A virtual press conference from Sound & Video Contractor

Archive of the Product Applications Category

Pexip(R) Infinity Virtual Auditorium(TM) Allows Indiana University’s Instructors and Students to Simply Meet

Software-Based Distance Learning Videoconferencing Platform Simplifies Virtual Collaboration in Higher Education

OSLO, Norway — June 19, 2014 — Pexip(R), a global disrupter in scalable, distributed videoconferencing technology, today announced that the company’s Infinity Virtual Auditorium(TM) solution has been deployed by Indiana University (IU) during a major expansion of its distance learning services. Part of Pexip’s Infinity meeting platform, the entirely software-based solution allows campuses to provide virtual classrooms where instructors and students can meet without the need to add any custom hardware to existing IT infrastructures. more

Digg Syndication Del.icio.us Syndication Google Syndication MyYahoo Syndication Reddit Syndication

Related Topics: Corporate AV, News, Product Applications |

Symetrix Radius 12×8 Dante™ Network DSPs Help Revitalize St. Peter Catholic Church

OMAHA, NEBRASKA – JUNE 2014: The Diocese of Omaha erected St. Peter Catholic Church in Omaha, Nebraska in 1926, and the church enjoyed many decades at the heart of Omaha’s Catholic community. However, times changed, demographics shifted, and the church didn’t have the funds to keep up with needed maintenance. It fell into disrepair. However, a recent resurgence in attendance inspired by the leadership of Fr. Damien Cook motivated the diocese to fund a major external and internal renovation at St. Peter Catholic Church. Now complete, the renovation, designed and coordinated by Conrad Schmitt Studios of Milwaukee, Wisconsin has won awards and features a new sound reinforcement system anchored by a Symetrix Radius 12×8 Dante network audio DSP system with Symetrix ARC wall panel remote.

“It was a complete overhaul, from the roof to the floors, from the walls to the ceiling, everything is renovated and revitalized,” said Tim Burkhart, senior systems designer with Omaha-based Midwest Sound & Lighting, the firm that installed St. Peter’s new sound reinforcement system. “It’s really stunning. In the process, they knew they would radically alter the room’s acoustics. They wanted to ensure that the new sound system would give them musical impact and intelligibility.”

Milwaukee-based DSH Audio Visions designed the sound system and partnered with Scott Riedel Associates of Milwaukee for acoustic design. David Hosbach, DSH president and principal design consultant concurred with Burkhart, and added, “Father Cook and Music Director Zachary Turner understand that while the music portion of Mass is really important, if worshipers can’t hear the Word clearly the rest of it – the majestic music, the ornate worship space – really doesn’t matter. I take my hat off to them and the St. Peter congregation for allowing the sound design, the room acoustics and the architectural beauty to work together in harmony, so to speak.”

Two Symetrix Radius 12×8 DSPs form the heart of the system. One unit is located at the front of the room, the second unit is located at the back of the room, and they connect via the Dante network. That way, each unit is near to a collection of inputs and appropriate outputs, and because the system integrates completely via Dante, any of those inputs can be sent to any of those outputs. Redundant Dante connections provide a failsafe in case one of the networks goes down – the other network will pick up seamlessly. The Radius units provide sophisticated processing for Crown amplifiers and a Tannoy QFlex 64 steerable line array.

The Radius units are located in a wall rack at the back of the loft and at the main equipment rack in the sacristy at the front of the room. Two remote sets provide user control, with one mounted in the main rack, and the other in the loft in a custom portable box at the organ console. All told, two Symetrix ARC-K1e, five Symetrix ARC-EX4e, and three Symetrix ARC-SW4e wall panel remote control units provide comprehensive, yet intuitive, control of the system. They primarily select active inputs and allow volume adjustment and configuration preset changes. “We use a lot of Symetrix equipment, and we love the hardware, the software, and its bullet-proof reliability,” said Burkhart. “The sound quality is always top-notch, and the Symetrix open-architecture processing is capable of anything we ask of it. Considering how frequently we use Symetrix products, the failure rate is remarkably low. And if something does go wrong, Symetrix makes it right immediately.”

