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Audio Engineering Society And OCA Alliance To Collaborate On ‘Open Control Architecture’ Standard

NEW YORK: The Audio Engineering Society (AES) and the OCA Alliance have jointly announced that an AES standards project has been founded to consider OCA, the Open Control Architecture, for a public standard for control and monitoring of professional media networks.

The goal of this project, identified as: AES-X210, “Open Control Architecture (OCA),” is to produce a public, open, and royalty-free communications protocol standard for reliable and secure control and monitoring of interconnected audio devices in networks of 2 to 10,000 elements.

When the standard is complete, it is hoped that OCA will find broad acceptance in the media systems industry, and open a new era in standardized, interoperable control of devices from diverse manufacturers.

OCA will be a control and monitoring standard, not a media transport standard. It is intended to operate seamlessly with a wide range of media transport standards such as AES-X192, “High-performance streaming audio-over-IP interoperability” – currently in development – and IEEE AVB. Together, these standards will offer a path to complete network application solutions for future media networks that include both media transport and system control functionality.

OCA is substantially based on work done in the early 1990′s by the AES24 project, a pioneering effort in network system control. Although AES24 never reached full standards status, it offered a number of advanced concepts, which have found their way into various developments over the years.

In the coming months, the AES-X210 task group, part of AES working group SC-02-12 on Audio Applications of Networks, will be meeting to render the current OCA 1.1 specification into standards form and to shepherd its processing through the AES’s open standards process. Interested individuals are encouraged to participate. The full standards participation policy is available from the AES Standards website. During this period, the OCA Alliance will undertake various initiatives to support the work of AES-X210, and to define proposals for future extensions to the standard.

Crystallizing the focus of the new alliance, AES Standards Committee Chair, Bruce C. Olson remarked, “AES Standards has been deeply involved with standards for digital audio since starting work in 1977. The AES-X210 project to standardize OCA takes us to the next important milestone by integrating control with transport of audio over a variety of networks. Combined with a number of other projects in this exciting area of audio the AES continues to lead the world in audio standards, which enable a thriving marketplace for compatible products from competing manufacturers. We are very pleased to collaborate with the leading manufacturers in the OCA Alliance on this standards project.”

Photo: AES Standards Committee Chair, Bruce C. Olson

Web Pages
AES Standards website: http://www.aes.org/standards/
AES Standards participation policy www.aes.org/standards/development/membership.cfm

OCA Alliance website: http://www.oca-alliance.com/

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About the AES
The Audio Engineering Society was formed in 1948 by a group of concerned audio engineers. The AES counts over 14,000 members throughout the U.S., Latin America, Europe, Japan and the Far East. The organization serves as the pivotal force in the exchange and dissemination of technical information for the industry. For additional information visit http://www.aes.org

About the OCA Alliance
OCA Alliance is a non-profit corporation formed to secure the standardization of the Open Control Architecture (OCA) as a media networking system control standard for professional applications. The OCA Alliance’s purpose is to actively promote the adoption and standardization of Open Control Architecture (OCA) as a media networking system control standard through marketing, education and training and to develop future standards and other documents that augment, enhance or extend the primary OCA standard for the purposes of enabling and promoting increased interoperability and reliability for a variety of transport standards.

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Stardust Drives VFX Behind Toyota’s New Rav 4 EV Promo

Los Angeles, CA – Bi-coastal production company Stardust created a highly stylized and darkly futuristic world for Toyota’s promo spot for the new Rav 4 EV. Partnering with Saatchi & Saatchi LA, Stardust created a :50 spot featuring a mix of visual effects, photo-real CG and live-action to achieve the final sci-fi look. The spot marks Stardust’s latest push past its traditional high-end motion graphics work, as the company broadens its repertoire in visual effects.

The spot highlights the EV’s features as it sails through a fully CG black and white environment designed to look like a 3D urban blueprint, with thousands of individual data points. The vehicle ultimately breaches the virtual world’s boundary, breaking into the real world and heading toward downtown Los Angeles. Stardust designed and built the CG world, and created photo-real CG animations of the EV for both the virtual and live-action worlds. French VFX shop Mathematic provided support for CG development, 3D animation, compositing and rendering.

“This project was another solid effort by our design and animation teams to push themselves beyond their creative comfort zones,” said Dexton Deboree, Managing Director and Partner, Stardust. “We’ve made a concerted effort to seek out projects that offer us a real chance to explore our artists’ untapped talents and skills, and we’re really excited by the results of this endeavor.”

