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NAB Show Attendance Up

The National Association of Broadcasters released its attendance figures for the 2011 NAB Show, the world’s largest electronic media event covering filmed entertainment and the development, management and delivery of content across all mediums.

“Content professionals from across the globe flock to the NAB Show every year, and this year was no exception,” said NAB Executive Vice President Dennis Wharton. “We’re thrilled to host the largest media and entertainment convention annually, and delighted that the NAB Show remains the premiere event for the industry.”

TOTAL REGISTERED ATTENDEES: 92,708

INTERNATIONAL ATTENDEES: 25,691

COUNTRIES REPRESENTED: 151

NEWS MEDIA ATTENDEES: 1,314

The 2010 NAB Show final attendance was 88,044.

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Shotgun Software and Thinkbox Software Offer Integrated Production Tracking & Deadline Render Queue Management

Shotgun Software, the web-based project management and collaboration system, and Thinkbox Software’s Deadline render queue management software, today announced their intent to integrate their tools, offering visual effects, animation and digital production studios an out-of-the-box solution that greatly increases the speed of the render and review workflow and provides insights into how studios are using their render resources. This integration will be unveiled at the National Association of Broadcasters Conference (NAB) April 11-14 in Las Vegas, NV.

The Shotgun and Deadline integration enables a seamless render and review data flow. When Deadline starts a render, a “Version” is automatically created in Shotgun with key metadata. When the render is complete, Deadline updates Shotgun with a thumbnail image, paths to frames, render stats, and playback links. Shotgun then dispatches out targeted notifications with links back to the work. Studios can then view the Versions in various contexts, create reports, and organize work into Playlists for review sessions where they can quickly take Notes with Shotgun’s “Note App.”

Access to Shotgun-Deadline integration is free for Deadline users who are on an active maintenance subscription and will be included in Deadline 5.0. A public beta will open shortly after NAB to qualified customers.

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SAN Solutions Introduces ArtiSAN 9400 and ArtiSAN 5400 at the 2011 NAB Show

SAN Solutions Inc., announced the launch of two new product lines in its ArtiSAN Storage Platform family. The ArtiSAN 9400 series is designed for high-performance film and video applications, and the ArtiSAN 5400 series is ideal for compressed HD media production, audio post, and near-line, high-capacity media storage. Both products are making their international debut this week at the 2011 NAB Show in the SAN Solutions’ booth, SU3725.

The ArtiSAN 9400 series is an enterprise-class, highly available storage system that meets broadcast and post-production performance requirements. The ArtiSAN 9400 supports multiple streams of 2K/4K media as well as all HD video streams including 3G and 3D applications. The ArtiSAN 9400 is offered in both a 2-RU, 24-bay, 2.5-inch drive enclosure form factor and a 2- RU, 12-bay 3.5-inch drive enclosure form factor. The platform includes SAN Solutions’ dual active high-performance RAID controllers, featuring the highest performing hard disk and solid- state drives available today.

The ArtiSAN 9400 series exceeds today’s demanding performance requirements and takes the industry to a new level. Today, a single ArtiSAN 9400 array with four 6-Gb SAS host connections performing 1MB sequential read transfers‚ typical in media applications‚ yields performance in excess of 5 GB/sec across the dual active RAID controllers.

The ArtiSAN 5400 series storage platform is the ideal next-generation replacement for the now end-of-life Apple Xserve RAID and similar arrays found throughout broadcast and post-production environments. The ArtiSAN 5400 meets the requirements of compressed HD production, multi-platform content delivery, as well as the requirements of high-capacity near-line storage that are all critical components of today’s media companies.

The ArtiSAN 5400 platform is also offered in a 2-RU, 24-bay, 2.5-inch drive enclosure form factor and a 2-RU, 12-bay 3.5-inch drive enclosure form factor. It comes available in both a single controller and a dual active controller configuration. 8-Gb Fibre Channel, 6-Gb SAS, and 1-Gb iSCSI controller types are available. Point-in-time volume images, remote volume mirroring, and remote replication services are optional features in this product series, enabling an effective disaster recovery storage implementation.

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5 Alarm Music to Offer SmartSound Software‚ Quicktracks

SmartSound Software, Inc., an innovator of customizable production music and soundtrack creation technology, announced that Quicktracks, the company‚ revolutionary new Cloud-based music customization service, will be offered by 5 Alarm Music, a division of Imagem Music Group, for use in its Cinemasounds, 1VU, First Degree Music and 5 Alarm Music libraries.

