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Extron Introduces Five MediaLink Plus Controllers with Ethernet Device Control and PoE

Extron MLC Plus SeriesExtron is pleased to introduce several new, easy-to-use MediaLink Plus controllers. The MLC Plus 50, 100, and 200 are sleek, fully configurable Ethernet controllers with beveled edges, rounded corners, and backlit buttons. While the MLC Plus 50 features backlit Up and Down volume buttons, the 100 and 200 models feature a multi-function volume knob for smooth, precise control of select Extron amplifiers, ProDSP-equipped Extron products, and a wide range of audio devices. As part of the MediaLink Plus Series, all of these controllers are loaded with features and enhanced security, making them ideal for handling common AV functions such as display on/off, input switching, volume, and Ethernet control of AV devices. Magnetically-attached faceplates hide the mounting screws giving the controllers a refined, uncluttered appearance. Power over Ethernet allows the controllers to receive power and communications over one Ethernet cable. The MLC Plus 100 and 200 are also available in AAP versions; providing openings for up to four, single space Architectural Adapter Plates for numerous connectivity possibilities. more

New d3 Technologies’ Media Servers Provide Massive Computing Power for WorldStage

4x4_white_angleWorldStage continues to expand its equipment inventory with the purchase of several new d3 Technologies media servers. The company now has d3 4×4 PRO servers and d3 4×2 PRO servers to supplement their existing d3 4U v2.5 units. The new acquisitions mark another milestone on the WorldStage 4K roadmap, which also includes the recent addition of a Barco E2 presentation system with extensive 4K capabilities.

“We were looking for a media server device capable of handling the 4K workflow requirements we’re starting to see,” says WorldStage’s Lars Pedersen. “d3 offers a variety of video output cards to handle a multitude of signal formats and has the flexibility to meet future requirements as the industry begins to standardize 4K transmission.”

Pedersen also gives kudos to d3′s “plethora of hardware and software features, including Dynamic Edge Blending” and its “enhanced functionality when connecting to external devices, such as sensors, encoders, camera tracking systems and others.” The system is also “extremely powerful” with the ability to handle up to 32 HD layers. The company also utilizes d3′s industry-standard pre-visualization capability that provides real-time renders of pixel-accurate 3D environments.

More than just media servers, d3 is billed as the world’s first integrated video production suite. Based around a realtime 3D stage simulator, it’s a single solution to design, present, communicate, sequence and playback shows. The server works with props, venues, LED screens, projection, lighting and moving set pieces while using a single intuitive software solution on a laptop or dedicated d3 hardware.

WorldStage Inc., the company created by the merger of Scharff Weisberg Inc and Video Applications Inc, continues a thirty-year legacy of providing clients the widest variety of entertainment technology coupled with conscientious and imaginative engineering services. WorldStage provides audio, video and lighting equipment and services to the event, theatrical, broadcast and brand experience markets nationally and internationally.

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BenQ Unveils Latest Classroom IQ Solutions at TCEA 2015

Colorific(TM) Projectors and Interactive Flat-Panel Displays Bring Increased Connectivity, Collaboration, and Energy Savings to Enable Schools to Teach With Flying Colors

COSTA MESA, Calif. — Feb. 4, 2015 — BenQ America Corp., an internationally renowned provider of Classroom IQ solutions, today announced that the company is kicking off its participation at TCEA being held in Austin, Texas, from Feb. 4-6, by unveiling its newest Colorific(TM) projectors, interactive flat-panel (IFP) displays, and other collaborative classroom applications. Under its “Do It All With Flying Colors” theme, BenQ joins education leaders and technology experts at TCEA with a renewed commitment to education by offering a wide range of dedicated sales and support initiatives via the BenQ Education Solutions in Technology (BEST) program. more

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VideoCentric Launches Pexip(R)-Powered VideoCloud 365 Video Conferencing Service

Flexible Cloud Solution Relies on Infinity to Securely Connect to Any Professional Video Conferencing, Mobile, Lync, Skype, and Web Client

