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U.S. Bank Arena Upgrades Hockey Coverage to HD with Broadcast Pix Granite X Integrated Production System

Billerica, Massachusetts – When Jim Plummer, technical director for the U.S. Bank Arena in Cincinnati, was shopping for a new production switcher at the 2013 NAB Show, he kept coming back to Broadcast Pixintegrated production switchers. His choice became even easier when he won a Flint™ system during the show, which the arena upgraded to a Granite™ X.

Home to the ECHL Cincinnati Cyclones, U.S. Bank Arena was built in 1975 had a major renovation in 1997, which included the installation of a Sony analog switcher with external DVE. As part of a 2013 upgrade to HD production, which also included new cameras and monitors, the new Granite was installed early last fall in time for the current hockey season.

According to Plummer, the downtown arena seats about 17,000 spectators and hosts more than 100 events per year, including concerts, NBA preseason games, and 36 Cyclones home games. The in-house, three-camera video production is primarily used for hockey coverage, as well as some preseason basketball games and some comedy concerts. A four-screen, center hung video board provides the most prominent view for fans during the game, but there are multiple small monitors throughout the concourse, suites, and on-site restaurant.

During each home hockey game, the director switches while a second operator coordinates graphics and roll-ins. “It works out very well for us,” Plummer explained. “With hockey, you don’t know when you’re getting a stop, so you have to set your cues and be ready to go.”

The control room team also houses light and audio operators, plus one person coordinating game operations and promotions.

U.S. Bank Arena uses several of the Granite’s 12 SDI outputs during productions. One delivers a feed of the high center camera to the coach’s office, where it is recorded for review. Another feed is recorded to DVD for league officials and the visiting team. Plus, the live game production is provided to America ONE Sports, an online provider of live and on-demand sports. “Those multiple outputs really help us out a lot,” Plummer said.

Most of the Granite’s built-in Fluent™ workflow tools have already been incorporated into productions. Granite’s clip, animation, and still stores have made it easy for Plummer and his team to incorporate graphics and sound effects for “Star Wars Night” and other themed events during the season. Plus, Fluent-View, the customizable multi-view, quickly became a favorite feature among the directors, who have created different layouts for hockey, basketball, and concerts.

The optional Fluent Rapid CG feeds score and game clock data directly from the Daktronics scoreboard into graphics produced with the integrated Harris Inscriber CG. Fluent Rapid CG also manages data from an XML feed, so lower-third graphics can include real-time player statistics. “It makes things so much easier,” Plummer added.

Fluent Macros, Granite’s file-based macros system, is being used to create complex transitions and effects. Some transitions, for example, now feature the Cyclones logo, an effect that could not be produced using the previous equipment. Plummer is also planning to incorporate cloud-based content such as Twitter feeds and Instagram pictures into live productions. “It’s something we couldn’t do before,” he said.

With more than half the hockey season complete, people are noticing the improved production values, and Plummer is very pleased with the new Broadcast Pix system. “We love it,” he said. “It does everything we want it to do. The more games we do, the more comfortable we’re getting and incorporating more into the production.”

Broadcast Pix will have two raffles during the 2014 NAB Show (Booth SL6325), which runs April 7-10 in Las Vegas, Nev. Attendees will have the opportunity to win a new fX3D real-time 3D graphics software package on April 8 and a Flint integrated production switcher on April 9. Raffle instructions will be available at the Broadcast Pix booth.

About Broadcast Pix Founded in 2002, Broadcast Pix is the leader in integrated production switchers, with customers in more than 110 countries. Available in several configurations, from compact systems with end-to-end integration to large-scale systems for high-end live productions, Broadcast Pix switchers include CG, dual clip stores, file-based macros, external control software, and customizable multi-view and virtual sets with patented control options. Broadcast Pix also offers ReVue next generation slow motion systems, fX3D real-time 3D graphics, Rapid CG dynamic graphic playout software, and VOX voice-automated live video production, each designed to enhance our highly integrated live production switchers. Customers include leading broadcast, corporate, education, government, religious, sports, streaming, and visual radio studios. Learn more at www.broadcastpix.com.

Broadcast Pix, Flint, Fluent and Granite are trademarks of Broadcast Pix, Inc. Patented. Made in USA.

IC Realtime Puts the Pedal-to-the-Metal with Ferrari Racecar at 2014 ISC West Show

In a move that solidifies its position as a global innovator of advanced video surveillance technology, IC Realtime has developed 720-degree video camera technology. The test platform is with 2013 Grand-AM Rolex GT championship-winning team Scuderia Corsa Racing With Ferrari where camera is mounted atop 458 Italia racecar to stream HD video from racetrack to Ferrari guest’s devices.

Both racecar & cameras will be on prominently displayed at IC Realtime’s ISC West tradeshow exhibit booth #23005. Don’t miss it!

Pompano Beach, FL – March 19, 2014 – IC Realtime, a global innovator of advanced video surveillance technology, has developed a remote-viewing platform that captures 720-degrees with no blind spots or moving parts.

