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Thinkbox Software Releases Krakatoa MY For Autodesk Maya

Los Angeles, CA - Thinkbox Software today announced the release of Krakatoa MY, the high-volume particle renderer for the Autodesk Maya 3D software running on Microsoft Windows and Linux operating systems.

Krakatoa is Thinkbox Software’s production-proven volumetric particle renderer previously available for the Autodesk 3ds Max 3D software. Krakatoa is CPU-based, highly optimized, heavily multi-threaded, and can be used successfully on most hardware running Windows or Linux operating systems including laptops and render nodes without dedicated high-end graphics accelerators.

Krakatoa MY seamlessly connects Autodesk Maya with the Krakatoa renderer and provides a number of features designed to accelerate artists’ workflow when manipulating millions of particles. Krakatoa MY shares the same rendering core with Krakatoa SR (Stand-alone Renderer) and Krakatoa MX (3ds Max) and will produce identical results given the same input data and settings.

Key features of Krakatoa MY include:
– Point or voxel representation of particle data, with various filter modes, motion blur and depth of field camera effects, and HDRI render passes output to OpenEXR files
– Simultaneous support of both additive and volumetric shading models, with per-particle control over color, emission, absorption, density and more
– Support for various light scattering algorithms, high-quality self-shadowing and occlusions from both geometry and DTEX maps
– Dedicated particle loader object supporting Krakatoa .PRT file sequences, RealFlow .BIN file sequences and .CSV file sequences, with the ability to offset, retime, combine and modify already cached particles
– Dedicated PRT Volume and PRT Fractal objects inside the Maya viewports provide procedural particle creation from polygon mesh volumes and mathematical algorithms
– Particle partitioning tools for caching multiple versions of the same simulation to combine into high-density particle clouds
– Particle repopulation for render-time conversion of low-count simulations into high-count particle clouds

“Versatility and performance have made Krakatoa a favorite tool among studios of all sizes for years. With the release of Krakatoa MY, we are thrilled to bring Maya users access to an efficient pipeline for particle effects creation, something they have been requesting for some time. We love feedback from our clients and are more than happy to go above and beyond to make whatever they want a reality so it’s exciting to see Krakatoa MY come to fruition,” said Chris Bond, founder, Thinkbox Software.

Thinkbox Software will demonstrate Krakatoa MY at the Autodesk User Group event organized by Autodesk, Gnomon and RFX in Los Angeles, CA on February 28th, 2013. To register and for more information, please visit http://rfx.com/events/70

Krakatoa MY requires its own dedicated workstation license for interactive use inside of Autodesk Maya, but is compatible with the network rendering licenses used by the other Krakatoa implementations (Krakatoa SR and Krakatoa MX). Workstation and render license bundles are available at a reduced price.

Please visit www.thinkboxsoftware.com/sales or call 1-866-419-0283 to request a 15-day evaluation license, or for more information about Krakatoa MY, including pricing.

About Thinkbox Software
Thinkbox Software provides creative solutions for visual artists in entertainment, engineering and design. Developer of high-volume particle renderer Krakatoa and render farm management software Deadline, the team of Thinkbox Software solves difficult production problems with intuitive, well-designed solutions and remarkable support. As an artist-driven company, we create tools that help artists manage their jobs and empower them to create worlds and imagine new realities. Thinkbox was founded in 2010 by Chris Bond, founder of Frantic Films. http://www.thinkboxsoftware.com/

Picture Head Launches New Venture Formosa Group

The new company will focus on sound and music for features, television and interactive entertainment.

HOLLYWOOD—February 21, 2013—Picture Head, a full-service post production facility, has formed a new independent sound company under the name Formosa Group. The new entity, located at the historic “The Lot” in West Hollywood, will provide post production sound and music services for features, television, interactive entertainment and emerging markets.

