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FOR-A to Showcase FT-ONE 4K Super Slow Mo Camera at Cine Gear Expo 2013

Cypress, CA – FOR-A Corporation of America plans to showcase its FT-ONE full 4K super slow motion camera at the upcoming Cine Gear Expo, taking place May 31-June 1 at The Studios at Paramount in Hollywood. FOR-A will be in Booth #S323, where they will also display the FT-1READ -a RAW data to DPX converter available with the FT-ONE camera.

First introduced at last year’s Cine Gear Expo, the award-winning FT-ONE is ideal for digital cinematography applications. The camera is the first of its kind to complete the 4K workflow by introducing the ability to simultaneously record and play back super slow motion images at full 4K resolution. The FT-ONE’s high-sensitivity CMOS color sensor, FT1-CMOS, enables high-speed recording at up to 900 frames per second (fps). The camera captures images as uncompressed raw data on the system’s internal memory, which has a recording capacity of 9.4 seconds. This data is then stored on one of two hot-swappable SSD cartridges, each of which is capable of storing 84 seconds of full 4K resolution images.

FOR-A will also be showing the FT-1READ, an option available with the FT-ONE for easy file conversion. The FT-1READ takes the RAW data from the SSD drives, imports all recorded info, and converts it to a DPX file.

“The FT-ONE has received many accolades for its innovative technology since the camera’s introduction,” said Hiro Tanoue, President for FOR-A Corporation of America. “Cine Gear Expo continually attracts many major players in high-end entertainment production, and FOR-A is looking forward to showcasing the camera and its stunning 4K capabilities again at this year’s show.”

The FT-ONE camera uses a PL mount lens and a global shutter system, which allows the camera to capture fast-moving subjects in crisp detail at 4K resolution. The FT-ONE is designed as a self-contained unit that is dependable and easy to use.

Cine Gear Expo is the premier film, video, and digital media expo for the entertainment industry, and is the largest event of its kind. 2013 marks the conference’s 17th year.

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 714-894-3311 or visit our web site at www.for-a.com.

Front Porch Digital Featured Products at BroadcastAsia2013:

DIVArchive(R) V7.1 — Now for a Broader Array of Applications
At BroadcastAsia2013, Front Porch Digital will showcase its DIVArchive(R) V7.1 content storage management (CSM) system. New features and capabilities make the system ideal for a broader array of applications. The new AXF Explorer offers an intuitive interface for parsing Archive eXchange Format (AXF) objects, with straightforward operations that are performed using drag-and-drop procedures just like in the Windows(R) operating system. DIVArchive V7.1 also enables a complete range of world-class video transcoding and workflows and is directly integrated with Telestream’s Vantage(R) Transcode and Vantage Transcode Pro. The enhancements to DIVArchive extend its applicability to media operations of every kind — broadcasters, educational and heritage institutions, the film industry, and government entities. With its unique ability to interconnect every element of operations from archive to production to transmission, DIVArchive V7.1 becomes the highly effective foundation on which to base cost-effective, seamless file-based workflows.

In March, Front Porch Digital announced an agreement with file-transfer software company Data Expedition Inc.(R) to integrate its ExpeDat(TM) WAN acceleration product into DIVArchive(R) V7.1. The integration gives DIVArchive users a WAN acceleration option that is fully managed and supported by Front Porch Digital. It is the first direct integration of a WAN acceleration protocol directly into a CSM cloud-based solution.

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Photo Caption: DIVArchive(R) Content Storage Management System

DIVAdirector(R) V5.1 — Easy and Efficient Media Asset Management System
DIVAdirector(R) V5.1 is Front Porch Digital’s newest update to its DIVAdirector media asset management (MAM) system. It is a permission-based Web application that enables complete access to file-based content stored by DIVArchive(R) content storage management (CSM) systems. DIVAdirector V5.1 contains new features that make it even easier for any media organization with DIVArchive to manage its digital files, especially if that organization is using Front Porch Digital’s new LYNX(SM) platform for moving, archiving, and publishing video to the cloud.

With cloud operations starting to dominate the industry, DIVAdirector 5.1 addresses LYNX-specific workflows and requirements, such as site awareness, with a single DIVAdirector system showing all enterprise assets stored across different archive systems — local, networked, or cloud-based systems, or any combination thereof — with integrated user permissions controlling access.

