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Extron Now Shipping HDCP-Compliant Scaler with Seamless Switching

Extron Electronics is pleased to announce the immediate availability of the DVS 605, a high performance video scaler that includes three HDMI inputs, two universal analog video inputs with auto-format detection, and simultaneous HDMI and analog high resolution outputs. The DVS 605 accepts a wide variety of video formats including HDMI with HDCP, HDTV, RGB, and standard definition video. It features advanced Extron video signal processing with 1080i deinterlacing, Deep Color processing, and true seamless switching for professional-quality presentations. The DVS 605 also features SpeedSwitch™ Technology that delivers ultra-fast switching speed for HDCP-encrypted content. It is available in models with audio switching plus HDMI audio embedding / de-embedding, and also 3G-SDI/HD-SDI output with genlock. more

Broadcast Pix Ships Video Control Center 3.0 Software, Showcases New Products at 2012 NAB Show

Billerica, Massachusetts – April 4, 2012 – Broadcast Pix™ today announced that Video Control Center™ 3.0 software, which adds new functionality to current Granite™ and Mica™ systems, is now shipping. New features include touch-screen control, voice automation, virtual sets, and a second-generation Fluent Rapid CG™ 2 that integrates Daktronics scoreboard control. All these new 3.0 capabilities as well as the company’s flagship Granite 6000 and family of Mica systems will make their NAB debut at the 2012 NAB Show in Las Vegas, Nev., April 16-19 (Booth SL6424).

“We are very excited to bring all these new products to NAB. They advance the state of the art in control surfaces for live video creation,” said Ken Swanton, CEO. “Their superior integration of video, file-based content, data, and devices enables great live video to be created by a small team or a single operator – or in the case of voice automation, without any operator at all.”

Broadcast Pix is known for innovative panels that control both video and file-based content, but not every TD prefers a traditional control panel. Video Control Center 3.0 features the first optimized touch-screen control, with joystick and knobs for robotic camera control and picture-in-picture (PiP) box sizing. New controls simplify key layering, provide switcher transitions, and offer enhanced controls for source selection.

A breakthrough in voice automated video production is the new VOX™ option, which eliminates the need for an operator for some live productions. It enables microphones to trigger Fluent™ Macros on any Granite, Mica, or Slate™ system to select camera presets, roll clips and animations, add or remove graphics, and execute PiP compositions. VOX is ideal for adding video to radio station broadcasts, as well as coverage of government and corporate meetings for television, Internet, and in-house projection.

Video Control Center 3.0’s new virtual set software with simplified chromakey setup enables up to eight cameras to have virtual backgrounds plus three key layers on top for PiP, titles, and motion backgrounds. Broadcast Pix provides several backgrounds, but any photo can be used – and a built-in image editor can crop and blur an image to simulate depth of field. The virtual sets can also integrate with Fluent-Macros for effects, such as three virtual sets in PiP boxes on an animated background.

Fluent Rapid CG 2 connects on-air graphics to databases, RSS feeds, custom action buttons, and now Daktronics scoreboard controllers and EZNews news titles. Second-generation features include dual channel for two graphics at once, as well as very fast updates including clocks by the second. Broadcast Pix will demonstrate with a Daktronics scoreboard in its NAB booth.

Granite 6000, the largest Video Control Center, features an expanded 2 M/E switcher control panel with 24 source buttons per row, as well as two banks of patented device controls to run its built-in 120-hour clip store, Harris or Chyron CG, and external devices. The panel has 143 patented PixButtons™, which show file names on the buttons. The highly redundant system has up to 22 SDI multi-definition inputs, plus seven channels of clips, animations, and graphics.

The Mica family of Video Control Centers provides exceptional value, making Broadcast Pix technology accessible to many applications. It features eight SDI inputs plus seven channels of clips, animations, and graphics. Mica is available in four models, starting at just $16,900.

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 100 countries. Learn more at www.broadcastpix.com.

LYNX Technik Brings Affordable HDMI Conversion Bricks to NAB 2012

LYNX Technik AG, provider of modular interfaces will exhibit its range of broadcast quality HDMI conversion yellobriks® at NAB2012, booth N4433.

