Archive for March, 2013

LECTROSONICS INTRODUCES FIRST SOLAR POWERED WIRELESS MICROPHONE TRANSMITTER

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Rio Rancho, NM – April 1, 2013… Lectrosonics is introducing the world’s first solar-powered wireless microphone transmitter, the WXLR. The new transmitter is based on the idea that today’s solar cell technology is sufficiently advanced for use on portable electronic devices. The new WXLR was based initially on the previously introduced WM water-tight transmitter. more

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HOSA TECHNOLOGY DEBUTS PWL-400 SERIES POWER EXTENSION CORDS

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Buena Park, CA – April 2013… Hosa Technology, the leading innovator of analog and digital connectivity solutions for the modern musician and audio/video professional, is pleased to announce the introduction of the PWL-400 Series Power Extension Cords. Equipped with IEC C14 to IEC C13 connectors, the PWL-400 is the ideal accessory for daisy-chaining multiple units off a single power receptacle or for extending the reach of a power cord. The new Hosa PWL-400 is the perfect complement to lighting effects, guitar amplifiers, audio interfaces, wireless audio receivers, and similar equipment. more

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Howie Weinberg Relies on Antelope Audio for “The Best Clocking and Conversion Money Can Buy”

Santa Monica, CA, March 27, 2013 –Following his 30 year career as head mastering engineer at Masterdisk, where he mastered The Ramones, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, U2, Public Enemy, The Smashing Pumpkins, Beastie Boys, Herbie Hancock, Nirvana and so many others, Howie Weinberg has established himself as one of the most in-demand mastering engineers in the world. His success led to him opening his own facility in 2011, appropriately named Howie Weinberg Mastering.

The new facility, located in the Laurel Canyon Hills of Los Angeles, features a selection of the best digital and analog gear available in the world. For his clocking and conversion needs, Weinberg depends on Antelope Audio’s rock solid Isochrone 10M|Trinity combination, in addition to Antelope’s Zodiac+ and Eclipse 384 digital audio converters (DACs).

Weinberg, who has just completed work on new releases by Metallica, Fiona Apple, Joe Walsh and others, clocks his entire room and DAW rig with an Antelope Isochrone Trinty|10M combination, a set up which he refers to as “the Holy Grail of clocking.”

He says this combination makes an audible difference for both his clients in the studio as well as in the finished article: “When clients come in, I will play them what the music sounds like with the native clocking hardware in my DAW, and then with the Antelope. When I switch to the Antelope, their jaws drop every time.”
“The Antelope clocks are very accurate and as a result, make everything sound wider and cleaner,” he continues. “They provide much more depth and a sound that I can only describe as ’3D.’ To my ears, the difference is really audible.”

In addition to relying solely on Antelope’s renowned clocking technology, Weinberg favors the transparent sonic qualities of Antelope’s converters. “I use the Zodiac+ mastering DAC right out of my Pro Tools unit, and this is the first conversion,” he explains. “I like it because it doesn’t introduce any color. Honestly, I think it is the closest thing I’ve heard to the source on any converter.” Weinberg also appreciates the quick set up, seamless compatibility and I/O flexibility of the Zodiac: “I like it because it interfaces with my entire Pro Tools rig really easily. It also has five inputs so I can have a lot of sources on there — I can have everything set up on one box.”

For the recording of the final master, Howie incorporates the award-winning Eclipse 384, which is also the final monitoring DAC for playback to his array of high-end monitors. “I realized my weak link was A/D and D/A conversion and that’s why I upgraded to an all-Antelope setup.”

As technology in the studio seems to get more and more complicated, Weinberg likes to keep things focused with Antelope. “I’ve used a lot of different clocks, and am running a studio full of digital and analog gear,” he states. “There is so much digital stuff going on these days that your clocking has to be as accurate as possible. It just makes every piece of digital gear I have sound better.”

