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Crew Boston Lights ‘Antiques Roadshow’ Field Segments with Zylight F8 LED Fresnel

LOS ANGELES – In the field, there are few “normal” lighting setups – the only constants for the EFP crew of Antiques Roadshow, the popular PBS series produced by member station WGBH in Boston, are different locations and tight shooting schedules. Between May and August, the Antiques Roadshow crew shot in eight different cities across the country for the show’s 19th season, which will begin airing in January 2015.

Each episode features a field segment with host Mark L. Walberg, who visits a site in the event city with one of the show’s appraisers to learn about specific items. For the season, that amounts to 24 different locations, each one a new lighting challenge that requires a highly flexible and mobile lighting package.

Bob Birkett from Crew Boston Video Production Services has been Crew Boston F8 Useshooting for Crew Boston F8 UseAntiques Roadshow since its debut in 1997. As director of field videography, he and the WGBH EFP crew record the field segments as well as the show’s open and close with the host.

This season’s travels took Birkett’s crew to the stage of the Apollo Theater in New York City, a coal mine in Charleston, W.V., an international balloon museum in Albuquerque, N.M., and the historic Sloss Furnaces in Birmingham, Ala. Some setups were interiors, others were exteriors. All were shot with Crew Boston’s Panasonic AJ-HDX900 DVCPRO HD camcorder – and this season, Birkett added a Zylight F8 LED Fresnel to his lighting kit.

Birkett said the Zylight F8 is incredibly versatile. “Museum curators prefer that you not put a hot light near a valuable and often light sensitive work of art,” he explained. “The staff at the Austin State Museum, for example, were very concerned about how we would light their very delicate Texas Declaration of Independence. We showed them the dimmed down and cool Zylight and eased their concerns.”

For years, Birkett has been using Zylight’s Z90 compact LED light on location as a backlight and on-camera light. The palm-sized Z90 offers variable color temperature with no color shift while dimming, and its built-in color mode provides immediate access to millions of colors without gels or filters.

“The Z90 is not just an on-camera light,” he said. “It has such flexibility of color choices, and its low power draw means you can run it a long time on battery. I will often grab the Z90 when I need a splash of color in the background. A segment we shot at the Rickenbacker guitar factory is a good example – the wall of guitars was washed in deep blue with one Z90.”

Birkett opted for the daylight-balanced F8 and uses the F8 Filter Kit to warm the output. He said unlike LED light panels with multiple light sources, the F8 provides better control over the quality and texture of the light. The fully dimmable F8 features an eight-inch SCHOTT glass lens to maintain single shadow traditional Fresnel beam shaping, as well as an adjustable beam spread (16-70 degrees) and patented focusing system for spot and flood operations.

In contrast to HMI lights, the F8 is much more portable, Birkett added. For Antiques Roadshow, the battery-powered F8 came in handy for several setups, including Walberg’s tour through a coal mine (in a mine cart) and a horseback ride in a pasture in Austin, Texas. Birkett said he also used the F8 for quick stand-ups with the host when no external power was available.

“It’s definitely a part of my go-to lighting package,” Birkett added. “I like it because of the Fresnel lens and its ability to be dimmed. The variable intensity makes it ideal for lighting backgrounds for interviews.”

Birkett is an independent contractor and does not represent Antiques Roadshow or WGBH.

ABOUT ZYLIGHT LLC
Founded in 2003, Zylight LLC is the leading manufacturer of intelligent LED lighting instruments for the film and video production industry. Every model in its easy-to-use lighting system produces fully calibrated bright white light, while some also provide a spectrum of adjustable colors without gels. Full wireless control and DMX integration are included, and AC or DC power options are available. The Zylight state-of-the-art LED system is truly the most unique and flexible lighting system on the market today. With more than 50 dealers worldwide, Zylight continues to develop innovative LED lighting solutions to help make your job easier. More Than Bright – Zylight. Find out more at www.zylight.com.

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KAZT-TV Upgrades to HD Production in Two Cities with Broadcast Pix

Billerica, Massachusetts – KAZT-TV, an independent station serving Arizona’s Phoenix/Prescott market (DMA #11), produces The Morning Scramble, a unique live morning show that produces the first 30 minutes from its Phoenix studio and the last 30 minutes from its Prescott location. In October, the station upgraded both of its facilities to HD production, and anchored both control rooms with Broadcast Pix™ Granite™ X integrated production switchers.

