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PESA Promotes Christopher Thomas to President

Huntsville, Alabama – PESA, a leading designer and manufacturer of professional audio and video distribution solutions, today announced Christopher Thomas, executive vice president of Christopher Thomas JPEGengineering Christopher Thomas JPEGand CTO, has been promoted to president, effective Nov. 1. Chuck Tillett, who has served as president and COO since 2009, will remain COO of the company.

Thomas joined PESA in 2013, after holding senior executive management positions at several companies. Tillett has spent more than 30 years in the industry in various senior positions. Both Thomas and Tillett will remain based in the company’s Huntsville headquarters.

“Chuck has been instrumental in the growth of PESA and our subsequent success in so many vertical markets, and we are happy he will remain a valued member of our team,” said Howard Sutton, executive chairman. “We are confident that Chris will further strengthen our organization and help us aggressively grow our innovative and affordable product lines.”

About PESA

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

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Broadcast Pix Announces Sports Bundle for Affordable High-End Live Production

Billerica, Massachusetts – Broadcast Pix™ today announced its Sports Bundle, a tightly integrated package of the company’s Granite™ X large-scale integrated production switcher, ReVue slow motion system, and FX3D real-time 3D graphics platform. The bundle provides the sophisticated switching, multi-camera replay, and 3D graphics expected by sports viewers, along with significant cost savings.

“Live sports production is a year-round commitment for so many network affiliates and public access channels across the country,” said Steve Ellis, CEO of Sports BundleBroadcast Pix. “Today’s viewers demand high production values, even at the local level, which is why our Sports Bundle is such an appealing Broadcast Pix Sports Bundle JPEG 4 3 14solution. When you combine our integrated production switchers with our replay and 3D graphics systems, you can deliver live coverage that rivals the big sports networks – and you can do it affordably.”

The bundle is built around the Granite X 2 M/E production switcher, with 22 SDI inputs, 12 outputs, seven channels of file-based inputs, six key layers, dual-channel clip server, and access to cloud-based content. Granite X also features a number of additional built-in production tools – including a customizable multi-view, CG, and file-based macros – plus several control panel choices.

Developed in collaboration with strategic partner EditShare, ReVue offers variable speed playback of two or four channels of video in sync, so it is easy to cut between cameras and find the best replay angle. Its compact controller includes a jog/shuttle wheel for reviewing footage, intuitive controls for manual and preset playback speeds, and dedicated buttons for marking in and out points for playback. ReVue’s on-screen user interface makes it easy to keep track of marked clips and replays, and Granite X can trigger playlists directly from the production switcher.

FX3D’s three software modules – and preloaded graphics and animations – 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. Users can also import 3D models from Maya, Lightwave, or 3DS max, then add animation, texture mapping, and lighting. FX3D API allows the system to be controlled through Granite X, and also allows integration with third-party products. FX3D Playout, a template-based rundown controller, brings completed graphics to air, allows manual or automatic graphic content updates, and allows users to search assets using a variety of parameters, including keywords and date.

For more information, please contact a local Broadcast Pix representative or visit www.broadcastpix.com/Products/Sports-Bundle.html.

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.

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Zylight F8 LED Fresnel Delivers on Oregon Trail for Ken Willinger, SOC

LOS ANGELES – Ken Willinger, SOC, has been a cinematographer for more than 30 years. After starting his career in news and documentaries, the Boston-based shooter now concentrates on corporate, commercial and narrative films. One of his latest productions, Brothers on the Trail, took him to the Wyoming wilderness.

The four-day shoot in early October was based around Register Cliff in Wyoming, a key navigational landmark during the 1800s for emigrants heading west that is now on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places. Shooting on location, as Ken Willinger F8 Useopposed to a soundstage, was considered essential to the project. “The director really wanted to capture the reality of where this story takes place,” Willinger explained. “The images were stunning, and there was no way to replicate that in the studio.”

An internal production for Scottish Rite Freemasonry, the short film takes place on the Oregon Trail in the mid-1800s. The western emphasizes the importance of keeping a pledge by sharing the story about two travelers who meet and make a promise to each other. It is the fifth short in a series that Willinger has shot for the Freemasons with his RED EPIC DRAGON. The 5K footage will be downconverted to HD for the final cut.

