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Vaddio Adds Further Usability to ProductionVIEW HD MV Camera Control Console with Built-In Multiviewer

Vaddio announces new enhancements to the ProductionVIEW HD MV all-in-one camera control console with multiviewer capabilities, digital inputs/outputs, HD, RGBHV and SD video mixing, transitions, lower screen graphics and automated control functionality.

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New Multi-View Input Screens allow the user to select between screen layouts that display four, five or six inputs. When set up with four or five preview windows, the preset video thumbnails become larger on the bottom of the screen. In addition, the Preview and Program windows can be swapped on the multiviewer output. With Vaddio’s TeleTouch touch screen monitors, all live video feeds can be selected and up to 12 video thumbnail presets can be created, recalled and stored by simply touching the monitor. The thumbnails are a snapshot of what the camera preset shot looks like, to make storing and recalling presets even easier. Simply touch a thumbnail and the camera will pan, tilt and zoom to that position. The Cut, Wipe and Fade buttons illuminate on the multiviewer display, giving a visual indication of which effect is active.
An additional capability of the system is Dual Bus Multiview output. “A big request from our integrators was to add greater flexibility in allowing them to configure the system output options,” explained President of Vaddio, Rob Sheeley. “As a result of this feedback we now allow the system to be configured in several different ways including a Preview/Program mode, a Split Bus mode, where the system can be configured as two independent 1 x 6 switchers, and a third discreet multiviewer output for control and display.”

All inputs are autosensing for video resolution, control and camera type. Video inputs include five analog HD YPbPr video, RGBHV, SD (Y/C and CVBS) and a single DVI-I input on channel six that allows for multiple formats (DVI-D, YPbPr, RGBHV and HDMI) with 36 additional input resolutions. The Program and Preview outputs have both analog (YPbPr, RGBHV, Y/C and CVBS) and digital (DVI-D or HDMI) outputs. HD resolutions up to 1080/60p are supported.   

An additional capability of the system is Dual Bus Multiview output. This allows the user to switch the Preview and Program buses as discrete outputs – with one output going to an IMAG Projector and the other going to a recording device. The control surface includes a broadcast-style 3-axis Hall Effect Joystick with twist-handle zoom control and separate Pan, Tilt and Speed control knobs. Get an all-in-one camera control console with video mixing, built-in multiviewer and broadcast-quality effects.

This firmware upgrade is available at no charge for any customer who currently owns a ProductionVIEW HD MV. Contact Vaddio Tech Support at +1 (763) 971-4400 for assistance in loading the new firmware.

Vaddio Shipping ProductionVIEW HD-SDI MV Camera Control Console with Multiviewer

The ProductionVIEW HD-SDI MV is an all-in-one camera control console with HD-SDI/SDI video switching/mixing, a built-in multiviewer, lower screen graphics and automated control functionality.

“Our new Multi-View touch screen control panel layout options allow our integrators the ability to match their screen layout to the number of camera or computer input sources that they have connected to the system,” explained President of Vaddio, Rob Sheeley. “This way they can maximize the potential screen size available for previewing their live video feeds and not see unused multi-viewer input windows. The ProductionVIEW MV series of production switchers combines the best of Vaddio’s PTZ camera control technology with best-of-class digital SDI switching technology. Now with an integrated multiviewer functionality that includes touch screen control, we can’t think of a better customer experience than allowing the end user to visually control input sources, camera presets, and system control – all by just touching the screen.”

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ProductionVIEW-HD-SDI MV


Vaddio’s TeleTouch multiviewer touch screen monitors allow switching of all live video feeds, and up to 12 video thumbnail presets can be created, recalled and stored by simply touching the monitor. The thumbnails are a snapshot of what the camera preset shot looks like, to make storing and recalling presets even easier. By touching a thumbnail, the camera will pan, tilt and zoom to that position.

An additional capability of the system is Dual Bus Multiview output. This allows the user to switch between Preview and Program as discrete outputs – with one going to an IMAG Projector and the other going to a recording device. You now have three options for configuring the system: Preview/Program mode, Dual Bus mode and a third discreet multiviewer output for control and display.

