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RTI to Join Lutron(R) for Caséta(TM) Wireless Launch Tour

SHAKOPEE, Minn. — July 15, 2014 — Remote Technologies Incorporated (RTI) announced today that the company will team up with Lutron(R), a world-renowned leader in lighting control, on the launch tour of Lutron’s Caséta(TM) Wireless lighting controls. RTI will showcase how Caséta Wireless dimmers and Serena(TM), Sivoia(R) QS Triathlon(R), and select Sivoia(R) QS Wireless shades integrate with a variety of RTI’s user interfaces in hands-on demonstrations on July 15 in Boston at the Four Points by Sheraton; July 17 in Chicago at the Westin Chicago Northwest; July 29 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, at the Sheraton Fort Lauderdale; and on July 31 in Seattle at the Renaissance Seattle Hotel. more

Riedel Real-Time Media Network and Intercom System Support Broadcast and Comms for European Elections

DB Video, Host Broadcaster of the 2014 European Parliament Elections in Brussels, Relies on Riedel MediorNet, Artist, and RockNet Systems for Stable, Flexible Signal Transport

WUPPERTAL, Germany — July 15, 2014 – Riedel Communications, provider of pioneering real-time video, audio, data, and communications networks, today announced that the European Parliament employed a large-scale MediorNet real-time media network and Artist digital matrix intercom system to meet the signal transport requirements of the 2014 European Parliament elections in Brussels. During the weeks surrounding the May 25 elections, the fiber-based Riedel installation provided a flexible and redundant network for HD video, audio, and broadcast-quality intercom signal management, routing, and processing.

“For this ‘mother of all elections,’ we needed a dependable and very versatile network to support all broadcast and communications requirements,” said Michel Melotte, technical video coordinator for DB Video, which provided the complete Riedel system for the elections as well as all broadcast sets and audiovisual facilities. “We have used Riedel equipment on big events like Tomorrowland TV and were familiar with its power and flexibility, and we knew that we could deploy it to create a decentralized matrix with signals available throughout the whole network. Thus, despite the fluid, fast-paced nature of elections coverage, we ultimately were able to accept any signal, process it as needed, and deliver a quality output to any point on the network.”

The large-scale system installed within the parliament buildings by DB Video for the elections included 40 MediorNet frames connected over redundant fiber, two Artist 64 systems, the Riedel RockNet digital audio network, and a number of Riedel panels already in use on site. These systems were connected in a ring topology over a fiber network put in place by DB Video in co-operation with Amubel, which then connected to the in-house fiber network.

The Riedel network enabled DB Video to interconnect seven different broadcast sets with up to 10 cameras each, which were used for press conferences, interviews, and live commentary on the results. An additional 40 SNG and over 60 live stand-up positions were set up throughout, and adjacent to, the parliament buildings to complement these sets. Because DB Video had created a plan to address both routing and processing, including up/downconversion, embedding/de-embedding of audio, and synchronization, Riedel was able to preprogram and test the whole system in advance. The installation was nearly plug and play, allowing DB Video to install the network much faster than expected and to focus on final adjustments to the network configuration.

During the elections, the Riedel systems proved to be very stable, maintaining high quality outputs even when pushed to 95 percent of available bandwidth. Technical support from Riedel was on-site throughout the event to ensure that any issues could be resolved quickly. Given the success of the Riedel gear in this application, the European Parliament is evaluating the system for a fixed installation in its Strasbourg, France, parliament buildings.

“Riedel equipment excels in the most challenging of environments, including live coverage and communications support during high-profile elections,” said Thomas Riedel, CEO of Riedel Communications. “The Riedel Benelux team worked closely with DB Video and our counterparts within the European Parliament to make sure that the installed fiber network could support a high volume of signals while maintaining high video and audio quality, as well as flexibility in managing a continually changing array of sources and outputs.”

Further information about Riedel and the company’s products is available at www.riedel.net.

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About DB Video
At DB Video, we specialize in reportage and multicamera solutions for events and broadcast and develop comprehensive audiovisual packages for large, complex events as well as small, personalized projects. We have over 20 years of experience and offer all the necessary expertise and technical knowledge, as well as the most up-to-date equipment. Our offices are located in Belgium, the Netherlands, and Luxembourg. Further information about our wide range of production and post-production services is available at www.dbvideo.tv.

