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Zylight Debuts Long Throw Black Light Version of F8 LED Fresnel at LDI 2014

LOS ANGELES – Zylight, a leading manufacturer of innovative LED lighting solutions, will unveil the F8-B, a black light version of its popular LED Fresnel, at Live Design International (LDI) 2014, which runs Nov. 21-23 in Las Vegas, Nev. The new light, which offers a continuously adjustable beam angle (16-70 degrees), will be demonstrated in the USHIO America booth (1451) during the show.

The F8-B features a proprietary ultraviolet chip for true black light applications, such as specialized lighting requirements for amusements park attractions or theatrical productions. It provides four times the fluorescentF8-B brightness of a traditional 400-watt Fresnel black light at the same distance, but onlyF8-B draws about one quarter of the electrical power. With its patented flat focusing system and eight-inch SCHOTT glass lens, the F8-B is one of the only dedicated LED UV instruments on the market that delivers variable zoom control.

“Black lights are a popular choice for artistic effects, and the F8-B is one of the most versatile professional UV lights on the market,” said Joe Arnao, Zylight president. “The ability to throw the source further with a Fresnel is different than most typical LED black light fixtures. Our proprietary chip was specifically designed to take advantage of our F8 platform, so lighting designers get all the features and performance they’ve come to expect from Zylight. It’s a great choice for both permanent installations and traveling theater troupes where a powerful black light is required.”

The compact F8-B collapses to four inches thick for easy transport and storage. It is also water resistant (IP54) for use in challenging environments, and can be powered by a worldwide AC adapter or even standard 14.4V camera battery. Like other Zylight models, the F8-B features ZyLink wireless technology, which makes it easy to link multiple Zylights for simultaneous remote control, and full DMX operation.

ABOUT ZYLIGHT LLC
Founded in 2003, Zylight LLC is the leading manufacturer of intelligent LED lighting instruments for the film and video production industry. Every model in its easy-to-use lighting system produces fully calibrated bright white light, while some also provide a spectrum of adjustable colors without gels. Full wireless control and DMX integration are included, and AC or DC power options are available. The Zylight state-of-the-art LED system is truly the most unique and flexible lighting system on the market today. With more than 50 dealers worldwide, Zylight continues to develop innovative LED lighting solutions to help make your job easier. More Than Bright–Zylight. Find out more at www.zylight.com.

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PESA Showcases Streaming Solutions, JITC-Certified Distribution Gear at GV Expo

Huntsville, Alabama – PESA, a leading designer and manufacturer of professional audio and video distribution solutions, will showcase its PESA Xstream family of streaming appliances, PESA Live app for iOS and Android smart devices, U.S. Department of Defense approved Video Distribution System (VDS) components, Cheetah 4K routers and field upgrade kits, and live production programmable remote control panels at Government Video Expo, which runs Dec. 3-4, 2014, in Washington, D.C. (Booth 429).

For the first time at GV Expo, PESA will show its new PESA Xstream C22 compact streaming system, which can be part of a larger hybrid broadcast system or standalone streaming appliance. An ideal solution for government, security, CCW- product group photoeducational, medical, and broadcast applications, the C22 allows CCW- product group photoAV professionals to compress, stream, and share high-quality content between locations, as well as enable streaming in existing video distribution. It can be configured as a two-port video encoder or two-port decoder, or can include one of each. Two units can be paired to allow bi-directional live interaction between sites.

The C22 offers a variety of video inputs, its built-in genlock allows video signals to be locked to an external source for glitch-free video switching, and two external audio sources can be synchronized to either or both video streams. An HDMI out allows for local preview, while an integrated Web server provides full remote control, so no personnel are required on site for streaming content to another facility.

Working in conjunction with the PESA Xstream C58 streaming appliance, PESA Live delivers a high-quality, multi-channel video stream with synchronized audio that users can customize during conferences or other live events. With its intuitive interface, the chat-enabled app also allows real-time social media interaction via Twitter without missing any of the audio or video presentation. Content producers can add logos and other branding, as well as advertising, for targeted messaging. Content distribution options include local Wi-Fi or publishing to a content distribution network (CDN).

