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Extron Introduces MediaLink Controllers with Sleek New Designs

Extron Electronics is pleased to introduce the MLC 55 RS and MLC 55 RS VC. These economical, easy-to-use MediaLink controllers are used for common AV functions such as power, input selection, and volume in single display applications. They feature a sleek new look, with redesigned backlit buttons and magnetically-attached faceplates that hide the mounting screws and configuration ports, giving the controllers a refined, uncluttered appearance. Both models include unidirectional RS-232 and IR display control, as well as discrete ON and OFF display power controls. The MLC 55 RS VC model features a newly-designed, larger volume knob for smooth, precise volume control of Extron MPA Series and select XTRA Series amplifiers. Flexible mounting options allow the controllers to be installed virtually anywhere, including walls, lecterns, or tables. more

PNTA Joins Yamaha Dealer Network

BUENA PARK, Calif.—PNTA opened its doors in1975 as a local Seattle-area supplier of theatrical equipment and consumables. Since that time, PNTA has expanded staff and capabilities to provide a wealth of services for customers nationally. Employee-owned since 2008, the Company has increased its services to include audio, video, and lighting. As part of its recent growth, PNTA has joined the Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc. dealer network adding the new Yamaha QL Digital Audio Console to their ever-growing Yamaha arsenal.

With an expert technical services staff, PNTA installs and repairs equipment and supports both non-profit and private customers through their Event Services Department providing production requirements for events of all sizes. Masters at their craft, the Event Services staff enriches the company with backgrounds in systems design, lighting design, sound design, set design, stage management, equipment repair, event design and production, and graphic arts and design.
PNTA is located in a 20,000 square-foot facility near downtown Seattle. The facility notably includes a sizeable brick and mortar retail store supporting its dealer activity for leading entertainment and live production manufacturers, now including Yamaha Commercial Audio products. The company has an active walk-in customer business seeking to buy lighting, audio, video, staging and special effects, drapery and decorative fabrics, as well as an extensive assortment of consumables.

“We did an exhaustive internal review of what audio vendor we needed to strategically add to best accelerate our market progress in growing our overall audio business, states Dave Vaught, Event Services Production Manager at PNTA. We were particularly interested in broadening our offering in professional products appealing to our client base. We focused those efforts initially in audio control and sound reproduction as we needed more tools for sale, rental, and event services support. With the substantial market position and reputation of Yamaha and its many new and highly regarded products recently introduced, the answer became clear. We are happy to have become a Yamaha dealer and integrator of Yamaha’s Commercial Audio Systems products.”

Vaught said that PNTA wanted to add consoles that they expected to see high rental demand from for both existing customers and customers travelling into the state of Washington. “With the announcement of the QL Series, we found a very forward-thinking technological capability in a footprint that was easily transportable while being exceedingly powerful. The expandability of the QL Series clinched our choice and buying depth at key levels. Based on our client history, every need we could think of could be answered by some or all of the features of Yamaha QL desks. We were impressed with a number of the features, including onboard recording, signal and effect processing, auto-mixing, and iPad integration.” For rentals and event services, PNTA also invested in a speaker line extension, moving into the Yamaha DXR and DXS Speaker Series.

“While our company size has grown along with the expanded services we now offer, PNTA retains what we started with when we first opened our doors—a dedication to meeting the needs of our valued customers and finding creative solutions to tough problems,” states Richard Carlson, President. “By adding Yamaha products to our product line, we can now offer the ultimate in quality and reliability to our audio customers. Yamaha consoles are specified on many riders and fill rental needs as well as being versatile for our production needs.”

For more information on PNTA, visit www.pnta.com.

For more information on Yamaha Commercial Audio products, visit www.yamahaca.com.

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Photo ID: From left to right: Jon-Philippe Ruhumuliza, Rental Manger; Bill Woodland, Custom Sales; Dave Vaught, Event Services Manager

About Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc.:
Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc. (YCAS) provides a full line of integrated professional audio products offering complete systems solutions for the broadcast, sound reinforcement/installed sound, touring, commercial recording, and post production markets. With the addition of NEXO to the product line, the company remains the official U.S. and Canadian distributor for all NEXO speaker models. YCAS offers comprehensive in-house and field product training for its customers, a dedicated dealer network, and 24/7 technical support.

