Archive for July 3rd, 2013

Waves Maxx Technologies Used in Cambridge Audio’s Minx Air Wireless Speaker Systems

— Minx Air units employ Waves MaxxAudio® technology for a more immersive sound experience —

— Ongoing marketing campaign includes an exclusive giveaway via the Waves Facebook page —

TEL AVIV, ISRAEL, July 2, 2013 — Following the recent launch of the successful Minx Air wireless speaker systems in Europe and North America by U.K.-based Cambridge Audio, Waves Audio, the industry leader in professional audio digital signal processing for the consumer, live sound and professional audio market sectors, is pleased to announce that its MaxxAudio® DSP technologies are being employed in the products for a more immersive sound experience. In addition, Cambridge Audio and Waves will be giving away a Minx Air 200 via Waves’ Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/waves) to one lucky visitor between July 7–14, 2013.

The Minx Air units are two powerful, compact wireless speaker systems designed to play music from nearly any phone, tablet or computer in superb, high-fidelity quality. Minx Air’s 24-bit DSP runs processors featuring MaxxAudio technology developed by Waves, whose professional audio plugins are used in the creation of hit records, major motion pictures and top-selling video games worldwide. The units’ advanced DSP allows them to produce studio-quality sound, delivering a listening experience that is louder, clearer and richer than other portable systems.

“Cambridge Audio is highly regarded as a leading manufacturer of high fidelity and home cinema components, with a well-deserved reputation for quality and innovation,” stated Tomer Elbaz, Executive Vice President, Waves Consumer Division. “By adding Waves MaxxAudio to their Minx Air wireless speaker systems, they have taken an already well-engineered set of products and made them sound even better, with cutting-edge technologies derived from our extensive line of professional studio processors.”

An extensive global market campaign has begun with the launch of the new Minx Air units, and consumers who visit Waves’ Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/waves) between July 7–14, 2013, will be eligible to win.

For more information, please visit www.maxx.com.

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Vintage King Installs Carl Tatz Design MixRoom™ Concept at New Nashville Location

- Acclaimed PhantomFocus™ System (PFS™), paired with the Carl Tatz Signature Series™ by Auralex®, renders the revolutionary MixRoom™ concept, providing an unprecedented sales tool
for the new Vintage King Nashville (VKN) -

Nashville, TN: In a bold and sweeping decision, Nashville’s new Vintage King complex has chosen to implement the Carl Tatz Design (CTD) MixRoom™ concept to demonstrate the company’s vast selection of high-end and boutique outboard gear, consoles and microphones.

“Never before have audio professionals had the opportunity to make critical gear purchase decisions while making their evaluations listening through the incredibly accurate and revealing PhantomFocus™ System (PFS™) as part of the affordable and acoustically transformative MixRoom,” states Chad Evans, one of VKN’s two veteran sales consultants.

VKN sales consultant Kurt Howell adds, “For example, Vintage King Nashville customers will be able to sit at the console (currently the API 1608) in front of the PFS in the CTD MixRoom during mic shoot-outs, while a vocalist is in the VKN Microphone Locker switching between any number of gorgeous large-diaphragm microphones, and really be able to hear the subtlest nuances!”

Studio designer and PFS creator Carl Tatz, principal of Carl Tatz Design LLC (CTD) says that the inspiration for the MixRoom concept was to emulate the look, feel and performance of his award-winning custom control room designs in a turnkey application and at a fraction of the cost. “I think we’ve more than succeeded with that,” volunteers Tatz. “By pairing the acclaimed PhantomFocus System with the Carl Tatz Signature Series™ by Auralex®, the MixRoom is a revolutionary concept that needs to be experienced to be believed. Its performance is without peer, defining a new standard for the audio professional at a realistic price point. The MixRoom can quickly and affordably transform a simple rectangular room into the ultimate monitoring environment – bar none.”