All inputs are autosensing for video resolution, control and camera type. Video inputs include five HD-SDI/SDI (480i to 1080p) inputs on BNC connectors and a single DVI-I input on channel six that allows for multiple formats (DVI-D, YPbPr, RGBHV and HDMI) with 36 additional input resolutions. The outputs have been enhanced to include both HD-SDI and HDMI outputs – a distinct advantage when choosing a set of inexpensive preview and program monitors or using Vaddio TeleTouch touch screen monitors.

The control surface includes a broadcast-style 3-axis Hall Effect Joystick with twist-handle zoom control and separate Pan, Tilt and Speed control knobs. Because ProductionVIEW HD-SDI MV is a live broadcast production console, not a computer, the entire system produces only one frame of delay – a critical requirement for live production where IMAG is used. 

FSR Builds a Bigger (Ceiling) Box

Woodland Park, NJ • FSR, manufacturer of audio and video switching, control products, and connectivity boxes, has announced the launch of a new ceiling box with a deeper design developed to accommodate applications requiring more internal equipment than the CB-12 and CB-22 models.

“The CB-224 is the largest unit in our popular CB Ceiling enclosure series,” commented Jan Sandri, FSR’s president. “Its capacity to support 50 pounds for a projector, and 12 pounds on each shelf makes it ideal for any venue requiring a robust ceiling mount.”

The unit is a perfect fit for conference centers, schools, meeting and training facilities, airports and museums. Its advanced deep box design has a pull-down 4 RU cage with gas-spring assisted ball-bearing slide. 2 RU of angle-adjustable rack-mounting surfaces on either end of the cage facilitate mounting and visibility of 1RU/2RU patch panels. 1-3/8” of clear space on both sides allows for wire bundles to traverse parallel to the cage after installation. Each side of the box has an edge-protected bundled cable inlet cavity, filled with flame retardant foam seal. The interior of the CB-224 is complete with 5 internal outlets, 1 external outlet, and a fan.

The CB-224 ceiling box is available in 4 versions: with or without a pole-mount for a projector, and both with or without “smart” electronics. The Smart Module brings Green Energy savings to the Ceiling Box by turning power on and off to non-critical equipment based on the current being drawn by the projector. In effect, when the projector is shut down, the non-critical devices in the ceiling box are power off as well, and when the projector is powered on, so are the other devices. This reduces the amount of power being consumed by the room when it is not in use.

The CB-224 is ETL listed and has approvals for safety (UL 60950-1) and visible smoke (UL-2043). Units are currently shipping.

About FSR
FSR, established in 1981, manufactures a wide variety of products for the audio / video, education, hospitality, government, and religious markets, including AV floor, wall, table, and ceiling connectivity boxes, as well as a full line of interfaces, distribution amplifiers, matrix switchers, seamless switchers and CAT-5 solutions.

All FSR products are designed and manufactured in its Woodland Park, NJ facility. The company is an Energy Star Partner and complies with the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 to demonstrate its deep commitment to preserving the planet. FSR offers live 24/7 technical and sales support throughout the country from expertly trained technicians and sales representatives. For more information: www.fsrinc.com.

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

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

FSR To Showcase Affordable Fingertip Room Control System At ISE 2012

ISE Stand #7P215

Woodland Park, NJ (1 December 2011) — FSR, manufacturer of audio and video switching, control products, and connectivity boxes, will be showcasing their Flex-LT self-contained control system at ISE 2012. The award-winning, affordable system will be demonstrated in FSR’s Stand #7P215 beside the Company’s wide variety of table, wall, and floor boxes, Twister Pro transmission systems, and expanded IPS line of instant connectivity.

FSR’s FLEX-LT room control system offers a vast number of features, ability to operate a full-range of AV equipment with simple fingertip operation, and an appealing price point. The versatile unit mounts in a wall or sits on a surface to present an operator-friendly color touch screen. Non-technical users can operate the system effortlessly, control the various sources, change the volume, turn lights on and off, raise or lower the shades or screen, and much more with a simple touch.

The user friendly, easy-to-afford touch screen system is designed to accommodate educational facilities, entertainment, corporate and hospitality venues, and government installations of varying sizes and requirements. The FLEX-LT can control nearly every aspect of a room with a simple touch of a button.

The Flex Configuration Utility features an uncomplicated method to maximize system capabilities. The contractor merely follows drag ‘n drop programming methodology; eliminating the need to learn another programming language. This allows easier updates if system equipment changes.

