Monthly Archives: May 2011

FOR-A TO SHOWCASE PRODUCT RANGE AT UPCOMING INFOCOMM

Fort Lee, N.J.FOR-A, a leading manufacturer of video and audio systems for the broadcast and professional video industries, will highlight a variety of recently introduced products at the 2011 InfoComm Show, which runs June 15-17 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando. Demonstrating in Booth 5751, FOR-A will showcase its FA-9500 multipurpose signal processor, HVS-350HS HD/SD 1.5 M/E digital video switcher, FVW-500HS HD/SD video writer, LTR-100HS video archive recorder, MV-3200 Series multi-viewer and MV-1600HS Series multi-viewer.

“InfoComm has always been a key show for us,” said Pedro Silvestre, FOR-A Corporation of America, Sales Director. “It’s the world’s largest conference for the professional AV industry, which along with broadcast, is one of the top areas we serve. Our company’s research and development focuses its design criterion on products and features that will benefit video professionals working in this challenging but dynamic field. We see our customer base grow every year after our InfoComm participation.”

The FA-9500 multipurpose signal processor offers frame sync and video and audio conversion tools, as well as a variety of options for improved video production functionality. It supports 3G-SDI, HD/SD-SDI, and analog composite I/O, and provides up/down/cross/aspect converters, second converter, color corrector, and automatic video optimizer as standard features.

Ideal for mobile production units and smaller control rooms, FOR-A will also show the HVS-350HS switcher at InfoComm. It includes eight inputs and outputs standard (expandable to 24 inputs and 12 outputs), and its 10-bit processor supports 1080i, 720p, NTSC, and PAL formats. Built-in frame synchronizers on each input and a resizing engine on four inputs allows asynchronous signals – including HD, SD, analog, and PC signals – to be switched in the same program.

Also being demonstrated at FOR-A’s booth will be the FVW-500HS video writer, which enables freehand drawing and positioning of objects and image files over video. This system provides drawing tools for a variety of markets, including usage in replay commentary in sports broadcasts, news programs, and weather forecasts, as well as in creating educational materials and in the medical field.

Awarded as a Broadcast Engineering Pick Hit at last year’s NAB Show, the FOR-A LTR-100HS video archiving recorder will also be on display. The recorder supports LTO-5 technology, the latest standard in long-term, high-capacity tape storage, to provide a simple and effective archive solution. Equipped with a high quality MPEG-2 codec, the LTR-100HS includes an MXF wrapper/un-wrapper, so MXF files (XDCAM HD/HD422/IMX) recorded to LTO-5 tape can be used directly by many NLE systems. LTO-5 tape cartridges can store approximately 50 hours of programming recorded at 50 Mbps.

FOR-A’s MV-3200 Series multi-viewer provides customizable support for up to 32 inputs and four display outputs. It offers a multi-monitor display environment suited to a system by selecting and installing the required input and output cards on a 2 U frame, so control rooms don’t have to supplement their video walls with additional monitors. The choice of input boards provides support for various asynchronous HD/SD-SDI, analog composite, and DVI (analog and digital) signals, as well as analog or AES audio. The other multi-viewer that will be showcased at InfoComm is the MV-1600, which offers the capability of viewing video from up to 16 channels on a single monitor. In addition to regular video output, the MV-1600 also includes SXGA high-resolution output and a remote monitoring function over a network as standard features.

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

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HITACHI KOKUSAI TO SHOWCASE RANGE OF TECHNOLOGIES AT UPCOMING INFOCOMM SHOW

WOODBURY, New YorkHitachi Kokusai Electric America, Ltd., a leading provider of affordable, high performance cameras, will exhibit several broadcast and professional camera products within Hitachi Digital Media Division’s booth (Booth 1921) at this year’s InfoComm, taking place at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando. Exhibits at the show run from June 15h to 17th.

“InfoComm is a great opportunity for Hitachi to demo its state-of-the-art broadcast cameras to the professional AV market,” said Sean Moran, Hitachi Kokusai Electric America’s National Sales Manager. “We offer models covering both ends of the spectrum, from high-end production HDTV cameras to cost-effective models used in a variety of industries. This show affords Hitachi the chance to garner direct feedback from AV professionals so that we can continue to develop technologies that address market needs.”

The Hitachi booth will exhibit a range of products, including the SK-HD1000 optical fiber camera system. Using 2.3 million pixels, micro-lens array, and 1080i CCDs, the SK-HD1000 is Hitachi’s third generation HDTV camera. The SK-HD1000 achieves outstanding resolution, dynamic range response, sensitivity and ultra-low vertical smear characteristics.

