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D-Tools 2014 Design Awards Entry Deadline Extended Through Friday, August 29th

Winning submissions will be announced during Design Awards Ceremony taking place next month during CEDIA EXPO in Denver, Colo.

CONCORD, CA, USA — AUGUST 19, 2014 — D-Tools, Inc., the worldwide leader in system integration software, today announced the call for entries deadline for its annual contest, the Design Awards, has extended and will close on August 29, 2014. D-Tools is pursuing System

Integrator SIX software users’ success stories and project designs that best represent how the platform has positively affected their business and ROI, as a way to showcase not only their efforts but also to demonstrate the benefits of using system integration design-estimation-proposal platforms.

Sponsored by AtlonaAnthony Gallo AcousticsIC RealtimeKordzKramerStealth Acoustics, and Vaddio, Design Awards contest categories include Best Residential, Best Commercial, Most Unique, and Best Overall. Winners will be selected from a diverse group of D-Tools users and chosen by a group comprised of D-Tools product team members and select certified partners. Entries are being accepted from around the world and will be judged on a number of criteria, including; originality; depth and breadth of D-Tools’ software usage; overall system design; and demonstrated proficiency with the platform.

Winning submissions will be awarded prizes from the contest sponsors and D-Tools Manufacturer Vantage Point (MVP) partners. Winners will be announced during CEDIA EXPO during a ceremony being held at 3pm on Friday September 12, 2014 in D-Tools booth #526. D-Tools customers can submit their entries through August 29th by visiting http://d-tools.com/design-awards/ or by sending an email to Josh Carlson at joshc@d-tools.com.

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

Learn more about the D-Tools MVP Program, D-Tools System Integrator, or the undeniable benefits of using a streamlined system design, proposal, and estimation software platform at www.d-tools.com(866) 386-6571 ext. 1, or e-mail info@d-tools.com or mvp@d-tools.com.

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

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

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

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SMPTE Members Involved at All Levels at IBC2014

Record Number of Members Speaking and Exhibiting; SMPTE Sponsoring or Leading Several Technical Sessions

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. — Aug. 14, 2014 – The Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers(R) (SMPTE(R)), the worldwide leader in motion-imaging standards and education for the communications, media, entertainment, and technology industries, today announced that more than 50 of its members will speak at technical sessions during IBC2014 — with more than 107 sustaining member companies exhibiting. The IBC2014 conference and exhibition takes place at RAI Amsterdam Sept. 11-16.

“Once again, SMPTE is well-represented in virtually every aspect of IBC2014,” said Barbara Lange, executive director, SMPTE. “Not only do we have a record number of members participating in technical sessions, several members are taking leadership roles in shaping conference topics and content. This is one example of how SMPTE is helping our industry adapt to rapid technological changes and stay abreast of today’s motion-imaging trends.”

The following are highlights of SMPTE-driven technical sessions:

Howard Lukk, a SMPTE standards director, will chair a session, “Tri-focal Camera Systems — will Hybrid 3D prove to be the ultimate 3D?” on Saturday, 13 Sept., at 16:30 as part of the IBC Big Screen Experience. Produced by SMPTE Governor Richard Welsh, the session will also feature SMPTE Member Johannes Steurer of ARRI.

At noon on Sunday, 14 Sept., “Movie-making in the Matrix — are you ready for a virtualised movie production?” will examine virtualized movie production — looking at the impact of cloud computing, virtual production, and post tools on digital filmmaking from camera lens to screen. SMPTE Governor Richard Welsh will co-produce the session.

Scheduled for 16:00 on Sunday, “EDCF Global D-Cinema Update” will bring together an impressive array of panelists to bring attendees up to speed with the latest business and technology developments in digital cinema around the world. This annual fixture at IBC promises a dynamic and fast-paced overview provided by many of the industry leaders behind the continued evolution of digital cinema. SMPTE member panelists include SMPTE Governors Angelo D’Alessio and Richard Welsh, along with SMPTE Members Andy Maltz, Jim Whittlesey, Julian Pinn, and Peter Wilson.

