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Shotoku Broadcast Systems Announces New SmartTrack System at IBC 2014

Latest Solution Anchors New and Enhanced Studio and Field Camera Support Gear

Amsterdam • IBC2014 — Shotoku Broadcast Systems, the well-established leader in manual and robotic camera support, and virtual reality tracking, is anchoring this year’s IBC Stand with a new ‘smart’ rail camera system that targets the rigorous demands of daily TV studio use. The SmartTrack system is being shown alongside Shotoku’s advanced and high-performing control solutions, pan & tilt heads, robotic and manual pedestals, and virtual reality products for OB, studio, field production and legislative applications.

“As always, we are totally committed to IBC, which is a major event in our calendar. It allows us to showcase our systems to the European broadcast market as well as to professionals from so many other parts of the world. It’s a fantastic opportunity to meet new clients and catch-up with old friends with whom we’ve worked for many years,“ said James Eddershaw, sales director, Shotoku. “This year, we are showing a combination of systems from across our entire range of camera supports, including for the first time outside the USA the new SmartTrack rail-based camera system for floor or ceiling use.”

ROBOTIC HIGHLIGHTS
NEW SmartTrack

For the first time at IBC, Shotoku is demonstrating the new SmartTrack system, a fully integrated product based on the core track-based technology of MAT, Germany. In combination with Shotoku pan & tilt heads and control systems the MAT system is turned into the perfect solution TV studio use, day after day. It is highly adaptable, supporting floor or ceiling operation and a range of height column configurations, in both upright and inverted modes. The high quality engineering of the MAT and Shotoku systems ensure that the system is robust and stable, designed for long-term use in demanding applications such as 24/7 news or TV Shopping environments.

ENHANCED TR-XT Control Systems
Shotoku’s leading advanced control system is on display once again, incorporating the recent enhancements and expansions in terms of camera capacity and dynamic configuration. The systems on show are controlling multiple cameras and sharing camera operation across several controller-types.

ENHANCED Fully Robotic Pedestal
Shotoku is demonstrating the latest developments in fully robotic studio pedestals, providing complete X-Y-H camera positioning with free-roaming capability, where track systems would not be appropriate. Several enhanced features including Virtual Reality tracking and simple referencing make the pedestal ideal for many TV studio applications.

SEE IT LIVE Orchestra CMS Parliamentary Systems
Fully automated and with live video touch-screen operation, Shotoku’s world-leading parliamentary TV system is also being shown in action. The TG-27 pan and tilt head, becoming a standard among high-end parliaments and legislatures all over the world, is being demonstrated under the control of the TR-S panel.

MANUAL HIGHLIGHTS
NEW TTH1502C Carbon Fibre Tripod

Shotoku’s new 2-stage TTH1502C carbon fibre tripod incorporates the latest technology to give operators a lightweight, yet sturdy tripod system that is perfect for EFP or documentary production. Built to last with carbon fibre legs, the tripod weighs a mere 5.9kg (13 lbs.), features a 150mm bowl base, and stands over 1615mm (5’) tall at its maximum height. Available with a ground spreader or a mid-level spreader, the tripod is ideally paired with Shotoku’s SX300 pan & tilt head for optimal performance.

TRIED & TRUE SX300 Pan & Tilt Head
One of Shotoku’s latest mid-weight EFP pan & tilt fluid heads, the SX300 features outstanding balance, a robust build and ergonomic design. With a high capacity 38kg (83 lbs) payload and wide-balance capability, the SX300 supports an array of cameras, lenses and accessories, making it perfectly suited for field production, OB and studio use. The 300 head accommodates flat base or 150mm ball. Operators can not only expect top-class performance and reliability from the SX300’s VISCAM technology for smooth and adjustable pan & tilt drag with reinforced torque, but a continuously adjustable balance system.

FLEXIBLE SG900 Pan & Tilt Head
Shotoku’s SG900 manual pan & tilt head offers vibration-free speed in an ergonomically designed sturdy package. Ideal for OB and studio production with Teleprompters or box type lenses, the SG900 supports 90 kg (198 lbs), and features single knob balance adjustment. The unit incorporates the VISCAM ultimate fluid drag system to control smooth pan & tilt movement and REULAUX perfect balance system for maintaining the camera’s centre of gravity. The SG900 fits various pedestals including Shotoku’s TP200 lightweight, 2-stage pneumatic pedestal and both the TP-80 and TP-90 studio models.

