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HOSA TECHNOLOGY ANNOUNCES PRO BREAKOUT CABLES

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Buena Park, CA – November 2014… Hosa Technology, the leading innovator of analog and digital connectivity solutions for the modern musician, is pleased to introduce the latest line expansion to the Hosa Pro line of cables. The new Hosa Pro Breakouts make the process of interfacing consumer audio products with professional equipment easier than ever. With Hosa Pro Breakouts, any consumer audio product equipped with a stereo minijack output can seamlessly be interfaced with professional units sporting quarter-inch Tip/Sleeve, XLR, or even RCA connectors. more

Emmy Award-Winning Studio Works Mouseless, Keyboardless with Yamaha NUAGE

Jereco Studios and Yamaha NUAGE

BUENA PARK, Calif.—Jereco Studios is located in Bozeman, Montana, a small town located outside of Yellowstone National Park, and home to a unique, dense film and music community. The four-time Emmy® award-winning, commercial sound recording studio offers sync-to-film ADR and voice-over recordings with remote link up via ISDN or SourceConnect. Jereco is equipped for 5.1 and 7.1 Digital Surround Sound, Dolby E, DTS, and many other formats. In addition, the studio provides a full line of quality live sound reinforcement services and equipment rental packages.

Jeremiah Slovarp, producer/engineer and President of Jereco Studios, has been working up until now on a Yamaha 02R96v2. In early 2013, he began searching for a new, modern work surface. “Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems had posted its first NUAGE photos and articles on their web site, and I knew this system was what I was looking for,” states Slovarp. I admit, I miss the old console, but am moving ahead with the new Yamaha NUAGE. The 02R96 still works after almost 14 years, which is a real testament to Yamaha’s design and build quality.”

“In the fall of 2013, the Club Cubase newsletter announced NUAGE would be on display with technical and sales team members from Yamaha present at Poll Sound in Salt Lake, Utah, Slovarp says. It was too late for me to book a flight, so I drove the seven hours from Bozeman to Salt Lake the night before so I could be the first one at Poll Sound the following morning. I was met on demo day by the Poll Sound staff and Yamaha’s Chris Hinson and Randy Weitzel. Because I was early that morning, I had the console to myself for a good two hours while Chris and the Poll Sound staff took turns showing me around and answering questions.”

JeremiahMixingNuage

Before he left Montana, Slovarp packed up a few projects to use as workflow samples on the demo NUAGE at Poll Sound. “I think this was a great experiment and gave me the opportunity to work on the console with my own work and workflow preferences. I was particularly impressed that Chris was taking notes on my hiccups and recommendations, and passed those notes on to the NUAGE development team, some of which have shown up in the latest software updates. The integration of my existing workflow into a new platform that felt so much like my natural workspace in Nuendo really was seamless. The deep integration and control of the DAW on the console is truly complete and unique.”

Slovarp has been using Nuendo 2 since 2002, keeping up with every revision and update. He said the most important thing he appreciates about NUAGE is that it has enabled him to put down the keyboard and mouse. “I feel like I can get back to mixing, pushing faders, turning knobs, and just working on a creative console. After an eight or ten hour day, my hands would be in pain from all the manual movements I had to make being dependent on mouse editing and clicking. With the advent of all the cool and amazing new digital DAW based mixing tools and equipment, I think the industry, in general, has regressed from the art of mixing and working with consoles and large format hardware. But with NUAGE, I appreciate the deliberate move Yamaha has made to enable engineers to get back to mixing and editing as an art form.”

For more information on Jereco Studios, visit www.jerecostudios.com.

For more information on Yamaha NUAGE, visit www.yamahaca.com.

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About Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc.:
Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc. (YCAS) provides a full line of professional audio products offering complete systems solutions for the sound reinforcement, touring, broadcast, commercial recording, and post-production markets with a complete line of digital mixers, amplifiers, speakers, processors, networking capabilities, and NUAGE Advanced Production DAW System. YCAS is also the official North American distributor for NEXO speaker products. With the new CIS Series that includes ceiling and surface mount speakers, mixer and power amplifiers, and matrix processors, the Company furthers is commitment to their commercial installation solutions customers. All market sectors receive comprehensive in-house/field product training, a dedicated dealer network, and 24/7 technical support.

