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IBC 2014: Variety of FOR-A Video Solutions to Make Show Debut

Booth highlights include: the FT-ONE-OPT 4K camera, FRC-9000 4K frame rate converter, FA-505 4K signal processor, and HVS-XT2000 4K vision mixer

Brugherio, Italy – At the upcoming IBC Show, FOR-A will showcase a variety of its new video production solutions. The company will exhibit in Hall 2, Stand A51 during the show, which runs September 12-16 at the Amsterdam RAI.

A highlight of FOR-A’s booth will be the FT-ONE-OPT – the newest version of the company’s 4K variable frame rate camera. The camera enables operators to shoot from the field with ease, allowing up to 1km distance between the unit and base station via optical cable. Capable of shooting up to 900 frames per second, the FT-ONE continuously outputs live full 4K signals and includes the ability to color correct video output live using its 12-axis system. The camera will be shown with FOR-A’s ZE-ONE 4K extraction system, which gives users the ability to frame and extract desired 4K image areas for HD replays. Ideal for broadcasting and sports applications, the FT-ONE OPT has been used by major broadcasters to produce 4K and 8K footage of major sporting events this year.

FOR-A will expand its popular XT series of video production mixers with the introduction of the XT2000 vision mixer, which offers unique capabilities that make vision mixing more versatile than ever before. Allowing up to 40 SDI inputs and 22 outputs, the XT2000 features MELite™, which gives the 2 M/E unit the power and functionality of a 6 M/E unit. MELite enables a traditional AUX bus to transform into a functional M/E with cut, mix, wipe and key control. The 4K compatible XT2000 also includes ONStage™, full operator transition control, and the ability to preview a mix, wipe, or key change before it goes on air. Other features of the new unit include key customization with FLEXaKEY™, FOR-A’s P-MEM™ panel memory system, and a new easy-to-use menu system.

FOR-A will also introduce the FRC-9000 4K HD frame rate converter. Building on the success of the FRC-8000 unit, this new frame rate converter features FOR-A’s enhanced state-of-the-art motion compensated frame rate conversion technologies. Ideal for live transmission use, the FRC-9000 can be used as a 2 X HD/SD-SDI frame rate converter.

Other solutions that will be debuting for the first time include: the MFR-6464 video routing switcher and Fujitsu video streaming software for its IP series of encoder and decoder solutions.

First introduced at NAB2014, FOR-A’s FA-505 multi channel signal processor will make its IBC debut. The five-input, five-output signal processor features up/down/cross/aspect ratio conversion capability on each input. Ideal for 4K applications, features of the unit include: a powerful synchronizer that includes frame/line/AVDL modes, video delay line of up to eight frames, full RGB color correction, and 16 channels of embedded audio per channel – with the ability to remap channels from any input to any output.

Other video solutions that will make their European debut in FOR-A’s booth include the MV-4200 multi viewer – a compact, 2 RU unit multi viewer that accepts 4K signals, and is capable of handling up to 68 inputs and 8 outputs. FOR-A will also show its URC-4000 super resolution 4K up converter, which features unique I/P (Interlace/Progressive) and resolution conversion technology to turn HD video into 4K in real time. Both the MV-4200 and URC-4000 were introduced at NAB earlier this year.
Other FOR-A technology introduced earlier this year at NAB that will be shown at IBC for the first time includes the VTW-350HS HD character generator, the LTR-200HS6 LTO video archiving recorder, and the FRC Export Plug-in – frame rate converter software for Adobe Premier Pro.

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, visit our web site at www.for-a.co.jp

DVIGear Introduces Universal Presentation Switcher / Scaler

Solves Challenges of Diverse Presentation Environments

Marietta, Georgia    September 2, 2014  –  DVIGear, a leading manufacturer of digital connectivity products, has expanded its line of switching and scaling products with the new DVI-3571a Universal Presentation Switcher / Scaler.  This unit is engineered for use in conference rooms, training facilities, classrooms, auditoriums and other presentation applications.

