Monthly Archives: September 2010

PIPELINE COMMUNICATIONS WELCOMES FOUR NEW CLIENTS

MONTCLAIR, NJ (September 28, 2010) – Pipeline Communications, http://www.pipecomm.com, a premier public relations firm serving the video technology market, has added four new accounts to its roster in the past six months. Its new clients include: Advanced Systems Group (ASG), Broadway Systems, Hitachi Kokusai Electric America, Ltd., and Woods Hole Imaging Systems.

“We’re thrilled to be working with these companies,” said Robin Hoffman, president and founder of Pipeline Communications. “They’re each extremely progressive, leading companies within their respective markets. Our team is committed to elevating their businesses to the next level, in terms of sales volume and global profile. We do that through an integrated but cohesive approach utilizing the most effective traditional, social media, audio and video PR tactics on behalf of our clientele. We’re thrilled to close 2010 and begin next year working with such dynamic companies.”

One of the largest installers of shared storage systems on the West Coast, Advanced Systems Group (www.asgllc.com) provides engineering, systems, integration, support and training to broadcast, film, and corporate video markets. Broadway Systems (www.broadwaysystems.com) offers a fully integrated programming, sales, traffic, stewardship, and billing software system for cable networks. Its platform currently manages more than $2.5 billion in advertising revenues for top 20 rated cable networks as well as startups. Hitachi Kokusai Electric America, Ltd. http://www.hitachikokusai.com) is a leading provider of affordable, high performance professional video cameras and part of Hitachi, Ltd., a leading global electronics company. Woods Hole Imaging Systems (www.whoi.edu) is the 3D HD production services unit of The Advanced Imaging and Visualization Laboratory (AIVL) at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI). Woods Hole Imaging Systems is a recognized leader in the development of 2D, 3D, HD, and hyper-definition camera systems for both terrestrial and underwater applications.

ABOUT PIPELINE COMMUNICATIONS
Established in 1994 and operated by former journalists, Pipeline Communications offers a broad range of marketing support services for manufacturers and service providers in the professional audio and video markets. We listen, so you’ll Be Heard. Find out more at http://www.pipecomm.com.

DIAQUEST UNVEILS QUEMANAGER SOFTWARE FOR APPLE FINAL CUT SERVER 1.5 NEWSROOM SYSTEMS

New Add-On Serves as Replacement for Proximity Artbox Installations

EMERYVILLE, CALIF. – Diaquest Products, a software development firm with a focus on the video and film industries, today announced the introduction of QueManager, an affordable software add-on that provides a graphics order management system (OMS) for Apple Final Cut Server 1.5 in newsroom applications. It offers easy access to the most needed tools for asset searches and browsing, as well as order requests, job assignment, review and approval, and publishing.

Built in the tradition of Proximity Artbox, QueManager provides a Web-based order system that can be integrated with iNews or ENPS newsroom computer systems via plug-ins. Asset searches and order requests are done from a simple GUI in the QueManager plug-in or a Web browser. The system can be set to operate based on deadlines or a broadcast schedule, coordinate multiple stations within one system, and automatically deliver approved graphics.

Once reviewed and approved, assets are automatically transcoded (if necessary) and delivered to a variety of output devices. QueManager offers support for several broadcast CG systems, including Avid TitleDeko HD, Pixel Power, Chyron, and others.

Not only does QueManager provide a robust replacement for existing Artbox applications, it can be setup to directly import Artbox databases and assets for a seamless transition. QueManager also offers new workflows that utilize Final Cut Server, including integration with Apple Xsan and other centralized storage systems, as well as support for image sequences, editorial applications, and a wide range of CODECS. In a broadcast environment that primarily uses Mac or Windows-based artist tools, QueManager with Final Cut Server can replace proprietary asset management systems. The system also provides cross platform support, so it can manage any mix of desktop clients in the newsroom and creative areas.