BACKED BY EXPERIENCE Virtual Tracking Systems
Based on decades of extensive VR experience, Shotoku VR tracking systems offer outstanding design features, robust and reliable platforms for a wide range of camera and lens configurations. High-accuracy, real-time data output with absolutely no loss in manual performance is common to all Shotoku systems as is compatibility with all leading VR graphics systems. Shotoku’s VR range includes the simplest PT head and tripod right up through studio pedestals and high payload heads to state of the art cranes and jibs with total freedom of movement within VR studios small or large. Shotoku has samples of these systems on show at IBC.

About Shotoku Broadcast Systems
Shotoku Broadcast Systems is an international leader in the manufacture and marketing of a full range of camera support products with emphasis on manual and robotic pedestals and pan/tilt heads for the television broadcast industry. The Company also provides robotic camera systems capable of interfacing with third-party equipment. Established as an engineering design firm specializing in advanced mechanics and electronic control systems, Shotoku maintains headquarters in Japan with offices in Staines, UK and Torrance, CA. The Company’s robotic camera systems are designed, developed and manufactured in Staines, UK. For further information: www.Shotoku.co.uk
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Shotoku contact: James Eddershaw
+44 (0) 1784 224650 / mailto:info@shotoku.co.uk

Press contact: Desert Moon Communications / Harriet Diener
+1-845-512-8283 / mailto:Harriet@DesertMoon.tv

Extron Now Shipping Compact HDMI to HDMI Scaler

Extron Electronics is pleased to announce the immediate availability of the DSC HD-HD, a compact high performance, HDCP-compliant scaler that converts between HDMI resolutions and frame rates. It accepts video from 480i up to 1920×1200, 1080p, and 2K, and offers high performance upscaling and downscaling with multiple output rates up to 1920×1200, including HDTV 1080p/60 and 2K. The DSC HD-HD features advanced Extron video signal processing with 1080i deinterlacing and Deep Color processing for optimal image quality. It includes many integrator-friendly features such as on-screen display, test patterns, and EDID Minder. The DSC HD-HD is ideal for applications that require scaling HDMI video to match the different capabilities and requirements of sources, displays, videoconferencing codecs, and other equipment. The compact form factor allows simple integration at a source, destination, or in a distribution system. more

R. L. Drake Simplifies Multipoint Distribution for Public Education and Government Channels With New Encoders

Featuring Advanced Video Processing and Network Capabilities, MPEG-2 and H.264 PEG-NE24-IP and PEG-NE24-IP-C Encoders Bring New Levels of Efficiency and Video Quality to Public Education, Government, and Sports Applications more

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Extron Introduces 3G-SDI to 3G-SDI Scaler with Audio Embedding and De-Embedding

Extron Electronics is pleased to introduce the DSC 3G-3G A, a high performance 3G-SDI scaler that converts between 3G-SDI, HD-SDI, and SDI resolutions and frame rates. It accepts, scales, and outputs SMPTE video resolutions from 480i and 576i up to 1080p/60 and 2K. The DSC 3G-3G A features advanced Extron video signal processing with 1080i deinterlacing and Deep Color processing for optimal image quality. The DSC 3G-3G A also provides flexible audio capability with analog audio embedding, de-embedding, and level adjustments. Dual SDI outputs, genlock, and an input loop-through facilitate integration in demanding professional environments, while the compact enclosure simplifies installation. The DSC 3G-3G A is ideal for applications with professional video systems, including video editing and production, rental and staging, medical imaging, and large-scale presentations. more

Monroe Electronics and Digital Alert Systems Issue Guidance for Broadcast and Cable Operators for FEMA’s Sept. 17 EAS Test in West Virginia

App Notes Available Online Provide Easy Step-by-Step Instructions for Configuring One-Net and DASDEC EAS/CAP Systems Prior to First-Ever Test of NPT Code more

FSR Expands Infrastructure Line of Wall Box Solutions with Introduction of PWB-353

Open face design facilitates quick access to cables

Woodland Park, NJ – FSR, leading manufacturer of a wide variety of products for the audio/video, education, hospitality, government, and religious markets, continues to expand its infrastructure line of Wall Box solutions with the introduction of the PWB-353 Wall Box unit. Featuring an open face design with a white interior and white extended trim ring, rather than a closed cover, this model facilitates quick access to cables and connectors without cover removal.

The PWB-353 features multiple knockouts for power and openings for up to six single IPS connector plates. At 3-inches deep, it is designed for use in 3-inch or 4-inch stud walls. The extended trim ring provides a clean appearance while covering rough cuts in the drywall created during installation.
“We are always pleased to be able to offer industry professionals working in the audio/video markets cost-effective solutions that help make their jobs easier,” said Jan Sandri, FSR president. “With our new PWB-353 Wall Box unit, we are confident that we are doing just that. The PWB-353 offers, among many other things, an open face design that lends itself well to quick and easy access to cables and connectors. Users can even add LITE-it to easily provide lighting.” FSR’s new award-winning LITE-IT securely fastens to any ferrous metal surface and easily provides lighting in floor, wall and ceiling boxes, or anywhere a work light is needed.