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Photo Caption 1: Carl Tatz Design MixRoom™ concept at new Vintage King Nashville (VKN) control room/show room featuring the PhantomFocus™ System and Carl Tatz Signature Series™ by Auralex® – custom desk for the API 1608 console by Sound Construction & Supply

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Photo Caption 2: PhantomFocus™ System utilizing the Barefoot Micro Main 27 monitors at Vintage King Nashville

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Photo Caption 3: Vintage King Nashville control room/showroom, showing entrance to Microphone Locker

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Photo Caption 4: Pictured L-R: Vintage King Nashville (VKN) Sales consultants Kurt Howell and Chad Evans, studio designer Carl Tatz, and VK head of strategic development Tom Menrath, at VKN grand opening event

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Photo Caption 5: Pictured L-R: Auralex president Eric Smith and studio designer Carl Tatz at VKN grand opening event

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GUITAR CENTER OPENS NEW STORE IN PORT ST. LUCIE, FLORIDA

— 249th Guitar Center location features on-site lessons and repair services, along with GC’s vast inventory selection —

Westlake Village, CA (July 2, 2013) – On the evening of Thursday, June 27, 2013, Guitar Center held the grand opening of its new location in Port St. Lucie, Florida, located at 1707 NW St. Lucie West Blvd. Suite 142, Port St. Lucie, FL 34986. The Port St. Lucie store (Guitar Center’s 249th retail location) is part of a new wave of Guitar Center retail stores that feature lesson spaces, which allows the brand to offer additional music lessons, special programs and expanded opportunities for local musicians.

Port St. Lucie Store Manager John Fowler stated, “I’m so excited to be a part of the Port St. Lucie music community. After seven years and two store openings with Guitar Center, my own love for making music continues to grow and expand with every single customer I meet. Helping people make music, isn’t just our slogan, it’s our job and our passion – the whole Port St. Lucie staff is made up of local musicians who are dedicated to providing the best experience, most knowledgeable assistance and top tier teaching techniques, both on the sales floor and through the in-house, state-of-the-art Guitar Center Studios lesson space that’s been built into this new location. Immersing ourselves in the local music scene surrounding the store is also important to myself and the staff.”

Guitar Center Port St. Lucie: What Musicians Will Find In-Store

Guitar Center Studios – Deeply vested in expanding and enhancing the local music scene, Guitar Center Port St. Lucie also brings Guitar Center Studios to the new location. The fully-equipped, in-house lesson space is giving Port St. Lucie residents of all ages and skill levels access to affordable music lessons. Sourcing locally trained store employees as certified instructors, courses will be offered on guitar, bass, keys and drums, as well as vocals and recording techniques using Pro Tools and Logic Pro and GarageBand.
Vast Product Selection and Low Prices – Guitar Center Port St. Lucie brings an unprecedented selection of products to Port St. Lucie, all backed by Guitar Center’s guarantee and available at attractive prices. The store features the latest in guitars, amplifiers, percussion instruments and keyboards, as well as live sound, DJ, lighting and recording equipment.
Guitar Center Garage – Guitar Center Port St. Lucie includes GC Garage, the store’s on-site guitar repair service, offering a host of services, including electronics repair, hardware customization, fretwork, structural repairs, cosmetic enhancements, setup and maintenances.

Guitar Center Port St. Lucie: Additional In-Store Programs and Opportunities Include:

Guitar Center’s “Endless Aisle” – Port St. Lucie customers can now shop from Guitar Center’s new multi-channel “endless aisle,” which extends the in-store inventory to over $400 million in new and used products from across the nation. Shoppers will be able to purchase in-store, online and via phone, with the option to have products shipped to their home or to the store for convenient pick up.
At: Guitar Center Programs – Throughout the calendar year, Guitar Center Port St. Lucie will host an array of free events, such as artist workshops, lessons, product launches and performances, as a part of the company’s ongoing commitment to educating and assisting unsigned artists. These programs aim to provide musicians with the opportunities and exposure essential to achieving their music goals.
Recording Made Easy – Available at all Guitar Center locations, the Recording Made Easy program is a four-week, user-friendly series of weekly classes occurring Saturdays from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m.

