Glendale, CA — March 5, 2014 — Bittree today announced its entry into the Israeli and Austrian broadcast markets through new reseller agreements with Altman Broadcast Services (ABS) and AMEC. ABS will represent Bittree’s full line of professional audio and video patching solutions in Israel, while AMEC will serve as the company’s distributor in Austria.
“We’re proud to welcome ABS and AMEC to our international network of resellers and distributors,” said Glenn Garrard, CEO, Bittree. “Both partners are the ideal choice in their respective markets, and they are already applying their expertise and local market knowledge to create new opportunities for our solutions.”
Founded in 1987, ABS has become the leading provider of professional video, audio, and ICT solutions to the Israeli market. With a full staff of expert engineers and technicians, ABS represents many of the top brands in broadcasting technology including Miranda, Grass Valley, VITEC, Lynx, ARRI, and Thomson Video Networks.
“Bittree’s solutions add a great deal of value to our product line,” said Eitan Beckenstein, senior sales manager for broadcast and new media, ABS. “Not only are the Bittree patching systems easy to integrate, but they’re also priced very attractively for our audio/video customers — many of whom are facing significant budget constraints as they continue to evolve to digital and multiplatform operations.”
With headquarters in Vienna, AMEC has more than 15 years of experience as a broadcast systems integrator, offering a range of consulting, planning, integration, construction, and maintenance services for many types of production and post-production facilities. Well-known brands represented by AMEC include Snell, DNF, Extron, RTS/Telex, Blueshape, Teracue, and Sennheiser.
“We pride ourselves on being a technical problem-solver for our clients, so Bittree’s solutions fit right into our product set,” said Erwin Keil, president at AMEC. “Bittree’s reliable and cost-effective products enable us to build complete turnkey solutions for our customers without their having to go to other vendors for patchbays. And, because Bittree’s products are so well-known in the industry, our customers are very comfortable with our recommending the patching solutions.”
More information about Bittree’s full range of video and audio patching systems is available at www.bittree.com.
Bittree is dedicated to offering state-of-the-art patching systems that streamline signal routing and troubleshooting in media and entertainment operations of all sizes. The company offers an innovative line of audio, video, and data patchbays for use in broadcasting, postproduction, and pro A/V operations. Designed and manufactured to rigid quality standards based on consistency and performance, Bittree’s patching solutions are renowned for their long-term functionality and dependability — especially for mission-critical operations. Based in California, Bittree serves high-profile media and entertainment customers around the world. More information is available at www.bittree.com.
Columbus, OH — March 5, 2014 – Despite the winter chill, motion design and animation studio leftchannel remains hot thanks to their Motion 2013 show open, a hit with attendees at the October event, now selected as a Finalist at the SXSW’s prestigious Film Design Awards, honoring excellence in title design. The show open will be screened on March 9 at the Vimeo Theater with the winner announced at the SXSW Film Awards on March 11.
Get more info about SXSW’s Film Design Awards and all of the finalists, including such creative companies as Imaginary Forces, Filmograph, Elastic and Sony Pictures Animation: http://sxsw.com/film/2014-design-awards.
In addition, leftchannel and Creative Director Alberto Scirocco are the subject of a new documentary short produced by Lynda.com, the online creative education resource, for its “Creative Spark” series, which delves into the inner-workings of some of the world’s most innovative companies working in design, animation, music, photography and more.
You can watch “The Creative Spark: Alberto Scirocco and the Motion Graphics of leftchannel” here.
“2013 was a record breaking year for leftchannel, and now seeing Motion 2013 show open honored as a finalist at SXSW’s Film Title Competition alongside “Pacific Rim,” “The Conjuring” and “The Lego Movie,” and then to be profiled on Lynda.com is a huge source of pride for all of us.” Scirocco says.
Established in 2003 and headed by Alberto Scirocco, leftchannel is a motion design studio comprised of multidisciplinary graphic design artists specializing in motion graphics, TV spots, music videos, broadcast identities, program titles and opens, animation and graphic design, advertising and broadcast graphics. Scirocco began his career in design and art in Italy before moving to the U.S., where he helped establish leftchannel in Columbus. An adjunct professor and head of the CCAD Motion Design program, Scirocco’s passion for computer animation and motion graphics is a driving force behind the firm’s decisively individualistic and pioneering capabilities adaptable in a multitude of fields including film, advertising, broadcast graphics, architecture, retail planning, digital installation, projection mapping and environmental design.
Leeds, UK — March 7, 2014 – Audio-Technica is to re-introduce one of its classic microphone models at ProLight + Sound 2014, with other new headphone and microphone products also receiving their PL+S debut at the event between 11-15 March.
