Monthly Archives: January 2011

DAVID RANDOLPH JOINS ADVANCED SYSTEMS GROUP TECHNICAL SERVICES TEAM

EMERYVILLE, CALIF. – Advanced Systems Group (ASG), a leading West Coast video and film integration firm, has hired David Randolph as part of its Technical Services Team, effective Jan 10. An 18-year veteran engineer in the broadcast, film, and video game industries, he will work directly with clients while performing system installations and training. Randolph will also provide consulting support and equipment recommendations for the ASG sales staff.

With a wide range of experience in live production, post production, master control operations, and computer graphics, Randolph has worked for G4 Media, Sony Computer Entertainment, and Savannah College of Art and Design, among others. Most recently, he served as broadcast applications engineer at Snader and Associates. His product expertise includes Autodesk, Apple, Avid, storage solutions, and render farms.

“David is a great addition to the ASG team,” said Dave Van Hoy, president of ASG. “He has built relationships with a number of manufacturers, and has a very strong knowledge of production and post-production equipment and workflows. His experience both as a trainer and systems designer is an excellent asset for our customers.”

Based out of the company’s main office in Emeryville, Randolph can be contacted at (510) 654-8300 or via e-mail at david@asgllc.com.

About ASG:
Advanced Systems Group LLC of Emeryville, Calif., with offices in the Bay Area and Southern California, has provided engineering, systems, integration, support and training to the broadcast, film, creative, and corporate video markets since 1997. With unmatched experience in Apple-based newsroom systems, shared storage, archiving, editing, finishing, and VFX systems, ASG has become one of largest installers of post production and shared storage systems on the West Coast. The ASG team is highly focused on customer success, and has installed and supported more than 185 SANs, production, and post production systems over the last six years. For more information, visit http://www.asgllc.com or call 510-654-8300.

Broadcast Pix Hires Paul Lara as Director of Marketing

Billerica, Massachusetts – Broadcast Pix™ announced today that Paul Lara has been named director of marketing. Lara has worked in the television industry for more than 25 years, including five years as producer and news director for KCEN-TV in Waco, Texas, and eight years in video production for Scott & White Hospital in Temple, Texas. Most recently, he spent 11 years marketing video products for NewTek.

“We are very happy that Paul has joined the Broadcast Pix team,” said Ken Swanton, president, Broadcast Pix. “He truly understands our industry, with his wealth of experience both in marketing and as a broadcast and video production professional. We know he can effectively share our message of creating compelling live video cost effectively with our Granite™ and Slate™ video production systems.”

Lara is based in the company’s world headquarters in Billerica. Contact him at (978) 600-1115 or via e-mail at paul@broadcastpix.com.

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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IP Video Contribution Solutions from T-VIPS Enable Two Top PBS Affiliates to Transmit High-Quality Video in Real-time

Millburn, New Jersey – T-VIPS, a global leader in professional video transport solutions for contribution, distribution and Digital Terrestrial Television today announced that PBS member station WNET selected the T-VIPS TVG420 ASI to IP Gateway solution to transmit the stations’ locally produced programming over an IP network to the PBS Network Operations Center, in Alexandria, VA. WNET/Thirteen in New York, NY is a leading producer of programming for the PBS Network. PBS, the nation’s premiere public broadcasting network, broadcasts four HDTV and eight SDTV services to its network of over 360 member TV stations.

After encoding the HD video to a 30 Megabit MPEG-2 ASI transport stream, WNET uses the T-VIPS TVG420 ASI to IP Gateway to move the compressed digital video over a high-performance OC 3 IP network to PBS’ network operations center in Alexandria for HDTV broadcast nationwide. At the PBS network operations center, the video enters the facility-wide workflow where it’s decoded back to ASI-HD video for broadcast.

“We’re extremely pleased with the reliability and performance of the T-VIPS TVG420 Gateway solution,” said Jeff Dockendorff, associate director of engineering for WNET, the PBS affiliate serving the New York Tristate area. “Our goal is to deliver a very high-quality product to PBS, and with the TVG420, the picture quality is exceptional.” Since the TVG420 was installed during the summer of 2010, WNET has used it to transmit many high-definition PBS productions to the network, including the weekly newsmagazine show “Need To Know” and “From Vienna: The New Year’s Celebration 2011” — an annual “Great Performances” event featuring the Vienna Philharmonic in concert.

Boston PBS affiliate, WGBH, employs the T-VIPS CP510 Transport Stream Processor to filter select services from the WGBH-DT transport stream for delivery to Thames Valley Communications, a cable television, high-speed Internet, and digital phone service provider in Groton, CT. The T-VIPS CP510 enables flexible adaptation and filtering of MPEG transport streams and component filtering, as well as PSI/SI/PSIP table updates.

