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New Zero Percent Financing Program on FUJINON Cabrio Zooms

Wayne, N.J. – FUJIFILM North America Corporation, Optical Devices Division, is conducting a Zero Percent Financing program on purchases of its Premier PL ZK Series of Cabrio lenses. Beginning today through March 31st, 2014, any new purchases of a Premier PL19-90mm Cabrio (ZK4.7×19), PL 85-300mm Cabrio (ZK3.5x85B) or PL 14-35mm Cabrio wide-angle zoom (ZK2.5×14) are eligible for the company’s Zero Percent Financing for 24-month program. The program is currently open to U.S. and Canadian customers only.

“We’re starting this program as a service to our customers,” said Thom Calabro, Director, Marketing and Product Development, FUJIFILM North America Corporation, wide-angle lens Optical Devices Division. “A financing program like this makes it easier for more of our customers to own a Cabrio and opens up a larger potential user base among rental houses, DPs, production companies, and all kinds of cine and video professionals looking to own the most versatile, highest quality, and lightest zooms in industry.”

FUJINON’s PL 14-35mm lens is the latest development in the company’s popular Cabrio series, which includes the recently introduced Premier PL 85-300 mm, as well as the established PL 19-90. Introduced at IBC in mid-September last year, the 14-35mm Cabrio is lightweight, easy to use with today’s 4K cameras, and is a fast T2.9 with 200-degree focus rotation. It’s ideal for shooters looking for a lightweight zoom that can be used as a handheld. It has a detachable digital servo drive and can be used as a self-contained ENG-style lens or as a cine style lens.

The PL 14-35 lens offers exceptional optical performance in the center of the image and in the corners of the frame. The digital servo’s 16-bit encoding assures operators that all lens meta data output—including the position of the zoom, iris, and focus—is extremely accurate. The PL 14-35 lens supports Lens Data System (LDS) and /i metadata formats, All Cabrio lenses can be controlled using cinema industry standard accessories, wireless controllers, as well as existing FUJINON wired and wireless units.

The high-performance FUJINON PL 85-300 Cabrio zoom lens was designed using the latest optical simulation technology, offering exceptional optical performance in both the center of the image and in the corners of the frame. The PL 85-300’s longer lens makes it ideal for professional cinematographers and videographers. The PL 85-300 is similar in weight and size to the other Cabrio lenses, and starts at a fast T2.9

The lightweight and compact PL 19-90 Cabrio weighs only 2.85kg including servo motors, this lens has the longest focal range available in a light weight zoom . Cinematographers will be right at home with these lenses. With the detachable drive removed, the lens is set to accept industry standard cine motors and matte boxes. Plus, the lens has all the data output that appeals to a Cine-style shooter.

To take advantage of this new Zero Percent Financing option on FUJINON Cabrios, customers can contact their local FUJIFILM Optical Devices Division sales representative.

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 electronic imaging, digital printing equipment, medical systems, life sciences, graphic arts, flat panel display materials, and office products, based on a vast portfolio of digital, optical, fine chemical and thin film coating technologies. The company was among the top 10 companies around the world granted U.S. patents in 2012, and in the year ended March 31, 2013, had global revenues of $26.7 billion*. Fujifilm is committed to environmental stewardship and good corporate citizenship. For more information, please visit www.fujifilmholdings.com.

* At an exchange rate of 83 yen to the dollar.

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Innovative Zylight Selected for Investment and Support from Lighting Leader Ushio America

LOS ANGELES – Zylight LLC., a privately-owned manufacturer of intelligent LED lighting instruments for the cinema and broadcast production industries was selected by specialty and general market lighting leader Ushio America, Inc. to receive a strategic investment that brings additional funding and infrastructure support to Zylight.

“This partnership allows Zylight to accelerate our speed in bringing innovations to our customers,” said Joe Arnao, President, Zylight. “We’re thrilled at the confidence Ushio has shown in us, selecting our technology above all others todrive their entry into the broadcast lighting market. We’ve always been confident in the value and benefits of our innovative instruments. With the resources and stature of Ushio behind us, we’re excited about the future and in our expanded level of service we’ll offer customers.”

Founded in 2003, Zylight is known for its many technological firsts, including: wireless and remote lighting control; High-Density light-emitting diode (HD-led™) for the brightest, most natural lighting available in a compact LED; Color Mode for the production of millions of colors without gels or filters; and its collapsible F8 LED Fresnel with quantum dot technology. Zylight is based in Los Angeles. The company will continue to operate independently under the Zylight name and assemble products in the USA.

