Monthly Archives: September 2011

Broadcast Pix Ships New Mica Live Video Production System

‘Powerful Punch’ Tour Demonstrates Mica, Granite Workflow

Billerica, Massachusetts – Broadcast Pix™ today announced that Mica™, its new cost-effective live video production system, is now shipping. Powered by native HD technology from Broadcast Pix Granite™ systems and Broadcast Pix Fluent™ software that tightly integrates video and file-based content, Mica allows even single operators to create compelling live productions. The company also announced its Powerful Punch Tour, which is stopping at a number of dealers and trade shows in cities worldwide this fall to demonstrate its Mica and Granite systems.

“With Mica, you pay for a switcher and get an HD control room. Our system is so well integrated that a solo operator can combine cameras, clips, and graphics to create compelling live video,” said Ken Swanton, president of Broadcast Pix. “Mica was a big hit with international audiences when we introduced it at IBC in Amsterdam this month, and we already have units being shipped to U.S. customers.”

One of the first customers to purchase Mica is Tualatin Valley Community TV (TVCTV), which manages the PEG (public, educational, and governmental) access channels that serve 14 communities near Beaverton, Ore. TVCTV produces more than 400 programs a year, and is transitioning to HD production in its new facility. Its two new Mica systems will provide the same production platform in both control rooms of its new facility.

“We’re very excited about Mica. It allows us to expand, but keeps us within budget. Ultimately, it will save us money,” explained Thaddeus Girard, production services manager, TVCTV. “With so many tools in one system, Mica will allow us to create more powerful videos with smaller crews. For one person to control this whole operation is huge. Producers can fire off high-quality, dynamic shows using macros and easily add production value.”

The Powerful Punch Tour began mid-September and will stop in a number of cities over the next few months. All registered attendees will be entered in a drawing to win an iPad 2, and there will be additional giveaways at each location. Registration for the Powerful Punch Tour is free, but space is limited at each venue. To pre-register for a specific tour stop, please visit www.broadcastpix.com/Powerful-Punch-Tour.html.

Upcoming tour dates for the Powerful Punch Tour include:

Date Location Dealer/Event
Oct. 5 Chicago Roscor Corporation
Oct. 7 San Jose, Calif. VMI, Inc. (Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Library)
Oct. 18 Los Angeles TV Pro Gear (Glendale facility)
Oct. 18-19 Minneapolis Alpha Video
Oct. 20 Denver AVX 2011 (Rocky Mountain Audio Video Expo)
Oct. 25 San Jose, Calif. VMI, Inc. (Sunnyvale facility)

Additional stops in the Powerful Punch Tour are already being planned for New York, Detroit, Atlanta, Washington, D.C., Orlando, and Tampa, as well as international stops in Mexico City, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Bangkok.

Housed in a single 4 RU case, Mica includes a multi-definition switcher that can mix eight HD/SD-SDI inputs with seven channels of internal clips, animations, and graphics. There is support for up to six keyers and DVEs, six HD/SD-SDI outputs, and two DVI outputs. It also includes a 30-hour clip store and a Harris or optional Chyron character generator.

Four Mica models are available. Mica Desktop is controlled through a touch screen or mouse interface, while Mica 500 includes a control surface with a patented device control section. Mica 1000 and Mica 2000, with larger and more powerful control panels, sport patented PixButtons, which dynamically display sources and devices in the button to switch with confidence.

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. System 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 in more than 80 countries. Learn more at www.broadcastpix.com.

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

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LEVA Conference Program Addresses Critical Skills for Law Enforcement

(MIDLOTHIAN, TEX.) – The Law Enforcement and Emergency Services Video Association (LEVA) will offer a variety of educational opportunities during its 2011 LEVA Annual Training Conference, which runs Oct. 17-21 at Coeur d’Alene Resort & Conference Center in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. From video production to forensic video analysis and technology trends, the conference offers access to training that is critical for today’s law enforcement environment. LEVA membership is not required to attend; the conference is open to all public safety professionals, including military personnel and security contractors.

“With such a varied program, the LEVA conference is a worthwhile investment for any law enforcement official, from specialized investigators to patrol officers,” said LEVA president Det. Blaine Davison, Norman, Oklahoma, Police Department. “Video and audio have become very important tools for documentation, education, and investigation. Our training is designed to provide hands-on experience with these technologies and help departments establish better operating procedures.”

