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Anton/Bauer Introduces New AB Direct VU HD Monitor

Compact Solution Complements AB-HDRF System with Ultra-High Brightness Display, Ability to Receive up to 12 Camera Positions

SHELTON, CT, NOVEMBER 8, 2012—Building upon the success of the company’s AB-HDRF 5.8 GHz COFDM RF system, Anton/Bauer®, part of Vitec Videocom, a Vitec Group company, and a premier global provider of batteries, chargers, lighting and other mobile power systems for the professional broadcast, video and film industries, is pleased to introduce the new AB Direct VU COFDM diversity receiver/monitor. A collaboration between Anton/Bauer and Vitec Group sister company Integrated Microwave Technologies, LLC (IMT), Anton/Bauer’s AB Direct VU offers a compact, portable system that includes a hand-held monitor plus receiver—all powered using Anton/Bauer Gold Mounts® and batteries.

AB Direct VU is a handheld diversity confidence receiver/monitor that displays COFDM video transmissions using a built-in internal nine-inch 16:9 format screen. The bright, high-resolution 1200-NIT, 1080i HD LCD screen makes the unit suitable for a variety of uses, including ENG/EFP, cine and film production and sporting events. The high-bright LCD screen is easy to read in daylight, an important feature for outdoor applications. It also features a simple-to-use menu-driven interface.

“We are very much looking forward to introducing the AB Direct VU as part of our new AB-HDRF packages,” says Paul Dudeck, Anton/Bauer vice president of sales, the Americas. “It features a screen that utilizes law enforcement-quality glass and requires minimal setup, so users can easily incorporate it into their portable workflows. The AB Direct VU creates mobile capabilities that no other competitor can provide, furthering Anton/Bauer’s initiative of providing cutting-edge portable power solutions.”

Combined with true ease of operation and superb MPEG-2/MPEG-4 auto-detect decoding, AB Direct VU is more than a COFDM handheld receiver. It can receive up to 12 camera positions and send video over Ethernet to remote software or hardware decoders as well as stream shots live over the Internet via IP. This allows multiple remote viewers to monitor the same video simultaneously. What’s more, it features audio connections as well as two speakers. The bandwidth is customizable between channels 6, 7 and 8.

For advanced functions such as changing frequency plans or unit naming, a user-friendly administration software package is included. The administration software package allows users to configure and store up to 16 custom preset configurations. These values can then be locked in place, providing simple and reliable operation. Additionally, access control ensures that users will not inadvertently corrupt critical production settings. The OSD display helps the user navigate the local user interface and features receiver statistics such as signal strength, preset, modulation and remaining battery life. It provides users with full confidence in the operation of the unit.

Anton/Bauer’s AB-HDRF system is a compact 5.8 GHz COFDM RF system that can transmit a robust HD signal over great distances; all while being powered by Anton/Bauer batteries. Utilizing the 5.8 GHz frequency band, the AB-HDTX sends its signal directly to the AB-HDRX dual-diversity receiver or the AB Direct VU handheld monitor/receiver.

Stop by the Vitec Videocom booth (931) at CCW to see the new AB-HDRF system and AB Direct VU.

For more information on Anton/Bauer, visit www.antonbauer.com or call (203) 929-1100.

About Anton/Bauer
Anton/Bauer is recognized as the world’s innovator and a premier provider of batteries, chargers, lighting and other key mobile power systems for the professional broadcast, video and film and medical industries. Based in the United States in Shelton, CT with offices in Europe and Asia, Anton/Bauer was established in 1970 and has expanded its product offerings to include many signature lines such as its leading Gold Mount® system, InterActive® chargers and Logic Series® batteries such as the HyTRON® 50, 100 and 140, and DIONIC® 90, 160, HC and HCX. Their products are compatible with every camera brand on the market today. Other Anton/Bauer high performance products include the Ultralight® 2, ElipZ®, CINE VCLX and the Tandem 150 Modular Charging System. Their superior-quality products have become an industry standard. For more information on Anton/Bauer, visit www.antonbauer.com.

