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Xytech Redefines Facility Management Software with the Release of MediaPulse 2014 at NAB

NAB BOOTH: SL2428

(Mission Hills, CA/London, UK) – Xytech, the market leader in facility management software for the broadcast, production, media services, and video transmission industries, will debut a new version of the company’s flagship MediaPulse platform at the 2014 NAB exhibition in Las Vegas. MediaPulse 2014 redefines facility management software, delivering a true end-to-end solution encompassing asset management, order management, resource management, and financial management in a configurable, platform-independent, browser-based application.

The 2014 release is the most significant to date, including hundreds of new features and dramatic performance improvements. The new features are centered on three core areas:

User Interface
SKY 2014, the platform-independent and browser-based interface for MediaPulse, now includes a complete graphical scheduling application, real time dashboards for user-defined KPIs, and a form editor to modify all screens. Allowing customers to create custom web solutions with an easy to configure, out of the box solution, SKY 2014 drives down costs and speeds user acceptance. It supports all popular operating systems, including Apple Macintosh and iOS.

The Media Order and Transmission Order modules in MediaPulse 2014 also received significant upgrades, enabling users to create complex order profiles with a simple click. In addition, a new web-deployed arrivals board has been added to the Transmission Order module, allowing thousands of users to see the status of all feeds at a glance.

System Interoperability
New adapters for Miranda, Telestream, Avid AirSpeed, and Avid Capture have been added to MediaPulse 2014, expanding integration capabilities and facilitating automated workflows involving a huge range of third party systems via Xytech’s Digital Order technology. Clients can add any hardware platform to the MediaPulse ecosystem using our unique MediaPulse Adapter technology and new SNMP (Simple Network Management Protocol) tool.

Asset Management
The debut of MetaVault MAM (Media Asset Management system) provides a complete content backbone for the creation and storage of files, proxies, and metadata. This new functionality makes integrating multiple MAMs, including those from other vendors, into a comprehensive, federated solution a reality. As no digital strategy is complete without physical assets, MetaVault also supports easy labeling and RFID capabilities to make the management of even the most complex media libraries as efficient and effective as possible.

As Xytech continues to define the marketplace with the most innovative and client-centric products available, MediaPulse 2014 also features a new rules engine that manages notifications, labor contracts, status of orders, and trigger events.

“Our greatest asset is our relationship with our clients and their trust in us,” said Greg Dolan, Chief Operating Officer of Xytech. “They know that we are keenly focused on their need for flexible, scalable solutions to the issues they face. MediaPulse 2014 increases the power of our platform and gives our customers the competitive edge they need in today’s world. Things are moving fast, and Xytech is innovating faster. We are relentlessly moving forward.”

Xytech is exhibiting MediaPulse 2014 at the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) show in Las Vegas from April 7-10 2014, in the South Hall lower level, booth SL2428.

About Xytech
Xytech is the leading global provider of facility management software for the media and broadcast industries. For over 25 years, the world’s best media services companies, broadcasters, and transmission facilities have depended on Xytech to run their businesses. Xytech’s collaborative MediaPulse platform is the only end-to-end solution for the complete content lifecycle, providing scheduling, automation, asset management, billing, and cost recovery in a scalable, platform-independent application. Xytech has over 450 software deployments in more than 20 countries around the world, and the company is headquartered in Mission Hills, California, with regional offices in New York and London.

For more information, please visit www.XytechSystems.com or call +1.818.698.4900 (US) or +44 (0)20.7903.5170 (UK).

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Media Contact:
Chris Purse, 818.908.3473
ignite strategic communications
chris@ignite.bz or mimi@ignite.bz

Extron DTP CrossPoint 84 Now Includes a Built-In Control Processor

Extron Electronics is pleased to announce the Extron DTP CrossPoint 84 IPCP, a new model of the DTP CrossPoint 84 featuring a built-in IP Link Pro control processor for complete and powerful AV system control. The industry-leading DTP CrossPoint 84 is the new go-to product for presentation systems. This highly versatile, compact presentation matrix switcher delivers all of the technologically advanced capabilities necessary to design and integrate a complete AV system in one box, including a 4K matrix switcher, two built-in independent scalers, integrated DTP and XTP transmitters and receivers, a high performance mono or stereo amplifier, comprehensive audio DSP capabilities unmatched in the industry, and an advanced control processor that is uniquely expandable. The DTP CrossPoint 84 is the new industry standard for fully integrated AV systems, greatly simplifying system design and installation, and dramatically reducing total cost of ownership. more