To ensure superior sonic results for his first rate client base, Weinberg has a ‘no compromise’ philosophy: “I have the best equipment money can buy, so I need the best clocking and conversion money can buy,” Weinberg concludes. “And I think I have it. You know what I’m sayin’?”

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IABM NAB Conference Session to Provide Insight From Senior Executives on Industry Reinvention

GLOUCESTERSHIRE, U.K. — March 28, 2013 — The IABM (International Association of Broadcasting Manufacturers) today announced that the organization will present a 2013 NAB Show conference session focusing on the reinvention of the broadcast industry. Senior executives from leading media technology suppliers will discuss timely topics including the industry’s transition from long-established business models to an environment in which end users increasingly demand software-based solutions, elastic provisioning, greater efficiency, and better customer service. The session begins with breakfast at 7:30 a.m. on April 8 in room N234-236 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

“Together, the growing power of IT technology and the need to distribute and monetize content on multiple platforms have driven broadcasters, pay-TV operators, and other service providers to create and deploy new workflow strategies and business models,” said Peter White, director general at the IABM. “For the supply side of the industry, this rapid shift in commercial priorities pairs with a wider array of competitors to present new challenges and opportunities. Our expert panel will provide vendors with unique perspectives on these developments and on strategies vendors can employ for successful re-evaluation and reinvention of their existing product lines and business models.”

The session will be led by John Ive, IABM director of business development and technology, and will feature a panel including Brick Eksten, founder and CEO at Digital Rapids; David Ross, CEO of Ross Video; Louis Hernandez, president and CEO at Avid; and Geir Bryn-Jensen, CEO at Nevion. As these industry leaders discuss and debate critical issues facing the industry, the IABM will present up-to-the-minute market intelligence supporting the conversation.

Registration and further details about the conference session are available online at https://www.theiabm.org/supported-exhibitions-subpage-491.html. Information about the IABM is available at www.theiabm.org.

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About the IABM:
The IABM, the International Association of Broadcasting Manufacturers, is the authoritative voice of the broadcast and media technology supply industry worldwide. Its wide range of services to members encompasses market research and intelligence, expert representation at standards bodies and broadcasting unions, executive networking opportunities, and preferential purchasing. A presence at every major broadcast tradeshow, the IABM also provides a valuable channel for communication between broadcast manufacturers, government, and regulatory bodies. Additional IABM activities include awards programs for innovation and scholarships designed to stimulate the development of the broadcast and electronic media industries on an international basis. For more information, please visit www.theiabm.org.

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DIT Station Unveils New and Improved Version of Portable On-Set Data/Playback Workstation

DIT Station Rogue4 Features Improved Performance and Versatile PCIe(R) Storage and I/O Integration via Sonnet Thunderbolt(TM) Solutions

IRVINE, Calif. — March 28, 2013 — DIT Station today introduced the DIT Station Rogue4, the newest version of the company’s ultra-portable and compact on-set data management and playback workstation. The Rogue4 is faster than ever before, with Sonnet Technologies’ built-in Thunderbolt(TM) expansion, media ingest, and storage solutions offering performance up to 900 MB/s. Sonnet and DIT Station will demonstrate the DIT Station Rogue4 in the Sonnet Technologies booth SL10924 at the 2013 NAB Show.

Housed in a military-grade case with custom ventilation, the all-new ultra-portable and rugged DIT Station Rogue4 provides a fast and reliable PCIe(R) and Thunderbolt backbone for a wide range of on-site digital intermediate (DI) tasks. The Rogue4 works exclusively on the 15-inch MacBook Pro(R) Retina platform, integrating multiple Sonnet Echo(TM) Express Thunderbolt-to-PCIe Expansion Chassis with popular video I/O cards for tasks such as transcoding and playout. Multiple Sonnet Tempo(TM) SSD Pro 6Gb PCIe adapter cards, each holding two 2.5-inch SSDs, provide high-performance onboard Thunderbolt storage. A Sonnet Tempo SATA Pro 6Gb four-port eSATA card supports up to four high-performance eSATA shuttle drives, plus readers for CompactFlash(R) cards, SDHC(TM) cards, REDMAG 1.8-inch SSDs, and RED Digital Cinema’s new RED MINI-MAG cards. Also on board is Sonnet’s Echo ExpressCard(R) Pro Thunderbolt adapter to ingest files from SxS(R) cards.

