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Press Releases For : February 5, 2015

Recorded at St. Louis Symphony on a HARMAN Studer Vista 5 Console, John Adams’ City Noir Earns GRAMMY® Nomination for Best Engineered Album, Classical

Studer_StLouisSymphonyST. LOUIS, Missouri – St. Louis Symphony’s recent investment in a HARMAN Studer Vista 5 digital console has paid immediate dividends in many ways, the most recent being the nomination of a 2015 GRAMMY® Award for classical artist John Adams’ album, City Noir. Nominated for Best Engineered Album, Classical, as well as a nomination for Best Orchestral Performance, City Noir was recorded at the St. Louis Symphony, engineered by Richard King and released on Nonesuch Records.

Described by John Adams as “jazz-inflected symphonic music”, City Noir is a 35-minute, 3-movement work featuring solos for alto saxophone, trumpet, trombone, horn, viola and double bass. The GRAMMY-nominated City Noir album was recorded over two performances in February 2013 and was released through Nonesuch Records in May 2013.

Since acquiring the Vista 5, the St. Louis Symphony has used the console to record all of its Saturday performances in 96k, including John Adams’ symphonic works, along with live radio broadcasts on Saturday nights via St. Louis Public Radio 90.7-KWMU. The Vista 5 is the heart of the Saturday broadcasts and recording, taking multiple streams and splitting the mixes to a multi-track, 2-track hi-res feed and then also to the mix for radio.

Paul Hennerich, lead engineer for the St. Louis Symphony and owner of the Pan-Galactic Company, found the Vista 5 to be the most versatile and efficient console for the Symphony’s needs. “For our recordings with Nonesuch, the Vista 5 was one of the few consoles that had the ability to do high-resolution recordings that we needed to track,” Hennerich said last October. “And, of course, the sound quality is phenomenal, so the console hit all the requirements we had.”

In addition, the Vista 5’s EQ capabilities also sold the St. Louis Symphony on the console. “With classical music, you need a phase-accurate EQ to really bring out the subtleties of the orchestral performances,” Hennerich noted. “We also have the Vista FX feature with the built-in Lexicon effects. Having the ability to adjust multiple reverb sends at the same time makes the workflow that much faster. Also, being able to have two engineers work on their own control surface has been a nice feature.”

For more information on the St. Louis Symphony, please visit www.stlsymphony.org

For more information on the Pan Galactic Company, please visit www.pangalacticrecording.com

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 17,600 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $5.9 billion during the last 12 months ended December 31, 2014.

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Kramer to Showcase Innovative Live Event Solution at ISE 2015

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VP-772 8-input 4K Dual Scaler offers seamless switching and special effect transitions

Kramer Electronics announced today the release of the VP-772 8-input 4K Dual Scaler with seamless video switching and special effect transitions. The company will be showcasing VP-772 at ISE 2015 (Stand 1.F20) in Amsterdam as a part of Kramer’s pro AV solutions for live events.

With Kramer’s state-of-the-art scaling technology, the VP-772 is designed for projection and display systems at live events, churches, auditoriums, conference rooms, boardrooms, hotels, and production studios.

VP-772 scales and processes video and audio inputs and outputs to independent preview and program DVI-I outputs (VGA, DVI-D and HDMI) and two balanced stereo audio outputs. The dual scaler also features DVI-U inputs (with analog, DVI and HDMI support) and stereo-balanced audio signals. The preview output, featuring an on-screen display menu, lets you view how the program output will look on the live display.

VP-772 includes 4K support on the outputs for the latest devices and displays with native resolutions beyond 1080p60. VP-772 also includes Breakaway or audio-follow-video functionality.

About Kramer Electronics:

Since 1981, Kramer Electronics has been a leading player and pioneer in the Pro AV industry. With 26 global offices, supporting and distributing its products in over 100 countries across six continents, Kramer offers an extensive and innovative Pro AV solutions portfolio for Corporate, Education, Houses of Worship, Government, Live Events, Healthcare, and more.

For over three decades, Kramer has built its reputation on strong personal relationships with its customers and providing the highest level of service and support in the industry.

