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Extron Introduces New Three Input Switcher with HDMI and Fiber Optic Outputs

Extron Electronics is pleased to introduce the new FOX T USW 203, a three input switcher with an integrated fiber optic transmitter for long haul transmission of HDCP-compliant HDMI, RGBHV, or HD component video, stereo audio, and RS-232 control signals over fiber optic cabling. Engineered for exceptional high resolution image performance, this three input switcher uses Extron all-digital technology to deliver perfect pixel-for-pixel transmission of video images at resolutions up to 1920×1200, including HDTV 1080p/60. Analog AV input signals are digitized to ensure that a high quality signal is transmitted to the final destination. To streamline installation and system operation, the switcher includes integration-friendly features such as buffered HDMI output and VGA input loop-through, EDID Minder®, Key Minder®, audio embedding, auto-input switching, RS-232 control, and real-time system monitoring. The FOX T USW 203 is ideal for a wide range of applications requiring long distance transmission of high resolution content with the highest quality. more

Spectrum Productions Supports NASCAR Awards Banquet with Broadcast Pix Granite 5000

Billerica, Massachusetts –Broadcast Pix™ today announced that Spectrum Productions, a company which offers full AV production and rental services, used its new Granite™ 5000 2 M/E Video Control Center™ on Nov. 19 to produce the NASCAR 2012 Nationwide / Camping World Truck Series Awards Banquet at the Loews Miami Beach Hotel in Miami Beach, Fla. The ceremony aired on SPEED in late November, and Spectrum was responsible for the the entire ballroom production including staging, scenic, video, and lighting at the venue.

Headquartered in Atlanta, with offices in Miami, Orlando, Charlotte, N.C., and Las Vegas, Nev., Spectrum has been providing AV production services for corporate meetings, conventions, and trade shows, as well as video support for concert tours, for more than 20 years. Preston MacIntyre, president, said the Granite system was purchased in October to help clients create a high-end broadcast look for their stage productions. “We were looking for a way to enhance production values for certain events, elevate their presentations from the PowerPoint look,” he explained.

Several features made Granite an ideal solution for Spectrum. “One thing that seems to be a problem in new switchers is a lot of frame delay,” MacIntyre said. “Delay is a big problem for live events. The Granite has very minimal latency, and that was a factor in selecting it.”

The Granite 5000’s optional 12 SDI outputs were another important feature. MacIntyre noted that corporate events have complex output routing needs. In fact, the number of outputs often exceeds the number of inputs during a corporate event, he said.

During the NASCAR banquet, Spectrum took full advantage of Granite’s built-in workflow tools. The Fluent™ Clip Store, for example, was used to access and playback more than 100 clips – but the production was far from simple. Throughout the show, videos were sent to various screens and combined with other sources and effects. Some cues included dozens of different commands. While the program would have been “really difficult” to execute manually, MacIntyre said Fluent Macros triggered each cue correctly and without a predetermined timeline, which can be problematic during a live show.

“Every single cue was a whole package of cues,” MacIntyre added. “Every step in our run of show was represented by a macro. We used Fluent Macros very, very extensively.”

Granite also helped make setup much easier and cleaner. Compared to setup for the same event last year, the Granite system replaced two switchers, eight computers, four HDCAM tape decks, and four additional playback systems. MacIntyre said all source content originated from the Granite, and the native HD system produced an outstanding look. The Fluent-View with Quad Monitor option was an asset during the NASCAR event as well, providing customized multi-view layouts for the TD and other production personnel during the event.

Moving forward, MacIntyre said Spectrum’s Granite system will be used for events where clients want to take their on-screen look to the next level, as well as events that require significant video playback or need to take advantage of the system’s built-in robotic camera control and other automation. “From the client side back through the technical ranks, everyone seems really happy with it,” he 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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Feature Productions Delivers MMA Coverage with Broadcast Pix

Billerica, Massachusetts – Broadcast Pix™ today announced that Feature Productions, a live production company based in Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada, is using Broadcast Pix Slate™ 1000 Video Control Centers™ as part of two portable production flypacks for live coverage of Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) matches and other events. The company had been renting a Slate-equipped flypack since 2009, but began using its own flypack in late May.

