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FUJINON Lenses Capture U.S. Open Tennis Action During F&F Productions’ GTX-17 Mobile Unit Debut

Mobile production company orders 17 new FUJINON HDTV lenses to meet growing business demands; Total of 29 FUJINON lenses ordered this year

Wayne, N.J. – To deal with recent record-breaking business—including several major sporting events this past month —Clearwater, FL-based F&F Productions pushed its HD mobile fleet to the limit with help from its arsenal of FUJINON lenses from the Optical Devices Division of FUJIFILM North America Corporation. Following up on the company’s order of 12 lenses earlier this year, F&F Productions placed an order for 17 new FUJINON US Open FUJINON Lenseslenses, including nine XA99x8.4 ultra-wide field lenses, four HA18x5.5 ENG wide-angle lenses, and four HA23x7.6 telephoto ENG lenses, bringing the total number of FUJINON lenses it has ordered over the last four months to 29 units.

While the lens order made earlier this year was part of an overall camera/lens purchase for the GTX-15 mobile unit as well as F&F’s pool US Open FUJINON Lensesinventory, the new order was specifically for the company’s new GTX-17 mobile unit. The GTX-17 made its debut at the U.S. Open Tennis Tournament held in Flushing, New York earlier this month.

“The FUJINON 99x’s allow the operator to pull wider than other lenses, while still preserving the desired focal length,” said George Orgera, President/CEO of F&F Productions. “This is of great value to our sports and entertainment clientele. In general, during live TV productions, where failure is not an option, we’ve always counted on FUJINON as our go-to lenses because of their exceptional imaging quality and reliability.”
In addition to the U.S. Open, F&F’s GTX Signature Series Fleet has served as the production US Open FUJINON Lenses-2facilities for CBS’ SEC package and ESPN College Football.

“In our experience, FUJINON lenses have proven to be up to the challenges US Open FUJINON Lenses-2posed by arduous, long-distance road trips between events and the rigors of live broadcast television production in all types of places and weather conditions,” Orgera said. “We couldn’t have met the demands of such a busy month without the flawless performance of our trucks and FUJINON lenses.”

Earlier this year, from April 5-8, 2014, three F&F HD trucks were busy covering the 2014 NCAA Men’s Final Four championship basketball game. At the successful conclusion of that job, the mobile units then drove directly to the Bank United Center, in Miami to work at the 2014 Billboard Latin Music Awards, which aired live on Telemundo on April 24, 2014. Things really heated up when F&F Productions was hired to provide mobile production services for the 2014 IIFA (International Indian Film Academy) Awards festival. Held concurrently with the Billboard Latin Music Awards, the IIFA Awards festival was a star-studded event, from April 24-26, 2014 in Tampa, watched by close to 800 million viewers worldwide.

About Fujifilm
FUJIFILM North America Corporation, a marketing subsidiary of FUJIFILM Holdings America Corporation consists of four operating divisions and one subsidiary company. The Imaging Division provides consumer and commercial photographic products and services, including: photographic paper; digital printing equipment, along with service and support; personalized photo products; film; and one-time-use cameras; and also markets motion picture archival film and on-set color management solutions to the motion picture, broadcast and production industries. The Electronic Imaging Division markets consumer digital cameras, and the Graphic Systems Division supplies products and services to the graphic printing industry. The Optical Devices Division provides optical lenses for the broadcast, cinematography, closed circuit television, videography and industrial markets, and also markets binoculars. FUJIFILM Canada Inc. sells and markets a range of Fujifilm products and services in Canada. For more information, please visit www.fujifilmusa.com/northamerica, go to www.twitter.com/fujifilmus to follow Fujifilm on Twitter, or go to www.facebook.com/FujifilmNorthAmerica to Like Fujifilm on Facebook. To receive news and information direct from Fujifilm via RSS, subscribe at www.fujifilmusa.com/rss.

FUJIFILM Holdings Corporation, Tokyo, Japan brings continuous innovation and leading-edge products to a broad spectrum of industries, including: 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 $23.9 billion, at an exchange rate of 102 yen to the dollar. Fujifilm is committed to environmental stewardship and good corporate citizenship. For more information, please visit: www.fujifilmholdings.com.

