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K-array Loudspeakers Deliver High Quality Sound at Presidential Inauguration Events

While the spotlight was on President Obama during the public ceremony of his second inauguration held on Monday, January 21st at the U.S. Capitol, there were many private parties, celebrations and events at other high profile institutions in and around D.C. for several days preceding the official event. To support the many festivities, K-array loudspeakers, distributed by Sennheiser, were enlisted to deliver powerful audio.

For All Stage & Sound, Inc., a Laytonsville, MD-based full-service event production company, the presidential inauguration brings with it a packed schedule of high profile corporate events every four years. This year was no exception, as the firm handled staging and production for activities held at the Smithsonian Air & Space Museum, the United States Institute of Peace, The Italian Embassy, Cafe Milano and others.

“We had equipment out everywhere, and it was all being used around the clock at different venues throughout the city,” says Richard O. Benning of All Stage & Sound. The primary loudspeaker systems the company relied on were from Italian manufacturer K-array, which specializes in speakers featuring the best possible sound quality in an extremely small footprint. K-array is a fantastic solution for the kind of work that we do because these speakers are not only stealth and look great, but they sound fantastic as well.”

All Stage & Sound recently fortified its arsenal of K-array systems, anticipating the increased demand for this year’s inaugural activities, says Benning. “We already owned five sets of KR 200s, a pair of KR 400s and a pair of KR 100s. To supplement this for the inauguration, we bought two pairs of the new KR 202s, another pair of the new KR 402s and another pair of the new KR 102s. Everything was being used non-stop.”

The remarkable events included the Italian Embassy, which occurred on Sunday, January 20th and featured singer Cindy Lauper providing the entertainment through a pair of K-array KR 402s. “Everyone was thrilled that there were Italian speakers in the Italian Embassy, yet there was some initial trepidation about the speakers’ small size,” Benning recalls. “By the end of the performance, there were smiles on the faces of all concerned. They said the sound was perfect, and of course the sightlines were outstanding because there was just nothing in the way!”

For the Cyndi Lauper show, All Stage & Sound had set up KR 402s at the left and right of the stage, reinforced by a pair of KR 102s farther down the room, flanked left and right. In environments like the Italian Embassy, or the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, Benning says that it is about aesthetics from the very beginning — and this is precisely where the K-array solution shines. From an acoustic perspective, K-array speakers provide optimal gain before feedback and help disperse the sound accurately in difficult acoustic environments.

“Because the K-array speakers have such a wide dispersion pattern, we can put them in corners of rooms and face them inward,” explains Benning. “With the KR 402s, you have a light that gives you a visual indication of where the dispersion begins and ends. You can stand it right in front of a lectern and when you rotate it just slightly, it rejects feedback beautifully.”

“A big portion of what we do is speech, so feedback rejection is a really important consideration,” he continues. “If a CEO or some other dignitary is speaking at an inaugural party or other high profile event, the sound must be absolutely clear and there can be no exception. K-array delivers for us on this level, time and time again.”

Benning also appreciates the portability and ease of set-up in the K-arrays, which saves not only labor costs, but also space requirements: “You can go in with a single truck and throw in a set of KR 202s with only a couple of guys.” Benning also says the K-arrays have smaller power distribution requirements compared to larger, less efficient systems, helping reduce trucking and manpower requirements. “They go in faster and also look cleaner,” he says.

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Boxx TV’s Meridian is Behind the Scenes on Oscar(r)-Nominated Films

Django Unchained, Skyfall and Zero Dark Thirty Get Boost from Wireless Technology


(LOS ANGELES, CA) Three of this year's Academy Award(r)-nominated films chose Boxx TV's Meridian Wireless Microwave Broadcast System for reliable, 4:2:2 uncompressed video with zero delay. The Meridian was the system of choice for Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained, Sam Mendes' Skyfall and Kathryn Bigelow's Zero Dark Thirty, capping a busy year for the company headquartered in the UK, along with its reseller Boxx Communications in Los Angeles.

"We are extremely proud that our technology contributed to the amazing stories told in these Oscar(r)-nominated films," says Scott Walker, co-founder of Boxx TV. "We understand that everything is important during production. Image quality, reliability, and zero delay are all crucial. The Meridian provides high-image quality consistently, and is highly reliable whether you are shooting in high-desert heat on the hunt for Bin Laden, moving through a free-wheeling Tarantino project, or following the action of a legend like Bond. Working with the production teams of these incredibly accomplished films was an honor and a great experience."