“WGBH looked at dedicated circuits for delivery to Thames cable but the cost was prohibitive,” said Michael Foti, Director of Engineering for WGBH. “I’d seen a demo of video over IP using the TVG420 and was impressed with its performance over the public Internet. We had to put something together fast with little budget, and the T-VIPS demo came to mind.”

While Thames Valley had been able to receive WGBH’s signal via satellite, in the Spring of 2010 that feed became unavailable. The communications provider terminated the signal at that time, along with the Boston-area NBC, ABC and CBS affiliates. “We could still receive WGBH’s signal through a fiber connection but that was prohibitively expensive,” explained Carl Andersen, director of programming for Thames Valley Communications, Inc. “To be competitive in our market, we needed to find a more more cost-effective way to get WGBH back onto our service. Representatives from WGBH demonstrated the TVG420 ASI to IP Gateway for us, and we realized that it solves our problem very affordably because it sends a high-quality video signal in real-time over IP.”

WGBH produces many top-rated PBS shows from its Brighton, MA studios, including “NOVA,” “Antiques Roadshow,” “Frontline,” and “Masterpiece Theatre.” With the T-VIPS TVG420, WGBH has found a cost-effective ASI to IP transport solution that preserves the high-quality HD imagery WGBH is known for.

According to Joe LoGrasso, VP and GM of T-VIPS America Inc., “While broadcasters such as WNET, WGBH and Thames Valley have a legacy of relying upon satellite, telco, and dedicated fiber connections for real-time, professional video transport solutions, our technology is ushering in a revolutionary shift to transporting and viewing video over IP networks in real-time, cost-effectively, and with the Quality of Service (QoS) the broadcast industry demands.”

The TVG420 is one of T-VIPS Video Gateway products for cost-effective, realtime contribution and distribution of professional quality video over IP networks. The Video Gateway solutions are part of an extensive portfolio of products that T-VIPS offers encompassing broadcast video contribution, terrestrial television, mobile television, IPTV, and TS monitoring, switching and remultiplexing.

For further information:
Robin Hoffman, Pipeline Communications, +1 973 746 6970, robinhoffman@pipecomm.com.

About T-VIPS America Inc.
T-VIPS, a global leader in professional video transport solutions for contribution, distribution and Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT), offers a comprehensive portfolio of powerful, efficient and intelligent solutions for processing and transporting high-quality video.

T-VIPS’ close involvement in video standards bodies, leadership in JPEG2000, expertise in IP and transport stream multiplexing, processing and monitoring results in state-of-the-art technology that makes complex TV network operations simpler and preserves the integrity of high-end video streams.

T-VIPS solutions are utilized in many demanding applications, including 1080/60p, 3DTV, alternative content for digital cinema, live HD sports and news back-haul, and the transport of HDTV programming over IP networks. T-VIPS is leading the IP-based video network revolution by empowering high-profile network operators, broadcasters and post-production customers in over 50 countries with innovative solutions that deliver significant operational and financial benefits.

The privately held company is headquartered in Oslo, Norway, with Americas’ headquarters in New Jersey. For further information, visit: http://www.t-vips.com

German News Portal General-Anzeiger Bonn Selects Vizrt to Empower Online Future

Schwaz, Austria, Vizrt Ltd. (Oslo Main List: VIZ) – Vizrt Ltd., a world-wide supplier of production tools for the digital media industry, announced today that the German newspaper printing and publishing house, BZV, has selected its Online Content Management System (CMS) to drive the news portal http://www.general-anzeiger-bonn.de.

Eirik Svendsen, executive VP online, Vizrt, said, “We’re proud to have such a highly regarded newspaper as our next customer in the German market. This deal clearly demonstrates the important role that media-rich functionality plays in the distribution of online content.”

The core of Vizrt’s online system, Escenic Content Engine, will publish content to multiple channels, providing efficient and instant flow of information to websites and channels directly from Escenic Content Studio, the module that enables online design, layout and content creation. Together, Vizrt’s Online Content Management System provides a single production pipeline for text, image and video where dynamic content can be published to an unlimited number of devices.

“For us to expand and build the newspaper newsroom of the future, we need to ensure we’re delivering high-quality news across all media channels,” said Thorsten Cöhring, Online Site Manager and Project Leader of Bonner Zeitungsdruckerei und Verlagsanstalt H. Neusser GmbH (BZV). “The challenge is not only to concentrate the editorial staff of our online and print departments in one newsroom, but also to integrate the different editorial systems in a cost-efficient way. By choosing Vizrt’s Content Management System, we’re confident that we’ll have the tools necessary to provide our readers with the service they expect – and more.”

Vizrt’s online content management system currently powers approximately 600 media websites worldwide, including: Axel Springer (die Welt, Hamburger Abendblatt, BZ, Bergerdorfer Zeitung, Berliner Morgenpost); N-TV, WAZ (der Westen); News International; St. Petersburg Times; Cox Newspapers; Canadian Globe and Mail; the UK-based TimesOnline; The Sun; News of the World; The Daily Telegraph;The Independent; Scandinavian Schibsted; Bonnier and TV 2 Norway.

