Monthly Archives: August 2012

Public Broadcaster Makes HD Studio Upgrade with Hitachi Cameras

Budget, Ease of Use, Picture Quality and SD/HD Interoperability Cited as Reasons for Selection by PATV-15

WOODBURY, NEW YORK– Cox Communications recently installed three Hitachi Z-HD5000 studio and field HDTV cameras in the Manchester, Connecticut studio of its public access channel PATV-15.

Residents in Cox Communications’ three franchise areas —Manchester, Cheshire, and Enfield, CT— can produce a show or a series for air on PATV-15 after taking a television production-training course. Because of this, user-friendliness was a key concern in camera selection.  After they receive basic video training from PATV-15 production technicians—including Greg Thresher and Laurie Batignani—the new producers are able to truck the pedestal-based HD cameras around the studio and pan, tilt, and zoom.

Two other factors in the selection process were cost and SD/HD interoperability. “For us, buying three broadcast-quality HDTV cameras at once was a major capital expense—one that consumed much of our annual equipment budget,” said Chris Giard, Video Engineer, PATV-15. “We consider such large purchases carefully because we hope to keep the equipment in service for at least 10 years or more.  We chose Hitachi for several reasons, including the outstanding service we’ve received over the years from our Hitachi Representatives Sean Moran and Kenneth Cyr, and the incomparable price-performance Hitachi delivers.”

Budget constraints prompted PATV-15 to tackle the HD studio upgrade in three phases, including Phase 1 for cameras.  When Cox is ready, it will proceed with Phase 2 plans to buy a Broadcast Pix Mica or Granite HD production switcher among other production gear, and eventually Phase 3 for full HDTV distribution.

Because Hitachi Z-HD5000’s are native multi-standard cameras—with integrated format conversion—PATV-15 operators can shoot in HD today and output down-converted 4:3 480i SD-SDI video until the broadcaster has completed its entire HD workflow.  In the future, Cox intends to buy additional Hitachi Z-HD5000’s to convert its Cheshire and Enfield studios to HDTV.

The three new Hitachi Z-HD5000’s cameras in Manchester are each outfitted with optical fiber camera adapters, 7-inch HDTV LCD color viewfinders, Hitachi CU-HD500 camera control units, and Hitachi’s RU-1000-VR remote control panels—critical for remote camera set-ups, such as color balancing and iris control.

While new HD lenses are on the station’s wish list, Giard reports that the Hitachi Z-HD5000 cameras produce superior image quality and meet their technical specs even with SD lenses.  “This excellent picture quality motivates and inspires people to use our facilities and raises the bar on the credibility, impact, and value of the shows we air,” he added.

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

Editor’s Note: Color product photographs are available upon request.

Hitachi Kokusai Electric America, Ltd., 150 Crossways Park Drive, Woodbury, NY 11797, U.S.A.
Tel: (516) 921-7200; Fax: (516) 496-3718; website: www.hitachikokusai.us

 

 

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Olfert Kempff Joins Advanced Systems Group

EMERYVILLE, CALIF. – Advanced Systems Group (ASG), a leading West Coast video and film integration firm, has hired industry veteran Olfert Kempff, who will work as logistics coordinator and purchasing assistant, supporting the company and its customers through equipment purchases and inventories.

Since 1996, Kempff has been an independent contractor in the San Francisco area, serving as a videographer, audio technician, and photographer for a variety of broadcast, software, and music projects. During that time, he also worked at DVD Copycat as a production technician for two years, and was the warehouse manager for Media Distributors for four years.

“It’s always an advantage to add experienced video professionals to our team, and we are pleased to welcome Olfert to our purchasing department,” said Dave Van Hoy, president of ASG.

Kempff is based at ASG’s Emeryville office and can be contacted at (510) 654-8300 or via e-mail at olfert@asgllc.com.

About ASG:

Advanced Systems Group LLC of Emeryville, Calif., with offices in the Bay Area and Southern California, has provided engineering, systems, integration, support and training to the broadcast, film, creative, and corporate video markets since 1997. With unmatched experience in Apple-based newsroom systems, shared storage, archiving, editing, finishing, and VFX systems, ASG has become one of largest installers of post production and shared storage systems on the West Coast. The ASG team is highly focused on customer success, and has installed and supported more than 185 SANs, production, and post production systems over the last six years. For more information, visit www.asgllc.com or call 510-654-8300.