The FLEX-LT family is available in 4 models to suit the needs of each installation. In addition, FSR offers Flex Remote, a Windows based application that can remotely control a Flex panel, and Flex Manager, a comprehensive Windows application to schedule, monitor and manage all of the Flex panels in an installation.

About FSR
FSR, established in 1981, manufactures a wide variety of products for the audio / video, education, hospitality, government, and religious markets, including AV floor, wall, table, and ceiling connectivity boxes, as well as a full line of interfaces, distribution amplifiers, matrix switchers, seamless switchers and CAT-5 solutions.

All FSR products are designed and manufactured in its Woodland Park, NJ facility. The company is an Energy Star Partner and complies with the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 to demonstrate its deep commitment to preserving the planet. FSR offers live 24/7 technical and sales support throughout the country from expertly trained technicians and sales representatives. For more information: www.fsrinc.com .

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

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

FSR To Launch European Version Of Its Successful Table Box At ISE 2012

ISE Stand #7P215

Woodland Park, NJ — FSR, manufacturer of audio and video switching, control products, and connectivity boxes, has announced plans to launch its T6E table box, a European version of its widely successful T6 model at ISE 2012. The unit will be on show alongside a full complement of AV products in Stand #7P215 at the RAI. The table box, FSR’s newest, answers the need for an expandable, elegant unit in a conference room environment.

“We are delighted to debut the T6E, a table box designed specifically for our European customers, at our first ISE exhibition!” exclaimed Jan Sandri, FSR’s president. “The unit has been extremely well received in every region where it’s been introduced, and we’re confident it will exceed expectations in the European market as well.”

The T6E provides easy access to audio/video equipment, computers, telephones or any device requiring electronic connectivity from a conference or boardroom table. The unit features two configurable compartments that can contain Wonpro universal power outlets and either keystone audio, video, control and data connectors, IPS plates or a cable pull option.

The T6E is available with a round or square cover in black, aluminum or brass to match the décor of the room. Both round and square shapes fit in a 152mm round hole making installation extremely simple. Its cover can be closed while in use with cables exiting through the milled openings.

About FSR
FSR, established in 1981, manufactures a wide variety of products for the audio / video, education, hospitality, government, and religious markets, including AV floor, wall, table, and ceiling connectivity boxes, as well as a full line of interfaces, distribution amplifiers, matrix switchers, seamless switchers and CAT-5 solutions.

All FSR products are designed and manufactured in its Woodland Park, NJ facility. The company is an Energy Star Partner and complies with the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 to demonstrate its deep commitment to preserving the planet. FSR offers live 24/7 technical and sales support throughout the country from expertly trained technicians and sales representatives. For more information: www.fsrinc.com .

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

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

IMT Delivers Media Private Cloud for Visual Data Media Services

Rhozet and EMC Isilon Scale-out NAS Essential in New Transcoding Workflows with Big Data Storage

Integrated Media Technologies, Inc. (IMT) has designed and implemented at Burbank’s Visual Data Media Services (VDMS) a new high performance transcoding system and shared storage workflow.  Key components in the new VDMS install are a Rhozet Carbon Coder transcode farm from Harmonic, Inc., combined with EMC Isilon’s no compromise scale-out NAS to create a large private cloud for asset management services.

John Trautman, CEO at VDMS, explained, “With IMT’s guidance, we have launched the backend infrastructure for our new and proprietary  asset management system that provides global broadcast file distribution and web publishing of all our clients’ digital assets.  With an optimized transcode platform and a large private cloud for storage, it makes managing and moving assets a straightforward and automated process.”

Pictured in Burbank, CA is John Trautman, CEO of Visual Data Media Services.

Visual Data Media Services has earned a solid reputation for quality, service and dependability by providing integrated end-to-end post-production solutions for over 15 years.  To meet the ever-evolving needs of television, feature film, and new media clients, VDMS focuses on the seamless repurposing and distribution of content for all media outlets, including Domestic Syndication, Network Broadcast, International Distribution, Home Video, Video-On-Demand, the Internet, and Mobile Devices.

As the industry transitions from physical asset inventories and distribution to digital catalogs and deliveries, it is increasingly difficult to manage assets and meet tightened delivery windows.  With a multitude of file formats, codec’s, and non-standard delivery platforms to deal with, the traditional methods no longer worked.