About die Bonner Zeitungsdruckerei und Verlagsanstalt (SVT):
Der General-Anzeiger is a daily regional newspaper situated in Bonn. It also circulates in the Rhein-Sieg-Kreis area, the Ahrweiler disctrict, and the northeastern district of Neuwied. The newspaper has been publishing since 1889. The General-Anzeiger is published by Bonner Zeitungsdruckerei und Verlagsanstalt H. Neusser GmbH (BZV).

About Vizrt:
Vizrt provides real-time 3D graphics and asset management tools for the broadcast industry and media houses – 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, ZDF, Star TV, Network 18, TV Today, CCTV, NHK, 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.

Press contacts:
Martin Burkhalter
President & CEO
+41 22 365 75 01
m@vizrt.com

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

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

John McCluskey Joins T-VIPS America as Director of Western Regional Sales

Millburn, New Jersey, January 18, 2011 – T-VIPS America Inc, a leading provider of IP-based video transport solutions for high-end contribution and distribution, today announced that John McCluskey has joined the company as Director of Western Regional Sales. With over 14 years of technical sales experience in the video compression and transmission arena, McCluskey is entrusted with expanding T-VIPS America Inc.’s market share in 14 Western U.S. states and Vancouver, Canada.

In this position, McCluskey’s responsibilities include the management of key accounts, increasing sales in the region, as well as maintaining solid relationships with area business partners and systems integrators.

McCluskey reports directly to T-VIPS America Inc.’s Vice President and General Manager Joe LoGrasso. “We’re extremely pleased to welcome John to our U.S. sales team,” LoGrasso said. “With his extensive professional experience, management abilities, and knowledge of the Western U.S. sales territory, John is uniquely qualified to lead and expand our sales efforts in this region. We’re also looking to strengthen our ties with T-VIPS business partners and dealers, and John’s got an impeccable record of working successfully with many of our current partners.”

“I’m thrilled to join the T-VIPS sales team and to help the company seize new opportunities,” said McCluskey, based in Aliso Viejo, (Orange County), CA. “As the broadcast and postproduction industries migrate from satellite and telco networks to IP network-based video transmission, T-VIPS is poised for growth because our solutions allow IP network transport, while preserving the pristine image quality that demanding video applications require.”

T-VIPS offers a wide array of IP network solutions for broadcast video contribution, terrestrial television, mobile television, IPTV, and multi-channel monitoring.

McCluskey assumed his new T-VIPS role on January 3, 2011 after serving as Director of Western Regional Sales for Miranda Technologies, Inc. While there, he routinely exceeded sales targets and significantly increased the company’s revenue in the region. He also cultivated new business in non-traditional markets, such as hospitality and medical services.

Prior to his time with Miranda, McCluskey rose through the ranks of TANDBERG Television and NDS. His last position with TANDBERG was Account Manager, Western Region USA for TANDBERG Television.

For further information:
Robin Hoffman, Pipeline Communications, +1 973 746 6970, robinhoffman@pipecomm.com.

About T-VIPS
T-VIPS, a global leader in professional video transport solutions for contribution, distribution and Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT), offers a comprehensive portfolio of powerful, efficient and intelligent solutions for processing and transporting high-quality video. T-VIPS’ close involvement in video standards bodies, leadership in JPEG2000, expertise in IP and transport stream multiplexing, processing and monitoring results in state-of-the-art technology that makes complex broadcast network operations simpler and preserves the integrity of high-end video streams. T-VIPS solutions are utilized in many demanding applications, including 1080/60p, 3DTV, alternative content for digital cinema, live HD sports and news back-haul, and the transport of HDTV programming over IP networks. T-VIPS is leading the IP-based video network revolution by empowering high-profile network operators, broadcasters and post-production customers in over 50 countries with innovative solutions that deliver significant operational and financial benefits. The privately-held company is headquartered in Oslo, Norway, with Americas’ headquarters in New Jersey.
For further information, visit: http://www.t-vips.com

TV2GO BUYS ADDITIONAL FOR-A FRC-7000 UNITS FOR CONVERSION AND TRANSMISSION OF NFL SEASON TO EUROPE

CYPRESS, Calif., January 20, 2011 – FOR-A, a leading manufacturer of video and audio systems for the broadcast and professional video industries, recently sold two new FRC-7000 HD Frame Rate Converters to TV2GO Inc., an international satellite transmission and video production company. TV2GO has been engaged by Sm2 Sports Media Solutions, hired by the National Football League (NFL), for conversion and transmission of the entire NFL season to Europe, including the upcoming championship game to be played on February 6th.

