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The Music Producers Guild Introduces Mastering Engineers To Broadcast WAV

As the music industry prepares to adopt the Broadcast WAV file format as the best means of embedding ISRC data into future recordings, the Music Producers Guild is hosting an event to highlight the importance of this initiative and give recording professionals the information they need to make it a success.

The event, which is primarily aimed at Mastering engineers, will take place at the Hospital Club in London on the evening of April 9th, 2014. It is sponsored by digital audio workstation manufacturers Magix/Sequioa, Merging/Pyramix and Prism Sound/SADiE, all of whom have recently announced their support for the initiative by backing file exchange between their systems.

Headed by Alchemy Mastering’s Barry Grint, the MPG has led a strident campaign to get Broadcast WAV accepted by the music industry in place of ordinary WAV files, which don’t contain a method for embedding ISRC information. Their efforts have been successful as the boards of both the BPI and AIM have now recommended to their members that this new format be adopted.

“Our event on April 9th is the only opportunity Mastering engineers will have to understand and prepare for this format change,” Barry Grint explains. “Each of our DAW sponsors will demonstrate how the ISRC embedding process fits within their workflow, and how they are working together to ensure seamless exchange of the data between all of the workstations. This is a massive step forward for the industry and we really hope that Mastering engineers and other recording professionals who are interested in ISRC will take the opportunity to come along and learn more.”

Grint adds that the importance of ISRC cannot be understated. ISRC, which stands for International Standard Recording Code, is uniquely allocated to every song recorded. These codes are then registered with royalty payment agencies, thus ensuring that recording artists and copyright holders are properly remunerated for their work when it is played on radio or TV.

Broadcast WAV, the professional WAV format created by the European Broadcasting Union, can carry ISRC information and this is why MPG is so keen to see is adopted by as the de-facto standard for music interchange in the production process.

“The inclusion of ISRC information will remove the need for it to be re-entered and reduce the opportunity for error,” Grint says. “The new system is simple to implement and, once adopted, it will allow ISRC to flow through the whole production chain.”

The MPG’s aim is to establish ISRC as the cornerstone of every aspect of digital asset management, from tracking and reporting through to royalty reporting and song identification. This will give the entire music industry a robust and secure system for identifying tracks, and who had input into their creation, so that it can safeguard the incomes of all artists and copyright owners.

Ultimately, the adoption of BWF as standard will provide a cornerstone for the MPG’s Credit Where Credit is Due campaign, which aims to highlight the woeful lack of credit information within the digital domain.

“Our overall goal is to ensure that all music creators receive proper credit and proper payment for their work, and having an industry-standard technical solution that allows credit information to be included in the metadata is a major step forward in achieving this ambition,” Barry Grint says.

To register for this event, please visit: http://www.mpg.org.uk/events/279

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About Music Producers Guild (UK):

The Music Producers Guild (UK) is an independent and democratic organisation that encourages the highest standards of music production, and actively engages with other music industry organisations to campaign and lobby on matters of important mutual interest.

The MPG represents and promotes the interests of all those involved in the production of recorded music, including producers, engineers, mixers, re-mixers, programmers and mastering engineers. www.mpg.org.uk

DK-Technologies Shows its New DK T7 Audio Meter at NAB 2014

Danish manufacturer DK-Technologies is using the NAB 2014 platform to highlight its new DK T7 Audio and Loudness meter, which will be on show for the first time in the USA (Booth N1201, in conjunction with Ward-Beck).

Launched to enormous critical acclaim at IBC 2013, the ‘everything included’ DK T7 is now shipping with the first units already installed into two Calrec consoles destined for Al Jazeera London.

Designed as a cost-effective, one-box solution for broadcast and post production engineers, the DK T7 incorporates as standard every Audio and Loudness meter function currently offered by the award winning DK Meter range. These functions include Bargraphs, Moving Coil Emulation, DK-technologies’ proprietary StarFish™ and JellyFish™ display technology, FFT spectrum analysis and, of course, industry compliant Loudness and Logging.

The new DK T7 also includes 3G SDI Picture Preview, as well as the ability to read and log against SMPTE time-code – a feature that has only recently been added to the DK Meter range. At just 20 x 135 x 180 mm (depth, height and width), its compact design also allows it to be highly portable and easy to position, while its intuitive multi touch interface makes it very straightforward to use.

