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ProductionLink Products Compatible with Adobe Creative Cloud 2014 Available in New Online Marketplace

EMERYVILLE, CALIF. – DiaQuest Products, a software development firm with a focus on the video and film industries, today announced its ProductionLink for Adobe® Premiere Pro and ProductionLink for Adobe After Effects plug-ins are compatible with Adobe Creative Cloud® 2014 and are available through a new Adobe Marketplace Web site, creative.adobe.com/addons.

The new site supports 14 different Adobe applications. Previously, Adobe only provided access to ProductionLink through the Adobe Exchange Panel within Adobe products. Now, through the add-ons section of the site, five ProductionLink options can be purchased from DiaQuest: ProductionLink for Adobe Premiere Pro, which works with Windows and Mac platforms; ProductionLink for Adobe After Effects (separate versions for Windows and Mac); ProductionLink for Adobe Bundle, which includes one seat license for Premiere Pro and After Effects; and ProductionLink for Adobe Bundle with four seat licenses for both programs.

ProductionLink adds Avid® Interplay to Adobe’s list of available render formats and resolves compatibility issues without transcoding or manual file manipulation. Once installed, ProductionLink features appear within the Adobe user interface and provide a reliable, seamless link between applications. The plug-in exports 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.

“ProductionLink takes the work out of sharing video and audio files between Adobe and Avid products,” said Dave Van Hoy, president of DiaQuest. “The new Adobe Add-ons site makes it easier than ever for Adobe Premiere Pro and After Effects users to purchase our products and improve their workflows.”

DiaQuest products are also available through DiaQuest Direct, the company’s online store, as well as select system integrators and Adobe and Avid resellers. 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.

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Attleboro Access Uses JVC Mobile News Cameras to Produce Live Reports of Community Events

WAYNE, NJ – JVC Professional Products Company, a division of JVC Americas Corp., today announced Attleboro Access Cable System, Inc. (DoubleACS), the PEG (public, education, government) station serving Attleboro, Mass., and surrounding communities, is using four GY-HM650 ProHD mobile news cameras to provide live news reports from the field.

Attleboro is located roughly halfway between Boston (DMA #7) and Providence,R.I. (DMA #53). According to Jim Jones, DoubleACS operations manager, unless there is a major news event, Attleboro is routinely marginalized by television news from the major market stations. “We want to provide that breaking news coverage to our community,” he said.

The mid-sized public access station had been trying to adopt some capability for live ENG for years. Microwave was quickly dismissed because of high initial capital costs. Satellite technology was easier to manage and required fewer startup costs, but satellite time (purchased in 10-hour blocks) was simply too expensive.

When the city was upgraded to 4G service about two years ago, DoubleACS personnel realized an opportunity to produce live ENG reports economically. “After almost seven years of searching for a solution, we found one,” Jones said. “We saw the JVC camera released at NAB and knew this was definitely the camera that we needed to get. It was a very easy choice to make.”

An active PEG operation with five full-time employees, DoubleACS produces more than 35 hours of content per week across its three channels, which are available on Comcast cable systems in the area. Programming is also uploaded to its Web site for on-demand viewing. Live ENG reports air during Attleboro Update, a weekly news program.

DoubleACS purchased its GY-HM650s in 2013 and has coupled each one with a MiFi 4G mobile hotspot. While upload speeds vary around the region, Jones said the streaming HD image quality from the JVC cameras remains solid between 1.5 and 3 Mbps. “If you’re in the main area of the city, you can transmit with no problem back to the studio,” he added. “It’s been smooth sailing for us.”

At the station, two Teradek Cube 305 decoders convert the signal to SDI and feeds it to the production switcher for live reports from the field. The station feeds the IFB through a cell phone, so the studio anchor can speak directly to the reporter. Plus, Jones said the system only has two or three seconds of latency, so anchor and reporter can interact without major delays.

