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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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PESA to Promote Audio Router Solutions with Conversion Options at InfoComm 2013

Huntsville, Alabama – PESA, a leading U.S.-based custom design and manufacturing company for professional audio and video signal distribution, will showcase its Series-C DRS small-scale companion audio router systems at InfoComm 2013 (Booth 2958), which runs June 12-14 in Orlando, Fla. Based on PESA’s established DRS distributed audio signal processing technology, Series-C frames are available in two sizes, providing the same high-end features in a compact package.

The 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 audio up to 128×128 and AES audio up to 64×64 in 2 RU. Both sizes offer several models of audio routing connectivity solutions for analog and digital formats. Analog frames support both mono and stereo audio 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 is connected using a 75 Ohm BNC.

In addition to traditional I/O connections for mono, stereo, AES-110, and AES-75 signals, Series-C audio frames offer optional conversion capabilities allowing analog-to-digital, digital-to-analog, and digital-to-digital conversion. Both the Series-C64 and C128 offer analog audio input signals for mono or stereo that can be converted to AES outputs over 75 Ohm coax. Conversely, AES-75 coaxial inputs can be converted to either analog stereo or mono audio outputs. AES-110 digital audio inputs can be converted to AES-75 coaxial outputs.

Each DRS Series-C frame includes an on-board frame control/power supply module to operate as a secondary level in PESA’s video frame small-scale system control hardware. Features include the ability to set gain, delay, L/R sum, L/R swap, and breakaway. Internal generator options include silence, sweep tone, white noise, or pink noise. Gain adjustments are done independently in 0.1dB increments on each input or output up to +/- 6dB. Audio delay is set independently on both inputs and outputs, with options to set the delay in restricted or unrestricted modes. Unrestricted allows adjustments up to 0.341 ms (>10 NTSC frames) on each input and output. Restricted mode provides up to 1.365 seconds (>40 NTSC frames) on a limited number of I/O.

Series-C frames feature front load, hot swappable card sets, and include space for an optional redundant frame control/power supply module. Plus, all Series-C units are compatible with PESA’s Cattrax™ graphical user control interface, which supports comprehensive configuration, diagnostics, and monitoring of the full line of PESA router frames. The software, installed on a host PC running the Windows® operating system, communicates via an Ethernet port located on each router.

Designed to operate as companion audio routers to the Cougar or Jaguar video frames, Series-C DRS frames create a complete audio/video/control router configuration. The systems provide a full suite of signal management for production studios, editing suites, and compact live production vans.

About PESA

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

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

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Digital Nirvana Launches New Services and Technologies at AMEC 2013

New offerings include Broadcast Content Acquisition,
Multi-Language Media Analysis, and Live Stream Monitoring in the Cloud

Newark, CA – Digital Nirvana is introducing new services and technologies for media monitoring companies at the International Association for Measurement and Evaluation of Communication (AMEC) show, June 5 to 7 in Madrid, Spain. Digital Nirvana is a Silver Sponsor at the event.

With the launch of the new Broadcast Content Acquisition service, Digital Nirvana becomes an end-to-end service provider, handling everything from TV and radio content acquisition to media analysis and custom reporting.

“Our end-to-end approach is what makes Digital Nirvana stand out,” said Vishnu Beri, COO at Digital Nirvana. “Thanks to our advanced technologies, we can now acquire, analyze and customize broadcast content delivery for our media monitoring customers. We also deliver cost benefits that help reduce operating expense and improve margins for our clients.”

Digital Nirvana is also launching a Multiple Language Media Analysis service. Previously, this service was available in English only. Now it is available in French, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Arabic and all Indian languages.

Also making its European debut is AnyStream IQ – the industry’s first live stream media monitoring solution. 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. This new solution made its North American debut at the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) show in Las Vegas, Nevada USA.

Other Digital Nirvana services highlighted at AMEC 2013 include media content management, news report generation, broadcast news summarization, and transcription.

The company is also featuring its flagship Monitor IQ broadcast monitoring system used by leading broadcasters worldwide, as well as the MediaProTM content repurposing system, and the Repeat Audio Detection (RAD) system for song and ad tracking.

