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Broadcast Pix Introduces VOX Lite Voice-Automated Control for Smaller Productions

Billerica, Massachusetts – Broadcast Pix™ today announced VOX™ Lite, a small-scale version of its popular VOX voice-automated production option that works with any Flint™, Granite™ or Mica™ integrated production switcher. It will be demonstrated at InfoComm 2014 (C5737), which runs June 18-20 in Las Vegas, Nev.

Since it was introduced in 2011, VOX has become a popular automated solution for visual radio, as well as government and corporate meetings for television,Internet, and in-house projection. VOX and VOX Lite eliminate the need for an operator for live productions, as sophisticated software detects which microphone is in use and switches cameras for automatic video-follow-audio productions.

Using the power of Broadcast Pix’s built-in Fluent™ Macros, VOX Lite can also add or remove graphics, roll clips and animations, execute complex PiP compositions, and incorporate information from external data sources like Twitter to create an appealing visual experience. Multiple macros can be assigned to each microphone – and selection criteria can be established – to create varied shot selection and graphics. Conditions can be set to prevent coughs or one-word comments from triggering camera changes. Other features include manual override and the ability to prioritize microphones.

Both VOX models feature a 1RU breakout box hardware interface. VOX features eight microphone inputs, and multiple VOX boxes can be cascaded to support up to 104 microphones. VOX Lite supports four microphones. Both versions include camera control software for Panasonic and Sony robotic cameras.

“For productions with limited resources, VOX Lite offers automated audio-follow-video functionality at an incredible price point,” said Steve Ellis, general manager, Broadcast Pix. “It’s a great way for local radio stations to stream video to the Web or small towns that want to improve meeting coverage without increasing staff requirements.”

VOX Lite has an MSRP of $3,500, which includes the breakout box and software. For a limited time, VOX Lite is available as part of a bundled package with the entry-level Flint LE, which supports three HDMI or analog inputs, for $9,995. VOX Lite can also be bundled with Flint LX (four SDI or HDMI inputs) for $12,495 or Flint LS (six inputs in multiple configurations) for $15,495 through June 30. All three Flint models include two additional network inputs, which are ideal for presentations and Web-based content from remote computers, as well as an internal audio mixer.

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

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

Portability and Performance of New FOR-A XT Series Switchers Gains Attention of Schools, Churches, Production Co’s and Major Broadcasters

Cypress, CA – Since its introduction into the market last year, FOR-A’s HVS-XT video production switcher series has proven a popular fit for a wide range of applications. Current customers of FOR-A XT Series switchers include: schools, houses of worship, production companies and major broadcasting networks.

The HVS-XT100 comes with a separate main unit and control panel, while the HVS-XT110 features a compact, integrated design. Both units include: mixed HD/SD input, frame synchronization, multi-viewer capability, re-sizing engine, 2.5D wipe effects, DVE and keyer with chroma key. Two freely assignable Keyers and DSKs channels also come standard. A built-in Web server allows users to adjust settings from a PC or a tablet.

Some of the new XT users are existing FOR-A customers looking to capitalize on the portability and performance of these new switchers. Arizona-based Sun Valley Community Church began using a FOR-A HVS-300HS switcher three years ago for its transition to HD production. The church has three locations, and uses the HVS-300HS in its original campus in Gilbert, AZ. When the time came to select a switcher for one of their newer campuses, the church had FOR-A’s products in top-of-mind. Sun Valley selected a FOR-A HVS-XT100 and has been successfully using it since last September.

“We were very happy with the performance of our FOR-A HVS-300HS switcher, so it was a simple choice to stay in the FOR-A family and purchase another one of their units for our newer location,” said Greg Gardner, Sun Valley’s Video Technical Director. “We went with the HVS XT-100 because of its new features, particularly the ability to assign one of the keys to any of the aux channels and reposition and resize the key as desired. I’ve also found its Web browser capabilities to be extremely useful in our productions.”