Rally Racing Film Lights Challenging Forest Track with Zylight F8 LED Fresnel

LOS ANGELES– For his graduation film, cinematographer student Sverre Sørdal, who is training at the National Film and Television School (NFTS) in Beaconsfield, U.K., did not take the easy road. Instead, he shot a film about rally racing on a track in the middle of the forest with a very tight shooting schedule and very unpredictable lighting.

Directed by Nick Rowland, Group B is named for the rallying era of the 1980s. The narrative follows Shane, who is returning to the track after aRally Racing-1 major accident, and explores his fears of getting back into racing while trying to find trust in his newly assigned navigator. Rowland and Sørdal previously collaborated on Slap, which received the Virgin Atlantic Little RedRally Racing-1 Award for Best Short Film at the Edinburgh International Film Festival in June.

Principal photography on Group B was five days on a rally track in the Welsh forest, with an additional day of shooting at Beaconsfield Studios. The production crew rented two daylight (5600K) balanced Zylight F8 LED Fresnels from Greenkit, a London-based film lighting rental company. “They are a great lamp to have in my rental stock, as they look great, perform really well and are very portable,” said Pat McEnallay, founder.

The forest location provided plenty of shooting challenges. “Trying to keep consistency was my main worry,” Sørdal recalled. “Our crew and budget were very limited. We split up scenes across multiple days, so we had to move quickly and try to be ready when the sun was. We had a little 6K generator for emergencies, but we did not use it much because we had the Zylights powered with batteries.”

Originally, the plan was to shoot on 35mm film, but the creative team eventually settled on the ARRI ALEXA for most of the shoot. “Luckily, we were helped by Tiffen getting some Black Satin filters that helped us achieve something a bit different,” Sørdal said. Most moving in-car footage was shot with an Iconix HD-RH1 mini-HD camera and RED EPIC, with some aerial footage captured with the Blackmagic Cinema Camera.

“At times when the light was changing at the end of the shooting days, I always brought out the Zylights to keep the consistency and to give some definition,” said Sørdal. “I also found the quality of light to be very good. Mixing it with daylight worked very well.”

Sørdal appreciated the convenience of the battery-powered F8s when compared to lights Rally Racing-2that needed to be connected to the generator, which would then have to be positioned far away so it would not Rally Racing-2interfere with audio for the scene. “We used the F8s handheld on some moving shots – and not having to worry about cabling was very convenient,” he added. “They were light enough to hand-hold over a long period of time, but still had enough weight so you felt you had control, which actually is quite important.”

For one complicated shot, Sørdal wanted to have Shane reflected in the wing mirror as the dust engulfed the image. “We had very little space and time to get the shot, as the light was going quickly,” he said. “While I was trying to figure out how to get the right exposure, our lead gaffer had placed two Zylights just out of shot. There was no real space on the right side of the car where the light had to be placed, but with the very slim profile of the F8s, he managed to get away with it. We had no generator ready on this location, so without them, I’m not sure how we would have managed to get the shot.”

The F8s were also a “blessing” during a night shot while sitting in the back of a van with a Steadicam. “At one point, we had to get out of the car and follow our lead actor further. My spark was sitting in the van with one of the Zylights rigged with handles to give some ambient light, so we could see him running through the forest road,” Sørdal said. “There was no way we could have achieved the same result without a light rigged on batteries.”

Group B is scheduled to premiere at the British Film Institute in February 2015, and Rowland and Sørdal plan to submit the film to film festivals later in the year. “For this project, the F8s were absolutely perfect,” Sørdal noted. ”I will always try to keep a few Zylights up my sleeve because they proved to be excellent.”

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.

JVC Takes ‘F.A.S.T. Track Tour’ to South Florida, Washington D.C.

WAYNE, NJ – The “F.A.S.T. Track Tour,” JVC’s series of presentations promoting the live HD streaming capabilities built into its camcorders and related products, will make its next stops in the South Florida and Washington, D.C. markets. The seminar will be held at the Hilton Fort Lauderdale Marina in Fort Lauderdale on Sept. 23, followed by the Greenbelt Marriott in Greenbelt, Md., on Oct. 15. Both seminars are free, include lunch and run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Short for “Fluent Adaptive Streaming Technology,” F.A.S.T. represents streaming technology built into JVC’s GY-HM650, GY-HM850 and GY-HM890 cameras that includes content-aware error correction to ensure reliable HD transmission over a variety of Internet connections. During the presentation, JVC will showcase the cameras as well as its new BR-800 ProHD Broadcaster server and other products.

