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Extron Introduces Two New IP Link Pro Control Processors

Extron Electronics is pleased to introduce the IPL Pro CR88 and IPL Pro IRS8 control processors. The IPL Pro CR88 features eight contact closure inputs and eight relay ports, while the IPL Pro IRS8 features eight one-way IR/serial ports. These compact, high-performance IP Link Pro control processors are loaded with features inherent to the IP Link Pro family, including more power, speed, and memory, as well as Ethernet control and enhanced security. They are compatible with TouchLink Pro touchpanels and are ideally suited to take advantage of the advanced configuration options within Extron’s Global Configurator Plus and Global Configurator Professional. more

Symetrix Jumps Into Space-Age Sound and Control at Manhattan’s Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – AUGUST 2014: Space Shuttle Enterprise was the first reusable spacecraft ever built in the United States, and the extensive prototyping and experiments that it underwent led directly to the construction of space shuttle Columbia and the rest of NASA’s fleet. After the retirement of the space shuttle program, NASA awarded Space Shuttle Enterprise to Manhattan’s Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, where it was installed after a much-publicized NYC flyby and Hudson River barge ride. Leo Garrison, senior integration specialist at Metro Sound Pros, designed and installed a flexible sound reinforcement system for the museum’s purpose-built Space Shuttle Pavilion using the cost-effective Symetrix Jupiter 8 DSP with smartphone-based control provided by Symetrix ARC-WEB. Unfortunately, Hurricane Sandy badly damaged the pavilion a few short months after it had opened to the public, but the Intrepid Museum rebuilt the exhibit with several improvements, including a second Symetrix Jupiter 8 DSP for expanded functionality.

Garrison used the Symetrix Jupiter 8 hardware, which has eight inputs and eight outputs, together with the Priority Zone Mixer #1 App, which automatically configured the Jupiter hardware for routing and processing needs of such a system. “The Symetrix Jupiter DSP delivered a lot of processing power at an affordable price,” said Garrison. “The budget was very tight, and the client selected powered loudspeakers that required a lot of the Jupiter’s processing capabilities in order to sound properly tuned.” The museum’s AVP of technology opted to rely on Symetrix’ robust ARC-WEB Internet-based control, with one Symetrix ARC-2e wall panel remote for backup. Garrison custom designed the ARC-WEB interface just as he would a hardware ARC interface and gave the museum the ability to select different input sources in the Pavilion’s entryway and in the Pavilion itself.

The original Symetrix Jupiter 8 hardware survived Hurricane Sandy, which collapsed the inflatable dome due to loss of power. Because the museum had to start over again, they had the opportunity – unwelcomed as it was – to redesign the exhibit with knowledge of what worked and what could have worked better,” said Garrison. The second Symetrix Jupiter 8 was added to the system and also uses the Priority Zone Mixer #1 App. One analog output was dedicated to feed into the first unit’s priority input 1. That allows single source material from the second Jupiter to feed the entire exhibit, when desired. Together, the two units possess sixteen outputs, with roughly half feeding audio induction loops for assisting the hearing impaired. For day-to-day use, different zones loop zone-specific audio, such as recordings of radio transmissions between NASA ground control and Enterprise during test flights or educational movie content.

ABOUT SYMETRIX Symetrix is dedicated to making life sound better. As a world leader in the development and manufacturing of digital audio signal processing (DSP) systems and accessories, Symetrix provides best in class audio management solutions to businesses, schools, non-profits and government organizations.

For more information on Symetrix products visit www.symetrix.co

Extron Introduces Six Input, Four Output Audio Expansion Processor with AEC and Dante

Extron Electronics is pleased to introduce the AXP 64 C AT, an audio expansion processor with six mic/line inputs and four line outputs for remote connectivity to a Dante™-enabled DMP 128 audio system. It is used to place six mic/line sources onto a Dante audio network, and route any four Dante channels from the network to an amplifier or other destination. The AXP 64 C AT features Extron ProDSP with gain, filtering, and dynamics processing for all inputs and outputs. Four of the inputs also include AEC, 48 volt phantom power, and control ports. FlexInputs offer the additional capability to process Dante channels in place of the first four local inputs. A single Ethernet cable from one AXP 64 C AT, or several linked units, to a central equipment rack greatly reduces the effort and expense of pulling one cable for each endpoint. more

