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MIRA Mobile M-12HD and SportsNet LA Capture High-Quality Close-Ups, Panoramic Shots and Night-time Slo-Mo With FUJINON Optics

Wayne, N.J. – When MIRA Mobile’s new M-12HD rolls into Dodger Stadium on behalf of MIRA customer, SportsNet LA, it does so with shot-capturing skills that rival the speed and focus of any Cy Young Award winner. Four of the truck’s six FUJINON XA99x8.4 ultra-wide field lenses outfitted on Sony HDC2570 studio cameras are positioned at various points on the field – high left field, mid first base, tight center field, and right field. One XA99x mans the high third base position placed on an I-MOVIX ultra-slow-motion system, provided by Fletcher Chicago. M-12 is also equipped with four XA77x9.5 telephoto field lenses.

(On August 29th, NEP announced that they have closed on their acquisition of the assets of MIRA Mobile Television. Per the deal, MIRA’s ten HD mobile units have joined NEP’s fleet, and MIRA’s engineering and support staff have become part of NEP’s team. The completion of this deal greatly expands NEP’s fleet of mobile units, which now includes over 80 HD trucks around the world.)

MIRA Mobile’s M-12 is used by SportsNet LA for production of the Dodger’s home games and the team’s away games on the West coast. During the baseball off season, M-12 stays busy covering west coast NCAA football, basketball, and other events for MIRA customers such as ESPN and the Pac 12 Networks.

“The 99x allows us to get the most intimate shot from across the entire stadium,” said Dustin Denti, Director, SportsNet LA. “They allow our camera operators to get that extra zoom when they need to shoot between two players on the field without looking awful. And they work in conjunction with the Sony camera beautifully. The colors are amazing.”

The versatility of the XA99x is most apparent at the high left field position, where the camera shoots down the third base line. From that remote position, the operator can follow the ball from its initial contact with the bat to a home run ascent over the fence. With a focal length range of 8.4-832mm, the ultra-wide angle lens provides camera operators at Dodger Stadium the ability to capture a fully panoramic image.

Speaking of the XA99x, Stuart Wesolik, Senior Video Engineer, SportsNet LA said, “We have not had a lens like this in this market in quite some time. Primarily, I like the pairing of the Sony 2570 with the 99x for the combined speed. Using a different cameras and lenses last season we were shooting at about an f4.0. This season we shot at about f8.0. There is very little drop off on the end of the lens.”

Speed is most a factor when capturing instant replays with the I-MOVIX variable frame rate camera and XA99x lens at the high third base position. “Even at night, because the 99x is so fast with its light transmission, they’re able to run the camera at a higher speed and get amazing, high-quality slow motion,” reported Frank Coll, Director of Operations and Business Development, MIRA Mobile. “In the past with a lens that wasn’t so fast, you’d have to bump the shutter back, and you couldn’t get the great frame rate on the slow motion system. A video operator using the same camera a Dodger Stadium last year with a different lens said this year’s combination is like night and day.”

Coll also points to the new technology of the lens and its lightweight design as tools enabling operators to be more creative than they have in the past. “This lens is a lot more refined than earlier generation HD lenses. It has super fast light transmission and it’s lightweight. It has a far-reaching telephoto capability yet can also capture wide, panoramic shots. It gives our customers a lot of versatility in one lens. Camera operators really seem to enjoy working with the XA99x. It opens up their ability to be more creative in their shot selections.”

“We’re thrilled with all of the feedback we’ve received from our long-time customer MIRA Mobile and their client SportsNet LA on the performance of our XA99x lens on MIRA’s newest M12 truck for the LA Dodger games,” said Thom Calabro, director, marketing and product development, FUJIFILM North America Corporation, Optical Devices Division. “The team at SportsNet LA are truly pushing the limits of what’s possible in live sports coverage. We’re proud to be a part of their very dynamic productions.”

About FUJIFILM North America Corporation
FUJIFILM Holdings Corporation, Tokyo, Japan brings continuous innovation and leading-edge products to a broad spectrum of industries, including: healthcare, with medical systems, pharmaceuticals and cosmetics; graphic systems; highly functional materials, such as flat panel display materials; optical devices, such as broadcast and cinema lenses; digital imaging; and document products. These are based on a vast portfolio of chemical, mechanical, optical, electronic, software and production technologies. In the year ended March 31, 2014, the company had global revenues of $23.9 billion, at an exchange rate of 102 yen to the dollar. Fujifilm is committed to environmental stewardship and good corporate citizenship. For more information, please visit: www.fujifilmholdings.com.