The GY-HM650’s most important features for Jones were the ability to stream live video and its .MOV native file recording, so there’s no transcoding necessary to start editing footage immediately in any of the station’s 10 Final Cut Pro NLE workstations. He has also been impressed by the image quality and built-in wide angle 23x zoom lens. “The range is something that you don’t see in any other camera,” Jones added.

The station uses the live capabilities of its JVC cameras every few weeks, covering everything from fires to bridge dedications to the Special Olympics. “It doesn’t have to be breaking news,” Jones explained. “Whenever an opportunity presents itself, we try to use it.”

Last summer, DoubleACS was on the scene for the arraignment of Aaron Hernandez, the former New England Patriots tight end charged with first-degree murder, at Attleboro District Court. “We were there providing a local aspect to the viewers,” Jones said. With a GY-HM650, the station was able to provide coverage of the story alongside network news affiliates.

“The GY-HM650 gives you the opportunity to set yourself apart from other PEGs or be on equal footing with your local network affiliates,” Jones offered. “Why wouldn’t you be trying to utilize the power of that camera?”

ABOUT JVC PROFESSIONAL PRODUCTS COMPANY

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

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PESA Delivers New Cheetah 4K Routing Solutions, Retrofit Kits

Huntsville, Alabama – PESA, a leading designer and manufacturer of professional audio and video distribution solutions, today announced its new Cheetah 4K routing solutions. Built to manage the expanded bandwidth requirements of 4K signals, new routers are available in multiple configurations, while retrofit kits provide a simple plug-and-play upgrade solution for current 3G-SDI Cheetah routers.

“4K is quickly becoming the display norm for today’s tech-savvy audiences, and PESA is now delivering a key component to any operation’s 4K infrastructure,” said Chuck Tillett, president and COO of PESA. “With our easyPORT technology, existing Cheetah installations can be partially or completely upgraded to 4K in the field to support data intensive workflows. New Cheetahs can be dedicated 4K routers or partitioned and converted later as your 4K needs grow.”

Built on PESA’s proven Cheetah digital video routing platform and easyPORT converter module technology, each I/O card includes four SC-style fiber CWDM connections carrying up to 12 Gbps (4xSDI) for each port. An outboard easyPORT module converts the signals from each CWDM port on the router back to conventional HD/3G-SDI video lines. Both UHDTV (3840×2160) and DCI (4096×2160) are supported, and the router can mix and match between 4K CWDM and traditional copper or fiber I/O in the frame.

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

With the built-in crosspoint switch circuit on each easyPORT module, users can send four independent SD/HD/3G-SDI signals over a single wire interface, which saves valuable cabling space, and can extend coax I/O an additional 260 feet using the built-in equalizing and reclocking circuits in each easyPORT. The compact easyPORTs can be rack mounted with an optional 1 RU frame that holds up to four media converters or installed with an optional under-the-table mounting plate.

For mission critical operations, redundant power and control modules can be added without using additional rack space. The Cheetah 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. 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.

Cheetah 4K routers 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. Visit PESA’s newly redesigned Web site at www.pesa.com for more information.

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.

Industry Vet Jay Shinn Promoted to VP of FOR-A America

Cypress, CA – FOR-A America announces that it has promoted its Northeast Sales Manager, Jay Shinn, to Vice President of the company. Shinn first joined FOR-A in August 2012 to head FOR-A’s sales activity in the Northeastern U.S., including states from Maine to Virginia. An industry vet with extensive experience in the broadcast technology industry, he begins taking on responsibilities in his new role immediately.

“Jay has proven himself to be a hardworking, highly valued part of the FOR-A team,” said Hiro Tanoue, President of FOR-A America. “We’re confident that he’ll go above and beyond in his new position as Vice President, just as he did as an account manager.”

As Vice President, Shinn will be working closely with Tanoue to oversee all sales and marketing activities in both North America and Latin America. All FOR-A regional sales managers will now report to Shinn.