Kramer has won numerous awards, including the 2013 Pioneer of AV Award at InfoComm in honor of its Founder, President & Chairman, Dr. Joseph Kramer. Kramer’s award winning analog and IP-driven solutions for collaboration, streaming and control are at the forefront of an ever-evolving Pro AV industry. Kramer’s consistent sales growth and expansion into new markets is a testament to the company’s commitment to R&D and reliance on customer feedback.

For more information, visit us at: www.kramerAV.com

d3 Technologies’ Media Servers Turn in Winning Performance on “People’s Choice Awards” Live Telecast

IMG_2540The glittering “41st People’s Choice Awards,” honoring the best in pop culture for 2014, helped kick off awards season with a live broadcast from the Nokia Theatre, Los Angeles. PRG/Nocturne, Burbank, supplied Laura Frank of Luminous FX with six media servers from d3 Technologies to control and manage the motion graphics-based scenic media content, created by Syndrome Studios, LA, on an array of on-stage screens.

An elegant, sophisticated set designed by Steve Bass combined curved and linear elements. Five flown, curving LED screens formed an elevated backdrop with a three-part hero screen at center flanked by house screens. Four sliding towers, with a vertical openwork structure, moved to various positions on the stage. Each featured five plasma screens hung in portrait mode and offset from each other.

This year marked Frank’s fourth year working on the show; she was brought on board by lighting designer Allen Branton, with whom she has worked on numerous television projects.

For the “People’s Choice Awards,” a dedicated d3 master managed four slaves; a fifth d3 media server was on hand as an understudy. “The master drove the content and told the slaves what to output,” explains media server technician Cory Froke, who was also project manager for PRG/Nocturne, Burbank. “d3 was very flexible in handling the different mapping configurations and different looks. d3 enables you to put content anywhere very easily.”

Laura Frank had been following the development of d3 media servers “for years” but hadn’t used them since she required a very specific functionality to match her approach to shows. “Although all my live shows are planned as linear events I tend to not know what is going to happen until they’re on the air,” she says. “So I need an environment that will allow me to think non-linearly: A timeline is a liability to me. I need to be prepared to navigate the roller-coaster ride that is live, on-air television.”

That’s where d3′s introduction of SockPuppet DMX in r.11.2 proved a game changer for Frank. SockPuppet enables those who want to tap all d3′s mapping, playback and projection features to do so while using their preferred control surface, including most lighting consoles.

“I tried SockPuppet last summer for Univision’s ‘Premios Juventud’ awards show and have basically moved all my shows to d3,” says Frank. “My workhorse control surface is a grandMA console. My pre-production workflow is 3D-dependent, so it feels natural to be in a playback environment that uses the same logic. However, I am very tied to using the grandMA to control a server, so I waited for SockPuppet before I could utilize d3 on my shows.”

When working on live broadcasts, “rehearsals are rushed and often details can be missed,” she notes. “Having SockPuppet frees me from the linearity of the d3 Timeline, so I can make on-the-fly choices about where content appears on the stage as I see it happen.”

For the “People’s Choice Awards” Frank provided the delivery spec, including a templated delivery workflow for Adobe After Effects and MAXON CINEMA 4D. She also worked with Sweetwater, which supplied the screens, on the video engineering specs for all the signal paths going to the stage screens’ system.

According to Frank, “it’s unique to d3 that a screen output is a variable. That allows me to be more flexible in the way I program. In a single layer I can select an image and bounce it through the output screens to decide where I want it to go. That worked very nicely for ‘People’s Choice.’”

Froke recalls when, the day after the load-in, two projectors were added for Iggy Azalea’s performance. “We weren’t planning on that, but d3 enabled us to adapt two projectors into the rig and switch feeds for the performance.”

Frank praises d3′s ability to deliver Ultra HD-format files, which gives her “flexibility when working with content providers.” For example, Syndrome delivered the scenic content for the “People’s Choice Awards” in the Hap video codec, “which works really great for broadcast .”

The show was the first time she used timecode as a sync source with SockPuppet, she adds. “It worked flawlessly.”

Froke is an enthusiastic as Frank about SockPuppet’s potential. “It’s incredibly powerful – it fits right into the workflow and gives me a whole new toolset not found on other servers. D3 Technologies figured out what programmers wanted from the software before they released it, and they really nailed it.”

