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AES E-Library Offers 14,000+ Fully Searchable PDF Files

Institutional And Individual Subscription Programs Now Available

NEW YORK: Audio Engineering Society Executive Director Bob Moses has announced new subscription formats to the AES E-Library. With over 14,000 fully searchable PDF files, the collection represents one of the world’s most comprehensive sources of definitive professional audio information. Documenting the progression of audio research and development from 1953 to the present day, the E-Library includes every paper published at each of the 133 AES Conventions and 49 international conferences, plus all papers published in the AES Journal. Engineering Briefs (eBriefs) recently introduced at conventions may also be accessed in the E-Library.

“The depth, range and authoritative nature of the professional audio subject matter amassed by the AES E-Library is unparalleled,” Moses says. “It provides a rich history of the evolution of audio technology, and carries all of the ideas, dialogue, and best practices forward from one generation to the next. This is really the crown jewel of the AES. It encompasses topics ranging from equipment design, to surround sound development, acoustic measurement, and hearing loss and protection.”

Additionally, the AES now offers an Open Access (OA) publishing option to its authors. OA papers in the E-Library are freely downloadable by anyone, including non-AES members and non-E-Library subscribers. The first OA offering is by Alex Case, “Recording Electric Guitar-The Science and the Myth.”

AES E-Library Subscriptions are available in two formats:

* Individual Subscriptions are $145 per year for AES members and $255 per year for non-members. This subscription provides downloads of any document in the E-Library at no additional cost.

* Institutional E-Library Subscriptions to universities, companies, and libraries are $1800 per year. This subscription provides all institution members with free downloads of any document in the E-Library.

* Individuals may download specific papers without an E-Library subscription, at a cost of $5 per paper for AES members and $20 per paper for non-members.

“AES Journal and Convention Program contributors are among the industry’s finest practitioners and scientific minds. Educators, students, researchers, product designers, manufacturers and historians may now track virtually every meaningful technological development introduced by our industry over the past 60+ years. They will discover extensive research and detailed findings on many fascinating subjects,” Moses concludes.

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The Audio Engineering Society was formed in 1948 by a group of concerned audio engineers. The AES counts over 14,000 members throughout the U.S., Latin America, Europe, Japan and the Far East. The organization serves as the pivotal force in the exchange and dissemination of technical information for the industry. For additional information visit http://www.aes.org

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Fairlight Releases New Audio Post Production Software Version

Sydney, Australia – Fairlight announces today that their Audio Post Production systems XYNERGI and EVO now come with the new Dream Version 4 Software. The software includes countless new features and options with the aim to make it easier to use for new users, improve workflow, and deliver faster output.

New features of the Dream Version 4 Software include:

- Mouse based editing enhancements
- Single Screen Interface with comprehensive per-track controls and new Mix Panel choices
- Improved dynamics, side-chain and MaxLinking across groups
- Multi Client ASIO bridge for EVO to host other audio products (e.g. Protools, Nuendo)
- Clip Bin and Clip Store functions to store projects
- Speed increase and new features for the Audiobase sound FX database

To ensure continued software improvements, Fairlight also introduced a 12 month software license subscriptions scheme. The license subscription provides access to software releases and updates during a 12 month subscription period. Customers who purchased a XYNERGI or EVO in 2012, will get a 12 month Dream Version 4 software license subscription for free.

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About FairlightUS:
FairlightUS is headquartered in New Jersey USA and is the exclusive distributor for Fairlight products in the North American market. Fairlight has been at the forefront of digital audio development since its inception in 1975. Fairlight designs and manufactures media creation tools including digital audio recording, editing and mixing systems for standard and high definition audio post, broadcast and music production applications. www.fairlightus.com

EWTN Global Catholic Network Chooses Teranex 2D Processors For Standards Conversion

Blackmagic Design today announced that Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN), a global Catholic network and the world’s largest religious media outlet, is using seven Teranex 2D Processors at its Irondale, Alabama headquarters for up conversion, aspect ratio conversion, frame syncs and PAL to NTSC standards conversion.

 

EWTN operates nine SD television channels broadcast in English, Spanish, French and German throughout the U.S., as well as one feed in Canada. The organization also has HD English and Spanish channels and AM and FM radio stations with more than 200 affiliates in the U.S., as well as an online presence that consists of nine channels of 24/7 live streaming and video on demand.