In southern Alberta, Feature Productions has gained a reputation for MMA video production and now works with four different MMA affiliations. According to co-owner Chris Cooke, the company was originally hired to provide image magnification (I-MAG) – featuring live coverage, instant replays, graphics, and commercials – to on-site audiences. However, event promoters took notice of the HD productions and began offering them to broadcasters. Some matches are also streamed to GoFightLive, an online pay-per-view service.

Although Cooke and co-owner Steve Prankard designed and built the first flypack three years ago, pairing the Slate with Sony cameras and a Yamaha audio board, the system was purchased through an investor. Earlier this year, Feature Productions purchased the new flypack, which is also anchored by a Slate but features JVC cameras and some logistical improvements. “We did our research and we decided Broadcast Pix was the best for us,” said Cooke.

Important selling points were Slate’s built-in clip store, CG, multi-viewer, and other Fluent™ workflow tools, which improve production efficiencies and minimize additional components in the flypacks. For example, Cooke rarely uses a USB stick to transfer files. Instead, he relies on Fluent Watch-Folders, which allow him to insert commercials and other elements into a program over the network, even in the middle of a live production. “That’s a great aspect of the Broadcast Pix,” he explained. “It’s a pretty quick process and it’s so easy during a show.”

Cooke estimated that 80 percent of the company’s business is live production. Beyond MMA, Feature Productions produces corporate events, conferences, and Western Major Baseball League (WMBL) coverage. Currently in the second year of a three-year contract, Feature Productions also handles video scoreboard productions for the ENMAX Centre in Lethbridge. Home of the Western Hockey League (WHL) Lethbridge Hurricanes and host to a number of concerts and other events, the venue features a control room built around a Broadcast Pix Granite 2000.

“We’re comfortable with Broadcast Pix, and it has a very good track record with us. We’re very confident with its reliability,” Cooke said. “Our clients love the results, and that’s the true test.”

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

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FSR Revolutionizes Wall Mounted Raks With Top Shelf

Woodland Park, NJ • FSR, manufacturer of audio and video switching, control products, and connectivity boxes, announces the launch of Top Shelf, a revolution in wall mounted equipment racks. Drawing on their extensive experience with UL Listed Ceiling Racks, FSR designed Top Shelf to provide an unobtrusive and secure enclosure for audio, video and network equipment. Top Shelf mounts to a wall close to the ceiling in locations without drop ceilings, or where space above the drop ceiling is limited.

Top Shelf holds up to 4 RU of equipment with multiple mounting locations for power as well as signal connections for easy installation. The unit’s steel frame ensures the equipment will be securely mounted; and a plastic cover allows wireless signals to pass in and out of the enclosure unobstructed. The cover can be painted to match the room décor, and the box can be mounted in the best location to ease wiring and visual impact.

“Top Shelf is the newest addition to our wall-mounted enclosure line of products,” says Jan Sandri, president, FSR. “With its unique ability to solve challenges many classrooms, boardrooms, schools, hospitals and more face with limited space, we are thrilled to bring this new solution to market. The unit’s ability to pack up to 4RU of AV equipment in a visually appealing housing make it a perfect fit for almost any AV environment.”
For further details contact FSR at (800) 332-3771 or via e-mail 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.

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

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

Atlona(R) Now Shipping Eight-Zone AT-H2H-88M HDMI(R) Matrix Switcher

Supports High-Speed HDMI and Digital Multichannel Audio

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Nov. 26, 2012 — Atlona(R) today announced that the company is now shipping its AT-H2H-88M 8×8 HDMI(R) matrix switcher, which is designed for signal routing in large home theaters and professional installations. The AT-H2H-88M is bolstered with advanced features such as EDID management, S/PDIF audio loop outs, multiple control interfaces, in-field upgradable firmware, and Audio Return Channel (ARC).

