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Vizrt Gives Worldwide Broadcasters On-Demand Access to DigitalGlobe High-Resolution Earth Imagery

Enables Designers to Quickly Add DigitalGlobe’s Most Up-to-Date Satellite and Aerial Content Into Interactive Broadcast Graphics and Maps

LONGMONT, CO, Dec 12, 2011 – DigitalGlobe (NYSE: DGI), a leading global provider of high-resolution earth imagery solutions, today announced that Vizrt (VIZ: NO) has launched a new online service enabling designers to quickly find, preview, and add DigitalGlobe imagery into their broadcast graphics packages using Vizrt’s Viz World production software. The subscription-based service, titled “DigitalGlobe Online,” is available now.

“We are approaching a point where having access to high-quality satellite and aerial imagery in newscasting isn’t a nice-to-have, it’s a must-have,” said Havard Myklebust, executive vice president of marketing. “Using Viz World, design teams can now integrate the highest quality, most up-to-date DigitalGlobe images for use in their interactive, touch-screen graphics packages. Unlike other solutions, this can include fresh imagery from high-risk regions where it is either too difficult or too dangerous for journalists to access on the ground.”

Using the familiar and intuitive Viz World interface, subscribers can quickly search the DigitalGlobe archive to find and preview the imagery that best suits their needs. They can then immediately begin using the imagery to create high-accuracy maps of a region, adding dynamic touchscreen-based drawing tools and controls that give on-air talent the freedom to move, resize, highlight, and animate areas of the map.

In addition to using archived imagery, subscribers will also be able to use newly captured imagery of crisis events taking place worldwide. This allows production teams to consistently monitor high-risk events as they unfold, then quickly begin using images from before, during and after the crisis to maximize newscast impact and accuracy.

“Providing on-demand access to our imagery through Viz World gives broadcasters one more critical tool for transforming good shows into must-see events,” said Andrea Bersan, international vice president at DigitalGlobe. “With direct access to the largest, most consistently updated repository of high-resolution imagery available today, production teams can be confident they are using the latest imagery available, with worldwide coverage and maximum accuracy.”

About DigitalGlobe DigitalGlobe is a leading global provider of commercial high-resolution earth imagery products and services. Sourced from our own advanced satellite constellation, our imagery solutions support a wide variety of uses within defense and intelligence, civil agencies, mapping and analysis, environmental monitoring, oil and gas exploration, infrastructure management, Internet portals and navigation technology. With our collection sources and comprehensive ImageLibrary (containing more than one billion square kilometers of earth imagery and imagery products) we offer a range of on- and off-line products and services designed to enable customers to easily access and integrate our imagery into their business operations and applications. For more information, visit www.digitalglobe.com.

About Vizrt Vizrt creates leading-edge content production tools for the digital media industry — from award-winning 3D graphics & maps through integrated video workflow solutions and online publishing tools. Vizrt’s product suite is used by the world’s leading broadcasters, publishing houses and telecom operators, including: CNN, CBS, Fox, BBC, Sky, ITN, ZDF, SVT, Star TV, Network 18, TV Today, CCTV, NHK, The Globe and Mail, The Telegraph, Welt Online, Etisalat and Telia Sonera.

DigitalGlobe is a registered trademark of DigitalGlobe.

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JVC ANNOUNCES LOWER PRICING FOR GY-HM710 PROHD CAMCORDER WITH FREE ANTON/BAUER POWER SYSTEM FOR LIMITED TIME

WAYNE, NJ – JVC Professional Products Company, a division of JVC Americas Corp., today announced a new lower price on its GY-HM710 ProHD camcorder. Introduced earlier this year, the compact, shoulder-mount camcorder is ideal for ENG news, documentaries, event coverage, and educational applications. The company also announced the JVC Power Promotion, a limited time offer that includes a free Anton/Bauer power system package with the purchase of a new GY-HM710.

