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Master Voice Actor Rodney Saulsberry Considers the ‘Real Person Read’ and the Sennheiser MKH 416 Microphone Indispensable Elements in his Craft

The MKH 416 Shotgun Mic Helps Navigate Saulsberry Through a Sea of Diverse Work, Ranging from Television Promos, to Motion Picture Work, to Political Ads

New York — July 15, 2014: An incredibly diverse voiceover actor, Rodney Saulsberry’s ‘breakout moment’ in behind the scenes narration came as the popularity of the voiceover movie trailer peaked in the late ’90s. Following his work on the 1998 film How Stella Got Her Groove Back, Saulsberry’s career skyrocketed and he has since become one of the industry’s most in demand voice actors, working on spots for television, motion pictures, video games and more. Since his early days of doing movie trailer work, the Sennheiser MKH 416 shotgun microphone has played a foundational role in his success.

In addition to his trailer narration work on Red Tails, Friday, The Best Man, Diary of a Mad Black Woman and many others, Saulsberry is also known for his work on Twix and Zatarain’s commercials and is the author of two published books on voice acting. As an on-screen actor, he has appeared in Beginners, The Philadelphia Experiment, Tango and Cash and has been nominated twice for his role as Anthony on CBS’ The Bold and the Beautiful — for which he was nominated for two Best Actor NAACP Image Awards.

Currently, in addition to his recurring work as the Zatarain’s man and The Bold and the Beautiful, Saulsberry’s voice can be heard around the world doing English promos for the international television network Telemundo. Saulsberry says that his vast experience as an actor has helped him remain top of mind among voiceover agents in an industry that is constantly changing.

“What makes me get the call is my ability to deliver the ‘real person read’,” he says. “Today, the challenge is to get rid of the ‘announcer style’ and make the copy more conversational. This is when the actor inside me comes out and why it is so important to know that voice over is really voice acting. You also need to hone your improvisation skills. When I improvise, I am not changing the script or rewriting, but I am making it my own.”

Sennheiser MKH 416: The ‘Instrument that Captures the Voice’

No matter what kind of voice acting he is doing, the Sennheiser MKH 416 remains Saulsberry’s standard ‘go-to’ microphone. He began using the MKH 416 during the 1990′s, especially doing movie trailer work: “When I would go to the major trailer houses around town, this was the microphone that I would be speaking into most of the time,” he recalls. Currently, he uses an MKH 416 at home in his soundproof isolation booth, which can connect to studios around the world by using a Telos Zephyr Express ISDN codec.

“I don’t even have a preamp — I plug my MKH 416 right into the back of the Telos Zephyr and it sounds great,” he says. “I work for a company in London and with my Sennheiser mic and the Telos unit, it makes me sound like I am in England, 3,000 miles away. Engineers notice and appreciate this.” Saulsberry says that he often does singing parts as well as spoken word, and that the MKH 416 is versatile enough to handle both tasks without any trouble.

Saulsberry appreciates the incredibly accurate response of the MKH 416, yet considers the mic extremely accommodating to whatever signal is being presented: “It sounds contradictory, but the microphone is very detailed but also very forgiving. It is almost saying, ‘I am out to get the best of you and will make amends so it sounds right.’ As far as my own technique is concerned, I move closer on the mic if I want to accentuate the low frequencies, or back up if I want to shout. The mic just adapts.”

No matter what kind of session Saulsberry is working on, he knows his Sennheiser MKH 416 will be there to capture ‘the real person read,’ “It captures every detail where other microphones might miss, including the ‘air’ at the end of phrases,” he observes. “It brings the presence out of my voice and I love that.”

For more information on Rodney Saulsberry, please visit www.rodneysaulsberry.com.

About Sennheiser:

Sennheiser is a world-leading manufacturer of microphones, headphones and wireless transmission systems. Established in 1945 in Wedemark, Germany, Sennheiser is now a global brand represented in 60 countries around the world with U.S. headquarters in Old Lyme, Connecticut. Sennheiser’s pioneering excellence in technology has rewarded the company with numerous awards and accolades including an Emmy, a Grammy, and the Scientific and Engineering Award of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

You can find all the latest information on Sennheiser by visiting our website at http://www.sennheiserusa.com.

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DoD Extends JITC Certification to Include PESA Video Distribution System (VDS) Product Upgrades

Huntsville, Alabama – PESA, a leading designer and manufacturer of professional audio and video distribution solutions, today announced the U.S. Department of Defense has approved upgrades to its Video Distribution System (VDS), which includes several products in its Cheetah large-scale digital router product line. After initially receiving certification in January 2013, the company submitted a number of software and firmware updates for evaluation and testing.

