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Press Releases For : November 25, 2014

Texas Crew Productions Meets ‘IRONMAN’ Challenge with Zylight F8 LED Fresnel

LOS ANGELES – Emmy award-winning director of photography Terry Stewart established Texas Crew Productions in Austin, Texas, in the early 1980s. His company has covered many major sporting events, including the Super Bowl, World Series, NBA Finals, and the Olympic Games. His personal favorite is the IRONMAN World Championship, a long distance triathlon that was held last month in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, and aired on NBC on Nov. 15.

This was Stewart’s 22nd straight IRONMAN World Championship. It is a grueling production day that starts at sunrise and ends at midnight. The natural lightTexas Crew Productions changes throughout the production – and with sunset at around 6 p.m., several hours of nighttime shooting are required. “It’s a really Texas Crew Productionschallenging day because it’s long, it’s over a huge footprint,” he explained, “and you’re dealing with 2,000 athletes of various abilities. You need to be ready for anything.”

A “world feed” standalone product for international broadcast was produced with a core group of Sony PDW-F800 cameras. For the NBC broadcast, however, Texas Crew included RED EPICs,Sony F55s,Cannon EOS C300s, and an array of a dozen GoPro cameras. Texas Crew brought all the footage back to Austin, where editors created the 90-minute program.

During the event, crews often drive in front of the racers to shoot the action. This year, Stewart used one of his new Zylight F8 LED Fresnels while shooting out of the back of a convertible. The F8 can be powered by a standard 14. 4V camera battery, which was useful on the road and when Stewart was in more remote locations along the IRONMAN course. “I really wanted an LED with some punch that could run off a battery,” he said. “It’s a huge time saver.”

Beyond the race course, Stewart also used his two F8s for prerecorded interviews with Mark Allen and Dave Scott, both of whom have won the IRONMAN World Championship six times. “Where the Zylights really came in handy was when we shot our interviews and portraits ahead of race day,” he explained. “I like to shoot using a lot of natural daylight. The dimmable Zylight really helps you accomplish that.”

Available in daylight (5600K) or tungsten (3200K) versions, the F8 features an eight-inch SCHOTT glass lens, which maintains single shadow traditional Fresnel beam shaping. Its quantum dot technology provides a more refined and balanced natural light output, with an adjustable beam spread (16-70 degrees) and patented focusing system for spot and flood operations. The F8 is also water resistant (IP54) for use in challenging conditions.

“The Zylight is my key light of choice these days. I carry it with me all the time,” Stewart added. “It’s relatively light and easy to move around. It has all the features I really wanted.”

ABOUT ZYLIGHT LLC
Founded in 2003, Zylight LLC is the leading manufacturer of intelligent LED lighting instruments for the film and video production industry. Every model in its easy-to-use lighting system produces fully calibrated bright white light, while some also provide a spectrum of adjustable colors without gels. Full wireless control and DMX integration are included, and AC or DC power options are available. The Zylight state-of-the-art LED system is truly the most unique and flexible lighting system on the market today. With more than 50 dealers worldwide, Zylight continues to develop innovative LED lighting solutions to help make your job easier. More Than Bright–Zylight. Find out more at www.zylight.com.

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X2O Media to Present Two Sessions at the Next|Video Conference @ GV Expo

President David Wilkins to Discuss Leveraging New Strategies for Collaborative Environments and Multiscreen Visual Communications

MONTREAL — Nov. 25, 2014 — X2O Media, a leading provider of real-time visual communications solutions, today announced that company President David Wilkins will present two sessions in the Next|Video Conference @ Government Video (GV) Expo in December at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. (more…)

Advanced Systems Group Adds Ed Chen to Sales Staff

EMERYVILLE, CALIF. – Advanced Systems Group (ASG), a leading data, video, audio and film integration firm, today announced Ed Chen has joined the company’s sales staff, effective Oct. 27. He is focused on storage, archive, asset management, and networking solutions.

Chen, who earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in electrical engineering, has more than 25 years ofEd Chen technology sales experience. He began his career atEd Chen Bell Labs, and has worked as a systems engineer and managed engineering teams for several companies. Chen spent almost a decade as regional sales manager and director of field systems engineering at QLogic. Most recently, he was the regional sales manager for Nexsan Technology, an Imation company.

“Ed has a proven track record of handling major accounts and providing excellent customer service,” said Dave Van Hoy, president of ASG. “He is a great addition to our sales staff because he truly understands the technological solutions we provide and can share that knowledge with our customers.”