About Riedel Communications
Riedel Communications designs, manufactures, and distributes pioneering real-time video, audio, data, and communications networks for broadcast, pro audio, event, sports, theater, and security applications. The company also provides rental services for radio and intercom systems, event IT solutions, fiber backbones, and wireless signal transmission systems that scale easily for events of any size, anywhere in the world. Founded in 1987, the company now employs more than 400 people at 11 locations in Europe, Asia, Australia, and the Americas.

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Kramer Electronics Becomes Audinate’s 150th Dante Adopter

Kramer Electronics and Audinate proudly announce that Kramer has become the 150th Dante manufacturer to license Audinate’s Dante networking solution.

Kramer Electronics is recognized for developing creative, reliable and value-oriented audio, video and computer signal processing solutions and distributing them worldwide with an uncompromising level of service and support. Over its thirty-year history, Kramer has been at the forefront of inventions and developments in the signal processing industry, including the world’s first combined video/audio processor.

“We see 2014 as an important year for Kramer’s expansion of delivering reliable and value-oriented audio solutions,” stated Ezra Ozer, Kramer’s VP of Marketing. “We evaluated other audio over IP networking technologies and it was obvious with Audinate, we did not need to place a bet, as it is the most requested audio networking technology in the market.”

Dante is the preeminent media networking technology developed by Audinate, and has grown its OEMs by 50% in the past nine months. Dante offers virtually perfect synchronization, ultra-low deterministic latency, and plug and play configuration management. Dante is a complete, commercially supported solution, which is recognized to be easy to integrate, easy to install, and easy to use.

“This is another significant milestone for Audinate as a company. Audinate’s focus on innovation, high interoperability, easy integration, and unsurpassed performance, have all directly influenced our rapid business growth and we look forward to continuing this trend,” commented Lee Ellison, CEO of Audinate. “We share Kramer’s deep philosophical roots in providing unparalleled customer support and outstanding solutions. We expect the market to rapidly embrace Kramer’s Dante networked enabled products.”

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RCF Installed Sound Division introduces AX8042 Matrix Automixer

(Edison, New Jersey) RCF has introduced the AX8042 1RU 8×6 matrix mixer and automixer. Flexibility, control, performance and audio quality are the key ingredients in the one rack space design of this unit. The configurability of the matrix allows for programming of multiple zones and room combining. Featuring eight universal mic/line inputs and six programmable outputs – four on balanced Euroblock terminals while the two remaining are on RCA outputs and can be separately processed and combines to any of the previous four. Let’s take a quick look:
• 8 mic/line inputs with 48V phantom power and full audio processing
• 4 routable balanced outputs with full audio processing + 2 linkable outputs
• 10 programmable logic inputs + 6 logic outputs
• Full audio processing includes configurable parametric EQs, gates, compressors, limiters, delays, priority, automatic gain control, gain controls on all in/out and cross points, automixing
• Configurable automatic level control with connecting noise detection microphone
• Two units can be combined for a 16×12 matrix
• RCF RDNet capability
• Serial control port for third-party integration (Crestron, AMX, etc.)
• RDNet capable (optional card)
• Wall-mount touch sensitive remote control optional (TS9918)

For further information:
www.rcf.it/products/installed-sound-systems/electronics/ax-8042

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Cerwin-Vega! Highlights Expanded Offerings for Popular XD Series and P-Series Lines at Summer NAMM 2014

NASHVILLE, JULY 17, 2014 – Cerwin-Vega!, a Gibson Brand, is presenting its new P1000X 10-inch Powered Loudspeaker, the latest ¬addition to its critically-acclaimed P-Series Powered Loudspeaker Line at Summer NAMM 2014 (Booth 825). Also on display will be the XD4 and XD5 Speakers and XD8s Subwoofer, the newly expanded offerings for the company’s XD Powered Desktop Speaker Series.

Slated for release in August, the P-Series P1000X is a versatile workhorse that can serve as a single speaker for a small venue, be daisy-chained for larger venues needing more coverage and SPL or be side-mounted as a floor monitor. Featuring the same controls as the acclaimed P1500X, the P1000X Powered Loudspeaker is a two-way, bi-amped, full-range bass-reflex speaker with a 10-inch woofer and high-frequency compression driver. Powered by a custom efficient 1000W Class-D amp, the P1000X has a proprietary hemi-conical horn that provides enhanced sound clarity and superb dispersion over an even and wide coverage area.

A built-in mixer with multiple channels and I/O connections allows for simple and fast setup, while enhanced EQ, VEGA BASS boost and high-pass filter controls enable exact tuning and exceptional performance for any event. Its lightweight, robust polymer enclosure includes a self-tightening pole cup, as well as comfortable ergonomic handles. Built-in rigging points and a remote volume port make the P1000X ideal for suspended installation.