“We met with VDMS to determine the best of breed solution that would meet their workflow and performance needs,” explained IMT’s Jason Kranitz.  “Rhozet Carbon Coder was the most flexible of the transcoding products and fit their model nicely.  For the most comprehensive storage solution, Isilon provided the scalability and flexibility, plus the ultra-performance of their new X200 nodes.”

According to IMT’s Director of Architecture Jose Palencia, “The EMC Isilon system at VDMS accelerates high-concurrent and sequential throughput media applications, speeding access to massive amounts of critical data, dramatically reducing costs and complexity.”

The new Harmonic Rhozet and EMC Isilon X200 installation at VDMS enables clients to manage and distribute their content in a secure online environment.  Key features include customizable metadata schemas, file downloads, push files via Aspera, Smartjog and Signiant, full online asset screenings, and unlimited user access for client screenings to assist in licensing content.  All major formats and codec’s are supported.

“We realized we had to completely redesign our operation if we wanted to satisfy our clients and continue to grow at our current rapid pace,” remarked VDMS’s John Trautman.  “After many meetings with vendors at trade shows and interviewing a number of consulting companies, IMT clearly stood out.  They fully understood our complex workflows and gave us the media and storage networking solutions that are working flawlessly.  Obviously, we were under a time crunch, but after IMT’s strategy was finalized, we were able to get the entire project turned around in less than 60 days.”

ABOUT VISUAL DATA MEDIA SERVICES, INC.
Visual Data has earned its reputation for outstanding quality, service and dependability by providing integrated end-to-end post-production solutions for over 16 years.  Visual Data’s veteran management team, with over 85 years of combined industry knowledge, ensures that customers will be met with a high level of service and efficient turn-around on tight deadlines. Strategically integrated services, all under one roof, allow Visual Data to fulfill complex deliveries and solve difficult problems for clients with ease.
Learn more at:  http://www.visualdatainc.com

ABOUT INTEGRATED MEDIA TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (IMT)
IMT is a consulting, design, construction, and systems integration company providing scalable technology systems for business operations.  IMT addresses three major market sectors: Communications Media & Entertainment (CME), Information Technologies (IT), and Healthcare. Through an active engagement process, IMT consultants and engineers collect, interpret, refine, design, build and maintain technology systems that deliver optimum results for clients.
Learn more at: http://www.imtglobalinc.com    tel:  877.761.9770

 

PESA Introduces World’s First HDcctv-Compliant Routing Switcher

HDcctv 16X16 Routing Switcher

Compact 1RU HDcctv 16X16 Routing Switcher

Huntsville, Alabama – December 27, 2011 – PESA® today unveiled the new 16X16 PESA HDcctv Routing Switcher, the world’s first HDcctv routing switcher with full compliance to the HDcctv Alliance™ high-definition video interface standard for security and surveillance systems. With just a single RG-59 coax cable for each port, users can connect up to 16 HDcctv-compliant video cameras to the PESA HDcctv Routing Switcher and output up to 16 individual coax connections for HDcctv DVR or display devices. Designed specifically for high-definition video over coax, PESA’s new 16X16 HDcctv Routing Switcher features a compact 1RU enclosure, local or remote network control options and a redundant power supply and control card option.

“The PESA HDcctv Routing Switcher is the ultimate interface where multiple HDcctv cameras and DVR’s need to be shared or switched in the best quality format available,” said Dan Holland, PESA’s Vice President of Product Marketing. “HDcctv is based on proven uncompressed high definition video technology so there is no need to compromise quality or worry about dropped packets, latency, or bandwidth allocation issues normally found with IP based technology.”

With a compact frame design, the PESA HDcctv Routing Switcher uses full uncompressed video technology to distribute brilliant high resolution images from devices as far away as 100m over traditional RG-59 coax cable. With the 1.5Gbps enabled transport for each port, video resolutions for 720p and 1080p are evenly distributed without compression. Unlike IP-based switches and hubs using distributed 10Gbps backbone, PESA’s HDcctv Routing Switcher allocates a dedicated 1.5Gbps for each device connected to the router. In aggregate comparison to IP solutions, PESA’s 16X16 HDcctv compliant routing system provides over 24Gbps of non-blocking, non-compressed video switching.

