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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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Fresno Duopoly KSEE/KGPE Adds More Live ENG Coverage with JVC GY-HM650 ProHD Mobile News Cameras

WAYNE, NJ – JVC Professional Products Company, a division of JVC Americas Corp., today announced NBC affiliate KSEE and CBS affiliate KGPE, which serve the Fresno-Visalia, Calif., market (DMA #55), are using 15 JVC GY-HM650 ProHD mobile news cameras paired with mobile hotspots to provide live HD reports from the field during newscasts. Hector Bordens, chief engineer for KSEE and KGPE, said the stations have been using the GY-HM650s for almost a year, but began using the live streaming capabilities in February.

“Anytime you’re covering a story, you’ve got a camera with you. We’re ready to go live wherever the cameras are,” explained Chad McCollum, KSEE/KGPE news director. “You’re able to take these impromptu moments that are happening around us and transmit them to our viewers. This has really been a game changer.”

For example, if a reporter arrives at a breaking news story, it might not be a situation where there is time to pull over the ENG truck, raise the mast and go live – or perhaps the story was not originally considered important enough to assign an ENG truck. With the GY-HM650, however, going live for KSEE or KGPE is as easy as shooting.

Both stations share one pool of photographers and equipment, but offer competing morning and evening newscasts. Based in Fresno, the KSEE/KGPE duopoly is owned by Nexstar Broadcasting, which owns, operates, programs or provides sales and other services to 74 U.S. television stations and 19 related digital multicast signals in 44 markets. McCollum said Nexstar’s acquisition of KGPE in 2012 and KSEE in 2013 allowed both stations to upgrade to full HD production.

Part of the HD transition was the purchase of new JVC cameras to replace an aging fleet of Panasonic ENG cameras. Bordens welcomed the use of non-proprietary SDHC recording media compared to proprietary P2 cards. “It’s made it a lot easier for our photographers to manage,” he noted. “And the cost savings – there’s no comparison.”

While the cameras were met initially with some skepticism – news photographers traditionally prefer bigger cameras, according to McCollum – the GY-HM650s were quickly accepted in the field. The GY-HM650s have also been a boon to the multimedia journalists (MMJs) employed by both stations, because the camera is lightweight and easy for non-technical staff to operate. “Our photographers really like the camera,” he said. “The lens is fantastic and it’s got the bells and whistles they expect.”

The stations share one satellite truck and five ENG trucks with microwave, but the GY-HM650s have provided a “safety net” in case of failure. McCollum said photographers in the field have already used the JVC cameras multiple times when there was a transmission issue with an ENG truck. “You cannot tell the difference,” Bordens added. “It looks that good.”

Beyond regular assignments, the JVC cameras have helped the stations deliver live stories when the competition could not. Recently, local news stations showed up for a press conference that was supposed to be held on the ground floor of a building. When officials moved the press conference to a space on a higher floor, however, only KSEE and KGPE were able to deliver live coverage.

“You can’t easily string cable up several floors to go live,” McCollum said. “We were able to transmit that video back to the station. While everyone was scrambling to cover the story, we were ready to go.”

The stations also went live from the floor of a high school basketball tournament at Fresno State University. It would have been a risky shot with a wired camera due to tripping concerns and potential cable damage, as spectators filled the court following the tournament. With the GY-HM650, however, McCollum said there were no issues and the footage looked “as clean as any live shot you’ve ever seen.”

Each station has a Teradek decoder, which can be routed for use by either station during a newscast. Bordens said the stations are also testing a JVC BR-800 ProHD Broadcaster server powered by Zixi, which manages and routes live HD streams from the JVC cameras to create a highly reliable single modem streaming system.

“From top to bottom we are thrilled with these cameras,” said McCollum. “This is the technology you want on your side. From the picture quality to the ease of operation to the ability to stream live video, it’s a tool that has become invaluable to our news crews and to our news operations.”

