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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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Vizrt and Motion Analysis enter partnership agreement for motion tracking

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

While virtual sets offer limitless creative options for live 2D/3D sets, the calibration and alignment of multiple cameras with the synthetic set can be a prohibitively complex and time-consuming process. But with its industry-leading Viz Virtual Studio, Vizrt took the complexity out of setting up 2D/3D interactive virtual sets by providing an intuitive user interface and compatibility with most major camera-tracking solutions.

One such camera tracking system is CamTrak by Motion Analysis Corporation (MAC), which provides reliable, user-friendly motion tracking of studio cameras and virtual set systems, such as Viz Virtual Studio.

Vizrt and Motion Analysis Corporation have entered a partnership to promote and market their combined offers. Visitors to MAC’s booth (#SL3805)—at the 2011 NAB show from April 11-14 in Las Vegas—will see an HD virtual studio demonstration, featuring MAC’s CamTrak working with two Viz Engine more

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FUJINON TO INTRODUCE ERGONOMICALLY DESIGNED SERVO PACK AND WIRELESS CONTROL SYSTEM AT NAB 2011

Wayne, N.J.FUJIFILM North America Corporation, Optical Devices Division has announced it will introduce a new ergonomically designed DigiPower servo control system for its Select and Premier Series as well as a wireless control system for all of its 2D and 3D 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 digital servo control system’s ergonomic design includes improved space for finger placement and a wider hand strap for increased support. It also features lower power consumption and reduced backlash for an extremely precise and steady zoom movement. The newly designed servo control system is designed for Fujinon’s Select Series of 2/3 & ½?inch lenses (ZA/ZS line) and Premier Series of 2/3 and ½ inch HDTV more

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Vizrt to present state of the art storytelling at NAB 2011

Virtual window, immersive graphics, multi-hand recognition interface
Enhanced viewer involvement through app interaction
New workflow zone showcasing distribution to multiple platforms

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

Exhibiting at booth #SL5408 from April 11-14th, Vizrt will demonstrate several new features and new releases at the upcoming NAB, reflecting the company’s complete platform from which to build an entire mobile, online and television broadcast delivery operation. Vizrt now provides customers with solutions ranging from original programming, live sports and election coverage, news, weather, finance, media asset management, character generation, to a complete chain of online and mobile publishing.

The biggest part of the public show will be the presentation of our virtual window, featuring the latest in 3D broadcast innovation.

Virtual Window (3D TV on regular TV’s) Imagine looking through a window. Fixing your eyes on an object and moving your head, the scenery will more

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Broadcast Pix Enhances Granite HD Live Video Production Systems with Version 2.0 Software and New 500 Control Panel

Slate Hybrid System Also Enhanced with Version 8.5 Software and 500 Panel

Billerica, Massachusetts – Broadcast Pix™ today introduced Granite™ 2.0 and Slate™ 8.5 software, as well as two new live video production systems, Granite 500 and Slate 500, which feature a new compact control panel. Granite 2.0 adds playlists, ProRes clips and QuickTime Animation playback, offers an enhanced Harris CG and an optional Chyron CG, improves chromakey and key priority controls, and provides remote control of streaming appliances. Slate 8.5 also provides many of these same improvements.

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The new Granite and Slate 500 systems significantly lower the entry point for Broadcast Pix systems with a control panel to $24,900 and $14,900, respectively. They provide a tactile control surface with comprehensive monitoring of video and files, as well as complete control of the system’s clip store, CG, cameras, and other more

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HITACHI KOKUSAI ELECTRIC TO INTRODUCE FOUR HIGH-END HDTV CAMERAS AT NAB 2011

WOODBURY, NEW YORK – Hitachi Kokusai Electric America, Ltd., a leading manufacturer, of high performance digital cameras, will introduce four new HD cameras at the 2011 NAB Show in Las Vegas (Central Hall, Booth C4309). Three of its new cameras – the SK-HD2200 studio-body camera, SK-HD1200 handheld companion, and DK-HD200 P.O.V. box-camera – are all based on 3 Gbps technology. The fourth new camera, model SK-HD2000, is a studio-body camera companion to the popular SK-HD1000.

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Hitachi cameras continue to offer maximum R.O.I. and capital investment protection. These qualities are achieved once again with the company’s new series of 3Gbps technology cameras. The primary design concept is full compliance with the SMPTE424M standard. Hitachi cameras employ a new 1080/60p native-scan Ultra-Advanced 2/3-inch, Interline CCDs (UAIT) that ensures the most accurate color reproduction and highest picture detail. Our 30-bit 175MHz RGB processing, more

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DREWRY COMMUNICATIONS GROUP STATIONS STANDARDIZE ON JVC PROHD CAMERAS FOR ENG

KFDA Is First Station in Group to Launch Local HD Newscast

WAYNE, NJ – JVC Professional Products Company, a division of JVC Americas Corp., today announced that Lawton, Okla.-based Drewry Communications Group has standardized on JVC ProHD cameras for electronic newsgathering (ENG) for all five of its television stations.

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On Feb. 23, KFDA-TV, the Drewry CBS affiliate serving Amarillo, Texas (DMA #131), was the first station in the group to launch its local newscast in HD. Brent McClure, KFDA general manager, said the station is using seven GY-HM790U cameras in the field for local news and sports coverage.

Last month, KFDA’s new JVC camcorders literally had a trial by fire, covering range fires that blanketed some of the new ENG cameras in dirt and soot. McClure said he was very satisfied how the cameras performed in the adverse more

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