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Double Grammy Winner Fun. Tours with Solotech and Meyer Sound LEO

After winning the 2013 Grammy Song of the Year and Best New Artist awards, indie pop band Fun.’s “Most Nights” tour has been packing music venues across 34 North American cities throughout the summer. Montreal-based Solotech is providing the tour with a Meyer Sound LEO™ linear large-scale sound reinforcement system.

“I’d heard LEO last year at Outside Lands festival in San Francisco, and I was tickled pink when I had the opportunity to take a rig out this year,” says Gordon Reddy, FOH engineer for Fun. “It’s a great kit, with a wonderfully smooth high end. If a typical sweet high end is like table sugar, then LEO is clarified honey.”

The band’s touring system includes main arrays of 14 LEO-M line array loudspeakers per side, with low-end impact supplied by a total of 24 1100-LFC low-frequency control elements. Rounding out the system are eight UPJunior™ VariO™ loudspeakers and six UPQ-1P loudspeakers for stage lip and front corner fill, respectively. A Galileo® Callisto™ loudspeaker management system with three Galileo Callisto 616 array processors and one Galileo 616 AES processor provide system drive and alignment. David Brazeau of Solotech designed the base system configuration in consultation with Reddy.

“LEO certainly has the horsepower when you need it,” claims Reddy. “At one show in the Midwest, the promoters oversold the venue and extended the audience area out into the parking lot, over 300 feet from the stage. They made no provision for delays; fortunately the LEOs delivered all the way to the back. It was fantastic.

“It’s a great system to listen to and mix on with such a big, beefy, dominant, coherent sound,” continues Reddy. “Other systems just don’t have the focus and the clarity that comes with the linearity of LEO.”

Joining Reddy for the tour are systems engineer Jonathan Trudeau of Solotech and monitor engineer Dave Rupsch. The band is mixed on twin DiGiCo SD8 consoles, each outfitted with Waves SoundGrid plug-ins. The band uses Shure SM-58 vocal microphones on a UHF-R wireless microphone system.

Fun.’s “Most Nights” tour includes a diverse number of sheds and amphitheaters with capacities of up to 20,000. Opening the shows is the indie rock duo Tegan & Sara.

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Meyer Sound LEO Makes First Appearance at Sziget Festival

Held on Óbudai-sziget (Old Buda Island), a 266-acre island on the river Danube in northern Budapest, the annual Sziget Festival is one of the largest music festivals in Europe. Over eight days this summer, Sziget attracted 1,000 Hungarian and international artists performing at 60 venues, and welcomed a total of 362,000 fans. For the festival’s main stage, a Meyer Sound LEO ™ linear large-scale sound reinforcement system supported headliners including Blur, David Guetta, and Franz Ferdinand.

“Bringing LEO into the fray is a real leap forward, as it’s a fantastic system with a huge throw,” says Karoly Molnar, the main stage sound designer and managing director of Animative Ltd., which handled production management for Sziget. “Because the music styles are so varied at Sziget, this system is perfect. And because LEO is so linear with a flat frequency response, engineers don’t need to tweak it—they can spend all their time on the console.”

For the eighth consecutive year, London-based Capital Sound provided sound reinforcement for the festival’s main stage, with the company’s Robin Conway working onsite as project manager and Mark ‘Magic’ Ellis-Cope serving as crew chief. Equipment support was provided by Warsaw, Poland-based GMB Pro Sound, and Adam Szczęsny from GMB oversaw the rigging process.

The LEO system included two main hangs of 16 LEO-M line array loudspeakers each, as well as two out-fill hangs of eight LEO-M loudspeakers each. Providing low end were two ground stacks of 18-each 1100-LFC low-frequency control elements per side, supported by 22 700-HP subwoofers for center fill and out fill. A Galileo® Callisto™ loudspeaker management system featuring Galileo Callisto 616 array processors provided system drive and alignment.

“The festival setup has changed dramatically over the years—it’s all about coverage now, and the audience expects a great sound,” says Tamás Dragon, Sziget’s resident FOH engineer. “Not only is LEO powerful, but its throw is massive. The 1100-LFC subs have lots of carry and thump, and that nice punchy bass sound is exactly what we need.”

