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NEUTRIK ANNOUNCES opticamSWITCH® FIBER OPTIC CAMERA SWITCH

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Charlotte, NC – August 2014… Neutrik USA, the leading supplier of robust and reliable professional connectivity solutions for audio, video, and data, is pleased to introduce opticamSWITCH, the ultimate solution for fiber optic camera routing within broadcast studios. opticamSWITCH eliminates the need for high-maintenance, risky SMPTE matrix patch fields by automating camera-to-CCU connections, routing both fiber and power. more

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

Canada’s Woodbine Entertainment Uses FOR-A 4K Camera for Racing Coverage of The Queen’s Plate

Toronto, ON – Kicking off the 2014 season of Canada’s Triple Crown of Thoroughbred Racing, Toronto’s Woodbine Racetrack hosted The Queen’s Plate Stakes last month. The event is the longest continuously run stakes race in North America, and this year marked its 155th anniversary. To ensure not a moment of horseracing action was missed, production of the event included use of FOR-A’s FT-ONE 4K variable frame rate camera, used in conjunction with FOR-A’s ZE-ONE 4K extraction system.

“We used the FT-ONE to give us a slow-motion replay of the finish for our biggest race of the year, and the camera gave us exactly what we were looking for,” said Andrew Barnhardt, Broadcast Technical Supervisor of the Woodbine Entertainment Group. “With the FOR-A’s 4K extraction system, we could select the desired HD framing from the 4K raster to get exactly the shot we wanted.”

The ZE-ONE allows FT-ONE operators to frame and extract any 4K image area of any scene for HD replays. The solution provides operators with an intuitive touch-screen interface, allows users to smoothly zoom in or out, and includes an embedded audio delay processor.

Capable of recording up to 900 frames per second (fps), the FT-ONE was used with a FUJINON 85-300mm Cabrio lens (ZK3.5×85), and positioned near the finish line of the race to catch all of the action of the last run in super slow motion replay. Coverage of the horse race was shown on The Sports Network (TSN), and footage from the FT-ONE at 420 fps was broadcasted within a minute of the finish of the race on July 6th.

“We cropped the race shot fairly wide, then used the ZE-ONE extraction system to provide a 200 to 300 percent zoom with full HD quality for playback,” said Andrew Alexander, Vice President of FOR-A Canada, who helped with set-up and operation of the FT-ONE at the event. “We were also able to track zoomed shots on playback to create specific pan effects.”

“I was confident that FOR-A would deliver for us on the day of the Plate, and fortunately that proved very true,” explained Barnhardt. “We’ve used FOR-A gear in our live production facilities for years, and their reliability is unmatched.”

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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Worcester State University Upgrades to HD with FOR-A Video Switcher

Cypress, CA – When Worcester State University began its most recent studio upgrade, the school was looking for video equipment to take them into the world of high definition. In the market for a cost-efficient yet feature-rich switcher to train students, the university found what it was looking for in FOR-A’s HVS-390HS video switcher.

“We’d been using a switcher that limited our production capabilities. FOR-A’s HVS-390HS allows for more creativity and functionality, so we’re able to add an extra dimension into our teachings,” explained Tom White, Assistant Director of Multimedia Services at Worcester State University. “While our FOR-A switcher is HD, we had the option to keep our remaining equipment SD if we had to for budgetary reasons. This gave us some breathing room.”

Worcester State University’s video production studio went completely high definition in November 2013. The school primarily uses the HVS-390HS switcher for educational training purposes, but it also puts the switcher to work for in-house productions, such as student television shows, and announcement and marketing productions for the university.

The university has found the ease of use and design of the HVS-390HS switcher as two considerable benefits. Some of the students who operate the switcher have never done any type of video production before, but they quickly learn the basic functions of the unit. Durability and reliability are big factors of the HVS-390HS for the university, since around 80 students work with the switcher in a given week.

“We’ve been very impressed with the high cost performance of the switcher,” White said. “We’ve also noticed that there’s a great synergy with FOR-A’s HVS-390HS in the way it fits in our studio and works with our other equipment. It took almost no effort to integrate the switcher into our system. It’s just a beautiful unit that has been a great match for our school.”

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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Broadcast Pix Introduces ‘PixPlay’ Slo-Mo Replay Option for Blackmagic Design HyperDeck, AJA Ki Pro

Billerica, Massachusetts – Broadcast Pix™ today announced PixPlay, a new software option that will allow any Broadcast Pix integrated production switcher to provide slow motion control to a Blackmagic Design HyperDeck or AJA Video Systems Ki Pro disk recorder.

Originally developed as a cost effective solution so game officials could review footage for high school and college sports, PixPlay can also be used during production for almost any sports application, including football, basketball, baseball, soccer and even extreme sports like auto racing. Regularly priced at $495, PixPlay will be offered free to customers purchasing a new Flint™, Granite™ or Mica™ integrated production switcher until Sept. 30.

