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FSR Teams With NSCA and WAVE to Sponsor Networking Reception at InfoComm 2013

Woodland Park, NJ – FSR, along with co-sponsors NSCA and Women in AV (WAVE), will host an informal reception on Wednesday, June 12, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at The Peabody Hotel in Orlando, Florida. The event coincides with opening day of the InfoComm, the premiere trade show for the commercial audiovisual industry. Women are encouraged to attend the unique reception where they can network with colleagues, share success stories, industry tips and ideas.

“It’s an honor to sponsor this reception,” said Jan Sandri, FSR president. “It’s important to provide opportunities that allow women from all industry segments to mingle with their peers, share knowledge, and benefit from one another’s successes. We’re pleased to join NSCA and WAVE in this initiative. “

Register today for the reception at www.womeninav.com

About FSR – www.fsrinc.com
FSR, established in 1981, manufactures a wide variety of products for the audio / video, education, hospitality, government, and religious markets, including AV floor, wall, table, and ceiling connectivity boxes, as well as a full line of interfaces, distribution amplifiers, matrix switchers, seamless switchers and CAT-5 solutions. The Flex LT control systems and IT-AS411 Series Audio Switcher/Amplifiers are 100% made in the USA.

All FSR products are designed and manufactured in its Woodland Park, NJ facility. 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.

About NSCA
The National Systems Contractors Association (NSCA) is the leading not-for-profit association representing the commercial low-voltage electronic systems industry. NSCA is a powerful advocate for all who work within the low-voltage industry, including systems contractors/ integrators, product manufacturers, consultants, sales representatives, architects, specifying engineers and other allied professionals. NSCA is dedicated to serving its contractor members and all channel stakeholders through advocacy, education, member services and networking designed to improve business performance. For more information, visit: www.nsca.org

About WAVE
WAVE’s mission is to support women within the AV industry through collaborating, mentoring and networking opportunities. The popular Twitter group, !Womenin AV was formed to encourage women to become involved in both technical and management roles within the electronic systems industry.

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

FSR Press Contact: Desert Moon Communications
Harriet Diener
845-512-8283 • harriet@desertmooncomm.com

NSCA Contact: Cathy Mrosko
Senior Director of Government Affairs and Industry Outreach
571-263-9800 • cmrosko@nsca.org

Shotoku Enables Virtual Reality for Mexico’s Grupo Multimedios

Torrance, CA – Shotoku Broadcast Systems, a leading international manufacturer of advanced camera support products, recently delivered virtual set-enabled jib crane systems at the Grupo Multimedios owned studios located in Monterrey and México City. Shotoku Inc.’s president, Naoki Ebimoto, made the announcement from the Company’s US headquarters in Torrance, CA.

Two Shotoku model TK-59VR Jib Cranes equipped with TU-03AVR Pan / Tilt Heads were purchased in conjunction with virtual studio technology from Vizrt to support news coverage of México’s 2012 presidential election. One system was installed at Grupo Multimedios’ main studio in Monterrey, México; the other at Milenio, their full time news channel in México’s capital city. Both Shotoku packages are configured with high precision encoders and a Serial Position Interface that delivers data compatible with all leading VR systems to ensure the smooth and accurate synchronization of virtual set elements.

“The integration with Vizrt at both facilities went very smoothly,” said Ebimoto. “Our systems are well suited to Multimedios’ production environment, offering high performance, scalability for future growth, and simplicity of operation – virtual reality expands the boundaries of creativity and captures audience attention.”

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: Naoki Ebimoto
+1-310-782-8491• info@shotoku.tv

Press contact: Desert Moon Communications
Harriet Diener
+1-845-512-8283 / harriet@desertmooncomm.com

Turner Trucks Hit The Road With Cobalt Digital Terminal Gear

Urbana, IL – Cobalt Digital (www.CobaltDigital.com), manufacturer of award-winning 3G/HD/SD-SDI conversion gear for broadcast environments, recently installed a complement of terminal gear in Turner Studios’ latest mobile units. The announcement was made by Cobalt’s svp of sales, Bob McAlpine, from company headquarters in Urbana, IL.

The two trucks received identical equipment packages slated for video processing, signal conversion and distribution. The order comprised eleven frames including Cobalt’s new award-winning HPF-9000 high-power, high-density frames. The units are populated with nearly 200 cards including the Company’s 3G/HD/SD-SDI Fusion3G® 9901-UDX up/down/cross format converter, numerous DAs and color correctors. Cobalt also supplied multiple OGCP-9000 control panels, and numerous Mini-DIN rears ensure maximum density. Fabrication was accomplished by Beck Associates, a systems integrator located in Pflugerville, TX.

