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PESA Celebrates 40th Anniversary, Continues Tradition of Innovation

Huntsville, Alabama – PESA, a leading U.S.-based custom design and manufacturing company for professional audio and video signal distribution, is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year. Recognized internationally as a leading manufacturer of routing switchers, AV distribution products, and video scaling and conversion equipment, PESA products and technologies have shifted the market direction for video and audio distribution throughout its history.

Founded in 1973 by two entrepreneurial engineers, the company has evolved into a global AV routing and distribution leader with a versatile collection of products for the broadcast, religious, education, government, and military markets. In 1976, PESA became the first routing switcher company to offer redundant routing with automatic changeover options. Five years later, the company introduced the first ASIC-based hybrid video switch. In 1988, PESA created the very first virtual matrix mapping software, which was used by NBC during the Summer Games in Seoul, South Korea.

Other innovations followed. In 1991, PESA produced the first 100MHz RGB routing switcher, later followed by the first 200MHz and 400MHz systems, and in 2002 introduced the first 512×512 digital video routing system with hybrid coax/fiber I/O and internal redundant power and control. PESA pioneered the use of VGA and DVI signals over a single high density fiber optic distribution chain using SMPTE-compliant SDI, which set the foundation for converging computer and broadcast signals in the same system. Known for its space saving designs for the OB broadcast truck market, PESA was also the first company to offer a large-scale audio distribution router.

“The success of PESA comes from our ability to keep up with the times and keep ahead of design trends,” said Chuck Tillett, president and COO of PESA. “Our Cheetah product line changed the way facilities used fiber for signal distribution, and our DRS systems introduced a revolutionary new way to centralize and switch audio. We are also continuing our legacy of innovation for the next generations of digital formats, including 4K and 8K.”

PESA is expanding into new market segments as well, most recently with the introduction of the PESA Xstream multi-channel HD streaming appliance. In addition, several of its Cheetah large-scale router and PESA PRO signal processing products were recently certified by the U.S. Department of Defense. PESA is the first and only company to achieve listing on the DoD’s Unified Capabilities (UC) Approved Products List (APL) as a Video Distribution System (VDS).

“After 40 years of superior products and market success, an energetic attitude of innovation continues here at PESA,” said Howard Sutton, PESA executive chairman. “Video and audio delivery and distribution are dynamic industries, and to this day, we still design, manufacture, and test everything right here in our facility. I’m proud of the entrepreneurial spirit that exists throughout our organization.”

Frank Zimmerman, PESA’s senior engineering specialist and co-founder, said the company has always shown a commitment to developing reliable, cutting-edge products. “PESA is a special company with a unique culture that fosters and rewards innovation,” he added. “As the company moves forward, I am confident our rich history of innovation will continue to change the way the world works with audio and video signals.”

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.

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New Broadcast Pix Version 3.5 Software Connects with Cloud-Based Content for Live Productions

Fluent Rapid CG 3 Adds Support for Twitter, OES Scoreboard Data

Billerica, Massachusetts – Broadcast Pix™ today announced the availability of its new Version 3.5 software, which adds a number of enhancements, including the cloud-based content access of its award-winning Flint™integrated production system, to its Mica™ and Granite™ systems. The company also announced the availability of Fluent Rapid CG™ 3, its most advanced tool for creating data-intensive CG graphics with automated database integration, and Fluent Rapid CG LT, a light version that can access RSS and Twitter feeds.

Demonstrated at InfoComm 2013 in June, V3.5 enables any Broadcast Pix system to run the optional new Fluent Rapid CG software and connect cloud-based content and data directly to on-air graphics. Fluent Rapid CG LT lets the audience become part of the production by connecting to Twitter and other cloud-based data sources. RSS, clock, and weather feeds can flow directly into on-air graphics, and Tweets can flow directly to air or be pre-screened with a built-in management system. Plus, action buttons can now trigger multiple tags.