Showgoers can also experience the stunning audio performance of the Cerwin-Vega! XD Series, which continues to support the company’s legacy of superior bass response and sonic clarity. Key design elements of the XD3, XD4 and XD5 powered desktop speakers and XD8s powered subwoofer, include optimized frequency response, overall transparency, low distortion and the company’s trademark bass performance. Each XD Series speaker features high output amplifiers, soft-dome tweeters and innovative enclosure design for superior sound, while the XD8s sub offers additional bass extension.

Equipped with metal covers, the XD4 features a 3/4-inch tweeter while the XD5 utilizes a one-inch tweeter. Unlike other desktop speaker systems, the Cerwin-Vega! XD Series is built with solid MDF wood enclosures, allowing it to deliver the same sound quality as home speaker systems. All speakers in the series come equipped with Cerwin-Vega!’s signature VEGA BASS Boost Switch, which engages an enhanced bass EQ circuit. The efficient XD8s also has, high SPL and an optimally designed port for proper low frequency phase alignment and minimal port turbulence. It ships with a Remote Control, which includes a subwoofer mute button and adjusts the overall system volume when using the accompanying XD Series speakers.

About Cerwin-Vega!
Cerwin-Vega!, part of the Gibson Pro Audio division, is a leader in the design, manufacture, and distribution of loudspeakers for the home and professional audio markets. Dedicated to the pursuit of dynamic, accurate sound reproduction since 1954, Cerwin-Vega! products are distributed throughout the world via a network of distributors and dealers in more than 75 countries. For more information, visit www.cerwin-vega.com.

About Gibson Brands
Gibson Brands, one of the fastest-growing companies globally, was founded in 1894 and is headquartered in Nashville, Tennessee, USA. Gibson Brands has a portfolio of over a hundred well-recognized brand names for musical instruments, consumer electronics, and professional audio. In addition to the number one guitar brand, Gibson, other instrument brands include Epiphone, Dobro, Valley Arts, Kramer, Steinberger, Tobias, Slingerland, Maestro, Baldwin, Hamilton, Chickering and Wurlitzer. Professional audio brands include KRK Systems, TASCAM, Cerwin-Vega, Stanton and Cakewalk and continue Gibson’s tradition of quality in their respective markets; while consumer electronics brands comprise Onkyo, Integra, TEAC and Esoteric.

Gibson Brands expanded further into the consumer market with the acquisition of Philips’ Home Entertainment business—inventors of the cassette tape, as well as the CD, DVD, MP3, and MP4 formats. It shows the same leadership in technological innovation for the benefit of our customers under the Philips and Fidelio brand names.
A global company, Gibson Brands has manufacturing, marketing and research and development centers throughout the world. All Gibson Brands are dedicated to innovation, prestige, and improving their customers’ quality of life. Visit Gibson’s website at www.gibson.com. Follow Gibson Guitar at www.twitter.com/gibsonguitar and www.facebook.com/gibsonguitar.

Nexidia Media and Entertainment IBC2014 Preview

Visit Nexidia — Media and Entertainment — at IBC2014 at Stand 3.A54

Nexidia Products at IBC2014:

Nexidia QC v2.3
At IBC2014, Nexidia will demonstrate Nexidia QC v2.3, an automated, file-based QC application that can automatically test critical components of media with proprietary technology — tests that, until now, could only be performed manually. Nexidia QC contains unique tests to verify that closed captions are not only present, but also correct in terms of content, completeness, and timing, which no other media QC application can do. Additionally, Nexidia QC can report on the presence of video descriptions and can identify the audio languages that are present with the media. Nexidia QC automates manual processes to reduce operating expenses, automatically identifies and corrects caption timing errors to avoid regulatory fines, and enables a higher-quality experience for viewers across all platforms.

Nexidia QC has an API that allows it to integrate easily into other workflow and QC applications. Version v2.3 will include several new features:
- Caption retiming
- Caption/subtitle text language verification
- Expanded caption formats supported (STL, EBU-IT, ITT)
- Language ID technology update with expanded language support
- Dialect verification

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Nexidia Dialogue Search v1.6
At IBC2014, Nexidia will demonstrate Dialogue Search — the world’s only software tool that searches for any spoken word or phrase, independent of metadata, across massive media libraries in seconds. The patented technology behind Dialogue Search allows media organizations to make better use of their media libraries by quickly and precisely finding unique assets that searching traditional metadata could never reveal. Dialogue Search dramatically reduces logging and transcription costs, integrates directly with media asset management (MAM) and editing applications, and requires no training. Version v1.6 will include several new features:
- Dialogue Search RESTful API to provide Nexidia search capabilities within any application, including metadata filtering and search
- Integration with the Dalet Media Life MAM
- Enhanced integration with Square Box’s CatDV

