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Hardgroove Explores Rock Music’s Legacy and Future at H.O.T. Zone during NAMM Show 2015, with Steve Morse, Jeff ‘Skunk’ Baxter and Sennheiser

Lively Artist Discussion, Tasty Jam Sessions and Sennheiser Wireless Headphones Mark Three Days of Lunchtime H.O.T. Zone Sessions at NAMM 2015

morseAnaheim, CA, February 3, 2015: During NAMM Show 2015 held last month in Anaheim, CA, audio specialist Sennheiser and Brian Hardgroove (Public Enemy) hosted three lunchtime ‘Silent Jams’ in the H.O.T. (Hands On Training) Zone, located on the second floor of the Anaheim Convention Center. Each session, produced by David Schwartz of the TEC Foundation and hosted by Brian Hardgroove, featured in-depth conversations and extended jam sessions by some of rock music’s most accomplished musicians, including Steve Morse (Dixie Dregs) and Jeff ‘Skunk’ Baxter (Steely Dan, The Doobie Brothers).

Each day, approximately 140 attendees donned a pair of Sennheiser RS 120 wireless headphones and ‘tuned in’ to the interviews and performances, which covered a diverse range of topics such as Morse’s and Baxter’s early touring and session work, and their continued success as artists creating and performing within an ever-evolving music scene. After each discussion, audience members were treated to free-form performances by each guest, with expert accompaniment by Hardgroove’s band, Impulse Groove Foundation (Hardgroove on bass, Mike Boyko on drums and Robert Muller on keys).

baxter“We are glad to have had the opportunity to help the NAMM Show take the H.O.T. Zone to the next level this year with our wireless technology,” commented David Missall, Manager, Customer Development & Application Engineering, Americas, Sennheiser. “The Silent Jams were a huge success, and was a unique way to deliver fantastic content and performances to a small — but passionate — group of attendees. We hope NAMM chooses to continue these sessions next year.”

Longtime IEM engineer Mark Frink mixed each of the performances, which were delivered to listeners via Sennheiser’s proprietary wireless technology. “Thanks to Sennheiser’s usual superior wireless products and support, we were able to deliver an outstanding inaugural NAMM Silent Jam to an SRO audience, and we are looking forward to next year!” commented Mark Frink. “I’ve used Sennheiser wireless products on all my tours, and as expected, they lived up to their reputation during our performances at NAMM.”

wirelessaudienceIn addition to Sennheiser RS 120 headphones, Hardgroove’s band used Sennheiser EK 2000 IEM wireless monitors and Ultimate Ears custom molds. Interview content and post-session Q&A was captured with Sennheiser e 835 wired and SKM 2000 wireless microphones (with e 935 capsules), while all instrumentation was fed into a Yamaha QL5 digital console via Radial ProD2 Dis.

The Sennheiser Group based in Wedemark near Hanover, Germany, was founded in 1945 and has gone on to become a leading manufacturer of microphones, headphones and wireless transmission systems. Sales in 2013 totaled 590.4 million euros. Sennheiser employs more than 2,500 staff worldwide and operates plants in Germany, Ireland and the USA. The company has a worldwide network of subsidiaries in France, Great Britain, Belgium, the Netherlands, Switzerland and Liechtenstein, Germany, Denmark (Nordic), Russia, Hongkong, India, Singapore, Japan, China, Australia and New Zealand, Canada, Mexico, and the USA. It also has long-established trading partners in other countries. Georg Neumann GmbH, Berlin, a maker of studio microphones and monitor speakers, and Sennheiser Communications A/S, a joint venture making headsets for PCs, offices and call centers, are also part of the Sennheiser Group.

More up-to-date information about Sennheiser is available on the internet at www.sennheiser.com.

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1) Steve Morse (right) and Brian Hardgroove (background, left) perform at the H.O.T. Zone Silent Jam during NAMM 2015
2) Jeff ‘Skunk’ Baxter (right) is interviewed by Brian Hardgroove during a H.O.T. Zone Silent Jam at NAMM 2015.
3) During the H.O.T. Zone Silent Jam at NAMM 2015, audience members wore Sennheiser RS 120 wireless headphones.

