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Kodiak Mobile’s New GRIZZ HD Carries Latest FUJINON HD Telephoto and Wide-Angle ENG-Style Lenses

Wayne, N.J., March 25, 2013 – FUJIFILM North America Corporation, Optical Devices Division announced today that Kodiak Mobile—a mobile truck company based in Broken Arrow, OK and Intincifi LLC of Austin, TX—will unveil GRIZZ HD, a unique 45-foot HDTV production truck during the 2013 NAB Show, taking place from April 8 to 11, in Las Vegas.

GRIZZ HD carries seven Grass Valley LDK 3000+ cameras with three FUJINON XA77x9.5BESM HDTV telephoto field lenses with optical stabilization; three FUJINON ZA17x7.6BERM Select Series HDTV ENG style lenses with 2X extender and DigiPower Servo; and one FUJINON ZA12x4.5BERM Select Series HD ENG style super wide-angle lens with 2x extender and
DigiPower Servo. The latest FUJINON product line can be seen at the Fujifilm Optical Devices Division exhibit—booth C7525—at the Las Vegas Convention Center during the 2013 NAB Show.

“All three FUJINON lens models were new as of last NAB,” said David Kearnes, who co-owns Kodiak Mobile with Paul Bronsteader. “These FUJINON lenses offer the high-performance we need in a compact, lightweight, innovative design. In a way, they were everything GRIZZ HD was designed to be so that’s why we felt they’d be a great fit.”

Lisa Kirtley, co-owner at Intincifi, the Austin-based firm that managed the entire GRIZZ HD project, including the design, build, and systems integration. “With its fresh, ground-up design, GRIZZ HD hits a sweet spot in the market,” said Kirtley. “Compared to 53-foot expandos, this truck is more suitable for use at events and venues where space and budget pose constraints. But compared to smaller mobile units or production trailers, it’s fully equipped to handle the demands of live broadcasts such as college sports, corporate events, and music festivals.”

GRIZZ HD’s equipment complement also includes: a Grass Valley Kayenne 2.5 M/E 3Gb/s production switcher, Chyron Hyper X3 dual-channel graphics system, two EVS 6-channel XT Nano replay systems, a Calrec Omega Digital 5.1 audio console, a Tightrope ZePlay 8-channel replay system, and four 47-inch LCD flat-screen monitors capable of user-configurable multi-viewer displays.

“With its innovative design and dimensions, GRIZZ HD offers HD truck customers a viable, cost-effective new option for producing live shows and events,” said Thom Calabro, director of marketing and product development for the Optical Devices Division of FUJIFILM. “We’re proud that Intincifi and Kodiak Mobile selected FUJINON lenses and wish them all the best as they cut the ribbon and put GRIZZ HD on the road.”

GRIZZ HD will be on display during NAB 2013 and shown as part of a Special Invitation event Tuesday, April 9th from 4pm to 8pm, at the Hofbräuhaus on 4510 Paradise Road, Las Vegas. Food, beer, and wine will be served and a car service will be available to transport guests to and from the convention centers. Interested parties may schedule private demos for Wednesday, April 10th from 8am to 4pm at the same location by calling Lisa Kirtley at 512-917-3783 or Kodiak Mobile Co-Owner Paul Bronsteader at 630-805-1489.

About Fujifilm
FUJIFILM North America Corporation, a marketing subsidiary of FUJIFILM Holdings America Corporation consists of five operating divisions and one subsidiary company. The Imaging Division sells consumer and commercial photographic products and services including film, one-time-use cameras, online photo services and fulfillment, digital printing equipment and service. The Electronic Imaging Division markets consumer digital cameras. The Motion Picture Division provides motion picture archival film, and the Graphic Systems Division supplies products and services to the printing industry. The Optical Devices Division provides binoculars, and optical lenses for closed circuit television, videography, cinematography,broadcast and industrial markets. FUJIFILM Canada Inc. markets a range of Fujifilm products and services. For more information, please visit, or go to to follow Fujifilm on Twitter. To receive news and information direct from Fujifilm via RSS, subscribe

