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Vitec Videocom Announces Intention to Acquire Autocue


(Bury St Edmunds, UK) – As part of an ongoing strategic program to deliver improved service, support and experience to its customers worldwide, along with innovative products, Vitec Videocom, a division of the Vitec Group plc, has reached a conditional agreement to acquire Autocue.

Autocue, established in 1955 and a provider of a broad range of teleprompting hardware and software products, will complement Vitec Videocom’s portfolio of products for the broadcast, pro-videography, corporate and public sectors. The acquisition will help to ensure that customers receive a broader range of technologies and solutions that address the entire spectrum of requirements for studio and outside broadcast applications in terms of size and functionality.

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About Vitec Videocom
Vitec Videocom brings together some of the most respected, most innovative and most sought-after brands in the industry: Anton/Bauer, Autoscript, Camera Corps, Litepanels, OConnor, Petrol Bags, Sachtler, Vinten and Vinten Radamec. It acts as an endorsing brand for these market-leading broadcast, film and pro video products, encouraging multi-brand system sales and simplifying the way that customers worldwide do business.

Vitec Videocom is an operating division within the Vitec Group, an international business serving customers in the broadcast, photographic and military aerospace and government markets. Vitec is based on strong, well known, premium brands on which its customers rely on worldwide.

FUJIFILM’S new zoom goes wide, then long to stay with the action

HA18x5.5 offers 18x zoom from 5.5mm at the wide angle to 100mm on the telephoto end

Wayne, N.J. – The Optical Devices Division of FUJIFILM North America Corporation introduced its HA18x5.5 HD zoom at the annual NAB 2014 convention, held in Las Vegas this week.

The Premier Series HA18x5.5 offers 18x zoom from 5.5mm at the wide angle to 100mm on the telephoto end to capture images for a versatile range of scenes. It features high-precision large-diameter aspheric elements, designed with Fujifilm’s proprietary cutting-edge optical simulation technology, achieving sharpness at the center as well as all corners to deliver edge-to-edge premium image quality.

“Our customers have been looking for a lens that’s capable of shooting very wide but also at long range,” explained Thom Calabro, director of Marketing and Product Development for the Optical Division of FUJIFILM. “Sports producers looking for a lens that can go wide and still follow the action. It’s also a solid all-around lens that can shoot interviews and other applications typical for a standard telephoto lens.”

With the HA18×5.5, the operator can get as close to the subject as a minimum distance of 40cm. With the use of the built-in 2X extender, the focal length on the telephoto end can be extended to 200mm. These features accommodate a broad range of scenes to dramatically improve usability in a variety of shooting environments including live news, sports and dramatic program production.

The lens also has built-in digital servodrive units for zooming and focusing. Its ergonomic design reduces the weight for camera operators working handheld. Equipped with a 16-bit encoders,which outputs focus and other lens data at high resolution, enables compatibility with various systems such as a virtual studio programs and combining CG with live footage.

The HA18x5.5 will be available in late June of this year.

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

About Fujifilm
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 electronic imaging, digital printing equipment, medical systems, life sciences, graphic arts, flat panel display materials, and office products, based on a vast portfolio of digital, optical, fine chemical and thin film coating technologies. The company was among the top 10 companies around the world granted U.S. patents in 2012, and in the year ended March 31, 2013, had global revenues of $26.7 billion*. Fujifilm is committed to environmental stewardship and good corporate citizenship. For more information, please visit www.fujifilmholdings.com.

* At an exchange rate of 83 yen to the dollar.

All product and company names herein may be trademarks of their registered owners.

HARMAN’s AKG Enters the Aviation Market with Introduction of AV100 Headset

FRIEDRICHSHAFEN, Germany – At AERO Friedrichshafen 2014, HARMAN’s AKG announced it is expanding into a new market with the introduction of its AV100 aviation headset, the company’s first headset designed for general aviation pilots. The AV100 utilizes proprietary hybrid noise-reduction technology to block cockpit noise and offers features specifically designed for aviation use. The AV100 was developed in collaboration with pilot Hannes Arch, a member of the Red Bull Air Race Team and Red Bull Air Race World Series champion.

“When AKG approached me to collaborate on their first aviation headset, I was totally confident that we could create the best product of its kind,” said Arch. “By combining my piloting experience with AKG’s more than 65 years of experience in acoustical design, I am confident we have set a new standard for aviation headsets.”