“Pulling from experience in having brought to market our single-lens Immersive-360 camera line, our R&D division has pioneered a remote-viewing platform comprised of proprietary software — leveraging gyroscopic movement technology — and a dual-lens 720-degree camera system. By incorporating many software sensors and synchronizing both front and rear spheres (camera lenses) together, we’re able to capture 360-degree x 360-degree video to create a 3D-like experience that puts the viewer completely in the center of the action,” says Ivan Onuchin, Executive Vice President of R&D for IC Realtime. “This will create a realm of endless possibilities for what can be achieved in video surveillance. It is nothing short of remarkable.”

Many different megapixel versions of the IC720 dual-lens camera will be available beginning this year

The 720-degree technology will make its way to market later this year in a brand-new series of two-lens mega-pixel cameras from IC Realtime called IC720. Different versions of the camera with interchangeable sensors and lenses to achieve a wide variety of video surveillance needs (including a 28-megapixel version) are currently in the works. According to Onuchin, the technology incorporates 15 unique aspects that the company has applied/received patent protection on.

IC720 and Scuderia Corsa Racing With Ferrari
“We originally spec’d the technology for automobile racing as it’s one of the most extreme testing grounds we can get our hands on,” says IC Realtime CEO Matt Sailor. “Its first application is in Scuderia Corsa’s Ferrari 458 Italia No. 63 – a car that is currently competing on the US circuit, and won the championship last year.”

Founded in 2011 by Giacomo Mattioli and Art Zafiropoulo, Scuderia Corsa Racing With Ferrari is the 2013 Grand-AM Rolex GT championship-winning team that supports the racing needs of Ferrari clients through turnkey programs, GT endurance racing, the North American Ferrari Challenge Series and track events. IC720 worked closely with the team to incorporate the camera into the racecar.

Streaming live high-definition video to mobile devices — and uncompromised at speeds in excess of 100 MPH — the camera is used during practice laps and is planned to eventually be used during racing as well.

“Soon the very same technology that we are testing with Scuderia Corsa Racing With Ferrari will be available for all types of elite surveillance applications,” adds Sailor. “This will be an industry game-changer.”

Scuderia Corsa Ferrari 458 Italia No. 63 on Display at IC Realtime’s ISC West Exhibit
IC Realtime will display the racecar at its ISC West exhibit (booth #23005). There attendees will get a chance to witness video streams of attendees walking around the car, captured from the roof-mounted 720-degree camera. IC Realtime will also have race footage on-hand for attendees to experience the video captured by the camera at high speeds.

About IC Realtime
Established in 2006, IC Realtime is a global innovator of video surveillance technology for the residential, commercial, government and military channels. The company has pioneered the introduction of the Cloud Video Recorder™; 720-degree video surveillance camera technology, and is a strong supporter of the new UL2802 performance testing standard for camera image quality. In both the 2012 and 2013 CEPro Magazine CE Pro 100 Brand Analysis, IC Realtime ranked as #1 IP camera / surveillance brand. Follow IC Realtime on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/icrealtimeus and on Twitter: @ICRealtime www.icrealtime.com

About Scuderia Corsa
The 2013 Grand-AM Rolex GT championship-winning team Scuderia Corsa was founded in 2011 by Giacomo Mattioli and Art Zafiropoulo. The team was created for the sole purpose of supporting the racing needs of Ferrari clients and includes turnkey programs, GT endurance racing, the North American Ferrari Challenge Series and track events. Giacomo Mattioli is the owner of Ferrari Maserati Beverly Hills and South Bay and partner in Ferrari Maserati Silicon Valley with Art Zafiropoulo.
Follow Scuderia Corsa on Twitter @Scuderia_Corsa, on Facebook at Scuderia Corsa, Instagram at #Scuderiacorsaferrari and ScuderiaCorsa.com

NAB 2014: Digital Nirvana’s MediaPro 2.0 Offers a Fast, Affordable Way to Repurpose Content for Social Media and the Cloud

Newark, CA– Digital Nirvana will bring its newest broadcast monitoring and content delivery solutions to the NAB 2014 convention (Booth SU11017) from April 5-10th at the Las Vegas Convention Center. The company will introduce the latest version of its MediaProTM 2.0 Content Repurposing System, a fast, affordable way to record multiple channels for content rebroadcasting, repurposing and ad verification. This new version of MediaPro includes the ability to record content and share it easily on social media platforms and the cloud.

“We’re excited to now offer Social Media Integration with MediaPro,” said Hiren Hindocha, president and CEO of Digital Nirvana. “Our latest solution helps broadcasters easily record content and then quickly cut, clip and share with social media including Twitter, Facebook and YouTube. Our goal is to provide broadcasters with tools that help them save time and improve productivity.”

MediaPro 2.0 Content Repurposing System

With MediaPro 2.0, multiple users can record from one to hundreds of channels using Digital Nirvana’s Open Media Appliance; and then edit, clip, and publish content in real time. Clips can be stored and sent via email or FTP for archiving or external viewing in high- or low-resolution. Even non-technical staff can record from broadcast and cable channels and easily produce hi-res, HD broadcast-ready clips to repurpose and monetize content.

