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Tom Kenny’s HARMAN Martin Lighting Rig Shines at Brooklyn’s 2013 MTV VMAs

BROOKLYN, New York — With widespread continued talk on the winners, exciting performances, band reunions and the outfits of those attending, the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards was another spectacular event held at the year-old Barclays Center in Brooklyn. Looking to deliver world-class lighting in the state-of-the-art venue, Tom Kenny was contracted to design an equally impressive light show to entertain thousands in attendance and millions watching at home. HARMAN’s Martin lighting fixtures, supplied by VER, lined the stage and house, providing a multi-function professional lighting rig.

Kenny, whose illuminating résumé includes lighting design for David Bowie, Eric Clapton and The Who, among others, has been working in and around VMAs production for more than 20 years – designing the lighting for the main show for the better half of a decade. Working with the creative minds of the artists and their own creative production teams, including Brooklyn artist KAWS, who also designed the new MTV Moonman award, Kenny imagined a tremendous design for the arena and its two-stage setup.

More than 100 Martin MAC Auras shined on the diamond-base main stage for performances and presentations. Weight was a major issue with the rig, so the lightweight, functionality and quality of the Auras were a top aspect in Kenny’s design. “We had a lot of lighting throughout the entire show and it was important to keep the rig functional and safe. The Aura’s multi-function capabilities, processing and its beautiful colors were flawless, which was evident during the live show,” Kenny stated.

Another 100 Auras were used as house lights to help radiate the fashion and style of the celebrities in the audience, while numerous Atomic Strobes were used to provide more “flash” to the winners as they were announced and walked up to the stage from the audience.

“We wanted something 21st century, something turnkey that would work flawlessly,” Kenny continued. “With the Martin lights, we could have been producing in a Broadway theatrical sense or a rock show, both of which we intended to present with the lighting. From the first shot of the live show, everyone in the world was watching. It had to be, and it was perfect.”

Assisting Kenny throughout the design, deployment and live phases were Mike Appel and Mike Grimes.Florian Wieder designed the VMAs, the Art Director was Tamlyn Wright and Den of Thieves, Jessie Ignatovich, Jen Jones and MTV Productions produced the show.

For more information on VER, please visit http://www.verrents.com

Founded in 1987 and headquartered in Aarhus, Denmark, Martin Professional is a world leader in the creation of dynamic lighting solutions for the entertainment, architectural, and commercial sectors. Martin lighting solutions are industry standard on top tours and events, grace prestigious theatres, energize nightclubs and decorate major television studios around the globe. Other important areas of application are indoor and outdoor architecture and commercial applications where Martin products are increasingly being used to transform spaces with dynamic light. Martin also offers a range of advanced lighting controllers and media servers, as well as a complete line of smoke machines as a complement to intelligent lighting. The company operates the industry’s most complete and capable distributor network with local partners in nearly 100 countries. Martin Professional joined the HARMAN families of category-leading technology and lifestyle brands in March 2013.

HARMAN (www.HARMAN.com) designs, manufactures, and markets a wide range of infotainment and audio solutions for the automotive, consumer, and professional markets. It is a recognized world leader across its customer segments with premium brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, and Mark Levinson® and leading-edge connectivity, safety and audio technologies. The company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the venues where they perform. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of about 14,000 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $4.3 billion for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2013.

Emerging Artist, Engineer and Producer ron [k] Chosen as Winner of HARMAN’s Lexicon Endorsee Quest 2013

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Recently crashing onto the music scene, emerging artist, engineer, and producer Ron Kelly, better known under his pseudonym ron [k], has finally garnered the exposure he’s needed to launch his career. Today, Kelly was recognized for his achievements as one of two winners of HARMAN’s Lexicon ‘Endorsee Quest 2013.’ The contest was designed to recognize individuals who have experienced success working with Lexicon. As a winner, Kelly will receive $1,000 in credit towards the purchase of additional Lexicon gear and will be featured on the Lexiconpro.com homepage.

