Archive for March 9th, 2012

Shout It Out Loud Music Announces SXSW 2012 Festivities

Boutique music production company Shout It Out Loud Music (SIOLM) is pleased to present its 6th consecutive year of South by Southwest festivities with two parties: Tradition and Crystal Daze.
SIOLM has partnered with Mexican Summer record label imprint Software and Moog to kick off the festival with Tradition at SXSW 2012. The DJ event, hosted by Software and Group Tightener Records, is migrating South for a special edition of the Brooklyn-based party. Tradition will take place Wednesday, March 14th at the Lanai Rooftop Lounge in Austin, TX.  Making an exclusive SXSW appearance, legendary French electro producer and DJ Alan Braxe will headline the evening, with DJs Mike Simonetti, Napolian and Rezound also spinning. Tradition at SXSW 2012 will feature top-secret guest performances that electronic and dance music fans will not want to miss.

The “Shout by Southwest” festivities continue on Friday, March 16th with Crystal Daze at SXSW 2012. The afternoon of music will happen at Takoba, an acclaimed outdoor Mexican restaurant located near all the major festival activity on Austin’s East Side.  Headliners Delicate Steve play NPR-endorsed “exhilarating guitar pop blended with polyrhythmic beats and psychedelic electronics” via David Byrne’s Luaka Bop label. Also on the bill are Austin shoegaze revivalists/Smashing Pumpkins tour-mates Ringo Deathstarr, Parisian electronic artists Anoraak, Brooklyn co-ed indie pop quintet North Highlands (one of MTV’s “Most Criminally Overlooked Artists of 2011″) and Brooklyn goth-punk-dance-rockers Hussle Club (led by Spank Rock/Santigold drummer Prince Terrence). Music industry tastemakers DJ Bunny Ears, Gabe McDonough and SIOLM’s Francis Garcia round out the afternoon of entertainment with DJ sets. Friendly Ghost DJs (featuring members of Anamanaguchi) will also perform.

Presented by Shout It Out Loud Music, Software and Moog
Where: Lanai Rooftop Lounge, 422 Congress Avenue @ West 5th Street
When: Wednesday, March 14th, 9pm-2am
Performers: DJ sets by Alan Braxe (exclusive SXSW performance), Mike Simonetti, Napolian and Rezound plus special guests
Admission: Free
On Tap: Free Brooklyn Brewery Beer 9pm-10pm

CRYSTAL DAZE at SXSW 2012 Presented by Shout It Out Loud Music
Where: Takoba, 1411 East 7th Street @ Onion Street
When: Friday, March 16th, 2pm-7pm
Performers: Live sets by Delicate Steve, Ringo Deathstarr, Anoraak, North Highlands and Hussle Club; DJ sets by DJ Bunny Ears, Gabe McDonough, Friendly Ghost, (members of Anamanaguchi), Francis Garcia (SIOLM) and Fredster
Admission: Free
On Tap: Free Lone Star beer 2-4pm

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Lightware’s Universal CATx Transmitter Debuts



Lightware U.S.A., the US distributor for Budapest-based Lightware Visual Engineering, is pleased to announce the availability of the new UMX-TP-TX100R Universal CATx Transmitter. The latest product from Lightware Visual Engineering offers analog/digital video and audio extension over CATx cable.

HDMI has become a major connector for so many devices, including laptops, handheld devices, micro and mini. Having yet another format introduces a new series of issues, and with the various flavors of HDMI we, as an industry, need to have a strong interface like this. This solid hardware device is all about interface versatility and manages everything from HDMI, DVI, VGA and audio embedding,” comments Lighware USA’s Mike Taylor.

Lightware’s UMX-TP-TX100R is an all-purpose video and audio transmitter for ever-changing environments, such as small boardrooms, collaborative telepresence, small classrooms, control rooms and home cinemas. The new extender supports an array of digital and analog video signals, including VGA, YPbPr, DVI and HDMI 1.3 and accepts analog stereo, 5.1 S/PDIF and even 7.1 HDMI embedded audio signals. With this system, analog signals are converted to digital formats then the selected digital or digitized analog audio is embedded in the video stream. The product has a data rate of 6.75 Gb/s, handles HDCP encryption and has an HDCP enable/disable function.

Using the factory, custom or transparent EDID emulation (separate rotate switch for VGA and HDMI inputs), the user can fix and lock EDID data on the transmitter’s input connector. Advanced EDID Management forces the required resolution from any VGA or HDMI laptop and fixes the output format conforming to the system performance.

UMX-TP-TX100R can be controlled from either a touch controller or control system. The transmitter has an RS-232 pass-through option, which allows direct bi-directional communication between the touch controller and control system. It has a maximum cable length of 65m (CAT7 SFTP) @1080p60, 40m (CAT5e UTP) @1080p60, and 60m (CAT6 FTP) @1080p60.

The UMX-TP-TX100R has been designed for cross-compatibility with all the devices in the Lightware product series. The transmitter can be paired with any TP series receiver without restriction. Thanks to Lightware’s Hybrid Modular Matrix concept, it’s even possible to connect the UMX-TP-TX100R directly to the matrix router using an MX-HDMI-TP or MX-DVI-TP series input board.

