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Press Releases For : August 13, 2014

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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Revolabs Brings More Strength to Global Sales Team

Adds Longtime Industry Pro Jim Fairweather as EVP of Global Sales

SUDBURY, Mass. — Aug. 11, 2014 — Revolabs(R), the premier provider of audio solutions for unified communications (UC), enterprise collaboration, and professional audio applications, today announced the appointment of Jim Fairweather to executive vice president of global sales. As the leader of Revolabs’ global sales team, Fairweather will be responsible for the worldwide management and recruitment of the sales organization as well as the growth and profitability of the entire portfolio of Revolabs products. (more…)

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BenQ Now Shipping Latest in its GW Series of RevolutionEyes(TM) Monitors

Monitors Offer Elegant Design and Exceptional Performance for the Home or Office

COSTA MESA, Calif. — Aug. 11, 2014 — BenQ America Corp., an internationally renowned provider of visual display solutions, today introduced its new additions to the GW Series of mainstream monitors, the GW2765HT and GW2265HM. Featuring BenQ’s RevolutionEyes(TM) technology, the displays blend perfectly within any living space or office décor with stylish attributes such as high-gloss frames, curvaceous stands, and extremely slim bezels that enable sharper-looking single or multidisplay configurations for placement in any setting. (more…)

Blonder Tongue Offers Superior Motion Optimization for Fast-Paced TV Programming With New HDE-HVC-PRO

Introduces Enhancements to SDE-4AV-QAM Encoder to Enable Superior Video Quality at Lower Bit Rates

OLD BRIDGE, N.J. — Aug. 12, 2014 — Blonder Tongue Laboratories, Inc. (NYSE MKT:BDR) today announced the HDE-HVC-PRO, a new MPEG-2 SD/HD professional series encoder designed to deliver superior motion optimization for fast-paced programming, including live sports events. In addition, the company announced enhancements to its SDE-4AV-QAM MPEG-2 SD encoder, which enables operators to deliver more SD channels at lower bit rates. Both the HDE-HVC-PRO and SDE-4AV-QAM encoders bring increased levels of video quality and bandwidth efficiency to the broadcast, cable, and hospitality markets. (more…)

RapcoHorizon Joins the “Soundtrack of Summer Tour” with Foreigner, Styx and Don Felder

Engineers for All Three Acts Rely on Custom RoadHog and SilverHog Cables and Connectors for Legendary U.S. Concert Series

JACKSON, MO, AUGUST 13, 2014 – RapcoHorizon, an RHC Holdings brand and leading manufacturer of audio/video interfacing and cable equipment, has once again hit the road for another legendary tour. Custom runs of the company’s RoadHog and SilverHog touring cables are serving a variety of needs for the “Soundtrack of Summer Tour,” featuring Foreigner, Styx and special guest Don Felder of the Eagles.

As the group began to prepare for this highly anticipated tour, Lorenzo Banda, monitor engineer for Foreigner and a long-time RapcoHorizon fan, recommended the cables to the Styx and Felder audio teams. Though Foreigner and Styx are co-headliners and Felder is the opening act, each band required its own unique cabling requirements. For Foreigner and Felder, they exclusively are relying on RapcoHorizon – from instruments to speakers – all arranged in custom runs, while the engineers for Styx created their own runs using several of the company’s cables and connectors.

“We started using RapcoHorizon a while back, when the SilverHog cables first came out, and have used them for every performance since,” says Banda. “When the time came for us to plan the Soundtrack of Summer Tour, I knew the cables would be a perfect fit for Styx and Don Felder. When we met up for a gig at Fox News’ Fox & Friends in New York to promote the tour, I introduced the guys to some of their products.”

The stage design for this tour is complex since each group has its own setup, including lasers and special effects for Foreigner, large video walls for Styx and Felder opening each show by descending onto the arena. “Don is completely on board with the cables,” says Banda. “His engineers love it. Their whole stage setup is now using RapcoHorizon, and I think his studio is even starting to fill out with the cables as well. As for Styx, they’re also really stoked about the quality and sound of the cables.”

All RapcoHorizon cables are designed for the working musician. The custom instrument and speaker cables are road-ready and tour tough, employing the most rugged constructions without sacrificing sound quality. The SilverHog cables offer the bands the same durability for which RapcoHorizon is known, but with an even more enhanced sound range.

“I noticed the high-end definition and fidelity on these cables, as it’s much more pristine than others I have heard,” says Banda. “I use a lot of RapcoHorizon’s twisted pair cables, which have great resistance and a high-quality sound. I don’t know all the technical nuances that go into making the cables, but I can definitely hear the difference.”

