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Christie Offers Comprehensive End-to-End Digital Delivery with Global Professional Services

Christie®, the global leader in visual displays and audio technologies, today announced the formal launch of Christie Global Professional Services, a new group whose integrated services expands Christie’s long-standing Managed Services’ offerings to a single, full-service delivery function capable of supporting diverse visual and experiential digital installations globally.

Sean James becomes Vice President of Global Professional Services responsible for the growth and personalization of this new global offering for Christie’s clients and partners. James has been with Christie for 17 years and will continue to report to Christie CEO Jack Kline.

“Since Sean started here 17 years ago he has played a key role in driving Christie’s expansion in the industry; enhancing Christie’s reputation as a leading systems integrator and service provider. I am confident that Sean and his expanded team will continue to advance Christie’s breadth of solutions to help our customers create the world’s best shared experiences,” said Kline.

Reporting to James include Denys Lavigne, senior director, Experience Strategy and Creative Services, who joins Christie from the newly acquired Arsenal Media; Larry Paul, senior director, Technology and Custom Solutions; Josh Kolbeck, director of Global Solutions Fulfillment; Tom Schwartz, senior director, Managed Services; Doug Cabell, senior manager, IT Systems Engineering; John King, training manager, and Kevin Romano, senior director, Ad-Based Networks, who will lead Christie’s media sales initiative.

The Global Professional Services unit will deliver Digital Strategy, Full Solution Design and Delivery, Creative Services, Interactive Development, Network Monetization, Monitoring and Customer Support. It encompasses three main groups:

1. Global Managed Services (GMS), which monitors more than 120,000 remote devices in more than 2,500 locations in North America, Mexico, Australia, Russia and China. From its Network Operations Center (NOC) in Cypress, CA, the GMS team provides industry leading services such as 24/7 remote monitoring, phone support, preventative maintenance and on-site emergency services.

2. The newly formed Global Solutions Fulfillment team, comprised of mechanical engineers, system architects, project managers and solution application engineers, who will provide project/system design, installation and other related services targeted at helping customers create the solutions they need to drive their businesses.

3. And, following the acquisition of award-winning experiential digital signage agency, Arsenal Media, Christie’s Creative Media Services (CMS), which completes the new Global Professional Services offering. CMS deepens the company’s digital expertise with project and content strategy services, end-to-end content production, sophisticated interactive experiences, out-of-the-box technology consulting and delivery, as well as media network monetization, innovative playback systems, and complete post-launch support to better serve customers choosing next-generation digital installations for their brand and environments.

Global Professional Services has been responsible for the development of digital projects for clients such as Barneys New York, Carmike, Caterpillar, Chicago Mercantile Exchange, Cineplex, The Walt Disney Company, Miami Dolphins, Nielsen, Sun Life Financial and Viacom.

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iZotope Announces RX 4 and RX 4 Advanced

The next generation of an industry standard

Cambridge, MA (August 8, 2014)
iZotope, Inc., a leading audio technology company, has announced an update to its flagship audio repair and enhancement suite, RX®. RX, an Emmy Award-winning audio repair toolkit, is used by musicians, sound engineers, and post production professionals everywhere to transform noisy, distorted, or flawed audio into pristine material.

Launching this September, the new RX 4 is designed to be the ultimate companion to a DAW or NLE with new intelligent modules, time-saving features, and deeper levels of integration with their hosts.

Watch the iZotope RX 4 preview

HIGHLIGHTED FEATURES:
* Easily adjust and balance the volume of vocals and instruments with the new non-destructive editing feature, Clip Gain.

* Reduce distracting background noise from dialogue and vocals in real time with the Dialogue Denoiser (now a standard feature with both RX 4 and RX 4 Advanced).

* Streamline the editing process with a round-trip workflow compatible with Pro Tools, Logic, and other popular hosts through the RX Connect functionality.

For audio professionals in post production, music production, and mastering, the Advanced version of RX 4 includes additional time-saving features to reliably deliver great-sounding results:
* Automatically balance the volume of mixes with the Leveler, freeing more time for creative mix decisions.

* Ensure a consistent-sounding mix by seamlessly matching multiple recordings with varying sonic profiles via EQ Match.