Danvers Community Access TV Purchases FOR-A Portable Video Switcher as Part of HD Overhaul

Cypress, CA – When Massachusetts’ Danvers Community Access Television (DCAT) recently upgraded its studio facility to high definition, the station did not take the task of ordering new equipment lightly. After extensive research, trade show attendance, and taking suggestions from peers, Dana Healy, the station’s executive director, found herself completely sold on FOR-A’s HVS-XT100 portable video switcher. DCAT began using the switcher in its new studio in June.

“I was adamant in wanting a classic studio switcher that could stand the test of time, and I became enthralled with the HVS-XT100,” said Healy. “It’s a simple, yet powerful unit. I’m confident that the switcher can handle the slews of middle-school aged children as well as beginner producers that will be using it here for years to come.”

DCAT is a 3,000-square foot non-profit television station overseen by Healy and three other employers. The station provides training and offers its facility for local programming production.

“In learning how to operate the unit, there has been a learning curve since the switcher offers so many options, but we are very happy with the workflow,” Healy explained. “Our FOR-A sales representative, Jay Shinn, was very helpful and demonstrated the equipment to us in an easy to understand way.”
Healy added, “One of the functions we’ve been taking advantage of often is the unit’s green screen feature, which are very powerful and create a nice, clean key.”

Introduced last year, the HVS-XT100 is one of the units in FOR-A’s XT switcher series, and offers a wide range of functions, including frame synchronization, multi-viewer capability, re-sizing engine, 2.5D wipe effects, DVE and keyer with chroma key. The HVS-XT100 comes standard with eight HD/SD-SDI inputs and four outputs (plus one HDMI output). A maximum of 14 inputs and six outputs or 12 inputs and eight outputs can be freely assigned, and three slots enable the addition of various inputs and outputs.

About FOR-A
FOR-A is a major manufacturer and distributor of video and audio systems to the broadcast, postproduction and professional video markets. For more information about FOR-A’s product line, call 714-894-3311 or visit our web site at www.for-a.com.

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PESA Promotes Streaming Solutions, 4K Routing at IBC2014

Huntsville, Alabama – PESA, a leading designer and manufacturer of professional audio and video distribution solutions, will showcase its growing line of PESA Xstream streaming appliances, live production programmable remote control panels, and its new Cheetah 4K routers and field upgrade kits at IBC2014 (Hall 8, Stand C03), which runs Sept. 12-16 at Amsterdam RAI. The company will also demonstrate PESA Live, its new streaming app for Android and iOS smart devices, which allows users to manage their own viewing experience during an event with access to multiple live cameras and fully synchronized audio.

With an intuitive user interface, PESA Live makes it easy to select sources during a concert or sporting event, for example, while built-in social media functionalityallows users to interact in real time. Logos and other branding can be added to the video, and revenue generating ad insertion capabilities allow for targeted advertising and messaging. Content distribution options include local Wi-Fi or publishing to a content distribution network (CDN).

“PESA Live works in conjunction with our PESA Xstream C58 streaming appliance to provide an affordable way to enhance a live event with personalized video selection,” said John Naylor, vice president, global sales and distribution, streaming products. “Plus, stadiums and other venues can see an immediate ROI with its built-in ad insertion capabilities. Some high-level entertainment venues in the U.S. have already begun beta testing the system, and we are expecting even more interest at IBC.”

The new PESA Xstream C22 compact appliance, which will be demonstrated at IBC for the first time, includes I/O options for standalone streaming applications or as part of a larger hybrid broadcast system. The C22 can be configured as a two port video encoder or two port decoder, or can include one of each. It includes several video inputs as well as optional SFP modules allowing for expanded connectivity, and its two external audio sources can be synchronized to either or both video streams during an event.

With built-in frame sync, video signals can be locked to an external source for glitch-free video switching in broadcast and pro AV applications. An HDMI out allows for local preview, while an integrated Web server allows full remote control, so no personnel are required on site for streaming content to a production facility.

Multiple C22 units can be used to allow AV professionals to compress, stream and share high-quality content between locations and enable streaming in existing video distribution. The C22 is also an ideal bi-directional content sharing solution. Two C22 units can be configured with one encoder to send video and one decoder to receive video, allowing live interaction between sites.