 

EWTN initially purchased two Teranex 2D Processors to launch its U.S. Spanish Channel in HD, up converting SD signal before sending it out as an MPEG4 satellite stream. “With one easy to use piece of equipment, we had our HD Spanish channel up and running,” said David Brantley, senior director of Engineering, EWTN. “We quickly realized that the Teranex 2D Processors had a lot more functionality to them, and they seamlessly transitioned to additional uses.”

 

EWTN found the Teranex 2D Processors especially useful when receiving video from around the globe, including an around the clock fiber feed from Rome and another from a Cathedral in Cologne, Germany, for which EWTN uses two Teranex 2D Processors for PAL to NTSC standards conversion, frame sync and aspect ratio conversion at its downlink stations. Three additional Teranex 2D Processors are used as 4:3 to 16:9 aspect ratio converters for EWTN’s two control room outputs prior to satellite uplink. When a 4:3 signal comes in, it is automatically routed through the Teranex 2D Processors, while 16:9 signals bypass the step, saving EWTN time and effort on patching and routing.

 

“Before, we took the feed from the downlink receiver, routed it through a standards converter for PAL to NTSC conversion and patched it through a frame sync. Then, if it was a 4:3 feed, we would have to go through an aspect ratio adjustment to get it to 16:9, and if we wanted to send that signal to one of our HD satellite uplinks, we would have to up convert it,” explained David. “All these separate processes needed separate pieces of equipment. We simplified that process by being able to do everything via Teranex.

 

“With more and more affiliates opening up throughout the world, including our own office in Rome and our upcoming work with Radio Horeb in Germany, we will continue to rely on the Teranex 2D Processors for up, down, standards and aspect ratio conversion,” concluded David.

 

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About Blackmagic Design
Blackmagic Design creates the world’s highest quality video editing products, digital film cameras, color correctors, video converters, video monitoring, routers, live production switchers, disk recorders, waveform monitors and film restoration software for the feature film, post production and television broadcast industries. Blackmagic Design’s DeckLink capture cards launched a revolution in quality and affordability, while the company’s Emmy™ award winning DaVinci color correction products have dominated the television and film industry since 1984. Blackmagic Design continues ground breaking innovations including stereoscopic 3D and 4K workflows. Founded by world leading post production editors and engineers, Blackmagic Design has offices in the USA, United Kingdom, Japan, Singapore, and Australia. For more information, please check www.blackmagicdesign.com.

 

About EWTN
EWTN Global Catholic Network, in its 32th year, is available in over 225 million television households in more than 140 countries and territories. With its direct broadcast satellite television and radio services, AM & FM radio networks, worldwide shortwave radio station, Internet website www.ewtn.com, electronic and print news services, and publishing arm, EWTN is the largest religious media network in the world.

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Director Gregory Maya Joins Bully Pictures

LOS ANGELES— Bully Pictures has signed director Gregory Maya for exclusive representation for commercials. Maya has earned recognition for his work for such brands as American Express, Target, JC Penney, Verizon, TJ Maxx and Bare Escentuals. His work is distinguished by insightful casting, refined art direction and his gift for drawing emotional human portraits and performances that reach through the lens.

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NAB 2013: New Orad HDVG4 Platform Raises the Bar for Graphics Performance

HDVG4 offers broadcasters new graphics capabilities: up to 16K output, 16 live HD inputs, multiple cross-platform outputs, IP stream out and native support for 3G/1080p

Las Vegas, NV — March 18, 2013 – Orad, leader in broadcast graphics, today announced the debut of its next-generation video graphics platform, the HDVG4, at the NAB exhibition held in Las Vegas, NV from April 8th through 11th (booth SL5709).

Powered by a 64-bit operating system and a native 64-bit rendering engine, the HDVG4 platform is a landmark solution offering broadcasters unrivalled graphics and video capabilities.

In addition to supporting all HD and SD formats, HDVG4 offers native support for 3G / 1080p signals, with flexible, multiple video output configurations. “HDVG4 sets new standards in terms of real-time graphics performance and capabilities,” commented Avi Sharir, president and CEO of Orad. “The HDVG4 is a flexible platform that supports Orad’s entire range of real-time graphics solutions. For example, the HDVG4 could be configured for up to eight 1080p outputs or up to 16 1080i outputs. This is an ideal setup for video wall presentations, generating an extremely high resolution image from a single box.” The high-performance HDVG4 solution can manage the most demanding image requirements with flawless output results without any tearing or pixelization.