Hosbach commented, “I like the Symetrix SymNet DSPs for the same reasons as Tim. And I’ll add that they are really easy to program, the site files are fast and convenient to move around in and modify on the fly during setup, and the tuning filters are extremely accurate.”

Burkhart concluded, “St. Peter Catholic Church is very happy with the new sound reinforcement system. They are delighted with its sound quality and with its ease of operation.”

ABOUT SYMETRIX Symetrix is dedicated to making life sound better. As a world leader in the development and manufacturing of digital audio signal processing (DSP) systems and accessories, Symetrix provides best in class audio management solutions to businesses, schools, non-profits and government organizations.

For more information on Symetrix products visit www.symetrix.co

BE SURE TO STOP BY AND SEE US AT INFOCOMM BOOTH #C9416

Viewbits HD Cameras Selected for Web Broadcasts of 2014 U.S. Chess Championships

San Diego, California — June 19, 2014 – Viewbits, the industrial cameras division of Computer Modules, Inc., announced that Spectrum Studios chose Viewbits HD cameras for video coverage of the nation’s most prestigious chess tournaments – the 2014 U.S. Championship and 2014 U.S. Women’s Championship, held May 7 through May 20 in St. Louis, Missouri. Sponsored by the United States Chess Federation (USCF) and hosted by the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis, the championships feature fierce competition and total prize funds of $244,000.

Spectrum Studios utilized eleven miniature GNAT 1080p 60 cameras and two Verio HD Remote-Control PTZ (Pan Tilt Zoom) cameras for a two week live HD webcast of the tournament — the HD-SDI footage was encoded for the web.

“The GNAT 1080p 60 has a huge number of options for such a small bodied camera – it’s just over 1.64 inches long,” noted Randy Sinquefield, president of Spectrum Studios. “It also has an very easy learning curve — we set up the first one in only 15 to 20 minutes. For overhead shots, we used two Verio HD pan-tilt-zoom cameras with wireless remote control. Everybody on board is thrilled with these cameras. They completely exceeded our expectations.”

“The U.S. Championships are always riveting to many fans who are eager to watch locally and remotely,” stated Joy Bray, General Manager of the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis, which hosted the event. “The small Viewbits HD cameras delivered stunning video without blocking the view of the live audience. Chess fans around the world viewed the live webcast of the tournaments, and the replays can be seen at www.uschesschamps.com.”

The 2.1 megapixel GNAT 1080p 60 features 3 Gbps HD-SDI Out, AGC (Automatic Gain Control), WDR (Wide Dynamic Range), digital zoom, and defog. It also supports brilliant DNR (Digital Noise Reduction) technologies like DNR, 3D-NR and 2D+3D.

The Verio HD pans, tilts, and zooms on command, via a wireless remote control or an optional keyboard-joystick. The output can be HD-SDI at 720p, 1080i, or 1080p, HDMI, YPbPr, or CVBS (composite video). The 8.5 inches wide camera pans and tilts at a speed of half a degree per second to 80 degrees per second, and features a built-in 10x zoom lens.

“We’re proud that our cameras were selected to document the U.S. Chess Championships,” noted Patrick Palensky, Sales Engineer for Viewbits. “The GNAT 1080p 60 is one of our best-selling cameras, and the Verio HD is a long-time customer favorite.”

Supplemental Information for Press Release

Features — GNAT 1080p 60

  • 2.1 Megapixels
  • Powerful DSP chip based
  • 1/3” Progressive Scan CMOS Sensor
  • Output: 3G-SDI/HD-SDI (NTSC, PAL) with 292M
  • 42.1 x 29 x 29 millimeters – just over 1.65 inches long
  • Maximum 1,920 x 1,080 resolution
  • Maximum 60 fps @ 1,920 x 1,080
  • C/CS mount
  • Cased version ships with tripod adapter, universal power supply, and control cable
  • AGC, AWB, AE, D-WDR, Sens-Up
  • 2D/3D Noise Reduction, Digital Zoom
  • Defog
  • 1080/720@30p/60p/60i selectable
  • WDR (Wide Dynamic Range): Allows a camera to filter the intense back light surrounding a subject and thus enhances the ability to distinguish features and shapes on the subject.
  • DNR (Digital Noise Reduction, 2D/3D-NR): Provides outstanding clear images by reducing noise. DNR technology has excellent disk-saving effect.
  • AGC (Automatic Gain Control): Automatically adjusts the incoming signal to proper level for display or recording and the sensitivity of pick-up object to render the most pleasing images. Improves performance in low light conditions.
  • Dynamic Motion Detection (8 zones, up to 1980 blocks)
  • Privacy Zone Masking (8 zones)
  • Built-in OSD (On Screen Displays) Joystick
  • DC12V ~ 24V
  • Ships with Universal PS, tripod adapter, and control cable

