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FOR-A to Showcase Flagship Products at CAPER 2013

Cypress, CA – FOR-A Corporation of America, a leading manufacturer of video and audio systems for the broadcast and professional video industries, announces its plans for the 2013 CAPER show in Buenos Aires. CAPER (Cámara Argentina de Proveedores y Fabricantes de Equipos de Radiodifusíon)—an annual trade show taking place from October 23-25, 2013 at the Centro Costa Salguero—draws thousands of visitors primarily from Latin America’s professional broadcast, cable, and satellite television, cinema, and radio markets.

At its CAPER 2013 exhibit in booth C-10, FOR-A will show many of its latest The FA-9520 multi purpose signal processor innovations, including video signal processors, HD/SD/analog multi-viewers, and a HD/SD frame rate converter.

“Since the show began in 1992, CAPER has become one of the most significant professional video trade shows in Latin America, and FOR-A has consistently exhibited at this event,” said Mario Rodriguez, FOR-A’s Latin American Sales Manager. “As a global manufacturer, we cannot understate the importance of the Latin American market, which is growing exponentially year after year. We’re excited to highlight products that will help our Latin American customers satisfy their production needs and expand their businesses.”

Video processing is a key concern in Latin America, where many broadcast standards and video formats coexist. FOR-A will feature its FA-9520, a dual-channel 3G/HD/SD-SDI and analog composite I/O device that integrates the functionality of a frame synchronizer, up/down/cross/aspect converter, full color corrector, and automatic video optimizer (AVO). The FA-9520’s toolset optionally processes analog component I/O, Dolby E encoder and Dolby E decoder signals.

Also for the mixed source environment, FOR-A will show the MV-1620HS, a compact (1RU) multi-viewer that accepts up to 16 channels of HD/SD-SDI or analog composite signals, as well as NTSC, PAL, 1080/59.94i, 1080/23.98PsF and 1080/50i formats, for monitoring on one or two screens. It also features a customizable window layout, audio level displays, titles, and timers.

Another product on display at CAPER 2013 is the FA-1010 3G/HD/SD signal processor. With 10 video inputs and outputs, the FA-1010 offers multi-channel routing between sources as well as effective video and audio signal processing for line, relay, reporting, production, editing and delivery applications. The FRC-30 HD/SD frame rate converter and the MBP-100SX clip server will also be displayed.

About FOR-A

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

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Resorts World Casino New York City Improves Surveillance with JVC Cameras

WAYNE, NJ – JVC Professional Products Company, a division of JVC Americas Corp., today announced Resorts World Casino New York City, located at Aqueduct Racetrack in Queens, is using almost 200 JVC IP-based HD security cameras as part of its expansive security camera network.

From parking areas to gaming areas, from documenting transactions to documenting medical incidents, video cameras keep watch over more than 3,000 slot games and 5,000 electronic table games at Resorts World Casino New York City. The facility attracts about 20,000 visitors per day and up to 30,000 per day on weekends. All video surveillance is operated through a Synetics VMS system, and the JVC cameras are connected using the Open Network Video Interface Forum (ONVIF) specification.

Jason Arnett, assistant director of surveillance, said the casino environment is challenging for video surveillance efforts, because video slot machines and electronic table games feature lighting and imagery that is constantly changing. “The contrast between the light and the dark raises havoc on the cameras,” he explained.

Resorts World Casino New York City has the added issue of windows across the track side of the facility, which changes the light in the facility throughout the day. The JVC cameras, however, deliver 30 fps imagery with almost unnoticeable imaging issues, Arnett said.

In the money cage, images from the JVC HD cameras are so sharp you can read the denominations on the bills, which was not possible with previous security cameras. “The color quality is spot on,” noted Sandy Moss, lead surveillance technician. “They provide very, very high quality images.”

Although the casino opened in 2011 with Sanyo cameras exclusively, the casino chose to expand its surveillance efforts over the past year with JVC cameras. Arnett was impressed with JVC’s image quality, but the test area for the first few cameras featured some unique lighting that was creating very red video imagery. To resolve the issue, JVC engineers produced external software tools to allow the casino to adjust settings for lighting, color adjustments, backlight, and more.

Like many casinos, Resorts World Casino New York City has an IP-based infrastructure built around multiple virtual LANs. The new JVC tools also allow the surveillance team to adjust camera parameters across the various virtual LANs, which saves a great deal of time.