About Vitec Videocom
Vitec Videocom brings together some of the most respected, most innovative and most sought-after brands in the industry: Anton/Bauer, Autoscript, Litepanels, OConnor, Petrol, Sachtler, Vinten and Vinten Radamec. It acts as an endorsing brand for these market-leading broadcast, film and pro video products, encouraging multi-brand system sales and simplifying the way that customers worldwide do business.

Vitec Videocom is an operating division within the Vitec Group, an international business serving customers in the broadcast, photographic and military aerospace and government markets. Vitec is based on strong, well known, premium brands on which its customers rely on worldwide.

Vitec Videocom – innovative products around the camera.

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MTI Film Releases Cortex

New family of on-set/near-set dailies solutions supports all camera systems and features tools for playback, color, synchronization, metadata and transcoding.

HOLLYWOOD—MTI Film announces the release of its groundbreaking Cortex line of software-based dailies solutions. Developed from the ground up to support today’s file-based production workflows, Cortex provides an all-in-one solution for digital media management with simple but powerful tools for playback, color, audio synchronization, metadata management and transcoding.

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Actus Embraces New DVB-T2 Standard

Second Generation Terrestrial Broadcast Technology is Fully Supported by Actus View and Actus QualiTV
 
Tel-Aviv, Israel — November 8, 2012 — Actus Digital, a developer of web-based media monitoring, content repurposing and verification solutions for broadcasters, today announced its solutions Actus View and Actus QualiTV support the DVB-T2 standard, the world’s most advanced digital terrestrial television (DTT) system. DTT/DVB-T2 offers broadcasters more robustness, flexibility and at least 50% more efficiency than previous DTT systems; supporting SD, HD, mobile TV, or any combination thereof. “DVB-T2 can offer a much higher data rate than DVB-T with a much more robust signal. Actus fully supports DVB-T2, starting from capture cards to API compatibility, with the ability to analyze different performance and operational information in real time,” comments Asaf Salant, Sales Manager, Actus Digital. “Customers can count on Actus to investigate and support important new industry standards.”
 
Actus QualiTV – Remote Broadcast Verification & Monitoring
QualiTV is the only tool on the market today that brings you a complete picture of the DVB broadcast status. QualiTV is a multi-layer solution that centralizes broadcast performance operational information in real time:
 
• DVB Signal Layer – Signal strength, SNR, MER, BER, etc.
• Transport Stream Layer – PAT, PMT, SDT, Active PIDs etc.
• Video & Audio Layer – Actual access to remote live and recorded media
 
QualiTV allows broadcasters and operators to monitor one or more capture locations; recording multiple channels. The centralized user interface and content aggregation reduces the overhead costs involved with onsite operational monitoring.
 
Users can monitor as many remote sites, transport streams and channels per site as needed. QualiTV provides monitoring, statistics, archive access and alerts about content performance on all remote servers. Users can thoroughly investigate performance or problems, now or in the past, effectively increasing quality of service and fixing problems before or as they happen.
 
QualiTV also constantly monitors the health status, providing detailed graphs and reports of the recorded service giving users an additional layer of assurance that all content is being recorded as it should. Through the dashboard users are able to gain the confidence that the servers are up and running and that the recording services are working properly.
 
QualiTV monitors the following DVB-T Transport Stream parameters:
 
• Signal Level in dBmV
• Uncorrected Packets
• BER
• MER
• SNR
• Current Tuner Frequency in Hz
• FEC status
• FEC uncorrected errors
• FEC corrected errors
• FEC burst errors
• PAT errors
 
About the Actus View Broadcast Recording and Media Monitoring Platform
Actus View is an enhanced video recording solution that offers capturing of any number of audio and video channels at any bitrate or frame-size, content archiving and extraction, bookmarks, annotation, transcoding and delivery management, all in a single solution, accessible from any computer in the organization.
 
Actus View offers complete support of transport streams (ASI/IP/DVB) logging, including recording multiple audio tracks and multiple subtitles.
 
