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PESA Introduces Smart32 Remote Control Panel for Live Production

Huntsville, Alabama – PESA, a leading U.S.-based designer and manufacturer of professional audio and video connectivity, today announced the Smart32 remote control panel, which features 32 dynamically reprogrammable LCD buttons arranged in a 2×16 configuration. Designed for live production, it allows single keystroke switching for fast on-air selection. The Smart32 will be demonstrated during the 2014 NAB Show (Booth SL4619), which runs April 7-10 in Las Vegas, Nev.

The latest addition to PESA’s line of remote control panels, the new Smart32 allows any switch to be configured for any source, destination, level, salvo or control – and various key types can be displayed in different colors. Users can also select button brightness and set buttons to blink, pulse, or be constantly on or off.

Through Cattrax, PESA’s management control software, operators can create clear, intuitive command functions with up to three rows of text per button, plus assign predefined icon graphics for typical source and destination devices, such as cameras and DVRs. The Smart32 provides up to 16 pages of configurations, and panel layouts can be cloned to make it more efficient to create new configurations.

“Our Smart32 is a great addition for live production environments. It’s compact but very powerful, and it’s easy to customize for confident switching on the fly,” said Chuck Tillett, PESA president and COO.

The Smart32 is competitively priced and will be available in Q2 2014.

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 and www.pesaxstream.com. Follow us on Twitter: @PESA_ONLINE.

NAB 2014: FOR-A to Show New Version of FT-ONE 4K Variable Frame Rate Camera, Debut 4K Extraction System

Cypress, CA – At the upcoming NAB Show in Las Vegas, FOR-A will showcase a new version of its FT-ONE 4K super slow motion camera. The new version of the FT-ONE offers fiber I/O connections built directly into the unit for ease of use when shooting from the field. The company’s new ZE-ONE 4K extraction system will also be a highlight of the company’s booth (C5117), making its first NAB appearance.

“FOR-A is excited to showcase this new version of the FT-ONE camera and debut our ZE-ONE 4K extraction system at NAB,” said Hiro Tanoue, President, FOR-ACorporation of America. “We’re now offering the FT-ONE with fiber connections built into the unit, making it easier when the production calls for the camera to be used a far distance away from the base station. We’ll have a new replay controller for the ZE-ONE extraction system, which allows operators to frame and extract specified HD scenes at any size from 4K sources.”

Since its first introduction into the market in 2012, the FT-ONE has been used in a variety of sports broadcast and digital cinematography applications, including professional football, boxing, automobile racing, ice cross downhill, and wakeboarding events, as well as a NASA rocket launch. The camera has been the recipient of multiple industry awards, including a 2012 IBC Show STAR Award from TV Technology Europe, TVB Europe’s Best of IBC 2012 Award, and most recently, a 2013 Government Video Salute at GV Expo.

The FT-ONE employs FOR-A’s high-sensitivity CMOS color sensor, “FT1-CMOS,” and plays back full 4K (4096 x 2160 pixels). One output channel can provide QFHD (four 1080p 3G-SDI) outputs, while the other output channel provides down-converted HD-SDI for live viewing and play back. The FT-ONE captures images as uncompressed raw data on the system’s internal memory, which has a recording capacity of 9.4 seconds. This data is then stored on one of two hot-swappable SSD cartridges, each of which is capable of storing 84 seconds of full 4K resolution images at 900 fps.

First introduced at last year’s IBC Show, where it won a Best of IBC award from TVB Europe, the ZE-ONE allows FT-ONE users to frame and extract desired 4K image areas to capture the action for HD replays. The 4K extraction system provides operators with an intuitive touch-screen interface to frame and extract specified HD scenes at any size from 4K sources. The ZE-ONE allows users to smoothly zoom in or out, and includes an embedded audio delay processor.

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.

U.S. Bank Arena Upgrades Hockey Coverage to HD with Broadcast Pix Granite X Integrated Production System

Billerica, Massachusetts – When Jim Plummer, technical director for the U.S. Bank Arena in Cincinnati, was shopping for a new production switcher at the 2013 NAB Show, he kept coming back to Broadcast Pixintegrated production switchers. His choice became even easier when he won a Flint™ system during the show, which the arena upgraded to a Granite™ X.

Home to the ECHL Cincinnati Cyclones, U.S. Bank Arena was built in 1975 had a major renovation in 1997, which included the installation of a Sony analog switcher with external DVE. As part of a 2013 upgrade to HD production, which also included new cameras and monitors, the new Granite was installed early last fall in time for the current hockey season.

