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Sun Valley Community Church Relies on FOR-A Video Switchers

Cypress, CA – When Arizona-based Sun Valley Community Church made the jump from SD to HD production in its Gilbert campus three years ago, the house of worship began using FOR-A’s HVS-300HS video switcher. Last fall, the church was faced with the decision of purchasing a new switcher for its nearby location in Tempe. Pleased with the ease of use and performance delivered by its FOR-A switcher, Sun Valley chose another FOR-A switcher to get the job done – the HVS-XT100. The house of worship has been successfully using its HVS-XT100 portable video switcher since September 2013.

“Because we’ve been very happy with our HVS-300HS switcher, it was a simple choice to stay within the FOR-A family for our next switcher purchase,” said Greg Gardner, Sun Valley’s Video Technical Director. “We decided on the HVS-XT100 because of the new features that it offers, such as having the flexibility to assign one of the keys to any of the AUX channels, and the ability to reposition and resize the key as desired.”

The HVS-XT series is the newest addition to FOR-A’s switcher line. Building on the diverse functions and features of the popular HVS-300HS, the HVS-XT switchers include mixed HD/SD input, frame synchronizing, re-sizing engine, 2.5D wipe effects, DVE, Chroma keyer, DSK, and clip memory to support playback of video and the enhancement of productions through the use of CG wipes.

Both Sun Valley’s Gilbert and Tempe campuses have full video production suites, with each of its FOR-A switchers running three live cameras, and multiple computers driving content to three projectors in the front of the auditorium, which are used for image magnification and visual content. Since the HVS-300HS and HVS-XT100 are laid out almost identically, the church’s volunteers can help with video production at either campus without any confusion as to where buttons are located.

Sun Valley uses its new HVS-XT100 during services every weekend at its 1,300-seat location in Tempe. The church has been taking advantage of the ability to log in to the switcher via a Web browser on a laptop, smart phone, or iPad to control all aspects of the unit remotely.

“FOR-A’s switchers provide great ease of use,” explained Gardner. “The bottom line for me is that the reliability of the products and customer support from FOR-A has been phenomenal.”

About FOR-A

FOR-A is a major manufacturer and distributor of video and audio systems to the broadcast, postproduction and professional video markets. For more information about FOR-A’s product line, call 714-894-3311 or visit our web site at www.for-a.com.

ALTINEX DEBUTS TNP155 / TNP155S TILT ‘N PLUG JR. INTERCONNECT BOXES

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Brea, CA – June 2014… Altinex, a leading manufacturer of Signal Management Solutions®, is pleased to announce the TNP155 and TNP155S Tilt ‘N Plug Jr. Interconnect Boxes. Available in both standard and custom configurations, the TNP155 and TNP155S interconnect boxes offer convenient, one touch access to dual AC power receptacles plus two charging USB ports. more

FSR President Jan Sandri Honored at InfoComm14

Sandri Receives a Women in AV Award from InfoComm International®

Las Vegas, NV – InfoComm14 — FSR President Jan Sandri’s exemplary career, generous spirit and commitment to community were recognized by InfoComm International®, the leading professional audiovisual trade association, when they presented her with an InfoComm Women in AV Award. Sandri accepted the honor at the organization’s 75th Anniversary Awards Dinner held at the LVH in Las Vegas, Nevada on the eve InfoComm 2014, the top annual commercial audiovisual trade show. InfoComm is taking place June 14-20 at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, NV.
The Women in AV Award was created by InfoComm to raise awareness of the growing role of female professionals in the male-dominated field of audiovisual technology. The award winners are in the upper echelon of AV professionals and symbolize the strength of entrepreneurship and excellence in developing tomorrow’s AV talent.
Sandri’s career, and life, ticked all the qualification boxes. Sandri, who is a founding member of FSR, a well-known manufacturer of a wide variety of AV products, has built her career with a commitment to her company, industry, community and country. With over 33 years experience in the AV industry, Sandri’s significant contributions extend from developing products that answer a real need, to having served as a director on the Board of several industry organizations. And after more than three decades of service, Sandri has grown FSR, a women owned business that strives to maintain green manufacturing processes, from three people to a staff of over 100.
Cory Schaeffer, a co-founder of Listen Technologies, was also presented an award. “Both Jan Sandri and Cory Schaeffer have demonstrated extraordinary levels of professional knowledge, while taking time to improve the industry and better the lives of others,” said David Labuskes, CTS, RCDD, Executive Director and CEO, InfoComm International. “InfoComm is pleased to celebrate Cory and Jan’s achievements.”
Sandri’s sense of responsibility extends to civic activities where she has served as the mayor of Little Falls, NJ, her home town, and well as on the town council, did a stint as fire commissioner, police commissioner and was also the president of the board of health. As mayor she donated her salary to local worthy causes, or to needy people, and every fall, as school opens, Sandri leads the charge to work with United Way and donate supplies, such as backpacks and notebooks, to children whose families are having a difficult time keeping up with the economy.

