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IABM Annual Conference Adopts ‘Adapt or Die’ Theme in Examining Tech Supply Business Issues and Opportunities

Conference Will Assess Supply Industry’s Financial State Through Expert Analysis, Case Studies, Executive Debate, and Latest Industry Data

GLOUCESTERSHIRE, U.K. — Nov. 13, 2012 — The IABM (International Association of Broadcasting Manufacturers) today announced that the organization’s annual conference on Nov. 29-30 in Windsor, U.K. will examine the health of the media technology supply industry, offering valuable perspectives on its financial state as well as its future business prospects and pitfalls.

“This is a difficult time for many companies in our sector, and this year’s conference aims to be a valuable source of insight and information for both struggling and successful businesses,” said IABM Director General, Peter White. “The financial data and expert perspectives shared during the IABM conference will address the most pressing issues facing our industry today while also making the case for a brighter future.”

The financial and business focus of the conference is timely, as the latest IABM data shows striking findings regarding profitability. The organization’s data indicates that overall market profitability continues to decline. Fewer than 70 percent of the companies in the IABM Industry Index are currently making profits.

White will address these and other statistics in his opening keynote, “Is Our Industry Still Profitable?” In addition to outlining the changing business trends based upon the IABM market valuation and end-user research, White will establish the market potential for products and services. A subsequent keynote examining venture capitalists’ view of the industry, where they feel the value lies in today’s businesses, and which companies they view as being set to shape the industry’s future will be followed by a presentation focusing on how technology suppliers can identify and protect the value within their own companies.

Further information about the IABM annual conference and an online registration form are available at www.theiabm.org/conference. More information about the IABM is available at www.theiabm.org.

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About the IABM:
The IABM, the International Association of Broadcasting Manufacturers, is the authoritative voice of the broadcast and media technology supply industry worldwide. Its wide range of services to members encompasses market research and intelligence, expert representation at standards bodies and broadcasting unions, executive networking opportunities, and preferential purchasing. A presence at every major broadcast tradeshow, the IABM also provides a valuable channel for communication between broadcast manufacturers, government, and regulatory bodies. Additional IABM activities include awards programs for innovation and scholarships designed to stimulate the development of the broadcast and electronic media industries on an international basis. For more information, please visit www.theiabm.org.

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FSR Ralllies Behind Home State to Provide Relief for New Jersey Storm Victims

Woodland Park, NJ — FSR, a Passaic County-based manufacturer, has rallied behind fellow New Jerseyans in the wake of Sandy to provide relief for the superstorm’s victims.

Accompanied by a team of FSR volunteers, company president, Jan Sandri arrived at Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Highlands, NJ on Friday, November 9 in vehicles packed with food, paper products, cleaning supplies, clothing and checks.

“Highlands is a small town adjacent to Sandy Hook with a permanent population of 5,000,” said Sandri. “The homes are primary residences, not vacation houses. The town was hit with 13.5’ of water, even before the storm surge came through. These people are our neighbors and have lost so much. It’s a very good feeling to be lending a helping hand.”

Sandri noted that Church volunteers helped unload the supplies as dozens of other cars lined up to drop off diapers, food and other urgently needed products.

“While outside I noticed a truck from Florida Power and Light (FPL) and questioned the driver about his trip,” continued Sandri. “He explained that he was from Texas but was using a FPL vehicle because his own hadn’t arrived yet. It’s wonderful to see the cooperation and help pouring into New Jersey.”

All donations were made in the name of FSR, the Company’s employees, customers and business associates.

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.

All FSR products are designed and manufactured in its Woodland Park, NJ facility. The company is an Energy Star Partner and complies with the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 to demonstrate its deep commitment to preserving the planet. FSR offers live 24/7 technical and sales support throughout the country from expertly trained technicians and sales representatives. For more information: www.fsrinc.com.

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

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

Fredrik Callinggard Directs Worldwide Campaign for Volvo

Director, represented in the U.S. by Bully Pictures, also directs new campaign for Toyota.

