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Systems Integrator Encore Broadcast Relies on Hitachi HDTV Cameras for House of Worship Installs

WOODBURY, New York – Systems integrator Encore Broadcast Solutions in Winter Springs, Florida, consistently relies on Hitachi HDTV studio field production cameras for house of worship installations throughout the state. The company recently installed Z-HD5000 cameras from Hitachi Kokusai Electric America at three churches: First Presbyterian of Orlando, First Presbyterian of Bonita Springs, and Faith Assembly of God in Orlando.

“The Z-HD5000 offers great functionality and is extremely easy to use,” said Jeff Cameron, Sales Engineer, Encore Broadcast Solutions. “With a lot of our projects, we’re looking for high-quality cameras with a reasonable price point that operate with fiber cable and can be portable. The Z-HD5000 fits these needs perfectly, which is why I’ve consistently used the camera in recent projects. In fact, overall, I continue to rely on Hitachi cameras and have done so for years.”

One of the churches that worked with Encore last year to upgrade to HD is First Presbyterian Church of Orlando. The church uses video to stream a formal service from the main auditorium to a 16’ x 9’ screen in a smaller room nearby that seats 300 people. The church also streams video of its services to the web. While some may use lower quality equipment for Internet streaming, Encore felt it was worth the investment to install broadcast quality equipment.

“Ultimately, you’re spending a bit more money for much better quality that will be seen on many computers and televisions. To enhance the Web viewing experience of the church’s followers, we chose high-quality video equipment while keeping a budget in mind. Hitachi’s Z-HD5000 was an ideal pick for the church,” explained Cameron.

According to Richard Swinson, Technical Arts Director, for First Presbyterian Church, “Our Hitachi cameras were an important part of our total HD upgrade. From HD images on screens in our traditional service, to HD broadcast of our contemporary service, and live HD streaming to our website, the high-quality imaging we capture with our Hitachi cameras stood out to our congregation immediately. It really makes a significant, positive difference to our members and viewers.”

Another church that recently installed Hitachi’s Z-HD5000 cameras is First Presbyterian of Bonita Springs. Before the HD overhaul, the church used small consumer cameras. One of the design challenges for Encore was building a control room out of the church’s attic. Because the control room wasn’t near the main auditorium, they needed HD cameras with digital optical fiber CCU that allowed them to use I-MAG to broadcast sermons throughout the entire building. Three Hitachi’s Z-HD5000 cameras equipped with optical fiber and FUJINON lenses are installed in the main auditorium of the church. The project included building a video and sound system in the church’s overflow room, where services are streamed live to members who prefer to attend services in a more relaxed atmosphere.

Faith Assembly of God in Orlando also worked extensively with Encore to build its new campus. Three Hitachi Z-HD5000 cameras were installed in the main sanctuary’s 2,700-seat auditorium. Two of the Hitachi cameras are equipped with Angenieux telephoto lenses and set in the sound booth in the back of the auditorium. The third Hitachi camera is on a jib equipped with a Canon wide angle lens. Faith Assembly uses video in a variety of ways, including live streaming of its services and concert productions to reach its audience in multiple continents.

Cameron said, “As a systems integrator, our goal is to choose high quality products that give our clients the best bang for their buck. With Hitachi’s Z-HD5000 camera, I’m confident we’re doing just that.”

Jeff Cameron can be reached at (407) 448-3531 or jcameron@encorebroadcast.com.

About Hitachi, Ltd.

Hitachi, Ltd., (NYSE: HIT / TSE: 6501), headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, is a leading global electronics company with approximately 360,000 employees worldwide. Fiscal 2009 (ended March 31, 2010) consolidated revenues totaled 8,968 billion yen ($96.4 billion). Hitachi will focus more than ever on the Social Innovation Business, which includes information and telecommunication systems, power systems, environmental, industrial and transportation systems, and social and urban systems, as well as the sophisticated materials and key devices that support them. For more information on Hitachi, please visit the company’s website at http://www.hitachi.com.

