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PESA Xstream Multi-Path IP Streaming Appliance Among PESA Product Highlights at GV Expo

Huntsville, Alabama – PESA, a leading U.S.-based custom design and manufacturing company for professional audio and video signal distribution, will showcase the PESA Xstream multi-path IP streaming appliance at Government Video Expo 2013 (Booth 719), which runs Dec. 4-5 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. The company will also showcase its new easyPORT™ modules for HDMI transport, Vidblox 2K DVI dual link extenders, and 4K routing switcher.

In addition, retired Col. John T. Wright, PESA senior vice president, sales and business development, will present “Unified Capabilities Requirements – Video Distribution Systems in DoD Environments” as part of the Pro Media Conference at GV Expo on Dec. 4 at 3 p.m. “The UCR is in place so Department of Defense agencies can equip with confidence, knowing that products have been tested and approved by the Joint Interoperability Test Command,” he explained. “My session will provide a basic understanding of the process, as well as some helpful hints for properly preparing a technical scope of work.”

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

“With its synchronized, high-quality video and audio and a low cost per stream, PESA Xstream has caught the attention of government agencies and a number of other vertical markets,” Wright said. “PESA Xstream is already part of VIQ Infinit, a digital media capture and management platform from VIQ Solutions for court systems, and we are working with developers who are tailoring the user experience for other specific applications.”

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

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

Four new easyPORT™ compact switching throw-down boxes make it easy to integrate HDMI sources into video transport. 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. The EASY-4BX2H companion module 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. Offered with coaxial 75 Ohm connections, the EASY-2HX4B and EASY-4BX2H can be extended up to 80m, while the EASY-2HX4F and EASY-4FX2H fiber versions with standard LC-type SFP pluggable modules support distances up to 600m over multi-mode or 10km over single-mode fiber.

PESA’s new series of Vidblox 2K DVI dual link extenders are ideal for the distribution of ultra high-resolution graphics used in production studios, command and control rooms, and geospatial imaging centers. The modules transport 2K video (up to 2560×1600@60Hz) over coax and/or fiber to or from serial digital equipment, with analog stereo embedded in the video transport. On the local TX module, a looping DVI-D output allows quick monitoring status to check video content and image quality. Vidblox 2K modules can be combined with PESA’s full line of 3G-SDI routing switchers for 2K distribution and switching systems up to 288×288, and each Vidblox 2K can be networked for remote control using PESA’s Cattrax network control software.

Designed to support the emerging 4K/UHDTV marketplace, the new Cheetah 4K 16×16 routing switcher features hot swappable matrix and I/O cards, as well as internal power and control, which virtually eliminates the need for additional power and external cabling. Plus, redundant power and control modules can be added within the 4 RU frame. 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. 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.

Each Cheetah I/O card includes four SC-style fiber CWDM connections carrying up to 12 Gbps (4xSDI) for each input or output port. To complete the end-to-end 4K system, an outboard easyPORT module converts the signals from each CWDM port on the router back to conventional HD/3G-SDI video lines. With the built-in crosspoint switch circuit on each easyPORT module, users can also send four independent SD/HD/3G-SDI signals over a single wire interface, which saves valuable cabling space, and can extend coax I/O more than 80m using the built-in equalizing and reclocking circuits in each easyPORT module.

About PESA

As a leading provider of audio/video (A/V) Baseband and IP connectivity products, PESA offers a wide selection of multi-path streaming products, routing switchers, matrix switchers, extenders, converters, media extenders, and signal processing gear to support government, military, industrial, commercial, medical, broadcast, and mobile truck applications. From large to small-scale A/V routing and extender products to multiple IP streaming appliances, PESA offers a diverse suite of AV products, all of which are supported by 24/7 technical support. PESA is located in Huntsville, Ala., with regional sales offices throughout North America and China. Our cost effective solutions are available around the world through our industry leading team of Channel Partners offering local support and installation. All products mentioned herein are trademarked property. Learn more about us at www.pesa.com and www.pesaxstream.com. Follow us on Twitter: @PESA_ONLINE.