Using Digital Nirvana’s Open Media Appliance, MediaPro offers a wide variety of hybrid input options including: SDI, ASI, IP, QAM, ATSC and the ability to record encrypted HD content with Digital Nirvana’s cable card technology. Media can be exported to Flash, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, H.264 and XDCAM. Web-enabled search can be based on keywords, program titles, descriptions and textual metadata. MediaPro is compatible with all standards-compliant web browsers and does not require the installation of Active X.

Digital Nirvana’s MediaPro 2.0 removes the barrier between broadcast and social media for every member of the production team. With its quick and seamless workflow, it’s remarkably fast and easy to share video content with social media and the cloud.

Broadcasters are invited to schedule an appointment with Digital Nirvana at the NAB Show 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 Fremont, California with offices in Hyderabad and Coimbatore, India. For more information visit http://www.digital-nirvana.com.

NAB 2014: FOR-A Continues to Focus on 4K

4K booth highlights include an updated FT-ONE camera, new extraction system, multi viewers, virtual studio system and up converter

Cypress, CA – At next month’s NAB 2014 Show, FOR-A Corporation of America will introduce several new 4K products and showcase a wide range of its popular solutions for the professional video and broadcast industries. Aligning with its NAB theme, “FOR-A for a 4K future,” the company’s primary focus will be on demonstrating cost-effective products for every stage of the 4K workflow – from capturing, processing, switching, and viewing, to recording stunning 4K images. FOR-A will exhibit in Booth C5117 at the show, which runs April 7-10 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

Full 4K Super Slow-Motion Camera & Extraction System

A main highlight of FOR-A’s NAB booth will be the newest version of its FT-ONE 4K super slow motion camera. Capable of storing 9.4 seconds of full 4K resolution images at 900 frames per second, the latest version of the camera features fiber I/O connections built into the unit to make system configuration and setup easier, particularly when the production calls for the camera to be used a far distance away from the base station.

FOR-A’s ZE-ONE 4K zoom extraction system will make its NAB introduction. Featuring an intuitive touch-screen interface, the unit allows FT-ONE users to frame and extract specified 4K image areas. FOR-A will be showing live demos of the ZE-ONE in action in its booth.

Multi Viewers

Other products to be debuted by FOR-A at the show include the MV-4200, MV-42HSA and MV-1620HSA multi viewers. The MV-4200 is a compact, 2 RU unit multi viewer that accepts 4K signals, and is capable of handling up to 68 inputs and 8 outputs.

The new MV-42HSA and MV-1620HSA multi viewers include 3G Level A/B support and 4K to HD down-converted output. The MV-1620HSA accepts up to 16 channels of mixed 3G/HD/SD-SDI/analog composite signals for monitoring on up to two screens, and can also be cascaded with other units to display up to 64 sources simultaneously.

Ultra Resolution Up Converter

New for NAB is FOR-A’s URC-4000 super resolution 4K up converter. The unit provides powerful up-conversion and turns HD video into 4K in real time using original I/P and resolution conversion technology developed by FOR-A.

Graphics

FOR-A will also be debuting VRCAM3, a sensor-less virtual studio system that uses 4K chroma keying technology to provide stunning picture quality. The versatile VRCAM3 links computer graphics to camera motion simply by connecting it to a 4K camera. Using extracted 4K image areas, the Brainstorm rendering engine produces HD output in real time.

Also to debut at NAB is FOR-A’s VTW-350HS HD/SD character generator. The compact, affordable unit provides a rich array of text/graphic functions, more than 260 transitions, and template control, making it an ideal choice for live applications.

Video Switchers

The HVS-390HS HD/SD 1-2.5 M/E video switcher will also be displayed. The versatile switcher offers a dozen DVE channels. Featuring advanced AUX technology, the HVS-390HS has the capability to be a virtual 6 M/E unit.

FOR-A will also show its HVS-XT series of portable video switchers. The HVS-XT100 comes with a separate main unit and control panel, while the HVS-XT110 features a compact, integrated design.

Signal Processor

Following in the footsteps of FOR-A’s award winning FA-1010 signal processor, a new, smaller version of the multi channel signal processor will debut at this year’s show, the FA-505. The 5-input, 5-ouput signal processor features up/down/cross conversion capability on each input.

The company will be showing the FA-10RU, FA-AUX30, and FA-10DCCRU remote control units for the FA-1010 signal processor. Making its first NAB introduction, the FA-10DCCRU is a dedicated remote control unit for color correction.

FOR-A’s FRC Premiere Pro export plug-in video format converter software for Adobe Premiere Pro CC/CS6 Windows will also make its debut.

File-based Products

FOR-A will also demonstrate filebased products, including a new addition to the LTR LTO-based archive recorder series, the LTR-200HS. The unit supports new LTO-6 tape technology and Avid DNX-HD. It features HD/SD-SDI input/output, broadcast quality codec, and MXF wrapping and unwrapping.

Also to debut at NAB is the new LTS-60 media archiving server for LTO-6 drives. The LTS-60 is an ideal small-scale archiving and backup solution that supports 4K archiving.

