Monthly Archives: November 2010

WYOMING PBS UPGRADES SATELLITE TRUCK WITH FOUR HITACHI MULTIFORMAT HD CAMERAS

WOODBURY, NEW YORK – Wyoming PBS purchased four Hitachi SK-HD1000 multi-format HDTV cameras as part of the planned upgrade of its 32-foot digital production truck equipped with a 2.4-meter Ku-Band satellite uplink dish. The truck travels across the state, producing multi-camera remote video productions, such as sessions of the Wyoming State Legislature in Cheyenne, political debates, and sporting events. Also known as KCWC-DT, Wyoming PBS is located on the campus of Central Wyoming College in Riverton, WY.

“We chose these new Hitachi HD cameras because they produce beautiful pictures at an attractive price point,” said Kyle Nicholoff, production services manager for Wyoming PBS. The SK-HD1000s replace four Hitachi SK-900 EFP SDTV cameras.

“In our experience with Hitachi cameras, they’re easy to operate and reliable,” Nicholoff continued. “In fact, the older SK-900’s—which we’ve moved into our main studio—still produce wonderful pictures.” They’re used for studio productions, including PBS pledge drives and a monthly public affairs show called “Wyoming Perspectives.”

Since the HD upgrade of the satellite truck is being implemented in two phases over the next year and a half, the Hitachi SK-HD1000 cameras are being initially used in SD mode with a Ross Synergy 2-M/E SD switcher. Wyoming PBS chose to outfit the four SK-HD1000s with Angenieux HD ENG lenses including: two 19×7.3 AIF HD telephoto lenses, a 14×4.5 AIF super-wide angle HD lens, and a 26×7.8 AIF telephoto lens.

“While the SK-HD1000’s are currently being used in SD mode, they’re actually benefiting us with sharper and more accurate SD pictures than we previously produced,” said Nicholoff. “We recently used our truck to produce a discussion show featuring the past, present and the future governor of Wyoming. We had very little room to use additional lights, but the SK-HD1000’s were able to handle the variances in levels and temperatures to produce great looking pictures. The cameras will be used in the future to produce concerts and music shows.”

The top-of-the-line SK-HD1000 has three, high dynamic range 2/3-inch progressive scan 2.2 million pixel CCDs. These sensors allow the camera to produce an outstanding image with 1100 TVL resolution, a quiet Signal to noise ratio of 60db, and F11@2000 Lux sensitivity. The camera system is configured with Hitachi’s Fully Digital HD triax transmission system whose performance is visually the same as the fiber cable transmission. The SK-HD1000 camera also provides modern production features and functions such as; 12-vector masking with preset colorimetries, 7-Ultra-gamma curves to dynamically increase exposure latitude, digital black stretch/press, 2 skin-tone detail memories with follow-zoom function, viewfinder linear focus assist with peak-hold, lens registration and TCP/IP compliant Ethernet ports on the CCU’s and select control panels to be able to assign CCU’s to Controls over a standard 10/100 Ethernet data network.

Central Wyoming College offers a TV broadcasting curriculum that gives students the opportunity to gain real world experience in Wyoming PBS’ studio facilities. Adjacent to the studio, the control room houses a Grass Valley Kayak 2-ME HD switcher, Soundcraft Spirit 16-channel audio board, and Avid Deko 2000 live graphics system. After training on the equipment, students can then serve as cameras operators on the station’s local productions.

Wyoming PBS has a long history of using Hitachi cameras starting with the SK-96 studio camera back in 1982. Nicholoff added, “Wyoming PBS is a loyal Hitachi customer because we can count on Hitachi—especially our Sales Representative David Morris and Hitachi Dealer Jeff Wade at RIA Corporation in Salt Lake City—for excellent customer service and tech support.”

