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Digigram Ready for Phase-III Expansion of India’s Radio Broadcast Market

MONTBONNOT, France — Jan. 29, 2015 — Digigram today announced its readiness for India’s “Phase-III” expansion of the country’s FM radio services, which will allow for the launch of more than 800 new FM channels in nearly 300 cities across the country. Ideal for the many new facilities that will require cost-effective audio transport solutions, the company’s IQOYA *LINK is a full-duplex encoding and decoding solution that provides uncompromising performance for IP-based studio-to-studio and studio-to-transmitter links. The IQOYA product line already is being sold, installed, and serviced in India by Digigram partner Technomedia Solutions Pvt. Ltd and equips some of the major media groups, including Sun TV.

“With this Phase-III expansion of its radio broadcasting marketplace, India will effectively enable community radio coverage in all cities with populations of 100,000 or more,” said Philippe Delacroix, president and CEO at Digigram. “In order to provide localized information and programming to local audiences, new privately owned broadcast facilities will require affordable and reliable audio transport solutions for studio-to-studio and studio-to-transmitter links. IQOYA *LINK meets this demand, enabling the distribution of digital audio over IP networks and delivering the audio quality and continuity critical in professional broadcast applications.”

Developed in collaboration with major European telcos and now deployed around the world, the IQOYA *LINK ensures 24/7 reliability, audio format flexibility, and ease of use — all at an attractive price point for new radio broadcast operations. Equipped with Digigram’s rock-solid FluidIP(TM) codec engine with multiple failover options, as well as redundant dual streaming and smart mechanisms that guarantee a reliable transport of audio and associated ancillary data, the IQOYA *LINK maximizes uptime.

The Digigram IQOYA *LINK system has earned honors for its reliability and robustness, both in terms of hardware and software, in challenging environmental conditions, and it boasts a mean time between failures (MTBF) of more than 70 years. With strong EMC resilience and a hardware bypass of inputs to outputs in case of power failure, the IQOYA *LINK is uniquely resilient to the potential complications typical of monsoon season. These characteristics and the product’s power-saving fanless design also suit the product for deployment in remote locations, where maintenance and repair can be difficult.

While Technomedia Solutions offers IQOYA *LINK systems as part of its product portfolio, the company also offers studio engineering operations services that include installation and operation of the systems within the larger broadcast workflow. A number of other vendors and their local partners also will supply Digigram technology to India’s burgeoning broadcast market. The company’s range of sound cards is integrated into radio automation systems and other solutions for the modern broadcast facility.

Further information about Digigram and the company’s products is available at www.digigram.com or by phone at +33 4 76 52 47 47.

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About Digigram
Positioned at the convergence of professional audio and video with IT, Digigram offers IP-based solutions that enable users worldwide to increase their competitiveness through change.

The company’s products enable the reliable capture, production, and delivery of high-quality audio and video over IP networks. Its innovative IP audio codecs, professional sound cards, and audio processing software are used by thousands of journalists, broadcasters, and audio engineers worldwide. Digigram’s all-IP video product line provides advanced contribution and distribution solutions to broadcast, IPTV, Web TV, and OTT operators. The company also delivers key audio/video technologies and OEM solutions to software vendors and manufacturers.

For more than 25 years, through constant innovation and the development of fruitful partnerships, Digigram has been influential in energizing the industry, raising standards, and pushing forward technological development.

Further information on Digigram and its product portfolio is available at www.digigram.com.

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

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Photo Caption: IQOYA *LINK and *LINK/LE Audio-Over-IP Codec

Archimedia Announces Atlas Player Support for 4K 60p and HDR Content on Any Display

DELRAY BEACH, Fla. — Jan. 28, 2015 — Archimedia Technology, a company whose applications bring precise multiformat viewing to the professional’s desktop, TV, UHDTV, and SDI infrastructure, today announced the release of Atlas 3.1.1, the newest version of its full-featured precision media player. Atlas now makes it possible to watch 4K 60p content encoded in practically any format from all kinds of sources and manufacturers on all kinds of displays. That capability is a breakthrough for anyone in the media and entertainment industry — from technorati to producers to executives to archivists to lawyers — who until now had no way to view 4K 60p and high dynamic range (HDR) content outside of the edit suite where it was created without first transcoding it to a smaller format to suit hardware limitations.

“We continually look for ways to expand our customers’ media format independence to meet their business objectives, and playing 4K content at higher frame rates is quickly becoming an imperative. Major content owners have begun specifying 4K 60p for master deliverables of new content, yet they are hard-pressed to screen that content once it arrives,” said Josef Marc, Archimedia’s chief marketing officer. “Atlas solves that problem for everyone in the industry by presenting high-frame-rate and HDR content on any display to the best of its native ability. Atlas reduces or eliminates the cost of buying and maintaining viewing environments for the wide range of video formats that media professionals use in their jobs today.”

Atlas is unique in that it incorporates a professional-grade scaler that presents any frame size or media format to full screen on any HDMI, DisplayPort, SDI, or Quad Link display with frame-accurate precision up to 4K 60p. The comprehensive range of formats supported includes the latest IMF, HEVC, and AS-11 DPP formats; more than 100 caption/subtitle formats required by law around the world; DPX, TIFF, and EXR frame sequences; encrypted DCP; and Dolby” audio codecs.

This combination of features means that now all media professionals in technical and nontechnical jobs can watch 4K 60p content on everything from a laptop to a UHDTV, with external sound files for those concerned with DPX, TIFF, and EXR formats; embedded and external captions and subtitles; and the whole gamut of video, audio, and file formats for broadcasters, OTT providers, and webmasters. In addition, lawyers, customer support personnel, marketers, advertisers, and copyright administrators — such as the Library of Congress — who provide legal protection for 4K 60p content can see the content, too.