R.L. Drake and Blonder Tongue GOVERNMENT VIDEO EXPO 2014 EXHIBITOR PREVIEW — Booth 329

At the Government Video Expo 2014, R.L. Drake and Blonder Tongue will bring a comprehensive portfolio of transcoding and encoding solutions designed to increase efficiency and reliability for broadcasters and pro AV professionals. more

Linear to Offer Exclusive Preview of Z-Wave Enabled Light Bulb and Other Home Control Products at CES Unveiled

The largest manufacturer of Z-Wave enabled products will highlight its growing suite of home control solutions and offer a sneak peek of the Z-Wave Dimmable LED Light Bulb, available in early 2015.

New York, NY – November 11, 2014 – Linear LLC, a Nortek company (NASDAQ: NTK) and a leader in the security and home control markets, will show a preview of its newest Z-Wave product, the Z-Wave Dimmable LED Light Bulb at CES Unveiled New York. The instant-on, screw-in bulb provides soft-white illumination equivalent to a 60-watt incandescent bulb and provides one of the simplest and most affordable intelligent lighting solutions available, from the world’s largest manufacturer of Z-Wave products – according to the Z-Wave Alliance.

The new smart bulb is remotely controllable from any Z-Wave hub or controller, consumes only nine watts of energy, and has an estimated lifespan of 25,000 hours. The soft white LED light bulb is dimmable to 100 levels and offers a practical lighting solution for DIY and professional installers who want to bring intelligent lighting anywhere a light socket exists. Just like with other Z-Wave lighting solutions, Linear LED smart bulb users can program lifestyle scenes and trigger the bulb on or off when other events or associated devices are activated. This new product also acts as a repeater to strengthen the Z-Wave mesh network.

“Our Z-Wave Dimmable LED Bulb clears a major roadblock for lighting control adoption, the need to install high voltage switches,” said Linear senior vice president of product and market development, Duane Paulson. “The smart bulb is the easiest Z-Wave lighting control solution to install, operate and manage, it has the smoothest dimming feature on the market today, and it offers practical applications in nearly every room in a home.”

In addition to the smart bulb, Linear manufactures a wide array of other Z-Wave enabled home control products, including: three-way and regular light switches, thermostats, doorbells, key fobs, door/window contacts, dimmer modules and wall outlets; all of which will be on display at CES Unveiled. Linear will also showcase its UL-certified Z-Wave Garage Door Operator Remote Controller, which has been widely adopted through popular platforms such as Lowe’s Iris, Nexia, Staples Connect and more.

Paulson continued, “With our full line of security, access control and lighting solutions, customers can now build a fully-integrated home control system using Linear products.”

Linear’s 2GIG home control platform serves the needs of more homeowners than any other installed home control platform in the world. Linear and their parent Nortek have global reach, which includes distribution and market share in every continent across a range of channels, supported by smart-tech development and manufacturing centers across Asia, North America and Europe. Linear will continue to develop innovation in integrated systems and IoT connected products, state-of-the-art product ID design and high volume manufacturing.

For more information about Linear LLC, please visit www.linearcorp.com or call 1-800-421-1587.

To stay current with the latest activities from Linear, you can follow them on www.facebook.com/linearcorp, www.twitter.com/linearcorp,or www.linkedin.com/company/linear-corporation.

About Linear LLC

Linear LLC is a leading manufacturer and OEM supplier of intelligent access control, security, personal wellness and home automation products. Leveraging extensive design and engineering capabilities and more than 50 years of innovation, Linear supplies its technology to leading distributors, retailers, service providers and manufacturers dedicated to addressing the lifestyle and business needs of millions of customers every day.

Headquartered in Carlsbad, California, Linear is a subsidiary of Nortek, Inc. (Nasdaq: NTK) a global, diversified company whose many market-leading brands deliver broad capabilities and a wide array of innovative, technology-driven products and solutions for lifestyle improvement at home and at work. Please visit www.nortek.com for more information.

