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HDFX-250-TR ; Two (2) fiber Detachable HDMI Extender

New optical HDMI extender, HDFX-250-TR is designed compact enough to be fitted into various installation environments with two (2) LC fibers connection. The transmitter and receiver set, HDFX-250-TR enables to transmit WUXGA (1920×1200) or 1080p at 60Hz signal up to 300m (985feet) over two (2) LC multi-mode fibers, avoiding any tricks like scaling or data compression for lessening a burden of data transmission.

Between the transmitter and the receiver, pure fiber connection by two (2) LC fibers connector gives clean, secure and easy installation with no electrical hazard and a perfect electrical isolation. The HDFX-250-TR can be operated by USB power without external DC power adapter by plugging the supplied USB to DC plug cables to each module.

It passes CEC, EDID & HDCP (High Definition Contents Protection) for better installation flexibility and compatibility.



HDFX-200 is 1-Fiber HDMI Extender which supports:

- Extends WUXGA (1920×1200) at 60Hz (1.65Gbps/ch) or 1080p at 60Hz (36bit, 2.25Gbps/ch)

- Transmits HDMI data up to 300m (985feet) over two (2) LC multi-mode fiber

- Supports HDMI1.3 up to 36-bit color depth

- Operated by USB power or DC power supplier

- Complies with CEC, EDID & HDCP1.2

- Certifies FCC and CE standards for EMI/RFI emission

- Has HDMI receptacle and provides intermediate cable for flexible installation

-Includes two (2) +5V, 1A DC power adapters / two (2) USB to DC plug cables for the transmitter and receiver

OPTICIS HQ
#16FL Kins Tower. 8, Seongnam-daero, 331beon-gil, Bundang-gu, Seongnam-si, Gyeonggi-do, 463-844 Korea Tel: +82 31 719-8033 | Fax: +82 31 719-8032 | tosales@opticis.com

- Secure the electrical isolation

HDFX-200-TR ; One (1) fiber HDMI Extender

New optical HDMI extender, HDFX-200-TR has one (1) LC fiber connection and is designed compact enough to be fitted into various installation environments. The HDFX-200 with the same mechanical dimension for each of transmitter and receiver enables to transmit the uncompressed HDMI up to WUXGA (1920×1200) at 60Hz refresh ratio or 1080p at 60Hz, avoiding any tricks like scaling or data compression for lessening a burden of data transmission.

ThBetween its transmitter and receiver, pure fiber connection by one (1) LC fiber connector gives clean, secure and easy installation with no electrical hazard and a perfect electrical isolation. The maximum extension is 300m (985feet) over a multi-mode fiber.

HDFX-200 has HDMI receptacle and provides intermediate cable to be connected to various types of HDMI connectors. It passes CEC, EDID & HDCP for better installation flexibility.



HDFX-200 is 1-Fiber HDMI Extender which supports:

- Extends WUXGA (1920×1200) at 60Hz (1.65Gbps/ch) or 1080p at 60Hz (36bit, 2.25Gbps/ch)

- Transmits HDMI data up to 300m (985feet) over one (1) LC multi-mode fiber

- Supports HDMI1.3 up to 36-bit color depth

- Complies with CEC, EDID & HDCP1.2

- Certifies FCC and CE standards for EMI/RFI emission

- Has HDMI receptacle and provides intermediate cable for flexible installation

OPTICIS HQ
#16FL Kins Tower. 8, Seongnam-daero, 331beon-gil, Bundang-gu, Seongnam-si, Gyeonggi-do, 463-844 Korea Tel: +82 31 719-8033 | Fax: +82 31 719-8032 | tosales@opticis.com

- Secure the electrical isolation

Extron Now Shipping VNR 100 VN-Matrix Single Channel Recorder

Extron Electronics is pleased to announce the immediate availability of the VNR 100, a single channel recorder that digitally records and plays back high-definition computer graphics, video, audio, and data streamed in VN-Matrix® systems. It can simultaneously record and play back streaming content. This provides flexibility for recording and playback workflows, and can help increase the duty cycle of expensive source and presentation equipment. The VNR 100 presents a scalable solution that can be deployed in single source or multi-source applications.

“The VNR 100 is a scalable, advanced recording solution for quality-critical AV streaming applications,” says Casey Hall, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Extron. “Its ability to record and play back simultaneously makes it ideally suited for a variety of streaming and recording applications.”