SSL Consoles Dominate UK Education Installations

“We always felt that SSL was the leading brand in the commercial recording industry, so we wanted our students to use the best equipment available to prepare them for the real world”

BEGBROKE, OXFORD, UK – Solid State Logic consoles continue to dominate the educational market, with new installations happening at a quick pace. Music and multimedia focused establishments favour Duality SE and the AWS 948/924 Hybrid Console/Controllers, with broadcast educators selecting the C10 HD Compact Broadcast Console. As the world becomes more media hungry through the explosion of IPTV, streaming media, music download sites, broadcast events and social media interactions, educational institutions in the UK are keenly aware of the need for media production graduates in general, and audio in particular. SSL consoles are the educational tools of choice for beginning to advanced degree programs, providing an excellent platform for students looking to integrate DAW flexibility with traditional analogue routing, sonic shaping and quality sound.

Recent Installations Include:
University of Glamorgan, Pontypridd, Wales, UK
The University of Glamorgan is a higher education establishment with a mission to prepare students for life in the music industry through the completion of three year and Masters degree programs. With the focus on production, engineering and sound design, the SSL Duality was a huge step for Glamorgan to give students industry standard equipment at the very top end of the scale on which to learn, practice, and record.

“The Duality is simple to understand, yet its powerful and flexible nature means it is the perfect tool for students beginning their journey into the music sector,” says Simon Cullen, Senior Technical Officer for Glamorgan. “We always felt that SSL was the leading brand in the commercial recording industry, so we wanted our students to use the best equipment available to prepare them for the real world.”

Academy of Contemporary Music, Guildford, UK:
The Academy of Contemporary Music, a three-building complex located in Guildford, UK with satellite academies in the United States, South Africa and Italy, has purchased a Duality console for its advanced degree program. The Duality room is the flagship studio for the franchise.

“Duality is the best technology out there, it’s the latest kit and that is what we need for our new studio,” says Antony Greaves, head of audio production for the Academy of Contemporary Music. “Duality is a combination of traditional analogue signal flow with DAW control, so we can offer all aspects of modern recording from one room. Because of Duality’s analogue roots, we can teach the fundamentals of signal routing and that knowledge will apply to any console in the world, helping our students gain employment.”

University of Westminster, Northwick Park, Middlesex, UK:
The coursework at the University of Westminster has been designed to meet the ever-increasing demand for high-quality practical and vocational training at a higher education level, to develop skills both as creative music makers and as music industry business entrepreneurs. The university offers both AWS 948 and Duality consoles as advanced teaching tools.

“The Duality and AWS are used in many aspects of teaching from demonstrating audio production techniques through to surround sound mixing for post production,” says Colm O’Rourke, studio manager for the University of Westminster. “SSL’s signature sound quality, industry standard design and reputation heavily influenced the decision to purchase both consoles. SSL offers the best consoles on the market to teach audio production.”

Alchemea College, London:
Alchemea College is one of the world’s leading creative media training colleges, specialising in full-time and short audio engineering, music production, live sound and video courses. The aim of the audio program is to give students a wide variety of skills to go out into the real world and be prepared for the different needs and challenges they will face.

“Looking at the current available analogue consoles, Duality has really got the most exciting and advanced implementation of DAW control over any other console,” says Neil Pickles, director of short courses for Alchemea. “The other thing about the SSL brand is that I don’t think they are going to stop building analogue consoles anytime soon. We have a long and successful history with our G Series and we believe Duality will last us well into the future.”

Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU), Cheshire, UK:
The MMU degree program offers students the practical skills necessary for three main areas: computer-generated imagery (CGI), pre and post-production of audio and video, and computer-based media. The SSL AWS 924 is used for the school’s modern recording, and mixing programs to help students become familiar with analogue and digital media technology.

“I have always been aware of the SSL sound and its legacy,” says Dr. Jason Woolley, program leader for creative music production for MMU. “I was particularly interested in the AWS because of its analog capabilities, the SSL sound, and the classic EQ types. Having the integration into modern day software like Pro Tools® and Logic, which are an essential part of what we deliver here, was also invaluable.”

Forth Valley College, Stirling Campus, Stirling, Scotland:
Forth Valley College provides courses that offer a focused foundation in the current techniques used in modern music making and sound production. Practical “hands-on” recording, sequencing and mixing workshops are supported by sessions on communication, business skills and the working of the creative industries.

“We have two main studios in the building, both of which are equipped with an SSL AWS 924 console,” says Colin McGeoch, lecturer in sound production for Forth Valley College. “As a teaching tool, the AWS is fantastic. The students find their way around it really easily and they’re finding the DAW control very intuitive. They also gain an appreciation for the crystal clear sound quality, analogue mixing capabilities and the ability to do things like switch between the E series and G series EQ to make some comparisons. The AWS is a top professional production console and an excellent teaching tool.”

