Monthly Archives: February 2011

Vermont Public Television Selects Four Hitachi SK-HD1000 HDTV Cameras for Hi-Def Studio Production Upgrade

WOODBURY, NEW YORK, February 28, 2011 – Vermont Public Television (VPT)— Vermont’s statewide PBS network —purchased four new Hitachi SK-HD1000 digital HDTV studio cameras as part of an extensive HDTV production upgrade at its Colchester, VT broadcast television facility.

“We chose the Hitachi SK-HD1000 after a year of exhaustive, comparative research and testing of all major HDTV studio cameras on the market,” said Joseph Tymecki, CPBE, Chief Technology Officer, Vermont Public Television. “Since the cameras replaced four older analog studio cameras that’d been in service for nearly 20 years, we wanted to be sure we were ordering studio cameras that would serve us well into the future. We feel that these Hitachi cameras are the perfect fit for our facility.”

“The picture quality is just stunning,” added Tymecki. “After we first put them on the air to cover the inauguration of Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin in January 2011, some viewers actually called us to comment on how amazing our channel looked. They wondered what we were doing differently because they noticed a big difference.”

The Hitachi SK-HD1000 camera package is part of an extensive HDTV studio production upgrade that included a Ross Vision multi-format production switcher, Chyron LEX3 live HD graphics system, Omneon server, and Miranda router. This upgrade was the final phase of a four-phase upgrade that included four new DTV transmitters (Phase 1), master control room (Phase 2), and field production and NLE editing workflow (Phase 3).

The new Hitachi SK-HD1000 cameras are outfitted with a complement of Hitachi accessories, including Hitachi TU-HD1000 camera control units, VF-HP840 8-inch color LCD viewfinders, and RU-1200JY remote control units, as well as the Fujinon ZA-22×7.6BERM HD telephoto zoom lenses with 2X extenders.

Tymecki said the fact that the Hitachi SK-HD1000 cameras capture in native 1080i was crucial to their buying decision since PBS and its member stations have standardized on a 1080i HD workflow. Another critical factor is that the SK-HD1000 camera heads provide enough power to run their (Autoscript) 19-inch TFT-LCD teleprompters – a capability many competing HDTV studio cameras do not offer.

“We also did extensive testing of Hitachi’s digital triax system, compared to a SMPTE fiber optic solution, and we found the picture quality to be superb despite the signal compression,” Tymecki said. “This is important to us because our production truck and many of the remote venues we shoot in use triax. Our engineers and crew are familiar with the maintenance of triax connectors.”

While the cameras are dedicated to multi-camera studio production, VPT plans to pack them into road cases for occasional use on their truck. In the broadcast facility, the cameras shuttle between Studio A, a large 80 x 40-foot studio space, and smaller Studio B on Vinten pedestals and pan/tilt heads to produce three- or four-camera shows.

The Hitachi SK-HD1000s are used to shoot all VPT local productions including: “Profile,” a show about the arts, culture, and public affairs in Vermont; “Vermont This Week,” a look at the top news stories across the state, and live call-in programs with elected officials.

The Hitachi SK-HD1000s were purchased from Hitachi with the help of regional sales. “Hitachi’s customer service has been exceptional, and the cameras have proven to be reliable and user-friendly,” Tymecki said. “Considering all the built-in features and the attractive price point, these studio cameras are the best value out there.”

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 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.
Full versions of all press releases and product images are posted on the web site in the pressroom section: http://www.hitachikokusai.us

Hitachi Kokusai Electric America, Ltd., 150 Crossways Park Drive, Woodbury, NY 11797, U.S.A.
Tel: (516) 921-7200; Fax: (516) 496-3718; website: http://www.hitachikokusai.us

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Travel Channel Moves Forward with Broadway Systems for Ad Sales Operations

Grand Rapids, Mich. – Broadway Systems, the leading provider of advertising management software for cable networks, announced today that Scripps Networks is using Broadway’s end-to-end software platform to help manage program scheduling, advertising sales, traffic, and billing for Travel Channel. The cable network went live with Broadway last March.

