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FUJINON’S Flexible 85-300MM Cabrio Wins Cine Gear Expo Award

The high-quality, lightweight lens awarded within best camera technology category

Wayne, N.J. – FUJIFILM North America Corporation, Optical Devices Division has received a 2013 Cine Gear Expo Technical Award for its PL 85-300mm (model ZK3.5×85) Cabrio lens. Selected at the show by a panel of industry experts, the lens was recognized as the best new product in the camera technology category.

Introduced late last year, the high-performance FUJINON PL 85-300 zoom lens was designed using the latest optical simulation technology, offering exceptional optical performance in both the center of the image and in the corners of the frame. The PL 85-300’s longer lens makes it ideal for professional cinematographers and videographers. The PL 85-300 offers a focal length of 85-220mm at T2.9 and 300mm at T4.0, with 200-degree focus rotation.

“It’s an honor for the PL 85-300 Cabrio to be recognized by Cine Gear Expo as the best in new camera technology,” said Thom Calabro, director, Marketing and Product Development, FUJIFILM North America Corporation, Optical Devices Division. “We pride ourselves on creating only the highest quality optics. Whether you are from a film or video background, the Premier PL Cabrio lenses offer uncompromising quality and an unprecedented level of flexibility to meet the unique demands of high-end productions.”

The lightweight, versatile FUJINON PL 85-300 lens features an exclusive detachable servo drive unit, making it ideal for use as a standard PL lens or as an ENG-style lens. The digital servo’s 16-bit encoding assures operators that all lens data output is extremely accurate. The lens is equipped with flange focal distance adjustment, self-aligning servo drive, a macro function for extreme close-up focus, and coverage of a 31.5mm diagonal sensor. PL 85-300 can be controlled using cinema industry standard wireless controllers, as well as existing FUJINON wired and wireless units.

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 electronic imaging, digital printing equipment, medical systems, life sciences, graphic arts, flat panel display materials, and office products, based on a vast portfolio of digital, optical, fine chemical and thin film coating technologies. The company was among the top 10 companies around the world granted U.S. patents in 2012, and in the year ended March 31, 2013, had global revenues of $26.7 billion*. Fujifilm is committed to environmental stewardship and good corporate citizenship. For more information, please visitwww.fujifilmholdings.com.

* At an exchange rate of 83 yen to the dollar.

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Univera Improves Communications with New HD Streaming Video System Designed By ABS

SEATAC, WA — Professional video and audio systems integration firm Advanced Broadcast Solutions (ABS) today announced it designed and built an HD video production system for Univera, a Seattle-based direct selling organization that produces and markets health and wellness nutritional supplements. The new system is used to produce videos of meetings and other presentations, which are streamed live to the company’s sales force.

Univera products – including Xtra, its flagship product line – are sold by hundreds of thousands of associates across the United States and Canada, so face-to-face communication is not an efficient method of communication. The new streaming video system allows Univera executives to address more than a roomful of associates at a time. A recent presentation, for example, was shared with dozens of associate groups on the East Coast.

“We’re a relatively small organization. Everything was face-to-face before – it was expensive and time consuming, and we weren’t reaching everybody,” explained Craig Ardis, director of event management. “We wanted to merge the value of live meetings with Web-based broadcasting to reach more associates around the world. This helps us get the message out in a more efficient way.”

Univera’s main auditorium comfortably seats 150 people and includes a small, raised platform for presenters. Apart from a limited sound system, there was no existing infrastructure in place. ABS installed three Panasonic AW-HE60SN HD PTZ cameras, two for the dais and one for audience shots.

The dais was lit using Brightline T-Series fluorescent instruments, and the rest of the lighting in the auditorium was changed so the audience shots would match. Panasonic PT-EZ570U HD projectors were also installed to display PowerPoint presentations and other graphics for the auditorium audience.

A small control room connected to the auditorium was built around a Broadcast Pix Mica 500 integrated production system. It is used as a production switcher, but Univera utilizes a number of integrated features – camera control, built-in Inscriber CG, clip and graphic stores, and multi-view – so presentations can be produced with minimal staff. Three of the four LCD monitors in the control room are Planar PX2230MW 22-inch touchscreens that are used to control the Mica during productions. The fourth is a Panasonic BT-L2150PJ 21.5-inch monitor, which is used as a reference monitor.

