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Pexip Infinity Expands Remote Education Capabilities of Texas Education Telecommunications Network

Scalable Meeting Platform Powers Distance Learning for Over 500 Texas School Districts

OSLO, Norway — Oct. 23, 2014 — Pexip(R), a leading innovator in scalable, distributed video conferencing software, today announced that the company’s Infinity platform has been selected to power the Texas Education Telecommunications Network (TETN). Implemented to support the organization’s expanding distance learning network, the software-based meeting platform enables the TETN to connect a consortium of 20 Education Service Centers, 500 school districts, and the Texas Education Agency. more

Extron Now Shipping DisplayPort to HDMI Scaler with Audio De-Embedding

Extron DSC DP-HD A
Extron Electronics is pleased to announce the immediate availability of the DSC DP-HD A, a high performance, HDCP-compliant scaler that converts DisplayPort signals to HDMI. It accepts DisplayPort video at resolutions up to 3840×2160 @ 30 Hz with reduced blanking, and offers high performance scaling with multiple output rates up to 1920×1200, including HDTV 1080p/60 and 2K. The DSC DP-HD A features advanced Extron video signal processing with 1080i deinterlacing and Deep Color processing for optimal image quality. It includes many integrator-friendly features such as auto-memory presets, on-screen display, test patterns, EDID Minder, stereo audio de-embedding, and a DisplayPort input loop-through, while the compact enclosure simplifies installation. The DSC DP-HD A is ideal for interfacing high resolution DisplayPort signals into AV systems with an HDMI switching and distribution infrastructure.

“The DSC DP-HD A delivers an essential feature set for interfacing high resolution DisplayPort signals with HDMI-based AV systems,” says Casey Hall, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Extron. “The input loop-through connection preserves the DisplayPort signal at its original resolution for local monitoring, while the powerful scaling engine and video processing capabilities ensure consistent, reliable signal conversion with high image quality.”

The DSC DP-HD A offers several features that enhance and simplify AV system integration. EDID Minder automatically manages EDID communication between the source and display to ensure reliable operation. The DSC DP-HD A includes a buffered DisplayPort input loop-through that provides an output signal for a local monitor. Additional audio capabilities include selectable audio muting and output volume control. The DSC DP-HD A includes a convenient analog two channel audio output for sending de-embedded audio to a sound system or other audio destination. This output can be set for stereo or dual mono.

To watch a product introduction video, please visit: www.extron.com/dscdphdansvideo

For more information on the DSC DP-HD A, please visit: www.extron.com/dscdphdanspr

Registration for the 21st HPA Tech Retreat Now Open

The Bellwether Entertainment Technology Event Returns to Indian Wells
HPA Tech Retreat

(Los Angeles, CA) Today at the SMPTE Symposium, produced by the Hollywood Post Alliance (HPA(r), registration for the 2015 HPA Tech Retreat officially opened. For the 21st consecutive year, a veritable who’s who of engineering, technology, creativity and strategic business leaders will gather in the desert to discuss the trends and technologies of the future, while tackling head-on the issues of the present. The HPA Tech Retreat takes place at the Hyatt Regency Indian Wells, near Palm Springs, CA, from February 9th to the 13th, 2015.

The HPA’s preeminent event enjoys a global reach, bringing together the thought leaders and senior practitioners driving the rapidly advancing entertainment technology landscape. The HPA Tech Retreat has consistently proven to be a crucial gathering where technological developments in production, post production and broadcast are unveiled, discussed and debated. During the Tech Retreat, attendees from the media and entertainment industries are uniquely able to share time and ideas with academics from around the world, scientists, and experts in technology from various disciplines. The environment is one of discovery and exploration.

Mark Schubin, who has led the programming for the HPA Tech Retreat for many years, notes, “Each year, we receive submissions from all over the world – about six times more than we can possibly use – and, based on what I’ve seen so far, it’s going to be hard to choose. So many new technologies have been introduced at the Retreat over the years that it’s tough to count them all.”

Over the course of its history, the HPA Tech Retreat has seen a number of breakthrough products and processes previewed in advance of their actual debuts. Surround headphones, full-color full-motion holograms, Sony’s HDCAM SR, SR Memory, targeted-ad production and distribution systems, Panasonic’s Varicam and stereoscopic cameras, Dolby’s high-dynamic-range video monitors, Pencil-beam microphones, and OLED monitors to name just a few of the many “firsts” to be unveiled at the Tech Retreat.