The AKG AV100 employs exclusive AKG-developed hybrid active noise-cancelling technology and signal processing that is calibrated to most effectively attenuate the specific frequencies heard within an airplane. The addition of a superior audio reproduction system creates the most enjoyable and relaxing listening environment within today’s market. The AV100 incorporates top-quality drivers and electronics to deliver clear, intelligible speech and music reproduction. It has a built-in microphone and boom that can be mounted on either the left or right side of the headset. The windscreen is washable, replaceable and a spare is included in the premium carrying bag.

The AV100 offers a number of additional aviation-centric features. It has built-in LED map lights on each ear cup that provide illumination during night flights or added visibility in cockpits with dim lighting. Its cable-mounted control unit offers Bluetooth connectivity and an AUX input enabling wireless or wired interfacing with navigation devices, tablet PCs, phones or other devices. An adjustable automatic input switch lets the wearer set his or her audio preferences so that intercom messages take precedence over other channels if so desired. The headset has a 6-pin LEMO connector and a standard dual-plug adapter is included. The AV100’s large padded ear cups and headband ensure lasting comfort even during long flights.

The AKG AV100 comes with a premium carry bag with enough spare space for sunglasses, navigation devices, a tablet device and more.

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 14,800 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $4.7 billion for the last twelve months ended December 31, 2013.

Rocky Mountain Region Catalyst AV Distribution Network Company HCA Distributing Grows Staff and Provides Details of Upcoming Vendor Expo

Denver, CO – April 10, 2014 – HCA Distributing (www.hcadist.com) – the Rocky Mountain region member of the Catalyst AV distribution network – has appointed several consumer electronics industry veterans to its sales force. The company is also gearing-up to host its annual Vendor Expo, held May 13 – 14, at its Denver headquarters.

Michael Thompson will serve as HCA Distributing sales manager for Utah, western Wyoming, western Montana and eastern Idaho markets. Thompson was formerly Rocky Mountain Sr. Account Manager for AVAD where he was responsible for New Business Development. Thompson is based in Murray, Utah. He can be reached at 385.414.2791 and via email at michael@hcadist.com.

Brett Olkowski will assume duties for HCA Distributing will call sales, product support, and outside sales for south Colorado. Previously Olkowski was a Premier Account Manager for Mountain West Distributing and also held positions at Denver Audio Designs, Soundings and Circuit City. Olkowski is located in the Denver-metro area and can be reached at HCA’s main phone number of 303.339.8969 and via email at brett@hcadist.com.

Van Coble was promoted to sales manager at HCA Distributing effective January 1, 2014. Previous to his hiring in February 2013, Coble was employed as a Residential Integrator at Arapahoe Distributing, and has extensive experience in Commercial Integration and Live Sound and Lighting with C & S Communications, Stormfront Productions, Atlantic Audio and the Blockbuster Pavilion – all in Charlotte, NC. Coble is located in the Denver-metro area and can be reached at HCA’s main number of 303.339.8969 and via email at van@hcadist.com.

Annual HCA Distributing Vendor Expo: HCA Distributing Principal Ron Perron invites all Rocky Mountain-area dealers to attend the company’s annual Vendor Expo taking place May 13th & 14th at their Denver location of 2650 W 2nd Avenue, #15. Event hours are 8 AM – 3 PM each day.

Approximately 30 vendors will be represented including TiVo, EnGenius, Atlona, Sanus, Chief, Middle Atlantic and Sonance, with additional vendors expected to be announced shortly. The Expo will consist of product presentations, mini-trainings and one-on-one time with HCA staff and vendors. Refreshments and door prizes will be provided. For more information on the Expo, contact HCA Distributing at 303.339.8969 (or toll-free at 877.532.3027) or via email at info@hcadist.com.

