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Cobalt Prepares to Introduce European Market to A Significant Number of NEW Products at IBC 2014

IBC Stand # 10.B44

Quint-Split Multi-Image Display Tops the List of 13 Additions to Already Robust Product Ranges

Urbana, IL – Cobalt Digital (www.CobaltDigital.com), manufacturer of award-winning 3G/HD/SD-SDI conversion gear for broadcast environments, has revealed plans to roll out a record-breaking number of product launches in Stand 10.B44 at this year’s IBC exhibition taking place from 12 – 16 September 2014. Topping the lengthy list of launches are numerous openGear® cards including a quint-split multi-image display processor, a high-quality down-converter, embedder/de-embedder, DA, a MPEG multi-standard broadcast transcoder, and several fibre optic cards. The outrageously popular Blue Box Group™ is also being expanded with many new units, and Cobalt’s SPOTCHECK® loudness measurement/compliance monitoring system will be sporting numerous upgrades at the show.

“We’re excited to bring over 13 new and enhanced products to IBC, the premier international show devoted to professionals engaged in creating, managing and delivering media,” says Chris Shaw, EVP sales and marketing, Cobalt Digital. “Our customers play a critical role in our development process and we’re thrilled to respond with reasonably priced solutions that target exactly what they need to keep them technically advanced and financially sound.”

NEW openGear® CARDS
9970-QS 3G/HD/SD-SDI/CVBS Quint-Split Multi-Image Display Processor

Cobalt Digital will debut the 9970-QS 3G/HD/SD-SDI/CVBS Quint-Split Multi-Image Display Processor. A single processor is capable of auto-detecting and displaying up to five independent 3G/HD/SD/Composite inputs and multiple processor cards can be cascaded to provide additional input source capacity. An Ethernet-based GUI control enables intuitive set-up of video windows and advanced on-screen graphics, and a simultaneous display output over SDI and HDMI supports flexible system design and easy integration. The 9970-QS is ideal for outside broadcast vehicles and production control rooms.
9902-DC-4K UHDTV High-Quality Down Converter
Cobalt’s reputation for high-quality down-converters grows with the introduction of its Quad 3G-SDI 1080p 50/60Hz (UHDTV) to HD 50/60Hz or SD 50/60Hz. The card makes copies of the down converted output TO 3G/SDI/ HDMI, and features a timecode burn-in window and user defined character insertion.

9950-EMDE-ANC Embedder/De-Embedder
The new 9950-EMDE Embedder/De-Embedder provides multiple serial RS-232/422 and GPIO to/from ancillary data insertion and extraction. An IP (RJ-45) I/O option is also available.

9910DA-4Q-3G-RCK 3G/HD/SD/ASI Partitionable Multirate Reclocking Distribution Amplifier
This single DA card can be configured as 1×16, 2×8, 4×4, or 1×8 and 2×4. Designed for 4K applications and high-density base band or ASI distribution, the 9910DA-4Q-RCK is capable of receiving 3G input signals up to 120m on 1694A cable. As a safety feature it will automatically perform a switch over from any of the four inputs, upon loss of signal. Amazing configurability, and loss of signal source switching for peace of mind.

9990-TRX-MPEG Multi-standard Broadcast Transcoders
Cobalt’s new 9990-TRX-MPEG multi-standard broadcast transcoders target MPEG-2 to MPEG4 AVC and MPEG-4 AVC to MPEG-2, and media conversion to and from ASI and IP. Up to 40x channels of real time transcoding can be accomplished in a 2RU openGear frame. The card offers MPEG-1 Layer II, AAC, and AC-3 audio support

Cobalt is also extending its series of fibre cards for openGear with a number of new solutions, including:
9420LT/LR Fibre Optic L-BAND Transmitters and Receivers

• Remote antennae extension over fiber up to 30km
• 25dB Tx and Rx Adjustable Gain Range
• One 2RU openGear frame houses up to 20x transmitter or receiver cards
• 1310nm, 1550nm, and CWDM laser options

9450GT Fibre Optic Gigabit Ethernet Transceivers
• 4 x Port (RJ-45) Ethernet Switch with copper extension over 2 x LC fibers
• Point-to-point and CWDM laser options with support of distances up to 80km.