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

FOR-A to Show Product Range at Telemundo – Expo Cine Video Television Show 2013

Cypress, CA – FOR-A Corporation of America announces plans to display an array of its video and audio solutions at this week’s Telemundo – Expo Cine Video Television Show, which takes place June 4-7 at the Mexico World Trade Center in Mexico City. Exhibiting within the Excellence in Communications and Technology booth (C-4), FOR-A will showcase a range of its products, including camera, multi viewer, signal processor, video switcher and frame rate converter solutions.

“The Latin American market is a very important region to us,” said Mario Rodriguez, FOR-A’s Latin American Sales Manager. “FOR-A makes it a priority to take advantage of every opportunity available to continue our strong presence in the area. Telemundo is a prestigious event for broadcasters in Latin America and a great chance for us to showcase our products to the community with our partner, Excellence in Communications and Technology.”

FOR-A will display its FT-ONE 4K variable frame rate camera. Employing FOR-A’s CMOS color sensor, FT1-CMOS, the FT-ONE has the ability to record and play back full 4K at up to 900 frames per second. FOR-A will also showcase the FLOVEL FZ-B1 ultra high sensitivity HD digital camera. Featuring an unprecedented low-light sensitivity of only 0.01 lux, the unit is the latest addition to FLOVEL’s extensive line of high-end HD specialty cameras.

Also on display will be the new FA-1010 multi-channel signal processor. With 10 video inputs and outputs, the award-winning unit offers extreme connectivity. The FA-1010 features multi-channel routing between sources as well as effective video and audio signal processing for line, relay, reporting, production, editing and delivery applications. FOR-A’s FA-9520 multi purpose signal processor will also be demoed at the expo.

FOR-A’s HVS-390HS HD/SD video switcher will also be exhibited at the booth. The compact, cost-effective HVS-390HS includes 16 HD/SD-SDI inputs and eight outputs (expandable to 24 inputs and 13 outputs), with frame synchronizers for all inputs.

Additionally, FOR-A’s modular UFM-30FRC frame rate converter will also be shown. Equipped with up, down, and cross-converter functions as standard features, the unit offer motion compensation processing and linear conversion modes and can perform wide-ranging format conversion. Another product in FOR-A’s UFM modular series that can be mounted on a UFM frame and will be displayed at the expo is the UFM-30DCC, an HD/SD digital color corrector.

The MV-1620HS HD/SD/analog mixed high-resolution multi viewer, IVS-710HS HD/SD video stabilizer, VTW-330HS HD/SD character generator, and the MBP-100SX MXF clip server are among the other products that will be showcased by FOR-A at Telemundo.

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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New PESA easyPORT Modules Provide Flexible HDMI Distribution

Huntsville, Alabama – PESA, a leading U.S.-based custom design and manufacturing company for professional audio and video signal distribution, will showcase its four new easyPORT™ compact switching throw-down boxes to support HDMI signal distribution at InfoComm 2013 (Booth 2958), which runs June 12-14 in Orlando, Fla.

The EASY-2HX4B distributes or switches two HDMI inputs to four independent SDI video sources, simplifying cable and power management at the desktop when you need to convert two HDMI inputs to share across multiple SD/HD or 3G-SDI video transports. With the built-in switch feature, you can switch any two HDMI sources to any or all of the four SDI outputs.

A companion throw-down box, the EASY-4BX2H offers flexibility at the studio workstation where up to four SDI video input feeds can be converted and switched to two different HDMI video displays. Users can now select from four SDI sources in about the same space as one 3G-SDI-to-HDMI converter. With its built-in switch, the EASY-4BX2H allows users to view the same image on both displays, or select different sources for live preview and monitoring.

The easyPORT modules can be configured via an Ethernet connection for remote control room management or configured and switched locally through the mini-USB control port. Cattrax, PESA’s included software GUI, offers a powerful set of tools to manage, switch, and diagnose internal settings for the new easyPORT modules.

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.

“The new easyPORT HDMI extenders make it easier than ever to integrate HDMI sources into video transport,” said Dan Holland, PESA vice president of product marketing. “With built-in network management capabilities and support for very long cable runs, these new easyPORT HDMI extenders are the perfect choice for remote site applications.”

