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AMEC 2014: Digital Nirvana to Highlight its End-to-End Portfolio of Media Monitoring Solutions

Fremont, CA – Digital Nirvana will showcase a broad portfolio of leading media monitoring solutions at the International Association for Measurement and Evaluation of Communication (AMEC) Summit, June 11-12 in Amsterdam. AMEC is the growing global trade body and professional institute for agencies and practitioners who provide media evaluation and communication research. 2014 marks the second year that Digital Nirvana has been a Silver Sponsor at the event.

Digital Nirvana is an end-to-end service provider specializing in TV and Radio content acquisition, media analysis, and custom reporting for media monitoring companies. Digital Nirvana also provides back-office services, such as media content management, data services, content conversion, tagging and reporting. Its key offerings in the media monitoring space are coding and news report generation, which includes the monitoring, and clipping of TV and radio content from local, national and global news.

“Our comprehensive approach to media monitoring – especially in the area of broadcast monitoring – is what makes us unique,” said Vishnu Beri, COO of Digital Nirvana. “Now media monitoring firms can turn to one source for fast, cost-effective broadcast content acquisition, processing and delivery on a global basis.”

Digital Nirvana will demonstrate services for media analysis, media content management, news report generation, broadcast news summarization, and transcription at the AMEC show. The company also offers a range of products used by leading global broadcasters. These products include the Monitor IQTM Broadcast Monitoring System, AnyStream IQTM Live Stream Monitoring Solution, MediaProTM Content Repurposing System, FIFOProTM Ingest Back-up System and RAD SuiteTM (Repeat Audio Detection Systems.)

Learn more at www.digital-nirvana.com.

About Digital Nirvana

Since 1996, Digital Nirvana has been empowering customers with innovative knowledge management technologies. By combining media and digital technology expertise, Digital Nirvana makes it possible for organizations to streamline operations and gain competitive advantage with advanced product and service offerings. The company’s product portfolio includes the industry-leading Monitor IQ broadcast monitoring system, AnyStream IQ OTT monitoring solution, and the MediaPro content repurposing system. A comprehensive service portfolio includes media monitoring and analysis, market intelligence and analytics, and learning management services. Digital Nirvana is headquartered in Fremont, California with offices in Hyderabad and Coimbatore, India. For more information visit http://www.digital-nirvana.com.

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New PESA Xstream C22 Compact Streaming System Offers Flexible AV Configurations for Sharing Content

Huntsville, Alabama – PESA, a leading designer and manufacturer of professional audio and video distribution solutions, will introduce its PESA Xstream C22 compact streaming system at InfoComm 2014 (Booth C6014), which runs June 18-20 in Las Vegas, Nev. The latest addition to the PESA Xstream family of multi-channel HD IP streaming devices, the C22 includes I/O options for standalone streaming applications or as part of a larger hybrid broadcast system.

The C22 can be configured as a two port video encoder or two port decoder, orcan include one of each. It includes HDMI, coax and Ethernet (for an IP-based camera) video inputs, and optional SFP modules allow multiple configurations (fiber, HD-BNC, A-to-D, D-to-A and other SFP modules) for expanded connectivity. The C22 also supports two external audio sources, which can be synchronized to either or both video streams during an event.

With built-in genlock, video signals can be locked to an external source for glitch-free video switching in broadcast and pro AV applications. An HDMI out allows for local preview, while an integrated Web server allows full remote control, so no personnel are required on site for streaming content to a production facility.

“The PESA XStream C22 is an affordable streaming solution for so many markets, including medical or educational applications, justice and government, security and first responders, and sports and entertainment production. The dollar-to-stream value is significant, especially compared to other products that only offer one video stream,” said Chris Thomas, PESA vice president of engineering and CTO. “It’s a great standalone solution or it can be used with other routing equipment to share content between facilities.”

Multiple C22 units can be used to allow AV professionals to compress, stream and share high-quality content between locations and enable streaming in existing video distribution. The C22 is also an ideal bi-directional content sharing solution. Two C22 units can be configured with one encoder to send video and one decoder to receive video, allowing live interaction between sites.