9490CWDM Fibre Optic Multiplexers
• Available in 4, 8, 12, 16 channel configurations
• Fully passive design has no active components for maximum reliability

BBG-1000 SERIES
Cobalt’s user-friendly Blue Box Group™ offers peak performance from compact conversion modules at a low-cost. The series will be expanded to include numerous new models, Including:

BBG-1002-DC-4K UHDTV Downconverter
Cobalt is introducing IBC attendees to a standalone high-quality UHDTV downconverter from the Blue Box Group. The BBG-1002-DC-4K Quad 3G-SDI converts 1080p 50/60 (UHDTV) to HD 50/60Hz or SD 50/60Hz and offers simultaneous SDI and HDMI ouputs for extended capabilities. The unit can be rack-mounted for 3x paths of downconversion in 1RU.

BBG-1070-QS 3G/HD/SD-SDI/CVBS Standalone Quint-Split Multi-Image Display Processor
Also new to the global market is the standalone version (1/3 Rack Width) of the quint-split multi-image display processor. The BBG-1070-QS 3G/HD/SD-SDI/CVBS can auto-detect and display up to 5x independent 3G/HD/SD/composite inputs on one unit. An Ethernet based GUI control facilitates intuitive set-up of video windows and advanced on-screen graphics. A simultaneous display output over SDI and HDMI allows flexible system design and easy infrastructure integration. Rack-mounted units can be cascaded for up to 13x Inputs in 1RU.

BBG-1090-TRX-MPEG Standalone Multistandard Broadcast Transcoders
The new BBG-1090 TRX-MPEG converts MPEG-2 to MPEG4 AVC and MPEG-4 AVC to MPEG-2, and media conversion to and from ASI and IP. Three units can be rack-mounted for up to twelve channels of real time transcoding in 1RU. The modules support MPEG-1 Layer II, AAC, and AC-3 audio.

More Blue Box Group™ BBG Series Launches
Small form factor Audio Embedders and De-Embedders will be debuted, including:

• BBG-EM-AA 3G/HD/SD eight Channel Balanced Analogue Audio Embedder
• BBG-DE-AA 3G/HD/SD eight Channel Balanced Analogue Audio Embedder
• BBG-EMDE-AES 3G/HD/SD sixteen Channel Un-Balanced AES Embedder / De-Embedder

Small form factor HDMI Fibre Optic Transmitters and Receivers,
• BBG-H-to-F HDMI to Fibre Transmitter
• BBG-F-to-H Fibre to HDMI Receiver

UPGRADE
SPOTCHECK® – Transport Stream Compliance Monitoring

Cobalt Digital’s SPOTCHECK®, initially developed to provide loudness measurement and records for broadcasters, returns to IBC with significant upgrades including full EBU-R128 compliance (Including DVB-T, DVB-C & DVB-S), as well as CALM A/85. SPOTCHECK now detects transport communication errors as well as frozen/black frame and audio silence for superior quality control. Multiple operators in different destinations can now receive email alerts by email, and reports can be located by date. The Optional feature – AIRCHECK – provides easily managed lo-res proxy downloads of user-selected transport stream segments.

Come see all of Cobalt’s new and established products being showcased in Stand 10.B44!

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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

Shotoku Broadcast Systems Announces “SMART” IBC Exhibition Plans

IBC Stand # 11.F40

New SmartTrack System Anchors New and Enhanced Studio and Field Camera Support Gear

Staines, UK — Shotoku Broadcast Systems, the well-established leader in manual and robotic camera support, and virtual reality tracking, will anchor its IBC Stand with a new ‘smart’ rail camera system targeting the rigorous demands of daily TV studio use. The SmartTrack system will be at show alongside Shotoku’s advanced and high-performing control solutions, pan & tilt heads, robotic and manual pedestals, and virtual reality products for OB, studio, field production and legislative applications.

“As always, we are totally committed to IBC, which is a major event in our calendar. It allows us to showcase our systems to visitors from Europe and so many other parts of the world. It’s a fantastic opportunity to meet new clients and catch-up with old friends with whom we’ve worked for many years,“ said James Eddershaw, sales director, Shotoku. “This year, as usual, we will be showing a combination of systems from across our entire range of camera supports, including for the first time outside the USA the new SmartTrack rail-based camera system for floor or ceiling use.”

