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D-Tools Announces No-Cost FreeTools PSL™ Application Featuring Industry-specific Symbol Libraries for Microsoft® Visio

Free D-Tools application provides Microsoft® Visio users with multiple industry-specific plan view shape libraries to improve communication and project documentation.

CONCORD, CA and LAS VEGAS, NV - INFOCOMM 2014 BOOTH #C8318—JUNE 18, 2014 — D-Tools Inc., the worldwide leader in system-integration software, today announces the availability of FreeTools PSL™, a new system design companion application available to the entire electronic systems integration community free of charge. FreeTools PSL (Professional Symbol Library) is a free D-Tools application that provides Microsoft® Visio users with multiple libraries of industry-specific plan view symbols and Visio drawing templates that make it easier to create system designs using universally accepted industry standards. Once implemented, users can utilize three different stencil libraries within FreeTools PSL based on industry standards including AVC (Audio-Video-Control), Security, and Custom. By utilizing these libraries and incorporating industry standard symbols into the system design and documentation process, electronic systems integrators using Visio will more clearly communicate with customers and project partners across trades. Moreover, they will also be able to universalize a project, which not only simplifies reading design documentation; it streamlines projects and increases efficiency and accuracy.

The FreeTools PSL application is a plug-in that is compatible with Visio 2007 to Visio 2013 and consists of plan view Visio stencils and Visio drawing templates. Now available, FreeTools PSL includes three Symbol Libraries that contain associated stencils: Audio-Video-Control, Security, and Custom. The AVC (Audio-Video-Control) stencils are a based on the J-STD-710 symbols created by a joint committee from CEDIA, CEA and InfoComm. The Security stencils are based on the SIA Architectural Graphic Standard, and the Custom stencils contain useful electronic system symbols such as wire, text call out, and a Universal dimension shape. Additional FreeTools symbols (such as Fire/Safety and Electrical) will be available soon. The FreeTools PSL app serves as both an enhancement and a gateway for Visio users who have yet to dedicate resources to D-Tools or other system design and documentation platforms.

“Established universal industry standards are an important component of successful drawing designs and technical projects. Not only do they create uniformity within any given project, they also provide clear communication and a higher level of professionalism,” stated Adam Stone, president of D-Tools. 

Integrators utilizing industry standard symbols, stencils and graphics for their system design work deliver needed clarity and consistency to project partners and cross-functional teams. They also are provided the opportunity to compete for bids at a higher level, earn and maintain project access, streamline processes, and boost their bottom line. Moreover, drawings created in FreeTools PSL can be integrated into D-Tools’ System Integrator, providing users of the company’s flagship product with a way to visually share ideas with clients and partners, then bring those drawings into the System Integrator workflow for further project design and management.

“By implementing industry standard symbols into their system design work, electronic systems integrators are provided an effective means for producing professional-looking, easily recognized proposals and design documentation that allows their firm to compete at a higher level and win more bids,” stated D-Tools president, Adam Stone. “Not only does standardization provide extensive value to every entity involved in a given installation, it will soon become a requirement. Essentially, D-Tools provides integrators a leg-up on their competition by encouraging the early adoption of industry standardized drawing shapes.”

Featuring the largest aggregated software-based product database available for the electronics system integrator, D-Tools System Integrator™ software provides more than 4,500 systems designers, specifiers, integrators, and installers in the Residential and Commercial Audio Video, Security, and IT Networking industries a versatile platform that streamlines the estimation, system design, and installation of low voltage systems. D-Tools’ data-driven process provides a high degree of synchronization, increased performance, added flexibility, better communication, and advanced customization options, delivering finished solutions that can have a dramatic, positive impact on business efficiency and profitability.

Available now, D-Tools FreeTools PSL can be downloaded by visiting http://downloads.d-tools.com/six/FreeToolsPSL/FreeToolsPSL.exe, and can be seen during the InfoComm Conference June 18-20, 2014 at the Las Vegas Convention Center in D-Tools’ booth #C8318. Interested parties are invited to learn more about D-Tools, the System Integrator platform, how to work more efficiently by tying these drawings to other documentation and data, and experience the full power of the D-Tools SIX platform through a free 30-day trial. Visit www.d-tools.com, phone (866) 386-6571 ext. 1, or e-mail info@d-tools.com for more information.

About D-Tools, Inc.
D-Tools, founded in 1998 and based in Concord, California, is a worldwide leader in accessible, highly accurate system design and documentation software platform. The company’s flagship product, System Integrator™ (SI), is a robust solution that utilizes Autodesk® AutoCAD and Microsoft® Visio to facilitate comprehensive system design, documentation and project management. D-Tools enables residential and commercial integrators to streamline business processes and increase revenues while reducing the time and cost associated with the installation and integration of low-voltage electronic systems. More than 4,500 leading companies currently use the award-winning D-Tools platform to reduce time, costs and to streamline the system integration process. Product updates and related information can be obtained by following D-Tools on Twitter and on Facebook.

