Archive for March 27th, 2013

Sohonet Builds New Team of Leading Industry Executives To Support Rapid Global Expansion Plans

Sohonet Scales Up for Significant Growth in 2013 with New Staff, New Territories and a Range of Advanced Services for Digital Content Management



(London, UK) Sohonet, the leading expert in connectivity and data management for the media and entertainment industry, is pleased to announce a raft of new global appointments to support its global expansion program.

Seven key executive personnel have been brought on board to support Sohonet's rapid expansion into new, global territories and to help develop a range of new services that will ultimately enable media customers to better manage the increasing volumes of digital content they have to deal with.

Sohonet's recent key hires include a new Director of Product Management, Director of Sales (EMEA), Director of Sales (North America), Director of Global Operations, East Coast Sales Executive, a West Coast Sales Executive and a new CFO.

David Scammell, Sohonet's CEO, said, "This is going to be a very exciting year for Sohonet and we are delighted to welcome a number of talented new faces to help ramp up our presence and service offerings across the globe. It's also pleased me immensely to see a good number of the Sohonet staff progress to new roles and to take advantage of the opportunities that have arisen as the company continues to grow. With new, on-the-ground resources in many of our key territories, Sohonet is now geared up to deliver a truly enhanced 24/7 'follow-the-sun' sales and technical support service. Internationally, we are in the process of opening new services in Montreal, Paris and Singapore and as we continue to develop our Sohonet Hub service, we look forward to expanding our Storage solution, a powerful, new tool for flexible, cost-effective, utility-based storage, which will help the broadcast industry address some of its short and long-term storage challenges."

Sohonet's first quarter 2013 new hires include the following industry professionals:


Rupert Mussen replaces Clare Wadd, who has taken a role in the charity sector, as Chief Financial Officer. Rupert has extensive experience of working with technology companies and is the perfect candidate to help steer Sohonet through its rapid growth program. Rupert joins Sohonet from VoxGen where he was CFO and Company Secretary. Prior to this, he has spent over ten years at Deloitte's TMT Group.


Steven Rich will play a pivotal role in the expansion of Sohonet's US operation as Director of Sales, North America, and has already been instrumental in setting up new sales resources on both the East and West Coasts. Steven has an excellent track record in media and technology sales and has previously worked for Sierra Video Systems and Media.net. Steven ran his own systems integration and workflow consulting company for over seven years and is an expert on digital video hardware, software, encoding and storage system technologies.

Ben Dair takes on an important new role for Sohonet as Director of Product Management. Ben will play a major role in developing and delivering a range of exciting new services for digital media production, distribution and storage that will successfully meet customer requirements both technically and commercially. Ben is a respected thought leader within the film, broadcast and games industries and has a tremendous track record in developing compelling product propositions for the production and post-production sectors.


Rhodri Evans has come on board as Director of Global Operations to ensure the effective delivery of Sohonet's growth plans. Rhodri has previously held Director of Operations positions for Discovery Communications and Ascent Media and has gained over ten years experience in technical operations from his time at the BBC and Pearsons TV. His experience of managing complex technical operations, managing large expansion projects and delivering exacting service levels to broadcast clients will be a great asset for Sohonet.


Thomas Filloud joins Sohonet as its new Director of Sales, EMEA and will play a pivotal role in expanding Sohonet's global footprint. As a French native living in London for almost ten years, Thomas brings a unique blend of experience of the London and mainland European markets. Thomas has extensive experience in network engineering and technical pre-sales support and has a strong track record of sales success in organizations such as Dell, Active Storage and Atempo.

Jeff Cohen is a welcome addition to Sohonet's US Sales team. As Sohonet's first East Coast Sales Executive, Jeff will be responsible for developing key markets in New York, Toronto, Montreal and other Eastern Seaboard cities. He has a wide and varied technology sales experience within the broadcast and post-production market, including time spent at Sony, Avid, BBC Systems and Masstech Group.

Julian Ramm takes on the role of West Coast Sales Executive to deliver exciting, new services and support for Sohonet's growing West Coast customer base. Julian brings with him a wealth of experience in technology sales for broadcast and post clients, having previously worked for Sony Broadcast, Panasonic Broadcast, and Avid. Originally from the UK, Julian has spent over 15 years in the USA cultivating contacts on both sides of the pond.