About Catalyst AV: Founded in 2012, Catalyst AV is a network of 12-independent consumer electronics distributors serving the residential and professional AV channels in the U.S. Catalyst AV grants manufacturers a consistent and cohesive nationwide distribution model to more than 15,000 professional integration specialists. Catalyst AV benefits integrators by delivering all the products and support necessary to execute the demands of job specifications with confidence. The Catalyst AV Board of Directors consists of Mike Hench (Electronics Source Distributors); Steve Presti (Easy Access Distribution) and Wally Whinna (Allnet Distributing). www.catalystav.com

DANLEY SOUND LABS HOSTS TRAINING SESSIONS FOR INTERNATIONAL DISTRIBUTORS

GAINESVILLE, GEORGIA – APRIL 2014: Danley Sound Labs, manufacturer of innovative loudspeaker and subwoofer solutions for high SPL applications, hosted an ongoing series of training sessions for its growing team of international distributors. Key members of Finnish distributor LF Imports came to Danley’s Gainesville, Georgia headquarters in February, followed in March by members of Singapore distributor The Soundsmith and German distributor Carsten Eichstaedt-BLL-Veranstaltungstechnik. Participants engaged in critical listening exercises across a wide range of Danley products, from the flagship SH-50 loudspeaker and BC-415 subwoofer, to the company’s latest offerings, the lobe-free columnar SBH-10 Skinny Big Horn loudspeaker and the fully-weatherized OS-80 loudspeaker. Participants also learned the finer points of Danley’s free, easy-to-use DDT 2D & 3D system modeling software.

“We are developing the international side of Danley and are actively seeking new distributors in key geographies around the world,” said Jonathan “J.P.” Parker, Danley’s director of sales. “We realize that education is critical because, although Danley gets a lot of favorable press, decisions are made on a project-by-project basis, and making decisions about audio is often subjective. After going over the technology behind Danley’s product line, these training sessions give our distributors a frame of reference for the aspects of sound that they – and their customers – should be listening for. Once they have that frame of reference, it’s much easier to explain and show through a demo why Danley offers the better solution. We hope our international distributors can take that knowledge home and effectively convey it in their own culture and language.”

ABOUT DANLEY SOUND LABS Danley Sound Labs is the exclusive home of Tom Danley, one of the most innovative loudspeaker designers in the industry today and recognized worldwide as a pioneer for “outside the box” thinking in professional audio technology.
www.danleysoundlabs.com

(PHOTO CAPTION) (Attendees around the table, clockwise from left) Chad Edwardson – Danley; Carsten Eichstaedt – BLL-Veranstaltungstechnik; Ivan Beaver – Danley; Edwin Ng – The Soundsmith; Nicholas Loe – The Soundsmith; Choon San Ng – The Soundsmith; J.P. Parker – Danley (not pictured).

D-Tools Adopts Standardization, Fully Integrates Security Industry Association Standard SIA/IAPSC Security Drawing Symbols into D-Tools System Integrator™ Software Platform

SIA/IAPSC Security Industry Standard Drawing Symbols are used for planning and integrating all facets of security system installation, are used for project designs, blueprints, or schematics, and are consistent with those used by Architects, Electronic Systems Contractors, Consultants, and others in the trade

D-Tools now features standardized security industry standard shapes

CONCORD, CA, USA – April 09, 2014 — D-Tools Inc., the worldwide leader in system integration software, today announced full integration of Industry Standard SIA/IAPSC Security Drawing Symbols into the D-Tools System Integrator™ electronic system estimation, design and documentation software platform. Straightforward and easily-recognized, SIA/IAPSC Security Drawing Symbols are used for planning security system installations and are used for system designs, blueprints, or schematics, and are consistent with symbols used by Builders, Architects, Consultants, Electronic Systems Contractors, and other professional trades to design and integrate all aspects of audio, video, networking and security installations in commercial and residential applications.

“By implementing SIA/IAPSC Security Symbols into D-Tools System Integrator™, D-Tools is better able to fulfill our commitment to providing electronic systems contractors a means for producing more professional-looking proposals and more accurate design documentation that allow them to compete at a higher level and ultimately, win more bids,” said Adam Stone, President and Founder of D-Tools. “We have been working towards adopting standardized symbols for some time because we recognize the value it provides to every entity involved in a given installation and know that in time, electronic systems contractors will be required to provide this service.”

Within the D-Tools System Integrator platform, SIA/IAPSC Security Symbol implementation consists of a grouping of Autodesk® AutoCAD symbols– including mount type and device options for each symbol– that D-Tools has converted into separate Microsoft® Visio stencil categories. In addition to Electronic Safety and Security stencils, D-Tools industry standard stencil categories include Audio Video, Communications, Control, Electrical, Furnishings, Generic, HVAC, and Vacuum Cleaning Systems.

