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Riedel’s STX-200 Brings Skype Capabilities to Live Broadcast and Production Workflows

Microsoft-Licensed Solution Opens Door to Greater Volume and Variety of Live Content, Enabling More Powerful Viewer Engagement

WUPPERTAL, Germany — Sept. 12, 2014 – Riedel Communications, provider of pioneering real-time video, audio, data, and communications networks, today announced the release of the STX-200 broadcast-grade professional interface, which brings any Skype(R) user worldwide into the professional broadcast environment. The new Riedel product meets broadcasters’ increasing need for a reliable single-box solution that enables them to engage both reporters and viewers in live programming.

Licensed by Microsoft(R), the STX-200 is more than a stand-alone broadcast-grade solution that leverages Skype to bring live content directly from reporters to the on-air production. Riedel’s STX-200 integrates Skype into the intercom solution, providing even more powerful, flexible applications and workflows. The unit offers broadcast-quality HD-SDI and balanced XLR audio I/Os and is packaged with professional Microsoft Skype TX software. The solution’s broad feature set includes remote management and monitoring of Skype calls.

“We are very proud of the result of this collaboration with Microsoft,” said Thomas Riedel, CEO of Riedel Communications. “By enabling use of a tremendous volume of new content, the STX-200 will change the way broadcasters interact and engage with their viewers. Broadcasters now have live access to quality video from the more than 300 million regular Skype users around the world, and the STX-200 equips them to take the best of this content to engage the imaginations and minds of their audiences.”

The STX-200 offers professional video interfaces including an SDI (SD/HD) input and SDI (SD/HD) output with a sync input. The unit’s broadcast-grade audio interfaces include a two-channel balanced analog audio XLR input and output, as well as SDI embedded audio. Within a robust housing designed for the rigors of broadcast and production, the STX-200 features a Gigabit Ethernet connection, a user-interface connection via HDMI, USB ports for accessories, and GPIs.

Riedel’s STX-200 will be available for live demonstrations during IBC2014.

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

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About Riedel Communications
Riedel Communications designs, manufactures, and distributes pioneering real-time video, audio, data, and communications networks for broadcast, pro audio, event, sports, theater, and security applications. The company also provides rental services for radio and intercom systems, event IT solutions, fiber backbones, and wireless signal transmission systems that scale easily for events of any size, anywhere in the world. Founded in 1987, the company now employs more than 400 people at 11 locations in Europe, Asia, Australia, and the Americas.

Visit Riedel Communications at IBC2014, Stand 10.A31

Photo Link: www.wallstcom.com/Riedel/Riedel-STX-200_front.jpg

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Hal Leonard Announces The Pensado Papers

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The behind the scenes story of Dave Pensado’s and Herb Trawick’s incredible and inspirational journey

Montclair, NJ (September 4, 2014) – Hal Leonard Books, the musician’s best source of books on the music business, audio technology, instrument history, and more, announces the release of The Pensado Papers, written by Dave Pensado, first-call mixing engineer (Beyoncé, Christina Aguilera, Kelly Clarkson, Mariah Carey, Elton John, Michael Jackson, and more) and his manager Herb Trawick.

The Pensado Papers is first and foremost about work ethic, passion, and commitment. The authors instill the strong conviction that going beyond expectations will guarantee success on all levels. “To this day, if someone hires me to do something it is rare that I don’t do way more than what I’m paid to do,” writes Pensado.

The Pensado Papers reveals insights into the engineering regime of a recording genius, a creative philosophy that results in achievement and success. Starting from the very beginnings of Dave and Herb’s friendship, the book leads to their top-rated YouTube show, Pensado’s Place, where they discuss important music and audio recording topics with pro audio experts. “Audio is the foundation of Pensado’s Place. But the show is really about creativity,” says Pensado when he talks about the show in the book.

The book is written in a warm conversational tone between two friends, with occasional friendly banter making it even more fun to read. Maureen Droney – editor and long-time friend to Pensado and Trawick – has skillfully captured the likeability, wisdom, and charm that millions of viewers have grown to love about this incredible duo.

Trawick stated, “Both Dave and I are very excited about the launch of our new book with publisher Hal Leonard at the upcoming AES convention. We are thrilled to have such a great partner in Hal Leonard, who has given us the opportunity to share our unique experience.”