According to Plummer, the downtown arena seats about 17,000 spectators and hosts more than 100 events per year, including concerts, NBA preseason games, and 36 Cyclones home games. The in-house, three-camera video production is primarily used for hockey coverage, as well as some preseason basketball games and some comedy concerts. A four-screen, center hung video board provides the most prominent view for fans during the game, but there are multiple small monitors throughout the concourse, suites, and on-site restaurant.

During each home hockey game, the director switches while a second operator coordinates graphics and roll-ins. “It works out very well for us,” Plummer explained. “With hockey, you don’t know when you’re getting a stop, so you have to set your cues and be ready to go.”

The control room team also houses light and audio operators, plus one person coordinating game operations and promotions.

U.S. Bank Arena uses several of the Granite’s 12 SDI outputs during productions. One delivers a feed of the high center camera to the coach’s office, where it is recorded for review. Another feed is recorded to DVD for league officials and the visiting team. Plus, the live game production is provided to America ONE Sports, an online provider of live and on-demand sports. “Those multiple outputs really help us out a lot,” Plummer said.

Most of the Granite’s built-in Fluent™ workflow tools have already been incorporated into productions. Granite’s clip, animation, and still stores have made it easy for Plummer and his team to incorporate graphics and sound effects for “Star Wars Night” and other themed events during the season. Plus, Fluent-View, the customizable multi-view, quickly became a favorite feature among the directors, who have created different layouts for hockey, basketball, and concerts.

The optional Fluent Rapid CG feeds score and game clock data directly from the Daktronics scoreboard into graphics produced with the integrated Harris Inscriber CG. Fluent Rapid CG also manages data from an XML feed, so lower-third graphics can include real-time player statistics. “It makes things so much easier,” Plummer added.

Fluent Macros, Granite’s file-based macros system, is being used to create complex transitions and effects. Some transitions, for example, now feature the Cyclones logo, an effect that could not be produced using the previous equipment. Plummer is also planning to incorporate cloud-based content such as Twitter feeds and Instagram pictures into live productions. “It’s something we couldn’t do before,” he said.

With more than half the hockey season complete, people are noticing the improved production values, and Plummer is very pleased with the new Broadcast Pix system. “We love it,” he said. “It does everything we want it to do. The more games we do, the more comfortable we’re getting and incorporating more into the production.”

Broadcast Pix will have two raffles during the 2014 NAB Show (Booth SL6325), which runs April 7-10 in Las Vegas, Nev. Attendees will have the opportunity to win a new fX3D real-time 3D graphics software package on April 8 and a Flint integrated production switcher on April 9. Raffle instructions will be available at the Broadcast Pix booth.

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

NAB 2014: Digital Nirvana’s MediaPro 2.0 Offers a Fast, Affordable Way to Repurpose Content for Social Media and the Cloud

Newark, CA– Digital Nirvana will bring its newest broadcast monitoring and content delivery solutions to the NAB 2014 convention (Booth SU11017) from April 5-10th at the Las Vegas Convention Center. The company will introduce the latest version of its MediaProTM 2.0 Content Repurposing System, a fast, affordable way to record multiple channels for content rebroadcasting, repurposing and ad verification. This new version of MediaPro includes the ability to record content and share it easily on social media platforms and the cloud.

“We’re excited to now offer Social Media Integration with MediaPro,” said Hiren Hindocha, president and CEO of Digital Nirvana. “Our latest solution helps broadcasters easily record content and then quickly cut, clip and share with social media including Twitter, Facebook and YouTube. Our goal is to provide broadcasters with tools that help them save time and improve productivity.”

MediaPro 2.0 Content Repurposing System

With MediaPro 2.0, multiple users can record from one to hundreds of channels using Digital Nirvana’s Open Media Appliance; and then edit, clip, and publish content in real time. Clips can be stored and sent via email or FTP for archiving or external viewing in high- or low-resolution. Even non-technical staff can record from broadcast and cable channels and easily produce hi-res, HD broadcast-ready clips to repurpose and monetize content.

Using Digital Nirvana’s Open Media Appliance, MediaPro offers a wide variety of hybrid input options including: SDI, ASI, IP, QAM, ATSC and the ability to record encrypted HD content with Digital Nirvana’s cable card technology. Media can be exported to Flash, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, H.264 and XDCAM. Web-enabled search can be based on keywords, program titles, descriptions and textual metadata. MediaPro is compatible with all standards-compliant web browsers and does not require the installation of Active X.

