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New Dealership Agreement for Hybrid in the Middle East

MGI to Represent Company’s Line of Virtual Studio and Robotic Camera Technology

Montrouge, France – Hybrid, a leading provider of real-time graphics and robotic camera systems, is announcing a dealership agreement with Media Group International (MGI), www.mgi.tv, a leading systems integrator in the Middle East. Under the agreement, MGI will sell and support Hybrid’s virtual studio and robotic camera products in the region.

With offices in Qatar, UAE, Oman, Bahrain and Saudi Arabia, MGI (formerly known as Salam Media Cast), has served the Gulf region for over 35 years. Within the past year, MGI has entered into several notable partnerships to help diversify its business. MGI recently signed a deal with HoloVis International, developers of advanced 2D and 3D immersive systems, as well as recent agreements with VidiGo, Visual Unity and never.no.

“I’m confident that MGI will provide excellent support and increase our exposure to potential customers in the Middle East,” said Olivier Cohen, CEO, Hybrid. “They take a keen interest in the product lines they carry and make sure their sales and technical support team are well versed on each line they represent. I’ve been very impressed with how they work and their commitment to their broad customer base.”

MGI will support and sell Hybrid’s flagship Krypton 3D tracking virtual studio solution, the NEON trackless virtual set, the Chrome broadcast robotic jib, and Hybrid’s entire line of robotic camera systems.

Some of the other partners MGI represents include: Avid, Axon, Canon, Christie Digital, Cisco Systems Inc., Evertz, Front Porch Digital, Fujinon /Fujifilm Global, Grass Valley, Harmonic Inc., JVC, Oracle, Quantel, ROSS, Sennheiser, Sonifex, Sony, Studer, Telestream, and Vizrt.

“Hybrid’s line of robotics and virtual sets are very innovative and fit perfectly into our current lineup,” said Paul Wallis, Sales Director, UAE, MGI. “We’re looking forward to learning as much as we can about the technology in order to share this knowledge with our current and prospective customers throughout the Middle East. In particular, we’re very excited to showcase the virtual studio in a box [NEON] system, as this solution can potentially be very cost effective, while enabling our clients to produce live shows with dynamic virtual sets. Personally, I believe there is a significant market for this product within corporations, government organizations, schools and news organizations of all sizes.”

While many of the virtual studio solutions currently on the market are expensive or technically complex, the NEON trackless virtual studio solution is a user-friendly system that simply requires software running on a PC. NEON supports up to five live HD/SD camera inputs and can be controlled via Hybrid’s Ozone software controller or through BPI I/O production switchers, such as Broadcast Pix, Sony, or Grass Valley production switchers.

Rather than camera tracking and calibration technology, the Neon 3D virtual studio solution enables virtual camera movements in real-time from fixed cameras on set. Despite its simplicity, the 3D virtual scenes are photo-realistic and anti-aliased. Users can either use Neon’s set design tools, or import virtual sets created using 3D Max, Maya, Softimage, or other common modeling software.

About Hybrid

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

Media Group International

Media Group International (MGI) is a proven media broadcast and communications systems integrator, serving the media, telecommunications, security, education, hospitality and advertising industries in the Gulf region for more than 35 years. Formerly known as Salam Media Cast (SMC), the company joined GSSG Holdings in 2010, with offices in Qatar, UAE, Oman, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and the UK.

Media Group International is diversifying its business into new technologies. As well as equipping professional television stations and studios, master control rooms, newsrooms, concert stages and theatres providing light and sound technology, the company also equips whole multivendor and multisensory environments. MGI provides solutions from safeguarding national security, such as in government operations, to creating the best educational venues in museums and classrooms, enhancing sports environments and revolutionising health facilities and satellite telecommunications.

Media Group International is ISO 9001:2008 certified, the world’s most recognised quality management standard. It is the first company of its kind to receive the prestigious accolade within the Middle East region, guaranteeing customers world-class quality assured products.

Media Group International recently launched their new website to give customers a better experience online. Visit: www.mgi.tv

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International Datacasting Chosen for Expansion of U.S. Government Broadcast Network

Follow-On Contract in Excess of $1 Million US for Worldwide Satellite Network

Ottawa, ON – International Datacasting Corporation (TSX: IDC) (“IDC” or the “Corporation”) announces a contract to support the U.S. Government, valued in excess of USD $1Million, for the expansion of its worldwide satellite broadcast network.