While KAZT had upgraded its master control to HD in 2008, its studios were still producing programming in SD. While planning a move to HD production, station personnel discovered Broadcast Pix at the NAB Show. “The time was right to go KAZT Granite UseHD,” said Brian Cisek, production manager, “but we had not found the KAZT Granite Useright mix of equipment to do it in an economical way with all the bells and whistles we wanted.”

Phil Hammon, chief engineer, handled the integration of the new equipment and the station’s concurrent move to a file-based workflow. He determined that Granite “just seemed to be a lot more ‘live TV’ friendly” than competing systems. “There’s a lot I like about the Broadcast Pix in general,” he added. “From an engineering perspective, redundancy is extremely important – and the Broadcast Pix is one of the better built systems on the market, from its dual power supplies to its fail safe mode.”

Each control room was rebuilt and re-cabled in about 10 days – Phoenix was completed in mid-October and Prescott two weeks later. (During installation, The Morning Scramble was produced in only one city.) For the HD upgrade, the station purchased the same equipment for both control rooms. The Broadcast Pix systems were purchased through BKW, Inc., a value added reseller based in Tempe, Ariz. Additional upgrades included new JVC ProHD studio cameras, AJA Ki Pro record decks, 40-inch NEC LCD monitors for the control room video walls. The station is owned by Londen Media Group, LLC.

Designed for large-scale productions, Granite X supports 22 inputs and seven channels of files, and can integrate cloud-based content from Skype, Twitter, and other online sources during a live production. The Granites replaced an aging Ross analog switcher in Prescott and a Ross digital switcher in Phoenix. “File sharing at some point became a little difficult,” Cisek recalled. “Now, everything is consistent – they almost work as one studio. It’s just seamless.”

Using the built-in Watch Folders content management system, KAZT can transfer media from edit suites and other sources directly to the Granite before or during a production. “It’s really easy the way it just shows up and you just pull it into your show,” Cisek explained.

Fluent-View, Granite’s built-in customizable multi-view, was one of the system’s biggest selling points for the KAZT production team. The station produces The Morning Scramble and a weekly political program in Phoenix, and each series has a unique multi-view setup that can be tailored for individual technical directors. “That was the ‘wow’ factor,” Cisek said. “The flexibility of that was just awesome.”

KAZT has retired its aging Deko systems and now uses the Granite’s built-in Inscriber CG. Cisek said it delivers clean graphics and allows them to easily make changes during productions. The built-in clip store has also streamlined roll-ins, and Broadcast Pix’s file-based macros system, Fluent Macros, has simplified satellite interviews. TDs can set the screen for two-box and three-box displays with preselected backgrounds with just one button push.

The station welcomes outside production clients, but with SD studios, too many potential clients were going elsewhere. Now, Cisek said the station is starting to build a client base. “We knew that there was revenue to be made with our HD studio,” he said.

Hammon and Cisek are very happy with KAZT’s HD upgrade, particularly the Granites. “In a lot of ways, we’ve only cracked the surface of what the system can do – and that represents what maxed out our old system,” Cisek added. “Overall, we really enjoy the system. It’s going to give us a lot more flexibility.”

About Broadcast Pix Founded in 2002, Broadcast Pix is the leader in integrated production switchers, with customers in more than 110 countries. Available in several configurations, from compact systems with end-to-end integration to large-scale systems for high-end live productions, Broadcast Pix switchers include CG, dual clip stores, file-based macros, external control software, and customizable multi-view and virtual sets with patented control options. Broadcast Pix also offers ReVue next generation slow motion systems, fX3D real-time 3D graphics, Rapid CG dynamic graphic playout software, and VOX voice-automated live video production, each designed to enhance our highly integrated live production switchers. Customers include leading broadcast, corporate, education, government, religious, sports, streaming, and visual radio studios. Learn more at www.broadcastpix.com.

Broadcast Pix and Granite are trademarks of Broadcast Pix, Inc. Patented. Made in USA.