The most significant upgrade is the new series of Vidblox 2K DVI dual link extenders, which transport video resolutions up to 2560×1600@60Hz over coax and/or fiber. “Vidblox 2K provides an inexpensive multi-path solution for distributing ultra high-resolution graphics over long distances,” explained Col. John T. Wright (U.S. Army, Retired), PESA senior vice president, sales and business development. “It’s a significant step forward in functionality, and with JITC certification, now the DoD can install an even wider range of PESA products in a variety of applications.”

PESA was the first company to achieve listing on the Department of Defense Unified Capabilities (UC) Approved Products List (APL) as a VDS, and remains the industry leader for large-scale VDS solutions. It is the only listing of such equipment approved by the DoD to be fielded in DoD networks. The APL is managed by the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA).

The upgraded products received Interoperability Certification (IOC) and Information Assurance (IA) accreditation from DISA’s Joint Interoperability Test Command (JITC), which is responsible for certifying joint and combined interoperability of all DoD information technology and national security systems. With an array of software and hardware-based testing procedures, JITC evaluates technologies that provide warfighters with high-tech advantages in both peacetime and war. JITC certification ensures that a technological device or system meets the full standards to operate in a UC environment.

PESA offers a complete portfolio of secure video switching and distribution solutions that deliver up to 4K resolution. With robust features that support continuity of operations, command and control and emergency preparedness and response, the Cheetah product line has proven to be a solid foundation for many government and federal agencies, such as the U.S. Army, U.S. Air Force, U.S. Navy, and NASA.

“JITC certification is very important because it ensures that DoD officials can rely on our products to deliver high-quality imagery for C4ISR between distinct video chains,” added Wright. “PESA is proud to continue to provide our military and other government agencies with mission-critical products for video and audio distribution.”

About PESA

As a leading provider of audio/video (A/V) Baseband and IP connectivity products, PESA offers a wide selection of multi-path streaming products, routing switchers, matrix switchers, extenders, converters, media extenders, and signal processing gear to support government, military, industrial, commercial, medical, broadcast, and mobile truck applications. >From large to small-scale A/V routing and extender products to multiple IP streaming appliances, PESA offers a diverse suite of AV products, all of which are supported by 24/7 technical support. PESA is located in Huntsville, Ala., with regional sales offices throughout North America and China. Our cost effective solutions are available around the world through our industry leading team of Channel Partners offering local support and installation. All products mentioned herein are trademarked property. Learn more about us at www.pesa.com and www.pesaxstream.com. Follow us on Twitter: @PESA_ONLINE.

HARMAN’s BSS Audio, Crown and JBL Play for the Majors in San Diego

SAN DIEGO, California – Petco Park, home to Major League Baseball’s San Diego Padres, recently took a bold step toward delivering on its dedication to “Creating Major League Memories” as systems integrator Daktronics installed an all-star lineup of standard-setting audio equipment featuring HARMAN components. The facility, which opened in 2004, seats 42,445 and calls itself “The World’s Best Ballpark in America’s Finest City,” is now equipped with HARMAN’s JBL Professional loudspeakers, Crown amplifiers and BSS Audio processing components.

David Sturzenbecher, audio project engineer, and the Daktronics Audio team’s first step in the extensive Petco Park audio retrofit was evaluating the state of the previous system by testing every amplifier’s voltage gain and frequency response. Petco Park has two large amplifier rooms, each with 80 amplifiers, and up to 30 amplifiers in each of six smaller rooms. Daktronics Audio replaced each of the older amplifiers in the smaller rooms with Crown DCi amplifiers; the upgrade to the Crown DCi amplifiers in the larger rooms is ongoing. Featuring Crown’s DriveCore™ technology, the DCi series is more powerful and energy efficient then other large-scale install grade amplifiers and are just 2U rack spaces high.

For loudspeaker testing, Sturzenbecher along with Field Engineer, Doug Dodge took complex impedance measurements of each unit run from the amplifier rooms and listened to every passband of every loudspeaker. Once the needs were determined, JBL became the obvious choice. “The stadium is located only a quarter mile from the ocean, and the loudspeakers on the upper deck are quite exposed and only accessible via scaffolding,” he said. “So in addition to superior sound quality, we selected the JBL PD and AM weatherized boxes because we knew they would be able to handle these conditions without the need for additional service.”

