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The Tiffen Company Walks Away With Two StudioDaily Prime Awards This NAB 2013

StudioDaily presents The Tiffen Company with the coveted Best of Show award for Tiffen IRND + GlimmerGlass Filters and a Value award for the Davis & Sanford ProElite Series at the NAB 2013 Prime Awards

Las Vegas, NV – April 9, 2013 – The Tiffen Company, a leading manufacturer and distributor of award-winning accessories for the still imaging, video, motion picture and broadcast markets, is pleased to announce it has just won two StudioDaily Prime Awards – a Best in Show for the state-of-the-art Tiffen IRND + GlimmerGlass Motion Picture/TV Filters and a Value award for the Davis & Sanford ProElite Series. Both awards were in the Production category, where Tiffen’s Lowel Prime Power LED also received a nomination. The StudioDaily Prime Awards took place on the morning of Tuesday, April 9 during the 2013 NAB show.

“We are so thrilled to again be recognized by the prestigious StudioDaily Prime Awards at NAB this year, building on the momentum we started with last year’s digital effects Dfx v3 software Best in Show win,” comments Steve Tiffen, President and CEO, The Tiffen Company. “To be nominated for three different products is truly an honor. With the awards piling up for Tiffen filters and the growing prominence of our tripod offerings, we know broadcasters will continue to turn to Tiffen for all of their production needs.”

About Tiffen IRND + GlimmerGlass Motion Picture/TV Filters
Designed for sensitive controlled filtration in exterior and interior environments, the IRND + GlimmerGlass Filter’s three-in-one combination softens fine details in a unique manner, while adding mild glow to highlights. As it removes unwanted glare and hotspots and the contrast is reduced, the resulting look is one of enhanced beauty. With a distinct silver “sparkle” to the glass, images are sure to dazzle audiences.

About the Davis & Sanford ProElite Series
The new Davis & Sanford ProElite Series includes snap-in center support brace with boots for uneven ground plus adjustable ground spreader for maximum rigidity and a true fluid head design, providing shooters a system that performs flawlessly on both flat and uneven surfaces. The ergonomically designed lever offers shooters incredibly smooth pan, scan and tilt with counter balance control capabilities that support a wide range of camera weights. The variable quick release lets users to easily fine tune the camera balance.

Book a Private Press Briefing at NAB 2013
To set up a press briefing with a member of the Tiffen management team during NAB 2013, please contact Anya Oskolkova at anya@zazilmediagroup.com.

About Tiffen
Tiffen has been a leading manufacturer of photographic filters, lens accessories, software, and camera accessories for the consumer/professional imaging and the motion picture and broadcast television industries for 75 years. The company has a rich history of innovative product design, superior optical consistency, and unparalleled quality. Tiffen has been recognized for its product and engineering excellence, earning two Technical Achievement Awards and a Scientific and Engineering Award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, as well as multiple Emmy® Awards from the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. Today, the company offers a wide range of products, which include: Tiffen® filters, Steadicam® camera stabilizing systems, Lowel® light, Listec® teleprompters, Tiffen Dfx® digital imaging software, Domke® bags, Davis & Sanford® tripods, Genustech® camera accessories, Zing® camera covers, Stroboframe® flash brackets, Saunders® professional trimmers, and Kodak Wratten® filters. Tiffen continues to enhance its reputation as a leading imaging accessory manufacturer through aggressive growth in the image-making accessory industry.

For more information on Tiffen, please visit: http://www.tiffen.com.

Tiffen is a registered trademark of The Tiffen Company. All other trademarks and products mentioned herein belong to their respective owners.

