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New Pentax Q10 Camera Valentine’s Day Promotion Exclusively at Adorama

Buy the new Pentax Q10 camera exclusively at the Adorama store
and receive free chocolates or roses

New York, NY – February 8, 2013 – Adorama, one of the world’s largest photography, imaging and electronics retailers, is the exclusive New York City retail location for all 100 color variations of the new Pentax Q10 cameras. The Pentax Q10 is one of the world’s smallest and lightest interchangeable-lens digital cameras. Available in 100 variations including different body color and grip combinations, Adorama is the only retailer in the New York City area with all the models on display and available for sale in-store.
To celebrate its exclusivity at Adorama’s retail store, Adorama is holding an exciting promotion just in time for Valentine’s Day. From February 11 – 17, 2013, customers will receive either Godiva chocolates or half-dozen roses with any Pentax Q10 purchase, or with any purchase of a red or pink item in the store when they spend at least $100, while supplies last. Adorama’s retail store is located at 42 West 18th Street, between Fifth and Sixth Avenues in Manhattan.
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ADORAMA: More Than a Camera Store
Adorama is more than a camera store – it’s one of the world’s largest photography, imaging and electronics retailers. Serving customers for more than 30 years, Adorama has grown from its flagship NYC store to the leading online destination for photography, imaging and consumer electronics. Adorama’s vast product offerings encompass home entertainment, mobile computing and professional audio, while its services include an in-house photo lab, AdoramaPix, pro equipment rental at Adorama Rental Company and the award-winning Adorama Learning Center, which offers free education for photographers in video channels such as the popular AdoramaTV.
Adorama is listed as’s “Best of the Web” and in the Internet Retailers Top 100, and is the official Photo and Electronics Retailer of the NY Giants.
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Also new at NAB 2013: Dalet One Cut video editor, Dalet-on-the-Go phone app and more Dalet XTend plug-and-play connectors
Levallois-Perret, France – February 8, 2013 – Dalet Digital Media Systems is showcasing Dalet Galaxy, their new and most advanced Media Asset Management (MAM) platform along with its updated versions of its workflow solutions, as well as the new Dalet One Cut video editor, the Dalet-on-the-Go mobile app, and additional Dalet XTend connectors, which provide fast and easy integrations with different broadcast, production and distribution systems, during NAB 2013 in Las Vegas from April 8-11, 2013 (SL4524).
Dalet Galaxy is the core foundation for Dalet’s full-featured solutions for program preparation, archiving, news, sports and radio – all of which will also be demonstrated at the show. Dalet Galaxy boasts a new, totally revamped, user-friendly, ergonomic interface along with the versatile new Dalet One Cut multitrack video editor. Dalet Galaxy includes an industry-standard BPM workflow engine tailored for media organizations; it automates many tasks and processes, increases productivity and provides operational and business visibility. Dalet Galaxy is an open platform with a variety of data exchange and integration paths, including SOA compliant tools as well as Dalet Xtend connectors that simplify third-party integrations with NLEs, broadcast servers, HSM, automation systems, traffic and broadcast management, distribution and business systems.
“Dalet has always focused on innovations that bring efficiency, productivity and value to our customers. The Dalet Galaxy platform, Dalet One Cut and our Xtend modules reflect that forward momentum,” says Stephane Schlayen, COO of Dalet. “Dalet Galaxy is the first open and fully integrated MAM platform for managing media and workflows in today’s convergent world where all types of digital objects – video, audio, text, or graphics – are produced and distributed. The new Dalet Media Life and Dalet News Suite packages on the Dalet Galaxy platform bring even more workflow flexibility, productivity and value to our customers.”
Dalet Media Life and Dalet News Suite on New Dalet Galaxy Platform
Demonstrations of the end-to-end capabilities of the latest version of Dalet Media Life, which is built entirely on the Galaxy platform, will be shown at the Dalet booth (SL4524). Already in production, Dalet Media Life features the newly revamped Galaxy interface and is designed for the rigorous workflow requirements of program preparation and archiving. It includes a complete set of functional tools for mass-ingest, pre-editing, storyboarding, subtitling, captioning, versioning, distribution, and more – all accessible from the same user interface. Media Life is designed to integrate with third-party systems such as NLEs, automation devices, archives, traffic, resource management and rights management systems.