About Hitachi
Hitachi, Ltd., (NYSE: HIT / TSE: 6501), headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, is a leading global electronics company with approximately 400,000 employees worldwide. Fiscal 2009 (ended March 31, 2009) consolidated revenues totaled 10,000 billion yen ($102.0 billion). The company offers a wide range of systems, products and services in market sectors including information systems, electronic devices, power and industrial systems, consumer products, materials, logistics and financial services. For more information on Hitachi, please visit the company’s website at http://www.hitachi.com.Hitachi Kokusai Electric America, Ltd. designs, manufacturers and markets video cameras, digital transmission, processing and recording devices for the broadcast television, cable, video production, and industrial vision markets. For more information, please call (516) 921-7200 or visit Hitachi’s web site at http://www.hitachikokusai.us . Hitachi Kokusai Electric, Inc. (TSE, OSE: 6756), is a Hitachi, Ltd. (NYSE: HIT) group company.
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NEWS 14 CAROLINA SELECTS FOR-A MBP-100CK HD/SD CHROMA KEYERS FOR WEATHER SEGMENTS

Raleigh, NC – News 14 Carolina, North Carolina’s 24-hour cable news network, recently turned to FOR-A when looking for a new, networkable HD/SD chroma keyer solution, and FOR-A delivered with the FOR-A MBP-100CK.

The unique aspect of the MBP-100CK that was particularly appealing to Dawson Heath, broadcast engineer at News 14 Carolina, is its ability to operate the chroma keyers remotely. “We were able to network the FOR-A keyers,” he explained. “We have various newsrooms around the state, and we do much of our work out of the Raleigh facility, so the remote access to the FOR-A chroma keyer functions provides us with a big advantage over using other products.”


Before installing the FOR-A chroma keyers, engineers could only adjust the cameras remotely, but not the keyers. “Now, if something changes with the lighting and the key is off,” Heath said, “we have the ability to remotely adjust the key via a desktop application until we’re satisfied.”

The ability to save presets for different environments and talent, along with the general user-friendly functionality of creating a new key, also made a big difference. “It’s a very clean and forgiving signal,” said Heath. “Even hair wasn’t an issue for it. Initially, the keyer realizes it needs to key the green out, and the engineer tweaks it from there. In other units we’ve used, we had to tweak it manually, and it was much more time consuming.”

The compact, standalone MBP-100CK HD/SD is equipped with FOR-A’s unique algorithm for chroma key processing, and its Edge Color Replacement function and high-performance filtering ensure image quality. “News 14 Carolina is very happy with the FOR-A chroma keyers,” said Heath. “Our engineers are happy with them from a technical standpoint, and our meteorologists are very impressed with the end result.”

News 14 Carolina is a service of Time Warner Cable’s Local News Division. News 14 programs four customized local news and information channels to the Charlotte, Raleigh, Greensboro and Wilmington television markets.. With its network operations located in Raleigh, News 14 Carolina also has newsrooms throughout the state including Charlotte, Greensboro and Wilmington.

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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JVC FEATURES DLA-SH7NLG 4,096 x 2,400 10-MEGAPIXEL D-ILA PROJECTOR AT I/ITSEC 2010

WAYNE, NJ – JVC Professional Products Company will showcase its new 10-MegaPixel DLA-SH7NLG 4,096 x 2,400 D-ILA projector at the Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation and Education Conference (I/ITSEC), which runs Nov. 29 through Dec. 2, 2010, at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla. (Booth 1600). Combining superb resolution with up to 5,000 ANSI lumens, 10,000:1 native contrast ratio, and low-cost maintenance, the 4K D-ILA projector is available now and is ideal for simulation environments and high-spec design and monitoring facilities.

Introduced earlier this year, the DLA-SH7NLG incorporates three 1.27-inch 4K D-ILA display devices for high-quality imaging, with a low latency mode for simulation environments. It achieves ultra-high resolution of approximately 10 megapixels (4,096 x 2,400), which is five times the resolution of full HD. As a result, it can simultaneously display four screens in WUXGA (1,920 x 1,200) resolution – its four DVI (Dual-Link) input terminals support an array of PC signals. In addition, the DLA-SH7NLG offers true black quality with a stunning 10,000:1 native contrast ratio, thanks to a wire-grid optical engine.