Extron Tackles Lecture Capture with the Introduction of the SMP 351 and FlexOS

We are pleased to introduce the SMP 351, an H.264 streaming media processor for capturing and distributing live AV sources and presentations. Featuring up to five inputs, the SMP 351 creates high-impact content by combining two high resolution signals, a background image, and metadata into dynamic layouts that enhance a presentation’s message. The SMP 351 supports both live streaming and recording capabilities, allowing a presentation to be delivered anywhere a network can reach. Extron’s FlexOS embedded operating system makes it easily-adaptable to new requirements, and applications can be uploaded to the SMP 351 to automate system operation using control ports. It is easy to use, and with no licensing fees, has a low cost of ownership. The SMP 351 is a flexible, cost-effective solution for delivering presentations to a larger audience. more

Extron Introduces New USB Extender that Supports a Wide Range of Devices

Extron Electronics is pleased to introduce the USB Extender Plus, which extends signals from USB peripheral devices located up to 330 feet (100 meters) away from the host computer using a single CATx cable. The extender supports USB 3.0, 2.0, 1.1, and 1.0 devices with data rates up to 480 Mbps. Direct connection of USB peripherals to a remote host eliminates the need for additional IP network drops, equipment, software, or drivers. For streamlined integration, the transmitter includes USB peripheral emulation that supports trouble-free booting of the host. Also, the receiver features an integrated four port hub with 5 Volts, 500 mA available on each port to power attached devices. The capabilities and low profile design of the USB Extender Plus ensure simplified device integration in a wide variety of environments, such as installation within a courtroom, classroom, lecture hall, or conference space. more

Shotoku Makes Gains With El Financiero ׀ Bloomberg TV

UNIQUE VR TRACKING SYSTEM DELIVERS AUGMENTED REALITY SOLUTION FOR FINANCIAL NEWS BROADCASTER IN MEXICO CITY

Mexico City – Shotoku Broadcast Systems, a leading international manufacturer of advanced camera support products, has announced the recent installation of its highly regarded Shotoku TK-53LVR Dolly Crane System for a Virtual Studio at El Financiero|Bloomberg TV, a station based in Mexico City that broadcasts, through an alliance with Bloomberg NY, both worldwide and local financial-based programming to Mexico and Central America. The sale was facilitated through long-time Shotoku dealer Comtelsat, based in Mexico City with offices in US, Brazil and Central America, to help the station deliver stunning graphics and visuals to viewers.

According to Ricardo Granada, IT & TV support manager, El Financiero|Bloomberg TV, the station is using the TK-53LVR system, alongside a Vizrt Virtual Studio solution, Grass Valley LDX camera dedicated to the Shotoku system, and a Kayak production switcher, as an augmented reality system, for the graphics and statistics, as well as logos of the station’s sponsors in some sections. It is used for augmented reality and virtual elements matched to the real studio.

“They don’t use a traditional lower third or a bumper to show some sponsored section of the news show,” explains Angélica Elizalde, sales executive and specialist in graphic solutions for Comtelsat. “Instead, they use the logo of the sponsor in augmented reality during the whole section — which is way more spectacular, since the anchor is interacting with the virtual element. Also, the anchors can present statistics and schemes that come out right from the floor of the studio — which is a simpler and more creative way to present the information to the audiences. And those graphics can get sponsored, too.”

“We knew the brand from other installations and knew it was a reliable and very stable system,” says Granada. “We were quite impressed because of the length of the crane and the possibilities it has for live production; and also by the fact that no other vendor has a product with the same quality, accuracy and level of service we are used to receive from Shotoku.”

The Shotoku TK-53LVR Dolly Crane System for Virtual Studio offers a unique set of VR features coupled with a sturdy twin arm structure that provides vibration-free, high performance with a single operator. The VR Dolly Crane System allows any studio to be easily transformed into a virtual environment without the need for targets on the ceiling, floors, or walls, or infrared sensors. Reliable, accurate and immediate VR data, including pan/tilt, zoom, focus and X/Y camera date is sent to the graphic computer via an RS422 cable. A Pan Bar control unit maximizes optimal pan & tilt operation. The TK-53LVR also features Shotoku’s unique SPi-Touch 2 point calibration system for quick set-up.