“JVC also set up presets for us that are really designed for the casino environment,” Arnett added. “The engineers were great. They worked with us to build these new tools, and we’ve been having great success with them ever since.”

The casino has installed a combination of JVC VN-H657WPU outdoor PTZ dome cameras and VN-H257U indoor dome cameras. Both cameras feature True Day/Night performance, JVC’s Super LoLux HD™ technology for superior low-light color reproduction, and 1920×1080 full HD imagery. The VN-H657WPU also includes 360-degree endless PTZ functionality and a newly-developed Direct Drive Motor for quieter, more accurate pan/tilt operation.

After almost a year in service, there have been no major problems with any of the JVC cameras. In fact, Moss said the JVC cameras have been so successful that the company has already begun using them at other properties, including Resorts World Bimini Bahamas and Bimini SuperFast, a ship that transports up to 1,500 passengers from Miami to the island casino resort.

“Our successful installation at Resorts World Casino New York City is a great example of why JVC is a strong player in casino security,” said Masafumi (Masa) Nakano, vice president, JVC Security Divison. “Our cameras deliver the reliable performance and outstanding imagery required in extreme casino environments.”

ABOUT JVC PROFESSIONAL PRODUCTS

JVC Professional Products Company, located in Wayne, New Jersey, is a division of JVC Americas Corp., a wholly-owned subsidiary of JVC Kenwood Corporation, and a leading supplier of IP network and analog security cameras and monitors for the video security industry. Its V.Networks product line of has earned a solid reputation for quality and reliability, and provides superior picture quality for thousands of installations worldwide. For more information about this, or any other JVC professional product, contact JVC at (800) 582-5825 or visit JVC’s Web site at http://pro.jvc.com.

ABS Celebrates Media Technology Expo Success in Seattle, Portland

SEATAC, WA — Professional video and audio systems integration firm Advanced Broadcast Solutions (ABS) today announced the 2nd Annual Media Technology Expo (MTE) was successful in its Seattle debut and had continued success in Portland, Ore. Both sites attracted hundreds of attendees earlier this month, and the company is already making plans to present the event again in2014.

MTE began in Seattle on Oct. 1 at Fremont Studios, then relocated to Left Bank Annex in Portland two days later. Both locations included a full schedule of free educational seminars and an exhibit hall with more than 50 exhibitors. “I appreciated meeting so many vendors in one place,” said Jon Rauch, production administrator, Bremerton Kitsap Access Television in Bremerton, Wash. “Sometimes I have questions about new products that I just can’t find answers to online. Talking to a vendor in person solves that.”

Jerry Eichten, executive director, MCM Television in McMinnville, Ore., agreed the show was a good opportunity to connect with product representatives. “It helped our facility planning as we gathered valuable information about items we expect to purchase in coming months,” he added.

The exhibit hall featured a wide range of technology, including cameras, lenses, integrated production systems, shared storage and archive solutions, media asset management, media monitoring, and more. Educational seminars covered technical topics including 4K, wireless microphones, and streaming video workflows. The Seattle event also hosted meetings for the Washington Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors (WATOA).

“MTE is always a great opportunity for us to share technology with our regional customers and the professional audio and video community at large,” explained Arco Groenenberg, executive vice president and general manager, ABS. “We were very pleased with the turnout in Seattle and plan to keep MTE as an annual event in both cities. Both locations attracted attendees from every segment of the professional video marketplace, and the feedback we received was very encouraging.”

“With technology changing so rapidly, education is more important than ever, but not everyone can afford to attend the major industry trade shows,” said Mark Siegel, president, ABS. “MTE provides hands-on product demonstrations and a free conference program so video professionals in the Pacific Northwest can check out the latest gear and stay current with industry trends.”

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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Digital Nirvana CEO to Speak at SMPTE 2013 Annual Technical Conference & Exhibition

Session will focus on the importance of live stream monitoring

Newark, CA – At the Society of Motion Picture & Television Engineers’ (SMPTE) 2013 Annual Technical Conference & Exhibition, Hiren Hindocha, Digital Nirvana’s CEO, will give a presentation on the importance of live stream monitoring. The conference takes place October 22-24 in Hollywood, California.

Mr. Hindocha is one of the speakers in the session titled, “Evolving Technology for Broadcast Facilities – Part 2,” which takes place on October 23rd from 11-12:30. Mr. Hindocha’s lecture will focus on why live stream media monitoring is essential for today’s broadcasters and the ways it can be monitored.

