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Analog Way exhibits SmartMatriX Ultra, a new Multi-Screen Seamless Switcher at NAB Show 2013 – Booth #SL4229

March 2013 – Analog Way is pleased to exhibit SmartMatriX Ultra (Ref.SMX12x4), a new high-end Matrix Seamless Switcher. Based on Analog Way’s new LiveCore platform, the SmartMatriX Ultra offers state-of-the-art live processing and multi-screen management for impressive presentations. It will be exhibited in Analog Way’s booth #SL4229 during NAB Show, from April 8 to 11 in Las Vegas, USA.

SmartMatriX Ultra (Ref.SMX12x4) is a high-end 12×4 Scaled Native Matrix with ruggedized design for outstanding durability. It offers versatile AV connections for any set-up through 12 true seamless inputs and 42 plugs: 6 x HDMI, 9 x DVI-D, 3 x DisplayPort, 12 x 3G-SDI and 12 x Universal Analog. Included SFP Cage on the outputs is compatible with a large choice of SFP Optical modules. SmartMatriX Ultra supports any source from composite video to 2560×1600, and outputs a variety of formats including HD-TV and Computer format up to 2560×1600 and 4K.

The new state-of-the-art LiveCore platform

SmartMatriX Ultra features Analog Way’s new LiveCore platform offering powerful live image seamless processing and switching.
The machine provides 2 true seamless scaled layers per output, which can be controlled individually in time and transition. All layers are uniformly considered, meaning any source can be fully resized. Up to 50 frames and 50 logos can be easily stored in the device memory via a USB plug. They are all fully resizable and support all settings and transitions of the layers. The Native Background allows creative customization and an additional 3rd layer on any output.
With 2 independent true seamless scaled layers per output, SmartMatriX Ultra provides dedicated live processing for demanding presentations.
SmartMatriX Ultra offers a Full Preview for all 4 outputs with all PIPs available, as well as a customizable Live Source Mosaic Monitoring on an independent output. All sources and layers can be displayed in real time on the Program, the Preview and the Live Source Mosaic Monitoring output.

Additive modularity for impressive solutions

Two units of the SmartMatriX Ultra can be linked. In this configuration, inputs and outputs are shared and added, thus resulting in an impressive 24×8 Scaled Seamless Matrix system + 2 customizable mosaic previews.
In Mixer mode, sources can be perfectly mixed and switched, using PIPs and transitions without restriction. Hard Edge is also available on the SmartMatriX Ultra, allowing both horizontal and vertical wide displays.

User-friendliness and comfort of operation

SmartMatriX Ultra can be controlled directly from its front panel or using a Web Remote Control Software.
The front panel offers a large TFT color display with a new graphic user interface allowing the monitoring of sources directly on the screen. A new specific operating mode is directly available on the LCD screen for quick use of the device.
To facilitate the preparation of any presentation, a new optimized web-based Remote Control Software (Web RCS) was specifically designed by Analog Way. With a user-friendly graphic interface, the Web RCS can be run from virtually anywhere on any computing device. A Wizard mode, available on an intuitive dashboard, leads operators in the setup of the product and the preparation of the show.
Up to 5 operators can simultaneously use the RCS and see all tasks performed in real time on the Program, Full Preview and Mosaic Monitoring outputs.
Remote Services, including Support and Assistance, are available on the SmartMatriX Ultra. Through the Web RCS, users can quickly clone a show via a USB plug, access data related to the utilization of the machine, or have Analog Way’s Technical Support teams take control of their device for assistance or support.

Webster City High School Launches Live Sports Coverage with Broadcast Pix Video Control Center

Billerica, Massachusetts – Broadcast Pix™ today announced Webster City High School in Webster City, Iowa, is using a Granite™ 1000 Video Control Center™ to produce live coverage of its varsity athletics from its new competition gymnasium. The school covered all six of its home girls volleyball matches in late 2012, and is currently shooting home boys and girls basketball and wrestling contests.

Live sports coverage is a new challenge for student video production at the school, which has been focused primarily on a weekly newscast. Now in its 14th year, WCTV is a 10-15 minute newscast produced by students that is distributed on an internal cable system and a local community access channel, as well as iTunes and other Internet sites.