Dalet News Suite is the only fully integrated news system on the market that meets the challenge of media convergence. Within a single system, Dalet News Suite manages TV, radio and digital news production. Previews of Dalet News Suite operating on the Galaxy platform will be shown at the Dalet booth. News Suite is an end-to-end, MAM-based newsroom production system that provides desktop scripting, video editing, graphic and multimedia tools that cover every aspect of content creation – from ingest through automated playout, archives and multiplatform delivery. Dalet News Suite facilitates story-centric production and fosters collaboration between different departments — from the news desk, planning and production, to the control room and new media units. The Dalet Galaxy MAM platform tracks media and metadata; the workflow engine automates many background tasks. The Dalet Xtend integrations options allow for fluid connections with third-party production, broadcast and distribution systems, such as craft editors and other broadcast and distribution vehicles such as Drupal CMS systems for multiplatform delivery.
Demonstrations of the complete functionalities of workflow-specific tools for Dalet Sports Factory and Dalet Radio Suite, which are currently being ported to the new Galaxy platform, will also be featured at the Dalet booth.
Dalet One Cut Video Editor – A Cut Above
Dalet One Cut is a new real-time editor designed to handle multiple tracks of video and audio. Built on a totally new video engine, Dalet One Cut supports a mix of video and audio formats and any bitrate. It is an incredibly versatile application perfectly suited to editors with various levels of expertise. It’s possible to easily create unique templates that correlate to the specific level of functions needed for specific jobs. For instance, only the necessary tracks and button functions will be shown to an operator whose primary job is performing voiceovers or other simple tasks. More experienced editors may access more or all of the One Cut functionalities. Dalet One Cut is a full-featured editor with all the essential functions – browse, preview, multiple tracks, a trimmer for rough-cut editing, timeline-based editing and segments, and a complete toolbar menu for typical edit functions. Dalet One Cut can be used in standalone mode, which is ideal for staffers who are working away from the facility, or it can be used as a fully integrated editor in Dalet’s end-to-end workflow solutions.
Dalet On-the-Go
This new mobile app extends the remote capabilities of Dalet users. Three key functions are included with the app: Read-In, Contribution and My Assignments. It’s the perfect tool for journalists in the field who have access to a Dalet site. Read-In allows users to browse and get up to date on the latest news; with My Assignments, reporters can check their individual assignments for a given day along and get all the necessary details; the Contributions page allows them to upload stories, videos, images and audio directly from the phone app to the home site. The screens for each function are clear and easy to use. Dalet On-the-Go is available now from the iTunes App Store and currently supports iOS (iPhones® as well as iPad®). The next version of Dalet On-the-Go will also support the Android® platform.
Additional Dalet Xtend Connectors
Dalet Xtend connectors enable seamless integrations between the Dalet MAM and third-party production, broadcast, and distributions systems. Dalet has a wealth of experience integrating with all kinds of systems. We’ve now reduced the complexity of the integration process with these standard connectors. Integrations with NLEs like Avid Media Composer, Avid NewsCutter, Apple Final Cut Pro and Adobe Premier editing systems are simplified with all the metadata preserved as media moves between systems. Other Xtend connectors are available for all types of systems, including EVS servers and other sports systems, various traffic and rights management programs, automation, QC, conversion agents, HSM systems, CMS systems such as Drupal and others. A full list of available Xtend connectors can be viewed at
The full range of Dalet solutions can be seen at Dalet booth SL4524.
About Dalet
Dalet solutions enable broadcasters and media professionals to create, manage and distribute content to both traditional and new media channels, including interactive TV, the Web and mobile networks. Dalet combines into a single system a robust and proven Asset Management platform with advanced metadata capabilities; a configurable workflow engine, and a comprehensive set of purpose-built creative and production tools. This integrated and open environment enables end-to-end management of the entire News and Sport and Program content chain, and allows users to significantly improve efficiency, and to maximize the use and value of their assets. Dalet’s solutions are delivered through a dedicated Professional and Integration Services Department to ensure the highest possible standards.
Dalet systems are used around the world by many thousands of individual users at hundreds of TV and Radio content producers, including public broadcasters (ABS-CBN, BBC, CBC, DR, France TV, RTBF, RFI, Russia Today, RSR & TSR, RT Malaysia, VOA, WDR), commercial networks and operators (Antena 3, Canal+, FOX, eTV, Mediaset, Orange, Time Warner Cable, Warner Bros., Sirius XM Radio) and government organizations (Queensland JAG, Canadian House of Commons, The European Commission). Dalet is traded on the NYSE-EURONEXT stock exchange (Eurolist C): ISIN: FR0011026749, Bloomberg DLT:FP, Reuters: DALE.PA.
Dalet is a registered trademark of Dalet Digital Media Systems. All other trademarks and products mentioned herein belong to their respective owners.
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City of Bellingham Expands Local Event Coverage with New Portable Production System from ABS

