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FUJIFILM Optical Devices Division to Exhibit at Three Upcoming South American Trade Shows

Tecnotelevision 2012, Broadcast & Cable 2012, and CAPER 2012 Trade Shows Offer Significant Opportunities to Connect with Latin American Customers

Wayne, N.J.– FUJIFILM North America Corporation, Optical Devices Division will showcase its high-performance HDTV lenses from its Premier, Select, and EXCEED Series lines at three major South American trade shows. The conventions—each of which attracts thousands of DTV broadcasters, digital cinematographers, and other media professionals from across Latin America—include Tecnotelevision 2012, SET Broadcast & Cable 2012, and CAPER 2012.

Set to take place from July 25-26, 2012, the fifth annual Tecnotelevision Congress and Expo 2012 will be held at the Corferias Convention Center in Bogota, Colombia. The sold-out event provides media professionals an opportunity to see and learn about emerging technologies, products, and business models impacting DTV and other distribution platforms.

From August 21-23, 2012, the Optical Devices Division will exhibit at SET Broadcast & Cable 2012 at the Centro de Exposicoes Imigrantes in Sao Paolo, Brazil. And lastly, the company will exhibit at the 21st annual CAPER 2012—a high-profile trade show centered on DTV broadcasting, HDTV, television and radio production and automation, as well as digital cinematography. The show, which expects a crowd of more than 6,000, will take place at the Centro Costa Salguero, from October 24-26, 2012, in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

“These trade shows are an excellent opportunity for us to showcase our high-performance lenses for HDTV, ENG, and digital cinematography,” said Adriano Bedoya, director of sales and marketing for Latin America, Mexico, and The Caribbean, FUJIFILM North America Corporation, Optical Devices Division. “These events also offer us the opportunity to solidify long-standing relationships with our Latin American customers and partners as well as to win over new ones. We can’t understate the importance of the growing Latin American region to the future success of our company.”

At the Latin American trade shows, FUJIFILM’s Optical Devices Division will showcase a variety of lenses from its Premier, Select, and EXCEED product lines. At Tecnotelevision, its Premier HA42x9.7 and HA42x13.5 2/3-inch ENG HDTV telephoto lenses will be on display. Also at Tecnotelevision will be two box-type HDTV field lenses, including the XA88x12.5 super telephoto and the XA76x9.3 2/3-inch lenses.

At Broadcast & Cable and CAPER 2012, the Optical Devices Division will show the new PL 19-90mm CABRIO zoom lens, a member of the high-end Premier PL Mount Series of digital cinema-grade lenses. New as of NAB 2012, the PL CABRIO has a unique detachable servo drive unit and is suitable in PL film-style or ENG-style applications. Also on display at the Brazilian and Argentinean shows will be the HA19x.7.4 2/3-inch Premier Series high-performance HDTV lenses and the XA77x9.5 2/3-inch HDTV telephoto field (box-type) lens with the widest angle (77X) in its class—also new as of NAB 2012.

“Fujifilm values its many Latin American customers, and we look forward to seeing several end users, potential clients, and colleagues at these upcoming shows,” said Thom Calabro, Director, Marketing and Product Development, FUJIFILM North America Corporation, Optical Devices Division. FUJINON lens customers in Latin America include: Televisa, TV Azteca, Caracol TV, RCN, Televideo, TV Globo, Rede Record, Artear, Chilefilms, UCTV, Chilevision, TeleAmazonas, Canal Uno, TV Bandeirantes, Medcom, and Venevision.

About Fujifilm
FUJIFILM North America Corporation, a marketing subsidiary of FUJIFILM Holdings America Corporation consists of five operating divisions and one subsidiary company. The Imaging Division sells consumer and commercial photographic products and services including film, one-time-use cameras, online photo services and fulfillment, digital printing equipment and service. The Electronic Imaging Division markets consumer digital cameras. The Motion Picture Division provides motion picture film, and the Graphic Systems Division supplies products and services to the printing industry. The Optical Devices Division provides binoculars, and optical lenses for closed circuit television, videography, cinematography, broadcast and industrial markets. FUJIFILM Canada Inc. markets a range of Fujifilm products and services. For more information, please visit www.fujifilmusa.com/northamerica, or go to www.twitter.com/fujifilmus to follow Fujifilm on Twitter. To receive news and information direct from Fujifilm via RSS, subscribe at www.fujifilmusa.com/rss.

