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JVC Introduces Cost Effective, Full HD VN-H557U Indoor PTZ Security Camera

WAYNE, NJ – JVC Professional Products Company, a division of JVC Americas Corp., today announced the VN-H557U network HD indoor PTZ dome camera, a cost effective, ONVIF Profile S-compliant unit equipped with a wide angle zoom lens (6.3-63.3mm) for excellent area coverage and Easy Day/Night functionality for 24-hour surveillance.

With its 2 megapixel CMOS imager, the VN-H557U delivers 1920×1080 full HD resolution, while its Super LoLux HD™ technology provides superior low-light color reproduction. The built-in lens includes 10x optical zoom and 10x digital zoom with automatic or manual iris control. The security camera also offers 350-degree, non-endless pan/tilt, along with 100 preset positions, auto return, auto flip, and auto pan.

“The new VN-H557U provides very wide, full HD imagery and automatic day/night performance at a very attractive price point,” said John Grabowski, national sales and marketing manager, JVC Security Division. “We designed the camera for a variety of applications, so it’s a great choice for casinos, airports, schools, offices, and retail stores.”

A built-in SDHC card slot allows flexible local recording options. Other features include privacy mask for up to eight areas, motion detection, 3D digital noise reduction, alarm in/out, and two-way audio communication. Multi-codec support includes M-JPEG, H.264 Baseline Profile, and H.264 High Profile, and the camera is compatible with third-party VMS products such as Exacq Technologies and Video Insight. Power options include power over Ethernet (PoE), plus 24V AC or 12V DC.

The VN-H557U has a suggested list price of $1,475 and will be available this month.

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.

Broadcast Pix Demonstrates Upgraded Flint, Granite X Integrated Production Systems at CCW

Billerica, Massachusetts – Broadcast Pix™ will demonstrate Version 2.0 of its new Flint™ integrated production system, as well as upgrades to its new Granite™ X large-scale live production system, at Content & Communications World (Booth 861), Nov. 13-14, 2013, at Javits Convention Center in New York City.

Recently unveiled at IBC 2013 in Amsterdam, Flint V2 adds an internal eight-channel audio mixer, as well as broadcast quality internal H.264 recording and.WMV Web streaming, while Granite X has improved its multi-view monitoring and added advanced DDR control. Both Granite X and Flint can add cloud-based content – from Skype, Twitter, RSS feeds, Dropbox, and a variety of other online sources – during a live production while maintaining lip sync.

Flint’s new audio mixer takes audio from any camera input or internal clip store, and is controlled through an intuitive audio interface with on-screen stereo faders and VU meters. Other features include peak hold capability, mute and solo functions, and built-in audio-follow-video. Two outputs allow separate mixes with independent control for master recording and Web presentations. The audio mixer can also be controlled through Fluent Macros, an advanced macro system that easily executes any combination of video, audio, files, and device moves for complex effects.

“Flint was designed specifically for operations with limited budgets and limited manpower,” explained Steve Ellis, Broadcast Pix CEO. “An integrated audio mixer means one less piece of hardware to purchase plus easier audio control. It’s an important addition for our commitment to end-to-end integration.”

Expanding on its included Adobe Flash streaming, Flint V2 adds the ability to steam to a Windows Media Server using Microsoft Expression Encoder in up to 720p resolution. Flint V2 also adds built-in recording of the program output to the internal hard drive. Broadcast quality 1080i H.264 .MOV clips can be added to a show automatically using Fluent™ Watch Folders, Flint’s built-in file management system, or exported to an NLE system for later use.

Another enhancement adds a network input so video and audio from a Windows-based PC can be accessed as a source in Flint’s built-in production switcher. This not only reduces the amount of physical inputs, but allows cloud-based content from Skype and other sources, as well as other remote applications, to be seamlessly integrated into a live production.

Flint’s multi-format 1 M/E production switcher supports up to six cameras and includes eight channels of clips and graphics, three keyers with PiP and customizable DVE, Inscriber CG with six graphic channels, and a built-in, two-channel clip server stores up to 30 hours of clips and animations in a variety of file formats. Other features include the customizable Fluent-View multi-view, customizable virtual sets, and control of robotic cameras and other external devices.

