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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

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

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.

www.calibreuk.com

Extron SME 100 Now Shipping

Extron Electronics is pleased to announce the immediate availability of the SME 100, a live H.264 encoder for streaming audio, video, and computer-video signals. The SME 100 employs standards-based H.264 / MPEG-4 AVC compression, and outputs an IP stream that can easily be decoded and viewed on desktop or laptop PCs. It is designed specifically to address the input requirements common to pro AV applications, supporting RGB or DVI input signals up to 1920×1200 as well as standard definition and high definition video up to 1080p/60. The SME 100 also features an integrated three-input switcher with audio and buffered loop-through connections to simplify integration. High performance Extron signal processing scales and optimizes video input signals for the intended viewing application. Encoding and compression controls provide a range of adjustments for bit rate and quality. more

New PESA PRO-3GSDI-1616 Routing Switcher Offers Internal Power, Optional Pushbutton Control

Huntsville, Alabama – PESA has expanded its PESA PRO line of professional AV routers with the new PRO-3GSDI-1616 Routing Switcher. It supports all common SMPTE and ITU standard serial digital video signals, as well as embedded audio and other ancillary data required for HD-SDI and DVB/ASI broadcast sources. For digital cinema high definition video distribution requirements, it can be configured to switch SMPTE 372M dual-link HD-SDI in configurations up to 8×8.

The PRO-3GSDI-1616 supports standard data rates from 50Mbps to 3Gbps and video transports up to 1080p/60. All inputs are auto-equalized. With standard SMPTE formatted outputs, each signal is auto-sensed and re-clocked to the appropriate transport stream. Signals can be re-clocked up to 100m for 1080p/60. For non-standard formats, re-clocking circuitry can be set to bypass mode. Two independent reference inputs allow easy selection of genlock from a black burst or tri-level sync source.

Two models are available: the PRO-3GSDI-1616-C and the PRO-3GSDI-1616-PB, which includes a local pushbutton control panel. Both models feature an internal power supply and can have multiple remote control panels added via an Ethernet interface.

The PRO-3GSDI-1616’s compact 1 RU frame design features front load, hot swappable card sets, and includes space for an optional redundant power supply and controller module. It is also compatible with PESA’s Cattrax™ graphical user control interface. Cattrax is an intuitive GUI control system that supports comprehensive configuration, diagnostics, and monitoring of the PRO-3GSDI-1616 as well as the full line of PESA router frames. The software is installed on a host PC running the Windows® operating system and communicates via an Ethernet port located on each router.

Positioned at a more competitive price point, the PESA PRO line includes several new features that make it an attractive package for small to mid-size video switching environments. The PESA PRO line is ideal for SD-SDI, HD-SDI, and 3G-SDI switching applications in digital cinema, telemedicine, O&P, high-end presentation rooms, satellite imaging, military command centers, and simulation/visualization environments.

“With almost four decades of proven performance in high-quality broadcast switching products, PESA continues to innovate with cost effective products like the PRO-3GSDI-1616,” said Dan Holland, PESA vice president of product marketing. “It’s loaded with features normally found in larger router systems, but it fits perfectly in small to mid-size venues where rack space is at a premium.”

The PRO-3GSDI-1616 has an MSRP of $5,995 and is available now.

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.

Press Contact

Mark J. Pescatore
Pipeline Communications
561-531-3106
mark@pipecomm.com

Company Contact

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

Extron to No Longer Exhibit at InfoComm-USA and ISE Tradeshows

Extron Electronics, a leading manufacturer of professional AV system integration products, today announced that the company will no longer exhibit at the InfoComm-USA and Integrated Systems Europe (ISE) trade events, effective immediately. As explained in the current Andrew Online on its Web site, Extron will instead focus its efforts, staff, and resources on activities that directly benefit its customers, starting with additional training facilities and expanded customer support in the US and around the world. more

Far Eastern University Department of Communication Upgrades to HD Production with Broadcast Pix Granite

Billerica, Massachusetts – Broadcast Pix™ today announced that the Department of Communication at Far Eastern University (FEU) in Manila, Philippines, recently renovated its video production facilities with a Granite™ 1000 Video Control Center. The new Broadcast Pix system is part of an upgrade to HD production for FEU’s television production classes.