FUJIFILM Holdings Corporation, Tokyo, Japan, brings continuous innovation and leading-edge products to a broad spectrum of industries, including electronic imaging, digital printing equipment, medical systems, life sciences, graphic arts, flat panel display materials and office products, based on a vast portfolio of digital, optical, fine chemical and thin film coating technologies. The company was among the top 17 companies around the world granted U.S. patents in 2011, and in the year ended March 31, 2012, had global revenues of $27.8 billion*. Fujifilm is committed to environmental stewardship and good corporate citizenship. For more information, please visit www.fujifilmholdings.com.

* At an exchange rate of 79 yen to the dollar.

All product and company names herein may be trademarks of their registered owners.

FUJIFILM Optical Devices Division, 10 High Point Drive, Wayne, New Jersey 07470. Phone: 973-633-5600. Fax: 973-633-5216. Web site:www.FUJINON.com

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Bexel Names Suzanne Lezotte Marketing Director

Former Worldwide Marketing Communications Director at Panavision Joins Bexel Team

BURBANK, CA, JULY 25, 2012—Bexel, a unit of the Vitec Group’s Services Division and a leading worldwide provider of broadcast services and solutions, is pleased to announce Suzanne Lezotte as the company’s new marketing director. In her new position, Lezotte will take the lead in creating and deploying cohesive marketing strategies while identifying new avenues for company recognition and exposure. She will report to Matt Danilowicz, managing director of Bexel. more

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AVnu Alliance Unveils Certification Logo

AVnu Alliance Unveils Certification Logo

Offers Testing Tools to Members

Beaverton, OR – July 24, 2012 – AVnu Alliance, an industry forum dedicated to bringing AVnu-certified Audio Video Bridging (AVB) products to the market, has unveiled the certification mark for devices that have passed AVnu Alliance interoperability testing to become an AVnu-certified AVB product. This certification process helps assure that once a product is certified, it will interoperate with other AVnu-certified AVB devices.

To facilitate certifying AVB devices for interoperability, AVnu Alliance will provide its more than 40 members with a rich set of tools to test AVB devices and troubleshoot problems before entering the formal testing procedures. Software scripts are offered to these manufacturers to help accelerate their development of AVB products in preparation of final interoperability testing. AVnu Alliance regularly hosts plugfests where products are tested in a collaborative multi-vendor environment.

“AVnu-certified AVB devices offer manufacturers and their customers numerous practical advantages over legacy and proprietary solutions in streaming A/V content,” said Lee Minich, marketing chair for AVnu Alliance.” Only AVB products bearing the AVnu certification mark give end-users the confidence that a device passed robust compliance and interoperability testing in a multi-vendor environment.”

Earlier this year, the AVnu Alliance named the University of New Hampshire Interoperability Laboratory (UNH-IOL) as the official test house. Testing of AVB-enabled bridges is planned to begin in August 2012. For professional audio endpoint products, the testing process is planned to begin in Q1 of 2013.

To become an AVnu Alliance member or learn more about the AVnu certification program, email administration@avnu.org.

About AVnu Alliance

AVnu Alliance is an industry forum dedicated to the advancement of professional-quality audio video by promoting the adoption of the IEEE 802.1 Audio Video Bridging (AVB) standards over various networking link-layers. The organization creates compliance test procedures and processes that ensure interoperability of networked AV devices, helping to provide the highest quality streaming AV experience. The Alliance is focused on applications of these technologies in the automotive, consumer electronics and professional AV markets. More information can be found on the AVnu Alliance website at www.AVnu.org.

 

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Clay Paky Sharpy Fixtures Illuminate Drake’s Club Paradise Tour

As a key part of the lighting rig for hip-hop artist Drake’s Club Paradise Tour, Clay Paky Sharpys are proving how heavenly they are to work with. The fixtures have been selected by lighting designer Patrick Dierson for Drake’s European and North American tour in support of his second studio album, “Take Care.”

Dierson has described the tour’s aesthetic as “a seemingly factory-like structure of equipment…strong, angular, geometric, almost harsh” reflecting the “strong, masculine stance” of much of Drake’s artistry. Dierson was charged with creating a very customized look for the show’s lighting from as little custom equipment as possible.

Sixty Sharpys form the basis of the touring rigs hung in chevron-like formations above the stage and mounted at 90º angles in the show’s iconic ParaCube wall. “The units are used as aerial beam effects, overall stage washes and, as unconventional as it may seem, also key light for several intimate moments in the show,” Dierson explains.

He believes that the Sharpys have brought “a definitive look to the show. We were looking to create a very masculine and aggressive look to the overall design, and the Sharpy’s tight beam, prismatic effects, fast movement and unrivaled output made it the obvious choice.”

