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Philippine Broadcaster GMA Network uses Vizrt’s Viz Virtual Studio & Social TV solution for Live Election coverage

GMA Network, one of the premier commercial broadcast television networks in the Philippines, led the ratings for its live Eleksyon 2013 coverage on its flagship TV channel GMA-7. As one of several GMA media outlets covering the country’s mid-term elections, GMA-7 together with its news channel GMA News TV, provided a total of 28 straight hours of live coverage beginning at 4:30am on election day, May 13th 2013.

GMA News and Public Affairs’ Eleksyon 2013 garnered the most TV viewers of any Philippine network, driven in part by its innovative use of visually dynamic graphics technology from Vizrt. GMA acquired new Vizrt graphics technology, including a Viz Virtual Studio with camera tracking hardware and the Vizrt Social TV solution purchased expressly for Eleksyon 2013 coverage. These Vizrt graphics systems complement GMA’s existing Viz Trio character generator and Viz Ticker 3D system.

The Vizrt Social TV solutions gives broadcasters intuitive social media tracking, editorial, and production tools to help them manage their social media initiatives both on-air and online as well as incorporate user generated content into their traditional Vizrt graphics pipeline.

GMA built an immersive two-story 3D Viz Virtual Studio for Eleksyon 2013 that enabled GMA anchors to give their reports while walking around virtual objects such as 3D charts. The studio was filled with expansive video projections of live feeds from GMA news teams at 47 remote locations nationwide, video packages, and real-time data-driven graphics. There were also hologram effects, such as a dozen senatorial candidates appearing to stand alongside the anchor during live reports from the immersive 3D set.

The Vizrt Social TV solution grabbed and converted social media content from two custom GMA web applications for use in live TV graphics including Kandidato Buzz Index, which sifted through Twitter and Facebook posts to determine how senatorial candidates were trending in the social sphere. The other web application, GMA News Online’s Voting Experience Poll, displayed the results of polls asking people about their voting experience. These web applications were powered by Mass Relevance, a social engagement platform that aggregates, captures, filters, and analyzes real-time social media content.

“Our goal was to take our live elections coverage to a whole new level,” said Felipe L. Gozon, GMA Network Chairman and CEO based at the company’s Quezon City, Philippines headquarters. “This investment in Vizrt graphics presentation technology enabled us to incorporate social media buzz about the candidates, colorful insight into the voting process, and comments about key issues into dynamic live graphics to give viewers a richer understanding and perspective of the day’s election results.”

“We’re extremely pleased that GMA’s Eleksyon 2013 coverage was both a technical and ratings success,” said Petter Ole Jakobsen, Vizrt’s CTO. “Integrating real-time social media and user-generated content into live broadcast graphics has become a valuable tool for providing in-depth reporting of any live broadcast news event, such as the recent Philippine elections.”

About Vizrt:

Vizrt provides real-time 3D graphics and asset management tools for the broadcast industry – from award-winning animations & maps to online publishing tools. Vizrt’s products are used by the world’s leading broadcasters and publishing houses, including: CNN, CBS, Fox, the BBC, BSkyB, ITN, ZDF, Star TV, Network 18, TV Today, CCTV, NHK, The Globe and Mail, Times Online, The Telegraph, and Welt Online. Furthermore, many world-class production houses and corporate institutions such as the Stock Exchanges in New York and London use Vizrt systems.

Vizrt is a public company traded on the Oslo Main List: VIZ, ISIN: IL0010838154. For further information please refer to www.vizrt.com

Martin Burkhalter / CEO / +41 22 365 75 01 / MBurkhalter@vizrt.com

Håvard Myklebust / EVP Products & Marketing / +4791845602 / HMyklebust@vizrt.com

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Jones Mobile Installs 10 New FUJINON Lenses on Vision HD Mobile Unit

Wayne, N.J. – FUJIFILM North America Corporation, Optical Devices Division is announcing that Jones Mobile Television—a video production company based in North Little Rock—installed 10 new FUJINON HDTV lenses on VisionHD, its 51-foot expanding mobile unit that was recently upgraded to HD.

The HD lens package—to be used with new Sony HDC-2400 3G multi-format HD camera systems—includes: four FUJINON XA88x8.8BESM and two FUJINON XA77x9.5BESM HDTV big box lenses, three HA23x7.6BERM and one HA14x4.5BERM Premier Series HD ENG field lenses.