When it came time to replace the program’s GlobeCaster switcher and other core SD production equipment, Webster City decided to make the transition to full HD production. Then, according to Mark Murphy, director of technology, Webster City Community Schools, officials decided to expand the video production program by integrating video cameras into the new gym, providing students with the opportunity to produce live sports coverage.

The first phase of the process included the purchase of the Granite system, three Canon HD studio cameras, and other equipment for the 2010 school year, which was purchased from and integrated by Alpha Video in Edina, Minn. The second phase added cameras to the gym and connected the control room to the new facility via fiber in time for the 2012 volleyball season. Murphy said the system will also be used to produce commencement, concert, and special event coverage as well.

Anchored by the Granite, the control room is about 1,100 feet away from the gym, located next to the school’s 400-square-foot studio. The gym is equipped with three ceiling-mounted Panasonic HD cameras and four wall-mounted cameras. All cameras are controlled robotically by students in the control room. The permanently installed cameras and fiber infrastructure that connects to gym to the control room saves hours of setup and strike time for every event, Murphy noted.

Students really like the Granite system, particularly the PixButtons, which include built-in displays to show the device icon and file name of a clip or graphic. “It’s very easy for them to know what source they’re on and where they’re going,” Murphy explained. “It really makes it easy for them to operate.”

Webster City uses a number of the built-in Fluent™ workflow tools, and recently began using Fluent Macros for its wrestling coverage. During some tournaments, there is action on three mats simultaneously. With a camera covering each mat, a macro creates a split screen to provide footage from each match.

Fluent Rapid CG™ 2, an option for Granite and Mica™ Video Control Centers that supports Daktronics scoreboards, automatically integrates databases and custom actions like scorekeeping into templates to streamline the creation of data-intensive graphics. Webster City uses Fluent Rapid CG 2 with a Daktronics All Sport CG to provide real-time score data during its live coverage. “It’s working great for us,” said Murphy. “The data feed can update the same data element on multiple screens. We really like that option.”

With live coverage of several sporting events and dozens of newscasts already completed, Murphy is very pleased with the Granite system. “It’s really helped our production workflow become smoother,” he said. “Technically, the quality is better – and the convenience of an all-in-one package is really a great thing.”

About Broadcast Pix The leader in live video production systems with end-to-end integration, Broadcast Pix was founded in 2002 and has customers in more than 110 countries. Its Video Control Centers™ combine an integrated switcher, clip server, CG, and external control software with patented control panels, unique touch-screens, and exceptional displays. Systems range from compact systems controlled by touch-screen or voice automation to large sophisticated control panels. Customers include leading broadcast, streaming, sports, corporate, education, religious, and government studios. Learn more at www.broadcastpix.com.

Broadcast Pix, Fluent, Fluent Rapid CG, Granite, Mica, and Video Control Centers are trademarks of Broadcast Pix, Inc. Patented. Made in USA.

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Boston College Uses Broadcast Pix Granite 2000 To Produce Coverage of Multiple Sports in Multiple Venues

Billerica, MassachusettsBroadcast Pix™ today announced the Boston College Athletics Department is using a Granite™ 2000 Video Control Center™ to produce live in-house video scoreboard presentations for Eagles basketball, hockey, and football home games. When hockey and basketball games are not broadcast, Boston College streams its productions live to Web.

Housed in Conte Forum, the indoor arena for hockey and men’s and women’s basketball, the control room is connected to Alumni Stadium via fiber for football coverage. The Athletics Department purchased its Granite last summer through Access AV in Concord, N.H., and installed it in time for its first home hockey game of the season last October.

According to Eric Girard, associate director of interactive media for the Boston College Athletics Department, the control room had been equipped with a Broadcast Pix Slate™ 1000 for three years. Originally, the Slate was used for advertising clips and graphics playback, while the video scoreboard presentation was switched using a Ross switcher. For the past two years, however, the Slate was used exclusively during the production.

When it was time to update the control room, Boston College upgraded to the Granite 2000 because it offered more versatility, including increased I/O and a larger control panel. “The ability to see more on those panels is a huge plus,” he said.

A typical football production uses up to four cameras, a combination of tripod and handheld units, while basketball and hockey can have as many as five cameras for game coverage and replays. Girard said they sometimes use video feeds from production trucks that are producing the game for broadcast for additional coverage.

