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Children’s Memorial Hospital in Chicago Upgrades In-House TV Station with Broadcast Pix

Billerica, Massachusetts – The Family Life Center on the fifth floor of Children’s Memorial Hospital in Chicago provides a place for patients and their families to relax, play, and socialize. It also doubles as a television studio for Skylight TV, the hospital’s in-house television channel, which recently upgraded its production capabilities with a Broadcast Pix™ Slate™ 1000 live video production system.

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Producer Rene Roy said the center has served as studio space for Skylight TV for more than 10 years. In about 20 minutes, the Skylight TV team can transform the area into a makeshift studio for a two-camera shoot, complete with scenery, wireless mics, and, perhaps most importantly for the young patients, a prize cart.

The hospital maintains a regular schedule of four live shows each week, including bingo-type games that teach about body parts and injury prevention on more

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CORNERSTONE CHURCH GOES MULTI-CAMPUS WITH FOR-A HVS-300HS HD/SD DIGITAL VIDEO SWITCHER

CYPRESS, CALIF. – Cornerstone Community Church in Orangeburg, SC installed the FOR-A HVS-300HS HD/SD Digital Video Switcher this past spring to facilitate video production across the church’s new satellite campuses. About a year ago, the lead pastor at Cornerstone put the wheels in motion to begin planting additional campuses to become a multi-site church. One additional campus is now open to complement the 1,100-seat main campus and a second satellite campus is in the planning stages.

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Some key features of the HVS-300HS switcher that Cornerstone required are the keying or lower third capabilities, the fact that it’s a dual system with a rack-mount unit separate from the desktop control panel, and its multiple output capability. “In becoming a multi-site church, we need to provide high-def, life-size video to the 12-foot projection screen in the satellite campuses,? said Mike Edwards, Technical more

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Abundant Life Family Worship Church Improves Video Production Quality with Broadcast Pix

Billerica, Massachusetts (November 30, 2010) – Broadcast Pix™ today announced that Abundant Life Family Worship Church in New Brunswick, N.J., has installed a Slate™ 5000 video production system to improve the quality of its multi-camera video production and I-MAG (image magnification) capabilities. Every service at the church is recorded, and one sermon from each week is televised locally on a public access cable station. Abundant Life also streams its services live, and many sermons are available on demand at www.streamingfaith.com.

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A new Broadcast Pix Slate 5000 is helping Abundant Life Family Worship Church produce high-quality video productions for public access and live streaming audiences.

The Abundant Life control room is located near the entrance of the church and can comfortably accommodate a six-person production team. With volunteer crews, however, audio and video responsibilities are often handled more

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THE NEW MERRY PRANKSTERS CAPTURE THE BEAUTY OF ANIMALS IN THEIR NATURAL SURROUNDINGS WITH FUJINON LENSES, IMAGE STABILIZER

WAYNE, N.J. – Calling themselves “The New Merry Pranksters,? three passionate, adventurous directors of photography (DPs) set out last July 2010 on the trip of a lifetime to capture the beauty of the Serengeti Plains and other natural wonders of Tanzania. The New Merry Pranksters include award-winning DP Robert Primes, ASC; DP Dan Kneece, president of the Society of Operating Cameramen; and DP Yousef Linjawi who is completing his MFA degree in cinematography at Chapman University.

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Determined to give viewers a glimpse of precious, spontaneous scenes of wild animals interacting with each other amidst the majesty of the Serengeti, the DP team hauled over $500,000 worth of borrowed state-of-the-art gear packed into 10 heavy cases, including: a Sony PMW350 2/3-inch XDCAM memory shoulder-mount camcorder; a Fujinon HA25x16.5BERD Premier Series HD Super Telephoto ENG style lens with 2x extender, servo zoom and more

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WYOMING PBS UPGRADES SATELLITE TRUCK WITH FOUR HITACHI MULTIFORMAT HD CAMERAS

WOODBURY, NEW YORK – Wyoming PBS purchased four Hitachi SK-HD1000 multi-format HDTV cameras as part of the planned upgrade of its 32-foot digital production truck equipped with a 2.4-meter Ku-Band satellite uplink dish. The truck travels across the state, producing multi-camera remote video productions, such as sessions of the Wyoming State Legislature in Cheyenne, political debates, and sporting events. Also known as KCWC-DT, Wyoming PBS is located on the campus of Central Wyoming College in Riverton, WY.

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“We chose these new Hitachi HD cameras because they produce beautiful pictures at an attractive price point,? said Kyle Nicholoff, production services manager for Wyoming PBS. The SK-HD1000s replace four Hitachi SK-900 EFP SDTV cameras.

