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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

New Broadcast Pix Software Upgrades Include Next Generation Chromakey, Dual-Channel Clip Server

Billerica, Massachusetts – Broadcast Pix™ will debut ClearKey, its next generation chromakey, as well as a dual-channel clip server and several other upgrades in its Version 4.0 software for Granite™ and Mica™ integrated production switchers. Available in May, the new software features will be demonstrated at the 2014 NAB Show (Booth SL6325), which runs April 7-10 in Las Vegas, Nev. The company also announced Version 3.0 software for its Flint™ end-to-end integrated production switchers, with most of the same upgrades.

Part of Broadcast Pix’s Fluent™ workflow software, ClearKey features precise, highly adjustable keying that can handle challenging visuals, such as glass or fast-moving or out of focus objects. Robust color correction removes the most stubborn spill from chromakeyed objects, which is important for virtual set use where color contamination is almost unavoidable. A key crop function can be used to confine the keying effect to certain areas of the screen.

ClearKey also creates more realistic shadow and lighting effects. Shine a spotlight on the background, for example, and it will shine on the virtual set as well. If a subject casts a shadow on the green or blue background, ClearKey can make the shadow appear on the virtual set, if desired. A simple eye dropper tool simplifies chromakey color selection, and intuitive controls make it easy to adjust lighting, shadow and spill correction effects.

The V4 upgrade includes a dual-channel clip server for Granite and Mica, which handles playback of SD and HD footage in a variety of file formats. (Flint already includes a dual-channel clip server.) Both upgrades add new device controls for Blackmagic Design HyperDeck Studio and Studio Pro video recorders, as well as all AJA Ki Pro recorders, over a TCP/IP connection. Clips can be recorded and played back from the PixPad, and all controls can programmed into a macro for simplified control. The new upgrades also include device control for Lumens VC-G50 and VC-G30 HD PTZ cameras. Plus, Fluent-View, Broadcast Pix’s customizable multi-view, includes a new snap-to-grid feature to make it easier to build new screen layouts.

“When Broadcast Pix has a major software release, you know we’ve listened to our customers and added some pretty significant improvements,” said Steve Ellis, general manager, Broadcast Pix. “ClearKey in particular represents a major step forward that will improve productions for customers who rely on virtual sets. It is highly adjustable but easy to operate – and it delivers outstanding results.”

Flint V3 and Granite/Mica V4 are free upgrades for all respective systems under warranty and will be available in May.

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.

Extron Now Shipping TeamWork Collaboration System for Digital and Analog Sources

Extron Electronics is pleased to announce the immediate availability of TeamWork 601, the company’s newest collaboration system. The TeamWork 601 system supports up to four digital laptops or tablets, and two legacy analog computer-video and audio sources. Analog signals are digitized so that they can be switched to the display, along with native HDMI signals, on a single HDMI cable. TeamWork 601 works with most flat panel displays, laptops, and tablets. It also works with virtually any new or existing furniture system. Optional mounting hardware facilitates different collaboration table or work surface designs. Extron TeamWork is a fully customizable collaboration system that is ideal for corporate and education applications. Pre-configured packages, including the TeamWork 601, TeamWork 600, and TeamWork 400 are available for fast implementation with minimal setup. more

DVIGear Joins HDBaseT Alliance

Focuses on Advancing Cutting Edge Display Technology

Marietta, Georgia, March 24, 2014    DVIGear today announced it has joined the HDBaseT Alliance (http://www.HDBaseT.org/) as an Adopter. The HDBaseT Alliance is a cross-industry alliance founded by LG Electronics, Samsung Electronics, Sony Pictures Entertainment and Valens Semiconductor to promote and standardize HDBaseT™ technology for whole-home distribution of uncompressed HD multimedia content.

“We are excited to join the HDBaseT Alliance and take part in the sweeping advances this technology is making in many digital display applications,” said Steven Barlow, President of DVIGear.  “Membership in the HDBaseT Alliance will help ensure that our future products are well aligned to meet the growing demand for simple and effective video extension solutions that our customers require.”