Atlas is also capable of professionally scaling HD, 2K digital cinema, UHD, and 4K to even larger sizes for exhibitions — such as playing a movie on the side of a building at a film festival or awards ceremony — or for fitting unusual frame sizes into SDI-legal sizes to suit other equipment’s limitations. This feature is also useful for checking what 4K 60p will look like on the mind-boggling variety of screen sizes found in today’s tablets, smartphones, and computer monitors.

Atlas with 4K 60p support is a free upgrade for Atlas 4K and Atlas 4KSE owners, who can download the upgrade from their Archimedia users’ support portal at support.archimediatech.tv. For new customers, there is no price increase for 4K 60p, so outstanding quotes remain valid. Standard broadcast-grade test patterns are included with every Atlas media player, and Archimedia can deliver custom 4K test patterns upon request. Archimedia’s personal tech support comes standard with every player to help customers deal with the unforeseen challenges of today’s multiscreen workflows.

Archimedia’s “Getting Started With Atlas” videos demonstrate the features that a professional media worker needs to support UHD in an HD world. The four-minute version is available at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yV5gejK4TFY, and a 17-minute version with chapter links is available at http://www.archimediatech.com/#!getting-started-with-atlas-video/c24g4.

More information about Archimedia and its products is available at www.archimediatech.com.

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About Archimedia
Archimedia Technology specializes in the processing, conversion, and playback of mastering formats, including JPEG 2000 and HEVC, for the professional broadcast, digital cinema, and video archival industries. Its technology and applications bring precise multiformat viewing to the professional’s desktop, TV, UHDTV, and infrastructure. Archimedia’s products fulfill a critical piece of the production and archival workflows, encapsulating complex file interchange and quality control processes for mastering and archive formats into practical solutions that give end users a new level of access to their assets. More information is available at www.archimediatech.com.

All trademarks and registered trademarks mentioned herein are the property of their respective owners.

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New Quantum Solutions Integrate the Cloud Into Multi-Tier, Hybrid Storage Architectures for Demanding Data Workloads

Q-Cloud Offerings Enable Customers to Tailor Cloud to Their Environments, with No Changes to Existing Applications or Processes

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Jan. 27, 2015 — Quantum Corp. (NYSE: QTM) today announced three new solutions that integrate the cloud into multi-tier, hybrid storage architectures for demanding data workloads. Rejecting the generic one-size-fits-all approach common among many other cloud offerings, the new Q-Cloud(TM) solutions enable customers to leverage Quantum’s intelligent data management software to store data in the cloud when it makes the most sense for a given workflow or application. Q-Cloud Archive and Q-Cloud Vault incorporate the power of the public cloud as an off-site tier within a Quantum StorNext 5 workflow environment, while Q-Cloud Protect for AWS enables customers using Quantum’s DXi(R) deduplication appliances to replicate data to the Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud. With all three offerings, customers can realize the full benefits of the cloud without having to make changes to existing applications or processes.

Finally, a Way to Integrate Cloud with Existing Workflows: http://youtu.be/tBKh1wNqqBI

Today’s Cloud: Compelling Advantages but Limited Adoption in Demanding Workflows
By providing advantages such as shifting capital expense to operating expense, reducing management time and enabling users to scale up or down as needed, the cloud is clearly transforming traditional IT strategies. However, the cloud has played a limited role for organizations with complex, data-intensive workflows — for example, capturing and evaluating satellite images, producing and distributing high-resolution video, and collecting and analyzing network traffic for cybersecurity defense. These demanding workflows require reliable, secure, high-performance infrastructure that is tightly integrated with applications — which most cloud offerings don’t provide. In addition, the inherent latency of the cloud and the significant costs that can arise in accessing large amounts of data in the cloud create challenges for customers in managing what data is stored there.

The Power of Quantum’s Multi-tier, Hybrid Approach
Taking into account both the benefits and challenges of the cloud, Quantum’s approach is to enable customers to combine public cloud storage with on-premise storage in a multi-tier, intelligently managed, application-centric architecture. Rather than treat the cloud as a passive repository or the answer to all needs — as is common among many providers — Quantum integrates the cloud as an active tier in a hybrid storage infrastructure driven by application requirements. This comprehensive approach provides customers with an optimal mix of performance, access, scale and efficiency and is the basis for not only today’s Q-Cloud announcements but also innovative new cloud offerings Quantum is currently developing.

Q-Cloud Archive and Q-Cloud Vault: Easy, Flexible and Reliable
Q-Cloud Archive and Q-Cloud Vault are public cloud storage services delivered by Quantum, with Q-Cloud Archive providing fast, on-demand access to data in the cloud and Q-Cloud Vault offering “cold storage” for long-term data retention and disaster recovery. Key features and benefits beyond general cloud advantages include:
* Full integration as a tier in StorNext 5-managed workflows, with automated, policy-based data movement
* No additional hardware, separate applications or programming needed
* Agility in addressing changing workload demands
* Reliability of global public cloud infrastructure
* Straight-forward pricing and billing directly from Quantum
* Secure, encrypted data in transit and at rest
* Quantum world-class service and support

StorNext(R) customers can also use Q-Cloud Archive and Q-Cloud Vault in conjunction with Quantum’s Lattus(TM) extended online storage, including moving data from a Lattus object storage technology-based private cloud on premise to Q-Cloud.

