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TVLogic Releases 6 New Models at NAB 2012

TVLogic, designer and manufacturer of LCD and OLED High Definition displays, released 6 new broadcast, production and post-production monitors at NAB 2012.


LVM-174W, LVM-212W and LVM-247W join the Company’s broadcast monitor line. The LVM-174W is a 17” 1366×768 compact rack mount monitor designed to fit in a 6RU space. The 21” LVM-212W is a new slim-bezel 1920×1080 LCD monitor that is designed to fit perfectly in a 19” rack mount.

Designed for broadcast OB, television studio and QC racks, the LVM-174W and LVM-212W feature A/B 3G SDI inputs, component/composite, HDMI & DVI inputs, Waveform/Vector Scope, Closed Captioning Support (CEA-608/708), H/V Delay, Markers and Safety, Embedded Audio Metering (8 ch), Timecode display (VITC & LTC), Auto Color Calibration Support, and more.

The new LVM-247W is a 24” 1920×1080 10-bit LCD designed to bridge the gap between the LVM-243W and the flagship 24” model, the XVM-245W. Designed for broadcast QC, production and post-production, the LVM-247W shares all the features of the LVM-174W and LVM-212W, as well as color critical features such as a built in 3D LUT, multiple colorspace presets, precise gamma control, and import/export of popular 3D LUT formats.


Two new color-critical full HD (1920×1080) 10-bit models have been added to the XVM line-up.

The 17” XVM-175W is an ideal monitor for on-set DIT/QC monitoring as well as broadcast OB vans and QC rack monitoring. The XVM-325W is a color-critical display with the additional size required to bring out every detail of the HD image. Both models include A/B 3G & Dual-link SDI inputs, component/composite, HDMI & DVI inputs, Waveform/Vector Scope, Closed Captioning Support (CEA-608/708), H/V Delay, Markers and Safety, Embedded Audio Metering (8 ch), Timecode display (VITC & LTC), Auto Color Calibration Support, and more.


The LQM-471W is a 47” 1920×1080 quad input monitor designed for multi-source monitoring in control rooms. With four SDI inputs/outputs, the LQM-471W supports multiple display configurations with features like Waveform/Vector Scope, Closed-Caption support, Timecode display, and remote control.

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Drobo Announces Automated Data-Aware Tiering with “No IT Required”

Drobo, makers of award-winning data storage products for businesses and professionals, has announced general availability of its new Automated Data-Aware Tiering technology. The industry-first advancement combines Drobo’s ease-of-use and automation with the power of solid state drives (SSDs) and data tiering to allow SMB customers to immediately and dynamically optimize their application performance – without the need for extensive technical expertise or budgets that are required for traditional high-end data tiering withSSD solutions. This new functionality is now available on the flagship Drobo B1200i storage system.

The new advancement allows SSDs to co-exist with hard drives (HDDs) in a single system, allowing customers to enjoy a single pool of automated storage that has both capacity (from HDDs) and performance (from SSDs).

Drobo’s Automated Data-Aware Tiering also provides automatic performance acceleration and optimization across all of a business’s applications – from VMware to Microsoft Exchange, SQL, SharePoint, Hyper-V and other business-critical applications – without the need to configure SSDs, tune applications or manage dedicated storage for multiple applications. It significantly advances and exceeds other traditional, enterprise data tiering approaches in the following ways:

  • Fully Automated – Like all Drobo advancements, Automated Data-Aware Tiering requires literally zero configuration to deliver results. Customers simply insert two or three SSDs into their B1200i to realize the performance acceleration from the SSDs while maintaining the capacity of HDDs. Other approaches require manual configuration and provisioning of the SSDs, provisioning of multiple storage RAID groups or pools, and complex configuration of applications with respect to specific storage volumes.
  • Immediate – Once the SSDs are inserted into a Drobo B1200i, performance acceleration happens automatically within minutes. Other approaches require data to be placed initially on slower bulk tiers, and then possibly be migrated to a faster tier only after days or weeks of empirical evidence.
  • Dynamic and Adaptable – Because Drobo’s data tiering is data-aware and application-independent, it dynamically adapts to changes in application sets and workloads. As applications or patterns change, Drobo’s data tiering adjusts accordingly to optimize performance, without manual intervention. Traditional approaches often require specific application re-configuration, or the costly and complex addition of new SSD pools dedicated to new applications.
  • Affordability – Drobo offers Automated Data-Aware Tiering on the B1200i system that includes 18TB of hard drives and 600GB of industry-leading SSD storage for less than half the cost of traditional storage solutions with similar capabilities.