“The DK T7 allows end-users to adapt to virtually any format including 3G SDI I/O,” says Uffe Kjems Hansen, Product Marketing Director at DK-Technologies. “The unit also offers 8 AES/EBU input/output channels, 2ch Analogue input channels, headphone output and HDMI monitor output. At just €3,495 and USD 6,390 MSRP, there is simply nothing else on the market in this price range that gives users access to so much functionality.”
At NAB 2014, DK-Technologies will show a new Theatrical Mixing 7.1 Surround display feature for the DK T7, which will have particular relevance to engineers working on big motion picture productions. Also on show is a new pause/resume function for Loudness Logging that will save engineers time when they are adjusting Loudness to hit targets on larger time spans.

“Essentially, this function allows engineers to work step-wise through the entire audio clip, rather than having to go back and measure loudness from the top for every tweak,” Kjems Hansen adds. “The DK T7 was already the most comprehensive audio meter on the market but with these new features it can deliver functionality that no other audio meter can offer.”

DK-Technologies will also be using the NAB 2014 platform to launch its new Matrix PC application, which allows complete audio routing, preset handling, backup and overall management of an audio meter from the end user’s computer. Designed to work with all DK meters including the new DK T7, the Matrix PC application gives users a much better graphical overview of their meters – and significantly easier setup and handling.

Also on show for the first time will be the new DK T7 Stereo – an entry level version of the DK T& meter that is designed for engineers working in stereo.

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About DK-Technologies
DK-Technologies develops and produces a wide range of audio meters, video sync and test signal generators and video waveform monitors. Alongside its worldwide distributor network, DK-Technologies also operates branch offices in Denmark, Germany, UK and USA. www.dk-technologies.com

CAST Software’s wysiwyg allows Pinnacle to scale new heights with Rudimental

The lighting and stage design for BRIT Award-winning band Rudimental’s recent tour may have been deliberately ‘old school’, but there was nothing old-fashioned about the technology used to create it. Award-winning LD, Jonny Gaskell of Brighton, UK-based Pinnacle Event Productions used R32, the latest version of CAST Software’s wysiwyg previsualization software suite, to give his creativity maximum bandwidth and ensure that what was programmed in theory was deliverable in reality.

Rudimental’s multi-performer approach to their live show meant the band felt there was no need for video in their set design. Instead, they gave Gaskell a brief to create a set reminiscent of an old-school rock festival, with the Hackney Peace Carnival mural as a backdrop that could be lit from behind or in front.

“Lighting was absolutely key to the design,” Gaskell explains. “The rig was based on three overhead trusses and six vertical truss towers on floor bases, with the latter at different heights to draw the audience’s gaze towards the mural. Thanks to wysiwyg, I was able to do a single plot from which I could get rigging points, rendering and programming – something no other software can do.”

Like so many LD’s today, Gaskell does a great deal of work in the corporate-event space as well as in live music touring. Ideas developed for one market often influence designs for the other and, as Gaskell points out: “When you have a tool like wysiwyg, it is just so much easier to convince a client – whether they are a band manager or a corporate account-holder – of the strength of your idea because they get a realistic snapshot of what things will look like.”

Bruce Freeman, Chairman, CAST Group, concludes: “The latest R32 version of wysiwyg takes our class-leading software to a new level, with over 300 library additions and great new features such as the Wall Tool and Room Builder, which make it easier to create scalable props and walls, and produce CAD files of a specific set or room.

“Lighting designers and production professionals the world over continue to rely on wysiwyg, and the major graphics upgrade in version R32 and much more to come in future releases, ensures that our software continues to be the most comprehensive precuing and previsualization tool available in the market today.”

About CAST Software
Established in 1994, Toronto Canadian-based software and hardware developer, CAST Software celebrates its 20th year in business in 2014. CAST Software serves its core markets in entertainment production, special events and meetings. Its award winning flagship software products are wysiwyg design and previsualization suite, and Vivien — Virtual Event Designer. All products are designed and created in-house and supported by an established global distribution and reseller network.
www.cast-soft.com

HRS Control Launches New Products at NAB 2014

HRS Control invites NAB 2014 attendees to drop by Booth SL 4707 in the Las Vegas Convention Center’s South Lower Hall where they can explore a number of new products and product upgrades designed to meet the needs of customers in all market segments from rental and staging to broadcast, corporate and houses of worship.