During hockey and basketball, Fluent Rapid CG™ 2 is used to update scores. An option of Granite and Mica™ systems, it streamlines data-intensive CG graphics creation by integrating databases, RSS feeds, and custom actions like scorekeeping into graphics automatically, which produces customized graphics significantly less manual effort. (Fluent Rapid CG 2 is not used in football, because the stadium’s video boards are positioned on top of separate scoreboards.)

The department uses the Fluent™ Watch-Folders feature almost daily, according to Girard. Production graphics are created in Avid and Adobe After Effects, then dragged into Watch-Folders via the network for instant access during productions. The built-in Harris Inscriber CG, part of the Fluent workflow tools included with each Broadcast Pix system, was another selling point. “It’s convenient and the compatibility with the program is nice,” he said. “For moderate budgets, you couldn’t ask for much more.

With no full-time TD on staff, Boston College relies on Fluent Macros to provide a consistent look for replays, sponsorship bugs, score tickers, and other on-screen graphics and transitions. Girard estimated there are almost 800 stored macros, and up to 100 macros are used during each game. “It’s a very easy way to get things done,” he explained. “They are extremely beneficial.”

About Broadcast Pix The leader in live video production systems, Broadcast Pix was founded in 2002 and has customers in more than 110 countries. Its Video Control Centers™ combine an integrated switcher, clip server, CG, and device control software with patented control panels, unique touch-screens, and exceptional displays that enable operators to create with confidence. That confidence is further enhanced with rock-solid stability, patented technologies to maintain lip sync, and great technical support. Systems range from compact systems controlled by touch-screen or voice automation to sophisticated 2 M/E control panels. Customers include leading broadcast, corporate, education, religious, government, webcast, entertainment and mobile studios. Learn more at www.broadcastpix.com.

Broadcast Pix, Fluent, Fluent Rapid CG, Granite, Mica, Slate, and Video Control Centers are trademarks of Broadcast Pix, Inc. Patented. Made in USA.

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Belkin Named Finalist in Info Security Product Guide’s Global Excellence Awards for Secure Audio and Microphone Four-Port Switch and Belkin USB Smart Card Reader for Government

Belkin announced today that Info Security Products Guide, the industry’s leading information security research and advisory guide, has named two products, Belkin Secure Audio and Microphone Four-Port Switch and Belkin USB Smart Card Reader, as finalists for the 2013 Global Excellence Awards in the Security Products and Solutions for Government category. These prestigious global awards recognize security and IT vendors with advanced, ground-breaking products and solutions that are helping set the bar higher for others in all areas of security and technologies.

Belkin’s Secure Audio and Microphone Switch offers users centralized control over audio ports, and is designed to reduce the possibility of analog cross-talk of audio signals between computers running at different security levels. It is designed for government and other environments requiring the use of secure Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) communications. Supporting both stereo audio and microphone analog signals, the switch allows users to securely share headsets, speakers and microphones between computers or IP phones.

The Belkin USB Smart Card Reader is the industry’s first USB smart card and common access card (CAC) reader specifically designed for today’s demanding government applications. Offering the broadest range of smart card compatibility, including Class A, B, C (5v, 3v and 1.8v), the Belkin Smart Card Reader features a compact, tamper-resistant design for easy one-handed card insertion that is ideal for government data security use. Designed to support smart cards meeting ISO7816 standards, which include CAC and PIV, the new Belkin Smart Card Reader has been built from the ground up to assure high security for government applications. Its uni-body enclosure works to eliminate entry points and prevents physical electronic tampering. All firmware is in ROM (read only memory) to assure no risk of alteration.

“We are very pleased to have the Belkin Secure Audio and Microphone Four-Port Switch and Belkin USB Smart Card Reader both named as finalists by Info Security Products Guide,” said Ben Thacker, global vice president, Business Division, Belkin International. “This recognition validates our fierce commitment to understanding the IT challenges our government customers face, and to delivering the iron-clad security that their industry-specific applications require. We strive to achieve the perfect combination of reliability and usability that only Belkin can achieve.”