Portland Thorns FC Stream Championship Season with Broadcast Pix

Billerica, Massachusetts – Fans of Portland Thorns FC, a professional women’s soccer team and part of the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL), were able to watch home games during the team’s 2013 championship season live on the Web via HD streaming video. The coverage was produced through a unique sharing of stadium resources anchored by a Broadcast Pix™ Granite™ 1000 integrated production system.

Both Thorns FC and the Portland Timbers Major League Soccer (MLS) team, owned by Peregrine Sports LLC, play at JELD-WEN Field in Portland, Ore. While Thorns FC wanted an online presence for the league’s inaugural season, the club opted not to invest in an entirely new control room.

Instead, built in a space originally designated as an audio booth for the stadium’s main control room, an area was established specifically for streaming Thorns FC matches. Using video output from the existing Granite 1000 production switcher allocated for in-stadium video wall presentations, combined with audio from the radio broadcast, each Web production was managed by a single operator. Dave Spraker of spraker.tv, who served as the integrator for the project, said it was essential to “leverage the existing Broadcast Pix system to do a second show.”

The Web streaming room, built around a 27-inch iMac, receives an output from the Granite 1000 via HD-SDI cable, which is fed into a Magma ExpressBox 3T Thunderbolt PCIe expansion box equipped with a Blackmagic Design DeckLink Quad HD capture card. Streaming is handled through Telestream’s Wirecast software. The room also includes dual touchscreens that serve as mirror displays of the main control room’s customized multi-view, which is part of the Granite’s built-in toolset.

In an effort to avoid the expense of an additional control panel, streaming productions are managed using iPixPanel, Broadcast Pix’s iPad-based virtual control interface. Matt Smith, director of broadcasting for the Portland Timbers and Portland Thorns FC, said iPixPanel was a far better solution than keyboard and mouse-based control, especially when trying to TD a soccer match with shared resources. “It was a nice solution to be able to use the iPad,” he added. “That was the way to go.”

The system was installed in February, shortly before the Timbers began preseason and well in advance of Thorns FC’s first home game on April 21. Nine of 11 home games were streamed live to www.portlandthornsfc.com during the season. (The additional home games were televised by Fox Soccer.) The NWSL also partnered with YouTube to provide live and on-demand access to matches online.

Smith thought the Thorns FC streaming video game coverage was among the best in the league. He said Thorns FC had a very successful following on the Web that grew as the season progressed. “We knew there would be great interest in the team,” he recalled, “and we wanted to offer a high definition option for fans who wanted to see Thorns FC games online.”

The simultaneous productions were not entirely different, just tailored to suit the two audiences. The main production, designed for the large video wall in the south end of the stadium, included full-screen graphics, sponsorship messages, and extensive replays. The streaming presentation, however, had much fewer replays, as it was aimed at an online audience solely relying on the video stream to follow the action.

While most of the streaming coverage was simply a line cut of the in-stadium production, the Web director could take any source independently using the iPixPanel and coordinate with the stadium director on headset. For example, the streaming production could take the main game camera during replays or commercials, or switch to a stadium “beauty cam” during halftime. “It worked really well,” Smith said.

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

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FUJINON HD Lenses Selected to Improve Fan Experience at College Stadiums Throughout Western and Midwestern U.S.

Wayne, N.J. – In an attempt to greatly improve their fans’ in-stadium experience, several colleges recently upgraded their acquisition equipment – each with multiple FUJINON lenses. The University of Iowa, University of Illinois, Northern Illinois University, and the University of Washington all have new HD lenses capturing live play for display on large-screen HD monitors.

“Extremely high-resolution HD video is an ideal way for schools to ensure attendees enjoy an optimal game experience,” said Thom Calabro, director of marketing and product development for the Optical Devices Division of FUJIFILM North America Corporation. “Substandard video on the big board doesn’t cut it anymore. Sports fans are used to being able to clearly see the red stitches spinning on a baseball. They expect that same clarity regardless of the screen they’re watching. With more ways than ever to watch a sporting event, colleges have found investing in high-quality video equipment produces a great ROI.”