Leon Silverman, President of HPA, notes, “The Tech Retreat is the place you go to see history before it’s made, and to move and shake with the movers and shakers across the technology community. The subjects are always topical, but the real value of this event is the ability to share ideas and challenges, to understand from those who really know and get inspired. While I take away so much from this event each year in program content, an equally important take away comes from mingling with this amazing group – the teachers who teach the teachers. If you have not been to the Tech Retreat, you owe it to yourself to make a pilgrimage to the desert. If you have been, you know exactly what I’m talking about.”

Breakfast roundtables are also a popular part of every HPA Tech Retreat. Schubin comments, “Participants begin hashing out the future of media at the lively breakfast roundtables. Among the topics already confirmed for the 2015 event are net neutrality, content security, workflow complications, and a review of the legislative and regulatory environment.”

The HPA Tech Retreat is a not to be missed opportunity for industry professionals. The five day, multifaceted event includes dynamic conference sessions, a curated Demo Room with leading-edge technologies, networking events, and parties. The session schedule and programming information will be announced soon.

Earlier this year, SMPTE and HPA became official partners, moving forward with plans for full organizational consolidation by May 2015. Today’s Symposium is the first jointly produced HPA/ SMPTE event, an auspicious time to open registration for the HPA Tech Retreat.

The event has a history of selling out, and timely registration for the 2015 HPA Tech Retreat is recommended. Registration at Early Bird rates is now available, REGISTER. For more information on the event and sponsorship opportunities, visit www.hpaonline.com, call the HPA office at (213) 614-0860, or email Eileen Kramer at ekramer@hpaonline.com.

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About the HPA Tech Retreat
The HPA Tech Retreat(r) is an informal gathering, in the Palm Springs area, of the top industry engineering, technical, and creative talent, as well as strategic business leaders focused on technology, from all aspects of digital cinema, post production, film, television, video, broadcast and related technology areas, for the exchange of information. The 2015 HPA Tech Retreat will take place February 9 to 13, in Indian Wells, California.

About the Hollywood Post Alliance(r)
Hollywood Post Alliance (HPA) serves the professional community of businesses and individuals who provide expertise, support, tools and the infrastructure for the creation and finishing of motion pictures, television, commercials, digital media and other dynamic media content. Through their partnership with the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers(r) (SMPTE(r)), the leader in the advancement of the art, science and craft of the image, sound, and metadata ecosystem, the HPA continues to extend its support of the community it represents. Information about the HPA is available at ww.hpaonline.com.

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Extron Announces New Fiber Optic USB Extender that Supports a Wide Range of Devices

Extron FOX USB Extender PlusExtron Electronics is pleased to introduce the FOX USB Extender Plus, which extends signals from USB peripheral devices extreme distances over fiber optic cabling. The extender supports USB 3.0, 2.0, 1.1, and 1.0 devices with data rates up to 480 Mbps. Used in conjunction with an Extron FOX Series DisplayPort, HDMI, DVI, or VGA extender, the FOX USB Extender Plus is capable of transmitting Keyboard-Video-Mouse – KVM signals very long distances over a fiber optic infrastructure. 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 FOX USB Extender Plus ensure simplified device integration in a wide variety of professional environments. more

Leading Saudi Arabia University Goes All Renkus-Heinz

 Riyadh, Saudi Arabia – October 2014… Founded in 1953, Imam Muhammad ibn Saud Islamic University today enrolls over 35,000 students in a campus network that spans across Saudi Arabia’s capital city. Islamic tradition specifies that men and women attend school separately, so the University has a campus for each.

Most of the university’s multiple lecture halls and auditoriums on both the men’s and women’s campuses have long struggled with intelligibility and reverberation issues, and university officials recently embarked on a massive, multi-year retrofit of the school’s sound reinforcement systems. After a thorough review of the various facilities, Madrid, Spain-based engineering and architectural firm TYPSA recommended systems based around Renkus-Heinz ICONYX digitally steerable line array loudspeaker systems. Local Riyadh contractor/integrator Baud Telecom Company was selected as the installing contractor.