Features — Verio HD

  • Remote-control HD studio camera with pan, tilt, and zoom
  • Output: HD-SDI at 720p, 1080i, or 1080p, HDMI, YPbPr, or CVBS (Composite video)
  • Control from a distance of up to 2,000 feet (610 meters) via RS-232 Serial interface
  • Wireless remote control
  • Optional keyboard with joystick
  • 2.1 Megapixel HD CMOS sensor
  • Built-in lens
  • Pans and tilts at up to 80 degrees per second
  • Compact size — only 8-1/2 inches wide (216 mm)
  • Automatic or manual white balance and focus
  • Optional keyboard/joystick lets you preset up to ten configurations

Suggested Retail Prices:
GNAT 1080p 60 with power supply: $495 U.S.
Verio HD: $3,495 U.S.
Verio HD with optional keyboard/joystick: $3,895 U.S.

Viewbits, GNAT 1080p 60, and Verio HD are trademarks of Computer Modules, Inc.
All other trademarks and registered trademarks are the properties of their respective owners.

About The Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis
The Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization. It is the mission of the club, an educational organization, to maintain a formal program of instruction to teach the game of chess and to promote and support its educational program through community outreach and local and national partnerships to increase the awareness of the educational value of chess.

Chess teaches valuable lessons for developing students like problem solving, critical thinking, spatial awareness and goal setting.

Recognizing the cognitive and behavioral benefits of chess, the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis provides a formal program of chess instruction that consists of classroom instruction and applied instruction. For more information, visit http://www.saintlouischessclub.org.

About Spectrum Studios
Spectrum Studios shoots television commercials, programming, music videos, short films, feature films, documentaries, educational and training programs, news, and sports for clients around the world.

Located in Columbia, Missouri, Spectrum Studios is a 6,000-square-foot facility, offering film/video production space and post production services, as well as equipment rentals and green screen technology. For more information, please visit http://gospectrumstudios.com/.

About CMI and Viewbits
CMI, founded in 1982, is a privately held company headquartered in San Diego, California. Viewbits, the Industrial Cameras division of Computer Modules, Inc., sells HD, USB-2, CMOS, and X-Ray cameras to companies throughout the world.

For more information on CMI and Viewbits, please contact Rebecca Gray at +1 (858) 613-1818 or rebecca@computermodules.com. To download Viewbits press releases and product images, visit the news section at http://www.viewbits.com.

Viewbits, 11409 West Bernardo Ct. San Diego, CA, 92127
Web: www.viewbits.com phone: +1 (858) 613-1818, fax: +1 (858) 613-1815

LEMON JELLY MAKE MUSIC WITH METRIC HALO PLUG-INS

SAFETY HARBOR, FLORIDA: Nick Franglen is best known as founding member of the British electronica duo Lemon Jelly, releasing three albums on XL Recordings that sold half a million albums worldwide and earned Franglen and band mate Fred Deakin nominations for the Mercury Music Prize and the Brit Awards. “Lemon Jelly’s style is electronic music that doesn’t sound particularly electronic,” explained Franglen. “We’d pull together sounds from a wide range of genres to see what would happen when we mixed them up. They could be sampled or played – it really didn’t matter where they came from – the more diverse the better.” Although Lemon Jelly are currently on a happy hiatus, Franglen maintains an outrageously busy schedule – as he always has – that feeds his creative need to keep things fresh and interesting. “Creativity is all I’m interested in. I hate repeating myself (I get bored very quickly) so I’m constantly challenging myself into innovation. I like being out on a limb – that’s where the exciting things happen.”