Frank feels that each application of SockPuppet furthers her understanding of the software’s capabilities. “d3 and the coding team have been incredibly responsive to my requirements about the way SockPuppet behaves and how to improve its performance,” she says. “I feel that we’re real partners in this.”

Felix Peralta, Kevin Lawson and Darren Langer were the lighting directors for the show. Kristen Merlino was the art director, Tony Pieterzak the technical director and Lizz Zanin the screens’ AD.

About d3

d3 is the world’s first fully integrated visual production system for video professionals, combining a real-time 3D stage visualizer, timeline, video playback engine and projection mapping tools into one product. d3′s unique integrated workflow assists the designer at all stages of the project, from pitch through development to final delivery. For more information contact Judith Hornman at d3 Technologies: +44 207 234 9840 / judith.hornman@d3technologies.com

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Press Releases For : February 4, 2015

NUGEN Audio Announces Major New Release of Loudness Toolkit, Including Upgrades to VisLM, LM-Correct, and ISL

Company’s Industry-Leading NLE/DAW Editor-Based Loudness Solution Will Feature Powerful New Workflow Enhancements and a New DynApt(TM) Dynamic Adaptation Extension for LM-Correct

LEEDS, U.K. — Feb. 4, 2015 — Following extensive development and consultation with the post-production community, NUGEN Audio today announced Loudness Toolkit 2. Available in April 2015, this will be a significant upgrade for the company’s loudness measurement and correction suite. The Loudness Toolkit 2, which will include the VisLM-H meter, LM-Correct quick-fix tool, and ISL true peak limiter, will feature upgrades that make it an even more powerful workflow companion for NLE and DAW users. Within the Loudness Toolkit 2, NUGEN Audio is also making its industry-leading DynApt(TM) dynamic adaptation technology available as a time-saving extension for LM-Correct, enabling streamlined LRA targeting.

“NUGEN Audio’s Loudness Toolkit has been widely accepted as a standard for workstation-based loudness metering and correction throughout the film and television industry. With this latest release, we’ll provide new and radical time-saving workflow enhancements and broader industry standard compliance,” said Jon Schorah, founder and creative director, NUGEN Audio. “Also, the new DynApt extension for LM Correct will bring the huge time-saving benefit of automated dialog clarity preservation to every seat and will make it easier than ever before to repurpose audio dynamics for a specific playout LRA target, such as TV, radio, Internet streaming, or podcast.”

Loudness Toolkit 2 includes the following enhancements to the VisLM-H visual loudness meter:

* A Timecode and Loudness Profile Memory Function that tracks and retains the timecode and loudness profile so that the overall loudness measurement can be updated automatically at any time. This profile can be saved with the session, and re-measuring and rebooting delays are eliminated.
* An all-new Program Loudness Over-dub Mode for enhanced workflow efficiency, which memorizes the program loudness profile so that only changes need to be measured. The changes are then integrated automatically and intelligently with the memorized loudness profile to provide accurate program loudness readings on the fly.
* New zoomable and scrollable history and log file capabilities that allow detailed inspection of the entire file history using customizable parameters. A text file summary can also be created.
* A fully resizable and configurable interface that is now completely adjustable to show exactly what is required with unsurpassed clarity, maximizing precious screen real-estate.

In addition, the Loudness Toolkit 2 includes the following enhancements to the ISL Inter Sample Limiter:

* New Intelligent Dynamic Release Mode to enhance algorithm transparency by automatically adjusting to program content in real time.
* User interface workflow and display enhancements, including waveform visualization and innovative new readouts that indicate surround ducking and steering. The UI also now includes horizontal compact view and vertical view modes.
* Advanced Variable Center Channel link settings including new controls to tame steering and ducking and prevent the center channel from driving side channel behavior unpredictably.

In the Loudness Toolkit 2, NUGEN Audio’s LM-Correct loudness measurement and correction tool includes the following upgrades:

* Single-click analysis and correction to uniquely accelerate workflow for every seat, executing loudness analysis and correction at up to 100 times real time.
* Enhanced processing criteria to meet increasingly complex target requirements for today’s ever-changing loudness landscape.
* Combined program and short-term or momentary loudness correction that enables simple compliance with new regulations, including the recent supplement for short-form content creations (EBU R128 S1).
* A new LRA targeting option to automatically adjust audio to meet specific LRA targets.

