. I would recommend FUJINON lenses without hesitation.”

Host Bill Dance added, “We depend on great equipment like FUJINON lenses. It’s what makes us a living!”

About Fujifilm
This year marks FUJIFILM’s 80th anniversary, and 40 years for the Optical Devices Division, formerly known as FUJINON, in the U.S.

FUJIFILM North America Corporation, a marketing subsidiary of FUJIFILM Holdings America Corporation consists of four operating divisions and one subsidiary company. The Imaging Division provides consumer and commercial photographic products and services, including: photographic paper; digital printing equipment, along with service and support; personalized photo products; film; and one-time-use cameras; and also markets motion picture archival film and on-set color management solutions to the motion picture, broadcast and production industries. The Electronic Imaging Division markets consumer digital cameras, and the Graphic Systems Division supplies products and services to the graphic printing industry. The Optical Devices Division provides optical lenses for the broadcast, cinematography, closed circuit television, videography and industrial markets, and also markets binoculars. FUJIFILM Canada Inc. sells and markets a range of Fujifilm products and services in Canada. For more information, please visit www.fujifilmusa.com/northamerica, go to www.twitter.com/fujifilmus to follow Fujifilm on Twitter, or go to www.facebook.com/FujifilmNorthAmerica to Like Fujifilm on Facebook. To receive news and information direct from Fujifilm via RSS, subscribe at www.fujifilmusa.com/rss.

FUJIFILM Holdings Corporation, Tokyo, Japan brings continuous innovation and leading-edge products to a broad spectrum of industries, including: healthcare, with medical systems, pharmaceuticals and cosmetics; graphic systems; highly functional materials, such as flat panel display materials; optical devices, such as broadcast and cinema lenses; digital imaging; and document products. These are based on a vast portfolio of chemical, mechanical, optical, electronic, software and production technologies. In the year ended March 31, 2014, the company had global revenues of $23.7 billion, at an exchange rate of 103 yen to the dollar. Fujifilm is committed to environmental stewardship and good corporate citizenship. For more information, please visit: www.fujifilmholdings.com.

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FUJIFILM Optical Devices Division, 200 Summit Lake Drive, Valahalla, New York 10595. Phone: 914-789-8100. Web site: www.FUJINON.com.

Christie Unveils First Laser Phosphor Series of 1-Chip DLP Projectors at InfoComm 2014

The new Christie® GS Series of laser phosphor projectors debut at InfoComm 2014 this week. Using laser phosphor illumination, the Christie GS Series provides an astounding 20,000 hours of operation and eliminates the need for lamp and filter replacements.

The Christie GS Series of Laser Phosphor Projectors

The solid state illumination, high-resolution, 1-chip DLP® laser-diode projectors come in WXGA, HD and WUXGA resolutions and provide a cost-effective solution with outstanding color matching and optional blending and warping for curved surfaces. Christie GS Series is perfect for fixed installation applications including boardrooms and conference rooms, government facilities, higher education, houses of worship and selected location-based entertainment venues such as casinos and live event theaters.

With features including wireless connectivity and a suite of optional lenses for greater installation flexibility, the Christie GS Series delivers the needed requirements for today’s demanding visual display projects and is suitable for 24/7 environments without a loss of image quality. Easy to install and use with input options such as Display Port, HDMI, DVI and HDBaseT, Christie GS Series provides clean, radiant images with up to 5400 ANSI lumens with Picture-in-Picture functionality.

“The move to laser phosphor technology with Christie 1-chip GS Series means a better combination of brilliant images, high performance and durability, while improving on a low cost of ownership,” said Mike Garrido, senior product manager, Christie. “The new Christie GS Series has the image quality and innovation that only Christie can deliver.”

Benefits of using Christie GS Series

-SSI-based laser phosphor for longer illumination life.

-Long life DLP® technology for greater reliability and more lifelike colors.

-Up to 1200:1 contrast ratio.

-Optional blending, warping for curved surfaces, and color matching for multiple projectors setups.

-24/7 capability for monitoring and signage applications.

-HD, WUXGA and WXGA resolution available.

-Wireless connectivity for less clutter and no cable management.

