Monthly Archives: April 2010

NEW SOFTWARE MODULE PROVIDES CRESTRON CONTROL OF FOR-A HVS-300HS HD/SD DIGITAL VIDEO SWITCHER

New Partnership Opens New AV Markets for Both Companies

 

FORT LEE, N.J., April 26, 2010 – FOR-A, a leading manufacturer of video and audio systems for the broadcast and video production industry, today announced its versatile and cost-effective HVS-300HS HD/SD Portable Video Switcher can be integrated easily into Crestron-controlled AV systems with a new software control module. The free software module will be available for download at www.Crestron.com within the next 30 days for Crestron dealers, partners, and customers with a Crestron account.

“Customers with conference rooms or multimedia systems that utilize a Creston controller can now easily integrate the HVS-300HS switcher into their workflow,” said Mr. Hiro Tanoue, President and CEO, FOR-A Corporation of America. “It makes the programming a lot easier, especially compared to someone having to write a control module from scratch on site.”

“It will be easier for dealers, programmers, and installers to integrate this particular device into a system that is controlled by Crestron,” said Dominick Accurso, Creston Integrated Partner Program Manager. “Especially for an intricate device like the HVS-300HS, it’s very helpful.”

FOR-A's HVS-300HS HD/SD Portable Video Switcher can be integrated easily into Crestron-controlled AV systems with a new software control module

 

Crestron welcomed FOR-A as an integrated partner late last year, and this is the first cooperative effort between the two companies. The partnership demonstrates the compatibility of FOR-A and Crestron products, and removes an obstacle for potential project bids. “A client will rest assured knowing that Crestron works with FOR-A,” Accurso added. “This opens up many different applications in the AV market for both Crestron and FOR-A.”

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.

FOR-A is the official spelling of FOR-A Company Limited. In print, please use all capital letters when referring to the name of FOR-A.

Broadcast Pix Granite, iPixPanel Take Home Awards from NAB 2010

(Billerica, Massachusetts) April 22, 2010. Broadcast Pix™ today announced two of its new products were recognized with awards from two industry magazines at the 2010 NAB Show in Las Vegas, Nev., last week. TV Technology gave one of its STAR Awards to Granite™, the company’s native HD, 1080p-ready live video production system, while Videography honored the iPixPanel application, which allows an Apple iPad to control any Slate video production system, with one of its Best of Show Vidy Awards.

“We want to thank TV Technology and Videography for honoring us during NAB,” said Ken Swanton, President, Broadcast Pix. “It’s nice to know that other industry professionals share our enthusiasm for these new products. Our native HD Granite product line represents a true milestone in live video production, and the iPixPanel app turns an iPad into a powerful wireless control panel.”

Granite, the new flagship product line for Broadcast Pix, combines the company’s innovative Fluent™ workflow software with a new HD switcher and HD server. It provides simultaneous multi-definition SDI I/O for 1080i, 720p, and SD sources – and is upgradable to 1080p. All three Granite models, including the 1 M/E Granite 100 and 1000 and the 2 M/E Granite 5000, provide up to 120 hours of clip store, a graphics system with a new Inscriber CG, a multi-view that displays video and file sources, watch-folders that streamline file import from editing systems, and macros for file-based effects.

The iPixPanel recreates a classic switcher layout on the iPad with preview and program busses, as well as auto transition and cut buttons. With built-in device controls, it can add graphics and clips, create special effects, and control external devices such as robotic cameras. The iPixPanel also features PixButtons, which dynamically change to show the device attached and even the file name currently loaded, so you can tell at a glance what is loaded on every input, key, and file library button.

Nominated by TV Technology editors and columnists, the STAR Awards (short for Superior Technology Award Recipient) showcase and celebrate technological innovations for the media industry. A select panel of engineers, editors, and production and post-production professionals join the Videography staff to judge the Best of Show Vidy Awards, which recognize outstanding achievement in the advancement of the art and science of video technology.