The new SIA/IAPSC Security Symbols are available now for download and use by authorized D-Tools System Integrator users, who can access these and other D-Tools stencil updates by clicking on the Download Stencil update link in the SIX toolbar in Visio.

By adopting and utilizing the SIA/IAPSC Security Drawing Symbols into their system design and documentation practices, security systems integrators will more clearly communicate with project partners within the security market. Not only does this new standard provide needed clarity and consistency between project partners, it also provides security systems integrators an opportunity to compete for bids at a higher level, earn and maintain project access, streamline processes, and boost their bottom line.

More detailed information about the new D-Tools SIA/IAPSC Security Architectural Drawing symbols can be found on the D-Tools documentation D-Tools wiki, by visiting the D-Tools Blog Site, by calling 1-866-386-6571 ext. 1, or by emailing info@d-tools.com. Product updates and related information can be obtained by visiting www.d-tools.com and by following D-Tools on Twitter and on Facebook.

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.

Press Contacts:
Tim Bigoness, D-Tools, Inc., +1 (925) 270-4102, timb@d-tools.com, www.d-tools.com

Katye (McGregor) Bennett, KMB Communications, +1 (425) 328-8640, katye@kmbcomm.com, www.kmbcomm.com/press

Accompanying Images & References:
D-Tools Logos
D-Tools SIA/IAPSC Security Drawing Symbols
D-Tools Blog post on SIA/IAPSC Security symbols

*SIA is the Security Industry Association and IAPSC is the International Association of Professional Security Consultants.

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D-Tools Furthers Standardization, Fully Integrates Industry Standard J-STD-710 Audio, Video and Control Architectural Drawing Symbols into System Integrator™ Software Platform

J-STD-710 Industry Standard Architectural Drawing Symbols are used to represent all facets of audio, video, and control pre-wire and installation for system designs, blueprints, or schematics, and are consistent with those used by Architects, Builders, Interior Designers, and other Professional trades

D-Tools System Integrator system design and proposal platform now features industry standard shapes for more seamless integration and better communication of project parameters with associated trades.

CONCORD, CA, USA – APRIL 09, 2014 D-Tools Inc., the worldwide leader in system integration software, today announced full integration of Industry Standard J-STD-710 Audio, Video and Control Architectural Drawing Symbols into the D-Tools System Integrator™ electronic system estimation, design and documentation software platform. Straightforward and easily-recognized, J-STD-710 Audio, Video and Control Architectural Drawing Symbols represent all facets of audio, video, and control pre-wire and installation for system designs, blueprints, or schematics, and are consistent with symbols used by Builders, Architects, Interior Designers, CE Manufacturers, Electronic Systems Contractors, and other professional trades.

“By implementing industry standard J-STD-710 Architectural Drawing Symbols into the D-Tools System Integrator™ platform, electronic systems integrators are provided an effective means for producing professional-looking, easily recognized proposals and design documentation that allows them to compete at a higher level and win more bids,” said Adam Stone, President and Founder of D-Tools. “Not only does standardization provide extensive value to every entity involved in a given installation, it will soon be a service that systems integrators will be required to provide. Essentially, we’re giving integrators a leg-up on their competition by encouraging the early adoption of industry standardized.”

Within the D-Tools System Integrator platform, J-STD-710 implementation consists of nine categories of Autodesk® AutoCAD symbols– including mount type and device options for each symbol–that D-Tools has converted into nine separate Microsoft® Visio stencils. The categories include Audio Video, Communications, Control, Electrical, Electronic Safety and Security, Furnishings, Generic, HVAC, and Vacuum Cleaning Systems.

The new D-Tools J-STD-710 stencils are available now for download and use by authorized System Integrator users, who can access these and other D-Tools stencil updates by clicking on the Download Stencil update link in the SIX toolbar in Visio.

By adopting and utilizing the J-STD-710 Audio, Video and Control Architectural Drawing Symbols into their system design and documentation practices, electronic systems integrators will more clearly communicate with project partners across different trades. Not only does this new standard provide needed clarity and consistency between project partners, it also provides systems integrators an opportunity to compete for bids at a higher level, earn and maintain project access, streamline processes, and boost their bottom line.

More detailed information about the new D-Tools J-STD-710 Audio, Video and Control Architectural Drawing symbols can be found on the D-Tools documentation D-Tools wiki, by visiting the D-Tools Blog Site, by calling 1-866-386-6571 ext. 1, or by emailing info@d-tools.com. Product updates and related information can be obtained by following D-Tools on Twitter and on Facebook.

