Monthly Archives: October 2010

Broadcast Pix Improves Live Presentations, Video Productions for Jubilee Christian Center

Billerica, Massachusetts – Broadcast Pix™ today announced that Jubilee Christian Center in San Jose, Calif., is using the Slate™ 5000 video production system to produce in-house video presentations during services, as well as video productions for television and Internet audiences. Services are streamed live to Jubilee’s Web site, http://www.jubilee.org, and later broadcast on KTLN, which serves the San Francisco/Oakland/San Jose market (DMA #6), and a leased access channel on the local Comcast cable system.

According to Jordan Forteza, Jubilee media director, the Broadcast Pix purchase was part of an overall migration to a tapeless high definition production workflow. The HD upgrade, co-designed and installed by Ted Foldvary of Dex Systems Engineering, process began last fall, and the new system went live in March. Beyond the Slate 5000, Jubilee invested in five Panasonic AG-HPX500 HD cameras and ProPresenter software for lyric and media presentations during services. Forteza said the upgrade has made a big impact on the quality of their video presentations.

Prior to the upgrade, Jubilee had an outdated, tape-based workflow built around DV and Beta SP formats. Now, three video feeds are recorded directly from the Slate 5000 to an AJA Ki Pro, including a backup recording of the live Internet webcast, a clean feed for the TV program edit, and camera ISOs. Jubilee personnel installed the new Slate 5000, which was purchased through VMI, Inc., in Sunnyvale, Calif.

Video production for each service includes a three-person crew in the control room. An operator uses ProPresenter through one of the Slate 5000’s M/Es to provide IMAG and song lyrics on large screens for the 3,500-seat congregation, while the director runs the live Internet production through the other M/E. The third person on the video crew handles shading, recording, and lights. Audio is handled by a fourth team member, and other team members operate the Panasonic cameras in the main sanctuary – two main cameras at the rear of the church, one handheld in the front, and two on Stanton Jimmy Jibs.

Jubilee uses the HD-SDI output from the Slate 5000 (converted to DVI) to feed the screens in the sanctuary. Forteza said the difference in quality is striking. “It’s like night and day,” he noted. “Our congregation is really dependent on those screens, and all the lyrics and images are so crisp and clean coming from the Slate 5000.”

Forteza said several of the Slate’s Fluent™ workflow tools are used during productions. Instead of a bank of monitors, for example, Jubilee uses Fluent Multi-View to keep track of all cameras, keys, and other sources on a 52-inch Panasonic plasma monitor. Two separate 27-inch monitors are used for preview and program.

Fluent Clip Store is used to manage and play videos, which are frequently used during services. So far, Forteza has only used Fluent Macros to build one picture-in-picture configuration. He literally built the macro during a service; he said it was so easy, he was able to build it on the fly.

“I’m all about efficiency,” Forteza said. “All that automation blew my mind. The Broadcast Pix really fits my world.”

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 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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ADVANCED BROADCAST SOLUTIONS, EXPERIENCE CHURCH.TV ENJOY CONTINUED SUCCESS WITH AVL EXPO

SEATTLE, WA – Premier systems integration firm Advanced Broadcast Solutions (ABS) announced today the continued success of the Audio, Visual, Lighting Conference and Expo (AVL Expo). Produced in collaboration with Experience Church.tv®, the third AVL Expo was held Oct. 1 at Experience Church in Puyallup, Wash., and attracted approximately 125 attendees.

Designed specifically for the worship community, the one-day event featured a variety of conference sessions, as well as select group of vendors with products that address the needs of AV practitioners and church pastors. Dennis Cummins, Pastor at Experience Church.tv, said AVL serves a niche in the Pacific Northwest that no other conference is serving.

“We were surprised to see so many new attendees this year,” Cummins added. “This lets us know that there is a continual need of training and education. ABS is an important part of it all – they bring the technical expertise and we help apply it to the church realm. It’s really a great partnership.”

This year, AVL Expo featured a strong focus on audio, with three sessions devoted to live mixing, broadcasting mixing, microphone placement, and other issues. Other sessions focused on lighting and staging, camera operation and image magnification (I-MAG), video editing, and streaming and Web strategies. “Those looking to dive into the realm of streaming video find it difficult to put all the pieces together,” Cummins said. “We are able to show them how to marry the products together to best suit their needs in the most cost effective way possible.”

“Once again, AVL Expo delivered great sessions and attracted a great group of attendees,” said Mark Siegel, President of ABS. “The enthusiasm of the worship community is second to none, and it’s rewarding to see representatives from smaller congregations embracing big ideas for their facilities. We look forward to building on the success of AVL Expo with more programs in 2011.”

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 http://www.advancedbroadcastsolutions.com.

