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Project LA Chooses HARMAN’s Martin Professional to Bring Color and Life to the Party

HIPLA_ProjectLosAngeles_02_140716LOS ANGELES, California — Project LA, located in the heart of Hollywood BLVD in Los Angeles, installed HARMAN’s Martin Professional VC-Strips to bring excitement and energy to the dance floor. The concept of Project LA is an interactive social experience that is all-inclusive, fun, and mesmerizing. The VC-Strips from Martin Professional were installed in the space formerly the home of the Roxbury, an 80’s nightclub that was brought to life in the classic movie ‘A Night at the Roxbury’.

The art of reflection was important in creating the environment Project LA wanted. “The vision for this project was to create an immersive environment which integrated lighting and visuals with complex reflection,” said Vello Virkhaus, CEO, Designer and the creative mastermind behind visual arts studio V Squared Labs. The layout and design of the space consisted of glass mirrored triangles for reflection purposes with the VC-Strips for light. The triangles were installed on the walls and onto the ceiling for a very modern club vibe.

“The VC-Strips provided us excellent flexibility and optimal data and power transport through the strips, reducing the number of power supply and wiring complexity tremendously,” explained Virkhaus. “This combined with the color life calibration and excellence in manufacturing was exactly what we needed to execute Project LA.”

Achieving the goal wasn’t an easy process. There were many challenges along the way. “The most challenging thing was that upon arrival, 70% of the triangles were destroyed from the collapse of the shipping system and a 2,000 plus mile drive rattling sharp corners into faces,” said Virkhaus. “Parts literally rolled out as the truck door opened. Our entire team, including office staff, came to help re-wire.”

Luckily, the VC-Strips managed to survive the rough transportation. “The VC-Strips survived the most intense transport from Florida to LA in which the packing system for our triangles collapsed,” explained Virkhaus. “Very few of the strips bent.”

Project LA is very happy with the final result. Achieving their vision didn’t come without roadblocks, but they worked around it. “Overall I rate the Martin VC-Strips an A+ on performance so far,” said Virkhaus. “The response has been very positive. We have had colleagues and clients both sharing their enthusiasm for our design.”

For more information on V Squared Labs Inc., please visit: www.vsquaredlabs.com

As a world leader in the creation of dynamic lighting solutions for the entertainment, architectural, and commercial sectors, Martin lighting and video systems are renowned the world over. Martin also offers a range of advanced lighting controllers and media servers, as well as a complete line of smoke machines as a complement to intelligent lighting. Martin operates the industry’s most complete and capable distributor network with local partners in nearly 100 countries. Founded in 1987 and based in Aarhus, Denmark, Martin is the lighting division of global infotainment and audio company HARMAN International Industries. For more information please visit: http://www.martin.com.

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets premier audio, visual, infotainment and enterprise automation solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets. With leading brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, Mark Levinson ® and Revel®, the Company is admired by audiophiles, musicians and the entertainment venues where they perform. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of approximately 16,600 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $5.6 billion for the 12 months ended September 30, 2014.

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HARMAN Professional Audio Supports APEC Welcome Dinner In Beijing

HARMAN_APEC_1BEIJING, China – In an effort to support the most influential economic forum in the Asia-Pacific region, local HARMAN distributor ACE recently provided sound reinforcement for the welcome banquet of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum in Beijing. ACE supplied a full range of HARMAN audio equipment and technical support, featuring a JBL VTX line array system, Crown I-Tech HD amplifiers, Soundcraft Vi6 mixing consoles, and BSS BLU-800 signal processors.

Ten national Chinese music performances were the highlight of the evening at the Beijing National Aquatics Center (Water Cube), where the banquet was held. Originally used for the 2008 Summer Olympics swimming competitions, the Water Cube is now used for grand theatrical events. On November 10, 2014, it was the perfect venue to welcome international VIPs for the 22nd APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting.

To support this unique event, ACE supplied eight VTX V20 loudspeakers and four VTX S25 subwoofers for the main PA. In addition, ACE also provided 10 VTX F15 loudspeakers, 12 VTX F12 loudspeakers for stage monitoring and distributed fill, complemented by four VTX F18S subwoofers for outfill. The system was powered with 16 Crown I-Tech 4x3500HD and six I-Tech 12000HD amplifiers, and processed with eight BSS BLU-800 signal processors. Finally, at the heart of the audio setup were two Soundcraft Vi6 digital mixing consoles, providing the technicians with a stable and secure mixing process.

