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ABS to Design, Integrate HD Upgrade of Television Production Facilities at San Jose State University

SEATAC, WA — Professional video and audio systems integration firm Advanced Broadcast Solutions (ABS) today announced it has been contracted to provide a comprehensive HD upgrade of the video production facilities for the School of Journalism and Mass Communications (JMC) at San Jose State University in San Jose, Calif. ABS will design, procure, and install the system, which should be completed in April.

Since ABS won the bid process, Bob Rucker, director of the JMC School, has been impressed by the company’s expertise in classroom technology designed specifically for journalism education. “They understood what we were trying to do from day one,” he said. “ABS has done a fantastic job staying on budget, being creative with innovations in the technology and enabling new ideas throughout the process.”

Budgeted at more than $600,000, the project will include an overhaul of the television studio, control room and a separate newsroom “flashcam” location in the new converged newsroom in Dwight Bentel Hall. The upgrade is funded by the Jack and Emma Anderson Fund, an $8.7 million endowment from the couple who owned the print shop that published the school’s Spartan Daily newspaper for more than 40 years, and administered by the university’s Tower Foundation.

A 24-input Ross Video Carbonite 1-A M/E production switcher with built-in multi-view will anchor the control room. Other components will include a Yamaha LS9-32 digital audio console, Clear-Com intercom system and Panasonic 55-inch LED monitors. The new Ross XPression Studio CG will be configured to connect with the school’s convergence newsroom computer system for automatic loading of graphics through a MOS gateway.

Four new HD cameras will be housed in the updated studio, three Sony HXC-D70K cameras coupled with Autocue 17-inch prompters on Libec pedestals, plus one Sony BRC-Z330 PTZ camera mounted to the lighting grid for overhead shots. ABS will also install custom curtains, a Pro Cyc 3B-EZ System and a new lighting package.

Inside the newly renovated newsroom, where award-winning newspaper, television, magazine and advertising students work together, the “Breaking News Desk” will be used to produce live standups and other segments for Web-based news reports and Update News, the school’s television newscast. The area will feature a wall-mounted Sony PTZ camera that can be operated from the control room or locally via handheld remote.

“Educational institutions don’t often get a chance to upgrade their production facilities, especially not on a scale like this project for San Jose State,” said Mark Siegel, president of ABS. “We’ve designed an HD workflow that mirrors the file-based operations found in broadcast news environments across the country to prepare students for the real world. The new system will be a viable teaching environment for years to come, and it’s been specifically engineered for future expansion.”

While Rucker acknowledged the school’s last major video technology upgrade was in the mid-1990s, new equipment and a new strategic plan will help raise the school’s international profile. “We’ve got some very big plans for this new studio,” he said. “Our goal is to create a center for social media research in Silicon Valley. We’re going to create a global learning opportunity for our school that will excite and enable our diverse student body to test their creative new media ideas and technology approaches alongside the world class experts of Silicon Valley.”

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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IDC Upgrades Brazil’s Transamerica Radio Network with STAR Pro Audio™ Solution

Ottawa, ON– As sports enthusiasts across the world continue their countdown towards the 2014 FIFATM World Cup and the 2016 Summer Olympics in Brazil, International Datacasting Corporation (TSX: IDC) has completed the delivery of a critical technical upgrade to Transamerica Radio in Brazil. The privately owned Transamerica Radio has purchased IDC’s STAR Pro Audio™ Solution, which will lower its operational costs by using up to 70% less bandwidth compared to other solutions. IDC’s STAR Pro Audio Solution is designed for professional distribution of audio programming over satellite and IP networks.

Headquartered in São Paulo, Transamerica Radio offers nationwide coverage to many of Brazil’s residents and also to many Brazilians located overseas. The listeners enjoy a variety of music and talk radio programming, and the transmission of the most important domestic and international soccer championships. This efficient and reliable technology will ensure that Transamerica’s audience will not miss hearing one single action-packed moment in the months and years to come.

“IDC has proven to be an excellent technology partner for our company,” says Luiz Guilherme Albuquerque, Superintendent Director of Transamerica Radio. “This high quality equipment translates to outstanding value for us by helping us improve our operation and reduce our costs going forward.”

