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MONTGOMERY COMMUNITY MEDIA UPGRADES TO HD FIELD PRODUCTION WITH JVC GY-HM700U PROHD CAMERAS

WAYNE, NJ – Montgomery Community Media (MCM), a nonprofit organization responsible for two PEG (Public, Education, and Government) channels serving Montgomery County, Md., has replaced its pool of DV-based EFP camcorders with five GY-HM700U and five GY-HM700UXT ProHD camcorders from JVC Professional Products Company. Three of the GY-HM700UXTs are tasked specifically for professional productions, while the other seven camcorders are used by volunteers who produce a variety of community-based programs.

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According to Pat Thorpe, network and technical manager, MCM began researching replacements for its seven aging JVC GY-DV500 camcorders more than three years ago. With an ever-changing crew of volunteers, including people who have never had formal video production training, he wanted professional cameras with “real? controls, instead of prosumer cameras that rely primarily on menu-based operation.

Thorpe said the GY-HM700U has a good mix of manual operational features more

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ADVANCED SYSTEMS GROUP PRESENTS ANIMATION & COMPOSITING TOOLS WORKSHOP

EMERYVILLE, CALIF. Advanced Systems Group (ASG), a leading West Coast video and film integration firm, will present an Animation & Compositing Tools Workshop on Wednesday, May 25, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the South San Francisco Conference Center at 255 South Airport Blvd. Focused on computer animation, compositing, and visual effects software, the free event will include in-depth product demonstrations and workshops, as well as free refreshments and prize raffles.

“This workshop will explore various creation software tools and offer advanced tips and tricks for animators,? said Dave Van Hoy, president of ASG. “It’s a unique opportunity to learn about modernized pipelines for improved workflows, as well as interact with the technology experts who provide the tools that empower today’s computer animation artists.?

Developed for animators, compositors, editors, modelers, riggers, and producers, the workshop will include a panel discussion from the Visual Effects Society more

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MIRA MOBILE TELEVISION TEAMS UP WITH LONG-TIME PARTNER FUJINON FOR NEWEST HD TRUCK

Wayne, N.J. – When the latest HD mobile unit from MIRA Mobile Television, http://www.miramobile.com/, hit the streets earlier this year it had on board seven 2/3-inch HD field lenses from FUJIFILM North America Corporation, Optical Devices Division. The new M11HD carries one XA101x8.9BESM, three XA88x8.8ESMs, and three XA76x9.3ESM FUJINON lenses outfitted on Sony HDC-1450 portable cameras. Included among the FUJINON HD lenses added to the entire MIRA Mobile complement this year are: five XA76X9.3ESMs, one XA88X8.8ESM, one XA101X8.9ESM, three ZA22X7.6ERMs ENG-Style zooms, and one HA14x4.5ERM wide angle ENG/EFP lens.

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MIRA Mobile Television has enjoyed a successful, long-term relationship with Fujifilm and FUJINON lenses. “We see this as an on-going partnership,? explained Bill Duncan, Director of Engineering, MIRA Mobile Television. “We come in with problems we encounter on the road, and they come up with solutions. It’s a relationship more

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Broadway Systems Unveils Broadway Mobile To Deliver Sales Data to Mobile Devices

Grand Rapids, Mich. Broadway Systems, the leading provider of advertising management software for cable networks, introduced Broadway Mobile, a collection of performance-related data “dashboards? accessible from smartphones, tablet PCs, and other mobile devices that provides key information for sales executives and CFOs. The new application is being demonstrated at the 2011 NAB Show (Booth N3421), which runs through April 14 at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nev.

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“Mobile devices like smartphones and the iPad are changing the way executives access their information. Broadway already delivers the only proven end-to-end platform for managing a cable network’s advertising business, and now we can extend access to that platform to personnel in the field,? said John Sorensen, president of Broadway Systems. “Our new Broadway Mobile app provides easy access to up-to-the-minute data for sales executives on the go.?

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NOTED DOCUMENTARY FILMMAKER, JON ALPERT, USES FUJINON LENSES TO MAXIMIZE CAPABILITY OF NEW SONY CAMERA AT NAB 2011

Wayne, N.J.FUJIFILM North America Corporation, Optical Devices Division has teamed up with renegade historical documentarian, Jon Alpert, to demonstrate how Fujinon’s PL mount lens, the 14.5-45mm T2.0 can maximize Sony’s new PMW-F3 Super 35mm camcorder.

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Since the early 1970s, Alpert has been documenting, and often making history, from Viet Nam to Cuba to Afghanistan. Making films for NBC, PBS, and HBO, Alpert has won 15 Emmy Awards. “With documentary shooting, I need one lens to do it all,? he said. “The lens has to be wide so we can get close to the subjects, and I need a lens that is fast because we work without lights. The Fujinon Premier PL zoom is that lens. Its extraordinary construction and image quality are astonishing.?