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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IBC 2014: Variety of FOR-A Video Solutions to Make Show Debut

Booth highlights include: the FT-ONE-OPT 4K camera, FRC-9000 4K frame rate converter, FA-505 4K signal processor, and HVS-XT2000 4K vision mixer

Brugherio, Italy – At the upcoming IBC Show, FOR-A will showcase a variety of its new video production solutions. The company will exhibit in Hall 2, Stand A51 during the show, which runs September 12-16 at the Amsterdam RAI.

A highlight of FOR-A’s booth will be the FT-ONE-OPT – the newest version of the company’s 4K variable frame rate camera. The camera enables operators to shoot from the field with ease, allowing up to 1km distance between the unit and base station via optical cable. Capable of shooting up to 900 frames per second, the FT-ONE continuously outputs live full 4K signals and includes the ability to color correct video output live using its 12-axis system. The camera will be shown with FOR-A’s ZE-ONE 4K extraction system, which gives users the ability to frame and extract desired 4K image areas for HD replays. Ideal for broadcasting and sports applications, the FT-ONE OPT has been used by major broadcasters to produce 4K and 8K footage of major sporting events this year.

FOR-A will expand its popular XT series of video production mixers with the introduction of the XT2000 vision mixer, which offers unique capabilities that make vision mixing more versatile than ever before. Allowing up to 40 SDI inputs and 22 outputs, the XT2000 features MELite™, which gives the 2 M/E unit the power and functionality of a 6 M/E unit. MELite enables a traditional AUX bus to transform into a functional M/E with cut, mix, wipe and key control. The 4K compatible XT2000 also includes ONStage™, full operator transition control, and the ability to preview a mix, wipe, or key change before it goes on air. Other features of the new unit include key customization with FLEXaKEY™, FOR-A’s P-MEM™ panel memory system, and a new easy-to-use menu system.

FOR-A will also introduce the FRC-9000 4K HD frame rate converter. Building on the success of the FRC-8000 unit, this new frame rate converter features FOR-A’s enhanced state-of-the-art motion compensated frame rate conversion technologies. Ideal for live transmission use, the FRC-9000 can be used as a 2 X HD/SD-SDI frame rate converter.

Other solutions that will be debuting for the first time include: the MFR-6464 video routing switcher and Fujitsu video streaming software for its IP series of encoder and decoder solutions.

First introduced at NAB2014, FOR-A’s FA-505 multi channel signal processor will make its IBC debut. The five-input, five-output signal processor features up/down/cross/aspect ratio conversion capability on each input. Ideal for 4K applications, features of the unit include: a powerful synchronizer that includes 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.

Other video solutions that will make their European debut in FOR-A’s booth include the MV-4200 multi viewer – a compact, 2 RU unit multi viewer that accepts 4K signals, and is capable of handling up to 68 inputs and 8 outputs. FOR-A will also show its URC-4000 super resolution 4K up converter, which features unique I/P (Interlace/Progressive) and resolution conversion technology to turn HD video into 4K in real time. Both the MV-4200 and URC-4000 were introduced at NAB earlier this year.
Other FOR-A technology introduced earlier this year at NAB that will be shown at IBC for the first time includes the VTW-350HS HD character generator, the LTR-200HS6 LTO video archiving recorder, and the FRC Export Plug-in – frame rate converter software for Adobe Premier Pro.

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

Digital Nirvana Introduces New Media Management Platform at IBC2014

Fremont, CA – At IBC2014 in Amsterdam next month, Digital Nirvana will introduce its Media Management Platform, which offers a suite of applications that allows users to capture, edit, share, and manage content – as well as prove compliance, monitor and analyze video. Digital Nirvana will exhibit this platform in the booth of EMEA Gateway during the IBC convention – Hall 9, Stand B14.