DVI-3571a Universal Presentation Switcher / Scaler

Presentation Powerhouse

System designers and facility managers often face unpredictable requirements as different presenters can use a wide range of source devices.  For each device, the signal format and resolution can vary greatly, making AV signal distribution difficult.  The DVI-3571a overcomes these issues through a rich array of Input / Output connections that supports all popular AV input signal formats, as well as providing multiple outputs with user-selectable resolutions.  The unit’s powerful capabilities provide the flexibility needed to adapt to the ever-changing demands of media-rich presentation environments.

The DVI-3571a accepts up to eight (8) video inputs: 3x HDMI (or DVI), 3x RGB Analog (VGA), 1x Component Video and 1x Composite Video.  Each input supports a broad range of signal formats and resolutions. The selected input signal is routed simultaneously to 2x HDMI outputs and 1x RGB Analog (VGA) output for downstream display and/or processing. Two high performance scaling engines provide user-selectable output resolutions up to 1080p and 1920×1200.

Advanced Features

The DVI-3571a supports advanced audio features such as HDMI audio embedding and de-embedding, as well as lip sync correction up to 150 ms.  The unit includes a variety of control features including Ethernet, RS232, IR Remote and front panel selection.  The unit can be easily integrated into a network using the Ethernet port and controlled via the built-in web browser GUI.  These powerful features allow the unit to be seamlessly integrated into any professional AV system.

The DVI-3571a is available now for immediate delivery.

About DVIGear

Founded in 1999, DVIGear (www.dvigear.com) is a leading supplier of Digital Connectivity Solutions for a wide range of professional display applications.  Located in Marietta, Georgia, DVIGear offers an extensive portfolio of high performance digital video distribution products including:  Digital Matrix Routing Switchers, Splitters, Extenders, Converters, Scalers, as well as long-length copper and optical cables.

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Contact: Joseph Barbier  /  770.421.6699  /  joseph@dvigear.com
High Resolution Product Photo:  DVI-3571a

 


Simple. Robust. Intelligent: Kramer Launches RC-43T Control Panel

Audio, video and computer signal processing specialists, Kramer Electronics introduces the RC-43T, a 6−button auxiliary control panel that works as a remote control panel for master room controllers such as the Kramer SL−1 in classrooms, meeting rooms, boardrooms or auditoriums.

The RC-43T uses proprietary KNET™ protocol to power and communicate over a single cable and between Kramer products. Easy to use front panel buttons are touch−sensitive and give press confirmation using LED lights. The slimline unit measures 6.9cm x 1.6cm x 11.4cm (2.72″ x 0.63″ x 4.5″ W, D, H – US) and matches 1-gang US wall plates. Rugged and robust, the RC-43T is made for extensive use and brings significant return on investment.

Speaking about the new innovation, Ezra Ozer, Vice President, Marketing at Kramer Electronics said: “Created with the end user in mind, the RC-43T is simple to use, reliable, functional and intelligent. It forms part of Kramer’s comprehensive range of media and wall controllers. All products are expertly designed to be future-proof, manufactured at our factory in Jerusalem and marketed globally.”

The RC-43T will make its official international debut at InfoComm India 2014 at Booth D1, Mumbai Exhibition Center from 17-19 September 2014.

