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Village of Niles To Begin Live Coverage of Council Meetings with Broadcast Pix System

Billerica, Massachusetts – When the Village of Niles, Ill., built its Village Hall in the mid 1990’s, officials had no interest in recording or broadcasting its meetings. In the last few years, however, changes to the local political landscape prompted a new attitude – and the Management Information Systems (MIS) Department was tasked with retrofitting the council chambers and building a video production system from scratch. Now, the village is preparing to broadcast its first meeting with a system built around a Broadcast Pix™ Mica™ 2000 Video Production Center™.

The project had a number of challenges, including a limited budget and no dedicated staff in place to operate the system. The final solution needed to be powerful enough to create compelling coverage, yet simple enough to be operated by one person with minimal training.

“This had to be easy to operate and it had to be as consolidated as possible. The Mica is what made it all possible,” explained Bill Shaw, MIS director for the Village of Niles, which is north of Chicago and has a population near 30,000.

“It’s only because of the integration in the Mica,” added Steve Cusick, systems engineer. “It allows us to make a consistent on-air product, regardless of who is behind the switcher and how much experience they have.”

Shaw and Cusick engineered and installed the system. In an effort to manage costs, every line item – from cables to cameras – was sent out to bid to more than three dozen vendors. In the end, 14 vendors provided various equipment for the project. While Shaw admitted it was a “very complicated” process, it was also the only way the village could afford a system that would meet their objectives.

While the village has been training on the system since late September, it will be used to broadcast its first meeting in December. Meetings will be available in HD for live streaming and video-on-demand on the village’s Web site, and will be broadcast live and rebroadcast in SD on the village’s PEG cable channel.

The large closet containing the audio rack for the Council Chambers in Village Hall was converted to serve as the control room. The council chambers are equipped with four Panasonic HD robotic cameras that are controlled through the Mica; a projector in chambers is another source that can be accessed through the switcher. Mica’s built-in Fluent-View provides customized multi-view monitoring over two LCD touch-screens in the control room, while the integrated Inscriber CG is used for titles and credits.

With Fluent™ Macros, production complexities have been programmed into user-friendly macros to automate meeting coverage as much as possible. As a result, Shaw said, village staff with minimal training can produce a quality broadcast. Cusick and Shaw have created macros to move and switch cameras, add graphics, trigger breaks, and even turn off the cameras after a meeting.

“We realized the only product out there that met our goals was Broadcast Pix. We designed the entire solution around the Mica,” said Cusick. “It’s easy to use, with built-in automation with macros and integrated camera control. It was really the right solution for us.”

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

Atlona at GovComm 2012

Company Quote
“Atlona has a strong portfolio of products designed to support the government with A/V connectivity in mission-critical installations. At GovComm 2012, visitors to our booth will experience a wide range of advanced digital connectivity products, including matrix switchers and splitters with HDBaseT technology, HDMI extenders, plenum HDMI cables, audio amplifiers, and much more,” said Mike Grubb, senior sales manager, the Americas, Atlona. “In addition to the booth products lineup, Atlona will also be taking its solutions off the show floor with a manufacturer’s training session: Extending, Splitting, and Connecting in the Digital Age.” more

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FSR Rallies Behind Home State to Provide Relief for New Jersey Storm Victims

Woodland Park, NJ– FSR, a Passaic County-based manufacturer, has rallied behind fellow New Jerseyans in the wake of Sandy to provide relief for the superstorm’s victims.

Accompanied by a team of FSR volunteers, company president, Jan Sandri arrived at Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Highlands, NJ on Friday, November 9 in vehicles packed with food, paper products, cleaning supplies, clothing and checks.

“Highlands is a small town adjacent to Sandy Hook with a permanent population of 5,000,” said Sandri. “The homes are primary residences, not vacation houses. The town was hit with 13.5’ of water, even before the storm surge came through. These people are our neighbors and have lost so much. It’s a very good feeling to be lending a helping hand.”