Franglen’s talent, prolificacy, and affable nature have earned him a lot of friends and work in the music industry. He’s provided keyboard and beats programming for Björk, Hole, Primal Scream, Pulp, and Blur. In addition to all the Lemon Jelly records, he has produced albums for John Cale and Badly Drawn Boy and remixed Mark Mothersbaugh (Devo), the Pet Shop Boys, and Coldcut. He has written and produced tracks with artists as diverse as William Shatner and John Paul Jones (Led Zeppelin) and regularly plays live with John Cale. As musical director of the Nico tribute show, he has worked with Mark Linkous, Mark Lanegan, Kim Gordon, Mercury Rev, Yeasayer, and many others. Reflecting his unquenchable thirst for the novel and creative, Franglen has performed and recorded electronic gigs down mines, on submarines, and in abandoned government test facilities. As a composer, he has worked on films with Ralph Fiennes, written the music for BBC-TV series, and composed commercials for BMW, Cadillac, Ford, Coca-Cola, Caesar’s Palace, Nordstrom, and many others. “I like to keep busy,” he summarized simply.

In addition to myriad other side projects and jobs, Franglen’s current passion is a solo album that will be released under his own name. “I’ve been developing this material over the past couple of years,” he said. “It’s quite complicated stuff, both conceptually and sonically, and I’m enjoying the challenge.” Like everything else he’s touched (sonically) in the last decade, Franglen has made regular use of Metric Halo’s classic ChannelStrip plug-in in the development of the new material. “I was with ChannelStrip from the very beginning – I had the original version,” he said. “It was the EQ that first got me. It could do things that no other EQ could do, and that remains the case today.”

He continued with an example: “For a while I was really interested in mixing very different samples from very different sources, it could be jazz with punk with something orchestral, whatever. I had to capture the essence of a source and still preserve audio clarity when it was mixed with something else, and Metric Halo ChannelStrip let me do that without having the composition turn to mush. Basically, ChannelStrip’s Q is precise and perfect. I can nail a filter or EQ band to within a few Hertz, enhance the fundamentals and then cut out everything that doesn’t matter while preserving the sample’s character and life. That’s a critical part of what I do and it’s my secret for maintaining audio clarity even when I have a lot of different sources all playing at once. And shortly thereafter I learned the value of ChannelStrip’s dynamics section. It’s so versatile. I use it all the time in combination with the ChannelStrip gate to bring looped drums to life.”

For work on his solo album, Franglen is using Metric Halo’s Production Bundle of plug-ins, which includes all of Metric Halo’s plug-ins: ChannelStrip 3, Character, HaloVerb, Multiband Dynamics, Precision DeEsser, Transient Control, and Multiband Expander. “I’ve found that with Character and Transient Control, I can breathe life and soul into my studio recordings,” he said. “The effect is subtle, but undeniable. The reverb is also fabulous. It has a huge range of sounds, and the smoothness of the tail is beautiful and transparent. It just disappears into the background. When I apply it to individual instruments, it gives them their own space and surrounds them with warmth without ever overpowering them.”

To say that Franglen uses Metric Halo plug-ins would be an understatement. Just as ChannelStrip has been a critical component of his sound over the last decade, the broader Production Bundle palette is fast becoming indispensible. A peek inside one of his new sessions reveals Metric Halo plug-ins on nearly every channel, with many of those channels bursting with multiple Metric Halo plug-ins!

ABOUT METRIC HALO Now based in the sunny city of Safety Harbor, Florida, Metric Halo provides the world with high-resolution metering, analysis, recording and processing solutions with award-winning software and future-proof hardware.

www.mhlabs.com

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON NICK FRANGLEN:
Website: www.franglen.net
Facebook: www.facebook.com/nickfranglen
Soundcloud: www.soundcloud.com/nickfranglen
Twitter: www.twitter.com/nickfranglen

Legendary Fisherman Bill Dance Reels in Viewers with HD Images Shot Using FUJINON Lenses

FUJINON ZA12x4.5BERM lenses perform in harsh conditions with outstanding reliability

Wayne, N.J. – When America’s best-known professional fisherman Bill Dance demonstrates his magic touch to TV viewers, his production crew captures the moment with super wide angle lenses from the Optical Devices Division of FUJIFILM North America Corporation. A television fixture since 1968, Dance’s trademark is his ability to entertain his audience, while he teaches them how they too can land the big fish. His shows, “Bill Dance Outdoors” and “Bill Dance Saltwater,” reach a combined total of over 200 million households airing on the NBC Sports Network, Discovery’s Destination America, and the Outdoors Channel.

