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Cinema Industry Leaders View Laser Projection at Christie

Industry Leaders View Christie HFR and Laser Demo

Cinema industry leaders including (left to right) Matt Cowan (RealD Inc), Doug Trumbull (Trumbull Ventures LLC), Ian Bidgood (Park Road), Bert Dunk (Screen Industries Research & Training Centre), Demetri Portelli (3D Stereography) and John Helliker (Screen Industries Research & Training Centre) frame Christie’s laser projector prototype at Christie’s Kitchener manufacturing plant. Following a demonstration of high frame rate (HFR) content projected by the laser unit, the industry luminaries shared information and opinions on high frame rates, laser projection, and the future of 3D and 4K projection at Christie’s one-day HFR Summit.

VITEC GROUP ACQUIRES CAMERA CORPS AND EXPANDS REMOTE, SPECIALTY CAMERA SOLUTIONS FOR VITEC SERVICES DIVISION

BURBANK, CA, APRIL 11, 2012—Vitec Group Services Division, the leader in providing the highest quality broadcast equipment and engineering support for the most demanding broadcast and media productions, is pleased to announce the addition of U.K.-based Camera Corps Ltd. to its roster of broadcast solutions providers as part of the Vitec Group’s recent acquisition of the company. more

SIM2 Partners with goHDR for world first in television technology at NAB 2012

Miramar, Florida—April 2012—Innovative television technology that’s as clever as the human eye is to be showcased by University of Warwick spinout company goHDR at the NAB Show® in Las Vegas, later this month. SIM2’s first High Dynamic Range Display, the HDR47E monitor, will be used in the demonstration showing the HDR content produced by goHDR.

goHDR will provide the world with its first glimpse of High Dynamic Range (HDR) video, screened on the SIM2 HDR display, enabling viewers to see images with exceptional lighting detail. goHDR is developing compression technology that will enable the huge data streams produced by HDR video cameras to be displayed on a TV screen.

“We are proud to be part of goHDR’s new video technology showcase in Las Vegas. Our HDR47E monitor is a technological tour-de-force developed by SIM2 engineers to make full use of the real-life dynamic range of HDR images,” says Alberto Fabiano EVP SIM2 USA Inc. “The goHDR presentation will be, yet again, another opportunity to show the world SIM2′s technology leadership: an experience that streams down to our entire line of precision products hand-made in Italy.”

Alan Chalmers, Professor of Visualization at WMG, University of Warwick and Innovation Director at goHDR, explains: “High Dynamic Range video is the next big step in TV imaging – similar to the change from black and white to color TV. For the first time, viewers will be able to see scenes on TV just as they would in real life, without losing detail in the glare of bright sunlight or in deep shadow.”

“The data stream produced by HDR cameras is huge – equivalent to a CD worth of data per second. To address this issue, goHDR has produced two products: an Encoder which compresses the data to allow it to be transferred to a display, and a Media Player, which reverses the process and allows the pictures to be viewed with all the glorious lighting detail preserved,” says Professor Chalmers.

“We are very excited to be working with SIM2 to display HDR content on the world’s first commercial HDR display,” says Professor Chalmers. “TV viewers will get an exclusive glimpse at the significant difference that this technology will make to their viewing experience. HDR is coming. At NAB you will be able to see what the future will be like.”

Over the past two years goHDR has had exclusive access to the world’s first true HDR video camera, built by German company SpheronVR, and has produced a number of short films to showcase the technology. This will be the first time the company has been able to demonstrate its work, using SIM2’s HDR47E monitor, to a wide audience, outside the laboratory.

The film clips produced by goHDR are also available on the company’s website (www.gohdr.com) where they have been specially treated, using a technique called tonemapping, to give an idea of what they would look like on an HDR display.

Note to Editors:
goHDR is a software business, whose niche is to provide advanced data compression algorithms to all those who are developing High Dynamic Range (HDR) technology. Its aim is to be the leader in the software that enables HDR video. For more information, go to www.gohdr.com

About

SIM2 High Dynamic Range (HDR) HDR47E monitor to be used in goHDR demo at NAB 2012

and SIM2 Multimedia
Since their entrance into the US home theater market in 1999, SIM2 USA, under the guidance of its parent SIM2 Multimedia (established in 1995), has dedicated its resources to marketing and servicing products that meet the demands of the US market. SIM2 Multimedia is a worldwide leading manufacturer of home theater products and leading provider of high-end performance large screen systems (for control rooms, information, communication, and simulation) and professional projection systems for E–cinema applications. Over the years, SIM2 has gained a reputation for meeting the industry’s demands for new, emerging technologies, offering high-quality and reliable products that meet the customer’s need in any application. Products are designed and manufactured in Italy. The marketing policies of the company are world-oriented, with a direct presence in Italy (headquarters), the USA, UK, China, Germany (sister companies), and in over 60 countries worldwide through partnerships with qualified distributors.