Dave Pensado and Herb Trawick will introduce their book at the 137th AES Convention at Los Angeles:

Friday, October 10 at 2 pm
AES Platinum Event with Herb and Dave

Saturday, October 11 at 11 am.
Book signing at the Hal Leonard booth #1141

Praise for The Pensado Papers
“The Pensado Papers is a must-read for anyone who’s ever craved the behind-the-scenes, double-barreled, all-access pass into the music business that only Dave Pensado and Herb Trawick could provide: fiery, insightful, incisive, inspiring, and most importantly, one hell of a good read.” —Nick Messitte, Contributor, Forbes.com

About the Authors
Dave Pensado is a GRAMMY® Award-winning mixing engineer who cut his teeth in Atlanta doing live and studio sound engineering during the 1970s and 1980s. In 1990, he moved to Los Angeles and now mixes between 200 and 250 songs per year. In September 2011, he and Herb Trawick started a weekly show called Pensado’s Place. The show is about engineering techniques and features interviews with guest mixers, producers, and artists, and has enjoyed tremendous success due to the valuable information provided by and their guests. Dave and Herb both live in Los Angeles.

The Pensado Papers – Available October 9, 2014 – PLEASE CONTACT Martina@musicmarcom.com for pre-release review copies!

The Pensado Papers
$29.99 (US)
Inventory #HL 00120020
ISBN: 9781480345690
Width: 7.0″, length: 10.0″, 320 pages
For more information, please visit HalLeonardBooks.com

HAL LEONARD CONTACT:
Music Marcom
610-577-4982
news@musicmarcom.com
www.musicmarcom.com
Please contact Martina McConnon
for review copies, excerpts and interview opportunities.

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Riedel’s New RSP-2318 Smartpanel Provides Powerful Multifunctional Interface for Broadcast Deployments

WUPPERTAL, Germany — Sept. 12, 2014 – Riedel Communications, provider of pioneering real-time video, audio, data, and communications networks, today announced the release of the new RSP-2318 Smartpanel. As the world’s first Smartpanel designed to serve as a powerful multifunctional user interface, the RSP-2318 offers features and capabilities that will enrich the user experience and change the way broadcasters and AV professionals communicate.

“Our panels have evolved over the years to incorporate cutting-edge designs with features such as high-resolution OLED displays and support for colors and languages,” said Thomas Riedel, CEO of Riedel Communications. “Our Smartpanel represents the logical next step in communications, as it gives broadcasters a universal panel that is capable of performing multiple functions across multiple applications.”

The unique feature set of the RSP-2318 Smartpanel includes three high-resolution, sunlight-readable, multitouch color displays; premium-quality stereo audio; a multilingual character set; and 18 keys in just 1 RU. These features make Riedel’s new Smartpanel a powerful user interface that can be further expanded through the use of apps. Riedel’s first app for the RSP-2318 turns the Smartpanel into an innovative and smart intercom panel.

Offering AES67 and AVB connectivity as standard, and optionally AES3 over CAT/coax, Riedel’s RSP-2318 Smartpanel provides exchangeable headset connectors for mono or stereo applications, an integrated power supply, individual volume controls for each key, two USB ports, two Ethernet connectors, GPIO, audio I/O, an option slot, a removable gooseneck microphone, an SD card slot, and an HDMI output. A low mounting depth simplifies installation of the unit.

Developed to address communications applications including intercom, the RSP-2318 Smartpanel provides an intuitive and flexible user interface that can handle multiple tasks.

“In the same way that smartphones have far surpassed traditional mobile phones in enriching the user experience, the Riedel RSP-2318 Smartpanel will bring broadcast workflows to a whole new level,” Riedel said.

The RSP-2318 Smartpanel can be integrated into any existing Riedel installation. Support for new and legacy systems ensures smooth interoperability among all Riedel intercom systems, including the Artist, Tango, and Performer products.

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

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About Riedel Communications
Riedel Communications designs, manufactures, and distributes pioneering real-time video, audio, data, and communications networks for broadcast, pro audio, event, sports, theater, and security applications. The company also provides rental services for radio and intercom systems, event IT solutions, fiber backbones, and wireless signal transmission systems that scale easily for events of any size, anywhere in the world. Founded in 1987, the company now employs more than 400 people at 11 locations in Europe, Asia, Australia, and the Americas.

Visit Riedel Communications at IBC2014, Stand 10.A31

Photo Link: www.wallstcom.com/Riedel/Riedel-SmartPanel-Front.jpg
Photo Caption: Front View of New RSP-2318 Smartpanel

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Riedel Announces New Tango Networked and Expandable Platform With Its Own Intercom Application

WUPPERTAL, Germany — Sept. 12, 2014 – Riedel Communications, provider of pioneering real-time video, audio, data, and communications networks, today announced the release of Tango TNG-200, the company’s first fully networked platform based on the AES67 and AVB standards. With its own dedicated intercom application, the platform can be turned into a flexible, cutting-edge solution for a variety of communications scenarios.

“We have always considered the networked approach to signal distribution to be the most desirable option for today’s broadcasters,” said Thomas Riedel, CEO of Riedel Communications. “We have been on the forefront of adoption of standards for several years now, and we are proud to introduce at IBC2014 the world’s first networked and expandable open hardware platform that can also run a powerful intercom application. As an exceptionally flexible platform, Tango not only adapts to users’ specific requirements, but also accommodates current and future standards in broadcast, theater, and live-event environments.”