Fluent Rapid CG 3 includes all the LT features plus dual-channel connectivity to local and cloud-based content databases, news automation, and scoreboards. With cloud-based databases becoming common for sports, elections, and other applications, Rapid CG 3 allows sports scores in league databases to automatically flow into on-air graphics. It also adds support for OES Scoreboard data and Web-based XML databases.

Beyond automated graphics, V3.5 connects any system to any cloud-based resource for access to animations, clips, and databases during live productions. Using Fluent Watch-Folders, Broadcast Pix’s built-in ingest and content management system, V3.5 allows access to files from Dropbox, Google Drive, Microsoft SkyDrive Drive, or any cloud-based content resource, even during the middle of a live production. The system operator is alerted when a file arrives, the file’s thumbnail appears on the system monitor, and the file name appears on the control panel’s button.

Other V3.5 features include enhanced PixMaster file management software to view and manage file metadata, such as setting files to auto-start when taken into the live show. Plus, all 1 M/E control panels can now provide control for 2 M/E systems. The new software also delivers enhanced Sony camera control and advanced audio-follow-video functionality.

“Our version 3.5 software fulfills our promise to deliver integrated production systems that embrace the cloud,” said Steve Ellis, Broadcast Pix CEO. “Cloud-based content continues to become more important in the live production environment. Whether it’s a Skype video interview, a last-minute graphic from a designer across the country, or even Tweets, Broadcast Pix makes it easy to ingest and manage content – and then include that content on the air without lip sync or formatting issues.”

V3.5 is a free upgrade for all Granite and Mica systems under warranty, and is available as a paid upgrade or with a warranty extension for systems that are out of warranty. Customers should contact the Broadcast Pix sales team for more information.

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

BIRTV 2013: Vizrt to highlight advances in newsroom workflows, live sports, 4k rendering and virtual graphics

At BIRTV, Vizrt will show sports broadcast advances, integration with third party newsroom systems, 4k rendering in the control room and live IP streaming among other news at its booth #3023. BIRTV 2013 will be held August 21st-24th at the China International Exhibition Center in Beijing China.

Vizrt will display integrations with several newsroom control systems (NRCS) at BIRTV. The integration allows journalists in the newsroom access to graphic templates in Viz Content Pilot and videos from Viz Media Engine directly within the NRCS interface giving them a powerful and efficient newsroom workflow.

Viz Engine, Vizrt’s real-time 3D compositing system is set to enhance broadcasters’ ability to render for any platform with the new IP streaming capability. Graphics and video are composited in real-time and output as a stream in multiple format options and resolutions for online, mobile devices and live on-air.

At BIRTV, Vizrt will also be showing a 4K video wall rendered by a single Viz Engine. This new enhancement of the Viz Engine allows broadcasters to prepare for the future with a 4k output option built into the Viz Engine.

Viz Libero, Vizrt’s sports analysis system makes it’s BIRTV debut this year. Viz Libero creates realistic 3D replays and virtual enhancements for analyzing sports events. Give viewers a new perspective on controversial calls and key plays.

Vizrt will also be displaying the latest virtual set technology with Viz Virtual Studio. The presentation will show the many uses of a virtual set and include immersive graphic elements as well as several virtual environments.

Vizrt’s Social TV solution will be at BIRTV with several new integrations with Chinese social networks allowing broadcasters to monitor, filter, approve, and harvest user generated content. They can then build playlists or carousels of selected social content they want to display with live Vizrt graphics and push them to air. User generated content includes video from Tudou, tweets from Tencent Weibo and blogs from Sina Weibo.

Vizrt will be on multiple partner booths throughout BIRTV showcasing our many integrations including Potevio with Viz Libero and featuring the Virtual Presenter. Other partner exhibits include Shotoku, Socam, and Vinten with immersive graphics, and Times Sage with a multimedia platform and immersive graphics.