With the release of the Loudness Toolkit 2, NUGEN Audio’s market-leading DynApt dynamics adaptation technology will be included as a new extension for LM Correct. Previously only available in the company’s LMB Processor for server-side batch file processing, the new DynApt extension places NUGEN Audio’s proprietary, highly efficient, and reliable time-saving method of advanced LRA targeting at the fingertips of every editor.

The NUGEN Audio Loudness Toolkit 2, including upgraded versions of VisLM-H, ISL, and LM-Correct, will be available in April 2015. Pricing will be announced at a later date. Clients who have purchased the current version of the Loudness Toolkit, VisLM, ISL, or LM-Correct after Jan. 1, 2015, will receive complimentary upgrades to the new versions. In addition, special pricing will be offered to all current Loudness Toolkit owners upon the release of the Loudness Toolkit 2.

Supported plug-in formats for VisLM-H and ISL include AAX, RTAS, VST2, VST3, and AU. VisLM-H and LM-Correct are also available as stand-alone products and as Avid Audio suite plug-ins.

More information about NUGEN Audio products is available at www.nugenaudio.com.

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About NUGEN Audio
NUGEN Audio provides the broadcast and post-production industry’s most advanced solutions for end-to-end loudness management, metering, and correction from content acquisition through to playout. Reflecting the real-world production experience of the NUGEN Audio design team, the company’s products make it easier to deliver high-quality, compliant audio while saving time, reducing costs, and preserving the creative process. NUGEN Audio’s tools for audio analysis, loudness metering, mixing/mastering, and tracking are used by the world’s top names in broadcast, post-production, and music production. For more information, visit www.nugenaudio.com.

All trademarks appearing herein are the property of their respective owners.

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Video Clarity 2015 NAB Show Product Preview

New at the 2015 NAB Show:
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ClearView Shuttle 4K
For the first time at the NAB Show, Video Clarity will demonstrate its ClearView Shuttle 4K, a new system that adds another 4K-capable solution to the company’s ClearView video quality analyzer line. Originally designed as a portable, entry-level solution for HD video quality-of-service testing, ClearView Shuttle now includes record and playback capabilities for testing 4K video with audio. With the ability to record, play back, and compare sequences of uncompressed 4K video, ClearView Shuttle is ideal for device manufacturers and media operators that need to test new encoding technologies and existing processing devices already installed in their operations.

To maintain video and audio quality as compression standards change, everyone along the broadcast chain needs to measure continually the performance of the compression engines on which their day-to-day operations depend. And now, as more and more devices with 4K capabilities are built and deployed, device manufacturers as well as operators require quality testing with the ability to record at native 4K resolutions in addition to HD and SD formats. ClearView Shuttle 4K is an evolutionary step that provides 4K I/O device and signal path testing at a lower price point with repeatable, objective quality measurements that closely resemble subjective results.

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RTM With Real-Time HEVC Testing
Making its NAB Show debut will be Video Clarity’s RTM real-time audio and video monitoring solution for performing real-time quality measurement and monitoring of new HEVC codecs and services. The new HEVC testing feature, now available via update on most RTM solutions, will be important for broadcasters and content delivery networks that must compare codecs and test their performance to determine which ones offer the best A/V quality. The feature also applies to transcoder and statistical multiplexer product testing throughout firmware version development for manufacturers and live-channel performance testing to check new encoder deployment and bit-rate performance over a given transmission path for TV networks and service providers.

RTM with HEVC testing provides full-reference, uncompressed DMOS measurement using any MPEG source stream or baseband input, and can decode and align encode/transcode HEVC video streams with source input for long-duration quality measurement and logging functions. RTM automatically records a sequence when video and audio quality drop below preset thresholds.

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ClearView Player 4K Portable
NAB Show attendees will be the first to see Video Clarity’s ClearView Player 4K Portable, the company’s latest product that helps manufacturers play back uncompressed video to show performance with new encoding technologies. The new portable system builds on the ClearView Player 4K, a player/recorder system for uncompressed Quad/4K, HD, and SD video with embedded audio and 4K HDMI output. This new small, lightweight appliance comes with multiple file format decoding and IP stream decoding for recording uncompressed video and 2 TB of storage — all in a shoe-box-sized hand-held hard case. Broadcast encoder manufacturers can use ClearView Player 4K Portable to prepare and play back sample clips when evaluating picture quality for prospective customers.

