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Toolfarm Introduces RenderGarden Plug-in for Dramatically Faster Rendering in Adobe After Effects

San Francisco, CA – November 28, 2017 – Toolfarm, a leading global distributor and reseller of video, VFX, 3D, and motion graphics software applications and plug-ins, announced today the release and immediate availability of the new RenderGarden plug-in for Adobe® After Effects® CC (Mac and Windows), developed by Mekajiki. Accelerating render speeds by as much as 3X, RenderGarden leverages existing system hardware processing power to improve the speed of motion graphics and visual effects workflows. WATCH NOW: RenderGarden for After Effects  RenderGarden can increase render speeds by up to 300% on a single computer by taking advantage of multi-processing in After Effects. In ...

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Bexel Adds Sony PXW-Z450 4K Camcorders to Inventory

BURBANK, Calif. — Nov. 29, 2017 — Bexel, an NEP Broadcast Services Company, has greatly expanded its 4K and HDR capabilities with the purchase of five Sony PXW-Z450 camcorders, the first 4K shoulder-style cameras to join the Bexel rental inventory. Over the next year, Bexel will increase its investment to 20 of the Sony camcorders, which will see their first use for coverage of the upcoming events in PyeongChang, South Korea. “With the growth of OTT services, many of our clients are stepping up production in 4K and UHD projects for a variety of nontraditional platforms such as Netflix, Amazon ...

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SMPTE Publishes Study Group Report on Flow Management in Professional Media Networks

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. — Nov. 29, 2017 — SMPTE®, the organization whose standards work has supported a century of advances in entertainment technology and whose membership spans the globe, today announced the publication of the “Report of the Study Group on Flow Management in Professional Media Networks.” The new, 52-page report investigates current and future technologies for media content flow management in professional media networks (PMN), explores user requirements, examines potential transmission methods for management commands, provides an overview of existing standards and specifications now available to the professional media industry, and offers a series of recommendations to the industry ...

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FOR-A to Showcase Production Switcher, Video Server, Archiving Recorder & Graphics Technologies at Upcoming GV Expo

Cypress, CA – FOR-A® announces that it will highlight portable video switcher, video server, ClassX character generator, and LTO video archiving recorder solutions at the 22nd annual Government Video Expo. FOR-A will exhibit in Booth 530 at the upcoming show, which takes place November 29-30 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. One FOR-A booth highlight at the show will be the HVS-100 portable video switcher. Offering exceptional cost performance, the switcher features mixed HD/SD input, frame synchronizing, re-sizing engine, 2.5D wipe effects, clip memory, DVE, Chroma keyer and DSK. The HVS-100 also features a built-in Web server ...

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Susie Shuttleworth Joins LightHouse Films as Executive Producer

Commercial production company LightHouse Films adds Susie Shuttleworth to their team as Executive Producer. Susie has more than 20 years of high-profile industry experience, beginning her career as an assistant editor at the New York headquarters of multi-media company Broadcast Arts (now Curious Pictures) and quickly rising through the ranks, honing her cross-media production skills. Susie eventually launched her own live-action production company, Division 6, in 1995. Susie has acquired extensive executive experience within the creative industry, spending five years in dual roles as both Executive Producer and Marketing Executive for network branding firm PMcD Design NYC, and then at ...

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DPA Microphones Increases Investment to Develop The German Market

In keeping with its philosophy of getting closer to dealers and customers, DPA Microphones is strengthening its presence in Germany by setting up a dedicated DPA sales team to handle this very important market. This new structure will transform DPA’s partnership with distributor Mega Audio and allow both companies to focus on their core strengths. From March 1st 2018, Mega Audio will become a master dealer, while DPA Germany will have overall responsibility for all sales in Germany. Until DPA Germany opens on March 1st 2018, business will continue through Mega Audio GmbH as it has in the past. “Germany ...

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Interplay-sports Selects Magewell Capture Devices to Enable Real-Time, In-Game Video Analysis for Coaches and Teams

* Plug-and-play USB Capture series easily and reliably brings multiple camera feeds and other video sources into innovative live sports analysis software November 29, 2017 — Nanjing, China: Pioneering sports software developer Interplay-sports has selected the USB Capture series of external video ingest devices from Magewell to bring high-quality video feeds into Interplay’s innovative software for live, in-game analysis. The combination of the Interplay-sports software and Magewell hardware brings a new dimension to sports analysis, empowering coaches with valuable, real-time information that they can use to make adjustments during matches. Headquartered in Oslo, Norway, Interplay-sports has a goal of providing ...

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DPA Microphones Expands In The UK By Acquiring Sound Network

DPA Microphones is delighted to announce that it has acquired Sound Network, the UK pro audio distributor with whom it has had a close relationship for more than 20 years. Established by Pete Wandless and Ralph Dunlop, Sound Network is highly regarded for its exceptional audio expertise, committed staff and dedicated technical support. The distributor has been key to DPA’s success in the UK, particularly in the broadcast, live sound and theatre markets where DPA’s high quality microphone solutions are regularly used on prestigious live shows and productions. DPA’s decision to acquire Sound Network came after Wandless and Dunlop announced ...

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Accomplice Media Signs Director and Cinematographer Damien Toogood

Los Angeles— Director DP Damien Toogood has signed to Accomplice Media, and stepped straight into working with DDB San Francisco. Creative Director Sam Brown is a new fan. “Damien’s visual style and quirkiness, when it came to casting, were exactly what we were looking for,” Brown says. “Utilizing his skills in cinematography, in addition to his directing talent, made our collaboration a smooth and exciting process. He’s also a very funny guy!” Toogood has directed spots for Dodge, Samsung, Ford, Nescafe and Hyundai among others. His work has been recognized in awards from Cannes to One Show, D&AD and others as ...

