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SHOOTING ON THE OPEN SEAS, DP CRONIN RELIES ON FUJINON LENS AND IMAGE STABILIZER

WAYNE, N.J. – With an infusion of fun and adventure in all the work he does, Paul Cronin specializes in high-speed, extreme-condition footage for his company, WhiteCap Video. The shoots for his high-end boat reviews require his keen sense of the elements along with gear that can face the tough conditions of humidity and temperature while capturing steady shots. Cronin counts on the Fujinon ZA17x7.6BE HD ENG lens on his Sony XDCAM HD PMW-500 camcorder and the Fujinon TS-P58A image stabilizer.

The first thing Cronin looks for in a lens is how sharp it is. “I need it to maintain a meticulous back focus,” he said. “I’ve found Fujinon to be more stable in its back focus. It stays sharp. Using my ZA17x7.6BE, I was very happy with the extra focal length.”

When he needs to go wide, he uses the wide-angle adapter. This gives the videographer three lens choice: ZA17x with wide adapter, ZA17x alone, and long and stable shooting with the ZA17x and TS-P58A. “This covers all of my bases for my current clientele,” said Cronin. With the stabilizer, the focal length is increased by about 25 percent. “I push and pull all the time with boats going by at 60 miles per hour and back focus is critical. The longer range I get from the TS-P58A image stabilizer helps tremendously.”

For shoots like a recent one in Knoxville for Bayliner Boats, Cronin is on chase boats, keeping pace with the boat they are reviewing at 55 mph. He stands up holding the camera and can be anywhere from thirty feet to five hundred feet from the subject. “That’s where my stabilizer is golden,” he said. “It cuts our time in half because I get the material I need the first time. That saves us a lot of money.”

For Cronin, the TS-P58A is very easy to operate. “Just hit the button and horizontal and vertical can be switched at the same time,” he said. “Frame the shot and you get into a floating gyro feel. That’s what I’m used to with the equipment I use when I shoot from a helicopter, and I get a rock solid shot.”

Requiring just a couple of minutes to take it on and off, the Fujinon TS-P58A image stabilizer is a sandwich-style optical stabilizer for use with most Fujinon 2/3-inch ENG style lenses. It mounts between the lens and camera and increases magnification by 25 percent. “It’s extremely compact, and I’m impressed with its power consumption,” said Cronin. “I brought three 130 watt-hour batteries for my XDCAM 500. I haven’t used two in a day yet.” The power consumption on the TS-P58A image stabilizer is DC12V, 4.2W (from camera).

About Fujifilm
FUJIFILM North America Corporation, a marketing subsidiary of FUJIFILM Holdings America Corporation consists of five operating divisions and one subsidiary company. The Imaging Division sells consumer and commercial photographic products and services including film, one-time-use cameras, online photo services and fulfillment, digital printing equipment and service. The Electronic Imaging Division markets consumer digital cameras. The Motion Picture Division provides motion picture film, and the Graphic Systems Division supplies products and services to the printing industry. The Optical Devices Division provides binoculars, and optical lenses for closed circuit television, videography, cinematography, broadcast and industrial markets. FUJIFILM Canada Inc. markets a range of Fujifilm products and services. For more information, please visit www.fujifilm.com/northamerica, or go to www.twitter.com/fujifilmus to follow Fujifilm on Twitter. To receive news and information direct from Fujifilm via RSS, subscribe at www.fujifilmusa.com/rss.
FUJIFILM Holdings Corporation, Tokyo, Japan, brings continuous innovation and leading-edge products to a broad spectrum of industries, including electronic imaging, digital printing equipment, medical systems, life sciences, graphic arts, flat panel display materials, and office products, based on a vast portfolio of digital, optical, fine chemical and thin film coating technologies. The company was among the top 16 companies around the world granted U.S. patents in 2010, and in the year ended March 31, 2011, had global revenues of $25.8 billion*. Fujifilm is committed to environmental stewardship and good corporate citizenship. For more information, please visit www.fujifilmholdings.com.