Riedel’s Tango TNG-200 is an efficient solution equipped with a high-resolution, full-color thin-film-transistor display that ensures perfect readability at all times. The unit’s intuitive front-panel controls simplify the recall of presets and adjustment of audio levels.

Along with powerful processing capabilities, the Tango TNG-200 features two integrated Riedel Digital Partylines, two AES67 and AVB-compatible ports, two Ethernet ports, one option slot, and redundant power supplies. The system is 1.5 RU high and features a shallow mounting depth and low-noise design. It is fully compatible with all of Riedel’s current and legacy intercom panels, including the company’s new RSP-2318 Smartpanel.

Riedel’s powerful intercom application, TNG-200, turns the Tango platform into an efficient intercom system that users can tailor according to their needs, including choice of matrix size starting with 40 x 80. The asymmetric 40 x 80 matrix size is another Riedel innovation allowing for standard premium-quality stereo audio connection to Riedel panels.

Riedel’s new Pulse software enables configuration of the Tango TNG-200 platform. The software allows users to access, set up, and control any aspect and function of the platform and its installed applications, including Riedel’s intercom application. Programming is easy, thanks to convenient drag-and-drop functionality and 3D views.

Tango will be on display at IBC2014 at stand 10.A31.

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

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About Riedel Communications
Riedel Communications designs, manufactures, and distributes pioneering real-time video, audio, data, and communications networks for broadcast, pro audio, event, sports, theater, and security applications. The company also provides rental services for radio and intercom systems, event IT solutions, fiber backbones, and wireless signal transmission systems that scale easily for events of any size, anywhere in the world. Founded in 1987, the company now employs more than 400 people at 11 locations in Europe, Asia, Australia, and the Americas.

Visit Riedel Communications at IBC2014, Stand 10.A31

Photo Links:
www.wallstcom.com/Riedel/Riedel-Tango-Front.jpg
www.wallstcom.com/Riedel/Riedel-Tango-Rear.jpg
Photo Caption: The New Tango TNG-200 From Riedel

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Acclaimed Game Audio Director and Composer Marty O’Donnell to Deliver the Heyser Lecture at the 137th Audio Engineering Society Convention in Los Angeles

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— “The Ear Doesn’t Blink: Creating Culture With Adaptive Audio” will draw on O’Donnell’s unique perspective and experience (from film and commercial jingles to his role as sound designer on the Halo franchise) to discuss the creative challenges of working in non-linear media such as games —

New York, NY — Audio professionals and gaming aficionados of all types will want to be present to hear acclaimed game audio director and composer Marty O’Donnell (Halo series, others) deliver the Richard C. Heyser Memorial Lecture at the 137th Audio Engineering Society Convention, which runs Thursday, October 9, through Sunday, October 12, 2014, at the Los Angeles Convention Center in Los Angeles, California. The AES convention’s Heyser lecture, scheduled to take place on Friday, October 10, at 7 p.m., is served by an endowment that each year brings eminent individuals in audio engineering and related fields to speak on an interesting topic, is often a highlight of the show; past lecturers have included Ray Dolby, Ray Kurzweil, Walter Murch, George Massenburg and Phil Ramone. O’Donnell’s lecture, titled “The Ear Doesn’t Blink: Creating Culture With Adaptive Audio” will draw on his unique perspective from years working in film and commercial music, including developing the audio for Halo, the biggest-selling game soundtrack of all time, as well as the long-awaited title, Destiny, in which he involved the likes of Sir Paul McCartney to create the soundtrack for this much-anticipated game, slated to hit shelves on September 9 of this year.

O’Donnell, who received a Bachelor of Music Composition from Wheaton College Conservatory and a Masters of Music Composition from USC, started an original music and audio production company with Michael Salvatori in the 1980s. From their studio in Chicago, O’Donnell and Salvatori wrote and produced music and audio for hundreds of TV and radio commercials, as well as movie scores. In 1997, they began working on games and did the audio design for Cyan’s Riven: The Sequel to Myst, and all the music and audio for Bungie’s Myth: The Fallen Lords. Marty joined Bungie as full-time Audio Director in May of 2000, ten days before they were purchased by Microsoft, and subsequently wrote and produced award-winning music and audio for the Halo series. In 2007 he helped establish Bungie as an independent game company and built an audio team to work on the upcoming game Destiny. Recently, in collaboration with Salvatori and Sir Paul McCartney, he completed an orchestral/choral suite titled Music of the Spheres. In April of 2014, he started his own company, Marty O’Donnell Music. Throughout all of these endeavors, he’s brought a unique perspective to audio in a wide range of media, something that he’ll share with attendees at the lecture.