Earlier this year, the DoD approved upgrades to PESA’s VDS, including several products in its Cheetah large-scale digital router product line. In 2013, PESA was the first company to achieve listing as a VDS on the Department of Defense Unified Capabilities (UC) Approved Products List (APL), which is managed by the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA). The upgraded products received Interoperability Certification (IOC) and Information Assurance (IA) accreditation from DISA’s Joint Interoperability Test Command (JITC), which is responsible for certifying joint and combined interoperability of all DoD information technology and national security systems.

The most significant upgrade is PESA’s series of Vidblox 2K DVI dual link extenders, which transport video resolutions up to 2560×1600@60Hz over coax and/or fiber. “Vidblox 2K provides an inexpensive multi-path solution for distributing ultra high-resolution graphics over long distances,” explained Col. John T. Wright (U.S. Army, Retired), PESA senior vice president, sales and business development. “Our Cheetah routers are already used by the U.S. military, NASA, and other federal agencies. JITC certification is very important because it ensures that DoD officials can rely on our products to deliver high-quality imagery for C4ISR between distinct video chains.”

New PESA Cheetah routers are now available in multiple configurations to manage the expanded bandwidth requirements of 4K signals. 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. For current 3G-SDI Cheetah routers, retrofit kits provide a simple plug-and-play upgrade solution. 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 configured for 4K, the router can run both 4K and 3G-SDI signals in parallel.

PESA will also showcase its two advanced remote control panels for live production. The Smart32 features 32 dynamically reprogrammable LCD buttons arranged in a 2×16 configuration, while the Touch72 LCD features 72 programmable LCD push button switches, along with a color touch-screen display. Buttons can be customized by color with text and icon graphics through Cattrax, PESA’s management control software, and any switch can be configured as a source, destination, level, salvo, or control.

Please note: The proper reference to PESA Switching Systems, Inc. in all written communication is with all letters capitalized, i.e. PESA, to reflect its broadened product range. Kindly refer to the company this way in all written copy.

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. Follow us on Twitter: @PESA_ONLINE.

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Zylight Debuts White Fixtures for Special Lighting Installations at LDI 2014

LOS ANGELES – Zylight, a leading manufacturer of innovative LED lighting solutions, will introduce versions of its F8 LED Fresnel and IS3c LED large panel lights housed in white fixtures at Live Design International (LDI) 2014, which runs Nov. 21-23 in Las Vegas, Nev. Designed for special architectural and staging applications, the new lights will be showcased in the USHIO America booth (1451) during the show and are available now.

“White lighting fixtures are popular in the worship market and many other professional environments because they blend in better than black fixtures in conference rooms, churches, and other permanent installations,” explained Charlie Collias, senior vice president, F8-photoworldwide sales. “Many sites have been hesitant to adopt LED lighting technology because the fixtures themselves were not aesthetically F8-photopleasing, but our new white housings will help churches and other facilities enjoy more reliable lighting with significant power savings.”

Available in tungsten (3200K) or daylight (5600K), the F8’s LED engine with quantum dot technology provides a cooler, more energy efficient light than traditional Fresnel instruments. It only draws 90 watts, but has close to the light output of a traditional 1000-watt Fresnel.

The F8 has a high CRI (Color Rendering Index) as well as a high TLCI (Television Lighting Consistency Index), and maintains single shadow traditional Fresnel beam shaping through an eight-inch SCHOTT glass lens. With a patented focusing system for spot and flood operations, the fully dimmable F8 offers an adjustable beam spread (16-70 degrees). For portable lighting situations, the compact F8 also collapses to less than four inches thick for easy transport and storage. 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. Plus, it features full DMX operation, making it an ideal compact choice for venues looking for high quality lighting while staying as slim and unobtrusive as possible.

The white version of the IS3c now offers a choice between a newly redesigned Chimera soft box or a F8-photo 2spring loaded pop-up version designed by DoP Choice, which can be custom ordered in white. The fully dimmable IS3c is a wide, high-output soft light with built-in controls for adjusting color temperature, color correction, and Zylight’s Color Mode, which produces millions of colors without gels or filters. Ideal for house of worship or rental and staging applications, it can serve as a background color wash light or as a wide soft light, and can be controlled via DMX.