LOS ANGELES— Fredrik Callinggard, represented in the United States by Bully Pictures, has directed a new, international campaign for Volvo re-launching its mid-sized, luxury, crossover SUV the XC90. Filmed in Norway’s spectacular fjordlands, the 60-second launch spot offers a rich and deeply affecting montage of landscape imagery and scenes of families traveling and enjoying life. Farmlands populated by ancient wood structures, quaint hamlets, gorgeous beaches and snow-swept mountains, all appearing under a cool autumn chill, float by as a young girl sweetly recites the words of “He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands.” more

SATCON 2012: Xytech Adds Powerful New Functionality to MediaPulse Fuse

Network Management Extension Delivers Firepower to Integration Platform

(Mission Hills, CA) Xytech, the global leader in facility management software for the broadcast and media services industries, has announced the launch of a powerful video network management and control extension that brings innovative and important functionality to its highly successful MediaPulse Fuse integration platform. This new Network Management extension provides a flexible, configurable, and adaptive strategy to automate and simplify the complex challenges of video transmission equipment control faced by today’s broadcasters, SNG Truck operators, and Managed Video Service providers.

The new Fuse adapter enables simplified, bi-directional communication with a wide range of devices; including SNG/ENG trucks, antennas, network modems, switchers, and virtually any device in the transmission chain. Fuse end-users will benefit from increased functionality and insight with new access to data on managed systems, whether in a facility, on a mobile device, or in a portable environment.

A first for resource management software, this new functionality provides a seamless, automated solution for video feed ordering, engineering, and monitoring when coupled with MediaPulse’s Source and Destination routing functionality. The toolset utilizes an interface adapter that bi-directionally converts MediaPulse managed services orders to multiple network protocols. The instruction set results are then passed back to MediaPulse, as well as to SNG and TOC panels, for real time circuit set-up and device monitoring. The Fuse Network Management extension also features an adaptive and configurable interface and is scalable from one to thousands of users and devices.

Greg Dolan, COO of Xytech, noted of the announcement, “Perhaps the most crucial trait we bring to the table is our never ending focus on how to make our systems more useful to our customers. Our intense focus on the broadcast market has allowed us to extend our robust Digital Supply Chain tool directly into the Managed Video Service field. For the first time, broadcasters have an end-to-end solution encapsulating all aspects of their unique business model in one facility management system. We are thrilled to debut this functionality to our clients and partners at SATCON 2012.”

About Xytech
Xytech Systems Corporation(tm) is the leading global provider of facility management software for today’s media and broadcast companies. Leveraging a 25-year history of innovation and market expertise, Xytech brings unparalleled proficiency to its customers with flexible, transparent and evolutionary solutions that set the standard for successfully managing the continuous business realignments that define today’s marketplace. Xytech’s collaborative MediaPulse platform and suite of solutions enable craft workflow and asset management systems to work seamlessly with the company’s renowned planning, scheduling and financial management tools. Xytech has over 450 software deployments in more than 20 countries around the world and is headquartered in Mission Hills, California, with regional offices in New York and London.

For more information, please visit www.XytechSystems.com or call +1.818.698.4900 (US) or +44 (0)20.7903.5170 (UK).

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Media Contact:
Chris Purse, 818.303.8088
ignite strategic communications
chris@ignite.bz or mimi@ignite.bz

Cobalt Digital CCW Plans Include Loudness Processing & Monitoring Over IP Demonstrations & MADI Card-Based Solutions

Urbana, IL – With the deadline for CALM compliance looming, Cobalt Digital (www.CobaltDigital.com) has announced plans to highlight its award-winning easy-to-implement, baseband and IP/ASI solutions for loudness management, measurement and record systems at CCW 2012 to be held in New York on November 14-15. The manufacturer of 3G/HD/SD-SDI conversion gear will demonstrate winning LMNTS™, an exciting breakthrough in comprehensive multi-channel, transport-based loudness processing, and SpotCheck™, an innovative transport stream compliance monitor. Also on display will be Cobalt’s new MADI card-based series of baseband audio routing solutions for mobile environments, production companies, or any application involving multi-vehicle audio signal transport.