Press Contacts 
Tim Bigoness, D-Tools, Inc., (925) 270-4102timb@d-tools.comwww.d-tools.com

Katye (McGregor) Bennett, KMB Communications, (425) 328-8640, katye@kmbcomm.comwww.kmbcomm.com

MVP Contact
Josh Carlson, D-Tools, Inc., (925) 270-4105joshc@d-tools.com

Links to Accompanying Images
D-Tools Logos

FreeTools PSL App images

 

 

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D-Tools Showcases Standardization at InfoComm, Fully Integrated Industry Standard Audio, Video, Control and Security Drawing Symbols Now Part of D-Tools System Integrator™ Software Platform

Infocomm Audio Video and SIA/IAPSC[i] Security Industry Standard Drawing Symbols are used for planning and integrating all facets of electronic system installations, are used for project designs, blueprints, or schematics, and are consistent with those used by Architects, Electronic Systems Contractors, Consultants, Builders, and other professional trades

CONCORD, CA and LAS VEGAS, NV – JUNE 18, 2014 — InfoComm 2014 Booth #C8318— D-Tools Inc., the worldwide leader in system integration software, today announced the Company will showcase Industry Standard SIA/IAPSC Security Drawing Symbols and J-STD-710 Audio, Video and Control Architectural Drawing Symbols at the InfoComm Conference June 18-20, 2014 at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada in D-Tools’ booth #C8318.

Now fully integrated into the D-Tools System Integrator™ electronic system estimation, design and documentation software platform, SIA/IAPSC Security Drawing Symbols and InfoComm J-STD-710 Audio, Video and Control Architectural Drawing Symbols are straightforward and easily recognized. In fact, these Industry Standard Drawing Symbols are used for planning electronic system installations to facilitate system designs, blueprints, or schematics, and are consistent with symbols used by Builders, Architects, Consultants, Electronic Systems Contractors, and other professional trades to design and integrate all aspects of audio, video, networking and security installations in commercial and residential applications.

Within the D-Tools System Integrator platform, J-STD-710 implementation consists of nine categories of Autodesk® AutoCAD symbols– including mount type and device options for each symbol–which D-Tools has converted into nine separate Microsoft® Visio stencils. The categories include Audio Video, Communications, Control, Electrical, Electronic Safety and Security, Furnishings, Generic, HVAC, and Vacuum Cleaning Systems.

SIA/IAPSC Security Symbol implementation consists of a grouping of AutoCAD symbols– including mount type and device options for each symbol– that D-Tools has converted into separate Visio stencil categories. In addition to Electronic Safety and Security stencils, D-Tools industry standard stencil categories include Audio Video, Communications, Control, Electrical, Furnishings, Generic, HVAC, and Vacuum Cleaning Systems.

The new Drawing Symbols are available now for download and use by authorized D-Tools System Integrator users, who can access these and other D-Tools stencil updates by clicking on the Download Stencil update link in the SIX toolbar in Visio.

By adopting and utilizing Industry Standard Drawing Symbols into their system design and documentation practices, systems integrators will more clearly communicate with project partners across trades. Not only does this provide needed clarity and consistency between project partners, it also provides systems integrators an opportunity to compete for bids at a higher level, earn and maintain project access, streamline processes, and boost their bottom line.

More detailed information about the new D-Tools Industry Standard Drawing symbols can be found on the D-Tools documentation D-Tools wiki, by visiting the D-Tools Blog Site, by calling 1-866-386-6571 ext. 1, or by emailing info@d-tools.com.

InfoComm attendees can learn more about D-Tools during the InfoComm Conference June 18-20, 2014 at the Las Vegas Convention Center in D-Tools’ booth #C8318.

About D-Tools, Inc.
D-Tools, founded in 1998 and based in Concord, California, is a worldwide leader in accessible, highly accurate system design and documentation software platform. The company’s flagship product, System Integrator™ (SI), is a robust solution that utilizes Autodesk® AutoCAD and Microsoft® Visio to facilitate comprehensive system design, documentation and project management. D-Tools enables residential and commercial integrators to streamline business processes and increase revenues while reducing the time and cost associated with the installation and integration of low-voltage electronic systems. More than 4,500 leading companies currently use the award-winning D-Tools platform to reduce time, costs and to streamline the system integration process. Product updates and related information can be obtained by following D-Tools on Twitter and on Facebook.

