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PACIFIC TELEVISION CENTER INSTALLS FOR-A FRAME RATE CONVERTERS, SWITCHERS AND CLIP SERVER AT ITS LA FACILITY

Los Angeles, CA – Pacific Television Center (PacTV), a leading provider of global transmission and live broadcast production services, has installed several new products from FOR-A Corporation of America at its Los Angeles, CA facility, including: three FRC-7000 HD frame rate converters, two HVS-300RPS 1/ME multi-format production switchers, and one MBP-100SX MXF clip server.

With facilities in Los Angeles, New York, and London, PacTV provides live broadcast production and transmission via satellite and high-speed fiber.

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Live sports telecasts, satellite media tours, and news pool feeds are among the many services PacTV offers. On a typical day, celebrities, authors, and other newsmakers come to PacTV’s Los Angeles studio, sit before the camera, and join live shows on CNN, MSNBC, FOX, among other major broadcast networks to discuss hot topics or plug their latest books and movies.

“The core of our more

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T-VIPS Set to Build on Success in IP and JPEG2000

T-VIPS plans to increase leadership in JPEG2000, IP, Transport Stream Processing and Digital Terrestrial TV in 2011

Oslo, Norway – T-VIPS, a global leader in professional video contribution and distribution solutions, today announces that it is entering 2011 in great shape after experiencing increasing market interest, sales growth and a healthy bottom line in 2010. With an expanding organisation, a strong product portfolio, and industry leadership positions in several sectors including JPEG2000, IP video transport, advanced transport stream processing and 3D contribution, T-VIPS has lined up exciting business and technology plans for 2011.

“We believe that in the current economic climate broadcasters and network operators will continue to demand more from their current video broadcast infrastructure and trim their operations and operating costs. A major reason for our continued success is that we’ve stuck to our principles of listening to our customers, providing solutions to their problems, and more

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JVC INTRODUCES GY-HM750U PROHD CAMCORDER

New HD/SD Compact Shoulder-Mount Model Offers Simultaneous Recording to Two SDHC Cards, Optional ASI Module for Live ENG Microwave Broadcasts

WAYNE, NJ (January 31, 2011) – JVC Professional Products Company, a division of JVC Americas Corp., today introduced the GY-HM750U ProHD compact shoulder-mount camcorder. Ideal for ENG news, sports, documentaries, events, and other location shoots, it offers the industry’s fastest shoot-to-edit workflow by recording native HD or SD footage in ready-to-edit file formats on low-cost SDHC memory cards.

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Equipped with the same 3-CCD imaging system found in the GY-HM790U, JVC’s ProHD flagship camcorder, the GY-HM750U delivers outstanding 1920×1080 images in a small, lightweight form factor. It records at selectable data rates up to 35 Mbps and can record HD footage in 720p, 1080p, and 1080i, as well as SD footage (480i).

Using JVC’s established native file-based workflow, the GY-HM750U more

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Broadcast Pix Adds Fluent Clip Store to Granite Video Production Systems

New Version 1.3 Software Activates 120-Hour HD Clip Store with Stereo Audio

Billerica, Massachusetts – Broadcast Pix™ announced today the release of Granite™ Version 1.3, which adds Fluent™ Clip Store to the live video production system’s suite of built-in workflow tools. The new Fluent Clip Store holds up to 120 hours of HD clips and supports 1920×1080 .MOV and .MP4 files. The upgrade also provides stereo audio output for both Fluent Clip Store and Animation Store.

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“The new Fluent Clip Store is an important milestone for Broadcast Pix,? explained Ken Swanton, president of Broadcast Pix. “Some switchers in the industry feature limited storage for basic animations, but no other company offers a production switcher with a true clip store. With Granite Version 1.3, we are delivering HD clip and animation playback with stereo audio through our unique integrated content more

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DAVID RANDOLPH JOINS ADVANCED SYSTEMS GROUP TECHNICAL SERVICES TEAM

EMERYVILLE, CALIF. – Advanced Systems Group (ASG), a leading West Coast video and film integration firm, has hired David Randolph as part of its Technical Services Team, effective Jan 10. An 18-year veteran engineer in the broadcast, film, and video game industries, he will work directly with clients while performing system installations and training. Randolph will also provide consulting support and equipment recommendations for the ASG sales staff.

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With a wide range of experience in live production, post production, master control operations, and computer graphics, Randolph has worked for G4 Media, Sony Computer Entertainment, and Savannah College of Art and Design, among others. Most recently, he served as broadcast applications engineer at Snader and Associates. His product expertise includes Autodesk, Apple, Avid, storage solutions, and render farms.

