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Bexel Helps Pac-12 Networks Go Live With Custom Rental Package

Broadcast Equipment Helps Support Tier One Sports, Olympic Events and Studio Production During Inaugural Season of Broadcasting Enterprise

BURBANK, CA, NOVEMBER 30, 2012—When Pac-12 Networks began broadcasting on August 15, Bexel, a unit of the Vitec Group’s Services Division and a leading worldwide provider of broadcast services and solutions, was on hand, providing rental gear and support for the new sports broadcasting endeavor.

Currently in its inaugural year, Pac-12 Networks is a full-time network dedicated solely to the Pac-12. Available to cable, satellite and telephone companies, it is comprised of a national network and six regional feeds providing 24/7 access to Pac-12 teams and universities. The network and feeds televise more than 800 live sporting events annually, and will showcase 12 Conference Championship events each year.

For the network’s Tier-One sports events, Bexel provided six announce booth lighting packages, including the Litepanels 1×1 Bi-Focus lights and grip accessories. This gear will light up the booths for on-air talent covering conference football and basketball games. Bexel also rented RF microphone kits for sideline cameras, as well as large parabolic microphones for player voices and sounds.

“One of the big challenges we faced was the logistics of taking equipment from one event to another,” says John Mills, business development manager, Bexel. “As with many new networks, Pac-12 Networks doesn’t know its production broadcast schedule until a week before the game. We faced some logistical challenges with short turnaround times but our staff did a great job assisting in all facets of coordination for the rental packages. We worked closely with the PAC-12 staff to make sure we exceeded their expectations.”

Bexel also provided supplemental gear for the college Olympic events the network covers, including rowing, volleyball, baseball, softball and soccer, among others. For the events at larger venues, Bexel provided a significant amount of fiber optic, cable and terminal gear.

In addition, Bexel supplied equipment for the network’s main studio in San Francisco. On a weekly basis, the studio hosts highlight shows, coach interviews, player portfolios and various other productions for the network. Working in conjunction with the network’s production team, Bexel provided such ancillary gear including XDCAM HD recorders, lighting, audio gear for studio work, cameras and other miscellaneous components.

“This year we supported 35 football games in total,” adds Mills. “We look forward to the rest of the year’s events, including basketball and events in the spring and summer.”

About Bexel
Bexel is the pre-eminent worldwide provider of broadcast services including video and audio equipment rentals, fiber services, new audio sales, used equipment sales, and repairs/maintenance. Bexel provides brilliantly designed and flawlessly executed systems and solutions to all customers – including producers of the biggest and most important televised events in the world. For more information, visit http://www.bexel.com.

About the Vitec Group:
Capture the moment
For over 100 years, through every innovation in photography, film and digital image-making, Vitec businesses have developed a powerful portfolio of brand and products that have enabled some of the most amazing moments to be captured under some of the most challenging conditions. Vitec is an international Group principally serving customers in the broadcast photographic and military aerospace and government (MAG) markets. Vitec is based on strong, well-known premium brands on which its customers worldwide rely. Vitec is organized in three divisions: Videocom, Imaging and Services Videocom designs and distributes systems and products used in broadcasting and live entertainment, film and video production and MAG. Imaging designs, manufactures and distributes equipment and accessories for photography, video and events. Service provides equipment rental, workflow design and technical support for camera, video, audio, fiber optic and wireless technology used by TV production and film crews. More information can be found at www.vitecgroup.com.

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Christie To Debut Innovative DualView Simulator Concept At I/ITSEC 2012

Christie®, a leader in simulation projection display and visualization solutions, is poised to introduce one of the industry’s most innovative concepts, the Christie DualView simulator display at I/ITSEC 2012, December 3–6, 2012. The innovative DualView simulator can separately compute and render the same scene from two unique points of view (POV) with excellent image quality, allowing two operators to respond to their own, separately warped, full-screen image simultaneously. This achieves essentially zero geometric distortion rather than a compromise single DEP ( Design Eye Point) located half way between operators.
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It accomplishes this by computing completely separate ideal DEP’s for each independent operator working adjacent in the same cockpit, and separating those pilot/copilot views by time, toggling both eyes alternately – very similar to how alternate eye stereo glasses work. As a result, the system offers collaborative training that is closer to real-life scenarios where fast action developments require rapid decisions. It is ideal for applications that involve two operators or pilots such as two-person tandem jets or helicopters, as well as ground vehicles with driver and a gunner behind him, or any other training scenario where completely separate views and telemetry/HUD augmented-reality feedback is useful with zero geometric distortion. DualView computes eight separate images, for a total of 18.4 MegaPixels, seamlessly blended such that pilot sees four combined images and copilot his own separate four combined images.