In addition to special programs at the new Port St. Lucie store, Guitar Center offers year-round programs designed to spearhead creativity and highlight promising undiscovered talent. Port St. Lucie residents will now be able to participate in these ongoing events from their hometown. Programs have included Your Next Record, Guitar Center On-Stage, Guitar Center Singer-Songwriter, Guitar Center’s Battle of the Blues and Guitar Center’s Drum-Off.

Guitar Center Port St. Lucie Store and Studio Hours
Mon-Sat: 10 AM-8 PM
Sun: 12 PM-7 PM

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All Mobile Video Upgrades Its Broadcast Trucks With HARMAN Studer Vista 9 And Vista 5 M3 Consoles

NEW YORK, New York – All Mobile Video (AMV) is one of the country’s premier providers of end-to-end video and audio solutions for broadcast, entertainment, programming and events, with sound stages and studios throughout Manhattan, while also maintaining a fleet of mobile trucks nationwide. The company was one of the first to embrace high-definition video and keeps itself in the vanguard of broadcast technology, as evidenced by its recent purchase of HARMAN Studer Vista 9 and Vista 5 M3 digital mixing consoles for two of its broadcast trucks.

The Vista 9 is being installed in AMV’s “Revolution” truck, a 53-foot double-expando trailer formerly known as “Resolution.” The Studer Vista 5 M3 is going into a 50-foot broadcast truck called “NYLA.” Both vehicles are being completely refurbished with the latest video and audio gear. Once back on the road, both trucks will be ready to handle any mobile broadcast situation—AMV has done production for the MTV Video Music Awards, the Metropolitan Opera’s live-to-theater broadcasts, the Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular, the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show and many other high-profile events.

AMV has a long history with Studer, having purchased its first Vista 8 console eight years ago and being the first company in the USA to install a Studer console on a mobile truck. “At the time, it was a big gamble and we were making a real statement to the industry about our confidence in the product,” said Ian Vysick, AMV Audio Development Specialist. When AMV decided to upgrade the Revolution truck, the Vista 9 was AMV’s only choice. The Vista 8 formerly used in Revolution isn’t being retired—it’s being moved to one of AMV’s Manhattan sound stages.

“From the minute we started using Vista consoles it quickly became clear that aside from their exceptional sound quality they offered outstanding ease of use,” Vysick said. He noted that AMV crews manage different jobs every day with different people and the ability to quickly bring users up to speed is crucial. “The Vista 9 and Vista 5 M3 make it easier to get people comfortable with technology in a short amount of time.”

For Vysick, “it’s always been about the Vistonics™ touchscreen,” which places key control elements up front and displays everything in real time. He finds the FaderGlow™ color-coding to be invaluable as it allows AMV to configure all their broadcast and studio consoles with the same color-coding for the same functions.

“From a user standpoint one of the most important attributes of the Vista consoles is that the controls are fast and responsive and don’t overshoot—on some digital consoles there’s a lag between the time you move a control and the time it responds, meaning that you’re always going back and forth until you get to where you want things to be,” Vysick pointed out. He also likes the consoles’ ability to momentarily gang select all inputs at once and make changes to all the selected channels instantly—a real timesaver for AMV when configuring a console.

Things don’t always go as planned in live broadcast mixing and Vista consoles are the ones Vysick wants in his corner when the unforeseen happens. “The History mode is a huge advantage,” he stated. “If a problem occurs for whatever reason, you can look at the meter bridge, identify the issue and resolve it without any guesswork required.”

In the unlikely event Vysick might lose a fader or a screen, he finds the Vista 9, 8 and 5 M3’s repeating modular control layout—he calls it “sections of 10”—and dual redundant computers operating in real time enable him to configure the console live and in real time.

Studer’s level of factory and hardware support is a key factor in the equation. “If something does go wrong and we can’t fix it on site, we need to know a company has people we can get in touch with and parts in stock to ship,” Vysick noted. “When I call and say I’m going live tomorrow at five, I’m not kidding! Studer is always there to help and listen and take suggestions from people in the field. For me, keeping things running smoothly is as much about support as it is about hardware and software.”

