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Illinois St Matthew UMC Church Goes Fully Digital With DiGiCo

After years of research, St. Matthew United Methodist Church undertook a major renovation of its technology systems in 2009, including making the leap from analog to digital installing a DiGiCo SD8 as its main audio console. Continuing its digital progression, the house of worship recently added an SD9 with D-Rack (connected to the SD8 via DiGiCo’s Little Red Box), replacing an analog desk at the hub of its video production suite to handle the increased complexity of its productions. Church media consultant Phil Mahder of Training Resources and Ben Shipman, president of AVA Audio Video Associates again assisted in the transition, working with house broadcast engineer DJ Rockwell.

“St. Matthew has been pleased with their SD8 at FOH since they got it 2 years ago,” Mahder conveyed. “The production level for their large dramas has made the mixer a must—even their Sunday services have had so much complexity that they are using the potential of the SD8 routinely. Not only do they have a lot of sources on stage, but they also do a rapid and complete changeover between services as they switch music styles. The church has been on local cable for many years, producing a quality product in both content and production value. Since getting the SD8, they have realized that the analog console in the video control room has been a limitation. Although they have remote control over the SD8 from the video station, there were conflicts at times between the goals of the FOH operators and the video operators. When the SD9 was introduced, we all quickly realized that this would be the perfect replacement for the analog console in the video control room, making FOH and video independent and completely digital. With the SD9′s affordable price tag, everyone was in agreement.”

Ironically, the DiGiCo SD systems were Rockwell’s first foray into the digital mixing realm. Growing up at St. Matthew and actively involved in the media ministry for the past 10 years, he’s a third generation broadcast engineer with a keen interest in trending technology—particularly as it relates to video production. He found the DiGiCo desks to have a well-thought-out design offering an intuitive ease of use and fantastic sound quality.

“When we originally put the system in, back in 2009, we knew that there would be some more upgrades to come—especially for the video mix,” Rockwell said. “We started off mixing for video with an analog console, and then switched to a computer running the SD8 remotely. We were all in agreement that the new SD9 would be ideal for us, and were able to demo one prior to purchase. In fact, I was able to make a demo reel that showed how much it would improve the quality of our videos, which very much helped to convince the committees in charge of granting the funding. The SD9 proved to be the perfect solution for our problem and improved our productions greatly.”

Once the console was installed, Rockwell recalled, it was ready to run within an hour. “It sounded great and the processing was seamless. The snapshots were very smooth and easily customizable. St. Matthew is a house of worship that has been into technology for a long time, and we do our best to stay on the cutting edge. We started airing our services on cable more than 25 years ago, and now also stream live. On Sundays, we have three services back-to-back with no time for rehearsals in between and can be as simple as three mics and as extreme as 75-plus inputs. The SD8 and SD9 made these 15- and 20-minute switchovers—from Traditional to Contemporary to Blended with choir and orchestra—possible. Besides our normal worship services, we also put on two technically intensive productions each year, at Easter and Christmas, with a cast, crew, and orchestra of over 300. Having this kind of digital footprint—with all the bells and whistles it affords—is a must-have for what we do.”

DiGiCo’s Little Red Box (LRB) played an integral role in integrating the SD8 with the SD9. “It allowed us to take the second MADI I/O on the SD8, run it into the LRB—which is then sent to the SD9 over CAT5E. This enables us to send the local inputs on the SD8 to the SD9 using direct outs.”

From the crew to the congregation, everyone at the church has been extremely pleased with the SD9. “It’s really improved the audio quality of our worship services and productions,” Rockwell concluded. “We stream our services live and air them on cable, the quality of which has noticeably improved by our members who watch on line or at home.”

FOR-A PROVIDES ‘CONTINUOUS INNOVATION’ AT NAB 2012

New Product Highlights Include Compact 2 M/E Video Switcher and File-Based LTO-5 Video Storage Appliance

Fort Lee, New Jersey – FOR-A Company Limited, a leading manufacturer of video and audio systems for the broadcast and professional video industries, will several new products at the 2012 NAB Show, which runs April 16-19 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Designed around the company’s theme of “Continuous Innovation,” FOR-A’s NAB booth (C5219) will include a demonstration area as well as “islands” to showcase video switchers, processors, file-based products and specialty live demonstrations.

“NAB remains an excellent venue for us to showcase our latest products and technologies to broadcasters and other video professionals,” said Pedro Silvestre, sales director for FOR-A Corporation of America. “This year, we’ll unveil a new entry in our popular line of compact video switchers, as well as a new LTO-5 server that will set a new benchmark for LTO-5 file storage. Our innovative, new products, as well as some very dynamic technology demonstrations, will show our commitment to continuous innovation.”