Chen is based out of the company’s main office in Emeryville. He can be reached at 510-654-8300 or via e-mail at ed@asgllc.com.

About ASG:
Based in Northern California with offices in the Pacific Northwest, Southern California and New York City, Advanced Systems Group LLC of Emeryville, Calif., has provided engineering, systems, integration, support and training to the broadcast, film, creative and corporate video markets since 1997. With unmatched experience in high-speed shared storage, media asset management, archiving, editing, color and VFX systems, ASG has become one of largest installers of post-production and shared storage systems on the West Coast. The ASG team is highly focused on customer success, and has installed and supported more than 350 SANs, production and post-production systems. For more information, visit www.asgllc.com or call 510-654-8300.

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FSR’s New HuddleVU Collaboration System Earns Tech & Learning 2014 Award of Excellence

Woodland Park, NJ – FSR, a leading manufacturer of a wide variety of products for the audio/video, education, hospitality, government, and religious markets, proudly announces that its new HuddleVU collaboration system, showcased at this year’s InfoComm 2014 show in Las Vegas, has been selected as a winner in the “New Products” category of Tech & Learning’s 2014 Awards of Excellence program.

Tech & Learning magazine named 102 education technology products as winners in its prestigious 32-year-old recognition program. Honored software, hardware, network and Web products include innovative applications that break new ground as well as those that added significant enhancements to proven education tools. Entries were divided into two categories: New Products and Best Upgraded Products. Among the high-quality offerings being honored are resources addressing management, safety, communication, differentiated learning, assessment, and other key areas in education.
Simple-to-install, the intuitive and effective HuddleVU collaboration system from FSR delivers a solution that creates the ideal environment for multiple users to share and view their laptops, tablets, and smart phone screens on 1-4 displays. Anyone participating can be a presenter, or an audience member at the push of a button. LED’s indicate which user is currently live and when the system is busy.

“FSR is thrilled that our new HuddleVU collaboration system has been acknowledged with such a prestigious honor from Tech & Learning magazine,” said Jan Sandri, FSR president. “We are both excited and proud about how well our HuddleVU has been received within the industry. The fact that the judges behind the Awards of Excellence program make their determinations on winning products based on feedback from those professionals working in the industry speaks volumes to how outstanding our products are and how they truly meet the needs of our customers.”

Available in three models and several styles, HuddleVU accommodates up to 7+ users and includes all necessary video switching equipment, control hardware, display power control and color-coded captive HDMI cables for quick and easy deployment. The HuddleVU product suite offers optional VGA/ Audio, Display Port and Mini Display Port cable configurations as well as retractors for cable management.

For over 30 years, Tech & Learning has been — and continues to be — the leading resource for K-12 leaders. Its publications, Web sites and events provide factual and evaluative information on trends, products, and strategies to educators who purchase technology products in their districts and schools. Tech & Learning, published by NewBay Media LLC, delivers the highest quality content and essential resources to manage, train, and teach technology. For more information, visit www.TechLearning.com.

About FSR
FSR, established in 1981, manufactures a wide variety of signal management and infrastructure solutions for the audio / video, datacom, education, hospitality, government, and religious markets, including floor, wall, table, and ceiling connectivity boxes, as well as a full line of interfaces, distribution amplifiers, matrix switchers, seamless switchers and HDBaseT & CAT-X signal delivery solutions.

The company is an Energy Star Partner and complies with the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 to demonstrate its deep commitment to preserving the planet. FSR offers live 24/7 technical and sales support throughout the country from expertly trained technicians and sales representatives. For more information: www.fsrinc.com.

FSR Contact: Jan Sandri
973-785-4347 • sales@fsrinc.com

Press Contact: Desert Moon Public Relations & Advertising
Harriet Diener
845-512-8283 • mailto:harriet@desertmoon.tv

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Nitin Sawhney Transcends With Martin Audio MLA At Albert Hall

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After working with RG Jones’ Martin Audio Multi-cellular Loudspeaker Array (MLA) at Glastonbury Festival, as well as the smaller MLA Compact at other events, David McEwan’s vision was to use it at the holy grail of London venues, the Royal Albert Hall.

As the long term recording and live engineer for Nitin Sawhney, the opportunity came when this British Indian musician, orchestral composer and producer announced his return to the famous London venue for performances from his forthcoming album Dystopian Dream and a selection of material from his first nine albums.