FOR-A’s HVS-XT series is also being used for higher learning. A computer science institute at the University of California, Berkeley has been relying on the HVS-XT100 since late last summer for production of workshops and lectures, which are streamed and archived online.

“I appreciate the ease of use that the HVS-XT100 affords,” said Omied Far, UC Berkeley’s switcher operator. “I’ve quickly learned the ins and outs of the switcher, and it helps me to provide smooth, live video to viewers around the world.”

Broadcast equipment rental and production service company Clark Media has been utilizing XT series switchers to provide its corporate, video production company, and broadcast network customers with custom designed solutions. The Bethlehem, PA-based company recently purchased three HVS-XT100 switchers and one HVS-XT110 unit. Dedicated to providing the top technology to its customers, Clark Media plans to rent the FOR-A switchers out in flypacks.

California-based RBL Engineering is one of many video production companies that count on the FOR-A HVS-XT switcher. Part of RBL Engineering’s business is corporate AV event production. The company has been relying on the HVS-XT110 for its multi-camera productions since last fall, and they recently purchased another HVS-XT110 switcher for upcoming projects.

“Portability was a key consideration for us in choosing this switcher,” said company president Bob Bolling. “The size of the HVS-XT110 was a major plus, as we need to be able to easily transport the unit. The HVS-XT110 is the only switcher in its price range that enables dissolve for screen switch, and we appreciate being able to have one switcher control eight outputs with different sources. Its 1080p upgradeable option was also a big perk, as we were looking for a future-proof switcher.”

RBL Engineering recently used the HVS-XT110 for camera switching at a keynote to an audience of 5,000 in San Jose, CA. The RBL Engineering team also took the HVS-XT110 on a plane to Hong Kong to provide I-MAG support and live streaming.

FOR-A’s Latin American customers continue to rely on its technology with use of XT Series switchers, particularly to benefit their live production environments. Brazilian video services provider Casablanca Online, Argentina’s TyC Sports, and Mexico-based mass multimedia company Televisa are all users of HVS-XT switchers.

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.

Calibre brings real-world innovation to InfoComm 2014

Focus on media, events and entertainment applications

Calibre UK, the creator of multiple award-winning scalers and processors for the professional audio visual market will exhibit at InfoComm 2014, 18-20th June, Las Vegas Convention Centre (Booth C7541). The booth will be co-branded Calibre and Kramer Electronics in recognition of the two companies’ strategic partnership launched in 2013.

Immediately adjacent to the main Kramer booth (C7736), Calibre will include an impressive array of real-world applications using the new Kramer Media, Events & Entertainment product range of edge blending, scaling, warping and LED video wall processing equipment – all powered by Calibre’s proprietary scaling technologies. The products include the Kramer VP-791, VP-792, VP-793 and VP-794, which are derived from the Calibre HQView and LEDView scaling and processing model range.

Live at InfoComm 2014: VP-794 events demonstration

Making its Americas debut, the Kramer VP-794 universal live events scalers will be demonstrated in typical live events scenarios. Creating a exceptionally engaging and bright display that’s expected to be seen from all angles of the InfoComm show floor, the VP-794 will drive content for display on to Lighthouse Technologies’ LED video walls.

Complementing this will be a demonstration of the VP-794’s capabilities to edge blend and warp various content onto a curved screen display using ultra-bright large-venue projectors from Digital Projection International.

The demonstrations will highlight to InfoComm visitors how easy it is to manage video content across LED displays and projection video walls in the most rugged and high-demanding environments.

Focus on high-performance image processing

Where image quality, precision and fidelity are key, Calibre will demonstrate the benefits of edge-blending across multiple displays and curved projection screens for simulation and training environments, events, conference room applications.

Highlights include the warping and blending controls of the Kramer VP-793 and VP-792 processors at interactive demo stations located around the booth.

There will also be interactive demo stations showing video processing with geometric correction using the 3G-SDI to DVI-HDMI signal processing capabilities of the Kramer VP-791 processor and an interactive demo of Kramer VP-794 pixel-accurate image resizing for LED videowalls.