Dual 330W ultra-high-pressure mercury lamps deliver 4,000 lumens in a typical simulation application. In single lamp mode, the DLA-SH7NLG can automatically choose the lamp with less cumulative operating time for maintenance efficiency. This, plus the addition of a low-power mode, enables consecutive lamp life of approximately 6,000 hours, which is about double that of conventional projectors. Such features allow the DLA-SH7NLG to offer low running costs even under heavy professional use.

Three different lenses, including short-throw and zoom models, are available for various projection environments. The DLA-SH7NLG only weighs about 110 pounds, excluding lens. Its design offers operational flexibility, including stacking two projectors to display images or installation on a +/- 90-degree pitch angle.

The DLA-SH7NLG operates on normal AC 100-220V power and consumes less than 1.1 kW. Convergence can be adjusted to 1/10 pixel accuracy via GUI control, and three gamma tables are included. Six test patterns, including a crosshatch and color bars, enable image adjustment without external signal sources.

Projection configuration data is easily stored and uploaded from a USB memory device. The Ethernet-compatible DLA-SH7NLG can be configured via a PC Web browser, and multiple projectors are networkable for operation via a single PC. Plus, for improved maintenance, e-mails can be generated automatically to send lamp replacement reminders and error status notifications.

For additional product information, visit JVC’s Web site at http://pro.jvc.com/visualization or call Tom Stites at (770)844-4221.

ABOUT JVC PROFESSIONAL PRODUCTS COMPANY
Headquartered in Wayne, New Jersey, JVC Professional Products Company, division of JVC Americas Corp., is a leading manufacturer and distributor of broadcast and professional video and audio equipment. For further product information, visit JVC’s Web site at http://pro.jvc.com/visualization or call (800)582-5825.

JVC SHOWCASES DLA-VS2100U VISUALIZATION SERIES

WAYNE, NJ – JVC Professional Products Company will introduce the DLA-VS2100U D-ILA projector to the U.S. market at the Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation and Education Conference (I/ITSEC), which runs Nov. 29 through Dec. 2, 2010, at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla. (Booth 1600). The newest addition to JVC’s Visualization Series, the rugged DLA-VS2100U was specifically developed for simulation environments and other visualization applications.

With a new optical engine that uses three D-ILA imaging devices, the DLA-VS2100U delivers 1,920 x 1,080 native resolution and 20,000:1 native contrast ratio, which is double the contrast of JVC’s current model, the DLA-VS2000U. The new projector also features a new 220W UHP short arc lamp that delivers a minimum of 850 ANSI lumens for simulation applications, an increase in brightness that will provide greater brightness headroom in larger or low-efficiency systems as well as a lower cost of ownership.

“In the simulation world, the brightness of a projector is regularly measured to meet FAA regulations,” explained Gary Klasmeier, product engineering manager, D-ILA Systems, JVC Professional Products Company. “If brightness drops beyond a certain point, the lamp has to be replaced. With almost twice the brightness of our previous projector, the DLA-VS2100U will deliver more lumens longer, which will reduce lamp replacements and save operational costs.”

A key new feature is an anti-smear reduction mode, which reduces image smearing during fast-motion scenes through frame insertion or black frame insertion. In addition, a new color management system enables users to match color primaries to other projectors. The DLA-VS2100U is also more compatible with software genlock synchronization used in some simulation environments, and it offers Ethernet connectivity, in addition to RS-232, for network-based monitoring and projector control.

With two HDMI and a VGA input, the DLA-VS2100U supports 1080p/60 and 1080p/50 video formats. A center mounted lens with horizontal and vertical shift provides installation flexibility, and a rugged chassis and optional fixed offset lens mount makes the unit ideal for motion-based applications.

The DLA-VS2100U ships with a 1.4-2.8:1 zoom lens. The projector is also available without a lens (DLA-VS2100NL), allowing the use of our optional 1:1 and 1.2:1 fixed lenses. The new projector will be available in March 2011.

ABOUT JVC PROFESSIONAL PRODUCTS COMPANY
Headquartered in Wayne, New Jersey, JVC Professional Products Company, division of JVC Americas Corp., is a leading manufacturer and distributor of broadcast and professional video and audio equipment. For further product information, visit JVC’s Web site at http://pro.jvc.com/visualization or call (800) 582-5825.