McEwan approached John Carroll, MD of RG Jones Sound Engineering, and to his great delight, the award-winning PA was made available within the production budget.

Rarely will MLA have had so many different sounds and voices pumped through it as Sawhney moved effortlessly through different musical genres. While he performed on guitars and piano, the ensemble featured many vocalists of different tongues as well as guests such as Björk percussionist and hang player, Manu Delago, and Soumik Datta on the 19-stringed sarod. The band also included two cellists, a tabla player and drummer, and the four singers lined up across the stage included the impressive flutist, Ashwin Srinivasan.

Fellow sound engineer Steve Watson, who tragically died last year, had first introduced David McEwan to RG Jones and the MLA. “I built up a good relationship over the years and had been badgering them to let me have MLA for the Royal Albert Hall. I wondered what it would sound like after using it at Glastonbury, and it sounded amazing. It produced great imaging—there was a real presence about the vocals wherever you stood—and that’s an important part of the show. In terms of PA’s, it’s clearly the next step up.”

The design consisted of 16 x MLA elements per side with nine W8LM Mini (and two W8LMD Downfills) per side and further W8LM/W8LMD used judiciously as front and infills. Eight Martin Audio WLX subs were recessed under the stage in a splayed broadside cardioid array to create the required curve.

McEwan’s system tech was the experienced Marty Beath, who a week previously had helped optimize the MLA system deployed for the Invictus Games Closing Concert.

As production/soundcheck time at the Royal Albert Hall was compromised, Beath was able to draw on existing presets, previously used by MLA tech Mark Edwards, enabling them to notch out sound spillage at the stage and up to the top tribune, where there was no audience present.

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Supporting the production was RG Jones’ Jack Bowcher, who has worked many times with McEwan, and was in charge of the stage. He, too, knew the rig would be rock solid.

“MLA again produced amazing clarity, particularly at front of house, which was impressive considering the nature of the event. The detail you could hear in the vocals was just unbelievable.”

But the last word came from David McEwan. “This was one of my favourite experiences; everyone seemed delighted with the sound and I will want to use MLA wherever I can.”

For more about Martin Audio, please click to www.martin-audio.com.

About Martin Audio®
Founded by audio engineer David Martin in 1971, Martin Audio pioneered the use of all-horn-loaded bass designs in world-class touring loudspeaker systems for groups such as Pink Floyd, ELP and Supertramp. Located outside of London, Martin Audio now embodies a sophisticated mix of acoustic design, research, mathematical modeling and software engineering for a wide range of products in the installation, cinema and touring sound markets.

Dante™ card and new firmware for Sennheiser’s Digital 9000 Series now available

1Old Lyme, CT, November 25, 2014: Audio specialist Sennheiser has announced the availability of its Dante™ card for the EM 9046 receiver, enabling the top-of-the-range Digital 9000 wireless microphone system to be integrated into Dante™ audio-over-IP networks. Also available are – as free downloads – the associated new Digital 9000 firmware version 3.0.3, and the new Wireless Systems Manager 4.2 with a set of optimised monitoring functions.

“With the EM 9046 DAN extension card, broadcast and live audio engineers can now easily integrate Sennheiser’s top-of-the-range wireless microphone system into a Dante™ network,” says Claus Menke, Head of Portfolio Management Pro for Sennheiser. “They benefit from the system’s exceptional sound with the incredible convenience of routing high-definition audio data via Audinate’s Dante™ Controller.” Dante™ works with existing network infrastructure using IP and Ethernet standards and offers hundreds of channels of high-quality audio. The networking solution is currently used by more than 155 pro audio manufacturers worldwide.

2The EM 9046 DAN extension card is simply inserted into the expansion slot of the EM 9046 eight-channel receiver. Internally, the card features sixteen audio inputs to send the digital audio and command signals over the Dante™ network. Connection is via two Gbit RJ45 sockets that serve to either establish two redundant network circuits or daisy-chain the signals. The card works with sampling rates of 44.1/48/88.2 and 96 kHz at a resolution of 24 bits.

New Digital 9000 firmware
The new firmware version 3.0.3 for Digital 9000 can be downloaded free of charge at http://en-de.sennheiser.com/service-support-services-software-downloads. With this firmware update, the receiver’s clock menu will be expanded to include a “MAN” (multichannel audio network) option, enabling the receiver to synchronize to the word clock of the Dante™ network.

