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Bexel to Showcase Unique Broadcast Solutions and Services at NAB 2014


(BURBANK, CA) – Bexel, a unit of the Vitec Group‘s Services Division and a leading worldwide provider of broadcast services and solutions has three focused business segments to optimize their offerings. Bexel Engineered Systems & Solutions (ESS) offers unique end-to-end solutions, including systems integration, fiber and infrastructure support. Bexel Technical Sales & Solutions (TSS) is a leading dealer of B-stock, new and used professional audio, video and fiber equipment sales. Bexel Rental Services & Solutions (RSS) provides a comprehensive resource for the latest broadcast equipment and technical services.

Bexel will be promoting RSS with a new Digital Cinema initiative, webcast solutions with Livestream and 4K production in Canon’s booth. ESS will show a remote analyst kit designed and built for Fox 1 Sports. Bexel will also be powering the live stage at the Vitec Videocom booth (C6025). The company offers systems and expertise for a wide range of broadcast needs, as well as fiber, wireless and audio integration, infrastructure services, production rentals, and new and used equipment sales.

Bexel offerings on display at NAB 2014 include the below:

* Powering the live stage at the Vitec Videocom village: The custom-designed control room duplicates a fully-functioning broadcast system typically used in studio environments. The centerpiece of this solution is Bexel’s Element Flypack, a compact and portable system that is pre-wired for any application, and can be configured with a variety of audio mixers, intercom, switchers and cameras. Presentations will take place hourly; and Bexel will take the stage on April 7, 8 and 9 from 4:15-4:45pm.

* Highlighting a growing inventory of 4K camera systems: Bexel will showcase a Sony PMW-F55 with a Fujinon Cabrio PL-mount lens, solidifying their commitment to investing in advanced camera and lens technology that broadcasters need. “We are dedicated to providing the expertise and equipment choices that satisfy a variety of shooters integrating HD video and cinema-style options,” says Tom Dickinson, CTO of Bexel. “To do that, we are broadening our PL-mount camera and lens inventory. The Sony F55 gives our clients great shots that look like film, and the ability to be more creative, particularly when paired with the Fujinon Cabrio PL lenses.”

* Over at Canon U.S.A., a leader in digital imaging solutions, Bexel’s Hercules HD Flypack will play a pivotal role in the simulation of a live 4K broadcast truck located at the booth (C4325). Bexel collaborated with Canon on the system, which utilizes Canon’s C-500 4K camera systems along with an Evertz Dreamcatcher 4K server unit. This simulation demonstrates Bexel’s capabilities for bringing the high-demand environment of live broadcasts to any location.

* Bexel ESS engineers will be available to discuss new and recently completed projects including fiber optic integration for the venues at the 2014 sporting events at Sochi; a massive fiber install at Beaver Creek, Colorado for the 2015 World Championships of Skiing; as well as other optical fiber solutions. Also broadcast systems including a unique self-contained, crewless home studio for some of FOX Sports 1′s top talent, which were permanently installed earlier this year in the analysts’ homes, allowing them to go on air immediately when something pertaining to their specialty occurs. FOX Sports 1 simply connects into any of the in-home studios via a bonded T1 pair, and goes live with HD quality video.

Bexel’s latest slate of high-profile events in support of major broadcasters includes on-site production, fiber infrastructure and engineering support for the days of live coverage leading up to Super Bowl XLVIII, as well as FOX Sports’ pre-game coverage and the big game. Support for other live events range from the Oscars(r) red carpet and telecast, NCAA basketball, and the upcoming World Cup among others.

Bexel TSS will introduce its Gold Line of pristine, one-time use broadcast video and audio equipment at booth #N1205. Much of the gear was recently used to cover worldwide sporting events in Sochi, Russia.

