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d3 Technologies’ Media Servers Turn in Winning Performance on “People’s Choice Awards” Live Telecast

IMG_2540The glittering “41st People’s Choice Awards,” honoring the best in pop culture for 2014, helped kick off awards season with a live broadcast from the Nokia Theatre, Los Angeles. PRG/Nocturne, Burbank, supplied Laura Frank of Luminous FX with six media servers from d3 Technologies to control and manage the motion graphics-based scenic media content, created by Syndrome Studios, LA, on an array of on-stage screens.

An elegant, sophisticated set designed by Steve Bass combined curved and linear elements. Five flown, curving LED screens formed an elevated backdrop with a three-part hero screen at center flanked by house screens. Four sliding towers, with a vertical openwork structure, moved to various positions on the stage. Each featured five plasma screens hung in portrait mode and offset from each other.

This year marked Frank’s fourth year working on the show; she was brought on board by lighting designer Allen Branton, with whom she has worked on numerous television projects.

For the “People’s Choice Awards,” a dedicated d3 master managed four slaves; a fifth d3 media server was on hand as an understudy. “The master drove the content and told the slaves what to output,” explains media server technician Cory Froke, who was also project manager for PRG/Nocturne, Burbank. “d3 was very flexible in handling the different mapping configurations and different looks. d3 enables you to put content anywhere very easily.”

Laura Frank had been following the development of d3 media servers “for years” but hadn’t used them since she required a very specific functionality to match her approach to shows. “Although all my live shows are planned as linear events I tend to not know what is going to happen until they’re on the air,” she says. “So I need an environment that will allow me to think non-linearly: A timeline is a liability to me. I need to be prepared to navigate the roller-coaster ride that is live, on-air television.”

That’s where d3′s introduction of SockPuppet DMX in r.11.2 proved a game changer for Frank. SockPuppet enables those who want to tap all d3′s mapping, playback and projection features to do so while using their preferred control surface, including most lighting consoles.

“I tried SockPuppet last summer for Univision’s ‘Premios Juventud’ awards show and have basically moved all my shows to d3,” says Frank. “My workhorse control surface is a grandMA console. My pre-production workflow is 3D-dependent, so it feels natural to be in a playback environment that uses the same logic. However, I am very tied to using the grandMA to control a server, so I waited for SockPuppet before I could utilize d3 on my shows.”

When working on live broadcasts, “rehearsals are rushed and often details can be missed,” she notes. “Having SockPuppet frees me from the linearity of the d3 Timeline, so I can make on-the-fly choices about where content appears on the stage as I see it happen.”

For the “People’s Choice Awards” Frank provided the delivery spec, including a templated delivery workflow for Adobe After Effects and MAXON CINEMA 4D. She also worked with Sweetwater, which supplied the screens, on the video engineering specs for all the signal paths going to the stage screens’ system.

According to Frank, “it’s unique to d3 that a screen output is a variable. That allows me to be more flexible in the way I program. In a single layer I can select an image and bounce it through the output screens to decide where I want it to go. That worked very nicely for ‘People’s Choice.’”

Froke recalls when, the day after the load-in, two projectors were added for Iggy Azalea’s performance. “We weren’t planning on that, but d3 enabled us to adapt two projectors into the rig and switch feeds for the performance.”

Frank praises d3′s ability to deliver Ultra HD-format files, which gives her “flexibility when working with content providers.” For example, Syndrome delivered the scenic content for the “People’s Choice Awards” in the Hap video codec, “which works really great for broadcast .”

The show was the first time she used timecode as a sync source with SockPuppet, she adds. “It worked flawlessly.”

Froke is an enthusiastic as Frank about SockPuppet’s potential. “It’s incredibly powerful – it fits right into the workflow and gives me a whole new toolset not found on other servers. D3 Technologies figured out what programmers wanted from the software before they released it, and they really nailed it.”

Frank feels that each application of SockPuppet furthers her understanding of the software’s capabilities. “d3 and the coding team have been incredibly responsive to my requirements about the way SockPuppet behaves and how to improve its performance,” she says. “I feel that we’re real partners in this.”

Felix Peralta, Kevin Lawson and Darren Langer were the lighting directors for the show. Kristen Merlino was the art director, Tony Pieterzak the technical director and Lizz Zanin the screens’ AD.