Professionals using the new Digital Nirvana platform can capture content from multiple live video feeds in original recording and proxy format; edit, capture and store live video feeds; quickly repurpose content for multiple platforms and export it for final editing, rebroadcast, MAM, and archiving; manage and search content using advanced search terms; log and monitor video for regulatory or licensing requirements and quality control; and compare, review and analyze content for competitive analysis, legal reviews, and cross-functional collaboration.

“We couldn’t think of a better venue than IBC to launch our new platform,” said Arco Groenenberg, director of sales and marketing for Broadcast Products, Digital Nirvana. “With these new features, we’ve solidified our platform as the smartest management solution in the industry with the most rapid return on investment. Based on the feedback we receive from our close customer relationships, we’ll keep pushing the envelope and bring more functionality to this centralized approach.”

The Digital Nirvana Media Management Platform includes the following applications:

Capture
A feature-rich capture application records and stores hybrid inputs including SDI, ASI, ASI-IP, ATSC and QAM signals. Recording formats include 50 Hz, 60 Hz, SD/HD and DVB-T/C/S2. The platform supports RF and Cable Card Technology recording from encrypted cable feeds in full HD – allowing for direct cable and off-air antenna recording with no conversion needed. By setting parameters within the Program Guide, users can schedule continuous or intermittent recording. Users can record, monitor and analyze the performance of multiple competitive stations, saving hours of time, raising productivity and eliminating the need for stand-alone DVRs.

Edit
A powerful edit application allows users to produce frame-accurate cut clips from live or previous recordings, allowing for quick turn around when repurposing and editing content. OTT clipping and ad verification are also included in this system. Edits can be made from the desktop or mobile devices using any standard web browser. An unlimited number of users can collaborate from anyplace via the web-based interface. Content can be uploaded to the cloud and stored for final editing, re-broadcast, MAM files or archives.

Share
The platform enables users to capture and record multiple video feeds and repurpose them quickly for multiple platforms such as web, mobile, social media and the cloud. Clips can be exported directly to editing, MAM and archiving solutions. NAS Connect allows for connection to NAS/SAN storage for expansion and easy integration into existing workflows. The platform also allows unlimited user account and role set-ups and provides web captioning ability.

Manage
The platform’s management capabilities set Digital Nirvana’s approach apart from other systems. Users can search by date, time, and channel as well as by key words in the close caption, alert reports, as-run and traffic logs. Expression searches enable simultaneous keyword searches in the As Run log and closed captioning sections. A Boolean search capability makes it easier to define the search by adding AND, OR, + within search terms. This allows the user to search for captions that contain multiple words. The results are contained within a summary list with a hyperlink to the video content. Users can set up custom profiles with specific preferences that, depending upon the application, are searchable by time, date and alarm profile.

Comply
Users can log and monitor video content for regulatory, licensing requirements and quality control. Alerts can customized based upon the channel, time of day, duration, and choice of error such as a missing closed caption, loss of video or audio, loudness, etc. Customized profiles with specific preferences, searchable by time, date and alarm profile, can be set up.

Analyze
Users can also compare, review and analyze content for quality, competitive analysis, legal review and collaboration. It also extracts NAVE (Nielsen Audio Video Encoder) watermarks embedded in the audio track of the DTV signal and can log that data. The system decodes, logs, and verifies the presence of the watermarks to: ensure proper transmission and delivery to Nielsen’s home monitoring equipment; enable effective troubleshooting with real-time alerts for any signal discrepancies; and ensure ratings credit for advertising, allowing the setting of proper ad rates. It also provides a director’s audio track for assistance troubleshooting newscasts and programs.


Optional Modules

- Loudness monitoring
- iPad/iPhone encoding
- Centralized management
- REST API
- Variable speed playback that allows for playback at 2x, 4x, 1/2x, and -2x; enabling faster operation during legal reviews, ad verification, content review and repurposing.

