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Broadcast Pix Delivers 100th Granite Video Production System

Billerica, Massachusetts – Broadcast Pix™ today announced the shipment of its 100th Granite™ live video production system. The 100th unit was purchased by Cisco Systems in October, and is the company’s second Granite system.

Since it began shipping this summer, Granite has been installed in a variety of facilities in more than a dozen countries. Broadcasters include Turner, affiliates of ABC, CBS, NBC and PBS, the American Forces Network, SKY4 TV, and Israel’s Sport 5 sports cable channel. Large corporate users include SAS and 3M. A number of educational institutions have also made the move to Granite, including the University of Virginia, SUNY Fredonia, Pueblo Community College, and Kettering Fairmont High School. Additional installations include Internet entertainment news site TMZ.com, churches like Lone Star Cowboy Church in Montgomery, Texas, and sporting venues like Spokane Arena in Spokane, Wash.

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TV One Replaces Aging Advertising Traffic System with Broadway Systems End-to-End Software Platform

Grand Rapids, Mich. – Broadway Systems, the leading provider of advertising management software for cable networks, announced today that TV One is using Broadway’s end-to-end software platform to manage program scheduling, advertising sales, and traffic and billing. The cable network, which is available in more than 50.4 million households and targets African American adult viewers, went live with the system in late September.

With Broadway’s Sales Planning and Proposal, Traffic and Billing, and Program Management software modules, TV One now has a single solution. As part of the implementation, Broadway also integrated with StorerTV’s SIMS program management software using a BXF interface, and interfaced with the Comcast Media Center’s on-air automation systems.

“Broadway’s implementation team did a great job of handling a very complex integration project enabling us to meet all of our project deadlines,? said Jay Schneider, TV One executive vice president of operations. “Broadway will provide more

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WHYY Drives Up-to-the-Minute Election Results with Broadcast Pix Fluent Rapid CG

Billerica, Massachusetts – WHYY-TV, the PBS member station serving Philadelphia (DMA #4), used the new Fluent™ Rapid CG option with its Broadcast Pix Slate™ 5000 video production system last week to streamline its coverage of live election results. With Rapid CG, the station was able to automatically and seamlessly integrate the AP News Wire feed into its on-air graphics, which provided up-to-the-minute results for several significant political races in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware.

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John Doran, WHYY chief engineer, said the use of Fluent Rapid CG helped speed up the process of posting results while maintaining accuracy. Because WHYY personnel did not have to manually input the information from the feed into the CG, the station was able to avoid typing errors and other delays.

“With Rapid CG, we were able to efficiently handle the AP News Wire feed and more

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FOR-A HVS-300HS SWITCHER MULTITASKS AT MVT PRODUCTIONS CORPORATE EVENTS

CYPRESS, CA – MVT Productions, based in Orange County, Calif., was pleasantly surprised to realize that the FOR-A HVS-300HS HD/SD portable digital video switcher they purchased early in 2010 is twice the switcher they originally thought. At a recent corporate function held at the Anaheim Marriott, MVT produced a live HD-SDI feed for I-MAG (image magnification) while simultaneously sending a separate signal to a hard drive for recording.

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“While working on an annual summit event for a corporate client, we discovered that we have a dual output feature on the HVS-300HS switcher – it splits the content to two locations,? said George Ayrouth, owner of MVT. “What is headed for the record side of the switcher is not necessarily going on the big screen at the live event. It saved us a lot of time, and it saved us from having more

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COLUMBIA COLLEGE CHICAGO INSTALLS JVC DLA-RS35U REFERENCE SERIES PROJECTORS IN SCREENING ROOMS

WAYNE, NJ – JVC Professional Products, a division of JVC U.S.A., today announced that the Department of Film & Video at Columbia College Chicago – one of the largest accredited film schools in the world – has purchased six DLA-RS35U Reference Series projectors for its screening rooms. The move will help standardize presentation workflow for the instructors that use the rooms for a variety of classes, while providing the image quality necessary for critical assessment of student cinematography.

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The Department of Film & Video at Columbia College Chicago renovated its screening rooms with JVC DLA-RS35U Reference Series projectors.

The department, which is housed in the college’s School of Media Arts, began technical renovations for its screening rooms this summer. The proliferation of video formats over the years had led to inconsistent interfaces in the rooms. Rather more

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COX MEDIA GROUP COUNTS ON DIAQUEST QUEMANAGER FOR EFFICIENT GRAPHICS ORDER SYSTEM IN NEWSROOMS

EMERYVILLE, CALIF. – Diaquest Products, a software development firm with a focus on the video and film industries, today announced that Cox Media Group (CMG) has adopted QueManager, a new graphics order management system (OMS) for Apple Final Cut Server 1.5 newsroom systems, to replace its Proximity Artbox installations. The new software add-on, which can be integrated with the station group’s Avid iNews newsroom computer systems and Deko graphics systems, provides an efficient workflow for managing over-the-shoulder and other broadcast graphics.