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Photo Caption: ClearView Player 4K Portable

Company Quote:

“ClearView Shuttle 4K makes it easy and cost-effective to analyze compression performance with 4K formats. We look forward to showing NAB visitors how Video Clarity leads the industry in bringing new 4K testing features to market.”
– Blake Homan, President and Founder of Video Clarity

Company Overview

Video Clarity Inc. provides audio and video quality assessment and analysis systems for researchers, broadcasters, equipment vendors, and entertainment distribution engineers that must continually measure the quality of their products and services. Propelled by market-leading technology, Video Clarity solutions have been adopted the world over by major media networks such as NBC Universal and BSkyB; leading broadcast-product manufacturers such as Cisco and Harmonic; and educational, government, and research organizations such as the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, the U.S. Army, and NASA. Video Clarity was founded in 2003, with headquarters in Campbell, California, and distribution worldwide. Additional information is available at www.videoclarity.com.

NETIA Names Jérémie Mekaelian Head of International Sales

CLARET, France — Feb. 3, 2015 — NETIA today announced the appointment of Jérémie Mekaelian as the company’s head of sales. In this new position, Mekaelian will supervise NETIA’s worldwide sales force and lead continued development and implementation of sales and presales programs.

“Jérémie comes to this position with a wealth of experience surrounding the sales and marketing of technology for the audiovisual industries,” said Thierry Gandilhon, managing director of NETIA. “He is passionate about technology, and his enthusiasm and expertise in virtually all aspects of technology sales make him a wonderful addition to the company.”

Mekaelian has more than 10 years of experience in the IT, telco, and media industry, and his expertise includes audio, speech, and video coding; technologies for collaborative solutions; network engineering and optimization; and intellectual property protection and enhancement. He has held key roles with several French government-owned companies, including the position of business developer for France Telecom’s R&D division. There he helped to rebrand the division as Orange Labs, a globally renowned research and development center with an influential presence in standardization bodies.

Mekaelian was a 1999 graduate of the ENSI Caen and holds a master’s degree in materials science and subsequently became a specialized master at the prestigious ESCP Europe business school, where he spent five years teaching key-account management.

“I am thrilled to be part of NETIA,” Mekaelian said. “I look forward to helping the company leverage its valuable client portfolio even more effectively and to working with the company’s international sales team to extend worldwide deployment of the powerful NETIA product range.”

More information about NETIA and its product portfolio is available at www.netia.com.

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About NETIA
NETIA, a Globecast company and part of Orange, is a leading provider of software solutions that enable efficient management and delivery of audiovisual content to today’s full array of media platforms. Relied on by more than 15,000 users in 200 installations in more than 40 countries, NETIA solutions allow content producers and owners to manage content from ingest to delivery, targeting multiplatform outlets including the Internet, VOD, IPTV services, and mobile devices.

NETIA provides radio automation, media asset, and workflow management solutions to major radio and television brands and to multimedia groups around the world. Clients include The Associated Press, ABC News Radio Network, WestwoodOne, Radio Globo in Brazil, RTM in Malaysia, SBS and ABC in Australia, MediaCorp Singapore, RAI Italy, RTL France, Radio France, RTBF in Belgium, and France Televisions. NETIA has its headquarters in France, with offices in the United States, Paris, Rome, Moscow, and Singapore, in addition to a global network of professional distribution partners.

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Hybrid Studios Opens Doors During NAMM

Hundreds of industry pros turn out for open house, session demos, gear giveaways and networking at OC’s premier AV facility

Santa Ana, CA – Hybrid Studios, Orange County’s premier recording studio and sound stage, opened their doors for a special event during this year’s NAMM Show in late January. Dubbed the “Hybrid Happy Hour” and sponsored by industry heavy-weights Mercury Recording Equipment, Audio-Technica, Focal Professional, Ratsnest Solutions and The Blackbird Academy, upwards of 200 guests were treated to food, beverages, recording session demonstrations, gear giveaways, and industry networking.