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Photo Caption 1: DIVAdirector(R) V5.1 Organization and Clipboard
Photo Caption 2: DIVAdirector(R) V5.1 Organization and Shot Lists

LYNX(SM) — Cloud Content Storage Management System
LYNX(SM) from Front Porch Digital is the industry’s first enterprise-scale cloud implementation of content storage management (CSM). LYNX delivers adaptable on-demand scalability, reduces capital and operational costs, and revolutionizes the way media organizations manage assets. LYNX leverages the latest cloud and Web technologies to provide a range of networked and distributed solutions.

The company will show LYNXdr and LYNXlocal at BroadcastAsia2013. LYNXdr is a hosted disaster recovery service that allows global media enterprises to centralize critical assets and consolidate operations, and LYNXlocal is a simple extension to LYNX that operates locally as an appliance, caching cloud content and providing integration to specialized systems, if needed. LYNXlocal is billed as a service element at a low monthly rate.

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Photo Caption: LYNX(SM) Cloud-Based Content Storage Management

DIVASolutions SAMMA(R) Migration Systems
Front Porch Digital will also showcase its SAMMA(R) product lines at BroadcastAsia2013. These solutions are the first of their kind to automate the digitization of videotape, moving content into secure, accessible, and searchable digital storage. SAMMArobot and SAMMAsolo take content from videotape on the shelf into the digital environment using an automated workflow that’s tried and tested in high-profile installations. The SAMMAsolo product line offers a range of migration solutions built to meet specific archive migration needs. In solutions ranging from a single SAMMAsolo to a multiple-stream SAMMArobot, efficiency is maximized by simultaneous encoding to multiple formats while content is analyzed to ensure the quality of the migration.

Company Quote:

“BroadcastAsia is an important show for us because it gives us the chance to see key clients in the region and make new connections with potential accounts,” said Rino Petricola, senior vice president and general manager of Front Porch Digital. “We are supporting the event this year by chairing and presenting at the BCA session, ‘File-Based Workflow and Media Asset Management’ on June 20 at 3:30 p.m.”

Company Overview

Front Porch Digital is the global leader in solutions for migrating, managing, and monetizing media content. Operating on-site and in the cloud, the company’s purpose-built software employs the latest technologies to deliver truly flexible and scalable media workflows. Solutions delivered by Front Porch Digital appropriately manage large and complex media files and workflows while ensuring optimal performance and utmost security. More information is available at fpdigital.com.

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Applications Now Being Accepted for the 2013 IABM Engineering Student Awards

GLOUCESTERSHIRE, U.K. — May 10, 2013 — The IABM (International Association of Broadcasting Manufacturers) today announced that it is accepting applications for the 2013 IABM Engineering Student Awards, which not only recognize high-achieving university and college students in the fields of broadcast engineering or media technology, but also gives the award winners financial support for attending IBC2013 next September in Amsterdam. The awards are funded by the IABM Educational Foundation.

“Education is an important part of the IABM’s work to support the broadcast and media technology supply industry worldwide, and the Engineering Student Awards reflect the IABM’s commitment to recognizing today’s engineering students and connecting them with the technologies and companies driving our industry forward,” said Roger Crumpton, a founding director and trustee of the IABM Educational Foundation. “We are confident that attendance at the IBC show will give award winners an insight into the many professional possibilities open to bright young engineers.”

The IABM Engineering Student Awards are one part of the IABM’s ongoing commitment to education, training, and skills development designed to help increase the industry’s pool of skilled broadcast engineers and technical staff. Open to students from around the world undertaking a full-time course of study directly related to broadcast engineering and media technology, the award requires the applicant to demonstrate in a 500-word essay how he or she would be able to benefit from attending IBC2013.

“Winning the IABM student engineering award gave me the confidence to put myself out there in the world of film and television. Not only did it expose me to the newest upcoming technology at IBC, but it helped me forge connections that kick started my career. I highly recommend the award to anyone about to enter this incredible industry,” said Andrew Lawrence, winner of the IABM 2012 Engineering Student Awards.

The deadline for submitting applications is Friday, May 31, and students may download the application form by visiting www.theiabm.org/engineeringstudentawards.

