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FOR-A YEM Eletex Honored with 2013 NATAS Technology & Engineering Emmy® Award

Tokyo, Japan – The FOR-A Group was recently honored as a recipient of the 2013 Technology & Engineering Emmy® Awards from the National Academy of Television Art & Sciences (NATAS). The prestigious award recognizes excellence and innovation in technology and engineering, and was given to FOR-A YEM Eletex Co., Ltd., a FOR-A group company, for the development, standardization and productization of the HD serial digital interface. The NATAS 65th annual Technology & Engineering Emmy Awards were presented at the 2014 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas on January 9th.

FOR-A’s Northeast Account Manager, Jay Shinn, accepts the NATAS Technology & Engineering Emmy award on behalf of FOR-A YEM Eletex. interface. The NATAS 65th annual Technology & Engineering Emmy Awards were presented at the 2014 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas on January 9th.

The high definition serial digital interface technology recognized by NATAS has become the backbone of modern production, post-production and broadcast facilities. It is the universal interface for professional video equipment because it can carry HD data at the lengthy cable lengths needed in broadcast facilities, and supports multiple formats using just one signal interface.

NATAS is a professional service organization dedicated to the advancement of the arts and sciences of television and the promotion of creative leadership for artistic, educational and technical achievements within the television industry. FOR-A YEM Eletex (formerly called Yamashita Engineering Manufacture) also received the NATAS Emmy in 2000 for development of the Digital upconverter.

About FOR-A

FOR-A is a major manufacturer and distributor of video and audio systems to the broadcast, postproduction and professional video markets. For more information about FOR-A’s product line, call 714-894-3311 or visit our web site at www.for-a.com.

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Cinecolombia Turns to International Datacasting for Digital Cinema Solutions

Company brings leading digital cinema technology to Latin America’s
expanding digital cinema market.

Ottawa, ON – As a global market leader in digital cinema technology, International Datacasting Corporation (TSX: IDC) is pleased to announce that Cinecolombia, one of the region’s leading movie theatre chains, has selected IDC’s digital cinema distribution technology. IDC’s Latin American digital cinema partner, Grupo ChileFilms and their affiliate, Cinecolor Colombia, managed the sale to Cinecolombia.

This installation of SuperFlex Pro Cinema Cache Servers further strengthens IDC’s growing presence in the Latin American market. At present, about 70% of the cinemas employing electronic delivery solutions use IDC’s technology to transmit the latest blockbuster films and live 2D and 3D events via satellite. Today these solutions are deployed at over 4,000 sites on six continents.

“With IDC, we have great confidence that we can provide Cinecolombia’s movie theatres with exceptional value by offering outstanding technology that is already in use worldwide by leading digital cinema networks,” said Carlos Acero, General Manager of Cinecolor Colombia.

Cinecolor Colombia is a part of IDC’s partner Grupo Chilefilms, which operates extensive digital cinema networks throughout Latin America. ChileFilms owns and operates the CinecolorSAT digital cinema satellite distribution network, which not only delivers motion pictures, trailers and advertising, but live and alternative content as well. ChileFilms live content offerings including major sports events delivered to cinemas across Colombia, Brazil, Mexico, Argentina and Chile.

“IDC’s proven track record as the supplier of choice for digital cinema content distributors worldwide really sets the stage for us in Latin America,” said Alexandra Villamizar, Technical Manager at Cinecolombia. “With IDC, we get the same extraordinary technology here in Colombia that powers 70% of electronic content distribution to cinemas worldwide.”

“As Latin American countries, like Colombia, transition to digital distribution of cinema content and live events, IDC is focused on bringing leading-edge solutions to this market, which have garnered such a high level of confidence from our customers elsewhere in 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, a service office in Taiwan, and an international network of value-added partners and resellers. For more information visit: www.datacast.com.