Also at 16:00 on Sunday, Dr. Hans Hoffmann of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) will present a session titled “Go With UHD-1, or Wait for UHD-2?” as part of the IBC Technical Stream. In this session, produced by SMPTE, major players will outline their strategies for content creation and delivery to the home using both traditional and IP technologies and subsequently discuss standards and their roadmaps for the two phases of UHDTV. Panelists include Alan Lambshead, SMPTE standards vice president and Chris Johns, SMPTE U.K. section chair; along with SMPTE Members Chris Fetner, Andy Quested, and Jim Helman.

On Monday, 15 Sept. beginning at 14:00, SMPTE will present “Laser Projection Systems Part 1: Seeing is Believing” and “Part 2: Is the Devil in the Details?” as part of the IBC Big Screen Experience. Chaired by Peter Ludé, immediate past president of SMPTE with participation by SMPTE Member Matt Cowan, the session will look at the impact of laser projection technology on digital cinema and provide a look at breathtaking images shown on the Big Screen Experience 6P laser projection system from Christie.

As an IBC2014 partner, SMPTE is once again supporting the Rising Stars program, which offers exclusive conference sessions tailored to tackle the topics most important to young professionals. This popular program gives new entrants to the broadcast industry the opportunity to meet top industry experts across a series of specially staged sessions and events. Throughout the show, SMPTE members will volunteer their time and expertise to provide guided tours of the exhibition floor to Rising Stars participants. Through this program, SMPTE helps to foster the successful rise and advance of young creative, business, and technology professionals working within the industry. A complete list of sessions for the two-day program is available at www.ibc.org/page.cfm/ID=869.

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About the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers(R) (SMPTE(R))
The Oscar(R) and Emmy(R) Award-winning Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers(R) (SMPTE(R)), a professional membership association, is the preeminent leader in the advancement of the art, science, and craft of the image, sound, and metadata ecosystem, worldwide. An internationally recognized and accredited organization, SMPTE advances moving-imagery education and engineering across the communications, technology, media, and entertainment industries. Since its founding in 1916, SMPTE has published the SMPTE Motion Imaging Journal and developed more than 800 standards, recommended practices, and engineering guidelines.

The Society is sustained by more than 6,000 members — motion-imaging executives, engineers, creative and technology professionals, researchers, scientists, educators, and students — who meet in Sections throughout the world. Through the Society’s partnership with the Hollywood Post Alliance (HPA), this membership is complemented by the professional community of businesses and individuals who provide expertise, support, tools, and the infrastructure for the creation and finishing of motion pictures, television, commercials, digital media, and other dynamic media content. Information on joining SMPTE is available at www.smpte.org/join.

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Lights, Power and Broadcast Support on Display at SET Expo 2014

Anton/Bauer, Autoscript, Litepanels and Sachtler to Showcase Latest Wares

SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - Autoscript, Anton/Bauer, Litepanels and Sachtler - brands of the Vitec Group - will be showcasing their latest production support gear at SET Expo 2014 at booth # D01. The tradeshow and conference is presented by the Brazilian Society of Television Engineers (SET) and focuses on broadcast and new media technology. The expo runs August 25-27 at the Expo Center North here in Sao Paulo.

SET is the technical association of professionals and companies focusing on disseminating, expanding, studying and improving all technical, scientific and operational knowledge in television, telecom, radio, internet and new media sectors of the industry. It is one of the largest broadcast events for Latin America.

The Vitec booth will include:

* Anton/Bauer(r)'s V-Mount Digital Battery Series will be on display. The company's revolutionary Digital Battery Series is the first battery line designed specifically to power digital productions and deliver a new level in safety. Their innovative design features a "double skinned" architecture where the cells are individually contained in an impact-resistant and flame-retardant plastic honeycomb, with a 2mm air gap between them, ensuring no cells touch and air can circulate to keep the pack cool. This entire cell pack is "suspended" within the stylish impact resistant outer case, maintaining a 5mm air gap around it to prevent crushing and accidental penetration of the cells themselves by a sharp object. Additional safety features include thermal sensors that continually monitor the battery, and if a rise in temperature is detected a switch is opened to prevent further charge or discharge. Similarly the charge and discharge currents are continually monitored and if too much current is flowing, the battery switches off.

The new battery series, also available with Gold Mount(r) connectors, meets the unique needs of 4K camera set-ups and other digital cameras in use today, while providing top-tier levels of safety, performance and reliability. With the introduction of a V-Mount option to the Digital Battery Series, Anton/Bauer's best of breed batteries will now be available for use with any camera, accessories, lights, monitors, and recorders, among other equipment, and includes three battery sizes (90 Wh, 150 Wh and 190 Wh).