PRICING

* RX 4 and RX 4 Advanced are coming in September. Specific pricing details will be available at that time.

* Customers who purchase RX 3 after August 7, 2014 will receive a free upgrade to RX 4 upon release.

* Customers who purchase RX 3 Advanced after August 7, 2014 will receive a free upgrade to RX 4 Advanced upon release.

* Special upgrade pricing to RX 4 and RX 4 Advanced will be available for all previous RX customers upon release.

AVAILABILITY
Sign up for the iZotope newsletter to be among the first to hear when RX 4 and RX 4 Advanced become available. Learn more at www.izotope.com/rx4.

COMPATIBILITY
Both RX 4 and RX 4 Advanced can be used as a standalone audio editor or as a plug-in. Supported plug-in formats include 64-bit AAX (Pro Tools 11), RTAS/AudioSuite (Pro Tools 7.4-10), VST, VST 3, and Audio Unit.

About iZotope
iZotope makes innovative products that inspire and enable people to be creative. Based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, iZotope has spent over a decade developing award-winning products and audio technologies for professionals and hobbyists alike. Used by millions of people in over 50 countries, iZotope products are a core component of GRAMMY-winning music studios, Oscar and Emmy-winning film and TV post production studios, and prominent radio studios, as well as basement and bedroom studios across the globe. Through a robust licensing program, iZotope also powers products made by industry partners such as Adobe, Avid, Microsoft, and Sony. iZotope was recently honored with an Emmy® Award for Outstanding Achievement in Engineering Development for its flagship audio repair suite, RX®.

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Media Group International Helps Sharjah TV Prepare For An HD Future

Leading systems integrator Media Group International has completed a major infrastructure project for Sharjah TV by upgrading the broadcaster’s Avid storage system and redesigning its network infrastructure to enhance day to day operations.

Based in the United Arab Emirates, Sharjah TV celebrates its 25th anniversary this year and has marked this milestone with a switch to High Definition broadcasting. Over coming months the broadcaster will be enhancing its audiences’ viewing experience by offering HD coverage of a wide range of cultural events, all of which tie in with Sharjah’s current status as Islamic Cultural Capital of the Arab region for 2014.

At the heart of Sharjah TV’s HD switch was the Avid upgrade, which was needed to provide additional storage for current production work and to ensure that Sharjah TV was ready for the new format.

His Excellency Dr. Khalid Al Medfa, Director General of Sharjah Media Corporation, commented: “Sharjah TV is committed to technological developments and professionalism. This commitment enhances performance and maintains an approach that is consistent with the ambition of Sharjah in its quest to achieve leadership in various fields. There is no doubt that the transition to High Definition TV broadcast is an important step for Sharjah TV in providing modern and cutting edge coverage. The move sheds light on our unlimited support that will lead to advancements in the media sector and highlights our leadership in this field.”

MGI’s expertise with Avid systems and its ability to provide Avid-trained in-house engineers was a key reason why Sharjah TV chose the company for this task.

Aisha Alzareef, Head of Broadcast IT at Sharjah Media Corporation, says: “MGI worked closely with us to ensure that this complex series of upgrades happened in a smooth and cohesive manner. We had to implement these changes in a very tight timeframe and were impressed that MGI managed the whole process so effortlessly, without any interruptions to our broadcast schedule. We were also grateful to MGI for ensuring that third party software from companies like Vizrt, FlipFactory and DivaArchive was upgraded in line with these changes.”

Commenting on this project, Mohamad Othman, Business Development Manager of MGI, says: “There were a number of challenges to overcome, not least the need to keep Sharjah TV on air throughout. The task was tackled in two phases to ensure that there was no downtime and that we stayed within the specified timeframe and budget.”

The project, which began at the start of 2014, involved upgrading Sharjah TV’s Avid Interplay Central® system and increasing the broadcaster’s storage capacity from 48TB to 768TB. MGI and Avid also redefined and engineered the broadcast workflow to ensure a smooth transition to HD and to provide Sharjah TV with a fully tapeless operation.

