Archive for March 20th, 2013

LECTROSONICS WIRELESS TECHNOLOGY UTILIZED ON NIKITA MIKHALKOV’S ‘SUNSTROKE’

**** Photo: Igor Pokorný (left) on the set of Nikita Mikhalkov’s Sunstroke ****

Moscow, Russia – March 2013… In the business of location sound, there are three constants all audio engineers must address when it comes to wireless microphone usage: sound quality, range, and reliability. The challenge comes amidst the ‘real world’ conditions on the set, where dust and dirt, heat, moisture, and a host of additional variables tend to complicate matters. That’s why Prague, Czech Republic-based production sound mixer Igor Pokorný relies on his arsenal of wireless transmitters, receivers, antennas, and more from Rio Rancho, NM-based Lectrosonics. more

“David Bowie is”: Sennheiser Helps the V&A Bring Together Sound and Vision

London/Wedemark – March 20, 2013 – The world’s leading museum of art and design, the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, has curated a unique exhibition on one of the most influential artists of our times: David Bowie. Designed to take visitors on an unforgettable, multi-faceted journey of sound and style, “David Bowie is” will open its doors to the public on 23 March. In order to ensure the best audio experience for visitors, the V&A has worked in partnership with audio specialist Sennheiser which – alongside other audio equipment – deployed its guidePORT audio guide system and two immersive 3D sound simulations.

David Bowie has been at the forefront of the world of popular music for nearly 50 years, and his immense creativity positions him as one of the most innovative performers of all time. His work is marked by continual re-invention, intellectual depth, musical innovation and striking visual presentation. Re-tracing Bowie’s creativity and influences from all areas of art, the exhibition shows a wealth of material, including videos, stage costumes, album covers, stage sets, photographs and of course Bowie’s music. For this, the exhibition’s curators, V&A’s Victoria Broackes and Geoffrey Marsh, were given unprecedented access to the David Bowie Archive.


Sound at the heart of the exhibition

The exhibition is designed to be an immersive audio experience. Sound quality is therefore one of the most critical elements, and the organisers have drawn on the expertise and technology of audio specialist Sennheiser to craft the exhibition’s rich soundscape.

Fittingly for a tribute to an artist that has embraced technology throughout his career, the exhibition uses leading edge tools to blend sound and vision. Audio guides, powered by Sennheiser’s guidePORT system, automatically provide the music and soundtrack when visitors approach the exhibits and screens, and seamlessly integrate all sound material into the tour. The exhibition will use 550 bodypacks with Sennheiser stereo headphones, offering a simple solution that lets the visitor explore Bowie’s music, art, and style with all their senses.

While two audio events are directly stored on the visitors’ bodypack receivers – a welcome text when entering the exhibition and an “extro” when leaving – all other music and video sound is transmitted as real-time, lip-sync stereo audio from eleven twin cell transmitters. These rack-mount units are located in two control rooms that also accommodate the control PC for the guidePORT system. The visitors’ receivers automatically download the audio when they pass by the corresponding guidePORT antenna units, and “know” which track to play when they approach so-called identifiers, small trigger units placed near the exhibits – just like an indoor GPS.

“This is a fully automated yet entirely personal tour, as the exhibition can be explored in whatever order and at any pace whatsoever. The audio is always played at the right time for each visitor,” explains Norbert Hilbich, Sennheiser Application Engineering, who assisted in the set-up of the guidePORT system. Tours with a tour-guide are possible too. For this, the museum uses a convenient bodypack transmitter with a headset microphone, enabling the guides to both make tailor-made commentary for their guests and trigger any of the pre-recorded exhibition material as they like.

3D audio simulation
The audio voyage through the exhibition culminates in two extraordinary 3D audio experiences. Viewing footage of David Bowie perform live concerts and recordings filmed for TV, visitors are enveloped within a fantastically spatial performance of his music delivered by hidden Neumann and Klein+Hummel loudspeakers. This 3D sound experience is also used during Tony Visconti’s evocative “mash-up” of Bowie songs, created specially for the exhibition by Bowie’s long-term producer.