The AT4060a tube microphone rejoins the Audio-Technica line-up for 2014 – the cardioid large diaphragm condenser boasts a dynamic range that far exceeds other tube mics, and is capable of handling high SPLs, making it ideal for bringing vintage warmth to everything from vocals to guitar cabinets (for full details see separate AT4060a press release).
In addition, ProLight + Sound will see Audio-Technica showcasing the newly-arrived M Series monitoring headphones, System 10 Stompbox guitar wireless system and BP894 subminiature headworn microphone.
M Series Headphones
Taking cues from the sound and proprietary design of the company’s acclaimed ATH-M50 professional monitor headphones, the new ATH-M20x, ATH-M30x and ATH-M40x deliver accurate audio and outstanding comfort, perfect for long sessions in the studio and on-the-go. The ATH-M20x, ATH-M30x and ATH-M40x all feature 40mm drivers with rare earth magnets and copper-clad aluminum voice coils, as well as a circumaural design that contours around the ears for excellent sound isolation in loud environments. The ATH-M50x (featuring 45mm drivers) has the exact same sonic signature as the original ATH-M50 and adds refined earpads and three detachable cables.
System 10 Stompbox
The System 10 Stompbox wireless system offers a rugged, metal, pedal board-mountable receiver with foot switch, two switched TRS balanced 1/4-inch outputs and an output mode selector. With the tap of a foot, musicians can toggle between outputs (eg for switching amps) or mute and unmute one output without muting the other (eg for tuners without a self-muting feature). And a single receiver can be paired with up to eight UniPak body-pack transmitters, allowing users to easily switch between instruments without having to move a body-pack from one instrument to the next.
Inspired by Audio-Technica’s popular BP892 MicroSet, the BP894 features a rotating capsule housing with talk-side indicator for use on either ear and perfect polar pattern placement. The MicroSet BP894 takes headworn microphones to the next level, by allowing the cardioid capsule to be aimed directly at the sound source (ie the microphone faces the mouth, rather than facing forward like other options on the market). The uniform pickup pattern provides excellent rejection of outside noise, with exceptional gain-before-feedback when used with live sound systems and stage monitors.
The above new Audio-Technica products carry recommended retail prices as follows:
- ATH-M20x: £49 inc VAT/€49 ex VAT
- ATH-M30x: £69 inc VAT/€69 ex VAT
- ATH-M40x: £99 inc VAT/€99 ex VAT
- ATH-M50x: £169 inc VAT/€169 ex VAT
- System 10 Stompbox £319 inc VAT/€319 ex VAT
- BP894 between £319 inc VAT/€319 ex VAT and £439 inc VAT/€439 ex VAT depending on configuration
Audio-Technica are exhibiting in Hall 8, Stand B32 at ProLight+Sound
Celebrating over 50 years of audio excellence, Audio-Technica is renowned worldwide for a broad range of consumer and professional audio products, including high-performance headphones, microphones, wireless systems, turntables and phono cartridges. Winner of numerous industry awards, Audio-Technica designs and manufactures products that set quality, durability and price/performance standards for major concert tours, broadcast and recording studios, corporate and government facilities, theaters, house-of-worship venues and consumer applications. Learn more at www.audio-technica.com
Austin, TX — March 6, 2014 — Beck TV (formerly Beck Associates), one of the United States’ premier design-build systems integrators, today announced that the company has completed a state-of-the-art HD mobile production truck for multimedia production company IMS Productions. Dubbed IMS-HD3, the new 53-foot expando unit is currently serving as a dedicated production unit for Los Angeles Lakers home basketball games at the Staples Center.
“We chose to build HD3 with Beck TV because we heard great things about the company and because the project price fit our budget,” said Paul Nijak, director of engineering for IMS Productions. “The build itself was smoother than I imagined it could be, largely because of the company’s clear commitment to getting the job done right, no matter what it takes. Beck TV’s work was very accurate, and we finished the truck on time and on budget.”
IMS Productions is located in Indianapolis just across the street from the legendary Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The company’s HD remote-production truck fleet crisscrosses the nation to provide live production services for national sports and entertainment broadcasts and events. IMS-HD3 is a 12-camera stand-alone truck that requires no B unit.
Among the systems built into the truck are Sony 2400 cameras, a Grass Valley Kayenne K-Frame HD switcher, a Calrec Artemis Beam audio console, and Sony and EVS machines, with Evertz audio and video routing. Nijak supplied the trailer design and worked with the Beck TV team in Texas to bring the project to completion.
