Monthly Archives: March 2010

NEW FOR-A IVS-200 VIDEO STABILIZER AND AUTOMATIC VIDEO OPTIMIZER IMPROVES LIVE, RECORDED FOOTAGE

Fort Lee, N.J., March 31, 2010 – FOR-A, a leading manufacturer of video and audio systems for the broadcast and professional video industries, will introduce the IVS-200 Video Stabilizer and Automatic Video Optimizer at the 2010 NAB Show in Las Vegas, Nev., April 12-15 (Booth C5219). The new stabilizer is the latest member of FOR-A’s family of video stabilizers for image stabilization, and is ideal for improving unsteady video for security and surveillance applications.

The new stabilizer is the latest member of FOR-A’s family of video stabilizers for image stabilization

The IVS-200 corrects any video source, from live feeds to VCR tapes and DVDs, stabilizing shaky video in real time during capture or video that has already been recorded. While other video stabilizers correct vertical and horizontal shaking, the IVS-200 also corrects rotation and diagonal shaking. In addition, the Auto Video Optimizer (AVO) component makes automatic corrections of video to appropriate levels.

“In today’s security applications, the right technology can make all the difference in protecting life and property,” said Mr. Hiro Tanoue, President, FOR-A Corporation of America. “By correcting camera shake in two dimensions, our new IVS-200 is an ideal tool to help law enforcement analyze recorded video for potential evidence or correct poorly shot live video.”

Suited for a variety of applications, the IVS-200 is compact and features simple “plug-and-play” operation. Other functions include analog composite I/0, correction area masking function, and time and title display.

The IVS-200 will be available May 2010.

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 201-944-1120 or visit www.for-a.com.

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INDUSTRY VETERAN GORDON TUBBS JOINS FUJINON AS DIRECTOR OF SALES

Tubbs Will Focus on Key Account Sales in North and Latin America

WAYNE, New Jersey, March 30, 2010 – Fujinon, Inc. has announced the appointment of Gordon Tubbs as Director of Sales for the Broadcast Division. In his new role, Tubbs is responsible for all aspects of sales, with an emphasis on Network and Group sales. He will work closely with National Sales Manager Thom Calabro and Special Assistant to the President, John Newton. Fran Fehr, Manager of Key Accounts, will report directly to Tubbs.

Tubbs brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to Fujinon, having worked in the broadcast industry in several capacities for the past 30 years.

“I’m looking forward to using my many years of experience to advance Fujinon and propel the company to new levels of growth,” said Tubbs. “This position gives me a great platform to use my skills and knowledge. My plan is to strengthen our relationships with current customers and demonstrate our product line and company advantages to potential customers.”

Hank Hayashi, President and CEO, Fujinon, Inc. said of the appointment: “Having someone of Gordon’s caliber is a big boost to Fujinon. He brings a fresh approach and new ideas for ways in which we can build our business. We’re very excited to have him as part of our team.”

Tubbs can be reached at: 973-686-2769 or via email at: Gordon.tubbs@fujinon.com.

About Fujinon

Fujinon is a major manufacturer and distributor of optics and lens assemblies for the broadcast, digital cinema, and industrial markets. The company’s line of television zoom lenses are used in virtually every segment of the broadcast industry, including electronic newsgathering, studio and field production, and high definition television. For more information about Fujinon broadcast and communications products, call 973-633-5600 or visit our web site at www.fujinon.com.

FUJINON To INTRODUCE NEW 3D LENSES WITH SYNCHRONOUS CONTROL SYSTEM AT NAB 2010

WAYNE, N.J., March 30, 2010 – Fujinon, Inc., a major manufacturer and distributor of optics and lens assemblies for the digital cinema, broadcast, and industrial markets, will introduce six new lenses in conjunction with its 3D Synchronous Control System for 3D production at the 2010 NAB Show in Las Vegas, Nev., April 12-15 (Booth C7425). The new lenses feature very high optical and mechanical specifications, along with precise zoom and focus servos.

