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Christie Technology Brought Audiences Inside the Brain at California Institute of Technology’s TEDxCaltech 2013

Christie® technology took audiences inside the human brain at TEDxCaltech 2013 with its award-winning projection display solutions under the show’s theme, “The Brain.” Digital artist Jon 9, owner of Holonyne Corporation, produced immersive and stimulating backdrops and content related to the brain experts’ presentations that made the audience feel they were “inside” the brain of the conference itself. He also provided improvisational video mixing as accompaniment to musical performers David Torn and Moira Smiley.
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Christie solutions included the Christie HD10K-M and Christie Roadster HD20K-J 3-chip DLP® projectors, as well as the multiple award-winning Christie® MicroTiles®, all controlled by the Christie Spyder video processor. Christie MicroTiles were featured on-stage as a free-standing “brick” configuration, its content synchronized with the projected images on three screens behind the performers, utilizing the curved walls of the auditorium to provide a fully immersive experience.
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“Throughout my long career in the display industry, I have always looked up to Christie as a market leader that combines technical innovation with robust engineering and an expansive line of products,” said Jon 9. “I was extremely happy to be working with them on this project.”
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Jon 9 said he is very grateful for the support from Christie. “Christie enabled us to bring professional display technology into the academic arena at a level that demonstrated the effectiveness of immersive, interactive digital environments within a scientific conference setting. By combining Christie’s high-powered 10K and 20K projectors with an on-stage MicroTiles video wall, and with the flexibility and power of the Christie Spyder, we created an environment that was both highly functional and visually stunning.”
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Dr. Michael Roukes, Robert M. Abbey Professor of Physics, Applied Physics, and Bioengineering, and co-director of the Kavli Nanoscience Institute at Caltech, who was co-organizer of the event, added, “We were very pleased to have Christie as a sponsor of TEDxCaltech. Their visual display products produced absolutely gorgeous visualizations and were vital to helping us provide a fully immersive experience for our audiences.”
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Recognized worldwide for its exceptional programs, the Caltech faculty, members of which spoke at the event, have won hundreds of awards over the years, including multiple Nobel Prizes as well as medals of science and technologies.

Digital Vision’s Phoenix Automates and Refines Restoration Workflow

Software Powers Efforts of High Hat Post and Periscope Film

(Los Angeles, CA) From riding the surf to diving to the ocean’s depths in a submarine, Digital Vision‘s Phoenix Refine restoration software is helping to power the efforts of High Hat Post and Periscope Film. Currently, Phoenix is a crucial tool at High Hat Post in the restoration of a collection of vintage 16 mm surfing movies, as well as current productions. Periscope Film is using Phoenix to automate the restoration of the company’s acquired military footage. Both High Hat Post and Periscope Film attribute the success of their workflows to the unmatched features that Phoenix offers, including its ability to automatically remove dirt, dust, scratches and grain.

Craig Rogers, founder of High Hat Post, worked at IMAX for 11 years “making images perfect.” When he launched his boutique facility a year ago, his previous experience with Phoenix on IMAX footage influenced his choice of tools. Since installing Phoenix in August, High Hat Post has been relying upon the software for a number of titles, including restoring renowned documentary film director/cinematographer Greg MacGillivray’s vintage surfing movies, originally shot on 16mm.

“I chose Phoenix Refine because it is resolution independent, has superior flicker removal, and after really looking at our options, found nothing on the market that came close to its ability to manage grain and keep image detail,” says Rogers. “To do the heavy lifting of scratches, dirt and grain, High Hat Post uses Phoenix Refine not just for old restoration projects but for today’s video productions too.” Rogers also turns to Phoenix for current productions, including the clean up of video noise in low light scenes for an indie film short.

Rogers adds, “I tried all of the competing software packages. With its combination of ease of use, the DVO Clarity tool, and customer support, Phoenix Refine stood apart. It will be an essential tool in restoring the MacGillivray-Freeman surf film library.” A sampling of titles include The Sunshine Sea, Five Summer Stories, Cool Wave of Color, and Free and Easy.