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Broadcast Pix Offers Trade-In Promotion for Slate Systems

Billerica, Massachusetts – Broadcast Pix™ has announced its Slate Upgrade Promotion, which allows current customers to trade in an existing Slate™ integrated production switcher for a new Granite™ or Mica™ system. The new systems offer a number of improvements over Slate, including native HD production, dual-channel clip servers that hold up to 180 hours of graphics and animations, and expanded production toolsets.

“Since 2006, Slate has been a solid integrated production switcher for thousands of video professionals around the world,” said Steve Ellis, CEO of Broadcast Pix. “This trade-in promotion provides Trade-In Promotionthose customers with an easy upgrade path to native Trade-In PromotionHD production and enhanced workflow tools – and they can save more than $4,000.”

Granite is Broadcast Pix’s large-scale system with up to 22 SDI inputs and 12 SDI outputs. Mica, the company’s mid-size model, includes eight SDI inputs as well as six SDI and two DVI outputs. Both systems support eight channels of file-based content and can ingest cameras in multiple formats, as well as cloud-based content and data from RSS feeds, Twitter, and other sources. The systems ingest and scale all sources with low latency while maintaining constant lip sync.

Version 4.0 software for Granite and Mica features enhanced control of external devices such as robotic cameras, servers, recorders, and streaming appliances. Other improvements include virtual sets, an enhanced customizable multi-view, and ClearKey, a new, highly adjustable chromakey that delivers robust color correction and more realistic shadow and lighting effects.

The Slate Upgrade Promotion ends Dec. 31, 2014. For more information, contact a Broadcast Pix dealer or sales@broadcastpix.com.

About Broadcast Pix Founded in 2002, Broadcast Pix is the leader in integrated production switchers, with customers in more than 110 countries. Available in several configurations, from compact systems with end-to-end integration to large-scale systems for high-end live productions, Broadcast Pix switchers include CG, dual clip stores, file-based macros, external control software, and customizable multi-view and virtual sets with patented control options. Broadcast Pix also offers ReVue next generation slow motion systems, fX3D real-time 3D graphics, Rapid CG dynamic graphic playout software, and VOX voice-automated live video production, each designed to enhance our highly integrated live production switchers. Customers include leading broadcast, corporate, education, government, religious, sports, streaming, and visual radio studios. Learn more at www.broadcastpix.com.

Broadcast Pix, Granite, Mica, and Slate are trademarks of Broadcast Pix, Inc. Patented. Made in USA.

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WorldStage to Produce Live Events with FOR-A Portable Video Switcher

Cypress, CA – New York City-based company WorldStage, a leading technical staging provider in the live event and entertainment technology field, recently selected a FOR-A HVS-100 portable video switcher for live video production of events ranging from corporate meetings to fashion show productions. WorldStage serves clients in the broadcast, arts, theater, non-profit, technology and corporate industries.

WorldStage purchased the switcher as part of its overall initiative to build a compact and flexible video production HVS-100 imagesystem that optimizes the company’s performance at the many Manhattan area venues it travels to throughout the year. WorldStage already owns two FOR-A HVS-300 video switchers, and found that operators were able to quickly learn how to use the HVS-100 imageHVS-100 unit due to its similar setup. The company recently began user training with the new switcher.

“We do a lot of computer graphics work, and we wanted to have more bandwidth for high definition work over coax cable,” said Barry Grossman, Chief Engineer at WorldStage. “So the fact that we can have 1080p/3G connectivity on a single coax with our new FOR-A switcher is a major perk for us.”

The built-in Web browser interface on the HVS-100 is another useful feature of the unit for WorldStage. With this capability, operators can remotely control their FOR-A switcher via a computer or tablet. “With the browser interface, we can remotely control the switcher with an iPad. This helps with projector setups,” added Grossman.

FOR-A’s HVS-100 comes with a separate main unit and control panel, which includes dedicated bus buttons, AUX buttons, a fader controller and direct user buttons for various functions. The unit 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. FOR-A also offers the HVS-110 portable video switcher, which boasts a more compact, integrated design, making the switcher ideal for use in small broadcasting vans and flyspecks.