While Granite has been primarily used for class productions, there are plans to produce a live cable broadcast during the upcoming semester. According to Babsie Morabe, associate professor, FEU Department of Communication, students like the new system, which replaced an aging Videonics switcher. “The industry is moving toward HD production,” he noted, “and the students need to be armed so that when they apply for a production job, they are already well versed in HD.”

Located in the Arts Building, the new production studio is housed in a space that had been previously used as a stockroom. Solid Video Corporation in Makati City, Philippines, supplied and installed the Granite system, and FEU began using it for classes in 2011. The upgrade also included new Sony HD cameras in the studio and HD control room monitors.

Budget was a primary consideration in choosing Broadcast Pix, but Morabe said the university’s technical team was also impressed by its functionality. For example, FEU relies on Fluent-View™, Broadcast Pix’s built-in, customizable multi-view to provide images and status information for cameras, clips, graphics, and key layers. “We don’t need a lot of monitors anymore,” Morabe explained. “It’s very efficient.”

Morabe also praised the other integrated tools, including the Harris Inscriber GS CG. “It is a very powerful tool for video mixing and live broadcast integration,” he added. “It greatly improved our productions, since we can come up with real-time graphics anytime.”

About Broadcast Pix Broadcast Pix is the leader in live video production systems. Its Video Control Centers™ empower operators with patented techniques that combine cameras, clips and graphics to create compelling live video. The integration of a multi-format switcher, clip store, graphics system with a Harris or Chyron CG, and device controls provides the lowest cost of ownership at a fraction of the cost of a conventional control room to buy, staff and operate. Systems range from compact systems controlled by a touch-screen or voice-automation to sophisticated 2 M/E control panels. Customers include leading broadcast, corporate, education, religious, government, webcast, entertainment and mobile studios in more than 110 countries. Learn more at www.broadcastpix.com.

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

Broadcast Pix Announces Video Control Center 3.0

Upgrades Include Touch-Screen Control, Voice-Automated Control, Virtual Sets and Automated Graphics

Billerica, Massachusetts – Broadcast Pix™ today introduced its Video Control Center™ 3.0 software for its Granite™ and Mica™ Video Control Centers. The new 3.0 software features the first optimized production control on a touch-screen, first voice-automation control of switching and graphics, powerful virtual sets that anyone can customize, and automated, dual-channel graphics that include Daktronics scoreboard integration. The company will ship 3.0 in March, and will demonstrate all of its features at the 2012 NAB Show (Booth SL6424), which runs April 16-19 at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.

“Video Control Center 3.0 provides more production control than ever to help our customers create great live video,” said Ken Swanton, CEO of Broadcast Pix. “Not every TD prefers a traditional control panel – for many, our new comprehensive touch-screen controls are a more intuitive way to switch. We’ve also added support for VOX, our truly revolutionary product for voice-automated video production. Our virtual sets enable anyone to create their own look. And our new graphics automation is great for elections and sports, and it includes Daktronics integration.”

While Broadcast Pix is known for its innovative panels that control both video and file-based content, the new touch-screen controls enable operators to control all of these elements on surprisingly affordable touch-screens. New touch-screen friendly joystick and knobs control robotic cameras and picture-in-picture (PiP) box sizing, while new layering controls simplify placing content into key layers and moving them front to back. There are also new switcher transition controls and enhanced controls for selecting the built-in clip store, animation stores, and Harris or Chyron graphics system.

The new virtual set software enables up to eight cameras to have virtual backgrounds plus three key layers on top for PiP, titles, and animated logos. Up to 3 PiP boxes on an animated background can each contain a virtual set and any can be zoomed out to full screen. A simple eyedropper tool is used for chromakey setup. Broadcast Pix provides several backgrounds, but any photo can be used. Plus, the built-in image editor can crop and blur an image to simulate depth of field.

