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FOX Sports Use of Vizrt Graphics Proves a Visual Success for Super Bowl XLV

New York, USA, Vizrt Ltd. (Oslo Main List: VIZ)

Vizrt Ltd., a world-wide supplier of production tools for the digital media industry, provided a complement of sports graphics solutions to FOX Sports for coverage of the NFL’s Super Bowl XLV, held Sunday, February 6th, at Cowboy Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

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FOX Sports began using Vizrt at the beginning of the 2010 NFL season and deployed multiple Viz Trio and Viz Engine systems for the Super Bowl’s expanded coverage. The new system proved a huge score for the broadcaster.

“We were given an incredible opportunity to display our graphics throughout one of the most stunning facilities in the world on Super Bowl Sunday. Vizrt enabled us to create elegant graphics, incorporating them into our pre-game by displaying graphics in Jumbotrons outside the stadium, in our booth displayed on an LED more

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JVC AND SPECTRACAL DEVELOP NEW CALMAN COMMERCIAL PROJECTOR CALIBRATION INTERFACE

New Workflow Demonstrated at 2011 HPA Tech Retreat

WAYNE, NJ – JVC Professional Products Company, a division of JVC Americas Corp., today announced its collaboration with SpectraCal to create a custom calibration interface within the CalMAN Commercial software for the new DLA-RS60U and DLA-RS50U 3D-enabled D-ILA Reference Series projectors. The software will be demonstrated in the Demo Room at the 2011 HPA Tech Retreat®, the annual conference of the Hollywood Post Alliance trade association, which begins today in Rancho Mirage, Calif.

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A new custom interface within the CalMAN Commercial software simplifies calibration of the new JVC DLA-RS60U and DLA-RS50U 3D-enabled D-ILA Reference Series projectors.

Calibrating projectors has generally been a complicated process using on-screen menus and a remote control. With CalMAN’s Direct Device Control (DDC) interface, however, the process is as simple as adjusting the more

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TNDV to Outfit Newest HD Truck with 10 Hitachi Z-HD5000 Cameras

WOODBURY, NEW YORK – TNDV Television, a Nashville, TN-based provider of HD/SD video systems and services for remote video production, announced plans to outfit its newest HD truck with 10 Hitachi Z-HD5000 multiformat (720p/1080i) HDTV cameras along with Hitachi CU-HD1000 fiber-based camera control units (CCUs). The company’s newest hi-def truck, currently under construction, will serve large remote productions such as concerts and awards shows that typically require seven to nine multiformat broadcast cameras.

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“We’re outfitting our new 40-foot expando HD truck with a complement of Hitachi Z-HD5000 cameras to dramatically expand our HDTV production capabilities. We chose this camera because it satisfies our high-end customers’ demands for excellent HDTV picture quality, reliable performance, and feature-rich functionality,? said Nic Dugger, president and owner of TNDV Television, as well as engineer-in-charge of TNDV productions.

“When we compared the Z-HD5000 against the top more

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NEW FOR-A HVS-350HS VIDEO SWITCHER INTERFACE PROVIDES CONTROL OF ABEKAS MIRA PRODUCTION SERVER

Fort Lee, N.J. – FOR-A, a leading manufacturer of video and audio systems for the broadcast and professional video industries, has announced a new interface that allows the HVS-350HS HD/SD 1.5 M/E digital video switcher to control the Abekas Mira Production Server. The interface will be part of FOR-A’s display highlights in its booth (#C5219) at the 2011 NAB Show in Las Vegas, starting April 11th.

With the new interface, users can review a list of clips, set in/out points, and then control clip playback (play, stop, record, rewind, etc.) from up to four independent video channels through the switcher’s HVS-350U control panel or HVS-35GUI remote control software.

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“The HVS-350HS-Mira combination is perfect for live sports instant replay, as well as concerts, events, and studio applications,? said Pedro Silvestre, Sales Director, FOR-A Corporation of America. “The new integration allows easy more

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REGENT UNIVERSITY, CHRISTIAN BROADCAST NETWORK UPDATE CAMPUS SECURITY WITH JVC V.NETWORKS CAMERAS, NVRS

WAYNE, NJ – Regent University, a private, faith-based institution that shares a campus with the Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN) in Virginia Beach, Va., is keeping better watch than ever over more than 5,500 graduate and undergraduate students, faculty, and staff with V.Networks IP-based cameras and network video recorders (NVRs) from JVC Professional Products Company.

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Regent University uses JVC V.Networks IP-based cameras to monitor building interiors, including the Student Center, as well as parking lots and other exterior sites on campus.