In response to extensive customer feedback, Sohonet has also improved its award-winning File-Runner service to make it easier to connect to both Sohonet Media Network (SMN), as well as off-net (non SMN) users. This will ultimately make FileRunner more in tune with customers' requirements, especially with regards to accessing, sending and receiving content at home or when working remotely.

Dave Scammell adds, "We look forward to a very exciting year with an ever-increasing focus on delivering value-added services to the Sohonet platform. These new services, in addition to an accelerated focus on geographical expansion will enable new and existing customers to obtain greater value from being a member of our world-renowned Sohonet community, which is going to be bigger and better than ever before."

For new staff photos and/or an interview with Dave Scammell, please contact Laurena McKenna at Laurena.mckenna@sohonet.com or on T: +44 (0) 7292 6900

About Sohonet
Sohonet is a leading global expert in connectivity and data management services for the media and entertainment industry. Fully independent, with over 15 years media expertise, Sohonet offers a range of connectivity, data management, storage and compute solutions that enable clients to manage store and transfer valuable and critical content quickly, securely and effectively - all backed up by unrivalled technical support. Our Sohonet Media Network is the largest and most established private, high-performance network for the media industry connecting the leading studios, production and post-production facilities across the globe.

Sohonet continues to forge strong partnerships within the broadcast and film industry, supporting organizations such as the British Film Institute (BFI), SIGGRAPH, VES Awards and the Director's Guild Trust and Director's Guild of Great Britain. Its QC Solution plays an integral part in the complicated submission process for both the VES Awards and SIGGRAPH Awards for the past four years.

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Testronic and Player Research Announce Exclusive Collaboration for Video Games User Experience Testing

Testronic Also Opens Doors to New US User Experience Lab, Expanding Leading-Edge Testing for QA Leader


MEETING ROOM 506 at GDC


(Burbank, CA/London, UK) Testronic Labs, the global leader in quality assurance services for games, film and television, and media, has announced an exclusive collaboration agreement with Player Research, a User Experience (UX) company led by Graham McAllister. Player Research, a highly regarded UX studio and video games play testing company headquartered in Brighton, UK, is at the very forefront of helping games companies and other entertainment entities analytically and scientifically understand the elements and motivation of player behavior. The collaboration will put state-of-the-art UX testing in the hands of Testronic's global roster of clients. McAllister, Player Research staffers and the Testronic team are on hand at GDC 2013 to provide private demonstrations of the technology.

Testronic will be opening the doors to a User Experience Lab at its US headquarters, located in Burbank, California, during Q2, 2013. McAllister is playing a key role in designing the new lab, which features the unique combination of biometrics, subject qualifications, and multi-pronged interviews that has proven highly successful for Player Research. The UX Lab will benefit from, and interact with, the powerful end-to-end testing ecosystem Testronic has built out at its First Street facility.

McAllister, a recognized leader in the User Experience community, launched Player Research in Brighton, UK. A respected academic, he earned his PhD in Computer Graphics from the University of Ulster (Ireland). McAllister is a senior lecturer at the University of Sussex on the Human-Computer Interaction and a journalist, writing for the influential games publication, Edge. His motivation in this highly-technical, but very human area of analysis has always been, "...to make better games. It comes down to a scientific approach in making informed choices in the game development process. We have designed the biometrics that track the physical aspect of User Experience, but over the years we've discovered that those tests lack meaning without the corresponding questions and an analysis of the combined information. The combination of the subjective and biometric produces powerful insights."

Testronic is focused on keeping their clients, which include leading games developers and publishers, well ahead of the changing demands of deliverables and consumer behavior. The concept of User Experience is evolving rapidly for video games and entertainment product, and Testronic wanted to go past the horizon of current thought, and establish new benchmarks for quality in this arena.

Johan Craeybeckx, Chief Technology Officer of Testronic, comments, "We are delighted to be working closely with Graham and his team, and look forward to meeting with our clients at GDC to demonstrate the work we are engaged in together. The Player Research approach goes far beyond much of what is being called User Experience today and we see UX as a crucial component of games testing. At Testronic, we have been thinking about this area for a long time, and we see the collaboration and the launch of our new lab in Burbank as a huge benefit to our games customers."

