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NEP SUPERSHOOTERS ADDS FOR-A FVW-500HS VIDEO WRITERS TO HD PRODUCTION TRUCKS

FORT LEE, NJ – NEP Supershooters, part of Pittsburgh-based NEP Broadcasting, has purchased four (4) FOR-A FVW-500HS Video Writers for several of its HD production and support trailers. The FVW-500HS allows users to draw in real time over SD or HD video through a touch screen interface.

Glen Levine, vice president of mobile engineering, said the FOR-A Video Writer was chosen in April for its robust feature set and moderate price. “We were looking for a telestrator that could work in both HD and SD since we have a number of our customers still televising in SD,? he explained. “This unit switches formats easily with no need for extra aspect ratio converters – it is user friendly.?

NEP’s production trailers cover more than 100 golf events annually for clients including the Golf Channel and ERT (ESPN Regional). Golf Channel’s main support units ST-19, ST-10 and ST-11 are currently more

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LEVA To Host Public Video Surveillance Panel During Annual Training Conference

UK CCTV Expert Deputy Chief Constable Graeme Gerrard to Deliver Keynote Address

(MIDLOTHIAN, TEX.) – The Law Enforcement and Emergency Services Video Association (LEVA) will host a national-level policy discussion on the expansion of public video surveillance during its 20th Anniversary Training Conference in November. The program will include a keynote address from Deputy Chief Constable Graeme Gerrard of Cheshire Constabulary, who is considered the U.K.’s leading police authority on CCTV.

LEVA’s 20th Anniversary Training Conference will be held in Nov. 18-20 in Forth Worth, Tex., at the Fort Worth Hilton. “Public Video Surveillance: CCTV Policy and Operations for Public Safety? will be an all-day event on Nov. 18. In addition, the exhibit hall will be open Nov. 18-19, and pre-conference workshops run Nov. 15-17.

In the last few years, the threat of terrorism has outweighed privacy concerns in the United States. As a result, an unprecedented more

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Broadcast Pix Brings Versatility to LeSEA Productions Denver


Slate 1000 System Improves Studio, Remote Productions for KWHD and KWHS

(Billerica, Massachusetts)- Whether it’s a shoot on location or in the studio, a small truck serves as the control room for LeSEA Productions Denver, a production facility that provides video services for KWHD in Denver and KWHS in Colorado Springs. The compact control room is built around a Broadcast Pix™ Slate™ 1000 integrated production system.

LeSEA Productions Denver produces several programs including Heavenly Sent, which profiles gospel music artists. The program is broadcast internationally on The Word Network, which is available to 60 million homes in the United States and more than 200 countries. Last month, the production team brought its production truck to Olathe, Colo., to provide video support for the large video screens on site during the NightVision Music Festival. And in early August, the truck provided video support for one of the region’s largest more

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ADVANCED BROADCAST SOLUTIONS FORMS STRATEGIC ALLIANCE WITH FAIRLIGHT

SEATAC, WA – Premier systems integration firm Advanced Broadcast Solutions (ABS) recently entered into a strategic alliance with Fairlight AU Pty Ltd, a company providing workflow solutions to the television and film industries. To mark the occasion, ABS hosted a two-day, invitation-only event last month at Microsoft Studios and ABS headquarters to demonstrate Fairlight’s Xynergi Media Production Centre, a high-end audio post production tool for mixing audio and video in surround sound.

“ABS is thrilled to become one of Fairlight’s premier dealers in the Northwest and feel we can effectively increase the presence of Fairlight in this area,? said Mark Siegel, President of ABS. “We consider the technology of Xynergi highly superior to many other mixing systems – and since it interacts well with video, the system provides a smart solution for a variety of production facilities.?

Products from the Fairlight family include the Constellation, Xynergi, and Pyxis more

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SCENIC ROAD PRODUCTIONS SELECTS FUJINON ENG-STYLE HD LENS FOR LOCATION SHOOTS

WAYNE, New Jersey – Scenic Road Productions (SRP), a video production house based in Kansas City, Mo., has selected a Fujinon XA17X7.6BRM ENG-style HD lens as part of its high definition production services for commercials, training and recruitment videos, and other promotional materials for a wide variety of clientele.

Before the official launch of SRP last fall, the Fujinon lens was part of owner Kevin Schwarzenberger’s equipment inventory. “I have a decade of shoots behind me, a large portion of which were shot using Fujinon glass,? he explained. “When I was ready to launch my business and the time came to select a high definition lens, Fujinon was already on my shopping list. Several factors made my final decision to invest in their lens very simple.?