The audio system can be run manually or automatically. It features a Mackie DL1608 16-channel wireless mixer with iPad control, Shure ULXD4Q quad-channel digital wireless receiver, and Symetrix Solus 8 audio processing. Footage is captured to an AJA Ki Pro, which feeds an AJA Io XT attached to a MacBook Pro equipped with Telestream Wirecast software for live streaming and webcasting.

Univera’s headquarters also include a large atrium area, which is used during presentations to handle audience overflow. An output from the Broadcast Pix Mica is used to feed a Sharp LC-70LE847U 70-inch AQUOS Quattron LED Smart TV in the atrium.

According to Leighton Hanson, production manager, the new video production system is being used about four times per month, but there are plans to increase usage for internal and external communications. The company is also installing a green screen to utilize Mica’s built-in virtual set technology, and a LifeSize Express 220 HD teleconferencing system, also installed by ABS, will soon add interactivity to presentations.

The project had an aggressive timeline, with a December 2012 start date and the first video presentation scheduled for early January 2013. After considering other vendors, Univera chose ABS to handle the project. Within two weeks, ABS created a plan and was able to get the system functioning for a meeting in early January 2013.

Admittedly, because of the quick turnaround required, Univera did not have a complete strategy in place before ABS began work on the project. The strategy developed during the install; as a result, specifications changed throughout the process. Despite the changes, ABS was able to complete the project on budget.

“We love the system. Without them, we could not have accomplished what we needed,” Hanson added. “ABS knew where we wanted to be and they managed the project very well, especially with all the changes we threw at them.”

About ABS:

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

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IBC 2013: Helping Broadcasters Expand Their Audience Base and Increase Ad Revenue is the Focus for International Datacasting

Second Generation of LASERTM Targeted Ad Insertion Platform to Make IBC Debut

Ottawa, ON – Helping TV and radio broadcasters reduce costs, attract new customers, and grow advertising revenue is the primary focus of new technology on display at the International Datacasting (TSX: IDC) booth during the IBC 2013 Show, which takes place at the RAI Amsterdam from September 13-17. IDC will exhibit in Stand 1.C29. Among the products on hand will be IDC’s LASER™ Targeted Ad Insertion Platform; the STAR™ Pro Audio Solution; Digital Cinema Solution, and the Digital Tattoo™ DTH Over IP Gateway for Multi-Dwelling Units.

The second generation of IDC’s LASER Targeted Ad Insertion Platform will make its European debut at IBC 2013. Broadcasters and service providers face licensing, regulatory, and copyright issues that cost them millions of dollars in ad revenues. The LASER platform solves these problems and allows television networks and content distributors to maximize their ad revenues by providing targeted local ad insertion, blackout management, and DVB-S/S2 satellite video reception in one cost-effective platform.

With this system, regional or local content can be inserted at the edge of the network depending upon considerations such as: geographic location, time zone, ethnicity, language, and regulatory issues – significantly increasing the resulting revenue. Broadcasters are no longer constrained by licensing issues which prevent specific content from being shown in a part of the viewing area.

Also making its first appearance in Europe at the IBC show is the second generation of IDC’s popular STAR Pro Audio Solution. STAR provides radio networks with localized ad insertion, helping them to boost revenue and lower operating costs. Its ad and program insertion capability allows operators to send selected ads to specific regions or receivers. Stored audio files can be inserted seamlessly into live or recorded programming. Cost savings can also be realized through shared hub support, which enables multiple radio networks to share one multi-channel receiver instead of deploying several single-channel receivers.

The STAR platform features time-shifting functionality, which allows broadcasters to play the right content at the ideal time. It also requires just 120 kHz space segment for a high quality stereo broadcast, as opposed to 400 kHz for legacy systems, resulting in significant cost savings.