Vizrt Acquires LiberoVision AG

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

Vizrt, a leading provider of content production tools for the digital media industry, announced today that it has entered into a terms sheet with Swiss company LiberoVision AG, a leader in the field of virtual sports enhancements.

According to the proposed terms sheet, Vizrt Ltd. shall purchase all of the issued and outstanding share capital of LiberoVision in three installments: 60% upon signing of the definitive agreement, 20% upon approval of the financial statements of LiberoVision for the year 2011 and 20% upon approval of the financial statements of LiberoVision for the year 2012.

The consideration for the first 60% of the issued share capital of LiberoVision shall be CHF 6 million (approx. USD 6.12 million) and may be increased by an additional 1 CHF million (approx. USD 1.02 million) should the EBIT for the year 2010 of LiberoVision exceed CHF 1 million.

The consideration for each of the additional 20% of the issued share capital of LiberoVision shall be calculated as 20% of ten times the EBIT for the applicable fiscal year.

All installments shall consist of 80% cash and 20% Vizrt Ltd. shares. As part of the transaction the founders of LiberoVision are committed to continue their employment with LiberoVision for a period of at least two years.
The transaction is subject to a financial and legal due diligence to Vizrt’s satisfaction and the parties reaching a definitive agreement.

Martin Burkhalter, Chief Executive Officer of Vizrt said: “LiberoVision brings to Vizrt best of class additional capabilities to enhance sports broadcasts. Their products allow for live on-air review and analysis of events on the field, also from points of view not captured by cameras, a large and growing market. In creating a seemingly 3D environment for normal 2D broadcasts, this type of analysis provides yet another compelling way to tell a story, a key driver behind all our BG products. Efficiency, another key component, is provided in that LiberoVision’s technology does not require any additional in-stadium infrastructure.”

“It is this ability to provide broadcasters with great additional functionality that makes such a strong case to content owners. It has always been our strategy to help clients increase the economic value of their digital assets and LiberoVision fits seamlessly with this strategy. Integration of both systems will allow us to take the combined offering to our existing customers and attract new ones.”

Dr. Stephan Würmlin Stadler, CEO for LiberoVision AG, stated, “Many of our clients who are already using Vizrt systems have indicated they would like to see the two systems more closely integrated. Combining our companies therefore seemed to most logical way forward.”

“We bring to the table a technology that differs greatly from other providers in that other systems produce results that clearly look like virtual animations, like avatars. With our virtual instant replay technology, on the other hand, you know that the player is Lionel Messi, it feels like you are there on the field. That realism is due to LiberoVision’s patented image processing technology that transforms the camera feeds into 3D representations. Although certain great and complex technologies can achieve this in a way that is pixel perfect, it takes two days to do so. In our markets, no one is interested in two days. We can do it instantly.

“We see great opportunities in joining forces with Vizrt, as it will allow both organsiations to expand their product offering to a large and growing customer base. We at LiberoVision are very excited to pursue these opportunities as part of the Vizrt organisation, which has proven to be commercially very successful and, like us, is very driven by innovation, quality and customer requirements.”

LiberoVision currently offers two product lines. Libero Highlight provides realistic 3D replays that are indistinguishable from images produced by on-site television cameras. It enables the broadcaster to move the viewer‘s perspective to areas not covered by the in-stadium cameras, such as over-the-shoulder of the quarterback.

Libero Offside was developed for instant offside analysis during soccer games. It is a dedicated application aimed at resolving offsides disputes during soccer games.

About LiberoVision:
LiberoVision is the global leader for virtual sports enhancements. Based on existing TV images only, Libero Highlight and Libero Offside generate the perfect perspective for analyzing interesting or controversial scenes. The vision is to provide sports fans with unlimited insights into sport games. LiberoVision’s Emmy nominated technology is available for football, American football, basketball, ice hockey, baseball, and rugby. Broadcasters around the world such as ESPN, NBC, BBC, ZDF, Sky Italia, or Televisa use LiberoVision to enhance their sport analysis. The company was founded 2006 as a spin-off of the ETH Zurich, the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, which counts Einstein as one of its alumni. More information at http://www.liberovision.com.