FUJIFILM Holdings Corporation, Tokyo, Japan, brings continuous innovation and leading-edge products to a broad spectrum of industries, including electronic imaging, digital printing equipment, medical systems, life sciences, graphic arts, flat panel display materials, and office products, based on a vast portfolio of digital, optical, fine chemical and thin film coating technologies. The company was among the top 10 companies around the world granted U.S. patents in 2011, and in the year ended March 31, 2012, had global revenues of $27.8 billion*. Fujifilm is committed to environmental stewardship and good corporate citizenship. For more information, please visit

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ProMAX Unveils Platform Studio at NAB 2013


Innovative Product Enables Creativity for Vital Small Working Groups via Groundbreaking Technology

(LAS VEGAS, NV) ProMAX, the innovative provider of turnkey editorial, shared storage, and asset management solutions, will debut Platform Studio at NAB 2013. The new ProMAX product brings high-end collaboration and data management at a price point that enables small creative workgroups with advanced workflows previously only seen in larger facilities. With the launch of Platform Studio, this fast growing segment of the professional film and video market will have access to enterprise-level shared storage, data management and data protection without having to invest in greater echelons of IT infrastructure.

ProMAX relied on their 20 years of experience as the leading designer, manufacturer and systems support supplier to the media and entertainment industries to develop Platform Studio.
The product is intended to bring advanced technology to groups of two to four users and is designed for in studio or on set workflows.

Carefully crafted to meet the needs of today's end user, Platform Studio builds upon the ProMAX Platform modular advantage. This uniquely flexible approach allows users to add new features and functionality as their situation requires. Modules can be added to a Platform Studio base as building blocks to support growing demands without investing in separate pieces of hardware. Premier modules for the product include SHARE, ARCHIVE and DAM:

* SHARE enables Platform Studio to be used as a shared storage server for Online (Tier 1) or Backup (Tier 2) storage. It supports Mac, Linux and Windows with 1GigE and 10GigE connectivity.
* ARCHIVE adds tape-based LTO to the Platform Studio enabling arrival from online or backup storage.
* DAM hosts asset management databases with redundancy and complete user connectivity.

Features and functions of Platform Studio are easily managed by Platform Manager, a web- and iPad-based app for server administration. Additionally, the product offers four 1GigE user ports, two management ports, four USB 3.0, eight Firewire ports, and a card reader for direct ingest of digital content.

ProMAX has expanded their manufacturing capabilities and will now sell and support complete solutions direct to end users. Platform Studio is one of three outstanding product offerings available for demonstration at NAB 2013 that anchor their ground-breaking new approach.

Jess Hartmann, CEO of ProMAX, comments, "In today's world of collaboration and multi-tiered deliverables, small working groups have really begun to populate the landscape. As a provider of integrated solutions, we saw the need for these groups to have access to enterprise-level solutions that larger studios and working groups take for granted. Our unique position in the industry allowed us to develop and manufacture a solution that solved the challenges our customers were encountering. Platform Studio directly meets the needs of collaborators, while also giving them an invaluable level of flexibility from our modular approach."

About ProMAX Systems
With offices in Santa Ana and Burbank, California, ProMAX is the innovative provider of professional media technology solutions, specializing in the development, manufacture and integration of high-end workstations, network servers and storage devices for content creators around the world. The company has been providing expertly devised and supported end-to-end workflow solutions to the media and entertainment, enterprise, house of worship, education, and government sectors since 1994. Acquired by CEO Jess Hartmann in 2008, who is guiding the company's expanding manufacturing operations and direct-to-end-user offerings, ProMAX remains a reliable resource for building a powerful IT infrastructure that supports the collaborative media production process. For more information, visit and follow ProMAX on Twitter and YouTube.

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Record Plant Recording Studios Names Jason Carson Vice President/General Manager

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, March 26, 2013 — The Record Plant Recording Studios is pleased to announce that Jason Carson has been named Vice President/General Manager. The announcement was made by Rose Mann-Cherney, Record Plant Recording Studios President, and further underscores their ongoing growth and expansion.