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Company Quote:

“As the speed of production gets faster, automated tools like Dialogue Search and QC are helping broadcasters and creatives work better and more efficiently. We are looking forward to showcasing our products, new integrations, and partnerships at this year’s IBC show.”
– Drew Lanham, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Nexidia Media and Entertainment Division

Company Overview:

Nexidia is the audio and video search company with patented technologies and breakthrough applications that make it quick and easy for customers to gain new insight, boost their competitive advantage, and monetize large volumes of audio and video assets from entertainment, sports, news, education, corporate, government, financial, house of worship, and nonprofit organizations. More information is available at www.nexidia.tv.

All trademarks appearing herein are the property of their respective owners.

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Wohler IBC2014 Product Preview

Visit Wohler Technologies at IBC2014, Sept. 12-16, Exhibiting in Stand 10.B10

Wohler Products at IBC2014

During IBC2014 Wohler will showcase the refined IP and multicast capabilities of the company’s MPEG Series monitors. Wohler will also highlight the capabilities newly added to the award-winning iON(TM) platform, as well as its improved speed and extensibility. New for IBC2014 is the introduction of WohlerCaption, which addresses the captioning/subtitling requirements used around the world and gives users complete flexibility in delivering captioned/subtitled media in the international marketplace. Wohler will also demonstrate its flagship AMP2-E16V audio/video processing monitor throughout the IBC2014 exhibition.

MPEG DVB-ASI and IPTV Monitors
Providing functionality critical for facilities migrating toward IP-oriented distribution networks, the MPEG Series monitors decode and provide convenient at-a-glance monitoring of program content from MPEG-2/4 ASI and Ethernet IP streams, as well as 3G/HD-SDI inputs. To meet broadcasters’ increasing need for stream-based monitoring, the MPEG video monitors identify, decode, and display in high resolution both MPEG-2 and MPEG-4 signals (input via BNC or Ethernet) while giving users the ability to browse the PAT, PMT, PID, EIT, and NIT data (both ATSC and DVB tables) for each selected stream. In addition to MPEG ASI and dual-input 3G/HD-SDI with loop-through, the MPEG monitors also accommodate audio with level meters, GPI, and tally. Convenient monitoring capabilities include Dolby Digital and Digital+ decoding, as well as the capacity to decode as many as 12 audio groups. In-picture level metering of up to 16 channels of audio is provided for both average and PPM (peak) levels with selectable meter scales.

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iON(TM) Remote Monitoring Platform
Uniting Wohler’s world-class technology for signal management and confidence monitoring on a single software platform, iON(TM) gives users the ability to access, control, and manage a broad range of signals and associated data remotely from any Web-enabled PC, Mac(R), smartphone, or tablet device, with video and audio content streamed in real time. iON enables practical, highly efficient monitoring of both baseband and stream-based signals, presenting monitored content in a browser for convenient review anywhere and anytime. Taking advantage of iON’s increased power and modular design, users can also add features and functions with confidence as their monitoring operations require.

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Photo Caption: iON(TM) Remote Broadcast Monitoring Solution

WohlerCaption — Now Addressing Captioning/Subtitling Globally
A turnkey closed-caption/subtitle translation solution, WohlerCaption leverages Wohler’s RadiantGrid(TM) technology to extract closed-captioning from media sources and insert closed-captioning back into the transcoded output file.

Boasting a new captioning/subtitling framework built on open standards, the solution now supports an enhanced range of input and output standards in addition to a variety of data presentations. Any captioned/subtitled input can be leveraged across any output platform while maintaining compliance with caption/subtitle requirements for broadcast and Internet-delivered content. Translation of closed-caption/subtitling data between these standards occurs without any impact on video or audio, which remain in their native state. However, because this solution is built on RadiantGrid technology, it allows users to execute multiple concurrent processing tasks, such as captioning/subtitling translation along with a transcode, and thereby output deliverables with much greater speed and efficiency.

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Wohler DPP Packaging and Delivery Solution
Wohler has leveraged the powerful RadiantGrid Intelligent Media Transformation Platform(TM) to address plans by major U.K. broadcasters to require that file-based deliverables be compliant with the new DPP (Digital Production Partnership) standard. This turnkey solution accelerates assembly, repackaging, and delivery of file-based content in the AS-11 UKDPP file format that is specified by the DPP standard.