Boreal Communications assisted with the complete system definition and overall hub upgrade and installation, comprising of new antennas, power-up converters and IDC headend equipment. The new headend includes IDC’s Audio Encoders, Net Manager, and FlexKey Encryptors. In addition, the system includes new STAR Pro Audio Receivers to upgrade Transamerica’s transmission sites across Brazil. Once installed, Transamerica Radio will have implemented a state of the art, highly dependable distribution network for all of its professional audio applications.

“Forward-thinking platforms like the STAR solution demonstrate IDC’s long-standing commitment to our customers across Latin America and the world,” said Doug Lowther, President and CEO of IDC.

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 newsgathering, 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 an international network of value-added partners and resellers. For more information visit: www.datacast.com.

South Carolina Installs Two Broadcast Pix Mica Systems for HD Video Coverage of State House

Billerica, Massachusetts – While South Carolina Educational Television (SCETV) produces a variety of original television programming and provides video production services for other state agencies, one of its primary responsibilities is coverage of the state’s House of Representatives and Senate proceedings. When the operation was upgraded to HD production in late 2013, SCETV installed two Broadcast Pix™ Mica™ integrated production switchers to handle switching, graphics, and more.

SCETV is a statewide network of PBS member stations based in Columbia.Established in the 1950s for distance learning, it has 11 call letter stations across the state, as well as eight radio stations. State House coverage is broadcast on ETV World, one of the network’s multicast channels, and streamed live to www.scstatehouse.gov.

According to Ben Wilson, SCETV project manager of engineering, the move to HD for coverage of the House and Senate was prompted by the clerks of the House and Senate, who wanted to improve the quality of the video. “It was time to replace the cameras,” Wilson added. “Almost none of the equipment had ongoing support from the manufacturers because it was so old.”

The control room is housed in a small room next to the visitor’s entrance to the South Carolina State House, with the two chambers located on opposite ends of the building. In 2009, SCETV purchased Broadcast Pix Slate™ integrated production systems to replace analog Grass Valley production switchers and Chyron Maxine CGs, which had been in use since the control room was built in 1998. When the decision was made to update operations to native HD, Wilson chose to upgrade from Slate to Mica systems. (The Slate systems are now used to downconvert the HD feeds to SD for distribution on ETV World, which is an SD channel.)

Video production for each chamber is handled by one operator, who switches and positions the cameras, monitors audio, and inserts name keys and full-screen graphics using Mica’s built-in Inscriber CG. An ETV bug is inserted in the upper right-hand corner of each feed using the built-in still store. Both the House and Senate are in session simultaneously much of the time, so the TDs sit side-by-side in the control room wearing headphones. SCETV relies on two primary TDs, but has several operators who are called in when sessions run long.

In an effort to save counter space for other equipment, Wilson opted to install touchscreens instead of traditional control panels. Each operator has two 23-inch touchscreens, one populated with a PixPad and SoftPanel to easily call up graphics, while the second acts as a monitor wall, displaying preview, program, and sources.

When the legislative sessions ended last July, Wilson and his team began the HD upgrade, which included installation of both Broadcast Pix systems, an upgraded Utah Scientific hybrid router, new Panasonic PTZ cameras in both chambers, and a complete rebuild of the distribution infrastructure. HD LCD monitors in the Main Lobby and Joint Legislative Conference Room (Library) were also installed and are fed through the Mica systems. “The legislative session started the second week of January, so we had to have them operational by then,” Wilson recalled.

Each chamber originally had three cameras, but a fourth was added during the upgrade. The Senate now has one camera in the rear of the chamber, two on the sides, and a fourth behind the rostrum for gallery coverage. The House has two rear cameras, one of which provides coverage of the voting boards on the wall, and two side cameras at the front of the chamber to shoot the gallery.

With several weeks of productions complete, the TDs like the new Broadcast Pix systems, and reactions to the upgraded productions have been positive. “I think it’s great, and we’ve been getting a lot of compliments,” Wilson said.

