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LECTROSONICS DNTBOB 88 DANTE™ BREAKOUT BOX STREAMLINES TEDX CONFERENCE

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Arlington, TX – July 2013… As a global set of conferences operating under the slogan ‘ideas worth spreading,’ TED (Technology, Entertainment and Design) conferences focus on the convergence of the three fields that comprise its name. The TEDx program is designed to give communities, organizations, and individuals the opportunity to stimulate dialogue through TED-like experiences at the local level. TEDx events are fully planned and coordinated independently, on a community-by-community basis. Recently, the TEDxUTA event was sponsored by The University of Texas at Arlington and, to help ensure consistent audio quality for this real-time streamed over the Internet event without a maze of cables, a pair of DNTBOB 88 Dante breakout boxes from Rio Rancho, NM-based Lectrosonics were placed into service. more

Rock Paper Scissors Brings the Party in Myspace’s First TV Spot

Myspace pulled out all the stops in their recent launch, tapping Rock Paper Scissors Editor Damion Clayton and a52 to help put the finishing touches on the brand’s first-ever TV spot. “This is Myspace” throws the ultimate party, putting dozens of hyperactively hip young 20-somethings in a white room with creative luminaries like Pharrell, Ciara and Mac Miller.

Credits:

Client: Myspace
Title: “This is Myspace”
Air Date: June 2013


Agency: In House
Chief Creative Officer(s): Eric Tilford, Keith Tilford
Creative Director/ Art Director: Marshall Rake
Associate Creative Director/ Writer: Greg Shadwick
Executive Producer: Lalita Koehler
Associate Producer: Rachel Chapman


Production Company: Moonwalk Films
Director: Ryan McGinley


VFX: a52
Producer: Kendra Desdai


Editorial: Rock Paper Scissors
Editor: Damion Clayton
Executive Producer: Carol Lynn Weaver


Audio Post: Lime Studios
Mix: Mark Meyuhas


Song: “Mallrats (La La La)” by The Orwells, “5 to 9″ by Fidlar

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Vaddio Wins Most Innovative Collaborative Solution and Best Pan/Tilt/Zoom Camera at InfoComm 2013

Vaddio was awarded Most Innovative Collaborative Solution and Best Pan/Tilt/Zoom Camera by Systems Contractor News and Commercial Integrator publications at InfoComm 2013.

“Vaddio is always trying to develop new, innovative technologies to not only simplify, but improve our customer’s installations – whether in Unified Communications, House of Worship, government or higher education applications,” explained Vaddio President, Rob Sheeley. “We are extremely honored that two of the most prestigious magazines have recognized our passion and dedication to the AV industry.”

Vaddio’s high definition PowerVIEW HD-22 won BEST Pan/Tilt/Zoom Camera from Commercial Integrator magazine. Chosen by a panel of integrators and editors of Commercial Integrator to join an exclusive group of products deemed most noteworthy, the Commercial Integrator BEST Awards recognize superior products and services that help Commercial Integrator readers run their businesses better and be more profitable. 

Vaddio’s AV Bridge was awarded Most Innovative Collaborative Solution by Systems Contractor News. Products for the SCN awards were judged by a Blue-Ribbon panel of industry experts.

Other noteworthy Vaddio products debuting at InfoComm 2013 were the GroupSTATION and HuddleSTATION meeting room solutions, the PowerVIEW HD-30 PTZ camera with a 30x optical zoom lens and the TRIO line of professional audio products. Also launched were the new ZoomSHOT and WideSHOT point-of-view cameras.

For more information on any of Vaddio’s award-winning products or the complete line of cameras and camera control systems please contact Kelly Perkins at (763) 971-4409 or by email at kperkins@vaddio.com.
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About Vaddio:
Vaddio is the leading manufacturer of specialty PTZ cameras and camera control systems used in the audiovisual, videoconference and broadcast industries. Your customers demand cutting-edge technology that’s simple to use. You want equipment that’s easy to install and reliable to operate. Vaddio serves integrators and operators alike – with broadcast-quality PTZ cameras and control systems that deliver the performance you need with the convenience you demand. More information can be found on the Vaddio website, www.vaddio.com or at (800) 572.2011.

JVC VN-T Series of IP-Based Cameras Listed as ONVIF Profile S Supporting Devices

WAYNE, NJ – JVC Professional Products Company, a division of JVC Americas Corp., today announced its VN-T Series of IP-based security cameras are now officially listed as Profile S supporting devices by the Open Network Video Interface Forum (ONVIF).