“I really enjoy working with customers, and I’m excited to be further involved in relationship building with our existing customers, potential clients and business partners,” said Shinn. “FOR-A has had a long history of developing value products for video professionals and broadcasters, and I’m looking forward to continuing to build brand awareness of the feature rich yet affordable products that we offer.”

Shinn will continue to be based out of FOR-A’s Fort Lee, N.J. office. He can be contacted via email at shinn@for-a.com.

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.

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Photo: FOR-A Switcher Certification Program at SVC in Buenos Aires

FOR-A Corporation of America’s CTO Ken Truong held a certification program for the company’s HVS-390HS switcher on May 6-7 at Sistemas de Video Comunicacion (SVC) S.A. Training Facility in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Attendees, including professionals from Plasma, Rey de Reyes, Torneos, DirecTV, Canal 7 Santiago del Estero, Canal 26, Prosaco SA, Hapsa, and Non-Stop Digital, received hands-on training for the HVS-390HS switcher.

The HVS-390HS switcher debuted in 2012 and is widely in use by broadcasters, production companies, houses of worship, and in educational settings globally.

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.

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Legendary Fisherman Bill Dance Reels in Viewers with HD Images Shot Using FUJINON Lenses

FUJINON ZA12x4.5BERM lenses perform in harsh conditions with outstanding reliability

Wayne, N.J. – When America’s best-known professional fisherman Bill Dance demonstrates his magic touch to TV viewers, his production crew captures the moment with super wide angle lenses from the Optical Devices Division of FUJIFILM North America Corporation. A television fixture since 1968, Dance’s trademark is his ability to entertain his audience, while he teaches them how they too can land the big fish. His shows, “Bill Dance Outdoors” and “Bill Dance Saltwater,” reach a combined total of over 200 million households airing on the NBC Sports Network, Discovery’s Destination America, and the Outdoors Channel.

Dance’s production team has used FUJINON lenses since 2008, but this year expanded their inventory with the purchase of two ZA12x4.5 BERM ENG/EFP lenses from Universal Media Services of Pensacola, Florida for use on their SonyHD cameras. Shane Bell, producer and editor for “Bill Dance Outdoor,” said, “For each half-hour show, our three-man camera crew spends up to four days fishing and filming from sunup to sundown in conditions that can include saltwater spray and harsh glare off the water. But the quality of the glass used in these lenses really helps us get great footage even with low-light or high-contrast conditions.”
The FUJINON ZA12x4.5BERM is a 2/3″ ENG-style Select Series Super Wide Angle ENG/EFP lens featuring a 2X range extender, DigiPower servo for highly accurate zoom and focus control, and Quick Zoom for rapid focus checks in the telephoto position. Their super wide angle allows the team to include both Bill and his guest fishermen in the same frame, while the quick zoom capability lets them capture the battle between fish and angler from the first strike to the moment Bill hauls his catches aboard. Bell explained, “With these lenses, we’ve been able to deliver captivating content that makes viewers feel as if they’ve climbed aboard for the fishing expedition.”

He continued, “These are also very robust lenses. We have absolute confidence that they will hold up to the rigors of our type of outdoor field production. The field crew has given the new lenses rave reviews, and the price point was also very appealing. For us, it’s an ideal combination. I would recommend FUJINON lenses without hesitation.”

Host Bill Dance added, “We depend on great equipment like FUJINON lenses. It’s what makes us a living!”

About Fujifilm
This year marks FUJIFILM’s 80th anniversary, and 40 years for the Optical Devices Division, formerly known as FUJINON, in the U.S.

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: healthcare, with medical systems, pharmaceuticals and cosmetics; graphic systems; highly functional materials, such as flat panel display materials; optical devices, such as broadcast and cinema lenses; digital imaging; and document products. These are based on a vast portfolio of chemical, mechanical, optical, electronic, software and production technologies. In the year ended March 31, 2014, the company had global revenues of $23.7 billion, at an exchange rate of 103 yen to the dollar. Fujifilm is committed to environmental stewardship and good corporate citizenship. For more information, please visit: www.fujifilmholdings.com.

