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Key Code Media Acquires Burst Communications


Broadcast Equipment Provider and Integrator Combine Forces To Become Major Reseller Nationwide.

LOS ANGELES (October 2, 2018) – Key Code Media has reached an agreement to acquire Rocky Mountain and Southwest region integrator Burst Communications. The acquisition complements the strengths of the media and entertainment industry’s trusted media technology provider with the leader in broadcast and AV solutions, offering the market turnkey technology solutions and unparalleled engineering services.


With coverage in Colorado, Arizona, Texas, New Mexico, and Southern California, Burst Communications will operate as a new division of Key Code Media, maintaining their existing team. Burst Communications will also add additional competencies with large integration vendors, such as Crestron, Barco and Grass Valley.


“Strategically Key Code Media and Burst Communications have substantial synergies which will drive more value to our clients” commented Mike Cavanagh, founder of Key Code Media. ”Burst Communications has a 27 year legacy of excellence in Broadcast Engineering and AV, which directly compliments Key Code Media’s leadership in editorial, storage and asset management.”

Mike Cavanagh of Key Code Media and Kirk Basefsky of Burst Communications make an agreement.

Kirk Basefsky, CEO and Founder of Burst Communications, remarks that Key Code Media is the perfect fit to extend Burst Communications’ reach. “This acquisition is a huge opportunity for Burst Communications, giving us access to new markets, new products, and new offices while maintaining our core brand competencies that our customers know and love.” Burst Communications will continue under its current brand name and its existing locations, maintaining the full Burst team.


Burst Communications was founded in Denver, Colorado in 1991 by Kirk Basefsky, along with a core team of sales and technical experts. Embracing broadcast technology from its inception, the company has grown to be an industry leader in broadcast integration for TV stations, sports, churches, local government and education. Burst also has a strong presence in the Corporate AV space, designing conference rooms, classrooms, lobbies, and large-scale digital signage installations.


“Together, we will offer broadcast, AV, integration, and post-production solutions at a comprehensive level of support and services across all markets and geographies,” noted Mike Cavanagh. “This union positions us both to serve the industry with more advanced engineering and services- across the nation.”


About Key Code Media

At Key Code Media, we design, integrate, train, and support live production, post production, and media automation solutions. We focus on helping our clients maximize their budget, creativity, and workflow efficiencies.

Key Code Media supports production systems nationwide for broadcast, entertainment, government, education, reality television, pro audio, and a majority of the U.S. Fortune 100 corporations. Founded in 2001 by Mike Cavanagh, Key Code Media has expanded in Burbank, Irvine, San Francisco, Seattle, Chicago, Detroit and New York, with revenues exceeding $35 million per year.

The company pride itself on our extensive employee technical training, educating on manufacturer products, industry certifications, and hands-on field training. Workflow consultations and technical support are our core competencies, staffing 27 cross-trained, technical, and workflow solution architects and engineers.

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About Burst Communications

Burst designs, engineers and installs creative, integrated systems for video broadcast technologies. Burst specializes in bundled solutions to complex projects, from hardware and software, to installation and training. Owned and managed by Kirk Basefsky and Robin Heywood since 1991, Burst is headquartered in Denver, Colorado, with satellite offices located in Arizona, California, New Mexico, Texas and Utah.

For more information, visit


Media Contacts:

Matt McClain,, 818-303-3934



LiveU At-Home | Remote Production For Live Events


Facilis Updates: Terrablock Version 7.1.2 and FastTracker Version 2.5

Facilis Technology latest Terrablock version 7.1.2  and FastTracker version 2.5 is now available for download for those who have a valid Support Agreement.

Terrablock Version 7.1.2 – Available Now!

This version addresses some minor issues found in previous releases, and it’s recommended for use when upgrading to version 7.1.

Facilis version 7.1 adds many more features that will help with the administration of large and small environments alike.

Features include:

  • Real-time and historical bandwidth monitoring of volumes and workstations – gives the administrator full overview of the network down to the user level.
  • RAID50 and RAID51 management through Admin Console – completes multi-server management improvements in the new web interface.
  • Preferred connection address – allows an administrator or desktop user the ability to choose an alternate network path, increasing available bandwidth.
  • Automatic load balancing of clients – helps administrators aggregate multiple network uplinks, and adds throughput simply by adding uplinks with no manual setup required.
  • Remote client deployment – eases the load on administrators during server upgrades by automatically updating connected clients to the latest software version.

FastTracker Version 2.5 – Available Now!

The latest FastTracker asset tracking software including Adobe CC Panel is available for any Facilis customer on a valid support contract.

This new update of FastTracker Version 2.5 is filled with:

  • FastTracker CC Panel for Adobe Premiere Pro & After Effects
  • Improved network, local and LTFS directory indexing
  • Import/export of metadata tags for customization

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NewTek | IP Video Workflows For Content Creators: Broadcast2Post


Why Avid ISIS is Costing You Money

Avid Technology’s long-running ISIS Shared Storage was a staple to any post-production shop for years. While it was obvious Avid would release the next iteration of their shared storage product, the product introduced, Avid NEXIS Shared Storage, was more than just a rebrand.