McAllister concluded, "It's exciting to work with my colleagues at Testronic, we share a focus on providing our clients with the latest but most thoughtful approach to making sure their products are at the forefront of the marketplace."

About Testronic Labs
Testronic's high standards have been protecting clients and safeguarding the consumer experience since 1998. As the leading global provider of quality assurance, compliance, and localization services for a notable array of industries; including media, entertainment, games, education, e-commerce and consumer electronics, Testronic Labs ensures efficient and secure delivery of the highest quality consumer deliverables. Based in Burbank, CA; London, UK; Diepenbeek, Belgium; Warsaw, Poland; and Tokyo, Japan, Testronic Labs offers an unparalleled history of next-generation innovation and service excellence across the entire digital media industry. For further information, visit www.TestronicLabs.com.


About Player Research
Player Research is a user research studio that provides insights into users and digital experiences. Player Research works with video game studios at all stages of game development, from concept through to release, helping to provide evidence to support design decisions and deliver the best possible user experiences. Player Research is based in Brighton, UK. http://www.playerresearch.com/

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Digital Nirvana to Present at the NAB Show Enterprise Computing PIT

Session will focus on advanced broadcast monitoring for today’s video delivery ecosystems

Newark, CA – Digital Nirvana announces plans to speak at the 2013 NAB Show’s Enterprise Computing PIT, a destination pavilion on the show floor designed to provide attendees with an intimate meeting place to learn about new tools playing an ever-expanding role in the world of media and entertainment. The presentation will focus on advanced monitoring for the broadcast infrastructure and will take place on Monday, April 8 at 3:45 pm.

At the NAB Show, which runs April 8-11, the Enterprise Computing PIT will be located at Booth N6621 in the Las Vegas Convention Center. During the conference, Digital Nirvana will exhibit its broadcast suite of content repurposing and monitoring solutions, including its latest version of Monitor IQ, in Booth N3434.

Digital Nirvana’s CEO, Hiren Hindocha, will co-present with Fereidoon Khosravi, Senior Vice President of Business Development, Venera Technologies. The two companies formed a strategic partnership last year that allows Digital Nirvana to leverage Venera’s quality control and test and measurement components with Digital Nirvana’s flagship Monitor IQ broadcast monitoring solution.

Hindocha and Khosravi will discuss how monitoring systems must mirror the increasing sophistication of the broadcast plants in which they reside. And they will address why high-quality monitoring and analyzing of digital video and audio signals is so important for broadcasters today. No longer should multiple operators have to run between disparate computers to track different broadcast parameters. The ability to cross reference all on-site and off-site systems within an enterprise, harvest metadata, drill down and take action on any issue – all from one central user interface – is what’s expected from a monitoring system today.

Among broadcasters increasingly complex set of monitoring requirements: delivery to more channels, creating a cohesive and revenue-generating mobile and online platform, and providing signals that comply with closed captioning and loudness regulations.

The most advanced monitoring systems can combine signal-monitoring, loudness monitoring, aircheck-logging, archiving, diagnostics/QC, and competitive analysis in one scalable, networked solution.

“Speaking about advanced broadcast monitoring in the context of the larger video delivery ecosystem is a great opportunity for us,” said Hiren Hindocha, president and CEO of Digital Nirvana. “At Digital Nirvana, our focus is to offer our clients an efficient broadcast monitoring system that simplifies their monitoring workflow, helps to reduce operational costs, and easily adapts to evolving broadcast environments. I’m looking forward to being a part of this presentation in NAB Enterprise Computing PIT.”

About Digital Nirvana

Since 1996, Digital Nirvana has been empowering customers with innovative knowledge management technologies. By combining media and digital technology expertise, Digital Nirvana makes it possible for organizations to streamline operations and gain competitive advantage with advanced product and service offerings. The industry-leading MonitorIQ Broadcast Monitoring System from Digital Nirvana is a full-featured monitoring platform incorporating the most advanced capabilities available in an affordable, networked appliance. Digital Nirvana is headquartered in Newark, California and has operations in multiple locations globally.

Further information is available at www.digital-nirvana.com.