Rendering of the Christie DualView Concept, on display at booth #2549 at I/ITSEC 2012


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“The Christie DualView allows configurations like tandem seating, while offering the perfect viewpoint for pilot and copilot – or any two viewing positions – since the images are computed and corrected specifically for their eye points, not a half-way-in-between,” noted Zoran Veselic, vice president of Visual Environments at Christie. “It’s a concept built upon Christie’s simulation expertise and experience that includes the world’s first dual-input projector, the Christie Matrix StIM™ LED DLP® simulation projector, which renders visible and infrared light simultaneously for Night Vision Goggle training. It reflects our leadership in the industry and commitment to developing a compact, low-cost simulator display without sacrificing on versatility and performance.”
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Christie partnered with RealTime Immersive (RTI), a simulation and serious games company established to support CryENGINE® licensees in the simulation and serious games market. RTI played a key role in the display at I/ITSEC by providing photorealistic quality undersea demo content.
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According to Veselic, the Christie DualView represents a new opportunity in the simulation markets such as government, civilian, and gaming, where cost constraints can force customers to compromise on quality and system capabilities. It creates a better sense of teamwork and cooperation than systems in which operators occupy entirely separate simulators. DualView is also much better than splitting screen real estate into two half-resolution images, as is common in gaming, because now each viewer can see their own full resolution images on the entire screen – no compromise in Field of View or image quality. DualView’s ellipsoidal screen is a highly mobile, deployable, and cost-effective solution. It is an extremely promising technology with an immense range of applications, from multi-user simulators for training across many industries, to multiplayer gaming.

Christie Powers Up Video Wall Displays With Launch Of New Christie Entero HB Display Cubes

Christie gave notice that it is driving the future of control rooms with the introduction of its new Christie Entero HB video wall display cubes, based on cutting-edge LED technology with over 1000 lumens capability in illumination and wireless networking capabilities – the first in the world to do so. The system also includes proprietary third generation ArraySync auto-color and brightness LED video wall management, and improved tiling and scaling capabilities for the perfect video wall display in every application. Backed by more than 30 years in the video wall display market, Christie’s modular display systems “go big” with cubes that feature screen sizes from 50 inches to 80 inches.
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The new Christie Entero HB display solutions offer exceptional ease of installation in a wide variety of cube sizes. It’s a purpose-built, continuously self-managed system that delivers exceptional levels of reliability, flexibility and functionality for utilities, government, security and surveillance, and public and emergency services – all with lower power consumption and lower cost of ownership.

New Christie Entero High Brightness Display Cubes, powered by LED-based projectors

New Christie Entero High Brightness Display Cubes, powered by LED-based projectors


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“Christie’s new Entero HB series of video wall displays are designed for 24/7 environments, built on a entirely new platform that offers the highest performance in the market today, and the promise of new capabilities in the future with simple software upgrades and room for expansion,” noted John Stark, senior director, Collaborative Visual Solutions, Christie. “With abundant size and resolution options, it is a highly versatile display solution that meets the needs of end-users in the most demanding environments. Most importantly, they are backed by Christie’s global reputation for quality, unmatched service, and superior customer support.”
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Christie’s new Entero HB series is based on the most advanced DLP, LED and image processing technology – all proven technologies for long life with minimal maintenance requirements. With Wi-Fi capability – an industry first – as well as the traditional control options, end-users are always “in control,” whether using the full-function IR remote keypad, wireless devices or a standard PC. The series features intelligent, “hands’ off” self-monitoring, 12-bit RGB color sensing and monitoring, as well as endless flexibility, from screen size to native resolutions to pixel density options – for the most customizable video wall display solutions in the widest range of environments.
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“In an ever-more demanding world of control rooms where video display walls are ‘too critical to fail,’ Christie’s integrated solutions deliver a flawless performance every time,” said Stark. “Our solutions start with proven solid state technology and a true zero-maintenance design, to which we’ve added a new optical platform, newly designed high performance lens, all new electronics, as well as Christie proprietary circuitry and firmware design. It all translates to high resolution displays with 24/7 reliability, lower power consumption and better light efficiency, quieter operation, and intelligent, automatic color management that go the distance. In short, Christie is the one-stop answer to all of a customer’s visual display needs.”
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Collaborative visual solutions for mission-critical monitoring
Today’s control rooms go beyond traditional displaying and monitoring and Christie’s collaborative visual solutions are removing boundaries and enabling expansive collaboration for many of the world’s most mission-critical operations. By integrating stunning zero-maintenance displays with the power of the network, Christie is completely redefining the control room space, and setting the stage for an increasingly distributed control room environment. Across every sector in business, commerce and government, Christie is raising the bar to exceed today’s control room operational requirements.