OSLO, Norway — Feb. 4, 2015 — Pexip(R), a leading innovator in scalable, distributed videoconferencing software, today announced that prominent U.K. video communications integrator VideoCentric has selected Pexip Infinity to power VideoCloud 365 — a high-quality “super green” video conferencing service. By incorporating industry-leading software from Pexip, the cloud-based VaaS allows meeting participants to connect on any device using any software, bringing an incredibly simple video conferencing solution to today’s dynamic enterprise environment. more

Kramer to Showcase Innovative Live Event Solution at ISE 2015

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VP-772 8-input 4K Dual Scaler offers seamless switching and special effect transitions

Kramer Electronics announced today the release of the VP-772 8-input 4K Dual Scaler with seamless video switching and special effect transitions. The company will be showcasing VP-772 at ISE 2015 (Stand 1.F20) in Amsterdam as a part of Kramer’s pro AV solutions for live events.

With Kramer’s state-of-the-art scaling technology, the VP-772 is designed for projection and display systems at live events, churches, auditoriums, conference rooms, boardrooms, hotels, and production studios.

VP-772 scales and processes video and audio inputs and outputs to independent preview and program DVI-I outputs (VGA, DVI-D and HDMI) and two balanced stereo audio outputs. The dual scaler also features DVI-U inputs (with analog, DVI and HDMI support) and stereo-balanced audio signals. The preview output, featuring an on-screen display menu, lets you view how the program output will look on the live display.

VP-772 includes 4K support on the outputs for the latest devices and displays with native resolutions beyond 1080p60. VP-772 also includes Breakaway or audio-follow-video functionality.

About Kramer Electronics:

Since 1981, Kramer Electronics has been a leading player and pioneer in the Pro AV industry. With 26 global offices, supporting and distributing its products in over 100 countries across six continents, Kramer offers an extensive and innovative Pro AV solutions portfolio for Corporate, Education, Houses of Worship, Government, Live Events, Healthcare, and more.

For over three decades, Kramer has built its reputation on strong personal relationships with its customers and providing the highest level of service and support in the industry.

Kramer has won numerous awards, including the 2013 Pioneer of AV Award at InfoComm in honor of its Founder, President & Chairman, Dr. Joseph Kramer. Kramer’s award winning analog and IP-driven solutions for collaboration, streaming and control are at the forefront of an ever-evolving Pro AV industry. Kramer’s consistent sales growth and expansion into new markets is a testament to the company’s commitment to R&D and reliance on customer feedback.

For more information, visit us at: www.kramerAV.com

Revolabs Now Shipping Elite Wired Microphones

Design-Driven Devices Bring Color and High Quality Audio to Conferencing and Unified Communications Environments

SUDBURY, Mass. — Feb. 3, 2015 — Revolabs(R) today announced that the company is now shipping its new line of beautifully designed Elite Wired Microphones. Combining elegant colors with Revolabs’ highly acclaimed audio engineering, the cutting-edge microphone family allows conferencing environments to augment sound quality for meeting participants while seamlessly integrating with any ambient color scheme or design. more

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Stewart Filmscreen® Launches LuminEsse™ ‘Edgeless’ Fixed Frame Wall Screen, Combining Sublime Aesthetics with the Flexibility to Deliver the Ultimate Image for Nearly Any Application

LuminEsse is compatible with any of Stewart’s 4K+ front-projection screen materials, providing utmost versatility and an aesthetically pleasing  ‘Edgeless’ appearance

TORRANCE, CA, USA (ISE 2015 Stand #1-F50) – FEB. 4, 2015 — Stewart Filmscreen®—an Academy Award® winning manufacturer of custom engineered projection screens and specialty optical coatings—today announced the availability of LuminEsse™—a new rigid front-projection wall screen system with an ‘edgeless’ design that gives technology integrators, consultants, designers and property owners the ability to offer appreciable aesthetics, in addition to providing the appropriate screen material for the application. LuminEsse can be configured with any of Stewart Filmscreen’s 4K+ rated front projection materials, including FireHawk® G4, GrayHawk RS® G4, StudioTek 130, and more. The LuminEsse screen will make its International debut at Integrated Systems Europe 2015 in Amsterdam, February 10-12.modern interior

“It’s no secret that clients are more demanding than ever when it comes to having a great-looking screen whether the screen in in use or not. This means a ‘floating image’ experience when in use and an ‘edgeless’ art piece effect when not,” says Grant Stewart, President and CEO of Stewart Filmscreen. “Now, the technology professional can offer his or her clients just that, but with far more flexibility when it comes to specifying the right gain for the particular application plus the impeccable and impressive image quality that is synonymous with Stewart.”

