Monthly Archives: June 2011

HOWARD KIRSCH JOINS DIAQUEST AS MARKET DEVELOPMENT MANAGER

EMERYVILLE, CALIF. – Diaquest Products, a software development firm with a focus on the video and film industries, has hired Howard Kirsch as its new market development manager, effective June 13. He will be promoting sales of QueManager, an affordable graphics order management system (OMS) for newsroom applications, as well as developing relationships with vendors and customers.

Kirsch has extensive experience in the television broadcast industry, including engineering and technical positions with ABC and NBC News in New York, as well as KRON in San Francisco. He also served as a sales manager for ParkerVision and district sales manager for JVC Professional Products Company. Most recently, he was director of sales for E-N-G Mobile Systems in Concord, Calif.

“We are very proud to welcome Howard to the Diaquest team,” said Dave Van Hoy, president of Diaquest Products. “As a veteran of the broadcast industry, he truly understands the importance of workflow efficiencies that can be attained by broadcasters through QueManager and other Diaquest services. Plus, his experience in engineering and sales makes him a very valuable resource for our company.”

Kirsch will be based at the company’s Emeryville office and can be contacted at (510) 547-4544 or via e-mail at howard@diaquest.com.

About Diaquest:
Based in Emeryville, Calif., Diaquest Products LLC has been developing mission critical software for the video, film, and broadcast industries since 1982. The company develops software as an OEM for several manufacturers, as well as custom software tools for a variety of clients. In addition to software development, Diaquest provides professional-level support of related software and hardware products. Find out more at http://www.diaquest.com or call (510) 547-4544.

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SAS Installs Broadcast Pix Granite Systems for New Conference Center

Billerica, Massachusetts – Broadcast Pix™ announced today that SAS, a leading independent vendor in business analytics software and services, is expanding its use of Granite™ video production systems on its 140-acre main campus in Cary, N.C. With one Granite already in service, four additional systems were installed in a new conference center that opened in April.

The company’s first Granite system was installed early last year, along with Sony BRC-Z700 robotic HD cameras, to improve production values in a 450-seat auditorium. According to Woody Weaver, SAS senior manager of engineering and operations for New Media and Video Communications (NMVC), the auditorium is used regularly for webcasts, such as developer meetings, for employees and customers around the world. SAS has also hosted external events in its auditorium, including a recent educational conference that was webcast to schools across the state and a gubernatorial debate in 2008.

In the auditorium, SAS relies on Fluent™ Multi-View, one of Granite’s built-in workflow tools, so the technical director can keep track of all available video sources. Fluent Clip Store also gets heavy use, as customer testimonials and other video clips are often integrated into presentations.

Most auditorium presentations have CG information inserted in post production prior to distribution (post facilities are conveniently located in the same building). However, Weaver expects presentations in the new conference center – which is more than a mile away – will rely on Granite’s built-in Harris Inscriber CG for more polished productions. The center includes two theaters, which will be equipped with Granite 5000s, and nine large meeting rooms, two of which will feature Granite 1000s.

Weaver said the Granite 5000 was originally selected for its auditorium because of its 2 M/E capability, which allows SAS to display slides and other materials on the auditorium’s 30-foot screen for the live audience while simultaneously switching a show that is webcast to employees in other locations. “It’s a good product, it fits our needs extremely well,” said Weaver. “And the support from Broadcast Pix has been terrific.”

About Broadcast Pix Broadcast Pix is the leader in live video production systems. Its systems provide the best control surface for combining cameras, clips and graphics to create compelling live video. These surfaces enable total control of the built-in multi-format switcher, clip store, graphics system with a Harris or Chyron CG, and device controls. Its Fluent workflow enables files and data to be easily incorporated from other parts of the studio. Broadcast Pix systems are a fraction of the cost of a conventional control room to buy, staff and operate. Systems are available in both HD Granite and hybrid Slate™ systems. They range from small systems controlled by a touch-screen, mouse, iPad or Droid, to sophisticated 2 M/E control panels. Customers include leading broadcast, corporate, education, religious, government, webcast, entertainment and mobile studios in more than 80 countries. Learn more at www.broadcastpix.com.