DVIGear TPS (HDBaseT™) Extenders and MXP Series TPS I/O Boards

DVIGear TPS (HDBaseT™) Extenders and MXP Series TPS I/O Boards

“HDBaseT has become a global standard for digital connectivity for the commercial A/V, broadcast and consumer markets, and a primary driver of that growth is the addition of companies like DVIGear to the HDBaseT Alliance,” said Ariel Sobelman, president, HDBaseT Alliance. “DVIGear’s decision to join the Alliance will enable its customers to leverage the HDBaseT technology to reduce the complexities and costs of their projects”

About DVIGear

DVIGear (www.dvigear.com) is a leading supplier of high performance Digital Connectivity Solutions for a wide range of professional display applications.  Founded in 1999, DVIGear is based in Marietta, Georgia and offers an extensive portfolio of digital video products including:  Digital Matrix Routing Switchers, Splitters, Extenders, Converters, Scalers and long-reach copper and optical cables.

About HDBaseT Alliance

The HDBaseT Alliance is comprised of leading cross-industry companies formed to promote and standardize the HDBaseT™ technology for whole-home 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. For more information about HDBaseT Alliance and membership, please visit the HDBaseT Alliance website at www.hdbaset.org.

HDBaseT™ is a trademark of HDBaseT Alliance.

*All other trademarks are the properties of their owners.

NAB 2014: FOR-A to Show New Version of FT-ONE 4K Variable Frame Rate Camera, Debut 4K Extraction System

Cypress, CA – At the upcoming NAB Show in Las Vegas, FOR-A will showcase a new version of its FT-ONE 4K super slow motion camera. The new version of the FT-ONE offers fiber I/O connections built directly into the unit for ease of use when shooting from the field. The company’s new ZE-ONE 4K extraction system will also be a highlight of the company’s booth (C5117), making its first NAB appearance.

“FOR-A is excited to showcase this new version of the FT-ONE camera and debut our ZE-ONE 4K extraction system at NAB,” said Hiro Tanoue, President, FOR-ACorporation of America. “We’re now offering the FT-ONE with fiber connections built into the unit, making it easier when the production calls for the camera to be used a far distance away from the base station. We’ll have a new replay controller for the ZE-ONE extraction system, which allows operators to frame and extract specified HD scenes at any size from 4K sources.”

Since its first introduction into the market in 2012, the FT-ONE has been used in a variety of sports broadcast and digital cinematography applications, including professional football, boxing, automobile racing, ice cross downhill, and wakeboarding events, as well as a NASA rocket launch. The camera has been the recipient of multiple industry awards, including a 2012 IBC Show STAR Award from TV Technology Europe, TVB Europe’s Best of IBC 2012 Award, and most recently, a 2013 Government Video Salute at GV Expo.

The FT-ONE employs FOR-A’s high-sensitivity CMOS color sensor, “FT1-CMOS,” and plays back full 4K (4096 x 2160 pixels). One output channel can provide QFHD (four 1080p 3G-SDI) outputs, while the other output channel provides down-converted HD-SDI for live viewing and play back. The FT-ONE captures images as uncompressed raw data on the system’s internal memory, which has a recording capacity of 9.4 seconds. This data is then stored on one of two hot-swappable SSD cartridges, each of which is capable of storing 84 seconds of full 4K resolution images at 900 fps.

First introduced at last year’s IBC Show, where it won a Best of IBC award from TVB Europe, the ZE-ONE allows FT-ONE users to frame and extract desired 4K image areas to capture the action for HD replays. The 4K extraction system provides operators with an intuitive touch-screen interface to frame and extract specified HD scenes at any size from 4K sources. The ZE-ONE allows users to smoothly zoom in or out, and includes an embedded audio delay processor.

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.

U.S. Bank Arena Upgrades Hockey Coverage to HD with Broadcast Pix Granite X Integrated Production System

Billerica, Massachusetts – When Jim Plummer, technical director for the U.S. Bank Arena in Cincinnati, was shopping for a new production switcher at the 2013 NAB Show, he kept coming back to Broadcast Pixintegrated production switchers. His choice became even easier when he won a Flint™ system during the show, which the arena upgraded to a Granite™ X.

Home to the ECHL Cincinnati Cyclones, U.S. Bank Arena was built in 1975 had a major renovation in 1997, which included the installation of a Sony analog switcher with external DVE. As part of a 2013 upgrade to HD production, which also included new cameras and monitors, the new Granite was installed early last fall in time for the current hockey season.