* Autoscript will demonstrate their EPIC 17, the world's first fully integrated prompting and on-air system. It features the brightest 17" LED prompting screen combined with an integrated 17" full HD-SDI on-air monitor that bring flexibility and versatility to studio operations. The system negates the need for extra mounting brackets and therefore ensures that camera operators can make use of the full camera tilt range. The system is also power efficient, using 20% less power than other solutions and weighing 3kg less. Other features include long lifetime of the prompting screen - more than 70,000 hours - and simplified cable management with just one cable for both prompter and monitor.

Autoscript will also exhibit their WinPlus Remote solution, an iOS-based teleprompting system that delivers up-to-date scripts to users in the field, anywhere in the world. The technology is also suited to remote news bureaus and smaller newsroom operations. When WinPlus Remote is installed on a networked PC in the production facility, the latest version of the script can be seen by journalists on location, as well as in the studio. The software enables the script to be automatically uploaded to an FTP site where it can be downloaded onto an iPad by talent in the field and kept constantly updated. WinPlus Remote works in conjunction with picoPrompt, a popular teleprompting iOS app, and is supplied with a hand control for scrolling on mobile devices.

* Litepanels will showcase the ASTRA 1x1 Bi-Color panel. Building on the legacy of their original 1x1 fixture, the ASTRA sets a new standard for the form and function of professional LED panels. With a one-square-foot form factor, the ASTRA 1x1 offers a light output up to four times brighter than the company's original 1x1 Bi-Color fixture, high CRI (color rendering index), and user selectable active or passive cooling modes. The ASTRA 1x1's are also designed with select premium quality surface mount LEDs that are paired with custom designed TIR (total internal reflection) optics. The innovative daylight-to-tungsten tunable color model is the first in the company's new ASTRA line of panels, with additional fixtures in the series set to debut later this year. The line's development was years in the making, and every element in the ergonomic, modular design was meticulously crafted. Litepanels drew from its wealth of experience building professional LED fixtures and accessed the feedback received from their extensive customer base to produce an LED fixture that is both innovative and affordable.

* Sachtler will display their Ace Accessories, a new range of premium camera support gear, which includes the Ace Base Plate, Ace Follow Focus and Ace Matte Box. The accessories can be bought individually or as a package.

Sachtler also will showcase its Ace Shoulder Rig, comprised of a shoulder mount that offers a solid point of contact and support for secure and smooth off-tripod shooting, and hand grips that can be fitted on a universal mount. Mounted on a fluid head, the Ace Shoulder Rig also can be used as double pan bars.

Sachtler's SPEEDLEVEL Clamp incorporates the company's SPEEDLEVEL technology, making levelling the head faster and more convenient. The innovative product is ideal for those broadcast applications where there is a need to frequently level the head when changing location. The new SPEEDLEVEL Clamp is the ultimate partner for Sachtler's 100mm range fluid head, enhancing the functionality and performance and making the levelling process even simpler and quicker.

The Vitec Group brands are technology leaders in the broadcasting, pro-video and cinematography sectors of the industry. They are characterized by innovation, reliability and long-term cost savings, with the highest levels of customer support. For further information, visit their booth at SET Expo.

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Harmonic Makes Future of Video a Reality With Cutting-Edge Broadcast and Multiscreen Solutions at IBC2014

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Aug. 13, 2014 — Harmonic (NASDAQ: HLIT), the worldwide leader in video delivery infrastructure, will demonstrate a variety of technologies and solutions set to transform video production and delivery in the broadcast, cable, telco, satellite, and multiscreen environments at IBC2014, stand 1.B20. From virtualized video infrastructures to Ultra HD encoding and delivery, Harmonic’s market-leading solutions enable operators to deploy lower-cost, flexible video architectures with pristine video quality to maximize the value of their existing bandwidth and drive new revenue-generating services. more

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Revolabs InfoComm India 2014 — Booth F63