New JVC ProHD Shoulder-Mount Camcorders Feature Advanced HD Streaming for Live Broadcast or Webcast

GY-HM850 and GY-HM890 Feature Exclusive Dual Codec Design with 12-Bit Image Processing, Interchangeable 20x Zoom Lens

WAYNE, NJ – JVC Professional Products Company, a division of JVC Americas Corp., today introduced its new GY-HM890 and GY-HM850 ProHD shoulder-mount camcorders, which set a new benchmark in ENG camera IP integration. Complemented by a new interchangeable Fujinon 20x autofocus zoom lens, the new cameras deliver outstanding full HD image capture and delivery, while the built-in streaming engine, FTP and 4G LTE connectivity allows live HD transmission directly from the camera without being attached to external costly and cumbersome bonded cellular solutions.

“We believe the future is with the live video streaming and FTP service fully integrated into the camera, as demonstrated with the new GY-HM890 and GY-HM850,” explained Edgar Shane, general manager of engineering, JVC Professional Products. “With the recent advancements in 4G LTE availability and bandwidth, service providers can deliver reliable high-speed connections that can support HD streaming with a single modem. This technology is here now, and will continue to progress and improve.”

The new 800 Series cameras significantly expand on the live HD streaming and file transfer capabilities introduced in the popular GY-HM650 mobile news camera. JVC’s exclusive dual codec design allows the new cameras to transmit live HD footage or transfer files in the background while shooters continue to record footage in their normal workflow. When paired with a Verizon 4G LTE modem, which is connected directly to the camera via USB, the camera transmits footage to a broadcast facility in real time. JVC’s Advanced Streaming Technology (AST) provides content-aware error correction, bandwidth shaping, and real-time feedback of streaming status.

Each camera features a built-in processor with proprietary algorithms that maximize bandwidth to ensure reliable transmission even under difficult conditions. Plus, advanced content aware error correction compensates for up to 30 percent packet loss. Streamconfidence provides stream and LTE status in the high-resolution 4.3-inch LCD monitor and LCOS color viewfinder.

The cameras provide secure FTP file transfer on location, as well as live monitoring and extensive camera and lens control via Wi-Fi from a smartphone
or tablet (iPhone, iPad, or Android). For broadcasters who use metadata, a built-in GPS allows location information to be recorded. Plus, metadata can be edited
on a smartphone or tablet and transferred to the camera via Wi-Fi.

The GY-HM850 and GY-HM890 are also compatible with JVC’s Professional Streaming Services, also announced today, which include the new JVC Broadcaster server powered by Zixi for reliable live content delivery to variety of hardware decoders, CDNs, and Web.

Both cameras feature three, 1/3-inch 2.07 effective megapixel CMOS sensors that capture full 1920×1080 images. The imagers provide 12-bit readout, F11 sensitivity (60Hz), and excellent signal-to-noise ratio. The new Fujinon wide angle 20x zoom lens features auto focus, built-in optical image stabilization, and chromatic aberration correction. The interchangeable 1/3-inch bayonet lens also includes manual focus, zoom, and iris rings.

Beyond ENG, the GY-HM890 is a versatile studio or multi-camera field production camera, with a 68-pin connection that accommodates JVC fiber or multi-core camera modules. Compatible with a full range of components, including customized studio sled, zoom and focus controls, CCUs, and 8.4-inch LCD viewfinder, as well as box-style lenses from Canon and Fujinon, the GY-HM890 is an ideal choice as an HD studio camera.

Dual SDHC/SDXC card slots allow simultaneous recording (for instant client copy/backup) or relay recording (for continuous shooting) to low cost, non-proprietary media. During simultaneous recording, one card can act as a continuous backup that overrides the pause function triggered by the operator. Relay recording allows virtually unlimited recording capability in the field.

Continuing JVC’s commitment to native file workflows, the GY-HM850 and GY-HM890 record HD or SD footage as Final Cut Pro (.MOV), XDCAM EX (.MP4), AS-10 (.MXF), AVCHD (.MTS), or H.264 (.MOV) files for compatibility with most major NLE systems. Footage can be recorded using MPEG-2 or H.264 compression at a variety of bit rates, frame rates, and resolutions.

The dual codecs offer simultaneous recording of a full HD file on one memory card and smaller, Web friendly H.264 files on the other. Plus, a new H.264 Extreme High Quality (XHQ) recording mode, commonly used in HD SLRs, offers virtually lossless H.264 50 Mbps recording.

