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FOR-A’s 4K Extraction System to Make U.S. Debut at Sports Video Group Summit

Cypress, CA – At the upcoming Sports Video Group Summit, FOR-A will demo its new ZE-ONE 4K extraction system for the first time in the U.S. The ZE-ONE was developed for use with FOR-A’s FT-ONE 4K super slow motion camera, which will also be at the event. FOR-A will also highlight its FA-1010 multi-channel signal processor at the summit, which takes place December 16-17th at the New York Hilton.

“The SVG Summit always attracts key decision makers in the sports industry, focusing on new technologies that offer great benefit to live sports producers,” said Jay Shinn, Northeast Account Manager at FOR-A. “We’re looking forward to showing off our FT-ONE camera with the ZE-ONE 4K extraction system. When combined, the technologies ensure that all action can be replayed in HD.”

First shown at this year’s IBC Show, where it received a “Best of IBC” award from TVBEurope magazine, the ZE-ONE allows FT-ONE users to frame and extract desired 4K image areas to capture the action for HD replays. The system provides operators with an intuitive touch-screen interface to frame and extract specified HD scenes at any size from 4K sources. The ZE-ONE allows operators to smoothly zoom in or out, and includes an embedded audio delay processor.

The award-winning FT-ONE offers users the ability to simultaneously record and play back super slow motion images at full 4K resolution. Enabling high-speed recording at up to 900 frames per second, the FT-ONE has been used in production of a variety of professional sporting events, including football, wakeboarding, automobile racing, rugby games and ice cross downhill competitions.

The FA-1010 signal processor offers multi-channel routing between sources andeffective video and audio signal processing for line, relay, reporting, production, editing, and delivery applications. The FA-1010 comes standard with 10 video inputs and outputs, and supports 1080p, 1080i, 720p, NTSC, and PAL video formats.

The SVG Summit will feature an exhibition hall of more than 60 exhibitors. The event will also offer workshop sessions to discuss challenges and emerging technologies in sports production.

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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Christie Delivers Versatile Solutions for Government Installations at Govcomm 2013

Christie® is showcasing its visual display solutions at GOVCOMM 2013 in the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C., Dec. 4-5. Renowned for exceptional products and expertise, Christie (GSA Schedule account #GS-03F-0003L) meets the premium performance requirements of today’s government agency display technology needs.

Christie Phoenix for Mission Critical Content Management
Christie Phoenix is the ideal solution for network-distributed content management, enabling secure access and control of information from one or multiple users in virtually any location. Users are able to synthesize information quickly and generate fast and accurate decisions in critical situations. It is the clear choice for fast-paced command and control centers with mobile and dispersed workforces such as public utilities, government, security and surveillance, transportation and telecommunications.

Christie Phoenix Content Management System


Displaying the capabilities of Christie Phoenix is a 2-by-2 Christie FHD551-X LCD flat panel array. Christie FHD551-X flat panels can be used to create efficient high-definition, virtually seamless video walls with crisp images at a low cost of ownership. Christie FHD551-X flat panels can be installed as a single panel or a full video wall application in government breakout rooms, command and control centers, and briefing rooms.

Christie Brio for Instant Collaboration Anywhere
Introduced earlier this year, Christie Brio will be showcased in a captivating multisite meeting environment designed to highlight how efficient and effective teamwork and collaboration can be – whether across the hall or across the world. Government departments will see how easily they can securely share video and audio content from laptops or mobile devices by connecting to the meeting room’s display through a Wi-Fi or Ethernet network. Without any dongles or special software to set up, Christie Brio allows any participant anywhere to see their colleagues’ presentations simultaneously.

Christie Brio also takes full advantage of interactive whiteboard technology by turning it into a bi-directional collaboration tool. Any participant in a Brio meeting can use touch-enabled displays to add to or edit whiteboard contents, regardless of geographic location.

Christie Projection Technology for Government Visual Display Needs
Ideal for use in government briefing rooms, classrooms and training environments, Christie offers LCD, 1-chip DLP® and 3-chip DLP® projection for every government visual display need and budget. At GOVCOMM, Christie is demonstrating the superior performance, reliability and low ownership cost of the Christie LW720 LCD, Christie DHD550-G 1-chip DLP® and Christie HD10K-M 3-chip DLP® projectors.

Rounding out the visual display solutions are Christie® MicroTiles®. The high resolution, high brightness solution is ideal in high ambient light environments and their small stackable footprint makes them perfect when real estate is at a premium while providing flexibility in display design. Christie MicroTiles’ combination of LED illumination and DLP® display technology provides low cost of ownership coupled with a long life span.