Molnar adds: “The feedback from engineers, managers, and festival-goers was excellent. The Galileo Callisto system made tuning the system easy, and the headroom of both the LEO-M and the 1100-LFCs was impressive. We never reached limit—that is very unusual at this festival. And we even got some nice comments from the lighting guys, who liked the small footprint and the elegant, narrow look of the arrays.”

2013 marked the 10th consecutive year that Meyer Sound equipment was used at Sziget. Systems based around M3D, MILO®, and MICA® line array loudspeakers were also used at a number of smaller stages throughout the festival.

Sziget Festival has grown dramatically since its inception in 1993 as a small student event. In 2011, Sziget won Best Major European Festival in the European Festivals Awards.

Sziget Festival Video

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Belgium’s Galaxy Studios Selects Meyer Sound Cinema System for Auro-3D Showcase

Galaxy Studios in Mol, Belgium, has recently built a new facility to showcase its proprietary Auro-3D® immersive surround sound technology. Dubbed the “AuroTorium,” this new dub stage features a 59-loudspeaker Meyer Sound cinema system that fully supports standard 5.1, Auro 11.1, Auro 13.1, and other object-based formats that use Auro-3D’s Creative Tool Suite plug-ins.

“The goal of Auro-3D is to create the most natural sound experience possible,” says Wilfried Van Baelen, co-owner of Galaxy Studios and principal developer of Auro-3D. “Of all the cinema loudspeakers I have heard, Meyer Sound systems bring the listener closest to realizing the ultimate in fully immersive sound. The fine detail doesn’t get lost.”

The AuroTorium’s monitoring system is anchored by six Meyer Sound Acheron® 80 screen channel loudspeakers, and 44 HMS-10 cinema surround loudspeakers. Six X-800C cinema subwoofers cover the LFE channel, while three additional X-800C subwoofers in the rear  of the room provide low-frequency extension for the surround channels. The system’s mixing format can be instantly re-configured with the click of a mouse.

“The fact that all Meyer Sound loudspeakers are self-powered is particularly advantageous on a dub stage,” says Van Baelen. “Although Auro-3D is primarily channel-based, we do have tools for object-based surround effects. It’s easier to do object-based sound design with self-powered systems, because all surrounds are individually addressable.”

The facility is equipped with two mixing consoles: an Auro-3D version of an AMS Neve DFC Gemini with up to 2,000 channels, or an Avid ICON D-Control, both featuring 48 faders. A full Pro Tools recording system is complemented by TC Electronic System 6000, Lexicon 960L, and Cedar DNS1000 outboard gear.

The AuroTorium can also be converted into a large, 150-seat screening room in minutes via hydraulic lifts. The production platform can be lowered into storage and replaced by VIP luxury seats.

When used as a reference screening room, the AuroTorium offers two Barco DP4K-32B projectors, a Doremi DCP server, and a large Harkness Matt Preview screen. These features combine to deliver a visual experience of up to 60 frames per second in 4K 3D. Interior and acoustic design was handled by concept-A Design.

“We designed this facility to take the next step forward in audio post for cinema,” states Van Baelen. “We wanted to define a new future for cinema sound, and the Meyer Sound loudspeakers will play a significant role in achieving that goal.”

Auro-3D is an adaptive, three-dimensional audio technology that is applicable in gaming, automotive, and home theatre. For the cinema exhibition market, Galaxy Studios’s spin-off company Auro Technologies has partnered with Barco to offer the Auro 11.1 immersive sound format.

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New Meyer Sound Tutorial Videos for CAL Column Array Loudspeaker and MAPP Online Pro

To expand its training support for product users, Meyer Sound has released two new online tutorial videos, focusing on the use of the MAPP Online Pro® acoustical prediction program and the Compass® control software for the CAL™ column array loudspeakers. These videos are available on the Meyer Sound website and on YouTube.

The CAL tutorial shows how to use the Compass control software to set up and operate the CAL loudspeakers and control their beam steering and splitting capabilities. Viewers are given an overview of initial system configuration, input selection, preset selection, and parameter modification for creating new presets.

The MAPP Online Pro tutorial introduces users to the software’s main operating modes, and guides them through the basic features of the program, and its use in loudspeaker coverage prediction.