About Info Security Products Guide Awards

SVUS Awards organized by Silicon Valley Communications are conferred in four annual award programs: The Info Security’s Global Excellence Awards, The IT Industry’s Hot Companies and Best Products Awards, The Golden Bridge Business and Innovation Awards, and Consumer Products Guide’s Best Choice Awards. These premier awards honor organizations of all types and sizes from all over the world including people behind them, the products, performance, PR and marketing. To learn more, visit www.svusawards.com

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About Belkin Business

Belkin Business, a division of Belkin International, offers technology solutions for office, classroom, IT infrastructure, and mobile environments. A proven technology leader for more than 30 years, organizations worldwide trust Belkin for its unwavering commitment to product quality, and expertise in creating solutions designed to address customer requirements in business, government and education. With a global supply chain and broad provider network, Belkin commands a purchasing power that delivers greater value and unparalleled execution advantages to customers. The company’s line of commercial products are available through Belkin’s global network of distributors and resellers. Headquartered in Playa Vista, California, the company is represented in more than 25 countries and can be found on the Web at http://www.belkin.com/us/business/enterprise.

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Cathedral of Faith Upgrades to Full HD Broadcast Capability with FOR-A Video Switcher

Fort Lee, N.J. – FOR-A Corporation of America, a leading manufacturer of video and audio systems for the broadcast and professional video industries, announces that San Jose, California-based Cathedral of Faith has implemented a FOR-A HVS-350HS video switcher as part of their HD overhaul. The church’s system was recently converted to HD in two phases and integrated by the Texas-based company Spectaveris.

Besides their main location in San Jose, Cathedral of Faith has seven remote locations around the San Francisco Bay area. Each week, the main church’s Saturday service is recorded, duplicated onto hard drives, and sent by car to each remote church. The sermon is then shown at each remote campus church using ProPresenter technology. Cathedral of Faith also broadcasts its services online at http://live.cathedraloffaith.org/ and has live HD feeds to the church’s outdoor pavilion every Sunday morning. All church services, which include five on the weekend, one midweek service, and a Spanish service on Sunday, are recorded. DVDs of the services are also available to the congregation for purchase.

Broadcasting since 1965, Cathedral of Faith first worked with Spectaveris to upgrade their system to standard definition six years ago. When called upon this year to convert the church to HD production, Spectaveris discovered some initial design challenges. First, they had to work around the church’s weekly broadcast schedule. The integrator also needed to consider that the vast majority of the church’s production staff were volunteers, so keeping a user-friendly workflow was crucial. There was also the usual challenge of delivering high-quality technology while keeping within the church’s budget.

Spectaveris began equipment selection for the church in April at the NAB 2012 show. Company representatives met with several vendors to choose the switcher that best fit Cathedral of Faith’s needs. After considerable competitive evaluation, Spectaveris found that FOR-A’s HVS-350HS solution met their criteria better than any other switcher on the market. Because they were able to implement the HVS-350HS with two control panels and two multiviewers, one FOR-A switcher replaced the two switchers that the church had been using.

“FOR-A’s HVS-350HS solution is the only switcher out there that offers such a high-quality, cost-effective product with flexible control panels and remote capability control,” said Dean Stone, President, Spectaveris. “Our installations frequently include FOR-A switchers. We continually find that our customers are extremely pleased with the performance of their switcher, and are confident that FOR-A will keep bringing high-quality, reliable solutions to the market.”

The FOR-A switcher was installed this past September during the first phase of the church’s upgrade. The second phase, which involved integrating and testing new cameras and reducing rack size, was executed a few months later. Other equipment installed includes: a Sony OLED picture monitor, Mutec video and digital audio sync master clock generator and a Dell UltraSharp LCD monitor. The project was completed mid-November, and Cathedral of Faith now has full HD broadcast capability. To view a video regarding the church’s upgrade with Spectaveris, please visit the following link: http://vimeo.com/57464828

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.

New Nationwide Distribution Network Catalyst AV Inks Deals with Vanco, ICE Cable and PPC

Wide assortment of tried-and-proven media distribution, wire, cable and accessory products for residential and commercial jobs available from Catalyst AV’s 16-locations

Burlington, MA – January 29, 2013 – Catalyst AV, a newly-formed nationwide distribution network serving more than 10,000 integrators from 16-locations stateside — with emphasis on support before, during and after the sale — today announced that it has entered into agreements to nationally distribute Vanco, ICE Cable and PPC.

