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VITEC GROUP ACQUIRES CAMERA CORPS AND EXPANDS REMOTE, SPECIALTY CAMERA SOLUTIONS FOR VITEC SERVICES DIVISION

BURBANK, CA, APRIL 11, 2012—Vitec Group Services Division, the leader in providing the highest quality broadcast equipment and engineering support for the most demanding broadcast and media productions, is pleased to announce the addition of U.K.-based Camera Corps Ltd. to its roster of broadcast solutions providers as part of the Vitec Group’s recent acquisition of the company. more

Clear-Com Unveils V-Series Rotary Panels and E-MADI Card for Eclipse at the 2012 NAB Show

Provides Greater Flexibility and Control, Improving Production Workflow

LAS VEGAS, APRIL 10, 2012 ─ Clear-Com, a global leader in critical voice communication systems, will unveil at the 2012 NAB Show (Booth C8008) two additions to its Eclipse digital matrix intercom family, including a new line of V-Series rotary panels and the Eclipse MADI (E-MADI) card. The new V-Series rotary panels provide users with optimal control over audio level adjustments while the E-MADI card supplies 64 MADI channels per card from the Eclipse-Median or Omega digital matrix frames to achieve higher levels of connectivity during production.

V-Series Rotary Panels
The addition of the V-Series rotary panels to the existing V-Series pushbutton and lever key panels presents broadcasters with the widest range of user control key panel options. When using the new V-Series rotary panels, site technicians and more importantly, the production team can quickly and independently adjust system audio levels from one or more audio sources, including external lines, partylines and intercom from other local and remote control panels. They also support faster and easier audio mixing for IFB assignments, enabling a more efficient production workflow in the fast-paced broadcast environment.

Available in 1RU, 2RU, desktop and extension panel variants, the V-Series rotary panels feature push-listen with mix control knob and a separate push-talk button for easy-to-use, intuitive talk-and-listen monitoring. Colored LEDs show keys that are active, who is calling and what the talk key is programmed to do. V-Series rotary panels have a dual use as intercom and/or assignment panels for IFBs, partylines and groups, even when using expansion panels.

E-MADI Card
Designed in a 6RU form like the other frame cards for the Eclipse-Omega and Eclipse-Median, the E-MADI provides connection with standard MADI devices. The new E-MADI card offers full user set-up and can be configured through the Eclipse Configuration Software (ECS) to supply up to 64 full channels of digital four-wire connectivity per card. E-MADI cards are used to route talent and other incoming feeds across the intercom system for monitoring and the insertion of IFB.

Other key features include sample frequency choices of 44.1, 48 and 96 kHz, a selectable channel/port quantity of 32, 48, 56 and 64, VOX on all 64 inputs, a fiber (MM) SFP duplex LC removable transceiver module and BNC MADI in and BNC out. Users can derive channel labels from a third-party device and can use the MADI channels for high-capacity trunking or audio distribution. The E-MADI card can use AES word clock, SD NTSC/PAL video or Tri-level HD.

“The Eclipse is the most comprehensive digital matrix platform in its class with a broad range of system frames and technologically advanced features,” says Simon Browne, Director of Product Management, Clear-Com. “The addition of the V-Series rotary panels and the new E-MADI card to the Eclipse family of products helps broadcasters achieve high productivity more easily”.

About Clear-Com
Clear-Com, an HME company, is a global provider in professional voice communications systems since 1968. We develop and market proven intercom technologies such as Analog & Digital Partyline, Digital Matrix, Wireless and Intercom-over-IP systems for critical communication applications in broadcast, performance venues, military, government and enterprise markets. Recognized for our legacy of intercom innovations, production teams around the world have come to depend on Clear-Com for clear, reliable and scalable communications solutions. For more information, please visit www.clearcom.com.

About HME
HM Electronics, Inc. is a diverse group of companies providing solutions that enhance productivity and customer service in markets including restaurants, sports and professional audio. Founded in 1971, we sell, service and support products in 89 countries worldwide, via company-owned offices in the U.S., Canada, Europe, and China, and an extensive network of HME-authorized distributors, dealers and service agents. Every day quick service restaurants take over 24 million orders using HME systems. With the recent acquisition of Clear-Com, HME is the world’s leading provider of professional intercom systems. To learn more, visit www.hme.com.

