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Extron Tackles Lecture Capture with the Introduction of the SMP 351 and FlexOS

We are pleased to introduce the SMP 351, an H.264 streaming media processor for capturing and distributing live AV sources and presentations. Featuring up to five inputs, the SMP 351 creates high-impact content by combining two high resolution signals, a background image, and metadata into dynamic layouts that enhance a presentation’s message. The SMP 351 supports both live streaming and recording capabilities, allowing a presentation to be delivered anywhere a network can reach. Extron’s FlexOS embedded operating system makes it easily-adaptable to new requirements, and applications can be uploaded to the SMP 351 to automate system operation using control ports. It is easy to use, and with no licensing fees, has a low cost of ownership. The SMP 351 is a flexible, cost-effective solution for delivering presentations to a larger audience. more

Sohonet Appoints Chuck Parker to Executive Chairman

Company Continues Global Geographic Growth and Market Expansion

London and Los Angeles (July 29, 2014): Sohonet, the leading expert in connectivity and Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) for the media and entertainment industry, is pleased to announce the appointment of Chuck Parker to Executive Chairman, whose expertise will continue to guide the company in its global expansion efforts.

Parker joins Sohonet following the successful acquisition of Unicorn Media, a leading provider of cloud video ad insertion technology, by Brightcove, a global provider of cloud services for video. Parker served as Chief Revenue Officer at Unicorn and as VP of Global Media Sales at Brightcove. In addition to fulfilling non-executive chairman duties on the Sohonet Board for the past year, he is a well-known industry thought leader who brings a wealth of media and technology experience to Sohonet.

Previously, Parker spent 15 years at Technicolor where he fulfilled a variety of roles, including Chief Commercial Officer, President of Technicolor's Broadcast and Digital Division, and EVP/Managing Director of Technicolor's International Home Entertainment division and CIO. Parker is also currently the Chairman of the 2nd Screen Society, an innovative digital video industry body he founded in 2012.

Dave Scammell, CEO of Sohonet, said: "We are very excited that Chuck has joined us full-time. Over the past year, he has proven to be invaluable in his insight on the industry, and his drive and passion for the business is infectious. As we expand our renowned Sohonet Media Network (SMN) further into the cloud and grow our range of specialist, media-aware IaaS offerings, Chuck will drive these new offerings to market and ensure they are well tuned to the needs of our expanding client base."

Sohonet recently expanded its Sohonet Media Network to a growing number of cloud providers, including AWS, Google and Softlayer, creating a "fast lane" to the cloud by providing speedy access and reduced charges for all SMN clients. In the last 12 months, the company has expanded services to customers in Singapore, Montreal, Atlanta, Manchester and Amsterdam, and has significantly increased its client base in Vancouver, New York and core locations of London, Sydney and Los Angeles.

"Sohonet is a highly ambitious company at the leading edge of change and is perfectly positioned to capitalize on the media industry's continuing demand for better, secure solutions to manage its valuable and ever growing digital assets," said Parker. "The company is the recognized global leader in network services for the media and entertainment industry with its renowned Sohonet Media Network. Sohonet has listened carefully to its customers to develop a range of flexible, cost-effective offerings that will ensure media companies are better equipped to meet the many challenges of the rapidly changing digital landscape. I look forward to working with the team to significantly increase Sohonet's footprint on the global stage."

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Christie Donates Projectors and Installation Services to San Diego’s Museum of Photographic Arts

Christie®, a global leader in visual display solutions, is pleased to announce its donation of high-performance projection technology and installation services to the Museum of Photographic Arts (MOPA) in San Diego. Installed by Christie’s Professional Services team, the Christie Solaria® Series® DCI-compliance based system will deliver outstanding digital cinema images via the Solaria One projector, as well as alternative content powered by the Christie SKA-3D cinema processor. The solution replaces a first-generation Christie digital cinema projector. It will light up the 226-seat Joan and Irwin Jacobs Theater at the Museum of Photographic Arts, a professional quality, nonprofit theater venue in San Diego. Beloved by the local community, MOPA is host to diverse film festivals and screenings reaching over 10,000 people annually.