Pre-recorded content can be streamed while an independent source is recorded in time-slip applications, and chase-play capabilities allow time-shifted delays to be introduced into a live stream. Additionally, multiple VNR 100 units can be configured to accommodate recording and playback of AV content presented on multi-screen display systems. As a part of Extron’s line of VN-Matrix streaming solutions, the VNR 100 is ideally suited for AV streaming and recording applications with the most demanding quality and performance requirements. Common applications for the VNR 100 include command and control, training and simulation, multi-site houses of worship, and staged entertainment events.

New NEXO STM Line Array and Yamaha Consoles Put Finishing Touch on Funshine Festival

TAMPA—More than 30 acts performed over five musical stages during Funshine Fest, held May 3-5 on the fairgrounds of Florida State in Tampa with an attendance of 20,000. Main stage artists included Train, the Smashing Pumpkins, REO Speedwagon, Styx, the Wallflowers, Cheap Trick, New Found Glory, Gary Allen, and Chris Carrabba of Dashboard Confessional.

ESI Audio of Tampa provided audio production, and this year, the new NEXO STM was used as the Live Nation Amphitheatre main stage line array. Company President, Erick Celeiro, functioned as FOH tech and Ozzy Giron acted as monitor tech on the rig. The system consisted of 15 M46 per side flown, 15 B112 per side flown, 32 S118 subs ground stacked, 10 NUAR racks that included 2x 4×4 NXAmps, and four M46s stacked on S118 subs for front fills. The entire system was running from front of house via the Dante network to the amp racks. A Yamaha PM5D was at the front of house mix position.

About the new STM system, Live Nation Amphitheatre production manager Andy Martinez said, ” I have seen many systems come in and out of here, and never had a system that rigs and flies so easy and sounds amazing.” And, REO front of house engineer, Neil Schaefer, added, “I had the pleasure of using the NEXO STM, and having had plenty of time in front of NEXO rigs over the years, my expectations were high. The STM PA is very tidy with clever rigging. Most important, it sounded very good. Smooth, powerful, and responsive; a very nice rig indeed!”

The NEXO STM Series (Scale Through Modularity) loudspeaker cabinets are the first of its kind on the market and combine the best of Alpha functionality with the technical innovation of GEO waveguide designs, delivering a powerful, flexible, and easy to use system. STM enables line array systems to scale up or down depending on event audience size, from 1,000 to 100,000 people. STM is unique in that it is the first vertical array system to offer scalable LF, making it easy to add extra bass cabinets for increased power and headroom, without introducing unwanted phase anomalies.

The outdoor Pavilion Stage used a NEXO GEO T line array along with a Yamaha CL5 at front of house used by mix engineer Jan Javier, with a CL1 at monitors for engineer Rob “DH” Durkee. “I felt very comfortable taking the CL out for the three-day festival with multiple bands, some with their own engineers, some without,” states Javier. The CL screen is like the difference between a regular VHS tape and a Blue-Ray DVD. I was using AES outs all the way to the amps. The system sounded great, the desk was very easy to use from the first day. The next day, I put the Premium Rack’s Portico Compressor in stereo in the left and right, and what a difference, just passing through the unit; smooth and warm become the words to best describe the sound. I used the DCAs, as I am used to mixing that way. Assignments are very easy, and finding my way around the desk is simple and very intuitive.”

“The guest engineers were amazed at the sound of the desk and how friendly it is, notes Javier. All who used it said they would tour with it.” Javier said they ran the stage rack onstage, and ran a cat6 snake out. He also said he noticed the pre-amps are much more responsive and a lot warmer out of the box. The Pavilion Stage hosted Lone Bellow, Tonic, Big Sam’s Funky Nation, and Dead Confederates. “They all loved the sound.”

The Concourse Stage housed a Yamaha CL1 at front of house with mixing by Bryan Rogers and Justin Lenards. An LS9 was used for monitors. Rogers said the CL1 was “like butter… smooth and creamy.” Lenards who mixed FOH and Monitors said “Love it, great little console.”

For more information on ESI Audio, visit www.esiaudio.com.

For more information on the NEXO STM and Yamaha CL Series, visit www.yamahaca.com.

