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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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Christie Shines at DistribuTech 2015 with Powerful Control Room Visual Display Solutions for Utility Industry

Christie Projectors used at American Water (2) Christie® visual display solutions will be in full view at Booth #4531 at San Diego’s DistribuTECH , February 3 – 5. The company will demonstrate powerful control room solutions that range from the innovative Christie Entero™ HB 70-inch HD front access video wall cube, to the bright and seamless Christie Velvet™ high-resolution LED tiles, which feature stunning visuals. Also on display will be the Christie Phoenix® network distributed open content management system.

Rounding out the Christie display at DistribuTECH will be best-in-class ultra-narrow bezel flat panels that include the 46-inch Christie FHD461-X flat panel and the 55-inch Christie FHD552-X flat panel – both professional grade, high-definition flat panels for tiled display walls.

Christie’s control room solutions are part of next-generation installations at major utility companies globally such as India’s North Eastern Electric Power Corporation Limited (NEEPCO), under the Ministry of Power, which covers 47 percent of the total electricity consumption of the north eastern region and American Water, a leading provider of high-quality water and waste-water services in the United States and parts of Canada.

Control room visual displays at the Christie booth include:
Christie Entero HB 70-inch HD front access display cube – The Christie Entero HB series is the first and only LED cube to offer wireless control through Wi-Fi® capability. A motorized, 6-axis adjustment system for easy front access offers wider installation flexibility. Designed for zero maintenance, the Christie Entero HB is an excellent option for installations that need true HD LED display cubes in a 70 inch 16:9 form factor.

Christie Velvet 2.5mm indoor LED tiles – Offering high resolution images and scalable for full display wall flexibility, the Christie Velvet series of LED tiles provides a maintenance-free solution for eye catching installations. Configurable into video walls of virtually any size or shape, they feature low energy consumption, long service life, and true 24/7 operation.

Christie Phoenix – A network distributed open content management system at its core, the Christie Phoenix redefines mobility, enabling seamless access and control of audio-visual data, regardless of the user’s location. A true industry “game changer,” the Christie Phoenix can simultaneously encode, decode, and display any source of audio/visual information found in a control room environment.
Christie FHD461-X 46-inch HD LCD display – Featuring tight seams, and high image quality the Christie FHD461-X offers dazzling, high-contrast and color-rich visuals in near seamless, tiled video wall displays. It integrates easily into areas where space is limited, while flexible mounting options make it easy to service.

Christie FHD552-X HD ultra-narrow bezel 55 inch LCD display – A combination of high-definition, low operating cost, ultra-narrow bezels and energy-efficient LED backlight, make the Christie FHD552-X an ideal LCD panel for large, tiled digital displays. Displays can also quickly transform into a multi-touch interactive display with the Christie Interactivity Kit.

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Cabletime appoints new CEO to spearhead expansion plans

Shaun OxenhamCabletime, developer of the powerful MediaStar range of IPTV and digital media distribution solutions has announced the appointment of Shaun Oxenham as Chief Executive Officer with responsibility for Cabletime’s operations in the UK, Europe, USA and Asia.

Shaun takes over as CEO from Nick Bradford, who, as the newly appointed Founding Director, will now take a more strategic role. Shaun has been involved with Cabletime as a Non-Executive Director since 2013 and has been responsible for helping to steer the company. In his new position, he will focus on driving Cabletime’s growth beyond AV and into the broader technology sector, taking advantage of the opportunities afforded by closer collaboration between the traditional IT and AV channels and the growth of vertical market specialist integrators. His aim is also to help Cabletime build even stronger relationships with influential consultants in both IT and AV.

With over twenty five years of experience creating and managing successful businesses in fast-paced and leading edge environments, Shaun is well positioned to take the helm at Cabletime. As the founding CEO of Enfis Group plc, a semi-conductor light engine developer, he took the company through several rounds of venture capital funding culminating with a listing on the AIM London Stock Exchange in 2007. Previously he was Managing Director of Ubiquity Software Corporation in the UK, taking the company’s SIP products for next generation telecom networks to the market leading position; and before that Operations Director of Relay and a key member of the MBO team that bought the company in 1996 and later sold to a US-based software corporation.

“Shaun has already been highly influential in our expansion since he joined the board and I am delighted to be handing over the mantle to him,” said Nick Bradford. “Cabletime is on a growth trajectory in our key territories and needs energy, experience and careful steering to ensure we achieve our objectives, all of which Shaun can deliver. This is a turning point in Cabletime’s development and we are excited about our prospects for the future.”

