Monthly Archives: July 2011

Broadcast Pix Expands Presence in Australia with Gencom Technology

Granite 2000 Live Video Production System Featured at SMPTE11 Conference

Billerica, Massachusetts – Broadcast Pix™ today announced its expanded relationship with Gencom Technology, a global media technology solution provider and systems integrator. Through its partnership with Gencom in New Zealand and Singapore, Broadcast Pix has already garnered increased interest in the region’s sporting venues, government agencies, educational institutions, and broadcast applications. Now, Gencom is the Broadcast Pix dealer in Australia as well.

At its booth at the SMPTE11 Conference and Exhibition, which runs through 22 July at the Sydney Exhibition Centre in Sydney, Australia (Booth H09), Gencom is showcasing Granite™ 2000 live video production systems with new Granite 2.0 software, which features the optional Chyron Lyric PRO 8 character generator.

“We are excited to partner with Gencom, which has proven its ability to showcase innovative solutions including Broadcast Pix,” said Dennis Breckenridge, Broadcast Pix director of sales in Asia Pacific. “This allows producers to create compelling live video at a fraction of the cost of traditional solutions, while providing all the quality and reliability of traditional approaches. Gencom has shepherded numerous projects and pushes innovation for customers and applications.”

“Broadcast Pix is a fantastic company to work with, because of the personalized support we receive from Dennis Breckenridge in Singapore and his colleagues back in the U.S.A.,” said Ray Sanders, CEO of Gencom. “We look forward to a long and fruitful partnership.”

Granite 2000 features a wide 1 M/E control panel with 16 input buttons (up to 32 with shift), six keyer buttons, and 10 auxiliary output buttons, plus key priority controls and mnemonics to display aux output assignments. The new panel features patented PixButtons™ that enable operators to switch both video and file-based content with confidence, because they dynamically display the sources and file names on the buttons. Granite 2000 also includes a dedicated bank of controls for Fluent™ Macros, as well as a unique control section for easy access to built-in file stores and external devices like robotic cameras, audio mixers, video streaming appliances, and video servers.

The new Granite 2.0 pipeline simplifies the production workflow for Apple Final Cut Pro users. Operators can simply copy a single file to the Broadcast Pix system and instantly load QuickTime animations with key and audio. Plus, new playlist capabilities enable a sequence of ProRes clips to automatically play and then transition to the source on preview. Granite 2.0 also adds key priority control, enhanced chromakey control (including an eyedropper tool), and rolls and crawls to Granite’s Harris CG, and makes control of ViewCast streaming devices standard.

Broadcast Pix has also integrated Chyron’s Lyric PRO 8 with Granite. Producers can use the Chyron software to create sophisticated titles and 3D animations, access them from any Broadcast Pix control surface, seen on Fluent-View, played from the system’s graphic and clip stores, and easily edited on-air. It also provides access to Chyron’s optional AXIS Web-based services, which allow users to obtain and share broadcast-quality graphics.

About Gencom Technology Gencom designs and builds facilities for all facets of the industry, including studios and production facilities, TV station playout facilities, transmission, OB, IPTV, Web streaming, archiving, and media management. Founded in New Zealand in 1969, Gencom has offices and factories in Australia and Singapore, as well as a sales office in South Africa and representatives in both India and the U.K. Find out more at www.gencom.com.

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

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ADVANCED BROADCAST SOLUTIONS PRESENTS HARRIS SELENIO™ ON ROAD TOUR

SEATAC, WA — Premier systems integration firm Advanced Broadcast Solutions (ABS) will present the Harris® Selenio™ Road Tour, a five-day tour of television stations and other facilities in Washington, Oregon, and Idaho, to showcase the new Selenio media convergence platform. The free tour, which runs Aug. 1-5, 2011, will feature demonstrations of the new Harris product.

As the industry continues to migrate from a traditional broadcast model to a more flexible IP-based workflow, adding new services – without significantly increasing operating expenses – is vital for revenue. Selenio offers a flexible, all-new approach to signal processing and compression for the converging baseband/broadband area. The modular platform integrates into existing fixed or mobile production environments, broadcast facility or digital terrestrial redistribution head end infrastructures, and cable, satellite, and IPTV head ends.

“Selenio represents a significant change in technology for broadcasters, because it helps them reach audiences across a variety of platforms,” said Mark Siegel, President of ABS. “The Selenio Road Tour is a great opportunity to see this convergence technology in action, plus learn how it can be added to existing infrastructures seamlessly and cost effectively.”