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Photo ID: NEXO STM and Yamaha PM5D during FOH mix for Styx
Photo ID: L to R: Pat Clark, VP ESI, Yamaha’s Brian Coviello, Andy Martinez, Live Nation Amphitheater Technical Director

HARMAN’s Studer Offers Free Online Vista 1 Tutorial Classes

POTTERS BAR, United Kingdom – HARMAN’s Studer has produced a series of tutorial videos for its latest compact Vista 1 broadcast production console, which are freely available to view online on the company’s website and YouTube page.

The 22 short videos cover topics such as laying out the configurable control surface, patching channels, assigning busses, dealing with mix-minus feeds, using Vistonics™, creating and using snapshots and an overview of the console’s special features.

The sections are short and easy to digest and are useful for anyone wanting to know more about the Vista 1, or operators who have recently acquired a desk and wish to learn more.

View the videos on the Studer website at http://www.studer.ch/support/videos.aspx, or on YouTube.

HARMAN (www.HARMAN.com) designs, manufactures, and markets a wide range of audio, lighting and infotainment solutions for the automotive, consumer, and professional markets. It is a recognized world leader across its customer segments with premium brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, and Mark Levinson®, and leading-edge connectivity, safety and audio technologies. 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 14,300 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $4.4 billion for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2012.

Bexel Expands 4K and HD Camera Solutions

Company to Showcase New Offerings and Equipment Sales at Cine Gear Expo

Bexel Cine Gear Expo Booth # 98C

(BURBANK, CA) – Bexel, a unit of the Vitec Group’s Services Division and a leading worldwide provider of broadcast services and solutions, has expanded its selection of camera solutions with the purchase of four Sony F55 cameras, a compatible selection of PL-mount Fujinon Cabrio Lenses, as well as 10 Canon EOS C300 cameras. The new camera packages will be on display at Cine Gear Expo (Booth #98C), which runs May 31 through June 1 in Los Angeles.

“The investment in these acquisition formats expands the broad base of Bexel’s available camera packages, and ramps up our turnkey solutions featuring leading products from the chief manufacturers in the industry,” says Bexel CTO Tom Dickinson. “We have been following the market quite closely, as we always do at Bexel, and know that this is the right time to jump into an extended offering that includes a series of PL-mount cameras.”

The Sony F55 cameras will play a crucial role in Bexel’s new 4K solutions, and their capabilities for providing camera packages that augment any major sporting event or live production, while also providing clients with an outstanding HD source for various broadcast television projects and other high-end programs. Bexel will offer a full suite of accessories with the camera, including the AXS-R5 RAW recorder, which enables incredibly precise 16-bit linear RAW in both 2K and 4K.

To complement their new Sony F55 cameras, Bexel has acquired eight Fujinon PL 19-90mm Cabrio lenses (ZK4.7×19) and PL 85-300mm Cabrio lenses (ZK3.5×85). These premier PL-mount lenses provide a film-like look, and are easily scalable to enable full 4K production.
The Cabrio lenses feature a detachable servo drive unit, making it suitable for use as a standard PL lens or an ENG-style lens. Bexel anticipates that the ability to extract sharp, crisp, high-resolution 4K images from a zoom will be especially desirable for live sports broadcasts.

The Canon EOS C300 with the EF-mount provides users with the ability to give a project a variety of looks, as it delivers an effective and cost efficient cinema-style look that is ideal for reality programming, field acquisition, and the enhancing of high-end video production. The Canon’s Super 35mm CMOS Sensor, DIGIC DV III Image Processor and XF Codec augment reality show productions at a very cost effective price point.

Dickinson adds, “We’re very pleased to be expanding the range of our camera lines. The Sony F55 is going to give our clients great shots that look like film, and the ability to be more creative. And on the 4K side of the spectrum, particularly when paired with the Fujinon PL Cabrio lenses, the F55 provides a larger image for 4K production. We also have a whole range of customers who will benefit from the flexibility and affordability the EF-mount Canon EOS C300s offer in augmenting a variety of video productions.”

Also at Cine Gear, Bexel’s Technical Sales & Solutions division (Bexel TSS) will be promoting its portfolio of new and pre-owned gear. Bexel TSS is the leading dealer of professional broadcast equipment sales, boasting a multi-million dollar standing inventory of the latest audio, video and fiber equipment. Bexel TSS recently became a premier reseller of DiGiCo’s broadcast digital audio consoles, and will showcasing the DiGiCo SD 11 at the booth. The company is planning a summer sale at its Burbank headquarters on June 7. Expo attendees can preview a selection of gear that will be available for purchase, as well as inquire about other equipment sales and rental needs.

