Monthly Archives: January 2012

JVC UNVEILS PROHD PORTABLE MONITOR SERIES

WAYNE, NJ (January 30, 2012) – JVC Professional Products Company, a division of JVC Americas Corp., today announced the DT-X71 Series of portable ProHD LCD monitors. Ideal for field and studio applications, the new seven-inch AC/DC monitors offer 1024×600 resolution with a 160-degree viewing angle – and can display 480i, 480p, 720p, 1080i, and 1080p video signals at a variety of frame rates.

There are three models in the DT-X71 Series, with scaled I/O options and features for specific needs. The basic DT-X71C model offers one HDMI and one composite video input, while the DT-X71H adds two HD/SD-SDI inputs and an HD/SD-SDI loop through output. The DT-X71F includes an additional HD/SD-SDI loop through output and one HDMI converted to SDI output. All three models include stereo audio input.

Other features include an adjustable 16:9/4:3 display, dual three-color tally lights, underscan and overscan, image flip, customer editable video title, Canon DSLR scale zoom-in, and safe mark display. The DT-X71F, the most feature-rich model in the series, also includes a waveform, vector scope, RGB histogram, red/blue peaking focus assist, zebra, false color, blue only, internal color bars, image rotation, and 16-channel SDI (two-channel HDMI) audio meter.

Each monitor is powered via a four-pin XLR 12V DC connector with included AC adapter or an optional snap-on JVC BN-VF823USP 7.2V battery. DT-X71 Series monitors also ship with a cold shoe mounting adaptor and hood.

“The new ProHD monitors are an affordable option for video professionals in the field and the studio,” said Dave Walton, assistant vice president of marketing and communications. “They are lightweight, deliver great images, and are built to last.”

Along with the new HZ-HM150VZR ProHD remote lens control, the DT-X71 Series is part of JVC’s new ProHD Compact Studio system, which configures the GY-HM150 ProHD handheld camcorder for studio environments. When mounted to the GY-HM150, the DT-X71 serves as a full-size studio camera monitor.

The DT-X71C has a suggested list price of $595, the DT-X71H is priced at $1,095, and the DT-X71F is priced at $1,695. All models are now available.

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, security products including IP network cameras and recorders, premium front projection systems for home theatre use, and projection displays and optics used in aviation simulators. The JVC Technology Center provides advanced technology in support of major JVC business alliances. For further product information, visit JVC Professional’sWeb site at http://pro.jvc.com or call (800)582-5825.

 

 

CES 2012 Exhibitors, Keynotes Rely on PESA Routers

Huntsville, Alabama – The 2012 International CES, a high-profile annual event to promote the consumer electronics industry, was held earlier this month in Las Vegas, Nev., and PESA routers played a significant role behind the scenes for several exhibitors and the keynote presentations from Ericsson, Intel, Microsoft, and Qualcomm.

Staging Techniques, an event staging company with offices in California, New York, Atlanta, and Seattle, was contracted to provide  to provide video support for the keynotes in cooperation with the overall event management firm, The Production Network (TPN). “The CES Keynotes are an average sized show for us, with an audience size of approximately 2,000,” explained Bryce Will, general manager of Staging Techniques. “Where it does get fairly involved is with the technical complexity. Four different clients – all high technology companies – make for a pretty demanding environment. Lots of different sources, many different signal formats, and the quick changeovers required between the rehearsals and shows keep things exciting.”

The keynotes were streamed live and archived for on-demand viewing by the Consumer Electronics Association, Staging Techniques’ primary client, as well as the individual keynote companies. Two PESA Cheetah 64NE HD-SDI routers were used to feed video switchers for live HD cameras and other sources during each of the presentations. Will said the PESA routers are permanently installed in the company’s HD flypacks.

“Company-wide, we use almost exclusively PESA signal routing systems,” Will added. “They are just that reliable. We have been a PESA customer since 1996, and the vast majority of our production systems are based around PESA technology.”

With its universal device control (UDC) software and other technology, Clarkston, Michigan-based High Resolution Systems (HRS) provided support during the keynotes for Staging Techniques. HRS also provided rental and staging services for a major CES exhibitor, and used a PESA Ocelot 16×16 HD routing switcher to manage signals for a large video wall display in its booth. “Out of all of our HD-SDI routers, the PESA router has proven to be the most reliable,” said Drew Taylor, HRS applications engineer.

NEP Broadcasting, a Pittsburgh-based company that provides teleproduction services for live sports and entertainment events, supported another major CES exhibitor with one of its 3D-dedicated mobile production units, SS31, which features a PESA Cheetah 144×256 HD video router. “SS31 produced a 3D broadcast for the 3D network,” said George Hoover, chief technology officer. “The Cheetah is at the core of the production, handling signal distribution and routing for the entire show.”