The HRS Control booth will include:
*New Recording Scheduler for UDC software
*New eTouch wall-mounted touch screens for the Embedded Control Server product line
*New bridge products for Embedded Control Server products

The record scheduler feature for UDC (Universal Device Control) Software is tailored to broadcast studios or production facilities using multi-channel video recorders. “It was a specific request from AJA Ki Pro users,” says Drew Taylor, director of sales and applications for HRS Control, “and will have its first formal showing at NAB 2014.”

UDC Recording Scheduler enables users to schedule recordings on each deck or record channel and see when records are blocked out. Users can assign names to each segment and take advantage of other UDC features, such as the ability to execute macros to other equipment at the start or end of a record.

The Recording Scheduler works with the AJA Ki Pro family as well as any other recording device supported in the UDC Software such as the PIX 260i from Sound Devices.

UDC Recording Scheduler is available for purchase now by contacting HRS Control. “The new feature is already being used by a major network affiliate’s studio as well as a house of worship,” Taylor reports.

Also making its NAB debut is the new eTouch series, a wall-mounted touch screen controller that works in conjunction with HRS Control’s Embedded Control Server series of products, including the Raptor for permanent AV installs.

“We’ve been moving more and more into commercial integration, and as we work with clients on projects in commercial spaces a common request has been for in-wall mount touch screens,” says Taylor. “Even though Raptor supports the HRS Control Pro iPad and Windows RT apps, people have been asking for a dedicated device performing this sole function. So we’re excited to introduce 4- and 7-inch eTouch controllers with wall mount and desktop options.”

The wall mount kit is available now with a desk mount kit to be announced soon.

Joining eTouch in the Embedded Control Server product line are three new bridge products – Lighting Bridge, Studio Bridge and Time Code Bridge – designed to work stand-alone or as part of a larger system with the Raptor.

“Customers using the protocol translation features of UDC Pro Plus and the custom GUI features of Raptor now have dedicated boxes to perform separate the functions,” Taylor explains. “It’s more cost effective since they’re not buying a full software package they may not need, and it allows them to allocate resources in other systems to specific functions for greater reliability and easier maintenance.”

When the Raptor provides the GUI, the bridges act as back-end workhorses linking external equipment for smooth communications.

The Lighting Bridge permits Art-Net connections with non-Art-Net-speaking devices, such as video switchers. The Studio Bridge translates PBUS, VDCP and Sony 9-pin protocol in broadcast environments enabling switchers to talk to equipment such as Vista Systems’ Spyder, AJA Ki Pro recorder and any other video wall processors, players, recorders and more. The Time Code Bridge listens to external time code so macros can be executed to control equipment via Time Code Triggers at user specified points in the Time Code.

Each of the bridges is one-half rack wide and a single rack high. Sharing its form factor with the Raptor, a bridge can sit side-by-side with the Raptor and occupy just a single rack height. The bridges are available to order now.

Visitors to the HRS Control booth at NAB will have a chance to see all of these new products in working demos by HRS Control staff, who will supply additional details and delivery information.

About HRS Control
High Resolution Systems known as HRS Control is a company with a strong systems engineering and applications background. Its founders have decades of experience in the audio visual rental and staging industry, broadcast applications, A/V installations and system design. This combined experience allows them to provide the highest possible quality solutions to its customers in the most efficient manner. For more information, visit www.hrscontrol.com.

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Litepanels Unveils Powerful Sola 9 and Inca 9 at NAB 2014

New 9″ LED Fresnels Combine High Powered Illumination Output with Energy Efficiencies and Cost Savings

Litepanels NAB Booth #C6025

CHATSWORTH, Calif. – Litepanels(r), a Vitec Group brand and premier provider of LED lighting for the broadcast and production industries, will debut the Sola 9 (daylight balanced) and Inca 9 (tungsten balanced) LED Fresnels at NAB 2014. Following last year’s breakthrough launch of the Sola 12 and Inca 12, the new 9″ fixtures fill a market demand for medium-sized LED Fresnels. Litepanels’ industry leading collection of LED Fresnels now covers the complete range needed to deliver a full LED solution for broadcast studios, episodic television, and feature film production.