According to Plummer, the downtown arena seats about 17,000 spectators and hosts more than 100 events per year, including concerts, NBA preseason games, and 36 Cyclones home games. The in-house, three-camera video production is primarily used for hockey coverage, as well as some preseason basketball games and some comedy concerts. A four-screen, center hung video board provides the most prominent view for fans during the game, but there are multiple small monitors throughout the concourse, suites, and on-site restaurant.

During each home hockey game, the director switches while a second operator coordinates graphics and roll-ins. “It works out very well for us,” Plummer explained. “With hockey, you don’t know when you’re getting a stop, so you have to set your cues and be ready to go.”

The control room team also houses light and audio operators, plus one person coordinating game operations and promotions.

U.S. Bank Arena uses several of the Granite’s 12 SDI outputs during productions. One delivers a feed of the high center camera to the coach’s office, where it is recorded for review. Another feed is recorded to DVD for league officials and the visiting team. Plus, the live game production is provided to America ONE Sports, an online provider of live and on-demand sports. “Those multiple outputs really help us out a lot,” Plummer said.

Most of the Granite’s built-in Fluent™ workflow tools have already been incorporated into productions. Granite’s clip, animation, and still stores have made it easy for Plummer and his team to incorporate graphics and sound effects for “Star Wars Night” and other themed events during the season. Plus, Fluent-View, the customizable multi-view, quickly became a favorite feature among the directors, who have created different layouts for hockey, basketball, and concerts.

The optional Fluent Rapid CG feeds score and game clock data directly from the Daktronics scoreboard into graphics produced with the integrated Harris Inscriber CG. Fluent Rapid CG also manages data from an XML feed, so lower-third graphics can include real-time player statistics. “It makes things so much easier,” Plummer added.

Fluent Macros, Granite’s file-based macros system, is being used to create complex transitions and effects. Some transitions, for example, now feature the Cyclones logo, an effect that could not be produced using the previous equipment. Plummer is also planning to incorporate cloud-based content such as Twitter feeds and Instagram pictures into live productions. “It’s something we couldn’t do before,” he said.

With more than half the hockey season complete, people are noticing the improved production values, and Plummer is very pleased with the new Broadcast Pix system. “We love it,” he said. “It does everything we want it to do. The more games we do, the more comfortable we’re getting and incorporating more into the production.”

Broadcast Pix will have two raffles during the 2014 NAB Show (Booth SL6325), which runs April 7-10 in Las Vegas, Nev. Attendees will have the opportunity to win a new fX3D real-time 3D graphics software package on April 8 and a Flint integrated production switcher on April 9. Raffle instructions will be available at the Broadcast Pix booth.

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

Extron DTP CrossPoint 84 Now Includes a Built-In Control Processor

Extron Electronics is pleased to announce the Extron DTP CrossPoint 84 IPCP, a new model of the DTP CrossPoint 84 featuring a built-in IP Link Pro control processor for complete and powerful AV system control. The industry-leading DTP CrossPoint 84 is the new go-to product for presentation systems. This highly versatile, compact presentation matrix switcher delivers all of the technologically advanced capabilities necessary to design and integrate a complete AV system in one box, including a 4K matrix switcher, two built-in independent scalers, integrated DTP and XTP transmitters and receivers, a high performance mono or stereo amplifier, comprehensive audio DSP capabilities unmatched in the industry, and an advanced control processor that is uniquely expandable. The DTP CrossPoint 84 is the new industry standard for fully integrated AV systems, greatly simplifying system design and installation, and dramatically reducing total cost of ownership. more

NAB 2014: FOR-A Continues to Focus on 4K

4K booth highlights include an updated FT-ONE camera, new extraction system, multi viewers, virtual studio system and up converter

Cypress, CA – At next month’s NAB 2014 Show, FOR-A Corporation of America will introduce several new 4K products and showcase a wide range of its popular solutions for the professional video and broadcast industries. Aligning with its NAB theme, “FOR-A for a 4K future,” the company’s primary focus will be on demonstrating cost-effective products for every stage of the 4K workflow – from capturing, processing, switching, and viewing, to recording stunning 4K images. FOR-A will exhibit in Booth C5117 at the show, which runs April 7-10 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

Full 4K Super Slow-Motion Camera & Extraction System

A main highlight of FOR-A’s NAB booth will be the newest version of its FT-ONE 4K super slow motion camera. Capable of storing 9.4 seconds of full 4K resolution images at 900 frames per second, the latest version of the camera features fiber I/O connections built into the unit to make system configuration and setup easier, particularly when the production calls for the camera to be used a far distance away from the base station.