Q-Cloud Protect for AWS: Extending DXi Data Protection to Amazon Cloud
Offered as a subscription service through the Amazon Marketplace, Q-Cloud Protect for AWS enables customers to replicate from either a physical or virtual DXi appliance on premise to a virtual DXi instance in the AWS cloud. Key features and benefits include:
* Easy access to the Amazon public cloud and its benefits, with no changes to applications or processes
* Cost savings enabled by the most efficient method of data deduplication
* Support for U.S. federal government customers using AWS GovCloud
* Secure, encrypted data in transit and at rest

Availability
Q-Cloud Archive is available immediately in the Americas, EMEA and APAC, while Q-Cloud Vault will be available in the second half of this year. Q-Cloud Protect for AWS will be available next quarter.

Supporting Quotes
* John Stevens, Director of Engineering, MTI Film
“One of the main reasons we chose Quantum’s Lattus extended online storage as the foundation for our private cloud was the intelligent data management provided through its seamless integration with StorNext. By adding a public cloud tier also managed by StorNext, Quantum gives us the ability to drive even greater efficiencies in our content workflows.”

* Jason Kranitz, Vice President of Sales, Integrated Media Technologies Inc.
“With Q-Cloud Archive and Q-Cloud Vault, customers get the benefit of StorNext 5 being both workflow-guided and tier-aware. This is key to leveraging the cloud where it makes sense and in the most effective way possible, particularly in highly demanding data environments.”

* Dave Simpson, Senior Analyst, Storage, 451 Research
“It’s important to view the cloud as another storage tier option rather than a place where all data should reside. That’s the approach Quantum has taken, building on its expertise in managing and protecting data within and across storage tiers. In addition, the new Q-Cloud offerings enhance the value that both StorNext and DXi provide, not only to existing Quantum customers but also to other users that have been hesitant about incorporating the cloud.”

* Geoff Stedman, Senior Vice President, StorNext Solutions, Quantum
“Effective data management is about putting data in the right place at the right time with the right technology, guided by a customer’s workflow or application. That’s why we designed our new Q-Cloud solutions to be deployed in broader, intelligently managed hybrid architectures that enable customers to optimize the use of both on-premise and cloud storage in the most efficient and cost-effective way possible.”

Additional Resources
* For more about Quantum’s Q-Cloud solutions: www.quantum.com/solutions/cloud-services/index.aspx
* Read Bassam Tabbara’s blog on how the cloud is transforming traditional data centers: http://qntm.co/QCloudInnovation
* View a SlideShare deck describing Q-Cloud Archive: www.quantum.com/qcloudarchiveslideshare

About Quantum
Quantum is a leading expert in scale-out storage, archive and data protection, providing solutions for capturing, sharing and preserving digital assets over the entire data lifecycle. From small businesses to major enterprises, more than 100,000 customers have trusted Quantum to address their most demanding data workflow challenges. With Quantum, customers can Be Certain(TM) they have the end-to-end storage foundation to maximize the value of their data by making it accessible whenever and wherever needed, retaining it indefinitely and reducing total cost and complexity. See how at www.quantum.com/customerstories.

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Quantum, the Quantum logo, Be Certain, DXi, Lattus, Q-Cloud and StorNext are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Quantum Corporation and its affiliates in the United States and/or other countries. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

“Safe Harbor” Statement: This press release contains “forward-looking” statements. All statements other than statements of historical fact are statements that could be deemed forward-looking statements. Specifically, but without limitation, statements relating to 1) benefits and value to customers from using Quantum’s Q-Cloud solutions, including Q-Cloud Archive, Q-Cloud Vault and Q-Cloud Protect for AWS, 2) customer demand for and Quantum’s future revenue from such solutions, 3) the availability of such solutions and 4) Quantum’s plans for future products and solutions, are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Safe Harbor. All forward-looking statements in this press release are based on information available to Quantum on the date hereof. These statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause Quantum’s actual results to differ materially from those implied by the forward-looking statements. More detailed information about these risk factors are set forth in Quantum’s periodic filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including, but not limited to, those risks and uncertainties listed in the section entitled “Risk Factors,” in Quantum’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on November 7, 2014 and in Quantum’s Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on June 6, 2014, especially those risks listed in this section under the headings “Our operating results depend on a limited number of products and on new product introductions, which may not be successful, in which case our business, financial condition and operating results may be materially and adversely affected.” Quantum expressly disclaims any obligation to update or alter its forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by applicable law.

PixelFLEX Installs World’s First Two-Millimeter Convex LED Video Wall

NASHVILLE, TN — The world’s first 2mm convex LED video wall was installed by PixelFLEX in the new VIP Lexus Lounge at Nashville’s nationally acclaimed and award winning Bridgestone Arena.

The Lexus Lounge

The Lexus Lounge

The Lexus Lounge was recently added to Bridgestone Arena to transform the VIP experience of visiting fans. The private 450-member club boasts the PixelFLEX FLEXUltra LED wall that is 47 feet in width and 7 feet in height behind the bar, displaying a panoramic, high definition view of Nashville Predators games and other entertainment events held within the facility.

“Our mission at Bridgestone Arena is to be the number one sports and entertainment venue in the United States, and the building of the Lexus Lounge and all that it encompasses fits right along with that,” said Chris Junghans, Senior Vice President of Corporate Development for the Nashville Predators. “As an entire space, the Lexus Lounge is unlike anything else the region has to offer. Everything the Lounge provides in-game, including the one-of-a-kind visual experience the convex LED wall brings to the space, offers our clients a unique viewing opportunity of sports and entertainment events that is unique to us here in Nashville.”