Sandri noted that Church volunteers helped unload the supplies as dozens of other cars lined up to drop off diapers, food and other urgently needed products.

“While outside I noticed a truck from Florida Power and Light (FPL) and questioned the driver about his trip,” continued Sandri. “He explained that he was from Texas but was using a FPL vehicle because his own hadn’t arrived yet. It’s wonderful to see the cooperation and help pouring into New Jersey.”

All donations were made in the name of FSR, the Company’s employees, customers and business associates.

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.

All FSR products are designed and manufactured in its Woodland Park, NJ facility. 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.

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

Press Contact: Desert Moon Communications
Harriet Diener
845-512-8283 • harriet@desertmooncomm.com

CCW 2012: FOR-A’s FT-ONE 4K Super Slow Motion Camera Takes Center Stage

Fort Lee, N.J. – FOR-A Corporation of America, a leading manufacturer of video and audio systems for the broadcast and professional video industries, will showcase some of the company’s most popular solutions at the upcoming Content and Communications World (CCW) Expo in New York (Booth #909). Among the booth highlights will be the new FT-ONE full 4K high resolution variable frame rate camera. The show takes place at the Javits Convention Center this week from November 14-15.

“CCW continues to be one of FOR-A’s most important shows of the year,” said Pedro Silvestre, Sales Director, FOR-A Corp. of America. “It attracts top broadcast and video production industry decision makers. When we first introduced the FT-ONE at the Cine Gear Expo in June, we saw its primary use in digital cinema production. But as we’ve moved forward, we’ve discovered that it also has a major place in broadcasting. We believe the FT-ONE is the future of high-end sports coverage, and anticipate that CCW will be an ideal venue to showcase what it can do.”

FOR-A’s award-winning FT-ONE is the world’s first full 4K super slow motion camera. It has the ability to record up to 900 frames per second and harnesses the power of FOR-A’s high-sensitivity CMOS color sensor “FT1-CMOS”. The FT-ONE captures images as uncompressed raw data on the system’s internal memory, which has a recording capacity of 9.4 seconds. The data is then stored on one of two hot-swappable SSD cartridges, each of which is capable of storing 84 seconds of full 4K resolution images.

In FOR-A’s CCW booth, super slow motion footage will be shown on TV Logic 4K monitors. The FT-ONE will be equipped with FUJINON lenses at the expo.

Among other products on display at the FOR-A booth will be the HVS-390HS Video Switcher. Available in 1 M/E or 2 M/E sizes, this compact, cost-effective switcher includes 16 HD/SD-SDI inputs and eight outputs, with frame synchronizers for all inputs. FOR-A will also showcase its dependable HVS-300HS HD/SD 1 M/E Portable Video Switcher.

FOR-A booth will also have on hand the FA-9500 3G/HD/SD Multi Purpose Signal Processor. The unit provides frame sync and video and audio conversion tools. Two channels of HD/SD-SDI and one channel of analog composite video I/O come standard.

FOR-A’s LTR-100HS Video Archiving Recorder will be at CCW as well. The popular storage solution features LTO-5 technology and offers HD/SD-SDI input/output. Equipped with a high quality MPEG-2 codec, the LTR-100HS includes an MXF wrapper/un-wrapper, enabling MXF files recorded to LTO-5 tape to be used directly by many NLE systems.

Other FOR-A products to be shown include: the VTW-300HS HD/SD Character Generator, FVW-500HS HD/SD Video Writer, and MV-42HS Multi-Viewer.

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 Showcases New Upgrades at CCW 2012

Billerica, Massachusetts – Broadcast Pix™ will showcase its Mica™ 2000 Video Control Center™ and new Version 3.2 software for Mica and Granite™ systems at Content & Communications World (CCW), which runs Nov. 14-15, 2012, at the Javits Convention Center in New York (Booth 861).