While the sound requirements for most of Petco Park are on a grand scale, the facility does have a number of restaurants and bars that called for a lighter touch. To accommodate those areas, Sturzenbecher augmented the BSS Audio BLU-800 processers already installed throughout the venue by adding BLU-320 devices in the park’s more compact sections. “The BLU-320 provides the preamps for local audio input, but also provides the BLU link source for each local amplifier room,” he said. “The Soundweb London processors were programmed so that mix engineers can monitor any audio signal in the park from the control room.” In the Bud Patio area, Daktronics installed three JBL Control 29AV-1 loudspeakers and, for Hodad’s Restaurant, eight JBL C29AV-WH-1 70V loudspeakers. The lodge, restaurant and the Pier and Hall of Fame bars use Crown DCi 2I600N amplifiers.

The equipment inventory of HARMAN products that Daktronics installed in various areas of the park is extensive. On the Toyota Terrace, 19 JBL PD5322/95-WRX-WH weather-protected loudspeakers were installed. For the outer concourse, Sturzenbecher selected 30 JBL AWC129 all-weather loudspeakers with 70V transformers and two Crown DCi 2I1250N amplifiers. To fill in gaps in the concourse, two JBL PD5322/43-H-WRX weather-protected loudspeakers, two JBL AM5215/66-H-WRX weather-protected loudspeakers, powered with four Crown DCi 2I1250N amplifiers.

On the park’s upper deck, Daktronics installed a complete replacement, including 26 JBL PD5322/64 WRX-H-WH weather-protected loudspeakers, 26 JBL AM5215/26-H-WRX weather-protected loudspeakers, 26 AM5215/95-H-WRX weather-protected loudspeakers and 23 JBL AM5215/00-H-WRX weather-protected loudspeakers. Daktronics outfitted the Right Field Budweiser Scoreboard and Budweiser Patio Addition with four JBL PD5322/64-WRX-H-WH weather-protected loudspeakers, five JBL AM5215/26-H-WRX weather-protected loudspeakers, one JBL PD5215/95-WRX-H-WH weather-protected loudspeaker and, for the right outfield rear fill, seven JBL C29AV-WH-1 loudspeakers; the area is powered with a Crown DCi2I1250N 2 Channel amplifier. For the owners’ suites, Daktronics installed 12 JBL C29AV-WH-I weather-protected loudspeakers.

This deployment is also one of the largest to date of HARMAN HiQnet Audio Architect™ audio system design and configuration software, which retains the workflow-centered philosophy first introduced in HiQnet System Architect™ but also incorporates the BSS Audio Soundweb London DSP functionality to combine the power of the open-architecture platform with equally powerful microphones, amplifiers and loudspeakers.

By uniting HiQnet System Architect and Soundweb London, HARMAN believes that HiQnet Audio Architect represents the next stage in the evolution of audio systems design software. Sturzenbecher agrees. “HiQnet Audio Architect lets us combine programs and provide intuitive custom panels on a large touchscreen for the operators,” said Sturzenbecher, who installed the Petco Park deployment. “We have more than 200 HiQnet devices on the network, and the status of all of them can be seen by simply glancing at the software.”

The HARMAN lineup even helped address one of the unique acoustic challenges of Petco Park, which is the “Park at the Park” area just outside the stadium where fans can watch the game with their pets. “The main complaint from people in that area was that the sound was unintelligible,” Sturzenbecher said. “So we replaced about a dozen loudspeakers with two JBL CBT 70J+E column loudspeakers. The coverage throughout the park is great and the vocals are very clear.”

HARMAN designs, manufactures and markets premier audio, visual, infotainment and integrated control solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets. With 15 leading brands, including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon® and Mark Levinson ®, 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 global workforce of 15,200 people and reported sales of $5.1 billion for the last 12 months ended March 31, 2014.

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Severtson Screens Announces Acclaimed Spirit Series In-Ceiling Motorized Projection Screen Now 4K Ready

Mesa, Ariz., July 15, 2014 – Severtson Screens (www.severtsonscreens.com), a global leader in innovative and quality projection screens for the commercial, home theater, and pro AV markets, is pleased to announce that its acclaimed and popular Spirit Series motorized projection screen is now 4K ready and available for immediate shipping.