Copyright© 2014 Linear LLC. All rights reserved. Linear and the Linear logo are registered trademarks of Linear LLC in the United States and/or other countries. Other names or brands may be claimed as the property of others

2014 Hollywood Post Alliance Award Winners Announced

Hollywood Post Alliance Gala Shines Brightly as Leaders and Innovators in Post Production are Recognized
2014 HPA Awards
(Los Angeles, CA) – On November 6th, honors and accolades were bestowed during the 9th Annual HPA Awards. The Awards recognize individuals and companies for outstanding contributions made in helping to create features, television programs, commercials and entertainment enjoyed around the world. Honors were bestowed in craft categories as well as awards in three special categories; Engineering Excellence, the HPA Judges Awards for Creativity and Innovation, and two Lifetime Achievement Awards. The gala took place at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles, in front of an engaged audience of industry insiders and luminaries.

The winners of the 2014 HPA Awards are:

Outstanding Color Grading – Sponsored by Dolby Laboratories

Outstanding Color Grading – Feature Film

“Gravity”
Steven J. Scott // Technicolor

Outstanding Color Grading – Television

“Reign – Pilot”
David Cole // Modern VideoFilm

Outstanding Color Grading – Commercial

Doosan “Heavy Industries”
Siggy Ferstl // Company 3

Outstanding Editing – Feature Film

“Captain Phillips”
Christopher Rouse, ACE

Outstanding Editing – Television

“Breaking Bad – Felina”
Skip Macdonald, ACE

Outstanding Editing – Commercial

Nissan Juke “Trigger”
Doobie White // Therapy Studios

Outstanding Sound – Feature Film

“Gravity”
Glenn Freemantle // Sound 24
Skip Lievsay // Warner Bros. Sound
Christopher Benstead and Niv Adiri // Warner Bros. De Lane Lea

Outstanding Sound – Television

“Toy Story OF TERROR!”
Axel Geddes // Pixar Animation Studios
Tom Myers, Gary Summers, Michael Silvers and Dustin Cawood // Skywalker Sound

Outstanding Sound – Commercial

Honda Europe “Inner Beauty”
Anthony Moore and Tom Joyce // Factory

Outstanding Visual Effects – Feature Film

“Dawn of the Planet of the Apes”
Joe Letteri, Dan Lemmon, Erik Winquist,
Keith Miller and Paul Story // Weta Digital

Outstanding Visual Effects – Television

“Game of Thrones – The Children”
Joe Bauer // Fire and Blood Productions
Sven Martin // Pixomondo
Jörn Grosshans // Mackevision
Thomas Schelesny // Scanline VFX
Matthew Rouleau // Rodeo FX

Outstanding Visual Effects – Commercial

GE “Childlike Imagination”
Benjamin Walsh, Dominik Bauch and Brian Burke // Method Studios

The HPA Lifetime Achievement Awards:

Alan Heim, ACE and Randy Roberts, ACE were individually honored for their outstanding careers in editing.

The 2014 HPA Engineering Excellence Awards

MACOM: 12G-SDI Chipset
NVIDIA: NVIDIA VCA
Wohler/Cinnafilm Joint Venture: Tachyon Wormhole

The 2014 winners of the HPA Judges Award for Creativity and Innovation in Post Production are:

American Society of Cinematographers: Color Decision List (ASC CDL)
DigitalFilm Tree: Cloud Post Workflow Initiative (ProStack)

For further information about the Hollywood Post Alliance, contact: 213.614.0860, or visit http://hollywoodpostalliance.org/.

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About the Hollywood Post Alliance(r)
Hollywood Post Alliance (HPA) serves the professional community of businesses and individuals who provide expertise, support, tools and the infrastructure for the creation and finishing of motion pictures, television, commercials, digital media and other dynamic media content. Through their partnership with the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers(r) (SMPTE(r)), the leader in the advancement of the art, science and craft of the image, sound, and metadata ecosystem, the HPA continues to extend its support of the community it represents. Information about the HPA is available at ww.hpaonline.com.