Zylight pioneered several solid state lighting instrument platforms and wireless integration technology. The company’s patented products have been used in extreme conditions from the deserts of Africa to the frigid summit of Mount Everest and many places in between.

Started in 1967, Ushio America is one of the world’s largest specialty lighting companies and has a leadership position in several markets such as SSTV, Digital Cinema, Scientific and Medical, Video Projection, UV Curing and Semiconductor. Ushio America has over 4,000 products in its portfolio, from unique specialty light sources to general illumination lamps for architectural and task lighting.

According to Keith SanGiacomo, General Manager, Marketing and New Business Development for Ushio America, Inc., “The investment in Zylight brings the solid financial and technological backing of Ushio together with Zylight’s leading edge technology. The Zylight products speak for themselves in terms of innovation, advanced technology and value to our customers, and we’re excited about the new offerings and future developments. This strategic partnership not only provides Ushio with an expanded offering in the entertainment fixture market, but also allows us access to Zylight’s innovative technology for applications in other market segments as well.”

About USHIO America, Inc.

USHIO America, Inc. is a leading manufacturer of Specialty and General Illumination lighting solutions based in Cypress, California. Established in 1967 as a subsidiary of USHIO Inc, in Tokyo, Japan, USHIO now carries over 3,500 General Lighting and Specialty products. These Lighting-Edge Technologies™ are provided to a variety of industries such as general illumination, audio-visual, photographic, stage, studio and television, semiconductor, printed circuit, video projection, cinema, UV curing, germicidal, horticulture, graphic arts, flashlight, scientific, medical, dental, ophthalmic, infra-red heating, and many others. For further information, visit www.USHIO.com.

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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ABS, Experience Church.tv Present AVL Expo 2014, Provide Free AV Training for Northwest Worship Community

SEATAC, WA — Professional video and audio systems integration firm Advanced Broadcast Solutions (ABS), in collaboration with ExperienceChurch.tv®, will present the Audio, Video, Lighting Conference and Expo (AVL Expo) on Friday, Jan. 31, 2014, at Experience Church in Puyallup, Wash. Designed for the worship community, the free, one-day event will include a full conference program that includes advanced sessions for returning attendees. Plus, the exhibit hall will feature several new exhibitors, including Sony Electronics, De Sisti Lighting, Tightrope Media Systems, QSC, and Williams Sound.

The expo opens at 9 a.m., with a general session beginning at 10 a.m. hosted by Dennis Cummins, Pastor at Experience Church.tv and well known advocate for AV technology in worship facilities. “Every session will be unique this year, and we have some very practical, hands-on instruction for audio applications,” he said.

Mark Siegel, president of ABS, will lead the “Live Production” breakout session at 1 p.m. “We have been working with Experience Church.tv since 2009 to produce AVL Expo, and the show continues to be an important resource for church pastors and their AV crews in the Northwest,” he said. “It’s not enough to invest in AV technology – church personnel also need to invest in training to create compelling content. My session will help our attendees learn how to mix a live show for broadcast on TV or the Web. ”

Other conference sessions include an audio production sessions from Sennheiser and Roland, as well as “Important Things to Know about In-Ear-Monitoring” by myMix. Plus, JVC Professional Products Company will lead a session on cameras, Sony will address production switchers, and Atomos will highlight capture, playback, and storage. Cloud-based resources for file sharing and storage, as well as lighting, will also be addressed. The program ends with a 4 p.m. Q &A general session.

Registration is free for the first two people registered from each church, and complimentary lunch will be provided, courtesy of ABS. Additional attendees will be permitted based on availability, but space is limited. For more information and registration information, please visit www.avlexpo.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.

American Airlines Center Upgrades Routing Infrastructure with PESA

Huntsville, Alabama – PESA, a leading U.S.-based manufacturer of professional audio and video connectivity, today announced the American Airlines Center in Dallas, home of the NBA Dallas Mavericks and NHL Dallas Stars as well as one of the top ticket-selling concert venues in the country, recently upgraded its routing infrastructure with a variety of PESA products. Installed last summer, the new system is built around a PESA Cheetah 288×288 digital video routing switcher and includes PESA’s new Touch72 LCD router control panel.

On any given game day, there are close to 100 technical employees on site, including broadcast personnel, at the 20,000-seat venue. Beyond its live in-house video presentations, the AAC has a number of video-related responsibilities, including providing live feeds of game coverage to NBA and NHL officials via high-speed fiber networks.