These new product training resources complement Meyer Sound’s comprehensive education program, which dates back to the 1980s. The program offers audio education seminars and webinars for practitioners of all skill levels, and includes topics from technical fundamentals to sound system design and optimization.

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Riedel’s Artist System Assures Clear, Flexible Communications at The Star Performing Arts Centre in Singapore

WUPPERTAL, Germany — Sept. 26, 2013 — Riedel Communications, provider of pioneering real-time video, audio, data, and communications networks, today announced that The Star Performing Arts Centre in Singapore is using a Riedel Artist digital matrix intercom system to maintain clear, reliable communications throughout the world-class facility’s 5,000-seat auditorium, function halls, and broadcast production center. The Artist system’s flexibility assures speed and versatility in adapting to the communications requirements of live concerts and other productions at the stunning site.

“The Riedel Artist system has been rock-solid so far, with its power and flexibility allowing us to meet all the requirements that come our way,” said Daniel Loh, technical director at The Star Performing Arts Centre. “The Artist system enables us to scale our intercom from a simple four-channel system to a full broadcast-type system with a single button press. Using AES and MADI formats, we also have been able to plan audio backup routing via the Riedel system. We appreciate the combination of versatility and reliability it brings to our communications.”

The Star Performing Arts Centre is located in the award-winning Integrated Cultural, Retail and Entertainment Hub in Singapore’s one-north district. Within this facility, one Artist 128 and three Artist 64 frames are connected in a fiber ring to form a single full-summing, nonblocking distributed matrix platform for intercom and the distribution of analog audio, digital audio, and Ethernet data signals. With the capacity to handle 64 MADI channels, the resulting system supports six commentary units and 47 other rack-mount and desktop Artist 1000 series control panels. The Artist matrix integrates 42 beltpacks from Riedel’s Performer digital partyline product line via a Performer C44 interface. Handheld radios, used throughout the facility, become an extension of the Artist system through a RiFace interface.

The Artist system enables decentralization of the entire matrix in a cost-effective way, in turn eliminating a considerable amount of wiring and reducing installation costs. Easy, intuitive programming reduces training and service time while providing the flexibility required for rapid system changes. The system also allows for remote monitoring and troubleshooting.

Further information about Riedel and its products is available at www.riedel.net.

Photo Link: www.wallstcom.com/Riedel/TheStar.zip

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About Riedel Communications
Riedel Communications designs, manufactures, and distributes pioneering real-time video, audio, data, and communications networks for broadcast, pro audio, event, sports, theater, and security applications. The company also provides rental services for radio and intercom systems, event IT solutions, fiber backbones, and wireless signal transmission systems that scale easily for events of any size, anywhere in the world. Founded in 1987, the company now employs more than 400 people at 11 locations in Europe, Asia, Australia, and the Americas.

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Primestream Products on Display at MTE 2013:

NEW FORK 4.5 Production Suite
Primestream(R) will show FORK(TM) 4.5, the latest version of its acclaimed FORK Production Suite for managing the automation of the most complex broadcast workflows. With new modules, functionality, and integration with the leading broadcast hardware and software vendors, FORK 4.5 is the most extensible, configurable, and powerful version of FORK ever released. In FORK 4.5, Primestream introduces FORK Workflow Manager 1.0, a new FORK module that makes workflows visible and enables users to conceptualize and control their production workflows in an entirely new way. FORK 4.5 also features workflow integrations with the most popular craft editors, including Adobe(R) Premiere Pro(R), Apple(R) Final Cut Pro(R), and Avid(R) Media Composer(R). FORK continues its focus on the entire workflow from acquisition through archive. FORK 4.5 also supports third-party broadcast and workflow solutions with such industry leaders as Harmonic(R), Quantum(R), Cisco(R), and others.