“CCW is an excellent opportunity for us to connect with our East Coast customers who weren’t able to attend the bigger shows in Las Vegas this year,” said Ken Swanton, CEO, Broadcast Pix. “For some, it will also offer their first hands-on demo of our Mica product line, which has been very well received in the industry. CCW is also a great chance to introduce our new V3.2 workflow software, which enhances five core components of our systems and makes it easier than ever to create great live video with confidence.”

Launched in late 2011, Mica integrated production systems harness the native HD technology from the award-winning Granite product line in a compact, cost effective package. Mica’s multi-definition production switcher can mix eight HD/SD-SDI inputs with seven channels of internal clips, animations, and graphics, with support for up to six keyers and DVEs, six HD/SD-SDI outputs, and two DVI outputs. Each of the four Mica models also includes Broadcast Pix Fluent™ workflow tools, including built-in 30-hour clip store, CG, macros, and customizable multi-viewer.

Available later this year, V3.2 workflow software adds many enhancements to robotic camera control. Now, thumbnails of each robotic camera’s preset position will appear on the multi-viewer, rather than just the number of each preset, which helps with camera selection. New automatic camera follow enables the preset choices for a camera to appear as soon as the camera is selected by the switcher on preview. With enhancements to Fluent Macros, highly polished effects combining robotic cameras and other devices can now be created. Plus, manual control has been enhanced with a mode for very long throws, and control of cameras over IP, instead of just serial, greatly simplifies installation.

V3.2 also adds support for native Avid DNxHD clips as well as multi-definition 1080i, 720p, and SD ProRes and H.264 clips for the integrated clip server. The Granite 2000 control panel now offers 2 M/E functionality, enabling a more affordable 2 M/E system with a compact footprint. Plus, V3.2 enables each program to automatically load a custom multi-view layout and initial macro designed for that show, allows separate control panels to control one M/E on a 2 M/E system, and adds frame capture to the still store. Earlier enhancements that will also be featured at CCW include optimized touch-screen controls, integrated virtual set software, scoreboard integration, multi-lingual user interface, and multi-screen support for 1 M/E systems.

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

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Extron Introduces New Six Input HDCP-Compliant Scaling Presentation Switcher

Extron Electronics is pleased to introduce the IN1606, a six input, HDCP-compliant video scaler that includes four HDMI inputs, two universal analog video inputs, and two simultaneous HDMI outputs. The IN1606 accepts a wide variety of video formats including HDMI, HDTV, RGB, and standard definition video. It features an advanced video scaling engine with 1080i deinterlacing and Deep Color processing to deliver uncompromised picture quality for output resolutions up to 1920×1200 and 2K. Enhanced audio features include six stereo inputs, fixed and variable stereo outputs, two mic/line inputs with ducking and 48 V phantom power, plus HDMI audio embedding and de-embedding. Designed for professional AV integration, the IN1606 offers a complete AV switching system with flexible control options including Ethernet, RS-232, and USB. more

KBVO Delivers Local Sports Coverage with Broadcast Pix

Billerica, Massachusetts – Broadcast Pix™ today that KBVO, the MyNetworkTV affiliate serving Austin, Texas (DMA #47), is using a Granite™ 1000 Video Control Center™ to produce local high school football and basketball games. Granite is a key component in the station’s 20-foot box production trailer, because its built-in Fluent™ workflow tools allow a two-person team in the trailer to produce a professional broadcast.

“I love the Granite system. It’s very easy to use,” said Korey Wisland, production manager, who directs almost every local sports program. “We wouldn’t be doing this the old conventional way – it costs too much. The Granite makes it possible. With a larger production crew, the numbers don’t work.”

Owned by LIN Television Corp., KBVO is co-located with sister station KXAN, the local NBC affiliate, and KNVA, the CW affiliate with which LIN has a local marketing agreement. Last year, station officials decided to rebrand KBVO as a local sports station. The strategy included a new on-air look, broadcasting San Antonio Spurs basketball and Texas Rangers baseball, expanding coverage of Big 12 college basketball and SEC college football, and producing coverage of local high school football and basketball.