“We’ve been dealers for Shotoku for a number of years, and we have always preferred the system because of its reliability and accuracy in the mechanical tracking data –it’s just the best,” adds Elizalde. “They can have a 360-degree tracking of virtual elements; the arm of the crane is totally vibration free (no matter the length of it, which is quite large). They can make a very large range of movements without worrying about undesired bumping; plus they just need one operator to manage the whole system (nevertheless, they often use two people just to make sure, but most of the time is just one). Also, unlike some other systems, Shotoku guarantees that there won’t be any delay or loss on the receiving of the mechanical tracking data.”

Granada adds, “I have been a user for a few years, but I never worked with a crane system, so this was a challenge. Nevertheless, the system has proved to be as reliable as all other Shotoku products I know. Once you get to know it, it is fairly simple and straightforward to use. Overall, it’s easy to manage, it’s accurate and the final result is always impressive.”

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

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

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

Extron Now Shipping Five Input Audio Expansion Processor with AEC and Dante

Extron Electronics is pleased to announce the immediate availability of the AXP 50 C AT, a five input audio expansion processor with Extron ProDSP for integrating remote microphones and other sources onto a Dante™-enabled Extron DMP 128 audio system. A single Ethernet cable from one AXP 50 C AT, or several linked units, to a central equipment rack significantly reduces the effort and expense of pulling one cable for each mic. The AXP 50 C AT provides 48 volt phantom power and a digital control port to all mic/line inputs. Dedicated signal processing is available for each input, including gain, filtering, dynamics, and AEC – acoustic echo cancellation. FlexInputs offer the additional capability to process a Dante channel in place of a local input. The intuitive DSP Configurator Software makes it quick and easy to set up DSP parameters and AEC on the AXP 50 C AT. more

DoD Extends JITC Certification to Include PESA Video Distribution System (VDS) Product Upgrades

Huntsville, Alabama – PESA, a leading designer and manufacturer of professional audio and video distribution solutions, today announced the U.S. Department of Defense has approved upgrades to its Video Distribution System (VDS), which includes several products in its Cheetah large-scale digital router product line. After initially receiving certification in January 2013, the company submitted a number of software and firmware updates for evaluation and testing.

The most significant upgrade is the new series of Vidblox 2K DVI dual link extenders, which transport video resolutions up to 2560×1600@60Hz over coax and/or fiber. “Vidblox 2K provides an inexpensive multi-path solution for distributing ultra high-resolution graphics over long distances,” explained Col. John T. Wright (U.S. Army, Retired), PESA senior vice president, sales and business development. “It’s a significant step forward in functionality, and with JITC certification, now the DoD can install an even wider range of PESA products in a variety of applications.”

PESA was the first company to achieve listing on the Department of Defense Unified Capabilities (UC) Approved Products List (APL) as a VDS, and remains the industry leader for large-scale VDS solutions. It is the only listing of such equipment approved by the DoD to be fielded in DoD networks. The APL is managed by the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA).

The upgraded products received Interoperability Certification (IOC) and Information Assurance (IA) accreditation from DISA’s Joint Interoperability Test Command (JITC), which is responsible for certifying joint and combined interoperability of all DoD information technology and national security systems. With an array of software and hardware-based testing procedures, JITC evaluates technologies that provide warfighters with high-tech advantages in both peacetime and war. JITC certification ensures that a technological device or system meets the full standards to operate in a UC environment.

PESA offers a complete portfolio of secure video switching and distribution solutions that deliver up to 4K resolution. With robust features that support continuity of operations, command and control and emergency preparedness and response, the Cheetah product line has proven to be a solid foundation for many government and federal agencies, such as the U.S. Army, U.S. Air Force, U.S. Navy, and NASA.

“JITC certification is very important because it ensures that DoD officials can rely on our products to deliver high-quality imagery for C4ISR between distinct video chains,” added Wright. “PESA is proud to continue to provide our military and other government agencies with mission-critical products for video and audio distribution.”

About PESA

As a leading provider of audio/video (A/V) Baseband and IP connectivity products, PESA offers a wide selection of multi-path streaming products, routing switchers, matrix switchers, extenders, converters, media extenders, and signal processing gear to support government, military, industrial, commercial, medical, broadcast, and mobile truck applications. >From large to small-scale A/V routing and extender products to multiple IP streaming appliances, PESA offers a diverse suite of AV products, all of which are supported by 24/7 technical support. PESA is located in Huntsville, Ala., with regional sales offices throughout North America and China. Our cost effective solutions are available around the world through our industry leading team of Channel Partners offering local support and installation. All products mentioned herein are trademarked property. Learn more about us at www.pesa.com and www.pesaxstream.com. Follow us on Twitter: @PESA_ONLINE.