“Because Scripps already used Broadway to help manage these systems and processes at all their other cable networks, they wanted that same platform for Travel Channel,” said John Sorensen, president of Broadway Systems. “Within a limited window of time, we were able to provide Scripps with an efficient migration path for Travel Channel’s operations.”

Broadway worked with Scripps to convert the historical and operational data from two different systems to the Broadway platform. As part of the project, Broadway created a series of tools to assist with Travel Channel’s data migration, which began in late 2009.

About Broadway Systems
Since 2002, Broadway Systems has collaborated with cable networks to engineer a contemporary and fully integrated programming, sales, traffic, stewardship, and billing software system. Today, this platform manages more than $3 billion in advertising revenues for top 20 rated cable networks as well as startups. Broadway Systems offers cable networks a strategic alternative to existing vendors, one that is dedicated to their business and keeps pace with the changing needs of this dynamic industry. Find out more at www.broadwaysystems.com.

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ADVANCED SYSTEMS GROUP OFFERS ‘LUNCH & LEARN’ SEMINAR ON HIGH PERFORMANCE SAN SYSTEMS AND ARCHIVES

EMERYVILLE, CALIF. – Advanced Systems Group (ASG), a leading West Coast video and film integration firm, will present an ASG Lunch & Learn seminar focused on high performance storage area networks (SANs) and archives on Thursday, March 10, 2011. The free seminar, “Need High Performance, Scalable, Flexible Workflows with Efficient Archiving?” runs from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Morton’s The Steakhouse at 400 Post St. in San Francisco. Lunch will be served, and all attendees will be included in a drawing to win an Apple iPad.

The one-hour morning session will explain how a SAN file system provides file creation, storage, and sharing. After lunch, the discussion will concentrate on how data management software can simplify archiving. Both sessions will include recommendations on how attendees can implement their own strategies for data lifecycle management.

“A combined strategy of using a Quantum StorNext SAN file system and data management software allows you to seamlessly archive data and have it available when you need it,” said Dave Van Hoy, president of ASG. “Our free seminar will provide attendees the opportunity to learn about real-world applications from an experienced field engineer.”

Space is limited for the ASG Lunch & Learn seminar. Reserve your seat at www.asgllc.com/events.html, or call (510) 654-8300 or e-mail rsvp@asgllc.com for more information.

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 www.asgllc.com or call 510-654-8300.

Broadway Systems to Introduce Version 7.0 Software at NAB 2011

Grand Rapids, Mich. – Broadway Systems, the leading provider of advertising management software for cable networks, will unveil Version 7.0 of its software at the 2011 NAB Show, which runs April 11-14 at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nev. (Booth N3421). Broadway 7.0 features significant enhancements including a newly engineered Deal Management Cockpit, as well as Broadway IQ, a module that leverages real-time operational data to help improve advertising yields.

“Broadway already delivers the only proven end-to-end platform for managing a cable network’s advertising business,” explained John Sorensen, president of Broadway Systems. “Version 7.0 builds upon this foundation to help our customers further improve their advertising yields, operating efficiencies, and cross-platform management.”

With its intuitive, configurable interface, Broadway’s newly engineered Deal Management Cockpit helps cable networks easily manage deal complexities. From a single screen, users get a “360-degree view” of all deal-related information, so it’s easier than ever to assess key data and take action. Broadway 7.0 also includes further enhancements in support of advertiser demands for targeted spot placement and reporting transparency.

Broadway IQ, a new suite of tools that leverages real-time operational data to make informed analytical decisions, was engineered to help cable networks improve their advertising yields. For example, customers using Broadway IQ can leverage the Unsold Units Analysis to dynamically analyze the potential revenue from unsold inventory. Using various filters related to capacity, booked and available inventory, and impressions and CPM, users can easily create multiple revenue scenarios based on different ratecard and sellout assumptions. Other tools, such as Returning Business Analysis, provide similar analytical and “what if” capabilities specific to the cable network advertising industry.

“Our exclusive focus on cable network advertising, combined with a proven end-to-end platform, is a tremendous advantage to our customers,” Sorensen added. “Broadway Systems continues to introduce new capabilities of value to a cable network’s business, which is just one of the reasons we are the fastest growing software company in our space.”

