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PESA Receives 2014 Governor’s Trade Excellence Award

Huntsville, Alabama – PESA, a leading U.S.-based designer and manufacturer of professional audio and video connectivity, was selected as a 2014 recipient of the 8th annual Governor’s Trade Excellence Award. The company received its honor from Governor Robert Bentley on March 5 in a ceremony at the State Capitol in Montgomery, Ala.

Presented by the Alabama Department of Commerce and the Export AlabamaTrade Alliance, the Governor’s Trade Excellence Award recognizes companies in Alabama that excel in overseas sales and service. The objectives of the program are to identify the state’s successful and innovative exporters, promote them as role models to encourage increased involvement in the global marketplace, and develop awareness of how exporting impacts Alabama’s economy. PESA is one of only eight companies to receive the award in 2014.

“We are very pleased to be recognized for our international efforts with the Governor’s Trade Excellence Award,” said Chuck Tillett, PESA president and COO. “International sales continue to be an important part of PESA’s business plan, as we roll out new products and services to video professionals in a variety of industries.”

“Alabama products are among the best in the country, and the companies recognized today show how successful Alabama products are reaching the global marketplace,” Bentley said. “In 2013, Alabama exports total $19.3 billion, which represents a 57 percent increase since 2009. The Export Alabama Alliance is connecting Alabama companies with exciting new opportunities, and that’s good business for this state.”

About PESA

As a leading provider of audio/video (A/V) Baseband and IP connectivity products, PESA offers a wide selection of multi-path streaming products, routing switchers, matrix switchers, extenders, converters, media extenders, and signal processing gear to support government, military, industrial, commercial, medical, broadcast, and mobile truck applications. From large to small-scale A/V routing and extender products to multiple IP streaming appliances, PESA offers a diverse suite of AV products, all of which are supported by 24/7 technical support. PESA is located in Huntsville, Ala., with regional sales offices throughout North America and China. Our cost effective solutions are available around the world through our industry leading team of Channel Partners offering local support and installation. All products mentioned herein are trademarked property. Learn more about us at www.pesa.com and www.pesaxstream.com. Follow us on Twitter: @PESA_ONLINE.

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Design and Install Complete XTP Systems from Extron Today

Extron Electronics is pleased to announce the immediate availability of the XTP T UWP 202 wallplate transmitter. Now, all announced products for the XTP line are available to successfully design and integrate XTP Systems for reliable AV signal switching and distribution. As a completely integrated solution, XTP provides local connectivity as well as extended transmission capability for sending high resolution video, audio, control, Ethernet, and power up to 330 feet (100 meters) over a single shielded CATx cable. Modular XTP CrossPoint matrix switchers and a wide selection of XTP extenders in a variety of form factors offer the needed scalability and flexibility for twisted pair applications. The XTP CrossPoint frames also support today’s emerging resolutions, including 4K. For the cable infrastructure, use of Extron-certified shielded twisted pair cable and connectors ensures optimal performance of the installation. more

FIBEP 2014: Digital Nirvana to Sponsor Global Media Intelligence Conference

Newark, CA – Digital Nirvana is a silver sponsor for the upcoming FIBEP World Media Intelligence Congress taking place in Dubai, UAE, March 12-15, 2014. FIBEP is the world’s largest global gathering of professionals in media intelligence and communications insight.

Digital Nirvana provides media monitoring services to public relations, brand management and media monitoring companies, including acquisition, monitoring and analysis for radio and TV broadcasts, print and the web. Digital Nirvana also provides back-office services, such as media content management, data services, content conversion, tagging and reporting. The company’s key offerings in the media monitoring space are coding, analytics and news report generation – the monitoring and clipping of TV and radio content from local, national and global news.

“We’re looking forward to being part of FIBEP this year, reconnecting with customers from all over the world, and sharing our latest innovations for media monitoring,” said Vishnu Beri, COO of Digital Nirvana. “The video delivery ecosystem is expanding rapidly with the availability of content across a wide range of platforms. Our experienced team and powerful tools help our customers monitor and manage content throughout the entire ecosystem. Most importantly, it’s our goal to deliver these services and products with an ideal combination of price and performance.”

Digital Nirvana’s unique expertise can be found in its ability to not only acquire data – but also customize it to meet a client’s unique requirements. Digital Nirvana works closely with each customer to ensure data is delivered in meaningful, custom formats that help turn data into knowledge.