“HDVG4 is the third generation of our rendering platform. During the extensive, three-year R&D period, we paid a lot of attention to our customer’s requirements and addressed them in the design,” adds Mr. Sharir. “One such request was to address the growing need to support IP-based workflows. Therefore, in addition to supporting standard SDI signal, we designed the HDVG4 to produce an IP stream output that could be distributed to websites, tablets and other devices.”

Another major feature of the HDVG4 is its multi-channel output configuration. It is common for broadcasters to distribute content in multiple formats and resolutions. The HDVG4 is designed to meet this challenge. For example, a single HDVG4 box can generate 4K signal as well as HD 1080i, SD and IP stream output, automatically taking into account the different aspect ratios and formats.

Based on a completely new design of Orad’s I/O board, the HDVG4 can handle up to 16 live HD video inputs, retaining a constant two-frame delay regardless of the number of video inputs used. The HDVG4′s built-in clip store facilitates multiple video clips playback, supporting all commonly used video codecs.

Like its predecessor, the HDVG4 is designed to meet the specific needs of the broadcast market. As such, it offers a highly stable rendering environment that runs on the virus-free Linux operating system. For redundancy, HDVG4 offers hot, swappable dual power supply, mechanical and software bypass, and a RAID-based system disk, SNMP monitoring, and more.

Orad’s VP of R&D, Mr. Andrew Wojdala, will be presenting the HDVG4 and its features in a webinar on March 28th. For more details and registration, please go to: http://www.orad.tv/hdvg4-seminar.

The Orad HDVG4 and other live graphics broadcast solutions will be on display at the NAB 2013 exhibition held in Las Vegas from April 8th through 11th (stand SL5709). To book a private appointment, please contact Anya Oskolkova at anya@zazilmediagroup.com or attend the Orad Press Briefing on Monday, April 8th, at 4:00PM in Room N242.

About Orad Hi-Tec Systems
Orad Hi-Tec Systems is a world-leading provider of real-time 3D broadcast graphic, video server, and media asset management 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 http://www.orad.tv/.

For further information contact:
Orad Hi-Tec Systems Ltd
Ofir Benovici
Vice President Marketing
ofirb@orad.tv

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Napoleon Takes Manhattan with Simian

Test advertising leader, The Napoleon Group, turns to Simian to enhance collaboration, boost productivity and extend sales reach.

For The Napoleon Group, New York, the Simian media management platform has become an integral part of virtually everything it does. The company uses Simian’s Custom Branded Microsite Generator™ to create client presentations and manage projects as they move from concept through production and post, as well as the cataloging and management of their vast storehouse of media files, which includes, not only audio and video files, but also storyboards, animatics, and hybrid media. The company’s sales team utilizes Simian to deliver marketing media and Real Time Analytics™ to manage and meet their goals. more

a52 Signs CG Lead Andrew Romatz

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Award-winning visual effects studio a52 is pleased to welcome talented CG and VFX artist Andrew Romatz to its ranks as CG Lead. Boasting broad experience in all aspects of CG, VFX, and animation, Andrew brings a practical knowledge and ease of ability that will position him as a valued leader on the a52 team.

Romatz joins a52 following turns at Motion Theory, Psyop, and Wolf & Crow, during which he developed his considerable talents in concepting, rigging, animation, lighting, rendering and compositing. During the course of his career Romatz has developed specialties in on-set VFX supervision, tracking and match-moving, pre-visualization for both live-action and motion control, and motion capture.

“Andrew has some really amazing experience under his belt,” noted a52 EP Jennifer Sofio Hall. “He’s already found his own unique style as both an artist and team leader, and we’re excited to have him working with our clients, doing what he does best.” Romatz’s past clients have included A-List brands such as ING, Coca-Cola, O2, Lexus, NYC & Company, Sears and more – experience that has honed his exceptional eye and ability in creating beautiful, seamless CG and VFX work.

Romatz’s signing follows a banner quarter for a52, which recently completed the massive RGIII adidas “Blow Up” spot with Park Pictures Director Lance Acord, Super Bowl XLVII spots for Taco Bell and Hyundai, and a much-lauded campaign for Nescafé – highlights in a steady stream of fantastic and original work.