FSR’s GV Expo / GovComm13 Exhibition Plans Offer Something for Everyone

Government Attendees Get First-Hand Look at Company’s Rugged Lines of HDMI Cables, Fire Resistant Boxes, Installation Tools and a Multi-User Collaboration System

Washington, DC – FSR, leading manufacturer of a wide variety of products for the audio/video, education, hospitality, government, and religious markets, will command an audience at this year’s co-located Government Video Expo / GovComm13 shows in Washington, DC (Booth 522). This year, attendees in the government and military fields will get a first-hand look at the company’s new Digital Ribbon mega-bandwidth HDMI cables, FRK Fire-Resistant Floor Box System, DR-Sock Cable Pulling Tool and HuddleVU multi-user collaboration system.

“We are excited to bring our newly expanded and varied lines of products to the government and military market at this year’s GV Expo / GovComm13 co-located shows,” said FSR president Jan Sandri. “Our industry award-winning products, such as our Digital Ribbon Cables that were singled-out earlier this year at InfoComm 2013, and our other product families are must-haves for these professionals working in the broadcast, Pro AV and installation markets. We look forward to showcasing our reliable and diverse lines and new technology solutions to this important and ever growing market.”

Based upon a proprietary composite technology, FSR’s Digital Ribbon Cables offer users the capacity to carry 1080p and 4k x 2k HDMI signals up to 325 feet, nearly twice that of other “extended” solutions, with crystal clear accuracy. The product’s ultra-simple, fast installation (just pull and plug), and money-saving ability to operate without transmitters or receivers add to its appeal.

The company’s new FRK Fire-Resistant Floor Box System expands the versatility of its floor box line by providing enhanced, fire-resistant versions of its existing products. FRK kits are UL listed and comply with UL 263 Fire Resistance Ratings. Systems are available in a number of configurations, available online at the company’s website.

FSR’s new DR-SOCK is a handy and affordable cable-pulling tool designed to simplify and accelerate every installation requiring cables and connectors. Intended for every installer’s toolbox, DR-SOCK is pre-assembled, easily accessible in frustration-proof packaging, and re-useable. It protects cables and connectors from being damaged by taking the stress off the connection points while pulling through a conduit. The design opens up to 1.25 inches, and features brightly colored sleeve tips to enable easy identification, and a steel ring to allow quick and positive attachment of a pull snake. DR-SOCK can be used to safely pull FSR’s new Digital Ribbon Cables as well as others with connector shells.

The HuddleVU collaboration system allows for multiple users to share and view their laptops, tablets, and smart phone screens on a main display. Unlike conventional presentation systems, anyone participating can be a presenter or an audience member at any given time at the push of a button. LED’s indicate which user is currently live and when the system is busy.

As always, all FSR products are made of durable materials in the USA.

About FSR
FSR, established in 1981, manufactures a wide variety of products for the audio / video, education, hospitality, government, and religious markets, including AV floor, wall, table, and ceiling connectivity boxes, as well as a full line of interfaces, distribution amplifiers, matrix switchers, seamless switchers and CAT-5 solutions.

The company is an Energy Star Partner and complies with the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 to demonstrate its deep commitment to preserving the planet. FSR offers live 24/7 technical and sales support throughout the country from expertly trained technicians and sales representatives. For more information: www.fsrinc.com.

FSR Contact: Jan Sandri
973-785-4347 • sales@fsrinc.com

Press Contact: Desert Moon Communications
Harriet Diener
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Powerful Christie DLP Display Technology at I/ITSEC 2013 Features First True 120hz Projector at 4K Resolution

Christie® is bringing powerful visual display solutions to I/ITSEC 2013, December 2 – 5 and demonstrating a diverse range of solid-state and lamp-based DLP® technologies in 2D and 3D. These include the Christie Matrix StIM™ WQ – the brightest, LED-based WQXGA-resolution simulation projector a deployable immersive training simulator; the Christie Mirage WQ-L stereoscopic projector and a demonstration of Christie 4K 3-chip DLP® projection technology at true 120Hz operation.

Flying High With Matrix StIM WQ at 120Hz
Displaying simulation content at 120Hz from FlightSafety International is the Christie Matrix StIM WQ, an integrated, scalable-environment projection system outputting 800 ANSI lumens for the clearest images with no motion artifacts. The Christie Matrix StIM WQ is the brightest LED-based WQXGA simulation projection system in the industry to display separate RGB and Infrared (IR) channels using Christie InfraScene™ technology, producing independent, stimulated Night Vision Goggle (NVG) images for a more realistic NVG training experience.

Christie will demonstrate a three-channel, front-projected display consisting of Christie Matrix StIM WQ projection systems and a VITAL X Image Generator from FlightSafety International. Using unique dual input architecture, each projector will composite two 60Hz inputs to achieve true RGB 120Hz output, dramatically improving image quality. The complete multi-channel system is automatically aligned using Christie AutoCal™.