Founded in 1983, MOPA has established an international reputation of excellence through its presentation of high quality exhibitions, lectures, publications and films. Its mission is to inspire, educate, and engage broad audiences through the presentation, collection, and preservation of photography, film, and video. MOPA is one of the only museum facilities in the United States dedicated exclusively to lens-based media, with holdings of over 8,000 photographs by 700 artists and a 20,000 volume research library, making it a one-of-a-kind destination for scholars, researchers, and photography and film enthusiasts of all ages.

Museum of Photographic Art - San Diego

Christie’s CEO Jack Kline was inspired by MOPA’s educational role in the community, especially its desire to expand visual literacy for people of all ages. Driven by Christie’s commitment to good corporate citizenship and support of worthy causes in the community, the company’s generous gift will benefit local film festivals, film directors and producers, and community groups, who partner with MOPA to bring important local and international independent films to San Diego’s audiences.

“Community giving has always been a high priority for Christie, especially when it comes to the advancement of education and the arts,” said Kline. “Our acclaimed projection technology will ensure that MOPA will not only continue to be a one-of-a-kind destination for photography, but also serve as a resource where future generations of students can enjoy and appreciate the cinematic arts as well.”

Deborah Klochko, Executive Director at MOPA, said, “When our theater opened in 2001, we selected the finest projection and sound equipment available, including a Christie projector system. After more than a decade of near-constant operation, the current system was still serving the museum, a testament to the outstanding quality of Christie products. When the time came to replace our projector to meet current industry standards, it was only natural that we turned to Christie once again for their remarkable technology and reliability.

“The digital projection capabilities provided by Christie, combined with our ability to project 16mm, 35mm and other specialized formats, make MOPA one of the premier nonprofit venues for cinema in Southern California,” added Klochko.

Christie’s donation was joined with a $20,000 grant from Las Patronas, a philanthropic organization that has donated over $17 million to San Diego organizations since 1946.

The complete projection system includes a state-of-the-art Christie® Solaria® One projector, recognized as the brightest-in-class solution and a Christie SKA-3D cinema processor. The system also includes Christie® Xenolite® lamps, a series of high-quality, long-life lamps to help lower operating costs. Christie’s Professional Services team supplied complete technical support for this project, expertly working with the MOPA team to properly install, integrate, and maintain the site. They skillfully compensated for many spatial challenges typical of larger venues to create the optimum visual experience for museum visitors.

“Installing the equipment for the Joan and Irwin Jacobs Theater involved the same technical and design challenges that many other multi-use facilities experience, where space is at a premium and the ability to project content from a wide variety of sources is paramount,” said Sean James, vice president, Global Professional Services. “The all-in-one nature of the Christie Solaria One projector, with built-in Christie® IMB™ Server, Touch Panel Controller and playlist software, helped meet the space requirements – while also providing a full-featured projection system.”

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Extron Introduces New USB Extender that Supports a Wide Range of Devices

Extron Electronics is pleased to introduce the USB Extender Plus, which extends signals from USB peripheral devices located up to 330 feet (100 meters) away from the host computer using a single CATx cable. The extender supports USB 3.0, 2.0, 1.1, and 1.0 devices with data rates up to 480 Mbps. Direct connection of USB peripherals to a remote host eliminates the need for additional IP network drops, equipment, software, or drivers. For streamlined integration, the transmitter includes USB peripheral emulation that supports trouble-free booting of the host. Also, the receiver features an integrated four port hub with 5 Volts, 500 mA available on each port to power attached devices. The capabilities and low profile design of the USB Extender Plus ensure simplified device integration in a wide variety of environments, such as installation within a courtroom, classroom, lecture hall, or conference space. more

Revolabs Introduces New Products and Expanded Local Presence at InfoComm India 2014

Country Offices to Exhibit Unified Communication Solutions at Leading A/V Event

SUDBURY, Mass. — July 23, 2014 – Revolabs today announced the company’s innovative product lineup for InfoComm India 2014. Exhibited by the company’s expanded India office, the award-winning showcase will include the Revolabs Executive Elite(TM) Wireless Microphone Systems, USB Conference Phones, and colorful, new Revolabs Elite(TM) Wired Microphones that combine incredible performance with eye-catching aesthetics to satisfy the requirements of any unified communication space.