For those situations that demand high-quality, zero-delay HD and SD live transmission, the Meridian is an affordable alternative to traditional COFDM systems with unprecedented success. The Meridian system uses license-exempt channels.

Django Unchained's five Oscar(r) nods include Best Picture and Best Cinematography, for last year's Oscar(r) winner, Robert Richardson, ASC. There were two Boxx Meridian systems and handheld receivers used during the production of the multi-nominated Tarantino project.

Skyfall grabbed a total of five nominations, including one for Best Cinematography for Roger Deakins, ASC, BSC. The production used five zero-delay Meridian systems, simultaneously, in conjunction with ALEXA cameras supplied by ARRI Media UK.

Also earning five Oscar(r) nominations, Zero Dark Thirty used three systems and handheld receivers. The film's Oscar(r) nods include one for Best Picture.

Their customers' nominations come on the heels of one of the company's busiest years on record. "It is great to be associated with Oscar(r)-nominated projects and we're thrilled," adds Mark Walker, owner of Boxx Communications. "That said, we worked on many great projects last year, from feature films, to live coverage of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade, to episodic television shows such as Revenge and Modern Family; and on breaking news stories on stations such KABC, KNBC and KTLA. We are dedicated to making sure that our clients have great images, no delay, and an incomparable ease of use every time."

For more information, visit www.boxx.tv or www.boxxusa.com

About Boxx TV
Boxx TV provides revolutionary microwave broadcast equipment designed around ease of use by technical and industry professionals. This ground-breaking technology has been especially designed for the needs of live-to-air broadcasts, ENG operations and is also ideal for Steadicam, portable field monitoring or video-assist applications. We pride ourselves on being at the forefront of innovations and introducing new technologies into the industry. In 2005 Boxx TV won an Emmy for Engineering Excellence. More information at www.boxx.tv

About Boxx Communications
Boxx Communications is the Los Angeles-based reseller for Boxx TV products, an Emmy(r) Award-winning manufacturer. Boxx Communications provides the broadcast industry with a wide range of innovative digital microwave systems for live broadcasts, as well as Steadicam, portable field, video assist and ENG applications. Boxx is revolutionizing the industry with reliable, cost-effective, and groundbreaking technology. Continually innovating, constantly advancing, Boxx Communications offers impeccable solutions. For more information about Boxx Communications, visit www.boxxusa.com or call 310.287.1285.

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CBT SYSTEMS INSTALLS STUDIO TECHNOLOGIES LIVE-LINK REMOTE CAMERA INTERFACE UNITS IN VENUES THROUGHOUT NORTH AMERICA

Live-Link Center of Remote, Unmanned Systems Designed by CBT

SAN DIEGO, FEBRUARY 20, 2013 – CBT Systems, a video media design, consulting and integration company, which provides services for clients ranging from the NFL Network and NHL to Disney, Paramount and Google-YouTube, to name a few, chose the Studio Technologies Live-Link Remote Camera Interface System to be the centerpiece of its unmanned, pre-positioned camera systems for live sports and event coverage. CBT Systems has installed over 50 Live-Link units in 20 venues to date. Live-Link provides CBT Systems with a robust platform to handle video, camera control, production audio, communications and IFB signals in one integrated, fiber-based system that simplifies installation and production workflow.

“It was a formidable task to be able to retrieve the production audio and video information from various events happening simultaneously around North America, for delivery to a central production location,” says Darrell Wenhardt, president, CBT Systems. “The Studio Technologies Live-Link system was a vital component of our design. Live-Link is a fiber-optically connected extension of capabilities that allows us to send and receive real-time video, audio, intercom and IFB circuits between remote sites and equipment support racks at the different venues. It is here where we coalesce all of those signals, control them and have the capability to return them to a broadcaster’s main facility. CBT Systems has deployed two camera systems in various locations within each particular venue, driven by Live-Link units. The system has worked very reliably.”

In addition to video and audio signals, the camera/Live-Link systems conceived by CBT Systems allows a camera operator located at a central production facility to send control signals to the remote robotic cameras.

“The system we designed using Live-Link allows for remote control of tilt, pan/zoom and the focusing of those fixed remote cameras,” adds Wenhardt. “In the age of tight budgets and impossible production schedules, our remote system adds extremely reliable, cost effective production enhancements to any remote, live situation. Now that we are up and running, our experience with Live-Link has been exceptional. Studio Technologies is a great company to work with.”