About Venera Technologies

Venera specializes in providing cutting edge solutions in the field of digital media. Since its inception in 2003, the company has been delivering quality, innovative solutions and creating long-lasting relationship with its customers. Venera’s flagship product, Pulsar, improves the operational efficiency for its customers by automating their content QC processes. Many global brands are users of Venera’s solutions and technologies.

Further information is available at http://www.veneratech.com.

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Visionary Solutions Simplifies IP Video Delivery With New AVN Series Encoder and PackeTV(R) Mobile Streaming Bundles

Ideal for the Education and House of Worship Markets, the Powerful Solution Supports Cost-Effective, Low Bit Rate, HD/SD Video Delivery Over IP Networks

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. March 27, 2013 — Visionary Solutions, Inc. (VSI) today announced a powerful new IP video delivery bundle that combines its popular AVN Series encoders and PackeTV(R) Mobile media streaming system. Ideal for the education and house of worship markets, the cost-effective solution dramatically simplifies IP video delivery.

“Many educational and house of worship organizations are looking to enhance their services with high-quality video content,” said Jordan Christoff, president of VSI. “Our new AVN encoder and PackeTV Mobile bundle streamlines IP video delivery, providing any content administrator — from an experienced video professional to everyday amateur — with the tools to deliver superior-quality video content on a wide range of devices. Through an unmatched flexibility, performance, and scalability, the VSI bundle effectively reduces the user’s capital and operating expenses.”

Prior to video delivery, Visionary Solutions’ AVN Series of IPTV encoders transform content from a variety of sources into full-screen, full-resolution, digital video in real time. Capable of encoding both HD and SD video in an H.264 stream (MPEG-4 Part 10/AVC), they are perfect for content administrators requiring cost-effective, low bit rate, HD/SD video distribution over IP networks. Through a modular architecture, the encoders support a wide range of video resolutions — including 720p, 1080i, and 1080p — providing users with a flexible, scalable solution that can be easily upgraded in the future. Operators deploying the new bundle can choose between the AVN443, AVN441, and AVN422 encoder, based on their individual requirements.

After content is encoded, VSI’s PackeTV Mobile converts transport streams into HLS, ensuring a superior quality of experience on any IP-connected device. Featuring a server-based design, PackeTV Mobile can be deployed cost-effectively on any public or private network where HTTP access is allowed and scaled to provide superior-quality streaming video content to an unlimited number of users, eliminating the need for costly content delivery networks.

More information about VSI and the company’s products is available at www.vsicam.com.

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About Visionary Solutions Inc. (www.vsicam.com)
Visionary Solutions, Inc. (VSI) develops and manufactures open-standard solutions that harness the power and flexibility of IP networks to deliver real-time video and audio. With a passion for innovation and customer service, VSI provides outstanding products recognized for their value, performance, versatility, and quality. VSI products support the industry’s latest technology standards, including H.264, making the company a trusted partner for solutions in the enterprise, education, government, house of worship, entertainment, healthcare, and broadcast markets. VSI sets the industry standard for high-quality video transport over IP networks.

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

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Qube Cinema Brings True 4K DCP Review and Playback to NAB 2013

Delivering Uncompressed 4K Projection to Postproduction Facilities


NAB 2013, April 8-11, Booth SL12216


Burbank, CA: Mar. 26, 2013… Qube Cinema will be demonstrating its system for integrated 4K DCP review and playback at the NAB Show in Las Vegas in April. The Qube XP-I server, Xi 4K Integrated Media Block (IMB) and the Quad 3G interface for digital cinema projectors allow integrated postproduction and digital cinema mastering workflows. Postproduction facilities with 4K DI suites are now able to use one projector setup for both HD-4K uncompressed color grading and 2K-4K digital cinema playback providing comprehensive review and quality control with this one Qube system.


The postproduction version of the Xi IMB features a Quad 3G interface with four BNC connectors that can be connected to color grading or finishing systems to stream uncompressed 4K content directly to a Series 2 DLP cinema projector. The Xi IMB with Quad 3G inputs offers seamless switching between 4K color grading formats and 4K DCPs from the same projector. Color grading and 4K DCP review can be done using a single projector in the screening room, allowing immediate comparisons and precise quality control of deliverables.