Willinger was pleased to find a daylight-balanced Zylight F8 LED Fresnel as part of the grip and electric package for the shoot. He had seen the F8 at the 2014 NAB Show, but this was his first opportunity to use one. With generators on location for the “fairly big” production, Willinger did not have to use the Zylight on battery power, though he was impressed by the feature.

Willinger admitted he was “slow to adopt LED” because he felt early instruments were harsh and had color issues, but plans to use the F8 on future shoots. “It took a while for me to trust the LED look,” he added. “Now, I’m happy to use it and I’m really glad we had the Zylight on the set.”

A full complement of large, very high-powered lighting instruments were on hand for primary lighting duties – but Willinger said the more portable F8 was very valuable as an edge light and as a fill for moonlight during evening campfire shots. “We had some big lights on this film. Once those were in place, that was it,” he explained. “The Zylight was so simple to move around and yet so powerful. It really was a great light for us to have on set.”

Available in daylight (5600K) or tungsten (3200K), the F8 has a high CRI (color rendering index) and maintains single shadow traditional Fresnel beam shaping through an eight-inch SCHOTT glass lens. With a patented focusing system for spot and flood operations, the fully dimmable F8 offers an adjustable beam spread (16-70 degrees). Its LED engine with quantum dot technology draws only 100 watts, but has close to the light output of a traditional 1000-watt Fresnel.

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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FOR-A Brings Switchers, Multi-Viewers, Encoding/Decoding, and Signal Processing Solutions to CAPER 2014

Cypress, CA – FOR-A America will exhibit several of its video production solutions at the upcoming CAPER show. The show takes place in Buenos Aires, Argentina, from October 29-31, and focuses on professional broadcast, cable, and satellite television, as well as cinema and radio markets. FOR-A will showcase its video switcher, video transmission, signal processing, and multiviewer solutions within the SVC (Sistemas de Video Comunicación) booth, C-10.

FOR-A will display its HVS-390HS video switcher – a cost-HVS-390HS_Image02effective unit that allows for versatility in video switching. The HVS-390HS is a popular choice among houses of worship, universities, public HVS-390HS_Image02access television stations, major newsgathering organizations, government agencies and network news stations. The switcher offers up to three different control panels and 10 remote AUX control panels that can be used simultaneously, giving operators choice in determining what best fits their production environment.

FOR-A will also showcase its HVS-XT100/110 portable video switchers, which boast exceptional cost performance and diverse features, including mixed HD/SD input, frame synchronizing, re-sizing engine, 2.5D wipe effects, DVE, Chroma keyer and DSK.

The MV-1620HS multiviewer will also be on display. Accepting up to 16 channels of MV-1620HSmixed HD/SD-MV-1620HSSDI/analog composite signals for monitoring on up to two screens, the 1RU multiviewer is a full-featured yet economical unit.

As Fujitsu’s exclusive North American distributor, FOR-A will also showcase Fujitsu’s IP-920 series of video transmission equipment. The IP-920 encoder/decoder solutions use highly efficient video encoding technology, H.264, to perform live transmission of high fidelity and HDTV at low bit-rates. Capable of operating at less than 99ms back-to-back latency and featuring real-time transmission and robust error correction, Fujitsu’s IP-920 solutions are widely used for HD/SD content delivery in broadcast, enterprise and government applications.

FOR-A will also demonstrate its FA-9520 signal processor. 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. The unit is an ideal choice for a variety of applications, including master control, mobile production, post production services and live production.

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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KBZK and KXLF Replace Microwave Truck with JVC GY-HM650 ProHD Mobile News Cameras

WAYNE, NJ – JVC Professional Video, a division of JVCKENWOOD USA Corporation, today announced KBZK and KXLF, the CBS affiliates serving Montana’s Butte-Bozeman market (DMA #188), are using four JVC GY-HM650 ProHD mobile news cameras for ENG live shots on their nightly newscasts. Engineer Michael Regan said the JVC cameras have essentially replaced the station’s microwave truck for live shots, because they are more versatile and cost effective.