In each case visitors can come and try out the products and interact with the controls themselves to see how they work.

“The booth this year will enable visitors to gets hands on and try out the Kramer Media, Events and Entertainment range powered by Calibre so they can plan for their future projects and investments,” said Tim Brooksbank, Chairman at Calibre UK.

“Our proven technologies are in daily use across the world in some impressive and challenging event, media and entertainment production installations and are now available to a much wider market through Kramer’s outstanding Americas and worldwide sales and support network.”

You can see the Kramer Media, Events & Entertainment product range powered by Calibre including the VP-791, VP-792, VP-793 & VP-794 scalers on the Calibre booth at InfoComm 2014, 18-20 June, Las Vegas Convention Center, Booth # C7541.

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About Calibre
Multi-award winning British company, Calibre has over the past 26 years achieved world recognition providing image scaling and processing technologies for use in broadcast/television, digital cinema, large venue projection, LED videowalls and surgical medical applications. Calibre manufactures products under its own brand-names as well as providing products and technology to several market leaders in the Pro-AV market worldwide. Calibre is a market leader in innovation, utilizing its own, UK & Germany-based in-house hardware and software design teams for all its product developments and its own UK manufacturing.

Some useful links:

Twitter: @CalibreProAV

Website: www.calibreuk.com

Atlona® Continues Participation in D-Tools Manufacturer Vantage Point (MVP) Program

D-Tools Global System Integrator™ users maintain free access to Atlona® product detail for up-to-date specification in Audio, Video, and IT-based projects

CONCORD, CA, USA – MAY 07, 2014 — D-Tools Inc., the worldwide leader in system integration software, announced today that Atlona® has renewed their participation in the D-Tools Manufacturer Vantage Point (MVP) program. Now, D-Tools SIX users will continue to enjoy immediate, free access to the entire database of Atlona’s residential and commercial distribution solutions. Via the D-Tools product database, D-Tools System Integrator™ users are better equipped to specify all Atlona products.

“Atlona is an industry-leading audio video signal distribution solutions provider and their products have historically been both highly sought-after and heavily utilized within the D-Tools platform,” says Adam Stone, President and CEO of D-Tools. “We’re pleased to have them renew their participation in the D-Tools MVP Program, availing Atlona product specifications to D-Tools users worldwide for use in their electronic system designs, estimates, and proposals.”

The D-Tools Manufacturer Vantage Point (MVP) program provides systems designers, specifiers, integrators, and installers the most up-to-date and detailed partner product information available, in a format that can be utilized in a cross-functional capacity for maximum workflow efficiency. In fact, more than 4,500 MVP users are now streamlining the design process by using the D-Tools Global System Integrator platform. Users of Global System Integrator receive all MVP product data free of charge, along with current stats from MVP partners on the latest product updates and special offers. This gives integrators updated current pricing and product info in real time, as it happens.

In turn, the MVP program gives manufacturer partners a direct connection with the D-Tools user database, building customer loyalty by ensuring that existing dealers have the important information they need to recommend, specify, and install its products. It also makes it clear to any MVP program members’ dealers that they are committed to the very best in customer support.

“Atlona is once again excited to participate in the D-Tools MVP program,” says Ken Eagle, Director of Training and Technical Sales, Atlona. “D-Tools continues to help us support our dealers, enabling them to offer better solutions and design even the most complex applications for their clients.”

D-Tools will soon launch its first native iOS application—Mobile Quote–– which will enable integrators and sales people to specify Atlona products (and any other D-Tools MVP partner for that matter) from any jobsite in the world. The D-Tools Mobile Quote iPad app will be made available for download from the Apple App Store and will carry a monthly subscription fee per user/device.

About Atlona®
Atlona® is a leading provider of innovative, reliable AV and IT distribution and connectivity solutions. Since 2003, the company has been designing and engineering award-winning products for a diverse range of residential and commercial AV and IT markets, including education, business, government, entertainment, and healthcare.

