A virtual press conference from Sound & Video Contractor

Archive by Robin Hoffman

Vizrt provides Lockheed Martin interactive big data visualization tools

Vizrt has collaborated with Lockheed Martin to develop a solution that visualizes big data in an interactive platform called the Multi-Touch Executive Dashboard (MED). To graphically visualize big data, MED combines Lockheed Martin’s real-time data asset management software, Microsoft’s Perceptive Pixel displays, and Vizrt’s Viz Artist for 3D modeling, animation, and graphics creation, and Viz Engine for real-time 3D graphics visualization and rendering at resolutions of up to 4K.

The first large-scale big data visualization implemented is Lockheed Martin’s MED-E (Multi-Touch Executive Dashboard for Energy), designed to graphically illustrate layers of high-volume information about the status of energy resources, distribution, and supply. For example, WindOptimizer is a MED-E suite of cloud-based services that provide real-time sensor data, including weather forecast prediction and wind energy supplies, so that wind farms, power companies, and other energy companies can provide for more cost-efficient wind resource management.

Vizrt R&D teams in Europe along with designers and support in the United States worked closely with Lockheed Martin to design a system that had to meet a high-standard of quality for data visualization while at the same time be very flexible in its application. This allows for a wide range of industries to be able to utilize the product and have it customized for their specific needs.

“In developing the MED-E platform, we wanted to push the boundaries of Viz Artist and Viz Engine as a powerful live data harvester and interactive visualization platform,” said Petter Ole Jakobsen, Vizrt’s CTO, based in Bergen, Norway. “For MED-E, we’re taking multiple silos of data sources and coalescing them into one final, scalable, big picture visualization representing all these different data layers. And we are doing it live when live data is available.”

The MED platform interface allows multiple users to select icons that bring up multiple graphics and visual elements that they can then manipulate and interact with on Perceptive Pixel’s 82-inch LCD display. Viz Artist was chosen for use in the MED and MED-E visualization platforms because its 64-bit environment features advanced data gathering tools and plugins. The plugins allow designers to integrate custom logic easily into a scene, creating interactive elements such as click buttons or support for touchscreens. And, as a powerful rendering engine, Viz Engine is used as the complete graphics and video layer for applications requiring high-fidelity, low latency content and interactivity.

“The MED platform can also be adapted to a wide range of vertical markets—such as medical imaging, military defense, energy exploration, geo-intelligence, and business information/intelligence systems and supply chain analytics—where knowledge workers need to make timely decisions based upon their understanding of relevant big data,” said Matt Kier, principal project engineer for Lockheed Martin. “Lockheed Martin and Vizrt have worked together on several projects and our relationship has been mutually beneficial. The Vizrt development teams in Norway, Austria, Thailand, and across the globe have helped us develop a platform that is easily integrated for our international customers, visually intuitive and tailored for any customer language.”

“This collaboration with Lockheed Martin is incredibly exciting,” added Jakobsen. “Together we’re developing a solution to one of today’s most complex problems, that of capturing, harnessing, and managing big data using a very user-friendly, interactive, 3D graphics-rich data visualization platform.”

About Lockheed Martin:

Headquartered in Bethesda, Md., Lockheed Martin is a global security and aerospace company that employs about 116,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration, and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products, and services. The corporation’s net sales for 2012 were $47.2 billion.

About Vizrt:

Vizrt provides real-time 3D graphics and asset management tools for the broadcast industry – from award-winning animations and 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.

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

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

Zylight F8 LED Fresnel Receives STAR Award from TV Technology Europe at IBC 2013

LOS ANGELES – Zylight, a leading manufacturer of innovative LED lighting solutions, has won a STAR Award from the editorial team of TV Technology Europe for its new F8 LED Fresnel. Ideal for studio or location work, the unique F8 folds flat – collapsing to less than four inches thick – for easy transport and storage.

Designed to celebrate and showcase the preeminent technological innovations available to the broadcast industry, the STAR (Superior Technology Award Recipient) Awards were chosen by TV Technology Europe’s editors and writers and presented at IBC 2013 earlier this month. The F8 was one of only 25 products to earn a STAR Award. The magazine is published by NewBay Media.

“STAR awards are given to interesting new products that help a user save money or accomplish a task in an easier way,” said Mark Hallinger, editor, TV Technology Europe. “The products selected help advance the industry – some were chosen because of technical novelty or innovation, some because they filled an important gap in the production or transmission chain, and some because they were just cool products.”