”Media distribution, a robust network, wire and cable, telecommunications connectors and accessories – these are the cornerstones of today’s complex residential and light commercial installations,” says board member Steve Presti, principal of member-company Easy Access Distribution.

“Catalyst AV’s goal is to benefit installers by delivering the right products and support necessary to execute the demands of job specifications with confidence. We’re quite certain that these well-established brands will help us achieve just that,” added Presti.

The Catalyst AV member-companies are:
• Allnet Distributing (www.allnetdistributing.com) (Midwest)
• Audio Video Warehouse (www.av-warehouse.com) (Nevada, Arizona)
• Custom Plus Distributing (www.customplusdistributing.com) (Pacific NW / Alaska)
• Easy Access Distribution (www.easyaccessdistribution.com) (Northeast)
• Electronic Lane Distributors (www.electroniclane.com) (Southwest)
• Electronics Source (www.electronics-source.com) (Florida and Southeast)
• Electronic Stockroom (www.electronicstockroom.com) (California)
• HCA Distributing (www.hcadist.com) (Rocky Mountains)
• Pioneer Music Company (www.pioneermusicinc.com) (Plains States)
• SPD (www.spmreps.com/sound-product-distributing) (Upstate NY)
• Tech Source Distributors (www.techsourcedist.com) (Mid-Atlantic)

Look for upcoming press releases regarding additional Catalyst AV vendor partner announcements, as well as line shows and training events.

Muto Communications, LLC is Catalyst AV’s PR agency of record. Please direct media inquiries to Paul Muto at paul@mutocomm.com; 631.849.4301.

About Catalyst AV
Founded in 2012, Catalyst AV is a network of 11 independent consumer electronics distributors serving the residential and professional AV channels in the U.S. Catalyst AV grants manufacturers a consistent and cohesive nationwide distribution model to more than 10,000 professional integration specialists. Catalyst AV benefits integrators by delivering all the products and support necessary to execute the demands of job specifications with confidence.
The Catalyst AV Board of Directors is Mike Hench (Electronics Source); Steve Presti (Easy Access Distribution) and Wally Whinna (Allnet Distributing). www.catalystav.com

Extron Introduces New DMS Series Modular Frames & Fiber Matrix Boards

Extron DMS 2000

Extron DMS 2000

Anaheim, California (January 28, 2013) – Extron Electronics is pleased to announce the addition of the DMS 2000 and DMS 3200 Frames and DMS Fiber Matrix Boards to the DMS Series of Modular DVI Matrix Switchers. The DMS Series combine the simplicity and reliability of a fixed I/O matrix switcher with the convenience and flexibility of a modular solution. The compact DMS 2000 and DMS 3200 are designed to fit in a wide range of installations. The DMS 2000 is available in I/O configurations of 4×4 up to 20×20 in a 3U enclosure, and the DMS 3200 is available in I/O configurations of 4×4 up to 32×32 in a 5U enclosure. For design flexibility, the DMS Fiber Matrix Boards support transmitted distances up to 300 meters (984 feet) on one multimode fiber. Available in 4×4 I/O, 4-input, and 4-output configurations, the fiber optic boards can be mixed-and-matched with available DMS DVI Matrix Boards. The DMS Series is ideal for a wide variety of environments where switching and distribution of high resolution digital video signals without copy protection is needed and a fully digital pathway is essential to maintain the highest possible image quality.

“The modular DMS DVI Matrix Switcher system has become a favorite of AV integrators because of its proven, robust performance and high reliability in mission-critical installations,” says Casey Hall, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Extron. “The addition of these new compact frames and DMS Fiber Matrix Boards now extends the DMS platform into a broader range of environments and offers even greater design flexibility in demanding digital signal distribution applications.”

DMS Series Frames are available in sizes to fit I/O combinations from 4×4 to 36×36. The DMS 2000 and DMS 3200 frames are designed for applications requiring a compact enclosure size with a single, fixed power supply. For mission critical, 24/7 applications that require dual AC power inputs and hot-swappable power supplies, the DMS 1600 and DMS 3600 frames support I/O configurations up to 16×16 or 36×36, respectively. All four DMS frames accept any combination of the available DMS DVI and Fiber Matrix Boards.