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Cinegy on the “Go” in South Korea

Cinegy, which develops and produces software technology for digital video processing, asset management, video compression and automation and playout today announced that K-Baduk in South Korea has launch it’s “Go” channel using Cinegy. Invented in China more than 2,500 years ago and far more complicated than chess, the goal of Go is for two players to literally “encircle” more territory than their opponent. It is a hugely popular board game in East Asia, so much so that regional and international matches are televised in HD – with commentary – throughout the region on multiple platforms. Working with Cinegy partner Sion ...

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Switzerland’s NJP Studios Chooses MGM Audio To Install Award-winning PMC Monitoring

As the owner of three studios all equipped with PMC monitoring, it’s no surprise to hear Leos Gerteis describe himself as a PMC fan. Indeed, the Swiss producer and engineer likes the company’s monitors so much that he even has a pair of professional IB2S speakers at home! Gerteis founded NJP (New Jungle Productions) in 1988 and now has two Pro Tools-equipped studios and a video editing suite in Zurich Kusnacht, plus a third Pro Tools studio in Zurich that is mainly used for recording sessions. NJP Studios specializes in productions for corporate clients, as well as handling voice recordings, ...

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FilmLight welcomes colourist Andy Minuth

[29 November 2017] Well-known colourist joins FilmLight to provide seasoned and highly technical support FilmLight, the leading provider of professional colour grading solutions, has recruited colourist Andy Minuth as Colour Workflow Specialist. He brings a deep technical knowledge of image processing and colour management as well as a long and successful track record in colour grading. Minuth, originally from Germany, was most recently lead colourist at 1000Volt Post Production in Istanbul. There he was responsible for the grade of commercials as well as feature films, creating detailed looks and realising the vision of directors using Baselight. “With Baselight, I feel ...

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Kurt Krinke named USA Senior Director of Sales for Broadcast Solutions

Arvato Systems strengthens US team • Kurt Krinke joins Arvato Systems as Senior Director of Sales for USA • Krinke brings a wealth of broadcast industry experience, consolidating and adding to the Arvato Systems media team • Expanding customer base and achieving business targets are key goals (Arvato Systems) Gütersloh // New York – Arvato Systems announces that Kurt Krinke has been named Senior Director of Sales for the company’s media team in the USA. With over 25 years’ experience, Kurt Krinke is a proven sales executive and a well-known figure in the Media & Entertainment industry. Krinke comes to ...

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Appear Launches New Website

OSLO, NORWAY, NOVEMBER 28, 2017 – Appear announces the launch of its new website: www.appeartv.com. The site’s modern design was built with an emphasis on streamlined content that matches Appear’s forward-thinking technology. Appear focused on condensing the site’s features to improve ease of navigation. The site’s product information pages have been reorganized into sleek, compartmentalized displays that highlight each product’s key features and provide easy access to datasheets. In addition, its products are organized by market segment to easily identify what products are applicable in the different markets it serves, from terrestrial to OTT, and more. Visitors to the site ...

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AIMS Marks Second Anniversary With Major Milestones and Returning Board Members

BOTHELL, Wash. — Nov. 28, 2017 — The Alliance for IP Media Solutions (AIMS) today announced that, after nearly two years in existence, it has not only galvanized the industry around a standards-based approach to IP but also has demonstrated significant cross-vendor interoperability, proving that the standards it recommends are usable and supported by a large portion of the vendor community. Also, in time for the organization’s second anniversary, the entire AIMS board of directors has been re-elected to another term. The existing board members, all of whom served in 2016, will continue leading the AIMS effort to foster adoption ...

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Middle Atlantic Strengthens Commitment to Exceptional Customer Service With Newly CTS-Certified Team Members

FAIRFIELD, N.J. — Nov. 28, 2017 — After completing an AVIXA CTS Certified Technology Specialist™ prep course led by Legrand’s Technology Evangelist Joseph Cornwall, CTS-D, CTS-I, Middle Atlantic Products reports 90 percent of its team members that have taken the AVIXA CTS® exam passed successfully. This pass rate exceeds the 75 percent industry average, as reported by AVIXA. The internal three-day prep course is part of a comprehensive effort from Middle Atlantic to have employees CTS-certified to ensure exceptional customer service. “AVIXA’s CTS certification is a key indicator of the intense investment it takes to become a top-performing professional in ...

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Cyber Security: The Buck Stops in the Boardroom

The growing threats of piracy and ransomware require a company-wide security strategy emanating from the top. By Mathew Gilliat-Smith, CEO, Fortium LONDON– Ever since the internet emerged as a public information gateway, thieves and pranksters have been working to exploit it for criminal gain. Today, cyber-crime is a billion-dollar industry. The perpetrators are no longer lone wolf hackers; they are multi-national cartels who reap mega-profits. They target companies large and small across all industries, inflicting devastating damage to their reputations and bottom lines. Just last week, Uber disclosed that it paid hackers $100,000 to conceal a data breach affecting 57 ...

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High Rock Mobile Television Chooses UTAH-400 Series 2 Router for Brand-New 40-Foot Production Truck

SALT LAKE CITY — Nov. 28, 2017 — A UTAH-400 Series 2 hybrid enterprise router from Utah Scientific is the signal distribution anchor aboard High Rock Mobile Television’s first-ever production truck, High Rock 1. The compact yet powerful multiformat router is the ideal complement to the 40-foot, dual-expando vehicle, designed to offer big-truck production capabilities in a smaller footprint. Bennett Engineering sourced the UTAH-400 Series 2 and provided installation and integration for all systems on High Rock 1, which was manufactured by Gerling and Associates. “We’re very glad we went with Bennett’s recommendation on the UTAH-400 Series 2,” said Jim ...

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