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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Token Creek Sees ‘Marked Improvement’ in Image Quality with Addition of Three FUJINON Wide-Angles and Four Zooms

Wayne, N.J. – Madison, WI-based Token Creek Mobile Television has added three XA99x8.4 ultra-wide field production lenses and four HA18x5.5 HD zooms to complement Grass Valley LDX80 cameras on its Sioux truck. The lenses have already been used for coverage of the Minnesota Vikings National Football League (NFL) home games, National Basketball Association (NBA) play and PAC12 college football.

“Since making the switch recently to the new FUJINON lenses, we’ve noticed a marked improvement in the quality of the images coming from our cameras,” said company president Token Creek FUJINON 99 lensJohn Salzwedel. “The 99x gives our customers that unique combination of the distance and width they need. And the HA18x zoom covers the entire frame so beautifully. Thanks to these new Token Creek FUJINON 99 lenslenses, what we’re offering our clientele has advanced significantly. They’re thrilled, and so are we.”

The Sioux truck is scheduled for coverage of upcoming professional NBA and college NCAA basketball games.

The XA99x8.4 combines high-performance imaging, a long zoom reach, and an ultra-wide angle. It offers a zoom range of 99x, a focal length of 8.4 to 832mm, and MOD of 2.9m. It features a newly developed patented image stabilization technology for rock-steady performance, which is especially critical for long-distance HD shots. High-resolution 16-bit encoders are standard, making it suitable to virtual, robotic, and digital signage, among other applications. FUJINON’s exclusive GO-Technology improves image resolution and chromatic aberrations at all focal lengths.

This 2/3-inch telephoto field lens employs the latest High Transmittance Electron Beam Coating (HT-EBC) resulting in richer colors and greatly improved blue response and transmittance. HT-EBC coupled with FUJINON’s exclusive Aspheric Technology reduce ghost and flare and increase light transmission. A proprietary anti-fogging design minimizes lens fogging and reduces downtime due to moisture—a critical concern when shooting in all types of weather conditions.

FUJINON’s Premier Series HA18x5.5 offers 18x zoom from 5.5mm at the wide angle to 100mm on the telephoto end to capture images for a versatile range of scenes. It features high-precision large-diameter aspheric elements, designed with Fujifilm’s proprietary cutting-edge optical simulation technology, achieving sharpness at the center as well as all corners to deliver edge-to-edge premium image quality. Like the XA99x, the HA18x employs the HT-EBC coatings, as well as Aspheric Technology, making these the highest performing 2/3” lenses in the market today.

In addition to the new XA99x’s and HA18x’s, Token Creek’s FUJINON lens equipment arsenal, includes: two FUJINON XA101x8.9 BESM-T26C and six FUJINON XA88x8.8 BESM-T26D telephoto field lenses, and six FUJINON ZA12x4.5BERD wide angle lenses.

About Token Creek Mobile Television

Since 1992, Token Creek Mobile Television, Inc. has served the mobile broadcast production needs for network, regional and local sports broadcasters, as well as the entertainment industry, educators and Fortune 500 corporations. With state-of-the-art mobile production units and a prime Midwest location near Madison, Wisconsin, Token Creek Mobile Television Inc. has provided mobile production units to sports clients like ESPN ,PAC12, CBS Sports Network, NBC Sports,NFL Network, Alliance Productions, NBA Entertainment and NFL Network; corporate clients such as EPIC Systems, Harley-Davidson and Georgia-Pacific; and local stations WLEX in Lexington, KY, KVLY in Fargo, WCIU/Chicago and KSTP/KSTC in Minneapolis.

With an unparalleled record of high-quality production services, a team with years of broadcast production experience and a fleet of mobile units with premier technology, Token Creek Mobile Television, Inc. provides production solutions to clients, regardless of the production’s price range.

Visit www.tokencreek.com for more information.