About d3

d3 is the world’s first fully integrated visual production system for video professionals, combining a real-time 3D stage visualizer, timeline, video playback engine and projection mapping tools into one product. d3′s unique integrated workflow assists the designer at all stages of the project, from pitch through development to final delivery. For more information contact Judith Hornman at d3 Technologies: +44 207 234 9840 / judith.hornman@d3technologies.com

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Stewart Filmscreen® Launches LuminEsse™ ‘Edgeless’ Fixed Frame Wall Screen, Combining Sublime Aesthetics with the Flexibility to Deliver the Ultimate Image for Nearly Any Application

LuminEsse is compatible with any of Stewart’s 4K+ front-projection screen materials, providing utmost versatility and an aesthetically pleasing  ‘Edgeless’ appearance

TORRANCE, CA, USA (ISE 2015 Stand #1-F50) – FEB. 4, 2015 — Stewart Filmscreen®—an Academy Award® winning manufacturer of custom engineered projection screens and specialty optical coatings—today announced the availability of LuminEsse™—a new rigid front-projection wall screen system with an ‘edgeless’ design that gives technology integrators, consultants, designers and property owners the ability to offer appreciable aesthetics, in addition to providing the appropriate screen material for the application. LuminEsse can be configured with any of Stewart Filmscreen’s 4K+ rated front projection materials, including FireHawk® G4, GrayHawk RS® G4, StudioTek 130, and more. The LuminEsse screen will make its International debut at Integrated Systems Europe 2015 in Amsterdam, February 10-12.modern interior

“It’s no secret that clients are more demanding than ever when it comes to having a great-looking screen whether the screen in in use or not. This means a ‘floating image’ experience when in use and an ‘edgeless’ art piece effect when not,” says Grant Stewart, President and CEO of Stewart Filmscreen. “Now, the technology professional can offer his or her clients just that, but with far more flexibility when it comes to specifying the right gain for the particular application plus the impeccable and impressive image quality that is synonymous with Stewart.”

With an elegant 3/8-inch thin bezel, LuminEsse fits modern expectations for more screen size, less visible framing system, while providing a sleek appearance, even when not being viewed. The LuminEsse front-projection wall screen features an optional LED backlighting kit that goes beyond wow factor to make viewing more comfortable. Scientifically speaking, the LED lighting acts as bias lighting, relaxing the iris of the eye and causing less strain during extended viewing. When the screen is on, the multicolored perimeter lighting enriches onscreen content and when off, it can be used to set the mood of the room.

“This isn’t a new category for Stewart per se, but it’s an exciting and enhanced product offering for sure. LuminEsse is demonstrative of the New Stewart Filmscreen. With this product and the others coming to market later this year, we are responding to the needs of technology professionals working on the front lines of the AV industry, delivering the broadest range of solutions to meet ever-increasing client demands,” furthered Stewart.

Available in sizes up to 120-inches (diagonal) in HD formats and in sizes up to 128-inches (diagonal) in Cinemascope® configurations, the LuminEsse rigid front projection screen system utilizes Stewart’s wall mount system, making screen installation inexpensive, simple and fast. Additional mounting solutions will become available in the coming months.

Attendees of ISE 2015 are invited to see Stewart Filmscreen’s robust lineup of projection screen solutions on display in stand #1-F50, where LuminEsse and several other new screen materials and framing systems will make their international debut. Media tours can be arranged through Katye (McGregor) Bennett of KMB Communications, Inc., by emailing katye@kmbcomm.com or phoning (425) 328-8640.

Those interested in learning more about Stewart’s legendary high-performance screens and associated technologies are encouraged to visit www.stewartfilmscreen.com, e-mail request@stewartfilmscreen.com, call (800) 762-4999, and follow @StewartFilm.