The PESA Xstream C22 will be available this summer.

About PESA

As a leading provider of audio/video (A/V) Baseband and IP connectivity products, PESA offers a wide selection of multi-path streaming products, routing switchers, matrix switchers, extenders, converters, media extenders, and signal processing gear to support government, military, industrial, commercial, medical, broadcast, and mobile truck applications. From large to small-scale A/V routing and extender products to multiple IP streaming appliances, PESA offers a diverse suite of AV products, all of which are supported by 24/7 technical support. PESA is located in Huntsville, Ala., with regional sales offices throughout North America and China. Our cost effective solutions are available around the world through our industry leading team of Channel Partners offering local support and installation. All products mentioned herein are trademarked property. Learn more about us at www.pesa.com and www.pesaxstream.com. Follow us on Twitter: @PESA_ONLINE.

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Miami’s 1300 Studios Keeps Hot Shoots Cool with Zylight

LOS ANGELES – Denis Lauzon has built a 30-year career in advertising, still photography and video production. As the co-owner of 1300 Studios, a full service studio in Miami, he has built a production and rental facility designed to accommodate the needs of professionals and their crews.

The facility includes a 12-person conference room equipped with a 90-inch studio monitor, lounge that doubles as a green room with a 60-inch monitor, three-station hair and makeup room with daylight-balanced lighting, kitchen for food-based projects, and reception area. Plus, there are a number of industrial spaces for various types of location shooting surrounding the studio, as well as five acres of open space for exterior shoots.

In the 30×40-foot studio, Lauzon has taken the necessary steps to limit his time on a ladder. He keeps four Zylight IS3c LED large panel lights mounted on the lighting grid, two of which are used to color the cyc. Lauzon uses the Zylight Remote to wirelessly adjust the color and intensity of the IS3c lights on the grid. (The lights can also be controlled via DMX through XLR connectors.)

All Zylight lighting instruments feature Zylink wireless technology, which allows remote control of all functions, including color hue and saturation, color temperature, and brightness. Plus, Zylights that are linked together adjust simultaneously for uniform results.

Recently, Lauzon was approached by a client who wanted to match the background to precise logo colors, which Lauzon was able to accomplish quickly without gels or filters. During a music video shoot, Lauzon used the Zylight

Remote to dynamically change the background color of the cyc during the recording artist’s performance. “The whole wall was lit and changing color,” Lauzon explained. “It looked great.”

Despite pre-planning, performers can cause problems with chromakey by the choice of color. Lauzon has programmed two memory presets on the IS3c lights – blue and greenscreen – so it is easy to accommodate last minute changes. “Wardrobe and hair color dictate chromakey,” Lauzon explained. “To fix the issue, we press the button. There’s no repainting backdrops.”

Now, the only time Lauzon has to get on the ladder is to adjust his IS3cs is to flip the instruments for lens flare effects in music videos. The IS3c’s advanced color mixing system provides rich, accurate color rendition, while its 90-degree spread makes it an ideal soft light for widescreen shots.

1300 Studios owns seven IS3c lights with soft boxes, available for rental, plus two F8 LED Fresnels (one daylight balanced and one tungsten) and one Z90 compact LED light. Lauzon said the IS3c is great on location, and he has been impressed with the F8 LED Fresnel, which collapses to less than for inches thick for easy transport. “There’s no other Fresnel like that,” Lauzon said. “The industry is definitely changing toward LEDs. There are other brands out there, but Zylight has the best features we were looking for in one package.”

ABOUT 1300 STUDIOS

Located in Miami, 1300 Studios is one of the finest full-service digital photography and video studio rental facilities in South Florida. Our seasoned professional staff ensures a flawless production in a comfortable atmosphere you will appreciate. Contact us at (305) 628-0000 or visit www.1300studios.com.

