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Zylight Showcases Innovative F8 LED Fresnel at IBC 2013

LOS ANGELES – Zylight, a leading manufacturer of innovative LED lighting solutions, will showcase its range of LED instruments, including the new F8 LED Fresnel, at IBC 2013 (Stand 11.F56), which runs Sept. 13-17 at Amsterdam RAI. Available in tungsten (3200K) or daylight (5600K) versions, the compact F8 folds flat – collapsing to less than four inches thick – for easy transport and storage.

With a CRI (color rendering index) of 97 or better, the fully dimmable F8 offers and adjustable beam spread (16-70 degrees) for even coverage for widescreen productions. It 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.

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.

“We’ve designed the F8 to be a versatile, rugged light for studio and location work,” said Joe Arnao, president. “It’s bright like an HMI but better suited for run-and-gun news ENG applications – you just snap on a battery and go. In the studio, the F8 saves space and costs less to operate than traditional Fresnels.”

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.

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CBC Germany chooses Vizrt for live graphics and virtual sets

CBC Cologne Broadcasting Center, part of Media Group RTL Germany, has elected to switch its existing live graphics systems to Vizrt. The transition, which will be phased in starting August 2013, includes new Viz Trio live 3D graphics systems Viz Content Pilot template-based graphics system and Viz Virtual Studio systems for live, immersive 3D virtual sets.

The new Vizrt graphics technology will be used at CBC’s broadcast and production center, which features several live studios and extensive post production facilities, in Cologne, Germany, with additional locations in Berlin and Munich. CBC produces a dozen different TV shows daily, for the Media Group RTL Germany companies as well as for Media Group’s external production companies. Among others, CBC is responsible for the international production and broadcast of the German soccer league (Bundesliga).

Media Group RTL Germany is one of the leading media companies in Germany. Its strong brands reach an audience of approximately 90 million viewers in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

In addition to its free-to-air channels RTL Television, Vox, n-tv and RTL NITRO, the company’s portfolio also includes three digital niche channels: RTL Crime, Passion and RTL Living. For its technical broadcast operations the affiliates RTL II and Super RTL are also run by CBC. Within Media Group RTL Germany there are a number of other important functions fulfilled by the news/magazine company infoNetwork.

n-tv has been using Vizrt real-time graphics technology for many years. Now the decision is made to make it the central system for all CBC’s productions. “By centralizing graphics templates and production for all our networks and productions CBC expects to realize significant efficiencies. We are well acquainted with the quality and reliability of Vizrt systems because n-tv has enjoyed successful experiences with Vizrt,” said Andreas Fleuter, Head of Production, CBC.

About CBC

Since its establishment in 1994, CBC Cologne Broadcasting Center has become one of the leading broadcasting and television production companies in Germany. Numerous renowned TV stations such as RTL, VOX, n-tv, RTL NITRO, RTL Crime, RTL Living, Passion, RTL II and Super RTL as well as production companies rely on CBC’s know-how and state-of-the-art technology and value its wide array of individualized services. CBC is situated in Cologne, Berlin and Munich. CBC is part of the Media Group RTL Germany. More information is available at www.cbc.de.

About Vizrt:

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

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

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Advanced Systems Group, Quantum Reschedule Free Archiving and Storage Strategies Webinar for August 21

EMERYVILLE, CALIF.–Advanced Systems Group (ASG), a leading West Coast video and film integration firm, and Quantum, a global leader in data management and protection solutions, has rescheduled its free webinar on archiving and tiered storage for Wednesday, August 21, 2013, at 10 a.m. PT.

Designed for smaller workgroups that are considering an archive system, the webinar will explain the benefits of a dedicated archive system and outline a number of applicable strategies and technologies. The presentation will also highlight the new Quantum StorNext AEL500 Mini Archive, an entry-level archive that starts with 30TB of LTO-6 tape capacity and can grow to more than 1PB.

Dave Van Hoy, president of ASG, and Yannick Guillerm, technical advisor for the Quantum StorNext AEL Archives product line, will host the webinar. “Everyone needs archiving, and Quantum’s new StorNext AEL500 Mini lowers the entry point,” explained Van Hoy. “Our webinar will help attendees identify best practices for smaller workgroup workflows.”

Tiered storage and digital archiving address issues associated with overburdened storage systems, unprotected assets, and the expanding number of digital formats. Quantum’s StorNext AEL Archives provide active archiving to LTO tape, automatically migrating content without the cost, space, power consumption, and management overhead of conventional disk. Plus, with built-in data protection and self-healing capabilities, the systems ensure valuable data is available and accessible long-term.

For more information, please visit www.asgllc.com or click here to register.

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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ABS Media Technology Expo Announces Seminar Schedule

SEATAC, WA — The 2nd Annual Media Technology Expo (MTE), which begins in Seattle on Oct. 1 at Fremont Studios and concludes at Left Bank Annex in Portland, Ore., on Oct. 3, will feature a full schedule of free educational seminars at both venues. Presented by professional video and audio systems integration firm Advanced Broadcast Solutions (ABS), the MTE seminar schedule will explore 4K technology, digital media workflows, LED lighting, and more.

“MTE is designed for a variety of video professionals, so our seminar schedule covers a variety of issues,” said Arco Groenenberg, executive vice president and general manager, ABS. “4K is the hot topic for high-end production, for example, but audio and lighting seminars are always in demand. We have a solid program developed with help from some of our exhibitors, and it’s going to be a valuable part of the MTE experience.”

The sessions begin at 11:30 a.m. with an audio seminar presented by Sennheiser, followed by a 4K technology seminar at 1 p.m. from Sony. Extron will focus on control systems at 2:30 p.m., while Harmonic will detail digital media workflows at 4 p.m. Brightline will conclude the program with LED lighting at 5:30 p.m. Both venues will feature the same schedule.

With more than 50 exhibitors, MTE is designed for broadcast and cable, post, government, house of worship, corporate, live event, and independent video production professionals. Sponsors for the venue include Oregon Media Production Association (OMPA), Washington Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors (WATOA), Society of Broadcast Engineers (SBE) Oregon and Washington Chapters, and Access Community Media.

MTE 2013 is open 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. in both locations and offers free registration and free valet parking for all attendees. Registration includes free food and beverages during the show, but space is limited. For registration, vendor information, and full seminar schedule, visit www.mediatechexpo.com.

About ABS:

Based in SeaTac, WA, ABS (Advanced Broadcast Solutions) delivers customized, technologically superior solutions for broadcast, corporate, house of worship, entertainment, government, and educational facilities – from design and integration to installation and support services. Since 1982, its experienced technical staff has installed more than 700 systems for clients including Fisher Communications, Cowles California Media, Real Networks, Cisco Systems, and Microsoft Studios. For more information, call 206-870-0244 or visit www.advancedbroadcastsolutions.com.

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PESA Celebrates 40th Anniversary, Continues Tradition of Innovation

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

About PESA

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

All products mentioned herein are trademarked property of their respective owners.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

About Vizrt:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ABOUT ZYLIGHT LLC

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

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FOR-A IBC2013 Press Preview

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

FA-9520 – The Dual-channel Processor

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

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

About FOR-A

FOR-A is a major manufacturer and distributor of video and audio systems to the broadcast, postproduction and professional video markets. For more information about FOR-A’s product line, call 714-894-3311 or visit our web site at www.for-a.com.

Broadcast Pix Extends ‘Sizzling Summer’ Trade-In Program

Promotion Includes Special Incentives for Slate Owners

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

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

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

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

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

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

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