PESA will also demonstrate its two advanced remote control panels designed for live production. The Touch72 LCD features 72 programmable LCD push button switches, along with a color touch-screen display, while the Smart32 features 32 dynamically reprogrammable LCD buttons arranged in a 2×16 configuration. Each push button can be customized by color with text and icon graphics through Cattrax, PESA’s management control software, and any switch can be configured as a source, destination, level, salvo, or control.

Built to manage the expanded bandwidth requirements of 4K signals, new PESA Cheetah routers are now available in multiple configurations. Both UHDTV (3840×2160) and DCI (4096×2160) are supported, and the router can mix and match between 4K CWDM and traditional copper or fiber I/O in the frame. Using PESA’s easyPORT converter module technology, each I/O card includes four SC-style fiber CWDM connections carrying up to 12 Gbps (4xSDI) for each port. An outboard easyPORT module converts the signals from each CWDM port on the router back to conventional HD/3G-SDI video lines.

Retrofit kits provide a simple plug-and-play upgrade solution for current 3G-SDI Cheetah routers. The 4K I/O card is a direct drop-in replacement for the standard 16-channel HD/3G-SDI card found in current Cheetah frames. Any size Cheetah 3G-SDI routing switcher can be retrofitted with the new Cheetah 4K I/O card system by replacing any existing 16-channel I/O card set and reconfiguring the software to accept the new 4K cards. Once the control software is configured for 4K, the router system can run both 4K and 3G-SDI signals in parallel.

“European interest in 4K continues to grow, and now PESA offers a full line of 4K routing solutions,” said Dewaine McClellan, international sales manager. “New Cheetahs can be dedicated 4K routers or partitioned and converted later as your 4K needs grow. You can also retrofit existing Cheetah routers in the field to support your move to a 4K infrastructure.”

Cheetah 4K routers can be configured and controlled via PESA’s intuitive Cattrax network GUI or optional Cattrax Web network server software using PESA’s powerful PERC2000 or PERC3000 system controller hardware. They can also be controlled through traditional RS-232/422 or Ethernet connections, and built-in SNMP MIB simplifies integration to third-party network system management software. With hot swappable matrix and I/O cards, as well as internal power and control, the need for additional power and external cabling is virtually eliminated.

About PESA
As a leading provider of audio/video (A/V) Baseband and IP connectivity products, PESA offers a wide selection of multi-path streaming products, routing switchers, matrix switchers, extenders, converters, media extenders, and signal processing gear to support government, military, industrial, commercial, medical, broadcast, and mobile truck applications. From large to small-scale A/V routing and extender products to multiple IP streaming appliances, PESA offers a diverse suite of AV products, all of which are supported by 24/7 technical support. PESA is located in Huntsville, Ala., with regional sales offices throughout North America and China. Our cost effective solutions are available around the world through our industry leading team of Channel Partners offering local support and installation. All products mentioned herein are trademarked property. Learn more about us at www.pesa.com. Follow us on Twitter: @PESA_ONLINE.

Media Technology Expo 2014 Conference Program Addresses Lighting, Audio and 4K Production Issues

SEATAC, WA — Beyond its exhibit hall with hands-on product demonstrations from almost 40 exhibitors, Media Technology Expo 2014 will feature a full schedule of free educational seminars. Presented by professional video and audio systems integration firm Advanced Broadcast Solutions (ABS), MTE 2014 will be held Sept. 30 at Fremont Studios in Seattle and on Oct. 2 at Left Bank Annex in Portland, Ore.

“MTE offers more than just an exhibit hall. It’s an opportunity to learn about production techniques and technologies from industry experts,” said Mark Siegel, president of ABS. “We have a full conference schedule that will provide insight on a number of important topics for video professionals in the Pacific Northwest.”

Steve Strassberg of TC Group will lead an audio seminar at both locations at 11 a.m. “A common audio problem for broadcasters is loudness jumps at transitions of program and commercial material,” he said. “I will discuss loudness issues that still remain in broadcasting and focus on preparing material for different mediums of transmission. From TV to mobile to Web, the audio levels and the way to mix the final product differ and need to be taken into consideration.”