Both lights are equipped with ZyLink wireless technology, which makes it easy to link multiple Zylights for simultaneous remote control. As a result, several F8s or IS3cs can be grouped together and linked for unique lighting scenarios.

ABOUT ZYLIGHT LLC
Founded in 2003, Zylight LLC is the leading manufacturer of intelligent LED lighting instruments for the film and video production industry. Every model in its easy-to-use lighting system produces fully calibrated bright white light, while some also provide a spectrum of adjustable colors without gels. Full wireless control and DMX integration are included, and AC or DC power options are available. The Zylight state-of-the-art LED system is truly the most unique and flexible lighting system on the market today. With more than 50 dealers worldwide, Zylight continues to develop innovative LED lighting solutions to help make your job easier. More Than Bright – Zylight. Find out more at www.zylight.com.

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FOR-A to Feature Variety of 4K Products & New Technology at 50TH Annual Inter BEE Show

Tokyo, Japan – FOR-A Company Limited will exhibit a range of its 4K compatible solutions at this week’s Inter BEE 2014 show, including: camera, frame rate converter, video switcher, multi viewer and signal processing equipment. The company will also display video archiving, virtual system, camera and file-based technology at Japan’s largest broadcast equipment exhibition. Held at Makuhari Messe in Chiba from November 19-21, this year marks the 50th annual exhibition of Inter BEE. FOR-A will be located in Hall 4, Booth #4208.

One highlight of FOR-A’s booth will be the newest version of the company’s 4K variable frame rate FRC-9000_image_140815camera, the FT-ONE-S. Making its world FT-ONE-S_Pers_141113debut, this latest version of the FT-ONE is smaller and lighter, allowing for more mobility. The camera links operators optically and via an intercom system, enabling users to shoot from the field with up to one km distance between the unit and base station. The FT-ONE-S also features enhanced resistance to dust and water and the ability to color correct video output live using its 12-axis system. FOR-A’s ZE-ONE 4K extraction system, which gives users the ability to frame and extract desired 4K image areas for HD replays, will also be introduced in Inter BEE.

Another new camera at the FOR-A’s booth is the FLOVEL HBC-2000 ultra-high sensitivity HbCMOS HBC-2000HDTV unit. FOR-A will also display FLOVEL’s new HBC-3600 ultra-high sensitivity camera, which is capable of near-infrared recording. Both units enable operators to record brilliant colored video in darkness with noise reduction.

One of several products being shown for the first time in Japan is the FRC-9000 4K/HD/SD frame rate converter. Ideal for live transmission use, the unit features FOR-A’s enhanced FRC-9000_image_140815motion compensation frame rate conversion technology. First introduced at IBC 2014, the FRC-9000 is capable of simultaneously converting two channels of video.

Another Japanese introduction is the HVS-2000 HANABI video switcher. The 4K compatible switcher features unique functionality that makes video switching more versatile than ever, including its expanded M/E capabilities, full operator transition control, key customization, and a new easy-to-use panel menu system. The HVS-100/110 video switchers will also be displayed. Also capable of 4K production, the portable video switcher is offered in two models: the HVS-100, which comes with a FT-ONE-S_Pers_141113separate main unit and control panel, and the HVS-110, which features a compact, integrated design.

On the multi viewer front, FOR-A has a variety of new technology, including the 4K compatible MV-4200, MV-42HSA and MV-1620HSA units. All three multi viewers were introduced earlier this year. The MV-4200 is a 2 RU unit that is capable of handling up to 68 inputs and eight channels of output. FOR-A’s MV-42HSA 4K monitoring down converter supports 3G-SDI inputs and 4-input split-screen displays. The 1 R/U MV-1620HSA accepts up to 16 channels of signals for monitoring on up to two screens.

Other products on display include: FOR-A’s URC-4000 4K up converter – a unit that provides powerful, super resolution up-conversion and turns HD video into 4K in real-time. Also at Inter BEE FOR-A’s new FA-505 signal processor will be introduced. The 5-input, 5-output unit features up/down/cross conversion capability on each input as a standard feature. The FA-1010 signal processor will also be on hand. It offers multi-channel routing between sources as well as effective video and audio signal processing for line, relay, reporting, production, editing and delivery applications.