The five-day conference offers a mix of conference sessions and hands-on workshops that will address various applications of video technology in law enforcement. Sessions cover topics such as trial preparation and digital interview rooms, as well as facial recognition and tattoo matching for criminal justice workflows. Hands-on workshops provide training in forensic image analysis and workflows for specific editing systems. Most sessions and workshops allow attendees to earn credit hours toward LEVA Forensic Video Analyst certification.

The conference program also features the first National Mobile Video Summit, a two-day examination of the integration of mobile video into the investigative workflow. The summit, which runs Oct. 17-18, will discuss ALPR (automated license plate recognition) technology, body-worn video, live event streaming from in-car video, and new digital video standards from the National Institute of Justice. There will also be an exhibit hall on Oct. 18, along with technology updates from exhibitors and manufacturers such as Taser, Vigilant Video, and COBAN Technologies.

Online registration for the LEVA conference is now open. For travel information, as well as a 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.

T-VIPS Equips Forthnet’s New HD Video Transmission Service

· Forthnet selects T-VIPS TVG450 JPEG2000 Video Gateway for IP video transport across Greece
· T-VIPS solution chosen for its flexibility and HD capabilities
· Nova to be first to use video transport service for broadcast of Greek Super League Football

Oslo, Norway – T-VIPS, a global leader in professional video contribution and distribution solutions, today announced that its TVG450 JPEG2000 Gateway solution has been chosen by Forthnet, the largest private broadband and satellite service provider in Greece. The system delivers high quality IP transport solutions and will be used for the implementation of Forthnet‘s new business service; “TV Circuits On Demand”. Forthnet’s new service will transfer video content from stadiums or any other fixed locations across the country over its FO network to the Nova media center in Athens. Nova is a Forthnet owned satellite and terrestrial broadcaster. Forthnet will also be using T-VIPS Connect to manage the contribution network. The solution was delivered in close cooperation with T-VIPS’ Greek Partner OmniWave Ltd and was chosen after extensive field trials.

“We are extremely happy to have been chosen by Forthnet to provide our IP-based video transport solution for the implementation of the new “TV Circuits On Demand” service that will be used, in the first phase, for the broadcast of Greece’s premier football league,” said Johnny Dolvik, CEO, T-VIPS. “Exciting projects such as this are very satisfying to work on and demonstrate that we deliver efficient technologies that also provide the flexibility to handle future broadcaster needs. Given our wide experience in sports video transport we bring both best-in-class technology and expertise to the project and look forward to ensuring football fans enjoy fantastic coverage of Greece’s best soccer action.”

Nova is a digital satellite PayTV platform owned by Forthnet Group. The Group constitutes of Forthnet, the largest private broadband company in Greece, as well as Forthnet Media Holdings and Multichoice Hellas (Nova), the largest private providers of radio-television subscription services in the country. Nova offers Greek subscribers an array of international and domestic SD and HD programs, including live broadcasting of Greek Super League football games, and the majority of popular Greek TV channels. The Group now holds the broadcasting rights for TV, internet, mobile and radio transmission, covering the territories of Greece, Cyprus and Albania, and all sixteen Super League teams.

“The TVG450 JPEG2000 Gateway solution will allow Forthnet to transport video over IP in an extremely cost effective way whilst ensuring the soccer coverage remains of the highest quality,” said Mr. Dimitris Papazafeiropoulos, CTO of Forthnet. “It is a great advantage that the solution is future proofed, providing us with an upgrade path for 3D and 3G/1080p video when the time is right. In addition, the flexible configuration capability of the TVG450, allowing simultaneous use as both an encoder and decoder, provides us with an extremely powerful solution for our live broadcasts”.

TVG450 Video Gateway
Designed for real-time contribution and distribution of broadcast quality video over IP networks, the TVG450 enables transmission of compressed 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 is compact, cost-effective, supports lossless and visually lossless compression and has user-friendly configuration and control. Key features include:

· 10 bit, 4:2:2 video quality
· Support for multiple JPEG2000 compressed video channels
· Frame-by-frame encoding which increases resiliency
· Very low delay (< 60 ms)
· Robust transmission of HDTV signals
– Flexible Forward Error Correction
– Error concealment
– Ethernet and IP QoS settings.