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Vizrt Formalizes Collaboration with 2D to 3D Conversion Developer Stergen

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

Vizrt Ltd., a leading provider of content production tools for the digital media industry, today announced that it has formalized its strategic collaboration with Stergen Hi-Tech Ltd., as published at IBC 2010. Stergen is a developer of 2D to stereoscopic 3D video conversion software. Vizrt now offers tight integration between Stergen stereo 3D conversion software tailored to sports TV networks, sports leagues and webcasters and its own stereo 3D graphics portfolio.

With this new agreement, Vizrt will make an equity investment in Stergen of approximately USD 1.86 million, made up both of a cash payment and marketing services, in consideration for preferred shares. In addition, the parties have entered into a teaming agreement with respect to the sale of Stergen’s products by Vizrt. Vizrt will hold approximately 20% of Stergen.

Martin Burkhalter, Vizrt CEO, stated, “We like to formalize our partnerships through taking a stake when we see technology that fits our objectives of delivering innovative products that add to our current offering and more importantly, provide an advantage to our customers in view of future market developments.”

“With more than 28 million 3D capable TVs forecasted to be in homes by 2012, demand for technology that enhances broadcasters’ ability to tell their stories through this new technology is already increasing and is set to accelerate. What also makes the Stergen software so attractive is its ability to convert existing 2D footage to 3D specs, thereby allowing content owners to increase the value of their media assets, which links very well with our content management philosophy.”

Dr. Miky Tamir, founder of Stergen, also co-founder of Orad, SportVu, Seambi and Vumii, stated, “We produce high-fidelity, broadcast-quality 3D with even better depth perception than video captured by stereo 3D cameras and rigs. Unlike real 3D shooting, we have almost infinite capability to dynamically change the stereoscopic setting.”

Martin Burkhalter added, “Stergen’s 2D to 3D stereo conversion tools can complement live stereo 3D production, as well as offer a compelling alternative to expensive, logistically complex, live stereo 3D production. It cuts costs without compromising superior, broadcast quality, which matches Vizrt’s strategy of offering superior products that address the economic realities of our customers.”

Early next year, Stergen plans to introduce a live version of its Highlights software that converts 2D video to stereo 3D in real-time for delivery to stereo 3D cinemas, mobile devices and home entertainment centers. Stergen’s real-time conversion software includes Stergen Arena, which connects to a single, live 2D camera output to produce live stereo 3D video from sports arenas and mobile video units; and Stergen Studio, for use in broadcast studios or cable head-ends to convert live, 2D video programs to stereo 3D in real-time.

About Stergen:

Stergen is an Israeli startup company founded on January 2010 by Miky Tamir, Avi Klinger, Itzik Wilf and TheTime Investment Company. Stergen develops 2D to 3D video conversion technologies for the TV sports market. Its biggest shareholder, TheTime, headed by Ilan Shiloach, Nir Tarlovsky and Uri Weinheber, focuses on investments in Israeli companies in the fields of Telecom, Internet, Media and Entertainment. TheTime manages a portfolio of more than 20 companies.

About Vizrt:

Vizrt provides real-time 3D graphics and asset management tools for the broadcast industry – from award-winning animations & maps to online publishing tools.

Vizrt’s products are used by the world’s leading broadcasters and publishing houses, including: CNN, CBS, Fox, the BBC, BSkyB, ITN, Tele5, laSexta, ETB, TV3, Antena3 and FC Barcelona, The Globe and Mail, Times Online, The Telegraph, and Welt Online. Furthermore, many world-class production houses and corporate institutions such as the Stock Exchanges in New York and London use Vizrt systems.

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

Investors and media contacts:

Martin Burkhalter
CEO
+41 22 365 7501
mburkhalter@vizrt.com

Ofra Brown
CFO
+47 5351 8040
ofra@vizrt.com

SCHWARZ Financial Communication
Frank Schwarz
+49 611 1745 398 11
schwarz@schwarzfinancial.com

ADVANCED LIGHTING & SOUND INSTALLS FOR-A HVS-300HS HD/SD SWITCHERS AT WOODSIDE BIBLE CHURCH

CYPRESS, Calif. –Woodside Bible Church recently installed three FOR-A HVS-300HS HD/SD digital video switchers as part of an upgrade to the video production and presentation system at its 2,500-seat main campus in Troy, Mich. The facility, used for worship services, concerts, bible studies, and other activities, is one of six Woodside campuses throughout the Metro Detroit area.

“The Troy campus is the flagship for the new FOR-A installation,” said Steve Colyer, technical arts pastor for Woodside. “We gear all our campuses identically. In the future, they will put FOR-A switchers in each of the campus locations, the total weekend attendance for which is about 10,000 people.”