About Stewart Filmscreen
Headquartered in Torrance, Calif., with additional manufacturing and satellite sales facilities in Ohio, Singapore, and Denmark, Stewart Filmscreen Corp. has been the consistent choice of discerning clientele around the world for more than 65 years. An Academy Award-winning manufacturer of projection screens and specialty optical coatings, aesthetic-conscious architects, consultants, systems designers, and property owners rely on Stewart Filmscreen for the perfect combination of superior image quality, flexible design, and dedicated support,  and we consistently deliver. Providing the most immersive experience in the industry, Stewart can custom engineer a projection screen solution to meet nearly every need. Proprietary material science and innovative manufacturing methods allow Stewart to produce some of the most optically immaculate screens in the world, ultimately delivering an immersive experience that’s unrivaled in the marketplace. Simply put, if a screen can be imagined, Stewart Filmscreen can deliver it. www.stewartfilmscreen.com | @StewartFilm

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Stewart Filmscreen Media Contact
Katye (McGregor) Bennett | KMB Communications, Inc. | (425) 328-8640 | katye@kmbcomm.com | www.kmbcomm.com | @KMB_Comm | @katyemcgregor

 

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Tightrope Media Systems Lowers Carousel Digital Signage Cost of Ownership

New pricing structure eliminates channel licensing costs, reduces price per end point

ST. PAUL, MINNESOTA, February 4, 2015Tightrope Media Systems has refined its pricing strategy to benefit its entire Carousel customer base, reducing the cost of digital signage network deployments at any scale. The new cost structure removes the need to buy unique licenses for each channel, instead charging for server and player connections only.

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Tightrope has long offered its customers the freedom to buy only what they need, instead of forcing them to purchase packaged systems or blocks of players. While the further simplification of pricing benefits all Carousel customers, it’s especially valuable for larger networks – or smaller networks with an interest in scaling to more end points. As a result, new and existing Carousel customers can customize as many channels as desired without escalating costs – and potentially experience a cost savings north of 50 percent in networks with more than 75 media players.

“Carousel has always offered a straightforward pricing structure, but we have further simplified the buying experience through unlimited, free channel licenses with the purchase of a Carousel server,” said Eric Henry, signage solutions developer, Tightrope Media Systems. “This is not only attractive for new customers, but also for existing customers that want to re-invest in their signage networks.”

Henry adds that resellers and systems integrators also benefit from a greatly reduced complexity in quoting systems or installations.

Additionally, end users can now virtualize any Carousel server, and deploy its software on any operating system. Tightrope’s Professional Services team offers remote integration assistance to any customer interested in virtualizing systems to ensure smooth and proper configuration.

“We believe there is tremendous value in a beautifully designed network with custom-branded channels, as well as having the end customer up and running quickly,” said Henry. “Ultimately, our goal is to remove constraints from the end user’s mind, lower their costs, and ensure they are leveraging their Carousel investment and all its possibilities.”

About Tightrope Media Systems
Founded in 1997, Tightrope Media Systems is the pioneer of web-centric digital signage and broadcast automation systems. It provides station automation, video servers, internet video on demand, live streaming, the Carousel Digital Signage system, and ZEPLAY, a multi-channel instant replay machine for stadiums, arenas and Outside Broadcast vehicles. Tightrope’s award winning systems are used throughout the world. You can reach Tightrope Media Systems at (866) 866-4118 or visit them on the web at http://www.trms.com.

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Blonder Tongue 2015 NAB SHOW EXHIBITOR PREVIEW — Booth SU6524

At the 2015 NAB Show, Blonder Tongue, a leading manufacturer of digital video solutions, will demonstrate its latest range of MPEG-2 encoders, transcoders, TV signal analyzers, and MPEG transport stream analyzers — all designed to optimize video distribution.

Product Giveaway
All attendees who stop by the Blonder Tongue booth to see a demonstration will be entered into a drawing for a free HDE-4S-PRO encoder, AQT8 transcoder, or MTSA-PRO analyzer.

New Products and Technology Demonstrations

Video Processing Solutions

NEW at 2015 NAB Show: HDDM (High-Definition Decoder Module)
At the 2015 NAB Show, Blonder Tongue will introduce the HDDM, a low-cost professional video decoder capable of decoding MPEG-2 and H.264 video content into HD/SD-SDI, HDMI, component, and composite outputs from a digital off-air 8VSB signal, clear-QAM signal, or IP MPEG-2/H.264 transport stream source.

By offering video professionals a solution that decodes both digital and analog video distributed over managed networks, the HDDM increases operational efficiencies.