University of Salford, Salford and Ravensbourne University, London
SSL broadcast consoles received high scores as well, with two prominent broadcast programs from University of Salford in Salford, UK and Ravensbourne University in London installing the SSL C10 HD to handle broadcast audio production degree programs.

“The University of Salford’s MediaCityUK campus was created to host our media production, graphic, animation and video game departments, among others, as part of the very exciting MediaCityUK project,” says Ash Tidball, TV studio manager for the University at MediaCityUK. “For our Studio A Sound control room, we needed a console that was very flexible and could be set up very quickly for the different types of shows produced. We chose the SSL C10 because it offered us the best feature set and sonic performance for all our production needs. For example, the snapshot recall of program settings greatly increased our teaching capabilities, as a push of a button gets the console ready for each succeeding class in an instant.”

“The C10 had to fill many missions for this installation and it has performed flawlessly,” says Michael Davidson, subject leader, Foundation Degree, Broadcast Operations for Ravensbourne. “We wanted a dedicated digital broadcast console that was easy to use for both beginner and advanced students, was cost-effective to purchase and operate, and would satisfy the needs of our commercial clients. The C10 was the best choice for this mission.”

Solid State Logic is the world’s leading manufacturer of analogue and digital audio consoles and provider of creative tools for music, broadcast and post production professionals. For more information about our award-winning products, please visit: www.solidstatelogic.com.

134th AES Convention Overview

Sponsors – Tracks – Workshops – Papers

ROME: Sponsors, Presenters and attendees are preparing for the first Audio Engineering Convention to be held in the Eternal City. Scheduled for May 4 -7 at Rome’s Fontana di Trevi Conference Centre, the 134th AES Convention will maximize the scenic and social advantages of one of the world’s most beloved cities. “We have coordinated a full program of distinguished speakers, timely tracks, and stimulating special events designed to provide information, inspiration in an incomparable setting,” states Convention Chairman Umberto Zanghieri. “Established audio pros and students preparing for next-generation jobs, will benefit immeasurably from this convention experience.

“In addition to an extraordinary technical and educational program, the Convention will feature special displays by over a dozen prominent Sponsors,” Zanghieri emphasizes. “We are pleased to welcome, Audio Precision, Audiomatica Srl, B&C Speakers, bdSound, CharterOak, Crane Song Ltd., EKO Music Group spa, Fairlight Europe, Klippel GmbH, LAMBDA srl, Microtech Gefell GmbH, RCF spa, Trinnov Audio and ZP Engineering srl, and we thank them for their support.”

Over 140 Papers Sessions, Workshops, Tutorials, Engineering Briefs, Student and Career Development events have been developed for the Convention. Preliminary lists of presentation titles are posted at http://www.aes.org/events/134/ click on the “Visitors” button for details. The Convention will also host Standards Committee and Technical Council Meetings. A variety of social events have been coordinated to support enhanced one-to-one connectivity throughout the four-day event.

The 134th AES Convention technical program is highlighted by Five Convention Tracks developed to provide timely, comprehensive perspectives on Live Sound, Loudness Issues, Recording Techniques, Spatial Sound and, Sound For Pictures and TV.

Papers Co-Chairs Veronique Larcher and Angelo Farina and their review committee evaluated over a hundred submissions in search of the most compelling presentations. Subjects encompass such issues as: Improving Listening Ability Using E-Learning Methods and Evaluation of Acoustic Features for Music Emotion Recognition. Click on Papers for comprehensive details.

Workshop and Tutorials Programs, will provide attendees with invaluable information on topics ranging from 3-D Audio Automotive Applications; Multichannel Immersive Audio Formats for 3-D Cinema and Home Theater; and, Creative Distortion? You Are in the Over-Driver’s Seat. Click on Workshops and Tutorials for preliminary program details.

A formal preliminary program will be posted at www.aes.org soon.

“Every AES Convention offers a unique opportunity for acquiring real-world insights from recognized leaders in professional audio,” Zanghieri remarked. “The benefits of interacting with product developers, researchers, educators, students and peers are pillars of AES events. The fact that Rome is our host city makes this Convention even more compelling,” he concludes.