60Hz and 120Hz – A Clear Demonstration of the 120Hz Update Rate Capability
Using a Christie Matrix StIM projector and two Christie Matrix StIM WQ projectors, Christie will demonstrate the visual impact between multiple combinations of WUXGA/WQXGA resolution and 60Hz/120Hz update rates. The Christie Matrix StIM and Christie Matrix StIM-WQ projectors will be driven by multiple channels of the Flight Safety Vital-X IG.

Deployable Immersive Training Simulator, Featuring New Christie Twist LT
Christie Twist™ LT is a purpose built, software-based solution that enables full image warping and advanced edge-blending functions to reside within a customer’s Image Generator (IG). Using the same user Interface as Christie Twist, Christie Twist LT provides fingertip control to seamlessly edge-blend multiple non-linear images. Christie Twist LT fully integrates with Christie AutoCal™ for automatic adjustment of virtually any projected display and optimal viewing configuration.

Also at I/ITSEC, Christie Twist LT will provide the low-cost, high-quality warping and blending solution to a single-operator, entry-level immersive training simulator concept, demonstrating a UAV operator training scenario. The simulator features a wide field of view, high resolution image, curved screen, tactile feedback system and binaural sound for an optimal immersive training experience. Using Christie AutoCal™ to provide fast and easy setup, the lightweight training simulator offers a compact footprint for easy shipping and deployment. It is ideal for use as a UAV operator trainer, part-task trainer, helicopter trainer, and for vehicle training.

“Christie Twist LT enables the expansion of our simulation ecosystem with an entry-level solution featuring low acquisition and sustainment costs for more cost-sensitive simulation applications,” said Zoran Veselic, vice president of Visual Environments at Christie.

Visual Powerhouse: Christie 4K DLP at 120Hz Demonstration
At I/ITSEC, Christie will showcase the pristine dynamic image quality produced by 120Hz update rates at 4K resolution, demonstrating its value for simulation and training applications. Christie 4K 3-chip DLP technology features the Christie TruLife™ electronics platform, a quantum leap in video processing enabling 4K DLP® projection at 120Hz. Christie TruLife also alleviates blurring and motion artifacts associated with high-speed simulation content and supports video-processing pipeline of up to 1.2 Gigapixels per second. Christie is the first and only provider in the world to deliver 4K 3-chip DLP® projection solutions at 120Hz, launching its Christie Mirage 4K projector in June 2013.

Christie Mirage WQ-L projector

Christie Mirage WQ-L Makes its North American Debut as the Only True 120Hz Full WQXGA Stereoscopic Projector Display in the World
At FlightSafety Booth #1401, four Christie Mirage WQ-L projectors in portrait mode offer a wide-field of view stereo collimated display content with stunning depth and immersive experiences for flight simulation training. The Mirage series of high-performing 2D/3D projectors welcomed the WQ-L projection system with its sharp images, exceptionally accurate and lifelike colors and reliable LED light engine rated at 60,000-hours (approximately 6.5 years) life cycle. The Christie Mirage WQ-L also includes Christie ArrayLOC™ for synchronized color and brightness management, which reduces system calibration requirements.

Flat-Out Impressive: Christie QuadHD84 Flat Panel
The Christie QuadHD84 is an 84-inch LCD flat panel display offering quad high definition, 3840 by 2160 resolution, and 1.07 billion colors for rich, pristine and lifelike images, even up close. The quad interface and true 60Hz refresh rate provides flexible connectivity and smooth, real-time motion display of 2D content with 50,000 hours LED illumination life.

Christie Mirage WU7K-M – High Performance Projection at Lower Cost
The Christie M Series and Mirage M Series are lower cost projection solutions that perform well in immersive environments. With 3-chip DLP® reliability, a dual P-VIP Osram lamp design and up to 10,000:1 contrast full on/off, the series offers high efficiency and low cost of ownership with crisp, detailed images and color. The Mirage M Series includes 2D/3D flexibility and 120Hz update rate capability for fast moving images. Both series’ projectors feature embedded Christie Twist™ for image warping and edge-blending and a built-in portrait display capability, from WUXGA resolution, HD to SX+ model options. On display is the Christie Mirage WU7K-M, a 6,300 ANSI lumen, WUXGA-resolution projector.