Ultra Sensitivity Camera

FOR-A will be showing off a new camera from its group company, Flovel. The FZ-B3 ultra high sensitivity HD digital camera captures colorful images in a moonlight environment, and is a 3 CMOS-type version of Flovel’s popular FZ-B1 ultra high sensitivity camera.

IP Encoder/Decoder Solutions

FOR-A will also display Fujitsu’s high-performance IP-920, IP-9500, and IP-9610 encoder/decoder solutions in its booth. The encoder/decoder series uses advanced MPEG-4 AVC technology encoding, known as H.264, to perform real-time transmission of HDTV at low bit rates over DVB and broadband IT networks, and is capable of operating at less than 99ms back-to-back latency. FOR-A will have a 4K display of Fujitsu solutions using two IP-9500 video encoders.

Scheduled for an official debut in 2015, FOR-A will also show Fujitsu HEVC/H.265 compatible IP series technology currently in development.

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.

Belkin Air Protect™ Case and Air Protect™ Sleeve for Chromebooks Minimize Device Damage Inside and Outside the Classroom

Combined Durability and Usability Make Air Protect for Chromebooks Ideal for Education 

PLAYA VISTA, CA – March 18, 2014 – Belkin, a trusted leader of technology solutions for classroom, IT infrastructure, office, and mobile environments, today unveiled two new products developed for classroom use, the Air Protect™ Case for Chromebooks and the Air Protect™ Sleeve for Chromebooks. Both are designed for ease of use, as well as active classroom environments, where accidental damage can occur to mobile devices that are not outfitted with some form of external protection. Belkin will showcase both new products, and other education solutions, at the annual CUE 2014 Conference, March 20-22 in Palm Springs, California.

Tweet this: @BelkinBusiness Air Protect Case and Air Protect Sleeve for #Chromebooks Minimize Damage Inside & Outside the Classroom

Air Protect Case for Chromebooks

The Air Protect Case for Chromebooks allows users to work directly from the case without having to remove their Chromebook, laptop or netbook, which minimizes the risk of damage to the device. The case features protective padding and reinforced endoskeleton that absorbs impact, making the Air Protect the ideal case for Chromebook and laptop use in the classroom. Its ballistic nylon exterior protects the case from the wear and tear of constant usage. Innovative micro-gel tabs and screen-attach technology keep the device, even while in use, safely secured while providing a comfortable typing angle and full visibility of the screen.

The anti-slip EVA molded base elevates the device for optimum ventilation to ensure cool operation even after hours of consistent usage. A front pocket accommodates storage for chargers and other classroom accessories. When open, the Belkin Air Protect Case enables direct access to charging ports and other connections on the sides.

Additional Air Protect Case for Chromebooks features:

  • Designed for HP 11, Dell 11, Samsung Series 3, Acer C7 Chromebooks and other supported laptops
    • Simple one-zip auto wake design that allows full access to Chromebook when open
    • Six-sided endoskeleton with shock-absorbing materials to help protect against drops
    • Full screen visibility when open and in use
    • Full tilt-back of screen for all positioning angles
    • Shoulderstrap and retractable carrying handle
    • Seamless and efficient integrated design

Air Protect Sleeve for Chromebooks

Secure, innovative and lightweight, the Air Protect Sleeve for Chromebooks allows users to securely travel with and store accessories without the fear of classroom accidents. Perfectly sized for 11” Chromebooks, the durable design with ballistic nylon exterior protects devices from bumps, drops and constant usage, making Air Protect the ideal classroom case. An innovative bottom pocket separated from the laptop compartment safely stores charger and other accessories, minimizing the risk of device screen damage if dropped. 

Additional Air Protect Sleeve for Chromebooks features:

  • Designed for HP 11, Dell 11, Samsung Series 3, Acer C7 Chromebooks
  • Shock-absorbing endoskeleton and cushioning materials protect against drops
  • Snug fit compartment with six protective barriers
  • Segregated charger compartment insulates the device screen from potential drop damage
  • Integrated hide-away carrying handle
  • ID window with Velcro seal

“Laptops, Chromebooks and tablets are essential supplies in many schools, and they represent a significant investment. Carrying them safely to and from the classroom day after day is a genuine concern,” said Jon Roepke, senior product manager, Business Division, Belkin International. “Air Protect for Chromebooks offers innovative, practical and affordable solutions for protecting those investments and extending their usability in the classroom.”

Belkin will showcase the Air Protect Case and Air Protect Sleeve for Chromebooks, and other education products, at booth #648 at the annual CUE 2014 Conference, March 20-22 in Palm Springs, California. CUE provides leadership and support to advance student achievement in the educational technology community. For more information visit http://2014.cue.org/. 

The Belkin Air Protect Case and Air Protect Sleeve for Chromebooks will be available in April through the company’s global network of distributors and resellers. 

Belkin offers a range of solutions designed to enrich the educator and student experience with technology in the modern classroom. For more information, please visit: http://www.belkinbusiness.com/education.