ABOUT ZYLIGHT LLC

Founded in 2003, Zylight LLC is the leading manufacturer of intelligent LED lighting instruments for the film and video production industry. Every model in its easy-to-use lighting system produces fully calibrated bright white light, while some also provide a spectrum of adjustable colors without gels. Full wireless control and DMX integration are included, and AC or DC power options are available. The Zylight state-of-the-art LED system is truly the most unique and flexible lighting system on the market today. With more than 50 dealers worldwide, Zylight continues to develop innovative LED lighting solutions to help make your job easier. More Than Bright – Zylight. Find out more at www.zylight.com.

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Trevisans Supplies Stations and Producers for the World Cup in Brazil

Trevisan’s Lens division is supplying the latest high-quality optics for TV stations and producers in Brazil to cover this summer’s World Cup, including the Cabrio Series. Trevisan’s has been the official representative of FUJINON lenses for the past 30 years.

The World Cup will be broadcast live to millions of viewers. The importance of this premier annual event means our customers need the best possible lenses to cover this event.

“FUJINON lenses are the most robust, resistent, and produce the best results on big events,” said Flavia Trevisan, Owner, Trevisans.

Trevisan offers nationwide service with support centers in São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro and has the best optical specialists in the country.

Trevisan’s Lens São Paulo

55 (11) 4508-5650

Rua Brigadeiro Jordão 113 – Ipiranga – São Paulo / SP – CEP 04210-000

Trevisan’s Lens Rio de Janeiro

55 (21) 2147-1570 / 1573

Av das Américas 500 bl 8 sala 255 – Barra da Tijuca – Rio de Janeiro / RJ – CEP 22640-100

For more on Trevisan’s Lens access: www.trevisans.com.br

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FOR-A to Highlight Product Range at Telemundo – Expo Cine Video Television Show 2014

Cypress, CA – FOR-A Corporation of America announces plans to exhibit at this week’s Telemundo – Expo Cine Video Television Show. The company will showcase an array of its video and audio solutions in booth B-3. The show takes place June 3-6 at the Mexico World Trade Center in Mexico City.

FOR-A will display a selection of its cost effective video switchers, including the HVS-390HS and HVS-XT110 units. The popular HVS-390HS is a 1 M/E – 2.5 M/E switcher that features advanced AUX technology, offering the capability of a virtual six M/E switcher. First introduced last year, the HVS-XT110 is a portable video switcher that features a compact, integrated design. The HVS-XT110 includes frame synchronization, multi-viewer capability, re-sizing engine, and DVE and keyer with chroma key. Two freely assignable Keyers and DSKs channels come standard with the unit.

The company will also showcase its LTR-120HS video archiving recorder. Designed to enable “archive at ingest” solutions, the LTR-120HS records video footage as an MXF file in real time.

FOR-A’s MV-1620HS HD/SD high-resolution multi viewer will also be shown. The MV-1620HS is equipped with a wealth of features, including PC-based software that enables users to easily create screen layout, embedded audio level display for up to 16 channels per input, and title display of up to 16 characters per input.

Signal processors, including the award-winning FA-1010 unit, will be on hand at Telemundo. With 10 video inputs and outputs, the FA-1010 offers multi-channel routing between sources as well as effective video and audio signal processing for line, relay, reporting, production, editing, and delivery applications. The FA-9520 3G/HD/SD dual channel multipurpose unit will also be on display. The FA-9520 is suited for a variety of applications, including master control, mobile production, post production services and live production.

FOR-A will also show Fujitsu’s IP-920 encoder/decoder equipment. Employing the latest compression tools and image processing algorithms to provide best-in-class video fidelity, the IP-920 encoder/decoder equipment is capable of operating at less than 99ms back-to-back latency and features robust error correction. FOR-A is the sole distributor of Fujitsu encoders and decoders in North America.

Additionally, FOR-A’s lightweight, compact VTW-330HS HD/SD character generator will be showcased. Ideal for relay applications, the VTS-330HS offers a rich array of drawing functions, more than 260 transition functions, template control and general-purpose file interface.

“Telemundo is a great event that annually attracts many top industry professionals,” said Mario Rodriguez, FOR-A’s Latin American Sales Manager. “FOR-A is always striving to strengthen its presence in the Latin American region, and we’re looking forward to showcasing our product line at this year’s show.”