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NEUTRIK ANNOUNCES opticamSWITCH® FIBER OPTIC CAMERA SWITCH

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Charlotte, NC – August 2014… Neutrik USA, the leading supplier of robust and reliable professional connectivity solutions for audio, video, and data, is pleased to introduce opticamSWITCH, the ultimate solution for fiber optic camera routing within broadcast studios. opticamSWITCH eliminates the need for high-maintenance, risky SMPTE matrix patch fields by automating camera-to-CCU connections, routing both fiber and power. more

FOR-A to Intro Versatile XT2000 Video Switcher at IBC 2014

Unit well suited for many production environments, including OB truck, live event, TV studio, house of worship and educational settings

Tokyo, Japan – At the upcoming IBC Show, taking place September 12-16 in Amsterdam, FOR-A Company Limited will unveil its HVS-XT2000 video production switcher, the newest addition to the XT switcher family. A flexible unit allowing up to 40 SDI inputs and 22 outputs, the easy-to-use XT2000 includes powerful features unavailable in other switchers in its class. FOR-A will showcase the XT2000 in its IBC booth, Hall 2, Stand A51.

The XT2K has a number of groundbreaking features and technologies never before enjoyed by operators. One exclusive feature of the 2 M/E XT2000 is MELite™, which allows a traditional AUX bus to transform into a functional M/E with cut, mix, wipe and key control. The unit runs on what has been dubbed a V6 XT2K engine, ready for SD, HD, Full HD (3G) and 4K production. The MELite™ feature provides the XT2000 with the production capabilities of a fully functional 6 M/E switcher. MELite™ is the building block for even more powerful, yet easy to use features such as upstream and downstream transition effects. Operators can deploy a MELite™ as a third M/E, transforming the switcher to a 3 M/E switcher with a 3 M/E panel. Users can also add a 1 M/E panel and allow a second operator to have the added power of a second fully functional switcher in another location, all from the V6 XT2K engine. The versatile, cost efficient HVS-XT2000 gives operators the power of 6 M/Es for multiple, independent, on-stage monitor display control.

Another exclusive feature of the switcher is ONStage™, a newly developed technology designed specifically for staging events, such as house of worship or corporate events where multiple image magnification displays are used, each with independent transitions. This is the first switcher mode that allows operators to see mix, wipe, key and DVE changes with full preview control connected directly to the lever arm transition area. With ONStage™, operators have more power and creativity in their video switching than ever before.

Another feature that provides additional flexibility and customization is FLEXaKEY™. With FLEXaKEY™, operators can tailor their production needs by adding and moving key and DVE layers to traditional M/E resources or to MELite™ resources. FLEXaKEY™ allows operators to select and multiply the layers and graphics they need, when they need them.

The switcher includes a four-channel media player capable of still image and clip store with memory back-up. Its panel memory system, P-MEM™, includes simple panel snap shot recall or events, sequence and macro memory recalls. Within the XT2000 is a new FOR-A-developed menu system inspired from customer feedback around the world. Called Midas Touch™, the menu system allows for easy configuration changes and full system control. The V6 XT2K includes frame synchronizers on every input, including valuable frame grab for image capture on any input. Re-sizer for SD to HD migration is also included. Furthermore, the system offers a total of 12 keyers, with up to 12 floating 2.5D and 3.0D DVE effects, and multiple user configurable multi-viewers are available with the switcher.

The switcher also features an easy to operate, highly functional control panel. The XT2000 control panel features crystal clear OLED source names displays, multiple color LED buttons, rich selection of user buttons, and built in touch screen menu and remote shotbox options.

“The XT2000 switcher was designed based on significant customer feedback,” said Hiro Tanoue, President of FOR-A Corporation of America. “Users of the XT2000 will find it to be a value rich, efficient, and easy to operate system that gives them limitless capabilities in their video production environment.”

The XT2000 is ideal for a wide variety of applications, including OB truck, live event, television studio, house of worship and educational settings. The switcher will start shipping in Q1 2015.

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, visit our web site at www.for-a.co.jp

Canada’s Woodbine Entertainment Uses FOR-A 4K Camera for Racing Coverage of The Queen’s Plate

Toronto, ON – Kicking off the 2014 season of Canada’s Triple Crown of Thoroughbred Racing, Toronto’s Woodbine Racetrack hosted The Queen’s Plate Stakes last month. The event is the longest continuously run stakes race in North America, and this year marked its 155th anniversary. To ensure not a moment of horseracing action was missed, production of the event included use of FOR-A’s FT-ONE 4K variable frame rate camera, used in conjunction with FOR-A’s ZE-ONE 4K extraction system.