“Renkus-Heinz ICONYX was the clear choice for a project of this magnitude,” observes TYPSA design supervisor Sergio Onrubia Alvarez. “Steered-beam technology was the obvious solution for these challenging spaces, and Renkus-Heinz is the recognized leader in digital beam steering. We wanted consistency in sound quality throughout the campus, and we were confident that Renkus-Heinz systems were versatile enough to deliver the performance and coverage requirements of these many different spaces.”

 The scope of the women’s campus installation included 40 lecture halls, each with 112 seats, and two 200-seat auditoriums used for small conferences, presentations and special lessons. A pair of ICONYX IC16-R-II columns was installed in each of the 40 lecture halls. The two auditoriums are outfitted with a pair of IC16-R-II arrays, augmented by three SG61-R compact 6.5-inch two-way Complex Conic loudspeakers for front fill coverage. A CF15S 15-inch high-performance subwoofer handles LF reinforcement.

“Prior to installation, we measured the total reverberation time in the halls at 1.2 seconds, with resonances on the mid and low frequencies,” states TYPSA technical supervisor Victor Fernández Garrido. “As we expected, the ICONYX systems improved intelligibility significantly.”

The men’s campus is divided into dedicated buildings for the various colleges (engineering, medicine, language, etc), each with two 400-seat auditoriums. For these halls, TYPSA specified left and right arrays of five PN102LAR RHAON-empowered point source arrays. Each array includes IC212S-R dual 12-inch subwoofers, and three SG61-R boxes are installed on the stage lip for front fills.

The main conference building on the men’s campus includes two larger halls used for conferences and presentations. A major concern in both halls was an older acoustic drop ceiling that magnified room resonance and audible vibrations. A pair of ICONYX IC Live ICL-FR-DUAL columns is installed in each of the rooms.

 By employing IC LIVE systems in these two halls, we were able to achieve consistent coverage while addressing the vibration and resonance issues, as well as improving intelligibility by reducing room reverberation,” said Alvaro Guiterrez Moreno, TYPSA architectural support.

For two smaller 60-seat and 100-seat auditoriums in the administration building, TYPSA recommended left-right IC8-R-II and IC16-R-II systems, respectively, with the larger venue also receiving three SG61-R boxes for front fills.

“This was a very large and multi-faceted installation,” concludes Victor Fernández Garrido. “We needed to be able to address intelligibility problems in the halls and auditoriums, as well as deliver consistent coverage and high performance in all the rooms across the campus. We were confident that Renkus-Heinz was the only company that could meet all of the University’s strict criteria, and officials are very happy with the results.”

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About Renkus-Heinz - 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.

Extron Now Shipping Single-Gang DTP Wallplate Transmitters for HDMI

Extron DTP T HWP 331 DExtron Electronics is pleased to announce the immediate availability of the DTP T HWP 231 D and DTP T HWP 331 D, single-gang Decora®-style transmitters for sending HDMI, audio, and bidirectional RS-232 and IR signals over a shielded CATx cable to Extron DTP-enabled products. The DTP T HWP 231 D extends signals up to 230 feet (70 meters), while the DTP T HWP 331 D extends signals up to 330 feet (100 meters). The one-gang form factor provides maximum space efficiency in wall mount, floor box, and furniture mount applications. The transmitters support computer video up to 2560×1600, HDTV 1080p/60 Deep Color, and 4K resolutions. Both models also accept analog stereo audio signals for simultaneous transmission over the same shielded twisted pair cable. They feature remote power capability, plus bidirectional RS-232 and IR pass-through for remote AV device control. The single-gang wall-mountable design of the DTP T HWP 231 D and DTP T HWP 331 D provides the convenience of placing input connections precisely where they are needed. more

Due to high demand, InfoComm International®, the leading trade association representing the audiovisual and information communications industries worldwide, announces a further Networking for the AV Industry Programme event in London, UK between 9-11 December 2014. AMX® by HARMAN®, is the key sponsor of the three–day intensive course.

“Since the demand for these type of events have been hugely popular, to meet the current demand from audiovisual professionals, we’ve added an additional London class in December,” said Chris Lavelle, Regional Director, UK & Ireland at InfoComm International.

Key topics tackled in this course are remote monitoring and management, security as well as maximising quality and bandwidth.

“As more audiovisual applications operate within enterprise based networks, the course aims to address all networking challenges and to keep skills sets of audiovisual professionals up to date,” added Lavelle.

AMX will continue to support the InfoComm Networking for the AV Industry Programme in 2015. Course locations along with dates for the UK and Continental Europe will be announced later in the year.