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About Bexel TSS
Bexel Technical Sales & Solutions (TSS), a business segment of Bexel Broadcast Services, a Vitec Group Brand, has offered the latest new and pre-owned professional broadcast video and audio products since 1991. Over the years, Bexel TSS has expanded to include exclusive dealerships with top-of-the-line manufacturers, such as Panasonic, Lectrosonics, Clear-Com, Fujinon, Sony, AJA, Evertz, Livestream, and many more. As part of the Vitec Group of companies, Bexel has access to a wide range of industry standard product lines including Anton/Bauer, Vinten, Litepanels, Sachtler and Petrol Bags. Bexel TSS also offers its own line of intercom and audio products made in house under the Bexel ASG brand. Bexel’s specialists offer product training and support before and after the sale, as well as in-house equipment maintenance and repair. In an effort to supply the broadcast industry with unequaled service and product solutions at exceptional prices, Bexel TSS represents over 200 product lines.

For more information about Bexel, visit www.bexel.com, or follow them on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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.

MultiDyne(R) Appoints Industry Veteran Jim Hurwitz to Senior Management Role

LOCUST VALLEY, N.Y. — April 1, 2014 — MultiDyne(R), a leading provider of fiber-optic-based video and audio transport solutions for broadcast and pro A/V applications, today announced that it has appointed Jim Hurwitz as vice president of business development. In his new role, Hurwitz will be responsible for developing and marketing new products for MultiDyne to increase the company’s global sales efforts. more

Calrec Audio Commits AoIP Interface Support to Global Customers

HEBDEN BRIDGE, U.K. — April 1, 2014 — Calrec Audio has committed support to AoIP networking by announcing its membership in the RAVENNA community by entering into a partnership agreement with ALC NetworX, the company behind RAVENNA. The announcement demonstrates Calrec’s commitment to developing RAVENNA- and AES67-compatible AoIP interfaces for its range of audio consoles through the Hydra2 network. more

Front Porch Digital to Unveil DISTILL(SM) at 2014 NAB Show

New Solution Eliminates Cost and Confusion of Managing Metadata and Associated Standardization, Making It Easy to Capture, Process, Manage, and Retrieve Critical Metadata

LAFAYETTE, Colo. — April 1, 2014 — Front Porch Digital, the global leader in content storage management (CSM) solutions, today announced the release of DISTILL(SM). This new solution, delivered over four simple steps — capture, process, manage, and retrieve — ensures that almost any metadata created at any stage of the content lifecycle can now be easily and effectively managed. more

SMPTE(R) Extends Access to Society Resources With Launch of Mobile App

Free App Provides Direct Access to SMPTE’s Membership, Education, and Standards Resources on Smart Devices

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. — April 1, 2014 — The Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers(R) (SMPTE(R)), the worldwide leader in motion-imaging standards and education for the communications, media, entertainment, and technology industries, today announced the release of its new mobile application for use with iOS, Android, and Web-based operating systems. more

Nexidia Dialogue Search Integrates With IPV Curator

ATLANTA — April 1, 2014 — Nexidia, developer of dialogue and audio analysis products and technologies for optimizing audio and video media, today announced that its Dialogue Search software has been integrated with the IPV Curator media asset management (MAM) system. Dialogue Search is a tool that uses Nexidia’s patented technology to search for any spoken word or phrase across massive media libraries in seconds. IPV publishes media for indexing automatically into Dialogue Search, and the Dialogue Search results are then directly integrated into the IPV Curator search experience, enhancing the user’s ability to discover and reuse assets. more

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Extron Introduces New Model of IN1608 Scaling Presentation Switcher with a Built-In Control Processor

Extron Electronics is pleased to introduce the Extron IN1608 IPCP, a new model of the IN1608 product family featuring a built-in Extron IP Link Pro control processor for complete and powerful AV system control. The IN1608 is a highly versatile scaling presentation switcher that delivers the technologically advanced capabilities necessary to design and integrate a complete AV system in one box, including an HDCP-compliant, multi-format video switcher, an advanced scaling engine, integrated DTP 230 transmitter and receivers, a high performance mono or stereo amplifier, comprehensive audio processing, and an advanced control processor that is uniquely expandable. The IN1608 is the new industry standard for fully integrated AV systems, greatly simplifying system design and installation, and dramatically reducing total cost of ownership. more

It’s Fiber All the Way for Hillsdale College

 

When it comes to broadband AV, it’s optical fiber all the way for Hillsdale College in Michigan. The independent private college started running high-speed, secure optical fiber across its indoor track using audio optical technology by FiberPlex Technologies in May and is now gearing up for another, longer optical run that will shuttle multimedia across its campus.  

