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Shotoku To Boost Worldwide Sales Initiatives with Appointment of New Technical Sales Manager

Trevor Sword To Focus On Increasing International Customer Base

Staines, United Kingdom – Shotoku Broadcast Systems, a leading international manufacturer of advanced camera support products, has named Trevor Sword its new Technical Sales Manager. James Eddershaw, Shotoku’s sales director, made the announcement from the company’s UK office where Sword will be based.

According to Eddershaw, Sword will be responsible for advancing sales of the company’s full range of robotic camera systems, increasing Shotoku’s customer base around the world, and supporting the company’s agents.

“We are very pleased to welcome Trevor to the Shotoku family,” says Eddershaw. “His technical background and years of experience in the broadcast market make him an ideal fit for our systems-based, technology-focused, sales environment. Trevor’s affiliation comes at an ideal time, just prior to IBC, where he will meet with our customers and be available to discuss his plans for helping Shotoku’s continued move forward.”

Sword brings more than 19 years of broadcast industry experience to Shotoku holding positions with such industry leading companies as Quantel and Snell & Wilcox. In his roles as Customer Support Team Leader and Customer Support Engineer, respectively, he has supported a global customer base throughout his career. Recently he progressed into a more commercial role providing technical solutions for customers.

Sword’s previous positions have required him to prepare technical documentation for internal sales teams, and prepare and present product demonstrations to internal staff and external customers on a regular basis. He was heavily involved in designing, organizing, installing and presenting demonstrations for trade shows around the world including NAB and IBC — a huge undertaking that involved months of planning and a large amount of integration with third-party customers and their equipment.

“I am thrilled to become part of the Shotoku team,” says Sword. “Over the years, I have supported various sales teams and took on many different roles, for a variety of projects, events and sales opportunities all over the world, from France, South Korea, and Sweden to Germany, Norway, Dubai and Denmark. The experience I gained has allowed me a greater understanding of customer requirements and puts me in a great position to further global Shotoku’s presence.”

About Shotoku Broadcast Systems
Shotoku Broadcast Systems is an international leader in the manufacture and marketing of a full range of camera support products with emphasis on manual and robotic pedestals and pan/tilt heads for the television broadcast industry. The Company also provides robotic camera systems capable of interfacing with third-party equipment. Established as an engineering design firm specializing in advanced mechanics and electronic control systems, Shotoku maintains headquarters in Japan with offices in Staines, UK and Torrance, CA. The Company’s robotic camera systems are designed, developed and manufactured in Staines, UK. For further information: www.Shotoku.tv
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Shotoku contact: James Eddershaw
+44 (0) 1784 224650 / mailto:info@shotoku.co.uk

Press contact: Desert Moon Public Relations & Advertising / Harriet Diener
+1-845-512-8283 / mailto:Harriet@DesertMoon.tv

Shotoku Broadcast Systems Announces New SmartTrack System at IBC 2014

Latest Solution Anchors New and Enhanced Studio and Field Camera Support Gear

Amsterdam • IBC2014 — Shotoku Broadcast Systems, the well-established leader in manual and robotic camera support, and virtual reality tracking, is anchoring this year’s IBC Stand with a new ‘smart’ rail camera system that targets the rigorous demands of daily TV studio use. The SmartTrack system is being shown alongside Shotoku’s advanced and high-performing control solutions, pan & tilt heads, robotic and manual pedestals, and virtual reality products for OB, studio, field production and legislative applications.

“As always, we are totally committed to IBC, which is a major event in our calendar. It allows us to showcase our systems to the European broadcast market as well as to professionals from so many other parts of the world. It’s a fantastic opportunity to meet new clients and catch-up with old friends with whom we’ve worked for many years,“ said James Eddershaw, sales director, Shotoku. “This year, we are showing a combination of systems from across our entire range of camera supports, including for the first time outside the USA the new SmartTrack rail-based camera system for floor or ceiling use.”

ROBOTIC HIGHLIGHTS
NEW SmartTrack

For the first time at IBC, Shotoku is demonstrating the new SmartTrack system, a fully integrated product based on the core track-based technology of MAT, Germany. In combination with Shotoku pan & tilt heads and control systems the MAT system is turned into the perfect solution TV studio use, day after day. It is highly adaptable, supporting floor or ceiling operation and a range of height column configurations, in both upright and inverted modes. The high quality engineering of the MAT and Shotoku systems ensure that the system is robust and stable, designed for long-term use in demanding applications such as 24/7 news or TV Shopping environments.

ENHANCED TR-XT Control Systems
Shotoku’s leading advanced control system is on display once again, incorporating the recent enhancements and expansions in terms of camera capacity and dynamic configuration. The systems on show are controlling multiple cameras and sharing camera operation across several controller-types.

ENHANCED Fully Robotic Pedestal
Shotoku is demonstrating the latest developments in fully robotic studio pedestals, providing complete X-Y-H camera positioning with free-roaming capability, where track systems would not be appropriate. Several enhanced features including Virtual Reality tracking and simple referencing make the pedestal ideal for many TV studio applications.

SEE IT LIVE Orchestra CMS Parliamentary Systems
Fully automated and with live video touch-screen operation, Shotoku’s world-leading parliamentary TV system is also being shown in action. The TG-27 pan and tilt head, becoming a standard among high-end parliaments and legislatures all over the world, is being demonstrated under the control of the TR-S panel.