“Having everything under one roof makes Bexel the go-to resource for rentals and sales,” notes Joyce Bente, director of sales for Bexel TSS. “We are thrilled to be able to provide more resources to our customers, including increased support and the ability to leverage all our products to meet their demands.”

About Bexel
Bexel is the pre-eminent worldwide provider of broadcast services including video and audio equipment rentals, fiber services, new audio sales, used equipment sales, and repairs/maintenance. Bexel provides brilliantly designed and flawlessly executed systems and solutions to all customers – including producers of the biggest and most important televised events in the world. For more information, visit www.bexel.com, and follow Bexel on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/BexelBroadcast) and Twitter (@Bexel).

About the Vitec Group
Capture the moment(tm)

For over 100 years, through every innovation in photography, film and digital image-making, Vitec businesses have developed a powerful portfolio of brand and products that have enabled some of the most amazing moments to be captured under some of the most challenging conditions. Vitec is an international Group principally serving customers in the broadcast photographic and military aerospace and government (MAG) markets. Vitec is based on strong, well-known premium brands on which its customers worldwide rely. Vitec is organized in three divisions: Videocom, Imaging and Services. Videocom designs and distributes systems and products used in broadcasting and live entertainment, film and video production and MAG. Imaging designs, manufactures and distributes equipment and accessories for photography, video and events. Services provides equipment rental, workflow design and technical support for camera, video, audio, fiber optic and wireless technology used by TV production and film crews. More information can be found at www.vitecgroup.com.

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Atlantic City’s New Revel Hotel Is Outfitted With Massive HARMAN Audio System Featuring BSS Processing, Crown Amplifiers and JBL Loudspeakers

ATLANTIC CITY, New Jersey – The new Revel Resort and Casino in Atlantic City has raised the stakes for the area’s luxury hotels—it’s the tallest structure in the city and boasts a 150,000-square-foot casino, 13 restaurants, four nightclubs, 1,900 hotel rooms—and approximately 125 audio/video systems all installed within a 335-day project schedule throughout a sprawling 44-story facility, highlighted by HARMAN’s JBL loudspeakers, along with BSS processing and Crown amplifiers.

“Our firm has successfully accomplished many large-scale projects but this one may be, by far, our largest project to date,” said Tom Knauss, Owner of KMK Technologies, LLC, an Independent Technical Service Provider with offices in south New Jersey and Chappaqua, New York. KMK worked closely with Revel’s prime AV contractor and HARMAN dealer for the project, Total Video Products. TVP is a Top 50 AV Systems Integrator located in Mickleton, New Jersey. Cerami & Associates of New York served as the systems design firm and overall technology consultant to the project architect and Revel ownership. “The project scope included a 25-room technology-rich conference center, approximately 28 meeting rooms, four nightclubs, multiple swimming pools and spas, 13 first-class restaurant venues, high-end hotel suites, an extensive broadcast tie-line system, facility-wide signage systems and background music systems throughout the massive resort property,” Knauss said.

The extensive scope of work was designed and implemented as four major subsystems. Back of House systems include employee dining rooms, conference rooms, meeting rooms, an employee training center and a variety of employee support facilities providing presentation, audio conference, video conference and public address system capabilities. The Front of House systems encompassed the hotel lobbies, indoor pools, outdoor pools, a Sky Garden with magnificent views of the Atlantic Ocean, world-class spa facilities, an upscale shopping mall and other public spaces spread across several floors. Within the hotel tower and high roller suites, designed by Cerami & Associates, KMK and Total Video outfitted two 44th floor Presidential Suites with state-of-the-art entertainment systems.

KMK and Total Video also integrated audio/video systems for the variety of restaurants, nightclubs and entertainment venues throughout the property. Cerami & Associates was given design criteria to ensure commonality in the A/V systems between these different locations, to guarantee easy maintenance from space to space and similar operational subsets within the hotel. “The backbone of each system was the same—including the front of house and back of house, pools areas, roof deck and sky garden,” said Bruce Manning, CTS, Associate Principal of Cerami & Associates. “They are all discrete sub-systems existing within the single main system.”