Ideal for studio and remote applications, the Sola 9 and Inca 9 are stronger and brighter than a traditional 1K Fresnel while offering a host of cost effective features. These energy efficient fixtures draw a mere 189 watts of electricity, and generate only a small amount of heat through Litepanels’ patented Cool to the Touch(tm) LED technology that allow for greatly reduced HVAC costs. They also offer years of color accurate service without the need for traditional lamp replacements. Additionally, an integrated DMX module offers unprecedented control by allowing both remote dimming and focusing. This eliminates the need for expensive dimmers and a dedicated, climate controlled dimmer room, and makes the use of ladders to adjust focus obsolete. The proprietary DMX module works with readily available and affordable RJ45 Ethernet connections via any standard DMX512 protocol device. With these energy, facility and labor savings, Litepanels’ LED fixtures have been proven to generate a return on investment (ROI), typically in 3 years or less.

Producing high quality, visually accurate, full spectrum light, the Sola 9 and Inca 9 feature Litepanels’ smooth dimming, from 100 percent to zero with no noticeable color shift, and are flicker-free at any frame rate or shutter angle. The custom 9″ Fresnel lens, with a beam angle from 54° to 15°, emits an even, collimated light source that can be focused and controlled for maximum flexibility.

While the high CRI (Color Rendering Index) LEDs in the versatile Sola 9 and Inca 9 are optimized for lighting talent, they offer a host of applications. The high output allows the Sola 9 to balance natural light in full daylight exterior or interior situations, and it can serve as an artificial sunlight source through a window or other opening on a stage or location setting. The color temperature of the tungsten balanced LED in the Inca 9 is designed to match existing incandescent Fresnel fixtures, so that it can be easily installed for side-by-side use. With no external ballast and only a short restrike period required, the Sola 9 and Inca 9 are as perfect for the rapid pace of episodic television and motion picture productions as they are for the broadcast studio.

“With the introduction of the Sola 9 and Inca 9, Litepanels now offers a complete LED solution for broadcast and production applications,” commented Chris Marchitelli, Vice President of global marketing for Litepanels. “This has been our goal for customers since we first set out to reimagine the traditional Fresnel fixture. We understood the inherent differences between tungsten bulbs and LED emitters, and knew that it demanded a fresh perspective on fixture design. Litepanels’ revolutionary LED Fresnel fixtures were designed from the ground up, and we took great care to ensure that familiar form factor and function were not lost in the process. Now our complete collection can be used to complement existing lighting plots or to create a whole new system, offering color consistency, energy conservation, and cost efficiencies across the board.”

The user-friendly Sola 9 and Inca 9 both include 8-way barndoors, a Standard Yoke with Junior Pin to enable easy mounting and positioning, and an AC power supply. Optional accessories include the 5-piece CTO or CTB Gel Set with Gel Bag and the RJ45 to 5-pin XLR Conversion Cable.
For more information, visit Litepanels on the Web, or follow us on Facebook.

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About Litepanels
Litepanels, a Vitec Group brand, was founded in 2001 by five professional gaffers and engineers who saw the future and pioneered LED (light emitting diode) lighting for motion pictures, television, and the audio-visual industry. Their Emmy(r) award-winning technology has now been used on thousands of productions worldwide and is trusted by the world’s leading broadcast organizations. Litepanels continues to expand its suite of flicker-free, color accurate, fully-dimmable soft lights that talent and lighting directors admire. These environmentally friendly fixtures can pay for themselves with power savings and long life, setting a new standard in professional lighting. More information can be found at www.Litepanels.com

About the Vitec Group
Capture the moment(tm)

For over 100 years, through every innovation in photography, film and digital image-making, Vitec businesses have developed a powerful portfolio of brand and products that have enabled some of the most amazing moments to be captured under some of the most challenging conditions. Vitec is an international Group principally serving customers in the broadcast photographic and military aerospace and government (MAG) markets. Vitec is based on strong, well-known premium brands on which its customers worldwide rely. Vitec is organized in three divisions: Videocom, Imaging and Services. Videocom designs and distributes systems and products used in broadcasting and live entertainment, film and video production and MAG. Imaging designs, manufactures and distributes equipment and accessories for photography, video and events. Services provides equipment rental, workflow design and technical support for camera, video, audio, fiber optic and wireless technology used by TV production and film crews. More information can be found at www.vitecgroup.com.