The contract includes the selection of additional SuperFlex Pro Data receiver/routers for a centralized broadcast network that distributes encrypted data files and live streams to remote U.S. government agencies throughout the world.

This order was based upon the customer’s previous experience with IDC receivers as robust and highly reliable units for its mission-critical communications. This solution enables the U.S. Government to optimize and expand its distribution network to additional global agencies.

“Currently, no other receiver provides this type of decryption,” said Del Lippert, Chairman of the Board and Interim CEO at IDC. “The security and reliability of this receiver is evidenced by its continued deployment at installations like this where a system simply cannot fail.”

The receivers provide a highly secure and reliable network to deliver live streams and file-based programming to a large worldwide network of remote sites. This fully integrated solution allows for the reception of IP content over satellite via a secure, encrypted link and seamless distribution into the local LAN. As part of its SuperFlex networking solution, IDC provides end-to-end secure networks to its global customer base.

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 Audio 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.

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PESA Earns DoD certification for its Video Distribution Systems (VDS)

Huntsville, Alabama – PESA, a leading U.S.-based design and manufacturer of professional audio and video signal distribution, recently announced that its Video Distribution System (VDS) and several products in its Cheetah large-scale router and PESA PRO signal processing lines have been certified by the US Department of Defense. This reflects PESA’s commitment to providing mission-critical products for high definition video and audio distribution.

PESA is the first and only company to achieve listing on the Department of Defense Unified Capabilities (UC) Approved Products List (APL) as a Video Distribution System (VDS). The APL is managed by the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA).

These products underwent rigorous testing by DISA’s Joint Interoperability Test Command (JITC) and received Interoperability Certification (IOC) and Information Assurance (IA) accreditation from JITC – the organizational element responsible for certifying joint and combined interoperability of all Department of Defense (DoD) information technology and national security systems.

“Mission critical situations demand high-quality distribution and switching of HD video,” said Colonel (Retired) John T. Wright, senior vice president of Sales and Business Development for PESA. “Our senior military and civilian leadership rely on extremely detailed imagery for C4ISR and to execute mission command. This certification ensures that all DoD commands and activities can take advantage of the quality and interoperability between disparate video chains that PESA’s VDS systems provide.”

JITC evaluates technologies that provide warfighters with high-tech advantages in both peacetime and war. The command uses an extensive array of software and hardware based testing procedures when evaluating products that can serve an important role in the military’s technological arsenal – whether directly on the battlefield or in a critical supporting role. JITC certification also ensures that a technological device or system meets the full standards to operate in a Unified Capabilities environment. The APL is the DoD’s single authoritative source for certified products intended for use on DoD networks.

“PESA has provided video distribution solutions to its government customers for nearly four decades, with special considerations for agencies that require high-performance assurance and interoperability in command and control environments,” stated Chuck Tillett, President and COO. “PESA’s products are currently used by many military and government agencies. JITC Certification enables us to extend our reach to other departments and agencies looking to expand their role in mission critical environments.”

PESA offers a complete portfolio of secure, high-definition video switching and distribution solutions with the ability to deliver up to full 1080p communications. With an array of robust features necessary to support continuity of operations, command and control and emergency preparedness and response, the Cheetah product line has proven to be a solid foundation for many government and federal agencies, such as the U.S. Army, U.S. Air Force and NASA.

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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JVC GY-HM650 2.0 ProHD Mobile New Camera Receives Numerous Industry Accolades at 2013 NAB Show

WAYNE, NJ – JVC Professional Products Company, a division of JVC Americas Corp., today announced its upgraded GY-HM650 2.0 ProHD mobile news camera received numerous industry accolades during the 2013 NAB Show earlier this month, including awards from Broadcast Engineering, TV Technology, and The Digital Journalist. The camera was also showcased by Verizon chairman and CEO Lowell McAdam during one of the show’s general sessions.