During his session, Joe Cervone, sales manager for Brightline, will discuss broadcast and video conferencing lighting. He said one of the most common problems he sees in broadcast productions is uneven lighting, while video conferencing rooms often rely on general lighting instead of a dedicated lighting system. “My workshop at MTE will cover the methods and acquisition of lighting in the digital age,” he added. “Most importantly, we’ll discuss creative ways to purchase new lighting through available energy management rebates, plant operation cost reductions, and amortization and ROI schedules.”

Other seminars include “Intercoms Moving to IP,” presented by RTS, “Virtual Set / Virtual Augmentation,” presented by Ross Video, and “VariCam and 4K,” presented by Panasonic. Each location will also feature a local “Broadcast Roundtable,” which will address broadcast news technologies and workflows.

MTE 2014 is open 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. in both locations and offers free valet parking for all attendees. Registration includes free food and beverages during the show, but space is limited. For registration, vendor information, and full seminar schedule, visit www.mediatechexpo.com.

About ABS:
Based in SeaTac, WA, ABS (Advanced Broadcast Solutions) delivers customized, technologically superior solutions for broadcast, corporate, house of worship, entertainment, government, and educational facilities – from design and integration to installation and support services. Since 1982, its experienced technical staff has installed more than 700 systems for clients including GOCOM Media, Cowles California Media, Cisco Systems, Meredith, and Time Warner Communications. For more information, call 206-870-0244 or visit www.advancedbroadcastsolutions.com.

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FOR-A to Introduce New 4K Frame Rate Converter at IBC 2014

Unit offers versatile conversion for better picture quality

Brugherio, Italy – FOR-A announces that it will introduce the FRC-9000 4K frame rate converter at the upcoming IBC Show, taking place September 12-16 in Amsterdam. Featuring FOR-A’s enhanced motion compensated frame rate conversion technology, FOR-A will showcase the FRC-9000 in its IBC booth, Hall 2, Stand A51.

The FRC-9000 builds upon the success of FOR-A’s FRC-8000 frame rate converter and provides high-quality conversion. Ideal for live transmission use, the unit can be used as a 2 X HD/SD-SDI frame rate converter. The FRC-9000 is ideal for broadcast and film production, offers 3G/HD/SD multi-format support, and can be used for 4K applications.

FOR-A’s new frame rate converter includes up, down, and cross conversion, automatic scene cut detection for simple processing of scene changes, adaptive interlace-to- progressive conversion, detection of 24 effective frames in 2:3 pulldown-converted 60i/p material for high-quality conversion, and detailed level setup. The FRC-9000 features an easy-to-use front panel touch screen and Web browser control, giving users the option to remotely control their unit. The frame rate converter also offers Dolby E support.

“The FRC-8000 has proven to be successful for broadcasting, sports, and live applications,” said Hiro Tanoue, General Manager of Overseas Sales and Marketing, FOR-A Company Ltd. “With its state-of-the-art motion compensated frame rate technology, FOR-A anticipates the new FRC-9000 to be a popular unit. We’re looking forward to introducing it to IBC attendees.”

FOR-A will also display its FRC Export Plug-in file-based video format converter at its IBC booth. First introduced earlier this year at NAB, the FRC Export Plug-in is a high-quality video format converter/MXF exporter plug-in software for Adobe Premiere Pro CC/CS6 Windows that includes both vector motion compensation and linear compensation conversion.

About FOR-A
FOR-A is a major manufacturer and distributor of video and audio systems to the broadcast, postproduction and professional video markets. For more information about FOR-A’s product line, visit our web site at www.for-a.co.jp

John Naylor Joins PESA to Lead Global Sales for Growing Streaming Product Line

Huntsville, Alabama – PESA, a leading designer and manufacturer of professional audio and video distribution solutions, today announced it has hired John Naylor to serve as vice president, global sales and distribution, streaming products, effective Sept. 2. He will manage the company’s sales efforts for its PESA XSTREAM multi-channel streaming appliances and PESA Live streaming app for live event venues.

Naylor has been a part of the professional video industry for more than 20 years, most recently as marketing product manager and business development manager at Ross Video. He has held several positions with GrassValley, including managing their switchers product line. He also established Convergent Intelligence, an industry consulting firm, served as vice president of business development for NewTek, and was head of software solutions for Snell & Wilcox. Recently, Naylor hosted webinars about streaming for the SMPTEProfessionalDevelopmentAcademy, and has previously presented at the HPA Tech Retreat and the NAB Show, among others.