3Additional benefits of the new firmware version include the monitoring of up to four daisy-chained receivers via any of the receivers’ monitoring outputs and the automatic assignment of frequencies after a scan. Engineers are now also able to scan just a 24 MHz portion of the spectrum instead of the entire booster range of 168 MHz. This increases speed in critical frequency situations.

The new firmware also includes the highly sophisticated refinements made by Sennheiser to address the near impossible conditions experienced during the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest. The event took place in a super-reflective venue with a near all-metal construction but the capabilities of the Digital 9000 system were enhanced still further to be able to detect and cope with this extremely reflective environment. In addition to this advance, version 3.0.3 also ensures improved network capability with managed enterprise environments.

New Wireless Systems Manager software
4Sennheiser has adapted its Wireless Systems Manager software to include a monitoring function for the Dante™ card. The new version 4.2 allows users to monitor the EM 9046’s Dante™ audio streams from any point in the network, and to listen to the headphone monitor audio stream of connected EM 9046 receivers without any additional hardware.

WSM (Sennheiser Wireless Systems Manager) Software Version 4.2 is available from the same download address as the Digital 9000 firmware, or from http://en-de.sennheiser.com/service-support-services-wireless-systems-manager.

About Audinate and Dante™
Dante™ is the digital audio networking solution of choice for over 155 professional audio manufacturers in the broadcast, live sound, commercial installed and conferencing markets. Audinate’s Dante solution builds on existing Internet (IP) and Ethernet networking standards and offers a migration path to emerging standards like AES67. Dante networking replaces point-to-point cabling and matrix switching solutions offering hundreds of channels of high-performance audio, control and monitoring across existing network infrastructure. Installation and management is simplified through a unique combination of plug and play technologies, saving enormous installation and long-term ownership costs. Audio sources attached to any network port are available everywhere throughout the network with signal routing defined by software, not physical cabling. Audinate also offers a comprehensive set of interfacing options for PC and Mac equipment (Dante Virtual Soundcard and Dante PCIe card) enabling simple integration of existing software applications with the audio network.

About Sennheiser
The Sennheiser Group based in Wedemark near Hanover, Germany, was founded in 1945 and has gone on to become a leading manufacturer of microphones, headphones and wireless transmission systems. Sales in 2013 totaled 590.4 million euros. Sennheiser employs more than 2,500 staff worldwide and operates plants in Germany, Ireland and the USA. The company has a worldwide network of subsidiaries in France, Great Britain, Belgium, the Netherlands, Switzerland and Liechtenstein, Germany, Denmark (Nordic), Russia, Hongkong, India, Singapore, Japan, China, Australia and New Zealand, Canada, Mexico, and the USA. It also has long-established trading partners in other countries. Georg Neumann GmbH, Berlin, a maker of studio microphones and monitor speakers, and Sennheiser Communications A/S, a joint venture making headsets for PCs, offices and call centers, are also part of the Sennheiser Group.

More up-to-date information about Sennheiser is available on the internet at www.sennheiser.com.

Captions:
1: Sennheiser’s top-of-the-range Digital 9000 wireless system is now Dante™-ready
2: Claus Menke, Head of Portfolio Management Pro for Sennheiser (Photo credit: R. Kruse)
3: The EM 9046 DAN card simply slots into the Sennheiser receiver, enabling Digital 9000 to send uncompressed HD audio data over a Dante™ network

EM 9046 DAN includes license from Audinate Pty Ltd under U.S. patent number(s) 7747725, 8005939, 7978696, 8171152 and other patents issued, see www.audinate.com/patents.

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Hitachi CP-WX8255 Projector Provides Tremendous Benefits to Olive Branch Community Church

Hitachi_OliveBranchCorona, CA, November 25, 2014 – After a less than satisfactory projection setup in Olive Branch Community Church in Corona, California, Director of Technology Services Brian Norwood set out to upgrade the church’s system. The solution was found in the Hitachi CP-WX8255 projector, meeting all of the church’s visions.

“Our video and lighting was pretty rudimentary when I took over as Director,” explained Mr. Norwood. “I had a vision to extend the projected content out to a panorama and invest in enough lighting to make the environment the whole room instead of just the stage.”