In his new position, Jason Carson will work closely with Rose Mann-Cherney and C.E.O. Rick Stevens, continuing to implement the strategic business plan that has made the Record Plant a legendary part of the history of the modern music industry. Additionally, Carson will continue tending to his responsibilities for all aspects of the Record Plant’s operations, engineering, staff and finance.

“During his tenure at Record Plant, Jason has exhibited true leadership, with commitment to and passion for music and an exemplary work ethic,” stated Rose Mann-Cherney. “He has been a tremendous asset to our organization, and it is with great pride that we can now call him ‘Vice President/General Manager.’”

Jason Carson started at the Record Plant Recording Studios in 2001 as a “runner,” and then assistant engineer. He rose rapidly over the years and was named Chief Engineer in 2005. Jason is a 2001 graduate of Berklee College of Music where he earned a BA in Music Production and Engineering.

For more information, contact: Rose Mann-Cherney, The Record Plant Recording Studios, 1032 North Sycamore Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90038 Tel: 323-993-9300 Email:

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— Pratt appointed CEO and member of Guitar Center’s Board of Directors as company continues to grow and sets its sights on a strong 2013 and beyond —

Guitar Center today announced that Mike Pratt has been appointed Chief Executive Officer and a member of the Company’s Board of Directors effective April 1, 2013. Pratt succeeds Marty Hanaka, the Company’s Interim Chief Executive Officer, who will remain on the Board and assist in the transition.

Since 2008, Pratt has served as President and Chief Operating Officer of leading Canadian consumer electronics retailers Best Buy Canada and Future Shop. He began his career more than 20 years ago with Future Shop, which was acquired by Best Buy Canada in 2001. During Pratt’s tenure, Best Buy Canada grew from 165 to 275 stores and greatly expanded its e-commerce activities and web presence.

“There’s no question that Guitar Center is North America’s leader in musical instruments and related products, and there’s a long legacy of success that I greatly admire,” said Pratt. “Over the last few months, I’ve had the chance to look at the company even more closely, and I came away very impressed with its dynamic, multi-format business model with strong in-store and web-based brands. I’m excited about this opportunity and looking forward to working with Guitar Center’s management team and dedicated associates to build the business at retail and online.”

Pratt will be working closely with other members of Guitar Center’s management team, including: John Bagan, Executive Vice President & General Merchandising Manager; Michael Doyle, Senior Vice President, Guitar Merchandise; Dennis Haffeman, Executive Vice President of Human Resources; Frank Hamlin, Executive Vice President/General Manager of E-Commerce & Marketing; Gene Joly, Executive Vice President of Stores; Tim Martin, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer; Michael Walter, Senior Vice President, Drums, B&O and Accessories; and Bill Wrightson, Senior Vice President, Technology Merchandise & Proprietary Product Management.

“2012 was a strong year for Guitar Center, and we continue to remain on track with the goals outlined in our strategic business plan,” stated Gene Joly. “We have big goals for 2013 – continuing to open new stores and carry out our already-successful business plan. With the appointment of Mike Pratt as CEO, who has a proven track record in retail, Guitar Center will continue to grow and expand over the coming years. He is a vital addition to our team and we look forward to working with him.”

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XenData to Showcase Enhanced Digital Video Archiving Portfolio at NAB 2013

XenData debuts its new open standard LTO archive for Avid® Interplay® Production and the X2500 LTO-6 workstation archive system

Walnut Creek, CA, April 2, 2013 – XenData, a leading provider of LTO archive solutions, announces today it will be showcasing a broad range of digital video archiving solutions at the 2013 NAB Show, including the debut of its open standard LTO archive for Avid® Interplay® Production and its new X2500 LTO-6 workstation archive system.