Stardust Founder and Creative Director Jake Banks added, “The whole team at Saatchi really offered us a true collaboration, allowing us to form the vision for this spot and also providing support and guidance when needed. It’s the ideal scenario that directors dream of but don’t often find.”

The spot is currently airing on Toyota’s website. You can view it here: http://stardust.tv/projects/#toyotarav4-ev

About Stardust Studios
Stardust is a visually driven production company that specializes in design, motion graphics and live-action work out of its Santa Monica and New York based offices. Its collective of designers, illustrators, animators, VFX artists, directors and filmmakers continually aspire to redefine creativity for commercial, on-air, music video and experiential projects. Led by founder and Executive Creative Director Jake Banks and his partner, Managing Director Dexton Deboree, Stardust is characterized by an authentic voice and passion to push the creative envelope. The studio has worked with the world’s top ad agencies and brands on projects for HP, Nike, Sony, AT&T, Honda, Shell, Nissan, Ford, IBM, Nokia, Adidas, BMW, NYSE, LG and Microsoft, among many others. For more information, please visit www.stardust.tv.

Project Credits:

Title: Toyota Rav4 EV

Production Company: Stardust
Director: Jake Banks
Managing Partner/Executive Producer: Dexton Deboree
Line Producer: Justin Si Diener
Production Supervisor: Kristen Loftin
Production Coordinator: Natalie Beydoun
Director of Photography: Chris Probst
1st AD: Michael Kahn
Location Scout: Jenny Caloca

Post-Production: Stardust
Executive Creative Director: Jake Banks
Managing Partner/Executive Producer: Dexton Deboree
Head of Production: Alex More
Producer: Tram Le
Designers: Lynn Cho, Bill Bak, Ling Feg, Neil Tsai, Josh Childers, Luca Giannettoni, Luis Salcedo, Pietro DeSopo
VFX Supervisors: XX
Editor: Jarred Buck
2D and 3D Animator: Joseph Andrade
Compositor: Marco Campobasso
Flame Artist: Peter “Beak” Cvijanovic
Production Coordinator: Alex dos Santos

Agency: Saatchi & Saatchi LA
Executive Creative Directors: Margaret Keene, Chris Adams
Art Director: Patrick Simkins
Copywriter: Scott Model
Creative Director: Dylan Schwartz
Executive Integrated Producer: Matthew Kinney
Producer: Dan Paquin
Account Executive: Erik Troedsson

Production Company (France): Mathematic
VFX Producers: Guillaume Marien, Rebecca Rice
3D Supervisor: Francois-Xavier Pourre
VFX: Omar Meradi
XSI: Olivier Colchen, Francois Rault
3D Generalists: Jehan Bard-Bouazza, Yann Aldabe, Martin Trepeau, Francis Lameyeur
Animation: Sebastien Eballard, Benjamin Faure
Flame Artists: Fred Brandon, Clement Germain
3D Model: Jerome Jourdain

Telecine: MPC
Telecine Producer: Amanda Ornelas
Colorist: Ricky Gausis
Music Company: Circle of Sound
Composer: Tomas Jacobi and Nicolas Barry
Executive Producer: Guillermo De La Barreda
Mix: Lime Studios
Sound Mix: Joel Waters
Storyboard: Famous Frames
Treatment: Christine Arroyo

Leading US Broadcasters Chose Orad for Their Presidential Election Coverage

November 7, 2012Orad, a leading developer, marketer and distributor of state-of-the-art 3D real-time graphics, video servers, and MAM solutions for the broadcasting markets, announced today that is was chosen by four leading American broadcasters to cover the 2012 US Presidential Elections.
 
“Orad has become the global leader in election coverage, having covered most of the world’s major electoral events in 2012. Our powerful and reliable augmented reality, on-air and interactive graphics and studio solutions enable leading broadcasters to captivate their viewers and score big on ratings,” Avi Sharir, CEO and president of Orad.
 
Orad enabled US broadcasters to display large quantities of complex election data accurately and in real time. By incorporating compelling 3D charts, graphics and powerful virtual images of the White House and more, broadcasters were able to better tell their stories and keep viewers locked on their channels. Orad’s broadcast solutions will also be used after the elections to help political analysts define the impact of the electoral results.
 
About Orad Hi-Tec Systems
Orad Hi-Tec Systems is a world-leading provider of real-time 3D broadcast graphic, video server, and media asset management solutions including news, channel branding, sports production and enhancement, elections and special events, virtual studios, and virtual advertisement. Orad’s compelling solutions streamline production workflow, enhance viewer experience, and improve production value. Founded in 1993, Orad is a public company listed on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange (OHT). More information is available at http://www.orad.tv/.
 
