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Microsoft Production Studios rolls out Audinate’s Dante™ Audio over IP Network

PORTLAND, OREGON, September 9, 2014 – As the largest full-service HD and 4K production facility in the Pacific Northwest, every day is unique for Microsoft Production Studios. With three sound stages, three audio rooms and numerous editing suites among its 65,000 square feet located on the Microsoft headquarters campus, the impressive facility is well-equipped to accommodate multiple in-house projects while providing rental space to outside productions. Thousands of productions and events are created in the studios each year.

As with any advanced video operation, audio is an integral part of the overall workflow at Microsoft Production Studios. In mid-2013, Microsoft Production Studios engineering team began to investigate how an audio over IP networking solution could transform the possibilities in their production operations. After consulting with Audinate’s team in Portland, Oregon, the MPS team recognized they could deliver multi-channel across their existing Cisco network switch fabric, while providing greater flexibility with the Dante networking solution.

“The transition to a Dante audio over IP environment just keeps generating steam, and I don’t see any end in sight,” said John L. Ball, systems engineer, Microsoft Production Studios. “It’s turned into a situation where it’s about who can think of the next cool idea on how Dante can transform and simplify our production while maintaining tight synchronization, and ultra-low latency to reduce the time and complexity for setting up the gear and sessions. We’re working toward a total networked environment for audio, communications and eventually video. Dante is core to making this easy by making every step a significant timesaver in setup, integration and network programming.”

Dante was initially installed to support in-store audio experience at Microsoft retail stores. Ball uses the software based Dante Virtual Soundcard to stream audio to a Symetrix Edge router, enabling playout of unique audio channels from PCs across multiple retail zones.

Microsoft Production Studios then upgraded its RTS ADAM intercom systems, which are integrated with Dante. This has vastly simplified the ease of use of the intercom communications across the greater Microsoft campus, ensuring production teams can reliably move audio between the studio and any remote location. Microsoft expanded the system with a multi-vendor interoperable Dante solution including RTS Intercom, Shure ULX-D microphones and Yamaha CL5 mixing consoles. The system was then extended by integrating Focusrite RedNet 6 MADI bridge units to an existing Grass Valley Miranda audio/video router.

The newest network expansions to incorporate Skype feeds and support multi-lingual feeds are perhaps even more impressive. Ball recently purchased Dante-enabled Studio Technologies Model 215 Announcer’s Consoles to control and distribute live programs in multiple languages simultaneously. His first project with the Model 215 units supported an Xbox Live broadcast from a gaming event in Germany, monitoring feeds over the Dante network and streaming the program in English, German, Italian, French and two Spanish dialects. “The cool thing about this application was using the actual video edit rooms as voiceover rooms,” said Ball. “We just connected the Studio Technologies gear and the Shure microphones right to the Dante network in each edit room. We used to have to run analog cables and connections all over the floor between multiple rooms to support this kind of event before. But now, using Dante for this configuration, it takes less than 30 minutes and a network connection to be off and running. We save at least a day and a half of work in setup time alone.”

The MPS team continues to discover new creative use cases to take advantage of Dante’s integration into PCs. With the Dante Virtual Soundcard, they broadcast on-air interviews via Microsoft’s product called SkypeTX: Microsoft Production Studio’s network two-way communications with Skype users, and translate those feeds into the broadcast and production world. By replacing analog audio I/O systems with Dante Virtual Soundcards, this has reduced infrastructure and complexity for both live and taped productions across broadcast and corporate applications.

“The original SkypeTX box required two cables in and out to bring it into the intercom environment, and then we had to transport it to audio control and convert it to digital just to get the broadcast signal out,” said Ball. “To enable talk-back, we’d have to convert it back to analog and basically reverse the entire workflow. With Dante, I can connect the audio and intercom in all IP digital, with no analog degradation. We simply capture the audio from SkypeTX, put that on the Dante network and feed our audio rooms for broadcast and production purposes. Dante is enabling a more modern means of communication with exceptional ease of use.”

Dante continues to be an integral part of Microsoft Production Studio’s future. Ball is now in the design phase of complete Dante network upgrades for all audio control rooms in the facility. Moving forward, Ball ultimately expects to upgrade their network infrastructure to a 10Gig pipe to enable the existing virtual LANs, or VLANs, to essentially to extend the Dante network and its production capabilities far beyond Microsoft’s Redmond campus.

About Audinate
Audinate revolutionizes AV systems to enable our customers to thrive in a networked world. Audinate’s Dante media networking technology has been adopted by the leading OEM manufacturers and has become the standard and dominant networking technology in the professional audio/visual industry. Dante is used extensively for live performance events, commercial installation, broadcast, recording and production, and communications systems. Audinate offices are located in US, United Kingdom and Australia. Visit www.audinate.com for the latest news and information on the company. Dante is Digital Media Networking Perfected.