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About the IABM Educational Foundation
Established as an independent educational charity in 2012, the IABM Educational Foundation works to support technical education, career development, and access to employment within the broadcast and media technology sector worldwide. The foundation’s first priority is the development and delivery of an international certification program that will recognise the attainment of individual engineers and technologists, and provide a framework for valuing their occupational and professional engagement as Continuing Professional Development (CPD). The IABM Educational Foundation also is committed to providing educational bursaries and travel awards that enable young people to attend training courses and key industry events that otherwise would be beyond their reach. For more information, please visit www.theiabm.org/foundation.

About The IABM
The IABM, the International Association of Broadcasting Manufacturers, is the authoritative voice of the broadcast and media technology supply industry worldwide. Its wide range of services to members encompasses market research and intelligence, training, expert representation at standards bodies and broadcasting unions, executive networking opportunities, and preferential purchasing. A presence at every major broadcast tradeshow, the IABM also provides a valuable channel for communication among broadcast manufacturers, government, and regulatory bodies. Additional IABM activities include awards programs for innovation and scholarships designed to stimulate the development of the broadcast and electronic media industries on an international basis. For more information, please visit www.theiabm.org.

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Snell Intensifies Focus on India and Middle East, Appointing Amit Daftary as Regional Head for Middle East and South Asia

READING, U.K. — May 10, 2013 — Snell today announced the appointment of Amit Daftary as regional head for the company’s operations in the Middle East and South Asia (MESA) region. In this role at Snell, Daftary will assume full responsibility for the company’s regional teams and its growing business across India and the Middle East.

“Amit’s strong commercial experience and industry skills will be valuable to the Snell team in driving further growth in the MESA region, and particularly in India, Sri Lanka, and the Arabian Gulf,” said Naresh Subherwal, president, Asia-Pacific and Middle East, at Snell. “We look forward to working with Amit as he provides the leadership to develop and elevate our business to the next level in a dynamic and diverse emerging market.”

Daftary has more than 16 years of experience in the media and entertainment industry in South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) countries. Prior to joining Snell, he was sales director, broadcast and DTH, for India/SAARC at Harmonic. He earlier served as business head for Avid’s broadcast and post segment, India and SAARC; held management positions with systems integrators Benchmark (KIT), Tata Elxsi, and Shaf; and worked as an enterprise account manager for Hewlett-Packard.

Daftary has a bachelor’s degree in commerce from the University of Mumbai and specialized in digital media and motion graphics at the Art Centre College of Design in Pasadena, Calif. He will be based in Mumbai and report to Subherwal.

Information about Snell and the company’s full product line is available online at www.snellgroup.com.

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About Snell:
Snell is a leading innovator in digital media technology, providing broadcasters and global media companies with a comprehensive range of solutions for creating, managing, and streamlining the distribution of content for today’s multi-screen world. Specializing in TV Everywhere and Live TV applications, Snell provides the necessary tools to transition seamlessly and cost-effectively to 4K UHDTV, file-based, and 3Gbps operations, while enabling broadcasters to monetize and deliver their media assets across multiple distribution platforms. Headquartered in the U.K., Snell serves more than 2,000 broadcasters, post facilities, and global media companies in more than 100 countries through its worldwide team of sales and support personnel. More information is available at www.snellgroup.com.

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Sonnet Releases Enhanced xMac mini Server

Award-Winning Thunderbolt(TM)-to-PCIe(R) Expansion System and 1U Rack Enclosure for Mac(R) mini Adds Features for Pro Audio and Video Applications

IRVINE, Calif. — May 9, 2013 — Sonnet today introduced a significant upgrade of its popular xMac(TM) mini Server, a Thunderbolt(TM)-to-PCI Express(R) (PCIe(R)) expansion system and 1U rackmount enclosure for a Mac(R) mini with a Thunderbolt port. The xMac mini Server accommodates one full-length, full-height PCIe card and one half-length, half-height (low-profile) card. The updated xMac mini Server now supports a double-width PCIe card’s daughter card and includes BNC connector mounting holes on the enclosure’s rear panel. In addition, the length of the xMac mini Server is now just 15.8 inches, making it ideal for deployment in a wider range of popular mobile racks, carts, and rack bags.

Some PCIe cards, such as RME’s HDSPe MADI FX card, Blackmagic Design’s DeckLink 4K Extreme, and the Lynx AES16e-50, include a daughter card that normally occupies the adjacent PCIe card space. The enhanced xMac mini Server is now able to accommodate a daughter card via a special mounting bracket included with the system, thereby saving the additional PCIe card space. Also, with the addition of two holes for mounting BNC connectors on the rear panel of the xMac mini Server, operators now have a convenient place to mount HD/SDI connectors for PCIe cards, such as the RED ROCKET(TM), without having to use a bracket that blocks the use of a PCIe card slot. To better support customers that require a very quiet work environment, a quiet fan module is available as an option.