Christie Brio – Multisite Meeting Solution

Christie Brio


Customers will also have the opportunity to see the latest in meeting collaboration solutions and one of Christie’s newest products. Christie Brio is straight forward and easy to use, no more passing cables and adapters across meeting room tables, installing additional software, rebooting laptops, and apologizing for delayed or bungled presentations during critical debriefs. Christie Brio is a new meeting presentation and collaboration tool enabling meeting participants to share up to five audio and video presentations from their own devices. Brio uses wired or wireless connections to automatically share multiple presentations simultaneously on either one or two meeting room screens. Whether participants use Macs or PCs, iPads or Android tablets, or a Smartphone, presentations can be added to a meeting as needed, with their information showing on that meeting room display in seconds. Brio nodes can be network connected to multiple worksites across the country. Brio also takes full advantage of interactive whiteboard technology by turning it into a bi-directional collaboration tool. Any participant in a Brio meeting can use touch-enabled displays to add to or edit whiteboard content, regardless of geographic location.

“Christie is at the forefront of innovation, extending the boundaries of technology by enabling higher update rates with true 120Hz operation at WUXGA, WQXGA and 4K,” added Veselic. “As our diverse display solutions will demonstrate at I/ITSEC, Christie is continuously incorporating new technology to provide our customers with the solutions to meet their unique and demanding simulation and training requirements.”

Around the Trade Room Floor
DiSTI, at Booth #1281, will show a 3-channel Personal Immersive Environment using portrait-mounted Christie FHD551-X LCD flat panels to demonstrate their virtual maintenance training solutions. Da-Lite Booth #520 will have two blended and warped Christie HD10K-Ms and a Christie Spyder X20. Electrosonic, at Booth #532, will feature the Christie QuadHD84 LCD flat panel and Christie Phoenix in a command and control/situational awareness display; and NDIA SIM TV displays, located in the conference lobby, will use two Christie HD14K-M 3-chip® 1080 HD digital projectors.

Christie Visual Display Technology Powers Princess Cruises’ Upgraded Emergency Response Center

Princess Cruises, one of the premiere cruise lines in the world, is now supported with Christie® visual display technologies in the company’s new cutting-edge Emergency Response Center in its Santa Clarita headquarters. The center features a huge video display wall composed of 105 Christie® MicroTiles®, measuring 7 feet high by 20 feet wide, and powered by the Christie TVC-1700 video wall processor, which can display up to 64 outputs from a variety of digital sources and devices. Installed under the guidance of AV integrator Pacific Video Products (PVP), Princess Cruises’ video wall monitors up to 10 content feeds which include charts, videos, live television broadcast, and ship models in any size, simultaneously. When activated, the center allows the emergency response team to effectively stay in audio and visual contact with any of its ships, with information that can quickly and easily be integrated, customized, recalled and shared from different locations and sources with high accuracy and reliability.

Princess Cruises is dedicated to providing a relaxing and invigorating escape, with fleets that host over a million passengers each year. Working closely with Pacific Video Products, it developed a PC-based monitoring solution using the Christie TVC-1700, a flexible, built-to-order display wall processor delivering exceptional graphical power and multiple input options with local applications, network-streamed desktops, and direct-connected DVI, RGB and video inputs for control room video walls of any size. The TVC-1700 is managed by the intuitive, multi-tiered, proprietary software Christie MASTERSuite™ which enables instant access to any source of visual information in the control room.

Compact, Reliable, High Resolution – Christie MicroTiles Have It All
Princess Cruises and Pacific Video Products chose Christie MicroTiles after comparing several other options. According to Bob Myers of PVP, there were a number of strict requirements and challenges involved in the project that made MicroTiles the perfect solution. Among them, the system needed to be simple, reliable, and able to fit into a limited space.

“The room is unique from a design stand point, requiring a system that is flexible and compact enough to maximize use of the shallow space. Thanks to the Christie MicroTiles’ compact size and custom pedestals we were also able to add two or three vertical rows of power strips against the wall and install six LCD displays, with a live television feed where the images can be pulled onto the large video wall,” recalled Bob Myers, manager, Presentation Systems, Pacific Video Products. “Since the MicroTiles extend into the room, we used black louvered side panels to provide a clean look and promote airflow to keep the system cool. We also placed openings in the ceiling above the display to provide relief for heat buildup and further promote airflow.”

Myers continued: “We spent many months researching and reviewing different options. When we met with Christie’s Ken Hartling and the company demonstrated their MicroTiles solutions, we knew we had found our solution. The images wowed the audience with how bright and sharp they were, from almost any angle. For Princess Cruises, where the safety of thousands of passengers is paramount during emergency situations no other display wall and video processor solution would do.”

Another factor was the seamless integration of images on the screen. Christie MicroTiles can be joined with only a 1 mm gap between each unit, so one sees a higher number of high resolution images simultaneously without thick borders. “In addition, harnessing the power of the Christie TVC-1700, we are able to see these images ‘anywhere’ on the wall, in any size, something that was impossible to do before with projectors,” noted Andrew Shand, fleet safety manager (Emergency Response), Princess Cruises.

