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BHV Broadcast’s Award-Winning IBC Line Up Includes Battery Replacement System, Wireless On-Air Indicator, Format Convertors & Miniature Switcher

VISIT BHV BROADCAST AT IBC

Owslebury, UK – BHV Broadcast, manufacturer of compact, cost-effective equipment for live and post-production, will return to IBC 2012 with a complement of products that have been acknowledged with awards for innovation. The Company will show an upgraded model of its Video Ghost phantom power system, an enhanced version of the TallyHo! wireless on-air indicator for vision switchers, the 3-input Callisto Micro miniature SDI switcher, the Proteus rate converter, and Syntax up converter.

Video Ghost
Spirits soar with BHV Broadcast’s Video Ghost! Developed as a low-cost, reliable alternative to traditional batteries, Video Ghost brings phantom power to the digital video world! The unit – recipient of TV Technology’s Mario Award AND Broadcast Engineering’s Pick Hit – now provides a hefty 65 watts of power at 12V for camera head-ends and remote monitors using the existing serial digital video coaxial cable. Equally at home with SD or HD signals, it can also be used to power composite to SDI converters at the camera, avoiding significant signal degradation suffered by composite video over distances.

New for IBC – Video Ghost is now available for camera attachment using the V-lock universal mounting system.

Syntax Up/Cross/Down-Converter – New Price Point!
Syntax will be at the show sporting the same broadcast quality specifications in Syntax Essence, a low-cost model. The economical version of the TV Technology STAR award-winner is BHV’s SDI up/cross/down-converter based on advanced Super-Resolution Bandlet Technology. The new model provides the same performance advantages of motion-compensated processing as its predecessor without the associated disadvantages of high cost and occasionally severe artefacts.

TallyHo! Wireless tally indication system
BHV Broadcast will also demonstrate an enhanced version of TallyHo!, a wireless tally indicator system that offers camera operators reliable remote on-air indication in the field. This unique design is comprised of a base station with direct interface to the local vision mixer and a set of camera hot-shoe mounted receiver modules. TallyHo! – recipient of IBC’s “What caught my eye” – gives the camera operator and, crucially, the camera subject, a highly visible indication of on-air status. TallyHo! operates seamlessly with any vision mixer (such as Sony Anycast) that has tally GPI outputs, but its operational potential is realised to the full when used with any of BHV Broadcast’s Callisto vision mixers.

“TallyHo! provides a viable method of transmitting real-time tally information,” explains Julian Hiorns, managing director of BHV Broadcast. “It stands alone in its ability to furnish wireless feedback to cameras; essential information that every operator in the field needs, but couldn’t access economically prior to TallyHo!”

Callisto Micro miniature SDI switcher
The three-input Callisto Micro SDI mixer is a broadcast specification (SMPTE-259M) 270Mbit video switcher designed to fit into the smallest spaces. Callisto can handle fully asynchronous (unlocked) SDI inputs environment and offers remote control and broadside bus switching, so can double as a miniature reclocking matrix.

Proteus Multi-Format/Multi-Purpose Converter
The award-winning Proteus multi-format, multi-purpose, motion-adaptive standards converter will be shown in both rack-mount and portable versions. The fully-featured broadcast specification converter features 10-bit SDI, analogue video and audio I/O, an advanced standards conversion algorithm, comprehensive audio facilities and ARC. Based on an advanced Motion Adaptive Standards Converter, Proteus offers full format conversion, frame synchronizing, TBC, video and audio Proc Amps, as well as bi-directional standards (rate) conversion. Proteus addresses lip-sync errors with variable audio delay (up to 10 seconds) featuring both tracking and block delay.

See all of BHV’s award-winning products at IBC 2012. Click on harriet@desertmooncomm.com to schedule a visit!