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Blonder Tongue 2015 NAB SHOW EXHIBITOR PREVIEW — Booth SU6524

At the 2015 NAB Show, Blonder Tongue, a leading manufacturer of digital video solutions, will demonstrate its latest range of MPEG-2 encoders, transcoders, TV signal analyzers, and MPEG transport stream analyzers — all designed to optimize video distribution.

Product Giveaway
All attendees who stop by the Blonder Tongue booth to see a demonstration will be entered into a drawing for a free HDE-4S-PRO encoder, AQT8 transcoder, or MTSA-PRO analyzer.

New Products and Technology Demonstrations

Video Processing Solutions

NEW at 2015 NAB Show: HDDM (High-Definition Decoder Module)
At the 2015 NAB Show, Blonder Tongue will introduce the HDDM, a low-cost professional video decoder capable of decoding MPEG-2 and H.264 video content into HD/SD-SDI, HDMI, component, and composite outputs from a digital off-air 8VSB signal, clear-QAM signal, or IP MPEG-2/H.264 transport stream source.

By offering video professionals a solution that decodes both digital and analog video distributed over managed networks, the HDDM increases operational efficiencies.

Offering support for a wide range of inputs (e.g., 8VSB, QAM, IP) and outputs (e.g., HD-SDI, HDMI, component, composite), the HDDM is the ideal solution for broadcast and professional video applications that require high-quality decoding of video signals from a wide variety of sources, particularly live video in multiple formats. The HDDM features a Web-based GUI that is accessible via a dedicated RJ-45 control port, simplifying setup and remote management. Through its compact design, which supports two decoders in a single rack unit, the HDDM reduces operational and capital expenses.

NEW at 2015 NAB Show: STEP Scalable Transcoder-Encoder Platform
A key highlight at the 2015 NAB Show will be Blonder Tongue’s new Scalable Transcoder-Encoder Platform (STEP), capable of performing high-quality HD/SD MPEG-2 or H.264 encoding, HD/SD MPEG-2 to H.264 and H.264 to MPEG-2 transcoding, HD to SD downscaling, as well as creating adaptive bit rate live profiles supporting popular HTTP streaming protocols such as HLS, HDS, and IIS for any-screen video delivery.

Available as a 1RU, 2RU, or 3RU integrated system, STEP helps operators meet the latest video requirements and migrate to next-generation video network architecture by carrying out a variety of scalable video processing tasks. The flexible platform supports multiple video quality encoding bit rates, multiple audio formats, and text scrolling. STEP is compatible with any industry media server or digital rights management software, and can be easily integrated into CDN providers, offering users a tailored solution based on customer needs.

NEW at the 2015 NAB Show: FlexCoder Mini edgeQAM
At the 2015 NAB Show, Blonder Tongue will also introduce the FlexCoder, a versatile new solution that combines edgeQAM, off-air transcoding, and IP grooming technology into one integrated package. Using the FlexCoder, broadcasters can convert IP video streams into QAM or ASI in addition to translating 8VSB (digital off air), clear-QAM, or ASI-to-IP signals. By providing a wide range of functionality in a compact solution, the FlexCoder brings remarkable cost savings to broadcast operations.

HDE-4S-PRO MPEG-2 HD Encoder With Low Latency
At the 2015 NAB Show, Blonder Tongue will demonstrate the HDE-4S-PRO, a high-performance MPEG-2 HD encoder designed to deliver superior motion optimization for programming such as fast-paced live sporting events at an attractive price per channel. Using the encoder, operators can broadcast high-quality video content with extremely low latency. The encoder is capable of accepting up to four HD-SDI programs, plus one spare, and simultaneously outputting in QAM, IP (1000Base-T Ethernet), and ASI formats. By allowing operators to assign up to four programs to each QAM output channel, and to individually turn on/off each of the four adjacent QAM output channels, the PRO dramatically improves transport efficiency. In addition, the encoder supports Dolby Digital audio encoding and closed captioning (EIA-608). It is also equipped with an Emergency Alert System (EAS) interface.