“We want to thank the TV Technology Europe team for honoring our new F8 with a STAR Award,” said Joe Arnao, president. “It’s a better choice than an HMI for run-and-gun ENG shooting, and costs much less to operate than traditional Fresnels in the studio.”

Available in tungsten (3200K) or daylight (5600K) versions, the F8 maintains single shadow traditional Fresnel beam shaping through an eight-inch SCHOTT glass lens, and offers a patented focusing system for spot and flood operations. With a CRI (color rendering index) up to 97 or better, the fully dimmable F8 offers and adjustable beam spread (16-70 degrees) for even coverage for widescreen productions.

The F8’s LED engine with quantum dot technology provides a cooler, more energy efficient light than traditional Fresnel instruments, but does not compromise performance. While it draws only 100 watts, it has close to the light output of a traditional 1000-watt Fresnel. It is also water resistant (IP54) for use in challenging location conditions, and can be powered by a worldwide AC adapter or standard 14.4V camera battery.

Like other Zylight models, the F8 is also equipped with ZyLink wireless technology, which makes it easy to link multiple Zylights for simultaneous remote control. As a result, several F8s can be grouped together and linked for unique lighting scenarios. The F8 can also be controlled via DMX.

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

ABOUT ZYLIGHT LLC

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

DP Jon Nelson Pairs New FUJINON Cabrio Cine-Style Lens with Sony CineAlta Camera for 4K Resolution Shoots

FUJINON PL 19-90 Cabrio/T2.9 (ZK4.7×19) lens offers superior picture quality and zoom capabilities in a compact package

Wayne, N.J. – FUJIFILM North America Corporation, Optical Devices Division has announced that Director of Photography (DP) Jon Nelson, owner of Production Hero in Orange County, CA, recently acquired a new FUJINON PL 19-90 Cabrio (Model ZK4.7×19) Premier PL Mount cinema-style zoom lens, which he paired with a new Sony PMW-F55 CineAlta 4K digital cinema camera.As a professional DP who shoots all types of advertising and marketing video projects, including commercials and Web media, Nelson upgraded his lens of choice at the same time as purchasing the Sony camera.

“Once I decided to move up to a 4K camera, I needed to have better glass,” said Nelson. “While image quality is without question extremely important, I decided to buy this particular camera and lens because they offer very beneficial operational and logistical advantages.”

Nelson often has to pack up his camera gear on short notice to fly to production locations around the U.S., and sometimes even shoot in two different cities in one day. Since he flies on commercial aircraft, he is wary of checking many heavy bags because it adds to travel costs. When he arrives on-location, he wants to set up his camera gear as quickly as possible and minimize lens changes to save time.

“Every time you need to change a lens, that’s time away from shooting, lighting, or talking to the director,” said Nelson. “With Cabrio’s 19-90mm focal range, I don’t have to interrupt the shoot for lens changes as often. Saving time is especially valuable since I work on jobs with smaller crews and very tight deadlines. With its compact, lightweight package, the Cabrio is also very easy to transport and set-up.”

“I shoot a lot of interviews where the subject is between eight to 15 feet away from the camera,” said Nelson “Doing critical focusing in 4K in low light situations can be extremely frustrating with a zoom lens with a focus ring that doesn’t rotate much in the critical 8’ to 15’ range. The Cabrio is an exception because the focus ring rotation gives you ample ability to focus the lens for critical 4K focusing, and the barrel markings are extremely accurate. The features on this lens just make my life a lot easier.”

The PL 19-90 Cabrio (Model ZK4.7×19) features an exclusive detachable servo drive unit, making it suitable for use as a standard cine PL Mount lens or as an ENG-style lens. Nelson prefers to shoot with the handgrip on the lens. Having the handgrip and zoom motor built into the lens—and no need for external zoom motor hardware and cabling—were other key factors leading to his purchase of the lens.

With the longest focal range of any lightweight zoom and a T2.9 aperture, the PL 19-90 Cabrio lens covers a 31.5mm size sensor on a digital cinema style camera, such as the Sony PMW-F55. The F55, which has a 35mm CMOS sensor, can record 4K/2K/HD simultaneously onto an internal recorder as well as 4K/2K onto an external RAW recorder. Nelson said that shooting multiple formats simultaneously is important because his clients increasingly want an immediate compressed version of the footage, so they can start rough cutting it right away, but then take the 4K resolution into post-production.