Hardware
The solution runs on a feature-rich hardware appliance that accepts multiple inputs in one unit, allowing operators to do more with less hardware. In addition to recording SDI, ASI, ASI-IP, ATSC and QAM signals, it supports SD/HD, 50 Hz, 60 Hz and DVB-T/C/S2 formats. It also supports RF and Cable Card Technology recording from encrypted cable feeds in full HD. It is an industrial grade server with Linux OS, RAID 6HDD, built-in redundant power supplies and open IT connectivity
The system is available in three levels: Essentials (1RU server), Pro and Enterprise (both 3RU)

About Digital Nirvana

Since 1996, Digital Nirvana has been empowering customers with innovative knowledge management technologies. By combining media and digital technology expertise, Digital Nirvana makes it possible for organizations to streamline operations and gain competitive advantage with advanced product and service offerings. A comprehensive service portfolio includes media monitoring and analysis, market intelligence and analytics, and learning management services. Digital Nirvana is headquartered in Fremont, California with offices in Hyderabad and Coimbatore, India.
www.digital-nirvana.com

PESA Awarded New GSA Contract, Continues Long-Term Support of U.S. Federal Agencies

Huntsville, Alabama – PESA, a leading designer and manufacturer of professional audio and video distribution solutions, today announced it has been awarded a new GSA Contract, effective Aug. 1. It is the company’s second GSA Contract (the first remained active for 20 years), and the latest award will continue to enable PESA to service the U.S. Department of Defense, NASA and other federal agencies.

Awarded by the U.S. General Services Administration under its Multiple Award Schedule (MAS) Program, GSA Schedule Contracts are long-term indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity (IDIQ) agreements. They are designed to streamline acquisition procedures for federal agencies and expedite the delivery of goods using a list of prequalified vendors and contractors.

PESA (Contract Award GS-03F-062BA) is listed under Schedule 58: Professional Audio/Video, Telemetry/Tracking, Recording/Reproducing, and Signal Data Solutions. Through the program, its products are available on GSA Advantage, an online shopping site for government agencies, and are eligible for Blanket Purchase Agreements (BPAs) and Contractor Team Arrangements (CTAs).

“We believe the GSA MAS program is an important vehicle to make our products readily available to authorized GSA customers,” said Col. John T. Wright (Retired), PESA senior vice president, sales and business development. “PESA’s new GSA Contract is further validation of our long-term support to U.S. government agencies, and we look forward to providing more of the finest video distribution systems for command and control and a variety of other mission critical environments.”

Last month, PESA announced the DoD approved upgrades to its Video Distribution System (VDS) after initially receiving full certification in January 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 the only listing of such equipment approved by the DoD to be fielded in DoD networks. The APL is managed by the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA), and the upgraded products received Interoperability Certification (IOC) and Information Assurance (IA) accreditation from DISA’s Joint Interoperability Test Command (JITC).

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.

New JVC ProHD Broadcaster Server and GY-HM890 Cameras Help WDBJ7 Expand Live ENG Reports and Reduce Operational Costs

WAYNE, NJ – When the University of Virginia Cavaliers advanced to the College World Series in June, CBS affiliate WDBJ7, which serves the Roanoke-Lynchburg, Va., market (DMA #66), covered the team’s games at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, Neb. For an assignment like this, the station would usually send one of its satellite trucks and an operator, along with a reporter. This time, however, the station only sent a reporter with one of the station’s 16 new JVC GY-HM890 ProHD shoulder-mount camcorders.

According to Alan Novitsky, WDBJ7 director of engineering and IT, the setup provided “flawless live shots that looked absolutely fantastic.” It also eliminated a roughly 2,300-mile round trip for the station’s satellite truck, which provided significant operational cost savings.

In the field, the GY-HM890 is paired with a Verizon 4G LTE modem that connects directly to the camera via USB. At the station, JVC’s new BR-800 ProHD Broadcaster server manages the HD streams from the cameras and routes them through four Teradek decoders for live reports. Novitsky said each camera’s embedded Zixi advanced error correction, combined with the ProHD Broadcaster, has created such a highly reliable single modem streaming system that WDBJ7 will purchase more decoders and expand its live ENG capabilities next year.