Learn more about the D-Tools MVP Program, D-Tools System Integrator, or the undeniable benefits of using a streamlined system design, proposal, and estimation software platform at www.d-tools.com, by calling (866) 386-6571 ext. 1, or e-mailing info@d-tools.com or mvp@d-tools.com.

Media Contacts 
Tim Bigoness, D-Tools, Inc., +1 (925) 270-4102, timb@d-tools.com, www.d-tools.com

Katye (McGregor) Bennett, KMB Communications, +1 (425) 328-8640, katye@kmbcomm.com

MVP Contact 
Josh Carlson, D-Tools, Inc., (925) 270-4105, joshc@d-tools.com

Accompanying Images & References
D-Tools Logos

D-Tools SIA/IAPSC Security Drawing Symbols

D-Tools Blog post on SIA/IAPSC Security symbols

D-Tools Screen Shot of J-STD-710 Industry Standard Symbols

D-Tools Blog post on J-STD-710 symbols

http://www.d-toolsblog.com/presidents-perspective/jstd710-symbols/

References

The official J-STD-710 Audio, Video and Control Architectural Drawing Symbols Standard was created by members of the CEA/CEDIA/InfoComm R10WG7 Systems Documentation Working Group who produced a joint White Paper post on J-STD-710 symbols:

http://www.infocomm.org/cps/rde/xchg/infocomm/hs.xsl/36035.htm

http://www.cedia.net/insights/cedia-blog-detail/blog/2013/12/09/method-to-the-madness-the-future-of-design-documents

https://standards.ce.org/apps/group_public/project/details.php?project_id=2

 

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[1] SIA is the Security Industry Association and IAPSC is the International Association of Professional Security Consultants.


 

RHC Holdings Announces New Pro Co XP Fit Plus Field Installable Fiber-Optic Connector at InfoComm 2014

LAS VEGAS, JUNE 18, 2014 – Pro Co Data, an RHC Holdings brand, unveils its new XP Fit Plus™ Field Installable Fiber-optic Connector at InfoComm 2014 (Booth C9516). Designed in collaboration with the SENKO Group, the XP Fit Plus is a pre-polished, pre-assembled connector, compatible with standard SC and LC connectors.

Housed in a convenient, compact package, the XP Fit Plus is highly-stable and reliable, and features a mechanical splice or index-matching gel. Additionally, the connector meets the UL94-VI Flammability Rating and is RoHS and TIA/EIA 568-C3 compliant.

The XP Fit Plus can be installed in less than two minutes due to its internal mechanical grip that effectively holds the fiber in place. With no need for polishing or epoxy/adhesives, which requires additional labor, the connector makes on-site installations quick and simple. Additionally, the connector comes with an assembly fixture and fiber holder for 250μm and 900 μm tight buffered fiber, ensuring accurate alignment and fiber cleave when terminating. The XP Fit Installation Kit contains everything needed for installation of the SC and LC XP Fit Plus connectors.

RHC Holdings, located in Jackson, Missouri, is one of the world’s largest manufacturers and suppliers of audio, video, home theater, data and telecommunications interfacing products. Comprising RapcoHorizon, Momentum, Pro Co, Pro Co Data, RAT, RoadHog and StageMASTER, each RHC Holdings brand has developed a reputation in many industries for reliability, and superior sound performance. Used worldwide by concert touring sound companies, video and sound contractors, recording studios, system integrators, audiophiles and musicians, the company’s products provide optimal flexibility and premium performance. RHC Holdings also has a state-of-the-art Custom Shop to modify existing products or build new devices to meet any need.

Christie 4K Cinema Projector Screens Opening Film at the 17th Shanghai International Film Festival

The 17th Shanghai International Film Festival (SIFF) kicked off on a high note with Christie®, a global leader in digital cinema projection, deploying its 4K digital cinema projector to screen the opening film of this prestigious event on June 14, 2014. Christie is also the exclusive digital projection partner for the SIFF for the sixth consecutive year.

The 17th SIFF, which takes place from June 14 –22, 2014, is China’s only non-specialized competitive international film festival accredited by the Paris-based Fédération Internationale des Associations de Producteurs de Films (FIAPF). The festival will open in style with the screening of the classic Chinese film Stage Sisters, which has been fully restored using 4K full-color technology. Directed by the late Chinese director Xie Jin and first released in 1964, the 50-year-old film is now widely regarded as Xie’s masterpiece. Stage Sisters is also the first full color feature film to be restored in 4K by the SIFF using the latest restoration technologies at Italy’s L’Immagine Ritrovata film restoration laboratory. The screening of this film at SIFF also marks its worldwide debut in full 4K glory.

