Archive for May 3rd, 2013

International Datacasting Chosen for Expansion of U.S. Government Broadcast Network

Follow-On Contract in Excess of $1 Million US for Worldwide Satellite Network

Ottawa, ON – International Datacasting Corporation (TSX: IDC) (“IDC” or the “Corporation”) announces a contract to support the U.S. Government, valued in excess of USD $1Million, for the expansion of its worldwide satellite broadcast network.

The contract includes the selection of additional SuperFlex Pro Data receiver/routers for a centralized broadcast network that distributes encrypted data files and live streams to remote U.S. government agencies throughout the world.

This order was based upon the customer’s previous experience with IDC receivers as robust and highly reliable units for its mission-critical communications. This solution enables the U.S. Government to optimize and expand its distribution network to additional global agencies.

“Currently, no other receiver provides this type of decryption,” said Del Lippert, Chairman of the Board and Interim CEO at IDC. “The security and reliability of this receiver is evidenced by its continued deployment at installations like this where a system simply cannot fail.”

The receivers provide a highly secure and reliable network to deliver live streams and file-based programming to a large worldwide network of remote sites. This fully integrated solution allows for the reception of IP content over satellite via a secure, encrypted link and seamless distribution into the local LAN. As part of its SuperFlex networking solution, IDC provides end-to-end secure networks to its global customer base.

About International Datacasting Corporation:

International Datacasting Corporation (TSX: IDC) is a global leader in digital content distribution for the world’s premiere broadcasters in radio, television, data and digital cinema. IDC offers a broad portfolio of advanced solutions including the STAR Pro Audio solution, LASERTM Targeted Ad Insertion platform, and the Digital TattooTM DTH Over IP Gateway. The company’s products and solutions are in demand for radio and television networks, targeted ad insertion, digital cinema, 3D live events, satellite news gathering, sports contribution, VOD, and IPTV. IDC is headquartered in Ottawa, Canada, with regional offices in Arnhem, the Netherlands and in San Diego, California. The company has installations in over 100 countries and service offices in Thailand and Singapore, and an international network of value-added partners and resellers. For more information visit: www.datacast.com.

PESA Earns DoD certification for its Video Distribution Systems (VDS)

Huntsville, Alabama – PESA, a leading U.S.-based design and manufacturer of professional audio and video signal distribution, recently announced that its Video Distribution System (VDS) and several products in its Cheetah large-scale router and PESA PRO signal processing lines have been certified by the US Department of Defense. This reflects PESA’s commitment to providing mission-critical products for high definition video and audio distribution.

PESA is the first and only company to achieve listing on the Department of Defense Unified Capabilities (UC) Approved Products List (APL) as a Video Distribution System (VDS). The APL is managed by the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA).

These products underwent rigorous testing by DISA’s Joint Interoperability Test Command (JITC) and received Interoperability Certification (IOC) and Information Assurance (IA) accreditation from JITC – the organizational element responsible for certifying joint and combined interoperability of all Department of Defense (DoD) information technology and national security systems.

“Mission critical situations demand high-quality distribution and switching of HD video,” said Colonel (Retired) John T. Wright, senior vice president of Sales and Business Development for PESA. “Our senior military and civilian leadership rely on extremely detailed imagery for C4ISR and to execute mission command. This certification ensures that all DoD commands and activities can take advantage of the quality and interoperability between disparate video chains that PESA’s VDS systems provide.”

JITC evaluates technologies that provide warfighters with high-tech advantages in both peacetime and war. The command uses an extensive array of software and hardware based testing procedures when evaluating products that can serve an important role in the military’s technological arsenal – whether directly on the battlefield or in a critical supporting role. JITC certification also ensures that a technological device or system meets the full standards to operate in a Unified Capabilities environment. The APL is the DoD’s single authoritative source for certified products intended for use on DoD networks.

“PESA has provided video distribution solutions to its government customers for nearly four decades, with special considerations for agencies that require high-performance assurance and interoperability in command and control environments,” stated Chuck Tillett, President and COO. “PESA’s products are currently used by many military and government agencies. JITC Certification enables us to extend our reach to other departments and agencies looking to expand their role in mission critical environments.”

PESA offers a complete portfolio of secure, high-definition video switching and distribution solutions with the ability to deliver up to full 1080p communications. With an array of robust features necessary to support continuity of operations, command and control and emergency preparedness and response, the Cheetah product line has proven to be a solid foundation for many government and federal agencies, such as the U.S. Army, U.S. Air Force and NASA.

About PESA

As a leading provider of audio/video connectivity, PESA offers a wide selection of routing switchers, matrix switchers, extenders, converters, media extenders, and signal processing gear to support government, military, industrial, commercial, broadcast and mobile truck applications. PESA offers one of the widest ranges of AV products – from large scale fiber optic routing to single-point CAT-5 DVI extenders – each with the integrity and innovative high performance technology expected from PESA. Our products are available around the world from a leading team of channel partners offering local support and installation; and all of our products are supported by 24/7 technical support. To learn more about our technologies and services visit www.pesa.com. PESA is located in Huntsville, Alabama with regional offices throughout the United States.