Architecture firm Populous designed the vision, with local general contractor Knestrick on the project. AVL consultant Wrightson, Johnson, Haddon & Williams, Inc. sought out PixelFLEX for the one-of-a-kind convex LED video wall.

“The Lexus Lounge vision was to have an ultra VIP area where a patron could experience the hockey game or any other event via a panoramic, high definition screen,” explained PixelFLEX Chief Operations Officer Monty Rains. “The original specifications called for multiple projector screens. Given the fact that the owner wanted this screen to be the centerpiece of the VIP experience, we suggested using a curved LED screen for impact and lower cost of ownership. Creating a 45-foot wide convex-curved LED screen in 2mm pitch was a substantial challenge. To our knowledge, it had not been done before in such a tight pitch in a convex configuration. Not only did we have to craft the frames to the radius of the proposed wall, but also the general contractor had to precisely construct the wall to the specifications of the design. I think the result speaks for itself.”

The VIP room is operated by an automated Crestron Media presentation system that is controlled via a touch screen. A Blackmagic 4k camera assists in making it possible to give fans in the lounge a panoramic view of the ice during games. The room also hosts 33 Samsung Commercial LED televisions and numerous QSC speakers and subwoofers, all of which were implemented by Nashville-based Elite Multimedia Installs.

In addition, 30 PixelFLEX FLEXLite 6.9mm LED tiles were installed at Bridgestone Arena’s SoBro Nissan Entrance due to downtown Nashville’s growth on the south side. As the entrance grows in use and popularity, the digital signage will remain an interactive and exceptional space for arriving fans, adding life to a previously underutilized area.

Nissan SoBro Entrance

Nissan SoBro Entrance

All those involved in the install of the Lexus Lounge and its vast amenities have succeeded in an immense opportunity to impress and entertain fans.

“Everyone that enters the Lexus Lounge, from members to their clients, friends and family, are in awe of the LED video screen and how it lights up the entire space while, at the same time, offering a completely clear picture of what is going on in the arena bowl,” said Junghans. “Every single piece of the Lexus Lounge was built with the idea of the space being a one-of-a-kind opportunity for our guests, and the inclusion of the LED board is no different, it is a key feature of the space.”

 

For more information on PixelFLEX and its growing line of lightweight LED video screens, visit PixelFLEXLED.com. Follow PixelFLEX at www.Facebook.com/PixelFLEXUSA and @LEDCurtain.

For more information on the Bridgestone Arena Lexus Lounge, visit BridgestoneArena.com.

For the full portfolio stories, visit the Lexus Lounge and the Nissan SoBro Entrance.

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2015 HPA Tech Retreat(r) Unveils Expanded Session Schedule

Power-Packed Lineup at Preeminent Technology Event Focuses Beyond the Horizon

Indian Wells, CA – The Hollywood Post Alliance(r) (HPA) has announced the final schedule for the 2015 HPA Tech Retreat(r), February 9th to 13th, 2015 in Indian Wells, CA. The Tech Retreat is a relaxed yet focused gathering where engineering, technology and strategic business leaders join top creative talent to explore and debate the most compelling topics facing the media and entertainment industry today. The event offers four solidly scheduled days of sessions, demonstrations and events, and delivers a forward looking perspective on an industry continuing its dynamic and rapid transformation of how content is created, finished, distributed and arrived.

For 20 years, the Tech Retreat has proven to be a bellwether event where groundbreaking ideas are born and industry-changing technologies unveiled. From drones and UHD, the cloud and cyber security, to maintaining creative intent while exploring the next iteration of broadcast standards – if it’s being thought about, it will be discussed, debated, and perhaps even refuted at the Tech Retreat. More than 45 sessions, 75 early morning thought provoking breakfast roundtables and over 100 speakers make up the conference program. In addition, 30 new technologies are slated to debut in the event’s curated Demo Room, and the schedule is crafted to offer time for exploration and interaction.

Leon Silverman, President of the HPA, noted, “As we enter our 21st year, the Tech Retreat continues to be one of those events you can’t afford to miss. The mix of topics, technology and top industry minds makes this event a yearly check-in with industry gurus and deep thinkers that seem to gather at the HPA every year in the desert. Making the pilgrimage to the HPA Tech Retreat seems to provide so many of us with a check on the pulse of the entire industry.”

Speakers and Sessions

For the complete 2015 HPA Tech Retreat schedule and speakers’ bios, click HERE. There are over 45 sessions presented during the course of the Retreat (Please note the final schedule is subject to change.)

Highlights of the 2015 HPA Tech Retreat include:

  • The HPA Supersession – A full day of sessions focused on a shifting industry. Just when we thought we had mastered the transition to the “digital age,” we’re seeing new and fundamental shifts.
  • Keynote – Not Your Father’s Post
  • Cyber and Content Security: Time for a Strategy Change
  • Sensory Stimulation
  • Next Generation of Cinema: New Technologies and Techniques: What they Mean for Filmmakers
  • Understanding the New Acquisition
  • From Snowflakes to Standards: Maintaining Creative Intent in Evolutionary Times
  • Drones for Dummies
  • The Annual Broadcasters Update
  • Personalized and Immersive Sound
  • DDP and IMF
  • The Cloud Demystified
  • Utilizing Fingerprinting Technology for Shot Matching
  • Enhancing the Creative Palette
  • Automatic Content Recognition
  • Among nearly 100 All Star speakers, the Lineup Includes:

  • Wendy Aylsworth, Warner Bros.
  • Bill Bennett, ASC
  • Stephen Beres, HBO
  • Sara-Duran Singer, Netflix
  • John Fithian, National Association of Theater Owners
  • Barbara Lange, SMPTE
  • Carolina Lavatelli, Internet of Trust
  • Pete Ludé, Real D
  • Theresa Miller, Lionsgate
  • Loren Nielsen, Entertainment Technology Consultants
  • Daryn Okada, ASC
  • Vikram Phatak, NSS Labs
  • Bob Seidel, CBS
  • Skip Pizzi, NAB
  • Andy Shenkler, Sony DADC New Media Solutions
  • Leon Silverman, HPA
  • Masayuki Sugawara, NHK
  • Larry Thorpe, Canon
  • Mario Vecchi, PBS
  • Erik Weaver, Entertainment Technology Center at USC
  • Silverman commented, “It’s our 21st year, and the lineup is more inspiring and informative than ever. We don’t go to the Tech Retreat with the answers, we go with the questions, and that’s by design. And you always leave feeling as though you’ve been engaged and informed, even though you may leave with different questions! It’s not a sales event, it not a typical conference, it’s not a trade show, and it’s not a scholarly event. But, it’s personal and thought provoking, and all of the most interesting people are there; especially the ones you have never met. There’s simply nothing else like it.”

    Throughout the Tech Retreat, new technologies are explored and demonstrated in sessions and in the Demo Room. This year, dozens of new technologies will appear, in keeping with the event’s history of unveiling important technological advancements – advanced cameras, holographic imagery, 3D, to name a few. Another first this year, Christie’s new laser projection solution will be utilized during the Tech Retreat Sessions.

    Registration for the HPA Tech Retreat is strongly recommended. The Tech Retreat is a limited attendance event and seating is approaching capacity and expected to sell out. It is still possible to register, but pre-conference registration closes Monday, February 2, 2014, after which time only onsite registrations will be accepted, and those registrations are space-permitting. Full-conference as well as one-day registrations are available. Registration includes conference sessions, breakfast roundtables, lunch, demo room, and social events.

    For more information on the event and sponsorship opportunities, http://hollywoodpostalliance.org/, call 213.614.0860 or email Eileen Kramer at ekramer@hpaonline.com. For press registration, please contact ignite strategic communications, chris@ignite.bz, 818.980.3473.

    Sponsors of the HPA Tech Retreat include Aspera, Avid, Black Magic Design, Christie Digital, Dolby, Fuji, Oracle, Quantum, Sohonet, Sony, Spectra Logic.

    About the HPA Tech Retreat (r)
    The HPA Tech Retreat(r) is an informal gathering, in the Palm Springs area, of the top industry engineering, technical, and creative talent, as well as strategic business leaders focused on technology, from all aspects of digital cinema, post production, film, television, video, broadcast and related technology areas, for the exchange of information. The 2015 HPA Tech Retreat will take place February 9 to 13, in Indian Wells, California.

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

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    ignite strategic communications
    p: 818.980.3473
    Christine Purse, chris@ignite.bz or
    Mimi Rossi, mimi@ignite.bz

    Clear-Com Pulls Out All The Stops For New Non Stop Production Facility

    Buenos Aires-based Non Stop Productions, a TV production and audio-visual services company serving the Spanish-American market for major production and distribution companies worldwide, has equipped its newest production facility with a variety of Clear-Com(r) intercom and IP communications equipment, based around the Eclipse-Median digital matrix system.

    “The technologies in our studios and facilities are the highest quality available, and Clear-Com was chosen for the confidence we have had in their products over the past 12 years that we’ve been using them,” said Jose Lobo, Technical and Operations Manager for Non Stop Productions. “This is especially true when it comes to after-sales service through our local dealer Broadcast Video Solutions [BVS] of Buenos Aires.”

    Non Stop’s system includes an Eclipse-Median 32 digital matrix frame, nine ICS-1008E panels, seven I-1210E panels, one V24PDX5Y-IP panel, two TEL-14 telephone interfaces, an HME DX210 two-channel wireless intercom with wired interface and a variety of beltpacks and support equipment.

    “For Non Stop Productions, quality is of paramount importance,” said Joquebed Colin Lugo, Sales Engineer for Latin America at Clear-Com. “The faith that they put in Clear-Com intercom and communications solutions is a testament to the quality, reliability and usability that we bring to media organizations all over the world. We look forward to continuing our long relationship with Non Stop for years to come. ”
    Non Stop is also integrating its new Eclipse system with Concert over its IP network. The connection between systems is enabled via the IVC-32 IP card which offers high performance and low latency audio connections. Eclipse HX-MedianEnabled by Clear-Com’s I.V.Core technology, each IVC-32 high density card delivers a total of 32 IP-channel (or 32 port) connections, making it the best value IP frame card on the market.