With JVC’s exclusive dual codec design, as well as built-in FTP and Wi-Fi connectivity, the GY-HM650 2.0 allows live transmission or file transfers in the background as shooters continue to record footage in their normal workflow. When equipped with a Verizon 4G LTE modem, which connects directly to the camera via USB, the GY-HM650 can transmit footage to a broadcast facility in real time – no add-on boxes or backpacks required – while simultaneously recording a full HD file to solid-state memory cards.

In a conversation with NAB president and CEO Gordon Smith, McAdam showed the audience a GY-HM650 2.0 equipped with a Verizon LTE modem. He said the solution addresses the problem broadcasters face when trying to get coverage of a natural disaster or other news event when damage makes it difficult to navigate and setup a news van. “This is an example of I think what we’d call a powerful answer for the broadcasters,” McAdam explained. “What we try to do is make the capabilities of an LTE network … available for our partners, and I view the broadcasters as partners.”

Broadcast Engineering awarded the GY-HM650 2.0 with one of its Pick Hits for the 2013 NAB Show. Pick Hits are determined by a panel of independent judges who tour the show floor and make their selections based on several criteria, including technical and financial improvements the product can potentially make for a facility. Broadcast Engineering is published by Penton Media.

The upgraded GY-HM650 also received the STAR (Superior Technology Award Recipient) Award from TV Technology. Designed to honor and showcase outstanding technological innovations for the broadcast industry, the award is chosen by a panel of judges, including magazine editors and columnists, as well as industry experts. Celebrating its 30th year covering the television industry, TV Technology is published by NewBay Media.

“The NAB Show serves as the launching pad for thousands of new products and services for audio and video professionals,” said Tom Butts, editor-in-chief, TV Technology. “The products and services that we select for the STAR Award make the cut, demonstrating their ability to help advance the acquisition and distribution of entertainment and information across the media spectrum.”

The Digital Journalist, a multimedia magazine for photojournalists, recognized the camera with its Platinum Award, its highest honor. “How do you get that live truck capability with just your camera? The answer: the JVC GY-HM650,” wrote Dirck Halstead, editor and publisher. “As PF [Bentley] says, ‘It’s a live truck in your pocket.’”

Designed for mobile news and reality documentary production, the lightweight GY-HM650 features a Fujinon wide angle 23x zoom lens includes manual focus, servo zoom, and iris rings, plus three ND filters and a removable hood. The camera records HD or SD footage in multiple file formats, includingnative XDCAM EX™ (.MP4), Final Cut Pro™ (.MOV), and AVCHD, as well as .MXF files that support rich descriptive metadata optimized for asset management. The GY-HM650 also supports live video streaming of 1080i, 720p, and lower Web-friendly resolutions at various bit rates to adapt to network conditions, and in-camera clip trimming reduces file sizes for more efficient video file transfer.

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. For further product information, visit JVC’s Web site at http://pro.jvc.com or call (800) 582-5825.

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Egyptian Broadcaster Al-Nahar TV Chooses Virtual Studio and Robotic Camera Solutions from Hybrid

Plans installation in two studios used for live sports and entertainment shows

Montrouge, France – Hybrid, a leading provider of real-time graphics and robotic camera systems, announces that Al-Nahar TV—a global entertainment and news network leader in Egypt—has purchased Hybrid 3D virtual studio solutions and robotic camera heads. The equipment will transform two studios used for daily news, entertainment and live sports programming for Al Nahar Entertainment and Al-Nahar Sports channels respectively.

Each studio will employ the same configuration of Hybrid products: two Silver II PTZF robotic camera heads, a Cobalt control panel with Mercury control software, and one camera in the ceiling for beauty shots using Hybrid’s Neon trackless virtual set solution.

“We’ve been extremely thorough in our review of the available virtual studio systems,” said Amr El-Kahky, the Head of Al-Nahar TV Network. “We feel confident that the Hybrid virtual studio solutions and robotic camera support will meet our needs. We’re looking forward to all of the design and operational benefits they’ll provide our network.”

Al-Nahar TV Network, who’s clinched a dozen awards since launching in June 2011, has been among the top three TV networks in Egypt’s post revolution era. The Egyptian broadcaster’s management seeks modern and robust technology to jump to the top of the competitive charts.

