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Cobalt Digital’s Dual-Channel MPEG Encoder Delivers for IMS Productions

Urbana, IL – IMS Productions, the media and technology partner to the world-famous Indianapolis Motor Speedway, has taken delivery of Cobalt Digital’s new 9223 dual-channel 3G/HD/SD MPEG-4 encoder to transport multiple feeds to various devices for Verizon IndyCar race coverage. The announcement was made by Chris Shaw, senior vp sales and marketing, from Cobalt’s headquarters in Urbana, IL.

The 9223 will send live signals to Verizon’s IndyCar app for mobile devices such as cell phones and tablets, as well as to car cameras and to race officials’ “race control” panel on the day of the race via a live car position track map generated from timing and scoring data and audio scanner feeds.

“Cobalt’s 9223 met all three of our main criteria: ease of use, form factor, and an appealing cost point,” exclaimed Steve Stiles, IMS Productions director, post-production. “The project requires multiple feeds created on the road in a mobile setting which means rack space is at a premium. A scalable card-based solution is ideal for this situation, and the 9223 dual-channel encoder is giving us just what we need.”

The 9223’s openGear® open architecture platform enables IMS scalable incorporation into their infrastructure and easy to use Dashboard setup and control operator interface. Up to ten 9223 cards can be installed into a single 8321 openGear frame for delivery of up to 20 individual or simulcast channels. Offering the latest advances in video compression for excellent video quality at very low bit rates, the 9223 unique encoding designs allow delivery of multiple HD and SD video services simultaneously. The card has both two ASI outputs and two Ethernet outputs, supporting full-duplex 100Mb/s and IGb/s operation. Full user remote and card-edge monitor/control facilitates full card status and control access locally or across a standard Ethernet network.

IMS Productions supplies a full range of media services from two state-of-the-art HD trucks and a fleet of support vehicles for every major network. “Our customers demand the highest level of quality possible, and that is reflected in the cutting edge technology that we employ,” added Stiles.
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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, Sr. VP of Sales and Marketing
+1-217-344-1243 / chris.shaw@cobaltdigital.com

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

Shotoku Broadcast’s New SG900 Manual Pan & Tilt Head Offers Vibration-Free Speed in Sturdy Design

Unit to Debt at NAB 2012

Torrance, CA • Shotoku Broadcast Systems, a well-established leader in manual and robotic camera support, and virtual reality tracking, will present its new pan and tilt head developed for applications requiring teleprompters at NAB 2012 in Booth C 8528. The Company will also highlight its well-received TP200 pneumatic pedestal and popular SP tripod series.

NEW
SG900 Pan and Tilt Head
Ideal for outside broadcast, studio and portable cameras with teleprompters, the SG900 supports 198 lbs and features smooth operation, single knob balance adjustment, and robust construction in an ergonomic design. The unit incorporates the VISCAM ultimate fluid drag system to control pan and tilt speed without vibration or shake, and REULAUX perfect balance system for maintaining the camera’s center of gravity. The SG900 is suitable for various pedestals including the new TP200 2-stage pneumatic pedestal.

HIGHLIGHTS
TP200 2-Stage Pneumatic Pedestal
Shotoku’s ergonomically designed TP200 2-stage pneumatic pedestal has a maximum payload of over 80kg (177 lbs.) and supports a wide-range of camera configurations. Its perfect balance column and base offer maximum stability and great operational flexibility. One-step foot brake and single-action cable guard enables precise movements and control at all times for fast and easy positioning.

SP Tripod Series
Shotoku’s professional SP tripod series provides easy-to-operate, robust systems that offer smooth and stress-free movement. The economical, streamlined and ergonomically designed models support payloads ranging from 4.4 lbs. (2kg) up to 33lbs. (15kg). The units support professional, ENG, and handheld cameras, and are all lightweight, compact and sturdy and features pan & tilt brake knobs, a bowl clamping knob, and leg locks for firm and quick locking.

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.tv

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

Press contact: Desert Moon Communications / Harriet Diener
+1-845-512-8283 / Harriet@DesertMoonComm.com

AuviTran Introduces Audinate’s Dante Protocol in Its Audio Toolbox

Meylan, France and Portland, OR March 20, 2012- AuviTran, the Audio networking specialist, and Audinate, the inventors of the award winning Dante™ media networking solution, announces today it is adding Dante technology to its Audio Toolbox product range. Audinate was chosen to accelerate AuviTran’s development towards new networking technologies.

“The integration of Dante technology into our product portfolio will allow AuviTran to address market’s demands for new network interoperability. Dante offers our customers a smart path to AVB. AuviTran is continuously and consistently expanding its product offer in terms of powerful and versatile networking solutions” says Yves Ansade, AuviTran’ s Managing Director.