CHD 1812 – HDMI to SDI Converter + Frame Sync (3G)
This HDMI to SDI converter supports SD/HD/3G-SDI formats, provides 3D support, and includes an integrated Frame Synchronizer. A flexible reference input allows the unit to be cross-locked between formats. With this brick, facilities can convert HDMI to HD or SD-SDI such as sources coming from broadcast video cameras as well as PC and MAC computers.

A key feature of this yellobrik is the built-in frame synchronizer, which eliminates the need to purchase a separate and expensive 3Gbit frame sync unit. It is an ideal solution for any application that requires a fully synchronized SDI input from an external asynchronous HDMI source.

The integrated frame synchronizer solves a common problem in broadcast and video HDMI to SDI (PC and MAC) conversion applications. In a production environment in the USA, a 59.94 Hz frame rate is typical for SDI video applications and often, an HDMI output runs at 60 Hz. The integrated frame synchronizer adjusts for this minor difference, providing users with a perfectly frame synchronized 59.94 Hz SDI output from a 60 Hz HDMI source.

CHD 1802 – HDMI to SDI Converter (3G)
This HDMI to SDI converter carries the same features as the CHD 1812 however does not include an integrated frame synchronizer or external audio output.

CDH 1811 – SDI to HDMI Converter (3G)
This SDI to HDMI converter supports SDI video inputs up to 1080p60 and provides automatic input standard and format detection.

Full Audio Support
The CHD 1812 and CDH 1811 include full audio support and embed audio from the HDMI stream into the SDI outputs with two external analog audio inputs. The audio inputs can be embedded if required. The CHD 1802 supports embedded audio, whereby any audio present in the HDMI stream will be embedded into the corresponding channels on the SDI output.

Fiber Capabilities
The optional single-mode SDI fiber output ensures that the transition to fiber is simple and makes these units ideal for long distance SDI transmission of HD content.

SDI Monitoring and Overlay Modes

The CDH 1811 includes a unique on-screen overlay mode that displays a multitude of additional information about the connected signal including: SDI input format and bit depth, burn-in windows for DVITC,VITC and LTC time code, 16 channel on- screen audio metering, closed caption presence indication and AFD,WSS and VI metadata presence. This overlay feature turns the CDH 1811 SDI to HDMI converter is a fully featured SDI monitoring tool.

The entire yellobrik line will be on display at NAB 2012 including; sync pulse generators, distribution amplifiers, audio embedders / de-embedders, point to point fiber solutions, WDM bi-directional fiber solutions, and CWDM multiplexed fiber solutions.

For more details, please visit LYNX Technik at NAB 2012, booth N4433, April 16-19, 2012.

New Universal Distribution System From Utah Scientific Combines Flexibility and Economy in Signal Distribution Applications

SALT LAKE CITY — April 3, 2012 — Utah Scientific, a worldwide leader in routing and master control switchers, today announced the UTAH-100/UDS Universal Distribution System, a new approach to signal distribution that combines the flexibility of a multirate digital routing switcher with the economy of simple distribution amplifiers. This modular system is based on I/O modules with 16 ports, interconnected by a crosspoint fabric that allows any input signal to feed any number of output ports. The UTAH-100/UDS will be demonstrated at the 2012 NAB Show at the company’s booth, N4511. more

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Extron Announces Expanded Training Schedule & More Locations

Extron Electronics is pleased to announce an expanded Extron Institute On-The-Road schedule and six new locations, which include: Columbus in May, Philadelphia in June, St. Louis in July and August, Calgary, Alberta in August, Montreal, Quebec in October, and Denver in November. With the expanded North America schedule, Extron will now offer over 50 instructor-led training courses in 2012. Led by some of the industry’s best trainers, Extron Institute offers AV professionals an opportunity to broaden their knowledge and keep pace with new technologies and product developments. more

FOR-A Debuts 1 M/E to 2 M/E Video Production Switcher at NAB 2012

Fort Lee, New Jersey – FOR-A Company Limited, a leading manufacturer of video and audio systems for the broadcast and professional video industries, today introduced the HVS-390HS, the latest in its line of compact, cost-effective switchers. Available in 1 M/E and 2 M/E versions, it includes 16 HD/SD-SDI inputs and eight outputs (expandable to 24 inputs and 13 outputs), with frame synchronizers for all inputs. The new video production switcher will be unveiled at the 2012 NAB Show (Booth C5219), which runs April 16-19 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

“Multiple markets have enthusiastically embraced this product line, including broadcasters, educators, houses of worship, and corporate video producers,” said Pedro Silvestre, sales director for FOR-A Corporation of America. “The HVS-390HS maintains the compact footprint and operating style of our previous models, and improves the operation style with the addition of macros and pneumonic keys.”