Formosa Group is pleased to announce the signing of Supervising Sound Editor/Re-Recording Mixer Mark Mangini. A 3-time Oscar nominee, Mangini brings more than 20 years of experience in feature and television sound, and credits that include Jack the Giant Slayer, Mr. Popper’s Penguins and Ghosts of Girlfriends Past.

New staff additions include Matt Dubin, who will serve as Vice President, Business Development and Morris Naish, as Sales Producer/Coordinator. Both individuals bring their own valuable entertainment expertise to Formosa Group. more

Matrox at the 2013 NAB Show — Product Preview

New additions to all Matrox product lines to be highlighted including live streaming production systems, scan converters, multiviewers, I/O devices, OEM products, KVM extenders and video distribution over IP solutions

Matrox® Video and Matrox Graphics Inc. will be sharing booth SL4616 at the 2013 NAB Show (Las Vegas, April 8-11). Matrox Video will showcase live streaming production systems, scan converters, multiviewers, I/O devices and developer products. Matrox Graphics Inc. will present new KVM extension and video distribution over IP solutions. Several new product announcements and updates to existing products are expected at the show.

Matrox Products on Display at the 2013 NAB Show

Live Streaming Production
Matrox VS4™ is a quad HD capture and ISO recording card for Telestream Wirecast for Windows live streaming production software. In a single PCIe slot, Matrox VS4 provides up to four independent HD inputs with up to 8 embedded audio channels per source. It not only sends video feeds to Wirecast for streaming, it simultaneously provides ISO recording of all the original video and audio feeds to disk—ready for post-event editing.

Multiviewers
Matrox MicroQuad™ is a four-channel SDI-to-HDMI multiviewer for 3G/HD/SD at a breakthrough price. It lets broadcasters and A/V professionals use an affordable HDMI display to view up to four SDI video signals and show or hide labels and VU meters. Its powerful 10-bit scaling engine and advanced filtering algorithms ensure a crisp, artifact-free monitoring experience. MicroQuad can be controlled using buttons on the unit itself or from a distance using a Windows-based app.

Scan Converters
Matrox Convert™ DVI Plus is a cost-effective HD-SDI scan converter that lets broadcasters easily and economically incorporate content from computers, iPads and iPhones into news programs. It is ideal for creating broadcast-quality video from computer applications such as Skype, YouTube, Google Earth, FaceTime, ProPresenter, PowerPoint and web browsers. In addition, Matrox Convert DVI Plus can be used to drive projectors and large displays at live events.

I/O Devices for Editing and Live Streaming Production
Matrox MXO2 LE MAX™ provides broadcast-quality input, output and monitoring for leading editing apps from Adobe, Apple and Avid. It turbocharges H.264 encoding for deliveries to the web, mobile devices and Blu-ray and is also a capture solution for streaming live events from wherever they are happening using Telestream Wirecast and other streaming applications—all in a convenient, portable breakout box.

Developer Products
Matrox DSX™ Developer Products combine a full range of multi-channel SD/HD/4K I/O hardware with the feature-rich SDK and unlimited engineering support that let OEMs create advanced channel-in-a-box, video server, broadcast graphics and live streaming equipment. In addition to hardware that provides 24/7 reliability in even the most demanding environments, the Matrox DSX platforms provide advanced ancillary data handling for VANC and HANC, a constantly expanding selection of codecs (DVCPRO HD, MPEG-2, XDCAM HD AVC-Intra, H.264, Apple ProRes, Avid DNxHD, PitchBlue, and more), extensive file format support (GXF, MXF, MOV, AVI, MPG, MP4, and more) and powerful tools for quick app development.

KVM Extenders
Matrox Avio™ KVM extenders provide broadcast and post production facilities with the critical system performance required for their remote computing applications. A transmitter/receiver pair extends uncompressed dual-HD video, keyboard, mouse, and stereo analog audio from the host system up to 13,123 feet (4 km) via a duplex LC-LC fiber optic cable. Creative professionals benefit from fast graphics and smooth HD, 2K & 4K video—without frame drops, color degradation or added latency—while high-end editing/rendering computers remain centralized in a controlled machine room.