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European Debut: Cinnafilm Tachyon(R) Wormhole(TM) Automated File-Based Retiming
Cinnafilm’s Tachyon(R) Wormhole(TM) is an automated file-based retiming solution that enables up to a plus or minus 10 percent runtime adjustment while preserving not only video and audio quality, but also closed caption integrity. Based on Cinnafilm’s popular Tachyon Standards Transcoding(TM) plug-in and the Wohler RadiantGrid Intelligent Media Transformation Platform(TM) framework, Tachyon Wormhole saves time for content producers, allowing them to “fit and fill” — easily adjusting content to meet specific customers’ length requirements without compromising the integrity or quality of audio, video, and captioning/subtitling. In many cases, this approach allows users to replace a great deal of expensive specialized hardware with a single server at a fraction of the cost.

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AMP2-E16V Series Modular Audio/Video Processing Monitor
The AMP2-E16V monitor’s feature list continues to be the longest in the industry, yet the product is operated with one-touch simplicity. In addition to its top-quality audio system, it features simultaneous multiformat monitoring, quick program selection, instant stereo downmix, loudness monitoring, internal channel mixing including SDI re-embedding, and audio delays. The monitor also includes a wide variety of meter scales and ways to view meters, video, and Dolby or SMPTE 2020 metadata.

The AMP2-E16V offers Dolby Zoom, Dolby E line position, and CRC error monitoring, as well as automatic system configuration based upon signal inputs, 32 complete system configuration presets, a complete internal help system, and Ethernet software updates. Audio processor card options facilitate easy configuration for multiple SDI, AES I/O, analog I/O, and connection to external surround systems.

A new AVB Monitoring Option card allows AVB channels to be mixed, level-adjusted, and monitored alongside AES, SDI, analog, and other input types, and in the same fashion. Further enhancements include new processing modules and newly developed software that expand the feature set and capabilities to include loudness monitoring and extended audio interfacing.

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Photo Caption: Wohler AMP2-E16V Audio/Video Processing Monitor

Company Quote:

“Wohler remains committed to serving as an extension of our customers’ engineering teams, and in this role we are introducing new and enhanced solutions that help users adapt to new challenges in the marketplace. In doing so, we take full advantage of our rich technology portfolio to unite vital functionality from both traditional baseband systems and new streaming and file-based systems. The result is versatile solutions that address today’s challenges in what, technologically, has become a highly dynamic and fast paced industry.”
– Craig Newbury, Vice President of Sales, Wohler

Company Overview:

Wohler’s tradition of innovation began more than 30 years ago with the creation of the industry’s first in-rack audio monitoring product, and it continues today through the company’s continued development of unique solutions that span the baseband, stream, and file-based domains and include advanced monitoring solutions for video, audio, and captioning applications; solutions for IP monitoring, encoding, and decoding; and the award-winning RadiantGrid(TM) platform for efficient file-based content transformation and distribution. Together, Wohler’s advanced, cost-effective confidence monitoring and media transformation products ensure high-quality production across any platform and delivery to any device. More information about Wohler is available at www.wohler.com.

All trademarks appearing herein are the property of their respective owners.

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Front Porch Digital IBC2014 Product Preview

Visit Front Porch Digital at IBC2014 at Stand 7.D14

Featured Products at IBC2014

LYNXdr — Disaster Recovery in the Cloud
Downtime can be a problem for just about any business, but losing the data altogether is disastrous. LYNXdr, Front Porch Digital’s private-cloud-hosted disaster recovery and business continuity service, ensures file safety and zero downtime. Moving to the cloud can reduce the total cost of ownership of digital asset management for content owners, which in turn increases ROI. As part of an overall media asset management solution, LYNXdr controls costs because users pay only for what they use when they use it. Off-site data backup to virtual machines is much less costly than on-premise physical servers and allows for instant increases in storage capacity with minimal or no effort from the IT team. Also, by consolidating operations, media organizations can cut capital and operating expenses to reduce overhead.

LYNXdr offers a secure off-site backup capability by ingesting and managing content electronically or from datatape to key strategic regional cloud locations. Additionally, there is no cost increase as the technology evolves, which means users can realize even more value from their assets.

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DISTILL(SM) — Metadata Management System
At IBC2014, Front Porch Digital will launch DISTILL(SM) in the European market. This new solution, delivered over four simple steps — capture, process, manage, and retrieve, ensures that almost any metadata created at any stage of the content lifecycle can now be easily and effectively managed.