Audinate is leading the way networks are connected by transporting high-quality media over standard IT networks. Its Dante products deliver a no-hassle, self-configuring, true plug-and-play digital audio network that uses standard Internet Protocols. Dante offers a market leading solution today, while de-risking the future by providing a migration path to upgrade to new standards such as the IEEE Audio Video Bridging (“AVB”).

“We are glad to contribute to the convergence of audio networking technologies and share our expertise with AuviTran” states Lee Ellison, Audinate’s CEO. “Auvitran is one of the more experienced implementers of audio networking technologies, so this agreement is a strong recognition of the market momentum of Dante”.

Thanks to the new AuviTran product range, audio professionals can now use a playful Audio ToolBox to connect various types of interfaces (Analog Line, Microphone, AES-EBU, MADI, ADAT™…) or bridge different audio network technologies. “This is an exciting opportunity for our customers to build their own tailor made products, regardless of the technologies they want to use or the product they want to plug in. We will supply the tools and they will use their talents” adds product development manager Jeremie Weber.

AuviTran’s AxC-DANTE interface card will be presented during PL+S 2012. Hall 8 Booth B19
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About AuviTran
Since 2003 AuviTran has provided audio professionals with innovative networking solutions, using EtherSound technology. With almost 30000 audio network devices supplied worldwide and a unique audio network cross brand control software, AuviTran benefits of a wide knowledge and presence on the Audio Pro market.

About Audinate
Audinate revolutionizes the way that AV systems are connected by transporting high-quality media over standard IT networks. Using Audinate’s patented Dante networking solution, digital media networking just got easy. Audinate’s solution has been licensed by customers across the AV industry and can be found in installations and live sound applications globally. Audinate is a Promoter Member of the AVnu Alliance™. Audinate offices are located in US, United Kingdom and Australia. Dante is a trademark of Audinate Pty Ltd. Visit www.audinate.comfor the latest news and information on the company.
Audinate is a registered trademark of Audinate Pty Ltd.

Cobalt Digital Goes Retro At NAB 2012 With A Modular Signal Conversion Line

Urbana, IL – Cobalt Digital (www.CobaltDigital.com), manufacturer of award-winning 3G/HD/SD-SDI conversion gear for broadcast environments, is returning to its roots with the addition of a modular signal conversion line. The series – named Blue Box Group – will debut at NAB 2012 on Cobalt’s booth N 1929 in the North Hall.

Blue Box Group
Cobalt Digital returns to its origins of throw-down modular bricks with the introduction of the Blue Box Group to answer the demand for first class quality, price competitive, signal conversion equipment.

Initial product offerings include HDMI to SDI and SDI to HDMI converters, and Analog to Digital, Digital to Analog converter boxes with audio embedding and de-embedding.

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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, VP of Sales and Marketing
+1-217-344-1243 / chris.shaw@cobaltdigital.com

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

Cobalt Digital Plans To Keep Customers CALM & In Control at NAB 2012

Urbana, IL – Cobalt Digital (www.CobaltDigital.com), manufacturer of award-winning 3G/HD/SD-SDI conversion gear for broadcast environments, has announced plans to show new technologies at NAB 2012 that add value-laden options to the Company’s loudness processing and metering offerings. Chris Shaw, Cobalt’s senior VP of sales and marketing, released details of LMNTS™ – a multi-channel loudness processing over IP solution, SPOTCHECK™ – a monitoring and logging tool, and logging and graphing upgrades to Cobalt’s loudness metering system. The innovations will be demonstrated on Cobalt’s booth N 1929 in the North Hall.

LMNTS (Multi-channel loudness processing over IP)
Ideal for MVPDs and MSOs where a large number of diverse programming sources must be simultaneously controlled, LMNTS performs automatic loudness processing across many transport streams.

LMNTS can operate with diverse audio codecs, extracting the packets from program streams, performing industry leading AEROMAX loudness management in the PCM domain, then re-encoding and re-packeting the audio with its stream. Physically, all data connection to LMNTS is via GigE IP interfaces over an industry-standard IT hardware platform, with no intermediary breakouts.

LMNTS works with single and multi program streams, and supports all video codecs. AV synchronization is perfectly maintained, as audio data is rewritten in place. Packet timing, PES alignment, PID structure, and stream metadata are all preserved.

SPOTCHECK
SPOTCHECK monitors an IP or ASI MPEG stream at the transit encode point to measure and log ALL material emanating from facilities in larger operations using multi-program MPEG streams.
Operating at emission MPEG level and leveraging automation as-run data, SPOTCHECK maintains a complete log of all program segments. Compliance records can be graphically queried or queried by using as-run search entries, ranging over several minutes to several months.