Designed to handle news, sports, and other day-to-day remote interfacing needs with ease, the Live-Link Remote Camera Interface System offers a comprehensive fiber-optic-connected solution for transporting digital video, audio, intercom and data between a remote camera location and a truck or control room. The point-to-point system consists of a portable Camera End Unit and either a portable or rack-ready Control Room Unit. Both use industry-standard connectors that are clearly labeled for fast, intuitive setup.

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HARMAN’s JBL Professional VTX Line Array Series Wins GOOD DESIGN™ Award From the Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design

NORTHRIDGE, California – HARMAN’s JBL Professional today announced that its VTX Series line array loudspeakers have won a 2012 GOOD DESIGN™ Award from the Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design and the European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies. Founded in 1950, GOOD DESIGN is the world’s most prestigious, recognized and oldest design awards program and covers new products designed and manufactured in North and South America, Europe, Asia and Africa.

“We are honored to have received a GOOD DESIGN award for our JBL VTX Series loudspeakers,” said Paul Bauman, Senior Manager, Tour Sound for JBL. “This award validates our efforts to create a new standard in line array technology with a series of products that exemplify the goal of ergonomic, innovative design in the service of exceptional audio performance.”

The JBL VTX Series is the company’s new flagship range of line array loudspeakers and subwoofers for tour and installed sound and incorporate JBL’s most advanced components, materials and technologies. At the heart of VTX is the D2 Dual Driver, a revolutionary device developed by JBL that dramatically improves the sound and performance of high frequencies. The D2 driver operates in conjunction with a host of additional JBL technologies to set new standards in fidelity, clarity, power density and musical accuracy in professional sound reinforcement applications.

For more information on the GOOD DESIGN Awards, please visit www.chi-athenaeum.org/gdesign/

HARMAN (www.HARMAN.com) designs, manufactures and markets a wide range of audio and infotainment solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets — supported by 15 leading brands, including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon® and Mark Levinson®. The Company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the venues where they perform. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of about 13,400 people across the Americas, Europe and Asia, and reported net sales of $4.4 billion for the twelve months ending June 30, 2012.

Click 3X Live Streams Social Media Week Double Feature

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Starting at 4PM on Wednesday, February 20, Click 3X gets social, opening its Flatiron studio to a gathering of A-list marketing, advertising, and social media experts for Social Media Week 2013. The company continues its years-long tradition of hosting thought-provoking Social Media Week panels with a knockout double feature – “The Second Coming of the 30 Second Spot,” moderated by Click 3X CD Nick Agderian, and “What Is Branded Content?” led by Magnet Media GM Paul Kotonis.


Kicking off the back-to-back Wednesday panels, “The Second Coming of the 30 Second Spot” examines the fascinating rise, fall, and resurgence of the staple marketing medium, building a case for why good marketing film will never die. “Second Coming” panelists will investigate the role of Social Media in turning the tide back toward fundamental ad values, and discuss the future of the 30-second spot and the role of Social Media in its growth.

At 5:30, a second group of panelists will assemble for “What Is Branded Content?” This panel will ask marketing professionals on the front lines of alternative and traditional marketing to explain how they define “branded content,” a contentious term used to denote a variety of media. In the process, panelists will share recent examples of how they have worked with brands to develop content that engages with consumers more deeply than a traditional commercial.

For a full list of panelists and to tune in live, visit the Click 3X Social Media Week page.

About Click 3X:

Click 3X, and its interactive division ClickFire Media, create engaging film, TV, web, and branded content. Positioned at the intersection of entertainment, advertising, and technology, the studios work in tandem or autonomously. Click 3X shoots, edits, designs, animates and creates VFX; ClickFire Media brings those disciplines into the interactive space. Click operates a full service, 11,000 square foot state of the art studio in Manhattan outfitted with 70 fulltime staffers.

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Bexel Rolls Out The Red Carpet For E! Entertainment Television’s Live Awards Show Coverage

BURBANK, CA, FEBRUARY 20, 2013—With awards season well underway, Bexel, a unit of the Vitec Group’s Services Division and a leading worldwide provider of broadcast services and solutions, is in full force—providing E! Entertainment Television with the field equipment and engineering support it requires for the live broadcast of some of Hollywood’s most renowned awards shows. Bexel’s equipment and dedicated engineers successfully supported the network’s coverage of the Golden Globes, Screen Actors Guild (SAG) and Grammy Awards, and will be behind the scenes for the upcoming Academy Awards® as well.