These features, combined with the Rogue4′s wireless connectivity, iPad(R) mount, and full I/O interfaces, provide DI professionals a highly versatile on-site workstation that is easy to set up. Users can not only perform basic data wrangling tasks, but also perform lightning-speed transcoding, full-resolution 2D/3D side-by-side playback, on-set image review and adjustment, and wireless delivery of dailies right out of the case via the onboard Wi-Fi(R) terminal. Facilitated by Sonnet’s Thunderbolt technology solutions, the Rogue4′s Thunderbolt connectivity enables the workstation to achieve speeds well beyond not just conventional laptop-based workflows, but even Mac Pro(R) tower-based workflows, offering ultra-fast connectivity and incomparable portability.

“Ready to go in fewer than 20 seconds, the Rogue4 eliminates the lengthy setup times for image technicians and gives them optimal speed, capacity, and storage mobility,” said Martin Christien, CEO and founder, DIT Station. “With performance matched to that of a conventional tower computer, the Rogue4′s Thunderbolt-based backbone enables capabilities far beyond other on-location setups and a level of portability that no other system can beat for this price. The Rogue4 is a true all-in-one tool for any workflow, anywhere and anytime, and it works seamlessly through the powerful integration of Sonnet’s technology.”

The new-and-improved DIT Station Rogue4 will be on display at the 2013 NAB Show in Sonnet’s booth, SL10924, and in ASSIMILATE’s booth, SL12705, where Christien and his team will also make special presentations. For more information about DIT Station NAB Show activities, follow @DITStation on Twitter. More information on Sonnet’s Thunderbolt technology products is available at www.sonnettech.com/product/thunderbolt/index.html.

More information on Sonnet and its other products is available at www.sonnettech.com.

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About DIT Station Ltd
DIT Station Ltd designs and fabricates ultra-portable data management workstations for stills and motion digital based cameras. The company’s product line utilizes the latest in high-speed connectivity, storage, and expansion to create on-set tools for digital image technicians working with all formats of camera. DIT Station prides itself on the design of its products, made 100 percent with the user in mind … and it has a cup holder. More information is available at www.ditstation.com.

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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Riedel Digital Matrix and Wireless Intercoms Enable Flexible, Clear Communications at Pershing Square Signature Center

GLENDALE, Calif. — March 28, 2013 — Riedel Communications, provider of pioneering real-time video, audio, data, and communications networks, today announced that New York City’s Signature Theatre Company has installed a Riedel digital intercom system at the Pershing Square Signature Center, the company’s Frank Gehry-designed home situated off-Broadway on 42nd Street. The installation includes the Riedel Artist digital intercom matrix and Acrobat Digital Wireless Intercom system, which unite to provide a flexible platform for broadcast-audio-quality communications throughout the facility.

“Riedel’s digital intercom products give us the quality and versatility that is critical for productions in a modern theater environment,” said Graham Johnson, sound, video, and communications supervisor at Signature Theatre Company. “Not only is the ability to communicate essential to the production, but it is also critical to the safety of our staff and performers. The Riedel systems have surpassed our expectations in every way.”

The facility’s Artist systems feature a distributed masterless system architecture that significantly reduces wiring, making it easy and cost-effective for users to configure intercom panels and partylines to meet current production requirements at the center’s three theaters: the Linney, the Diamond, and the Griffin. For each theater, engineers have created stage manager stations comprised of Artist 1000 Series control key-panels packaged into flight cases. Access plates throughout the building provide connections for both Artist control panels and Performer digital partylines, which are routed via a central patch bay.