Video Distribution Over IP Products
Matrox Maevex™ video distribution over IP solutions deliver one-to-one unicast or one-to-many multicast Full-HD 1080p60 video extension and playback over standard TCP/IP networks. Featuring excellent image quality and minimal network bandwidth consumption at a terrific price point, Maevex Encoders and Decoders capture, stream, and decode video from a variety of sources and also allow for software-based decoding on non-Maevex devices. Matrox PowerStream software offers a myriad of user-defined management features enabling administrators to remotely discover and control the entire network of Maevex devices and associated streams.

About Matrox
Matrox is a world leader in graphics, imaging, and video technology providing an extensive array of real-world relevant OEM and end-user solutions to businesses and individuals across a diverse range of professional markets, including media and entertainment, finance, digital signage, medical imaging, manufacturing, factory automation, security, government, and enterprise computing.

Headquartered in Montreal, Canada, the privately owned company operates on a global scale with representation and offices in the Americas, Europe and Asia. For more information visit www.matrox.com.

Nikon Announces New Flagship Camera, D7100

Top online photo retailer Adorama among first to offer the flagship DX-format camera

New York, NY – February 21, 2013 – Adorama, the world’s only full-service destination for photo and electronics, now has available for pre-order Nikon’s newest offering, the Nikon D7100 Digital SLR camera, at Adorama.com.

The D7100 is the new flagship camera of Nikon’s DX-format HDSLR line. Leading the list of advanced features is the improved image quality for high-resolution DX-format cameras. With a specially designed 24.1 megapixel CMOS sensor, 51 focus points including 15 cross-type sensors, and unsurpassed clarity throughout its ISO range of 100 through 6400, the D7100 is a powerful, lightweight camera that captures scenes with a new level of precision. Built-in High Dynamic Range (HDR) capability records multiple shots simultaneously at different exposures and blends them into one frame, further enhancing the already impressive color, contrast and brightness reproduction of Nikon cameras.

Not to be left out of the social revolution, the Nikon D7100 offers an optional WU-1a Wireless Mobile Adaptor, to allow users to instantly share their creative vision. A compatible app that can be used on Android and iOS smartphones and tablets allows users to control the camera remotely, or use the phone or tablet as a Live View monitor.

Movie-making capabilities have also been enhanced; the D7100 boasts video features such as full-time auto-focus and manual exposure control during recording, a built-in stereo mic and an external stereo mic jack, headphone and HDMI jacks, and several HD formats to choose from, including 1080p at a variety of recording speeds and 720p at up to 60p for superior slow-motion videos. Recording time is extended too, with two SD card slots to capture footage.

As one of the world’s leading destinations for photo and electronics, Adorama is one of the first retailers to offer the Nikon D7100 for pre-order. The specialists at Adorama encourage advanced amateurs and even professional photographers to review the camera’s advantages, such as spot white balance control for Live View shooting just by pointing to an area on the frame that should be white, and instant access to color characteristics using the Picture Control feature, as viewed on the new 3.2-inch ultra high-resolution LCD monitor.

Adorama is offering the Nikon D7100 with a rechargeable Li-ion battery and the charger, audio/video and USB cables, Nikon View NX2 Software CD-ROM, and a one-year limited warranty. The Nikon D7100 with 18 – 105mm VR lens is also available to pre-order as a complete kit. An in-depth first look at the camera is available online at the Adorama Learning Center.

ABOUT ADORAMA

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 Forbes.com’s “Best of the Web” and in the Internet Retailers Top 100, and is the official Photo and Electronics Retailer of the NY Giants.

Visit ADORAMA at www.adorama.com.

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

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Four DiGiCo Consoles Are Manna From Heaven

In 2012, a DiGiCo SD7 was installed in Jiguchon Church in the South Korea’s Bundang New City. Such was its success that four more of the company’s mixers have now been installed in another church in the city, demonstrating how DiGiCo mixing consoles are making significant inroads into the country’s house of worship market.