Test and Measurement Analyzers

MTSA-PRO and BTPRO-7000S Analyzers
At the 2015 NAB Show, Blonder Tongue will showcase a comprehensive range of the company’s test and measurement analyzers, designed to help operators in the broadcast, cable, satellite, and IPTV markets deliver high-quality video and audio content. Blonder Tongue’s new analyzers provide operators with reliable, flexible, and affordable tools for detecting transport stream issues. Featuring a unique compact and lightweight design, the powerful analyzers can be used anywhere to ensure a superior quality of service.

On display will be Blonder Tongue’s BTPRO-7000S, a tablet-based test signal analyzer that helps operators analyze and log HD/SD QPSK/8PSK satellite, 8VSB, QAM, and analog television or radio signals in real time. The BTPRO-7000S offers a broad frequency range of 4 to 2250 MHz, making it suitable for multiple applications, including TV, CATV, radio, and satellite.

Blonder Tongue will also demonstrate the MTSA-PRO MPEG transport stream analysis device, which enables system engineers to monitor and control all aspects of RF and IP video streams within a network. Using the MTSA-PRO, operators can measure QAM, IP, and ASI signals, as well as play out saved transport stream files, in order to troubleshoot problems from outside sources.

Company Overview:
Blonder Tongue Laboratories, Inc. (NYSE MKT:BDR) together with R.L. Drake Holdings, LLC — its wholly owned subsidiary — offer customers more than 130 years of combined engineering and manufacturing excellence with solid histories of delivering reliable, quality products. As a leader in the field of cable television communications, the Company provides system operators and integrators serving the cable, broadcast, satellite, IPTV, institutional, and professional video markets with comprehensive solutions for the provision of content contribution, distribution, and video delivery to homes and businesses. The Company designs, manufactures, sells, and supports an equipment portfolio of standard- and high-definition digital video solutions, as well as core analog video and high-speed data solutions for distribution over coax, fiber, and IP networks. Additional information on the Company and its products can be found at www.blondertongue.com and www.rldrake.com.

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Digital Nirvana Continues Nonprofit Support Through its 2014 Corporate Social Responsibility Program

Newark, CA – Digital Nirvana, developers of a media management platform for content creation, capture and delivery, today shared details of its 2014 corporate philanthropic endeavors. The company’s corporate social responsibility program included support of several organizations that provide shelter for the homeless, raise awareness about suicide, and aid victims of domestic violence.

Digital Nirvana’s sponsorships throughout 2014 included involvement with Vibha – a group that works to provide underprivileged children rights to education, health, and opportunity in the U.S. and India. The technology provider also donated to Narika – a provider of

Domestic violence victim advocacy organization SAVE hosted their 12th annual breakfast event in September 2014. Digital Nirvana sponsored the event, and has worked with SAVE for the past several years in supporting its mission.

Domestic violence victim advocacy organization SAVE hosted their 12th annual breakfast event in September 2014. Digital Nirvana sponsored the event, and has worked with SAVE for the past several years in supporting its mission.

domestic violence services in California’s Bay Area. Digital Nirvana also provided support to the Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties.

Last September, Digital Nirvana sponsored the 12th annual breakfast for Safe Alternatives to Violent Environments (SAVE), a domestic violence victim advocacy organization located in Alameda County – where Digital Nirvana is headquartered. Digital Nirvana has worked with SAVE for the past several years and supports the non-profit’s mission of providing alternatives to domestic violence through support services, advocacy and education.

The company also sponsored the 2014 Journey Home Breakfast for Abode Services, a California nonprofit dedicated to ending homelessness in Alameda, Santa Clara, and Santa Cruz counties. Hiren Hindocha, Digital Nirvana’s Co-Founder, President, and CEO, currently serves on Abode Services’ Board of Directors as its Vice President.

“I’m personally involved with Abode Services because working to secure permanent homes for people in the area experiencing homelessness is a cause that’s dear to my heart,” said Mr. Hindocha. “I believe that it’s important to continually make corporate social responsibility and philanthropy part of the company culture here at Digital Nirvana. We want to make a positive difference not only in the communities where our company is located, but all over the world, and will continue to support a number of non-profit organizations throughout 2015.”