Digital Nirvana’s MediaPro 2.0 removes the barrier between broadcast and social media for every member of the production team. With its quick and seamless workflow, it’s remarkably fast and easy to share video content with social media and the cloud.

Broadcasters are invited to schedule an appointment with Digital Nirvana at the NAB Show to learn more.

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. The company’s product portfolio includes the industry-leading Monitor IQ broadcast monitoring system, AnyStream IQ OTT monitoring solution, and the MediaPro content repurposing system. 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. For more information visit http://www.digital-nirvana.com.

NAB 2014: FOR-A Continues to Focus on 4K

4K booth highlights include an updated FT-ONE camera, new extraction system, multi viewers, virtual studio system and up converter

Cypress, CA – At next month’s NAB 2014 Show, FOR-A Corporation of America will introduce several new 4K products and showcase a wide range of its popular solutions for the professional video and broadcast industries. Aligning with its NAB theme, “FOR-A for a 4K future,” the company’s primary focus will be on demonstrating cost-effective products for every stage of the 4K workflow – from capturing, processing, switching, and viewing, to recording stunning 4K images. FOR-A will exhibit in Booth C5117 at the show, which runs April 7-10 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

Full 4K Super Slow-Motion Camera & Extraction System

A main highlight of FOR-A’s NAB booth will be the newest version of its FT-ONE 4K super slow motion camera. Capable of storing 9.4 seconds of full 4K resolution images at 900 frames per second, the latest version of the camera features fiber I/O connections built into the unit to make system configuration and setup easier, particularly when the production calls for the camera to be used a far distance away from the base station.

FOR-A’s ZE-ONE 4K zoom extraction system will make its NAB introduction. Featuring an intuitive touch-screen interface, the unit allows FT-ONE users to frame and extract specified 4K image areas. FOR-A will be showing live demos of the ZE-ONE in action in its booth.

Multi Viewers

Other products to be debuted by FOR-A at the show include the MV-4200, MV-42HSA and MV-1620HSA multi viewers. The MV-4200 is a compact, 2 RU unit multi viewer that accepts 4K signals, and is capable of handling up to 68 inputs and 8 outputs.

The new MV-42HSA and MV-1620HSA multi viewers include 3G Level A/B support and 4K to HD down-converted output. The MV-1620HSA accepts up to 16 channels of mixed 3G/HD/SD-SDI/analog composite signals for monitoring on up to two screens, and can also be cascaded with other units to display up to 64 sources simultaneously.

Ultra Resolution Up Converter

New for NAB is FOR-A’s URC-4000 super resolution 4K up converter. The unit provides powerful up-conversion and turns HD video into 4K in real time using original I/P and resolution conversion technology developed by FOR-A.

Graphics

FOR-A will also be debuting VRCAM3, a sensor-less virtual studio system that uses 4K chroma keying technology to provide stunning picture quality. The versatile VRCAM3 links computer graphics to camera motion simply by connecting it to a 4K camera. Using extracted 4K image areas, the Brainstorm rendering engine produces HD output in real time.

Also to debut at NAB is FOR-A’s VTW-350HS HD/SD character generator. The compact, affordable unit provides a rich array of text/graphic functions, more than 260 transitions, and template control, making it an ideal choice for live applications.

Video Switchers

The HVS-390HS HD/SD 1-2.5 M/E video switcher will also be displayed. The versatile switcher offers a dozen DVE channels. Featuring advanced AUX technology, the HVS-390HS has the capability to be a virtual 6 M/E unit.

FOR-A will also show its HVS-XT series of portable video switchers. The HVS-XT100 comes with a separate main unit and control panel, while the HVS-XT110 features a compact, integrated design.

Signal Processor

Following in the footsteps of FOR-A’s award winning FA-1010 signal processor, a new, smaller version of the multi channel signal processor will debut at this year’s show, the FA-505. The 5-input, 5-ouput signal processor features up/down/cross conversion capability on each input.

The company will be showing the FA-10RU, FA-AUX30, and FA-10DCCRU remote control units for the FA-1010 signal processor. Making its first NAB introduction, the FA-10DCCRU is a dedicated remote control unit for color correction.

FOR-A’s FRC Premiere Pro export plug-in video format converter software for Adobe Premiere Pro CC/CS6 Windows will also make its debut.