“In less than two years, PESA’s range of streaming products has really grown. Now it’s time to take those proven solutions and expand our user base,” said Chuck Tillett, president and COO of PESA. “John has the knowledge and experience we need to attract customers in a number of verticals and make PESA a dominant force in the streaming marketplace.”

Naylor will be based out of San Antonio. Contact him at (210) 556-8247 or via e-mail at jnaylor@pesa.com.

About PESA
As a leading provider of audio/video (A/V) Baseband and IP connectivity products, PESA offers a wide selection of multi-path streaming products, routing switchers, matrix switchers, extenders, converters, media extenders, and signal processing gear to support government, military, industrial, commercial, medical, broadcast, and mobile truck applications. >From large to small-scale A/V routing and extender products to multiple IP streaming appliances, PESA offers a diverse suite of AV products, all of which are supported by 24/7 technical support. PESA is located in Huntsville, Ala., with regional sales offices throughout North America and China. Our cost effective solutions are available around the world through our industry leading team of Channel Partners offering local support and installation. All products mentioned herein are trademarked property. Learn more about us at www.pesa.com. Follow us on Twitter: @PESA_ONLINE.

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Fresno Duopoly KSEE/KGPE Adds More Live ENG Coverage with JVC GY-HM650 ProHD Mobile News Cameras

WAYNE, NJ – JVC Professional Products Company, a division of JVC Americas Corp., today announced NBC affiliate KSEE and CBS affiliate KGPE, which serve the Fresno-Visalia, Calif., market (DMA #55), are using 15 JVC GY-HM650 ProHD mobile news cameras paired with mobile hotspots to provide live HD reports from the field during newscasts. Hector Bordens, chief engineer for KSEE and KGPE, said the stations have been using the GY-HM650s for almost a year, but began using the live streaming capabilities in February.

“Anytime you’re covering a story, you’ve got a camera with you. We’re ready to go live wherever the cameras are,” explained Chad McCollum, KSEE/KGPE news director. “You’re able to take these impromptu moments that are happening around us and transmit them to our viewers. This has really been a game changer.”

For example, if a reporter arrives at a breaking news story, it might not be a situation where there is time to pull over the ENG truck, raise the mast and go live – or perhaps the story was not originally considered important enough to assign an ENG truck. With the GY-HM650, however, going live for KSEE or KGPE is as easy as shooting.

Both stations share one pool of photographers and equipment, but offer competing morning and evening newscasts. Based in Fresno, the KSEE/KGPE duopoly is owned by Nexstar Broadcasting, which owns, operates, programs or provides sales and other services to 74 U.S. television stations and 19 related digital multicast signals in 44 markets. McCollum said Nexstar’s acquisition of KGPE in 2012 and KSEE in 2013 allowed both stations to upgrade to full HD production.

Part of the HD transition was the purchase of new JVC cameras to replace an aging fleet of Panasonic ENG cameras. Bordens welcomed the use of non-proprietary SDHC recording media compared to proprietary P2 cards. “It’s made it a lot easier for our photographers to manage,” he noted. “And the cost savings – there’s no comparison.”

While the cameras were met initially with some skepticism – news photographers traditionally prefer bigger cameras, according to McCollum – the GY-HM650s were quickly accepted in the field. The GY-HM650s have also been a boon to the multimedia journalists (MMJs) employed by both stations, because the camera is lightweight and easy for non-technical staff to operate. “Our photographers really like the camera,” he said. “The lens is fantastic and it’s got the bells and whistles they expect.”

The stations share one satellite truck and five ENG trucks with microwave, but the GY-HM650s have provided a “safety net” in case of failure. McCollum said photographers in the field have already used the JVC cameras multiple times when there was a transmission issue with an ENG truck. “You cannot tell the difference,” Bordens added. “It looks that good.”

Beyond regular assignments, the JVC cameras have helped the stations deliver live stories when the competition could not. Recently, local news stations showed up for a press conference that was supposed to be held on the ground floor of a building. When officials moved the press conference to a space on a higher floor, however, only KSEE and KGPE were able to deliver live coverage.

“You can’t easily string cable up several floors to go live,” McCollum said. “We were able to transmit that video back to the station. While everyone was scrambling to cover the story, we were ready to go.”