When Nelson went to the 2013 NAB Show to look at 4K cameras and lenses, he admits that the Cabrio wasn’t on his short list: “As an owner/operator, it’s a big deal to spend more money than you budgeted for equipment, but I just wasn’t happy with the choices in my price range. I was very close to buying another brand lens when I choose to take another look at the Cabrio. When I realized the features and functionality I’d be getting with the Cabrio and Sony F55, I decided to go for it, and now I’m really glad I did. I’ve even been able to take projects I would’ve turned down as a result of having this exceptional camera gear.”

About Fujifilm
FUJIFILM North America Corporation, a marketing subsidiary of FUJIFILM Holdings America Corporation consists of four operating divisions and one subsidiary company. The Imaging Division provides consumer and commercial photographic products and services, including: photographic paper; digital printing equipment, along with service and support; personalized photo products; film; and one-time-use cameras; and also markets motion picture archival film and on-set color management solutions to the motion picture, broadcast and production industries. The Electronic Imaging Division markets consumer digital cameras, and the Graphic Systems Division supplies products and services to the graphic printing industry. The Optical Devices Division provides optical lenses for the broadcast, cinematography, closed circuit television, videography and industrial markets, and also markets binoculars. FUJIFILM Canada Inc. sells and markets a range of Fujifilm products and services in Canada. For more information, please visit www.fujifilmusa.com/northamerica, go to www.twitter.com/fujifilmus to follow Fujifilm on Twitter, or go to www.facebook.com/FujifilmNorthAmerica to Like Fujifilm on Facebook. To receive news and information direct from Fujifilm via RSS, subscribe at www.fujifilmusa.com/rss.

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

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

All product and company names herein may be trademarks of their registered owners.

###

FUJIFILM Optical Devices Division, 10 High Point Drive, Wayne, New Jersey 07470. Phone: 973-633-5600. Fax: 973-633-5216. Web site: www.FUJINON.com

Digg Syndication Del.icio.us Syndication Google Syndication MyYahoo Syndication Reddit Syndication

Related Topics: News, Product Applications |

FUJINON Sets a New Standard in Optical Technology with 55X Zoom Lens, Ideal for Large Venue Sports, Concerts and Live Events

New XA55x9.5 telephoto zoom showcased at the 2013 IBC show

Wayne, N.J. – FUJIFILM North America Corporation, Optical Devices Division unveiled its latest offering, the FUJINON XA55x9.5 HDTV Telephoto Box Style lens at IBC this year. First shown as a preliminary model at NAB in April, the new XA55x9.5 lens is designed for large venues that require tight shots from long distances.

Like the popular XA50x9.5, this lens is available with a built-in lens support bracket for mounting on an ENG-style camera. Removing the need for additional camera lens support increases the cost efficiency of this lens.

Also built-in to the new XA55x is optical image stabilization. This is standard on the lens, making it ideal for any application where the camera operator must maintain a rock steady close up shot for long periods, such as sporting events, houses of worship, corporate presentations, or concerts.

With the end of analog broadcasting in the US, Europe and Japan, and the shift to digital in emerging economies, this lens fills a sweet spot in Fujinon’s complete line of 2/3” studio/field lenses. With a focal length from 9.5 to 525mm (or 19.0 to 1050mm with a 2x extender), this zoom offers outstanding performance in the most challenging environments. In addition, its 16-bit encoder outputs zoom, focus position and other lens data – allowing it to combine CGI seamlessly with live images.

The lens also provides a host of practical features including proprietary Digital Quick Zoom and a detachable DigiPower servo drive for remote control of zoom, focus and iris with 130-bit accuracy. As with all its acclaimed broadcast and film lenses, Fujinon combines the latest optical simulation technology with fast T-stops, quality coatings, exact color reproduction, flare rejection and transparency.

