Monthly Archives: April 2012

Tualatin Valley Community TV Adds Broadcast Pix Mica Video Control Centers to New Control Rooms

Billerica, Massachusetts – April 26, 2012 – Based in Beaverton, Ore., Tualatin Valley Community TV (TVCTV) produces PEG (public, educational, and government) programming for cable subscribers in 14 cities and Washington County. Earlier this year, TVCTV moved from a three-studio setup it shared with a magnet school to its own two-studio facility. Each new studio has its own control room, which is anchored by a Broadcast Pix™ Mica™ Video Control Center™.

A division of the Metropolitan Area Communications Commission, TVCTV produces more than 400 local programs each year for its five cable channels. Its main studio is dedicated to community programming, while a second studio is used for government programs, in-house productions, and contract work.

By design, both control rooms are very similar. “We do a bunch of outreach programs for each community,” explained Thaddeus Girard, TVCTV production services manager. “We have 14 freelancers and five in-house producers. Both studios running the same platform is huge. Two Micas in house will help volunteers by easily cross-training and reducing crew costs.”

The move to the new facility also included a move to a file-based workflow, which allows TVCTV to take advantage of Mica’s built-in Fluent™ Clip Store. “One of the most exciting things for us is having so much stuff stored in one unit,” Girard said. “What we’d used before was a ton of monitors and decks – and it took a lot of engineering and tweaking. Now we can use internal clip stores instead of three DVCPRO decks. I’m excited to have it so tightly integrated with Fluent-View and get rid of so many crummy black-and-white monitors.”

TVCTV is also exploiting the capabilities of its new production switchers to improve its on-air look. “We want to try to spice it up as much as we can. There’s so much power, we can do so many things,” Girard said. “It’s fun to program your own vision and have it show up almost immediately. Mica has just made our workflow much more sensible, creative, and easier.”

TVCTV implemented the Mica workflow in March. They were purchased through Professional Video and Tape in Tigard, Ore., and installed by Delta AV in Portland, Ore. One of TVCTV’s new studios features robotic HD cameras, but programming is down-converted and broadcast in SD. Mica’s multi-definition switcher can mix eight HD/SD-SDI inputs with seven channels of internal clips, animations, and graphics.

Beyond its new studios, TVCTV produces live coverage of city council meetings for seven cities, and Girard plans to begin migrating existing local city council control rooms to Broadcast Pix systems later this year. “Mica fits that perfect niche, allowing us to expand a little bit but keeps us within budget,” Girard added. “All around it’s been a fantastic piece of equipment for our new facility.”

About Broadcast Pix Broadcast Pix is a leader in live video production systems. Its Video Control Centers™ empower operators with patented techniques that combine cameras, clips and graphics to create compelling live video. The integration of a multi-format switcher, clip store, graphics system with a Harris or Chyron CG, and device controls provides the lowest cost of ownership at a fraction of the cost of a conventional control room to buy, staff and operate. Systems range from compact 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 100 countries. Learn more at www.broadcastpix.com.

Broadcast Pix, Mica, Fluent, and Video Control Centers are trademarks of Broadcast Pix, Inc. Patented.

Tulsa’s KTUL Invests in JVC ProHD Cameras for Transition to Local HD News

WAYNE, NJ  – JVC Professional Products Company, a division of JVC Americas Corp., today announced that KTUL, the ABC affiliate in Tulsa, Okla. (DMA #59), has purchased 18 GY-HM790 ProHD cameras, as well as two GY-HM750Us, to produce its local newscasts in HD. The new cameras were first used in SD mode when they were delivered in March, but the station transitioned to full HD for ENG and studio production on Aug. 22.

KTUL is affiliated with Allbritton Communications Company, which is based in Arlington, Va., and recently standardized on JVC ProHD cameras at six of its stations. The new cameras are part of an overall transition to local HD news production for all stations in the group.