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FUJIFILM Optical Devices Division, 200 Summit Lake Drive, Valahalla, New York 10595. Phone: 914-789-8100. Web site: www.FUJINON.com.

Advanced Systems Group Earns Top Revenue Honors from Quantum

EMERYVILLE, CALIF. – Advanced Systems Group (ASG), a leading video, data, audio and film integration firm, was recognized for “Top Revenue Achievement 2014” for the Americas by Quantum Corporation. ASG received the award for its StorNext sales during the Quantum Dealer Meeting at the 2014 NAB Show in April in Las Vegas, Nev.

“This award is not only an honor for us that we greatly appreciate, but it is a testament to Quantum’s outstanding products and services,” said Dave Van Hoy, president of ASG. “We rely on Quantum to help us deliver fast and reliable storage systems for our clients, and we look forward to growing our relationship with Quantum this year.”

“Our channel is vital to our go-to-market strategy at Quantum, and ASG is a valued and trusted partner that has made a significant investment in helping to grow our business,” said Andy Brinck, senior director, Channel Sales – Scale-Out Storage. “ASG’s success is a result of their capabilities and professional attention to solving our customers’ complex media workflows.”

Quantum’s StorNext product line offers a variety of archive, storage and content management solutions. StorNext 5, Quantum’s recently re-architected platform, enables complete end-to-end content management for modern media workflows with improved ingest and transcoding, optimized SAN and LAN client workflows, and integrated high-speed archive and data management. StorNext AEL Archives provide active archiving to LTO tape, automatically migrating content with built-in data protection and self-healing capabilities.

About ASG:

Based in Northern California with offices in the Northwest, Southern California and New York City, Advanced Systems Group LLC of Emeryville, Calif., has provided engineering, systems, integration, support and training to the broadcast, film, creative and corporate video markets since 1997. With unmatched experience in high-speed shared storage, media asset management, archiving, editing, color 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 300 SANs, production and post-production systems. For more information, visit www.asgllc.com or call 510-654-8300.

Broadcast Pix Highlights New Products at InfoComm 2014

Billerica, Massachusetts –Broadcast Pix™ will showcase new products and updated software tools at InfoComm 2014 (C5737), which runs June 18-20 in Las Vegas, Nev. Among its new offerings is its ClearKey next generation chromakey upgrade for its integrated production switchers, expanded family of Flint™ systems, and new standalone fX3D real-time 3D graphics system and ReVue HD slow motion replay system.

“We have a lot to show the AV community at InfoComm,” said Steve Ellis, general manager, Broadcast Pix. “This has been an exciting year for Broadcast Pix, with our new standalone production products that can help operations with smaller budgets deliver results that rival what you see on national networks. And by expanding the Flint family, we’re making it more affordable than ever to produce live multi-camera productions for broadcast or webcast.”

Part of the new Version 4.0 software for Granite™ and Mica™ systems, as well as Version 3.0 software for Flint, ClearKey features precise, highly adjustable keying that can handle challenging visuals and create more realistic shadow and lighting effects. Its robust color correction removes the most stubborn spill from chromakeyed objects, while a key crop function can confine the keying effect to certain areas of the screen. Chromakey color is selected with a simple eye dropper tool, and intuitive controls make it easy to adjust lighting, shadow and spill correction effects.

Both fX3D and ReVue work independently in existing production environments or can be tightly integrated with Broadcast Pix systems. fX3D features a simplified end-to-end graphics workflow that makes it easy to create and playout high-end graphics. Its three software modules provide an intuitive interface to create graphic content, complete with a built-in 3D modeler and template-based rundown controller. Developed in collaboration with strategic partner EditShare, ReVue plays back two or four channels of video in sync, so it is easy to cut between cameras and find the best replay angle. Its compact controller includes a jog/shuttle wheel for reviewing footage, intuitive controls for manual and preset playback speeds, and dedicated buttons for marking in and out points for playback.