An Emergency Center with Advanced Technology
“The deployment of Christie solutions at Princess Cruises provides a highly functional, highly adaptive Emergency Response Center that will meet our customer’s needs today, while also equipping them with the tools they need for solving tomorrow’s emergency situations,” said John Stark, senior director of Control Room Solutions at Christie. “By embracing forward-looking trends and using award-winning Christie MicroTiles’ high-resolution, high brightness digital display screens and the powerful Christie TVC-1700, Princess Cruises has developed a model for digital emergency response centers that is the envy of the industry.”

“The purpose of this room is to support our ships in emergency situations,” said Paul Debnam, vice president, Occupational Safety and Emergency Response, Princess Cruises. “We can stream video and electronic data from other locations and even display information from someone’s laptop onto our video wall. The MicroTiles’ narrow seams and bright, sharp images also allow us to view anything from text to detailed electronic navigation charts in the highest resolution. We have total flexibility with the information coming in and going out using the complete Christie video display wall system.”

Christie Digital Projectors Power Immersive MoMA Exhibition

Christie® projectors have been selected by The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) for their presentation of the exhibition Isaac Julien: Ten Thousand Waves, a moving image installation by the renowned artist and filmmaker on view in the Donald B. and Catherine C. Marron Atrium from November 25, 2013 through February 17, 2014. Working with MoMA, Christie partner Michael Andrews Audio Visual Services (MAAVS) selected eight Christie WU14K-M WUXGA DLP® projectors and one Christie HD14K-M 1080 HD DLP® projector to meet the needs of the exhibition and realize the ambitious vision of the artist.

Ten Thousand Waves premiered at the 2010 Sydney Biennial, and has been exhibited internationally to wide acclaim. The original inspiration for the 50-minute presentation was the Morecambe Bay tragedy of 2004, in which 23 Chinese cockle pickers drowned on a flooded sandbank off the coast of northwest England. The Christie projectors will display the installation’s beautifully crafted visuals, which incorporate images of archival footage recorded by a police helicopter the night of the tragedy, accompanied by audio recordings of distress calls from the scene. With this tragedy at the center of the work, Julien poetically interweaves images of contemporary Chinese culture with its ancient myths.

Christie Delivers for MoMA and the Artist
The technology used to present Ten Thousand Waves is essential to its exhibition at MoMA. A total of nine Christie projectors will display the work onto nine doubled-sided screens ranging in sizes from 16 feet wide up to 23 feet wide, all hung at multiple levels and locations throughout the atrium. The exhibition is intended to be viewed not only from ground level, but also from the upper floors, which themselves are at various heights and angles to the display and look down on the space. These multiple perspectives encourage audiences to move through, and interact with, the sights and sounds of the installation from their personal points of view.

Eight Christie WU14K-M projectors light up eight screens of various sizes, while one Christie HD14K-M projector lights up the ninth, and largest, screen. The intricacy of these arrangements required the use of cutting-edge audio-visual display technology to deliver powerful and bright images, as well as crisp and clear sound, to create a large-scale immersive experience. The projectors also had to be exceptionally bright to overcome the challenges of the high ambient light environment.

According to Michael Wright, President of Michael Andrews Audio Visual Services, it was paramount that the state-of-the-art display technology chosen run smoothly and bring all aspects of the installation together to achieve its full visual impact. The Marron Atrium is an expansive, high ceilinged, public space where the museum has less control of ambient light and sound, requiring a technological solution that could overcome these challenges.

“We choose Christie high performance projectors because they offer the most reliability and flexibility, and always deliver the excellence our customers demand in their visual displays,” said Wright. “The installation required full design flexibility, so that they could be arranged to fit the artist’s needs within the atrium space. Since the moving images are projected from challenging angles, the projectors also needed to match the images and colors flawlessly, making the Christie M Series a perfect fit for this project. Working on such a large scale and with so many projectors, the museum used the new Christie InControl™ App to individually control and calibrate every aspect of each projector wirelessly.”

“At Christie, we help our customers create and share the world’s best visual experiences, and we proudly support the works of innovative artists such as Isaac Julien, who are experimenting with unique ways to tell their stories to the world,” said Mike Garrido, senior product manager, Business Products, Christie. “Ten Thousand Waves is a great example of how advanced visual display technology can help facilitate an artist’s creative vision, and we are thrilled to provide Christie projectors for this exciting project at MoMA.”

Part of the Christie M-Series 3-chip DLP® projector platform, the Christie WU14K-M and Christie HD14K-M offer high resolution (1920 x 1200 WUXGA and 1920 x 1080 HD respectively), and feature embedded warping, blending, and color matching capabilities for ultimate design flexibility. Drawing a maximum power of 1500W with two lamps instead of four, they are also highly efficient, with low operating costs.