Some of the most compact switching throw-down boxes available, easyPORT modules are easy to setup and offer significant size and power advantages over standard single-port converters – with added port options and built-in switching capabilities. For back room installations, PESA offers a 1 RU rack power distribution tray that holds up to four easyPORT modules, which are powered by a single power source to reduce clutter.

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.

Hybrid’s New Sport Track Technology Enables Robotic Cameras to Automatically Follow Live Sports Action

Using “Robotic Camera Operators” Cuts Live Sports Production Costs

Montrouge, FranceHybrid, a leading provider of real-time graphics and robotic camera systems, has developed Sport Track, an exclusive, innovative technology that enables robotic cameras to automatically follow live game action.

The breakthrough technology sends the positional tracking data from the manned master camera to an unmanned slave camera so that it can follow the game’s movement.

“Sport Track enables sports broadcasters to reduce the number of manned cameras required to cover a live game,” said Olivier Cohen. “It not only reduces operating costs, it also enriches the quality of the program. Broadcasters and production companies can employ more cameras to cover the game while staying within increasingly tight, competitive budgets.”

When Hybrid began developing Sport Track one year ago, the technical challenge was daunting. While robotic cameras have long been used in fixed positions, Hybrid faced a new question, ‘How could a robotic camera be made to see and follow fast moving live game action like soccer or football in real-time?’

After considerable trial and error, Hybrid discovered the answer. A manned Cartoni motion tracking pan/tilt/zoom/focus (PTZF) camera serves as the master camera, which is networked to a Hybrid Titanium robotic camera head.

Using the newly developed software and drivers from Hybrid, all of the camera data—including position, angle, distance, and speed—is optically tracked, encoded and transmitted by the Cartoni camera over to the Titanium robotic camera head. These coordinates “tell” the Titanium (robotic slave) camera head how and where to move to follow the game action precisely.

“The idea for Sport Track was originally inspired by Host Broadcast Systems (HBS), who approached us with a need for this technology in the coverage of their live soccer championships,” said Cohen. Owned by Infront Sports & Media, HBS is the host broadcaster of major sporting events, including the upcoming 2014 FIFA World Cup Championships in Brazil. “We also found tremendous interest in this automatic camera system when we spoke with sports broadcasters and producers at the 2012 IBC Show and the 2013 NAB Show—who wanted to increase the number of cameras for a more visually interesting live game without increasing operating costs.”

About Hybrid

Hybrid is a leading manufacturer of broadcast production technologies. The company’s mission is to develop solutions and products that allow the digital media market to produce value-added content within an integrated workflow. Our product range includes virtual studio and augmented reality solutions and broadcast robotic camera supports. Hybrid consistently develops new products and solutions that push the limits of content creation while providing a clear rationalization of costs. Further information is available at www.hybridtv.tv.

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Cathedral of Faith Church Relies on Hitachi for HD Production Upgrade

WOODBURY, New York – When San Jose-based Cathedral of Faith Church began its HD overhaul last year, they looked to systems integrator Spectaveris to select video production equipment that best met their needs. After carefully considering their camera choices, the Texas-based integrator found Hitachi Kokusai Electric America SK-HD1000 multi-format digital HDTV production cameras were ideal for their client. Five of the high-performance cameras were recently installed as part of the church’s two-phase project to upgrade to full HD broadcast capability.

“Choosing the right camera equipment was a lengthy process,” said Spectaveris president Dean Stone. “The church already had four lenses on existing standard definition cameras that were ‘HD Ready’ and capable of handling the tighter specifications of an HD camera. Because they wanted to continue using them once the church transitioned to HD, we had to find 2/3-inch format cameras that would work well with their lenses. After evaluating Hitachi’s cameras, along with other competitively priced cameras on the market, we were sold on the SK-HD1000’s superior HD image quality.”

Three of Hitachi’s production cameras are positioned in the back of the sanctuary with large LCD viewfinders, while the other two are used as handheld cameras in the front of the room. Each week, Cathedral of Faith records its Saturday service at the church’s San Jose location, and then transports the video on portable external hard drives to each of its seven remote locations around the San Francisco Bay area. The church also has live HD feeds to their outdoor pavilion every Sunday morning, broadcasts their services online, and offers DVDs of services to the congregation.