“The enhanced design of the xMac mini Server came about after we spoke in the past year with working pros already using the systems in their workflows,” said Greg LaPorte, vice president of sales and marketing for Sonnet Technologies. “By shortening the chassis, we addressed the need for the product to work in smaller spaces. With an included bracket, users can now install a daughter card securely within the chassis. Added mounting holes for BNC connectors enhance usability for our customers with Red Rocket cards.”

Sonnet’s newest xMac mini Server and the previously announced xMac mini Server 2H transform a Mac mini computer into a full-fledged expandable rackmount server. This enables users to harness the power of PCIe cards such as full-size pro video capture and processing, digital audio interface, DSP accelerator, FireWire(R), RAID controller, 10 Gigabit Ethernet, eSATA, and other PCIe cards. Both Sonnet expansion systems mount the Mac mini inside a specially designed 1U rackmount enclosure containing a Thunderbolt-to-PCIe expansion system with two PCIe 2.0 slots that connect to the computer’s Thunderbolt port via an included Thunderbolt cable. This allows the Mac mini to use expansion cards normally usable only in the Mac Pro(R), making it a smaller, lighter, and quieter stand-in for the discontinued Xserve(R).

The xMac mini Server and xMac mini Server 2H include a 100W power supply and employ variable-speed fans to cool the cards and computer. An ultra-quiet fan module option for cool-operating cards is now available. The Mac mini’s Gigabit Ethernet, USB 3.0, and HDMI(R) interfaces are extended to panel-mounted connectors on the back of the unit, and a USB 3.0 interface and power switch are mounted on the front. An xMac mini Server’s second Thunderbolt port enables the daisy-chain connection of additional Thunderbolt peripherals. These features make the xMac mini Server ideal for use in many fixed and mobile applications, from video ingest and editing stations to pro audio recording rigs, and from metadata controllers to back-office RAID servers.

The xMac mini Server and xMac mini Server 2H, like Sonnet’s line of Echo Express PCIe-to-Thunderbolt expansion chassis, require the use of Thunderbolt-compatible PCIe expansion cards. Compatible cards fall into numerous categories including pro audio, Ethernet, Fibre Channel, SAS/SATA RAID controllers, and video capture and editing. A complete list of compatible cards is available on Sonnet’s website, with the list continually expanding as more cards are tested and certified.

The enhanced xMac mini Server (part number XMAC-MS) is now available at a suggested retail price of $1,295. The xMac mini Server 2H (part number XMAC-MS-2H) is also available now at a suggested retail price of $1,295. The xMac mini Server Quiet Fan Module (part number XMFAN-Q) is available now at a suggested retail price of $79.95. More information on these products and compatible PCIe expansion cards is available at www.sonnettech.com/product/xmacminiserver.html.

More information on Sonnet and its other products is available at www.sonnettech.com.

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About Sonnet Technologies
Sonnet Technologies Inc. is a leading provider of storage systems, Thunderbolt(TM) technology PCIe(R) expansion products, interface cards, and media readers for professional users in the audio, video, and broadcast industries. Sonnet’s Thunderbolt expansion products enable the use of pro audio I/O and DSP cards, pro video capture and transcoding cards, interface cards, and other high-performance PCIe cards with mini, portable, and all-in-one computers. The company’s product line features a range of high-performance, cost-effective, and reliable portable, desktop, and rackmount RAID storage solutions. For more than 25 years Sonnet has pioneered and brought to market numerous innovative and award-winning products that enhance the performance and connectivity of Mac(R), Windows(R), and other industry-standard computers. More information is available at www.sonnettech.com.

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iZotope Licenses Audio Technology for Inclusion in Adobe® Premiere® Pro CC

Cambridge, MA – (May 9, 2013) – iZotope, Inc, a research-driven audio technology company, has licensed multiple audio processing technologies for inclusion in the new Adobe® Premiere® Pro CC, the video production component of Adobe Creative Cloud. The industry-leading, cross-platform video editor now features a suite of audio effects including convolution reverb, vocal enhancer, mastering tools, single and multiband compressors, and other audio technologies.