FOR-A Introduces Compact HD/SD Frame Rate Converter

Fort Lee, New Jersey – FOR-A Company Limited, a leading manufacturer of video and audio systems for the broadcast and professional video industries, today announced the FRC-30 HD/SD frame rate converter, which will be showcased at the 2012 NAB Show in Las Vegas, April 16-19 (Booth C5219). Packaged in a compact form factor (1 RU high, 1/2 RU wide), the new FRC-30 can be switched between motion compensation and linear conversions to deliver optimal results for various source material.

In motion compensation mode, the FRC-30 detects the motion vector amount of a moving object and generates its motion in frames. In linear conversion mode, frame conversion is based on previous and next frames. Built-in up/down/cross converters deliver SD to HD, HD to SD, and 1080i to 720p conversions as well. The FRC-30 supports several video formats – 1080/59.94i, 1080/50i, 1080/23.98PsF, 720/59.94p, 720/50p, 525/60, and 625/50 – and includes HD/SD-SDI and analog composite I/O.

“The FRC-30 may be compact, but it’s packed with functionality,” said Pedro Silvestre, sales director for FOR-A Corporation of America. “With a choice of conversion modes, it provides outstanding frame rate conversion regardless of content, and offers down, and cross conversion of SD and HD content.”

FOR-A will also show its modular UFM-30FRC frame rate converter, introduced at NAB last year. Designed for installation in FOR-A’s UFM series of universal frames, it also provides a choice of motion compensation or linear conversions, as well as up/down/cross conversion of HD/SD-SDI and analog composite sources at various resolutions and frame rates.

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 201-944-1120 or visit our web site at www.for-a.com.

Seaside Church Revamps Audio System

EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP, New Jersey—St. Thomas The Apostle Church is located in the shore community of Brigantine, New Jersey. During the summer months, the church congregation swells to about 3,000 from approximately 1,000 attendees in the off-season, due to residents that flock to the ocean community from May through September. “The existing church space could not accommodate the increase in congregation, so they decided to expand services by constructing an overflow event center,” states Bobby Harper, V.P. of Sales, ACIR Professional. “ACIR Professional was hired to expand the church audio requirements in order to tie the event center to the main sanctuary through a video and audio feed, as well as to renovate the main sanctuary to accommodate more of the congregation.”

Phase One of the enhancement to St. Thomas The Apostle Church included the installation of a 5.1 audio system for playback of media for non-service affairs, as well as a portable audio and video system to handle church services for overflow, and other events such as weddings, meetings, etc. ACIR accomplished this with the installation of a Yamaha MG series mixer, Eiki Projector, JBL ceiling and wall speakers, JBL portable PRX12M and PRX18 speakers, and Sennheiser wireless microphones. “The church budget was influential in the requirement criteria,” says Harper. “The combination of equipment used fulfilled the budget requirements as well as the quality and portability requirements.”

Phase Two was to renovate the existing sanctuary. The interior of the church was modified slightly with the addition of Naves on Altar L+R. The entire floor was converted from carpet to marble, so an affordable, yet highly intelligible distributed speaker system from Community Professional was used. This system is also driven by a Yamaha MG series mixer (for a total of three Yamaha mixers throughout the premises), and includes a Community DSpec processor, all powered by Yamaha P series amplifiers (four in total). “Sennheiser wireless microphones were chosen for their clarity,” adds Harper, “and Shure MX series boundary mics are utilized on the altar, pulpit, and choir area.”

While Phase Two was taking place, the sanctuary was moved to the overflow event center. Because audio I/O panels were placed throughout the room, the church was able to setup a portable sanctuary and perform services as needed, while waiting for the renovation of the main sanctuary to take place. Once the main sanctuary was complete, the services were moved back to the church, with feeds continually sent to the overflow event center.