“Thanks to Qube Cinema, we have real-time color grading in our 4K DI theater,” said Paul Korver, executive producer at Cinelicious. “The Xi IMB allows us to view material at true 4K resolution from our 4K DLP cinema projector. The Qube Xi 4K IMB lets us go from color grading to DCP review with the flip of a switch. There are no cables to change, no swapping of cards. One minute we’re looking at the uncompressed master image data for color grading and the next we’re reviewing the 4K DCP.”


“Qube understands that directors, cinematographers and colorists want to know how their 4K images are going to translate to the screen,” said Rajesh Ramachandran, CTO Qube Cinema. “The simplicity of the user experience with the XP-I and Xi IMB, with Quad 3G inputs, ensures this happens.”


“Needing only a single server is a huge plus for us,” explained Korver. “We chose Qube because of their cutting-edge technology and willingness to push boundaries. They respond quickly to new technologies in the market, whether it’s 4K, 3D or high bit rate DCP mastering and playback.”


Visitors to NAB can see the new Qube technology first-hand at booth SL12216 in the Lower South Hall. For more information about Qube’s XP-I, Xi IMB or Quad 3G, or to schedule a demo at NAB, contact Eric Bergez at sales@qubecinema.com or 818-392-8155.


About Qube Cinema, Inc.
Qube Cinema is an international manufacturer of Digital Cinema technology and mastering solutions. A subsidiary of India-based Real Image Media Technologies, Qube Cinema draws on decades of experience in media, cinema and entertainment. The company is committed to creating a seamless Digital Cinema environment for exhibitors, filmmakers and postproduction companies with technologies that are innovative, flexible and cost-effective. Qube Cinema’s product lines include the Qube XP series of digital cinema servers, Qube Xi 4K Integrated Media Block, QubeMaster software solutions, and Qube Keysmith KDM generation system. Qube Cinema, Inc. is based in Burbank, California. For more information, visit www.qubecinema.com.

Andrea Perry of Musical Duo Kaliyo Relies On HARMAN’s Lexicon PCM Native Reverb Bundle

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – For over 15 years Andrea Perry has had a varied musical career, she’s contributed the music for dozens of video games, TV shows, movies and more. She currently runs Andrea Perry Productions, which has released three solo albums (with a fourth in the making) and along with Sarah Sharp is one half of indie pop music duo Kaliyo, whose songs have been licensed worldwide for TV, commercials and Internet marketing videos. After using countless other reverb software programs Perry was looking for something new and ultimately discovered HARMAN’s Lexicon PCM Native Reverb Bundle.

“I was using other reverb software for a while but found myself looking for a change,” said Perry, “so I started reading reviews and doing research on various music and recording websites. “The Lexicon PCM Native Reverb Bundle seemed to be highly respected by a lot of people doing a lot of different styles of music. I downloaded the demo version and fell in love with it right away when I heard it on Sarah’s voice. When the demo expired, the tracks I had used the PCM Native Reverb Bundle plug-ins on suddenly sounded very dull! It didn’t take long before I felt like I couldn’t function without the plug-ins.”

Although the PCM Native Reverb Bundle offers 7 exclusive Lexicon reverbs and effects and hundreds of studio presets, Perry finds herself drawn to the Vintage Plate and Hall settings the most. “I don’t know how to elaborate on this except to say that I just really like the way the Lexicon plug-ins improve the tracks, especially vocals, percussion and acoustic guitars. But when you come down to it, the plug-ins flatter pretty much everything.”

“The Lexicon reverbs add dimension and sound smooth and lush. They just make things sound better. The presets are also very helpful as starting points towards getting the sounds I want as I consider myself a non-technical person. If I’m working on a vocal, for example, I’ll grab a vintage plate reverb preset and then tweak that. If I had to start from nothing I’d be lost.”

“We are very lucky to work with artists of Andrea’s talent,” stated Noel Larson Market Manager for Recording, Tour and Portable PA at HARMAN Signal Processing. “Her ability to seamlessly cross from popular to commercial works with the same plug-ins shows the power of our reverbs. She exemplifies our brand motto, When you hear music, you hear Lexicon.”