DVEO to Introduce 2-7 Channel IP Multiplexer/Demultiplexer at NAB 2014

T-Mux IP-IP Muxer-Demuxer

IP Transport Stream Multiplexer for Multiple Program Transport Stream Creation -- T-Mux IP/IP

San Diego, California — March 26, 2014 — DVEO, the broadcast division of Computer Modules, Inc. (CMI), will introduce their new IP multiplexer/demultiplexer at the NAB (National Association of Broadcasters) Show, April 7-10, in Las Vegas, Nevada, at booth SU2903.

Multiplexers combine several MPEG-2 and/or H.264 transport streams into a single multiplex transport stream, or “mux” for short. They also combine several multiplexes into a single remultiplex, or “remux”.

DVEO’s T-Mux IP/IP is a professional transport stream multiplexer and demultiplexer with GigE inputs and output. It combines or multiplexes 2 to 7 incoming MPEG-2 and/or H.264 IP Transport Streams, single program transport streams (SPTS) or multiple program transport streams (MPTS), to a single multiple program transport stream.

The muxed stream can be output to IP (UDP or RTP) or optional DVB-ASI. The system also de-muxes transport streams (SPTS/MPTS) to two to seven MPEG-2 and H.264 transport streams.

“This device is designed for cable companies, telcos, and IPTV operators who source their content via dedicated circuits or public internet,” commented Laszlo Zoltan, Vice President of DVEO. “The T-Mux IP/IP provides an affordable way to deliver multiplexed IP streams across broadband infrastructure. It features excellent PID (program identifier) manipulation, including PID filtering, addition, and mapping.”

The T-Mux IP/IP features LCD front panel controls plus web-based management, and front panel connectors for easy setup of the IP inputs.

The optional ASI system includes one ASI input, seven UDP/RTP inputs, one ASI output, and one UDP/RTP output.


Supplemental Information for Press Release

Features:

  • Multiplexes two to seven MPEG-2 and H.264 transport streams (SPTS/MPTS)

    • Inputs: 7 IP inputs (10/100/1000 Mbps, UDP, RTP)
    • Outputs: One multiplexed stream to IP (UDP, RTP, 10/100/1000 Mbps) or optional ASI

  • De-multiplexes single transport streams (SPTS/MPTS) to two to seven MPEG-2 and H.264 transport streams

    • Inputs: One IP input (10/100/1000 Mbps, UDP, RTP) or one optional DVB-ASI input
    • Outputs: 7 IP outputs (10/100/1000 Mbps, UDP, RTP)

  • Option for one ASI input, seven UDP/RTP inputs, one ASI output, and one UDP/RTP output
  • UDP Unicast and Multicast support
  • Supports all video layers and profiles including Multi-view and 4:2:2
  • Audio stream types supported: AC-3, Enhanced AC-3, MPEG Audio (Layers I, II, and III), AAC, DTS
  • SMPTE 302M 8 channel audio (pass through)
  • Transport packet size: 188 bytes
  • LCD front panel controls plus web-based management
  • Front panel connectors for IP inputs, for easy setup
  • Transport stream input rates up to 40 Mbps per channel
  • Transport stream output rates up to 400 Mbps
  • Program filter and mapping
  • PID filtering and mapping
  • PSI (PAT/PMT) signaling
  • PCR dejittering and restamping
  • TS CBR to VBR conversion
  • TS VBR to CBR conversion
  • Bit rate conversion CBR to CBR, VBR to VBR
  • Suggested Retail Prices:
    T-Mux IP/IP: $3,995 U.S.
    T-Mux IP/IP+ASI – Option for one ASI input, and one ASI output: $4,995 U.S.

    DVEO and T-Mux IP/IP are trademarks of Computer Modules, Inc. All other trademarks and registered trademarks are the properties of their respective owners.

    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.

    DVEO, 11409 West Bernardo Court, San Diego, California, 92127
    Web: www.dveo.com phone: +1 (858) 613-1818, fax: +1 (858) 613-1815

    ARC-Productions First Belgian Company To Back MLA Platform

    Photo caption (Left to Right): Steven Kemland, Andy Davies (Martin Audio), Marc De Baets, Andreas Weingärtner (Martin Audio) at the PL+S booth in Frankfurt

    Belgian pro audio and lighting specialists ARC-Productions have confirmed the purchase of 16-enclosure Martin Audio MLA Compact and Mini PA rigs, the first company in that country to do so.