To enable both stereo and mono material to be played as a 3D reproduction, an upmix algorithm by Sennheiser’s Gregor Zielinsky was used. “We had some really old mono material, not exactly recorded under the best of circumstances”, explained Gregor Zielinsky, International Recording Applications Manager. “With the algorithm and some fine-tuning in the studio we ensured that this rare material can now be enjoyed in an astonishingly new form.”

Geoffrey Marsh, co-curator of the exhibition, said, “’David Bowie is’ will integrate over 300 objects and costumes from the David Bowie Archive with high-quality sound and video to create a seamless evocation of Bowie’s career over five decades. This is the first major UK exhibition where sound is an integral part of the interpretation. Working with Sennheiser on audio delivery has been a fantastic opportunity. They have pushed the boundaries as to how sound can evoke, provoke and inspire visitors and they have created a genuinely multi-media museum experience which has been a challenging objective but one we are delighted to have done with Sennheiser’s support and expertise.“

Paul Whiting, President of Global Sales at Sennheiser, commented: “The Victoria and Albert Museum designed ‘David Bowie is’ to be as much about the sonic as the visual. The Sennheiser audio guide and groundbreaking sound system were installed with this in mind. Our sound engineers have used their considerable expertise and the kind of audio design normally found only at major music events. Sennheiser was innovating when many of these sounds were created, and we have pushed the barriers of sound again to enable you to hear Aladdin Sane, Ziggy Stardust and the Thin White Duke the way Bowie, Visconti or Eno intended.”

Following its run at the V&A the exhibition will tour internationally (venues to be confirmed).

The Sennheiser Group, with its headquarters in Wedemark near Hanover, Germany, is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of microphones, headphones and wireless transmission systems. The family-owned company, which was established in 1945, recorded sales of around €531 million euros in 2011. Sennheiser employs more than 2,100 people worldwide, and has manufacturing plants in Germany, Ireland and the USA. The company is represented worldwide by subsidiaries in France, Great Britain, Belgium, the Netherlands, Switzerland and Liechtenstein, Germany, Denmark (Nordic), Russia, Hong Kong, India, Singapore, Japan, China, Canada, Mexico and the USA, as well as by long-term trading partners in many other countries. Also part of the Sennheiser Group are Georg Neumann GmbH, Berlin (studio microphones and monitor loudspeakers), and the joint venture Sennheiser Communications A/S (headsets for PCs, offices and call centres).

You can find all the latest information on Sennheiser by visiting our website at www.sennheiser.com.

For more information about the V&A “David Bowie is“ exhibition (23 March – 11 August 2013) please contact the V&A Press Office press.office@vam.ac.uk or +44 (0) 2079422502.

The equipment used includes…
(for the tourguide system):
• 550 guidePORT bodypack receivers for visitors (GP EK 3202-5-1)
• 1,000 dynamic stereo headphones (PX 100 II) with hygiene pads
• 11 cell transmitters for transmitting music and soundtrack to visitors (GP SR 3200-2)
• 34 active antenna modules (GP AM 3000) for the cell transmitters
• 48 indoor indentifiers (GP ID 3200-IN) to trigger the audio
• 55 charging units (GP L 3202-10)
• 1 bodypack transmitter with headset mic for a tour-guide (GP SK 3202-0-1 and HS 2)
• guidePORT installation and statistics software
(for the 3D simulation):
• 10 Neumann O 410 three-way loudspeakers
• 4 Neumann KH 870 sub-woofers
• 2 Klein+Hummel IS 153 three-way loudspeakers
• 8 Klein+Hummel IS 123 three-way loudspeakers
• 2 Klein+Hummel IS Sub 215 subwoofers

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JVC to Debut New Products, Upgraded Capabilities for GY-HM650 ProHD Mobile News Camera at NAB 2013

WAYNE, NJ – JVC Professional Products Company, a division of JVC Americas Corp., will introduce a variety of new products, reveal major broadcast industry sales, and unveil an upgraded version of its handheld mobile news camera, the GY-HM650, at the 2013 NAB Show (Booth C4314), which runs April 8-11 in Las Vegas, Nev.

