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Iconyx Helps Renew Reno Church

Reno, NV – September 2012….  The Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd built their first sanctuary in downtown Reno in 1951. Over the years the church’s congregation has grown steadily, straining the limits of their small facility. Now, after more than 60 years the church has been rewarded with a new 500-seat worship center, directly adjacent to the original sanctuary.

The new facility is big, bright and airy, with an open feel and modern audio and video systems, including a pair of Iconyx IC Live digitally steered line array systems from Renkus-Heinz. As Scott Schmidt of Reno-based JC Productions explains, they were fortunate to have the room’s acoustics working for, rather than against them.

“The architect who designed the space has done a number of traditional sanctuaries, and really did a fantastic job,” says Schmidt. “Most of the walls are not parallel, and there’s a sloped ceiling that’s about 60 feet at its highest point. The wall behind the choir is angled about five degrees, which really helps with reflectivity.”

Like many of today’s churches, Good Shepherd has been expanding outside the traditional Lutheran model and offering a range of services to cater to a wider congregation. “They offer a traditional Lutheran service early in the morning, followed by a more contemporary service with full band, and then one more traditional service,” says Schmidt.

Good Shepherd’s choir is among the best, and the room’s acoustics only serve to enhance the sound. That said, the same acoustics that work so well for congregational singing can become problematic when you add amplified music to the mix.

“The band is using all amplified instruments, running through the PA, and they’re all using in-ear monitors, so that does help keep the sound under control somewhat,” says Schmidt “They’re using electronic drums, and there are no amplifiers onstage. But it’s still a pretty live space, and they needed a sound system that could steer the acoustical energy away from the walls and into the seating area.”

Schmidt opted for a pair of IC Live ICL-FR columns, mounted on either side of the proscenium. Low-frequency reinforcement is covered by an IC215S-FR subwoofer under the stage lip. “We needed a very versatile system, and the IC Live fit the bill,” he explains. “Spoken word intelligibility is always the priority, but the system had to provide the full-range musicality needed for a live band as well.”

Schmidt concludes, “I’ve done a number of projects using Renkus-Heinz speakers over the past ten years, and have always been happy with the results. I used the Iconyx on a recent job – a corporate training room – and felt it would be a good solution for a situation like this, where we couldn’t  use any acoustical treatment. And it was definitely a good choice – the sound in here is terrific.”

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Headquartered in Foothill Ranch, California, Renkus-Heinz, Inc. is the worldwide leader in the design and manufacture of audio operations networks, digitally steerable arrays, powered and non-powered loudspeakers, system specific electronics and fully integrated Reference Point Array systems.

KanexPro Introduces Mini Audio Amplifier with Mic Mixer

KanexPro the leading A/V Connectivity solutions provider is proud to introduce the Mini Audio Amplifier is a quarter-rack width digital amplifier (Class D) with equalizer control and Mic mixer. It’s a simple yet powerful device delivering 2×20 Watts@4Ohm default output with built-in volume/ bass feature. It also supports dual mono-output with 2 stereo audio selectable inputs. The Microphone mixer includes independent volume control with balance switching. Supports balanced/ unbalanced signals.

This Mini Audio Amplifier is mainly used during lectures, house of worship centers and various musical events where mic mixing together with equalizing audio is critical.
Mini Class D audio amplifier

Features:

• Fast switching audio amplifier
• 2×20 Watt@4Ohm as the default amplifier output
• Bridge connection supported by switching the amplifier to be 1x40Watt@8Ohm
• Supports Dual-mono output
• Built-in Microphone mixer (separately controllable)
• Line audio output, with volume controllable.
• MIC input supports 48V phantom power
• MIC port with balanced switching suppress
• Supports balanced/ unbalanced signals
• Supports Ducking power technology
• Ultra low inrush current
• Two stereo audio inputs, switchable by button, remote or RS232.
• Volume/Bass/Treble controllable by buttons or RS232
• Optional control by IR remote
• Convection cooled, antistatic case design
• LED indicator, for power and operating status
• IR remote (optional) not included
• Internal Universal power adaptable (100-240 volt AC, 50/60Hz)

About KanexPro™

Leveraging our core strength in professional A/V products, KanexPro carries a complete selection of A/V connectivity needs. When planning digital installations you will find that we carry a broad line of A/V connectivity products enabling you to broadcast, extend, split, or multiply HD signal transmissions; simply and cost-effectively.