Olive Branch Community Church has an attendance of 900 to 1000 people in multiple services on Sundays. The Hitachi projector is mounted on the ceiling and is projected onto a 16 x 9-foot screen. It is the centerpiece of a 5-screen projection setup. For worship services, it displays motion backgrounds and lyrics, title and segment slides during speaking promotions, and virtually all of the video content.

“The budget for this project was very small,” explained Mr. Norwood. “I didn’t even want to pursue it if the projector would not be able to do true HD, and be bright enough to make a major impact.” The Hitachi CP-WX8255 met Mr. Norwood’s needs. “The specs, reputation and value of the CP-WX8255 made it an easy choice. “

Ease of use was a big factor in making the right projector selection. “I think the CP-WX8255 is the very definition of easy to use,” said Mr. Norwood. “We had it unboxed, up, aimed, sized, and focused in less than an hour.”

The CP-WX8255 has been very beneficial to Olive Branch. “Our Church has left-center-right seating and the people in the center were really having to turn quite a bit to view any content. That was especially troublesome for worship, and you had to look across people to see lyrics,” Mr. Norwood explained. “The Hitachi projector and center screen gives them a place of their own for worship content. Also it gives us a real tool in outreach as we finally have a display worthy of hosting movie nights or sporting events.”

In addition, the Church members have been thrilled with the upgrade. “Our congregation loves the addition,” Mr. Norwood added. “Honestly, not a week goes by without someone commenting on the improvement in the visual appeal of the service.”

For more information on Olive Branch Community Church of Corona, CA, visit http://www.olive-branch.org

For more information on Hitachi projectors, visit www.hitachi-america.us/projectors

About Hitachi America, Ltd.
Hitachi America, Ltd. headquartered in Tarrytown, New York, a subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd., and its subsidiary companies offer a broad range of electronics, power and industrial equipment and services, particle beam therapy technologies, automotive products and consumer electronics with operations throughout the Americas. For more information, visit www.hitachi-america.us. For information on other Hitachi Group companies in the United States, please visit www.hitachi.us.

About Hitachi, Ltd.
Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE: 6501), headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, delivers innovations that answer society’s challenges with our talented team and proven experience in global markets. The company’s consolidated revenues for fiscal 2013 (ended March 31, 2014) totaled 9,616 billion yen ($93.4 billion). Hitachi is focusing more than ever on the Social Innovation Business, which includes infrastructure systems, information & telecommunication systems, power systems, construction machinery, high functional materials & components, automotive systems, health care and others. For more information on Hitachi, please visit the company’s website at http://www.hitachi.com.

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Shure Announces Winter Rebates for SM Microphones and SE Earphones

NILES, Ill., Nov. 20, 2014—Shure Incorporated today announced holiday product rebates on select SM microphones and, for the first time, a rebate offer for the SE215 Sound Isolating™ Earphones and SE535 Sound Isolating™ Earphones. Customers who purchase SM57 and SM58® microphones can earn up to $60 back ($10 back on up to six individual microphone purchases). This also includes a special $30 rebate on the DMK57-52 Drum Microphone Kit. For earphone products, customers can save $10 on SE215 models and $50 on SE535 models. The promotion will kick off on Friday, Nov. 21, 2014, and run through Jan. 11, 2015.

The SM57 and SM58 have been industry standards for almost 50 years due to their unparalleled mix of audio quality and rugged dependability. The SM57 “workhorse” is highly versatile for clean reproduction of amplified and acoustic instruments. The legendary SM58 is tuned to accentuate the warmth and clarity of lead and back-up vocals.

SE Earphones feature award-winning sound isolating technology and unique sound signatures. The SE215 have a single Dynamic MicroDriver and provide detailed sound with enhanced bass, making them a great option for personal listening or professional monitoring. Featuring Triple High-Definition MicroDrivers, the SE535 uses a dedicated tweeter and dual woofers to deliver spacious sound with rich bass for a true audiophile listening experience.

“With the holiday season right around the corner, our winter SM and SE rebate offers are an opportunity to purchase the microphone you’ve been coveting or give the gift of premium earphones to a fellow music lover. You could also follow a ‘one for you, five for me’ philosophy. We promise not to tell,” said Ellen Mahon, Marketing Communications Manager at Shure. “With a variety of models and pricing options now coupled with our holiday rebates, Shure’s award-winning microphones and earphones are more accessible than ever before.”