When equipped with a Verizon 4G LTE modem connected to the back of the camera via USB, the GY-HM650 2.0 upgrade leverages the camera’s unique dual codec technology to stream live video transmissions in the background while shooters continue to record footage. The camera already records HD or SD footage in multiple file formats – including native XDCAM EX™ (.MP4), Final Cut Pro™ (.MOV), and AVCHD – and is capable of uploading recorded clips to an FTP server.

“Attendees were very impressed with our built-in file transfer technology when we debuted the GY-HM650 at the NAB Show last year, but that just scratched the surface of what this camera can do,” said Dave Walton, JVC assistant vice president of marketing and communications. “We have added direct support for 4G LTE modems and leveraged our unique dual codec technology to generate live TV streams. Now, you can continue to record footage while you transmit video back to your broadcast facility in real time. It all happens in the camera with a small Verizon modem attached, so there’s no backpack or other add-ons required.”

Customers who currently own GY-HM650s will be able add the new features at no charge with a firmware upgrade.

Also at NAB, JVC will premiere its new GY-HM70U ProHD camcorder. With an MSRP of $1,995, the GY-HM70 will appeal to event/wedding videographers and educational users who want a full-sized, shoulder-mount camcorder but have limited budgets. Built around a 1/2.3-inch 12 megapixel CMOS imager and JVC’s advanced FALCONBRID high-speed processor, the camera records 1080/60p, 1080/60i, and 480/60i (SD) footage in the AVCHD Progressive format to dual SDHC/SDXC memory cards.

Priced for the entry-level professional video market, the GY-HM70 offers a number of innovative features, including JVC’s unique, hot swappable dual battery system, which allows for hours of continuous, uninterrupted shooting. It also includes a high quality 29.5mm wide-angle GT lens that offers smooth 16x dynamic zoom performance, as well as an optical image stabilizer, auto focus, focus assist, and manual focus, iris, and shutter controls.

JVC’s new PS-840UD Professional Series ProVérité 4K 84-inch LCD monitor will make its NAB debut as well. Designed for commercial installations requiring high quality on-screen images at an affordable price, it has a native screen resolution of 3840×2160, four times the resolution of HD, with 120Hz refresh rate and 10 bit color depth. The monitor is scheduled to ship in June with a suggested list price of $14,000.

JVC will also introduce a new portable/studio monitor, the DT-F9L5U. Ideal as a camera viewfinder or field production monitor, it features an 8.2-inch IPS panel with 1280×800 pixel array and mercury-free white LED backlight, plus a variety of inputs for current and legacy equipment. Also on display, JVC’s new GM-552D is a high contrast, full HD 55-inch monitor designed for 24/7 continuous operation in broadcast facilities and other applications.

Traditionally, JVC provides one of the NAB Show’s larger booths. Located in the Central Hall, this year’s exhibit will include a presentation area (with seating) to showcase the GY-HM650 2.0. An expansive camera demonstration area will provide hands-on access to GY-HM600 and GY-HM650 ENG cameras, as well as GY-HM790 ProHD cameras in full studio configurations. Another section of the demonstration area will be dedicated to economical camera options, including the GY-HM70 and GY-HM150 models. The booth will also feature JVC’s extensive professional monitor product lines, as well as an area dedicated to JVC’s professional Blu-ray recorders.

ABOUT JVC PROFESSIONAL PRODUCTS COMPANY

Headquartered in Wayne, New Jersey, JVC Professional Products Company is a division of JVC Americas Corp., a wholly-owned subsidiary of JVC KENWOOD Corporation. JVC is a leading manufacturer and distributor of broadcast and professional video and audio equipment. For further product information, visit JVC’s Web site at http://pro.jvc.com or call (800) 582-5825.

Utah Scientific Announces 4K Routing Switcher

UTAH-100/UDS 4K Signal Support Designed for Ultra-High-Definition TV Production

SALT LAKE CITY — March 19, 2013 — Utah Scientific, a worldwide leader in routing and master control switchers, today announced a major extension of the UTAH-100/UDS routing switcher family with a new range of routing switchers offering 6 Gbps UHD-SDI signal capabilities to support new 4K signal formats (both single- and multi-link) used in ultra-high-definition (UHD) TV production. The 6 Gbps UHD-SDI solutions will provide twice the density (at half the power) and outstanding performance at a substantially lower cost than competitive 3 Gbps multi-link solutions.