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 latest addition to its portfolio is Adactus’ software platform enabling delivery and presentation of adapted multimedia content for mobile terminals, such as smart phones, tablet PCs and smart TVs. Vizrt’s product suite is used by the world’s leading broadcasters, publishing houses and telecom operators, including: CNN, CBS, Fox, BBC, Sky, ITN, ZDF, Star TV, Network 18, TV Today, CCTV, NHK, The Globe and Mail, The Telegraph, Welt Online, Etisalat and Telia Sonera. Furthermore, many world-class production houses and institutions, including both the New York and London Stock Exchanges, utilize Vizrt solutions. More information at http://www.vizrt.com
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

JVC TO HOST THX CALIBRATION CERTIFICATION WORKSHOP

WAYNE, NJ – JVC Professional Products Company will host a THX® Professional Video Systems Calibration certification workshop Dec. 7-9, 2010, at its facility in Cypress, Calif. The three-day workshop includes two days of hands-on calibrating exercises, where students will work with professional calibration equipment on more than a dozen different displays, including LCD and plasma panels, DLP and LCD projectors, high-end video processors, and a variety of Blu-ray and DVD players.

Once certified, THX trained Professional Video Systems Calibrators can use the prestigious THX mark for advertising and offer THX Calibrated Display services to their customers as a premium offering. Certified calibrators also receive a “THX Calibrated” plaque and certificate, as well as an exclusive listing on the THX.com Web site. Plus, students who complete the course receive are registered to access the THX Video Calibrators’ forum, a unique online community with key industry information and a Q&A forum for support in the field.

The workshop will be conducted by Gregg Loewen, Lead THX Video Standards Instructor and President of Maine-based Lion Audio Video Consultants, Inc. For a limited time, the course rate has been reduced to $1,495, but space is limited. To enroll, call (207) 624-2685 or e-mail gloewen@thx.com. For more information, visit http://www.thxvideotech.com.

Four JVC home theater projectors were the world’s first to gain THX 3D Display Certification. More than 400 laboratory tests are conducted during the THX 3D certification process to ensure the high quality 3D and 2D display performance that home theater enthusiasts demand. The four projectors, introduced at CEDIA Expo in September, are the Reference Series DLA-RS60 and DLA-RS50, marketed by JVC’s Professional Products Company, and the Procision Series DLA-X9 and DLA-X7, available through JVC U.S.A.

ABOUT JVC PROFESSIONAL PRODUCTS COMPANY
Headquartered in Wayne, New Jersey, JVC Professional Products Company is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Victor Company of Japan Ltd. JVC is a leading manufacturer and distributor of broadcast and professional video and audio equipment. For further product information, visit JVC’s Web site at http://pro.jvc.com or call (800)582-5825.

CNN TO REPLACE AGING, TAPE-BASED DV CAMCORDERS WITH JVC PROHD

WAYNE, NJ (November 18, 2010) – JVC Professional Products Company today announced that CNN has purchased 177 GY-HM100U ProHD camcorders, which JVC understands is the first step in a process to replace hundreds of aging, tape-based DV camcorders now in use throughout CNN’s global operations. Additional cameras are expected to be purchased by CNN in 2011.

A compact, handheld 3-CCD camcorder, the GY-HM100U records high definition video at 35 Mbps in the MPEG-2 format compatible with the XDCAM file-based workflow used throughout CNN. The JVC camcorder records 1080i files in the MP4 format directly onto SDHC memory cards.

“The GY-HM100 ProHD camcorder is well suited for a fast-paced newsgathering organization,” said Larry Librach, JVC vice president, Broadcast & Public Sector. “Its lightweight form factor, sturdy solid-state recording, and high-quality imaging make it an ideal complement to CNN’s traditional shoulder-type ENG equipment.”

ABOUT JVC PROFESSIONAL PRODUCTS COMPANY
Headquartered in Wayne, New Jersey, JVC Professional Products Company is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Victor Company of Japan Ltd. JVC is a leading manufacturer and distributor of broadcast and professional video and audio equipment. For further product information, visit JVC’s Web site at http://pro.jvc.com or call (800)582-5825.