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Redrock Micro Enhances, Expands Line of Follow Focus Units

Redrock Micro, the recognized leader in affordable professional-level cinema accessories, has announced the immediate availability of a new family of Redrock-designed follow focus units. The new microFollowFocus family is the third generation offering from Redrock Micro that delivers new levels of performance, a unique “back-to-new performance” adjustable gearbox, and a range of products that can match any budget or feature needs.

Professional-level Performance for a Lifetime

At the heart of any focusing unit is precision performance. Redrock spent the last three years developing a new original-design unit featuring a completely geared, precision-machined transmission with virtually backlash-free performance. Recognizing that all follow focuses settle over time and are prone to develop play, all new microFollowFocus units include adjustable backlash, which can reset the unit’s performance to ‘like new’ condition at any time. The new gearbox delivers exceptional professional-level performance for a lifetime.

Special Features for DSLR Lenses

The microFollowFocus | blue solves the issue that many filmmakers face when filming with HDSLR lenses: the focus ring spins freely, making repeatable focus nearly impossible. The microFollowFocus | blue solves this with an ingenious adjustable ‘hard stop’ mechanism on the follow focus itself, so every lens now has hard stops. The new microFollowFocus line offers additional features for DSLR lenses including support for shorter lenses with its flippable gear box, and when paired with microLensGears gives DSLR lenses the ability to achieve accurate, repeatable, precision focus pulling.

Choose the microFollowFocus to fit your Budget and Needs

The microFollowFocus family is available in three different configurations and price points. The microFollowFocus | blue is Redrock’s flagship product, with the features and performance for professionals and enthusiasts. The microFollowFocus | blue Studio adds a second side wheel (“studio” mode) for quickly switching camera sides, and can be added or removed at any time. The microFollowFocus retains the performance and core features of the flagship version at a more economical price.

The microFollowFocus Advantage

The Redrock microFollowFocus family is the only line of follow focus units to deliver all these key advantages:

  • “Back to new” adjustable backlash that maintains precision performance for a lifetime.
  • Adjustable hard stops for DSLR lenses.
  • Reinforced, repositionable focus indicator for assistant or operator focus marks.
  • Add a second side wheel (‘studio mode’) at any time, or switch between single and double sided.
  • Works with both still and cinema lenses.
  • Choice of follow focus unit to match your budget and performance needs.
  • Confidence in gear that comes with lifetime warranty and is made in the USA.
  • Incredibly affordable.


All microFollowFocus products are available immediately from Redrock and from authorized Redrock Micro resellers worldwide.

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DAZ 3D Unveils Michael 5, the Most Accurate Male 3D Model Ever

Digital Art Zone (DAZ) has announced the newest version of their popular 3D male model, Michael 5 for Genesis. Available now, this advanced human model facilitates final renderings that are nearly indistinguishable from photography. Michael 5 follows the successful launch of Victoria 5, and employs the same award-winning Genesis 3D model platform, providing powerful rigging, contour, and pose adjustments to a single base.

Derived from high-resolution body scans, Michael 5 allows characters with different heads, body shapes, genders, ages and races to be morphed and mixed, providing an unmatched platform for limitless character creation. High-resolution photo-realistic skin texture maps showcasing irregularities such as pores, freckles, veins, age and muscle striations produce stunning levels of realism.


Michael 5 is available now. There are bundles of clothing, hair, and other add-ons in the DAZ 3D store which range in price.

About Michael

Debuting to wide acclaim in 1999, Michael has become the most widely supported male 3D figure on the planet. Used by over one hundred thousand digital artists, game developers and animators, the figure is compatible with most 3D software including DAZ Studio, Cinema4D, Maya and Carrara.