Video Switchers

One of FOR-A’s most anticipated new products is the HVS-390HS video switcher. It maintains the functionality of FOR-A’s current switcher line, but is available in 1 M/E and 2 M/E versions. It includes 16 HD/SD-SDI inputs and eight outputs (expandable to 24 inputs and 13 outputs), with frame synchronizers for all inputs.

A new addition to the HVS-4000 Series, the HVS-4000HSA, offers support 3 M/E operation capability. The HVS-4000 Series offers a choice of M/Es and control panels, and is loaded with standard features to handle complex video productions. With 16 inputs and outputs standard (expandable to 48 inputs and 24 outputs), it includes a built-in multi-viewer, direct access to preset content, and integrated control of various devices. Additional switcher models will also be on display, including the HVS-350HS 1.5 M/E switcher, linked with a MFR-3232 routing switcher, and the HVS-300HS 1 M/E switcher, coupled with a LTG-50HS HD/SD logo/title generator.

File-Based Products

Building on its successful line of LTO-5 video archiving recorders, FOR-A will introduce the LTS-50 storage appliance at NAB. Using a network connection, it archives media files to LTO-5 high-capacity tape, regardless of file format. It’s ideal for data backup that does not require video I/O, as well as archives of nonlinear editing materials that will be reused. Options include LTR Browser software control and automatic creation of low-resolution proxy files and thumbnails when archiving MXF files. Both the LTR-120HS (AVC-Intra/DVCPRO) and LTR-100HS (MPEG-2) video archiving recorders will be on display as well, along with the MBP-100MP multi-format player and MBP-100SX MXF clip server and baseband converter. Plus, FOR-A will provide a technical demonstration of its new file-based frame rate converter.

Multi-Viewers

New for NAB, the MV-1620HS supports mixed inputs of HD-SDI, SD-SDI, and analog composite signals. The compact, cost-effective multi-viewer supports 16 inputs, includes embedded audio level display for up to 16 channels per input and title display of up to 16 characters per input, and features up to two clock displays, which can also be used for countdown and remaining time displays. Plus, the unit saves up to 16 layout patterns, selected from the front panel, and PC-based software makes it easy to create screen layouts.

The new MV-42HS is a four-channel HD/SD multi-viewer that supports mixed and asynchronous HD-SDI and SD-SDI inputs
(optional analog composite). It also features audio level metering and titling, and offers full screen, two split, and quad screen output. FOR-A will also showcase its MV-3200 Series, which provides customizable support for up to 32 inputs and four display outputs. The choice of input boards within its 2 RU frame provides support for various asynchronous HD/SD-SDI, analog composite, and DVI signals, as well as analog or AES audio, so control rooms don’t need to supplement their video walls with additional monitors.

Video Processors

Packaged in a compact form factor, the new FRC-30 HD/SD frame rate converter handles motion compensation and linear conversions. It also supports up/down/cross conversion of 1080i, 720p, NTSC, and PAL at a variety of frame rates for HD/SD-SDI and analog composite signals. The new modular UFM-30FRC frame rate converter, which can be installed in FOR-A’s UFM frame, also provides motion compensation, linear conversions, and up/down/cross conversion of HD/SD-SDI and analog composite sources at various resolutions and frame rates. FOR-A will also display its established FRC-8000 HD/SD frame rate converter and FA-9500 3G/HD/SD multi-purpose signal processor at NAB, as well as a prototype of its next-generation color
corrector.

Specialty Products

FOR-A will demonstrate ‘multi-angle, super slow motion’ shooting for the first time at NAB using nine of its award-winning VFC-7000 HD Variable Frame Rate (Super Slow Motion) Cameras shooting simultaneously and being controlled from one EVS controller. The VFC-7000 is well suited for sports broadcasting applications. Flovel, a company in partnership with FOR-A, will also display prototypes of its new 4K compact camera and HD ultra-high sensitivity camera.

FOR-A will also demonstrate its new SmartDirect all-in-one live production system. Powered by a Brainstorm graphics engine, it provides the ability to create programming, playlists, captions, and switch cameras. Optional features include: the VRCAM-S virtual studio, a video switcher link to connect with an external switcher for more elaborate wipes and effects, link to a clip server to control external servers, and a streaming interface to simultaneously encode and distribute video over the internet.

About FOR-A

FOR-A is a major manufacturer and distributor of video and audio systems to the broadcast, postproduction and professional video markets. For more information about FOR-A’s product line, call 201-944-1120 or visit our web site at www.for-a.com.