MANUAL HIGHLIGHTS
NEW TTH1502C Carbon Fibre Tripod

Shotoku’s new 2-stage TTH1502C carbon fibre tripod incorporates the latest technology to give operators a lightweight, yet sturdy tripod system that is perfect for EFP or documentary production. Built to last with carbon fibre legs, the tripod weighs a mere 5.9kg (13 lbs.), features a 150mm bowl base, and stands over 1615mm (5’) tall at its maximum height. Available with a ground spreader or a mid-level spreader, the tripod is ideally paired with Shotoku’s SX300 pan & tilt head for optimal performance.

TRIED & TRUE SX300 Pan & Tilt Head
One of Shotoku’s latest mid-weight EFP pan & tilt fluid heads, the SX300 features outstanding balance, a robust build and ergonomic design. With a high capacity 38kg (83 lbs) payload and wide-balance capability, the SX300 supports an array of cameras, lenses and accessories, making it perfectly suited for field production, OB and studio use. The 300 head accommodates flat base or 150mm ball. Operators can not only expect top-class performance and reliability from the SX300’s VISCAM technology for smooth and adjustable pan & tilt drag with reinforced torque, but a continuously adjustable balance system.

FLEXIBLE SG900 Pan & Tilt Head
Shotoku’s SG900 manual pan & tilt head offers vibration-free speed in an ergonomically designed sturdy package. Ideal for OB and studio production with Teleprompters or box type lenses, the SG900 supports 90 kg (198 lbs), and features single knob balance adjustment. The unit incorporates the VISCAM ultimate fluid drag system to control smooth pan & tilt movement and REULAUX perfect balance system for maintaining the camera’s centre of gravity. The SG900 fits various pedestals including Shotoku’s TP200 lightweight, 2-stage pneumatic pedestal and both the TP-80 and TP-90 studio models.

BACKED BY EXPERIENCE Virtual Tracking Systems
Based on decades of extensive VR experience, Shotoku VR tracking systems offer outstanding design features, robust and reliable platforms for a wide range of camera and lens configurations. High-accuracy, real-time data output with absolutely no loss in manual performance is common to all Shotoku systems as is compatibility with all leading VR graphics systems. Shotoku’s VR range includes the simplest PT head and tripod right up through studio pedestals and high payload heads to state of the art cranes and jibs with total freedom of movement within VR studios small or large. Shotoku has samples of these systems on show at IBC.

About Shotoku Broadcast Systems
Shotoku Broadcast Systems is an international leader in the manufacture and marketing of a full range of camera support products with emphasis on manual and robotic pedestals and pan/tilt heads for the television broadcast industry. The Company also provides robotic camera systems capable of interfacing with third-party equipment. Established as an engineering design firm specializing in advanced mechanics and electronic control systems, Shotoku maintains headquarters in Japan with offices in Staines, UK and Torrance, CA. The Company’s robotic camera systems are designed, developed and manufactured in Staines, UK. For further information: www.Shotoku.co.uk
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Shotoku contact: James Eddershaw
+44 (0) 1784 224650 / mailto:info@shotoku.co.uk

Press contact: Desert Moon Communications / Harriet Diener
+1-845-512-8283 / mailto:Harriet@DesertMoon.tv

Cobalt Rolls Out 13 New Additions to Further Boost Already Robust Product Line at IBC 2014

Company Introduces Unprecedented Amount of New Gear to European Broadcasters

Urbana, IL – Cobalt Digital (www.CobaltDigital.com), manufacturer of award-winning 3G/HD/SD-SDI conversion gear for broadcast environments, introduces a record-breaking number of new products in Stand 10.B44 at this year’s IBC exhibition. Sitting at the centre of the new offerings are a number of openGear® cards including a quint-split multi-image display processor, a high-quality down-converter, embedder/de-embedder, DA, a MPEG multi-standard broadcast transcoder, and several fibre optic cards. The widely used Blue Box Group™ has also been expanded with many new units, and Cobalt’s SPOTCHECK® loudness measurement/compliance monitoring system is now sporting numerous upgrades.

“We’re excited to bring over 13 new and enhanced products to IBC, the premier international show devoted to professionals engaged in creating, managing and delivering media,” says Chris Shaw, EVP sales and marketing, Cobalt Digital. “Our customers play a critical role in our development process and we’re thrilled to respond with reasonably priced solutions that target exactly what they need to keep them technically advanced and financially sound.”

NEW openGear® CARDS
9970-QS 3G/HD/SD-SDI/CVBS Quint-Split Multi-Image Display Processor
Cobalt Digital debuts the 9970-QS 3G/HD/SD-SDI/CVBS Quint-Split Multi-Image Display Processor. A single processor is capable of auto-detecting and displaying up to five independent 3G/HD/SD/Composite inputs. Multiple cards can be cascaded to provide expanded PiP muxing. An Ethernet-based GUI control enables intuitive set-up of video windows and advanced on-screen graphics, and a simultaneous display output over SDI and HDMI supports flexible system design and easy integration. The 9970-QS is ideal for outside broadcast vehicles and production control rooms.
9902-DC-4K UHDTV High-Quality Down Converter
Cobalt’s reputation for high-quality down-converters grows with the introduction of its Quad 3G-SDI 1080p 50/60Hz (UHDTV) to HD 50/60Hz or SD 50/60Hz. The card makes copies of the down converted output TO 3G/SDI/ HDMI, and features a timecode burn-in window and user defined character insertion.

9950-EMDE-ANC Embedder/De-Embedder
The new 9950-EMDE Embedder/De-Embedder provides multiple serial RS-232/422 and GPIO to/from ancillary data insertion and extraction. An IP (RJ-45) I/O option is also available.

9910DA-4Q-3G-RCK 3G/HD/SD/ASI Partitionable Multirate Reclocking Distribution Amplifier
This single DA card can be configured as 1×16, 2×8, 4×4, or 1×8 and 2×4. Designed for 4K applications and high-density base band or ASI distribution, the 9910DA-4Q-RCK is capable of receiving 3G input signals up to 120m on 1694A cable. As a safety feature it will automatically perform a switch over from any of the four inputs, upon loss of signal. Amazing configurability, and loss of signal source switching for peace of mind.