About Fujifilm
FUJIFILM North America Corporation, a marketing subsidiary of FUJIFILM Holdings America Corporation consists of four operating divisions and one subsidiary company. The Imaging Division provides consumer and commercial photographic products and services, including: photographic paper; digital printing equipment, along with service and support; personalized photo products; film; and one-time-use cameras; and also markets motion picture archival film and on-set color management solutions to the motion picture, broadcast and production industries. The Electronic Imaging Division markets consumer digital cameras, and the Graphic Systems Division supplies products and services to the graphic printing industry. The Optical Devices Division provides optical lenses for the broadcast, cinematography, closed circuit television, videography and industrial markets, and also markets binoculars. FUJIFILM Canada Inc. sells and markets a range of Fujifilm products and services in Canada. For more information, please visit www.fujifilmusa.com/northamerica, go to www.twitter.com/fujifilmus to follow Fujifilm on Twitter, or go to www.facebook.com/FujifilmNorthAmerica to Like Fujifilm on Facebook. To receive news and information direct from Fujifilm via RSS, subscribe at www.fujifilmusa.com/rss.

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

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

All product and company names herein may be trademarks of their registered owners.

Broadway Systems Welcomes James J. Ackerman as Executive Chairman

Grand Rapids, Mich. – Broadway Systems, the leading provider of advertising management software for cable networks, announced that James J. Ackerman has joined the company as executive chairman, effective Sept. 3.

Ackerman has extensive executive experience leading software and advanced media companies. As president and CEO of Documentary Channel, he led the company into sustainable profitability that resulted in the sale of the company to Participant Media in July 2012. Previously, during his tenure as president and CEO of OpenTV Corp., he led the company through a change in control ownership, the acquisition and integration of two publically traded competitors, and the transition of the company from a pure software vendor to a leading provider of advanced interactive television technologies, applications, and services.

While serving as CEO of British Interactive Broadcasting, Ackerman was responsible for the launch of the world’s first comprehensive interactive television service as part of Sky Digital. He also served as managing director of Sky Ventures, vice president of international business development at A&E Television Networks, vice president of program development for Hearst Entertainment, director of original programming for The Family Channel, and account supervisor at Grey Advertising.

“We are thrilled to have James join the board of Broadway Systems and to assume the position of executive chairman,” said Chris Noe, board director of Broadway Systems. “He brings an intimate knowledge of Broadway’s cable network customers and an outstanding track record in media technology. We are very excited he is assuming the leadership role of our company, and confident he will extend Broadway’s current leadership position.”

“Broadway has experienced excellent growth over the past several years, offers a remarkable end-to-end advertising management platform, and is bolstered by a team that delivers great results for our clients,” Ackerman said. “The cable television landscape is changing rapidly, and I look forward to helping Broadway respond to these changes with innovative, best of breed technologies and services. Today, Broadway has an outstanding solution designed to help our clients more effectively and efficiently manage their advertising proposal and deal management needs, as well as the central nervous system needed to traffic any cable TV network.”

Ackerman is based in Beverly Hills, Calif., and can be contacted at (310) 844-8953 or via e-mail at james.ackerman@broadwaysystems.com.

About Broadway Systems

Since 2002, Broadway Systems has collaborated with cable networks to engineer a contemporary and fully integrated programming, sales, traffic, stewardship, and billing software system. Today, this platform manages more than $3 billion in advertising revenues for top 20 rated cable networks as well as startups. Broadway Systems offers cable networks a strategic alternative to existing vendors, one that is dedicated to their business and keeps pace with the changing needs of this dynamic industry. Find out more at www.broadwaysystems.com.

Digg Syndication Del.icio.us Syndication Google Syndication MyYahoo Syndication Reddit Syndication

Related Topics: Company Announcements, News |

IBC 2013: Vizrt demoing graphics systems exclusively on HP workstations and monitors

At the IBC Show, taking place from September 12-17, 2013, Vizrt is demoing its graphics products using HP high-performance and visualization workstations and monitors exclusively at its booth, Hall 7/Stand A10, in the RAI Convention Center in Amsterdam.

“Based on our long, rewarding relationship with HP, all of our product displays and demonstrations at IBC will be running on HP workstations, servers, and monitors,” said Gerhard Lang, Chief Engineering Officer for Vizrt. “HP desktop computing hardware is the proven, trusted solution for our customers’ demanding, mission-critical, real-time media and graphics applications.”

At its booth, Vizrt is using a wide range of HP high-performance computing products including 85 workstations, 30 monitors, and several servers. HP ProLiant DL 380p Gen 8 servers—with Intel XEON E5 2640 2.5 GHz of processing power, 16 GB of RAM, and a Matrox G200 video card, will be used to run the IP-based Viz Engine, Viz Map Server, Viz Content Pilot server, Viz Media Engine video transcoder server, and Viz Media Engine Online live transcoder.