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

LYON VIDEO BRINGS THE ACTION HOME WITH NEW MOBILE PRODUCTION UNIT FEATURING FUJINON 101x TELEPHOTO LENSES

Wayne, N.J. – Sports broadcasters, like the athletes they cover, are constantly searching for the latest equipment that can give them that extra edge. Bob Lyon, President of Columbus, Ohio’s Lyon Video, knows that it takes bigger and better performance to keep his company and its clients competitive.”Broadcasters always want to get as close up to the action as they possibly can to bring viewers right into the heart of the game,” said Lyon. “It’s especially important for covering football and baseball – a big part of our business. So, we always try to buy the longest lens available.” That’s why Lyon Video recently selected 101x lenses from FUJINON as an integral component in their most sophisticated HD mobile unit yet.

Featuring the wide angle capabilities and unprecedented zoom range of FUJINON’s XA101x8.9BESM Super telephoto lens paired with Grass Valley LDK 8000 Elite cameras, the Lyon-12 is the flagship in their fleet of 16 mobile units. Even the highest profile shows for clients like ESPN, CBS Sports, ABC and Fox Speed Channel have met their match with this state-of-the art, 53′ expanding side, walk-through trailer. Able to accommodate up to 16 cameras, it’s 3D-ready and completely wired for 3G. Already on the road coast-to-coast for NFL preseason games, it’s also scheduled for everything from college football to mixed martial arts, as well as Cincinnati Reds baseball games. The company also provides production services for non-sports programming, including Antiques Roadshow and Barrett-Jackson Auto Auction.

Lyon noted, “There are good reasons why all of our high definition lenses are FUJINON. When we originally made the decision to switch from another manufacturer, we chose FUJINON for their superb image quality combined with durability. In our mobile trucks, lenses can take a lot of abuse from the travel and a different crew every night. But not only do FUJINON lenses hold up just as well as if they were in a studio, but the image quality is still fantastic.”

Now that FUJINON has opened its Chicago service center, Lyon finds that the sales support and technical service he receives are on the same par as the quality of the lenses. Shipping costs and turnaround time are dramatically reduced. And the closer relationship between Lyon and the local FUJINON support team has been a distinct advantage as well.

All Lyon Video mobile units carry a full complement of gear and cable with equipment and features similar to that of the new MU-12 truck. In addition to the two XA101x8.9BESM Super telephoto lenses, the company has also recently added three FUJINON XA88x8.8BESM Telephoto HD field lenses. Rounding out Lyon’s FUJINON lineup are five XA72.9×9.3BESM Telephoto HD field lenses, two ZA22x7.6BERM Telephoto ENG/handheld HD lenses with 2x extenders, two ZA12x4.5BERM Super wide angle ENG/EFP HD lenses with 2x extenders, and two XA17x7.6BERM HD ENG lenses with 2x extenders, each paired with Grass Valley LDK 8000 Elite cameras.

About Lyon Video
Lyon Video, based in Columbus, Ohio, provides broadcast networks coast to coast with mobile productions units, facilities, and crews. Visit www.lyonvideo.com.

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.

ADVANCED SYSTEMS GROUP OFFERS FREE VIDEO ARCHIVING SEMINAR

EMERYVILLE, CALIF. – Advanced Systems Group (ASG), a leading West Coast video and film integration firm, will offer a free seminar on Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2011, from noon to 1 p.m. at Delancey Street Restaurant in San Francisco. Presented by Shawn Klein, a senior director at Quantum Corp., “Archiving with Quantum StorNext and Advanced Systems Group” will showcase how Quantum can help manage costs while archiving data. Lunch will be provided, and registered attendees will be eligible to win a $100 American Express Gift Card.

“Productivity relies on effective management of today’s file-based workflows,” said Dave Van Hoy, president of ASG. “But audio and video files keep getting bigger, which means you need to increase storage capacity – and make sure your network is robust enough to handle the transfer of these larger data files – without breaking the bank.”

The informal discussion will include an overview of the Quantum StorNext M330 metadata controller appliance, which delivers high-speed shared access to very large files over multiple platforms, and the Quantum StorNext Archive Enabled Library appliance, a data migration engine for long-term archiving of near-line content.

Space is limited for the archiving seminar. Register at http://archivingwithstornext.eventbrite.com, 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.

LIU BROOKLYN RELIES ON JVC GY-HM750U PROHD CAMCORDER FOR INTENSIVE VIDEO PRODUCTION COURSE

WAYNE, NJ – JVC Professional Products Company, a division of JVC Americas Corp., today announced that Long Island University’s Brooklyn Campus (LIU Brooklyn) purchased three GY-HM750U ProHD compact shoulder-mount cameras, which were delivered in May.