Gravitating towards the world of engineering at an early age, in 2000 Kelly was first able to upgrade his home studio to the professional level with Lexicon’s Lexiverb reverb plug-in for ProTools and the PCM 81. Kelly proudly still loves and uses his PCM81 for intricate/otherworldly effects he crafts for his music. By 2005, his career had led him to enter the post-production world as a re-recording mixer and sound designer where he became well versed with the Lexicon 480L unit, using it on everything from film and television to theatrical trailers and video games. , Kelly’s recent single ‘Stripped’ will be featured in an upcoming film directed by Joel Soisson entitled ‘Cam2Cam.’

“I’ve done shoot outs with other similar high end pro audio reverb/multi-effects processors and not one of them touches the sonic quality that Lexicon produces or the unparalleled technology that is implemented in the design of all their products,” commented Kelly. “Lexicon pioneered digital reverb. They wrote the book on it, they know what they’re doing and they do it better than anyone else!”

“We wanted to show our support for artists like ron [k], so we decided to let our Facebook fans make their best pitch on why they should get an endorsement. We looked at a lot of fantastic submissions, but Ron’s passion really shined through. We are excited to give him a chance to show everyone what he can and does do!” stated Noel Larson Market Manager, Portable PA, Tour and Recording, HARMAN Signal Processing.

For his prize, Kelly has chosen the PCM Total Bundle reverb/effect plug-in. “Whether it’s the PCM Total Bundle of plug-ins or Hardware, it will be put to immediate and excellent use for both studio and live effects processing,” explained Kelly.

The quality and features are everything when it comes to the gear Kelly selects. For an up and coming artist like Kelly, price is also an important factor in every purchase. “This is another place Lexicon excels. In my opinion all of their products are well worth more than the price tag they sell for,” said Kelly “Whether you’re on a smaller budget or you’re at a level of blank check spending privileges, Lexicon’s product line is going to deliver the best bang for your buck, hands down.”

HARMAN (www.HARMAN.com) designs, manufactures, and markets a wide range of infotainment and audio solutions for the automotive, consumer, and professional markets. It is a recognized world leader across its customer segments with premium brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, and Mark Levinson® and leading-edge connectivity, safety and audio technologies. The company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the venues where they perform. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of about 14,000 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $4.3 billion for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2013.

Nexidia Announces Nexidia QC V2.0, First General Release of Its Caption and Language Verification Software

ATLANTA — Aug. 29, 2013 — Nexidia, developer of dialogue and audio analysis products and technologies for optimizing audio and video media, today announced Nexidia QC(TM) V2.0, the first general release of the company’s software tool for automated closed caption, video description, and language verification for broadcast and IP workflows.

“With this release, we’re taking the earlier version of QC, which was built for and proven at Turner Broadcasting, and adapting it for use in any file-based media workflow,” said Drew Lanham, senior vice president and general manager of Nexidia’s Media and Entertainment division. “Now any organization that needs to verify their captions and caption alignment, video descriptions, or language can easily integrate Nexidia QC at any point in its workflow to ensure that content is being created, edited, and distributed, with the correct captions, in the right languages, and at the right times.

Nexidia QC has three main verification features. First, it verifies that closed caption words match the dialogue in the audio. It also verifies that a video description track is present and fits within the non-dialogue portion of the main audio. Lastly, it checks every audio track and verifies it has the expected language. These tests can be configured to launch together or individually at any point in the workflow, dependent upon the testing profile. Also, because it has a RESTful API, it can be initiated and controlled by any third-party application, including internally developed applications and in AmberFin iCR via the Nexidia QC plugin.

With Nexidia QC, quality control and compliance processes that are currently done manually become automatic, saving significant time and operating costs, and helping to avoid costly mistakes and potential fines. QC is scalable to support even the largest broadcast networks and all of their various outlets (TV, IP, mobile, etc.), which improves the customer experience for the large and growing audience segment that uses alternative viewing modes.

Nexidia QC V2.0 will be available in the third quarter and can be seen at IBC2013 on stand 3.A46.

More information about Nexidia QC and other Nexidia products is available at www.nexidia.tv.

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About Nexidia
Nexidia is the audio and video search company with patented technologies and breakthrough applications that make it quick and easy for customers to gain new insight, boost their competitive advantage, and monetize large volumes of audio and video assets from entertainment, sports, news, education, corporate, government, financial, house of worship, and non-profit organizations. More information is available at www.nexidia.tv.