The theater company uses an Acrobat CC-60 cell controller to support 16 wireless beltpacks. In addition, 24 Acrobat CA-6 cell antenna units installed at the Pershing Square Signature Center ensure complete coverage of the building with seamless hand-over between the antennas’ cells, providing intercom communications with consistently high audio quality regardless of users’ location. The Acrobat system is optimized for both partyline and point-to-point communications and provides digital audio quality without interfering with UHF radio microphones or in-ear monitors.

Additional information about Riedel Communications, the company’s Artist digital intercom matrix, and the Acrobat digital wireless system is available at www.riedel.net.

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About Signature Theatre
Founded in 1991 by James Houghton, Signature Theatre exists to honor and celebrate the playwright. Signature makes an extended commitment to a playwright’s body of work, and during this journey, the writer is engaged in every aspect of the creative process. Signature is the first theatre company to devote an entire season to the work of a single playwright, including re-examinations of past writings as well as New York and world premieres. By championing in-depth explorations of a living playwright’s body of work, the Company delivers an intimate and immersive journey into the playwright’s singular vision.

Signature has presented entire seasons of the work of Edward Albee, Lee Blessing, Horton Foote, Maria Irene Fornes, Athol Fugard, John Guare, David Henry Hwang, Bill Irwin, Adrienne Kennedy, Tony Kushner, Romulus Linney, Charles Mee, Arthur Miller, the Negro Ensemble Company, Sam Shepard, Paula Vogel, August Wilson and Lanford Wilson. At The Pershing Square Signature Center, the Company’s expanded programming includes: Residency One, the continuation of Signature’s core program which provides audiences with an immersive exploration of the work of a singular playwright; Residency Five, which provides five-year residencies for multiple playwrights, guaranteeing three full productions of new work over the course of each playwright’s residency; and the Legacy Program, which honors the lifetime achievement of playwrights who have previously been in residence at Signature through the production of a premiere or earlier play.

Signature, its productions and its resident writers have been recognized with a Pulitzer Prize, fourteen Lucille Lortel Awards, sixteen Obie Awards, six Drama Desk Awards and twenty-two AUDELCO Awards, among many other distinctions. The National Theatre Conference recognized the company as the 2003 Outstanding National Theatre of the Year. For more information on Signature please visit us on-line at signaturetheatre.org.

About The Pershing Square Signature Theatre
The Pershing Square Signature Center is the permanent home of Signature Theatre. Spanning an entire city block at 42nd Street between 9th and 10th Avenue, the Frank Gehry-designed Pershing Square Signature Center features three intimate theatres, a studio theatre, rehearsal studio, and a public café, bar and bookstore and serves as both a theatre community hub and neighborhood destination. Working hand-in-hand with Signature leadership and architect of record H3 Hardy Collaboration Architecture LLC, Gehry’s design is carefully calibrated to foster interaction among playwrights, artistic collaborators and the public. The Pershing Square Signature Center has allowed the Company to expand and enhance its programming, introduce new initiatives, and build audiences. The Center serves as an ongoing artistic home for all of the Company’s Playwrights-in-Residence, fostering a dynamic creative community where playwrights engage directly with audiences and one another.

About Riedel Communications
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 scale easily 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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Second Generation of IDC’s Widely Deployed STAR Pro Audio Receiver to Be Introduced at NAB2013

Targeted ad insertion, shared hub support, time-shifting and lower bandwidth requirements make this next-level solution unique

Ottawa, ON – International Datacasting (TSX: IDC), a global leader in digital content distribution for the world’s premiere radio and television broadcasters, will launch the second generation of its popular STAR Pro Audio solution at the 2013 NAB Show, April 8 – 11 at the Las Vegas Convention Center (Booth SU3711.)

The second generation of the STAR Pro Audio solution opens up new revenue generating opportunities for radio networks by providing localized ad insertion. The new platform also enables time-shifting functionality, allowing broadcasters to play the right content at the desired time. Broadcasters can now seamlessly adjust for time zones and rapidly adapt to conflicting live programming schedules.