Of the 85 workstations, Vizrt is using a mix of HP Z820 and HP Z420 workstations primarily to run Viz Engine systems, while 20 HP Z420 workstations will run other systems including the Viz Trio live graphics generator, Viz Content Pilot, Viz Weather, Viz Multichannel, and the Viz Artist real-time 3D modeling and animation tool. The HP Z820 desktop workstation has Intel XEON E5-2643 3.3 GHz four-core processing with 8 GB of DDR3 and one terabyte of HDD capacity. The HP Z420 mini-tower has the XEON E5-1600 or E5-2600 series with up to eight-core and 3.6 GHz processing power. The Vizrt exhibit is also using a mix of 30 high-resolution HP LED and LCD Z displays to showcase imagery coming from Vizrt graphics and video systems.

On Saturday, September 14 at 5pm, Vizrt and HP are looking forward to meeting visitors at the Vizrt IBC booth. Norwegian cuisine, including Aquavit (a traditional drink in Norway) and Fenalor (a popular, Norwegian dried meat dish.) will give a warm reception.

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

IDC Signs Landmark Agreement with DSAT Cinema To Encourage Expansion and Development of Digital Cinema Satellite Technology

Ottawa, ON – In a landmark, long term agreement that signals future development and expansion for the digital cinema industry, International Datacasting (TSX: IDC) is pleased to announce that DSAT Cinema has committed to ordering over 1,000 of IDC’s SuperFlex® Pro Video Receivers. These receivers will be installed throughout Europe over the coming years. The multi-year deal with DSAT Cinema reinforces IDC’s position as the clear frontrunner for digital cinema satellite technology in Europe and worldwide.

DSAT Cinema is the Eutelsat and dcinex™ joint venture company specializing in satellite delivery of films and live events. Since its inception last year, DSAT Cinema has used IDC’s end-to-end technology solutions to deliver more than 300 films and 50 live broadcasts, from iconic locations that include New York’s Metropolitan Opera, Moscow’s Bolshoi Theatre and the Royal Opera House in London. From a breathtaking concert of Robbie Williams broadcast live from Estonia, or the latest Hollywood blockbuster film downloaded in a few hours half a world away in over 1,000 cities in Europe, IDC and DSAT Cinema are delivering enhanced access to global entertainment by employing cutting edge satellite distribution technology for digital cinema content.

“We believe a mutually strong partnership with IDC plays a critical role in the success of our expansion plans to bring smart, cost-effective solutions to cinemas via satellite, virtually anywhere in Europe,” said Fabrice Testa, CEO of DSAT Cinema.

IDC’s SuperFlex Pro Video XTR Receiver is an integrated, one-box solution, unrivaled by competitors who still require multiple pieces of equipment to provide the same level of service. The IDC receiver fully integrates with DSAT Cinema’s existing IDC headend equipment located in France and Italy. This compact receiver is the only product to include a video decoder, file receiver and storage in one device. All IDC receivers are controlled from the DSAT Cinema network operations center to ensure fast and secure delivery of the content. The digital content distribution technology is further streamlined with IDC handling all of the hardware and software needs. By allowing Digital Cinema Package (DCP) file delivery, plus normal live events in 2D or 3D on two different satellite carriers at the same time, IDC’s receiver can decrease capital expenditures significantly.

As a pioneer in satellite-based DCP and 3D live event delivery with more than a decade of experience, IDC is a trusted supplier to the world’s leading digital cinema content distributors. At present, more than 4,000 IDC Digital Cinema receivers are deployed on six continents. 70% of satellite-connected digital cinemas worldwide rely on IDC’s technology.

Creating an innovative and collaborative partnership encourages IDC to stay at the competitive edge of advanced digital cinema technology for the long term. At the same time, DSAT Cinema can expand on a high quality network using IDC solutions they already know and trust. Together these two leaders in the digital cinema satellite industry can stay focused on bringing leading end-to-end solutions anywhere in Europe, while incurring minimal risk.

“Our long term relationship with DSAT Cinema is the kind of partnership we like to have with our customers,” said Doug Lowther, CEO of IDC. “This alliance also supports our plans to continue developing and enhancing IDC’s advanced digital cinema content distribution technology.”

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.