Broadcast Pix has also expanded its family of Flint systems. All three HD models include the same workflow software tools, but provide different input configurations to address different production requirements and budgets. The entry-level system, Flint LE, supports three HDMI or analog (composite, component or S-Video) inputs. Flint LX features four SDI or HDMI input, while Flint LS supports six inputs and offers a choice of six SDI (two of which can be HDMI) or four SDI and two HDMI or analog inputs. All models include two additional network inputs, which are ideal for presentations and Web pages from remote computers.

Flint handles the entire production workflow, from ingest to distribution. It includes a multi-format production mixer that allows operators to include cloud-based content from Skype, Twitter and other resources during live productions. Flint ingests and scales all sources while maintaining constant lip sync. Other built-in tools include an internal Inscriber CG, two-channel clip server, audio mixer with on-screen stereo faders and VU meters, customizable multi-view and HD streaming in a variety of formats.

Also announced for the show is VOX™ Lite, a small-scale version of its popular VOX voice-automated production option. A popular automated solution for visual radio, as well as government and corporate meetings for television, Internet, and in-house projection, VOX Lite eliminates the need for an operator for live productions, as sophisticated software detects which microphone is in use and switches cameras for automatic video-follow-audio productions. VOX Lite supports four microphones and works with any Flint, Granite or Mica integrated production switcher.

About Broadcast Pix Founded in 2002, Broadcast Pix is the leader in integrated production switchers, with customers in more than 110 countries. Available in several configurations, from compact systems with end-to-end integration to large-scale systems for high-end live productions, Broadcast Pix switchers include CG, dual clip stores, file-based macros, external control software, and customizable multi-view and virtual sets with patented control options. Broadcast Pix also offers ReVue next generation slow motion systems, fX3D real-time 3D graphics, Rapid CG dynamic graphic playout software, and VOX voice-automated live video production, each designed to enhance our highly integrated live production switchers. Customers include leading broadcast, corporate, education, government, religious, sports, streaming, and visual radio studios. Learn more at www.broadcastpix.com.

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

Sarasota Upgrades to HD Production for City Commission Coverage with Broadcast Pix

Billerica, Massachusetts – Broadcast Pix™ today announced the city of Sarasota, Fla., has upgraded its City Hall facilities to a native HD infrastructure, anchored by a Granite™ 2000 integrated production switcher, to produce its city commission meetings for television and the Web.

In 2000, the city upgraded its small production facility in City Hall with an S-Video infrastructure. More than a dozen years later, however, the city found it difficult to maintain or replace its outdated equipment. In February, Encore Broadcast Solutions of Tampa, Fla., installed a system-wide upgrade, including an HD-SDI signal path.

“Part of our impetus for doing the upgrade was to upgrade to HD production and adopt a digital workflow,” said Miles Larsen, public broadcasting manager, city of Sarasota.

Coverage of city commission meetings is sent via fiber to master control in a nearby county building for Access Sarasota, a unique government access channel available locally on Comcast Cable and Verizon FiOS that is shared between Sarasota County and the city. Neither Comcast nor Verizon provides an HD channel, so Access Sarasota sends a 4:3 letterbox signal of its meeting coverage to maintain the wide aspect ratio. The city also provides live and on-demand HD meeting coverage on its Web site.

The upgraded system includes three new Panasonic PTZ HD cameras (as well as a previously purchased document camera) in the commission chambers. One camera provides a wide shot of the commission, another shoots close-ups of commission members, and a third is positioned to shoot presenters. The chamber upgrade also included new microphones and an electronic voting system.