“The enhanced 4K-ready Spirit Series electric screen is a motorized screen that is designed for use in commercial and residential environments where the screen is needed to disappear when not in use,” explained Toby Severtson, president and CEO of Severtson Corp. “Any installer will tell you that no two installations are alike, no matter if it’s in a home, church, boardroom, school, hospital, or any other setting. The Spirit Series gives the customer and the installer the flexibility of yet another option to ‘hide’ the screen when desired. That’s great news because sometimes it’s just not aesthetically pleasing or functionally practical to always have the screen showing.”

Designed to perform, the Spirit Series triangular-shaped weight bar forms a solid bottom in closed position giving the ceiling a clean appearance with no slot opening. Its high-end motor is mounted inside the roller on special vibration insulators for ultra-silent operation and, in addition, its white durable all-aluminum case meets UL plenum testing standards.

“Another benefit is that its slender, seamless profile makes it easy to install above most ceilings,” Severtson added. “This high-quality screen is flame retardant, mildew resistant, and available in either matte white [1.0 Gain] or matte grey [.8 Gain]. Plus, all the mounting hardware is included. It’s everything the installer needs.”

Versatility is also key for the Spirit Series. Installation options include wall, ceiling, or cable suspended operation. 20-inch black drop for 16:9 models and 14-inch black for 16:10 models are available, as well. Standard sizes include 92-inch – 120-inch (diagonal) HDTV format (16:9 / 1.78:1), and 95-inch – 123-inch (diagonal) Wide PC format (16:10 / 1.6:1). Custom sizes are also available.

And, to complete the package, the Spirit Series also comes with:
• IR eye
• IR eye extension port and extension cable
• Wireless handheld IR remote control
• 12Volt trigger connection by 3.5mm jack
• Trigger cable
• RS232 control port
• Limit switch adjustment tool

Severtson asks that customers contact them directly for individual pricing for their specific needs. To register with Severtson Screens for pricing and other details, please visit http://www.severtsonscreens.com/register.

Approaching its 30th anniversary in 2016, Severtson Corporation continues to be a global leader in innovation and quality. The Severtson family’s extensive experience in manufacturing small home theater screens and large cinema screens has given Severtson Corporation the expertise to meet the needs of the professional and consumer AV markets for both indoor applications as well as large outdoor venues.

With its three Arizona-based production facilities and its state-of-the-art robotic application system, Severtson has massive production capabilities and an unusually wide array of screens. The screens range in size from massive movie theaters, comfortable home theaters, and everything in between.

For more information, please visit www.severtsonscreens.com, call 480-610-5155, or email sales@severtsonscreens.com.

About Severtson Screens
Arizona-based Severtson Screens, which celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2011, is an award-winning global leader in innovative and quality projection screens in the home theater, pro AV, and cinema markets. Its low rejection rate coupled with the high quality of all its products has made Severtson Corporation the industry standard for quality and customer service worldwide.

From its unlikely origins in the family kitchen to today’s three modern production facilities, Severtson Corporation has remained committed to the principles of innovation and uncompromising quality that have made them who they are today.

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Rui Da Silva invests in a Prism Sound Lyra 2 Audio Interface

Rui Da Silva, writer of international number one single Touch Me amongst many other diverse projects, describes himself as a Producer, Engineer, Beatmaker, Remixer, Writer, DJ and Programmer. He can now add Lyra 2 owner to the list as well, having recently bought one of the audio interface units from Prism Sound.

“I first heard about Prism Sound’s Lyra 2 through a magazine article,” he says. “I’ve been a longtime user of the company’s Orpheus audio interface and have also used the Dream AD-2 converter in the past. The Lyra 2 integrates perfectly in my new setup. Studio space is at a premium and while I still use the Orpheus in my studio in Windsor, Lyra 2 is the right fit for my central London studio and for travelling work. It has sufficient inputs and outputs to be able to run most of my sessions and has a small enough footprint for me to just put it in my backpack.”

For Da Silva, this makes Lyra 2 a ubiquitous tool in his kitbag. He not only used the unit to write, record and mix all of the debut album from Lisbon Kid, but also to record Chloe Howl and much of his latest solo productions and remixes.

“In fact, you can hear it on every single release I have put out in this past year,” he says.

The Lyra family of audio interfaces is proving to be an extremely popular one for Prism Sound. Built from a design brief that demanded Prism Sound quality at an even more accessible price point, Lyra has the same no-compromise analogue front and back ends as its bigger brother Orpheus, with the same fully-balanced-throughout architecture and the same isolation barriers protecting the analogue from digital and computer interference. And it achieves all this in a 2.1kg, 2/3 width, 1U 19in rack mountable unit.