While the AAC has access to multiple cameras from the broadcast feed, it tends to use footage from its own six-camera setup for in-house video presentations. Inside the venue, four HD cameras capture the action, including one handheld on each end of the basketball court or hockey rink and two cameras with 72x lenses operated from the stands. There are also two handheld SD cameras (upconverted to HD) outside in AT&T Plaza to cover concerts and other pre-game activities.

Three control rooms housed in the American Airlines Center produce its in-house video presentations. The primary control room handles all cameras and live video for the arena, including game action shown on 72×30-foot screens on either side of the arena and four HD video screens hung in the center. The secondary control room manages all live switching to the AT&T Plaza, an area outside the arena that features large HD video screens and often hosts pre-game concerts. Located in the press area, the third control room is tasked with graphics for the main screens and other displays throughout the facility.

According to Randy Breedlove, manager of broadcast services, the American Airlines Center had been relying on multiple routing platforms to service the entire facility. “It became obvious to us that we needed to get all of this consolidated,” he recalled, “and we needed to get into the embedded digital audio realm.”

The Cheetah 288×288 frame is currently populated at about 128×128. Half of the connections are equipped with embedded audio, which is important to the AAC because of its integration with broadcasters during basketball and hockey games. Beyond the main stereo announce audio for the facility, embedded audio provides access to additional audio sources – including the television broadcast, English and Spanish radio coverage, and effects feeds – through the same coax connection.

Breedlove said the embedded audio is a feature that has improved the arena’s video workflow. “It’s very useful to have any audio feeds associated with the broadcast in addition to the arena feeds,” he added.

While the facility will “definitely grow” into the Cheetah router, Breedlove said his engineers were initially drawn to PESA because of its PERC3000 router control solution with Cattrax software for system setup, maintenance, and monitoring. “The software is powerful but not complicated,” Breedlove said. “It’s very user friendly. That was a huge part of our decision.”

The new routing system was also an opportunity to upgrade to LCD router control panels with PESA’s Touch72 LCD, which features 72 programmable LCD push button switches in an 2 RU configuration, along with a color touch-screen display. Each push button can be configured as a source, destination, level, or salvo. Up to 16 characters and individual background colors can be used to identify each switch, and names are dynamically updated on each affected LCD switch as the system configuration is changed.

The AAC has already installed one Touch72 LCD, and Breedlove said three more will be installed in early 2014. “We are very happy. It’s so intuitive,” he added. “It really has changed how you can control routers now. You can take full advantage of all the sources in a plant. PESA definitely delivered there.”

For Breedlove, the most important feature for the new router was reliability. “That’s one of the things that attracted us to PESA,” he recalled. “The router is the heart of your plant. You take for granted it’s going to work. We were sure PESA built a device that was rock solid. It was a very easy decision to go with PESA.”

About PESA

As a leading provider of audio/video connectivity, PESA offers a wide selection of routing switchers, matrix switchers, extenders, converters, media extenders, and signal processing gear to support government, military, industrial, commercial, broadcast and mobile truck applications. PESA offers one of the widest ranges of AV products – from large scale fiber optic routing to single-point CAT-5 DVI extenders – each with the integrity and innovative high performance technology expected from PESA. Our products are available around the world from a leading team of channel partners offering local support and installation; and all of our products are supported by 24/7 technical support. To learn more about our technologies and services visit www.pesa.com. PESA is located in Huntsville, Alabama with regional offices throughout the United States.

All products mentioned herein are trademarked property of their respective owners. Follow us on Twitter @PESA_ONLINE.

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New Corporate Slogan for The FUJIFILM Group: Value from Innovation

TOKYO, JAPAN – To celebrate the 80th anniversary of its original founding, FUJIFILM Holdings Corporation has created on a new corporate slogan, “Value from Innovation.” Beginning this month, the Fujifilm Group will adopt the slogan for its global operations.