Logging and Graphing Upgrades to Loudness Metering System
The easy to use, yet comprehensive option ensures thorough audio level and LKFS assessment. Cobalt’s loudness meter software integrates with the Company’s Fusion3G range and most 9000-series COMPASS cards, and works with the award-winning OGCP-9000 Remote Control Panel and WINOGCP Desktop Virtual Control Panel to provide a flexible, complete solution for ingest or on-air loudness measurement, assessment and records. Cards forward audio measurement data to the control panel over the plant’s Ethernet network.

Nearly New
9257 1×9 MADI Audio Distribution Amplifier
Card-based solution for AES10 MADI signal distribution. Card supports sampling frequencies up to 96 kHz, with a 64-channel payload supported at industry standard 48 kHz sampling rate (other sampling rates specified as valid per AES10-2003 also supported at various payload capacities). openGear® open-architecture platform offers scalable incorporation and easy-to-use DashBoard™ setup.

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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 www.cobaltdigital.com.

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

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

SmithsonMartin to Demonstrate Emulator Dual View System, Kontrol Surface 1974 and Emulator 1.0 Software at WMC

MIAMI BEACH, 15 March 2012— Multi-touch software developer SmithsonMartin Inc., announced that it will demonstrate its latest solutions for DJs, producers and lighting professionals at the WMC (Winter Music Conference) in Miami Beach on Wednesday, March 21st. The Emulator Dual View System, Kontrol Surface 1974 and the recently introduced Emulator Modular 1.0 software are among the products that will be featured in a private demonstration hosted by Alan Smithson, CEO of SmithsonMartin.

“The Emulator Kontrol Surface 1974 is a big step forward in multi-touch performance tools. Not only does it look cool, but provides just the right size interface with a small footprint that is travel friendly. I’m looking forward to integrating it into my sets” – Morgan Page, DJ, Producer & Two-Time Grammy Nominee

The new Emulator Modular 1.0 software extends the functionality and flexibility of the Emulator control platform, allowing users to leverage an unprecedented degree of control and flexibility over settings and parameters. Details on the event are below. For RSVP information, please contact Corey at 1-305-482-3005 or contact corey@korlighting.com.

– What: Private demonstration of the SmithsonMartin Emulator Dual View System, Kontrol Surface and Emulator Modular 1.0 software by CEO Alan Smithson
– Where: KOR Media and Lighting Studio, 2021 NW 1st Place, Miami, Fla. 33127
– When: Wednesday, March 21, 2012between 4:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.
– Who should attend: DJs, Producers and Lighting Professionals

Separately, to coincide with its latest software release, SmithsonMartin announced a price restructuring on its Emulator software. Effective immediately, all Emulator software costs just $99 for a lifetime license, including all upgrades and future updates of Emulator for MS Windows X86. Between now and March 31st, SmithsonMartin will offer a $500 discount on any of its hardware to customers who have purchased software at the previous price of $499.

“Even though we have just launched Emulator Modular 1.0, it has already become very well received in the press and wildly popular among users in the DJ universe and beyond,” commented Alan Smithson. “The next logical step for us its to make it more economical and widely accessible to an expanded user base. As a measure of goodwill to customers who have already purchased licenses at the higher price, we are offering very significant discounts on any of our hardware items.”

For more information on attaining a lifetime license on Emulator software or to learn about the discount program for prior purchases, please visit http://www.smithsonmartin.com/software

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WIRELESS FIRST/CLAIR GLOBAL DELIVER ANOTHER NBA ALL-STAR SLAM DUNK

nba_allstar_weekend2012.JPGORLANDO, FLORIDA – MARCH 2012: This season’s NBA All-Star Weekend, which included “rising stars” contests, a slam dunk contest, and similar events in the run up to Sunday night’s big game, took place at the Amway Center in Orlando, Florida. Although basketball took its rightful place at the center of the festivities, performances by Nicki Minaj, Pitbull, Chris Brown, and Ne-Yo with Nayer framed the event, and high-energy audio set the tone throughout. Even the American and Canadian national anthems, sung by Mary J. Blige and Neverest, respectively, were amped. As they did last year, NBA Entertainment entrusted Wireless First/Clair Global with the monumental task of (1) handling wired and wireless audio for all of the performers and events and (2) delivering it to the house and to the broadcast feeds, in addition to providing behind-the-scenes communications.