With an elegant 3/8-inch thin bezel, LuminEsse fits modern expectations for more screen size, less visible framing system, while providing a sleek appearance, even when not being viewed. The LuminEsse front-projection wall screen features an optional LED backlighting kit that goes beyond wow factor to make viewing more comfortable. Scientifically speaking, the LED lighting acts as bias lighting, relaxing the iris of the eye and causing less strain during extended viewing. When the screen is on, the multicolored perimeter lighting enriches onscreen content and when off, it can be used to set the mood of the room.

“This isn’t a new category for Stewart per se, but it’s an exciting and enhanced product offering for sure. LuminEsse is demonstrative of the New Stewart Filmscreen. With this product and the others coming to market later this year, we are responding to the needs of technology professionals working on the front lines of the AV industry, delivering the broadest range of solutions to meet ever-increasing client demands,” furthered Stewart.

Available in sizes up to 120-inches (diagonal) in HD formats and in sizes up to 128-inches (diagonal) in Cinemascope® configurations, the LuminEsse rigid front projection screen system utilizes Stewart’s wall mount system, making screen installation inexpensive, simple and fast. Additional mounting solutions will become available in the coming months.

Attendees of ISE 2015 are invited to see Stewart Filmscreen’s robust lineup of projection screen solutions on display in stand #1-F50, where LuminEsse and several other new screen materials and framing systems will make their international debut. Media tours can be arranged through Katye (McGregor) Bennett of KMB Communications, Inc., by emailing katye@kmbcomm.com or phoning (425) 328-8640.

Those interested in learning more about Stewart’s legendary high-performance screens and associated technologies are encouraged to visit www.stewartfilmscreen.com, e-mail request@stewartfilmscreen.com, call (800) 762-4999, and follow @StewartFilm.

About Stewart Filmscreen
Headquartered in Torrance, Calif., with additional manufacturing and satellite sales facilities in Ohio, Singapore, and Denmark, Stewart Filmscreen Corp. has been the consistent choice of discerning clientele around the world for more than 65 years. An Academy Award-winning manufacturer of projection screens and specialty optical coatings, aesthetic-conscious architects, consultants, systems designers, and property owners rely on Stewart Filmscreen for the perfect combination of superior image quality, flexible design, and dedicated support,  and we consistently deliver. Providing the most immersive experience in the industry, Stewart can custom engineer a projection screen solution to meet nearly every need. Proprietary material science and innovative manufacturing methods allow Stewart to produce some of the most optically immaculate screens in the world, ultimately delivering an immersive experience that’s unrivaled in the marketplace. Simply put, if a screen can be imagined, Stewart Filmscreen can deliver it. www.stewartfilmscreen.com | @StewartFilm

All products, product names, trademarks and registered trademarks are the property of their respective owners, all rights reserved.

Stewart Filmscreen Media Contact
Katye (McGregor) Bennett | KMB Communications, Inc. | (425) 328-8640 | katye@kmbcomm.com | www.kmbcomm.com | @KMB_Comm | @katyemcgregor

 

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D.A.S. LAUNCHES THE LX-221 ULTRA LOW FREQUENCY SYSTEM

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Valencia, Spain – D.A.S. Audio announces the introduction of a new twin 21″ subwoofer system. The LX-221 joins an already extensive line of subwoofer systems in both powered and passive versions. The system enters the company´s well-known LX range in response to demands for a high output ultra low frequency subwoofer solution. more

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Blonder Tongue 2015 NAB SHOW EXHIBITOR PREVIEW — Booth SU6524

At the 2015 NAB Show, Blonder Tongue, a leading manufacturer of digital video solutions, will demonstrate its latest range of MPEG-2 encoders, transcoders, TV signal analyzers, and MPEG transport stream analyzers — all designed to optimize video distribution.