WDBJ7 debuted the new camcorders on the air in late May. One of its first live shots was coverage of steeple repairs at St. Andrew’s Church in downtown Roanoke from a helicopter. Since then, one of the JVC cameras provided exclusive live coverage of a tanker truck crash in June, and another delivered live shots from a Ferris wheel at the Salem Fair in early July. WDBJ7 is one of nine television stations in six states owned by Mishawaka, Ind.-based Schurz Communications, Inc.

The cameras were purchased through JVC broadcast sales representative Digital Video Group (DVG) to upgrade the station’s aging Panasonic SD ENG camcorders to HD. “Not only does the upgrade deliver native HD acquisition in the field, but it offers native file recording for ingest without transcoding into our new Grass Valley Stratus/Edius post system,” Novitsky added. “Plus, now that we’ve moved to non-proprietary SD cards, our recording media is more accessible and less expensive.”

On average, WDBJ7 features three live shots from its new JVC camcorders during its nightly newscasts, in addition to live shots from our satellite and microwave trucks. “We have been very satisfied with our new fleet of JVC ENG cameras as well as our Broadcaster server,” Novitsky said. “We’ve got great video quality, reliable and cost effective live ENG reports from the field, and a happy news director.”

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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FOR-A to Intro Versatile XT2000 Video Switcher at IBC 2014

Unit well suited for many production environments, including OB truck, live event, TV studio, house of worship and educational settings

Tokyo, Japan – At the upcoming IBC Show, taking place September 12-16 in Amsterdam, FOR-A Company Limited will unveil its HVS-XT2000 video production switcher, the newest addition to the XT switcher family. A flexible unit allowing up to 40 SDI inputs and 22 outputs, the easy-to-use XT2000 includes powerful features unavailable in other switchers in its class. FOR-A will showcase the XT2000 in its IBC booth, Hall 2, Stand A51.

The XT2K has a number of groundbreaking features and technologies never before enjoyed by operators. One exclusive feature of the 2 M/E XT2000 is MELite™, which allows a traditional AUX bus to transform into a functional M/E with cut, mix, wipe and key control. The unit runs on what has been dubbed a V6 XT2K engine, ready for SD, HD, Full HD (3G) and 4K production. The MELite™ feature provides the XT2000 with the production capabilities of a fully functional 6 M/E switcher. MELite™ is the building block for even more powerful, yet easy to use features such as upstream and downstream transition effects. Operators can deploy a MELite™ as a third M/E, transforming the switcher to a 3 M/E switcher with a 3 M/E panel. Users can also add a 1 M/E panel and allow a second operator to have the added power of a second fully functional switcher in another location, all from the V6 XT2K engine. The versatile, cost efficient HVS-XT2000 gives operators the power of 6 M/Es for multiple, independent, on-stage monitor display control.

Another exclusive feature of the switcher is ONStage™, a newly developed technology designed specifically for staging events, such as house of worship or corporate events where multiple image magnification displays are used, each with independent transitions. This is the first switcher mode that allows operators to see mix, wipe, key and DVE changes with full preview control connected directly to the lever arm transition area. With ONStage™, operators have more power and creativity in their video switching than ever before.

Another feature that provides additional flexibility and customization is FLEXaKEY™. With FLEXaKEY™, operators can tailor their production needs by adding and moving key and DVE layers to traditional M/E resources or to MELite™ resources. FLEXaKEY™ allows operators to select and multiply the layers and graphics they need, when they need them.