Installer’s Choice – An IMS Engineered Products Brand – Joins the D-Tools Manufacturer Vantage Point (MVP) Program

Installer's Choice product specifications are now available to D-Tools System Integrator users worldwide

Participation in the D-Tools MVP Program enables global System Integrator™ users free access to detailed Installer’s Choice product information for use in designing, specifying and estimating low voltage electronic systems for residential and commercial applications 

 CONCORD, CA, USA – MARCH 20, 2014 D-Tools Inc., the worldwide leader in system integration software, today announced that Installer’s Choice – an IMS Engineered Products Brand – has joined the D-Tools Manufacturer Vantage Point (MVP) program. As such, those who use D-Tools for their audio video system designs and proposals will have immediate access to detailed information about the entire family of IMS Engineered products (IMSEP) via the D-Tools product database, better enabling D-Tools System Integrator™ users to specify IMSEP products.

A global supplier of AV and Data racks, IMS Engineered Products has more than 70 years of experience designing and manufacturing racks trusted by companies and institutions providing services that touch virtually every aspect of your daily life.

“We are thrilled with the opportunity to partner with D-Tools,” said Kevin Groom, VP of Sales and Marketing for IMS Engineered Products. “We believe it’s of the utmost importance that dealers have easy access to the most up-to-date and comprehensive product information available; it provides them with the details needed to help scope and specify the best products possible for successful client projects. Furthermore, our participation in the MVP Program not only benefits the integrator community but also helps us to broaden our market reach and build valuable new business relationships.”

The D-Tools Manufacturer Vantage Point (MVP) program provides systems designers, specifiers, integrators, and installers the most up-to-date and detailed product information available, in a format that can be utilized in a cross-functional capacity for maximum workflow efficiency. In fact, MVP members help companies streamline the design process by making it easier for them to provide accurate, professional proposals to their clients by using the D-Tools System Integrator platform.

“We are pleased to have Installer’s Choice – an IMS Engineered Products company – sign on as an MVP partner,” said Adam Stone, President and CEO of D-Tools. “Their products service virtually every sector of industry in both residential and commercial applications which will provide our users with high quality, versatile options for many of their client engagements.”

Those interested in learning more about the D-Tools MVP Program, D-Tools Systems Integrator, or the many benefits that can be derived from utilizing a streamlined system design, proposal and estimation software platform are encouraged to visit www.d-tools.com, Email mvp@d-tools.com, or call 1-866-386-6571 ext. 1 for more information.

About IMS Engineered Products
IMS Engineered Products, a division of IMS Companies, LLC, is a manufacturer of a full line of proprietary and custom enclosures and video mounting products for electronic packaging, data and audio visual applications under its IMS Engineered Products and Installer’s Choice brands. For more information, visit www.imsep.com and www.installerschoice.com.

About D-Tools, Inc.
D-Tools, founded in 1998 and based in Concord, California, is a worldwide leader in accessible, highly accurate system design and documentation software. The company’s flagship product, System Integrator™ (SI), is a total design solution that utilizes Autodesk® AutoCAD and Microsoft® Visio for comprehensive system design, documentation and project management. D-Tools SI allows residential and commercial integrators to streamline their business processes to increase overall revenues while reducing the time and costs associated with the installation and integration of low-voltage systems. In fact, over 4,400 leading companies use D-Tools software to reduce time, costs and to streamline the system integration process. D-Tools is a three-time recipient of the Consumer Electronics Association Mark of Excellence Award, multiple recipient of Custom Retailer/Technology Integrator Excite Award (2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013), and Commercial Integrator BEST Award (2011, 2013), as well as a winner of the National Systems Contractors Association Multi-Room Audio Video Awards for Best Installation Aid, Sound and Video Contractor Innovations in Technology for Business Productivity Award, CE Pro High Impact Award for Design Software, and CE Pro BEST Award for Software Applications (2013).

