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Columbus Consolidated Government TV Builds New Control Room around Broadcast Pix

Billerica, Massachusetts – When Georgia’s Columbus Consolidated Government opened its new City Service Center in June, it helped address parking issues for citizens and more than doubled the capacity of the council chambers. For Columbus Consolidated Government TV, its local government channel, relocation to the new building meant a chance to upgrade equipment that had not changed in more than a decade. The new control room is anchored by a Broadcast Pix™ Granite™ 2000 integrated production system.

Located on the second floor, the control room is positioned between the council chambers and CCG-TV studio, with large observation windows in both connecting walls. With three wired drops in different areas of the City Service Center, as well as one at a new aquatic center across the street, the station can connect a camera, have it feed into the Granite, and go live with a press conference very quickly.

CCG-TV had been using an aging NewTek system, but Michael King, CCG-TV station manager, was ready for a change. “When I had the opportunity to upgrade, I immediately knew I was going to get a Broadcast Pix switcher,” he said. “We were behind the times, so we decided to update what we had. Broadcast Pix is the main catalyst behind everything that’s going on.”

The new studio includes two talk show sets, which are used for a variety of programs. CCG-TV produces about 14 shows a month, in addition to coverage of four weekly council meetings, committee meetings, press conferences, educational videos, and community event coverage. King has one part-time and one full-time employee, but sometimes borrows staff members from other departments to help produce programming. The station has multiple field cameras, two dedicated studio cameras, and two edit suites, plus an additional edit station in the control room.

To avoid bandwidth issues, CCG-TV has its own wireless network, and can use iPixPanel, Broadcast Pix’s iPad-based virtual control panel, to switch a show from anywhere in the building. “That is another good feature that we have with the Broadcast Pix,” King added.

During meetings, four new Panasonic HD PTZ cameras provide coverage of 10 council members, as well as other city officials and the public. King said the Granite is used to control all the cameras during a meeting, and camera presets are used frequently to simplify production.

CCG-TV uses many of Granite’s built-in workflow tools, including Inscriber CG and Fluent-View, its customizable multi-view. With Fluent Watch-Folders, each show has its own folder for clips, graphics, and other interstitials. “You don’t have to shuffle through a lot of stuff you don’t need,” King explained. “We do nine different programs. It keeps everything simple.”

About Broadcast Pix The leader in live video production systems with end-to-end integration, Broadcast Pix was founded in 2002 and has customers in more than 110 countries. Its Video Control Centers™ combine an integrated switcher, clip server, CG, and external control software with patented control panels, unique touch-screens, and exceptional displays. Systems range from compact systems controlled by touch-screen or voice automation to large sophisticated control panels. Customers include leading broadcast, streaming, sports, corporate, education, religious, and government studios. Learn more at www.broadcastpix.com.

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

HPA Tech Retreat Celebrates 20 Years of Inquiry and Illumination

Industry Thought Leaders and Technology Mavens Head Back to Palm Springs for Thoughtful Exploration of an Industry in Transition

(Los Angeles, CA) For the past twenty years, the Hollywood Post Alliance(r) (HPA) Tech Retreat(r) has gathered a veritable who’s who in engineering, technology, creativity, and strategic business together for a structured yet informal meeting of the minds; where top industry leaders engaged in all aspects of production, distribution, post production, film, television, web and related endeavors, gather in an environment conducive to the exchange of knowledge and information. This year’s 20th Anniversary confab promises all of that and more from February 17-21, 2014 at the Hyatt Regency in Indian Wells near Palm Springs, CA.

The Tech Retreat offers attendees the chance to explore the opportunities and the complexities facing an industry in transition, and to investigate new solutions and technologies that impact its many constituents.

The HPA Tech Retreat offers lively conference sessions, networking events and technology demonstrations to an engaged audience of participants and panelists that hail from a pool of the top technical, creative, business and hands-on experts. Topics will take the Tech Retreat audience from the nitty gritty to the very precipice.