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“It was great to see old friends and welcome new ones to Hybrid Studios,” said Hybrid co-owner Billy Klein. “We wanted to create an opportunity for everyone at NAMM to see the studio, be in our world-class control room, and experience our sound stage up close and personal. We feel the party was a complete success.”

Among attendees were industry notables Hanson Hsu, Warren Huart, Ronnie King, John Nettlesbey, Fabrice Gabriel, Bruce Millet, Dave Malekpour, Sam Martin, Ari Judah and more.

“We’ve only been open for a year but the night’s high-quality attendance shows that Hybrid is the go-to choice for producers, engineers and artists who don’t want to deal with the hassle of Hollywood, yet be close to L.A.,” adds co-owner Patrick Akhamlich.

One of the highlights was a vocal recording session featuring Grammy-winning producer/engineer Philip Allen, who has worked with Adele, Areosmith, Miley Cyrus, and Pink among others. Guests packed Hybrid’s spacious control room to get an up-close look at Allen and recording artist Michael Patrick Vitale, tracking vocals and sharing valuable techniques using Mercury’s M72s Studio Microphone Amplifier, EQP1 & EQH1 Studio Program Equalizer, and Mercury 66 Studio Limiting Amplifier.

A second demonstration followed featuring recording/mastering engineer John Schimpf, (Sheila E., Jonathan Butler, Liz Story, and more) who engineered an acoustic guitar session with Vitale. Schimpf demonstrated his use of Mercury’s G810 Rack System I, G8 Sum-It Summing Mixer, M76m Microphone Amplifiers, Grand PreQ15s and much more.

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Generous prizes were raffled of during the evening, including an Audio-Technica AT4040 microphone, a pair of Focal Spirit professional headphones, and more. Recording engineer Kyle Griffin won the grand prize of a Mercury Recording Equipment G8 “Sum-It” Summing Mixer.

Audio gear demonstrations were provided by industry sponsors Ratsnest Solutions, and the Blackbird Academy.

Being just minutes from The NAMM Show, Hybrid Studios is aiming to make this an annual event. “There is a ton of great gear on the show floor,” said Klein. “By bringing it into the studio, we offer the opportunity to hear it in a more controlled environment, and have a great time!”

For complete event photo album, visit Hybrid Studios Facebook page here.

For more information about Hybrid Studios, visit www.HybridStudiosCA.com.

About Hybrid Studios
Hybrid Studios is fully integrated multimedia production facility in Orange County, CA. Not only does Hybrid feature a state-of-the-art analog & digital recording studio; it also boasts a massive sound stage, including a pre-lit cyclorama. Equipped with the best gear and an experienced staff, Hybrid provides a variety of products and services to clients across the creative spectrum from recording, mixing and mastering to video and photography.

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Revolabs Now Shipping Elite Wired Microphones

Design-Driven Devices Bring Color and High Quality Audio to Conferencing and Unified Communications Environments

SUDBURY, Mass. — Feb. 3, 2015 — Revolabs(R) today announced that the company is now shipping its new line of beautifully designed Elite Wired Microphones. Combining elegant colors with Revolabs’ highly acclaimed audio engineering, the cutting-edge microphone family allows conferencing environments to augment sound quality for meeting participants while seamlessly integrating with any ambient color scheme or design. (more…)

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RTI Offers Two-Way Driver for Denon(R) HEOS(TM) Audio Systems

New Driver Allows Intuitive Control of Denon(R) HEOS(TM) Multi-Room Audio Systems Directly From RTI Interfaces

SHAKOPEE, Minn. — Feb. 3, 2015 — Remote Technologies Incorporated (RTI) today announced the availability of a new two-way driver for use with the Denon(R) HEOS(TM) family of products. Free of charge to RTI dealers, the driver provides integrators and end users with an incredibly powerful solution for browsing online streaming or local music as well as adjusting audio settings on up to 16 media players from a single page of an RTI user interface. (more…)

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Planar Systems Announces Cutting Edge Transparent OLED Technology

Next-generation transparent technology revolutionizes how information is displayed in settings ranging from retail merchandizing to museum exhibits to corporate lobbies

Planar Transparent OLED_1_HDPORTLAND, Ore., Feb. 4, 2015–Planar Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: PLNR),a global leader in display and digital signage technology, announced it will feature new transparent OLED technology this month at Integrated Systems Europe (ISE) 2015.