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IBC to see T-VIPS launch new MPEG-4 Encoder / Decoder Solutions ideal for Contribution over Satellite and lower bandwidth Telco links

T-VIPS to expand high-quality professional video contribution solutions with IBC launch of an MPEG-4 Encoder, theTVG650 and an MPEG-4 Decoder, the TVG610

Oslo, Norway – T-VIPS, a global leader in professional video contribution and distribution solutions, today announced the launch of the TVG650, an MPEG-4 Contribution Encoder and the TVG610, an MPEG-4 Contribution Decoder. Both products will be debuted at IBC 2011 and will be available for shipping in Q4.

The TVG610 and TVG650 are part of T-VIPS’ Video Gateway line of compact, powerful and cost-effective products designed for real-time contribution. The new products are high-end, flexible solutions, handling the encoding and decoding of MPEG- 4, 4:2:2, 10-bit video, supporting output on ASI and IP/Ethernet.

“The launch of our new TVG650 encoder and TVG610 decoder is an important next step in realizing T-VIPS’ vision of providing contribution solutions offering the best possible video transport performance,” said Johnny Dolvik, CEO, T-VIPS. “The TVG610 and TVG650 complement our pioneering work in JPEG2000, expanding our portfolio of high-end contribution solutions to meet the needs of customers using satellite and lower bandwidth telco links. The launch of the TVG610 and TVG650 means that whatever type of contribution link you’re using, there’s now a high-quality T-VIPS Video Gateway that meets your video contribution requirements.”

TVG650 MPEG-4 Contribution Encoder & TVG610 MPEG-4 Decoder
Key features include:
· SD up to 30 Mbit/s, HD up to 60 Mbit/s
· 10-bit or 8-bit video resolution
· 4:2:0 or 4:2:2 chroma sampling
· Support for MPEG-2 and MPEG-4 AVC compression
· Low latency mode
· Simultaneous output in ASI and IP/Ethernet
· Up to four IP output streams on dual Ethernet ports
· Flexible Forward Error Correction (SMPTE 2022-1)
· Integrated DVB-S/S2 demodulator on Decoder
· Integrated HD-to-SD down conversion on Decoder

The TVG650 and TVG610 combine easily with other T-VIPS products to provide a robust satellite or telco contribution solution, in particular the CP525 cMUX Remultiplexer for intelligent processing, multiplexing and scrambling of MPEG-2 transport streams and the TNS541 Seamless TS Monitoring Switch for intelligent 1+1 redundancy switch-over between two MPEG-2 transport streams. Demonstrations of all T-VIPS product lines can be seen at its IBC booth in Hall 1.B71.

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

Broadcast Pix to Unveil Granite 6000 System at IBC2011

Fast Access to More Sources with Expanded 2 M/E Control Panel

Billerica, Massachusetts – At IBC2011, Broadcast Pix™ will introduce the largest member of its family of integrated live video productions systems, Granite™ 6000, which features an expanded 2 M/E control panel. The new control panel has rows of 24 buttons for rapid access to more sources, as well as two banks of device controls to run the built-in clip store, Harris or Chyron CG, and control cameras and streamers. The new system will be on display at IBC, which runs 9-13 Sept. at the RAI Centre in Amsterdam (Stand 7.B20).

“Granite 6000 is our new flagship 2 M/E control panel for producers creating sophisticated shows with a lot of cameras,” said Ken Swanton, president of Broadcast Pix. “We offer the best integrated control surfaces and systems for combining traditional HD/SD video with today’s file-based content. Our new Granite 6000 puts even more content at your fingertips to easily control complex productions.”

The panel has a record 142 PixButtons™, the patented Broadcast Pix invention that dynamically displays sources and file names on the buttons, allowing directors to switch with confidence. The panel has 24 source selection buttons, and can access up to 32 with shift. The new control panel also features a dedicated row of PixButtons for Fluent™ Macros, which combine sophisticated switcher effects and files with one-button recall.

Granite 6000 is a fraction of the cost of a conventional 2 M/E suite with separate switcher, clip store, and CG. And because of its tight integration, it can be operated by fewer people. It brings 2 M/E sophistication to productions that could not previously consider it. Operators can set up sophisticated looks using the off-air M/E and easily transition to them, combine them, or produce two different productions simultaneously, such as one for broadcast and one for the Internet, or drive a dual-screen production.