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Sanken Exhibits New COS-11D HWM Head Worn Mic at NAB

Exceptional Sound Quality, Reliability, and Comfort for Broadcast

Sanken Microphones is exhibiting at NAB the new head worn COS-11D HWM, utilizing the same components as Sanken’s popular lavalier mic known throughout the broadcast and film industries.  This ultra-miniature new generation microphone was designed for hands-free hi-resolution audio in broadcast television, infomercials, sportscasting, product demonstrations, Internet programming, live stage productions, and houses of worship.

Features:
* Exceptional Sound Optimized for the Human Voice
* Stable Adjustable Dual-Earpiece frame,
• MicBoom is Interchangeable for Right or Left Side
• Unique Vertical Diaphragm Design – a Sanken Original
• Available in Beige or Cocoa
• Strong immunity to RFI

The compact COS-11D HWM is ideal for broadcast of major talent, stage singers, high-profile commentators, on-camera journalists, musical actors, singer/dancers and a wide variety of live performers.  The new hands-free microphone is especially valuable when there is rigorous head movement, while the close proximity of the mic to the vocal source provides consistently exceptional audio with very natural characteristics.

Sanken, known worldwide as an industrywide standard in highest quality professional studio and stage microphones, utilizes an exclusive vertical placement of the diaphragm for a much greater effective area within an extremely small casing. The COS-11D HWM features a front mesh screen which is water resistant, better protecting the microphone from perspiration and cosmetics.

This new Sanken microphone was designed to meet today’s HD audio standards while providing greater immunity to RF interference. The COS-11D HWM incorporates exclusive design advances that deal with both digital and digital/analog hybrid RF wireless transmission.

For  a free VIP pass to NAB and more info about Sanken, visit distributor plus24:  http://www.plus24.net   or phone 323.845.1171

See and hear the entire line of Sanken microphones at NAB in Las Vegas,
April 16 – 19, at Booth #C-3740

AVI-SPL to Showcase Telehealth Solutions at ATA Expo

AVI-SPL, the leading provider of video communications solutions, is set to exhibit at the American Telemedicine Association (ATA) Annual Meeting and Exposition, an event billed as the world’s largest telehealth tradeshow. AVI-SPL will showcase exciting advancements in video communication technology designed specifically for the healthcare industry from April 29 to May 1 at the San Jose McEnery Convention Center at booth #342.

The focus of the AVI-SPL booth will be a highly interactive display demonstrating how healthcare professionals can leverage video communication technology to overcome industry challenges such as high hospital readmission rates. For example, one innovative AVI-SPL solution enables patients to communicate with a nurse practitioner via videoconferencing simply by using a kiosk. This allows healthcare providers to deliver patient-focused care without incurring costly Medicare penalties for hospital readmissions. The booth will feature three workstations and a kiosk that will simulate the patient experience for attendees.

“We understand the unique and changing needs of healthcare service providers,” said Eric Headlee, VP of Healthcare Sales, AVI-SPL. “AVI-SPL offers innovative video communication solutions designed specifically to improve access to quality care and produce favorable outcomes for both healthcare professionals and their patients.”

For more information on the ATA Expo and to register, click here.

About AVI-SPL

AVI-SPL is a global leader in audio video communications technology, providing comprehensive solutions and services for professional AV installation, telepresence and video conferencing, digital media systems, control rooms and network operations centers, hotel rental services, event staging and production. Headquartered in Tampa, Fla., AVI-SPL has highly-trained and certified system engineers throughout 32 U.S. offices and an international network of solution providers in 30 countries. Please visit http://www.avispl.com/ for more information or connect with AVI-SPL on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.

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Cobalt Digital Names Jesse Foster Western Region Sales Manager

NAB Booth N 1929

Urbana, IL – Cobalt Digital (www.CobaltDigital.com), a manufacturer of award-winning 3G/HD/SD-SDI conversion gear for broadcast environments, has added Jesse Foster to its growing sales team as western region sales manager. Bob McAlpine, vp of North America sales, announced the appointment today from headquarters in Urbana, IL.

