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ADVANCED BROADCAST SOLUTIONS INSTALLS NEW MEDIA FRONT END FOR EMP MUSEUM’S SKY CHURCH

SEATAC, WA — Seattle’s EMP Museum recently renovated its Sky Church, a one-of-a-kind grand hall that features elaborate automated multimedia presentations complete with lighting, effects, live performances, and elaborate gala events. Earlier this year, premier systems integration firm Advanced Broadcast Solutions (ABS) upgraded the room’s master control, delivering high definition (HD) imagery, true 5.1 surround sound, and a new media front end to manage content.

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Master control for Sky Church, a unique grand hall for Seattle’s EMP Museum that features elaborate automated multimedia presentations, was recently upgraded by Advanced Broadcast Solutions. (Photo by Rick Barry)

EMP Museum of Music, Science Fiction, and Pop Culture is housed in the landmark Frank O. Gehry building at the base of the Seattle Space Needle. The museum’s Sky Church is a striking space, with a 70-foot ceiling and more

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SILVERTON HIGH SCHOOL PROTECTS STUDENTS WITH JVC SURVEILLANCE CAMERAS, NVRS

WAYNE, NJ – For its first 12 years of occupancy, Silverton High School only had about 300 freshman on campus. Part of the Silver Falls School District in Silverton, Ore., the school was designed to be constructed in two phases. When a community bond was passed and the second phase was completed in 2009 – and the student population grew to 1,200 students – the administration installed dozens of JVC V.Networks VN-C215E4U indoor network dome and VN-C215VP4U vandal-proof outdoor dome cameras, which are monitored through JVC VR-N1600U network video recorders (NVRs).

While the bond advisory committee was resistant at first to spend money on such an expansive IP-based video surveillance system, the general feeling now is that is was money well spent. “We’ve solved everything from theft to assaults to vandalism,? explained Mark Hannan, principal of Silverton High. “It has been absolutely the best part of this project in more

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T-VIPS to Launch New Products and Demonstrate Industry Leading Vision in IP and Video Transport at IBC2011

Oslo, Norway – T-VIPS, a global leader in professional video contribution and distribution solutions, today announced that IBC2011 will see it launch new products to deliver on its industry leading vision in digital terrestrial TV (DTT), video transport and IP.

“IBC will see T-VIPS expand its portfolio to ensure that we continue to push the bandwidth vs quality envelope in professional video transport and make the complex simple in video over IP and DTT,? said Johnny Dolvik, CEO, T-VIPS. “In transport stream processing, our new solutions are designed to simplify the uninterrupted operation of complex video networks. In video contribution, new product launches ensure that T-VIPS can offer solutions that deliver the best performance across all bandwidth ranges, while in DTT we are providing operators with best-in-class solutions to ensure consumers can enjoy robust, localized HD TV.?

Visitors to the T-VIPS stand (1.B71) will see a number of more

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JVC GY-HM100U PROHD CAMCORDERS KEEP PACE WITH MISS UNIVERSE DURING WORLDWIDE TOURS

WAYNE, NJ – Miss Universe travels an estimated 250,000 miles each year visiting dozens of countries, and most of her appearances over the past three years have been documented with JVC GY-HM100U ProHD handheld camcorders.

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“I’m amazed at how durable the JVC camcorders have been,? said Colin Hornett, director of Digital Multimedia at the Miss Universe Organization. “The GY-HM100U provides a balance of image quality, portability, durability, and ease of use, along with the advantages of a file-based workflow.?

Hornett leads a small team that oversees the organization’s online interactive productions. The team is responsible for maintaining the Web site, building video packages for the online video player, live webcasts, and documenting the lives and activities of Miss Universe, Miss USA, and Miss Teen USA. The Miss Universe Organization, a joint venture of Donald J. Trump and NBCUniversal, is celebrating more

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ADVANCED BROADCAST SOLUTIONS, TEKTRONIX CO-SPONSOR VIDEOINSIGHT SEMINAR

SEATAC, WA — Advanced Broadcast Solutions (ABS), a premier systems integration firm, and Tektronix, an industry leader in test and measurement tools for engineers, will co-sponsor the VideoInsight Seminar at the ABS main offices in SeaTac on Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2011. The free seminar, which runs from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and includes lunch, will include a number of demonstrations and presentations that address many of today’s audio and video delivery and quality challenges.