The 55” prototype at ISE 2015 will utilize breakthrough Organic Light Emitting Diode (OLED) technology to improve the transparency of see-through displays, creating new opportunities for experience design while overcoming a major hurdle to transparent display adoption. OLED displays are self-emitting, eliminating the need for a backlight or enclosure. This first-of-its-kind technology demonstrates Planar’s continued leadership in transparent displays, which began 16 years ago and continues with the Planar® LookThru™ Series transparent LCD display offering.

“The vision of transparent displays, popularized for decades in science fiction movies and television shows, is now nearing reality,” said Jennifer Davis, vice president of marketing at Planar Systems. “This technology is poised to revolutionize space design, customer engagement, and the digital display of information and branding for decades to come, and we are proud to be a pioneer in this next wave of transparent display development.”

Transparent displays allow users to view what is shown on a glass video screen while still being able to see through it, enabling them, for example, to overlay digital images onto real objects that sit behind the glass. Based on continued customer feedback and further technology development under way, Planar anticipates adding transparent OLED technology as a product offering in early 2016, paving the way toward broad market adoption.

Ideal for a Broad Range of Applications

Transparent OLED is ideal for a broad range of applications including those in retail, museum and corporate settings. Retailers can install these displays in front of actual products to provide digital information about their merchandise, creating augmented reality experiences. Museums can use them to encourage patrons to interact with exhibits by displaying artifacts overlaid with text, images or video content designed to educate and inspire. Companies can incorporate them into their lobby, cafeteria and conference rooms as a dynamic way to present information to employees and customers while maintaining an interior design aesthetic of modern transparency.  Planar’s transparent OLED will allow designers to activate glass surfaces that are incorporated into these spaces, like interior windows, room dividers and partitions.

“We are excited to see the new types of experiences we can create with transparent OLED, “said Thomas Wester, technology director of Second Story, which is part of the storytelling agency SapientNitro. “It represents an exciting new canvas to paint on, and we are proud to be developing one of the first public experiences to demonstrate this technology. Planar is a leader when it comes to innovation in transparent displays and this latest OLED technology demonstration showcases their ongoing commitment to pushing boundaries. With them, we want to encourage the industry and our clients to envision how they might achieve more compelling customer experiences.”

Brilliant Picture Quality, Wide Viewing Angles

Transparent OLED offers brilliant picture quality, exceptional contrast and wide viewing angles. Because the OLEDs themselves emit light, viewing angles are very broad and color performance is exceptional, leading to vivid, eye-catching installations. Moreover, because only those pixels that display content are turned on, a transparent OLED showing video will exhibit better contrast and energy efficiency than traditional displays.

A leader in transparent displays, Planar introduced its first transparent display in 1999. The Planar technology demonstration at ISE 2015 continues the company’s ground-breaking work in see-through displays, which has included both LCD transparent displays and transparent electroluminescent (EL) displays, another emissive display technology pioneered by Planar.

Planar’s transparentOLED technology will be demonstrated February 10-12 at ISE 2015 in Amsterdam, Planar Stand #3-A80. It will also be on display March 10-11 at the Digital Signage Expo (DSE) 2015 in Las Vegas, Planar Booth #1018. Members of the media interested in scheduling a press interview or appointment to preview the display at ISE 2015 or DSE 2015 should contact pr@planar.com.

About Planar

Planar Systems Inc. (NASDAQ: PLNR) is a global leader in display and digital signage technology, providingpremier solutions for the world’s most demanding environments. Retailers, educational institutions, government agencies, businesses, utilities and energy firms, and home theater enthusiasts all depend on Planar to provide superior performance when image experience is of the highest importance.  Planar video walls, large format LCD displays, interactive touch screen monitors and many other solutions are used by the world’s leading organizations in applications ranging from digital signage to simulation and from interactive kiosks to large-scale data visualization. Founded in 1983, Planar is headquartered in Oregon, USA, with offices, manufacturing partners and customers worldwide. For more information, visit http://www.planar.com.

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