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Keynotes Announced for TransVergence Summit(tm)

“Sims” Creator and Yahoo! VP and Head of Video to Provide Inspirational and Motivational Addresses

(LOS ANGELES, CA) Createasphere, the leading community builder uniting business leaders, content creators, emerging technology providers and thought leaders working in entertainment and media, is pleased to announce two important keynotes set for its first TransVergence Summit, taking place March 19-20, 2013, at the W Hollywood.

The TransVergence Summit will explore the convergence of media, brands, intellectual property, marketing, technology and delivery in an evolving multiplatform ecosystem. The conference will provide interactive panel discussions, expert consultation opportunities, in-depth case study analysis, engaging demonstrations and keynote addresses. Attendees will learn about the emerging tools and strategies needed to successfully create, integrate and execute cross-platform and transmedia campaigns for maximum audience and consumer engagement.

Will Wright, inventor, game designer and CEO of Maxis, will deliver the event’s Inspirational Keynote on day one of the Summit. He created groundbreaking games such as SimCity, The Sims and Spore. Known for his unique ideas and projects, Wright has earned a reputation as one of the most influential game designers in the world. Rolling Stone magazine called him “One of the 100 people that changed America.”

Erin McPherson, Yahoo! VP and Head of Video, will present the Motivational Keynote on day two. Erin leads the video business for the Yahoo! Media Network. The unit is comprised of the U.S. consumer-facing media sites on Yahoo.com, including: news, sports, finance, the entertainment sites, and Yahoo!’s new video destination, Yahoo! Screen. She oversees licensed video as well as the development, production and distribution of original video content across the network.

Other conference sessions will focus on the many facets of these powerful new techniques in advertising, television, cinema, mobile, music, gaming, publishing, and themed and live entertainment.

The first-ever Los Angeles Story Hackathon will be held in conjunction with the Summit. Produced in association with StoryCode (storycode.org), it will bring together participants from diverse backgrounds including film, technology, publishing, game design, and theater in a challenge to design a cohesive narrative that spans multiple platforms. Story hackers will execute a single platform over the course of 24 hours and present their hacks to the conference. Finished projects will be judged by Summit attendees, providing them with an up-close look at the transformative effects of pushing the traditional boundaries of story and technology.

Noted transmedia development consultant and producer Kate McCallum is curating the TransVergence Summit, bringing a wealth of experience to this rapidly expanding space. She is supported by a governing board of industry luminaries selected for their unique experience and perspectives in guiding programming and direction of the content.

“We are thrilled to have Will and Erin aboard to deliver the keynotes. Both are undisputed leaders in their fields, and they’ll bring a remarkable level of insight and creativity to the Summit,” McCallum says.

For additional information and registration, visit www.transvergencesummit.com or call (818) 842-6611.

About Createasphere
Createasphere is the premier business development partner for technology enabled entertainment, marketing, and communications organizations. We advance careers and technologies by connecting world-class professionals globally online and in person.

Createasphere was founded in 2001, and over the past decade has grown into a global company that in 2011 produced seventeen events over three continents as well as five websites. Createasphere became part of Diversified Business Communications in 2008, and now drives its entertainment, media, technology strategies and properties division. Currently, Createasphere produces the Entertainment Technology Expos in Los Angeles; the Digital Asset Management Conference in New York and Los Angeles; The DAMMY Awards in New York; the Post Production Master Classes in New York and Los Angeles, the Digital Process Workflow Lab and the online news and content portals ProVideoCoalition.com, DamCoalition.com, TransmediaCoalition.com and ProPhotoCoalition.com.

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Media Contacts:

Kurt Gardner, 818.842.6611
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Christie Matrix StIM Projection System Facilitates the Royal Australia Air Force Wedgetail 737 (E-7A) Flight Trainer Simulator MCQFS Level 5 Accreditation Achievement

Christie, a global leader in visual display solutions, has played an instrumental role in helping the Royal Australia Air Force (RAAF) Wedgetail AEW&C 737 (E-7A) Operational Flight Trainer (OFT) to retain its FSD-1 Level 5 accreditation with its new visual system.
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Thales and Christie Digital Systems Australia Pty. Ltd. (Christie’s new Australian subsidiary that was formerly known as VR Solutions Pty. Ltd.) and a partner on the Wedgetail visual upgrade project, replaced the simulator’s calligraphic CRT projectors with a Christie Matrix StIM LED illuminated projection system. A new COTS-based image generation system running ThalesViewNG real-time software was also installed.