More information can be obtained by calling (866) 386-6571, e-mailing info@d-tools.com, or visiting D-Tools online at www.d-tools.com. Follow D-Tools on Twitter at www.twitter.com/DTools and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/beatool.

Press Contacts: 
Tim Bigoness, D-Tools, Inc., +1 (925) 270-4102, timb@d-tools.com, www.d-tools.com
Katye (McGregor) Bennett, KMB Communications, +1 (425) 328-8640, katye@kmbcomm.com, www.kmbcomm.com/press

 
Links to Accompanying Images:
D-Tools Logos
System Integrator™ Installer’s Choice Screen Shot

 

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Shotoku Broadcast System To Unveil Revolutionary New Camera Tracking System at 2014 NAB Show

NAB Booth C 8731

Click to visit Shotoku at NAB

Company Set to Showcase Complete Range of Superior Pan & Tilt, Control and VR Tracking Solutions

Staines, UK – Shotoku Broadcast Systems, the well-established leader in manual and robotic camera support, and virtual reality tracking, is introducing in joint cooperation with ncam, a leading manufacturer that enables virtual production through real-time camera tracking, the revolutionary new ncam Camera Tracking System at this year’s 2014 NAB Show, Booth C8731. In addition, Shotoku will be exhibiting its complete range of advanced robotic camera systems, including its line of pan & tilt heads, control systems and VR camera tracking solutions aimed at all News, Sports and TV Shopping applications as well as systems designed specifically for Government, Legislatures and Houses of Worship. Several significant new product developments will be on show further expanding system capabilities and bringing even more flexibility and cost-efficiency to TV studio operations requiring fully robotic cameras.

The ncam Camera Tracking System features a multi-sensing bar that is unobtrusively mounted on the studio camera and provides real-time data to its associated tracking server. ncam provides complete 8-axis 3D position information via industry standard protocols compatible with any VR/AR graphics system. It is suitable for a wide range of applications both indoor and outdoor, with mounted or even hand-held as well as Steadicam cameras. The system joins Shotoku’s well-established series of advanced encoder-tracking systems.

As part of its range of leading VR camera tracking solutions, the company is also showcasing its advanced TK-53VR crane, which is unmatched in terms of mechanical stability, control precision and tracking sensitivity offering a truly exceptional level of all-round performance for any VR or AR production. In addition, the company’s highly successful TP-90VR full X-Y tracking pedestal will be shown in live demonstrations in the Vizrt booth (Number SL2419).

Easily customizable for government, legislature and houses of worship environments, Shotoku’s robotic solutions, such as the TG-18 and TG-27 pan & tilt heads, height drive and fully robotic pedestal systems feature precise remote control capabilities. The company’s entire range of control systems will be available for demonstration including the TR-HP Hot panel, TR-S legislative panel and the TR-8T touch-screen based robotics control system.

“Shotoku will have an array of products and solutions on display at this year’s NAB show, ranging from the brand new ncam camera tracking system to our technologically superior and robust pan & tilt heads, control systems and VR camera tracking solutions,” says James Eddershaw, sales director, Shotoku. “For years, Shotoku has been leading the way in providing advanced manual and robotic camera support, as well as virtual reality tracking solutions to the broadcast market, and we are looking towards this year’s NAB to reach industry professionals with updates and demonstrations of our various product lines.”

About Shotoku Broadcast Systems
Shotoku Broadcast Systems is an international leader in the manufacture and marketing of a full range of camera support products with emphasis on manual and robotic pedestals and pan/tilt heads for the television broadcast industry. The Company also provides robotic camera systems capable of interfacing with third-party equipment. Established as an engineering design firm specializing in advanced mechanics and electronic control systems, Shotoku maintains headquarters in Japan with offices in Staines, UK and Torrance, CA. The Company’s robotic camera systems are designed, developed and manufactured in Staines, UK. For further information: www.Shotoku.co.uk

Shotoku contact: James Eddershaw
+44 (0) 1784 224650 / mailto:info@shotoku.co.uk

Press contact: Desert Moon Communications / Harriet Diener
+1-845-512-8283 / mailto:Harriet@DesertMoon.tv