The switcher includes a four-channel media player capable of still image and clip store with memory back-up. Its panel memory system, P-MEM™, includes simple panel snap shot recall or events, sequence and macro memory recalls. Within the XT2000 is a new FOR-A-developed menu system inspired from customer feedback around the world. Called Midas Touch™, the menu system allows for easy configuration changes and full system control. The V6 XT2K includes frame synchronizers on every input, including valuable frame grab for image capture on any input. Re-sizer for SD to HD migration is also included. Furthermore, the system offers a total of 12 keyers, with up to 12 floating 2.5D and 3.0D DVE effects, and multiple user configurable multi-viewers are available with the switcher.

The switcher also features an easy to operate, highly functional control panel. The XT2000 control panel features crystal clear OLED source names displays, multiple color LED buttons, rich selection of user buttons, and built in touch screen menu and remote shotbox options.

“The XT2000 switcher was designed based on significant customer feedback,” said Hiro Tanoue, President of FOR-A Corporation of America. “Users of the XT2000 will find it to be a value rich, efficient, and easy to operate system that gives them limitless capabilities in their video production environment.”

The XT2000 is ideal for a wide variety of applications, including OB truck, live event, television studio, house of worship and educational settings. The switcher will start shipping in Q1 2015.

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

Blue Hat Design Installs FUJINON HD Lenses at 12Stone Church in Atlanta

12Stone Church now bases video production at its four Atlanta campuses on FUJINON lenses

Wayne, N.J. – As one of the fastest growing churches in America, 12Stone Church recently opened a new Atlanta metro campus called Sugarloaf, which is equipped with a state-of-the-art HD video and audio production facility complete with Grass Valley LDX80 Premiere cameras and FUJINON HD lenses from the Optical Devices Division of FUJIFILM North America Corporation. The lens package includes: two FUJINON XA22X7 Studio Series box lenses on pedestal-mounted cameras, and two FUJINON ZA12X4.5 ENG lenses for handheld applications.

At these four locations, 12Stone—a Wesleyan evangelical Christian Church—offers 20 worship services weekly to over 30,000 attendees. The new 1,000-seat Sugarloaf worship center joins three other regional locations, including the Central campus (in Lawrenceville, GA) with its 2,600 seat-worship center, the Hamilton Mill campus with an 800-seat worship center and Flowery Branch with 500 seats. 12Stone also webcasts select services at its website.

“12Stone Church has been using FUJINON lenses for years at its Central campus, where the lenses have performed extremely well. The lenses produce exceptional picture quality, even in very low lighting conditions, and they’re backed by excellent customer service,” said David Roche, project manager for Technical Innovation’s Blue Hat Design, a systems integration firm specializing in audio/video installation and broadcast solutions for houses of worship (HOWs) headquartered in Norcross, GA. “So when it came time to choose HD lenses for the new Sugarloaf campus, we were very comfortable staying with FUJINON.”

In 2008, Blue Hat Design upgraded 12Stone Church’s Central campus with HD video production capabilities—including production control rooms, audio for video control rooms and edit suites—as part of a bigger facility renovation. The main campus also features a custom theatrical lighting grid, professional sound system, five Christie Digital HD20K projectors and large on-stage screens for image magnification.

In 2014, Blue Hat Design returned to install a fully equipped HD video production facility at the new Sugarloaf campus. In June 2014, Blue Hat Design won a 2014 Commercial Integrator BEST Award for Best House of Worship Project for its innovative design, which allows 12StoneChurch to share its HD video and audio production facility with the JohnC.MaxwellLeadershipCenter. The architecturally stunning Sugarloaf building—designed by Wakefield, Beasley & Associates—houses both 12Stone’s worship center as well as the MaxwellCenter, which provides training for pastors and motivational speakers.

Sugarloaf is unique in that it has a full television studio, equipped with its own lighting grid, LED lighting panels, 3G fiber camera interconnections, audio connections, three 16-foot tall cyc walls and seating for a 200-member audience. It also has two Grass Valley Karerra 2.5 ME switchers, several Yamaha audio mixing consoles with Dante networking, Christie projectors and top of the line video monitors and IMAG displays.

