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GERMANTOWN COMMUNITY TELEVISION IN MEMPHIS INSTALLS FOUR NEW HITACHI SK-HD1000 MULTIFORMAT HDTV STUDIO CAMERAS

WOODBURY, NEW YORK – Germantown Community Television recently installed four new Hitachi SK-HD1000 multi-format HDTV studio cameras in an effort to improve picture quality and lay the groundwork for an eventual transition to high-definition. Known as GHS-TV, Germantown Community Television is based at Germantown High School in Germantown, TN, a suburb of Memphis.

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Germantown High senior Jared Cox operates the Hitachi SK-HD1000 studio camera during Germantown Community Television’s live coverage of Election Night 2010.

The studio facility supports the high school’s Production Workshop program, which teaches basic and advanced broadcast television skills. The program’s 75 students produce over 740 hours of public affairs programming annually for broadcast on Memphis stations, including Germantown Community Television (Comcast Channel 17), WPXX-TV (Ion Media Channel 50), and WMC-TV (NBC-5).

“Our new Hitachi cameras enable us to produce high-caliber more

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WASHINGTON REDSKINS UPGRADE TO HD AT FEDEXFIELD WITH FUJINON HA AND XA SERIES LENSES

WAYNE, N.J. – Home to the NFL’s Washington Redskins, FedExField in Prince George’s County, Md., received a comprehensive upgrade to high definition production for the 2010-2011 football season. As part of the upgrade, the arena features three new Sony HSC300K cameras paired with Fujinon lenses: the HA23X7.6BERM Premier Series HD ENG-style telephoto, XA50X9.5BESM HD box-style telephoto with 2X extender, and XA76X9.3BESM HD telephoto.

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Cameras are placed at various points around the venue to provide a total stadium experience. The new system enables the stadium’s control room to originate HD programming and transmit the signals to new HD LED video displays and stadium-wide video distribution systems. In addition to improving video for the fans, the HD video is also archived for promos and highlight reels.

The video control room and infrastructure were upgraded by Communications Engineering, Inc. (CEI). Based in Newington, more

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Costa Rica State Distance Education University Selects Broadcast Pix for Classes, Live Event Production

Billerica, Massachusetts – Broadcast Pix™ today announced that the State Distance Education University (UNED) in Costa Rica is using a Slate™ 1000 video production systems at the heart of its new mobile video production unit, which is being used for distance education and other live productions.

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The State Distance Education University (UNED) in Costa Rica is using a Broadcast Pix Slate 1000 video production system in its new mobile unit to produce distance education classes and live event productions.

According to Alejandro Astorga, audiovisual producer for UNED, the new mobile unit was delivered in March and is being used for at least five programs per month. “It’s been used on distance education classes and live event production,? Astorga explained. “Specifically, we´re producing a serial of lab videos for the Chemistry Professorship. Also, we´ve recorded conferences more

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SANTA ANA COLLEGE INSTALLS NEWLY INTRODUCED, ROBUST, AND EASY-TO-USE FOR-A CHARACTER GENERATOR

CYPRESS, CA – Along with a surge in enrollment at community colleges around the country, comes increased demand for more sophisticated classroom equipment. Case in point is the recent purchase of FOR-A’s VTW-330HS HD/SD character generator by California’s Santa Ana College just after the product’s introduction during NAB 2010 in April of this year. The new CG is used in conjunction with an existing FOR-A digital switcher.

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Randy Schultz oversees the management of operations in the television production department and teaches the “Studio Production? class at Santa Ana College. “We’re a vocational program,? said Schultz. “We’re preparing students for entering the work force, and we try to create a real-world environment similar to what they’ll experience when they graduate.?

Similar to a commercial television station, the Santa Ana College facility has two stages, each equipped with three cameras and a more

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ABC DISNEY’S ‘DETROIT 1-8-7’ KEEPS IT REAL WITH FUJINON LENSES PROVIDED BY FLETCHER CAMERA AND LENSES

WAYNE, N.J. – On ABC Disney, Detroit 1-8-7 is a scripted police drama that captures the essence of reality police shows like Cops or The First 48 with spontaneity and grit. With that visual goal in mind, Director of Photography Lisa Wiegand worked with Fletcher Camera and Lenses, a rental house in Chicago, to assemble just the right Fujinon ENG lens package. HA13X4.5BERM HD ENG wide angle lens with 2x extender, HA20x7.5BERM HD telephoto lens, and HA22x7.3BERM HD ENG/EFP lens were selected for use on Panasonic VariCam 3700 P2 HD camcorders. The HA42x9.7BERD lens is also used for the show on occasion.

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Shown left to right are ‘Detroit 1-8-7’ B-Camera Operator Reza Tabrizi and (in foreground) A-Camera Operator Matt Valentine.