Don’t’ miss out. Sign up now by visiting: http://www.infocomm.org/cps/rde/xchg/infocomm/hs.xsl/21946.htm?type=&track=Networked+AV+Professional&topic=&language=&audience=&location=Europe.

About InfoComm International
Now in our 75th year, InfoComm International® is the international trade association representing the professional audiovisual and information communications industries. InfoComm has more than 5,000 members, including manufacturers, systems integrators, dealers and distributors, independent consultants, programmers, rental and staging companies, end-users and multimedia professionals from more than 80 countries. InfoComm International is the leading resource for AV standards, market research and news. Its training, certification and education programs set a standard of excellence for AV professionals. InfoComm International is the founder of InfoComm, the largest annual conference and exhibition for AV buyers and sellers worldwide. InfoComm also produces trade shows in Asia, Europe, Latin America and the Middle East. Additional information is available at infocomm.org.
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Media Group International Delivers The Middle East’s First Dedicated Children’s Radio Station

Children's Media Network - PearFM 3

Leading systems integrator Media Group International has built an entire radio station for the Children’s Media Network (CMN) so that the company can broadcast dedicated children’s content to families in the U.A.E.

The project, which took Media Group International (MGI) just three weeks to complete, involved designing and installing two radio studios and a back-up studio that doubles up as a production facility when it isn’t needed for live broadcasts. MGI also installed server rooms where live broadcast material can be stored for up to 60 days.

MGI’s Managing Director, John Aslett, says: “This was an incredibly exciting project to be involved with because we were helping CMN make history. There has never been a dedicated children’s radio station in the Middle East and we are very proud to have played a key role in making this happen.”

Based in Dubai, CMN is committed to establishing a multimedia platform related to children, and to creatively working with them. The company also aims to provide a support network for parents as well as a number of local and international family events.

The initial idea for CMN came about 20 years ago when founding partner Jeff Price was working with Great Ormond Street Hospital Radio in the UK. This life-changing experience inspired Price to join forces with Nick Watson, who champions children’s health awareness campaigns in the U.A.E.

Earlier this year CMN was appointed to launch and manage PearlFM, an English and Arabic language radio station specifically for children and their families. The station will play a significant role in reflecting the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum to provide a cultural space in Dubai dedicated to enriching the lives of children through a wide range of cultural learning and artistic programmes.

“Charged with launching a radio station, we recognized that we needed specialist help to install the technical infrastructure,” says CMN’s Jeff Price. “We chose MGI for this project because the company has a reputation for delivering world-class broadcast solutions. As part of our remit is to allow children to present some of our programmes, we needed tough, durable equipment that is also easy to operate. MGI gave us excellent advice and helped us choose equipment that was ideally suited to our needs. They also worked exceptionally fast to complete the radio station and gave us great service and support throughout.”

The equipment chosen for the new station includes Clyde Broadcast Synergy Master Control systems that have been installed in all of the studios. These are complimented by RCS play out systems; microphones from Clyde Broadcast, Shure and Beyerdynamic; Sonifex delay units and a range of production and control software from various manufacturers.

PearlFM launched in October 2014 with a live broadcast from the Al Jalila Cultural Centre for Children in Dubai. Catering for children up to the age of 12, the station will present a wide variety of interactive radio programmes that combine music with discussion topics. It will also give school children the opportunity to get creative by taking over the airwaves and presenting their own shows. PearlFM will also provide a support network for parents who can phone in during talk shows or simply listen to experts discussing a range of topics covering health, wellbeing, education and current affairs.

Once PearlFM is established, CMN plans to launch a sister station, LuluFM – the first all Arabic radio station for children. Ultimately, CMN plans to expand within the Middle East, Europe and Asia by developing its Radio, Television and online brands.

