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FOR-A’s HVS-390HS Production Switcher Provides Value and Flexibility to Diverse New Customer Roster

Cypress, CA – Compact and cost efficient, FOR-A’s HVS-390HS video production switcher has proven itself ideal for a wide variety of applications. First introduced last year at NAB, current customers of the 1 M/E to 2 M/E switcher include houses of worship, universities, public access television stations, major newsgathering organizations, government agencies and network news stations.

Located in the heart of Lower Manhattan, Trinity Church, a historic Episcopal house of worship, recently purchased the HVS-390HS as the center of its new control room. Trinity Church regularly webcasts worship services, concerts, and conferences from its iconic Manhattan church, and estimates that the switcher will be used for 450-500 events throughout the course of a year.

“We found FOR-A’s HVS-390HS 2 M/E switcher to be exactly what we needed,” said William Jarrett, Trinity Church’s Director of Media, Production & Operations. “The switcher has an easy-to-understand flow, and the ease of use and layout of the switcher inherently made sense to us. The amount of inputs it offers is ideal for our productions, and there’s an elegance about the unit that we really appreciate.”

News organization The Washington Post is another recent customer. The D.C.-based company is using the HVS-390HS along with FOR-A’s VTW-330HS character generator for a video wall application.

The HVS-390HS video switcher is also well suited for schools, and has recently been purchased by both the New York Institute of Technology and Worcester State University. NYIT installed the HVS-390HS as part of a control room upgrade in September. The switcher is being used for hands-on production classes and for video produced for the school’s global digital network.

“The switcher offers great value and features that empower our students,” explained Herb Savran, NYIT’s Chief Engineer of the Communication Arts Department. Savran has over 25 years of experience in using FOR-A equipment. “Our 2 M/E switcher provides extensive DVE and keyers options, multi-viewing and routing capabilities, and makes it easy for our students to produce a variety of fast-changing shows.”

Broadcasters ranging from local PEG facilities to worldwide broadcast networks are using the HVS-390HS. Wilbraham Public Access, which serves the local Wilbraham, MA area, recently purchased the FOR-A switcher for use in its television facility. New York’s ABC News is also an HVS-390HS customer, utilizing the switcher for mobile news production for the national network.

Phoenix, AZ-based company Road Dog Show Pros, who specializes in event management and corporate productions, is another new HVS-390HS switcher customer. The company currently has the switcher packaged in a flight pack, where it was first used during a November production in Nashville.

“We purchased the HVS-390HS because of the extensive amount of features it offers at a reasonable price point,” said Andrew Stavro, Road Dog Show Pro’s Technical Director. “A few things that stood out to me are the customizable labels for each source button, the two multi-viewers, and its Web interface. These features make set-up much easier for us. We’ve always found FOR-A products to be high-quality and reliable.”

FOR-A’s HVS-390HS is also ideal for government applications. The switcher is part of the video production setup at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland.

About FOR-A

FOR-A is a major manufacturer and distributor of video and audio systems to the broadcast, postproduction and professional video markets. For more information about FOR-A’s product line, call 714-894-3311 or visit our web site at www.for-a.com.

Casio Teams Up With Synnex Corporation To Expand LampFree® Projector Distribution

DOVER, NEW JERSEY, December 16, 2013 – Casio is proud to announce its new association with Synnex Corporation, a wholesale distributor servicing resellers and original equipment manufacturers worldwide. Under this new partnership, Casio will increase its presence in the government and education sectors by being the first LampFree® projector line that Synnex distributes across the United States.

 “We are very excited to work with Synnex and believe this partnership will benefit Casio’s growth nationwide,” said Matt Mustachio, general manager of Casio’s Business Projector Division. “Casio is committed to providing its leading LampFree® technology to consumers and this partnership will open the door to new channels for Casio projectors and strengthen our position as a leader in this industry.”

Casio’s portfolio of projectors are powered by its state-of-the-art LASER & LED HYBRID Light Source and DLP® technology that provides LampFree®, eco-friendly data projection at a fraction of the cost of traditional projectors. Casio’s LASER & LED HYBRID Light Source combines blue laser light and a fluorescent element to generate a high output of green light. The green light, blue laser light, and the light emitted by a red LED are then projected through a DLP® chip which, in turn, is passed through the projection lens to form an image. This technology achieves an increase in color spectrum compared to a mercury lamp, while lowering a projector’s total cost of ownership and maximizing investment.