“The sound system is awesome in the church and the hall,” states Mary Jane Morey, Director of Liturgy and Music. ACIR was exceptional to work with and unbelievably knowledgeable. I was able to contact them with concerns during the installation process and initial use of the system 24/7.”

For more information on ACIR Professional, visit www.acirpro.com.

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SIM2 Partners with goHDR for world first in television technology at NAB 2012

Miramar, Florida—April 2012—Innovative television technology that’s as clever as the human eye is to be showcased by University of Warwick spinout company goHDR at the NAB Show® in Las Vegas, later this month. SIM2’s first High Dynamic Range Display, the HDR47E monitor, will be used in the demonstration showing the HDR content produced by goHDR.

goHDR will provide the world with its first glimpse of High Dynamic Range (HDR) video, screened on the SIM2 HDR display, enabling viewers to see images with exceptional lighting detail. goHDR is developing compression technology that will enable the huge data streams produced by HDR video cameras to be displayed on a TV screen.

“We are proud to be part of goHDR’s new video technology showcase in Las Vegas. Our HDR47E monitor is a technological tour-de-force developed by SIM2 engineers to make full use of the real-life dynamic range of HDR images,” says Alberto Fabiano EVP SIM2 USA Inc. “The goHDR presentation will be, yet again, another opportunity to show the world SIM2′s technology leadership: an experience that streams down to our entire line of precision products hand-made in Italy.”

Alan Chalmers, Professor of Visualization at WMG, University of Warwick and Innovation Director at goHDR, explains: “High Dynamic Range video is the next big step in TV imaging – similar to the change from black and white to color TV. For the first time, viewers will be able to see scenes on TV just as they would in real life, without losing detail in the glare of bright sunlight or in deep shadow.”

“The data stream produced by HDR cameras is huge – equivalent to a CD worth of data per second. To address this issue, goHDR has produced two products: an Encoder which compresses the data to allow it to be transferred to a display, and a Media Player, which reverses the process and allows the pictures to be viewed with all the glorious lighting detail preserved,” says Professor Chalmers.

“We are very excited to be working with SIM2 to display HDR content on the world’s first commercial HDR display,” says Professor Chalmers. “TV viewers will get an exclusive glimpse at the significant difference that this technology will make to their viewing experience. HDR is coming. At NAB you will be able to see what the future will be like.”

Over the past two years goHDR has had exclusive access to the world’s first true HDR video camera, built by German company SpheronVR, and has produced a number of short films to showcase the technology. This will be the first time the company has been able to demonstrate its work, using SIM2’s HDR47E monitor, to a wide audience, outside the laboratory.

The film clips produced by goHDR are also available on the company’s website (www.gohdr.com) where they have been specially treated, using a technique called tonemapping, to give an idea of what they would look like on an HDR display.

Note to Editors:
goHDR is a software business, whose niche is to provide advanced data compression algorithms to all those who are developing High Dynamic Range (HDR) technology. Its aim is to be the leader in the software that enables HDR video. For more information, go to www.gohdr.com

About

SIM2 High Dynamic Range (HDR) HDR47E monitor to be used in goHDR demo at NAB 2012

and SIM2 Multimedia
Since their entrance into the US home theater market in 1999, SIM2 USA, under the guidance of its parent SIM2 Multimedia (established in 1995), has dedicated its resources to marketing and servicing products that meet the demands of the US market. SIM2 Multimedia is a worldwide leading manufacturer of home theater products and leading provider of high-end performance large screen systems (for control rooms, information, communication, and simulation) and professional projection systems for E–cinema applications. Over the years, SIM2 has gained a reputation for meeting the industry’s demands for new, emerging technologies, offering high-quality and reliable products that meet the customer’s need in any application. Products are designed and manufactured in Italy. The marketing policies of the company are world-oriented, with a direct presence in Italy (headquarters), the USA, UK, China, Germany (sister companies), and in over 60 countries worldwide through partnerships with qualified distributors.