9990-TRX-MPEG Multi-standard Broadcast Transcoders
Cobalt’s new 9990-TRX-MPEG multi-standard broadcast transcoders target MPEG-2 to MPEG-4 AVC and MPEG-4 AVC to MPEG-2, and media conversion to and from ASI and IP. Up to 40x channels of real time transcoding can be accomplished in a 2RU openGear frame. The card offers MPEG-1 Layer II, AAC, and AC-3 audio support

Cobalt has also extended its series of fibre cards for openGear with a number of new solutions, including:
9420LT/LR Fibre Optic L-BAND Transmitters and Receivers
• Remote antennae extension over fiber up to 30km
• 25dB Tx and Rx Adjustable Gain Range
• One 2RU openGear frame houses up to 20x transmitter or receiver cards
• 1310nm, 1550nm, and CWDM laser options

9450GT Fibre Optic Gigabit Ethernet Transceivers
• 4 x Port (RJ-45) Ethernet Switch with copper extension over 2 x LC fibers
• Point-to-point and CWDM laser options with support of distances up to 80km.

9490CWDM Fibre Optic Multiplexers
• Available in 4, 8, 12, 16 channel configurations
• Fully passive design has no active components for maximum reliability

BBG-1000 SERIES
Cobalt’s user-friendly Blue Box Group™ offers peak performance from compact conversion modules at a low-cost. The series’ expansion includes numerous new models, Including:

BBG-1002-DC-4K UHDTV Downconverter
A standalone high-quality UHDTV downconverter from the Blue Box Group, the BBG-1002-DC-4K Quad 3G-SDI converts 1080p 50/60 (UHDTV) to HD 50/60Hz or SD 50/60Hz and offers simultaneous SDI and HDMI ouputs for extended capabilities. The unit can be rack-mounted for 3x paths of downconversion in 1RU.

BBG-1070-QS 3G/HD/SD-SDI/CVBS Standalone Quint-Split Multi-Image Display Processor
Also new to the global market is the standalone version (1/3 Rack Width) of the quint-split multi-image display processor. The BBG-1070-QS 3G/HD/SD-SDI/CVBS can auto-detect and display up to 5x independent 3G/HD/SD/composite inputs on one unit. An Ethernet based GUI control facilitates intuitive set-up of video windows and advanced on-screen graphics. A simultaneous display output over SDI and HDMI allows flexible system design and easy infrastructure integration. Three rack-mounted units can be cascaded for up to 13x Inputs in 1RU.

BBG-1090-TRX-MPEG Standalone Multistandard Broadcast Transcoders
The new BBG-1090 TRX-MPEG converts MPEG-2 to MPEG4 AVC and MPEG-4 AVC to MPEG-2, and media conversion to and from ASI and IP. Three units can be rack-mounted for up to twelve channels of real time transcoding in 1RU. The modules support MPEG-1 Layer II, AAC, and AC-3 audio.

More Blue Box Group™ BBG Series Launches
Small form factor Audio Embedders and De-Embedders will be debuted, including:
• BBG-EM-AA 3G/HD/SD eight Channel Balanced Analogue Audio Embedder
• BBG-DE-AA 3G/HD/SD eight Channel Balanced Analogue Audio Embedder
• BBG-EMDE-AES 3G/HD/SD sixteen Channel Un-Balanced AES Embedder / De-Embedder

Small form factor HDMI Fibre Optic Transmitters and Receivers,
• BBG-H-to-F HDMI to Fibre Transmitter
• BBG-F-to-H Fibre to HDMI Receiver

UPGRADE
SPOTCHECK® – Transport Stream Compliance Monitoring
Cobalt Digital’s SPOTCHECK®, initially developed to provide loudness measurement and Closed Captioning compliance and records for broadcasters, returns to IBC with significant upgrades including full EBU-R128 compliance (Including DVB-T, DVB-C & DVB-S), as well as CALM A/85. SPOTCHECK now detects transport communication errors as well as frozen/black frame and audio silence for superior quality control. Multiple operators in different destinations can now receive alerts by email, and reports can be located by date. The Optional feature – AIRCHECK – provides easily managed lo-res proxy downloads of user-selected transport stream segments.

All of Cobalt’s new and established products are being showcased in Stand 10.B44!

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ABOUT COBALT DIGITAL INC.
Cobalt Digital Inc. designs and manufactures award-winning 3G/HD/SD conversion gear for the broadcast television environment. Distributed through a worldwide network of dealers, system integrators, and other partnerships, Cobalt products are backed with a 5-year warranty. For more information, visit http://www.cobaltdigital.com.

Company Contact: Chris Shaw, EVP of Sales and Marketing
+1-217-344-1243 / chris.shaw@cobaltdigital.com

Press Contact: Desert Moon Communications / Harriet Diener
+1-845-512-8283 / harriet@desertmoon.tv

FSR Expands Infrastructure Line of Wall Box Solutions with Introduction of PWB-353

Open face design facilitates quick access to cables

Woodland Park, NJ – FSR, leading manufacturer of a wide variety of products for the audio/video, education, hospitality, government, and religious markets, continues to expand its infrastructure line of Wall Box solutions with the introduction of the PWB-353 Wall Box unit. Featuring an open face design with a white interior and white extended trim ring, rather than a closed cover, this model facilitates quick access to cables and connectors without cover removal.