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, visit our web site at www.for-a.co.jp

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Mark Warner Joins Engineering Team at Advanced Systems Group

EMERYVILLE, CALIF. – Advanced Systems Group (ASG), a leading data, video, audio and film integration firm, has added industry veteran Mark Warner to its engineering team, effective Oct. 27. He is responsible for managing projects for broadcast, new media, and corporate clients.

During his Emmy award-winning production career, Warner directed NFL and Olympic broadcasts for NBC Sports, as well as college sports for ESPN, ABC, and FOX Sports, among others. As operations SONY DSCmanager for KING Broadcasting, he designed and managed the station’s new HDTV facility. He later served as director of SONY DSCbroadcasting/streaming for RealNetworks and director of Microsoft Studios. Most recently, he spent six years as vice president and director of systems engineering for Advanced Broadcast Solutions in SeaTac, Wash.

“Mark understands the requirements of video production, because he excelled at it at the highest level,” said Dave Van Hoy, president of ASG. “He’s also spent 20 years designing and managing projects for a variety of clients, and was quick to embrace streaming technologies and file-based workflows. Mark is an excellent addition to the ASG team.”

Warner is based out of the company’s main office in Emeryville. He can be reached at 510-654-8300 or via e-mail at mark@asgllc.com.

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.

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PESA Talks Streaming Video Benefits at Streaming Media West 2014

Huntsville, Alabama – PESA, a leading designer and manufacturer of professional audio and video distribution solutions, will present “Fiber? Satellite? Stream!” at Streaming Media West 2014, which runs Nov. 18-19 in Huntington Beach, Calif. Part of the conference program’s “Discovery Track,” PESA’s presentation begins at 11:30 a.m. on Nov. 19.

Presented by John Naylor, PESA’s vice president of global sales and distribution for streaming products, the session will examine the benefits and trade-offs of deploying streaming technology for point-to-point video links.

“Streaming technology has reached the point where it can be used effectively as a substitute for fiber runs at the enterprise level or for satellite links for PESA XSTREAM C22 Front JPEGglobal communications,” Naylor said. “We’ll discuss how some companies have already effectively implemented this technology – and what other organizations can learn from those initiatives.”

Streaming Media West spotlights online video technologies, content creation and distribution, and new business strategies through its conference program, exhibit hall, and networking opportunities.Xstream C22 PESA will also be an exhibitor at the show (Booth 312), showcasing its PESA Xstream product family and new PESA Live streaming app for iOS and Android smart devices.

Working in conjunction with the PESA Xstream C58 streaming appliance, PESA Live delivers a high-quality video stream with synchronized audio that allows users to customize their multi-channel viewing experience via an intuitive user interface during live events. The chat-enabled app also allows users to interact with others through Twitter and other social media sites in real time during the event without missing any of the audio or video presentation.

Logos or other branding can be easily added to the PESA Live video stream for targeted advertising and messaging, and the app’s ad insertion capabilities allow content producers to promote local businesses, upcoming events, or in-stadium services. Content can be distributed locally by limiting access to the venue’s Wi-Fi or published globally to a content distribution network (CDN).

PESA will also show its new PESA Xstream C22 compact streaming system, which is ideal for medical and educational applications, justice and government, security and first responders, and sports and entertainment production. It allows AV professionals to compress, stream, and share high-quality content between locations, as well as enable streaming in existing video distribution. As part of a larger hybrid broadcast system or standalone streaming appliance, the C22 can be configured as a two port video encoder or two port decoder, or can include one of each. Two units can be paired to allow bi-directional live interaction between sites.

The C22 offers a variety of video inputs, and its built-in genlock allows video signals to be locked to an external source for glitch-free video switching. During an event, two external audio sources can be synchronized to either or both video streams. An HDMI out allows for local preview, while an integrated Web server provides full remote control, so no personnel are required on site for streaming content to another facility.

Please note: The proper reference to PESA Switching Systems, Inc. in all written communication is with all letters capitalized, i.e. PESA, to reflect its broadened product range. Kindly refer to the company this way in all written copy.

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. Follow us on Twitter: @PESA_ONLINE.