The sale agreement was finalized at the 2013 CABSAT Show, which occurred from March 12-14, 2013 in Dubai, UAE. Systems Design and Technology KAR— two systems integration firms and Hybrid technology partners based in Egypt—facilitated the sale and will manage the installation. Al-Nahar TV, which operates a total of five satellite channels in Arabic and English, is currently designing the virtual sets.

“We’re very happy to enter into this new relationship with Al-Nahar TV. We’ve been in communication with them for a long time, so this is a very rewarding win for us. We believe that our virtual studio solution enables them to meet and expand their high-quality live program offerings,” said Olivier Cohen, CEO of Hybrid.

The trackless virtual set Neon is based upon the same core engine as Hybrid’s higher-end Krypton system, but it allows for virtual camera movements in real-time from fixed cameras on set. It requires only a PC and software and operates with a simple drag-and-drop process. It creates the illusion of sophisticated camera moves within a virtual set without use of a tracking system, chroma keyer or other accessories – this allows Neon to be a fully portable virtual studio system. Neon can import 3D scenes and models from all common modeling software, such as 3D Max, Maya, Softimage.

Al-Nahar TV also ordered two Hybrid Silver II robotic pan/tilt/zoom/focus (PTZF) camera control systems for tracking virtual studio camera moves, such as zooms from wide to close-up. A fixed camera will be mounted at ceiling height for dramatic camera tracking effects during live shows, such as camera moves that start from the studio entry and zooming in toward the talent.

“Al-Nahar TV has many current shows and plans to produce many more. So Hybrid technology will be an ideal solution,” said Ahmed Gamal, managing director of Systems Design. “They’ll be able to save money they would have spent building physical sets, plus they’ll be able to easily modify the scenes whenever necessary. With their Hybrid virtual studio solutions, they’ll be able to produce shows with greater creativity and flexibility.”

About Hybrid

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

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DiaQuest ProductionLink Now Available for Adobe Premiere Pro, After Effects

Software Plug-In Now Sold Separately or Bundled at Reduced Price

EMERYVILLE, CALIF. – DiaQuest Products, a software development firm with a focus on the video and film industries, today announced two new versions of its ProductionLink plug-ins for Adobe® products. ProductionLink for Premiere Pro and ProductionLink for After Effects add Avid® Interplay to the list of available render formats for both programs. Once installed, ProductionLink features appear within the Adobe user interface and provide a reliable, seamless link between applications.

ProductionLink for Premiere Pro and ProductionLink for After Effects will each sell separately for $299. A bundle of both products is available for $499, and a bundle of four seats of the bundled version is available for $1,000. Mac and PC versions are available.

“We’ve restructured ProductionLink and are offering some very cost effective multiple seat licenses to make it more accessible than ever. Now, editors and graphic designers can spend their time being creative instead of transcoding files,” said Dave Van Hoy, president of DiaQuest.“ProductionLink saves a lot of time and aggravation, because it automatically resolves compatibility issues when transferring files from Premiere Pro or After Effects into Avid Interplay.”

ProductionLink automatically adds the file organization and metadata capabilities of the Interplay production asset management (PAM) system to established Adobe workflows. The plug-in exports Avid Mediafiles DNxHD® MXF OP-atom video files and individual PCM MXF OP-atom audio channel files that are fully compliant with Avid file formatting and folder organization, so saved files can be used immediately in Media Composer™ and other Avid applications.

Individual and bundled products, as well as four-seat license bundles, are available through DiaQuest Direct, the company’s online store, plus select system integrators and Adobe and Avid resellers. Product bundles and ProductionLink for Premiere Pro can be purchased through Adobe Exchange, which is accessed through the Creative Suite 6 application. DiaQuest also offers ProductionLink for ASSIMILATE SCRATCH, which streamlines post-production and dailies DI workflows for motion pictures, independent features, and episodic television.

For more information, contact DiaQuest at (510) 547-4544 or visit www.diaquest.com.

About DiaQuest:

Based in Emeryville, Calif., DiaQuest Products LLC has been developing mission critical software for the video, film, and broadcast industries since 1982. The company develops software as an OEM for several manufacturers, as well as custom software tools for a variety of clients. In addition to software development, DiaQuest provides professional-level support of related software and hardware products. Find out more at www.diaquest.com or call (510) 547-4544.