For further information contact:
Orad Hi-Tec Systems Ltd
Ilan Sidi
Chief Financial Officer
ilan@orad.tv
 
Edicto Investor Relations
Dr. Sonke Knop, Frankfurt Germany
+49 69 90550551
 
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Robert Habersaat Rejoins HARMAN’s Studer as VP of Sales

REGENSDORF, Switzerland — “A return to the family” is how Robert Habersaat describes his new appointment as VP of Sales for HARMAN’s Studer team as he rejoins Studer after seven years working as Head of Broadcast Sales for Dr.W.A.Günther in Switzerland. He takes over the Studer brand sales job following Adrian Curtis’s new appointment running HARMAN Professional’s EMEA Regional Sales Office which created two vacancies, this one for Studer, the other for Soundcraft.

Robert originally joined Studer in 1996 managing sales for Switzerland and distribution in Germany, Austria, France, Italy and the Nordic region. In 2001 he headed up the Studer sales team before joining Dr.W.A.Günther, the HARMAN Pro distribution partner for Switzerland.

Habersaat commented, “Studer has been the continuous thread running through my entire career; as a customer, distribution partner and as a staff member of the team. I am very proud to return and contribute to one of the best companies in the professional audio industry.”

Studer General Manager Bruno Hochstrasser added, “To have Robert return to the Studer family gives me a great deal of satisfaction. He is a wonderful individual with a lot of professional expertise in the broadcast business and most of all Robert is a loyal and very hard working team player always putting the business and our clients’ interests first. I am looking forward to working with Robert again and a bright Studer future.”

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets a wide range of audio and infotainment solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets — supported by 15 leading brands, including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon® and Mark Levinson®. The Company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the 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 about 13,900 people across the Americas, Europe and Asia, and reported net sales of $4.4 billion for year ended June 30, 2012.

Traveling Picture Show Company Names John Noble to Head Commercial Division

Production Company signs directors Mike Chaves and Andrews Jenkins.

HOLLYWOOD—The Traveling Picture Show Company has named advertising industry veteran John Noble to head its commercial production division as Executive Producer. Noble, who also becomes a partner in TPSC, brings broad experience in both agency and production company roles, including senior production posts with The Martin Agency, Element 79, Eyeball, and Optimus. more

Director Scott McCullough Joins STORY

Director/cameraman marks his return to STORY with a 5-spot package for GMC and Digitas.

Continuing to grow its roster of commercial filmmakers, STORY has signed director/cameraman Scott McCullough for exclusive representation in the United States. It marks McCullough’s second time with STORY; he was earlier on staff from 2005 to 2008, when his credits included work for General Motors, The Home Depot and Jeep, among others. He marked his return to STORY by shooting a package of five spots for GMC and Boston agency Digitas. more

Sound Devices 788T Digital Recorder and Cl-8 Controller Keeps the Boss Happy

Versatile Gear Holds Up to the Rigors of STARZ Series’ Busy Production Schedule

CHICAGO, IL, NOVEMBER 7, 2012 — When Riordan Sound Services President and Production Sound Mixer Alex Riordan was called upon to record sound for the second season of Boss, a STARZ original television series, he turned to Sound Devices for his audio needs. Relying primarily on the Sound Devices 788T digital recorder and CL-8 controller, Riordan and his crew captured the dynamic sound for the hit show.

An American political drama series, Boss stars Kelsey Grammer as Tom Kane, the mayor of Chicago, who has recently been diagnosed with dementia with Lewy bodies, a degenerative neurological disorder. Determined to remain in charge, Kane conceals the disease from everyone around him except his own physician. The first season premiered in October 2011, with the second season debuting in August.

For his work on Boss, Riordan built a new sound cart featuring Sound Devices gear. “I used a 788T as my main recorder and had the CL-8 connected to it,” he says. “I would move the 788T and CL-8 off the cart and into a bag for some of our more mobile locations. After a while, production was moving so quickly that after a month into the show I bought a second 788T and incorporated it into a dedicated bag rig, with all the wireless gear. This way, it was ready to go at all times. It got to the point where I actually had that bag rig live on the bottom shelf of my mixer cart, so all I had to do was reach down, throw a battery in it, turn it on, grab my CompactFlash card out of the cart 788T, throw it in the bag 788T, set up my folders, jam my time code and check scene and track names, and I was off.”