• Users can seamlessly export and stream MPEG TS or low-resolution proxies with the relevant audio and/or subtitles
• Record Transport Stream (TS), also saving the TS in its original format (“as-is”)
• Record multiple audio and multiple subtitles (DVB, Teletext, Imitext, etc.)
• Save the media in any bitrate required, from low quality up to full HD
 
About Actus Digital
Actus Digital, a subsidiary of Taya Media Group, Israel’s premier video media and visual communication content and technologies company, is a developer of web-based media monitoring, content repurposing and verification for broadcasters, cable and satellite providers, IPTV, media and monitoring agencies, governments and content producers. Leveraging emerging web technologies and IT standard hardware, Actus’ solutions are highly scalable systems ideal for cross-organizational content analysis and content repurposing. Actus’ next-generation solutions compliment any broadcast workflow, empowering operators with purpose-built tools for acquiring, viewing, analyzing and repurposing transmissions from channels around the world. Their impressive customer includes global media conglomerates such as BSkyB, Sky, Fox channels, Star, Chello Media, StarHub, Singtel, Levira, MTG, Encopmass, AirTel, and Zee Networks.
 
For more information, please visit: http://www.actusdigital.com.
 
Press Contact:
Janice Dolan
Zazil Media Group
janice@zazilmediagroup.com
(cell) 617.817.6595
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www.zazilmediagroup.com
 
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Audiofile Engineering Launches Triumph

Redefines popular Wave Editor with new interface, features and functionality

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn., (Nov. 5, 2012) – Audiofile Engineering, creators of professional audio software for Mac OS X and iOS, announce Triumph, the long awaited sequel to their popular Wave Editor audio editing application. Available as an app for Mac OS X, Audiofile has redefined audio editing with Triumph as an “audio designer”, sporting a newly redesigned interface and a host of new features and functionality.

Triumph is much more than just a new version of Wave Editor, which is also the reason for the new name. “Our goal is to always be on the cutting edge of technology and interface design. We completely rewrote Wave Editor. We rethought everything, not only how to improve on what we built in Wave Editor, but how we could bring the concept of an audio editor forward”, says Matthew Foust, founder of Audiofile Engineering, “Triumph takes full advantage of all of the latest technologies Mac OS X has to offer.”

Musicians and audio professionals who are already fans of Audiofile Engineering’s Wave Editor will be delighted in seeing the new Triumph’s single window and full screen support, experiencing the completely rewritten audio system and the significantly improved arrangement & mastering features, all fully 64-bit.

Triumph features a unique and patented method for editing audio: Layers. It’s similar to image editing in technique, but is specifically tailored for audio. The Layers method is an innovative way to create combinations of sounds and saves time by keeping everything live and editable until the final product. This results in less guesswork and more speed.

The new FHX™ effect in Triumph solves a number of the issues often associated with listening to music on headphones. FHX creates a more spacious, natural soundstage over headphones—enabling an exceptional listening experience that will truly inspire and engage.

Audiofile Engineering has teamed up with iZotope and now includes iZotope Restore & Restoration as well as the advanced iZotope MBIT+ and 64-bit SRC options for disc burning in Triumph.

Key new features include:
- Redesigned Meters inspired by the beautiful UI from the Spectre, Audiofile’s real-time analysis application
- Auto Save & Versions – automatically save your projects with browse history
- Multi-Touch Gestures
- Full Apple Script Support for complex workflows, automation and interacting with other Applications
- Actions for a clean, uncluttered interface and intuitive workflow
- Effects Groups – save a group of Effects including their settings for use on future projects
- Effects Automation – new Shapes feature can automate the parameters of an effect
- High performance scrubbing and innovative FHX™ headphone listening plug-in
- Hardware Output & Channel Mapping for greatly improved system configuration
- Full Support for iXML
- Support for Retina displays
- Analog Simulation

Triumph is the go-to solution for sound design, editing, mastering, and CD layout. A unique application that fulfills a real need, allowing users to work with Layers, SmartEdits™, all within a beautiful and clean user interface. When it comes to mastering in Triumph, audio professionals can streamline their workflow with greatly improved layout tools, DDP 2.0, and Red Book CD burning.

Pricing and Availability
Triumph requires Mac OS 10.7.0 or higher (10.7.5 recommended). It is available via Audiofile Engineering’s online store and is on sale for $59.99, 25% off the regular price of $79.99, through November 16th. Users who purchased Wave Editor 1.5 on or after May 1st, 2012 may request a license key for Triumph 2.0 at no charge.