“InfoComm India 2014 is an excellent opportunity to reconnect with the many system integrators, dealers, distributors, and customers in this region who take the time to travel to the show. At this year’s event, we look forward to introducing a new and cost-effective conferencing solution, the Revolabs Elite Wired Microphones — a first for our company,” said S.L. Dorairaju, Country Manager – India, Revolabs India. more

Remote Technologies Inc. (RTI) CEDIA EXPO 2014 — Booth 476

“We’re very excited to meet with our valued partners and customers at this year’s CEDIA to not only showcase our latest products, but also highlight newly developed two-way drivers and updates to the APEX control platform. We’ve got a host of new and never-before-seen products that we can’t wait to exhibit at the show.” — Pete Baker, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for RTI more

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Pro Control CEDIA EXPO 2014 — Booth 576

“At CEDIA EXPO 2014, Pro Control will introduce powerful new additions to our product lineup that attendees won’t want to miss. The new Pro.zwi Z-Wave interface facilitates the integration of a variety of Z-Wave-enabled devices into one intuitive control interface, eliminating the need for separate two-way drivers for every device — saving both time and money. We will also highlight the Pro.rfz wireless range extender, which provides a cost-effective solution for expanding the convenience of two-way control and feedback over larger areas. With our robust product family and these new innovations on display, we are looking forward to a great show.”
– Mike Everett, General Manager for Pro Control more

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Digigram’s IBC2014 Product Lineup to Feature Low-Cost, High-Quality AQORD *LINK/LE Video-Over-IP Codec

MONTBONNOT, France — Aug. 12, 2014 – Digigram today announced that at IBC2014, it will demonstrate the new AQORD *LINK/LE codec designed to enable simple, cost-effective transport of high-quality video over IP networks, including fiber, xDSL, and satellite for program contribution applications. With an attractive price tag and the ability to serve either as an encoder or decoder, the easy-to-use AQORD *LINK/LE IP video codec lowers barriers to IP-based video transport without forcing users to compromise on video quality.

“IP video transport offers numerous business and operational benefits, and we have introduced the AQORD *LINK/LE in order to make these benefits accessible to a broader range of users and facilities,” said Laurent Gros, video product manager at Digigram. “With this new product, which rounds out our video product range, we offer the high video quality for which our AQORD IP video codecs are known, as well as fundamental, hardware-based, low-latency encoding and streaming capabilities packaged in an uncomplicated design with straightforward configuration options.”

The AQORD *LINK/LE codec is designed for video contribution in broadcast, live event, and IPTV distribution applications. Housed in a 19-inch encoder/decoder rack, the unit features SDI raw video I/O and network I/O for IP-based live streaming. Ready to use right out of the box with minimal configuration, this latest addition to Digigram’s AQORD family allows users to begin streaming almost immediately. With both H.264 encoding or decoding capabilities, the AQORD *LINK/LE also gives users flexibility in system deployment.

Throughout IBC2014, Digigram’s AQORD line of IP video codecs for contribution and AQILIM IP video codecs for over-the-top applications will be on display on stand 8.C51. The AQORD *LINK/LE will be available for shipping shortly after IBC2014 concludes.

More information about Digigram and the company’s products is available at www.digigram.com or by phone at +33 4 76 52 47 47.

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About Digigram
Positioned at the convergence of professional audio and video with IT, Digigram offers IP-based solutions that enable users worldwide to increase their competitiveness through change.

The company’s products enable the reliable capture, production and delivery of high-quality audio and video over IP networks. Its innovative IP audio codecs, professional sound cards, and audio processing software are used by thousands of journalists, broadcasters, and audio engineers worldwide. Digigram’s all-IP video product line provides advanced contribution and distribution solutions to broadcast, IPTV, Web TV, and OTT operators. The company also delivers key audio/video technologies and OEM solutions to software vendors and manufacturers.

For more than 25 years, through constant innovation and the development of fruitful partnerships, Digigram has been influential in energizing the industry, raising standards, and pushing forward technological development.

Further information on Digigram and its product portfolio is available at www.digigram.com.

Please Visit Digigram at IBC2014, Stand 8.C51

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Photo Caption: AQORD *LINK/LE IP Video Encoder/Decoder

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Cake Boss Buddy Valastro to Help ELAN Celebrate Its 25th Anniversary at CEDIA 2014!