“Recently, we introduced the AT-H2H-44M 4×4 HDMI matrix switcher, which has proven to be a hit with installers for mid-size home theater projects,” said Steve Heintz, senior product manager, Atlona. “Adding more flexibility to our switcher lineup, the AT-H2H-88M brings the same advanced features to eight zones, accommodating the signal routing needs for larger projects within residential and commercial environments.”

The AT-H2H-88M’s advanced EDID management feature ensures compatibility across multiple display types, sends communication between sources and displays, and automatically provides a compatible EDID at start up. The unit also features an EDID learning function that can be customized for any connected component such as AVRs, set-top boxes, and TVs. S/PDIF port loop-outs allow audio distribution to zone amplifiers or A/V receivers within a rack, while the video signal is routed via the HDMI output to the zone display. The S/PDIF output supports digital audio signals up to Dolby(R) Digital and DTS 5.1.

With multiple control interfaces such as RS-232, IR, and the front panel — with future updates for TCP/IP control through the unit’s Ethernet port — this 8×8 HDMI matrix switcher was developed with whole-home media control and professional needs in mind. In addition, the AT-H2H-88M features a field-serviceable firmware port that allows for quick and easy upgrades.

The AT-H2H-88M is available now at authorized dealers and distributors.

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About Atlona(R)
Atlona(R) is a leading provider of innovative connectivity solutions to the audio/visual and IT markets. Since 2003, the company has been designing and engineering award-winning products for a diverse range of residential and commercial A/V and IT applications, including education, business, government, entertainment, healthcare, and other markets.

Atlona’s products and services enable system designers, integrators, consultants, and installers to create scalable, customized solutions that keep their organizations on the cutting-edge, increase efficiencies, exceed customer expectations, and lower costs. Atlona focuses on delivering products with the innovative features and reliability customer’s demand, all at the best value in the industry.

More information about Atlona is available at www.atlona.com.

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Cobalt Digital Appoints Digi-Box Master Distributor in UK, Southern Ireland and Middle East

Urbana, IL – Cobalt Digital (www.CobaltDigital.com), manufacturer of 3G/HD/SD-SDI conversion gear, today announced that UK-based Digi-Box.co.uk (www.digi-box.co.uk) will serve as Master Distributor in the UK, Southern Ireland and Middle Eastern countries. The appointment was revealed by Chris Shaw, Cobalt’s executive vice president of sales and marketing, from US headquarters in Urbana, IL.

“We are extremely pleased to have Digi-Box as a partner in Cobalt’s continuing global expansion”, Shaw stated, “Digi-Box is a well known and established company in its own right, and we are proud to be associated with its professionalism and expertise in these markets”.

Jon Phillips, Managing Director of Digi-Box commented, “We are delighted to be working with Cobalt Digital. Their innovative current and future technology fulfils a need in the EMEA marketplace. Digi-Box is in a perfect position to develop business through its well-established network of Value Added Resellers and Systems Integrators. We are confident that Cobalt’s extensive and high-quality product lines will add to our success in the territory.”

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

ABOUT DIGI-BOX.CO.UK
Celebrating its 15th year of business, Digi-Box is committed to bringing state of the art technology to existing channels and emerging vertical markets. As a Master Distributor Digi-Box values its channel partners and builds long-term, successful relationships with them through a variety of distribution models. Digi-Box works with leading edge suppliers whose products offer a complete range of solutions with the innovation, performance and reliability to move its customers forwards. This successful, motivated company has earned the respect of suppliers and customers worldwide with its expertise and experience in the broadcast market and commitment to excellent customer service. For further information, visit www.digi-box.co.uk.
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Company Contact: Chris Shaw, EVP of Sales and Marketing
+1-217-344-1243 / chris.shaw@cobaltdigital.com

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

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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