12Stone’s multi-campus design allows video production of the services—including musical performances, scriptures and sermons—to originate from any of the four locations. The video is then distributed via a dedicated video over fiber IP network matrix that connects all four locations, and stored on Grass Valley K2 Summit 3G or K2 Solo 3G Elite servers for local playback at each of the worship centers.

“Over the years, 12StoneChurch has had a very positive experience with FUJINON lenses and the outstanding service and support from our Fujifilm Sales Rep Susan Teuscher, who helped us greatly on this Sugarloaf project,” Roche said. “That’s why we like FUJINON lenses and plan to stay with this brand for our next 12StoneChurch renovation slated for 2015.”

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

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 $23.7 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.

About Blue Hat Design
Technical Innovation’s Blue Hat Design delivers customer-focused broadcast solutions to the worship market, from systems integration services and emerging media technology, to equipment provisioning and broadcast consulting services. When it’s time to build, their clients come back time and again to “experience the difference” of their exclusive Jet Stream Total Program Management® approach. Blue Hat Design has added value within influential houses of worship like 12Stone Church, Passion City Church, Cross Pointe Church and Bellevue Baptist Church. With Blue Hat Design’s recent win of the 2014 Commercial Integrator Award for Best House of Worship Project, they are proud to say that their projects are noticed for their excellence. TI Blue Hat Design is dedicated to bringing that same level of expertise to each of their projects.

For more information about TI’s Blue Hat Design, visit: www.bluehatonline.com

Zylight F8 LED Fresnel Delivers Reliable Performance, ROI for Lightworks.TV

LOS ANGELES – Through his London-based company, Lightworks.TV Ltd., lighting cameraman Scott Munro shoots and edits a variety of projects, from U.S. network news packages to corporate videos and documentaries. While he does not own a professional HD camcorder, he has invested in an extensive collection of production accessories and lighting instruments, including the Zylight F8 LED Fresnel.

“It’s hard to keep up with camera technology,” he explained, “but you can own lights these days and make them work for all sorts of projects. If you buy good products, like the Zylight F8, you’re going to get a good return on your investment. Good lighting never goes out of fashion.”

Munro appreciates that battery-powered LED lights allow cameramen to bring lights to locations where HMI lights are not an option. That said, he has not converted his entire lighting arsenal to LED, because most instruments he has tested only deliver soft light. The Zylight F8 LED Fresnel was a notable exception, which is why he purchased one in late 2013 and has used it for a variety of projects this year.

“There is a need for hard lighting sometimes,” Munro said. “LED is an evolving market. There have been improvements, and I think Zylight is one of those big improvements.”

Through its eight-inch SCHOTT glass lens, the F8 maintains single shadow traditional beam shaping, while its patented focusing system allows spot and flood operations. The fully dimmable F8 has a high CRI (color rendering index) and offers an adjustable beam spread (16-70 degrees). Its LED engine with quantum dot technology draws only 100 watts, but delivers close to the light output of a traditional 1000-watt Fresnel.

With such varied shooting assignments, the daylight (5600K) balanced F8 was the “obvious choice” instead of tungsten (3200K) for Munro, because he needed the higher output for outdoor shots. Inside or out, he uses barn doors with a soft box and honeycomb grid to shape the F8’s output. “You can always make a big light smaller,” he noted, “but you can’t make a small light bigger.”

Munro praised the F8’s build quality and compact storage, both important factors for shooting on location. The F8 proved its worth during a recent shoot at the Farnborough International Airshow outside of London in July. Munro only had a short window of time, and external power for HMI lights was not an option. He powered his Zylight with an IDX battery and got the shots his client needed.
“Working quickly and efficiently is a great way to please a client – and bring them back,” Munro said. “I feel the Zylight is an efficient light. It’s just great. It’s focusable, controllable, affordable and incredibly reliable.”

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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