The results of the 4K restoration are obvious when the film is played on the big screen using the Christie Solaria CP4230 DLP® Digital Cinema Projector. Not only can the audience enjoy significantly improved images, they can also appreciate finer details which were not visible previously. Simply put, the film looks absolutely stunning after the meticulous restoration process by L’Immagine Ritrovata.

Shanghai International Film Festival 2014

The Christie Solaria Series is the only 4K DLP solution able to provide the world’s most brilliant images, the highest level of content security, the easiest adaptability, operation and maintenance. Fully DCI compliant, and built on Christie’s extensive cinema experience, the Christie Solaria Series is ready for the next evolution of digital cinema; capable of displaying premium 4K content or 2D/3D 2K High Frame Rate (HFR) feature films and alternative content in its original format.

In conjunction with this spectacular opening, Christie officially launched the world’s first commercial laser projection system at the Shanghai Film Art Center on June 13. On this occasion, Christie demonstrated the advantage of laser projection vis-à-vis conventional projection systems, and conducted a special screening of the Hollywood film, Godzilla. SIFF’s designated cinemas such as Shanghai Cineplex and Da Guang Ming Cineplex also featured the festival’s movie line-up using Christie’s Solaria series of 2K and 4K digital cinema projectors.

A stellar lineup of international movie celebrities is expected to attend this year’s SIFF red carpet ceremonies. Nicole Kidman, Hugh Grant, Hayden Christensen, Rain, Song Seung Heon and Park Shin Hye will grace the red carpet at the opening ceremony on June 14, while the closing ceremony red carpet will be equally as star-studded with Natalie Portman and Son Tae-Yeong, among others, on parade.

“The organizers of this year’s SIFF have chosen Stage Sisters as its opening film to reflect the cultural, historical and technological elements of this truly international film event,” said Ming Zhang, marketing director, Shanghai International Film Festival Limited. “The screening of restored film masterpieces demonstrates the pioneering effort by the SIFF to support and breathe new life to classic Chinese films which are part of our enduring film history.”

“This opening of this year’s SIFF coincides with the annual Cultural Heritage Day and we hope that through the screening of Stage Sisters as the opening film, it will create awareness of the need to protect our film and cultural heritage. We are glad to have Christie as our exclusive digital projection partner once again to continue the creative process for the past six years. And we certainly look forward to more fruitful years of collaboration with digital cinema projection leaders such as Christie.”

Lin Yu, vice president, Christie Asia Pacific, said, “As the hub of Chinese film art, Shanghai is the place where many dreams become reality on the screen. As the barometer of China’s movie industry, the SIFF gathers the best film professionals around the world for this annual event. Christie, as a world leader in digital cinema projectors, is honored to be associated with the festival. We’re very happy and honored that the Christie Solaria CP4230 digital cinema projector is deployed to screen the fully restored version of the late Chinese director Xie Jin’s masterpiece Stage Sisters in its 4K glory.”

Advanced Systems Group Earns Top Revenue Honors from Quantum

EMERYVILLE, CALIF. – Advanced Systems Group (ASG), a leading video, data, audio and film integration firm, was recognized for “Top Revenue Achievement 2014” for the Americas by Quantum Corporation. ASG received the award for its StorNext sales during the Quantum Dealer Meeting at the 2014 NAB Show in April in Las Vegas, Nev.

“This award is not only an honor for us that we greatly appreciate, but it is a testament to Quantum’s outstanding products and services,” said Dave Van Hoy, president of ASG. “We rely on Quantum to help us deliver fast and reliable storage systems for our clients, and we look forward to growing our relationship with Quantum this year.”

“Our channel is vital to our go-to-market strategy at Quantum, and ASG is a valued and trusted partner that has made a significant investment in helping to grow our business,” said Andy Brinck, senior director, Channel Sales – Scale-Out Storage. “ASG’s success is a result of their capabilities and professional attention to solving our customers’ complex media workflows.”

Quantum’s StorNext product line offers a variety of archive, storage and content management solutions. StorNext 5, Quantum’s recently re-architected platform, enables complete end-to-end content management for modern media workflows with improved ingest and transcoding, optimized SAN and LAN client workflows, and integrated high-speed archive and data management. StorNext AEL Archives provide active archiving to LTO tape, automatically migrating content with built-in data protection and self-healing capabilities.

About ASG:

Based in Northern California with offices in the Northwest, Southern California and New York City, Advanced Systems Group LLC of Emeryville, Calif., has provided engineering, systems, integration, support and training to the broadcast, film, creative and corporate video markets since 1997. With unmatched experience in high-speed shared storage, media asset management, archiving, editing, color and VFX systems, ASG has become one of largest installers of post-production and shared storage systems on the West Coast. The ASG team is highly focused on customer success, and has installed and supported more than 300 SANs, production and post-production systems. For more information, visit www.asgllc.com or call 510-654-8300.