In addition to increasing ad revenues and improving flexibility, the STAR Pro Audio solution significantly lowers per-channel costs through shared hub support. Additionally, it uses up to 70% less bandwidth compared to competitive solutions.

“With this next generation of STAR Pro Audio, radio broadcasters can look forward to two very important things—boosting revenue and lowering their operating expenditures,” said Del Lippert, Chairman of the Board and Interim CEO, International Datacasting. “The platform increases advertising revenues because it enables highly localized ad insertion. The ability to sell more targeted ads—by location, demographic, time zone, or language—means more revenue opportunities across the entire network. “We’re eager to show off our next generation of STAR Pro Audio at the NAB show next month.”

STAR Pro Audio includes a copy split capability that allows operators to send select ads to specific regions or specific receivers. Audio files stored in the receiver can be inserted into live or recorded programming. Cost savings are realized through shared hub support which enables multiple radio networks to share one 4-channel receiver instead of having each network deploy its own standalone, single channel receiver. Additionally, STAR Pro Audio requires just 120 kHz space segment for stereo, as opposed to 440 kHz for competitive systems, resulting in further cost savings.

Industry experts believe there will be a resurgence of radio advertising due to the inclusion of FM radio receivers in smart phones. This will add millions of new FM radios in the market.

The second generation of the STAR Pro Audio solution will be featured at the NAB 2013 Radio PIT in Central Hall:

April 8th, 2:15 p.m. – 2:35 p.m. PT

April 9th, 1:15 p.m. – 1:35 p.m. PT.

Virginia Lee Williams, Vice President of Global Sales and Marketing, and Walter Capitani, Vice President of Product Management, will discuss the second generation of STAR Pro Audio at the above-listed dates and times.

About International Datacasting Corporation:

International Datacasting Corporation (TSX: IDC) is a global leader in digital content distribution for the world’s premiere broadcasters in radio, television, data and digital cinema. IDC offers a broad portfolio of advanced solutions including the STAR Pro Audio solution, LASER targeted ad insertion platform, and the Digital Tattoo DTH over IP gateway. The company’s products and solutions are in demand for radio and television networks, targeted ad insertion, digital cinema, 3D live events, satellite news gathering, sports contribution, VOD, and IPTV. IDC is headquartered in Ottawa, Canada, with regional offices in Arnhem, the Netherlands and in San Diego, California. The company has installations in over 100 countries and service offices in Thailand and Singapore, with an international network of value-added partners and resellers. For more information visit: www.datacast.com.

Forward-Looking Statements:

This press release contains forward-looking statements reflecting IDC’s objectives, estimates and expectations that may involve risks and uncertainties, including statements about expected revenue impacts. IDC’s actual results, performance, achievements and developments may differ materially from the results, performance, achievements or developments expressed or implied by such statements. Factors that might cause actual results to differ materially include, but are not limited to, competitive developments; risks associated with IDC’s growth; any difficulties with integrating acquired product lines into IDC’s business and/or manufacturing procedures; any difficulties or disputes with IDC’s subcontractors, contract manufacturers and suppliers; IDC’s dependence on the development and growth of the satellite datacasting market; a lengthy and variable sales cycle for IDC’s products and services; IDC’s reliance on a small number of customers for a large percentage of its revenue; regulatory risks and intellectual property infringement. IDC assumes no obligation to update these forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date hereof, except as expressly required by applicable law. Forward-looking statements are provided to assist external stakeholders in understanding IDC’s expectations as at the date of this release and may not be appropriate for other purposes. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on such statements. More detailed information about potential factors that could affect IDC’s financial and business results is included in the public documents IDC files from time to time with Canadian securities regulatory authorities and which are available on SEDAR at www.sedar.com, including, without limitation, IDC’s Annual Information Form dated April 29, 2011.