“I am deeply honored to be recognized by InfoComm, an organization of which I am proud to be a member,” Sandri stated. “I am lucky to be surrounded by so many wonderfully talented, smart and generous women, and men, in the AV industry who prove everyday that everyone is capable of helping others to effect change, whether it be in business or community.”

See InfoComm’s announcement: http://www.infocommshow.org/2042.asp

About FSR
FSR, established in 1981, manufactures a wide variety of signal management and infrastructure solutions for the audio / video, datacom, education, hospitality, government, and religious markets, including floor, wall, table, and ceiling connectivity boxes, as well as a full line of interfaces, distribution amplifiers, matrix switchers, seamless switchers and HDBaseT & CAT-X signal delivery solutions.

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 • mailto:harriet@desertmoon.tv

Extron Now Shipping the Ultimate Presentation Matrix Switcher

Extron Electronics is pleased to announce the immediate availability of the Extron DTP CrossPoint 84, the new go-to product for presentation systems. This highly versatile, compact presentation matrix switcher delivers all of the technologically advanced capabilities necessary to design and integrate a complete AV system in one box, including a 4K matrix switcher, two built-in independent scalers, integrated DTP and XTP signal extension, a high performance mono or stereo amplifier, comprehensive audio DSP capabilities unmatched in the industry, and an advanced control processor that is uniquely expandable. The DTP CrossPoint 84 is the new industry standard for fully integrated AV systems, greatly simplifying system design and installation, and dramatically reducing total cost of ownership. more

Extron Introduces DisplayPort to HDMI Scaler with Audio De-Embedding

Extron Electronics is pleased to introduce the DSC DP-HD A, a high performance, HDCP-compliant scaler that converts DisplayPort signals to HDMI. It accepts DisplayPort video at resolutions up to 2560×1600, and offers high performance scaling with multiple output rates up to 1920×1200, including HDTV 1080p/60 and 2K. The DSC DP-HD A features advanced Extron video signal processing with 1080i deinterlacing and Deep Color processing for optimal image quality. It includes many integrator-friendly features such as auto-memory presets, on-screen display, test patterns, EDID Minder, stereo audio de-embedding, and a DisplayPort input loop-through, while the compact enclosure simplifies installation. The DSC DP-HD A is ideal for interfacing high resolution DisplayPort signals into AV systems with an HDMI switching and distribution infrastructure. more

Wohler and Media Alliance Offer Integrated Solution for Highly Efficient Media Management and Processing

Partnership Integrates Wohler RadiantGrid File-Based Transcoding and Media Transformation(TM) Engine With Media Alliance’s Borneo MAM

SAN FRANCISCO — June 17, 2014 – Wohler Technologies today announced that Italian software development company Media Alliance is using Wohler’s RadiantGrid Intelligent Media Transformation Platform(TM) as the transcoding and media transformation engine within its media asset management (MAM) system. By incorporating this file-based technology from Wohler into its Borneo MAM product, Media Alliance has created a turnkey solution that provides its customers with even faster and more efficient combined media management and processing.

“We are committed to providing our customers with innovative, forward-looking solutions built on proven technologies,” said Giovanni Soldi, CEO at Media Alliance. “The solution enabled with Wohler meets this standard perfectly, enabling significant performance gains through the integration of our well-established MAM and file-based media processing products.”

Media Alliance technology is used in more than 20 countries by hundreds of users including Gruppo Espresso, Telelombardia, and Sige in Italy; Expert TV and VGTRK in Russia; Voxafrica in the U.K.; Astro in Malaysia; StarHub in Singapore; KBS in South Korea; TrueVisions in Thailand; TVB in Hong Kong; Intigral in the UAE; and many more.