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JVC Launches 4KCAM Product Line with Three Handheld Cameras at CCW 2014

WAYNE, NJ – JVC Professional Products, a division of JVCKENWOOD USA Corporation, will introduce its 4KCAM product line and unveil three handheld camera models at Content & Communications World (CCW) 2014, which runs Nov. 12-13 in New York City.

The new GY-LS300 is a Super 35mm camcorder that accepts a variety of interchangeable lenses, the GY-HM200 is a versatile, full-featured 4K Ultra HD 4KCAMcamcorder with HD streaming, and the GY-HM170 delivers 4K Ultra HD imagery in an economical, palm-sized camera with professional features.

“When we launched our ProHD product line, JVC made professional HD production affordable. Our new 4KCAM product line follows that same tradition, with three new cameras that make ultra-high4KCAM definition 4K economical for cinematographers, webcasters and broadcasters, corporate and live event production teams, and even independent shooters,” said Larry Librach, senior vice president, JVC Professional Products.

GY-LS300 4KCAM S35mm Camcorder
The GY-LS300 records to non-proprietary SDHC and SDXC media cards in a variety of image formats including 4K Ultra HD, Full HD with 4:2:2 sampling, SD, and Web-friendly proxy formats. It features JVC’s 4K Super 35mm CMOS sensor combined with an industry standard Micro Four Thirds (MFT) lens mount. JVC’s unique Variable Scan Mapping technology maintains the native angle of view for a variety of lenses, including Super35, MFT, and Super16. As a result, lens options for the camera are almost limitless.

“The combination of a Super 35 sensor and MFT mount is a brilliant solution to accommodate the largest variety of lenses and adapters without compromising image quality and lens characteristics,” said Edgar Shane, general manager of engineering, JVC Professional Products. “It gives filmmakers flexibility to use high-end cinema lenses or affordable glass to capture 4K/HD footage.”

GY-HM200 4KCAM Streaming Camcorder

The versatile GY-HM200 offers an outstanding combination of professional features and performance for any shooting scenario. It delivers 4K Ultra HD, 4:2:2 Full HD (50Mbps), and SD imagery with a 1/2.3-inch BSI CMOS chip. It also features a 4KCAM-2built-in 12x zoom lens with optical image stabilizer and 4KCAM-224x dynamic zoom in HD mode. Both the GY-LS300 and GY-HM200 include dual XLR audio inputs that are mic/line switchable and feature built-in phantom power, an integrated handle with hot shoe and dedicated microphone mount, and SDI and HDMI video outputs.

The GY-HM200 is also JVC’s most affordable streaming camcorder, and can stream instantly to Ustream or other destinations while simultaneously recording to SDHC/SDXC media cards. A built-in HD streaming engine with Wi-Fi and 4G LTE connectivity allows live HD transmission directly from the GY-HM200 and GY-LS300 to hardware decoders, Ustream, Wowza Streaming Engine, and the ProHD Broadcaster server powered by Zixi. A variety of streaming protocols including RTMP allows delivering content directly to popular streaming Web sites and content delivery networks (CDN). Zixi’s Advanced Streaming Technology (AST) provides content-aware error correction and bandwidth shaping, while JVC’s Streamconfidence delivers real-time feedback of LTE and streaming status in the viewfinder.

GY-HM170 4KCAM Compact Camcorder

While very compact, the economical GY-HM170 features a heavy duty body with professional control layout and comprehensive video profile settings for professional use. Keeping with JVC’s commitment to native file workflows, the camera records 4K Ultra HD as H.264 files, and can record HD and SD footage in a variety of resolutions and frame rates. Other features include an integrated 12x optical zoom lens with two ND filters, built-in stereo microphone and 3.5mm audio input, and live 4K UHD output through a built-in HDMI connector.

The 4KCAM product line is an ideal complement to JVC’s successful ProHD product line. All three new cameras feature dual SDHC/SDXC card slots for dual, backup, and continuous recording. The camcorders also include a 3.5-inch LCD display and 1.56 megapixel color viewfinder, both with smart focus assist functions, and offer two-channel audio recording.

The GY-HM200 has an MSRP of $2,995 and the GY-HM170 has an MSRP of $2,495. Both will be available in February. The GY-LS300 has an MSRP of $4,450 and will be available in March.