“We’re happy to continue our long-standing relationship with Adobe by making this collection of iZotope tools, currently available within Adobe Audition®, available to Adobe Premiere Pro CC users as well, ” says Scott Simon, Business Development Manager for iZotope. “We’re excited to help even more members of the creative media community enhance their audio.”

“We’re pleased to announce the inclusion of iZotope technology in the new version of Adobe Premier Pro. Adobe Premiere Pro CC offers incredible performance and features for video professionals,” says Simon Williams, Director of Strategic Relations at Adobe. “iZotope’s audio processing is a perfect fit for the growing video market and will enable Adobe Premiere Pro users to use a range of audio tools directly within their post production workflow.”

For more information about iZotope technologies for licensing, visit www.izotope.com/tech.

About Adobe Creative Cloud
Adobe Creative Cloud is a simple monthly membership that provides the entire collection of Adobe tools. Members get access to every new feature upgrade as soon as it is available – at no additional cost. Membership offers ongoing access to all of the Adobe creative desktop applications, including new features as they become available, plus online services for file sharing, publishing, and more. To learn more about Creative Cloud for Video Pros, visit http://www.adobe.com/products/creativecloud/video.html.

About iZotope
iZotope is a research-driven audio software company based in Boston, Massachusetts. Its products and audio technology are used by millions of people in over 50 countries, from hobbyist musicians to GRAMMY® Award winners. iZotope focuses on developing innovative audio technology for professional and consumer applications. This core technology is presented to customers in its award-winning product line and through its extensive licensing program. For more information on iZotope products, visit www.izotope.com.

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Riedel Products at InfoComm 2013:

MediorNet MN-C-OPT-HDMI and MN-HDO-4IO Universal Video Cards
Riedel Communications has released a new universal video I/O card for the company’s MediorNet Modular real-time network. Supporting a variety of small form-factor pluggable (SFP) optical transceivers, the MediorNet MN-C-OPT-HDMI and MN-HDO-4IO universal video cards enable the flexible configuration of MediorNet systems for bidirectional transport of analog composite video, HDMI, DVI, and optical or coaxial SDI signals.

Ideal for environments including theaters, house of worship, hotels, convention centers, and stadiums, the MediorNet bidirectional video card brings added flexibility to Riedel’s MediorNet Modular system. Depending on the SFP transceivers installed, the card can provide a combination of either four HD (1.5G) or two 1080p (3G) bidirectional video signals or analog video, HDMI, DVI, or optical SDI video I/O. HDMI I/Os employ self-locking mini HDMI connectors.

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Photo Caption: MediorNet MN-C-OPT-HDMI and MN-HDO-4IO Universal Video Cards
Photo Description: The Riedel MediorNet MN-C-OPT-HDMI and MN-HDO-4IO universal video cards make installations even more flexible.

Connect AVB
Riedel Communications has extended its line of AVB-capable products with the release of two new Connect AVB (Audio Video Bridging) interfaces, which enable the reliable real-time transport of analog or AES3/EBU digital audio over AVB-capable local area networks (LANs) with guaranteed quality of service.

The Connect AVB supports the transport of audio signals from equipment such as the Riedel Performer and Artist digital intercom systems on existing network infrastructures.

The Connect AVB modules can be used as throw-downs or with a Riedel Smart Rack system. The Connect AVB C8 offers eight AES connections on BNC. The device supports both bidirectional AES for intercom panels and unidirectional transport for broadcast AES. The Connect AVB A8 provides eight analog inputs and outputs on RJ45 connectors.

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Photo Caption: Connect AVB
Photo Description: The Riedel Connect AVB interfaces allow for easy AVB integration into Artist Digital Matrix Intercom infrastructure.

New Version 1.14 of MediorWorks Software
Riedel Communications has announced version 1.14 of its MediorWorks configuration, control, and monitoring software, which has been refined to enable even tighter integration between the company’s real-time MediorNet and RockNet networks. This latest MediorWorks release will give users convenient access to all software configuration and control tools for both systems within a single application and window.

MediorWorks 1.14 not only consolidates control and configuration for Riedel real-time networks into a single interface, but also enables extended SNMP monitoring — all while streamlining network setup and reducing cabling requirements. The software release also supports new capabilities such as audio de-embedding for Grass Valley(TM) camera signals, making it simpler for users to manage a greater range of functions and have greater control over signal flow.