To learn more about Triumph, visit: http://www.audiofile-engineering.com/triumph.

About Audiofile Engineering
Developing applications exclusively for Mac OS X and iOS, Audiofile Engineering is redefining the standards for Mac-based audio software. Its growing catalog of essential audio tools makes full use of the core technologies available in the latest Apple platforms. Audiofile Engineering products include FiRe 2 – Field Recorder, Sample Manager, Spectre, Quiztones, Rax and Fidelia. More information is available at http://www.audiofile-engineering.com.

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StepLeader: Local Mobile News Usage Surges During Hurricane Sandy and Election Night Coverage

StepLeader Digital, a digital solutions provider that delivers information across mobile technology, OTT/Smart TV applications and more, blazed past previous mobile usage records during coverage of Hurricane Sandy and Election Night.

The company’s local news partners experienced unprecedented traffic levels during the days surrounding Hurricane Sandy. The superstorm nearly doubled mobile page views on mobile apps and websites compared to average daily usage as users connected to their trusted local news source via mobile devices.

On October 29, the day Hurricane Sandy made landfall, StepLeader local broadcast partner, WMAR-TV (Baltimore), experienced a 522 percent increase in mobile page view traffic compared to an average day.

Dustin Wadsworth, WMAR-TV director of new media, shared, “We just said that this was going to be a social and mobile event. That was our strategy going in.”

“We were expecting massive power outages, and we knew that we were the only game in town with a mobile live stream,” Wadsworth said. “We were telling people that this app is part of your hurricane preparedness.”

“What we know is that during storms, people lose power and that is why mobile is so important,” said Rich Murphy, MyFoxDC (Fox 5) senior web producer. “As a web department and TV station, we need to be sure that the information is displayed as well on mobile as it is online.”

MyFoxDC worked with StepLeader prior to the hurricane to develop a special page with links to local power companies so users could easily access information they needed on their mobile devices.

Election Day traffic doubles
November 6 now ranks as the fourth highest day in terms of page views for StepLeader, following three days last week that were dominated by round-the-clock coverage of Hurricane Sandy and its aftermath.

“Election Day traffic was nearly double a normal day’s traffic; although, we haven’t seen a normal day in over a week due to Sandy,” said Tom Rouillard, StepLeader’s vice president of product strategy. “The peak hour for our local news partners was 10 PM ET.”

The 2010 elections were the first major elections since the company (then known as News Over Wireless) launched the first iPhone app for a local TV news station (December 2008). Rouillard said, “Our partners’ mobile page views this Election Day were up by more than 349 percent compared to 2010, which exemplifies tremendous growth in mobile traffic.”

More than 60 StepLeader partners set up mobile election results in the weeks leading up to Election Day.

“Our mobile page views on Election Day were three times what we see in a normal day,” said John Conway, WRAL.com general manager.

StepLeader helped contribute to WRAL’s stellar results by providing strategic input on how best to optimize election-related content for maximum user engagement and interactivity. Upon entering WRAL.com’s mobile news apps and website, the first item was an “Election Results” folder. The folder included “Latest Returns” which provided tabular data. The “Interactive Results Map” took users to a map developed by the AP. “Video Central” provided relevant live feeds from WRAL and CBS.

“We expected to capture a significant amount of traffic on mobile phones and tablets,” said Conway. “Our website traffic peaked during the workday, while mobile and tablet usage peaked in the evening when election results start coming in.”

“We were able to use StepLeader to present the best of our online election coverage on a mobile app with little effort,” said Kyle Geissler, Channel3000.com‘s managing editor. “Our users could get race results and updated video with ease.“

According to MyFoxDC’s Rich Murphy, “The big thing for us on Election Night is that people want to know the numbers. We placed the results very high in the mobile application so they were very prevalent.”

Live video and push notifications drive mobile news usage
Live streaming video and push notifications also contributed to increased mobile performance during these major news events. StepLeader partners delivered hundreds of thousands of live video streams and push notifications, sent via iOS and Android apps, reached nearly 11 million devices.