In terms of tracks, Riordan sent a mix to channel one. His main boom was iso’d on track two, and he used the remainder of the tracks for isos of the wireless lavs, second boom and plant mics. Boss was the first show Riordan recorded completely with wireless booms. As a result, he didn’t need to run any audio cable, saving considerable time in the show’s fast-moving production environment. Just before production started, Riordan also purchased a Sound Devices CL-WIFI and an iPod Touch that he put on the cart for displaying meters and track names. “The CL-WIFI and iPod were a last minute addition to the cart and I quickly became reliant on the display to help me keep the ever changing track names straight. Not to mention everyone on set would ask me about it and say how cool it was,” adds Riordon.

In addition to the 788T, CL-8 and CL-WIFI systems, Riordan also employed a Sound Devices 442 field mixer and 744T portable four-track audio recorder on the Boss set, for times when he didn’t need as many tracks. This way, he could easily place the rig in the trunk of a car. “For most of the car scenes, we used wireless plant mics in the cars, so we had a few options in case a seatbelt rubbed up against the lav or something,” he says. “As we moved so fast and didn’t get a rehearsal, I put a lot of mics out there, just to give us more options. Since we didn’t get another take for sound, we tried to get a lot of things recorded and then see what worked.”

In addition to his work on Boss, Riordan and his crew use his large inventory of Sound Devices gear for various film projects, television shows and commercials produced in the Chicago area and beyond. Since Boss Riordan has mixed the Chicago portion for season 3 of Shameless and mixed some additional unit sound on the new TV show, Mob Doctor.

“Sound Devices gear has always provided me the functionality, reliability and portability, I need to be able to pack and go with confidence,” concludes Riordan. “I can’t wait to see what Sound Devices comes out with next!”

The Sound Devices 788T boasts eight full-featured inputs and records up to 12 tracks. It accepts either microphone or line-level signals, provides 48-V phantom power for condenser microphones, offers peak limiters for microphone inputs and features fully adjustable high-pass filters—all in a compact package. Based on the 788T, the Sound Devices 788T-SSD includes a factory-supplied 256-GB solid-state hard drive, allowing for superior performance in the field.

Sound Devices CL-8 is a portable mixing control surface for its 788T recorder. Its large rotary faders and push buttons bring extensive mixer-type control to 788T inputs. The lightweight CL-8 can be used either mounted or remote from the 788T. The Sound Devices CL-WIFI allows users to control the already powerful 788T from anywhere on set. CL-WIFI works together with its companion iOS software app to allow iPads, iPhones and iPod Touches to control a connected 788T. The CL-WIFI turns an iOS device into a simple, portable control surface, enabling a sound mixer to move around on set, away from the sound cart, while still retaining extensive control and monitoring of the 788T recording system.

Sound Devices, LLC designs and manufactures portable audio mixers, digital recorders and related audio equipment for feature film, episodic television, documentary, news-gathering, and acoustical test and measurement applications. The fourteen-year-old company designs and manufactures from its Reedsburg, Wisconsin, headquarters with additional offices in Madison, WI, and Highland Park, IL. For more information, visit the Sound Devices website www.sounddevices.com.

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RPA Appoints First Brand Experience Director

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Santa Monica, Calif., November 7, 2012 – RPA, the largest advertising agency headquartered in Los Angeles, and the third-largest independent agency in the country, welcomes Albert Ocampo as RPA’s first-ever Brand Experience Director, reporting to Joe Baratelli, EVP, Chief Creative Officer.

Most recently, Ocampo directed the multi-platform design for the Cannes Lion, One Show, Clio and MIXX award-winning “Small Business Saturday” campaign by American Express. In addition to American Express, Ocampo has guided integrated brand experiences for Royal Caribbean, Microsoft, Trident, Mitsubishi and Toyota.

“Albert’s fine-tuned ability to create engaging and effective experiences across a wide spectrum of platforms will allow us to further broaden our ability to offer a 360-degree, fully integrated approach that creates interest, participation and conversation,” said Baratelli.

Ocampo’s role and ongoing assignment will be to guide and shape a more cohesive brand presence for the Honda automotive brand across all consumer touch points.

“RPA’s rich body of work speaks for itself, and I am excited about this opportunity to work with them on one of the most loved brands in the world, helping to grow that love between Honda and consumers,” said Ocampo.