Sanken Exhibits New COS-11D HWM Head Worn Mic at NAB

Exceptional Sound Quality, Reliability, and Comfort for Broadcast

Sanken Microphones is exhibiting at NAB the new head worn COS-11D HWM, utilizing the same components as Sanken’s popular lavalier mic known throughout the broadcast and film industries.  This ultra-miniature new generation microphone was designed for hands-free hi-resolution audio in broadcast television, infomercials, sportscasting, product demonstrations, Internet programming, live stage productions, and houses of worship.

Features:
* Exceptional Sound Optimized for the Human Voice
* Stable Adjustable Dual-Earpiece frame,
• MicBoom is Interchangeable for Right or Left Side
• Unique Vertical Diaphragm Design – a Sanken Original
• Available in Beige or Cocoa
• Strong immunity to RFI

The compact COS-11D HWM is ideal for broadcast of major talent, stage singers, high-profile commentators, on-camera journalists, musical actors, singer/dancers and a wide variety of live performers.  The new hands-free microphone is especially valuable when there is rigorous head movement, while the close proximity of the mic to the vocal source provides consistently exceptional audio with very natural characteristics.

Sanken, known worldwide as an industrywide standard in highest quality professional studio and stage microphones, utilizes an exclusive vertical placement of the diaphragm for a much greater effective area within an extremely small casing. The COS-11D HWM features a front mesh screen which is water resistant, better protecting the microphone from perspiration and cosmetics.

This new Sanken microphone was designed to meet today’s HD audio standards while providing greater immunity to RF interference. The COS-11D HWM incorporates exclusive design advances that deal with both digital and digital/analog hybrid RF wireless transmission.

For  a free VIP pass to NAB and more info about Sanken, visit distributor plus24:  http://www.plus24.net   or phone 323.845.1171

See and hear the entire line of Sanken microphones at NAB in Las Vegas,
April 16 – 19, at Booth #C-3740

ALTINEX ANNOUNCES TNP512 INTERCONNECT BOX

**** Photo: Altinex TNP512 Interconnect Box ****

Brea, CA – April 2012… Altinex, a leading manufacturer of Signal Management Solutions®, is pleased to announce the availability of the TNP512 Interconnect Box, the latest addition to the ever-expanding line of Tilt ‘N Plug interconnect offerings. As a compact interconnect solution designed for installation into tables, podiums, or other furniture as part of an AV presentation system, the new TNP512 offers convenient, one touch access to a variety of video, audio, computer, network, and power connections—making the tabletop connection point attractive for any boardroom or conference room table. Of particular note, the new TNP512 employs a new leaf-spring mechanism—replacing the gas spring design of previous models. more

LECTROSONICS ANNOUNCES WM WATERTIGHT TRANSMITTER

**** Photo: Lectrosonics WM Watertight Transmitter ****

Rio Rancho, NM – April 10, 2012… Lectrosonics, recognized the world over as a leading manufacturer of wireless microphone systems and audio processing products, is pleased to introduce the WM Watertight Transmitter, the company’s newest addition to its line of highly acclaimed Digital Hybrid Wireless® microphone systems offering compandor-free audio. Combining ‘cabled-microphone’ audio performance combined with a super-tough housing designed to withstand the harshest environments, the new Lectrosonics WM Watertight Transmitter is certain to be well received by theatrical and location sound professionals. more

Newest FUJINON PL Mount Zoom Features a First for Cine-Style Lenses

Lightweight and compact PL 19-90 CABRIO (ZK4.7×19) zoom features detachable drive

Wayne, N.J. – FUJIFILM North America Corporation, Optical Devices Division will introduce the newest member of its PREMIER PL Mount Zoom family during the NAB convention (Booth #C7525), running from April 14th-19th in the Las Vegas Convention Center. The PL 19-90 Cabrio (ZK4.7×19)features an exclusive detachable servo drive unit, making it suitable for use as a standard PL lens or as an ENG-Style lens. The ZK4.7×19 also features flange focal distance adjustment, macro function, and is LDS (Lens Data System) and /i metadata compatible. With a 19-90mm focal range and weight of only 2.7kg including servo motors, this lens has the longest focal range available in a light weight zoom.