Periscope Film has amassed over 1,000 military films, mostly government training shorts, educational material, or propaganda pieces. The company’s “Operation Archive” library houses some of the most obscure, historic footage long thought lost. Since launching Periscope, owners and preservationists Doug Weiner and Nick Spark have restored over 40 titles, available on DVD or iTunes. Titles restored on Phoenix include the John Ford documentary Memphis Belle, and Secret Life of Adolf Hitler, which was given an “A” rating by iTunes. Periscope also licenses their collection as stock footage.

“Phoenix Refine offers the whole package – a good price for superb automated cleanup of dust and scratches,” says Weiner. “Furthermore, its ability to degrain while preserving just enough grain for aesthetics remains unmatched.”

Weiner says they will render entire films, usually ranging in length from 10 to 30 minutes, for scratches and dirt. “It’s our go-to solution across the board. We pride ourselves on unmatched quality, and Phoenix delivers. We ask the software to do the impossible and it does it automatically. We don’t have the manpower to paint out everything in these archival elements. Phoenix does the job and is uniquely qualified because of its capability for doing multiple layers on one pass in a mechanized setup that’s repeatable!”

Weiner adds that having Digital Vision in Los Angeles was vital to their decision. “It made training easy and local support was important to us,” he says. “We explored other options, but Phoenix Refine answered our need of addressing different, challenging workflows for our unique collection.”

Digital Vision’s Phoenix range of products, with awarding-winning DVO image processing, provides automated, semi-automated and manual file-based restoration capabilities. Phoenix includes tools for film restoration and repair, and a custom range of tools for restoring images from video sources.

For more information, visit www.digitalvision.se.

About Digital Vision
Digital Vision is the supplier of the world’s best colour grading, restoration and film scanning solutions for the broadcast, film, commercial and archive industries. Founded in 1988 in Stockholm, Sweden, Digital Vision has offices in London, Los Angeles, New Zealand, and Linköping in Sweden. Digital Vision’s Emmy award winning technology and products include Nucoda and Phoenix colour grading, finishing, mastering and restoration solutions that are used to create much of the worlds’ high profile television, film and commercials media broadcast and distributed today. In addition to the Nucoda and Phoenix ranges, Golden Eye film scanners and the Vintage Cloud solution provide innovative tools to create the industry recognized highest quality in scanning, film digitization, preservation and archiving.

In April 2011, Digital Vision acquired Image Systems and is now a division of the Image Systems group of companies.

All trademarks used herein, whether recognized or not, are the properties of their respective companies.

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Digital Vision Marketing Contact:
Patrick Morgan | patrick.morgan@digitalvision.se | Tel: +44 20 7734 8282 | Mobile +44 (0) 7917674711

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Metro Cable Upgrades with FOR-A HD Switchers

Broadcasts of Sacramento Municipal Meetings Boosted with FOR-A Production Switchers

Fort Lee, N.J. – FOR-A Corporation of America, a leading manufacturer of video and audio systems for the broadcast and professional video industries, announces that its HVS-350HS HD/SD 1.5 M/E digital video switchers and HVS-300HS HD/SD portable video switcher are currently in use at five of the nine sites run by the Sacramento Metropolitan Cable Television Commission of Sacramento, CA.

Working with Metro Cable throughout the selection and installation process was local FOR-A dealer, VMI, Inc., based in Sunnyvale, CA and primarily covering the Western U.S. VMI has regional offices in Sacramento, Garden Grove, Portland, Seattle and Spokane.

Sacramento Metro Cable is a production operation that broadcasts local government municipal meetings for about 23 agencies on Metro Cable 14, a cable television channel in Sacramento County. The control rooms for the following agencies and the Metro Cable van were upgraded as follows with a FOR-A switcher:

Rancho Cordova, CA HVS-300HS Switcher

Sacramento County
Board Chambers HVS-350HS Switcher

Citrus Heights, CA HVS-300 Switcher

Galt, CA HVS-300 Switcher

Metro Cable Van HVS-300HS Switcher
Elk Grove, CA HVS-300HS Switcher

Metro Cable selected FOR-A switchers because of their price and feature-rich design. “Multi-view is a feature we didn’t have previously,” said Bill Piper, Technical Director at Metro Cable. “It’s very nice to be able to make use of that.” As soon as they get new cameras, Metro Cable will be HD. At the moment, they are all standard definition. “We’re SD throughout our system, however, the County board will be HD in the building,” said Piper. “The FOR-A switchers allow us the flexibility to go HD or SD.”