L’Équipe 21 Races to Air with Dalet Sports Factory

End-to-end solution includes sports production tools, newsroom, playout and MAM for France’s leading sports news channel

Levallois-Perret, France — March 29, 2013 — Dalet Digital Media Systems, a leading developer of Media Asset Management (MAM) solutions, software and services for content producers, has announced that L’Équipe 21, the most popular sports news channel in France, has deployed Dalet Sports Factory as the end-to-end news, studio production, broadcast and MAM system at the company’s new television facility. The broadcast center has relocated to the headquarters building of parent company L’Équipe, the famous sports newspaper.

Modular by design, Dalet Sports Factory provides L’Équipe 21 with all the necessary tools for the 24/7 channel, including a complete newsroom computer system, desktop video production, sports-specific tools for slow-motion replay and highlight creation, as well as broadcast playout and multiplatform distribution. The underlying Dalet Media Asset Management platform transparently tracks multimedia content and metadata throughout the content creation chain, preserving essential information and making it far easier to produce and distribute content to different platforms.

Dalet Sports Factory gives L’Équipe 21 a much more unified and efficient workflow than the older system, which relied on a mix of multiple systems. The entire project, from order to on-air, was completed in just three months. “That includes building the infrastructure, installing the system, adapting the workflows and metadata schemes, training and going live. The Dalet system is quite comprehensive and provides the key operational components. So it was very cost-effective, and we were able to move very quickly, avoiding the headaches often associated with large integration projects,” says Philippe Espinet, director of operations, L’Équipe 21. “Because Dalet is an open, IT-based system, the few integrations were easy to implement. Our staff immersed themselves in the project along with the Dalet Professional Services team, who provided excellent support. Coaching was key; we trained 150 users in just five weeks. With Dalet’s fully integrated system, it’s very easy for our journalists, as all the tools are right at their fingertips.”

“L’Équipe 21 demonstrates the versatility of Dalet Sports Factory with tools that cover typical sports production and live events as well as 24/7 news formats and magazine programs. L’Équipe 21 went beyond a simple update of their equipment when they designed their new plant. They created a streamlined, asset-based workflow that enables them to produce more content more efficiently so it can be optimized for use on many platforms,” says Stephane Schlayen, COO, Dalet. “This MAM-driven approach is driving the entire industry, and Dalet’s solutions with a versatile MAM platform offer the flexible framework and relevant toolsets to enable this new model. The result is improved productivity on the operational side and more ways to rationalize expenses and to realize new revenues on the business side.”

Dalet Sports Factory is built on Dalet’s robust Media Asset Management platform, which provides lifecycle content and metadata management with comprehensive and customizable data schemes that allow L’Équipe 21 to catalogue and access its valuable assets. As content is enriched throughout the production chain, metadata is tracked, making it far easier to publish to multiple platforms. To preserve the value of the valuable archive, the metadata from the older system was imported into the Dalet MAM system so that content is readily searchable and available to everyone who needs it. It’s also possible to create data models that facilitate production for multiplatform distribution.

Because all Dalet solutions are modular, customers have the freedom to choose the best toolsets for their particular workflows. At L’Équipe 21, journalists rely on Dalet’s full-featured newsroom computer system to manage wires from AFP and rundowns, script stories, edit video and prepare video packages with voiceovers and CGs generated by Vizrt. When craft editing is required, Dalet Xtend for Apple Final Cut Pro provides for the seamless exchange of videos, shot lists, EDLs and their metadata between for a collaborative work between Dalet users and Apple Final Cut Pro editors. Journalists can access content and Dalet tools using the Dalet desktop client or via the Dalet Web Space using a standard web browser. Dalet Sports Factory also has a range of toolsets to meet the unique demands of sports broadcasting. For instance, L’Équipe 21 uses Dalet Hilites Espresso to generate instant replays of key plays with slow-motion effects.