Key features of the PWB-353 Wall Box include: A rugged 16 gauge steel back box, simple installation
features, quick access to cables and connectors, multiple knockouts in a variety of sizes and included hardware.
The PWB-353 is shipping now. As always, all FSR products are made of durable materials in the USA.

About FSR
FSR, established in 1981, manufactures a wide variety of signal management and infrastructure solutions for the audio / video, datacom, education, hospitality, government, and religious markets, including floor, wall, table, and ceiling connectivity boxes, as well as a full line of interfaces, distribution amplifiers, matrix switchers, seamless switchers and HDBaseT & CAT-X signal delivery 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 Public Relations & Advertising
Harriet Diener
845-512-8283 • mailto:harriet@desertmoon.tv

Extron Now Shipping Compact Four Input Scaler

Extron Electronics is pleased to announce the immediate availability of the Extron IN1604 HD, an HDCP-compliant four input scaler that features three HDMI inputs, a universal analog video input, and an HDMI output. It is ideal for installation beneath conference tables and in lecterns to provide localized switching support for sources such as presenter devices. The IN1604 HD provides the convenience of fast and reliable switching, along with a high performance scaling engine for HDMI and analog video sources. Also included are a host of audio processing features and many versatile options for control. The IN1604 HD joins the recently available IN1604 DTP, which features an Extron DTP twisted pair output. more

Extron Introduces Single-Gang DTP Wallplate Transmitters for HDMI

Extron Electronics is pleased to introduce the DTP T HWP 231 D and DTP T HWP 331 D, single-gang Decora®-style transmitters for sending HDMI, audio, and bidirectional RS-232 and IR signals over a shielded CATx cable to Extron DTP-enabled products. The DTP T HWP 231 D extends signals up to 230 feet (70 meters), while the DTP T HWP 331 D extends signals up to 330 feet (100 meters). The one-gang form factor provides maximum space efficiency in wall mount, floor box, and furniture mount applications. The transmitters support computer video up to 2560×1600, HDTV 1080p/60 Deep Color, and 4K resolutions. Both models also accept analog stereo audio signals for simultaneous transmission over the same shielded twisted pair cable. They feature remote power capability, plus bidirectional RS-232 and IR pass-through for remote AV device control. The single-gang wall-mountable design of the DTP T HWP 231 D and DTP T HWP 331 D provides the convenience of placing input connections precisely where they are needed. more

Nexidia and Telestream Announce Integration of Nexidia QC Caption Verification Tool Into Vantage Workflow Automation Environment

ATLANTA — Aug. 27, 2014 — Nexidia, developer of dialogue and audio analysis products and technologies for optimizing audio and video media, and Telestream(R), a leading provider of digital media tools and workflow solutions, today announced a partnership that gives Telestream Vantage users a unique and integrated quality control (QC) solution for caption and language verification. Nexidia QC(TM), Nexidia’s award-winning software tool for automating QC of closed captions, video description, and languages for broadcast and IP workflows, is now available as part of the Telestream Vantage v6.3 file-based workflow automation system. The integration will help ensure that those who use Vantage are better able to automate compliance with Federal Communications Commission (FCC) closed caption regulations as well as similar requirements of regulators around the world and delivery requirements of OTT partners.

“Nexidia QC is a patented verification tool for captions and language identification that is unlike anything else out there. When you add it to Telestream’s leading workflow automation and orchestration tool, known for its ease, speed, and quality of conversion, you get efficiencies that streamline the entire delivery and QC process into a single automated workflow,” said Drew Lanham, senior vice president and general manager of Nexidia’s Media and Entertainment division. “The Nexidia QC integration enables Telestream Vantage users to utilize Nexidia QC’s full functionality anywhere in the Vantage workflow, ensuring that media meets FCC regulations and caption and language requirements from partners like iTunes(R), Netflix, and Amazon. This combination saves time and money over manual solutions and results in a higher-quality experience for viewers across all platforms.”

The FCC requires that closed captions be complete and in sync for any program that goes to air and for any previously broadcasted program that is subsequently streamed or otherwise made available online. Telestream Vantage offers a suite of file-based tools for performing high-quality transcoding and frame-rate conversion that scales to accommodate multiple programs and platforms. Nexidia QC is an automated solution that can perform up to five times faster than real time, and the workflow can be further accelerated by adding additional instances of Nexidia QC. The combined solution can scale to address caption compliance in the face of a growing number of platforms and programs, increasing throughput while maintaining high-quality deliverables.