By the time the tour concludes this September, the RapcoHorizon cables will have made more than 50 stops across the country. “All of the cables have been really slamming and durable,” adds Banda. “We have backups and redundancies, just in case, but we haven’t needed to use them. Sound is our first priority and to have that kind of quality product behind us is one less thing that we have to worry about.”

Banda credits RHC Holdings and RapcoHorizon as being among the best audio companies in the industry with which to work. “Everyone at RapcoHorizon bent over backwards to make sure all of the bands received what they needed in a timely manner,” he says. “They always make us feel like we’re their number one priority and take care of us immediately. They care about us 100 percent whole-heartedly. We’ve worked with other cable companies and you can’t get that level of customer service with anyone else; it really makes a difference.”

RHC Holdings, located in Jackson, Missouri, is one of the world’s largest manufacturers and suppliers of audio, video, home theater, data and telecommunications interfacing products. Comprising RapcoHorizon, Momentum, Pro Co, Pro Co Data, RAT, RoadHog and StageMASTER, each RHC Holdings brand has developed a reputation in many industries for reliability, and superior sound performance. Used worldwide by concert touring sound companies, video and sound contractors, recording studios, system integrators, audiophiles and musicians, the company’s products provide optimal flexibility and premium performance. RHC Holdings also has a state-of-the-art Custom Shop to modify existing products or build new devices to meet any need.

Forbidden and Take 1 Partner to Integrate Transcription Capabilities With Forscene

LONDON — Aug. 12, 2014 – Forbidden Technologies plc (AIM: FBT), the AIM-quoted owner and developer of the market-leading cloud video platform Forscene, and U.K.-based Take 1 Transcription, provider of transcription, captioning, and translation services, today announced a partnership that connects Take 1′s transcription capability to Forscene. Now Forscene users will be able to access Take 1′s service directly from the Forscene interface with the touch of a button. This integration eliminates the need to prepare and transport large files or other media manually for transcription, and also helps to create thorough transcripts that can accelerate the post-production process.

“Many of our customers rely on time-coded transcripts as a valuable source of information during post-production, but getting those transcripts in hand can be a cumbersome process,” said Greg Hirst, business development director, Forbidden Technologies plc. “Our partnership with Take 1, which serves many of the major production companies, studios, and networks in the U.K. and the U.S., means our customers can skip the manual steps involved with initiating a transcription and just push a button instead, leaving them well on their way to a more efficient workflow.”

Unlike the usual transcription process, which requires producers to transcode clips, create and transport DVDs, or send files via FTP to a transcription vendor manually, the integration between Take 1 and Forscene creates an automated process. Producers select the content in Forscene to be transcribed, and then simply click a button to send proxy files to Take 1. Take 1 receives the transcription order, where it is processed immediately by the company’s highly trained, distributed workforce. Once completed, the transcript is imported back into Forscene as an XML file so that it gets linked back to the master video in the Forscene cloud.

At that point, production teams can use Forscene’s powerful logging functions to add even more metadata around visual descriptors, locations, and other key information. From there, Forscene’s robust search tools can be used to scan the transcript and the additional metadata to find just the right clips. Then teams can use Forscene to complete some or all of the editing process, from stringouts to publishing, with review and approval cycles throughout.

“More and more of our clients are embracing cloud-based post-production and using platforms like Forscene, so we needed to ensure our service was accessible directly from the cloud,” said Dom Bourne, CEO of Take 1. “By integrating our transcription service into Forscene, we are removing an entire step in the workflow, allowing content to flow seamlessly from Forscene to Take 1 for immediate transcription with resulting transcripts importing back effortlessly. This integration helps further compress the time between the shoot and the edit, so clients can focus on making TV programmes and not worry about logistics.”

Visit Forbidden at IBC2014 in booth 8.B38e to find out more.

More information about Forscene can be found at www.forscene.co.uk. More information about Forbidden Technologies can be found at www.forbidden.co.uk. More information about Take 1 Transcription can be found at www.take1.tv.

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About Take 1 Transcription
Founded in 1998, Take 1 Transcription is the trusted provider of transcription, captioning, and translation services to all the major production companies, studios, and networks in the U.K. and the USA. Take 1 Transcription has a strong understanding of broadcast technologies, file-based workflows, and FTP and has developed sophisticated internal systems to maximize use of its distributed workforce. Take 1 Transcription is a privately held company and is headquartered in Cranbrook, Kent. More information about Take 1 can be found at www.take1.tv.