But the fixtures can also showcase Drake’s softer side. Although Dierson tapped the Sharpys’ “speed and raw output to put forth very aggressive looks” he also capitalized on “the beam’s aerial image quality and consistently repeatable positioning to produce some very intimate moments.”

Over the course of the tour, which commenced in February, the Sharpys have “performed flawlessly,” according to Dierson, who has experienced similar results from other shows on which he’s used the lights. “The competing products simply can’t match Clay Paky’s reliability, particularly in harsh environments.

“Sharpys’ unmatched reliability and beautiful quality of light output continue the legacy for which Clay Paky has always been known,” he adds. “I’m very much looking forward to whatever new tools they’ll be releasing this year.”

Dierson collaborated on the tour’s production design with creative director Willo Perron of WPA; Guy Pavelo is the touring lighting director.

A.C.T Lighting is the distributor for Clay Paky in North America.

Francesco Romagnoli, Clay Paky Area Manager for North and Latin America, adds, “Patrick is an excellent designer and a great collaborator. We’re please to see him using our lights on so many of his projects.”

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Colorado Symphony Orchestra and Minnesota Public Radio Enhance Workflow with Neumann Digital Microphone Technology

Denver (CO), Minneapolis (MN), 24 July 2012 – Recording a large orchestral performance can involve extreme dynamic level changes, highly reverberant environments and dozens of channels of microphones, cables and associated electronic circuitry. Using traditional analog equip­ment, controlling these factors can be cumbersome, and maintaining a simple, agile workflow is often difficult. Using several dozen analog microphones onstage significantly raises the noise floor, and may introduce distortion during loud passages. Now, with Neumann’s pioneering range of digital microphones, users can experience an all-digital workflow — dramatically increasing signal integrity and user controllability.

A “Twenty-First Century Orchestra” Goes Digital

Since returning to the Colorado Symphony Orchestra (CSO) to take up the position of President/CEO, Gene Sobczak has begun to modernize the organization with an ambitious program of performances featuring pop and rock artists, recordings, webcasts and educational outreach. Sobczak has also forged relationships between Mike Pappas, a Denver-based recording engineer, and Sennheiser Electronic Corporation to ensure that every nuance of the orchestra is captured with innovative digital microphone technology from Neumann.

The CSO has already shared the stage this year with Trey Anastasio of the rock band Phish, Denver-based multi-instrumentalists DeVotchKa, and Boston-based alt-rockers Guster. In his role as volunteer engineer for the CSO, Pappas captured all three of these shows with an arsenal of Neumann digital microphones.

Realizing Agility and Simplicity

Pappas used 56 KM D series Neumann digital mics in a variety of omni-directional, cardioid and hypercardioid polar patterns. The mic list also included a Neumann KU 100 dummy head binaural stereo microphone for hall ambience, and a KMR 82 D shotgun for spot miking.

When using analog microphones and mixers, self-noise causes the noise floor to become more audible as channel counts increase. This is not the case with digital microphones however, which maintain a consistent noise floor whether one is using a single unit or three dozen units. “In a conventional analog mic setup,” says Pappas, “mix 24 channels together and the noise floor comes up by 15 dB. Now, take 56 analog microphones and you’re looking at the noise floor coming up by 20 or 25 dB. This is significantly lower when using digital microphones. With a Neumann digital microphone you go from capsule to A-to-D converter in less than an inch. What that means is that you don’t have this low level analog signal running through hundreds and hundreds of feet of cable, and then into your preamps. In the end, all the cable does is add more noise.”

Simple Workflow, Astounding Results

Pappas’ workflow is typically very simple: Neumann mics plugged into Neumann Digital Microphone Interface (DMIs), with the signals converted into MADI for transport to a DiGiCo mixing console for monitoring while recording into a computer running Apple Logic software. “The workflow is easier because there’s less stuff you need to worry about when you use digital mics,” Pappas observes. “You plug them in, fire up the software and the system pretty much runs itself. Plus we don’t have problems with things like hums and buzzes.”

“We recorded analog for many years with some of the best gear on the planet,” says Pappas. “When we switched over to full digital, the first thing we noticed was that we could hear the hall very clearly. We couldn’t hear this with analog gear because the noise floor of the gear was significantly greater than the noise floor of the hall.” Since Pappas received his first batch of Neumann digital mics back in 2004, he hasn’t looked back.

A Leading Broadcaster Forays into Digital Mics
Minnesota Public Radio (MPR), which established itself in 1967 as a classical music station, has grown to become one of the United States’ premier public radio entities and currently operates a 43-station radio network. American Public Media (APM), MPR’s parent organization, is the nation’s largest distributor of classical music programming. MPR frequently records and broadcasts the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra (SPCO) for “Performance Today,” a program that reaches 1.3 million listeners on 256 stations each week.