The technical infrastructure at L’Équipe 21 is IT-based and well integrated. Dalet Brio servers manage 24 video ingest channels in DVCPro 100 as well as playout for replays and commercials from Master Control, and A/B roll and carts playout from the Production Control room. Fiber connects the NetApp online production storage that delivers 4 GB/s to the Brio servers that playout directly from the NAS. A separate Oracle Sun ZFS storage device automatically archives high-resolution video material. The Dalet MAM is integrated with the CTS Enterprise traffic system and a Vizrt graphics system. Rhozet transcoders convert files into appropriate formats for new media publishing. The openness and flexibility of the Dalet system give L’Équipe 21 the freedom to incorporate new equipment and workflows as the company’s needs and requirements change over time.

About L’Équipe 21
L’Équipe 21 is a TV channel in France completely devoted to sports. Its slogan is 100% sport, 100% free. Founded in 2012, L’Équipe 21 covers all kinds of sports and more than a hundred sports are broadcast on the channel. L’Équipe 21 broadcasts 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and is always at the heart of sports news. The typical program lineup includes:

• 7am: David Vengerder and Julie Raynaud kick it off with “L’Équipe du Matin” in which they present a complete overview of the current sports news.
• Lunchtime: France Pierron presents the horse races in “Menu Sport.”
• Late afternoon: Gaëlle Millon and Pierre Nigay present “Le Grand Tour de L’Équipe” — a live show in which the hosts discuss the daily sports news.
• Evenings: Olivier Menard and his expert team discuss the most recent sports news and the upcoming events.

L’Équipe 21 keeps sports fans continuously alerted to the sports news with “Le journal,” a complete summary of the latest sports news which is updated every 15 minutes.

About Dalet
Dalet solutions enable broadcasters and media professionals to create, manage and distribute content to traditional and new media channels, including interactive TV, the Web and mobile networks. Dalet combines in a single system a robust and proven Media 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, sports 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 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 and WDR), commercial networks and operators (Antena 3, Canal+, FOX, eTV, Mediaset, Orange, Time Warner Cable, Warner Bros. and SiriusXM Radio), and government organizations (Canadian House of Commons, the European Commission, Parliament of South Australia). Dalet is traded on the NYSE-EURONEXT stock exchange (Eurolist C): ISIN: FR0011026749, Bloomberg DLT:FP and 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.

For more information on Dalet, visit www.dalet.com.

See Dalet at NAB 2013 — Booth SL4524: www.dalet.com/nab2013.

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Zazil Media Group
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Clay Paky Sharpy Join National Arena Tour Co-headlined by Three Days Grace and Shinedown

American rock bands Three Days Grace and Shinedown are on the road with Clay Paky Sharpy fixtures helping to light up their tour.

Three Days Grace and Shinedown are coheadlining a national arena tour, which commenced in February. “Transit of Venus,” the new album from Three Days Grace, debuted at Number Five on the Billboard 200 and includes the Number One Active Rock single, Chalk Outline. Shinedown’s most recent album, “Amaryllis,” produced a pair of chart-topping Active Rock singles.

“Using Sharpy is almost mandatory these days,” reports Mike Filsinger, the lighting designer for Three Days Grace. “It’s an advanced light – pretty much the only technological advancement in lights lately: Clay Paky has really done the R&D to make better fixtures and is now reaping the rewards.”

Bandit Lites supplied 28 Sharpys in the main package. A primary lighting rig serves both shows; each band also has a supplemental rig. Three Days Grace has eight additional Sharpys in its package; Filsinger’s Sharpys are the dominant light in the rig and are used in the air and on the floor. Shinedown has 24 additional Sharpys, which are used to achieve a variety of moves.

“The band really likes Sharpy’s look and beams – they’re known for being beamy and bright,” says Carter Fulghum, Shinedown’s lighting designer. “The gobos give you great breakups, too. But the Sharpy is so bright that you have to be careful of what other lights you use because Sharpy will overpower them.”