For more information on All Mobile Video, please visit www.allmobilevideo.com

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets a wide range of audio and infotainment solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets – supported by 15 leading brands, including AKG, Harman Kardon, Infinity, JBL, Lexicon and Mark Levinson. The company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the venues where they perform. More than 20 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of about 13,400 people across the Americas, Europe and Asia, and reported sales of $4.4 billion for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2012.

Matrox at IBC2013 — Product Preview

New additions and updates to all Matrox product lines will be highlighted including video streaming and recording appliances, 4K video monitoring cards, multiviewers, live production streaming systems, scan converters, OEM products, KVM extenders and video over IP encoders/decoders

Matrox® Video and Matrox Graphics Inc. will be sharing stand 7.B29 at IBC2013 (Amsterdam, Sept. 13-17). Matrox Video will showcase video streaming and recording appliances, 4K video monitoring cards, multiviewers, live production streaming systems, scan converters and developer products. Matrox Graphics Inc. will present new KVM extension solutions and 1080p60 video over IP encoders/decoders.

Video Streaming and Recording Appliance
Matrox Monarch™ HD is a small, easy-to-use video streaming and recording appliance that received four important industry awards at the 2013 NAB Show. It is designed for professional video producers who need to simultaneously stream a live event and record a mastering-quality version for post-event editing. Priced at just $995 US (€799, £750), it provides these two independent delivery channels in an integrated unit. From any HDMI input source such as a camera or switcher, Matrox Monarch HD generates an H.264-encoded stream compliant with RTSP or RTMP protocol. While encoding the video at bitrates suitable for live streaming, Matrox Monarch HD simultaneously records a high-quality MP4 or MOV file to an SD card, a USB drive, or a network-mapped drive. Matrox Monarch HD is remotely controlled using any computer or mobile device with a web browser.

4K Video Monitoring Card
Matrox Mojito™ 4K is a quad 3G-SDI, 4K video monitoring card for use with Adobe Creative Cloud professional video editing and content creation tools on Windows platforms. It enables realtime monitoring and output of video footage at resolutions up to 4096 x 2160 and at frame rates up to 60 fps (4Kp60) so post-production professionals see every pixel of every 4K frame in real time to craft breathtaking content.

Multiviewer
Matrox MicroQuad™ is a four-channel SDI-to-HDMI multiviewer for 3G/HD/SD at a breakthrough price. It lets broadcasters and A/V professionals use an affordable HDMI display to view up to four SDI video signals and show or hide labels and VU meters. Its powerful 10-bit scaling engine and advanced filtering algorithms ensure a crisp, artifact-free monitoring experience. MicroQuad can be controlled using buttons on the unit itself or from a distance using a Windows-based app.

Live Production Streaming System
Matrox VS4™ is a quad HD capture and ISO recording card for Telestream Wirecast for Windows live production streaming software. In a single PCIe slot, Matrox VS4 provides up to four independent HD inputs with up to 8 embedded audio channels per source. It not only sends video feeds to Wirecast for streaming, it simultaneously provides ISO recording of all the original video and audio feeds to disk — ready for post-event editing.

Scan Converter
Matrox Convert™ DVI Plus is a cost-effective, genlockable HD-SDI scan converter that lets broadcasters easily and economically incorporate content from computers, iPads and iPhones into broadcast programs. It is ideal for creating broadcast-quality video from computer applications such as Skype, YouTube, Google Earth, FaceTime, ProPresenter, PowerPoint and web browsers. The region-of-interest feature lets the user define any region of any size from the computer display and output just that content at the required broadcast resolution. If the selected area doesn’t match the output resolution, Matrox Convert DVI Plus provides horizontal and vertical upscaling and downscaling. The unit can be genlocked to an SD analog black burst (bi-level) or HD tri-level genlock source. Proc amp controls on the output let the user adjust the hue, chroma, saturation, and brightness levels. In addition, Matrox Convert DVI Plus can be used to drive projectors and large displays at live events.