About Fujifilm

FUJIFILM North America Corporation, a marketing subsidiary of FUJIFILM Holdings America Corporation consists of four operating divisions and one subsidiary company. The Imaging Division provides consumer and commercial photographic products and services, including: photographic paper; digital printing equipment, along with service and support; personalized photo products; film; and one-time-use cameras; and also markets motion picture archival film and on-set color management solutions to the motion picture, broadcast and production industries. The Electronic Imaging Division markets consumer digital cameras, and the Graphic Systems Division supplies products and services to the graphic printing industry. The Optical Devices Division provides optical lenses for the broadcast, cinematography, closed circuit television, videography and industrial markets, and also markets binoculars. FUJIFILM Canada Inc. sells and markets a range of Fujifilm products and services in Canada. For more information, please visit www.fujifilmusa.com/northamerica, go to www.twitter.com/fujifilmus to follow Fujifilm on Twitter, or go to www.facebook.com/FujifilmNorthAmerica to Like Fujifilm on Facebook. To receive news and information direct from Fujifilm via RSS, subscribe at www.fujifilmusa.com/rss.

FUJIFILM Holdings Corporation, Tokyo, Japan brings continuous innovation and leading-edge products to a broad spectrum of industries, including: 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.

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JVC Launches New BLU-Escent™ Laser Hybrid Projector Line

Long Beach, CA – JVC Visual Systems Division is introducing its new BLU-Escent™ laser hybrid illumination projector technology at I/ITSEC 2014, the leading event for training and simulation, this week in Orlando, Fla. The company is displaying its new DLA-VS2500ZG and DLA-VS2300ZG projectors, which have been optimized to meet the stringent requirements for simulation and visualization applications.

Projectors used in simulation operate for long periods, so there is a desire to move away from lamp-based projection to solid state illumination. Projectors BLU-Escentusing LED light sources are in the market, but they have typically sacrificed contrast and scene quality. The DLA-VS2500 and DLA-VS2300 BLU-Escentrepresent the first three-chip laser hybrid projectors specifically designed for simulation, and have been designed to meet both FAA Level D and ICAO regulatory requirements.

“The simulation and training industry has been eager to see projection solutions that offer exceptionable image quality with long life and a reasonable price point,” said Jack Faiman, senior vice president, JVC Visual Systems Division. “We think the DLA-VS2500 and DLA-VS2300 perfectly hit this sweet spot.”

JVC has paid particular attention to the design of the new BLU-Escent illumination system, the key point to high performance, motion compatibility, and long lifetime. The JVC BLU-Escent hybrid technology features a blue laser diode array that provides the blue light and excites a yellow phosphor, which is applied to a high-speed, reflective rotating aluminum disc. The yellow light is then combined with the blue light to create white light. The environmentally friendly technology is mercury-free.

BLU-Escent projectors reduce maintenance and lower the cost of ownership by increasing the illumination and optical system life. The new projectors have increased light output, more consistent colorimetry, and greater light output adjustment range including auto intensity function. The new light source also removes orientation restrictions, allowing mounting in landscape or portrait mode at any pitch angle.

The DLA-VS2500 and DLA-VS2300 use three, 0.7-inch 1920×1080 D-ILA imagers. The VS2500 comes equipped with JVC’s unique e-shift technology, which shifts the image by 1/2 pixel in the diagonal direction at 120Hz, achieving 3840×2160 precision.

The product launch includes the following four BLU-Escent models:
DLA-VS2300G 1920×1080 Optional Fixed Lens
DLA-VS2300ZG 1920×1080 Zoom Lens
DLA-VS2500G 3840×2160 e-shift Optional Fixed Lens
DLA-VS2500ZG 3840×2160 e-shift Zoom Lens

All four projectors will be available in January 2015.

ABOUT JVC VISUAL SYSTEMS
Headquartered in Long Beach, California, JVC Visual Systems is a division of JVCKENWOOD USA Corporation, a wholly-owned subsidiary of JVC Kenwood Corporation. The company 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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FOR-A to Showcase Video Switcher & Signal Processing Technology at GV Expo 2014

Cypress, CA – At this week’s Government Video Expo, held December 3-4 at the Walter E Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C., FOR-A America will display several of its popular video switcher and signal processing equipment. The company will exhibit within the Communications Engineering, Inc. (CEI) booth, #401.