Founded by His Highness Dr Shaikh Sultan Bin Mohammad Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah, Sharjah TV comes under the umbrella of the Sharjah Media Corporation (SMC), which also includes the Sharjah Sports Channel, the youth and cultural channel Sharjah TV 2, Sharjah Radio Station and the Sharjah Media Training Centre. Renowned for its ground-breaking approach to technology, it was among the first broadcasters in the region to move from terrestrial to satellite transmission in 1996, and was credited with the title of the Arab Cultural Channel the year after.

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About Ghanim bin Saad Al Saad & Sons Group Holdings

Ghanim bin Saad Al Saad & Sons Group Holdings (GSSG) was founded by Ghanim bin Saad Al Saad in 1993 and incorporated in 2007. Today it is one of Qatar’s most successful private sector business groups, making a major contribution to the country’s economic growth.

GSSG has enjoyed steady growth and success in many fields and industries locally and internationally. GSSG’s diverse portfolio gives it strength and enables its companies within the group to maximise global business opportunities wherever and whenever they arise.

The founder, Mr. Ghanim bin Saad al Saad, has enabled the group to grow to over 40 companies around the world. As an inspirational business leader, he has steered the group to achieve its success in industries that include aviation, maritime, automobiles, oil & gas, real estate, manufacturing, contracting and trading, finance & asset management, engineering, education, fitness, hotels, hospitality and fashion, information technology and telecommunications.

In addition to its corporate headquarters in Doha, GSSG also has five international offices located in London, Zurich, Cairo, Singapore and Dubai.

www.gssg.com

Media Group International

Media Group International (MGI) is an award-winning media broadcast and communications systems integrator, serving the media, telecommunications, security, education, hospitality and advertising industries in the Gulf region for more than 35 years. Formerly known as Salam Media Cast (SMC), the company joined GSSG Holdings in 2010, with offices in Qatar, UAE, Oman, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and the UK.

Media Group International is diversifying its business into new technologies. As well as equipping professional television stations and studios, master control rooms, newsrooms, concert stages and theatres providing light and sound technology, the company also equips whole multivendor and multisensory environments. MGI provides solutions from safeguarding national security, such as in government operations, to creating the best educational venues in museums and classrooms, enhancing sports environments and revolutionising health facilities and satellite telecommunications.

Media Group International won the Digital Studio award for ‘System Integrator of the Year’ in March 2014. The company also holds ISO 9001:2008 certification, the world’s most recognised quality management standard. It is the first company of its kind to receive the prestigious accolade within the Middle East region, guaranteeing customers world-class quality assured products.

www.mgi.tv

Fairlight Demonstrates Ongoing Innovation at IBC 2014

Fairlight’s international reputation for pushing the boundaries of technology will be reinforced at IBC 2014 (7.H17) when the company shows a range of innovative products.

Leading the parade is Fairlight’s Live console family, which includes the Award-winning EVO.Live digital audio mixing system – a dual function console that allows engineers to switch between live and post modes at the touch of a button. Designed for the most demanding on-air and live productions, Fairlight’s versatile Live family covers a wide range of consoles, processing and I/O solutions, giving users highly scalable audio processing capabilities. In addition, Fairlight is showing its expanded range of live production tools, which includes the highly acclaimed iCan customisation software.

At IBC 2014, Fairlight will also be reinforcing the industry’s drive towards the ultimate in cinematic and immersive sound delivery by launching a new platform for Object Oriented 3D Sound Production.

This new platform supports traditional standard and custom bussing in simultaneous 2D and 3D, along with NHK’s 22.2, Dolby Atmos (via RMU) and DTS MDA. It also supports third party client applications such as Avid Pro Tools 10.x and Nuendo 6.0.

IBC 2014 will give new and existing Fairlight users their first opportunity to see the company’s fifth major software release, based on the brand new second generation CC-2 FPGA audio engine. The CC-2 audio engine with V5 software is perfectly suited to the demanding delivery requirements of today’s broadcast industry. By providing over 1,000 playback channels, 100 live inputs and 100+ output buses, the system is the most powerful audio engine ever made.

Fairlight will complete its IBC 2014 unveiling by showing how to deliver complex multi-sourced workflows by combining its open platform Media GateWay with its unique iCan workflow automation tools. These Gateways offer a glimpse into the future of broadcast post production by embracing collaborative editing environments such as Quantel’s Qtube, with internet based video source reference, original source audio and faster-than-realtime layback.