“It has also allowed me to not have a mixer in the studio as I use the Lyra Control Panel instead,” comments Da Silva. “And it allows me to give a separate headphone feed to the singers when we are doing vocals. The latency — even if it is not an absolute zero — is very workable for almost every scenario.”

Da Silva adds that Prism Sound support has been brilliant and staff are ‘a pleasure to deal with’. But it’s the Lyra 2′s portability along with that ‘Prism Sound’ that is the real advantage for him.

“I have to make a long trip to Portugal this year to record some new material for Lisbon Kid and, of course, the Lyra 2 will be in the bag with me,” he says.

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About Prism Sound
Founded in 1987, Prism Sound manufacture high-quality professional digital audio equipment for the International broadcast, film, music production, manufacturing and telecommunications sectors. The company’s product range includes the Prism ADA-8XR precision 8-channel converter unit, which is regularly used for music and film soundtrack projects by clients such as EMI Abbey Road, BBC, Sony, Lucasfilm and Walt Disney. Prism Sound also manufactures a range of audio test and measurement products, including the de facto standard DSA-1 handheld digital audio generator/analyser and the dScope Series III audio analyser system.

For more information: www.prismsound.com

Music Students Step Up To CAD Headphones


Understanding the need for professional equipment when learning how to play and record musical instruments and vocals, CAD Audio recently donated a number of MH510 studio headphones to music students in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Aaron O’Keefe, a private music instructor and owner/co-owner of the Loveland, Maineville and Lebanon music academies, describes how his students got involved with CAD.

“Carmen Mark ‘Squiggy’ DiGiacomo of the MAD Consulting Group contacted us about the manufacturer’s tent at the Rock On The Range Festival in Columbus where music product and audio manufacturers demonstrate their products. CAD Audio was one of those companies and they were good enough to donate a number of their professional headphones to our music school programs.”

Aaron’s students typically range from age six to 16 and he personally teaches piano, guitar, voice, drums, bass, double bass, vibraphone, mandolin and ukulele, to name a few. “We’ll usually take a song like ‘Heart Shaped Box’ by Nirvana or ‘Sober’ by Tool,” he explains. “I’ll teach the song individually to my drum, guitar, bass player and voice students, we’ll put them together in a band, rehearse the song, then actually record and videotape the final performance.

“These CAD headphones are going to be used in countless studio recordings, Aaron continues, “because too often, the kids have cheap, walkman-style phones that don’t do the job. The Sessions MH510s are perfect for the studio because they have a closed-back design and there isn’t any bleed through into the microphones, which is really important. Plus the audio quality is exceptional. We’re using them extensively for tracking and overdubs, which is great because they’ll eventually appear in our videos. They’re the best headphones we’ve ever used.”

Knowing that his students’ version of Tool’s “46 and 2” bit.ly/1rbMKFv on YouTube has had well over six million, four hundred thousand views to this point, appearing in their videos has added significance for supporting manufacturers such as Zildjian, Jackson, ESP, Dunlop, Kramer and CAD Audio.

Describing the adventure of taking young music students to a night out at Rock on the Range, Aaron concludes, “Guns ‘N’ Roses was headlining and the kids got to meet members of Killswitch Engage, Asking Alexandria and Matt Pinfield of MTV.

“Taking eight kids to a Metal show was a little stressful because I had a nine, ten and a few fifteen year olds and I didn’t have any other chaperones which was crazy. But it worked out fine, the kids got equipment, met their heroes and the nine year old, Eva, called it ‘the best trip ever.’”

For more information about CAD Audio, please call 800.762.9266 or visit www.cadaudio.com.

Visual Unity Confirms its Worldwide Ambitions at IBC 2014

Leading OTT solutions provider Visual Unity will use the IBC 2014 platform (14.F34) to unveil the latest versions of its Award-winning vuMedia™ multiscreen platform and vuEasy™ Online Video Platform.

One of the most important changes will be the introduction of a raft of new languages to vuEasy™’s administrator user interface, including Chinese, Arabic, Spanish and Russian. This significant upgrade broadens vuEasy™’s international appeal and reinforces Visual Unity’s plans to expand sales into new geographic territories.