Symetrix Maintaining Its Edge in DSP at ISE 2014

Mary Marshall, CEO of Symetrix

Leading digital signal processing developer will exhibit products including SymNet Radius AEC and Jupiter, and announce details of a new industry partnership.

SEATTLE, US: Symetrix, the leading developer of innovative DSP solutions, has announced that it will return to Integrated Systems Europe (4-6 February 2014, Amsterdam RAI) for the seventh consecutive year, co-exhibiting on the stand of Dutch distributor Iemke Roos with a selection of its most popular solutions for installed applications.

Visitors to stand 3-C90 will have the opportunity to find out more about a host of open architecture Symetrix products that utilise Audinate’s industry-leading Dante™ media networking technology, including Symetrix SymNet Edge, Radius 12×8 and the conferencing-oriented SymNet Radius AEC. Symetrix will also showcase open architecture standalone DSP SymNet Solus 16, as well as two fixed architecture solutions, Jupiter and Zone Mix 761.

Underlining its commitment to its extensive integrator customer base, Symetrix will host a pre-show sales and technical training meeting at Holiday Inn Amsterdam on 3 February for distribution partners. The same hotel will also be the venue for the Audinate-hosted AV Networking Congress on 4 February, in which Symetrix will be an active participant.

“We’re delighted to be exhibiting at ISE alongside our local partners, Iemke Roos,” commented Mary Marshall, CEO of Symetrix. “Along with the chance to see our latest solutions, there will be numerous opportunities for interested parties to sit down with a team member and discuss how Symetrix products can form the backbone of their next installation. We also look forward to participating in the AV Networking Congress and sharing our insights into the next phase of the fast-emerging networked AV world.”

ISE 2014 will also see Symetrix highlight the latest SymNet Composer software release and a major new industry partnership. More details of both developments will be revealed in the coming weeks.

www.symetrix.co

Cobalt Digital Takes Command at GV Expo 2013

Urbana, IL – Cobalt Digital, manufacturer of award-winning 3G/HD/SD-SDI conversion gear, will offer customers an array of superior quality, price competitive, signal conversion options, along with fast and intuitive color correction solutions at this year’s Government Video Expo 2013 (Booth 721).

The company will be highlighting its new and ever-expanding fiber units in its popular Blue Box Group™ family of throw-down modular bricks, designed to answer the demand for first class quality, price competitive, signal conversion equipment. The product line continues to grow with its new range of fiber units, including Transceiver, Regenerator, Transmitters and Receivers. The units, pathologically compatible with OG fiber cards, allow for analog audio embed and de-embed and provide 3G (1080p59.94/50) support for HDMI models. The compact, rugged, and portable converter boxes are extremely easy to use and support SMPTE 425, 292M, and 259M as well as DVB, ASI, and MADI audio on two independent coax-to-fiber paths. Up to six modules can be installed in a single 1RU rack.

Cobalt will also be showing the enhanced features of its 9084 COMPASS® HD/SD-SDI RGB Color Correction Card, offering customers a fast and intuitive color correction option with real-time adjustment features which can easily be made from the company’s award-winning OGCP-9000/CC Remote Control Panel. The panel, intended for FUSION3G® 9900 series and COMPASS 9000 series signal processing cards, was designed with a special emphasis for the COMPASS 9064 and 9084 Color Correctorß cards, and the FUSION3G series +COLOR option.

The 9084 offers RGB-space color correction with YCbCr proc features and frame sync for HD/SD-SDI video streams. The RGB processing controls provide full offset, gain and gamma adjustments. The YCbCr proc controls provide lift, gain, saturation, phase, white clip (hard and soft), black clip, and color saturation clip – all with user memory. Parameter updates are smooth and responsive, providing real-time adjustments ideal for use during live events. Even though the card provides extensive control of the signal from the RGB perspective, it will continue to pass those signals that fall outside of the RGB gamut. Pluge and YCbCr limit ramp signals pass without modification. When the CbCr saturation clip is activated, the saturation limiting operation will not affect the color phase.

“We are always happy to return to the Government Video Expo and meet with government and military leaders to demonstrate how our solutions, which always include new and enhanced products, meet their diverse and unique requirements – no matter the application,” says Bob McAlpine, SVP of Sales – North America, Cobalt Digital. “From professionals working in more traditional broadcast spaces to those in pro video and AV installations, Cobalt certainly has an array of solutions that will meet with conversion and color correction needs. We always make it our goal to keep our customers in military and government on the cutting edge of technology by providing them with reliable, cost effective gear.”

ABOUT COBALT DIGITAL INC.
Cobalt Digital Inc. designs and manufactures award-winning 3G/HD/SD-SDI conversion gear for the broadcast television environment. Distributed through a worldwide network of dealers, system integrators, and other partnerships, Cobalt products are backed with a 5-year warranty. For more information, visit http://www.cobaltdigital.com.

