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MOBILE BROADCAST INNOVATOR, CORPLEX, RELIES ON FUJIFILM CUSTOMER SERVICE TO MAINTAIN ITS REPUTATION FOR EXCELLENCE

Wayne, N.J. – Chicago’s Corplex Mobile Television has earned its status as an award-winning innovator in live broadcasting over more than 25 years covering sports, news and entertainment events.

So, it’s no surprise that this pioneer in all-digital mobile production has demonstrated a commitment to innovative technology along with its latest order of lenses from FUJIFILM North America Corporation, Optical Devices Division. This order coincides with the recent opening of the division’s fifth service center – in nearby Hanover Park, Illinois – this past spring. The new service facility was started to provide more locally available and immediate customer support to its Chicago-area customer base, something Corplex is already taking advantage of.

Corplex is constantly seeking the “latest and greatest” technology for its facilities, which now includes three 53-foot expanding HD mobile units each with a graphics/support trailer, and reliable, state of the art customer service is essential to its continued success.

According to Corplex CEO Carter Ruehrdanz, “We’ve been using FUJINON lenses for so many years, we probably now have more than sixty lenses. And we’re so busy, we use them every week. Other companies also make great lenses, but we’re really happy with the fact that Fujifilm now has local service here in Chicago. We can’t afford to be down at all. We’re especially impressed with the more aggressive turnaround time and pricing we’re seeing.”

All of the new FUJINON lenses incorporate some of the most innovative features in the industry. To pair with its Sony HDC1500 cameras, Corplex has chosen two of FUJINON’s most advanced and industry-leading XA101x8.9BESM Super Telephoto EFP HD lenses, six HA23x7.6BERM Telephoto ENG HD lenses with 2x extenders, and two HA14x4.5BERM Super Wide Angle ENG/EFP HD lenses with 2.2x extenders.

The new lenses will be used on Corplex trucks for large sporting events, including NFL football, Major League Baseball playoffs, golf and hockey, as well as high profile entertainment programs. Ruehrdanz said, “We stayed with FUJINON lenses so that all the big lenses are from the same manufacturer, and we can swap things around. Our Platinum truck has two 101x lenses in addition to five 87x. The longer 101x lenses are an important element and can make a huge difference in the production. We’re also putting the new ENG lenses right to work on our handheld cameras for the beginning of the NFL season.”

In addition to their new purchases, Corplex has a large inventory of FUJINON lenses that offer a consistency in lens design that allows the servo modules and controllers to work on any box lens regardless of their age. “Because of this we’re able to have plenty of spares and additional pieces to make them full servo when needed,” said Ruehrdanz.

“It’s our job to supply every piece of gear and make sure everything’s working all the time,” said Ruehrdanz. “That’s why having local customer service is so important. We’re just looking for quality, reliability and good support. FUJINON, its lenses, and its new service center have absolutely made a big difference to us in achieving that goal.”

About Corplex
Corplex Mobile Television, based in Chicago, Illinois, is a leader in live television broadcasting, operating mobile production and support units throughout the U.S. and Canada. Visit http://www.corplex.tv.

About Fujifilm
FUJIFILM North America Corporation, a marketing subsidiary of FUJIFILM Holdings America Corporation consists of five operating divisions and one subsidiary company. The Imaging Division sells consumer and commercial photographic products and services including film, one-time-use cameras, online photo services and fulfillment, digital printing equipment and service. The Electronic Imaging Division markets consumer digital cameras. The Motion Picture Division provides motion picture film, and the Graphic Systems Division supplies products and services to the printing industry. The Optical Devices Division provides binoculars, and optical lenses for closed circuit television, videography, cinematography, broadcast and industrial markets. FUJIFILM Canada Inc. markets a range of Fujifilm products and services. For more information, please visit www.fujifilm.com/northamerica, or go to www.twitter.com/fujifilmus to follow Fujifilm on Twitter. 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 16 companies around the world granted U.S. patents in 2010, and in the year ended March 31, 2011, had global revenues of $25.8 billion*. Fujifilm is committed to environmental stewardship and good corporate citizenship. For more information, please visit www.fujifilmholdings.com.

* At an exchange rate of 86 yen to the dollar.

All product and company names herein may be trademarks of their registered owners.

FUJIFILM Optical Devices Division, 10 High Point Drive, Wayne, New Jersey 07470. Phone: 973-633-5600. Fax: 973-633-5216. Web site: http://www.fujifilmusa.com/products/optical_devices/index.html

Mountain Lake PBS Upgrades Control Room to HD with Broadcast Pix Granite 5000 Live Video Production System

Billerica, Massachusetts – Broadcast Pix™ today announced that Plattsburgh, N.Y.-based Mountain Lake PBS (WCFE) has installed a Granite™ 5000 live video production system as part of its transition to full HD production and distribution. Completed in March, the updated control room and studio produces a variety of local programs, including the weekly Mountain Lake Journal newsmagazine.