Dance’s production team has used FUJINON lenses since 2008, but this year expanded their inventory with the purchase of two ZA12x4.5 BERM ENG/EFP lenses from Universal Media Services of Pensacola, Florida for use on their SonyHD cameras. Shane Bell, producer and editor for “Bill Dance Outdoor,” said, “For each half-hour show, our three-man camera crew spends up to four days fishing and filming from sunup to sundown in conditions that can include saltwater spray and harsh glare off the water. But the quality of the glass used in these lenses really helps us get great footage even with low-light or high-contrast conditions.”
The FUJINON ZA12x4.5BERM is a 2/3″ ENG-style Select Series Super Wide Angle ENG/EFP lens featuring a 2X range extender, DigiPower servo for highly accurate zoom and focus control, and Quick Zoom for rapid focus checks in the telephoto position. Their super wide angle allows the team to include both Bill and his guest fishermen in the same frame, while the quick zoom capability lets them capture the battle between fish and angler from the first strike to the moment Bill hauls his catches aboard. Bell explained, “With these lenses, we’ve been able to deliver captivating content that makes viewers feel as if they’ve climbed aboard for the fishing expedition.”

He continued, “These are also very robust lenses. We have absolute confidence that they will hold up to the rigors of our type of outdoor field production. The field crew has given the new lenses rave reviews, and the price point was also very appealing. For us, it’s an ideal combination. I would recommend FUJINON lenses without hesitation.”

Host Bill Dance added, “We depend on great equipment like FUJINON lenses. It’s what makes us a living!”

About Fujifilm
This year marks FUJIFILM’s 80th anniversary, and 40 years for the Optical Devices Division, formerly known as FUJINON, in the U.S.

FUJIFILM North America Corporation, a marketing subsidiary of FUJIFILM Holdings America Corporation consists of four operating divisions and one subsidiary company. The Imaging Division provides consumer and commercial photographic products and services, including: photographic paper; digital printing equipment, along with service and support; personalized photo products; film; and one-time-use cameras; and also markets motion picture archival film and on-set color management solutions to the motion picture, broadcast and production industries. The Electronic Imaging Division markets consumer digital cameras, and the Graphic Systems Division supplies products and services to the graphic printing industry. The Optical Devices Division provides optical lenses for the broadcast, cinematography, closed circuit television, videography and industrial markets, and also markets binoculars. FUJIFILM Canada Inc. sells and markets a range of Fujifilm products and services in Canada. For more information, please visit www.fujifilmusa.com/northamerica, go to www.twitter.com/fujifilmus to follow Fujifilm on Twitter, or go to www.facebook.com/FujifilmNorthAmerica to Like Fujifilm on Facebook. To receive news and information direct from Fujifilm via RSS, subscribe at www.fujifilmusa.com/rss.

FUJIFILM Holdings Corporation, Tokyo, Japan brings continuous innovation and leading-edge products to a broad spectrum of industries, including: healthcare, with medical systems, pharmaceuticals and cosmetics; graphic systems; highly functional materials, such as flat panel display materials; optical devices, such as broadcast and cinema lenses; digital imaging; and document products. These are based on a vast portfolio of chemical, mechanical, optical, electronic, software and production technologies. In the year ended March 31, 2014, the company had global revenues of $23.7 billion, at an exchange rate of 103 yen to the dollar. Fujifilm is committed to environmental stewardship and good corporate citizenship. For more information, please visit: www.fujifilmholdings.com.

All product and company names herein may be trademarks of their registered owners.

###

FUJIFILM Optical Devices Division, 200 Summit Lake Drive, Valahalla, New York 10595. Phone: 914-789-8100. Web site: www.FUJINON.com.