Perry continues to collaborate with Sarah Sharp in Kaliyo and is currently working on her fourth solo album, “Four,” doing production work for 21-year-old singer/songwriter Ariel Abshire and composing for more commercials and videos. Through it all, Perry notes there’s one constant in her variegated musical career: “I now use the Lexicon PCM Native Reverb Bundle on every session.”

For more information about Andrea Perry and Kaliyo please visit: http://www.kaliyo.com.

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

HARMAN’s Crown Audio Amplifiers Power the Public Address/Life Safety System In Point Lepreau Nuclear Generating Station

POINT LEPREAU, New Brunswick — The Point Lepreau Nuclear Generating Station, a power plant located near New Brunswick, Canada, recently underwent a complete audio upgrade featuring HARMAN’s Crown CTs Series Amplifiers. Point Lepreau, which began operating in 1983, has been redesigned to meet all current nuclear facility standards including its public address and life safety systems.

“Since 9/11, much closer attention has been paid to life safety systems,” said Steve O’Rourke, Audio Division Manager of Backman Vidcom, the Halifax, Nova Scotia integrator responsible for installing the plant-wide public address system. “Along with security, fire protection and rescue systems, the PA system has an extremely important role in plant safety. People need to be able to hear announcements and alerts clearly – it can be a matter of life and death in an emergency situation.”

The Point Lepreau Nuclear Generating Station system includes 18 Crown CTs Series CTs 8200USP/CN power amplifiers with CobraNet™ networking cards and 32 Crown CTs 2000 amps with PIP3 card connectivity. “This gives us a total of 208 channels and 92,800 watts of power,” O’Rourke noted. “We needed the networking capability the Crown amps provide because we designed the installation to be a completely self-monitoring system.”

Since the previous PA was 30 years old it needed to be completely replaced. “This gave us the opportunity to take advantage of the latest advancements in amplifier and speaker design and system control. What the plant needed was a ‘Voice of God’ PA that could reliably deliver pages all day long and could be clearly heard for any alert and emergency situations that might occur. It had to be intelligible even over the adverse noise conditions that occur in a large industrial complex,” O’Rourke stated.

Equally important, the system absolutely had to keep functioning during emergency situations and had to be CSA (Canadian Standards Association) certified and assembled to nuclear-grade standards. For these reasons O’Rourke only used most reliable components and built in a level of redundancy so that the PA would keep working even if parts of it incurred physical damage.

“The Crown amplifiers proved ideal for this unique situation because of their networking, internal processing and status reporting capabilities. We also chose them for their reliability, limited current draw and small thermal footprint,” added O’Rourke. “The flexibility of the Crown amps was key for making this installation work. I can’t imagine having undertaken this project with any other amplifier.”

“Everything in this installation had to be the best possible – even the quality of the equipment racks had to be literally nuclear-grade – and that is why there was no question about us using anything but Crown amplifiers,” O’Rourke concluded.

For more information about Backman Vidcom, please visit www.bvci.ca.

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets a wide range of audio and infotainment solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets – supported by 15 leading brands, including AKG, Harman Kardon, Infinity, JBL, Lexicon and Mark Levinson. The company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the venues where they perform. More than 20 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of about 13,400 people across the Americas, Europe and Asia, and reported sales of $4.4 billion for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2012.

Imagineer Systems Partners with CoreMelt at NAB 2013; Unveils New Version of SliceX for FCP X Powered By mocha

Imagineer to Preview New mocha 3.2 with Added Internationalization and Localization,  

and Support for Contour ShuttlePro

 

 

GUILDFORD, UK (March 27, 2013) — Imagineer Systems (www.imagineersystems.com), creators of the Academy Award winning mocha Planar Tracking technology, today announced it has partnered with CoreMelt (www.coremelt.com) to integrate Imagineer’s Planar Tracker into SliceX, the shape masking plug-in for FCP X. SliceX is available for demonstration at the Imagineer Systems booth at NAB 2013 during the week of April 8, 2013 at booth #SL3329 in the Plug In Pavilion in the Las Vegas Convention Center.

 

Imagineer’s relationship with CoreMelt is the most recent in a string of partnerships in which industry leading post production technology developers have recognized the value of Imagineer’s Planar Tracking and software developer’s kit (Planar Tracker SDK). In recent months, Imagineer has entered into strategic partnerships and licensing agreements with companies such as Adobe Systems, Silhouette, Quantel and FXhome.