“The new HM800 Series are the most feature-rich ProHD camcorders we’ve ever produced. They truly provide broadcasters the tools to be first on-air and first online,” said Craig Yanagi, manager, marketing and brand strategy, JVC Professional Products. “With a 4G LTE modem that you plug directly to the camera or a 4G LTE Mobile Hotspot that you keep in your pocket, you can go live to the broadcast studio or the Web. Add the new technology standards of broadcast ENG delivery with the full studio capabilities of the GY-HD890 and this is by far the most innovative line of professional camcorders available today.”

Both models include genlock and time code terminals for multi-camera setups, HD/SD-SDI out, HDMI out, 3.5mm stereo headphone jack, and a four-channel audio system with stereo AUX inputs and two XLR mic/line inputs with phantom power. Other features include 12 assignable user buttons, 10-second Pre Rec (retro cache), focus assist, interval recording for time lapse footage, and variable frame rate recording for over/under crank effects,

The GY-HM890 also includes an HD/SD-SDI Pool Feed input that can record and stream video and audio from another camera or SDI source during press conferences or other pool feed environments. The cameras also support LANC remote controllers as well as JVC’s proprietary wired remote control system.

Including lens, the GY-HM850 has a suggested list price of $7,995, while the GY-HM890 has a suggested list price of $9,995. Both models will be available in March.

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.

Game Creek Video Trusts PESA for Routing Needs at Super Bowl XLVIII

Huntsville, Alabama – PESA, a leading U.S.-based designer and manufacturer of professional audio and video connectivity, today announced Game Creek Video, an HD mobile production company based in Hudson, N.H., will use PESA video and audio routers for FOX’s coverage of Super Bowl XLVIII at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey on Sunday, Feb. 2.

Jason Taubman, Game Creek vice president of design and new technologies, said 75 percent of the company’s fleet is in the New York area to cover the Super Bowl for various clients. The entire truck compound at the game will be connected through PESA video and distributed audio routing systems, he said.

FX, the five-truck production system, which includes five 53-foot expando trucks, is in place at the stadium for the FOX game broadcast. It includes a PESA Cheetah 512×1024 digital video router with embedding/de-embedding, along with a DRS 2048×2048 distributed audio router that supports analog, AES and MADI.

Liberty, on location at MetLife for FOX pre-game programming, includes a 53-foot production unit and a 53-foot graphics and support unit. The main truck features a Cheetah 384×720 digital video router, as well as a DRS 1536×1536 distributed audio router with analog, AES, and MADI I/O. “The whole world has not gone digital,” Taubman explained. “We need a variety of connection methods.”

Northstar, another 53-foot expando, was used on Jan. 28 for Super Bowl Media Day coverage at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J., then moved to MetLife for FOX Sports 1 coverage. The truck includes a Cheetah 288×576 digital video router, plus a DRS 704×576 distributed audio router with analog and AES I/O.

The game will be produced in 720p HD, with 55 cameras and 24 six-channel EVS replay systems, plus frame sync sources, 4K composites, graphics, and a “host of new toys” that FOX will reveal during the broadcast, Taubman said. “It’s a pretty straightforward crosspoint matrix,” he noted, “we just have a huge capacity needed.”

PESA has historically been one of Game Creek’s router systems of choice because of product performance and excellent customer support, Taubman said. In fact, Game Creek recently upgraded Liberty to PESA’s PERC3000 IP-based router control system. “It’s been a big plus in giving us better control over the router and providing additional configuration options for our clients,” he added. “We have a long standing relationship with PESA. Their products have been rock solid.”

About PESA

As a leading provider of audio/video connectivity, PESA offers a wide selection of routing switchers, matrix switchers, extenders, converters, media extenders, and signal processing gear to support government, military, industrial, commercial, broadcast and mobile truck applications. PESA offers one of the widest ranges of AV products – from large scale fiber optic routing to single-point CAT-5 DVI extenders – each with the integrity and innovative high performance technology expected from PESA. Our products are available around the world from a leading team of channel partners offering local support and installation; and all of our products are supported by 24/7 technical support. To learn more about our technologies and services visit www.pesa.com. PESA is located in Huntsville, Alabama with regional offices throughout the United States.