O’Donnell notes, “Advances in audio production technology have sparked amazing creative responses from audio artists, musicians, and composers. Music and audio can enhance the experience of a consumer in ways that were almost unimaginable thirty years ago. It’s been an incredible personal creative journey.”

AES Executive Director Bob Moses states, “The annual Heyser Lecture is one of the highlight events of the convention, showcasing a world leader sharing his unique perspective in the field of audio. With the importance of Game Audio in today’s A/V food chain, Marty O’Donnell’s talk will surely inspire people to step up their game. This is a can’t-miss event!”

The Richard C. Heyser Memorial Lecture series was established in May 1999 by the AES Technical Council, the Board of Governors and the Richard Heyser Scholarship Fund to honor the extensive contribution to the Society by Heyser, widely known for his ability to communicate new and complex technical ideas with great clarity and patience. The Heyser Series is an endowment for lectures that bring to AES conventions eminent individuals in audio engineering and related fields.

For information on the Richard C. Heyser Memorial Lecture and how you can get your FREE Exhibits-Plus badge (pre-registration required) for the AES137 Convention, as well as further Registration, Hotel, and Technical Program information, visit the AES137 webpage at http://www.aes.org/events/137/.

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Genelec Active Monitors Serve Multi-Purpose Updog Studios at Inspiration Academy in Bradenton, Florida

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— In a unique arrangement, the studio serves both the school and a separate production company, so the monitoring had to be reliable, accurate, musical and multi-functional —

NATICK, MA — Products from Genelec, the world’s pioneer in active monitoring, were recently chosen by Bradenton, Florida-based Crown Design Group to serve the new state-of-the-art Updog recording studio at Inspiration Academy, a Christian college preparatory academy serving grades 6-12. Notably, the studio serves both the school’s needs (classes, A/V applications, athletics, etc.) and those of the Updog Studios production company, which operates independently of the school. This unique arrangement required some creative planning in terms of equipment and studio configuration, but Crown more than rose to the challenge, working with all parties involved to select a gear complement that is robust, multi-functional and musical.

Garrett Walker, Crown Design Group co-founder, states, “When we started the Crown Design Group, we made it a mission to put our best foot forward and do what’s best for the project, even if it’s spec’ing something beyond what the client thinks they need. We came in with a blank canvas, and they let us dream big. They weren’t necessarily thinking in terms of the quality of gear we were ready to recommend, but we got them on board. We were able to educate them on what really might be needed for the project. We really wanted to do things with excellence, and Genelec has always represented excellence in studio monitoring to us. And considering that we have been an authorized Genelec dealer for only about four months, being able to deliver a large complement of Genelec gear to the client’s satisfaction is something we are very proud of.”

For monitors, Walker and his fellow co-founder Ben Graham recommended an LCR system consisting of Genelec 1037C Tri-amplified Monitors, as well as a 6.2 surround system consisting of six 8050A Bi-Amplified Monitors and two 7070A Active Subwoofers. Other gear includes an Avid S6 control surface with Pro Tools rig, Symetrix DSP, power sequencer control units from Furman and much more.

Walker adds, “Obviously, we needed a gear setup that could do a lot of things, on account of the fact that this would be used for classes, extracurriculars and independent production. They asked for a space where they could have walk-in turnkey solutions for students to be able to use the gear without too much fumbling, but also a professional, world-class room that they could use for themselves for editing movies and audio. What we ended up with is the perfect blend of state-of-the-art technology and user-friendliness. And the sound is amazing. Those Genelec monitors do not tell a lie! With the custom programming in the Symetrix touch panel, the students can click a ‘simulated surround’ button, plug in a stereo mix from their device, and hear it in a newly-created surround mix. They just love that.”

Graham remarks, “I’ve been in the music industry for 12 years, and I’ve recorded and worked in a number of studios across the country, and this one sounds the best! I love watching people walk in for the first time. Their jaws drop – it can be overwhelming. And then we press ‘play’! Their eyes get big and they hold their chest as the sound hits them. They can’t help but smile. The client was blown away with the sound quality right way, even before anything had been fine-tuned yet. We can’t wait to do our next project – we’re definitely going Genelec!”

For more information, please visit www.genelecusa.com/.

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Blackmagic Design announces Videohub Update 6.0

Major new software for Videohub routers, replaces old control and setup utilities with new modern and stylish designed software tools for both Mac OS X and Windows computers.

IBC 2014, Amsterdam, Netherlands – September 12, 2014 - Blackmagic Design today announced Videohub Software Update 6.0, a whole new software suite for the company’s popular Videohub range of SDI routers that provides new client control and setup applications for easier and simpler router operation. Blackmagic Videohub 6.0 is available now for download free of charge.

Videohub Update 6.0 software will be demonstrated on the Blackmagic Design IBC 2014 booth in Hall 7, Stand H20.