About Broadcast Pix Broadcast Pix is the leader in integrated live video production systems. Its Slate systems create compelling live video, and they run unique Fluent software that provides a file-based workflow that streamlines production and improves functionality. With its integrated switcher, multi-view, CG, clip and graphic stores, and aspect and format conversion, Slate is a fraction of the cost of a control room to buy, staff and operate. Slate is future-proof, as it is upgradeable to 3G 1080p. Broadcast Pix is based in Massachusetts, with distributors worldwide. Customers include leading broadcast, webcast, podcast, cable, entertainment, mobile, corporate, education, religious, and government studios in over 70 countries. For more information, go to http://www.broadcastpix.com.

Broadcast Pix, Slate and Fluent are trademarks of Broadcast Pix, Inc. Patented. Made in USA. Apple, iPad, iPhone, and iPod are trademarks of Apple, Inc.

FOR-A COLLECTS TWO AWARDS FOR NEW PRODUCTS AT NAB 2010

Fort Lee, N.J., April 21, 2010 – Two new products from FOR-A, a leading manufacturer of video and audio systems for the broadcast and professional video industries, were recognized with awards from two industry magazines at the 2010 NAB Show in Las Vegas, Nev., last week. Broadcast Engineering awarded one of its Pick Hits to the LTR-100HS Video Archive Recorder, while TV Technology gave one of its STAR Awards to the CEQ-100HS Color Equalizer.

“We are extremely proud to be recognized by Broadcast Engineering and TV Technology magazines for new products we introduced at NAB,” said Hiro Tanoue, president, FOR-A Corporation of America. “The LTR-100HS promises to be a significant addition to our MediaConcierge content management workflow, while the CEQ-100HS will support the groundswell of 3D production.”

A combination of LTO tape technology and FOR-A’s baseband and MXF file technologies, the LTR-100HS makes file ingest workflow more efficient and reduces archive space requirements. Designed to support LTO-5 technology, the latest standard in long-term, high-capacity tape storage, the unit can record approximately 50 hours of programming at 50 Mbps (stored as MXF files) to LTO-5 tape. The compact LTR-100HS includes an LTO-5 drive, 2 TB hard drive, LCD monitor, and front panel controls, plus connectivity for file-based I/O and external VTR control. Embedded IBM Long Term File System (LTFS) technology enables various systems to read and write a file on LTO-5 tape directly and improves the archive application workflow.

The CEQ-100HS provides a variety of monitoring options, as well as camera calibration functions, for the growing 3D production market. With its built-in frame synchronizers, it allows stereo 3D filming with cameras that have no external synchronous input. The compact unit also offers automatic color calibration, which helps correct color between pictures from both cameras, and adjusts the horizontal parallax, which determines the depth of the 3D images.

Pick Hits are determined by a panel of independent judges, who base their selections on several criteria, including the technical and financial improvements a product can bring to a facility’s operation. The STAR Awards (Superior Technology Award Recipient) celebrate and showcase technological innovations for the media industry, and are awarded to products and services based on nominations from TV Technology editors and columnists.

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.

FOR-A is the official spelling of FOR-A Company Limited. In print, please use all capital letters when referring to the name of FOR-A.

ADVANCED BROADCAST SOLUTIONS COLLABORATES WITH PEBBLE BEACH SYSTEMS TO PROVIDE AUTOMATION SOLUTIONS

SEATAC, WA, April 21, 2010 – Premier systems integration firm Advanced Broadcast Solutions (ABS) today announced it has entered a relationship with Pebble Beach Systems, a U.K.-based developer and supplier of automation and media management solutions. ABS is collaborating with the company on the West Coast to expand Pebble Beach Systems’ presence in the United States.

Founded in 2000, Pebble Beach Systems offers a comprehensive approach to automation, with solutions that go well beyond traditional device and playlist control. In addition to the core functions of capture, manage, and distribute, its systems provide the ability to visualize all resources in the workflow in real time. Its systems  also provide the capability to dynamically allocate resources and seamlessly manage transactions between independent elements in the workflow. “We like to think of it as automation without borders,” explained Ted Dembicki, Vice President, North America, Pebble Beach Systems.