All products mentioned herein are trademarked property of their respective owners. Follow us on Twitter @PESA_ONLINE.

NYIT’s Communications Department Relies on FOR-A’s HVS-390HS Video Switcher

Cypress, CA – When the Communication Arts Department at the Long Island campus of the New York Institute of Technology (NYIT) began the process of upgrading its studio to HD last year, the school looked for a reliable, cost-effective switcher. NYIT uses video production for hands-on classroom training and for show production for its global digital network, so the video switcher had to be easy to use and flexible for a variety of production scenarios. The school selected FOR-A’s HVS-390HS switcher, which has proven an ideal fit since its installation last September.

“Our 2 M/E HVS-390HS is a cost-efficient unit that provides NYIT with a variety of features, including extensive DVE and keyer options on each channel, and a variety of multi-viewing and routing capabilities built right into the switcher,” said Herb Savran, NYIT’s Chief Engineer of the Communication Arts Department. “The switcher gives us the flexibility we need to produce a variety of fast-changing shows. We love the light-up buttons and alphanumeric display over the keys and the ability to easily reconfigure settings.”

NYIT’s global digital network, Globesville, allows students to leverage the power of social media and engage with students and alumni from across the world. Students at NYIT rely on FOR-A’s HVS-390HS to produce online shows about sports, news, and pop culture. Roundtable discussions with participants from around the world, utilizing Skype and FaceTime technology, is just one way that NYIT leverages the switcher’s flexibility.

The HVS-390HS switcher is also used in classroom settings to train and educate students. NYIT has found the ease of setting up and configuring the switcher as an aid in catering to its different classes and programs.

“Not only are we very pleased with the switcher itself, but we have been overwhelmed by the service from FOR-A,” explained Savran. “Our sales manager, Jay Shinn, has been extremely supportive and proactive in making sure we’re happy with the product. I’ve had over 25 years of experience in using FOR-A equipment, and they’ve always been a reliable technology provider with a track record of great products and support.”

About FOR-A

FOR-A is a major manufacturer and distributor of video and audio systems to the broadcast, postproduction and professional video markets. For more information about FOR-A’s product line, call 714-894-3311 or visit our web site at www.for-a.com.

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New Zero Percent Financing Program on FUJINON Cabrio Zooms

Wayne, N.J. – FUJIFILM North America Corporation, Optical Devices Division, is conducting a Zero Percent Financing program on purchases of its Premier PL ZK Series of Cabrio lenses. Beginning today through March 31st, 2014, any new purchases of a Premier PL19-90mm Cabrio (ZK4.7×19), PL 85-300mm Cabrio (ZK3.5x85B) or PL 14-35mm Cabrio wide-angle zoom (ZK2.5×14) are eligible for the company’s Zero Percent Financing for 24-month program. The program is currently open to U.S. and Canadian customers only.

“We’re starting this program as a service to our customers,” said Thom Calabro, Director, Marketing and Product Development, FUJIFILM North America Corporation, wide-angle lens Optical Devices Division. “A financing program like this makes it easier for more of our customers to own a Cabrio and opens up a larger potential user base among rental houses, DPs, production companies, and all kinds of cine and video professionals looking to own the most versatile, highest quality, and lightest zooms in industry.”

FUJINON’s PL 14-35mm lens is the latest development in the company’s popular Cabrio series, which includes the recently introduced Premier PL 85-300 mm, as well as the established PL 19-90. Introduced at IBC in mid-September last year, the 14-35mm Cabrio is lightweight, easy to use with today’s 4K cameras, and is a fast T2.9 with 200-degree focus rotation. It’s ideal for shooters looking for a lightweight zoom that can be used as a handheld. It has a detachable digital servo drive and can be used as a self-contained ENG-style lens or as a cine style lens.