KTUL uses four of its new GY-HM790 cameras in the studio, along with a GY-HM250 on a jib. Roger Herring, KTUL director of broadcast operations, said the picture quality is a “huge improvement from where we were.” The studio cameras are connected via fiber optic cable, which allows the station to send all signals over a single cable – no triax or additional cable bundles necessary.

Herring said the station’s ENG shooters are pleased with the quality and weight of the ProHD cameras. KTUL uses Adobe Premiere Pro CS5 and Apple Final Cut Pro editing systems, and recording ready-to-edit footage on non-proprietary SDHC cards has improved the station’s workflow. “Native file recording makes moving from camera to editor extremely quick,” Herring explained. “It allows us to edit quickly in the field as well.”

An ideal solution for multicore or fiber-based studios, the GY-HM790 offers an innovative modular design and a redesigned studio adapter sled. Its three, 1/3-inch progressive scan CCDs produce 1280×720 and 1920×1080 images, and its proprietary MPEG-2 encoder supports 1080i, 720p, and even SD (480i) for operations that have not yet made the move to HD. The compact, shoulder-mount camera is also an outstanding choice for ENG use, with a dual card slot design that records to low-cost, non-proprietary SDHC solid-state media cards in ready-to-edit file formats (.MOV and .MP4) for major 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.

 

DiaQuest Unveils ProductionLink at 2012 NAB Show

New Software Plug-In Adds Avid Interplay Connectivity to Upcoming Release Adobe Creative Suite 6 Software

EMERYVILLE, CALIF., April 13, 2012 – DiaQuest Products, a software development firm with a focus on the video and film industries, today announced ProductionLink, a plug-in for Adobe® Creative Suite® 6 Production Premium software that adds Avid® Interplay to its list of available render formats. As a result, content can be published directly to the Avid Interplay production asset management (PAM) system. The cost-effective software is now available and will be demonstrated for the first time in the Adobe booth (SL2624) at the 2012 NAB Show, April 16-19 at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nev.

As a plug-in, ProductionLink is tightly integrated into Adobe Creative Suite 6 Production Premium, so there is no need to launch additional programs or change context. Available for Mac and Windows, it is fully Avid compliant and creates the appropriate folder structure, file formats, and metadata to create Avid-compatible content automatically and accurately. With ProductionLink, facilities that use Adobe Creative Suite 6 Production Premium for production can use Avid Interplay PAM for enhanced asset management, while Avid facilities can easily incorporate Adobe Creative Suite tools into their workflow without costly customization or cumbersome file management.

“We have many Adobe Premiere Pro® and Adobe After Effects® customers who want to create a seamless workflow with Avid asset management products,” said Al Mooney, product manager, professional video solutions at Adobe. “ProductionLink provides an elegant solution for video production facilities that need these platforms to work together.”

At NAB, Adobe is revealing the Creative Suite 6 video tools, which are expected to ship in the first half of 2012. Redesigned by and for editors, Adobe Premiere Pro CS6 combines faster performance with a sleek, customizable user interface and powerful trimming tools that let editors work the way they want. Learn more about the top new features in Premiere and the other video tools of the upcoming Creative Suite 6 here:http://success.adobe.com/en/na/programs/events/1203_16108_nab.html.

Broadcasters like Cox Media Group realize the value of DiaQuest’s new plug-in. “We were early adopters of QueManager. The experience has been everything we expected,” said Chip Reif, engineering manager of Cox Media Group’s WFTV, the ABC affiliate in Orlando, Fla. “We are looking forward to adding ProductionLink to further simplify our graphics workflow.”

ProductionLink will be available through select Adobe and Avid resellers and system integrators. Contact DiaQuest for more information. 

About DiaQuest:

Based in Emeryville, Calif., DiaQuest Products LLC has been developing mission critical software for the video, film, and broadcast industries since 1982. The company develops software as an OEM for several manufacturers, as well as custom software tools for a variety of clients. In addition to software development, DiaQuest provides professional-level support of related software and hardware products. Find out more at www.diaquest.com or call (510) 547-4544.