The HD production trailer, purchased through Markertek in 2010, is being used for its third season of high school football. The Granite was purchased from Omega Broadcast Group in Austin. Beyond high school sports, KXAN has also used the production trailer for town hall events, and will use it for news coverage of upcoming Formula 1 racing events.

During high school football season, KBVO usually produces two games each week, a Thursday night game that is broadcast live and a Friday night live-to-tape game that is broadcast during the weekend. Games are also available for online viewing at www.kxan.com.

Fluent-View provides multi-view capabilities for the trailer’s four 20-inch LCD monitors. Wisland has created several customized layouts for football, basketball, and news coverage. For game coverage, Fluent Clip Store is used extensively for commercials and sponsor billboards, as well as promos and show opens. In addition, the station’s graphics department creates backgrounds and lower-third graphics, and Granite’s built-in Inscriber CG is used to add text for each contest.

On game day, a typical five-camera setup includes two high cameras and two field cameras, plus one robotic camera in the booth that is controlled through the Granite. During the game, one crew member is responsible for video replay and audio, while the second crew member handles directing, graphics, and clips.

With a skeleton crew in the trailer, Wisland said Fluent Rapid CG™ 2 is a “critical” tool during football and basketball coverage. “We have to use it for sports, especially ‘down and distance’ stats,” he explained. “It’s the only way we could keep up with the score. It’s a simple as it could possibly be.”

An option for Granite and Mica™ systems, Fluent Rapid CG 2 streamlines data-intensive CG graphics creation by automatically integrating databases, RSS feeds, and custom actions like scorekeeping into templates. The result is customized graphics with significantly less manual effort. Fluent Rapid CG 2 also supports Daktronics scoreboards, which saves Wisland from having to set up an additional camera at most sites to shoot the scoreboard clock.

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

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FSR Outfits Local Kids With Tools for School

Manufacturer’s Participation in United Way’s “Backpacks 4 Kids” Program Provides Much Needed Supplies

Woodland Park, NJ — FSR, a Passaic County-based manufacturer, has partnered with United Way of Passaic County to make sure that local students have the supplies they need to maximize their school experience. FSR donated 50 backpacks stuffed with pens, pencils, erasers, crayons and notebooks, along with 50 lunch boxes to United Way for “Backpacks 4 Kids”, the organization’s school supply program – the largest of its kind in Passaic County.

Part of a larger United Way initiative and a combined effort between area businesses, “Backpacks 4 Kids” strives to send students back to school in the Fall armed with the tools they need to succeed.

“It’s our privilege to help the kids as they start a new school year,” said Jan Sandri, FSR’s president. “FSR is a part of the fabric of Passaic County, and we continue to support the United Way and their staff in their unwavering belief that children from all walks of life can succeed if they have the proper tools.”

“Education is one of the primary building blocks of a successful career and financial stability,” said Yvonne Zuidema, CEO/President of the United Way of Passaic County. “We are grateful to Jan Sandri and FSR, as well as our other local businesses, for their generous support of programs that help cultivate the community leaders of the future.”

FSR manufactures audio and video switching, control products, and connectivity boxes, from its headquarters in Woodland Park, NJ.

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.

All FSR products are designed and manufactured in its Woodland Park, NJ facility. 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
845-512-8283 • harriet@desertmooncomm.com

FSR Adds 6″ and 8″ Poke-Thru Floor Boxes to SmartFit Family

New Boxes Offer High Capacity, Pleasing Aesthetics and Ease of Installation

Woodland Park, NJ – FSR, manufacturer of audio and video switching, control products, and connectivity boxes, has announced the addition of fire-rated 6” and 8” Poke-Thru floor boxes as part of its SmartFit family of products.

The easy-to-install, sturdy boxes, available in 6” and 8” sizes, present a high-capacity solution with an ultra-low profile design that eliminates the trip hazard frequently present in competitive products. The covers, available in three architectural finishes: brushed aluminum, brushed brass, and black, mix pleasing aesthetics with functionality. The entire cover door swings open 180° with two smaller cable access doors that fold down for cable egress while the cover door is secure. Each box features a variety of sub-plates that can be configured to allow the power, audio, video and data connections needed for nearly every application thus addressing the challenge of insufficient capacity.