Press Contacts
Anya Oskolkova
Zazil Media Group
(e) anya@zazilmediagroup.com
(p) 617.817.6559
(skype) anya.oskolkova

Janice Dolan
Zazil Media Group
(e) janice@zazilmediagroup.com
(p) 617.817.6595
(skype) janicedolan

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New FOR-A MXF Video Clip Servers Ideal for File-Based Ingest, Playout Applications

Cypress, CA - FOR-A Corporation of America, a leading manufacturer of video and audio systems for the broadcast and professional video industries, has announced two new compact MXF clip servers, the MBP-120SX and MBP-125SX, for ingest, playback, and playout applications. Ideal for file-based production workflows, the new 1 RU servers are being demonstrated at the 2013 NAB Show (C5116), which runs April 8-11 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

For ingest, the MBPs can capture files from an external XDCAM drive or network drive, convert HD/SD-SDI signals to MXF files in real time, and support up to eight channels of embedded audio (the MBP-125SX also supports for eight-channel AES audio). Both models are equipped with HD/SD-SDI I/O and solid-state drive (240 or 480 GB), and both are compatible with Sony XDCAM, XDCAM HD, XDCAM HD422, MPEG HD422, MPEG HD, and MPEG IMX file formats.

Multiple MBPs can also be components of a user-constructed playout system that does not require a dedicated playout server. Material can be stored on a shared NAS unit, then specified MXF files can be transferred over the network to multiple MBPs. Output from the MBPs follows the automatic program playout system. MBPs can also be combined with another video server for more advanced configurations. Clips can be added over the network, even during video recording or playback, for seamless operation.

“With built-in flash memory, the new MBP-120SX and MBP-125SX create a very stable ingest or playout environment,” said Pedro Silvestre, Sales Director, FOR-A Corporation of America. “These are very versatile servers that can be deployed in a variety of applications.”

In conjunction with FOR-A’s MediaConcierge media management system, an MBP can be incorporated into a user-constructed clip server application, providing database-driven management of video clips and playout programs. Each MBP ships with control software for standalone operation, and registered clips are instantly recognizable by thumbnail display in the control software. Optional software offers remote control of the system over the network and manages list-based clip playout.

The MBP-120SX features one HD/SD-SDI input and output, while the MBP-125SX has four outputs, two of which support time code display. In addition to the MBP-120SX’s support for SMPTE RP188 ANC time code, the MBP-125SX also adds support for ANC and LTC time code. A full range of interfaces on both models includes an 100Base-TX/1000Base-T Ethernet port for high-speed file transfer, USB ports for connecting an external XDCAM or keyboard and mouse, RS-422 for external control, GPI for remote control of playback, and a DVI-I computer display port for use of the included control software.

The MBP-120SX and MBP-125SX will be available in June.

About FOR-A

FOR-A is a major manufacturer and distributor of video and audio systems to the broadcast, postproduction and professional video markets. For more information about FOR-A’s product line, call 201-944-1120 or visit our web site at www.for-a.com.

Hisense K610 and Roku Ready K360M Launch In Walmart Stores Today

Suwanee, Georgia, April 9, 2013 — Hisense USA today announced the immediate availability of its 40-inch and 46-inch K360M Roku Ready™ televisions and 50-inch and 55-inch K610 Smart TV models in more than 2,500 Walmart stores across the country.

With a super sleek 13mm bezel and built-in WiFi, the Full HD 1080p K610 series comes loaded with the latest Hisense Smart TV interface, allowing consumers to access thousands of Vudu™ Apps and HD movies, Netflix®, YouTube™ and Pandora® right on their TV. With a smooth 120Hz refresh rate for dramatic motion clarity, the K610 brings forth stunning details and crystal-clear, vibrant colors to create a brilliant picture.

“Our goal is to provide every home with a feature-packed television that is perfect for the whole family to enjoy not only as a traditional television, but as a media hub enabling access to additional content,” said Jonathan Frank, Vice President of Marketing, Hisense USA. “These two releases demonstrate our continued effort to offer consumers the freedom of choice with the most advanced content delivery system.”

