Monthly Archives: June 2012

Brazilian Video Services Provider Casablanca Online Purchases Large Complement of FOR-A Equipment

Fort Lee, N.J. – FOR-A Corporation of America, a leading manufacturer of video and audio systems for the broadcast and professional video industries, announces that Casablanca Online—a leading provider of satellite communications services based in Sao Paulo, Brazil—has purchased a large complement of FOR-A signal processing equipment.  The order includes the following FOR-A equipment: FA-9500 video signal processor, FRC-8000 frame rate converter, and HVS-300HS HD/SD video production switcher.

Casablanca Online provides transmission solutions for global content distribution to broadcasters, news agencies, event organizers, production houses and business corporations.

The equipment was purchased primarily to provide signal transmission, conversion, and back-haul of live telecasts primarily for Casablanca customer Fox Sports Latin America in Rio de Janeiro, as well as other Casablanca broadcast and corporate video customers throughout South America.  With one of the largest fleets of HD/SD DSNG trucks in South America, 24/7 satellite teleport facilities, and other video production resources, Casablanca Online backhauls television signals for a wide range of sporting events, including over 1400 soccer matches each year.

“Video signal conversion is especially critical in South America and Central America since there are three different DTV broadcast standards in use as well as multiple formats and resolutions simultaneously,” said Alfredo Cabrera, Latin America Sales Manager, FOR-A Corp. of America.  “Broadcast and cable networks like Fox Sports Latin America entrust their video production needs to Casablanca Online because the company employs the latest, most advanced video signal processing equipment as part of its high-caliber production package.”

With support for 3G, HD/SD-SDI, and analog composite, the FOR-A FA-9500 is a multi-purpose signal processor with integrated functionality as a frame synchronizer, up/down/cross/aspect converter, second converter, color corrector, and automatic video optimizer, as well as Dolby E encoding and decoding.

Introduced at NAB 2011, the FOR-A FRC-8000 HD/SD frame rate converter offers HD/SD format conversion with motion compensation, scene cut detection, and other advances that result in excellent image quality.  This solution builds on the success of its predecessor, the FRC-7000 HD frame rate converter, which Casablanca Online also owns.  Casablanca Online added the FRC-8000 to address the specific needs of its customers, including: Fox Sports Latin America, ESPN, Sport TV, Globo TV and TV Record.

Casablanca Online’s equipment order also included a FOR-A HVS-300HS HD/SD 1-M/E production switcher.  This compact, portable 12×8 HD/SD video production switcher offers frame synchronizing and re-sizing on every channel, as well as integrated 3D DVE transitions, chroma key, DSK, dual picture in picture, still stores, and a 16 channel multi-viewer.

About Casablanca Online

Casablanca Online offers point-to-multipoint broadcast solutions via satellite, fiber and IP.  For more information please call +55-11-38892696, emailinfo@casablancaonline.com.br or visit our website at www.casablancaonline.com.br.

Casablanca Online, Av. República do Líbano 366, Ibirapuera, São Paulo, SP 04502000 Phone: 55-11-38892696, Fax: 55-11-38892741. Website:www.casablancaonline.com.br

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.

ABS Welcomes Shawn Sennett as Senior Account Executive

SEATAC, WA — Professional video and audio systems integration firm Advanced Broadcast Solutions (ABS) today announced it has hired Shawn Sennett as a senior account executive, effective June 1. Based out of the company’s office in Portland, Ore., he will be responsible for sales throughout Oregon and southern Washington.

Sennett has spent more than 20 years in sales management, including positions with 360 Systems, Leader Instruments, Bexel Broadcast Services, Synergy Broadcast Systems, and Compix Media. Most recently, he managed VAR and channel sales for 14 western U.S. states and three Canadian provinces for Broadcast Pix.

“We are very pleased that Shawn has joined our team,” said Mark Siegel, President of ABS. “He provides a solutions-based sales approach that focuses on the customer. With his familiarity of the territory and the technology, he is a valuable asset for ABS and our clients.”

Sennett can be reached at 503-708-7422 or via e-mail at shawn@advancedbroadcastsolutions.com.