Christie Matrix StIM


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Operating on the proven technology of the Thales 737NG-based flight simulator and Christie’s three-channel projection system, the Wedgetail OFT equips RAAF flight crews with operational realism in a fully representative cockpit with all the audio, visual and motion cues of the service environment. The new visual system continues to provide flight training sequences that are not adequately or safely conducted in flight, including aircraft emergencies, air-to-air refueling operations and electronic warfare self-protection operations.
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“In addition to providing significantly better color and brightness uniformity, sharper imagery, and imperceptible edge blending. , the new projection system delivers unsurpassed reliability and growth potential and ultimately lower lifecycle costs,” noted Michael Otero of Thales Australia.
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Lin Yu, vice president, Christie Asia Pacific, was equally proud about the achievement. “We are honored to contribute to the successful accreditation of the new Wedgetail visual system. Christie Matrix StIM is the first simulation system to provide simultaneous and independent control over both the visible and near-IR spectrum using LED illumination. With its real-time balancing and optimization of color, brightness and black levels on a frame-by-frame basis, it offers a virtually maintenance-free, environmentally-friendly simulation solution for RAAF.”
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The RAAF Wedgetail AEW&C 737 (E7-A) Operational Flight Trainer, originally manufactured by Thales Australia and Thales UK, has been in service since 2006.

Christie Awarded QuantaDyn Contract to Supply U.S. Air National Guard with 10 New Christie Matrix StIM WQXGA Projectors for Joint Terminal Attack Controller Program

Christie®, who introduced the world’s first DLP® simulation projection system with LED illumination, today announced that QuantaDyn Corporation, an engineering firm specializing in training simulation, has awarded Christie the contract to provide the projection system for the First Article Unit of the Air National Guard’s Advanced Joint Terminal Attack Controller Training System (AAJTS) Development Program. The 10 new Christie Matrix StIM™ WQ 1-chip DLP® solid state, LED-based projectors will power Immersive Display Solution’s semi-portable simulator dome with a field of view of 240 by 90 degrees. Battlespace Simulations Inc., will supply Model Air Combat Environment (MACE) software used for scenario/entity generation, and MetaVR will provide its Virtual Reality Scene Generator™.

Christie Matrix StIM WQ


The Christie Matrix StIM WQ is an integrated scalable environment projection system with the capability to display independent RGB and IR channels through Christie’s InfraScene™ technology at WQXGA (2560 x 1600) resolution. It features 800 ANSI lumens, 4.1 megapixels of resolution, fully ruggedized chassis, Christie proprietary technology such as ArrayLOC™, which allows a seamless and uniform performance across a projection array, MotoBlend™ to maximize system contrast and optimize dark scenes, robust and easy to use AutoCal™ to maintain the alignment to precisely match and blend arrays, and the latest fully adjustable Christie AccuFrame™ smear-reduction technology for the most true-to-life image quality in the industry. Unlike alternative approaches to “smear reduction”, Christie AccuFrame is integrated into the Christie Matrix StIM WQ and is fully adjustable in 1 percent increments over a 0-100 percent range. This allows system designers and customers to maximize dynamic image quality over a range of applications and/or training scenarios.
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Engineered for simulation and training needs, the Matrix StIM WQ’s unique dual input architecture is capable of providing a true 120Hz output at full WQXGA resolution that allows users to maximize image quality without compromising system brightness.

Prairie Sun Diversifies From Studio To Stage With DiGiCo SD10

psl_travis_mooka.jpegPrairie Sun Live (PSL) sprung from Prairie Sun Recording—a high-end recording facility in Sonoma Country that’s produced music with legendary artists from The Doobie Brothers to Van Morrison and Tom Waits in its 35-plus-year history. Owner/engineer Mark “Mooka” Rennick wanted to diversify his business to provide a superior sonic experience at live events. In searching for a console to build his business more

Sonnet’s Fusion(TM) R400S RAID 1U Rackmount Storage System Offers Built-in RAID 5 Controller, eSATA Interface

Low-Cost, Fast eSATA RAID Storage System Uses Four 3.5-Inch SATA Drives, Available in Capacities of up to 4TB Each

IRVINE, Calif. — Dec. 6, 2012 — Sonnet Technologies today announced the Fusion(TM) R400S RAID, a 1U rackmount, four-drive hardware RAID 5 storage system with an eSATA interface. The Fusion R400S RAID integrates a high-performance RAID controller for maximum versatility, critical data protection, and speedy file transfers, and its eSATA interface provides single-cable-to-host connectivity. Low-noise fans make this product suited for use in noise-sensitive environments.