The stations also went live from the floor of a high school basketball tournament at Fresno State University. It would have been a risky shot with a wired camera due to tripping concerns and potential cable damage, as spectators filled the court following the tournament. With the GY-HM650, however, McCollum said there were no issues and the footage looked “as clean as any live shot you’ve ever seen.”

Each station has a Teradek decoder, which can be routed for use by either station during a newscast. Bordens said the stations are also testing a JVC BR-800 ProHD Broadcaster server powered by Zixi, which manages and routes live HD streams from the JVC cameras to create a highly reliable single modem streaming system.

“From top to bottom we are thrilled with these cameras,” said McCollum. “This is the technology you want on your side. From the picture quality to the ease of operation to the ability to stream live video, it’s a tool that has become invaluable to our news crews and to our news operations.”

ABOUT JVC PROFESSIONAL PRODUCTS COMPANY
Headquartered in Wayne, New Jersey, with West Coast operations in Long Beach, California, JVC Professional Products Company is a division of JVC Americas Corp., a wholly-owned subsidiary of JVC Kenwood Corporation. JVC is a leading manufacturer and distributor of broadcast and professional video and audio equipment, D-ILA front projection systems, and Super LoLux HD video security products. For further product information, visit JVC’s Web site at http://pro.jvc.com or call (800) 582-5825.

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IBC 2014: Variety of FOR-A Video Solutions to Make Show Debut

Booth highlights include: the FT-ONE-OPT 4K camera, FRC-9000 4K frame rate converter, FA-505 4K signal processor, and HVS-XT2000 4K vision mixer

Brugherio, Italy – At the upcoming IBC Show, FOR-A will showcase a variety of its new video production solutions. The company will exhibit in Hall 2, Stand A51 during the show, which runs September 12-16 at the Amsterdam RAI.

A highlight of FOR-A’s booth will be the FT-ONE-OPT – the newest version of the company’s 4K variable frame rate camera. The camera enables operators to shoot from the field with ease, allowing up to 1km distance between the unit and base station via optical cable. Capable of shooting up to 900 frames per second, the FT-ONE continuously outputs live full 4K signals and includes the ability to color correct video output live using its 12-axis system. The camera will be shown with FOR-A’s ZE-ONE 4K extraction system, which gives users the ability to frame and extract desired 4K image areas for HD replays. Ideal for broadcasting and sports applications, the FT-ONE OPT has been used by major broadcasters to produce 4K and 8K footage of major sporting events this year.

FOR-A will expand its popular XT series of video production mixers with the introduction of the XT2000 vision mixer, which offers unique capabilities that make vision mixing more versatile than ever before. Allowing up to 40 SDI inputs and 22 outputs, the XT2000 features MELite™, which gives the 2 M/E unit the power and functionality of a 6 M/E unit. MELite enables a traditional AUX bus to transform into a functional M/E with cut, mix, wipe and key control. The 4K compatible XT2000 also includes ONStage™, full operator transition control, and the ability to preview a mix, wipe, or key change before it goes on air. Other features of the new unit include key customization with FLEXaKEY™, FOR-A’s P-MEM™ panel memory system, and a new easy-to-use menu system.

FOR-A will also introduce the FRC-9000 4K HD frame rate converter. Building on the success of the FRC-8000 unit, this new frame rate converter features FOR-A’s enhanced state-of-the-art motion compensated frame rate conversion technologies. Ideal for live transmission use, the FRC-9000 can be used as a 2 X HD/SD-SDI frame rate converter.

Other solutions that will be debuting for the first time include: the MFR-6464 video routing switcher and Fujitsu video streaming software for its IP series of encoder and decoder solutions.

First introduced at NAB2014, FOR-A’s FA-505 multi channel signal processor will make its IBC debut. The five-input, five-output signal processor features up/down/cross/aspect ratio conversion capability on each input. Ideal for 4K applications, features of the unit include: a powerful synchronizer that includes frame/line/AVDL modes, video delay line of up to eight frames, full RGB color correction, and 16 channels of embedded audio per channel – with the ability to remap channels from any input to any output.