“The video truck business is extremely demanding,” said Bob Derryberry, president of Jones Mobile Television, founded in 1993. “Our network clients have high expectations. With so much riding on major sports, entertainment, and corporate events, it’s critical to have video acquisition gear that offers superior HD picture quality and dependable performance,”

As part of an extensive $3 million upgrade, VisionHD’s interior was gutted and rebuilt as a multi-format HD truck. The truck’s onboard systems now include: a Grass Valley Kayenne switcher, Chyron Duet Hyper X3 live graphics system, Miranda and Matrox multi-viewer flat screen monitor walls, PESA Cheetah router, and multiple EVS systems for slow motion, editing, and multi-channel playback.

The truck previously carried FUJINON SD lenses that had been in service for about 13 years. According to Derryberry, “The lenses were still in very good working order when we sold them to another company for use in their studio. That speaks volumes about FUJINON lenses. Even after using them in extreme weather conditions, if you maintain them properly, they will last you many years.”

Designed for use at large venues and sporting events, the XA88x8.8BESM is an HD telephoto “big box” field lens with an 88x zoom range. Designed for 2/3-inch cameras, the XA88x8.8BESM offers focal lengths of 8.8-777mm at 1X and 17.6-1554mm with the 2X extender.

The XA77x9.5BESM telephoto field lens, which is also a 2/3-inch big box HD lens, offers focal lengths of 9.5-732mm at 1X, and 19.0-1464mm with the 2X extender. Both DigiPower big box style lenses feature FUJINON’s exclusive aspheric technology, anti-fogging and optical stabilization, as well as EBC coating to reduce ghosting and flare and increase light transmission. The Premier Series HD ENG style lenses both offer 2X extenders and DigiPower servo technology.

“These ENG lenses complement the big box lenses perfectly,” Derryberry said. “The picture quality they produce is fantastic, and you can’t tell the difference when you’re intercutting shots from the big box and ENG lenses together.

“In my more than 30 years in broadcast television, I’ve come to know and trust FUJINON lenses, and I value the exceptional service and support I’ve received from our sales rep Dave Waddell and his colleagues over the years,” said Derryberry. “Because we can count on FUJINON, our clients can count on us.”

To learn more about Fujifilm’s lenses, please go to: https://www.fujifilmusa.com/products/optical_devices/

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 towww.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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Advanced Systems Group, Quantum Host Free Webinar to Explore Archiving and Storage Strategies

EMERYVILLE, CALIF. – Advanced Systems Group (ASG), a leading West Coast video and film integration firm, and Quantum, a global leader in data management and protection solutions, will host a free webinar on archiving and tiered storage on Wednesday, June 26, at 10 a.m. PT.

Designed for smaller workgroups that are considering an archive system, the webinar will explain the benefits of a dedicated archive system and outline a number of applicable strategies and technologies. The presentation will also highlight the new Quantum StorNext AEL500 Mini Archive, an entry-level archive that starts with 30TB of LTO-6 tape capacity and can grow to more than 1PB.

Dave Van Hoy, president of ASG, and Yannick Guillerm, technical advisor for the Quantum StorNext AEL Archives product line, will host the webinar. “Everyone needs archiving, and Quantum’s new StorNext AEL500 Mini lowers the entry point,” explained Van Hoy. “Our webinar will help attendees identify best practices for smaller workgroup workflows.”

Tiered storage and digital archiving address issues associated with overburdened storage systems, unprotected assets, and the expanding number of digital formats. Quantum’s StorNext AEL Archives provide active archiving to LTO tape, automatically migrating content without the cost, space, power consumption, and management overhead of conventional disk. Plus, with built-in data protection and self-healing capabilities, the systems ensure valuable data is available and accessible long-term.

For more information, please visit www.asgllc.com or click here to register.

About ASG:

Advanced Systems Group LLC of Emeryville, Calif., with offices in the Bay Area and Southern California, has provided engineering, systems, integration, support and training to the broadcast, film, creative, and corporate video markets since 1997. With unmatched experience in Apple-based newsroom systems, shared storage, archiving, editing, finishing, 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 185 SANs, production, and post production systems over the last six years. For more information, visit www.asgllc.com or call 510-654-8300.