ABOUT JVC PROFESSIONAL VIDEO
Headquartered in Wayne, New Jersey, JVC Professional Products is a division of JVCKENWOOD USA Corporation, a wholly-owned subsidiary of JVC Kenwood Corporation. The company 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 Demos New Streaming App, 4K Routing Options at CCW 2014

Huntsville, Alabama – PESA, a leading designer and manufacturer of professional audio and video distribution solutions, will demonstrate its new PESA Live streaming app for iOS and Android smart devices, PESA Xstream family of streaming appliances, live production programmable remote control panels, and Cheetah 4K routers and field upgrade kits at Content & Communications World (CCW) 2014, which runs Nov. 12-13 in New York City (Booth 800).

The PESA Live app delivers a high-quality, multi-channel video stream with synchronized audio that users can customize during live events with an intuitive interface. The chat-enabled app also allows real-time social media interaction via Twitter without missing any of the audio or video presentation. For targeted CCW- product group photoadvertising and messaging, content producers can add logos and other branding to the video, as well as insert revenue generating advertising. Content distribution options include local Wi-Fi or publishing to a content distribution network (CDN).

“PESA Live works in conjunction with our PESA Xstream C58 streaming appliance to provide an CCW- product group photoaffordable way to enhance a live event with personalized video selection,” said John Naylor, vice president, global sales and distribution, streaming products. “Plus, stadiums and other venues can see an immediate ROI with its built-in ad insertion capabilities.”

Also at CCW, PESA will show its new PESA Xstream C22 compact streaming system, which allows AV professionals to compress, stream, and share high-quality content between locations, as well as enable streaming in existing video distribution. As part of a larger hybrid broadcast system or standalone streaming appliance, the C22 can be configured as a two-port video encoder or two-port decoder, or can include one of each. Two units can be paired to allow bi-directional live interaction between sites.

An ideal solution for medical, educational, government, security, sports, and news and entertainment applications, the C22 offers a variety of video inputs, while its built-in genlock allows video signals to be locked to an external source for glitch-free video switching. During an event, two external audio sources can be synchronized to either or both video streams. An HDMI out allows for local preview, while an integrated Web server provides full remote control, so no personnel are required on site for streaming content to another facility.

PESA’s two advanced remote control panels are designed for live production. The Touch72 LCD features 72 programmable LCD push button switches, along with a color touch-screen display, while the Smart32 features 32 dynamically reprogrammable LCD buttons arranged in a 2×16 configuration. Buttons can be customized by color with text and icon graphics through Cattrax, PESA’s management control software, and any switch can be configured as a source, destination, level, salvo, or control.

New PESA Cheetah routers are now available in multiple configurations to manage the expanded bandwidth requirements of 4K signals. Using PESA’s 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.

For current 3G-SDI Cheetah routers, retrofit kits provide a simple plug-and-play upgrade solution. 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 configured for 4K, the router can run both 4K and 3G-SDI signals in parallel.
Please note: The proper reference to PESA Switching Systems, Inc. in all written communication is with all letters capitalized, i.e. PESA, to reflect its broadened product range. Kindly refer to the company this way in all written copy.

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. Follow us on Twitter: @PESA_ONLINE.

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Broadcast Pix Launches Trade-In Promotion at CCW 2014

Billerica, Massachusetts – Broadcast Pix™ will launch its new “Cast Out Your Old Switcher” trade-in promotion at Content & Communications World (CCW) 2014, which runs Nov. 12-13 in New York City (Booth 1258). The company will also demonstrate the components of its new Sports Bundle, including the Granite™ X large-scale integrated production switcher, ReVue slow motion system, and FX3D real-time 3D graphics platform.

During the “Cast Out” promotion, Broadcast Pix will provide a free 500 control panel or $2,000 off the cost of a 1000 or 2000 control panel for customers who Sports Bundle-2trade in any video production switcher toward the purchase of a new Flint™ LS, Mica™, or Granite system. Trade in any switcher with “cast” in its name and also receive free PixPlay software, which allows any Broadcast Pix integrated production Sports Bundle-2switcher to provide slow motion control to a Blackmagic Design HyperDeck or AJA Video Systems Ki Pro disk recorder. The “Cast Out Your Old Switcher” promotion ends on Dec. 31, 2014, and all orders must be shipped by the end of the year.