Advanced Lighting & Sound (ALS), also based in Troy, handled the installation. Colyer was able to see the FOR-A switcher in action at the Kensington Community Church campus in Birmingham, where ALS had recently integrated a similar installation. “Steve had the opportunity to see the other systems work and was very pleased,” said Bob Sullivan at Advanced Lighting & Sound. “The built in multi viewer was a huge selling point, since it allowed each work station to have its own set of monitors.”

Previously at Woodside, a different controller ran each output element. In the new system, each of the HVS-300HS switchers controls one element of production. One unit provides output for the two side screens in the church, which are the primary image magnification (I-MAG) displays. The second switcher is dedicated to the center screen display, which carries graphics and additional video elements. The third switcher is used for the record feed that is repurposed for local cable and Web streaming.

Colyer worked with ALS to develop the streamlined solution that would provide a common user interface for the various functions and allow an upgrade to full HD last July. “The new FOR-A system has increased the amount of elements we can use in the service,” said Colyer. “To have it happen seamlessly and integrated with low stress has boosted the morale of our team, so that we can enjoy and do what we need to do distraction-free.”

“The congregation was wowed by the transition and many commented on the detail they could now see in the video,” added Sullivan. “The church has been experimenting with live streaming to five of the their campuses because the HD signal adds the quality needed at the remote sites to make it feasible.”

For more information, visit Advanced Light and Sound at http://www.go-als.com and
Woodside Bible Church at http://www.woodsidebible.org.

About FOR-A
FOR-A Corporation of America 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 http://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.

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FOR-A CORPORATION OF AMERICA, Fort Lee Executive Park, 2 Executive Drive,
Suite #670, Fort Lee, N.J. 07024 Phone: 201-944-1120, Fax 201-944-1132
Web site: http://www.for-a.com

FUJINON FURNISHES SUPER WIDE ANGLE, SUPER TELEPHOTO LENSES FOR NEW F&F PRODUCTIONS HD TRUCK

WAYNE, N.J. – Fujinon lenses have been outfitted on the newest HD truck in the F&F Productions HD mobile fleet. Based in Clearwater, Fla., the GTX-16 is a 53-foot trailer that houses the latest in state of the art production facilities. The Fujinon lenses are paired with 12 Ikegami HDK-79EC CMOS cameras as well as two HDL-50 POV cameras that offer flexibility by allowing for both fiber and triax operation.

A total of 21 Fujinon lenses were purchased, including the HA14x4.5BERM Premier Series HD ENG Super Wide Angle lens. “The new wide angle lens, the HA14x4.5BERM, is definitely a distinctive tool for production,” said Bill McKechney, vice president of engineering at F&F Productions. “It’s the widest lens FUJIFILM has had so far. It’s a good clean picture with no distortion on the edges.”

Also purchased were the XA101x8.9ESM super telephoto and the XA88x8.8ESM telephoto field lenses, which feature an exclusive anti-fogging design to minimize lens fogging on location. “These new lenses are going to enhance the way the camera people work,” said McKechney. “They are able to go wider without sacrificing image quality.”

These new Fujinon lenses are also full servo zoom and focus. “We bought enough of the additional gear to convert the hard lenses from servo to manual operation,” said McKechney. “Some cameramen prefer to do it the old-fashioned way. The lenses can be converted quite easily for manual or servo operation.”

The GTX-16 will be used for sports and entertainment contracts. It was built with an entertainment and 3D infrastructure, including 3G compliance, with 24 prewired cameras and 25 prewired VTRs. “I’ve been working with Fujinon for over 30 years, and we have approximately 90 Fujinon lenses,” said F&F Productions President George Orgera. “Their service and support is fantastic. This is important because the truck is booked solid with college football and other CBS shows thru April.”

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.

Broadcast Pix Unveils Fluent Rapid CG

New Option Streamlines Graphics Creation with Automated Database Integration

Billerica, Massachusetts – Broadcast Pix™ today announced Fluent™ Rapid CG, a new option for its Granite™ and Slate™ integrated production systems, which streamlines the creation of data-intensive CG graphics. Rapid CG automatically integrates databases, RSS feeds, and custom actions like scorekeeping into templates for customized graphics with significantly less manual effort.

Simply drag and drop a Microsoft Access or XML database into Rapid CG, link it to a template created in Inscriber GS CG (which is included with every Broadcast Pix system), and the information is automatically updated in specific fields within the template – no re-keying of data necessary. Because Rapid CG operates within specific fields, the operator can only change the data, not the templates. Data can include text and graphics, so photos can be changed automatically as well. RSS feeds can also be used to update weather and other information from the Web automatically.