About Belkin Business

Belkin Business, a division of Belkin International, offers technology solutions for office, classroom, IT infrastructure, and mobile environments. A proven technology leader for more than 30 years, organizations worldwide trust Belkin for its unwavering commitment to product quality, and expertise in creating solutions designed to address customer requirements in business, government, and education. With a global supply chain and broad provider network, Belkin commands a purchasing power that delivers greater value and unparalleled execution advantages to customers. The company’s line of commercial products are available through Belkin’s global network of distributors and resellers. Headquartered in Playa Vista, California, the company is represented in more than 25 countries and can be found on the Web at http://www.belkinbusiness.com.

Follow Belkin on Twitter at https://twitter.com/BelkinBusiness and FaceBook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Belkin-Business/528342663855273

Tags: classroom technology, K-12 technology, education technology, iPad, Samsung tablet, Samsung tablet, Chromebook, mobile device management, collaboration, mobile computing, mobile computing solutions, Chromebook accessories

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Belkin Introduces Secure and Charge for K-12 Education

Secure Mobile Device Management Solution Keeps Tablets, Chromebooks and eReaders Organized, Secure, Available, and Fully Charged in the Classroom 

PLAYA VISTA, CA – March 18, 2014 – Belkin, a trusted leader of technology solutions for classroom, IT infrastructure, office, and mobile environments, today introduced Belkin Secure and Charge, the company’s newest mobile device management solution for classroom use. The Belkin Secure and Charge makes it easy to securely deploy and support tablets and Chromebooks so teachers and students can focus more on the learning experience, and less on the hassles of managing their mobile devices. Belkin will showcase the Secure and Charge and other education products at the annual CUE 2014 Conference, March 20-22 in Palm Springs, California.

Tweet this: @BelkinBusiness Introduces Secure & Charge #MobileDeviceManagement Solution for #Tablets, #Chromebooks & #eReaders

Designed for learning environments, the Secure and Charge stores and charges up to 10 tablets, USB-charging compatible Chromebooks and e-readers at easy-to-reach angles, keeping them organized, available, fully charged, and ready for classroom use. The station can store and charge different kinds of devices at the same time, each with its own charging cable or adapter. An open setup facilitates easy access and seamless wireless syncing.

The Secure and Charge comes with a lockable security enclosure to deter tampering and theft. Because the station is lock type and brand agnostic, users may choose their preferred lockset for easy device management.

Additional Secure and Charge features include:

  • Integrated cable management features that minimize tangles and clutter
  • Labeling space for personalization and identification
  • Compatibility with standard AV carts for ease of transport from classroom to classroom or tabletop to storage location
  • Ability to mount up to three Secure and Charge systems together for the ultimate mobile device charging station
  • Surface mounting features that allow units to be securely attached to tables or carts
  • Stackable design and small footprint makes more efficient use of valuable space

AC Secure and Charge

  • Compatible with all iPad generations, Samsung Galaxy, and e-readers
  • 10 convenient surge-protected AC outlets fit most charging adapters
  • $15,000 Connected Equipment Warranty 

DC Secure and Charge

  • Compatible with all iPad generations, Samsung Galaxy, e-readers and USB-charging cable compatible Chromebooks
  • 10 convenient full-rate (2.4A) USB outlets

“As we’ve continued working with education customers to better understand their technology challenges, it became clear that they required an increased level of mobile device protection, while reducing the hassles of managing these devices,” said Jon Roepke, senior product manager, Business Division, Belkin International. “With lockable security features, the Secure and Charge offers an elegant, accessible, and affordable mobile device management solution designed to optimize digital learning.”

Belkin will showcase the Secure and Charge and other education products at booth #648 at the annual CUE 2014 Conference, March 20-22 in Palm Springs, California. CUE provides leadership and support to advance student achievement in the educational technology community. For more information visit http://2014.cue.org/. 

The Belkin Secure and Charge will be available in May through the company’s global network of distributors and resellers.

Belkin offers a range of solutions designed to enrich the educator and student experience with technology in the modern classroom. For more information, please visit: http://www.belkinbusiness.com/education. 

About Belkin Business

Belkin Business, a division of Belkin International, offers technology solutions for office, classroom, IT infrastructure, and mobile environments. A proven technology leader for more than 30 years, organizations worldwide trust Belkin for its unwavering commitment to product quality, and expertise in creating solutions designed to address customer requirements in business, government, and education. With a global supply chain and broad provider network, Belkin commands a purchasing power that delivers greater value and unparalleled execution advantages to customers. The company’s line of commercial products are available through Belkin’s global network of distributors and resellers. Headquartered in Playa Vista, California, the company is represented in more than 25 countries and can be found on the Web at http://www.belkinbusiness.com.

Follow Belkin on Twitter at https://twitter.com/BelkinBusiness and FaceBook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Belkin-Business/528342663855273

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Belkin Announces Completion of Apple MFi Certification for Secure Wired Keyboard for iPad

Technology Leader Becomes First Developer to Offer Apple’s Newest MFi certification for Wired iPad Keyboards 

PLAYA VISTA, California – March 18, 2014 – Belkin, a trusted leader of technology solutions for office, classroom, IT infrastructure, and mobile environments, announced today that it has completed Apple® MFi (Made for iPad) certification for its Secure Wired Keyboard for iPad, designed for classroom and standardized testing environments. Belkin will showcase the wired keyboard, introduced in early February, and other education solutions at the annual CUE 2014 Conference, March 20-22 in Palm Springs, California.