Photo Link: www.wallstcom.com/Primestream/FORK_4_5_Workflow-Manager.zip
Photo Caption: FORK(TM) 4.5 Workflow Manager

FORK Xchange Suite 2.5
Primestream(R) will exhibit version 2.5 of FORK(TM) Xchange(TM) Suite, an application that gives broadcasters instant cloud access to content on their FORK Production servers from any Windows(R), Mac(R), or tablet device. An add-on to Primestreams highly acclaimed FORK software platform for managing and automating broadcast workflows, FORK Xchange Suite 2.5 introduces the Xchange Shot List Editor add-on module, which gives editors a fast and nimble way to edit content living inside the FORK environment via a proxy with Xchange for Web and iOS. To protect and secure the assets from unwanted intervention, powerful security enhancements such as token-based authentication, a dedicated API for streaming URLs, time-limited temporary URLs, hash-encrypted URLs, and session-based crosschecking have been added to Xchange 2.5.

Also being shown is Xchange for iPad(R) 1.0, a professional, native iOS application that allows producers and editors to browse, edit metadata, and create annotations on content while disconnected from the production environment.

Photo Link: www.wallstcom.com/Primestream/Xchange2_with_iOS.zip
Photo Caption: Xchange(TM) 2.5 With iOS Compatibility

DIG-IT 1.0
DIG-IT(TM) 1.0 is a server-based software application that helps broadcasters, government, entertainment, and corporate IT departments monitor their broadcast IT operations. The application can monitor individual servers in addition to the FORK(TM) production environment, making it easier for IT administrators to manage broadcast-related IT activity. Facilities can monitor mission-critical servers and applications, quickly identify performance bottlenecks, prevent and recover from system failures, and reduce downtime and operational costs.

Photo Link: www.wallstcom.com/Primestream/DIG-IT_1_0_w_iPad.zip
Photo Caption: DIG-IT(TM) 1.0 With iPad(R)

FORK Logger 1.0
FORK(TM) Logger 1.0 is a module for describing content inside FORK Production Suites software platform for media asset management (MAM) and workflow automation. The module is a powerful metadata-tagging tool designed from the ground up for logging live or pre-recorded video. The tightly integrated and configurable user interface enables content loggers to tag video quickly with defined metadata, making content searchable, ready to be filtered, and organized for viewing in FORKs Content Navigator(TM) MAM — or for working with in a FORK project or rundown.

The heart of FORK Logger is a dynamic GUI containing form templates, button panels, video viewers, marker thumbnail lists, and a bin list of created events, all elements that can be designed based on content requirements.

FORK Logger increases the speed, accuracy, and flexibility of logging media, while maximizing the value of content owners video archives. The modules flexibility enables workflows for live broadcasting, archiving, player scouting, and video coaching — all on a single unified platform.

FORK Logger supports multiple layouts per production server and is available for both Windows(R) and Mac(R) OS.

Photo Link: www.wallstcom.com/Primestream/FORK_Logger_1_0-2.zip
Photo Caption: Fork(TM) Logger v1.0 With Logging Templates

Company Quote:

“As broadcasters and video producers move entirely into a file-based workflow, operations require powerful digital media solutions to ingest, manage, and distribute content. By bringing together media professionals from a range of industries, MTE is the ideal place for us to demonstrate the power and sophistication of our FORK automation and media asset management software platform for I/O, logging, tagging, editing, workflow management, archiving, playout, and more.”
– Namdev Lisman, Senior Vice President, Marketing and Sales, Primestream

Company Overview:

Primestream(R), a leader in advanced media asset management and broadcast automation software, offers a seamless end-to-end platform for digital acquisition of live and file-based video content, media asset management, editing, logging, control room and master control playback, smartphone and tablet video contribution, publishing to the Web, and dynamic archiving. The companys portfolio includes the FORK(TM) suite of applications, as well as Mobile2Air(R), ControlStation(TM), DIG-IT(TM), and Xchange(TM) Suite. Deployed in more than 300 broadcast operations across 40 countries, Primestreams proven solutions are implemented by some of the worlds leading broadcasters, uplink service providers, digital media operations, and production/postproduction facilities. More information is available at www.primestream.com.

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D-TOOLS SELECTS DESIGN AWARDS WINNERS

CONCORD, CA and DENVER, CO (CEDIA EXPO Booth #922) – September 27, 2013

D-Tools, Inc., the worldwide leader in system integration software, today announced that the 2013 D-Tools Design Awards winners have been selected. Sponsored by MVP Program partners Vaddio, Anthony Gallo Acoustics, Atlona, Zektor, Vidabox, and Core Brands, the contest categories included Best Residential, Best Commercial, Most Unique, and Best Overall.