The new Blackmagic Videohub 6.0 update includes 2 new software applications for both Mac OS X and Windows computers. The Blackmagic Videohub Control features a new user interface that includes elegantly designed buttons that allow users to customize and control their Videohub routing from their desktop. Blackmagic Videohub Control is perfect when customers are working on editing, color correction or other computer based workstations and want to change routing in their facility.

Blackmagic Videohub is simple and easy to use and supports the latest technologies such as high resolution “Retina” displays that use paper resolution screen displays. Blackmagic Videohub Control can be installed on multiple computers in a post production facility or broadcaster so all users can quickly launch the software and change route cross points with the press of a button.

For configuring and installing Blackmagic Videohub routers, the administration software, Blackmagic Videohub Setup, has been designed to make it extremely fast to install and label router inputs and outputs and to change other settings on Videohub routers. It automatically finds all Videohub routers on the users network, or any routers connected locally via USB and then lets the administrator or broadcast engineer simply select the router and change its settings.

Blackmagic Videohub Setup also allows customers to save and load router configurations so they can backup the router in case they need to quickly load the router settings in the future, or even change router configurations between jobs, common on smaller routers in live production environments.

Blackmagic Videohub Setup also supports both Mac OS X and Windows computers and supports high resolution Retina displays.

About Blackmagic Videohub Routers

The Blackmagic Smart Videohub family of professional SDI video routers are the world’s first Ultra HD mixed format routers to include built in LCD video monitoring and spin knob router control. The Smart Videohub routers include 6G-SDI technology so customers can simultaneously connect and route any combination of SD, HD and Ultra HD video all on the same router at the same time. Even if a customer has multiple different television formats connected to the router inputs, Smart Videohub routers will route any of them to any combination of the outputs, all simultaneously.

Smart Videohub routers includes an elegant machined metal front panel and the revolutionary Visual Routing combines the spin knob and button entry with easy to read custom router labels over live video from the inputs onto the LCD. When any input or output is selected, the video is displayed live on the LCD. This allows customers to see their router connections as video on the LCD as they scroll the knob to select routing.

“This new software allows all Blackmagic Videohub customers to get a totally new router experience because we have completely replaced the old software with a fresh new design that looks state of the art and is just so nice to use,” said Grant Petty, CEO, Blackmagic Design. “Our original router software was developed back when we had small routers and really did not make setup of our larger 288 routers easy. With this new router software, we get the ability to handle large routers, but the software is just so much nicer to use with an elegant UI and much better features. We think Videohub customers will be very happy with this update as the improvement in the software is dramatic.”

Availability and Price

Blackmagic Videohub 6.0 update is available down for download from the Blackmagic Design web site.

Press Photography

Product photos of the Blackmagic Videohub 6.0 software and all other Blackmagic Design products, are available at www.blackmagicdesign.com.

About Blackmagic Design

Blackmagic Design creates the world’s highest quality video editing products, digital film cameras, color correctors, video converters, video monitoring, routers, live production switchers, disk recorders, waveform monitors and real time film scanners for the feature film, post production and television broadcast industries. Blackmagic Design’s DeckLink capture cards launched a revolution in quality and affordability in post production, while the company’s Emmy™ award winning DaVinci color correction products have dominated the television and film industry since 1984. Blackmagic Design continues ground breaking innovations including 6G-SDI and 12G-SDI products and stereoscopic 3D and Ultra HD workflows. Founded by world leading post production editors and engineers, Blackmagic Design has offices in the USA, UK, Japan, Singapore and Australia. For more information, please go to www.blackmagicdesign.com.

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Blackmagic Design announces new 4K Mini Converters and 4K Heavy Duty Mini Converters

IBC 2014, Amsterdam, Netherlands – September 12, 2014 - Blackmagic Design today announced new Ultra HD compatible Mini Converters and Heavy Duty Mini Converter 4K models that feature 6G-SDI technology, allowing customers to use a single type of converter for all conversion needs in SD, HD and Ultra HD television formats. These new models replace the previous models for each conversion type and all standard models retail at US$295 while the heavy duty models retail for US$345.

The new Mini Converter 4K and Heavy Duty Mini Converter 4K models will be demonstrated on the Blackmagic Design IBC 2014 booth in Hall 7, Stand H20.

New 4K Mini Converters are the perfect solution for broadcast and post production engineers who need to install equipment that’s Ultra HD ready, as each converter operates as a normal SD or HD converter and then will automatically switch to Ultra HD when a 6G-SDI input is connected. Live production customers will love the ability to use these new Mini Converters in all kinds of situations when doing Ultra HD live production work. Even connecting to old SD televisions from an Ultra HD program feed is possible, so customers don’t have to worry about what kind of equipment they might find at a venue they are integrating with.