Digging deep into the performance and cost benefits of Avid NEXIS Shared Storage, we’ve concluded that there really isn’t any reason for users to still be using old Avid ISIS Shared Storage. Here’s why!

Key Reasons To Upgrade | Avid ISIS to Avid NEXIS Shared Storage:

1) SUPPORT COST: Avid ISIS shared storage cost more

Having a support plan is must when you have multiple editors and producers relying on it 24 hours a day. Productions cannot afford to have their storage shut down. Just for a second, imagine your storage platform does shut down, do you want to liable for getting it fixed? Wouldn’t it be reassuring knowing that someone Avid certified can resolve the issue? Exactly! Not to mention support guarantees your system will receive critical patches whenever new Apple or Microsoft OS threaten your infrastructure.

Now here’s the bad news: Avid ISIS Support plans have increased since the release of Avid NEXIS. Meanwhile, the cost of storage capacity has dropped significantly. Let’s look at the example below – You’re likely to pay up to $16k more over 5 years to support 128TB Avid ISIS 5500 then a 400TB Avid NEXIS E4. You are paying roughly 30% more for Avid ISIS shared storage that is less than half the storage capacity of an Avid NEXIS.

2) RISK: Hard Drives Will Fail

If you think your storage will last forever we have some bad news for you. Research shows hard drives will fail over time- regardless of the manufacturer. The latest research from Back Blaze observes hard drives wear increases significantly after year 3.

How old is your Avid ISIS storage? It’s very likely that it’s over three.

3) CAPACITY: Performance and workflow capacity

This isn’t just marketing fluff- Avid NEXIS Shared Storage will add more capacity, predictability, and performance to your post-production workflow.

With the release of Avid NEXIS, you can pack 20 TB, 60TB, or 100TB HDDs with up to 7.4PB of combined capacity. The Avid Nexis file system will also be the only compatible storage with the much anticipated Avid MediaCentral | Editorial Management, releasing June 28th.

Adobe editors will be happy to know Adobe Premiere Pro runs better on Avid Nexis with up to  2.4 GB/sec capacity. 



Avid MediaCentral | Editorial Management: Broadcast2Post


E3 2018: Supersphere and Key Code Media Showcase Live Multi-Cam VR/360°

Los Angeles, CA – June 6, 2018 – At this year’s E3, leading VR production studio Supersphere, in collaboration with integration provider Key Code Media, will debut VR/360°/180° live streaming capabilities for esports tournaments via its groundbreaking immersive live production flypacks. The flypacks are equipped to handle multiple content streams including 360°, 180°, 4K, or HD and seamlessly mix and match each geometry for a high-end, high-resolution immersive experience. Visit the Key Code Media booth (South Hall – 2450) during E3 for a live demonstration.


“Through immersive live streaming we’re able to recreate the high energy and action of an esports tournament – viewers can see each player, each monitor, gameplay, and social feeds, just as though they were in the arena,” explained Lucas Wilson, Co-Founder and Executive Producer at Supersphere. “With our flypacks, any client will be able to deliver a customized experience in high resolution to fans anywhere in the world.”


Benefits of Supersphere’s 12G multi-geometry flypacks include:

  • Customizable to any VR, 360°, 180°, 4K, or HD camera as productions demand
  • Real-time geometry integration, live stitching, color grading, and ambisonic audio via Assimilate SCRATCH VR Z
  • Simple wireless streaming between devices or directly to the web via LiveU
  • Easily build a custom 360° video player for apps or web via Teleos Media’s VDN, or stream directly to popular platforms such as Facebook and YouTube


For more information and live demos, visit South Hall booth 2450 throughout E3.

Here’s the link to opening day Facebook live description and booth overview

We’ll be at E3 through 6/14 so stop on boy and enter VR Fortnite



Key Code Media provided system integration design services and equipment for Supershere’s 12G Multi-Geometry Flypacks for Live VR/360°. With a vast partnership of broadcast vendors, Key Code Media has helped numerous production companies integrate live broadcast and post-production technical solutions for video content creation and delivery.



With live event productions, connectivity “everywhere” becomes pivotal to the success of a broadcast. LiveU’s patented cellular boding and video transport technology creates a consistent bandwidth and reliable connection, enabling content creators to acquire, manage and distribute high quality remote live broadcasts over IP.


“The eSports industry was an early adopter of live video technology with individual gamers streaming from home,” noted George Klippel, LiveU Director of Channel Sales. “But when it came to streaming from events and tournaments, connectivity was challenging and quite expensive. With the Supersphere solution, powered by Key Code Media and LiveU, we’re seeing a tremendous opportunity for eSports conferences, eSports manufacturers, and individuals to take the live event gaming experience to an immersive next level with VR/360°.”