The SPCO is a 34-piece ensemble and the only full-time chamber orchestra in the U.S. Now in its 53rd season, the ensemble enjoys a reputation as one of the finest chamber orchestras in the world.

In early April, Cameron Wiley, MPR technical director for SPCO programming, implemented an eight-channel system at a performance by the ensemble at Wooddale Church in Eden Prairie, MN. He recorded the concert to a Nuendo system using Neumann KM 183 D, KM 184 D and KM 185 D digital microphones, with the main mic array arranged in a modified Decca Tree configuration.

Since there was no rehearsal, Wiley had to take an educated guess while setting levels based on his experience recording the SPCO with his analog rig – the tympani proved troublesome. Thankfully, he recalls, the increased headroom afforded by the Neumann digital system handled the KM 143 D spot mic with no distortion. “That mic was being hit pretty hard, but it handled this very well. If we had used analog, it wouldn’t have survived those levels.”

As a longtime user of analog microphones, Wiley appreciates the benefits of an all-digital mic setup – especially the control provided by Neumann’s Remote Control Software (RCS). “Being able to control polar patterns as well as onboard DSP can be a lifesaver. Having that capability in a mic is fantastic and it certainly makes workflow much easier to deal with.”

To learn more about Neumann digital microphones, please visit http://www.neumann.com.

Image Captions:

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Resident Conductor Scott O’Neil conducting the Colorado Symphony Orchestra with a Neumann KM 133 D capturing the sound (photo credit: Darius Panahpour)

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The Neumann KM D digital microphones feature extended dynamic range and an extremely low noise floor, making them perfectly suited for orchestral recordings (photo credit: Darius Panahpour)

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The Neumann KM D family of digital microphones features an agile selection of omni, cardioid and super-cardioid polar patterns

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The Neumann KM 184 D was used during a recent recording by MPR

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Video Mount Products Launches Low-Profile DVR-LB3 DVR Lockbox

Shipping August 1, the DVR-LB3 is Fan Cooled within a Low-Profile Chassis, and has Been Designed Specifically for Today’s Smaller and More Compact DVRs and Installations Restricted to Limited Space Requirements

STEVENSVILLE, Md., July 24, 2012 — Video Mount Products (videomount.com), a leading provider of mounting solutions for the security, commercial, CI, residential, and pro audio/video markets, is proud to announce the launch of the new DVR-LB3 DVR Lockbox. Shipping August 1, the low-profile DVR-LB3 has an MSRP of $236.95.

“The DVR-LB3 is the next in our series of DVR lockboxes, following our popular DVR-LB1 and DVR-LB2 lockboxes,” explained Keith Fulmer, president of Video Mount Products. “The DVR-LB3 features all the security benefits of the others in the series, but its low-profile makes it perfect for today’s smaller DVRs and for installations restricted to limited space requirements.”

Due to the smaller, more compact chassis where heat issues may arise, VMP has included a single fan, as well as a mounting location for a second fan should additional thermal management be required. Multiple vents with vent blockers for active or passive thermal management have also been incorporated.

Additional features of the VMP DVR-LB23 lockbox include:
• Interior dimensions: 17.2in W x 21in D x 5in H
• Rack mountable on two or four posts with a three RU overall height
• Interlocking lift-off lid
• Key-locked hinged front door
• Black static resistant powder coat finish

According to Fulmer, high-end electronics have become a staple in today’s security, CI, residential, and commercial marketplaces. As these expensive technologies and equipment, including DVRs, find homes in more and more commercial and professional settings, additional security measures need to be taken to insure these electronics are not harmed or stolen without compromising remote control accessibility.

“Our DVR-LB3 is the next generation DVR lockbox, built upon the principle of creating peace of mind for those who require DVRs be installed in settings that may be prone to theft or vandalism, but at the same time allowing for the flexibility of a smaller housing solution,” Fulmer concluded.

For more information, please visit www.videomount.com or call (410) 643-6390 or toll free 877-281-2169. If you need help choosing the right mount for your application, try the Video Mount Finder at www.chooseamount.com.

About Video Mount Products
Born in 1994, Video Mount Products (VMP) is a leading provider of mounting solutions for the video, audio and security industries. VMP products consistently offer the latest designs in safety and flexibility, all at an outstanding value. VMP’s product offering continues to substantially grow by adding several mounting systems to address the increasing popularity abundance of flat panel technology, both LCD and Plasma, as well as other growing segments across many markets.