Dante is a trademark of Audinate Pty Ltd, Audinate is a registered trademark of Audinate Pty Ltd. Other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

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Forbidden to Unveil New Forscene Interface and MAM at IBC2014

LONDON — Sept. 9, 2014 — Forbidden Technologies plc (AIM: FBT), the AIM-quoted owner and developer of the market-leading cloud video platform Forscene, announced today that at IBC2014 it will unveil the next generation of Forscene with new capabilities, an entirely new interface, and a new media asset management (MAM) system. more

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Digigram IQOYA *CALL and IQOYA *CALL/LE IP Audio Codecs Now Shipping With Free Opus Option

Support for Low-Latency Opus Encoding Algorithm Enables High-Quality Audio Contribution Applications Over Greater Choice of IP Networks more

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Gefen Syner-G™ Suite Changes the Game of Signal Management, Offering a Software Suite of Tools for System Integrators

Value-Added Features for Discovering, Configuring, Monitoring, Updating and Managing Gefen Products Now Available in One Convenient Solution

CHATSWORTH, CA – Digital connectivity solutions provider Gefen today announced the availability of Gefen Syner-G™ software suite, a signal management solution providing powerful add-on features. This new foray into the software side of signal management is a first for Gefen, and is indicative of its belief that the future will be IP connected products.

The new Gefen Syner-G™ suite has all the capability to discover, control, monitor, manage and upgrade Gefen products over a local IP infrastructure and through direct connections using USB. Included are advanced EDID management tools, IP product management, an automated firmware update engine and remote product configuration options.

With the Manage feature, Gefen’s powerful EDID tools control what EDID is presented to equipment connected to select Gefen products. The EDID stored in Gefen devices can be remotely manipulated and users can build their own EDIDs from scratch using the EDID Generator, as well as upload/download unique EDIDs, store them for later use and modify any EDID in the program for unique installation scenarios.

“Many failed attempts to get the best picture, or any picture, on a display are often the result of EDID issues,” said Orrin Charm, Gefen’s product manager. “Even beyond the picture, proper EDID settings are critical to getting desired audio outputs, as EDID affects audio settings as well. This new tool solves all these EDID related issues.”

The Configuration aspect of Gefen Syner-G™ suite gives convenient access to settings on Gefen hardware that does not already incorporate a web GUI, allowing product settings to be changed on the fly.

The Discovery tool lists all connected Gefen equipment on an IP network, enabling a simple way to view and control select Gefen hardware from anywhere on the network. This makes adding new Gefen products to an existing network very easy. In the past, integrators needed both familiarity with and access to network administration settings in order to add new devices to a network. Generally, it required changing network configuration settings on connected PCs in order to access the device, remember and then return settings to their original values afterwards—a challenging task for inexperienced network professionals. Plus, if multiple devices were added to a network with overlapping IP addresses, it was basically impossible to access any of them. With the Discovery tool, integrators can connect new Gefen devices directly to the network, as well as access, configure and change IP settings, all from a PC, laptop or smartphone.

Updating Gefen equipment is also extremely easy and seamless. When the Update feature is activated, current firmware updates can be immediately downloaded and installed.

“The Gefen Syner-G™ suite combines the world’s best EDID manager with tools for IP discovery, software configuration and firmware updates into a single seamless package, bringing a new standard in video management to the AV and IT professional,” added Charm.

Gefen Syner-G™ software may be downloaded from www.gefen.com. The mobile Gefen Syner-G™ Discovery Apps are available on iTunes and Google Play. All are free of charge. Currently available on select models, all functionalities and features of Gefen Syner-G™ suite will be included on all Gefen hardware beginning in 2015.

Gefen® G-logo™ and Syner-G™ are trademarks of Gefen, LLC © 2014

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Volicon and Nexidia to Co-host Webinar on Closed-Captioning Quality Compliance Rules and Solutions

Sept. 23 Webinar Featuring Turner Broadcasting’s Ken Brady Will Outline New FCC Rules, Examine Real-World Deployment of Automated Compliance Solution more

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Extron Introduces 3G-SDI to 3G-SDI Scaler with Audio Embedding and De-Embedding

Extron Electronics is pleased to introduce the DSC 3G-3G A, a high performance 3G-SDI scaler that converts between 3G-SDI, HD-SDI, and SDI resolutions and frame rates. It accepts, scales, and outputs SMPTE video resolutions from 480i and 576i up to 1080p/60 and 2K. The DSC 3G-3G A features advanced Extron video signal processing with 1080i deinterlacing and Deep Color processing for optimal image quality. The DSC 3G-3G A also provides flexible audio capability with analog audio embedding, de-embedding, and level adjustments. Dual SDI outputs, genlock, and an input loop-through facilitate integration in demanding professional environments, while the compact enclosure simplifies installation. The DSC 3G-3G A is ideal for applications with professional video systems, including video editing and production, rental and staging, medical imaging, and large-scale presentations. more

Vinten Radamec Launches Class-leading Elevation Units

Bury St Edmunds, UK - Vinten Radamec(r), a Vitec Group company and world leader in robotic camera support systems, will be launching two new elevation units at IBC this month. The Vinten Radamec FE-165 and FE-55 elevation units bring class-leading on-air height control and versatility to large, fully automated, small production studios.