In the next few months, the College will roll out FiberPlex’s WDM-16 multiplexer into existing fiber strands for moving large multimedia files from its auditorium and sports fields to a control studio on campus.

Hillsdale’s Director of Technical Media Ted Matko is working with AVI Systems, headquartered in Eden Prairie, Minn., on the project and expects the WDM-16 active wave division multiplexer to save the college the cost of trenching in new fiber in some areas of the campus by reusing existing optical runs which will generate substantial savings.  

“We needed capacity to get video from the athletic fields, the auditorium, the fine arts building and elsewhere to our new control studio about a quarter of a mile away. Multiplexing will make it cost effective to do that,” said Matko, explaining that FiberPlex’s WDM-16 lets him multiplex 16 separate channels at 3Gb/s each onto two fiber pairs used by the campus network.

The additional channels are needed to stream the college’s live volleyball, football and baseball games across a quarter-mile distance from its athletic fields to the control studio, which was originally the College’s bookstore but now serves as the command center for media control and the head-end to the LTN feed picked up by the networks. The College also shuttles media to its control room from its auditorium on a regular basis for guest speaker engagements.

Previously, in May, the College installed FiberPlex LightViper optical audio snakes for its graduation ceremony held in its indoor track facility with 5,000 people in attendance –including commencement speaker U.S. Senator Ted Cruz.  A LightViper snake connected the mics on stage to a mixing console at the back of the field some 265 feet away over fiber optic cabling. Another LightViper optical snake routed the audio channels – via optical cable – from the track to the studio control room across campus.

All audio is controlled and networked through Peavey’s MediaMatrix audio control system.

“This is a standalone digitally networked sound system that can handle just about anything they want to do from the field. If they need to change anything, they just click on a control page from their laptop and now they’re switched over to any device or location they want through optical fiber and the LightViper system,” said Andrew Walker with Avtek AV, who designed the system and recommended the LightViper optical snake instead of copper snake because it can transport audio error-free and transparently over greater distances, by a 400:1 ratio compared to copper.

A typical LightViper system includes a FOH breakout unit and 32×8 stage box connected by optical cable for sending and receiving optical signals to a remote location. One fiber cable weighing less than eight pounds can transmit the same data as two, 40-pair copper cables weighing 700 pounds.

In the next few weeks, the College’s LightVipers will be joined by new WDM-16 multiplexers that will take the school’s multimedia endeavors a step further by routing video over optical fiber to the control studio elsewhere on the campus for full head-end control of media files.   

Hillsdale College is just one example of how fiber optic technology can be leveraged for educational and communication purposes. FiberPlex makes fiber optic products and systems for government agencies as well as for houses of worship, corporate facilities, broadcast applications, and K-12 and higher education.  

Bexel Connects the Academy Awards(r) with Extensive Fiber Network

Company’s Fiber Optic Infrastructure Eliminates Logistical Challenges for Global Broadcasts

(BURBANK, Calif.) – Bexel, a unit of the Vitec Group‘s Services Division and a leading worldwide provider of broadcast services and solutions, provided the conduit for the live broadcast of the 86th Academy Awards(r), as well as all of the ancillary global productions from the site, with a logistics-defying fiber infrastructure constructed exclusively for the event. Working with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), Bexel implemented a comprehensive fiber optic network. The customized solution connects multiple production locations beyond the Dolby Theatre, including the Hollywood & Highland Center, the Red Carpet on Hollywood Blvd., Loews Hollywood Hotel, and the domestic and international television compounds located more than a block away behind the El Capitan Theatre.

