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Ted Whittaker, Co-Founder of Broadcast Pix and Echolab, Passed Away

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Billerica, Massachusetts – Broadcast Pix™ announced today that Ted Whittaker, 80, a co-founder of the company, recently died suddenly. He spent more than 50 years in the television industry, where he also co-founded switcher producer Echolab.

Whittaker served in the U.S Army in radio communications and was awarded three bronze stars in the Korean War. He was a radio technician for United Airlines and for WERS-FM at Emerson College. He made the transition to television at WTAO (now WLVI), Boston’s first UHF station. He then went into sales for Videonix and Shintron. In 1972, he co-founded Echolab, where he was its Sales Manager and President. In 2002, he co-founded Broadcast Pix. He retired in 2005, but continued to serve as a member of its Board of Directors. more

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Vizrt Partners with LiberoVision for 3D Virtual Sports Replay Solution

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

Vizrt (Hall 2, Stand B10), www.vizrt.com, has announced a new partnership with Zurich-based LiberoVision, www.liberovision.com, (Hall 2, Stand C19), a leading global developer of 3D virtual sports enhancements. LiberoVision is integrating its dedicated Libero rendering engine software with Vizrt’s range of content production software. LiberoVision is well known within the sports broadcast community for its Emmy-nominated 3D technology for sports analysis and virtual replays. Customers include ESPN, NBC, BBC, ZDF, Sky Italia and Televisa. more

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ADOBE PREMIERE PRO CREATIVE SUITE 5 UPDATE OFFERS NATIVE FILE SUPPORT FOR .MOV FOOTAGE SHOT WITH JVC PROHD CAMCORDERS

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WAYNE, NJ – JVC Professional Products, a division of JVC U.S.A., today announced the new Adobe® Premiere® Pro CS5 software version 5.0.2 will provide native file support for .MOV files recorded by JVC ProHD camcorders. This version is a free update for Adobe CS5 customers and is available today at http://www.adobe.com/downloads/updates/. more

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JVC INDUCTED INTO WEVA INTERNATIONAL VENDOR HALL OF FAME

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JVC was inducted into the WEVA Hall of Fame during WEVA EXPO last month, and received the Platinum Award in honor of 20 years of supporting the organization. Accepting the award was (left to right) Dwayne Kersey, field sales engineer, Ronnie Heard, district sales manager, and Dave Walton, assistant vice president of marketing and communications.

WAYNE, NJ – JVC Professional Products, a division of JVC U.S.A., was inducted into the Wedding & Event Videographers Association International (WEVA) Vendor Hall of Fame last week during WEVA EXPO 2010 at the Walt Disney World Dolphin Resort in Orlando, Fla. In addition, JVC was a recipient of the Platinum Award, which was given in recognition of 20 consecutive years of exhibitor participation and support for the annual WEVA EXPO Trade Show. more

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MEDIA SOURCE SEES ‘IT’S ALL ABOUT THE GLASS’ WITH THE FUJINON HA16x6.3 BERM HD LENS

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WAYNE, N.J. – When Media Source made the leap to high definition in April 2008, the Memphis-based video production company purchased the Fujinon HA16x6.3 BERM HD lens from FUJIFILM Optical Devices to use with its primary HD cameras: the P2-based Panasonic AJ-HPX3000 and the Panasonic AJ-HDX900 tape-based DVCPRO HD camera. more

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Vizrt Introduces Viz Engine/Artist 3.3 at IBC 2010

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

At IBC 2010, taking place at RAI Amsterdam from September 9-13, 2010, Vizrt, www.vizrt.com, will introduce Viz Engine/Artist 3.3 at its booth: Hall 2, Stand B10. As a leading provider of content production tools for the digital media industry, Vizrt is committed to expanding its systems’ functionality and cost-effective workflow to maximize its customers’ creativity and investment. more

FOR-A: IBC 2010 PRESS PREVIEW

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Stand 2.A51 RAI Amsterdam 10-14 September

Chessington, UK, August 19, 2010 – FOR-A, a leading manufacturer of video and audio systems for the broadcast and professional video industries, is introducing new products that offer practical solutions for today’s video professionals. These range from archiving file-based video to vision mixers and assistance for live 3D acquisition. At the show FOR-A is once again partnering with Brainstorm to present the latest developments in the award-winning VRCAM sensor-less virtual studio. more

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KUSI DEBUTS LOCAL HD NEWS WITH NEW JVC PROHD ENG, STUDIO CAMERAS

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WAYNE, NJ – JVC Professional Products, a division of JVC U.S.A., announced today that KUSI, an independent station serving San Diego (DMA #28), purchased 11 JVC GY-HM700 ProHD camcorders for high definition ENG work. After more than two years of planning, the McKinnon Broadcasting Company station launched its local news in HD on April 1. more

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Vizrt Announces Full Slate of Updated, Real-Time Production Solutions for IBC 2010

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

At IBC this year, Vizrt (Hall 2, Stand B10) will demonstrate its evolution into a company with a thoroughly broad approach and an expanding customer base. With a reputation built on industry-leading graphic solutions for high-profile events, Vizrt now possesses a full range of real-time production tools geared for original programming, sports, elections, news, weather, finance, media asset management, character generation, and online publishing and delivery. more

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AMERICAN COLLEGE OF CARDIOLOGY RELIES ON JVC GY-HM700 PROHD CAMCORDER FOR STUDIO, FIELD PRODUCTIONS

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WAYNE, NJ – JVC Professional Products, a division of JVC U.S.A., announced today that the American College of Cardiology (ACC) is using three JVC GY-HM700 ProHD camcorders to produce CardioSourceVideoNews (CVN), an ongoing collection of educational video news briefs produced for its 39,000 members. CVN produces roughly 600 videos per year that are posted to www.cardiosource.org for the ACC’s membership. more

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