For a full schedule, visit http://bit.ly/1cwt7B2. On Monday, February 17th, the event opens for early registration and a pre-Retreat course titled Physics, Psychophysics, and Vision for Advanced Motion Imaging from Charles Poynton and John Watkinson. Tuesday launches the HPA Tech Retreat, with the HPA Supersession: The New Normal is Anything But, focusing on the impact of new distribution platforms in production and post. Wednesday through Friday mornings feature breakfast roundtables where any industry relevant topic goes. The HPA Demo Room opens on Tuesday with demos and cocktails and is a hotbed of new products and technologies that feature curated and expert-demos which illustrate the latest developments. Wednesday focuses on the consumer experience and impact, and Thursday production and post. The Tech Retreat concludes Friday morning, with highlights and an emphasis on engineering. The entire event features many opportunities for one-on-one discussion with industry innovators, technology experts, business executives and other top professionals.

Mark Schubin, Multiple-Emmy-award-winning SMPTE Fellow has been working in television since 1967, writing about it since 1972, and chairing the HPA Tech Retreat program since 1997, commented on the engaging presentations set for next month. “We are dealing with fundamental changes in the very nature of our industry, from changing methodologies – broadcast, cable, DVD, DVR, for example- to the previously unthinkable, such as giving fans in a stadium access to their own instant replays, letting social media shape programming, and all of those things that lay beyond. This is a challenging but expansive time. For example, at the Tech Retreat, we’ll feature a presentation that may appear to be purely tech-focused and narrow (i.e., new display connections) but it will show how the consumer technology is powerfully driving the professional world. As always, we’ll be digging into important topics that are thought provoking, but are also important in terms of our businesses and careers, including two of the most critical issues in our industry: the change from video-specific technology to commodity information technology, and the question of what comes next on the screen, and what delivers the biggest bang for the buck?” Schubin notes, “Maybe it’s something a lot simpler than “4K.” He concludes, “And, we’re spending a day with a provocative dive into one of the most important topics there is – color.”

Leon Silverman President of the HPA noted, “This year is a significant milestone for the HPA Tech Retreat as we look back over the incredible effect that technology has had on our industry over the past 20 years. As the world of film and television became increasingly impacted by computer and digital technologies, the HPA Tech Retreat served as an important common ground for our industry to experience and drive transformative change together. Now more than ever, the Tech Retreat serves as an important bridge between so many of the rapidly changing aspects of our industry. As I do every year, I look forward to spending time with the most interesting people I know, and ones I hope to know, at the HPA Tech Retreat.”

Early bird registration pricing will end on January 10 and the Tech Retreat demo room still has a few remaining spaces left. For full information and registration visit www.hpaonline.com or call the HPA office at (213) 614-0860 or email Eileen Kramer – ekramer@hpaonline.com.

About the HPA Tech Retreat(r)
The HPA Tech Retreat(r) is an informal gathering, in the Palm Springs area, of the top industry engineering, technical, and creative talent, as well as strategic business leaders focused on technology, from all aspects of digital cinema, post-production, film, television, video, broadcast, and related technology areas, for the exchange of information.

The HPA Tech Retreat(r) will be presented with generous support from Foundation Members: Avid, Company 3, Deluxe, Dolby, EFILM, Encore; Gold Sponsor: Rohde & Schwarz and Brand Sponsor: Cloud Sigma.

About the Hollywood Post Alliance(r)
Hollywood Post Alliance (HPA) serves the professional community of businesses and individuals who provide expertise, support, tools and the infrastructure for the creation and finishing of motion pictures, television, commercials, digital media and other dynamic media content.

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New Control Room at Historic Trinity Church Built Around FOR-A Switcher

Cypress, CA – Located in the heart of Wall Street, Trinity Church was the first Anglican church in Manhattan. Founded in 1697, the iconic church has a rich history, including several signers of the Declaration of Independence (Alexander Hamilton is one) being laid to rest in its burial grounds. Aiming to preserve its 17th century roots while using 21st century technology to spread the message ofthe church, Trinity began planning the construction of a new control room early last year. The new control room was completed last month and is centered around a FOR-A 2 M/E HVS-390HS video production switcher.