In response to the dramatic decline in the demand for photographic film since year 2000, FUJIFILM Holdings Corporation has carried out a series of structural reforms. The company has moved away from its core business of photographic film and has been reborn as a company that is now involved in a diverse array of business operations. The Fujifilm Group is currently focused on and investing management resources in the following six business fields: Healthcare, including medical equipment, pharmaceuticals and cosmetics; Graphic Systems, developing a wide range of printing equipment; Highly Functional Materials, such as optical film for liquid crystal displays and components for touch panels; Optical Devices, including television lenses and components for satellite optical systems; Digital Imaging, with the development of digital cameras and Photo book albums; and Document Solutions, including Fuji Xerox’s extensive lineup of composite equipment and devices, and solution services. The new corporate slogan has been created to demonstrate the new direction Fujifilm is taking, and its future objectives. The slogan expresses Fujifilm’s commitment to deepening communications with its customers and all other stakeholders, and to further enhancing the value of the Fujifilm corporate brand.

The new corporate slogan is “Value from Innovation.” Along with expressing Fujifilm’s commitment to continuously creating innovative technologies, products and services that empower the potential and expand the horizons of tomorrow’s businesses and lifestyles, the slogan also encapsulates the company’s desire to combine our own original technology with human resources, expertise and technology from around the world both internally and externally to create innovation. A new brand statement has also been created to articulate these commitments more specifically, and the slogan encapsulates the main points of the brand statement.

The Fujifilm Group will use the slogan for its global operations and, under this slogan, will continue to utilize its cutting-edge, original technologies to create products and services that address the true needs of global customers and provide new values.

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New SpectraCal CalMAN 5 Software Features Auto Calibration, ISF Mode Programming of JVC RS-840UD 4K LCD Monitor

WAYNE, NJ – JVC Professional Products Company, a division of JVC Americas Corp., today announced SpectraCal, a leading provider of display calibration solutions, has released CalMAN 5, version 5.2.3, which features auto calibration of JVC’s RS-840UD Reference Series 84-inch 4K LCD monitor. Used by integrators, installers, professional calibrators, and consumers, CalMAN provides a professional and repeatable method to calibrate video displays for home theaters, commercial AV installations, and broadcast production and post-production facilities.

According to Derek Smith, SpectraCal founder and CTO, the main benefits of CalMAN’s new JVC auto calibration capabilities include speed, accuracy, and reduced training requirements. “Calibrations that used to take hours now take less than 10 minutes,” he explained. “Plus, our testing shows that the auto calibration routinely returns an essentially optimal result, which is particularly important for ultra-high resolution 4K displays.”

The software also means less time and expense needed for training. “An integrator used to have to send someone to training to even begin to work on calibrating a display,” Smith added. “Now you can give this solution to a tech with relatively little training, then they can follow the step-by-step instructions in the workflow and get good results quickly.”

According to Gary Klasmeier, product engineering manager, JVC Visual Systems Division, CalMAN 5 provides a convenient and methodical calibration approach to programming the ISF functions in the panel by means of DDC (Direct Device Control) via RS-232. “ISF calibration settings are automatically locked into protected memory locations, ensuring the RS840UD remains in calibration,” he added. “The SpectraCal team completely understands the challenges of display calibration, which is why JVC is pleased to once again collaborate with them.”

Developed for custom installations and rigorous commercial use, JVC’s RS-840UD Reference Series monitor features an IPS LCD panel with 120Hz refresh rate, 10-bit color depth, and 3840×2160 native screen resolution (four times the resolution of full HD). Housed in a slim bezel with a 178‑degree viewing angle, the ELED-illuminated monitor produces vibrant, natural images from a variety of HD and 4K input sources utilizing three single HDMI 30p or quad HDMI 60p inputs. The monitor is also compatible with JVC’s popular GY-HMQ10 4K compact handheld camcorder. For specific RS-840UD product details, please visit www.referenceseries.com.

ABOUT SPECTRACAL

SpectraCal is the worldwide leader in image fidelity solutions. SpectraCal provides everything needed for calibrating video displays in broadcast, production, post-production, commercial A/V, home theater, and industry. SpectraCal’s flagship product CalMAN is the mostly widely used video calibration software in the world.

ABOUT JVC PROFESSIONAL PRODUCTS COMPANY

Headquartered in Wayne, New Jersey, 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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FOR-A’s FT-ONE 4K Camera Awarded 2013 Government Video Salute, Used for NASA Space Launch

Cypress, CA – FOR-A’s FT-ONE full 4K variable frame rate camera was awarded a 2013 Government Video Salute Award. Presented by Government Video magazine, the awards honor the 10 most innovative products on the Government Video Expo show floor. GV Expo was held last month at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C.