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Dolby Atmos Is the Future of Entertainment Sound

Dolby Laboratories, Inc. has announced Dolby Atmos, a new audio platform that will change the experience of sound in entertainment. Launching in the cinema, Dolby Atmos delivers a more natural and realistic sound-field, which transports people into the story with a lifelike, sensory experience.

For the first time, Dolby Atmos introduces a hybrid approach to mixing and directs sound as dynamic objects that envelop the listener, in combination with channels for playback. Dolby Atmos enables adaptive rendering to ensure that the playback experience is as close as possible to the creator’s original vision in any given environment, irrespective of the specific speaker configuration in the playback environment.

Dolby Atmos is an end-to-end solution that takes into account the entire content pipeline and brings together mixers, studios, and distributors to create dramatic improvements in the audio experience. The Dolby Atmos platform provides content creators with a new creative freedom to tell their stories. It simplifies movie distribution with a single universal package to deliver to audiences the full impact of the artist’s intent, regardless of theatre configuration.

For Content Creators

Dolby Atmos delivers a new level of creative control to sound designers and mixers by marrying today’s familiar channel-based mixing methods with the versatility of dynamic audio object–based mixing. The flexibility of object-based mixing provides total control over placement and movement of individual sounds or “objects” anywhere within a theatre environment.

Dolby Atmos works with the same tools that sound designers and mixers currently favor, allowing them to efficiently create highly compelling content. Using descriptive metadata about how the audio should be played back, Dolby Atmos faithfully generates legacy 5.1-and 7.1-channel mixes automatically, thus saving valuable time during postproduction. Mixers can monitor and tweak these versions in real time and quickly switch between them to verify that everything plays as intended in all cases.

For Studios and Distributors

Dolby Atmos is designed to fit into existing studio workflows with minimal impact on the production schedule. It allows studios to author once and optimize playback everywhere, eliminating the need for multiple print masters. Distribution is simplified with a single Digital Cinema Package (DCP) master, which can then be faithfully rendered at playback in a way that is independent of channel count or speaker location.

For Exhibitors

Dolby Atmos uses information about the speaker layout and acoustic playback capabilities of the theatre to determine how best to render the audio, delivering consistent and optimized playback that will sound as close to the original artistic intent as is possible for that specific environment. Introduction of the Dolby Atmos platform to the industry offers a compelling, only-in-a-theatre experience to audiences.

Initially, Dolby will be focused on installing Dolby Atmos in a select number of premium global locations in the United States, Europe, China, and Japan, with plans for a larger rollout of Dolby Atmos in 2013.

Preparing for Dolby Atmos

With the ability to transmit up to 128 simultaneous and lossless audio inputs (channels or objects), and the ability to render from 5.1 all the way up to 64 discrete speaker feeds, Dolby Atmos introduces a completely new audio capability for exhibitors. The inherent scalability and adaptability of Dolby Atmos allows exhibitors to manage their budgets and upgrade cinemas over time, yet improve the experience for audiences at each step.

To effectively support precise positioning and movement of sound around the theatre, speakers must be individually amplified and support a wide frequency response and dispersion. To help exhibitors with their upgrades, Harman Professional, a leading manufacturer of high-quality audio equipment, has been working with Dolby to design innovative and optimized solutions to simplify deployment of Dolby Atmos.

Harman’s JBL Professional loudspeakers and Crown Audio amplifiers and network technologies are the system of choice at many of the world’s largest and most prestigious cinemas and theatre chains. Harman is deploying this experience and its category-leading engineering capabilities to design a host of specialized powered loudspeakers to capitalize on the innovations of Dolby Atmos. In doing so, Harman Professional will enable filmmakers and exhibitors to provide their customers with a more immersive cinematic experience.

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Sierra Video’s Aspen 3232HD-3G Compact Video Router Wins “STAR” Award From Editors of TV Technology

The Aspen 3232HD-3G compact video router manufactured by Sierra Video is the recipient of the 2012 STAR (Superior Technology Award Recipient) Award presented by the editorial staff of TV Technology magazine at this year’s 2012 NAB Show.

