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Vermont Public Television Selects Four Hitachi SK-HD1000 HDTV Cameras for Hi-Def Studio Production Upgrade

WOODBURY, NEW YORK – Vermont Public Television (VPT)— Vermont’s statewide PBS network —purchased four new Hitachi SK-HD1000 digital HDTV studio cameras as part of an extensive HDTV production upgrade at its Colchester, VT broadcast television facility.

“We chose the Hitachi SK-HD1000 after a year of exhaustive, comparative research and testing of all major HDTV studio cameras on the market,? said Joseph Tymecki, CPBE, Chief Technology Officer, Vermont Public Television. “Since the cameras replaced four older analog studio cameras that’d been in service for nearly 20 years, we wanted to be sure we were ordering studio cameras that would serve us well into the future. We feel that these Hitachi cameras are the perfect fit for our facility.?

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“The picture quality is just stunning,? added Tymecki. “After we first put them on the air to cover the inauguration of more

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Travel Channel Moves Forward with Broadway Systems for Ad Sales Operations

Grand Rapids, Mich. – Broadway Systems, the leading provider of advertising management software for cable networks, announced today that Scripps Networks is using Broadway’s end-to-end software platform to help manage program scheduling, advertising sales, traffic, and billing for Travel Channel. The cable network went live with Broadway last March.

“Because Scripps already used Broadway to help manage these systems and processes at all their other cable networks, they wanted that same platform for Travel Channel,? said John Sorensen, president of Broadway Systems. “Within a limited window of time, we were able to provide Scripps with an efficient migration path for Travel Channel’s operations.?

Broadway worked with Scripps to convert the historical and operational data from two different systems to the Broadway platform. As part of the project, Broadway created a series of tools to assist with Travel Channel’s data migration, which began in late 2009.

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ADVANCED SYSTEMS GROUP OFFERS ‘LUNCH & LEARN’ SEMINAR ON HIGH PERFORMANCE SAN SYSTEMS AND ARCHIVES

EMERYVILLE, CALIF. – Advanced Systems Group (ASG), a leading West Coast video and film integration firm, will present an ASG Lunch & Learn seminar focused on high performance storage area networks (SANs) and archives on Thursday, March 10, 2011. The free seminar, “Need High Performance, Scalable, Flexible Workflows with Efficient Archiving?? runs from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Morton’s The Steakhouse at 400 Post St. in San Francisco. Lunch will be served, and all attendees will be included in a drawing to win an Apple iPad.

The one-hour morning session will explain how a SAN file system provides file creation, storage, and sharing. After lunch, the discussion will concentrate on how data management software can simplify archiving. Both sessions will include recommendations on how attendees can implement their own strategies for data lifecycle management.

“A combined strategy of using a Quantum StorNext SAN file system and data more

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Broadway Systems to Introduce Version 7.0 Software at NAB 2011

Grand Rapids, Mich. – Broadway Systems, the leading provider of advertising management software for cable networks, will unveil Version 7.0 of its software at the 2011 NAB Show, which runs April 11-14 at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nev. (Booth N3421). Broadway 7.0 features significant enhancements including a newly engineered Deal Management Cockpit, as well as Broadway IQ, a module that leverages real-time operational data to help improve advertising yields.

“Broadway already delivers the only proven end-to-end platform for managing a cable network’s advertising business,? explained John Sorensen, president of Broadway Systems. “Version 7.0 builds upon this foundation to help our customers further improve their advertising yields, operating efficiencies, and cross-platform management.?

With its intuitive, configurable interface, Broadway’s newly engineered Deal Management Cockpit helps cable networks easily manage deal complexities. From a single screen, users get a “360-degree view? of all deal-related information, so it’s more

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T-VIPS Increases Operator Efficiency through NAB launch of Products and Innovative Functionality

NAB to see T-VIPS provide new functionality for broadcasters, operators, digital film post-production and distribution of alternative content to movie theaters (NAB booth: SU7807)

Oslo, Norway – T-VIPS, a global leader in professional video contribution and distribution solutions, today announces that NAB 2011 will see new functionality and products launched across its product ranges: video transport; monitoring & switching; and transport stream processing & remultiplexing. The company’s on-booth demonstrations will show how the company is enabling broadcasters and operators to save time, money and resources by increasing operational efficiency and reliability, reducing the requirement for capital investment and through simplifying workflows. The new product introductions at NAB will include the CP546 Transport Steam Monitor, a powerful tool for the continuous monitoring of transport streams, services, PID’s and PSI/SI/PSIP tables, ensuring fast fault detection and diagnostics.