Metadata is a critical part of every media project, but the inflexibility of traditional IT solutions has made it difficult for media companies to leverage this data fully. Industry sources estimate that less than 5 percent of metadata created in production remains available for the full lifecycle of the content, with most being lost as the video asset is moved, transcoded, and monetized repeatedly. DISTILL allows media professionals to work with the tools they prefer while ensuring that users enterprise-wide and beyond (subject to access permissions) can leverage that critical data wherever and whenever they need it. The central storage and accessibility of DISTILL data also reduces the need for data movement or errors in data transposition, as direct access can be provided to the source of critical production notes and commentary along with the media.

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Photo Caption: DISTILL(SM) Metadata Management System

DIVArchive(R) — Content Storage Management System
Front Porch Digital will unveil new enhancements to its DIVArchive(R) content storage management (CSM) system at IBC2014. First, Front Porch Digital and Avid(R) have strengthened their partnership once again. In addition to the recent integration with the Avid ISIS(R) shared storage system, which connects DIVArchive directly to ISIS storage via 1/10 Gb Ethernet, DIVArchive now seamlessly supports the latest Avid Interplay(R) 3.0 environments for both DET and DHM workflows.

Visitors to Front Porch Digital’s stand at IBC2014 will also see improvements to the DIVArchive Manager’s performance, including significant performance improvements, enhancements to the GUI that more accurately reflect real-time status, and additional log information that provides details on what is happening in the manager.

DIVArchive users will now see library failure notifications, a new critical error notice that pops up when a library failure occurs during mount/dismount. Users can archive with genuine checksum via API for up to 1,000 noncomplex objects, and DIVArchive has now been tested and validated with Visual Studio 2012, Java 7, and Windows(R) Server 2012.

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Photo Caption: DIVArchive(R) Content Storage Management System

Company Quote:

“IBC is always an energizing experience for us. It’s the perfect venue for reconnecting with our international customers and partners. This year we are especially eager to see the market’s response to how we’ve embraced the chaos with our new metadata management system, DISTILL.”
– Rino Petricola, COO and General Manager at Front Porch Digital

Company Overview

Front Porch Digital is the global leader in solutions for migrating, managing, and monetizing media content. Operating on site and in the cloud, the company’s purpose-built software employs the latest technologies to deliver truly flexible and scalable media workflows. Solutions delivered by Front Porch Digital appropriately manage large and complex media files and workflows while ensuring optimal performance and utmost security. More information is available at fpdigital.com.

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Invisible Cities: An Opera for Headphones Receives Local Emmy® Nomination for Best Entertainment Programming

KCET’s Artbound Special Explores Creativity and Innovation Behind Visionary Experimental Opera, Made Possible with Sennheiser Audio Technology

Old Lyme, CT, July 16, 2014: Audio specialist Sennheiser announced that Invisible Cities: An Opera for Headphones has been nominated for a Los Angeles Area Emmy® Award by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. Invisible Cities: An Opera for Headphones was commissioned by Sennheiser and produced by KCET, the leading independent public media organization serving Southern California, and The Industry, the L.A. based experimental opera company.

The local Emmy® Awards will be presented at the 66th Los Angeles Area Emmys Ceremony on July 26, 2014, at the Television Academy’s Leonard H. Goldenson Theatre.

Invisible Cities: An Opera for Headphones [kcet.org/invisiblecities] was featured online and on-air last December in a multimedia series for KCET’s arts and culture series, Artbound. The series provided an exclusive, in-depth look at the artisitic and technological challenges that collaborators The Industry, L.A. Dance Project and Sennheiser faced in creating the world’s first large scale opera for wireless headphones. Yuval Sharon, Founder and Artistic Director of The Industry, contacted Sennheiser in early 2013 to help make the wireless opera production become a reality.

“Invisible Cities would not have been possible without Sennheiser’s support,” Sharon explains. “I actually feel like Sennheiser was a creative partner for me because it was their technology, their spirit of innovation and their love of experimentation that really gave me the confidence to create this project in the first place. The fact that they came on board at such an early stage and really wanted to support something that was a vision and not yet tangible as a reality and said ‘yes’ gave me the confidence to move forward and create this project.”

Invisible Cities, written by Christopher Cerrone and based on the 1972 novel by Italo Calvino, took audience members on a multi-sensory journey through Los Angeles’ Union Station, where they experienced an operatic narrative consisting of live dance performance, orchestral music and dramatic dialog: all driven by wireless headphone technology.