    Based near Ghent in Flanders, Marc De Baets’ sales and rental company has a long history with Martin Audio dating back to the purchase of a W8 Compact in 2001. He has subsequently invested in WT2, LE1200 and 1500s, WS 218X subs and W8LC.

    “His complete speaker inventory has been made up of Martin Audio for many years,” confirms Steven Kemland of FACE, the manufacturer’s Belgian distributor, who serviced the recent order.

    Marc De Baets had been operating under his own name before setting up ARC-Productions at the end of 2008 and had been in conversation with Kemland about the MLA from its inception. “The first time I heard the MLA was on the Summerfestival in Antwerp three ago,” he remembers. “I was particularly impressed with the MLX subs, not only the output but also the weight.

    “The biggest advance of the MLA system is the even coverage, making it a great tool to counter undesired noise pollution, a very hot topic in Belgium. The compact size and weight, requiring less truck space, were other advantages.” Marc was also present at the MLA Compact European launch in London last year.

    Steven Kemland takes up the story. “Marc first heard the MLA Mini in our demo room. The full MLA system is too big for a mid-range company but with MLA Compact and MLA Mini—supplemented by some DD6 and XD12 or DD12 cabinets—it is possible to manage any job between 100 and 10,000 capacity.”

    De Baets had initially planned to buy only the MLA Mini version to run alongside his existing W8LC, but after considering the importance of the sound pollution problem in Belgium, he opted for a complete change and purchased 16 x MLA Mini and 16 x MLA Compact, with four MSX subs planned for next year. Meanwhile the system will be run with ARC-Productions’ WS218X subs.

    Delivery is planned for the beginning of April, with system training in Belgium and the system will make its major debut at Leiepop Festival in early May before going on to do other festival work (as well as servicing ARC-Productions’ other busy work program).

    Adds Steven Kemland, “Having conducted a lot of MLA demos, which have really got the market talking, it is important to have followed this up with our first system sale in Belgium. This investment is a big step up for ARC-Productions and gives them the opportunity for growth.”

    In summary Marc De Baets promises this is just the start of his adventure into the world of MLA. “I really believe in this new technology,” he concludes.

    Photo caption (Left to Right): Steven Kemland, Andy Davies (Martin Audio), Marc De Baets, Andreas Weingärtner (Martin Audio) at the PL+S booth in Frankfurt

    For more about Martin Audio, please click to www.martin-audio.com.

    About Martin Audio®
    Founded by audio engineer David Martin in 1971, Martin Audio pioneered the use of all-horn-loaded bass designs in world-class touring loudspeaker systems for groups such as Pink Floyd, ELP and Supertramp. Located outside of London, Martin Audio now embodies a sophisticated mix of acoustic design, research, mathematical modeling and software engineering for a wide range of products in the installation, cinema and touring sound markets.

    SunBriteTV’s Backyard of the Year Contest Concludes with Stunning Backyard Featuring Poolside Outdoor Television

    THOUSAND OAKS, California— After receiving dozens of spectacular submissions throughout 2013, SunBriteTV’s inaugural Backyard of the Year contest came to a close with Creative Audio Video and Automation named the Grand Prize Winner! President and Owner Kevin Burnley was responsible for the beautiful winning installation, which featured a custom mounting surface, poolside swim-up bar and, of course, a SunBriteTV outdoor television.

    “We had worked with the client before and he had already built the pergola and the swim-up bar,” said Burnley. “Our biggest challenge was finding a way to mount the SunBriteTV to the pergola while preserving the view— a custom mount ended up being the perfect solution!”

    The installation, which spanned three months from planning stages to completion, features two Polk Atrium6 speakers mounted to the pergola, two concealed Atlas Sound GST-G speakers in the ground, and a SunBriteTV Signature Series 32” 3260HD.

    Creative Audio Video and Automation, based in St. Louis, MO, was established in 2011 and has been anchored by Burnley’s 18+ years on experience in the custom install business.

    “We’ve exclusively used SunBriteTV in all of our outdoor installations since day one,” said Burnley. ”Many customers approach us and ask about installing an indoor TV outside — this is something we refuse to do not only for their safety, but our own liability.”

    Designed for permanent installation outdoors, SunBriteTV’s outdoor televisions are superior to indoor televisions when it comes to both safety and performance. Specialized gaskets and insulated electronics keep all wiring safe from every kind of natural element from moisture to insects. All models function flawlessly in temperatures spanning -24 to 122°F and feature ruggedized exteriors that can handle any climate. The bright, anti-glare screens are specially designed to deliver bright HD images outdoors, day or night.