As live streaming continues to grow in popularity, reliable live stream monitoring becomes more and more crucial. In the phases of the live stream workflow, many things can go wrong and compromise the user experience, yet broadcasters may not even be aware of workflow failure unless they’re monitoring and recording their live stream programming.

The benefits of live stream monitoring go far beyond quality control and analysis. Live stream monitoring, logging and recording also helps with compliance and ad run verification. New FCC web captioning mandates make it necessary for broadcasters to monitor and record their live streams to prove compliance. Additionally, online advertisers now demand proof that their ad campaigns ran as scheduled. The easiest way to prove ad runs is to monitor and record the live stream.

While networks are equipped with the necessary tools to monitor traditional broadcasts, they’re lacking the same for streamed media. Currently, when broadcasters do monitor streamed content, they do so with a labor-intensive, manual approach. The solution lies in a cloud-based, automated, scalable system that can reliably monitor the live streamed programming of broadcasters. Mr. Hindocha’s SMPTE 2013 presentation will delve deeper into these points and highlight the key advantages and methods of performing live stream monitoring today.

SMPTE 2013 is the premier annual event for motion imaging and media technology, production, operations and the allied arts and sciences. The three-day conference brings together decision makers from motion picture studios, broadcast and distribution networks, production and post-production community, software companies, systems integrators and others leading the evolving motion imaging industry. To find out more about the conference, visit www.smpte2013.org.

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, learning management services, and professional services. Digital Nirvana is headquartered in Newark, California with offices in Hyderabad and Coimbatore, India. For more information visit http://www.digital-nirvana.com.

Mega Church Makes HD Upgrade With FUJINON Lenses for I-MAG, Broadcast, and Streaming of Services

Wayne, N.J. – With over 30,000 attendees in its main and regional locations and 12,000 viewing on the Web, Calvary Chapel needed to significantly upgrade its aging broadcast video equipment. The church recently invested millions of dollars in broadcast video equipment – including FUJINON HDTV lenses from FUJIFILM North America Corporation’s Optical Devices Division and Ikegami HDTV studio cameras—at its 82-acre main campus in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Later this month, Calvary Chapel will switch to its new (1080) HDTV control room with dual 2-M/E Ross Vision switchers and an Evertz/PESA routing solution.

“Since the picture quality we produce must hold up when displayed as image magnification (I-MAG) on large-screens or when streaming over the Internet, we’ve invested heavily in acquisition gear,” said Jack Chew, Video Operations manager for Calvary Chapel. “After careful evaluation, we’ve chosen what we feel is the best of the best in HD cameras and lenses—a combination of Ikegami HDK-55 studio/field cameras and FUJINON HDTV lenses.” The lens package includes two XA77x9.5 box lenses, two HA14x4.5 wide lenses, and one HA22x7.3 for shoulder-mounted ENG style shooting.

Chew said they decided to buy the new cameras and lenses after their SD cameras reached 15 years in service. Because they knew video production would soon transition to a tapeless HD infrastructure, they bought the HD cameras and lenses ahead of schedule.

There are five Ikegami HD cameras (three mounted on tripods, one handheld, and one on a Jib), situated around the sanctuary on the church’s main campus, which seats close to 4,000 people. Video is projected onto a large screen center stage, along with two large screens on either side of the sanctuary.

Regional campuses request video on demand of the service from the church’s central Omneon video server at the main, Fort Lauderdale campus. Video files move over dark fiber via the DiVA Hybrid multi track editor to the regional locations for display by Christie digital projectors onto large screens. Three Digital Rapids encoders and Panasas Active Store hard drives deliver a live media stream accessible via the church’s website or for display at its regional campuses. Services are also carried on local NBC affiliate WSVN-TV, Fort Lauderdale. Such a multi-faceted video distribution strategy enables people to participate in services without having to drive to Fort Lauderdale.

“Before we make a huge capital investment in equipment like this, we consider every aspect including price-performance, reliability, and technical support,” added Chew. “We want to invest in manufacturers we know will stand behind their products, so we can keep our cameras, lenses, and other equipment in service as long as possible. When we’re spending our congregation’s money, we take our purchasing decisions very seriously. I’m proud of the video decisions we’ve made, and FUJINON is one of those decisions.”

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.