“3D is the hot topic at NAB this year, and it’s being pursued by more and more filmmakers,” said Hank Hayashi, President and CEO, Fujinon, Inc. “With our new Synchronous Control System and 3D lenses for HD and SD projects, Fujinon can provide optimal image quality for this newly invigorated shooting style.”

Fujinon, Inc. will introduce six new lenses in conjunction with its 3D Synchronous Control System for 3D production at the 2010 NAB Show in Las Vegas

Lenses that are to be used in tandem for 3D productions must share the same focal length – and during shooting, they must also match zoom and focus position. The Fujinon 3D Synchronous Control System includes the ERD-10A-D01 Zoom controller and HJ-303A-06A Synchronizer/Focus controller, plus two SA-206H cables that provide the interface between the 3D controllers and lenses. The system synchronizes the left and right lenses so zoom and focus accurately move in unison.

Four new B4 mount lenses are designed for 3D HD productions. The HA23X7.6BEZD-T5DD offers a 23X zoom with a focal length of 7.6-175mm (15.2-350mm with 2X extender). The HA16X6.3BEZD-T5DD offers a 16X zoom with a focal length of 6.3-101mm (12.6-202mm with 2X extender). The HA18x7.6BEZD-T5DD offers a 18X zoom with a focal length of 7.6-137mm (15.2-274mm with 2X extender). A fourth HD lens, the HAs18X7.6 3BZD-T5DD, is an 18X zoom with a focal length of 7.6-137mm with no 2X extender. All four lenses include Fujinon’s Inner Focus, Zoom Limit, and Quick Zoom features, with an optional 16-bit encoder.

Fujinon is also offering two extended definition 3D lenses . The A4X7.5BMD-DNL features a 4X zoom with a focal length of 7.5-30mm, while the A8X12BMD-DNL features a 8X zoom with a focal length of 12-96mm. Both broadcast quality lenses include a B4 mount.

For optimal usability, these lenses may be used with Fujinon’s 3D Synchronous Control System or third-party controllers for simultaneous zoom and focus control. All 3D products are available for delivery.

About Fujinon

Fujinon is a major manufacturer and distributor of optics and lens assemblies for the broadcast, digital cinema, and industrial markets. The company’s line of television zoom lenses are used in virtually every segment of the broadcast industry, including electronic newsgathering, studio and field production, and high definition television. For more information about Fujinon broadcast and communications products, call 973-633-5600 or visit our web site at www.fujinon.com.

Technomad Schedulon Automates Music and Announcements for Simi Valley Hospital

BOSTON, March 29, 2010 – Technomad Associates, LLC, a leader in advanced loudspeakers and audio systems since 1995, announces that Simi Valley Hospital, one of 17 hospitals operated by Adventist Health in the western United States, is using two Technomad Schedulon automatic MP3 players for scheduled and on-demand playback of audio files in multiple locations of the hospital.

Located in Simi Valley, California, Simi Valley Hospital is a 201-bed acute care facility featuring the Nancy Reagan Breast Center, emergency services, state-of-the-art diagnostic imaging, pediatric rehabilitation, ICU/Telemetry, a Level II NICU and impatient and outpatient surgery among other medical services.  The Schedulon provides dual-functionality for the hospital, essentially acting as two devices in a single 1RU system:  a sophisticated, networked, scheduled-audio player that plays sounds on a user-defined schedule; and a simple, on-demand audio file player that acts as a rugged, rackmount iPod with sounds ‘hard-assigned’ to knob positions for quick-predictable access.

Simi Valley Hospital is using two Technomad Schedulon automatic MP3 players for scheduled and on-demand playback of audio files in multiple locations of the hospital

At Simi Valley Hospital, both units are used to deliver music and announcements to various locations at specific times, including the main entrance.  The systems provide an easy-to-manage user interface for uploading and scheduling files, eliminating the need for Simi Valley telecom and IT staff to fumble with CDs and traditional playback systems.