PESA Demonstrates 3G-SDI Fiber Routing Switcher with New MFP Technology from Advanced Fiber Products at NAB 2012

Huntsville, Alabama – PESA, a leading U.S.-based custom design and build manufacturing company for professional audio and video signal distribution, today announced a new concept in fiber optic backplane design that uses MiniCube™ Miniature Form Pluggable (MFP) transmitter technology from Advanced Fiber Products, LLC. Introduced as the world’s first 3G-SDI MFP fiber routing switcher, the MFP option backplane for PESA’s Jaguar 3 64×64 series will be on display at the 2012 NAB Show (Booth SL9615), which runs through April 19 in Las Vegas, Nev.

MFP technology establishes a new approach to LC-type fiber connectivity. Traditional Small Form Pluggable (SFP) modules use right-angle card cages that take up valuable board space during the design process. With MFP modules, both vertical and right-angle pluggable cages are available, resulting in a 50 percent smaller footprint. With vertical mount cages, hot pluggable fiber connections can be loaded in the same backplane space as a standard BNC port, which simplifies product packaging and increases product performance.

Offering up to 64×64 high-speed fiber optic ports, PESA’s Jaguar 3 is the first routing switcher to incorporate MFP technology. With its unique backplane design, the Jaguar 3 can offer fiber and coax connections in the same chassis. Two shared backplanes allow I/O ports in groups of 32.

“Our MFP video transceiver works with existing infrastructures, but it uses about half the space and up to 40 percent less power than traditional video optical transceivers,” explained Mark Benton, general manager, Advanced Fiber Products. “As a result, it helps to create a very dense backplane offering pluggable modules, such as what you can find on the Jaguar 3. PESA has shown a lot of interest in this technology, and we appreciate working with them on this first MiniCube video router application.”

The Jaguar 3 can route all SMPTE and ITU standard serial digital video signals, plus it supports embedded audio and other ancillary data for SDI, HD-SDI, and DVB/ASI broadcast sources. For digital cinema, the Jaguar can easily be configured to support SMPTE S372 for dual-link HD-SDI. With the MFP optional fiber backplane, HD signals can be transmitted up to 10Km.

Although the 2 RU Jaguar 3 is small in size, it is big on performance. Data rates from 50 Mbps up to 3 Gbps are supported. All inputs are auto-equalized, while outputs are auto-sensed and re-clocked to the appropriate transport stream. For non-standard formats, re-clockers can be bypassed to allow any data rate up to 3 Gbps. Two independent reference inputs allow easy selection of sync using either black burst or tri-level sync source. The compact frame design features front load, hot-swappable card sets and includes slots for optional redundant power supply/control modules. The routing switcher frame can be configured to support a variety of control interfaces, including Ethernet, RS-232, or PESA’s PERC2000 control system.

The Jaguar 3 includes PESA’s user-friendly CATTRAX software, which provides a simple interface for diagnostics, setup, and switching. With CATTRAX, multiple users can operate the Jaguar control system from anywhere on the network. For pushbutton control, the Jaguar offers three styles of local or remote panels.

“Advanced Fiber Products has pioneered the next-generation fiber solution for flexible switching systems,” said Dan Holland, PESA vice president of product marketing. “The new MFP concept capitalizes on a miniature form factor technology that allows PESA to deliver the best possible video performance for fiber optic routing. As a result, long distance routing for high-end, high-speed video distribution is available in a more compact solutionfor military, government, production facilities, and sporting venues.”