Launched at NAB 2011, Quicktracks will provide online music customization to SmartSound and 5 Alarm Music users covering the complete range of customer licensing preferences. Along with SmartSound (Booth #7410), 5 Alarm Music will be demonstrating Cloud-based Quicktracks music customization live at NAB (Booth #SL7612).

Quicktracks is an entirely Cloud-based service that gives media creators, editors and broadcast producers full Web-based creative control of music track scoring. Choosing tracks from select 5 Alarm Music production music libraries, users can set the length of the track, accurate to a tenth of a second, choose the arrangement and even choose an alternate mix online‚ downloading a fully customized music track perfectly sized and arranged to fit project requirements.

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Got Final Cut? AVID Offers Reduced Pricing

Not getting what you need to succeed? Or maybe you’re a former Avid user who switched. AVID wants to help. For a limited time, AVID is offering Final Cut Pro users the opportunity to purchase the full, boxed version of Media Composer 5.5 for just $995 (USD)‚ that’s over 60% off the regular price.

Many editing pros have told AVID that they’re winning more work by having both Final Cut Pro and Media Composer in their tool belts. That’s because Media Composer not only complements existing workflows, it can open doors and enable users to take on the projects they really want. Media Composer offers a complete, ACE-certified professional toolset used by the most demanding editors in film and TV.

This special offer is good only through June 17, 2011.

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Matrox Announces Support for Adobe Creative Suite 5.5 Production Premium Software

Matrox Video Products Group announced support for Adobe Creative Suite 5.5 Production Premium software with the Matrox MXO2 family of I/O devices. The award-winning Matrox MXO2 devices provide cross-platform Mac and Windows support and can be easily moved among desktop systems in a facility, installed in an OB van, or taken on the road with a laptop. Key features include: full-resolution, full frame rate, multi-layer, realtime video editing via Matrox RT‚ technology; lightning fast H.264 file creation for smart phones, iPad, the web, and Blu-ray via Matrox MAX technology; and professional audio and video input and output with 10-bit hardware up/down/cross conversion. In addition, the Matrox MXO2 devices ship with a variety of productivity enhancing applications: Matrox A/V Tools (PC) for fast capture/ playback of audio, video, and still frames, Matrox MAX H.264 Capture (PC) for direct capture to H.264 files, Matrox Vetura Capture (Mac) for quick and easy capture to a variety of QuickTime codecs, and Matrox Vetura Playback (Mac) for convenient playback of H.264 and .mov files.

The Matrox MXO2 devices will be demonstrated at NAB 2011 in booth SL2515.

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Matrox Announces Matrox MXO2 Family of I/O devices

Matrox Video Products Group announced support for Adobe Flash Media Live Encoder software with Matrox MXO2 I/O devices. The Matrox MXO2 family offers a full range of capture hardware solutions ideal for feeding live content to Adobe Flash Media Server software. Applications include field journalism, sports, live events, and distance learning.

The MXO2 devices work with any system, Mac or PC, laptop or desktop, and lets users connect to any HD or SD video source via SDI, HDMI, or analog. Support for Windows is provided via a Microsoft DirectShow driver and support for Mac OS is provided via QuickTime. Live video streams can reach viewers on multiple devices using all protocols supported by Adobe Flash including RTMP, HTTP or Multicast.

The Matrox MXO2 devices will be demonstrated at NAB 2011 in booth SL2515.

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Matrox Announces Thunderbolt Enabled MXO2 Devices at NAB 2011

Matrox Video Products Group announced Matrox MXO2 devices featuring the all-new Thunderbolt technology developed by Intel and brought to market with collaboration from Apple. Thunderbolt technology is a high-speed I/O technology running at 10 gigabits per second that brings together high-speed data transfer and high-definition (HD) display on to a single cable. It is currently available on the Apple MacBook Pro line. The Matrox MXO2 devices provide broadcast-quality video and audio capture, monitoring, output, and H.264 encoding for use with leading editing and content creation applications.

A live demonstration of the Matrox MXO2 devices featuring Thunderbolt technology running with Final Cut Pro on the new 15-inch MacBook Pro will be featured at NAB 2011 in booth SL2515.