Video Control Center 3.0 also supports VOX™, the new voice-activated video production option that eliminates the need for an operator for some live productions. VOX adds advanced video-follow-audio capabilities by working with Broadcast Pix’s built-in Fluent™ Macros to select camera presets, roll clips and animations, add or remove graphics, and execute PiP compositions. VOX software enables complete control over timing, and a host override panel is included. VOX has been used to add video to radio station broadcasts, and is ideal for broadcasting meetings of all kinds on television, the internet or projection.

Also new for Video Control Center 3.0 is support for Fluent Rapid CG™ 2, the second generation of Broadcast Pix’s optional software that automatically integrates databases, RSS feeds, and custom action buttons into templates to streamline the creation of data-intensive CG graphics. A free upgrade for current Rapid CG customers, Fluent Rapid CG 2 delivers faster updates including clocks by-the-second, offers dual-channel capabilities to update two different on-air graphics at once, and supports EZNews news titles. Also announced today is support for Daktronics scoreboards, allowing all scoreboard elements to automatically update multiple Rapid CG templates at once. Supported scoreboards include baseball, basketball, football, hockey, lacrosse, soccer, and volleyball.

Other new Video Control Center 3.0 standard features include an integrated timer, which creates a countdown (or count up) of a show, so it is easy to keep track of how much time is left in a production; enhanced Sony camera control to support 12 cameras and 16 presets each; faster clip selection on AJA KiPro recorders; fade-to-black controls; multiple digital clocks; faster redraw time for customizing the Fluent-View; ViewCast streaming appliance control is now included; and some bug fixes are included in 3.0.

Broadcast Pix also announced a partnership with CyberTouch, a Newbury Park, Calif.-based company that designs and manufactures industrial touch-screen monitors, which provides premium touch-screens to Broadcast Pix customers in North America.

Video Control Center 3.0 is a free upgrade to all Granite and Mica customers, and a Beta version is available for download at www.broadcastpix.com. VOX is available now, with Daktronics support available in April.

About Broadcast Pix Broadcast Pix is the leader in live video production systems. Its Video Control Centers™ empower operators with patented controls that combine cameras, clips and graphics to create dynamic live video. Inside is an integrated multi-format switcher, clip store, graphics system with a Harris or Chyron CG, and device controls. It provides a low cost of ownership at a fraction of the cost of a conventional control room to buy, staff and operate. Systems range from compact units controlled by a touch-screen or voice-automation to sophisticated 2 M/E control panels. Customers include leading broadcast, webcast, projection, corporate, education, religious, government, entertainment and mobile studios in more than 100 countries. Learn more at www.broadcastpix.com.

Broadcast Pix, Command Center Control, Fluent, Granite, Mica and VOX are trademarks of Broadcast Pix, Inc. Patented.

FOR-A to Show Multi-Format Production and Routing Switcher for First Time in Middle East at CABSAT 2012

Strong Presence at Trade Show Combined with New Office in Dubai Demonstrate Importance of Middle East/Africa Market

Tokyo, Japan – FOR-A Company Limited, a leading manufacturer of video and audio systems for the broadcast and professional video industries, announces that the company will have a strong presence at CABSAT 2012, the largest digital media and satellite expo in the MEA (Middle East and Africa) region. This year’s trade show—taking place from February 28 through March 1, 2012 at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre in the UAE—is expected to be the biggest since the annual conference began 18 years ago. Over 750 exhibitors have already registered to participate.

At its booth in Sheikh Saeed Hall 3-Stand S3-19, FOR-A Company Limited will showcase a wide range of products, two of which are being shown in the Middle East for the first time.

These two HD/SD products—both of which debuted at NAB 2011—include the HVS-4000HS digital video switcher and MFR-3232 routing switcher. A multi-format production switcher available in 2, 2.5, or 3-M/E configurations, the HVS-4000HS integrates a DVE, multiviewer, up/down converter, video file support, and external device control, among other features. Leveraging the format converter, the switcher can mix HD and SD signals up to 48 inputs and 24 outputs. Also in the CABSAT booth will be the HVS-350HS HD/SD 1.5-M/E video switcher – a compact, three-rack unit switcher.