The program also includes an introduction to streaming technology and workflows, including details on bandwidth, data rates, encoding and protocols. Industry consultant Jan Ozer, who writes for Streaming Media Magazine and Streaming Media Producer, will host the seminar, which will also feature guest speakers and interactive demonstrations.

The multi-city tour launched in Boston last month and received a very enthusiastic response from attendees, according to Dave Walton, assistant vice president, marketing communications. “The high point was our live interactive demo with a producer from WWSB in Sarasota,” he said. “They use the technology all the time for live shots. That’s when it all really came together for the audience, when they were able to see for themselves how effective our HD streaming technology can be for broadcasters, PEG channels and non-broadcast applications.”

F.A.S.T. Track Tour stops are also being finalized in Chicago, New York and Dallas later this year, with Seattle, Atlanta, San Francisco and Los Angeles dates scheduled for early 2015. Registration is free, but seating is limited. For registration and more information, please visit pro.jvc.com/fast.

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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ABS Strengthens Operations Team with New Hires

SEATAC, WA — Professional video and audio systems integration firm Advanced Broadcast Solutions (ABS) today announced Mindy Siegel Baggett has been hired as director of operations, effective May 27. She is the latest hire in an ongoing effort this year to improve company operations. Natalie Hoffman joined accounts receivable and payable in January, while David McKillip was added in May to manage warehouse and logistics.

A former assistant public school principal, Baggett has built her new career around sales and marketing management. Most recently, she spent three years as the director of patient Mindy Siegel Baggettacquisition for Contemporary Dentistry, where she increased revenue by creating and implementing new policies and procedures. She has also served as director of sales for Supercoups, account executive for Troxell Communications, and educational specialist for Odysseyware.

With a focus on small business, Hoffman has worked for more than 15 years as an accountant and bookkeeper for various companies in the Seattle area. Most recently, she spent eight years as the business office manager for a private mental health agency in Seattle. Previously, she worked as a comptroller for an addiction rehab hospital in Seattle, and handled administrative duties as co-owner of a specialized construction company in Honolulu.

McKillip oversees all shipping and receiving activities, maintains inventory, and has established workplace safety standards. He previously held warehouse and logistics leadership positions for ECCO Manufacturing, Valuable Technologies, Indiana University, and the American Red Cross.
“Our company continues to be successful because we design and deliver customized audio and video production solutions. Part of that process happens behind the scenes, and these new employees have strengthened our in-house operations, which has improved our customer service,” said Mark Siegel, president of ABS.

Baggett, Hoffman and McKillip are based out of the company’s main office in SeaTac. Contact them at 206-870-0244 or via e-mail at mindy@advancedbroadcastsolutions.com, natalie@advancedbroadcastsolutions.com and david@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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MIRA Mobile M-12HD and SportsNet LA Capture High-Quality Close-Ups, Panoramic Shots and Night-time Slo-Mo With FUJINON Optics

Wayne, N.J. – When MIRA Mobile’s new M-12HD rolls into Dodger Stadium on behalf of MIRA customer, SportsNet LA, it does so with shot-capturing skills that rival the speed and focus of any Cy Young Award winner. Four of the truck’s six FUJINON XA99x8.4 ultra-wide field lenses outfitted on Sony HDC2570 studio cameras are positioned at various points on the field – high left field, mid first base, tight center field, and right field. One XA99x mans the high third base position placed on an I-MOVIX ultra-slow-motion system, provided by Fletcher Chicago. M-12 is also equipped with four XA77x9.5 telephoto field lenses.

(On August 29th, NEP announced that they have closed on their acquisition of the assets of MIRA Mobile Television. Per the deal, MIRA’s ten HD mobile units have joined NEP’s fleet, and MIRA’s engineering and support staff have become part of NEP’s team. The completion of this deal greatly expands NEP’s fleet of mobile units, which now includes over 80 HD trucks around the world.)

