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Hyphen Expands Rapid Prototyping Capabilities with Addition of Stratasys Fortus 900mc

Hyphen™, the most comprehensive rapid prototyping and testing facility in North America, announced a significant upgrade to its capabilities with the purchase of the Stratasys Fortus 900mc 3D Production System from Cimetrix, one of Canada’s leading additive manufacturing solution providers. Using Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM®), the system builds durable, accurate, repeatable parts as large as 36 x 24 x 36 inches, with a selection of ten material options, including FDM® Nylon 12, to create more finely detailed building fixture, factory tooling, and end-use parts that are closer to a finished product than ever before. The new developments are part of Hyphen’s growth over the past year and a half, which has seen the lab broaden its services, establish new industry connections, and strengthen its leadership role in the additive manufacturing industry.

Cimetrix is uniquely positioned to assist clients like Hyphen in the acquisition and maximum use of 3D production systems, offering services that enhance their business processes and facilitate their effective use of technology through ongoing product and applications support. Cimetrix also brings access to an impressive array of additive manufacturing systems that use leading technologies such as FDM, further ensuring that Hyphen services and technology are at the forefront of innovation. Hyphen’s addition of the Stratasys Fortus 900mc will enable their team to manufacture larger parts that are ideal for concept modeling, functional prototyping, manufacturing tools and even end-use parts, enabling faster speed to market.

“Hyphen has quickly established itself as a visionary in the additive manufacturing industry, championing new technologies and forging relationships with key players in all aspects of this growing field,” said James Janeteas, President & CEO, Cimetrix Solutions Inc. “As their industry colleagues, we look forward to working with the Hyphen team to continue to develop innovative and cutting-edge solutions to address client needs.”

“Hyphen continues to make major strides in capabilities and services, and important industry connections like Cimetrix ensure that our customers receive the latest technology and most creative support available today,” said Mark Barfoot, managing director of Hyphen. “The purchase of the Stratasys Fortus 900mc offers us groundbreaking technology to help designers and manufacturers bring their ideas to life faster and more accurately than ever before.”

Hyphen also actively looks for the most effective ways to work with large and small companies, inventors and makers, and educational institutions. Hyphen’s lab is open to the public, providing a broad range of additive manufacturing and environmental testing, all under one roof.

“If you can envision it, we can help you build it at Hyphen,” said Barfoot.

Matrox to Support Next Major Updates of Adobe Professional Video Editing Tools

Matrox editing cards and devices will be tightly integrated with the next major updates of Adobe Premiere Pro CC and Adobe After Effects CC for rock-solid workflows from SD to 4K

Matrox® Video today announced support for the upcoming release of Adobe® professional video editing tools, including Adobe Premiere® Pro CC and Adobe Mercury Transmit for Adobe After Effects® CC, with the Matrox Mojito™ 4K monitoring card, the Matrox MXO2™ family of I/O devices and the Matrox Mojito MAX™ I/O card. WYSIWYG support for Adobe Photoshop® CC will also be provided.

Matrox Mojito 4K is a quad 3G-SDI, 4K video card for use with Adobe Creative Cloud™ professional video editing tools on Windows® platforms. It provides 10-bit H.264 intra-frame rendering and enables realtime monitoring and output of video footage at resolutions up to 4096×2160 and at frame rates up to 60 fps (4K@60fps) making it ideal for full-res 2K, QFHD and 4K workflows.

Matrox MXO2 and Mojito MAX I/O products provide broadcast-quality video and audio input, output and monitoring to enable traditional tape-based workflows including deck control for frame-accurate batch capture and print-to-tape. They are also the only I/O solutions on the market that let users encode H.264 files for delivery to the web, iPad® and iPhone® up to five times faster than software alone without sacrificing quality. In addition, MXO2 devices provide cross-platform Mac® and Windows support and are still the only solutions that connect anywhere, Mac and PC, via Thunderbolt™, PCIe® or ExpressCard/34®—with the same versatile unit.

“Our move to Creative Cloud has enabled us to accelerate the delivery of new features for Adobe video apps. Our customers want the very best tools available to them, and to work efficiently while producing amazing results,” said Simon Williams, director of strategic relations at Adobe. “Matrox has responded to this challenge. Their editing products offer our customers reliable and high-quality video options, which greatly enhance video artists’ overall experience.”