Established in 2008, ONVIF is a global industry forum dedicated to facilitating the integration of network security and safety devices using a global open standard. Released in early 2012, Profile S makes it easier for users and system designers to manage interoperable features between IP-based cameras, video management systems, and other devices. Among its requirements, Profile S includes support for video, audio, and metadata streaming, plus PTZ control and relay outputs for devices that include those features.

The JVC cameras with Profile S support include the VN-T16U box camera, VN-T216U mini-dome, and VN-T216VPRU outdoor (IP66) dome with IR. All three day/night Megapixel cameras feature a 1/2.7-inch LoLux HD CMOS sensor for Full HD (1080p) images, as well as multi-codec and H.264 High Profile support.

“The Profile S designation is important, because it ensures JVC cameras deliver interoperability with security equipment from a variety of manufacturers,” said John Grabowski, national sales and marketing manager, JVC Security Division. “We are proud to support ONVIF and its efforts toward simplifying video security through a global open standard.”

ABOUT JVC PROFESSIONAL PRODUCTS

JVC Professional Products Company, located in Wayne, New Jersey, is a division of JVC Americas Corp., a wholly-owned subsidiary of JVC Kenwood Corporation, and a leading supplier of IP network and analog security cameras and monitors for the video security industry. Its V.Networks product line of has earned a solid reputation for quality and reliability, and provides superior picture quality for thousands of installations worldwide. For more information about this, or any other JVC professional product, contact JVC at (800) 582-5825 or visit JVC’s Web site at http://pro.jvc.com.

The Hit House Introduces “Elementary RE:ACTION” — Dangerous New Music Library Contains Volatile Tracks

Los Angeles, CA, July 8, 2013—The Hit House is thrilled to announce the release of the company’s latest music library, “ELEMENTARY RE:ACTION.”
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“It’s more than gas. It’s more than liquid. It’s more than solid. The new library provides eleven volatile tracks, created note-by-note, and molecule-by-molecule, to blow everything they touch away,” says Scott Miller, Creative Director at The Hit House.
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“Our new ‘ELEMENTARY RE:ACTION’ library offers the ultimate catalyst to ignite your next action trailer. So take a deep breath. Turn it up. And start experimenting for yourself,” said Sally House, Executive Producer.
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The brazen attitude of all the tracks the new “ELEMENTARY RE:ACTION” speak for themselves. And when you hear them, you’ll appreciate why these powerful compositions have titles like Helium, Cobalt, Xenon, Sulfur, Aluminum, Phosphorus, Nitrogen, Oxygen, Boron, Neon and Iron. Adds Miller, “Let’s just say, they do not hold anything back!”
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And it’s hardly surprising that The Hit House recently licensed “Basalt,” from their “RE:ACTION EARTH” library, for use in the award winning “Iron Man 3” Theatrical Trailer.
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About The Hit House:
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The Hit House is a premier custom music and sound design company in Los Angeles that specializes in trailer and commercial music. Their recent work has been used in national and global television campaigns for clients such as Lexus, Pepsi, Porsche, and Red Bull, and in motion picture campaigns for films like “Iron Man 3,” “The Lone Ranger,” “Despicable Me 2,” “Epic, “Upside Down,” and “Bully,” among others.
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Hear more at www.thehithouse.com
And visit the company on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thehithousemusic?fref=ts
And Twitter: https://twitter.com/HitHouseMusic
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Digital Rapids to Showcase Innovative Live and On-Demand Media Transformation and Workflow Solutions at SMPTE13 Australia

July 1, 2013 — Sydney, Australia: Digital Rapids –- the trusted provider of innovative media transformation and workflow solutions for bringing video to wider audiences –- will be showcasing the company’s newest offerings with two partners at the SMPTE13 Conference and Exhibition, July 23-26 in Sydney, Australia.