    For more information on SunBriteTV please visit www.sunbritetv.com or call the sales department directly at 866.357.8688.

    Follow SunBriteTV on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/SunBriteTV

    About SunBriteTV
    SunBriteTV engineers and manufactures award-winning televisions and displays built specifically for outdoor use. SunBriteTV developed the industry’s first all-weather TV in 2004 and its products have been time-tested in home installations, outdoor sports arenas, restaurants, hotels, amusement parks, and airports. All models are available through SunBriteTV’s network of Authorized Dealers. To inquire about becoming an Authorized Dealer, contact SunBriteTV at 866.357.8688, or visit the Dealer Inquiry page at www.sunbritetv.com.

    D-TOOLS TO DEMONSTRATE WORKFLOW-ENHANCING MOBILE QUOTE APP at ISC WEST 2014

    Companion app to SIX 2013 enables security systems integrators to remotely generate bids and later import them into D-Tools SIX 2013 for full project design and management.

    D-Tools Mobile Quote is a Companion App to D-Tools System Integrator that extended the user's workflow to a mobile environment for onsite consultations.

    CONCORD, CA (ISC West 2014 booth #26135) MARCH 26, 2014 D-Tools, Inc., the worldwide leader in system integration software, today announced that the Company will demonstrate its new iOS-based iPad® companion app for its flagship product, SIX 2013 at ISC West April 2-4, 2014 at the Sands Expo in Las Vegas (D-Tools booth #26135). Available now for D-Tools partners worldwide, the new release adds mobile quoting capabilities that enable Commercial and Residential AV integrators to generate quotes natively on an iPad, then import them into the full D-Tools SIX 2013 software platform for further project design and management. Delivering on D-Tools’ commitment to streamline product updates and enhancements by consolidating them into an annual release, this new companion app will immediately extend the highly functional D-Tools workflow to mobile sales and specification teams.

    A native iOS application, the D-Tools Mobile Quote app leverages D-Tools’ extensive manufacturer product library by enabling integrators to access and integrate product category and package data from their SIX 2013 catalog while working with customers in the field. Integrators can enter client and contact information into the iPad app, then walk prospective customers through available installation scenarios in order to create a quote for approval. Once complete, the resulting quote can then be imported into SIX 2013 for additional design work and synchronization.

    The Mobile Quote app uses many of D-Tools’ workflow concepts, including the specification of locations and systems, which allows integrators to provide packages or pre-configured systems for inclusion in the quote. Labor and general pricing will be calculated to give the customer an accurate proposal, which can then be signed off for approval on the spot.

    “Delivering features that enable our users to create quotes in the field is a natural evolution for us. The D-Tools Mobile Quote app is an important component that ensures our platform continues to meet the growing needs of our expanding security customer base,” said Adam Stone, President and Founder of D-Tools. “The Mobile Quote app release is just the beginning. In fact, we are already working on additional mobile capabilities that significantly enhance our product roadmap. As we have demonstrated since the release of SIX last year, our new platform enables us to deploy new features as part of rapid and regular release cycles, which will ultimately provide our customers a clear path for sustained growth. We think ISC West attendees will be excited by the capabilities of this powerful new app. ”

    More than 4,500 companies worldwide use D-Tools Systems Integrator Software to streamline the estimation, design, and project management processes associated with the installation and integration of low voltage systems.

    The D-Tools Mobile Quote iPad® app will be demonstrated during ISC West April 2-4, 2014 at the Sands Expo in Las Vegas, D-Tools booth # 26135. Interested parties are encouraged to visit www.d-tools.com or Email info@d-tools.com for more information. Additionally, the all-new D-Tools SIX Wiki can be accessed here: www.d-tools.mindtouch.us and “Getting Started with SIX” videos can be accessed here: http://d-tools.mindtouch.us/SIX_Guide/004_Getting_Started.

    iPad® is a trademark of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries.