Company Contact: Chris Shaw, EVP of Sales and Marketing
+1-217-344-1243 / chris.shaw@cobaltdigital.com

Press Contact: Desert Moon Communications / Harriet Diener
+1-845-512-8283 / harriet@desertmoon.tv

Christie Lights up “A New York Holiday” at Barneys New York

The “Empire State” meets state-of-the-art display technology from Christie® for a spectacular, fully immersive visitor experience this holiday season at the Barneys New York flagship store in Manhattan. Barneys and Christie have partnered again to bring back the traditional family shopping experience in a “bricks and mortar” setting, creating magical windows and an in-store gallery through the use of visual technologies. Inspired by music icon and native New Yorker Shawn “JAY Z” Carter, visual artist Joanie Lemercier and Barneys’ creative director Dennis Freedman, “A New York Holiday” is a series of unique windows facing Madison Avenue and an interactive in-store gallery brought to life by the latest generation of Christie digital display technologies. “A New York Holiday” experience is the ultimate demonstration of what happens when creative retail merchandising meets Christie displays and the company’s Managed Services’ solutions and technical ingenuity.

“A New York Holiday” will premiere November 20th, benefiting the Shawn Carter Foundation, a New York-based charity which awards post-secondary scholarships to students facing socio-economic hardships. Working with artist Joanie Lemercier and Mr. Carter, Barneys will utilize a wide range of Christie display technology, including projectors, Christie® MicroTiles® and Christie HD flat panel monitors, to create dazzling, multimedia events that completely envelop the customers in one-of-a-kind interactive experiences.

“Barneys New York had an overwhelmingly positive response from customers and designers last year to our holiday windows, which have become known for their innovative use of immersive and interactive narrative with cutting-edge technology that leads people into our store,” said Dennis Freedman, Barneys New York creative director. “Last year, Christie was instrumental in the success of our holiday display. With a musical, fashion and business innovator like Mr. Carter, we were confident that Christie’s superior technology and the expertise of its Managed Services team could help us bring his vision to light, not just to our store in Manhattan, but also to select flagship locations in other major cities.”

Tommy Dobrzynski, vice president of visuals at Barneys New York, added, “Everything that encompasses ‘A New York Holiday’ – the items chosen, the amazing designers that participated, the windows, the design of the BNY SCC Gallery, the Christie technology and their team’s unique ability to help us leverage technology to achieve our creative vision – represents a perfect example of groundbreaking collaboration that I hope will WOW customers and passersby.”

The third floor of the retailers’ Madison Avenue Flagship has been transformed into the BNY SCC Gallery, an immersive 1,200-square-foot space with a seamless 360-degree projection that utilizes projection mapping, exclusive content, lights, and movement, to transport customers into the world of New York. A 70-foot long “hall” with floor projection will guide visitors from the 3rd floor elevator to the Gallery. The BNY SCC Gallery Space will showcase limited edition products designed by Mr. Carter in collaboration with various designers which will be available for purchase.

MADISON AVENUE WINDOWS

Floating City
The retailer’s iconic Madison Avenue windows will mesmerize passersby and customers with moving content that demonstrates how light and shadow are experienced in New York City, incorporating the theme colors of black, white and gold. Among the highlights are a “floating city” projected upon a 16-foot-tall “rock” wall, which houses the viewing area for the projection mapped experience, and includes twinkling stars in a night sky and a slow-moving sunrise revealing the shimmering floating city – enhanced by a visual program that incorporates architectural language, changing geographical landscapes and climate (snow, rain) – all through dazzling 3D mapping technology.

Mirrors, Icicles and 3D lights
A large, abstract hanging resembling a rock or icicle formation will be covered in thousands of fragmented mirrors. With Christie projection mapping washing light over the formation to create a light show on the object itself, it will be reflected into the room as well as onto the window and finally the street.

Among the technologies used will be the Christie HD14K-M projector, Christie LW720, Christie LWU420, and Christie HD flat panel displays, including the new Christie WeatherAll flat panel.

A traditional favorite during the holidays will have a modern new twist, with a window housing the “BNY NYC Sleigh Ride” featuring a rotating cast of improvisational performers from Upright Citizens Brigade outfitted in modern Santa costumes who will take children on a virtual “sleigh ride” through an abstracted New York City. Through the use of experiential screens, the occupants will feel like they are up in the air and flying through New York. Christie WeatherAll flat panels on the outside of the window will show images of the children and “Santa” as they take the Sleigh Ride.

“New York is home to some of the most technologically sophisticated customers in the world, and the holidays are an especially competitive time for retailers to capture their attention and bring them into their stores,” noted Sean James, vice president of Christie’s Managed Services. “We are pleased to again be part of Barneys New York’s holiday display campaign, both in New York and other flagship locations across the country. Through visual technology and collaboration, Christie helped bring the creative vision to life.”