Atlona’s products and services enable system designers, integrators, consultants, and installers to simplify installation, minimize maintenance, and maximize the versatility of premier automated control solutions. Atlona’s vision is simple: deliver customer-driven products designed and developed with the features, performance, and reliability that industry leaders demand; and deliver the best value in the industry. More information about Atlona is available at www.atlona.com.

About D-Tools, Inc.
D-Tools, founded in 1998 and based in Concord, California, is a worldwide leader in accessible, highly accurate system design and documentation software platform. The company’s flagship product, System Integrator™ (SI), is a robust solution that utilizes Autodesk® AutoCAD and Microsoft® Visio to facilitate comprehensive system design, documentation and project management. D-Tools enables residential and commercial integrators to streamline business processes and increase revenues while reducing the time and cost associated with the installation and integration of low-voltage electronic systems. More than 4,500 leading companies currently use the award-winning D-Tools platform to reduce time, costs and to streamline the system integration process. Product updates and related information can be obtained by following D-Tools on Twitter and on Facebook.

Learn more about the D-Tools MVP Program, D-Tools System Integrator, or the undeniable benefits of using a streamlined system design, proposal, and estimation software platform at www.d-tools.com, (866) 386-6571, ext. 1, or e-mail info@d-tools.com or mvp@d-tools.com.

Media Contacts
Tim Bigoness, D-Tools, Inc., +1 (925) 270-4102, timb@d-tools.com, www.d-tools.com

Katye (McGregor) Bennett, KMB Communications, +1 (425) 328-8640, katye@kmbcomm.com, www.kmbcomm.com

MVP Contact
Josh Carlson, D-Tools, Inc., +1 (925) 270-4105, joshc@d-tools.com

 

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Opticomm-EMCORE to demonstrate Video Wall driven by Eclipse HD at InfoComm

Alhambra, CA – Opticomm-EMCORE, a leading provider of high-definition video, audio and data transport solutions for Fiber, IP, CATx and Coax networks, will be using the InfoComm 2014 show in Las Vegas on June 18-20 as a platform to demonstrate the quality of the new Eclipse HD as it extends and switches 1080p or 1920×1200 multimedia feeds across a dedicated IP network, sent to a four-panel video wall as example of its capabilities. In addition, other high-quality products for pre- and post-production, live-feed, and Professional A/V will be on display at the booth stand, C7716.

Opticomm-EMCORE will construct a cost-efficient video/audio/data distribution system over an IP network to show design consultants, system integrators and home theater aficionados the painless switching and routing of the new Eclipse HD. This encoder/decoder system provides visually lossless transmission and processing of HDMI 1.3, 5.1 channel audio, RS-232 data and USB HID keyboard/mouse (KVM), over a dedicated Gigabit Ethernet network. A media player, Blu-ray or DVD player, laptop, camera or other HDMI source can send HD signals to the Eclipse HD encoder, which can then be sent to a Layer 2/3 Unmanaged Gigabit Ethernet Switch with IGMP 2.0 (if desired), which lastly can be received by one or more decoders to be connected to single or multiple displays. There are virtually limitless ways to configure a HD matrix by stacking IP switches.

In addition to the Eclipse HD, we will be showing the NV series as a part of the IP network exhibit, which utilizes JPEG 2000 encoding and decoding for lossless DVI, HDMI, and 3G HD-SDI distribution. Also we will also be highlighting, in our booth, the c-linx series, Optiva and GBOX fiber products. The c-linx series are small, stand-alone box units utilizing HDBaseT technology to extend signals for extension up to 100 meters, over CATx. The company will also display the Optiva OTP-1DVI2A1UKM, which has been upgraded with a larger bit-rate of 10GB optics and now supports up to 4K resolution and KVM over a secure, lossless multimode fiber up to 10 km and singlemode fiber up to 25 km. The first in the GBOX Series, GBX-HDMI-VGA, provides for the transmission of either HDMI 1.4b with HDCP and HEAC support, or VGA / Component for legacy stereo analog sources, in a point-to-point configuration. It also supports stereo analog and S/PDIF digital audio, 10/100/1000 Ethernet, bidirectional RS-232 and IR support.