Also on display will be IDC’s complete digital cinema content distribution system. Featuring DVB-S2 technology for high-speed throughput and increased transmission reliability, IDC offers a variety of digital cinema solutions that are tailored to fit customer needs, including SuperFlex Pro Cinema receivers, cache servers and event players. IDC’s SuperFlex Pro Cinema Receivers form the basis of its complete digital cinema content distribution system. The SuperFlex Receiver can decode 3D video and includes Dolby® 3D color correction for digital cinema applications. It can decode HD or SD video encoded with MPEG-2 and MPEG-4 AVC (H.264) with SDI, HD-SDI, HDMI outputs available.

Over 70 percent of satellite-connected digital cinemas throughout the world use IDC’s Digital Cinema Solutions.

IDC’s Digital Tattoo suite of products will also be shown at IBC. The Digital Tattoo platform is designed to enable direct-to-home (DTH) satellite operators to offer IPTV services to residential customers living in Multi-Dwelling Units (MDUs). The solution expands DTH satellite operators’ service offerings and customer base. Since standard Ethernet connectivity is used to deliver content from the gateway to subscribers, additional services such as Internet and Voice over IP may be offered using the same infrastructure. MDU’s can include apartment buildings, gated communities, college campuses and healthcare facilities.

“IBC is a prestigious broadcasting event that draws many key decision makers across the industry from all over the world,” said Doug Lowther, IDC’s president and CEO. “IDC is looking forward to showcasing its innovative, cost-effective content distribution solutions in Amsterdam, connecting with current customers, and building mutually beneficial relationships with our partners.”

About International Datacasting Corporation:

International Datacasting Corporation (TSX: IDC) is a global leader in digital content distribution for the world’s premiere broadcasters in radio, television, data and digital cinema. IDC offers a broad portfolio of advanced solutions including the STAR Pro AudioTM Solution, LASERTM Targeted Ad Insertion Platform, and the Digital TattooTM DTH Over IP Gateway. The company’s products and solutions are in demand for radio and television networks, targeted ad insertion, digital cinema, 3D live events, satellite news gathering, sports contribution, VOD, and IPTV. IDC is headquartered in Ottawa, Canada, with regional offices in Arnhem, the Netherlands and in San Diego, California. The company has installations in over 100 countries and service offices in Thailand and Singapore, and an international network of value-added partners and resellers. For more information visit:www.datacast.com.

LEVA Conference to Focus on Forensic Photography

(MIDLOTHIAN, TEX.) – The Law Enforcement and Emergency Services Video Association (LEVA) will offer comprehensive forensic photography training during the 2013 LEVA Digital Multimedia Evidence Training Symposium, which runs Sept. 9-13 at the Crown Plaza Hotel in Asheville, N.C. The three-day seminar, “Forensic Photography for IAI Certification,” will teach basic and advanced techniques to improve crime scene photography, as well as provide the skills needed to successfully complete the practical portion of the International Association for Identification Forensic Photography Certification.

“Proper photographic techniques are important regardless of the significance of the scene,” explained Ann Mallot of the Kansas City Police Crime Laboratory, one of two instructors for the course. “Photos are the ‘silent witness’ to the crime scene. They may record information that doesn’t necessarily seem important at the time, but can reveal the ‘smoking gun’ as the investigation develops.”

Mallot has worked in forensic photography and forensic video analysis for more than 15 years, and is the chair of the IAI Forensic Photography and Imaging Certification Board. She will be joined by Sgt. David T. Gamble of the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office, who retired in 2012 after a 21-year career processing crime scenes with a specialty in forensic photography.

“Some of the most common mistakes that inexperienced forensic photographers make are due to not understanding the concepts of photography from a professional standpoint,” Mallot explained. “For example, photographers will take a picture of an item of evidence, but not have any photos showing where it is in relation to the scene or the victim’s body.”

“Forensic Photography for IAI Certification” runs Sept. 11-13 and fulfills 24 hours toward LEVA certification. Participants will need a DSLR camera with external flash and flash cord, along with a tripod or similar camera support and various types of scales. (Laptops are encouraged as well for downloading images.) Enrollment is limited, and the LEVA conference fee does not cover the IAI certification application fee.

LEVA’s 24th annual conference offers a mix of hands-on workshops, case studies, and interactive seminars focused on forensic video and audio technologies, as well as video production and editing tools. Many sessions throughout the five-day conference have limited availability, and pre-registration is required. For travel information, as well as the conference schedule and pricing options, visit leva.org.