“I am extremely excited about the possibilities for Cabletime which has a solid foundation of 30 years of operation in the professional AV market and an impressive blue chip client base,” commented Shaun Oxenham. I will be looking to build on the great work that Nick and the team have invested over many years and I look forward to broadening Cabletime’s reach and competitive offering”

Shaun becomes CEO with immediate effect, and he will be meeting Cabletime partners and customers at ISE 2015 in February on the Cabletime booth (10-P116).

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4Wall Entertainment Acquires Large Complement of Clay Paky Mythos Fixtures

ACT_Lighting-4Wall-Mythos-Print_Ready.jpg.jpg4Wall Entertainment has made a sizable purchase of Clay Paky Mythos fixtures, a highly-advanced hybrid light which serves as an excellent 470-watt spotlight and an extraordinary beam light. A.C.T Lighting, Inc. is the exclusive distributor of Clay Paky lighting in North America.

“With this purchase 4Wall reinforces its reputation as an innovative company, which offers its clients the latest cutting-edge products,” says A.C.T Lighting Vice President Sales and Marketing Brian Dowd. “4Wall is one of the first vendors in the US to recognize the outstanding potential of the Mythos fixtures and take delivery of a large complement of these new lights.”

4Wall Entertainment is a full-service lighting company specializing in providing entertainment lighting systems. Via rentals, sales, service and design 4Wall delivers solutions to projects large or small, temporary or permanent from offices in Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Nashville, New York and Washington, D.C.

“From the first demonstration on, all of us at 4Wall have known the Mythos would be a hit,” says 4Wall COO Kathy Torjman. “Having top-notch functionality as both a spot and a beam makes the fixture a perfect addition to our nationwide inventory. Designers from all over the country are already requesting to use it on their upcoming shows!”

As a spot light, Clay Paky’s Mythos offers an outstanding large beam and zoom optimized for focusing; as a beam light it remains parallel for its entire length even at great distances. Mythos is smooth, fast and very quiet with a completely redesigned indexed visual effects disc.

About A.C.T Lighting

A leading importer and distributor of lighting products, A.C.T Lighting, Inc. strives to identify future trends and cutting-edge products, and stock, sell and support their inventory. The company provides superior customer service and value for money to all of its clients.

For more information on A.C.T Lighting, visit www.actlighting.com
For more information on 4Wall, visit www.4wall.com
Those looking to rent the Mythos from 4Wall can request an online quote here: http://bit.ly/CPmythos ”

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3G Productions Teams With Martin Audio MLA At Calibash Festival

Calibash StageCalibash Los Angeles, held recently at the Staples Center, was billed as “the leading urban Latin music festival in the world.”

The SRO concert featured a diverse group of acts including headliner Cuban American rapper Pitbull of “Don’t Stop The Party” fame along with Carlos Vives, Tego Calderon, reggaeton artists Wisin and J Alvarez, Don Omar, Becky G, Maluma, 3BallMTY, ChocQuibTown, Plan B, Farruko and Gente de Zona.

3G Productions of Las Vegas and Los Angeles provided a Martin Audio MLA system for the festivities which included 16 MLA and 2 MLD (downfill) a side for the main hangs; 16 MLA Compacts for side hangs; 8 MLA Compacts for the 270º hang and 28 MLX subs in double stacks––24 across the stage and a pair on each side pointed 90º to the audience. The mixing consoles for FOH included two pairs of Yamaha PM5D’s for the festival and an AVID Venue Profile for headliner Pitbull.
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“We also used Martin Audio DD12s for the front fills,” points out 3G Systems Engineer Manny Perez. “They were awesome; really smooth, clear and responsive, like the whole system.

“In fact, the whole show went really well and all of the band’s FOH engineers were happy, even ecstatic at some points. It was kind of like playtime for them; they didn’t know what else they could do for their mix, which was a real change of pace.

“They ended up just hanging out, listening to each other’s mix, watching what the other guys were doing. They all really enjoyed the MLA system. They’d all heard about it but many hadn’t mixed on a big PA like that before.”
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Asked about particular challenges for the event, Manny responds, “Not that much really. It was a regular end stage set up but they sold seating that went all the way around so we ended up using the house PA to supplement the area behind the stage. We’ve been in Staples Center many times, and it gets easier every time we go in there. It was very fluid in terms of the load-in and setup, even when they snapped in the stage before we could set up the subs.”