The switcher first caught the attention of the house of worship’s director of media, production and operations, William Jarrett, at NAB 2013. “The HVS-390HS switcher is a perfect fit for our church,” explained Jarrett. “We appreciate the amount of inputs it offers and its optional video outputs. A frame synchronizer with every channel was also a big draw to us. We found that there’s an elegance about it that inherently made sense. We needed a system that was easy to use, and the flow of the switcher is simple for our operators to understand.”

In addition to using its video technology to perform IMAG (image magnification) production during Trinity’s services, the parish webcasts all of its Sunday morning and weekday services on its website, reaching viewers worldwide. Concerts from its Grammy-nominated choir, conferences, and other special and live events are also webcast. The first major production in the new studio was Handel’s Messiah, a widespread oratorio house of worship Christmas tradition that was first performed in the New World at Trinity Church.

The new control room was commissioned and blessed on December 8. The event was webcast on Trinity’s website, and can be viewed online here. Jarrett estimates that the switcher will be involved in 450-500 events throughout the course of a year.

“In building a new control room, we made a commitment to doing it right and designing a system that’s future resistant,” said Jarrett. “We live in a multi-platform world, and we created our control room and associated workflow with that as a focus. It’s modular in design. Our technology is designed to ease the production process and make it more streamlined, and we have the ability to swap out a piece of equipment without that affecting everything else. Using high-quality technology to convey the mission of Trinity is critical to us, and FOR-A’s switcher is an integral part of our new control room.”

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.

FOR-A’s HVS-390HS Production Switcher Provides Value and Flexibility to Diverse New Customer Roster

Cypress, CA – Compact and cost efficient, FOR-A’s HVS-390HS video production switcher has proven itself ideal for a wide variety of applications. First introduced last year at NAB, current customers of the 1 M/E to 2 M/E switcher include houses of worship, universities, public access television stations, major newsgathering organizations, government agencies and network news stations.

Located in the heart of Lower Manhattan, Trinity Church, a historic Episcopal house of worship, recently purchased the HVS-390HS as the center of its new control room. Trinity Church regularly webcasts worship services, concerts, and conferences from its iconic Manhattan church, and estimates that the switcher will be used for 450-500 events throughout the course of a year.

“We found FOR-A’s HVS-390HS 2 M/E switcher to be exactly what we needed,” said William Jarrett, Trinity Church’s Director of Media, Production & Operations. “The switcher has an easy-to-understand flow, and the ease of use and layout of the switcher inherently made sense to us. The amount of inputs it offers is ideal for our productions, and there’s an elegance about the unit that we really appreciate.”

News organization The Washington Post is another recent customer. The D.C.-based company is using the HVS-390HS along with FOR-A’s VTW-330HS character generator for a video wall application.

The HVS-390HS video switcher is also well suited for schools, and has recently been purchased by both the New York Institute of Technology and Worcester State University. NYIT installed the HVS-390HS as part of a control room upgrade in September. The switcher is being used for hands-on production classes and for video produced for the school’s global digital network.

“The switcher offers great value and features that empower our students,” explained Herb Savran, NYIT’s Chief Engineer of the Communication Arts Department. Savran has over 25 years of experience in using FOR-A equipment. “Our 2 M/E switcher provides extensive DVE and keyers options, multi-viewing and routing capabilities, and makes it easy for our students to produce a variety of fast-changing shows.”

Broadcasters ranging from local PEG facilities to worldwide broadcast networks are using the HVS-390HS. Wilbraham Public Access, which serves the local Wilbraham, MA area, recently purchased the FOR-A switcher for use in its television facility. New York’s ABC News is also an HVS-390HS customer, utilizing the switcher for mobile news production for the national network.

Phoenix, AZ-based company Road Dog Show Pros, who specializes in event management and corporate productions, is another new HVS-390HS switcher customer. The company currently has the switcher packaged in a flight pack, where it was first used during a November production in Nashville.