The banquet’s dazzling fireworks and lighting effects were matched only by the high performance PA system. Equipped with the revolutionary D2 dual drivers, the VTX V20 loudspeakers pushed clarity to the extremes as they delivered pure and unadulterated high frequencies at any output level. As always, ACE’s outstanding professionalism and seasoned technical team ensured a beautiful audio-visual feast throughout the night.

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets premier audio, visual, infotainment and enterprise automation solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets. With leading brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, Mark Levinson ® and Revel®, the Company is admired by audiophiles, musicians and the entertainment venues where they perform. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of approximately 16,600 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $5.6 billion for the 12 months ended September 30, 2014.

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Antelope Audio Announces Special Christmas Pricing on Two of its Most Popular Products: Zen Studio and Orion32

Antelope Audio to Provide a Free Embroidered Protective Gear Bag with Each Purchase of a Zen Studio

Santa Monica, Calif., December 11, 2014 – Just in time for the Christmas season, Antelope is spreading holiday cheer through the audio community, offering discounts on its most popular professional products: the Zen Studio portable pro interface and the Orion32 multi-channel AD/DA converter.

discountBetween now and December 31st, 2014, Antelope Audio is offering the Orion32 at a special, discounted price of $2,795 [instead of its regular price of $2,995], while the Zen Studio is being offered at just $2,295 [instead of its regular price of $2,495]. As part of the special holiday promotion, a free, Zen Studio embroidered protective gear bag will be included with each purchase of a Zen Studio.

To learn more about Antelope’s Christmas promotion, or for additional details on the Zen Studio or Orion32, customers can visit http://antelopeaudio.com/en/Christmas-Special-Discounts. Holiday discounts are available at any of Antelope’s authorized dealers, a list of which can be found here: http://antelopeaudio.com/en/retailers-map.

gear“Antelope’s converters and interfaces are the perfect gift for anyone who aspires to achieving pristine audio in their signal chain,” said Marcel James, Director of Sales and Marketing for Antelope Audio USA. “For professionals and high end project studios, the Orion32 brings an unmatched I/O capacity in addition to flexible routing options. Meanwhile, the Zen Studio, which features our world-class preamplifier technology, is perfect for musicians, home studios, or anyone who wants state of the art studio quality while on the road.”

Both the Orion32 and the Zen Studio have been recognized with Outstanding Technical Achievement nominations by the TEC Foundation — in 2013 and 2014 respectively. More recently, the Zen Studio won an Innovative Product Award in Mix/PAR’s first Reader’s Choice awards and Orion32 was nominated for a Sound on Sound 2015 Award.

The TEC Awards will be announced at the 2015 NAMM Show, being held in Anaheim, California next month. To learn more about Orion32 or Zen Studio, please visit http://antelopeaudio.com/en/products/category/a-d-d-a-converters.

About Antelope Audio
Antelope Audio is a leading manufacturer of high-end professional audio equipment and the pioneer in the adoption of Atomic clock generators.

The company utilizes Igor Levin’s more than 20 years’ experience in digital audio to develop professional and consumer high-end products with the signature Antelope Audio sound. The company employs proprietary clocking and jitter management technologies as well as custom-designed digital and analog circuits to provide both professional audio engineers and music aficionados with unprecedented musicality, sound stage and clarity.

Antelope is the first to design a 1U 32-channel audio interface and a multi-channel portable interface with 12 mic pres. Antelope’s breakthrough technologies are offering both studio and live audio engineers great productivity and flexibility.

The company’s customers include many Grammy award-winning sound engineers and some of the most renowned recording, mastering and post-production facilities around the globe.

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Riedel Names Jake Dodson Head of Product Management

WUPPERTAL, Germany — Dec. 9, 2014 — Riedel Communications, provider of pioneering real-time video, audio, data, and communications networks, today announced the appointment of Jake Dodson as the company’s director of product management. In this role Dodson will be responsible for guiding the strategic direction of the Riedel product range and its development.