Crimson AV Menu Board Display Mount Lineup Significantly Reduces Total Cost of Ownership as Well as Assembly, Installation and Alignment Time

Fully Modular Multi-Display Menu Board Mount Designs by Crimson AV Will be Showcased at InfoComm Conference 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada June 18-20, 2014

Glenview, IL and Las Vegas, NV – JUNE 17, 2014 (InfoComm Booth #C5430)Crimson AV, LLC today announced that the Company will showcase a new lineup of multi-display inline mounting solutions engineered specifically for the commercial market, for menu boards, digital signage, way finding, and more. Expanding on the Company’s mission to deliver professional-grade AV mounting solutions that are simple to specify, order and install, Crimson will demonstrate at InfoComm 2014 a host of new modular mounting solutions that were specifically designed for hospitality, entertainment, education, healthcare facilities, houses of worship, venues of any size, and a wide variety of commercial, pro and residential applications. Crimson AV has a unique value proposition and fills a much-needed niche. The Company not only provides a comprehensive TV and projector mount lineup of off-the-shelf solutions, it also specializes in custom-configured solutions designed to specification and suitable for virtually every type of audio-visual installation.

CML and CMP Inline Display and Menu Board Mounting System

The CML and CMP ceiling-mounted Menu Board Mount System has been enhanced to significantly reduce the assembly, installation and alignment time of inline multi-display arrays or menu board installations as well as to lower the total cost of ownership. A fully modular solution for mounting multiple displays from the ceiling in either landscape or portrait orientation, this new mount solution features Crimson’s simplified alignment design and post-installation leveling that makes perfecting the visual aesthetic a breeze, further reducing time spent on the job. To simplify the specification and ordering process, CML and CMP prices are based on the number of displays to be mounted, so systems designers need only to know the size and number of displays to be used as well as the orientation; Crimson will kit the complete mount system and ship it to the location requested in cartons that are easily managed by a single installer.

Crimson’s industry-leading 10-year warranty and 100% satisfaction guarantee ensures that integrators and systems designers are provided much-needed peace of mind that they have chosen the right mounts for the job, and allows them to focus on the more technical aspects of the installation.

“We work closely with our customers to develop the solutions they need to solve a wide variety of installation challenges,” says Crimson President, Vlad Gleyzer. “Our new mount lineup provides the answer to many of the most cumbersome issues experienced when mounting displays for use in digital signage and other commercial applications. Designed to both simplify and expedite the design, assembly, installation, and alignment process, Crimson AV mounts will more than satisfy the needs of those seeking to source or specify innovative display mount solutions.”

Every product in Crimson’s comprehensive assortment is manufactured to rigorous standards, designed for maximum install efficiency, and sold for a fraction of the price of competitive solutions, making the line making the lineup a “must see” at trade shows and regional events. Interested parties are invited to connect with Crimson at booth #C5430 at InfoComm 2014, or by visiting www.crimsonav.com, calling 866-MOUNT-TV, or writing to info@crimsonav.com.

About Crimson
Based in Glenview, IL, Crimson AV manufactures a comprehensive yet uniquely differentiated lineup of display mounting solutions designed for Commercial, Pro, and Residential audio-visual applications. Combining enhanced product design techniques, extensive manufacturing expertise, and lean business practices, Crimson has developed a proprietary business model that delivers superior products for maximum value. Customers benefit from professional-grade products that are backed by unparalleled service and technical support. Uncompromising design and build quality requirements and an industry-leading 10-year warranty ensure each Crimson AV mount will be trouble-free for years to come. Interested parties can learn more about Crimson mounting solutions by visiting www.crimsonav.com, by calling 866-MOUNT-TV, by writing to info@crimsonav.com and by following @CrimsonAV on Twitter.

Media inquiries should be directed to: Katye (McGregor) Bennett, KMB Communications, (425) 328-8640, Katye@KMBComm.com, www.kmbcomm.com/press and @katyemcgregor.

 

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Video Devices PIX 270i and PIX 250i Come Into Focus at InfoComm 2014

New Recorders Offer Advanced Network Functionality and Multi-Drive Recording for Seamless Integration into Existing AV Systems

LAS VEGAS, JUNE 17, 2014 – Video Devices, mission critical video products by Sound Devices, showcases its latest PIX recorders, PIX 270i and PIX 250i, at InfoComm 2014 (Booth C6443). The network-connected PIX 270i and PIX 250i multi-drive video decks offer comprehensive multi-channel AV record and playback tools for house of worship (HOW), corporate, live event and other production applications.