“Final Cut Server offers digital asset management with workflow management for broadcast at an attractive price point for broadcasters,” said Dave Van Hoy, president of Diaquest Products. “Our new QueManager adds the OMS to make Final Cut Server an indispensible tool for newsroom graphics. QueManager simplifies searches and order requests, allows you to prioritize those requests, and then delivers approved assets to the CG for broadcast automatically.”

QueManager, which has already been successfully integrated into several broadcast facilities, is available for $20,000, including installation, plus $5,000 for Avid iNews or ENPS integration.

About Diaquest:
Based in Emeryville, Calif., Diaquest Products LLC has been developing mission critical software for the video, film, and broadcast industries since 1982. The company develops software as an OEM for several manufacturers, as well as custom software tools for a variety of clients. In addition to software development, Diaquest provides professional-level support of related software and hardware products. Find out more at http://www.diaquest.com or call (510) 547-4544.

JVC UNVEILS ENTRY-LEVEL D-ILA HOME THEATER PROJECTOR

ATLANTA, September 23, 2010 – JVC U.S.A. today introduced a low-cost home theater projector that for the first time provides advanced D-ILA technology at an entry-level price. The new projector, to be marketed as the DLA-HD250 by JVC Consumer and the DLA-HD250Pro by JVC Professional, is priced below $3,000 and delivers 25,000:1 native contrast ratio and 1,000 ANSI lumens brightness.

The DLA-HD250/250Pro features three 0.7-inch 1920×1080 D-ILA devices for a naturally rich, flicker-free picture with true blacks and extraordinary luminance detail. Combined with JVC’s wire-grid optical engine, the new projector provides outstanding native contrast – without a dynamic iris to artificially inflate contrast specifications. Plus, an advanced HQV Reon-VX video processor by Silicon Optix ensures excellent image reproduction with precision I/P conversion and scaling.

Other features include a high-performance 2x motorized zoom lens with auto dust cover, as well as on-screen, customizable gamma control and ultra-quiet (19dB) operation. While ideal for use in a dedicated home theater, the DLA-HD250/250Pro is also suitable for brighter environments, such as great rooms or bar and restaurant installations, thanks to its 1,000 lumens of brightness.

“JVC projectors have been widely acclaimed for their performance, but they’ve remained out of reach for home theater enthusiasts with a limited budget,” said Gary Klasmeier, product engineering manager, D-ILA Systems, JVC Professional Products. “With this new projector we bring D-ILA’s remarkable film-like image quality and impressive native contrast to an entirely new market segment.”

The DLA-HD250/250Pro will be available later this month for $2,995. It carries a two-year warranty.

About JVC U.S.A.
Headquartered in Wayne, New Jersey, JVC U.S.A. is a division of JVC Americas Corp., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Victor Company of Japan Ltd. JVC distributes a complete line of video and audio equipment for the consumer and professional markets. For further product information, visit JVC’s website at http://www.jvc.com.
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JVC INTRODUCES 3D-ENABLED D-ILA HOME THEATER PROJECTORS WITH UP TO 100,000:1 NATIVE CONTRAST RATIO

Six New Models Announced at CEDIA 2010

ATLANTA – JVC U.S.A. today unveiled six new 3D-enabled D-ILA projectors here at CEDIA EXPO 2010. All six host native contrast ratios that are unmatched in the industry, with the top models delivering a 100,000:1 native contrast ratio.

The new projectors are the Reference Series DLA-RS60, DLA-RS50 and DLA-RS40, to be marketed by JVC’s Professional Products Group, and the Procision Series DLA-X9, DLA-X7 and DLA-X3, to be available through JVC’s Consumer Electronics Group.

“3D has recently become a major box office draw. Now, with 3D broadcast channels emerging, and a growing number of 3D Blu-ray titles available, consumers want the immersive 3D experience in their homes,” said Gary Klasmeier, product engineering manager, D-ILA Systems, JVC Professional Products. “Our new line of D-ILA projectors sets a new standard for home cinema. It’s an immersive home 3D viewing experience.”