“Having recently secured an investment of 7.2 million US$ (5.2 million Euros) from 3TS Capital Partners, we are now able to support the growth of an international customer base for both vuMedia™ and vuEasy™,” says Visual Unity’s CEO Tomas Petru. “Our goal is to be the leading provider of OTT and multiscreen solutions and 3TS’s investment is already helping us to achieve this ambition by enabling us focus on product development and reach previously untapped markets.”

Introduced in 2011 and the winner of the 2012 ConnectedWorld.TV Award for the Best Use of Online Video by a Non-Broadcaster, Visual Unity’s flagship vuMedia™ is an end-to-end OTT platform that allows broadcasters and content owners to control how their brand and assets are managed, delivered and monetized in the multiscreen environment. Highly scalable and flexible, vuMedia™ delivers a cutting-edge live viewing experience on the web or any mobile or connected device. vuMedia™ also enables comprehensive Video on Demand services, social network integration and secures the distribution of content – all of which can be deployed into existing workflows and business processes.

In recent months, Visual Unity has upgraded vuMedia™ so that it now features an improved modular architecture and enhanced API integration for faster OTT integration into existing infrastructures. There is also support for Live Time-Shifting so that subscribers can rewind while watching live broadcasts. This user experience is enhanced with the inclusion of a Timeline Thumbnail Preview (vuMedia™ TTP), which makes it faster and easier for consumers to navigate within streamed content.

vuMedia™ is now fully integrated with Visual Unity’s vuEasy™Cloud-based service that allows Enterprise and Media companies to manage and monetize their audio, video and image libraries. vuEasy™ supports live streaming of up to 4K video and allows graphics and other audio and visual material to be associated with video or audio files, for brand promotion or to generate advertising revenue. Quick and easy to use, vuEasy™ alleviates the need for businesses to build an expensive, in-house and resource-intensive media library, by allowing them to publish their content online.

At IBC 2014, Visual Unity will show a new, white label version of vuEasy™ that gives partners the opportunity to sell the product under their own brand by changing the colours and logos on the user interface. Also new is Multi-level account administration, which allows Visual Unity customers to collaborate on OTT projects, share resources or limit access to specific parts of vuEasy™ to dedicated groups. It also allows vuEasy™ to support different re-seller and seller models and relationships.

Alongside support of live streams that can easily be added into an OTT trough, vuEasy™ also allows customers to record their own live events, include them in their content management systems and automatically published them on VoD portals.

Since first launching its vuMedia platform, Visual Unity has supported video delivery to iOS and Android devices. At IBC 2014, the comany will show a new, native application for iOS devices that enables delivery of VoDs that are DRM protected. This upgrade, which supports Widevine DRM in iOS applications, will give end users and even better experience.

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About Visual Unity

Visual Unity is a global provider of video and digital media solutions, enabling our clients to deliver premium quality video content. Our clients can measure, analyze and optimize their libraries over time and achieve optimal business success. Our platform capabilities inspire our clients to deploy their assets across multiple devices, screens, and media formats. Visual Unity helps clients manage, deliver and monetize their digital content.

Visual Unity is a Multiscreen Solution Provider, bridging the gap between linear broadcast, IT and IPTV to help clients reach and engage audiences on any screen. Since 1991, the team has been designing and delivering turnkey broadcast and complex multiscreen solutions worldwide – from HD outside Broadcast (OB) vehicles and major playout facilities to live internet streaming and Video on Demand services. Visual Unity’s award-winning vuMediaTM platform helps broadcasters and content owners control how their brand and assets are managed and monetized in the multiscreen environment. vuMediaTM is a highly scalable and a modular architecture, delivering a cutting-edge live viewing experience on the web or any mobile or connected device – all of which can be deployed into existing workflows and business processes.

Visual Unity is based in Prague, London, Cologne, Moscow, Bratislava, Belgrade, Nairobi and Dubai. For further information, please visit www.visualunity.com

Catalyst AV Distribution Network Inks Nationwide Deal to Sell APC by Schneider Electric Power Products

Each of the 11 Catalyst AV network distributors is now selling APC by Schneider Electric’s full suite of surge protectors, power conditioners and battery backup solutions

Burlington, MA – July 15, 2014 – Catalyst AV, a distribution network that serves over 15,000 integrators in the US, announced that its 11-member companies totaling 15-regional locations have entered into an agreement to distribute APC by Schneider Electric’s full suite of surge protectors, power conditioners and battery backup solutions.