The PL 14-35 lens offers exceptional optical performance in the center of the image and in the corners of the frame. The digital servo’s 16-bit encoding assures operators that all lens meta data output—including the position of the zoom, iris, and focus—is extremely accurate. The PL 14-35 lens supports Lens Data System (LDS) and /i metadata formats, All Cabrio lenses can be controlled using cinema industry standard accessories, wireless controllers, as well as existing FUJINON wired and wireless units.

The high-performance FUJINON PL 85-300 Cabrio 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 is similar in weight and size to the other Cabrio lenses, and starts at a fast T2.9

The lightweight and compact PL 19-90 Cabrio weighs only 2.85kg including servo motors, this lens has the longest focal range available in a light weight zoom . Cinematographers will be right at home with these lenses. With the detachable drive removed, the lens is set to accept industry standard cine motors and matte boxes. Plus, the lens has all the data output that appeals to a Cine-style shooter.

To take advantage of this new Zero Percent Financing option on FUJINON Cabrios, customers can contact their local FUJIFILM Optical Devices Division sales representative.

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 visit www.fujifilmholdings.com.

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

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Innovative Zylight Selected for Investment and Support from Lighting Leader Ushio America

LOS ANGELES – Zylight LLC., a privately-owned manufacturer of intelligent LED lighting instruments for the cinema and broadcast production industries was selected by specialty and general market lighting leader Ushio America, Inc. to receive a strategic investment that brings additional funding and infrastructure support to Zylight.

“This partnership allows Zylight to accelerate our speed in bringing innovations to our customers,” said Joe Arnao, President, Zylight. “We’re thrilled at the confidence Ushio has shown in us, selecting our technology above all others todrive their entry into the broadcast lighting market. We’ve always been confident in the value and benefits of our innovative instruments. With the resources and stature of Ushio behind us, we’re excited about the future and in our expanded level of service we’ll offer customers.”

Founded in 2003, Zylight is known for its many technological firsts, including: wireless and remote lighting control; High-Density light-emitting diode (HD-led™) for the brightest, most natural lighting available in a compact LED; Color Mode for the production of millions of colors without gels or filters; and its collapsible F8 LED Fresnel with quantum dot technology. Zylight is based in Los Angeles. The company will continue to operate independently under the Zylight name and assemble products in the USA.

Zylight pioneered several solid state lighting instrument platforms and wireless integration technology. The company’s patented products have been used in extreme conditions from the deserts of Africa to the frigid summit of Mount Everest and many places in between.

Started in 1967, Ushio America is one of the world’s largest specialty lighting companies and has a leadership position in several markets such as SSTV, Digital Cinema, Scientific and Medical, Video Projection, UV Curing and Semiconductor. Ushio America has over 4,000 products in its portfolio, from unique specialty light sources to general illumination lamps for architectural and task lighting.

According to Keith SanGiacomo, General Manager, Marketing and New Business Development for Ushio America, Inc., “The investment in Zylight brings the solid financial and technological backing of Ushio together with Zylight’s leading edge technology. The Zylight products speak for themselves in terms of innovation, advanced technology and value to our customers, and we’re excited about the new offerings and future developments. This strategic partnership not only provides Ushio with an expanded offering in the entertainment fixture market, but also allows us access to Zylight’s innovative technology for applications in other market segments as well.”

About USHIO America, Inc.

USHIO America, Inc. is a leading manufacturer of Specialty and General Illumination lighting solutions based in Cypress, California. Established in 1967 as a subsidiary of USHIO Inc, in Tokyo, Japan, USHIO now carries over 3,500 General Lighting and Specialty products. These Lighting-Edge Technologies™ are provided to a variety of industries such as general illumination, audio-visual, photographic, stage, studio and television, semiconductor, printed circuit, video projection, cinema, UV curing, germicidal, horticulture, graphic arts, flashlight, scientific, medical, dental, ophthalmic, infra-red heating, and many others. For further information, visit www.USHIO.com.