Christie “Flying High” With Seven Zones Of Innovation In Simulation And Training At I/ITSEC 2012

Christie® a leader in simulation projection display and visualization solutions, sets new standards in simulation and training at I/ITSEC 2012 with advancements in solid state projection technology, improved stimulated Night Vision Goggle (NVG) training capabilities, and dual-input projection system architecture that enables true 120Hz RGB output for improved dynamic image quality.
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Christie will introduce the Christie Matrix StIM™ WQ, the industry’s brightest fully integrated solid-state WQXGA resolution projection system for simulation applications; an innovative Christie DualView simulator display concept that can separately compute and render the same scene for two unique points of view (POV); and the new 60Hz high performance Christie QuadHD 84 inch flat panel display with Quad HD resolution (3840 x 2160) and 1.07 million colors capability. Christie strategically merges its cutting-edge technologies, backed by years of proven industry experience, to deliver highly customized solutions that meet the specific training and simulation requirements of customers in military, government and civil markets.
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“We are continuously surveying market needs and pushing the envelope of innovation, including embracing the integration of stereo and simulation, to deliver solutions that offer the highest performance and flexibility at the lowest cost,” said Zoran Veselic, vice president of Visual Environments, Christie. “From the industry’s first dual-input system that offered simultaneous display of both the visible and infrared spectrum to today’s DualView concept that renders two unique points of view on one screen simultaneously, Christie brings ‘real world’ solutions to the simulation market that help set the pace of innovation.”

Visitors to the Christie booth #2549 can experience a simulated fly-through of New York City with FlightSafety International’s VITAL X IG on three new Christie Matrix StIM™ WQ simulation projection systems, with WQXGA resolution, 800 ANSI lumens and 120Hz update rate for stunning dynamic image quality. Photo courtesy of FlightSafety International