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

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

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PESA Receives 2014 Governor’s Trade Excellence Award

Huntsville, Alabama – PESA, a leading U.S.-based designer and manufacturer of professional audio and video connectivity, was selected as a 2014 recipient of the 8th annual Governor’s Trade Excellence Award. The company received its honor from Governor Robert Bentley on March 5 in a ceremony at the State Capitol in Montgomery, Ala.

Presented by the Alabama Department of Commerce and the Export AlabamaTrade Alliance, the Governor’s Trade Excellence Award recognizes companies in Alabama that excel in overseas sales and service. The objectives of the program are to identify the state’s successful and innovative exporters, promote them as role models to encourage increased involvement in the global marketplace, and develop awareness of how exporting impacts Alabama’s economy. PESA is one of only eight companies to receive the award in 2014.

“We are very pleased to be recognized for our international efforts with the Governor’s Trade Excellence Award,” said Chuck Tillett, PESA president and COO. “International sales continue to be an important part of PESA’s business plan, as we roll out new products and services to video professionals in a variety of industries.”

“Alabama products are among the best in the country, and the companies recognized today show how successful Alabama products are reaching the global marketplace,” Bentley said. “In 2013, Alabama exports total $19.3 billion, which represents a 57 percent increase since 2009. The Export Alabama Alliance is connecting Alabama companies with exciting new opportunities, and that’s good business for this state.”

About PESA

As a leading provider of audio/video (A/V) Baseband and IP connectivity products, PESA offers a wide selection of multi-path streaming products, routing switchers, matrix switchers, extenders, converters, media extenders, and signal processing gear to support government, military, industrial, commercial, medical, broadcast, and mobile truck applications. From large to small-scale A/V routing and extender products to multiple IP streaming appliances, PESA offers a diverse suite of AV products, all of which are supported by 24/7 technical support. PESA is located in Huntsville, Ala., with regional sales offices throughout North America and China. Our cost effective solutions are available around the world through our industry leading team of Channel Partners offering local support and installation. All products mentioned herein are trademarked property. Learn more about us at www.pesa.com and www.pesaxstream.com. Follow us on Twitter: @PESA_ONLINE.

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JVC Professional Products Promotes Larry Librach to Senior Vice President

WAYNE, NJ – JVC Professional Products Company, a division of JVC Americas Corp., today announced Larry Librach has been promoted to senior vice president of JVC Professional Products. A 32-year JVC veteran, most recently serving as vice president, Broadcast and Public Sector, Librach will be responsible for the overall guidance and direction of the company’s sales and management.

“For more than 30 years, Larry has been an important part of our sales efforts,” said Mr. Junji Kobayashi, president, JVC Americas Corp. “In the broadcast electronic newsgathering [ENG] market, where few thought there was room for new competition, he helped establish JVC as a leading manufacturer. Now, we look forward to Larry leading JVC Professional Products toward new markets and new challenges.”

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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Broadcast Pix Announces fX3D Real-Time 3D Graphics System

Billerica, Massachusetts – Broadcast Pix™ today introduced fX3D, a real-time 3D graphics system designed to build dynamic graphic content for live events, sports, broadcast news, or channel branding. Designed as a standalone graphics system for existing broadcast infrastructures or as an addition to Broadcast Pix Granite™ or Mica™ integrated production switchers, fX3D makes it easy to create and playout high-end graphics. fX3D will be available at the 2014 NAB Show (Booth SL6325), which runs April 7-10 in Las Vegas, Nev., and is one of several new products that will be demonstrated by Broadcast Pix.

The fX3D system includes three software modules that create a simplified end-to-end graphics workflow. fX3D Creator software provides an intuitive interface to design and create graphic content, complete with a built-in 3D modeler. Lights, shaders, movement, and materials on 3D objects can be controlled in real time and in resolution independent HD. fX3D API allows the system to be controlled through Broadcast Pix switchers, and also allows integration with third-party products, such as broadcast news systems.

fX3D Playout is a template-based rundown controller that brings completed graphics to air. Assets can be searched using a variety of parameters, including keywords and date. fX3D Playout also allows manual or automatic graphic content updates via external resources, including RSS feeds or XML files, and supports multi-resolution output.