SpotCheck – Audio Loudness Measurement and Recorded Data Logging SystemCobalt’s SpotCheck®, a transport stream compliance monitor that takes the guesswork out of loudness measurement and logging, provides a easy-to-implement path to CALM compliance and maintenance. SpotCheck monitors an IP, ASI, or a transmitted over-the-air MPEG stream at the transmit (emission) encode point, and provides easy-to-use, convenient, long-term access to loudness records for all programming initiated from a broadcasting facility.

Segments can be searched via the intuitive display of loudness plots along with date/time-stamped thumbnails of the actual corresponding programming, or can optionally be queried and correlated using a database relationship with the facility as-run automation list. SpotCheck readily pinpoints all segments that are outside of CALM compliance providing documentary proof should an erroneous complaint appear. Ethernet control enables integration with facility IT providing long-term logging/thumbnail storage.

Requiring no breakout from the MPEG stream and not affecting the emission stream in any way, SpotCheck provides an easily integrated, facility-based, powerful solution for loudness records and compliance interrogation and verification.

LMNTS (Loudness Management for n-Transport Streams)Winner of both TV Technology’s STAR and Broadcast Engineering’s Pick Hit awards at NAB 2012, LMNTS ™ (Loudness Management for n-Transport Streams) represents a quantum leap in multi-stream loudness processing by offering an economic, consistent solution that’s easy to integrate.

LMNTS uses LINEAR ACOUSTIC® Aeromax™ technology and performs automatic loudness processing across many transport streams making it ideal for MVPDs and MSOs where a large number of diverse programming sources must be simultaneously controlled. It operates at the MPEG IP transport layer to provide a practical loudness management solution without the need or complexity of external codecs transferring between baseband and MPEG external interfaces.

Available in both IP and ASI versions, LMNTS extracts and decodes audio codec packets from the program stream, performs high-quality PCM loudness processing, and then re-encodes and re-packets the audio within its stream. Physically, all data connections to LMNTS are via GigE IP or ASI interfaces using an industry-standard IT hardware platform with no intermediary breakouts.

MADI CARDS – IDEAL FOR MULTI-VEHICLE AUDIO SIGNAL TRANSPORT
Cobalt sharpened their listening skills when customers requested a new series of MADI solutions, and responded with a card-based series targeting applications involving multi-vehicle audio transport.

9374-EMDE Quad Stream SDI – AES – MADI series
Cobalt’s new series of MADI embedder/de-embedder processing cards opens up new possibilities in multi-channel/multi-source baseband audio routing (192 x 192 crosspoint switch).

The 9374-EMDE Quad Stream SDI – AES – MADI series provides a full unrestricted audio crosspoint that allows channel routing between any channels on up to four SDI steams, discrete AES-3id, and AES10 MADI interfaces. It uses standard 1694A cabling thus eliminating the need for fiber. Its excellent MADI receiver performance allows up to 250m MADI receive capability with no signal degradation.

Embed and de-embed-only versions are also available, as well as dual SDI stream 9372 and single SDI stream 9371 versions.

9257 1×9 MADI Audio Distribution Amplifier
Cobalt will also show its award-winning and scalable 9257 1×9 MADI audio distribution amplifier that provides quick and easy AES10 MADI signal distribution between vehicles without the need for fiber. The 9257 supports sampling frequencies up to 96 kHz, with a 64-channel payload supported at industry standard 48 kHz sampling rate (other sampling rates specified as valid per AES10-2003 also supported at various payload capacities).

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ABOUT COBALT DIGITAL INC.
Cobalt Digital Inc. designs and manufactures award-winning 3G/HD/SD-SDI conversion gear for the broadcast television environment. Distributed through a worldwide network of dealers, system integrators, and other partnerships, Cobalt products are backed with a 5-year warranty. For more information, visit http://www.cobaltdigital.com.

Company Contact: Chris Shaw, EVP of Sales and Marketing
+1-217-344-1243 / chris.shaw@cobaltdigital.com

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

A Common Thread’s Ross Ching Sends Popsicle Sticks Tumbling on a Mission for Love

LOS ANGELES—November 13, 2012— Popsicle sticks serve as a springboard to true love in a clever new spot directed by Ross Ching of A Common Thread.