Other video solutions that will make their European debut in FOR-A’s booth include the MV-4200 multi viewer – a compact, 2 RU unit multi viewer that accepts 4K signals, and is capable of handling up to 68 inputs and 8 outputs. FOR-A will also show its URC-4000 super resolution 4K up converter, which features unique I/P (Interlace/Progressive) and resolution conversion technology to turn HD video into 4K in real time. Both the MV-4200 and URC-4000 were introduced at NAB earlier this year.
Other FOR-A technology introduced earlier this year at NAB that will be shown at IBC for the first time includes the VTW-350HS HD character generator, the LTR-200HS6 LTO video archiving recorder, and the FRC Export Plug-in – frame rate converter software for Adobe Premier Pro.

About FOR-A
FOR-A is a major manufacturer and distributor of video and audio systems to the broadcast, postproduction and professional video markets. For more information about FOR-A’s product line, visit our web site at www.for-a.co.jp

Digital Nirvana Introduces New Media Management Platform at IBC2014

Fremont, CA – At IBC2014 in Amsterdam next month, Digital Nirvana will introduce its Media Management Platform, which offers a suite of applications that allows users to capture, edit, share, and manage content – as well as prove compliance, monitor and analyze video. Digital Nirvana will exhibit this platform in the booth of EMEA Gateway during the IBC convention – Hall 9, Stand B14.

Professionals using the new Digital Nirvana platform can capture content from multiple live video feeds in original recording and proxy format; edit, capture and store live video feeds; quickly repurpose content for multiple platforms and export it for final editing, rebroadcast, MAM, and archiving; manage and search content using advanced search terms; log and monitor video for regulatory or licensing requirements and quality control; and compare, review and analyze content for competitive analysis, legal reviews, and cross-functional collaboration.

“We couldn’t think of a better venue than IBC to launch our new platform,” said Arco Groenenberg, director of sales and marketing for Broadcast Products, Digital Nirvana. “With these new features, we’ve solidified our platform as the smartest management solution in the industry with the most rapid return on investment. Based on the feedback we receive from our close customer relationships, we’ll keep pushing the envelope and bring more functionality to this centralized approach.”

The Digital Nirvana Media Management Platform includes the following applications:

Capture
A feature-rich capture application records and stores hybrid inputs including SDI, ASI, ASI-IP, ATSC and QAM signals. Recording formats include 50 Hz, 60 Hz, SD/HD and DVB-T/C/S2. The platform supports RF and Cable Card Technology recording from encrypted cable feeds in full HD – allowing for direct cable and off-air antenna recording with no conversion needed. By setting parameters within the Program Guide, users can schedule continuous or intermittent recording. Users can record, monitor and analyze the performance of multiple competitive stations, saving hours of time, raising productivity and eliminating the need for stand-alone DVRs.

Edit
A powerful edit application allows users to produce frame-accurate cut clips from live or previous recordings, allowing for quick turn around when repurposing and editing content. OTT clipping and ad verification are also included in this system. Edits can be made from the desktop or mobile devices using any standard web browser. An unlimited number of users can collaborate from anyplace via the web-based interface. Content can be uploaded to the cloud and stored for final editing, re-broadcast, MAM files or archives.

Share
The platform enables users to capture and record multiple video feeds and repurpose them quickly for multiple platforms such as web, mobile, social media and the cloud. Clips can be exported directly to editing, MAM and archiving solutions. NAS Connect allows for connection to NAS/SAN storage for expansion and easy integration into existing workflows. The platform also allows unlimited user account and role set-ups and provides web captioning ability.

Manage
The platform’s management capabilities set Digital Nirvana’s approach apart from other systems. Users can search by date, time, and channel as well as by key words in the close caption, alert reports, as-run and traffic logs. Expression searches enable simultaneous keyword searches in the As Run log and closed captioning sections. A Boolean search capability makes it easier to define the search by adding AND, OR, + within search terms. This allows the user to search for captions that contain multiple words. The results are contained within a summary list with a hyperlink to the video content. Users can set up custom profiles with specific preferences that, depending upon the application, are searchable by time, date and alarm profile.

Comply
Users can log and monitor video content for regulatory, licensing requirements and quality control. Alerts can customized based upon the channel, time of day, duration, and choice of error such as a missing closed caption, loss of video or audio, loudness, etc. Customized profiles with specific preferences, searchable by time, date and alarm profile, can be set up.