Selected from a diverse group of D-Tools users, the winning entries were chosen by a group comprised of D-Tools product team members and select certified partners and were judged on a number of criteria, including originality, depth and breadth of D-Tools’ software usage, overall system design, and demonstrated proficiency with the platform. An awards ceremony announcing the winners will be held during CEDIA EXPO 2013 in D-Tools booth #922 on Friday, September 27th at 3:00pm.

“The D-Tools Design Awards are designed to seek out and celebrate the industry’s top system designers that are utilizing our platform to reach great heights,” said Adam Stone, President and Founder of D-Tools. “The entries we received were not only impressive but insanely creative. I’m proud, honestly, to see how far the winning designs have come over the years.”

Winning submissions were awarded prizes from the contest sponsors and D-Tools Manufacturer Vantage Point (MVP) partners.

2013 D-Tools Design Awards Winners & Finalists

  • Best Commercial:

Atea AS – Rica Hall – Submitted by Christian Brondo

Project overview: Conference hotel /conference hall AV system upgrade to expand system’s use for traditional conferences, events, concerts and performances.

Quote: “With the precision and power of D-Tools SIX, we were able to be very precise in all purchases as well as keeping both in-house and hired technicians on the same page throughout the whole process. In 4 weeks, we delivered 640 man-hours and a finished install.”

  • Honorable Mention Commercial:

CRC Audio Video – Bainbridge Island Museum of Art – Submitted by Jay Nichols

Project overview: Museum project incorporating a live venue (auditorium) with multiple microphones, monitors and digital surround sound, a classroom that can be divided into two separate rooms, a conference room and 12 other audio/video zones.

Quote: “Without D-Tools I would not have been able to determine and show to the customer the deficiencies in their existing design let alone create a new one that took care of all of their needs (including the ones they didn’t know they needed).”

  • Best Residential:

It’s done! Technology – New Wave House – Submitted by Ryan Ovens

Project overview: A four-story renovation in Hampstead, London that was fitted with a Savant system incorporating Audio and Video distribution, CCTV and HVAC integration.

Quote: “By using D-Tools alongside Visio, it was possible to accurately design and plan a method for dressing cables into the system in the correct order, with the correct labels. Multiple custom reports were designed to aide with both the design and management process. Overall, the client has expressed her delight at working with us as her favourite sub-contractor. Although she was not aware, this was all made easy due to D-Tools’ design and management.”

  • 2nd Place Residential:

Hausba Smarthomes Limited – Thompson Project – Submitted by Toochukwu Onyemelukwe

Project overview: High-end home automation system with access and security plus Audio/Video distribution for nine rooms, three living rooms, a dedicated home cinema, two outdoor suspended pools and a roof garden with a total of 109 speakers on the project.

Quote: “D-tools has allowed us maintain a professional design and project management approach which has been a critical success factor to this ongoing project. I can’t imagine dealing with such an enormous amount of data using traditional methods without D-tools.”

  • Honorable Mention Residential:

Keith Jones Design – European Residential Tower – Submitted by Keith Jones

Project overview: AV, control and private cinema for the communal floors of one of Europe’s tallest residential buildings.

  • Most Unique:

Service Tech AV – Single-Mast Sail Boat M5 – Submitted by Tim McKelvey

Project overview: Audio/Video design for the world’s largest single-mast sailboat M5, formerly known as Mirabella V

  • Honorable Mention Most Unique:

Encore Custom A/V/Firefly Creative – Bahamas Project – Submitted by James Fredrick

Project overview: Consulting, design documentation and installation of a project in the Bahamas.

  • Best Overall:

Media Connections – MKSPK – Submitted by Duane Smith

Project overview: Design and install nine interactive Smart Conference Rooms with wiring outsourced to the local NYC union

More than 4,400 companies worldwide use D-Tools Systems Integrator Software to streamline the estimation, design, and project management processes associated with the installation and integration of low voltage systems. Those interested in learning more about D-Tools are encouraged to visit www.d-tools.com, e-mail mvp@d-tools.com, or call 1-866-386-6571 ext. 1 for more information.

About D-Tools, Inc.