“Jesse joins Cobalt as we expand both our presence and our solutions,” commented McAlpine. “We not only listen to our customers and respond with innovative and practical products, but we are enhancing our support on the local level by adding talented individuals like Jesse. Jesse’s in-depth regional knowledge makes him the perfect candidate to further develop our growing western region.“

Reporting to McAlpine, Foster will manage regional sales operations for Cobalt’s entire product range which includes a full line of loudness processing solutions and a variety of audio and video signal processing 3G/HD/SD-SDI cards for openGear®. Foster will serve the Company’s existing customer-base while working with upper management to identify new opportunities and markets for Cobalt’s growing product line.

“Broadcasters need to make smart technical and financial decisions in today’s environment to keep their operations competitive,” said McAlpine. “Jesse’s technical expertise will help our customers evaluate their options and make the best choices as they navigate the path to CALM compliance, and add advanced signal processing and monitoring technologies to their infrastructures to keep them ahead of the curve.”

Chris Shaw, svp of sales and marketing, remarked, “Jesse strengthens sales activities in an important geographical region and adds yet another step in the continued growth of Cobalt Digital. We welcome him aboard at an important juncture in Cobalt’s expansion.”

Prior to joining Cobalt, Foster served as west coast regional sales manager for Nevion USA where he successfully increased the manufacturer’s visibility in the local broadcast market and contributed to the Company’s revenue growth. Earlier he spent 8 years as senior sales manager at Evertz, and held the position of HD camera system technician for Plus 8 Digital.

Foster is based in the Los Angeles, CA area. He can be reached at 818-903-2225 or Jesse.Foster@cobaltdigital.com

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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

Sennheiser to Host Series of Online Recording Sound Academy (RSA) Webinars between April and October

Old Lyme, Conn. – April 2, 2012 –Audio specialist Sennheiser announced that it will begin hosting a series of online webinars featuring Grammy-award winning engineers and producers this week. The webinars will teach attendees how to use various recording techniques aimed at achieving the best possible studio sound.

The first webinar, which will focus on EQ and compression techniques, will held free of charge this Thursday April 5th at 5:00 p.m. EDT as a special introductory offering to program participants. To register for this Online RSA, or learn about other upcoming webinars that will be taking place, please visit http://www.sennheiserusa.com/RSA.

Topic/Host
Avoiding Too Much Equalization and Compression, hosted by David Thoener, Grammy-winning producer/engineer (Santana, AC/DC).

When:
Thursday, April 5th at 5:00 p.m. EDT

Attendees will learn:

– How to use EQ constructively
– When to use compression—and when not to
– How to add the final sheen to the mix with gentle use of EQ

Sennheiser: Supporting Aspiring Producers/Engineers
The Online Recording Sound Academy borrows instructional elements from Sennheiser’s highly successful on-site Recording Sound Academy seminars, such as valuable tips and instruction on microphone selection and placement, recording and mixing techniques. The RSA webinars — which run between April and October — feature instruction by accomplished producers and engineers on a variety of recording topics, and also feature a thorough Q&A session with the instructor. Following is a summary of upcoming dates and topics:

May 3: Modern Compression Tactics
Hosted by Karl Richardson, nine-time Grammy-award-winning producer

June 13: Recording Vocals
Hosted by Tom Young, Grammy award-winning engineer

July 17: Mixing
Hosted by Tim Palmer, Grammy-nominated producer/mixer

August 13: Re-Mixing, Beats and Percussive Rhythms
Hosted by: Cool & Dre, production/songwriting team

September 12: Reverb, Spectral Energy and Human Positional Perception
Hosted by: Greg Lukens, engineer and founder of Audio Fabricators

October 25: Engineer’s Roundtable: Award-winning Engineers Discuss Recording Tips, Tricks and Trends
Moderated by: Al Schmitt, 21-time Grammy-winning producer/engineer

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Molloy College Addresses Integrated Media Technologies Upgrade at NAB

“Tomorrow’s Needs Today: Making the Argument for Upgrade”

Leading liberal arts institution, Molloy College, of Long Island, NY, will be participating in the Broadcast Education Association panel discussion during NAB, “Tomorrow’s Needs Today: Making the Argument for Upgrade,” on Wednesday, April 18 at The Las Vegas Hilton.   Molloy College first met with Integrated Media Technologies, Inc. (IMT) at NAB 2011 to determine the best way to upgrade their SD production facilities to full HD specs.