Based on the HDcctv Alliance standard, all inputs are auto-equalized and outputs reclocked to transmit 720p25/30, 720p50/60, or 1080p25/30 video resolutions distances up to 100m (300ft). Two independent reference inputs allow easy selection of gen-lock from black burst or a tri-level sync source. The frame assembly features a front load / hot swappable matrix card and includes space for an optional redundant power supply and control module. Each HDcctv Routing Switcher provides control interfaces for PESA’s Ethernet control system or can be configured to support many third-party control systems. Additionally, the PESA HDcctv Routing Switcher easily supports an optional local pushbutton control panel, up to 80 remote control panels, or control via a unique PESA soft-panel – a software emulated version of control panels.

With almost four decades of proven technology development in high-quality broadcast switching products, PESA continues to be an innovative provider of future-proof video distribution product solutions. The PESA 16X16 HDcctv Routing Switcher is the world’s first fully compliant HDcctv Matrix Switch and PESA’s roadmap includes several other HDcctv matrix and signal processing devices to be introduced in 2012.

As customers analyze ever larger amounts of video data and need to derive more value and ROI from their investment in video security and surveillance equipment, the HDcctv standard continues to deliver cost-effective, full uncompressed video solutions for users looking to upgrade legacy CCTV systems or design new greenfield megapixel IP video systems.

”The enormous market opportunity for uncompressed HD surveillance video over coax is increasingly widely recognized in the security industry,” observed Todd Rockoff, executive director of HDcctv Alliance. “Realization of that market opportunity requires multi-vendor/brand compatibility, which is ensured by compliance with the HDcctv standard. By delivering the world’s first HDcctv-compliant matrix switch, PESA has contributed a critical component for enterprise-class HDcctv-based surveillance systems.”

About HDcctv Alliance
HDcctv Alliance® is the non-profit industry association that develops and promulgates the global specification for high-definition closed-circuit television (HDcctv). The V1.0 HDcctv specification is derived from broadcast industry standards for 100% digital serial transmission of uncompressed video over coaxial cable. However, HDcctv is planned to also transmit video over various media (including optical fiber and Cat5), and the HDcctv standard optimizes the interface to meet the needs of the surveillance market. The Alliance promotes industry adoption of HDcctv technology, and it provides education both to the surveillance equipment industry and to equipment buyers. HDcctv-compliant products bear the distinctive HDcctv logo that guarantees transmission distance and interoperability with other HDcctv-compliant products. The Alliance also offers an HDcctv Certificate for video surveillance system designers, installers, and dealers through an education program. An up-to-date list of HDcctv-compliant Products and Certified HDcctv Professionals is maintained at www.highdefcctv.org.

About PESA
As a leading provider of audio/video connectivity, PESA offers a wide selection of routing switchers, matrix switchers, extenders, converters, media extenders, and signal processing gear to support government, military, industrial, commercial, broadcast and mobile truck applications. PESA offers one of the widest ranges of AV products – from large scale fiber optic routing to single-point CAT-5 DVI extenders – each with the integrity and innovative high performance technology expected from PESA. Our products are available around the world from a leading team of channel partners offering local support and installation and all of our products are supported by 24/7 technical support. To learn more about our technologies and services visit www.pesa.com. PESA is located in Huntsville, Alabama with regional offices throughout the United States.
All products mentioned herein are trademarked property of their respective owners.

Contact Information
Dan Holland
VP, Product Marketing
256-726-9200
dholland@pesa.com

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Sierra Video Announces Aspen™ 3232 Multi-format Routing Switcher

GRASS VALLEY, CA – Sierra Video today announced the release of the Aspen 3232, the first model in a new line of compact video 3G HD-SDI routing switchers. The Aspen line will be a line of general utility 3G HD-SDI routing switchers ideal for use in any video installation, including rental and staging applications, higher education facilities, houses of worship, hospitals, broadcast facilities and post production facilities. The Aspen 3232 is a multi-rate router compatible with 3G, HD-SDI and SDI signals from 19 Mb/s to 2.97 Gb/s (3G).

The Aspen 3232 is compact at only 2.5” deep and takes up just 2RU in a standard equipment rack. The Aspen 3232 is also tremendously energy efficient, requiring less than 32 Watts of power including the power consumed by its standard built-in routing switcher control system and front panel panel..