About FOR-A

FOR-A is a major manufacturer and distributor of video and audio systems to the broadcast, postproduction and professional video markets. For more information about FOR-A’s product line, call 714-894-3311 or visit our web site at www.for-a.com.

Broadcast Pix Anchors New HD Production System for Tampa Bay Rowdies TV Broadcasts

Billerica, Massachusetts – Before the start of the 2014 season, the Tampa Bay Rowdies negotiated broadcast rights for all 13 of its Saturday night home soccer matches. As a result, it was time for the team to upgrade its SD production facilities at Al Lang Stadium in St. Petersburg, Fla. The new HD production includes a four-camera setup, custom animated graphics and a Broadcast Pix™ Granite™ 1000 integrated production switcher.

Hi-Tech Enterprises in Clearwater, Fla., was the integrator for the project. According to Ed Griswold, Hi-Tech engineer, the new control room was built in about three weeks, and the system was operational in time for the first Rowdies home game on April 12.

Since the Rowdies began calling Al Lang Stadium home in 2010, VideoArt Productions of Palm Harbor, Fla., has been providing live coverage of their matches. Established in 1982, VideoArt has produced thousands of hours of live programming, and worked with a number of Florida-based professional sports teams and content providers.

The first three seasons were produced exclusively for a Web audience, but this season’s Rowdies contests are also broadcast on WTTA, the MyNetworkTV affiliate in the Tampa/St. Petersburg market (DMA #14). All matches are also streamed to the North American Soccer League’s live streaming site, NASLlive.com, and some are streamed to ESPN3’s Web site.

Art Dryce, president of VideoArt, handled directing, TD, graphics, and commercial and replay roll-ins for the first three seasons. With the move to HD production and the added complexities for broadcast television, however, he did not want the new setup to be another one-man control room. Instead, he wanted a system that could support separate positions for a TD and graphics operator.

The upgraded control room is located in a dedicated area of the stadium’s press box. The typical Rowdies production features two high midfield cameras – one is the main game camera and the second handles tight action follow shots – as well as a sideline camera and end zone camera. The cameras are connected via fiber, which allows for an extremely high quality video signal to the Broadcast Pix system, Dryce said. Productions also include animated graphics, which are stored in the Granite’s built-in clip server, and instant replay. Video Art provides all crew members during production.

The new Granite system replaced a Stream Breeze Pro, which is now tasked with encoding the broadcast (and changing some ad content) for the Web. Griswold said the Broadcast Pix created a “more traditional workflow” for the on-air broadcasts.

Dryce still produces and directs, but Tom Sipos, vice president of VideoArt, handles TD duties for Rowdies broadcasts. A graphics operator shares the system with Sipos, but each work station has its own monitor, populated by Granite’s built-in Fluent-View customizable multi-view. Griswold is also on site to monitor the broadcast signal and provide engineering support.

The graphics operator uses Fluent Rapid CG is used to update the on-screen clock and scoreboard during matches. Ideal for sports coverage, the Fluent Rapid CG™ option for Broadcast Pix systems streamlines the creation of data-intensive CG graphics. By automatically integrating databases, RSS feeds, cloud-based content and custom actions like scorekeeping into templates, Fluent Rapid CG produces customized graphics with significantly less manual effort.

“The system was easy to learn to use, and is easy to operate during our show,” Dryce said. “It has met the expectations we had for our production flow, capability and quality, and with every game we continue to learn new things. It is a powerful production tool. We’re very impressed.”

About Broadcast Pix Founded in 2002, Broadcast Pix is the leader in integrated production switchers, with customers in more than 110 countries. Available in several configurations, from compact systems with end-to-end integration to large-scale systems for high-end live productions, Broadcast Pix switchers include CG, dual clip stores, file-based macros, external control software, and customizable multi-view and virtual sets with patented control options. Broadcast Pix also offers ReVue next generation slow motion systems, fX3D real-time 3D graphics, Rapid CG dynamic graphic playout software, and VOX voice-automated live video production, each designed to enhance our highly integrated live production switchers. Customers include leading broadcast, corporate, education, government, religious, sports, streaming, and visual radio studios. Learn more at www.broadcastpix.com.