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Snell Unveils Kahuna Maverik, a Revolutionary Modular Control Surface for the Kahuna 360 Production Switcher

New Panels Support the Largest, Multiple-M/E Live Productions in Smaller Space, With Flexibility to Build Control Interface Conforming to Specific Production Needs

READING, U.K. — Aug. 29, 2013 — Snell today announced the launch of Kahuna Maverik, an innovative new modular control surface for the company’s industry-leading Kahuna 360 multi-format production switcher range. Kahuna Maverik provides technical directors with a flexible, quick, and reliable access control interface for every type of studio and mobile television programming that saves space, reduces setup time, and mirrors the studio’s operation.

“Maverik throws away the rule book for how a switcher control panel should be configured by splitting the key elements into smaller modules. With a groundbreaking new architecture that allows total customization, operators can put together the modules that make sense for their production and provide the quickest access to multiple key functions,” said John Carter, senior product manager, Snell.

Maverik is a complete departure from a traditional switcher control surface that typically combines multiple M/Es together with a setup and effects area in a fixed configuration, with a fixed set of buttons for each. Instead, the Maverik modules can be assembled in a huge variety of configurations, and without expending precious desk space. For instance, a chroma key is a simpler operation that requires minimal resources; yet, the operator would have to dedicate a full M/E to the function using a traditional panel. Maverik also features modules for setup, effects recall, color correction, resizing, and clip store access, functions that typically occupy the entire right side of a traditional panel. Other Maverik innovations include crystal clear OLED buttons with user-assignable thumbnails, for quick navigation, a touch-screen at the M/E level rather than on the separate GUI, and the ability to assign RGB values to buttons for clean, clear, and confident operation.

With Maverik, operators can support the largest multiple-M/E productions with a smaller control surface — saving valuable real estate in space-restricted OB vehicles that are designed to be as lightweight as possible. In addition, the modular panel configurations enable more flexibility for the multi-media and multi-platform operations that are redefining today’s broadcasting, giving operators the option of switching the traditional broadcast together with other video streams from a central control point, or spreading them out in a more distributed fashion.

In the studio, Maverik offers complete flexibility to design the control surface in the manner in which the studio is laid out — making live production more efficient and intuitive. For instance, a studio with video monitors on the left and right sides of the console requires a separate M/E to drive each monitor. With Maverik, the operator can deploy a module on each side in a horizontal configuration, for each monitor.

Kahuna Maverik will be previewed at IBC2013. More information about Maverik, the Kahuna family, and other Snell solutions is available 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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IBC2013: Vizrt to display new graphics workflow, non-conform video workflow, live sports interactivity, social tv integration, 4k rendering and IP streaming

At the International Broadcasting Convention (IBC), Vizrt will display tools to increase graphics and video productivity, dramatically enhance live sports broadcasts, and streamline production workflows in its booth (Hall 7, Stand A10). IBC2013 will be held from September 12-17 in the RAI convention center in Amsterdam.

Among the highlights will be new technology that allows designers to run Viz Artist with a remote connection to a powerful cloud computer. A press conference on September 13 at 8am in the RAI’s news conference room will present full details of this development and other top news from Vizrt.

Rendering power

Viz Engine, Vizrt’s real-time 3D compositing system, has increased its rendering capability beyond HD to 4k. Vizrt will display the breakthrough 4k rendering capability of the Viz Engine at the IBC show.

Viz Engine has been enhanced further with IP-streaming capability. This allows broadcasters to stream multiple formats and resolutions simultaneously, speeding the creation of online and mobile graphic and video content.

Non-conform video workflow

Merge graphics and video into a single workflow with Viz Engine and Viz Media Engine. Journalists search, edit and place graphics and video together in their native newsroom control system. Viz Engine then renders video and graphics together at the moment they are triggered to air. This non-conform workflow allows the journalist to change graphic content up until the moment the video and graphics are played on air. It also allows the graphic and video content to be played in a variety of formats in real-time from the Viz Engine for multiplatform distribution. Viewers on mobile devices, online, and on-air have the best possible viewing experience without the delay caused by transcoding.