Considered part of the same broadcast market, the two cities are about 90 miles apart and have very different audiences, according to Bryan Zehntner, technicalKBZK JVC Camera Use director. Owned by Cordillera KBZK JVC Camera UseCommunications, KBZK (Bozeman) and KXLF (Butte) share a studio in Bozeman and produce separate evening newscasts for each station. The stations share a 90-minute morning news program as well as weekend evening newscasts.

The region’s mountainous terrain is a challenge for microwave – Regan said the station’s microwave truck requires four hops just to get a signal from Butte back to Bozeman, and it is not always possible to get line of sight to transmit. Plus, almost every reporter is a multimedia journalist working individually to report and edit stories, but the microwave truck requires at least a two-man crew. “We have a lot more live shots now that we have these cameras,” he said. “We use them all the time.”

Zehntner estimated the stations now produce at least two or three live shots per week, compared to two or three live shots per month when the microwave truck was the primary source for live shots. The facility is equipped with two Teradek decoders to process incoming live video from the JVC cameras, which allowed two reporters to deliver live standups during the same newscast from different stages at the Montana Folk Festival in Butte in July. “The cameras work great in low-light situations,” Zehntner added.

While the stations have mobile hotspots for their cameras, Wi-Fi is usually the better option for streaming live video in the region, so each camera is equipped with a Buffalo wireless USB adapter. “There are plenty of places we can’t make a phone call, let alone stream video,” Zehntner explained. “If we are outside in a clear area where a festival or something is taking place, then we will probably have decent cell service and can use the My-Fi card. When we are in downtown Bozeman, Verizon only has marginal service. Most places either have Wi-Fi and will let us access it to do the shot, or have a guest network that is stable enough to use.”

The stations began using the new JVC mobile news cameras in February, replacing some of their aging Panasonic P2 camcorders. The rest of the Panasonic camcorder fleet will be replaced with JVC cameras in 2015. According to Regan, the new JVC cameras are an early step in a transition to full HD production, which is expected to be complete next spring. “It’s a good, solid ENG camera,” he said. “It provides exactly what we need, and the live streaming is a big advantage.”

ABOUT JVC PROFESSIONAL VIDEO
Headquartered in Wayne, New Jersey, JVC Professional Video is a division of JVCKENWOOD USA Corporation, a wholly-owned subsidiary of JVC Kenwood Corporation. The company is a leading manufacturer and distributor of broadcast and professional video and audio equipment, D-ILA front projection systems, and Super LoLux HD video security products. For further product information, visit JVC’s Web site at http://pro.jvc.com or call (800) 582-5825.

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ABS Refreshes KGW News Studio with Updated Lighting Package, Video Wall

SEATAC, WA — Professional video and audio systems integration firm Advanced Broadcast Solutions (ABS) has installed a new lighting package for the main news studio of KGW, the NBC affiliate serving Portland, Ore. (DMA #23), and provided a new nine-panel video wall system to update part the set. The Gannett-owned station went live with the new lighting on Aug. 30 and the new video wall on Sept. 22.

Close to 120 incandescent lights were replaced with a mix of 68 Brightline KGWfluorescent and LED lighting instruments, which are controlled via DMX using the station’s existing ETC lighting console. The studio is lit with daylight balanced instruments to match shots from the station’s downtown studio, which features a background with wall-to-wall windows.

Fluorescent lights were used for the set’s base lighting because they “provide more cubic dimension of light cover at a lower cost than what we could do with comparable LED technology,” explained Joe Cervone, Brightline sales manager, who was part of the ABS installation team. “Fluorescent allows us to get the full set lit and then we sculpt with LED.”

The new Planar Clarity Matrix video wall system displays graphics and video backgrounds during show segments. Installed by KGW personnel after training from Planar, the video wall is tilted a few degrees at the top so light will not spill onto its nine 46-inch LCDs. The video wall replaced a rear projection system that had been part of the set since 2006. John Waikart, KGW assistant director of technology, said the old system “just didn’t have the ‘pop’ we needed to look good on the air.”