Developer Products
Matrox DSX™ Developer Products combine a full range of multi-channel SD/HD/4K I/O hardware with the feature-rich SDK and unlimited engineering support that let OEMs create advanced channel-in-a-box, video server, broadcast graphics and live streaming equipment. In addition to hardware that provides 24/7 reliability in even the most demanding environments, the Matrox DSX platforms provide advanced ancillary data handling for VANC and HANC, a constantly expanding selection of codecs (DVCPRO HD, MPEG-2, XDCAM HD AVC-Intra, H.264, Apple ProRes, Avid DNxHD, PitchBlue, and more), extensive file format support (GXF, MXF, MOV, AVI, MPG, MP4, and more) and powerful tools for quick app development.

KVM Extender
Matrox Avio™ F125 fiber-optic KVM extenders separate dual HD video, keyboard, mouse, stereo analog audio and USB 2.0 devices from a workstation. The transmitter/receiver pair extends two single-link DVI (2x1920x1200) or one dual-link DVI (2560×1600 or 4096×2160) video, and multiple high-speed USB 2.0 compliant devices from the host computer by up to 400 m (1312 ft) over multimode cable and 4 km (2.5 mi) over single-mode cable. Avio F125 stands out for its ability to transmit all signals with zero compression and zero latency on a single duplex LC-LC fiber-optic cable.

1080p60 Video over IP Encoders/Decoders
Matrox Maevex™ 5100 Series delivers excellent streaming quality at a fraction of the price of traditional encode/decode systems. Maevex video over IP solutions enable the extension of full-HD-quality video over standard IP networks for digital signage, collaborative video walls, manufacturing and automation, process control, and many other applications. Maevex encoders and decoders capture, stream, and decode video from a variety of sources, and even allow for software-based decoding on non-Maevex devices. Maevex units come bundled with PowerStream software, allowing for easy remote management of Maevex devices and enabling a wide variety of user-defined stream-management features. These include adjustable low bit-rate encoding for minimal and cost-effective bandwidth consumption.

About Matrox
Matrox is a world leader in graphics, imaging, and video technology providing an extensive array of real-world relevant OEM and end-user solutions to businesses and individuals across a diverse range of professional markets, including media and entertainment, finance, digital signage, medical imaging, manufacturing, factory automation, security, government, and enterprise computing. For more information, visit www.matrox.com.

Audio-Technica Offers “40 Gets You 50” Rebate

STOW, OH, July 1, 2013 — Audio-Technica, a leading innovator in transducer technology for over 50 years, is offering a special bundle that provides two vital links in the audio signal chain for professional studios and home recordists. From July 1 through December 31, 2013, any customer purchasing a qualifying Audio-Technica 40 Series studio microphone will have the chance to redeem an offer for a free pair of ATH-M50 professional studio monitor headphones (black version). With this bundle, anyone will have the tools needed for a truly professional studio mic and headphone setup.

Qualifying microphones include the AT4033/CL (classic version of the AT4033), AT4047/SV (silver), AT4047MP (silver, multi-pattern), AT4050 (multi-pattern), AT4050ST (stereo), AT4060 (tube), AT4080 (bidirectional ribbon) and AT4081 (bidirectional ribbon, pencil design) microphones. All customers who purchase one of these microphones from an authorized U.S. A-T dealer during the rebate period will be eligible for a free ATH-M50. There is no limit on the number of free ATH-M50 headphones you qualify to receive.

The rebate details can be found online at audio-technica.com. Claims must be received by January 31, 2014, to be valid. For the sake of convenience, real-time tracking, and faster shipping of the ATH-M50, buyers may register online at https://audio-technicaus.4myrebate.com. Alternatively, buyers may manually complete and mail in the rebate form with the required documents, which include the original sales receipt/s for the above 40 Series model/s, with the store name, date of purchase, model number/s and price paid clearly legible, along with the original UPC code cut from the carton of each microphone purchased.

For more information, please visit www.audio-technica.com.