At NAB located at the South Lower Hall, Booth SL12413, XenData will demonstrate the following solutions:
Open Standard LTO archive for Avid® Interplay® Production – The new open standard archive includes a XenData SX-520 Series Archive Server with near-line RAID that manages an LTO robotic tape library. The archive connects via Interplay Web Services to seamlessly move video content to the near-line RAID and LTO cartridges, while keeping metadata online in the Avid Interplay Production database. Content is searchable by production workgroup users with standard Avid tools such as Interplay Access or by other users via a connected Mac, PC or iPad.

X2500 LTO-6 Archive System – XenData’s new LTO-6 video archive system makes archiving to LTO tape as easy as dragging and dropping files and folders to a tape drive using Windows Explorer on a Windows 7 workstation. The X2500 includes an external LTO-6 tape drive and XenData6 Workstation software.

XenData6 Workstation Software – XenData6 Workstation software runs on a Windows tower or desktop computer and manages one or more LTO tape drives, creating an affordable digital archive that is easy to use. The latest release of software writes to LTO in either LTFS or TAR format and manages LTO-6 and LTO-5 tape drives from HP, IBM and Tandberg.

SX-520 Series Servers – XenData SX-520 Series Archive Servers connect to 10 GigE or 1 GigE networks and manage one or more LTO tape libraries and RAID. Digital video archives based on XenData’s SX-520 Series Servers can scale to manage multiple petabytes of near-line LTO storage and an unlimited capacity of offline LTO data tapes. Offering broad compatibility, the SX-520 archive can be used simultaneously by multiple standard applications and work with most applications including a wide range of MAMs.

SX-10 Network Archive Appliance – The SX-10 connects to a 1 GigE network and manages either one or two external LTO tape drives or an LTO tape library attached via SAS connections. This creates a cost effective network attached LTO archive that is optimized for the requirements of the media and entertainment industry.

XenData is pushing the envelope with cost effective and easy to use video archive solutions. To find out more about XenData at this year’s NAB 2013 show, visit them in the South Lower Hall, Booth SL12413.

About XenData
XenData is a leading provider of digital video archiving solutions tailored specifically to serve the media and entertainment industry – with typical customers being TV stations, global broadcasters; media service providers, video production and post-production organizations. XenData’s solutions range from cost-effective LTO workstation archives to multiple petabyte server systems. XenData archive servers have a network attached storage (NAS) architecture that is compatible with a broad range of third party media applications. They can be accessed via a standard file-folder structure or by using an XML API, providing the high-performance and functionality required to meet today and tomorrow’s demanding digital video applications. With over 500 archive servers managing LTO libraries installed in over 50 countries worldwide, XenData is trusted by some of the largest media companies. For more information visit:

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Fiber Solution Streamlines Workflow for State-Owned Public Broadcaster in Norway

BroaMan (NAB booth C8443), a leading German manufacturer of professional digital video, audio and data network solutions providing routing, format conversion and management for a variety of markets, including broadcast, post production and AV, is pleased to announce that German media and broadcast specialists Studio Hamburg MCI recently outfitted a BroaMan automatic routing system into an OB van, owned by NRK, a public broadcast station in Norway.

According to MCI Project Manager Götz Ahlert, his company had the BroaMan fiber solution in mind since the beginning of the installation. “The task was to set up a reliable connection between up to four TV cameras and an OB van-which in turn was connected via satellite to the broadcast center in Oslo-quickly and with minimal cabling. The BroaMan fiber units are located in a stage box on the camera side and on the corresponding side inside the OB truck.”

BroaMan supplied a unique solution for NRK, a small custom box with an SDI input and fiber output to house a single camera on one side, mechanically connected to a camera battery on the other. “Designed that way, the fiber connection is made directly with the camera unit, without any additional cables or separate boxes, providing maximum flexibility to the operator,” explains Ahlert.

In addition, BroaMan’s V3R-FX-IC444-SDI, a 4LI/4LO board with four GPIOs (general purpose input/output), enables four camera signals to be routed via a single fiber connection to the vehicle and then uplinked to the broadcast center. Transmitted in the opposite direction, a monitor picture can be sent to the camera set, which is required if a speaker is communicating with the studio.