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

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Thai Channel 7 Rolls Out Second Phase of Upgrades with Vizrt; Contract Worth Approximately USD 1.9 million

Bergen/Norway, Bangkok/Thailand, June 23, Vizrt Ltd. (Oslo Main List: VIZ)

Vizrt Ltd., a leading provider of content production tools for the digital media industry, today announced a deal with Channel 7 from Thailand, worth THB 61 million (Thai Baht; approximately USD 1.9 million). Michael Namatinia, President of Vizrt APAC, stated, “Vizrt is thrilled with Channel 7’s vote of confidence as the network moves into the second phase of its upgrades. This is a substantial purchase that will deepen the partnership between Channel 7 and Vizrt.”

The significant follow up sale provides the Thai public television channel with faster Virtual Studio Engine performance by increasing the number of Viz Engine renderers per camera tracking system to four. The increase provides greater depth to the network’s advanced Viz Virtual Studio scenes, enabling an even more dynamic and visually enhanced viewer experience. It also installs redundancy on the critical software points of Viz Virtual Studio cameras, Viz Graphic Hub central graphics database and Viz Content Pilot content control system.

Notably, Channel 7 is now the first major network customer in Thailand using Viz Reporter and the Viz Media Engine, allowing the company to target new audiences on all the latest handhelds and other online content access devices. “We’re especially happy to see Channel 7 moving into the mobile arena, with solutions employing the range of products from our mobile division,” said Namatinia.

The system was sold, delivered and Installed in Q2 and will go on-air for the upcoming Thai elections on July 3rd.

About Channel 7:
Established in 1967, Bangkok National Radio and Television Broadcasting Corporation Channel 7 is a Thai television channel. The headquarters are located in Bangkok.

About Vizrt:
Vizrt provides real-time 3D graphics and asset management tools for the broadcast industry – from award-winning animations & maps to online publishing tools. Vizrt’s products are used by the world’s leading broadcasters and publishing houses, including: CNN, CBS, Fox, the BBC, BSkyB, ITN, 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.

Scott Rogers Joins T-VIPS America as Director of Sales, Mid-America Region

Millburn, New Jersey – T-VIPS America Inc, a global leader in professional video transport solutions for contribution, distribution, and digital terrestrial television, today announced that Scott Rogers has joined the company as Director of Sales—Mid-America. With over 19 years of professional sales experience in the broadcast television industry, Rogers is entrusted with expanding T-VIPS America Inc.’s market share across the Central U.S. region. T-VIPS offers a wide array of solutions for broadcast video contribution, terrestrial television, JPEG2000 based video transport over IP networks, and transport stream processing and monitoring.

In his new position, Roger’s responsibilities include expanding T-VIPS’ broadcast customer base—including station groups, independent stations, network operators and other key accounts through direct sales and channel marketing efforts—and developing new business sectors, such as stadium facilities and content providers.

“T-VIPS is a dynamic, fast-growing company focused on delivering advanced, affordable JPEG2000, video gateways, and solutions for IP networking, transport stream multiplexing, processing and monitoring for the broadcast and content creation industries,” said Rogers. “At a time when broadcast stations want to increase efficiencies and reduce operating expenses, T-VIPS delivers proven, easy-to-configure products that provide a seamless transition to a cost-effective, IP-based video infrastructure.”

In his new position, Rogers reports directly to Janne T. Morstøl, President of T-VIPS America Inc. “We’re extremely pleased to welcome Scott to our U.S. sales team,” Morstol said. “With his extensive broadcast equipment sales experience and knowledge of the Central U.S. sales territory, Scott is well qualified to represent T-VIPS’ products and to expand our customer base. He fully understands the digital signal processing and workflow challenges at today’s broadcast facilities. He is uniquely qualified to demonstrate how T-VIPS’ products can improve the overall efficiency of their existing broadcast facility workflows.”