As media technologies continue to evolve and previous generations become obsolete, communications programs in small schools are reaching the threshold of maintaining traditional curriculum while deciding what new media to adopt and use. The BEA panel discusses strategies in proposing new media upgrades and the struggles of adopting a new program. Panelists are currently upgrading or have recently upgraded their traditional communications curriculum.
Moderator: James Cohen, Molloy College
Panelists: Matthew Tullis, Ashland University
Thomas Kenny, Molloy College

“We chose IMT after speaking with Greg Pocali at NAB 2011 last year in Las Vegas,” explained Thomas Kenny, Molloy Adjunct Instructor.  “We went to NAB to research gear and materials needed to transfer our SD studio to HD.  This included cameras, switchers, storage devices, etc.  After meeting with Greg, he pointed us in the right direction and told us exactly what we needed for a transfer.  Greg is extremely knowledgeable as an engineer and we felt comfortable with him and the staff at IMT.”

“We are upgrading our facility,” he continued, “because it is in standard-definition and at this day and age, everyone should have a high-definition facility.  If my iPad can shoot video in HD, then the studio for the students should have that capability as well.  We plan on using the facility for educational purposes to help  our students get a career in media production.  Also, this could [allow] students to start their own productions outside of class for news programs and various shows.”

Media Production Curriculum
Molloy College has had a Media Production Curriculum for several years.  Over the last two years, the college has changed its curriculum to match the change in technology.  Last year, Molloy developed and implemented a brand new minor in New Media.  This includes combining web and television – students learn how to create apps, design a website, and create web television while utilizing all mediums (iPad, Internet, television, mobile device, etc.).

Thomas Kenny concluded, “The discussion for me is based on two areas.  First is the need to have an updated, high-definition facility for our students to nurture successful careers in media/new media production. This is the area where we worked closely with Integrated Media Technologies, Inc.  The second phase of the discussion, again from the Molloy College perspective, is updating the curriculum to meet today’s standards. In today’s media culture, students creating film/television also need to include social media, websites, apps, etc., to the mix in order to have successful careers.  We are speaking about how we designed the courses for the Major & Minor.  Plus, we will tie in how both the new media Major/Minor uses the updated HD facility.

WHAT: “Tomorrow’s Needs Today: Making the Argument for Upgrade”
WHEN: Wednesday April 18, 2012 12:00pm – 1:15pm
WHERE: Las Vegas Hilton, Conference Room 1

IMT at NAB 2012, April 16-18, Las Vegas
IMT will be hosting a number of technology briefings in their hospitality suite on the second floor of the Renaissance Hotel located at 3400 Paradise Road. The hotel is conveniently located across the street from the Las Vegas Convention Center.

Please contact IMT’s Marketing Coordinator, Kate Metzger, for more information – kate@imtglobalinc.com.

ABOUT INTEGRATED MEDIA TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (IMT)
IMT is a consulting, design, construction, and systems integration company providing scalable technology systems for business operations.  IMT addresses the following major market sectors: Media & Entertainment, Information Technologies (IT), Education, Telecommunications, and Healthcare. Through an active engagement process, IMT consultants and engineers collect, interpret, refine, design, build and maintain technology systems that deliver optimum results for clients.
Learn more at: http://www.imtglobalinc.com    tel:  877.761.9770

 

FOR-A PROVIDES ‘CONTINUOUS INNOVATION’ AT NAB 2012

New Product Highlights Include Compact 2 M/E Video Switcher and File-Based LTO-5 Video Storage Appliance

Fort Lee, New Jersey – FOR-A Company Limited, a leading manufacturer of video and audio systems for the broadcast and professional video industries, will several new products at the 2012 NAB Show, which runs April 16-19 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Designed around the company’s theme of “Continuous Innovation,” FOR-A’s NAB booth (C5219) will include a demonstration area as well as “islands” to showcase video switchers, processors, file-based products and specialty live demonstrations.

“NAB remains an excellent venue for us to showcase our latest products and technologies to broadcasters and other video professionals,” said Pedro Silvestre, sales director for FOR-A Corporation of America. “This year, we’ll unveil a new entry in our popular line of compact video switchers, as well as a new LTO-5 server that will set a new benchmark for LTO-5 file storage. Our innovative, new products, as well as some very dynamic technology demonstrations, will show our commitment to continuous innovation.”