The company has successfully deployed its systems in facilities in the United States and around the world, including TV4, the largest commercial television operator in Sweden, and Arab Radio and Television. Pebble Beach Systems showcased Marina, its enterprise-level automation solution that was unveiled at IBC last year, as well as its other solutions at the 2010 NAB Show in Las Vegas, Nev., earlier this month.

Advanced Broadcast Solutions is working to expand the presence of Pebble Beach Systems automation and media management solutions, such as the enterprise-level Marina (pictured) in the United States.

“Pebble Beach Systems offers very compelling solutions for broadcasters, as well as cable and satellite operators,” said Mark Siegel, President of ABS. “They are really on the leading edge of automation and media management. We appreciate their integrated approach to technology, as well as their commitment to their customers. We look forward to expanding their business in the United States.”

“ABS fits the criteria of what we need in a partner,” Dembicki added. “Their excellent engineering and forward-thinking approach provide their clients with solutions that meet the challenges of today, with a keen focus on how to prepare for tomorrow. The ABS team has a terrific reputation, and we are pleased to be a part of that mix.”

About Advanced Broadcast Solutions:

Based in SeaTac, WA, Advanced Broadcast Solutions (ABS) specializes in personalized broadcast services such as consulting, project budgeting, workflow analysis, feasibility studies, project management, system and architectural design and engineering, equipment specifying, procurement and installation, maintenance support and training. ABS boasts a technical staff with over a century of practical experience in television operations, automation, traffic implementation, multiple program stream management and signal distribution by fiber, microwave and satellite. ABS clients include: Fisher Communications, Cowles California Media, Real Networks, Cisco Systems, and Microsoft Studios. For more information about ABS, call 206-870-0244 or visit our Web site at www.advancedbroadcastsolutions.com.

Barix Audio over IP Devices Support Radio Broadcast Network in the Rocky Mountains

ZURICH, SWITZERLAND, April 12, 2010 — Barix AG, a pioneering IP-based audio, intercom, control, and monitoring, announces that NRC Broadcasting, a Colorado company dedicated to live and local radio, has deployed a Barix Audio over IP network to distribute programming to five FM booster stations and one AM facility.

NRC Broadcasting has set up two Barix distribution systems from its Breckenridge, Colorado facility:  A point-to-point connection that streams live program audio to KRKY-AM in Granby; and a point-to-multipoint network that streams live program audio to five KCMV-FM booster facilities.  The Barix Audio over IP distribution network uses Barix Instreamer 100 IP encoders and Exstreamer 100 IP decoders to deliver high-quality AM and FM audio.  Barix BRTP software ensures low-latency for minimal program delays.

According to Matt Schilz, Chief Engineer for NRC Broadcasting, the switch to Barix from Qwest program audio circuits made sense for two reasons.  NRC is saving nearly $2,000 each month in recurring costs since installing Barix, which requires only a high-speed IP connection to transport audio across the network.  Barix was also the most affordable high-quality option compared to other multipoint audio distribution options for the mountainous region.

“Point-to-point microwave is completely out of the question for us considering that the number of relay sites we need would outnumber our radio stations, so Qwest program audio circuits were the least expensive solution we had for a while,” said Schilz.  “We started looking at IP solutions when high-speed internet became available at our more remote sites, but many of the systems we looked at were tens of thousands of dollars in equipment costs.  We tested the Barix hardware over a single path and determined they were very reliable for FM broadcast.  It did exactly what we needed for a lot less money.”

Schilz has engineered what appears to be a unique distribution network for his FM stations.  The program audio is encoded into mp3 at Breckenridge and streamed 70 miles to Denver where the company has a much larger chunk of bandwidth at its data center to support the network.  An Exstreamer in Denver decodes the audio and pushes it to a second Instreamer.  From there, remote Exstreamers at five other stations pull the program audio from a static wide-area-network IP address for immediate on-air broadcast.