Turner Studios is the full service production division of Turner Broadcasting Systems Inc. aligned under Turner’s Global Technology and Operations division. Turner Studios services include studio operations, live broadcast production operations, post production, visual effects and animation, design and creative services, digital media production, remote and outside broadcast production. Turner Studios services all of Turner’s Entertainment Networks including TBS, TNT, TCM, Cartoon Network and TruTV, as well as Turner’s news networks including CNN, and many of Turner’s International Networks such as TNT and Cartoon Latin America.
For information regarding the Turner Studios mobile units, please contact Susan O’Neal at susan.Oneal@turner.com.
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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@desertmooncomm.com

BHV Broadcast Exhibits Award-Winning Battery Replacement System and Format Convertors at NAB 2013

Las Vegas, NV – BHV Broadcast, manufacturer of compact, cost-effective equipment for live and post-production, is exhibiting its award-winning Video Ghost phantom power system, the Proteus rate converter and the Syntax Essence, a low-cost version of its award-winning up-converter at NAB 2013 in Booth N 921.

Video Ghost
Through the medium of modern technology, BHV Broadcast brings you Video Ghost! Developed as a low-cost, reliable replacement for batteries, Video Ghost brings phantom power to the digital video world! The unit – recipient of TV Technology’s Mario Award, Broadcast Engineering’s Pick Hit AND IBC’s What Caught my Eye – now provides a hefty 65 watts of power at 12V for camera head-ends and remote monitors using the existing serial digital video coaxial cable. Equally at home with SD or HD signals, it can also be used to power composite to SDI converters at the camera, avoiding the signal degradation suffered by composite video over long distances.

Video Ghost is being shown for the first time in the USA using the V-lock universal mounting system and sporting a new, sleek design.

Syntax and Syntax Essence Up/Cross/Down-Converters
BHV Broadcast is also introducing the US market to Syntax Essence, an economical version of its popular and award-winning Syntax SDI up/cross/down converter. Based on advanced Super-Resolution Bandlet Technology like the original, Syntax Essence offers the same essential features and processing power while helping operators maintain their quality standards within the confines of limited budgets. Syntax and Syntax Essence bring the performance advantages of motion-compensated processing without the associated disadvantages of high cost and occasionally severe artefacts. The full Syntax model also features analogue video inputs and ARC facilities.

Proteus Multi-Format/Multi-Purpose Converter
The award-winning Proteus motion-adaptive rate converter will be shown in its rack-mount version. The fully-featured broadcast specification converter features 10-bit SDI, analogue video and digital/analogue audio. It employs an advanced rate conversion algorithm, comprehensive audio facilities and Aspect Ratio Conversion. Proteus also offers full format conversion, frame synchronizing, timebase correction, and full video and audio level control. Proteus addresses lip-sync errors with variable audio delay (up to 10 seconds) featuring both tracking and block delay, and also offers audio group switching.

BHV’s award-winning products are being demonstrated in Booth N 921. Click on harriet@desertmooncomm.com to schedule a visit!

About BHV Broadcast
BHV Broadcast is the manufacturer of award-winning compact and cost-effective equipment for production and post-production including a full range of rack-mount and portable digital switchers to accommodate any application where space is at a premium. The company also manufactures rate and format converters and video power systems. For further information: www.bhvbroadcast.com

BHV Broadcast contact: Martin Cook
+44 (0) 1962 777733 • sales@BHVBroadcast.com

Press contact: Harriet Diener / Desert Moon Communications
1-845-512-8283 • harriet@desertmooncomm.com

BHV Broadcast’s Video Ghost to Appear at NAB 2013 Sporting New Look

Click Here to Visit BHV Broadcast at NAB Booth N921

Award-Winning Battery Replacement System will Materialize in North Hall, Booth N 921

Owslebury, UK – BHV Broadcast’s Video Ghost will appear at NAB 2013 in the North Hall, Booth N 921 sporting a sleek, sexy new look. The multi-award-winning phantom power system has shed its ordinary black shell in favor of a lustrous red transmitter and bright blue receiver. In addition to its new sturdy and brilliant housing, Video Ghost will be shown for the first time in the US using the V-lock universal mounting for camera battery replacement. This is one ghost camera operators will be happy to see!