Concluding, Manny adds, “The MLA rig was great, we had plenty of headroom and there were smiles all round the room. At the level the engineers had it, which was close to 105 or 106dB, they were wondering what else they could do, because instead of struggling at that point, it was perfect. They also loved the sub bass being so powerful and smooth.”
Calibash FOH

For more about Martin Audio, please click to www.martin-audio.com.

About Martin Audio®
Founded by audio engineer David Martin in 1971, Martin Audio pioneered the use of all-horn-loaded bass designs in world-class touring loudspeaker systems for groups such as Pink Floyd, ELP and Supertramp. Located outside of London, Martin Audio now embodies a sophisticated mix of acoustic design, research, mathematical modeling and software engineering for a wide range of products in the installation, cinema and touring sound markets.

Neumann TLM 107 Microphone Receives Outstanding Technical Achievement Award at 30th Annual TEC Awards

TLM 107 Is Recognized as Best In Class in the Recording Microphone Category During Awards Ceremony at the 2015 NAMM Show

1Anaheim, CA, January 28, 2015: Premium audio brand Neumann announced that its TLM 107 microphone was recognized with an Outstanding Technical Achievement Award by the TEC (Technical Excellence & Creativity) Foundation. Neumann President Wolfgang Fraissinet was on hand to accept the award during a reception held at the 2015 NAMM Show in Anaheim, CA on Saturday evening.

The TLM 107 is a modern, high-resolution sound transducer with excellent reproduction characteristics that enable it to capture the original sound without coloration, ensuring unlimited design freedom in mixing and post-production. The newly developed double diaphragm capsule is inspired by one of Neumann’s top models, the D-01. With its exceptional impulse fidelity, the TLM 107 is particularly suitable for percussion and the finest overtones of stringed instruments.

2“Speaking behalf of Neumann and Sennheiser, I am very proud to have the TLM 107 recognized by the TEC Foundation and by our peers in such a competitive technology category,” commented Wolfgang Fraissinet, President of Neumann and Director, Business Segment Audio Recording for Sennheiser. “The TLM 107 was designed to capture instruments and vocals transparently and without coloration, while providing the ultimate in flexibility for different recording applications. I am very proud of our entire team which helped us achieve this result.”

3Since the TEC Foundation was established in 1990, Sennheiser and Neumann have been presented with a cumulative total of 21 Outstanding Technical Achievement awards as well as having five products represented in the TECnology Hall of Fame, including the venerable Sennheiser MD 421 microphone.

Detailed product information on the Neumann TLM 107 can be found at www.tlm107.neumann.com.

About Neumann
Georg Neumann GmbH, with its headquarters in Berlin, Germany, is well-known as one of the world’s leading manufacturers of microphones. The company, which was established in 1928, has a long track record of world-leading product designs and has been recognized with a string of international awards for its technology innovations. From 2010, Neumann offers this expertise in electro-acoustic transducer technologies to the studio monitoring market, and will provide optimum solutions to its customers in the areas of TV and radio broadcasting, recording, and audio productions. Neumann is now the perfect partner for both the input and the output of the audio signal path. Neumann has manufacturing facilities in Germany (microphones) and Ireland (loudspeakers), and is represented in over 50 countries worldwide by Sennheiser subsidiaries, as well as by long-term trading partners. Georg Neumann GmbH is a Sennheiser Group company.

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

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

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1) Neumann President Wolfgang Fraissinet accepts the TEC Award for the Neumann TLM 107 microphone.

2) The TLM 107

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Powersoft X Series Wins Pro Sound Web / Live Sound International Reader’s Choice Award for Power Amplifier Products

After Casting Thousands of Ballots for Sixth Annual Awards, X Series Emerges as Favored Choice

Ventura, CA, January 28, 2015: Powersoft, a world-leading manufacturer of professional power amplifiers, announced that its X Series has been presented with a Reader’s Choice award from Pro Sound Web / Live Sound International magazines. The X Series emerged as the favored choice in the Power Amplifier Products category after thousands of reader ballots were tallied.

11The X Series, which was launched to the U.S. market during the InfoComm show last June to great success, delivers unmatched levels of versatility, flexibility and power, redefining what is possible in power amplification. With flexible channel routing, a truly universal mono, bi and three-phase balancing power supply and fully featured DSP, the X Series represents a revolutionary step forward in performance and power efficiency in both concert touring and fixed installation applications.