Fulgham concludes, “It was great working with Mike [Filsinger], who is so easy to work with on this co-headlining tour. Also great were Aron Altmark, Esteban Caracciolo, Mario Collazo and Bob Gordon for all there help and support through the years.”

A.C.T Lighting is the exclusive North American distributor for Clay Paky.

Francesco Romagnoli, Clay Paky Area Manager for North and Latin America, adds, “It’s great that designers think the Sharpy is critical to the look their tour. Mike and Carter seem to have really taken advantage of their properties.”

About Clay Paky
Headquartered in Seriate (Bergamo), Italy, Clay Paky SPA has a history of designing and manufacturing innovative professional show lighting. The company was founded in 1976 by entrepreneur Pasquale Quadri who anticipated the enormous impact the evolution of technology would have on the show and entertainment worlds.

For more information on Clay Paky products, please contact:
Francesco Romagnoli francesco@claypaky.it
Davide Barbetta webmaster@claypaky.it

Bexel Contributes Broadcast Solutions and Expertise to Zuckerberg Media;

New Silicon Valley Studio Puts Foothold on Content Creation Outside of Hollywood


(BURBANK, CA) Bexel, a unit of the Vitec Group's Services Division and a leading worldwide provider of broadcast services and solutions, collaborated with Zuckerberg Media on the launch of its new 12,000-square-foot production studio in Menlo Park, Calif., which recently began broadcasting original content, both live and streaming.

Zuckerberg Media, founded by CEO Randi Zuckerberg, brought Bexel onboard in the early planning stages to help design and outfit a state-of-the-art media production facility capable of broadcasting live around the world on television and the internet. After identifying the full range of needs for Zuckerberg Media, Bexel constructed plans and made recommendations on the best equipment selections.

"Bexel is at the top of the broadcast solutions game and came highly recommended to Zuckerberg Media," said Bradley Lautenbach, chief operating officer of Zuckerberg Media. "Bexel was able to work within our very aggressive startup timeline to deliver infrastructure that produces wonderful output-and we are delighted that they will be a partner to Zuckerberg Media as we continue to grow."

Bexel worked from the ground up with the general contractor and architect to assist in meeting codes, all with an eye on future scalability. Bexel was able to create smart solutions to help Zuckerberg Media achieve their goals for the new studio, which included production solutions "to conquer the world with content."


"Zuckerberg Media is an innovative, tech-driven entertainment company run by revolutionary thinkers," notes Bexel President and General Manager Halid Hatic. "It is an incredible opportunity for Bexel to support the vision of Randi and her team with pragmatic tools as well as a strategy for the future. We are enthusiastic fans of what Zuckerberg Media is creating, and we are excited to see what the 'next generation of media' brings."

Approximately 90% of the operational equipment found at Zuckerberg Media was purchased from Bexel. New assets were combined with post-Olympics (2012) gear to design a solution that was customized to the studio's unique needs and stayed within budget. Top-of-the-line equipment integrated into the studio included products from AJA, ASG Custom Audio Products, Blackmagic Design, Evertz, Sachtler, Sennheiser, TBC, Panasonic, LG and NewTek. Bexel outfitted the production facility with Sony EX3 Cameras, modified with monitors, teleprompters, and a proprietary data transfer system to ensure maximum flexibility and functionality. TSL Audio Monitoring was installed, and studio lights include the new Litepanels Sola 6 and Sola 4 LED Fresnels.

"From the very beginning, this was an honestly collaborative effort with the team at Zuckerberg Media," said John Root, Western region product sales manager, Bexel TSS. "From the integration of audio and video systems to helping them locate a talented lighting designer, from control room design to engaging in full testing and training, we supported their creation of a world-class facility. It was an intriguing assignment to help launch an environment where the future will unfold."

To learn more about Bexel, stop by their booth (#C6932) at the NAB Show in Las Vegas April 8- 11, or visit their Web site at www.bexel.com

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(tm)

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. Services 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.

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