Granite X improvements include advanced Fluent-View customizable multi-view capabilities, with 16 full motion source windows. It also offers enhanced DDR control that allows for different clips in each of the four channels of Harris, Omneon, Grass Valley K2, and 360 Systems servers. Ideal for large-scale productions, the 2 M/E Granite X features a Granite Switcher with 22 HD/SD-SDI inputs and 12 outputs, seven channels of file-based inputs, and six key layers for compositing. The system also includes a Granite Server that holds up to 180 hours of clips and graphics, Fluent™ integrated workflow tools, and redundant power and switching.

Flint V2 will ship in November with all new Flint systems and will be a free upgrade for all Flint systems under warranty. Granite X is now shipping and the new upgrades are available for any current user.

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

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PESA Xstream Delivers Multi-Path IP Streaming at CCW

Huntsville, Alabama – PESA, a leading U.S.-based custom design and manufacturing company for professional audio and video signal distribution, will demonstrate its new PESA Xstream multi-path IP streaming appliance at Content & Communications World (Booth 718) on Nov. 13-14, 2013, at the Javits Convention Center in New York City. The company will also showcase its new 4K routing switcher and advanced PERC3000 server-based system controller.

Housed in a compact, 1 RU form factor, PESA Xstream provides a cost effective,comprehensive package for digital media capture, processing, distribution, and storage. It simultaneously encodes up to five independent video sources and eight audio sources concurrently from live or recorded video for multi-path H.264 IP distribution over six independent video streams – with no sync or latency issues. Upgrades for Q1 2014 include on-board storage as well as a USB 2.0 communications interface.

PESA Xstream captures H.264 IP camera streams, NTSC/PAL or SDI video up to 1080p resolution, stored video content, and even computer-based content such as PowerPoint slides or medical patient vital signs, then prepares high-bandwidth MPEG-4/H.264 broadcast streams for enterprise distribution and archive. When multiple sources are captured simultaneously, the streams remain associated and synchronized during the event.

“Because it delivers high-quality video and audio with synchronization at a low cost per stream, PESA Xstream has caught the attention of customers and integrators from a number of vertical markets,” said John Wright, PESA senior vice president, sales and business development. “We are working with developers who are tailoring the user experience for specific applications in medicine, sports, government, education, and more.”

PESA Xstream has already been incorporated into VIQ Infinit, a digital media capture and management platform developed by VIQ Solutions that provides a large-scale digital media capture and management platform for international, federal, or state courts. It is also being used to record multi-camera coverage for various medical applications, and new solutions are being developed for collegiate athletics, live entertainment, and educational systems.

With five individually addressable video outputs as well as an integrated quad-view output, PESA Xstream allows operators to stream live content over IP while simultaneously transmitting live digital content to a quad-view display and/or full screen display. PESA Xstream can also synchronize discrete audio inputs to discrete video inputs, and offers adjustable audio delay. An intuitive Web browser management and control interface provides complete remote capabilities, which can eliminate the need for on-site personnel to stream content to a production facility.

PESA will also show its server-based PERC3000 system controller, which supports up to 17 levels of control, 64 components, 256 tie-line interconnects, 256 salvos, and 8,192 sources and destination names. With its icon-based status interface, it is easy to check matrix status, tie-lines, presets, salvo, communications, and more. It also offers full diagnostic capabilities to verify operation of the matrix control to the physical cross-point. The PERC3000 supports network, Web-based browsers, and popular mobile applications. It provides a standard platform that can be easily scaled in the future as system performance demands and complexities increase. The system controller works in conjunction with PESA’s TOUCH 72 remote control panel, which features 72 LCD pushbuttons and a 320×240 touch-screen display.

Designed to support 4K/UHDTV workflows, the new Cheetah 4K 16×16 routing switcher provides all the necessary control elements in its 4 RU frame. With hot swappable matrix and I/O cards, as well as internal power and control, the need for additional power and external cabling is virtually eliminated. Plus, redundant power and control modules can be added without using additional rack space.