The PWB-353 features multiple knockouts for power and openings for up to six single IPS connector plates. At 3-inches deep, it is designed for use in 3-inch or 4-inch stud walls. The extended trim ring provides a clean appearance while covering rough cuts in the drywall created during installation.
“We are always pleased to be able to offer industry professionals working in the audio/video markets cost-effective solutions that help make their jobs easier,” said Jan Sandri, FSR president. “With our new PWB-353 Wall Box unit, we are confident that we are doing just that. The PWB-353 offers, among many other things, an open face design that lends itself well to quick and easy access to cables and connectors. Users can even add LITE-it to easily provide lighting.” FSR’s new award-winning LITE-IT securely fastens to any ferrous metal surface and easily provides lighting in floor, wall and ceiling boxes, or anywhere a work light is needed.

Key features of the PWB-353 Wall Box include: A rugged 16 gauge steel back box, simple installation
features, quick access to cables and connectors, multiple knockouts in a variety of sizes and included hardware.
The PWB-353 is shipping now. As always, all FSR products are made of durable materials in the USA.

About FSR
FSR, established in 1981, manufactures a wide variety of signal management and infrastructure solutions for the audio / video, datacom, education, hospitality, government, and religious markets, including floor, wall, table, and ceiling connectivity boxes, as well as a full line of interfaces, distribution amplifiers, matrix switchers, seamless switchers and HDBaseT & CAT-X signal delivery solutions.

The company is an Energy Star Partner and complies with the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 to demonstrate its deep commitment to preserving the planet. FSR offers live 24/7 technical and sales support throughout the country from expertly trained technicians and sales representatives. For more information: www.fsrinc.com.

FSR Contact: Jan Sandri
973-785-4347 • sales@fsrinc.com

Press Contact: Desert Moon Public Relations & Advertising
Harriet Diener
845-512-8283 • mailto:harriet@desertmoon.tv

FSR Launches Next-Generation Matrix Switcher

Company Extends Line of Cost-Effective and Easy to Use Solutions For An Array of Pro-AV Applications

Woodland Park, NJ — FSR is once again extending its range of innovative Pro AV solutions with the launch of its new, next-generation matrix switcher. Joining the company’s switcher line of products that already address the needs of all types of users, FSR is now introducing its DV-HMSW4K-88 Matrix switcher, which routes eight HD sources to any eight HDTV displays.

The new FSR DV-HMSW4K-88 Matrix switcher supports 1080p full HD up to 4K plus all 3D formats, along with multichannel digital audio formats such as PCM, Dolby® True HD and DTS-HD® Master Audio™. Switching and other commands can easily be implemented using the front-panel push buttons, IR remote control, RS-232, or via TCP/IP.

“FSR has always had a dynamic range of product offerings, enabling us to accommodate so many markets with smart technologies and solutions, including our complex matrix switchers, which are cost-effective, easy to use and reliable,” said company president Jan Sandri. “To this end, we are thrilled to be able to extend our line of matrix switchers by introducing the new DV-HMSW4K-88. With so many great features, we can support the many needs of AV professionals in a wide variety of applications.”

Among its many features, the DV-HMSW4K-88 supports resolutions up to 1080p@60Hz, 48-bit deep color, 4k@30Hz; allows any source to be displayed on multiple displays at the same time; allows any HDMI display to view any HDMI source at any time; allows PCM, Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD master audio pass through HDMI output; offers multiple switching mode, push-in button, IR remote control, RS-232 control, and TCP/IP control; offers easy installation with rack-mounting ears; offers full 3D pass through; is HDCP compliant; and includes 9 IR receivers, 8 IR transmitters, a handheld IR Remote Control, and power supply.

About FSR
FSR, established in 1981, manufactures a wide variety of signal management and infrastructure solutions for the audio / video, datacom, education, hospitality, government, and religious markets, including floor, wall, table, and ceiling connectivity boxes, as well as a full line of interfaces, distribution amplifiers, matrix switchers, seamless switchers and HDBaseT & CAT-X signal delivery solutions.

The company is an Energy Star Partner and complies with the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 to demonstrate its deep commitment to preserving the planet. FSR offers live 24/7 technical and sales support throughout the country from expertly trained technicians and sales representatives. For more information: www.fsrinc.com.

FSR Contact: Jan Sandri
973-785-4347 • sales@fsrinc.com

Press Contact: Desert Moon Communications
Harriet Diener
845-512-8283 • mailto:harriet@desertmoon.tv

Matrix Engineering Completes HD Project for TV-Gyberniya

Cobalt Digital Signal Processing and Conversion Gear Installed in Network’s New HD Studio

Urbana, Il – Cobalt Digital, manufacturer of award-winning 3G/HD/SD-SDI conversion gear for broadcast environments, has announced that Matrix Engineering Group of Moscow, Russia has recently installed a significant complement of Cobalt gear at TV-Gyberniya as part of the network’s new HD studio. TV-Gyberniya is based in Voronezh, Russia and broadcasts to more than 2 million residents.

A mix of Cobalt’s card-based products and Blue Box Group™ throw down modules were selected to form the core of the studio’s signal processing, conversions and distribution functions. The configuration comprises both video (HD/SD-SDI) and audio (analog) distribution amplifiers, HD/SD-SDI audio embedders, and the new 9501DCDA down converter/distribution amplifier. Four openGear® HPF-9000 frames house the cards and and are controlled by the DashBoard™ control and management system. The system is capable of not only remotely managing the modules, but also monitors their performance and functionality.

“Working with Matrix Engineering on this important project for TV-Gyberniya illustrates our commitment and ability to serve the global broadcast industry with practical solutions and local support,” noted Chris Shaw, Cobalt’s executive vice president of sales and marketing. “The Cobalt system proved to be perfect for the network’s successful transition to HD and we couldn’t be more pleased.”