About Vizrt:

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

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

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Zylight IS3c LED Light Simplifies Background Color Changes for College Promotional Videos

LOS ANGELES – In July, with a small budget and limited crew, Michael Mulvey Production Services, Inc. was tasked with creating short promotional videos for Boston’s Berklee College of Music. To create unique color backdrops for various performers who were shot separately on the same set, the Boston-based production company used its Zylight IS3c LED light, which features a Color Mode that produces millions of colors without gels or filters.

The project focused on Berklee City Music, a nonprofit division of the college that mentors middle and high school students. “We needed to do something very efficiently in a small, improvised studio,” explained Michael Mulvey, SOC, director of photography for MMPS and a 33-year industry veteran. “The client wanted six different backgrounds to differentiate the artists we were shooting.”

In the past, it was a tedious, time consuming process for Mulvey to select and change background colors using gels. If a color was acceptable to a client, he would then have to address additional creative choices, such as color saturation and intensity, which would take more time. “With the IS3c, you can make very subtle changes once you find something you like,” he said. “There’s no question it saves time.”

Mulvey used one of his Zylight Z90 compact LED lights with built-in ZyLink wireless technology to change the color palette on the IS3c. The Berklee shoot was in a very confined space, so it was easier to make adjustments from across the room using the Z90 as a handheld remote control than to maneuver through the set to adjust the light manually.

Generally, Mulvey uses his IS3c with custom Chimera soft box (produced exclusively for Zylight) as a key light, but the Berklee shoot was not the first time it saved the day with its color capabilities. For another project, a client had requested a white background for an interview – but once the client was on the set, they decided a color wash would be better. With the IS3c, Mulvey was able to accommodate the last-minute change quickly.

Mulvey has had his IS3c for about a year, and said its low profile, low power usage, and low heat are important features. “It never stays behind. The IS3c is always in my truck,” he added. “It’s a great light.”

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.

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FOR-A IBC2013 Press Preview

Stand 2.A51 at Amsterdam RAI, September 13-17

Chessington, UK – FOR-A Corporation announces its plans at the upcoming IBC 2013 show in Amsterdam next month. The company will show its new compact video switcher series (HVS-XT) and the FA-1010 multi-channel frame synchronizer for the first time in Europe. Other product highlights within the company’s IBC booth will be the FA-9520 multipurpose signal processor and the new MINI M/E feature within the HVS-390HS that creates a virtual 6 M/E switcher.

IBC Debuts – HVS-XT Switcher Series and FA-1010 Frame Synchronizer

The new HVS-XT HD/SD compact video switcher series is designed for live events, news studios, OB vans and corporate production. The HVS-XT100 comprises a separate main unit and control panel while the HVS-XT110 is an integrated single-unit design. Both add many new functions to allow users to easily do more with a very cost-effective unit.

The switchers expand on the established HVS-300 switcher’s functions, including mixed HD/SD input, frame synchronization, multi-viewer, re-sizing engines, multiple 2.5D DVEs, transition effects and an extremely high quality chroma key. Standard features also include two freely assignable keyers and two DSK channels that can be applied to Aux outputs.

The HVS-XT includes a built-in Web server enabling adjustment of settings from a PC or a tablet device. The clip memory within the mixer’s two still stores supports complex moves, such as CG wipe, and has extended capacity as standard. The mixer’s event memory stores up to 100 events and users can customize their control panel via dedicated User buttons. Macros are also included to allow more flexible and creative operation.

The HVS-XT100 offers eight HD/SD-SDI inputs, four outputs and one HDMI output, expandable to 14 inputs and six outputs, or 12 inputs and eight outputs that can be freely assigned. The HVS-XT110 is compact and designed for use in small broadcasting vans and flypacks. This unit has 12 HD/SD-SDI inputs and six outputs, plus one HDMI that can be freely assigned.

FA-1010 offer extreme connectivity – 10 sources to 10 outputs

The FA-1010 is the general-purpose multi-channel frame synchronizer. It is equipped with many functions that are required in video production. Notably, it allows asynchronous signal path routing for up to ten channels of video, and up to 160 channels of embedded audio, with clean-cut synchronized outputs – all within a 1RU box.