The PBS member station serves the Burlington-Plattsburgh market (DMA #95), which includes areas of Vermont, New York, and Quebec. Director of engineering Charlie Zarbo said the studio and control room upgrades were the final stage of the station’s HD migration, which began with master control in 2007. The Granite 5000, purchased through HB Communications, replaced an aging Grass Valley 200 switcher. The HD upgrade also included new Hitachi Z-HD5000 studio cameras, Clear-Com intercom system, and Yamaha DM2000VCM digital audio mixer.

Zarbo has been very pleased with the Granite 5000 and is a fan of its PixButtons, which dynamically display sources and file names. “The control surface is nice, pretty intuitive. Whatever changes you make are reflected in the PixButtons, which is nice,” he said. “It’s got very good bang for the buck. Broadcast Pix does it all in one box at a very attractive price. We like it a lot.”

Beyond its 2 M/E switcher, Granite 5000 provides Mountain Lake PBS with a number of integrated Fluent™ workflow tools, including a clip store that is used regularly for productions. Although Granite includes a built-in Inscriber GS CG, Zarbo said the station produces its graphics with Adobe Photoshop, then easily transfers them to Granite via Fluent Watch-Folders.

Mountain Lake PBS replaced its CRT monitor wall with two 50-inch LCDs, which are fed by Granite’s built-in Fluent-View, providing a complete display for the technical director and producer. The control room also has smaller monitors for dedicated CG and audio use that are also fed by Fluent-View.

Zarbo said Fluent-View is very easy to arrange, so every TD tends to create their own on-screen look. “It’s very flexible,” he explained. “You can create a layout, save it, and recall it for a specific shoot.”

About Broadcast Pix Broadcast Pix is the leader in integrated live video production systems. Its systems provide the best control surface for combining cameras, clips and graphics to create compelling live video. These surfaces enable total control of the built-in multi-format switcher, clip store, graphics system with a Harris or Chyron CG, and device controls. Its Fluent™ workflow enables files and data to be easily incorporated from other parts of the studio. Broadcast Pix systems are a fraction of the cost of a conventional control room to buy, staff and operate. System range from small systems controlled by a touch-screen to sophisticated 2 M/E control panels. Customers include leading broadcast, corporate, education, religious, government, webcast, entertainment and mobile studios in more than 80 countries. Learn more at www.broadcastpix.com.

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T-VIPS selected by TV2 to add extra Dimension to Norway’s first 3D TV Football Coverage

Oslo, Norway – T-VIPS, a global leader in professional video contribution and distribution solutions, today announced that its TVG450 JPEG2000 Gateway solution was chosen by TV2, Norway’s largest commercial television station, to provide transport of video for Norway’s first live 3D broadcast coverage of last night’s Norway v Cyprus football match from the national football stadium Ullevaal in Oslo.

“When it comes to broadcasting live sports, it is vital to remain at the forefront of technological advancements and for this reason we are delighted to be working with T-VIPS, a cutting-edge company that has real 3D expertise,? said John Inge Brattetveit, CTO, TV2. “The TVG450 JPEG2000 Gateway solution enables TV2 to broadcast top quality 3D video content cost-effectively and provides advanced technology to sync the left and right eye pictures, critical when broadcasting in 3D.?

The TV2 owned OB Team recently took delivery of a 3D-ready Outside Broadcast more

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T-VIPS’ Video Gateways Enable Business Case for Remote Color Correction and Daily Screening at MTI Film

Millburn, New Jersey – MTI Film, a renowned provider of post production and film restoration services for television, film restoration and commercial projects, selected a video transport system from T-VIPS to facilitate remote collaboration of the 2012 revamp of TV’s iconic “Dallas? series. Featuring old and new generations of the Ewing dynasty at Southfork Ranch, the TNT show is also updating its post-production methods to enable real-time transport of show dailies between its Dallas studio and MTI’s color correction facilities in Los Angeles.

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Larry Chernoff, CEO and Founder of MTI, believes that the inherent flexibility and cost-effectiveness of transmitting media over IP networks will soon be standard for post production. He explained, “For this show, the producers want to screen and approve dailies in Dallas using our Remote Control Dailies system. They also want highly accurate color correction using more

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MINNEAPOLIS-BASED AVEX INVESTS IN JVC GY-HM790U PROHD CAMCORDER

WAYNE, NJ – JVC Professional Products Company, a division of JVC Americas Corp., today announced that Minneapolis-based AVEX, a professional audio video rental and production company, purchased a JVC GY-HM790U ProHD camcorder for its live event and video production divisions.

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“We are getting requests for our camera – not only from our corporate rental clients, but also from other production firms in town,? said David Throldahl, AVEX president. “We have received phenomenal reports back from our clients, our own staff, and other contractors that have a chance to use the camera.?