In the Digistor (www.digistor.com.au/smpte13) stand # G30, Digital Rapids representatives will be conducting live presentations of the Digital Rapids Transcode Manager 2.0 automated, high-volume media file processing software powered by the Kayak workflow platform. At the Gencom Technology (www.gencom.com) stand # H09, Digital Rapids staff will be showcasing the new StreamZ Live 8000EX integrated encoder for live and linear multiscreen and broadcast applications. more

Crystal Vision shows a keyer for every application plus Dolby encoding and decoding at IBC 2013 (Booth 2.B11)

At IBC 2013 Crystal Vision will be showing a keyer for every application on Booth 2.B11. Designed for virtual studios and sports graphics, the Safire 3 real-time chroma keyer uses a sophisticated algorithm and numerous key processing options including built in color correction and video delay to produce the best possible chroma key – with easy operation from the dedicated touch screen control panel. Designed for station branding with storage for up to 500 graphics, the new MultiLogo logo keyer’s audio capabilities make it ideal for applications where both graphics and audio need to be added to a video signal, with partial presets additionally facilitating live operation. Completing the trio is the LKEY 3 linear keyer which is designed for the simple keying of any graphics. Crystal Vision has also improved the ways to access the audio metadata when encoding and decoding Dolby E using the TANDEM 310 embedder/de-embedder and SYNNER 310 synchronizer, including SMPTE 2020 embedding and de-embedding.

The recently-shipping Safire 3 real-time chroma keyer works with 3Gb/s, HD and SD sources and is ideal for all live virtual productions from studio to sport. Safire 3 makes it easy to quickly set up a chroma key using multi-point sampling to automatically get the best possible default settings, and features an extensive range of fine-tuning tools to optimize the picture including various filters, edge shaping, color correction, color spill processing and lighting compensation. A frame synchronizer on each input will automatically correct any timing errors, while up to ten frames of video delay adjustment can be used to offset the delay caused by the graphics generators. Including relay bypass protection, Safire 3 forms part of a space-saving modular system, with this 100mm x 266mm module allowing up to 12 chroma keyers or other boards in 2U.

IBC visitors will get the chance to operate Safire 3 using the Safire 3 Controller, with this stylish 3U Ethernet control panel shipping for the first time in September and with the large eight inch touch screen and physical controls perfect for live use. The Safire 3 Controller uses a combination of hard buttons – which provide quick access to the chroma keyer being controlled and preset recall – and soft buttons on the touch screen which are used in conjunction with physical knobs to access the various intuitive setup menus. Designed to be the primary platform for configuring the Safire 3, the Safire 3 Controller can sit on a desk stand, be fitted into a desk or be rack mounted. Also available will be a web browser interface where the contents of the Safire 3 Controller display are shown on a web browser instead – ideal for those who prefer PC control for Safire 3.

The second new modular keyer being demonstrated on the Crystal Vision stand at IBC will be the MultiLogo HD/SD three-layer logo keyer. MultiLogo provides three layers of keying from a variety of internal and external sources, including a 4 GB or 8 GB video store which can hold up to 500 still or animated logos, with the included MultiLogo Control Software making it easy to get graphics on the screen within a few minutes. The multitude of features include numerous key processing controls, look-ahead preview, clip recording and trimming, Quick Text, the ability to store 255 presets with preset naming and import/export, relay bypass protection and the ability to lock the output to an analog reference to avoid transmission problems.

The big new feature introduced in this version of MultiLogo is the extensive audio capabilities. It can embed up to four audio groups into its video outputs, with audio mixing allowing the output audio to be generated from a mix of the audio embedded on the video input and a voiceover sourced from either the two internal audio stores or from an external AES input. The voiceover can be faded in and out and have its level adjusted, while the main audio can be partially or fully ducked allowing it to be either mixed with or be replaced by the voiceover. Two external AES outputs are additionally available for audio monitoring.

Partial presets is the second new feature making this version of MultiLogo ideal for on air operation. Presets allow the performance of complex events using a single remote instruction. The advantage of a partial preset is that it makes it possible to change just one variable and leave the others unchanged – ideal for those who are using all three key layers and want to change the logo on one. The latest MultiLogo also offers more control options than previous versions, with operation now additionally available from the REMIND-E Ethernet remote control panel and the frame’s integrated control panel.

The third new keyer is LKEY 3 – an affordable, feature-packed and space-saving linear keyer designed for the simple keying of any graphics over 3Gb/s, HD or SD video streams. LKEY 3 brings with it a number of new features appearing on a Crystal Vision linear keyer for the first time. It is the company’s first 3Gb/s-compatible linear keyer, features a frame synchronizer on each input timed to an external Black and Burst or tri-level syncs analogue reference (removing the previous requirement to lock the inputs to within one line of each another) and also includes an additional ten frames of video delay on each input ideal for matching any big system processing delays. It includes masks with adjustable edge softness, fades, relay bypass protection and a choice of control, including the most flexible GPI control yet. Its size – as a 100mm x 266mm module – also makes it ideal for multi-channel keying applications, with the potential to fit 12 linear keyers in 2U.