“We are pleased to be recognized by the readers of Pro Sound Web and Live Sound International, who are among a very informed constituency within the pro audio community,” commented Kurt Meltzer, U.S. Sales Director, Powersoft Audio. “Each of the products in our X Series line is the result of tireless research, relentless innovation and meticulous refinement — it is exciting to see our customers taking their audio solutions to the next level in such a broad range of applications.”

XSeries-GlamShadow-850x410Powersoft X Series has been also nominated as a finalist in the Audio category for the InAVation Awards and for Newbay Media’s ISE Best of Show Awards. Both awards will be announced during the ISE Show in Amsterdam, between February 10th and 12th. “Being named as a finalist in not one, but three respected industry awards gives our team a tremendous sense of achievement,” said Francesco Fanicchi, Brand and Communication Director of Powersoft. “Winning the Pro Sound Web Reader’s Choice award also validates that we are proceeding in the right direction and that our hard work is paying off.”

The X Series follows previous innovations by Powersoft including the K Series, which debuted in 1995 and introduced the professional audio industry to disruptive technologies including Power Factor Correction (PFC) and switch-mode amplification. The unprecedented efficiency of the X Series enables system integrators and production professionals to deploy fewer rack units while realizing sustained, predictable high performance power suitable for just about any production or installation.

By using Armonia Pro Audio Suite™ in conjunction with the X Series, users are able to access all necessary set up parameters as well as comprehensive control over digital audio processing and system performance monitoring. An integrated WiFi connection allows the X Series amplifiers to be accessed and managed by smartphone or tablet through ¬a customized user interface.

The X Series, which consists of the X8 (2U chassis) and the X4 (1U chassis), supports AES3 and Dante™ by Audinate®, and also features analog inputs for up to four input sources per channel. For more information on X Series, please visit: http://www.powersoft-audio.com/en/touring/x-series.

About Powersoft:
Powersoft is the world leader in lightweight, high power, single rack space, energy efficient amplifiers for the professional audio market. Founded in Italy in 1995, headquartered in Florence, Italy, with offices in Ventura, CA, Powersoft couples the experience and precision of its production department with exceptional components to deliver products with perfect audio response and high performance reliability. Its state-of-the-art amplifiers can be found in an array of markets, ranging from stadiums, sporting arenas, theme parks, performance venues and airports to convention centers, churches and clubs, and are used by the world’s leading tour sound companies. For more information, visit the Powersoft website @ www.powersoft-audio.com.

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First Unified Communications Panel at ISE 2015

ISE UC Panel Invitation

Set to be an ISE 2015 show highlight, the Future solutions for productive and effective team collaboration – delivered now panel session be held in the Unified Communications Theatre, on Wednesday, 11 February, Hall 9.A140 between 16:00 – 17:00. The free to attend session will be chaired by industry specialist, Tim Albright, CTS at Innovad, Innovations & Design and hosted by Kramer Electronics.

Examining how teams collaborate using technology, the panel will look at present market challenges, the future and business opportunities for ProAV integrators and IT professionals, as seen by this team of passionate experts:

· Dr. Dinesh Tripathi, PhD, Chief VIA Architect & Visionary, Kramer
· Jan Willem Brands, VP & GM Collaboration Division, Barco
· Paul Krizan, Senior Product Manager, AMX by HARMAN
· Tim Patrick Stewart-Blacker, Director of Unified Communications EMEA, Crestron
· Clint Hoffman, VP of Marketing, Kramer USA

Tim Albright enthuses: “The event is aimed at all ISE show visitors, with a specific interest in better team collaboration and unified approach to communications. It will look at what is available today and where it is going. Expect to be enthralled, surprised, challenged, intrigued and to have some fun too!”

The panel discussion will incorporate social media feeds and spectacular visuals.

Interested parties are encouraged to arrive early as space is limited.

Some useful links:
Official ISE hashtag: ‪#kramersolutions #UCpanel
Twitter: https://twitter.com/kramerelec
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kramerelectronics
Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/kramerelec/
Instagram: http://instagram.com/kramerelectronicsus
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/895692

MEDIA CONTACT:

Katinka Allender
Publicist, K-Communications & Associates
k.allender@k-communincations.com

About Kramer Electronics:

Since 1981, Kramer Electronics has been a leading player and pioneer in the Pro AV industry. With 26 global offices, supporting and distributing its products in over 100 countries across 6 continents, Kramer offers an extensive and innovative Pro AV solutions portfolio for Corporate, Education, Houses of Worship, Government, Live Events, Health Care, and more.