“Over Jake’s career, he has been a founder and leader of successful leading-edge technology firms,” said Thomas Riedel, CEO of Riedel Communications. “His unusual and exceptional track record in guiding companies toward ever-greater success will certainly be an asset to Riedel as we build on our acclaimed product portfolio and move further into the realm of software-based solutions, which offer our customers many new possibilities.”

Dodson has more than 25 years of experience developing product strategies and bringing new products and technologies to market in the telecoms, military, broadcast, and live-performance sectors. His career began at Marconi Research in the U.K. working on high-speed optics for military and telecoms. In 1991 he founded Integrated Optical Components, a venture capital-funded startup that produced high-speed (10 Gbps) optical modulators for telecom optical backbone transmission, and the company was successfully taken public in 1996. Dodson subsequently led product management groups at Silicon Valley-based E-Tek Dynamics, JDS Uniphase, and WaveSplitter Technologies.

In 2006 Dodson joined Clear-Com as part of a turnaround management team. During his tenure as vice president of product management, he completely overhauled the product strategy and roadmap, successfully returning the company to profitability, and played a key part in the recommendation and acquisition of a Canadian technology company. Dodson most recently served as vice president of product management responsible for global product management and technical publications at Vitec Videocom.

Information about Riedel and the company’s products is available at www.riedel.net.

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About Riedel Communications
Riedel Communications designs, manufactures, and distributes pioneering real-time video, audio, data, and communications networks for broadcast, pro audio, event, sports, theater, and security applications. The company also provides rental services for radio and intercom systems, event IT solutions, fiber backbones, and wireless signal transmission systems that scale easily for events of any size, anywhere in the world. Founded in 1987, the company now employs more than 350 people at 12 locations in Europe, Asia, Australia, and the Americas.

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HARMAN’S AKG Introduces APS4 Antenna Power Splitter

AKG_APS4VIENNA, Austria — Providing even more options for owners of its range of wireless microphone systems, HARMAN’s AKG is introducing the new APS4 antenna power splitter. The APS4 antenna power splitter can be operated in an extended frequency range of 470 to 952 MHz for maximum flexibility and is available for DMS700, WMS4500, WMS470 and WMS420 receivers.

The APS4 features multiple technical improvements including a flat frequency response. It is a wide-band UHF active antenna power splitter that can feed up to four receivers with the RF signal coming from one pair of antennas. It also supplied power to all connected receivers via BNC cables (each of which is individually protected against short-circuits).

Adjustable RF-level attenuation settings guarantee maximum operating distance, even when using difference cable lengths and different types of cables. The APS4 comes in a rugged half-rack metal housing and works with all active and passive AKG antennas available on the market (including the RA4000 B/W, RA4000 W, SRA2 B/W and SRA2 W).

For easy system setup, the APS4 is shipped with additional accessories, including 10 BNC antenna cables (MKPS), plus a rackmount unit (RMU4000) that includes two antenna front-mount cables.

Two rear panel antenna inputs provide a 12 VDC supply voltage for powering up to three active elements per antenna path–for example, one active antenna (RA4000 B/W or SRA2 B/W) and two AB4000 antenna boosters connected to one RF input. Also located on the rear panel are two sets of four BNC antenna output connectors for feeding up to four diversity receivers and two additional antenna outputs for cascading up to three further APS4 devices. Remote power for antennas and receivers makes installation even easier.

The APS4 also features a new black front for a sleeker appearance. APS4 sets are available in four different power supply variants: EU, US, UK or none included.

More information on the APS4 can be found at http://www.akg.com/aps4

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets premier audio, visual, infotainment and enterprise automation solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets. With leading brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, Mark Levinson ® and Revel®, the Company is admired by audiophiles, musicians and the entertainment venues where they perform. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of approximately 16,600 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $5.6 billion for the 12 months ended September 30, 2014.