Cobalt Digital Listens to Customers, Presents Solutions and Upgrades at NAB 2014

Company Continues to Expand Range of Broadcast Solutions with New Quad Split Card, Blue Box Group Converter and Framesync, Quad-Channel Multi-Rate DA And Significantly Upgraded Loudness Measurement System

Urbana, IL – With an ear tuned to professionals in the ever-changing global broadcast industry, Cobalt Digital (www.CobaltDigital.com), manufacturer of award-winning 3G/HD/SD-SDI conversion gear for broadcast environments, will be rolling out several important solutions at this year’s NAB Show in Booth N4624. The Company, that prides itself in listening to its customers, will answer the need for a quad split card for openGear®, expand its Blue Box Group™ with another converter and framesync, and present a card-based multi-rate distribution amplifier. In addition, Cobalt will be announcing key upgrades to its popular SPOTCHECK® loudness measurement/compliance monitoring system.

“We are always excited to have the chance to attend important industry shows such as NAB where we have the chance to show our commitment to our customers by demonstrating new and enhanced products to meet their varied needs,” says Chris Shaw, EVP sales and marketing, Cobalt Digital. “There are several new and exciting products and upgrades that we will be introducing to the broadcast industry this year that will help keep our customers on the cutting edge of technology.”

New:
9970-QS Quad Split
The 9970-QS Quad Split card answers the need for a fully functional quad split for openGear® frames in sports trucks and control rooms. The card provides 4 SDI inputs (3G/HD/SD), all with frame sync and independent ARC capability. Multiple UMD per pip, user, router source (Utah Scientific integration), and time code are standard. Other capabilities include highlighted borders, Ethernet, GPI, and serial input for tally, full screen mode, audio bar overlay, HDMI/SDI output and more.

Blue Box Group™ BBG-1002-UDX Modular Up/Down/Cross Converter
The new Blue Box Group™ BBG-1002-UDX Modular Up/Down/Cross Converter is available in two different formats. The BBG-1002-UDX-AAV-AES with universal I/O and character burn provides a high-density standalone modular unit that offers multi-input support, flexibility, and ease of use, with full support of 3G/HD/SD-SDI, CVBS, AES and analog audio inputs and outputs. The BBG-1002-UDX model features auto-changeover input, character burn and a web-based user interface. The unit is also available in card format (9902-UDX) for openGear®.

Blue Box Group™ BBG-1040-ACO Multi-Input Modular Framesync
The user-friendly Blue Box Group™ BBG-1040-ACO Multi-Input Modular Framesync with auto-changeover and character burn provides a high-density standalone modular unit offering multi-input support. Multiple SDI input ports allow manual or automatic failover to alternative inputs on loss of input conditions as well as user-configurable criteria such as black/frozen frame or audio silence. Standard features include a web-based user interface and front-panel control. Three BBG-1040-ACO fit in a single rack shelf. The unit is also available in card format (9940-ACO) for openGear®.

9910-DAX16 3G/SD/HD-SDI Multi-Rate Distribution Amplifiers
The all-new quad-channel 9910-DAX16 3G/SD/HD-SDI Multi-Rate Distribution Amplifier features 4x output crosspoint to support four input channels which can be cross-point routed to any of 16 DA outputs. The flexible crosspoint (configurable via DashBoard™ GUI) allows quad 1 x 4, dual 2 x 8, single 1 x 16 and other possibilities (such as dual 1 x 4 plus single 1 x 8). Available in reclocking/non-reclocking versions. openGear® frame compatible.

Upgrade:
SPOTCHECK®
Cobalt Digital’s SPOTCHECK®, initially developed to provide loudness measurement and records for broadcasters, returns to NAB as a significantly upgraded and comprehensive compliance system. Enhancements include: proxy record (Down-res transcode) variable resolution, Video H264, Audio AAC Stereo, EBUR128 compliance, graphing enhancements to include cursors, TS playback and vertical scrolling. Dependent on settings, up to one year of proxy can be stored. In addition, operators can now receive alerts by email.

Journalists: Click to RSVP to Cobalt Press Conference: Tuesday, April 8 at 9AM in LVCC Booth N4624

ABOUT COBALT DIGITAL INC.
Cobalt Digital Inc. designs and manufactures award-winning 3G/HD/SD conversion gear for the broadcast television environment. Distributed through a worldwide network of dealers, system integrators, and other partnerships, Cobalt products are backed with a 5-year warranty. For more information, visit http://www.cobaltdigital.com.

