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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

FOR-A Switcher Meets Growing Technical Demands for First Baptist Church Oviedo

Cypress, CA – Established in the 1800s, First Baptist Oviedo is a longstanding Florida-based house of worship that has drastically altered its use of technology in recent years. In 2009, First Baptist Oviedo built a 2,700-seat worship center. Since that time, the church has delivered its message to a wider audience through live streaming, sermon archiving, and the production of podcasts on its website, as well as through its weekly shows on local television.

Recently, the church was in the market for a new video switcher to help run its productions more efficiently. Orlando-based video equipment specialist Encore Broadcast recommended the house of worship look at FOR-A’s HVS-390HS video switcher. Pleased with what they saw, the church purchased the HVS-390HS and began using the unit earlier this year in February. First Baptist Oviedo has been impressed with how the switcher has improved operations in its HD facility.
“We came from having a small switcher with only eight inputs. Our technological demands have rapidly grown with the production of our live broadcasts, and we needed a new switcher that could handle that,” said Josh Felix, the church’s director of technical arts. “We narrowed it down to two choices: FOR-A’s HVS-390HS and Ross Video’s Carbonite. Both switchers met our minimum requirements – each were 2 M/E units with full HD-SDI capabilities. However, a few features of FOR-A’s switcher stood out to us, one being its built-in color corrector on four channels, which has been huge for us. Another perk of the HVS-390HS is its built-in scalers, which allows us to easily scale SD images to HD.”

First Baptist Oviedo has two Sunday services, both of which have the same pastor and message, but each take on their own style. The earlier service is more traditional, led by the choir and orchestra, while the later service takes on a more contemporary approach with a live band providing music. The services are shown on local programming, one of which is broadcast live, while the church’s other television show broadcasts a sermon that took place the previous week.

Felix reports that the HVS-390HS switcher offers several useful features right out of the box, without requiring additional hardware. The church’s video production team enjoys the switcher’s Web browser interface, which allows them to control and manipulate the board remotely. They also appreciate the HVS-390HS switcher’s remote panel options. Video operators can have a mix for its broadcast television productions, and another setup for the church’s image magnification, allowing them to easily show the audience at home something different than what the audience at the church sees on its video screens.

“We design our video systems around FOR-A switchers because they’re reliable and offer excellent cost efficiency and functionality,” explained Jeff Cameron, Sales Engineer at Encore Broadcast. “FOR-A also consistently offers great support and training to its customers. The HVS-390HS has proven itself to be user friendly for the church’s volunteer staff, and has enhanced the house of worship’s video production capabilities.”

“Our goal every Sunday morning is to create a distraction-free worship environment through our equipment set up,” explained Felix. “With better quality video production gear like our HVS-390HS, we’re able to eliminate any technical distractions for our members, and this is critical to us. Even more so, technology allows our gospel to expand beyond our doors, reaching the world. I look at our FOR-A switcher as an infrastructure upgrade, and one of the main functions that help our video production run smoothly. I’m confident that the HVS-390HS will carry our church’s productions for many years down the line.”

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

ALTINEX DEBUTS SP1104SC INTERCONNECT PLATE

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Brea, CA – July 2014… Altinex, a leading manufacturer of Signal Management Solutions®, is pleased to introduce the SP1104SC Interconnect Plate. Comprised of the three-space Altinex CNK-IP-210 blank connector plate—with one of the available openings populated by the CNK-IP-200 dual AC / charging USB module— the new SP1104SC forms the basis of an interconnect system that resides inside the company’s popular CNK200 (matte black) or CNK200S (brushed silver aluminum) Cable-Nook™ Modular Tabletop Interconnect Boxes. With its ability to be populated with a wide range of connectors, the SP1104SC offers a high level of customization—making it ideal for use in today’s sophisticated AV environments. more

Calrec Consoles Drive Audio During World Cup Coverage

Artemis Consoles Used to Create Full Mixes in 5.1 and Stereo Simultaneously

HEBDEN BRIDGE, U.K. — July 21, 2014 – The BBC relied on Calrec Audio’s digital audio consoles during its coverage of the FIFA World Cup beginning in June. The broadcaster used a combination of three rented consoles to mix the audio in Brazil for transmissions in the U.K.

At the International Broadcast Centre (IBC) in Rio de Janeiro, two 24-fader Artemis Light consoles served as the first point of control in the signal path, responsible for submixing all sound associated with the matches and creating simultaneous 5.1 and stereo mixes. In addition, controlled commentary and controlled effects were passed on to all other users including the edit suits in the IBC, the various multiplatform control suites in the U.K., and the BBC’s studio broadcasting center (SBC), also in Rio.

At the SBC, a 56-fader Artemis Beam was used to combine the submixes from the IBC with other sources, including studio mics, postproduction playbacks, contributions from venue reporters/presenters, and audio-only playback such as music, sound effects, and voice recordings. These were all mixed into final 5.1 and stereo feeds and then passed on to the transmission network in the U.K.

“The BBC is our oldest customer and we have a long history of collaboration to ensure the products evolve to meet its needs,” said Jim Green, Calrec’s U.K. sales manager. “We’re always eager to support major projects like the World Cup broadcast from Brazil, where the BBC has taken advantage of Calrec functionality to make the whole workflow more efficient.

“Technology and viewer expectations are always moving forward, so each tournament faces new challenges that require better solutions,” Green added. Since the last World Cup there has been advancement in surround sound and loudness regulations, and this year the BBC has incorporated augmented- reality visual effects that bring their own set of audio-visual synchronization challenges. Calrec works closely with its customers to stay abreast of the technology and evolving requirements.”

