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WHTM-TV Completes Upgrade to Local HD News with JVC ProHD

WAYNE, NJ – JVC Professional Products Company, a division of JVC Americas Corp., today announced that WHTM-TV, the ABC affiliate that serves Harrisburg-Lancaster-Lebanon-York, Penn. (DMA #41), has purchased 15 GY-HM790U and six GY-HM750U ProHD cameras for its transition to local HD news production.

WHTM-TV director of photojournalism Doug Watson shows off one of the station’s new JVC ProHD camcorders, which have been used in the field since June.


Allbritton Communications Company, which is based in Arlington, Va., recently standardized on JVC ProHD cameras for studio and ENG work at WHTM-TV and five of its affiliated stations. The new cameras are part of an overall transition to local HD news production for all stations in the group.

In May, WHTM-TV began using its new JVC cameras in the studio in SD mode, but transitioned to HD in October. The studio’s three GY-HM790Us are connected via fiber optic cable, which eliminates the need for triax and additional cable bundles.

Each camera is equipped with a CopperHead ProHD KA-F790 fiber optic transceiver, a custom module built by Telecast Fiber Systems that provides a direct connection to the camcorder (no external cables). “The fiber package is compact and well integrated,” said Keith Blaisdell, WHTM-TV director of technology. “Telecast has worked very hard to deliver a robust and reliable fiber solution with the CopperHead.”

Photojournalists began using ProHD camcorders in the field in June, then transitioned from SD to HD in September. “The cameras are simply amazing in their video reproduction. The colors are rich and the resolution is really superb,” Blaisdell said. “Most of all, the total package is both operator and engineer friendly.”

Blaisell said JVC’s native file recording on non-proprietary SDHC cards has been a “perfect match” for the station’s Adobe Premiere NLE workflow. “We made the transition from legacy Digital Betacam tape to nonlinear workflow all at once,” he added. “JVC’s native file recording has worked seamlessly with Adobe Premiere to deliver stunning HD pictures.”

WHTM-TV photojournalist Eric Heisler displays one of the station’s new JVC ProHD camcorders.


The GY-HM750U delivers outstanding 1920×1080 images in a lightweight, shoulder-mount form factor. It records at selectable data rates up to 35 Mbps and can record HD footage in 720p, 1080p, and 1080i, as well as SD footage (480i). Building on the modular approach of the flagship GY-HM790U, it includes a 68-pin chassis connector that creates a clean, direct interface with various modules – no external cables needed. Plus, a new feature allows simultaneous recording to both SDHC cards for instant backup or client copy.

ABOUT JVC PROFESSIONAL PRODUCTS COMPANY
Headquartered in Wayne, New Jersey, JVC Professional Products Company is a division of JVC Americas Corp., a wholly-owned subsidiary of JVC Kenwood Corporation. JVC is a leading manufacturer and distributor of broadcast and professional video and audio equipment. For further product information, visit JVC’s Web site at http://pro.jvc.com or call (800)582-5825.

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Pro Audio Monitoring System Manufacturer Blue Sky Creates YouTube Video Aimed At Consumers & End-Users

Pro audio monitoring system manufacturer, Blue Sky, has maintained a core philosophy since its inception in 2001: to design and offer products that represent the highest ratio of performance-to-cost as well as a superior sound experience for its customers—from home enthusiasts to entertainment content creation professionals. Taking a cue from its in-depth website “Key Concepts” section, which addresses the company’s philosophy on topics ranging from the “Basics of Bass Management” to the “Truth About Subwoofers”, Blue Sky has created an in-depth video on its own YouTube channel to promote the company, its philosophy and the full line of components and systems it offers for home, personal, and professional studio use. 


Targeted to the end-user and consumer, Blue Sky’s first foray into the world of video was produced by Andrew Wild of Wild Touch Productions. Just over 7 minutes, the video outlines the complete Blue Sky story and showcases the full-range professional monitoring components and lines—from the entry-level 2.1 desktop eXo2 to the mid- and large-scale music/film dubbing systems including MediaDesk, ProDesk, Sky System One and Big Blue. Additionally, you’ll hear raves and reviews from two of Blue Sky’s professional proponents, Chris Unthank, Director of Transfer Operations at Larson Studios and Audio Director/Gaming Sound Designer Greg Allen (formerly of UbiSoft and Electronic Arts).