Offering support for a wide range of inputs (e.g., 8VSB, QAM, IP) and outputs (e.g., HD-SDI, HDMI, component, composite), the HDDM is the ideal solution for broadcast and professional video applications that require high-quality decoding of video signals from a wide variety of sources, particularly live video in multiple formats. The HDDM features a Web-based GUI that is accessible via a dedicated RJ-45 control port, simplifying setup and remote management. Through its compact design, which supports two decoders in a single rack unit, the HDDM reduces operational and capital expenses.

NEW at 2015 NAB Show: STEP Scalable Transcoder-Encoder Platform
A key highlight at the 2015 NAB Show will be Blonder Tongue’s new Scalable Transcoder-Encoder Platform (STEP), capable of performing high-quality HD/SD MPEG-2 or H.264 encoding, HD/SD MPEG-2 to H.264 and H.264 to MPEG-2 transcoding, HD to SD downscaling, as well as creating adaptive bit rate live profiles supporting popular HTTP streaming protocols such as HLS, HDS, and IIS for any-screen video delivery.

Available as a 1RU, 2RU, or 3RU integrated system, STEP helps operators meet the latest video requirements and migrate to next-generation video network architecture by carrying out a variety of scalable video processing tasks. The flexible platform supports multiple video quality encoding bit rates, multiple audio formats, and text scrolling. STEP is compatible with any industry media server or digital rights management software, and can be easily integrated into CDN providers, offering users a tailored solution based on customer needs.

NEW at the 2015 NAB Show: FlexCoder Mini edgeQAM
At the 2015 NAB Show, Blonder Tongue will also introduce the FlexCoder, a versatile new solution that combines edgeQAM, off-air transcoding, and IP grooming technology into one integrated package. Using the FlexCoder, broadcasters can convert IP video streams into QAM or ASI in addition to translating 8VSB (digital off air), clear-QAM, or ASI-to-IP signals. By providing a wide range of functionality in a compact solution, the FlexCoder brings remarkable cost savings to broadcast operations.

HDE-4S-PRO MPEG-2 HD Encoder With Low Latency
At the 2015 NAB Show, Blonder Tongue will demonstrate the HDE-4S-PRO, a high-performance MPEG-2 HD encoder designed to deliver superior motion optimization for programming such as fast-paced live sporting events at an attractive price per channel. Using the encoder, operators can broadcast high-quality video content with extremely low latency. The encoder is capable of accepting up to four HD-SDI programs, plus one spare, and simultaneously outputting in QAM, IP (1000Base-T Ethernet), and ASI formats. By allowing operators to assign up to four programs to each QAM output channel, and to individually turn on/off each of the four adjacent QAM output channels, the PRO dramatically improves transport efficiency. In addition, the encoder supports Dolby Digital audio encoding and closed captioning (EIA-608). It is also equipped with an Emergency Alert System (EAS) interface.

Test and Measurement Analyzers

MTSA-PRO and BTPRO-7000S Analyzers
At the 2015 NAB Show, Blonder Tongue will showcase a comprehensive range of the company’s test and measurement analyzers, designed to help operators in the broadcast, cable, satellite, and IPTV markets deliver high-quality video and audio content. Blonder Tongue’s new analyzers provide operators with reliable, flexible, and affordable tools for detecting transport stream issues. Featuring a unique compact and lightweight design, the powerful analyzers can be used anywhere to ensure a superior quality of service.

On display will be Blonder Tongue’s BTPRO-7000S, a tablet-based test signal analyzer that helps operators analyze and log HD/SD QPSK/8PSK satellite, 8VSB, QAM, and analog television or radio signals in real time. The BTPRO-7000S offers a broad frequency range of 4 to 2250 MHz, making it suitable for multiple applications, including TV, CATV, radio, and satellite.

Blonder Tongue will also demonstrate the MTSA-PRO MPEG transport stream analysis device, which enables system engineers to monitor and control all aspects of RF and IP video streams within a network. Using the MTSA-PRO, operators can measure QAM, IP, and ASI signals, as well as play out saved transport stream files, in order to troubleshoot problems from outside sources.