The automated process can be applied to a number of templates simultaneously. For example, if a sporting event features the score on a full screen image and a small scoreboard positioned in the corner of the screen during the game, the information can be changed once but applied to both graphics.

Users can also create custom action buttons easily to add incremental graphics if there is no automated database. For example, an action button can be designed to add six points to the score if a football team scores a touchdown, which makes data input easier and eliminates mathematical errors. Other information, such as clocks and dates, can be added as well.

“Rapid CG is ideal for live sports, election results, and other data intensive productions that feature a lot of graphics that change throughout the show,” said Ken Swanton, president of Broadcast Pix. “It’s easy to link a database to a graphics template for clean information updates on the air. Plus, you never have to worry about altering the template by mistake during the show, because Rapid CG does not allow access to the additional graphic elements.”

The Fluent Rapid CG option is available now for both Granite and Slate systems. To see a short video demonstration of Fluent Rapid CG, please visit http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zWDBCerrbck.

About Broadcast Pix Broadcast Pix is the leader in live video production systems. Its Granite native HD systems are the only switchers with a content server, to provide the best file-based workflow for clips and graphics. Its Slate systems create highly affordable hybrid HD/SD/analog productions. Both systems create compelling live video by integrating a production switcher with a suite of Fluent file-based software tools, including clip and graphic stores, CG, multi-view, watch-folders and macros. Broadcast Pix systems are a fraction of the cost of a conventional control room to buy, staff and operate. Customers include leading broadcast, webcast, entertainment, mobile, corporate, education, religious, and government studios in more than 75 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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NEW FOR-A HVS-4000HS MULTI-FORMAT VIDEO SWITCHER PROVIDES OPTIONAL SUPPORT FOR 3 GBPS, 3D PRODUCTION

Fort Lee, N.J., October 20, 2010 – FOR-A, a leading manufacturer of video and audio systems for the broadcast and professional video industries, unveiled the HVS-4000HS multi-format video switcher at the 2010 IBC Show in Amsterdam. Available in 2 M/E or 2.5 M/E models, the latest HANABI Series switcher features support for HD/SD mixed inputs, as well as optional support for 3 Gbps and stereoscopic 3D production.

“Flexibility and functionality were two of the most important considerations when we designed the new HVS-4000HS,” said Mr. Hiro Tanoue, president, FOR-A Corporation of America. “Our new switcher delivers the features that can handle the mixed format productions of today, along with options like 3G and 3D to make sure our customers can handle the production needs of tomorrow.”

With its optional stereo 3D function, the HVS-4000HS can handle the left and right video from a stereo camera as a pair, which allows the operator to switch or invert video, add delays, execute horizontal shifts and transitions, and more. While the switcher supports 1080i, 720p, NTSC, and PAL signals, its optional 3G-SDI input provides support for 1080p signals.

A wide range of standard features includes 3D DVE, six still stores (expandable to eight), four keyers for each M/E (expandable to six), macro function, external device control, video file support, and built-in multi-viewer. The HVS-4000HS includes 16 HD/SD-SDI inputs and 16 outputs, which can be expanded to up to 48 inputs and 24 outputs. Selectable outputs include PGM, PREV, CLEAN, KEY, AUX, and MV. Four utility bus channels can be used for keyer external mask, wipe border, background for M/E bus picture-in-picture, sources for keyers that do not have a dedicated bus, side panel, and local still.

The HVS-4000HS 2 M/E model features a control panel designed for simple, direct operations, which is available in 16 or optional 24-button versions. The 2.5 M/E model emphasizes direct access to preset content, including a macro bus and event recall button for each M/E. Its control panel is available in 24 or 32-button versions. The 4 RU main unit with redundant power supply and production options are the same for both models, so customers can upgrade to 2.5 M/E even after purchasing a 2 M/E model.

For more information and spec sheet, see
http://www.for-a.com/products/hvs4000hs/hvs4000hs.html

And for a newly released tutorial on FOR-A’s HVS-350HS HD/SD 1.5 M/E Digital Video Switcher, please go to the following URL:
http://www.for-a.com/etutorial/hvs350hs_tutorial.html

The HVS-350HS was introduced at the NAB 2010 convention in April. A “big brother” to the popular and cost-effective HVS-300HS, the HVS-350HS switcher is ideal for mobile production units and small control rooms that have limited space but produce challenging programs, such as sports and other live events.

About FOR-A
FOR-A Corporation of America 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 http://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.

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FOR-A CORPORATION OF AMERICA, Fort Lee Executive Park, 2 Executive Drive, Suite #670, Fort Lee, N.J. 07024 Phone: 201-944-1120, Fax 201-944-1132
Web site: http://www.for-a.com