Video Switchers

One of FOR-A’s most anticipated new products is the HVS-390HS video switcher. It maintains the functionality of FOR-A’s current switcher line, but is available in 1 M/E and 2 M/E versions. It includes 16 HD/SD-SDI inputs and eight outputs (expandable to 24 inputs and 13 outputs), with frame synchronizers for all inputs.

A new addition to the HVS-4000 Series, the HVS-4000HSA, offers support 3 M/E operation capability. The HVS-4000 Series offers a choice of M/Es and control panels, and is loaded with standard features to handle complex video productions. With 16 inputs and outputs standard (expandable to 48 inputs and 24 outputs), it includes a built-in multi-viewer, direct access to preset content, and integrated control of various devices. Additional switcher models will also be on display, including the HVS-350HS 1.5 M/E switcher, linked with a MFR-3232 routing switcher, and the HVS-300HS 1 M/E switcher, coupled with a LTG-50HS HD/SD logo/title generator.

File-Based Products

Building on its successful line of LTO-5 video archiving recorders, FOR-A will introduce the LTS-50 storage appliance at NAB. Using a network connection, it archives media files to LTO-5 high-capacity tape, regardless of file format. It’s ideal for data backup that does not require video I/O, as well as archives of nonlinear editing materials that will be reused. Options include LTR Browser software control and automatic creation of low-resolution proxy files and thumbnails when archiving MXF files. Both the LTR-120HS (AVC-Intra/DVCPRO) and LTR-100HS (MPEG-2) video archiving recorders will be on display as well, along with the MBP-100MP multi-format player and MBP-100SX MXF clip server and baseband converter. Plus, FOR-A will provide a technical demonstration of its new file-based frame rate converter.

Multi-Viewers

New for NAB, the MV-1620HS supports mixed inputs of HD-SDI, SD-SDI, and analog composite signals. The compact, cost-effective multi-viewer supports 16 inputs, includes embedded audio level display for up to 16 channels per input and title display of up to 16 characters per input, and features up to two clock displays, which can also be used for countdown and remaining time displays. Plus, the unit saves up to 16 layout patterns, selected from the front panel, and PC-based software makes it easy to create screen layouts.

The new MV-42HS is a four-channel HD/SD multi-viewer that supports mixed and asynchronous HD-SDI and SD-SDI inputs
(optional analog composite). It also features audio level metering and titling, and offers full screen, two split, and quad screen output. FOR-A will also showcase its MV-3200 Series, which provides customizable support for up to 32 inputs and four display outputs. The choice of input boards within its 2 RU frame provides support for various asynchronous HD/SD-SDI, analog composite, and DVI signals, as well as analog or AES audio, so control rooms don’t need to supplement their video walls with additional monitors.

Video Processors

Packaged in a compact form factor, the new FRC-30 HD/SD frame rate converter handles motion compensation and linear conversions. It also supports up/down/cross conversion of 1080i, 720p, NTSC, and PAL at a variety of frame rates for HD/SD-SDI and analog composite signals. The new modular UFM-30FRC frame rate converter, which can be installed in FOR-A’s UFM frame, also provides motion compensation, linear conversions, and up/down/cross conversion of HD/SD-SDI and analog composite sources at various resolutions and frame rates. FOR-A will also display its established FRC-8000 HD/SD frame rate converter and FA-9500 3G/HD/SD multi-purpose signal processor at NAB, as well as a prototype of its next-generation color
corrector.

Specialty Products

FOR-A will demonstrate ‘multi-angle, super slow motion’ shooting for the first time at NAB using nine of its award-winning VFC-7000 HD Variable Frame Rate (Super Slow Motion) Cameras shooting simultaneously and being controlled from one EVS controller. The VFC-7000 is well suited for sports broadcasting applications. Flovel, a company in partnership with FOR-A, will also display prototypes of its new 4K compact camera and HD ultra-high sensitivity camera.

FOR-A will also demonstrate its new SmartDirect all-in-one live production system. Powered by a Brainstorm graphics engine, it provides the ability to create programming, playlists, captions, and switch cameras. Optional features include: the VRCAM-S virtual studio, a video switcher link to connect with an external switcher for more elaborate wipes and effects, link to a clip server to control external servers, and a streaming interface to simultaneously encode and distribute video over the internet.

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 201-944-1120 or visit our web site at www.for-a.com.

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