Company Overview:
Blonder Tongue Laboratories, Inc. (NYSE MKT:BDR) together with R.L. Drake Holdings, LLC — its wholly owned subsidiary — offer customers more than 130 years of combined engineering and manufacturing excellence with solid histories of delivering reliable, quality products. As a leader in the field of cable television communications, the Company provides system operators and integrators serving the cable, broadcast, satellite, IPTV, institutional, and professional video markets with comprehensive solutions for the provision of content contribution, distribution, and video delivery to homes and businesses. The Company designs, manufactures, sells, and supports an equipment portfolio of standard- and high-definition digital video solutions, as well as core analog video and high-speed data solutions for distribution over coax, fiber, and IP networks. Additional information on the Company and its products can be found at www.blondertongue.com and www.rldrake.com.

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Extron ShareLink 200 Wireless BYOD Collaboration Gateway Now Shipping

Extron ShareLinkExtron Electronics is pleased to announce the immediate availability of the ShareLink 200 Wireless Collaboration Gateway, which enables anyone to present content from a personal device. Supported devices include Windows® and OS X® computers as well as Apple® and Android® smartphones and tablets. ShareLink technology provides simultaneous display of presentations, images, documents, and other content from up to four different personal devices, eliminating the need to constantly change sources during a session. Content from a single device shows full screen, and content from multiple devices appears simultaneously in four windows on the display. Any user can share content and control the presentation when it is set to collaboration mode. A moderator mode ensures only approved content is displayed. Designed for professional AV applications, this wireless gateway also includes many integrator-friendly features such as an integrated wireless access point, Power over Ethernet – PoE, and antennas mounted on the front panel. The ShareLink 200 Wireless Collaboration Gateway can be used to create a stand‑alone wireless collaboration and presentation system or to add wireless presentation capabilities to a variety of wired AV system designs. more

Kensington Addresses the Challenges of Securing Enterprise BYOD with Its Industry-Leading Physical Security Solutions; more than 132 Million Feet of Computer Locks Sold

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Leading Analyst Paper Validates the Need for Security Locks as First-Line-of-Defense in Overall Security Strategy

Redwood Shores, CA, February 3, 2015 – Kensington, a worldwide leader in delivering smart. safe. simple. computing accessories, today announced it has sold more than 132 million feet of computer locks, enough to stretch around the world. In September, the company revealed it had sold 20 million units of its comprehensive family of security products for mobile devices and PCs, a figure representing a 70 percent market share. As the trend of Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) continues to build momentum, Kensington is well-positioned to capitalize on the growing concern around computing and security issues.

Research shows that the BYOD phenomenon continues to grow. In a recent IDC survey of U.S-based IT buyers, fully one-third said their company had already instituted a formal BYOD policy, and another 19 percent said they expected to institute a formal policy in the near term. The survey also revealed that informal support is notably higher and that while BYOD comes with many positive features, it poses daunting security challenges for even the best IT organizations.

In a recently published Analyst Connection, “The Role of Physical Security in a BYOD World,” (January 2015) IDC addresses the proliferation of BYOD and the role that physical security plays in an overall security strategy. IT departments are expected to secure a variety of notebooks and desktops, as well as phones and tablets running a wide range of operating systems. Left to their own devices, many people fail to follow even the most simple and straightforward security measures. As mobile devices proliferate, IDC expects physical security, such as device locking mechanisms, to become equally important in this domain. The paper, available on Kensington’s web site at kensington.com/IDCBYOD, outlines available solutions and best practices for implementing physical security.

“With more than two decades of experience providing security products, Kensington has a keen understanding of the first-line-of-defense requirements for protecting laptops, tablets and smartphones,” said Louie Yao, Global Product Marketing Manager, Kensington. “The demand for physical security and BYOD security peace-of-mind will only continue to grow for devices and the data they store. BYOD is becoming increasingly prevalent, as are the heightened number of data breaches among industry-leading brands. We continue to lead innovation in this market, most recently with the introduction of the new MiniSaver Mobile Lock, the thinnest security lock for Ultrabooks and tablets, and the new patented Cleat Locking Design. Kensington will continue to build on what has become known as the industry standard for physical security.”