Available in 8TB, 12TB, and 16TB configurations, the Fusion R400S RAID SATA storage system features an internal RAID controller that supports RAID levels 0, 5, and 10, plus JBOD and Clone modes, offering maximum flexibility to configure the drives. Configurations include maximum capacity (RAID 0), data protection with optimum performance (RAID 5), most concurrent audio file editing (JBOD), or fast cloning of up to four drives concurrently (Clone mode) when it is necessary to send each drive to a different location for security. Selecting the RAID mode requires no application software and is simply a matter of setting a switch. Onboard RAID support eliminates the need for a specialized RAID controller card. For those who prefer to configure with separately sourced drives, Sonnet also offers a 0TB version of the Fusion R400S RAID, enabling the customer to purchase separately the drives that best suit their needs.

The Fusion R400S RAID’s fast eSATA interface offers a significant advantage in data transfer speeds. When used along with a high-performance SATA controller, such as a Sonnet Tempo(TM) SATA Pro 6Gb PCIe(R) card, the Fusion R400S RAID can support data transfer rates of up to 240 MB/sec read and 220 MB/sec write, with its drives configured as a RAID 5 set. Consistent, sustained data transfer performance enables the Fusion R400S RAID to support multistream ProRes 422 HD, uncompressed 8-bit 1080i HD, DV, HDV(TM), and DVCPRO video editing. Higher data transfer rates and additional workflow capabilities are possible when two or more systems are RAIDed together on the same SATA controller.

Requiring only a single eSATA cable connection to the host controller, the 1U Fusion R400S RAID drive enclosure installs quickly and cleanly in most racks and serves as an attractive low-profile unit when used on the desktop. The included Sonnet eSATA cable locks — at both ends when used with a Sonnet SATA controller — to prevent accidental disconnection. In addition, the Fusion R400S RAID offers quiet operation with three automatic, temperature-controlled, variable-speed fans, making it suitable for use in many noise-sensitive environments.

“We are pleased to offer this high-performance 1U, rackmount, four-drive RAID storage system at such an affordable price,” said Robert Farnsworth, Sonnet CEO. “The Fusion R400S RAID is the perfect complement to our xMac mini Server PCIe 2.0 expansion system/1U rackmount enclosure for Mac mini to support our small-to-medium-sized business and education customers.”

The Fusion R400S RAID is available now with suggested prices ranging from $299.95 for the 0TB model to $1,999 for 16TB. The Fusion R400S RAID is backed with Sonnet’s one-year warranty. More information on the Fusion R400S RAID is available at http://www.sonnettech.com/product/fusionr400sraid.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 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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NUGEN Audio’s ISL True-Peak Limiter Now Available in Avid(R) AAX Format

LEEDS, U.K. — Dec. 6, 2012 — NUGEN Audio, creator of intuitive tools for audio professionals, today announced that its ISL True-Peak limiter plug-in now supports Avid(R) AAX format for editors that use Avid’s popular editing software.

“Avid created the AAX format with future expansion in mind, so it is only going to become more relevant to our customers,” said Jon Schorah, NUGEN Audio creative director. “Our customers who rely on Avid editing tools can be certain that ISL will continue to be compatible with Avid products as they measure and correct for inter-sample levels in their audio.”

Avid developed the 64-bit-ready AAX format to enable better integration among different Avid workflows. The format ensures that audio professionals can continue editing as they always have, even as systems and technologies evolve.

Sound engineers using the ISL AAX plug-in have complete control over True Peak levels in audio signals, from mono to 5.1. ISL ensures compliance with loudness standards and protects against distortion that can be introduced when codecs such as MP3 and AAC are applied downstream. Designed for the transparent limiting of relatively dynamic high-quality audio, ISL can also be used to hard-limit and reduce dynamic range where required.

With this ISL update, NUGEN also introduces iLok licensing, an alternative to the existing licensing system for those who find iLok more convenient.

The ISL AAX plug-in is available now. AAX updates will be coming to the rest of the NUGEN Audio range in the coming months.

More information about ISL and other NUGEN Audio products is available at www.nugenaudio.com.

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About NUGEN Audio
NUGEN Audio creates innovative, intuitive professional audio tools for high-end music producers, post-production engineers, and broadcasters. Reflecting the real-world production experience of the design team, the company’s products make it easier to deliver better quality, save time, and reduce costs. NUGEN Audio’s tools for audio analysis, loudness metering, mixing/mastering, and tracking are used by the world’s top names in broadcast, music, and audio production. For more information, visit www.nugenaudio.com.

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