“Once the trailer got to Beck TV’s Austin facility, I spent time on site, almost becoming part of the integration team,” added Nijak. “I knew already that the company’s integrators were part of the staff, and during the build I found that this approach allowed Beck TV to apply an uncommonly high level of quality control.”
“Working with Paul and the rest of the IMS team to build IMS-HD3 was a complete pleasure,” said Fred Beck, president & director of engineering at Beck TV. “The folks at IMS are professionals who know exactly what they want, and that always makes an integrator’s job easier. We are currently in the middle of building another truck with IMS — the new IMS-HD5, a very robust double-expando unit — and we anticipate another successful IMS truck rollout in the very near future.”
Further information about Beck TV is available at www.becktv.com.
About IMS Productions
IMS Productions is a premier, multi-faceted multimedia production company located in Indianapolis, just across the street from the legendary Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Our state-of-the-art HD remote production truck fleet criss-crosses the nation, providing live production services for national sports and entertainment broadcasts and events. Our award-winning team of producers, videographers, editors and graphic artists is ready to see your project through from storyboard to final master. IMSP is also home to two 2,000-square-foot production studios ready for anything from full set productions with studio audiences to single-talent live shots, complete with uplink services. Visit www.imsptv.com, follow us @IMSProductions, and like us on Facebook to learn more.
About Beck TV
Beck TV (formerly Beck Associates) is one of the United States’ premier design-build systems integrators. With more than 30 years of experience, Beck TV has designed and built more professional television facilities for more customers than any other systems integrator. In virtually every application from broadcast and cable networks, local TV stations, sports trucks, and stadium venues to educational institutions and houses of worship, Beck TV uses a collaborative approach to assure successful outcomes, on time and on budget. The company maintains full-service offices in Denver, New York, and Austin, Texas. More information about Beck TV is available at www.becktv.com.
Constanţa, Romania — March 6, 2014 – PlayBox Technology announces the completion of a large system expansion at the headquarters of Romanian broadcaster Neptun TV.
“PlayBox Technology has worked with us as a partner for many years and was there at every important step we made in developing our production and playout infrastructure,” states Neptune TV’s Executive Manager Dan Dumitru. “In our first few years of operation we have expanded our resources and our reach, opening a new studio in Bucharest and sourcing content from reporters in every major city in the country.
“This latest upgrade will enable us to offer high-definition content delivery as part of our strategy of delivering the best possible content to maximise viewer’s attention. Many Romanian households now possess full 1080-line television receivers and can appreciate the high image detail HD offers compared with 625-line standard definition. This year we have made a new agreement with Playbox in changing all our playout and graphics machines to the latest versions. These give us greater efficiency, more storage capacity and very high reliability, enabling our production and presentation staff to work faster and with very high confidence.”
“Neptun TV is an excellent example of a broadcaster promoting Romanian news and culture not just in its home country but worldwide,” comments PlayBox Technology Sales Managing, Alexander Stoyanov. “Its efficiency, creativity and wide reach form a model which all broadcasters could usefully follow given the increasing mobility of television viewers beyond their birthplace. We are very pleased to have assisted in the success of Neptun TV’s SD channel and to be supporting this latest expansion.”
The PlayBox Technology installation includes five AirBox servers, two TitleBox servers, a 32 terabyte network-attached storage server plus minor third-party hardware such as file format converters and a Panasonic vision mixer. These have been integrated, with n+1 redundancy, into Neptun TV’s Constanţa headquarters and the Bucharest studio.
About Neptun TV
Located at the Black Sea coastal city of Constanţa, Neptun TV (www.ntvonline.ro) produces a wide range of programmes based around news, sports and entertainment. These are transmitted via Romania’s terrestrial network, direct-to-home satellite, on cable and as a live internet stream. Neptun TV commenced terrestrial transmissions in 1995, augmented by direct-to-home satellite transmissions on AMOS 2 in 2007. Online internet streaming began in 2008. The channel is received by 80 per cent of Romanian households, including subscribers to RCS-RDS, UPC Romania, Next Gen, DCS and Dolce IPTV wired services. Neptun TV programme output includes five daily newscasts, live sports broadcasts and many studio-anchored programmes.
About PlayBox Technology
PlayBox Technology (www.playbox.tv) is an international communications and information-technology company serving the broadcast, corporate and digital signage markets in more than 100 countries. It is dedicated to the research, design, development and provision of the best products, systems, solutions and services. With over 14,000 TV and branding channels powered by PlayBox Technology, the chances are you will have experienced our broadcast solutions for yourself. Users cover a wide range of today’s broadcast activities and include start-up TV channels, webcasters, DVB (IP/ASI) TV channels, interactive TV and music channels, film channels, remote TV channels and disaster recovery channels as well as satellite, local, regional, national and international broadcasters.