To learn more about Fairlight, please visit IBC 2014 Booth 7.H17, or www.fairlight.com.au for English information and www.fairlighteu.com for German information.

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About Fairlight:
Fairlight has been designing, engineering and manufacturing cutting edge, professional digital audio technology for more than 30 years. Its dedication to innovation, quality and customer service has made Fairlight one of the most respected companies in professional audio. With their integrated control surfaces and intuitive user interfaces, Fairlight’s award-winning media creation tools are renowned for their speed, flexibility and exceptional sonic quality. The company’s products offer full compatibility with virtually all open audio, video and sync standards, making them ideally suited to a wide range of audio post and live broadcast applications.
www.fairlightau.com

The Music Producers Guild Declares Nominations Open For Its 2015 Awards

The Music Producers Guild has announced that the nominations process for its 2015 Awards ceremony will officially open on September 1st 2014.

This prestigious event recognises the achievements of the UK’s top producers, engineers, remixers and mastering engineers and has rapidly established itself as a must attend event on the music industry calendar. Following a highly successful move to its new venue, the 2015 Awards will once again take place at the Park Park Plaza Riverbank Hotel in Vauxhall, London. The date has been set for Thursday February 12th, 2015.

“The enormous success of this year’s event has certainly set the bar high,” says MPG Chairman Steve Levine. “An exclusive performance by Trevor Horn’s band The Producers, which included a guest appearance from Seal, was really well received and we have every intention of repeating that success in 2015 with yet another exclusive performance from a ‘surprise’ band.

“But star performances aside, what really make the MPG Awards special are the people we celebrate. These are recording professionals who make a massive contribution to the success of the UK music industry but don’t always get their names in lights. On February 12th 2015 they will be firmly in the spotlight and we hope the industry will once again get behind these Awards and give our winners the recognition they deserve.”

Now in its seventh year, the MPG Awards count the likes of Alan Moulder & Flood, Paul Epworth, Brian Eno, Trevor Horn and Sir George Martin CBE amongst previous winners. There are 15 different award categories including UK Producer of the Year, the winner of which automatically wins a BRIT Award for Best Producer. Other categories include International Producer of the Year, Breakthrough Producer of the Year and Outstanding Contribution to UK Music.

The online nominations process runs until September 30th 2014 and is very straightforward. Anyone can nominate record professionals in 12 of the Award categories, while the remaining three are in the gift of the MPG. Nominations can be made via www.mpgawards.com with producers and engineers being actively encouraged to nominate themselves.

The MPG 2015 Awards categories open for public nomination are:

UK Producer of the Year
International Producer of the Year
Breakthrough Producer of the Year
Recording Engineer of the Year
Breakthrough Engineer of the Year
Mix Engineer of the Year
Mastering Engineer of the Year
Re-mixer of the Year
UK Album of the Year
UK Single Song Release of the Year
Studio of the Year
The A&R Award

The MPG 2015 Awards categories in the gift of the MPG are:

The MPG Innovation Award
The MPG Inspiration Award
Outstanding Contribution to UK Music

Tickets for the MPG Awards 2015 are now available to order through the website, including a limited number of ‘early bird’ discounted tickets. For full details of prices and offers please visit www.mpgawards.com/tickets.

Sponsorship opportunities are also available for the MPG Awards 2015 and any company that would like to be part of this exciting event should contact Joe Edwards at FM First Monday. Telephone: +44 (0) 7701 030 513 / Email: joe@fmfirstmonday.com.