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Among Technologies Displayed at the Christie Booth # 2549 at I/ITSEC:
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Christie Matrix StIM WQ – 120Hz Demo With the Latest IG and Display Technology
The new rugged Christie Matrix StIM WQ is an integrated scalable environment projection system that outputs 800 ANSI lumens and displays independent RGB and Infrared(IR) channels through Christie’s InfraScene™ technology at WQXGA (2560 x 1600) resolution – the first and brightest LED-based WQXGA projection system in the industry to do so at true 120Hz RGB output. Each of (3) Matrix StIM-WQs will be driven by two 60Hz channels from FlightSafety International’s six-channel VITAL X Image Generator to display a composite 120Hz output with improved dynamic image quality without trade-offs in brightness or compromising IG rendering capability.
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Christie DualView Concept
The innovative DualView simulator can separately compute and render the same scene from two unique points of view (POV) with excellent image quality, allowing two operators to respond to their own, separately warped, full-screen image simultaneously. This achieves essentially zero geometric distortion rather than a compromise single DEP ( Design Eye Point) located half way between operators. As a result, the system offers collaborative training that is closer to real-life scenarios where fast action developments require rapid decisions. Christie partnered with RealTime Immersive Inc. (RTI – booth #325) and Immersive Display Solutions (IDSI – booth #1229) on this display concept.
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Christie HoloStation Technology Preview
The Christie HoloStation is a personal visualization system that displays up to 16.8 Megapixels of data in a 3D stereoscopic and interactive, tracked environment – all in a compact footprint. It provides the functionalities of a full-size Christie CAVE™, but in a scaled down, completely self-contained personal immersive environment that fits into a cubicle or small office. With interactive 3D content from WorldViz, an industry leader in interactive virtual reality solutions, and a pair of NVIDIA® Quadro® cards, it features external graphics processing designed for large-scale 3D visualization. Easy to deploy and use, the Christie HoloStation can be set up in almost any facility, and with its head-tracking sensors, it is ideal for applications including aircraft design development, architectural walk-throughs and as a 3D virtual trainer.
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Christie QuadHD 84” Flat Panel Technology Preview
The Christie QuadHD is a high performance 60Hz 84-inch flat panel display with Quad HD resolution (3840 x 2160) and 1.07 billion colors that provide rich, pristine and detailed images even up close for the ultimate in realism. The 60Hz refresh rate allows for smooth, real-time motion display of 2D content; and 50,000 hours illumination life makes it reliable and cost-effective. Easy to deploy, it is an affordable solution for high performance, professional data visualization applications.
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Remote Operator Training Workstation
The Christie Remote Operator Training Workstation is a modular faceted display of three Christie FHD551-X high-definition 55” LCD flat panels, landscape mounted in a 1 by 3 array and one stacked below the center for lookdown views of maps or GPS controls. The low-cost simulation system provides a wide Field of View (120 degrees) and is perfect for Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) operator training, as well as command vehicles, ship’s bridges and air traffic control.
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60 /120Hz Comparison
A dramatic, side-by-side demonstration of images projected at 120Hz versus 60Hz illustrates the accuracy and clarity of higher update rates. Christie integrates the Matrix StIM’s unique dual-input architecture with image generators running 60Hz to achieve the higher 120Hz update rate for the complete visual, with the result being a sharper image with no motion artifacts and no compromise in brightness. The display is powered by two dual-input Christie Matrix StIM™ LED projectors, with content and image generators provided by strategic partner MetaVR, a software development company that specializes in visualization of real-time 3D worlds.
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Christie Spyder X20 – the Most Versatile Video Processor
The rugged Christie Spyder X20 is a powerful video processing system that provides the flexibility and control needed to create high-tech, high-quality video wall displays for applications such as monitoring and surveillance, command-and-control, action review and situational analysis. The Spyder X20 will power multiple displays such as a 3 by 4 Christie® MicroTiles® array (12 tiles) and two Christie FHD551-X 55 inch flat panels to feature security camera footage and topographical maps.
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Christie products can also be found at partner booths throughout I/ITSEC, including Flight Safety International, the world’s leading aviation training company, which is using three Christie Matrix StIM projectors, at booth # 1701; DiSTI, global leader in the development of Human Machine Interface software for businesses, governments and the military, which is using three Christie FHD551-X LCD panels at booth# 1773; NDIA SIM TV displays, located in the conference lobby will use two Christie HD14K-M 3-chip 1080 HD digital projectors; Da-Lite, makers of the most comprehensive line of projection screens in the world, which is using a Christie DHD800 1-chip DLP® projector, at booth #2734, and Air National Guard, which is using 10 Christie Matrix StIM simulation projectors, is at Booth #1963.

Blackmagic Cinema Camera Honored with Popular Science’s “Best of What’s New” Award

Blackmagic Design today announced the Blackmagic Cinema Camera was honored with Popular Science’s “2012 Best of What’s New” award. Each year, the editors of Popular Science review thousands of products in search of the top 100 tech innovations of the year; breakthrough products and technologies that represent a significant leap in their categories. Blackmagic Cinema Camera was awarded for its innovation and execution in the digital film camera space, incorporating entirely new ideas and functions.

“For 25 years, Popular Science has honored the innovations that surprise and amaze us – those that make a positive impact on our world today and challenge our view of what’s possible in the future,” said Jacob Ward, editor-in-chief of Popular Science. “The Best of What’s New Award is the magazine’s top honor, and the 100 winners chosen – from among thousands of entrants – each a revolution in it’s field.”

About Blackmagic Cinema Camera
Blackmagic Cinema Camera is designed to give customers a camera that provides a true feature film look and amazing dynamic range for beautiful images, in a compact, elegant design that is optimized for professional video workflows.

Blackmagic Cinema Camera includes a super wide 13 stops of dynamic range, large 2.5K sensor, a built in SSD recorder that has the bandwidth to capture open standard CinemaDNG RAW, Apple ProRes and Avid DNxHD files, a built in capacitive touch screen for direct metadata entry, standard jack audio connections, built in high speed Thunderbolt connection, 3 Gb/s SDI output, a refrigerated sensor for low noise and is fully compatible with a wide range of extremely high quality Micro Four Thirds and Canon EF mount lenses, plus other lenses such as PL mount lenses via common third party adapters.