About DSAT Cinema:

With over 1,000 cinemas under contract, DSAT Cinema, a joint-venture between Eutelsat and dcinex™, deploys and controls the leading European network for cinema distribution via satellite. DSAT Cinema is the solution chosen by most distributors for the dematerialized delivery of digital films and by providers of alternative content for the distribution of their live 2D and 3D events. Thanks to the satellite expertise of Eutelsat and the operational support of dcinex™ and OpenSky, DSAT Cinema has set up a vast cinema delivery network infrastructure comprising capacity on two satellites, two teleports and a Network Operations Centre, a multilingual hotline, and a logistical back-up service by hard disks. With over 550 films already delivered and over 300 broadcast live, DSAT Cinema has become the leading pan-European reference for the electronic delivery of content to cinemas. For more info visit www.dsatcinema.com

Contact: Fabrice Testa * +352 691 21 69 69 * fabrice.testa@dsatcinema.com

PESA Offers New UHDTV1 Routing Switcher, Retrofit Kits for Europe’s Growing 4K Market

Huntsville, Alabama – In response to Europe’s rapidly growing interest in 4K and ultra-high definition production solutions, PESA, a leading custom design and manufacturing company for professional audio and video signal distribution, is introducing the new Cheetah 4K 16×16 routing switcher and retrofit UHDTV/4K expansion kits for Cheetah 3 Gbps systems. Built on PESA’s proven Cheetah digital video routing platform and utilizing the company’s easyPORT converter module technology, the new 4K routing switcher provides UHDTV1 video distribution up to 600m for 2160p50/60, 10-bit 4:2:2 SDI signals. The retrofit kits provide a simple plug-and-play upgrade solution for current 3G-SDI Cheetah routers.

“Unlike when HDTV was introduced, the European market appears to be more of an early adopter with ultra-high definition television systems,” said Chuck Tillett, president and COO of PESA. “In fact, the ITU has already approved a 4K standard for international program exchange. PESA has developed easyPORT and Cheetah 4K products so production houses can upgrade existing infrastructures to support UHD’s more data-intense workflows.”

Taking up only 4 RU, the compact Cheetah 4K 16×16 router provides all the necessary control elements neatly placed internal to the 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. For mission critical, real-time on-air, and 24/7 operations, redundant power and control modules can be added without using additional rack space. The router 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.

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. The 4K I/O card is a direct drop-in replacement for the standard 16-channel HD/3G SDI card found in current Cheetah frames.

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. For example, the EASY-4KX1F can transport four BNC inputs from a UHDTV source to the router via a single wire interface and switch the output via 4x fiber, 4x BNC, or 1x CWDM fiber. The EASY-1FX4K module can extend four 3 Gbps output signals over a single wire CWDM fiber up to 600m and convert back to BNCs.

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 an additional 80m using the built-in equalizing and reclocking circuits in each easyPORT module. Both UHDTV1 (3840×2160) and DCI 4K (4096×2160) are supported, and the router can mix and match between 4K CWDM and traditional copper or fiber I/O in the frame. The compact easyPORT utility switchers can be rack mounted with an optional 1 RU frame that holds up to four media converters, or they can be installed with an optional under-the-table mounting plate.

Any size Cheetah 3G-SDI routing switcher can be retrofitted with the new Cheetah 4K I/O card system by replacing any existing 16 channel I/O card set and reconfiguring the software to accept the new 4K cards. Once the control software is configured for 4K, the router system can run both 4K and 3G-SDI signals in parallel.

Each easyPORT 4K media module includes Ethernet connectivity for control and configuration, which makes it easy to pre-configure the router to alternatively accept individual 3G-SDI, 2K, and other SMPTE-compliant formats. 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.

PESA has a number of channel partners throughout Europe. For more information or to find a regional dealer, visit www.pesa.com.

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.

IBC 2013: Vizrt introduces live virtual sports enhancements and remote/studio integration solutions

At IBC 2013, Vizrt, booth 7.A10, will showcase several new solutions for sports broadcasters to enhance their live sports coverage with virtual graphics as well as analyze key plays of the match.

Image-based camera tracking for live sports enhancements

Vizrt will demonstrate a new live image-based camera tracking technology and integration with its live sports enhancement product Viz Arena. Based on state-of-the-art image processing technology that is also applied in Vizrt’s sports analysis system Viz Libero, Viz Arena tracks cameras in real-time based on a clean video feed. This makes it possible to apply graphics to the field without the need of mechanical tracking heads. Live sports enhancements include virtual advertisements, distance measurements, record lines, player pointers, team badges, or starting grids. Replay effects are possible using the new EVS integration.