“With the FCC’s strict new rules on the insertion of closed captions in video clips that are posted online, the combination of Telestream Vantage and CaptionMaker with Nexidia QC ensures that our customers can create, check QC, and correct closed captions associated with their media,” said Paul Turner, vice president of enterprise product management at Telestream.

Nexidia QC provides a unique, natural-language verification tool for captions and language identification that easily integrates into broadcast and IP workflows. In the integration with Vantage, Nexidia QC can be inserted at any point in the Vantage workflow. This flexibility enables customers to optimize all their delivery requirements, utilizing a single platform to meet quality and FCC standards and regulations.

Nexidia QC is integrated into v6.3 of the Vantage platform and is now available worldwide.

More information about Nexidia and its products is available at www.nexidia.tv.

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About Nexidia
Nexidia is the audio and video search company with patented technologies and breakthrough applications that make it quick and easy for customers to gain new insight, boost their competitive advantage, and monetize large volumes of audio and video assets from entertainment, sports, news, education, corporate, government, financial, house of worship, and non-profit organizations. More information is available at www.nexidia.tv.

All trademarks appearing herein are the property of their respective owners.

FOR-A to Intro Versatile XT2000 Video Switcher at IBC 2014

Unit well suited for many production environments, including OB truck, live event, TV studio, house of worship and educational settings

Tokyo, Japan – At the upcoming IBC Show, taking place September 12-16 in Amsterdam, FOR-A Company Limited will unveil its HVS-XT2000 video production switcher, the newest addition to the XT switcher family. A flexible unit allowing up to 40 SDI inputs and 22 outputs, the easy-to-use XT2000 includes powerful features unavailable in other switchers in its class. FOR-A will showcase the XT2000 in its IBC booth, Hall 2, Stand A51.

The XT2K has a number of groundbreaking features and technologies never before enjoyed by operators. One exclusive feature of the 2 M/E XT2000 is MELite™, which allows a traditional AUX bus to transform into a functional M/E with cut, mix, wipe and key control. The unit runs on what has been dubbed a V6 XT2K engine, ready for SD, HD, Full HD (3G) and 4K production. The MELite™ feature provides the XT2000 with the production capabilities of a fully functional 6 M/E switcher. MELite™ is the building block for even more powerful, yet easy to use features such as upstream and downstream transition effects. Operators can deploy a MELite™ as a third M/E, transforming the switcher to a 3 M/E switcher with a 3 M/E panel. Users can also add a 1 M/E panel and allow a second operator to have the added power of a second fully functional switcher in another location, all from the V6 XT2K engine. The versatile, cost efficient HVS-XT2000 gives operators the power of 6 M/Es for multiple, independent, on-stage monitor display control.

Another exclusive feature of the switcher is ONStage™, a newly developed technology designed specifically for staging events, such as house of worship or corporate events where multiple image magnification displays are used, each with independent transitions. This is the first switcher mode that allows operators to see mix, wipe, key and DVE changes with full preview control connected directly to the lever arm transition area. With ONStage™, operators have more power and creativity in their video switching than ever before.

Another feature that provides additional flexibility and customization is FLEXaKEY™. With FLEXaKEY™, operators can tailor their production needs by adding and moving key and DVE layers to traditional M/E resources or to MELite™ resources. FLEXaKEY™ allows operators to select and multiply the layers and graphics they need, when they need them.

The switcher includes a four-channel media player capable of still image and clip store with memory back-up. Its panel memory system, P-MEM™, includes simple panel snap shot recall or events, sequence and macro memory recalls. Within the XT2000 is a new FOR-A-developed menu system inspired from customer feedback around the world. Called Midas Touch™, the menu system allows for easy configuration changes and full system control. The V6 XT2K includes frame synchronizers on every input, including valuable frame grab for image capture on any input. Re-sizer for SD to HD migration is also included. Furthermore, the system offers a total of 12 keyers, with up to 12 floating 2.5D and 3.0D DVE effects, and multiple user configurable multi-viewers are available with the switcher.

The switcher also features an easy to operate, highly functional control panel. The XT2000 control panel features crystal clear OLED source names displays, multiple color LED buttons, rich selection of user buttons, and built in touch screen menu and remote shotbox options.

“The XT2000 switcher was designed based on significant customer feedback,” said Hiro Tanoue, President of FOR-A Corporation of America. “Users of the XT2000 will find it to be a value rich, efficient, and easy to operate system that gives them limitless capabilities in their video production environment.”

The XT2000 is ideal for a wide variety of applications, including OB truck, live event, television studio, house of worship and educational settings. The switcher will start shipping in Q1 2015.

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, visit our web site at www.for-a.co.jp

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