Metro Cable has a feed through the County that streams on the Internet; all recording is done through the FOR-A switchers. “We ordered the extra video out card, and it was great to have the extra output,” said Piper. Additional functionality that Piper appreciates is the ease of use of the picture-in-picture mode, and he finds it easier to retrieve logos. “The layout of the control panel and the setting up of the switcher is very straightforward and intuitive,” said Piper.

“We’re enthusiastic that we can now offer municipal facilities the ability to stay at the forefront of technology within such cost-effective and easy-to-use packages,” said Pedro Silvestre, sales director for FOR-A Corporation of America. “Both switchers are portable, powerful, very easy to use, and ideal in the studio or on a location shoot.”

The HVS-300HS has a built-in multi-viewer, so external monitors are not necessary. Setup on location is further simplified by the frame sync capability found on every input. The HVS-350HS HD/SD 1.5 M/E digital video switcher is a “big brother” to the popular and cost-effective HVS-300HS. The HVS-350HS adds 1.5 M/E functionality, more inputs, and more standard features without dramatically increasing the size of the switcher or control panel.

About FOR-A

FOR-A is a major manufacturer and distributor of video and audio systems to the broadcast, postproduction and professional video markets. For more information about FOR-A’s product line, call 201-944-1120 or visit our web site at www.for-a.com.

New Christie Phoenix Open Content Management System Transforms Command And Control Collaboration

Christie®, a leader in command and control projection display and visualization solutions, completely redefines content management for the modern control room with the introduction of Christie® Phoenix™, an open content management system designed specifically for control room applications. A network streaming solution at its core, Christie Phoenix allows users to seamlessly access and control information, in virtually any location to collaborate, synthesize and generate fast and accurate decisions in the most critical situations. It is the ideal solution for the fast-paced command and control centers with highly mobile and dispersed workforces such as public utilities, government, security and surveillance, transportation and telecommunications, allowing them to confidently make faster and more accurate life-critical decisions in the most challenging environments.
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Based on a single streaming appliance, the Christie Phoenix node, and a robust PC user software environment, Christie Phoenix systems are simple and cost effective to configure, deploy and manage, simultaneously, all from one box. Eminently flexible and scalable, Christie Phoenix nodes can be combined to create perfectly synchronized display walls of virtually any size, or can be used as a desktop processor to augment a single user’s operating environment. PC software offers access and control of Christie Phoenix streams anywhere a user can connect to their network. As a network streaming device, Christie Phoenix nodes are perfectly compatible with the majority of existing network cameras and surveillance systems, as well as a number of third-party video encoders.
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“Christie Phoenix opens a broad new range of options for the AV designer because it embraces the modern, mobile age of communication by breaking through the physical walls of the control room to encompass a global workplace,” said John Stark, senior director of Collaborative Visual Solutions at Christie. “It completely redefines what a control room visualization system can be. Whether used by multiple collocated participants, single offices or in the field through mobile technology, Christie Phoenix connects them all, giving them complete access and control of audio-visual content and data.”
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The Christie Phoenix node is a 19-inch rack mount unit that comes standard with DVI, KVM, and audio input and output connectors, all which can be used simultaneously. A Christie Phoenix node can encode up to two and decode up to 12 high definition signals. Multiple Christie Phoenix nodes can be combined and synchronized to create a display wall of up to 128 outputs. Inputs, each up to 1920 by 1080 pixel resolution, are encoded and placed on the network – while simultaneously allowing keyboard and mouse (KVM) control of those inputs over the network –all at a very cost-effective price point. Where access to output connectors is not possible, Christie Phoenix offers software-only VNC and RDP implementations for direct access to encode, stream, control and display content.
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The desktop software included with Christie Phoenix features an intuitive drag-and-drop interface that can manage content on multiple display walls simultaneously. It can also display Christie Phoenix content locally on a user’s desktop while sharing content with other Christie Phoenix users across the network, all of whom can view and control the content. For AV designers, it offers ultimate flexibility, replacing complex hardware networks with a simple network overlay. Expansion is as simple as hooking up another Christie Phoenix unit, and repair is as simple as removing and replacing the unit.
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“Life-critical decisions are made at the speed of information,” said Stark. “When events are unfolding rapidly, the ability of decision-makers and first responders to see, manipulate, share, and display critical information from virtually anywhere can literally be the difference between life and death. With Christie Phoenix, they can assess, contain, and resolve crises faster than ever before!”
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The Christie Phoenix system is part of Christie’s comprehensive control room solutions that include end-to-end video wall systems, video wall processors, high brightness LED video wall engines as well as kits for retrofitting existing walls and third-party custom displays. They can be found in such wide-ranging applications as Georgia Power, which serves 2.25 million customers; New York City’s NASDAQ MarketSite; South Korea’s busy city of Siheung UTIS; the Dallas Fusion Center, where law enforcement officials can monitor, share and analyze information with each other; the Department of Homeland Security; NASA; the U.S. Air Force; and the Mexican National Government.
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Collaborative visual solutions for mission-critical monitoring
Today’s control rooms go beyond traditional displaying and monitoring and Christie’s collaborative visual solutions are removing boundaries and enabling expansive collaboration for many of the world’s most mission-critical operations. By integrating stunning zero-maintenance displays with the power of the network, Christie is completely redefining the control room space, and setting the stage for an increasingly distributed control room environment. Across every sector in business, commerce and government, Christie is raising the bar beyond today’s stringent control room requirements.
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Click here to access the Christie® Phoenix™ corporate video.