“The Exstreamers pull the audio from the Denver Instreamer instead of Denver pushing the audio to five stations, which makes network setup easier,” said Schilz.  “Setup of the Barix devices themselves is simple.  The most important part is keeping up with firmware upgrades and new software.”

Schilz is planning to use Barix for live remote broadcasts in the near future, using Netbooks with data modems to communicate with cell towers.  “Barix gives us a point-to-point solution to get remote audio from the field back to the studio over difficult terrain,” he said.  “Windows Media encoders will push the streams back to the studio, where the Exstreamer will decode the audio for on-air broadcast.”

All Barix products are inexpensive, low-power devices that are scalable to the growth of the operation; offer reliability through a PC-FREE design with no moving parts; and serve as a flexible platform for integration into virtually any operation requiring audio transport and delivery.   Barix also offers its programmable BCL standard open to all customers to easily tailor applications for specific needs.  Local control, audio relay, and low-latency streaming are a few examples of custom programs using Barix’s BCL software environment. 

About Barix AG (www.barix.com)

Barix AG, headquartered in Zurich Switzerland, specializes in research and development of state of the art IP based communication and control technology. Barix products are stand-alone and able to remotely connect worldwide over standard networks / Internet offering new and improved solutions to the professional audio distribution, communication and automation industries. Barix products provide solutions in audio over IP (audio distribution and monitoring, communication, security) and automation (remote control, monitoring and maintenance).

Harris Corporation Diversifies Distributed Audio Options for Radio Broadcast Studios of All Sizes

New Systems in PR&E® VistaMax Lower the Cost of Studio and Automation System Integration

LAS VEGAS, April 11, 2010 (NAB Show, Booth N2502) — Harris Corporation (NYSE:HRS), an international communications and information technology company, introduces a range of PR&E® studio products that deliver low-cost, distributed audio options for radio broadcasters.  The new offer represents growing diversity and innovation within the PR&E® VistaMax family of audio management systems.

The VistaMax audio management system has long been the centerpiece of the PR&E range of studio systems and consoles.  It offers a networked audio platform for larger, centralized studio facilities — tying multiple access points together.

At the 2010 NAB Show, Harris announces the immediate availability of three new VistaMax systems that provide entry-point audio networking and/or lower the cost of studio and automation system integration:

  • VMConnectProvides the easiest means of networking consoles and other VistaMax devices through local I/O (input/output) sharing.  Establishes a low-cost distribution audio access model for up to 12 studios and enhances control between each networked device.
  • VMXpressDelivers distributed I/O (16 or 32 inputs/outputs) at the lowest competitive entry point.  Provides an ideal audio and logic access point from anywhere in the studio with minimal cable requirements.  It’s ideal for point-to-point applications.
  • VMQuadraProvides an elegant interface between VistaMax digital studio networks and radio automation systems.  It’s an ideal foundation for new media workflows in the studio.  Provides up to four stereo inputs and outputs each for up to four automation computers.

“The expanded VistaMax range empowers smaller studio facilities and operations that previously found distributed audio access models cost-prohibitive,” said Ted Staros, director of PR&E digital studio solutions, Harris Broadcast Communications.  “Larger installations with pre-existing centralized facilities or non-networked gear will still find that the classic VistaMax frame offers the best value, but these new systems provide better options for modest to moderate installations.”

Recently introduced VistaMax workflow software applications further empower operators in on-air and production studios, while also providing orderly control and status across a spectrum of user profiles.  VistaVue software simplifies operation of the VistaMax network by allowing changes at the desktop instead of the technical core area.  It provides a choice of two user interfaces and flexible access rights that can be defined for each user.  Individual and community macros provide one-click routing changes and supplement scheduled and automated macros available through VistaTouch software. 

Harris Broadcast Communications offers products, systems and services that provide interoperable workflow solutions for broadcast, cable, satellite and out-of-home networks.  The Harris ONE solution brings together highly integrated and cost-effective products that enable advanced media workflows for emerging content delivery business models.