Enhanced editing workflow

Viz Media Engine includes an extension panel to Adobe Premiere Pro CC that enables Premiere Pro users on both Mac and Windows to search and access media held within Viz Media Engine without leaving the Premiere Pro interface.

Control room automation

Vizrt will display the integration between Mosart automation and Viz Engine. When combined with the Vizrt end-to-end graphics and video workflow, the Mosart automation system provides a complete package for the entire newsroom workflow from the news editorial process to live on-air production. With the Viz Engine real-time compositing capabilities added to the Mosart automation system, an operator can drive complex transitions and studio effects from a single interface.

Redefining live sports graphics

With Viz Arena, broadcasters can superimpose animated 3D graphics, text, video, logos, images and animation over the live coverage of a sports event. The graphics remain in place, regardless of camera movement. The 3D graphics appear to be part of the live coverage.

Viz Libero, Vizrt’s 3D virtual sports enhancement and analysis system, will be presented at IBC. Version 5.5 offers Virtual SloMo, Virtual Presenter, and integration with the Grass Valley K2 Summit media server and K2 Dyno replay system. Viz Libero uses the existing camera feeds to create 3D flights and virtual perspectives. It features interactive telestration and annotation tools along with an intuitive user interface.

Social TV integration

Vizrt’s Social TV solution will be demoed at IBC with several new integrations and enhanced developments with some of the leading social media companies including partners never.no, MassRelevance, Applicaster and Promotheus. The Vizrt Social TV solution allows broadcasters to monitor, filter, approve, and harvest user generated content —such as tweets, Facebook posts, RSS, and Instagram photos. Build playlists or carousels of selected social content to display within live Vizrt graphics and send to air.

Complete online workflow

New at IBC Vizrt will display the Vizrt Online Suite integrated with Viz Media Engine. This integration gives journalists the ability to search all assets contained within Viz Media Engine from the Vizrt Online Suite CMS. MOS rundowns can also now be viewed within the Vizrt Online suite CMS.

A cross-platform implementation between the Viz Media Engine and Vimond’s over-the-top TV toolset will enable broadcasters to control their video content across multiple platforms and monetize their content online.

About Vizrt:

Vizrt provides real-time 3D graphics and asset management tools for the broadcast industry – from award-winning animations & maps to online publishing tools. Vizrt’s products are used by the world’s leading broadcasters and publishing houses, including: CNN, CBS, Fox, the BBC, BSkyB, Al Jazeera, ITN, ZDF, Star TV, Network 18, TV Today, CCTV, NHK, The Globe and Mail, Times Online, The Telegraph, and Welt Online. Furthermore, many world-class production houses and corporate institutions such as the Stock Exchanges in New York and London use Vizrt systems.

Vizrt is a public company traded on the Oslo Main List: VIZ, ISIN: IL0010838154. For further information please refer to www.vizrt.com

For MLB Season, NEP Provides Broad Array of Mobile Broadcast Resources for National and Regional Clients

PITTSBURGH — Aug. 29, 2013 — With the 2013 Major League Baseball (MLB) season well underway, NEP has deployed at least 24 mobile units through its Supershooters, Trio, NCP, and Corplex divisions to support coverage by major national and regional sports networks, as well as Major League Baseball International broadcasts. By the time the regular season concludes, NEP will have provided mobile broadcasting production services for more than 900 games and baseball-related events — and many more postseason and college baseball games.

“Despite the sheer length of the season and the volatile weather over the summer, our clients know that we have the resources, expertise, and long-term experience covering baseball to handle every contingency and meet all of their requirements,” said Mike Werteen, NEP’s senior vice president of sales and client services. “We understand the unique nature of both national and regional networks and have the ability to respond to a client’s need anywhere in the country on a moment’s notice. We take pride in the fact that we treat every game as if it’s the highest rated program on TV and provide the same high level of service to everyone.”

