Archive for June, 2010

Apple iPad and iPhone Encoding from Digital Rapids

flux_6510_with_stream_rgbWith the new version of Digital Rapids’ Stream encoding and live streaming software, users get enhanced iPad and iPhone encoidng, script command insertion, option caption overlay, and Vobile VideoDNA fingerprinting support.

Designed for use with Digital Rapids’ StreamZ, StreamZHD, and DRC-Stream encoding solutions, version 3.3 expands the functionality and flexibility of the optional iPhone encoding and segmenting module with enhanced support for the iPad; increased control of encoding and output parameters; support for audio-only streams with associated image files; and parallel output to multiple servers or Content Delivery Networks (CDNs) for redundancy.

Read the full anouncement in the Briefing Room

InfoComm to Manage PAMA

Effective July 1, InfoComm will provide association management services for the Professional Audio Manufacturers Alliance (PAMA). PAMA is the collective voice and forum for the senior executives of the leading branded manufacturers of professional audio products. InfoComm will provide general management and special services, including government relations, market research, and meeting planning.

PAMA will retain its own board and officers responsible for strategic direction, and InfoComm Senior Vice President of Membership Duffy Wilbert, CTS, CAE, will serve as its executive director.

Pioneer VSX-1120-K with iControlAV

iControlAVRapp_OVERVIEWPioneer’s new VSX-1120-K AV receiver ($799) will work with the free iControlAV iPhone app to offer home audiophiles complete control from the palm of their hand. The app has controls for master and per-zone volume, and room calibration, and it uses the iPhone and iPod Touch’s accelerometer controls to control balance and emphasis—no confusing sequence of remote buttons to remember, just tilt and maneuver your Apple portable device until the sound is right where you want it.

The Business of Winning: Seven Steps in Government Contracting

Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA International), established in 1946, is a non-profit membership association serving the military, government, industry, and academia as an ethical forum for advancing professional knowledge and relationships in the fields of communications, IT, intelligence, and global security. In September 29-30, the association is hosting its “Seven Steps in Government Contracting” at the AFCEA headquarters in Fairfax, VA. Read the rest of this entry »

I Am T-Pain

i_am_tpainHave you ever been in church or in the car and thought: “Gee, I could really use Auto-Tune“? No, me neither. But if you can’t get enough of the ubiquitous effect, you can now carry it in your pocket—provided you have an iPhone 3G. Smule I Am T-Pain offers a simplified GUI for auto-tuning your voice live and even comes bundled with T-Pain tracks to sing along with. The results can be recorded and then shared via MySpace, Facebook or email all for $2.99. Purchase directly from the iTunes store.

Are your images cover worthy?

005svcFCOver here at SVC, we’re thrilled when we run into amazing installation art we can put on the cover. We pride ourselves on being able to send you a cover that’s exceptional. And it’s not without working our sources to get this done. It’s easy to think that just because everyone owns a digital camera nowadays that they’re a photographer, but before you press that shoot button too quickly, here’s some things to think about if you’re aiming for cover-quality material. Afterall, having your installation on the cover of SVC is a great marketing tool for your business. So take heed:

1. Take vertical images. Probably 90 percent of the time, we receive horizontal images. Naturally, when you’re looking at a space, you move your eyes across the room from left to right, but try some tightly focused vertical images.

2. Format: Send EPS, TIF, or JPG. Web-only formats like GIFs and PNGs won’t be big enough, which leads to the next step: Read the rest of this entry »

Studio Six Digital SPL, SPL Meter, RTA

studio_six_splWhile many iPhone software developers try to balance utility and entertainment value, Studio Six Digital has taken a decidedly more serious approach with apps that cater to the engineering side of music production. One that’s very handy is SPL (V. 1.4, $5.99), which is a full-featured decibel meter that uses the iPhone’s built-in mic or an external one. Studio Six Digital also makes the lower-priced SPL Meter (V. 1, $0.99), which is designed to emulate a familiar, budget-priced, analog decibel meter from a popular electronics-store chain. Read the rest of this entry »

Rebroadcast of InfoComm 2010′s Keynote

Weren’t able to attend InfoComm’s 2010 Keynote this year? You can find the rebroadcast of the Cisco’s Marthin De Beer’s presentation here.

Touch Panel Control TPControl

amx-category-ipadTouch Panel Control has updated its TPControl home-automation app for use with the Apple iPad. Designed to interface with AMX system platforms, TPControl offers realtime touch control of AV systems, lighting, shades, and room temperatures. It connects as a native AMX device to an AMX NetLinx Master to ensure easy integration. Users can start a 21-day free trial from the App store after requesting a trial token from the Touch Panel Control website; only AMX dealers and distributors can buy the full version from the company.

We Built This City

When I read about what’s happening in Songdo, South Korea, Starship’s “We Built This City” ran through my head. But what’s happening there has less to do with rock and roll and more about grid intelligence, major grid intelligence. In a recent article in Business Standard, it reported on how the city is being examined for its use of telepresence networking technology and becoming possibly the first intelligent city and working prototype for other cities. Using Cisco‘s telepresence technology, the city plans to incorporate more than 20,000 telepresence units in not just its schools and governmental buildings, but its homes as well. It’s one of the first steps we’ve heard of in a real-world application of residential telepresence. For its part, Cisco will collect a servicing fee (on top of the development costs), securing an ongoing piece of the profit pie. Smart for the city and smart for Cisco.