The UTAH-100/UDS 4K routers bring a cost-effective signal management solution to the growing world of UHD television. Routers in this new series are available in 32 x 32, 64 x 64, and 144 x 144 matrix sizes, and they offer the same control options as the successful UTAH-100/UDS routers introduced in 2012. Complementing the new 4K routers will be a 4K signal-processing module that provides multiplexing and demultiplexing of 1.5 Gbps and 3 Gbps streams to and from the 6 Gbps format.

This modular system is based on I/O modules with 16 ports, interconnected by a crosspoint fabric that allows any input signal to feed any number of output ports. For mixed-signal applications, the new 4K routers can also be fitted with 3G cards from the UTAH-100/UDS family, providing a full range of connectivity options including coax, fiber, IP-video, and DVI/HDMI interfaces.

The UTAH-100/UDS 4K routers are controlled and monitored through a built-in Web interface that allows users to operate the system from a Web browser for local or remote control. Hardware control panels and an iPad(R) app are also available to control the routers.

“Our UTAH-100/UDS family of routers can be exactly tailored to fit a wide variety of operational requirements in all types of applications,” said Tom Harmon, president and CEO of Utah Scientific. “The 4K version is the result of our close cooperation with Semtech’s Gennum Product Group, which is rolling out a family of UHD-SDI components for the new signal formats. By working closely with component suppliers, we are able to offer our customers the solutions they are looking for as they incorporate the latest technologies into their routing infrastructure.”

Utah Scientific will demonstrate the UTAH-100/UDS 4K routing switcher at the 2013 NAB Show in booth N4607. More information on the UTAH-100/UDS family of routers and other Utah Scientific products can be found at www.utahscientific.com.

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About Utah Scientific Inc.
Throughout more than 35 years in business, Utah Scientific has earned its position as worldwide leader in routing and master control switchers by working with customers to meet their needs for advanced signal distribution and control technology. The company’s confidence in its industry-leading products is exemplified by its renowned no-fee, 10-year warranty and validated by multiple Frost & Sullivan Customer Service Leadership Awards. Additional information about Utah Scientific and its products can be found at www.utahscientific.com.

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Harmonic 2013 NAB Show Exhibitor Preview

At the 2013 NAB Show, Harmonic, the worldwide leader in video delivery infrastructure, continues to set the bar for achieving operational and network cost efficiencies in broadcast and multiscreen production and delivery while enhancing the viewer experience. The company will showcase solutions that enable more efficient multiformat content production, more cost-effective distribution of content over any network, and better support of high-quality video delivery regardless of the display device. Throughout the show, Harmonic also will provide demonstrations of the next-generation Ultra HD digital video format and HEVC compression, as well as the company’s latest Ellipse(R) contribution encoder.

Key Products

Ellipse(R) Contribution Encoder
At the 2013 NAB Show, Harmonic will launch a new addition to the Ellipse(R) line of universal contribution encoders that combines pristine image quality with ultra-low latency. More details will be announced soon.

ProMedia(TM) Family of Multiscreen Solutions
The award-winning ProMedia(TM) Suite of software and appliance solutions is engineered to optimize video production workflows for live and high-volume video-on-demand multiscreen applications. New enhancements to the suite include further ad insertion and monetization capabilities, time-shift features, and broad support for ecosystem partners.

At the 2013 NAB Show, Harmonic will demonstrate the recently unveiled ProMedia Carbon MP, a cloud-based transcoding service created for professional applications and available on the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Marketplace. Powered by the acclaimed Harmonic Rhozet(R) technology used in the ProMedia Carbon transcoding engine, ProMedia Carbon MP enables content creators, service providers, and media professionals to convert broadcast-quality video content quickly and cost-effectively to virtually any standard media format, making it an ideal transcoding solution for a wide range of applications. ProMedia Carbon MP allows users to transcode file-based video content in the cloud on an hourly basis. Users can also access the application’s powerful transcoding engine via a familiar XML API to deploy highly scalable, cloud-based transcoding workflows. In either scenario, the platform’s rich user interface and flexible API allows users to perform a host of critical video operations such as SD/HD and PAL/NTSC conversions, logo insertion, color correction, and multiformat closed-captioning processing.