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IDC to Showcase New Products for Video Distribution at CommunicAsia 2013

New LASERTM Targeted Ad Insertion Platform helps Asian broadcasters increase ad revenues and reduce costs.

Ottawa, ON – International Datacasting (TSX: IDC) will introduce the latest generation of its LASER Targeted Ad Insertion Platform to the Asian market at CommunicAsia2013 in Singapore, running from June 18-21. IDC will be exhibiting at Stand 1D2-04.

IDC’s LASER Targeted Ad Insertion Platform, Digital Tattoo™ DTH Over IP Gateway, and SuperFlex® Pro Cinema Cache Servers and Event Players are among the highlights of the company’s CommunicAsia booth. These products give Asian broadcasters and service providers new ways to increase revenue streams while reducing operating costs.

The LASER platform provides targeted local ad insertion and DVB-S/S2 satellite video reception in a single edge device. Globally, broadcasters and service providers lose millions of dollars in ad revenues every year because of licensing, regulatory and copyright issues specific to certain regions throughout the world. With the LASER platform, operators can provide regionalized ad insertion and blackout management for satellite delivered content – from one cost-effective platform. The solution’s blackout capabilities ensure the broadcaster can safely sell and distribute any network-wide ad, even if it is not permitted or suitable for the entire distribution footprint.

“Our LASER platform provides a video distribution receiver, an ad splicer, and an ad server all in one affordable device,” said Doug Lowther, president and CEO at IDC. “And with it, television networks and content redistributors can offer a more powerful advertising solution. It affords greater flexibility to advertisers by offering both dynamic ad targeting and flexible ad footprints. We believe this next generation product will enable many Asian broadcasters to increase their advertising revenues.”

IDC’s Digital Tattoo™ DTH Over IP Gateway enables direct-to-home (DTH) satellite operators to expand the addressable market for their existing services by gaining access to residential customers living in multi-dwelling units (MDUs). Digital Tattoo helps overcome the distribution challenges currently faced by DTH operators looking to provide services to potential subscribers within MDUs including apartment buildings, gated communities, college campuses, and healthcare facilities.

IDC’s Digital Tattoo DTH Over IP Gateway uses IP networking to distribute DTH content to MDU subscribers over a standard Ethernet network. IDC’s approach is easier and more cost-effective to implement because it allows the Ethernet infrastructure to be reused. This enables MDU owners to offer residents additional services, such as Internet connectivity, voice over IP, and surveillance camera monitoring.

IDC’s popular digital cinema products will also be highlighted at CommunicAsia including the SuperFlex Pro Cinema Cache Servers and Event Players. Over 70 percent of satellite-connected digital cinemas throughout the world use IDC’s Digital Cinema Solutions.

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 news gathering, 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 service offices in Thailand and Singapore, and an international network of value-added partners and resellers. For more information visit: www.datacast.com.

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FOR-A Announces Innovative New Features of HVS-390HS Video Production Switcher

Updates make unit an industry first virtual 6 M/E switcher

Cypress, CA – FOR-A Company Limited, a leading manufacturer of video and audio systems for the broadcast and professional video industries, announces new features of its compact, cost-effective HVS-390HS video production switcher. First introduced at last year’s NAB Show as a 1 M/E to 2 M/E switcher, FOR-A has added unique capabilities to the unit that have never been seen before in this class of production switcher. The new functionality, referred to as a MINI M/E, is an extension of the aux bus system that allows operators to deploy any aux bus transition with cuts, mixes, or wipes, and display a keyer complete with DVE functions. The MINI M/E is now offered as a standard feature of the HVS-390HS, and brings the power of a virtual 6 M/E switcher in a 2 M/E unit.

The MINI M/E feature of the HVS-390HS can be useful in a variety of applications. For productions where distributing an automatic second language feed is desired, the switcher’s MINI M/E can switch independent mixer outputs, simultaneously displaying second language graphics. In house of worship productions, operators using the HVS-390HS can easily produce graphics or song lyrics on side screens that vary from the main screen visuals. For studio applications, a production team can display different information on the monitors viewed by the audience, such as indicating that it’s time for applause or providing different information, or perform simple on-set monitor positions where transitions with cuts, mixes, wipes, and graphics can contribute to the production workflow. All of these actions can be controlled from an aux bus remote panel or the main work surface.