“NRK’s aim was to have a simple and easy-to-operate connection between camera and OB van for distances in excess of 100m. This is not possible with coax cables,” says Ahlert. “BroaMan provided us with a small, cost-effective solution with the ability to transport video, audio, data and GPIOs on one fiber cable.”

The new VW T5 vehicle is one of two, more compact OB vans fitted by MCI for NRK. The vehicles are used for brief news reports, sports and cultural events. One operates in the north of Norway, and the other in the Oslo region. In addition to the BroaMan signal transport, MCI also supplied a small video mixer and 16×16 matrix, a Lawo audio mixer and self-positioning satellite system with a carbon antenna as part of the installation.

About BroaMan
BroaMan, (Broadcast Manufactur GmbH) based in München-Gräfelfing, Germany, manufactures infrastructure solutions for broadcast applications such as studios, OB-vans or sporting events. The turnkey solutions convert, transport and route all types of commonly used broadcast signals, including digital and analogue video, audio, intercom, and control data, over a high bandwidth fiber infrastructure. If required, this includes format conversions, e.g. from copper to fiber or from analogue to digital, as well as routing of signals based on automatic or manual rules, up/downscalers, frame synchronisers, and many more features. The company offers customized solutions for every application that requires 3G/HD/SD-SDI video transport or routing – whether a big and complex system for broadcast studio or OB Van, or a simple point to point for a small church or conference hall. For more information visit:

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From the Field to the Studio: Sound Devices Highlights Diverse Capabilities of Rack-Mounted PIX 260i at the 2013 NAB Show

File-Based Audio/Video Recorder Ideal For OB, In-Studio and Post-Production Environments

LAS VEGAS, APRIL 2, 2013 — Sound Devices, experts in portable audio and video products for field production, is taking its proven field technology into the studio with its PIX 260i Production Video Recorder at the 2013 NAB Show (Booth C2849). Based on Sound Devices’ PIX 240i Recorder, the rack-mounted PIX 260i is a file-based audio/video recorder that seamlessly replaces tape-based video decks in production and post-production environments. Currently shipping, PIX 260i also offers 32 tracks of audio record/playback as well as control functionality from browser-capable computers and tablets.

The PIX 260i brings the features and tools needed by production companies and broadcasters looking to migrate to file-based recording and playback environments. The PIX 260i records QuickTime files in either Apple ProRes or Avid DNxHD video formats. Files recorded in these intra-frame codecs are ready for editing directly from the recorder in common editing environments, such as Avid, Final Cut Pro and Adobe Premiere, eliminating time-consuming transferring and transcoding. For color-critical applications, the PIX 260i supports Apple ProRes 4444 through its 12-bit, 4:4:4 3G-SDI I/O. Users can also play out files from the PIX 260i for real-time applications.

PIX 260i recorders can be controlled from browser-capable computers and tablets. When connected to a data network, transport controls and setup menu controls are available on the Sound Devices PIXNET, which offers IP-addressable control of one or multiple PIX 260i recorders. Users can group multiple units for simultaneous control. Data drives connected to PIX 260i are also accessible on Ethernet-based networks as read-only SMB shares, opening up endless possibilities for file sharing. Files can be copied from any PIX 260i located on a network, enabling access from across a room or the globe.

Up to four SATA drives can be connected to the PIX 260i simultaneously. For RAID-type redundancy and to eliminate the need for post-record copying when multiple copies are required, users can record to all four drives simultaneously.

Building on the company’s deep heritage in production sound, Sound Devices has infused the PIX 260i with 32-track record/playback capabilities. In addition to 16 channels of embedded SDI audio and eight channels of HDMI audio, the PIX 260i also accepts eight channels of line-level analog I/O and eight channels of AES digital audio. Using Dante, the PIX 260i can accept and transmit up to 32 channels of audio over Ethernet.

With its extensive control capabilities, the PIX 260i is a flexible video playback source. The PIX 260i can be controlled by both external RS-422 and via Ethernet through PIXNet.