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.

Press Contacts: 
Tim Bigoness, D-Tools, Inc., +1 (925) 270-4102, timb@d-tools.com, www.d-tools.com
 
Katye (McGregor) Bennett, KMB Communications, +1 (425) 328-8640, katye@kmbcomm.com, www.kmbcomm.com/press
 
Accompanying Images:
D-Tools Logos
D-Tools Screen Shot of J-STD-710 Industry Standard Symbols

D-Tools Blog post on J-STD-710 symbols:
http://www.d-toolsblog.com/presidents-perspective/jstd710-symbols/

References:
The official J-STD-710 Audio, Video and Control Architectural Drawing Symbols Standard was created by members of the CEA/CEDIA/InfoComm R10WG7 Residential Systems Documentation Working Group who produced a joint White Paper post on J-STD-710 symbols:
http://www.infocomm.org/cps/rde/xchg/infocomm/hs.xsl/36035.htm
http://www.cedia.net/insights/cedia-blog-detail/blog/2013/12/09/method-to-the-madness-the-future-of-design-documents
https://standards.ce.org/apps/group_public/project/details.php?project_id=2

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TC Takes QL On Demonstration Road Show

BUENA PARK, Caiif.—Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc. announces the first mid-west demonstrations of the new Yamaha QL Series Digital Consoles hosted by TC Furlong Inc. Events are free. The dates and locations are as follows:

Wednesday, 4/16, 4:30 pm – 7:00 pm
TC Furlong Inc. in Lake Forest, IL
http://www.eventbrite.com/e/yamaha-ql-series-launch-tour-after-hours-tc-furlong-inc-tickets-11201286349?aff=yamaha

Tuesday, 4/22, 9:00 am -1:00 pm (with Yamaha district manager, Mike Eiseman)
Regus Offices in Rosemont, IL
http://www.eventbrite.com/e/yamaha-ql-series-launch-tour-rosemont-il-tickets-11203922233?aff=yamaha

Tuesday, 4/22, 4:00 pm -7:30 pm (with Yamaha district manager, Mike Eiseman)
The Moody Church in Chicago, IL
http://www.eventbrite.com/e/yamaha-ql-series-launch-tour-chicago-il-tickets-11204000467?aff=yamaha

The new Yamaha QL Series inherits CL console features such as all-in-one mixing, processing, and routing capability for small to medium scale live tour sound, house of worship installations, corporate A/V, and speech applications.

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Digital Vision Brings Latest Post Production, Restoration and Archive Solutions to NAB 2014

- First look at Golden Eye 4 film scanner, Bifrost Archive Bridge and latest versions of Nucoda and Phoenix -

NAB 2014, Stand SL6026 / Chairman’s Suite, Renaissance Hotel

(London, UK) – Once again Digital Vision invites NAB visitors to its Demo Lounge at the Renaissance Hotel, adjacent to the LVCC, where it will present a range of products for post production, restoration, archive and broadcast.
Visitors can get a first look at the new Golden Eye 4 film scanner for restoration and archive, which incorporates many new features and enhancements that have been requested by users of Golden Eye 3. In addition Digital Vision will present the Bifrost Archive Bridge that provides streamlined archive workflow tools, enables archive owners to preserve and restore their precious film assets.

Digital Vision will demonstrate the latest 2014 versions of the Nucoda colour grading suite and the Phoenix range of film restoration tools. Also on show will be realtime 4K image processing using THOR hardware and distributed automated processing using Loki.

Kelvin Bolah, President, Digital Vision, said, “Our Market Managers and R&D team have been working hard to develop tools that enable our customers to preserve, restore and create beautiful images while maintaining quality. We have some exciting products to share that will undoubtedly be the best at what they do. At NAB we look forward to introducing new and existing clients to our growing product portfolio.”