About the HPA(r) Awards
The HPA Awards were created to foster awareness of post production, promote creative and technical excellence, recognize the achievements of post production talent, and build involvement in the Hollywood Post Alliance. The HPA is a partner of the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers(r) (SMPTE(r)). Information about the HPA Awards is available at ww.hpaonline.com. The HPA Awards will be presented with generous support from Foundation Members: Avid and Dolby Laboratories and Supporting Sponsors: Chainsaw, The Hollywood Reporter, Jump!, MESA, Stephen Arnold Music and VER.
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DVEO Announces New Products for Streaming Media West 2014 — Including Revamped Media Server, Award-Winning UDP Video Packet Recovery Technology, H.264 Mobile Backpack Encoder, and More

Live Media Distribution Server -- Atlas Media ServerSan Diego, California — DVEO, the broadcast division of Computer Modules, Inc. (CMI), will demonstrate many unique video streaming products at Streaming Media West 2014 in Huntington Beach, California, November 18-19, in booth 206.

DVEO products at the show will include:
1. Revamped Media Server — Atlas Media Server™
2. UDP Video Packet Recovery Technology — Winner of the Society of Broadcast Engineers Technology Award for 2014 — DOZERbox II IP IP™
3. Mobile Cellular Modem Encoder for H.264 HD Streaming from HD-SDI Cameras — Mobile Backpack™: H.264/HD-SDI Kit
4. 120 Channel Adaptive Optimized Transcoder for OTT and Multi Screen Services — Brutus™ V IP/IP: TELCO
5. IP to SDI/HD-SDI Video and Audio Decoder — D-Streamer IP/DIG™
6. Ad Inserter for Mobile Multi Screen Video Delivery and for OTT — Ad Serter IP/ASI/SDI™
7. 50 Channel Transcoding IP Video Playout Server with Scheduling — IP Grooming Server™ 50ch 1TB
8. SDI/HD-SDI to IP Live Streaming Appliance — MultiStreamer DIG/IP™

1. Revamped Media Server — Atlas Media Server
Designed for IPTV operators, telcos, mobile operators, broadcasters, and Over The Top (OTT) video providers, the powerful Atlas Media Server provides grooming and VOD (video on demand) options in three different sizes.

The system ingests MPEG-2, H.264, and/or H.265/HEVC live streams over IP, then “grooms” the streams by adding wrappers such as MPEG-DASH, HLS, or RTMP, plus subtitles for closed captions or multiple languages. It outputs the live streams and simultaneously stores the streams as VOD files.

2. UDP Video Packet Recovery Technology — Winner of the Society of Broadcast Engineers Technology Award for 2014 — DOZERbox II IP IP
DVEO’s patent pending “DOZER” technology enables reliable high quality video delivery over public internet or so-so private lines. The DOZERbox II IP IP is a compact end-to-end Error Correcting Router for smoothing UDP traffic over the public internet, with built-in packet recovery algorithms for alleviation of packet loss and resultant video freezes. It does not add jitter or noise, and does not increase bandwidth consumption like FEC. It is perfect for delivering critical video over congested public backbones.

The technology is also available as a software license — the Media Dozer: LIC™, or in a one RU system — the DOZER Racks IP IP™. The DOZERbox II IP IP is the winner of the prestigious Society of Broadcast Engineers Technology Award for 2014.

3. Mobile Cellular Modem Encoder for H.264 HD Streaming from HD-SDI Cameras — Mobile Backpack: H.264/HD-SDI Kit
The Mobile Backpack: H.264/HD-SDI Kit is a lightweight (about 8.6 lbs./3.9 kg.) H.264 backpack encoder for streaming HD-SDI, SDI, or HDMI video via live wireless video and data transmission, using bonded 3G and 4G mobile network connections. It bundles up to eight mobile network channels from one or more operators into a single broadband channel.

Streaming media production professionals will use this system for electronic news gathering and streaming live video from events. The system ships with a matching decoder and a custom made backpack.