“The Schedulon provides a digital device that is simple to operate without mechanical parts, making it reliable and leaving little possibility for system failures,” said Greg Eslinger, Telecom Department Manager for Simi Valley Hospital and Adventist Health.  “The ease of building a schedule and playing files on-demand are standout features, and its automated features reliably play audio as scheduled.”

Eslinger uses one Schedulon to play soft music at the main entrance from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m.  The Schedulon plays a seven-minute loop of instrumental music to instill a soothing effect and de-stress visitors and patients as they enter the hospital.

The second system delivers music and announcements including information on visiting hours and daily prayers from the hospital chaplain to the Main Campus, North and South Patient Care Towers, North Campus plus other buildings.  Simi Valley Hospital licenses music such as “Turn, Turn, Turn” by The Byrds which plays every two hours at normal volume from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and softly from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. to signal nurses and patient care staff to reposition bed-confined patients to help reduce pressure ulcers.

In addition to ripping files from CDs, Eslinger has added a professional microphone and recording system that is currently used to record the chaplain’s prayers directly into the Schedulon.  He expects to also use this in the future to record security and emergency-related announcements in addition to other messages.

The systems provide an easy-to-manage user interface for uploading and scheduling files, eliminating the need for Simi Valley telecom and IT staff to fumble with CDs and traditional playback systems

“The Schedulon has a front push-and-turn knob that we currently use mostly for testing purposes but I expect will be used for on-demand playback of messages in the future,” said Eslinger.  “We have four-shifts of telecom operators, and the goal is that they could trigger specific messages based on Codes they receive.  We will also take better advantage of password protection and other user safeguards when we begin using the on-demand functions more regularly.”

Eslinger currently has the Schedulons installed in secured network areas where the IT staff can gain immediate access.  The compact size also allows for simple front desk installation, where support staff can access the Schedulon’s on-demand features in response to emergencies and special events, while the unit continues to play sounds on a schedule with no user interaction.

Based on Technomad’s unique military technology, the Schedulon provides instant playback of up to 99 knob-assigned, user-loaded audio files from a front-panel screen, and allows automatic playback on a user-defined schedule based on an internal clock or synchronized network time server.  Operators can interrupt automatic messages and play a knob-assigned siren or emergency announcement from an internal sound library in critical situations.  Operators can also use the Schedulon to record field audio for instant or future playback via the user-defined schedule. 

Please contact Technomad at 617-275-8898 or visit www.technomad.com for more information.

FUJINON TO INTRO WIDE RANGE OF HD LENSES, FROM HIGH-END TO COST-EFFECTIVE, AT NAB 2010

WAYNE, N.J., March 25, 2010 – Fujinon, Inc., a major manufacturer and distributor of optics and lens assemblies for the digital cinema, broadcast, and industrial markets, is set to introduce five HD lenses at the 2010 NAB Show in Las Vegas, Nev., April 12-15 (Booth C7425).  Among them are the HA14x4.5BE RM/RD, XA16sx8BRAM, XT17sx4.5BRM, XA20sx8.5BRM and XT20sx4.7BRM.

The HA14x4.5BE RM/RD is new high-end, ENG-Style wide angle HD production lens designed for 2/3-inch cameras. It features an exclusive 2.2x extender that extends the focal length from 9.9 to 138mm.  Without the extender, the lens has a focal length of 4.5 up to a maximum of 63mm. The lens has a 14x zoom range and full remote control via an RS-232 serial data port (RD version), and a maximum relative aperture at 1:1.8 from 4.5mm to 41mm and 1:2.8 at 63mm.

Enhancements to the HA14x4.5BE RM/RD include minimized geometric distortion and improved corner resolution and contrast. It is well suited for the production of commercials, music videos, sporting events, digital cinema applications and other productions requiring the highest image quality.

It also features Fujinon’s Inner Focus to minimize lens breathing, Quick Zoom for rapid zoom movement and Zoom Limit for automated zooming parameters. QuickFrame is available as an option. The HA14X4.5 is available at the end of May.