Digital Nirvana’s knowledge management services also include market intelligence and analytics compilation for financial news aggregators and corporations, and learning management (phone-based language training and test scoring) for public and private schools, colleges, universities and other learning centers.

In addition to services, Digital Nirvana offers a leading portfolio of products such as the Monitor IQ™ broadcast monitoring system, AnyStream IQ™ live stream monitoring in the cloud, and MediaPro™ content repurposing system. Additionally, Digital Nirvana’s RAD Suite uses audio fingerprinting technology to accelerate and enhance the tracking and analysis of advertisements, songs and copyrighted content.

FIBEP 2014 attendees are encouraged to schedule a meeting with Digital Nirvana to learn more.

About Digital Nirvana

Since 1996, Digital Nirvana has been empowering customers with innovative knowledge management technologies. By combining media and digital technology expertise, Digital Nirvana makes it possible for organizations to streamline operations and gain competitive advantage with advanced product and service offerings. The company’s product portfolio includes the industry-leading Monitor IQ broadcast monitoring system, AnyStream IQ OTT monitoring solution, and the MediaPro content repurposing system. A comprehensive service portfolio includes media monitoring and analysis, market intelligence and analytics, and learning management services. Digital Nirvana is headquartered in Newark, California with offices in Hyderabad and Coimbatore, India. For more information visit http://www.digital-nirvana.com.

Christie to Demo Breakthrough 3D Cinema Technology For Premium Cinema Experiences with Latest ‘6-Primary’ 4K Laser Projector

Christie® today announced upcoming demonstrations of the world’s most advanced laser projection architecture and Dolby® 3D, to be held in the Christie Innovation Theaters throughout CinemaCon 2014 (Caesars Palace, March 24-27) and the National Association of Broadcasters NAB Show® (Las Vegas Convention Center, April 5-10). Christie DLP Cinema® laser projectors using 6-Primary (6P) color laser modules, earmarked for mass production in early 2015, will show how 3D light levels, image uniformity, viewing comfort, and a sense of immersion can be vastly improved, especially when combined with advanced separation technology like Dolby 3D, versus conventional 3D systems found in cinemas around the world today.

“Recent declines in domestic 3D movie attendance are a sign that the novelty is wearing off, with audiences less willing to pay a premium for what is all too often a mediocre experience. The lackluster quality of this experience results from a number of technical limitations with current 3D system architectures, the most serious one being restricted light levels that amount to only 10-30 percent of those levels achieved for 2D presentations,” said Don Shaw, senior director, Product Management, Christie Entertainment Solutions. “Simply put, the movies are too dark, leaving audiences struggling to discern critical details that make up the image in front of them.”

“Christie’s latest laser projection technology, using 6 specific primary colors rather than filtered or polarized broad-spectrum white light, brings dramatically improved 3D efficiency to projection systems, regardless of the size of screen in premium movie theaters,” added Shaw. “We believe that this is the future of 3D cinema projection, that it is right around the corner, and that it will be a key element in boosting 3D box office revenues around the world. Our CinemaCon and NAB Show demonstrations will be the first 6P laser events available to the broad cinema community, from filmmakers to exhibitors, and reaffirms Christie’s 80-year commitment to cinema innovation, rather than ‘moving beyond digital cinema’ as some other industry players have promised.”

At least twice as efficient as today’s best 3D systems, Christie’s 6P laser projectors generate a proprietary mix of photoptically-optimized light wavelengths for each eye directly from the source, in effect eliminating the need for a highly inefficient stage of filtering or polarizing the light as it leaves the projector. The Christie demos will use Dolby® 3D glasses specifically engineered to exactly match the 6 primary laser light wavelengths to yield nearly 90 percent light efficiency. “Their color separation based technique for 3D is well regarded as the gold standard among industry professionals, especially for its true color reproduction, compatibility with low-gain white screens, and superior crosstalk performance – only now it can be part of a system that is tremendously more light efficient,” said Shaw.

“Dolby 3D’s advanced color separation technology is ideally suited for next generation laser projectors,” said Doug Darrow, Senior Vice President, Cinema, Dolby Laboratories. “With extremely high light efficiency, nearly no crosstalk and crisp images with vibrant colors, we believe Dolby 3D combined with laser projection produces the best possible 3D viewing experience for audiences.”

“Having had the opportunity to witness an early 6P laser demo at Christie’s worldwide center for engineering, research and development in Canada, I can confidently state that this is an exciting and important innovation in 3D cinema,“ said Matt Cowan, Co-founder & Senior Technical Advisor at Entertainment Technology Consultants. “I look forward to further refinement of this technology and upcoming installation in premiere theaters around the world.”