The University of Iowa in Iowa City added one XA66x9.3 HD field lens, two HA18x7.6 Premier Series ENG-Style lenses, and one HA23x7.6 Premier Series HD zooms to its in-stadium equipment arsenal. The University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaignrecently installed two XA50x9.5 telephoto lenses and four ZA22x7.6 Select Series ENG-Style telephoto lenses for game use at its Memorial Stadium. Northern Illinois University in DeKalb is now using two XA50x9.5 and two ZA22x7.6 lenses for video displays in Huskie Stadium. The University of Washington in Seattle added one XA50x9.5, one XA77x9.5 telephoto field lens and one HA18x7.6 Premier Series ENG-Style HD lens to its game day equipment package at Husky Stadium.

Also, Salt Lake City Community College recently upgraded its studio equipment to include three XA22x7 compact studio lenses.

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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New Broadcast Pix Promotion Bundles Systems with Matrox Monarch HD Streaming Appliance

Billerica, Massachusetts – Broadcast Pix™ today announced its Matrox Monarch HD Bundle Promotion, which packages a Mica™ or Granite™ integrated production system with the new Matrox streaming/recording appliance at a special price for customers who purchase by Dec. 31, 2013. The Matrox Monarch HD Bundle Promotion is also being offered to Slate™ system owners who upgrade to a Mica or Granite.

Matrox Monarch HD, which began shipping in September, connects directly to a Broadcast Pix system via HDMI, and features one touch stream and record buttons on the front of the unit for easy operation. “This promotion is an affordable way for new or upgrading Broadcast Pix customers to add a reliable streaming appliance to their new systems,” said Steve Ellis, Broadcast Pix CEO.

Designed for professional video producers who need to stream a live event andrecord a master quality version for post simultaneously, the compact Matrox Monach HD generates an H.264 stream with adjustable streaming parameters. It also records a high-quality .MP4 or .MOV file, which can be uploaded to a content delivery network (CDN) like YouTube or easily imported into most NLE systems without transcoding. Files can be recorded to an SD card, USB drive, or network-mapped drive.

“Matrox Monarch HD makes it easy to stream a live event from a Broadcast Pix system and simultaneously record a Blu-ray quality version of the production,” said Alberto Cieri, senior director of sales and marketing, Matrox Video. “It’s a powerful combination for content creators who want to share professional video productions with a Web-based audience.”

Granite is Broadcast Pix’s premium line of integrated production systems, with 11 or 22 HD/SD-SDI inputs from the Granite Switcher and seven channels of file-based inputs from the Granite Server. Mica includes a multi-definition switcher than can mix eight HD/SD-SDI inputs with seven channels of internal clips, animations, and graphics. Both systems offer a choice of control interfaces and include the Fluent™ workflow toolset, which includes built-in clip store, customizable multi-view, Inscriber CG, virtual sets, file-based macros, and live access to cloud-based content.

For more details about the promotion, please visit www.broadcastpix.com/Matrox-Monarch-HD.html.

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

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Optical Devices Division of FUJIFILM to Showcase High-Performance ENG-Style Lenses at CCW 2013

Wayne, N.J. – FUJIFILM North America Corporation, Optical Devices Division will use the upcoming Content & Communications World (Booth 815) as the venue to show off two of its high-performing ENG-Style lenses – the PL 14-35mm Cabrio wide-angle lens [ZK2.5x14] and the HA19x7.4BERM/BERD 2/3-inch Premier Series lens. CCW will be held at the Javits Convention Center in New York City on November 13-14.

“CCW has become an increasingly relevant show for the east coast broadcast and video production industries,” said Thom Calabro, director of marketing and product development for the Optical Devices Division of FUJIFILM North America Corporation. “It attracts the precise community who would benefit from these breakthrough lenses.”