“Between the lighting and the new Planar wall, it feels like we have a new set,” said David Boyd, KGW director of technology. “As expected, there were some concerns with the plan to pull out the proven incandescent lighting and install new fluorescent and LED lighting, but we were impressed with the professionalism of the installation and the finished product. It looks much better than what we had before. The set has more lighting texture and more depth of field.”

Beyond a better on-air look, the new fluorescent and LED lighting also reduced ambient temperature in the studio by 87 percent, according to ABS. “Basically, minimal cooling is required for the studio now compared to the old system,” Boyd added. “We know there will be significant energy savings.”

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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PESA XSTREAM C22 Compact Streaming System Now Shipping, Delivers Customized Content Sharing Between Facilities

Huntsville, Alabama – PESA, a leading designer and manufacturer of professional audio and video distribution solutions, is now shipping the PESA XSTREAM C22 compact streaming system. As part of a larger hybrid broadcast system or standalone streaming appliance, the C22 allows AV professionals to compress, stream and share high-quality content. Two units can also be paired to allow bi-directional live interaction between sites.

According to John T. Wright, senior vice president of sales and business PESA XSTREAM C22 Front JPEGdevelopment, the first C22 units have been delivered to a current PESA customer and will be used to facilitate mission critical live streaming between two geographically separated sites within the United States.

“The PESA XSTREAM C22 is a great solution for sharing content between facilities, because its two video streams can be PESA XSTREAM C22 Front JPEGtailored for a variety of applications,” he added. “That level of flexibility, combined with its dollar-to-stream value, makes the C22 a very appealing solution for a number of markets.”

The latest addition to the PESA XSTREAM family of multi-channel HD IP streaming devices, the C22 can be configured as a two port video encoder or two port decoder, or can include one of each. It includes HDMI, coax and Ethernet (IP-based camera) video inputs, and optional SFP modules allow multiple configurations (fiber, HD-BNC, A-to-D and more) for expanded connectivity. During an event, two external audio sources can be synchronized to either or both video streams.

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

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

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Broadcast Pix Welcomes Piper Digital as Manufacturer’s Rep

Billerica, Massachusetts – Broadcast Pix™ today announced it is working with Piper Digital, a manufacturer’s representative firm in Torrance, Calif. Based near the Hollywood and Burbank video production community, Piper Digital’s territory includes California, Arizona and Southern Nevada.

Piper Digital sells broadcast, production, 3D, post production, satellite and IPTV equipment. It represents a number of manufacturers and specializes in live production, engineering, station automation, archiving and management systems. The company was founded in 1997 by Glen Thompson, who has been working in the industry since 1979.

“We are very pleased to be working with Piper Digital, because they understand our business and can help differentiate the Broadcast Pix product line to prospective customers,” said Steve Ellis, CEO of Broadcast Pix. “With their broad network of systems integrators and dealers, as well as their extensive connections in the production markets, we know Piper Digital will help us expand our presence in Southern California and beyond.”

Broadcast Pix offers three integrated video production switcher product lines with built-in production tools, a variety of control panel options, and optional solutions for visual radio, data-intensive CG graphics and more. The company has also introduced two standalone products, the ReVue slow motion system and fX3D real-time 3D graphics platform, which can be tightly integrated with Broadcast Pix systems or used independently in other production environments.

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 is a trademark of Broadcast Pix, Inc. Patented. Made in USA.

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JVC Americas Corp. and Kenwood U.S.A. Corporation Merge U.S. Operations

LONG BEACH, Calif. – JVC Americas Corp. and Kenwood U.S.A. Corporation, subsidiaries of Japan-based JVCKENWOOD Corporation have merged to form a single subsidiary, JVCKENWOOD USA Corporation. The merger, effective today, is part of a global integration strategy initiated by JVCKENWOOD Corporation in 2012.

The merger completes a process that was first announced in April, and is designed to enhance operating efficiencies and spur innovation throughout the company. The two entities will consolidate their business and financial resources under the new company.