The Hisense K360M includes the new standard MHL (Mobile High-Definition Link) port, which resembles a traditional HDMI input and supports up to 1080p resolution high-definition video and audio content. Being Roku Ready certified means Hisense customers have the ability to use the Roku Streaming Stick™ for instant content streaming of more than 750 entertainment channels featuring movies, songs and games from the Roku streaming platform.
“The Roku streaming platform provides TV manufacturers like Hisense the ability to offer customers Smart TV functionality without developing their own streaming platform, and provides consumers with value, ease of use and limitless content,” said Chas Smith, general manager of OEM business at Roku.

For more information about Hisense’s range of innovative products, visit www.hisense-usa.com.

To purchase the K610 or K360M, visit your local Walmart, or check product availability online at www.walmart.com.

About Hisense USA Corporation
Established in 2001, Hisense USA Corporation is a Georgia based subsidiary of the Hisense Company Ltd., headquartered in Qingdao, China. Hisense USA offers a broad range of highly affordable consumer electronics products in the North American market, including televisions, refrigerators, air-conditioners, dehumidifiers, beverage coolers and freezers. In 2010 Hisense established an R&D center in Georgia to enable localized product development and innovation.

Hisense USA sells into retailers across North America, including hhgregg, Best Buy, Walmart, Costco.com, Canadian Tire and more. Around the world, Hisense has production bases in South Africa, Algeria, Egypt and sales offices in the USA, Europe, Australia, the Middle East and Southeast Asia. Hisense products are exported to over 130 countries and regions throughout the world.

DTS And Fairlight Collaborate To Deliver The Industry’s First Next-Generation 3D Audio Creation Platform To Support MDA

Sydney, Australia – DTS, Inc. (Nasdaq: DTSI), a pioneer in next generation ultra high-definition audio solutions and audio enhancement technologies, and Fairlight, a leader in audio and video post production solutions, today collaboratively announced the release of Fairlight’s new 3DAW, a 3D audio production platform with native MDA mixing and format support. Answering the industry’s demand for an open next-generation audio format, DTS worked with experts in the content creation community to create the MDA specification.

In January of this year, DTS publicly announced its intent to provide MDA to the industry as an open object-based audio authoring format, as the industry looks to avoid a format war for next-gen content creation and cinema delivery. Today, the standardization work continues to formalize the specification, while industry leaders such as Fairlight jump ahead of the curve by working with DTS to integrate MDA into their new 3DAW solution. The first of its kind, Fairlight’s 3DAW enables sound designers to truly mix object-based audio in unrestricted 3D space, monitor on any configuration, and output in DTS’ proposed future specification – MDA. Additionally, Fairlight’s 3DAW will feature the ability to mix soundtracks for DTS Neo:X, a channel-based audio solution designed to support up to an 11.1 speaker system.

“We are delighted to be working with DTS to equip our all new 3DAW production station with MDA authoring capability,” said Tino Fibaek, CTO at Fairlight. “Together, we can now offer studios a highly anticipated alternative to the closed proprietary object-based audio formats being proposed to date.”
The MDA specification is currently being proposed to international standardization committees as an alternative to todays closed proprietary solutions. MDA allows every sound element of a soundtrack to be mapped in 3D space, storing all of the spatial and behavioral information of each sound element as metadata. Mixing audio with MDA as opposed to other surround sound platforms allows a soundtrack to maintain the exact spatial characteristics of the audio as intended by the mixer. With overwhelming interest from the entertainment industry, MDA has already garnered support from major studios and networks, while content tool providers have begun developing new authoring solutions for the MDA format.

The new Fairlight 3DAW is available to the industry as a turnkey solution, based on Fairlight’s powerful Crystal Core Media processor and innovative software. It offers audio engineers with a ready-to-go, creative tool to design sound in both object-based or channel 3D mixing methods. The system provides on-screen 3D panning via a plugin, as well as extensive monitoring functions. 3DAW is able to generate a diverse range of mixes ranging from stereo, 5.1, 7.1, 9.1+2, DTS Neo:X™, as well as an object-based mix (MDA). A separate tablet control application allows for easy previewing and demonstration of audio output to verify and display the results of the creative process.