For details on Convention Tracks visit: http://www.aes.org/events/134/program/

The deadline for Advance Registration is April 19, 2013 and you can register here: http://www.aes.org/events/134/registration/

Many unique and wonderful hotels are situated near the Trevi Conference Center as are unforgettable Roman ruins. Accommodations are available at special AES rates in a few selected hotels. Prices listed are good until April 5th. For information on reservations click here: http://www.aes.org/events/134/visitors/hotels/

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Photo: The 134th AES Convention will be held in Rome, Italy – May 4-7, 2013

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

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Zylight Upgrades Product Line for NAB 2013

LOS ANGELES – Zylight, a leading manufacturer of innovative LED lighting solutions, will debut new accessories and configurations for its current product line, formally introduce its F8 LED Fresnel, and announce lower prices on select products at the 2013 NAB Show (Booth C5446), which runs April 8-11 in Las Vegas, Nev.

The IS3c LED light, an updated version of Zylight’s acclaimed IS3 large panel cyclorama and beauty light, now ships with a custom soft box produced exclusively by Chimera for Zylight. The fully dimmable IS3c is a wide, high-output soft light with built-in controls for adjusting color temperature, color correction, and Zylight’s Color Mode, which produces millions of colors without gels or filters.

“We’ve made some software improvements, but the big difference our customers will see is the Chimera softbox as part of thepackage,” said Charlie Collias, senior vice president, worldwide sales. “The IS3c is great for many setups, but some beauty shots require the diffused uniform light you get from a softbox. That’s where this new standard configuration really shines – the new IS3c provides the versatility to handle studio cyc wall washing as well as productions where a large soft light source is needed.”

Zylight will also unveil an optional travel case for its compact Z90 LED light. Available in DV, ENG, and DP configurations, the new case features custom foam cutouts for secure storage of the Z90 and its accessories. The versatile Z90 can instantly switch between daylight and tungsten, and offers full Color Mode output with separate hue and saturation control.

After showing a proof of concept at the NAB Show last year, Zylight will formally introduce its 2013 F8 LED Fresnel in tungsten (3200K) and daylight (5600K) versions. For easy transport and storage, the rugged F8 collapses to less than four inches thick. It is also water resistant (IP54 rated) for use in challenging environments, and can be powered by a worldwide AC adapter or standard 14.4V camera battery. The fully dimmable F8 is also equipped with an eight-inch SCHOTT glass lens, maintains traditional Fresnel beam shaping, and offers a patented focusing system for spot and flood operations.

To help introduce the F8, two invited speakers will share their shooting experiences at Zylight’s NAB booth. On Monday, April 8, at noon, Boston-based DP Tom Guilmette will discuss how the new Zylight F8 performed in the unforgiving weather conditions at the top of Mount Washington. Matt Kearney, vice president of Fastec Imaging, will show how his company’s ultra-portable TS3Cine high-speed handheld camera works with Zylight’s flicker-free LED lights on Tuesday, April 9, at 1 p.m.

Zylight will also debut new lower pricing at the show. The new IS3c with custom softbox has an MSRP of $2,699, while the Z90’s MSRP has been reduced to $935. The new custom Z90 travel case has an MSRP of $279 and will be available in May. The F8 has an MSRP of $2,400 and will ship in June, but NAB attendees can receive a $200 rebate on all F8 orders through May 15.

ABOUT ZYLIGHT LLC

Zylight was founded in 2003 with one mission: Bring truly intelligent, time-saving lighting to the entertainment production industry. Our award-winning team has more than 80 years of combined industry experience, and we continue to develop innovative LED lighting solutions to help make your job easier. With more than 50 dealers worldwide, Zylight continues to grow its brand to a large international audience. More Than Bright – Zylight. Find out more at www.zylight.com.

Clear-Com Unveils Further Enhancements to Its Tempest Digital Wireless Intercoms at Prolight + Sound 2013

FRANKFURT, APRIL 3, 2013 ? Clear-Com®, a global leader in critical voice communications systems, announces enhancements to its Tempest Digital Wireless Intercoms at Prolight + Sound 2013 (Hall 8.0, Stand L51). Among the enhancements is a Remote Line Extender, which further increases the Tempest systems’ ability to provide ultra-portable wireless communications capabilities in RF-rich environments.