CPL Creates Unique Video Special Effect for Party

West Midlands, UK, based video and production specialist Central Presentations Ltd (CPL) designed and built a unique, high-impact interactive walk-in video effect for a large company party in Bristol at Motion nightclub…. and also supplied video, media servers, content and projection equipment.


CPL was working for the event producers Bright Productions who commissioned the walk-in effect which was designed and engineered by CPL’s project Manager Nick Diacre. more

MediaSilo Raises $2.25M Series A

Leading SaaS Video Platform Will Expand Workflow and Collaboration Tools for Creative Professionals

BOSTON — Jan. 23, 2013 — Cloud media management service MediaSilo announced today that it has closed a $2.25 Million Series A round led by Boston-based Schooner Capital. MediaSilo will use the funds to accelerate growth in new markets and strengthen its position as a pioneering leader in video management, collaboration, and distribution.

MediaSilo’s software-as-a-service (SaaS) platform makes it easy to work with video from anywhere. The platform provides an online media library, with collaboration and delivery tools for any video workflow. Users can set up branded microsites for sharing video securely.

MediaSilo currently manages millions of videos, graphics, audio files and documents for more than 400 companies, including media enterprises, production companies, retail brands, pro-sports teams, hospitals, and colleges.

Major global media companies have built sophisticated workflows around the MediaSilo SaaS platform, leveraging its low cost of ownership to create a one-stop-shop for creative team members to search and preview video across multiple locations.

“This new funding will provide additional resources to grow the company and continue to evolve our platform offering,” said Kai Pradel, CEO, MediaSilo. “Our customers will see immediate changes to our product line as we address new workflows and work closely with partners and integrators to make working with video easier.”

“MediaSilo has built an impressive set of tools,” said Ted Henderson, a managing director at Schooner Capital. “Customers are passionate about the platform. MediaSilo reduces friction in the production process and saves companies money.”

In conjunction with the funding announcement, MediaSilo has re-launched its website. The redesigned site at www.mediasilo.com contains new developer resources, more information on the platform offering, and details on the company’s partner and integrator program.

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About MediaSilo
Based in Boston, MediaSilo Inc. provides cloud-based media workflow and collaboration solutions for creative teams. Built by media professionals for media professionals, the MediaSilo platform provides content creators and production teams with the ability to search, review, store, manage, share, and convert media quickly and easily from anywhere in the world. More information can be found at www.mediasilo.com.

