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NewTek Promotes Andrew Cross to Chief Technology Officer

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NewTek, worldwide leader of video and 3D animation products, today announced that the NewTek Board of Directors has promoted Andrew Cross to Chief Technology Officer. In his new role, Cross will oversee the technology direction of the company’s hardware and software products, and report to NewTek CEO and President, Jim Plant.

“Andrew has managed the development and release of a long string of successful products during his 13-year tenure with NewTek,” said NewTek Founder, Tim Jenison. “As chief architect of the TriCaster line, Andrew and his team helped the company build its portable live production market leadership.”

As executive vice president of engineering, Cross has led product development from research, to release. He joined NewTek as senior software engineer in 1998, and has held positions as lead engineer, director of video engineering, vice president and senior vice president of video software engineering.

Prior to NewTek, Cross more

Shotoku Broadcast Systems To Enhance Manual Range With New Pedestal and Pan & Tilt Head

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PRODUCTS WILL DEBUT AT NAB 2011 IN BOOTH C 8528

Torrance, CA (February 18, 2011) – Shotoku Broadcast Systems, international manufacturer of a full line of camera support equipment, is enhancing its manual range with three new products to be launched at NAB 2011. A pneumatic pedestal, perfect counter-balance pan & tilt head, and positional calibration system will all be shown for the first time in Booth C8528.

NEW PRODUCT TP200 2-Stage Pneumatic Pedestal
Shotoku’s newly developed TP200 2-stage pneumatic pedestal has a maximum payload of 177 lbs. and supports a wide-range of camera configurations. Its innovatively designed column and base offers maximum stability and great operational flexibility. One-step foot brake and single-action cable enables precise movements and control at all times and fast and easy positioning.

NEW PRODUCT SX300 perfect counter-balance Pan & Tilt Head
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Installer’s Choice ETN Series racks from Liberty AV give better order to AV components

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO, February 8, 2011—With vented side panels and a heavy duty caster base listed among standard items offered with every Installer’s Choice ETN Series rack listed within the Liberty AV catalog, the product group can be tailor-made to the unique specifications of any application by selecting from a host of accessories designed to give better organization to AV components.

With static load ratings of 12,250 pounds, ETN racks are available in six different heights (18RU, 21RU, 27RU, 35RU, 40RU, and 44RU), depths of 20 and 25 inches, and a width of 22 inches. Fully-welded construction insures strength and stability, while powder coated black finishes protect against scratches and dings. Internally within each rack, two pair of fully adjustable, more

AVI-SPL and Polycom Present ‘E-Learning Everywhere’ Webinar

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Discover How Technology Helps Educators Facing Diminished Resources

AVI-SPL is teaming up with Polycom to present the next AVI-SPL University Online webinar, “E-Learning Everywhere? on Tuesday, March 22 at 1 p.m. EST. Polycom’s Russ Colbert will show how 21st-century education can be delivered virtually, physically and online.

Today’s educators must find ways to meet unfunded legislative mandates while preparing students for a global economy. In the webinar “E-Learning Everywhere,? Polycom’s Russ Colbert explains how managers in charge of training can accelerate the learning process and improve outcomes while minimizing the impact on resources, productivity and financials. Russ will also show how organizations can find innovative training vehicles that allow broad information dissemination to large and dispersed audiences.

To register for the E-Learning Everywhere webinar, visit http://www.avispl.com/goto.asp?id=4327.

Since 2001, Russ Colbert has been the global education market director for Polycom. He has over 20 more

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Almo Professional A/V Set to Begin 2011 E4 AV Tour in April

Almo Professional A/V Set to Begin 2011 E4 AV Tour in April

Registration Open for San Francisco and Dallas Events; New Educational Sessions Worth 10.5 CTS Renewal Units; Sneak Peek at Latest Products

Philadelphia, PA — March 7, 2011 — Almo Professional A/V, the nation’s fastest growing audiovisual distributor, in partnership with InfoComm International, is revving up for its 2011 E4 AV networking and training tour, which is set to begin in San Francisco on April 6 and then continue on to Dallas on April 21. The 2011 tour features a lengthy list of courses with all-star trainers who will provide insight on critical industry topics during sessions worth valuable InfoComm Renewal Units (RUs), along with an exhibit hall filled with the top audiovisual manufacturers, many of which will provide sneak peeks at products that will launch during the InfoComm show in June.

“E4 attendees have told us that more

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AVI-SPL to Showcase Professional Development Courses at MACUL 2011

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How do you ensure students are learning in the most interactive and dynamic classroom possible? By integrating functional classroom technology that livens up the lesson plan and effectively training teachers so they’re getting the maximum benefits from their technology. That’s why AVI-SPL is heading to MACUL 2011 at Cobo Center in Detroit, March 16-18, where they’ll demonstrate professional development courses.