SEATAC, WA — Bellingham TV Channel 10 (BTV10), the government and education channel for the city of Bellingham, Wash., produces multi-camera coverage of meetings from City Hall and single-camera event coverage throughout Whatcom County. However, a new portable production system from professional video and audio systems integration firm Advanced Broadcast Solutions (ABS) is helping the channel produce multi-camera HD productions throughout its community.

Before the city purchased its remote production system from ABS, very few meetings or events were covered beyond City Hall. A multi-camera remote production required a cost-prohibitive crew of six, including three camera operators. Then, footage from each camera (recorded separately) had to be placed in a multi-cam editing environment and assembled with graphics, which often added another day in post before the program was completed.

In contrast, BTV10 covered an event last month on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day with four cameras and a two-man crew – and the program was ready later that evening after minor trimming at the beginning and end. Featured on Comcast Cable throughout Whatcom County, BTV10 has covered almost a dozen meetings and other events with its portable system since last September.

When he met with ABS at an industry event last summer, station coordinator Dal Neitzel was impressed that the company could build a low-cost, portable multi-camera production solution tailored for a crew of one or two people. “We were looking for a way to cover meetings, indoor events, and presentations in other locations that were of interest to our community,” he said. “ABS had answers. They had solutions.”

The remote production system is built around three Panasonic AW-HE120K HD PTZ cameras with Libec LS-22 tripods, Panasonic AW-RP50 remote camera controller, and Panasonic AG-HMX100 digital AV mixer with built-in multi-viewer and audio mixer. Each camera is connected by a custom-built 60-foot SDI multi-conductor camera cable with power, LAN, and serial control.

“I was skeptical at first,” Neitzel admitted, “but once I saw the cameras in action, they were definitely a step up from what we had. The images just look wonderful.”

A Matrox Convert DVI Plus scan converter allows BTV10 to feed presentations from a computer or projector directly into the Panasonic switcher, rather than use a camera to shoot an on-site projector screen or monitor. Lower-third graphics are produced on a laptop using Adobe Photoshop. Productions are recorded to an AJA Ki Pro Mini, while a Viewcast Niagara streaming media system allows live HD streaming to the Internet. The equipment is transported in four wheeled SKB waterproof cases, and the system can be setup quickly on a small utility table.

“It’s fair to say our solution is unconventional – PTZ cameras aren’t typically mounted to tripods – but it was the solution that worked within BTV10’s budget and crew limitations,” explained Arco Groenenberg, ABS vice president of sales and marketing. “The remote system is easy to transport, requires minimal setup, and delivers a quality HD production.”

“There’s still a lot of equipment involved in what we do. Technology moves so fast, it’s just really hard to keep up with it,” Neitzel added. “I have to depend on folks like ABS to help. They have the engineering skills and the production background. They’re my engineers, my advisors, and my consultants. We are very happy with the service and the products that ABS has provided.”

About ABS:

Based in SeaTac, WA, ABS (Advanced Broadcast Solutions) delivers customized, technologically superior solutions for broadcast, corporate, house of worship, entertainment, government, and educational facilities – from design and integration to installation and support services. Since 1982, its experienced technical staff has installed more than 700 systems for clients including Fisher Communications, Cowles California Media, Real Networks, Cisco Systems, and Microsoft Studios. For more information, call 206-870-0244 or visit

Adorama NAB 2013 Lineup Includes Cinema Cameras from Blackmagic, Canon and Sony

NAB attendees can visit the Adorama booth for hands on time with the latest in cinema solutions; speak with product specialists to gain insight on the hottest new filmmaking and photography gear
New York, NY – February 8, 2013 – Adorama, the leading supplier of professional video, photographic and consumer electronics products, today announced its presence at the NAB 2013 exhibition, held in Las Vegas, NV from April 8 through 11 (Booth C7412). Adorama video, film and photography specialists as well as production experts from the Adorama Rental Center will be onsite, providing attendees with information on the latest acquisition technology and digital media accessories available for filmmakers, cinematographers and digital media enthusiasts.
Adorama will showcase a wide-range of professional and prosumer cameras for attendees to test-drive and compare, including the new Blackmagic Design Cinema Camera, Canon’s C100 and C300 series, and Sony’s F5 and PMW200. In addition to getting hands-on time with these and more popular cameras, Adorama will be raffling off broadcast and digital cinema cameras each day at the booth. Further details to follow.
Register for NAB 2013
Visit NAB’s website and enter code 2013 for free registration to the exhibition floor. Offer expires March 22, 2013.
NAB attendees are encouraged to schedule an appointment to discuss their production and camera needs with an Adorama representative. To schedule a meeting, email
About Blackmagic Design Cinema Camera
Elegant, sophisticated and jam-packed with the latest digital cinema technology, Blackmagic Cinema Camera gives work that timeless feature film look. Blackmagic Cinema Camera features an amazing 2.5K image sensor with a wide 13 stops of dynamic range for a true digital film camera. Filmmakers get a built-in SSD recorder, popular open standard uncompressed RAW and compressed file formats, compatibility with quality EF and ZE mount lenses, LCD touchscreen monitoring plus metadata entry, all packed into an exciting hand held design.
Blackmagic Cinema Camera features a high-resolution sensor with wide dynamic range making it perfect for independent film, television commercials and episodic television production. DaVinci Resolve software for Mac and Windows comes standard, allowing filmmakers to work at the highest quality and get the best results. Blackmagic Cinema Camera is both affordable and a complete solution because it includes a built-in recorder and monitoring, perfect for replacing video-only cameras for work such as sporting events, weddings, music videos and more. Blackmagic Cinema Camera retails at 2,995 USD and can be purchased on
About Canon Cinema EOS
Canon Cinema EOS cameras are built from the ground up to help filmmakers “leave no story untold.” Every detail from sensor design to lens mount to I/O and codec has been re-conceived, engineered and integrated for the unique requirements of the film industry. Cinema EOS cameras offer a range of frame rates, resolutions and recording options that cover the gamut of image origination, from high definition to 2K to 4K. All in compact shooting-friendly designs complemented by extensive service and support. To view Adorama’s Canon product offering, please visit the Adorama website.
About Sony Digital Cinema Solutions
Sony Digital Cinema Solutions combines a full range of Sony technologies, training and service to provide a broad range of solutions for exhibitors. The world’s leading manufacturer of commercially available 4K resolution digital cinema projection systems, the group also offers Sony’s TMS (theater management system); digital signage hardware, software and content development; security systems and Network Operations Center (NOC) services for the exhibition community. Sony also offers flexible financing including a lease program and exhibitor-managed finance program leveraging Sony’s VPF administration that can make converting to digital easier and more affordable than ever before. To view Adorama’s Sony product offering, please visit the Adorama website.
To set up a press briefing with a member of the Adorama team, please contact Anya Oskolkova at
About Adorama
ADORAMA: More than a camera store.
Adorama is more than a camera store. It is one of the world’s largest photography, imaging and electronics retailers serving customers for over 30 years. Adorama has grown from its flagship NYC store to a global destination for photography and imaging. Adorama’s vast product offerings now encompass home entertainment, mobile computing, and professional audio, while its services include an in-house photo lab (AdoramaPix) and pro equipment rental (Adorama Rental Company) and its award-winning Adorama Learning Center, which offers free Learning Resources for photographers.
Adorama is listed as’s “Best of the Web,” Internet Retailers Top 100, and in Consumer Reports as a leading Photography & Electronic Retailer. Visit ADORAMA at
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SMPTE Products at the 2013 NAB Show:

New SMPTE Digital Library
Throughout the 2013 NAB Show, SMPTE will showcase the newly launched SMPTE digital library, which enables users to search and access content including the SMPTE Motion Imaging Journal (1916 to the present), the society’s conference proceedings, and the full suite of SMPTE standards, recommended practices, and engineering guidelines. Available on the HighWire online platform at, the SMPTE digital library provides onestop access to SMPTE resources, informing professionals about the latest technology and industry research as they happen. Integrated search functionality allows users to expand their search across the entire SMPTE content set, and results reveal the number of hits and the source of the information. The repository is accessible to SMPTE members and nonmember subscribers around the world, including academic and corporate libraries, and members of the media. In-depth demonstrations may be arranged in advance.

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SMPTE CamBook(R) 3
SMPTE’s CamBook(R) 3 is a precision tool designed to help users optimize image quality with ease and speed. With this convenient tool, engineers can align and set up cameras to REC 709, compare/match camera makes and models, and test lenses for colorimetry and resolution. In production, the CamBook 3 helps users select the best camera for the job and serves as a useful reference both on set and in post for color correction of images. The SMPTE-branded book is essentially three charts bound into one product. It features a number of popular DSC test elements, including the CamAlign(TM) colorbar/grayscale with “SpectroGray” patented spectrophotometrically neutral grayscale, a 12-chip colorbar with four standard skin tones, resolution trumpets, and both 16:9 and 4:3 framing lines. Additional DSC test elements include three “matte” reference chips (18 percent gray, DSC Warm, and 90 percent CamWhite), as well as a DSC BackFocus Pattern, all of which were previously unavailable in any CamBook.

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SMPTE OneShot(TM) Pocket Chart
Offered in a SMPTE-branded protective case, the DSC Labs OneShot(TM) pocket chart provides all of the color and luminance information necessary to match and reproduce color in dailies footage. When the chart is captured on camera, it serves as a reference that allows colors to be adjusted quickly and accurately to match the look predetermined by the director of photography. Printed with a matte surface that reduces glare, the OneShot chart can be incorporated into a shot with minimal reconfiguration of cameras and lighting. As a result, this pocket tool gives users a fast means of maintaining the right look and feel for motion images, even in high pressure, time-sensitive shooting environments. As the name suggests, the overall size of 6.25 inches by 3.75 inches can actually fit in your pocket. A lanyard is also included for convenience.

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Company Quote:
“At the 2013 NAB Show we will highlight an array of convenient tools and resources for motion-imaging professionals. We’re particularly excited to showcase the powerful search capabilities within the rich SMPTE digital library, which offers unprecedented access to valuable SMPTE material for today’s media ecosystems as well as ancillary industries such as military, security, and healthcare.” — Barbara H. Lange, executive director of SMPTE

Company Overview:

The Oscar(R) and Emmy(R) Award-winning Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE), a professional membership association, is the worldwide leader in developing and providing motion-imaging standards and education for the communications, technology, media, and entertainment industries. An internationally recognized and accredited organization, SMPTE advances moving-imagery education and engineering across the broadband, broadcast, cinema, and IT disciplines. Since its founding in 1916, SMPTE has published the SMPTE Motion Imaging Journal and developed more than 600 standards, recommended practices, and engineering guidelines. SMPTE members include motion-imaging executives, engineers, creative and technology professionals, researchers, scientists, educators, and students from around the world. Information on joining SMPTE is available at