Throughout the MLB season, NEP provides mobile production units for a diverse set of clients. This includes one of the world’s largest sports networks, as well as Comcast SportsNet (CSN) Philadelphia, CSN Chicago, and several additional regional networks. Coverage ranges from regular-season national exclusive games to regional telecasts and specialty baseball events such as the Major League Baseball World Series. For CSN Chicago and CSN Philadelphia’s home game coverage of the White Sox and the Phillies, NEP operates out of permanently assigned broadcasting facilities installed at U.S. Cellular Field and Citizens Bank Park, respectively. In Philadelphia, this includes NCPII, a brand-new 53-foot-long purpose-built mobile unit designed to the specifications of CSN Philadelphia and used to cover all home games of the Phillies, as well as basketball and hockey games — a total of 160 events each year. NEP also provides stationery units at Citi Field for the New York Mets and Fenway Park for the Boston Red Sox.

For all other national and regional clients, NEP is able to draw on its large national fleet of mobile units and experienced logistical and operational staff to provide solutions based on the technical specifications of the customer and region in which the games will be played. NEP’s scale and depth of resources ensure that it can handle contingencies, such as violent weather, that cause game postponements, ensuring that staff and equipment are protected.

NEP also provides mobile facilities for Major League Baseball International, which broadcasts international coverage of baseball events, such as the MLB All-Star Game and World Series, in more than 200 countries and 11 languages.

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About NEP
With the world’s most advanced equipment, largest fleet of mobile units, and global production studios to suit every genre, NEP enables its clients to execute, deliver, and display exceptional productions on any platform around the world. For more than 30 years, NEP has ensured its clients’ success by delivering superior service and building lasting relationships with a passion for continuous innovation. NEP’s talented staff is committed to acting with integrity and working as a team to deliver comprehensive solutions for remote production, studio production, video display, webcasting, and power generation that set the global industry standard. For more information, visit www.nepinc.com.

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LAWO AT IBC: TWO WORLD PREMIERES ON 8.C71

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Toronto, Ontario, Canada — August 29, 2013 … Booth C71, Hall 8… Lawo will address audio and video broadcast, software solutions and workflow optimization issues at this year’s IBC by showcasing new innovative products and technologies, as well as proven devices. In a world premiere, the IBC audience in Amsterdam will witness the launch of Lawo’s RAVENNA-based commentator solution for use in world-class sports and cultural event broadcasts. It is tailored to the needs of today’s live broadcast productions and offers all modules for a comprehensive commentary system from a single source. more

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Calibre UK engages audiences at Pavilion Theatre, Ireland

HQView400DC

GFD Communications, systems integrator and exclusive Sony Digital Cinema 4K distributor for the Republic of Ireland, has supplied Calibre UK HQView400DC alternative content scaler-switcher to scale various content for display on a 7-metre screen using the Sony SRX-515 4K projector that is located at the heart of the new cinema at the Pavilion Theatre in Dún Laoghaire, Ireland. Already a premier live venue the new cinema boasts a 320-seat auditorium.

GFD Communications were responsible for the installation and maintenance of the new cinema including Dolby 5.5 and Meyer sound systems.

“The HQView400DC alternative content scaler-switcher allows laptop presentations, and various other non-DCI compliant digital cinema content and sources to be used with the Sony 4K projector,” explains John Anderson, managing director at GFD Communications Ltd. “The HQView400DC corrects the keystone projection challenges of this theatre created by the projection angle.”

The HQView400DC is a highly flexible digital cinema alternative content scaler-switcher, which gives stunning image quality from consumer and professional AV sources, providing flexible connectivity and a compact 1U form factor. It can be used as a routing switcher and universal interface and vastly improves video image quality with better detail and clarity.

“The in-built superior de-interlacing reduces image flicker and artefacts, and it is optimized for integration with digital cinema projectors,” says Pauline Brooksbank, managing director at Calibre UK. “We’re delighted that our technology is used to engage audiences of some of Ireland’s finest shows, concerts, multimedia and cultural events.

“The integration of this new equipment is a significant investment for Pavilion Theatre. “Being able to offer film enthusiasts an exceptionally high quality cinema viewing experience is a wonderful thing and we know our audiences will be as pleased with to this new addition to the theatre as we are ,” says Hugh Murray, director at Pavilion Theatre.

“It’s imperative that we have the top equipment to ensure we can maintain the high standards audiences have come to expect from the theatre.”

And the last word goes to John Anderson at GFD Communications who says: “The equipment installed is the standard of what should be in all cinemas today. Cinema operators need products like the HQView400DC alternative content scaler-switcher from Calibre UK to get good quality content up and in front of audiences.”