Featuring a state-of-the-art technical specification, the new Manna Methodist Church has a seating capacity of 4,000, with around 10,000 worshippers attending each week. Services feature a live band, choir, organ and orchestra, so the audio system needed a high input channel count, as well as facilities to mix live audio for broadcast on its own Internet channel.

The church consulted DiGiCo’s South Korean distributor Soundus Corporation, who supplied and installed an SD7 console at Front of House, with four SD-Racks and an SD8-24 to take care of the live broadcast mix. In addition, Soundus supplied an SD9 for a mobile audio system and an SD11 for the church video editing suite.

“The decision to use DiGiCo consoles was based on the SD7’s ability to handle more than 200 input channels, the dual engine offering stability, reliable redundancy and excellent sound quality,” says Soundus sales manager Byung Chul Park. “The church also needed additional mixing consoles and it was an obvious decision to stay with the same manufacturer.”

Utilising an Optocore fibre optic network, this solution made for a seamless solution throughout the church.

“The system is very versatile and is easily expandable for any future requirements,” concludes Byung Chul. “The church is very happy with it.”

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Press Contacts:

David Webster at DiGiCo
Tel: +44 1372 845600
Email:webby@digiconsoles.com
Web: www.digico.org

Sarah James at Gasoline Media
Tel: +44 1372 471472
Email: info@gasolinemedia.com
Web: www.gasolinemedia.com
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Riedel Opens Dedicated Sales and Support Operations in Dubai

Ahmed Magd El Din Will Head Up New Middle East Office, Showcase New Riedel MediorNet Interface for Grass Valley(R) Camera Systems at CABSAT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Feb. 21, 2013 — Riedel Communications, provider of pioneering real-time video, audio, data, and communications networks, today announced that it has opened dedicated sales and support operations in Dubai in response to the region’s growing demand for Riedel solutions. The new operations are being led by Ahmed Magd El Din, who has more than 15 years of experience in the broadcast and IT industry.

Working out of Dubai, Magd El Din will represent Riedel at key trade shows and industry events. Among these is CABSAT, where Riedel will present the new Grass Valley(R) camera interface for the company’s MediorNet real-time network for video, audio, data, and communications in hall 7, stand C7-30. The new MediorNet MN-GV-2 card allows the user to route bidirectional camera signals, including all embedded audio and telemetry control data, for Grass Valley 3G camera systems and base stations across the MediorNet fiber infrastructure. Recent deployments of Riedel products in the Middle East include installations at Sky News Arabia and for the Formula One Grand Prix in Abu Dhabi.

“The Middle East region is one of the most exciting and rapidly expanding markets in the world at the moment,” said Magd El Din. “I look forward to providing Riedel customers in the broadcast, event, and installation markets the integrated solutions that will help them run their businesses and applications in the most cost-effective and future-proof manner. With our dedicated office in Dubai, we’re positioned to provide even more direct customer support and faster service.”

Magd El Din joins Riedel having most recently served as Clear-Com Communication Systems’ sales manager for the Middle East region. He earlier held the positions of regional sales manager for Almasa IT Distribution and Silicon21-Dubai, as well as product manager for Cisco Systems. Through these roles, he has established relationships with systems integrators and distributors across the Middle East.

Magd El Din received his bachelor’s degree in computer science from the Ain Shams University of Cairo, Egypt, and is fluent in multiple languages including Arabic, English, and French. His is available in Dubai by phone at +971 50 55 99 018 or by email at ahmed.magd@riedel.net.

Further information about Riedel and the company’s products is available at www.riedel.net.

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About Riedel
Riedel Communications designs, manufactures, and distributes pioneering real-time video, audio, data, and communications networks for broadcast, pro audio, event, sports, theater, and security applications. The company also provides rental services for radio and intercom systems, event IT solutions, fiber backbones, and wireless signal transmission systems that can be easily scaled for events of any size, anywhere in the world. Founded in 1987, the company now employs more than 400 people at 11 locations in Europe, Asia, Australia, and the Americas.