D-Tools, founded in 1998 and based in Concord, California, is a worldwide leader in accessible, highly accurate system design and documentation software. The company’s flagship product, System Integrator™ (SI), is a total design solution that utilizes Autodesk® AutoCAD and Microsoft® Visio for comprehensive system design, documentation and project management. D-Tools SI allows residential and commercial integrators to streamline their business processes to increase overall revenues while reducing the time and costs associated with the installation and integration of low-voltage systems. Over 4,400 leading companies use D-Tools software to reduce time and costs and streamline the system integration process. D-Tools is a three time recipient of the Consumer Electronics Association Mark of Excellence Award, multiple recipient Custom Retailer/Technology Integrator Excite Award (2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013), and Commercial Integrator BEST Award (2011, 2013), plus the Multi-Room Audio Video Awards for Best Installation Aid, National Systems Contractors Association, Sound and Video Contractor Innovations in Technology for Business Productivity Award and CE Pro High Impact Award for Design Software.

More information about D-Tools can be obtained by calling (866) 386-6571, e-mailing info@d-tools.com, or visiting www.d-tools.com. Follow D-Tools on Twitter at www.twitter.com/DTools and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/beatool.

D-Tools Press Contacts: 

Tim Bigoness

D-Tools, Inc.

(925) 270-4102

timb@d-tools.com

www.d-tools.com

Katye (McGregor) Bennett

KMB Communications

(425) 328-8640

katye@kmbcomm.com

www.kmbcomm.com

 

 

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Matrox Monarch HD Now Shipping Worldwide

Award-winning streaming and recording appliance lets professional video producers simultaneously stream a live event and record a mastering-quality version for post-event editing

Matrox® Video today announced that the new Matrox Monarch HD™ video streaming and recording appliance is now available through a worldwide network of authorized dealers. Priced at just $995 US (€799, £699) not including local taxes and delivery, Monarch HD is designed for professional video producers who need to simultaneously stream a live event and record a mastering-quality version for post-event editing. It provides these two independent modes in an integrated unit. From any HDMI input source such as a camera or switcher, Matrox Monarch HD generates an H.264-encoded stream compliant with RTSP or RTMP protocol. While encoding the video at bitrates suitable for live streaming, Matrox Monarch HD simultaneously records a high-quality MP4 or MOV file to an SD card, a USB drive or a network-mapped drive. Powerful and robust, Matrox Monarch HD is remotely controlled using any computer or mobile device with a web browser. It also offers simple, one-touch stream and record pushbuttons; low power consumption; a locking power connector; and a quiet, fanless design.

“In a single integrated unit, Monarch HD separates the task of recording from streaming to ensure that the user’s content delivery network (CDN) delivers quality video to a live internet audience while the user himself independently controls the quality of his archive,” said Daniel Maloney, technical marketing manager, Matrox Video. “Matrox Monarch HD injects the highest quality video into every bit regardless of input source or target bitrate. Combining the power of the built-in H.264 encoder with Matrox’s high quality deinterlacing and scaling engines guarantees stunning results.”

About Matrox Video
Matrox Video is a technology and market leader in the field of HD and SD digital video hardware and software for accelerated H.264 encoding, realtime editing, audio/video input/output, streaming, A/V signal conversion, capture/playout servers, channel-in-a box systems and CGs. Matrox’s Emmy award-winning technology powers a full range of multi-screen content creation and delivery platforms used by broadcasters, telcos, cable operators, post-production facilities, videographers and A/V professionals worldwide. Founded in 1976, Matrox is a privately held company headquartered in Montreal, Canada. For more information, visit www.matrox.com/video.

DP Jon Nelson Pairs New FUJINON Cabrio Cine-Style Lens with Sony CineAlta Camera for 4K Resolution Shoots

FUJINON PL 19-90 Cabrio/T2.9 (ZK4.7×19) lens offers superior picture quality and zoom capabilities in a compact package

Wayne, N.J. – FUJIFILM North America Corporation, Optical Devices Division has announced that Director of Photography (DP) Jon Nelson, owner of Production Hero in Orange County, CA, recently acquired a new FUJINON PL 19-90 Cabrio (Model ZK4.7×19) Premier PL Mount cinema-style zoom lens, which he paired with a new Sony PMW-F55 CineAlta 4K digital cinema camera.As a professional DP who shoots all types of advertising and marketing video projects, including commercials and Web media, Nelson upgraded his lens of choice at the same time as purchasing the Sony camera.