The DMS Fiber Matrix Boards are compatible with the new Extron DFX 100 DVI extenders. The boards utilize standard LC connectors, which provide reliable physical connectivity and precise fiber core alignment, and allow the use of low-cost, widely available pre-terminated cables.

Visit our Web site at www.extron.com for more information.

Metro Cable Upgrades with FOR-A HD Switchers

Broadcasts of Sacramento Municipal Meetings Boosted with FOR-A Production Switchers

Fort Lee, N.J. – FOR-A Corporation of America, a leading manufacturer of video and audio systems for the broadcast and professional video industries, announces that its HVS-350HS HD/SD 1.5 M/E digital video switchers and HVS-300HS HD/SD portable video switcher are currently in use at five of the nine sites run by the Sacramento Metropolitan Cable Television Commission of Sacramento, CA.

Working with Metro Cable throughout the selection and installation process was local FOR-A dealer, VMI, Inc., based in Sunnyvale, CA and primarily covering the Western U.S. VMI has regional offices in Sacramento, Garden Grove, Portland, Seattle and Spokane.

Sacramento Metro Cable is a production operation that broadcasts local government municipal meetings for about 23 agencies on Metro Cable 14, a cable television channel in Sacramento County. The control rooms for the following agencies and the Metro Cable van were upgraded as follows with a FOR-A switcher:

Rancho Cordova, CA HVS-300HS Switcher

Sacramento County
Board Chambers HVS-350HS Switcher

Citrus Heights, CA HVS-300 Switcher

Galt, CA HVS-300 Switcher

Metro Cable Van HVS-300HS Switcher
Elk Grove, CA HVS-300HS Switcher

Metro Cable selected FOR-A switchers because of their price and feature-rich design. “Multi-view is a feature we didn’t have previously,” said Bill Piper, Technical Director at Metro Cable. “It’s very nice to be able to make use of that.” As soon as they get new cameras, Metro Cable will be HD. At the moment, they are all standard definition. “We’re SD throughout our system, however, the County board will be HD in the building,” said Piper. “The FOR-A switchers allow us the flexibility to go HD or SD.”

Metro Cable has a feed through the County that streams on the Internet; all recording is done through the FOR-A switchers. “We ordered the extra video out card, and it was great to have the extra output,” said Piper. Additional functionality that Piper appreciates is the ease of use of the picture-in-picture mode, and he finds it easier to retrieve logos. “The layout of the control panel and the setting up of the switcher is very straightforward and intuitive,” said Piper.

“We’re enthusiastic that we can now offer municipal facilities the ability to stay at the forefront of technology within such cost-effective and easy-to-use packages,” said Pedro Silvestre, sales director for FOR-A Corporation of America. “Both switchers are portable, powerful, very easy to use, and ideal in the studio or on a location shoot.”

The HVS-300HS has a built-in multi-viewer, so external monitors are not necessary. Setup on location is further simplified by the frame sync capability found on every input. The HVS-350HS HD/SD 1.5 M/E digital video switcher is a “big brother” to the popular and cost-effective HVS-300HS. The HVS-350HS adds 1.5 M/E functionality, more inputs, and more standard features without dramatically increasing the size of the switcher or control panel.

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.

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Broadcast Pix Welcomes Steve Ellis as New CEO

Billerica, Massachusetts – Broadcast Pix™ today announced it has hired industry veteran Steve Ellis as its president and CEO, effective Feb. 11. He will also be a member of the company’s Board of Directors. Broadcast Pix co-founder and CEO, Ken Swanton, will remain actively involved with the company and on the Board of Directors.

“I’ve experienced what it takes to succeed in this industry – highly innovative products, happy customers, and strong sales and marketing,” said Ellis. “Broadcast Pix invented the professional integrated video production system and has thousands of happy customers all over the world. We will now increase our sales and marketing efforts, as well as build the partnerships necessary to bring this technology to even more video professionals.”

Since 2008 Ellis has served as vice president of Telestream, where he significantly contributed to the company’s rapid growth, as vice president of sales and as vice president of emerging markets. He began his video career in the Air Force, Merrill Lynch and AT&T. In 1988, he became vice president and general manager of Editel Boston, a graphics house for broadcast and commercial film. In 1992, he co-founded SNNY, which sold video production equipment to high-end customers in the Northeast and was the top reseller for Pinnacle Systems. In 1999, he was hired by Pinnacle as its director of sales for the Americas, and was a key member of the team that directed the company’s rapid growth and eventual acquisition by Avid. He then joined Vizrt as vice president of sales for North American operations.