The signature restaurants include Amada by Chef Jose Garces, the American Cut Steakhouse run by Iron Chef Marc Forgione, a Mediterranean restaurant known as Azure by Allegretti and Mussel Bar & Grille by Chef Robert Wiedmaier. Nighttime revelers can party in four entertainment venues including two that are decidedly out of the ordinary: HQ Nightclub which is spread out over two floors with a large open central dance floor and Ivan Kane’s Royal Jelly Burlesque Nightclub, which features an unusual combination of impressive dance routines and a dynamic live band performing rock and roll cover songs carefully woven with the authentic multi-track recordings by the original artists. High-energy DJ entertainment can be found in and around the Royal Jelly venue and throughout the resort facility on any given evening.

The equipment inventory of HARMAN products is impressive, to say the least. The system features over 650 JBL Control 26CT, 251 Control 24CT and 108 Control 226C/T ceiling speakers, more than 150 other JBL loudspeakers and approximately 640 channels of Crown CTs Series amplifiers. Signal processing is accomplished by a decentralized array of BSS Soundweb digital audio networking components including 10 BLU-800, a dozen BLU-80 processors, six BLU-160 signal processors, two BLU-32 CobraNet I/O expanders and a variety of BLU-BIB and BLU-BOB2 break-out boxes and BLUCARD-IN and BLUCARD-OUT input and output cards. CobraNet signal distribution is accomplished over an extremely robust, owner-provided 10-gigabit network topology.

“The Revel project was conceived as more of a resort destination than a casino, and the goal was for everything, up to and including the AV systems, to be first-rate,” Knauss noted.

“From a product performance standpoint, a project of this size and the demands of such a rigorous schedule leaves little room for product failure,” Knauss added. “Out of box and early use failures or delivery problems can be devastating to the project schedule, client satisfaction and the integrator’s bottom line. In spite of the vast array of products deployed, no Crown, BSS or JBL products exhibited any level of failure during the system installation or since. Crown CTS amplifiers have provided reliable service on our projects for over 15 years and their performance on this impressive deployment further emphasizes their dependable track record. The BSS components worked perfectly and regarding JBL—there are more than 1,100 JBL speakers in this installation and not one has failed to date.”

“We have successfully accomplished a significant share of system projects across a variety of markets including performing arts, commercial AV, corporate facilities, houses of worship and entertainment facilities such as Revel and we have found BSS signal processing to a reliable, fundamentally sound processing solution for projects of the magnitude of Revel as well as our most basic system endeavors. The importance of that flexibility of scale cannot be understated,” Knauss continued. “On this project we had to interface the BSS processing systems within the hotel’s dedicated IT infrastructure. The owners were insistent regarding the need to maintain a single facility-wide IT network that would successfully integrate and deploy our extensive AV system requirements directly adjacent to and in harmony with, critical data systems serving a 2,000-room hotel, an expansive gaming floor and day-to-day administrative operations. The known difficulties of integrating the AV requirements associated with a system of this size on a multi-task network with such critical and demanding needs was a daunting task from the outset of the project, and directly contradictory to the intentions and recommendations of the project professionals. Our staff, TVP’s DSP designers and Revel’s network integration team, however, successfully accomplished this seemingly impossible task. The BSS products and limited but important factory support helped make this a seamless process.”

“Another major benefit of working with HARMAN products was the serviceability of the HARMAN brands,” Manning added. “Those companies stepped up tremendously and were available at a moment’s notice to provide whatever we needed.”

Cerami & Associates specified a variety of other JBL Control models for Revel’s lobbies, hallways, conference rooms and other areas, as the dispersion provided by the Control 47’s conical Radiation Boundary Integrator (RBI) waveguide made the speaker well-suited to high-ceiling areas. In addition, eight pairs of JBL LSR2328P powered studio monitors were installed in DJ booths throughout several of the first-class restaurants. Rather than typical fixed sources for background music, Cerami’s design included music “workstations” similar to a DJ booth where the venue operators could personally adjust the music programming for the venue throughout the day and evening.

In the end, the system designed by Cerami and installed by TVP/KMK has performed flawlessly. “We dealt with a significant volume of product and if there were any failures in the field and we had to replace any products, I’d know about it,” Knauss said. “With respect to the HARMAN products implemented on this project, that just didn’t happen.”

KMK Technologies is a founding member of the Independent Technical Service Provider Council within InfoComm International. For more information on KMK Technologies, please visit www.kmk-technologies.com

For more information on Total Video Products, please visit www.totalvideoproducts.com

For more information on Cerami & Associates, please visit www.ceramiassociates.com

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 13,400 people across the Americas, Europe and Asia, and reported net sales of $4.4 billion for the twelve months ending June 30, 2012.