It supports 3G-SDI and HD/SD-SDI input/output as standard and includes all the usual frame-synchronizer features as well as RGB color correction – as standard. Audio processing offers delay adjustment and re-mapping functions plus a sample-rate converter. Options include analogue component I/O, Dolby E encoder/decoder, loudness control and analogue or AES audio I/O. The analog audio option even allows mic level input with 48V phantom power.

By combining these diverse options, a single unit can provide optimal processing for all scenarios – including transmission, outside broadcast, news reports, production, editing and distribution. Never before has the synchronization of multiple feeds been so cost effective.

MINI M/E update creates virtual 6 M/E switcher

The new MINI M/E, offered as a standard feature of the HVS-390HS 2 M/E switcher, enables the mixer to deliver the power of a virtual 6 M/E switcher. The MINI M/E extension allows the deployment of any aux-bus transition with cuts, mixes or wipes, and to display a keyer complete with DVE functions.

The new tools can be used to create a richer audience experience for broadcast, house of worship, education and corporate video. Examples include supplying an automatic feed to simultaneously display second-language graphics, or, for house-of-worship productions, to deliver graphics or lyrics on side screens independently of the main screens. In studio productions audience monitors can have separate information such as ‘applause!’ instructions, or the cast can have a dedicated on-set monitor feed. All actions can be controlled from an aux bus remote panel, or the main work surface.

The MINI M/E can be independently controlled or operated from a master/slave configuration. It can also follow any bus on 1 or 2 M/Es, allowing easy one-man operation. MINI M/E can be expanded into a half M/E function, to configure the HVS-390HS as a 2.5 M/E mixer. The half M/E can be controlled remotely where a traditional P/P bus mixer is used with up to four DSKs.

FA-9520 – The Dual-channel Processor

The FA-9520 is a dual-channel multipurpose signal processor. It is equipped for a variety of applications in master control, mobile production, post production services, live production, and more.

The FA-9250 is a dual-channel version of the industry-leading FA-9500 processor and it supports 3G-SDI, HD/SD-SDI, and analogue composite I/O. In addition to frame synchronization, it provides up/down/cross/aspect conversion, two channels of full RGB colour correction, logo inserter functions and an automatic video optimizer (AVO) as standard. Numerous options include analog component I/O and Dolby E encoder and decoder. The wealth of features in the FA-9520 can effectively replace many single-purpose processor units – all in a 1RU box. It is a toolbox for almost any video need, and comes with FOR-A’s legendary signal quality and reliability.

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.

Broadcast Pix Extends ‘Sizzling Summer’ Trade-In Program

Promotion Includes Special Incentives for Slate Owners

Billerica, Massachusetts – August 6, 2013 – Broadcast Pix™ today announced it is extending its Sizzling Summer Trade-In Program. Through Aug. 31, 2013, customers who trade in any video production system can receive up to $4,000 toward the purchase of a Broadcast Pix Flint™, Granite™, or Mica™ system.

Broadcast Pix Slate™ customers get special trade-in incentives. In addition to the established discounts toward a new Broadcast Pix system, Slate owners receive a $2,000 discount toward a control panel upgrade, an additional year of warranty coverage, and a choice of free camera control software or Fluent Rapid CG.

“Our latest integrated production systems accommodate cloud-based content, as well as traditional file-based studio content and multiple video camera formats,” said Steve Ellis, Broadcast Pix CEO. “Plus, our systems include a number of built-in features, including a customizable multi-view, Inscriber CG, virtual sets, clip and graphic stores, and external device controls. There’s never been a better time to upgrade to Broadcast Pix.”

Purchase orders for the Sizzling Summer Trade-In Program must be received by Aug. 31, 2013, and trades must be received 45 days after receipt of the new Broadcast Pix product. For full details, visit www.broadcastpix.com.