About Broadway Systems
Since 2002, Broadway Systems has collaborated with cable networks to engineer a contemporary and fully integrated programming, sales, traffic, stewardship, and billing software system. Today, this platform is used to manage some of the top brands in industry and more than $3 billion in advertising revenues for top 20 rated cable networks and startups alike. Broadway Systems offers cable networks a strategic alternative to existing vendors, one that is dedicated to their business and keeps pace with the changing needs of this dynamic industry. Find out more at http://www.broadwaysystems.com.

T-VIPS Increases Operator Efficiency through NAB launch of Products and Innovative Functionality

NAB to see T-VIPS provide new functionality for broadcasters, operators, digital film post-production and distribution of alternative content to movie theaters (NAB booth: SU7807)

Oslo, Norway – T-VIPS, a global leader in professional video contribution and distribution solutions, today announces that NAB 2011 will see new functionality and products launched across its product ranges: video transport; monitoring & switching; and transport stream processing & remultiplexing. The company’s on-booth demonstrations will show how the company is enabling broadcasters and operators to save time, money and resources by increasing operational efficiency and reliability, reducing the requirement for capital investment and through simplifying workflows. The new product introductions at NAB will include the CP546 Transport Steam Monitor, a powerful tool for the continuous monitoring of transport streams, services, PID’s and PSI/SI/PSIP tables, ensuring fast fault detection and diagnostics.

The T-VIPS NAB booth will have a number of pods dedicated to individual segments, including:

· JPEG2000 video contribution

· 3D contribution

· Managing video transport

· Monitoring and switching

· Remultiplexing

· Digital Film – Remote reviews and approvals

· Terrestrial Broadcasting – End to end redundancy

“Workflows will be a major focus at NAB this year, as customers are increasingly looking to take advantage of the high-level of cost-savings that can be achieved through deploying new simplified and more efficient workflows,” says Johnny Dolvik, CEO, T-VIPS. “I look forward to our NAB demoes showing operators and broadcasters how our solutions utilize key technologies such as IP, advanced error correction and FEC, JPEG2000 and intelligent switching and remultiplexing to simplify the management and control of broadcast workflows.”

CP546 Transport Stream Monitor
The CP546 is part of the T-VIPS’ cProcessor suite; a line of compact, powerful and cost-effective products designed for processing and monitoring of MPEG-2 transport streams. This monitoring functionality is increasingly important in today’s complex broadcast architectures. Error detection and alarms are based on ETSI TR 101 290 for DVB signals and ATSC A/78 for ATSC DTV signals, with the alarms provided through an easy-to-use web user interface as well as through SNMP.

In addition to its monitoring capabilities, the CP546 also allows in-depth analysis of signal, services, components as well as PSI, SI and PSIP table decoding. Combined, these features enable the fast diagnosis of erroneous signals.
The CP546 provides remote supervision and monitoring of up to 8 DVB-ASI or SMPTE-310 transport streams, and up to 16 IP/Ethernet transport streams. In addition, the CP546 is fully configurable and may be set up to detect and initiate alarms as required by the network operator.

For further information: David Bramley, Platform PR, Tel: +44 (0)20 7486 4900, Email: david@platformpr.com

About T-VIPS AS
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

FUJINON LENSES DRIVE THE ALL MOBILE VIDEO 3D TRUCK

WAYNE, N.J. – All Mobile Video (AMV) recently furnished its Epic 3D mobile production unit with lenses from FUJIFILM North America Corporation, Optical Devices Division for use on Sony HDC1500 Series cameras and Sony HDC-P1 cameras on 3ality Digital 3D stereoscopic rigs. The Epic 3D features six Fujinon HA23x7.6BERM HD Premier Series ENG-Style telephoto lenses and 12 Fujinon HAs18x7.6BRM Premier Series HD ENG-Style telephoto lenses. Each 3D rig on the truck includes two lenses for stereoscopic 3D production. There are six 3ality Digital 3flex 3D camera rigs on the Epic 3D truck – four TS-2 Studio Beamsplitter rigs and two TS-4 Side-by-Side rigs.