Built-in resizing engines on four inputs allow HD, SD, and PC sources to be mixed within the same production. Four keyers per M/E are standard. The HVS-390HS includes two chroma keyers. All keyers have an independent 2D DVE channel, plus two 3D DVEs (for background and keyer) for each M/E. The HVS-390HS includes 100 2D and 68 3D wipe patterns, in addition to standard cut, mix, and wipe transitions on the M/E bus.

The HVS-390HS features a highly versatile input/output set up, including the ability to use the optional input/output boards from FOR-A’s HVS-300 switcher as well. It comes standard with 16 HD/SD-SDI inputs, eight outputs plus an HDMI output. With the addition of optional input/output boards, the system expands to 24 inputs and 13 outputs. Analog components, analog composite, DVI, and RGB can also be added.

The switcher is equipped with output video recording and playback functions. It includes an advanced video memory function that can simultaneously record fills and keys and saves consecutive stills when transferred from the user interface as video. Clips can be up to 240 frames long. And recorded clips and stills can be used for CG wipes.

Up to 100 events can be stored in memory and recalled with a single click during live applications. A built-in sequence function stores up to 100 sequences, with each parameter setting registered as a key frame. When used with FOR-A’s HVS-39GUI, information for each key frame in a sequence can be displayed on a timeline, so the correlation of action timings can be easily verified. Sequences and events can be assigned to any of the 12 user buttons on any of the switcher’s control panels.

Four still stores support JPEG, BMP, and TGA file formats, as well as animated logos. External video input and PGM output can be captured as still images, and data generated on a PC or other source can be loaded to the main unit via Ethernet or loaded via USB through the switcher’s control panel.

Three control panels are available for the HVS-390HS: the HVS-391OU (1 M/E), HVS-392OU (2 M/E), and HVS-392ROU (rack-mountable 2 M/E). The 3 RU main unit includes an enlarged fan and efficient exhaust process to guarantee silent operation, which is ideal when it is installed near the operator’s workspace in mobile production units or small control rooms. An optional redundant power supply is also available.

The built-in dual multi-view can display up to 16 split windows on either output, and different display patterns and sources can be set for each. Every multi-view window is equipped with title and tally display functions. Other built-in features include safety area and color bar displays, macro, color correction, and simultaneous switching (and output) of two L/R systems for 3D productions.

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.

FOR-A PROVIDES ‘CONTINUOUS INNOVATION’ AT NAB 2012

New Product Highlights Include Compact 2 M/E Video Switcher and File-Based LTO-5 Video Storage Appliance

Fort Lee, New Jersey – FOR-A Company Limited, a leading manufacturer of video and audio systems for the broadcast and professional video industries, will several new products at the 2012 NAB Show, which runs April 16-19 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Designed around the company’s theme of “Continuous Innovation,” FOR-A’s NAB booth (C5219) will include a demonstration area as well as “islands” to showcase video switchers, processors, file-based products and specialty live demonstrations.

“NAB remains an excellent venue for us to showcase our latest products and technologies to broadcasters and other video professionals,” said Pedro Silvestre, sales director for FOR-A Corporation of America. “This year, we’ll unveil a new entry in our popular line of compact video switchers, as well as a new LTO-5 server that will set a new benchmark for LTO-5 file storage. Our innovative, new products, as well as some very dynamic technology demonstrations, will show our commitment to continuous innovation.”

Video Switchers

One of FOR-A’s most anticipated new products is the HVS-390HS video switcher. It maintains the functionality of FOR-A’s current switcher line, but is available in 1 M/E and 2 M/E versions. It includes 16 HD/SD-SDI inputs and eight outputs (expandable to 24 inputs and 13 outputs), with frame synchronizers for all inputs.

A new addition to the HVS-4000 Series, the HVS-4000HSA, offers support 3 M/E operation capability. The HVS-4000 Series offers a choice of M/Es and control panels, and is loaded with standard features to handle complex video productions. With 16 inputs and outputs standard (expandable to 48 inputs and 24 outputs), it includes a built-in multi-viewer, direct access to preset content, and integrated control of various devices. Additional switcher models will also be on display, including the HVS-350HS 1.5 M/E switcher, linked with a MFR-3232 routing switcher, and the HVS-300HS 1 M/E switcher, coupled with a LTG-50HS HD/SD logo/title generator.