4. 120 Channel Adaptive Optimized Transcoder for OTT and Multi Screen Services –Brutus V IP/IP: TELCO
The enterprise class Brutus IV IP/IP: TELCO is a real time Adaptive Optimized Transcoder with 48 Cores — ideal for simple transcoding or grooming at headends for OTT or Multiscreen services. It transcodes up to 120 SD streams, or 40 720p HD streams, or 30 1080i/p HD streams from MPEG-2 to H.264 or vice-versa. The system is suitable for IPTV, OTT, mobile TV, broadcast, and Telco TV, or as a transcoder/reformatter for RTSP IP Cameras. The Brutus supports Flash, HLS, RTMP, HTTP, Smooth, and Live streaming and works well with Wowza®, Adobe® Flash® and RealNetworks® Servers.

5. IP to SDI/HD-SDI Video and Audio Decoder — D-Streamer IP/DIG
The D-Streamer IP/DIG is a real time H.264 or MPEG-2 decoder that receives IP transport streams and decodes them to SDI or HD-SDI, or optional HDMI. Streaming media content providers use DVEO’s MultiStreamer DIG/IP to encode SDI or HD-SDI to H.264 IP, then decode the IP streams with the D-Streamer IP/DIG. The Linux® based system is available in three versions — a single input channel, two input channels, or 1-8 input channels. It is perfect for receiving and professionally decoding “poor” video from IP cameras, remote sites, content delivery networks (CDNs), or IPTV compatible appliances or players. The system works with Teradek, Nanocaster, Minicaster, Axis IP Cameras, and other streaming appliances.

6. Ad Inserter for Mobile Multi Screen Video Delivery and for OTT — Ad Serter IP/ASI/SDI
The Ad Serter IP/ASI/SDI is a broadcast quality playout server with Ad and EAS (Emergency Alert System) capabilities. It inserts or overlays video clips, graphical ads, logos, scrolling text, and RSS news feeds — anywhere on live or stored video content, on a schedule, or via signaling like SCTE 35 signals from EAS generators. Graphics, logos, and text can be static, blinking, or rotating.

The system adds messages to one to four IPTV SD channels, or to one to four targeted SD cable or on-air channels or sub channels. (An option for 1 HD and 3 SD channels is available.) Three versions are available: DVB-ASI, IP, or SDI.

7. 50 Channel Transcoding IP Video Playout Server with Scheduling — IP Grooming Server 50ch 1TB
The IP Grooming Server 50ch 1TB is a file playout server for scheduled continuous streaming. It stores various file types, then “grooms” them by transcoding the streams to H.264 and/or scaling the video to different resolutions. It also adds various “wrappers” such as HLS, RTMP, etc.

With the IP Grooming Server, users can create their own 50 “streaming” web channels with 50 different movies or content, playing on a preset schedule. The Linux® based system is a great video hosting playout server for ISPs, corporate websites, schools, hotels, and digital signage.

8. SDI/HD-SDI to IP Live Streaming Appliance — MultiStreamer DIG/IP
The latest version of DVEO’s real time MultiStreamer DIG/IP live streaming webcasting encoder receives one, two, or four SDI or HD-SDI inputs (from cameras, editing systems, or video servers) and multiple IP inputs. It creates multiple simultaneous high, medium, and low bitrate IP streams and sends them to iPads, iPhones, content delivery networks (CDNs), and remote video capture devices. Each stream can have several proxies with different “wrappers” such as HLS, RTMP, etc. The broadcast quality system features schedulable input — it can receive input at a specified date and time — and ships with one terabyte of local storage.

The MultiStreamer is also available with other video input formats — 8VSB, HDMI, Analog, DVB-ASI, HDMI, DVB-S+S2, DVB-T+T2, QAM, ISDB-T, or DVB-C.

“We are excited to be showing our leading edge products at Streaming Media West,” said Laszlo Zoltan, Vice President of DVEO. “Our unique streaming systems feature lots of options to meet the needs of our customers. And as always, we are very open to customizing our products.”