”With multiple power and protection solutions for home A/V, commercial and industrial businesses, APC by Schneider Electric has been a perfect fit for us,” says Jason Potter, General Manager of Easy Access Distribution, the New England chapter of the Catalyst AV network. “APC by Schneider Electric has always been the leader in networked power conditioners and battery backups that can be managed remotely from offsite locations; this capability will help reduce the amount of costly service calls. Their new product introductions are exciting and profitable for our customers.”

“As the convergence of AV and IT equipment continues, the home network becomes a critical element in assuring the availability, reliability and success of AV/IT installations,” comments Shannon Sbar, ‎Vice President of Channels, North America, APC by Schneider Electric. “By working with Catalyst AV, APC by Schneider Electric is able to introduce our home and business networking protection solutions to a vast and established network of 15,000 custom integration specialists. Together we are able to further our commitment to providing customers with the end to end solutions they need.”

Catalyst AV is comprised of 11 privately-owned distribution companies:
-Allnet Distributing (www.allnetdistributing.com) (Midwest)
-Audio Video Warehouse (www.av-warehouse.com) (Nevada, Arizona)
-Custom Partners (www.custompartners.com) (Metro-NY)
-CustomPlus Distributing (www.customplusdistributing.com) (No. CA/ Pacific NW/ AK)
-Easy Access Distribution (www.easyaccessdistribution.com) (Northeast)
-Electronic Lane Distributors (www.electroniclane.com) (Southwest)
-Electronics Source (www.electronics-source.com) (Florida and Southeast)
-HCA Distributing (www.hcadist.com) (Rocky Mountains)
-Pioneer Music Company (www.pmcav.co) (Plains States)
-SPD (www.soundproductdistributing.com) (Upstate NY)
-Tech Source Distributors (www.techsourcedist.com) (Mid-Atlantic)

About Catalyst AV
Founded in 2012, Catalyst AV is a network of 11-independent consumer electronics distributors serving the residential and professional AV channels in the U.S. Catalyst AV grants manufacturers a consistent and cohesive nationwide distribution model to more than 15,000 professional integration specialists. Catalyst AV benefits integrators by delivering all the products and support necessary to execute the demands of job specifications with confidence. The Catalyst AV Board of Directors consists of Mike Hench (Electronics Source); Steve Presti (Easy Access Distribution) and Wally Whinna (Allnet Distributing). www.catalystav.com

About Schneider Electric
As a global specialist in energy management with operations in more than 100 countries, Schneider Electric offers integrated solutions across multiple market segments, including leadership positions in Utilities & Infrastructure, Industries & Machines Manufacturers, Non-residential Buildings, Data Centers & Networks and in Residential. Focused on making energy safe, reliable, efficient, productive and green, the company’s 150,000 plus employees achieved sales of 31 billion US dollars in 2013, through an active commitment to help individuals and organizations make the most of their energy. www.schneider-electric.com/us

WorldStage Marks Tenth Year Supporting High-Profile Milken Institute Global Conference

WorldStage marked its tenth year providing the Milken Institute Global Conference with audio, video and lighting support as more than 3,500 movers and shakers challenged each other to find solutions and implement change for topics ranging from income inequality to a wide array of environmental issues.

The 17th annual Milken Institute Global Conference brought executives, billionaires, philanthropists, scientists and celebrities to the Beverly Hilton Hotel for a gathering that has come to rival the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. More than 160 panels were grouped into 11 topic tracks; guest speaker included California Governor Jerry Brown, former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair, Dreamworks Animation CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg, and civil rights activist Jesse Jackson.

Every year the conference has grown, become more complex and challenged the capabilities of all the support vendors and 2014 was no different. “The technology support for this conference has grown significantly over the past ten years,” says WorldStage Vice-president Richard Bevan. “Compared to what it was a decade ago, it’s almost a different show. The Milken Institute demands the best and wants everything to be first class. To deliver on that we push the envelope everywhere on site – not just in the main rooms but in the smaller venues as well. In fact the systems complement in the smaller rooms and the people we have operating would be appropriate for a general session room. It takes a lot of gear, preparation and resources to make that happen.”

As a testament to that, more than 130 WorldStage technicians were on site to ensure the success of the event during its four-day run, and a total of 33 HD cameras were supplied.

“The number of moving parts swirling around this conference is always a challenge,” Bevan continued. “With fourteen event spaces and more than 600 presenters requiring support in a very tight schedule, we plan everything down to the last minute. That includes the process of recording hundreds of sessions in HD and then transferring and distributing it. In some ways, that’s the biggest challenge. We work hand in glove with Producer Josh Lesser and his Vision Matrix team, who were responsible for collecting the media and getting it transferred to large RAID drives for webcast.”