Though a relatively new purchase, the lens has already seen hundreds of production hours and, according to Schwarzenberger, has worked flawlessly throughout more

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Vizrt Provides Dynamic Solutions for Election Coverage throughout Latin America 


Bergen, Norway, Vizrt Ltd. (Oslo Main List: VIZ)- Vizrt announces that several TV stations in Latin America recently relied on Vizrt systems, software and graphics to display voting returns during their election coverage. A system made up of Viz Engine, Vizrt’s powerful renderer; Viz Artist animation and visual effects tool and Viz Trio character generator powered the election graphics.

During this summer, Vizrt customers in Colombia, Mexico, Argentina, Ecuador and Brazil covered their respective election events using Vizrt products. Gizmo studio (www.gizmosite.tv), a Buenos Aires-based service provider and Vizrt partner, used the Vizrt systems to design graphics for Vizrt in Argentina and Mexico.

Gizmo Studio was instrumental in designing and assisting the networks’ development of election shows for Mexico’s Cadena 3 and Argentina’s Artear television network.

Cadena 3, an existing Vizrt customer, had relied upon Vizrt graphics solutions for the past two years. For their election coverage, more

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Technomad Loudspeakers Provide Clear Audio for Shoreline Sightseeing Boat Tours along the Chicago River

Weatherproof construction, pristine audio quality for entertainment and life safety drives customer decision to install Technomad products

BOSTON – Technomad LLC, a leader in weatherproof loudspeakers and audio systems since 1995, announces that its Vernal weatherproof loudspeakers are providing audio for narrated tours by Shoreline Sightseeing of Chicago on the waters of the Chicago River. More than 80 Vernal loudspeakers are installed on 18 boats, broadcasting clear speech with supplemental background music on boats ranging from 15 to 50 feet in length.

Shoreline Sightseeing is the premier boat touring fleet in Chicago, operating tours on the Chicago River and the Great Lakes that give visitors a historical overview of nearby architecture and other attractions. According to Chad Rice, Director of Fleet Management for Shoreline Sightseeing, the live and pre-recorded audio narrations are significant to the tours, and the audio is intelligible from the shoreline as boats pass more

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Broadcast Pix Opens Offices in China

(Billerica, Massachusetts)- Broadcast Pix™ announced today it has established offices in China in cooperation with ADC for distribution and support of its Slate™ integrated production systems. The new offices will be located in Hong Kong, Beijing, and Guangzhou to service resellers, integrators, and customers in the region.

“Producing compelling live video cost effectively is a must for many of our potential clients in China, and Broadcast Pix offers the best value in the market today for live video production,? said Arco Groenenberg, director of sales, Americas and Asia. “Broadcast Pix China will offer local customer support, training and sales support. We are extremely pleased to establish a local presence in this very important growth market.?

Mark Tsang will head up business efforts in Beijing and Guangzhou, while Lewis Ray will work in the Hong Kong office. Broadcast Pix China already has one dealer in Beijing, BLE, and more

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KTWO TRANSITIONS TO HD NEWS WITH NEW JVC GY-HM700 CAMCORDERS

WAYNE, NJ – KTWO, the ABC affiliate serving central Wyoming, transitioned to local news in high definition this month with the help of its new JVC GY-HM700 camcorders. The station produces five newscasts every weekday and two on both Saturday and Sunday, plus a weekly sports program.

Moving to an all-HD newscast and a tapeless workflow were two very significant steps for the station, which is owned by Silverton Broadcasting Co. LLC and serves the Casper-Riverton market (currently DMA #197). According to Terry Lane, chief broadcast engineer, the station doesn’t have the budget of stations in larger markets, so the transition to HD news has been an economic challenge.

This spring, KWTO purchased 10 JVC GY-HM700 camcorders, most of which will be used for ENG work. However, two have been designated as studio cameras. “Even adding a frame sync for each, they were a budget-friendly choice for our more

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DEEP EXPLORERS SELECTS FUJINON WIDE ANGLE LENS TO DOCUMENT ‘GRAVEYARD OF THE ATLANTIC’

Video Crew Chronicles Historic Dive of USS Monitor for NOAA, Rutgers University

WAYNE, NJ –Diving professionals from Deep Explorers used a Fujinon XS13x3.3BRM wide angle lens to document an historic dive off the coast of Cape Hatteras, N.C., in June. In cooperation with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Office of the Marine Sanctuaries and Rutgers University Institute of Marine and Coastal Science, Deep Explorers gathered data on the wreck of the USS Monitor, a U.S. Navy warship that has been resting 230 feet down on the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean for more than 150 years.

The company produced a series of video segments, entitled Graveyard of the Atlantic, which were posted on the NOAA website during the expedition. A Sony PDW F350 XDCAM camera paired with the Fujinon XS13x3.BRM lens served as the primary topside camcorder for recording interviews and stand-ups of divers and more

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