 

MIRA Mobile Television Adds Twenty Four FUJINON Lenses to Current Line Up, Now Totals Over 100

Selection of lenses for use in the company’s newest mobile truck, M12HD 

Wayne, N.J. – FUJIFILM North America Corporation, Optical Devices Division announces that MIRA Mobile Television, the largest western U.S.-based mobile facilities provider, recently purchased an array of new FUJINON lenses for use in their fleet of mobile units, including the company’s newest truck, M12HD. Included among the additions are: four XA101x8.9BESM Super Telephoto Field lenses, two XA88X8.8BESM Telephoto Field lenses, six HA14x4.5BERM-M1B Super Wide Angle ENG/EFP lenses, five XA77x9.5BESM HDTV Field lenses, two XA76X9.3BESM Telephoto HD lenses, and five ZA22X7.6BERM Telephoto HD lenses with Remote Control. The provider of high-end remote video production services now owns 102 FUJINON lenses in total, divided up among its eight production trucks.

Two of MIRA Mobile’s FUJINON XA101x8.9BESM Super Telephoto Field lenses are being utilized in the new M12HD. The unit is the seventh truck in MIRA’s HD fleet of expanding trailers and was first used at the end of May for international soccer coverage. This fall, the lenses will be in use on M12HD to support its production of Pac-12 Networks’ coverage of premiere college football and basketball match-ups. The lenses are being utilized on Grass Valley LDK-8000 Elite cameras.

We have an invaluable partnership with FUJIFILM Optical Devices,” said Bill Duncan, Director of Engineering, MIRA Mobile Television. “When designing M12HD, it was an easy choice to include FUJINON lenses. We’re happy to have been able to augment our complement of FUJINON lenses in our other mobile trucks as well. Besides their excellent picture quality, we’re most impressed with FUJINON’s anti-fogging technology. It allows us to move from one environment to the next without having to worry if our lenses will perform well. We’re confident in the reliability of the lenses and look forward to utilizing them for production of a variety of live and taped events in sports, corporate, and entertainment venues.”

“We pride ourselves as being a provider whose lenses consistently provide superior optical performance,” said Thom Calabro, Director, Marketing and Product Development, FUJIFILM North America Corporation, Optical Devices Division. “We’re thrilled that MIRA Mobile has acquired more of our lenses, and we look forward to continuing to aid MIRA Mobile in their video production services.”

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 10 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.

About MIRA Mobile Television

MIRA Mobile Television is a remote television production company founded in 1982. MIRA currently operates nine mobile units (seven HD expandos, and a digital expando). MIRA maintains offices and/or field shops in Portland, Oregon, the San Francisco Bay Area, and Vancouver, BC. The company has been providing remote television production services for 30 years, covering regional and national sporting events, entertainment programming, corporate

and other special events. MIRA Mobile Television is a partner in Alliance Productions, www.allianceproductions.com. For more information, go towww.miramobile.com.

Jay Shinn Joins FOR-A as Northeast Sales Manager

Shinn is based out of company’s New Jersey office 

Fort Lee, N.J., August 29, 2012 – FOR-A Corporation of America, a leading manufacturer of video and audio systems for the broadcast and professional video industries, has named Jay Shinn as its Sales Manager for the Northeast region, effective August 1. Shinn has extensive experience in the broadcast technology industry, having spent thirty years at Grass Valley in various roles, including the positions of General Manager of Production Switchers and Senior Sales Consultant.

“We’re thrilled to welcome Jay to the team,” said Pedro Silvestre, Sales Director, FOR-A Corporation of America. “Not only does he have a solid background in sales, Jay’s experience in the technology market brings a wealth of knowledge to FOR-A. We’re confident he will boost our sales efforts as well as strengthen our existing customer relationships in the Northeast region.”

Shinn brings a proven record of industry success to FOR-A. During his career at Grass Valley, he excelled at effective project consulting and product line management, which led to key contract awards. Shinn consistently achieved sales growth with major broadcast television networks in the New York metropolitan area that exceeded multi-million dollar targets by thirty to forty percent.