Company Contact: Chris Shaw, EVP of Sales and Marketing
+1-217-344-1243 / chris.shaw@cobaltdigital.com

Press Contact: Desert Moon Communications / Harriet Diener
+1-845-512-8283 / harriet@desertmoon.tv

DVEO Shipping Latest Version of Documented “DOZER” IP Video Traffic Smoothing Technology for Smooth Video Over Public Internet

San Diego, California — DVEO, the broadcast division of Computer Modules, Inc. (CMI), is now shipping the second generation version of its innovative technology for smooth distribution of IP video over poor or average quality public Internet.

Designed for broadcasters, mobile operators, telcos, IPTV operators, and Over The Top (OTT) video providers, DVEO’s proprietary “DOZER” technology smoothes video traffic and recovers dropped packets. It features built-in algorithms to alleviate video freezes, jitter, and noise. New features for the latest version include more powerful performance, quicker set-up, and 50 or more channels out.

DVEO will demonstrate “DOZER” at the NAB (National Association of Broadcasters) Show, April 7-10, in Las Vegas, Nevada, at booth SU2903.

The DOZERbox II IP IP™ is a compact (4.6 inches wide) multifunction end-to-end router for reliable and timely delivery of MPEG-2 or H.264 transport streams. It “bulldozes” through slow and congested IP routers to improve video distribution. The technology is also available as a software license — the Media Dozer: LIC™, or in a 1 RU system — the DOZER Racks IP IP™.

Typically sold in pairs, the DOZERbox and DOZER Racks gateways replace expensive private point to point internet managed network connections. Customers can purchase the Media Dozer: LIC application software as an add-on for DVEO’s many encoder and gateway appliances, including the Mamba DIG/IP™, MultiStreamer™, MPEG Gearbox™, MultiStreamer Brutus™, MPEG Gearbox II™, and D-Streamer™ product lines. It is also available as a license for other devices.

“Media Dozer functions similarly to Forward Error Correction, but works at packets layer instead bytes layer. Our customers use this technology to deliver critical video over congested and noisy cloud based deployments,” stated Laszlo Zoltan, Vice President of DVEO. “With our latest upgrades, one DOZERbox transmitter can send 50 or more channels to one DOZERbox receiver. And each receiver can accept transmissions from up to 8 different Dozer transmitter devices. An added advantage is that all content is encrypted.”

When Media Dozer II: LIC is added to DVEO systems such as the MultiStreamer™ encoder or MPEG Gearbox II™ transcoder, the original content can be encoded or transcoded before it is processed by the Media Dozer II: LIC.

Media Dozer II: LIC can also be added to DVEO’s Proxicaster IP IP™, a stream packager that converts UDP or RTP to multicast, adds wrappers such as HLS or RTMP, and redirects video streams to multiple locations. This new combination product is sold as the Proxi DOZER™.

“Our Media Dozer II: LIC is licensable for use by CDN’s, OEMS, and middleware vendors,” Laszlo Zoltan went on to say. “We are actively negotiating with several encoder and CDN vendors.”

For optimum video streaming, when video will be transmitted and received from the same location, two separate systems are recommended for transmitting and receiving.

Supplemental Information for Press Release

Features:

  • Supports both HD and SD H.264/MPEG-4 AVC or MPEG-2 encoded streams
  • Underlying traffic is not examined
  • Inputs/Outputs: 2 each Gig/E ports
  • Guaranteed packet delivery with UDP protocol with up to 50% packet drop recovery (given enough bandwidth)
  • Supports IP UDP unicast and multicast, in or out
  • Uses proprietary and sophisticated data and streaming management algorithms in order to optimize traffic that traverses across managed switches and routers
  • Ships with designated IP addresses on each unit
  • Will not alter the internal structure of the transport stream (PAT, PMT, etc.)
  • IP address and Port can be remapped to different ones if necessary in the remote network
  • Protocol is resistant to packet loss and corrects for internet jitter and packet reordering
  • All inter-Dozer communication is encrypted
  • Configurable destination port on listener for firewall traversal
  • Can be configured for point-to-point or point-to-multipoint functionality
  • Supports dual destination in primary/backup configuration for redundant setups
  • Each device can be configured as a sender, a receiver, or both
  • One DOZERbox transmitter can send 50+ channels to one DOZERbox receiver
  • One transmitter can send channels to 8 different receiver devices
  • One receiver can accept channels from up to 8 different Dozer transmitter devices
  • Each receiver device can output UDP on a local network to one or many different devices using second Ethernet port on unit
  • Each connection using Dozer Transmitter and Receiver is authenticated with a user name and password for additional security
  • Performance certified with WAN Emulator Appliance testing
  • Also available: Rackmountable 1 RU – DOZER Racks IP IP™
  • Suggested Retail Prices:
    Media Dozer II: LIC: $100 to $1,500 U.S. each
    DOZERbox II IP IP: $1,695 U.S. each, typically sold in pairs
    DOZER Racks IP IP: $2,995 U.S. each, typically sold in pairs
    Proxi DOZER IP IP: $4,995 U.S. each

    DVEO, D-Streamer, DOZERbox II IP IP, DOZER Racks IP IP, Mamba DIG/IP, Media Dozer II: LIC,
    MPEG Gearbox, MPEG Gearbox II, MultiStreamer, MultiStreamer Brutus, Proxicaster IP IP,
    and Proxi DOZER IP IP are trademarks of Computer Modules, Inc.
    All other trademarks and registered trademarks are the properties of their respective owners.

    About CMI and DVEO
    CMI, founded in 1982, is a privately held company headquartered in San Diego, California. DVEO, the Broadcast Division of Computer Modules, Inc., sells digital video and high definition television (HDTV) products to the top television broadcast companies throughout the world.

    For more information on CMI and DVEO, please contact Rebecca Gray at +1 (858) 613-1818 or rebecca@dveo.com. To download DVEO’s press releases and product images, visit the news section at www.dveo.com.

    DVEO, 11409 West Bernardo Court, San Diego, California, 92127
    Web: www.dveo.com phone: +1 (858) 613-1818, fax: +1 (858) 613-1815

    HARMAN’s BSS Audio, Crown and JBL Professional Provide Acoustic Atmospherics at The Island In Pigeon Forge Entertainment and Retail Center

    PIGEON FORGE, Tennessee – The Island at Pigeon Forge is a brand-new entertainment and retail center located in Tennessee’s Smoky Mountains. It’s on an actual island in the Little Pigeon River and offers a wide variety of rides, shopping, restaurants and attractions, with a 132-room hotel to be completed in spring 2014. Providing the audio solution was sound contractor Clair Brothers Audio who installed a system featuring HARMAN’s JBL Professional loudspeakers and Crown amplifiers, all tied together via BSS Audio signal processing components.

    Clair Brothers installed the distributed audio system at The Island at Pigeon Forge, which encompasses more than 22 acres. Dustin Goen, Clair Brothers system designer and project manager specified 128 JBL Control 28T-60 loudspeakers for use throughout the facility, indoors and outdoors in the buildings and mounted on light poles. The loudspeakers are powered by a total of 12 Crown CTs Series CTs 2000-LITE, CTs 1000-LITE and CTS 600-LITE amplifiers. Signal processing and distribution is provided by three BSS Audio BLU-800 processors, a BLU-320 I/O expander, a BLU-100 12 x 8 signal processor and three BLU-8v2 wall controllers. The amplifiers are connected to the BSS Audio components via CobraNet, using PIP Programmable Input Processor modules that are installed in the amps.

    The Crown amplifiers and BSS Audio components are housed in four distributed audio equipment rooms, all tied together with fiber cable. The tech staff can monitor and control all the amplifiers using a customized page in the HARMAN HiQnet London Architect™ system control and configuration software. Each of the equipment rooms has remote inputs and paging, enabling staffers to distribute inputs across the park or page specific areas.

    “Although it covers a large area, we were able to test the entire system in the shop before we brought it to the site and configure and tune everything onsite in two days,” said Goen. “We chose the JBL Control 28T-60 loudspeakers with WeatherMax grilles because of their combination of sound quality, power handling and durability, which is obviously of prime importance in an outdoor installation where they’re also going to be used day in and day out.”