Introduced earlier this year, the GY-HM710 includes extensive image customization modes, JVC’s patented Focus Assist, and a 20-second Pre Rec (retro cache) feature, which continuously records and stores footage in cache memory and helps prevent missed shots of breaking events. Its new $5,995 list price includes the camera head with bayonet lens mount, viewfinder, microphone, Anton/Bauer battery plate, and Canon 14:1 ENG lens.

Customers who purchase a new GY-HM710 from an authorized JVC Professional reseller between now and the end of 2011 are eligible to receive an Anton/Bauer AB-DIONIC-PKG battery and power system package directly from JVC. Valued at $1,185, the package includes an Anton/Bauer DIONIC 90 Li-Ion battery, Tandem 70 InterActive charger, and AC power supply.

“The GY-HM710 delivers the same amazing image quality and efficient workflow of our ProHD product line, but eliminates the modular functionality that many customers don’t need,” said Craig Yanagi, national marketing and brand manager. “The result is a perfect balance between features and affordability, and the new pricing along with JVC’s Power Promotion makes it an even more attractive option for video professionals.”

With the same 3-CCD imaging system found in other ProHD models, the GY-HM710 records 1920×1080 HD footage in 1080p and 1080i at 25 Mbps or 35 Mbps. JVC’s native file recording technology allows recording in ready-to-edit file formats for Apple Final Cut Pro or Adobe Premiere (.MOV), as well as other major NLE systems (.MP4), to non-proprietary SDHC cards. For legacy applications, the camcorder can also record SD footage (480i) as standard DV files (.AVI or .MOV). Other features include a high resolution (1.22 million pixel) LCOS viewfinder and 4.3-inch flip-out LCD monitor, plus two XLR audio inputs with phantom power and manual audio level controls with audio meter.

The JVC Power Promotion ends Dec. 31.

ABOUT JVC PROFESSIONAL PRODUCTS COMPANY
Headquartered in Wayne, New Jersey, 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, security products including IP network cameras and recorders, premium front projection systems for home theatre use, and projection displays and optics used in aviation simulators. The JVC Technology Center provides advanced technology in support of major JVC business alliances. For further product information, visit JVC Professional’s Web site at http://pro.jvc.com or call (800)582-5825.

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Vizrt Signs Broadcast Graphics Deal with a Korean TV Channel

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 the Company has signed a deal worth USD 520,000 for the implementation of broadcast graphics solutions with a Korean TV channel.

The solution includes Viz Engine to power the channel’s HD content. Viz Artist will be driving dynamic 3D graphics design. Template management will be handled by Viz Content Pilot, which will also be the character generator (CG) for the control room. In the studio, Viz Video Wall ER will be displaying real time HD content. The Video Wall is made interactive through integration with Viz Anchor.

About Vizrt:
Vizrt provides real-time 3D graphics and asset management tools for the broadcast industry – from award-winning animations & maps to online publishing tools. Vizrt’s products are used by the world’s leading broadcasters and publishing houses, including: CNN, CBS, Fox, the BBC, BSkyB, ITN, ZDF, Star TV, Network 18, TV Today, CCTV, NHK, The Globe and Mail, Times Online, The Telegraph, and Welt Online. Furthermore, many world-class production houses and corporate institutions such as the Stock Exchanges in New York and London use Vizrt systems.

Vizrt is a public company traded on the Oslo Main List: VIZ, ISIN: IL0010838154.

Investors and media contacts:
Martin Burkhalter
President & CEO
+41 22 365 75 01
mbu@vizrt.com

Ofra Brown
CFO
+47 5351 8040
ofra@vizrt.com

SCHWARZ Financial Communication
Frank Schwarz
+49 611 1745 398 11
schwarz@schwarzfinancial.com

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NATURAL HISTORY DP MARK SHELLEY USES FUJINON ZOOMS TO CAPTURE THE DRAMATIC RESCUE OF “OTTER 501”

Wayne, N.J. – The breathtaking Monterey Bay Coastline is the setting for a natural history film documenting the rescue of “Otter 501” – a sea otter pup found clinging to life on the beach after being separated from her mother.