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Broadcast Pix Introduces VOX Lite Voice-Automated Control for Smaller Productions

Billerica, Massachusetts – Broadcast Pix™ today announced VOX™ Lite, a small-scale version of its popular VOX voice-automated production option that works with any Flint™, Granite™ or Mica™ integrated production switcher. It will be demonstrated at InfoComm 2014 (C5737), which runs June 18-20 in Las Vegas, Nev.

Since it was introduced in 2011, VOX has become a popular automated solution for visual radio, as well as government and corporate meetings for television,Internet, and in-house projection. VOX and VOX Lite eliminate the need for an operator for live productions, as sophisticated software detects which microphone is in use and switches cameras for automatic video-follow-audio productions.

Using the power of Broadcast Pix’s built-in Fluent™ Macros, VOX Lite can also add or remove graphics, roll clips and animations, execute complex PiP compositions, and incorporate information from external data sources like Twitter to create an appealing visual experience. Multiple macros can be assigned to each microphone – and selection criteria can be established – to create varied shot selection and graphics. Conditions can be set to prevent coughs or one-word comments from triggering camera changes. Other features include manual override and the ability to prioritize microphones.

Both VOX models feature a 1RU breakout box hardware interface. VOX features eight microphone inputs, and multiple VOX boxes can be cascaded to support up to 104 microphones. VOX Lite supports four microphones. Both versions include camera control software for Panasonic and Sony robotic cameras.

“For productions with limited resources, VOX Lite offers automated audio-follow-video functionality at an incredible price point,” said Steve Ellis, general manager, Broadcast Pix. “It’s a great way for local radio stations to stream video to the Web or small towns that want to improve meeting coverage without increasing staff requirements.”

VOX Lite has an MSRP of $3,500, which includes the breakout box and software. For a limited time, VOX Lite is available as part of a bundled package with the entry-level Flint LE, which supports three HDMI or analog inputs, for $9,995. VOX Lite can also be bundled with Flint LX (four SDI or HDMI inputs) for $12,495 or Flint LS (six inputs in multiple configurations) for $15,495 through June 30. All three Flint models include two additional network inputs, which are ideal for presentations and Web-based content from remote computers, as well as an internal audio mixer.

About Broadcast Pix Founded in 2002, Broadcast Pix is the leader in integrated production switchers, with customers in more than 110 countries. Available in several configurations, from compact systems with end-to-end integration to large-scale systems for high-end live productions, Broadcast Pix switchers include CG, dual clip stores, file-based macros, external control software, and customizable multi-view and virtual sets with patented control options. Broadcast Pix also offers ReVue next generation slow motion systems, fX3D real-time 3D graphics, Rapid CG dynamic graphic playout software, and VOX voice-automated live video production, each designed to enhance our highly integrated live production switchers. Customers include leading broadcast, corporate, education, government, religious, sports, streaming, and visual radio studios. Learn more at www.broadcastpix.com.

Broadcast Pix, Flint, Fluent, Granite, Mica and VOX are trademarks of Broadcast Pix, Inc. Patented. Made in USA.

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Portability and Performance of New FOR-A XT Series Switchers Gains Attention of Schools, Churches, Production Co’s and Major Broadcasters

Cypress, CA – Since its introduction into the market last year, FOR-A’s HVS-XT video production switcher series has proven a popular fit for a wide range of applications. Current customers of FOR-A XT Series switchers include: schools, houses of worship, production companies and major broadcasting networks.

The HVS-XT100 comes with a separate main unit and control panel, while the HVS-XT110 features a compact, integrated design. Both units include: mixed HD/SD input, frame synchronization, multi-viewer capability, re-sizing engine, 2.5D wipe effects, DVE and keyer with chroma key. Two freely assignable Keyers and DSKs channels also come standard. A built-in Web server allows users to adjust settings from a PC or a tablet.