    Goen continued, “The BSS Audio BLU devices are my go-to digital signal and networking processors because they offer tremendous flexibility and total reliability. These qualities, along with their ability to connect all the amplifiers on the same network using a single software package made them the obvious choice.”

    “We have been pleased with the results from Dustin and his team’s hard work on this project. Everything has been working well thus far, and sound quality we now have throughout the property is excellent,” added Beau Berni, Director of Operations, Pigeon Forge Entertainment and Retail Center.

    HARMAN 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 14,800 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $4.7 billion for the last twelve months ended December 31, 2013.

    HARMAN Professional Releases JBL HiQnet Performance Manager™ Version 1.7, Adding Support for JBL VTX F Series Loudspeakers

    FRANKFURT, Germany – HARMAN Professional today introduced the latest iteration of its comprehensive software for live sound system configuration and control, JBL HiQnet Performance Manager™ version 1.7. New to version 1.7 is support for JBL’s VTX F Series loudspeakers, new circuiting functionality, plus a host of other new capabilities.

    JBL HiQnet Performance Manager is a true workflow-based user experience for designing, deploying and controlling any configuration of HiQnet live performance system that offers touring and live sound professionals reduced design time, simplified networking, and an automated interface configuration.

    Version 1.7 features new circuiting functionality that allows for automatic mirroring of delay, bandpass gain, circuit level attenuation, and limiter reduction. It also affords the ability for center stacks to mirror their circuit configuration. With the new functionality, circuits for ground stacks on-end are built in an onstage to offstage fashion and HARMAN’s Crown VRACK amplifier channels are now automatically associated with sub bandpasses by using channel 1 of all three amps before associating with channel 2. The functionality also separates the circuits of cardioid subs so non-consecutive circuiting and more economical triplets can be created.

    Additionally, online matching now has the option of preserving physical devices addresses and making the virtual device in Performance Manager receive the HiQnet address from the networked device. The update also features substantial changes to ground stack templates: it is now possible to select any number of column or row stacks, while selecting an odd number of ground stacks on-end will create a center stack that circuits inside-to-out within itself.

    When in “Amplify Mode” users now have the capability to make associations directly by dragging speaker bandpasses to amplifier channels or vice versa. Version 1.7 also features a new ‘auto’ VRACK wiring mode option within the Array Configuration dialog. This allows Performance Manager to automatically decide the most economical use of VRACKs and can be used instead of the advanced tab for complex scenarios.

    “Today’s introduction features improvements that are a direct result of input from our users,” commented Paul Bauman, Associate Director, Tour Sound, JBL Professional. “Version 1.7 further enhances Performance Manager’s ability to simplify complex system configurations and guide professionals and even those with less experience to optimize the performance of JBL tour sound products.”

    For more information on JBL HiQnet Performance Manager™ version 1.7, please visit: hiqnet.harmanpro.com/general/performance_manager

    Performance Manager is available for purchase via license key on the HiQnet website: hiqnet.harmanpro.com

    HARMAN 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 14,800 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $4.7 billion for the last twelve months ended December 31, 2013.

    BHV Broadcast to Show Seriously Expanded Video Ghost Series at NAB 2014

    NAB Booth C 3841

    Click Here to Schedule a Visit BHV Broadcast at NAB C 3841

    BHV Broadcast to Show Seriously Expanded Video Ghost Series at NAB 2014

    Video Phantom Power System to Offer HDMI Monitoring, a Rack-Mount Version, and a Digital Signage Solution

    Owslebury, UK – BHV Broadcast, manufacturer of compact, cost-effective equipment for live and post-production will show a seriously expanded Video Ghost series at NAB2014, Booth C 3841.

    • Video Ghost – Sleek, sexy and affordable, Video Ghost lets you run power and serial digital (SD/HD/3G) video over a single coaxial cable. Video Ghost now offers enhanced cable length performance up to 200m from the camera or monitor and a maximum power output of 65W (both ratings may depend on signal format and application). Multi-layer protection circuitry prevents inadvertent damage caused by mis-connection. This powerful alternative to batteries is especially relevant for installing cameras or monitors where the supply of power is difficult or hazardous, such as gantries, stage sets, sports arenas and amphitheatres.