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Notes to the editor:
About Ghanim bin Saad Al Saad & Sons Group Holdings
Ghanim bin Saad Al Saad & Sons Group Holdings (GSSG) was founded by Ghanim bin Saad Al Saad in 1993 and incorporated in 2007. Today it is one of Qatar’s most successful private sector business groups, making a major contribution to the country’s economic growth.
GSSG has enjoyed steady growth and success in many fields and industries locally and internationally. GSSG’s diverse portfolio gives it strength and enables its companies within the group to maximise global business opportunities wherever and whenever they arise.
The founder, Mr. Ghanim bin Saad al Saad, has enabled the group to grow to over 40 companies around the world. As an inspirational business leader, he has steered the group to achieve its success in industries that include aviation, maritime, automobiles, oil & gas, real estate, manufacturing, contracting and trading, finance & asset management, engineering, education, fitness, hotels, hospitality and fashion, information technology and telecommunications.
In addition to its corporate headquarters in Doha, GSSG also has five international offices located in London, Zurich, Cairo, Singapore and Dubai.
www.gssg.com

Media Group International
Media Group International (MGI) is an award-winning media broadcast and communications systems integrator, serving the media, telecommunications, security, education, hospitality and advertising industries in the Gulf region for more than 35 years. Formerly known as Salam Media Cast (SMC), the company joined GSSG Holdings in 2010, with offices in Qatar, UAE, Oman, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and the UK.
Media Group International is diversifying its business into new technologies. As well as equipping professional television stations and studios, master control rooms, newsrooms, concert stages and theatres providing light and sound technology, the company also equips whole multivendor and multisensory environments. MGI provides solutions from safeguarding national security, such as in government operations, to creating the best educational venues in museums and classrooms, enhancing sports environments and revolutionising health facilities and satellite telecommunications.
Media Group International won the Digital Studio award for ‘System Integrator of the Year’ in March 2014. The company also holds ISO 9001:2008 certification, the world’s most recognised quality management standard. It is the first company of its kind to receive the prestigious accolade within the Middle East region, guaranteeing customers world-class quality assured products.
www.mgi.tv

VARIA Helps Millsaps College Solve a Sonic Challenge

 Jackson, MS – October 2014… Founded by members of the Methodist Church in 1890, Millsaps College is a privately supported national liberal arts school located on a sprawling, leafy 103 acre campus near downtown Jackson, MS. Like many small colleges, the school’s main auditorium acts as a multi-purpose venue, used for a wide range of events that includes lectures, city council meetings, panel discussions, recitals, music performances, and movie showings.

As Philip Boyd of Ridgeland, MS-based Academic Technologies explains, the college had long struggled to achieve consistent sound coverage across the venue, particularly with regard to vocal intelligibility. “It’s mostly a recital hall, a very live room, with brick walls and a big pipe organ in it,” says Boyd. “The previous two box center-cluster solution was underpowered and covered only a portion of the room – mostly a hot spot in the center about eight rows back. They wanted the ability to have a true versatile dynamic – to go from spoken word to musical programs. Achieving clarity in a board meeting or a panel discussion in that room with no treatment was difficult.”

The hall’s layout and design was another major contributor to poor intelligibility. “The room is about 85 feet deep by 50 feet wide, with steeply raked seating,” Boyd continues. “So the ceiling is 25 feet at the stage, but only 8 feet at the back of the room, which makes uniform coverage even more of a challenge. It also created line-of-sight issues – the screen was partially obscured at the back of the room by the old center cluster.”

After thorough assessment of the room, Boyd recommended the school replace the current system with a Renkus-Heinz VARIA Modular Point Source Line Array system. “The VARIA system was the best option to achieve the versatility we needed,” Boyd observes. “VARIA’s modular design gave us a lot of flexibility in terms of system placement and configuration. And VARIA’s range of vertical and horizontal dispersion angles, together with its transitional waveguides, enabled us to custom configure a system that easily addressed the multiple challenges we had to deal with in the hall.”

Academic Technologies replaced the old center cluster with left and right VARIA arrays. “We used two 7.5×60 degree VARIA systems on top, and then a 7.5×60/90 degree and a 22.5×90/120 degree, and complementing subs for each array,” says Boyd. “The subs were flown beside the main array to minimize the vertical and visual component of the system, both to avoid interference with the large center video screen as well as the visual of the pipe organ when the screen is not in use. The VARIA arrays are 35 feet apart over the front of the stage, and we’re still able to get coverage for the first two rows.”

Boyd reports Millsaps college officials are exceptionally pleased with the new system. “The VARIA arrays enabled us to address both coverage and line-of-sight issues, and to achieve excellent intelligibility without changing the sound qualities of the room. Everybody has been very happy with the results.”

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About Renkus-Heinz - 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.

Extron Now Shipping MediaLink Controllers with Sleek New Designs

Extron MLC 55 SeriesExtron Electronics is pleased to announce the immediate availability of 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

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