Ad Serter IP/ASI/SDI, Atlas Media Server, Brutus, D-Streamer, DVEO,
DOZERbox II IP IP, DOZER Racks IP IP, IP Server, IP Grooming Server,
Media Dozer II: LIC, Mobile Backpack, and MultiStreamer are trademarks of Computer Modules, Inc.
All other trademarks and registered trademarks are the properties of their respective owners.

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Suggested Retail Prices:
Ad Serter ASI/ASI 4ch (SD): $14,995 U.S.
Ad Serter IP/IP 4ch (SD): $10,995 U.S.
Ad Serter SDI/SDI 4ch (SD): $13,995 U.S.
Atlas Media Server — Small, 1RU: $5,995 U.S.
Atlas Media Server — Medium, 1RU: $9,995 U.S.
Atlas Media Server — Large, 3RU: $16,995 U.S.
Brutus V IP/IP Telco: $33,995 U.S.
DOZERbox II IP IP: $1,695 U.S. each, typically sold in pairs
DOZER Racks IP IP: $2,995 U.S. each, typically sold in pairs
IP Grooming Server (with transcoding): $16,995 U.S.
IP Server (No transcoding): $4,995 U.S.
Media Dozer II: LIC: $100 to $1,200 U.S. each
Mobile Backpack: $24,995 U.S.
MultiStreamer DIG/IP: $3,995 U.S.

About CMI and DVEO
CMI, founded in 1982, is a privately held company headquartered in San Diego, California. DVEO, the Broadcast Division of Computer Modules, Inc., sells digital video and high definition television (HDTV) products to the top television broadcast companies throughout the world.

For more information on CMI and DVEO, please contact Rebecca Gray at +1 (858) 613-1818 or rebecca@dveo.com. To download DVEO’s press releases and product images, visit the news section at www.dveo.com.

U.K. Media-Training Leader DV Talent Chooses Forscene for Edit Producer Training

LONDON — Nov. 6, 2014 — Forbidden Technologies plc (AIM: FBT), the AIM-quoted owner and developer of the market-leading cloud video platform Forscene, announced today that DV Talent will offer a training course for edit producers featuring Forscene. DV Talent is the U.K.’s leading independent training school for TV, film, and media professionals. The course, “Edit Producing for Professionals with Forscene,” will take place at DV Talent in London in late November and then several times during 2015. more

BenQ Reinvents Commercial Digital Signage

Eye-Catching Dual-Side, Bar-Type, and Transparent Displays Now Shipping in North America

COSTA MESA, Calif. — Nov. 6, 2014 — BenQ America Corp., an internationally renowned provider of visual display solutions, today announced that it is now shipping its revolutionary series of digital signage solutions. Consisting of three main product lines, the D Series dual-side, BH Series bar-type, and TL Series transparent display models are tailor-made for commercial installations looking to increase the impact of their advertising efforts and public information points. Allowing the flexibility to place screen-based content in narrow spaces, deliver highly interactive user experiences, and provide front-and-back imaging capabilities, the ten new innovative panels are spearheading a new generation of eye-catching screens that use brightness, installation flexibility, and incredible image quality to wow viewers in any retail or public space.

“Public spaces are in need of striking solutions that can engage, inform, and entertain viewers in order to break away from today’s crowded multimedia surroundings,” said Bob Wudeck, Associate Vice President, Strategy and Business Development at BenQ America Corp. “By putting research and development at the center of our innovation process, we’ve developed a groundbreaking family of digital signage products that use interactivity, stunning aesthetics, and new display possibilities to genuinely capture the attention of viewers. The results are new interactive experiences that can effectively deliver high quality content in any setting.”

BenQ’s series of dual-sided signage panels include four 55-inch displays (DH550C, DL550C, DH550F, and DL550F) that combine round-the-clock reliability, an aero-thin design, and the ability to provide engaging content from both sides of the panel. Providing both horizontal and vertical installation options, the versatile solutions can be mounted to walls and ceilings in both indoor and outdoor settings, making the series ideal for a wide range of locations including airports, train stations, transportation hubs, and retail stores — replacing traditional light-box advertisements with engaging electronic information displays. Featuring brightness levels between 450 and 700 nits, the lightweight displays, which measure less than 25 mm thick, make the product family an extremely flexible advertising solution that remains both aesthetically attractive and easy to install.