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Steadicam Smoothee gives Academy Sci-Tech Awards attendees Hollywood-style camera stabilization in the palm of their hand
Hauppauge, New York – February 8, 2013 – The Tiffen® Company, a leading manufacturer of award-winning accessories for the still imaging, motion picture, and broadcast markets, is proud to announce its support for the upcoming Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences’ Scientific and Technical Awards in conjunction with the Oscars®.
Tiffen’s Steadicam® Smoothee® product will be given as the exclusive gift for the awards ceremony attendees. Leveraging the same technology as the $60,000 Hollywood rig systems, Smoothee lets users shoot crisp, smooth, and never shaky footage straight from their iPhone® or GoPro® camera. Tiffen is providing 450 Smoothee Bonus Packs containing the Steadicam Smoothee with mounts for the iPhone 4/4S and GoPro HERO®/HERO2/HERO3.
“We are very honored to be able to contribute to the Academy’s celebration of the Sci-Tech awards, where industry visionaries come together to celebrate outstanding technological achievements,” comments Steve Tiffen, president and CEO, The Tiffen Company. “Helping to create the world’s greatest images is at the heart of everything the Tiffen Company does and, with Tiffen being a past recipient of Academy recognition, having the Smoothee represented at the Scientific and Technical Awards is something the entire Tiffen family is very proud of.”
The awards ceremony will be held on Saturday, February 9, 2013 at the Beverly Hills Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. Portions of the awards presentation will be featured during the Oscar telecast on Sunday, February 24, at the Dolby Theatre™ at Hollywood & Highland Center®, and will be hosted by Seth MacFarlane. The Oscar presentation will be televised live on the ABC Television Network and in more than 225 countries worldwide.
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About the Academy
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is the world’s preeminent movie-related organization, with a membership of more than 6,000 of the most accomplished men and women working in cinema. In addition to the annual Academy Awards—in which the members vote to select the nominees and winners—the Academy presents a diverse year-round slate of public programs, exhibitions and events; provides financial support to a wide range of other movie-related organizations and endeavors; acts as a neutral advocate in the advancement of motion picture technology; and, through its Margaret Herrick Library and Academy Film Archive, collects, preserves, restores and provides access to movies and items related to their history. Through these and other activities the Academy serves students, historians, the entertainment industry and people everywhere who love movies.
About Tiffen
Tiffen has been a leading manufacturer of photographic filters, lens accessories, software, and camera accessories for the consumer/professional imaging and the motion picture and broadcast television industries for over 75 years. The company has a rich history of innovative product design, superior optical consistency, and unparalleled quality. Tiffen has been recognized for its product and engineering excellence, earning a Technical Achievement Award and a Scientific and Engineering Award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, as well as multiple Emmy® Awards. Today, the company offers a wide range of products, which include: Tiffen® filters, Steadicam® camera stabilizing systems, Lowel® lights, Listec™ teleprompters, Tiffen Dfx® digital imaging software, Domke® bags, Davis & Sanford® tripods, Genustech® camera accessories, Zing® camera covers, Stroboframe® flash brackets, Saunders® professional trimmers, and Kodak Wratten® filters. Tiffen continues to enhance its reputation as a leading imaging accessory manufacturer through aggressive growth in the image-making accessory industry.
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Tiffen is a registered trademark of The Tiffen Company. All other trademarks and products mentioned herein belong to their respective owners.
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MediaSilo Announces iPad(R) App

New App Enables Content Producers to View, Search and Share Media From Anywhere, Online or Offline

BOSTON — Feb. 7, 2013 — MediaSilo, a provider of cloud-based media workflow and collaboration solutions, today announced the launch of a native iOS app that provides iPad(R) users with access to their media assets from anywhere. With the iPad app, on-the-go creative professionals can access the MediaSilo cloud library to search for and download their content for offline review. Available now, the first release of the iPad app facilitates anywhere/anytime offline viewing of content, while the next release, scheduled for early 2013, will include tools for content annotation, approval, and presentation.

“Growing numbers of producers, directors, and other media executives rely on mobile devices to help them stay in the loop on creative content development, even when they’re away from a shooting location or other production site. And now, MediaSilo is offering the first native iOS app that actually gives these professionals offline access to working content,” said Kai Pradel, CEO, MediaSilo. “Several traditional MAM providers offer iPad apps, but those require a direct and continuous connection to a server to stream the files in real time. With our app, a user can download needed content before a plane flight, review and annotate the content while disconnected, and then upload the annotated version back to MediaSilo later to continue the workflow.”

The MediaSilo iPad app uses the native elements of iOS to take maximum advantage of the iPad interface for file downloading and offline reviewing. Users can log into MediaSilo with a PIN, which provides an added level of security, and then browse media assets and select projects using their familiar folder structure. They can perform global keyword searches, tag files, and then filter them based on the tags. When the user marks a file for offline viewing, MediaSilo automatically downloads the file to the iPad app. While reviewing offline, the user can switch to full-screen mode to add annotations.