“David is a great addition to the ASG team,? said Dave Van Hoy, more

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IP Video Contribution Solutions from T-VIPS Enable Two Top PBS Affiliates to Transmit High-Quality Video in Real-time

Millburn, New Jersey – T-VIPS, a global leader in professional video transport solutions for contribution, distribution and Digital Terrestrial Television today announced that PBS member station WNET selected the T-VIPS TVG420 ASI to IP Gateway solution to transmit the stations’ locally produced programming over an IP network to the PBS Network Operations Center, in Alexandria, VA. WNET/Thirteen in New York, NY is a leading producer of programming for the PBS Network. PBS, the nation’s premiere public broadcasting network, broadcasts four HDTV and eight SDTV services to its network of over 360 member TV stations.

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After encoding the HD video to a 30 Megabit MPEG-2 ASI transport stream, WNET uses the T-VIPS TVG420 ASI to IP Gateway to move the compressed digital video over a high-performance OC 3 IP network to PBS’ network operations center in Alexandria for HDTV broadcast nationwide. At more

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German News Portal General-Anzeiger Bonn Selects Vizrt to Empower Online Future

Schwaz, Austria, Vizrt Ltd. (Oslo Main List: VIZ) – Vizrt Ltd., a world-wide supplier of production tools for the digital media industry, announced today that the German newspaper printing and publishing house, BZV, has selected its Online Content Management System (CMS) to drive the news portal www.general-anzeiger-bonn.de.

Eirik Svendsen, executive VP online, Vizrt, said, “We’re proud to have such a highly regarded newspaper as our next customer in the German market. This deal clearly demonstrates the important role that media-rich functionality plays in the distribution of online content.?

The core of Vizrt’s online system, Escenic Content Engine, will publish content to multiple channels, providing efficient and instant flow of information to websites and channels directly from Escenic Content Studio, the module that enables online design, layout and content creation. Together, Vizrt’s Online Content Management System provides a single production pipeline for text, image and video where dynamic content more

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John McCluskey Joins T-VIPS America as Director of Western Regional Sales

Millburn, New Jersey – T-VIPS America Inc, a leading provider of IP-based video transport solutions for high-end contribution and distribution, today announced that John McCluskey has joined the company as Director of Western Regional Sales. With over 14 years of technical sales experience in the video compression and transmission arena, McCluskey is entrusted with expanding T-VIPS America Inc.’s market share in 14 Western U.S. states and Vancouver, Canada.

In this position, McCluskey’s responsibilities include the management of key accounts, increasing sales in the region, as well as maintaining solid relationships with area business partners and systems integrators.

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McCluskey reports directly to T-VIPS America Inc.’s Vice President and General Manager Joe LoGrasso. “We’re extremely pleased to welcome John to our U.S. sales team,? LoGrasso said. “With his extensive professional experience, management abilities, and knowledge of the Western more

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TV2GO BUYS ADDITIONAL FOR-A FRC-7000 UNITS FOR CONVERSION AND TRANSMISSION OF NFL SEASON TO EUROPE

CYPRESS, Calif., January 20, 2011 – FOR-A, a leading manufacturer of video and audio systems for the broadcast and professional video industries, recently sold two new FRC-7000 HD Frame Rate Converters to TV2GO Inc., an international satellite transmission and video production company. TV2GO has been engaged by Sm2 Sports Media Solutions, hired by the National Football League (NFL), for conversion and transmission of the entire NFL season to Europe, including the upcoming championship game to be played on February 6th.

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“Now, for the first time, all NFL games are distributed internationally in high definition,? said Lawrence Partington, TV2GO partner. “Previously, we were transmitting only selected games to Europe in HD, but the majority were going over in PAL.?

The upcoming NFL championship match marks the fourth year for TV2GO to broadcast that event to Europe using the FOR-A FRC-7000 units. more

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Switzerland’s Top News Portal Opts for Vizrt to Boost Growth

Bergen, Norway, Vizrt Ltd. (Oslo Main List: VIZ) – Vizrt Ltd. supply production tools to the digital media industry and announced today that the Swiss multi-national company, Ringier, has chosen its Escenic Content Management System (CMS) to run its Blick Internet News Portal (www.blick.ch), Switzerland’s most-visited news site.

Martin Burkhalter, CEO of Vizrt, said, “The fact Blick chose our system to provide its core online publishing platform is very rewarding. Market-leaders like Blick have a clear vision of the future. They are very aware that media-rich functionality will play an increasingly important role in the distribution of their online content. It is satisfying to see that their vision matches our own. This deal clearly endorses our investment in the development of efficient workflows, enabling publishers like Blick to accomplish their ambition. ?

Blick will use Escenic Content Engine, Vizrt’s online publishing software, widely used for multi-site publishing. Blick more

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