“We purchased the HVS-390HS because of the extensive amount of features it offers at a reasonable price point,” said Andrew Stavro, Road Dog Show Pro’s Technical Director. “A few things that stood out to me are the customizable labels for each source button, the two multi-viewers, and its Web interface. These features make set-up much easier for us. We’ve always found FOR-A products to be high-quality and reliable.”

FOR-A’s HVS-390HS is also ideal for government applications. The switcher is part of the video production setup at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland.

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 Granite Integrated Production System Anchors Creative Video of Washington HD Mobile Productions

Billerica, Massachusetts – From the Kennedy Center to the National Mall, Creative Video of Washington, Inc., a full-service video production company based in McLean, Va., produces a variety of live events across the Washington, DC region. Although the company maintains a very healthy SD production business – a lot of association meetings are driven by PowerPoint presentations that still use the 4:3 aspect ratio – the company made the move to native HD production with its latest mobile package, which is anchored by a Broadcast Pix™ Granite™ 1000 integrated production system.

According to Kirby Whyte, CVW president, the Granite system has been in “almost constant use” since its launch in October 2012. “Frankly, it has become the heart of our HD switcher package,” he added. In addition to meetings, Creative Video regularly provides live video production for trade shows, awards ceremonies, and indoor and outdoor concerts. The company also offers pre-production and post-production services.

Creative Video had been using a Broadcast Pix Slate™ integrated production system since 2006. “The Slate became a real SD workhorse for us,” said Whyte. “When we decided to upgrade the production switcher to Granite, we built a complete mobile production package and then realized how powerful the Granite was. It was the best decision we ever made.”

The Granite is housed in a six-foot rack, along with two 17-inch monitors, intercom equipment, and CCUs for the package’s Sony HXC-100 cameras. “The advantage to the Granite Server is that you can build it into your engineering rack and do all the wiring permanently,” said Matthew Eidemiller, CVW vice president of production. The patch panel on the back of the Granite makes it easy to connect cameras and other inputs during setup.

On location, an engineer is stationed in front of the equipment rack to handle camera shading. The Granite’s control panel is positioned nearby on a work table, along with two 42-inch monitors and a laptop loaded with Granite’s optional Chyron Lyric PRO 8 graphic creation software. The company opted to install the software on a separate computer so the remote package would not need to be accessed to create graphics during pre-production.

For most live event projects, Creative Video relies on a TD, engineer, and perhaps a content manager (formerly known as a tape operator) who handles clips and CG. The Granite provides the flexibility to adjust to each client’s specific crew requirements. “In our business, it’s all budget driven,” Eidemiller explained. “No two jobs are the same. Having a system that you can customize for each individual job makes our lives a lot easier.”

Creative Video relies several of Granite’s built-in workflow tools, including Fluent-View, the customizable multi-view. Eidemiller changes the screen layout based on the type of live program being produced, and will often customize each 42-inch monitor separately to suit the unique viewing needs of the TD and content manager. “Those that have used it on their shows are blown away with how we can set up the screens for both the director and the TD,” Whyte added.

“I’ve always been a big Broadcast Pix proponent,” Eidemiller said. “We beat the system up more than most people. Things get bounced around from moving the system in and out of the truck. I love their customer support. They’re great at talking us through a solution or getting us what we need.”

About Broadcast Pix The leader in live video production systems with end-to-end integration, Broadcast Pix was founded in 2002 and has customers in more than 110 countries. Its Video Control Centers™ combine an integrated switcher, clip server, CG, and external control software with patented control panels, unique touch-screens, and exceptional displays. Systems range from compact systems controlled by touch-screen or voice automation to large sophisticated control panels. Customers include leading broadcast, streaming, sports, corporate, education, religious, and government studios. Learn more at www.broadcastpix.com.

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

School of Marine Sciences – Old Friendship, New TecPodiums!

The Ruppin Academic Center School of Marine Sciences trains its students in fields related to the sea, the marine environment and marine technology. The School’s location on the shore encourages fruitful research collaboration with universities and research institutes worldwide.