The MINI M/E can be independently controlled or operated from a master/slave configuration. It can also follow any bus on 1 or 2 M/E, making the switcher easy for a single user. In addition, the MINI M/E can be expanded into a half M/E function, allowing the HVS-390HS to be configured into a 2.5 M/E mixer. The half M/E can also be controlled in a remote location where a traditional A/B bus mixer is used along with up to 4 DSK. With options, the HVS-390HS has the capabilities of up to an 8 M/E switcher.

“The new capabilities of the HVS-390HS offer powerful tools to create a richer audience experience in many scenarios,” explained Jay Shinn, FOR-A Corporation of America’s Northeast Sales Manager. “The MINI M/E features offer cost-effective functionality never seen before in this type of switcher. We’re confident that the HVS-390HS will greatly improve productions for our customers in broadcast, house of worship, education and corporate video.”

The ability to add in up to four additional mix effects is built into the HVS-390HS at no additional cost and with no extra software needed. Additionally, FOR-A is now also offering a new wireless LAN interface for configuration and control from touch screen surfaces, such as an iPad. The switcher is now more affordable than ever, available for $26,500.

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.

Second Generation of IDC’s STAR Pro Audio Solution to Make Asian Debut at CommunicAsia2013

Targeted ad insertion, shared hub support, and lower bandwidth requirements make this next-level solution unique.

Ottawa, ON – International Datacasting (TSX: IDC), a global leader in digital content distribution for the world’s premiere radio and television broadcasters, will show the second generation of its popular STAR Pro Audio Solution for the first time in Asia at CommunicAsia2013 in Singapore, running from June 18-21. IDC will be exhibiting at stand 1D2-04.

This second generation of the STAR Pro Audio Solution opens up new revenue generating opportunities for radio networks by providing localized ad insertion. The new platform also enables time-shifting functionality, allowing broadcasters to play the right content at the desired time. Broadcasters can now seamlessly adjust for time zones and rapidly adapt to conflicting live programming schedules.

In addition to increasing ad revenues and improving flexibility, the STAR Pro Audio Solution significantly lowers per-channel costs through shared hub support. Additionally, it uses up to 70% less bandwidth compared to competitive solutions.

“With this next generation of the STAR Pro Audio Solution, radio broadcasters can look forward to two very important things—boosting revenue and lowering their operating expenditures,” said Doug Lowther, President and CEO, International Datacasting. “The platform increases advertising revenues because it enables highly localized ad insertion. The ability to sell more targeted ads—by location, demographic, time zone, or language—means more revenue opportunities across the entire network.”

The STAR Pro Audio Solution includes a copy split capability that allows operators to send select ads to specific regions or specific receivers. Stored audio files can be inserted into live or recorded programming. Cost savings are realized through shared hub support which enables multiple radio networks to share one 4-channel receiver instead of having each network deploy its own stand-alone, single channel receiver. Additionally, the STAR Pro Audio Solution requires just 120 kHz space segment for stereo, as opposed to 440 kHz for competitive systems, resulting in further cost savings.

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 news gathering, 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 service offices in Thailand and Singapore, and an international network of value-added partners and resellers. For more information visit: www.datacast.com.

New PESA Products at InfoComm 2013 Address Growing Needs for High Resolution Signal Distribution, Multi-Source Encoding

Huntsville, Alabama – PESA, a leading U.S.-based custom design and manufacturing company for professional audio and video signal distribution, is showcasing a number of new products for a variety of AV applications at InfoComm 2013 (Booth 2958), which runs June 12-14 in Orlando, Fla. Its new offerings address a number of expanding market needs, including 4K routing, 2K and HDMI signal distribution, and multi-source H.264 encoding and IP distribution.

“InfoComm is an important show for PESA, because it gives us an opportunity to meet with AV professionals who need solutions for an incredible variety of projects in so many different markets,”explained Dan Holland, PESA vice president of product marketing. “AV use continues to grow in education, house of worship, corporate, and so many other areas – and the bar continues to be raised for image resolution. Our new products are designed to handle high-end signal distribution easily and affordably.”