When AMPAS moved the Oscars to the Dolby Theatre (then the Kodak Theatre) in 2001, they turned to Bexel to help solve the logistical challenges inherent in the new location. Knowing that traditional copper cable would not work, Bexel installed a permanent fiber network that included four miles of multi-strand cables from the Hollywood & Highland and Dolby Theatre complexes, as well as under Hollywood Blvd. That underlying backbone is enhanced each year by Bexel to meet the show’s specific and unique complexities, as the number of feeds changes every year, in addition to the fact that the industry has moved from standard definition to high def over the last decade. The required infrastructure has effectively tripled in size.

For the 86th Academy Awards, more than 17 miles of temporary fiber was also deployed to successfully transport massive amounts of HD/SD video, audio, data and communications signals.

“The structure we put in place has to support so much more than the Oscar broadcast itself,” said Bexel’s Craig Schiller, vice president of engineering and operations. “We’re tasked with enabling point-to-point connections for more than 50 different entities, to ensure live, simultaneous broadcasts of all of the Red Carpet pre-shows, the backstage media and photo rooms, the pre- and post-show programs, Oscar.com, and the official Governors Ball, in addition to the Academy Awards(r) telecast itself.”

The venue does not have one large parking lot to accommodate all of the satellite and production trucks, so the physical footprint of the production areas are spread out into nearby available parking lots, onto Hollywood Blvd, and the Orange Motor Court adjacent to the Dolby Theater. “Our fiber network is really the conduit for the entire production, and it gets larger every year,” Schiller adds.

In addition to the fiber optic infrastructure, Bexel contributed key elements to coverage of the Red Carpet arrivals. The company deployed its RF-Over-Fiber antenna system, which has become a staple of the official pre-show broadcast, to provide unprecedented wireless communications coverage not previously available with a conventional wireless system. Bexel’s RF base camp was located at the 90-degree turn of the Red Carpet, and was used as the head-end position. Multiple RF fiber-site boxes enabled connections for dozens of antennas to ensure there was no loss of signal, as the production staff required a seamless communication system.

The often tight turnaround between the pre-show and the official broadcast is also supported by the system, enabling communication signals to transition from the Red Carpet up into the theatre for the show opening. Bexel also supplied three Sony HDC-2500 cameras, which were used by AMPAS as pool cameras for arrivals, fashion and the main press room. The feeds were then provided by Bexel to domestic and international broadcasters for enhanced show coverage around the world.

To support a live event of this scale, Bexel had a credentialed staff of more than 40 fiber engineers and support technicians onsite. Senior teams arrived two weeks before the show to begin set-up for the main broadcast and to clean and test the permanent fiber network. The majority of the staff arrived the Tuesday before the awards to prepare for the hundreds of domestic and international broadcasters who arrived on Friday.

Live broadcasts from the Red Carpet started as early as Friday morning, and ran continuously until late Sunday night, with Bexel engineers onsite around the clock. The team enabled the transport of 200 video signals, 125 audio signals, and 100 intercom signals over fiber for the Academy’s broadcast partners.

“Our incredible team of professionals really delivers for the Oscars,” says Schiller. “Over the past 13 years, we’ve had a number of the same talented people on the project, and the guys have really gotten to know the location and understand the complexities of this event. We’re able to do so much more in advance now. Most of the fiber demarc racks are preconfigured in our shop and delivered already tested, which increases our efficiency every year. We’ve also upgraded the permanent installations every two to three years, allowing us to minimize what we need to layer on top of the existing infrastructure. It’s a tough few weeks, but our team’s focus and passion for this event enables us to service all of our customers effectively. And in the end, our customer’s successful productions are the only award we need.”

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.