The core team working on Borneo, Media Alliance’s flagship product, has been actively involved in the development of MAM systems for the broadcast industry since 1991. Borneo was first released in 1994 and has been continuously developed and refined over the past two decades. Today, the version 4.0 release is relied upon daily to provide stable and reliable performance in critical production and media management tasks across the news, sports, program production, and archiving departments. The integrated solution featuring Wohler technology already has been deployed successfully for customers in Asia-Pacific markets.

Within the solution uniting Media Alliance and Wohler technologies, Wohler’s RadiantGrid(TM) applies TrueGrid(TM) file-based processing to manage and accelerate several tasks simultaneously while allowing users to realize true scalability across multiple machines. The result is a media transformation process that is simpler, faster, and dramatically more efficient than alternative solutions.

“With a strong presence in key markets and a highly refined MAM system and interface, Media Alliance represents an ideal technology partner,” said Craig Newbury, vice president sales, Wohler. “Wohler RadiantGrid technology brings exceptional power and flexibility to the processing of media, and this integration with the Media Alliance MAM system will extend the availability of these benefits to an even greater number of users and media processes worldwide.”

Further information about the RadiantGrid Intelligent Media Transformation Platform and other RadiantGrid solutions is available at www.wohler.com.

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About Wohler Technologies Inc.
Wohler’s tradition of innovation began more than 30 years ago with the creation of the industry’s first in-rack audio monitoring product, and it continues today through the company’s continued development of unique solutions that span the baseband, stream, and file-based domains and include advanced monitoring solutions for video, audio, and captioning applications; solutions for IP monitoring, encoding, and decoding; and the award-winning RadiantGrid(TM) platform for efficient file-based content transformation and distribution. Together, Wohler’s advanced, cost-effective confidence monitoring and media transformation products ensure high-quality production across any platform and delivery to any device. More information about Wohler is available at www.wohler.com.

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

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Photo Caption: RadiantGrid Intelligent Media Transformation Platform(TM)

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Broadcast Pix Highlights New Products at InfoComm 2014

Billerica, Massachusetts –Broadcast Pix™ will showcase new products and updated software tools at InfoComm 2014 (C5737), which runs June 18-20 in Las Vegas, Nev. Among its new offerings is its ClearKey next generation chromakey upgrade for its integrated production switchers, expanded family of Flint™ systems, and new standalone fX3D real-time 3D graphics system and ReVue HD slow motion replay system.

“We have a lot to show the AV community at InfoComm,” said Steve Ellis, general manager, Broadcast Pix. “This has been an exciting year for Broadcast Pix, with our new standalone production products that can help operations with smaller budgets deliver results that rival what you see on national networks. And by expanding the Flint family, we’re making it more affordable than ever to produce live multi-camera productions for broadcast or webcast.”

Part of the new Version 4.0 software for Granite™ and Mica™ systems, as well as Version 3.0 software for Flint, ClearKey features precise, highly adjustable keying that can handle challenging visuals and create more realistic shadow and lighting effects. Its robust color correction removes the most stubborn spill from chromakeyed objects, while a key crop function can confine the keying effect to certain areas of the screen. Chromakey color is selected with a simple eye dropper tool, and intuitive controls make it easy to adjust lighting, shadow and spill correction effects.

Both fX3D and ReVue work independently in existing production environments or can be tightly integrated with Broadcast Pix systems. fX3D features a simplified end-to-end graphics workflow that makes it easy to create and playout high-end graphics. Its three software modules provide an intuitive interface to create graphic content, complete with a built-in 3D modeler and template-based rundown controller. Developed in collaboration with strategic partner EditShare, ReVue plays back two or four channels of video in sync, so it is easy to cut between cameras and find the best replay angle. Its compact controller includes a jog/shuttle wheel for reviewing footage, intuitive controls for manual and preset playback speeds, and dedicated buttons for marking in and out points for playback.

Broadcast Pix has also expanded its family of Flint systems. All three HD models include the same workflow software tools, but provide different input configurations to address different production requirements and budgets. The entry-level system, Flint LE, supports three HDMI or analog (composite, component or S-Video) inputs. Flint LX features four SDI or HDMI input, while Flint LS supports six inputs and offers a choice of six SDI (two of which can be HDMI) or four SDI and two HDMI or analog inputs. All models include two additional network inputs, which are ideal for presentations and Web pages from remote computers.

