Monthly Archives: October 2011

JVC OFFERS H.264 HIGH PROFILE SUPPORT WITH NEW VR-X1600U NVR AT ISC SOLUTIONS

WAYNE, NJ – JVC Professional Products Company, a division of JVC Americas Corp., will showcase its new line of VR-X network video recorders at ISC Solutions (Booth 1706), which runs Nov. 2-3, 2011, at the Javits Center in New York City. Building on the heritage of previous JVC all-in-one CCTV recording and playback products, the VR-X1600U and VR-X3200U offer 16 and 32-channel recording, respectively, as well as support for 720p and 1080p full HD resolutions with multi-codec support.

“The new VR-X NVRs are the perfect complement to JVC’s new line of CMOS-based Super LoLux HD security cameras, which were introduced earlier this year,” explained Ian Scott, vice president, JVC Security Group. “Our new cameras and NVRs support H.264 High Profile compression, which delivers storage and bandwidth efficiencies you can’t get from equipment that only supports H.264 Baseline or Main Profile.”

Equipped with built-in camera licenses with no recurring fees, as well as the latest versions of Milestone XProtect Enterprise and Windows Embedded OS, the VR-X NVRs offer enterprise-level, full HD recording and viewing for an unlimited number of NVRs, cameras, sites, and users. More than 1,000 different camera/encoder models can be supported by installing the latest Milestone device driver pack. A broad selection of software add-ons and third-party integrations, plus a fully documented SDK, are also available.

Both 3 RU VR-X NVRs ship with a pre-installed 1 TB drive. Three additional drives can be easily installed from the front panel for up to 4 TB of on-board storage. The NVRs also support RAID 1, 5, and 10, with optional support for RAID 6 technology. There is no front panel operation; instead, all controls are administrated locally through a mouse and keyboard using an external monitor or by a remote administrator on the network. A rear panel I/O offers alarm interface support.

The VR-X1600U and VR-X3200U will ship in early 2012.

ABOUT JVC PROFESSIONAL PRODUCTS
Headquartered in Wayne, New Jersey, JVC Professional Products Company is a division of JVC Americas Corp., a wholly-owned subsidiary of JVC Kenwood Corporation. It 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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FOR-A TO SHOW KEY PRODUCTS AT ANNUAL CAPER CONVENTION IN BUENOS AIRES

Show Marks First Time Company’s Super Slo Motion HD Camera Shown in Full Broadcast Configuration in Latin America

Fort Lee, N.J.- FOR-A Corporation of America, a leading manufacturer of video and audio systems for the broadcast and professional video industries, today announces the company’s participation at CAPER 2011 (Camara Argentina de Proveedores y Fabricantes de Equipos de Radiodifusion), an annual convention focused on digital television technology.

Recognized as a critically important gathering for broadcasters in Argentina and surrounding Latin countries, CAPER 2011 will take place from October 26-28, 2011 at the Centro Costa Salguero in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

At the show, FOR-A products will have a showcase at the booth of its Argentinean distributor SVC (Sistemas de Video Comunicacion SA), a sales, engineering, and systems integration company based in Buenos Aires. SVC has provided over 25 years of service and support to the Latin broadcast community and is a vital business partner to FOR-A in the region, which encompasses Argentina, Paraguay, Uruguay, and Bolivia.

In the SVC booth, CAPER 2011 show-goers will see a variety of FOR-A solutions for cost-effective, live broadcast production including: the VFC-7000 HD Super Slow Motion Camera; the FA-9500 3G/HD/SD multi-purpose signal processor; LTR-100HS LTO-5 Video Archiving Recorder, VTW-330 HD/SD Character Generator and HVS-300HS and HVS-350HS live video switcher.

CAPER 2011 will mark the first time that FOR-A has shown the VFC-7000 Super Slow Motion Camera in a full broadcast setup—including a high-end lens, viewfinder, and tripod—in Latin America. The VFC-7000 is a compact, lightweight, user-friendly camera capable of high-speed HD recording from 24 to 700 fps. It offers a high-sensitivity CMOS color sensor; electronic high-speed shutter of up to 1/200,000th of a second; and recording times ranging from 9.8 to 29.5 seconds.

“The ability to capture fast-moving subjects without any motion blur makes the VFC-7000 ideal for live sports,” said Pedro Silvestre, Sales Director, FOR-A Corporation of America. “The VFC-7000 is part of a comprehensive, affordable FOR-A product range which, when used together, meets critical live production needs.”