BitWise Controls Announces New Yamaha Module, Giving Integrators the Ability to Instantaneously Setup and Integrate More than a Dozen Popular Home Entertainment AV Receivers into BitWise Controls Systems

 

ENGLEWOOD, COLORADO, USA   MARCH 28, 2014 – BitWise Controls, a leading innovator of powerful and flexible control and automation systems, announced today the addition of its Yamaha Module to its ever-expanding lineup of third-party templates and modules available to BitWise Controls dealers. These modules—single files containing pre-configured GUI content and device programming—make it easier for integrators to set up, design, and install various products and subsystems. Each module is available for download at the Bitwise Online Store, where BitWise dealers can see his or her entire module purchase history, making it simple to provide updates, additions, and enhancements in the future.

“Yamaha’s YNCA receivers are very popular, are feature rich, and provide multi-zone capability, making them ideal products for home integrators and custom installers alike,” says Mark Buster, CTO of BitWise Controls. “By adding Yamaha AV receivers to our GUI Module lineup, we will be dramatically expanding the base of supported receivers on the BitWise Controls platform, making it easy and both time- and cost-efficient to integrate these components into any supported BitWise Controls system. It’s a win-win for both integrator and end user.”

The BitWise Controls Yamaha AVR Module lets dealers take full advantage of newer Yamaha AV receiver’s music streaming and multi-zone capabilities. Compatible with all receivers that support the YNCA protocol, the BitWise Yamaha GUI Module allows the end user to navigate and control supported music services like Pandora®, Rhapsody®, and SiriusXM®, as well as any attached USB storage, connected iPod®/iPhone®, or network attached storage (NAS). The module provides easy drag-and-drop GUI content for phone- and tablet-sized interfaces, as well. Other features include support for a main zone and a second zone, with simultaneous control of volume/mute across both. Additionally, a receiver’s scene functionality is integrated seamlessly, allowing the user to turn on the receiver, select the input, and choose the Surround option with a single touch from any BitWise-enabled device. Convenient popups make it easy to add tone, option, and surround mode selection to any GUI page in the BitWise environment.

The Yamaha Module works on both iOS® and Android® platforms, and is compatible with automation projects that use BC1, BC2, and BC4 controllers and with Yamaha RX-V671, RX-A700, RX-A710, RX-V867, RX-V871, RX-A800, RX-A810, RX-A1000, RX-A1010, RX-A2000, RX-A2010, RX-A3000, and RX-A3010 receivers, or any other Yamaha AV Receiver that utilizes the YNCA protocol.

 For more information, contact Katye (McGregor) Bennett of KMB Communications by phone, +1(425) 328-8640 or email, Katye@kmbcomm.com.

About BitWise Controls

Designed and backed by more than 20 years of mission-critical control, monitoring and AV systems integration experience, BitWise Controls provides powerful and flexible control and automation solutions for commercial, industrial, education and residential control applications. BitWise Controls was founded in 2008 with the goal of offering innovative and reliable new products, designed and tested and manufactured in the United States. For more information, go to www.bitwisecontrols.com. Dealership opportunities are available. To learn more, send an email to sales@bitwisecontrols.com or call +1 (866) 932-2292.

About Yamaha

Yamaha Corporation of America (YCA) is one of the largest subsidiaries of Yamaha Corporation, Japan and offers a full line of award-winning musical instruments, sound reinforcement and home entertainment products to the U.S. market. Products include: Yamaha acoustic, digital and hybrid pianos, portable keyboards, guitars, acoustic and electronic drums, band and orchestral instruments, marching percussion products, synthesizers, professional digital and analog audio equipment, Steinberg recording products and Nexo commercial audio products, as well as AV receivers, amplifiers, Blu-ray/CD players, iPod docking systems, earphones, headphones, home-theater-in-a-box systems, sound bars and its exclusive line of Digital Sound Projectors. YCA markets innovative, finely crafted technology and entertainment products and musical instruments targeted to the hobbyist, education, worship, professional music, installation and consumer markets. For more information, go to www.usa.yamaha.com.

Accompanying image: BitWise Controls Yamaha AVR GUI Module Screenshot

 

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