Synnex is authorized to distribute the Casio LampFree® projector across the United States including Alaska and Hawaii. While the company will carry the complete line of Casio LampFree® projectors, some models will be open to all channels of distribution, while others will focus on the Pro AV marketplace. For additional information on Casio’s LampFree® family of projectors, please visit www.CasioProjector.com.

 

About Casio America, Inc.
Casio America, Inc., Dover, N.J., is the U.S. subsidiary of Casio Computer Co., Ltd., Tokyo, Japan, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of consumer electronics and business equipment solutions. Established in 1957, Casio America, Inc. markets calculators, keyboards, mobile presentation devices, disc title and label printers, watches, cash registers and other consumer electronic products. Casio has strived to fulfill its corporate creed of “creativity and contribution” through the introduction of innovative and imaginative products. For more information, visit www.casiousa.com.

About SYNNEX Corporation
SYNNEX Corporation, a Fortune 500 corporation, is a leading business process services company, servicing resellers and original equipment manufacturers, or OEMs, in multiple regions around the world. The Company’s primary business process services are wholesale distribution, contract assembly, and business process outsourcing, or BPO. Founded in 1980, SYNNEX employs over 11,000 associates worldwide and operates in the United States, Canada, China, Japan, Mexico, the Philippines, and the United Kingdom.

Tightrope Media Systems Keeps Digital Signage Content Fresh with Tight Social Media Integration

New Carousel software release adds Twitter, Facebook authentication alongside new visual enhancements tools to address evolving customer needs

ST. PAUL, MINNESOTA, December 17, 2013Tightrope Media Systems announces a new software release for its tried-and-true Carousel digital signage platform, giving its customers new tools and enhancements that keep content fresh and enrich visual appeal.

Available today, the Carousel 6.4 software release supports direct Twitter and Facebook integration, simplifying how operators access and subsequently incorporate social media feeds into signage layouts. This native connection, achieved via a simple login process, also better organizes social media integration so that content remains timely.

“Social media is so natural to people today that it’s easy for most to focus in and consume that information on signage platforms,” said Eric Henry, Signage Solutions Lead for Tightrope Media Systems. “Our customers are increasingly seeking ways to ensure that their social media content is current, dynamic and well-aligned with their screen content. It creates a natural connection between consumers and the businesses or organizations that rely on digital signage as a communications platform.”

The new Carousel software release also includes visual and operational enhancements to keep screens lively and appealing. A new text character limit on Carousel bulletins eliminate screen crowding and wordy passages to retain viewers and strengthen messages. Similarly, a new web preview feature offers a quick glance at clock bulletins to ensure content is synchronized and easy to digest. Operationally, a new copy option allows for quick transfer of new bulletins to fresh templates, allowing users to create and customize layouts rich with up-to-date information.

“The new software release benefits our customers across all digital signage verticals we serve, including hospitality, transportation, sports and houses of worship,” said Henry. “These enhancements also reflect what our customers are requesting today.”

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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School of Marine Sciences – Old Friendship, New TecPodiums!

The Ruppin Academic Center School of Marine Sciences trains its students in fields related to the sea, the marine environment and marine technology. The School’s location on the shore encourages fruitful research collaboration with universities and research institutes worldwide.

Enjoying the quality and durability of Tecom’s TecPodiums for more than 9 years, RAC has recently upgraded their main auditorium and a several more classrooms with the All-In-One TecPodium Interactive Lectern.

Faculty and the Technical team chose TecPodium Lecterns as they go way beyond “easy-to-use” and get down to where it should be: Intuitive. The Interactive Lecterns come fully loaded from the factory to simplify your life.

TecPodium Interactive Lecterns and Podiums

After 9 years of successful service, Tecom’s motto – “Simple. Works.” – gets a whole new verification.

For more information visit Tecom website www.tecpodium.com

DPA Microphones and Steinway Pianos in Perfect Harmony for ‘Keyboards at Christmas’ Event

Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary teams up with DPA and Steinway for large-scale holiday performance featuring 17 grand pianos

FORT WORTH, DECEMBER 12, 2013 – The School of Church Music at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary recently enlisted the help of DPA Microphones and Steinway Hall of Dallas, Plano and Fort Worth to put on Keyboards at Christmas — a performance of “grand” proportions. With 17 Steinway Grand Pianos on stage, student and professional musicians performed holiday songs for the packed house at the 3,500-seat venue.