“Broadcast Pix technology moves live production workflows into the future, with the highest level of end-to-end integration,” Ellis added. “We will dramatically extend this technology with some very significant announcements at NAB.”

“Over the past decade, we’ve developed some great technology and built a very loyal and enthusiastic customer base,” said Swanton. “I am delighted to hand the baton to Steve, who is perfect for the next chapter of our growth. I am committed to helping him any way I can.”

About Broadcast Pix The leader in live video production systems, Broadcast Pix was founded in 2002 and has customers in more than 110 countries. Its Video Control Centers™ combine an integrated switcher, clip server, CG, and device control software with patented control panels, unique touch-screens, and exceptional displays that enable operators to create with confidence. That confidence is further enhanced with rock-solid stability, patented technologies to maintain lip sync, and great technical support. Systems range from compact systems controlled by touch-screen or voice automation to sophisticated 2 M/E control panels. Customers include leading broadcast, corporate, education, religious, government, webcast, entertainment and mobile studios. Learn more at www.broadcastpix.com.

Broadcast Pix is a trademarks of Broadcast Pix, Inc. Patented. Made in USA.

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The Cove Church Upgrades to HD Production with Broadcast Pix Granite 5000 Video Control Center

Billerica, Massachusetts – Broadcast Pix™ today announced that The Cove Church in Mooresville, N.C., is using a Granite™ 5000 2 M/E Video Control Center™ to produce image magnification (I-MAG) for its congregation during services, as well as simultaneously stream its services live on the Web and share the live video feed with three campuses across the state. The church began using its new system in mid-October.

Attendance at the main campus in Mooresville, a suburb of Charlotte, averages 3,800 over its four weekend services, with another 900 attendees spread across its North Carolina campuses in Newton, Statesville, and Cornelius. When the church’s aging SD video system needed to be replaced, church officials decided to transition to a full HD production workflow. “We wanted to give our campuses the absolute best quality image,” said Greg Antisdel, director of production.

The Cove Church purchased its Granite 5000 from ClarkPowell in Charlotte, N.C., but designed and installed its own HD infrastructure. The upgraded control room is housed backstage in a room large enough to accommodate up to eight volunteer production team members. Antisdel said the video production team gives people the opportunity to serve the church and help share its message.

Using Granite’s 2 M/E capabilities, the church produces two very different productions. The I-MAG production is designed for the local audience, while the Web/satellite campus version resembles a broadcast production, complete with an announcer, wider shots of the service, and shots from a camera on a jib. “Our goal is not to be a TV production,” Antisdel explained, “but to help you ‘feel’ the venue and feel like you’re part of what’s going on.”

The Fluent™ Clip Store is used for a countdown video before services and a message intro, as well as “life story” videos that are sometimes integrated into services. Antisdel said Fluent Macros were designed for some tasks, so a volunteer TD – who operates the system maybe once a month – does not need to be particularly skilled at switching to get professional results. Fluent-View, the built-in, customizable multi-viewer, populates all sources on two Sharp 70-inch LEDs in the control room.

The built-in Fluent workflow tools, as well as its overall cost effectiveness, made Granite the ideal choice for the Cove Church. “I looked at other switchers, and I still kept coming back to Broadcast Pix. I like the platform,” Antisdel said.

About Broadcast Pix The leader in live video production systems, Broadcast Pix was founded in 2002 and has customers in more than 110 countries. Its Video Control Centers™ combine an integrated switcher, clip server, CG, and device control software with patented control panels, unique touch-screens, and exceptional displays that enable operators to create with confidence. That confidence is further enhanced with rock-solid stability, patented technologies to maintain lip sync, and great technical support. Systems range from compact systems controlled by touch-screen or voice automation to sophisticated 2 M/E control panels. Customers include leading broadcast, corporate, education, religious, government, webcast, entertainment and mobile studios. Learn more at www.broadcastpix.com.

Broadcast Pix, Fluent, Granite, and Video Control Centers are trademarks of Broadcast Pix, Inc. Patented. Made in USA.

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