The PIX 270i and PIX 250i recorders offer significant advantages and time-savings to production workflows, providing tapeless, file-based recording and playback with the ability to access and transfer high-quality files over Ethernet. Its advanced network functionality along with simultaneous multi-drive video and audio recording makes Video Devices latest PIX products a complete production-ready AV solution. In addition, its ability to be controlled over IP, RS-422 and GPIO make it ideally suited to be integrated into a range of AV applications.

Both products feature extensive network connectivity and can be connected over Ethernet for simultaneous grouped recording and playback, creating a cost-effective scalable solution that addresses the multi-camera recording needs of today’s production. Its built-in Web server, PIXNet, offers browser-based transport and setup-menu control of any number of units. PIX 270i features built-in multiple unit synchronization, offering simultaneous, frame-accurate recording and playback, ideal for multi-camera production and live event multi-screen playback. Any number of units can be grouped and controlled as a single system from either the hardware or the built-in Web-based control panel. Frame accurate sync works with other PIX 260i and PIX 270i recorders. The PIX 250i can be grouped with other PIX 250i, PIX 260i and PIX 270i recorders. The PIX 270i and PIX 250i can be controlled by external RS-422 (Sony 9-pin compatible) controllers as well as via its GPIO port.

Up to four drives, two SATA drives in PIX-CADDYs and two SATA-connected drives can be connected to the PIX 270i. All four drives can be recorded to simultaneously or sequentially for redundancy and long-form programs. For PIX 250i, up to two SATA drives in PIX-CADDYs can be connected to the easily accessed front-panel drive bays. In the same fashion, both drives can be recorded to simultaneously or sequentially. This redundancy in local, removable storage devices, coupled with standard, Ethernet-based file-transfer features, further reduces steps in the production workflow. Recording to multiple drives offers immediate file backup, eliminating time-consuming post-record copying. Gigabit Ethernet network ports enable remote access to recorded files and the ability to transfer these files quickly into a post-production environment.

The Video Devices PIX 250i and PIX 270i are designed for mission-critical applications with their dedicated video hardware, and PowerSafe and FileSafe feature sets. Both products are equipped with the company’s proprietary PowerSafe technology. PowerSafe circuitry has a built-in 10-second power reserve. In the event of power loss the unit continues to operate for up to 10 seconds, then stops any file operation and shuts down. This ensures that a complete power loss has no effect on the recording. PIX also features FileSafe, which automatically detects and repairs corrupted file headers when drives are mounted. Should a drive be inadvertently removed during recording; simply reinsert the drive and it automatically repairs its files. Powered by 10-27 VDC through a four-pin XLR connector, the PIX 270i also offers a secondary DC input for power supply redundancy.

The PIX recorders offer 3G-SDI (12-bit, 4:4:4) and HDMI I/O, and can record at numerous data rates. Full RGB Apple ProRes 4444 (330 Mbps) and low data rate proxy files (36 Mbps) are available. Files are ready for import directly into popular editing environments, including Avid, Final Cut Pro and Adobe Premiere Pro, eliminating time-consuming transferring and transcoding.

The PIX 270i offers extensive audio capabilities, with 64 record tracks (32 tracks at 96k), Dante audio-over-Ethernet, 64 channels of both MADI (coaxial and optical) audio, eight channels of analog audio, eight channels of AES digital audio, and 16 channels of embedded SDI audio, making the PIX 270i the world’s first video device that also includes Dante audio over Ethernet. The PIX 250i features eight channels of analog audio, eight channels of AES digital audio and 16 channels of embedded SDI audio, and supports up to 16 tracks of audio. With its wide range of input and output capabilities, the 270i also offers real-time bridging between the various audio interface types.

PIX 270i and PIX 250i also include a high-performance hardware scaler and frame-rate converter. Regardless of the incoming signal, PIX records the signal after up-, down- or cross-conversion at the same or different frame rate. Hardware-based 3:2 pull-down removal is also available.

With its built-in ultra-accurate time-code generator/reader with genlock input/output, the PIX is a great master clock for driving a network of devices requiring synchronization. In addition to generating ultra-stable time-code, time-code can be read from the SDI stream, the HDMI stream or external sources.

PIX can be seamlessly integrated into existing AV systems and environments due to its 1/2-rack, 2-U chassis dimension. Both the PIX 270i and PIX 250i have precision five-inch IPS, 800- x 480-pixel displays for setup menu access and video monitoring. The high-accuracy display, with its peaking, false color and zoom functions, is perfect for framing, exposure and focus evaluation.