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

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FUJINON’S Flexible 85-300MM Cabrio Wins Cine Gear Expo Award

The high-quality, lightweight lens awarded within best camera technology category

Wayne, N.J. – FUJIFILM North America Corporation, Optical Devices Division has received a 2013 Cine Gear Expo Technical Award for its PL 85-300mm (model ZK3.5×85) Cabrio lens. Selected at the show by a panel of industry experts, the lens was recognized as the best new product in the camera technology category.

Introduced late last year, the high-performance FUJINON PL 85-300 zoom lens was designed using the latest optical simulation technology, offering exceptional optical performance in both the center of the image and in the corners of the frame. The PL 85-300’s longer lens makes it ideal for professional cinematographers and videographers. The PL 85-300 offers a focal length of 85-220mm at T2.9 and 300mm at T4.0, with 200-degree focus rotation.

“It’s an honor for the PL 85-300 Cabrio to be recognized by Cine Gear Expo as the best in new camera technology,” said Thom Calabro, director, Marketing and Product Development, FUJIFILM North America Corporation, Optical Devices Division. “We pride ourselves on creating only the highest quality optics. Whether you are from a film or video background, the Premier PL Cabrio lenses offer uncompromising quality and an unprecedented level of flexibility to meet the unique demands of high-end productions.”

The lightweight, versatile FUJINON PL 85-300 lens features an exclusive detachable servo drive unit, making it ideal for use as a standard PL lens or as an ENG-style lens. The digital servo’s 16-bit encoding assures operators that all lens data output is extremely accurate. The lens is equipped with flange focal distance adjustment, self-aligning servo drive, a macro function for extreme close-up focus, and coverage of a 31.5mm diagonal sensor. PL 85-300 can be controlled using cinema industry standard wireless controllers, as well as existing FUJINON wired and wireless units.

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 visitwww.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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Univera Improves Communications with New HD Streaming Video System Designed By ABS

SEATAC, WA — Professional video and audio systems integration firm Advanced Broadcast Solutions (ABS) today announced it designed and built an HD video production system for Univera, a Seattle-based direct selling organization that produces and markets health and wellness nutritional supplements. The new system is used to produce videos of meetings and other presentations, which are streamed live to the company’s sales force.

Univera products – including Xtra, its flagship product line – are sold by hundreds of thousands of associates across the United States and Canada, so face-to-face communication is not an efficient method of communication. The new streaming video system allows Univera executives to address more than a roomful of associates at a time. A recent presentation, for example, was shared with dozens of associate groups on the East Coast.

“We’re a relatively small organization. Everything was face-to-face before – it was expensive and time consuming, and we weren’t reaching everybody,” explained Craig Ardis, director of event management. “We wanted to merge the value of live meetings with Web-based broadcasting to reach more associates around the world. This helps us get the message out in a more efficient way.”

Univera’s main auditorium comfortably seats 150 people and includes a small, raised platform for presenters. Apart from a limited sound system, there was no existing infrastructure in place. ABS installed three Panasonic AW-HE60SN HD PTZ cameras, two for the dais and one for audience shots.

The dais was lit using Brightline T-Series fluorescent instruments, and the rest of the lighting in the auditorium was changed so the audience shots would match. Panasonic PT-EZ570U HD projectors were also installed to display PowerPoint presentations and other graphics for the auditorium audience.

A small control room connected to the auditorium was built around a Broadcast Pix Mica 500 integrated production system. It is used as a production switcher, but Univera utilizes a number of integrated features – camera control, built-in Inscriber CG, clip and graphic stores, and multi-view – so presentations can be produced with minimal staff. Three of the four LCD monitors in the control room are Planar PX2230MW 22-inch touchscreens that are used to control the Mica during productions. The fourth is a Panasonic BT-L2150PJ 21.5-inch monitor, which is used as a reference monitor.

The audio system can be run manually or automatically. It features a Mackie DL1608 16-channel wireless mixer with iPad control, Shure ULXD4Q quad-channel digital wireless receiver, and Symetrix Solus 8 audio processing. Footage is captured to an AJA Ki Pro, which feeds an AJA Io XT attached to a MacBook Pro equipped with Telestream Wirecast software for live streaming and webcasting.