In a career spanning 19 years, Rogers has held high-level sales positions within many of the industry’s leading manufacturers, primarily across the Central U.S. From 2007 to the present, he served as regional sales manager for the Mid-Central Region for Harris Corporation, promoting a range of DTV products including play-to-air master control and graphics systems, and fiber networking solutions. From 2001 to 2007, he served as regional sales manager for the North Central Region for Miranda Technologies.

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: www.t-vips.com

Vizrt and LiberoVision Analysis Tools Take Center Stage at 2011 Stanley Cup Final

Bergen/Zürich, Norway/Switzerland, June 14, Vizrt Ltd. (Oslo Main List: VIZ)

As the hockey world fixes its eyes on the final act of the NHL season – the Stanley Cup Final between the Boston Bruins and Vancouver Canucks – the Zürich-based sports analysis company LiberoVision plays an important role in illustrating to viewers the many why’s and how’s tied to player decisions.

Now fully part of the Vizrt workflow and supporting seven different sports, including soccer, American football and ice hockey, the award-winning Libero Highlight one-box solution allows broadcasters to produce realistic 3D replays without the need for additional infrastructure.

“Based on nothing more than your existing TV images, Libero Highlight instantly grabs the viewer’s attention and lifts sports analysis to a whole new level,” says Julia Vogel, Sales and Marketing Director at LiberoVision. “LiberoVision’s patented image processing technology instantly transforms the camera feeds into realistic 3D representations that allow viewers to essentially fly over the playing field to review key moments in the action from the best possible perspectives.”

In the US, NBC Sports and VERSUS, both members of the NBC Sports Group, are using Libero Highlight for 3D replay analysis during the best-of-seven games final. In Canada, The Sports Network (TSN) is using Libero Highlight’s interface to visualize tactical aspects of the game. TSN is Canada’s leading, English-language sports TV channel.

“LiberoVision is a great tool that better allows us to tell the story of the event,” says Sam Flood, Executive Producer, NBC Sports and VERSUS. “It provides a unique, tactical perspective that helps us take the audience inside the glass and gives them the best seat in the house.”

VERSUS has been using Libero Highlight for live, on-air replay analysis of its games since the 2010 NHL playoffs. Before this year’s Stanley Cup Final, NBC featured Libero Highlight during its 2010 Vancouver Olympic Games hockey coverage and for the 2010 NHL playoffs. TSN are primarily using Libero Highlight for post-game analysis and various shows tied to the Stanley Cup final.

”LiberoVision’s realistic 3D support for analyzing key moments of the game, changing from one camera to another while always keeping the essential players clearly visible, is a great example of how broadcasters can now highlight game-changing decisions better than ever before,” says Paul Graham, VP and Executive Producer, TSN.

Libero Highlight has already been well received by broadcasters around the world. The software has been used at the 2010 FIFA World Cup, other high-profile soccer events, for NFL and NCAA football, Major League Baseball, NHL hockey games, as well as NBA and NCAA basketball coverage.

About LiberoVision
Now fully acquired by Vizrt, LiberoVision’s 3D sports analysis and replay system has been integrated into Vizrt’s broadcast graphics and media asset management (MAM) workflow. With this integration, sportscasters can deliver their Libero Highlight clips— with defined starts/stops and annotations—into the Vizrt workflow. They can then control the playback of the clips from an Apple iPad using Viz Anchor or any other Vizrt control software and play it out through the Viz Engine embedded in graphics. It’s also possible to export metadata, such as short text, which is rendered by Viz Engine, Vizrt’s real-time rendering engine. This also means that the LiberoVision analysis can reach videowalls, virtual sets and that it is available for distribution to mobile devices by using the device optimized delivery of video to all devices.