The Aspen 3232HD-3G is a full featured 32×32 video router in a compact, low power 2RU height, 19″ rack width and minimal 2.5″ depth. The Aspen is designed to operate in a wide variety of M&E markets, including HD-SDI video based mobile environments and rental installations. The Aspen family includes the smaller (1RU) 16×16 sibling Aspen 1616HD-3G, the larger (4RU) 72×72 Aspen 7272HD-3G and remote control panels in 1 or 2RU. The innovative design for signal integrity provides industry leading cable runs of over 155 meters at 3Gb/s and over 200 meters at 1.5Gb/s. The Aspen’s embedded controller can be run via Ethernet or RS232/422 serial interface making it easy to integrate into any automation or control system. Additionally, its built-in web server offers control and setup functions and is designed to work with any browser – even mobile ones.

Now celebrating its 12th anniversary, TV Technology’s STAR Award is designed to honor and showcase the outstanding technological innovations available to the broadcast industry. The products selected for the STAR Award demonstrate their ability to help advance the acquisition and distribution of entertainment and information across the media spectrum. The award is given by a panel of judges consisting of TV Technology editors, columnists and industry experts after a product is thoroughly reviewed, examined for technical application merit and for its overall contribution to the industry.

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Digital Production Buzz – April 26, 2012

Hear The Buzz from NAB – Complete Show Coverage!

  • Create 3D and Animation with Autodesk
  • Dell’s Making Moves for the Movies
  • Launching a Full-Service Boutique Post
  • FotoKem Moves Great Color In-house

GUESTS: Joseph Slomka, Rob Hoffman, Patrick Donnelly, and Scott Hamilton.

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New interviews every week! Join Larry Jordan and Michael Horton as they talk with:

Rob Hoffman, Sr. Product Marketing Manager, 3D Products, Autodesk, Inc.

Autodesk recently announced their 2013 Digital Entertainment Creation Software Portfolio used by creatives in the film, game development, TV and advertising fields. Now that NAB is over, it’s time to take a closer look at this portfolio. We invited Senior Product Marketing Manager for 3D, Rob Hoffman, to answer our questions. He has over 20 years experience in the field, so we are looking for some great tips on how to maximize these powerful tools.

Scott Hamilton, Media & Entertainment Market Strategist, Dell Precision Product Marketing Group

Scott Hamilton, Media & Entertainment Market Strategist for the Dell Precision Marketing Group, has been involved in the media and entertainment industry for over 20 years in a variety of roles including technical specialist, engineering and production management, consulting services as well as major accounts manager. He is currently focused on developing market strategy and partner relationships for the Dell Precision workstation business, including the new towers they announced this week. We don’t often talk about computer hardware, so we want to learn why media professionals should give this gear a special look.

Patrick Donnelly, Director/Director of Photography

Director/DP Patrick Donnelly is launching the full-service production and post-production boutique, Cinema Five Films with fellow director Tim Pumphrey and editor Mark Breese. They are busy creating cross-promotional ads for MTV, Victoria’s Secret, Clean & Clear, and Subway…wait, did you say, Victoria’s Secret? Since life is obviously very tough for Patrick, we thought we’d cheer him up and invite him on the BuZZ to talk about life in the commercial lane.

Joseph Slomka, VP, Principal Color Scientist, FotoKem

When a well-respected company like FotoKem hires a color scientist like Joseph Slomka, we are intrigued. Our first question is why bring a color scientist on staff? Then, while we are at it, we want to learn what it takes to create good color? How can producers manage the pipeline to help their images look great? Join us and discover the answers.

You can’t find people or interviews like this anywhere else — it’s another fascinating show!

The Buzz is all the information you need now to know what’s coming next!

The Digital Production BuZZ airs LIVE Thursday from 6-7 PM Pacific Daylight Time. Ask questions during the show on our Live Chat, listen live, download an episode from the archives, or subscribe to the podcast either through iTunes or our website. Whatever you do, DON’T miss this week’s show!

Dell Revolutionizes Design and Performance with New Line of Dell Precision Workstations

Dell’s newly redesigned portfolio of Dell Precision tower workstations deliver superb performance, accessibility and best-in-class chassis design to help creative and design professionals deliver results faster. Dell engineered its tower workstations to enable engineering, product design, animation, and other graphics and compute intensive professionals increased productivity and minimized downtime so they can focus on their innovations.