Opticomm-EMCORE’s booth will display the newest and key products that we believe, will cater to consultants and integrators who build and design complex signal network systems and have need of high-quality signal management.

“We are excited to showcase our newest addition to the video-over-IP distribution category, Eclipse HD,” concludes Henok Tafese, Senior Director of Business Development.

Opticomm-EMCORE’s complete breadth of video-over-IP, fiber and CATx/HDBaseT products will be on display at InfoComm 2014, June 18-20, booth C7716 of the Las Vegas Convention Center. For more information, please visit www.opticomm.com, download the EVE/EVD-HD datasheet here, or call 626-293-3400.

New FOR-A HVS-390HS Switcher User TNDV Relied on Unit for Production of Events Surrounding ACM Awards

Cypress, CA – Video production company Tennessee Digital Video (TNDV) first used FOR-A’s HVS-390HS video switcher while producing conferences for Atlanta-based Passion City Church. Impressed with the cost efficient switcher, TNDV purchased a 2 M/E HVS-390HS of its own in December 2013. The company relied on its new switcher for events leading up to the Academy of Country Music (ACM) Awards on April 6, including production of a 2-day music festival fundraiser and a red carpet show special.

On April 4-5, ACM hosted a two-day outdoor music fundraiser festival at Caesars LINQ in Las Vegas. Deemed “Party for a Cause,” the festival’s proceeds helped to fight hunger by benefitting Outnumber Hunger, and featured headliners Rascal Flatts and Keith Urban. TNDV handled video production of the festival, using the HVS-390HS to produce IMAG on three video boards, enabling the crowd to see performers up close. TNDV fed video to two different stages during the festival’s events. The production company was also on location in Las Vegas to produce a live red carpet special at the ACM Awards.

“We have a number of HD trucks and flypacks, so we own a variety of switchers,” said Nic Dugger, owner of TNDV. “The HVS-390HS stands out compared to others for the variety of useful features that it offers for such an affordable price. A lot of our productions require a second M/E for broadcast and IMAG switches, so that was a major consideration in us choosing the 2 M/E HVS-390HS. The switcher was a perfect fit for our work surrounding the ACM Awards.”

A longtime user of FOR-A color correction and video conversion products, the HVS-390HS is the first FOR-A switcher that TNDV has purchased. The company has found the unit to be well built, robust, and road worthy – all important considerations that the mobile production company looks for when selecting equipment.

“FOR-A’s HVS-390HS offers features that allow us to highly customize the unit to meet our production needs,” said Dugger. “Its expansion slots, twelve DVE channels, and option to use the larger 28-button panel greatly benefit our operations.”

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.

ABOUT TNDV: Television

Formed in 2004, TNDV: Television represents the culmination of many years of broadcast and live production for Nic Dugger, owner and president; and his staff of full time engineers. TNDV produces events from small single-camera productions all the way up to multi-million dollar international TV events, and takes pride in building custom solutions for challenging productions of any size, in any situation. Recent productions include the live concert productions at the NCAA Final Four, the 2013 Re/Max Long Drive Challenge on ESPN, and the inaugural season of Sing for Your Supper on PBS. Please call 615-585-6528 or visit http://www.tndv.com for more information.

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ICE Cable Systems Receives HDBaseT Certification on Cat5e and Cat6 Products

The certification propels the brand towards a leadership position in the CEDIA channel and further cements its value proposition of high-performance yet cost-effective structured wiring solutions

Los Angeles, CA – April 7, 2014 – ICE Cable Systems today announced that its Cat5e and Cat6 cables have received HDBaseT certification. This means the products perform to specs as defined by the HDBaseT Alliance.

According to ICE Cable President Brian Rizzo, the certification serves to propel the company towards a leadership position of HDBaseT Cat 5e/6 cable solutions in the CEDIA channel. It also further cements the brand’s value proposition of delivering high-performance yet cost-effective solutions.