BenQ Now Shipping Latest in its GW Series of RevolutionEyes(TM) Monitors

Monitors Offer Elegant Design and Exceptional Performance for the Home or Office

COSTA MESA, Calif. — Aug. 11, 2014 — BenQ America Corp., an internationally renowned provider of visual display solutions, today introduced its new additions to the GW Series of mainstream monitors, the GW2765HT and GW2265HM. Featuring BenQ’s RevolutionEyes(TM) technology, the displays blend perfectly within any living space or office décor with stylish attributes such as high-gloss frames, curvaceous stands, and extremely slim bezels that enable sharper-looking single or multidisplay configurations for placement in any setting. more

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Blonder Tongue Offers Superior Motion Optimization for Fast-Paced TV Programming With New HDE-HVC-PRO

Introduces Enhancements to SDE-4AV-QAM Encoder to Enable Superior Video Quality at Lower Bit Rates

OLD BRIDGE, N.J. — Aug. 12, 2014 — Blonder Tongue Laboratories, Inc. (NYSE MKT:BDR) today announced the HDE-HVC-PRO, a new MPEG-2 SD/HD professional series encoder designed to deliver superior motion optimization for fast-paced programming, including live sports events. In addition, the company announced enhancements to its SDE-4AV-QAM MPEG-2 SD encoder, which enables operators to deliver more SD channels at lower bit rates. Both the HDE-HVC-PRO and SDE-4AV-QAM encoders bring increased levels of video quality and bandwidth efficiency to the broadcast, cable, and hospitality markets. more

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Verrex Appoints Key Project Manager to Boston Office

AV solutions provider Verrex adds Christopher Kelley to its distinguished project management team.

Verrex Boston Project Manager Chris Kelley

Verrex Project Manager Chris Kelley

MOUNTAINSIDE, NEW JERSEY USA / 13 August 2014 / — Verrex, the quality-driven AV solutions provider, announced that Christopher Kelley has joined its New England and Canada region as Project Manager in the company’s Boston office. Christopher is accountable for executing projects in-line with
client expectations and scope, utilizing tools such as project milestones, project plans and progress reports. As a Verrex Project Manager, he is a client’s single point of contact for project progress and delivery. Christopher reports to Verrex Director of Project Management, Jaime Callejo.

“Christopher’s extensive accomplishments in hands-on management of high profile and challenging projects in the technology sector makes him an ideal fit for our team,” said Callejo. “The greater Boston market continues to be one of the most active regions for Verrex in terms of new projects and demanding installations. His dedication to exceptional client relationships, technical skill set and organizational acumen will no doubt serve our clients well.”

Christopher joins Verrex with over 30 years of experience in operations management, project management and systems design. Most recently he was Project Management & Vendor Relations Department Head of Granite Guard (Quincy, MA) where he was responsible for leading teams in installations of fire, security, access and CCTV systems across 1100 project sites. Additional career highlights include: Senior Project Manager for the National Retail Division of NISCAYAH (Woburn, MA); Operations Manager of Boss Security Systems; and Systems Engineer of Best Inc.

“Verrex’s Project Management processes set the standards for excellence in project management,” said Christopher. “This group helps distinguish Verrex in exceeding client expectations and I am thrilled to join such a client-centric team and organization.”

Christopher is based out of Verrex’s New England and Canada office in Wilmington, MA and can be reached at ckelley@verrex.com.

About Verrex
Founded in 1947, Verrex designs, integrates, services and supports video conferencing and other advanced AV/IT technologies empowering the global business community to collaborate and communicate without limitations. A decades-refined, quality assurance system distinguishes Verrex in the industry, ensuring far superior systems design, engineering, project management, installation, support, documentation and solutions. With offices in key corporate hubs, Verrex has positioned its presence, expertise and alliances to deliver innovative solutions around the globe. Visit verrex.com and connect on LinkedIn and Twitter.

Verrex, the Verrex Logo and GMS are registered trademarks of Verrex Corporation and/or its affiliates in the U.S. and other countries.
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Media Contact:
Theresa Hahn
+1 908 664 8391
thahn@verrex.com

Verrex Expands Sales Engineering Solutions with Notable Hire

AV solutions provider Verrex adds Akin Adewole to its New York based Sales team.

Verrex Sales Engineer Akin Adewole

Verrex Sales Engineer Akin Adewole

MOUNTAINSIDE, NEW JERSEY USA / 13 August 2014 / — Verrex, the quality-driven AV solutions provider, announced that Akin Adewole has joined its Corporate Headquarters as Sales Engineer. In this crucial pre-sales support role, Akin will provide expert working-knowledge of collaboration and communication solutions in order to recommend technologies for a client’s intended functionality. Akin joins a global design-build integration and managed services sales team under the direction of Verrex Vice President of Sales, Bill Chamberlin.

“The technology alone has little value to our clients — until it’s paired with the technical knowledge and confident skills of a sales engineer of Akin’s caliber,” said Chamberlin. “Akin will no doubt be an excellent resource for our clients in helping them envision and implement an overall solution that’s relevant to their needs. We are pleased to add him to our team.”