From creating the 854 stereo 3D VFX shots featured in the award-winning movie “Hugo” to designing unique architectural spaces to analyzing seismic data to accelerate exploration of natural reserves, companies around the world rely on Dell Precision workstations to design and deliver superb results fast.

Innovative Design with a Purpose

Dell solicited input from hundreds of the top engineering, finance, software development, scientific, and media & entertainment companies to design the new chassis. This user feedback and testing drove the development of a sleek and efficient award-winning design with a re-organized interior and easier access to important components. The interior separates areas more commonly accessed by users, such as memory and hard drives, from more service accessed components, such as wiring harnesses and fans, thereby simplifying tasks and greatly reducing time required for service or upgrades. Additional innovations built into the new workstation family include:

  • Externally Removable Power Supply – Dell is offering the industry’s only tool-less externally removable power supply on a mainstream tower workstation. The power supply is lockable and has a built-in handle that lights up green when functioning properly which decreases downtime spent detecting and servicing issues.
  • Front Accessible Hard Drives – The new efficient chassis design on the T7600 provides one of the only front accessible quick release hard drives on a tower workstation. Designed for customers in data intensive fields like video editing who need to swap out hard drives easily and military and research organizations who need to store sensitive data in a secure location at the end of the day, it comes with up to four 3.5-inch hard drives or eight 2.5-inch hard drives.
  • Remote Access – The Dell Precision T7600 easily converts to a rack solution, which can be mounted to any standard Dell PowerEdge server rack. By centrally locating the workstations, businesses can help maintain a clean and quiet work environment, keep hardware safe and give remote workers access via a Dell Precision FX100 zero client.
  • Reliable Memory Technology – Another industry first is Reliable Memory Technology (RMT), a Dell patented code programmed at the BIOS level that eliminates virtually all memory errors on high-end workstations. RMT extends the capability of ECC memory by detecting the location of the corrected memory error and prevents the system from writing to that spot again following a reboot. Available on the T3600, T5600 and T7600, RMT increases the reliability of the workstations and eliminates the need for extensive full memory tests, IT support calls and memory DIMM replacement.
  • This purpose driven innovation really pays off for our workstation customers. TACKLEBOX Architecture has relied on Dell Precision workstations to create unique architectural spaces for fashion and retail businesses since opening its office in 2006.

Powerful New Line of Tower Workstations

Dell’s new best-in-class workstations feature powerful technology and higher performance from new Intel microarchitecture and eight core CPUs for multi-threaded applications; generation three PCIe I/O support for improved visualization performance with next generation graphics; and up to 512GB4 quad channel memory for running large data sets in memory. The new workstations offer NVIDIA Maximus technology, which enables simultaneous visualization and rendering or simulation, and also feature a broad range of professional-class graphics cards from AMD and NVIDIA including up to an AMD FirePro V7900 and NVIDIA Quadro 6000.

The new Dell tower workstation portfolio includes:

  • Dell Precision T7600 – Engineered for the utmost in compute and visualization performance, Dell’s most powerful and expandable workstation is perfect for video, animation, engineering, simulation and financial and scientific analysis of massive data sets. The advanced architecture of the T7600 features one of the highest performing CPU stacks, power supplies and graphics power for a dual-socket system. It offers up to two Intel Xeon E5-2687W 150 watt processors with a total of 16 computational cores, a 1300 watt 90 percent efficiency power supply, up to 600 watts of graphics, and up to four full x16 graphics slots which can power up to an NVIDIA Quadro ultra high-end 6000 professional graphics card and two NVIDIA Tesla C2075 processors at the same time.
  • Dell Precision T5600 – Designed for space-constrained environments that need substantial compute capability, Dell’s powerful and reliable dual-socket workstation is built for designing complex 3D models, creating film and video content and performing complex engineering and analysis work. It features up to two Intel Xeon processors each supporting eight processing cores, 128GB4 of quad-channel ECC memory, two power supply options of 635W or 825W and up to an NVIDIA Quadro 5000 high-end professional graphics card and NVIDIA Tesla C2075 processor.
  • Dell Precision T3600 – Built for performance for mid-range workstation workloads, Dell’s single socket workstation offers an excellent balance of performance and scalability for mainstream 3D, computer-aided-design (CAD), computer-aided-manufacturing (CAM) and digital content creation applications. Key features include Intel Xeon processor E5-1600 or E5-2600 family, two power supply options, up to 64GB4 1600MHz ECC or non-ECC memory and up to a single NVIDIA Quadro 6000 or two NVIDIA Quadro 5000 professional graphics cards, and an NVIDIA Tesla C2075 processor.
  • Dell Precision T1650 – For demanding professional applications that push beyond a standard desktop, Dell’s entry-level tower workstation offers certified performance for professionals working with 2D and basic 3D models, editing photos, CAD drawings and web development. The T1650 will feature next generation Intel Xeon processors, up to 75W for graphics and new ISV and graphic certifications.