BenQ’s 28-inch BH280 and 38-inch BH380 bar-type displays feature a sleek and slim design to deliver content in any setting such as buses and subway cars, restaurants, government offices, post office counters, banks, convenience stores, or exhibition spaces. Featuring an ultra-bright 700 nits (BH280) or 800 nits (BH380), an amazing average life of 50,000 hours, and a Smart Light function that allows flawless viewing even in environments with ambient light, the duo becomes the market’s most reliable choice for any of today’s portrait or landscape digital signage applications. To provide full connectivity, the panels accept DVI and VGA inputs, ensuring simple integration with an existing system for seamless content delivery and an incredibly simple installation process.

The TL320F, TL500F, TL650F, and TL320C transparent displays are exciting signage innovations that bring content interaction to customers in order to unleash new product display and advertisement opportunities. Featuring a dual display function, the solutions allow consumers to observe both on-screen advertisements and actual products encased inside the transparent boxes — creating a display breakthrough for retail showcase windows, museum exhibitions, and other environments. Available in 32-, 50-, and 65-inch models, the displays can also be custom-built to fit any product placement requirement. Equipped with multiple inputs including USB ports (TL320C) for easy media and system integration, the panels provide audio through two built-in 2W speakers for a full-on interactive experience that truly captures the attention and imagination of passersby.

The entire BenQ digital signage lineup is now shipping in North America. More information on the full line of BenQ products is available at www.BenQ.us.

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About BenQ America Corp.
The BenQ digital lifestyle brand stands for “Bringing Enjoyment ‘N’ Quality to Life,” fusing lifestyle with technology, enjoyment with productivity, and aesthetic design with purpose-built engineering. It is this mantra that has made BenQ the No. 1-selling DLP(R) projector brand in The Americas(1). BenQ America Corp. offers an extensive line of visual display and presentation solutions that incorporate the very latest technologies. The company delivers a broad range of Colorific(TM) projectors, RevolutionEyes(TM) monitors, and flat-panel displays for any application and market — education, home, gaming, enterprise, government, house of worship, digital signage, A/V, and IT — with cutting-edge models that lead the industry in performance, reliability, environmental sustainability, and aesthetics. Whether it’s interactive digital whiteboards for classrooms, full HD 3D projectors for home theaters, short-throw projectors for boardrooms, interactive flat-panel displays for digital signage, or LED backlight monitors for professional gaming, BenQ continues to defy the limits of digital displays. The company’s products are available across North America through leading value-added distributors, resellers, and retailers.

More information is available at www.BenQ.us.

(1) Based upon Q2’14 Quarterly Projector Shipment and Forecast Report from PMA Research

About BenQ Corporation
Founded on the corporate vision of “Bringing Enjoyment ‘N’ Quality to Life,” BenQ Corporation is a world-leading human technology and solutions provider aiming to elevate and enrich every aspect of consumers’ lives. To realize this vision, the company focuses on the aspects that matter most to people today — lifestyle, business, healthcare, and education — with the hope of providing people with the means to live better, increase efficiency, feel healthier, and enhance learning. Such means include a delightfully broad portfolio of people-driven products and embedded technologies spanning digital projectors, monitors, interactive large-format displays, digital cameras and camcorders, mobile computing devices, and lighting solutions. Because it matters.

About BenQ Group
The BenQ Group is a $20+ billion powerhouse comprised of 15+ independent companies operating in over 30 countries across numerous industries with a combined workforce of over 100,000 employees. Each Group member is a recognized leader in its own field, contributing to the BenQ Group’s vast resources, broad R&D, and distinct strategic strengths. By leveraging each company’s vertical specialization to create true scale across horizontal markets, the BenQ Group controls a highly efficient value chain with the unrivaled ability to deliver critical components and world-class solutions in the following industries: TFT-LCD, green energy, fine chemicals and advanced materials, lighting, IC design, precision components, system integration, branded business, and service. The Group is committed to profitable and sustainable businesses that share its long-standing vision of “Bringing Enjoyment ‘N’ Quality to Life.”