The MediaSilo iPad app is now available on Apple’s iTunes(R) App StoreSM. Soon, the app will include support for content reviews and approvals as well as a presentation tool that will enable users to assemble multiple video files into coherent presentations.

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About MediaSilo
Based in Boston, MediaSilo Inc. provides media workflow and collaboration solutions for creative teams. MediaSilo’s cloud-based platform makes it easy to work with video from anywhere, securely. The platform provides an online media library, with collaboration and presentation tools for any video workflow. Designed from the ground up to be highly customizable, MediaSilo lets users tailor their experience for any job. More information can be found at

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NETIA Products at the 2013 NAB Show:

NEW RELEASE: Radio-Assist(TM) 8.2 Automation Solution
NETIA is unveiling version 8.2 of the company’s Radio-Assist(TM) digital audio software suite at the 2013 NAB Show. This latest release of NETIA’s flagship software boasts three powerful enhancements, all of which will be showcased throughout the show.

Cloud Management
The introduction of cloud-based management for Radio-Assist(TM) gives users the ability to access the system database from any network-connected workstation. Particularly valuable for multisite radio broadcasters, this capability enables authorized users everywhere to access, retrieve, and work on the same content, without the need for time-consuming media transfers. In addition to enabling faster, more productive operations through shared media access, cloud-based management enables broadcasters to reduce reliance on server infrastructure and, in turn, lower the total cost of ownership.

By storing content in the cloud, Radio-Assist can serve as an online production database or as online content archive. Radio-Assist archiving tools enable seamless management of the archive/restoration process in the cloud. Users can simply trigger the archiving process as a background task and subsequently use simple search requests to retrieve content. In disaster recovery situations, the content stored in the cloud by Radio-Assist can help to ensure continuity of service even when ground-based facilities are compromised.

iSnippet Audio Editing Tool for iPhone(R) and iPad(R)
The Snippet range of editing tools available within the Radio-Assist(TM) automation products is now available for iOS devices. Sharing the same look and ergonomic principles as the Snippet desktop interface, the new iPhone(R)- and iPad(R)-compatible iSnippet tool allows field reporters and other remote users to enjoy the Radio-Assist audio editing capabilities — familiar from the desktop — on their portable devices.

The new teleprompter module for the Radio-Assist(TM) suite gives presenters and journalists convenient visual access to news scripts, which scroll continuously across the presenter’s screen, linked with the playout system in the studio. Customizable features such as text size, color selection, automatic speed control that adapts to reading speed, and read length may be configured in user profiles tailored to presenter preferences.

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NETIA Content Management System (CMS)
At the 2013 NAB Show, NETIA will showcase the latest version of its media asset management (MAM) platform, which allows users to manage all processes within the global production environment — from editing through post and distribution — through simple, easy-to-manage workflows and task automation, accessed through one unique and straightforward interface. With the NETIA CMS, users can connect all of their partners and vendors within a single production ecosystem, simplifying the sharing and managing of media assets.

Metamodel Editor
The latest version of the NETIA CMS includes new features within its metadata management module. Enriched with a new metamodel editor, this graphical tool enables the user to manage and customize the metadata model structure.

The new release of NETIA CMS includes a recording feature with which users can schedule specific recordings or continuous channel ingest. Video is stored in the MAM database along with corresponding transcript text files, generated by a speech-to-text engine. A new monitoring feature facilitates the searching and browsing of these recorded channel feeds, either according to a timeline or through a full-text search. Upon locating the appropriate content, the user can extract, repurpose, and export the relevant video segment.

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Company Overview:

NETIA, a GlobeCast company, is a leading provider of software solutions that enable efficient management and delivery of content to today’s full array of media platforms. Relied on by more than 10,000 users in 200 installations in more than 40 countries, NETIA solutions allow content producers and owners to manage content from ingest to delivery, targeting multiplatform outlets including the Internet, VOD, IPTV services, and mobile devices.

NETIA provides content management solutions to major radio and television brands and to multimedia groups around the world. Clients include the Associated Press, ABC, Radio Globo in Brazil, SBS and ABC in Australia, MediaCorp Singapore, RAI Italy, RTL and Radio France, RTBF in Belgium and France Televisions. NETIA has its headquarters in France, with offices in the United States, Paris, Rome, and Singapore, in addition to a global network of professional distribution partners.

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China’s Urumqi TV Builds State-of-the-Art HD OB Van on Significant Deployment of Snell Equipment

Snell Production Switcher, Router, Format Converter, and Infrastructure Gear Provide Flexible, Future-Proof Solution for Live Newsgathering and Mobile Production

READING, U.K. — Feb. 7, 2013 — Snell today announced that Urumqi TV (UTV), a broadcaster in China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, has equipped its new 10-channel HD OB van with an extensive deployment of Snell equipment. Beijing-based systems integrator Sanitec supplied UTV with a Kahuna multi-format production switcher, Pyxis router, Kudos Plus TBS800 SD/HD/3Gbps format converter, and IQ Modular infrastructure. These advanced systems, which represent UTV’s most significant broadcast equipment investment to date, will support high-quality live broadcasting of news, sports events, and various entertainment shows.