“Matrox Mojito 4K is an excellent complement to high frame rate (HFR) workflows beyond HD,” said Alberto Cieri, senior director of sales and marketing at Matrox “Users of Sony F5 and F55 cameras can take advantage of XAVC optimizations by Matrox and Adobe for 4K monitoring, editing, rendering, and delivery.”

Matrox I/0 products will be featured at the 2014 NAB Show (Las Vegas, April 7-10, booth SL5019).

Price and availability
Matrox products are available through a worldwide network of authorized dealers. Matrox Mojito 4K is priced at $1995 US (€1795, £1495) not including local taxes and delivery. Matrox MXO2 devices are priced starting at $449 US (€382, £338). Matrox Mojito MAX is priced at $995 US (€799, £749).

Drivers for the next major update of Adobe Premiere Pro CC will be available to registered Matrox users as a free download from the Matrox website after the updates are available via Adobe Creative Cloud.

Adobe at NAB
At NAB 2014, Adobe is announcing plans to significantly update all the video apps in Adobe Creative Cloud™. These new major updates and innovations, expected to ship in the first half of the year, include Adobe Premiere Pro CC and Adobe After Effects® CC and are designed to make everyday tasks easier and faster enabling video professionals to create stunning videos, TV shows, films and commercials more efficiently. Adobe is also revealing new features for Adobe Anywhere, the collaborative workflow platform that empowers enterprise broadcast companies with distributed teams, using Adobe professional video apps, to work together as they access and manage centralized media and assets across virtually any network. See Adobe at NAB in Booth SL3910. Learn more at: http://adobe.ly/1hucPrO.

About Matrox Video
Matrox Video is a technology and market leader in the field of HD and SD digital video hardware and software for accelerated H.264 encoding, realtime editing, audio/video input/output, streaming, A/V signal conversion, capture/playout servers, channel-in-a-box systems and CGs. Matrox’s Emmy award-winning technology powers a full range of multi-screen content creation and delivery platforms used by broadcasters, telcos, cable operators, post-production facilities, videographers and A/V professionals worldwide. Founded in 1976, Matrox is a privately held company headquartered in Montreal, Canada. For more information, visit www.matrox.com/video.

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Prism Sound Discusses Audio Production at Brighton Music Conference

Internationally acclaimed manufacturer Prism Sound is hosting a production panel at this year’s Brighton Music Conference where it will also be taking an exhibition stand for two days.

Prism Sound’s panel will discuss all things audio – from creative audio production through to studio techniques and tips. Confirmed panelists include producer Steve Mac, DJ Dave Clarke, Producer and re-mixer James Wiltshire (Freemasons) and Anthony Middleton of Audiofly.

Brighton Music Conference (BMC) runs from April 11th – 12th and Prism Sound’s panel will be held on Friday April 11th at 16.35 in the Exhibition Room.

“Our panel is designed to be educational as well as entertaining,” says Prism Sound Product Specialist Chris Allen, who is hosting the event. “There will be plenty of opportunity for the audience to fire questions at our panelists and we are anticipating lively debate.”

Prism Sound will also be using the BMC platform to show its internationally acclaimed family of audio interfaces, which include Orpheus, Titan, Atlas, and Lyra. Also on show will be the company’s range of Maselec audio production tools such as the MEA-2 EQ and the MLA-2 compressor.

“We have launched three new products in less than a year, which is a record for Prism Sound,” Chris Allen adds. “This indicates our determination to offer recording professionals the widest possible choice when it comes to the high quality, richly featured and competitive tools they want and need.”

As part of its commitment to the audio production community, Prism Sound will also be promoting the Music Producers Guild on its BMC stand. Representatives from MPG will be on hand to talk about the issues the organization is involved in and highlight the benefits of joining.

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About Prism Sound
Founded in 1987, Prism Sound manufacture high-quality professional digital audio equipment for the International broadcast, film, music production, manufacturing and telecommunications sectors. The company’s product range includes the Prism ADA-8XR precision 8-channel converter unit, which is regularly used for music and film soundtrack projects by clients such as EMI Abbey Road, BBC, Sony, Lucasfilm and Walt Disney. Prism Sound also manufactures a range of audio test and measurement products, including the de facto standard DSA-1 handheld digital audio generator/analyser and the dScope Series III audio analyser system.