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The MFi Program is a licensing program that encompasses third party hardware accessories using Apple’s licensed technology to connect electronically to iPhone®, iPad® or iPod®. Companies, organizations, government entities and educational institutions are eligible to apply for MFi certification. MFi licensed technology includes lightning and 30-pin connectors, authentication coprocessors, and iPod Accessory Protocol, among other accessories.

Apple has very strict rules and demanding certification requirements to obtain MFi certification, in order to ensure that Apple’s brand image, quality and taste are consistent with its authorized accessories. Companies passing certification tests are able to display MFi-related logos on their product packaging. 

“MFi Apple-certified accessories—more than any other certification—provide users with quality assurance protection,” said Jon Roepke, director of product management, Business Division, Belkin International. “Successfully obtaining the MFi authorization is a sign of confidence in the technology and top quality products. We are pleased to offer the first wired keyboard for iPad certified under Apple’s newest MFI guidelines for this product line.”

Secure, durable, and lightweight, the Belkin Secure Wired Keyboard connects directly and securely to a single iPad or Samsung tablet, and it does not require batteries or recharging, making it an ideal partner for standardized testing. The slender, ergonomic design features well-spaced keys made specifically for the classroom. Its plug and play simplicity enables reliable and easy use. The Belkin Secure Wired Keyboard also includes a “correct connect” diagnostic indicator, allowing teachers, administrators, and students to verify proper connection via one button push. 

Key Features and benefits include:

  • Plug and play
  • Full-size keys
  • “Correct connect” diagnostic indicator to verify proper connection
  • Durable, lightweight design
  • Well-spaced keys for comfortable typing
  • No additional software required
  • No batteries required
  • Made for classrooms
  • Certified to Apple’s latest MFI specifications for wired keyboards.

Belkin will showcase its Secure Wired Keyboard and other education products, at booth #648 at the annual CUE 2014 Conference, March 20-22 in Palm Springs, California. CUE provides leadership and support to advance student achievement in the educational technology community. For more information visit http://2014.cue.org/.

The Belkin Secure Wired Keyboard for the Samsung tablet with the 5-pin micro-USB connector (Part # B2B120) is available now through Belkin’s global network of distributors and resellers; the 30-pin iPad connector (Part # B2B114) and the Lightning iPad connector (Part # B2B115) will be available April 2014.

Belkin offers a range of solutions designed to enrich the educator and student experience with technology in the modern classroom. For more information, please visit: http://www.belkinbusiness.com/education 

About Belkin Business

Belkin Business, a division of Belkin International, offers technology solutions for office, classroom, IT infrastructure, and mobile environments. A proven technology leader for more than 30 years, organizations worldwide trust Belkin for its unwavering commitment to product quality, and expertise in creating solutions designed to address customer requirements in business, government, and education. With a global supply chain and broad provider network, Belkin commands a purchasing power that delivers greater value and unparalleled execution advantages to customers. The company’s line of commercial products are available through Belkin’s global network of distributors and resellers. Headquartered in Playa Vista, California, the company is represented in more than 25 countries and can be found on the Web at http://www.belkinbusiness.com.

Follow Belkin on Twitter at https://twitter.com/BelkinBusiness and FaceBook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Belkin-Business/528342663855273

Tags: classroom technology, K-12 technology, education technology, iPad, Lightning iPad, Samsung tablet, mobile computing, mobile computing solutions

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Shotoku Broadcast System To Unveil Revolutionary New Camera Tracking System at 2014 NAB Show

NAB Booth C 8731

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Company Set to Showcase Complete Range of Superior Pan & Tilt, Control and VR Tracking Solutions

Staines, UK – Shotoku Broadcast Systems, the well-established leader in manual and robotic camera support, and virtual reality tracking, is introducing in joint cooperation with ncam, a leading manufacturer that enables virtual production through real-time camera tracking, the revolutionary new ncam Camera Tracking System at this year’s 2014 NAB Show, Booth C8731. In addition, Shotoku will be exhibiting its complete range of advanced robotic camera systems, including its line of pan & tilt heads, control systems and VR camera tracking solutions aimed at all News, Sports and TV Shopping applications as well as systems designed specifically for Government, Legislatures and Houses of Worship. Several significant new product developments will be on show further expanding system capabilities and bringing even more flexibility and cost-efficiency to TV studio operations requiring fully robotic cameras.

The ncam Camera Tracking System features a multi-sensing bar that is unobtrusively mounted on the studio camera and provides real-time data to its associated tracking server. ncam provides complete 8-axis 3D position information via industry standard protocols compatible with any VR/AR graphics system. It is suitable for a wide range of applications both indoor and outdoor, with mounted or even hand-held as well as Steadicam cameras. The system joins Shotoku’s well-established series of advanced encoder-tracking systems.

As part of its range of leading VR camera tracking solutions, the company is also showcasing its advanced TK-53VR crane, which is unmatched in terms of mechanical stability, control precision and tracking sensitivity offering a truly exceptional level of all-round performance for any VR or AR production. In addition, the company’s highly successful TP-90VR full X-Y tracking pedestal will be shown in live demonstrations in the Vizrt booth (Number SL2419).