About Digital Nirvana
Since 1996, Digital Nirvana has been empowering customers with innovative knowledge management technologies. By combining media and digital technology expertise, Digital Nirvana makes it possible for organizations to streamline operations and gain competitive advantage with advanced product and service offerings. A comprehensive service portfolio includes media monitoring and analysis, market intelligence and analytics, and learning management services. Digital Nirvana is headquartered in Fremont, California with offices in Hyderabad and Coimbatore, India.

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Hal Leonard Publishes the Complete Guide to Connecting Audio, Video, and MIDI Equipment

Get the most out of your digital, analog, and electronic music setups

Available in English and Spanish!

Making the correct audio, video, and MIDI connections is crucial in today’s music and post production world. While there is very sophisticated hardware and software options available to home and professional recording engineers, DJ’s, EDM music producers, and post production professionals, connecting the equipment correctly can be overwhelming and may not be covered in product manuals.

This is where The Complete Guide to Connecting Audio, Video, and MIDI Equipment comes in. This comprehensive, step-by-step guide reveals the best ways to correctly connect studio equipment with over 30 diagrams covering home, professional, post-production, electronic music, and DJ studios. Each section explains a number of studio configurations, highlighting useful applications in music recording and post-production. Readers will also be able to identify, purchase, and connect the specific A/V and MIDI equipment necessary for any creative job.

“Getting your connections right can mean the difference between success and failure on a project. Chilitos can walk you through the ins and outs for most any situation to help you get the job done right.” – Marcus Ryle, Co-Founder of Line 6

This reference book by renowned Mixing Engineer and Avid Certified Pro Tools instructor José “Chilitos” Valenzuela makes it easy to understand specific connection considerations and technical requirements for all types of working studio set-ups. The book is timeless and will serve as a reference guide for many years to come as it’s built on basic audio concepts, not a particular software or hardware model or update.

Easy to understand and fun to use, The Complete Guide to Connecting Audio, Video, and MIDI Equipment helps unravel the complicated web of connections in a home or professional studio so the focus can stay on the music.

About the Author:
José “Chilitos” Valenzuela is a musician, recording/mixing engineer, educator, and Avid Certified Pro Tools instructor based in Santa Monica, CA. Valenzuela, a collaborative designer of several audio industry-standard hardware devices, has been paving the path and opening doors for young aspiring engineers/producers for over 20 years. Chilitos specializes in music production, audio for video post-production, mastering, and synthesis. In addition, he is an acclaimed audio professional and author of numerous instructional publications, such as The Complete Pro Tools Handbook, Conceptos Basicos de Audio Digital, Descubriendo MIDI, and The Complete Pro Tools Shortcuts.

Extron ShareLink 200 Wireless BYOD Collaboration Gateway Now Shipping

Extron ShareLinkExtron Electronics is pleased to announce the immediate availability of the ShareLink 200 Wireless Collaboration Gateway, which enables anyone to present content from a personal device. Supported devices include Windows® and OS X® computers as well as Apple® and Android® smartphones and tablets. ShareLink technology provides simultaneous display of presentations, images, documents, and other content from up to four different personal devices, eliminating the need to constantly change sources during a session. Content from a single device shows full screen, and content from multiple devices appears simultaneously in four windows on the display. Any user can share content and control the presentation when it is set to collaboration mode. A moderator mode ensures only approved content is displayed. Designed for professional AV applications, this wireless gateway also includes many integrator-friendly features such as an integrated wireless access point, Power over Ethernet – PoE, and antennas mounted on the front panel. The ShareLink 200 Wireless Collaboration Gateway can be used to create a stand‑alone wireless collaboration and presentation system or to add wireless presentation capabilities to a variety of wired AV system designs. more

Kensington Addresses the Challenges of Securing Enterprise BYOD with Its Industry-Leading Physical Security Solutions; more than 132 Million Feet of Computer Locks Sold

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Leading Analyst Paper Validates the Need for Security Locks as First-Line-of-Defense in Overall Security Strategy

Redwood Shores, CA, February 3, 2015 – Kensington, a worldwide leader in delivering smart. safe. simple. computing accessories, today announced it has sold more than 132 million feet of computer locks, enough to stretch around the world. In September, the company revealed it had sold 20 million units of its comprehensive family of security products for mobile devices and PCs, a figure representing a 70 percent market share. As the trend of Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) continues to build momentum, Kensington is well-positioned to capitalize on the growing concern around computing and security issues.