Pavilion Theatre is located in Dún Laoghaire, a picturesque seaside town situated only 13 km of south-east Dublin city centre and is a popular visitor and tourist location. The venue hosts the very best in cinema as well as local, national and international theatre companies, renowned dance troupes, children’s entertainers bringing puppetry, clowning and comedy to kids, as well as regular literary and multimedia events.

www.calibreuk.com

Testronic Ups Key US Executives

Jason Gish Named Senior Vice President-General Manager


(Burbank, CA) Testronic, the global leader in quality assurance services for film and television, games, software, and digital television, has announced two promotions of key staff in their US headquarters. Jason Gish has been named Senior Vice President of Film and Television Services and General Manager of US Operations. He previously served as Vice President of Business Development. Shana Rosencrans has been elevated to Vice President of US Operations from Director. Testronic's US operations are critical service suppliers to leading creators and holders of entertainment content and a significant part of the global Testronic family of services.

With an expanded slate of responsibilities, Gish will manage strategic development, sales, and technical operations in the Americas. In his new role he will focus on the implementation of an innovative and growing service offering that includes UltraViolet interoperability testing, file-based workflows and QC, app and mobile testing, disc services, web and portal testing, catalogue services, and User Experience testing. Gish will serve as part of Testronic's global management team, working closely with the company's UK, Belgium and Poland offices. He will continue to be based in the company's Burbank headquarters.

Since joining Testronic in 2003, Gish has been instrumental in the development of new service offerings for the company's US division. In addition to his long-standing expertise in quality assurance services for film and television content, he created the company's On-Site offering, which provides testers on demand, and a suite of services for digital publishers. Gish commented, "For the past decade, I've had the pleasure of working closely with wonderful clients who are constantly exploring innovative solutions to manage the complexities of the changing manner in which content is being consumed. I am honored to take on these expanded duties and lead our remarkable Testronic US team."

Rosencrans has played an important part in the success of Testronic's film and television division, working closely with customers and the operations team to deliver quality assurance services to the major studios and other key content holders. In her new role, Rosencrans will oversee all day-to-day operations of Testronic US, supervise the operations staff, and manage technology implementations. She will also interface extensively with Testronic operations in the UK and Poland. Rosencrans has been with the company since 2004.

"Testronic has been fortunate to build the best team in the business, and Jason and Shana are at the very heart of it," noted Mike McGarvey, Testronic CEO. "I am delighted to have Jason lead our US offices, and I believe he will play a pivotal role in our continued success. He has helped move our business forward with his talent and experience, but most importantly, with his sincere desire to serve our clients in an uncompromising way. Shana is an innovative thinker and diligent expert who has been instrumental to our ability to deliver the highest caliber work for the past decade. It is an exciting time for our US operations, as our new UltraViolet, Library, and User Experience services present so many exceptional opportunities. With these outstanding professionals at the helm, we are perfectly positioned to capitalize on them for our clients."

About Testronic
Testronic's high standards have been protecting clients and safeguarding the consumer experience since 1998. As the leading global provider of quality assurance, compliance, and localisation services for a notable array of industries; including media, entertainment, games, education, e-commerce and consumer electronics, Testronic ensures efficient and secure delivery of the highest quality consumer deliverables. Based in Burbank, CA; London, UK; Diepenbeek, Belgium; Warsaw, Poland; and Tokyo, Japan, Testronic offers an unparalleled history of next-generation innovation and service excellence across the entire digital media industry. For further information, visit www.testroniclabs.com.

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Sound Devices 788T Keeps Viewers Hooked on Breaking Bad

Emmy Award-Nominated Sound Mixer Relies on Sound Devices Mixers and Recorders

ALBUQUERQUE, NM, AUGUST 29, 2013 — When Production Sound Mixer Darryl L. Frank, CAS, takes to the set of the critically acclaimed AMC series Breaking Bad to capture the hit drama’s dynamic sound, he turns to the 788T and 744T Digital Audio Recorders, 442 Production Mixer and CL-WiFi Interface for 788T from Sound Devices, specialists in portable audio and video products for field production. He and his team were recently recognized with a Primetime Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Comedy or Drama Series, for their work on the show.