MIRA Mobile’s M-12 is used by SportsNet LA for production of the Dodger’s home games and the team’s away games on the West coast. During the baseball off season, M-12 stays busy covering west coast NCAA football, basketball, and other events for MIRA customers such as ESPN and the Pac 12 Networks.

“The 99x allows us to get the most intimate shot from across the entire stadium,” said Dustin Denti, Director, SportsNet LA. “They allow our camera operators to get that extra zoom when they need to shoot between two players on the field without looking awful. And they work in conjunction with the Sony camera beautifully. The colors are amazing.”

The versatility of the XA99x is most apparent at the high left field position, where the camera shoots down the third base line. From that remote position, the operator can follow the ball from its initial contact with the bat to a home run ascent over the fence. With a focal length range of 8.4-832mm, the ultra-wide angle lens provides camera operators at Dodger Stadium the ability to capture a fully panoramic image.

Speaking of the XA99x, Stuart Wesolik, Senior Video Engineer, SportsNet LA said, “We have not had a lens like this in this market in quite some time. Primarily, I like the pairing of the Sony 2570 with the 99x for the combined speed. Using a different cameras and lenses last season we were shooting at about an f4.0. This season we shot at about f8.0. There is very little drop off on the end of the lens.”

Speed is most a factor when capturing instant replays with the I-MOVIX variable frame rate camera and XA99x lens at the high third base position. “Even at night, because the 99x is so fast with its light transmission, they’re able to run the camera at a higher speed and get amazing, high-quality slow motion,” reported Frank Coll, Director of Operations and Business Development, MIRA Mobile. “In the past with a lens that wasn’t so fast, you’d have to bump the shutter back, and you couldn’t get the great frame rate on the slow motion system. A video operator using the same camera a Dodger Stadium last year with a different lens said this year’s combination is like night and day.”

Coll also points to the new technology of the lens and its lightweight design as tools enabling operators to be more creative than they have in the past. “This lens is a lot more refined than earlier generation HD lenses. It has super fast light transmission and it’s lightweight. It has a far-reaching telephoto capability yet can also capture wide, panoramic shots. It gives our customers a lot of versatility in one lens. Camera operators really seem to enjoy working with the XA99x. It opens up their ability to be more creative in their shot selections.”

“We’re thrilled with all of the feedback we’ve received from our long-time customer MIRA Mobile and their client SportsNet LA on the performance of our XA99x lens on MIRA’s newest M12 truck for the LA Dodger games,” said Thom Calabro, director, marketing and product development, FUJIFILM North America Corporation, Optical Devices Division. “The team at SportsNet LA are truly pushing the limits of what’s possible in live sports coverage. We’re proud to be a part of their very dynamic productions.”

About FUJIFILM North America Corporation
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 $23.9 billion, at an exchange rate of 102 yen to the dollar. Fujifilm is committed to environmental stewardship and good corporate citizenship. For more information, please visit: www.fujifilmholdings.com.

Danvers Community Access TV Purchases FOR-A Portable Video Switcher as Part of HD Overhaul

Cypress, CA – When Massachusetts’ Danvers Community Access Television (DCAT) recently upgraded its studio facility to high definition, the station did not take the task of ordering new equipment lightly. After extensive research, trade show attendance, and taking suggestions from peers, Dana Healy, the station’s executive director, found herself completely sold on FOR-A’s HVS-XT100 portable video switcher. DCAT began using the switcher in its new studio in June.

“I was adamant in wanting a classic studio switcher that could stand the test of time, and I became enthralled with the HVS-XT100,” said Healy. “It’s a simple, yet powerful unit. I’m confident that the switcher can handle the slews of middle-school aged children as well as beginner producers that will be using it here for years to come.”

DCAT is a 3,000-square foot non-profit television station overseen by Healy and three other employers. The station provides training and offers its facility for local programming production.

“In learning how to operate the unit, there has been a learning curve since the switcher offers so many options, but we are very happy with the workflow,” Healy explained. “Our FOR-A sales representative, Jay Shinn, was very helpful and demonstrated the equipment to us in an easy to understand way.”
Healy added, “One of the functions we’ve been taking advantage of often is the unit’s green screen feature, which are very powerful and create a nice, clean key.”