Shinn is now the main point of contact for sales activity in the Northeastern U.S., including states from Maine to Virginia. His primary role is to work with systems integrators and equipment dealers to improve and increase sales in the area.

“My main goal in this position is to ensure that FOR-A’s innovative product line is well represented in the Northeast region,” explained Shinn. “I’ve worked in technology sales in this area, and I look forward to expanding on relationships I’ve built to further establish FOR-A as a leading provider of top notch, reliable solutions with a high regard for customer care.”

Jay Shinn is based out of FOR-A’s Fort Lee, N.J. office.  He can be reached via e-mail at shinn@for-a.com.

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.

Arqiva Chooses T-VIPS’ TNS547 DTT Monitor for the UK DVB-T2 Freeview HD Network

Oslo, Norway – 28 August 2012

T-VIPS, a global leader in Digital Terrestrial TV solutions, announces that Arqiva, a UK based communications infrastructure and media services company, has selected the TNS547 DTT Monitor for key transmitter sites in the UK DVB-T2 network. With the deployment of the TNS547, Arqiva will deliver state of the art monitoring to ensure the highest quality viewing experience.

“Transmitting HD video over the DVB-T2 Freeview HD network has been a resounding success,” said Peter Heslop, Director of DSO Programme, Arqiva. “T-VIPS has been an instrumental part of the project and they have delivered best of breed solutions to Arqiva. They combine unfailing quality and professionalism with a collaborative and cooperative approach.”

The TNS547 is designed to ensure the delivery of high-quality video content by simplifying the monitoring and analysis of DVB-T2 transport streams and services throughout a terrestrial network.

“We’re proud to have been chosen again by Arqiva. We are committed to delivering innovative terrestrial solutions designed in collaboration with our customers to address their business requirements and resolve real-life challenges. Robustness and reliability are core values for us and we are delighted to work with Arqiva to ensure the delivery of high quality services to their clients and viewers,” said Johnny Dolvik, CEO of T-VIPS.

The T-VIPS TNS547 provides efficient monitoring of all major interfaces, formats and layers found in DVB terrestrial networks. The monitoring and analysis features enable fast fault-detection and diagnostics. With its intuitive and user friendly interface the TNS547 improves operational efficiency and network reliability.

T-VIPS has been designing solutions for DVB-T2 networks since the standard was first adopted. With support for SFN operation, single or multiple PLP operation and both ASI and IP transport, T-VIPS has delivered systems for multiple networks across Europe and in Africa and the APAC region.

Key Features of the TNS547 DTT Monitor

  • Analysis and monitoring of transmitter input and output signals for up to six multiplexes
  • Up to two demodulators for advanced measurements on DVB-T and DVB-T2 signals
  • Extensive RF measurements including input level, carrier frequency offset, SNR, MER, BER and FER (DVB-T2)
  • Graphical display of Channel Spectrum, Constellation Diagram and Channel Impulse Response
  • Template monitoring of transmission parameters
  • Advanced TS and T2-MI monitoring and analysis, enabling continuous monitoring of transmitter feeds.

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

Note to editors:

If you would like to hear more about how T-VIPS is utilizing its broadcast and IP expertise to ‘make the complex simple’, please email Sally Douglas: sally@platformpr.com or Rajin Kang rajin@platformpr.com, or call them on +44 (0)207 486 4900.

About T-VIPS AS
T-VIPS is a global leader in professional video transport solutions. We help 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 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.

About Arqiva

Arqiva is the transmission provider for all terrestrial TV in the UK and is at the forefront of network solutions and services in the digital world. Arqiva provides much of the infrastructure behind television, radio, satellite and wireless communications in the UK and has a significant presence in Ireland, mainland Europe and the USA. Customers include major broadcasters such as the BBC, ITV, BSkyB and the independent radio groups, major telco providers including the UK’s four mobile network operators, and the emergency services.

 

IBC Preview: Social media interaction, rendering innovations, flexible video management and new mapping capabilities among highlights for Vizrt

At IBC 2012, Vizrt Ltd will exhibit in Hall 7, Booth A10 September 7-11th at the RAI Exhibition and Congress Centre in Amsterdam. Vizrt will introduce several new innovations and demonstrate a cohesive approach to social media interaction.