HDBaseT
HDBaseT is a connectivity standard for whole-home and commercial distribution of uncompressed HD multimedia content. The cornerstone of HDBaseT technology is 5Play™, a feature set that converges uncompressed full HD digital video, audio, 100BaseT Ethernet, power over cable and various control signals through a single LAN cable.

”With HDBaseT, installers are running video, audio, ethernet, control and power all on one cable, all of which requires equipment “handshakes” on each end. We want to help installers do it right the first time so they can move onto other areas of the job,” says Rizzo. “ICE Cable has spared no expense in the making of our product, from the quality and quantity of copper and compounds we use, to our tangle-free dispensers,” says Rizzo.

ICE Cable HDBaseT Products Feature Set
ICE Cable Systems’ HDBaseT-certified Cat5e and Cat6 cables are sold in bulk cartons of 1,000 feet/ 305 meters. For installation convenience the cartons incorporate REELEX II® payout technology which delivers tangle-free pulls and according to Rizzo also contributes to signal performance. The wire is also UL listed, ETL verified and RoHS compliant.

Where to Purchase ICE Cable
ICE Cable Systems has more than 50 distributors in North America and internationally. Integrators can locate distributors in their area by visiting http://www.icecable.com/where-to-buy or by calling ICE Cable Systems at 310.444.1950.

About ICE Cable Systems
Founded in 2004 by president Brian Rizzo, ICE Cable Systems is a leading manufacturer of premium low-voltage wire and cable products serving the Audio Video, Alarm and Security, Commercial, Electrical Contracting and Data Center channels. The company’s products are available to integrators both directly and through more than 50 distributors in North America and internationally. ICE Cable’s success is driven by ingenuity and its desire to make superior products that offer more value to installers. www.icecable.com

Broadcast Pix Expands Flint Integrated Production Switcher Family

Billerica, Massachusetts – Broadcast Pix™ will unveil its expanded family of Flint™ end-to-end integrated production switchers at the 2014 NAB Show (Booth SL6325), which runs April 7-10 in Las Vegas, Nev. All three HD models include the same Fluent™ workflow software tools, but provide different input configurations to address different production requirements and budgets.

There are three new Flint models available. The entry-level system, Flint LE, supports three HDMI or analog (composite, component or S-Video) inputs and is now priced at $7,495. Flint LX features four SDI or HDMI inputs for $9,995. Flint LS supports six inputs and offers a choice of six SDI (two of which can be HDMI) or four SDI and two HDMI or analog inputs for $12,995. In addition, all three models include two additional network inputs, which are ideal for presentations and Web pages from remote computers. All three models are available now.

Broadcast Pix will also have two raffles during the NAB Show, providing attendees the opportunity to win a Flint system as well as a new fX3D real-time 3D graphics software package. Raffle rules and instructions will be available at the Broadcast Pix booth.

“Flint has quickly become a popular choice among streaming video professionals, because it provides a complete set of production tools for true end-to-end integration,” said Steve Ellis, general manager, Broadcast Pix. “By expanding the Flint family, we’re making it more affordable than ever to produce live multi-camera productions for broadcast or webcast.”

Introduced last year, Flint handles the entire production workflow, from ingest to distribution. In addition to cameras and file-based graphics and video, its multi-format production switcher allows operators to include cloud-based content from Skype, Twitter, RSS feeds, Google Drive, Dropbox and other resources during live productions. Flint ingests and scales all sources while maintaining constant lip sync.

Flint’s switcher also includes three keyers for layering, each with PiP and customizable DVE. An internal Inscriber CG provides six graphic channels, while a built-in, two-channel clip server stores up to 30 hours of clips and animations in a variety of file formats, including ProRes, H.264, DNxHD and QuickTime animations. Flint’s audio mixer is controlled through an intuitive audio interface with on-screen stereo faders and VU meters, and two outputs allow separate mixes with independent control for master recording and Web presentations.

With up to seven simultaneous output formats, Flint offers built-in HD streaming in a variety of formats and allows live recording on its internal hard drive. Other features include a customizable multi-view, customizable virtual sets, and control of robotic cameras, video servers, external audio mixers, and other devices.