NAB 2012 SEES US DEBUT OF AUTOSCRIPT’S PROFESSIONAL PROMPTING SOLUTIONS FOR I-SERIES DEVICES, NEW WIRELESS CONTROLS

TWICKENHAM, UK, MARCH 28, 2012Autoscript, part of Vitec Videocom, a Vitec Group company, will present a full range of end-to-end prompting solutions at NAB 2012 (Booth C6625), with systems designed to fit all budgets and production needs. Products on display will include the US debut of a new wireless foot controller and a prompting app and accessories for the Apple i-Series devices, as well as the increasingly popular voice-activated prompters. more

John Storyk Continues Lecture Initiative

NEW YORK: John Storyk R.A., designer of over 3,000 audio/video production, performance, corporate and educational facilities, continues to maintain an active adjunct career as a teacher and lecturer. His current schedule includes a number of presentations on Acoustics and Recording Studio Design. These include a first appearance at Tufts University in Boston; lectures at the Berklee College of Music (Boston); the University of Colorado (Denver); Union College in Schenectady, NY; and a date at NYC’s SAE Institute of Technology.

In addition to his busy educational lectures, on June 11 Storyk and WSDG co-principal Beth Walters will make their 3rd consecutive presentation at NeoCon, North America’s largest design exposition and conference for commercial interiors, at Chicago’s Merchandise Mart. The two-part presentation consists of Acoustics in Architectural Design (Storyk) and Specific Acoustic Design Tips – Advanced Workshop, (Walters). That same day Storyk will address students at the Illinois Institute of Art Chicago.

Storyk also participates in the ongoing AIA Continuing Education program. He presents an Introduction to the Design, Theory and Construction of Architecture and Acoustics of Recording, Production, and Post-Production Environments to architectural firms around the country. His one-hour, presentation is considered the definitive assessment of architectural acoustics as they pertain to small critical listening and viewing environments. The AIA has just certified an advanced version of this presentation, which is now available as a follow up to his original lectures.

A member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the Audio Engineering Society (AES), Storyk is a frequent contributor to AES Convention Panels and Papers. He has lectured at Yale, Columbia, NYU, Ex’Pression College, SF, Full Sail Center, Orlando and many other leading schools. For additional details on Storyk lectures visit: http://www.wsdg.com/dynamic.asp?id=teaching

The Walters-Storyk Design Group www.wsdg.com is a seven-time winner of the prestigious TEC Award for outstanding achievement in Acoustics/Facility Design, including the 2012 Award for Ann Mincieli’s NYC ‘Destination Studio,’ Jungle City. WSDG maintains a staff of fifty designers and engineers, and offices in NY, SF, Miami, Beijing, Basel, Switzerland; Buenos Aires, Germany, Spain, and Belo Horizonte, Brazil.

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Photo: WSDG co-principal John Storyk

Walters-Storyk Design Group has designed over 3000 media production facilities in the U.S., Europe, the Far East and Latin America. WSDG credits range from the original Jimi Hendrix Electric Lady Studio in Greenwich Village to NYC’s Jazz At Lincoln Center performance complex, broadcast facilities for The Food Network, CBS and WNET, over twenty teaching studios for The Art Institutes around the US, and corporate clients such as Hoffman La Roche. Recent credits include Jungle City, NY’s major new destination studio; private studios for Green Day, Jay-Z, Timbaland’s Tim Mosley, film composer Carter Burwell, Aerosmith, Bruce Springsteen and Alicia Keys. WSDG principals John Storyk, Beth Walters, and Dirk Noy lecture frequently at universities and industry events, and contribute regularly to industry publications. WSDG is a seven-time winner of the prestigious TEC Award for outstanding achievement in Acoustics/Facility Design, including 2012 for Jungle City. WSDG maintains offices in NY, SF, Miami, Argentina, Brazil, Beijing, Germany, Mexico City, Spain and Switzerland.

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Auralex Installed In World Music Nashville’s New Live Venue

Auralex SonoSuede HT Panels Provide Total Sound Solution and Aesthetic Decor at Tennessee Music Store

NASHVILLE, TN — Auralex® Acoustics, Inc., the industry leader in innovative sound control solutions, helped World Music Nashville, located in Nashville, TN, launch its new live music venue with the installation of Auralex SonoSuede HT™ System acoustics treatment panels throughout the space. more

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Chyron Launches ‘Engage’ Second Screen and Social TV Platform

Engage Allows Users to Enhance Broadcasts With Rich Second Screen and Social Interactions — Without Adding Staff

MELVILLE, N.Y. — March 28, 2012 — Chyron today introduced its new Engage platform designed for integrating second screen, social media, and social TV data into live TV broadcasts. Making these popular technologies available through existing Chyron graphics system interfaces, Engage eliminates the need for custom integration and gives broadcasters a low-cost, low-risk way to incorporate a range of engaging and dynamic new elements into their live news and sports programming. more

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