All SmartFit poke-thru floor boxes are UL listed in Canada and the United States for fire and scrub water.

For additional information regarding the SmartFit family visit www.fsrinc.com or contact FSR directly at (800) 332-3771 or at sales@fsrinc.com.

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.

FSR complies with the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 and is a woman owned business. FSR offers live 24/7 technical and sales support throughout the country from expertly trained technicians and sales representatives. For more information visit www.fsrinc.com.

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FSR Contact: Jan Sandri
973-785-4347 • sales@fsrinc.com
Press Contact: Desert Moon Communications
Harriet Diener
845-512-8283 • harriet@desertmooncomm.com

FOR-A to Showcase Key Products at Argentina’s CAPER Show

Fort Lee, N.J. – FOR-A Corporation of America, a leading manufacturer of video and audio systems for the broadcast and professional video industries, has announced its plans for CAPER 2012. The show, which focuses on the latest innovations in radio, television, cable, cinema, satellite, and multimedia, takes place October 24-26 at Centro Costa Salguero in Buenos Aires, Argentina. FOR-A will display a variety of their popular solutions in Booth C10.

“We’re extremely active in Latin America, and CAPER is a premiere show in this region,” said Pedro Silvestre, Sales Director, FOR-A Corp. of America. “We’re excited to showcase a selection of our key products and connect with our existing and potential customers in this dynamic marketplace. CAPER is always one of the year’s most important trade shows for FOR-A.”

Among the products that FOR-A will demo will be the award-winning VFC-7000 Super Slow Motion Camera – a lightweight, self-contained unit. The camera offers high-speed play-out and recording in HD at variable frame rates from 24 to 700 fps. It features a high-sensitivity CMOS color sensor and electronic high-speed shutter that can operate as fast as 1/200,000 of a second for filming fast-moving events and subjects without blur.

Also in the FOR-A/CAPER booth will be the FA-9500 3G/HD/SD Multi-Purpose Signal Processor. Packed with features, the FA-9500 provides up/down/cross/aspect converters, second converter, color correction, and automatic video optimizer as standard features. Two channels of HD/SD-SDI and one channel of analog composite video I/O come standard, and it’s expandable up to five channels. With SDI inputs, two channels are synchronously coupled for seamless switching between channels.

Another product on display will be the MV-42HS HD/SD Multi-Viewer. The compact, low-cost unit has a simple user interface and supports up to four asynchronous or mixed HD-SDI and SD-SDI inputs, including 1080i, 1080p, and 720p sources at a variety of frame rates. The MV-42HS has a variety of on-screen features for a customized display environment. FOR-A will also have the MV-1610HS HD/SD/Analog/PC Mixed High Resolution Multi-Viewer on display.

FOR-A’s popular storage solution, the LTR-100HS Video Archiving Recorder, is another booth highlight. The LTR-100HS is fitted with an LTO-5 drive and offers HD/SD-SDI input/output. The solution makes file ingest workflow more efficient and reduces archive space requirements. Equipped with a high quality MPEG-2 codec, the LTR-100HS includes an MXF wrapper/un-wrapper, so MXF files recorded to LTO-5 tape can be used directly by many NLE systems. LTO-5 tape cartridges can store approximately 50 hours of programming recorded at 50 Mbps.

The UFM-30FRC HD/SD Frame Rate Converter will also be demoed at FOR-A’s booth. Equipped with up/down/cross converters as standard features, the UFM-30FRC offers a motion compensation processing mode and linear converter mode to perform optimal conversions.

Other products to be displayed at CAPER include FOR-A’s HVS-4000 2 M/E – 3 M/E Digital Video Switcher, the MBP-100SX compact MXF Video Clip Server, and the VTW-330HS HD/SD Character Generator.

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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