Blackmagic Cinema Camera also includes a full copy of DaVinci Resolve for color correction and Blackmagic UltraScope software for waveform monitoring. This means the user can simply plug into Thunderbolt laptop and run UltraScope to get full waveform monitoring scopes on set!

One of the most important features of the camera is its super wide dynamic range of 13 stops, allowing feature film quality images. Commonly people focus on more pixels, however often this just creates a higher resolution, but “video” looking images that still suffer from highlight and black clipping that limits details. Blackmagic Cinema Camera’s wide dynamic range eliminates this problem and provides film quality with dramatically more detail retained in black and whites in the image. Once the shoot is complete, the included DaVinci Resolve color correction software can be used to adjust images and take advantage of this extra range in the images.

To eliminate the damage that low bit depth and high compression video storage creates, Blackmagic Cinema Camera includes a fast SSD recorder. The built in SSD recorder can record the full sensor detail in 12 bit Log RAW files in the open standard CinemaDNG format on fast solid state disks. These files can be read by all high end video software. The full 2.5K sensor data is stored in the files completely uncompressed because the SSD has the speed to store video data at the required rate. This high quality file can then be color corrected on DaVinci Resolve.

Blackmagic Cinema Camera has been designed as the perfect companion to Apple Final Cut Pro X and Avid Media Composer NLE software. Unlike other cameras, which require the use of custom video file formats that are not compatible with popular NLE software, often making the post production process a nightmare, Blackmagic Cinema Camera includes absolutely no custom video file formats, and every file type included is open standard. It records into CinemaDNG format for RAW files, Apple ProRes and Avid DNxHD for HD resolution files compatible with Apple Final Cut Pro X and Avid Media Composer.

The built in large LCD display makes focusing easy, and allows playback of captured files. Blackmagic Cinema Camera includes a built in microphone, as well as external jack based mic/line level balanced audio connections. When playing back recorded clips, a speaker is built in, and there is an included headphone socket, as well as embedded audio on the SDI output and Thunderbolt connection. The SDI output includes all camera data such as timecode, transport control, shutter angle, color temperature setting and ASA information overlaid in attractive antialiased fonts. For easy metadata entry, the built in LCD features fast and responsive capacitive touch screen technology. When the user taps the display with a finger, a data entry window called the “slate” appears. This lets the user enter shot information just like typing on a smart phone. This data is then stored in the files and can be accessed by NLE software when editing content later. Metadata is compatible with popular software such as Apple Final Cut Pro X and DaVinci Resolve. All camera settings can be changed on this touch LCD, such as frame rate, shutter angle, color temperature, dynamic range, focus assist settings and more.

Blackmagic Cinema Camera includes an innovative industrial design built from solid machined aluminum metal which results in an attractive but rugged design. All of the camera, recorder and display have been shrunk down into a lightweight design that is very portable.

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About Popular Science
Founded in 1872, Popular Science is the world?s largest science and technology magazine; with a circulation of 1.3 million and 6.8 million monthly readers. Each month, Popular Science reports on the intersection of science and everyday life, with an eye toward what?s new and why it matters. Popular Science is published by Bonnier Active Media, a subsidiary of Bonnier Corporation.

About Blackmagic Design
Blackmagic Design creates the world’s highest quality video editing products, digital film cameras, 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 DaVinci Emmy™ award winning 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, UK, Japan, Singapore, and Australia. For more information, please check www.blackmagicdesign.com.

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Sonnet Announces Echo(TM) Express II Thunderbolt(TM) Expansion Chassis for PCI Express(R) Cards

Compact Two-Slot Chassis Enables Users to Connect High-Performance PCIe(R) Cards to Thunderbolt(TM)-Enabled Computers That Lack Expansion Slots

IRVINE, Calif. — Nov. 29, 2012 — Sonnet today announced the Echo(TM) Express II, the newest member of the company’s popular Echo family of Thunderbolt(TM) expansion chassis for PCIe(R) cards. Featuring two PCIe slots, the new Thunderbolt-to-PCIe expansion chassis enables the use of a wide variety of high-performance PCI Express(R) cards — originally designed for use in desktop computers — with any computer equipped with a Thunderbolt port.