A unique feature of the Aspen 3232 is that, due to its advanced technology, this router can drive signals farther than most typical 3G HD-SDI routing switchers. The Aspen 3232HD3G can drive 3G signals over 500ft (155 meters using Belden 1694A cable).

The Aspen 3232 routing switcher is a format-flexible 3G HD-SDI routing switcher capable of handling all SMPTE serial digital video signal formats on every input of the router including SMPTE 424M, SMPTE 259M, SMPTE 344M and DVB-ASI up to 540 Mbps and 3G and HD-SDI video signals conforming to SMPTE 292M (1.485GBps single link). The Sierra Video Aspen 3232 router also provides user control of the Input Equalization and Output Re-clocking circuitry. When using non-SMPTE signals the Re-clockers can be bypassed if required, so they do not interfere with the signal.

The introduction of the Aspen 3232 coincides with the introduction of Sierra’s new control system architecture based on IP, SNMP, and a web interface. The Aspen 3232’s embedded controller can be accessed via the TCP-IP or RS 232/422 serial interface making it easy to integrate into any automation or control system. The built-in web server offers convenient control and setup functions and works with any OS, browser and most handheld devices.

The Aspen 3232 includes a front panel control lockout and offers the ability to create and launch salvos. Companion audio routers are also available for the Aspen 3232 and are controllable by the embedded controller. A redundant power supply option is also available.

The Aspen 3232 multi-format routing switcher is the first model in a line of compact Aspen routers to be introduced in coming months and it is currently available from Sierra Video Systems and its worldwide reseller network.

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College of the Canyons Anchors Remodeled Studio with Broadcast Pix Granite 5000 Live Video Production System

Billerica, Massachusetts – Broadcast Pix™ today announced that College of the Canyons, a community college in Valencia, Calif., that serves the Santa Clarita area, has installed a Granite™ 5000 live video production system as part of an upgrade to HD production for its studio and control room facilities. The system is used for classroom instruction as well as the production of Cougar News, a student-produced news program that is streamed live to www.cougarnews.com.

Part of the Division of Fine and Performing Arts, the Department of Media Entertainment Arts (MEA) has more than 400 students, including more than 85 broadcast students. Ron Entrekin, broadcast lab technical engineer, said part of the certification offered through the department is based on providing training on professional equipment. The move to HD production was a must, he added, because “HD is where a lot of broadcast and high-end production houses are going.”

Local bond funds allocated for upgrading the college campus paid for the $1 million renovation. In addition to a new Granite 5000, which was installed in February by the Garden Grove, Calif.-based offices of VMI, Inc., the facility now features a Yamaha LS9 digital audio mixer and three new JVC GY-HD250U ProHD cameras with studio configurations on Libec pedestals.

Entrekin praised the 2 M/E workflow of the Granite 5000. With its DVI output, one M/E is used to feed background monitors on the set and change them on the fly during a show. “It did exactly what we wanted at a price we could afford,” Entrekin said. “The 2 M/E workflow is how we want to teach in the control room, and Broadcast Pix works better than any other system out there.”

For Entrekin, one of the main reasons for choosing the Granite system was Fluent™ Watch Folders, which allows students to import video files over the network, even during a live program. He also said they use the built-in clip and animation stores, as well as the built-in Harris Inscriber GS CG. Entrekin said there are also plans to integrate Fluent Rapid CG into the system to feed a handful of 46-inch monitors across the facility with updated news and weather, along with programming.

Granite 5000 includes support for Fluent-View customizable displays, but MEA added support for an additional two monitors for its facility. Three Fluent-View monitors are used in the control room – one for the director, two 60-inch LCD monitors for the technical director – while the fourth is used in the audio room. “The audio person can see what’s coming before it gets to air,” Entrekin explained. “We couldn’t do that before. Our audio students love being able to see what’s coming next.”

Students produce seven episodes of Cougar News each semester, as well as four specials. Episodes are also shown on SCVTV, the local PEG (public, education, government) channel on Time Warner Cable. The programs are also available on demand on the school’s Web site and www.scvtv.com.

Meanwhile, MEA’s previous production system, a Broadcast Pix Targa 2000 purchased in 2007, is now being used by advanced students to produce live school baseball and basketball coverage, which is streamed to the Web site via Skype. “Our students have found a use for it beyond what we expected,” Entrekin said.