Version 3.0 software, which was announced earlier this month, allows all Flint systems to be tightly integrated with Broadcast Pix’s new fX3D and ReVue multi-channel slow motion replay system. It also includes ClearKey, Broadcast Pix’s next generation chromakey, and new device control of Blackmagic HyperDecks. The software will be available in May as a free upgrade for all Flint systems under warranty.

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

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

Custom Media Solutions Relies on New FOR-A Switcher for High-Profile Live Event Production

Cypress, CA – Specializing in high-quality live and post production services, Custom Media Solutions has been depending on FOR-A video switchers to meet its production needs in recent years. The Georgia-based firm first purchased a FOR-A HVS-300HS switcher in 2011, bought an HVS-350HS switcher when theytransitioned to full HD, and later became a user of FOR-A’s HVS-XT110 portable switcher. The company recently selected a FOR-A HVS-390HS switcher for use with its wide-ranging video production applications, including live entertainment, conferences and corporate events.

“Some features of the HVS-300HS switcher that I really appreciate include the ability to scale on every input, a frame sync option on every input, and the DVE capabilities in every keyer,” said Marc Shroyer, owner and founder of Custom Media Solutions. “When we upgraded to HD, the obvious choice for us was to buy FOR-A’s HVS-350HS switcher. The unit was still offered in a small package, yet it came with some amazing features and flexibility. Some features that have helped us to deliver impressive results to low-budget events include its keying over AUX buses, transitioning events memory and use of a second remote control panel.”

Custom Media Solutions began using FOR-A’s HVS-390HS switcher at the end of 2013, and has been extremely pleased with their new unit’s flexibility and new features.

“What has been a big hit for us so far is the Web interface, larger control panel, additional half M/E when we use it with the HVS-300HS control panel, and the use of macros,” explained Shroyer.

One of the more challenging events produced by Custom Media Solutions with
FOR-A’s HVS-350HS switcher was for Hillsong UNITED, an Australian worship music group. Conferences highlighting their U.S. tour stops were held in New York City’s Radio City Music Hall and the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles last fall.

“The FOR-A switcher performed beautifully,” said Shroyer. “The client needed five different outputs with five different keys, all with the ability to transition, and they also needed to have all five screens change sources simultaneously by pushing one key. They wanted to turn multiple outputs with different sources to black and white with the push of a button. We could do this thanks to the mono color option built into the switcher’s keyers. The event was a complete success, and we saved our clients a lot of money by not having to use five different switchers to perform the tasks at hand. We just needed the one FOR-A switcher to get the job done right.”

Other productions that Custom Media Solutions has used FOR-A’s switchers for include: the Delta Chairman’s Club Banquet at the Fox Theater in Atlanta, Christian music artist Chris Tomlin’s tour, a conference at the University of Tennessee, Passion City Church events, DVD shoots for artists Montel Jordan and Hillsong UNITED, events at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater, productions for the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and North Point Community Church’s student camps.

“We’ve been continuously pleased with our FOR-A equipment and the quality it brings to our productions,” Shroyer explained. “Our switchers have helped us to provide our customers with top notch, cutting edge video productions at very competitive prices.”

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 Introduces New Model of IN1608 Scaling Presentation Switcher with a Built-In Control Processor

Extron Electronics is pleased to introduce the Extron IN1608 IPCP, a new model of the IN1608 product family featuring a built-in Extron IP Link Pro control processor for complete and powerful AV system control. The IN1608 is a highly versatile scaling presentation switcher that delivers the technologically advanced capabilities necessary to design and integrate a complete AV system in one box, including an HDCP-compliant, multi-format video switcher, an advanced scaling engine, integrated DTP 230 transmitter and receivers, a high performance mono or stereo amplifier, comprehensive audio processing, and an advanced control processor that is uniquely expandable. The IN1608 is the new industry standard for fully integrated AV systems, greatly simplifying system design and installation, and dramatically reducing total cost of ownership. more

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