Research shows that the BYOD phenomenon continues to grow. In a recent IDC survey of U.S-based IT buyers, fully one-third said their company had already instituted a formal BYOD policy, and another 19 percent said they expected to institute a formal policy in the near term. The survey also revealed that informal support is notably higher and that while BYOD comes with many positive features, it poses daunting security challenges for even the best IT organizations.

In a recently published Analyst Connection, “The Role of Physical Security in a BYOD World,” (January 2015) IDC addresses the proliferation of BYOD and the role that physical security plays in an overall security strategy. IT departments are expected to secure a variety of notebooks and desktops, as well as phones and tablets running a wide range of operating systems. Left to their own devices, many people fail to follow even the most simple and straightforward security measures. As mobile devices proliferate, IDC expects physical security, such as device locking mechanisms, to become equally important in this domain. The paper, available on Kensington’s web site at kensington.com/IDCBYOD, outlines available solutions and best practices for implementing physical security.

“With more than two decades of experience providing security products, Kensington has a keen understanding of the first-line-of-defense requirements for protecting laptops, tablets and smartphones,” said Louie Yao, Global Product Marketing Manager, Kensington. “The demand for physical security and BYOD security peace-of-mind will only continue to grow for devices and the data they store. BYOD is becoming increasingly prevalent, as are the heightened number of data breaches among industry-leading brands. We continue to lead innovation in this market, most recently with the introduction of the new MiniSaver Mobile Lock, the thinnest security lock for Ultrabooks and tablets, and the new patented Cleat Locking Design. Kensington will continue to build on what has become known as the industry standard for physical security.”

Kensington is the market leader in locking-slot specifications, locking technology and physical device locks. With more than 20 million security locks sold and integrated into over 1 billion notebooks, projectors and tablets since 1990, Kensington is the de facto standard in security slot technology. For more than 20 years, Kensington has delivered security products to businesses, large and small, including leading retailers, telecommunications companies, health providers and global financial institutions — as well as the technology manufacturers that supply them.

Over its history, Kensington has delivered security products that are compatible with nearly every major device manufacturer — including Dell®, HP®, Lenovo®, Toshiba®, and Samsung®. In fact, 95 percent of all business laptops, incorporate the Kensington Security Slot.

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About Kensington

Kensington, a leader in smart. safe. simple. computing accessories is the recognized industry standard trusted by enterprises around the world. Kensington’s mobile security product offerings include laptop and mobile security locks providing a new generation of front-line protection for mobile devices. In addition, Kensington offers accessories including power adapters, chargers, mice, keyboards, trackballs, universal docking stations, desktop accessories, carrying cases and iPad/iPhone/iPod accessories. Headquartered in Redwood Shores, California, Kensington is the technology division of ACCO Brands (NYSE: ACCO), a world leader in branded office products, with products marketed in more than 100 countries across the globe. For more information, visit http://www.kensington.com or call Kensington toll-free at 1-800-235-6708.

Kensington is a registered trademark of ACCO Brands. MiniSaver, cleat, smart. safe. simple. is a trademark of ACCO Brands. Patents pending. All other registered and unregistered trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

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Worth the Wait: LA’s Regent Theater Is Reborn With HARMAN Professional Audio System

HARMAN_RegentLOS ANGELES, California — All things come to those who wait, as Mitchell Frank can attest. Owner of the newly revived Regent Theater in downtown Los Angeles, it took Frank almost 10 years of dreaming about it, acquiring a long-term lease for it in February 2012, then waiting through 19 months of construction before the Regent finally reopened last November as a premier venue in LA’s reemerging downtown music scene. Originally built in the 1920s, the 1,100-capacity venue has been renovated with an eclectic combination of preserved historic architectural details and up to the minute furnishings and amenities – including a HARMAN Professional audio system based around JBL VTX Series line arrays and Crown I-Tech HD Series amplifiers.