About Advanced Fiber Products

Advanced Fiber Products, Ltd. (AFP) is a leading designer, developer and manufacturer of optical and optoelectronic and specialized products for telecom, enterprise, industrial, military and broadcast markets.  The company headquartered at Haverhill, near Cambridge in the United Kingdom has developed a wide variety of novel and secure connectivity products, both fiber and copper for use in sensitive and adverse operating environments

Advanced Fiber Products, LLC., a wholly owned subsidiary of AFP, Ltd., designs, develops and manufactures HD/3G-SDI active video distance extending fiber optic products and multi-signal products for fixed and portable broadcast applications as well as oil and gas exploration and military applications.  AFP, LLC is located near Chicago, Illinois in the United States.

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.

 

New PESA Matrix Switch Part of HDcctv Alliance Technology Demonstration at ISC West 2012

Huntsville, Alabama  – PESA, a leading U.S.-based custom design and build manufacturing company for professional audio and video signal distribution, showcased its new HDcctv 16×16 matrix switch last month at ISC West 2012 in Las Vegas, Nev. The world’s first HDcctv-compliant matrix switch, it was the focal point of a technology demonstration conducted by the HDcctv Alliance®.

During the demonstration, PESA’s HDcctv 16×16 was connected via HD-SDI to cameras and DVRs from several manufacturers. Attendees were then able to select a DVR input and show any HDcctv camera source – with no signal delays or adjustments.

“The HDcctv Gallery at ISC West presented the highest-quality HD surveillance interoperability demonstration in history, facilitated by PESA’s HDcctv-compliant matrix,” said Todd E. Rockoff, Ph.D., executive director, HDcctv Alliance. “Exhibiting zero-latency viewing and seamless operation among a variety of manufacturers’ cameras and DVRs, the ISC West interoperability demonstration introduced hundreds of people to the quality of HDcctv equipment.

“What makes the result even more impressive, and which bodes well for the rapid adoption of HDcctv equipment in the surveillance industry, is that it was achieved without any fussing or custom adjustment of any of the cameras or DVRs,” Rockoff continued. “HDcctv products are truly plug and play, and makers of HDcctv-compliant products can guarantee electrical performance and 100 percent multi-vendor interoperability, even across versions of the standard.”

Founded in 2009, the nonprofit HDcctv Alliance develops and manages the technical interface specification for HDcctv, which was developed from broadcast industry standards and specialized for surveillance needs. The industry association promotes the adoption of HDcctv-compliant products and provides education for equipment manufacturers and their customers.

“We were proud to be part of the technology demonstration at ISC West,” said Dan Holland, PESA vice president of product marketing. “As the security industry continues to move toward high definition video surveillance solutions, it’s more important than ever to foster interoperability between equipment from different manufacturers. With the world’s first HDcctv-compliant matrix switch, PESA has taken an important step toward advancing this important specification.”

Designed specifically for HD video over coax, the HDcctv 16×16 features a compact 1 RU enclosure, local or remote network control options, and a redundant power supply and control card option. With a single RG-59 coax cable for each port, users can connect up to 16 HDcctv-compliant video cameras to the PESA HDcctv matrix switch and output up to 16 individual coax connections for HDcctv DVR or display devices. With the 1.5 Gbps enabled transport for each port, video resolutions for 720p and 1080p are evenly distributed without compression.

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.

 

FUJIFILM Optical Devices Division Premieres Videos of New 2012 NAB Lenses

Thom Calabro explains features and benefits the new lenses offer  

Wayne, N.J., April 16, 2012 – FUJIFILM North America Corporation, Optical Devices Division premiered a series of one to two minute videos featuring new lenses at the 2012 NAB Show today. The videos—featuring Thom Calabro, Director, Marketing and Product Development, FUJIFILM North America Corporation, Optical Devices Division – discuss the many features and benefits the new lenses offer and debut on Fujifilm’s Facebook and YouTube channels as follows:

  • Monday, April 16, 2012:  The new PL-90 Cabrio (ZK4.7×19) zoom lens, with an exclusive detachable servo drive unit, making it suitable for use as a standard PL lens or ENG-Style lens.  With a 19-90mm focal range and weight of only 2.7kg including servo motors, it has the longest focal range available in a lightweight zoom.
  • Tuesday, April 17, 2012: The new HA19x7.4 BERM/BERD 2/3-inch ENG/EFP lens lens with improved corner resolution and high-performance functionality for demanding television production applications.
  • Wednesday, April 18, 2012:  The new XA19x7.4 BESM-D8 box-style studio/field lens featuring focus breathing compensation, 16-bit encoders, and tally lights for high-end entertainment and news studio applications.
  • Thursday, April 19, 2012: The new XA77x9.5 HDTV field lens, featuring patented OS TECH image stabilization ideal for shooting in windy conditions or on unstable platforms.

“The combination of video and social media is proving to be a great way to connect with our customers, especially the next-generation of professional cinematographers and those shooting on location,” explained Calabro.  “Social media video allows us to educate our customers about the latest technology and capabilities built into our new lenses.”

The videos are available on demand as part of an on-going social media initiative launched in 2011.  To view all press releases for NAB 2012 from the Optical Devices Division of FUJIFILM North America Corporation, please click on the link below:

www.FujifilmUSA.com/2012NAB

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:www.FUJINON.com

 

JVC Introduces Handheld Mobile News Camera at NAB 2012

New GY-HM650 Transfers Footage Directly to Station with FTP Transfer

WAYNE, NJ   JVC Professional Products Company, a division of JVC Americas Corp., has ushered in a new era of mobile newsgathering with its new GY-HM650 ProHD handheld mobile news camera, which can shoot and deliver news footage faster than ever. Equipped with dual codecs, it produces full HD files on one memory card while simultaneously creating smaller, Web-friendly files (1/4 HD) on a second card. With built-in FTP and Wi-Fi connectivity, the GY-HM650 delivers the footage back to a station without a microwave or satellite connection.
With a built-in Fujinon wide angle 23x zoom lens, superior low-light performance, and excellent sensitivity (F11 at 2000 lux), the GY-HM650 has ideal optics for challenging shooting environments. The HD lens has a focal range of 29mm-667mm (35mm equivalent) and includes manual focus, servo zoom, and iris rings, along with three ND filters and a removable hood. Other features include JVC’s auto-focus with face detection and an optical image stabilizer.
Equipped with three, 1/3-inch 1920×1080 12-bit CMOS sensors, the lightweight GY-HM650 records HD or SD footage in multiple file formats, including native XDCAM EX™ (.MP4), Final Cut Pro™ (.MOV), and AVCHD, to non-proprietary SDHC or SDXC media cards. It also records .MXF files with rich descriptive metadata that is optimized for asset management. The camera also includes HD-SDI and HDMI outputs for easy monitoring of HD footage.
Newsgathering and independent production continue to evolve. One or two-person teams have become commonplace, and many shooters are capturing images for TV, the Internet, and mobile devices,” said Craig Yanagi, manager, marketing and brand strategy. “With built-in Web connectivity, simultaneous recording of a Web-friendly video file, and .MXF files with rich descriptive metadata, the GY-HM650 is ideal for today’s file-based workflows.”
Designed for versatility, the GY-HM650 features a 1.22 MP color viewfinder and color 3.5-inch LCD to handle run-and-gun and tripod-based stand-ups. The Pre Rec (retro cache) feature continuously records and stores up to five seconds of footage in cache memory to help prevent missed shots of breaking news, while a second trigger and servo zoom control on the built-in handle makes it easy to record while holding the camera at low or high angles.
In addition, the GY-HM650 provides a number of essential audio features. Its built-in stereo microphone is ideal for capturing natural sound on location, but the camera also includes two XLR inputs with phantom power and a shotgun mic holder, as well as a headphone jack and separate input for a wireless mic receiver.
The GY-HM650 will be demonstrated at the 2012 NAB Show (Booth C4314), which runs April 16-19 at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nev. It has a suggested list price of $5,695 and will be available in Winter 2012.
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.