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SMPTE NY To Host Esports Technology Innovation Event on Oct. 29

Fri, 18 Oct 2019 17:16:15 -0400

Esports-technology innovations will be the focus of a SMPTE NY chapter meeting on Oct. 29 at New York City College of Technology in Brooklyn.
Starting at 4 p.m., SMPTE panelists will meet with students from the City Tech Esports Club to discuss what it is like to work in the esports industry.
From 5:30 to 6:00 p.m., there will be networking and, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., a SMPTE panel discussion. Taking to the stage will be Sam Asfahani, CEO, OS Studios, the only esports-production facility in Manhattan; John Turner, principal engineer/owner, Turner Engineering; Charles Conroy, VP, gaming, The Switch; and Ramon Ramos, global head of esports, Vizrt.
In addition, a student-built high-tech haunted house will be open during the event to help attendees get in the Halloween spirit.
For more information and to register today, please click here.

NAB Foundation Broadcast Leadership Training Alumni to Advocate on Capitol Hill

Thu, 17 Oct 2019 17:11:50 -0400

Dozens of alumni of the NAB Leadership Foundation’s Broadcast Leadership Training (BLT) program will visit Capitol Hill offices on October 24 as part of the program’s 20th anniversary celebration. Now in the ownership and managerial ranks of broadcast radio and television, the alumni will convey to members of Congress the vital role of local broadcasting and the importance of leadership and ownership diversity in effectively serving communities.
The Broadcast Leadership Training program, currently in its 20th year, trains senior level broadcasters, particularly women and people of color, to advance into ownership positions and more senior roles within the industry.
Advocates will highlight the ways in which the NAB Foundation fosters leadership and advances diversity in the radio and television business. Of the BLT program’s 325 graduates during the last two decades, 65 percent received one or more promotions and 52 are current or former owners.
More than 50 graduates are slated to fly in for the advocacy event on Capitol Hill on October 24, including broadcast leaders from 27 states and 56 companies, with at least one graduate of every BLT class in attendance. The night before, BLT alumni will celebrate the program’s 20th anniversary with a leadership symposium and reception that will include members of Congress.
“BLT graduates have unique perspectives, and members of Congress will benefit from hearing about their experiences and the impact they’ve had on the broadcast industry,” said NAB Leadership Foundation President Michelle Duke. “As we celebrate the last 20 years of the BLT program, we look forward to continuing to promote diversity and effectively prepare our industry’s future leaders.”
“The diverse graduates of the Broadcast Leadership Training program are already leading the industry into the future,” said BLT program Founder and Dean Diane Sutter, who is also the president, CEO and founder of ShootingStar Broadcasting. “Working with members of Congress, they can help ensure our ability to continue serving our local communities efficiently.”
The Broadcast Leadership Training Advocacy Day and Leadership Symposium are a part of the BLT program’s year-long 20th anniversary celebration. The celebration highlights the ways in which program graduates are shaping the future of broadcasting and includes advocacy, networking and alumni events.

AES 2019: Event Unveils Full Schedule of Presentations for Audio/Video-over-IP Technology Pavilion

Tue, 15 Oct 2019 17:03:36 -0400

The Alliance for IP Media Solutions (AIMS) and the Audio Engineering Society (AES) has announced the complete lineup of presentations for the Audio/Video-over-IP Technology Pavilion Theater at the upcoming AES New York 2019 show, scheduled for Oct. 16-18 at the Javits Convention Center in New York City. Over the three-day convention, the theater will feature a continuous program of 30-minute presentations covering a broad range of topics on audio and video networking over IP.
“AES and AIMS are collaborating once again, to present the 2019 Audio/Video-over-IP Technology Pavilion, designed to offer visitors valuable insights and practical knowledge about audio and video over IP networking. And this year, we’ve expanded the scope of the pavilion to include video and other related professional media networking topics,” said Terry Holton, AIMS Audio Group chairman. “Presenters ranging from industry associations and solutions providers to end users and technology developers will share their knowledge and perspectives on the latest developments in audio and video over IP technologies and deployments. Presentations are open to all AES attendees, as well as attendees to the NAB NY Show, which runs in parallel to the AES Convention. The presentations will provide a great learning opportunity for pro audio, broadcast, and pro AV professionals as they transition their operations and businesses to IP.”
The 2019 Audio/Video-over-IP Technology Pavilion Theater presentations will address 20 topics and include technical tutorials, real-world case studies, market/business case analyses, point-of-view/advocacy, and updates on the progress of audio and video over IP standards. Covered technologies will range from AES67 and the SMPTE ST 2110 suite for Professional Media Over Managed IP Networks to AMWA NMOS specifications, timing and synchronization using SMPTE ST 2059, and the emerging JT-NM TR-1001-1 framework for installing, configuring, and interconnecting equipment.