The Granite 6000 system includes a production switcher and companion server. The switcher supports up to 22 SDI multi-definition inputs and seven channels of clips, animations, and graphics. Each SDI input auto-detects 1080i, 720p, or SD in either 50 or 60 Hz. The switcher also provides up to 12 SDI multi-definition outputs and two DVI outputs.

Granite’s built-in clip store integrates up to 120 hours of H.264 and ProRes clips with audio, as well as graphics stores and CG. The server also provides a customizable Fluent-View display for up to four monitors to show video, clips, and keys. Fluent workflow enables files and data to flow into the server from all parts of the studio. The system has many levels of redundancy, including redundant power in the switcher and panel, redundant switching, redundant control surfaces, and can also be fitted with RAID 10 storage, adding redundancy to the clip store.

Granite 6000 will be available in September either as a new system or as a panel upgrade to any existing Granite system.

About Broadcast Pix Broadcast Pix is the leader in integrated 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/SD Granite and SD/analog/HD Slate systems. They range from small systems controlled by a touch-screen to sophisticated 2 M/E control panels. Customers include leading broadcast, corporate, education, religious, government, webcast, entertainment and mobile studios worldwide. Learn more at www.broadcastpix.com.

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

ADVANCED BROADCAST SOLUTIONS INSTALLS NEW MEDIA FRONT END FOR EMP MUSEUM’S SKY CHURCH

SEATAC, WA — Seattle’s EMP Museum recently renovated its Sky Church, a one-of-a-kind grand hall that features elaborate automated multimedia presentations complete with lighting, effects, live performances, and elaborate gala events. Earlier this year, premier systems integration firm Advanced Broadcast Solutions (ABS) upgraded the room’s master control, delivering high definition (HD) imagery, true 5.1 surround sound, and a new media front end to manage content.

Master control for Sky Church, a unique grand hall for Seattle’s EMP Museum that features elaborate automated multimedia presentations, was recently upgraded by Advanced Broadcast Solutions. (Photo by Rick Barry)


EMP Museum of Music, Science Fiction, and Pop Culture is housed in the landmark Frank O. Gehry building at the base of the Seattle Space Needle. The museum’s Sky Church is a striking space, with a 70-foot ceiling and new 33×60 foot Barco C7 LED video wall that supports better-than-HD image quality.

“Essentially, it’s a multimedia presentation room housed in a museum exhibit,” said Mark Miller, ABS sales and design specialist. “The flexibility is so vast that it can host almost any type of presentation. It’s arguably the most sophisticated venue in the northwest.”

When the museum opened in 2000, Sky Church was originally conceived as a communal place for people of all ages to gather, according to Forrest Gibson, chief technology officer at EMP. Physically, visually, and sonically, it is an awe-inspiring space with tremendous potential to create a dramatic multi-sensory experience.

In 2009, when the museum began to consider upgrades, Gibson said several design goals were set. Beyond an upgrade from SD to HD, the museum wanted the space to draw in patrons with presentations utilizing new and archived content.

During the proposal process, Gibson said the ABS team delivered more than just the most favorable pricing. He said they were very responsive and delivered extraordinary service, particularly when gathering information during the initial bid process. “They offered valuable recommendations, rather than a cookie-cutter approach,” he said.

Recently upgraded by Advanced Broadcast Solutions, the master control room for Sky Church, a unique grand hall for the EMP Museum in Seattle, supports HD imagery, true 5.1 surround sound, and a new media front end to manage content. (Photo by Rick Barry)


Previously designed to support SD video, the room can now display HD imagery from several Pacific Interactive media servers, a Green Hippo Hippotizer HD media server, Blu-ray players, digital signage, and presentation computers located in the control room. All video is run through a Vista Systems Spyder X20 video processor and routed through a PESA Cheetah router.

For audio, the Sky Church is equipped with a Linear Acoustics upmixer that converts stereo content into 5.1 surround sound. A Yamaha DM2000VCM digital production console allows the operator to mix in a true 5.1 space – and it allows any input, including live microphones, to be panned in the surround sound field. Miller said the new design allows for more interesting audio programming for the museum.