“We are extremely excited to be working with Fairlight on enabling their all new 3DAW workstations with MDA format support,” said Fred Kitson, CTO at DTS. “The industry has been clamoring for an open-platform for the creation of object-based audio to end the format wars, and MDA was created specifically to address this.”

For more information about DTS, please visit www.dts.com, or connect with DTS on Facebook and Twitter (@DTS_Inc).

About DTS, Inc.
DTS, Inc. (NASDAQ:DTSI) is dedicated to making digital entertainment exciting, engaging and effortless by providing state-of-the-art audio technology to more than a billion consumer electronics products worldwide. From a renowned legacy as a pioneer in high definition multi-channel audio, DTS became a mandatory audio format in the Blu-ray Disc™ standard and is now increasingly deployed in enabling digital delivery of compelling movies, music, games and other forms of digital entertainment to a growing array of network-connected consumer devices. With the acquisition of SRS Labs, DTS strengthens its position as a leader in providing end-to-end audio solutions to the rapidly growing network entertainment sector. DTS technology is in car audio systems, digital media players, DVD players, game consoles, home theaters, PCs, set-top boxes, smart phones, surround music content and every device capable of playing Blu-ray™ discs. Founded in 1993, DTS’ corporate headquarters are located in Calabasas, California with its licensing operations headquartered in Limerick, Ireland. DTS also has offices in Los Gatos and Santa Ana, California, Washington, China, France, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan and the United Kingdom. For further information, please visit www.dts.com. DTS, the Symbol, and DTS and the Symbol together, are registered trademarks of DTS, Inc. All other trademarks are the properties of their respective owners. © 2013 DTS, Inc. All rights reserved.

About Fairlight:
Fairlight is a Sydney-Australia based, leading manufacturer of professional audio with video recording, editing and mixing systems, offering desktop, console and mouse based environments. The company is at the forefront of audio IP, having received numerous Scientific and Technical Academy Awards. Fairlight is pioneering 3D sound, 8K video resolution and customized control surfaces acknowledged by industry leaders as being the fastest and most ergonomic available. www.fairlight.com.au

Studio Technologies Debuts Model 240 Producer’s Console

Unit Joins Enhanced Versions of the Entire Line of 200-Series Announcer’s Consoles

LAS VEGAS – Studio Technologies Inc., the manufacturer of tailored high-performance audio, video and fiber-optic products for the professional audio, installation and broadcast markets, debuts the new Model 240 Producer’s Console at the 2013 NAB Show (Booth C5449). The company is also showcasing enhanced versions of its popular 200-Series Announcer’s Consoles. The 200-Series, which consists of models 210, 212, 220, 230, 233 and the new 240, are powerful, easy-to-use and flexible audio control “hubs” for announcers, commentators and production personnel. The new Model 240 offers powerful IFB flexibility and partyline intercom options. Compatible with all broadcast and production analog and digital audio system environments, the tabletop units are well suited for on-air television, radio broadcast and live-event production applications. The updated products also introduce new functionality and an improved physical design. more

iZotope To Sponsor The Game Audio Network Guild in 2013

Game Developers Conference, San Francisco, CA – (April 9, 2013) – iZotope, Inc, a leading innovator in digital audio signal processing, is pleased to announce a partnership for 2013 with the San Francisco-based Game Audio Network Guild (G.A.N.G.), a community resource for game audio professionals.

