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Purdue University Commits To Grass Valley Live Sports Production Technology for In-House Entertainment

Grass Valley LDK 8000 Elite Camera System

Grass Valley LDK 8000 Elite Camera System

The Hall of Music Productions at Purdue University, in West Lafayette, Indiana, has purchased a full complement of high-definition (HD) live production equipment from Grass Valley™ to cover its men’s and women’s sports programs for in-stadium, in-arena, and campus-wide distribution.

The University’s in-house production company has invested more than $1 million in Grass Valley production equipment to bring fans attending Boilermakers sporting events in Ross-Ade Stadium and the soon-to-be inaugurated Mackey Arena the highest quality multi-camera production to rival any collegiate or professional sports stadium. In addition, Hall of Music Productions purchased a Grass Valley-based fly pack rig that allows for HD video production capability across the entire campus, including its namesake venue, the Elliott Hall of Music, a 6,000-seat proscenium theatre.

Purdue University’s purchase includes a wide variety of Grass Valley production equipment to support a vast number of production services. This includes a K2 Dyno™ Replay System with K2 Summit™ Production Client and 4.8TB of internal storage, a K2 Dyno Production Assistant (PA) system, Kayenne™ and Kayak™ production switchers, and four LDK 8000 Elite and four LDK 4000 Elite HD cameras, each with Grass Valley’s new 3G Transmission system offering maximum transmission flexibility. This makes Purdue one of the first users in North America of Grass Valley’s 3G Transmission signal distribution system, allowing Purdue crews (students and freelance professionals) to use the same LDK cameras with either triax or fiber cabling.

The first use of the new Grass Valley 3G equipment was used during the Notre Dame at Purdue football game on October 1. Hall of Music Productions provided the video board coverage of the ESPN-televised game, as well as producing content used on the school’s athletics website (purduesports.com) and the weekly coach’s TV show.

“Our students and staff are very excited to have access to the new Grass Valley equipment, because it brings us to a new level of production capabilities,” said Stephen Hall, Director, Hall of Music Productions, adding that other Big Ten Conference schools are watching what they are doing and could soon follow suit. “We feel we have received a lot of value for our investment and can now produce videos of the quality that our fans expect.”

“Grass Valley’s production equipment is very affordable and is being embraced by a number of major Division-1 college sports programs looking to compete with the best in-stadium experiences in the nation,” said Jeff Rosica, Executive Vice President of Grass Valley. “Purdue takes its video production capabilities as seriously as its athletics, so we’re proud to be a part of the school’s efforts to improve its content creation activities.”

The school will also open its newly refurbished Mackey Arena for the start of the 2011-2012 basketball season. The Grass Valley equipment will be used to produce live and pre-recorded content to display in the arena’s center-hung large screen displays, as well as the hundreds of smaller flat panel displays at concession stands and other locations throughout the venue.

“The K2 Dyno Replay System will get a real work out here, and together with all of the new gear will provide fans with a better game experience,” added Hall. “Purdue is happy to be working with Grass Valley and expect this partnership to continue for many years.”

The Grass Valley K2 Dyno Replay System consists of the K2 Dyno controller coupled with the K2 Summit Production Client server. It is designed to help sports producers and other professionals capture live events in crystal-clear HD resolutions and instantly play them out at variable speeds for critical analysis during fast-paced events.

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Carver Arena Relies on Broadcast Pix for Live Video Scoreboard During Hockey, Basketball

Billerica, Massachusetts – Broadcast Pix™ today announced that Carver Arena, part of the Peoria Civic Center (PCC), managed by SMG, in Peoria, Ill., installed a Slate 3016 live video production system as part of a complete overhaul of its video scoreboard display and control room. The new Broadcast Pix system replaced two servers and a basic eight-input switcher, plus its built-in CG provided the arena with live CG capability for the first time.

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With more than 12,000 seats, Carver Arena serves as the home of the American Hockey League’s Peoria Rivermen and Peoria-based Bradley University’s men’s basketball team. The arena regularly hosts other events as well, including concerts and rodeos.