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Ukraine-Based Engineer Service Buys Calrec Console, Its Second, for New OB Truck

HEBDEN BRIDGE, U.K. — Feb. 19, 2013 — With the delivery of an Artemis Light audio console, Calrec has made its second sale to Ukraine system integrator and OB truck company Engineer Service. Engineer Service will install the Artemis Light console in its newest mobile OB truck to mix live audio in stereo and Dolby(R) E 5.1 broadcast formats, and for multichannel recording in live production.

“With the Calrec Artemis Light console, we can do things we couldn’t do before, such as provide more than two channels of 5.1 audio broadcast soundtracks. That capability is very important, particularly for live sports productions,” said Dmitriy Prikordonny, general director of Engineer Service. “By using extra boxes on the field or stage, we can send and receive many more sound channels. We can serve the entire shooting area, whether that area includes a concert hall, a stage, a field, a broadcast van, or other links. The Artemis Light has improved our workflow while better satisfying our clients’ needs.”

When shopping for a console for its new truck, Engineer Service was looking for a compact system with full redundancy; powerful monitoring and processing tools; user-friendly interfaces; multiformat I/O signals; and a high number of processing, master, group, and aux channels. It found the solution in the Artemis Light with Bluefin2 high-density signal processing. Engineer Service purchased the Artemis Light console with 40 multilayer faders, five Hydra2 I/O boxes, 32 digital AES inputs and 32 digital AES outputs, 72 analog inputs and 24 analog outputs, and two MADI interfaces.

The Artemis Light console will be installed in Engineer Service’s new 40-foot OB truck, which can handle up to 16 cameras for HD video processing. The new truck will hit the road in midsummer to cover mostly live programming such as sports, concerts, and other outside productions. The Artemis Light joins a Calrec Zeta console in the Engineer Service fleet.

Engineer Service considered mixing consoles from other manufacturers but chose Calrec because it was the best fit for the company’s workflow. Just as important, Engineer Service wanted to maintain its partnership with Calrec and its investment in Calrec products well into the future.

“By upgrading from our older Zeta technology to the Artemis Light, Engineer Service has not only shown its continuing support for Calrec, but also a commitment to move forward on the latest Calrec technology platform,” said Michael Reddick, Calrec’s European sales manager. “These are the types of long-term partnerships we strive for.”

More information about Artemis consoles and other Calrec products is available at www.calrec.com.

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About Calrec Audio Ltd.
Calrec Audio, part of D&M Holdings Inc., is exclusively dedicated to excellence in audio mixing for on-air and live production. A broadcast specialist for more than 40 years, Calrec has developed a range of digital consoles relied on by the world’s most successful broadcasters. For putting sound in the picture, broadcasters put their trust in Calrec. More information is available at www.calrec.com and www.community.calrec.com.

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ITN Delivers the News with SSL C10 HD Compact Broadcast Console

“Our clients depend on us to deliver high quality content, so dealing with a reliable product from a top-shelf company is a must. SSL fills this bill on all levels”

LONDON – Independent Television News (ITN), a major UK-based provider of news programming for a number of broadcasters, relies on a Solid State Logic C10 HD Compact Broadcast Console to deliver content to UK broadcaster Channel 5. Situated in a custom-designed studio located at the Channel 5 facility on Lower Thames Street, the C10 carries on the successful, long term relationship between ITN’s facilities and SSL. The C10 provides the live production power and expansion capabilities necessary for current and future programming for ITN and Channel 5.

“We were looking for a compact-sized solution that was expandable,” says Steve Luck, senior team leader of broadcast support for ITN. “Looking at the architecture of the C10 and the way the I/O was configured, the C10 was the perfect choice for this application. We additionally thought it was good to continue with the SSL product line through our excellent experience with a classic C100 and a more recent C100 HDS at other locations. Our operators are very familiar with both those consoles, so it just makes things easier for them to move between various locations.”