Alpert shot three different projects that will be shown within Sony’s booth (C11001) at more

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FLOVEL HIGH-SENSITIVITY CAMERAS MONITORING FUKUSHIMA NUCLEAR PLANT TO BE SHOWN WITHIN FOR-A’S NAB BOOTH

Tokyo — Flovel Company Japan, a company in partnership with FOR-A Corporation, will demonstrate its ultra high-sensitivity camera within FOR-A’s booth the 2011 NAB Show, which runs April 11-14 at the Las Vegas Convention Center (Booth C5219). Flovel brand cameras are sold internationally through FOR-A’s worldwide sales offices.

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Recently, major broadcasters in Japan have installed Flovel’s EM-120 ultra high-sensitivity cameras for day and night observation of the Fukushima nuclear power plant after the recent earthquake compromised safety of the facility. The cameras are placed approximately 30 kilometers from the nuclear plant.

Flovel’s ultra -high sensitivity camera, the EM-120, has been used to capture video of Japan’s space shuttle, deep sea marine observation, astronomy observation, and nocturnal nature observation, among other applications.

EM-120 is a powerful, singular camera for day and night operation. It employs an EM-CCD, which has wide more

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FOR-A AMERICA NAMES TOM ORIOLA AS NORTHEAST SALES MANAGER

Fort Lee, N.J.FOR-A Corporation of America, a leading manufacturer of video and audio systems for the broadcast and professional video industries, has announced that Tom Oriola has been named the new Sales Manager for the Northeast region. In his new role, Oriola is responsible for all aspects of the sales process to FOR-A dealers and direct accounts in the area.

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Experienced in the broadcast technology industry, he previously held positions at Echolab as both a Regional Sales Manager and Sales Engineer.

“I’m thrilled to have Tom Oriola join our sales team here at FOR-A,? says Pedro Silvestre, Sales Director, FOR-A Corporation of America. “We were looking for someone to take on this position who has both industry and sales experience. I’m confident that Oriola fits the bill and will do a tremendous job in his role as more

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Community TV of Santa Cruz Installs Four Hitachi Z-HD5000 Studio/Field HDTV Cameras on New Hi-Def Truck to Cover Youth Athletics and Cultural Events

WOODBURY, NEW YORK – Community Television (CTV) of Santa Cruz County—the producer of public, education and government channels serving 75,000 households in Santa Cruz County, CA—recently added four new Hitachi Z-HD5000 HDTV studio/field cameras for HD video production to its new HD truck. In keeping with CTV’s mission to foster a strong sense of community through its public interest programming, the HD truck goes into the community to provide broadcast-quality coverage of high school sports and other youth athletics, as well as cultural events.

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“Like many non-profit, public access channels, it’s a challenge stretching our limited dollars to buy the high-caliber HDTV equipment we aspire to using in our programs,? said Craig Jutson, director of technology for Community Television (CTV) of Santa Cruz County, in Santa Cruz, CA. “We chose the Hitachi Z-HD5000 because it’s an excellent camera system more

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WSYR-TV LAUNCHES LOCAL HD NEWS WITH JVC PROHD CAMERAS

WAYNE, NJ – JVC Professional Products Company today announced that WSYR-TV NewsChannel 9, the ABC affiliate for Syracuse, N.Y. (DMA #82), launched its local news broadcasts in high definition on Jan. 29 using JVC ProHD cameras in its studio and for ENG work. The new JVC cameras were part of a major overhaul for the Newport Television station that included the construction of a new control room, as well as new sets and a revamped studio lighting system in its studio.

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NewsChannel 9 maintains a full schedule of live news and local programming, including six hours on weekdays and two hours of news on Saturday and Sunday. According to chief engineer Craig Riker, the station replaced its aging Philips BTS studio cameras with four JVC GY-HD250Us, three on pedestals and one on a mini-jib. The studio cameras are paired with JVC more

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FUJINON TO INTRODUCE NEW HALF-INCH, ENG-STYLE LENS AND UNVEIL COST-EFFECTIVE NEW SERIES AT NAB 2011

Wayne, N.J. –FUJIFILM North America Corporation, Optical Devices Division has announced it will introduce a new lens for the half-inch format and the creation of a new series of lenses during the 2011 NAB Show in Las Vegas from April 11 through April 14. FUJIFILM North America Corporation, Optical Devices Division will exhibit within Booth #C7525 at the show.

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The new ZS17x5.5 lens for half-inch format cameras is part of the high-end Select series of ENG-Style FUJINON lenses. This lens is available in either BERM or BERD version – with internal range extender, servo zoom and manual or servo focus. The Select series is derived from the company’s popular HA line of 2/3-inch Premier Series high definition lenses.

The new Exceed Series of cost-effective, feature-rich lenses is being unveiled at NAB. The new series includes the XS20sx6.3BRM half-inch more

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