“Many of our customers have expressed interest in a powerful but affordable high-end graphics system, and our answer is fX3D. From designing and creating graphics to updating information within those graphics and then taking those graphics to air, fX3D does it all,” explained Steve Ellis, general manager, Broadcast Pix. “It is a complete graphics solution, so you never need to leave the application to get results that rival what you see on national networks.”

The hardware behind fX3D is the real-time fX3D Engine, which provides the power to create and repurpose 3D graphics simultaneously. Housed in a 3 RU chassis, the Windows-based, single-channel system will also be available in a dual-channel configuration. Plus, a high efficiency broadcast model with dual power supplies and support for higher pixel counts will be available in May.

fX3D system pricing starts at $15,995, though modules can be purchased separately.

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

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

FIBEP 2014: Digital Nirvana to Sponsor Global Media Intelligence Conference

Newark, CA – Digital Nirvana is a silver sponsor for the upcoming FIBEP World Media Intelligence Congress taking place in Dubai, UAE, March 12-15, 2014. FIBEP is the world’s largest global gathering of professionals in media intelligence and communications insight.

Digital Nirvana provides media monitoring services to public relations, brand management and media monitoring companies, including acquisition, monitoring and analysis for radio and TV broadcasts, print and the web. Digital Nirvana also provides back-office services, such as media content management, data services, content conversion, tagging and reporting. The company’s key offerings in the media monitoring space are coding, analytics and news report generation – the monitoring and clipping of TV and radio content from local, national and global news.

“We’re looking forward to being part of FIBEP this year, reconnecting with customers from all over the world, and sharing our latest innovations for media monitoring,” said Vishnu Beri, COO of Digital Nirvana. “The video delivery ecosystem is expanding rapidly with the availability of content across a wide range of platforms. Our experienced team and powerful tools help our customers monitor and manage content throughout the entire ecosystem. Most importantly, it’s our goal to deliver these services and products with an ideal combination of price and performance.”

Digital Nirvana’s unique expertise can be found in its ability to not only acquire data – but also customize it to meet a client’s unique requirements. Digital Nirvana works closely with each customer to ensure data is delivered in meaningful, custom formats that help turn data into knowledge.

Digital Nirvana’s knowledge management services also include market intelligence and analytics compilation for financial news aggregators and corporations, and learning management (phone-based language training and test scoring) for public and private schools, colleges, universities and other learning centers.

In addition to services, Digital Nirvana offers a leading portfolio of products such as the Monitor IQ™ broadcast monitoring system, AnyStream IQ™ live stream monitoring in the cloud, and MediaPro™ content repurposing system. Additionally, Digital Nirvana’s RAD Suite uses audio fingerprinting technology to accelerate and enhance the tracking and analysis of advertisements, songs and copyrighted content.

FIBEP 2014 attendees are encouraged to schedule a meeting with Digital Nirvana to learn more.

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. The company’s product portfolio includes the industry-leading Monitor IQ broadcast monitoring system, AnyStream IQ OTT monitoring solution, and the MediaPro content repurposing system. A comprehensive service portfolio includes media monitoring and analysis, market intelligence and analytics, and learning management services. Digital Nirvana is headquartered in Newark, California with offices in Hyderabad and Coimbatore, India. For more information visit http://www.digital-nirvana.com.

FOR-A to Make First Appearance at SATELLITE 2014

Cypress, CA – FOR-A announces plans to display several highlights in its product range, including video encoder, signal processor, and frame rate conversion technology, at the upcoming SATELLITE Conference and Exhibition. Held March 10-13 at the Walter E. Convention Center in Washington, D.C., FOR-A will make its debut at SATELLITE in booth 3113.

“FOR-A offers a number of products that lend themselves to satellite applications,” said Jay Shinn, FOR-A’s Northeast Account Manager. “The SATELLITE show is a premier event in this industry, and it’s the perfect venue to show off our equipment. We’re looking forward to generating excitement around our technology and connecting with satellite professionals at the event.”

In its booth, FOR-A will showcase Fujitsu’s IP-920 HD/SD compact video transmission technology. Employing best-in-class video fidelity MPEG-4 AVC technology encoding (H.264), Fujitsu’s video encoder/decoder technology performs real-time transmission of HDTV at low bit rates over DVB and broadband IP networks. Capable of operating at less than 99ms back-to-back latency, the solution offers robust error correction and is ideal for HD/SD content delivery use. FOR-A became the sole North American distributor of Fujitsu’s high-performance encoders and decoders at the end of 2013.