AES NY 2019: Pliant Technologies to Showcase New MicroCom 900MHz Wireless Comms System

Mon, 14 Oct 2019 17:06:11 -0400

Pliant Technologies will showcase its newest wireless intercom system, MicroCom, at AES 2019 (Booth 846). MicroCom offers a simple and affordable digital wireless intercom solution for any budget. Available in 900MHz (where legal), MicroCom provides single channel, full-duplex, multi-user intercom for applications where high-quality audio, excellent range, and low-cost are essential. This compact, economical wireless intercom is ideal for a wide array of applications where a small, yet robust com system needs to be deployed.
MicroCom has the ability to have up to five full duplex users, as well as the advantage of adding unlimited listeners without the need for basestations, providing a great deal of flexibility. The system features small, water-resistant lightweight beltpacks and provides excellent sound quality and long-life battery operation, making MicroCom ideal for long-form events and productions.
While intended for professional use, the system is simple to set-up and easy-to-use, which is an added benefit for a facility or event that is working with less-technical staff and volunteers. Pliant’s MicroCom offers high-quality sound and range in comparison to other intercom systems at this price point, providing more features and enhanced performance to users with smaller budgets. In addition, MicroCom is compatible with a wide range of professional headsets. The SmartBoom series of Pliant headsets have now been expanded to include versions for use with MicroCom beltpacks.
“With MicroCom, Pliant can now provide an intercom solution for even the smallest wireless intercom requirements,” says Gary Rosen, Vice President of global sales for Pliant Technologies. “We always appreciate the opportunity to hear our customers’ feedback, and that’s exactly the input that leads us to offer a product like MicroCom. With this new intercom solution, we can serve the needs of customers who have been searching for an intercom with the features, quality, and price tag of MicroCom.”
At AES, Pliant will also be highlighting the latest firmware update for its CrewCom wireless intercom system, which includes numerous system improvements and the incorporation of new Oceania 900MHz models, as well as its newly enhanced SmartBoom series of headsets, offering improved audio quality and usability. In addition, its latest accessories will be on display including the new Drop-in Charger, which allows six Radio Packs (RPs) plus six additional batteries to charge in the same device; the new Fiber Hub for expanded system capabilities and a more efficient system deployment, and the FleXLR gender adapter that gives users the flexibility to connect headsets to devices with non-matching 4- and 5-pin XLRs.

Register Now: Grass Valley IP Live Production Workshop, Nov. 14 in NYC

Fri, 11 Oct 2019 17:04:09 -0400

Join Grass Valley on Thursday, Nov. 14 at the Sheraton New York Times Square Hotel for a full-day workshop that will provide a unique opportunity to experience the latest developments in IP Live Production.
At the workshop, Grass Valley will:
- Show live production workflows and applications for IP 4K/HD and HDR/SDR
- Provide an opportunity for you to experience a truly integrated E2E IP solution using the comprehensive Grass Valley portfolio;
- Demonstrate that our IP solutions can achieve or exceed SDI performance, while providing parallel control of IP-SDI infrastructure.
Grass Valley IP Live Production Workshop
Thursday, November 14, 2019
9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. ET
Sheraton New York Times Square Hotel
811 7th Avenue (53rd Street)
New York 10019
New York Seats for this workshop are very limited and will fill up very fast, so click here to register now.

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Audio-Technica ATW-1701 Portable Camera-Mount Digital Wireless System
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Camplex CMX-TACNGO-HDMI HDMI to Fiber Optic Converter / Extender & Tactical Cable Reel System - 1000 Foot

The Camplex All-In-One HDMI Over Fiber Deployment Solution!A complete cost effective HDMI to Fiber optic converter & field deployable cable reel system from Camplex. Convert and extend your HDMI signals over 1000 feet of tactical fiber optical cable using the Camplex Tac-N-Go HDMI system. Utilizing the Camplex CMX-HDMIF HDMI to fiber converter system, the transmitter is built into a super rugged cable reel and connected to 1,000 feet of tactical grade fiber optic cable delivering the handy convenience of rapid field deployment. The receiver is then placed at the signal headend side - whether its a recorder, mo...

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