File-based Products

FOR-A will also demonstrate filebased products, including a new addition to the LTR LTO-based archive recorder series, the LTR-200HS. The unit supports new LTO-6 tape technology and Avid DNX-HD. It features HD/SD-SDI input/output, broadcast quality codec, and MXF wrapping and unwrapping.

Also to debut at NAB is the new LTS-60 media archiving server for LTO-6 drives. The LTS-60 is an ideal small-scale archiving and backup solution that supports 4K archiving.

Ultra Sensitivity Camera

FOR-A will be showing off a new camera from its group company, Flovel. The FZ-B3 ultra high sensitivity HD digital camera captures colorful images in a moonlight environment, and is a 3 CMOS-type version of Flovel’s popular FZ-B1 ultra high sensitivity camera.

IP Encoder/Decoder Solutions

FOR-A will also display Fujitsu’s high-performance IP-920, IP-9500, and IP-9610 encoder/decoder solutions in its booth. The encoder/decoder series uses advanced MPEG-4 AVC technology encoding, known as H.264, to perform real-time transmission of HDTV at low bit rates over DVB and broadband IT networks, and is capable of operating at less than 99ms back-to-back latency. FOR-A will have a 4K display of Fujitsu solutions using two IP-9500 video encoders.

Scheduled for an official debut in 2015, FOR-A will also show Fujitsu HEVC/H.265 compatible IP series technology currently in development.

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.

Broadcast Pix Announces Partnership with Virtualsetworks to Offer High Quality Virtual Sets

Billerica, Massachusetts – Broadcast Pix™ today announced a technology partnership with Virtualsetworks, which offers an extensive library of virtual sets. Through the partnership, customers will be able to search the company’s catalog from the Broadcast Pix Web site. Broadcast Pix will showcase several Virtualsetworks virtual sets during the 2014 NAB Show (Booth SL6325), which runs April 7-10 in Las Vegas, Nev.

As part of the Fluent™ integrated toolset, all Broadcast Pix integrated production switchers include virtual set chromakey technology that works with green screen or blue screen backgrounds. Systems ship with a number of preloaded virtual sets, as well as a virtual set editor that allows users to create a virtual set using any picture. Virtualsetworks offers a variety of affordable themed virtual sets, including news, sports, game shows, courtrooms, living spaces and more. Virtual sets can be purchased individually or in collections, and custom set design is also available.

“The need for high quality virtual set solutions is a must have for our customers, and Virtualsetworks is a great fit,” said Steve Ellis, general manager, Broadcast Pix. “With this technology partnership, our customers have easy access to a broader array of virtual sets and post-production applications.”

“Our company has a wide variety of very high quality virtual sets,” added Eric Pratt, president of Virtualsetworks, “and I believe they are a perfect companion to Broadcast Pix’s amazing product lineup.”

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

ABS to Design, Integrate HD Upgrade of Television Production Facilities at San Jose State University

SEATAC, WA — Professional video and audio systems integration firm Advanced Broadcast Solutions (ABS) today announced it has been contracted to provide a comprehensive HD upgrade of the video production facilities for the School of Journalism and Mass Communications (JMC) at San Jose State University in San Jose, Calif. ABS will design, procure, and install the system, which should be completed in April.

Since ABS won the bid process, Bob Rucker, director of the JMC School, has been impressed by the company’s expertise in classroom technology designed specifically for journalism education. “They understood what we were trying to do from day one,” he said. “ABS has done a fantastic job staying on budget, being creative with innovations in the technology and enabling new ideas throughout the process.”

Budgeted at more than $600,000, the project will include an overhaul of the television studio, control room and a separate newsroom “flashcam” location in the new converged newsroom in Dwight Bentel Hall. The upgrade is funded by the Jack and Emma Anderson Fund, an $8.7 million endowment from the couple who owned the print shop that published the school’s Spartan Daily newspaper for more than 40 years, and administered by the university’s Tower Foundation.

A 24-input Ross Video Carbonite 1-A M/E production switcher with built-in multi-view will anchor the control room. Other components will include a Yamaha LS9-32 digital audio console, Clear-Com intercom system and Panasonic 55-inch LED monitors. The new Ross XPression Studio CG will be configured to connect with the school’s convergence newsroom computer system for automatic loading of graphics through a MOS gateway.