The new facility was put together at the request of Channel 5 management to have the news production studio built in the station’s -facility on Lower Thames Street, rather than at the ITN facility on Grays Inn Road, London. The C10 is used to produce full half hour news shows and regular two minute bulletins. The choice of the C10 was as much about reliability as it was about technical requirements for the program lineup.

“SSL’s support backup is very good,” continues Luck. “We have never had any issues with the way SSL supports its products. They are always very easy to talk to, prompt with answers to questions and are there for us if a crisis arises, and that is a very valuable addition to the purchase. I think there is a trust relationship that has built up over a period of time. Our clients depend on us to deliver high quality content, so dealing with a reliable product from a top-shelf company is a must. SSL fills this bill on all levels.”

The installation at the Channel 5 studio was dictated by operation requirements. The console is operated for the most part by a professional audio operator for the major programmes. For the two or three minute updates, the Technical Director (TD), uses a break out, eight-channel fader panel connected to the C10 in an adjacent room.

“The C10 allows us to work as a one man technical operation, when needed,” concludes Luck. “The professional operator will create the talent presets for EQ and dynamics, while the TD rides the levels. For a panel discussion show, the audio engineer will take control. We use several methods of automation at ITN so that we can work with reduced staffing levels and the C10 works well with our station automation systems. The C10 gives us a level of technology that is easily used by somebody who might not be a professional audio person. We also have a product that can be expanded without massive capital investment.”

Solid State Logic is the world’s leading manufacturer of analogue and digital audio consoles and provider of creative tools for music, broadcast and post production professionals. For more information about our award-winning products, please visit: www.solidstatelogic.com.

Nexidia Products at the 2013 NAB Show:

Nexidia Dialogue Search
At the 2013 NAB Show, Nexidia will showcase Nexidia Dialogue Search (DS), a tool that searches for any spoken word or phrase across workgroups or massive media libraries in seconds. With DS, media organizations can utilize their media libraries more easily by finding unique assets that fit their needs simply, precisely, and quickly without being overwhelmed by irrelevant results. DS dramatically reduces logging and transcription costs and uncovers valuable assets that traditional metadata could never find. DS integrates directly with media asset management systems and editing applications, and no training is required.

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NEW Nexidia QC
Nexidia will introduce Nexidia QC, a new automated closed caption and video description application that helps ensure compliance, caption alignment, and language identification for broadcast and IP distribution. QC verifies that video description content was actually aired, which automates verification and logging for legal compliance. It also verifies that the captions aired match the program broadcast and determines the level of caption coverage for the program. QC automates manual processes to reduce operating expenses, automatically identifies errors and fixes issues to avoid FCC fines, and enables a higher-quality experience for viewers across all platforms.

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Photo Caption 1: Nexidia QC — Closed Caption QC
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NEW Nexidia CC Director
Making its debut at the 2013 NAB Show, Nexidia CC Director is an application that automatically repurposes on-air closed captioning for broadcast and IP distribution in order to satisfy broadcast requirements for the 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act. Live and file-based caption information is reused to recaption clips and programs for delivery to the Web, tablets, and other Internet-connected devices.

Nexidia CC Director is designed to enable dynamic, low-latency caption retrieval from a caption catalog storing years’ worth of captions. The captions are available within minutes of broadcast and can be retrieved without metadata or even the broadcast date. Users simply pass a clip of audio or video through the application, and CC Director will return the time-corrected caption file.

CC Director reduces the cost of re-syncing or re-creating captions for live-captioned programming that is being edited for rebroadcast or non-linear distribution. It also verifies caption information, improves caption timing compared to the original captioning, and reduces turnaround time for publishing clips and full programs.