The Tempest®2400 is a 2.4-GHz, feature-rich wireless intercom with either a two- or four-channel offering that delivers cutting-edge RF technologies to ensure interference-free communications for tours and performance facilities. The Tempest2400 offers a Seamless Roaming feature, which provides users with continuous wireless coverage across an expanded production space. The Seamless Roaming feature allows BeltStation users to migrate between as many as 16 different Tempest BaseStations (coverage areas or zones), allowing audio professionals to focus on critical production cues rather than on the settings of their wireless BeltStations. This gives them the ability to move freely and wirelessly throughout large venues separated by large distances, such as multi-studio complexes and sports arenas. Both Seamless Roaming and iSelect Roaming are available to accommodate virtually every application need.

The new Tempest Remote Transceiver Line Extender increases the system’s cable run distance of a remote antenna by 3,000 feet (914 meters), with one Line Extender or 2,000 feet (609 meters) per Line Extender if using more than one Line Extender. This allows for the deployment of larger systems with longer cable runs from the BaseStation. A total of three Line Extenders can be connected to provide total coverage of up to 7,500 feet (2286 meters).

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.

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Ciphertex Debuts Portable, Secure NAS Server at NAB

NAB Booth SL12510



CX-6K-AV 24TB Designed to Meet Needs of Entertainment-Media Industry


(LOS ANGELES, CA) Ciphertex, the global provider of unique hardware-encrypted storage products, will unveil the CX-6K-AV at the NAB Show in Las Vegas, April 8-11. This new 24TB portable, highly secure NAS server is ideal for backup, disaster recovery and business continuity, file sharing and virtualization, will be showcased at booth #SL12510, along with the company's full line of encrypted digital storage solutions.

"The Ciphertex CX-6K-AV is a compact, lightweight, high-performance server designed for directors, producers, postproduction and archival facilities that need a secure, portable NAS server," says Jerry Kaner, CEO and founder of Los Angeles-based Ciphertex. "More than any other market, media and entertainment demands performance. What is unique about the CX-6K-AV is that our AES 256-bit encryption engine provides the high level of security with no loss of performance. The combination of portability, encryption and high performance are a first in a server for this market."

Ciphertex comes to the media and entertainment space with an uncommon level of experience. The company is the leading provider of secure, portable data storage systems using advanced hardware encryption for the forensics, oil and gas, government and healthcare market. The work in which they are engaged for those sectors demands an incomparable level and depth of security. For the entertainment industry, a natural outgrowth of their historical competencies, Ciphertex has been successfully collaborating with Universal, Sony, Warner Bros. and HBO.

Kaner notes that the Motion Picture Association of America statistics point to piracy costs in the U.S. of $58 billion annually, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce says that such piracy threatens 19 million American jobs. As digital picture capture dramatically increases across all production, secure digital storage of assets is a primary concern for on-set and near-set digital dailies and postproduction.

The Ciphertex CX-6K-AV server offers lightning fast transfer of video dailies, high bit-rate audio files, 3D renderings and other high-resolution content. It serves as both IP-SAN (iSCSI) and NAS, offering advanced RAID configuration with hot-swap capability. The cost-effective server can store HD video footage and transmit fully encrypted data using AES 256-bt encryption at an incredibly fast 1,000 MB/s over a 10 GbE network.

Ideal for the production ecosystem, the new NAS server is packed with security features to stop all unauthorized data access and prevent data breach even if the hard drives or the device is stolen. The dual OS embedded on the DOM architecture ensure redundancy. If one of the two operating systems fails, the other will boot up and operate normally while repairing the failed system. The dual Gb LAN ports can also be configured for failover, which allows the Ciphertex CX-6K-AV to sustain the failure of one network port and still provide continuous service.


The CX-6K-AV is VMware certified, Citrix XenServer ready, and Windows Hyper-V compliant. With an advanced Intel Core i3-3220, dual-core processor with 3.3 GHz, 2 GB DDR3 memory, it enables fast data transfers directly to any workstation via its 1GbE or 10 GbE interface and connects to external devices over eSATA or USB-3. The server easily accommodates three streams of 1080p24 at 16-bit RGB, three streams of 2K x 1,556p24 at 16-bit RGB or one stream of 4Kp24 (RED) at 10-bit RGB.

"Multiple users, such as teams of editors in different locations, can aggregate two units and have access to the same files for postproduction efficiency, business continuity and asset protection," says Kaner. "Data transfer to 4TB USB-3 also ensures fast movement of assets from location to location."