Information about Calrec and its products is available at calrec.com.

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About Calrec Audio Ltd.
Calrec Audio is exclusively dedicated to excellence in audio mixing for on-air and live production. A broadcast specialist for 50 years, Calrec has developed a range of digital consoles relied on by the world’s most successful broadcasters. For putting sound in the picture, broadcasters put their trust in Calrec. More information is available at calrec.com and community.calrec.com.

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Visit Calrec Audio at IBC, Stand 8.C58

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Photo Caption: Dave Lee, Lead Sound Supervisor, BBC Sport

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Photo Caption: Calrec’s Artemis Audio Console

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Broadcast Pix Part of New Video Call Center Solution for New Genre of Production Workflow

Billerica, Massachusetts – Broadcast Pix™ announced today that its integrated production switchers are being used with the new Video Call Center (VCC) automated production solution to bring the caller-based talk radio show format to television. By utilizing Broadcast Pix’s application programming interface (API) and file-based macros, the VCC system essentially creates a video-driven version of talk radio using Web-based video sources.

Inventor Tom Wolzien company received a patent for VCC on July 1. A 45-year television veteran, Wolzien serves as a consultant for large media organizations through his company, Wolzien LCC, and is the lead independent director for TiVo, Inc. Since last year, Wolzien and his team have been testing the VCC system by producing TalkCenterAmerica®, a series of call-in shows covering a variety of topics.

“VCC is right at the intersection of social and mass media, TV and the Web,” said Wolzien. “What’s unique is that the system doesn’t just handle a single IP video call, but it’s designed to handle multiple video calls simultaneously, each with the power of its own computer – essential for any live caller-based TV program.”

With VCC, the on-camera host produces the call-in show without a traditional control room. Broadcast Pix API and Fluent™ Macros allow the VCC software to provide the host with a great deal of production flexibility, such as triggering sequences of individual key/shot combinations that can be modified based on available callers. As a result, with no content costs for callers and minimal staffing requirements, VCC is a cost effective approach to producing live programming.

Using Skype and similar technologies on various devices, multiple Web video callers can connect to the show. Viewers can see the callers and whatever the callers want to show. Proprietary CAT™ Caller Acquisition Software assists screeners with incoming calls, audio metering, video cropping and conversion, and return video. Plus, a patented Text Overlay superimposes caller names and locations over the caller’s picture at the screener’s position and remains on-screen when the caller is added to the live production.

“The innovative technical team at Broadcast Pix has been supportive every step of the way as we implemented the Video Call Center,” said Wolzien. “As an inventor, I have appreciated their readiness to help us solve the challenges of integrating the complex aspects of television automation in a way that appears simple to the host who solely controls the air. And on the technical side, I have appreciated their rapid and creative support when we have run into problems.”

“Video Call Center utilizes today’s Web-based video technologies to adapt the caller-based talk radio format for TV,” said Steve Ellis, CEO of Broadcast Pix. “It’s truly an innovative way to produce high quality programming with minimal staff, and Broadcast Pix is proud to be part of the process.”

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

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

HD Upgrades for Melrose Community Access Include Broadcast Pix Granite 5000 System

Billerica, Massachusetts – Over the past decade, Melrose Massachusetts Television, Inc. (MMTV), the community access station for the City of Melrose, Mass., has been aggressively upgrading its production equipment. In January, the station made the move to a native HD production workflow with new cameras and an upgraded control room built around a Broadcast Pix™ Granite™ 5000 integrated production switcher.

MMTV produces a variety of original programs, including After Hours, a talk show that is shared with other regional stations, and Sound Stage, which showcases local musicians. The station also covers parades and other local events, and supports the local city government and educational channels. Original programs are available in HD on YouTube and presented locally in letterbox SD on Comcast and Verizon FiOS.

In 2010, the nonprofit community organization upgraded to an SDI workflow and a Broadcast Pix™ Slate™ 5000 integrated production switcher. While the station researched other switcher options for the HD upgrade, it chose to stick with the reliability and flexibility of Broadcast Pix. “We wanted to keep the same abilities that we had with the Slate,” said Chris DeThomas, MMTV engineer. “It is wonderful. The hardware is a professional surface and the PixPad is great.”

Access A/V of Concord, N.H., handled the integration for the HD upgrade project. The Granite 5000 was installed in January, along with an upgraded monitor wall, Behringer audio mixer, Blackmagic HyperDeck Studio disk recorder, Clear-Com digital intercom system, Lectrosonics wireless IFB and JVC ProHD cameras. The Slate 5000 was then deployed to a local middle school for student productions.

DeThomas is very pleased with the HD upgrade. “It is everything that we have always wanted in our control room,” he said. “We have a completely professional space.”

Primarily driven by volunteers, MMTV programming is produced by people with varying degrees of production experience. MMTV uses Granite’s built-in Fluent-View customizable multi-view to accommodate both volunteers who prefer a more simplified setup and production veterans who want more information on screen.

“We customize it for different users,” DeThomas explained. “We have average folks producing for the first time, plus pros who bring that professional touch to the station. Everyone feels comfortable coming in – it makes the room not as intimidating.”

MMTV has also customized its Granite to manage productions in both of its studios. The four-camera Studio A is the default, but the control panel can quickly change to a new layout for three-camera Studio B productions. “We’re able to control two studios with one switcher and do it well,” DeThomas said. “That’s a great feature.”

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

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

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Sun Valley Community Church Relies on FOR-A Video Switchers

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

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

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

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

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

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

About FOR-A

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

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

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

FSR President Jan Sandri Honored at InfoComm14

Sandri Receives a Women in AV Award from InfoComm International®

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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