    NEW at NAB – Ghost now provides optional HDMI monitoring of SD/HD/3G video feeds.

    • GhostRack – On show for the first time! The rack-mounted version of BHV’s friendly spirit offers 4 channels of Video Ghost Power Over Coax in a 2RU x 19″ rack case with integral power supply and front panel monitoring. Ideal for mounting in an OB and powering four remote monitors or cameras over the video cables!

    • Video Ghost is being introduced as a low-cost and reliable power source for Digital Signage applications. The ‘fit-and-forget’ system provides an innovative and unique way to get power to a monitor on a stage floor or in an arena roof, and eliminates the need for local mains power for monitors.

    “Video Ghost is ideal for short-term or permanent applications that utilise monitors for digital signage such as entertainment venues, retail establishments and houses of worship,” explained Julian Hiorns, BHV Broadcast’s managing director. “Operational benefits include portability and rapid deployment – important features for mobile productions and difficult locations where monitoring is required, and the flexibility to send or receive video signals and DC power wherever and whenever the need arises.”

    See all of BHV’s award-winning products at NAB 2014. Click on harriet@desertmoon.tv to schedule a visit!

    About BHV Broadcast
    BHV Broadcast is the manufacturer of award-winning compact and cost-effective equipment for production and post-production including a full range of rack-mount and portable digital switchers to accommodate any application where space is at a premium. The company also manufactures rate and format converters and video power systems. For further information: www.bhvbroadcast.com

    BHV Broadcast contact: Martin Cook
    +44 (0) 1962 777733 • sales@BHVBroadcast.com

    Press contact: Harriet Diener / Desert Moon Communications
    1-845-512-8283 • mailto:harriet@desertmoon.tv

    BHV Broadcast’s Syntax Up-Converter Series Adds Closed Captions Capability

    NAB Booth C3841

    BHV Broadcast’s Syntax Up-Converter Series Adds Closed Captions Capability

    First US Demonstrations of Syntax Bridge Slated for NAB 2014 in Booth C3841

    Owslebury, UK – BHV Broadcast, manufacturer of award-winning rate-converters, up-converters and the innovative coax-powering solution Video Ghost, will introduce the US market to Syntax Bridge at NAB 2014. The newest member of the Syntax up-converter series provides closed captions capability via integration with Microvideo’s HDB 300 data management system. The first US demonstrations are slated to be held in Booth C3841 at the LVCC.

    Syntax Bridge, recipient of TV Technology’s IBC 2013 STAR award, was developed in response to the growing global requirement for closed captions as part of the retention of metadata through the broadcast chain. Now broadcasters and producers can enjoy the benefit of Syntax’s unrivalled quality HD up-conversion with closed captions. BHV’s award-winning Syntax up-scaler integration with Microvideo’s HDB 300 (which in itself provides simultaneous data management of control signals, trans-coding, decoding, bridging and copying) will allow broadcasters to utilize the artefact-free performance of the Syntax in distribution and production chains with massive metadata handling capability.

    BHV Broadcast’s managing director, Julian Hiorns, commented “The combination of BHV’s extraordinary Syntax up-converter combined with Microvideo’s HDB 300 provides an unparalleled solution to the latest closed caption compliance requirements. We’re delighted to demonstrate this exciting new technology at NAB and make it available in the Americas.”

    BHV’s Syntax series uses Super-Resolution Bandlet technology, a natural successor to motion compensation, for virtually transparent conversions.

    See all of BHV’s award-winning products at NAB 2014. Click on harriet@desertmoon.tv to schedule a visit!

    About BHV Broadcast
    BHV Broadcast is the manufacturer of award-winning compact and cost-effective equipment for production and post-production including a full range of rack-mount and portable digital switchers to accommodate any application where space is at a premium. The company also manufactures rate and format converters and video power systems. For further information: www.bhvbroadcast.com

    BHV Broadcast contact: Martin Cook
    +44 (0) 1962 777733 • sales@BHVBroadcast.com

    Press contact: Harriet Diener / Desert Moon Communications
    1-845-512-8283 • mailto:harriet@desertmoon.tv

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