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Extron New USB Extender that Supports a Wide Range of Devices Now Shipping

Extron USB Extender PlusExtron Electronics is pleased to announced the immediate availability of the USB Extender Plus, which extends signals from USB peripheral devices located up to 330 feet (100 meters) away from the host computer using a single CATx cable. The extender supports USB 3.0, 2.0, 1.1, and 1.0 devices with data rates up to 480 Mbps. Direct connection of USB peripherals to a remote host eliminates the need for additional IP network drops, equipment, software, or drivers. For streamlined integration, the transmitter includes USB peripheral emulation that supports trouble-free booting of the host. Also, the receiver features an integrated four port hub with 5 Volts, 500 mA available on each port to power attached devices. The capabilities and low profile design of the USB Extender Plus ensure simplified device integration in a wide variety of environments, such as installation within a courtroom, classroom, lecture hall, or conference space. more

Discovering New Uses For The Martin Audio MLA Mini

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By E. Wayne Sowder

My ultimate goal as a Front of House engineer is to make sure the artist has a clear pathway to each member of his or her audience. That’s why I’m always researching new products, networking with other techs and remaining my own toughest critic as I work to sharpen my skills.

Time is the most unforgiving factor in live sound production, and everyone has fought a losing battle against the clock trying to solve unexpected problems. So discovering tools that increase audio performance and reduce the amount of system set up and tuning time is really exciting. These tools are especially important to regional sound companies who provide systems and techs for a diverse mix of musical genres and venues on a one off basis.

When RMB Audio added Martin Audio MLA Mini enclosures to an inventory that already included the MLA Compact system, the sound techs started evaluating the system using the factory presets for basic “speaker on a stick” configurations. It wasn’t until Matt Johnson began testing the VU-NET network features that we discovered the software had presets for “Single” and “Double” front fills.

Typically, we’d used Martin Audio W8LM cabinets equally spaced on the downstage edge. Substituting the powered MLA Mini speakers for lip fills would allow the entire system to be controlled on the same network, saving setup time and facilitating control, eliminate the need to carry an amp rack, occupy a smaller footprint on the stage and in the truck pack.

At the time, the next show requiring lip fills was at the Red Hat Amphitheater in Raleigh, North Carolina for the “Rock and Roll Marathon” with New Politics, a Danish Dance-Rock band, headlining and Love Canon, a regional bluegrass band, opening the show. We decided to use the MLA Mini in the single configuration since it was the closest to our normal front fill package.

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The first thing we noticed after turning on the Minis was the voicing similarity between the MLA Compact main hang and the front fills. Walking from the coverage of the main hang into the coverage of the front fills the clarity remained constant without adding additional EQ.

Moving onstage, we immediately noticed that the MLA Mini also mirrored the excellent rear rejection characteristics of larger MLA systems. This was very helpful since the Love Canon microphones were in close proximity to the front fills.

We chose to deploy the MLA Minis in double-stacked mode for artists with a louder stage volume, such as Parliament Funkadelic and J Roddy Walston & The Business. The results were impressive, using the “Double” program in VU-NET compensated for any variations caused by adding additional cabinets and provided a front fill package that caused several FOH engineers to comment that they’d mixed shows where the mains weren’t that strong or sounded that good.

For a Nickel Creek concert at the Roanoke Performing Arts Theater, we worked with their FOH Engineer David Sinko who has a very interesting process of sound checking where he mixes in mono, plays 30s music and is very discerning. When I told him that the less you do to the MLA system, the happier you’ll be if distance and elevation data is drawn correctly, that’s exactly what he wanted to hear. He doesn’t like to spend the entire day tweaking a system.

We were walking the room with David before the show and it seemed like in the center three or four rows back the front fills seemed to be in front of the system and the Main hangs were disappearing or being overpowered by MLA Minis. We decided to shorten the start of the main coverage and David asked if we’d have to rehang the speakers and I told him we could do it all on the computer via the VU-NET system, which definitely surprised him.

MLA Mini New Politics

Matt Johnson, RMB Audio’s MLA tech for that show quickly changed the start coverage of the main hang using only the MLA software and moments later David re-walked the coverage and was very pleased with the results. The group had the chance to an extended rehearsal that day which allowed all of RMB’s techs to evaluate and experience the performance of the combined MLA systems. Walking and sitting in various parts of the venue from front row to the last row in the balcony confirmed that each audience member would hear the same mix that David was hearing at the FOH position.

RMB Audio also deployed the MLA Mini in a unique way at the Koka Booth amphitheater for a performance by Josh Groban and the North Carolina symphony. The venue has an area of tall trees that provide shade from the sun at house right where many patrons have begun seating themselves. Because the area was too far off axis from the main hang to provide quality audio, Robert Weddings of RMB suggested that we use an additional MLA Mini four-box, one sub system to provide coverage for the area. I wasn’t on the show, but I heard from all of the techs that the boxes were projecting far back into the house, with full range coverage 150 feet back.