Enjoying the quality and durability of Tecom’s TecPodiums for more than 9 years, RAC has recently upgraded their main auditorium and a several more classrooms with the All-In-One TecPodium Interactive Lectern.

Faculty and the Technical team chose TecPodium Lecterns as they go way beyond “easy-to-use” and get down to where it should be: Intuitive. The Interactive Lecterns come fully loaded from the factory to simplify your life.

TecPodium Interactive Lecterns and Podiums

After 9 years of successful service, Tecom’s motto – “Simple. Works.” – gets a whole new verification.

For more information visit Tecom website www.tecpodium.com

Spectrum Productions Uses New Broadcast Pix Granite X Integrated Production System for SEC Football Events

Billerica, Massachusetts – Broadcast Pix™ today announced Spectrum Productions, an AV production and rental services company, used its new Granite™ X integrated production system to produce video presentations for the Regions Bank SEC Coaches Luncheon and SEC Legends Dinner on Dec. 6 in Atlanta. The event staging included two 11×20-foot side video screens for video playback and image magnification (I-MAG), as well as an ultra-wide 52×16-foot,two-projector blend center display positioned behind the stage, all populated exclusively through the Broadcast Pix system.

The luncheon included a preview of the next day’s SEC Championship Game between the Auburn Tigers and Missouri Tigers, including insights from the head coaches of both programs, while the dinner honored 14 former players that were named the SEC 2013 Football Legends Class in September. Both events were held in the same hotel ballroom and featured a three-camera setup. According to Preston MacIntyre, president, Spectrum Productions, all video clips and graphics were accessed from the Granite’s built-in clip server.

Fluent Macros, Granite’s built-in file-based macros system, was used extensively for both programs. Spectrum created a series of complex transitions, which involved layers of motion loops, picture-in-picture compositions, keys, and more. “It really would be impossible to execute so many simultaneous cues without the Broadcast Pix Fluent Macros. That’s a lot of different commands for people to be running manually,” MacIntyre explained. “We wanted the consistency and repeatability of the macros. No matter how many steps, we knew everything was going to be perfect.”

To create content for the main (and unusually sized) screen, graphic images were produced in Adobe After Effects as 3840×1080 images. A reverse anamorphic process compressed the images down to 1920×1080 resolution, which created “squished” images when played back through the Granite. The output from the Granite was fed into a Vista Systems Spyder x20 video processor, which re-created the original aspect ratio and flawlessly fed the blended image into two projectors.

Since Spectrum received its Granite X system in November, it has been used for both SEC events, the NASCAR 2013 Nationwide / Camping World Truck Series Awards Banquet in Miami Beach, Fla., and the Coalition to Salute American Heroes 2013 Road to Recovery Conference in Orlando, Fla. The company is headquartered in Atlanta, with offices in Miami, Orlando, Charlotte, N.C., and Las Vegas, Nev.

Spectrum upgraded from its Granite 5000 system to the Granite X for its advanced multi-view capabilities, which offers 16 full motion source windows and makes it easier to work with robotic cameras. MacIntyre also praised Broadcast Pix’s constant, one-frame latency, which is important for live event production. “Some competing products have quite a bit of a challenge with video delay,” he added.

About Broadcast Pix The leader in live video production systems with end-to-end integration, Broadcast Pix was founded in 2002 and has customers in more than 110 countries. Its Video Control Centers™ combine an integrated switcher, clip server, CG, and external control software with patented control panels, unique touch-screens, and exceptional displays. Systems range from compact systems controlled by touch-screen or voice automation to large sophisticated control panels. Customers include leading broadcast, streaming, sports, corporate, education, religious, and government studios. Learn more at www.broadcastpix.com.