Installed in Summer 2010 by Orlando, Fla.-based XOS Digital, the Slate was part of an upgrade of the arena’s 4:3 video capabilities that also included a new 16:9 Daktronics more

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Mapping on the MOOV: projectiondesign® F82 projector drives VW roadshow

WATCH THE PROMOTIONAL VIDEO HERE: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nel84nfcvR0.

Content producer creates stunning multimedia experience for new Passat launch throughout Poland

Underlining the ruggedness and consistency of its products as well as their high performance, Norway’s projectiondesign is proud to have supplied F82 1080p 3-chip DLP® projectors to multimedia production company MOOV for the Polish launch of the new VW Passat.

Working in conjunction with advertising agency JUST and event producer Mediaconcept for end customer Kulczyk Tradex (the official VW distributor for Poland), MOOV was tasked with creating a multimedia production that would showcase the new Passat’s capabilities in a way that would capture the imagination of the audience. The show made its debut at the Polish National Motor Show in Poznan before being taken on a tour of upmarket shopping centres and other venues in major cities around the country.

Piotr Majewski, the head of more

VOX Offers “Annual Fan Fest” Rebates to Consumers

— Company offers cash rebates on Valvetronix VT+ Series amps and Joe Satriani Pedal Series—

MELVILLE, NY, October 4, 2011 — VOX Amplification has announced a new fall rebate promotion on their popular Valvetronix VT+ Series modeling amplifiers and the entire line of VOX/Joe Satriani signature pedals. The mail-in rebate period runs from October 1, 2011, through December 31, 2011, and applies to new products purchased by U.S. residents from an authorized VOX dealer in the USA. Full details and a downloadable rebate coupon can be found at www.voxamps.com/us/promo.
Cash rebates are available on the following products:

VT120+ Valvetronix modeling amp with 30 Watt Reserve $50 Rebate
VT80+ Valvetronix modeling amp with 40 Watt Reserve $50 Rebate
VT40+ Valvetronix modeling amp with 20 Watt Reserve $25 Rebate
VT20+ Valvetronix modeling amp with 10 Watt Reserve $25 Rebate
Satchurator Joe Satriani Signature Distortion Pedal $30 Rebate
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Lâg Guitars Announces October Guitar-a-Week Giveaway

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MELVILLE, NY, October 4, 2011 — Lâg Guitars will be giving away a free Lâg T66D Tramontane Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar every week during the month of October. Promotion and registration for the free giveaway will take place online at the Lag USA Website (http://usa.lagguitars.com/promotions). The giveaway will also be shared via Lâg’s social network sites. Offer open to U.S. residents over 18 years of age. Please visit the site for complete details.

The Lâg T66D Tramontane Dreadnought model is defined by its eye-catching gloss finish, black accents, and spruce top. The precision tuners are offset by satin black tulip buttons; the compensated saddle and nut are both black graphite, with distinctive black binding and rosette design.

Based in southern France, Lâg has been making quality guitars for over 25 years, under the guidance of master luthier Michel Lâg Chavarria.

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DFT Digital Film Technology Supports LATAM Market with Demonstrations of FLEXXITY Software at CAPER 2011

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DFT Digital Film Technology, provider of high-end film and digital post production solutions that preserve, manage, and deliver your pictures, will be demonstrating FLEXXITY V1.0, its specialized software suite for a number of applications including; Dailies, Archive & Restoration, and Playout & Mastering at CAPER 2011, Stand I-10 /2.

CAPER 2011 runs from October 26-28, 2011 at Centro Costa Salguero in Buenos Aires, Argentina. CAPER is an international event that brings together more than 6,000 managers, professionals, technicians and students involved in the media industry.