The BenQ Group companies are: BenQ Corporation, AU Optronics Corporation (world’s top manufacturer of large-size TFT-LCD panels), Qisda Corporation, Darfon Electronics Corporation, BenQ ESCO Corp., BenQ Materials Corp., BenQ Guru Corp., BenQ Medical Center, BenQ Medical Technology Corp., BriView Co., Ltd., Daxin Materials Corp., Dazzo Technology Corp., Forhouse Corp., Lextar Electronics Corp., and Raydium Semiconductor Corp.

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Stagecraft Audio Finds Smooth Sailing With Cobalt Digital’s Blue Box Group

Units deliver lightweight, practical conversion solution

Urbana, IL – Cobalt Digital, manufacturer of award-winning 3G/HD/SD-SDI conversion gear, has delivered a practical signal conversion solution to Stagecraft Audio, a full service sound, lighting and AV company located in Newport, RI that specializes in large-scale projects ranging from corporate events to broadcast applications. After evaluating options for lightweight, easy-to-install conversion gear that delivers a pristine signal, Stagecraft chose eight of Cobalt’s Blue Box Group™ BBG S-to-H (SDI to HDMI) and one BBG H-to-S (HDMI to SDI) unit.

The BBG S-to-H units provide direct conversion from SMPTE 259M, 292M and 424M SDI to HDMI and feature easy to use DIP switch sets YPbPr or RGB colorspace and HDMI or DVI output modes. The H-to-S model provides true 3G and HD conversions from HDMI to SMPTE 424M, 292M, or 259M. The HDMI input can also receive and convert DVI-D sources (limited to SMPTE HD formats).

“Cobalt’s BBG units have already proved their value during a recent event in the Arcadia Room of the New York Yacht Club in Newport,” said Frank Dwyer, Stagecraft Audio’s owner. “I’d worked in that same room many times before, but having the boxes this time really made the difference. The BBG took the signal out of the client’s laptop on the podium, sent it through my video switcher and I was able to hit the displays around the room without extension cords and with no signal degradation at all. It was easy and worked perfectly!”

Other features that tipped the scales in Cobalt’s favor are the boxes ability to power directly via USB as well as their lightweight, small footprint. “The boxes are USB powered, and that’s wonderful,” exclaimed Dwyer. “Previously, I had to run cables to hit each TV, now we can run power from USB to each display. The boxes are also light enough to sit on the back of a TV with Velcro. I can just slap it on the TV and leave it there. It’s part of the TV now and has made the process so much easier.”

Dwyer’s experience with Cobalt was also enhanced by excellent sales support. “I got the runaround from other companies because I didn’t want to buy in bulk,” he explained. “I found the Cobalt’s Blue Box Group on their web site, sent an email, and the very next day Anthony Klick, Cobalt’s eastern sales manager, not only contacted me, but came by to discuss the best solution for my needs. I was so impressed with the physical and technical features of the products and with the service that I ordered nine units and have plans for more in the future.”
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, EVP of Sales and Marketing
+1-217-344-1243 / chris.shaw@cobaltdigital.com

Press Contact: Desert Moon Public Relations & Advertising / Harriet Diener
+1-845-512-8283 / harriet@desertmoon.tv

RTI Releases eGauge Two-Way Driver for Powerful, Real-Time Energy Monitoring

Two-Way Driver Enables Seamless Integration Between RTI Systems and eGauge 3 Series and eGauge2 Products

SHAKOPEE, Minn. — Nov. 5, 2014 — Remote Technologies Incorporated (RTI) has introduced a new two-way driver for eGauge Systems products. Developed by RTI, the driver allows installers to integrate the eGauge 3 Series and eGauge2 electric energy meters into an RTI control system, giving customers convenient, real-time measurements of a building’s electrical consumption. more

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