Spectrum(TM) ChannelPort(TM) Integrated Channel Playout System
Harmonic will announce enhancements to the market-leading Spectrum(TM) media server product line. The Spectrum ChannelPort(TM) integrated channel playout system will feature powerful new channel-in-a-box capabilities such as dual DVEs with independent branding.

The Spectrum ChannelPort platform speeds the cost-effective deployment of new SD and HD television channels by integrating branding and master control switching with clip playback on the industry’s most trusted media server platform. Fully compatible with Spectrum MediaCenter(TM) and MediaDeck(TM) 7000 servers, ChannelPort fits seamlessly into existing production and playout infrastructures, reducing complexity and cutting the time it takes to launch new services.

Company Quote:

“Our 2013 NAB booth will demonstrate how integrated solutions from Harmonic provide greater flexibility and efficiency while delivering amazing video experiences. We will showcase solutions that address virtually every media production and delivery model today — and support emerging models that leverage technologies such as the MPEG-DASH streaming and HEVC compression standards for even greater efficiency gains.” — Peter Alexander, Senior Vice President of Marketing and Chief Marketing Officer, Harmonic.

Company Overview:

Harmonic (NASDAQ: HLIT) is the worldwide leader in video delivery infrastructure for emerging television and video services. The company’s production-ready innovation enables content and service providers to efficiently create, prepare, and deliver differentiated services for television and new media video platforms. More information is available at www.harmonicinc.com.

All trademarks appearing herein are the property of their respective owners.

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Caption: ProMedia(TM) Family of Multiscreen Solutions

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Sonnet Announces New Thunderbolt Interface Option for Award-Winning Qio Professional Media Readers

Qio(TM), Qio CF4, Qio E3 Available With Included Thunderbolt(TM) Interface and Thunderbolt Cable

IRVINE, Calif. — March 14, 2013 — Sonnet Technologies today announced the launch of its Qio(TM), Qio CF4, and Qio E3 professional media readers with a Thunderbolt(TM) interface option. Sonnet’s Qio professional media readers are high-speed, cost-effective alternatives to conventional card readers for videographers, studios, and photographers alike. The original Qio is the industry’s first device that supports all major HD video memory card formats in one compact high-performance device, reading at high speed from almost any memory card including SxS, P2, CompactFlash(R), SDHC(TM), and SDXC(TM). The Qio CF4 is a four-slot CompactFlash card reader, and the Qio E3 is a three-slot SxS card reader. All Qio models support concurrent file ingest from all slots to increase efficiency dramatically by reducing ingest times.

The new Thunderbolt interface kit option provides a connection from Qio media readers to any iMac(R), Mac(R) mini, MacBook Air(R), and MacBook Pro(R) computer equipped with a Thunderbolt port. Featuring robust locking mechanisms at both ends, the included PCIe(R) interface cable connects the Qio reader to the Thunderbolt interface. An included Thunderbolt cable connects the Thunderbolt interface to the computer or to the end of a Thunderbolt device chain.

“Sonnet’s Qio, Qio CF4, and Qio E3 have become essential tools for many working professionals using Mac Pro(R) and older MacBook Pro computers,” said Robert Farnsworth, CEO of Sonnet Technologies. “With the addition of the new interface option, even more users can experience the blazing speed of Thunderbolt and Sonnet’s professional media readers.”

With the introduction of the Thunderbolt interface option for Qio readers, Sonnet has reduced the suggested retail prices by $100 each on existing Qio CF4 and Qio E3 models with either a PCIe card interface option or an ExpressCard interface option. For current Qio, Qio CF4, and Qio E3 owners, Sonnet will also offer for sale the Qio Thunderbolt Interface Kit.