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Blackmagic Design Announces a Major New Update for ATEM Production Switchers!

New software update includes Save and Restore for all ATEM Production Switchers and 1080p progressive video formats for the ATEM Production Studio 4K model!

 

Fremont, CA – July 3, 2013 - Blackmagic Design today announced ATEM 4.1 software update which lets customers save and restore full or partial switcher states on all ATEM Production Switchers, plus adds 1080p 23.98, 24, 25, 29.97, 50, 59.94 frame rates for the ATEM Production Studio 4K model.

 

The new progressive frame rates allow customers to work in 1080p 23.98, 24, 25, 29.97, 50, 59.94 progressive video formats, which means ATEM Production Studio 4K now connects to an even wider range of HD devices including low cost consumer HDMI and professional SDI cameras, routers, media playout servers and more!

 

This new ATEM 4.1 software update also allows all ATEM customers to save and restore switcher states on any ATEM Production Switcher! With powerful macro like control, save and restore can be used in three ways. Save and restore the entire switcher state, save only a piece to restore, or load just a piece of an entire saved state. For example, you can recall a complicated chromakey setup without affecting the rest of the switcher state during a live production!

 

Now customers can simply save to a laptop, hard disk or USB and plug in to load saved states at the next session using any ATEM production switcher, in any location! Each new saved state is conveniently saved to the folder as a new file with time and date stamp, which means that customers can confidently save multiple states throughout a broadcast without worrying about accidentally saving over the top of another. With all the saved versions in one folder, it’s easy to go backwards and forwards in time restoring favorite settings instantly!

 

“It’s incredibly exciting to be able to give our customers powerful macro like control of their ATEM switchers! Now they can save entire switcher states or just part of a switcher state for keyers, audio mixer and even SuperSource on the ATEM 2 M/E to XML files. Customers can save as many settings files as they like and recall them as they want, just like macros.” said Grant Petty, CEO, Blackmagic Design.

 

Availability and Price
ATEM Software Update 4.1 is available now for download free of charge from the Blackmagic Design website for ATEM Production Studio 4K, ATEM 1 M/E Production Switcher, ATEM 2 M/E Production Switcher and ATEM Television Studio.

 

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Product photos of the ATEM Production Studio 4K, ATEM 1 M/E Production Switcher, ATEM 2 M/E Production Switcher and ATEM Television Studio are available at www.blackmagicdesign.com/press/images.

 

About Blackmagic Design
Blackmagic Design creates the world’s highest quality video editing products, digital film cameras, color correctors, video converters, video monitoring, routers, live production switchers, disk recorders, waveform monitors and film restoration software for the feature film, post production and television broadcast industries. Blackmagic Design’s DeckLink capture cards launched a revolution in quality and affordability, while the company’s Emmy™ award winning DaVinci color correction products have dominated the television and film industry since 1984. Blackmagic Design continues ground breaking innovations including stereoscopic 3D and 4K workflows. Founded by world leading post production editors and engineers, Blackmagic Design has offices in the USA, United Kingdom, Japan, Singapore, and Australia. For more information, please check www.blackmagicdesign.com.

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Video Hawks Uses Blackmagic Design for “World War Z” Video Assist Carts

Fremont, CA – July 3, 2013 - Blackmagic Design today announced that Los Angeles based Video Hawks built three innovative video assist carts used in the filming of the summer blockbuster “World War Z.” The carts were built around Blackmagic Design’s Compact Videohub routers and Videohub Smart Control panels, HDLink Pro DVI and numerous Mini Converters.

 

Video Hawks, founded by its current President, Tom Loewy, is one of the industry’s leading video assist companies. Having partnered with technology genius, Technoprops’ founder Glenn Derry, Video Hawks has built and operated ground breaking video assist, camera, VFX support and motion capture technology for some of the biggest movies ever made, including the augmented reality system Simulcam made famous for its use on “Avatar” and “Real Steel.”