The Ciphertex CX-6K-AV's small footprint makes it quick and easy to set up and dismantle networks wherever they are required. The portable NAS server units are available with an air-tight, water-tight and shatter-resistant field kit to ensure reliability in all environments.

The CX-6K-AV is expandable with Ciphertex's 20TB CX-Ranger RAID for a total capacity of 44TB of algorithm-encrypted storage. Additional CX-6K-AV units can also be networked together.

For under $5,000 the Ciphertex CX-6K-AV server is expected to ship in late spring 2013.

About Ciphertex
Ciphertex was launched in 2011 and differentiates itself from the rest of the storage industry by securing data with real-time AES-256 encryption/decryption implemented in hardware in an ergonomically- designed, portable direct attached storage system and in software in powerful NAS systems. Ciphertex offers a full line of encrypted digital storage solutions ranging from a 1TB pocket drive to 48TB expandable, rack-mounted network servers.

For more information, visit www.ciphertex.com, or call 877.977.8878.

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Bexel Adds Two More to Expanding Roster; Kasparian and Osterlind Broadcast their Expertise

BURBANK, April 3, 2013 – Bexel, a unit of the Vitec Group’s Services Division and a leading worldwide provider of broadcast services and solutions, has brought on two new hires, Paul Kasparian and Lars Osterlind, as company growth continues, and its reach across the broadcast industry expands.

Kasparian joins Bexel as a key account manager, responsible for growing Bexel’s business with enterprise level customers, specifically television networks, major cable program providers and sports venues, all with an eye on developing new business within these vertical markets. Kasparian brings a wealth of valuable experience with him to Bexel after holding senior management roles in broadcast business development at Panasonic Solutions Company, and in digital video at JVC Professional Products Company, among other industry leaders.

Osterlind is a systems engineer in Bexel’s Engineered Systems & Solutions (ESS) division, with more than 30 years of industry experience in engineering and operations for live productions and events, as well as systems design engineering. ESS offers unique end-to-end solutions, including systems integration, fiber and infrastructure support. Prior to joining Bexel, Osterlind served as a broadcast systems engineer for the Harris Corporation.

“We are excited to have Paul and Lars on the Bexel team,” says Bexel President and General Manager Halid Hatic. “They are yet another example of the top-tier talent that makes Bexel the go-to services and solutions company for the broadcast industry. As Bexel expands, we are thoughtful in our approach to growing our team, and strategic in putting the most important people in place to serve our customers and their projects.”

About Bexel:

Bexel is the pre-eminent worldwide provider of broadcast services including video and audio equipment rentals, fiber services, new audio sales, used equipment sales, and repairs/maintenance. Bexel provides brilliantly designed and flawlessly executed systems and solutions to all customers – including producers of the biggest and most important televised events in the world. For more information, visit http://www.bexel.com, and follow them on Facebook and Twitter.

About the Vitec Group:
Capture the moment™

For over 100 years, through every innovation in photography, film and digital image-making, Vitec businesses have developed a powerful portfolio of brand and products that have enabled some of the most amazing moments to be captured under some of the most challenging conditions. Vitec is an international Group principally serving customers in the broadcast photographic and military aerospace and government (MAG) markets. Vitec is based on strong, well-known premium brands on which its customers worldwide rely. Vitec is organized in three divisions: Videocom, Imaging and Services. Videocom designs and distributes systems and products used in broadcasting and live entertainment, film and video production and MAG. Imaging designs, manufactures and distributes equipment and accessories for photography, video and events. Services provides equipment rental, workflow design and technical support for camera, video, audio, fiber optic and wireless technology used by TV production and film crews. More information can be found at www.vitecgroup.com.

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Fairlight Scores Highly With Top Sports Post Production Houses

WEST MILFORD, New Jersey- Leading sports broadcast networks including NFL Films, WWE, Major League Baseball Productions and NASCAR have continued to deploy Fairlight consoles for over 20 years due to their unmatched performance, high quality sound and flexible tactile editing capabilities.

Overall, NFL Films occupies 16 audio suites for production work, using a combination of Xynergi and EVO consoles. “We were already using Xynergi controllers and knew the software and automation well, so adding the EVO control surfaces was a very straightforward process operationally,” explained Vince Caputo, Supervising Sound Mixer at NFL Films. “Our audio infrastructure and workflow are built around the Fairlight, it’s the cornerstone of everything that we do with sound.”