Cameras follow Otter 501 as she’s taken to the Sea Otter Research and Conservation (SORAC) facility at the Monterey Bay Aquarium, where a specially trained team will introduce a surrogate sea otter mother to raise the pup until she’s ready to be released back into the wild. She was called Otter 501 because she was the 501st sea otter admitted to SORAC. Through Otter 501’s ordeal and survival, viewers gain a better understanding of the threats sea otters face in the wild, including, great white sharks, and a host of diseases and toxins coming from human actions.

One mission of this feature film is to raise awareness of the plight of the Southern sea otter, a threatened species protected by the Endangered Species Act. Because of these protections, the “Otter 501” boats could not get very close to the marine mammals, making the long zoom lenses a crucial production asset.

Natural history Director of Photography (DP) Mark Shelley and his production crew used FUJINON 2/3” format Premier Series zoom lenses to capture rare footage of sea otters in their natural habitat off the California coast. They were also used to document Otter 501’s experience at SORAC and her triumphant return to the sea.

“Our FUJINON lenses did a phenomenal job in extreme conditions,” said Shelley, who is president of his own production company, Sea Studios. “When you’re capturing wildlife footage, you don’t have the luxury of setting up the perfect shot. To capture this footage, we were continually framing, zooming, and focusing the shots, trying to predict how and where the sea otters would swim. Our FUJINON zooms captured extremely sharp, crisp images, with no aberrations or flaws – despite the salt water, sea spray, and other challenges.”

The story of Otter 501 is seen through the eyes of a young woman named Katie who embarks on an adventure after college that takes her to Monterey where she discovers the sea otter pup stranded on the beach. In a departure from conventional wildlife documentaries, Katie conveys the story by speaking into the webcam on her laptop as she blogs about her experience.

Picture quality was of critical concern to the production team, which included DP Mark Shelley, Producer Josh Rosen, Director Bob Talbot, Cameraman Ernie Kovacs, and Editor Shirley Gutierrez, because the film will be projected on large theatrical screens. However, the storyline required that the super sharp digital HD footage be interspersed with Katie’s prosumer and webcam footage—an effect that DP Shelley said worked extremely well.

According to “Otter 501” Project Manager Arlene Burns, “A variety of video vignettes and short films were also produced as part of an extensive social media campaign that will help promote the movie. Among the videos that we hope will go viral are: a short piece showing how Katie learned to roll a kayak in the surf, and a behind the scenes look at the making of ‘Otter 501.’”

FUJINON lenses were used on Panasonic Varicam and Sony CineAlta cameras. The Varicam and F900 employed a FUJINON HA13x4.5 super-wide lens for underwater and top-side production. An extended-range, yet portable HA25x16.5 ENG-Style zoom was used for top-side production. A Sony F950 with a HA42x9.7 FUJINON ENG-Style zoom lens was used in a Cineflex gyro-stabilized housing that was extended from the side of a boat using a jib-arm.

Shelley added, “The customer support we received from Fujinon’s Western Manager Chuck Lee was invaluable. He is a true supporter of natural history production.”

Production, which began in January 2011, involved 16-hour days, six days a week over many months in all types of weather and lighting conditions.

“Otter 501” was funded by the National Science Foundation, the David and Lucile Packard Foundation and investor Clint Jones. It is slated for release in first quarter 2012 to cinemas and aquariums nationwide.

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.

About Sea Studios Foundation

Sea Studios Foundation is a non-profit team of award-winning filmmakers, respected scientists and communication experts who work together to raise public involvement in solving the major threats to our planet’s health. We are dedicated to raising awareness of all the ways human life is entwined with the natural environment, and exposing the complex web of connections of Earth’s life support systems. We believe that lasting solutions demand an informed, engaged public as well as government and business leadership. In all our work we rely on cutting-edge social science research, extensive scientific and public opinion research, and we rigorously evaluate everything we do.
The Foundation received international acclaim for two recent projects produced for PBS in collaboration with the National Geographic Society: The Shape of Life, a primer for understanding the evolution of the animal kingdom and animal biodiversity, and Strange Days on Planet Earth, One and Two, hosted by Academy-award nominee Edward Norton. Both projects were praised for the quality of their science-based content, style, storytelling and pioneering techniques in underwater and deep-sea filmmaking.