With awards shows, Bexel must take multiple filming locations into consideration, including the red carpet, lobby and post-show area. As a result, Bexel’s custom rental packages can be quite extensive, including monitors for production use (talent), program feeds and monitors for on-air support and decoration. To ensure all the technical components run smoothly throughout an awards show telecast, two Bexel engineers are staffed onsite to manage intercoms, talent mics and IFBs. In addition, Bexel provides a voice over translation package utilized at the E! main studio for live translation into French and German.

For the 2013 awards show season, Bexel has supplied E! with multiple systems-based solutions, including a selection of intercoms and accessories from Clear-Com and RTS. Bexel custom packages for the awards have also included on-air and production monitoring, multiple channels of RF microphones from Sennheiser and production servers from EVS. To ensure all wireless devices operate without interference or loss of signal, Bexel employs a frequency coordination service for E! when necessary.

“As the most knowledgeable live-event resource and systems integration-driven provider in the world, we take pride in delivering unparalleled creative solution designs and total quality of service to all of our clients, including E!,” says Greg Bragg, regional sales director, Bexel. “In addition to our technical acumen and experience, we are committed to bringing these tenets to everything we do.”

E! Entertainment Television is a network of NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment, a division of NBCUniversal, one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production and marketing of entertainment, news and information to a global audience.

About Bexel
Bexel is the pre-eminent worldwide provider of broadcast services including video and audio equipment rentals, fiber services, new audio sales, used equipment sales, and repairs/maintenance. Bexel provides brilliantly designed and flawlessly executed systems and solutions to all customers – including producers of the biggest and most important televised events in the world. For more information, visit http://www.bexel.com.

About the Vitec Group:
Capture the moment™
For over 100 years, through every innovation in photography, film and digital image-making, Vitec businesses have developed a powerful portfolio of brand and products that have enabled some of the most amazing moments to be captured under some of the most challenging conditions. Vitec is an international Group principally serving customers in the broadcast photographic and military aerospace and government (MAG) markets. Vitec is based on strong, well-known premium brands on which its customers worldwide rely. Vitec is organized in three divisions: Videocom, Imaging and Services Videocom designs and distributes systems and products used in broadcasting and live entertainment, film and video production and MAG. Imaging designs, manufactures and distributes equipment and accessories for photography, video and events. Service provides equipment rental, workflow design and technical support for camera, video, audio, fiber optic and wireless technology used by TV production and film crews. More information can be found at www.vitecgroup.com.

Sonnet Technologies at BVE 2013:

Echo(TM) Express Thunderbolt(TM) Expansion Family for PCI Express(R) Cards
Sonnet’s award-winning Echo(TM) Express family of Thunderbolt(TM)-to-PCI Express (PCIe) expansion chassis enables the use of a wide variety of high-performance PCIe cards — originally designed for use in desktop computers — with any computer equipped with a Thunderbolt port. On display at BVE 2013 will be several Echo Express chassis-based workflow solutions featuring pro cards from Avid(R), Blackmagic Design, Red Digital Cinema, RME, Universal Audio, and Sonnet. The Echo Express Pro, which supports two standard-width, full-length x16 PCIe 2.0 cards, or one double-width, full-length card, now provides an auxiliary power connector and compatibility with Avid Pro Tools(R)|HDX PCIe cards. The newest member of the line is the Echo Express II, which supports two half-length (up to 7.25 inches long), full-height, single-width PCIe 2.0 x16 cards. Also featured is the Echo Express SE, a value-priced model that is light and compact, supporting a single half-length (up to 6.6 inches long), full-height, single-width PCIe 2.0 x8 card. All Echo Express systems enable the use of compatible full-size professional video capture, audio interface, 8Gb Fibre Channel, 10 Gigabit Ethernet, SAS and SATA HBA and RAID controller cards with iMac(R), Mac(R) mini, MacBook Air(R), or MacBook Pro(R) computers. Plus, all Echo Express chassis feature dual Thunderbolt ports to support daisy-chaining of devices.

Photo Link: www.wallstcom.com/sonnet/echo_express_ii_tb_chassis.zip
Photo Caption: Echo(TM) Express II

xMac(TM) mini Server
Sonnet’s award-winning xMac(TM) mini Server securely mounts a Mac(R) mini inside a specially designed 1U rackmount enclosure and connects two PCI Express(R) (PCIe(R)) 2.0 slots — with a 100W power supply for installed cards — to enable users to harness the power of full-size pro video capture and processing, digital audio interface, DSP accelerator, FireWire(R), and RAID controller cards. Temperature-controlled fans deliver strategic airflow to cool the enclosure that fits easily into any 19-inch or deeper rack. Two Thunderbolt(TM) ports — one to connect the PCIe slots to the Mac mini and a second for daisy-chaining other Thunderbolt devices — are included. A USB 3.0 port and a power button on the front panel allow operation of the system without requiring access to the back of the computer. Panel-mount HDMI(R), Gigabit Ethernet, and two USB 3.0 cables are included to connect the ports on the back of the Mac mini to ports on the back of the xMac mini Server for convenient external connection. One Thunderbolt cable is also included. On display at BVE 2013 will be an xMac mini Server with a Blackmagic Design Decklink Quad video capture and playback card installed, with additional Thunderbolt adapters daisy-chained to the xMac mini Server.