Developed as a low-cost, reliable replacement for batteries, Video Ghost brings phantom power to the digital video world! The unit – recipient of TV Technology’s Mario Award, Broadcast Engineering’s Pick Hit AND IBC’s What Caught my Eye – now provides a hefty 65 watts of power at 12V for camera head-ends and remote monitors using the existing serial digital video coaxial cable. Equally at home with SD or HD signals, it can also be used to power composite to SDI converters at the camera, and so helping to avoid the signal degradation suffered by composite video over long distances.

See all of BHV’s award-winning products at NAB 2013. Click on harriet@desertmooncomm.com to schedule a visit!

About BHV Broadcast
BHV Broadcast is the manufacturer of award-winning compact and cost-effective equipment for production and post-production including a full range of rack-mount and portable digital switchers to accommodate any application where space is at a premium. The company also manufactures rate and format converters and video power systems. For further information: www.bhvbroadcast.com

BHV Broadcast contact: Martin Cook
+44 (0) 1962 777733 • sales@BHVBroadcast.com

Press contact: Harriet Diener / Desert Moon Communications
1-845-512-8283 • harriet@desertmooncomm.com

Barnfind Technologies to Launch at NAB 2013

Click to Visit Barnfind Technologies at NAB Booth N920
Company will Introduce Multi-Functional Signal Neutral Platform

Sandefjord, Norway – NAB 2013 will provide the backdrop for the introduction of Barnfind Technologies, a new company targeting all segments of the broadcast industry with a 1RU multi-functional, signal neutral transport platform. Wiggo Evensen, CEO, revealed from headquarters in Sandefjord, Norway that the Company plans to demonstrate the solution in the LVCC, North Hall, Booth N920.

“Following years of intense R&D, we’re delighted to present our amazing signal processing and transport solution,” said Evensen. “Barnfind’s 1RU chassis provides the same functionality usually requiring 3 to 6 RU. The small footprint not only saves customers valuable rack space; but its extremely low power consumption is exceptionally economical and environmentally friendly!”

Barnfind’s exhibit will center around its flagship product, BarnOne that provides up to 32 ports with either 32 x SFPs from various manufacturers offering different capabilities, or a mix with 8 or 16 BNC’s or HDMI/ DVI. The unit features a built in electrical and/or optical router with a flexible configuration of CWDM (8/16ch), DWDM (up to 40ch) or 10Gbit Ethernet trunks. A comprehensive functionality suite includes standard SDI conversion, routing, multiplexing, embedding, add/drop, crossover, distribution, IP to ASI/ASI to IP conversion, STM-1 Telco, MADI, AES etc., with more to come. All SFP+ cages are 10Gbit ready. BarnOne offers the end-user the unique ability to use any kind of SFP or SMART SFP, opening up a whole new set of options and advantages.

Ideally suited for the Television-Broadcast, Service Providers and Post Production markets, Barnfind products will also accommodate Oil & Gas, Digital Signage, Telemedicine/Healthcare, Education, Government, CCTV/Security, Defense, AV applications, and Entertainment and Sports Events.

About Barnfind Technologies AS
Barnfind Technologies, headquartered in Sandefjord, Norway, manufactures a multi-function, low power consumption platform that supports numerous signals in one frame. www.barnfind.no

Barnfind contact: Wiggo Evensen
wiggo@barnfind.no

Press contact: Desert Moon Communications
Harriet Diener / harriet@desertmooncomm.com / 845-512-8283

Hi Tech Systems at NAB 2013, Booth N3733

Basingstoke, England – New at NAB 2013 from Hi Tech Systems is a further development to the unique and popular AViTA production control system that is deployed by broadcasters worldwide. AViTA is already in use for news play out, automation back up, studio production and scheduled record – and now Hi Tech offers multi-camera record and review.

This provides a clear and easy way to control up to sixteen record, or a mixture of record and play, server channels for studio production work. AViTA interfaces to any professional video server and easily integrates into production and post-production workflows. Scenes and takes can be captured with metadata and production notes directly associated with recordings. Review of all or selected recorded clips is carried out with one button press, and the system supports XML file transfers.

The core of the system is the AViTA engine that provides sophisticated video clip management tools with shared databases, multiple play lists and enhanced search facilities. AViTA can be supplied as a software only system and can be fully driven by a touch screen featuring gesture control of the various system applications. Alternatively, AViTA is supplied as a system of hardware consoles and mix-and-match control modules so that a panel can be constructed to suit the operational requirements of a particular workflow application.