For 3D content, each projector includes two HDMI 1.4a ports and supports side-by-side (broadcast), frame series (Blu-ray), and above-below 3D transmissions. An external 3D Signal Emitter (PK-EM1) syncs the projected image with JVC’s Active Shutter 3D Glasses (PK-AG1). The external 3D signal emitter ensures solid signal transmission to the 3D glasses for a superior 3D experience, no matter what type of screen is used or how the home theater has been configured.

The new flagship projectors, the DLA-RS60 and DLA-X9, are built using hand-selected, hand-tested components and provide a 100,000:1 native contrast ratio. For 3D display, both models come with two pairs of 3D glasses along with a PK-EM1 3D Signal Emitter. Both projectors also have a three-year warranty.

“No other three-chip projectors in the home theater market can match the amazing 100,000:1 native contrast ratio of the DLA-RS60 or DLA-X9,” said Klasmeier. “JVC’s contrast ratio numbers are not artificially inflated by electronic circuitry or a dynamic iris, so every frame consistently and faithfully reproduces peak whites and deep blacks.”

The DLA-RS50 and DLA-X7 offer 70,000:1 native contrast ratio, while the DLA-RS40 and DLA-X3 offer 50,000:1 native contrast ratio. All four projectors come with a two-year warranty and are compatible with JVC’s PK-AG1 Active Shutter 3D Glasses and PK-EM1 3D Signal Emitter (sold separately) for 3D presentations.

All six new projectors feature three 0.7” 1920 x 1080 D-ILA devices and are designed around JVC’s third generation D-ILA High Dynamic Range optical engine that is optimized to provide exceptional native contrast ratios without a dynamic iris to artificially enhance contrast specifications. A directed light integration system and wire grid polarizer ensures optimum light uniformity and minimal crosstalk in the light path. In the top four models (DLA-RS60, DLA-RS50, DLA-X9, DLA-X7) a 16-step lamp aperture system matches the 16-step lens aperture to optimize the f-number (relative aperture) of the optics system in all steps. The DLA-RS40 and DLA-X3 feature a 16-step lens aperture.

With a new short arc gap, lamp brightness has been increased from earlier JVC models to 1,300 ANSI lumens. To reduce motion blur, JVC’s double-speed 120Hz Clear Motion Drive technology uses a newly developed LSI for frame interpolation black frame insertion.

The four top models – DLA-X7/DLA-RS50 and DLA-X9/DLA-RS60 – have been designed to achieve THX® certification and are in the process of being tested by THX.

These same four models also include a new seven-axis color management system (R, G, B, C, M, Y and orange) that allows precise color tuning, especially in skin tones, and a choice of color profiles, including Adobe RGB, DCI and sRGB/HDTV. They have also been designed for ISF certification and will include an ISF C3 mode for professional calibration. Ninety-nine screen correction modes help to maximize viewing environments.

All six models share a completely new design, with a center-mounted lens and rear power, signal and control connectors for improved cable management and more versatile positioning and mounting options. Rear-to-front airflow also allows more placement flexibility while reducing thermal concerns.

The new JVC D-ILA projectors will be available in late November at the following prices:
DLA-RS60/DLA-X9 $11,995
DLA-RS50/DLA-X7 $7,995
DLA-RS40/DLA-X3 $4,495

JVC’s PK-AG1 3D glasses ($179) and PK-EM1 3D Signal Emitter ($79) will also be available in late November.

About JVC U.S.A.
Headquartered in Wayne, New Jersey, JVC U.S.A. is a division of JVC Americas Corp., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Victor Company of Japan Ltd. JVC distributes a complete line of video and audio equipment for the consumer and professional markets. For further product information, visit JVC’s website.