For over three decades, Kramer has built its reputation on strong personal relationships with its customers and providing the highest level of service and support in the industry.

Kramer has won numerous awards, including the 2013 Pioneer of AV Award at InfoComm in honor of its Founder, President & Chairman, Dr. Joseph Kramer. Kramer’s award winning analog and IP-driven solutions for collaboration, streaming and control are at the forefront of an ever-evolving Pro AV industry. Kramer’s consistent sales growth and expansion into new markets is a testament to the company’s commitment to R&D and reliance on customer feedback.

For more information, visit us at: www.KramerAV.com

Pro Control Officially Joins D-Tools Manufacturer Vantage Point (MVP) Program

New partnership provides Pro Control product library to current D-Tools System Integrator™ users and returns insightful analytics to the manufacturer

CONCORD, CA, USA – JANUARY 28, 2015 — D-Tools Inc., the worldwide leader in system integration software, announced today that Pro Control has officially joined the D-Tools Manufacturer Vantage Point (MVP) program. An award-winning manufacturer of innovative home control products, Pro-Control’s participation in the MVP Program provides D-Tools System Integrator™ licensees access to detailed product specifications and related information for use in DTools_ Logo_Stackedtheir system design, proposal, and estimation activities. Furthermore, Pro Control dealers using D-Tools will now be far better armed to accurately specify the company’s complete line of products by providing access to an expansive and easily utilized product library; resulting in both time and labor-saving benefits.

“Pro Control has joined the D-Tools MVP Program in order to consistently provide our dealers with the latest product data available. D-Tools’ proven software platform makes it easy for dealers to find crucial, up-to-the-minute Pro Control product information for completing their project designs, saving time and avoiding costly mistakes,” said Mike Everett, General manager at Pro Control. “D-Tools’ extensive manufacturer database is the go-to place for professional integrators to find comprehensive product documentation and we are thrilled to be a partner.”

As a D-Tools MVP partner, Pro Control will have access to robust product database download analytics to help analyze and measure their product pipeline. With more than 150+ MVP Program vendors on board, D-Tools is the largest aggregated software-based product database available for system integrators, installers, technology professionals, and retailers worldwide.

“We are pleased to announce Pro Control as our newest MVP program partner,” said Adam Stone, President and CEO of D-Tools. “Pro Control  understands that providing integrators up-to-date product information of the company’s award-winning home control products ultimately makes it easier for them to focus on designing world-class systems for their customers, and that benefits everyone involved.”

The D-Tools Manufacturer Vantage Point (MVP) program provides systems designers, specifiers, integrators, and installers the most up-to-date and detailed partner product information available, in a format that can be utilized in a cross-functional capacity for maximum workflow efficiency. In fact, more than 4,500 MVP users are now streamlining the design process by using the D-Tools System Integrator platform (commonly referred to as SI). SI users receive access to all MVP product data free of charge, along with product updates and special offers from MVP partners.

In turn, the MVP program gives manufacturer partners critical insights and a direct connection with the D-Tools user database, which helps build customer loyalty by ensuring that existing dealers have the important information they need to recommend, specify, and install its products. It also makes it clear to any MVP program members’ dealers that they are committed to the very best in customer support. MVPs have the ability to track how many dealers are downloading product data by day, month, or year, and monitor which products are being downloaded to gain insight and help manage their pipeline.

Those interested in learning more about the D-Tools MVP Program, D-Tools System Integrator, or the undeniable benefits of using a streamlined system design, proposal, and estimation software platform are encouraged to visit www.d-tools.com, call (866) 386-6571 ext. 1, or e-mail info@d-tools.com or mvp@d-tools.com.

About Pro Control
Pro Control, a division of Remote Technologies Inc. (RTI), combines advanced capabilities with unprecedented value to provide the ultimate control solution for professionally installed entertainment systems. The product line includes handheld remote controls, control processors, and advanced software for programming and integration. The stunningly elegant handheld remotes have color touch-screen displays and are completely customizable. They can act as stand-alone remotes or sync with control processors using IR, ZigBee®, or RF communication. The control processors provide rock-solid reliability along with advanced features such as control and feedback from iPad® and iPhone® devices, A/V receivers, Internet radio, lighting systems, security, and HVAC systems. Efficient, automated PC programming and cost-effective price points make Pro Control products the perfect solution for conference rooms, theaters, media rooms, and multiroom integration. Additional information on Pro Control and its innovative control solutions is available atwww.procontrol.com.