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About RPA:

RPA, headquartered in Santa Monica, Calif., is a leading independent advertising agency. RPA builds momentum for brands by offering its clients truly integrated campaigns that resonate throughout its disciplines, which include traditional advertising, interactive, and direct and event marketing. RPA’s client list includes American Honda, both the Honda and Acura brands, California Department of Public Health, Intuit Small Business, La-Z-Boy, Farmers Insurance Group, and Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino. For more information, visit http://www.rpa.com.

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Moog Music Thanks Fans, Announces 24-Karat Gold Minimoog

Today, Moog Music announced the release of the limited edition 10th Anniversary Minimoog Voyager. Moog created this 24 Karat gold Voyager with the finest materials, as a testament to American craftsmanship. The company is handcrafting 31 of these analog works of art, but only 30 are available for purchase worldwide. As a thank you to its customers for making the Minimoog Voyager the best selling analog synthesizer of the last decade, Moog has set aside one of these rare and valuable instruments for one very lucky person to win- details for entry to be announced November 16th. As a specific thank you to Voyager owners, Moog will send ALL registered owners a small gift of gratitude for their amazing support.

The 10th Anniversary Minimoog Voyager made it’s unofficial debut at Moogfest, Moog’s 2 day festival in Asheville, NC where the international electro-pop group, Miike Snow, played it during their headlining set.

“We are so thankful to the thousands of Minimoog Voyager customers for making the Minimoog the best selling analog synth of the last decade. Without them, we may not have been able to continue hand building instruments in downtown Asheville, North Carolina,” said Mike Adams, CEO Moog Music. “Sending each and every one of them a small gift is a small gesture of our immense gratitude,” continued Adams.

The 10th Anniversary Minimoog Voyager has been carefully dipped in a 24-karat gold finish. The classic wood housing has been neatly dressed in a custom, high gloss, black piano lacquer chosen specifically to accentuate the Japanese Awabi pearl adornment on the sidepieces. Moog has created a short video documenting the build process of this precious synthesizer, which can be seen on their website. Additional features of the 10th Anniversary Minimoog Voyager include custom translucent knobs, a glowing Moog logo with indigo illumination, gold headphone jack, all black switches, a personalized engraved gold plate, a letter pressed certificate of authenticity, and a hand bound user’s manual. Only 5 units are available for sale in the United States, with the remaining 25 units spread out across countries around the world. See the list of our participating retailers here: www.moogmusic.com/10thanniversary

Moog is asking all Minimoog Voyager owners to update their registration information at www.moogmusic.com/register so that they may successfully receive a small gift in the mail. On November 16th, Moog will announce details on how to enter the 10th Anniversary Minimoog Voyager Giveaway.

As part of the celebration of the 10th Anniversary of the Minimoog Voyager, Moog has also created an interactive timeline where fans can learn about the 10-year history of this instrument and the artists who used it to define the sound of the last decade.

Links:
Making the 10th Anniversary Minimoog Voyager Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oR75HPWEIok
Minimoog Voyager Interactive Timeline: www.moogmusic.com/content/voyager-timeline
Moog Music Website: http://www.moogmusic.com

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jumP Scores Trifecta at LIAA

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Fresh off a round of exciting wins at the 2012 AICE, Cannes and CLIO awards, jumP has done it again – with Editors Luis Moreno and Michael Saia taking home a trifecta of prizes in Editing from this year’s London International Advertising Awards.

Moreno claimed two awards, Gold for Milk & Honey, a stunning :90 for the United Colors of Benetton, and Bronze for Moves Like Jagger, a hyperactive music video for Maroon 5. Saia scored a Silver for Gentleman Shaver, a 3:00 short created for Art of Shaving that combines his expert timing with two actors’ hilarious slapstick performance capturing a couple’s one-sided battle for bathroom supremacy.

The award wins make a perfect cap to a year that has seen the company complete some of its highest-profile work to date, including gorgeous new brand films for H&M and Dior.

about jump:

Bicoastal jumP is an award-winning creative editorial boutique focusing on commercials, features, short films, music videos, and emerging media content. The firm works with a wide-range of top-tier brands, directors, and agencies continually delivering powerful and efficient results for each of its clients. The company roster includes Partner/Editors: Luis Moreno and Michael Saia, Editors: Lin Polito, Troy Mercury, Richard Mettler, Patrick Griffin, David Trachtenberg, Richard Cooperman, Wendy Rosen, Jonathan Edwards, EPs Betsy Beale and Alexandra Leal, and Partner/Managing Director Dee Tagert.


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