“It was an honor to be part of such an important production initiative supporting the keynote addresses at CES,” said Chuck Tillett, president and COO of PESA. “We understand the critical level of support our customers must provide in live venue presentations, and are pleased to be recognized for our long-standing reputation of quality products, service and support.”

About PESA

As a leading provider of audio/video connectivity, PESA offers a wide selection of routing switchers, matrix switchers, extenders, converters, media extenders, and signal processing gear to support government, military, industrial, commercial, broadcast and mobile truck applications. PESA offers one of the widest ranges of AV products – from large scale fiber optic routing to single-point CAT-5 DVI extenders – each with the integrity and innovative high performance technology expected from PESA. Our products are available around the world from a leading team of channel partners offering local support and installation; and all of our products are supported by 24/7 technical support. To learn more about our technologies and services visit www.pesa.com. PESA is located in Huntsville, Alabama with regional offices throughout the United States.

All products mentioned herein are trademarked property of their respective owners.

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MIDCAN BECOMES FIRST IN CANADA TO RENT FUJINON’S VERSATILE NEW TELEPHOTO LENS FOR STAGING AND PRODUCTION

Wayne, N.J., January 30, 2012 – If there’s one thing a broadcast-quality rental and staging firm quickly learns, it’s that the critical choice of equipment can make or break their reputation. This factor was top of mind for Winnipeg, Manitoba’s award-winning MidCanada Production Services when they purchased the first FUJINON XA50x9.5BESM HD Telephoto Lens delivered in Canada.

MidCan Director of Operations Chris McIvor explained that it’s all about finding the sweet spot of versatility and affordability, while providing the quality and durability that his rental operation demands. “We thought it was a great idea for FUJIFILM to offer a multi-purpose studio/ENG box lens with a built-in camera mount,” he said. “As a rental house, that was really important to us because we have a wide variety of cameras, more than thirty in stock. Since we don’t need separate mounts, the lens will work with any of our cameras. Mounting the lens is simpler, and the cameras are lighter and easier to use.”

McIvor noted that the other big deciding factor in MidCan’s choice was the fast lens speed: “The 1.7 aperture gives us the opportunity to shoot in very low light conditions. We don’t do stage lighting, but in rental and staging you never know for sure the lighting conditions in the particular environment you’ll be facing. It could be a concert one day, a sporting event the next.

FUJIFILM Optical Devices Division designed the XA50x9.5BESM with this kind of flexibility in mind for any type of large venue requiring tight shots at long distances. The lens features the Digi Power servo control system and Digital Quick Zoom to control the lens function quickly and accurately for all production environments. While McIvor is excited about the possibility of using the lens to shoot professional hockey games for Winnipeg’s new Jets franchise, he also sees many applications across Canada for live conferences and tradeshows.

“This lens is in a price range that is very affordable in the staging market for such a long telephoto lens with a great aperture,” he explained. The new lens is actually just one of a wide variety of Fujinon lenses in MidCan’s rental inventory. McIvor noted, “We get a lot of requests especially for the HA16x6.3BERDENG/EFP lens. It’s a great mid-range choice with a combination of wide angle and high zoom range that everyone seems to enjoy. And, like all our FUJINON lenses, it’s delivered terrific quality and durability.”

McIvor added that in the demanding rental and staging business, it’s essential to work with manufacturers who support their products with great customer service. “We’ve enjoyed a great partnership with FUJIFILM. Our rep, Stosh Durbacz, is terrific. He’s one of those guys who will bend over backwards to make something happen, as he did in working with us to get the new lens here in Winnipeg and ready for the Canadian market. Thanks to his efforts, it’s boxed up and ready to be on a plane today. We couldn’t be happier.”

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.

About Mid-Canada Productions

With its 16,000 square foot facility in Winnipeg, Manitoba, MidCanada Production Services Inc. specializes in broadcast-quality equipment and crews for film, television and video production and post-production; audio recording; ADR recording and post production; SD/HD video camera rentals, sales and supply; and website design and development. Visit http://www.midcan.com.

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

 

Broadway Systems Hires John Howard as Project Manager

January 26, 2012 – Grand Rapids, Mich. – Broadway Systems, the leading provider of advertising management software for cable networks, announced today that John Howard recently joined the company as project manager. Howard will be part of the company’s New York City-based client services team.

Howard has spent more than 20 years in the industry, most recently providing inventory management and business strategies for national cable networks. For four years, as director of scheduling operations for SiriusXM Radio, he was responsible for ad sales operations across more than 200 channels. He also worked as a manager of consulting and implementation projects for VCI Solutions, as well as a senior broadcast consultant and senior account executive for Columbine JDS Systems (now Harris).