Christie display technologies will be featured in select Barneys regional flagship locations in Beverly Hills, San Francisco, Chicago and Boston, where Christie HD flat panels will greet visitors and provide content to highlight the Shawn “JAY Z” Carter collection within that store.

“Barneys is demonstrating the possibility of taking a creative merchandising concept, marrying it with advanced visual technologies and deploying it on a varying scale in regional stores across the country,” added Sean James, “We were happy to work with the creative team to find solutions that would work in each of their five locations, from the larger Manhattan flagship store, to the smaller locations.”

Christie Facebook contest
To get everyone into the holiday spirit, one lucky Christie Facebook follower will have the opportunity to win a $1,000 Barneys gift card (redeemable online or in-store), courtesy of Christie and Barneys. Visit Christie’s Facebook page November 29-January 3, 2014 for details.

Photo credit: Tom Sibley

American Society of Cinematographers Reveals Television Nominees

HBO and Starz Lead Nominations

(LOS ANGELES, CA) The American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) has selected its television nominees for the organization’s 28th Annual Outstanding Achievement Awards. The winners will be announced at a gala on February 1, 2014, here at the Hollywood & Highland Ray Dolby Ballroom.

The nominees in each of the three categories are:

One-hour Episodic Television Series:
* Steven Bernstein, ASC for Starz Network’s Magic City (“The Sins of the Father”)
* David Franco for HBO’s Boardwalk Empire (“Erlkönig”)
* Jonathan Freeman, ASC for HBO’s Game of Thrones (“Valar Dohaeris”)
* Pierre Gill, CSC for Showtime’s The Borgias (“The Purge”)
* David Greene, CSC for The CW’s Beauty and the Beast (“Tough Love”)
* Anette Haellmigk for HBO’s Game of Thrones (“Kissed by Fire”)
* Kramer Morgenthau, ASC for Fox’s Sleepy Hollow (“Pilot”)
* Ousama Rawi, BSC, CSC for NBC’s Dracula (“The Blood is the Life”)

Half-hour Episodic Series:
* Peter Levy, ACS, ASC for Showtime’s House of Lies (“The Runner Stumbles”)
* Matthew J. Lloyd, CSC for Amazon’s Alpha House (“Pilot”)
* Blake McClure for Comedy Central’s Drunk History (“Detroit”)

Television Movie/Miniseries:
* Jeremy Benning, CSC for National Geographic Channel’s Killing Lincoln
* David Luther for Starz Network’s The White Queen (“War at First Hand”)
* Ashley Rowe, BSC for Starz Network’s Dancing on the Edge (Episode 1.1)

“The new heights that storytelling has reached on television are in part because of the tremendous artistry and outstanding work being done by the shows’ cinematographers,” says ASC President Richard Crudo. “It was difficult for our members to narrow down the field to these nominees given the high caliber of the submissions.”

Franco has been previously nominated for Boardwalk Empire (2012), Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee (2008), Intensity (1998), Falling for You (1996) and Million Dollar Babies (1995).

Freeman has collected three ASC Awards. His wins were for Boardwalk Empire (2012, 2011) and Homeland Security in (2005). He has also earned additional nominations for Taken (2003), Strange Justice (2000) and Prince Street (1998).

Gill and Morgenthau have each previously earned an ASC Outstanding Achievement Award.

Gill took home an Award for Hitler: The Rise of Evil (2004), and was nominated for Joan of Arc (2000).

Morgenthau earned his first ASC Award last year for Game of Thrones, and has nominations for Boardwalk Empire (2011), Life on Mars (2009) and The Five People You Meet in Heaven (2005).

This is Levy’s fourth nomination, having been nominated for House of Lies (2013), The Life and Death of Peter Sellers (2005) and 24 (2002).

Rowe and Rawi have both previously been nominated for The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone (2004) and The Tudors (2009), respectively.

Benning, Bernstein, Greene, Haellmigk, Lloyd, Luther and McClure are all first-time nominees.

HBO and Starz led the pack with three nominations each, followed by Showtime with two noms. Amazon, Comedy Central, Fox, NBC, The CW, and National Geographic Channel are also represented.

For information regarding the 28th ASC Awards for Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography visit www.theasc.com or call 323-969-4333.

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About The American Society of Cinematographers
The American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing the art of filmmaking. Since its charter in 1919, the ASC has been committed to educating aspiring filmmakers and others about the art and craft of cinematography. For additional information about the ASC, visit www.theasc.com. Join ASC on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/The.ASC and American Cinematographer magazine fan page at http://www.facebook.com/AmericanCinematographer.

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