Consistent with efforts so far in developing 3-Primary (3P) laser projectors, which Christie sees filling important needs in several, non-cinema industries, Christie laser projectors will provide industry-leading brightness (up to 72,000 Lumens per projector head), wider color gamut capabilities, higher contrast, and dramatically reduced maintenance requirements, resulting in a better experience for all applications. As part of its largest research and development program ever, Christie will continue to develop superior 6P and 3P laser projection solutions for all of its global customers.

Specific to the development of cinema laser projectors, Christie leads the industry in this area, having announced last year that it would supply and install the world’s first commercial laser projection solution for the Seattle Cinerama Theatre, and that it was the first to receive a US FDA approval of variance allowing the sale and installation of laser projectors in movie theaters and other high performance projection venues.

Sochi Olympics Sound Better with Renkus-Heinz

Sochi, Russia – February 2014… The Sochi Olympics have gone to the history books, and as is always the case, the brief few days the games are held belies the immense time and effort preparing for them. In Sochi, a dozen new world-class venues have been erected for the games, and outfitted with high-performance audio, video, and lighting systems.

Avallon, Ltd of Moscow designed and installed multiple Renkus-Heinz systems in no fewer than five Olympic venues. The most prominent project was the Arena Isberg, home to the figure skating and short track competitions. As Avallon President Sergey Vashchenko explains, it was also the most challenging.

“Since music is such an important part of the performance, figure skating competitions have some of the most stringent sound requirements,” says Vashchenko. “Even after working with the building’s designers to reduce the reverb time from 7.5 to 3.2 seconds, we still knew we need to create a system with great performance and tight pattern control, to keep the reflections under control.”

The audience seating is covered by eight each Renkus-Heinz CEM61 and CEM62 high power CoEntrant mid-high modules, with eight CE-3TLO subs covering low frequency reinforcement. The systems are hung around a central Media-LCD display. Ten CT7M TRAP boxes provide music to the skaters on the ice.

“During the EASE acoustic modeling phase, we looked at a number of options, including more traditional line arrays,” says Vashchenko. “But we were not happy with the difference in sound quality between the audience and the ice. Moreover, there was some concern that a line array might block the sightlines for some of the upper-level seating. The optimal solution was to mount all the speakers on the video screen frameworks, and the Renkus-Heinz CEM and CT series speakers offered coverage patterns that suited this arrangement very well.”

Power and signal processing for the systems is covered by Dynacord DSA-series multichannel amplifiers and P64 matrix processors. Amps and DSP are located within the signage frameworks, to reduce cable runs and assure low impedance. Audio signal is fed via fiber from the Stage Tec Auratux 16-T2Z digital console. “We assembled the entire system within the framework while it was on the ground, which made things a bit easier,” says Vashchenko.

Acoustical measurements were carried out by consultant Yury Indlin of ADI in Irkutsk. Vashchenko designed the system, with installation and commissioning by Avallon’s Vladislav Azarov.

“During the competition, sound levels are limited to 85-87dB,” says Vashchenko. “But during testing we were able to achieve levels of 103dB, with even coverage across the entire facility.”

At the Arena Fischt, home of the Olympics Opening and Closing ceremonies, Avallon installed six Iconyx IC7-II mechanically steered array systems in the VIP lobby, as well as a pair of PNX-82 two-way Complex Conic loudspeakers in the Press Center. And the Training Centers for Hockey and Figure Skating are both outfitted with multiple TRX151 two-way systems.

“It was a great pleasure to work with the Renkus-Heinz system,” remarked Vladislav Azarov. “I’ve heard many good things about their patented wave guides, but this was my first experience using their products on a large-scale project, and it was awesome. I’ve had so many great comments about the sound quality, from the athletes, from the spectators, and even from the heads of the Olympic Committee.”

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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.