ROBOTIC HIGHLIGHTS

    NEW SmartTrack
    For the first time at IBC, Shotoku will demonstrate the new SmartTrack system, a fully integrated product based on the core track-based technology of MAT, Germany. In combination with Shotoku pan & tilt heads and control systems the MAT system is turned into the perfect solution TV studio use, day after day. It is highly adaptable, supporting floor or ceiling operation and a range of height column configurations, in both upright and inverted modes. The high quality engineering of the MAT and Shotoku systems ensure that the system is robust and stable, designed for long-term use in demanding applications such as 24/7 news or TV Shopping environments.

    ENHANCED TR-XT Control Systems
    Shotoku’s leading advanced control system will be shown once again, incorporating the recent enhancements and expansions in terms of camera capacity and dynamic configuration. The systems on show will be controlling multiple cameras and sharing camera operation across several controller-types.

    ENHANCED Fully Robotic Pedestal
    Shotoku will also be showing the latest developments in fully robotic studio pedestals, providing complete X-Y-H camera positioning with free-roaming capability, where track systems would not be appropriate. Several enhanced features including Virtual Reality tracking and simple referencing make the pedestal ideal for many TV studio applications.

    SEE IT LIVE Orchestra CMS Parliamentary Systems
    Fully automated and with live video touch-screen operation, Shotoku’s world-leading parliamentary TV system will be shown in action. The TG-27 pan and tilt head, becoming a standard among high-end parliaments and legislatures all over the world, will be shown under the control of the TR-S panel.

    MANUAL HIGHLIGHTS
    NEW TTH1502C Carbon Fibre Tripod

    Shotoku’s new 2-stage TTH1502C carbon fibre tripod incorporates the latest technology to give operators a lightweight, yet sturdy tripod system that is perfect for EFP or documentary production. Built to last with carbon fibre legs, the tripod weighs a mere 5.9kg (13 lbs.), features a 150mm bowl base, and stands over 1615mm (5’) tall at its maximum height. Available with a ground spreader or a mid-level spreader, the tripod is ideally paired with Shotoku’s SX300 pan & tilt head for optimal performance.

    TRIED & TRUE SX300 Pan & Tilt Head
    One of Shotoku’s latest mid-weight EFP pan & tilt fluid heads, the SX300 features outstanding balance, a robust build and ergonomic design. With a high capacity 38kg (83 lbs) payload and wide-balance capability, the SX300 supports an array of cameras, lenses and accessories, making it perfectly suited for field production, OB and studio use. The 300 head accommodates flat base or 150mm ball. Operators can not only expect top-class performance and reliability from the SX300’s VISCAM technology for smooth and adjustable pan & tilt drag with reinforced torque, but a continuously adjustable balance system.

    FLEXIBLE SG900 Pan & Tilt Head
    Shotoku’s SG900 manual pan & tilt head offers vibration-free speed in an ergonomically designed sturdy package. Ideal for OB and studio production with Teleprompters or box type lenses, the SG900 supports 90 kg (198 lbs), and features single knob balance adjustment. The unit incorporates the VISCAM ultimate fluid drag system to control smooth pan & tilt movement and REULAUX perfect balance system for maintaining the camera’s centre of gravity. The SG900 fits various pedestals including Shotoku’s TP200 lightweight, 2-stage pneumatic pedestal and both the TP-80 and TP-90 studio models.

    BACKED BY EXPERIENCE Virtual Tracking Systems
    Based on decades of extensive VR experience, Shotoku VR tracking systems offer outstanding design features, robust and reliable platforms for a wide range of camera and lens configurations. High-accuracy, real-time data output with absolutely no loss in manual performance is common to all Shotoku systems as is compatibility with all leading VR graphics systems. Shotoku’s VR range includes the simplest PT head and tripod right up through studio pedestals and high payload heads to state of the art cranes and jibs with total freedom of movement within VR studios small or large. Shotoku will have a sample of these systems on show at IBC.