At the booth, see the LiveU in action as it streams live VR/360° video content from the Supersphere Mobile Flypack on the E3 show floor.


About Supersphere

Supersphere is a leading VR/360° consultancy and production studio based in Los Angeles and New York. Supersphere’s team of top creative and engineering talent brings decades of production experience and expertise in camera technology, immersive audio, broadcast integration, live streaming, and beyond to facilitate all aspects of production from concept through delivery – helping elevate clients to more forward-thinking methods of storytelling and customer engagement.


About Key Code Media

Key Code Media designs, integrates, supports, and trains on live production, editorial, storage/archive, media and asset management, plus audio and media automation solutions. We focus on helping our clients to maximize their budget, creativity and workflow efficiencies. With a vast partnership of broadcast vendors, Key Code Media has helped numerous production companies integrate live broadcast and post production technical solutions for video content creation and delivery.


About LiveU

LiveU is driving the live video revolution, providing live video streaming for TV, mobile, online and social media. Let your audience become part of your story with high-quality and flawless live video, transmitted from anywhere in the world, through the use of our patented bonding and video transport technology. Our broad portfolio of products sets the industry standard for live video production. From backpacks to smartphones, and satellite/cellular hybrid to external antenna solutions, LiveU offers a complete range of devices for live video coverage anytime, anywhere. In addition, LiveU offers extensive cloud-based management and video distribution solutions. With over 3,000 customers in 80+ countries, LiveU’s technology is the solution of choice for global broadcasters, online media, news agencies and social media.  For more information, visit, or follow us on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, or Instagram.

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Key Code Media Introduces Education Division

Burbank, CA, 6/5/2018

Live and Post Production Training and Certification Programs

Key Code Media is proud to announce Key Code Education, a production training division, providing vendor-certified training, industry certifications, and advanced engineering programs.

“At the heart of Key Code Education is the desire to provide content creators and broadcast engineers an easier path to succeed with software, hardware, and creative tools. We can’t wait to see you at the Key Code Education facility located in Burbank, California.”-  Mike Cavanagh, President of Key Code Media


  • Adobe After Effects
  • Adobe Premiere Pro
  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Apple Final Cut Pro X
  • Audio
  • Autodesk Flame
  • Avid ACSR Certification
  • Avid Nexis Storage Essentials
  • Avid Media Composer Fundamentals I & II
  • Avid Pro Tools Training
  • Aesthetics: Intro to Storytelling
  • Assistant Editor Essentials
  • Color Grading
  • Conforming Essentials
  • DaVinci Resolve Color Grading and Finishing
  • Documentary Filmmaking
  • Editing Essentials
  • Facilis Terrablock Essentials
  • Post Coordinator Essentials
  • Storytelling 101


Johnathon Amayo is the new Chief Academic Officer for Key Code Media Education. Jonathan spent the past 25 years educating the industry on the next generation of film/media creation and distribution tools with management roles at Avid Technology. Inc, Producers Guild of America, NBC, Disney/ABC, and Runway.

“Education is a true passion of mine. I’m excited to help develop transparent resources for storytellers with the best training in California.” – Johnathon Amayo, CAO at Key Code Education


Employment Training Panel (ETP) provides California State funding to employers to assist in upgrading the skills of their workers through training that leads to good-paying, long-term jobs.  Key Code Education is now signing up clients for ETP. They will be a premiere ETP qualified education vendor, presenting production facilities relevant live production, editorial, finishing, and asset management training for individual and group courses.

Sign up for more information on ETP facility training here:


Key Code Education is a certified BPPE Post Secondary Education school. The Bureau protects students and consumers through the oversight of California’s private postsecondary educational institutions by conducting qualitative reviews of educational programs and operating standards, proactively combatting unlicensed activity, impartially resolving student and consumer complaints, and conducting outreach.

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Key Code Media designs, integrates, supports, and trains on live production, editorial, storage/archive, media and asset management, plus audio and media automation solutions. We focus on helping our clients to maximize their budget, creativity and workflow efficiencies.

Our motto “Keeping You Ahead of Technology” focuses on helping clients invest in best of breed media solution integrations.  Solutions include Newtek, Avid, Quantum, SNS (Studio Network Solutions), Adobe Creative Cloud, Avid Media Composer, Avid Nexis storage and Pro Tools, Ross Video, Telestream, Crestron, Quantum, Root 6, Sony, Panasonic, JVC, Clear-Com, Sennheiser, Facilis, StorageDNA, as well extensive access from our distributors for products including Ingram Micro, Tech Data, Synex and JB&A.

We pride ourselves on extensively training our service consultants are manufacturer-trained, certified professionals with years of hands-on experience who are committed to providing the highest quality technical support in the industry. Workflow consultation 

Production Workflow with SNS storage

San Francisco – Adobe Post Production Workflow Event (April 25th)