Rebates include $10 back on an SM57-LC, SM57-X2U, SM58-LC, SM58-CN, SM58S, or SM58-X2U microphone purchase; $10 back on an SE215 purchase; and $50 back on an SE535 purchase. SE215 earphones are available in clear or translucent black, while the SE535 is available in clear, metallic bronze, or a Special Edition red color at select retailers. The DMK57-52 Drum Microphone Kit, also included in the offer, is eligible for a $30 mail-in-rebate. Rebates will be honored for up to six SE products, six SM products, and two drum kits.

For more information on Shure’s holiday promotion and how to take advantage of the current rebates, please visit the SM microphone holiday rebate website and the SE Sound Isolating Earphone rebate page.


Shure SM Microphone and SE Earphone Holiday Rebates Available Through Jan. 11, 2015

About Shure Incorporated
Founded in 1925, Shure Incorporated (www.shure.com) is widely acknowledged as the world’s leading manufacturer of microphones and audio electronics. Over the years, the Company has designed and produced many high-quality professional and consumer audio products that have become legendary for performance, reliability, and value. Shure’s diverse product line includes world-class wired microphones, wireless microphone systems, in-ear personal monitoring systems, conferencing and discussion systems, networked audio systems, award-winning earphones and headphones, and top-rated phonograph cartridges. Today, Shure products are the first choice whenever audio performance is a top priority.

Shure Incorporated is headquartered in Niles, Illinois, in the United States. The Company also has regional sales and marketing headquarters in Eppingen, Germany, and Hong Kong, China, with more than 30 additional manufacturing facilities and regional sales offices throughout the Americas, EMEA, and Asia.

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Noted Surgeon Finds Live 3D Streaming and Recording from Matrox Monarch HD “Irreplaceable” for Live Teaching and Archiving

To expand his teachings to aspiring surgeons and gynecologists all over the world, Dr. Rajesh Modi, Director of the Akola Endoscopy Centre in Maharashtra, India, relies on the Matrox Monarch HD video streaming and recording appliance combined with the Matrox MC-100 SDI-to-HDMI mini converter to distribute 3D video and audio of his daily surgical procedures and to record them for the facility’s record keeping and as future teaching material. Students can view live streams of his gynecologic and endoscopic procedures on www.drmodi.in and by using the mobile app “Dr. Modi.”

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Dr. Modi is a frequent speaker at medical conferences throughout India and often leads training sessions from the Akola Centre for surgeons looking to increase their knowledge of gynecological endoscopy.

Previously, Dr. Modi used three separate products – two to handle the streaming and one as the recorder – to stream and record his daily operations. “Irreplaceable” is the word he uses now to describe Monarch HD’s role for his daily teaching and administrative needs. Dr. Modi reports that data collection for the large amount of surgical work he conducts is of paramount importance in terms of record keeping, as well as providing high-quality video for future lectures.

“There’s no other option out there that comes close to this in terms of its dual use for recording and streaming, while at different settings, that does not compromise the quality of the recording,” he explained. “The Monarch HD/MC-100 combination is the only system that can convert two SDI inputs into a single HDMI output, and the HD recording it provides is simply brilliant.”

The compact design and intuitive interface that lets users easily set up, control and output streams using any computer or mobile device with a browser has simplified this process and made portability much easier for Dr. Modi, which he said he particularly appreciates as someone who’s not a full-time video professional.

Two outputs for the 3D endo camera from the operating room provide left-eye and right-eye video signals which are sent to the Matrox MC-100 and multiplexed into one side-by-side HDMI signal. The HDMI signal is used as the source for the Monarch HD which streams the side-by-side video to a Flash Media Server. Viewers tune into Dr. Modi’s website to access the 3D content which they watch on any 3D display.

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The above-and-beyond technical support he’s received from Matrox has solidified Dr. Modi’s confidence in this equipment selection. “The company provided a free demo of the equipment on-site in our operating theatre at Akola. Plus, their online and phone technical support has been consistently excellent. I know, without hesitation, if anything should go wrong, someone at Matrox is there for me.”

Matrox Monarch HD is a cost-effective, small, and easy-to-use H.264 encoder designed for professional video producers who need to simultaneously stream a live event and record a mastering-quality version for post-event editing. It provides these two independent modes in an integrated unit. From any HDMI input source, such as a camera or switcher, Monarch HD generates an H.264-encoded stream compliant with RTSP or RTMP protocol. While encoding the video at bitrates suitable for live streaming, Monarch HD simultaneously records a high-quality MP4 or MOV file to an SD card, USB drive, or network-mapped drive.