The Latin American film market is both rich and diverse and DFT has a long-standing history in the region with a large installed base of Spirit Telecines, Datacines and Scanners. At CAPER, post production facilities, film labs, and archive facilities will be able to experience hands-on, the feature-rich software tools that FLEXXITY offers. more

Media Links Inc. to Showcase Integrated Hardware/Software Video & Data Delivery Backbone at HD World 2011

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Media Links Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Global Links will demonstrate a tightly integrated video & data delivery and transport solution with software provider, Dimetis at HD World, Booth 1018.

Broadcasters and network service providers will have the opportunity to review an example of a fully managed video & data transport solution that is currently being deployed by a large-scale Telco in various broadcasting facilities and sporting venues throughout the United States. The demonstrations will illustrate an adaptable, affordable and flexible solution for transporting uncompressed or JPEG2000 compressed HD-SDI, SD-SDI and DVB-ASI video protocols, as well as providing dedicated native Ethernet services. It will reflect an efficient and robust transport offering that can be deployed in a variety of network applications that require high quality pixel-perfect content delivery. more

Korean Broadcasting Systems (KBS) Selects LYNX Technik Interface Solutions to Help Meet Demand for HD Content in Korea

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Korean Broadcasting Systems (KBS) selected LYNX Technik modular solutions to boost its coverage of the 2011 IAAF World Championship in Daegu, Korea. Broadcast Solutions managed the project as systems integrator and general contractor alongside its local partner, Dong Yang Digital Co., Ltd in Seoul, Korea.

To meet the growing demand for HD entertainment and sports programming, Broadcast solutions was brought on board to aid KBS with the design and development of the new 16-camera high definition OB van. The project was completed over an eight month period. The new truck has been partitioned into four production rooms – video, audio, camera control / shading room, and equipment and was delivered to KBS on June 30th 2011. Its inaugural production was for the 2011 IAAF World Championship.

The World Championship in Athletics is a bi-annual event organized by the International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF). This year it was held from August 27 – September 4, 2011 and Korean Broadcasting Systems (KBS) served as the events host broadcaster.

In order to meet the challenges posed by this broadcast event, KBS along with Broadcast Solutions selected a number of broadcast technologies, and among them was a range of the LYNX Technik Series 5000, card-and-rack-based glue products. A full complement of LYNX Technik Series 5000 interface and signal processing solutions, in seventeen 2RU frames were installed in the OB Van and include; 3G / HD-SDI , frame synchronizers, up/cross/down-converters, distribution amplifiers, as well as control and monitoring. more

Sonixphere Turns Dialogue from Gears of War 3 Video Game into Funky Song for GameStop

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“Boom, Baby, Boom” Becomes Music for Gamers’ Ears
Sonixphere, a global resource for everything related to music and sound, transformed combat dialogue into a funky original song for a multi-platform campaign launching Gears of War 3. Conceived by The Richards Group, Dallas, the campaign broke on national TV September 20th, as well as online, in video pre-rolls, and in stores.
The song that drives the campaign is made up of bits of dialogue drawn from the game itself. “By manipulating the game characters’ spoken lines into ‘sung’ melodic phrases and through the creative use of audio processing, we crafted their words into memorable hooks and catchy rhythms,” explains Greg Allan, CEO/Creative Director of Sonixphere, which launched last August. “Our goal was to create an urban song with a pop feel that was in keeping with the personality of the more

Stephen Arnold Music Creates Bold Theme for CNN’s Erin Burnett OutFront

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DALLAS, TX – Stephen Arnold Music, the creative force behind the music for an array of CNN programs, has composed a bold, driving musical theme for Erin Burnett OutFront, the cable news network’s newest offering. The weeknight news show airs at 7 p.m. EST.

The composition is another in a long series created by Stephen Arnold Music for CNN and its associated cable outlets, including CNN Headline News and CNN International. “Our relationship with CNN gives us many opportunities to create memorable sonic brands,” says Stephen Arnold, president of the award-winning music production company. “But OutFront was especially engaging because the fresh nature of the show and its host called for something truly unusual and compelling.”

Arnold notes that CNN lured Burnett to the network from CNBC, envisioning a personality-driven news program that stood out from the crowd. The right theme music more

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