TV-Gyberniya began broadcasting in conjunction with the Russian satellite operator Tricolor TV Maximum HD in 2014.

“TV-Gyberniya operates in HD,” said Mikhail Konovalov, chief engineer. “When we tested the content in this format, we were stunned by the quality of the picture. We appreciate the quality of the work of the specialists of the Matrix Engineering Company. But the greatest advantage is versatility of the system. We jokingly call it the TV LEGO for adults.”
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ABOUT COBALT DIGITAL INC.
Cobalt Digital Inc. designs and manufactures award-winning 3G/HD/SD conversion gear for the broadcast television environment. Distributed through a worldwide network of dealers, system integrators, and other partnerships, Cobalt products are backed with a 5-year warranty. For more information, visit http://www.cobaltdigital.com.

ABOUT MATRIX ENGINEERING
Matrix Engineering» was founded in 2002 as a system integration company, specializing on system solutions for TV and radio broadcast. The organization’s projects include TV and radio companies, film studios, sports facilities, educational institutions and office centers. Staff members are highly qualified and certified leading manufacturers.
Matrix Engineering has implemented major projects for state and federal facilities, law enforcement facilities and high profile organizations. Matrix Engineering maintains the highest quality standards, proving to be the highly experienced and reliable partner each and every time.

Company Contact: Chris Shaw, EVP of Sales and Marketing
+1-217-344-1243 / chris.shaw@cobaltdigital.com

Press Contact: Desert Moon Communications / Harriet Diener
+1-845-512-8283 / harriet@desertmoon.tv

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FSR’s New LITE-IT Enclosed Box Light Named Winner In rAVe’s 2014 Annual Best of InfoComm Awards

Woodland Park, NJ – FSR is proud to announce that its LITE-IT Enclosure Box Light, introduced at this year’s InfoComm 2014 show in Las Vegas, has been named a winner by rAVe [Publications] in its 2014 Annual Best of InfoComm Awards in the category of “Best New AV Accessory.” Winners were revealed following the show, which reports a record high of 37,000-plus attendees from more than 114 countries. After scouring more than 490,000 net square feet of space and visiting with the 947 exhibitors showing new products and technologies, the rAVe team carefully chose the products that they thought were the best and most innovative.

FSR’s new LITE-IT easily provides lighting in floor, wall and ceiling boxes, or anywhere a work light is needed. This little light securely fastens to any ferrous metal surface via a “rare earth” magnetic mounting. A timed circuit automatically turns LITE-IT off after 75 seconds, and its anti-retrigger circuit prevents it from staying on even if the switch is held continuously.

“FSR is proud that our new LITE-IT Enclosure Box Light has not only received a very warm reception from show attendees at this year’s InfoComm show, but that it also gained the attention of the staff from rAVe and won its 2014 Annual Best of InfoComm Award,” said Jan Sandri, FSR president. “While looking to address the needs of our many users in markets ranging from education and houses of worship to corporate and medical, FSR wanted to design a unit that would deliver the same level of outstanding performance for which we are known.”

LITE-IT’s warm 3000K LED color for eye comfort provides over 12 Lumens of light output (20 percent more than a standard PR-2 flashlight bulb), and its super-efficient wide angle dual LED’s furnish a lighting pattern with uniform brightness to very end of battery life. High-quality alkaline batteries are included and pre-installed and provide 4+ years of typical usage from a single pair of batteries (Based on 2 operations per day, 5 days per week, 52 weeks per year).

rAVe [Publications], founded in 1998 by Gary Kayye, is a news organization that provides coverage of the commercial (ProAV) and residential (HomeAV) audiovisual trade industries via e-newsletters, blogs, video, social media, and a variety of other mediums.

About FSR
FSR, established in 1981, manufactures a wide variety of signal management and infrastructure solutions for the audio / video, datacom, education, hospitality, government, and religious markets, including floor, wall, table, and ceiling connectivity boxes, as well as a full line of interfaces, distribution amplifiers, matrix switchers, seamless switchers and HDBaseT & CAT-X signal delivery solutions.

The company is an Energy Star Partner and complies with the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 to demonstrate its deep commitment to preserving the planet. FSR offers live 24/7 technical and sales support throughout the country from expertly trained technicians and sales representatives. For more information: www.fsrinc.com.

FSR Contact: Jan Sandri
973-785-4347 • sales@fsrinc.com

Press Contact: Desert Moon Public Relations & Advertising
Harriet Diener
845-512-8283 • mailto:harriet@desertmoon.tv

Cobalt Prepares to Introduce European Market to A Significant Number of NEW Products at IBC 2014

IBC Stand # 10.B44

Quint-Split Multi-Image Display Tops the List of 13 Additions to Already Robust Product Ranges

Urbana, IL – Cobalt Digital (www.CobaltDigital.com), manufacturer of award-winning 3G/HD/SD-SDI conversion gear for broadcast environments, has revealed plans to roll out a record-breaking number of product launches in Stand 10.B44 at this year’s IBC exhibition taking place from 12 – 16 September 2014. Topping the lengthy list of launches are numerous openGear® cards including a quint-split multi-image display processor, a high-quality down-converter, embedder/de-embedder, DA, a MPEG multi-standard broadcast transcoder, and several fibre optic cards. The outrageously popular Blue Box Group™ is also being expanded with many new units, and Cobalt’s SPOTCHECK® loudness measurement/compliance monitoring system will be sporting numerous upgrades at the show.