File-Based Products

Building on its successful line of LTO-5 video archiving recorders, FOR-A will introduce the LTS-50 storage appliance at NAB. Using a network connection, it archives media files to LTO-5 high-capacity tape, regardless of file format. It’s ideal for data backup that does not require video I/O, as well as archives of nonlinear editing materials that will be reused. Options include LTR Browser software control and automatic creation of low-resolution proxy files and thumbnails when archiving MXF files. Both the LTR-120HS (AVC-Intra/DVCPRO) and LTR-100HS (MPEG-2) video archiving recorders will be on display as well, along with the MBP-100MP multi-format player and MBP-100SX MXF clip server and baseband converter. Plus, FOR-A will provide a technical demonstration of its new file-based frame rate converter.

Multi-Viewers

New for NAB, the MV-1620HS supports mixed inputs of HD-SDI, SD-SDI, and analog composite signals. The compact, cost-effective multi-viewer supports 16 inputs, includes embedded audio level display for up to 16 channels per input and title display of up to 16 characters per input, and features up to two clock displays, which can also be used for countdown and remaining time displays. Plus, the unit saves up to 16 layout patterns, selected from the front panel, and PC-based software makes it easy to create screen layouts.

The new MV-42HS is a four-channel HD/SD multi-viewer that supports mixed and asynchronous HD-SDI and SD-SDI inputs
(optional analog composite). It also features audio level metering and titling, and offers full screen, two split, and quad screen output. FOR-A will also showcase its MV-3200 Series, which provides customizable support for up to 32 inputs and four display outputs. The choice of input boards within its 2 RU frame provides support for various asynchronous HD/SD-SDI, analog composite, and DVI signals, as well as analog or AES audio, so control rooms don’t need to supplement their video walls with additional monitors.

Video Processors

Packaged in a compact form factor, the new FRC-30 HD/SD frame rate converter handles motion compensation and linear conversions. It also supports up/down/cross conversion of 1080i, 720p, NTSC, and PAL at a variety of frame rates for HD/SD-SDI and analog composite signals. The new modular UFM-30FRC frame rate converter, which can be installed in FOR-A’s UFM frame, also provides motion compensation, linear conversions, and up/down/cross conversion of HD/SD-SDI and analog composite sources at various resolutions and frame rates. FOR-A will also display its established FRC-8000 HD/SD frame rate converter and FA-9500 3G/HD/SD multi-purpose signal processor at NAB, as well as a prototype of its next-generation color
corrector.

Specialty Products

FOR-A will demonstrate ‘multi-angle, super slow motion’ shooting for the first time at NAB using nine of its award-winning VFC-7000 HD Variable Frame Rate (Super Slow Motion) Cameras shooting simultaneously and being controlled from one EVS controller. The VFC-7000 is well suited for sports broadcasting applications. Flovel, a company in partnership with FOR-A, will also display prototypes of its new 4K compact camera and HD ultra-high sensitivity camera.

FOR-A will also demonstrate its new SmartDirect all-in-one live production system. Powered by a Brainstorm graphics engine, it provides the ability to create programming, playlists, captions, and switch cameras. Optional features include: the VRCAM-S virtual studio, a video switcher link to connect with an external switcher for more elaborate wipes and effects, link to a clip server to control external servers, and a streaming interface to simultaneously encode and distribute video over the internet.

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.

ev1.tv Delivers News, Live Sports Coverage with Broadcast Pix

Billerica, Massachusetts – Broadcast Pix™ today announced that ev1.tv, a local TV station covering the Emsland and Grafschaft Bentheim district in Lower Saxony, Germany, is using a Granite™ 5000 Video Control Center in the control room of its brand-new studio and a Slate™ 1000 Video Control Center in its OB van. Primarily, the station uses its systems to produce a daily newscast and talk show in the studio, while the production van is used to cover football games.

“In fact, everything you see on ev1.tv is produced with Granite or Slate,” said Nico Stähle, chief engineer for ev1.tv, which distributes its programming via cable and online. The new Broadcast Pix systems were purchased last summer through Studio Hamburg Media Consult International (MCI), which handled the Granite installation (Stähle installed the Slate in the production van).