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Photo Caption 1: Nexidia CC Director – Alignment
Photo Caption 2: Nexidia CC Director – Input
Photo Caption 3: Nexidia CC Director – Output

Company Quote:

“This year at the 2013 NAB Show, broadcasters and other content creators and distributors will see how our products will help them dramatically accelerate their ability to discover and utilize their media. Our patented Dialogue Search tool can search thousands of hours of media in under a second, and supports dozens of languages and dialects. That product alone can help make our customers faster, more creative, and more profitable. Add to that other products such as our new CC Director and QC applications, and their media operation becomes faster and more efficient by reducing their dependencies on manual processes.”
– Drew Lanham, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Nexidia, Media and Entertainment Division

Company Overview:

Nexidia is the audio and video search company with patented technologies and breakthrough applications that make it quick and easy for customers to gain new insight, boost their competitive advantage, and monetize large volumes of audio and video assets from entertainment, sports, news, education, corporate, government, financial, house of worship, and non-profit. More information is available at www.nexidia.tv.

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Front Porch Digital Announces Broad Support for Archive eXchange Format

Open, Storage-Agnostic Technology in Place at Archiving and Production Operations Around the World

LOUISVILLE, Colo. — Feb. 19, 2013 — Front Porch Digital, the global leader in cloud-based content storage management (CSM) solutions, today announced that its Archive eXchange Format (AXF) open-archiving technology is seeing broad adoption among archivists and media organizations around the world. Installations at esteemed organizations such as Laboratoire Éclair, The Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision (NIBG), Danish Film Institute, Swedish Film Institute, and others, along with support from Spectra Logic and integration with Sony’s Optical Disc Archive technology, position AXF to replace outmoded legacy formats such as TAR with a truly open and storage-agnostic approach, ensuring long-term accessibility to the world’s most valuable content.

“Our aim in developing AXF was to support interoperability among disparate digital-content storage systems and ensure the content’s long-term availability no matter how technology evolves,” said Brian Campanotti, chief technology officer of Front Porch Digital. “The fact that these organizations and others have embraced AXF puts it well on the way to achieving critical mass and becoming the industry standard for long-term preservation and storage of media assets. In fact, the AXF standardization effort is nearing completion within SMPTE and we expect ratification this year.”

AXF is integrated into DIVArchive(R) V7.0, the latest generation of Front Porch Digital’s acclaimed CSM system. To ensure wider accessibility, Front Porch Digital has also released stand-alone tools such as AXF Explorer that allow access to AXF packages and media without the need for DIVArchive. France’s pioneering movie and television production house Laboratoire Éclair linked its DIVArchive V7.0 installation with its full production and postproduction environment to streamline workflow, while its customers have access to long-term storage services managed with the system. In addition, the Danish Film Institute and Swedish Film Institute have built their digitization, archiving, and preservation workflows around DIVArchive V7.0 to protect their national film heritage.

Beyond installations, in September 2012 Spectra Logic became the first vendor verified to support AXF across its entire range of tape libraries and tape drives. Also, Front Porch Digital and Sony(R) have collaborated to ensure AXF is compatible with Sony’s Optical Disc Archive expandable robotic library. Customers who use DIVArchive V7.0 with Spectra Logic products or the Sony system will get the benefit of long-term storage and preservation through AXF.

AXF is built from the ground up to be fully storage-agnostic, meaning that an AXF object is the same whether it is stored on spinning disk, flash memory, data tape media, or in Front Porch Digital’s LYNX(SM) cloud service. In this way, users avoid the complexity associated with file systems, storage technologies, or operating systems.

More information about the AXF format and Front Porch Digital products is available at fpdigital.com and OpenAXF.org.

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About Front Porch Digital
Front Porch Digital is the global leader in solutions for migrating, managing, and monetizing media content. Operating on site and in the cloud, the company’s purpose-built software employs the latest technologies to deliver truly flexible and scalable media workflows. Solutions delivered by Front Porch Digital appropriately manage large and complex media files and workflows while ensuring optimal performance and utmost security. More information is available at fpdigital.com.

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