Cutting-Edge Dependability & Manageability

Dell works with the industry leading software providers to certify the top digital content creation, scientific, medical imaging, oil and gas, GIS and engineering applications on its full line of workstations. These vendors run a variety of tests to ensure the hardware platform and its individual components work without error, assuring customers that their Dell workstation will operate flawlessly for their crucial applications. The new line of desktop workstations will offer certified applications from the top software providers including Autodesk, Dassault Systemes, PTC, Siemens PLM, Adobe, Avid, Grass Valley, Landmark, Schlumberger, ESRI, Barco and many others.

Creative and design professionals realize the importance of running their demanding software applications on a professional and ISV certified workstation.

Dell Precision workstations continue to lead in efficiency and low cost of ownership. The Dell Precision T3600, T5600 and T7600 workstations are all EPEAT and offer ENERGY STAR 5.2 configurations, including 80 PLUS Gold power supplies, helping to reduce the impact on the environment and operating energy costs.

Dell ensures digital assets are safe with state-of-the-art security services like Dell Data Protection | Encryption, which helps keep data safe wherever it goes. The new tower workstations also provide optional Intel vPro technology, lockable ports and the Trusted Platform Module (TPM) that offers security for network-based client computing. Dell’s optional ProSupport5 services provide end users and IT professionals with remote and on-site technical support solutions for all of their Dell and non-Dell hardware and software needs, allowing for simple deployment of new workstations and devices.

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NAB Show 2012 – Day 7 – April 22, 2012

This is our seventh show from NAB – filled with news, great guests and exciting new products.

Join host Larry Jordan, live from our booth on the show floor, as he talks with:

  • David Walton, Assistant VP, Marketing Communications, JVC Professional Products Co.
  • Pat Grosswendt, Co-founder/Chief Technical Consultant, LitePanels
  • Siobhann Chapman, Exhibition Manager, Vinten
  • Richard Schleuning, National Sales Manager, Americas, Carl Zeiss
  • Wayne Arvidson, VP Marketing, ATTO Technology
  • Josh Apter, Founder/Owner, Manhattan Edit Workshop
  • Cirina Catania, Producer, Digital Production Buzz
  • Ric Viers, Founder, Blastwave FX
  • Jim Tierney, Founder/President, Digital Anarchy

Its another great show – recorded LIVE at the 2012 NAB Show in Las Vegas, Nevada.

NAB Show 2012 – Day 6 – April 21, 2012

This is our sixth show from NAB – filled with news, great guests and exciting new products.

Join host Larry Jordan, live from our booth on the show floor, as he talks with:

  • Andy Liebman, Founder & CEO, EditShare
  • Oliver Peters, Owner, Oliver Peters Post Production
  • Bruce Sharpe, CEO, Singular Software
  • Michael Rubin, Director of Marketing, The Tiffen Company
  • Carey Dissmore, Founder, Carey Dissmore Productions, Inc.
  • Dan Maloney, Technical Marketing Manager, Matrox
  • Cirina Catania, Producer, Digital Production Buzz
  • Joe Hammer, Product Support Director, Fairlight

Its another great show – recorded LIVE at the 2012 NAB Show in Las Vegas, Nevada.