“A direct investment in the Indian market based on the rapid growth in our region, our newly enhanced facilities allow dedicated staff members to better serve the needs of integrators, dealers, distributors, and customers across the country and at this year’s InfoComm India,” said S.L. Dorairaju, Revolabs’ country manager for India and the SAARC region. “We look forward to meeting attendees at this year’s event and continuing to satisfy our unified communications clientele through exceptional service and support.”

Revolabs solutions exhibited at InfoComm India 2014 include the company’s new Elite Wired Microphones. Available in omnidirectional and directional (cardioid) versions, the units provide a stylish, feature-rich solution for combined installations or spaces that do not require wireless capabilities. Also on display is the company’s flagship Executive Elite Four- and Eight-Channel Wireless Microphone System — the market’s first and only wireless microphone system to offer customers a cloud server option. To set a new standard for audio quality in PC communication applications during meetings and online collaboration, local staff will also demonstrate the Revolabs FLX(TM) UC 500 USB Conference Phone and FLX UC 1000 IP Conference Phone with SIP audio support.

In addition to the New Delhi and Hyderabad offices, the company’s new, local presence in Chennai will provide better sales, service, and support for all of Revolabs’ products, solutions, and customer base across all major cities in the country. The three offices are headed by Dorairaju, a long time industry professional, Namit Saxena, field sales engineer, and Venugopal Maddiboina, regional sales manager.

The address for Revolabs’ main office in India is LGF 69-70 Vijaya Building, 17 Barakhamba Road, New Delhi, 110001, India, and the telephone number is +91 (11) 23321536. More information about Revolabs is available at www.revolabs.com.

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About Revolabs
Revolabs Inc. is the premier provider of audio solutions for unified communications, enterprise collaboration, and professional audio applications across a wide range of markets. Offering unmatched audio quality that allows users to “hear every word,” the company’s teleconferencing and microphone systems are utilized across the globe for a variety of applications, from webcasts and video conferencing to podcasts and broadcasting. Combining the ultimate in flexibility with sleek, stylish form factors, Revolabs solutions cut the cord, facilitating natural mobility by allowing participants to move about a workspace and still be heard, without being held back by wires. Leading the way in innovation, the company continues to add to its portfolio of value-added audio and telephony systems with superior products. Revolabs systems are secure (encrypted), rechargeable (environmentally friendly), and GSM-impervious. The company is headquartered in Sudbury, Massachusetts, and can be reached at +1-800-326-1088 or www.revolabs.com.

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Photo Caption: S.L. Dorairaju, Revolabs’ Country Manager for India and the SAARC Region

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Extron Now Shipping Five Input Audio Expansion Processor with AEC and Dante

Extron Electronics is pleased to announce the immediate availability of the AXP 50 C AT, a five input audio expansion processor with Extron ProDSP for integrating remote microphones and other sources onto a Dante™-enabled Extron DMP 128 audio system. A single Ethernet cable from one AXP 50 C AT, or several linked units, to a central equipment rack significantly reduces the effort and expense of pulling one cable for each mic. The AXP 50 C AT provides 48 volt phantom power and a digital control port to all mic/line inputs. Dedicated signal processing is available for each input, including gain, filtering, dynamics, and AEC – acoustic echo cancellation. FlexInputs offer the additional capability to process a Dante channel in place of a local input. The intuitive DSP Configurator Software makes it quick and easy to set up DSP parameters and AEC on the AXP 50 C AT. more

Bexel Expands Inventory with $13 Million Investment to Support 2014 FIFA World Cup(tm) and Beyond

Company Upgrades Key Products to Service US Rights Holders Host Coverage

BURBANK, Calif. - Bexel, a unit of the Vitec Group's Services Division and a leading worldwide provider of broadcast services and solutions, recently completed a major inventory upgrade to support the company's extensive installations for both the Spanish and English-speaking U.S. rights holders at the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil(tm). The $13 million investment increases Bexel's service offering of products in several key areas, including camera systems, switchers and routers, and servers.