In addition to hundreds of wireless consumer headphones worn by attending opera patrons, the production utilized other Sennheiser technology including wired and wireless microphones, IEM (In Ear Monitor) systems, a complex antenna farm set up through the terminal, as well as Sennheiser’s latest innovation: its state of the art Digital 9000 system, which delivered eight channels of uncompressed, artifact free audio.

About Invisible Cities:

Hailed by The Hollywood Reporter as a “signal cultural event” and “a delicate and beautiful opera” by The Los Angeles Times, Invisible Cities was a joint production by The Industry and L.A. Dance Project which premiered at Los Angeles’ historic Union Station and performed to sold-out audiences during its run in October and early November 2013. Based on Italo Calvino’s fantastical novel, the opera was composed and adapted by Christopher Cerrone, conceived and directed by The Industry’s founder and artistic director Yuval Sharon, with choreography by Danielle Agami. The production utilized wireless technology provided by Sennheiser, offering audience members headphones to hear the opera amid the normal “hustle and bustle” of the train stationís everyday life.

About KCET:

On-air, online and in the community, KCET plays a vital role in the cultural and educational enrichment of Southern and Central California. KCET offers a wide range of award-winning local programming as well as the finest public television programs from around the world. Throughout its nearly 50-year history, KCET has won hundreds of major awards for its local and regional news and public affairs programming, its national drama and documentary productions, its quality educational family and children’s programs, its outreach and community services and its website, kcet.org. KCET is a donor-supported community institution. For additional information about KCET productions, web-exclusive content, programming schedules and community events, please visit kcet.org. KCET is a service of KCETLink.

About Sennheiser:

Sennheiser is a world-leading manufacturer of microphones, headphones and wireless transmission systems. Established in 1945 in Wedemark, Germany, Sennheiser is now a global brand represented in 60 countries around the world with U.S. headquarters in Old Lyme, Conn. Sennheiser’s pioneering excellence in technology has rewarded the company with numerous awards and accolades including an Emmy, a Grammy, and the Scientific and Engineering Award of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

You can find all the latest information on Sennheiser by visiting our website at http://www.sennheiserusa.com.

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1. Invisible Cities took place at Los Angeles’ Union Station during Fall, 2013 (photo credit: Dana Ross)
2. Sennheiser’s David Missall describes Sennheiser’s technical contribution to Invisible Cities in KCET’s Artbound series.
3. During Invisible Cities, a series of Sennheiser antennas were placed throughout the facility to ensure seamless wireless coverage to both consumers and production staff.

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Sonnet Technologies IBC2014 Product Preview

Visit Sonnet Technologies at IBC2014 at Stand 7.G02

Sonnet Technologies at IBC2014:

NEW: RackMac(TM) Pro
At IBC2014, Sonnet will unveil its RackMac(TM) Pro rackmount solution for the new Mac Pro(R) computer. Ideal for IT and transportable rack applications as well as use in the office, the unit supports the rackmount installation of one or two new Mac Pros. The RackMac Pro provides a front panel power switch and USB 3.0 port for each computer, while panel-mounted cables connect each Mac Pro’s Gigabit Ethernet, USB 3.0, HDMI, and power ports to ports on the back of the RackMac Pro for convenient external cable connection. The device’s heavy-duty steel outer enclosure provides secure mounting and protection for each Mac Pro, with an open-back design that allows for proper airflow and optimal cooling. Only 7 inches tall by 16 inches deep, the 4U RackMac Pro is ideal for use in a wide range of popular mobile racks, carts, and rack cases, as well as in a server room.

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Image Caption: Sonnet Technologies RackMac(TM) Pro

NEW: Thunderbolt(TM) Pro P2 Card Reader
Making its IBC debut, the Thunderbolt Pro P2 Card Reader is the fastest and most cost effective P2 single-slot memory card reader available. Based on 10Gb/s Thunderbolt technology, the device has the ability to ingest footage from individual P2 memory cards at up to 70 MB/s. The Thunderbolt Pro P2 is bus-powered and connects directly to any Mac computer with a Thunderbolt port, or at the end of a Thunderbolt device chain with an included Thunderbolt cable. The device supports all P2 memory cards and frame rates at maximum speed, and also reads micro P2 cards with an optional adapter.