FOR-A’s ZE-ONE 4K zoom extraction system will make its NAB introduction. Featuring an intuitive touch-screen interface, the unit allows FT-ONE users to frame and extract specified 4K image areas. FOR-A will be showing live demos of the ZE-ONE in action in its booth.

Multi Viewers

Other products to be debuted by FOR-A at the show include the MV-4200, MV-42HSA and MV-1620HSA multi viewers. The MV-4200 is a compact, 2 RU unit multi viewer that accepts 4K signals, and is capable of handling up to 68 inputs and 8 outputs.

The new MV-42HSA and MV-1620HSA multi viewers include 3G Level A/B support and 4K to HD down-converted output. The MV-1620HSA accepts up to 16 channels of mixed 3G/HD/SD-SDI/analog composite signals for monitoring on up to two screens, and can also be cascaded with other units to display up to 64 sources simultaneously.

Ultra Resolution Up Converter

New for NAB is FOR-A’s URC-4000 super resolution 4K up converter. The unit provides powerful up-conversion and turns HD video into 4K in real time using original I/P and resolution conversion technology developed by FOR-A.

Graphics

FOR-A will also be debuting VRCAM3, a sensor-less virtual studio system that uses 4K chroma keying technology to provide stunning picture quality. The versatile VRCAM3 links computer graphics to camera motion simply by connecting it to a 4K camera. Using extracted 4K image areas, the Brainstorm rendering engine produces HD output in real time.

Also to debut at NAB is FOR-A’s VTW-350HS HD/SD character generator. The compact, affordable unit provides a rich array of text/graphic functions, more than 260 transitions, and template control, making it an ideal choice for live applications.

Video Switchers

The HVS-390HS HD/SD 1-2.5 M/E video switcher will also be displayed. The versatile switcher offers a dozen DVE channels. Featuring advanced AUX technology, the HVS-390HS has the capability to be a virtual 6 M/E unit.

FOR-A will also show its HVS-XT series of portable video switchers. The HVS-XT100 comes with a separate main unit and control panel, while the HVS-XT110 features a compact, integrated design.

Signal Processor

Following in the footsteps of FOR-A’s award winning FA-1010 signal processor, a new, smaller version of the multi channel signal processor will debut at this year’s show, the FA-505. The 5-input, 5-ouput signal processor features up/down/cross conversion capability on each input.

The company will be showing the FA-10RU, FA-AUX30, and FA-10DCCRU remote control units for the FA-1010 signal processor. Making its first NAB introduction, the FA-10DCCRU is a dedicated remote control unit for color correction.

FOR-A’s FRC Premiere Pro export plug-in video format converter software for Adobe Premiere Pro CC/CS6 Windows will also make its debut.

File-based Products

FOR-A will also demonstrate filebased products, including a new addition to the LTR LTO-based archive recorder series, the LTR-200HS. The unit supports new LTO-6 tape technology and Avid DNX-HD. It features HD/SD-SDI input/output, broadcast quality codec, and MXF wrapping and unwrapping.

Also to debut at NAB is the new LTS-60 media archiving server for LTO-6 drives. The LTS-60 is an ideal small-scale archiving and backup solution that supports 4K archiving.

Ultra Sensitivity Camera

FOR-A will be showing off a new camera from its group company, Flovel. The FZ-B3 ultra high sensitivity HD digital camera captures colorful images in a moonlight environment, and is a 3 CMOS-type version of Flovel’s popular FZ-B1 ultra high sensitivity camera.

IP Encoder/Decoder Solutions

FOR-A will also display Fujitsu’s high-performance IP-920, IP-9500, and IP-9610 encoder/decoder solutions in its booth. The encoder/decoder series uses advanced MPEG-4 AVC technology encoding, known as H.264, to perform real-time transmission of HDTV at low bit rates over DVB and broadband IT networks, and is capable of operating at less than 99ms back-to-back latency. FOR-A will have a 4K display of Fujitsu solutions using two IP-9500 video encoders.