The Harvester – Bridging studio and remote

Another new Vizrt technology showcased at IBC is the Harvester: A component that enables studio access to multi-angle footage of a live production, seamlessly integrated with Viz Libero, Viz Engine, and Viz Media Engine in the broadcast center. The Harvester allows events to be logged of a sport game together with the desired camera angles – from the stands, the studio, or from home using a tablet or mobile device. Multi-angle footage will then be instantly encoded and transferred to the studio where it is directly ingested into Viz Libero for rapid and synchronized processing of 3D analysis. Multi-angle data can also be smoothly used by other Vizrt applications, such as Viz Engine for enhanced, multi-angle interactive highlights shows, or for archiving the multi-angle data with Viz Media Engine. As a one-box solution in a fully automatic workflow, the Harvester can be easily integrated into any existing OB truck.

Virtual Presenter

The Virtual Presenter will be part of the Viz Virtual Studio demonstration at IBC. The Virtual Presenter places your talent among the players and action on the field of a sport analysis clip and as a unique solution for interactive and immersive post-game shows. It is easily implemented on top of an existing Viz Engine and Viz Libero installation and creates a new way for presenters to be literally on the pitch with the players.

Interactive studio solution for World Cup 2014

The World Cup 2014 in Brazil is fast approaching and at IBC 2013, Vizrt will display an interactive package that covers all aspects of a studio show for the tournament. An interactive Viz Artist scene will be controlled from a touchscreen and iPad and will include pre-game elements like team formations and stadium maps for Brazil, in-game content, such as highlight and analysis clips with telestration, post-game elements like player and team statistics, and the tournament schedule. A series of 3D World Cups stadiums, created by Vizrt partner Rakete, will be part of the Viz Virtual Studio presentation. The complete set of scenes on display at IBC are available for broadcasters to use and are easily customized for a unique look and feel.

Latest sports analysis enhancements

Vizrt will present the new features and workflow improvements in Viz Libero. Viz Libero now offers Virtual SloMo, which uses an advanced image-based algorithm to generate ultra-slow motion (up to 1500 fps) footage rather than relying on high-speed camera systems. Virtual SloMo and other Viz Libero 3D replay tools can be used on any live camera image or remote video feed. Viz Libero also includes in-game 3D virtual sports toolsets geared to motorsports, tennis, cricket, field hockey as well as Australian football. The system already supports many others, such as football, American football, ice hockey, baseball, basketball, and volleyball.

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

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

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

Patriot League Launches Online Sports Network with JVC GY-HM600 ProHD Cameras

WAYNE, NJ – JVC Professional Products Company, a division of JVC Americas Corp., today announced that the Patriot League, a Division 1 conference with sponsored championship competition in 24 sports, has purchased 30 JVC GY‑HM600 ProHD cameras as part of 10 portable video production systems to stream live coverage of sporting events from its member schools to its digital network, in partnership with Campus Insiders.

Established in 1986, the Patriot League includes 10 full members and three associate members. It has been streaming sports coverage for seven years, but had limited digital rights and only produced about 150 events per year. This year, armed with a more consolidated rights package and custom-built, multi-camera HD production systems for each full member school, the league will stream nearly 250 live home games in the fall from a variety of men and women’s sports, including football, basketball, field hockey, volleyball, and soccer.

Designed and built by Applied Video Technology, a systems integrator based in Malvern, Penn., each “VidCaster 455” system is anchored by three GY-HM600 cameras and a NewTek TriCaster 455 integrated production system. “We designed the VidCaster 455 to be a self-contained HD production system that’s easy to transport and set up,” Bruce MacLelland, owner of AVT. “We think the JVC GY-HM600 is perfect for the Patriot League. It’s affordable, works well as studio configs or as a handheld, and has a built-in 23x zoom lens that’s a great choice for sports.”

According to Richard Wanninger, Patriot League senior associate executive director, the new systems were deployed starting in mid-August, and the new site, www.campusinsiders.com/network/patriot_league, went live on Aug. 26. “We are excited to have the opportunity to get cameras of this quality,” said Wanninger. “For action footage, it’s unbelievable. We are able to capture the action better than we could in the past, especially with the zoom features.”

Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Penn., produced the inaugural live event using a new VidCaster 455 system, providing coverage of its women’s soccer season opener, a 3-0 victory over Rider University, on Aug. 23. Prior to the VidCaster 455 system, Bucknell had relied on Canon GL2 mini-DV cameras for game coverage.

Doug Birdsong, the radio/TV coordinator at Bucknell University, reported very positive reactions from viewers and staff following the first production using the new JVC cameras. “There was no comparison. The picture quality – it just blew everyone away,” he said. “With sports, the action happens so quickly. The zoom is incredible. It’s fast and you don’t get a fuzzy image. All I could say was, ‘Wow.’”

The Bucknell crew kept its GY-HM600s on tripods for the first production, but has already added handheld footage to football coverage. With its built-in BNC connector for SDI output, the camera is ideal for mobile sideline shooting, Birdsong said.

The GY-HM600 features three, 1/3-inch CMOS sensors that deliver excellent sensitivity in low light, which was put to the test during Bucknell’s first production. The soccer field was not evenly lit – one end of the field was noticeably darker – but Birdsong said there were no significant issues with contrast between the cameras.

Beyond game coverage, the new JVC cameras are being used to produce highlight and feature packages. The Patriot League purchased an additional GY-HM600, housed at the league’s main offices in Center Valley, Penn., to produce clips on student athletes and alumni throughout the year. Member schools are producing their own packages as well.

With its .MOV native file recording and use of non-proprietary SDHC or SDXC media cards, the GY-HM600 has ushered in a tapeless ENG workflow for Bucknell. Birdsong said post production is much easier now, as he can quickly access clips from Final Cut Pro without transcoding.

“There are just a lot more features with the JVC GY-HM600,” he added. “Particularly for what we were hoping to do, it offers the best solution for the schools in the Patriot League.”

“The Patriot League features tremendous student athletes and programs, and we are proud to be partnering with them,” said Crowley Sullivan, general manager of Campus Insiders. “This is a great match of college sports content and Campus Insiders’ distribution platforms that will enable us to best serve the fans of the Patriot League and its member schools.”

ABOUT THE PATRIOT LEAGUE

The Patriot League continually demonstrates that student-athletes can excel at both academics and athletics without sacrificing its high standards. The Patriot League’s athletic success is achieved while its member institutions remain committed to its founding principle of admitting and graduating student-athletes that are academically representative of their class. Participation in athletics at Patriot League institutions is viewed as an important component of a well-rounded education. Starting on July 1, 2013, the Patriot League full membership is be comprised of American University, Boston University, Bucknell University, Colgate University, College of the Holy Cross, Lafayette College, Lehigh University, Loyola University Maryland, United State Military Academy and United States Naval Academy. In addition, Fordham and Georgetown are associate football members, and Georgetown and Massachusetts Institute of Technology are associate women’s rowing members.

ABOUT AVT

Since 1996, Applied Video Technology, Inc.’s philosophy has been very simple – find the best digital media solution that meets our customer’s needs; take the time to understand our customer’s application; find the right equipment; design a system that uses that equipment to its fullest potential; integrate that system correctly the first time. Our staff has over 150 years of combined experience in providing quality editing suites, conference rooms, broadcast television facilities, private TV digital signage networks, and everything in between. Find out more at www.appliedvideo.com.

ABOUT JVC PROFESSIONAL PRODUCTS COMPANY

Headquartered in Wayne, New Jersey, JVC Professional Products Company is a division of JVC Americas Corp., a wholly-owned subsidiary of JVC Kenwood Corporation. JVC is a leading manufacturer and distributor of broadcast and professional video and audio equipment, D-ILA front projection systems, and Super LoLux HD video security products. For further product information, visit JVC’s Web site at http://pro.jvc.com or call (800) 582-5825.

About

Stay up to date on the latest technology news. Select press representatives post company news several times a day. Check back often to get the latest news on product releases, mergers and acquisitions, and product applications. To be included in this virtual press conference, please contact The Wire.

Calendar

September 2014
M T W T F S S
« Aug    
1234567
891011121314
15161718192021
22232425262728
2930  

Your Account

Subscribe

Subscribe to RSS Feed

Subscribe to MyYahoo News Feed

Subscribe to Bloglines

Google Syndication