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New Factory-Calibrated Lighting Presets Added to Quick-Connect Universal CAT-5 CCU

Vaddio, the global leader in robotic PTZ cameras and camera control systems, adds factory-calibrated preset configurations to allow users to quickly run through preset lighting environment scenes for each ClearVIEW HD-Series PTZ camera. These presets are suggested starting points for further adjustment.

“These presets were really added as suggested starting points so users could further adjust the image according to the environment,” explained COO of Vaddio, Mark Steen. “They are also really helpful if the user gets carried away with the controls – you can at least go back to the preset.”

The new presets include fully automatic mode, incandescent high-light, incandescent low-light, fluorescent high-light, fluorescent low-light and an outdoor mode.

1. Fully Automatic: Out-of-Box Default
2. Incandescent High-Light: Added gain compensation for a low-lit lamp area
3. Incandescent Low-Light: Highly-lit lamps in a bright home or studio lighting
4. Fluorescent Low-Light: Added gain compensation for a low-lit office area (bad lighting)
5. Fluorescent High-Light: Highly-lit office area with really good lighting
6. Outdoor Lighting: Typical sunny daylight

Outputs for the new CCU now include HD-SDI/SDI, HDMI and analog HD component for extreme flexibility in system design and integration. All three outputs are live simultaneously. A new industrial design enables the adjustment of white balance, color, pedestal, gamma, knee, chroma, detail, iris and gain functions with the press of a button. These controls deliver a more accurate representation of the image that is being captured, and the ability to color-match and shade multiple cameras.

For more information about how to update Vaddio’s new Quick-Connect Universal CAT-5 CCU, please visit www.vaddio.com or by phone at (763) 971-4400.

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About Vaddio:
Vaddio is the leading manufacturer of specialty PTZ cameras and camera control systems used in the audiovisual, videoconference and broadcast industries. Your customers demand cutting-edge technology that’s simple to use. You want equipment that’s easy to install and reliable to operate. Vaddio serves integrators and operators alike – with broadcast-quality PTZ cameras and control systems that deliver the performance you need with the convenience you demand. More information can be found on the Vaddio website, www.vaddio.com or at (800) 572.2011.

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Carolina Panthers Wrap Up Consecutive Season Powered By Anton/Bauer

CHARLOTTE, NC, JANUARY 23, 2013—This year, Anton/Bauer batteries and chargers have been a trusted part of the Carolina Panthers broadcasting team once again, supplying power throughout the season’s games and countless practices. Whether powering cameras capturing live game coverage on the sidelines, in the stands or the locker room, DIONIC® 160 batteries and QUAD 2702 interactive chargers from 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, have continued to prove themselves as essential to the Panthers broadcast production team’s starting lineup.

“I personally have been using Anton/Bauer batteries for as long as I’ve been in the business,” says Berkley Dickens, broadcast engineer, PantherVision/Panthers Broadcasting. “And the same goes for the Panthers organization—they’ve been using the batteries and chargers for as long as they’ve been producing videos. We’ve all been in the broadcast industry for a long time, so we just know it’s the only battery brand we think about using.”

On game days, Anton/Bauer DIONIC 160s can be found onboard Sony PDW-F800 XDCAMs. “We typically employ two cameras for sideline recording of live game action,” says Dickens. The batteries not only power the cameras, but also supplemental equipment, such as on-camera lighting or Nucomm CP2 camera-mounted transmitters, to capture fan interactions, giveaways and other related events in the stands. During the week, the batteries are also utilized with the cameras capturing post-game interviews as well as recording practices and follow-up interviews in the locker rooms.

“On game days, the dependability really comes into play for the wireless camera operators working in the stands,” says Dickens. “We interact in all different areas of the stadium, so it’s important that our production crew members don’t have to worry about carrying a lot of spare batteries. And it’s really the same thing with the sideline crew—they don’t have to carry a lot of equipment while trying to keep up with the live action. They know they have the flexibility to move around as needed.”

