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HITACHI KOKUSAI TO SHOWCASE RANGE OF TECHNOLOGIES AT UPCOMING INFOCOMM SHOW

WOODBURY, New YorkHitachi Kokusai Electric America, Ltd., a leading provider of affordable, high performance cameras, will exhibit several broadcast and professional camera products within Hitachi Digital Media Division’s booth (Booth 1921) at this year’s InfoComm, taking place at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando. Exhibits at the show run from June 15h to 17th.

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“InfoComm is a great opportunity for Hitachi to demo its state-of-the-art broadcast cameras to the professional AV market,? said Sean Moran, Hitachi Kokusai Electric America’s National Sales Manager. “We offer models covering both ends of the spectrum, from high-end production HDTV cameras to cost-effective models used in a variety of industries. This show affords Hitachi the chance to garner direct feedback from AV professionals so that we can continue to develop technologies that address market needs.?

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ALAN HIRSHBERG JOINS ADVANCED SYSTEMS GROUP AS LEAD TECHNICAL SPECIALIST

EMERYVILLE, CALIF.Advanced Systems Group (ASG), a leading West Coast video and film integration firm, has hired Alan Hirshberg as a lead technical specialist for its Technical Services Team, effective May 9. He will be based in Southern California and offer field service and consultation for ASG clients in the region.

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Prior to joining ASG, Hirshberg served as president of Studio Computer, which specialized in consulting for storage area networks, servers, video editing, and other entertainment-based IT projects. He also worked as chief engineer for Mojo, where he supervised the technical aspects for the construction of a 17,000-square-foot facility with 25 editorial stations and a new machine room, and as chief technology officer and director of systems support for JPR Engineering.

“Alan has spent the past 15 years designing and integrating IT systems for television and motion picture more

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ADVANCED BROADCAST SOLUTIONS SPONSORS ‘ROAD BANDIT’ ONLINE TRAVEL SERIES

SEATAC, WA — In April 2008, Randy Primm left his lucrative freelance video business in Seattle and began a personal adventure exploring the country in a second-hand RV. A year later, he established the Road Bandit Web site (www.roadbandit.com) to share blog entries about life on the road. Now, premier systems integration firm Advanced Broadcast Solutions (ABS) is serving as a technology sponsor for Road Bandit, which began posting an original video series to the site in March.

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Advanced Broadcast Solutions is serving as a technology sponsor for www.roadbandit.com, a Web site established by Randy Primm (pictured) that began posting an original video travel series in March of this year.

“It’s an interactive travel show, exploring what the country has to offer,? said Primm, who also serves as host and handles most of more

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Sky Italia chooses T-VIPS IP Video Transport Solutions for Next Generation IP Contribution Network

T-VIPS supplies TVG425 ASI to IP and TVG450 JPEG2000 Gateways to provide Sky Italia with the flexibility to contribute MPEG Transport Streams and visually lossless JPEG2000 video over IP

Oslo, Norway – T-VIPS, a global leader in professional video contribution and distribution solutions, today announced that its TVG425 MPEG Transport Stream and the TVG450 JPEG2000 Video Gateways have been selected to provide advanced video transport functionality for Sky Italia’s next generation contribution network. The T-VIPS Video Gateway suite is a flexible and cost-effective portfolio of products designed for real-time contribution and distribution of broadcast-quality video. The project has been delivered by T-VIPS valued business partner, CVE. The T-VIPS solutions are now integrated with the network, which will go live in the first half of 2011. This deployment, which connects Milan and Rome, is the first phase of a Sky Italia project to move to an advanced future-proofed all-IP video more

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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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