The significant investment is strategically aligned to support Bexel's continuing expansion into the major global sporting event sector. "Bexel has had an incredibly busy year," commented Tom Dickinson, CTO of Bexel. "We came right off doing the winter games in Sochi, Russia, directly into World Cup preparation. This was the largest World Cup effort that Bexel has ever undertaken, as we provided complete turnkey facilities with on-site technical support to two major broadcasters. To support these live events that are international in scope, we invested millions to expand our systems and solutions so that we can service our clients with the technology they require to execute at this level."

Grass Valley and Sony Camera Systems-


Bexel has made a significant investment in the expansion of its camera inventory. Over 50 new camera systems were purchased to support Bexel's increased servicing of global sports arenas. Thirty Grass Valley LDX 80 Compact cameras and 20 Sony HDC-2400 cameras have been added to the Bexel roster. All 50 camera chains were used in Brazil.

In addition to the cameras, Bexel bought more than 50 supporting lenses, ranging from wide-angle lenses to Cannon XJ95x and Fujinon XA99x8.4 super-telephoto lenses. The company's inventory of camera support equipment has also grown, including new Vinten Vector 75 Pan and Tilt Heads and Sachtler tripods.

Evertz Routers and Grass Valley Switchers-

Bexel has undertaken a major upgrade of its routers and increased the quantity to include two new Evertz EQX routing systems from 288x853 up to a full size 394x970. In addition, Bexel has an Evertz EMR router at 288x864. These routers are central to the company's support of its large systems and bigger than what would be found on many mobile trucks.

"The World Cup, being such an expansive event, required host broadcast facilities to have very extensive routing capabilities to manage the signals coming in from all the venues simultaneously," said Dickinson. "This routing of the signals was one of the key requirements, due to the complexity of the event and the large amount of content being managed in a given time period. To support that, and to ensure that both networks had maximum production flexibility, we upgraded our router fleet with two additional, high-end EQX systems, both of which were deployed in Brazil."

Two new 5M/E Grass Valley Kayenne Video Production Centers were also acquired, for an inventory total of six production switchers. "We're continuing to invest in Kayenne switchers, as we build out our flypacks to support massive global events like Sochi and the World Cup," stated Dickinson. "We were able to do both US host facility installations with all Grass Valley Kayennes, which worked perfectly. We had four of our switchers in Brazil with a total of five control panels.

EVS XT3 Video Servers-

Bexel has also upgraded and expanded its entire fleet of EVS servers, as well as acquired a host of EVS support products. With the $5 million purchase of 25 new XT3 video servers, Bexel now has a deployable fleet of more than 50 XT3 units. The servers range from six-channel to eight-channel units, and include a new 10 gigabit Ethernet networking feature that allows users to move files over an IP network much more efficiently.

Both U.S. host providers used Bexel's EVS XT3 servers in Brazil. "The XT3s were crucial to the systems we set up in Brazil," noted Dickinson. "Both broadcasters' workflows were file-based and very EVS-centric. The EVS XT3s were key to how the large amount of content was managed from all the World Cup venues."

To service U.S. hosts' coverage over the course of the entire month-long tournament, Bexel transported approximately 26,000 pieces of equipment and 35 senior engineers and support staff to Brazil.

The Spanish-language rights holder for the U.S., broadcast extensive coverage from Rio de Janeiro in addition to the actual World Cup matches. The Bexel set-up served as the hub supporting their extensive pre- and post-game coverage and entertainment broadcasts of its morning show from Copacabana Beach, and the rooftop of the Atlantico Sul Hotel.