Introduced last year, the HVS-XT100 is one of the units in FOR-A’s XT switcher series, and offers a wide range of functions, including frame synchronization, multi-viewer capability, re-sizing engine, 2.5D wipe effects, DVE and keyer with chroma key. The HVS-XT100 comes standard with eight HD/SD-SDI inputs and four outputs (plus one HDMI output). A maximum of 14 inputs and six outputs or 12 inputs and eight outputs can be freely assigned, and three slots enable the addition of various inputs and outputs.

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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PESA Promotes Streaming Solutions, 4K Routing at IBC2014

Huntsville, Alabama – PESA, a leading designer and manufacturer of professional audio and video distribution solutions, will showcase its growing line of PESA Xstream streaming appliances, live production programmable remote control panels, and its new Cheetah 4K routers and field upgrade kits at IBC2014 (Hall 8, Stand C03), which runs Sept. 12-16 at Amsterdam RAI. The company will also demonstrate PESA Live, its new streaming app for Android and iOS smart devices, which allows users to manage their own viewing experience during an event with access to multiple live cameras and fully synchronized audio.

With an intuitive user interface, PESA Live makes it easy to select sources during a concert or sporting event, for example, while built-in social media functionalityallows users to interact in real time. Logos and other branding can be added to the video, and revenue generating ad insertion capabilities allow for targeted advertising and messaging. 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 affordable 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. Some high-level entertainment venues in the U.S. have already begun beta testing the system, and we are expecting even more interest at IBC.”

The new PESA Xstream C22 compact appliance, which will be demonstrated at IBC for the first time, includes I/O options for standalone streaming applications or as part of a larger hybrid broadcast system. The C22 can be configured as a two port video encoder or two port decoder, or can include one of each. It includes several video inputs as well as optional SFP modules allowing for expanded connectivity, and its two external audio sources can be synchronized to either or both video streams during an event.

With built-in frame sync, video signals can be locked to an external source for glitch-free video switching in broadcast and pro AV applications. An HDMI out allows for local preview, while an integrated Web server allows full remote control, so no personnel are required on site for streaming content to a production facility.

Multiple C22 units can be used to allow AV professionals to compress, stream and share high-quality content between locations and enable streaming in existing video distribution. The C22 is also an ideal bi-directional content sharing solution. Two C22 units can be configured with one encoder to send video and one decoder to receive video, allowing live interaction between sites.

PESA will also demonstrate its two advanced remote control panels 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. Each push button 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.

Built to manage the expanded bandwidth requirements of 4K signals, new PESA Cheetah routers are now available in multiple configurations. 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. 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.

Retrofit kits provide a simple plug-and-play upgrade solution for current 3G-SDI Cheetah routers. 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.

“European interest in 4K continues to grow, and now PESA offers a full line of 4K routing solutions,” said Dewaine McClellan, international sales manager. “New Cheetahs can be dedicated 4K routers or partitioned and converted later as your 4K needs grow. You can also retrofit existing Cheetah routers in the field to support your move to a 4K infrastructure.”

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. They can also be controlled through traditional RS-232/422 or Ethernet connections, and 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.

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.

Media Technology Expo 2014 Conference Program Addresses Lighting, Audio and 4K Production Issues

SEATAC, WA — Beyond its exhibit hall with hands-on product demonstrations from almost 40 exhibitors, Media Technology Expo 2014 will feature a full schedule of free educational seminars. Presented by professional video and audio systems integration firm Advanced Broadcast Solutions (ABS), MTE 2014 will be held Sept. 30 at Fremont Studios in Seattle and on Oct. 2 at Left Bank Annex in Portland, Ore.

“MTE offers more than just an exhibit hall. It’s an opportunity to learn about production techniques and technologies from industry experts,” said Mark Siegel, president of ABS. “We have a full conference schedule that will provide insight on a number of important topics for video professionals in the Pacific Northwest.”

Steve Strassberg of TC Group will lead an audio seminar at both locations at 11 a.m. “A common audio problem for broadcasters is loudness jumps at transitions of program and commercial material,” he said. “I will discuss loudness issues that still remain in broadcasting and focus on preparing material for different mediums of transmission. From TV to mobile to Web, the audio levels and the way to mix the final product differ and need to be taken into consideration.”