Another on display will be the Z-HD5000 camera, Hitachi’s first HDTV model camera in the company’s popular, affordable Z Series product line. The Z-HD5000 was developed to offer customers superior price performance with uncompromised functionality and quality. The two-piece dockable camera offers the flexibility needed for multipurpose applications including studio, field and mobile video production. Offering high light sensitivity coupled with low vertical smear, the Z‐HD5000’s three 2/3‐ inch native 1080i CCD sensors produce 850 TVL of resolution, F10@2000 Lux, and HD Signal to Noise (SNR) level of 58db for a sharp, clean HD picture. The Z-HD5000 will be shown with the CR-P2 HD dockable recorder.

Hitachi will also exhibit the DK-Z50 high-performance, special application HDTV/SD camera. The multipurpose DK-Z50 with integrated Eagle pan/tilt capability is ideal for graphics stand, point of view and remote observation applications. With 14-bit A/D converters and the latest digital processing technology, this camera offers extremely sharp HD images. The DK-Z50 employs the same sensor as the existing Z-HD500 HDTV camera and a low vertical smear specification.

About Hitachi, Ltd.
Hitachi, Ltd., (NYSE: HIT / TSE: 6501), headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, is a leading global electronics company with approximately 360,000 employees worldwide. Fiscal 2009 (ended March 31, 2010) consolidated revenues totaled 8,968 billion yen ($96.4 billion). Hitachi will focus more than ever on the Social Innovation Business, which includes information and telecommunication systems, power systems, environmental, industrial and transportation systems, and social and urban systems, as well as the sophisticated materials and key devices that support them. For more information on Hitachi, please visit the company’s website at http://www.hitachi.com.

Editor’s Note: Color product photographs are available upon request.

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

JVC 4K FOCUS FORUMS LAUNCH AT CINE GEAR EXPO IN JUNE

Additional Events at ProFusion 2011, DV Expo East, and Columbia College Chicago

WAYNE, NJ – JVC Professional Products Company, a division of JVC Americas Corp., has announced four dates in its series of JVC 4K Focus Forums. The free events will showcase the company’s exciting new 4K technology, which is based around the world’s first large-scale integration (LSI) chip for high-speed processing of HD video. Each forum will offer detailed demonstrations of the technology, plus encourage feedback from attendees.

The first three JVC 4K Focus Forums will be held in conjunction with industry trade shows next month: Cine Gear Expo, which runs June 2-5 at the Studios at Paramount in Hollywood, Calif.; ProFusion 2011, the Canadian Professional Video Technology Expo that runs June 17-18 at the Toronto Congress Centre; and Digital Video Expo East on June 22 at the Millennium Broadway Hotel in New York City. A fourth forum is scheduled for June 30 at Columbia College Chicago.

Seating will be limited for the JVC 4K Focus Forums, so attendees are encouraged to register online at http://pro.jvc.com/4k.

“JVC’s new LSI platform is well suited for a wide range of professional equipment,” said Dave Walton, assistant vice president of marketing, JVC Professional Products. “The JVC 4K Focus Forums were created to bring JVC product engineers together with industry professionals. The feedback we get will help us design JVC’s next generation of production cameras.”

Developed by JVC (Victor Company of the Japan) to handle data-intensive acquisition, the new 4K technology makes possible the first handheld camcorder to shoot and record four times the resolution of HD. Plus, the LSI requires 40 percent less power and, compared to previous LSIs, cuts systems costs in half.

“For several years, still cameras have been able to achieve 4K resolution, but the bottleneck has been in processing and recording the images up to 60 frames a second in real time,” said Walton. “The new LSI chip does just that.”

ABOUT JVC PROFESSIONAL PRODUCTS COMPANY
Headquartered in Wayne, New Jersey, JVC Professional Products Company, a division of JVC Americas Corp., 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.

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ALAN HIRSHBERG JOINS ADVANCED SYSTEMS GROUP AS LEAD TECHNICAL SPECIALIST

EMERYVILLE, CALIF.Advanced Systems Group (ASG), a leading West Coast video and film integration firm, has hired Alan Hirshberg as a lead technical specialist for its Technical Services Team, effective May 9. He will be based in Southern California and offer field service and consultation for ASG clients in the region.