Titled Sweeten Your Life, the spot, directed by Ching on spec, centers on a domino-like chain reaction in which hundreds of the familiar wooden sticks are sent flying in the air. A boy sets up an intricately woven maze of sticks at a beach in order to attract the attention of a young girl. The last stick in the chain tumbles in a plastic cup held by the girl. It bears a message asking her for a date.

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Hollywood’s New Wave Entertainment Upgrades Post-Production Operations with Baselight

LONDON—New Wave Entertainment, Hollywood’s premier entertainment marketing company, has enhanced its post-production operations through the purchase of a Baselight TWO colour grading system from FilmLight. New Wave plans to use its new Baselight primarily for grading television spots promoting new feature film releases. The company has already used the system on campaigns for Hotel Transylvania, Looper, Skyfall and several other films. more

MTI Film Partners with LumaForge to Provide Dailies Solutions to Film and TV Productions

On-set/near-set dailies solution demonstrated at Collaborative Workflow event.

HOLLYWOOD—MTI Film has formed a reseller partnership with LumaForge, a Southern California-based value added reseller and systems integrator, to represent its new Cortex family of dailies and transcoding software, as well as its Correct DRS™ restoration solutions. A specialist in collaborative workflows, LumaForge will supply MTI Film’s Cortex::Control Dailies products to film and television productions seeking fast, simple and cost effective solutions for processing dailies on-set or near-set. more

Actus Keeps Customers A Cut Above With Frame-Accurate Editing

Monitoring and Analysis developer updates Actus Clip Factory module with frame-accurate editing for repurposing and redistributing broadcast content
 
Tel-Aviv, Israel — November 13, 2012 — Actus Digital, a developer of web-based media monitoring, content repurposing and verification solutions for broadcasters, today announced an update to the company’s Clip Factory application. Designed to integrate with the flagship Actus View solution, Clip Factory offers broadcasters and media organizations tools for editing, repackaging and sharing broadcast media. The new Clip Factory release enhances the overall processing – reading/extracting/playing/examining – of MPEG4 and H264 formats so it is fully frame accurate. Clip Factory includes tools to splice, annotate, and accurately trim and repackage video clips in a synchronized manner. “With the increasing number of Actus customers using Clip Factory for their content repurposing and redistribution, we made a number of improvements, the most notable being the support for frame-accurate editing,” says Asaf Salant, sales manager, Actus Digital. “With Actus Clip Factory, black frames or discontinuity because of skipped frames are a thing of the past. The newly enhanced Actus Clip Factory lets users play and stop on a desired frame with pinpoint precision.”
 
Actus Clip Factory gives users maximum control over broadcast media clips by providing a comprehensive platform that offers video recording and indexing with metadata. Integrated editing tools to repackage media are easy to use. The fully integrated Actus Clip Factory serves as a single solution alternative to the typical combination of expensive, complicated tools and servers used to capture, encode, edit, transcode and deliver content. Actus Clip Factory facilitates video recording, content extraction, editing, metadata logging, transcoding and delivery management into a single streamlined solution. Salant adds, “The simplicity with a single solution workflow installation and application such as Clip Factory is becoming more and more of a requirement for today’s broadcasters. They want content and tools centralized, easy to use and easy to maintain. And these tools must perform at the highest levels. There is no room for broadcast 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.
 
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 complement any broadcast workflow, empowering operators with purpose-built tools for acquiring, viewing, analyzing and repurposing transmissions from channels around the world. Their impressive customer list 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
(fax) 617.812.7683
(Skype) janicedolan
www.zazilmediagroup.com
 
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AbelCine Adds Codex Onboard S to Support Canon C500 and ARRI Alexa

London, England – AbelCine, one of the largest suppliers of cameras and camera accessories in the United States, has boosted its digital cinema resources through the purchase of multiple Codex Onboard S camera recorders. AbelCine purchased the recorders to support productions using the new Canon Cinema EOS C500 cinema camera, the Arri Alexa camera and other digital cameras that generate high resolution raw data. more

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