The new XA16sx8BRAM is designed for 2/3-inch cameras and features a 16x zoom range and a focal range of 8 to 128mm. It’s well suited for use by news producers, corporate video, independent video, house of worship, and wedding videographers. The XA16sx has a new ergonomic digital servo and comes standard with Quick Zoom Cruise Zoom to set a constant zoom speed.  The XA16sx has a newly designed rear-focusing system. New glass properties minimize color fringing, and a new EBC optical coating improves transmission. Availability of the XA16sx is the end of May.

The new XT17sx4.5BRM is 1/3-inch ENG-Style lens that also features the newly designed ergonomic digital servo with Quick Zoom Cruise Zoom and one second zoom speed. New glass properties minimize color fringing, and a new EBC optical coating improves transmission within this lens as well. The XT17sx is best suited for use by wedding, house of worship and corporate video productions. The XT17sx4.5 is available at the end of April.

The XA20sx8.5BRM is cost-efficient, ENG telephoto lens designed for 2/3-inch cameras that features 20x zoom range; high-optical quality; fast, quiet and precise servo zoom and focus. Its ergonomic digital servo comes with Quick Zoom Cruise Zoom and one second zoom speed. New glass properties also minimize color fringing, and a new EBC optical coating improves transmission for the XA20sx. The XA20sx8.5BRM is best suited for use by wedding, house of worship and corporate video productions. Availability of the XA20sx8.5 is the end of July.

It features focal length of 8.5mm up to a maximum of 170mm. It has a maximum relative aperture at 1:1.8 from 8.5mm to 113mm and 1:2.7 at 170mm. It also comes standard with Fujinon’s Inner Focus technology.

The XT20sx4.7BRM is also a cost-efficient ENG-Style zoom lens designed for 1/3-inch cameras, featuring a 20x zoom range; high-optical quality; fast, quiet and precise servo zoom and focus. It is designed for use by wedding, house of worship and corporate video productions. This lens features a focal length of 4.7mm up to a maximum of 94mm. It has a maximum relative aperture at 1:1.4 from 4.7mm to 87.7mm and 1:1.5 at 94mm. It also comes standard with Fujinon’s Inner Focus technology.  The XT20sx4.7 is available at the end of July.

About Fujinon

Fujinon is a major manufacturer and distributor of optics and lens assemblies for the broadcast, digital cinema, and industrial markets. The company’s line of television zoom lenses are used in virtually every segment of the broadcast industry, including electronic newsgathering, studio and field production, and high definition television. For more information about Fujinon broadcast and communications products, call 973-633-5600 or visit our web site at www.fujinon.com.

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Vizrt Escenic Supports Publishing to Amazon Kindle E-Readers

Bergen, Norway, March 25, 2010 Vizrt Ltd. (Oslo Main List: VIZ)

With over a million units sold and over 420,000 titles for free download, Amazon Kindle is rapidly catching on with consumers because it gives them immediate, convenient access to a world of content anywhere they want to receive it.  Kindle puts the contents of a massive bookstore and newstand into your hands.  This wireless “e-reader” has become a familiar sight in cafes, on trains, on the beach, everywhere people go. 

Consistent with Vizrt’s commitment to stay ahead of the curve,  the company’s Escenic Content Management System  (CMS) now supports publishing and distribution to Kindle devices.  Vizrt will demonstrate Kindle publishing from Escenic in booth SL5408 at the 2010 National Association of Broadcasters show from April 10-15, 2010 in Las Vegas, NV. 

The new capability is supported in the upcoming Escenic Content Engine version 5.2 to be launched at the end of the second quarter 2010.  Existing customers can upgrade to this latest release. 

“E-readers are an emerging distribution channel that appeals to publishing companies, newspapers, magazines, and other content creators because it is faster and less expensive than paper distribution, as well as more environmentally friendly,” explained Tom Handegård, Chief Technical Officer, Escenic. 