“By joining G.A.N.G. as official sponsors, we are excited to support the creative community within the interactive entertainment industry. iZotope’s audio technology and educational resources arex a perfect fit for anyone navigating this rapidly expanding landscape,” says Scott Simon, Business Development Manager at iZotope, Inc. In addition to sponsoring the quarterly Q-Challenge sound design contest, iZotope looks forward to providing product giveaways for any and all G.A.N.G. events in 2013, including this year’s G.A.N.G. Awards, which will take place on March 28. iZotope also looks forward to sharing their educational resources—such as the Mastering Guide, Dithering Guide, and iOS Audio Programming Guide—with the audio engineers, sound designers, composers, and audio directors within the G.A.N.G. community.

“We are thrilled that iZotope has joined G.A.N.G. as a Silver Sponsor. As providers of cutting edge audio technology for the traditional pro audio world, it has been exciting to see them introduce their technologies into the video game audio industry,” says Brian Schmidt, President of GANG. “Their G.A.N.G. sponsorship further demonstrates their high level of commitment to our industry. We look forward to a productive partnership with iZotope.”

About iZotope:
iZotope is a research-driven audio technology company based in Boston, Massachusetts. Its award-winning products and audio technologies are used by millions of people in over 50 countries, from consumers to musicians to major film, TV, and radio studios. Some of the diverse clients include musical giants like BT, Depeche Mode, and RZA of WuTang Clan; radio stations like Boston’s iconic WGBH; and TV programming like CBS’s Survivor, the Discovery Channel’s Deadliest Catch, the World Cup broadcast, and the GRAMMY awards. Through an extensive licensing program, iZotope technology is also directly integrated into products made by industry-leaders such as Adobe, Avid, and Sony; video games from companies like Harmonix and Ubisoft; as well as a growing number of mobile phone applications.
To learn more about iZotope, visit www.izotope.com.

About G.A.N.G.
The Game Audio Network Guild (G.A.N.G.) is a non-profit organization established to educate the masses in regards to interactive audio by providing information, instruction, resources, guidance and enlightenment not only to its members, but to content providers and listeners throughout the world. G.A.N.G. empowers its members by establishing resources for education, business, technical issues, community, publicity and recognition. G.A.N.G. also supports career development for aspiring game audio professionals, publishers, developers and students.
To learn more about G.A.N.G., visit www.audiogang.org

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Sennheiser Partners with Redbird, King Schools and AOPA on Headset to Accompany Redbird’s new Jay Flight Simulator

Lakeland, Fla., April 9, 2013 — Audio specialist Sennheiser announced that it has partnered with Redbird Flight Simulations, King Schools and AOPA to offer headsets that will accompany Redbird’s Jay desktop flight simulation system. The Jay system, which is being launched by Redbird at this year’s Sun ‘n Fun, is a consumer-oriented flight simulator that enables a broad base of aviation enthusiasts to access proficiency-based flight training. Beginning now, Sennheiser’s new PC 350 SE gaming headset will be available as an accessory for Jay in the AOPA store.

During the 2013 SUN ‘n FUN International Fly-In & Expo, Sennheiser, Redbird, AOPA and King will host a “Jay Challenge” launch event in which attendees of the expo will have a chance to win prizes including a ride with Team Aerostars and a Sennheiser S1 Passive headset. Participants of the challenge will be asked to complete various missions on the Jay simulator and fill in a logbook detailing their adventures, before being entered in a raffle for a chance to win various prizes.

“This year at SUN ‘n FUN, we are encouraging aviation enthusiasts and aspiring pilots to take the next step in their adventures,” commented Christian Pulm, global marketing and strategy development, Sennheiser Aviation. “Our partnership with Redbird, AOPA and King, which will extend well beyond SUN ‘n FUN, is a perfect extension of our Live Your Dream program, which encourages people to realize their ambitions in the world of aviation.”

“We are delighted to partner with Sennheiser, a brand that is known and recognized around the world for its excellence in audio,” commented Jeff van West, director of Redbird Media. “We believe audio plays a fundamental role in enhancing the end-user experience — not only for realistic effects and user enjoyment, but also for retention of key training concepts.”