About the BHV Companies
BHV Broadcast is the sales and marketing arm of Brick House Video, designer and manufacturer of award-winning compact and cost-effective equipment for production and post-production including a full range of rack-mount and portable digital switchers to accommodate any application where space is at a premium. The Company also manufactures rate/standards and format conversion equipment. For further information: www.bhvbroadcast.com

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BHV Broadcast contact: Martin Cook
+44 (0) 1962 777733 • sales@BHVBroadcast.com

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

BHV Broadcast Makes Broadcast Specification a Priority on Low Cost Version of Syntax Up/Cross/Down Converter

VISIT BHV BROADCAST AT IBC
MANUFACTURER TO DEMONSTRATE BUDGET-PLEASING UNIT AT IBC 2012

Owslebury, UK – BHV Broadcast, manufacturer of compact, cost-effective equipment for live production and post-production, will show a low-cost version of their award-winning Syntax up/cross/down converter at IBC 2012. Syntax Essence will offer the same highly-desirable broadcast specifications as its predecessor but with a 50% price tag, down from €6900 to €3450.

“Offering a low-cost version of our tried and trusted Syntax will help our customers maintain their quality standard while they remain within the confines of their recession-imposed budgets,” stated Julian Hiorns, BHV Broadcast’s managing director. “The price for this outstanding conversion process is much lower, but the quality remains simply the best.”

Syntax Essence is a broadcast specification SDI up/cross/down converter based on advanced Super-Resolution Bandlet Technology. The unit brings the performance advantages of motion-compensated processing without the associated disadvantages of high cost and occasionally severe artefacts. The full Syntax range offers options such as analogue video inputs and ARC, and these wll be available as extras on Syntax Essence.

See Syntax and all of BHV’s award-winning products at IBC 2012. Click on harriet@desertmooncomm.com to schedule a visit!

About the BHV Companies
BHV Broadcast is the sales and marketing arm of Brick House Video, designer and manufacturer of award-winning compact and cost-effective equipment for production and post-production including a full range of rack-mount and portable digital switchers to accommodate any application where space is at a premium. The Company also manufactures rate/standards and format conversion equipment. For further information: www.bhvbroadcast.com

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BHV Broadcast contact: Martin Cook
+44 (0) 1962 777733 • sales@BHVBroadcast.com

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

FOR-A Announces Plans for SET Broadcast & Cable Show in Brazil

Fort Lee, N.J. – FOR-A Corporation of America, a leading manufacturer of video and audio systems for the broadcast and professional video industries, is set to participate at the upcoming SET 2012 Broadcast & Cable Show. The company will demo a variety of their popular solutions in their own stand (Booth D11), as well as within the booth of Brazilian systems integration partner, Line Up. The conference will take place next week at the Centro de Exposições Imigrantes in Sao Paulo, Brazil from August 21-23.

“Participating at this year’s SET Broadcast & Cable Show is a great opportunity for us,” explained Pedro Silvestre, Sales Director, FOR-A Corp. of America. “It’s the premiere Latin American conference for broadcast and video production professionals, and FOR-A is excited to have its own booth for the first time at the show. Brazil is one of the fastest growing markets for FOR-A, and we’ve made it our mission to be highly active in this region. Through our Brazilian road shows and a recent technical seminar for our Latin American dealers, and now our involvement at SET Broadcast & Cable, we’re showing our total commitment to this region. FOR-A is looking forward to showcasing its product line and connecting with current and potential customers in Sao Paulo.”

Among the products on display at the SET Broadcast & Cable show will be 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, and it is expandable up to five channels. With SDI inputs, two channels are synchronously coupled independently for seamless switching between channels. The FA-9500 also provides A/D and D/A conversion, as well as up/down/cross/aspect conversion. It offers conversion between HD and SD, as well as 1080i and 720p.

Also to be demoed at the show is FOR-A’s award-winning VFC-7000 Super Slow Motion Camera, a compact, lightweight, all-in-one 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.

FOR-A will also display one of its popular storage solutions at the SET show – the LTR-100HS Video Archiving Recorder, which features LTO-5 technology and offers HD/SD-SDI input/output. The LTR-100HS 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.

Products from FOR-A’s selection of frame rate converters will be shown, including the UFM-30FRC modular based HD/SD Frame Rate Converter. This unit can perform a wide variety of format conversions, including 1080/59.94i, 1080/50i, 720/59.94p, 720/50p, 525/60, and 625/50. The FRC-8000 HD/SD Frame Rate Converter, based on FOR-A’s highly successful FRC-7000 with motion compensation technology, will also be on display. The FRC-8000 is a multi-format frame rate converter for HD and SD. In addition to HD format conversion, the new image processing board in the FRC-8000 also enables SD format conversion. Up converter, down converter, and cross converter functions are also provided.