About ABS:

Based in SeaTac, WA, ABS (Advanced Broadcast Solutions) delivers customized, technologically superior solutions for broadcast, corporate, house of worship, entertainment, government, and educational facilities – from design and integration to installation and support services. Since 1982, its experienced technical staff has installed more than 700 systems for clients including Fisher Communications, Cowles California Media, Real Networks, Cisco Systems, and Microsoft Studios. For more information, call 206-870-0244 or visit www.advancedbroadcastsolutions.com.

 

FOR-A Hosts Road Shows in Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro

UFM-30FRC HD/SD Frame Rate Converter Makes Brazilian Debut

Fort Lee, New Jersey – FOR-A Company Limited, a leading manufacturer of video and audio systems for the broadcast and professional video industries, recently displayed several key, new products at two road shows in Brazil. FOR-A hosted the events with two Brazilian-based partners – distributor Tecnovideo and systems integration firm Line Up. The events took place on May 16th in São Paulo and on May 18th in Rio de Janeiro.

“Hosting the road shows was a great opportunity to showcase our most advanced solutions to the Brazilian market,” said Pedro Silvestre, sales director for FOR-A Corporation of America. “FOR-A’s partnerships with LineUp and Tecnovideo has helped to strengthen and expand our business in this important region. We believe both shows were a big success, as exhibiting our latest products with our Brazilian partners enabled us to further connect with our customer base in this area.”

At the road shows, the UFM-30FRC HD/SD Frame Rate Converter was shown for the first time in Brazil. Equipped with up/down/cross converters as standard features, the UFM-30FRC offers a motion compensation processing mode and linear conversion mode to perform optimal conversions.

The company also displayed its LTR-100HS video storage appliance working with its MediaConcierge media management system. The LTR-100HS includes an LTO-5 driveand features HD/SD-SDI input/output, broadcast quality codec, and MXF wrapping and unwrapping. MediaConcierge acts as a ‘concierge,’ managing content; converting between common file and digital video formats, facilitating search, browse, and file delivery; and interfacing to third party media content databases and archives. Also shown was the new MV-42HS HD/SD Multi Viewer, which resizes and display up to 4 inputs of HD-SDI and SD-SDI signals on a single screen. FOR-A also exhibited its FA-9500 3G/HD/SD Multi Purpose Signal Processor. The FA-9500 offers logo insertion capability and supports 3G-SDI, HD/SD-SDI, and analog composite I/O, in addition to its ability to be used as a frame synchronizer, provide up/down/cross/aspect converters, second converter, color corrector, and automatic video optimizer as standard features.

FOR-A’s VFC-7000 HD Variable Frame Rate (Super Slow Motion) camera was shown in both field and in-studio configurations. The VFC-7000 is a compact, lightweight, all-in-one unit, capable of high-speed HD recordings.  The slow motion camera offers high-speed play-out and recording in HD at variable frame rates from 24 to 700 fps. It features a high-sensitivity CMOS color sensor and electronic high-speed shutter that can operate as fast as 1/200,000 of a second for filming fast-moving events and subjects without blur. São Paulo–based Disk Films, who is renting the VFC-7000 camera as part of its offerings, was on hand as well.

FOR-A showcased a variety of other products at the events, including the HVS-300 HD/SD 1 M/E video switcher. The HVS-300 includes various wipe patterns, such as 2D and 3D DVE transitions, frame synchronizing, and a re-sizing engine on every channel, which allows SD equipment to be used in full HD mode.

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.

Neelb.tv Relies on Broadcast Pix Granite 5000 for Live Webcast of Olympic Torch Coverage

Billerica, Massachusetts – June 26, 2012 – When the Olympic Torch was carried through the small town of Magherafelt in Northern Ireland on June 7, the North Eastern Education and Library Board (NEELB) covered the event with a two-hour live production that was anchored by a Broadcast Pix™ Granite™ 5000 Video Control Center™. Streamed live to www.neelb.tv, the program was also displayed on large public screens in the town centre as well as in nearby Belfast and Derry.

The show began with coverage of a Guinness world-record event, as more than 3,000 children representing 31 schools created the Olympic rings at a local arena. The students then lined the streets for the torch procession. According to Peter Simpson, manager of neelb.tv and director of the production, nine cameras were used during the shoot, including a helicopter-based camera for aerial footage of the record-breaking rings formation.