These two events, just eight days apart, highlight the rise of the U.S. as a “mobile nation,” where nearly everyone is connected at all times to their trusted news provider by apps, mobile web sites and push notifications.

About StepLeader
Founded in 2005, StepLeader builds innovative digital solutions to help publishers and advertisers create new revenue opportunities in an ever-changing environment of mobile technology, Smart TV applications and more. StepLeader helps publishers create a wide breadth of revenue opportunities across multiple mobile platforms, and helps advertisers extend their reach to more consumers with the most trusted local content from the largest network of premium partners. The company has helped develop and launch more than 107 live mobile apps and serves more than 200 million ads monthly. StepLeader has a proven track record of delivering ROI for its more than 300 partners, including Scripps Television Station Group, Fox Television Stations, LIN Media, Morgan Murphy Media, and News-Press & Gazette Company (NPG).

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Snell’s IQ Modular Systems Provide Reliable, High-Performing Infrastructure for New SMG News Centre in Shanghai

Leading Chinese-Language Media Company Chooses Snell Gear in Equipment Shootout for HD News Broadcast Center

READING, U.K. — Nov. 7, 2012 — Snell today announced that SMG, one of the world’s most influential Chinese-language media and entertainment groups, has built its new SMG News Centre on an IQ Modular infrastructure. The HD news broadcast center in Shanghai will provide news content to the Oriental Satellite Channel and a local news channel. Supplied by Shanghai Kunsi Digital Limited, the Snell infrastructure equipment will support these operations primarily by performing HD/SD up/downconversion, embedding and de-embedding audio, video distribution, and synchronization of feeds from 10 connected studios and any other external sources.

“SMG chose Snell IQ Modular equipment for its facility because it is robust enough to perform all of the work required in a 24/7 news center,” said Mr Liu, Bingguang, general manager of Shanghai Kunsi Digital Limited. “The Snell systems tested very well during a competitive evaluation, and an earlier installation in SMG studios had given a firsthand experience of their high reliability. With superior performance coupled with its extensive range of modules, the IQ Modular infrastructure was an ideal fit for this project.”

SMG, a subsidiary of Shanghai Media & Entertainment Group, was founded in 2001 through the merging of Radio Shanghai, Eastern Radio Shanghai, Shanghai Television, Oriental Television Station, and Shanghai Cable Television. The company produces TV and radio programs in news, entertainment, sports, finance, and music, as well as TV series, documentaries, and cartoons. It operates in a demanding environment, broadcasting 252 hours of TV on a daily basis and consequently requires highly robust equipment alongside first-class support in case of any problems.

The IQ Modular range provides a comprehensive, reliable, and cost-effective base for any broadcast infrastructure project. With more than 400 modules providing a wide range of functionality, the IQ range simplifies construction and configuration of systems by including a rich variety of processing features per module as standard. Full integration with Snell’s advanced RollCall control and monitoring software allows easy set up of the system and provides modules capable of monitoring themselves and their signals to continually report their health and status for effective system management.

More information about these and other systems within the Snell product family is available online at www.snellgroup.com.

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About Snell:
Snell is a leading innovator in digital media technology, providing broadcasters and global media companies with a comprehensive range of solutions to create, manage, and streamline the distribution of content for today’s multi-screen world. Specializing in TV Everywhere, Broadcast Infrastructure, and Live Production applications, Snell provides the necessary tools to transition seamlessly and cost-effectively to HDTV, stereoscopic 3D, and 3Gbps operations, while enabling broadcasters to monetize and deliver their media assets across multiple distribution platforms. Headquartered in the U.K., Snell serves more than 2,000 broadcasters, post facilities, and global media companies in more than 100 countries through its worldwide team of sales and support personnel. More information is available at www.snellgroup.com.

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Westchester County Center – Revitalized Acoustics Draw Stars — And Crowds

Première Artists Bring Good Vibrations To Classic Venue

WHITE PLAINS, NY: An entrepreneur with a wide range of music business interests, Irwin Kornfeld has sparked new awareness for the eighty-year-old Westchester County Center. An adroit upgrade of the facility’s acoustics, coupled with a state of the art sound system, has landed the WCC and its new “Pepe Infiniti Concert Series” on the radar of booking agents and performing artists seeking viable venues for tri-state concert dates. The series’ launch featured The Beach Boys in concert in mid-May, nearly fifty years after their first WCC gig. The Johnny Winter Band and Edgar Winter Group, Boston, Il Volo, Whoopie Goldberg, Aretha Franklin and others are booked through November.