Extron Pro Series Control Processors Deliver Speed, Security, Power

Extron is pleased to introduce six IP Link Pro Series control processors. All of these are faster, more secure, and more powerful than ever. Built-in Gigabit Ethernet and the latest network protocols allow fast, secure connections with multiple TouchLink Pro touchpanels using today’s network infrastructure. IP Link Pro control processors are built to work with TouchLink Pro touchpanels and are fully customizable with Extron’s most powerful configuration software – Global Configurator Professional. more

Extron Introduces the Industry’s Most Powerful Configurable Control System Software

Extron is pleased introduce Global Configurator Professional. This dynamic configuration software is ideal for control systems and applications that range in scope from single projector classrooms to large, elaborate control system designs. Powerful features, such as conditional logic, variables, and macros provide even greater flexibility for more sophisticated control scenarios. The Controller Groups feature expands AV system design potential for much larger systems requiring multiple IP Link Pro control processors. Global Configurator Professional brings advanced configuration capabilities, enhanced features, and streamlined integration to your next control system design. more

Christie Partners Honored with Top 2014 DSE Apex and Content Awards

At the 2014 Digital Signage Expo, Christie® not only featured its latest digital signage solutions and Managed Services offerings but walked away with a DSE Apex award while several Christie partners, applying Christie products for their installations, commanded top honors in their respective categories.

Scotiabank, with Cineplex Digital Solutions and rp Visual Solutions, earned a Gold Apex award in the Professional and Personal Services category for its 43 foot by 5 foot, three-dimensional mural installation, consisting of 80 Christie® MicroTiles® at Scotiabank in Toronto’s Yorkdale Shopping Centre. This installation is the first MicroTiles installation in the financial sector in Canada.

Christie MicroTiles in Christie's Cypress Lobby

Arsenal Media won the Silver Content award in the Business, Industry and Government category, for the Christie Cypress Lobby content strategy development of the 64-megapixel, 50 foot-wide curved media wall that welcomes visitors, dealers and employees at the company’s headquarters in California. The display solution of 108 Christie MicroTiles at native resolution projects presentations and educational training. Arsenal Media and rp Visual Solutions nominated Christie for a DSE Apex award for which it won Bronze.

Materials and Methods received a Gold Content award for the Interactive Art Video Wall at State Employees’ Credit Union (SECU) in Raleigh N.C., which it produced and directed. Eighteen 55-inch Christie LCD flat panels were staggered at that site to exhibit animations and abstract art content created to engage and inspire visitors.

Kazakhstan Telecom/A+1 Productions, nominated by content provider Arsenal Media, received the Bronze Apex award in the Public Spaces category for its digital canvas of 100 Christie MicroTiles, real-time 3D content and interactive remote controller.

The DSE Apex awards honor innovation in the development and deployment of technology in the global digital out-of-home networks (DOOH) industry, while the DSE Content awards honor innovative and compelling content created for digital signage in the DOOH networks. Digital Signage Expo® (DSE) is the world’s largest and longest running International Conference and Tradeshow dedicated exclusively to digital signage, interactive technology and digital out-of-home networks (DOOH).

FOR-A to Make First Appearance at SATELLITE 2014

Cypress, CA – FOR-A announces plans to display several highlights in its product range, including video encoder, signal processor, and frame rate conversion technology, at the upcoming SATELLITE Conference and Exhibition. Held March 10-13 at the Walter E. Convention Center in Washington, D.C., FOR-A will make its debut at SATELLITE in booth 3113.

“FOR-A offers a number of products that lend themselves to satellite applications,” said Jay Shinn, FOR-A’s Northeast Account Manager. “The SATELLITE show is a premier event in this industry, and it’s the perfect venue to show off our equipment. We’re looking forward to generating excitement around our technology and connecting with satellite professionals at the event.”

In its booth, FOR-A will showcase Fujitsu’s IP-920 HD/SD compact video transmission technology. Employing best-in-class video fidelity MPEG-4 AVC technology encoding (H.264), Fujitsu’s video encoder/decoder technology performs real-time transmission of HDTV at low bit rates over DVB and broadband IP networks. Capable of operating at less than 99ms back-to-back latency, the solution offers robust error correction and is ideal for HD/SD content delivery use. FOR-A became the sole North American distributor of Fujitsu’s high-performance encoders and decoders at the end of 2013.

FOR-A will showcase its FA-1010 and FA-9520 multi-channel signal processors at SATELLITE. Introduced last year, the award-winning FA-1010 signal processor offers 10 video inputs and outputs, multi-channel routing between sources, and effective video and audio signal processing for line, relay, reporting, production, editing and delivery applications. The FA-9520 3G/HD/SD dual-channel multipurpose signal processor provides frame synchronization, up/down/cross/aspect conversion, two channels of full RGB color correction, logo inserter functions and an automatic video optimizer.

Also to be displayed by FOR-A’s will be the MV-1620HS HD/SD/Analog mixed high resolution multi viewer. The compact (1RU) unit features a customizable layout, embedded audio level display for up to 16 channels per input, and title display of up to 16 characters per input. Additionally, the unit’s layout memory is capable of storing up to 16 layout patterns in the main unit, which can be selected directly from the front panel.