Key Features of Matrox MXO2 Family:

Convenient form factors for use in studio, on set, in the field, and in OB vans

Works with laptops and desktop systems

Connects via PCIe, ExpressCard/34, or Thunderbolt technology

Broadcast-quality HD/SD video and audio input/output

Extensive application support including Adobe CS 5.5 Production Premium, Apple Final Cut Studio, and Avid Media Composer

10-bit HDMI input, output, and monitoring with the unique Matrox HDMI Calibration Utility

10-bit realtime hardware up/down/cross conversion on capture and output

Matrox MAX option for lightning fast H.264 encoding

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Sonnet Technologies Embraces the Future of I/O with New Thunderbolt Technology Products

Sonnet Technologies announced its first products with Thunderbolt technology at the 2011 NAB Show. Developed by Intel and brought to market with technical collaboration from Apple, Thunderbolt technology supports high-performance data services and high-resolution displays through a single, compact port. Based on PCI Express and DisplayPort technologies, Thunderbolt provides support for two channels on the same connector with 10 Gbps of throughput per channel in both directions.

Sonnet’s Fusion storage products with Thunderbolt technology include a portable 2-drive SSD system, an economical 4-drive RAID 5 unit, and a professional 8-drive video edition RAID storage system. Sonnet’s Echo Express PCIe 2.0 Expansion Chassis with Thunderbolt ports enable users to plug in high-performance PCIe 2.0 adapters such as video capture cards, Fibre Channel cards, Sonnet RAID controllers, and more to a computer with a Thunderbolt port. All of these products include two Thunderbolt ports to support daisy chaining of up to six devices to a single Thunderbolt port on the host computer.

Sonnet’s Allegro FW800 Thunderbolt Adapter converts the Thunderbolt connector to a powered FireWire 800 port. Sonnet’s Presto Gigabit Ethernet Thunderbolt Adapter converts a Thunderbolt connector to a Gigabit Ethernet port.

The Fusion F2TBR 2-drive portable solid state drive (SSD) storage system with Thunderbolt technology features ultra-fast 2.5-inch SSDs mounted side-by-side in a tough aluminum shell slightly larger than two stacked CD cases. With its SSDs configured as a RAID 0 set, the Fusion F2TBR achieves data transfers up to 640 MB/s read and 430 MB/s write. With this amazing performance, Fusion F2TBR is a perfect companion for video capture and editing on location.

The Fusion E400TBR5 4-drive RAID 5 desktop storage system featuring Thunderbolt technology includes a high-performance internal RAID controller that supports RAID 5 for great performance and file protection in case of a single drive failure, RAID 0 for maximum performance, and JBOD for maximum flexibility. Drive configuration is managed through a simple-to-use application. Available in 4, 6, 8, or 12TB configurations, this compact multi-drive system takes advantage of the huge bandwidth available through the Thunderbolt interface connection to deliver exceptional I/O performance. The Fusion E400TBR5 in RAID 5 achieves data transfers of up to 400 MB/s read and 340 MB/s write, nearly twice as fast as similar 4-drive storage systems using an eSATA interface.

The Fusion D800TBR5 8-drive RAID 5 desktop storage system featuring Thunderbolt technology includes a high-performance internal RAID controller that supports RAID 0, 1, 5, and JBOD. Drive configuration is managed through a simple-to-use application. Available in 8, 12, 16, or 24TB configurations, Fusion D800TBR5 is perfectly suited for high-definition video editing, achieving data transfers up to 800 MB/s read and 730 MB/s write, fast enough to handle a single stream of uncompressed 10-bit 1080 4:4:4 HD, or multiple streams of ProRes 422, uncompressed 8-bit 1080 HD, DV, HDV, and DVCPRO video. Fusion D800TBR5 is backed by Sonnet’s five-year pro storage warranty.

Sonnet’s Echo Express PCIe 2.0 Expansion Chassis with Thunderbolt Ports enables users to plug in high-performance PCI Express 2.0 adapter cards to any computer with a Thunderbolt port. Adapters such as professional video capture cards, 8Gb Fibre Channel cards, 10Gigabit Ethernet cards, and RAID controller cards are examples of the adapters that may be used. Available in two sizes, the standard Echo Express PCIe 2.0 Expansion Chassis with Thunderbolt Ports supports one half-length, double-width, x16 (x4 mode) slot PCIe 2.0 card, and the XL model supports full-length cards; both models have integrated universal power supplies and fans to cool the card.

The Allegro FW800 Thunderbolt Adapter enables users to plug a FireWire 800 device, including a bus-powered drive, into any computer with a Thunderbolt port.

The Presto Gigabit Ethernet Thunderbolt Adapter adds a Gigabit Ethernet connection to any computer with a Thunderbolt port.

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