The Qio with Thunderbolt Interface Kit (part number QIO-TB) has a suggested retail price of $1,099. The Qio CF4 with Thunderbolt Interface Kit (part number QIO-CF4-TB) and Qio E3 with Thunderbolt Interface Kit (part number QIO-E3-TB) each have a suggested retail price of $699. The Qio Thunderbolt Interface Kit (part number QTB-IFK) has a suggested retail price of $399. These products are expected to be available at the end of March. More information on these products is available at www.sonnettech.com/product/mediareaders/index.html.

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

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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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Clear-Com Intercoms Enable Wide Collaboration at Astana Media Center

Kazakhstan’s Newest Broadcast Facility Relies on Eclipse Matrix, FreeSpeak Wireless and V-Series Panels for Day-to-Day Operations

ASTANA, KAZAKHSTAN, 20 MARCH 2013 – Clear-Com®, a global leader in critical voice communication systems, is pleased to announce that the Astana Media Center has taken delivery of a wide range of Clear-Com intercom solutions. Production personnel at the newly opened broadcasting complex in Kazakhstan rely on Clear-Com’s Eclipse-Median and Eclipse-PiCo digital intercom matrices along with FreeSpeak digital wireless intercoms to communicate across the 75,500-square-meter facility.

The Clear-Com systems provide production staff with reliable, high-quality communications throughout the 24-story Astana Media Center. Eight Eclipse matrices with hundreds of V-Series desktop and rack-mounted intercom panels form the backbone of the facility’s communication network. FreeSpeak wireless beltpacks are fully integrated with the Eclipse-Median frames, providing mobile users with wireless communications. This comprehensive and integrated intercom solution allows seamless communication between team members located in eight production studios, four news studios, two drama studios, 22 master control rooms, 10 radio stations, cinema concert hall and a conference area.

“The Astana Media Center is one of the most advanced broadcast production facilities in Central Asia. It has a large number of rooms and divisions that serve not only all the broadcasters in the country, but also international broadcasters,” says Burak Devecel, Sales Manager for Akfa Teknoloji, the system integrator that installed the Clear-Com equipment at Astana Media Center. “The ability to connect multiple Clear-Com Eclipse frames via fibre enables the staff in the complex to manage all the communication for these divisions from a central convenient location and offers an extremely flexible, efficient and future-proof solution.

“Akfa Teknoloji designed and installed the intercom systems for the Astana Media Center, but Clear-Com application engineers supported us during the commissioning stage to ensure the system met customer configuration requirements. Their aid was critical to help us meet our project deadline. They also assisted with end-user operational and maintenance training so that every intercom user would be familiar and comfortable with the systems. We’re very satisfied with Clear-Com’s service and support.”

“Astana Media Center’s selection of Clear-Com intercoms is a strong testament to the proven capabilities of this solution,” says Karlie Miles, Director of EMEA and South Asia Pacific Sales, Clear-Com. Clear-Com. “We are proud to be a part of such an important and cutting-edge broadcast organization and look forward to continuing our work with the Astana Media Center as it makes more inroads in Kazakhstan’s broadcast community.”

About Clear-Com
Clear-Com, an HME company, is a global provider in professional voice communications systems since 1968. We develop and market proven intercom technologies such as Analog & Digital Partyline, Digital Matrix, Wireless and Intercom-over-IP systems for critical communication applications in broadcast, performance venues, military, government and enterprise markets. Recognized for our legacy of intercom innovations, production teams around the world have come to depend on Clear-Com for clear, reliable and scalable communications solutions. For more information, please visit www.clearcom.com.

Calrec at the 2013 NAB Show:

Hydra2 — Audio Routing System Integrated With Third-Party Demos
At NAB 2013, Calrec will showcase Hydra2′s ability to interact with third-party control and production automation equipment. To give broadcasters a sense of Hydra2′s potential as a networking solution, Calrec will exhibit its equipment in a scenario akin to how it would be used in an actual production environment.

Demonstrating the Calrec Serial Protocol will be a Ross switcher emulator in conjunction with Ross Overdrive technology, which will allow for visibility into and third-party control over a number of Calrec audio console settings such as fader position, PFL and cut control for paths on faders, routing to auxes from faders, output level control for auxes, routing to mains from faders, main output level/fader control, and LB/RB input switching for paths on faders.