The fact that the MLA Minis are on the VU-NET network makes them an integral solution for any changes in terms of EQ, time alignment and the ability to monitor how hard the system’s being pushed or how much headroom you have.

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When we first set up the MLA Mini at the Red Hat amphitheater in Raleigh, we were walking house left to house right and the transition from the main hangs to front fills was transparent retaining all of the clarity and intelligibility. The surprising thing was when we did groups with more stage volume and used the double front fills, there was a nice low mid energy coming off of them, so it never sounded thin nor overwhelmed by the stage volume.

The Mini front fills can keep up with some pretty loud stages. They are surprisingly powerful boxes that easily carry from edge of stage to front of house position.

Overall, MLA lets the laws of physics work for us by only putting sound where people are instead of sending it to every part of the room and generating reflections and other noise. The technology has become a game-changer in delivering sound and how the system should sound because without all of the room reflections and clutter, the mix becomes much cleaner and more defined, especially in terms of getting a better stereo field throughout the house.

Photos: New Politics, Love Canon, J Roddy Walston & the Business,

For more about Martin Audio, please click 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.

Matrox Monarch HD Streaming and Recording Appliance Now Offers Automatic Configuration Tools

AV integrators and video delivery platform developers can easily integrate powerful and economical Monarch HD H.264 encoders to provide a unified, consistent and branded user experience

Matrox® Video today announced the immediate availability of automatic configuration tools for the popular Matrox Monarch™ HD streaming and recording appliance. AV integrators and video delivery platform developers can use the powerful tools to design a single device management interface for detecting, configuring, and controlling Monarch HD units in remote locations using easy-to-develop XML information sets that can be viewed by any text editor or displayed in any webpage.

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For example, specialized CDNs and video platform providers who wish to offer a branded plug-and-play user experience can use the new automatic configuration tools to give their customers a very simple installation procedure. The customer would just insert a USB key containing the customized automatic configuration file, boot the new Monarch HD and be ready to stream at exactly the right settings.

Similarly, IT administrators in corporate and education environments with deployments of multiple Monarch HD units on a network can use the new tools to manage all of the units from a single application or portal. Streaming and recording parameters need not be set by each individual user.

“We have been approached by many organizations who love the feature set and economical price point of Monarch HD but who want to integrate it more completely within their own video management platforms,” said Dan Maloney, technical marketing manager, Matrox Video. “
“The new automatic configuration tools give these solution providers an easy way to offer a powerful H.264 encoder with a superior user experience.”

Matrox Monarch HD is a small, easy-to-use H.264 encoder designed for professional video producers who need to simultaneously stream a live event and record a mastering-quality version for post-event editing. From any HDMI input source such as a camera or switcher, Matrox Monarch HD generates an H.264-encoded stream compliant with RTSP or RTMP protocol. While encoding the video at bitrates suitable for live streaming, Matrox Monarch HD simultaneously records a high-quality MP4 or MOV file to an SD card, USB drive, or network-mapped drive.

See Matrox Monarch HD in action at 2015 tradeshows including ISE (Amsterdam, Feb. 10–12, stand 11-F68), BVE (London, Feb. 24–26, stand J19) and NAB (Las Vegas, April 13–16, booth SL5817).

Price and availability
Priced at $995 US (€799, £699) not including local taxes and delivery, Matrox Monarch HD is available through a worldwide network of authorized dealers. The new automatic configuration tools are enabled in Monarch HD firmware release 2.1.1, which is now available to registered users as a free download from the Matrox website.

About Matrox Video
Matrox Video is a technology and market leader in the field of 4K, 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, live event producers, 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.