Christie Unveils First Laser Phosphor Series of 1-Chip DLP Projectors at InfoComm 2014

The new Christie® GS Series of laser phosphor projectors debut at InfoComm 2014 this week. Using laser phosphor illumination, the Christie GS Series provides an astounding 20,000 hours of operation and eliminates the need for lamp and filter replacements.

The Christie GS Series of Laser Phosphor Projectors

The solid state illumination, high-resolution, 1-chip DLP® laser-diode projectors come in WXGA, HD and WUXGA resolutions and provide a cost-effective solution with outstanding color matching and optional blending and warping for curved surfaces. Christie GS Series is perfect for fixed installation applications including boardrooms and conference rooms, government facilities, higher education, houses of worship and selected location-based entertainment venues such as casinos and live event theaters.

With features including wireless connectivity and a suite of optional lenses for greater installation flexibility, the Christie GS Series delivers the needed requirements for today’s demanding visual display projects and is suitable for 24/7 environments without a loss of image quality. Easy to install and use with input options such as Display Port, HDMI, DVI and HDBaseT, Christie GS Series provides clean, radiant images with up to 5400 ANSI lumens with Picture-in-Picture functionality.

“The move to laser phosphor technology with Christie 1-chip GS Series means a better combination of brilliant images, high performance and durability, while improving on a low cost of ownership,” said Mike Garrido, senior product manager, Christie. “The new Christie GS Series has the image quality and innovation that only Christie can deliver.”

Benefits of using Christie GS Series

-SSI-based laser phosphor for longer illumination life.

-Long life DLP® technology for greater reliability and more lifelike colors.

-Up to 1200:1 contrast ratio.

-Optional blending, warping for curved surfaces, and color matching for multiple projectors setups.

-24/7 capability for monitoring and signage applications.

-HD, WUXGA and WXGA resolution available.

-Wireless connectivity for less clutter and no cable management.

-Suite of lenses and portrait or landscape setup.

-With a choice of black or white shell, Christie GS Series easily blends into background.

The Christie DWU555-GS, Christie DHD555-GS and Christie DWX555-GS ship in August 2014 with a three-year parts and labor warranty.

Egypt’s CBC Boosts Flexibility of HD Signal Transport With Riedel MediorNet Real-Time Network

WUPPERTAL, Germany — June 17, 2014 – Riedel Communications, provider of pioneering real-time video, audio, data, and communications networks, today announced that leading Egyptian TV channel Capital Broadcast Center (CBC) has upgraded its Cairo facilities and operations with the installation of a MediorNet real-time media network. Riedel MediorNet frames enable flexible transport of 10 HD video signals between two CBC buildings within the Egyptian Media Production City.

“Riedel’s MediorNet solution is an ideal fit for our operations not only because of its flexibility and intuitive operation, but also because of the rich feature set it provides,” said Mohamed Hammad, playout manager for CBC. “In deploying MediorNet for HD signal distribution, we’ve realized much greater freedom in establishing point-to-point and point-to-multipoint signal transport with valuable cost-saving benefits including reliable synchronization.”

Enabling CBC to move beyond simple point-to-point links, Riedel’s MediorNet network allows the broadcaster to send any incoming signal to any output or even to multiple outputs. Because routing is managed through a straightforward user interface, CBC can change its signal-routing configuration without the need for re-wiring or physical patching. MediorNet also helps to eliminate the need for external devices through integrated broadcast-quality processing and conversion features such as frame store/frame synchronizers and embedders/de-embedders at any input/output.

Going forward, CBC can connect additional sites easily and increase the signal load by adding MediorNet frames to the network. The broadcaster has plans to augment the installation with a Riedel Artist digital matrix intercom system as well, which will allow for the connection of a talk-back panel linking production staff across CBC facilities.

“One of the reasons for CBC’s leadership in Egypt’s broadcast market is its willingness to use new technologies to overcome operational obstacles and limitations,” said Ahmed Magd El Din, general manager, Middle East and Turkey, Riedel Communications. “We look forward to building on the success of this installation, which provides CBC with even broader signal transport and communications capabilities.”

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

# # #

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 400 people at 11 locations in Europe, Asia, Australia, and the Americas.