“We’re excited to bring over 13 new and enhanced products to IBC, the premier international show devoted to professionals engaged in creating, managing and delivering media,” says Chris Shaw, EVP sales and marketing, Cobalt Digital. “Our customers play a critical role in our development process and we’re thrilled to respond with reasonably priced solutions that target exactly what they need to keep them technically advanced and financially sound.”

NEW openGear® CARDS
9970-QS 3G/HD/SD-SDI/CVBS Quint-Split Multi-Image Display Processor

Cobalt Digital will debut the 9970-QS 3G/HD/SD-SDI/CVBS Quint-Split Multi-Image Display Processor. A single processor is capable of auto-detecting and displaying up to five independent 3G/HD/SD/Composite inputs and multiple processor cards can be cascaded to provide additional input source capacity. An Ethernet-based GUI control enables intuitive set-up of video windows and advanced on-screen graphics, and a simultaneous display output over SDI and HDMI supports flexible system design and easy integration. The 9970-QS is ideal for outside broadcast vehicles and production control rooms.
9902-DC-4K UHDTV High-Quality Down Converter
Cobalt’s reputation for high-quality down-converters grows with the introduction of its Quad 3G-SDI 1080p 50/60Hz (UHDTV) to HD 50/60Hz or SD 50/60Hz. The card makes copies of the down converted output TO 3G/SDI/ HDMI, and features a timecode burn-in window and user defined character insertion.

9950-EMDE-ANC Embedder/De-Embedder
The new 9950-EMDE Embedder/De-Embedder provides multiple serial RS-232/422 and GPIO to/from ancillary data insertion and extraction. An IP (RJ-45) I/O option is also available.

9910DA-4Q-3G-RCK 3G/HD/SD/ASI Partitionable Multirate Reclocking Distribution Amplifier
This single DA card can be configured as 1×16, 2×8, 4×4, or 1×8 and 2×4. Designed for 4K applications and high-density base band or ASI distribution, the 9910DA-4Q-RCK is capable of receiving 3G input signals up to 120m on 1694A cable. As a safety feature it will automatically perform a switch over from any of the four inputs, upon loss of signal. Amazing configurability, and loss of signal source switching for peace of mind.

9990-TRX-MPEG Multi-standard Broadcast Transcoders
Cobalt’s new 9990-TRX-MPEG multi-standard broadcast transcoders target MPEG-2 to MPEG4 AVC and MPEG-4 AVC to MPEG-2, and media conversion to and from ASI and IP. Up to 40x channels of real time transcoding can be accomplished in a 2RU openGear frame. The card offers MPEG-1 Layer II, AAC, and AC-3 audio support

Cobalt is also extending its series of fibre cards for openGear with a number of new solutions, including:
9420LT/LR Fibre Optic L-BAND Transmitters and Receivers

• Remote antennae extension over fiber up to 30km
• 25dB Tx and Rx Adjustable Gain Range
• One 2RU openGear frame houses up to 20x transmitter or receiver cards
• 1310nm, 1550nm, and CWDM laser options

9450GT Fibre Optic Gigabit Ethernet Transceivers
• 4 x Port (RJ-45) Ethernet Switch with copper extension over 2 x LC fibers
• Point-to-point and CWDM laser options with support of distances up to 80km.

9490CWDM Fibre Optic Multiplexers
• Available in 4, 8, 12, 16 channel configurations
• Fully passive design has no active components for maximum reliability

BBG-1000 SERIES
Cobalt’s user-friendly Blue Box Group™ offers peak performance from compact conversion modules at a low-cost. The series will be expanded to include numerous new models, Including:

BBG-1002-DC-4K UHDTV Downconverter
Cobalt is introducing IBC attendees to a standalone high-quality UHDTV downconverter from the Blue Box Group. The BBG-1002-DC-4K Quad 3G-SDI converts 1080p 50/60 (UHDTV) to HD 50/60Hz or SD 50/60Hz and offers simultaneous SDI and HDMI ouputs for extended capabilities. The unit can be rack-mounted for 3x paths of downconversion in 1RU.

BBG-1070-QS 3G/HD/SD-SDI/CVBS Standalone Quint-Split Multi-Image Display Processor
Also new to the global market is the standalone version (1/3 Rack Width) of the quint-split multi-image display processor. The BBG-1070-QS 3G/HD/SD-SDI/CVBS can auto-detect and display up to 5x independent 3G/HD/SD/composite inputs on one unit. An Ethernet based GUI control facilitates intuitive set-up of video windows and advanced on-screen graphics. A simultaneous display output over SDI and HDMI allows flexible system design and easy infrastructure integration. Rack-mounted units can be cascaded for up to 13x Inputs in 1RU.

BBG-1090-TRX-MPEG Standalone Multistandard Broadcast Transcoders
The new BBG-1090 TRX-MPEG converts MPEG-2 to MPEG4 AVC and MPEG-4 AVC to MPEG-2, and media conversion to and from ASI and IP. Three units can be rack-mounted for up to twelve channels of real time transcoding in 1RU. The modules support MPEG-1 Layer II, AAC, and AC-3 audio.

More Blue Box Group™ BBG Series Launches
Small form factor Audio Embedders and De-Embedders will be debuted, including:

• BBG-EM-AA 3G/HD/SD eight Channel Balanced Analogue Audio Embedder
• BBG-DE-AA 3G/HD/SD eight Channel Balanced Analogue Audio Embedder
• BBG-EMDE-AES 3G/HD/SD sixteen Channel Un-Balanced AES Embedder / De-Embedder

Small form factor HDMI Fibre Optic Transmitters and Receivers,
• BBG-H-to-F HDMI to Fibre Transmitter
• BBG-F-to-H Fibre to HDMI Receiver

UPGRADE
SPOTCHECK® – Transport Stream Compliance Monitoring

Cobalt Digital’s SPOTCHECK®, initially developed to provide loudness measurement and records for broadcasters, returns to IBC with significant upgrades including full EBU-R128 compliance (Including DVB-T, DVB-C & DVB-S), as well as CALM A/85. SPOTCHECK now detects transport communication errors as well as frozen/black frame and audio silence for superior quality control. Multiple operators in different destinations can now receive email alerts by email, and reports can be located by date. The Optional feature – AIRCHECK – provides easily managed lo-res proxy downloads of user-selected transport stream segments.