Product Giveaway
All attendees who stop by the Blonder Tongue booth to see a demonstration will be entered into a drawing for a free HDE-4S-PRO encoder, AQT8 transcoder, or MTSA-PRO analyzer.

New Products and Technology Demonstrations

Video Processing Solutions

NEW at 2015 NAB Show: HDDM (High-Definition Decoder Module)
At the 2015 NAB Show, Blonder Tongue will introduce the HDDM, a low-cost professional video decoder capable of decoding MPEG-2 and H.264 video content into HD/SD-SDI, HDMI, component, and composite outputs from a digital off-air 8VSB signal, clear-QAM signal, or IP MPEG-2/H.264 transport stream source.

By offering video professionals a solution that decodes both digital and analog video distributed over managed networks, the HDDM increases operational efficiencies.

Offering support for a wide range of inputs (e.g., 8VSB, QAM, IP) and outputs (e.g., HD-SDI, HDMI, component, composite), the HDDM is the ideal solution for broadcast and professional video applications that require high-quality decoding of video signals from a wide variety of sources, particularly live video in multiple formats. The HDDM features a Web-based GUI that is accessible via a dedicated RJ-45 control port, simplifying setup and remote management. Through its compact design, which supports two decoders in a single rack unit, the HDDM reduces operational and capital expenses.

NEW at 2015 NAB Show: STEP Scalable Transcoder-Encoder Platform
A key highlight at the 2015 NAB Show will be Blonder Tongue’s new Scalable Transcoder-Encoder Platform (STEP), capable of performing high-quality HD/SD MPEG-2 or H.264 encoding, HD/SD MPEG-2 to H.264 and H.264 to MPEG-2 transcoding, HD to SD downscaling, as well as creating adaptive bit rate live profiles supporting popular HTTP streaming protocols such as HLS, HDS, and IIS for any-screen video delivery.

Available as a 1RU, 2RU, or 3RU integrated system, STEP helps operators meet the latest video requirements and migrate to next-generation video network architecture by carrying out a variety of scalable video processing tasks. The flexible platform supports multiple video quality encoding bit rates, multiple audio formats, and text scrolling. STEP is compatible with any industry media server or digital rights management software, and can be easily integrated into CDN providers, offering users a tailored solution based on customer needs.

NEW at the 2015 NAB Show: FlexCoder Mini edgeQAM
At the 2015 NAB Show, Blonder Tongue will also introduce the FlexCoder, a versatile new solution that combines edgeQAM, off-air transcoding, and IP grooming technology into one integrated package. Using the FlexCoder, broadcasters can convert IP video streams into QAM or ASI in addition to translating 8VSB (digital off air), clear-QAM, or ASI-to-IP signals. By providing a wide range of functionality in a compact solution, the FlexCoder brings remarkable cost savings to broadcast operations.

HDE-4S-PRO MPEG-2 HD Encoder With Low Latency
At the 2015 NAB Show, Blonder Tongue will demonstrate the HDE-4S-PRO, a high-performance MPEG-2 HD encoder designed to deliver superior motion optimization for programming such as fast-paced live sporting events at an attractive price per channel. Using the encoder, operators can broadcast high-quality video content with extremely low latency. The encoder is capable of accepting up to four HD-SDI programs, plus one spare, and simultaneously outputting in QAM, IP (1000Base-T Ethernet), and ASI formats. By allowing operators to assign up to four programs to each QAM output channel, and to individually turn on/off each of the four adjacent QAM output channels, the PRO dramatically improves transport efficiency. In addition, the encoder supports Dolby Digital audio encoding and closed captioning (EIA-608). It is also equipped with an Emergency Alert System (EAS) interface.

