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NEWS MANAGE & MONITOR STANDARDS COMMS Pliant Technologies, the professional products division of CoachComm, has appointed AVL Media Group as the exclusive distributor of its wireless intercoms in Canada. A national distributor to the professional integration, performance and broadcast markets in Canada, AVL Media Group will be tasked with strengthening Pliant’s position in that market. “The superior performance and scalable nature of the CrewCom system makes it a future proof investment for our customers and will help ensure excellent long-term ROI for them,” said Andrew Hope, managing director, AVL Media Group. Calrec Audio, Ericsson, Rohde & Schwarz, and Xilinx have become members of the Alliance of IP Media Solutions (AIMS). The four companies join more than 50 other AIMS members that are working together to help move the broadcast and media industry to an IP-based future as quickly and profitably as possible. “AIMS will only accomplish its mission because our dedicated members are willing to share in the effort to foster the adoption of open standards and specifications around IP technology,” said Michael Cronk, AIMS board chair. “Calrec, Ericsson, Rohde & Schwarz, and Xilinx are all leaders in their fields who have already made strides within their own companies. Their expertise will be invaluable as we continue down the path to IP standardisation.” AIMS has also launched a sub-group that will spread awareness of its objectives in the Japanese market. aimsalliance.org plianttechnologies.com MAM DISTRIBUTION AMPLIFIERS Crystal Vision has released two video distribution amplifiers for its new Vision 3 frame system, both with more outputs than the company has ever offered before and including remote control. The 3GDA-VF can be configured as re-clocking or non re-clocking and will distribute any 3Gb/s, HD and SD as well as being DVB-ASI compatible. It can also distribute MADI audio. The VDA-VF analogue video distribution amplifier has been designed to distribute SD Black and Burst or HD tri-level syncs reference, and can also be used to create multiple copies of analogue video. It includes useful gain, equalisation and clamp adjustments. Crystal Vision managing director Philip Scofield said: “Updating our digital and analogue video distribution amplifiers for the fantastic Vision 3 frame has allowed us to introduce economic signal monitoring and control as well more outputs for what is still a fundamental part of broadcast systems.” crystalvision.tv Square Box Systems has updated its CatDV 12 MAM with new features designed for workflows that include the latest version of Apple’s Final Cut Pro X. The new capabilities include the ability to search, secure and archive FCP media assets. The integration also allows CatDV to share metadata with FCP and receive metadata updates back from the NLE. Dave Clack, chief executive of Square Box Systems, said: “With the launch of CatDV 12 and Final Cut Pro X 10.3, we’re pleased to extend our already powerful collaboration, enabling users to push CatDV sequences, clips, sub-clips, markers, and metadata to FCP events while also providing support for OS X tags and FCP X keywords. Also, by supporting the latest XML version 1.6, CatDV offers the very latest in compatibility.” squarebox.com 22 | KITPLUS - THE TV-BAY MAGAZINE: ISSUE 120 December 2016