Mini Converter Heavy Duty models feature an aluminum design that is super tough yet compact and lightweight, making them perfect for use on location. All models include the latest 6G-SDI technology, auto switching between SD, HD and Ultra HD formats, redundant SDI inputs, loop through SDI, balanced analog and AES/EBU switchable audio, standard 1/4” jack audio connections and an international power supply.

Unlike traditional converters that are suitable for indoor use, Blackmagic Design’s Mini Converter Heavy Duty is designed to meet the tough and demanding conditions of live production. Each converter is machined from a solid block of aluminum and is designed to keep working, even while being run over by a car or a truck!

New 4K Mini Converter Model Summary

Mini Converter SDI to Audio 4K de-embeds 4 channels of analog audio or 8 channels of AES/EBU digital audio from any SDI video connection. Access the audio in any SDI video connection for output to a massive range of audio equipment such as audio mixers, analog broadcast decks, audio monitors and more. Only US$295.

Mini Converter Audio to SDI 4K embeds 4 channels of analog audio or 8 channels of AES/EBU digital audio into any SDI video connection. Customers can embed professional audio from devices such as audio mixers and analog decks into SDI video connections for use with SDI routers and decks or to add extra audio channels to video converters. Only US$295.

Mini Converter H/Duty SDI to HDMI 4K converts from SDI to HDMI. Includes 6G-SDI inputs allowing for SD, HD and Ultra HD automatic switching, redundant SDI inputs, loop through 6G-SDI output, built in down converter and analog or AES/EBU audio outputs de-embedded from the SDI video input. This model will automatically detect an HD HDMI device and down convert when an Ultra HD input is connected. Only US$345.

Mini Converter H/Duty HDMI to SDI 4K converts form HDMI to SDI. Includes 6G-SDI outputs allowing for SD, HD and Ultra HD automatic switching, two 6G-SDI outputs, HD to SD down conversion, plus analog or AES/EBU audio inputs for embedding into SDI output when audio from HDMI input is not being used. This model features an override switch to allow it to tell an HDMI 4K device to output regular HD when HD-only operation is required. Only US$345.

Mini Converter H/Duty SDI to Analog 4K converts form SDI to component, S-Video or composite. Includes SD, HD and Ultra HD auto switching, redundant SDI input, down conversion, plus analog or AES/EBU audio outputs de-embedded from the SDI video input. This model will automatically down convert an Ultra HD SDI input when detected to regular HD on the component outputs or standard definition when S-Video or composite is output. Only US$345.

“With these new models, our whole range of Mini Converters now supports Ultra HD so customers are ready for the future with these new designs. Thousands of our customers rely on our converters for their mission critical production and broadcast work every day, and it’s exciting to provide model updates as new technologies become available,” said Grant Petty, CEO, Blackmagic Design. “Our 4K Mini Converters feature the latest Ultra HD technology and the new Heavy Duty Mini Converters combine this technology with our most rugged and durable design ever, giving customers the 24/7 reliability they need in even the most extreme locations!”

Availability and Price

Mini Converter 4K models are available now from US$295 from Blackmagic Design resellers worldwide , and Mini Converter Heavy Duty models will be available in October 2014 for US$345.

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Product photos of Mini Converters, and all other Blackmagic Design products, are available at www.blackmagicdesign.com.

About Blackmagic Design

Blackmagic Design creates the world’s highest quality video editing products, digital film cameras, color correctors, video converters, video monitoring, routers, live production switchers, disk recorders, waveform monitors and real time film scanners for the feature film, post production and television broadcast industries. Blackmagic Design’s DeckLink capture cards launched a revolution in quality and affordability in post production, while the company’s Emmy™ award winning DaVinci color correction products have dominated the television and film industry since 1984. Blackmagic Design continues ground breaking innovations including 6G-SDI and 12G-SDI products and stereoscopic 3D and Ultra HD workflows. Founded by world leading post production editors and engineers, Blackmagic Design has offices in the USA, UK, Japan, Singapore and Australia. For more information, please go to www.blackmagicdesign.com.

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Blackmagic Design announces new advanced Smart Videohub 40 x 40 Ultra HD router

IBC 2014, Amsterdam, Netherlands – September 12, 2014 - Blackmagic Design today announced Smart Videohub 40 x 40, the newest model in its family of mixed format routers with Blackmagic’s unique visual routing user interface and 6G-SDI technology allowing SD, HD and Ultra HD routing all on the same router at the same time. Smart Videohub 40 x 40 will be priced at US$2,995 and available in October.

Smart Videohub 40 x 40 will be demonstrated on the Blackmagic Design IBC 2014 booth in Hall 7, Stand H20.