The PC 350 SE, which is a professional noise-blocking headset, is the perfect complement for the Jay flight simulation system. Even at high volumes, more than 95% of the audio remains inside the headset, enabling you to focus on the mission at hand. The PC 350 SE also features the most accurate sound reproduction available in a gaming headset today. Utilizing Sennheiser’s “Eargonomic Acoustic Refinement” technology, the headset channels audio signals directly into your ears, rather than onto them.

About Sennheiser
Sennheiser is a world-leading manufacturer of aviation headsets, microphones, headphones and wireless transmission systems. With their top-quality acoustics, high wearing comfort and rugged designs, Sennheiser aviation headsets are suited to the needs of professional and private pilots and air-traffic controllers. Innovations such as the NoiseGard™ active noise compensation system and ActiveGard™ protect against potentially harmful volume surges.

Established in 1945 in Wedemark, Germany, Sennheiser is now a global brand represented in 60 countries around the world with U.S. headquarters in Old Lyme, Connecticut. Sennheiser’s pioneering excellence in technology has rewarded the company with numerous awards and accolades including an Emmy, a Grammy, and the Scientific and Engineering Award of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

You can find all the latest information on Sennheiser by visiting our website at http://www.sennheiser-aviation.com. To learn more about Captain Judy Rice’s journey, please visit http://www.thinkglobalflight.org.

Contact:
Jeff Touzeau
Public Relations
Hummingbird Media, Inc.
(914) 602-2913
jeff@hummingbirdmedia.com

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Xytech’s MediaPulse Digital Order Integrates with Sony’s Media Backbone System

NAB 2013 – Booth # SL2427



(Mission Hills, CA) Xytech, the global leader in facility management software for the broadcast and media services industries, is announcing complete integration of its MediaPulse Digital Order with Sony’s Media Backbone system. This comprehensive approach to end-to-end facility management will be demonstrated during NAB 2013, in Las Vegas, NV, April 8th through April 12th, in Sony’s NAB Booth #C11001.

The announcement heralds a combination of technologies that allows clients to plan, orchestrate, streamline and manage complex workflows, bridging manual and automated steps as part of a holistic facility management solution. Now all the disparate activities of a broadcast facility - resource management, asset management, crewing, and job costing - are tied together to give clients a real-time understanding of all tasks as well as the cost implications for each decision.

Today's announcement is meaningful to media companies that require real-time integrations to monitor events along the digital supply chain in broadcast and post production environments, enabling them to compete in a complex environment. MediaPulse supports SOA and transactionalizes events so facility staff can manage related business processing, resource scheduling, and media asset cataloging within its Digital Order structure. The value proposition for clients lies in the complete meshing of order entry, resource management, operational execution, and financial systems.

"Sony's Media Backbone Solutions family is designed to support the widest range of complementary products and technologies," said Wayne Zuchowski, Marketing Manager for Media Backbone Solutions at Sony Electronics. "The compatibility with MediaPulse extends the workflow management potential to a much broader audience. We are proud to be collaborating with Xytech on this new solution."

Greg Dolan, COO of Xytech, commented on the new solution, "Previously, only highly customized solutions were available, with price tags and timelines that were no longer tolerable to the broadcast community. At Xytech, we are providing truly productized solutions. We are thrilled to be working with Sony and excited to show off our efforts at NAB 2013"

About Xytech
Xytech Systems Corporation(tm) is the leading global provider of facility management software for today's media and broadcast companies. Leveraging a 25-year history of innovation and market expertise, Xytech brings unparalleled proficiency to its customers with flexible, transparent and evolutionary solutions that set the standard for successfully managing the continuous business realignments that define today's marketplace. Xytech's collaborative MediaPulse platform and suite of solutions enable craft workflow and asset management systems to work seamlessly with the company's renowned planning, scheduling and financial management tools. Xytech has over 450 software deployments in more than 20 countries around the world and is headquartered in Mission Hills, California, with regional offices in New York and London.

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