For more information: www.prismsound.com

Digital Vision Announces New Pricing and Features for Nucoda Grading Products

Current Customers’ Investment Is Protected

NAB 2014, Stand Sl6026 / Chairman’s Suite, Renaissance Hotel

(London, UK) – Digital Vision has announced some significant changes to its range of Nucoda colour grading products and its pricing structure. The move comes as a considered response to the increasing commoditisation of the grading and finishing market, and seeks to protect and support Digital Vision’s current customer base while continuing to provide outstanding colour grading tools.

Kelvin Bolah, President, Digital Vision, said, “Over the last few years we have witnessed the destructive and destabilising commoditisation of this niche market. We needed to adapt to the changing landscape, and have taken our time to create a grading strategy that both protects our customers’ investments and our revenues. Whilst we have grown our product portfolio with new products to address new markets to reduce our dependency on niche spaces, our new grading product and pricing strategy will reward loyal customers as we continue to provide the best tools for colour grading and image processing.”

Nucoda Film Master, the premium colour grading and finish solution, will be renamed Nucoda. The Nucoda Fuse product will be discontinued; all supported Nucoda Fuse users will receive a free upgrade to the new Nucoda software, while all Film Master users will receive free upgrades to the full range of DVO tools.

Digital Vision will launch support for Tangent Element panels across all products at NAB and DVO Classic tools will be available as part of Nucoda software, which now starts from MSRP £1,650 / $ 2,695 / € 1,999.

To book a demo or meeting with Digital Vision during NAB at the Demo Lounge, Renaissance Hotel, please contact Patrick Morgan patrick.morgan@digitalvision.se or visit Digital Vision’s reception stand on the show floor at SL6026.

About Digital Vision
Digital Vision is the supplier of the world’s best colour grading, restoration and film scanning solutions for the broadcast, film, commercial and archive industries. Founded in 1988 in Stockholm, Sweden, Digital Vision has offices in London, Los Angeles, New Zealand, and Linköping in Sweden. Digital Vision’s Emmy award winning technology and products include Nucoda and Phoenix colour grading, finishing, mastering and restoration solutions that are used to create much of the worlds’ high profile television, film and commercials media broadcast and distributed today. In addition to the Nucoda and Phoenix ranges, Golden Eye film scanners and the Bifrost Archive Bridge solution provide innovative tools to create the industry recognized highest quality in scanning, film digitization, preservation and archiving.

In April 2011, Digital Vision acquired Image Systems and is now a division of the Image Systems group of companies.
For more information, visit www.digitalvision.se
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Digital Vision Marketing Contact:

Patrick Morgan | patrick.morgan@digitalvision.se | Tel: +44 (0) 20 7734 8282 | Mobile +44 (0) 7917674711

Digital Vision PR Contacts:

EMEA/APAC
Dawn Egerton, Bubble & Squeak | dawn@bubblesqueak.co.uk | Tel: +44 (0)7887 627764

USA
Chris Purse, Ignite | chris@ignite.bz | Tel: +1 818 980 3473

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Custom Media Solutions Relies on New FOR-A Switcher for High-Profile Live Event Production

Cypress, CA – Specializing in high-quality live and post production services, Custom Media Solutions has been depending on FOR-A video switchers to meet its production needs in recent years. The Georgia-based firm first purchased a FOR-A HVS-300HS switcher in 2011, bought an HVS-350HS switcher when theytransitioned to full HD, and later became a user of FOR-A’s HVS-XT110 portable switcher. The company recently selected a FOR-A HVS-390HS switcher for use with its wide-ranging video production applications, including live entertainment, conferences and corporate events.

“Some features of the HVS-300HS switcher that I really appreciate include the ability to scale on every input, a frame sync option on every input, and the DVE capabilities in every keyer,” said Marc Shroyer, owner and founder of Custom Media Solutions. “When we upgraded to HD, the obvious choice for us was to buy FOR-A’s HVS-350HS switcher. The unit was still offered in a small package, yet it came with some amazing features and flexibility. Some features that have helped us to deliver impressive results to low-budget events include its keying over AUX buses, transitioning events memory and use of a second remote control panel.”