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Torus Power Appoints Kevin Main as Vice President, Sales & Marketing

Strategic executive-level hire positions Torus Power to expedite business development initiatives and further strengthen its market position within the Consumer Electronics and Custom Integration Markets

TORONTO, ON, CANADA – July 14, 2014 – Torus Power—maker of uncompromising clean-power source components and a subsidiary of Plitron Manufacturing—announced today the appointment of Kevin Main as Vice President, Sales & Marketing.

Main’s experience in the electronics industry spans more than 25 years. He comes to Torus Power after nearly more than a decade at JAM Industries—maker of professional audio and consumer electronics products and instruments—as Director of Sales an Marketing for American Audio and Video and as National Sales Manager for JAM’s Erikson Consumer division. Before that, Main worked at Kenwood Electronics and Jonic International in similar capacities.

“Kevin is a very strategic appointment because he brings to Torus Power an incredibly deep knowledge and experience in the Consumer Electronics and Custom Integration markets,” says Steve Nolan, Vice President Sales and Operations, Plitron. “Kevin has worked with numerous high-quality, high-profile brands, including Arcam, Mark Levinson, Revel, JBL Synthesis, NuVo, and Canton, for years.” 

This executive hire complements Torus Power’s strategic growth plan. Main is joining the team at a time when the company is adding more affordable, yet high-performance, power components to its already robust lineup, and will be tasked with building a more robust independent rep force and expanding the brand’s global reach.

“I’m very excited to help develop Torus Power within the Consumer Electronics and Custom Integration markets. I plan to build upon Torus’s strong reputation as the go-to power component source for impeccable quality and unfaltering reliability. Torus Power products are unquestionably engineered to perform, protect and improve the performance of audio, video, and control systems,” says Main. “With that foundation, we will position Torus Power as the premier brand in the market for high-performance power solutions.”

Torus Power is a Crestron Integrated Partner and a member of Savant’s Partner in Excellence Program, which enables seamless integration across platforms. More information about Torus Power can be obtained by visiting www.toruspower.com, calling (800) 754-8766, writing to tech@toruspower.com and by following @TorusPower on twitter.

About Torus Power
Torus Toroidal Isolation Power Conditioners are the world’s finest clean power source for audio, video, and control systems. Built to an uncompromising standard of quality, performance and reliability, Torus Power Conditioners are engineered to perform and protect like no other. Torus Power products are the consistent choice of knowledgeable audiophiles, home theater enthusiasts, custom electronic system integrators and designers, whose discriminating tastes and technical requirements mandate the ultimate performance and protection levels achievable.

Utilizing Plitron’s patented NBT technology and toroidal isolation transformers, Torus Power products restore incoming power to its clean original state, eliminate virtually all power line noise artifacts, and protect connected equipment from potentially damaging AC power line events, including severe lightning strikes and brownouts, thereby increasing system reliability and extending product life. Providing high levels of clean, instantaneous current, Torus Power products ensure that dynamic components – such as high power amplifiers – are never starved for power.

Precision engineered by Plitron Manufacturing Inc., a much sought-after OEM supplier of toroidal transformers and toroidal-based products for many of the audio/video industry’s leading amplifier brands, providing more than 30 years of experience and an unparalleled reputation, Torus Power is manufactured to rigorous standards under Plitron’s ISO9001 medical-level quality control system in Toronto, Canada. More information can be found online at www.toruspower.com. Follow Torus Power on Twitter @TorusPower.

About Plitron
Plitron Manufacturing Inc. is an ISO 9001:2008 company established in Toronto, ON, Canada in 1983. Specializing in research, design, development and manufacturing of toroidal transformers and toroidal based products, Plitron’s most recent developments include VREMS energy saving systems for lighting; Torus Power line conditioning for audio/video systems; MEDISO power isolation units for medical and industrial applications, and toroidal stators for wind turbines.