Based on real-time multi-link SDI transmission methods, each Cheetah I/O card includes four SC-style fiber CWDM connections carrying up to 12 Gbps (4xSDI) for each input or output port. To complete the end-to-end 4K system, an outboard easyPORT module converts the signals from each CWDM port on the router back to conventional HD/3G-SDI video lines. With the built-in crosspoint switch circuit on each easyPORT module, users can also send four independent SD/HD/3G-SDI signals over a single wire interface, which saves valuable cabling space, and can extend coax I/O more than 260 feet using the built-in equalizing and reclocking circuits in each easyPORT module.

The Cheetah 4K 16×16 is controlled through traditional RS-232/422 or Ethernet connections, and its built-in SNMP MIB simplifies integration to third-party network system management software. The router can be configured and controlled via PESA’s intuitive Cattrax network GUI or optional Cattrax Web network server software using PESA’s powerful PERC2000 or PERC3000 system controller hardware.

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. Learn more at www.pesa.com and www.pesaxstream.com. Follow us on Twitter: @PESA_ONLINE.

FOR-A to Participate at Upcoming New England Broadcast and Cable Expo

Cypress, CA – FOR-A Corporation of America will be on hand at the 5th annual New England Broadcast and Cable Expo, being held November 7th at the DCU Center in Worcester, MA. Exhibiting in booth #307, FOR-A will display some of its newest and most popular solutions, including theHVS-XT110 and HVS-390HS video switchers and MV-1620HS HD/SD/Analog mixed high resolution multi-viewer.

“New England is a very important region to FOR-A, and this expo is the premiere event in the area to see production equipment from a variety of suppliers,” said Jay Shinn, Northeast Sales Manager at FOR-A. “New England has a large PEG (Public, Educational, and Government Access Television) station market, and they’re in need of small, efficient production gear. FOR-A offers a number of solutions ideal to fulfill this demand. We’re looking forward to connecting with expo attendees and showing off our gear.”

Introduced earlier this year, the HVS-XT110 portable video switcher features a compact, integrated design. The switcher offers mixed HD/SD input, frame synchronization, multi-viewer capability, re-sizing engine, 2.5D wipe effects, DVE and keyer with chroma key. Two freely assignable Keyers and DSKs channels also come standard, and the switcher has a built-in Web server that allows users to adjust settings from a PC or a tablet terminal. The unit comes standard with 12 HD/SD-SDI inputs and eight outputs, and enables nine outputs, including one HDMI output, to be freely assigned.

Also in the booth will be the compact MV-1620HS multi-viewer. The MV-1620HS is cost-efficient and feature rich. It accepts up to 16 channels of mixed HD/SD-SDI or analog composite signals for monitoring on up to two screens and includes a customizable window layout.

FOR-A will also show the HVS-390HS video switcher. Earlier this year, FOR-A introduced new features never before seen in this class of production switcher. The new functionality 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 features comes standard with the HVS-390HS and are ideal for any environment with multi-language or multi-screen requirements.

The New England Broadcast and Cable Expo is held in conjunction with the 16th annual Media Educators of America fall conference. The expo serves as a premiere event in the area to learn, network and see firsthand emerging trends and technology. More information can be found on their website.

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.

CCW 2013: Digital Nirvana to Show Live Stream and Broadcast Monitoring Software, Plus Content Repurposing Solution

Newark, CA – Digital Nirvana’s live stream media monitoring solution, broadcast monitoring software, and content repurposing system for multi-platform distribution will be front and center at the upcoming Content & Communications World Expo (CCW). Being held from November 13-14th at the Jacob Javits Center in New York City, CCW is an annual convention focused on media and entertainment technology that includes HDWorld, SATCON and the Production + Post conferences.

Digital Nirvana will exhibit in Booth #1257 at the show.