In the control room, the Granite system replaced an aging Echolab switcher and PC-based graphics system. “We were not planning on doing a lot of crazy, elaborate stuff,” Larsen recalled. “This is a dedicated switcher just for covering meetings. We actually went back to Encore and asked if the Granite was more than what we needed, and they said we’d want room to grow. They were right.”

With 11 SDI inputs, Granite provides the city commission with enough inputs for all four cameras, as well as DVDs, USB thumb drives and tablets supplied by residents, when necessary. Plus, Encore and Broadcast Pix engineers were able to create an API to allow our switcher to integrate with the AMX control system in the commission chambers, so a staff member can run the production, if necessary.

Granite’s built-in production tools, including the customizable Fluent-View multi-view, have also improved workflow during meetings. In particular, the Inscriber CG is a “huge upgrade” from the previous graphics system, which Larsen said was poorly integrated and poorly positioned in the control room. “Having the CG inside the switcher is so nice,” he added. “There’s no rolling your chair back and forth between workstations, and it’s so much easier to make changes.”

The new system has only been in use since March, but Larsen is already planning to use Granite’s built-in clip store to add roll-ins to open and close meeting coverage. “We can do things we just couldn’t do before, and we have the freedom to think creatively and improve our production values,” he said. “Every time I sit down in front of the Granite, from the beginning of the meeting to the end of the meeting, I’m more convinced it was the right decision. It makes our productions easier and better.”

About Broadcast Pix Founded in 2002, Broadcast Pix is the leader in integrated production switchers, with customers in more than 110 countries. Available in several configurations, from compact systems with end-to-end integration to large-scale systems for high-end live productions, Broadcast Pix switchers include CG, dual clip stores, file-based macros, external control software, and customizable multi-view and virtual sets with patented control options. Broadcast Pix also offers ReVue next generation slow motion systems, fX3D real-time 3D graphics, Rapid CG dynamic graphic playout software, and VOX voice-automated live video production, each designed to enhance our highly integrated live production switchers. Customers include leading broadcast, corporate, education, government, religious, sports, streaming, and visual radio studios. Learn more at www.broadcastpix.com.

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

ABS to Open Systems Integration Company in Singapore

SEATAC, WA — Professional video and audio systems integration firm Advanced Broadcast Solutions (ABS) today announced it will open Advanced Broadcast Solutions – Asia Pte. Ltd. in Singapore on June 17. The new company will provide consulting and design services, systems integration, and maintenance and support for professional video, audio, and IT solutions in the Asia-Pacific region.

Mark Siegel, president of ABS, said the new company will improve support and service for its customers. “We’ve had great success in the region over the last several years, but we’ve been conducting business out of the U.S.,” he explained. “The strong demand from our customers in the Asia-Pacific region warrants a dedicated company with local resources in Singapore. With the new focused company, we will be able to provide even better service for our new and existing customers in the region.”

Industry veteran Dennis Breckenridge, who has been established in the region for years, will serve as managing director for Advanced Broadcast Solutions – Asia Pte. Ltd. Most recently, Breckenridge was based in Singapore for Grass Valley as systems sales manager. During that time, he designed and delivered major projects throughout the region including the International Broadcast Center for the 27th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games in Myanmar, OB trucks and portable systems, and new broadcast and news production facilities. Previously, he spent more than four years as director of sales, Asia Pacific Region, for Broadcast Pix.

“Dennis is well respected in the professional video industry and is very familiar with the Asia Pacific markets,” said Siegel. “We are excited to welcome him to the ABS team and lead our efforts to become the premier systems integrator in Singapore.”

Breckenridge will be available for consultations at BroadcastAsia 2014, which runs June 17-20 at the Marina Bay Sands in Singapore. Contact him at +65 8499 3337 or via e-mail at dbreck@advancedbroadcastsolutions.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 GOCOM Media, Cowles California Media, Cisco Systems, Meredith, and Time Warner Communications. For more information, call 206-870-0244 or visit www.advancedbroadcastsolutions.com.

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