“Once I decided to move up to a 4K camera, I needed to have better glass,” said Nelson. “While image quality is without question extremely important, I decided to buy this particular camera and lens because they offer very beneficial operational and logistical advantages.”

Nelson often has to pack up his camera gear on short notice to fly to production locations around the U.S., and sometimes even shoot in two different cities in one day. Since he flies on commercial aircraft, he is wary of checking many heavy bags because it adds to travel costs. When he arrives on-location, he wants to set up his camera gear as quickly as possible and minimize lens changes to save time.

“Every time you need to change a lens, that’s time away from shooting, lighting, or talking to the director,” said Nelson. “With Cabrio’s 19-90mm focal range, I don’t have to interrupt the shoot for lens changes as often. Saving time is especially valuable since I work on jobs with smaller crews and very tight deadlines. With its compact, lightweight package, the Cabrio is also very easy to transport and set-up.”

“I shoot a lot of interviews where the subject is between eight to 15 feet away from the camera,” said Nelson “Doing critical focusing in 4K in low light situations can be extremely frustrating with a zoom lens with a focus ring that doesn’t rotate much in the critical 8’ to 15’ range. The Cabrio is an exception because the focus ring rotation gives you ample ability to focus the lens for critical 4K focusing, and the barrel markings are extremely accurate. The features on this lens just make my life a lot easier.”

The PL 19-90 Cabrio (Model ZK4.7×19) features an exclusive detachable servo drive unit, making it suitable for use as a standard cine PL Mount lens or as an ENG-style lens. Nelson prefers to shoot with the handgrip on the lens. Having the handgrip and zoom motor built into the lens—and no need for external zoom motor hardware and cabling—were other key factors leading to his purchase of the lens.

With the longest focal range of any lightweight zoom and a T2.9 aperture, the PL 19-90 Cabrio lens covers a 31.5mm size sensor on a digital cinema style camera, such as the Sony PMW-F55. The F55, which has a 35mm CMOS sensor, can record 4K/2K/HD simultaneously onto an internal recorder as well as 4K/2K onto an external RAW recorder. Nelson said that shooting multiple formats simultaneously is important because his clients increasingly want an immediate compressed version of the footage, so they can start rough cutting it right away, but then take the 4K resolution into post-production.

When Nelson went to the 2013 NAB Show to look at 4K cameras and lenses, he admits that the Cabrio wasn’t on his short list: “As an owner/operator, it’s a big deal to spend more money than you budgeted for equipment, but I just wasn’t happy with the choices in my price range. I was very close to buying another brand lens when I choose to take another look at the Cabrio. When I realized the features and functionality I’d be getting with the Cabrio and Sony F55, I decided to go for it, and now I’m really glad I did. I’ve even been able to take projects I would’ve turned down as a result of having this exceptional camera gear.”

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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SunBriteTV Breaks the Wireless HD Barrier

DENVER, Colorado – SunBriteTV, manufacturer of the best-selling outdoor television in the world, is breaking the wireless HD barrier with a universal outdoor transmitter module for both residential and commercial applications.

Completely weatherproof and wireless, the SunBriteTV Wireless HD Transceiver (SB-HDMIWT) is capable of transmitting full 1080p HD content to any SunBriteTV within range of 150 feet via an HDMI-in and HDMI-out transceiver. The peripheral device is compatible with all SunBriteTV models as well as other HDMI-featured products.

Visit CEDIA booth #2904 for full pricing and availability details on SunBriteTV’s new peripheral that makes wireless HDMI attainable right in your backyard, in the best seat in the house!

About SunBriteTV
SunBriteTV’s all-weather televisions have been time-tested in home installations, outdoor sports arena, restaurant and hotel patios and even on military vehicles participating in field operations. All models are available through SunBriteTV’s network of Authorized Dealers. To inquire about becoming an Authorized Dealer, contact SunBriteTV at 866.357.8688, or visit the Dealer Inquiry page at www.sunbritetv.com.

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