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WYES NEW ORLEANS ADDS PLURA BROADCAST MONITORS TO CONTROL ROOM, EDIT STATIONS

PHOENIX, ARIZ. – PBS member station WYES-TV, which serves the New Orleans market (DMA #51), recently purchased several Plura Broadcast LCD monitors for use in its control room and edit stations. The station selected PBM-224-3G 24-inch panels for preview and program, as well as camera shading, during productions.

WYES is the parent company of YES Productions, a mobile production unit with two 53-foot HD production trucks. One of the 53-foot-long YES trucks has used two Plura PBM-124 monitors for two years. According to Dave Kennedy, engineer in charge for YES Productions, the Plura monitors provide very high resolution and produce very good blacks. The monitors in the station and truck were purchased through Crescent Communications, based in Kenner, La.

“We are pleased that WYES has decided to come back to Plura for monitors for the station’s critical monitoring applications,” said Ray Kalo, Plura president and CEO. “This reaffirms their satisfaction with the quality of our monitors. We look forward to continuing our mutually beneficial and long-term relationship with WYES.”

The new PBM-3G Series provides full 1080p/60 resolution with fast response time for smooth high-motion video. Available in 17, 20, 24, 32, and 46-inch display sizes, the LCD monitors offer an elegant, slim design with wide viewing angles, accurate color reproduction, and consistent high-quality pictures. Built-in functions include intelligent connection for calibration and alignment, adjustable colometry, and gamma correction, plus advanced waveform, vectorscope, time code display, various digital audio metering scales, and more powerful display functions. Plus, multiple monitors can be controlled by a centralized Wall Control System that can connect different sized monitors in any combination.

About Plura Broadcast:
Plura Broadcast is an international leading manufacturer for high-performance HD and SD LCD video monitors for digital broadcast and professional video markets. Plura Broadcast is known for its superior picture quality and truly affordable high-end features built upon core technology. All Plura Broadcast monitors fully comply with EBU-2330-TECH, SMPTE-C, and ITU-R BT.709 standards. Find out more at http://www.plurabroadcast.com.

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Xavier University Upgrades Cintas Center Video Screen Capabilities with Broadcast Pix

Billerica, Massachusetts – When Xavier University (www.xavier.edu) faculty, students, and fans return to Cintas Center in Cincinnati for basketball and volleyball this fall, they will see a more polished presentation on the arena’s new LED video screen, which is controlled through a new Broadcast Pix™ Slate™ 5000 video production system.

Chris Schaaf, Cintas Center senior assistant technical director for video production, said the facility had been trying to develop a digital upgrade path for years to replace an Echolab analog switcher that was installed when the 10,250-seat arena was originally opened in 2000. Several different production switchers were considered before the Slate 5000 was chosen.

A new video screen in Cintas Center at Xavier University is being controlled through a Broadcast Pix Slate 5000 video production system.


“It just made sense,” Schaaf explained. “As we demoed the Broadcast Pix, we were switching and building DVE boxes within 10 minutes. That’s important, because students run all of our events. It’s simple enough so students can come in and, after a little instruction, be on their way to switching a show.”

On game days, a crew of about 14 students and three professional staff members handles the entire production, from operating spotlights and LED elements to pulling cables. The video presentation is managed by a three-person crew, including a technical director and audio engineer in the control room and a floor manager on the sideline. The TD uses the Slate to switch between three Hitachi triax cameras, two truck feeds (most games are produced for broadcast), an Apple Final Cut Pro system for in-game highlights, and two slow-motion feeds. Sponsored graphics are handled separately through an ANC VisionSOFT system, but the Slate’s built-in Fluent™ software workflow tools simplify in-game graphics and clip playback.

Before integrating the Slate into its workflow, Cintas Center relied on DVDs and Final Cut Pro for media playback, which Schaaf said was not an ideal solution. Now, Fluent Clips and Fluent Graphics allows easy access to clips, player graphics, and more. “It just takes one more step out of the show,” he said. “It streamlines the whole process.”