Delivering up to 10 amps of power, the DIONIC 160′s configuration is constructed of specialized lithium-Ion (Li-Ion) cells originally designed for high-rate military operations. Weighing 40 percent less than a NiCad or NiMH battery, the DIONIC 160 has 25 percent more capacity and will run a 30-watt camera for more than six hours. Another feature that is especially important to the Panthers’ production team is Anton/Bauer’s patented RealTime® display, which shows up to nine hours of remaining run time. “Having the visual display on the side of the battery allows us to know, with just a glance, how much time is left. It’s a huge benefit,” notes Dickens.

During downtime, Dickens and his team utilize the four-position QUAD 2702 PowerCharger. As one of the most advanced power systems available, it can sequentially fast charge any combination of Anton/Bauer Logic Series batteries by using the advanced charging techniques of the Anton/Bauer InterActive system in a package roughly the size of a notebook computer. “The charger offers a quick charge and instant readout. We can see the status of the battery instantly, but also know the chargers help extend the life of our batteries,” says Dickens.

To offer users increased functionality for the DIONIC 160, Anton/Bauer recently introduced its DIONIC HD battery. Also delivering up to 10 amps of power, the DIONIC HD is a 183Wh battery featuring special-application Li-Ion cell technology. It incorporates the company’s latest software architecture and improved LCD for superior safety and reliability in the most extreme environmental conditions. Weighing 40 percent less than a NiCad or NiMH battery, the DIONIC HD has 25 percent more capacity and will run a 30-watt camera, monitors and multiple accessories for more than six hours. The new DIONIC HD also includes the company’s new enhanced RealTime display. Simple and easy to understand, the RealTime display indicates both fuel gauge and remaining run-time data simultaneously. The display incorporates readouts of hours, minutes and remaining capacity, making
battery change decisions quick and easy. What’s more, its motion-detection feature incorporates a sleep mode setting that reduces battery self-discharge, allowing for extended periods of storage with minimal capacity loss. The battery can be “awakened” by the built-in motion sensor. These patented features offer confidence for the camera operator.

For more information, please 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 technology 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, HD, 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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SPOTGENIE NAMES MARTY COPPAGE CLIENT SERVICE ACCOUNT MANAGER

Atlanta, GA – January 23, 2013 – SpotGenie Partners, LLC (seespotgenie.com), a leading provider of digital media services to the advertising, entertainment and broadcast industries, has named Ms. Marty Coppage Client Service Account Manager. In her new post, she will work closely with Annie Pastina, SpotGenie Senior Vice President Service and Operations and company President/CEO Wayne Dykes.

Before joining SpotGenie, Marty Coppage enjoyed twenty years of consistent professional growth in sales, client service, media, advertising and postproduction. Her strong management and leadership capabilities, exceptional client relations, communications and multi-media marketing skills saw her excel in key positions at a variety of digital spot distribution firms.

Coppage spent five years at Javelin Network Operations (Los Angeles, CA), the digital spot distribution division start-up at GDMX/Warner Bros., part of the Warner Bros. Entertainment Group of Companies, where she lead a very successful customer care team; As Senior Director/Account Manager at Point 360, Inc. (Los Angeles, CA) she spent a year acquiring and servicing both new and existing accounts; At DG Systems, Inc. (Chicago, IL), she was Director, Client Services for four years managing a customer care team of 20; And, at Williams VYVX Services, Inc./Wiltel Communications (Chicago, IL) she was Account Manager (Sales), and, earlier, National Client Service Manager at Williams VYVX Services, Inc./Williams Communications (Tulsa, OK), for more than five years.

Earlier in her professional career, Coppage held positions at Brown Marketing & Communications (DDB Needham) in Chicago, where for four years she was an Account Executive, and, for four years, held the post of Operations/Scheduling Manager at Henninger Video, Washington, DC’s premier production and post-production company.

In making this announcement Wayne Dykes stated, “We feel very fortunate to have Marty as an addition to our customer service team. She brings a lot of experience and knowledge to the mix. I know our clients are going to enjoy working with her.” Annie Pastina added, “It is a pleasure to be working with Marty Coppage again. From past experience I know Marty is reliable, congenial and solid in her knowledge of this industry and will be a major asset to our SpotGenie team.”