The SW-P-08 protocol will incorporate a third-party router panel from LSB’s Virtual Studio Manager (VSM) to demonstrate remote control over input-to-output crosspoint patching. In addition to direct routing of physical inputs to outputs, it can also route to and from a console DSP via Calrec’s Hydra Patchbays.

Artemis Light Audio Console
Calrec will demonstrate Artemis Light, the newest member of its Artemis family of Bluefin2/Hydra2 audio consoles. New for NAB 2013, the Artemis Light introduces a new compact processing rack dedicated to delivering digital signal processing (DSP) and routing capabilities in a 4U enclosure.

Like all Artemis consoles, Artemis Light incorporates Bluefin2 high-density signal processing and Hydra2 networking technologies in the same compact yet extremely powerful and scalable control surface used by Artemis Shine and Artemis Beam. Employing the same hardware and software architecture, Artemis Light can be fully integrated with any existing Hydra2 network.

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Photo Caption: Artemis Family of Bluefin2 Hydra2 Audio Consoles

Apollo Audio Console
Calrec’s Apollo audio console is also being showcased at the 2013 NAB show. Apollo provides unsurpassed processing power and a control surface with displays, touch screens, and light-emitting knobs that detail function and status. Calrec understands that in the fast-paced environment of live broadcast television, users need to have more control at their fingertips. Apollo’s ergonomic design makes two layers of channels available simultaneously, a feature unmatched by competing platforms.

The Calrec Apollo console relies on Bluefin2, the next generation of Calrec’s trademark Bluefin(TM) high-density signal processing system, to provide unrivalled resources. Bluefin2 gives Apollo up to 1,020 channel processing paths, 128 program busses, 96 IFB/track outputs, and 48 auxes.

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Photo Caption: Calrec Apollo Audio Console

Speaking Event:

Calrec is a member of the AVnu Alliance, an industry consortium dedicated to the development and promotion of a professional-quality streaming standard for networked audio and video content based on the IEEE 802.1 Audio Video Bridging (AVB) standards. At the 2013 NAB Show, AVnu Alliance member Henning Kaltheuner of Riedel Communications is presenting a session.

When: April 11, 12-12:30 p.m.
Where: LVCC Room S227
What: “IEEE Ethernet AVB Standards and Their Applicability for Signal Transport in Broadcast Environments”
Who: Relevant to broadcasters using or considering the use of Ethernet network infrastructures, and the potential of using Ethernet for signal transport in broadcast infrastructures.

Company Quote:

“Audio systems must meet international broadcasters’ increasing demands for more versatility and integration. They must therefore give greater consideration to their networks as a whole. Our Hydra2 demo at NAB will showcase this and illustrate how efficiently those networks can be controlled.” — Henry Goodman, Head of Sales and Marketing of Calrec

Company Overview

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 35 years, Calrec has developed a range of digital and analog consoles relied on by the world’s most successful broadcasters. For putting sound in the picture, broadcasters put their trust in Calrec.

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IGN Pro League Live Streams SXSW eSports Tournaments with Blackmagic Design

Blackmagic Design today announced that IGN Pro League (IPL) used Blackmagic Design’s ATEM Camera Converters, Micro Videohub, Videohub Master Control, H.264 Pro Recorders, DeckLink Quad capture and playback cards and Mini Converters HDMI to SDI, Audio to SDI and SDI Distribution to support its professional eSports tournaments at SXSW Gaming 2013.

 

IPL brought in 27 top players from around the world to compete for cash prizes and rankings in “StarCraft II,” “League of Legends” and “World of Tanks.” During the tournaments, each player was stationed at a desk equipped with a computer for game play and an audience facing 54″ LED screen mounted on the front. The screens displayed logos and information from IPL’s proprietary web application, such as player names and viewer votes on potential winners.

 

“The application is run by an open source program called Caspar, which was created by the Swedish government for broadcast graphics and adapted for IPL’s use,” said Tracy Peterson, manager, video production, eSports, IGN Entertainment. “The dynamic data is piped through Adobe Flash Player, then the Caspar system pushes it out via DeckLink Quad cards to Mini Converters, which feed the 54″ screens. We use the DeckLink Quad cards so each of our four graphics computers can feed four to eight screens.”