A studio was constructed in a local church hall, equipped with three robotic cameras that Simpson controlled through the Granite in neelb.tv’s production truck. Coverage also featured two roving reporters stationed near three microwave links positioned along the route. A 30-minute edited highlight program is available on the Web site, and the complete program will soon be available on DVD from Magherafelt District Council.

“It absolutely poured down from early morning, so we were extremely skeptical from the outset,” Simpson recalled. “We deployed three of our microwave links. Two worked perfectly and one died mid-program. We were running ISOs in all the cameras anyway – as a DVD of the event is now being created – so we just lost the live.”

Granite’s 2 M/Es were useful for setting up composite shots, and Simpson said the integrated Fluent™ workflow tools were used extensively during the production. The Fluent-View integrated display fed two 32-inch monitors in the truck, Fluent Clip Store was used for playback of pre-recorded packages, and graphics were produced with the built-in Harris Inscriber CG.

Simpson said the Broadcast Pix system was “perfect” for the production. “Not only was I able to operate all these things from one location, but I could also control the three robotic cameras in the studio,” he explained. “It was the only integrated production system that we could both afford to purchase and that one person could operate to produce a highly polished live program of such complexity.”

About Broadcast Pix Broadcast Pix is the 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 110 countries. Learn more at www.broadcastpix.com.

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

Moo TV Acquires Eight Hitachi Z-HD5000 HD Cameras for Live Production during County Music Concert Tours

WOODBURY, NEW YORK – Hitachi Kokusai Electric America, Ltd., today announced that Moo TV—a video production and creative services company in Madison, TN—purchased eight Hitachi Z-HD5000 studio and field HDTV cameras to provide video support and big-screen multimedia presentations during concert tours and other live events.

As Pollstar’s “Video Company of the Year” for the past two years, Moo TV provides live multi-camera production, specialized personnel, and digital content creation services to top country artists, including the Zac Brown Band, Toby Keith, Brad Paisley, Miranda Lambert, and Alan Jackson.

The first four Hitachi Z-HD5000 HD cameras were purchased late last year for use on Zac Brown’s annual holiday tour between Christmas and New Year’s Day, including a sold-out New Year’s Eve concert at Philips Arena in downtown Atlanta.  The second four were purchased for Toby Keith’s “Live in Overdrive” concert, which has a busy, national concert schedule this year through next.  All eight cameras were purchased because both Zac Brown and Toby Keith wanted to upgrade their concert’s live video and multimedia presentations from standard- to high-definition.

“While we were planning to go high-def for the Zac Brown Band in March 2012, the band decided just after Thanksgiving 2011 that they wanted to go hi-def in time for their holiday concerts.  With less than four weeks’ notice, we had to scramble for HD cameras and the other HD gear needed to support live multi-camera HD production,” said Chuck Young, general manager for Moo TV.

“Before we made this multi-million dollar investment, we called truck operators and others we knew in video and broadcast businesses to find out what cameras they recommended, and the name Hitachi kept coming up,” Young said.  “With very little lead time, Hitachi sent us a Z-HD5000 camera to evaluate and play with. Our engineers put it on scopes and really liked the picture quality.  When we told Hitachi we needed four units very quickly, we were treated like gold, and the equipment was delivered just in time for Zac Brown’s concerts.”

Young worked directly with Hitachi Vice President Sean Moran and Southeast Regional Sales Manager Danny Stephens.  After years of shooting in the field with legacy Sony BVP-550 cameras, Young said their move to HD was a quantum leap that impacted every aspect of their infrastructure, including routing and production switchers, and required an intensive learning curve.

“One big change was from triax to fiber-backed cameras and fiber cable runs.  I was concerned whether fiber would hold up to forklifts moving equipment, long-distance transport via semi-trailers, and other rough handling typical of live events,” said Young.  “Sean recommended Gepco heavy-duty ‘stadium jackets’ to protect the fiber cable runs.  We ordered 12 of them, and these casings have solved the problem.”