A long-time Pleasantville resident, Kornfeld recognized the need for a larger local performance venue. But, having seen shows at the WCC years ago, he knew the County Center couldn’t attract discriminating artists (or audiences) until the acoustics and sound system were improved. “I approached the County with a carefully considered proposal,” he says. “Our company, Westchester Media, Inc. would help improve the County Center’s acoustics, and in return have a wonderful venue in which to present premier entertainment,” he said.

Kornfeld’s next move was to contact the Walters-Storyk Design Group, a NY-based architectural/acoustic design firm whose credits range from Jazz At Lincoln Center to such top NY clubs as Le Poisson Rouge and the just completed 54 Below. “A few years ago I read an interview with WSDG principal John Storyk in In Tune Monthly, a music education magazine we publish,” Kornfeld says. “In addition to their high profile performance venue credits, WSDG has created recording studios for stars ranging from Jimi Hendrix to Alicia Keys. We were delighted when WSDG agreed to take on the Westchester County Center. After partner/project manager Joshua Morris provided us with their analysis and recommendations, we knew we could make this venue work for concerts and theatrical productions.”

The WSDG proposal addressed a number of significant sound distortion problems, including poor intelligibility and a lack of acoustic accuracy. “The Westchester County Center had some acoustic work done in 1988, but the critical listening issues weren’t adequately addressed,” Joshua Morris reports. “Our modeling and measurement tests determined the problems could be ameliorated through a combination of electro-acoustic solutions. The 57′ high curved ceiling and the truss cavity beneath needed to be treated with a total of 1,120 2′x4′ 4″ thick perforated PVC lapendary panels, providing almost 9,000 sq. ft. of broadband absorption. QuietStar Industries suspended these units from the ceiling with cables, which have greatly improved upon the existing ceiling reflector treatments that remained from the 1988 acoustic effort, reducing our reverberation time, especially in the lower frequencies, to manageable levels.”

WSDG also recommended that 270 sq. ft. of Rosebrand Charisma velour curtains be hung on strategic sections of the balcony edge. Additionally, WSDG worked with pro audio expert Chuck Ballantine of Pleasant Valley-based, Ballantine Communications & Staging to select an package of 11 ElectroVoice subwoofer rows, two vertical stacks of four subwoofers each, and stereo line arrays to assure the best conceivable audio system for the WCC. “We’ve worked with WSDG on other projects, and I’ve worked shows in the WCC for years, so we were very familiar with the venue,” Ballantine says. “ElectroVoice has a solid, product line and an excellent support team. This new sound system, coupled with WSDG’s acoustic treatments makes the WCC a extremely viable performance option.”

“We’ve been monitoring shifts in live performance trends, and felt the WCC had enormous potential for artists capable of filling halls with between three and five thousand seats,” Kornfeld said. “Acts fall into three basic booking categories: Those who can fill a 200-300 seat club, megastars who can sell-out 35,000+ seat stadiums, and performers who can draw fans to convenient, competitively priced shows in mid-sized venues that offer great sound, a sense of intimacy and a clear site-line. There are only a handful of halls that meet those specs in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut,” he adds. “The County Center sounds great now. Fans that have been attending events here for years commented on the marked improvement to the acoustics. After our Beach Boys sell-out, we know we can compete for the best shows that come to our area.”

Commenting on the project John Storyk remarked, “Acoustic restoration is an art and science. Virtually everyone on our staff of designers and engineers started out as musicians, myself included. A wealth of products and options exist today, which are capable of ameliorating negative acoustic issues. The process of eliminating reverberation, enhancing sound and speech intelligibility, fine-tuning a hall like the Westchester Community Center requires precise measurements and the ability to make effective, reasonably priced recommendations. Our goal is to provide audiences with a high quality listening experience. We were delighted to be associated with this project, and we look forward to enjoying the benefits of our advice. We’ll be there for Aretha!”