 

At the heart of the operation were the Micro Videohub and Videohub Master Control, which route the Caspar graphics, switcher feed and even a direct video playback should the switcher go offline. The feeds were routed to a 21 ft. diagonal center stage screen, which also displayed logos, advertisements and sponsor information. In running a multitude of graphics, IPL relied on the Micro Videohub to change inputs without any disturbance to the viewing experience.

 

“‘League of Legends’ is the most popular game in the world right now, and it has a huge library of fantastic characters that the players select from. Every viewer has their own favorite, and the selection of these characters is a ceremonious moment in the event,” said Tracy. “We use in game animations and our graphics system to run a short hero animation for each character as they are selected. This portion of the show excites the audience and gets them ready for the main event, so it needs to be flawless. The graphics come directly from the DeckLink Quad cards, through the Micro Videohub and are projected onto the center stage screen. We also use the Micro Videohub to seamlessly switch from the program to the Caspar feed and back again during this sequence.

 

“We invest a lot of money in our stage show, which is why we stream them live on Twitch.tv and about an hour later on YouTube and our syndication channels using the recordings of each match. We use the H.264 Pro Recorders to capture high quality digital recordings that we upload directly to the Internet. The devices are easy to set up and operate, as well as work well in any environment,” he said.

 

One area IPL was able to reduce costs was implementing fiber thanks to Blackmagic Design’s ATEM Camera Converters, battery powered optical fiber converters with talkback, tally and mic inputs.

 

“The ATEM Camera Converters saved us hundreds of dollars per day per camera. In only a few events, we could justify the upgrade to fiber, and the ability to run miles of fiber was a huge bonus,” said Tracy. “We are looking into using fiber to combine three to five stage shows to create a new wrap up channel and provide analysis and tournament updates throughout the day, live. Without Blackmagic Design, we simply wouldn’t be able to do all this.”

 

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Product photos of Blackmagic Design products are available at www.blackmagicdesign.com/press/images.

 

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 DaVinci Emmy™ award winning 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, UK, Japan, Singapore, and Australia. For more information, please check www.blackmagicdesign.com.

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Matrox to Unveil Matrox Monarch HD Professional Video Streaming and Recording Appliance at the 2013 NAB Show

At the 2013 NAB Show (Las Vegas, April 8-11, booth SL4616), Matrox® Video will demonstrate Matrox Monarch™ HD, a small, easy-to-use video streaming and recording appliance designed for professional video producers who need to simultaneously stream a live event and record a Blu-ray quality version for post-event editing.

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Matrox Monarch HD — video streaming and recording appliance

From any HDMI input source such as a camera or switcher, Matrox Monarch HD generates an H.264-encoded stream compliant with RTSP or RTMP protocol. While encoding the video at bitrates suitable for live streaming, Matrox Monarch HD simultaneously records a high-quality MP4 file to an SD card, a USB drive, or a network-mapped drive. Matrox Monarch HD is remotely controlled using any computer or mobile device with a web browser.

“Live event producers have been looking for a way to overcome the limitations of today’s content delivery networks that only allow recording and archiving at the lower quality available while streaming,” said Daniel Maloney, technical marketing manager at Matrox. “Matrox Monarch HD solves this problem by providing two independent delivery channels in a single, robust, reliable box, at an unprecedented price.”

Price and availability
The price and availability date for Matrox Monarch HD will be announced on April 8 at the 2013 NAB Show. To be notified when this product become available, visit our website.

About Matrox
Matrox Video is a technology and market leader in the field of HD and SD digital video hardware and software for accelerated H.264 encoding, realtime editing, audio/video input/output, streaming, A/V signal conversion, capture/playout servers, channel-in-a box systems and CGs. Matrox’s Emmy award-winning technology powers a full range of multi-screen content creation and delivery platforms used by broadcasters, telcos, cable operators, post-production facilities, videographers and A/V professionals worldwide. Founded in 1976, Matrox is a privately held company headquartered in Montreal, Canada. For more information, visit www.matrox.com/video.

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