Custom Media Solutions began using FOR-A’s HVS-390HS switcher at the end of 2013, and has been extremely pleased with their new unit’s flexibility and new features.

“What has been a big hit for us so far is the Web interface, larger control panel, additional half M/E when we use it with the HVS-300HS control panel, and the use of macros,” explained Shroyer.

One of the more challenging events produced by Custom Media Solutions with
FOR-A’s HVS-350HS switcher was for Hillsong UNITED, an Australian worship music group. Conferences highlighting their U.S. tour stops were held in New York City’s Radio City Music Hall and the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles last fall.

“The FOR-A switcher performed beautifully,” said Shroyer. “The client needed five different outputs with five different keys, all with the ability to transition, and they also needed to have all five screens change sources simultaneously by pushing one key. They wanted to turn multiple outputs with different sources to black and white with the push of a button. We could do this thanks to the mono color option built into the switcher’s keyers. The event was a complete success, and we saved our clients a lot of money by not having to use five different switchers to perform the tasks at hand. We just needed the one FOR-A switcher to get the job done right.”

Other productions that Custom Media Solutions has used FOR-A’s switchers for include: the Delta Chairman’s Club Banquet at the Fox Theater in Atlanta, Christian music artist Chris Tomlin’s tour, a conference at the University of Tennessee, Passion City Church events, DVD shoots for artists Montel Jordan and Hillsong UNITED, events at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater, productions for the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and North Point Community Church’s student camps.

“We’ve been continuously pleased with our FOR-A equipment and the quality it brings to our productions,” Shroyer explained. “Our switchers have helped us to provide our customers with top notch, cutting edge video productions at very competitive prices.”

About FOR-A

FOR-A is a major manufacturer and distributor of video and audio systems to the broadcast, postproduction and professional video markets. For more information about FOR-A’s product line, call 714-894-3311 or visit our web site at www.for-a.com.

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Purdue University Remodels CoRec Into Modern Fitness and Wellness Facility with Biamp Systems

After two years of renovation and additions, the France A. Cordova Recreational Sports Center (CoRec) opens its doors to eager students, faculty, staff, and community members

BEAVERTON, Oregon — April 2, 2014 — Biamp Systems, a leading provider of innovative, networked media systems, today announced the installation of an expansive Audia(R) system in the France A. Cordova Recreational Sports Center (CoRec) at Purdue University.

Purdue University utilized Biamp’s AudiaFLEX to create one large DSP audio network across the entire facility. Originally built in 1957 as the first U.S. university building created solely for students’ recreational sports, CoRec grew in size from 148,700 to 355,000 square feet in its latest remodel.

In total, 18 AudiaFLEX units have been installed, with many of the units pulling double duty — operating as room audio processors as well as performing paging and background music functions. Inter Technologies Corp. created 40 separate zones of music and paging capabilities across the facility. Most zones feature automatic ambient noise compensation devices for room volume control. The entire integrated system is controlled via a single Crestron touchpanel at the reception desk. The programming allows for muting of individual zones as well as overall volume control.

“We’re extremely happy with all the functionality we now have in our audio system,” stated Bob Hannemann, CoRec’s Technical Operations Coordinator. “The zoned paging, background music, and conferencing capabilities gives us all of the things we need to serve every type of patron.”

“We spec a lot of Biamp in our projects,” shared Dale Miller, Project Manager with ITC. “Biamp’s Audia gave Purdue everything they wanted and more.”

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About Biamp Systems
Biamp Systems is a leading provider of innovative, networked media systems that power the world’s most sophisticated audio/video installations. The company is recognized worldwide for delivering high-quality products and backing each product with a commitment to exceptional customer service.

The award-winning Biamp(R) product suite includes the Tesira(R) media system for digital audio networking, Audia(R) Digital Audio Platform, Nexia(R) digital signal processors, Sona(TM) AEC technology, and Vocia(R) Networked Public Address and Voice Evacuation System. Each has its own specific feature set that can be customized and integrated in a wide range of applications, including corporate boardrooms, conference centers, performing arts venues, courtrooms, hospitals, transportation hubs, campuses, and multi-building facilities.

Founded in 1976, Biamp is headquartered in Beaverton, OR, USA, with additional engineering operations in Brisbane, Australia and Rochester, NY. For more information on Biamp, please visit www.biamp.com.