Introduced earlier this year at NAB 2012, the HVS-390HS Video Switcher will be featured in the FOR-A booth. Available in 1 M/E or 2 M/E sizes, this compact, cost-effective switcher includes 16 HD/SD-SDI inputs and 8 outputs, with frame synchronizers for all inputs. FOR-A will also display its HVS-4000 Series Digital Video Switcher. Packed with features that enable it to be the core device in a video production system, the HVS-4000 is available as a 2 M/E, 2.5 M/E, or 3 M/E switcher.

Other FOR-A products to be shown are the MV-42HS Multi Viewer, the MV-1610HS40 Multi Viewer, and the MBP-100SX MXF Video Clip Server.

FOR-A’s dedication to supporting its customers and developing new relationships in Latin America is further exemplified by their recent participation at TecnoTelevision Congress and Expo 2012, an event which focused on emerging technologies impacting DTV and other distribution platforms. The show took place July 25-26 in Bogota, Columbia, and marked the third year that FOR-A exhibited with its regional partner, Advanced Television Group SAS.

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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ALTINEX ANNOUNCES TNP528 / TNP528C TABLETOP INTERCONNECT BOXES

**** Photo: Altinex TNP528 Tilt ‘N Plug interconnect box ****

Brea, CA – August 2012… Altinex, the leading manufacturer of Signal Management Solutions®, is pleased to announce the availability of the TNP528 / TNP528C Tabletop Interconnect Boxes, two new additions to the ever-expanding line of Tilt ‘N Plug offerings. As a versatile interconnect device, the TNP528 is a hybrid solution with Digital (HDMI®) and Analog (VGA) interconnects, as well as network and USB ports designed for mounting into tables, podiums, or other furniture as part of an AV presentation system. The TNP528 and its customizable sibling—the TNP528C—offer convenient, one touch access, making the tabletop connection point attractive for any boardroom or conference room table. more

Extron Announces New Three Input HDMI & VGA Switcher with Integrated Fiber Optic Transmitter

Extron Electronics is pleased to introduce the new FOX T USW 103, 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 reliability and exceptional high resolution image performance, this three input switcher uses Extron all-digital technology to provide pixel-for-pixel performance with signals 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 FOX T USW 103 includes integration-friendly features such as EDID Minder®, Key Minder®, audio embedding, auto-input switching, RS-232 control, and real-time system monitoring. The compact, low profile FOX T USW 103 allows for discreet installation such as beneath a table or in a lectern. more

ALTINEX ANNOUNCES PNP402 DUAL SIDED POP-N-PLUG INTERCONNECT BOX

**** Photo: Altinex PNP402 Interconnect Box ****

Brea, CA – July 2012… Altinex, the leading manufacturer of Signal Management Solutions®, is pleased to announce the availability of the PNP402 Dual Sided Pop-N-Plug Interconnect Box, another addition to the ever-expanding line of Pop-N-Plug interconnect offerings. With easy access from either side, the PNP402 interconnect box offers convenient, one touch access to a variety of video, audio, computer, network, and power connections—making the tabletop connection point quick and easy for any boardroom or conference room table. more

Extron Now Shipping DisplayPort Switcher and Distribution Amplifier

Extron Electronics is pleased to announce the immediate availability of the SW2 DP two input DisplayPort switcher, and the DP DA2 two output DisplayPort distribution amplifier. They are HDCP compliant, and support data rates up to 10.8 Gbps and computer resolutions up to 2560×1600 @ 60 Hz, including HDTV 1080p/60. The SW2 DP and DP DA2 feature EDID Minder®, an Extron-exclusive technology, which maintains continuous EDID communication between connected devices for reliable video content display. The DP DA2 also features Key Minder®, an Extron-exclusive technology that continuously authenticates HDCP encryption between all devices, ensuring the simultaneous distribution of source content to both displays. Additionally, dual-mode support on the DP DA2 allows source signals to be distributed to multiple HDMI, DVI, or VGA display devices with appropriate adapters. more

Broadcast Pix Adds Multi-Screen Output, Multi-Lingual Monitoring for Live Production

Billerica, Massachusetts – Broadcast Pix™ today announced the release of its Video Control Center™ 3.1 software. A free download for current Granite™ and Mica™ customers, V3.1 is available now and delivers PowerAux™ multi-screen support for 1 M/E systems, Multi-Lingual Fluent-View features, support for Grass Valley K2 servers, and additional enhancements.