Announced last month, the Broadcast Pix Sports Bundle is a tightly integrated package that provides the sophisticated switching, multi-camera replay, and 3D graphics expected by today’s sports viewers. It is anchored by the Granite X 2 M/E production switcher, with 22 SDI inputs, 12 outputs, seven channels of file-based inputs, six key layers, dual-channel clip server, and access to cloud-based content. Granite X also features a number of additional built-in production tools – including a customizable multi-view, CG, and file-based macros.

Developed in collaboration with strategic partner EditShare, ReVue offers variable speed playback of two or four channels of video in sync, and its compact controller includes a jog/shuttle wheel and intuitive controls for review and playback. FX3D creates a simplified end-to-end graphics workflow, complete with a library of royalty-free 3D objects and animations, easy import of 3D models from other programs, a full rendering engine for original 2D and 3D models, and a playout engine with template-based rundown controller and asset search capabilities.

“Our new ‘Cast Out’ promotion is a great opportunity to upgrade your control room with one of our integrated production switchers,” said Steve Ellis, CEO of Broadcast Pix. “CCW is also a great venue to showcase our very affordable Sports Bundle integrated solution, which can deliver live productions with slo-mo and 3D graphics that rival the big sports networks.”

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.

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FOR-A to Exhibit at Upcoming CCW+SATCON Conference & Expo

Cypress, CA – At the upcoming CCW+SATCON Conference & Expo, held November 12-13 at the Javits Convention Center in New York, FOR-A America will showcase several video production solutions. Exhibiting in Booth 1111, the company will display its popular video switcher, multiviewer, video archiving recorder, signal processor, video stabilizer and video transmission units.

One FOR-A video switcher that will be on hand is the portable HVS-100 HD/SD unit. Boasting exceptional cost performance, the HVS-100 includes mixed HD/SD input, frame MV-1620HSsynchronizing, reHVS-110 Panel JPEG-sizing engine, 2.5D wipe effects, DVE, Chroma keyer and DSK. The switcher offers a built-in Web browser for remote control, as well as a clip memory feature in the still store to support playback of video or animations. Eight HD/SD SDI inputs, four HD/SD SDI outputs and one HDMI output come standard with the unit. Also to be shown at CCW is FOR-A’s flexible HVS-390HS switcher, which offers up to three different control panels and 10 remote AUX control panels that can be used simultaneously.

FOR-A will also display its FA-505 multi channel signal processor. Introduced earlier this year and ideal for 4K applications, the FA-505 is a 5-input, 5-ouput signal processor featuring up/down/cross conversion capability on each input. The unit includes a powerful synchronizer with frame/line/AVDL modes, video delay line of up to eight frames, full RGB color correction, and 16 channels of embedded audio per channel – with the ability to remap channels from any input to any output. Also on the signal processor front, FOR-A will show its award-winning FA-1010 unit, as well as its FA-9520 dual channel multipurpose unit.

A new FOR-A multi viewer will also make its CCW Expo debut, the 4K-compatible MV-1620HSA MV-1620HS3G/HD/SD/analog mixed high-resolution unit. Capable of accepting up to 16 channels of signals for monitoring on up to two screens, the 1RU unit is a compact but full-featured multi viewer. The MV-1620HSA includes the option to cascade it with other units to display up to 64 sources simultaneously, and its Layout Manager enables easy layout of 4K video in a seamless display.

As its exclusive North American dealer, FOR-A will also showcase Fujitsu’s IP-920 encoder/decoder solutions. Using H.264 technology encoding, the IP-920 is capable of operating at less than 99ms back-to-back latency, and feature real-time transmission and robust error correction.

FOR-A will also display its LTR-100HS6 video archiving recorder, which supports LTO-5 and LTO-6 technology and includes HD/SD-SDI input/output, broadcast quality codec, and MXF (OP-1a) wrapping and unwrapping. Additionally, the company will showcase its IVS-710HS HD/SD video stabilizer.

Produced by NAB, CCW+SATCON is the largest media, entertainment, video and communications technology conference and exposition on the East Coast of the United States. The event includes over 300 exhibiting companies and draws more than 7,000 attendees annually.

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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