FOR-A will also show two powerful, compact HD/SD video switchers: the HVS-300HS 1-M/E portable switcher and the HVS-350HS 1.5-M/E switcher. The HVS-350HS offers integrated frame synchronizers; 2D/3D wipe effects; DVE; (dual-channel) keyer with chroma key and picture in picture; (four channel) DSK and still stores; and dual-channel, 16-way multiviewers. The HVS-300HS offers integrated frame synchronizers; up converters; 2D/3D wipe effects; keyer with chroma key; dual channel P-in-P; DSK and still stores; and 16-way multiviewer.

CAPER 2011 is also an opportunity to exhibit the FA-9500, a 3G/HD/SD multi-purpose signal processor for use in multi-standard, multi-format DTV environments. Besides functioning as a frame synchronizer, the FA-9500 provides up/down/cross/aspect conversion, plus a second converter for down/cross/aspect conversion, a color corrector, Dolby E encoder/decoder, and automatic video optimizer for all types of video and audio signals.

With its 1.5-terrabytes of recording capacity, the FOR-A LTR-100HS video archiving recorder ingests and archives large quantities of HD media cost-effectively using LTO-5 datatape. Equipped with a high-quality MPEG-2 encoder, the LTR-100HS includes an MXF wrapper/un-wrapper so that MXF files recorded in real-time to LTO-5 tape can be used directly by nonlinear editing systems.

“We’re looking forward to meeting current and prospective Latin American clients at CAPER 2011,” Silvestre added. “We’re confident that we have very compelling production solutions that will appeal to this rapidly growing DTV market.”

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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MOBILE BROADCAST INNOVATOR, CORPLEX, RELIES ON FUJIFILM CUSTOMER SERVICE TO MAINTAIN ITS REPUTATION FOR EXCELLENCE

Wayne, N.J. – Chicago’s Corplex Mobile Television has earned its status as an award-winning innovator in live broadcasting over more than 25 years covering sports, news and entertainment events. So, it’s no surprise that this pioneer in all-digital mobile production has demonstrated a commitment to innovative technology along with its latest order of lenses from FUJIFILM North America Corporation, Optical Devices Division. This order coincides with the recent opening of the division’s fifth service center – in nearby Hanover Park, Illinois – this past spring. The new service facility was started to provide more locally available and immediate customer support to its Chicago-area customer base, something Corplex is already taking advantage of.

Corplex is constantly seeking the “latest and greatest” technology for its facilities, which now includes three 53-foot expanding HD mobile units each with a graphics/support trailer, and reliable, state of the art customer service is essential to its continued success.

According to Corplex CEO Carter Ruehrdanz, “We’ve been using FUJINON lenses for so many years, we probably now have more than sixty lenses. And we’re so busy, we use them every week. Other companies also make great lenses, but we’re really happy with the fact that Fujifilm now has local service here in Chicago. We can’t afford to be down at all. We’re especially impressed with the more aggressive turnaround time and pricing we’re seeing.”

All of the new FUJINON lenses incorporate some of the most innovative features in the industry. To pair with its Sony HDC1500 cameras, Corplex has chosen two of FUJINON’s most advanced and industry-leading XA101x8.9BESM Super Telephoto EFP HD lenses, six HA23x7.6BERM Telephoto ENG HD lenses with 2x extenders, and two HA14x4.5BERM Super Wide Angle ENG/EFP HD lenses with 2.2x extenders.

The new lenses will be used on Corplex trucks for large sporting events, including NFL football, Major League Baseball playoffs, golf and hockey, as well as high profile entertainment programs. Ruehrdanz said, “We stayed with FUJINON lenses so that all the big lenses are from the same manufacturer, and we can swap things around. Our Platinum truck has two 101x lenses in addition to five 87x. The longer 101x lenses are an important element and can make a huge difference in the production. We’re also putting the new ENG lenses right to work on our handheld cameras for the beginning of the NFL season.”

In addition to their new purchases, Corplex has a large inventory of FUJINON lenses that offer a consistency in lens design that allows the servo modules and controllers to work on any box lens regardless of their age. “Because of this we’re able to have plenty of spares and additional pieces to make them full servo when needed,” said Ruehrdanz.

“It’s our job to supply every piece of gear and make sure everything’s working all the time,” said Ruehrdanz. “That’s why having local customer service is so important. We’re just looking for quality, reliability and good support. FUJINON, its lenses, and its new service center have absolutely made a big difference to us in achieving that goal.”

About Corplex
Corplex Mobile Television, based in Chicago, Illinois, is a leader in live television broadcasting, operating mobile production and support units throughout the U.S. and Canada. Visit http://www.corplex.tv.

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.

* At an exchange rate of 86 yen to the dollar.

All product and company names herein may be trademarks of their registered owners.