The elevation units leverage the column construction of the popular FP-188 Fusion robotic pedestal paired with a brand new drive and transmission design. Every shot is captured with a high level of accuracy and the ultra-smooth, slow movement ensures precise shot trimming. Utilizing Vinten Radamec's ICE platform, the units benefit from s-ramping motion control for superior start/stop functionality, allowing on-air transitions. Both units have a small base diameter which is able to fit through a standard door opening and will pack into a flight case for transportation if needed. In addition, both the FE-165 and FE-55 can be upgraded for virtual reality functionality, which enables them to deliver additional versatility to any studio environment.

The FE-165 is a premium integrated height solution - space and cost efficient - and features a full range of motion and excellent performance, indicative of the Vinten Radamec brand. Its extensive height range and exceptional speed enable rapid high-to-low transitions to offer a level of creativity previously only achievable through the use of jibs.

The FE-165 supports large camera packages weighing up to 55kg and when manual control is required, the unit can be operated using a pan bar-mounted height controller.

The FE-55, on the other hand, has been designed to support smaller camera packages while still offering the same performance, but at a more competitive price. "When combined with the Vinten Radamec CP4 control system, the FE-55 enables smaller studios to provide an additional axis of movement enhancing available shots," says Karen Walker, product director, Vinten Radamec.

Both units also feature an integrated power supply that allows direct connection with mains and eliminates the need for a separate power supply unit.

The new units will be on display at IBC on the Vinten Radamec stand (11.E55).

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Archimedia Brings Quality Verification to the Desktop With New Archimedia QuSee Suite

DELRAY BEACH, Fla. — Sept. 8, 2014 — Archimedia Technology, a company whose technology and applications bring precise multiformat viewing to the professional’s desktop, TV, UHDTV, and infrastructure, today released Archimedia QuSee(TM) Suite, a family of tools to inspect and measure video, audio, and metadata for broadcast, postproduction, A/V, mastering, and distribution. Working in tandem with the Archimedia Master Player, the Archimedia QuSee Suite brings validation and verification functions to the desktop, allowing users to perform quality tests on actual files rather than on processed SDI streams created from those files. more

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FileCatalyst Enables Primestream’s FORK to Accelerate MAM and Automation Transfers

MIAMI — Sept. 5, 2014 — Primestream(R), a leader in advanced automation and asset management software, and Unlimi-Tech Software, Inc., a pioneer in managed file transfers and the creator of FileCatalyst, an Emmy(R) Award-winning accelerated file transfer solution, today announced an integration that will help FORK users to significantly increase the ingest and distribution speeds of file-based media assets within the Fork Production platform. more

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FOR-A to Introduce New 4K Frame Rate Converter at IBC 2014

Unit offers versatile conversion for better picture quality

Brugherio, Italy – FOR-A announces that it will introduce the FRC-9000 4K frame rate converter at the upcoming IBC Show, taking place September 12-16 in Amsterdam. Featuring FOR-A’s enhanced motion compensated frame rate conversion technology, FOR-A will showcase the FRC-9000 in its IBC booth, Hall 2, Stand A51.

The FRC-9000 builds upon the success of FOR-A’s FRC-8000 frame rate converter and provides high-quality conversion. Ideal for live transmission use, the unit can be used as a 2 X HD/SD-SDI frame rate converter. The FRC-9000 is ideal for broadcast and film production, offers 3G/HD/SD multi-format support, and can be used for 4K applications.

FOR-A’s new frame rate converter includes up, down, and cross conversion, automatic scene cut detection for simple processing of scene changes, adaptive interlace-to- progressive conversion, detection of 24 effective frames in 2:3 pulldown-converted 60i/p material for high-quality conversion, and detailed level setup. The FRC-9000 features an easy-to-use front panel touch screen and Web browser control, giving users the option to remotely control their unit. The frame rate converter also offers Dolby E support.

“The FRC-8000 has proven to be successful for broadcasting, sports, and live applications,” said Hiro Tanoue, General Manager of Overseas Sales and Marketing, FOR-A Company Ltd. “With its state-of-the-art motion compensated frame rate technology, FOR-A anticipates the new FRC-9000 to be a popular unit. We’re looking forward to introducing it to IBC attendees.”

FOR-A will also display its FRC Export Plug-in file-based video format converter at its IBC booth. First introduced earlier this year at NAB, the FRC Export Plug-in is a high-quality video format converter/MXF exporter plug-in software for Adobe Premiere Pro CC/CS6 Windows that includes both vector motion compensation and linear compensation conversion.

About FOR-A
FOR-A is a major manufacturer and distributor of video and audio systems to the broadcast, postproduction and professional video markets. For more information about FOR-A’s product line, visit our web site at www.for-a.co.jp

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