The hardware panel has a large clear touch screen with gesture control that is used to manage play lists, server set ups, clip creation and management, database creation and searching and is used to configure the hardware modules with an extensive range of functionality and appearance choices.

The system is highly expandable and has several software extensions such as a MOS interface, multiple server port control from one panel, scheduled play and record, logging and highlights applications, tape archive and ingest, and automated play out from single or multiple ports
Tom Favell, managing director, said “AVITA takes Hi Tech’s control expertise right to the heart of production workflow, providing financial and operational benefits to our customers.”

Notes for editors: Hi Tech Systems is located in the UK and has produced a comprehensive range of VTR and video server controllers for over 14 years, its products are in daily use worldwide.

Hi Tech Systems, Holbrook House, Oakley Lane, Oakley, Basingstoke, RG23 7JY, UK

www.hitechsys.com Contact Martin Cook, martin@hitechsys.com, +44 1256 780880

Shotoku To Pair Gemini Pan Bar Control System With Stagebox For Simplified For And Cost-Effective Remote Camera Control

Click Here to Visit Shotoku at NAB Booth # C9032 or Stagebox NAB Booth # SL11813

WORLD’S FIRST DEMONSTRATIONS TO BE HELD AT NAB 2013, BOOTH SL11813

Torrance, CA • Shotoku Broadcast Systems, a well-established leader in manual and robotic camera support and virtual reality tracking, will present the world’s first demonstrations of its Gemini Pan Bar Control System (PBCS) paired with Stagebox by BBC R&D – a powerful, standards-based solution for connecting video, audio and data between remote locations over standard networks. Demonstrations will be held in Stagebox Booth # SL11813.

In addition, an enhanced version of Shotoku’s popular TR-T touch control system and the SPI-Touch unique positional calibration method for Virtual Studios will be highlighted at the show.

Gemini Pan Bar Control System (PBCS) Meets Stagebox!
Shotoku’s revolutionary Gemini pan-bar controlled remote camera system will take a giant leap forward at NAB when it is demonstrated with Stagebox. Gemini offers easy, uncompromised operation for live events and other difficult-to-reach places where cameras are needed, but operators cannot go. When paired with Stagebox, the combined system allows remote control of multiple cameras over standard communication networks at live productions, such as sports events, resulting in tremendous flexibility and significant cost-savings.

Stagebox uses open standards to allow high definition multi-camera productions to link their equipment and move content in real time. The small but powerful Stagebox unit transforms all the audio, video, timing and remote control signals to and from a camera into packet-based IP networks to streamline field production logistics and workflows. Production teams can use low cost switches instead of traditional high-end SDI routers, and full camera operation, including robotics control data, can be achieved through a single Cat6 connection. Shotoku’s Gemini system, a perfect fit for this technology, provides remote camera operation, while maintaining the unique precision control and natural feel of a standard manual pan & tilt head.

TR-T Touch Control System
An enhanced version of Shotoku’s successful TR-T touch control system will be at NAB. TR-T meets the demands of larger, complex facility-wide installations as well as smaller systems. The flexible TR-T system enables any control system in any location to easily and rapidly re-configure control of cameras and studios in other physical locations. Automated functions allow precise control over shot recall, with minimal intervention, enabling an operator to truly multi-task, without losing any on-air flexibility.

SPI-Touch
SPI-Touch offers a totally new way of positional calibration for Virtual Studios. Simply designate two different points through SPI-Touch’s viewfinder and press the button at each of the points. The camera position will be instantly calibrated. SPI-Touch eliminates the need to mark the studio floor and move the pedestal making calibration easy and fast.

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 / info@shotoku.co.uk

Press contact: Desert Moon Communications / Harriet Diener
+1-845-512-8283 / Harriet@DesertMoonComm.com

BHV Broadcast Reveals Plans to Exhibit Award-Winning Battery Replacement System and Format Convertors at NAB 2013

Click Here to Visit BHV Broadcast at NAB Booth N921

Owslebury, UK – BHV Broadcast, manufacturer of compact, cost-effective equipment for live and post-production, has revealed plans to exhibit its award-winning Video Ghost phantom power system, the Proteus rate converter and the Syntax Essence, a low-cost version of its award-winning up-converter at NAB 2013 in Booth N 921.