“Working with Sanitec, we evaluated leading international broadcast equipment suppliers and products, and determined that Snell solutions best met our requirements for power, reliability, and performance,” said Mr. Wu Erpu, Director of Technical Center and Mr. Li Heng, Duty Director of Technical Center at UTV. “In addition to ensuring high-quality image and audio transmission, they enable easy operation and control. Together, the Snell systems make a cost-effective solution that meets our present needs, and if our needs should change, we know will be able to extend or upgrade this installation with ease.”

Designed for fast-paced, live production environments, Snell’s Kahuna production switcher combines a comprehensive and versatile feature set with innovative signal processing capability. Kahuna offers simultaneous SD and HD operation in the same mainframe with a single control panel. Its advanced FormatFusion pixel-filtering technology enables UTV to integrate any SD material — such as hand-held camera feeds, graphics, or archive material — into HD productions seamlessly, without upconversion.

The Kudos Plus TBS800 format converter with timebase synchronizer (TBS) capabilities provides the new UTV OB van with multi-rate 3Gbps, HD, and SD inputs and outputs, and is capable of motion adaptive up/down/crossconversion within the same frame rate. A high-density, mid-size router ideal for the mobile production environment, Snell’s Pyxis router assures both flexibility and reliability in routing signals in all common broadcast formats.

“Deployment of this state-of-the-art technology demonstrates a practical forward-looking approach to live production and broadcasting, as well as a commitment to the quality of the end product,” said David Tasker, senior vice president of technical services at Snell. “Urumqi TV’s installation of Snell equipment in its OB van puts the broadcaster in the position — now and in the future — to deliver even more compelling and timely programming via its six broadcast channels.”

More information about Kahuna, Pyxis, Kudos Plus TBS800, IQ Modular gear, and other systems within the Snell product family is available online at

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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

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Crystal Vision takes latest virtual studio and infrastructure products to NAB2013

Crystal Vision will be showing its new products for the virtual studio on Booth N1523 at NAB2013, with the US launch of its evaluations-winning chroma keyer Safire 3, accompanied by a state-of-the-art touch screen control panel. The easy-to-drive Safire 3 chroma keyer uses an advanced algorithm and numerous key processing options to produce the best possible chroma key and also features built-in colour correction and video delay. Other new products on show will include a logo keyer with enhanced audio capabilities and more, a new range of feature-packed variable video delays offering up to 110 seconds of delay, Crystal Vision’s innovative Dolby encoding solution for its embedded audio products, and three new features for the company’s up and down converters. 

Crystal Vision’s new chroma keyer is likely to be the visual highlight for visitors to Booth N1523, along with its dedicated control panel which will be making its world debut at the show. The new Safire 3 real-time chroma keyer works with 3Gb/s, HD and SD sources and is ideal for all live virtual productions from studio to sport. The enhanced chroma keying uses an extremely sophisticated algorithm to determine how the key is derived, giving excellent results with minimal sensitivity to camera noise. Safire 3 makes it easy to quickly set up a chroma key, using multi-point sampling to automatically get the best possible default settings, with the option of selecting one, five or 12 sample points on the backdrop to set the range of colors to key on, as well as up to four points on the Foreground object to set areas where no chroma keying is required. The input can be frozen to make setup even easier. 

An extensive range of fine-tuning tools are then available to optimize the picture in more challenging conditions. These include blacks, whites and grays reject for realistic shadows and a solid key, and tints reject which leaves the key color unsuppressed in areas of low color such as gray clothing. Edge shaping will eliminate hard outlines, while color spill processing will throw a new spill color back on to the suppressed Foreground for a more natural-looking environment. Median and Gaussian filters can be used to reduce key noise, while an up sampling filter will reduce any ringing introduced by the camera. A natural-looking composite picture can be created by matching the look of the Foreground to the Background with the Foreground color correction and Background video adjustments. It is also easy to achieve a uniform key signal across the image thanks to the two-dimensional compensation for uneven illumination of the backdrop. 

Any timing errors will be automatically corrected by the frame synchronizer on each input, timed to an analogue reference, while up to ten frames of video delay can be added to offset the delay caused by the graphics generators. Safire 3 can key on any color including sporting surfaces such as grass, while the internal masks and flexible External Key can force areas to be either Foreground or Background which makes it ideal for inserting graphics on to any sporting surface. Including relay bypass protection, Safire 3 forms part of a space-saving modular system, with this 100mm x 266mm module allowing up to 12 chroma keyers in 2U. Making its debut at NAB, the Safire 3 Controller is a dedicated 3U control panel able to operate a number of Safire 3 chroma keyers over an Ethernet network, with the large, intuitive eight inch touch screen and physical controls making it ideal for live use. Safire 3 can also be controlled using SNMP or the Statesman PC software. 