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FUJINON LENSES DRIVE THE ALL MOBILE VIDEO 3D TRUCK

WAYNE, N.J. – All Mobile Video (AMV) recently furnished its Epic 3D mobile production unit with lenses from FUJIFILM North America Corporation, Optical Devices Division for use on Sony HDC1500 Series cameras and Sony HDC-P1 cameras on 3ality Digital 3D stereoscopic rigs. The Epic 3D features six Fujinon HA23x7.6BERM HD Premier Series ENG-Style telephoto lenses and 12 Fujinon HAs18x7.6BRM Premier Series HD ENG-Style telephoto lenses. Each 3D rig on the truck includes two lenses for stereoscopic 3D production. There are six 3ality Digital 3flex 3D camera rigs on the Epic 3D truck – four TS-2 Studio Beamsplitter rigs and two TS-4 Side-by-Side rigs.

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The 3D engineers who worked the rigs and other AMV 3D camera equipment have been enthusiastic about their experience with the new Fujinon lenses. “They were ecstatic with how well the lenses lined up with each other,? said more

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SUNY Fredonia Student Station WNYF Installs Broadcast Pix Granite 1000 for Transition to HD Production, File-Based Workflow

Billerica, Massachusetts – For more than 30 years, independent student television station WNYF has been one of the staples on the campus of SUNY Fredonia, which is part of the State University of New York. The station recently installed a Broadcast Pix™ Granite™ 1000 video production system, which has helped usher in a new era of high definition production and file-based workflow.

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According to T. John McCune, multimedia team leader, SUNY Fredonia, the Granite 1000, which was purchased through Audio Video Corporation to replace a Panasonic AG-MX70 switcher, was installed last August in time for the fall semester. McCune said the students are still excited about the new system, because it is easy to use and has improved the quality of productions.

Students produce a variety of original programming, including news, cooking and game shows, campus event coverage, and more

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FUJINON LENSES USED BY RENOWNED DP DANA CHRISTIAANSEN ON JEEP, SUZUKI COMMERCIALS

WAYNE, N.J. – Respected for his work on high-profile automotive commercials, director of photography Dana Christiaansen recently shot commercials for both Jeep and Suzuki with Fujinon Premier PL Zoom Lenses rented from Otto Nemenz International in Los Angeles.

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Christiaansen’s work is held in high regard in the world of commercial cinematography. He’s known for capturing delicate detail on the rugged terrain of challenging car and truck shoots. The Suzuki material was shot for Siltanen and Partners Advertising using the Fujinon PL mount 14.5-45mm T2.0, 18-85mm T.20, and the 75-400mm T2.8-T3.8 zoom lenses on an Arri Alexa digital camera. For Jeep, via Publicis/Leo Burnett, he used the Fujinon Premier Series 18-85mm T2.0 zoom on an ARRI 435 film motion picture camera.

“I still remember the first time I looked through a Fujinon 18-85mm T2.0 lens mounted on an more

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BONFIRE LABS RELIES ON ADVANCED SYSTEMS GROUP FOR SAN UPGRADE

EMERYVILLE, CALIF. – Bonfire Labs, a motion design agency and production studio in San Francisco, conducted a major upgrade of its infrastructure last summer. Most of the project was completed in house, but when it came time to upgrade software on its Quantum StorNext storage area network (SAN), Bonfire Labs turned to Advanced Systems Group (ASG), a leading West Coast video and film integration firm.

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Founded five years ago, Bonfire Labs grew out of Phoenix Editorial, which first opened its doors in 1991. With a staff of 20 people supplemented by a team of freelancers, Bonfire’s creative team relies on Mac Pro workstations equipped with Adobe Creative Suite 5, Apple Final Cut Pro, Autodesk Maya, The Foundry’s NUKE, and MAXON CINEMA 4D. Supplementing these systems are Autodesk Smoke on Linux for finishing and a render farm managed with Uberware’s Smedge.
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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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