Commenting on the merger, Kazuhiro Aigami, President, JVCKENWOOD USA Corporation “The merger of our two companies will accelerate innovation across all divisions by the sharing of technologies and expertise, and will provide efficiencies in logistics and back office operations. This has been carefully planned and executed to drive innovation and growth within the Kenwood and JVC brands and their respective product divisions.”

JVC and Kenwood will remain as two distinct brands in their respective user markets and sales channels for each brand. JVC and Kenwood sales and marketing of Car Electronics are already located in Long Beach, California. Sales and marketing of Communications and Security will be located in Suwanee, Georgia. Sales and marketing of Audio and Video products and Professional camera will remain in Wayne, New Jersey.
JVCKENWOOD USA headquarters will be located in Long Beach, California.

When two successful companies join together, the result is a combined organization that creates new and exciting opportunities. The combination will lead to powerful new areas of innovation, products and solutions, for consumer and enterprise markets.

About JVCKENWOOD USA Corporation
JVCKENWOOD USA Corporation is a wholly-owned subsidiary of JVCKENWOOD Corporation and is a leading developer of imaging, home and car entertainment and navigation products for the consumer market, and two-way radio communications systems for public safety, private industry and amateur users and video equipment for the broadcast and professional markets. For detailed information, call JVCKENWOOD USA at 1-800-950-5005 or visit us at http://us.jvckenwood.com, www.kenwoodusa.com and www.jvc.com.

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FOR-A to Showcase Video Switcher, Multi Viewer & Video Transmission Technology at WFX 2014 Conference & Expo

Cypress, CA – FOR-A will exhibit at this week’s WFX Conference & Expo. The event is dedicated to showcasing technology for houses of worship and takes place October 1-2 at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas, TX. FOR-A will exhibit a number of its products used in the worship industry, including video switcher and multi viewer technology, in Booth #120.

The HVS-XT100 HD/SD portable video switcher is among the products that FOR-A will showcase in its booth. The HVS-XT100 features a compact, HVS-390HS_Image02integrated design and comes standard with eight HD/SD-SDI inputs and four outputs (plus one HDMI output). The unit HVS-390HS_Image02offers a wide range of functions, including frame synchronization, multi-viewer capability, a built-in Web server, and a clip memory feature within the still store that supports complex moves. First introduced last year, the switcher is a popular choice among houses of worship due to its high-performance and portability.

Another video switcher that FOR-A will show is its versatile HVS-390HS unit. The cost-effective switcher features advanced AUX technology that allow users to add in up to four additional mix effects, giving the switcher the capabilities of a 6 M/E unit. The HVS-390HS is the switcher of choice for many houses of worship across the country, including use by Manhattan’s Trinity Church, Florida’s First Baptist Church Oviedo, Flatirons Community Church in Colorado, Alabama’s Hunter Street Baptist Church, and Detroit’s Kensington Church, to name a few.

FOR-A will also showcase its MV-1620HSA 4K compatible multi viewer. First introduced at NAB earlier this year, the MV-1620HSA 3G/HD/SD/Analog Mixed High-Resolution multi viewer is a 1 RU unit that accepts up to 16 channels of signals for monitoring on up to two screens. The multi viewer includes the option to cascade it with other units to display up to 64 sources simultaneously.

As the exclusive North American dealer for Fujitsu, FOR-A will also demonstrate Fujitsu’s IP-920 high-performance encoder/decoder solutions. The video transmission technology uses H.264 advanced MPEG-4 AVC encoding to provide best-in-class video fidelity, is capable of operating at less than 99ms back-to-back latency, and features real-time transmission and robust error correction.

“Being that the house of worship industry is such an important area to FOR-A, we see WFX as one of our most important shows of the year,” said Jay Shinn, Vice President of FOR-A America. “This year we will be highlighting a few of our small to midsized video production switchers. These reliable and easy-to-operate units are packed with useful features and unique capabilities that make them the perfect fit for full-time professionals, weekend pros and volunteers alike. Our aim is to always be the leader in affordability and value for house of worship video technology.”

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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