About Harris Corporation
Harris is an international communications and information technology company serving government and commercial markets in more than 150 countries.  Headquartered in Melbourne, Florida, the company has approximately $5 billion of annual revenue and more than 15,000 employees — including nearly 7,000 engineers and scientists.  Harris is dedicated to developing best-in-class assured communications® products, systems, and services.  Additional information about Harris Corporation is available at www.harris.com.

Barix Revolutionizes STL for Broadcasters with New Reflector Service

New Firmware and optional Reflector Service dramatically simplify setup of “STL over IP” applications for radio broadcasters

 

LAS VEGAS, April 12, 2010 — Barix AG, a pioneer in IP-based audio, intercom, control, and monitoring, is simplifying STL installations for its customers with a plug-and-play package that can have broadcasters on the air within a matter of minutes.

At the 2010 NAB Show, Barix introduces a new application package for its popular Exstreamer Audio over IP devices that both simplifies STL setup and includes the end points for its new revolutionary Reflector Service.  The hosted application serves as an online “STL center” to configure and monitor the STL bridge while also providing a straightforward relay of the audio feed.

The application dramatically simplifies installations for broadcasters relying on basic high-speed internet connections for STL and point-to-multipoint distribution by eliminating firewall poking and costly static IP addresses that are difficult to configure.  The Reflector Service even eliminates basic router forwarding configuration, as the devices are automatically partnered following connection to the Reflector Service via the World Wide Web.

Barix will offer the Reflector Service as part of a new low-cost STL “out of the box” package featuring the new Exstreamer 500, a low-cost version of the Barix Exstreamer 1000 Audio over IP device for professional radio broadcasting.  The STL package, priced at $1195 U.S., includes two Exstreamer 500 devices and activation of the Reflector Service.

“Larger broadcast companies and broadcast engineers operating their own networks have found it easy to establish IP-based STL connectivity with our hardware,” said Johannes G. Rietschel, CEO and Founder of Barix AG.  “Many of our customers that use a basic internet connection to transport point-to-point audio have had challenges getting past firewalls and setting up static IP addresses.  The Reflector Service essentially auto-configures the devices over the internet and serves as an intermediary; the encoder forwards the program audio to the server and the decoder pulls the stream.  It’s an out-of-the-box solution that greatly simplifies the setup process for our customers, also adding powerful 24/7 monitoring and statistics.”

Initial setup requires opening an account at http://www.barixreflector.com, plugging in the two Exstreamer 500 devices and entering the unique MAC address for each device into the web page.  After (optionally) selecting audio quality and adjusting audio levels, the auto-configuration process enables communication between the server and the two devices, which are streaming live audio within minutes.

The Exstreamer 500, like the Exstreamer 1000, is a professional Audio over IP device designed specifically for radio broadcasters, offering a one-half, 19-inch rack mount solution with encoding and decoding capability.  Like the Exstreamer 1000 it also includes balanced inputs and outputs and a set of contact closure interfaces.

Barix will offer the Reflector Service free of charge to Exstreamer 500 and 1000 customers for several months before charging a nominal annual fee.  The monthly fee will add up to less than the cost of a static IP address, which ranges from $20-50 per month.  Hot standby/backup service and 24/7 monitoring of the stream will be made available at a later date.

All Barix products are inexpensive, low-power devices that are scalable to the growth of the operation; offer high reliability through a PC-FREE design with no moving parts; and serve as a flexible platform for integration into virtually any operation requiring audio transport and delivery over IP networks.   Barix also offers its programmable BCL standard open to all customers to easily customize applications for specific needs.  Local control, audio relay, and low-latency streaming are a few examples of custom programs using Barix’ BCL software environment.

About Barix AG (www.barix.com)

Barix AG, headquartered in Zurich Switzerland, specializes in research and development of state of the art IP based communication and control technology. Barix products are stand-alone and able to remotely connect worldwide over standard networks / Internet offering new and improved solutions to the professional audio distribution, communication and automation industry. Barix products provide solutions in audio over IP (audio distribution and monitoring, communication, security) and automation (remote controlling, monitoring and maintenance).