Photo Link: www.wallstcom.com/Riedel/Riedel-CBCEgyptLogo.jpg

Sound Devices 970 Brings Rackmounted Audio to InfoComm 2014

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

LAS VEGAS, JUNE 18, 2014 – Sound Devices, specialists in audio and video production equipment, showcases the 970, its first-ever dedicated audio-only rack-mounted solution, which boasts an impressive 64 channels of Dante and MADI, at InfoComm 2014 (Booth C6443). The half-rack, 2U device simplifies any application requiring high-quality, high-track-count audio recording, including live events such as concerts and sports recording, corporate events, houses of worship (HOW), studio and mobile production, as well as theater and museum presentations.

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

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

The Sound Devices 970 features an embedded Web-based control panel for machine transport and setup control over Ethernet-based networks as well as file transfer over the data network with SMB. In mission-critical audio-over-IP AV installations, where hundreds of audio channels are distributed between zones, setting up a redundant network to protect against loss of audio due to network failure provides peace of mind. The ability to have one drive transferring files over Ethernet, while another continues recording, offers significant production time savings. Corporate, HOW, theater and museum presentation videos that are created, edited and rendered remotely can be transferred directly to the venue.

File metadata editing of scene name, take name, notes, track names and reel folders can be done during, before and after recording across all drives. In addition to RS-422 and GPIO control, the unit also allows for format conversion between analog, AES digital, MADI and Dante, acting as a bridge and routing matrix between these types of audio I/O.

Sound Devices 970 is designed with a large five-inch screen for metering of up to 64 tracks and for fast and intuitive menu control. It also features the Sound Devices proprietary PowerSafe technology. PowerSafe circuitry has a built-in 10-second power reserve. In the event of power loss, the unit continues to operate for up to 10 seconds, then stops any file operation and shuts down. This ensures that a complete power loss has no effect on the recording. In addition, the 970 features FileSafe, which automatically detects and repairs corrupted file headers when drives are mounted. This occurs when a drive is inadvertently removed during recording, with the 970, simply reinsert the drive and it automatically repairs its files.

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

Sound Devices, LLC designs and manufactures portable audio mixers, digital audio recorders and related equipment for feature film, episodic television, documentary, news-gathering, live event and acoustical test and measurement applications. Video Devices, a brand of Sound Devices, produces digital video recorders and related products that address a range of multiple-source video productions, including fast-paced, mission-critical studio applications, live sports, live events and mobile production.

Founded in 1998, the company designs and manufactures both brands from their Reedsburg, Wisconsin headquarters with additional offices in Madison, WI and Highland Park, IL. For more information, visit the Sound Devices and Video Devices websites, www.sounddevices.com; www.videodevices.com.

HARMAN’s Martin Professional MAC Quantum Wash & MAC Quantum Profile Redefine Lighting Expectations

LAS VEGAS, Nevada — HARMAN’s Martin Professional today introduced the MAC Quantum Wash and MAC Quantum Profile, the latest solution to provide brighter and more compact LED lights.

The MAC Quantum Wash features tight beams, beautiful wash fields, a market-leading color palette and uniform mixing that combines to accommodate the most demanding applications with brightness and perfection. Combining an impressive 750-watt of RGBW LED power with Martin’s market-leading optical system ensures Quantum’s 1:5 zoom operates with maximum output and superior performance.

“By combining the lens shift possibilities first seen in the MAC Viper Quadray with the MAC Aura’s ground-breaking optical system, MAC Quantum Wash sets new standards for light and color morphing effects from a wash light,” says Markus Klüsener, Product Manager for Stage Lighting, Martin Professional. “Putting together the new beam twister, patented Aura effect and wash capabilities of Quantum sets new standards for what is possible with effects in a wash light.”

The MAC Quantum Profile is a fully featured LED profile that sets new standards for combined performance, weight and size, and represents the latest in LED technology which in combination with Martin’s proprietary optical design delivers a crisp and bright output.

Any concerns about lamp aging, shifts in color temperatures, green color points, misaligned lamps and declining output are eliminated, as consistent LED technology guarantees that the last show on the tour looks as good as the first. The MAC Quantum Profile is the first real alternative to a 700 watt HID fixture, with super high-speed movements and effects for a flat field, crisp image and high contrast.