Four new HD cameras will be housed in the updated studio, three Sony HXC-D70K cameras coupled with Autocue 17-inch prompters on Libec pedestals, plus one Sony BRC-Z330 PTZ camera mounted to the lighting grid for overhead shots. ABS will also install custom curtains, a Pro Cyc 3B-EZ System and a new lighting package.

Inside the newly renovated newsroom, where award-winning newspaper, television, magazine and advertising students work together, the “Breaking News Desk” will be used to produce live standups and other segments for Web-based news reports and Update News, the school’s television newscast. The area will feature a wall-mounted Sony PTZ camera that can be operated from the control room or locally via handheld remote.

“Educational institutions don’t often get a chance to upgrade their production facilities, especially not on a scale like this project for San Jose State,” said Mark Siegel, president of ABS. “We’ve designed an HD workflow that mirrors the file-based operations found in broadcast news environments across the country to prepare students for the real world. The new system will be a viable teaching environment for years to come, and it’s been specifically engineered for future expansion.”

While Rucker acknowledged the school’s last major video technology upgrade was in the mid-1990s, new equipment and a new strategic plan will help raise the school’s international profile. “We’ve got some very big plans for this new studio,” he said. “Our goal is to create a center for social media research in Silicon Valley. We’re going to create a global learning opportunity for our school that will excite and enable our diverse student body to test their creative new media ideas and technology approaches alongside the world class experts of Silicon Valley.”

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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IDC Upgrades Brazil’s Transamerica Radio Network with STAR Pro Audio™ Solution

Ottawa, ON– As sports enthusiasts across the world continue their countdown towards the 2014 FIFATM World Cup and the 2016 Summer Olympics in Brazil, International Datacasting Corporation (TSX: IDC) has completed the delivery of a critical technical upgrade to Transamerica Radio in Brazil. The privately owned Transamerica Radio has purchased IDC’s STAR Pro Audio™ Solution, which will lower its operational costs by using up to 70% less bandwidth compared to other solutions. IDC’s STAR Pro Audio Solution is designed for professional distribution of audio programming over satellite and IP networks.

Headquartered in São Paulo, Transamerica Radio offers nationwide coverage to many of Brazil’s residents and also to many Brazilians located overseas. The listeners enjoy a variety of music and talk radio programming, and the transmission of the most important domestic and international soccer championships. This efficient and reliable technology will ensure that Transamerica’s audience will not miss hearing one single action-packed moment in the months and years to come.

“IDC has proven to be an excellent technology partner for our company,” says Luiz Guilherme Albuquerque, Superintendent Director of Transamerica Radio. “This high quality equipment translates to outstanding value for us by helping us improve our operation and reduce our costs going forward.”

Boreal Communications assisted with the complete system definition and overall hub upgrade and installation, comprising of new antennas, power-up converters and IDC headend equipment. The new headend includes IDC’s Audio Encoders, Net Manager, and FlexKey Encryptors. In addition, the system includes new STAR Pro Audio Receivers to upgrade Transamerica’s transmission sites across Brazil. Once installed, Transamerica Radio will have implemented a state of the art, highly dependable distribution network for all of its professional audio applications.

“Forward-thinking platforms like the STAR solution demonstrate IDC’s long-standing commitment to our customers across Latin America and the world,” said Doug Lowther, President and CEO of IDC.

About International Datacasting Corporation:

International Datacasting Corporation (TSX: IDC) is a global leader in digital content distribution for the world’s premiere broadcasters in radio, television, data and digital cinema. IDC offers a broad portfolio of advanced solutions including the STAR Pro AudioTM Solution, LASERTM Targeted Ad Insertion Platform, and the Digital TattooTM DTH Over IP Gateway. The company’s products and solutions are in demand for radio and television networks, targeted ad insertion, digital cinema, 3D live events, satellite newsgathering, sports contribution, VOD, and IPTV. IDC is headquartered in Ottawa, Canada, with regional offices in Arnhem, the Netherlands and in San Diego, California. The company has installations in over 100 countries and an international network of value-added partners and resellers. For more information visit: www.datacast.com.

South Carolina Installs Two Broadcast Pix Mica Systems for HD Video Coverage of State House

Billerica, Massachusetts – While South Carolina Educational Television (SCETV) produces a variety of original television programming and provides video production services for other state agencies, one of its primary responsibilities is coverage of the state’s House of Representatives and Senate proceedings. When the operation was upgraded to HD production in late 2013, SCETV installed two Broadcast Pix™ Mica™ integrated production switchers to handle switching, graphics, and more.