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

FSR’s GV Expo / GovComm13 Exhibition Plans Offer Something for Everyone

Government Attendees Get First-Hand Look at Company’s Rugged Lines of HDMI Cables, Fire Resistant Boxes, Installation Tools and a Multi-User Collaboration System

Washington, DC – FSR, leading manufacturer of a wide variety of products for the audio/video, education, hospitality, government, and religious markets, will command an audience at this year’s co-located Government Video Expo / GovComm13 shows in Washington, DC (Booth 522). This year, attendees in the government and military fields will get a first-hand look at the company’s new Digital Ribbon mega-bandwidth HDMI cables, FRK Fire-Resistant Floor Box System, DR-Sock Cable Pulling Tool and HuddleVU multi-user collaboration system.

“We are excited to bring our newly expanded and varied lines of products to the government and military market at this year’s GV Expo / GovComm13 co-located shows,” said FSR president Jan Sandri. “Our industry award-winning products, such as our Digital Ribbon Cables that were singled-out earlier this year at InfoComm 2013, and our other product families are must-haves for these professionals working in the broadcast, Pro AV and installation markets. We look forward to showcasing our reliable and diverse lines and new technology solutions to this important and ever growing market.”

Based upon a proprietary composite technology, FSR’s Digital Ribbon Cables offer users the capacity to carry 1080p and 4k x 2k HDMI signals up to 325 feet, nearly twice that of other “extended” solutions, with crystal clear accuracy. The product’s ultra-simple, fast installation (just pull and plug), and money-saving ability to operate without transmitters or receivers add to its appeal.

The company’s new FRK Fire-Resistant Floor Box System expands the versatility of its floor box line by providing enhanced, fire-resistant versions of its existing products. FRK kits are UL listed and comply with UL 263 Fire Resistance Ratings. Systems are available in a number of configurations, available online at the company’s website.

FSR’s new DR-SOCK is a handy and affordable cable-pulling tool designed to simplify and accelerate every installation requiring cables and connectors. Intended for every installer’s toolbox, DR-SOCK is pre-assembled, easily accessible in frustration-proof packaging, and re-useable. It protects cables and connectors from being damaged by taking the stress off the connection points while pulling through a conduit. The design opens up to 1.25 inches, and features brightly colored sleeve tips to enable easy identification, and a steel ring to allow quick and positive attachment of a pull snake. DR-SOCK can be used to safely pull FSR’s new Digital Ribbon Cables as well as others with connector shells.

The HuddleVU collaboration system allows for multiple users to share and view their laptops, tablets, and smart phone screens on a main display. Unlike conventional presentation systems, anyone participating can be a presenter or an audience member at any given time at the push of a button. LED’s indicate which user is currently live and when the system is busy.

As always, all FSR products are made of durable materials in the USA.

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.

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

Cobalt Digital Takes Command at GV Expo 2013

Urbana, IL – Cobalt Digital, manufacturer of award-winning 3G/HD/SD-SDI conversion gear, will offer customers an array of superior quality, price competitive, signal conversion options, along with fast and intuitive color correction solutions at this year’s Government Video Expo 2013 (Booth 721).

The company will be highlighting its new and ever-expanding fiber units in its popular Blue Box Group™ family of throw-down modular bricks, designed to answer the demand for first class quality, price competitive, signal conversion equipment. The product line continues to grow with its new range of fiber units, including Transceiver, Regenerator, Transmitters and Receivers. The units, pathologically compatible with OG fiber cards, allow for analog audio embed and de-embed and provide 3G (1080p59.94/50) support for HDMI models. The compact, rugged, and portable converter boxes are extremely easy to use and support SMPTE 425, 292M, and 259M as well as DVB, ASI, and MADI audio on two independent coax-to-fiber paths. Up to six modules can be installed in a single 1RU rack.

Cobalt will also be showing the enhanced features of its 9084 COMPASS® HD/SD-SDI RGB Color Correction Card, offering customers a fast and intuitive color correction option with real-time adjustment features which can easily be made from the company’s award-winning OGCP-9000/CC Remote Control Panel. The panel, intended for FUSION3G® 9900 series and COMPASS 9000 series signal processing cards, was designed with a special emphasis for the COMPASS 9064 and 9084 Color Correctorß cards, and the FUSION3G series +COLOR option.