“Transitioning to HD has enabled us to better connect with our members,” explained Kurt Foreman, the executive pastor and director of operations at Cathedral of Faith. “Our church strives to give the congregation a memorable experience every week. High-quality video is an important part of this. The Hitachi cameras have helped enhance our services and engage our audience more than we could previously.”

Dean Stone added, “In upgrading the church to HD, our number one priority was to choose products that offer Cathedral of Faith great value. Installing Hitachi cameras provided them with the best products for their needs – while remaining within their budget.”

To view a video about the church’s upgrade with Spectaveris, please visit the following link: http://vimeo.com/57464828

About Hitachi, Ltd.

Hitachi, Ltd., (NYSE: HIT / TSE: 6501), headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, is a leading global electronics company with approximately 360,000 employees worldwide. Fiscal 2009 (ended March 31, 2010) consolidated revenues totaled 8,968 billion yen ($96.4 billion). Hitachi will focus more than ever on the Social Innovation Business, which includes information and telecommunication systems, power systems, environmental, industrial and transportation systems, and social and urban 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.

AbelCine to Represent Hybrid’s Neon Trackless 3D Virtual Studio Solution in the New York Metro Area

AbelCine Sees Strong Market Demand for Neon

Montrouge, France – Hybrid, a leading provider of real-time graphics and robotic camera systems, has signed a dealer agreement with AbelCine—a leading supplier of camera equipment for film, digital cinema, broadcast, and new media—to market its Hybrid Neon trackless 3D virtual studio solution in the New York metropolitan area.

While AbelCine can sell Neon from any of its three locations—New York, Chicago, and Burbank—a Neon trackless virtual set system has been installed in its New York showroom to give prospective buyers an in-depth demonstration.

“Neon is a very exciting, enabling virtual studio solution because it allows customers to produce impressive, multi-camera videopresentations even when they’re working in a small space, with minimal crews and tight budgets,” said Andrew Shipsides, Director of Education for AbelCine.

“As a supplier of high-end camera equipment, we can now assist our clients in creating the look and feel of a sophisticated studio environment for a fraction the price. We’re already seeing strong customer demand, including in-house corporate video studios, webcasters, as well as government, educational, and news organizations.”

The Neon trackless virtual studio solution is a user-friendly “virtual studio in a box” that simply requires software running on a PC. Rather than camera tracking and calibration technology, the Neon 3D virtual studio solution performs visual magic—through real-time processing of video signals from fixed cameras—to give the illusion that the cameras are moving realistically in relation to the synthetic set.

Users can either use Neon’s set design tools, or import virtual sets created using 3D Max, Maya, Softimage, or other common modeling software. Despite its comparatively low price point (under $60,000), Neon delivers photo-realistic, anti-aliased sets typical of higher-end virtual set systems.

Besides native support for up to five live HD/SD camera inputs, Neon’s dual output allows it to render two sets simultaneously from a single PC. With its latest enhancements, Neon can now be controlled by Black Magic Design’s ATEM vision mixer, as well as by Hybrid’s new Ozone app for Android phones and tablets.

“For over two decades, AbelCine has been a highly respected and trusted source for acquisition gear for demanding applications ranging from corporate video to digital cinema,” said Olivier Cohen, CEO, Hybrid. “Our agreement with AbelCine promises to be mutually beneficial since they’re already marketing products and services to video professionals for whom this powerful-yet-affordable virtual studio is a natural fit.”

About AbelCine

AbelCine, established in 1989, is a leading supplier of professional film and digital equipment with facilities in New York City, Burbank, CA and Chicago, IL. Core services include equipment sales, rental and technical service, digital media services and training. The company is the North American agent for Phantom high-speed cameras, as well as an Arri digital camera reseller, Sony Solutions Reseller, Panasonic Specialty Reseller and Canon Professional Production System Reseller. They are also the first Carl Zeiss Authorized Service Partner in North America, as well as an Authorized Angenieux Service Center. For more information, visit www.abelcine.com

About Hybrid

Hybrid is a leading manufacturer of broadcast production technologies. The company’s mission is to develop solutions and products that allow the digital media market to produce value-added content within an integrated workflow. Our product range includes virtual studio and augmented reality solutions and broadcast robotic camera supports. Hybrid consistently develops new products and solutions that push the limits of content creation while providing a clear rationalization of costs. Further information is available at www.hybridtv.tv.