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Belmont University Reopens Legendary Columbia Studio A with HARMAN’s JBL M2 Master Reference Monitors

JBL_BelmontNASHVILLE, Tennessee — As befits its Nashville location, Belmont University has close ties to the music industry—its Mike Curb College of Entertainment and Music Business (CEMB) is the world’s only AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business)-accredited Music Business program as well as the first ABET (Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology)-accredited Audio Engineering Technology program. Among its numerous activities the school runs four professional-quality recording studios on campus, the historic Quonset Hut Studio, Ocean Way Nashville Studios—and now, the recently renovated Columbia Studio A, equipped with HARMAN Professional’s JBL M2 Master Reference Monitors.

The JBL M2 Master Reference Monitor is a 2-way powered large-format loudspeaker that sets new standards for sonic accuracy and dynamic range in professional monitoring environments. It incorporates JBL’s latest transducer and acoustics technologies including the newly developed D2 dual-diaphragm, dual-voice-coil compression driver, the Image Control Waveguide, the 2216ND Differential Drive™ dual-voice-coil woofer and numerous additional refinements to deliver exceptional studio monitor performance with remarkable detail, full-range frequency response from 20Hz–40kHz, spatial accuracy and wide dynamic range free of power compression.

Opened in the 1960s, the historic Columbia Studio A recorded many of music’s greatest artists, including Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash, Simon and Garfunkel, George Jones, and many more. However, by the early 1980s it had been converted into an office space. Thanks to the efforts of Belmont University and a donation by the Mike Curb Foundation, Columbia Studio A is making music again as a multi-purpose space for classes in recording studio engineering and sound reinforcement. It also hosts workshops and seminars for a variety of university activities and organizations like the Audio Engineering Society (AES) and the US Copyright Office.

“In order to serve our academic requirements, Columbia Studio A features a wide variety of recording equipment dating from the 1960s all the way to the present, as evidenced by our purchase of the JBL M2 monitors,” said Michael Janas, Instructor, Audio Engineering Technology and Director of Recording Studio Operations at Belmont University. Studio A boasts an eye-popping assortment of restored vintage and modern cutting-edge gear, all routed through an API split-monitor console that once resided in the RMU-2 mobile recording truck of recording pioneer, Walley Heider.

“In restoring Columbia Studio A, one of the goals was to let students experience the evolutionary roots and the historical and technical context of multi-track recording studio technology as we know it today,” Janas stated. “In order for the students and faculty to best hear and understand the aural characteristics of this wide range of equipment, it was important to choose a modern monitoring system that would best reproduce the sound of the source audio in our new ‘old’ studio.”

Janas turned to the project’s acoustical consultant, Dave Rochester of Lebanon, Tennessee’s Technical Audio Services, for advice. Rochester recommended Janas consider the JBL M2. Janas and his team did their homework, ultimately consulting with JBL Professional and the staff at Guitar Center Pro (GC Pro) in Nashville. They liked what the saw and heard and in January 2014 finalized the decision to purchase a pair of M2 monitors and a Crown I-Tech HD Series 4x3500HD amplifier to power them. The Crown amp provides four channels of amplification for the pair of bi-amplified M2s and its internal DSP provides the crossover and also room EQ to optimize the M2 system performance in any room.

“The JBL M2 is stunning in its ability to present fine detail,” Janas pointed out. “The outstanding imaging of the speaker is by far one of my favorite attributes of the system. The M2 not only provides a wide stereo sound field but also depth and height. It’s made a significant impact on everyone who’s heard it.” Designed specifically for the M2, JBL’s Image Control waveguide enables a seamless crossover transition between the woofer and high-frequency driver while delivering extraordinary imaging and rich musical detail to a broad area of the room.

“The M2 turned out to be absolutely perfect for our application. It enables students and staff to hear everything that’s going on in the studio with exacting detail. It reveals the sonic characteristics of every piece of gear we add or take out of the recording chain, whether a microphone, reverb unit, EQ or other link in the recording chain. In fact, it showed us that some of that vintage gear is a lot better than anyone realized.”

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets premier audio, visual, infotainment and enterprise automation solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets. With leading brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, Mark Levinson ® and Revel®, the Company is admired by audiophiles, musicians and the entertainment 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 approximately 16,600 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $5.6 billion for the 12 months ended September 30, 2014.

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