New FOR-A MXF Video Clip Servers Ideal for File-Based Ingest, Playout Applications

Cypress, CA - FOR-A Corporation of America, a leading manufacturer of video and audio systems for the broadcast and professional video industries, has announced two new compact MXF clip servers, the MBP-120SX and MBP-125SX, for ingest, playback, and playout applications. Ideal for file-based production workflows, the new 1 RU servers are being demonstrated at the 2013 NAB Show (C5116), which runs April 8-11 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

For ingest, the MBPs can capture files from an external XDCAM drive or network drive, convert HD/SD-SDI signals to MXF files in real time, and support up to eight channels of embedded audio (the MBP-125SX also supports for eight-channel AES audio). Both models are equipped with HD/SD-SDI I/O and solid-state drive (240 or 480 GB), and both are compatible with Sony XDCAM, XDCAM HD, XDCAM HD422, MPEG HD422, MPEG HD, and MPEG IMX file formats.

Multiple MBPs can also be components of a user-constructed playout system that does not require a dedicated playout server. Material can be stored on a shared NAS unit, then specified MXF files can be transferred over the network to multiple MBPs. Output from the MBPs follows the automatic program playout system. MBPs can also be combined with another video server for more advanced configurations. Clips can be added over the network, even during video recording or playback, for seamless operation.

“With built-in flash memory, the new MBP-120SX and MBP-125SX create a very stable ingest or playout environment,” said Pedro Silvestre, Sales Director, FOR-A Corporation of America. “These are very versatile servers that can be deployed in a variety of applications.”

In conjunction with FOR-A’s MediaConcierge media management system, an MBP can be incorporated into a user-constructed clip server application, providing database-driven management of video clips and playout programs. Each MBP ships with control software for standalone operation, and registered clips are instantly recognizable by thumbnail display in the control software. Optional software offers remote control of the system over the network and manages list-based clip playout.

The MBP-120SX features one HD/SD-SDI input and output, while the MBP-125SX has four outputs, two of which support time code display. In addition to the MBP-120SX’s support for SMPTE RP188 ANC time code, the MBP-125SX also adds support for ANC and LTC time code. A full range of interfaces on both models includes an 100Base-TX/1000Base-T Ethernet port for high-speed file transfer, USB ports for connecting an external XDCAM or keyboard and mouse, RS-422 for external control, GPI for remote control of playback, and a DVI-I computer display port for use of the included control software.

The MBP-120SX and MBP-125SX will be available in June.

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 201-944-1120 or visit our web site at www.for-a.com.

NAB2013: Vizrt Introduces Virtual SloMo and Motorsports to Viz Libero 5.5

See us in Las Vegas, April 8th – 11th 2013. Booth SL3305

During live sporting events, broadcasters go to great lengths to enrich the viewing experience with slo-mo replays, telestration, and in-game graphics to explain controversial and key plays. While these effects often require placing costly or complex broadcast cameras and calibration devices around the stadium or hiring specialized services, Viz Libero gives viewers this sameinsight by processing existing video.

Virtual SloMo

At the 2013 NAB Show, Vizrt will present the new features and workflow improvements in Viz Libero 5.5, its 3D virtual sports enhancement and analysis system. Viz Libero 5.5 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.

Grass Valley K2 Summit / Dyno Integration

Viz Libero 5.5 adds integration with the Grass Valley K2 Summit media server and K2 Dyno replay system, both of which are widely used in studio and remote sports production environments. It also improves integration with the entire Vizrt product family, including Viz Engine 3.6 for real-time 3D graphics and video compositing. This enables customized graphics to be rendered through a Viz Engine for greater creative control, inserting virtual presenters into the analysis clips, and the ability to present analysis scenes on interactive touchscreens.

New support for Motorsports, tennis, cricket and other sports

Viz Libero 5.5 adds 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.

New and improved effects

Viz Libero has been enhanced by many new in-game effects which help viewers to understand the different sports. These features include, among others, height measurement, ball impact, blocking wall, player grow, or zone focus. Many of the Viz Libero features, such as player marker, labels or offside and 3D wall, now have a customization interface within Viz Libero.