The VideoInsight Seminar agenda begins with a session on 3G SDI technology, which will discuss closed caption issues, audio/video delay, aspect ratio conversion issues, and more. A session on 3D technology will offer insights on 3D workflow as well as testing at various points of content delivery. Loudness measurement and the recently enacted CALM Act legislation will be the focus of the third session, and the program will end with a discussion on MPEG more

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MORGAN SIEGEL JOINS ADVANCED SYSTEMS GROUP SALES TEAM

EMERYVILLE, CALIF. – Advanced Systems Group (ASG), a leading West Coast video and film integration firm, has added Morgan Siegel to its sales team, effective July 20. She is focused on providing software solutions for ASG clients, specifically Autodesk 3D content creation and creative finishing products. Siegel will be based at the company’s Emeryville office and can be contacted at (510) 654-8300 or via e-mail at morgan@asgllc.com.

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About ASG:
Advanced Systems Group LLC of Emeryville, Calif., with offices in the Bay Area and 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 more

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Broadcast Pix Expands Presence in Australia with Gencom Technology

Granite 2000 Live Video Production System Featured at SMPTE11 Conference

Billerica, Massachusetts – Broadcast Pix™ today announced its expanded relationship with Gencom Technology, a global media technology solution provider and systems integrator. Through its partnership with Gencom in New Zealand and Singapore, Broadcast Pix has already garnered increased interest in the region’s sporting venues, government agencies, educational institutions, and broadcast applications. Now, Gencom is the Broadcast Pix dealer in Australia as well.

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At its booth at the SMPTE11 Conference and Exhibition, which runs through 22 July at the Sydney Exhibition Centre in Sydney, Australia (Booth H09), Gencom is showcasing Granite™ 2000 live video production systems with new Granite 2.0 software, which features the optional Chyron Lyric PRO 8 character generator.

“We are excited to partner with Gencom, which has proven its ability to showcase innovative solutions including Broadcast more

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ADVANCED BROADCAST SOLUTIONS PRESENTS HARRIS SELENIO™ ON ROAD TOUR

SEATAC, WA — Premier systems integration firm Advanced Broadcast Solutions (ABS) will present the Harris® Selenio™ Road Tour, a five-day tour of television stations and other facilities in Washington, Oregon, and Idaho, to showcase the new Selenio media convergence platform. The free tour, which runs Aug. 1-5, 2011, will feature demonstrations of the new Harris product.

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As the industry continues to migrate from a traditional broadcast model to a more flexible IP-based workflow, adding new services – without significantly increasing operating expenses – is vital for revenue. Selenio offers a flexible, all-new approach to signal processing and compression for the converging baseband/broadband area. The modular platform integrates into existing fixed or mobile production environments, broadcast facility or digital terrestrial redistribution head end infrastructures, and cable, satellite, and IPTV head ends.

“Selenio represents a significant change in technology for broadcasters, more

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Norfolk State University Installs Three Hitachi HD Cameras in its Studio for Student-Produced Programming

WOODBURY, NEW YORK– Norfolk State University (NSU), in Norfolk, VA, installed three new Hitachi SK-HD1000 digital high definition cameras in its television studio, which provides hands-on training to students enrolled in the school’s Mass Communication program. The studio, which is part of NSU’s School of Liberal Arts, enables students to satisfy media lab requirements and produce their own videos as they work toward a Bachelor of Science in Mass Communication.

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“Since our students have different levels of technical proficiency, it was critical for us to choose cameras that are extremely easy to operate, maneuver, and maintain,? said Michael Matovich, CBT (Certified Broadcast Technologist) and chief video engineer for NSU. “The Hitachi SK-HD1000 is all of those things, plus it produces a fantastic picture. As a state university, all major purchases must go out to bid. The Hitachi SK-HD1000 demonstrated more

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HOWARD KIRSCH JOINS DIAQUEST AS MARKET DEVELOPMENT MANAGER

EMERYVILLE, CALIF. – Diaquest Products, a software development firm with a focus on the video and film industries, has hired Howard Kirsch as its new market development manager, effective June 13. He will be promoting sales of QueManager, an affordable graphics order management system (OMS) for newsroom applications, as well as developing relationships with vendors and customers.

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Kirsch has extensive experience in the television broadcast industry, including engineering and technical positions with ABC and NBC News in New York, as well as KRON in San Francisco. He also served as a sales manager for ParkerVision and district sales manager for JVC Professional Products Company. Most recently, he was director of sales for E-N-G Mobile Systems in Concord, Calif.

“We are very proud to welcome Howard to the Diaquest team,? said Dave Van Hoy, president of Diaquest Products. “As a veteran more

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