Wiegand designed a lightweight camera package, and the Fujinon ENG lenses were ideal because of their more

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ADVANCED SYSTEMS GROUP AND DOLBY LABORATORIES ADDRESS 3D WORKFLOW ISSUES AT CONFERENCE

EMERYVILLE, CALIF. – In conjunction with Dolby Laboratories, Advanced Systems Group (ASG), a leading West Coast video and film integration firm, presented “3D Workflow 2010? last week at the Dolby Theater in San Francisco. The free daylong event included several conference sessions that addressed a variety of 3D production issues from acquisition to delivery.

“This was our second year with a 3D focus for our end-of-year workshop, and we had another full house,? said Dave Van Hoy, president of ASG. “Film and video professionals are still trying to develop 3D workflows that are cost effective and techniques that deliver excellent images to audiences. This event is special because it encourages communication within our industry. Our customers present challenges they faced in the real world and then share their solutions.?

The program included presentations from professionals with hands-on 3D production experience as well as companies that have developed 3D more

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LITTLE ROCK FOX AFFILIATE KLRT ADOPTS JVC PROHD CAMERAS FOR STUDIO, ENG USE

WAYNE, NJ – JVC Professional Products Company today announced that KLRT, the FOX affiliate in Little Rock, Ark., has adopted JVC ProHD cameras for studio and ENG use. The Newport Television station, which serves the Little Rock-Pine Bluff market (DMA #56), purchased four GY-HD250Us to replace Thomson LDK 1707s as its main studio cameras for daily newscasts, as well as eight GY-HM700U cameras for ENG use. FOX16 News went live with its new studio cameras yesterday, and has been using its new GY-HM700s in the field since August.

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Ideal for ENG work, the GY-HM700 is a compact, shoulder-mount camcorder with three 1/3-inch progressive scan CCDs. It records full 1280×720 and 1920×1080 images, and its proprietary MPEG-2 encoder supports all major HD signal formats, including 1080i and 720p. Its dual card slot design records to low-cost, non-proprietary SDHC solid-state media cards in more

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NEW PSALMIST BAPTIST CHURCH INSTALLS FIVE HITACHI Z-HD5000 MULTIFORMAT HD CAMERAS

WOODBURY, NEW YORK – New Psalmist Baptist Church in Baltimore, MD recently installed five new Hitachi Z-HD5000 multi-format HD cameras within the 4,000-seat main sanctuary of its new multi-million-dollar worship center, known as The Holy City of Zion.

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Besides enhancing the worship experience for churchgoers, the high-def video is used to produce “The Empowering Disciples Broadcast,? a highly rated, half-hour religious HDTV program produced weekly for over-the-air broadcast on WJZ-TV, the CBS affiliate in Baltimore.

“When we first saw these cameras at NAB in April 2010, we realized that their price point would enable us to meet our goal to offer broadcast-quality, high-definition video while sticking to our budget,? said Minister Joshua Thomas, multi-media and creative arts technician for New Psalmist Baptist Church. “Hitachi put us in the best position to maximize our budget without compromising quality.?

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FOR-A AWARDED GOVERNMENT VIDEO SALUTE FOR VFC-7000 HD VARIABLE FRAME RATE CAMERA

CYPRESS, Calif. – FOR-A, a leading manufacturer of video and audio systems for the broadcast and professional video industries, was awarded a Government Video Salute for its new VFC-7000 HD Variable Frame Rate (Super Slow Motion) Camera by Government Video magazine at the Government Video Expo in Washington, D.C. The camera offers high-speed playout and recording in full frame HD (720/59.94p or 720/50p) at up to 700 fps, with variable recording speed from 125 fps to 700 fps.

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“The VFC-7000 was designed to make it easy for anyone to capture high-speed action in uncompressed HD,? said Hiro Tanoue, president, FOR-A Corporation of America. “Super slow motion is an essential element of many educational, scientific, and creative video projects for government agencies. We are extremely proud to have been recognized by Government Video for our camera.?

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WXYZ DETROIT ADDS JVC GY-HM790 CAMERAS TO MAIN STUDIO

WAYNE, NJ – JVC Professional Products Company today announced that WXYZ, the ABC affiliate in Detroit (DMA #11), has purchased two JVC GY-HM790 ProHD cameras for its main studio. The flagship station of the Scripps TV Station Group, WXYZ began using the cameras alongside its Thomson HD cameras last month.

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With a redesigned studio adapter sled and innovative modular design, the GY-HM790 is an ideal solution for multicore or fiber-based studios. With its three 1/3-inch CCDs, it produces 1280×720 or 1920×1080 images and can record in 720p, 1080i, and even SD (480i) for operations that have not yet made the move to HD. For ENG use, the compact, shoulder-mount camera features a dual card slot design that records to low-cost, non-proprietary SDHC solid-state media cards in ready-to-edit file formats for Apple Final Cut Pro (.MOV) and other major NLE systems (.MP4).
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