Easily customizable for government, legislature and houses of worship environments, Shotoku’s robotic solutions, such as the TG-18 and TG-27 pan & tilt heads, height drive and fully robotic pedestal systems feature precise remote control capabilities. The company’s entire range of control systems will be available for demonstration including the TR-HP Hot panel, TR-S legislative panel and the TR-8T touch-screen based robotics control system.

“Shotoku will have an array of products and solutions on display at this year’s NAB show, ranging from the brand new ncam camera tracking system to our technologically superior and robust pan & tilt heads, control systems and VR camera tracking solutions,” says James Eddershaw, sales director, Shotoku. “For years, Shotoku has been leading the way in providing advanced manual and robotic camera support, as well as virtual reality tracking solutions to the broadcast market, and we are looking towards this year’s NAB to reach industry professionals with updates and demonstrations of our various product lines.”

About Shotoku Broadcast Systems
Shotoku Broadcast Systems is an international leader in the manufacture and marketing of a full range of camera support products with emphasis on manual and robotic pedestals and pan/tilt heads for the television broadcast industry. The Company also provides robotic camera systems capable of interfacing with third-party equipment. Established as an engineering design firm specializing in advanced mechanics and electronic control systems, Shotoku maintains headquarters in Japan with offices in Staines, UK and Torrance, CA. The Company’s robotic camera systems are designed, developed and manufactured in Staines, UK. For further information: www.Shotoku.co.uk

Shotoku contact: James Eddershaw
+44 (0) 1784 224650 / mailto:info@shotoku.co.uk

Press contact: Desert Moon Communications / Harriet Diener
+1-845-512-8283 / mailto:Harriet@DesertMoon.tv

Cobalt Digital Listens to Customers, Presents Solutions and Upgrades at NAB 2014

Company Continues to Expand Range of Broadcast Solutions with New Quad Split Card, Blue Box Group Converter and Framesync, Quad-Channel Multi-Rate DA And Significantly Upgraded Loudness Measurement System

Urbana, IL – With an ear tuned to professionals in the ever-changing global broadcast industry, Cobalt Digital (www.CobaltDigital.com), manufacturer of award-winning 3G/HD/SD-SDI conversion gear for broadcast environments, will be rolling out several important solutions at this year’s NAB Show in Booth N4624. The Company, that prides itself in listening to its customers, will answer the need for a quad split card for openGear®, expand its Blue Box Group™ with another converter and framesync, and present a card-based multi-rate distribution amplifier. In addition, Cobalt will be announcing key upgrades to its popular SPOTCHECK® loudness measurement/compliance monitoring system.

“We are always excited to have the chance to attend important industry shows such as NAB where we have the chance to show our commitment to our customers by demonstrating new and enhanced products to meet their varied needs,” says Chris Shaw, EVP sales and marketing, Cobalt Digital. “There are several new and exciting products and upgrades that we will be introducing to the broadcast industry this year that will help keep our customers on the cutting edge of technology.”

New:
9970-QS Quad Split
The 9970-QS Quad Split card answers the need for a fully functional quad split for openGear® frames in sports trucks and control rooms. The card provides 4 SDI inputs (3G/HD/SD), all with frame sync and independent ARC capability. Multiple UMD per pip, user, router source (Utah Scientific integration), and time code are standard. Other capabilities include highlighted borders, Ethernet, GPI, and serial input for tally, full screen mode, audio bar overlay, HDMI/SDI output and more.

Blue Box Group™ BBG-1002-UDX Modular Up/Down/Cross Converter
The new Blue Box Group™ BBG-1002-UDX Modular Up/Down/Cross Converter is available in two different formats. The BBG-1002-UDX-AAV-AES with universal I/O and character burn provides a high-density standalone modular unit that offers multi-input support, flexibility, and ease of use, with full support of 3G/HD/SD-SDI, CVBS, AES and analog audio inputs and outputs. The BBG-1002-UDX model features auto-changeover input, character burn and a web-based user interface. The unit is also available in card format (9902-UDX) for openGear®.

Blue Box Group™ BBG-1040-ACO Multi-Input Modular Framesync
The user-friendly Blue Box Group™ BBG-1040-ACO Multi-Input Modular Framesync with auto-changeover and character burn provides a high-density standalone modular unit offering multi-input support. Multiple SDI input ports allow manual or automatic failover to alternative inputs on loss of input conditions as well as user-configurable criteria such as black/frozen frame or audio silence. Standard features include a web-based user interface and front-panel control. Three BBG-1040-ACO fit in a single rack shelf. The unit is also available in card format (9940-ACO) for openGear®.

9910-DAX16 3G/SD/HD-SDI Multi-Rate Distribution Amplifiers
The all-new quad-channel 9910-DAX16 3G/SD/HD-SDI Multi-Rate Distribution Amplifier features 4x output crosspoint to support four input channels which can be cross-point routed to any of 16 DA outputs. The flexible crosspoint (configurable via DashBoard™ GUI) allows quad 1 x 4, dual 2 x 8, single 1 x 16 and other possibilities (such as dual 1 x 4 plus single 1 x 8). Available in reclocking/non-reclocking versions. openGear® frame compatible.