Kicking off its final eight episodes, Breaking Bad is set and produced in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The show follows protagonist Walter White (Bryan Cranston), a chemistry teacher who lives in New Mexico with his wife (Anna Gunn) and teenage son (RJ Mitte). White is diagnosed with advanced cancer and given a prognosis of two years left to live. Looking to secure his family’s financial security after he dies, he enters the dangerous world of illegal methamphetamine production and distribution, ultimately ascending to a position of power.

Frank and his crew are responsible for recording audio components of Breaking Bad, including on-screen dialogue, FX and VOs. “One of the ongoing challenges of television production is keeping up with or ahead of the show’s schedule,” says Frank. “We can go from shooting on a sound stage to shooting in a car with a handheld camera in minutes.”

Included in his rig is a selection of Sound Devices portable equipment, including the 788T with CL-9 Linear Fader Controller and the 744T with CL-1 Keyboard and Remote Control Interface. Having the CL-WiFi iOS app to use along with the CL-WiFi Interface for the 788T enables Frank to connect to his iPad or iPhone to work remotely, helping him and his team keep pace with the production’s hectic schedule. He also uses a Sound Devices 442 field mixer for process trailer or bag work.

Rounding out Frank’s audio rig are Lectrosonics UCR411 wireless receivers, Sanken COS-11 lavalier microphones and CS-3 shotgun microphones and Sennheiser MKH 50 microphones.

“Having the ability to go quickly from a cart-based system to a bag rig is very important, and with Sound Devices you can do that very easily,” adds Frank. “Sound Devices products have been great—they are solid, hard-working machines. I have used them in extreme heat and sub-freezing temperatures with consistently great results.”

With the influx of multi-tracking both in the field and on set, the Sound Devices 788T has become the next-generation digital audio recorder of choice for advanced sound mixers that require additional isolated tracks. The 788T boasts eight full-featured inputs and records up to 12 tracks. It accepts either microphone or line-level signals, provides 48-V phantom power for condenser microphones, offers peak limiters for microphone inputs and features fully adjustable high-pass filters—all in one compact package. Routing flexibility allows each input to be routed to mix tracks, isolated tracks or aux tracks.

The 788T has several options for recording media, including an internal 160 GB SATA hard drive (256 GB SSD in the 788T-SSD), CompactFlash media with UDMA support, an external FireWire hard drive or DVD-RAM (with bus powering). Any or all of these can be used simultaneously. Additionally, when connected to Mac OS, or Windows computers with high-speed USB or FireWire 400/800, the 788T functions as a high-speed mass storage device.

To simplify interconnection with mixers and cameras with AES3 connectivity, the 788T has eight channels of balanced AES3 digital input and six channels of balanced AES3 output. The 788T can be clocked from an external word clock or from video sync. The 788T is also equipped with a high-accuracy time code reader/generator on board, and includes auto-record features to chase external rec-run video sources. To simplify metadata entry, the 788T directly accepts USB keyboards. Keyboard shortcuts can be programmed to control menu items and machine transport. The 788T, like all Sound Devices products, is versatile and designed to withstand the physical and environmental extremes of rigorous field production.

The CL-WiFi interface accessory adds remote iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch functionality to 788T and 788T-SSD Recorders. When the CL-WiFi hardware is used with the downloadable application from the Apple App Store, 788T users can remotely view, control and edit audio and file-related information from their Apple device using the CL-WiFi iOS app.

Towards the end of Breaking Bad production, Frank incorporated Sound Devices’ new six-input 664 Field Production Mixer into his rig, enabling him to switch from a cart-based system to a bag with great success and ease. In addition to his work on Breaking Bad, Frank uses his inventory of Sound Devices gear for various other television and film projects, including The Last Stand, 50 to 1 and Lemonade Mouth.

Sound Devices, LLC designs and manufactures portable audio mixers, digital audio recorders, and digital video recorders and related equipment for feature film, episodic television, documentary, news-gathering, and acoustical test and measurement applications. Founded in 1998, the company designs and manufactures from their Reedsburg, Wisconsin headquarters with additional offices in Madison, WI and Highland Park, IL. For more information, visit the Sound Devices website, www.sounddevices.com.

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