Washington, DC — March 6, 2014 – NAB Show, the world’s largest annual conference and expo for professionals who create, manage, and distribute entertainment across all platforms, is bringing back last year’s highest-rated session – NewTek Presents: Broadcast Minds. This year’s session, moderated by actor, comedian and host Tom Green on April 9 in Las Vegas, will take a deep and entertaining look at how some of the top creators of digital content are forging new trails and drawing a profit online.
Attendees will hear from some of the brightest minds in digital broadcasting: Tom Green, actor, comedian and host of “Tom Green’s House Tonight”; Criss Angel, the illusionist, producer, director and performance artist behind A&E’s “MINDFREAK”; Rob Barnett, founder and CEO of My Damn Channel and home of recently announced “Videocracy”; and Cali Lewis, Host of GeekBeat TV.
Each speaker will guide the audience through their various approaches to creating top-notch, high quality programming built to live online. Additionally, attendees will walk away with first-hand knowledge of how these creators build, sustain and grow their audiences while effectively monetizing their projects. NewTek will live stream the session at www.nabshow.com.
“As storytellers increasingly turn to the Internet to build and cultivate audiences on a global scale, it’s no surprise that last year’s Broadcast Minds discussion received such high marks from NAB Show attendees,” said Philip Nelson, chief relationship officer at NewTek. “We are proud to team up with the 2014 NAB Show again this year and to offer attendees the unique experience of learning from leading content creators who are influencing and shaping the new online future of broadcast media.”
2014 Broadcast Minds Panelists
Criss Angel has dominated the world of magic for over a decade. His numerous awards include Magician of the Century. Angel’s role as star, creator, executive producer and director of the hit A&E television series, “Criss Angel MINDFREAK,” the most successful magic show in television history, led Angel to launch his 2013 Spike TV show, “Criss Angel BeLIEve.” Additionally, Angel is the most watched magician in Internet history. His clips have generated more than 220 million views. In 2008, Angel partnered with Cirque du Soleil and MGM Resorts International to serve as writer, director, illusion designer and star of the #1 bestselling live magic show in the world, “Criss Angel BeLIEve,” which will continue through 2018.
Rob Barnett is founder and CEO of My Damn Channel, an entertainment studio and distributor of premium content. Since 2007, Barnett’s team has built MyDamnChannel.com into a successful TV network where established and emerging talent from film, TV, the Internet, fans and advertisers create original programming. Barnett has created content with hundreds of diverse communicators including Bill Clinton, Oprah Winfrey, the Rolling Stones, Jimmy Kimmel, Adam Carolla and Johnny Rotten. He was president of programming for CBS Radio and a senior production and programming executive at MTV and VH1 for over 11 years.
Tom Green is perhaps best known for his unpredictable personality on MTV and his eclectic roles in films including “Road Trip” and “Freddy Got Fingered.” He has graced the cover of Rolling Stone, commandeered the coveted guest host chair on “The Late Show with David Letterman,” and conquered the World Wide Web with his popular Internet talk show, “Tom Green’s House Tonight.” Green brings his unique brand of hilarity to the art of stand-up comedy in his one-hour special, taped in 2012 at Boston’s Wilbur Theater and currently airing on Showtime. Since its launch in early 2013, the Tom Green Radio podcast has consistently been one of the most downloaded podcasts on iTunes.
Cali Lewis has become a household name in the tech industry. Her podcasts have been viewed hundreds of millions of times over the last eight years. Lewis, a noted industry commentator, makes regular appearances on BBC, CNN, FOX, ABC, NBC, MSNBC and Sirius. Lewis is president of Livid Lobster, LLC, Geek Beat’s parent company.
About NAB Show
NAB Show, held April 5-10, 2014 in Las Vegas, is the world’s largest electronic media show covering filmed entertainment and the development, management and delivery of content across all mediums. With more than 93,000 attendees from 156 countries and 1,550+ exhibitors, NAB Show is the ultimate marketplace for digital media and entertainment. From creation to consumption, across multiple platforms and countless nationalities, NAB Show is home to the solutions that transcend traditional broadcasting and embrace content delivery to new screens in new ways. Complete details are available at www.nabshow.com.
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The National Association of Broadcasters is the premier advocacy association for America’s broadcasters. NAB advances radio and television interests in legislative, regulatory and public affairs. Through advocacy, education and innovation, NAB enables broadcasters to best serve their communities, strengthen their businesses and seize new opportunities in the digital age. Learn more at www.nab.org.