Prior to joining ASG, Hirshberg served as president of Studio Computer, which specialized in consulting for storage area networks, servers, video editing, and other entertainment-based IT projects. He also worked as chief engineer for Mojo, where he supervised the technical aspects for the construction of a 17,000-square-foot facility with 25 editorial stations and a new machine room, and as chief technology officer and director of systems support for JPR Engineering.

“Alan has spent the past 15 years designing and integrating IT systems for television and motion picture production houses, plus online resellers, government agencies, and more,” said Dave Van Hoy, president of ASG. “He has built strategic alliances with several major manufacturers in the industry, and has experience with Apple and Avid systems. We are very pleased to welcome Alan to the ASG team.”

Hirshberg can be contacted at (818) 919-9734 or via e-mail at alan@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 www.asgllc.com or call 510-654-8300.

ADVANCED BROADCAST SOLUTIONS SPONSORS ‘ROAD BANDIT’ ONLINE TRAVEL SERIES

SEATAC, WA — In April 2008, Randy Primm left his lucrative freelance video business in Seattle and began a personal adventure exploring the country in a second-hand RV. A year later, he established the Road Bandit Web site (www.roadbandit.com) to share blog entries about life on the road. Now, premier systems integration firm Advanced Broadcast Solutions (ABS) is serving as a technology sponsor for Road Bandit, which began posting an original video series to the site in March.

Advanced Broadcast Solutions is serving as a technology sponsor for http://www.roadbandit.com, a Web site established by Randy Primm (pictured) that began posting an original video travel series in March of this year.


“It’s an interactive travel show, exploring what the country has to offer,” said Primm, who also serves as host and handles most of the production for the series. “We showcase unique people, places, and events. Our purpose is educate, entertain, and inspire our audience.”

Primm is working with a full-time producer and part-time editor based in Washington, but is using a high-end laptop equipped with Apple Final Cut Pro provided by ABS to produce much of the series on the road. “Road Bandit is a fun and unique concept,” said Mark Siegel, President of ABS. “Randy is sharing positive stories about the people and places that make this country great, and we are happy to go along for the ride and support his new series.”

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 www.advancedbroadcastsolutions.com.

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JVC RELEASES BID SPECIFICATIONS FOR NEW SUPER LOLUX HD IP-BASED CCTV CAMERAS

WAYNE, NJ – JVC Professional Products Company, a division of JVC Americas Corp., has released the A&E Bid Specifications for its new Super LoLux HD™ line of IP-based V.Networks cameras. Written specifically for architects, engineers, and other consultants, the new specifications detail the features of each model to assist in the preparation of video security project proposals. Bid specifications can be found on the JVC Web site, http://pro.jvc.com.

“The CCTV camera marketplace is crowded and complicated,” said Ian Scott, vice president, JVC Security Group. “With analog and digital camera options, plus new models and features announced regularly, it’s difficult to keep up with the latest offerings. Our new bid specifications will go a long way toward helping architects and engineers realize the unique benefits of JVC’s V.Networks product line.”

The 11 new models in the Super LoLux HD line feature CMOS imagers that can deliver up to 30 fps full frame rate and output full HD resolution. JVC’s cameras support H.264 High Profile, which uses significantly less bandwidth than H.264 Baseline or Main Profile, as well as MPEG-4 and M-JPEG compression. The new cameras match the sensitivity of JVC’s well established CCD-based cameras and deliver superior color reproduction, even in low light.

There are entry-level, intermediate, and advanced models in the product line, with a box style (less lens), indoor mini-dome, and outdoor dome camera available at each level. Entry-level models provide 720p resolution, while intermediate and advanced models produce full 1080p images. Other features include motion detection, on-board recording to SD card, and new Clear Logic Video Intelligence (CLVI) image processing, which compensates for back lighting and digitally removes atmospheric conditions such as fog, rain, or smoke.

ABOUT JVC PROFESSIONAL PRODUCTS
JVC Professional Products Company, a division of JVC Americas Corp., located in Wayne, New Jersey, is a leading supplier of IP network and analog security cameras, network video recorders, monitors, and management systems to the video security industry. Its V.Networks product line of has earned a solid reputation for quality and reliability, and provides superior picture quality for thousands of installations worldwide. For more information about this, or any other JVC professional product, contact JVC at (800)582-5825 or visit JVC’s Web site at http://pro.jvc.com.