The 3D engineers who worked the rigs and other AMV 3D camera equipment have been enthusiastic about their experience with the new Fujinon lenses. “They were ecstatic with how well the lenses lined up with each other,” said Lee Blanco, director of engineering at AMV. “Our customers who use the lenses regularly for 3D production have gone out of their way to tell us, ‘Your Fujinon lenses are great!’”

Blanco said that zooming typically presents challenges in 3D production. Lenses that are to be used in tandem for 3D productions must share the same focal length – and during shooting, they must also match zoom and focus position. “The closer the lenses are to each other in their zooming, the fewer corrections you have to make,” explained Blanco. “The fewer corrections you have to make, the less time you have to spend setting that up.”
3ality Digital’s 3flex™ camera systems manual alignment corrects mechanical and optical imperfections. The systems feature semi-automatic setup and alignment. “In the world of 3D, that’s huge because that reduces the lengthy and complicated set-up procedures we go through on site,” said Blanco.

Recently, Chelsea Studios handled the 3D production of Animal Planet’s “Puppy Bowl,” shot using Epic 3D’s camera rigs. Epic 3D was on site for a Direct TV music show that was shot on five 3D rigs. All Mobile Video also produced a single-camera 3D demo for the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree lighting in New York City.

About FUJIFILM North America Corporation, Optical Devices Division
FUJIFILM is a major manufacturer and distributor of FUJINON 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.fujinon.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 Optical Devices Division, a newly formed unit of FUJIFILM North America Corporation.)

SUNY Fredonia Student Station WNYF Installs Broadcast Pix Granite 1000 for Transition to HD Production, File-Based Workflow

Billerica, Massachusetts – For more than 30 years, independent student television station WNYF has been one of the staples on the campus of SUNY Fredonia, which is part of the State University of New York. The station recently installed a Broadcast Pix™ Granite™ 1000 video production system, which has helped usher in a new era of high definition production and file-based workflow.

According to T. John McCune, multimedia team leader, SUNY Fredonia, the Granite 1000, which was purchased through Audio Video Corporation to replace a Panasonic AG-MX70 switcher, was installed last August in time for the fall semester. McCune said the students are still excited about the new system, because it is easy to use and has improved the quality of productions.

Students produce a variety of original programming, including news, cooking and game shows, campus event coverage, and PSAs. WNYF also offers live campus coverage of men’s ice hockey from Steele Hall (using a fibre channel feed back to the station), and may expand its live sports coverage to include basketball. McCune said some hockey games have been streamed live on Ustream this season, which produced positive feedback from fans not able to attend the games.

The upgraded control room is based around the Granite 1000, and includes a Yamaha audio board, two legacy tape decks, computer stations for prompter and automation control, and an Apple Mac Pro with a Blackmagic Design DeckLink capture card for recording all programming. Programs are shot with Sony HVR-S270U cameras, which are equipped with HD-SDI outputs that connect directly to the Broadcast Pix system, and archived to an Apple Final Cut Server.

McCune credits the Granite 1000 as a major factor in the station’s cost-effective transition to HD production. He said the system delivers high quality performance at a great price point, plus its built-in Fluent™ workflow software provides a number of important tools. Using Fluent Multi-View, for example, the control room monitor wall has been replaced by a single 46-inch Sony LCD monitor. A 24-inch LCD panel in the control room is used by the CG operator, who uses Granite’s built-in Harris Inscriber CG.

McCune is particularly pleased with Fluent Watch-Folders, a built-in file management system that allows clips and graphics to be sent directly to the Granite system from separate workstations over a network. “For the workflow to be very powerful, I think it has to be intuitive – not just how you route files, but where you’re routing them from and how they appear,” he said. “Granite makes it easy.”

About Broadcast Pix Broadcast Pix is the leader in integrated live video production systems. Its Granite™ native HD systems are the only switchers with a server to provide the best file-based workflow. 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 80 countries. Learn more and watch a video demo of Granite at www.broadcastpix.com.

 

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

 

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