“GV Expo is a highly targeted, important show for FOR-A,” said Jay Shinn, Vice President of FOR-A America. “It brings together video production, broadcast, digital media and government video specialists in one compact, two-day conference. It’s an opportunity for us to show how our FA-1010technology FA-1010specifically benefits this particular user group. It has always been a very successful show for us in terms of talking with current customers and meeting potential customers who are not as familiar with our product range.”

At the show, FOR-A will demonstrate its HVS-100 portable video switcher. The unit is capable of 4K production and offers a wide range of functions, including mixed HD/SD input, frame synchronization, multi-viewer capability, re-sizing engine, 2.5D wipe effects and DVE and keyer with chroma key. An ideal fit for government applications, the HVS-100 is currently in use for in-house video production and creation of training videos and live presentation events for the U.S. Navy.

Another video switcher that will be shown at GV Expo is the cost-effective HVS-390HS unit. Offering powerful M/E functionality that allows for greater user flexibility and control, the HVS-390HS offers up to three different control panels and five remote AUX control panels that can be used simultaneously. The built-in Web browser function gives users even more control, allowing operators to set up and edit the switcher via a Mac, PC or tablet. The HVS-390HS is currently deployed in a variety of government applications, including use by NASA to produce live rocket launch event coverage at Wallops Flight Facility.

FOR-A will also showcase signal processing technology. The company will demonstrate its FA-505 multi-channel signal processor. First introduced earlier this year at NAB, the five-input, five-output signal processor features up/down/cross/aspect ratio conversion capability on each input and is ideal for 4K applications. The FA-505 also features 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.

Another FOR-A signal processor that will be shown at GV Expo is the award-winning FA-1010 multi-channel unit. With 10 video inputs and outputs, the new FA-1010 offers multi-channel routing between sources as well as effective video and audio signal processing for line, relay, reporting, production, editing and delivery applications.

GV Expo is Washington’s largest technology event for video, broadcast and AV professionals. Last year’s event featured over 150 exhibits and drew 6,000 registrants.

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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Texas Crew Productions Meets ‘IRONMAN’ Challenge with Zylight F8 LED Fresnel

LOS ANGELES – Emmy award-winning director of photography Terry Stewart established Texas Crew Productions in Austin, Texas, in the early 1980s. His company has covered many major sporting events, including the Super Bowl, World Series, NBA Finals, and the Olympic Games. His personal favorite is the IRONMAN World Championship, a long distance triathlon that was held last month in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, and aired on NBC on Nov. 15.

This was Stewart’s 22nd straight IRONMAN World Championship. It is a grueling production day that starts at sunrise and ends at midnight. The natural lightTexas Crew Productions changes throughout the production – and with sunset at around 6 p.m., several hours of nighttime shooting are required. “It’s a really Texas Crew Productionschallenging day because it’s long, it’s over a huge footprint,” he explained, “and you’re dealing with 2,000 athletes of various abilities. You need to be ready for anything.”

A “world feed” standalone product for international broadcast was produced with a core group of Sony PDW-F800 cameras. For the NBC broadcast, however, Texas Crew included RED EPICs,Sony F55s,Cannon EOS C300s, and an array of a dozen GoPro cameras. Texas Crew brought all the footage back to Austin, where editors created the 90-minute program.

During the event, crews often drive in front of the racers to shoot the action. This year, Stewart used one of his new Zylight F8 LED Fresnels while shooting out of the back of a convertible. The F8 can be powered by a standard 14. 4V camera battery, which was useful on the road and when Stewart was in more remote locations along the IRONMAN course. “I really wanted an LED with some punch that could run off a battery,” he said. “It’s a huge time saver.”

Beyond the race course, Stewart also used his two F8s for prerecorded interviews with Mark Allen and Dave Scott, both of whom have won the IRONMAN World Championship six times. “Where the Zylights really came in handy was when we shot our interviews and portraits ahead of race day,” he explained. “I like to shoot using a lot of natural daylight. The dimmable Zylight really helps you accomplish that.”

Available in daylight (5600K) or tungsten (3200K) versions, the F8 features an eight-inch SCHOTT glass lens, which maintains single shadow traditional Fresnel beam shaping. Its quantum dot technology provides a more refined and balanced natural light output, with an adjustable beam spread (16-70 degrees) and patented focusing system for spot and flood operations. The F8 is also water resistant (IP54) for use in challenging conditions.