    “What we really like about the system is its IP capabilities and virtual panels,” continues Lobo. “Being able to use Concert with the Eclipse gives us the intercom reach and functionality anywhere we need it at Non Stop.”
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    Extron Announces Next Generation Fiber Optic Extenders for 4K Resolutions

    Extron FOX II 4K SeriesExtron Electronics is pleased to introduce the new FOX II 4K Series for extension, switching, and distribution of 4K video, multi‑channel audio, and bidirectional control signals over fiber optic cabling. The series includes the FOX II T DP 4K and FOX II T HD 4K fiber optic transmitters for DisplayPort and HDMI, as well as the FOX II R DP 4K with a Type 2 dual‑mode DisplayPort output to support DisplayPort and HDMI 4K resolution displays. They use Extron all‑digital technology for reliable delivery of video resolutions up to 4096×2160, including 1080p/60 with Deep Color. To streamline integration, these extenders are HDCP‑compliant, and provide similar capabilities featured on the Extron FOX Series fiber optic products. Available in multimode and singlemode models, the FOX II 4K Series extenders are ideal for point‑to‑point installations or in combination with a FOX Matrix Switcher for an enterprise‑wide 4K video distribution system. more

    LOWER EASTSIDE GIRLS CLUB INTRODUCES WSDG-DESIGNED AIRSTREAM TRAILER RECORDING, BROADCAST & TEACHING STUDIO

    CHERYL FLEMINGCHERYL FLEMINGCHERYL FLEMINGCHERYL FLEMINGCHERYL FLEMINGCHERYL FLEMINGCHERYL FLEMINGCHERYL FLEMINGWho Says You Can’t Find A Parking Spot For A Recording Studio In NYC?

    NEW YORK: As the culmination of a nearly 20-year-long odyssey, the Lower East Side Girls Club has added a new component to its year-old Center for Community. A classic Airstream Trailer (circa 1958) has been repurposed as a teaching, recording, and broadcast production studio for LESGC’s WGRL Internet Radio Station and Recording Arts Program. Prominently displayed in a second story window in LESGC’s recently completed $20 million sustainably-built 12 story building at 101 Avenue D, the studio was designed and configured by Walters Storyk Design Group cofounder/architect/ acoustician John Storyk,

    The Airstream recording studio joins an eclectic assemblage of innovative LESGC educational and career training options for low-income teens and families. Spread across three floors and 30,000 sq. ft., these classes range from a digital photography/computer graphics /3D-printing lab, to hands-on BioBus labs, small business training and incubator space (commercial kitchen, bakery, gift shop, cafe) and, a 64-seat planetarium.

    The recording studio was a pet project of Dave Pentecost, a career television editor and musician; his wife Lyn Pentecost co-founded the Lower Eastside Girls Club in 1996. In 2004, the Pentecost’s fell in love with an iconic 1958 Airstream trailer, and purchased it to park besides their Adirondacks cabin, in upstate New York. “When the LESGC building became a reality we felt our Airstream could serve a better purpose in the community as a sound studio, and we brought it to Manhattan,” he says. “I’d met studio designer John Storyk years earlier, reconnected with him in 2010, and invited him to contribute his skills to retrofitting the Airstream as a recording studio.”

    “We’ve built recording studios in a basement (Electric Lady), and a duplex penthouse overlooking NY’s Highline (Jungle City),” Storyk says, “but this is the first time we’ve had the chance to ply our trade in an Airstream Trailer. As a visiting professor of acoustics and studio design for the Berklee College of Music and other schools, I have an abiding interest in educating young people. Dave Pentecost brought WSDG a compelling challenge, ‘was it possible to create a viable recording studio within the confines of a 140 sq, ft, Airstream Trailer?’ The obvious answer is yes, although the geometry, the equipment selection and the acoustic considerations did present us with significant design restrictions. If an opportunity to design a studio for a submarine ever comes up, we might take a pass,” he adds.

    The Airstream Studio includes both a live room for radio, vocals, and instruments, and a control room. In that regard, it is one of a kind. It will also be engaged to produce and mix Internet radio programming for the Girls Club’s new WGRL Internet Radio station, sound tracks for student videos and for the LESGC Planetarium’s constantly evolving educational presentations, and to record live student performances from the stage of the 2nd floor community room in which it resides. It can accommodate up to 3 students and an instructor in the control room, and another 3 to 4 people in the live room area. The space outside the trailer is a combination classroom/ live performance stage.

    Ms. Pentecost and a diverse group of community, grassroots and financial supporters first formed the LESGC, when they realized there were no distaff alternatives to the city’s various Boys Club organizations. The new building has over a dozen separate program sites, and can accommodate up to 200 members simultaneously. The upper stories (accessed via a separate entrance), are allocated to mixed income rental apartments, approximately half of which are available at middle and low-income rates.

    Though compact, the control room is 5.1 surround ready, and features an array of pro gear including an Avid C/24 mixing console, Genelec Speakers, outboard processing technology from Manley, API, Neve, Universal Audio, SSL, etc., and mics from Neumann, Royer, Shure and Sennheiser. A serious professional-level studio, the Airstream will provide LESGC members with a serious, realistic hands-on recording experience.

    “In my teaching experience I have seen an increasing number of young women seeking
    roles in pro audio production,” John Storyk concludes. “The LESGC Studio will serve as a valuable introduction to the field of audio recording and mixing. It will be very interesting to watch (and hear) the skills they develop, and to see them transfer these skills to the real world.”

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    Photo Caps.
    1. Lower East Side Girls Club Airstream Recording / Teaching Studio Rear to Front
    2. Lower East Side Girls Club Airstream Recording / Teaching Studio Interior
    3. Lower East Side Girls Club Airstream Recording / Teaching Studio CR
    4. Lower East Side Girls Club Airstream Recording / Teaching Studio with view to classroom
    5. LESGC Live Recording Booth
    6. LESGC Recording Workshop Classroom/Performance Stage
    7. Lower East Side Girls Club Airstream Recording / Teaching Studio exterior
    8. Lower East Side Girls Club Airstream Recording / Teaching Studio (from Ave. D through 2nd floor window