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Omega Broadcast Invests in Five FUJINON Cabrio Series PL Mount Telephoto Zoom Lenses

Austin-based rental house lens inventory now includes four FUJINON 19-90mm and one 85-300mm Premier PL Mount lenses for Super 35mm and digital cinematography

Wayne, N.J. – FUJIFILM North America Corporation, Optical Devices Division is announcing that Omega Broadcast Group—a premiere video rental house in Austin, Texas—acquired five new FUJINON Cabrio PL Mount telephoto zoom lenses including four 19-90mm (ZK4.7×19) and one 85-300mm (ZK3.5×85) for 35mm and digital cinematography.

Prior to the arrival of the new lenses, Omega Broadcast Group wanted to show the Cabrio 19-90mm lens at its booth at the Austin tradeshow South by Southwest (SXSW), March 8-17, 2013. This was made possible by a “loaner lens,” arranged by Dave Waddell, South Central regional sales manager for the Optical Devices division, and Omega Broadcast received very positive feedback and social media buzz about its SXSW exhibit.

Since the lenses arrived in April 2013, Omega Broadcast has seen strong demand for rentals by its discriminating video production customers. The lenses, which are available for sale or rent, may be paired with Omega Broadcast’s Sony PMW-F5 CineAlta 2K Capable or PMW-F55 CineAlta 4K digital cinema cameras.

“As a rental house, we enjoy the flexibility these Cabrio lenses offer. Because they cover such wide focal ranges, they allow us to suggest Cabrios for most of our cinema camera rental packages,” said Gabe Proctor, rentals manager for Omega Broadcast Group. “With the versatility and range of these lenses, a director of photography (DP) can really reduce the number of lens changes during the course of a shoot, not to mention that there are fewer cases and shipping costs to weigh them down.”

The 19-90mm Cabrio Premier PL lens offers a T2.9 maximum aperture with 9 iris blades, while the 85-300mm PL Mount telephoto zoom lens offers a focal length of 85-218mm at T2.9 and 300mm at T4.0, both with 200-degree focus rotation. “Zoom lenses are suited to more production situations than primes. But the key thing is that, at each focal length, the performance of these Cabrio zoom lenses is very solid,” said Philip Goetz, director of purchasing and E-commerce for Omega Broadcast. “This one zoom lens can replace prime lenses of varying focal lengths without quality compromises.”

Both lenses feature an exclusive detachable servo drive unit, making them suitable for use as a standard PL cine lens or an ENG-style lens, and both may be controlled using cinema industry standard wireless controllers as well as existing FUJINON wired and wireless units.

“Without the need for an externally powered zoom controller, I can imagine a much better outcome for a DP who chooses a Cabrio versus a non-servo Cooke or Arri lens to pair with a compatible camera like Sony’s F55,” Proctor said. “With the introduction of the new 85-300mm Cabrio, we have now begun to see more interest from photographers who wish to produce archival or large-format images for sporting events. Since these shooters can adjust Cabrio lenses so quickly, they’re able to concentrate on all of the game action unfolding live. Cabrios offer these clients all the comforts of an ENG type lens but delivered in a Super 35mm form factor.”

Proctor added that the /i and LDS lens metadata contacts provided on Cabrio lenses offer a great way to archive important information about exposure and focal lengths with cameras that share these same features. But they also provide power to the built-in servo motors, which can be crucial on reality series and documentaries.

“Cabrio lenses offer a very low-distortion image and minimal breathing during focus effects,” Proctor said. “Considering how fast and lightweight these PL mount zoom lenses are, don’t be surprised to discover that an increasing amount of projects are being produced with 35mm and digital cinema cameras using these lenses.”

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 to www.facebook.com/FujifilmNorthAmerica to Like Fujifilm on Facebook. To receive news and information direct from Fujifilm via RSS, subscribe at www.fujifilmusa.com/rss.

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

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

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