Other Products on Display:
-RockNet Yamaha Console Interface
-RockNet Soundcraft Studer Interface Card
-RockNet Soundcraft SI Interface Card
-RockNet MADI Interface
-RockNet Fiber-Optic Converters

Company Quote:
“InfoComm is the premier show in North America for seeing systems integrators and customers in the pro A/V and entertainment markets. With our powerful communications and signal transport/distribution product lines, we are providing the fully integrated solutions that our customers demand.”
– Patti Gunnell, Riedel Entertainment Solutions Manager, North America

Company Profile:

Riedel Communications designs, manufactures, and distributes pioneering real-time video, audio, data, and communications networks for broadcast, pro audio, event, sports, theater, and security applications. The company also provides rental services for radio and intercom systems, event IT solutions, fiber backbones, and wireless signal transmission systems that scale easily for events of any size, anywhere in the world. Founded in 1987, the company now employs more than 400 people at 11 locations in Europe, Asia, Australia, and the Americas.

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Bittree Distributor Sion Media to Exhibit Industry-Leading Patching Solutions at KOBA 2013 in South Korea

Bittree Solutions to Be Featured in Sion Media’s Booth D341

GLENDALE, Calif. — May 9, 2013 — Bittree today announced that its South Korean distributor, Sion Media Co. Ltd., will showcase Bittree’s latest innovations in audio and video patchbays and patching solutions at KOBA 2013 in booth D341, May 13-16 in Seoul, South Korea.

“At Bittree, our focus is on developing patching solutions that help integrators and A/V specialists achieve greater flexibility in rapidly changing media environments. Bittree patching systems are now standard gear in many popular, high-profile media centers throughout the Asia-Pacific region,” said Glenn Garrard, CEO of Bittree. “At KOBA 2013, our partner Sion Media will introduce several new product families to the Korean marketplace, including our newly launched fiber and data feed-through panels, our line of highest density high-bandwidth Micro-Video patchbays, and cost-effective patching solutions for coaxial digital audio.”

Shown in Korea for the first time at KOBA 2013, Bittree’s Micro-Video patchbays meet all SMPTE 292M and 424M specifications and feature DIN 1.0 / 2.3 rear terminations — with a design that maximizes rack-wiring organization and saves space. Also, Bittree’s new line of fiber feed-through panels is the industry’s first to provide optional designation strips. With the addition of this new fiber product line, Bittree now serves as a single source from which resellers and integrators can purchase both copper and fiber patching systems.

In addition, Sion Media will demonstrate Bittree’s unique integrated patchbays which combine the three main patching requirements — audio, video, and data — into a single integrated unit.

“We are proud to showcase Bittree’s industry-leading patching solutions at KOBA 2013. Bittree delivers the top-quality, high-performance, and high-density solutions required by media operations of any size, anywhere in the world,” said Johnny Lim, sales director, Sion Media. “Integrators and systems designers alike specify Bittree because they trust the high quality of Bittree patchbays as a reliable backup system for signal routing. It’s our pleasure to include such a versatile, high-demand product family in our portfolio.”

Complete information about Bittree’s full range of patchbays and data system panels is available online at www.bittree.com.

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About Bittree
Bittree offers a complete line of patching products, including audio, video, data, and integrated patchbays, as well as a variety of patchcords, tools, and accessories. Tailored for use in the postproduction, pro A/V, systems integration, and radio and television broadcasting fields, Bittree’s patching solutions are rigorously tested to ensure long-term functionality and dependability, especially for mission-critical operations and live events. To ensure consistency, performance, and adherence to rigid quality standards, all of the company’s patching products are designed, manufactured, and tested in its state-of-the-art facility in Glendale, Calif. More information is available at www.bittree.com.

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IABM Supports Launch of New Educational Foundation for Broadcasting and Media Technology

GLOUCESTERSHIRE, U.K. — May 8, 2013 — The IABM (International Association of Broadcasting Manufacturers) today announced that, in accordance with the objectives of its Lifelong Learning Manifesto, the association has supported the establishment of the IABM Educational Foundation. The foundation is registered as a charity in the U.K. and operates globally, independent of the IABM. Its mission is to deliver a broadcast and media technology skills certification scheme along with other initiatives that support technical education, skills, and career development in the sector.