Housed in a compact, 1 RU form factor, the affordable PESA Xstream sets the new standard for mixed format, multi-source presentations for multi-path H.264 IP distribution. It simultaneously encodes up to five independent video sources (anything from 1080p video to computer-based content like PowerPoint slides) and eight audio sources concurrently from live or recorded video, with minimal sync or latency issues. When multiple sources are captured simultaneously, the streams remain associated and synchronized during the event. Then, with five individually addressable H.264 video and AAC audio streams, PESA Xstream allows operators to stream live content over IP while simultaneously monitoring live digital content via a quad-view display and/or full screen display.

PESA’s Series-C DRS small-scale companion audio router systems are designed as companion audio routers to Cougar3 or Jaguar3 video frames. The new Series-C64 supports mono audio up to 64×64 and AES audio up to 32×32 in a 1 RU frame, while the Series-C128 supports mono up to 128×128 and AES up to 64×64 in 2 RU. Analog frames support both mono and stereo and are offered in either 6-pin pluggable or ELCO connector styles. Digital frames can support AES-110 in 6-pin pluggable or ELCO, while AES-75 can be connected using 75 Ohm BNC, 6-pin pluggable or ELCO style connectors. Series-C audio frames offer optional conversion frames allowing analog-to-digital, digital-to-analog, and digital-to-digital conversion.

Four new easyPORT™ compact switching throw-down boxes support HDMI signal distribution. The EASY-2HX4B distributes or switches two HDMI inputs to four independent SDI video sources, while the companion EASY-4BX2H converts and switches up to four SDI video input feeds to two different HDMI video displays. Offered with coaxial 75 Ohm connections, the EASY-2HX4B and EASY-4BX2H can be extended up to 80m away using typical RG-6/U coax. The EASY-2HX4F and EASY-4FX2H fiber versions offer standard LC-type SFP pluggable modules, with support for distances up to 600m over multi-mode or 10km over single-mode fiber.

Built to address the growing 4K market, the new Cheetah 4K fiber optic routing switcher provides ultra-high definition video distribution up to 600m over multi-mode cable. Each 4K source is connected to an outboard easyPORT-4KX1F coax to fiber media converter that supports up to 12 Gbps per port over a single fiber to the router – and can accept 4K video at 3840×2160 and/or 4096×2160. Each input port can also be configured individually to accept up to four independent 3G-SDI signals to be transported over a signal fiber cable. Housed in only 4 RU, the compact Cheetah 4K router includes internal control for Ethernet or traditional RS-232/422 control, hot swappable matrix and I/O cards, redundant power and control, and SNMP support for third-party, high-end network management systems.

The new series of Vidblox 2K DVI dual link extenders provide an ideal long distance, multi-path solution for distributing ultra high-resolution graphics in production studios and command and control environments. Each Vidblox 2K transmitter (TX) and receiver (RX) pair supports coax, fiber, or both copper/fiber connectivity, which can be used to cost effectively distribute multiple 2K video signals simultaneously in a point-to-point configuration or distributed using PESA’s 3G-SDI serial digital routing equipment. Video resolutions up to 2560×1600@60Hz are supported via a DVI-D dual link connector, with analog stereo embedded in the video transport.

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.

Press Contact

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Pipeline Communications
561-531-3106
mark@pipecomm.com

Company Contact

Dan Holland
VP, Product Marketing
256-726-9200
dholland@pesa.com

New Broadcast Pix Version 3.5 Software Brings Cloud-Based Content to Live Productions

Billerica, Massachusetts – Broadcast Pix™ today announced its new Version 3.5 software, which brings the cloud-based file and data access of its award-winning Flint™ integrated production system to its Mica™ and Granite™ systems. The software upgrade connects any system to Dropbox, Google Drive, Microsoft SkyDrive, or any cloud-based resource for access to graphics, animations, and clips during live productions. V3.5 also provides access to Twitter, RSS feeds, and cloud-based databases for live updates to on-air graphics. The new software will be demonstrated at InfoComm 2013 (Booth 2528), which runs June 10-12 in Orlando, Fla.