Kensington is the market leader in locking-slot specifications, locking technology and physical device locks. With more than 20 million security locks sold and integrated into over 1 billion notebooks, projectors and tablets since 1990, Kensington is the de facto standard in security slot technology. For more than 20 years, Kensington has delivered security products to businesses, large and small, including leading retailers, telecommunications companies, health providers and global financial institutions — as well as the technology manufacturers that supply them.

Over its history, Kensington has delivered security products that are compatible with nearly every major device manufacturer — including Dell®, HP®, Lenovo®, Toshiba®, and Samsung®. In fact, 95 percent of all business laptops, incorporate the Kensington Security Slot.

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About Kensington

Kensington, a leader in smart. safe. simple. computing accessories is the recognized industry standard trusted by enterprises around the world. Kensington’s mobile security product offerings include laptop and mobile security locks providing a new generation of front-line protection for mobile devices. In addition, Kensington offers accessories including power adapters, chargers, mice, keyboards, trackballs, universal docking stations, desktop accessories, carrying cases and iPad/iPhone/iPod accessories. Headquartered in Redwood Shores, California, Kensington is the technology division of ACCO Brands (NYSE: ACCO), a world leader in branded office products, with products marketed in more than 100 countries across the globe. For more information, visit http://www.kensington.com or call Kensington toll-free at 1-800-235-6708.

Kensington is a registered trademark of ACCO Brands. MiniSaver, cleat, smart. safe. simple. is a trademark of ACCO Brands. Patents pending. All other registered and unregistered trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

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Matrox at the 2015 NAB Show — Product Preview

Video streaming and recording appliance, multi-camera recording app and OEM products will be featured

At the 2015 NAB Show, (Las Vegas, April 13-16, booth SL5817), Matrox® Video will showcase the popular Monarch™ HD video streaming and recording appliance, the new VS4Recorder Pro™ multi-camera recording app and the Matrox DSX™ Developer Products.

Also on display will be the Matrox MicroQuad™ multiviewer, the Matrox Convert™ DVI Plus HD-SDI scan converter and the Matrox MC-100™ dual-SDI to HDMI mini converter.

Matrox Monarch HD — Video Streaming and Recording Appliance

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Matrox Monarch HD is a small, easy-to-use H.264 encoder designed for professional video producers who need to simultaneously stream a live event and record a mastering-quality version for post-event editing. From any HDMI input source such as a camera or switcher, Matrox Monarch HD generates an H.264-encoded stream compliant with RTSP or RTMP protocol. While encoding the video at bitrates suitable for live streaming, Matrox Monarch HD simultaneously records a high-quality MP4 or MOV file to an SD card, a USB drive, or a network-mapped drive. The Monarch SDK, an HTTP-based API, includes documentation and sample code that let AV and broadcast equipment developers write applications to configure and control Monarch HD streaming capabilities, giving them a very straightforward way to include a high-quality webcasting service as part of their overall product offerings. Monarch HD can also be integrated with a Crestron® controller, which allows operators to easily start and stop streaming and recording from within the familiar Crestron interface.

VS4Recorder Pro — Multi-camera Recording App

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VS4Recorder Pro is designed for use with Matrox VS4™ quad HD capture cards. Each VS4Recorder Pro system frame-accurately captures up to four video and audio inputs to create files for use with popular editing apps from Adobe, Apple and Avid and for archiving. H.264 is provided in either MOV or MP4 wrappers. AVI files can be created using the high-quality Matrox MPEG 2 I-Frame codec. MOV QuickTime files can be created using DV, DVCPRO, DVCPRO50 and DVCPRO HD. VS4Recorder Pro also functions as a multiviewer, offering pristine video quality even when monitoring interlaced sources on progressive computer monitors. VS4-based systems are also ideal for multi-camera live production streaming with Telestream® Wirecast® for Windows® or StudioCoast vMix software.

Matrox DSX — Developer Products

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Matrox DSX Developer Products combine a full range of multi-channel SD/HD/4K I/O hardware, including low profile cards that support up to eight reconfigurable SDI inputs and outputs, with feature-rich Windows and Linux SDKs and powerful tools for quick app development. Matrox technology enables OEMs to create advanced broadcast graphics systems, video servers, channel-in-a-box equipment, contribution and distribution encoders, and non-linear editing systems that provide 24/7 reliability in even the most demanding environments. Premium hardware features include multiple motion adaptive de-interlacers, up/down/cross converters and video compositors. A constantly expanding selection of codecs (DVCPRO HD, MPEG-2, XDCAM HD AVC-Intra, H.264, Apple ProRes, Avid DNxHD, PitchBlue, and more) and extensive file format support (GXF, MXF, MOV, AVI, MPG, MP4, and more) meet evolving needs.