About Forbidden Technologies plc
Forbidden develops advanced technologies that enable media makers and broadcasters to create and distribute compelling viewing experiences to demanding worldwide audiences. Forbidden’s flagship product, Forscene, is the world’s most advanced cloud-based video post-production platform. It allows post-production professionals to make and deliver stories with high quality and production value in demanding, fast-paced landscapes. Quoted on the London Stock Exchange Alternative Investment Market, Forbidden partners with high-profile media and technology organisations, including Atos, BIM, deltatre, EVS, and Key Code Media. More information about Forbidden can be found at www.forbidden.co.uk. More information about Forscene can be found at www.forscene.co.uk.

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

Photo Link: www.wallstcom.com/Digigram/Digigram-AQORD_LINK-LE.jpg
Photo Caption: AQORD *LINK/LE IP Video Encoder/Decoder

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SSL to Host Free Live Console Training at U.K. HQ

OXFORD, ENGLAND, U.K. – Solid State Logic, the world’s leading provider of tools for creative audio professionals, is proud to announce its Live Console Operator Training Days. Aimed at serving as an introduction to the SSL Live console, these free one-day courses will include hands-on experience for all participants. The training sessions will take place at the company’s Oxford, England-based headquarters on 17th and 18th September, 1st and 2nd October and 5th and 6th November. While these events are completely free, numbers are strictly limited. All interested parties are encouraged to apply via the online application form, found online at store.solidstatelogic.com/forms/live-training.

Currently featuring its V2 Software, SSL Live is the company’s first console for live sound production, suited to touring or installation, FOH or monitor systems for venues, arenas, houses of worship and concert halls. Reception to the console by the industry has been extremely positive since its announcement last year, with Live already appearing on tour with The Killers, Jason Aldean and Flogging Molly as well as at various music festivals, such as WOMAD and Live at Edinburgh Castle.

Solid State Logic is the world’s leading manufacturer of analogue and digital audio consoles and provider of creative tools for music, broadcast, live and post production professionals. For more information about our award-winning products, please visit: www.solidstatelogic.com.

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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/.

Verrex Appoints Key Project Manager to Boston Office

AV solutions provider Verrex adds Christopher Kelley to its distinguished project management team.

Verrex Boston Project Manager Chris Kelley

Verrex Project Manager Chris Kelley

MOUNTAINSIDE, NEW JERSEY USA / 13 August 2014 / — Verrex, the quality-driven AV solutions provider, announced that Christopher Kelley has joined its New England and Canada region as Project Manager in the company’s Boston office. Christopher is accountable for executing projects in-line with
client expectations and scope, utilizing tools such as project milestones, project plans and progress reports. As a Verrex Project Manager, he is a client’s single point of contact for project progress and delivery. Christopher reports to Verrex Director of Project Management, Jaime Callejo.

“Christopher’s extensive accomplishments in hands-on management of high profile and challenging projects in the technology sector makes him an ideal fit for our team,” said Callejo. “The greater Boston market continues to be one of the most active regions for Verrex in terms of new projects and demanding installations. His dedication to exceptional client relationships, technical skill set and organizational acumen will no doubt serve our clients well.”

Christopher joins Verrex with over 30 years of experience in operations management, project management and systems design. Most recently he was Project Management & Vendor Relations Department Head of Granite Guard (Quincy, MA) where he was responsible for leading teams in installations of fire, security, access and CCTV systems across 1100 project sites. Additional career highlights include: Senior Project Manager for the National Retail Division of NISCAYAH (Woburn, MA); Operations Manager of Boss Security Systems; and Systems Engineer of Best Inc.

“Verrex’s Project Management processes set the standards for excellence in project management,” said Christopher. “This group helps distinguish Verrex in exceeding client expectations and I am thrilled to join such a client-centric team and organization.”

Christopher is based out of Verrex’s New England and Canada office in Wilmington, MA and can be reached at ckelley@verrex.com.

About Verrex
Founded in 1947, Verrex designs, integrates, services and supports video conferencing and other advanced AV/IT technologies empowering the global business community to collaborate and communicate without limitations. A decades-refined, quality assurance system distinguishes Verrex in the industry, ensuring far superior systems design, engineering, project management, installation, support, documentation and solutions. With offices in key corporate hubs, Verrex has positioned its presence, expertise and alliances to deliver innovative solutions around the globe. Visit verrex.com and connect on LinkedIn and Twitter.

Verrex, the Verrex Logo and GMS are registered trademarks of Verrex Corporation and/or its affiliates in the U.S. and other countries.
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