Photo Caption: xMac(TM) mini Server
Photo Link: www.wallstcom.com/sonnet/xmac_mini_images_newest.zip

Qio(TM) Family of Media Readers/Writers
Sonnet will feature its Qio(TM) line of desktop and portable professional, high-speed media readers/writers. The Qio is the industry’s first universal device that supports all major HD video memory card formats in one compact high-performance device, reading from and writing to just about any memory card — SxS, P2, CompactFlash(R), SDHC(TM) and SDXC(TM) — all at high speed. Also highlighted at BVE 2013 will be the Qio CF4, the first four-slot CompactFlash (CF) memory card reader supporting concurrent file ingest from all four slots. Sonnet will demonstrate at BVE 2013 a new Thunderbolt interface option for the Qio, Qio CF4, and Qio E3 (an SxS card reader) that enables the use of these products with any computer with a Thunderbolt port, including the iMac(R), Mac(R) mini, MacBook Air(R), and MacBook Pro(R) computers. In addition, Sonnet will display the Qio MR, the industry’s first compact mobile rack-mounted device for PCs to support all major HD video memory card formats, with the ability to transfer data from all cards concurrently. The Qio MR provides a convenient and high-speed alternative to stand-alone card readers and various adapters for videographers and studios alike.

Tempo(TM) SSD and Tempo SSD Pro High-Performance 6Gb/s PCIe 2.5-Inch SSD Cards
The Tempo(TM) SSD and Tempo SSD Pro are PCI Express(R) (PCIe(R)) 2.0 SATA cards to which one or two solid-state drives (SSDs) can be directly attached, with the assembly installing neatly into a single PCIe slot without requiring cables or drivers. Unlike other PCIe SSD cards, the Tempo SSD Pro and Tempo SSD utilize widely available 2.5-inch SATA SSDs (sold separately), giving users great flexibility in selecting the SSD capacity and performance that best suit their needs and budget, as well as the option to upgrade easily as required. Both cards have been updated to support booting in Mac Pro(R) (Early 2008 and newer) computers. The Tempo SSD features a unique modular design, allowing the card to be used in a half-length or full-length card configuration, with one or two SSDs, respectively. This card supports read speeds up to 660 MB/s. The full-length Tempo SSD Pro features a high-performance 6 Gb/s SATA controller and supports read speeds up to 960 MB/s.

Photo Link: www.wallstcom.com/sonnet/tempo_ssd_w_ssds.zip
Photo Caption: Tempo(TM) SSD — 6 Gb/s SATA PCI Express(R) 2.5-Inch SSD Host Card

Photo Link: www.wallstcom.com/sonnet/tempo_ssd_pro_w_ssds.zip
Photo Caption: Tempo(TM) SSD Pro — 6 Gb/s SATA PCI Express(R) 2.5-Inch SSD Host Card

Company Quote:

“As the U.K.’s largest exhibition for broadcast professionals, BVE 2013 is the ideal forum for us to support our distributor, Holdan, in highlighting Sonnet’s Thunderbolt-to-PCIe expansion solutions which facilitate mobile and on-location workflows using the portable computers engineers have come to rely on. This is accomplished through integration with a host of complementary cards from manufacturers such as Avid, Blackmagic Design, Red Digital Cinema, RME, Universal Audio, and others.”
– Greg LaPorte, Vice President of Sales and Marketing of Sonnet Technologies

Company Overview:

About Sonnet Technologies
Sonnet Technologies Inc. is a leading provider of storage systems, Thunderbolt(TM) technology PCIe(R) expansion products, interface cards, and media readers for professional users in the audio, video, and broadcast industries. Sonnet’s Thunderbolt expansion products enable the use of pro audio I/O and DSP cards, pro video capture and transcoding cards, interface cards, 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 portable, desktop, and rackmount RAID storage solutions. For more than 25 years, Sonnet has pioneered and brought to market numerous innovative and award-winning products that enhance the performance and connectivity of Mac(R), Windows(R), and other industry-standard computers. More information is available at www.sonnettech.com.