An operator can replay footage manually using controls on the front panel of the HyperDeck Studio or Ki Pro. With PixPlay, however, VTR control is ported to the production switcher along with six preset replay speeds. Users can also “scrub” or single step through a scene for better control and functionality.

PixPlay also includes an unlimited number of “in” points as part of a playback EDL, which instantly cues the proper scenes. All scoring plays during a football game, for example, can be selected and cued for instant playback at one of PixPlay’s preset replay speeds.

“Broadcast Pix systems already work well with AJA and Blackmagic file-based recorders via our PixPad interface, but our new PixPlay adds a new level of integration and functionality,” said Steve Ellis, CEO of Broadcast Pix. “The workflow is remarkably easy and delivers great slo-mo imagery at a fantastic price.”

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

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SET Expo 2014: FOR-A to Showcase Range of Video Solutions

Cypress, CA – FOR-A Corporation of America announces it participation at the upcoming SET Expo 2014, taking place at the Expo Center Norte in São Paulo, Brazil from August 25-27. FOR-A will exhibit a variety of its popular solutions in booth E17, including its full 4K variable frame rate camera, video switchers, signal processors and multi viewers.

Among the highlights of FOR-A’s booth will be the highly regarded FT-ONE 4K super slow motion camera. Capable of recording up to 900 frames per second, the FT-ONE will be demonstrated alongside FOR-A’s ZE-ONE 4K extraction system. The ZE-ONE allows FT-ONE operators to zoom in on and extract specified HD scenes at any size from 4K sources.

FOR-A will also showcase a number of its popular video switchers, including the HVS-XT portable switcher series. Both the HVS-XT100, which comes with a separate main unit and control panel, and the HVS-XT110, which features a compact, integrated design, will be on display. FOR-A’s HVS-390HS video production switcher will also be shown. Offering unique capabilities that allow operators to deploy any aux bus transition with cuts, mixes, or wipes, and display a keyer complete with DVE functions, the cost-efficient switcher is widely used by broadcasters, houses of worship, education facilities and corporate video producers.

A variety of FOR-A’s signal processors will also be on display, including the award-winning FA-1010, which includes 10 video inputs and outputs and offers multi-channel routing between sources and effective video and audio signal processing for line, relay, reporting, production, editing and delivery applications. The FA-9520 and FA-9500 multi purpose signal processors will also be demoed at the show.

Other equipment to be shown by FOR-A includes the new MV-1620HSA multi viewer, a compact (1RU) but full-featured unit that includes the option to cascade it with other units to display up to 64 sources simultaneously.

“This region is so important to FOR-A, and the SET Expo 2014 is a premier Latin American industry event,” said Mario Rodriguez, FOR-A’s Latin American Sales Manager. “We look forward to exhibiting at this year’s show and displaying some of our newest and most in-demand solutions. A product I’m particularly looking forward to showcasing is our award-winning FA-1010 signal processor, which has proven itself to be a highly popular solution in the region.”

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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Extron Tackles Lecture Capture with the Introduction of the SMP 351 and FlexOS

We are pleased to introduce the SMP 351, an H.264 streaming media processor for capturing and distributing live AV sources and presentations. Featuring up to five inputs, the SMP 351 creates high-impact content by combining two high resolution signals, a background image, and metadata into dynamic layouts that enhance a presentation’s message. The SMP 351 supports both live streaming and recording capabilities, allowing a presentation to be delivered anywhere a network can reach. Extron’s FlexOS embedded operating system makes it easily-adaptable to new requirements, and applications can be uploaded to the SMP 351 to automate system operation using control ports. It is easy to use, and with no licensing fees, has a low cost of ownership. The SMP 351 is a flexible, cost-effective solution for delivering presentations to a larger audience. more

FOR-A Switcher Meets Growing Technical Demands for First Baptist Church Oviedo

Cypress, CA – Established in the 1800s, First Baptist Oviedo is a longstanding Florida-based house of worship that has drastically altered its use of technology in recent years. In 2009, First Baptist Oviedo built a 2,700-seat worship center. Since that time, the church has delivered its message to a wider audience through live streaming, sermon archiving, and the production of podcasts on its website, as well as through its weekly shows on local television.

Recently, the church was in the market for a new video switcher to help run its productions more efficiently. Orlando-based video equipment specialist Encore Broadcast recommended the house of worship look at FOR-A’s HVS-390HS video switcher. Pleased with what they saw, the church purchased the HVS-390HS and began using the unit earlier this year in February. First Baptist Oviedo has been impressed with how the switcher has improved operations in its HD facility.
“We came from having a small switcher with only eight inputs. Our technological demands have rapidly grown with the production of our live broadcasts, and we needed a new switcher that could handle that,” said Josh Felix, the church’s director of technical arts. “We narrowed it down to two choices: FOR-A’s HVS-390HS and Ross Video’s Carbonite. Both switchers met our minimum requirements – each were 2 M/E units with full HD-SDI capabilities. However, a few features of FOR-A’s switcher stood out to us, one being its built-in color corrector on four channels, which has been huge for us. Another perk of the HVS-390HS is its built-in scalers, which allows us to easily scale SD images to HD.”