"We put together a total of five control rooms on site in Brazil, and everything worked seamlessly," concluded Dickinson. "The extensive investment we made for the World Cup has positioned Bexel to be able to handle any major sporting event anywhere in the world, with the highest quality of well-built systems. We are already looking forward to upcoming events, and we're confident that this investment will allow us to continue supporting our clients with both the strongest systems and the smartest solutions available."

Bexel will also utilize the new broadcast solutions and equipment on upcoming telecasts of the U.S. Open, NCAA Football, MLB, and the NFL, as well as other live events.

ALTINEX DEBUTS SP1104SC INTERCONNECT PLATE

**** Photo: Altinex SP1104SC Interconnect Plate ****

Brea, CA – July 2014… Altinex, a leading manufacturer of Signal Management Solutions®, is pleased to introduce the SP1104SC Interconnect Plate. Comprised of the three-space Altinex CNK-IP-210 blank connector plate—with one of the available openings populated by the CNK-IP-200 dual AC / charging USB module— the new SP1104SC forms the basis of an interconnect system that resides inside the company’s popular CNK200 (matte black) or CNK200S (brushed silver aluminum) Cable-Nook™ Modular Tabletop Interconnect Boxes. With its ability to be populated with a wide range of connectors, the SP1104SC offers a high level of customization—making it ideal for use in today’s sophisticated AV environments. more

BenQ’s Ultra-Short Throw Projectors Bring Setup Simplicity and Interactive Tools to Classrooms

New MX852UST and Award-Winning MW853UST Combine Flexible Installation, Interactive Software, and Colorific(TM) Image Quality

COSTA MESA, Calif. — July 17, 2014 — BenQ America Corp., an internationally renowned provider of Classroom IQ solutions and the No. 1-selling DLP(R) projector brand in North America(1), today unleashed its newest interactive classroom tools: the MX852UST and MW853UST ultra-short throw projectors. Designed to bring Colorific(TM) image quality, easy installation, and PointWrite(TM) interaction to today’s students, teachers, and learning institutions, the devices deliver more than one billion bright colors, provide impressive cost savings, and enable more collaborative classroom experiences while reducing total cost of ownership (TCO). more

Christie Realigns Global Sales with Appointments: Executive VPs and Vice Presidents Named

Christie®, the global leader in helping customers create the world’s best shared experiences, today announced several senior sales and business development management appointments.

Dale Miller is promoted to executive vice president, Global Sales for Christie, reporting to Christie CEO Jack Kline. Miller is responsible for overall sales strategy and execution across the Americas, Asia Pacific (APAC) and Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA). Miller has been with Christie for 24 years and was most recently vice president, EMEA.

Reporting to Miller will be Zoran Veselic, who, in the new position of vice president, Global Systems Accounts, will maximize customer satisfaction by growing Christie’s system sales capabilities and best utilizing the company’s extensive field engineering and professional services’ resources for all of Christie’s product lines. Veselic was most recently vice president, Visual Environments, encompassing visualization and simulation solutions at Christie.

Furthermore, Simon Smith is promoted to vice president, Sales, for Europe, Middle East and Africa, which includes Christie outreach in 41 countries out of eight offices. Jeff Klaas assumes the role of vice president, the Americas, comprising the United States, Canada and Latin America (Mexico, the Caribbean and South America).

Continuing her success as vice president, Sales, for Asia Pacific, Lin Yu will also report to Miller.As well, Craig Sholder, most recently Christie’s vice president of Entertainment Solutions, is promoted to executive vice president, Business Development, with a focus on identification and development of existing and emerging growth opportunities. Sholder will work closely with the sales team, to continue to execute plans, as well as with strategic partners in new markets and verticals that deliver customer-focused, long-term value to Christie’s worldwide installed base.

“I’m excited that these proven, industry veterans will propel this new sales framework to new heights, further positioning Christie to deliver the ultimate in customer satisfaction,” said Christie CEO Jack Kline. “They and all their staff are eagerly embracing new solutions offerings and product lines, which will in turn ensure a continuation of our company’s long-standing growth.”

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