About D-Tools, Inc.
D-Tools, founded in 1998 and based in Concord, California, is a worldwide leader in accessible, highly accurate system design and documentation software platform. The company’s flagship product, System Integrator™ (SI), is a robust solution that utilizes Autodesk® AutoCAD and Microsoft® Visio to facilitate comprehensive system design, documentation and project management. D-Tools enables residential and commercial integrators to streamline business processes and increase revenues while reducing the time and cost associated with the installation and integration of low-voltage electronic systems. More than 4,500 leading companies currently use the award-winning D-Tools platform to reduce time, costs and to streamline the system integration process. Product updates and related information can be obtained by following D-Tools on Twitter and on Facebook.

D-Tools Media Contacts  
Tim Bigoness, D-Tools, Inc., (925) 270-4102timb@d-tools.comwww.d-tools.com

 
Katye (McGregor) Bennett, KMB Communications, Inc., (425) 328-8640katye@kmbcomm.comwww.kmbcomm.com

D-Tools MVP Contact  
Josh Carlson, D-Tools, Inc., (925) 270-4105joshc@d-tools.com

 

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Golf Channel’s News Show Golf Central Stays in Swing with Lectrosonics

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Los Angeles, CA (January 28, 2015) — As part of the Comcast Programming Group, Golf Channel is the gold standard when it comes to the sport of golf. Shot on location throughout California, including Beverly Hills, Pebble Beach, and San Diego, Golf Channel operates in partnership with the PGA Tour and showcases the biggest and the best of everything related to the sport for the television news show, Golf Central. Capturing the magic of this sport must be done efficiently and without distracting the competitors. That’s precisely why, when it comes to location sound recording, Digital Hybrid Wireless® technology from Lectrosonics plays a central role in the show’s production.

Los Angeles-based Stef Butler serves as the show’s camera operator and high-definition engineer and selects and specifies equipment. With a background that encompasses working on the production teams for the TV shows Wheel of Fortune and The Biography Series on A&E, as well as contract work for NASA/JPL, Butler knows what it takes to capture the activity without holding up production. And he relies on an arsenal of Lectrosonics UM400 beltpack transmitters, SRb5P slot mount ENG receivers, and IFBR1a beltpack IFB receivers.

“For my work with the Golf Channel, I’m using eight UM400s, four SRb5P receivers, plus four of the IFBR1a beltpack IFB receivers,” says Butler. “Much of my work for the Golf Channel show, Golf Central is news related, so it’s fast paced. The Lectrosonics SRb receivers are an essential part of my kit in such an environment. It really makes a tremendous difference having the receivers mounted in the slot inside the camera’s body, as it increases both ease of use and efficiency.”
A matter of vital concern to someone in Butler’s field is the equipment’s ease of use. “The very nature of news gathering is demanding,” says Butler. “Having a wireless system that is intuitive is a tremendous help. I constantly encounter situations where the RF frequencies need to be changed in order to avoid RF interference and optimize sound quality. Lectrosonics equipment makes it very easy to scan for open frequencies and then lock them down with a single button press.”

Sound quality is, of course, central to Butler’s work and, here too, he was very complimentary of Lectrosonics’ Digital Hybrid Wireless® technology. “Lectrosonics’ Digital Hybrid Wireless technology sounds terrific and makes for a strong signal with very low power consumption,” adds Butler. “I experience great range with this equipment and the sound never exhibits any of the sonic artifacts that are common with wireless systems using a compandor.”

Knowing your equipment is reliable is one thing. Equally important is the knowledge that if something happens, the equipment manufacturer offers knowledgeable and responsive support services. In this regard, Butler offered the following, “Lectrosonics is very supportive of its customers. They understand the nature of our business and recognize that, when answers are needed, they’re frequently needed ASAP.”

Before turning his focus to preparation for an upcoming shoot, Butler offered these closing thoughts, “I honestly can’t think of a better wireless system than Lectrosonics. My Lectrosonics gear delivers excellent sound quality, bulletproof reliability, along with great tech support and customer service. I wouldn’t trust my business to any other manufacturer.”

For additional information on the services of Stef Butler, contact him at steffinbutler@gmail.com.

About Lectrosonics
Well respected within the film, broadcast, and theatre technical communities since 1971, Lectrosonics wireless microphone systems and audio processing products are used daily in mission-critical applications by audio engineers familiar with the company’s dedication to quality, customer service, and innovation. Lectrosonics is a US manufacturer based in Rio Rancho, New Mexico. Visit the company online at www.lectrosonics.com.

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