To keep the tight schedule on track, the conference relies on a centralized IT structure provided by Vision Matrix that collects and distributes all the speaker support presentations directly from the speaker ready-room. “Typically, there was a moderator with a PowerPoint presentation and a panel discussion. All of the PowerPoint decks were collected in the speaker-ready room, and their content was pushed out to their respective rooms by the Vision Matrix IT team,” he explains.

Along with the video support, WorldStage also furnished extensive audio and lighting facilities that included a large complement of audio speakers, wired and wireless mics, digital audio consoles and intercom systems, as well as a package of conventional and LED lighting for 11 rooms. Additional lighting was provided for music and comedy performances by Babyface, David Foster and Chris Tucker in the Beverly Hills Room.

“The logistics of the Milken Global Conference are pretty staggering, but after 10 years we’ve definitely found our rhythm!” says Bevan.

Lawrence Lesser, senior vice president of The Milken Foundation’s Creative Services department, was the executive producer of all of the events. Josh Lesser from Vision Matrix was the overall producer of the events with his team supporting various functions like reader boards etc…

At WorldStage Sean Glenn, Gary Kajikawa, Lonnie Hamilton, Dave Morris and Tom Mathis were the project managers; James Sarro equipment manager; Nicole Walter labor coordinator; Robin Gray lighting designer; and Heidi McGuire director in the Stardust Room.

WorldStage Inc., the company created by the merger of Scharff Weisberg Inc and Video Applications Inc, continues a thirty-year legacy of providing clients the widest variety of entertainment technology coupled with conscientious and imaginative engineering services. WorldStage provides audio, video and lighting equipment and services to the event, theatrical, broadcast and brand experience markets nationally and internationally.

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StrandVision Digital Signage Offers Schools Innovative Ways to Reach Students and the Community

A white paper explains how schools can meld cable TV networks with today’s technologies…

MENOMONIE, Wis. – July 15, 2014 – StrandVision Digital Signage today announced innovative ways for schools to revitalize existing cable television infrastructures or install a new digital signage network to deliver electronic signage content to classrooms, cafeterias and other school locations, as well as over Internet, Wi-Fi and other distribution networks.

Outlined in a paper entitled “Put Your Old Cable TV Network to Work Delivering 21st Century Digital Signage Communications” Mike Strand, StrandVision founder & CEO, discusses how to extend digital signage over the Web to students’ and parents’ home and work computers, mobile devices and other alternative distribution options.

The paper reviews how some schools utilize their electronic signage and further describes how digital signage networks with DVD playback capabilities can be used to showcase student projects and productions, and replay sporting and social events. It also outlines how to further engage students using embedded Quick Response (QR) codes to offer trivia contests and other interactive activities for their mobile phones.

“Every day, digital signage becomes more and more of an integrated tool that can add to a school’s communications mix to students, faculty and parents,” commented Strand. “We offer digital signage solutions that make it easy to enhance communications using many mediums, which encourage administrators to explore the boundaries of communications and to think about how students, faculty, parents and the community-at-large like to get their information. Then they can construct an effective delivery system that reaches everyone with up-to-the-minute communications.”

About StrandVision

StrandVision LLC, based in Menomonie, Wis., delivers low-cost, cloud-based digital signage software content to subscribers’ digital media player displays, as well as computer screens, websites and mobile devices. StrandVision’s patented approach distributes customer-created text, graphics, videos and RSS/social media feeds along with pre-packaged worldwide, national and local weather and news. It is ideal for many business marketing applications for waiting rooms (patient and customer information); banks and retailers (video merchandising); education (student, staff and visitor information); business and industry (employee communication and operational/performance information); as well as nonprofit and religious organizations (member and supporter communication).

StrandVision also offers digital signage support hardware including PC-2-TV.net, a fully digital, high-definition (HD) video extender for long distance multi-screen distribution, Linux digital media players to ease and optimize electronic signage network installation and several large-format displays including freestanding pedestal displays. StrandVision Digital Signage services, installation and equipment are available directly from StrandVision and through registered affiliates and system integrators. Additional information about StrandVision Digital Signage is available at StrandVision.com, 715-235-7446 or by email.

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EDITORS – for further information:

Mike Strand
StrandVision
715-235-7446 X100
mjstrand@strandvision.com

Greg Soucy
Soucy Communications Group
603-682-7162
gsoucy@scg-pr.com

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