Due to the tight turnaround, some equipment—such as sled supports used to stabilize imaging with longer lenses—was not readily available from the factory and Hitachi proactively sent loaners to Moo TV. While the lenses on the Z-HD5000’s are SD, Young says the cameras still give them a dramatic improvement in picture quality.  During a live show, some cameras are positioned on tripods at the front-of-house, while others serve as handhelds carried around the venue.

“Shots of the crowd’s reaction and participation splashing onto 40-or-50-foot video walls and other on-stage projection surfaces are now a vital part of any live concert,” Young said.  “Because the Z-HD5000’s are so lightweight, our camera operators find they’re easier to shoulder for long periods of time while angling for the best shot.  These cameras are real workhorses.  Much of the time we’re running them in all kinds of horrible weather and challenging theatrical or natural lighting conditions at music festivals, fairs, and other outdoor concerts.”

Theatrical lighting, projection and display technology are such that HD video hasn’t been used much for concerts, but Young sees this trend starting to change.  Last April, country singer/songwriter Toby Keith also gave Moo TV very little notice that he wanted to use HD video for his fast-approaching summer tour.  Once again, Young turned to Hitachi for four more cameras.   “This was a huge investment for us, but Sean and Danny put all our concerns at ease,” Young said.  “I was so impressed with the service that I knew I’d chosen the right cameras even before we ever started using them.”

About Hitachi

Hitachi, Ltd., (NYSE: HIT / TSE: 6501), headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, is a leading global electronics company with approximately 400,000 employees worldwide. Fiscal 2009 (ended March 31, 2009) consolidated revenues totaled 10,000 billion yen ($102.0 billion). The company offers a wide range of systems, products and services in market sectors including information systems, electronic devices, power and industrial systems, consumer products, materials, logistics and financial services. For more information on Hitachi, please visit the company’s website at www.hitachi.com.

Hitachi Kokusai Electric America, Ltd. designs, manufacturers and markets video cameras, digital transmission, processing and recording devices for the broadcast television, cable, video production, and industrial vision markets. For more information, please call (516) 921-7200 or visit Hitachi’s web site athttp://www.hitachikokusai.us .  Hitachi Kokusai Electric, Inc. (TSE, OSE: 6756), is a Hitachi, Ltd. (NYSE: HIT) group company.

Full versions of all press releases and product images are posted on the web site in the pressroom section: www.hitachikokusai.us

FUJINON Technical Support Center in Place for London 2012 Summer Games

Wayne, N.J. – FUJIFILM North America Corporation, Optical Devices Division, has announced that a technical support center has been set up to provide customer service and support during the London 2012 Summer Games taking place from July 27 through August 12, 2012.

During the Summer Games, Fujifilm’s Optical Devices Division will have an engineer available from July 21 to support customers of its broadcast lenses, including HDTV studio and field lenses.

The technical support center for the London 2012 Summer Games will be located at:

FUJIFILM UK Ltd.

Optical Devices Division

17 Soho Square

London, UK

Mobile: +44(0)7585 628742

Hours of operation for the center will be 09:00 to 18:00 daily.  Many prominent broadcast customers are expected to shoot video at the London 2012 Summer Games.

“Whenever our customers need to shoot and produce mission critical video at once in a lifetime events like the Summer Games, Fujifilm goes the extra mile to ensure that their imaging equipment performs reliably,” said Thom Calabro, director of marketing and product development for FUJIFILM North America Corporation.   “For this reason, we’ve established a technical service center staffed by knowledgeable technicians to support our customers during the event.”

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.fujifilmusa.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 17 companies around the world granted U.S. patents in 2011, and in the year ended March 31, 2012, had global revenues of $27.8 billion*. Fujifilm is committed to environmental stewardship and good corporate citizenship. For more information, please visit www.fujifilmholdings.com.

* At an exchange rate of 79 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

T-VIPS’ T2 Gateway selected for deployment in first commercial DVB-T2 project in AsiaPAC

Oslo, Norway – T-VIPS, a global leader in Digital Terrestrial TV solutions, today announced that IGLOO, a joint venture between SKY and TVNZ offering a new television service in New Zealand, has selected the T-VIPS CP560 DVB-T2 Gateway for deployment in New Zealand’s DVB-T2 network which will enable IGLOO to deliver advanced next generation television to homes across the country. The project marks the first delivery of a pay TV service using DVB-T2 technology in the AsiaPAC region.