FUJIFILM Optical Devices Division, 10 High Point Drive, Wayne, New Jersey 07470. Phone: 973-633-5600. Fax: 973-633-5216. Web site: http://www.fujifilmusa.com/products/optical_devices/index.html

Mountain Lake PBS Upgrades Control Room to HD with Broadcast Pix Granite 5000 Live Video Production System

Billerica, Massachusetts – Broadcast Pix™ today announced that Plattsburgh, N.Y.-based Mountain Lake PBS (WCFE) has installed a Granite™ 5000 live video production system as part of its transition to full HD production and distribution. Completed in March, the updated control room and studio produces a variety of local programs, including the weekly Mountain Lake Journal newsmagazine.

The PBS member station serves the Burlington-Plattsburgh market (DMA #95), which includes areas of Vermont, New York, and Quebec. Director of engineering Charlie Zarbo said the studio and control room upgrades were the final stage of the station’s HD migration, which began with master control in 2007. The Granite 5000, purchased through HB Communications, replaced an aging Grass Valley 200 switcher. The HD upgrade also included new Hitachi Z-HD5000 studio cameras, Clear-Com intercom system, and Yamaha DM2000VCM digital audio mixer.

Zarbo has been very pleased with the Granite 5000 and is a fan of its PixButtons, which dynamically display sources and file names. “The control surface is nice, pretty intuitive. Whatever changes you make are reflected in the PixButtons, which is nice,” he said. “It’s got very good bang for the buck. Broadcast Pix does it all in one box at a very attractive price. We like it a lot.”

Beyond its 2 M/E switcher, Granite 5000 provides Mountain Lake PBS with a number of integrated Fluent™ workflow tools, including a clip store that is used regularly for productions. Although Granite includes a built-in Inscriber GS CG, Zarbo said the station produces its graphics with Adobe Photoshop, then easily transfers them to Granite via Fluent Watch-Folders.

Mountain Lake PBS replaced its CRT monitor wall with two 50-inch LCDs, which are fed by Granite’s built-in Fluent-View, providing a complete display for the technical director and producer. The control room also has smaller monitors for dedicated CG and audio use that are also fed by Fluent-View.

Zarbo said Fluent-View is very easy to arrange, so every TD tends to create their own on-screen look. “It’s very flexible,” he explained. “You can create a layout, save it, and recall it for a specific shoot.”

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.

T-VIPS selected by TV2 to add extra Dimension to Norway’s first 3D TV Football Coverage

Oslo, Norway – T-VIPS, a global leader in professional video contribution and distribution solutions, today announced that its TVG450 JPEG2000 Gateway solution was chosen by TV2, Norway’s largest commercial television station, to provide transport of video for Norway’s first live 3D broadcast coverage of last night’s Norway v Cyprus football match from the national football stadium Ullevaal in Oslo.

“When it comes to broadcasting live sports, it is vital to remain at the forefront of technological advancements and for this reason we are delighted to be working with T-VIPS, a cutting-edge company that has real 3D expertise,” said John Inge Brattetveit, CTO, TV2. “The TVG450 JPEG2000 Gateway solution enables TV2 to broadcast top quality 3D video content cost-effectively and provides advanced technology to sync the left and right eye pictures, critical when broadcasting in 3D.”

The TV2 owned OB Team recently took delivery of a 3D-ready Outside Broadcast truck, the only one of its kind in Scandinavia, which was used to produce the broadcast. Five 3D cameras were set up within the stadium to provide true 3D images. The first national 3D broadcast took place yesterday, 11 October 2011, during a qualifying match for the 2012 UEFA European Football Championship between the Norwegian and Cypriot national football teams. The 3D video was available to both satellite and cable customers of Canal Digital.

T-VIPS pioneered 3D video transport over JPEG2000 in 2009 when it was trialed for a live Korean surgical video transmission. It has since been involved in a number of live 3D projects including Opera in Sweden and most recently the IAAF World Athletics championships in Korea.

“We have extensive global experience working in live sport and 3D transmissions and it’s a real pleasure to be working on such an innovative project on our home turf,” said Johnny Dolvik, CEO, T-VIPS. “T-VIPS is dedicated to providing innovative video transport solutions and ensuring top class TV viewing experiences. Our pioneering 3D video transport solution helped OB Team provide TV2 viewers with the next best thing to being at Norway’s 3-1 victory last night.”

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

T-VIPS’ Video Gateways Enable Business Case for Remote Color Correction and Daily Screening at MTI Film

Millburn, New Jersey – MTI Film, a renowned provider of post production and film restoration services for television, film restoration and commercial projects, selected a video transport system from T-VIPS to facilitate remote collaboration of the 2012 revamp of TV’s iconic “Dallas” series. Featuring old and new generations of the Ewing dynasty at Southfork Ranch, the TNT show is also updating its post-production methods to enable real-time transport of show dailies between its Dallas studio and MTI’s color correction facilities in Los Angeles.