ABOUT LEVA

LEVA is a nonprofit corporation committed to improving the quality of video training and promoting the use of state-of-the-art, effective equipment in the law enforcement and emergency services community. Our mission is to serve as a key resource to the global public safety community by focusing on the needs of video production and forensic imaging disciplines by providing opportunities for professional development through quality training and informational exchange. We make a positive contribution to a more competent public safety establishment. Find out more at leva.org.

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Zylight F8 LED Fresnel Receives Cine Gear Expo Technical Award

LOS ANGELES – Zylight, a leading manufacturer of innovative LED lighting solutions, today announced it was awarded the 2013 Cine Gear Expo Technical Award for Lighting Technology for its new F8 LED Fresnel. Presented to new products in several categories, the awards were selected on site by a panel of industry experts last month during Cine Gear Expo Los Angeles.

“To be recognized by Cine Gear Expo, one of the leading technology shows forthe entertainment industry, is quite an honor for us,” said Joe Arnao, president of Zylight. “The F8 folds flat and provides several other innovative twists on the traditional Fresnel. Our compact LED technology allows us to provide a cooler, more compact, and energy efficient light without compromising performance.”

With quantum dot technology in its U.S.-built LED engine and a CRI (color rendering index) of 97 or better, the fully dimmable F8 offers and adjustable beam spread for even coverage for widescreen productions. Available in tungsten (3200K) or daylight (5600K) versions, it collapses to less than four inches thick for easy transport and storage. It maintains single shadow traditional Fresnel beam shaping through an eight-inch SCHOTT glass lens, and offers a patented focusing system for spot and flood operations.

While the F8 draws only 100 watts, it has close to the light output of a traditional 1000-watt Fresnel. It is also water resistant (IP54) for use in challenging location conditions, and can be powered by a worldwide AC adapter or standard 14.4V camera battery. Like other Zylight models, it is also equipped with ZyLink wireless technology, which makes it easy to link multiple Zylights for simultaneous remote control. The F8 includes a five-year warranty on the LED engine, and ships with barn doors and yoke mount.

ABOUT ZYLIGHT LLC

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

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Kensington Church Relies on FOR-A Video Switcher While Transitioning to Full HD Production

Cypress, CA, July 29, 2013 – Kensington Church had been using their existing switcher for years when they decided to upgrade to a FOR-A HVS-390HS video switcher, but the move came sooner than expected when the current switcher gave out right before Easter weekend. The metro Detroit-based church called in local systems integrator Advanced Lighting & Sound to gut out the old equipment, install the new HVS-390HS switcher, have it operational for service the next morning, and show a volunteer how to use it. Thanks to the integrator’s expertise, some hard work, and the user friendly HVS-390HS switcher, Kensington Church went on to produce hiccup-free holiday weekend services and has been relying on the switcher ever since.

“Some of the best things about the HVS-390HS switcher are that it’s simple to use, intuitive, and offers great affordability,” said Dennis Andersen, Kensington Church’s Technical Director. “Our volunteer operator learned how to use the switcher in a matter of a few hours, just in the nick of time for Sunday service.”

Kensington Church has five locations – three are portable campuses and two are in permanent locations. The HVS-390HS switcher is installed in the main church’s control room backstage.

According to Andersen, the flexibility of the switcher is crucial to meet the production needs of Kensington Church. The church uses 2D and 3D effects, streams its services on a bi-weekly basis, employs IMAG (image magnification) in its 1,400-person auditorium and shows the services in the chapel overflow room.

Andersen explained, “We’ve really appreciated the flexibility of the switcher. There are so many assignable buttons and aux capabilities. We’ve been able to do a number of modifications based on our needs. Our production team has really relied on the front control panels that allow us to do secondary outputs at our remote campuses.”

Another key consideration in choosing the FOR-A switcher was its ability to accommodate mixed inputs. Because the church is in the process of upgrading to HD, having a switcher that’s compatible with both SD-SDI and HD inputs was a necessity.