Access to cloud-based content is becoming more important in today’s live video production environment. Using Fluent Watch-Folders, Broadcast Pix’s built-in ingest and content management system, V3.5 allows access to any file from a cloud-based resource, even during the middle of a live production. The system operator is alerted when a file arrives, the file’s thumbnail appears on the system monitor, and the file name appears on the control panel’s button. V3.5 includes enhanced PixMaster file management software to view and manage file metadata, such as setting files to auto-start when taken into the live show.

V3.5 also enables any Broadcast Pix system to run an enhanced family of optional Fluent Rapid CG software to connect cloud data directly to on-air graphics. New Fluent Rapid CG LT connects to Twitter and other cloud data sources, enabling the viewing audience to become part of the production. Tweets can flow directly to air or be pre-screened with a built-in management system for editing, reordering, or deleting Tweets. Specific words and users can also be automatically blocked. Fluent Rapid CG LT also enables RSS, clock, and weather feeds to flow into on-air graphics.

New Fluent Rapid CG V3 includes all the LT features plus dual-channel connectivity to local and cloud-based databases, news automation, and scoreboards. Cloud-based databases are becoming common for sports, elections, and other applications, for example, and Fluent Rapid CG V3 allows sports scores in league databases to automatically flow into on-air graphics.

Free upgrades for customers who are under service agreements, the new V3.5 software and optional Fluent Rapid CG products are now available for download in Beta versions, and are expected to be available in final versions later this month.

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 systems 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 streaming, broadcast, sports, corporate, education, religious, and government studios. Learn more at www.broadcastpix.com.

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

MetroEast and Portland Community Media Centers Each Acquire Eight Hitachi HD Cameras for Public Access Production

Diversified Systems Plays Key Role in Both Sales

WOODBURY, NEW YORK – Hitachi Kokusai Electric America, a leading provider of affordable, high performance cameras, today announced that MetroEast Community Media and Portland Community Media—two non-profit public access media centers serving Portland, OR—each installed eight Hitachi Z-HD5000 HDTV studio/field production cameras.

Brad Fisher at Diversified Systems, a national systems integration firm with an office in Portland recommended this camera based on its price performance. He placed the order with Hitachi Sales Representative David Morris on behalf of the two customers.

While the community media centers are not related, they often coordinate their equipment choices and studio configurations to ensure that their operational workflow will be familiar to all Portland residents who use both facilities. After Portland residents complete the training sessions, they are free to use the broadcast-quality studios to produce and cablecast Public Access, Educational, and Government (PEG) programming on any issue or topic.

“Both of these community media centers do an excellent job keeping their facilities running, and they do it on very limited funds. One way I feel I can help them is by making sure that their dollars are leveraged in the best way possible. I recommended the Hitachi Z-HD5000 camera because I felt it would enable their HD transitions at a very affordable price and give them the quality they deserve,” said Fisher.

Portland Community Media

Portland Community Media, which focuses on Multnomah County, receives 70 percent of its operating budget from the City of Portland. Despite the tight budget, Portland Community Media is nearly finished transitioning its facility to HDTV.

According to Bea Coulter, director of operations for Portland Community Media, they currently downconvert their HD programs to SD for broadcast by local cable systems. However, when these cable systems provide them with HD channels—which is expected within the next four months—they’ll be ready.

Five of the eight Hitachi cameras purchased in the summer of 2012 are situated in Studio A, and three are in Studio B. These 2/3-inch Hitachi Z-HD5000 HD cameras, which replace older 1/3-inch HD cameras, were chosen because they offer higher video quality at an affordable price point.

“We immediately recognized that this camera offers high-end functionality, and the ability to produce high-quality programming. Since the people who use our studio equipment are not video professionals, the user-friendliness of this camera was very appealing,” said Coulter. “These factors made the decision to choose this camera very easy. The training, tech support and service we’ve received from Hitachi has been great, so much more than I expected from an equipment vendor.”

MetroEast Community Center

MetroEast Community Center, which serves East Multnomah County and towns east of Portland, installed four of its eightHitachi Z-HD5000’s in Studio A, which has a green screen for live graphics. The remaining four Hitachi cameras are in a fly-pack in a mobile video unit used for multi-camera remote productions, including town council meetings and high school sporting events.