The Echo Express II was designed for users needing a compact solution to connect two PCIe cards to their computers, and supports the majority of Thunderbolt-compatible PCIe cards. Based on the original Echo Express expansion chassis, the Echo Express II adds a second slot to support two half-length (up to 7.25 inches long), full-height, single-width PCIe 2.0 x16 cards. Like its siblings, the Echo Express II expansion chassis has dual Thunderbolt ports to support daisy-chaining of devices.

The new Echo chassis includes three temperature-controlled, variable-speed fans for cooling the cards and the chassis’ components, and a universal 100W internal power supply. This Sonnet solution also conserves energy by powering on and off with the computer to which it is attached.

The Echo Express II enables iMac(R), Mac(R) mini, MacBook(R) Air, and MacBook Pro computers equipped with a Thunderbolt port to use Thunderbolt-compatible professional video capture, audio interface, SAS and SATA HBA, 8Gb Fibre Channel, 10Gb Ethernet, and RAID controller cards. The list of compatible cards is available on Sonnet’s website and is continually expanding as more cards are tested and certified. Like the other models in the Echo family, the Echo Express II was designed, engineered, and built by Sonnet in California. The system is backed with Sonnet’s Pro five-year warranty.

“Feedback from our customers on the Echo Express line has been overwhelmingly positive. These products have been integrated into the workflows of many creative professionals, with users discovering new applications every day,” said Robert Farnsworth, CEO of Sonnet Technologies. “Similar to the Echo Express Pro, the Echo Express II was designed to accommodate the needs of users requiring two slots for expansion cards, but not the extra length afforded by the Echo Express Pro’s longer design.”

The Echo Express II (part number ECHO-EXP2H) is now available for USD $699. More information on the product and compatible PCIe expansion cards is available at www.sonnettech.com/product/echoexpresschassis.html.

More information on Sonnet and its other products is available at www.sonnettech.com.

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About Sonnet Technologies
Sonnet Technologies Inc. is a leader in providing storage systems, media readers, and Thunderbolt(TM) technology PCIe(R) expansion products for professional users of Mac(R), Windows(R), and UNIX(R) systems in the film, video, and broadcast industries. Sonnet’s line of Thunderbolt expansion products enables the use of video capture and editing, audio interface, RAID controller, and other high-performance PCIe cards with mini, portable, and all-in-one computers. The company’s product line features a range of high-performance, cost-effective, and reliable desktop and rackmount RAID storage solutions ranging from two- and four-drive portable units, to eight- and 16-drive desktop direct-attached storage with advanced RAID controllers, to 16-drive, 16-port, 8Gb Fibre Channel shared storage systems that are expandable to 512TB. Celebrating 26 years in business, Sonnet has pioneered and brought to market numerous innovative solutions that enhance the performance and connectivity of Mac, Windows, and other industry-standard computers. More information is available at www.sonnettech.com.

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PROFESSIONAL WIRELESS SYSTEMS’ FREQUENCY COORDINATION SIZZLES AT 13TH ANNUAL LATIN GRAMMY AWARDS

LAS VEGAS, NOVEMBER 30, 2012—As the Latin music world’s hottest artists came together for the 13th Annual Latin Grammy Awards earlier this month at the Mandalay Bay hotel and casino in Las Vegas, Professional Wireless Systems (PWS), a Masque Sound Company and experts in supplying and supporting wireless systems for live and broadcast events, was stationed on the green carpet, managing frequency coordination and equipment—working to avoid any possible interference issues during the pre-awards green carpet show.

Broadcast by television network Univision, the Latin Grammy Awards, presented by the Latin Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences, recognize outstanding achievement in the music industry. For this year’s Latin Grammy Awards package, PWS integrated in-ear monitors and wireless communication for the Latin Grammy’s and managed all wireless audio systems for the green carpet show pre-show.

“This year was a little different for us in that we switched from a 2.4-GHz wireless intercom to the Telex BTR800 series wireless intercoms,” said Jason Eskew, PWS project manager. “We found the RF performance was better outside on the crowded green carpet. The BTR systems gave longer distance and more consistent coverage.”

PWS also provided Univision with 16-channel PSM 1000 in-ear monitors. For the Latin Grammy Awards, Univision took delivery of two custom racks to replace its former aging in-ear monitors. According to Eskew, “The PSM 1000s allowed us to completely focus on all of the other things we needed to do. Knowing the PSM 1000 system was rock solid, low stress and maintenance free is a huge weight off our backs. Even when the PSM 1000s get into a low-signal-strength condition, they mute quietly and cleanly. It’s much safer for the artist and makes our job a whole lot easier.”