Additional features include video and audio input status LEDs, selectable local or remote power source, a locking DC connector and rack mounting options.

About Lightware U.S.A.

Lightware U.S.A. is the US distributor of professional AV products manufactured by Lightware Visual Engineering in Budapest, Hungary. For more information on these products, visit

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*** Audio control room in the MP4 ***

Toronto, Ontario, Canada – March 9, 2012… A shot is fired. The target is hit. Cheering breaks out everywhere. Every hit is celebrated frenetically by the audience. Magdalena Neuner continues on to the last lap of the sprint competition which she will finish in 1st place.

For her, this year’s Biathlon World Cup is not only a goodbye gala: She also made the promise to win a total of six medals in this contest. Having already received a complete set – gold, silver, and bronze – puts her onto the right path to fulfill her promise. Host broadcaster ZDF has assigned two OB-Vans, the MP4 and the MP5, to cover this event, while BR employed its own FÜ HD1. However, both broadcasters fully rely on Lawo technology to guarantee optimum sound for this important sports event. more

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Blackmagic Design Wins ‘Manufacturer of the Year’ from Digital Studio at CABSAT

Blackmagic Design has been recognized as ‘Manufacturer of the Year’ by judges at the 8th annual Digital Studio Leadership Awards 2012 during the CABSAT convention in Dubai. Blackmagic Design was chosen for their continued innovation in technology and work within the region, which includes work done with MediaCast, Blackmagic Design’s distributor in the Middle East.

“Blackmagic’s Design’s focus on product development in 2011 displayed an understanding of the industry and its needs. Blackmagic has been at the heart of a fundamental shift in the way artists, editors and creative professionals create and manage content,” said Chris Newbould, editor of Digital Studio.

“We are delighted to receive this award and recognition from the Digital Studio Award judges” said Grant Petty, CEO of Blackmagic Design. “The Middle Eastern community has been very supportive and their ongoing loyalty provides motivation to continue innovating high quality and high performance products for the industry.”

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Blackmagic Design logos and products photos are available at http://www.blackmagic-

About Blackmagic Design
Blackmagic Design creates the world’s highest quality video editing products, color correctors, video converters, video monitoring, routers, live production switchers, disk recorders, waveform monitors and film restoration software for the feature film, post production and television broadcast industries. Blackmagic Design’s DeckLink capture cards launched a revolution in quality and affordability, while the company’s EmmyTM award winning DaVinci color correction products have dominated the television and film industry since 1984. Blackmagic Design continues ground breaking innovations including stereoscopic 3D and 4K workflows. Founded by world leading post production editors and engineers, Blackmagic Design has offices in the USA, United Kingdom, Japan, Singapore, and Australia. For more information, please check

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Christie Partners Honored With DSE 2012 Apex and Content Awards

Christie® winds down a triumphant appearance at Digital Signage Expo® (DSE), March 6 – 9, with several of its products featured in partners’ winning entries at last night’s prestigious Annual Digital Signage Expo Awards celebration in Las Vegas. Christie and partners walked away with gold, silver and bronze awards in four categories, with the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery installation, featuring Christie® MicroTiles® and content by Zebradog, selected as DSE’s first Apex of the Year award recipient.
The Apex awards honor innovation in the development and deployment of technology in the global digital out-of-home networks (DOOH) industry, while the Content Awards honor innovative and compelling content created for digital signage in the DOOH networks.
Chosen by an independent panel of five industry journalists, many of the following award recipients had one thing in common ? they featured high quality Christie products and or Christie Managed Services for their integration or deployment support. Following last night’s award presentations, Christie’s partners took home seven awards in four categories on top of the Apex of the Year award. The categories included: Business, Industry & Government, Retail, Event Venues, Hospitality and Education & Healthcare.
Under the Education and Healthcare category Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery was honored with a Gold Apex Award, with content partner Zebradog.
Sun Life Financial won Apex Gold Award for the Sun Life Financial BuzzWall™, installed at the Hollywood and Highland Centre (formerly the Kodak Theatre). The BuzzWall features Christie MicroTiles, with content created by partner Arsenal Media and installation by Christie Managed Services.
Arsenal Media also received a Gold Content Award for the Miami Dolphins BuzzWall, featuring Christie MicroTiles.
Fresh (a Louis Vuitton Company) was recognized for the renovation of its flagship store in New York City featuring Christie MicroTiles, with expert technical installation and consultation by Christie Managed Services, integration partner Materials and Methods and architectural firm Mapos LLC.
Under the Education and Healthcare category, Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics received a Silver Apex Award, with design and integration partner Westbury National Show Systems.
Christie and partner Arsenal Media received a Bronze Apex Award for the digital technology installation at the Christie Network Operations Center (NOC). Arsenal Media also took home a Bronze Content Award for this same installation.
Sean James, vice president, Christie Managed Services, says that each project was a significant accomplishment demonstrating continuous innovation in content creation of digital signage specialty visualization. He adds, “With the collaborative efforts of multi-disciplined teams of experts, the installations delivered incredibly engaging visual experiences. We congratulate all of our integration, installation, content and architectural design partners on these awards.”


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