SCETV is a statewide network of PBS member stations based in Columbia.Established in the 1950s for distance learning, it has 11 call letter stations across the state, as well as eight radio stations. State House coverage is broadcast on ETV World, one of the network’s multicast channels, and streamed live to www.scstatehouse.gov.

According to Ben Wilson, SCETV project manager of engineering, the move to HD for coverage of the House and Senate was prompted by the clerks of the House and Senate, who wanted to improve the quality of the video. “It was time to replace the cameras,” Wilson added. “Almost none of the equipment had ongoing support from the manufacturers because it was so old.”

The control room is housed in a small room next to the visitor’s entrance to the South Carolina State House, with the two chambers located on opposite ends of the building. In 2009, SCETV purchased Broadcast Pix Slate™ integrated production systems to replace analog Grass Valley production switchers and Chyron Maxine CGs, which had been in use since the control room was built in 1998. When the decision was made to update operations to native HD, Wilson chose to upgrade from Slate to Mica systems. (The Slate systems are now used to downconvert the HD feeds to SD for distribution on ETV World, which is an SD channel.)

Video production for each chamber is handled by one operator, who switches and positions the cameras, monitors audio, and inserts name keys and full-screen graphics using Mica’s built-in Inscriber CG. An ETV bug is inserted in the upper right-hand corner of each feed using the built-in still store. Both the House and Senate are in session simultaneously much of the time, so the TDs sit side-by-side in the control room wearing headphones. SCETV relies on two primary TDs, but has several operators who are called in when sessions run long.

In an effort to save counter space for other equipment, Wilson opted to install touchscreens instead of traditional control panels. Each operator has two 23-inch touchscreens, one populated with a PixPad and SoftPanel to easily call up graphics, while the second acts as a monitor wall, displaying preview, program, and sources.

When the legislative sessions ended last July, Wilson and his team began the HD upgrade, which included installation of both Broadcast Pix systems, an upgraded Utah Scientific hybrid router, new Panasonic PTZ cameras in both chambers, and a complete rebuild of the distribution infrastructure. HD LCD monitors in the Main Lobby and Joint Legislative Conference Room (Library) were also installed and are fed through the Mica systems. “The legislative session started the second week of January, so we had to have them operational by then,” Wilson recalled.

Each chamber originally had three cameras, but a fourth was added during the upgrade. The Senate now has one camera in the rear of the chamber, two on the sides, and a fourth behind the rostrum for gallery coverage. The House has two rear cameras, one of which provides coverage of the voting boards on the wall, and two side cameras at the front of the chamber to shoot the gallery.

With several weeks of productions complete, the TDs like the new Broadcast Pix systems, and reactions to the upgraded productions have been positive. “I think it’s great, and we’ve been getting a lot of compliments,” Wilson said.

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, FX 3D 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, Mica and Slate are trademarks of Broadcast Pix, Inc. Patented. Made in USA.

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PESA Receives 2014 Governor’s Trade Excellence Award

Huntsville, Alabama – PESA, a leading U.S.-based designer and manufacturer of professional audio and video connectivity, was selected as a 2014 recipient of the 8th annual Governor’s Trade Excellence Award. The company received its honor from Governor Robert Bentley on March 5 in a ceremony at the State Capitol in Montgomery, Ala.

Presented by the Alabama Department of Commerce and the Export AlabamaTrade Alliance, the Governor’s Trade Excellence Award recognizes companies in Alabama that excel in overseas sales and service. The objectives of the program are to identify the state’s successful and innovative exporters, promote them as role models to encourage increased involvement in the global marketplace, and develop awareness of how exporting impacts Alabama’s economy. PESA is one of only eight companies to receive the award in 2014.

“We are very pleased to be recognized for our international efforts with the Governor’s Trade Excellence Award,” said Chuck Tillett, PESA president and COO. “International sales continue to be an important part of PESA’s business plan, as we roll out new products and services to video professionals in a variety of industries.”

“Alabama products are among the best in the country, and the companies recognized today show how successful Alabama products are reaching the global marketplace,” Bentley said. “In 2013, Alabama exports total $19.3 billion, which represents a 57 percent increase since 2009. The Export Alabama Alliance is connecting Alabama companies with exciting new opportunities, and that’s good business for this state.”

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 and www.pesaxstream.com. Follow us on Twitter: @PESA_ONLINE.

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