North Shore-LIJ Health System Upgrades to JVC GY-HM650 ProHD Cameras

WAYNE, NJ – JVC Professional Products Company, a division of JVC Americas Corp., today announced North Shore-LIJ Health System, one of the largest nonprofit, secular hospital systems in the country, recently purchased three GY-HM650 ProHD cameras to upgrade its HD production efforts. Since the hospital system purchased its cameras in late May, its three-man media production team has been shooting HD footage for a variety of projects, from promotional videos on location to surgical procedures in the operating room.

Albert Ritondo, North Shore-LIJ assistant director for media productions, said the video team is often asked to be in the OR to document new procedures or provide footage for network television stations. As part of the public relations department, they also provide coverage of press conferences to share with local stations – and coverage has improved with the new JVC cameras.

“The 23x lens was a nice addition,” Ritondo explained. “It’s great for shooting press conferences from the back of the room. And the low-light shooting is a plus.”

The GY-HM650s are also being used extensively for a new 13-week series, Focus on Health, which will debut regionally on Cablevision and Verizon FiOS in November. According to Ritondo, the new series is replacing Medical Update, a basic multi-camera studio interview show. Focus on Health primarily features packages shot in the field.

JVC’s .MP4 native file recording means no transcoding is required for editing on North Shore-LIJ’s Sony Vegas NLE systems. Ritondo said the non-proprietary SDHC cards used to record footage on the GY-HM650 are not only convenient, but they are affordable enough that North Shore-LIJ uses them for archive.

With 16 hospitals across New York City, including five tertiary hospital complexes, North Shore-LIJ is one of New York’s largest employers. Its media productions team has been shooting in HD since 2005, purchased the new JVC ProHD cameras to replace its aging Sony HVR-Z7U HDV camcorders as part of a transition to a completely tapeless workflow.

Ritondo said the GY-HM650 delivers a significantly better image than the HDV cameras. “We’re really happy with the quality,” he added. “They’re great cameras – great images, very light, and easy to use.”

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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ABS Welcomes Jeremy Brown as Engineering Manager

SEATAC, WA — Professional video and audio systems integration firm Advanced Broadcast Solutions (ABS) today announced it has hired Jeremy Brown as engineering manager, effective Sept. 30. His responsibilities including overseeing the project management team and all project design. He is also focused on organizing general engineering and build processes for customer projects.

Brown has designed custom programming and templates for medical display systems, commercial automation systems, and videoconferencing facilities, and has designed and installed residential AV systems. Most recently, he owned Innovative Integration Design, an Atlanta-based company that specialized in programming control systems from AMX, Crestron, and other companies. He also spent more than four years as senior engineer and program manager for AVworkz, creating custom automation programs and managing a team of programmers.

“We are very pleased to welcome Jeremy to the ABS team,” said Mark Siegel, ABS president. “His creativity and hands-on experience will help us deliver innovative solutions and maximize customer satisfaction.”

Brown is based out of SeaTac and can be reached at (206) 870-0244 or via e-mail at jeremy@advancedbroadcastsolutions.com.

About ABS:

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

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Kentucky Mega-Church Reaches the Next Generation with Video Captured Using FUJINON Lenses

Wayne, N.J.Southland Christian Church near Lexington, Kentucky is one of a new breed of mega-churches, investing in the next generation by acquiring sophisticated new video technology, including FUJINON lenses from FUJIFILM North America Corporation’s Optical Devices Division. Founded in 1956, Southland has grown to become one of the state’s largest churches, with three sprawling campuses and attendance averaging 12,000 worshipers each week. Just as its size and scope have expanded, so have its needs for state-of-the-art video broadcast and production technology to help reach its huge audience and provide a moving experience. Now, as Southland makes its transition from standard definition to HD broadcasts, it has turned to FUJINON lenses for the high quality, yet economical, centerpiece to its new system.

As with all churches its size, Southland relies on image magnification to capture every nuance of the service, even for worshippers in the very back row. Two FUJINON XA50x9.5BESM HD Telephoto Box-style lenses provide the critical tight shots at long distances that make the service come alive. In addition, two ZA22x7.6BERM HD Telephoto ENG-style lenses offer the flexibility of mobile and remote image capture, while the ZA12x4.5BERM HD Super Wide Angle ENG/EFP lens lets the church display the big picture incorporating every element of the service. All three zoom lenses deliver DigiPower servo control for remote control of zoom, focus and iris, along with digital Quick Zoom to maximize impact and message delivery.