Analyze
Users can also compare, review and analyze content for quality, competitive analysis, legal review and collaboration. It also extracts NAVE (Nielsen Audio Video Encoder) watermarks embedded in the audio track of the DTV signal and can log that data. The system decodes, logs, and verifies the presence of the watermarks to: ensure proper transmission and delivery to Nielsen’s home monitoring equipment; enable effective troubleshooting with real-time alerts for any signal discrepancies; and ensure ratings credit for advertising, allowing the setting of proper ad rates. It also provides a director’s audio track for assistance troubleshooting newscasts and programs.


Optional Modules

- Loudness monitoring
- iPad/iPhone encoding
- Centralized management
- REST API
- Variable speed playback that allows for playback at 2x, 4x, 1/2x, and -2x; enabling faster operation during legal reviews, ad verification, content review and repurposing.

Hardware
The solution runs on a feature-rich hardware appliance that accepts multiple inputs in one unit, allowing operators to do more with less hardware. In addition to recording SDI, ASI, ASI-IP, ATSC and QAM signals, it supports SD/HD, 50 Hz, 60 Hz and DVB-T/C/S2 formats. It also supports RF and Cable Card Technology recording from encrypted cable feeds in full HD. It is an industrial grade server with Linux OS, RAID 6HDD, built-in redundant power supplies and open IT connectivity
The system is available in three levels: Essentials (1RU server), Pro and Enterprise (both 3RU)

About Digital Nirvana

Since 1996, Digital Nirvana has been empowering customers with innovative knowledge management technologies. By combining media and digital technology expertise, Digital Nirvana makes it possible for organizations to streamline operations and gain competitive advantage with advanced product and service offerings. A comprehensive service portfolio includes media monitoring and analysis, market intelligence and analytics, and learning management services. Digital Nirvana is headquartered in Fremont, California with offices in Hyderabad and Coimbatore, India.
www.digital-nirvana.com

PESA Awarded New GSA Contract, Continues Long-Term Support of U.S. Federal Agencies

Huntsville, Alabama – PESA, a leading designer and manufacturer of professional audio and video distribution solutions, today announced it has been awarded a new GSA Contract, effective Aug. 1. It is the company’s second GSA Contract (the first remained active for 20 years), and the latest award will continue to enable PESA to service the U.S. Department of Defense, NASA and other federal agencies.

Awarded by the U.S. General Services Administration under its Multiple Award Schedule (MAS) Program, GSA Schedule Contracts are long-term indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity (IDIQ) agreements. They are designed to streamline acquisition procedures for federal agencies and expedite the delivery of goods using a list of prequalified vendors and contractors.

PESA (Contract Award GS-03F-062BA) is listed under Schedule 58: Professional Audio/Video, Telemetry/Tracking, Recording/Reproducing, and Signal Data Solutions. Through the program, its products are available on GSA Advantage, an online shopping site for government agencies, and are eligible for Blanket Purchase Agreements (BPAs) and Contractor Team Arrangements (CTAs).

“We believe the GSA MAS program is an important vehicle to make our products readily available to authorized GSA customers,” said Col. John T. Wright (Retired), PESA senior vice president, sales and business development. “PESA’s new GSA Contract is further validation of our long-term support to U.S. government agencies, and we look forward to providing more of the finest video distribution systems for command and control and a variety of other mission critical environments.”

Last month, PESA announced the DoD approved upgrades to its Video Distribution System (VDS) after initially receiving full certification in January 2013. PESA was the first company to achieve listing as a VDS on the Department of Defense Unified Capabilities (UC) Approved Products List (APL), which is the only listing of such equipment approved by the DoD to be fielded in DoD networks. The APL is managed by the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA), and the upgraded products received Interoperability Certification (IOC) and Information Assurance (IA) accreditation from DISA’s Joint Interoperability Test Command (JITC).

About PESA
As a leading provider of audio/video (A/V) Baseband and IP connectivity products, PESA offers a wide selection of multi-path streaming products, routing switchers, matrix switchers, extenders, converters, media extenders, and signal processing gear to support government, military, industrial, commercial, medical, broadcast, and mobile truck applications. From large to small-scale A/V routing and extender products to multiple IP streaming appliances, PESA offers a diverse suite of AV products, all of which are supported by 24/7 technical support. PESA is located in Huntsville, Ala., with regional sales offices throughout North America and China. Our cost effective solutions are available around the world through our industry leading team of Channel Partners offering local support and installation. All products mentioned herein are trademarked property. Learn more about us at www.pesa.com. Follow us on Twitter: @PESA_ONLINE.

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