New York, NY– March 6, 2014 – Manhattan Edit Workshop (MEWShop), the cutting-edge authorized digital training destination for post-production and content creators, will be hosting a free Open House on Wednesday, March 19th from 6:30pm to 8:30pm, at 119 West 23rd Street in Manhattan. Attendees to the MEWShop Open House will have the opportunity to speak with MEW instructors to learn about class offerings including Final Cut Pro® X, Media Composer® 7, Premiere Pro® CC, After Effects® CC, Autodesk Smoke® and DaVinci Resolve® 10. Josh Apter, MEWShop president and founder of The Padcaster®, will also be giving a demo of the multifunctional iPad case that enables on-the-go filmmaking, showing attendees filmmaking apps available on the iPad as well as the best accessories to use with The Padcaster.
In a casual, meet-and-greet format, visitors will get to see the inner workings of Manhattan Edit Workshop’s facilities, watch personalized demos of featured products, and discuss training courses with post-production instructors. Attendees will also have the chance to network with colleagues over food and beverages. All those present at the MEWShop Open House will receive exclusive coupons for new classes, such as the Avid Assistant Workshop and Mac OS courses.
Attend the MEWShop Open House and Win Prizes
Register for the event to be automatically entered into the Open House raffle. Prizes include:
- The Padcaster (a $149 value)
- A ticket to MEWShop’s premier event, Sight, Sound and Story, which will be held on Saturday, June 14th (a $89 value)
Featured Instructors and Demonstrations:
Ari Feldman, Editor, Apple and Adobe Certified Instructor
Apple FCP X
- Auditions: Learn how to quickly compare and switch between Effect Filters in your FCP X timeline.
- Multicam: Learn how to create multicam clips, re-sync camera angles and multicam keyboard shortcuts.
- Kens Burns Effect: Learn how to create smooth camera moves.
- Speed Changes: The best options for creating speed changes and retiming your clips in FCP X.
Janet Dalton, MEWShop Director of Education
Avid Media Composer
- AMA Link and Transcode: Learn how to link file-based media using AMA Link and how to transcode it to a local drive or shared storage.
- Nesting Effects: Learn how to apply and refine multiple Effects Filters to your clips and composites in your Avid timeline.
- Avid Multicam: Learn how to edit using Avid’s Multicam Feature, including how to sync, edit and use keyboard shortcuts.
- Trim Keyboard Shortcuts: Learn how to trim fast and easy using the Avid keyboard.
Mark Chandler, Owner of Nervous City Productions; Apple and Adobe Certified Instructor
Adobe Premiere Pro
- Automate to Sequence and Trimming: Mark will demonstrate an extremely fast and efficient method of editing clips into the Premiere timeline and how to refine edits using the trim tools.
- Premiere Pro Multicam: Take a look at the multicam options available in Premiere Pro as well as best practices and keyboard shortcuts for multicam.
Adobe After Effects
- Using Dynamic Link: Create speed changes and time remapping effects in Premiere Pro and refine in After Effects using Dynamic Link.
- 3D Camera Tracker: Learn how to track objects in After Effects using the 3D Camera Tracker.
Yan Shvalb, Apple and Autodesk Certified Instructor
- Finishing and Compositing Techniques for Editors: Take a project from FCP X and add sophisticated compositing and effects to take the story to a new level using Smoke 2013.
- 3D Titles and Effects Using Connect FX and Action: Look at Connect FX and Action to create stunning 3D graphics using Smoke 2013.
- Color Correction for Editors: Learn how to take an XML out of FCP X and grade the sequence using Resolve.
- Secondary Corrections and Effects: Fine-tuning your grades using qualifiers and power winds, and how we can use these tools to address specific issues like skin smoothing.
Register now for the MEWShop Open House
About Manhattan Edit Workshop
Headquartered in NYC’s Flatiron District, Manhattan Edit Workshop was founded in 2002 with the goal of providing cutting-edge instruction on Apple®, Adobe® and Avid® platforms. Since then, MEWShop has added Digital Cinema Production classes, DaVinci Resolve, Autodesk® Smoke®, Assimilate Scratch training and a two-week documentary film production course to its already impressive curriculum. MEWShop’s signature Six-Week Intensive Workshop is a jump-start for anyone looking for a career in post-production, while weekend and one-week courses introduce and solidify core editing concepts. Corporate and group training offers a customized curriculum, either in-house or on-site, for professionals eager to learn a new skill or to build on existing ones. The facility’s focus on small workshops, highly skilled and certified faculty, and a results-oriented curriculum has quickly won it the reputation as New York’s premier post-production teaching facility.
Follow @mewshop on Twitter and Facebook. For more information on Manhattan Edit Workshop please visit: www.mewshop.com.