The tour schedule is:

Monday, Aug. 1
9 a.m.: Idaho Public Television, Boise, Idaho
1 p.m.: KTRV-TV, Nampa, Idaho

Tuesday, Aug. 2
9 a.m.: KSPS Public Television, Spokane, Wash.
1 p.m.: Spokane Arena, Spokane, Wash.

Wednesday, Aug. 3
9 a.m. and 1 p.m.: KGW, Portland, Ore.

Thursday, Aug. 4
9 a.m. and 1 p.m.: KEZI-TV, Eugene, Ore.

Friday, Aug. 5
9 a.m. and 1 p.m.: ABS Corporate Headquarters, SeaTac, Wash.

Registration is free for the Selenio Road Tour, but seating is limited. For reservations or more information, please contact Adela Bahtijaragic at ABS at (206) 870-0244 or e-mail adela@advancedbroadcastsolutions.com.

About Harris Corporation
Harris is an international communications and information technology company serving government and commercial markets in more than 150 countries. Headquartered in Melbourne, Florida, the company has approximately $6 billion of annual revenue and more than 16,000 employees — including nearly 7,000 engineers and scientists. Harris is dedicated to developing best-in-class assured communications® products, systems, and services. Additional information about Harris Corporation is available at www.harris.com.

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.

ADVANCED BROADCAST SOLUTIONS SPONSORS OREGON MEDIA PRODUCTION ASSOCIATION GOLF TOURNAMENT

SEATAC, WA — Premier systems integration firm Advanced Broadcast Solutions (ABS) is a Contest Hole Sponsor for the Final Cut Classic & Winery Tour, a fundraising event for the Oregon Media Production Association (OMPA) and Edward Gustamante Media Arts Education Fund. The golf tournament will be held at the Indian Creek Golf Course in Hood River, Ore., on July 22, 2011. Registration and prize putt qualifications begin at 10:30 a.m.

“This is our first time sponsoring the Final Cut Classic and we are happy to be a part of the action,” said Mark Siegel, President of ABS. “While it promises to be a valuable networking opportunity for our company, it’s also a great way to support scholarships and an important association in our industry.”

Founded in 1982, OMPA is the largest nonprofit association for commercial, film, and television professionals in Oregon. For more information about the Final Cut Classic & Winery Tour, visit www.ompa.org.

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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LEVA Training Conference Hosts First National Mobile Video Summit

Conference Program Includes Video Production, Forensic Video Training

(MIDLOTHIAN, TEX.)– The Law Enforcement and Emergency Services Video Association (LEVA) has opened online registration for the 2011 LEVA Annual Training Conference, which runs Oct. 17-21 at Coeur d’Alene Resort & Conference Center in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. The conference will feature a full schedule of workshops and exhibits, as well as the first National Mobile Video Summit.

According to Grant Fredericks, LEVA instructor and owner and operator of Forensic Video Solutions, Inc., the National Mobile Video Summit was developed in response to the increased use of in-car and body-worn video systems for law enforcement applications. Through case studies, the summit will examine the integration of mobile video into an investigative workflow. It will also discuss the new digital video standards from the National Institute of Justice, which are expected to be published just prior to the summit.

“It’s the first event of its kind that explores the growing phenomenon of mobile video for law enforcement,” Fredericks said. “This national summit is an opportunity for vendors, users, and government to get together to discuss the developing standards and technologies.”

The National Mobile Video Summit and specialized workshops will run Oct. 17-18, while the remaining conference program runs Oct. 19-21. Exhibits will be open on Oct. 18.

LEVA’s conference program will include a number of sessions that provide training in forensic image analysis and audio forensics, as well as production and post-production. There will also be a critical incident videography workshop, trial preparation training, and more. Plus, most sessions will allow attendees to earn credit hours toward LEVA Forensic Video Analyst certification.

“Video technology continues to develop and evolve, and LEVA has the training that public safety video professionals need to stay current,” said LEVA president Det. Blaine Davison, Norman Oklahoma Police Department. “This promises to be one of our strongest conference training programs to date for both forensic video and digital multimedia analysts.”

For travel information, as well as the conference schedule and pricing options, visit leva.org.

ABOUT LEVA
LEVA is a nonprofit corporation committed to improving the quality of video training and promoting the use of state-of-the-art, effective equipment in the law enforcement and emergency services community. Our mission is to serve as a key resource to the global public safety community by focusing on the needs of video production and forensic imaging disciplines by providing opportunities for professional development through quality training and informational exchange. We make a positive contribution to a more competent public safety establishment. Find out more at leva.org.