Come see all of Cobalt’s new and established products being showcased in Stand 10.B44!

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ABOUT COBALT DIGITAL INC.
Cobalt Digital Inc. designs and manufactures award-winning 3G/HD/SD conversion gear for the broadcast television environment. Distributed through a worldwide network of dealers, system integrators, and other partnerships, Cobalt products are backed with a 5-year warranty. For more information, visit http://www.cobaltdigital.com.

Company Contact: Chris Shaw, EVP of Sales and Marketing
+1-217-344-1243 / chris.shaw@cobaltdigital.com

Press Contact: Desert Moon Communications / Harriet Diener
+1-845-512-8283 / harriet@desertmoon.tv

Shotoku Broadcast Systems Announces “SMART” IBC Exhibition Plans

IBC Stand # 11.F40

New SmartTrack System Anchors New and Enhanced Studio and Field Camera Support Gear

Staines, UK — Shotoku Broadcast Systems, the well-established leader in manual and robotic camera support, and virtual reality tracking, will anchor its IBC Stand with a new ‘smart’ rail camera system targeting the rigorous demands of daily TV studio use. The SmartTrack system will be at show alongside Shotoku’s advanced and high-performing control solutions, pan & tilt heads, robotic and manual pedestals, and virtual reality products for OB, studio, field production and legislative applications.

“As always, we are totally committed to IBC, which is a major event in our calendar. It allows us to showcase our systems to visitors from Europe and so many other parts of the world. It’s a fantastic opportunity to meet new clients and catch-up with old friends with whom we’ve worked for many years,“ said James Eddershaw, sales director, Shotoku. “This year, as usual, we will be showing a combination of systems from across our entire range of camera supports, including for the first time outside the USA the new SmartTrack rail-based camera system for floor or ceiling use.”

ROBOTIC HIGHLIGHTS

    NEW SmartTrack
    For the first time at IBC, Shotoku will demonstrate the new SmartTrack system, a fully integrated product based on the core track-based technology of MAT, Germany. In combination with Shotoku pan & tilt heads and control systems the MAT system is turned into the perfect solution TV studio use, day after day. It is highly adaptable, supporting floor or ceiling operation and a range of height column configurations, in both upright and inverted modes. The high quality engineering of the MAT and Shotoku systems ensure that the system is robust and stable, designed for long-term use in demanding applications such as 24/7 news or TV Shopping environments.

    ENHANCED TR-XT Control Systems
    Shotoku’s leading advanced control system will be shown once again, incorporating the recent enhancements and expansions in terms of camera capacity and dynamic configuration. The systems on show will be controlling multiple cameras and sharing camera operation across several controller-types.

    ENHANCED Fully Robotic Pedestal
    Shotoku will also be showing the latest developments in fully robotic studio pedestals, providing complete X-Y-H camera positioning with free-roaming capability, where track systems would not be appropriate. Several enhanced features including Virtual Reality tracking and simple referencing make the pedestal ideal for many TV studio applications.

    SEE IT LIVE Orchestra CMS Parliamentary Systems
    Fully automated and with live video touch-screen operation, Shotoku’s world-leading parliamentary TV system will be shown in action. The TG-27 pan and tilt head, becoming a standard among high-end parliaments and legislatures all over the world, will be shown under the control of the TR-S panel.

    MANUAL HIGHLIGHTS
    NEW TTH1502C Carbon Fibre Tripod

    Shotoku’s new 2-stage TTH1502C carbon fibre tripod incorporates the latest technology to give operators a lightweight, yet sturdy tripod system that is perfect for EFP or documentary production. Built to last with carbon fibre legs, the tripod weighs a mere 5.9kg (13 lbs.), features a 150mm bowl base, and stands over 1615mm (5’) tall at its maximum height. Available with a ground spreader or a mid-level spreader, the tripod is ideally paired with Shotoku’s SX300 pan & tilt head for optimal performance.

    TRIED & TRUE SX300 Pan & Tilt Head
    One of Shotoku’s latest mid-weight EFP pan & tilt fluid heads, the SX300 features outstanding balance, a robust build and ergonomic design. With a high capacity 38kg (83 lbs) payload and wide-balance capability, the SX300 supports an array of cameras, lenses and accessories, making it perfectly suited for field production, OB and studio use. The 300 head accommodates flat base or 150mm ball. Operators can not only expect top-class performance and reliability from the SX300’s VISCAM technology for smooth and adjustable pan & tilt drag with reinforced torque, but a continuously adjustable balance system.

    FLEXIBLE SG900 Pan & Tilt Head
    Shotoku’s SG900 manual pan & tilt head offers vibration-free speed in an ergonomically designed sturdy package. Ideal for OB and studio production with Teleprompters or box type lenses, the SG900 supports 90 kg (198 lbs), and features single knob balance adjustment. The unit incorporates the VISCAM ultimate fluid drag system to control smooth pan & tilt movement and REULAUX perfect balance system for maintaining the camera’s centre of gravity. The SG900 fits various pedestals including Shotoku’s TP200 lightweight, 2-stage pneumatic pedestal and both the TP-80 and TP-90 studio models.