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Audiofile Releases Triumph 2.3

Major update to professional audio editor and post-production tool includes integration of Final Cut Pro X technologies

Minneapolis – April 2, 2014 Audiofile, a leading music technology company, today announced the latest major update to Triumph, their acclaimed audio editor and post-production tool for Mac.

Currently featured as a “Best New App” and “Great App for Final Cut Pro” on the Mac App Store, Triumph 2.3 now supports Final Cut Pro X XML import and export complete with video preview, placing it among the App Store’s most powerful audio editors for sound designers, video editors and filmmakers. 

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“Triumph 2.3 represents a significant step forward for Final Cut Pro X integration,” according to Matthew Foust, Audiofile Managing Partner and co-founder. “With this release we’ve made it even easier for filmmakers the world over to create sound for their films that is as beautiful and polished as the their visuals.” 

In addition to bridging the gap between sound design and Final Cut Pro X, Triumph 2.3 introduces iCloud support, adding to its already rich list integrated Mac technologies. With the inclusion of iCloud support, users are now able to share Triumph projects across all of their personal or studio machines and iOS devices.

“Support for the latest Apple technologies isn’t just a box we check,” says Ev Olcott, Senior Software Architect and co-founder. “Apple technology—from iCloud to Applescript and nearly everything in between—is quite literally at the core of what we do and it has been since the beginning.”

Triumph_Tools

Triumph has been completely rebranded when Creative Director Joseph Kuefler joined the Audiofile team.

Triumph 2.3 is only the latest in a planned roadmap of major updates, all in an effort to further distinguishes it as the flagship Audiofile app for Mac.

For more information about Triumph, visit http://www.audiofile-engineering.com/triumph/ 

 

About Audiofile
Audiofile is a boutique technology company building apps that power the worlds musicians and audio engineers. Founded by Ev Olcott and Matthew Foust in 2004, Audiofile is among the most innovative and experienced audio software developers for Mac OS X and the iPhone with a long history of industry-firsts to their name.

Learn more about Audiofile’s entire range of music apps for Mac and iOS at www.audiofile-engineering.com, www.facebook.com/audiofileeng and on Twitter, @weareaudiofile.

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Professional Wireless Systems (PWS) Expert Frequency Coordination Team Takes to the Court for 2014 March Madness

ORLANDO, APRIL 2, 2014 – When the second round of the NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Championship kicked off at the Amway Center in Orlando, Florida on Thursday, March 20, Professional Wireless Systems (PWS), experts in supplying and supporting wireless systems for live, broadcast events and installations, was courtside to provide frequency coordination for the tournament.

Commonly referred to as “March Madness,” the six games played at the Amway Center were held over two days for the second and third rounds of the South region bracket. The onsite PWS team was responsible for handling 175 channels of wireless for the broadcast media (TNT and CBS), visiting and local media as well as in-house arena frequencies.

“PWS’ expertise and extensive experience providing frequency coordination for such high profile sporting events, such as the NBA Finals and the SuperBowl, allows us to streamline the process in terms of how we handle the media and all of their wireless needs for events like the NCAA basketball tournament,” says Jim Van Winkle, general manager, PWS. “March Madness is unique in that there are four games played in one day at the same venue, so we are extremely busy coordinating visiting media from eight various college cities as well as national media. Large scale events like this are always challenging for us, but our team once again did a fantastic job.”

About Masque Sound
Founded in 1936 by a trio of Broadway stagehands, Masque Sound evolved into one of NYC’s most successful theatrical sound reinforcement, installation and design companies specializing in theatrical, house of worship, sporting, corporate, TV broadcast and live concert events. Celebrating more than 75 years in the industry, the company is lead by Geoff Shearing, the firm’s 3rd generation owner, and Vice President and General Manager Stephanie Hansen. The company also operates Florida-based Professional Wireless Systems, a leader in the development and implementation of wireless technology. Credits range from major Broadway shows and tours including “Phantom of the Opera,” “Mamma Mia!,” “Lion King,” “Jersey Boys,” “Memphis,” “The Book of Mormon,” “Newsies,” “Once” and “Kinky Boots” to yearly Super Bowl broadcasts and installations of varying sizes, including New York’s New Victory Theater and historic St. Bartholomew’s Church. Masque Sound’s 70,000 sq. ft. corporate headquarters and main assembly facility is located at 21 East Union Ave., East Rutherford, NJ, 20 minutes from midtown Manhattan. For more information, call (201) 939-8666 or visit www.MasqueSound.com.