The Plitron toroidal transformer is inherently more efficient and effective than any other transformer type and is vitally important in today’s environment with the demands for cleaner and greener power. Through constant innovation and an unyielding commitment to superior engineering, Plitron provides OEM clients worldwide with power-based solutions for demanding applications in audio, medical, broadcast, telecommunications, computer, power conditioning, UPS, energy, and other industrial sectors. www.plitron.com

Torus Power Media Contact
Katye (McGregor) Bennett, KMB Communications, 425-328-8640katye@kmbcomm.com@katyemcgregorwww.kmbcomm.com/press.

 

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Suburban Community Channels Serves Local Viewers with Tightrope Media Systems

New master control center, production truck benefit from multichannel scheduling and playout, slo-mo instant sports replay

ST. PAUL, MINNESOTA, July 10, 2014 — Many Community TV broadcasters across the United States rely on Tightrope Media Systems to simplify multichannel scheduling and playout, but one Minneapolis-area broadcaster is leveraging the full Tightrope portfolio to establish meaningful community connections beyond master control.

Suburban Community Channels has been the Community TV and media resource connection for the northeast Minneapolis/St. Paul suburbs for more than 30 years, delivering 17 physical channels from its facility. As the local cable franchise authority for Comcast, the PEG broadcaster delivers eight channels of programming across 12 municipalities, including discrete government channels for each community. Suburban Community Channels populates its remaining channels with a variety of imported and locally produced content, the latter of which includes live broadcasts of high school sports.

Suburban Community Channels relies on solutions across Tightrope’s portfolio to manage all content. In master control, Tightrope Cablecast server and automation solutions cost-efficiently deliver high-quality programming to Comcast viewers, simultaneously serving on-demand content to online viewers. Cablecast has played a significant role for the core master control operation, cost-efficiently transitioning Suburban Community Channels from analog to SDI digital while establishing an HD-ready future. On July 16, “On Location TV19” will become the first channel in the cluster to transition to HD.

“It was clear we needed to rebuild master control from the day I was hired,” said Michael Simonds, technical lead for Suburban Community Channels. “We had a 25-year old system based on old analog composite video equipment and relay machine control, along with a massively sized router and automation system. Cablecast quickly and cleanly transitioned us to a digital environment while introducing a large number of operational efficiencies—not to mention returning real estate to our master control center. Tightrope clearly has the community media market in mind for product development, and understands the challenges we face.”

Many of the new operational efficiencies are tied to centralized workflows. Operators can connect to the central Cablecast server from any location with web access, and schedule programming weeks in advance; or make scheduling changes on the fly. Cablecast also allows Suburban Community Channels to quickly add new channels and applications, the most recent of which was a video-on-demand service that offers city council meetings on the website of its member municipalities.

Additionally, Tightrope Carousel digital signage solutions support transitional broadcast feeds, including bulletin boards between programs. The Carousel systems also deliver a bright and lively mix of rotating informational programming for visitors and employees inside its lobby areas, providing an additional public-facing benefit for establishing community connections.

On board its production truck, the broadcaster uses a Tightrope ZEPLAY solution for slo-mo instant replay of highlights from varsity football and other local high school sporting events. ZEPLAY allows production personnel to quickly trigger exciting replays and build highlight packages for viewers who follow local high school sports at home. Adding ZEPLAY to the infrastructure allows the production staff to operate across the workflow with more freedom by eliminating the more labor-intensive replay processes of the past.

“Tightrope makes their equipment very accessible, with no special software or training required to learn their products. The user experience is really much better than competitive products, and that is especially true of ZEPLAY,” said Simonds. “For live sports production, having four inputs and four outputs means that our operators don’t need to do any more intensive switching. We’re no longer doing the old school method of following the puck or the ball and switching angles in real-time. The ZEPLAY records every angle, and we can assemble what we need to enhance our sports programming. It has simplified our live productions dramatically—just as Cablecast has simplified our master control operations.”

About Tightrope Media Systems
Founded in 1997, Tightrope Media Systems is the pioneer of web-centric digital signage and broadcast automation systems. It provides station automation, video servers, internet video on demand, live streaming, the Carousel Digital Signage system, and ZEPLAY, a multi-channel instant replay machine for stadiums, arenas and Outside Broadcast vehicles. Tightrope’s award winning systems are used throughout the world. You can reach Tightrope Media Systems at (866) 866-4118 or visit them on the web at http://www.trms.com.

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