“The demand for Broadway’s software and services has been tremendous, and we continue to invest in our delivery and support team,” said John Sorensen, president of Broadway Systems. “We were very fortunate to add someone with John’s experience and know he will be a valued resource to our national cable network customers.”

Howard can be reached at (616) 454-4400 or john.howard@broadwaysystems.com.

About Broadway Systems

Since 2002, Broadway Systems has collaborated with cable networks to engineer a contemporary and fully integrated programming, sales, traffic, stewardship, and billing software system. Today, this platform is used to manage some of the top brands in industry and more than $3 billion in advertising revenues for top 20 rated cable networks and startups alike. Broadway Systems offers cable networks a strategic alternative to existing vendors, one that is dedicated to their business and keeps pace with the changing needs of this dynamic industry. Find out more at www.broadwaysystems.com.

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WCIV DELIVERS LOCAL HD NEWS WITH JVC PROHD CAMERAS

WAYNE, NJ (January 26, 2012) – ABC affiliate WCIV in Charleston, S.C. (DMA #98), is making the move to local HD news with ProHD cameras from JVC Professional Products Company, a division of JVC Americas Corp. The station, affiliated with Allbritton Communications Company based in Arlington, Va., has purchased 11 GY-HM790U and six GY-HM750U cameras, which will be used for studio and ENG operations.

According to Billy Kalenda, WCIV director of engineering and operations, the station went live with four GY-HM790Us in the studio in July. The cameras are connected via fiber optic cable, avoiding the need for triax and additional cable bundles. Kalenda said the cameras, which were first used in SD mode, deliver very good picture quality and were transitioned to HD in September.

 

Allbritton recently standardized on JVC ProHD cameras for studio and ENG at six of its stations, part of an overall transition to local HD news production for all stations in the group. Jim Church, Allbritton director of technology, said the group needed to find a new technology partner once it began planning its HD upgrade.

“We had specific things that we needed from our cameras, we had specific workflows in mind. The image quality was critical,” he explained. “At the end of it all, we only found one vendor. It was JVC.”

With its three, 1/3-inch progressive scan CCDs, the GY-HM790U produces 1280×720 and 1920×1080 images, and its proprietary MPEG-2 encoder supports 1080i, 720p, and SD (480i) for operations that have not yet made the move to HD. An ideal solution for multicore or fiber-based studios, the GY-HM790U offers an innovative modular design and a redesigned studio adapter sled.

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.

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DP JAY KRISS CREDITS FUJINON DIGI-CINE LENSES FOR OUTSTANDING IMAGING OF DOCUMENTARY

 Wayne, N.J. – FUJIFILM North America Corporation, Optical Devices Division has announced that     Director of Photography (DP) and Director Jay Kriss used FUJINON E-Series Digital Cinematography HD lenses exclusively in the production of his full-length historical documentary, “Harvesting the High Plains.”

The film is slated to air late summer or fall nationally this year on the PBS network.  Kriss co-owns the film production company Inspirit Creative, based in Williamsburg, VA, with Producer Sydney Duvall.  For more information on the film, please click on www.harvestingthehighplains.com or www.kpts.org.

Kriss began shooting the documentary in the summer of 2010 using a Panasonic AJ-HP3700 P2 HD VariCam camcorder outfitted with a FUJINON HAe10x10 (10x100mm) E-Series HD zoom lens.  In early 2011, he added a complement of FUINON E-Series HD prime lenses, including the HAeF5 5mm; HAeF8 8mm; HAeF10 10mm; HAeF12 12mm; HAeF16 16mm; HAeF20 20mm; HAeF34 34mm; and HAeF54 54mm, which enabled him to match the needs of each shot with the ideal lens.

 “Harvesting the High Plains” recounts the hardships and challenges faced by farmers during the 1930’s Dust Bowl, a time when farmland was devastated by extreme drought and excessive farming.  The 90-minute film tells the true story of two farmers—Ray Garvey of Wichita, Kansas and John Kriss of Colby, Kansas—who are credited with the expanded use of the innovative Summer Fallow agricultural method as well as other innovative farming methods that transformed uncultivated prairies into high yielding fields of wheat while conserving and respecting the land they used. The film depicts the fortitude of the American spirit that brought the country out of the Great Depression.  “Something we all need to be reminded of in this present time,” stated Kriss.

“The FUJINON digital cinema lenses gave me creative latitude that exceeded anything I’ve experienced with other brand lenses,” said Kriss. “This film greatly benefits from the depth of field, precision, and clarity these lenses produce.”