Already DPA Microphones enthusiasts for the ability of its mics to reproduce the natural beauty of a Steinway, the music staff at Southwestern Baptist knew it wanted to equip all 17 pianos with three d:vote™ 4099 Instrument Mics each, for a total of 51 mics. A clear, pristine sound was the school’s primary requirement when searching for a mic, and it was obvious that the DPA d:vote was the only choice.

“The Steinway instruments have a very beautiful, very unique sound that other instruments can’t touch, so we didn’t want to recreate the sound, but rather amplify it for the audience to hear in this very large hall,” says Luke Byford, Assistant Director of Musical Productions for the school. “We had experimented for a while with how to mic the piano in this hall and we knew it had to be the DPA d:votes. We previously tried a pickup system, but it just didn’t provide the live sound of the piano. It actually sounded pretty dead. Then we tried a variety of other mics and positions. Nothing seemed right, until our sound techs presented the idea to try the d:votes we had for string instruments in the piano. We were very pleased with the natural reproduction of the DPA mics as they gave us a much more accurate picture of how the pianos sound and the beauty that they put out.”

While this is the second year of the event, the school’s 2012 performance was held in a smaller, more acoustically tuned venue, so the staff did not require microphones. For this year’s Keyboards at Christmas, the school increased the number of pianos. To ensure that audience members had a clear view of every musician, the stage had three elevated platforms, which allowed them to place five pianos at the top, six in the center and six in the front.

“For a great deal of the program, all of the pianos were played at the same time,” says Jerry Aultman, Professor of Music Theory, who worked with Byford on the event. “Sometimes there were two pianists per piano, so a total of 34 pianists playing simultaneously. Bottom line, it was imperative in this hall, as you can imagine with this many instruments and musicians, for the artists to hear each other separately and without delay. From an audience perspective, I noticed that the DPA d:votes just made the Steinways sound the way they are supposed to sound. It was a true representation of the pianos. They don’t need improvement, they’re wonderful the way they are, we just wanted to amplify them and reproduce an accurate sound. With a program of this magnitude, using this many pianos in a hall this large, it is impossible to overemphasize the importance of this requirement.”

It wasn’t just the microphones that drew Byford and Aultman to the DPA d:vote. As the microphone is designed to be heard and not seen, the tiny capsule size enabled the mics to be positioned where the staff wanted them, without any visible signs of a mic being in place.

“We like that you can’t see them,” adds Byford. “They were in the pianos and we ran the lines out of the back, so the audience did not even know they were there. The magnetic piano mounts were great because once they were attached to the brass, they didn’t bounce or rattle. They stayed exactly where we put them, and the fact that they are on goosenecks allowed us to get the mounts in the proper spot on the piano, but then move the microphone to get them in the best position to pick up the exact area of sound we wanted to highlight. They were so hidden and so natural that many of our audience members later told us they didn’t even realize the pianos were being amplified until we mentioned it to them.”

The school had only one day of prep time to mic up the pianos and do an audio run through with students to ensure the EQ was perfect, so the size and maneuverability of the d:votes also afforded the quick setup that was needed. With only a limited in-house supply of d:votes, the school sought to rent an additional 35 microphones to fulfill their need for 51 d:votes. A tall order for any rental house, Byford found himself in direct contact with Eric Mayer, President of DPA Microphones, Inc.

“I think it’s great that a company that makes this kind of product would want to get behind a production like ours and help out the way they did,” adds Byford. “Everyone we worked with at DPA, seemed really excited to help us and support this project.”

In addition to the large supply of d:votes, the company loaned the school two d:facto™ Vocal Microphones for the soloists who accompanied the pianists. DPA’s Sales and Marketing rep, James Capparelle, also attended the event to help with setup and make certain everything ran smoothly.

The Keyboards at Christmas event hosted Southwestern Baptist students and faculty, as well as school-aged children who played three songs, including excerpts from the classic “A Charlie Brown Christmas.” Guest artists Becky Lombard, professor of music at Truett-McConnell College, and T. Bob Davis, a former Southwestern Seminary trustee also performed. In addition to Byford, Aultman and Capparelle, the event was also run by Matthew Bennett, Will Schaefer, Caleb Wallace and Cody Meuer, who are student employees of the school’s A/V Communications department and were key players in making sure the program operated effortlessly.

Video from the event can be found at: http://youtu.be/-D0JsLg2IDw.