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RelampIt Hires New Marketing Talent

Bohemia, New York

RelampIt recently hired Brian Hallhan to help coordinate new programs within the marketing department. They recognize that new blood often brings about great innovation and ideas for companies, and Brian’s energy, experience and enthusiasm create the right cocktail to push the RelampIt marketing department to a new level.

Brian will be involved with reimagining the RelampIt brand, cultivating language for new RelampIt markets and working with the RelampIt sales staff to develop more successful campaigns and materials. Gina Sansivero, Partner, Sales & Marketing at RelampIt says, “with marketing experience in the entertainment, technology and printing industries, Brian brings a lot of creativity and proven analytical skills to the table. We are looking to continue to establish a brand that is well recognized in the industry as well respond to the changing technologies and revitalize the company. Brian will be an integral part of this path moving forward.”

RelampIt Welcome Brian to the Team


RelampIt provides relamping services for the projection display industry. RelampIt has developed a process that allows projection lamps to be reclaimed and renewed at a reduced cost without compromising lifetime or performance. RelampIt also offers a no charge projector lamp recycling service. The RelampIt Projector Lamp Recycling Center focuses on reducing waste and environmental contamination from the lamps found in projectors. For more information about relamping and recycling or to become a RelampIt dealer, call 1(631)244-0051, email gms@relampit.com or visit our website at www.relampit.com.

Omega Broadcast Invests in Five FUJINON Cabrio Series PL Mount Telephoto Zoom Lenses

Austin-based rental house lens inventory now includes four FUJINON 19-90mm and one 85-300mm Premier PL Mount lenses for Super 35mm and digital cinematography

Wayne, N.J. – FUJIFILM North America Corporation, Optical Devices Division is announcing that Omega Broadcast Group—a premiere video rental house in Austin, Texas—acquired five new FUJINON Cabrio PL Mount telephoto zoom lenses including four 19-90mm (ZK4.7×19) and one 85-300mm (ZK3.5×85) for 35mm and digital cinematography.

Prior to the arrival of the new lenses, Omega Broadcast Group wanted to show the Cabrio 19-90mm lens at its booth at the Austin tradeshow South by Southwest (SXSW), March 8-17, 2013. This was made possible by a “loaner lens,” arranged by Dave Waddell, South Central regional sales manager for the Optical Devices division, and Omega Broadcast received very positive feedback and social media buzz about its SXSW exhibit.

Since the lenses arrived in April 2013, Omega Broadcast has seen strong demand for rentals by its discriminating video production customers. The lenses, which are available for sale or rent, may be paired with Omega Broadcast’s Sony PMW-F5 CineAlta 2K Capable or PMW-F55 CineAlta 4K digital cinema cameras.

“As a rental house, we enjoy the flexibility these Cabrio lenses offer. Because they cover such wide focal ranges, they allow us to suggest Cabrios for most of our cinema camera rental packages,” said Gabe Proctor, rentals manager for Omega Broadcast Group. “With the versatility and range of these lenses, a director of photography (DP) can really reduce the number of lens changes during the course of a shoot, not to mention that there are fewer cases and shipping costs to weigh them down.”

The 19-90mm Cabrio Premier PL lens offers a T2.9 maximum aperture with 9 iris blades, while the 85-300mm PL Mount telephoto zoom lens offers a focal length of 85-218mm at T2.9 and 300mm at T4.0, both with 200-degree focus rotation. “Zoom lenses are suited to more production situations than primes. But the key thing is that, at each focal length, the performance of these Cabrio zoom lenses is very solid,” said Philip Goetz, director of purchasing and E-commerce for Omega Broadcast. “This one zoom lens can replace prime lenses of varying focal lengths without quality compromises.”

Both lenses feature an exclusive detachable servo drive unit, making them suitable for use as a standard PL cine lens or an ENG-style lens, and both may be controlled using cinema industry standard wireless controllers as well as existing FUJINON wired and wireless units.

“Without the need for an externally powered zoom controller, I can imagine a much better outcome for a DP who chooses a Cabrio versus a non-servo Cooke or Arri lens to pair with a compatible camera like Sony’s F55,” Proctor said. “With the introduction of the new 85-300mm Cabrio, we have now begun to see more interest from photographers who wish to produce archival or large-format images for sporting events. Since these shooters can adjust Cabrio lenses so quickly, they’re able to concentrate on all of the game action unfolding live. Cabrios offer these clients all the comforts of an ENG type lens but delivered in a Super 35mm form factor.”