“With Kensington Church migrating to HD, we needed to find a cost-effective, high-quality switcher that fit their needs,” said Bob Sullivan, President of Advanced Lighting & Sound. “FOR-A’s HVS-390HS solution was ideal. The switcher has a plug and play set up, so it’s really convenient for the church to have during their HD transition. And with its mix effects, aux, and keyer capabilities, it offers the features the church needs, at an affordable price.”

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.

JVC IP-Based Dome Security Cameras Meet ONVIF Profile S Specifications

WAYNE, NJ – JVC Professional Products Company, a division of JVC Americas Corp., today announced its VN-H657U PTZ dome and VN-H657WPU outdoor PTZ dome IP-based security cameras are now officially listed as Profile S supporting devices by the Open Network Video Interface Forum (ONVIF).

Since 2008, ONVIF has been a global industry forum dedicated to integrating network security and safety devices using a global open standard. Profile S, released in 2012, makes it easier to manage interoperable features between IP-based cameras, video management systems, and other devices. Among its requirements, Profile S includes support for video, audio, and metadata streaming, plus PTZ control and relay outputs for devices that include those features.

The VN-H657U and VN-H657WPU both feature a 2 Megapixel Super LoLuxHD™ CMOS sensor for True Day/Night performance, 18x optical zoom lens, 360-degree endless PTZ function, MJPEG/H.264 High Profile dual stream, and a newly-developed Direct Drive Motor for quieter and more accurate pan/tilt operation. Three additional JVC cameras offer Profile S support as well: the VN-T16U box camera, VN-T216U mini-dome, and VN-T216VPRU outdoor (IP66) dome with IR.

“We are proud to support ONVIF’s efforts toward building a global open standard for video security products,” said John Grabowski, national sales and marketing manager, JVC Security Division. “Our VN-H657U and VN-H657WPU dome cameras are the latest JVC models to meet Profile S specifications, so they are compatible with equipment from a variety of other companies.”

ABOUT JVC PROFESSIONAL PRODUCTS

JVC Professional Products Company, located in Wayne, New Jersey, is a division of JVC Americas Corp., a wholly-owned subsidiary of JVC Kenwood Corporation, and a leading supplier of IP network and analog security cameras and monitors for the video security industry. Its V.Networks product line of has earned a solid reputation for quality and reliability, and provides superior picture quality for thousands of installations worldwide. For more information about this, or any other JVC professional product, contact JVC at (800) 582-5825 or visit JVC’s Web site at http://pro.jvc.com.

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LEVA Offers Courtroom Testimony Seminar for Forensic Video Analysts at Annual Conference

(MIDLOTHIAN, TEX.) – Someone who is skilled at forensic video analysis is not automatically a good expert witness. To help prepare analysts for the witness stand, the Law Enforcement and Emergency Services Video Association (LEVA) will offer a comprehensive seminar during the 2013 LEVA Digital Multimedia Evidence Training Symposium, which runs Sept. 9-13 at the Crown Plaza Hotel in Asheville, N.C. With a combination of lectures, demonstrations, and moot courts, “Courtroom Testimony for Forensic Video Analysts” will cover topics that are essential to understanding the role of an expert witness.

Designed to teach experts how to give effective testimony, both in direct and in cross, the three-day seminar will define the role and limits of the expert witness, present keys to effective communication with juries, and offer best practices for delivering testimony. Jonathan W. Hak, Q.C., Crown Prosecutor for Alberta Justice in Alberta, Canada, will teach the course. A major crimes prosecutor, he has been leading and challenging expert testimony for more than 25 years, and has been teaching a variety of courses for police officers and forensic specialists since 1989.

“The courtroom can be a very intimidating place,” Hak explained. “The skills required to be an expert in forensic science are completely different from the skills required to be an expert witness. Understanding the dynamics of courtroom testimony will help an expert to be more comfortable in the witness stand, give better evidence, anticipate lines of questioning, know how to handle difficult cross examination, and stay within proper limits.”

“Courtroom Testimony for Forensic Video Analysts” runs Sept. 9-11 and is open to anyone who testifies in an expert capacity, not just forensic video analysts. The seminar also fulfills the 24-hour Courtroom Training requirement for the LEVA Forensic Video Analyst Certification Program, but enrollment is limited.