“Since Escenic is a content management tool designed to allow media companies to easily publish and repurpose their content for multiple channels, it made sense for us to add Kindle support,” Handegård added.  “As a company, we’re dedicated to supplying our customers with technology that allows them to easily experiment with, and take advantage of, any promising new business opportunities and business models that may arise.”

Vizrt intends to add support for the Apple iPad as soon as it becomes available, as well as other viable, new E-Reader platforms.  

About Vizrt:

Vizrt creates leading-edge content production tools for the digital media industry – from award-winning 3D graphics & maps through integrated video workflow solutions and online publishing tools.

We propose a new vision for content creation, management and delivery with an end-to-end solution from conception to multi-format distribution. Through constant innovation and a good measure of fun, we create software and services that push creative boundaries and develop new ways of telling stories.

Vizrt’s product suite is used by the world’s leading broadcasters and publishing houses, including: CNN, CBS, Fox, BBC, Sky, ITN, ZDF, Star TV, Network 18, TV Today, CCTV, NHK, The Globe and Mail, The Telegraph, and Welt Online. Furthermore, many world-class production houses and corporate institutions, including both the New York and London Stock Exchanges, utilize Vizrt solutions.

Vizrt is a public company traded on the Oslo Main List: VIZ, ISIN: IL0010838154.

Koerner Camera Keeps Portland/Seattle on the Cinematic Cutting Edge With New Fujinon PL Series Zoom Lenses

WAYNE, N.J., March 23, 2010 – Koerner Camera Systems, the foremost film and digital rental house in the Pacific Northwest, recently purchased the Fujinon PL Series 18-85mm/T2.0 zoom lens. With locations in Portland, Ore. and Seattle, Wash., Koerner offers Fujinon lenses exclusively for 2/3 inch HD. The purchase of the PL Series 18-85mm/T2.0 signifies an investment in the next generation of digital lenses that will work with new digital cameras as well as film cameras.

“Fujinon has taken the latest technology and put it to use for the new digital cameras that are coming out now,” said Michael Koerner, owner of Koerner Camera Systems. “It’s going to be in high demand. I’m confident it will be used across the country on features, episodic television, and commercials for many years to come.”

Koerner Camera Systems recently purchased the Fujinon PL Series 18-85mm/T2.0 zoom lens

The PL Series 18-85mm/T2.0 is a true T2, Koerner added. “A lot of lenses claim to be a certain T stop or F stop, but are not,” he explained. “Also, there is minimal chromatic aberration. The lens doesn’t flare at all, like traditional lenses, and there is no breathing.”

As early adopters of cutting-edge lens design, Koerner is banking on the robust Fujinon lens and its user-friendly nature. The PL Series 18-85mm/T2.0 fits on any PL mount camera, such as the RED ONE and Sony F35 CineAlta. Plus, the lens fits on all of Koerner’s 35mm and Super 16mm film cameras. “From that standpoint it has a lot of potential avenues for years,” Koerner noted.

Designed for the latest digital cinematography cameras, the 18-85mm/T2.0 and 75-400mm/T2.8-T3.8 are the first models from Fujinon’s new PL Series of zoom lenses. Two additional models, offering focal ranges of 14.5-45mm/T2.0 and 24-180mm/T2.6, will be available in the next few months. The PL Series features the fastest T speeds available in a family of zooms, with unprecedented color-matched 4K optical performance. All four zooms are similar in size and weight, and the consistent gear placement and front barrel diameters (136mm) enable quick and efficient lens changes.

About Fujinon

Fujinon is a major manufacturer and distributor of optics and lens assemblies for the broadcast, digital cinema, and industrial markets. The company’s line of television zoom lenses are used in virtually every segment of the broadcast industry, including electronic newsgathering, studio and field production, and high definition television. For more information about Fujinon broadcast and communications products, call 973-633-5600 or visit our web site at www.fujinon.com/DigitalCinema.