ABOUT DPA MICROPHONES:
DPA Microphones is the leading Danish Professional Audio manufacturer of high-quality condenser microphone solutions for professional applications. DPA’s ultimate goal is to always provide its customers with the absolute finest possible microphone solutions for all its markets, which include live sound, installation, recording, theatre and broadcast. When it comes to the design process, DPA takes no shortcuts. Nor does the company compromise on its manufacturing process, which is done at the DPA factory in Denmark. As a result, DPA’s products are globally praised for their exceptional clarity and transparency, unparalleled specifications, supreme reliability and, above all, pure, uncolored and undistorted sound.

For more information on DPA Microphones, please visit www.dpamicrophones.com.

Extron Introduces Two Input DTP Wallplate Transmitters for HDMI and VGA

Extron Electronics is pleased to introduce the DTP T HWP 232 D and the DTP T UWP 232 D two input Decora®-style transmitters. The DTP T HWP 232 D transmits HDMI, audio, and control, while the DTP T UWP 232 D transmits HDMI or analog video, audio, and control. These signals are sent up to 230 feet (70 meters) over a single CATx cable to an Extron DTP 230 receiver. The DTP T UWP 232 D digitizes incoming analog video for reliable display on a variety of output devices. Both transmitters are HDCP compliant and include independent stereo audio connections. They also offer many integrator-friendly features such as EDID Minder, auto-switching between inputs, remote power capability, and bidirectional RS-232 and IR pass-through for remote AV device control. The wall-mountable design of the DTP T HWP 232 D and DTP T UWP 232 D provides the convenience of placing input connections precisely where they are needed. more

Christie MicroTiles Showing the Dupont Story at Johnston Dupont Innovation Center

Christie® and AVI Systems have created a striking 10-unit wide by 5-units tall Christie® MicroTiles® digital display wall in Johnston, Iowa that impressed those attending the Center’s grand opening June 25. Also known as the Collaboratory, and the twelfth center DuPont has opened globally, the Johnston DuPont Innovation Center provides a unique environment for collaboration among more than 10,000 DuPont scientists and engineers with customers, government officials, academics, and business partners around the world.

DuPont Collaboratory - MicroTiles Display Wall


The 3,500 square foot space and adjoining collaboration room showcases the latest company technology, applications and products that are designed to meet the world’s biggest challenges, including food security, energy and protection.

AVI Systems and DuPont Choose Christie MicroTiles
The initial idea was to install flat panels but Les Hofland, System Sales Specialist, CTS, AVI Systems, had Christie MicroTiles in mind from the start.

“We showed the 5-high by 1-wide Christie MicroTiles tower we have to some people at the Center about two months before they brought us into this meeting,” said Hofland. “I brought in the DuPont people and one thing they really liked was that on each MicroTiles unit they could pull out the light engine and put a new one in within 15 minutes. They didn’t have to worry about replacing the entire wall.”

Christie and AVI Systems Meet Strict Deadline; Christie MicroTiles Overcome Substantial Ambient Light
Working with McCullough Creative, who produced the corporate videos and other content shown on the Christie MicroTiles, the installation team had a June 22 cutoff date for the opening three days later.

“The room was still under construction so we couldn’t get in there until the last week in May. They wanted the wall up and running a couple weeks ahead of the deadline to give the software designers some play time with the equipment,” said Hofland. “We met the deadline and I was very happy with the information we received for designing the wall. Everything showed up just days after we put the order in; things happened quickly and we were surprised about the fast delivery time. Christie really stepped up to the plate.”

Since they are located against one wall in a large, south facing room with glass windows running almost ceiling to floor, bright sunlight often bathes the Christie MicroTiles.

“Bright, ambient light is a factor but it doesn’t impact the MicroTiles at all,” said Hofland. “The display always looks nice and full without any problems seeing it. Everyone loves the MicroTiles and think it’s the best thing they have ever seen.”

With a much wider color palette than conventional LCD displays, Christie MicroTiles show pure, saturated, accurate colors. The modular display technology can be configured into nearly any shape and size to create a gorgeous digital canvas.

ABS to Design, Integrate AV Systems Throughout New Building for USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism

SEATAC, WA — Professional video and audio systems integration firm Advanced Broadcast Solutions (ABS) today announced it has been awarded the contract to design, integrate, and deploy expansive video and audio technology solutions for Wallis Annenberg Hall, a new building for the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. As part of a multimillion-dollar technology investment, the project includes television and radio broadcast production and post-production systems for a 20,000-square-foot converged newsroom/media center.

