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Apr 14

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Software module achieves fast, reliable audio routing control for Eclipse networks

ALAMEDA, CALIFORNIA, APRIL 14, 2009 ─ Clear-Com® Communication Systems, a Vitec Group brand, is debuting at NAB 2009 (Booth C6521) the new Production Maestro™ add-on module for its Eclipse Version 5.1 digital matrix intercom system. This flexible, intuitive software lets operators interact directly with the Eclipse to quickly set up and manage live dynamic voice communications for small or large networked intercom systems. clear-com-production-maestro-module-for-eclipse.JPG

Introducing unprecedented levels of visibility and interactivity with the Eclipse system, Production Maestro takes the stress out of monitoring and controlling multiple simultaneous communications paths during live events. Operators working in master control for live news and sports, International Broadcast Centers (IBC) at multi-venue sports events and other demanding broadcast environments can simply and reliably set up lines, assign them to operators and track down faults, among other actions, using a tool that works transparently across matrix boundaries and allows for extensive collaboration between multiple operators.

Production Maestro lets operators manage the number of conferences and ports handled through their facility’s intercom network by simple drag-and-drop actions. Screen functions can be tailored to suit an individual daily workflow, while the GUI can display up to 64 ports and more than 80 conferences simultaneously, as well as scale to show a desired number of elements. Large conference systems may be supported by using multiple screens connected to each assignment PC.

“Having the ability to simply and reliably control intercom audio routing, especially for multiple intercom systems, plays a crucial role in successfully managing communications in a broadcast environment,” says Simon Browne, Senior Product Manager, Clear-Com Communication Systems. “Clear-Com designed and developed the Production Maestro module with this in mind, crafting such features as drag-and-drop operations and screen scalability to make the module as intuitive and ‘hands-free’ for the operator as possible.”

Other key Production Maestro functions include the ability to add ports to conferences, move ports from one conference to another or route 4-wires to 4-wires. Users can view all member activities for a conference on each client screen, along with assignments made by other Production Maestro clients. All assignment actions are stored in a command log, providing a visual record of recent activity at each client workstation.

Production Maestro will be available as an add-on module for Eclipse Version 5.1, the latest evolution of Clear-Com’s flagship digital matrix intercom system. Both products will be demonstrated live at NAB this year.

ABOUT CLEAR-COM

Clear-Com®, a brand of the Vitec Group plc, is the global leader of professional communication solutions for broadcast, live performance, military, government and commercial markets. For more than 40 years, Clear-Com’s signature products such as Encore Party-line, Eclipse Digital Matrix, CellCom®/FreeSpeak® Wireless and IP Communications systems have revolutionized broadcast stations, production trucks, houses of worship and performance venues. Recognizing Clear-Com for its history of intercom innovation, production teams around the world achieve ubiquitous communication with products to promote easy interoperability and global connectivity. More information can be found at www.clearcom.com.

ABOUT THE VITEC GROUP

The Vitec Group plc is acknowledged as a global leader in the supply of equipment and services to the broadcasting, entertainment and photographic industries and has established a reputation for technical excellence and superior engineering along with an astute business strategy which has seen it grow by acquisition. Innovation is a cornerstone of the Group’s activities and the organization is committed to a policy of continuous product development. With revenues (2007) of £274m and over 2,200 employees world-wide, its products are distributed in almost 100 countries, through a strong, fully-resourced distribution network or direct to the end user or corporate customer. More information can be found at www.vitecgroup.com.

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