“We’re very excited about CCW 2013,” said Hiren Hindocha, president and CEO of Digital Nirvana. “It’s a dynamic show that grows in popularity each year. It’s the perfect venue to present innovative technology. We’ve got a unique set of products that offer the capabilities and cost savings customers need now. We anticipate a very positive reception at this show next month.”

AnyStream IQ, the industry’s first live stream media monitoring solution, will be showcased within Digital Nirvana’s CCW booth. This cloud-based software-as-a-service helps broadcasters record, log and monitor live streamed media, validate ad runs, prove web captioning compliance, and cut clips for easy sharing. AnyStream IQ is designed specifically for the new streamed media monitoring requirements of broadcasters, content creators, aggregators and distributors.

Because it’s a cloud-based subscription service, there is no hardware or software to install. Users just specify the URL of the stream, and AnyStream IQ records the streams, extracts the closed captions (if any), and provides a browser-based interface to search the recorded streams. With its Cut/Clip feature, users can easily mark in and out points on the video and share the clip for either compliance or proof of airing purposes. AnyStream IQ complements a station’s current, in-house broadcast compliance logging system.

In addition to AnyStream IQ, Digital Nirvana offers an innovative solution for traditional broadcast monitoring. Monitor IQ is the only broadcast monitoring system that provides automatic ad detection, a director’s audio track, as well as an advanced metadata harvester™capability. Monitor IQ combines the functionality of content recording (HD and SD in full resolution), content searching, retrieval and repurposing, Web publishing, signal monitoring, air-check logging, archiving, ad verification and tracking, and competitive analysis while offering the scalability that broadcasters need.

The latest software includes several features that are a direct result of customer feedback. Among the new, customer-suggested features are: flexible content archiving, real-time newscast exporting, and automatic extraction of Program Guide data from the broadcast stream.

Because the platform is based on open web services (REST) API’s, Digital Nirvana’s software can be easily integrated with third party products and can scale from one to multiple servers and from one to hundreds of channels.All Digital Nirvana solutions are web enabled, so users can access the software through any standard web browser without ActiveX component.

The company will also feature its MediaProTM content repurposing system for multi-platform distribution, which offers a low-cost way to repurpose HD clips from cable and broadcast. This new solution records encrypted cable feeds in full HD and is ideal for news and sports directors who frequently repurpose content from cable channels. For the broadcast engineer, it eliminates the need to maintain multiple set top boxes, frees up valuable rack space, and removes the cost of multiple DVRs.

MediaPro IQ allows users to easily edit, clip and publish live or recorded content in real-time. Search is based on keywords, program titles, descriptions, textual metadata, closed-caption, as-run logs, traffic logs, alarm and discrepancy logs and time/date or channel filters.

About Content & Communications World (CCW)

CCW (Content & Communications World) brings together more than 6,000 attendees and 300 exhibiting companies in media, entertainment and communications technology. Participants have an unmatched opportunity to interact with the latest products, explore technological innovations firsthand, and hear from experts who shape the industry at every stage of content creation, management and delivery. CCW features HD World, SATCON and the Production + Post Conference. For more information, visit www.ccwexpo.com.

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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FOR-A Introduces 4K Extraction System, Wins ‘Best of IBC’ Award

Cypress, CA – At IBC 2013, FOR-A debuted ZE-ONE, its new 4K extraction system for use with the FT-ONE 4K super slow motion camera. The solution allows FT-ONE users to frame and extract desired 4K image areas to capture the action for HD replays. ZE-ONE received a “Best of IBC” award from TVBEurope magazine in the acquisition and workflow category.

“After introducing the FT-ONE last year, we decided to develop our own 4K extraction system that allows users to isolate and enlarge certain areas within frames,” said Hiro Tanoue, FOR-A Corporation of America’s President. “Operators can focus in on any part of any scene, ensuring not a moment is missed when shooting with the FT-ONE. We’re proud that ZE-ONE has been recognized by TVBEurope as a stand-out, new technology.”

Ideal for live sports production, the 4K extraction system provides operators with an intuitive touch-screen interface to frame and extract specified HD scenes at any size from 4K sources. ZE-ONE allows users to smoothly zoom in or out, and includes an embedded audio delay processor.