“We’re very excited to bring this new lens to NAB this year. It bridges the gap between film- and news-style shooters, it affords a new level of flexibility to all,” explained Thom Calabro, Director, Marketing and Product Development, FUJIFILM North America Corporation, Optical Devices Division. “Someone more accustomed to shooting feature films or commercials may not want a servo attached to the lens, but an operator used to shooting video in a typical ENG-style will be very comfortable with the servo. Cinematographers will be right at home with this lens. The lens is set to accept industry standard cine motors and matte boxes. Plus, the lens has all the lens data output that appeals to a Cine-style shooter. LDS and /i metadata compatibility is very useful when you want to record the position information of zoom, iris and focus for computer animation and other uses.”

The digital servo on the PL 19-90 has 16-bit encoding, so operators can be assured that all lens data output is extremely accurate.

The PL 19-90 covers 31.5mm sensor size on a digital cinema style camera. While sensors on standard broadcast cameras are all the same size, sensors on digital cine cameras vary greatly. This new zoom ensures the image captured will cover large sensors for optimal, full-frame resolution. A nine-blade iris part of the design as well, creating the most natural-looking imagery possible.

Barrel markings are luminous for visibility in dark shooting situations. Distances are listed in feet or meters and can be changed in the field.

The PL 19-90 can be controlled using cinema industry standard wireless controllers, as well as existing FUJINON wired and wireless units. Whether you are from a film background or a video one, the Premier PL 19-90 offers uncompromising quality and unprecedented flexibility.

The other Premier PL Mount Series lenses are available in 14.5-45mm T2.0, 18-85mm T2.0, 24-180mm T2.6, and 75-400 mm T2.8-T3.8.

About Fujifilm
FUJIFILM North America Corporation, a marketing subsidiary of FUJIFILM Holdings America Corporation consists of five operating divisions and one subsidiary company. The Imaging Division sells consumer and commercial photographic products and services including film, one-time-use cameras, online photo services and fulfillment, digital printing equipment and service. The Electronic Imaging Division markets consumer digital cameras. The Motion Picture Division provides motion picture film, and the Graphic Systems Division supplies products and services to the printing industry. The Optical Devices Division provides binoculars, and optical lenses for closed circuit television, videography, cinematography, broadcast and industrial markets. FUJIFILM Canada Inc. markets a range of Fujifilm products and services. For more information, please visit www.fujifilm.com/northamerica, or go to www.twitter.com/fujifilmus to follow Fujifilm on Twitter. To receive news and information direct from Fujifilm via RSS, subscribe at www.fujifilmusa.com/rss.

FUJIFILM Holdings Corporation, Tokyo, Japan, brings continuous innovation and leading-edge products to a broad spectrum of industries, including electronic imaging, digital printing equipment, medical systems, life sciences, graphic arts, flat panel display materials and office products, based on a vast portfolio of digital, optical, fine chemical and thin film coating technologies. The company was among the top 16 companies around the world granted U.S. patents in 2010, and in the year ended March 31, 2011, had global revenues of $25.8 billion*. Fujifilm is committed to environmental stewardship and good corporate citizenship. For more information, please visit www.fujifilmholdings.com.

* At an exchange rate of 86 yen to the dollar.

All product and company names herein may be trademarks of their registered owners.

FUJIFILM Optical Devices Division, 10 High Point Drive, Wayne, New Jersey 07470. Phone: 973-633-5600. Fax: 973-633-5216. Web site: www.FUJINON.com

Digital Rapids Extends Closed Caption and Advertising Insertion Support with New Encoding and Streaming Updates

April 9, 2012 — Markham, ON: Digital Rapids has announced powerful new enhancements to the Digital Rapids Stream software for the company’s StreamZ, StreamZHD and Flux encoding solutions. The same new capabilities are also available as applicable in the StreamZ Live family of live streaming encoders and the Digital Rapids Transcode Manager automated, high-volume file transcoding software. Recently-released or soon-to-ship new features include enhanced Closed Caption support for adaptive bit rate (ABR) streaming and support for automated advertising insertion when streaming live with Adobe(r) Flash(r) technologies. more

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