Some of the new XT users are existing FOR-A customers looking to capitalize on the portability and performance of these new switchers. Arizona-based Sun Valley Community Church began using a FOR-A HVS-300HS switcher three years ago for its transition to HD production. The church has three locations, and uses the HVS-300HS in its original campus in Gilbert, AZ. When the time came to select a switcher for one of their newer campuses, the church had FOR-A’s products in top-of-mind. Sun Valley selected a FOR-A HVS-XT100 and has been successfully using it since last September.

“We were very happy with the performance of our FOR-A HVS-300HS switcher, so it was a simple choice to stay in the FOR-A family and purchase another one of their units for our newer location,” said Greg Gardner, Sun Valley’s Video Technical Director. “We went with the HVS XT-100 because of its new features, particularly the ability to assign one of the keys to any of the aux channels and reposition and resize the key as desired. I’ve also found its Web browser capabilities to be extremely useful in our productions.”

FOR-A’s HVS-XT series is also being used for higher learning. A computer science institute at the University of California, Berkeley has been relying on the HVS-XT100 since late last summer for production of workshops and lectures, which are streamed and archived online.

“I appreciate the ease of use that the HVS-XT100 affords,” said Omied Far, UC Berkeley’s switcher operator. “I’ve quickly learned the ins and outs of the switcher, and it helps me to provide smooth, live video to viewers around the world.”

Broadcast equipment rental and production service company Clark Media has been utilizing XT series switchers to provide its corporate, video production company, and broadcast network customers with custom designed solutions. The Bethlehem, PA-based company recently purchased three HVS-XT100 switchers and one HVS-XT110 unit. Dedicated to providing the top technology to its customers, Clark Media plans to rent the FOR-A switchers out in flypacks.

California-based RBL Engineering is one of many video production companies that count on the FOR-A HVS-XT switcher. Part of RBL Engineering’s business is corporate AV event production. The company has been relying on the HVS-XT110 for its multi-camera productions since last fall, and they recently purchased another HVS-XT110 switcher for upcoming projects.

“Portability was a key consideration for us in choosing this switcher,” said company president Bob Bolling. “The size of the HVS-XT110 was a major plus, as we need to be able to easily transport the unit. The HVS-XT110 is the only switcher in its price range that enables dissolve for screen switch, and we appreciate being able to have one switcher control eight outputs with different sources. Its 1080p upgradeable option was also a big perk, as we were looking for a future-proof switcher.”

RBL Engineering recently used the HVS-XT110 for camera switching at a keynote to an audience of 5,000 in San Jose, CA. The RBL Engineering team also took the HVS-XT110 on a plane to Hong Kong to provide I-MAG support and live streaming.

FOR-A’s Latin American customers continue to rely on its technology with use of XT Series switchers, particularly to benefit their live production environments. Brazilian video services provider Casablanca Online, Argentina’s TyC Sports, and Mexico-based mass multimedia company Televisa are all users of HVS-XT switchers.

About FOR-A

FOR-A is a major manufacturer and distributor of video and audio systems to the broadcast, postproduction and professional video markets. For more information about FOR-A’s product line, call 714-894-3311 or visit our web site at www.for-a.com.

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Advanced Systems Group Welcomes New Additions to Engineering Team

EMERYVILLE, CALIF. – Advanced Systems Group (ASG), a leading data, video, audio and film integration firm, today announced the addition of Gary Schneider, Keith Pintner and Chris Sullivan to its engineering team, effective April 1. All three are veterans of Media Vision Integration (MVI), a California-based professional AV systems integrator, with extensive experience in

Keith Pintner

designing and building broadcast, film, and post-production facilities, high-end boardrooms and briefing centers, and other specialized AV systems.

For more than 16 years, Schneider served as president and CEO of MVI. Before he established MVI, he worked for nine years as an engineer and project manager for David Carroll Electronics, where he served as the systems engineer for a custom audio system for the U.S. Senate.