LEVA’s 24th annual conference offers a mix of hands-on workshops, case studies, and interactive seminars focused on forensic video and audio technologies, as well as video production and editing tools. Many sessions throughout the five-day conference have limited availability, and pre-registration is required. For travel information, as well as the conference schedule and pricing options, visit leva.org.

ABOUT LEVA

LEVA is a nonprofit corporation committed to improving the quality of video training and promoting the use of state-of-the-art, effective equipment in the law enforcement and emergency services community. Our mission is to serve as a key resource to the global public safety community by focusing on the needs of video production and forensic imaging disciplines by providing opportunities for professional development through quality training and informational exchange. We make a positive contribution to a more competent public safety establishment. Find out more at leva.org.

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FOR-A to Showcase a Variety of its Popular Solutions at SET Broadcast & Cable Show

Cypress, CA – At the upcoming SET Broadcast & Cable Show, FOR-A Corporation of America will demonstrate a number of its video and audio solutions in Booth F1. This year marks the 22nd SET Broadcast & Cable Show, which will take place in São Paulo, Brazil at the Exhibition Centre Immigrants from August 20-22.

One of the highlights of the FOR-A booth will be the FT-ONE 4K variable frame rate camera. The FT-ONE employs FOR-A’s “FT1-CMOS” high-sensitivity color sensor and has the ability to record up to 900 frames per second. The camera captures images as uncompressed raw data on the system’s internal memory, which has a recording capacity of 9.4 seconds. This data is then stored on one of two hot-swappable SSD cartridges, each of which is capable of storing 84 seconds of full 4K resolution images. Since its introduction last year, the FT-ONE has been used for a variety of high-end sports broadcast and digital cinematography applications, including the championship football game earlier this year in New Orleans, professional boxing, rugby, soccer and ice cross downhill competitions.

Another camera that FOR-A will showcase is the FLOVEL FZ-B1 high-sensitivity HD unit. The newest addition to FLOVEL’s extensive line of high-end HD specialty cameras, the new FZ-B1 has at its core a 2/3-inch CMOS 1.3 megapixel color image sensor. The compact camera records in 1080/59.94i, 1080/50i, 720p/60p and 720/50p formats and has an unprecedented low-light sensitivity of only 0.01 lux. Superior HD color imagery coupled with low-light sensitivity makes the compact camera ideal for demanding high-resolution applications, such a day/night nature video production.

FOR-A’s HVS-390HS compact, cost-effective video switcher will also be shown. The unit includes 16 HD/SD-SDI inputs and eight outputs (expandable to 24 inputs and 13 outputs), with frame synchronizers for all inputs. The HVS-390HS was first introduced last year, with new capabilities recently announced. The new functionality, referred to as a MINI M/E, is an extension of the aux bus system that allows operators to deploy any aux bus transition with cuts, mixes, or wipes, and display a keyer complete with DVE functions. These features are offered as standard in the HVS-390HS.

FOR-A will also show its newest line of video switchers, the HVS-XT100 and HVX-XT110 HD/SD portable units. Shown for the first time in Latin America, the HVS-XT100 comes with a separate main unit and control panel, while the HVS-XT110 features a compact, integrated design.

The award-winning FA-1010 signal processor will also be in FOR-A’s booth. With 10 video inputs and outputs, the new FA-1010 offers multi-channel routing between sources as well as effective video and audio signal processing for line, relay, reporting, production, editing, and delivery applications. Providing extreme connectivity and functionality, the unit is referred to as THE Processor. Another signal processor that will displayed by FOR-A is the FA-9520 3G/HD/SD dual channel multipurpose unit. The FA-9520 is suited for a variety of applications, including master control, mobile production, post production services and live production.

Other products to be showcased in FOR-A’s booth include the MV-1620HS HD/SD high resolution multi-viewer. The compact (1RU) unit features a customizable layout, audio meter, and title and timer display. The IVS-710HS HD/SD video stabilizer will also be demoed. The unit provides real-time correction of unwanted camera movement and vibrations. FOR-A’s lightweight, compact VTW-330HS HD/SD character generator and FRC-30 HD/SD frame rate converter will be showcased as well.