All products mentioned herein are trademarked property of their respective owners.

iZotope presents John Perry’s 8 part Vocal Master Class featuring both Nectar and Nectar Elements

John Perry knows a thing or two about vocals. He sang with The Beatles on Hey Jude, and as a support singer, he has worked with Kiki Dee and Elton John, Roger Daltry of The Who, Leo Sayer, Elkie Brooks, Al Stewart, and many others. He knows that everything from mic placement to reverb settings can make or break the perfect vocal take. To get the best results, John likes to work with Nectar and Nectar Elements.

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He now shares his knowlegde about best practices for getting the most out of your vocals. The 8 part Vocal Master Class at http://izotope.com/products/audio/nectar/protips.asp is the latest addition to iZotope’s Pro Tips.

Please let your readers know about these comprehensive, free video tutorials and share the following link in your social media, e-newsletters, on your blogs and websites: http://izotope.com/products/audio/nectar/protips.asp

For more information about Nectar and Nectar Elements, please visit http://izotope.com/products/audio/nectar/ and please contact me if you would like to review Nectar or Nectar Elements, or if you have any questions.

Thank you!

Workshops & Tutorials Align For 134th AES Convention In Rome

ROME: “The Workshops and Tutorials developed for the 134th AES Convention were designed to provide attendees with a particularly diverse educational curriculum. In many cases these events serve as integral components of major Track Presentations. Although their subject matter is diverse, their unifying core is a shared level of authoritative excellence,” observes 134th AES Convention Chairman Umberto Zanghieri. The 134th AES Convention will be held, May 4 -7, 2013 at Rome’s Fontana di Trevi Conference Centre. The international gathering of audio professionals will provide attendees with an unparallel opportunity to exchange ideas and information and to network with their peers, in one of the world’s most storied cities.

A Partial List of 134th AES Convention Workshops Includes:

• Applications of 3-D Audio in Automotive
• Multichannel Immersive Audio Formats for 3-D Cinema and Home Theater
• Design and Build of First Atmos-Equipped Dubbing Theater
• Capturing the Acoustics of Concert Halls with a Loudspeaker Orchestra
• Current Reference Listening Room Standards: Are They Meaningful?
• Sound Mixers Discuss Their Craft

Tutorial Presentations Include:

• Creative Distortion? You Are in the Over-Driver’s Seat
• Acoustic Enhancement Systems-Basics
• Microphones: The Physics, Metaphysics, and Philosophy
• Rub & Buzz and Other Irregular Loudspeaker Distortion
• 3-D Audio, Produce the New Dimension?
• Turntable Technique: The Art of the DJ

Click on http://www.aes.org/events/134/workshops/
and http://www.aes.org/events/134/tutorials/ for complete program information.

For details visit the Preliminary Events Calendar at: http://www.aes.org/events/134/calendar/calendar.cfm

Photo: Fontana di Trevi Conference Centre, Rome

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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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Clay Paky Sharpy Wash Fixtures Help Justin Timberlake Celebrate His “20/20 Experience” on The CW

Justin Timberlake seems to be just about everywhere these days, so it shouldn’t have been a surprise when his latest album’s release party turned up on The CW network. 36 Clay Paky’s new Sharpy Wash 330 luminaries were selected by lighting designer Nick Whitehouse to support the show. A.C.T Lighting is the exclusive distributor of Clay Paky fixtures in North America.

The one-hour special “Target Presents the iHeartRadio Album Release Party with Justin Timberlake” was recorded at the El Rey Theatre in Los Angeles during celebrations for the singer’s “20/20 Experience” album. The party included a live, national 30-minute radio special plus performances and interviews, which were recorded to air the next evening on The CW where fans also saw the world premiere of Timberlake’s new music video.

The special was the first show on which Whitehouse used Sharpy Wash fixtures. Clay Paky’s Sharpy Wash 330 is a compact, lightweight 330W washlight, with the luminous efficiency and optical performance of a 1000W fixture. It is extremely silent and quick and is fitted with a complete CMY color system, special colors, 6.5°-48° zoom, mechanical dimmer, beam shaping filter and motorized top-hat. It is an eco-friendly light, allowing considerable running and consumption cost savings.

Whitehouse wanted to give the El Rey Theatre an “old-school, Cotton Club look” and opted to use the Sharpy Washes as soon as they became available.

Timberlake appeared at several other club dates, and “by the time we got to the El Rey the lights were ready,” Whitehouse recalls. “I wanted to give the show a retro look; there wasn’t much movement, but there were a lot of color changes. I used the Sharpy Washes like par cans configured in groups of four; they gave that nice thin beam with frost in there.”

Whitehouse says, “I love all the Sharpy fixtures, and the Sharpy Washes performed even better than I expected. The show was a nice testing ground for future arena and stadium shows” where Sharpys and Sharpy Washes will comprise part of Whitehouse’s lighting complement.

Whitehouse will light Timberlake’s East Coast release party at New York City’s famed Roseland Ballroom on May 5 deploying Sharpy fixtures one more time to celebrate the “20/20 Experience.”

George Masek, A.C.T Lighting’s Vice President, Automated Lighting, adds, “We’ve always been a fan of Nick’s work – he’s always doing something cutting edge and different with the equipment he uses. We were excited when he chose the Sharpy Wash to support this production because we were sure it would be a great US debut for this tremendous new fixture and we weren’t disappointed.”

Francesco Romagnoli, Clay Paky Area Manager for North and Latin America, concludes, “We’re so please to see our new Sharpy Wash fixtures on so many high profile shows. Nick has always been a great user of our products and this show is an excellent example of that.”

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