    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

Media Group International Helps Sharjah TV Prepare For An HD Future

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Notes to the editor:

About Ghanim bin Saad Al Saad & Sons Group Holdings

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

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

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

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

www.gssg.com

Media Group International

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

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

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

www.mgi.tv

SUMMER PRICING ON NEW ATC SCM20PSL MONITORS

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – JULY 2014: TransAudio Group, U.S. distributors for ATC UK, announces special introductory pricing on the ATC SCM20PSL MkII near-field reference monitor. The passive ATC SCM20PSL MkII improves upon the previous ATC six-inch, two-way passive and is ATC’s smallest and least expensive monitor in the ATC Professional line up. Built to the same exacting standards as its active pro range siblings, the SCM20PSL MkII is ideal for those already using passives but seeking a new level of resolution in a compact passive package. Purchases made before September 1, 2014 benefit from the reduced price of $2,990 per pair. After that, the price rises to a (still very reasonable) $3,490 per pair.

“ATC is well-known for designing and building studio monitors that are unflinchingly truthful and that help engineers deliver mixes that translate everywhere,” said Brad Lunde, president of TransAudio Group. “ATC founder, Billy Woodman, and his team of R&D engineers never tire in the pursuit of perfection, and our request for a smaller monitor has led them to develop the SCM20PSL Pro MkII. We’re offering the special introductory pricing to both celebrate and motivate.”

ABOUT TRANSAUDIO GROUP TransAudio Group, founded by industry veteran Brad Lunde, has quickly become the premier U.S. importer/distributor and/or U.S. sales and marketing representative for high-end audio. Success hinges on TransAudio providing dealers and end users with a higher standard of product expertise and support far beyond the norm.

www.transaudiogroup.com

The ATC SCM20 PSL Monitors are now shipping.
MSPR: Now until September 1st – $2,990.00 pair • After September 1st – $3,490.00 pair.

Cobalt Goes West with Representation from Dan Weaver & Associates

Urbana, IL – Cobalt Digital (www.CobaltDigital.com), manufacturer of award-winning 3G/HD/SD-SDI conversion gear for broadcast environments, continues to expand its U.S. presence with the recent appointment of Dan Weaver & Associates of Louisville, KY and Milwaukee, WI as its new Manufacturer’s Representative. This move, intended to fortify the company’s mid-western sales coverage, was announced today by Bob McAlpine, svp of North America sales, from Cobalt’s headquarters in Urbana IL.
“I have known and worked with Dan Weaver throughout my professional broadcast career and I know there’s no better choice to help Cobalt Digital expand its reach throughout this important mid-west region,” stated McAlpine. “Dan is a solid presence and well-respected industry professional in the 13-states he covers. He is also a technically knowledgeable resource, which offers great advantages to Cobalt’s growing customer base in the region. Both Dan and his associate, Bob Phillips, will provide the support our customers need and that our company requires for sustained growth in the area.”
Dan Weaver & Associates serves a wide and diverse cross-section of markets, including broadcast, pro AV, educational, government, house of worship, corporate, and industrial & security with Cobalt Digital now joining its vast range of high-technology video, audio, computer and systems solutions.
“We are very excited and proud to represent the prestigious Cobalt Digital product line in our Midwest territory,” Weaver commented. “Cobalt’s high-quality, state-of-the-art signal processing, conversion, and terminal gear is supported by the best team in our industry. We are delighted to be associated with such talented and dedicated professionals.”
Cobalt is recognized worldwide as a leading provider of scalable, practical and cost-effective format conversion and loudness processing solutions. Key affiliations with organizations such as Dan Weaver & Associates help strengthen the Company’s presence and ensure first-class support for their rapidly expanding customer base.
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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 / mailto:harriet@desertmoon.tv

General Cable Demos Gepco® Brand SMPTE Hybrid Fiber Cable Tester at NAB 2014

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA, APRIL 7, 2014 — General Cable is pleased to demonstrate its valuable Gepco® Brand SMPTE-304TS Hybrid Fiber Cable Tester at the 2014 NAB Show (Booth #C7708) April 7-10, 2014. Visitors can learn how easy it is to use the most comprehensive tester for hybrid fiber camera cables while earning chances to win the complete SMPTE-304TS test kit.

Participating in the demonstration is just one way to earn entries in the drawing. Additional chances to win can be earned by watching a demonstration video and filling out a contact form on the gepco.com website, as well as by sharing the contest on LinkedIn. Full details about how to participate can be found at gepco.com/WinaSMPTEtester. The final drawing for the SMPTE-304TS kit will be held April 11, 2014, after the NAB Show has concluded.