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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ABS, Experience Church.tv Present AVL Expo 2014, Provide Free AV Training for Northwest Worship Community

SEATAC, WA — Professional video and audio systems integration firm Advanced Broadcast Solutions (ABS), in collaboration with ExperienceChurch.tv®, will present the Audio, Video, Lighting Conference and Expo (AVL Expo) on Friday, Jan. 31, 2014, at Experience Church in Puyallup, Wash. Designed for the worship community, the free, one-day event will include a full conference program that includes advanced sessions for returning attendees. Plus, the exhibit hall will feature several new exhibitors, including Sony Electronics, De Sisti Lighting, Tightrope Media Systems, QSC, and Williams Sound.

The expo opens at 9 a.m., with a general session beginning at 10 a.m. hosted by Dennis Cummins, Pastor at Experience Church.tv and well known advocate for AV technology in worship facilities. “Every session will be unique this year, and we have some very practical, hands-on instruction for audio applications,” he said.

Mark Siegel, president of ABS, will lead the “Live Production” breakout session at 1 p.m. “We have been working with Experience Church.tv since 2009 to produce AVL Expo, and the show continues to be an important resource for church pastors and their AV crews in the Northwest,” he said. “It’s not enough to invest in AV technology – church personnel also need to invest in training to create compelling content. My session will help our attendees learn how to mix a live show for broadcast on TV or the Web. ”

Other conference sessions include an audio production sessions from Sennheiser and Roland, as well as “Important Things to Know about In-Ear-Monitoring” by myMix. Plus, JVC Professional Products Company will lead a session on cameras, Sony will address production switchers, and Atomos will highlight capture, playback, and storage. Cloud-based resources for file sharing and storage, as well as lighting, will also be addressed. The program ends with a 4 p.m. Q &A general session.

Registration is free for the first two people registered from each church, and complimentary lunch will be provided, courtesy of ABS. Additional attendees will be permitted based on availability, but space is limited. For more information and registration information, please visit www.avlexpo.com.

About ABS:

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

American Airlines Center Upgrades Routing Infrastructure with PESA

Huntsville, Alabama – PESA, a leading U.S.-based manufacturer of professional audio and video connectivity, today announced the American Airlines Center in Dallas, home of the NBA Dallas Mavericks and NHL Dallas Stars as well as one of the top ticket-selling concert venues in the country, recently upgraded its routing infrastructure with a variety of PESA products. Installed last summer, the new system is built around a PESA Cheetah 288×288 digital video routing switcher and includes PESA’s new Touch72 LCD router control panel.

On any given game day, there are close to 100 technical employees on site, including broadcast personnel, at the 20,000-seat venue. Beyond its live in-house video presentations, the AAC has a number of video-related responsibilities, including providing live feeds of game coverage to NBA and NHL officials via high-speed fiber networks.

While the AAC has access to multiple cameras from the broadcast feed, it tends to use footage from its own six-camera setup for in-house video presentations. Inside the venue, four HD cameras capture the action, including one handheld on each end of the basketball court or hockey rink and two cameras with 72x lenses operated from the stands. There are also two handheld SD cameras (upconverted to HD) outside in AT&T Plaza to cover concerts and other pre-game activities.

Three control rooms housed in the American Airlines Center produce its in-house video presentations. The primary control room handles all cameras and live video for the arena, including game action shown on 72×30-foot screens on either side of the arena and four HD video screens hung in the center. The secondary control room manages all live switching to the AT&T Plaza, an area outside the arena that features large HD video screens and often hosts pre-game concerts. Located in the press area, the third control room is tasked with graphics for the main screens and other displays throughout the facility.

According to Randy Breedlove, manager of broadcast services, the American Airlines Center had been relying on multiple routing platforms to service the entire facility. “It became obvious to us that we needed to get all of this consolidated,” he recalled, “and we needed to get into the embedded digital audio realm.”

The Cheetah 288×288 frame is currently populated at about 128×128. Half of the connections are equipped with embedded audio, which is important to the AAC because of its integration with broadcasters during basketball and hockey games. Beyond the main stereo announce audio for the facility, embedded audio provides access to additional audio sources – including the television broadcast, English and Spanish radio coverage, and effects feeds – through the same coax connection.