Strange Days on Planet Earth is the recipient of fourteen international awards, including Wildscreen, the environmental equivalent of the Academy Awards®. Building upon the Strange Days Two episode Dirty Secrets, Sea Studios spearheaded the Think Beyond Plastics Social Activation Campaign, which won Best 360 Campaign at the 2009 Jackson Hole Film Festival. The Sea Studios film Once Upon a Tide won Best Children’s Film at Jackson Hole.

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.

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Rock Church Produces Live Video Streaming with Broadcast Pix Granite 5000

Billerica, Massachusetts – Broadcast Pix™ today announced that the Rock Church and World Outreach Center, based in San Bernadino, Calif., is using its new Granite™ 5000 integrated live video production system to distribute live video of its religious services for a growing Web-based audience, while simultaneously producing an image magnification (I-MAG) video presentation in its sanctuary.

Rock Church upgraded to Granite in May 2011, replacing a Slate™ system that was installed in 2010. According to Luke Cobrae, Rock Church’s video director and young adult pastor, the 2 M/E capability of the Granite 5000 was a primary reason for the upgrade. Both Broadcast Pix systems were installed by VMI, Inc., a systems integrator with offices in California and Washington. The Slate replaced an aging Video Toaster, which had been used since the church relocated to its current campus in 2003.

Established in 1988 in one of the most impoverished big cities in the United States, the non-denominational Rock Church has more than 20,000 members and regularly draws up to 7,000 each week for services Wednesday night, Friday night, Saturday morning, Sunday morning, and Sunday evening. “Video has always been a want, but budget is always a challenge,” said Cobrae. “Broadcast Pix completely opened the door for video production at the church. Our quality instantly skyrocketed.”

The church conducts 10 weekly services; two are streamed live and three others can be accessed at www.rockchurch.com, while a separate I-MAG presentation is produced for the congregation in the sanctuary and distributed across the 25-acre campus, which includes a school, café, and bookstore. The move to Granite also allows Rock Church to send a native HD signal directly to its two Christie LW600 projectors for I-MAG in the church, which significantly cut delay.

“Broadcast Pix went out of their way to make sure we were satisfied and the switcher suited our needs,” Cobrae added. “There’s a big difference between a studio-in-a-box and a Broadcast Pix system.”

Rock Church typically has a six-camera production for its services, including two center cameras, a dedicated camera for the singers and musicians, and a mounted pan/tilt/zoom camera for reaction shots from the congregation. It uses three Sony widescreen digital SD cameras and a combination of other cameras, including Panasonic AG-DVX100 and Sony PMW-EX1 handheld HD cameras. With its integrated frame synchronizers and multi-definition I/O, Granite seamlessly switches between the various sources.

Rock Church also takes advantage of Granite’s built-in Fluent™ workflow tools, including Fluent-View, which is used in conjunction with an Avitech Rainier multi-viewer. Cobrae has replaced the control room’s black-and-white CRT monitors with LCDs that use Fluent-View to display color images and much more information.

During services, Rock Church uses the integrated Fluent Clip Store extensively to provide sermon illustrations and video announcements – and Fluent Watch-Folders provide an easy way to import announcements or last-minute graphic changes. Plus, Granite’s external keyer is used to display lyrics and other graphics from ProPresenter. Cobrae said the production crew is a combination of volunteers and a small team of full-time and part-time staff.

Eventually, Rock Church plans to replace its analog and digital SD cameras with HD studio cameras. Cobrae also wants to explore video distribution to the other four Rock Church satellite campuses in 2012.

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 or voice automation to sophisticated 2 M/E control panels. Customers include leading broadcast, corporate, education, religious, government, webcast, entertainment and mobile studios in more than 90 countries. Learn more at www.broadcastpix.com.

Broadcast Pix, Fluent, Granite, and Slate are trademarks of Broadcast Pix, Inc. Patented.