The Digital Vision Demo Lounge at the Renaissance provides a respite from the noise and bustle of the show floor, allowing guests to sit down, enjoy some refreshments and have a proper discussion with Digital Vision’s knowledgeable team about their requirements. To book a demo or meeting at the Demo Lounge, please contact Patrick Morgan patrick.morgan@digitalvision.se or visit Digital Vision’s reception stand on the show floor at SL6026.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bexel and Riedel Communications Take Flight with Collaborative Offering

Bexel’s Falcon Sportscaster Unit to Feature New Riedel AVB Interface

Bexel Used Sales: NAB Booth #N1205
Riedel Communications: NAB Booth #C4937

(LAS VEGAS, NV) – Bexel, a unit of the Vitec Group‘s Services Division and a leading worldwide provider of broadcast services and solutions, announced a new, collaborative offering with Riedel Communications at NAB 2014. Bexel’s Falcon Sportscaster Unit will now feature an AVB (audio-video bridge) interface, developed by Riedel. The optional AVB capability provides direct digital network connectivity to the announcer in the most advanced media network architecture available.

The Falcon is able to satisfy all of the demands of professional sportscasters and audio operators with its unique, interchangeable nature. The unit’s inherent flexibility can accommodate a variety of interface connectivity solutions to meet a customer’s specific needs, and now broadcasters will be able to utilize the state-of-the-art Riedel AVB interface, as the Falcon is not bound to a singular solution for connectivity.

“With Riedel, we are working with a partner company that is dynamic, resourceful and innovative,” said Andrew McHaddad, chief audio engineer, Bexel. “This collaboration is a perfect fit for everyone involved, but especially for our customers. We pride ourselves on being a leader in the sportscaster equipment market with our Falcon platform. Working with a technology-driven company like Riedel strengthens our offerings and improves users’ experiences.”

Riedel, a provider of pioneering real-time video, audio, data and communications networks, approached Bexel about partnering on an AVB interface for the Falcon.

“It has been very rewarding to work with Bexel on this new AVB application,” said Christian Diehl, product manager for Riedel Communications. “We are very interested in furthering the usage of AVB globally, and this single-cable option for the Falcon is a perfect application for it.”

The new Riedel AVB option allows a single CAT-5 cable to connect to an AVB network carrying all five audio signals: broadcast microphone, Talk-Back #1, Talk-Back #2, IFB left, IFB right and power. All audio signals exist on the network as data, with all AD/DA conversions occurring within the Falcon unit. Powered through the network connection, this version provides the highest density of capability in the smallest footprint available in the marketplace.

“Riedel is a leader in technological innovations, and our new AVB interface brings their exciting work into the sportscaster equipment market,” concluded McHaddad. “It has been a rewarding experience working with the team from Riedel, and we are already looking forward to further collaborations.”

To see the new Riedel AVB interface for Bexel’s Falcon Sportscaster Unit, visit the Bexel TSS Booth (Stand #N1205) or the Riedel Communications Booth (Stand #C4937) at NAB 2014, April 7-10, in Las Vegas.

About Riedel
Riedel Communications designs, manufactures, and distributes pioneering real-time video, audio, data, and communications networks for broadcast, pro-audio, event, sports, theater and security applications. The company also provides rental services for radio and intercom systems, event IT solutions as well as fiber-based and wireless audio & video transmission systems that can be easily scaled to events of any size anywhere in the world. Founded in 1987, the company now employs more than 400 people at 11 locations in Europe, Asia, Australia and the Americas. For more information, visit www.riedel.net.

About Bexel
Bexel is the pre-eminent worldwide provider of broadcast services including video and audio equipment rentals, fiber services, new audio sales, used equipment sales, and repairs/maintenance. Bexel provides brilliantly designed and flawlessly executed systems and solutions to all customers – including producers of the biggest and most important televised events in the world. For more information, visit www.bexel.com, and follow them on Facebook and Twitter.

About the Vitec Group
Capture the moment(tm)

For over 100 years, through every innovation in photography, film and digital image-making, Vitec businesses have developed a powerful portfolio of brand and products that have enabled some of the most amazing moments to be captured under some of the most challenging conditions. Vitec is an international Group principally serving customers in the broadcast photographic and military aerospace and government (MAG) markets. Vitec is based on strong, well-known premium brands on which its customers worldwide rely. Vitec is organized in three divisions: Videocom, Imaging and Services. Videocom designs and distributes systems and products used in broadcasting and live entertainment, film and video production and MAG. Imaging designs, manufactures and distributes equipment and accessories for photography, video and events. Services provides equipment rental, workflow design and technical support for camera, video, audio, fiber optic and wireless technology used by TV production and film crews. More information can be found at www.vitecgroup.com.

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