America’s favorite baker, Buddy Valastro (aka The Cake Boss) is coming to CEDIA 2014 to help ELAN Home Systems celebrate its 25th anniversary, according to an announcement made today by Core Brands Director of Control Joe Lautner.  The world-renowned star of the TLC Network shows “The Cake Boss,” “Kitchen Boss,” “The Next Great Baker,” and “Buddy’s Bakery Rescue” will be appearing at the Core Brands Booth (#350) on Friday, September 12, 2014 at 2:00PM.  And, yes, Buddy will be bringing with him a custom designed anniversary cake guaranteed to wow show attendees!

“We’re thrilled to have Buddy join us this year to help celebrate a major milestone in ELAN’s history of innovation,” said Lautner.  “Twenty-five years is major landmark in this industry, or any tech industry for that matter.  Buddy’s appearance will help add excitement to what lies ahead for ELAN, as we bring to market our next generation Home Control Platform and new broader range of entertainment and control system solutions that cover a much broader range of the market than ever before!”

Buddy Valastro is no stranger when it comes to ELAN.  An ELAN g! System manages every part of Buddy’s life at home and at work, where an ELAN g! System helps Buddy and his staff manages the ever expanding business operations of the Carlos Bakery commercial production center in Jersey City, New Jersey.  “Buddy has first-hand experience with ELAN,” continues Lautner. “His New Jersey home as well as his state-of-the-art bakery production center are both fully equipped with ELAN g!.”

“The party event is open to everyone at the show,” Lautner emphasized.  “Please join us to both acknowledge our past accomplishments and toast the launch of an amazing new generation of g! entertainment and control systems.”

About ELAN:

ELAN® is a brand of Core Brands, offering an award-winning line of whole-house entertainment and control solutions distributed through a comprehensive channel of select dealers throughout the United States, Canada, and in more than 58 countries worldwide. To learn more, visit www.elanhomesystems.com.

About Core Brands

Headquartered in Petaluma, California, Core Brands combines the product and marketing strengths of iconic and award-winning audio, power management and control brands including SpeakerCraft, ELAN, Niles, Panamax and Furman to deliver a portfolio of connected home solutions to its channel partners and end-users. For further information, visit www.corebrands.com.

About Nortek, Inc.

Core Brands is a Nortek company. Nortek Inc. is a global diversified company with leading brands and innovative, technology-driven products and solutions for lifestyle improvement at home and at work. For further information, please visit: http://www.nortekinc.com/products/technology-solutions/.

Siggraph 2014 Platinum Sponsor Christie Powers Up Screens and Award-Winning Visual Displays

Christie®, the global leader in visual displays and audio technologies, will be powering the screens that are showing some of the visuals effects of several of the year’s biggest blockbuster films and advances in computer graphics at Vancouver’s 41st International Conference and Exhibition on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques, SIGGRAPH 2014, August 10 – 14. Christie will also lead a discussion on the latest projection mapping techniques at the NVIDIA Visual Computing Theater. Titled, “Virtual Automotive: Projection Mapped Graphics for Automotive Design,” Christie will display its latest digital “sandbox,” a fully three dimensional visual pipeline designed to automatically calibrate and maintain a customized projection mapped display, such a Corvette or other template model of any size.

“Christie CP4230 Digital Cinema® projectors are essentially powering the amazing Computer Animation Festival (CAF), enabling the leading VFX and film studios to exhibit their best work in two large presentation halls, including AMPAS’ award-winning content in film and animation,” said Jeevan Vivegananthan, senior director of engineering, Christie. “The CP4230 projectors will also showcase cutting-edge, real-time interactive technologies and techniques in the CAF’s Production Sessions as well as three sold-out evening shows of the incredibly popular Electronic Theater which features the finest work in computer graphics from the past year. And our 4K projectors will display a special screening of DreamWorks Animation’s ‘How to Train Your Dragon 2’.”

Christie's 3D projection mapping Corvette

The auditoriums for the CAF and the Production Sessions will each feature two auxiliary screens, flanking the main screen, which will show close-ups of event speakers to the audience. These will be powered by Christie Roadster HD20K-J and Christie Roadster HD14K-M projectors, respectively.

Christie will also illuminate the SIGGRAPH Studio and SIGGRAPH Art Gallery, each of which will feature two Christie G Series projectors and the Art Gallery, which will include a 65-inch LCD touch panel display.

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