“We really transformed the space to be the heart of the museum,” Gibson said, “a shared space in a very comfortable environment for people to enjoy curated content. It’s night and day for us. It sounds fantastic, it looks fantastic, it’s what we needed.” He also said the upgrades have “amped up” production values for events.

The backbone of the new audio and video systems is built on a 3G platform, so it is ready to handle future content bandwidth demands. “We spent a lot of time up front to make it future-proof and as flexible as possible,” said Miller. “We were coming into a space where we had to develop a workflow based around new technologies that haven’t really been put together before.”

ABS was able to complete the master control project in about three weeks, so it was ready for the opening of EMP’s Nirvana: Taking Punk to the Masses exhibition in April. Sky Church is currently showing custom content supporting its AVATAR exhibition, which opened in June.

“What we found with ABS was that they were truly a partner,” Gibson added. “They were eager to understand what our needs really were. Their design was fantastic and the installation was very clean and top notch.”

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.

FOR-A ANNOUNCES PARTNERSHIP WITH BRAZILIAN INTEGRATION FIRM; PLANS TO EXHIBIT AT SAO PAOLO-BASED B&C SHOW

Fort Lee, N.J. – In order to better serve the company’s expanding business in Brazil, FOR-A, a leading manufacturer of video and audio systems for the broadcast and professional video industries, has announced a partnership with São Paulo-based systems integration firm, Line Up. Additionally, FOR-A will highlight its most recently introduced products at the upcoming Broadcast & Cable Show within the Line Up (Booth E8) and Tecnovideo (Booth D21/D22) booths. The show takes place August 23-25 at the Imigrantes Exhibition Center in São Paulo.

Line Up is the first systems integration firm FOR-A has partnered with in Brazil, and they will also serve as a FOR-A equipment distributor. Line Up’s clientele includes television networks such as: Bloomberg TV, MTV Brasil, and ESPN Brasil, as well as universities and local television providers.

“Partnering with Line Up is an exciting opportunity for us,” explained Pedro Silvestre, FOR-A Corporation of America, Sales Director. “FOR-A’s presence in the Brazilian broadcast and professional video industries is quickly increasing. Working with Line Up allows us to fulfill our customers’ needs and continue to strengthen and grow our business in this important region. Line Up is highly regarded for its work in building mobile production trucks and turnkey systems, which are areas we’re looking to expand in Brazil and all of South America.”

In addition to teaming up with Line Up, FOR-A currently works with Brazilian equipment distributor Tecnovideo. At Tecnovideo’s B&C booth, FOR-A will display some of their recently introduced products, including: HVS-350HS HD/SD 1.5 M/E portable video switcher, HVS-300HS switcher with VRCAM2 sensor-less virtual studio system, MV-3200 Series multi-viewer, VFC-7000 variable frame rate camera, LTR-100HS video archiving recorder with Media Concierge content management, and FA-9500 3G HD/SD multi-purpose signal processor.

FOR-A will also be demonstrating its technology at Line Up’s B&C show booth and plans to exhibit the HVS-300 portable video switcher and FA-9500 signal processor.

“Working with FOR-A allows us to provide businesses here in Brazil with the reliable, innovative technology that FOR-A is known for in the professional video and broadcast industries,” says Nilson Fujisawa, Line Up, Sales Director. “We look forward to showcasing FOR-A products at our Broadcast & Cable show booth and to
a mutually beneficial and long-standing relationship with them.”

The Broadcast & Cable show focuses on technology equipment and services for television engineering, broadcasting, and telecommunications. Organizers expect approximately 180 exhibiting companies, representing hundreds of brand names and with an expected attendance of 10,000 professionals from different countries in South and North America, Europe and Asia. Broadcast & Cable has established itself as an exhibition with a highly select visiting public, where 85% of the professionals have decision-making purchasing power.

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 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.