MetroEast’s operating budget is funded in part by franchise fees collected from Comcast cable and Frontier Fios, two local cable systems that carry the programming. MetroEast also expects to be producing and broadcasting in full HDTV this summer.

According to Jamie Groce, technical manager for MetroEast Community Media in Portland, these Hitachi Z-HD5000 cameras are the first step in their transition to HD. “Budget was a big issue for us,” said Groce. “We felt that this camera had all the features we needed at a competitive price. So it came down to bang for the buck on an all-around great product.”

Their cameras are configured for digital fiber optic cabling, which Groce said enables them to have long cable runs fairly inexpensively compared to triax or multicore cabling. The durability of fiber optic cabling is especially important when the cameras are used for field production.

Both Portland Community Media and MetroEast Community Media received cameras outfitted with FUJINON HD lenses as well as Hitachi CU-HD500 camera control units and Hitachi RU-1000VR control panels. The Hitachi Z-HD5000 offers three high-sensitivity, low noise 2/3-inch IT CCDs in a lightweight 2-piece dockable camera body as well as 800 TVL resolution, F10 sensitivity, and 14-bit analog to digital conversion.

About Hitachi, Ltd.

Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE: 6501), headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, is a leading global electronics company with approximately 326,000 employees worldwide. Fiscal 2012 (ended March 31, 2013) consolidated revenues totaled 9,041 billion yen ($96.1 billion). Hitachi is focusing more than ever on the Social Innovation Business, which includes information and telecommunication systems, power systems, industrial, transportation and urban development systems, as well as the sophisticated materials and key devices that support them.

For more information on Hitachi, please visit the company’s website at http://www.hitachi.com.

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LEVA Offers Free ‘Video Essentials’ Class for First Responders During Annual Conference

(MIDLOTHIAN, TEX.) – The Law Enforcement and Emergency Services Video Association (LEVA) will provide a free course,“Video Essentials for First Responders,” for attendees of its 2013 LEVA Digital Multimedia Evidence Training Symposium, which runs Sept. 9-13 at the Crown Plaza Hotel in Asheville, N.C. The 24th annual conference will also offer a mix of hands-on workshops, case studies, and interactive seminars focused on forensic video and audio technologies, as well as video production and editing tools.

Designed as an introduction to video evidence for law enforcement officials, “Video Essentials for First Responders,” is a daylong session on Sept. 10. The one-day $195 conference fee is waived for guest attendees of the class. “Video Essentials for First Responders” is limited to 90 students, and attendees do not have to be LEVA members to attend either the conference or the free course. Lunch is available for a small fee and will be served in the exhibit hall, where attendees will have free access to the exhibits and be eligible to win door prizes at the end of the day.

“This is a great opportunity for new and returning attendees to receive valuable LEVA training for free,” explained LEVA president Det. Blaine Davison, Norman Oklahoma Police Department. “Law enforcement budgets are tight, and some agencies can’t afford to send their people to get training. We’re hoping that by offering this class for free, it will allow those agencies to send officers or investigators to learn how to deal with surveillance video images, which are the most prolific type of evidence in law enforcement.”

Hands-on workshops will include “Forensic Image and Video Analysis,” a two-day course featuring Amped Software’s Amped Five forensic video enhancement software. Other interactive seminars include “Courtroom Testimony for Forensic Video Analysis” and “Forensic Photography for IAI Forensic Certification.” All conference program sessions can also be used toward LEVA certification.

Experts from Ocean Systems and Digital Audio Corp. will provide training on their video and audio forensic software, respectively, while Adobe will showcase its expansive video production product line. Plus, Future Media Concepts, a leader in digital media training, will offer a number of video production workshops. Other sessions will focus on apps for forensic video analysis, DVR recovery, and the Victoria Stafford abduction.

Many sessions throughout the five-day conference have limited availability, and pre-registration is required. For travel information, as well as the conference schedule and pricing options, visit leva.org.

ABOUT LEVA

LEVA is a nonprofit corporation committed to improving the quality of video training and promoting the use of state-of-the-art, effective equipment in the law enforcement and emergency services community. Our mission is to serve as a key resource to the global public safety community by focusing on the needs of video production and forensic imaging disciplines by providing opportunities for professional development through quality training and informational exchange. We make a positive contribution to a more competent public safety establishment. Find out more at leva.org.

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