The school broke ground for Wallis Annenberg Hall in late 2012. Scheduled to open next fall, the 88,000-square-foot, five-floor building will feature technology-rich classrooms and multi-purpose rooms, as well as an auditorium, ground-level public forum, and research labs. ABS will design and build television, radio, and webcast studios, as well as control rooms and edit bays, to support the newsroom environment. The project will also include the installation of a media asset management system, which will be used by students across the school.

“As a graduate of USC, this is a very personal project for me,” said Mark Siegel, president, ABS. “We are embracing the school’s converged media concept and incorporating technologies that will keep USC on the leading edge of media education.”

ABS is taking a phased approach to the project. Currently in Phase I, the company is evaluating technologies that will maintain the integrity of the school’s converged workflow while remaining sensitive to budgetary restraints. Initial plans include equipment and software from Adobe, Avid, Primestream, and Ross. Phase II, which will include equipment procurement and installation, is expected to be complete by the end of April 2014.

About ABS:

Based in SeaTac, WA, ABS (Advanced Broadcast Solutions) delivers customized, technologically superior solutions for broadcast, corporate, house of worship, entertainment, government, and educational facilities – from design and integration to installation and support services. Since 1982, its experienced technical staff has installed more than 700 systems for clients including GOCOM Media, Cowles California Media, Cisco Systems, Meredith, and Time Warner Communications. For more information, call 206-870-0244 or visit www.advancedbroadcastsolutions.com.

About the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism:

Located in Los Angeles at the University of Southern California, the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism is a national leader in education and scholarship in the fields of communication, journalism, public diplomacy and public relations. With an enrollment of more than 2,200 students, USC Annenberg offers doctoral, graduate and undergraduate degree programs, as well as continuing development programs for working professionals, across a broad scope of academic inquiry. The school’s comprehensive curriculum emphasizes the core skills of leadership, innovation, service and entrepreneurship and draws upon the resources of a networked university in a global urban environment.

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Extron Announces Next Generation Cable Cubby Enclosures for AV Connectivity and AC Power

Extron Electronics is pleased to introduce the Cable Cubby Series/2, the next generation of Cable Cubby cable access enclosures for AV connectivity and AC power. These durable, furniture-mountable enclosures are available in two sizes and feature a slim, unobtrusive design that is ideal for use on surfaces where space is at a premium. For fast installation, a simple integrated clamp system secures the Cable Cubby Series/2 enclosures to the furniture surface. The patent-pending, modular enclosures accommodate Extron Retractors, AV cables, or AAP-Architectural Adapter Plates. Cables and AAPs can be installed or serviced from the top of the enclosure after installation. Cable Cubby Series/2 enclosures are available in a black anodized or brushed aluminum finish to blend in seamlessly with modern furniture and room decor. more

BLACKBIRD STUDIO CHOOSES API 1608 FOR ITS NEWLY CREATED BLACKBIRD ACADEMY

NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE – DECEMBER 2013: An API 1608 analog console will serve aspiring sound engineers at the newly created Blackbird Academy recording school in Nashville, Tennessee. The school is based at the prestigious Blackbird Studio and will draw on their history, expertise, and industry connections to offer three educational curricula, totaling over 720 hours of horizon-expanding coursework. Class sizes will be small and will feature extensive hands-on lab time, including time in two of Blackbird’s eight recording studios, now reserved exclusively for educational use. The classroom space was created by interior designers Robert and Cortney Novogratz of the HGTV television show, Home by Novogratz.

“We chose the API 1608 for a number of reasons,” said John McBride, who is co-owner and co-operator of Blackbird Studio with his wife, country superstar Martina McBride. “The 1608 is easy to use, it has a great sound, and it’s an excellent tool to teach students signal flow. We already have a couple of 1608s at Blackbird, and we’re very happy with them. Moving forward with the Academy, we wouldn’t have it any other way!”

Mark Rubel and Kevin Becka are co-directing Blackbird Academy, which began with a three-day summer camp designed for high school students. The Academy’s debut Studio Engineering Program kicked off on September 30, 2013 and will run for about 24 weeks.

ABOUT API (AUTOMATED PROCESSES, INC.) Established more than 40 years ago, Automated Processes, Inc. is the leader in analog recording gear with the Vision, Legacy Series and 1608 recording consoles, as well as its classic line of modular signal processing equipment.

www.apiaudio.com

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