“In our experience with Hitachi cameras, they’re easy to operate and reliable,? Nicholoff continued. “In fact, the older SK-900’s—which we’ve moved into our main studio—still produce more

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NEWS 14 CAROLINA SELECTS FOR-A MBP-100CK HD/SD CHROMA KEYERS FOR WEATHER SEGMENTS

Raleigh, NC – News 14 Carolina, North Carolina’s 24-hour cable news network, recently turned to FOR-A when looking for a new, networkable HD/SD chroma keyer solution, and FOR-A delivered with the FOR-A MBP-100CK.

The unique aspect of the MBP-100CK that was particularly appealing to Dawson Heath, broadcast engineer at News 14 Carolina, is its ability to operate the chroma keyers remotely. “We were able to network the FOR-A keyers,? he explained. “We have various newsrooms around the state, and we do much of our work out of the Raleigh facility, so the remote access to the FOR-A chroma keyer functions provides us with a big advantage over using other products.?

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Before installing the FOR-A chroma keyers, engineers could only adjust the cameras remotely, but not the keyers. “Now, if something changes with the lighting and the key is more

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JVC FEATURES DLA-SH7NLG 4,096 x 2,400 10-MEGAPIXEL D-ILA PROJECTOR AT I/ITSEC 2010

WAYNE, NJ – JVC Professional Products Company will showcase its new 10-MegaPixel DLA-SH7NLG 4,096 x 2,400 D-ILA projector at the Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation and Education Conference (I/ITSEC), which runs Nov. 29 through Dec. 2, 2010, at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla. (Booth 1600). Combining superb resolution with up to 5,000 ANSI lumens, 10,000:1 native contrast ratio, and low-cost maintenance, the 4K D-ILA projector is available now and is ideal for simulation environments and high-spec design and monitoring facilities.

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Introduced earlier this year, the DLA-SH7NLG incorporates three 1.27-inch 4K D-ILA display devices for high-quality imaging, with a low latency mode for simulation environments. It achieves ultra-high resolution of approximately 10 megapixels (4,096 x 2,400), which is five times the resolution of full HD. As a result, it can simultaneously display four screens in WUXGA (1,920 x 1,200) resolution more

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JVC SHOWCASES DLA-VS2100U VISUALIZATION SERIES

WAYNE, NJ – JVC Professional Products Company will introduce the DLA-VS2100U D-ILA projector to the U.S. market at the Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation and Education Conference (I/ITSEC), which runs Nov. 29 through Dec. 2, 2010, at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla. (Booth 1600). The newest addition to JVC’s Visualization Series, the rugged DLA-VS2100U was specifically developed for simulation environments and other visualization applications.

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With a new optical engine that uses three D-ILA imaging devices, the DLA-VS2100U delivers 1,920 x 1,080 native resolution and 20,000:1 native contrast ratio, which is double the contrast of JVC’s current model, the DLA-VS2000U. The new projector also features a new 220W UHP short arc lamp that delivers a minimum of 850 ANSI lumens for simulation applications, an increase in brightness that will provide greater brightness headroom in larger or low-efficiency systems as well as more

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Vizrt Acquires LiberoVision AG

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

Vizrt, a leading provider of content production tools for the digital media industry, announced today that it has entered into a terms sheet with Swiss company LiberoVision AG, a leader in the field of virtual sports enhancements.

According to the proposed terms sheet, Vizrt Ltd. shall purchase all of the issued and outstanding share capital of LiberoVision in three installments: 60% upon signing of the definitive agreement, 20% upon approval of the financial statements of LiberoVision for the year 2011 and 20% upon approval of the financial statements of LiberoVision for the year 2012.

The consideration for the first 60% of the issued share capital of LiberoVision shall be CHF 6 million (approx. USD 6.12 million) and may be increased by an additional 1 CHF million (approx. USD 1.02 million) should the EBIT for the year 2010 of LiberoVision more

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JVC TO HOST THX CALIBRATION CERTIFICATION WORKSHOP

WAYNE, NJ – JVC Professional Products Company will host a THX® Professional Video Systems Calibration certification workshop Dec. 7-9, 2010, at its facility in Cypress, Calif. The three-day workshop includes two days of hands-on calibrating exercises, where students will work with professional calibration equipment on more than a dozen different displays, including LCD and plasma panels, DLP and LCD projectors, high-end video processors, and a variety of Blu-ray and DVD players.

Once certified, THX trained Professional Video Systems Calibrators can use the prestigious THX mark for advertising and offer THX Calibrated Display services to their customers as a premium offering. Certified calibrators also receive a “THX Calibrated? plaque and certificate, as well as an exclusive listing on the THX.com Web site. Plus, students who complete the course receive are registered to access the THX Video Calibrators’ forum, a unique online community with key industry information and a Q&A forum more

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