Empower your audience

Integrations with Twitter, Facebook and Youtube will be shown with Viz Virtual Studio in Vizrt’s public show at the booth, with Viz Ticker3D for the design of creative tickers, with Vizrt’s character generator Viz Trio, and with Viz Multichannel for channel branding. Also new at IBC will be a Vizrt Skype interface which provides tools for the newsroom and production staff to interface with Skype calls directly from newsroom systems, Viz Trio and Viz Content Pilot.

The Vizrt public show will include second screen integrations that demonstrate how the audience at home can interact with a broadcast on their mobile device.

Further interaction with the audience through social media will be on full display on several multi-touch screens throughout the booth. Interactively control and display feeds coming from twitter or see historical trending topics and how they relate to geographic locations.

Flexibility and IP streaming

Vizrt’s real-time 3D compositing engine, Viz Engine is receiving a major update to its capabilities in the form of IP streaming. The

Viz Engine now has the capabilities to take streaming content in and out, adding flexibility to the engine’s configuration in the station environment since only a network connection is needed. The Viz Engine renders real-time content and outputs the IP stream so the video can then be easily distributed to the web and mobile devices.

Viz Engine is being updated further with DVS SpycerBox integration. SpycerBox makes it possible for up to 8 Viz Engines to play out full broadcast quality HD video clips from a single shared storage.

Control the action

A new plugin for the Viz Engine gives users the ability to trigger clips in a EVS instant replay system. The plugin allows designers to create interactive scenes and send commands to the EVS system. This allows operators during a live sport event control of the EVS and all graphics from a single interface.

A gateway to all your content

The Viz Media Engine, Vizrt’s file-based video solution, can be a full media asset management (MAM) or act as a gateway to existing MAM solutions. As a gateway, the editorial staff can search for all their assets through the Viz Media Engine interface in their Newsroom Control system. The Viz Media Engine recognizes all the content stored in existing MAM systems and retrieves that content through search results. This allows the editorial staff to have access to all video content and graphics in a single interface to distribute on-air, online and mobile devices.

Vizrt’s file-based video workflow solution is fully scalable allowing for multiple Viz Media Engine server installations. Search content and replicate media from multiple geographic locations, giving the editorial staffs in the hub and satellite offices of large station groups access to all their content.

Branding video content is an important part of station identification, especially as that video content is now being distributed to many locations – on-air, online and mobile devices. During the transcoding process for multiplatform delivery, the Viz Media Engine performs automatic graphic insertion. Logos, ads and other graphics are adjusted based upon preset designs for the final screen resolution ensuring your brand remains intact and the graphics are always of the highest quality.

Cost-effective broadcast live video recorder for SDI acquisition

Viz Video Engine, Vizrt’s broadcast live video recorder for SDI acquisition, has been completely redesigned for the HD broadcast world. The recorder is controlled and managed by the Viz Media Engine. A single chassis handles four channels of ingest and playout, each capable of recording files from an extensive selection of HD and SD broadcast video formats. All video is wrapped in the MXF format, stored locally and made accessible through an FTP interface. Files are automatically moved and transcoded to centrally managed storage by Viz Media Engine. This means assets can be searched, previewed and edited from Viz Media Engine – even while recording is still ongoing. Once recording completes, Viz Media Engine automatically deletes unwanted media.

Access to the world

Vizrt has partnered with DigitalGlobe to provide a low-cost streaming imagery service to Viz World. This service, DigitalGlobe Online, gives customers full access to DigitalGlobe’s vast imagery database. When combined with Viz World, producers can create real-time 3D maps with high-resolution satellite and aerial imagery for anywhere in the world. With the FirstLook option, the latest satellite imagery from hotspots around the world are available for purchase within hours of the imagery being taken.

Viz World is being further enhanced with the introduction of OpenStreetMap data. Don’t be limited to street level maps in just your city. With the OpenStreetMap data the map designer has access to a global database of street level data that can be easily installed and searched by address or point of interest. OpenStreetMap is a vector based data solution allowing the maps from Viz World to be easily scaled for distribution to all platforms.