KanexPro is a registered trademark. All other trademarks and registered trademarks mentioned herein are the property of their respective owners.

ALTINEX ANNOUNCES TNP151 / TNP151C TABLETOP INTERCONNECT BOXES

**** Photo: Altinex TNP151 Interconnect box ****

Brea, CA – September 2012… Altinex, a leading manufacturer of Signal Management Solutions®, is pleased to announce the availability of the TNP151 and TNP151C (custom) Interconnect Boxes to the ever-expanding line of Tilt ‘N Plug interconnect offerings. Available in both standard and custom configurations, the TNP151 and TNP151C interconnect boxes offer convenient, one touch access to network and AC power connections—making the tabletop connection point attractive for any boardroom or conference room table. more

Digital Rapids Announces Upcoming Support for MPEG-DASH Specification

September 7, 2012 — IBC 2012, Amsterdam, Stand 7.F33: Digital Rapids – the trusted provider of innovative media transformation and workflow solutions for bringing content to wider audiences — today announced plans to support the MPEG-DASH (Dynamic Adaptive Streaming over HTTP) specification in upcoming new offerings in the company’s comprehensive range of media transformation and workflow solutions. more

Ventuz taps into Chyron BlueNet™

The cooperation between Chyron and 3d realtime graphics specialist Ventuz Technology AG reaches a new level with the integration of Ventuz into the BlueNet workflow

The established Broadcast systems supplier Chyron and graphics specialist Ventuz, who entered into a strategic partnership in February of this year, today announced that the companies will use IBC 2012 in Amsterdam to showcase their first joint development success. “We are now ready to announce our integration of Ventuz within the CAMIO broadcast environment,” said Erik Beaumont, Product Manager of Ventuz. “This allows us to seamlessly and transparently operate Ventuz graphics systems within the existing Chyron BlueNet workflow.”

The implementation allows Ventuz to be controlled by the CAMIO and LUCI systems, and so function as part of an automated newsroom environment. Asset management, MOS integration, playout control using Chyron’s ISQ, and distribution functionalities are all covered by the proven and robust Chyron framework, while Ventuz offers unparalleled flexibility and capability as a real-time graphics system.

“This also gives Ventuz users access to Chyron’s hosted cloud-based graphics using the Axis World Graphics system for news and map images,” said Bill Hendler, CTO of Chyron.

“Through this integration, we are leveraging the best of both companies,” said Beaumont. “Ventuz adds advanced data visualization and interactive touch screen capabilities to the Chyron family of graphics solutions which is utilized by thousands of editors, operators, artists and producers all over the world.”

Ventuz and Chyron will showcase their integration at IBC 2012 in Amsterdam, September 7th through 11th, at the Chyron stand, 7.D11.

Digital Rapids Enhances Award-Winning Encoders with Powerful New Software Updates

New upgrades expand content accessibility, monetization and security capabilities while further enhancing renowned encoding quality

September 4, 2012 — Markham, Ontario: Digital Rapids has announced an array of new enhancements to the Digital Rapids Stream software for the company’s StreamZ, StreamZHD and Flux encoding solutions. Upcoming new features include Closed Caption support for live streaming with Adobe(r) Flash(r) technologies; expanded support for automated advertising insertion; enhanced H.264 and MPEG-2 encoding; and new integration with content access and security solutions from Irdeto and Motorola Mobility.

The same advances will also be available as applicable in the StreamZ Live family of live streaming encoders and the Digital Rapids Transcode Manager automated, high-volume file transcoding software.

The new software releases extend Digital Rapids’ support for Closed Captions with enhanced preservation of captions during conversion between differing frame rates and the new ability to embed CEA-608 and 708 captions in live streams targeting Adobe Flash Player and Adobe AIR(r) applications. These expanded Closed Caption capabilities help bolster content accessibility for hearing impaired viewers while enabling compliance with legal requirements that have recently expanded to encompass online video. Digital Rapids encoding solutions support Adobe technologies including RTMP streaming and HTTP Dynamic Streaming (HDS) via Adobe Media Server.