On her association with SpotGenie, Coppage said, “I am looking forward to working with the gang at SpotGenie and especially the opportunity to work in a more intimate setting with a group of individuals dedicated to building a business in spot and national commercial distribution.”

Marty Coppage graduated from Indiana University (Bloomington, IN) with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism/Political Science. She is married and currently makes her home in Torrance, California.

About SpotGenie Partners, LLC:

Founded in Atlanta, GA in 2002, SpotGenie Partners, LLC, a privately-held technology and service company, has revolutionized the digital distribution of high-quality HD television and radio spots, trafficking, tracking, asset management and other postproduction services. SpotGenie’s proprietary technology digitally delivers TV and radio commercials across the country at an approximately 80% reduction in cost over older technologies, making it affordable for everyone. With SpotGenie advertisers and ad agencies manage and monitor every aspect of their broadcast spot distribution using just an Internet browser.

In addition to trafficking, tracking and delivering spots, SpotGenie helps clients prepare their spots for air with services that include closed captioning, tagging, slating and video transcoding.

SpotGenie is headquartered at 345 Peachtree Hills Ave, Suite 400, Atlanta GA 30305. For further information about SpotGenie contact Wayne Dykes, President/CEO, at 888 202-1631 or wayne@spotgenie.com. Visit the company website at www.seespotgenie.com

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High Impact TV’s Post-Production Team Goes Mobile at North American International Auto Show with Small Tree Shared Storage

High Impact TV (HIT), a leading auto show and special events production company, is completing a whirlwind of production work at the Detroit Auto Show, including producing a 1-hour special for NBC Sports (to air 12pm ET, on Jan. 27th), as well as live hits on Fox News and 50 other TV outlets across the United States, and press event highlights on YouTube for the auto show (NAIAS.com). To streamline post-production for its team of editors, both on-site at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit and back at High Impact TV’s facility, in Orange County, Calif., HIT is utilizing the TITANIUM8 shared storage, an Ethernet-based system designed and manufactured by Small Tree that can be used in mobile and studio settings.

“At NAIAS, we are literally a 24-hour operation on the TITANIUM8, and to edit the NBC special, we have five editors by day and two overnight,” said Tore Dietrich, president and CEO at High Impact TV. “We have extreme time sensitive demands, so being able to access video files immediately is critical to what we do and how we do it.”

TITANIUM8 is a 2U rack-mount solution configurable up to 10 GbE or 8 10GbE ports and storage capacity from 8TB to 96TB, while delivering up to 24 streams of ProRes 422. The shared storage system works seamlessly with popular editing software such as Final Cut Pro, Adobe Creative Suite and Avid – providing tremendous flexibility for High Impact’s team during and after NAIAS.

“Before bringing the TITANIUM8 to Detroit, we tested the system at the Los Angeles Auto Show to assist with a project we produced for NBC Sports Network and it worked flawlessly,” Dietrich remarked. “For NAIAS, having to provide YouTube highlights from all of the press events within an hour of their completion, while also editing live television shots for the various TV outlets we were working with, we knew we would be compressed for time in turning things around. It’s wonderful knowing that the Small Tree system can easily handle the content, while giving our editors immediate and simultaneous access to the materials.”

In addition to its performance and flexibility, the TITANIUM8′s portability was extremely attractive to Dietrich. Fitting in a single Pelican case, Dietrich can store the TITANIUM8 on the plane when he travels rather than having to ship it out ahead of time. According to Dietrich, this is far more cost-effective than the solution the company used years ago.

“At previous shows we used a much larger system, which could cost as much as $12,000 to ship…per show,” Dietrich said. “Given the size of the system and the fact that we typically had to have it installed in a timely fashion meant we had to contract manual labor at the shows to set-up, which added to our cost.

Small Tree’s TITANIUM8 lets us have the best of all worlds – a system that we can use on the road at
trade shows and other live events without having to worry about exorbitant shipping costs, while also being able to use the system in our studio back in Los Angeles.”

For more information about Small Tree and its growing line of shared storage and networking products, visit www.small-tree.com. Follow Small Tree on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SmallTreeComm or on Twitter @SmallTreeComm.

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