Vizrt Ltd. Enters into Contract with Central European Production Company for Graphics Solution

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

Vizrt Ltd., a leading supplier of production tools to the digital media industry, announced today that the Company has signed an agreement with a Central European Production Company worth approximately USD 280,000.

The contract with Vizrt will allow the production company to produce a weather show, driven by Vizrt graphics software. Viz Engine will be used to produce real time HD content. Dynamic 3D content will be designed using Viz Artist. Viz Content Pilot will drive live, pre and post-production as a Character Generator (CG).

About Vizrt:
Vizrt offers a new vision for content creation and delivery with an end-to-end solution from ingest to visualization. Our solution combines Vizrt’s true 2D/3D graphics tools with Curious Software’s World Maps and Ardendo’s Asset Management. Running on non proprietary software, the combination of these unique cutting edge products ensures a seamless workflow from conception to multi-format distribution. The latest addition to the Vizrt product suite is Viz|3G for hand held devices.

Vizrt’s product suite is used by the world’s leading broadcasters including: CNN, CBS, Fox, BBC, Sky, ITN, ZDF, Star TV, TV Today, CCTV and NHK. Also, many world-class production houses and corporate institutions, including both the New York and London Stock Exchanges, utilize Vizrt solutions.

Vizrt is a public company traded on the Oslo Main List: VIZ, ISIN: IL0010838154. For further information please refer to www.vizrt.com

Press contacts:
Martin Burkhalter
CEO
+41 22 365 75 01
mbu@vizrt.com

Ofra Brown
CFO
+47 5351 8040
ofra@vizrt.com

SCHWARZ Financial Communication
Frank Schwarz
+49 611 1745 398 11
schwarz@schwarzfinancial.com

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Broadcast Pix Strengthens Management to Exploit New Leadership Products

Former President Ken Swanton Named CEO, Rob Flory Becomes Board Chairman, Ron Gruner Added as Board Member

Billerica, Massachusetts – Following several new innovations that enhance its leadership product line of integrated video production systems, Broadcast Pix™ today announced a series of personnel changes to strengthen the management of the company. Broadcast Pix President Ken Swanton has been promoted to CEO, financier Robert H. Flory, Jr. is now Chairman of the Board of Directors, and entrepreneur Ron Gruner is now a member of the Board of Directors.

Broadcast Pix recently introduced and began shipping: Mica systems – powerful integrated HD production system from $16,900; Granite 6000 systems – the largest integrated production systems; and VOX – innovative voice-automated production systems. These products are now being used by leading customers in broadcast, internet, radio and projection applications.

“Rob Flory and Ron Gruner bring tremendous expertise in managing rapidly growing businesses,” said Swanton. “Broadcast Pix has grown every year, and now with our new HD product family that’s used by leading customers worldwide, Rob and Ron will help raise Broadcast Pix to the next level.”

Swanton’s career in the video and computer industries has helped him combine the two in today’s Broadcast Pix live production systems. He has led Broadcast Pix since co-founding it in 2002, and previously served as president of Echolab for five years. For the sixteen years before that he was at Digital Equipment Corporation, which was the world’s second largest computer company, where he served as vice president.

Flory has been president of Flory Investments, Inc., a privately owned investment company, since 1995. Since 2004, he has also been chairman of portfolio company, Chemogen, Inc., which created a patented antigen-specific test for the diagnosis of tuberculosis in HIV patients. In addition to playing an active role at Chemogen and now Broadcast Pix, he also oversees some of the sales and marketing activities of Eberle Winery, a portfolio company since 1996.

Gruner is chairman and co-founder of Sky Analytics. Previously he founded Shareholder.com (originally Direct Report Corporation) in 1991 and served as its president until 2006, when it was purchased by NASDAQ. Before that, he co-founded and was president of Alliant Computer Systems which became a public company. Gruner holds 24 patents from his extensive work in the computer industry.

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 or voice-automation to sophisticated 2 M/E control panels. Customers include leading broadcast, corporate, education, religious, government, webcast, entertainment and mobile studios in more than 90 countries. Learn more at www.broadcastpix.com.