SILVERTON HIGH SCHOOL PROTECTS STUDENTS WITH JVC SURVEILLANCE CAMERAS, NVRS

WAYNE, NJ – For its first 12 years of occupancy, Silverton High School only had about 300 freshman on campus. Part of the Silver Falls School District in Silverton, Ore., the school was designed to be constructed in two phases. When a community bond was passed and the second phase was completed in 2009 – and the student population grew to 1,200 students – the administration installed dozens of JVC V.Networks VN-C215E4U indoor network dome and VN-C215VP4U vandal-proof outdoor dome cameras, which are monitored through JVC VR-N1600U network video recorders (NVRs).

While the bond advisory committee was resistant at first to spend money on such an expansive IP-based video surveillance system, the general feeling now is that is was money well spent. “We’ve solved everything from theft to assaults to vandalism,” explained Mark Hannan, principal of Silverton High. “It has been absolutely the best part of this project in terms of taking care of our students’ welfare and safety.”

The security system purchase was justified before the second phase even opened for classes. Hannan said two juveniles broke into a new greenhouse structure during the construction process and stole several items. Using footage from JVC cameras that had already been installed, school officials were able to identify the suspects.

Apart from a few isolated incidents, Silverton High does not have significant disciplinary issues, though Hannan will sometimes use the surveillance system to verify student tardiness. He said the Milestone XProtect Smart Client video management software embedded within JVC’s VR-N1600U NVR is very easy to use, so he can quickly review footage from several different cameras in various “zones” across campus.

Before the second phase was built, Silverton High had very limited surveillance. In fact, Hannan would position a camcorder on a tripod to keep watch over the lunchroom during lunch hour. Now, cameras keep watch over the common areas on campus, including parking lots, inside halls, and the lunchroom. “There are very few ‘blind spots’ in this facility now,” he said. “The eye in the sky is always watching.”

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.

T-VIPS Increases Reliability of Transport Stream Video Delivery over IP through IBC2011 Launch of the TNS544 TSoIP Switch

The TNS544 is designed primarily to provide seamless switching between redundant MPEG Transport Streams transported over IP

Oslo, Norway – August 22, 2011

T-VIPS, a global leader in professional video contribution and distribution solutions, today announced that IBC2011 will see the launch of the TNS544 TSoIP Switch. This solution is the latest member of the T-VIPS nSure product line, which is designed to ensure the reliability of high-quality video transport. Customers will include DTT, Satellite and Telco operators, and broadcasters using IP head-end infrastructure and networks.

The TNS544 provides intelligent redundancy switch-over between MPEG Transport Streams delivered over IP networks. It ensures the robust transmission of Transport Streams by continuously monitoring all inputs, switching seamlessly to the back-up stream if errors are detected or a signal is lost. Network operators now have the ability to monitor and handle multiple Transport Streams and configure multiple switches per TNS544. This provides much greater flexibility and improved reliability within an IP infrastructure.

“The IBC launch of the TNS544 is a further commitment from T-VIPS to provide the industry with video-centric IP solutions that enable broadcasters and operators to migrate from ASI to IP without loss in quality or functionality while gaining the benefits in flexibility and running costs that IP provides,” said Johnny Dolvik, CEO, T-VIPS. “We’re increasingly seeing network operators and broadcasters embrace rather than resist the trend towards IP, due to the business benefits it delivers.”

The solution includes a number of exciting advanced features, including:
· Completely seamless switching ensuring glitch free operation
· Protection of sensitive downstream equipment in DVB-T, DVB-T2 and Satellite environments, ensuring continuous operation
· Supports a high-level of output diversity – up to 8 outputs per switch
· A single TNS544 unit may be flexibly configured with up to four 2:1 switches or two 4:1 switches
· Switching between non-identical Transport Streams – critical for those operators that run back-up multiplexes
· Supports IP unicast and multicast
· Independent IP input and output addressing
· Full VLAN support
· Forward Error Correction.

“One of the clear technology trends that I’m seeing in the broadcast world is a greater understanding of the benefits that can be derived through utilizing the features of IP to improve Quality of Service for video transport,” says Helge Stephansen, CTO, T-VIPS. “For example, if the physical connection goes down, the TNS544 can be configured to reroute the signal to another Ethernet port. At T-VIPS, we will continue to design and deliver innovative products that provide video expertise in an IP world, as we ensure that broadcast infrastructure delivers maximized performance by fully exploiting all the advantages of IP,” concluded Stephansen.

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