Frank took an unusually hands-on approach in the sound system upgrade – in fact, the system install was done in-house, without the services of an outside contractor. Frank relied on the help of JBL’s Paul Bauman, but already had a clear vision of what he wanted for the Regent, having worked for many years as, among other things, a concert and event producer and currently owner of Spaceland Productions. “I’ve always been a fan of the VERTEC® line arrays. When I first learned about the top of the line JBL VTX Series I knew we wanted to be first in line to have the rig installed here.”

The Regent Theater’s VTX complement includes six V20 line array elements and four STX 828S dual-18-inch subwoofers on each side of the stage, augmented by four JBL AC26 2-way compact speakers for front fill, two PRX735 3-way full-range speakers used as side fills and an even dozen VRX915M 2-way 15-inch stage monitors. Six Crown I-Tech 4x3500HD amplifiers power the main left/right line arrays, three Crown I-Tech 12000HD amps drive the subwoofers and four 4x3500HD amps handle the stage monitors.

The Regent has a main floor that slopes to the stage and a newly built second-floor mezzanine level and Frank finds the VTX arrays deliver wide, even, controlled coverage to both levels. “The VTX line arrays are relatively compact, but really powerful and clean and it’s amazing how much space they can cover, and do it so well. We did not have to install separate speakers for the mezzanine.” Frank notes the Regent hosts an eclectic variety of music and the speakers, subs and amps can go from pounding yet completely undistorted deep bass on the venue’s dance music nights a to delicate, nuanced and sonically layered ‘high-fidelity’ presentation for acoustic-based acts.

The Crown amplifiers also helped to simplify the system design. “The I-Tech 4x3500HD is incredible. The amplifier’s built-in processing and ability to be matched to the VTX arrays and the stage monitors saved us space because the loudspeaker management technology is all in the amps. We didn’t have to add outboard hardware for this functionality and JBL HiQnet Performance ManagerTM software provides a great control and monitoring interface.”

Frank is doing some final fine-tuning of the venue with acoustic treatment. “We’re dampening up the room just a bit and just kind of tightening it up, but it’s been pretty much ready to go. We’ve had 10 shows already and everything sounds great.”

Paul Bauman noted, “The advantages of the HARMAN JBL VTX and I-Tech HD system really shine in applications like the Regent Theater. Until the advent of these products it would have been impossible to implement a sound system in this kind of venue that was this streamlined in configuration, yet could be so precisely fine tuned. The performance of the VTX/I-Tech HD system has immediately taken the Regent to being one of the premier music venues in LA.”

“The combination of VTX and I-Tech HD is like a one-two sonic punch,” Frank added. “It’s so clear, and each frequency range is nicely slotted and defined. With this JBL and Crown system, I finally feel like I’m in the 21st Century!”

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets premier audio, visual, infotainment and enterprise automation solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets. With leading brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, Mark Levinson ® and Revel®, the Company is admired by audiophiles, musicians and the entertainment venues where they perform. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of approximately 17,600 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $5.9 billion during the last 12 months ended December 31, 2014.

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TNDV Provides Turnkey Mobile Production for Debut of “Skyville Live” Music Series

Multiple camera feeds, real-time social media integration and three live streams among the key production initiatives for the live music series

NASHVILLE, February 3, 2015 — Mobile production specialist TNDV lent its video and audio expertise to the debut of Skyville Live, a new monthly music series streamed exclusively online to audiences worldwide from Skyville Live studios located the heart of Nashville. The series provides music lovers with an unprecedented live music series, bringing together today’s hottest stars in a unique and interactive way in front of an intimate audience—usually around 100 attendees.

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Beyond bringing its Elevation truck to the event, TNDV provided crewing and streaming services for the premiere event, which featured performances from Gladys Knight, Martina McBride and R&B artist Estelle. TNDV’s turnkey services incorporated a significant, interactive social media element to the program, using Renewed Vision’s Pro Presenter 5 software to generate a real-time administered Twitter feed in full-screen and lower-third formats.