Broadcast Pix and Fluent are trademarks of Broadcast Pix, Inc. Patented.

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Rai Way Italy relies on T-VIPS to ensure uninterrupted Digital TV Services

Oslo, Norway – T-VIPS, a global leader in professional video contribution and distribution solutions, today announced that its TNS541 Seamless TS Monitoring Switch has been chosen by Rai Way, the operator of Italy’s DTT network. The project is a continuation of the existing cooperation between T-VIPS and Rai Way which began in 2009 when Rai Way deployed T-VIPS’ solutions for its DVB-T digital terrestrial service. The TNS541s are currently being installed by T-VIPS’ business partner Communication Video Engineering (CVE). The project is scheduled to be fully live by the end of 2011.

“We are delighted to continue our partnership with T-VIPS, helping to bring its cutting edge technology to the Italian broadcast industry so that terrestrial customers can enjoy an uninterrupted service,” said Luca Catalano, CEO, CVE. “T-VIPS has demonstrated its ability to provide solutions of unrivalled reliability including its TNS541 solution which is the only seamless switch to have been deployed for SFN network operation.”

The TNS541s are to be situated at all the transmitter sites which are being fed by MPEG Transport Streams over both satellite and by an Ethernet connection. The TNS541 seamless switch monitors both incoming MPEG-2 transport streams for status and based upon customer configurable criteria, switches over automatically if required. The solution enables seamless switching in an SFN region and can handle both DVB-T and DVB-T2 services.

“The choice by RAI of the TNS541 further cements T-VIPS’ reputation for leadership in DTT, building upon our experience of major Digital Switchover project deployments in the UK, Norway, Sweden and other countries across Europe,” said Johnny Dolvik, CEO, T-VIPS. “I believe that our TNS541 will continue to be highly successful as rolling-out 1+1 redundancy greatly enhances the reliability of a DTT network. As well as protecting against poor performance in the distribution network, the seamless switch protects the modulators at the transmitter sites from major outages due to sync loss. I look forward to the TNS541 ensuring that Italian viewers get uninterrupted DTT services for many years to come.”

TNS541 Seamless TS Monitoring Switch
The TNS541 is part of the nSure line of monitoring and switching products. The TNS541 safeguards the delivery of high-quality video content, by providing 24/7 monitoring, advanced analysis and intelligent 1+1 redundancy switch-over between two MPEG-2 transport streams. This seamless switch solution continuously monitors both incoming MPEG-2 transport streams for status and switches over automatically if required, based upon customer configurable criteria.

Key features include:

-Intelligent seamless switch-over between two input signals
-Transport Stream monitoring and error detection
-Enabled for seamless SFN and DVB-T2 redundancy switching
-Dual power supply
-Compact and cost-effective solution
-User-friendly configuration and control.
For further information: David Bramley, Platform PR, Tel: +44 (0)20 7486 4900, Email: david@platformpr.com

About T-VIPS AS
T-VIPS, a global leader in professional video transport solutions for contribution, distribution and Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT), offers a comprehensive portfolio of powerful, efficient and intelligent solutions for processing and transporting high-quality video. T-VIPS’ close involvement in video standards bodies, leadership in JPEG2000, expertise in IP and transport stream multiplexing, processing and monitoring results in state-of-the-art technology that makes complex TV network operations simpler and preserves the integrity of high-end video streams.

T-VIPS solutions are utilized in many demanding applications, including 1080/60p, 3DTV, alternative content for digital cinema, live HD sports and news back-haul, and the transport of HDTV programming over IP networks. T-VIPS is leading the IP-based video network revolution by empowering high-profile network operators, broadcasters and post-production customers in over 50 countries with innovative solutions that deliver significant operational and financial benefits. The privately-held company is headquartered in Oslo, Norway, with Americas’ headquarters in New Jersey. For further information, visit: www.t-vips.com

ADVANCED SYSTEMS GROUP TO ANALYZE LARGE RASTER ACQUISITON WORKFLOW CHALLENGES AT ANNUAL WORKSHOP

EMERYVILLE, CALIF.– Advanced Systems Group (ASG), a leading West Coast video and film integration firm, will examine large raster acquisition workflow challenges during its annual workshop on Dec. 13 at the SF Film Society | New People Cinema at the New People building in San Francisco. The daylong event starts at 10 a.m. and will include five presentations. The workshop is free and lunch will be served, but attendees are encouraged to register at www.asgllc.com/events/topic-raster-acquisition-workflows-december-13.