In its GV Expo booth, FOR-A demoed the FT-ONE 4K super slow motion camera with its new 4K extraction system, the ZE-ONE. The company showed high-speed footage from the FT-ONE taken during NASA’s recent launch of the MAVEN (Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution) spacecraft on a 10-month mission to explore Mar’s climate history. Capable of recording up to 900 frames per second (fps), the FT-ONE captured stunning 4K footage of the event with a FUJINON Premier 4K+ PL Cine zoom – the 75-400mm T2.8-T3.8 (HK5.3×75).

During his GV Expo keynote presentation, Rodney Grubbs, Program Manager at NASA Marshall Space Flight Center, noted the FT-ONE’s performance in his discussion about 4K and NASA’s search for new technology.

“FOR-A is honored to have the FT-ONE recognized as one of the best products at GV Expo, an event where so many great technologies are shown,” said Hiro Tanoue, FOR-A Corporation of America’s President. “The FT-ONE is ideal in many different applications, from sports and broadcast events to rocket launches. We look forward to seeing innovative, new ways the camera will be used in the future.”

In Government Video’s announcement of award winners, the FT-ONE was described as follows: “If you saw the FT-ONE 4K Variable Speed Camera video that FOR-A showed continuously at GV Expo 2013, you would immediately know why the camera was chosen. Its stunning resolution and hypnotically smooth ultra-slow-motion turned a blast from a tank’s cannon into kinetic art.”

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.

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.

Arco Groenenberg Joins Digital Nirvana to Lead Sales and Marketing for Broadcast Products

Newark, CA – Digital Nirvana, a provider of monitoring, compliance and content repurposing systems for broadcast, cable, and satellite networks, has hired industry veteran, Arco Groenenberg as director of sales and marketing for Broadcast Products. Groenenberg is tasked with growing Digital Nirvana’s Broadcast Products business, which includes industry-leading solutions for live stream monitoring, broadcast monitoring and content repurposing.

Groenenberg has over 15 years of experience in the professional video industry. Most recently, he was the executive vice president and general manager of the systems integration firm, Advanced Broadcast Solutions (ABS), based in Seattle. Prior to his work with ABS, Groenenberg was vice president of sales and services for Broadcast Pix, where he built a worldwide sales team. He previously held several positions with Pinnacle Systems/Avid Technology where he consistently contributed to revenue growth as director of sales Americas, general manager of the Business Division, and broadcast sales and key accounts manager. He also worked as a sales executive for Avexco SA, an integrator in Geneva, where he substantially increased sales.

“With the addition of Arco to our team, we’re looking forward to a successful year of growing our Broadcast Products business in 2014,” said Hiren Hindocha, president and CEO of Digital Nirvana. “He’s always been an enthusiastic supporter of our technology, and we look forward to all that his technical and industry knowledge will enable. He’s well known for his ability to sell, manage sales teams, and develop and maintain positive, working relationships. I know Arco will be a key asset to Digital Nirvana moving forward.”

Arco can be reached at arco@digital-nirvana.com, 510-226-9000 x707 (office), and at 415-310-2646 (cell).

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 portfolio includes the industry-leading Monitor IQ broadcast monitoring system, AnyStream IQ live stream monitoring solution, MediaPro content repurposing system, and repeat audio detection systems (RADS) for song tracking and ad tracking. A comprehensive service portfolio includes media monitoring and analysis, market intelligence and analytics, and learning management services. Digital Nirvana is headquartered in Newark, California with offices in Hyderabad and Coimbatore, India. For more information visit www.digital-nirvana.com.

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FUJINON Technical Support Center in Place for Sochi Winter and Paralympic Games

Wayne, N.J. – FUJIFILM North America Corporation, Optical Devices Division, has announced that a technical support center has been set up to provide customer service and support during both the Sochi 2014 Winter Games taking place from February 7 through February 23, 2014 and the Sochi Paralympics running from March 7-16th.

During the entirety of both events, Fujifilm’s Optical Devices Division will have an engineer available at its technical center to support FUJINON lens customers. The company’s Russian and German offices will also be available for customer support during the Sochi Winter and Paralympic Games.

The technical support center is located at:

Adler district

Staronasypnaya str., 22

Business Center Plaza

Sochi, Russia

Hours of operation for the center during the Winter Games will be from 9:00 a.m. through 18:00 p.m. The center was opened on January 2 and will remain in operation until February 25th. It will be open during the same hours to support customers broadcasting the Paralympic Games from March 6 through March 16th.