“We used the FT-ONE to give us a slow-motion replay of the finish for our biggest race of the year, and the camera gave us exactly what we were looking for,” said Andrew Barnhardt, Broadcast Technical Supervisor of the Woodbine Entertainment Group. “With the FOR-A’s 4K extraction system, we could select the desired HD framing from the 4K raster to get exactly the shot we wanted.”

The ZE-ONE allows FT-ONE operators to frame and extract any 4K image area of any scene for HD replays. The solution provides operators with an intuitive touch-screen interface, allows users to smoothly zoom in or out, and includes an embedded audio delay processor.

Capable of recording up to 900 frames per second (fps), the FT-ONE was used with a FUJINON 85-300mm Cabrio lens (ZK3.5×85), and positioned near the finish line of the race to catch all of the action of the last run in super slow motion replay. Coverage of the horse race was shown on The Sports Network (TSN), and footage from the FT-ONE at 420 fps was broadcasted within a minute of the finish of the race on July 6th.

“We cropped the race shot fairly wide, then used the ZE-ONE extraction system to provide a 200 to 300 percent zoom with full HD quality for playback,” said Andrew Alexander, Vice President of FOR-A Canada, who helped with set-up and operation of the FT-ONE at the event. “We were also able to track zoomed shots on playback to create specific pan effects.”

“I was confident that FOR-A would deliver for us on the day of the Plate, and fortunately that proved very true,” explained Barnhardt. “We’ve used FOR-A gear in our live production facilities for years, and their reliability is unmatched.”

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.

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Worcester State University Upgrades to HD with FOR-A Video Switcher

Cypress, CA – When Worcester State University began its most recent studio upgrade, the school was looking for video equipment to take them into the world of high definition. In the market for a cost-efficient yet feature-rich switcher to train students, the university found what it was looking for in FOR-A’s HVS-390HS video switcher.

“We’d been using a switcher that limited our production capabilities. FOR-A’s HVS-390HS allows for more creativity and functionality, so we’re able to add an extra dimension into our teachings,” explained Tom White, Assistant Director of Multimedia Services at Worcester State University. “While our FOR-A switcher is HD, we had the option to keep our remaining equipment SD if we had to for budgetary reasons. This gave us some breathing room.”

Worcester State University’s video production studio went completely high definition in November 2013. The school primarily uses the HVS-390HS switcher for educational training purposes, but it also puts the switcher to work for in-house productions, such as student television shows, and announcement and marketing productions for the university.

The university has found the ease of use and design of the HVS-390HS switcher as two considerable benefits. Some of the students who operate the switcher have never done any type of video production before, but they quickly learn the basic functions of the unit. Durability and reliability are big factors of the HVS-390HS for the university, since around 80 students work with the switcher in a given week.

“We’ve been very impressed with the high cost performance of the switcher,” White said. “We’ve also noticed that there’s a great synergy with FOR-A’s HVS-390HS in the way it fits in our studio and works with our other equipment. It took almost no effort to integrate the switcher into our system. It’s just a beautiful unit that has been a great match for our school.”

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.

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Broadcast Pix Introduces ‘PixPlay’ Slo-Mo Replay Option for Blackmagic Design HyperDeck, AJA Ki Pro

Billerica, Massachusetts – Broadcast Pix™ today announced PixPlay, a new software option that will allow any Broadcast Pix integrated production switcher to provide slow motion control to a Blackmagic Design HyperDeck or AJA Video Systems Ki Pro disk recorder.

Originally developed as a cost effective solution so game officials could review footage for high school and college sports, PixPlay can also be used during production for almost any sports application, including football, basketball, baseball, soccer and even extreme sports like auto racing. Regularly priced at $495, PixPlay will be offered free to customers purchasing a new Flint™, Granite™ or Mica™ integrated production switcher until Sept. 30.