Ideal for use in sports/events broadcasting, fixed and mobile facilities or wherever a SMPTE HD camera cable is used, the SMPTE-304TS tests both electrical and optical circuits while the intuitive display graphically depicts which contact is defective or pinned out incorrectly.

Compatible with all SMPTE 304 standard connectors, the SMPTE-304TS has a portable, hand-held design and provides over 40 hours of continuous use without recharging, while the diagnostic OLED backlit display can be easily seen in direct sunlight or at night. Each SMPTE-304TS test set includes a metering unit and optical source unit with black aluminum frames, a rechargeable NiMH battery with charger, a USB to USB-mini charging cable and a rugged ABS plastic carrying case.

“Because it tests both electrical and optical circuits, it’s the most comprehensive tester available for hybrid fiber camera cables,” said Brian Lamar, Product Manager, General Cable Communications Products. “The portable design of the SMPTE-304TS Hybrid Fiber Cable Tester and its many features make it easy to verify your cables before and after installation.”

General Cable (NYSE:BGC), a Fortune 500 Company, is a global leader in the development, design, manufacture, marketing and distribution of aluminum, copper, and fiber optic wire and cable products for the energy, construction, industrial, and communications markets. In August 2009, Gepco International was acquired by General Cable. For more information about General Cable products, please contact your local sales representative or visit our Web site at www.gepco.com or www.generalcable.com.

Gepco® has been an industry-leading brand of studio, stage and broadcast AV cables and cable assemblies for 30 years. As a complete solutions-based supplier, Gepco also offers value-added service and distribution of connectors, cable management products, patch panels, and wire and cable accessories.

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

NAB Booth C 8731

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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

Prolight + Sound 2014: HARMAN’s Martin Professional Introduces New Lighting Solutions and Offers Daily RUSH™ Giveaway

FRANKFURT, Germany — Underscoring its commitment to providing innovative solutions for lighting designers around the world, HARMAN’s Martin Professional introduced several new lighting solutions, both hardware and software, as well as a offered a daily giveaway of Martin’s popular RUSH™ line, at Prolight + Sound 2014.

Day 1 Highlights
Martin Professional revealed the MAC Quantum Profile™, the latest addition to its new MAC Quantum line. The profile features innovative LED technology and Martin’s proprietary optical designs to deliver super-bright light output. Martin also introduced an expanded family of its proprietary VC-Grids™ and VC-Strips™ family to include 15, 25, 30 and 60 mm pixel pitch fit for architectural installations, stage design, and TV set design.

Additionally, the show’s first day featured the introduction of two new RUSH by Martin LED fixtures—the RUSH MH 5 Profile™ and RUSH DC 1 Aqua™. The RUSH MH 5 features two color wheels, two gobo wheels, and a rotating 3-facet prism, in a compact yet super bright LED profile moving head. The RUSH DC 1 Aqua is a compact and bright LED fixture featuring full electronic dimming, variable manual focus, and five selectable colors to deliver aquatic decoration effects for shows, clubs, and other entertainment venues. Integrated into the Martin stand is an authentic club setting, complete with a DJ and house music, which features the RUSH by Martin line in time-coded shows.

Day 2 Highlights
Garou Blancan, was introduced as the winner of Martin’s annual worldwide Young Lighting Designer Contest at a press conference held by Martin’s Villads Thomsen, Vice President of Global Sales, and Theis Wermuth, Product Application Specialist. They also discussed the process of reviewing the top shows and presented a viewing of Blancan’s winning show design as he accepted the winning trophy.

The second drawing of Martin’s RUSH daily giveaway surprised winner Christoph Mainusch with a RUSH product of his choice. Mainusch works for Munich-based MC-Veranstaltungsdienste, where he provides lighting design services for popular band, Famous Naked Gypus Circus. Mainusch quickly chose the RUSH Multibeam 2™ as his prize.

Martin successfully hosted its annual RUSH event at the prestigous Gibson Club in Frankfurt. The event featured a unique lighting experience provided by Martin’s RUSH Multibeam 2™, RUSH MH 4 Beam™, RUSH PAR 2 RGBW Zoom™ and other members of the RUSH by Martin line.

Additionally, Martin’s state-of-the-art M6 lighting console was honored with the PIPA award for best lighting controller.

For live updates from Martin Professional at Prolight + Sound, please visit: www.facebook.com/MartinProfessional

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 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

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