“Sonically, the Fairlight products are brilliant, but the main attraction for us has always been speed,” Caputo continues. “We regularly have fast turnaround times and tight deadlines, and the speed and flexibility of the Fairlight Xynergi is unmatched.”

Based in Stamford, Connecticut, WWE is home to one of the largest entertainment companies in the world, reaching 13 million viewers in the United States as well as broadcasting shows in over 30 languages to more than 145 countries.

“The editing capability of the Xynergi is so far beyond anything else,” said Chris Argento, VP of Post-Production at WWE. “If we ever had to switch away from Fairlight, it would greatly affect our workflow and slow us down a great deal.”

WWE continues to utilize Fairlight’s Constellation as well as six Xynergi consoles to meet post-production needs. “With many projects taking place in various rooms Fairlight has allowed us to access all projects in every room while having access to all 96 channels and HD Video everywhere,” Argento continued. “The support from the Fairlight team as well as the request for future improvements has been top of the line and helped us to continue to meet our goals and expand on the work that we are able to do.”

Major League Baseball Productions, another strong endorser of Fairlight also continues to use the Constellation and Xynergi consoles due to their advanced state of the art digital audio recording, editing, mixing and delivery technologies.

John Gardner, audio post mixer at MLB Productions, states, “speed, new features, versatility and superior sound quality are all key reasons why MLB has continued to invest in Fairlight. The CC-1 engine provides world-class automation and also allows me to deliver 5.1 and stereo mixes and also support multiple A/V file formats so we can import, export and convert files in a fraction of real time.”

Combined, Fairlight has maintained its strong presence in the world of sports and continues to develop products that meet the needs of post-production studios everywhere. Stop by booth #SU9507 at NAB 2013 to learn more.

For more information on NFL Films, please visit: http://www.nflfilms.com

For more information on WWE, please visit: http://www.wwe.com

For more information on Major League Film Productions, please visit: http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/video/mlb_productions/index.jsp

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

Clear-Com Unveils Further Enhancements to its Tempest Digital Wireless Intercoms at the 2013 NAB Show

LAS VEGAS, APRIL 3, 2013? Clear-Com®, a global leader in critical voice communications systems, announces further enhancements to its Tempest Digital Wireless Intercoms at the 2013 NAB Show (Booth C8008). Included among the latest offerings are a new Tempest®900 BeltStation and a Remote Line Extender. These solutions further enhance the systems’ use for broadcasters requiring ultra-portable wireless communications in RF-rich environments.

The Tempest line of feature-rich wireless intercoms comprises the 2.4 GHz Tempest®2400 and the 900 MHz Tempest900 wireless systems in either a two- or four-channel offering. Both Tempest systems deliver cutting-edge RF technologies to ensure interference-free communications for mobile productions and broadcast facilities. The Tempest2400 offers a Seamless Roaming feature, which provides broadcasters with continuous wireless coverage across an expanded production space. The Seamless Roaming feature allows BeltStation users to migrate between as many as 16 different Tempest BaseStations (coverage areas or zones), allowing audio professionals to focus on critical production cues rather than on the settings of their wireless BeltStations. This gives them the ability to move freely and wirelessly throughout large venues separated by large distances, such as multi-studio complexes and sports arenas. Both Seamless Roaming and iSelect Roaming are available to accommodate virtually every application need.

As part of a continuing effort to expand the Tempest system further, Clear-Com is introducing the latest Tempest900 BeltStation. Equipped with an advanced Planar Inverted-F Antenna (PIFA), the new BeltStation has an increased range, allowing more wireless coverage. Becoming increasingly more popular in the mobile phone market, a PIFA is low profile and has an omnidirectional signal pattern, which means it can receive a connection from any direction. Backwards compatible with Tempest900 firmware version 3.0, the new BeltStations will continue to operate within the 900MHz frequency band and are fully compatible with all versions of the Tempest900 BaseStations and BeltStations. The longer wavelengths and wider symbol width in this band allow the system’s signals to break through dense walls and other structural objects more readily, increasing the range for users and reducing any potential loss of audio.

The new Tempest Remote Transceiver Line Extender increases the systems’ cable run distance of a remote antenna by 3,000 feet (914m) with one Line Extender or 2,000 feet (609m) per Line Extender if using more than one Line Extender. This allows for the deployment of larger systems with longer cable runs from the BaseStation. A total of three Line Extenders can be connected to provide total coverage of up to 7,500 feet (2286m).

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.

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