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Sky Italia chooses T-VIPS IP Video Transport Solutions for Next Generation IP Contribution Network

T-VIPS supplies TVG425 ASI to IP and TVG450 JPEG2000 Gateways to provide Sky Italia with the flexibility to contribute MPEG Transport Streams and visually lossless JPEG2000 video over IP

Oslo, Norway –T-VIPS, a global leader in professional video contribution and distribution solutions, today announced that its TVG425 MPEG Transport Stream and the TVG450 JPEG2000 Video Gateways have been selected to provide advanced video transport functionality for Sky Italia’s next generation contribution network. The T-VIPS Video Gateway suite is a flexible and cost-effective portfolio of products designed for real-time contribution and distribution of broadcast-quality video. The project has been delivered by T-VIPS valued business partner, CVE. The T-VIPS solutions are now integrated with the network, which will go live in the first half of 2011. This deployment, which connects Milan and Rome, is the first phase of a Sky Italia project to move to an advanced future-proofed all-IP video contribution network.

This phase of the project provides video transport, with fully redundant network routing, between studios and additional points of presence in Milan and Rome. The contribution network has been designed for maximum flexibility and supports MPEG-2/4, uncompressed SDI and JPEG2000 compression. An important feature of the TVG425 MPEG Transport Stream is that it has in-built input switching, which provides Sky Italia with automated redundancy for ASI and IP Transport Streams, removing the requirement to deploy separate dedicated switching equipment to achieve full network redundancy. The TVG450 enables Sky Italia to deploy JPEG2000 compression for the real-time contribution and distribution of broadcast quality video over IP networks and supports lossless and visually lossless compression, reducing bandwidth requirement without affecting video quality.

“The T-VIPS Video Gateway solutions enable us to transport video over IP without any discernible loss of quality in the final consumer service,” says Massimo Bertolotti Head of Platform Engineering and Innovation, Sky Italia. “We chose the T-VIPS solution because in our tests the equipment demonstrated very high quality combined with robustness and stability, plus as the pioneer of JPEG2000 in broadcast, T-VIPS has an unrivalled track record in IP transport.”

TVG450 Video Gateway
Designed for real-time contribution and distribution of broadcast quality video over IP networks, the TVG450 enables transmission of compressed 3G, HDTV and SD television over Gigabit Ethernet and provides increased density, with up to 1 3G-SDI, 2 HD-SDI or 4 SDI channels in each unit. TVG450 takes advantage of the unmatched quality of JPEG2000 compression combined with the inherent flexibility of IP to offer broadcasters an efficient, affordable and scalable solution for studio quality high definition video contribution. TVG450 supports lossless and visually lossless compression.

Key features include: high density, support for multiple JPEG2000 compressed video channels; support for 3D; high-quality 10-bit video; frame-by-frame encoding which increases resiliency; very low delay (< 60 ms) and MXF encapsulation, suitable for file-based workflow. The solution is compact, cost-effective and has user-friendly configuration and control.

TVG425 IP Gateway
The TVG425 provides transparent handling of up to eight independent MPEG Transport Streams (TS), flexible interfacing with support for ASI, Ethernet and SONET/SDH, as well as output diversity and input switching capabilities that enable cost-effective and highly redundant video transport solutions. The TVG425 is part of the T-VIPS Video Gateway suite, a line of compact, powerful and cost-effective products designed for real-time contribution and distribution of broadcast quality video over IP-enabled networks. The product is the result of long pioneering experience in video-over-IP solutions. Applications include professional broadcast contribution and distribution, transport stream interface adaptation (ASI, IP, SONET/SDH), IP-to-IP applications such as multicast-to-unicast conversion and live event coverage.

Key Features include:
• Transmission of up to eight independent MPEG-2 Transport Streams (TS)
• Flexible Transport Stream interfacing, including support for MPEG-2 TS over DVB-ASI and IP
• Industry-leading support for IP video technologies, including advanced FEC, QoS and VLAN support
• Transport Stream Monitoring
• Multiple Ethernet Data interfaces
• Input Redundancy with input switching on loss of signal on both ASI and IP

“Demanding projects like the Sky Italia next generation contribution network are really exciting to work on because the customer has invested in new technologies for a critical application and they expect those solutions to work for many years to come. When you win one of these projects it demonstrates that you have backed the right technologies in your product roadmap, implemented well and provided the right functionality for the future,” says Johnny Dolvik, CEO, T-VIPS. “I’m therefore delighted to be part of the Sky Italia next generation contribution network and look forward to our solutions playing a part in delivering pay-tv in Italy well into the future.”

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: www.t-vips.com