“Transmitting high quality video over DVB-T2 networks has undoubtedly been a success in the Northern hemisphere and we’re looking forward to emulating that in New Zealand,” said Chaz Savage, General Manager of IGLOO New Zealand. “By adopting DVB-T2 we believe we can open up our services to a wider audience beyond DTH and cable services. T-VIPS has provided us with a top of the range solution which we can implement easily and effectively to give our customers the unfailing quality of service they demand.”

The CP560 DVB-T2 Gateway enables the HD delivery of TV in terrestrial networks, allowing operators to take advantage of more efficient spectrum utilization and generate the accurate timing information required for SFN networks. Kordia, on behalf of IGLOO, will be operating the T2 Gateways in single PLP mode across an IP network which will co-exist alongside the existing DVB-T infrastructure. The DVB-T2 MI signal is distributed over the nationwide IP network as a multicast IP stream, feeding the transmitters directly with an IP stream, thereby simplifying the number of devices in the distribution network. T-VIPS has provided a 1+1 redundancy solution, ensuring a robust network and reliable operation. The newly implemented DVB-T2 network offers a 47% increase in bitrate to 38.9 Mbps for the same transmission powers and similar coverage as the existing Freeview DVB-T network.

“It’s great to be involved in the first major DVB-T2 deployment in the APAC region – it demonstrates the growing popularity of the standard across the globe,” said Espen Myhre, VP Sales, T-VIPS. “We have been designing solutions for DVB-T2 networks since the standard was first adopted. We have delivered support for SFN operation, single or multiple PLP operation and both ASI and IP transport in multiple networks across Europe and Africa as well as for trials in the APAC region. We understand that different network operators have different requirements and this is why we make it our mission to design solutions such as the CP560 which provide flexibility and choice.”

Key Features of the CP560 DVB-T2 Gateway

  • DVB—T2 Modulator interface
  • Single and multiple PLP operation
  • SFN adaptation and T2 MIP insertion
  • IP and ASI interfaces
  • FEC on IP output/input
  • Enables SFN/T2 frame-aligned seamless switching in combination with the T-VIPS TNS541 Seamless TS Monitoring Switch or the TNS544 TSoIP Switch.

For further information: David Bramley, Platform PR, Tel: +44 (0)20 7486 4900, Email: david@platformpr.com

About T-VIPS AS

T-VIPS is a global leader in professional video transport solutions. We help our customers deliver next-generation TV services such as 3D, HDTV, live events and local content. Our IP based video transport and Digital Terrestrial TV solutions allow network operators, broadcasters, and content providers to deliver the highest picture quality at the lowest cost. Leveraging our technology expertise in video over IP, video compression, transport stream processing, monitoring and seamless switching we deliver products and solutions that improve Quality of Service (QoS), ensure high quality in live contribution workflows and enable state of the art DTV.

Our wide range of products enables fast time-to-market, increased reliability and improved video quality. We also provide fully customizable solutions, tailored to customer needs to deliver increased efficiency in video transport infrastructures.

T-VIPS is driven by innovation, customer success, and the application of new technologies to enhance both traditional video transport and Over The Top infrastructures and ensure the delivery of high quality content to TV ready mobile devices.

About IGLOO

IGLOO is a new television service which launches in New Zealand in 2012 offering unrivalled viewing flexibility and choice. A joint partnership between SKY (51%) and TVNZ (49%), IGLOO offers a range of both free to air and pay television channels with no long term contracts and unparralled flexibility.

IGLOO features 11 channels ranging from Food TV to National Geographic Channel, Kidzone24 and Comedy Central and will boast close to 1,000 films and TV episodes to stream straight to your TV. This revolutionary service also offers the very best of national and international sport available via its pay p5er view channel Front Row. IGLOO comes with an easy to install set top box which will be available at retail outlets nationwide, online or via their friendly customer services team. For more information please visit:www.igloo.co.nz or send enquiries to toot@igloo.co.nz