Akin joins Verrex with over 22 years of versatile experience in audiovisual, networking, engineering and systems design. Most recently he was Senior Systems Design Engineer at Activu where he was responsible for interpreting project specifications and functionality into system layouts, bill of materials and project implementation documents for command and control systems. Additional career highlights include: Systems Design Engineer at HB Communications; Technical Sales Design Engineer at Crestron Electronics; Systems Design Engineer at Modern Mass Media; Mechanical Engineer at NJIT Center for Manufacturing Systems; Network Engineer at UNIFI Communications; and AV Technician at Norris Sight & Sound/Northwestern University.

Akin holds a Master’s Degree in Information Systems from New Jersey Institute of Technology and a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Northwestern University. He has also earned the Certified Technology Specialist (CTS) designation from InfoComm International.

“I very much look forward to contributing during the most critical stage of a client’s collaboration strategy,” said Akin. “Verrex’s focus on providing solutions, rather than simply selling systems, matches my own. I am excited to be part of such a dynamic and forward-thinking team.”

Akin is based out of Verrex’s Corporate & Global headquarters in Mountainside, New Jersey and can be reached at aadewole@verrex.com.

About Verrex
Founded in 1947, Verrex designs, integrates, services and supports video conferencing and other advanced AV/IT technologies empowering the global business community to collaborate and communicate without limitations. A decades-refined, quality assurance system distinguishes Verrex in the industry, ensuring far superior systems design, engineering, project management, installation, support, documentation and solutions. With offices in key corporate hubs, Verrex has positioned its presence, expertise and alliances to deliver innovative solutions around the globe. Visit verrex.com and connect on LinkedIn and Twitter.

Verrex, the Verrex Logo and GMS are registered trademarks of Verrex Corporation and/or its affiliates in the U.S. and other countries.
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Media Contact:
Theresa Hahn
+1 908 664 8391
thahn@verrex.com

D-Tools Launches SI 2015 at CEDIA Expo

Latest version of award-winning productivity solution adds significant new features and functionality such as Mobile Installation management and inventory management through QuickBooks integration

CONCORD, CA, USA – AUGUST 12, 2014 — D-Tools Inc., the worldwide leader in system integration software, today announced a major new release of its flagship software platform, System Integrator 2015. Being launched at CEDIA Expo 2014 and available in Q4, the new SI 2015 release adds valuable new productivity features and enhancements that enable Commercial and Residential AV integrators to both streamline business processes and increase profitability while simultaneously maximizing efficiencies and reducing overhead. SI 2015 will be available as an upgrade for existing customers and will be provided at no cost for customers participating in the D-Tools Software Assurance program.

Building upon new functionality within the architecture of the System Integrator platform including a robust D-Tools Cloud infrastructure, SI 2015 makes it faster and easier than ever to perform key functions of an integrator’s business—estimation, system design, and project management. Moreover, SI 2015 offers improvements in virtually every functional area including inventory, data and project management, QuickBooks and third-party integrations, mobile connectivity, as well as a major upgrade in the software’s drawing capabilities. The application delivers a powerful yet easy to use solution that positively effects—and thereby improves—all areas of an integrator’s business.

“This next iteration of the D-Tools System Integrator platform adds critical mobile workflow and installation management capabilities and for the first time, introduces an inventory management component facilitated through the platform’s QuickBooks integration,” said Adam Stone, President and Founder of D-Tools. “We work closely with our customers to consistently refine the D-Tools offering and are excited to be able to add these new features, functionality, and productivity enhancements that will help all our customers succeed in taking their business to the next level.”

D-Tools SI 2015 will be demonstrated at CEDIA Expo 2014 in Denver, Colo., in booth #526. There, executives will showcase the comprehensive system integration software platform which will include the following new features and enhancements:

·       Mobile Workflow & Installation Management

o   Track status of install tasks from any mobile device (phone & tablet)

o   Assign Mobile resources

o   Adaptive formatting to work on any device

o   Notifications for New, Revised, and Completed Tasks

o   Enter install status, notes, serial numbers and actual install times

o   Take photos

o   Syncs field information back into SI 2015

·       QuickBooks Integration:

o   Track inventory in QuickBooks

o   Track order status in QuickBooks

o   Group by Locations, Systems or Project Phases in QuickBooks Estimates

o   Sync Vendors when creating Items in QuickBooks  

·       Product Catalog:

o   Review and rate products

o   Add Alternates to Catalog Products

o   Enhanced search in Product and Labor Explorer

·       Projects:

o   Improved Project History Tracking

o   Improved Project Editor functionality

·       Drawing enhancements:

o   Speed enhancements for stencil/block updates

o   New filter options for Connected Wire and Disconnected Wire

o   Shape Tree improvements

o   Enhanced Shape and Block settings: multiple shapes and blocks can be selected, changed, and assigned

o   Additional settings to paste shapes and blocks as New, Clone, or Alternate

o   Support for AutoCAD 2015

The SI 2015 release comes on the heels of two product additions; the recently launched Mobile Quote native iOS application—which enables integrators and sales people to generate a quote and get to a budget number from any jobsite in the world and FreeTools PSL™, a new system design companion application that provides Microsoft® Visio users with multiple libraries of industry-specific plan view symbols and Visio drawing templates that make it easier to create system designs using universally accepted industry standards. SI 2015, Mobile Quote, FreeTools PSL, and other new enhancements will be shown in D-Tools’ booth #526 during CEDIA Expo 2014 in Denver, Colo.