IBC 2012 will also showcase innovations in sports analysis and 3D sports coverage as well as the full Vizrt suite of broadcast graphics tools. Creativity, efficiency and innovation across all platforms will drive Vizrt at IBC. Contact us today to set an appointment.

About Vizrt:

Vizrt offers a new vision for content creation and delivery with an end-to-end solution from ingest to visualization. Our solution combines Vizrt’s true 2D/3D graphics tools with Curious Software’s World Maps and Ardendo’s Asset Management. Running on non proprietary software, the combination of these unique cutting edge products ensures a seamless workflow from conception to multi-format distribution.

Vizrt’s product suite is used by the world’s leading broadcasters including: CNN, CBS, Fox, BBC, Sky, ITN, ZDF, Star TV, TV Today, CCTV and NHK. Also, many world-class production houses and corporate institutions, including both the New York and London Stock Exchanges, utilize Vizrt solutions.

Vizrt is a public company traded on the Oslo Main List: VIZ, ISIN: IL0010838154. For further information please refer to www.vizrt.com

Martin Burkhalter / CEO / +41 22 365 75 01 / MBurkhalter@vizrt.com

Ofra Brown / CFO / +47 5351 8040 / OBrown@vizrt.com

Håvard Myklebust / EVP Products & Marketing / +4791845602 / HMyklebust@vizrt.com

Ferro Productions Adds JVC GY-HM790 ProHD Camera for High-End Video Projects

WAYNE, NJ  – JVC Professional Products Company, a division of JVC Americas Corp., today announced that Ferro Productions in New York is using the JVC GY-HM790 ProHD camcorder to record high-profile live events and reality programming. The production company purchased the camera in December, and plans are in place to purchase two additional units before the end of 2012.

Primarily, Ferro Productions handles production duties for  networks and production houses. Until recently, it had been a Sony house almost exclusively, but new developments in digital technology prompted Joseph Scacciaferro, executive producer for Ferro Productions, to consider new options.

While producing some reality programming and a series of celebrity interviews, he decided it was time to improve the company’s overall workflow. “The complexity had gotten ridiculous. We figured there had to be a better way,” Scacciaferro said. “But we still needed to be budget conscious.”

Last fall, Ferro Productions began to research new HD cameras, and the staff literally filled a whiteboard with requirements. After they saw a GY-HM790 in action on the sideline during an NFL game, Scacciaferro decided to test it on location while covering the New York Giants during the playoffs and Super Bowl victory festivities. “We gave it to our ‘B’ and ‘C’ camera operators to experiment,” he recalled, “and everyone said, ‘This is it.’”

Recently, Ferro was hired to produce behind the scenes footage of the Van Halen / Kool & the Gang tour, which was produced exclusively with GY-HM790 cameras. “We were so impressed with the image, ease of operation, and all around superior engineering quality that we opted to leave our Sonys home,”Scacciaferro said.

The shoulder-mount GY-HM790 provides Ferro’s shooters with professional features in a light, compact package. “We’re in a lot of high-profile areas,”Scacciaferro explained, “and when you’re walking around with bigger broadcast cameras, you get more attention than you need. The JVC cameras have a perfect balance between size and functionality. Our camera operators love the gear and the images are great.”

The production team quickly adjusted to capturing footage on inexpensive, non-proprietary SDHC cards. However, to manage the admittedly “chaotic” environment of live production, Ferro Productions developed its own system to keep track of the cards using color-coded Beta tape cases with cut-out foam inserts.

JVC’s native Final Cut Pro recording has been a big hit with Ferro’s post-production team, which maintains four edit stations. “Our post guys love it,” Scacciaferro said. “They take the SDHC card and drag and drop footage right into Final Cut Pro. It has saved us umpteenth hours.”

ABOUT FERRO PRODUCTIONS

Established in 1993, Ferro Productions has received nine Emmy nominations and five Emmy Awards for video and music production. The company has produced programming for many major broadcast and cable networks – including NBC, HBO, MTV, VH1, and Lifetime – and is the exclusive provider of broadcast programming for the New York Giants on MSG and My9 Network. Visit www.ferroproductions.com for more information.

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.