Test and Measurement Analyzers

MTSA-PRO and BTPRO-7000S Analyzers
At the 2015 NAB Show, Blonder Tongue will showcase a comprehensive range of the company’s test and measurement analyzers, designed to help operators in the broadcast, cable, satellite, and IPTV markets deliver high-quality video and audio content. Blonder Tongue’s new analyzers provide operators with reliable, flexible, and affordable tools for detecting transport stream issues. Featuring a unique compact and lightweight design, the powerful analyzers can be used anywhere to ensure a superior quality of service.

On display will be Blonder Tongue’s BTPRO-7000S, a tablet-based test signal analyzer that helps operators analyze and log HD/SD QPSK/8PSK satellite, 8VSB, QAM, and analog television or radio signals in real time. The BTPRO-7000S offers a broad frequency range of 4 to 2250 MHz, making it suitable for multiple applications, including TV, CATV, radio, and satellite.

Blonder Tongue will also demonstrate the MTSA-PRO MPEG transport stream analysis device, which enables system engineers to monitor and control all aspects of RF and IP video streams within a network. Using the MTSA-PRO, operators can measure QAM, IP, and ASI signals, as well as play out saved transport stream files, in order to troubleshoot problems from outside sources.

Company Overview:
Blonder Tongue Laboratories, Inc. (NYSE MKT:BDR) together with R.L. Drake Holdings, LLC — its wholly owned subsidiary — offer customers more than 130 years of combined engineering and manufacturing excellence with solid histories of delivering reliable, quality products. As a leader in the field of cable television communications, the Company provides system operators and integrators serving the cable, broadcast, satellite, IPTV, institutional, and professional video markets with comprehensive solutions for the provision of content contribution, distribution, and video delivery to homes and businesses. The Company designs, manufactures, sells, and supports an equipment portfolio of standard- and high-definition digital video solutions, as well as core analog video and high-speed data solutions for distribution over coax, fiber, and IP networks. Additional information on the Company and its products can be found at www.blondertongue.com and www.rldrake.com.

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Hal Leonard Publishes the Complete Guide to Connecting Audio, Video, and MIDI Equipment

Get the most out of your digital, analog, and electronic music setups

Available in English and Spanish!

Making the correct audio, video, and MIDI connections is crucial in today’s music and post production world. While there is very sophisticated hardware and software options available to home and professional recording engineers, DJ’s, EDM music producers, and post production professionals, connecting the equipment correctly can be overwhelming and may not be covered in product manuals.

This is where The Complete Guide to Connecting Audio, Video, and MIDI Equipment comes in. This comprehensive, step-by-step guide reveals the best ways to correctly connect studio equipment with over 30 diagrams covering home, professional, post-production, electronic music, and DJ studios. Each section explains a number of studio configurations, highlighting useful applications in music recording and post-production. Readers will also be able to identify, purchase, and connect the specific A/V and MIDI equipment necessary for any creative job.

“Getting your connections right can mean the difference between success and failure on a project. Chilitos can walk you through the ins and outs for most any situation to help you get the job done right.” – Marcus Ryle, Co-Founder of Line 6

This reference book by renowned Mixing Engineer and Avid Certified Pro Tools instructor José “Chilitos” Valenzuela makes it easy to understand specific connection considerations and technical requirements for all types of working studio set-ups. The book is timeless and will serve as a reference guide for many years to come as it’s built on basic audio concepts, not a particular software or hardware model or update.

Easy to understand and fun to use, The Complete Guide to Connecting Audio, Video, and MIDI Equipment helps unravel the complicated web of connections in a home or professional studio so the focus can stay on the music.

About the Author:
José “Chilitos” Valenzuela is a musician, recording/mixing engineer, educator, and Avid Certified Pro Tools instructor based in Santa Monica, CA. Valenzuela, a collaborative designer of several audio industry-standard hardware devices, has been paving the path and opening doors for young aspiring engineers/producers for over 20 years. Chilitos specializes in music production, audio for video post-production, mastering, and synthesis. In addition, he is an acclaimed audio professional and author of numerous instructional publications, such as The Complete Pro Tools Handbook, Conceptos Basicos de Audio Digital, Descubriendo MIDI, and The Complete Pro Tools Shortcuts.

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