Video Ghost
Through the medium of modern technology, BHV Broadcast brings you Video Ghost! Developed as a low-cost, reliable replacement for batteries, Video Ghost brings phantom power to the digital video world! The unit – recipient of TV Technology’s Mario Award, Broadcast Engineering’s Pick Hit AND IBC’s What Caught my Eye – now provides a hefty 65 watts of power at 12V for camera head-ends and remote monitors using the existing serial digital video coaxial cable. Equally at home with SD or HD signals, it can also be used to power composite to SDI converters at the camera, avoiding the signal degradation suffered by composite video over long distances.

Video Ghost will be shown for the first time at NAB using the V-lock universal mounting system and sporting a new, sleek design.

Syntax and Syntax Essence Up/Cross/Down-Converters
BHV Broadcast is also introducing the US market to Syntax Essence, an economical version of its popular and award-winning Syntax SDI up/cross/down converter. Based on advanced Super-Resolution Bandlet Technology like the original, Syntax Essence offers the same essential features and processing power while helping operators maintain their quality standards within the confines of limited budgets. Syntax and Syntax Essence bring the performance advantages of motion-compensated processing without the associated disadvantages of high cost and occasionally severe artefacts. The full Syntax model also features analogue video inputs and ARC facilities.

Proteus Multi-Format/Multi-Purpose Converter
The award-winning Proteus motion-adaptive rate converter will be shown in its rack-mount version. The fully-featured broadcast specification converter features 10-bit SDI, analogue video and digital/analogue audio. It employs an advanced rate conversion algorithm, comprehensive audio facilities and Aspect Ratio Conversion. Proteus also offers full format conversion, frame synchronizing, timebase correction, and full video and audio level control. Proteus addresses lip-sync errors with variable audio delay (up to 10 seconds) featuring both tracking and block delay, and also offers audio group switching.

See all of BHV’s award-winning products at NAB 2013. Click on harriet@desertmooncomm.com to schedule a visit!

About BHV Broadcast
BHV Broadcast is the manufacturer of award-winning compact and cost-effective equipment for production and post-production including a full range of rack-mount and portable digital switchers to accommodate any application where space is at a premium. The company also manufactures rate and format converters and video power systems. For further information: www.bhvbroadcast.com

BHV Broadcast contact: Martin Cook
+44 (0) 1962 777733 • sales@BHVBroadcast.com

Press contact: Harriet Diener / Desert Moon Communications
1-845-512-8283 • harriet@desertmooncomm.com

Cobalt Digital’s Exhibition NAB 2013 Plans Reflect Direct Response to Customer Requests

Press Conference: Tuesday • April 9, 9AM • Booth N4624 – Click to RSVP

Urbana, IL – Cobalt Digital (www.CobaltDigital.com), has revealed an NAB 2013 line-up that reflects its commitment to accommodate customer requests. The manufacturer of award-winning 3G/HD/SD-SDI conversion gear for broadcast environments will display a complement of never before seen products, as well as numerous enhancements, developed to keep customers ahead of the technology curve in a competitive market with reliable, cost effective gear in Booth N4624.

Highlights Include:
Obsidian3G - a new series of terminal gear cards offering the highest quality performance with pricing sensibility will be launched featuring a DCDA down converter/distribution amplifier. This will be followed by DCDA-3G and DCDA-3G2 dual down converters with 3G, frame sync and AES outputs. Further units to be added include UDC-SDI-SD12, full single and dual up/down/cross converters respectively.

• Fiber units for the recently released Blue Box Group™ – a range of throw-down modular bricks designed to answer the demand for first class quality, price competitive, signal conversion equipment.

• Cobalt’s widely embraced Fusion3G® cards will now offer even higher performance with Dolby DD+ with simultaneous 5.1 and 2.0 in addition to their comprehensive array of processing features that include format conversion, frame sync, wings insertion, keying, color correction, advanced audio processing, full analog I/O, audio/video delay, audio embed/de-embed/cross-point and up/down mixing.

SpotCheck®, Cobalt’s audio loudness measurement and recorded data logging system, has been enhanced with up to 16 video channels containing up to 32 audio channels. The new version – SpotCheck®-2016 – monitors, meters and logs loudness compliance over extended time-periods and now supports codecs H.264, MPEG2, MP1L2, DD, AAC.

• Demonstrations of the new Descriptive Video Services technology – Video for the vision impaired – will be available on the booth.

•The Company will also now offer a timecode burner inserter on its 9000 series card.

Cobalt will present all new offerings and enhancements at a Press Conference on Tuesday, April 9, 2013 at 10AM in Booth N4624. Please click on harriet@desertmooncomm.com to RSVP.

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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@desertmooncomm.com

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