About a52:

Established in 1997 as a destination for the latest high-end photoreal visual effects, a52 has become home to the industry’s most innovative and talented artists. What began as an extension of award-winning editorial company Rock Paper Scissors, and drawing on the talented directorial roster of Elastic, a52 is now a full-service studio in Santa Monica, led by industry leaders Patrick Murphy and Andy Hall. Best known for seamless visual effects integration, the studio consistently works with top directors, agencies and clients earning not only an Emmy for Outstanding Commercial achievement, but recognition from numerous award shows including: AICP, Andy, BDA, Belding, Clios, British Design and Art Direction, International Monitor, International Automotive Advertising, London International Advertising and One Show awards.

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Experienced Systems Architect with Several Telecommunications Patents Joins International Datacasting as VP of R&D

Ottawa, ON – Chris Barrett, formerly the VP of Engineering for the Ottawa-based Stratford Managers, has joined International Datacasting (TSX: IDC) as its Vice President of Research & Development. IDC is a global leader in video, audio and data contribution and distribution solutions serving the world’s premier broadcasters.

Barrett has a proven track record in driving innovation and new technologies, increasing throughput and growing teams. “I like to take things to the next level,” he said. “And I’m pleased to join a dynamic company that is making great strides in new product design and development. I’m particularly impressed with the complexity of the successful factory testing of the LASER targeted ad insertion platform with an international broadcaster. I’m also encouraged by the progress underway with conditional access partners in Asia on two trials of IDC’s Digital Tattoo DTH over IP gateway.”

With Barrett’s addition to the IDC team, the company has gained a leader with extensive experience in engineering management, R&D and operations. He has seven awarded or pending patents for data networking technology. Prior to joining Stratford Managers, Barrett was Vice President of Engineering at Pleora Technologies where he led all R&D and operations activities. He drove a rapid increase in new product introductions and supervised changes in operations and supply chain management. As one of the first employees at Gridpoint Systems, he built a high-performance engineering team to take a new product from conception to trial-readiness. Barrett has also held engineering management roles in companies of all sizes, from start-ups to large enterprises such as Nortel, Alcatel and CIENA.

“We’re very pleased to have Chris Barrett join our leadership team during this time of tremendous change in the broadcast industry,” said Del Lippert, Chairman of the Board and Interim CEO at IDC. “Chris is a highly experienced systems architect with an extensive background in engineering management, R&D and operations. He will be leading a seasoned engineering team that has shown great dedication and commitment to the corporation.”

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 atwww.sedar.com, including, without limitation, IDC’s Annual Information Form dated April 29, 2011.

Actus to Unveil ActusRemote at NAB 2013

Monitor and control distributed remote loggers from a central location

Tel-Aviv, Israel — March 18, 2013 — Actus Digital, a developer of web-based media monitoring, compliance recording, content repurposing and verification solutions for broadcasters, announced today that the new ActusRemote Media Management platform will debut at the NAB 2013 exhibition, held in Las Vegas from April 8 – 11 (booth SU9524).

ActusRemote lets broadcasters record and log channels broadcasted from remote locations to a central location, reducing the need for multiple systems, servers and databases. Actus CTO Raphael Renous said of the new solution, “ActusRemote’s distributed architecture and low price tag offers broadcasters an unparalleled price performance proposition. There is no need to duplicate systems across sites. One module per remote site, one main server, and one administration user interface will manage all the probes even for the most elaborate logging/monitoring scenarios.”

Because content is adapted to specific regions, languages and markets more frequently, there are increasing demands for radio and TV channels to be monitored and measured for legal compliance purposes and quality control. With ActusRemote, broadcasters can access all channel recordings and data from one central location, simplifying the infrastructure for managing multiple locations, languages, etc.

ActusRemote Probes connect to the main system and record, even when there are problems and/or fluctuations in bandwidth. The Actus module incorporates protocols to manage disconnections and line quality issues. Actus transfers all encoded chunks (short video files) from the ActusRemote Probe into the ActusRemote central server via FTP, maximizing speeds against available bandwidth.

Depending on the number and type of channels, the ActusRemote Probe can either be:

• A simple desktop PC, for up to six radio channels, or one TV channel and two radio channels (very cost-effective)
• A small server, 1RU for up to four TV or eight radio channels
• A larger server, 2RU for up to 24 TV or 40 radio channels

For more information or to book a private ActusRemote product demonstration at the upcoming NAB 2013 event (booth SU9524), please contact info@actusdigital.com.