-Suite of lenses and portrait or landscape setup.

-With a choice of black or white shell, Christie GS Series easily blends into background.

The Christie DWU555-GS, Christie DHD555-GS and Christie DWX555-GS ship in August 2014 with a three-year parts and labor warranty.

HARMAN’s Martin Professional Appoints SF SES vs ISIK as Exclusive Distributor of Martin Lighting Solutions in Turkey

ISTANBUL, Turkey — HARMAN’s Martin Professional today appointed SF SES vs ISIK Sistemleri A.S., also known as SF, as the exclusive distributor of Martin products in Turkey. Istanbul-based SF has been a valued member of the HARMAN distributor network for over 25 years and this partnership will enhance the sales, distribution, and support of Martin Professional lighting solutions throughout Turkey as well as Azerbaijan and Northern Cyprus.

“As distributors of top brands in audio, video and lighting systems, we are sure that Martin will be a valuable addition to our existing distribution lines, as our reseller and solution partners always look to offer more sophisticated and robust turnkey lighting solutions to present to their end-user customers. commented Samim Mutluer, CEO SF SES ve ISIK Sistemleri A.S. “We look forward to providing our resellers and partners with the value-added services in support of Martin’s complete lighting system solutions.”

Commenting on the partnership, Matt Hallard, Business Area Manager EMEA, Martin Professional, said, “SF are well-respected by the rental companies and end users and have an incredibly dynamic, proactive team. With this brand new partnership and SF’s market dominance, I am confident we will quickly increase awareness of Martin Professional’s product range across the territory.”

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

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

Sound Devices 970 Brings Rackmounted Audio to InfoComm 2014

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

LAS VEGAS, JUNE 18, 2014 – Sound Devices, specialists in audio and video production equipment, showcases the 970, its first-ever dedicated audio-only rack-mounted solution, which boasts an impressive 64 channels of Dante and MADI, at InfoComm 2014 (Booth C6443). The half-rack, 2U device simplifies any application requiring high-quality, high-track-count audio recording, including live events such as concerts and sports recording, corporate events, houses of worship (HOW), studio and mobile production, as well as theater and museum presentations.

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

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

The Sound Devices 970 features an embedded Web-based control panel for machine transport and setup control over Ethernet-based networks as well as file transfer over the data network with SMB. In mission-critical audio-over-IP AV installations, where hundreds of audio channels are distributed between zones, setting up a redundant network to protect against loss of audio due to network failure provides peace of mind. The ability to have one drive transferring files over Ethernet, while another continues recording, offers significant production time savings. Corporate, HOW, theater and museum presentation videos that are created, edited and rendered remotely can be transferred directly to the venue.

File metadata editing of scene name, take name, notes, track names and reel folders can be done during, before and after recording across all drives. In addition to RS-422 and GPIO control, the unit also allows for format conversion between analog, AES digital, MADI and Dante, acting as a bridge and routing matrix between these types of audio I/O.

Sound Devices 970 is designed with a large five-inch screen for metering of up to 64 tracks and for fast and intuitive menu control. It also features the Sound Devices proprietary PowerSafe technology. PowerSafe circuitry has a built-in 10-second power reserve. In the event of power loss, the unit continues to operate for up to 10 seconds, then stops any file operation and shuts down. This ensures that a complete power loss has no effect on the recording. In addition, the 970 features FileSafe, which automatically detects and repairs corrupted file headers when drives are mounted. This occurs when a drive is inadvertently removed during recording, with the 970, simply reinsert the drive and it automatically repairs its files.

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

Sound Devices, LLC designs and manufactures portable audio mixers, digital audio recorders and related equipment for feature film, episodic television, documentary, news-gathering, live event and acoustical test and measurement applications. Video Devices, a brand of Sound Devices, produces digital video recorders and related products that address a range of multiple-source video productions, including fast-paced, mission-critical studio applications, live sports, live events and mobile production.

Founded in 1998, the company designs and manufactures both brands from their Reedsburg, Wisconsin headquarters with additional offices in Madison, WI and Highland Park, IL. For more information, visit the Sound Devices and Video Devices websites, www.sounddevices.com; www.videodevices.com.

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