The lenses complement newly purchased Grass Valley LDK-3000 cameras as well as new switching and control equipment, allowing the 11-member production team to respond quickly to the demands of a large, complex live event. In addition, Southland streams the IMAG, plus images of the interior of the sanctuary, to three giant screens at its satellite campuses. There, live bands perform on huge stages to accompany the simulcast. The church also records these sermons and other video content for its Southlandonline.tv television ministry, which broadcasts for both television and web viewing. In all of these applications, the church has grown to rely on FUJINON lenses and their fast T-stops, quality coatings, and exact color matching.

Southland’s programming director, Mike Vandemark, noted that, to meet the challenge of multiple-location services, the events must be precisely timed and choreographed. Every piece of equipment must be highly reliable and technically precise. With their upgraded video capabilities, he said, “The video and audio capture, transport and control are now on the same level as a sizable remote broadcast truck. And the investment in our new video system has paid off handsomely.” A vibrant, growing community of worshippers clearly agrees, responding enthusiastically to the church’s contemporary style, as well as its use of innovative technology to reach its flock.

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.

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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

Zylight F8 LED Fresnel Named ‘Best of IBC’ by TVBEurope

LOS ANGELES – Zylight, a leading manufacturer of innovative LED lighting solutions, today announced it its new F8 LED Fresnel was named one of the “Best Of IBC” products by TVBEurope magazine. Available in tungsten (3200K) or daylight (5600K) versions, the F8 maintains single shadow traditional Fresnel beam shaping through an eight-inch SCHOTT glass lens, and offers a patented focusing system for spot and flood operations. Plus, the unique F8 folds flat – collapsing to less than four inches thick – for easy transport and storage.

Selected by the editorial teams of TVBEurope and the IBC Daily, the Best Of IBC was awarded to new products across seven categories and chosen from more than 1,400 exhibitors at IBC2013 last month in Amsterdam. The magazine and official show publication are published by Intent Media Ltd.

“We appreciate that our F8 LED Fresnel was named one of the Best Of IBC at this year’s show,” said Joe Arnao, president. “People are really responding to its innovative design and the fact that it costs so much less to operate than traditional Fresnels.”

Ideal for studio or location work, the F8’s LED engine with quantum dot technology provides a cooler, more energy efficient light than traditional Fresnel instruments, but does not compromise performance. While it draws only 100 watts, it has close to the light output of a traditional 1000-watt Fresnel. With a CRI (color rendering index) up to 97 or better, the fully dimmable F8 offers and adjustable beam spread (16-70 degrees) for even coverage for widescreen productions.

Like other Zylight models, the F8 is also equipped with ZyLink wireless technology, which makes it easy to link multiple Zylights for simultaneous remote control. As a result, several F8s can be grouped together and linked for unique lighting scenarios. The F8 can also be controlled via DMX. It is also water resistant (IP54) for use in challenging location conditions, and can be powered by a worldwide AC adapter or standard 14.4V camera battery.

The F8 includes a five-year warranty on the LED engine, and ships with barn doors and yoke mount. Additional accessories are available separately.

ABOUT ZYLIGHT LLC

Zylight was founded in 2003 with one mission: Bring truly intelligent, time-saving lighting to the entertainment production industry. Our award-winning team has more than 80 years of combined industry experience, and we continue to develop innovative LED lighting solutions to help make your job easier. With more than 50 dealers worldwide, Zylight continues to grow its brand to a large international audience. More Than Bright – Zylight. Find out more at www.zylight.com.

Jeff Baggett Joins ABS as COO

SEATAC, WA — Professional video and audio systems integration firm Advanced Broadcast Solutions (ABS) today announced Jeff Baggett has joined the company as chief operating officer, effective Sept. 30.

Baggett had a 30-year career with Intel Corporation, where he served most recently as an operations manager. He specializes in policies and procedures, and is tasked with streamlining company operations in support of ABS sales personnel.

“At ABS, we want to exceed customer expectations, and that starts with having an infrastructure in place to deliver consistent results,” Baggett said. “From equipment sales to engineering projects, we will keep our customers well informed through every step of the process.”

Baggett is part of the company’s executive management team, which includes ABS president Mark Siegel and executive vice president and general manager Arco Groenenberg. “Jeff is here to improve consistency and efficiency in our in-house procedures,” explained Siegel. “That organization and support will lead to improved customer service and help position us for continued growth.”

Based in the company’s main office in SeaTac, Baggett can be contacted at (206) 870-0244 or via e-mail at jeff@advancedbroadcastsolutions.com.

About ABS:

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

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