Video Devices, a brand of Sound Devices, produces digital video recorders and related products that address a range of multiple-source video productions, including fast-paced, mission-critical studio applications, live sports, live events and mobile production. Sound Devices, LLC designs and manufactures portable audio mixers, digital audio recorders and related equipment for feature film, episodic television, documentary, news-gathering, live event and acoustical test and measurement applications. Founded in 1998, the company designs and manufactures both brands from their Reedsburg, Wisconsin headquarters with additional offices in Madison, WI and Highland Park, IL. For more information, visit Video Devices and Sound Devices websites, www.videodevices.com; www.sounddevices.com.

Broadcast Pix Highlights New Products at InfoComm 2014

Billerica, Massachusetts –Broadcast Pix™ will showcase new products and updated software tools at InfoComm 2014 (C5737), which runs June 18-20 in Las Vegas, Nev. Among its new offerings is its ClearKey next generation chromakey upgrade for its integrated production switchers, expanded family of Flint™ systems, and new standalone fX3D real-time 3D graphics system and ReVue HD slow motion replay system.

“We have a lot to show the AV community at InfoComm,” said Steve Ellis, general manager, Broadcast Pix. “This has been an exciting year for Broadcast Pix, with our new standalone production products that can help operations with smaller budgets deliver results that rival what you see on national networks. And by expanding the Flint family, we’re making it more affordable than ever to produce live multi-camera productions for broadcast or webcast.”

Part of the new Version 4.0 software for Granite™ and Mica™ systems, as well as Version 3.0 software for Flint, ClearKey features precise, highly adjustable keying that can handle challenging visuals and create more realistic shadow and lighting effects. Its robust color correction removes the most stubborn spill from chromakeyed objects, while a key crop function can confine the keying effect to certain areas of the screen. Chromakey color is selected with a simple eye dropper tool, and intuitive controls make it easy to adjust lighting, shadow and spill correction effects.

Both fX3D and ReVue work independently in existing production environments or can be tightly integrated with Broadcast Pix systems. fX3D features a simplified end-to-end graphics workflow that makes it easy to create and playout high-end graphics. Its three software modules provide an intuitive interface to create graphic content, complete with a built-in 3D modeler and template-based rundown controller. Developed in collaboration with strategic partner EditShare, ReVue plays back two or four channels of video in sync, so it is easy to cut between cameras and find the best replay angle. Its compact controller includes a jog/shuttle wheel for reviewing footage, intuitive controls for manual and preset playback speeds, and dedicated buttons for marking in and out points for playback.

Broadcast Pix has also expanded its family of Flint systems. All three HD models include the same workflow software tools, but provide different input configurations to address different production requirements and budgets. The entry-level system, Flint LE, supports three HDMI or analog (composite, component or S-Video) inputs. Flint LX features four SDI or HDMI input, while Flint LS supports six inputs and offers a choice of six SDI (two of which can be HDMI) or four SDI and two HDMI or analog inputs. All models include two additional network inputs, which are ideal for presentations and Web pages from remote computers.

Flint handles the entire production workflow, from ingest to distribution. It includes a multi-format production mixer that allows operators to include cloud-based content from Skype, Twitter and other resources during live productions. Flint ingests and scales all sources while maintaining constant lip sync. Other built-in tools include an internal Inscriber CG, two-channel clip server, audio mixer with on-screen stereo faders and VU meters, customizable multi-view and HD streaming in a variety of formats.

Also announced for the show is VOX™ Lite, a small-scale version of its popular VOX voice-automated production option. A popular automated solution for visual radio, as well as government and corporate meetings for television, Internet, and in-house projection, VOX Lite eliminates the need for an operator for live productions, as sophisticated software detects which microphone is in use and switches cameras for automatic video-follow-audio productions. VOX Lite supports four microphones and works with any Flint, Granite or Mica integrated production switcher.

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, Granite, Mica and VOX are trademarks of Broadcast Pix, Inc. Patented. Made in USA.

Christie Unveils World’s First Commercial Laser Projection System in Shanghai

Christie®, the industry-preferred brand in the digital cinema projection market, today announced the unveiling of the world’s first commercial pure laser projection system installed at the prestigious Shanghai Film Art Center on June 13, 2014.

The Shanghai Film Art Center, the first cineplex to be built in China, has just installed the Oriental Mega Screen and is equipped with state-of-the-art equipment and amenities. The installation of Christie’s laser projection system at this facility is a clear indication that high-brightness laser projection technology is officially ready to enter commercial operations. Having successfully demonstrated high powered laser projection systems at numerous industry events for the past two years, including the world’s first commercial laser engagement in 2013, Christie has once again accomplished the pioneering feat of placing this groundbreaking projection technology permanently within the reach of the mass audience.

Don Shaw next to Christie Laser Digital Projector

Laser Projection Redefines 3D Cinema
As the pioneer and leader in laser projection technology, Christie is in constant pursuit of maximum brightness and the most realistic color reproduction. Through continuous research and innovation, Christie’s industry-leading products and solutions have time and again captivated and amazed audiences around the world, and constantly elevate the audiovisual experience to new heights. Christie laser projectors will provide industry-leading brightness of 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.