Crystal Vision will also be showing its new audio metadata handling features for its flagship embedded audio products, the TANDEM 310 embedder/de-embedder and SYNNER 310 synchronizer. TANDEM 310 and SYNNER 310 can encode and decode Dolby E by fitting the DBE-E Dolby encoder top board (which takes in up to four streams of AES audio and associated metadata and produces a single Dolby E stream) or the DBE-D Dolby decoder top board (which allows a Dolby E signal to be decoded and then either output as analog or AES audio or re-embedded into the output video). TANDEM 310 and SYNNER 310 can now embed and de-embed SMPTE 2020, which is a way of carrying easily accessible audio metadata in the same data stream as the video and embedded audio. The SMPTE 2020 embedding extracts the data from the RS422-format stream coming from the Dolby decoder and puts it into the video stream as required by SMPTE 2020, with the complete range of data quantities supported as well as both the Method A and Method B embedding patterns. The SMPTE 2020 de-embedding takes the metadata from the SMPTE 2020 video and inputs it to the Dolby encoder.

Also new is the ability to remotely read the metadata status on the DBE-D Dolby decoder using SNMP or the Statesman PC control software. This allows the user to check that the metadata is the value they want – particularly useful for parameters such as ‘Dialnorm’ where audio levels are set to a defined level for compliance with loudness requirements. Similarly it is now possible to use SNMP or Statesman to read the metadata coming into the DBE-E encoder. Statesman can also be used to manually type in all the metadata parameters inserted by the encoder – for example, if the incoming material features a different ‘Dialnorm’ value than the one normally used, it is possible to completely replace the metadata and adjust the audio to normal levels.

Crystal Vision will be demonstrating its commitment to affordable interface with the launch of the TANDEM 320 dual channel embedder/de-embedder at IBC. TANDEM 320 works with 3Gb/s, HD and SD and provides economical embedding and de-embedding for one group of analog audio or two groups of AES per channel, while allowing 24 channels of embedding or de-embedding to fit in 2U. It is designed to appeal to customers who require embedding and de-embedding at a competitive price or for those who are short of rack space. It includes powerful audio routing, audio delays and audio processing.

Based at Whittlesford near Cambridge in the UK and with an office in the USA, Crystal Vision provides digital keyers, picture storage modules and a full range of interface equipment including converters, synchronizers, distribution amplifiers and audio embedders to the professional broadcasting industry worldwide.

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Clay Paky Shines at Robin Hood Foundation Gala

The top names in finance and entertainment weren’t the only ones shining at the annual Robin Hood Foundation gala in New York City. Clay Paky Sharpy, Sharpy Washes and Alpha Spot QWO 800 fixtures were also out in force.

The Robin Hood Foundation has been targeting poverty in New York City since 1988. Known for applying sound investment principles to philanthropy, the organization partners with the best poverty-fighting nonprofits in the city and initiates and runs projects where community needs are unmet. The 2013 gala at the Jacob K. Javits Center attracted more than 4,200 guests for dinner and entertainment headlined by Mary J. Blige, Bono, Elton John and Sting.

The collaborative team at Performance Environment Design Group, LLC, was charged with the overall Production Design, managing the master drawing and lighting design for the event. Partnering with Atomic Lighting of Lititz, Pennsylvania PEDG specified Clay fixtures and grandMA2s.

“This was a 60,000-square foot dining room, so there was a lot of space to cover in a room with a very limited weight capacity,” says Spike Brant of PEDG llc, “It’s hard to imagine the scale until you do it – everything comes in quantities of hundreds and thousands.”

The event breaks down into 3 distinct area’s cocktail area, dining room and stage, each of which had its lighting controlled by a dedicated grandMA2 console operated by Richard Wold, Brian Jenkins and Matthew Piercy.

The gala marked PEDG’s first opportunity to use Sharpy Wash lights and Alpha Spot QWO 800s. “The Sharpy Washes comprised one-fifth of the wash lights in the huge dining room, we would have more if they had been available” Brant explains. We specified the QWO’s because they were small and lightweight and they fit nicely into the very tight space around the Auction Stage. We are going to use them again soon because of their size, weight, brightness and speed.”

A.C.T Lighting is the exclusive North American distributor for Clay Paky.

Francesco Romagnoli, Clay Paky Area Manager for North and Latin America, adds, “It’s great to have so many of our fixtures for this very important and high profile event. It’s always a pleasure to work with the great designers at PEDG.”

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