Another responsibility the PWS crew took on was monitoring the green carpet for any potential interference from ENG crews. “With all of the frequencies being used in and around the strip, doing a live show in Las Vegas is always a bit of a challenge from a wireless coordination standpoint,” added Eskew. “Our experience, the services we are able to provide, along with the gear we select, allows us to find, isolate and minimize any potential problems that may arise.”

The inaugural annual Latin Grammys ceremony was held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on September 13, 2000. Broadcast by CBS, that ceremony became the first primarily Spanish language primetime program carried on an English-language American television network.

About Masque Sound
Founded in 1936 by a trio of Broadway stagehands, Masque Sound evolved into one of NYC’s most successful theatrical sound reinforcement, installation and design companies specializing in theatrical, house of worship, sporting, corporate, TV broadcast and live concert events. Celebrating more than 75 years in the industry, the company is lead by Geoff Shearing, the firm’s 3rd generation owner, and General Manager Stephanie Hansen. The company also operates Florida-based Professional Wireless Systems, a leader in the development and implementation of wireless technology. Credits range from major Broadway shows and tours including “Phantom of the Opera,” “Mamma Mia!,” “Lion King,” “Jersey Boys,” “Memphis,” “The Book of Mormon,” “Newsies” and “Once” to yearly Super Bowl broadcasts and installations of varying sizes, including New York’s New Victory Theater and historic St. Bartholomew’s Church. Masque Sound’s 70,000 sq. ft. corporate headquarters and main assembly facility is located at 21 East Union Ave., East Rutherford, NJ, 20 minutes from midtown Manhattan. For more information, call (201) 939-8666 or visit www.MasqueSound.com.

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Creative Agency Loyalkaspar Rebrands Screenvision


Comprehensive Project Includes New Logo and On-Screen Visual Environment


NEW YORK, NY – What would it take to get moviegoers to come to the theater early to see the pre-show entertainment? That was the branding challenge facing Loyalkaspar, the Entertainment Branding Agency led by David Herbruck and Beat Baudenbacher, when they tackled the rebrand of Screenvision, the leader in cinema advertising representing over 2,300 theaters across the U.S.


“Our over-arching goal was to create a pre-show experience that would make audiences purposely get to the theater early,” Herbruck says. “Screenvision knew they had to take a more proactive look at their brand and the overall entertainment value of the on-screen presentation. We started with designing a new logo and moved from there to exploring new ways to engage and interact with the audience.”


The New ‘S’:
Loyalkaspar senior designer Josh Lynne oversaw the logo design and explained that he wanted to deconstruct the letter “s” down to its most basic elements.


“We set out to explore the shape of the letter ‘S’ in the name ‘Screenvision.’” Lynne says, “The idea we landed on were these high-tech-looking building blocks that formed the ‘S.’ The look not only suited the brand, but we saw potential in using the rectangle shape to house and deliver content in a variety of ways.”


That simple approach to the logo design belies the complexity of the overall on-screen look — a richly detailed, futuristic environment replete with sleek geometric lines and vibrant neon colors, reminiscent of the sci-fi classic “Tron.”


Reintroducing CMOR:
This dynamic world is overseen by the ever-present animated robot, CMOR (as in ‘see more’), who serves as the host of “Limelight” – the Screenvision pre-show featuring interactive trivia contests incorporating smart phones; the new music segment “Soundtrax”; and exclusive behind-the-scenes looks at upcoming film releases.


“CMOR was a hold-over from the old brand,” Herbruck notes. “We thought he had tremendous value, both in terms of equity and functionality, but we had to give him more to do and imbue him with more personality. We came up with the concept of Limelight as this futuristic digital playground that explores.”


Loyalkaspar producer Melissa August adds, “The challenge for us centered on creating a cool world where all these fun opportunities exist with CMOR as your host,” she says. “To keep audiences in their seats we made it immersive and visually engaging.”


About Loyalkaspar:
Loyalkaspar is an entertainment branding agency with offices in New York and Los Angeles. With an emphasis on crafting unified brand narratives through smart storytelling and an international design aesthetic, Loyalkaspar offers a full spectrum of strategic and creative capabilities from initial insight to final execution. For more information go to http://loyalkaspar.com.