About Vizrt
Vizrt has signed a definitive share purchase agreement in LiberoVision, and now offers sports analysis tools as a stand-alone product, or in combination with our popular content production tools. Our products are used by the world’s leading broadcasters and publishing houses, including: ESPN, ABC, MLB, YES Network, Canal+, Sky News, CBS, Fox, the BBC, BSkyB, ITN, ZDF, Antena3, and FC Barcelona.

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
mbu@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 LAUNCHES COST-EFFECTIVE GY-HM710U PROHD CAMCORDER AT INFOCOMM 2011

WAYNE, NJ – JVC Professional Products Company, a division of JVC Americas Corp., today unveiled the new GY-HM710U ProHD camcorder – a cost effective choice for event coverage, documentaries, ENG news, and educational applications – at InfoComm 2011 (Booth 1062), which runs through June 17 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla. The compact, shoulder-mount camcorder has a similar body style and many of the same features of the GY-HM750U that was introduced earlier this year, but does not include the option to attach external modules for additional functionality.

Using the same 3-CCD imaging system found in the GY-HM750U, the GY-HM710U records 1920×1080 HD footage in 1080p and 1080i at 25 Mbps or 35 Mbps. JVC’s native file recording technology allows recording in ready-to-edit file formats for Apple Final Cut Pro or Adobe Premiere (.MOV), as well as other major NLE systems (.MP4), to non-proprietary SDHC cards. For legacy applications, the camcorder can also record SD footage (480i) as standard DV files (.AVI or .MOV).

“Not everyone needs the modular functionality of some of our more advanced ProHD models,” said Craig Yanagi, national marketing and brand manager. “The new GY-HM710U strikes the perfect balance between features and affordability without sacrificing image quality or the industry’s fastest and most efficient workflow.”

The GY-HM710U features a standard bayonet lens mount and ships with a Canon 14:1 lens. It also includes extensive image customization modes, JVC’s patented Focus Assist, and a 20-second Pre Rec (retro cache) feature, which continuously records and stores footage in cache memory and helps prevent missed shots of breaking events. Other features include a high resolution (1.22 million pixel) LCOS viewfinder and 4.3-inch flip-out LCD monitor, plus two XLR audio inputs with phantom power and manual audio level controls with audio meter.

The GY-HM710U is available now at a suggested list price of $6,495.

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.

PANAMA’S TVN UPGRADES WITH FOR-A HVS-350HS AND HVS-300HS SWITCHERS

Fort Lee, N.J.FOR-A Corporation of America, a leading manufacturer of video and audio systems for the broadcast and professional video industries, announced the installation of the FOR-A HVS-350HS HD/SD 1.5 M/E digital video switcher and the FOR-A HVS-300HS HD/SD portable video switcher to Televisora Nacional, S.A. (TVN), a television network in Panama known as TVN.

With offices and its main studios in Panama City, TVN features news, soap operas, movies, talk shows, and variety shows. “Our network is growing with the global popularity of reality programming and contest shows,” said Rolando Guerra, Director of Engineering at TVN Panama. “The HVS-300HS and HVS-350HS switchers from FOR-A allow us the flexibility of working with HD in two different form factors.”

Last spring, TVN-2 launched the reality show My Big Talent competition based on the British format Britain’s Got Talent. Other locally produced programs on TVN include: the dance competition Muévelo, soap opera Sueños de Verano, and Los Reyes del Humor.

“We’re pleased to offer growing television stations the ability stay on the cutting edge of technology within such cost-effective and easy-to-use packages,” said Pedro Silvestre, FOR-A. “Both switchers are portable, powerful, very easy to use, and ideal in the studio or on a location shoot.”

The HVS-300HS has a built-in multi-viewer, so external monitors are not necessary. Setup on location is further simplified by the frame sync capability found on every input. The HVS-350HS HD/SD 1.5 M/E digital video switcher is a “big brother” to the popular and cost-effective HVS-300HS. The HVS-350HS, adds 1.5 M/E functionality, more inputs, and more standard features – without dramatically increasing the size of the switcher or control panel.

About FOR-A
FOR-A 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 201-944-1120 or visit our web site at http://www.for-a.com.

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