Flint handles the entire production workflow, from ingest to distribution. It includes a multi-format production mixer that allows operators to include cloud-based content from Skype, Twitter and other resources during live productions. Flint ingests and scales all sources while maintaining constant lip sync. Other built-in tools include an internal Inscriber CG, two-channel clip server, audio mixer with on-screen stereo faders and VU meters, customizable multi-view and HD streaming in a variety of formats.

Also announced for the show is VOX™ Lite, a small-scale version of its popular VOX voice-automated production option. A popular automated solution for visual radio, as well as government and corporate meetings for television, Internet, and in-house projection, VOX Lite eliminates the need for an operator for live productions, as sophisticated software detects which microphone is in use and switches cameras for automatic video-follow-audio productions. VOX Lite supports four microphones and works with any Flint, Granite or Mica integrated production switcher.

About Broadcast Pix Founded in 2002, Broadcast Pix is the leader in integrated production switchers, with customers in more than 110 countries. Available in several configurations, from compact systems with end-to-end integration to large-scale systems for high-end live productions, Broadcast Pix switchers include CG, dual clip stores, file-based macros, external control software, and customizable multi-view and virtual sets with patented control options. Broadcast Pix also offers ReVue next generation slow motion systems, fX3D real-time 3D graphics, Rapid CG dynamic graphic playout software, and VOX voice-automated live video production, each designed to enhance our highly integrated live production switchers. Customers include leading broadcast, corporate, education, government, religious, sports, streaming, and visual radio studios. Learn more at www.broadcastpix.com.

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

Sarasota Upgrades to HD Production for City Commission Coverage with Broadcast Pix

Billerica, Massachusetts – Broadcast Pix™ today announced the city of Sarasota, Fla., has upgraded its City Hall facilities to a native HD infrastructure, anchored by a Granite™ 2000 integrated production switcher, to produce its city commission meetings for television and the Web.

In 2000, the city upgraded its small production facility in City Hall with an S-Video infrastructure. More than a dozen years later, however, the city found it difficult to maintain or replace its outdated equipment. In February, Encore Broadcast Solutions of Tampa, Fla., installed a system-wide upgrade, including an HD-SDI signal path.

“Part of our impetus for doing the upgrade was to upgrade to HD production and adopt a digital workflow,” said Miles Larsen, public broadcasting manager, city of Sarasota.

Coverage of city commission meetings is sent via fiber to master control in a nearby county building for Access Sarasota, a unique government access channel available locally on Comcast Cable and Verizon FiOS that is shared between Sarasota County and the city. Neither Comcast nor Verizon provides an HD channel, so Access Sarasota sends a 4:3 letterbox signal of its meeting coverage to maintain the wide aspect ratio. The city also provides live and on-demand HD meeting coverage on its Web site.

The upgraded system includes three new Panasonic PTZ HD cameras (as well as a previously purchased document camera) in the commission chambers. One camera provides a wide shot of the commission, another shoots close-ups of commission members, and a third is positioned to shoot presenters. The chamber upgrade also included new microphones and an electronic voting system.

In the control room, the Granite system replaced an aging Echolab switcher and PC-based graphics system. “We were not planning on doing a lot of crazy, elaborate stuff,” Larsen recalled. “This is a dedicated switcher just for covering meetings. We actually went back to Encore and asked if the Granite was more than what we needed, and they said we’d want room to grow. They were right.”

With 11 SDI inputs, Granite provides the city commission with enough inputs for all four cameras, as well as DVDs, USB thumb drives and tablets supplied by residents, when necessary. Plus, Encore and Broadcast Pix engineers were able to create an API to allow our switcher to integrate with the AMX control system in the commission chambers, so a staff member can run the production, if necessary.

Granite’s built-in production tools, including the customizable Fluent-View multi-view, have also improved workflow during meetings. In particular, the Inscriber CG is a “huge upgrade” from the previous graphics system, which Larsen said was poorly integrated and poorly positioned in the control room. “Having the CG inside the switcher is so nice,” he added. “There’s no rolling your chair back and forth between workstations, and it’s so much easier to make changes.”

The new system has only been in use since March, but Larsen is already planning to use Granite’s built-in clip store to add roll-ins to open and close meeting coverage. “We can do things we just couldn’t do before, and we have the freedom to think creatively and improve our production values,” he said. “Every time I sit down in front of the Granite, from the beginning of the meeting to the end of the meeting, I’m more convinced it was the right decision. It makes our productions easier and better.”