Sound Devices Introduces the ‘970’ Its First Dedicated Rack-Mounted Audio Solution at the 2014 NAB Show

64-Track Dante and MADI-Equipped Multi-Track Audio Recorder Makes Industry Debut

LAS VEGAS, APRIL 2, 2014 – Sound Devices, specialists in audio and video products for production, introduces 970, its first-ever dedicated audio-only rack-mounted solution, which boasts an impressive 64 channels of Dante and MADI, at the 2014 NAB Show (Booth C2546). The half-rack, 2U device simplifies any application requiring high-quality, high-track-count audio recording, including drama and reality production, and live concert recording.

Sound Devices’ 970 records 64 channels of monophonic or polyphonic 24-bit WAV files from any of its 144 available inputs. Inputs available include 64 channels of Ethernet-based Dante, 64 channels of optical or coaxial MADI, eight channels of line-level analog and eight channels of AES digital. The 970 is a powerful tool for professionals who require a significant number of audio channels. Any input can be assigned to any track. In addition, 32-track recording at 96 kHz is supported.

The 970 records to any of four attached drives, which include two front-panel drive bays and two rear-panel e-SATA connected drives. Material can be recorded to multiple drives simultaneously or sequentially. This eliminates time-consuming post-record copying and allows for continuous long-form, high-track count recordings.

With its built-in, rock-steady Ambient Recording Lockit time-code technology, the 970 is well-suited to operate as a master clock. It can also slave or be jammed to any other time-code source. All common production time-code rates and modes are supported. The 970 also supports word clock synchronization from external word clock, video sync, MADI or AES. To simplify the connection of multiple digital inputs, SRCs are available for all MADI, Dante or AES inputs.

The Sound Devices 970 features an embedded Web-based control panel for machine transport and setup control over Ethernet-based networks as well as file transfer over the data network with SMB. File metadata editing of scene name, take name, notes, track names, and reel folders can be done during, before and after recording across all drives. In addition to RS-422 and GPIO control, the unit also allows for format conversion between analog, AES digital, MADI and Dante.

Sound Devices’ 970 is designed with a large five-inch screen for metering of up to 64 tracks and for fast and intuitive menu control. It also features the Sound Devices proprietary PowerSafe technology. PowerSafe circuitry has a built-in 10-second power reserve. In the event of power loss, the unit continues to operate for up to 10 seconds, then stops any file operation and shuts down. This ensures that a complete power loss has no effect on the recording.

Sound Devices, LLC designs and manufactures portable audio mixers, digital audio recorders, and digital video recorders and related equipment for feature film, episodic television, documentary, news-gathering, and acoustical test and measurement applications. Founded in 1998, the company designs and manufactures from their Reedsburg, Wisconsin headquarters with additional offices in Madison, WI and Highland Park, IL. For more information, visit the Sound Devices website, www.sounddevices.com.

Sound Devices Expands Line of Video Recorders with Introduction of PIX 270i and 250i at NAB 2014

New Recorders Offer Extensive High-Quality Video, Audio and Networking Capabilities Addressing the Multiple Source Needs of Today’s Large-Scale Productions

LAS VEGAS, APRIL 2, 2014 – Sound Devices, specialists in audio and video products for production, introduces its latest PIX recorders, PIX 270i and PIX 250i, at the 2014 NAB Show (Booth C2546). PIX 270i and PIX 250i seamlessly replace tape- and disc-based video decks for a complete offering that addresses a range of multiple-source video productions, including fast-paced, mission-critical studio applications, live sports and events, and mobile production.

The PIX 270i and PIX 250i recorders offer significant advantages and time-savings to production workflows, providing tapeless, file-based recording and playback with the ability to access and transfer high-quality files over Ethernet. The units record edit-ready Apple ProRes or Avid DNxHD files and allow simultaneous multiple-drive recording, giving production staff peace of mind with their rock-solid redundancy and backup capabilities (four drives for PIX 270i and two drives for 250i). Their extensive audio capabilities, including 64 channels of both MADI audio and Dante audio-over-Ethernet for PIX 270i, and PIX 250i’s 16 tracks of audio, make each unit a comprehensive, cost-effective replacement for complex video servers and an effective tool for high-performance video production.