The PIX 260i includes a built-in Ambient Clockit time-code generator/reader with genlock output for rock-steady, multi-camera and double-system sound applications. In addition to generating ultra-stable time code, time codes can be read from the SDI stream, the HDMI stream or from an external source.

Like the PIX 220i and PIX 240i, the PIX 260i includes a sophisticated scaler and frame-rate converter. Regardless of the incoming signal, the PIX recorders can record the signal after up-, down- or cross-conversion at the same or a different rate. Hardware-based 3:2 pull-down removal and anamorphic conversion is also available.

PIX 260i’s convenient half-rack, 2U chassis dimension allows it to be easily integrated into any existing environment. It is powered by 10-27 VDC through its four-pin XLR connector. Sound Devices’ PIX-RACK accessory includes one full 2U rack, which can hold two PIX 260is.

Sound Devices, LLC designs and manufactures portable audio mixers, digital audio recorders, and digital video recorders and related equipment for feature film, episodic television, documentary, news-gathering, and acoustical test and measurement applications. The fourteen-year old company designs and manufactures from their Reedsburg, Wisconsin headquarters with additional offices in Madison, WI and Highland Park, IL. For more information, visit the Sound Devices website,

¬Imagination Technologies announces Caustic ray-tracing hardware certification on Lenovo workstations

San Francisco, CA, 2 April, 2013: Imagination Technologies (IMG.L), a leading multimedia, processor, communications and cloud technologies company, announces its Caustic Series2 R2500 and R2100 ray-tracing acceleration boards are now certified on Lenovo’s ThinkStation D30 and S30 workstations.

Imagination’s Caustic Visualizer family, combined with its new Caustic Series2 add-in boards for workstations, redefine price performance standards and the functionality of the interactive visual look development process. Together they make ray-traced photorealistic rendering an integral part of the content creation workflow from the start. Offering acceleration speed rates across popular media and CAD 3D applications that can be five times faster than the already impressive performance of the Caustic Visualizer software, the Series2 boards provide an ideal upgrade path for artists and designers using Autodesk® Maya® and 3ds Max®, or Robert McNeel & Associates Rhino 5.

“We remain focused on what the end goal represents for designers and artists – a faster and highly productive workflow is a true asset,” says Tom Salomone, manufacturing and AEC segment manager at Lenovo. “Lenovo ThinkStation’s exceptional performance and superior reliability combined with the newly certified Caustic Series2 ray-tracing accelerator boards, provides an extremely fast platform for our ray tracing customers.”

The Lenovo ThinkStation D30 and S30 workstations were tested with the Caustic Series2 R2500 and R2100 cards during a rigorous process at Imagination’s Caustic Professional San Francisco headquarters. The certification process consisted of ensuring the PCIe compatibility, bandwidth, functionality, power management and performance (covering all of the PCIe slots) all passed Lenovo’s professional standards.

“Since it is very important to us that our customers enjoy optimized experiences when they use their Series2 boards, we created a certification program that will guarantee this with our hardware partners,” says Alex Kelley, director of business development for Imagination Technologies. “Lenovo also shares our drive to create the very best experience for our customers, so we are very excited to have them join our growing list of A-level industry partners.”

Pricing and Availability
Lenovo’s ThinkStation S30 and D30 workstations are available now, and priced at US $1,149 and $1,569 respectively.

The Caustic R2500 OpenRL PC board is priced at US $1,495, targeting the latest high-end workstations. The Caustic R2100 board is priced at an aggressive US $795, intended for upgrading a wider range of mid-range and higher workstations.

For a limited period of time, both Caustic boards ship with a free copy of Caustic Visualizer for Maya. The software-only version of the Caustic Visualizer for Maya is separately priced at US $299. Rhino 5.0 customers can download the “Neon” plug-in, which uses the same OpenRL-based ray-tracing acceleration platform as Caustic Visualizer (See:

Caustic Visualizer
Caustic’s Visualizer for Maya and 3ds Max is a plug-in for Autodesk Maya and 3ds Max 2013 that enables artists to create 3D content within a fully interactive ray traced viewport. By providing a much higher degree of visual fidelity than Maya’s standard rasterized viewport, including accurate global illumination, reflections and shadows, Visualizer for Maya enables artists to identify and resolve potential problems from the earliest stages of modelling, minimizing the need for time-consuming preview renders and radically streamlining the look development process.