The upcoming version 3.8 expands the Stream software’s support for automated advertising and monetization workflows to include the HTTP Live Streaming (HLS) protocol. Cueing messages in live input sources can be detected to automate the insertion of markers into HLS outputs for triggering downstream events such as local ad insertion or replacement.

The soon-to-be-released Stream 3.7.4 update features integration with the Irdeto Control content management system, expanding Digital Rapids’ range of third-party integrations supporting Microsoft PlayReady technology for protecting Internet Information Services (IIS) Smooth Streaming content. Irdeto Control, a component of the Irdeto Broadband solution suite, allows content owners and distributors to protect their valuable digital content and to manage how that content is accessed by consumers on a variety of devices.

Stream 3.7.4 also adds support for the Motorola SecureMedia(r) Encryptonite ONE(tm) HLS+ content security solution. Based on the HLS adaptive streaming protocol, SecureMedia Encryptonite ONE HLS+ is the award-winning security component of the Motorola Medios suite of multi-screen content delivery solutions, enabling operators to securely deliver linear and on-demand content to a wide range of viewing devices.

The new software upgrades also further enhance Digital Rapids’ highly-acclaimed H.264 and MPEG-2 encoding quality, performance and configurability.

“While our solutions have earned their reputation for delivering superior encoding quality, there continue to be opportunities for further quality enhancements, and we’re pleased to be bringing such gains to our customers in our upcoming updates,” said Darren Gallipeau, Product Manager at Digital Rapids. “Meanwhile, as content and rights owners refine their multi-screen content monetization strategies, robust support for their chosen content security and rights management technologies and the ability to streamline their advertising workflows become increasingly imperative in enabling their success.”

The complete range of Digital Rapids media transformation and workflow solutions will be showcased in booth number 7.F33 at the IBC 2012 exhibition in Amsterdam. For more information about Digital Rapids, please visit www.digitalrapids.com.

About Digital Rapids Corporation — Digital Rapids provides market-leading content transformation and workflow solutions that empower the world’s leading media organizations to reach wider audiences more efficiently, more effectively and more profitably. Recipients of more than two dozen prestigious awards for company and product excellence, Digital Rapids combines innovative technology with proven expertise and visionary insight to help our customers expand their audiences, increase their revenues, and reduce their costs. Digital Rapids Corporation (www.digitalrapids.com) is headquartered in Ontario, Canada with offices in the United States, the United Kingdom, Hong Kong, Australia and Argentina.

Arqiva Chooses T-VIPS’ TNS547 DTT Monitor for the UK DVB-T2 Freeview HD Network

Oslo, Norway – 28 August 2012

T-VIPS, a global leader in Digital Terrestrial TV solutions, announces that Arqiva, a UK based communications infrastructure and media services company, has selected the TNS547 DTT Monitor for key transmitter sites in the UK DVB-T2 network. With the deployment of the TNS547, Arqiva will deliver state of the art monitoring to ensure the highest quality viewing experience.

“Transmitting HD video over the DVB-T2 Freeview HD network has been a resounding success,” said Peter Heslop, Director of DSO Programme, Arqiva. “T-VIPS has been an instrumental part of the project and they have delivered best of breed solutions to Arqiva. They combine unfailing quality and professionalism with a collaborative and cooperative approach.”

The TNS547 is designed to ensure the delivery of high-quality video content by simplifying the monitoring and analysis of DVB-T2 transport streams and services throughout a terrestrial network.

“We’re proud to have been chosen again by Arqiva. We are committed to delivering innovative terrestrial solutions designed in collaboration with our customers to address their business requirements and resolve real-life challenges. Robustness and reliability are core values for us and we are delighted to work with Arqiva to ensure the delivery of high quality services to their clients and viewers,” said Johnny Dolvik, CEO of T-VIPS.

The T-VIPS TNS547 provides efficient monitoring of all major interfaces, formats and layers found in DVB terrestrial networks. The monitoring and analysis features enable fast fault-detection and diagnostics. With its intuitive and user friendly interface the TNS547 improves operational efficiency and network reliability.