Introduced at IBC in mid-September, the Premier PL 14-35mm Cabrio wide-angle lens [ZK2.5x14] is lightweight, easy to use with today’s 4K cameras, and has an expanded focal length range of 14-35mm at T2.9 with 200-degree focus rotation. It’s ideal for shooters looking for a lightweight zoom that can be used as a handheld. It has a detachable digital servo drive and can be used as a self-contained ENG-style lens or as a cine style lens.

The PL 14-35 mm lens offers exceptional optical performance in the center of the image and in the corners of the frame. The digital servo’s 16-bit encoding assures operators that all lens data output—including the position of the zoom, iris, and focus—is extremely accurate. The PL 14-35mm lens supports Lens Data System (LDS) and /i metadata formats, and can be controlled using cinema industry standard wireless controllers as well as existing FUJINON wired and wireless units.

Fujifilm’s FUJINON PL 14-35mm lens is the latest development in the company’s popular Cabrio series, which includes the recently introduced Premier PL 19-90mm, and the PL 85-300mm lenses.

The PL 14-35mm wide-angle zoom is now available.

The compact HA19x7.4BERM/BERD 2/3-inch Premier Series high-performance HD ENG/EFP production lens features three floating zoom groups and Aspherics, as well as the latest EBC coating, resulting in richer colors and improved blue response and transmittance.

“The advanced features are extremely important in the HDTV/big screen era as television viewers can see much more picture detail—including information in the corners of the screen—than ever before,” explained Calabro. “For this reason, it’s vital to have consistent resolution from edge to edge. With 16-bit encoders and 2.2X extenders as standard, this 19X lens ensures precision performance even in the most demanding HD production applications.”

Weighing only 3.3kg, the lightweight HA19x7.4BERM/BERD 2/3-inch lens is ideally suited to high-end ENG/EFP HDTV production, including entertainment, news, sports, and documentaries. A new ergonomic grip reduces operator fatigue, and the lens can be ordered with manual or servo focus and zoom.

The HA19x7.4BERM/BERD has advanced diagnostics and a short “MOD” or minimum object distance of 0.55mm, which allows shooting at closer distances.

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

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Advanced Systems Group Explores 4K Production, Workflow Challenges at Free Annual Workshop

EMERYVILLE, CALIF. – Advanced Systems Group (ASG), a leading West Coast video and film integration firm, will navigate through the growing 4K landscape at its annual workshop, 4K Workflow 2013, on Wednesday, Nov. 20, at the New People Cinema at the New People building in San Francisco. The free workshop begins at 10 a.m. and includes lunch.

“4K and other large raster acquisition formats are becoming the new norm for motion picture, episodic television, and high-end commercial production,” said Dave Van Hoy, ASG president. “While these formats are being embraced by content creators, there are multiple ‘flavors’ of 4K from multiple manufacturers, which is creating challenges throughout the production process. 4K Workflow 2013 will help attendees explore their options and manage their 4K file-based workflows.”

The workshop will begin with an overview of 4K cameras, led by veteran director of photography and industry consultant Suny Behar. “The landscape has changed dramatically and so has the approach,” he said. “Every vendor has approached 4K from a different perspective. The big controversy right now is the whole idea of 4K compressed versus 4K uncompressed, and at what point are you actually acquiring less information in 4K than you were back in 2K.”

Jordan Livingston, an independent filmmaker and digital imaging technician serving the Hollywood and Bay Area markets through his company, DIGILOID, will present “DIT: Data Management and On-Set Color Workflows.” His presentation will define the differences between DIT and “media manager” roles, and describe popular on-set color, dailies, and transcoding workflows. He will also examine the subtleties of different file-based workflows for leading camera systems from RED, ARRI, Sony, and Canon.

There are high expectations for 4K to be the next big thing in broadcast, but what will be required for 4K to migrate into a true broadcast HD replacement? Can Ultra HD services refresh the appeal of broadcast against the onslaught expected from on-demand services? Ian Trow, Harmonic senior director of emerging technology and strategy, will address High Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC) and how it will impact the broadcast market. The workshop will also include sessions focused on color correction and post-production workflows.

Registration is free for 4K Workflow 2013, but space is limited. Please visit www.asgllc.com/events/4k2013 for registration and more information.