PowerVR Brazil SDK v1.0
Caustic Visualizer utilizes Imagination’s PowerVR Brazil SDK v1.0, a high-level rendering software toolkit built using OpenRL for adding photorealistic visualization into 3D graphics applications. It is a completely new implementation of the technology in the award-winning Brazil™ final frame renderer, designed from the ground-up to leverage Imagination’s OpenRL API and high-performance ray-tracing technologies to deliver real-time interactivity on any platform.

OpenRL is a flexible low-level, platform-independent ray-tracing API designed to facilitate high-performance interactive ray-tracing using both software and hardware accelerated renderers. It is available today as a free SDK that includes a software implementation running on x86 devices. It is being integrated by a rapidly growing number of ISVs in rendering applications for a wide range of markets, including digital content creation, film and video, games, architecture, and industrial design. See:

This cross-OS, cross-platform API is the only ray tracing API that can support a broad and growing range of processors, accelerators and GPUs with optimal performance. Like OpenGL, OpenRL hides the complexities of interfacing with different devices by presenting a single, uniform interface. A free perpetual license of OpenRL is available for both commercial and non-commercial applications.

About Caustic Professional
Caustic Professional is part of Imagination Technologies, a global leader in multimedia and communications technologies. Based in San Francisco, Caustic Professional is changing how interactive cinema-quality 3D graphics are produced, used, and enjoyed.

Caustic Professional’s solutions use the OpenRL API and are based on unique and patented PowerVR ray-tracing technologies, which fundamentally change the performance and cost metrics for production-quality ray-traced images and animated content without cutting corners for quality or functionality. Thanks to the cross-platform features of OpenRL, future generations of Caustic Professional’s products will migrate seamlessly from workstations to future generations of mobile and embedded platforms utilizing Imagination’s future PowerVR IP cores incorporating Imagination’s innovative ray tracing technologies.

About Lenovo
Lenovo (HKSE: 992) (ADR: LNVGY) is a $US30 billion personal technology company – and the second largest PC company in the world, serving customers in more than 160 countries. Dedicated to building exceptionally engineered PCs and mobile internet devices, Lenovo’s business is built on product innovation, a highly-efficient global supply chain and strong strategic execution. Formed by Lenovo Group’s acquisition of the former IBM Personal Computing Division, the company develops, manufactures and markets reliable, high-quality, secure and easy-to-use technology products and services. Its product lines include legendary Think-branded commercial PCs and Idea-branded consumer PCs, as well as servers, workstations, and a family of mobile internet devices, including tablets and smart phones. Lenovo has major research centers in Yamato, Japan; Beijing, China; and Raleigh, North Carolina. For more information, see

About Imagination Technologies
Imagination Technologies – a global leader in multimedia, processor and communication technologies – creates and licenses market-leading processor solutions including graphics, video, vision, CPU & embedded processing, multi-standard communications, cross-platform V.VoIP & VoLTE and cloud connectivity. These silicon and software intellectual property (IP) solutions for systems-on-chip (SoC) are complemented by an extensive portfolio of software, tools and ecosystems. Target markets include mobile phone, connected home consumer, mobile and tablet computing, in-car electronics, networking, telecoms, health, smart energy and connected sensors. Imagination’s licensees include many of the world’s leading semiconductor manufacturers, network operators and OEM/ODMs. Corporate headquarters are located in the United Kingdom, with sales and R&D offices worldwide. See:

Imagination Technologies’ Press Contacts:
UK: David Harold +44 (0)1923 260 511
USA: Jen Bernier-Santarini +1 408-530-5178

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Digital Vision Brings Image Technology Innovations to NAB 2013

NAB 2013, Stand SL14518 / Chairman’s Room, Renaissance Hotel

Technology Demonstrations, New Features Unveiled for Colour Grading, Archive, Stereo and Image Processing

(London, UK) Digital Vision will bring its range of image technology solutions to NAB 2013, including the Nucoda 2013 colour grading product line which features many new tools and enhancements, and the latest version of Phoenix restoration software. In addition the company, which celebrates its 25th anniversary this year, will present the first technology demonstration of Thor, a soon-to-be-released dedicated hardware product for advanced image processing.