During his session, Joe Cervone, sales manager for Brightline, will discuss broadcast and video conferencing lighting. He said one of the most common problems he sees in broadcast productions is uneven lighting, while video conferencing rooms often rely on general lighting instead of a dedicated lighting system. “My workshop at MTE will cover the methods and acquisition of lighting in the digital age,” he added. “Most importantly, we’ll discuss creative ways to purchase new lighting through available energy management rebates, plant operation cost reductions, and amortization and ROI schedules.”

Other seminars include “Intercoms Moving to IP,” presented by RTS, “Virtual Set / Virtual Augmentation,” presented by Ross Video, and “VariCam and 4K,” presented by Panasonic. Each location will also feature a local “Broadcast Roundtable,” which will address broadcast news technologies and workflows.

MTE 2014 is open 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. in both locations and offers 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 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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FOR-A to Introduce New 4K Frame Rate Converter at IBC 2014

Unit offers versatile conversion for better picture quality

Brugherio, Italy – FOR-A announces that it will introduce the FRC-9000 4K frame rate converter at the upcoming IBC Show, taking place September 12-16 in Amsterdam. Featuring FOR-A’s enhanced motion compensated frame rate conversion technology, FOR-A will showcase the FRC-9000 in its IBC booth, Hall 2, Stand A51.

The FRC-9000 builds upon the success of FOR-A’s FRC-8000 frame rate converter and provides high-quality conversion. Ideal for live transmission use, the unit can be used as a 2 X HD/SD-SDI frame rate converter. The FRC-9000 is ideal for broadcast and film production, offers 3G/HD/SD multi-format support, and can be used for 4K applications.

FOR-A’s new frame rate converter includes up, down, and cross conversion, automatic scene cut detection for simple processing of scene changes, adaptive interlace-to- progressive conversion, detection of 24 effective frames in 2:3 pulldown-converted 60i/p material for high-quality conversion, and detailed level setup. The FRC-9000 features an easy-to-use front panel touch screen and Web browser control, giving users the option to remotely control their unit. The frame rate converter also offers Dolby E support.

“The FRC-8000 has proven to be successful for broadcasting, sports, and live applications,” said Hiro Tanoue, General Manager of Overseas Sales and Marketing, FOR-A Company Ltd. “With its state-of-the-art motion compensated frame rate technology, FOR-A anticipates the new FRC-9000 to be a popular unit. We’re looking forward to introducing it to IBC attendees.”

FOR-A will also display its FRC Export Plug-in file-based video format converter at its IBC booth. First introduced earlier this year at NAB, the FRC Export Plug-in is a high-quality video format converter/MXF exporter plug-in software for Adobe Premiere Pro CC/CS6 Windows that includes both vector motion compensation and linear compensation conversion.

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

John Naylor Joins PESA to Lead Global Sales for Growing Streaming Product Line

Huntsville, Alabama – PESA, a leading designer and manufacturer of professional audio and video distribution solutions, today announced it has hired John Naylor to serve as vice president, global sales and distribution, streaming products, effective Sept. 2. He will manage the company’s sales efforts for its PESA XSTREAM multi-channel streaming appliances and PESA Live streaming app for live event venues.

Naylor has been a part of the professional video industry for more than 20 years, most recently as marketing product manager and business development manager at Ross Video. He has held several positions with GrassValley, including managing their switchers product line. He also established Convergent Intelligence, an industry consulting firm, served as vice president of business development for NewTek, and was head of software solutions for Snell & Wilcox. Recently, Naylor hosted webinars about streaming for the SMPTEProfessionalDevelopmentAcademy, and has previously presented at the HPA Tech Retreat and the NAB Show, among others.

“In less than two years, PESA’s range of streaming products has really grown. Now it’s time to take those proven solutions and expand our user base,” said Chuck Tillett, president and COO of PESA. “John has the knowledge and experience we need to attract customers in a number of verticals and make PESA a dominant force in the streaming marketplace.”

Naylor will be based out of San Antonio. Contact him at (210) 556-8247 or via e-mail at jnaylor@pesa.com.

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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