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QueManager has been or will be installed in seven CMG stations and duopolies by the end of November: KTVU, San Francisco/Oakland/San Jose (DMA #6); WSB, Atlanta (DMA #8); KIRO, Seattle/Tacoma (DMA #13); WFTV/WRDQ, Orlando, Fla. (DMA #19); WPXI, Pittsburgh (DMA #23); WSOC/WAXN, Charlotte, N.C. (DMA #24); and WHIO, Dayton, Ohio (DMA #65). According to Chip Reif, engineering manager for WFTV/WRDQ, more

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U.S. SENATE RECORDING STUDIO UPGRADES SENATORIAL VIDEO TELECONFERENCING CAPABILITIES WITH 18 HITACHI CAMERAS

WOODBURY, NEW YORK –The U.S. Senate Recording Studio, the in-house audio/video service provider for the U.S. Senate, ordered 18 new Hitachi DK-H32 720p/60p compact HDTV camera heads in the summer of 2010 as part of an effort to upgrade the video teleconferencing capabilities within U.S Senator’s offices.

This recent order supplements two previous orders—for 38 DK-H32 cameras acquired between 2007 and 2010; and 18 DK-H31 HDTV cameras acquired between 2006-2007—bringing the total complement of Hitachi 720p/60p cameras up to 74.

Many U.S. senators, who occupy offices near the U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC, use the Hitachi DK-H32 and DK-H31 cameras to video teleconference with their colleagues in the Senate, as well as with constituents in their home states. The U.S. Senate Recording Studio selected the 2/3-inch Hitachi 3-CCD 720p/60p HDTV camera heads because they deliver the best high definition picture quality from a compact and reliable robotic infrastructure more

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Informa plc to Use Viz App Framework to Bring its Leading Publications to Smart Phones and Tablets

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

Vizrt Ltd., a leading provider of content production tools for the digital media industry, today announced an agreement with Informa plc, a UK based publishing company with over 2,500 subscription-based information services in their portfolio, including academic journals, real-time news and structured databases of commercial intelligence. Informa plc will use Vizrt’s new Viz App Framework to publish its leading magazines to portable devices such as iPads and Android smart phones.

Vizrt creates tools for digital media publishing, allowing media houses to publish to multiple platforms using one dedicated content management system. The Viz App Framework is the latest addition to Vizrt’s online and mobile portfolio. It integrates seamlessly with existing Vizrt content management system installations, with Escenic Content Engine as the core application, and allows customers to build native iOS and Android apps that provide a native visual experience for more

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RPR SPORTS BUYS FOR-A HVS-300HS HD/SD PORTABLE SWITCHER AND TWO HVS-3800HS SWITCHERS FOR EXTREME PRODUCTIONS

CYPRESS, CA, November 2, 2010 – RPR Sports, a Los Angeles-based production company for corporate and network clients, built an HD studio from scratch on the beach this past August for the Huntington Beach (US Open of Surf) National Surf Competition. Central to the on-site studio were RPR’s recently purchased FOR-A HVS-300HS HD/SD portable video switcher and two HVS-3800HS HD/SD2M/E digital video switchers with DVE options. According to RPR Sports director of operations Robert Real, the all-in-one functionality and small footprint of the FOR-A switchers make them indispensable for extreme shooting environments such as this.

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“My company does a lot of productions in hazardous situations, often running off a generator,? said Real. “I use FOR-A switchers on location because they have a small footprint and are bulletproof. The HVS-300HS has a built-in multi-viewer – along with other built-in components –so we more

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FOR-A to Demo Video Archiving Recorder at GV Expo 2010

Fort Lee, N.J. – FOR-A, a leading manufacturer of video and audio systems for the broadcast and video production industry, will showcase its new LTO-5 Video Archiving Recorder, the LTR-100HS, and other new products at the upcoming Government Video Expo 2010, which runs Nov. 30 – Dec. 2 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. (Booth 116). Introduced earlier this year, the new recorder supports LTO-5 technology, the latest standard in long-term, high-capacity tape storage, for efficient archiving with reduced space requirements.

“The LTR-100HS plays a major part in our MediaConcierge(tm) system workflow of content management. It will help any agency with video content move into a file-based storage system architecture,? said Mr. Hiro Tanoue, president, FOR-A Corporation of America. “By recording video on tape as files, government facilities can use the new LTR-100HS to build compact, cost effective, and reliable archives.?

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