    About D-Tools, Inc.
    D-Tools, founded in 1998 and based in Concord, California, is a worldwide leader in accessible, highly accurate system design and documentation software. The company’s flagship product, System Integrator™ (SI), is a total design solution that utilizes Autodesk® AutoCAD and Microsoft® Visio for comprehensive system design, documentation and project management. D-Tools SI allows residential and commercial integrators to streamline their business processes to increase overall revenues while reducing the time and costs associated with the installation and integration of low-voltage systems. In fact, over 4,500 leading companies use D-Tools software to reduce time, costs and to streamline the system integration process. D-Tools is a three-time recipient of the Consumer Electronics Association Mark of Excellence Award, multiple recipient of Custom Retailer/Technology Integrator Excite Award, Commercial Integrator BEST Award, as well as National Systems Contractors Association Multi-Room Audio Video Awards for Best Installation Aid, Sound and Video Contractor Innovations in Technology for Business Productivity Award, CE Pro High Impact Award for Design Software, and CE Pro BEST Award for Software Applications. Follow D-Tools on Twitter at www.twitter.com/DTools and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/beatool.

    Press Contacts: 
    Tim Bigoness, D-Tools, Inc., +1 (925) 270-4102, timb@d-tools.com, www.d-tools.com
    Katye (McGregor) Bennett, KMB Communications, +1 (425) 328-8640, katye@kmbcomm.com, www.kmbcomm.com/press

    Link to accompanying images: D-Tools Six 2013 R2 Mobile Quote app

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    New Broadcast Pix Software Upgrades Include Next Generation Chromakey, Dual-Channel Clip Server

    Billerica, Massachusetts – Broadcast Pix™ will debut ClearKey, its next generation chromakey, as well as a dual-channel clip server and several other upgrades in its Version 4.0 software for Granite™ and Mica™ integrated production switchers. Available in May, the new software features will be demonstrated at the 2014 NAB Show (Booth SL6325), which runs April 7-10 in Las Vegas, Nev. The company also announced Version 3.0 software for its Flint™ end-to-end integrated production switchers, with most of the same upgrades.

    Part of Broadcast Pix’s Fluent™ workflow software, ClearKey features precise, highly adjustable keying that can handle challenging visuals, such as glass or fast-moving or out of focus objects. Robust color correction removes the most stubborn spill from chromakeyed objects, which is important for virtual set use where color contamination is almost unavoidable. A key crop function can be used to confine the keying effect to certain areas of the screen.

    ClearKey also creates more realistic shadow and lighting effects. Shine a spotlight on the background, for example, and it will shine on the virtual set as well. If a subject casts a shadow on the green or blue background, ClearKey can make the shadow appear on the virtual set, if desired. A simple eye dropper tool simplifies chromakey color selection, and intuitive controls make it easy to adjust lighting, shadow and spill correction effects.

    The V4 upgrade includes a dual-channel clip server for Granite and Mica, which handles playback of SD and HD footage in a variety of file formats. (Flint already includes a dual-channel clip server.) Both upgrades add new device controls for Blackmagic Design HyperDeck Studio and Studio Pro video recorders, as well as all AJA Ki Pro recorders, over a TCP/IP connection. Clips can be recorded and played back from the PixPad, and all controls can programmed into a macro for simplified control. The new upgrades also include device control for Lumens VC-G50 and VC-G30 HD PTZ cameras. Plus, Fluent-View, Broadcast Pix’s customizable multi-view, includes a new snap-to-grid feature to make it easier to build new screen layouts.

    “When Broadcast Pix has a major software release, you know we’ve listened to our customers and added some pretty significant improvements,” said Steve Ellis, general manager, Broadcast Pix. “ClearKey in particular represents a major step forward that will improve productions for customers who rely on virtual sets. It is highly adjustable but easy to operate – and it delivers outstanding results.”

    Flint V3 and Granite/Mica V4 are free upgrades for all respective systems under warranty and will be available in May.

    About Broadcast Pix Founded in 2002, Broadcast Pix is the leader in integrated production switchers, with customers in more than 110 countries. Available in several configurations, from compact systems with end-to-end integration to large-scale systems for high-end live productions, Broadcast Pix switchers include CG, dual clip stores, file-based macros, external control software, and customizable multi-view and virtual sets with patented control options. Broadcast Pix also offers ReVue next generation slow motion systems, fX3D real-time 3D graphics, Rapid CG dynamic graphic playout software, and VOX voice-automated live video production, each designed to enhance our highly integrated live production switchers. Customers include leading broadcast, corporate, education, government, religious, sports, streaming, and visual radio studios. Learn more at www.broadcastpix.com.

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