“Now, for the first time, all NFL games are distributed internationally in high definition,” said Lawrence Partington, TV2GO partner. “Previously, we were transmitting only selected games to Europe in HD, but the majority were going over in PAL.”

The upcoming NFL championship match marks the fourth year for TV2GO to broadcast that event to Europe using the FOR-A FRC-7000 units. What’s new this year is the sheer volume of data. “During the regular season TV2GO would transmit four high-definition games simultaneously with full frame rate conversion and remixed Dolby audio,” Partington added.

With the new FOR-A purchase, TV2GO has gone from two to four FRC-7000 Frame Rate Converters. TV2GO converts the various North American video signals to a standardized global signal at 1080i/50. The company now broadcasts and/or records seven or eight games on a typical Sunday during the NFL season. “We offer the NFL the ability to do back up recordings,” he said. “So we need to be able to record every single game that comes through here.”

The TV2GO teleport studio is built around a FOR-A HVS-300HS switcher and includes other FOR-A equipment, including: two FA-9100 HD/SD frame synchronizers, two FA-9000 HD/SD frame synchronizers and an MV-1610 HS 16-input multi-viewer in the studio, and an MV-410HS quad multi-viewer.

The FRC-7000 uses motion compensation processing by motion vectors to convert field frequencies and enables conversion between different HD frame rates. This makes it an ideal piece of gear for converting the frame rate prior to transmitting at international sporting events. The FRC-7000 has Scene Cut Detection to automatically ensure that the conversion is performed without generating a motion compensation image from unrelated cuts in the frames before and after. The unit also provides for genlock. Process control can be performed for the post-conversion video. The video level, chroma level, chroma phase, setup level, and clips can be adjusted to produce the optimal video quality.

“The NFL is the top sports league in North America. It was a very prestigious contract to win, for a specialty teleport like ours. There are larger teleports out there, but none as successful in our niche of ultra-high end international HD sports,” said Partington.

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

Switzerland’s Top News Portal Opts for Vizrt to Boost Growth

Bergen, Norway, Vizrt Ltd. (Oslo Main List: VIZ) – Vizrt Ltd. supply production tools to the digital media industry and announced today that the Swiss multi-national company, Ringier, has chosen its Escenic Content Management System (CMS) to run its Blick Internet News Portal (www.blick.ch), Switzerland’s most-visited news site.

Martin Burkhalter, CEO of Vizrt, said, “The fact Blick chose our system to provide its core online publishing platform is very rewarding. Market-leaders like Blick have a clear vision of the future. They are very aware that media-rich functionality will play an increasingly important role in the distribution of their online content. It is satisfying to see that their vision matches our own. This deal clearly endorses our investment in the development of efficient workflows, enabling publishers like Blick to accomplish their ambition. ”

Blick will use Escenic Content Engine, Vizrt’s online publishing software, widely used for multi-site publishing. Blick journalists, working on Vizrt’s newsroom user interface, Escenic Content Studio, can simplify and speed up publishing their stories to multiple websites, directly from their desktops. The latest multi-media widgets include text, images, graphics and video which are published simultaneously to online, mobile and tablet devices in the most appropriate format for each device. Blick will publish its content directly to handheld devices, using the single code base of Viz Mobile Expansion, a module of the Escenic publishing software.

”Escenic Content Studio’s intuitive and functional back-end system was one of the highlights of the evaluation process while looking for a new CMS solution for blick.ch. This, along with other major advantages with Vizrt’s solution, has convinced both the publisher and the editorial environment that we can run the number one news platform in Switzerland using Escenic Content Studio,” said Martin Fessler, Head of IT & Operations at Blick Group.

Vizrt’s online content management system currently powers around 600 media websites worldwide, including Axel Springer (die Welt, Hamburger Abendblatt, BZ, Bergerdorfer Zeitung, Berliner Morgenpost), N-TV, WAZ (der Westen), News International, St. Petersburg Times, FL, Cox Newspapers, NC, Canadian Globe and Mail, UK based TimesOnline, The Sun, News of the World, The Daily Telegraph, The Independent, Scandinavian Schibsted, Bonnier and TV 2 Norway.

About Ringier:
Ringier is a multinational media company covering print, TV, radio, online and the mobile format. Founded in 1833, Ringier is a Swiss family business with headquarters in Zurich. In addition to its core business of newspapers and magazines, the company heavily targets its growing digital audience. Ringier already has more than thirty apps for smart phones and tablets, and wants to strengthen its online presence even further in 2011.

About Vizrt:
Vizrt provides real-time 3D graphics and asset management tools for the broadcast industry and media houses – 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, ZDF, Star TV, Network 18, TV Today, CCTV, NHK, 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.

Press contacts:
Martin Burkhalter
President & CEO
+41 22 365 75 01
m@vizrt.com

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

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