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Tool Promotes Dustin Callif to Managing Partner Digital

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Following an exciting year of successful campaigns and numerous award wins, Tool EP Digital Dustin Callif has been promoted to Managing Partner Digital. This change reflects Callif’s evolving role as a company principal and long-term commitment to growing the prestigious reputation of Tool as a premiere integrated production company with world-class capabilities in digital creative.

“Dustin has brought so many exciting opportunities to our company. I consider myself very fortunate to be able to work with such a visionary talent with such high creative standards,” stated Tool President Brian Latt.

Since joining the company in 2009 to found Tool’s digital division, Callif has expanded the in-house digital team to include several interactive directors and some of the top creative digital producers and technologists in the world. As EP Digital, his work in 2012 included interactive documentary “Clouds Over Cuba,” a partnership with the JFK Presidential Library, marking the 50th Anniversary of the Cuban Missile Crisis; the online music experience JAM with Chrome; the Daytime Emmy-winning experiential Facebook app “Take This Lollipop;” the Cannes Lion-winning Lexus/Sports Illustrated iPad app; and Under Armour’s “Out-Ray Ray” immersive experiential activation which was installed at this year’s Super Bowl XLVII game day festivities on-site.

Since 2009, Callif-lead projects have garnered industry-wide praise and numerous awards, including SXSW Interactive Best in Show, eighteen SOTD FWA Awards, a Cannes Silver Cyber Lion, two One Show Interactive Gold Pencils, and four Webby Awards.

Prior to coming to Tool, Dustin was co-owner and Managing Partner of digital agency Spacedog and negotiated its acquisition by Mendelsohn Zien and Hakuhodo, the second largest advertising holding company in Asia.

About Tool:

Bicoastal Tool is an award-winning production company, representing top live-action directors and interactive directors for advertising projects. From funny… visually engaging… and/or interactive, Tool’s diverse roster of unique talent creates unforgettable commercial and digital content across all platforms.

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HARMAN’s JBL Professional Loudspeakers Give Sound to the Stars at the 55th Annual GRAMMY® Awards

(Left) Bryan Bradley, Vice President, General Manager of the HARMAN Professional Loudspeaker Business Unit and (right) Mark Ureda, Vice President, Strategy and Technology, HARMAN Professional, in the Television Committee Room at the GRAMMY Awards.

NORTHRIDGE, California – HARMAN’s JBL loudspeakers were at the heart of Sunday’s 55th Annual GRAMMY® Awards, with JBL VTX line arrays comprising the live sound reinforcement system at the STAPLES Center and an LSR6300 Series 5.1 surround sound studio monitor system used in the Television Committee Room.

The annual GRAMMY Awards telecast, known as Music’s Biggest Night®, is presented by The Recording Academy® to honor outstanding achievements in the production and performance of recorded music. The GRAMMY Awards were broadcast live in HDTV and 5.1 surround sound on the CBS Television Network. More than 28.1 million people watched this year’s Awards telecast, the second-largest audience for the GRAMMY Awards since 1993.

This year’s Awards were hosted by LL Cool J and featured performances by The Black Keys, Mumford & Sons, Rihanna, Taylor Swift, among others. The rock band fun. earned Best New Artist and Song of the Year for “We Are Young,” while Gotye won Record of the Year for “Somebody That I Used to Know,” along with two other GRAMMY Awards. Mumford & Sons earned Album of the Year for Babel.

ATK Audiotek supplied the live sound reinforcement system for the Awards, which featured left-right columns of 12 VTX V25 fullsize line array elements per side for the main PA, with additional left-right columns of 12 V25 per side for out fill, along with a center cluster of 18 VTX S28 arrayable subwoofers in cardioid mode (two arrays of nine S28 subs each), for a total of 66 VTX loudspeakers. Six VRX932 Constant Curvature loudspeakers served as front fill, with left-right rear delay arrays of eight VERTEC® VT4889 fullsize line array elements each. Powering the loudspeakers were 16 Crown Audio VRack 2000 and four VRack 4×3500 and the entire system was configured using JBL HiQnet Performance Manager™ software. The house sound system at the STAPLES Center, featuring VERTEC VT4888ADP-DA powered line array elements, was used to supplement the live sound system with five enclosures from the center end array used for rear upper deck and VIP box coverage.