Upgrade:
SPOTCHECK®
Cobalt Digital’s SPOTCHECK®, initially developed to provide loudness measurement and records for broadcasters, returns to NAB as a significantly upgraded and comprehensive compliance system. Enhancements include: proxy record (Down-res transcode) variable resolution, Video H264, Audio AAC Stereo, EBUR128 compliance, graphing enhancements to include cursors, TS playback and vertical scrolling. Dependent on settings, up to one year of proxy can be stored. In addition, operators can now receive alerts by email.

Journalists: Click to RSVP to Cobalt Press Conference: Tuesday, April 8 at 9AM in LVCC Booth N4624

ABOUT COBALT DIGITAL INC.
Cobalt Digital Inc. designs and manufactures award-winning 3G/HD/SD conversion gear for the broadcast television environment. Distributed through a worldwide network of dealers, system integrators, and other partnerships, Cobalt products are backed with a 5-year warranty. For more information, visit http://www.cobaltdigital.com.

Company Contact: Chris Shaw, EVP of Sales and Marketing
+1-217-344-1243 / chris.shaw@cobaltdigital.com

Press Contact: Desert Moon Communications / Harriet Diener
+1-845-512-8283 / harriet@desertmoon.tv

Bexel TSS Introducing Gold Line at NAB 2014

Like-New Equipment for All Facets of Video and Audio Production Available for Purchase or Lease

BURBANK – Bexel’s Technical Sales & Solutions (TSS) division will showcase its Gold Line of pristine, one-time use broadcast video and audio equipment at NAB 2014. Much of the gear was recently used to cover worldwide sporting events in Sochi, Russia. Bexel’s Gold Line includes a plethora of equipment, from camera systems, lenses, accessories and support, to video and audio converters, audio monitoring, speakers, wireless intercom, solid state recorders, microphones, P2 camcorders, and more.

The Gold Line of equipment comes with a Bexel Gold 30-day service warranty, plus the remaining manufacturer’s warranty.* Each piece of gear has been expertly inspected by Bexel engineers and certified to meet the company’s rigorous standards, ensuring every detail of the components has been tested and is in mint, like-new condition. The company will also provide complimentary technical consultation and support or training to the new owners of all Gold Line products.

“Our inventory of recent, single-use equipment is awarded with a Certificate of Authentication only if it meets our rigorous Bexel TSS Gold standards, so you can enjoy peace of mind knowing your equipment is next to brand new, and ready to withstand more use in the field,” says Tom Dickinson, CTO, Bexel.

Additionally, Bexel TSS offers the latest new and pre-owned professional products with top-of-the-line manufacturers, such as Panasonic, Lectrosonics, Clear-Com, Fujinon, Canon, Litepanels, Sony, AJA, Evertz, Livestream, and many more. The division represents over 200 product lines. Bexel TSS also offers its own line of intercom and audio products made in house under the Bexel ASG brand.

For more information, visit Bexel TSS at http://www.bexel.com/bexel-tss/ or stop by booth #N1205 at NAB.

(* Warranties may differ, depending on when equipment was purchased by Bexel.)

About Bexel TSS

Bexel Technical Sales & Solutions (TSS), a business segment of Bexel Broadcast Services, a Vitec Group Brand, has offered the latest new and pre-owned professional broadcast video and audio products since 1991. Over the years, Bexel TSS has expanded to include exclusive dealerships with top-of-the-line manufacturers, such as Panasonic, Lectrosonics, Clear-Com, Fujinon, Sony, AJA, Evertz, Livestream, and many more. As part of the Vitec Group of companies, Bexel has access to a wide range of industry standard product lines including Anton/Bauer, Vinten, Litepanels, Sachtler and Petrol Bags. Bexel TSS also offers its own line of intercom and audio products made in house under the Bexel ASG brand. Bexel’s specialists offer product training and support before and after the sale, as well as in-house equipment maintenance and repair. In an effort to supply the broadcast industry with unequaled service and product solutions at exceptional prices, Bexel TSS represents over 200 product lines.

For more information about Bexel, visit www.bexel.com, or follow them on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

About the Vitec Group

Capture the moment™

For over 100 years, through every innovation in photography, film and digital image-making, Vitec businesses have developed a powerful portfolio of brand and products that have enabled some of the most amazing moments to be captured under some of the most challenging conditions. Vitec is an international Group principally serving customers in the broadcast photographic and military aerospace and government (MAG) markets. Vitec is based on strong, well-known premium brands on which its customers worldwide rely. Vitec is organized in three divisions: Videocom, Imaging and Services. Videocom designs and distributes systems and products used in broadcasting and live entertainment, film and video production and MAG. Imaging designs, manufactures and distributes equipment and accessories for photography, video and events. Services provides equipment rental, workflow design and technical support for camera, video, audio, fiber optic and wireless technology used by TV production and film crews. More information can be found at www.vitecgroup.com.

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