“The debut of Skyville Live required a turnkey mobile production service to support several live, broadcast-quality web streams, along with a full crew to capture multiple camera angles for future use in post-production,” said Nic Dugger, owner and president, TNDV. “This shoot required a great deal of creative skill to capture the intimacy of the performances, and utilized our technology, expertise and crewing to achieve the desired production results.”

The eight-camera shoot captured the event from three perspectives for the live webcast, which was supported using TNDV’s signal encoding infrastructure on board Elevation; and multiplatform streaming delivery from Blue Scout Media, a CDN based in Texas. Viewers could switch between the live performances, captured using six Hitachi HD1000 cameras; a robotic camera following the production team working on Elevation; and a separate robotic camera to capture the performances from the backstage vantage point. All HD streams delivered a live multichannel audio mix produced on board Elevation.

TNDV additionally employed its Aja KiPro video recorders and ProTools audio recording system to capture the feeds for post-production. All multi-camera, multi-tracked content was delivered to Skyville Live producers following the event, with the goal of distributing a program to media outlets in the near future.

TNDV’s mobile production experience with programs such as Bluegrass Underground, a live performance series seen on PBS, and CMT Backstage were among the key reasons the Skyville Live team selected TNDV to deliver a full range of services beyond a standard mobile production shoot.

“We needed a full-service company like TNDV to capture the true essence of what Skyville Live is about: bringing a mix of iconic acts, popular artists and emerging stars performing in an intimate setting to a worldwide audience using digital media platforms,” said Wally Wilson, Executive Producer, Skyville Live. “With music being at the forefront of the Skyville Live online experience, high-quality audio is one of the most important elements we looked for when considering production partners.”

ABOUT TNDV: Television

Formed in 2004, TNDV: Television represents the culmination of over 22 years of broadcast and live production for Nic Dugger, owner and president; and his staff of full time engineers. TNDV produces events from small single-camera productions all the way up to multi-million dollar international TV events, and takes pride in building custom solutions for challenging productions of any size, in any situation. Recent projects include the live concert productions at the NCAA Final Four, the Re/Max Long Drive Challenge on ESPN, and for the first time in broadcasting history TNDV produced the 2014 Hat Trick of Country Music Award show red carpet specials, including the CMA Awards, the CMT Awards, and the ACM Awards. Please call 615-585-6528 or visit www.tndv.com for more information.

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Matrox Products to Drive Video Walls and Deliver Video Wall Content throughout Integrated Systems Europe 2015

Matrox multi-display graphics cards, video wall controller boards and H.264 encoders will be featured in action by Advantech, Bilfinger Mauell, Scala and VuWall

Matrox® Graphics Inc. today announced that a variety of Matrox products will be featured on third-party stands at ISE 2015 (Amsterdam RAI, Feb. 10-12). Matrox C-Series™ multi-display graphics cards will be used with Scala digital signage software to play content developed by Pixel Inspiration. Matrox Mura™ MPX video wall controller boards will be used by Advantech and VuWall to drive a variety of video wall configurations. Matrox Maevex™ 5100 Series H.264 encoders will be used by Bilfinger Mauell and VuWall to encode video over IP for delivery to their video wall controller systems. The Matrox products will also be featured on the Matrox stand 11-F68.

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Advantech Europe B.V. — Mitsubishi stand 2-A24
Advantech integrates industrial video wall control systems which can incorporate up to 10 Matrox Mura MPX capture and display boards. The AVS-540 pre-configured system fits up to five PCIe x16 Mura MPX cards, allowing for a maximum of twenty video source inputs and twenty high-quality outputs. For example, in a factory control room, inputs could be connected to surveillance system NVR machines, to CCTV cameras monitoring equipment, to operator workstations running various applications and to servers running SCADA software for display on a video wall. At ISE, Advantech will show a live demonstration of the AVS-540 being controlled by VuWall video wall management software.