About Matrox Video
Matrox Video is a technology and market leader in the field of 4K, HD and SD digital video hardware and software for accelerated H.264 encoding, realtime editing, audio/video input/output, streaming, A/V signal conversion, capture/playout servers, channel-in-a-box systems and CGs. Matrox’s Emmy award-winning technology powers a full range of multi-screen content creation and delivery platforms used by broadcasters, telcos, cable operators, post-production facilities, live event producers, videographers and A/V professionals worldwide. Founded in 1976, Matrox is a privately held company headquartered in Montreal, Canada. For more information, visit www.matrox.com/video.

High-Profile Polytechnic Institute Installs Dual Yamaha NUAGE Systems

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Founded in 1824, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) in Troy, New York is the nation’s oldest technological research University. The private research University recently installed two Yamaha NUAGE Advanced Production DAW Systems provided by Parsons Audio LLC (Wellesley, MA).

The NUAGE systems are used primarily by RPI staff, students, and available to external clients. “We read a lot of press on the NUAGE System while researching alternatives to our recording and mix system,” states Todd Vos, Audio Systems Lead, The Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC) at RPI. “Once we determined NUAGE might be the way to go, we were given two really great demos by Parsons Audio which closed the deal.”

Both Vos and fellow engineers Jeff Svatek and Steve Mclaughlin determined NUAGE had the tightest DAW to control surface integration. “We were attracted to the programming flexibility of VST architecture, and were basically sick of the DigiDesign workflow, exclusionary software/hardware model, master section functionality (or lack thereof), and sonic shortcomings, Vos says. It all came down to timing; we were ready to move on shortly after the NUAGE System had been released, it was garnering decent feedback from users, so we pursued it.”

“NUAGE presents Nuendo to the operating engineer in a manner reminiscent of a traditional audio console, no small feat, Vos continued, the line between controller and DAW is really blurred, this layout was incredibly attractive to us and the price point was amazing. But the biggest upside of our decision to move
recording and mixing operations onto the NUAGE/Nuendo platform was the bump in fidelity. The edge of our LAWO network has these fabulous LAWO mic pres; sadly the sonic bottleneck of the system was ProTools. Now that we are running Nuendo with NUAGE, I am hard pressed to identify where things are being mutilated (negatively speaking); it was immediately apparent to us, Nuendo is just a significantly better sounding DAW.”

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The first EMPAC NUAGE System is 32-faders plus a Master section with a JL Cooper Panner. The second NUAGE System has a 16 fader unit, Master section also with a JL Cooper Panner. Both systems are connected to a large LAWO NOVA 73 MADI network via PC-based DAWS running either 96 or 192 channel RME MADI cards with two UAD QUAD accelerators, SSD record drives and a Black Magic SDI link to the facility’s Harris router for post work.

While the two NUAGE Systems are used in support of all EMPAC productions, both internal and external to campus including video shoots, music production, film post, event documentation, media research, archival and restoration–Vos said “a music engineering curriculum will start next fall at RPI that I imagine will be using the NUAGE production spaces as well.”

Good news started rolling in over holiday break as music magazines, radio stations, blogs, and awards organizations selected a number of albums produced at EMPAC. Ben Frost’s AURORA, Vicky Chow and Tristan Perich’s Surface Image, David Brynjar Franzson’s The Negotiation of Context, and Michael Gordon’s Rushes were all commissioned by EMPAC, developed through the artist-in-residence program, and recorded either in full or in part at EMPAC. The highest honor was given to Frost, whose record was chosen as the No. 1 avant-garde album of the year by Rolling Stone.

For more information on NUAGE, visit www.yamahaca.com.