FOR-A will showcase its FA-1010 and FA-9520 multi-channel signal processors at SATELLITE. Introduced last year, the award-winning FA-1010 signal processor offers 10 video inputs and outputs, multi-channel routing between sources, and effective video and audio signal processing for line, relay, reporting, production, editing and delivery applications. The FA-9520 3G/HD/SD dual-channel multipurpose signal processor provides frame synchronization, up/down/cross/aspect conversion, two channels of full RGB color correction, logo inserter functions and an automatic video optimizer.

Also to be displayed by FOR-A’s will be the MV-1620HS HD/SD/Analog mixed high resolution multi viewer. The compact (1RU) unit features a customizable layout, embedded audio level display for up to 16 channels per input, and title display of up to 16 characters per input. Additionally, the unit’s layout memory is capable of storing up to 16 layout patterns in the main unit, which can be selected directly from the front panel.

FOR-A’s FRC-8000 HD/SD frame rate converter will also be shown at SATELLITE. The multi-format unit offers motion compensation processing, automatic scene cut detection and up/down/cross conversion as standard features.

The LTR-120HS LTO video archiving recorder will also be on hand. Using high-quality AVC-Intra/DVCPRO codec and MXF wrapper/un-wrapper, the LTR-120HS records MXF files that can be used by a variety of NLE systems to LTO tape. Designed to enable “archive at ingest” solutions, the solution easily records video footage as an MXF file in real time.

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.

NAB 2014: Digital Nirvana to Showcase Next Generation Broadcast and OTT Monitoring Solutions

Newark, CA – Digital Nirvana will bring its innovative broadcast monitoring and content delivery solutions to the NAB 2014 convention (Booth SU11017) from April 5-10th at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

“The video delivery ecosystem is expanding rapidly with the availability of content across a wide range of digital platforms,” said Hiren Hindocha, president and CEO of Digital Nirvana. “It is our vision to expand our offerings with powerful tools to help our customers monitor and manage any type of media in the entire ecosystem.”

Digital Nirvana’s latest generation tools address that challenge with broadcast and OTT media monitoring, content capture and repurposing.

Monitor IQ Broadcast Monitoring System

One highlight in the NAB booth will be the next generation of Monitor IQTM – the company’s solution for multi-channel signal monitoring, logging, compliance and archiving for traditional broadcasting. Monitor IQ provides a range of unique features including centralized management, automatic ad detection, and a director’s audio track. It accepts multiple signals, both HD and SD in full resolution, and exports them in a wide range of file formats. Its Infrastructure Self-Check performs more than 40 types of ongoing system checks to proactively monitor the total health of the Monitor IQ system. Web Captioning ensures that programming complies with new FCC closed captioning mandates in the SMPTE Timed Text Format. And Program Guide Extraction automatically extracts EIT data directly from the broadcast, simplifying program search and enabling recording by program. Several new features to be announced will be included within this new version. Monitor IQ is compatible with all standard web browsers – and does not require Active X.

AnyStream IQ OTT Monitoring System

The video delivery ecosystem is expanding far beyond broadcast with the explosive growth of streaming content to desktops, tablets and mobile phones. As live streams increase in popularity, so does the importance of reliable OTT monitoring. Now, complementing the Monitor IQ solution for traditional broadcast content, the latest version of Digital Nirvana’s AnyStream IQTM allows broadcasters, content creators, aggregators and distributors of streaming content to reliably monitor OTT content to ensure that live streams are up and running. AnyStream IQ monitors for quality and compliance issues like loss of video or audio, as well as loss of FCC mandated closed captions. AnyStream IQ is the industry’s first-ever cloud-based OTT monitoring solution. There is no hardware or software to install, and it offers a browser-based interface to record, monitor and search FLV, HDS and HLS formatted streams.