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Image Caption: Sonnet Technologies Thunderbolt(TM) Pro P2 Card Reader

xMac(TM) Pro Server
At IBC2014, Sonnet will feature the xMac(TM) Pro Server, its innovative rackmount solution with built-in Thunderbolt(TM) 2-to-PCI Express(R) (PCIe(R)) expansion for the new Mac Pro(R). The xMac Pro Server securely mounts the computer horizontally inside a specially designed 4U modular enclosure, connects three PCIe 2.0 slots via Thunderbolt 2 technology, and provides space to install additional equipment in two 5.25-inch mobile rack bays. By supporting every Thunderbolt-compatible PCIe card available, the xMac Pro Server enables audio-video professionals to use the high-performance PCIe cards they need with the latest Mac Pro, which lacks its own PCIe expansion slots. Through the installation of optional Mobile Rack Device Mounting Kits into the xMac Pro Server, users may easily connect storage expansion devices such as hard drives and SSDs to the Mac Pro.

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Image Caption: Sonnet xMac(TM) Pro Server Thunderbolt(TM) 2-to-PCI Express(R) (PCIe(R)) expansion system and 4U rackmount enclosure for new Mac Pro(R) computers, shown with optional Mobile Rack Device Mounting Kit

xMac(TM) mini Server
Sonnet’s award-winning xMac(TM) mini Server mounts a Mac(R) mini inside a specially designed 1U rackmount enclosure and connects two PCIe 2.0 slots via a Thunderbolt port, enabling users to harness the power of full-size pro video capture and processing, digital audio interface, DSP accelerator, FireWire(R), and RAID controller cards. The latest generation xMac mini Server combines the best of the previous models, adds a 75W auxiliary power connector for cards like the AVID HDX and is the quietest model yet.

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Image Caption: Sonnet Technologies xMac(TM) mini Server

Echo(TM) Express Thunderbolt(TM) 2-to-PCI Express(R) Cards (PCIe(R)) Expansion Systems

Sonnet’s award-winning and versatile Echo(TM) Express family of Thunderbolt 2-to-PCIe expansion chassis facilitates mobile and on-location workflows by enabling any Mac(R) computer equipped with Thunderbolt(TM) 2 or Thunderbolt ports to interface with a wide variety of high-performance PCIe cards, originally designed only for use in desktop computers. Supported cards include a wide range of Thunderbolt-compatible 16Gb and 8Gb Fibre Channel, 10 Gb Ethernet, SAS and SATA host bus adapters, and RAID controller cards. At IBC2014, Sonnet will feature the Echo Express III-D (desktop) and Echo Express III-R (rackmount) chassis, which were the first devices of their kind to ship with 20 Gb/sec Thunderbolt 2 interfaces. Both chassis support up to three full-length, full-height, single-width PCIe 2.0 cards with one x16 and two x8 PCIe slots. Also on display will be the Echo Express SE II, a compact and lightweight desktop chassis accommodating two half-length (up to 7.75 inches long), full-height, single-width PCIe expansion cards with space to mount an adjacent daughter card; and the Echo Express SEL, a highly portable and value-priced product that offers full 20 Gb/sec Thunderbolt performance and supports a single low-profile, half-length PCIe expansion card up to 6.6 inches long.

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Image Caption: Sonnet Technologies Echo(TM) Express III-D With Thunderbolt(TM) 2

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Image Caption: Sonnet Technologies Echo(TM) Express III-R With Thunderbolt(TM) 2

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Image Caption: Sonnet Technologies Echo(TM) Express SE II With Thunderbolt(TM) 2

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Image Caption: Sonnet Technologies Echo(TM) Express SEL With Thunderbolt(TM) 2

Company Quote:

“At IBC2014, Sonnet Technologies will demonstrate why our company is rapidly becoming known as the industry leader in Thunderbolt-to-PCIe expansion solutions for a broad and diverse range of audio-video, broadcast, and postproduction professionals. With solutions such as our Echo Express products, the all-new RackMac Pro, the xMac Pro Server, and the xMac mini Server, we’re looking forward to showing attendees how they can get maximum power, speed, and expandability from their Thunderbolt-equipped computers.”
– Greg LaPorte, Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Sonnet Technologies

Company Overview:

Sonnet Technologies Inc. is a leading provider of Thunderbolt(TM) 2-to-PCIe(R) card expansion systems, pro media readers, RAID storage systems, and storage, network, and other interface cards for pro users in the audio, video, and broadcast industries. Sonnet’s Thunderbolt expansion products enable the use of pro audio I/O and DSP cards, pro video capture and transcoding cards, network and storage interface cards, and other high-performance PCIe cards with Thunderbolt technology-enabled computers. For nearly 30 years Sonnet has pioneered and brought to market innovative and award-winning products that enhance the performance and connectivity of Mac(R), Windows(R), and other industry-standard computers. More information is available at www.sonnettech.com.

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