Service center phone numbers during the Winter Games:
Nikolay Zharov +79688474071 (for Russian and English speakers)
Lars Gehring +491735242211 (German and English)

Service center phone number for Paralympic broadcasters:
Nikolay Zharov +79688474071 (Russian and English)
Contact information for German speakers will be announced at a later date.

Throughout both events, the Russian and German offices of FUJIFILM’s Optical Devices Division will also be available to support customers:
Russian office central number : +7(495)797-3512 (Russian, English)
German office phone number : +49-(0)211-5089 8950 (German, Japanese, English)

A general email address is also available for customers broadcasting the events -optical_service@fujifilm.eu.

“Whenever our customers need to shoot and produce mission critical video at once in a lifetime events like the Sochi Winter and Paralympic Games, we do whatever we can to ensure that our imaging equipment performs reliably and that we’re supporting them as completely as we can,” said Thom Calabro, director of marketing and product development for the Optical Devices Division of FUJIFILM North America Corporation. “For this reason, we’ve established a technical service center staffed by knowledgeable technicians to communicate with our customers during both events.”

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 electronic imaging, digital printing equipment, medical systems, life sciences, graphic arts, flat panel display materials, and office products, based on a vast portfolio of digital, optical, fine chemical and thin film coating technologies. The company was among the top 10 companies around the world granted U.S. patents in 2012, and in the year ended March 31, 2013, had global revenues of $26.7 billion*. Fujifilm is committed to environmental stewardship and good corporate citizenship. For more information, please visit www.fujifilmholdings.com.

* At an exchange rate of 83 yen to the dollar.

All product and company names herein may be trademarks of their registered owners.

FUJIFILM Optical Devices Division, 10 High Point Drive, Wayne, New Jersey 07470. Phone: 973-633-5600. Fax: 973-633-5216. Web site: www.FUJINON.com

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Columbus Consolidated Government TV Builds New Control Room around Broadcast Pix

Billerica, Massachusetts – When Georgia’s Columbus Consolidated Government opened its new City Service Center in June, it helped address parking issues for citizens and more than doubled the capacity of the council chambers. For Columbus Consolidated Government TV, its local government channel, relocation to the new building meant a chance to upgrade equipment that had not changed in more than a decade. The new control room is anchored by a Broadcast Pix™ Granite™ 2000 integrated production system.

Located on the second floor, the control room is positioned between the council chambers and CCG-TV studio, with large observation windows in both connecting walls. With three wired drops in different areas of the City Service Center, as well as one at a new aquatic center across the street, the station can connect a camera, have it feed into the Granite, and go live with a press conference very quickly.

CCG-TV had been using an aging NewTek system, but Michael King, CCG-TV station manager, was ready for a change. “When I had the opportunity to upgrade, I immediately knew I was going to get a Broadcast Pix switcher,” he said. “We were behind the times, so we decided to update what we had. Broadcast Pix is the main catalyst behind everything that’s going on.”

The new studio includes two talk show sets, which are used for a variety of programs. CCG-TV produces about 14 shows a month, in addition to coverage of four weekly council meetings, committee meetings, press conferences, educational videos, and community event coverage. King has one part-time and one full-time employee, but sometimes borrows staff members from other departments to help produce programming. The station has multiple field cameras, two dedicated studio cameras, and two edit suites, plus an additional edit station in the control room.

To avoid bandwidth issues, CCG-TV has its own wireless network, and can use iPixPanel, Broadcast Pix’s iPad-based virtual control panel, to switch a show from anywhere in the building. “That is another good feature that we have with the Broadcast Pix,” King added.

During meetings, four new Panasonic HD PTZ cameras provide coverage of 10 council members, as well as other city officials and the public. King said the Granite is used to control all the cameras during a meeting, and camera presets are used frequently to simplify production.

CCG-TV uses many of Granite’s built-in workflow tools, including Inscriber CG and Fluent-View, its customizable multi-view. With Fluent Watch-Folders, each show has its own folder for clips, graphics, and other interstitials. “You don’t have to shuffle through a lot of stuff you don’t need,” King explained. “We do nine different programs. It keeps everything simple.”

About Broadcast Pix The leader in live video production systems with end-to-end integration, Broadcast Pix was founded in 2002 and has customers in more than 110 countries. Its Video Control Centers™ combine an integrated switcher, clip server, CG, and external control software with patented control panels, unique touch-screens, and exceptional displays. Systems range from compact systems controlled by touch-screen or voice automation to large sophisticated control panels. Customers include leading broadcast, streaming, sports, corporate, education, religious, and government 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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