“More than 100 companies and organizations supported our Lifelong Learning Manifesto, which commits us to fostering not only the development of educational resources, such as courses offered by the IABM Training Academy, but also the means of testing and recognizing delegates’ educational achievement,” said IABM Director General Peter White. “We’re now in a position to proceed with the latter work, and the IABM Educational Foundation is the right vehicle through which to do it.”

Over the past two years, the IABM Training Academy has overseen the delivery of broadcast and media technology courses to hundreds of delegates from around the world. Until now, there has been no effective recognition of the resulting attainment. Once pilot assessments are completed, the foundation will provide a suite of examinations, delivered online and open to all, that will lead to the award of a Certified Broadcast and Media Technologist qualification. This qualification will enable engineers and technologists to prove their personal achievement and it will be complemented by a scheme for recognizing continuing occupational and professional development. This will put the onus on the individual to maintain the certification throughout their careers.

“We are developing our certification scheme to help broadcast professionals secure international accreditation to ISO:IEC 17024, which is the conformity standard for bodies certifying individuals,” explained Roger Crumpton, a founding director and trustee of the IABM Educational Foundation. “We have secured initial funding for three years and have already been able to make funds available for training bursaries and for financial awards to students.”

Governance of the IABM Educational Foundation is independent of the IABM. Further information about the foundation and its certification scheme is available online at www.theiabm.org/foundation. Information about the IABM Training Academy and its course offering is available at www.iabmacademy.org.

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About the IABM Educational Foundation
Established as an independent educational charity in 2012, the IABM Educational Foundation works to support technical education, career development, and access to employment within the broadcast and media technology sector worldwide. The foundation’s first priority is the development and delivery of an international certification program that will recognise the attainment of individual engineers and technologists and provide a framework for valuing occupational and professional engagement as Continuing Professional Development (CPD). The IABM Educational Foundation also is committed to providing educational bursaries and travel awards that enable young people to attend training courses and key industry events that otherwise would be beyond their reach. For more information, please visit www.theiabm.org/foundation.

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

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NUGEN Audio Inks Distributor Deal in U.S. With Maine-Based Independent Audio

LEEDS, U.K. — May 8, 2013 — NUGEN Audio, creator of intuitive tools for audio professionals, has signed a distribution agreement with U.S. distributor Independent Audio. Based in Portland, Maine, Independent Audio will distribute NUGEN Audio’s entire line of audio analysis, loudness metering, mixing/mastering, and tracking tools to customers across the U.S.

“We’re very glad to be working with NUGEN Audio because they develop and deliver extremely good post audio tools,” said Fraser Jones, president of Independent Audio. “We serve a great many customers on the post-production side of the business who have been struggling with how to mix creatively for the new CALM legislation. The NUGEN loudness products will address that issue and be a strong complement to our existing range of post products.”

Independent Audio exclusively distributes brands such as CEDAR Audio, Coles microphones, Merging Technologies, and Sonifex. Representing the NUGEN Audio brand fits with its business model of importing and distributing professional audio products from Europe with concentration on the United Kingdom.

“Independent Audio’s roster of post-production customers is the ideal market for our products, which are well-suited to the post process because they help sound engineers focus on creativity rather than compliance,” said Jon Schorah, NUGEN Audio creative director. “Our partnership with Independent Audio will make it easier to serve post customers in the U.S., and our loudness analysis and correction tools help fill a niche in Independent Audio’s product lineup.”

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About Independent Audio
Independent Audio was founded in 1993 by Brit Fraser Jones, who saw an opportunity to launch cutting-edge European manufactured professional audio products that previously had no exposure in the U.S. marketplace. Jones established a network of premier pro audio dealers throughout the U.S. and introduced them to some very fine audio products. Independent Audio’s business philosophy is to first take care of the customer by providing second-to-none service by providing demo equipment, loan equipment when customer equipment fails, training to provide customer with the best use of products, and unlimited technical support.

About NUGEN Audio
NUGEN Audio creates innovative, intuitive professional audio tools for high-end music producers, post-production engineers, and broadcasters. Reflecting the real-world production experience of the design team, the company’s products make it easier to deliver better quality, save time, and reduce costs. NUGEN Audio’s tools for audio analysis, loudness metering, mixing/mastering, and tracking are used by the world’s top names in broadcast, music, and audio production. For more information, visit www.nugenaudio.com.

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