About Actus Digital
Actus Digital (subsidiary of Taya Media Group, an international premier media content technologies company) provides solutions for video content logging, monitoring, repurposing, ads detection and video/audio quality check. Actus’ impressive customer list includes 100+ global media players such as BSkyB, Sky, Fox channels, Star, Chello Media, McCann, Sony, RTL, StarHub, Levira, MTG, Encopmass, AirTel, and Zee Networks.

In a nutshell, Actus provides high-end solutions at the most affordable prices. Actus solutions support the latest industry requirements including Teletext, Multiple Audio tracks and subtitles, EPG, Transport Stream, and more. Actus’ customer-driven products are web-based, user-friendly and support an unlimited number of channel inputs, thereby facilitating greater functionality and cost savings.

For more information, please visit: http://www.actusdigital.com.

Press Contact:
For more information about Actus, please contact
Anya Oskolkova
Zazil Media Group
anya@zazilmediagroup.com
(cell) 617.817.6559
www.zazilmediagroup.com

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Paradigm Glass Screen reflects Wolverhampton Visualisation Centre’s ambition

A giant multi-touch glass screen, purpose manufactured by Bedford-based specialists, Paradigm AV, has taken centre stage at the University of Wolverhampton’s new six zone Visualisation Centre.

Opened in mid-March, and the brainchild of the University’s Innovation 1st project team, this futuristic technology suite has been repurposed out of existing space in the Business Solutions Centre on the Wolverhampton Science Park.

While AVM Impact won a competitive EU tender to install the six rooms, they chose projection specialist Paradigm AV to design, manufacture and install the glass display — measuring 3545mm x 2232mm, and billed as the largest Windows 8 touch-screen in the West Midlands — which will allow the local business community to interact with it collaboratively. The facility is designed to provide local SMEs in the West Midlands with a minimum two days (12 hours) of fully funded business assistance.

The Innovation First Project is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund under Priority 1 – Promoting Innovation and Research & Development. The Centre itself was co-designed by AVM Impact Technical designer Paul Marshall and Paul Burrow, Project Manager, Innovation 1st Business Solutions — who said the idea of a glass screen had been suggested by their sister operation over at the Telford Campus. However, they wanted to extend and develop the Telford concept, and so Paul Marshall presented the multi-touch idea to Paradigm.

Dave Stephen, Paradigm’s Projection & Interactive Technologies Consultant, recalls, “Paul initially contacted us regarding the requirement for large rear projection screen with the possibility of interactivity. I suggested that the best route for this would be to include glass as this would respond better to touch than direct interaction with projection material. It would also give the impression of a large LCD screen and look fantastic.”

Paradigm AV duly provided a full survey, designed the glass support structure, rear projection screen and frame — and also the mirror rig. “We also surveyed the route into the building for the one piece of glass which was the main obstacle,” said Stephen.

The company approached touch integrator, Displaylite, knowing they provided an infrared overlay suitable for attaching to glass, and they supplied the multi-touch interactivity using proprietary software, with Paradigm adding the measurements into their design.

The system runs on a Windows 8 environment platform which is compatible with the multi-touch sensors. This presentation room, as with the entire Visualisation environment, operates under AMX master control.

With the optical quality glass surface facing the viewer the Paradigm solution helps the client achieve full compliance in up to all four viewing categories of the new ANSI Standard Projected Image System Contrast Ratio.

In this application the rear projection display is optimised via the use of a Paradigm Easy-Erect twin mirror rig. This cradles a Panasonic DZ770 single chip DLP projector, fitted with ET-DLE80 power zoom lens, using precision geometry to achieve the full impact. The projector was considered the best solution for maximising image quality based on ambient lighting conditions, screen material and budget.

“It is a fantastic feature,” said Paul Burrow. “This screen is our wow piece and something that small businesses will readily identify with. We wanted multi-touch to get people involved in using the technology and to make it fun in a business application.”

In addition to the Paradigm glass screen in the main presentation room, AVM Impact also fitted out the other five rooms. These include a boardroom, with two 3D displays (one interactive) along with AMX new generation widescreen panoramic touch panel (and connectivity box), a Polycom videoconferencing room, a further meeting room with sliding panel mechanism — enabling the screen to disappear into the wall when not in use — and a hi-tech reception area.

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