“Brazil’s Broadcast & Cable Show is an exciting event for us,” said Mario Rodriguez, FOR-A’s Latin American Sales Manager. “The show attracts key decision makers in television engineering, radio, and telecommunications in Latin America, and is a great chance for FOR-A to show off our new and popular solutions in a region that’s so important to us.”

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.

Seattle Mariners Debuts FUJINON HD Imagery on Big Board at Safeco

Lenses selection based on ability to produce sharp HD picture on LED display eight times larger than previous board

Wayne, N.J. – FUJIFILM North America Corporation, Optical Devices Division has announced that the Seattle Mariners—a Major League Baseball American League team—debuted a new Panasonic Lighthouse HD LED video display featuring imagery from new HD camera equipment put into service just before the season opener in April.

The new camera equipment includes: two Grass Valley LDX 80 Premiere multi-format studio/field cameras paired with two FUJINON XA77x9.5 HD telephoto field lenses. The Seattle Mariners also ordered a FUJINON HA14x4.5 super wide-angle HD ENG/EFP lens for use on a Sony PMW500-HD02 XDCAM camcorder. A second XDCAM camcorder is paired with a FUJINON ZA22x7.6BERD ENG/EFP HD lens acquired last year.

Since the new camera equipment was installed and commissioned in late March 2013, it has been used for game-day entertainment at Safeco Field—the home ballpark for The Seattle Mariners—starting with the 2013 season opener. It has also been used to support and enhance a variety of community events, including a private Microsoft corporate party and a series of high school baseball games held at Safeco.

“Considering the size of our new, widescreen HD video board, it’s critical to have acquisition gear that can produce exceptional HD picture quality that stays clear and sharp on such a massive display,” said Yezmin E. Blue, BSCS, CBTE, manager of broadcast engineering for the Seattle Mariners. The new 11,425 square foot Panasonic LED display is roughly eight times larger than the Safeco’s previous video display.

“With 81 regular season home games and over 450 private events annually, our cameras and lenses are in constant use, often in windy, rainy, or dusty conditions,” Blue added. “We’re committed to producing the best possible big-screen video show and these rugged, reliable FUJINON lenses enable us to do that.”

After the public had a chance to see the new 1080i HD video display and camera equipment at an Open House and media event prior to the start of the 2013 season and during the season opener, the gear was used for a double-header featuring two Seattle high school baseball teams on April 20, 2013. These new resources were also used on May 2, 2013 when Safeco hosted a private party held by Microsoft to honor 750 employees who had reached their 10-year anniversary with the company.

“During the high school games, we featured the student athletes on our video board in Major League Baseball style,” said Blue. “For the Microsoft party, our cameras captured all the day’s activities for the video screen, including the fun the employees had running the bases, enjoying food in our private clubs, as well as the special music concert held in their honor that evening.”

To cover action on the field, the two studio cameras are situated on tripods on the club level behind home plate. Video signals are carried over 1,000 feet via triax cable to the control room, also on the club level, where they’re switched using a Ross Vision production switcher. The two camcorders are shoulder-mounted, and VistaLink HD RF wireless transmission systems enable the operators to freely rove the stands for crowd shots. The video for the HD screen is also displayed on TVs throughout the concourse and suites.

“When you make a significant investment in production equipment, you want assurance that the vendor stands behind its product. With our new broadcast-grade lenses, I can honestly say that the service we’ve received from FUJINON Sales Rep Josh Ewing has been outstanding,” Blue said. “When I recently requested a lens cleaning kit, Josh came out to Safeco with supplies, and even gave our technicians an impromptu demonstration on the proper way to clean and care for the lenses. I’ve been very impressed with our FUJINON lenses and the manufacturer’s commitment to excellent customer service.”

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 electronic imaging, digital printing equipment, medical systems, life sciences, graphic arts, flat panel display materials, and office products, based on a vast portfolio of digital, optical, fine chemical and thin film coating technologies. The company was among the top 10 companies around the world granted U.S. patents in 2012, and in the year ended March 31, 2013, had global revenues of $26.7 billion*. Fujifilm is committed to environmental stewardship and good corporate citizenship. For more information, please visitwww.fujifilmholdings.com.

* At an exchange rate of 83 yen to the dollar.

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