FOR-A’s FRC-8000 HD/SD frame rate converter will also be shown at SATELLITE. The multi-format unit offers motion compensation processing, automatic scene cut detection and up/down/cross conversion as standard features.

The LTR-120HS LTO video archiving recorder will also be on hand. Using high-quality AVC-Intra/DVCPRO codec and MXF wrapper/un-wrapper, the LTR-120HS records MXF files that can be used by a variety of NLE systems to LTO tape. Designed to enable “archive at ingest” solutions, the solution easily records video footage as an MXF file in real time.

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.

NAB 2014: Digital Nirvana to Showcase Next Generation Broadcast and OTT Monitoring Solutions

Newark, CA – Digital Nirvana will bring its innovative broadcast monitoring and content delivery solutions to the NAB 2014 convention (Booth SU11017) from April 5-10th at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

“The video delivery ecosystem is expanding rapidly with the availability of content across a wide range of digital platforms,” said Hiren Hindocha, president and CEO of Digital Nirvana. “It is our vision to expand our offerings with powerful tools to help our customers monitor and manage any type of media in the entire ecosystem.”

Digital Nirvana’s latest generation tools address that challenge with broadcast and OTT media monitoring, content capture and repurposing.

Monitor IQ Broadcast Monitoring System

One highlight in the NAB booth will be the next generation of Monitor IQTM – the company’s solution for multi-channel signal monitoring, logging, compliance and archiving for traditional broadcasting. Monitor IQ provides a range of unique features including centralized management, automatic ad detection, and a director’s audio track. It accepts multiple signals, both HD and SD in full resolution, and exports them in a wide range of file formats. Its Infrastructure Self-Check performs more than 40 types of ongoing system checks to proactively monitor the total health of the Monitor IQ system. Web Captioning ensures that programming complies with new FCC closed captioning mandates in the SMPTE Timed Text Format. And Program Guide Extraction automatically extracts EIT data directly from the broadcast, simplifying program search and enabling recording by program. Several new features to be announced will be included within this new version. Monitor IQ is compatible with all standard web browsers – and does not require Active X.

AnyStream IQ OTT Monitoring System

The video delivery ecosystem is expanding far beyond broadcast with the explosive growth of streaming content to desktops, tablets and mobile phones. As live streams increase in popularity, so does the importance of reliable OTT monitoring. Now, complementing the Monitor IQ solution for traditional broadcast content, the latest version of Digital Nirvana’s AnyStream IQTM allows broadcasters, content creators, aggregators and distributors of streaming content to reliably monitor OTT content to ensure that live streams are up and running. AnyStream IQ monitors for quality and compliance issues like loss of video or audio, as well as loss of FCC mandated closed captions. AnyStream IQ is the industry’s first-ever cloud-based OTT monitoring solution. There is no hardware or software to install, and it offers a browser-based interface to record, monitor and search FLV, HDS and HLS formatted streams.

MediaPro Content Repurposing System

MediaProTM is Digital Nirvana’s easy, affordable solution to repurpose and rebroadcast encrypted HD content to multiple platforms. In addition to its ability to encrypt HD content, input/output options further include: SDI, ASI, IP, QAM, and ATSC.

Multiple users in news and sports departments can collaborate; record from one to hundreds of channels; and then edit, annotate and publish content in real time. Search may be based on keywords, program titles, descriptions, textual metadata, time/date and channel filters. Clips are stored and sent via email or FTP for archiving or external viewing in a wide range of formats and resolutions. The next generation of MediaPro will be on hand in the Digital Nirvana booth at NAB. MediaPro is compatible with all standard web browsers – and does not require Active X.

About Digital Nirvana

Since 1996, Digital Nirvana has been empowering customers with innovative knowledge management technologies. By combining media and digital technology expertise, Digital Nirvana makes it possible for organizations to streamline operations and gain competitive advantage with advanced product and service offerings. The company’s product portfolio includes the industry-leading Monitor IQ broadcast monitoring system, AnyStream IQ OTT monitoring solution, and the MediaPro content repurposing system. A comprehensive service portfolio includes media monitoring and analysis, market intelligence and analytics, and learning management services. Digital Nirvana is headquartered in Newark, California with offices in Hyderabad and Coimbatore, India. For more information visit http://www.digital-nirvana.com.

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