Pintner spent 14 years at MVI as a senior project manager and system engineer, where he worked on projects for Apple, Pixar Animation Studios and ENG Mobile Systems. Previously, he began his eight-year career at David Carroll Electronics as an installation technician, and was quickly promoted to support engineer and project manager.

Sullivan was a systems engineer at MVI for six years, working on projects for a number of high profile companies, including LinkedIn, Dreamworks Animation and Lucasfilm. Independently, he has produced promotional videos for the California wine industry since 2009, and previously served as a stage manager and machine room operator for American Zoetrope for nine years.

“It is rare for a company to have the opportunity to welcome three employees with this level of engineering expertise at the same time,” said Dave Van Hoy, president, ASG. “We are very pleased to add Gary, Keith and Chris to the ASG team, and we look forward to adding their talents to our upcoming projects.”

Schneider, Pintner and Sullivan are based out of the company’s main office in Emeryville. Contact them at 510-654-8300 or via e-mail at gds@asgllc.com, kpintner@asgllc.com and csullivan@asgllc.com.

About ASG:

Based in Northern California with offices in the Northwest, Southern California and New York City, Advanced Systems Group LLC of Emeryville, Calif., has provided engineering, systems, integration, support and training to the broadcast, film, creative and corporate video markets since 1997. With unmatched experience in high-speed shared storage, media asset management, archiving, editing, color and VFX systems, ASG has become one of largest installers of post-production and shared storage systems on the West Coast. The ASG team is highly focused on customer success, and has installed and supported more than 300 SANs, production and post-production systems. For more information, visit www.asgllc.com or call 510-654-8300.

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FOR-A to Highlight New Version of FT-ONE 4K Super Slow Mo Camera and File Converter at Cine Gear Expo 2014

Cypress, CA – FOR-A Corporation of America plans to showcase the newest version of its FT-ONE full 4K super slow motion camera at the upcoming Cine Gear Expo, taking place June 5-8 at The Studios at Paramount in Hollywood. FOR-A will be in Booth #317, where they will also display the FT-1READ – a RAW data to DPX converter available with the FT-ONE camera.

The new version of the FT-ONE offers fiber I/O connections built directly into the unit for ease of use when shooting from the field. The FT-1READ is an option available with the FT-ONE for easy file conversion. The FT-1READ takes the RAW data from the SSD drives, imports all recorded info, and converts it to a DPX file, which is a common file format for editing and color grading.

The FT-ONE has been used in a variety of sports broadcast and digital cinematography applications, including professional football, boxing, automobile racing, ice cross downhill, and wakeboarding events, as well as a NASA rocket launch. The camera has been the recipient of multiple industry awards, including a 2012 IBC Show STAR Award from TV Technology Europe, TVB Europe’s Best of IBC 2012 Award, and most recently, a 2013 Government Video Salute at GV Expo.

The FT-ONE employs FOR-A’s high-sensitivity CMOS color sensor, “FT1-CMOS,” and plays back full 4K (4096 x 2160 pixels). One output channel can provide QFHD (four 1080p 3G-SDI) outputs, while the other output channel provides down-converted HD-SDI for live viewing and play back. The FT-ONE captures images as uncompressed raw data on the system’s internal memory, which has a recording capacity of 9.4 seconds. This data is then stored on one of two hot-swappable SSD cartridges, each of which is capable of storing 84 seconds of full 4K resolution images at 900 fps.

“We’re very excited to showcase this new version of the FT-ONE camera at Cine Gear – the event where we chose to launch this groundbreaking camera two years ago,” said Hiro Tanoue, President, FOR-A Corporation of America. “Cine Gear Expo continually attracts major players in high-end entertainment production. We’re offering the FT-ONE with fiber connections built into the unit, making it easier when the production calls for the camera to be used a far distance away from the base station.”

Cine Gear Expo is the premier film, video, and digital media expo for the entertainment industry, and is the largest event of its kind. 2014 marks the conference’s 18th year.

About FOR-A

FOR-A is a major manufacturer and distributor of video and audio systems to the broadcast, postproduction and professional video markets. For more information about FOR-A’s product line, call 714-894-3311 or visit our web site at www.for-a.com.

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