 

Additionally, Imagineer Systems announced it will preview new versions of mocha Pro and mocha AE during NAB 2013. In the new mocha v3.2 versions, Imagineer adds internationalization and localization support, which includes translated interface and documentation versions of mocha 3.2 for Chinese and Japanese language, as well as a new toolkit made available for additional language versions in the future.

 

mocha v3.2 also adds support for Contour ShuttlePro controllers to allow artists more options, shortcuts and a speedier workflow.

 

NAB 2013 Guest Presenters

During NAB 2013, Imagineer Systems will host renowned VFX industry experts in their booth, demonstrating the value of mocha in their workflow. Guest presenters include:

 

  • Aaron Benitez and Zach King: Guest presenters, Aaron Benitez and Zach King are the creative team behind the popular Youtube channels; VFX Bro and Final Cut King. Aaron and Zach’s work has been seen by millions of viewers in popular viral videos such as: Jedi Kittens (http://youtu.be/NtgtMQwr3Ko) and The Hunt for Pikachu (http://youtu.be/u82ptblJvog). Aaron and Zach will be presenting some of their work and talking about how they use mocha AE and mocha Pro in their creative process.

 

  • Roger Bolton, CoreMelt: Roger is the founder of CoreMelt and a visual effects veteran with over 15 years experience in post production and whose list of feature film credits include “Lord of the Rings,” “Kingdom of Heaven” and “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.” Roger has worked as a visual effects supervisor, senior flame operator and lead compositor all over Asia as well as in the UK and Australia. Roger will be presenting SliceX, the Final Cut Pro X masking plug-in now powered by mocha’s planar tracking engine.

 

Imagineer’s Mary Poplin, the Los Angeles based product specialist for Imagineer Systems, will will also be demonstrating mocha Pro. Mary is an experienced visual effects artist who has worked on major 3D Hollywood feature films such as The Last Airbender, Gullivers Travels, and Jackass 3D. As Imagineer Systems’ west coast product specialist, Mary consults with studios and provides hands on training to help evangelize the power of mocha and planar tracking.

 

mocha: Academy Award Winning Technology

In February 2013, Imagineer Systems was honored by the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences with a Scientific and Technical Award for mocha and its Planar Tracking technology. Imagineer Systems’ Philip McLauchlan, Allan Jaenicke, John-Paul Smith and Ross Shain were selected as a winner for mocha and its underlying Planar Tracking technology. The Company was recognized for their proven record of contributing significant value to the post-production process of making motion pictures.

 

Over the years, Imagineer’s mocha software has gained acclaimed notoriety within Hollywood’s visual effects community for its ability to “motion track” problematic footage such as out of focus and marker-less areas helping enable a technique called ‘digital makeup’ or ‘seamless effects.’ Visual effects artists use planar tracking to magically transform actors and locations without requiring timely makeup sessions and expensive sets, allowing directors to make important creative decisions long after the performance has been captured. Capturing accurate movement is essential and mocha has been involved in some famous digital makeup examples such as the snake-like noseless Lord Voldemort in the Harry Potter films, replacing Mystique’s eyes in X-Men and helping Natalie Portman undergo an amazing transformation in Black Swan.

About Imagineer Systems 

Imagineer Systems Ltd is the Academy Award winning developer of visual effects solutions for film, video and broadcast post production markets.  Imagineer Systems has made its mark on such marquee Hollywood blockbuster productions as The Hobbit, Black Swan, The Amazing Spiderman, Invictus, and the Harry Potter series. Imagineer’s desktop product line consists of mocha Pro™ – roto, planar tracking, compositing, and removal utility;  mocha AE™ – a planar tracking and roto utility designed for After Effects and Final Cut Pro users.  Imagineer Systems was founded in 2000 and its headquarters is located in Guildford, United Kingdom. For more information visit www.mocha-Pro.com

 

 

HARMAN’s Studer Collaborates with ENCO on Console/Radio Automation Interface

POTTERS BAR, United Kingdom — HARMAN’s Studer and ENCO, an independent producer of audio playout and automation systems for radio and television broadcasting, have recently partnered in development on interfacing to each other’s systems, with the result being shown on both companies’ booths at NAB 2013 in Las Vegas.