Proctor added that the /i and LDS lens metadata contacts provided on Cabrio lenses offer a great way to archive important information about exposure and focal lengths with cameras that share these same features. But they also provide power to the built-in servo motors, which can be crucial on reality series and documentaries.

“Cabrio lenses offer a very low-distortion image and minimal breathing during focus effects,” Proctor said. “Considering how fast and lightweight these PL mount zoom lenses are, don’t be surprised to discover that an increasing amount of projects are being produced with 35mm and digital cinema cameras using these lenses.”

To learn more about Fujifilm’s lenses, please go to: https://www.fujifilmusa.com/products/optical_devices/

About Fujifilm
FUJIFILM North America Corporation, a marketing subsidiary of FUJIFILM Holdings America Corporation consists of four operating divisions and one subsidiary company. The Imaging Division provides consumer and commercial photographic products and services, including: photographic paper; digital printing equipment, along with service and support; personalized photo products; film; and one-time-use cameras; and also markets motion picture archival film and on-set color management solutions to the motion picture, broadcast and production industries. The Electronic Imaging Division markets consumer digital cameras, and the Graphic Systems Division supplies products and services to the graphic printing industry. The Optical Devices Division provides optical lenses for the broadcast, cinematography, closed circuit television, videography and industrial markets, and also markets binoculars. FUJIFILM Canada Inc. sells and markets a range of Fujifilm products and services in Canada. For more information, please visit www.fujifilmusa.com/northamerica, go to www.twitter.com/fujifilmus to follow Fujifilm on Twitter, or go to www.facebook.com/FujifilmNorthAmerica to Like Fujifilm on Facebook. 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 10 companies around the world granted U.S. patents in 2012, and in the year ended March 31, 2013, had global revenues of $26.7 billion*. Fujifilm is committed to environmental stewardship and good corporate citizenship. For more information, please visit www.fujifilmholdings.com.

* At an exchange rate of 83 yen to the dollar.

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GC Pro and Malvicino Design Group Collaborate to Bring Audio Production Facilities to the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education

— GC Pro is instrumental in outfitting three locations of the Monterrey Institute of Technology’s recently introduced audio production program —

WESTLAKE VILLAGE, CA, May 22, 2013 — Mexico’s Monterrey Institute of Technology has been one of the leading institutions of higher education in Latin America since it was founded 70 years ago. Monterrey Tech (Tecnológico de Monterrey), as it’s also known, has over 90,000 students across 31 campuses in 25 cities in Mexico. In the last three years, the school instituted and expanded a highly successful audio production education curriculum that is now in place at three of its campuses: the school’s Monterrey headquarters, as well as the Santa Fe and new Mexico City campuses (both in the Mexico City metro area). Key equipment at all of the facilities supporting these audio production programs was sourced by Guitar Center Professional (GC Pro), the outside sales division of Guitar Center that focuses on the needs of professional users. Working with the New York City-based Malvicino Design Group – a leading design and consulting firm specializing in innovative architectural, acoustical and technical systems design and also a member of GC Pro’s Affiliate Program – GC Pro assured Monterrey Tech that they would have every piece of gear the school needed to make their audio production program as cutting-edge as possible.

The Mexico City Campus (CCM) has Ocean Way HR-3 Studio Monitors and an SSL AWS 948 Console. The main campus in Monterrey has a Neve Genesys 32-Input console, as well as Ocean Way HR-2 Studio Monitors. The equipment lists for each campus are comprehensive and outfit all of the studios in ways that offer students a real-world environment for learning, and one with enough variation that will ready them for an increasingly complex audio technology landscape.

“That was one of the things that I really emphasized in my designs for the school,” explains Horacio Malvicino, President of the Malvicino Design Group. “You want all the studios to have the latest equipment, but I also wanted each room to have some outboard gear and other items that were unique to each room, so that students would encounter something new in each studio.”

Horacio Malvicino adds, “GC Pro and I have worked together on many projects in the past, and whether I work with them as a member of their Affiliate Program or I bring them to one of my projects as the supplier, as we did here, GC Pro proves time and time again that they are the best resource you can have.”

For more information, please visit www.gcpro.com.

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