“The Zylight is my key light of choice these days. I carry it with me all the time,” Stewart added. “It’s relatively light and easy to move around. It has all the features I really wanted.”

ABOUT ZYLIGHT LLC
Founded in 2003, Zylight LLC is the leading manufacturer of intelligent LED lighting instruments for the film and video production industry. Every model in its easy-to-use lighting system produces fully calibrated bright white light, while some also provide a spectrum of adjustable colors without gels. Full wireless control and DMX integration are included, and AC or DC power options are available. The Zylight state-of-the-art LED system is truly the most unique and flexible lighting system on the market today. With more than 50 dealers worldwide, Zylight continues to develop innovative LED lighting solutions to help make your job easier. More Than Bright–Zylight. Find out more at www.zylight.com.

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Advanced Systems Group Adds Ed Chen to Sales Staff

EMERYVILLE, CALIF. – Advanced Systems Group (ASG), a leading data, video, audio and film integration firm, today announced Ed Chen has joined the company’s sales staff, effective Oct. 27. He is focused on storage, archive, asset management, and networking solutions.

Chen, who earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in electrical engineering, has more than 25 years ofEd Chen technology sales experience. He began his career atEd Chen Bell Labs, and has worked as a systems engineer and managed engineering teams for several companies. Chen spent almost a decade as regional sales manager and director of field systems engineering at QLogic. Most recently, he was the regional sales manager for Nexsan Technology, an Imation company.

“Ed has a proven track record of handling major accounts and providing excellent customer service,” said Dave Van Hoy, president of ASG. “He is a great addition to our sales staff because he truly understands the technological solutions we provide and can share that knowledge with our customers.”

Chen is based out of the company’s main office in Emeryville. He can be reached at 510-654-8300 or via e-mail at ed@asgllc.com.

About ASG:
Based in Northern California with offices in the Pacific Northwest, Southern California and New York City, Advanced Systems Group LLC of Emeryville, Calif., has provided engineering, systems, integration, support and training to the broadcast, film, creative and corporate video markets since 1997. With unmatched experience in high-speed shared storage, media asset management, archiving, editing, color and VFX systems, ASG has become one of largest installers of post-production and shared storage systems on the West Coast. The ASG team is highly focused on customer success, and has installed and supported more than 350 SANs, production and post-production systems. For more information, visit www.asgllc.com or call 510-654-8300.

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Advanced Systems Group Explores Real-Time 4K Production During Free Annual Workshop

EMERYVILLE, CALIF. – Advanced Systems Group (ASG), a leading West Coast video and film integration firm, will explore the expanding use of 4K for professional video applications at its annual workshop, “Initiatives in 4K,” on Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014, at the New People Cinema at the New People building in San Francisco. Free presentations begin at 10 a.m., and the workshop includes lunch sponsored by Quantum Corp.

“Interest in 4K has been growing for years in our industry,” said Dave Van Hoy, ASG president, “and now it’s no longer limited to digital cinema and episodic television. Real-time 4K production is gaining momentum for live events, high-end video conferencing applications, and more. With 4K branching out, it is more important than ever for video professionals to learn about the challenges of 4K file-based workflows.”

While the 4K world gets larger, many of the same questions and concerns regarding equipment and file management remain. Initiatives in 4K will feature five presentations discussing a number of 4K topics, including acquisition, post production, display, delivery, and real-time 4K live event production.
Registration is free for Initiatives in 4K, but space is limited. Please visit www.asgllc.com/events/asg4k2014 for registration and more information.

About ASG:
Based in Northern California with offices in the Pacific Northwest, Southern California and New York City, Advanced Systems Group LLC of Emeryville, Calif., has provided engineering, systems, integration, support and training to the broadcast, film, creative and corporate video markets since 1997. With unmatched experience in high-speed shared storage, media asset management, archiving, editing, color and VFX systems, ASG has become one of largest installers of post-production and shared storage systems on the West Coast. The ASG team is highly focused on customer success, and has installed and supported more than 350 SANs, production and post-production systems. For more information, visit www.asgllc.com or call 510-654-8300.

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