The Virtual Run that animates player movement, one of the big innovations in 2012, has received improvements. Besides simpler handling of the Virtual Run, new elements like a strobe effect have been added.

An existing feature, the 3D Ball Track, can now be created with only one camera feed. This makes the feature faster, and more readily available, even for studio productions with only one multilateral camera signal.

Improved workflow tools

File-based workflows, including video file ingest and output, are also improved for simplified studio integration. Viz Libero 5.5 expands supported output formats to include: Apple RLE/MOV, DNxHD/MOV, and DVC Pro 100/MXF.

The new version also adds a visual editor timeline, which accelerates post-editing of analysis clips. The timeline provides a graphical overview of the playlist including all recorded annotations and tracks so operators can edit and synchronize any graphics, 3D flights, or other elements.

With these latest 3D sports analysis features, tools, and workflow improvements, Viz Libero 5.5 enables broadcasters to enhance their live sports shows with greater creative latitude and cost-efficiency.

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, 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

Tomer Wald / CFO / +47 5351 8040 / TWald@vizrt.com

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

NAB2013: Digital Nirvana to Introduce Version 3.2 of the Monitor IQ Broadcast Monitoring System

New features include: Web Captioning, Program Guide Extraction,
Hybrid Appliance and Monitor IQ Infrastructure Self-Check

Newark, CA – Digital Nirvana will highlight key new features in Version 3.2, the latest release of its Monitor IQ broadcast monitoring solution at the 2013 NAB Show (Booth N3434) from April 8-11th at the Las Vegas Convention Center. These new features are a direct result of customer feedback received since the last version of the software was released at IBC 2012.

“At NAB, broadcasters will see demonstrations of our new Monitor IQ features and learn how they benefit a broadcaster’s logging, monitoring, and compliance workflow,” said Hiren Hindocha, president and CEO of Digital Nirvana. “Our NAB exhibit will demonstrate how diligently we address customer suggestions for new features like the ones we’ve included in Version 3.2. This on-going product development is part of our mission to deliver the industry’s most innovative, customer-focused and cost-effective solutions.”

Monitor IQ Release 3.2 Features

Web Captioning generates captions in the Timed Text Format (SMTPE-TT) from the broadcast closed captioning for association with the content repurposed for the web. This ensures that Web programming complies with new FCC Web captioning mandates and provides a valuable service to hearing impaired viewers.

Program Guide Extraction enables recording by program as well as by time segments. It automatically extracts Event Information Tables (EIT) from the PSIP (Program and System Information Protocol) program guide embedded in the ATSC transport stream. This feature simplifies program searching and recording without requiring a paid subscription to a third-party source for program extraction .

Hybrid Appliance allows users to mix and match different signal inputs, such as ASI, HD/SDI, and ATSC/QAM, in one server. By using one server for multiple signal inputs, customers can reduce equipment costs, lower power and maintenance costs, and save valuable rack space.

Monitor IQ Infrastructure Self-Check proactively monitors the total health of the Monitor IQ infrastructure. It automatically performs over forty types of ongoing system checks, including CPU, RAM, and power levels, and automatically alerts users when the system needs maintenance.

About Monitor IQ

Monitor IQ combines the functionality of full-resolution HD/SD content recording, content searching, retrieval and repurposing, Web publishing, signal monitoring, air-check logging, archiving, and ad verification and tracking, as well as competitive analysis in a scalable networked solution. It’s the only broadcast monitoring system that provides centralized management, automatic ad detection, a director’s audio track, as well as an advanced Metadata Harvester.

The system has been divided into four packages so that a wide range of broadcasters can take advantage of the company’s technology: Monitor IQ Starter, Monitor IQ Essentials, Monitor IQ Plus, and Monitor IQ Premier.

About Digital Nirvana

Since 1996, Digital Nirvana has been empowering customers with innovative knowledge management technologies. By combining media and digital technology expertise, Digital Nirvana makes it possible for organizations to streamline operations and gain competitive advantage with advanced product and service offerings. The company’s portfolio includes the industry-leading Monitor IQ broadcast monitoring system, AnyStream IQ live stream monitoring solution, MediaPro content repurposing system, and repeat audio detection systems (RADS) for song tracking and ad tracking. A comprehensive service portfolio includes media monitoring and analysis, market intelligence and analytics, learning management services, and professional services. Digital Nirvana is headquartered in Newark, California with offices in Hyderabad and Coimbatore, India. For more information, visit www.digital-nirvana.com.