The PIX recorders offer 3G-SDI (12-bit, 4:4:4) and HDMI I/O, and can record at numerous data rates. Full RGB Apple ProRes 4444 (330 Mbps) and low data rate proxy files (36 Mbps) are available. Files are ready for import directly into popular editing environments, including Avid, Final Cut Pro and Adobe Premiere Pro, eliminating time-consuming transferring and transcoding.

Up to four drives, two SATA drives in PIX-CADDYs and two SATA-connected drives can be connected to the PIX 270i. All four drives can be recorded to simultaneously or sequentially for redundancy and long-form programs. For PIX 250i, up to two SATA drives in PIX-CADDYs can be connected to the easily accessed front-panel drive bays. In the same fashion, both drives can be recorded to simultaneously or sequentially. This redundancy in local, removable storage devices, coupled with standard, Ethernet-based file-transfer features, further reduces steps in the production workflow. Recording to multiple drives offers immediate file backup, eliminating time-consuming post-record copying. Gigabit Ethernet network ports enable remote access to recorded files and the ability to transfer these files quickly into a post-production environment.

Both products feature extensive network connectivity and can be connected over Ethernet for simultaneous grouped recording and playback, creating a cost-effective scalable solution that addresses the multi-camera recording needs of today’s production. Its built-in Web server, PIXNet offers browser-based transport and setup-menu control of any number of units. In addition, PIX 270i features built-in multiple unit synchronization, offering simultaneous, frame-accurate recording and playback, ideal for multi-camera production and live event multi-screen playback. Any number of units can be grouped and controlled as a single system from either the hardware or the built-in Web-based control panel. Frame accurate sync works with other PIX 260i and PIX 270i recorders. The PIX 250i can be grouped with other PIX 250i, PIX 260i and PIX 270i recorders. The PIX can also be controlled by external RS-422 (Sony 9-pin compatible) controllers as well as via its GPIO port.

The PIX 270i offers extensive audio capabilities, with 64 record tracks (32 tracks at 96k), eight channels of analog audio, eight channels of AES digital audio, 16 channels of embedded SDI audio, and 64 channels of both MADI (coaxial and optical) audio and Dante audio-over-Ethernet. The PIX 250i features eight channels of analog audio, eight channels of AES digital audio and 16 channels of embedded SDI audio, and supports up to 16 tracks of audio.

With its built-in Ambient Clockit time-code generator/reader with genlock output, the PIX line is designed for multiple-camera and double-system sound applications. In addition to generating ultra-stable time-code, time-code can be read from the SDI stream, the HDMI stream or external sources. PIX 270i and PIX 250i include a high-performance hardware scaler and frame-rate converter. Regardless of the incoming signal, PIX records the signal after up-, down- or cross-conversion at the same or different frame rate. Hardware-based 3:2 pull-down removal is also available. Its convenient 1/2-rack, 2-U chassis dimension allows it to be easily integrated into any existing environment. It is powered by 10-27 VDC through a four-pin XLR connector. The PIX 270i offers a secondary DC input for power supply redundancy.

The newest additions to the PIX line of products feature Sound Devices’ proprietary PowerSafe technology. PowerSafe circuitry has a built-in 10-second power reserve. In the event of power loss the unit continues to operate for up to 10 seconds, then stops any file operation and shuts down. This ensures that a complete power loss has no effect on the recording.

Both the PIX 270i and PIX 250i have precision five-inch IPS, 800- x 480-pixel displays for setup menu access and video monitoring. The high-accuracy display, with its peaking, false color and zoom functions, is perfect for framing, exposure and focus evaluation.

Sound Devices, LLC designs and manufactures portable audio mixers, digital audio recorders, and digital video recorders and related equipment for feature film, episodic television, documentary, news-gathering, live event and acoustical test and measurement applications. Founded in 1998, the company designs and manufactures from their Reedsburg, Wisconsin headquarters with additional offices in Madison, WI and Highland Park, IL. For more information, visit the Sound Devices website, www.sounddevices.com.

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