Univera’s headquarters also include a large atrium area, which is used during presentations to handle audience overflow. An output from the Broadcast Pix Mica is used to feed a Sharp LC-70LE847U 70-inch AQUOS Quattron LED Smart TV in the atrium.

According to Leighton Hanson, production manager, the new video production system is being used about four times per month, but there are plans to increase usage for internal and external communications. The company is also installing a green screen to utilize Mica’s built-in virtual set technology, and a LifeSize Express 220 HD teleconferencing system, also installed by ABS, will soon add interactivity to presentations.

The project had an aggressive timeline, with a December 2012 start date and the first video presentation scheduled for early January 2013. After considering other vendors, Univera chose ABS to handle the project. Within two weeks, ABS created a plan and was able to get the system functioning for a meeting in early January 2013.

Admittedly, because of the quick turnaround required, Univera did not have a complete strategy in place before ABS began work on the project. The strategy developed during the install; as a result, specifications changed throughout the process. Despite the changes, ABS was able to complete the project on budget.

“We love the system. Without them, we could not have accomplished what we needed,” Hanson added. “ABS knew where we wanted to be and they managed the project very well, especially with all the changes we threw at them.”

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 Fisher Communications, Cowles California Media, Real Networks, Cisco Systems, and Microsoft Studios. For more information, call 206-870-0244 or visit www.advancedbroadcastsolutions.com.

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IBC 2013: Helping Broadcasters Expand Their Audience Base and Increase Ad Revenue is the Focus for International Datacasting

Second Generation of LASERTM Targeted Ad Insertion Platform to Make IBC Debut

Ottawa, ON – Helping TV and radio broadcasters reduce costs, attract new customers, and grow advertising revenue is the primary focus of new technology on display at the International Datacasting (TSX: IDC) booth during the IBC 2013 Show, which takes place at the RAI Amsterdam from September 13-17. IDC will exhibit in Stand 1.C29. Among the products on hand will be IDC’s LASER™ Targeted Ad Insertion Platform; the STAR™ Pro Audio Solution; Digital Cinema Solution, and the Digital Tattoo™ DTH Over IP Gateway for Multi-Dwelling Units.

The second generation of IDC’s LASER Targeted Ad Insertion Platform will make its European debut at IBC 2013. Broadcasters and service providers face licensing, regulatory, and copyright issues that cost them millions of dollars in ad revenues. The LASER platform solves these problems and allows television networks and content distributors to maximize their ad revenues by providing targeted local ad insertion, blackout management, and DVB-S/S2 satellite video reception in one cost-effective platform.

With this system, regional or local content can be inserted at the edge of the network depending upon considerations such as: geographic location, time zone, ethnicity, language, and regulatory issues – significantly increasing the resulting revenue. Broadcasters are no longer constrained by licensing issues which prevent specific content from being shown in a part of the viewing area.

Also making its first appearance in Europe at the IBC show is the second generation of IDC’s popular STAR Pro Audio Solution. STAR provides radio networks with localized ad insertion, helping them to boost revenue and lower operating costs. Its ad and program insertion capability allows operators to send selected ads to specific regions or receivers. Stored audio files can be inserted seamlessly into live or recorded programming. Cost savings can also be realized through shared hub support, which enables multiple radio networks to share one multi-channel receiver instead of deploying several single-channel receivers.

The STAR platform features time-shifting functionality, which allows broadcasters to play the right content at the ideal time. It also requires just 120 kHz space segment for a high quality stereo broadcast, as opposed to 400 kHz for legacy systems, resulting in significant cost savings.