First Baptist Oviedo has two Sunday services, both of which have the same pastor and message, but each take on their own style. The earlier service is more traditional, led by the choir and orchestra, while the later service takes on a more contemporary approach with a live band providing music. The services are shown on local programming, one of which is broadcast live, while the church’s other television show broadcasts a sermon that took place the previous week.

Felix reports that the HVS-390HS switcher offers several useful features right out of the box, without requiring additional hardware. The church’s video production team enjoys the switcher’s Web browser interface, which allows them to control and manipulate the board remotely. They also appreciate the HVS-390HS switcher’s remote panel options. Video operators can have a mix for its broadcast television productions, and another setup for the church’s image magnification, allowing them to easily show the audience at home something different than what the audience at the church sees on its video screens.

“We design our video systems around FOR-A switchers because they’re reliable and offer excellent cost efficiency and functionality,” explained Jeff Cameron, Sales Engineer at Encore Broadcast. “FOR-A also consistently offers great support and training to its customers. The HVS-390HS has proven itself to be user friendly for the church’s volunteer staff, and has enhanced the house of worship’s video production capabilities.”

“Our goal every Sunday morning is to create a distraction-free worship environment through our equipment set up,” explained Felix. “With better quality video production gear like our HVS-390HS, we’re able to eliminate any technical distractions for our members, and this is critical to us. Even more so, technology allows our gospel to expand beyond our doors, reaching the world. I look at our FOR-A switcher as an infrastructure upgrade, and one of the main functions that help our video production run smoothly. I’m confident that the HVS-390HS will carry our church’s productions for many years down the line.”

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.

ALTINEX DEBUTS SP1104SC INTERCONNECT PLATE

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Brea, CA – July 2014… Altinex, a leading manufacturer of Signal Management Solutions®, is pleased to introduce the SP1104SC Interconnect Plate. Comprised of the three-space Altinex CNK-IP-210 blank connector plate—with one of the available openings populated by the CNK-IP-200 dual AC / charging USB module— the new SP1104SC forms the basis of an interconnect system that resides inside the company’s popular CNK200 (matte black) or CNK200S (brushed silver aluminum) Cable-Nook™ Modular Tabletop Interconnect Boxes. With its ability to be populated with a wide range of connectors, the SP1104SC offers a high level of customization—making it ideal for use in today’s sophisticated AV environments. more

Calrec Consoles Drive Audio During World Cup Coverage

Artemis Consoles Used to Create Full Mixes in 5.1 and Stereo Simultaneously

HEBDEN BRIDGE, U.K. — July 21, 2014 – The BBC relied on Calrec Audio’s digital audio consoles during its coverage of the FIFA World Cup beginning in June. The broadcaster used a combination of three rented consoles to mix the audio in Brazil for transmissions in the U.K.

At the International Broadcast Centre (IBC) in Rio de Janeiro, two 24-fader Artemis Light consoles served as the first point of control in the signal path, responsible for submixing all sound associated with the matches and creating simultaneous 5.1 and stereo mixes. In addition, controlled commentary and controlled effects were passed on to all other users including the edit suits in the IBC, the various multiplatform control suites in the U.K., and the BBC’s studio broadcasting center (SBC), also in Rio.

At the SBC, a 56-fader Artemis Beam was used to combine the submixes from the IBC with other sources, including studio mics, postproduction playbacks, contributions from venue reporters/presenters, and audio-only playback such as music, sound effects, and voice recordings. These were all mixed into final 5.1 and stereo feeds and then passed on to the transmission network in the U.K.

“The BBC is our oldest customer and we have a long history of collaboration to ensure the products evolve to meet its needs,” said Jim Green, Calrec’s U.K. sales manager. “We’re always eager to support major projects like the World Cup broadcast from Brazil, where the BBC has taken advantage of Calrec functionality to make the whole workflow more efficient.

“Technology and viewer expectations are always moving forward, so each tournament faces new challenges that require better solutions,” Green added. Since the last World Cup there has been advancement in surround sound and loudness regulations, and this year the BBC has incorporated augmented- reality visual effects that bring their own set of audio-visual synchronization challenges. Calrec works closely with its customers to stay abreast of the technology and evolving requirements.”

Information about Calrec and its products is available at calrec.com.

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About Calrec Audio Ltd.
Calrec Audio is exclusively dedicated to excellence in audio mixing for on-air and live production. A broadcast specialist for 50 years, Calrec has developed a range of digital consoles relied on by the world’s most successful broadcasters. For putting sound in the picture, broadcasters put their trust in Calrec. More information is available at calrec.com and community.calrec.com.

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

Visit Calrec Audio at IBC, Stand 8.C58

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