Matrox at Intersec 2015 — Safety and Security Products to be Showcased

Matrox C-Series multi-display graphics cards and Mura MPX video wall controller boards will be featured in live demonstrations

At Intersec 2015 (Dubai, Jan. 18–20) Matrox® Graphics will demonstrate new Matrox C-Series multi-display graphics cards and field-proven Matrox Mura MPX video wall controller boards on value added distributor NIT’s (Network Information Technology LLC) stand. Show attendees are invited to visit stand SA-J12 to see how the latest Matrox products can be used to capture and display video and data in fire and rescue, homeland security, policing, commercial security, and other security and safety control rooms

Matrox C-Series multi-display graphics cards deliver outstanding performance, stability, and usability to power video management systems and small-scale display walls in security, control room, digital signage, enterprise, industrial, A/V, and embedded system applications. C-Series cards feature 2 GB of on-board memory and secure mini DisplayPort connectivity. Matrox C680 supports up to six 4K/UHD displays. More displays can be supported by inserting two C680 cards into a system. The board-to-board framelock feature ensures synchronization of all displays to reduce tearing on digital signage and video walls. Matrox C420 is the fastest quad card with passive cooling for increased reliability and silent operation. At Intersec 2015, a C420 card will run a Milestone Xprotect® video management software (VMS) viewing station in a 2×2 configuration of desktop displays.

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Matrox Mura MPX Series capture and display boards feature flexible inputs and high-quality outputs allowing AV integrators, system builders and equipment manufacturers to easily and cost- effectively build high-density video wall controller systems supporting custom video walls with up to 56 inputs and outputs. Exceptional-quality scaling, switching and compositing of source content is easily managed through intuitive software control options including Matrox MuraControl™, third-party software and simple integration with existing AV control systems. The latest Mura Network API allows software developers to build their own powerful video wall control solutions for Mura-based video walls. At Intersec 2015, Mura boards will be used to capture and display multiple feeds on a 2×2 video wall, including workstations running security software. Layout creation and switching between presets will be managed using MuraControl for Windows®. A Matrox P690 graphics card will be used alongside Mura MPX to power an independent console display.

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

Vitec Group Acquires SmallHD

Company Brings Quality Field Monitors To Vitec Product line-up

LONDON (December 11, 2014) – The Vitec Group today announced that it has acquired SmallHD, the North Carolina company known for its high-quality, high-definition, on-camera field monitors used by videographers, cinematographers, camera assistants and other creative professionals across the filmmaking world. SmallHD will be incorporated into the Vitec Group’s Videocom division, complementing its existing brands.

SmallHD pioneered the design and manufacture of rugged, future-proofed field monitors based on the company’s experience in production, collaborations with other filmmakers, and from extensive customer feedback. SmallHD’s association with the Vitec Group will enable it to bring a new range of innovative monitors to customers.

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“With the rapid increase of independent filmmakers and videographers, the need for quality, high-performing, end-to-end solutions has never been stronger,” said Vitec Videocom CEO Matt Danilowicz. “There is definite synergy between SmallHD and Vitec Videocom, especially given that their pioneering drive matches our own. The acquisition enables us to offer another set of professional and innovative solutions for the production workflow, and takes us a step closer to fully addressing the needs of this expanding and exciting market.”

SmallHD was officially founded in 2009 by Wes Phillips and Dale Backus. The pair, along with a group of friends, had been creating spots for local businesses and entered the Doritos-sponsored Crash The Super Bowl contest with a spot entitled Live the Flavor. The resulting notoriety from winning brought national work in for the team. The demand to complete increasingly higher-calibre work made the SmallHD creatives and production crew aware of a need for better tools. Rather than buying off-the-shelf solutions, they were inspired to create them, specifically field monitors. The DP6 field monitor, their first mainstream product, not only met their own high standards but was immediately sought after by other filmmakers. When SmallHD won an unprecedented second Doritos Crash The Super Bowl challenge in 2010, the company used the winnings to develop its product line and expand manufacturing operations.

“We are looking forward to joining the Vitec Group of companies,” said Wes Phillips, founder and CEO of SmallHD. “It’s exciting for SmallHD to be included among the great brands that they represent. We have aspirations to continue to build outstanding monitors, and Vitec not only encourages that entrepreneurial spirit but offers the support and expertise we need to move forward.”

SmallHD joins the Vitec Videocom line-up of brands that serves its users in broadcast, cinematography and professional content creation. Other Vitec Videocom brands include Anton/Bauer, Autoscript, Autocue, Camera Corps, Bexel, Litepanels, OConnor, Petrol Bags, Sachtler, Teradek, The Camera Store, Vinten and Vinten Radamec.

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