About ASG:

Advanced Systems Group LLC of Emeryville, Calif., with offices in the Bay Area and Southern California, has provided engineering, systems, integration, support and training to the broadcast, film, creative, and corporate video markets since 1997. With unmatched experience in Apple-based newsroom systems, shared storage, archiving, editing, finishing, and VFX systems, ASG has become one of largest installers of post production and shared storage systems on the West Coast. The ASG team is highly focused on customer success, and has installed and supported more than 185 SANs, production, and post production systems over the last six years. For more information, visit www.asgllc.com or call 510-654-8300.

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CCW 2013: FOR-A to Display a Variety of its Product Offerings

Cypress, CA– At the upcoming Content and Communications World Expo (CCW), FOR-A will display a number of its popular solutions in booth #909. Among the booth highlights will be the company’s 4K super slow motion camera, video production switcher and video stabilizer technology. CCW is an annual convention focused on media and entertainment technology that includes HDWorld, SATCON, and the Production + Post conferences, and will take place November 13-14th at the Jacob Javits Center in New York City.

FOR-A’s FT-ONE 4K camera will be shown on a Shotoku tripod. Employing the “FT1-CMOS” color sensor, the camera records and plays back full 4K and can record up to 900 frames per second (fps). The FT-ONE is ideal for both broadcast and digital cinematography applications. Another camera that FOR-A will display in its booth is the Flovel FZ-B1 ultra high sensitivity HD camera. Ideal for demanding high-resolution applications, the compact camera is equipped with a 2/3-inch CMOS 1.3 megapixel color image sensor and offers an unprecedented low-light sensitivity of only 0.01 lux.

The IVS-710HS HD/SD video stabilizer will also be on hand. The compact solution provides high-performance correction on unwanted camera movement and vibrations while maintaining camera pan and tilt movement.

FOR-A will also show off its video production switchers, including the compact, cost-effective HVS-390HS. The unit offers unique functionality that is an extension of the aux bus system that allows operators to deploy any aux bus transition with cuts, mixes, or wipes, and display a keyer complete with DVE functions. This feature offers powerful tools to create a richer experience in any application with multi-language or multi-screen requirements. Another switcher that will be shown is the new HVS-XT110 portable unit, which comes standard with 12 HD/SD-SDI inputs and eight outputs. It also enables nine outputs, including one HDMI output, to be freely assigned.

Another solution that will be exhibited in FOR-A’s booth is the MV-1620HS multi-viewer, a cost-efficient unit that accepts up to 16 channels of mixed HD/SD-SDI or analog composite signals for monitoring on up to two screens.

FOR-A will also show Fujitsu’s IP-920E HD/SD compact video encoder. The solution uses advanced MPEG-4 AVC technology encoding, known as H.264, to perform real-time transmission of HDTV at low bit rates over DVB and broadband IP networks. The IP-920E features robust error correction, a low latency mode, real-time transmission, and high-fidelity HDTV/SDTV video.

Other FOR-A equipment to be displayed at CCW includes the new FA-1010 and FA-9520 signal processors, MBP-100SX MXF video clip server and the VTW-330HS HD/SD character generator.

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

ABOUT JVC PROFESSIONAL PRODUCTS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

About Broadcast Pix The leader in live video production systems with end-to-end integration, Broadcast Pix was founded in 2002 and has customers in more than 110 countries. Its Video Control Centers™ combine an integrated switcher, clip server, CG, and external control software with patented control panels, unique touch-screens, and exceptional displays. Systems range from compact systems controlled by touch-screen or voice automation to large sophisticated control panels. Customers include leading broadcast, streaming, sports, corporate, education, religious, and government studios. Learn more at www.broadcastpix.com.

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

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PESA Xstream Delivers Multi-Path IP Streaming at CCW

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

About PESA

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

All products mentioned herein are trademarked property of their respective owners. Learn more at www.pesa.com and www.pesaxstream.com. Follow us on Twitter: @PESA_ONLINE.

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