Bilfinger Mauell GmbH — Mitsubishi stand 2-A24
Bilfinger Mauell ME multiView X omnium provides monitoring and operation management of visualization systems in control rooms, network operation centers and data centers. It captures diverse sources including applications, desktops, cameras and graphics signals directly from such sources as PCs and DVRs via an IP network. Matrox MaevexAV-over-IP encoders will be used to stream Full HD 1080p60 video at low-bandwidth over an IP network for display on a video wall.

Scala B.V. — stand 8-F195
Scala software will be used to play content developed by Pixel Inspiration on a 2×3 digital signage wall powered by a Matrox C680 graphics card. Scala has a passion for creating intelligent digital signage solutions that move products, consumers, and employees. Driving more than 500,000 screens worldwide, Scala solutions increase sales, improve brand loyalty, optimize the customer experience, and reinforce business objectives.

VuWall Technology — stand 8-H330
VuWall collaborative visualization software will drive a 3×3 digital signage video wall powered by Matrox Mura MPX cards. VuWall software takes advantage of the latest Mura Network API to provide a timeline tool to program and manage simple transitions and an intuitive scripting tool that lets user quickly create more complex and dynamic scenes. Matrox Maevex AV-over-IP encoders will be used to stream Full HD 1080p60 video at low bandwidth over an IP network for display on the video wall. Matrox Avio fiber optic KVM extenders will be used to extend video, keyboard and mouse from a centrally located, racked system to an operator station.

About Matrox Graphics Inc.
Matrox Graphics is a global manufacturer of reliable, high-quality ASICs, boards, appliances, and software. Backed by in-house design expertise and dedicated customer support, Matrox products deliver stellar capture, extension, distribution, and display. Engineering high-quality products since 1976, Matrox technology is trusted by professionals and partners worldwide. Matrox is a privately held company headquartered in Montreal, Canada. For more information, visit www.matrox.com/graphics.

Haivision Continues EMEA Expansion with New Customer Wins, Expanded Headquarters in Germany, and Increased Sales and Channel Support

New Customers Include Airbus, CAE, London Metropolitan Police, Macmillan Publishers and RSM International

Haivision, an enterprise video technology company, today announced continued momentum in EMEA (Europe, the Middle East and Africa) with a number of new customers, expanded headquarters in Germany and increased sales and channel support in the United Kingdom, Netherlands, and France. Haivision will be exhibiting the company’s enterprise media and streaming solutions at Integrated Systems Europe (ISE) 2015 at the Amsterdam RAI from February 10-12 (stand 6-M174).

Across the globe, Haivision video solutions power a wide range of video applications for enterprise, education, medical, broadcast, and government organizations. In the last year, Haivision has provided a growing number of companies in the EMEA region with enterprise-grade solutions for broadcast backhaul, training and assessment, enterprise communications and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR).

New customers include Airbus, CAE, DNB Bank, Exact Software, London Metropolitan Police, Macmillan Publishers, Press Association, Nordia Bank, NPAS (National Police Air Service), RaboBank, Red Bee Media, RSM International, Sagem, Swedbank and UPM. The recent expansion of the German headquarters and sales leadership additions have also reinforced Haivision’s commitment to enhancing international support for its channel partners and customers.

“There has been tremendous demand for enterprise video solutions in the EMEA market,” said Mirko Wicha, President and CEO of Haivision. “With our expanded headquarters in Germany, we’re bringing increased sales support and research and development to give our customers the best support and experience so they can work better with video.”

About Haivision


Haivision delivers end-to-end solutions for streaming, encoding, recording, managing, and distributing secure video and interactive media within the enterprise, education, medical, government and broadcast industries. Recognized as one of the most influential companies in video by Streaming Media, Haivision is headquartered in Montreal and Chicago with regional offices in Austin, Tx; Atlanta, Ga.; Portland, Or.; Washington D.C. and Hamburg, Germany. With a global sales and support organization, Haivision distributes its products through value-added resellers, system integrators, distributors, and OEMs worldwide. More information is available at www.haivision.com.

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Haivision Press Contact:
Jennifer Gazin
PR and Communications Manager
Tel: +1 (514) 334-5445

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