Stähle said he chose Granite because he needed a 2 M/E mixer that was easy to operate. “For us, there’s no other bundle of hardware with the cost effectiveness of Granite or Slate,” he explained. “We can operate all components from the panel with no need for other external equipment. Plus, Granite fits perfectly in our workflow with our Final Cut Pro workstations.”

ev1.tv uses a number of Fluent™ built-in workflow tools in both systems, including the animation store and Harris CG to create animated lower-thirds. Fluent-View is used to display all sources and keys on a 52-inch LCD monitor in the control room, and Stähle appreciates the “attention to detail,” such as the integrated clock in the display.

“We do a lot with Fluent Macros,” Stähle added. “For example, for the open of our news show, the intro starts and automatically fades to the camera in the studio, the lower-third appears, fades away, and cuts to another camera. We also use a macro for the end of the show to display a crawl and other titles on an animated background.”

Programming is currently produced in SD, but Stähle noted there is no problem upgrading to HD or a mixed HD/SD production environment with Granite. With several months of productions complete, he said the Broadcast Pix systems have performed very well. “No problems at all,” Stähle said. “It is so easy to operate that, with the help of some macros, even our trainees can run a news show.”

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

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FSR Announces a Winning Trifecta of New Representatives

Woodland Park, NJ – FSR, manufacturer of audio and video switching, control products, and connectivity boxes, appointed three new representative firms to add expert coverage in the Rocky Mountain Region, Indiana, Kentucky, Texas, and Louisiana. Jan Sandri, president of FSR Inc., made the announcement today from headquarters in Woodland Park, NJ.

Jack Aragon Marketing and Sales (J.A.M.S.), specializing in professional and commercial audio, brings new support to the broad Rocky Mountain region. J.A.M.S.’s dedication to detail and extensive market knowledge will help customers work smarter and more efficiently through their equipment purchases.

Tech Solutions + Sales has joined the FSR family to serve customers in Indiana and Kentucky. The organization represents manufacturers of audio, video, and security solutions with an emphasis on providing integrators and the consulting community with reliable service, expert support, and ‘best-in-class’ products from select manufacturers.

Highway Marketing, an audio and security manufactures’ representative company with a broad range of sales and technical skills, will use its extensive experience to counsel FSR’s Texas and Louisiana market-base regarding the most appropriate, eco-friendly, and cost-effective solutions, and deliver the highest degree of service available in the area.

“We couldn’t be happier to welcome all three organizations to the FSR family,” stated Sandri. “Each company brings its own brand of dedication and experience to its region and we are confident that our customers will benefit from their expertise.”

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: http://www.fsrinc.com.

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

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In full motion: FoveaHD makes NAB debut

See Calibre UK at NAB 2012, Booth N1817, 16-19 April 2012, Las Vegas

Cost-effective HD and SD motion compensated standards converter with real-time noise reduction and image enhancement

British video image processing hardware manufacturer, Calibre UK will introduce the new FoveaHD MEMC motion compensated frame rate converter into the broadcast marketplace at NAB 2012.

“The FoveaHD is a completely new motion compensated standards convertor designed for cost-effective and smooth SD and HD broadcasting. Typical applications for FoveaHD include newsgathering, mobile operations, outside broadcasting and live events to studio dubbing and satellite broadcast communications,” says Tim Brooksbank, Chairman at Calibre UK.

The convertor has multiple SD and HD inputs and outputs to enable upconversion, downconversion, cross conversion, as well as converting between all common frame rates. Adding to its functionality, the FoveaHD convertor is equipped with 3G-SDI and Analog I/O. FoveaHD provides motion compensated HD and SD standards conversion at the price of a standard linear video converter.

FoveaHD also has powerful image restoration capabilities for archive conversion, a valuable library asset.

VITC embedded time code is supported and includes automatic delay and correction.

The 2U rack system has control via Ethernet or front panel keyboard ensuring smooth integration.

“The introduction of FoveaHD follows the success of our VideoExcel series broadcast grade universal format converters and frame synchronizers, which will also be on show at NAB alongside the latest HQView530 video scalers, format convertors and scan convertors aimed at the professional video market,” adds Brooksbank.

Calibre UK will exhibit on booth N1817 at NAB 2012 at the Las Vegas Convention Center, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA between 16-19 April 2012.

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