The Fluent Multi-View was also a big selling point for Schaaf, who said the control room at Cintas Center has very limited space. The Slate’s built-in multi-view not only provided a more modern look, but it was able to replace 17 monitors with one 46-inch LCD and two secondary 19-inch LCD monitors. Schaaf is also planning to use Fluent Macros to create broadcast-style replay wipes for the upcoming sports season.

Cintas Center is used for a variety of events beyond sports, including graduation ceremonies and concerts. Demolition on the old video screen and scoreboard system began in early June, and the new system, which was designed and integrated by in-house staff, was in place for its first event in mid-July. Schaaf said the new Slate is a vital part of the new system. “It’s exactly what we wanted it to be,” he added. “We’ve been very happy with our choice.”

About Broadcast Pix Broadcast Pix is the leader in integrated live video production systems. Its Granite native HD and Slate hybrid HD/SD/analog systems create compelling live video. They run unique Fluent file-based workflow software that streamlines production and improves functionality. With its integrated switcher, multi-view, CG, clip and graphic stores, and aspect and format conversion, Granite and Slate are a fraction of the cost of a legacy control room to buy, staff and operate. They are future-proof, as they can upgrade to 3Gbps 1080p. Customers include leading broadcast, webcast, podcast, entertainment, mobile, corporate, education, religious, and government studios in more than 70 countries. Learn more at http://www.broadcastpix.com.

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

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COMCAST SPORTSNET MID-ATLANTIC UPGRADES TO HD STUDIO PRODUCTION WITH FUJINON ZA SELECT SERIES LENSES

WAYNE, N.J. – Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic completed a comprehensive high definition upgrade and expansion of its news and studio facilities in Bethesda, Md., in August. As part of the upgrade, its studio now features four Sony HXC-100K HD cameras paired with Fujinon ZA17X7.6BERM 2/3-inch HD lenses and Fujinon MS-11D manual focus/servo zoom rear control kits.

The network delivers more than 500 live sporting events per year – plus news, analysis, and entertainment programming – to more than 4.7 million homes throughout Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, D.C., as well as parts of West Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Delaware. Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic is the official sports network of the Washington Redskins, Baltimore Ravens, Washington Capitals, Washington Wizards, D.C. United, Atlantic Coast Conference, and Colonial Athletic Association.

With several collegiate and professional sports seasons set to begin, it was critical that the upgrade be completed on time. Communications Engineering, Inc. (CEI), a broadcast and multimedia systems integrator in Newington, Va., handled the design, installation, and overall project management. Beyond the new studio cameras and lenses, CEI upgraded the production control room and two master control rooms, plus the equipment core area, transmission system, and edit suites.

“CEI has enabled us to deliver all of our news and entertainment shows to our viewers in HD,” said Steve Weber, director of engineering for Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic. “Our new Fujinon lenses are an important part of the upgraded look of our network. They really deliver outstanding images of our studio programming.”

Part of the ZA Select Series, the ZA17X7.6BERM is an ENG-style HD lens with 17x zoom and 2x extender. Its DigiPower digital servo control system offers improved accuracy and repeatability, as well as custom control parameters for individual camera operator preferences. In addition, its built-in QuickZoom feature provides a rapid zoom movement to the telephoto position to check focus with the push of a button, then returns the lens to the previously selected zoom position when the button is released.

About FUJIFILM Optical Devices U.S.A., Inc.
FUJIFILM Optical Devices U.S.A., Inc. 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 FUJIFILM broadcast and communications products, call (973) 633-5600 or visit our web site at http://www.fujinonbroadcast.com.

(Effective July 1, 2010, FUJINON INC., a major manufacturer and distributor of optics and lens assemblies for the broadcast, digital cinema and industrial markets, is now FUJIFILM Optical Devices U.S.A., Inc., a newly formed subsidiary of FUJIFILM North America Corporation.)

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FUJIFILM Optical Devices U.S.A., Inc., 10 High Point Drive, Wayne, New Jersey 07470. Phone: 973-633-5600.
Fax: 973-633-5216. Web site: http://www.fujinon.com.