Photos: Four views of WSDG WCC Acoustic Upgrade. Please credit photos by: Andrew Stein Videography, www.Drewvideo.com

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Walters-Storyk Design Group has designed over 3000 media production facilities in the U.S., Europe, the Far East and Latin America. WSDG credits range from the original Jimi Hendrix Electric Lady Studio in Greenwich Village to NYC’s Jazz At Lincoln Center performance complex, broadcast facilities for The Food Network, CBS and WNET, over twenty teaching studios for The Art Institutes around the US, and corporate clients such as Hoffman La Roche. Recent credits include Jungle City, NY’s major new destination studio; private studios for Green Day, Jay-Z, Timbaland’s Tim Mosley, film composer Carter Burwell, Aerosmith, Bruce Springsteen and Alicia Keys. WSDG principals John Storyk, Beth Walters, and Dirk Noy lecture frequently at universities and industry events, and contribute regularly to industry publications. WSDG is a seven-time winner of the prestigious TEC Award for outstanding achievement in Acoustics/Facility Design, including 2012 for Jungle City. WSDG maintains offices in NY, SF, Miami, Argentina, Brazil, Beijing, Germany, Mexico City, Spain and Switzerland.

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Christie Visual Display Solutions In A Class Of Their Own At Educause

Christie® is making the grade at the EDUCAUSE Annual Conference November 7-8 in Denver, Colorado, with visual display solutions tailored to the higher education market. Showcased products include the award winning Christie® MicroTiles® and select Christie projectors from a wide-ranging lineup including the brand new Christie DHD550-G 1-chip DLP® projector.
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Christie DHD550-G – Exceptional Value
Ideal for use in classrooms, training rooms and labs, the Christie G Series are the brightest 1-chip DLP® projectors available on the market today, delivering an incredible 5600 lumens for WUXGA (1920 x1200) resolution, and 5500 lumens for the HD (1920 x 1080) model. The Christie G Series is designed for easy use and installation by offering features and options such as wireless connectivity, an intuitive user interface, a full suite of lenses, and input options that include HDMI, DVI and display port. Image quality is exquisite thanks to a Dynamic Contrast feature that boosts contrast ratios up to 5000:1 and a color wheel that provides superior performance and reduces image artifacts. And for multi-projector installations, the Christie G Series comes with color matching and an optional dual processing warp card that enables blending and warping.

Christie DHD550-G 1-Chip DLP Projector


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Christie MicroTiles – The Brightest in Their Class
Also on display is a 1-unit wide by 5-unit high Christie® MicroTiles® tower. Christie MicroTiles are modular displays offering substantially brighter images, a much broader color palette, and a virtually seamless canvas compared to conventional flat panel LCD and plasma tiled displays. Built on proven DLP® and LED technologies and designed for maximum image quality in demanding indoor, high-ambient light environments, Christie MicroTiles have been installed at several higher education facilities including Northern Kentucky University, the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Toronto. Another Christie MicroTiles 1-unit by 5-unit demonstration tower is on display at the Desire 2 Learn booth.
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“Christie has a strong position within the higher education space,” stated Mark Hall, senior product manager at Christie. “The addition of these new 1-chip DLP® products will help to complete the wide range of visual display solutions that includes flat panels, LCD, and 3-chip projectors used in auditoriums and for 3D classrooms.”
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For more information on the Christie G Series, Christie MicroTiles or the complete lineup of projectors and displays systems, visit Christie at booth # 1142.

JVC Ships Versatile GY-HM600 ProHD Camera

WAYNE, NJ – JVC Professional Products Company, a division of JVC Americas Corp., is now shipping the GY-HM600, its next-generation handheld ProHD camera. Introduced earlier this year at the 2012 NAB Show, the new HD camera features a built-in 23x zoom lens and delivers superior low-light performance with excellent sensitivity (F11 at 2000 lux).

With a 1.22 MP color viewfinder and color 3.5-inch LCD, the GY-HM600 is versatile enough to handle tripod-based shots and run-and-gun situations. It is equipped with three, 1/3-inch 12-bit CMOS sensors, each with 1920×1080 pixels. The built-in Fujinon HD lens features a wide focal range of 29mm-667mm (35mm equivalent) and has manual focus, zoom, and iris rings, along with three ND filters. Other features include auto-focus with face detection and an optical image stabilizer.