Crystal Vision will be showing four new versions of its MultiLogo modular logo keyer, which provides three layers of keying from a variety of internal and external sources, including a 4 GB or 8 GB video store with DRAM and Flash memory which can hold up to 500 still or animated logos. Ideal for HD or SD station branding, the new MultiLogo V132, MultiLogo V132 8G, MultiLogo V432 and MultiLogo V432 8G retain all the existing features of the previous MultiLogos and add more. Extensive audio capabilities make this version of MultiLogo ideal for applications where both graphics and audio need to be added to a video signal, such as on the station output. It can now embed up to four audio groups into its video outputs, with audio mixing allowing the output audio to be generated from a mix of the audio embedded on the video input and a voiceover sourced from either the internal audio stores or from an external AES input. The voiceover can be faded in and out and have its level adjusted, while the main audio can be partially or fully ducked allowing it to be either mixed with or be replaced by the voiceover. The V432 additionally provides two external AES outputs which can be used for audio monitoring. Other new features allow all three keying layers to be used even while graphics are being transferred over 100MBit Ethernet to the MultiLogo board, with the six internal video players now all using RAM memory – ideal for those who need to update their graphics while they are on air. Also new and ideal for on air operation are partial presets, which bring improved control for automation by allowing just some of the variables to be changed. 

At NAB Crystal Vision will be launching a new version of one of its most successful specialist products: variable video delays. The ViViD 3G video delay is available in four versions to suit all applications and is ideal for matching any system delays, from virtual studio graphics to MPEG encoders and decoders. New features appearing on a Crystal Vision video delay for the first time include 3Gb/s support, integrated fiber input/output, video proc-amp and signal timing – with a framestore synchronizer on the ‘S’ versions making it possible to apply a long delay to a video path and lock the signal to a station reference using a neat single board solution. ViViD 3G and ViViD 3GS provide half a second of video delay in 3Gb/s, one second in HD and 5.5 seconds in SD. Where a longer delay is needed, ViViD 3G-20 and ViViD 3GS-20 give ten seconds in 3Gb/s, 20 seconds in HD and 110 seconds in SD. With the flexible adjustments available in increments of pixels, lines, frames and seconds, it is easy to set the exact delay required. ViViD 3G continues to save broadcast engineers rack space by being a 100mm x 266mm module, with up to 12 video delays fitting in a 2U frame. 

Crystal Vision has introduced Dolby E encoding for its embedded audio range – ideal for those who want to use Dolby E to transport surround sound without using up too many of the available audio channels, or who want to keep the audio and metadata together within a studio. Dolby E encoding is now available on two Crystal Vision boards: the SYNNER 310 video synchronizer, tracking audio delay and embedder/de-embedder and the TANDEM 310 audio embedder/de-embedder. Both products work with 3Gb/s, HD and SD sources and can embed and de-embed a mixture of up to four groups of AES and two groups of analogue audio at the same time, with full audio routing, audio and video processing, sophisticated Dolby E handling, integrated fiber connectivity and flexible delay compensation. SYNNER 310 and TANDEM 310 can be fitted with a DBE-E Dolby encoder top board, which hooks into the onboard audio router and takes in up to four streams of AES audio and associated metadata and produces a single Dolby E stream. Alternatively they can be fitted with a DBE-D Dolby decoder top board for those applications where the audio within the Dolby E stream needs to be processed in some way, or where the Dolby E needs to be decoded before transmission. The DBE-D allows a Dolby E signal to be decoded and then either output as analogue or AES audio or re-embedded into the output video, with the Dolby signal coming either from the embedded video input or from an external audio stream. The DBE-D also includes two stereo downmixes for easier monitoring. Crystal Vision’s Dolby options are a more convenient and space-saving way to encode or decode Dolby E signals that need to be de-embedded or re-embedded rather than using separate products for the task. 

Crystal Vision has added three important new features to its best-selling products, the Up-Down 3G range of up/down/cross converters. Up-Down 3G allows flexible up, down and cross conversions between 3Gb/s, HD and SD sources and can perform two different conversions simultaneously and give out co-timed dual outputs, while the synchronizing version uses two synchronizers downstream of the converter to keep the output valid at all times. Up-Down 3G’s down conversion performance has been further improved to ensure it maintains its best-in-industry status, with the addition of enhanced motion compensation de-interlacing to remove ‘jaggies’ on near horizontal lines, and improved horizontal and vertical low pass filtering to reduce the flickering of a slow vertical pan on shots with significant detail. A multitude of new aspect ratio conversions have also been added to Up-Down 3G to deal with any conceivable misshaped image that comes in, which means that the broadcaster can quickly put anything on air that they get from anywhere in any condition, particularly useful for news applications. Finally, the Up-Down-ATX 3G and Up-Down-ATXS 3G variants can now support SMPTE 2031 (as well as OP-47) to carry teletext information across different definitions and can also be used to convert between SMPTE 2031, OP-47 and teletext in any combination. 

Based at Whittlesford near Cambridge in the UK and with an office in the USA, Crystal Vision provides digital keyers, picture storage modules and a full range of interface equipment including converters, synchronizers, distribution amplifiers and audio embedders to the professional broadcasting industry worldwide.


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