The MFR-3232 is FOR-A’s top of the line model in the MFR-5000 Series of multi-format routing switchers. It scales from 16×16 in one rack-unit to the MFR-3232’s 32×32 capacity in a two rack-unit space. MFR-3232 routers support tight integration with multiviewers as well as a built-in Web server, which provides external control using a browser.

The following products will also be on display at CABSAT:

– FA-9500 multi-purpose signal processor, which serves as a frame synchronizer, up/down/cross/aspect converter, color corrector, and video optimizer, among other signal processing functions in 3G/HD/SD environments.
– VFC-7000 HD Variable Frame Rate Camera capable of high-speed 700 fps HD recordings and slow motion replays
MV-3200 multiviewer, which provides 3G-SDI, HD-SDI, SD-SDI, analog composite and PC mixed input capability and free-layout window.
- LTR-100HS video archiving recorder, which provides LTO-5 recording for media server applications as well as file-based and long-term storage.
- VRCAM2 sensor-less live virtual studio system
- FVW-500HS HD/SD video writer

All of the products slated for display at CABSAT are new to the market and designed to offer maximum price performance in a compact solution suited to today’s multiformat, multistandard environment.

“We’re looking forward to meeting with broadcasters and video professionals at CABSAT 2012. MEA is one of the fastest growing communications markets in the world,” said Mr. Hiro Tanoue, deputy senior general manager, Overseas Sales & Marketing, for FOR-A Company Limited. “For this reason, we’re committed to having a very strong presence in the Middle East, both with our product showcase at CABSAT 2012 and with the opening of our new Dubai office. We opened the Dubai office to provide responsive customer sales and technical support to broadcasters and other A/V professionals across the MEA 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 +971 4 887 6712 or visit our web site at www.for-a.com.

North Coast Church Uses Broadcast Pix Granite To Feed ‘Video Venues’ Throughout Campus

Billerica, Massachusetts – Broadcast Pix™ today announced that North Coast Church is using a Granite™ 1000 Video Control Center™ to produce HD coverage of services and provide live feeds to multiple “video venues” on its main campus in Vista, Calif. David Hepburn, video production specialist, said 11 of 26 services each weekend are shared live via fiber and HD-SDI to a café and other venues across campus, some of which still require an SD feed.

“The beauty of the Granite for us – and the main reason we bought it – is that it has all the outputs we need,” Hepburn said. “It was a cost effective solution, and a big thing for us was multi-def.”

Beyond live campus distribution, the church records several versions of its services for a variety of needs. One feed, for example, provides on-demand streaming for the church’s Web site, www.northcoastchurch.com. (Hepburn hopes eventually to provide live streaming for the Web as well.) The church has satellite campuses in Fallbrook and Carlsbad, Calif., each of which receives a copy of the Vista campus Saturday night service for local playback.

Unlike many other churches that strive to create a broadcast-like presentation of their sermons through multi-camera production, North Coast Church uses a single Sony HD camcorder and simply tracks the pastor. Hepburn said the idea is to make the experience less like watching television and more like being a part of the live congregation.

As a result, Hepburn said, North Coast Church uses minimal graphics and almost no clips during productions. The few lower-thirds that are used are created in Photoshop and easily transferred to the Granite via Fluent™ Watch Folders. “For me, having a switcher that’s connected to my network just makes my workflow simpler,” he added.

In the control room, which is housed in the same building as the main venue, Granite’s built-in Fluent-View feeds two 55-inch LCD monitors. Hepburn said the customizable on-screen layout is simplified for his crew, which is mostly volunteers who have not been extensively trained in video production. “It’s easier for them to see what’s going on and execute properly,” he said.

North Coast Church moved into its current Vista facility in July 2010 and has been using its Granite system since December 2010. The system was installed by VMI, Inc., an integrator with offices in California and Washington. “As a church, we had to be realistic about the costs involved,” Hepburn noted. “Granite – that’s one area where we didn’t have to sacrifice to get a great product.”

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

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