“This year we used the newest evolution of the JBL line array,” said Jeff Peterson of ATK Audiotek. “The V25 had a very clear and smooth high end which didn’t distract our attention. All of the low-end power we’re accustomed to with the VT4889’s was there and then some. The S28 sub is so efficient we never came close to using all of the available power. Tying it all together, Performance Manager gave me all the control and monitoring I needed.”

In the Television Committee Room, Michael Abbott, Audio Director for the GRAMMY Awards, along with Recording Academy executives, relied on JBL LSR6300 Series studio monitors to listen to the mix of the show in real time. “We were able to take advantage of the LSR6300 Series’ RMC Room Mode Correction technology to ensure that we were accurately hearing the subtleties in the mix,” Abbott said. “As has been the case for several years, the LSR6300 Series performed flawlessly at the GRAMMY Awards.”

For more information on ATK Audiotek, please visit www.atkaudiotek.com

HARMAN (www.HARMAN.com) designs, manufactures and markets a wide range of audio and infotainment solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets — supported by 15 leading brands, including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon® and Mark Levinson®. The Company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the venues where they perform. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of about 13,400 people across the Americas, Europe and Asia, and reported net sales of $4.4 billion for the twelve months ending June 30, 2012.

ORAD TO SHOWCASE POWERFUL NEW BROADCAST GRAPHICS AND VIDEO SERVER SOLUTIONS AT NAB 2013

Orad’s line-up will include state-of-the-art on-air graphics, studio, sports, MAM, and video server solutions for the broadcast industry

February 20, 2013 – Orad, the world leader in award-winning, real-time 3D graphics, video server, and media asset management solutions will be presenting its newest product line-up at the upcoming 2013 NAB Show in Las Vegas on April 8 – 11 (booth SL5709). Orad’s professionals will be on site to provide attendees with informative demonstrations and presentations of its on-air, studio, MAM, sports and video server solutions.

“This NAB, Orad will be demonstrating our wide variety of unique broadcasting solutions. Visitors to our booth will enjoy exciting interactive demos for the feel of endless possibilities Orad’s solutions can offer,” comments Avi Sharir, president and CEO of Orad.

NAB 2013 Line-up – What to See at the Orad Booth
Press and attendees are invited to stop by the Orad booth (SL5709) to see Orad’s award-winning solutions.

• VJ: Orad’s VJ production server provides a tapeless workflow from ingest to playout. Ideal for news, live events, soaps, talk shows and other studio productions, VJ’s flexible design supports up to eight channels that can be arranged in different in/out configurations. VJ ingests feeds from a wide range of sources including satellite, VTRs, and cameras, and stores them as video clips. These clips are seamlessly exported to industry-standard Non Linear and Craft Editors, and once edited, the clips are imported back to VJ for immediate playout. VJ supports commonly used codecs for fast turnaround productions and post-production workflows, including Panasonic’s DVCPRO, DVCPRO-HD, Avid’s DNxHD, and major wrappers such as QuickTime and MXF.

• Blend: Blend is Orad’s file-based channel-in-a-box solution that provides HD/SD video playout coupled with 3D real-time graphics. Blend is a high-quality cost-effective solution that is set to address today’s broadcasting challenges. By providing a full solution for playout and branded graphics, Blend eliminates workflow complexity, making it ideal for MCRs, playout facilities and disaster recovery.

• PowerPlay: PowerPlay is a turnkey, fast turnaround sport-production solution for managing live sports productions. Capabilities include ingest and instant highlight editing integrated through a dedicated sports media asset management platform. PowerPlay is designed to provide a complete solution for large-scale sporting events, offering fast turnaround of content and advanced data management tools.

• PlayMaker: PlayMaker, Orad’s next generation sports replay server, provides up to eight I/O channels of high-quality ingest in multiple video formats, with synchronized slow-motion replay and powerful yet simple editing tools. PlayMaker facilitates file sharing between multiple servers and instant file export to Avid, FCP, Adobe Premiere, and others via standard Ethernet. New features for NAB include: enhanced events tagging and support for Avid’s DNxHD codec and a dedicated work mode for highlight editing of multiple playlists from various incoming feeds.

• MVP: Emmy® Award-winning MVP provides fast preparation of captivating sports highlight clips to better visualize critical plays, the flow of the game, and post-game analysis. New enhancement features include: virtual camera flights between two real cameras, erasing players from the field while the video is still running; viewing a play as it is drawn on the coach’s drawing board comparing the position and technique of individual athletes; drawing a specific player in color on top of a black and white background; breaking down a play into a sequence of frames to better analyze the players’ movements, and more.