VMP has become the mounting systems company of choice for professionals and their customers everywhere. All products have been engineered for and installed with confidence in thousands of residences, businesses, hotels, restaurants, schools, hospitals, houses of worship and security applications throughout the world. VMP prides itself on providing the best products in the industry and by supporting those products with knowledgeable professionals who understand that “support” is the core of the business.

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Matrox Adds Features and Ships World’s First Quad SDI-to-HDMI Multiviewer Under $1,000

Matrox MicroQuad Is Ideal for OB Vans, On-Set Productions, and Live Events

MONTREAL — July 24, 2012 — Matrox(R) Video Products Group today announced the immediate availability of Matrox MicroQuad(TM), a four-channel SDI-to-HDMI(R) multiviewer priced at just $995 US. New features have been added since the product was originally announced at the 2012 NAB Show. more

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Chyron to Provide 10 HyperX³.¹ Graphics Systems for NBC Olympics’ Coverage of the London 2012 Olympic Games

NEW YORK — July 24, 2012 — Chyron will provide 10 HyperX³.¹ on-air graphics playout systems to NBC Olympics during its production of the 2012 London Olympic Games, July 27-August 12, 2012. The announcement was made today by Philip Paully, Director, Graphics Engineering and Operations, NBC Olympics, and Peter Morrone, Senior Vice President, Product Engineering, Chyron. more

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Queensland University Of Technology Relies on HARMAN’s AKG DMS700 Digital Wireless Microphones

VIENNA, Austria – In need of a technology upgrade for its lecture halls, which host more than 50,000 students during the academic year, Australia’s Queensland University of Technology’s (QUT) Audiovisual Projects Department installed a campus-wide digital wireless solution to replace its existing analog system. Supported by Len Lotz and Shane Palmer of Videopro, the Queensland-based technology integrator, QUT now has more than 400 educational spaces across multiple buildings channelled with HARMAN’s AKG DMS700 digital wireless solution.

QUT’s wireless channels were already crowded, nearly reaching its capacity, which put constant stress on the channels and brought interference to lectures throughout campus. Recently, with a decision to advance campus technology and expand the CBD area, QUT would require additional channels of wireless, which would not be supported by their previous analog system. AKG’s DMS700 was selected, as it offered a tactical answer, addressing all of the issues related to overcrowded bandwidth and completely eliminating interference. DMS700’s ultra-wide tuning range also offered the greatest degree of flexibility to work around uncertain frequency allocations in the future, as the Australian government redistributes allocations of UHF spectrum.

AKG’s DMS700 is designed to deliver the highest quality and operability to users. DMS700 allowed QUT to provide a significantly larger number of channels, in addition to the clarity and reliability of the digital signal. Its quick and easy setup allows anyone within the university, from the technical team, to professors and students to easily turn on and distribute their audio throughout QUT.

“The lecture halls and teaching spaces have improved, in terms of the audio clarity and reliability, dramatically with the integration of AKG’s DMS700 wireless system,” stated John Vikstrom, QUT. “AKG and its Australian distributor, Audio Products Group, were instrumental in this installation, working tirelessly with Videopro and QUT’s AV team to design a complete system that would span the entire campus and offer user friendly ability for the professors in each room.”

With the project continuing into 2012, Videopro and Audio Products Group, have already deployed more than 300 channels for QUT.

“QUT is pleased with the AKG system, as the improvement is clearly heard when in a room that was previously plagued with interference,” said Lotz. “AKG’s work on producing a university-wide frequency allocation plan allows QUT to take a holistic approach to managing its entire fleet of wireless microphones.”

For more information about AKG, please visit http://www.akg.com and http://www.youtube.com/AKGacoustics. For more information on Videopro, please visit http://www.videopro.com.au. For information about Audio Products Group, please visit http://www.audioproducts.com.au.

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets a wide range of audio and infotainment solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets — supported by 15 leading brands, including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon® and Mark Levinson®. The Company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the venues where they perform. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of about 13,000 people across the Americas, Europe and Asia, and reported net sales of $4.3 billion for the twelve months ended March 31, 2012.

BTX Goes All In at Resorts World Casino New York City, Providing Gefen Digital Signage Media Players With Wi-Fi(TM)

Gefen Media Players Drive 40 Digital Menu Boards in Casino’s Food Court and Aqueduct Buffet

HAWTHORNE, N.Y. — July 24, 2012 — BTX Technologies, a value-added distributor and manufacturer of interface, integration, and system products, today announced that the company has supplied 40 Gefen Digital Signage Media Players with Wi-Fi(TM) for use at the Resorts World Casino New York City. more

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