With a maximum brightness of up to 72,000 lumens, Christie’s laser technology has achieved an astounding breakthrough, which completely shattered its previous record of 34,000 lumens using conventional xenon lamp technology. Not only does this greatly increase the brightness when viewing 3D content, it also further pushes the capability of high quality visuals and art forms to new heights and restores cinematic colors to its intended realism and brilliance.

One of the biggest advantages of Christie’s laser projection system is its scalable and upgradable architecture, which allows users to precisely select the amount of laser light needed for their screen, with the capability to simply add more laser modules in the future if they wish to increase the brightness. Moreover, using the industry-proven Christie Duo system, there is no practical limit to the amount of light that can be put on a cinema screen. For maximum reliability, Christie’s laser system features integrated cooling in each laser module to provide the right amount of cooling for the lasers that are in use.

Shanghai Film Art Center celebrates installation of Christie laser digital projector

If the mechanical cooling components in one module experience a failure, then only that module goes dark, but the movie can still play very brightly with the light from other modules. Competitive architectures feature a single cooling unit, which represents a high risk, single-point of failure for the entire system.

Smooth Installation of World’s First Commercial Laser Projector
The process of installing the world’s first commercial 4K laser projection system in Hall 1 of the Shanghai Film Art Center by Christie’s highly-proficient technical personnel has been smooth sailing. Boasting a brightness of 60,000 lumens, a contrast ratio of 3000:1, and a 1.4 gain high uniformity white screen measuring 23 meters in width, these technologies are set to deliver an unprecedented and ultimate visual experience for the audience. Christie is on track in setting a new record in the global film industry with the installation of this cutting edge laser projection system.

“As a pioneer in the visual display industry, Christie prides itself in the pursuit of achieving the highest in brightness and achieving the most realistic color reproduction,” said Don Shaw, senior director, Product Management, Christie.

“With our rich experience in the field of laser research and development, and having conducted a number of professional and commercial laser demos, Christie is able to deliver full-fledged laser technology at the Shanghai Film Art Center. The installation has been exceptionally smooth due to our longstanding expertise and practical experience in laser projection technology.”

Christie is the world’s first visual technologies company to receive the US FDA approval of variance allowing the sale of laser projectors for use in a cinema.

Christie Leads the Way in Commercial Laser Projection
The event at the Shanghai Film Art Center showcases the capabilities of Christie’s 4K laser projection system in displaying spectacular images that redefine the cinematic experience. From the gleaming bodywork of the hottest automobiles to flying sparks from chainsaw-wielding workers, the minute details on an owl’s feathers to soaring grains of sand generated from swift motions of a shark, the crystal-clear waters of natural landscapes to glimmering lights from multiple windows of a New York skyline at night, Christie’s laser projection system elevates stunning and lifelike visuals to a whole new level.

Guests who attended the event are not just enthralled by this unprecedented visual experience, they are also convinced that this installation marks a new milestone in cinema projection technologies. At the same time, they look forward to enjoying these breathtaking visuals at more theaters in China. The gala event concluded on a high note with the special preview of the Hollywood blockbuster film Godzilla.

“We are very proud to install and showcase the superiority and brilliance of the world’s first commercial laser projection system,” said Lin Yu, vice president, Christie Asia Pacific. “This revolutionary projector system will show how 3D light levels, color fidelity, image uniformity, viewing comfort, and a sense of immersion can be vastly improved, versus the conventional 3D systems found in cinemas around the world today. This heralds a new chapter in the milestones of global film technology and reinforces Christie’s position as the leader in ushering commercial theaters into a new era of high-brightness laser projection.”

Extron Introduces One-gang XTP Wallplate Transmitter for HDMI

Extron Electronics is pleased to announce the immediate availability of the XTP T HWP 101, a single-gang Decora®-style transmitter that sends high resolution HDMI with embedded audio up to 330 feet (100 meters) over a single shielded CATx cable. It is HDCP-compliant, and supports computer video to 1920×1200, including 1080p/60 Deep Color and 2K resolutions. Designed for use within configurable rooms and other environments that require a compact wallplate transmitter, it provides extension from remote HDMI sources in XTP instalaltions. This one-gang wallplate transmitter is compatible with XTP CrossPoint matrix switchers for large installations as well as with XTP receivers, such as the XTP SR HDMI scaling receiver, for point-to-point content delivery over long distances. The XTP T HWP 101 offers many of the same integrator-friendly features that have made XTP Systems the go-to solution for AV system designers and integrators worldwide. more

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