Although the new cameras were designated primarily for studio use starting with the fall semester that began Sept. 7, Larry Banks, chair of the Media Arts Department at LIU’s Richard L. Conolly College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, used one of the cameras for “DV Intensive,” his one-week production course, in late May. “It’s the perfect blend of both an ENG and a studio camera,” he said.

The class started from scratch on a Monday morning and screened a finished project on Friday night. Students worked together as a team, handling all aspects of the production. The project, The Mr. Mango’s Experience, is a short narrative about the relationship between the owner of a bodega and the young adults who live above his store.

With such a tight deadline, the students relied on JVC’s established native file-based workflow to save time, while gaining valuable experience using a professional camcorder. Banks said the GY-HM750U delivers a clean picture, performs well in low-light situations, and is relatively simple to operate. In fact, the student director of photography for the “DV Intensive” class learned how to operate the camera in one day.

The GY-HM750U records footage on low-cost, non-proprietary SDHC memory cards, and Banks said the native file recording saved valuable time in the edit suite. With no transfer time required for the footage, students were able to begin editing using Final Cut Pro immediately. “Direct-to-edit is wonderful,” Banks added. “It’s a very nice, simple workflow.”

Ngo Vinh-Hoi, director of technology, Richard L. Conolly College, Division of the Arts, said the new GY-HM750Us are affordable, physically robust camcorders that deliver all the controls expected in ENG units. Plus, JVC camcorders do not rely heavily on proprietary menus for most operations, which makes it easier for students to adjust to other professional camcorders in the workplace. “We really want our students to be employable right out of the gate,” he explained.

LIU Brooklyn already owns a GY-HD250U and two GY-HM100U ProHD camcorders. The new JVC cameras, which will replace 20-year-old Sony cameras in the studio, are part of a major renovation. Banks said the updated studio also includes AJA digital recorders, a Grass Valley Kalypso switcher, and new graphics and audio equipment. Most renovations were complete by the time classes began in September, and Banks expects LIU Brooklyn students to produce a variety of programs for Brooklyn Community Access Television (BCAT TV).

Equipped with a 3-CCD imaging system, the GY-HM750U delivers outstanding 1920×1080 images in a lightweight form factor. It can record HD footage in 720p, 1080p, and 1080i, as well as SD footage (480i). Other features include extensive image customization, a high resolution (1.22 million pixel) LCOS viewfinder and 4.3-inch flip-out LCD monitor, and JVC’s patented Focus Assist functionality. The GY-HM750U also features two XLR audio inputs with phantom power, plus manual audio level controls with audio meter.

ABOUT JVC PROFESSIONAL PRODUCTS COMPANY
Headquartered in Wayne, New Jersey, JVC Professional Products Company is a division of JVC Americas Corp., a wholly-owned subsidiary of JVC Kenwood Corporation. 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.

FOR-A TO SHOWCASE AWARD-WINNING ARCHIVAL SYSTEM AT DIGITAL ASSET MANAGEMENT CONFERENCE IN NEW YORK

Fort Lee, N.J.FOR-A Corporation of America, a leading manufacturer of video and audio systems for the broadcast and professional video industries, will showcase its LTR-100HS Video Archive Recorder at Createsphere’s Digital Asset Management Conference, being held from September 22nd to 23rd at The New Yorker Hotel in Manhattan (Booth #206).

The recorder supports LTO-5 technology, the latest standard in long-term, high-capacity tape storage, to provide an effective archive solution. The LTR-100HS utilizes FOR-A’s media asset management platform called Media Concierge, creating a combination of LTO tape technology and FOR-A’s baseband and MXF file technologies. This enables an easy transition for video content into a file-based storage system architecture.

“The Digital Asset Management conference is the idea venue to show off this system,” explained Pedro Silvestre, Sales Director, FOR-A Corporation of America. “The conference attracts top regional technology executives within corporate, broadcast and entertainment companies. Because the LTR-100 records video on tape as files, broadcasters and other production facilities can use it to build compact, cost effective, and reliable archives.”

The LTR-100HS makes file ingest workflow more efficient and reduces archive space requirements. 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.

Within its compact chassis and half rack design, the LTR-100HS includes an LTO-5 drive, 2 TB hard drive, HD/SD-SDI I/O, and LCD monitor. Other features include front panel playback controls with a convenient jog/shuttle wheel, RS-422 for external VTR control, gigabit Ethernet interface for file-based I/O, and USB 2.0 interface for barcode reader, PC keyboard, or USB storage.

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 www.for-a.com.
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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: www.for-a.com