The Smart Videohub family of professional SDI video routers are the world’s first Ultra HD mixed format routers to include built in large 5 inch high resolution video monitoring and spin knob router control. The Smart Videohub 40 x 40 includes 6G-SDI technology so customers can simultaneously connect and route any combination of SD, HD and Ultra HD video all on the same router at the same time. Even if a customer has 40 different television formats connected to the router inputs, Smart Videohub 40 x 40 would route any of them to any combination of the outputs, all simultaneously.

Smart Videohub 40 x 40 also includes an elegant machined metal front panel with full router control as well as built in LCD monitoring. Using the front panel, customers can perform direct entry of router cross points using buttons, or they can use the spin knob control.

Blackmagic Design’s unique, revolutionary Visual Routing combines the spin knob and button entry with easy to read custom router labels over live video from the inputs onto the LCD. When any input or output is selected, the video is displayed live on the LCD. This allows customers to see their router connections as video on the LCD as they scroll the knob to select routing. This unique feature means customers can route video simply by looking at it!

Smart Videohub 40 x 40 features advanced 6G-SDI connections that allow high resolution Ultra HD video using a single SDI connection, while retaining full compatibility with all SD and HD-SDI equipment. This means customers get industrial strength, stable and reliable SDI video connections with the flexibility to work in any television format they like. Even if customers are not running in Ultra HD now, they can still take advantage of the innovative design and lower cost of Smart Videohub 40 x 40 while working in regular SD or HD today, knowing that they are ready for Ultra HD the moment they need it!

Blackmagic Smart Videohub 40 x 40 includes full front panel controls, dual built in power supplies for redundant power and increased reliability, external ethernet control, RS422, and support for tri-sync and black burst reference. The router can also be controlled remotely via Ethernet using Blackmagic Design router control software for Mac OS X and Windows, or with the Blackmagic Smart Control and Master Control hardware router control panels.

“Our family of Smart Videohub 12 x12 and 20 x 20 models of routers have been incredibly popular in post houses and smaller broadcast facilities,” said Grant Petty, CEO, Blackmagic Design. “The new Smart Videohub 40 x 40 brings all of the great features of the incredible Videohub family, plus adds redundant power and a much larger bright high resolution screen is possible because of its larger 2 rack unit design! That means, features such as visual routing and labels are so much larger and clearer, and you can see where your routing is from clear across the room!”

Smart Videohub 40 x 40 Key Features

  • Features 40 multi rate 6G-SDI inputs and 40 multi rate 6G-SDI outputs that support auto switching of SD, HD and Ultra HD formats.
  • Built in control panel with dedicated source buttons allows direct entry with spin knob control.
  • Built in LCD monitor allows large labels or for display of live video for visual routing.
  • Built in crosspoint buttons on front panel allows direct selection of crosspoint.
  • Take and clear buttons allow conformation of selected crosspoint before going live.
  • Includes Ethernet port for external router control plus RS422 port for controlling router via serial link.
  • Built in menus available from the front panel LCD for selecting Ethernet IP settings for remote control.
  • Supports Blackmagic Design router control software for Mac OS X and Windows.
  • Supports Blackmagic Smart Control and Master Control hardware router control panels.
  • Dual built in power supply’s for redundant power operates from 110V to 240V.
  • Compact 2 rack unit design, ideal for large systems as well as OB van use.

Availability and Price

Smart Videohub 40 x 40 will be available in October 2014 for US$2,995 from Blackmagic Design resellers worldwide.

Press Photography

Product photos of the Smart Videohub 40 x 40, and all other Blackmagic Design products, are available at www.blackmagicdesign.com.

About Blackmagic Design

Blackmagic Design creates the world’s highest quality video editing products, digital film cameras, color correctors, video converters, video monitoring, routers, live production switchers, disk recorders, waveform monitors and real time film scanners for the feature film, post production and television broadcast industries. Blackmagic Design’s DeckLink capture cards launched a revolution in quality and affordability in post production, while the company’s Emmy™ award winning DaVinci color correction products have dominated the television and film industry since 1984. Blackmagic Design continues ground breaking innovations including 6G-SDI and 12G-SDI products and stereoscopic 3D and Ultra HD workflows. Founded by world leading post production editors and engineers, Blackmagic Design has offices in the USA, UK, Japan, Singapore and Australia. For more information, please go to www.blackmagicdesign.com.

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Blackmagic Design announces new SmartView 4K

IBC 2014, Amsterdam, Netherlands – September 12, 2014 - Blackmagic Design today announced SmartView 4K, the world’s first full resolution Ultra HD broadcast monitor with 12G-SDI inputs for compatibility with virtually all SD, HD and Ultra HD formats up to 2160p60 for only US$1,995.

SmartView 4K will be demonstrated on the Blackmagic Design IBC 2014 booth in Hall 7, Stand H20.