The lightweight camera records HD or SD footage in multiple file formats, including native XDCAM EX™ (.MP4), Final Cut Pro™ (.MOV), and AVCHD, to non-proprietary SDHC or SDXC media cards. In addition to relay mode for uninterrupted recording, the GY-HM600 allows simultaneous recording to both memory cards for instant backup or client copy. Plus, the Pre Rec (retro cache) feature continuously records and stores up to 20 seconds of footage in cache memory to help prevent missed shots of breaking events.

Equipped with a LANC-based remote connector and compatible with JVC’s ProHD Compact Studio seven-inch monitor, the GY-HM600 can be used for an affordable studio system. The camera also includes a time-code synchronization input as well as HD-SDI and HDMI outputs. A built-in stereo microphone is ideal for capturing natural sound, but the GY-HM600 also includes two XLR inputs with phantom power, shotgun mic holder, headphone jack, and additional input for a wireless mic receiver.

“Our new GY-HM600 delivers innovation without compromise,” said Craig Yanagi, manager, marketing and brand strategy. “With amazing images and the industry’s fastest shoot-to-edit workflow, it’s a full-feature camera that’s ideal for news, sports, live presentations, and independent production.”

Another new ProHD camera, the GY-HM650, will be available this winter. Specifically designed for mobile newsgathering, it has similar specs to the GY-HM600 but includes built-in FTP and Wi-Fi connectivity. With its dual codecs, it simultaneously produces full HD files and smaller, Web-friendly files that can be delivered to a station without a microwave or satellite connection.

The GY-HM600 has a suggested list price of $4,695, while the GY-HM650 will have a suggested list price of $5,995.

ABOUT JVC PROFESSIONAL PRODUCTS COMPANY

Headquartered in Wayne, New Jersey, JVC Professional Products Company is a division of JVC Americas Corp., a wholly-owned subsidiary of JVC KENWOOD Corporation. JVC is a leading manufacturer and distributor of broadcast and professional video and audio equipment. For further product information, visit JVC’s Web site at http://pro.jvc.com or call (800) 582-5825.

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Small Tree Announces Support of 4 TB SATA Drives

Small Tree, the Mac shared storage and networking specialist, announced today that its GraniteSTOR TITANIUM and ST-RAID lines of shared storage systems now support Hitachi’s new 4 TB SATA drives. As a result, media production professionals can achieve far greater performance on video-editing projects.

According to Steve Modica, chief technology officer at Small Tree, the 4 TB drives have provided a 33% increase in the already substantial number of streams the company’s TITANIUM and ST-RAID systems can handle.

“4 TB drives are definitely a win for media space customers as these drives work exceptionally well with large size files,” says Modica. “With Hitachi’s introduction of the 4 TB drives, RAIDs will be built with 4k sectors enabled and Small Tree’s shared storage systems will simply migrate to a more efficient block size to deliver tremendous performance at a great price point.”

GraniteSTOR TITANIUM products provide affordable, all-in-one Ethernet-based shared storage solutions for professional video editors requiring shared access to media files whether it’s in their home studio or on the road. The TITANIUM line configurations include 4-, 8- or 16 drive (2, 3 or 4TB drive) configurations and support popular editing software such as Final Cut Pro, Avid Media Composer, Adobe Creative Suite, while enabling Windows, Linux, Macintosh and Unix clients to share media files.

Small Tree’s GraniteSTOR ST-RAID II system presents robust performance over Ethernet networks while offering optimal cost-efficiency. ST-RAID II’s low latency ensures there are no dropped frames in SD or HD. Available in 8-, 12- or 16-drive (2, 3 or 4TB drive) configurations, ST-RAID II also offers tremendous flexibility, as more storage can be added easily for system expansion.

For more information on Small Tree’s cost-effective shared storage and networking solutions, visit www.Small-Tree.com. Follow Small Tree at www.facebook.com/SmallTreeComm or @smalltreecomm.

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