 

For “World War Z,” Video Hawks provided video assist carts used across international shooting locations, including the United Kingdom, Malta and Budapest. The carts gave the film’s director and DP the ability to improve lighting and camera angles, see raw footage immediately and view shots with effects added in real time, showing where masses of zombies, soldiers and unhappy victims were located in the shots and how the final images would appear.

 

“‘World War Z’ just is not a clean film in terms of what is happening on the screen and on the set. Smoke, explosions and constant action had to be mixed with hordes of zombies, including actors in makeup and wearing motion tracking suits, and areas where CGI zombies would need to be added later,” said Dan Moore, co owner, Video Hawks. “Filming was a down, dirty and extreme challenge, and the director and DP needed to see what they shot, make changes and set tone and ambiance right on the set while taking into account all of the extra imagery needed.”

 

Each cart had multiple Compact Videohubs for routing of media, Videohub Smart Control panels, HDLink Pro DVI devices for monitoring and a number of different Mini Converters to handle the various feeds from multiple cameras and graphics and effects systems. Once a shot was completed, Video Hawks’ co owners Glenn Derry and Dan Moore recorded footage and incorporated needed effects in real time, allowing the director and DP to view and adjust shots, lighting and actor and prop placement.

 

“On set control and giving the director and DP the ability to see the final look was vital on ‘World War Z.’ With Blackmagic Design as the core of these carts, we were able to provide that and have the flexibility to answer any request made of us. And the products are built to fit in perfectly with any workflow we throw at it. With the Videohubs in particular, I could manually change inputs or manage them from my laptop or iPad,” said Moore.

 

“Also, this was not an easy shoot on any of the equipment. We went from the amazing heat of Malta in the summer to winter in Budapest and had to deal with smoke, bombs going off, grit and dust. Blackmagic equipment has muscle and durability though,” continued Moore. “The great thing about working with Blackmagic equipment is that I can sleep at night knowing it just won’t fail. And an added bonus is that the great looking design of Blackmagic products lets our carts look beautiful as well.”

 

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Product photos of all Blackmagic Design products are available at www.blackmagicdesign.com/press/images.

 

About Blackmagic Design
Blackmagic Design creates the world’s highest quality video editing products, digital film cameras, color correctors, video converters, video monitoring, routers, live production switchers, disk recorders, waveform monitors and film restoration software for the feature film, post production and television broadcast industries. Blackmagic Design’s DeckLink capture cards launched a revolution in quality and affordability, while the company’s Emmy™ award winning DaVinci color correction products have dominated the television and film industry since 1984. Blackmagic Design continues ground breaking innovations including stereoscopic 3D and 4K workflows. Founded by world leading post production editors and engineers, Blackmagic Design has offices in the USA, United Kingdom, Japan, Singapore, and Australia. For more information, please check www.blackmagicdesign.com.

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SSL C-Series Digital Broadcast Consoles Power HD Audio Production For Yle Finland

TAMPERE, FINLAND – A Solid State Logic C100 HDS Digital Broadcast Console and a C10 HD Compact Broadcast Console were chosen to power the HD audio productions for Yle, the national broadcasting company for Finland, and one of 23 founding broadcasting organizations of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU). Serving a viewing population of 5.3 million people across five television and seven radio channels, the mandate for full HD production required upgrading facilities in Helsinki and Tampere to meet the demand for the new formats. The SSL consoles, residing in two production studios in Tampere, offer the professional feature set necessary to for the state-of-the-art Yle facilities.

“To complete our move into HD production, we upgraded our smaller live control room with the C10 and built a new room entirely for the C100,” says Antti Immonen, technical producer, Yle. “The consoles were introduced to us at IBC and then we visited SSL in England as part of the equipment research process. We were very impressed with what we saw. Broadcasters in general and public broadcasters specifically, really need to watch the bottom line when it comes to expanding production facilities. SSL won the tender because the consoles offer the power and advanced capability we needed for this application at a cost-efficient price point.”