“Broadcast Pix has built its reputation on helping our customers create live video with confidence,” said Ken Swanton, Broadcast Pix CEO. “With this upgrade, you can create three different video compositions at once, and create in your own language.”

Using a system’s program output and dual PowerAux outputs, three “programs” of different content can be generated using a 1 M/E Granite or Mica system, and each can have up to six key layers on top. It is ideal for driving any combination of image magnification (I-MAG) screens, Internet feeds, and live television productions, because the multi-screen technology maintains one frame of constant delay across all outputs for continual lip sync throughout the presentation.

Multi-Lingual Fluent-View is a local language user interface that provides support for English, Chinese, Portuguese, Spanish, and other languages, and enables users to easily add languages. All production controls are displayed in the selected language, including the entire Fluent-View “top page” layout, menus, messages, file names, source names, and Fluent™ Macro names. Plus, Broadcast Pix Translation Assistant software allows users to add other languages or dialects. V3.1 also provides Unicode support, enabling file names and other data to be viewed in character-based languages like Chinese.

Also new with V3.1 is optional remote control of and recording to Grass Valley K2 Solo and Summit video servers, as well as enhanced control of video servers from 360 Systems, Harris, and Omneon. The new option enables Broadcast Pix systems to control up to four channels of playback. It supports auto-start of clips when brought to air and integration with Fluent Macros. Plus, clip names are displayed on the panel’s PixPad. Remote control of up to 12 AJA Ki Pro recorders is included on all Granite and Mica systems.

About Broadcast Pix Broadcast Pix is the leader in live video production systems. Its Video Control Centers™ empower operators with patented techniques that combine cameras, clips and graphics to create compelling live video. The integration of a multi-format switcher, clip store, graphics system with a Harris or Chyron CG, and device controls provides the lowest cost of ownership at a fraction of the cost of a conventional control room to buy, staff and operate. Systems range from compact systems controlled by a 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 in more than 110 countries. Learn more at www.broadcastpix.com.

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

Frost Cutlery Drives Sales with Live Productions Anchored by Broadcast Pix Video Control Center

Billerica, Massachusetts – Broadcast Pix™ today announced that Frost Cutlery is using a Slate™ 1000 Video Control Center™ to produce 16 hours of live programming each week to sell its extensive catalog of products, as well as a Slate Desktop to handle master control. Based in Chattanooga, Tenn., Frost Cutlery offers a variety of knives, swords, and kitchen cutlery, as well as other collectibles.

Through Frost Media Group, its in-house production company, Frost Cutlery produces four-hour live shows four days per week, which are broadcast live and replayed on various satellite and broadcast channels across the country, including several Ion Television stations. The program, Cutlery Corner Network, is also streamed live at www.cutlerycorner.net. Frost also has plans to ramp up production for Frost Great Outdoors, a 24/7/365 network currently in development.

“Broadcast Pix is effective for Frost Cutlery because it provides unlimited creativity, functionality, and productivity,” said Tim Colvard, director of broadcast operations. Cutlery Corner Network is a four-camera studio production, with two Panasonic cameras on pedestals, one on a jib, and one handheld. Colvard also expects to add a fifth camera, a Steadicam unit, in the near future. Frost Media Group went live with its Broadcast Pix systems in July 2010 and purchased them from Encore Broadcast Solutions in Chattanooga.

While programming is not produced in HD, it is very graphic intensive. Six keys are used during the show (with additional keys utilized from master control) to display the product number, product details, animations produced in Motion, graphics for special segments that highlight multiple knife sets, and more. “The key in the Broadcast Pix is just so clean that the graphics look great,” Colvard added.