• iFind: iFind is an easy-to-use, cost-effective and scalable browser-based management solution for all assets wherever and whatever they are – video, audio, graphics, etc. Powerful new configuration and workflow management modules put customers in control, making it easy to configure and manage users, metadata sets and workflows. Graphics management capabilities continue to be expanded with powerful integration with Maestro and newsroom systems, new work-order management features and the ability to manage the complex structures of graphic content during production.

• RadioTV: RadioTV is a complete solution that visualizes radio programming by broadcasting the radio talent, real-time 3D graphics and promos as a multi-camera production. RadioTV automated solution relies on unique audio detection software to identify the talent’s voice and determine which cameras should be on air. New for NAB is RadioTV’s clickable video, a unique feature that enables URL links to be embedded as hotspots inside the scene.

• Maestro: Maestro addresses all of broadcasters’ graphic needs for real-time, pre- and post-production environments. Maestro’s new features for NAB include: new graphics MAM system support, connection to social networks, integration to Quantel NLE, 3D transitions, support for MOS 2.8, videoEngine control, and SceneEdit2 to edit graphics during playout. Maestro offers a modular and scalable architecture and a flexible, easy and intuitive interface.

• Social TV 2nd screen: This NAB, Orad will be presenting a solution enabling viewers at home to watch a sports broadcast on their TV, get additional information that was not displayed on TV on their iPad, and with the Companion Application, interact with the broadcaster by sending feedback via his iPhone/iPad or Twitter and Facebook. The broadcaster can display the viewer’s feedback during the broadcast.

• 3DPlay: 3DPlay, Orad’s advanced channel-branding solution, offers stunning 3D graphics for promo over credits, multiple tickers, video clips playback, etc. 3DPlay covers the entire workflow from integration with traffic, scheduling and automation, to frame-accurate graphic playout. 3DPlay offers user management, customized metadata, and logic-based scripting-free graphics.

• Morpho: Morpho is a real-time 3D character generator that offers unparalleled creation and playout capabilities from a single user interface. Powerful 3D real-time graphics rendering, smart graphic design tools and flexible playout capabilities are all packed together, offering an efficient and easy workflow. Some of Morpho’s new features for NAB include: dual channel (PGM/PGM) option, 3D transitions, custom effect creation, support for object grouping inside pages, single character text effects, and connection to social networks.

• TD Control: Designed for technical directors/switcher operators, TD Control streamlines video box production workflows by consolidating video sources and graphics, delivering a single composited image to the switcher. The breakthrough TD Control technology provides tremendous flexibility, including the ability to switch, while on air, from six video sources to six completely different video sources with one click of a button. Users have access to an assortment of video box layouts as well as the ability to create their own video box layouts and store them as a preset for fast recall.

• Interact: Interact enables presenters to control graphical content directly on their touch screens, video walls and other input devices. The latest new feature includes interacting with live web content from within the interactive graphics. Its dedicated OradTouch application enables presenters to interact with the graphics using their iPad and control the content and flow of production while moving around the production space freely.

• ProSet: ProSet, Orad’s high-end virtual studio solution, provides a powerful dimension to any virtual studio production. ProSet can utilize any of Orad’s many tracking solutions, including its high-end Xync infrared tracking system with 360-degree of free camera movement. New for NAB are material shaders that can be used to define realistic surfaces for virtual studio set objects and can be used in many different styles of productions. The shaders are available in multiple material categories including: brick, ceramic, glass, metallic, mosaic, plastic, stone and wood, which offers a total of 100 different styles of material.

• PowerWall: PowerWall is a turnkey system for video walls based on Orad’s HDVG4 platform that provides up to 16k resolution output from a single four-rack unit system. Whether the productions are news, entertainment, sports or elections, Orad’s PowerWall can be integrated into the video wall production workflow easily.

Book A Private Press Briefing
To set up a press briefing with a member of Orad’s management team or a private product viewing, please contact Anya Oskolkova at anya@zazilmediagroup.com.

About Orad
Orad Hi-Tec Systems is a world-leading provider of real-time 3D broadcast graphic and video server solutions including news, channel branding, sports production and enhancement, elections and special events, virtual studios, and virtual advertisement. Orad’s compelling solutions streamline production workflow, enhance viewer experience, and improve production value. Founded in 1993, Orad is a public company listed on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange (OHT). More information is available at www.orad.tv.

Press Contacts
Ofir Benovici
VP of Marketing
Orad Hi Tec Systems
ofirb@orad.tv

Anya Oskolkova
Zazil Media Group
anya@zazilmediagroup.com
(p) 617.817.6559
(skype) anya.oskolkova

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