An operator can replay footage manually using controls on the front panel of the HyperDeck Studio or Ki Pro. With PixPlay, however, VTR control is ported to the production switcher along with six preset replay speeds. Users can also “scrub” or single step through a scene for better control and functionality.

PixPlay also includes an unlimited number of “in” points as part of a playback EDL, which instantly cues the proper scenes. All scoring plays during a football game, for example, can be selected and cued for instant playback at one of PixPlay’s preset replay speeds.

“Broadcast Pix systems already work well with AJA and Blackmagic file-based recorders via our PixPad interface, but our new PixPlay adds a new level of integration and functionality,” said Steve Ellis, CEO of Broadcast Pix. “The workflow is remarkably easy and delivers great slo-mo imagery at a fantastic price.”

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

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SET Expo 2014: FOR-A to Showcase Range of Video Solutions

Cypress, CA – FOR-A Corporation of America announces it participation at the upcoming SET Expo 2014, taking place at the Expo Center Norte in São Paulo, Brazil from August 25-27. FOR-A will exhibit a variety of its popular solutions in booth E17, including its full 4K variable frame rate camera, video switchers, signal processors and multi viewers.

Among the highlights of FOR-A’s booth will be the highly regarded FT-ONE 4K super slow motion camera. Capable of recording up to 900 frames per second, the FT-ONE will be demonstrated alongside FOR-A’s ZE-ONE 4K extraction system. The ZE-ONE allows FT-ONE operators to zoom in on and extract specified HD scenes at any size from 4K sources.

FOR-A will also showcase a number of its popular video switchers, including the HVS-XT portable switcher series. Both the HVS-XT100, which comes with a separate main unit and control panel, and the HVS-XT110, which features a compact, integrated design, will be on display. FOR-A’s HVS-390HS video production switcher will also be shown. Offering unique capabilities that allow operators to deploy any aux bus transition with cuts, mixes, or wipes, and display a keyer complete with DVE functions, the cost-efficient switcher is widely used by broadcasters, houses of worship, education facilities and corporate video producers.

A variety of FOR-A’s signal processors will also be on display, including the award-winning FA-1010, which includes 10 video inputs and outputs and offers multi-channel routing between sources and effective video and audio signal processing for line, relay, reporting, production, editing and delivery applications. The FA-9520 and FA-9500 multi purpose signal processors will also be demoed at the show.

Other equipment to be shown by FOR-A includes the new MV-1620HSA multi viewer, a compact (1RU) but full-featured unit that includes the option to cascade it with other units to display up to 64 sources simultaneously.

“This region is so important to FOR-A, and the SET Expo 2014 is a premier Latin American industry event,” said Mario Rodriguez, FOR-A’s Latin American Sales Manager. “We look forward to exhibiting at this year’s show and displaying some of our newest and most in-demand solutions. A product I’m particularly looking forward to showcasing is our award-winning FA-1010 signal processor, which has proven itself to be a highly popular solution in the region.”

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.

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Extron Tackles Lecture Capture with the Introduction of the SMP 351 and FlexOS

We are pleased to introduce the SMP 351, an H.264 streaming media processor for capturing and distributing live AV sources and presentations. Featuring up to five inputs, the SMP 351 creates high-impact content by combining two high resolution signals, a background image, and metadata into dynamic layouts that enhance a presentation’s message. The SMP 351 supports both live streaming and recording capabilities, allowing a presentation to be delivered anywhere a network can reach. Extron’s FlexOS embedded operating system makes it easily-adaptable to new requirements, and applications can be uploaded to the SMP 351 to automate system operation using control ports. It is easy to use, and with no licensing fees, has a low cost of ownership. The SMP 351 is a flexible, cost-effective solution for delivering presentations to a larger audience. more

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