SmartView 4K is a professional Ultra HD broadcast monitor with a native resolution of 3840 x 2160, an amazingly bright LCD screen with a wide viewing angle and advanced broadcast features such as 3D LUTs, adjustable on screen markers, H/V delay, blue only and more. SmartView 4K features multi rate 12G-SDI inputs that automatically switch between SD, HD and Ultra HD formats up to 2160p60. With 12G-SDI, SmartView 4K is an incredibly future proof design with unprecedented full resolution Ultra HD high frame rate support all built into the attractive thin rack mount design.

When monitoring SD, 720 HD or 1080 HD SDI sources, the built in Teranex processor uses advanced patented and proprietary PixelMotion™ algorithms to automatically de-interlace and scale video to the native Ultra HD resolution of the LCD. This means customers get visually transparent, artifact free scaling for the best quality possible and a fluid smooth viewing experience.

The 6 rack unit size machined metal design of SmartView 4K features a built in control panel for access to advanced broadcast features such as built in 3D LUTs, H/V delay, blue only for checking hue and image noise and customizable frame markers. The machined metal design also has a metal internal chassis allowing VESA mounting points on the rear so the monitor can be rack mounted, or mounted on articulated arms similar to computer monitors. This allows installation in news rooms, walls and other non rack mount locations.

With the advent of SDI video in the mid 1990’s some features on analog broadcast monitors were lost. One of these feature was the H/V delay that allowed broadcast engineers to view data and signals in the horizontal and vertical blanking. With SmartView 4K, customers get these features retuned and with the H/V delay feature, customers can shift the image to monitor data and information in the SDI blanking, such as embedded audio data, subtitles, VITC and more.

Blackmagic SmartView 4K includes both universal AC power as well as 12V DC power inputs so it can be used with a battery or plugged into standard AC mains power, making it the perfect professional monitor for any broadcast facility, mobile broadcast truck, or even on location and in fly away kits. There is also a SMPTE compatible optical fiber SDI socket for allowing customers to optionally add an optical fiber SDI module if they want to run optical fiber direct to their monitor without converters. Optional optical fiber is important with the high speeds of 12G-SDI where customers might feel more comfortable about the reliability of optical fiber.

Blackmagic SmartView 4K can be controlled from the front panel or remotely via rear mounted Ethernet connection with loop output using the included Mac and Windows software. It also supports VESA mounting so customers can install it on articulated monitor arms, on walls or in equipment racks. When used on set, the dual 3D LUTs can be selected on and off with the push of a button, and the DC power input allows a V-Lock battery pack to be mounted on the rear of the monitor and plugged into the DC input for long running time where no AC power is available.

“SmartView 4K is the most versatile, highest resolution professional monitor we’ve ever created,” said Grant Petty, CEO, Blackmagic Design. “Its future proof 12G-SDI based design helps customers get ready for Ultra HD workflows while maintaining compatibility with and delivering exceptional quality for current SD and HD sources. Plus, it’s flexible enough to be used on set or in a the largest broadcast studio. It’s all very exciting!”

SmartView 4K Key Features

  • Large, bright 15.6 inch native Ultra HD resolution LCD rack mount monitor.
  • Multi rate dual 12G-SDI connections, auto switching SD, HD and up to 2160p60 Ultra HD formats.
  • Built in Teranex processor automatically de-interlaces and scales SD and HD video up to Ultra HD resolution for improved quality on lower resolution video inputs.
  • Advanced broadcast features such as 3D LUTs, adjustable on screen markers, H/V delay and blue only.
  • Optical fiber SDI module socket so customers can add a SMPTE compatible optical fiber module.
  • Control via front panel or remotely via Ethernet using included Mac and Windows software control panel allowing remote control and adjustments from a single location.
  • Both AC and 12V DV power inputs allowing mains and battery operation.
  • Rack mount and VESA mount points allowing rack or non rack installation.

Availability and Price

SmartView 4K will be available in December 2014 for US$1,995 from Blackmagic Design resellers worldwide.

Press Photography

Product photos of the SmartView 4K, and all other Blackmagic Design products, are available at www.blackmagicdesign.com/press/images.

About Blackmagic Design

Blackmagic Design creates the world’s highest quality video editing products, digital film cameras, color correctors, video converters, video monitoring, routers, live production switchers, disk recorders, waveform monitors and real time film scanners for the feature film, post production and television broadcast industries. Blackmagic Design’s DeckLink capture cards launched a revolution in quality and affordability in post production, while the company’s Emmy™ award winning DaVinci color correction products have dominated the television and film industry since 1984. Blackmagic Design continues ground breaking innovations including 6G-SDI and 12G-SDI products and stereoscopic 3D and Ultra HD workflows. Founded by world leading post production editors and engineers, Blackmagic Design has offices in the USA, UK, Japan, Singapore and Australia. For more information, please go to www.blackmagicdesign.com.

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