    All photos by Cheryl Fleming www.cherylfleming.net

    Walters-Storyk Design Group has designed over 3500 media facilities worldwide. Credits include Jimi Hendrix’s Electric Lady Studios (1969); NYC’s Jazz At Lincoln Center and Le Poisson Rouge; broadcast facilities for The Food Network, ESPN, and WNET; major education complexes for NYU and Berklee College of Music, Boston (2014 TEC winner) and Valencia, Spain; and media rooms for such corporate clients as Hoffman La Roche. Recent projects include NYC’s Jungle City Studios and private studios for Green Day, Jay-Z, Timbaland’s Tim Mosley, film composer’s Carter Burwell and A.R. Rahman, Aerosmith, Bruce Springsteen and Alicia Keys. WSDG principals John Storyk), Beth Walters, Sergio Molho, Renato Cipriano, Dirk Noy and Silvia Molho lecture frequently at universities and industry events, and contribute regularly to industry publications. WSDG has collaborated with such noted architects as Frank Gehry, Rafael Vinoly, Norman Foster, Oscar Niemeyer, Phillipe Stark and Nicholas Grimshaw. WSDG is a nine-time winner of the prestigious NAMM TEC Award for outstanding achievement in Acoustics/Facility Design. The firm maintains offices in NY, SF, LA, Miami, Buenos Aires, Belo Horizonte, Basel, Beijing, Barcelona, Mexico City, St. Petersburg and Mumbai.

    Since 1996 The Lower Eastside Girls Club (LESGC) has been providing innovative, community-based holistic programs and services for girls and young women. The mission of LESGC is to break the cycle of local poverty by training the next generation of ethical, entrepreneurial and environmental leaders. The LESGC provides a place where girls and young women 8-23 can grow, learn, have fun, and develop confidence in themselves and their ability to make a difference in the world. In 2013 the LESGC moved into a permanent Center for Community on Avenue D – 30,000 sq. feet of new state-of-the-art program space dedicated to the advancement of girls, and the neighborhood at large. www.girlsclub.org

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    Barix Introduces Forward Compatible OEM Module at ISE 2015

    Board-level module gives manufacturers, systems integrators a flexible foundation for Audio over IP product design

    ZURICH/MINNEAPOLIS, January 29, 2015 — IP audio and control specialist Barix has long had a strong OEM business, with the company’s IPAM module series at the core of tens of thousands of devices deployed worldwide today. At ISE 2015, Barix will exhibit its latest module, the IPAM302, for vendors and systems integrators seeking cost-efficient, openly programmable modules to build their own IP audio products—as well as for companies interested in private-label products manufactured by Barix.

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    The recently introduced IPAM302 is more compact and uses less expensive connectors than previous generation IPAM modules, further reducing the price of an already low-cost series. Most importantly, the IPAM302 is forward compatible for the next generation of IPAM modules, ensuring that OEMs can freely build a product today and easily replace the module in the field moving forward.

    “Our OEM business accounts for nearly 25 percent of our business, and is among the primary reasons why Barix is considered a visionary in IP audio and control,” said Frank Frederiksen, managing director, Barix. “We remain dedicated to working with companies who need the freedom and flexibility to build their own solutions using Barix’s open programming environment, along with the reliability that our core technology delivers across security, transportation and professional AV applications.”

    The IPAM302 is the board-level technology at the core of Barix’s latest-generation Instreamer IP encoders and Annuncicom two-way audio devices. The board design includes one serial port and four I/O connections, which OEMs can map to relay closures and other devices such as an amplifier, IP speaker or door station to enable SIP intercom. Barix IPAM modules are especially popular for vendors and integrators building products for residential spaces, K-12 schools and university campuses, and fire safety and evacuation systems. Additionally, IPAM modules are at the heart of numerous OEM products for transportation, both on-board trains for paging and intercom; and inside stations for platform announcements.

    Visitors to ISE 2015 can learn more about the capabilities of the IPAM302 at the Barix stand (Hall 8, 8-M245) in the RAI Conference Center, February 10-12.

    Barix: We Move Audio (www.barix.com)
    Barix supplies simple and reliable solutions and components to systems integrators and end users worldwide. We move high-quality audio across IP networks, adding value to customer solutions for more than a decade with hundreds of thousands of devices installed worldwide. Background music distribution with dynamic advertising insertion for retail shops, bars and hotels; public address solutions for schools and public spaces; and intercom and entry systems for facility surveillance, protection and security are among the many applications of Barix solutions. Barix also supports OEM projects for a number of Global 500 listed companies serving many industries worldwide.

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    Barix AG, Seefeldstrasse 303, 8008 Zurich, Switzerland
    Phone: +41 43 43322 11, Fax: +41 44 2742849
    Barix Technology Inc, St. Paul, MN – (866) 815-0866

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    SMPTE and FKTG Open Registration for SMPTE Forum 2015, ‘Entertainment Technology in the Internet Age: A European Perspective’

    Two-Day Conference Will Explore Impact of Broadband Content Delivery on Europe’s Media Industries; Early Bird Pricing Available Through 27 February

    LONDON and BERLIN — 27 January 2015 — The Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers(R) (SMPTE(R)), the worldwide leader in motion-imaging standards and education for the communications, media, entertainment, and technology industries, today opened registration for the SMPTE Forum 2015, “Entertainment Technology in the Internet Age: A European Perspective.” Produced in partnership with the Fernseh- und Kinotechnische Gesellschaft (FKTG), with collaboration from the EBU’s Technology and Innovation department, the SMPTE Forum 2015 will take place 7-8 May at the Fraunhofer Forum in Berlin. Early-bird pricing is available now and continues through 27 February.