“Our intention with this new video is essentially to reintroduce the brand to the customer through social media outlets including YouTube and Facebook,” said Blue Sky Vice President Chris Fichera. “Outside of the traditional sales and marketing arena, we want to speak directly to our end-users to reiterate what we are about technically, what makes the Blue Sky brand and products unique—including offering components designed to complement each other and seamless systems built around the bass management concept, and to offer a few raves from some of our hardest-working customers. That’s what we were after and I believe we achieved it.”

SnapAV Shelters Surveillance DVR Customers from Worldwide Hard Drive Shortage Caused by Thailand Flooding; Acquires Hard Drive Stockpile during Early Stages of Crisis; Vows “No Dealer Surcharges”

Charlotte, NC – November 29, 2011 – SnapAV, a manufacturer and exclusive source of more than 1,000 solutions for the custom and commercial AV channels in the US and Canada, has procured a stockpile of hard drives at premium costs in anticipation of the world-wide shortage caused by the recent Thailand flooding.

SnapAV uses the hard drives in its surveillance DVRs. According to SnapAV Marketing Vice President Adam Levy, even though the company paid prices higher than usual for the drives, it is committed to not imposing any surcharges on its DVRs.

“In bringing our surveillance line to market this past summer, we collaborated extensively with our Dealer Council to make certain that the products and pricing were where they (dealers) needed them to be. We will maintain that pricing so that dealers can carry on business as usual – unaffected by these fluctuations in the supply chain,” says Levy.

SnapAV’s expanding Wirepath surveillance line-up currently consists of 8 cameras (dome and bullet styles at 4 levels of performance), and 4 Digital Video Recorders (2 platforms: basic and advanced) with free supporting iPad, iPhone and Android Apps.

About SnapAV
Established in 2005 by custom integrator Jay Faison and based in Charlotte, North Carolina, SnapAV is a manufacturer and exclusive source of more than 1,000 installer-friendly products for the custom A/V channel. SnapAV empowers custom installers to run more efficient businesses. The company provides high quality, lucrative products supported by best-in-class online ordering and customer service. All products are protected by zero-tolerance Internet sales policies and many feature lifetime warranties. www.snapav.com

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ACIR Professional Hosts Shure Demo in A.C.

EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP, N.J.—ACIR Professional (Egg Harbor Township, N.J.) recently hosted a demonstration of the new Axient wireless mic line by Shure Microphones at the Atlantic City Hilton Casino Resort.

The Axient system of products is Shure’s latest and most advanced professional wireless microphone system to date, featuring complete spectrum management, interference detection and avoidance, advanced power management, transmitter remote control, frequency diversity, and new Wireless Workbench 6 software.

The Shure demos, attended by regional audio professionals, also included PSM-1000 and PSM-900 IEM systems, “micro body pack”, “Wireless Workbench 5” (the latest version of Shure wireless management software), and rechargeable battery technology including Shure’s rack-mountable charger.

For Shure’s audio production, ACIR provided a Yamaha LS9-16 digital console, Yamaha DSR115 Speakers, and a 4-channel rack of Shure UR series wireless (both handhelds and body packs with lavaliers) used by presenters and for Axient wireless product comparisons.

For more information, visit www.acirpro.com.

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PHOTO ID: Shure’s Bill Ostry

PHOTO CREDIT: Digital Warmth

Sound Kingdom Changes Name to Event Systems and Adds L-ACOUSTICS

WICHITA, Kansas — On the cusp of celebrating its tenth year of business in the production services market, Wichita-based Sound Kingdom, Inc. has now changed its name to Event Systems, Inc. and expanded its L-ACOUSTICS inventory with the purchase of six ARCS line source systems, four 12XT coaxials, and an additional LA8 amplified controller.

The new gear complements an existing equipment roster that includes 18 KIVA and six KILO elements — collectively driven by a single LA-RAK — plus six 115XT HiQ coaxial stage wedges and two tiny 108P self-powered enclosures. more

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