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Haivision’s KulaByte(TM) and HyperStream(TM) Used to Stream SXSW to Global Audience

KulaByte Live Internet Encoder and HyperStream Cloud Transcoding Drive High-Quality Multiscreen Delivery of NPR Music Showcase

MONTREAL and CHICAGO — March 15, 2012 — Haivision Network Video today announced that its KulaByte(TM) Traveler live Internet encoder, supported by the company’s HyperStream(TM) cloud transcoding service, is powering multiscreen worldwide video delivery of performances from South by Southwest (SXSW). The Haivision solution enables live streaming of National Public Radio’s “South by Southwest: Live From Austin” music showcase, including three days of music at Stubbs and the Parish, as well as Bruce Springsteen’s SXSW keynote at http://www.npr.org/event/music/147357853/sxsw-2012. During SXSW, Haivision’s KulaByte technology also will power live concerts from the Fader Fort available at www.fuse.tv, and music from Music Fog available at www.musicfog.com/live-broadcast. more

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Bright Technologies To Unleash BrightClip Advanced Recording Technology As a Standalone Solution at NAB 2012

BRIGHTCLIP SA ENSURES LONG-TERM HIGH-PERFORMANCE FOR ALL STORAGE INFRASTRUCTURES

Reno, USA– Bright Technologies, Inc., developer of advanced technology for shared media, has announced the availability of BrightClip® – their core technology – as a standalone solution. BrightClip SA (Stand Alone) will be launched officially at NAB 2012 in Bright’s Booth SL 8410.

BrightClip®
The breakthrough development presents the media & entertainment industry, including the post-production community, video integrators, solution providers, and storage vendors/manufacturers, with the opportunity to incorporate Bright’s astonishing patent-pending advanced recording technology into every Meta Data Controller (MDC) ensuring that the underlying storage subsystem doesn’t lose performance due to scattered file layout!

Field-proven BrightClip is engineered specifically to eliminate the most disruptive and productivity-damaging factors for a studio workflow process, including high latencies, dropped frames, and stuttering video. The technology maximizes data storage performance and reliability, stability, and predictability in every SAN environment allowing the facility to focus on their creative processes, reducing downtime and maintenance, and increasing profitability.

BrightClip handles large streaming file formats and file-based clip sequences – without fragmentation, sequence randomization, or interleaving by eliminating all root causes. It proactively creates and maintains optimal file layout on the storage at all times – and in real-time.
“BrightClip is the key component that makes our BrightDrive SAN Servers for Media the most reliable high-performance MDC in the field, with the highest level of operational stability and predictable performance,” stated Shawn Clark, Bright’s director of sales. “Releasing BrightClip as an independent technology is a big step for Bright Technologies as now every MDC can leverage the outstanding functionality of BrightClip. The impressive ROI of BrightClip shows that with a rather small investment customers can gain tremendous benefits – both in terms of workflow enhancement and even financially.”

Added Roger Beck, chief technology officer, “From the technical perspective, BrightClip stands unique as no other vendor in the field has accomplished anything similar. BrightClip is an outstanding technology and the only proactive solution to create and maintain proper file recording for high-performance shared disk SANs in real-time and in the long term. With minimal technical requirements to hardware, BrightClip ensures sequential file allocation without the need to worry about fragmentation, randomization, or inter-leaved files. It’s truly revolutionary!”

BrightClip will still be included as standard with BrightDrive SAN Servers for Media.

About Bright
Bright Technologies develops highly specialized technology for shared media environments. In the mid-1990s, Bright’s core team began the development of the first file system for shared media and by 1999, Bright was the first company to address the core issues and challenges of file handling in media. Over the past 12 years, Bright has earned a reputation as an innovative, collaborative, problem solving media software and technology developer. Based on this level of experience and vision for what’s possible, Bright has developed its current product line. Today, Bright Technologies provides the most advanced media file servers in the industry, featuring low-latency, high performance, and best possible predictability and reliability, specifically designed to meet the needs of media file-based workflows. Bright Technologies, Inc., head office: 10405 Double R Blvd, Reno, Nevada, USA. t: +1 775 823 9002 www.4bright.com

Contacts:
Bright Technologies Inc.
Catrin Beck, Marketing Director
catrin.beck@4Bright.com
P +1 775.823.9002

Desert Moon Communications
Harriet Diener (PR)
harriet@desertmooncomm.com P: +1 845 512 8283

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Auralex Application Specialist Heads to the Front of the Class at Ball State University

Daniel Porter Shares Expertise on Acoustic Theory and Real-World Applications for Central Indiana Section of the Audio Engineering Society

MUNCIE, IN — Auralex® Acoustics, Inc., the industry leader in innovative sound control solutions, recently participated in the Central Indiana Section of the Audio Engineering Society’s first ever Central Indiana Audio Student Workshop, which took place on March 10 on the campus of Ball State University in the Music Media Production & Industry Studios. more

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