About Broadcast Pix Founded in 2002, Broadcast Pix is the leader in integrated production switchers, with customers in more than 110 countries. Available in several configurations, from compact systems with end-to-end integration to large-scale systems for high-end live productions, Broadcast Pix switchers include CG, dual clip stores, file-based macros, external control software, and customizable multi-view and virtual sets with patented control options. Broadcast Pix also offers ReVue next generation slow motion systems, fX3D real-time 3D graphics, Rapid CG dynamic graphic playout software, and VOX voice-automated live video production, each designed to enhance our highly integrated live production switchers. Customers include leading broadcast, corporate, education, government, religious, sports, streaming, and visual radio studios. Learn more at www.broadcastpix.com.

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

ALTINEX ANNOUNCES AVAILABILITY OF MUSE® HDMI®+POWER+IR TRANSMITTER / RECEIVER

**** Photo: Altinex MU400-111 transmitter and the MU500-112 receiver ****

Brea, CA – InfoComm Booth C5116… Altinex, a leading manufacturer of Signal Management Solutions®, is pleased to announce the forthcoming availability of its Muse HDMI+Power+IR Transmitter and Receiver. This new technology dramatically changes the way integrators approach AV systems. With the ability to power a display with up to 150 watts of power and carry HDMI, RS-232, and IR control signals up to 300 feet (90 m) over a single, low voltage, unshielded CAT-6 cable, Muse enables AV Integrators to eliminate the worry of electrical outlet placement—providing AV installers full control over their projects. more

Extron Now Shipping New Scaling Presentation Switcher with Built-In Control Processor

Extron Electronics is pleased to announce the immediate availability of the IN1608 IPCP, new models within the IN1608 product family that feature built-in Extron IP Link Pro control processors for complete and powerful AV system control. The IN1608 IPCP is a highly versatile scaling presentation switcher that delivers the technologically advanced capabilities necessary to design and integrate a complete AV system in one box, including an HDCP-compliant, multi-format video switcher, an advanced scaling engine, integrated DTP transmitter and receivers for signal extension up to 330 feet (100 meters), a high performance mono or stereo amplifier, comprehensive audio processing, and an advanced control processor that is uniquely expandable. The IN1608 IPCP is the new industry standard for fully integrated AV systems, greatly simplifying system design and installation, and dramatically reducing total cost of ownership.

“The IN1608 has been extremely popular with our customers and we are very excited to be shipping the IN1608 IPCP for delivering total system integration,” says Casey Hall, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Extron. “This scaling presentation switcher is now available with a built-in IP Link Pro control processor that delivers powerful capabilities for complete, customizable control of an entire AV system.”

The IN1608 IPCP features a built-in IP Link Pro control processor, with the same advanced features, processing power, and breakthrough technologies found in the standalone Extron IPCP Pro control processors. The IN1608 IPCP delivers high-speed processing and abundant control port capacity for complete, customizable control of an entire AV system, including all source devices and displays, plus room functions. Simply connect an Extron TouchLink Pro touchpanel to the built-in Gigabit Ethernet switch to create a complete AV control system.

As with all Extron control systems, the IN1608 IPCP is very intuitive and easy to configure with Global Configurator software. The latest version of Global Configurator includes powerful, advanced features such as conditional logic, local variables, and macros. Global Configurator Professional adds unprecedented scalability with Controller Groups, a unique feature that allows an IN1608 IPCP to be combined with additional IP Link Pro processors to create a large-scale control system. This is ideal for controlling multiple systems, rooms, or even remote locations around the world. IN1608 IPCP systems throughout a facility, building, campus, or offices worldwide can be monitored and managed using Extron GlobalViewer Enterprise server-based software.

With the purchase of an Extron LinkLicense with the IN1608 IPCP, a tablet or laptop can serve as the primary control interface for the AV system. A unique benefit of LinkLicense is the ability to use Extron GUI Designer software to design interfaces for specific user roles in an organization. LinkLicense works seamlessly with Extron’s TouchLink for iPad app, and allows an interface to be duplicated to many additional devices. It simplifies deployment of AV system control for BYOD with a single license purchase per system and no per-user fees, and allows a standardized BYOD strategy for AV control across an organization.

To watch a product introduction video, please visit: www.extron.com/in1608ipcpnsvideo

For more information on the IN1608 IPCP, please visit: www.extron.com/in1608ipcpnspr

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