Larry Chernoff, CEO and Founder of MTI, believes that the inherent flexibility and cost-effectiveness of transmitting media over IP networks will soon be standard for post production. He explained, “For this show, the producers want to screen and approve dailies in Dallas using our Remote Control Dailies system. They also want highly accurate color correction using our staff colorists in Los Angeles. It’s critical for our business model that MTI leverages its talent for more than one production at a time. So much production is now being done outside Hollywood, we feel that remote image correction and dailies processing is the most efficient solution.”

Chernoff predicts that as his customers begin to appreciate the benefits and ease of this approach, the use of video delivery over IP for creative collaboration will skyrocket.

On the recommendation of its systems integrator, Mercator Digital, MTI purchased T-VIPS’ JPEG2000 Video Gateways. These compact 1RU models utilize JPEG2000 compression for robust transmission of HDTV (and SD) signals over Gigabit Ethernet with 10-bit video resolution, at bitrates from 50Mbps to 200Mbps. T-VIPS’ Video Gateways deliver visually lossless HD video with frame-by-frame encoding, minimal latency, flexible forward error correction, error concealment, ancillary data support and built-in redundancy, while allowing user-friendly configuration as encoder or decoder.

MTI’s new IP-based transport solution also represents a highly cost-effective option, ensuring a more efficient workflow and reduced operating costs. Chernoff said, “We’ll devote roughly 50Mbps in each direction for the color correction on this project. The quality of the video provided by the T-VIPS Gateway at this relatively low bandwidth was a major attraction for us.”

Regardless of their location, MTI clients can now review and discuss dailies in real time, without waiting for tape delivery or file transfers. Each collaborator enjoys the same high quality, accurate color reproduction at the same time, just as if they were sitting side by side in the screening room. Using affordable IP-based networks, the creative team can make key decisions without delay, increasing productivity and reducing production costs. In addition to remote screening and approvals in the post-production workflow, T-VIPS Video Gateways are ideal for applications in professional broadcast contribution of live sports and events, studio-to-studio media exchange, remote production and in-house signal distribution.

Janne Morstol, COO of T-VIPS said, “It’s our mission to equip our customers with the intelligent tools they need to move high-quality video efficiently around the globe. T-VIPS is dedicated to creating innovative technology that shrinks the distance between designers, colorists, producers and directors, for a genuinely collaborative creative workflow.”

For further information:
Robin Hoffman, Pipeline Communications, +1 973 746 6970, robinhoffman@pipecomm.com.

About MTI Film
Since 1997 MTI Film has provided award winning software applications to the post-production industry with a focus on technology for digital film restoration and digital dailies. MTI now provides post production services for Television, Film and Commercial projects, as well as Film Restoration services. MTI Film products include Correct DRS™, Control Dailies, Control Dailies DA for Digital Acquisition Cameras, Control Color and the Convey Deliverables.

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 more than 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

MINNEAPOLIS-BASED AVEX INVESTS IN JVC GY-HM790U PROHD CAMCORDER

WAYNE, NJ – JVC Professional Products Company, a division of JVC Americas Corp., today announced that Minneapolis-based AVEX, a professional audio video rental and production company, purchased a JVC GY-HM790U ProHD camcorder for its live event and video production divisions.

“We are getting requests for our camera – not only from our corporate rental clients, but also from other production firms in town,” said David Throldahl, AVEX president. “We have received phenomenal reports back from our clients, our own staff, and other contractors that have a chance to use the camera.”

AVEX chose the JVC camcorder because of its outstanding picture quality and ease of use. In addition to its own staff, the company uses a network of subcontractors for its live event production, so it was important that the camera be easy to operate, even with limited hands-on experience. “Also, the fact that we can shoot directly to more affordable SDHC cards and hot swap them made the solution exceedingly simple,” Throldahl added.

Beyond its event production division, AVEX recently launched GoPortal, a Web streaming service, and GoProduction, which provides creative services and video production to new and existing clients. “We really wanted to find the ‘perfect world’ of accommodating our existing live production business with our foray into content creation,” Throldahl explained. “The GY-HM790U has fit the bill perfectly for us. We had a unique need for this particular camera purchase, and we couldn’t be happier with the crossover on our investment.”

With an innovative modular design and a full complement of accessories, the GY-HM790U supports multicore or fiber-based production. It features three 1/3-inch CCDs, which allow a lighter, more compact form factor for better maneuverability in the field. Its dual card slot design records full HD 1080p, 1080i, and 720p at a variety of frame and bit rates. JVC’s native file recording, the industry’s fastest shoot-to-edit workflow, provides native .MOV files for Final Cut Pro or Adobe Premiere, as well as native .MP4 files for other NLE systems.

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.