    “The SMPTE Forum 2015 will explore the extensive impact of broadband media delivery on Europe’s studios, post houses, broadcast facilities, media service providers, and solution vendors,” said Dr. Hans Hoffmann, head of media fundamentals and production at the EBU, former SMPTE standards vice president, and conference program chair of the SMPTE Forum 2015. “As larger audiences consume Internet-delivered media on screens ranging from the home theater to computers, tablets, and other mobile devices, new creative tools and new media technologies will be needed to create appealing content that addresses these new viewing platforms and devices. We are delighted to join with FKTG in examining the technical opportunities and challenges that this monumental shift in media consumption habits presents to the industry.”

    Factors as far-ranging as EU policy, net neutrality, copyright, and mining “big data” are shaping the possibilities in the complex European market and redefining how the industry engages its audience. The SMPTE Forum 2015 will examine these topics and how connectivity, bandwidth, and media technology improvements will influence media production and distribution across all platforms, from cinema and broadcast to mobile and interactive new media technologies.

    The SMPTE Forum 2015 program highlights include a keynote presentation by Chris Fetner, director of global content partners operations at Netflix, who will speak on the supply chain impact of Internet distribution. Discussion on the vision of the European Commission for Internet streaming and on the EU regulatory environment will follow. The SMPTE Forum will also include a keynote on the state of Internet entertainment in Europe and continue with sessions that examine creation and distribution of entertainment content for the Web, the potential normalization of over-the-top (OTT) services as premium content providers, the future of hybrid broadcast broadband TV (HbbTV(R)), second screen in the home and beyond, and social media as entertainment media.

    “Chris delivered the opening keynote at the SMPTE 2014 Annual Technical Conference & Exhibition to a standing-room-only crowd and earned rave reviews, and we expect no less at the SMPTE Forum 2015,” said Pat Griffis, SMPTE education vice president and executive director of technology strategy in the office of the CTO at Dolby Laboratories. “With its expansion into Europe and other new markets over the past several years, Netflix has become an industry disrupter on an international scale. Chris is positioned to shed light on Netflix’s activities in Europe, as well as the factors shaping the company’s technology decision-making.”

    SMPTE Forum 2015 conference sessions are designed for engineers, creatives, and researchers focused on and interested in the future of media over the Internet. Nearly a dozen sessions are on the program schedule. Among these, “Second Screen in the Home and Beyond: US Versus EU Perspective” will discuss the use of PCs, tablets, and other handheld devices to control or complement the main-screen home viewing experience and then move forward to explore recent developments and to compare technologies and consumer acceptance across different markets.

    “EU and U.S. Regulatory Environment: A Boost or Bust for Internet Entertainment?” will look at the European approach to regulating Internet traffic management and content and how this approach will affect the rollout of entertainment services. The focus will shift toward sports with “Sport in your Pocket. Delivering to Fans, Anywhere, Anytime Over the Web” This session will look at the anytime, anywhere delivery of sports content to consumers via the Internet.

    “Tools of the Trade: Translating Traditional Content for the Web” will discuss the importance of efficient compression techniques and evolving infrastructures in enabling the Internet to support video delivery. “Virtual Reality Entertainment via Web: An Idea Whose Time Is Here?” will look at new possibilities for creating highly immersive virtual and augmented realities, as well as the opportunities and challenges involved in immersive as well as “fragmented storytelling” (or “transmedia storytelling”), in which a story is scattered across different media and devices.

    The SMPTE Forum 2015 reception will take place on an evening cruise following the first day of conference sessions. In addition to giving delegates ample networking opportunities, this three-hour guided excursion on the Spree River will provide an extraordinary view of many of Berlin’s most famous sites. The cruise is included with conference registration. Delegates may purchase additional tickets for their guests.

    The registration and preliminary program information for the SMPTE Forum 2015 are available at www.smpte.org/forum2015/.

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    About the Fernseh- und Kinotechnische Gesellschaft (FKTG e.V.)
    The FKTG e.V. is one of the oldest professional technology associations in Germany, founded by two predecessor organizations, the German Cinema Technology Association (DKG, founded in 1920) and the Television Technology Association (FKT, founded in 1952). The main objective of the FKTG is to provide information on developments for television and cinema technology to all engineers and all people working as scientists or technologists in the field of television and cinema, and to provide a platform for exchange of knowledge and experience.

    More than 110 supporting international companies and nearly 2,000 persons are members of the FKTG, which is the largest network of its kind in the German-speaking area of Europe. The FKTG hosts conferences and technology workshops in different local regions on a regular basis and supports further scientific education through its network of more than 50 universities and advanced technical colleges in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. More information about FKTG and how to join is available at www.fktg.org.

    About the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers(R) (SMPTE(R))
    The Oscar(R) and Emmy(R) Award-winning Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers(R) (SMPTE(R)), a professional membership association, is the preeminent leader in the advancement of the art, science, and craft of the image, sound, and metadata ecosystem worldwide. An internationally recognized and accredited organization, SMPTE advances moving-imagery education and engineering across the communications, technology, media, and entertainment industries. Since its founding in 1916, SMPTE has published the SMPTE Motion Imaging Journal and developed more than 800 standards, recommended practices, and engineering guidelines.

    More than 6,000 members — motion-imaging executives, engineers, creative and technology professionals, researchers, scientists, educators, and students — who meet in Sections throughout the world sustain the Society. Through the Society’s partnership with the Hollywood Post Alliance(R) (HPA(R)), this membership is complemented by the professional community of businesses and individuals who provide the expertise, support, tools, and infrastructure for the creation and finishing of motion pictures, television programs, commercials, digital media, and other dynamic media content. Information on joining SMPTE is available at www.smpte.org/join.

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