    BACKED BY EXPERIENCE Virtual Tracking Systems
    Based on decades of extensive VR experience, Shotoku VR tracking systems offer outstanding design features, robust and reliable platforms for a wide range of camera and lens configurations. High-accuracy, real-time data output with absolutely no loss in manual performance is common to all Shotoku systems as is compatibility with all leading VR graphics systems. Shotoku’s VR range includes the simplest PT head and tripod right up through studio pedestals and high payload heads to state of the art cranes and jibs with total freedom of movement within VR studios small or large. Shotoku will have a sample of these systems on show at IBC.

    About Shotoku Broadcast Systems
    Shotoku Broadcast Systems is an international leader in the manufacture and marketing of a full range of camera support products with emphasis on manual and robotic pedestals and pan/tilt heads for the television broadcast industry. The Company also provides robotic camera systems capable of interfacing with third-party equipment. Established as an engineering design firm specializing in advanced mechanics and electronic control systems, Shotoku maintains headquarters in Japan with offices in Staines, UK and Torrance, CA. The Company’s robotic camera systems are designed, developed and manufactured in Staines, UK. For further information: www.Shotoku.co.uk

    Shotoku contact: James Eddershaw
    +44 (0) 1784 224650 / mailto:info@shotoku.co.uk

    Press contact: Desert Moon Communications / Harriet Diener
    +1-845-512-8283 / mailto:Harriet@DesertMoon.tv

Shotoku Makes Gains With El Financiero ׀ Bloomberg TV

UNIQUE VR TRACKING SYSTEM DELIVERS AUGMENTED REALITY SOLUTION FOR FINANCIAL NEWS BROADCASTER IN MEXICO CITY

Mexico City – Shotoku Broadcast Systems, a leading international manufacturer of advanced camera support products, has announced the recent installation of its highly regarded Shotoku TK-53LVR Dolly Crane System for a Virtual Studio at El Financiero|Bloomberg TV, a station based in Mexico City that broadcasts, through an alliance with Bloomberg NY, both worldwide and local financial-based programming to Mexico and Central America. The sale was facilitated through long-time Shotoku dealer Comtelsat, based in Mexico City with offices in US, Brazil and Central America, to help the station deliver stunning graphics and visuals to viewers.

According to Ricardo Granada, IT & TV support manager, El Financiero|Bloomberg TV, the station is using the TK-53LVR system, alongside a Vizrt Virtual Studio solution, Grass Valley LDX camera dedicated to the Shotoku system, and a Kayak production switcher, as an augmented reality system, for the graphics and statistics, as well as logos of the station’s sponsors in some sections. It is used for augmented reality and virtual elements matched to the real studio.

“They don’t use a traditional lower third or a bumper to show some sponsored section of the news show,” explains Angélica Elizalde, sales executive and specialist in graphic solutions for Comtelsat. “Instead, they use the logo of the sponsor in augmented reality during the whole section — which is way more spectacular, since the anchor is interacting with the virtual element. Also, the anchors can present statistics and schemes that come out right from the floor of the studio — which is a simpler and more creative way to present the information to the audiences. And those graphics can get sponsored, too.”

“We knew the brand from other installations and knew it was a reliable and very stable system,” says Granada. “We were quite impressed because of the length of the crane and the possibilities it has for live production; and also by the fact that no other vendor has a product with the same quality, accuracy and level of service we are used to receive from Shotoku.”

The Shotoku TK-53LVR Dolly Crane System for Virtual Studio offers a unique set of VR features coupled with a sturdy twin arm structure that provides vibration-free, high performance with a single operator. The VR Dolly Crane System allows any studio to be easily transformed into a virtual environment without the need for targets on the ceiling, floors, or walls, or infrared sensors. Reliable, accurate and immediate VR data, including pan/tilt, zoom, focus and X/Y camera date is sent to the graphic computer via an RS422 cable. A Pan Bar control unit maximizes optimal pan & tilt operation. The TK-53LVR also features Shotoku’s unique SPi-Touch 2 point calibration system for quick set-up.

“We’ve been dealers for Shotoku for a number of years, and we have always preferred the system because of its reliability and accuracy in the mechanical tracking data –it’s just the best,” adds Elizalde. “They can have a 360-degree tracking of virtual elements; the arm of the crane is totally vibration free (no matter the length of it, which is quite large). They can make a very large range of movements without worrying about undesired bumping; plus they just need one operator to manage the whole system (nevertheless, they often use two people just to make sure, but most of the time is just one). Also, unlike some other systems, Shotoku guarantees that there won’t be any delay or loss on the receiving of the mechanical tracking data.”

Granada adds, “I have been a user for a few years, but I never worked with a crane system, so this was a challenge. Nevertheless, the system has proved to be as reliable as all other Shotoku products I know. Once you get to know it, it is fairly simple and straightforward to use. Overall, it’s easy to manage, it’s accurate and the final result is always impressive.”

About Shotoku Broadcast Systems
Shotoku Broadcast Systems is an international leader in the manufacture and marketing of a full range of camera support products with emphasis on manual and robotic pedestals and pan/tilt heads for the television broadcast industry. The Company also provides robotic camera systems capable of interfacing with third-party equipment. Established as an engineering design firm specializing in advanced mechanics and electronic control systems, Shotoku maintains headquarters in Japan with offices in Staines, UK and Torrance, CA. The Company’s robotic camera systems are designed, developed and manufactured in Staines, UK. For further information: www.Shotoku.co.uk

Shotoku contact: James Eddershaw
+44 (0) 1784 224650 / mailto:info@shotoku.co.uk

Press contact: Desert Moon Communications / Harriet Diener
+1-845-512-8283 / mailto:harriet@desertmoon.tv

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