Systems Integrator Encore Broadcast Relies on Hitachi HDTV Cameras for House of Worship Installs

WOODBURY, New York – Systems integrator Encore Broadcast Solutions in Winter Springs, Florida, consistently relies on Hitachi HDTV studio field production cameras for house of worship installations throughout the state. The company recently installed Z-HD5000 cameras from Hitachi Kokusai Electric America at three churches: First Presbyterian of Orlando, First Presbyterian of Bonita Springs, and Faith Assembly of God in Orlando.

“The Z-HD5000 offers great functionality and is extremely easy to use,” said Jeff Cameron, Sales Engineer, Encore Broadcast Solutions. “With a lot of our projects, we’re looking for high-quality cameras with a reasonable price point that operate with fiber cable and can be portable. The Z-HD5000 fits these needs perfectly, which is why I’ve consistently used the camera in recent projects. In fact, overall, I continue to rely on Hitachi cameras and have done so for years.”

One of the churches that worked with Encore last year to upgrade to HD is First Presbyterian Church of Orlando. The church uses video to stream a formal service from the main auditorium to a 16’ x 9’ screen in a smaller room nearby that seats 300 people. The church also streams video of its services to the web. While some may use lower quality equipment for Internet streaming, Encore felt it was worth the investment to install broadcast quality equipment.

“Ultimately, you’re spending a bit more money for much better quality that will be seen on many computers and televisions. To enhance the Web viewing experience of the church’s followers, we chose high-quality video equipment while keeping a budget in mind. Hitachi’s Z-HD5000 was an ideal pick for the church,” explained Cameron.

According to Richard Swinson, Technical Arts Director, for First Presbyterian Church, “Our Hitachi cameras were an important part of our total HD upgrade. From HD images on screens in our traditional service, to HD broadcast of our contemporary service, and live HD streaming to our website, the high-quality imaging we capture with our Hitachi cameras stood out to our congregation immediately. It really makes a significant, positive difference to our members and viewers.”

Another church that recently installed Hitachi’s Z-HD5000 cameras is First Presbyterian of Bonita Springs. Before the HD overhaul, the church used small consumer cameras. One of the design challenges for Encore was building a control room out of the church’s attic. Because the control room wasn’t near the main auditorium, they needed HD cameras with digital optical fiber CCU that allowed them to use I-MAG to broadcast sermons throughout the entire building. Three Hitachi’s Z-HD5000 cameras equipped with optical fiber and FUJINON lenses are installed in the main auditorium of the church. The project included building a video and sound system in the church’s overflow room, where services are streamed live to members who prefer to attend services in a more relaxed atmosphere.

Faith Assembly of God in Orlando also worked extensively with Encore to build its new campus. Three Hitachi Z-HD5000 cameras were installed in the main sanctuary’s 2,700-seat auditorium. Two of the Hitachi cameras are equipped with Angenieux telephoto lenses and set in the sound booth in the back of the auditorium. The third Hitachi camera is on a jib equipped with a Canon wide angle lens. Faith Assembly uses video in a variety of ways, including live streaming of its services and concert productions to reach its audience in multiple continents.

Cameron said, “As a systems integrator, our goal is to choose high quality products that give our clients the best bang for their buck. With Hitachi’s Z-HD5000 camera, I’m confident we’re doing just that.”

Jeff Cameron can be reached at (407) 448-3531 or jcameron@encorebroadcast.com.

About Hitachi, Ltd.

Hitachi, Ltd., (NYSE: HIT / TSE: 6501), headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, is a leading global electronics company with approximately 360,000 employees worldwide. Fiscal 2009 (ended March 31, 2010) consolidated revenues totaled 8,968 billion yen ($96.4 billion). Hitachi will focus more than ever on the Social Innovation Business, which includes information and telecommunication systems, power systems, environmental, industrial and transportation systems, and social and urban systems, as well as the sophisticated materials and key devices that support them. For more information on Hitachi, please visit the company’s website at http://www.hitachi.com.

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