About Broadcast Pix Broadcast Pix is the leader in integrated live video production systems. Its systems provide the best control surface for combining cameras, clips and graphics to create compelling live video. These surfaces enable total control of the built-in multi-format switcher, clip store, graphics system with a Harris or Chyron CG, and device controls. Its Fluent™ workflow enables files and data to be easily incorporated from other parts of the studio. Broadcast Pix systems are a fraction of the cost of a conventional control room to buy, staff and operate. System range from small 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 90 countries. Learn more at www.broadcastpix.com.

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

Rock Church Produces Live Video Streaming with Broadcast Pix Granite 5000

Billerica, Massachusetts – Broadcast Pix™ today announced that the Rock Church and World Outreach Center, based in San Bernadino, Calif., is using its new Granite™ 5000 integrated live video production system to distribute live video of its religious services for a growing Web-based audience, while simultaneously producing an image magnification (I-MAG) video presentation in its sanctuary.

Rock Church upgraded to Granite in May 2011, replacing a Slate™ system that was installed in 2010. According to Luke Cobrae, Rock Church’s video director and young adult pastor, the 2 M/E capability of the Granite 5000 was a primary reason for the upgrade. Both Broadcast Pix systems were installed by VMI, Inc., a systems integrator with offices in California and Washington. The Slate replaced an aging Video Toaster, which had been used since the church relocated to its current campus in 2003.

Established in 1988 in one of the most impoverished big cities in the United States, the non-denominational Rock Church has more than 20,000 members and regularly draws up to 7,000 each week for services Wednesday night, Friday night, Saturday morning, Sunday morning, and Sunday evening. “Video has always been a want, but budget is always a challenge,” said Cobrae. “Broadcast Pix completely opened the door for video production at the church. Our quality instantly skyrocketed.”

The church conducts 10 weekly services; two are streamed live and three others can be accessed at www.rockchurch.com, while a separate I-MAG presentation is produced for the congregation in the sanctuary and distributed across the 25-acre campus, which includes a school, café, and bookstore. The move to Granite also allows Rock Church to send a native HD signal directly to its two Christie LW600 projectors for I-MAG in the church, which significantly cut delay.

“Broadcast Pix went out of their way to make sure we were satisfied and the switcher suited our needs,” Cobrae added. “There’s a big difference between a studio-in-a-box and a Broadcast Pix system.”

Rock Church typically has a six-camera production for its services, including two center cameras, a dedicated camera for the singers and musicians, and a mounted pan/tilt/zoom camera for reaction shots from the congregation. It uses three Sony widescreen digital SD cameras and a combination of other cameras, including Panasonic AG-DVX100 and Sony PMW-EX1 handheld HD cameras. With its integrated frame synchronizers and multi-definition I/O, Granite seamlessly switches between the various sources.

Rock Church also takes advantage of Granite’s built-in Fluent™ workflow tools, including Fluent-View, which is used in conjunction with an Avitech Rainier multi-viewer. Cobrae has replaced the control room’s black-and-white CRT monitors with LCDs that use Fluent-View to display color images and much more information.

During services, Rock Church uses the integrated Fluent Clip Store extensively to provide sermon illustrations and video announcements – and Fluent Watch-Folders provide an easy way to import announcements or last-minute graphic changes. Plus, Granite’s external keyer is used to display lyrics and other graphics from ProPresenter. Cobrae said the production crew is a combination of volunteers and a small team of full-time and part-time staff.

Eventually, Rock Church plans to replace its analog and digital SD cameras with HD studio cameras. Cobrae also wants to explore video distribution to the other four Rock Church satellite campuses in 2012.

About Broadcast Pix Broadcast Pix is the leader in integrated live video production systems. Its systems provide the best control surface for combining cameras, clips and graphics to create compelling live video. These surfaces enable total control of the built-in multi-format switcher, clip store, graphics system with a Harris or Chyron CG, and device controls. Its Fluent™ workflow enables files and data to be easily incorporated from other parts of the studio. Broadcast Pix systems are a fraction of the cost of a conventional control room to buy, staff and operate. System range from small 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 90 countries. Learn more at www.broadcastpix.com.

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