With its compact form factor, easy handling, high-speed movements, low noise cooling and rugged construction, the MAC Quantum Series does not compromise on any aspect lighting designers expect from a wash light. Designed for demanding applications, the MAC Quantum will be the new workhorse in a professional lighting rig.

Martin’s combination of technologies animates expressive projection and aerial looks. The synthetic look of LED lights is removed from Quantum and the organic, analogue effect puts a beautiful “face” on the product, looking great in person or on camera.

“Throughout the development of the MAC Quantum, it was important for us to ensure it would be both the brightest and best LED wash light in the category. Therefore, I was extremely pleased to see our R&D team working to animate the fixture and deliver beautiful and subtle looks without compromising the core part of the product,” continued Klüsener, “We’ve had a fantastic market response and are already receiving an impressive number of order inquiries for the MAC Quantum.”

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 a wide range of infotainment and audio solutions for the automotive, consumer, and professional markets. It is a recognized world leader across its customer segments with premium brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, and Mark Levinson® and leading-edge connectivity, safety and audio technologies. The Company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the 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 15,200 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $5.1 billion for the last twelve months ended March 31, 2014.

Christie Introduces “Christie Velvet” High Resolution LED Tiles

Christie®, the trusted global leader in high quality visual and audio solutions, is expanding its line of high brightness tiled displays with the introduction of the Christie Velvet line of built-to-order, high resolution indoor LED panels. Seamless to integrate and available in various pixel pitches, Christie’s LED tiles display stunning content that help businesses creatively connect their brand message to their audiences. Debuting at InfoComm 2014 in Las Vegas June 18-20, the brilliant LEDs are well-suited to various indoor applications such as retail, casinos, museums, corporate lobbies and control room environments, where 24/7/365 reliability is required.

Christie Velvet LED flat panel

“LED video walls have become a viable technology for many indoor applications,” said Richard Heslett, senior product manager, Christie. “With their reliable 24/7 operation, fine pixels, and long life, many businesses are turning to LEDs, however, obtaining them to customer specifications has been a challenge for integrators and end users. Christie Velvet LED displays are manufactured to the highest quality standards, and are backed by the excellent pre-and post-service and support that Christie is known for around the world.”

Depending on customers’ needs, Christie Velvet LED displays can be mounted in a variety of orientations, including curved, suspended from ceilings and structures or connected to each other to create a seamless array.

Christie Velvet Features:

•Solutions configured according to needs

•Quick budgetary design and quote

•Trusted pre/post sales service and support

•Certified solid state illumination LEDs available in 1.875 mm, 2.5 mm, 3 mm and 4 mm pixel pitches

•1200Hz refresh rate, 1000 nits brightness

•Front serviceable design (3mm and 4mm models)

•Wide-viewing angles (160⁰), darker blacks, and exceptional high color fidelity

•Ability for end-user to create large seamless digital canvases

•High performance and 24/7/365 reliability

•Turnkey solution with Christie’s image processing and content management software

Christie’s family of tiled display solutions includes LCD flat panels, the Christie Entero rear projection cubes, the award-winning Christie® MicroTiles® and now the new LED Christie Velvet line. As a single source provider, Christie’s wide selection of display solutions can be bundled with options such as Christie Brio integrated collaboration system, Christie Interactivity Kit, Christie Jumpstart content management for multi-touch interactivity, powerful Christie Vista Spyder image processors, Christie Phoenix™ open content management and network streaming solution, as well as enhanced service plans and on-site support.

The Christie Velvet LED line, with two-year warranty, is available now.

About

Stay up to date on the latest technology news. Select press representatives post company news several times a day. Check back often to get the latest news on product releases, mergers and acquisitions, and product applications. To be included in this virtual press conference, please contact The Wire.

Calendar

July 2014
M T W T F S S
« Jun    
 123456
78910111213
14151617181920
21222324252627
28293031  

Your Account

Subscribe

Subscribe to RSS Feed

Subscribe to MyYahoo News Feed

Subscribe to Bloglines

Google Syndication