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About Music Producers Guild (UK):
The Music Producers Guild (UK) is an independent and democratic organisation that encourages the highest standards of music production, and actively engages with other music industry organisations to campaign and lobby on matters of important mutual interest.
The MPG represents and promotes the interests of all those involved in the production of recorded music, including producers, engineers, mixers, re-mixers, programmers and mastering engineers. www.mpg.org.uk

BenQ Simplifies Installations With Two New High Brightness Professional Projectors

SH963 and TH963 Provide Brighter Projection and Greater Flexibility to Large Venues With Optional Lenses, LAN Control, and Colorific(TM) Technology — All at a Lower TCO more

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Biamp Systems to Share Advantages of AVB Technology at InfoComm Mexico 2014

InfoComm session to highlight how Audio Video Bridging can bring increased flexibility and scalability across AV and IT systems

BEAVERTON, Oregon — Aug. 7, 2014 — Biamp Systems, a leading provider of innovative, networked media systems, today announced that Biamp(R) Area Manager for Central America Ernesto Montañez, will be presenting a session titled “Understanding AVB and its Advantages” at TecnoMultimedia InfoComm Mexico 2014. The presentation will take place from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Aug. 22 in the Tajin-Peten Lounge at Mexico City’s World Trade Center. more

Extron Introduces Two New IP Link Pro Control Processors

Extron Electronics is pleased to introduce the IPL Pro CR88 and IPL Pro IRS8 control processors. The IPL Pro CR88 features eight contact closure inputs and eight relay ports, while the IPL Pro IRS8 features eight one-way IR/serial ports. These compact, high-performance IP Link Pro control processors are loaded with features inherent to the IP Link Pro family, including more power, speed, and memory, as well as Ethernet control and enhanced security. They are compatible with TouchLink Pro touchpanels and are ideally suited to take advantage of the advanced configuration options within Extron’s Global Configurator Plus and Global Configurator Professional. more

Broadcast Pix Introduces ‘PixPlay’ Slo-Mo Replay Option for Blackmagic Design HyperDeck, AJA Ki Pro

Billerica, Massachusetts – Broadcast Pix™ today announced PixPlay, a new software option that will allow any Broadcast Pix integrated production switcher to provide slow motion control to a Blackmagic Design HyperDeck or AJA Video Systems Ki Pro disk recorder.

Originally developed as a cost effective solution so game officials could review footage for high school and college sports, PixPlay can also be used during production for almost any sports application, including football, basketball, baseball, soccer and even extreme sports like auto racing. Regularly priced at $495, PixPlay will be offered free to customers purchasing a new Flint™, Granite™ or Mica™ integrated production switcher until Sept. 30.

An operator can replay footage manually using controls on the front panel of the HyperDeck Studio or Ki Pro. With PixPlay, however, VTR control is ported to the production switcher along with six preset replay speeds. Users can also “scrub” or single step through a scene for better control and functionality.

PixPlay also includes an unlimited number of “in” points as part of a playback EDL, which instantly cues the proper scenes. All scoring plays during a football game, for example, can be selected and cued for instant playback at one of PixPlay’s preset replay speeds.

“Broadcast Pix systems already work well with AJA and Blackmagic file-based recorders via our PixPad interface, but our new PixPlay adds a new level of integration and functionality,” said Steve Ellis, CEO of Broadcast Pix. “The workflow is remarkably easy and delivers great slo-mo imagery at a fantastic price.”

About Broadcast Pix Founded in 2002, Broadcast Pix is the leader in integrated production switchers, with customers in more than 110 countries. Available in several configurations, from compact systems with end-to-end integration to large-scale systems for high-end live productions, Broadcast Pix switchers include CG, dual clip stores, file-based macros, external control software, and customizable multi-view and virtual sets with patented control options. Broadcast Pix also offers ReVue next generation slow motion systems, fX3D real-time 3D graphics, Rapid CG dynamic graphic playout software, and VOX voice-automated live video production, each designed to enhance our highly integrated live production switchers. Customers include leading broadcast, corporate, education, government, religious, sports, streaming, and visual radio studios. Learn more at www.broadcastpix.com.

Broadcast Pix, Flint, Granite and Mica are trademarks of Broadcast Pix, Inc. Patented. Made in USA.

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Blonder Tongue SCTE CABLE-TEC EXPO 2014 EXHIBITOR PREVIEW — Booth 1714

At the SCTE Cable-Tec Expo 2014, Blonder Tongue, a leading manufacturer of SD and HD digital video solutions, will provide live demonstrations of its next-generation MPEG-2 encoders, TV signal analyzer, and MPEG transport stream analyzer, all designed to optimize cable television distribution. more

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