Creative Credits:
Client: Screenvision
Project: Corporate rebrand


Agency: Loyalkaspar, New York
Exec. Creative Director: Beat Baudenbacher
Creative Director: Elliott Chaffer
Executive Producer: David Herbruck
Senior Producer: Melissa August


Design/Animation: Loyalkaspar, New York


Web Resources:
http://loyalkaspar.com
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Industry Veteran John T. O’Keefe Joins Shotoku Broadcast Systems as VP Sales & Marketing

Torrance, CA – Naoki Ebimoto, president of Shotoku Broadcast Systems, the international manufacturer of advanced manual and robotic camera support products, today announced that John T. O’Keefe has been named vice president, sales & marketing. O’Keefe, a highly-respected industry veteran with over 25 years experience, will oversee all sales and marketing operations in North America.

“John enjoys a well-deserved reputation as an expert in the field with high standards and uncompromised integrity,” said Ebimoto. “He not only supports his customers, but truly partners with them to ensure they benefit from the very best operational and business solutions possible. He’s the ideal candidate to drive our business as it continues to expand in North America.”

O’Keefe is best known as president/CEO and co-founder of ProSource, a firm specializing in the import and distribution of broadcast television equipment. He joins Shotoku directly from Panasonic Systems Communications in Secaucus, NJ where he was an area/partner sales manager. O’Keefe previously served ten years as vice president, sales and marketing for Anton Bauer where he had complete sales and marketing responsibility for both the domestic dealer/reseller and overseas distribution networks.

O’Keefe holds a BS degree in Marketing from the University of Bridgeport. He is based in Shelton, CT and can be reached at okeefe@shotoku.tv or +1 866 SHOTOKU.

About Shotoku Broadcast Systems
Shotoku Broadcast Systems is an international leader in the manufacture and marketing of a full range of camera support products with emphasis on manual and robotic pedestals and pan/tilt heads for the television broadcast industry. The Company also provides robotic camera systems capable of interfacing with third-party equipment. Established as an engineering design firm specializing in advanced mechanics and electronic control systems, Shotoku maintains headquarters in Japan with offices in Staines, UK and Torrance, CA. The Company’s robotic camera systems are designed, developed and manufactured in Staines, UK. For further information: www.Shotoku.co.uk
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Shotoku contact: Naoki Ebmioto
1-866-Shotoku • mailto:info@shotoku.tv

Press contact: Desert Moon Communications, Harriet Diener
+1-845-512-8283 / harriet@desertmooncomm.com

FSR Revolutionizes Wall Mounted Racks With Top Shelf

Woodland Park, NJ • FSR, manufacturer of audio and video switching, control products, and connectivity boxes, announces the launch of Top Shelf, a revolution in wall mounted equipment racks. Drawing on their extensive experience with UL Listed Ceiling Racks, FSR designed Top Shelf to provide an unobtrusive and secure enclosure for audio, video and network equipment. Top Shelf mounts to a wall close to the ceiling in locations without drop ceilings, or where space above the drop ceiling is limited.

Top Shelf holds up to 4 RU of equipment with multiple mounting locations for power as well as signal connections for easy installation. The unit’s steel frame ensures the equipment will be securely mounted; and a plastic cover allows wireless signals to pass in and out of the enclosure unobstructed. The cover can be painted to match the room décor, and the box can be mounted in the best location to ease wiring and visual impact.

“Top Shelf is the newest addition to our wall-mounted enclosure line of products,” says Jan Sandri, president, FSR. “With its unique ability to solve challenges many classrooms, boardrooms, schools, hospitals and more face with limited space, we are thrilled to bring this new solution to market. The unit’s ability to pack up to 4RU of AV equipment in a visually appealing housing make it a perfect fit for almost any AV environment.”
For further details contact FSR at (800) 332-3771 or via e-mail at sales@fsrinc.com.

About FSR
FSR, established in 1981, manufactures a wide variety of products for the audio / video, education, hospitality, government, and religious markets, including AV floor, wall, table, and ceiling connectivity boxes, as well as a full line of interfaces, distribution amplifiers, matrix switchers, seamless switchers and CAT-5 solutions.

FSR complies with the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 and is a woman owned business. FSR offers live 24/7 technical and sales support throughout the country from expertly trained technicians and sales representatives. For more information visit www.fsrinc.com.

FSR Contact: Jan Sandri
973-785-4347 • sales@fsrinc.com

Press Contact: Desert Moon Communications
Harriet Diener
845-512-8283 • harriet@desertmooncomm.com

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