Kelvin Bolah, Managing Director, Digital Vision, said, "We've been listening to customer feedback and working hard to develop a wide range of new tools and features for our product ranges. In our 25th year we are particularly excited to unveil the first technology demonstrations of Thor, our forthcoming hardware product that can achieve superb quality automated restoration and processing at high speeds."

Thor will be suitable for video and file-based sources, and will initially be able to process up to four HD video streams in real time, or one stream of 4K in real time, producing high quality images initially using Digital Vision's DVO tools. Thor can be deployed as multiple cards in a single system and will be able to switch between algorithms on the fly. It is designed to be platform independent.

The Nucoda 2013 product line enhancements include expansion and refinement of the ACES workflow, as well as integration with Cortex Dailies from MTI. This integration allows for complex data to be shared between Nucoda and Cortex, including CDL, LUT and Camera RAW settings. Other new features include an updated DVO Stereo fix tool and updated stereo tools, including two new Warping tools as well as a De-Warper to fix camera lens distortion.

The Phoenix restoration software continues to grow in capability and reputation, with the latest release including tools to fix Chromatic Aberration, Y/C Alignment issues and a Colour Component Align tool. There is also the addition of the 9 point and 4 point warper. Digital Vision will demonstrate the soon-to-be-released DVO De-Warp, a fully automatic system for repairing warped film.

The Golden Eye archive scanner, which forms an element of the Vintage Cloud Archive workflow solution, will also be on show.

About Digital Vision
Digital Vision is the supplier of the world's best colour grading, restoration and film scanning solutions for the broadcast, film, commercial and archive industries. Founded in 1988 in Stockholm, Sweden, Digital Vision has offices in London, Los Angeles, New Zealand, and Linköping in Sweden. Digital Vision's Emmy award winning technology and products include Nucoda and Phoenix colour grading, finishing, mastering and restoration solutions that are used to create much of the worlds' high profile television, film and commercials media broadcast and distributed today. In addition to the Nucoda and Phoenix ranges, Golden Eye film scanners and the Vintage Cloud solution provide innovative tools to create the industry recognized highest quality in scanning, film digitization, preservation and archiving.

In April 2011, Digital Vision acquired Image Systems and is now a division of the Image Systems group of companies.

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Utah Scientific Announces Router Control Apps for Mobile Devices

Apps Enable Control of Utah Scientific Routers From iPad(R) and Android(TM) Tablets

SALT LAKE CITY — April 2, 2013 — Utah Scientific, a worldwide leader in routing and master control switchers, today announced mobile router control apps for the iPad(R) and Android(TM) tablets. The new apps give users yet another control solution for their Utah Scientific routing systems.

“Having instant access to the routing switcher is critical but not always possible in today’s on-the-go broadcast environment,” said Tom Harmon, president and CEO of Utah Scientific. “We created these mobile apps to give our customers a way to operate and maintain the router even when they’re not sitting in front of their control panels.”

The apps connect directly to the system controller and automatically download router configuration, labels, and status for quick operation wherever a Wi-Fi(R) connection to the controller is available. Like all Utah Scientific control panels, the apps’ panel layout, button assignments, button colors, and even button icons are user-configurable for creating virtual control panels to suit specific applications or locations.

Using the RCP-3a Ethernet protocol, the apps connect to a router controller to download the router’s source and destination lists, then place the sources and destinations on buttons on the GUI. The apps will work with any single-level router up to 144 x 144 in size as long as the system controller is able to support RCP-3a communications (“E” model controllers).

Utah Scientific will demonstrate the new router control apps at the 2013 NAB Show in booth N4607. More information on Utah Scientific products can be found at

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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

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