T-VIPS has been designing solutions for DVB-T2 networks since the standard was first adopted. With support for SFN operation, single or multiple PLP operation and both ASI and IP transport, T-VIPS has delivered systems for multiple networks across Europe and in Africa and the APAC region.

Key Features of the TNS547 DTT Monitor

Analysis and monitoring of transmitter input and output signals for up to six multiplexes
Up to two demodulators for advanced measurements on DVB-T and DVB-T2 signals
Extensive RF measurements including input level, carrier frequency offset, SNR, MER, BER and FER (DVB-T2)
Graphical display of Channel Spectrum, Constellation Diagram and Channel Impulse Response
Template monitoring of transmission parameters
Advanced TS and T2-MI monitoring and analysis, enabling continuous monitoring of transmitter feeds.
For further information: David Bramley, Platform PR, Tel: +44 (0)20 7486 4900 david@platformpr.com

Note to editors:

If you would like to hear more about how T-VIPS is utilizing its broadcast and IP expertise to ‘make the complex simple’, please email Sally Douglas: sally@platformpr.com or Rajin Kang rajin@platformpr.com, or call them on +44 (0)207 486 4900.

About T-VIPS AS
T-VIPS is a global leader in professional video transport solutions. We help customers deliver next-generation TV services such as 3D, HDTV, live events and local content. Our IP based video transport and Digital Terrestrial TV solutions allow network operators, broadcasters, and content providers to deliver the highest picture quality at the lowest cost. Leveraging our expertise in video over IP, video compression, transport stream processing, monitoring and seamless switching we deliver products and solutions that improve Quality of Service (QoS), ensure high quality in live contribution workflows and enable state of the art DTV.

About Arqiva

Arqiva is the transmission provider for all terrestrial TV in the UK and is at the forefront of network solutions and services in the digital world. Arqiva provides much of the infrastructure behind television, radio, satellite and wireless communications in the UK and has a significant presence in Ireland, mainland Europe and the USA. Customers include major broadcasters such as the BBC, ITV, BSkyB and the independent radio groups, major telco providers including the UK’s four mobile network operators, and the emergency services.

State-of-the-Art Qatar National Convention Center Supports Real-Time Video Streaming With Visionary Solutions’ AVN Encoders

High-Density AVN220 and AVN443HD Encoding Solutions Offer Energy Efficiencies While Delivering High-Quality Video Streams

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. — Aug. 21, 2012 — Visionary Solutions Inc. today announced that the Qatar National Convention Center (QNCC) in Doha, Qatar, has selected Visionary Solutions’ AVN220 and AVN443HD encoders to support real-time streaming of SD and HD video and audio signals cost-effectively during live events and conferences. Leveraging the exceptional performance, high-quality H.264 encoding, low up-front cost, and energy-saving capabilities of the AVN encoders, QNCC is able to offer innovative A/V services within one of world’s first public venues built to the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environment Design (LEED) Gold Certification standard. more

Extron Announces New Economical HDMI Twisted Pair Extender

Extron Electronics is pleased to announce the immediate availability of the DTP HDMI 230 twisted pair extender for transmission of HDMI, audio, and bidirectional RS-232 and IR control signals up to 230 feet (70 meters) over a single CAT 5-type cable. The HDCP-compliant extender provides an economical and effective means for extending HDMI with embedded multi-channel audio from HDMI-equipped devices. In addition, the DTP HDMI 230 accepts analog stereo audio signals and digitizes them for simultaneous transmission over the same single twisted pair cable. The compact enclosure sizes and remote powering of either unit make the DTP HDMI 230 ideal for extending HDMI, audio, and bidirectional control in space-challenged environments. more

Extron Announces New Dual Link DVI Fiber Optic Extender

Extron Electronics is pleased to introduce the DDX 102 Dual Link DVI Fiber Optic Extender, an efficient transmitter and receiver set for long haul delivery of DVI signals over fiber optic cabling. It uses all digital technology to deliver perfect pixel-for-pixel transmission of video images up to 2560×1600, including HDTV 1080p/60. The extender delivers dual link DVI-D signals up to 500 meters (1,640 feet) over two multimode cables or single link DVI signals over one fiber optic cable. The capabilities and compact size of the DDX 102 make this fiber optic extender ideal for sending high resolution DVI content in a wide variety of applications. more

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