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About Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc.:
Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc. (YCAS) provides a full line of professional audio products offering complete systems solutions for the sound reinforcement, touring, broadcast, commercial recording, and post-production markets with a complete line of digital mixers, amplifiers, speakers, processors, networking capabilities, and NUAGE Advanced Production DAW System. YCAS is also the official North American distributor for NEXO speaker products. With the new CIS Series that includes ceiling and surface mount speakers, mixer and power amplifiers, and matrix processors, the Company furthers is commitment to their commercial installation solutions customers. All market sectors receive comprehensive in-house/field product training, a dedicated dealer network, and 24/7 technical support.

Extron Announces Next Generation Fiber Optic Extenders for 4K Resolutions

Extron FOX II 4K SeriesExtron Electronics is pleased to introduce the new FOX II 4K Series for extension, switching, and distribution of 4K video, multi‑channel audio, and bidirectional control signals over fiber optic cabling. The series includes the FOX II T DP 4K and FOX II T HD 4K fiber optic transmitters for DisplayPort and HDMI, as well as the FOX II R DP 4K with a Type 2 dual‑mode DisplayPort output to support DisplayPort and HDMI 4K resolution displays. They use Extron all‑digital technology for reliable delivery of video resolutions up to 4096×2160, including 1080p/60 with Deep Color. To streamline integration, these extenders are HDCP‑compliant, and provide similar capabilities featured on the Extron FOX Series fiber optic products. Available in multimode and singlemode models, the FOX II 4K Series extenders are ideal for point‑to‑point installations or in combination with a FOX Matrix Switcher for an enterprise‑wide 4K video distribution system. more

Barix Introduces Forward Compatible OEM Module at ISE 2015

Board-level module gives manufacturers, systems integrators a flexible foundation for Audio over IP product design

ZURICH/MINNEAPOLIS, January 29, 2015 — IP audio and control specialist Barix has long had a strong OEM business, with the company’s IPAM module series at the core of tens of thousands of devices deployed worldwide today. At ISE 2015, Barix will exhibit its latest module, the IPAM302, for vendors and systems integrators seeking cost-efficient, openly programmable modules to build their own IP audio products—as well as for companies interested in private-label products manufactured by Barix.

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The recently introduced IPAM302 is more compact and uses less expensive connectors than previous generation IPAM modules, further reducing the price of an already low-cost series. Most importantly, the IPAM302 is forward compatible for the next generation of IPAM modules, ensuring that OEMs can freely build a product today and easily replace the module in the field moving forward.

“Our OEM business accounts for nearly 25 percent of our business, and is among the primary reasons why Barix is considered a visionary in IP audio and control,” said Frank Frederiksen, managing director, Barix. “We remain dedicated to working with companies who need the freedom and flexibility to build their own solutions using Barix’s open programming environment, along with the reliability that our core technology delivers across security, transportation and professional AV applications.”

The IPAM302 is the board-level technology at the core of Barix’s latest-generation Instreamer IP encoders and Annuncicom two-way audio devices. The board design includes one serial port and four I/O connections, which OEMs can map to relay closures and other devices such as an amplifier, IP speaker or door station to enable SIP intercom. Barix IPAM modules are especially popular for vendors and integrators building products for residential spaces, K-12 schools and university campuses, and fire safety and evacuation systems. Additionally, IPAM modules are at the heart of numerous OEM products for transportation, both on-board trains for paging and intercom; and inside stations for platform announcements.

Visitors to ISE 2015 can learn more about the capabilities of the IPAM302 at the Barix stand (Hall 8, 8-M245) in the RAI Conference Center, February 10-12.

Barix: We Move Audio (www.barix.com)
Barix supplies simple and reliable solutions and components to systems integrators and end users worldwide. We move high-quality audio across IP networks, adding value to customer solutions for more than a decade with hundreds of thousands of devices installed worldwide. Background music distribution with dynamic advertising insertion for retail shops, bars and hotels; public address solutions for schools and public spaces; and intercom and entry systems for facility surveillance, protection and security are among the many applications of Barix solutions. Barix also supports OEM projects for a number of Global 500 listed companies serving many industries worldwide.

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Barix AG, Seefeldstrasse 303, 8008 Zurich, Switzerland
Phone: +41 43 43322 11, Fax: +41 44 2742849
Barix Technology Inc, St. Paul, MN – (866) 815-0866

http://www.barix.com

http://www.ip-audio.info

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