Those interested in learning more about D-Tools SI 2015 and other new product developments are encouraged to schedule a web demo in advance of the show or to visit booth #526 while at CEDIA Expo. Editors, writers, bloggers, and others providing journalistic coverage of the event and its exhibitors should request a press kit and other related information from Katye (McGregor) Bennett of KMB Communications, by e-mailing katye@kmbcomm.com or phoning (406) 446-1283.

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. Product updates and related information can be obtained by following D-Tools on Twitter and on Facebook.

Learn more about the D-Tools MVP Program, D-Tools System Integrator, or the undeniable benefits of using a streamlined system design, proposal, and estimation software platform at www.d-tools.com(866) 386-6571, ext. 1, or e-mail info@d-tools.com or mvp@d-tools.com.

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

Katye (McGregor) Bennett, KMB Communications, (425) 328-8640katye@kmbcomm.comwww.kmbcomm.com

MVP Contact 
Josh Carlson, D-Tools, Inc., (925) 270-4105, joshc@d-tools.com

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D-Tools SI 2015 – NEW For CEDIA Expo 2014

 

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Extron Now Shipping Compact Four Input Scaler with DTP Extension

Extron Electronics is pleased to announce the immediate availability of the IN1604 DTP, an HDCP-compliant scaler with three HDMI inputs, a universal analog video input, and a DTP output, in a compact 1U, half rack enclosure. The IN1604 DTP is ideal for installation beneath conference tables and in lecterns to provide localized switching support for sources such as presenter devices, as well as signal extension up to 330 feet (100 meters) over shielded CATx cable to reach a wall or ceiling-mounted display. The IN1604 DTP provides the convenience of fast and reliable switching, along with a high performance scaling engine for HDMI and analog video sources. The IN1604 DTP also includes a host of audio processing features and many versatile options for control. more

wysiwyg Lighting Design Video Challenge 2014

‘Be Smart, Be Creative’. Lighting Designers can enter their own unique Imagination into the wysiwyg Lighting Design Video Challenge by CAST Software! – a challenge open to all current wysiwyg R33 users and Members and to those who become so before the deadline of 26 September 2014.

“As in previous years, we’re looking to discover the next lighting design talent through previsualization, but this year’s participants will be challenged by having a “budget” just like they would in a real world project. This “budget” will be represented by an equipment limitation list,” explains, Igor Silva, marketing manager at CAST Group.

“Entrants can be pros or amateurs – all you need to do is be a registered wysiwyg Member, follow the equipment limitation list and guidelines, create a 2-minute video of your lighting design using wysiwyg version R33 then post it to your YouTube account and share it on CAST’s Facebook page. That’s the challenge!”

The best three entries will be handpicked by an expert panel of judges assessing entries on creativity in lighting rigs, programming and overall lighting design.

Winning entries will be showcased at the CAST Booth P10 at PLASA London on October 5th, 2014 then promoted online and in social media.

Additionally winners will take home:

1st place 1 year free wysiwyg membership
2nd place 9 month free wysiwyg membership
3rd place 6 month free wysiwyg membership

There will also be a People’s Choice award voted for on CAST Software’s Facebook page by industry peers, where the winner will receive a year’s wysiwyg membership or option to upgrade to ‘wysiwyg Perform’.

And the last word goes to Silva who says: “Show us what ‘Be Smart, Be Creative’ means to you!”

Raring to go?

The full terms and video requirements can be found here. Entry submissions start from 7 August to 26 September 2014.

Purchase wysiwyg and join the challenge. Go to https://cast-soft.com/cast/store/index.php.

Some Useful Links:

Twitter & Facebook: @CASTSoftware

CAST Forum: http://forum.cast-soft.com

About CAST Software

Established in 1994, Toronto Canadian-based software and hardware developer, CAST Software celebrates its 20th year in business in 2014. CAST Software serves its core markets in entertainment production, special events and meetings. Its award winning flagship software products are wysiwyg design and previsualization suite, and Vivien — Event Designer. All products are designed and created in-house and supported by an established global distribution and reseller network.

CAST Software Ltd. is a member of the CAST Group of Companies Inc.

www.cast-soft.com

BenQ Simplifies Installations With Two New High Brightness Professional Projectors

SH963 and TH963 Provide Brighter Projection and Greater Flexibility to Large Venues With Optional Lenses, LAN Control, and Colorific(TM) Technology — All at a Lower TCO more

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