“As 4K continues to emerge as a viable acquisition and distribution format, video professionals are still trying to find ways to produce the best images and handle all that data,” said Dave Van Hoy, president of ASG. “This year, our annual conference will detail 4K options at every point in the production process, and explore the best way to manage these file-based workflows.”

The workshop begins with “Let’s Talk 4K,” an overview that explains the technical specifications of the format and explores current choices in 4K acquisition and delivery. There is a noted lack of consensus on several aspects of 4K, which will also be addressed. The session will be led by veteran director of photography and industry consultant Suny Behar, who is currently teaching a Master Class at the UCLA Graduate School of Film and Television in Los Angeles.

“DIT, Data Management, and On-Set Color Workflows” will cover a broad range of filmmaking topics. It will define the differences between DIT and DAM, explain the subtleties of file-based workflows for RED, ALEXA, and other high-resolution camera systems, and examine popular on-set color, dailies, and transcoding workflows. Presenter Jordan Livingston is an independent filmmaker and digital imaging technician who serves the Hollywood and Bay Area markets through his company, DIGILOID, which specializes in digital imaging and workflow for motion pictures, commercials, and corporate productions.

Eric Hanson of Spy Post, a FotoKem post-production company, will discuss the 4K post-production process for commercial film and corporate productions. Additional presentations will address 4K color correction and color management, as well as delivery and projection of large raster content.

About ASG:
Advanced Systems Group LLC of Emeryville, Calif., with offices in Southern California, has provided engineering, systems, integration, support and training to the broadcast, film, creative, and corporate video markets since 1997. With unmatched experience in Apple-based newsroom systems, shared storage, archiving, editing, finishing, and VFX systems, ASG has become one of largest installers of post production and shared storage systems on the West Coast. The ASG team is highly focused on customer success, and has installed and supported more than 175 SANs, production, and post production systems over the last five years. For more information, visit www.asgllc.com or call 510-654-8300.

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Central European Production Company Signs Major Deal with Vizrt for Software and Hardware Upgrades

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

Vizrt Ltd., a leading supplier of production tools to the digital media industry, announced today that a major central European production company has entered into a 600.000€ contract with Vizrt.

The deal includes upgrades, both hardware and software, which will allow the client’s production facility to produce real-time HD content using Viz Engine 3.5. Viz Content Pilot will allow producers to create content throughout the facility. Viz Trio will be used as a character generator (CG) for live events in the studio and in OB vans.

About Vizrt:
Vizrt offers a new vision for content creation and delivery with an end-to-end solution from ingest to visualization. Our solution combines Vizrt’s true 2D/3D graphics tools with Curious Software’s World Maps and Ardendo’s Asset Management. Running on non proprietary software, the combination of these unique cutting edge products ensures a seamless workflow from conception to multi-format distribution. The latest addition to the Vizrt product suite is Viz|3G for hand held devices.

Vizrt’s product suite is used by the world’s leading broadcasters including: CNN, CBS, Fox, BBC, Sky, ITN, ZDF, Star TV, TV Today, CCTV and NHK. Also, many world-class production houses and corporate institutions, including both the New York and London Stock Exchanges, utilize Vizrt solutions.

Vizrt is a public company traded on the Oslo Main List: VIZ, ISIN: IL0010838154. For further information please refer to www.vizrt.com

Press contacts:
Martin Burkhalter
CEO
+41 22 365 75 01
mbu@vizrt.com

Ofra Brown
CFO
+47 5351 8040
ofra@vizrt.com

SCHWARZ Financial Communication
Frank Schwarz
+49 611 1745 398 11
schwarz@schwarzfinancial.com

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