Studer’s OnAir range of consoles can now link to ENCO’s DAD system via the Monitora protocol, providing bi-directional communication between the two systems over IP, with the added benefit of remote control playout via either the console or the automation system.

Both systems support the Axia Livewire AoIP system and USB audio, eliminating the need for traditional sound card interfaces.

“Studer offers a number of options for interfacing to automation and playout systems and the partnership with ENCO enhances both our product positions, while offering our customers a sophisticated yet simple to implement solution for workflow and control,” reported Ingo Hahn, Studer’s Product Manager for the OnAir Series.

“We have a tradition of working with the finest partners in the world of broadcast technology, and we jumped at the chance to continue that tradition with Studer,” stated Patrick Campion, ENCO’s General Manager. “This collaboration provides our customers with the features and flexibility they demand in a constantly evolving broadcast landscape.”

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

San Diego Unified School District Standardizes on AJA Technology

Prepares Students for Careers in Arts, Media, and Entertainment with Professionally-Equipped Broadcast and Multimedia Production Studios

San Diego Unified School District’s Office of College, Career and Technical Education (CCTE) is preparing students for their future – college and career ready, by providing them with relevant skills and technical knowledge to pursue careers in the Arts, Media and Entertainment (AME) industry sector. CCTE currently offers three pathways in AME, which include Design, Visual and Media Arts, Production and Managerial Arts & Game Design and Integration. Broadcast Journalism, Arts Management, Multimedia Production and Photographic Imaging are just a few of the courses offered in those pathways. In an effort to offer relevant industry approved programs, the District has rolled out several on-campus HD broadcast studios equipped with acquisition, editing and conversion solutions from AJA Video Systems, Inc.

“Affordability and reliability are significant factors for us when choosing technology for our facilities. Our instructors, who come from industry, have the responsibility of maintaining the technology in their facility in addition to providing students with a relevant and rigorous education in broadcasting. The District does not staff broadcast engineers, so choosing affordable and reliable AV systems are paramount to the sustainability of our facilities while ensuring public trust of CTE programs at the high school level,” explained Program Specialist Mike Reynolds.

San Diego High, Madison High and Mira Mesa High are the first schools in the District with fully functional HD studios running tapeless workflows; several more are slated to launch in the next few years. A typical facility, such as Mira Mesa High’s Broadcast facility, includes an AJA Ki Pro digital recorder, KUMO SDI router, two KONA LHe Plus video I/O cards and a combination of eleven different AJA Mini-Converters, in addition to HD Studio cameras, teleprompters, video servers, audio mixers, computer graphics workstations, a shared storage system and more. The facility workflows were designed by Triton Technology Solutions, a consultant and reseller based in San Clemente, Calif with Triton co-founder Pat Thompson as the Project Manager.

“Providing students access to industry standard equipment is pertinent to the program’s success. Students enter our programs have little to no technical experience and have to quickly learn how to use the technology to create original content,” shared Reynolds. “AV systems integrated within our facilities must meet the 10 year life span requirements of the Prop 1D grant and are selected by seasoned broadcast engineers. As a result, our students learn transferable technical skills that apply to a variety college and career choices.”

Taught by industry professionals, each program track combines lessons in theory with practical application to give students the skillset necessary to develop content. Once created, the content is broadcast throughout the school on a closed circuit TV system connected to Promethean whiteboards in each classroom. Programming ranges from live morning shows and afternoon news broadcasts, to pre-recorded specials.

“It’s exciting to see young talent taking an interest in the field early on, as well as a program that fosters an interactive environment where they can learn and use the tools of the trade,” said AJA President Nick Rashby. “We’re proud that our technology is part of such an inspiring program and look forward to seeing how these students will impact the industry in the future.”

About AJA Video Systems, Inc.
Since 1993, AJA Video has been a leading manufacturer of high-quality and cost-effective digital video interface, conversion, acquisition and desktop solutions supporting the professional broadcast and post- production markets. With headquarters in Grass Valley, California, AJA maintains an extensive sales channel of dealers and systems integrators around the world. For further information visit http://www.aja.com.

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