“We want our teachers to learn as much as possible when it comes to technology’s versatility in the classroom, and to use this knowledge to help improve their interactions, as well as student engagement,? says Robert Moss, vice president of education sales, AVI-SPL. “Professional development training is a critical step in the right direction, one that can benefit not only teachers, but their students as well.?

Beginning Thursday, March 17, AVI-SPL will host 20-minute Professional Development presentations at booth #445 at MACUL throughout the show. For a more

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J Sound Services Specifies Yamaha and EtherSound for Ovation-Produced Event

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BUENA PARK, Calif.—J Sound Services of Nashville recently designed a complete audio system for event planner Ovation, hired by the National Wild Turkey Federation for a corporate event featuring a concert by Trace Atkins, The Band Perry, and several other musical acts. Held at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel Delta Ballroom, the audio system design was based around a Yamaha PM5D-EX as the main mixing system, EtherSound, and Yamaha ES devices to distribute audio. Jason Spence, owner of J Sound Services was hired as the production mixer for the event.

“There are a couple of reasons I chose to distribute audio using Yamaha components and EtherSound,? states Spence. “The event was held in a hotel ballroom where labor charges are astronomical. By utilizing CAT5 instead of hundreds of pounds of copper to distribute the multiple channels of I/O saved time and money. I chose Yamaha network components for their seamless integration with EtherSound, Yamaha product reliability, and sound quality. With zero margin for error on this gig, I had complete faith in the gear. The ability of the Yamaha PM5D to operate at 96K and its sound quality in addition to its add-on effects of classic compressors, tape emulators, etc., I knew sonically I was in good shape.?

The system was able to distribute digital I/O to three different mix locations, PA drive lines, back of house and record feeds at 96K, all over CAT5 with no degradation of audio. The total networkable system I/O was 112 in x 56 out.
Due to cable paths, the CAT5 ran from the Yamaha DCU5D, located at front of house with the PM5D, to a Yamaha DSP5D Expander residing backstage, a distance of nearly 600 feet. Spence inserted an active gigabit switch between locations to ensure that proper signal strength was maintained. The guest FOH and Monitor mix position utilized a Yamaha M7CL digital audio console for most acts, and a Yamaha SB168-ES Stage Box was used to pickup all necessary I/O at the guest position.

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“Our challenge was to create an audio environment able to accommodate a multi-functional program consisting of presentations, live auction, awards, and several concerts,? more

Oxygen DCT Launches New Glue-tastic GlueBox™ Mio Series

Following on from the success of its world leading ‘Glue-Tastic’ GlueBox™ Series system, Oxygen DCT has launched GlueBox™ Mio, a new range of stand-alone compact interfaces, converters and distribution products that are ideally suited to budget conscious customers who don’t want to compromise on quality.

GlueBox™ Mio consists of 14 highly competitively priced boxes for analogue video and audio through to 1080p HD-SDI, DVI and HDMI. These robust boxes are self-contained, stand-alone units that can be powered from either a 6v DC or 12v DC camera battery, or used with the AC to DC power unit supplied with each box.

Within the range there are some very useful, practical and unique products that address the everyday and ever changing requirements of video conversion and interfacing. There is a handy HDMI extender system that allows HDMI signals to be sent over 100m on a single cable. Many customers have more

BEXEL HELPS MAKE LOS ANGELES AUTO SHOW A PINNACLE EVENT FOR U.K.-BASED LOTUS CAR COMPANY

BURBANK, CA, FEBRUARY 28, 2011 Lotus, the exclusive British sports car company, recently cruised into the 2010 Los Angeles Auto Show with style and class as it unveiled its newest line of cars to spectators in the U.S. Wing Productions, a creative visual agency based in North West London, was charged with supporting the organization of events to help Lotus introduce five new cars to U.S.-based press over the course of two days this past November. To help handle all of the production and engineering for both press days, Wing Productions called upon Bexel, a leading worldwide provider of broadcast services and solutions. more

ADVANCED SYSTEMS GROUP OFFERS ‘LUNCH & LEARN’ SEMINAR ON HIGH PERFORMANCE SAN SYSTEMS AND ARCHIVES

EMERYVILLE, CALIF. – Advanced Systems Group (ASG), a leading West Coast video and film integration firm, will present an ASG Lunch & Learn seminar focused on high performance storage area networks (SANs) and archives on Thursday, March 10, 2011. The free seminar, “Need High Performance, Scalable, Flexible Workflows with Efficient Archiving?? runs from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Morton’s The Steakhouse at 400 Post St. in San Francisco. Lunch will be served, and all attendees will be included in a drawing to win an Apple iPad.

The one-hour morning session will explain how a SAN file system provides file creation, storage, and sharing. After lunch, the discussion will concentrate on how data management software can simplify archiving. Both sessions will include recommendations on how attendees can implement their own strategies for data lifecycle management.

“A combined strategy of using a Quantum StorNext SAN file system and data more

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