The SSL installation at Yle carries with it the entire suite of SSL Production Assistant software packages that includes Dialogue Automix, a program ideal for panel-type productions, and 5.1 Upmix to create surround audio tracks from stereo tracks. DAW Control allows Yle to maximize its post production experience by offering integrated control of the resident Pro Tools DAW when live programs are also recorded for future release in different formats. The consoles are connected to the rest of the studio complex through SSL’s Alpha-Link Live I/O units.

“As both studios are really new, we are just starting to use several of the Production Assistant features with good results,” continues Immonen. “Shows that are broadcast in 5.1 usually go through a post production stage here in our dedicated post production studios, however, in summer we broadcast live entertainment and sports events, and those productions are in 5.1. The 5.1 Upmix feature gives us the power to easily insert stereo tracks into the mix, maintaining the surround field. We also like the Dialogue Automix feature. We produce some shows where as many as 10 people could be talking at one time and this feature makes easy work of this type of production.”

Yle uses the Riedel MediorNet router for station networking. The seamless integration of the SSL consoles with MediorNet has streamlined the production process.

“Everything about our facility upgrade is working according to plan or better, including the integration between our router and the SSL digital consoles,” states Immonen. “For the audio side, the learning curve for the engineering staff was straightforward, as the SSL consoles offer a user interface that is reasonably uncomplicated to learn. Some nice things mentioned by the staff are that you can clearly see all your signals at all times, the sound quality is spot on and they do not have to page down into menus to make changes to a signal. The SSL consoles do what we need them to do for the live broadcast part of our operations.”

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.

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UEFA Under-21 Championship Enhanced With Orad PlayMaker Sports Replay Server

July 3, 2013 – Orad, leader in broadcast graphics solutions, today announced its PlayMaker sports replay server played a significant role in the production of the UEFA Euro Under-21 Championships. The 15-game tournament, held over a period of two weeks, was produced by Mizmor Productions. Mizmor has used PlayMaker for major sports productions extensively over the past four years.

“PlayMaker enabled a great variety of camera angles to be replayed during the game,” comments Daniel Lankry, CEO of Mizmor Productions. “In addition, with PlayMaker’s file sharing between multiple servers, we were able to edit three types of highlights: a 10-minute recap of each half, summary of all goals and best plays, and all other major events such as red cards, substitutions, etc.”

In this high profile production, the group stage games were covered by 12 cameras, two of them super slow motion, at three times less the normal speed. With its eight-channel servers and flexible configuration, only three PlayMakers were required for the task, with each operator having two outputs for back-to-back playout of replays with a mix effect. In the semifinals and finals, an additional PlayMaker was added to cover a total of 14 cameras; three of them super slow motion, with one of the PlayMakers mixing super slow motion and standard cameras simultaneously.

Lankry adds, “The actual production started two hours before the match and consisted of editing the highlights of the players’ arrival, warm-ups and the pre-game ceremony. The highlights were then transmitted to the EBU satellite to be used by other broadcasters.”

PlayMaker’s Smart Event touch screen tagging tool provided the operators the ability to instantly tag every play or clip with all relevant metadata such as player’s name, action, etc. to be immediately sorted and recalled according to the director’s request.

PlayMaker’s PlayNet module with fast Gigabit connection provided instant clip sharing between multiple servers, for highlights editing and bumpers playout from any angle.

With PlayMaker Ethernet-based import and export tools, all pre-game segments were easily imported from a standard windows NLE environment, instantly available for playout.

For more about PlayMaker, please visit www.orad.tv/playmaker.

About Orad Hi-Tec Systems
Orad Hi-Tec Systems is a world-leading provider of real-time 3D broadcast graphic, video server, and media asset management solutions including news, channel branding, sports production and enhancement, elections and special events, virtual studios, and virtual advertisement. Orad’s compelling solutions streamline production workflow, enhance viewer experience, and improve production value. Founded in 1993, Orad is a public company listed on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange (OHT). More information is available at http://www.orad.tv/.

For further information contact:
Orad Hi-Tec Systems Ltd
Ofir Benovici
Vice President Marketing
ofirb@orad.tv

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