Breedlove said the embedded audio is a feature that has improved the arena’s video workflow. “It’s very useful to have any audio feeds associated with the broadcast in addition to the arena feeds,” he added.

While the facility will “definitely grow” into the Cheetah router, Breedlove said his engineers were initially drawn to PESA because of its PERC3000 router control solution with Cattrax software for system setup, maintenance, and monitoring. “The software is powerful but not complicated,” Breedlove said. “It’s very user friendly. That was a huge part of our decision.”

The new routing system was also an opportunity to upgrade to LCD router control panels with PESA’s Touch72 LCD, which features 72 programmable LCD push button switches in an 2 RU configuration, along with a color touch-screen display. Each push button can be configured as a source, destination, level, or salvo. Up to 16 characters and individual background colors can be used to identify each switch, and names are dynamically updated on each affected LCD switch as the system configuration is changed.

The AAC has already installed one Touch72 LCD, and Breedlove said three more will be installed in early 2014. “We are very happy. It’s so intuitive,” he added. “It really has changed how you can control routers now. You can take full advantage of all the sources in a plant. PESA definitely delivered there.”

For Breedlove, the most important feature for the new router was reliability. “That’s one of the things that attracted us to PESA,” he recalled. “The router is the heart of your plant. You take for granted it’s going to work. We were sure PESA built a device that was rock solid. It was a very easy decision to go with PESA.”

About PESA

As a leading provider of audio/video connectivity, PESA offers a wide selection of routing switchers, matrix switchers, extenders, converters, media extenders, and signal processing gear to support government, military, industrial, commercial, broadcast and mobile truck applications. PESA offers one of the widest ranges of AV products – from large scale fiber optic routing to single-point CAT-5 DVI extenders – each with the integrity and innovative high performance technology expected from PESA. Our products are available around the world from a leading team of channel partners offering local support and installation; and all of our products are supported by 24/7 technical support. To learn more about our technologies and services visit www.pesa.com. PESA is located in Huntsville, Alabama with regional offices throughout the United States.

All products mentioned herein are trademarked property of their respective owners. Follow us on Twitter @PESA_ONLINE.

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New Corporate Slogan for The FUJIFILM Group: Value from Innovation

TOKYO, JAPAN – To celebrate the 80th anniversary of its original founding, FUJIFILM Holdings Corporation has created on a new corporate slogan, “Value from Innovation.” Beginning this month, the Fujifilm Group will adopt the slogan for its global operations.

In response to the dramatic decline in the demand for photographic film since year 2000, FUJIFILM Holdings Corporation has carried out a series of structural reforms. The company has moved away from its core business of photographic film and has been reborn as a company that is now involved in a diverse array of business operations. The Fujifilm Group is currently focused on and investing management resources in the following six business fields: Healthcare, including medical equipment, pharmaceuticals and cosmetics; Graphic Systems, developing a wide range of printing equipment; Highly Functional Materials, such as optical film for liquid crystal displays and components for touch panels; Optical Devices, including television lenses and components for satellite optical systems; Digital Imaging, with the development of digital cameras and Photo book albums; and Document Solutions, including Fuji Xerox’s extensive lineup of composite equipment and devices, and solution services. The new corporate slogan has been created to demonstrate the new direction Fujifilm is taking, and its future objectives. The slogan expresses Fujifilm’s commitment to deepening communications with its customers and all other stakeholders, and to further enhancing the value of the Fujifilm corporate brand.

The new corporate slogan is “Value from Innovation.” Along with expressing Fujifilm’s commitment to continuously creating innovative technologies, products and services that empower the potential and expand the horizons of tomorrow’s businesses and lifestyles, the slogan also encapsulates the company’s desire to combine our own original technology with human resources, expertise and technology from around the world both internally and externally to create innovation. A new brand statement has also been created to articulate these commitments more specifically, and the slogan encapsulates the main points of the brand statement.

The Fujifilm Group will use the slogan for its global operations and, under this slogan, will continue to utilize its cutting-edge, original technologies to create products and services that address the true needs of global customers and provide new values.

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