“We really put these lenses to the test by shooting for weeks under extreme production conditions,” Kriss said.  Besides temperatures exceeding 102 degrees, the lenses were continually subjected to extremely hot, dry, dusty winds common to the plains of Western Nebraska and Western Kansas.  Every evening, Kriss would spend 1.5 to two hours meticulously cleaning dust from the lenses, but they never failed to perform flawlessly.

“We also pushed these lenses creatively,” Kriss said.  “We adjusted the camera’s menus to shoot monochromatically, and then affixed a ‘Red 25’ filter to the lens to obtain a high contrast effect.  Since the filter costs 4.5 stops, it was extremely advantageous to be able to open the lenses as far as possible, from T2.2 to T1.6, to maximize available light.” This also allowed Kriss to shoot with a very open lens, a style he prefers.

Kriss also cites the excellent service and support he received from his FUJIFILM Optical Devices sales executive, Bob Van Bodegon, as well as John Heinke of Hampton, VA-based Digital Video Group.

The finished film pulls together black/white establishing shots, historical footage, interview segments shot in color, and a black/white scene featuring actors in 1930’s period dress operating vintage farm equipment to harvest a field of wheat.  Currently in post, “Harvesting the High Plains” will be color graded to adjust and match the contrast and color temperatures of all scenes prior to 35mm mastering.

DP Kriss and Producer Sydney Duvall co-wrote the script, which was based upon tens of thousands of letters exchanged by Ray Garvey and John Kriss.  The letters, sent daily via the U.S. Postal Service, documented the history of their massive farm operation, GK Farms, as well as the national challenges caused by such historical events as The Great Depression, The Dust Bowl, and World War II.

According to Duvall, “This film documents the strength and resilience of these two farmers as they persevered to build an agricultural enterprise that eventually produced an unprecedented one million bushels of wheat by 1947—an accomplishment we hope will inspire contemporary Americans, many of whom are also facing tough economic times.”

Inspirit Creative is also partnered with Back 40 Films in the feature documentary production, “The Vanishing Hemlock.” The documentary focuses on the mass-scale death of more than 75 percent of the hemlock trees throughout the Smoky Mountains, and one man’s commitment to save what’s left.   At times Kriss climbed more than 100 feet into a tree to shoot, and also captured extensive aerial footage with his Fujinon lens.  Produced by David Huff and Back 40 Films in association with Inspirit Creative, “The Vanishing Hemlock” will be released on Arbor Day in 2012. For more information and to view footage, visitwww.thevanishinghemlock.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.

* 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

 

Mills James Produces High-End Live Corporate Events with Broadcast Pix Granite

Billerica, Massachusetts – January 19, 2012 – Headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, and with additional offices in Cincinnati, Mills James is one of the largest independent video production companies in the region. It also maintains an active live event production and staging business, and uses a Broadcast Pix™ Granite™ 5000 live video production system for its most high-end corporate events.

Bryan Campbell, video director and engineer, said the company began using Granite in January, part of an overall upgrade to 1080i HD for live events that also included new cameras and projectors. Typically, the Broadcast Pix system is used for large, multi-camera HD setups with up to five projection screens. The system, purchased through Illinois-based Roscor Corporation, has already been used for several events.

Previously, Mills James used a compact Sony SD switcher coupled with a Folsom ScreenPro PLUS system for its more complicated projects. In an effort to save on equipment and personnel costs, Mills James wanted to avoid purchasing two separate systems for its HD upgrade. “Broadcast Pix allows one person to do all the switching. That’s a big advantage,” Campbell explained. “I also wanted to be able to integrate more of a camera-based production switcher into our live events.”

Campbell called Granite his “everything” switcher on location. Beyond typical switching duties, its multiple outputs are used to drive different screens. Not only does Granite deliver customized displays for backstage and front-of-house personnel with its built-in Fluent-View™, but Campbell uses the 2 M/E functionality to simultaneously feed the video screens for the audience. “I use Granite to route all my downstage monitor feeds simultaneously,” he said. “It basically gives me all these different outputs from one switcher, which I can’t do with anything else at this price.”

In addition, Campbell keys external sources through Granite, and uses the built-in Fluent™ Macros to easily create presets. “I like the keyers,” he said. “It’s one of the main reasons we bought it. You don’t get that kind of flexibility on any other 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. System range from small systems controlled by a touch-screen or voice-automation to sophisticated 2 M/E control panels. Customers include leading broadcast, corporate, education, religious, government, webcast, entertainment and mobile studios in more than 90 countries. Learn more at www.broadcastpix.com.

Broadcast Pix and Fluent are trademarks of Broadcast Pix, Inc. Patented.