The title “Best of IBC” was awarded to new products across seven categories and chosen from more than 1,400 exhibitors at the IBC Show, held last month in Amsterdam, by the editorial teams of TVBEurope and the IBC Daily. The FT-ONE also received a “Best of IBC” award at last year’s show.

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.

Brazilian Video Services Provider Casablanca Online Continues to Rely on FOR-A Technology

Cypress, CA – FOR-A Corporation of America announces that Casablanca Online, a leading provider of satellite communications services in Sao Paulo, Brazil, recently purchased a number of its professional video solutions. A long time user of FOR-A technology, the order adds to Casablanca’s arsenal of FOR-A products and includes one HVS-390HS video switcher, three UFM-30FRC frame rate converters, and two MV-1620HS multi viewers, as well as one FA-1010 and five FA-9520 multi purpose signal processors.

“One of the key factors that led us to acquire new FOR-A equipment was our high level of satisfaction with our existing FOR-A units,” said Alexandre Minghini, Marketing Manager of Casablanca. “We’ve been happy with the quality, functionality, and support that we’ve gotten from FOR-A and its technology.”

Casablanca chose the MV-1620HS multi viewer for use in each of its two new HD OB trucks, which were created to meet market demand for major productions of large sporting events. The MV-1620HS is a cost-effective multi viewer that supports mixed signals from HD-SDI, SD-SDI, or analog composite sources for up to 16 channels.

FOR-A’s signal processors were purchased by Casablanca to provide signal transmission, conversion and back-haul of live broadcasts. The video services provider is taking advantage of the FA-9520’s additional functionality as a color corrector, video optimizer, and up/down/cross/aspect converter to meet the demands of its customers, including Fox Sports Latin America. Casablanca specializes in covering live sports events both nationally and internationally.

“FOR-A provides market-leading solutions that are ideal for use in sports production,” said Minghini. “We’re happy to continue our partnership with them, and Casablanca is also looking forward to testing out new FOR-A equipment in the near future, including the FT-ONE 4K super slow motion camera.”

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.

About Casablanca Online

Casablanca Online is one of the most complete providers of satellite live transmission services in Brazil. It has been in the market for over 15 years and has been involved with thousands of national and international events. It is a pioneering company in the implementation and integration of the HD and 3D technologies, and has its own industrial division, IBRASAT – a high-technology products research and development center – that enhances and differentiates its operations. It has the largest fleet of DSNG mobile units, reaching many different points within the Brazilian and the South American territory.

Experience Church.tv Improves Multi-Camera Production with JVC GY-HM600 ProHD Camera

WAYNE, NJ – JVC Professional Products Company, a division of JVC Americas Corp., today announced Experience Church.tv, based in Puyallup, Wash., is using a GY-HM600 ProHD handheld camcorder as part of a multi-camera HD production that provides image magnification (I-MAG) for its live congregation during services and streaming video for online viewers.

Known for its high-energy live services, Experience Church.tv embraces AV technology as a tool to help share its message with its local congregation and its ministry around the world. The church purchased the GY-HM600 in May and has mounted the lightweight camera on a jib for dynamic moving images. The camera’s built-in BNC connector for SDI output provides a reliable connection for jib use.

“For us, it was about the lens quality and the size of the camera to use on our jib,” explained Dennis Cummins, pastor. “It’s a huge lens in a compact frame. That keeps the weight down for use on the jib.”

The church’s multi-camera setup also includes two Grass Valley LDK 4000s on sticks, one handheld JVC GY-HD250, and two GoPro cameras, which are positioned on stage to highlight musicians in cutaway shots. “I was amazed how good the JVC looks in comparison to the LDK4000s,” Cummins noted. “The colors are rich and vibrant, and it reacts well to our lit stage. We purchased one, but will be adding to it soon. With the quality of the lens, we are looking to use it in more places.”

ABOUT JVC PROFESSIONAL PRODUCTS COMPANY

Headquartered in Wayne, New Jersey, with West Coast operations in Long Beach, California, 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.

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.

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