Scheduled for an official debut in 2015, FOR-A will also show Fujitsu HEVC/H.265 compatible IP series technology currently in development.

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.

Broadcast Pix Announces Partnership with Virtualsetworks to Offer High Quality Virtual Sets

Billerica, Massachusetts – Broadcast Pix™ today announced a technology partnership with Virtualsetworks, which offers an extensive library of virtual sets. Through the partnership, customers will be able to search the company’s catalog from the Broadcast Pix Web site. Broadcast Pix will showcase several Virtualsetworks virtual sets during the 2014 NAB Show (Booth SL6325), which runs April 7-10 in Las Vegas, Nev.

As part of the Fluent™ integrated toolset, all Broadcast Pix integrated production switchers include virtual set chromakey technology that works with green screen or blue screen backgrounds. Systems ship with a number of preloaded virtual sets, as well as a virtual set editor that allows users to create a virtual set using any picture. Virtualsetworks offers a variety of affordable themed virtual sets, including news, sports, game shows, courtrooms, living spaces and more. Virtual sets can be purchased individually or in collections, and custom set design is also available.

“The need for high quality virtual set solutions is a must have for our customers, and Virtualsetworks is a great fit,” said Steve Ellis, general manager, Broadcast Pix. “With this technology partnership, our customers have easy access to a broader array of virtual sets and post-production applications.”

“Our company has a wide variety of very high quality virtual sets,” added Eric Pratt, president of Virtualsetworks, “and I believe they are a perfect companion to Broadcast Pix’s amazing product lineup.”

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.

BHV Broadcast to Show Seriously Expanded Video Ghost Series at NAB 2014

NAB Booth C 3841

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BHV Broadcast to Show Seriously Expanded Video Ghost Series at NAB 2014

Video Phantom Power System to Offer HDMI Monitoring, a Rack-Mount Version, and a Digital Signage Solution

Owslebury, UK – BHV Broadcast, manufacturer of compact, cost-effective equipment for live and post-production will show a seriously expanded Video Ghost series at NAB2014, Booth C 3841.

• Video Ghost – Sleek, sexy and affordable, Video Ghost lets you run power and serial digital (SD/HD/3G) video over a single coaxial cable. Video Ghost now offers enhanced cable length performance up to 200m from the camera or monitor and a maximum power output of 65W (both ratings may depend on signal format and application). Multi-layer protection circuitry prevents inadvertent damage caused by mis-connection. This powerful alternative to batteries is especially relevant for installing cameras or monitors where the supply of power is difficult or hazardous, such as gantries, stage sets, sports arenas and amphitheatres.

NEW at NAB – Ghost now provides optional HDMI monitoring of SD/HD/3G video feeds.

• GhostRack – On show for the first time! The rack-mounted version of BHV’s friendly spirit offers 4 channels of Video Ghost Power Over Coax in a 2RU x 19″ rack case with integral power supply and front panel monitoring. Ideal for mounting in an OB and powering four remote monitors or cameras over the video cables!

• Video Ghost is being introduced as a low-cost and reliable power source for Digital Signage applications. The ‘fit-and-forget’ system provides an innovative and unique way to get power to a monitor on a stage floor or in an arena roof, and eliminates the need for local mains power for monitors.

“Video Ghost is ideal for short-term or permanent applications that utilise monitors for digital signage such as entertainment venues, retail establishments and houses of worship,” explained Julian Hiorns, BHV Broadcast’s managing director. “Operational benefits include portability and rapid deployment – important features for mobile productions and difficult locations where monitoring is required, and the flexibility to send or receive video signals and DC power wherever and whenever the need arises.”

See all of BHV’s award-winning products at NAB 2014. Click on harriet@desertmoon.tv to schedule a visit!

About BHV Broadcast
BHV Broadcast is the manufacturer of award-winning compact and cost-effective equipment for production and post-production including a full range of rack-mount and portable digital switchers to accommodate any application where space is at a premium. The company also manufactures rate and format converters and video power systems. For further information: www.bhvbroadcast.com

BHV Broadcast contact: Martin Cook
+44 (0) 1962 777733 • sales@BHVBroadcast.com

Press contact: Harriet Diener / Desert Moon Communications
1-845-512-8283 • mailto:harriet@desertmoon.tv

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