Also on display will be IDC’s complete digital cinema content distribution system. Featuring DVB-S2 technology for high-speed throughput and increased transmission reliability, IDC offers a variety of digital cinema solutions that are tailored to fit customer needs, including SuperFlex Pro Cinema receivers, cache servers and event players. IDC’s SuperFlex Pro Cinema Receivers form the basis of its complete digital cinema content distribution system. The SuperFlex Receiver can decode 3D video and includes Dolby® 3D color correction for digital cinema applications. It can decode HD or SD video encoded with MPEG-2 and MPEG-4 AVC (H.264) with SDI, HD-SDI, HDMI outputs available.

Over 70 percent of satellite-connected digital cinemas throughout the world use IDC’s Digital Cinema Solutions.

IDC’s Digital Tattoo suite of products will also be shown at IBC. The Digital Tattoo platform is designed to enable direct-to-home (DTH) satellite operators to offer IPTV services to residential customers living in Multi-Dwelling Units (MDUs). The solution expands DTH satellite operators’ service offerings and customer base. Since standard Ethernet connectivity is used to deliver content from the gateway to subscribers, additional services such as Internet and Voice over IP may be offered using the same infrastructure. MDU’s can include apartment buildings, gated communities, college campuses and healthcare facilities.

“IBC is a prestigious broadcasting event that draws many key decision makers across the industry from all over the world,” said Doug Lowther, IDC’s president and CEO. “IDC is looking forward to showcasing its innovative, cost-effective content distribution solutions in Amsterdam, connecting with current customers, and building mutually beneficial relationships with our partners.”

About International Datacasting Corporation:

International Datacasting Corporation (TSX: IDC) is a global leader in digital content distribution for the world’s premiere broadcasters in radio, television, data and digital cinema. IDC offers a broad portfolio of advanced solutions including the STAR Pro AudioTM Solution, LASERTM Targeted Ad Insertion Platform, and the Digital TattooTM DTH Over IP Gateway. The company’s products and solutions are in demand for radio and television networks, targeted ad insertion, digital cinema, 3D live events, satellite news gathering, sports contribution, VOD, and IPTV. IDC is headquartered in Ottawa, Canada, with regional offices in Arnhem, the Netherlands and in San Diego, California. The company has installations in over 100 countries and service offices in Thailand and Singapore, and an international network of value-added partners and resellers. For more information visit:www.datacast.com.

LEVA Conference to Focus on Forensic Photography

(MIDLOTHIAN, TEX.) – The Law Enforcement and Emergency Services Video Association (LEVA) will offer comprehensive forensic photography training during the 2013 LEVA Digital Multimedia Evidence Training Symposium, which runs Sept. 9-13 at the Crown Plaza Hotel in Asheville, N.C. The three-day seminar, “Forensic Photography for IAI Certification,” will teach basic and advanced techniques to improve crime scene photography, as well as provide the skills needed to successfully complete the practical portion of the International Association for Identification Forensic Photography Certification.

“Proper photographic techniques are important regardless of the significance of the scene,” explained Ann Mallot of the Kansas City Police Crime Laboratory, one of two instructors for the course. “Photos are the ‘silent witness’ to the crime scene. They may record information that doesn’t necessarily seem important at the time, but can reveal the ‘smoking gun’ as the investigation develops.”

Mallot has worked in forensic photography and forensic video analysis for more than 15 years, and is the chair of the IAI Forensic Photography and Imaging Certification Board. She will be joined by Sgt. David T. Gamble of the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office, who retired in 2012 after a 21-year career processing crime scenes with a specialty in forensic photography.

“Some of the most common mistakes that inexperienced forensic photographers make are due to not understanding the concepts of photography from a professional standpoint,” Mallot explained. “For example, photographers will take a picture of an item of evidence, but not have any photos showing where it is in relation to the scene or the victim’s body.”

“Forensic Photography for IAI Certification” runs Sept. 11-13 and fulfills 24 hours toward LEVA certification. Participants will need a DSLR camera with external flash and flash cord, along with a tripod or similar camera support and various types of scales. (Laptops are encouraged as well for downloading images.) Enrollment is limited, and the LEVA conference fee does not cover the IAI certification application fee.

LEVA’s 24th annual conference offers 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. 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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