The 9084 offers RGB-space color correction with YCbCr proc features and frame sync for HD/SD-SDI video streams. The RGB processing controls provide full offset, gain and gamma adjustments. The YCbCr proc controls provide lift, gain, saturation, phase, white clip (hard and soft), black clip, and color saturation clip – all with user memory. Parameter updates are smooth and responsive, providing real-time adjustments ideal for use during live events. Even though the card provides extensive control of the signal from the RGB perspective, it will continue to pass those signals that fall outside of the RGB gamut. Pluge and YCbCr limit ramp signals pass without modification. When the CbCr saturation clip is activated, the saturation limiting operation will not affect the color phase.

“We are always happy to return to the Government Video Expo and meet with government and military leaders to demonstrate how our solutions, which always include new and enhanced products, meet their diverse and unique requirements – no matter the application,” says Bob McAlpine, SVP of Sales – North America, Cobalt Digital. “From professionals working in more traditional broadcast spaces to those in pro video and AV installations, Cobalt certainly has an array of solutions that will meet with conversion and color correction needs. We always make it our goal to keep our customers in military and government on the cutting edge of technology by providing them with reliable, cost effective gear.”

ABOUT COBALT DIGITAL INC.
Cobalt Digital Inc. designs and manufactures award-winning 3G/HD/SD-SDI conversion gear for the broadcast television environment. Distributed through a worldwide network of dealers, system integrators, and other partnerships, Cobalt products are backed with a 5-year warranty. For more information, visit http://www.cobaltdigital.com.

Company Contact: Chris Shaw, EVP of Sales and Marketing
+1-217-344-1243 / chris.shaw@cobaltdigital.com

Press Contact: Desert Moon Communications / Harriet Diener
+1-845-512-8283 / harriet@desertmoon.tv

FSR Expands Market Reach to ITS/Datacom

BOB FABER JOINS AS DIRECTOR OF SALES, ITS/DATACOM

Woodland Park, NJ – FSR, an industry-leading manufacturer of products for the Pro AV market, is pleased to announce the appointment of Bob Faber in the newly created position of director of sales, Information Technology Systems (ITS)/Datacom. Jan Sandri today announced details from Company headquarters in Woodland Park, NJ, noting that Faber’s appointment is a defining moment for the 32 year-old Company as it significantly broadens its market reach.

“FSR enjoys considerable success in all segments of the traditional AV industry, and has for decades,” explained Sandri. “As technology shifts, however, it’s time to expand our reach and tap new markets, such as ITS/Datacom, that can benefit from our already widely-embraced product ranges. We couldn’t be more pleased to welcome Bob to the staff, and we’re confident that he will make us as successful in these new areas as we continue to be in AV.”

In his new position, Faber will be responsible for introducing the FSR brand, with special emphasis on table, floor, wall and ceiling boxes; plates; mounts; and installation accessories to potential customers in the ITS/Datacom marketplace, including cabling systems designers and installers, wholesale distributors, architects, engineers, electrical and communications contractors, and all areas of voice and data networking. Faber will also establish a targeted channel network to mirror the Company’s current model of exceptional service and support.

“I’m thrilled to be aligned with a company that is so well-known in the traditional Pro AV market, and whose name resonates with customers,” said Faber. “That recognition and support is invaluable as I help bring the existing product line into new markets.”

Faber brings 31 years of ITS experience to his new position. Prior to joining FSR, he served as business development manager for Snake Tray, a cable management and power distribution supplier based in Bay Shore, NY, where he developed sales channels and managed a manufacturer’s sales representative network. He previously held technical services, training and sales positions at Siemon, a manufacturer of ITS/Datacom network cabling solutions headquartered in Watertown, CT.

Faber’s industry involvement extends to membership in several professional organizations including BICSI, NECA, NEMA and SCTE. In addition to being a member, he has served as chair, vice-chair, secretary and editor of several BICSI committees, and has participated as a technical expert, author and contributor to industry standards groups and associated publications.

Faber can be reached at BFaber@fsrinc.com or 203-598-5071.

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

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

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

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

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