Now in his 24th year with the CBN/Regent University Campus Police Dept., Lt. Eddie Lawhorn recalled the earlier CCTV system on campus, which only offered coverage inside a few buildings. It included a handful of mostly black-and-white analog cameras that were connected to time-lapse VCRs. A few years ago, as the aging VCRs came to the more

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CHICAGO ABC AFFILIATE, WLS-TV, TAKES DELIVERY OF 33 ENG LENSES IN STATION’S FIRST FUJINON PURCHASE

AYNE, N.J. – WLS-TV, Chicago’s ABC owned TV station, recently took delivery of 33 lenses from FUJIFILM North America Corporation, Optical Devices Division for use on Panasonic P2 HD cameras. 32 of the ENG lenses are ZA17X7.6BERM HD zoom lenses with 2X extenders, and one is a ZA22X7.6BERM telephoto lens. This purchase marks the first Fujinon lens sale to WLS-TV/ABC-TV. For more information on WLS-TV, please go to: http://abclocal.go.com/wls/index

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These affordable, high-performance HD ENG lenses are specifically designed to produce news, sports, special events, and independent productions in HDTV while in the field. “Our ZA Series makes the creation of HD programming affordable for a wide range of producers,? said Thom Calabro, Director Marketing and Product Development, Optical Devices Division. “Fujinon HD lenses are the perfect complement for today’s new HDTV cameras because they maintain the superior imaging standards and more

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CHICAGO ABC AFFILIATE, WLS-TV, TAKES DELIVERY OF 33 ENG LENSES IN STATION’S FIRST FUJINON PURCHASE

WAYNE, N.J. – WLS-TV, Chicago’s ABC owned TV station, recently took delivery of 33 lenses from FUJIFILM North America Corporation, Optical Devices Division for use on Panasonic P2 HD cameras. 32 of the ENG lenses are ZA17X7.6BERM HD zoom lenses with 2X extenders, and one is a ZA22X7.6BERM telephoto lens. This purchase marks the first Fujinon lens sale to WLS-TV/ABC-TV. For more information on WLS-TV, please go to: http://abclocal.go.com/wls/index

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These affordable, high-performance HD ENG lenses are specifically designed to produce news, sports, special events, and independent productions in HDTV while in the field. “Our ZA Series makes the creation of HD programming affordable for a wide range of producers,? said Thom Calabro, Director Marketing and Product Development, Optical Devices Division. “Fujinon HD lenses are the perfect complement for today’s new HDTV cameras because they maintain the superior imaging standards and more

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BROADCAST INDUSTRY VETERAN PEDRO SILVESTRE PROMOTED TO SALES DIRECTOR, FOR-A AMERICA

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 named Pedro Silvestre as its Sales Director. Silvestre’s responsibilities now include management of sales for all of the United States and Latin America. Silvestre was previously FOR-A’s Regional Sales Manager, Caribbean and Latin America, a position he held for the past four years.

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“We’re excited to have Pedro take on the role of Sales Director of FOR-A America,? says Hiro Tanoue, President, FOR-A Corporation of America. “He’s done a tremendous job increasing our presence in the Latin American market, and we’re confident that Pedro’s expertise will further FOR-A’s growth in the entire United States as well.?

Silvestre asserts that his main objective is to keep FOR-A’s advanced technology top-of-mind within the broadcast industry, as well as more

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ADVANCED SYSTEMS GROUP PRESENTS LIVE STREAMING WORKFLOW EVENT

EMERYVILLE, CALIF. – Advanced Systems Group (ASG), a leading West Coast video and film integration firm, will present the ASG Live Streaming Workflow Event on Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2011, at the South San Francisco Conference Center at 255 South Airport Blvd. The free workshop runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and will include presentations from streaming media industry vendors. Lunch will also be provided.

“Streaming offers a new world of opportunities for content distribution and revenue generation, but many video professionals don’t have a clear understanding of the technology behind it,? said Dave Van Hoy, president of ASG. “We’ve designed this workshop to help attendees decide what platforms are best for their target markets and show how they can start delivering video content to computers, tablets, and smart phones around the world.?

The event will include general discussions about streaming video technology, as well as specific presentations more

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ADVANCED SYSTEMS GROUP NAMED NORTHWEST REGIONAL RESELLER FOR DAVINCI RESOLVE CONTROL SURFACE

EMERYVILLE, CALIF. –Advanced Systems Group (ASG), a leading West Coast video and film integration firm, announced today it has been named the Northwest regional reseller for the DaVinci Resolve control surface. ASG will also be a reseller for the Blackmagic Design DaVinci Resolve for Mac nonlinear color correction system. The world’s highest performance color correction solution, the DaVinci Resolve is used by thousands of colorists worldwide to grade episodic television, music videos, commercials, documentaries, and feature films such as Avatar and Quantum of Solace.

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The DaVinci Resolve control surface features controls placed near natural hand positions, with track balls placed together so lift, gamma, and gain can be adjusted simultaneously. Buttons can be set to custom colors, and 38 independent soft knobs with automatic labels provide easy access to common adjustments. The surface also includes built-in playback deck control, complete with more

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