MediaPro Content Repurposing System

MediaProTM is Digital Nirvana’s easy, affordable solution to repurpose and rebroadcast encrypted HD content to multiple platforms. In addition to its ability to encrypt HD content, input/output options further include: SDI, ASI, IP, QAM, and ATSC.

Multiple users in news and sports departments can collaborate; record from one to hundreds of channels; and then edit, annotate and publish content in real time. Search may be based on keywords, program titles, descriptions, textual metadata, time/date and channel filters. Clips are stored and sent via email or FTP for archiving or external viewing in a wide range of formats and resolutions. The next generation of MediaPro will be on hand in the Digital Nirvana booth at NAB. MediaPro is compatible with all standard web browsers – and does not require Active X.

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. The company’s product portfolio includes the industry-leading Monitor IQ broadcast monitoring system, AnyStream IQ OTT monitoring solution, and the MediaPro content repurposing system. A comprehensive service portfolio includes media monitoring and analysis, market intelligence and analytics, and learning management services. Digital Nirvana is headquartered in Newark, California with offices in Hyderabad and Coimbatore, India. For more information visit http://www.digital-nirvana.com.

FOX Sports Relies on FUJINON Cabrios for Close Calls at Superbowl and NFL Season; To Capture Race Action at Upcoming Daytona 500

Wayne, N.J. – FOX Sports has adopted what the network considers a ‘best of breed’ 4K imaging system for its NFL regular season coverage and this month’s Super Bowl XLVII coverage – the Sony F55 CineAlta digital motion picture camera paired with a FUJINON PL 85-300mm Cabrio lens. The combination has been so successful, FOX Sports will use two of its F55/Cabrio pairings to capture close up shots during NASCAR’s Daytona 500 on February 23rd and coverage from Budweiser SpeedWeek events leading up to the big race, marking the first time the network will employ the duo for its auto racing coverage.

Michael Davies, FOX Sports’ Vice President of Field and Technical Operations, looks forward to extending the network’s high-resolution imaging to auto racing. “We can use these cameras and lenses to zoom into an area with little or no resolution lost,” said Davies. “For auto racing, we’ll be able to shoot the pits and any accidents may that occur in great detail. We can capture the different things that can happen simultaneously in an incident – what caused it, who got caught up in it, and who got away – all in one shot. We can also take the viewer closer into the pits in a way that far surpasses what we’ve done before.”

During the Seattle Seahawks’ 43-8 Super Bowl win over the Denver Broncos on February 2nd, six Sony 4K cameras were lensed with FUJINON PL 85-300 and PL 19-90 Cabrio’s. They were used to capture close calls at the field’s sidelines, goal lines and end lines. During the regular NFL season, one Sony/FUJINON 4K combination was used though out the season to capture potential close calls.

This is the third year FOX Sports has employed 4K imaging for its NFL coverage with a Sony/FUJINON package. Davies believes this represents the best of today’s 4K imaging technology: “We used this camera/lens combination to great effect throughout the NFL season. It’s a highly compelling tool to show exactly what happened in vivid detail. We can zoom into a foot, a hand or even piles of players to determine if it was really a catch or a fumble. Was he in or out of bounds? I think this package will become ubiquitous for football coverage.”

The Cabrio zooms affords FOX Sports the greatest magnification and versatility possible using a 4K camera with a PL mount. “Previously, we had to use light-sucking adaptors with our lenses, but the Cabrio’s, with their native mounts, work beautifully with the F55’s, which is particularly evident in nighttime and low-light situations.”

“We’re honored to have been a part of FOX Sport’s 4K Super Bowl coverage this year,” said Thom Calabro, FUJIFILM Optical Devices’ Director of Marketing and Product Development. “Having our lenses contribute to the success of such a significant sporting event for FOX Sports is a proud achievement for us all at FUJIFILM.”

The high-performance FUJINON Cabrio zoom lens were 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, the PL 19-90 is T2.9 end to end, both with 200-degree focus rotation.

The lightweight, versatile FUJINON Cabrio lenses feature an exclusive detachable servo drive unit, making them ideal for use as standard PL lens or as ENG-style lenses. The digital servo’s 16-bit encoding assures operators that all lens data output is extremely accurate. The lenses are 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. Cabrio’s 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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