Colvard also relies on Fluent™ Macros to transition on-screen formats between sets. “The memories are a godsend. The CG stays on the air, but everything changes upstream,” he said. “It completely changes the function of the switcher with one button. It’s a beautiful thing.”

Using Slate’s built-in Fluent-View, all sources are displayed in front of the director on a 42-inch screen, with a 23-inch touch-screen located to the side for easy access to additional clips and graphics. The configuration is duplicated at master control with two 23-inch monitors.

Frost has a unique setup, with its Slate 1000 and Slate Desktop installed next to each other in the control room for redundancy. Using a built-in failsafe feature, the Slate 1000 feeds master control on Input 1. If master control goes down, it defaults automatically to the production switcher (and the transition is seamless for viewers). Conversely, if the Slate 1000 fails, the Slate Desktop is configured to switch the show live, and the director can continue switching the show by literally sliding his chair to the right.

“With so much riding on the reliability and security of the technology to keep us on the air, it made selecting the Broadcast Pix line of products a no-brainer. We installed both chassis near each other to facilitate interconnection as necessary,” Colvard explained. “We’ve got $15,000 an hour riding on Broadcast Pix for staying in business. If I’ve got a switcher that dies, it can take up to five minutes to get back on the air. In the meantime, I’ve lost viewers and I’ve lost revenue. With Broadcast Pix, I can focus on other things – I don’t have to worry about being off the air.”

About Broadcast Pix Broadcast Pix is the leader in live video production systems. Its Video Control Centers™ empower operators with patented techniques that combine cameras, clips and graphics to create compelling live video. The integration of a multi-format switcher, clip store, graphics system with a Harris or Chyron CG, and device controls provides the lowest cost of ownership at a fraction of the cost of a conventional control room to buy, staff and operate. Systems range from compact systems controlled by a 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 in more than 110 countries. Learn more at www.broadcastpix.com.

Broadcast Pix, Slate, Fluent, and Video Control Centers are trademarks of Broadcast Pix, Inc. Patented.

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Texas Southern University Updates Control Room with Broadcast Pix Granite 5000 Video Control Center

Billerica, Massachusetts – Broadcast Pix™ today announced that Texas Southern University (TSU) School of Communication has added a Granite™ 5000 Video Control Center™ to its student control room. The new system is part of an equipment upgrade for the Houston-based school to support HD and SD video production.

The control room serves as part of the school’s production laboratory, where sophomores, juniors, and seniors work with external producers to create content. Students produce a variety of projects, from news programs to short films, and much of the content is distributed through Comcast Cable’s on-demand portal. “It’s an excellent platform for our students,” said Cliff Edwards, director of broadcast engineering, School of Communication.

Because projects are produced in both SD and HD, it was important that TSU invest in a video switcher that could handle both. “The ability to go HD or SD, that was the goal,” said Edwards. “I wanted something that was going to last and be state-of-the-art quality – and give students a leg up when they went into the real world.”

The Granite 5000 was purchased from and installed by Houston-based Industrial Audio Video last summer, and TSU began using it for classes last fall. It replaced an aging Echolab switcher and CG, and its built-in Fluent-View allowed the school to replace its cumbersome wall of CRT monitors with four Panasonic 42-inch flat panels. Edwards said students enjoy using the built-in Fluent Clip Store, which allows them to bypass time consuming, tape-based workflows. “Now, they can focus that time on putting packages together,” he added.

According to Edwards, the School of Communication needs to invest wisely when it purchases new equipment. With its Fluent™ workflow tools, regular software upgrades, and modular expandability, he said the 2 M/E Granite 5000 essentially sold itself. “I was sold on the product from day one,” Edwards added. “It’s a wonderful tool. We wow the students, we wow visitors, and when we generate content, we wow the viewers.”

About Broadcast Pix Broadcast Pix is the leader in live video production systems. Its Video Control Centers™ empower operators with patented techniques that combine cameras, clips and graphics to create compelling live video. The integration of a multi-format switcher, clip store, graphics system with a Harris or Chyron CG, and device controls provides the lowest cost of ownership at a fraction of the cost of a conventional control room to buy, staff and operate. Systems range from compact systems controlled by a 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 in more than 110 countries. Learn more at www.broadcastpix.com.

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

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