AVEX chose the JVC camcorder because of its outstanding picture quality and ease of use. In addition to its own staff, the company uses a network of subcontractors for its live event production, so it was important that the camera be easy to operate, even with limited more

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TV 2 Norway and SterGen to Broadcast Live 3D Football to Web and IPTV Viewers Using SterGen’s Conversion Technology

Bergen, Norway, Vizrt Ltd. (Oslo Main List: VIZ)

Vizrt Ltd., a leading provider of content production tools for the digital media industry, announced today that TV 2 Norway – together with Vizrt partner SterGen High-Tech Ltd – will broadcast live football to TV 2′s IPTV and web viewers. On October 15th, using SterGen’s high-quality 3D conversion technology, TV 2 will broadcast the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Liverpool, pioneering 3D to the Norwegian sport viewers over IPTV infrastructure and over the web.

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TV 2 will also be the first to produce and broadcast a native stereoscopic 3D TV production in Norway, when Norway’s national football team will play against Cyprus in the UEFA Euro 2012 Qualifier on October 11th.

“The sale of 3D TVs is rising rapidly, and TV 2 already has a huge amount more

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FOR-A’S SUPER SLOW MOTION CAMERA WINS TVBEUROPE’S BEST OF IBC 2011 AWARD

Fort Lee, N.J. – FOR-A Company Limited, a leading manufacturer of video and audio systems for the broadcast and professional video industries, has been chosen by TVBEurope for the magazine’s Best of IBC2011 Editors’ Awards for its VFC-7000 HD Variable Frame Rate Super Slow Motion Camera. The VFC-7000 is a compact, lightweight, unit capable of high-speed HD recordings.

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“We’re tremendously proud to be acknowledged for our super slow motion camera, which we created to make it easy for anyone to capture the rich detail of action video in uncompressed HD,? said Hiro Tanoue, General Manager, Americas/Europe Group, Overseas Sales and Marketing Division, FOR-A Company Limited. “FOR-A is thrilled that the VFC-7000 has been recognized as a stand-out, innovative product with this award, at one of the largest and most significant tradeshows in the media technology industry.?

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Vizrt and LiberoVision to Demo Fastest Sports Analysis Tool to Date at Sportel Monaco 2011

Bergen, Norway, Vizrt Ltd. (Frankfurt Prime Standard, Oslo Main List: VIZ)

Hailed as a success at IBC in Amsterdam this September, Vizrt and LiberoVision will demonstrate a sports analysis tool with unparalled speed – the Libero Playbook – at the Sportel convention in Monaco (Stand AO5). From October 10th to 13th, LiberoVision will showcase its new Libero Playbook, an ultra-fast version of Libero Highlight, offering 3D game analysis in less than 60 seconds.

Analyze the action as the game unfolds
Depending upon setup, in-game analysis can go live, on-air in as little as 30 seconds. LiberoVision’s powerful 3D annotations work in the same way as Libero Highlight, seamlessly combining live camera feeds. All major annotations are included, such as arrows, areas, player marks, etc.

?Instead of a typical replay, Libero Playbook provides its users with the option of telling the viewer at home exactly why a player’s more

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Carver Arena Relies on Broadcast Pix for Live Video Scoreboard During Hockey, Basketball

Billerica, Massachusetts – Broadcast Pix™ today announced that Carver Arena, part of the Peoria Civic Center (PCC), managed by SMG, in Peoria, Ill., installed a Slate 3016 live video production system as part of a complete overhaul of its video scoreboard display and control room. The new Broadcast Pix system replaced two servers and a basic eight-input switcher, plus its built-in CG provided the arena with live CG capability for the first time.

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With more than 12,000 seats, Carver Arena serves as the home of the American Hockey League’s Peoria Rivermen and Peoria-based Bradley University’s men’s basketball team. The arena regularly hosts other events as well, including concerts and rodeos.

Installed in Summer 2010 by Orlando, Fla.-based XOS Digital, the Slate was part of an upgrade of the arena’s 4:3 video capabilities that also included a new 16:9 Daktronics more

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KATSUAKI KIYOHARA APPOINTED NEW FOR-A PRESIDENT

Tokyo, Japan – FOR-A Company Limited, a leading manufacturer of video and audio systems for the broadcast and professional video industries, has named Mr. Katsuaki Kiyohara, former Vice President of FOR-A Company Limited, as its new President.

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He assumes an active role effective immediately. Mr. Kiyohara’s mission is to steer the company’s growth within today’s digital and network-based solution era and to perpetuate the company’s remarkable 40-year history.

Mr. Keizo Kiyohara, Founder and former president of FOR-A Company Limited, assumes his new role as Chairman of the Board of Directors of FOR-A Company Limited and continues on as the CEO of FOR-A Group.

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 201-944-1120 or visit our web more

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