Monthly Archives: September 2012

U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center Produces Historical Lectures with Broadcast Pix Granite 1000

Billerica, Massachusetts – Broadcast Pix™ today announced that the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center (AHEC) is using a Granite™ 1000 Video Control Center™ to produce archives of historical lectures and other presentations on its campus in Carlisle, Penn. Part of the U.S. Army War College, the museum and research complex hosts regularly scheduled series of historical lectures, as well as conferences, meetings, and major events.

Lectures are conducted in a 250-seat multi-purpose room, which is equipped with four Panasonic HD cameras that are controlled through the Granite. Housed in a small control room near the multi-purpose room, the integrated production system allows a one-person crew to produce and record the lectures.

Granite’s built-in Fluent-View multi-viewer feeds source and program images to a 32-inch monitor in the control room, while the built-in Harris Inscriber GS CG is used for graphics during some lectures. When a speaker uses PowerPoint slides, copies are usually acquired before the lecture so they can be used as another source during the recorded program.

The Broadcast Pix system has been used about three times per month since the system went online in December 2011. AHEC is considering a second Broadcast Pix system for another room and could purchase additional units if the center expands its campus.

The AHEC tells the Army’s story “one soldier at a time” through personal and official correspondence, manuscripts, photos, artifacts, and oral history programs. Much of the center’s collection has been digitized and is available at www.usahec.org, including recent presentations from the “Perspectives in Military History” lecture series and “Brooks E. Kleber Memorial Readings in Military History” series.

About Broadcast Pix The leader in live video production systems, Broadcast Pix was founded in 2002 and has customers in more than 110 countries. Its Video Control Centers™ combine an integrated switcher, clip server, CG, and device control software with patented control panels, unique touch-screens, and exceptional displays that enable operators to create with confidence. That confidence is further enhanced with rock-solid stability, patented technologies to maintain lip sync, and great technical support. Systems range from compact systems controlled by 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. Learn more at www.broadcastpix.com.

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

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DiaQuest ProductionLink for Adobe Creative Suite Now Shipping

Software Plug-In Adds Avid Interplay Connectivity for Seamless Integration 

EMERYVILLE, CALIF. – DiaQuest Products, a software development firm with a focus on the video and film industries, today announced that ProductionLink for Adobe Creative Suite, a plug-in for Adobe® Creative Suite® that adds Avid® Interplay to its list of available render formats, is now shipping. Available for Windows and Mac systems, ProductionLink adds the file organization and metadata capabilities of the Interplay production asset management (PAM) system to established Adobe workflows automatically.

Once installed, ProductionLink features appear within the Adobe user interface and provide a reliable, seamless link between applications. The plug-in exports Avid Mediafiles DNxHD® MXF OP-atom video files and individual PCM MXF OP-atom audio channel files that are fully compliant with Avid file formatting and folder organization, so saved files can be used immediately in Media Composer™ and other Avid applications.

“Transferring files into Avid Interplay used to be a tedious, manual process, but ProductionLink resolves all the compatibility issues,” explained Dave Van Hoy, president of DiaQuest. “No more transcoding or manual file manipulation. Everything is handled automatically through Adobe’s user interface.”

Earlier this month, DiaQuest also introduced ProductionLink for ASSIMILATE SCRATCH at IBC 2012 in Amsterdam. SCRATCH is at the heart of some of the most demanding post-production and dailies DI workflows for motion pictures, independent features, and episodic television. The ProductionLink plug-in provides tight integration between Interplay and SCRATCH.

Both products are available for Mac and Windows systems and are now available through DiaQuest Direct, the company’s new online store, as well as select system integrators and Adobe and Avid resellers. For more information, contact DiaQuest at (510) 547-4544 or visit www.diaquest.com.

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.

Bisk Education Produces HD Coursework with JVC ProHD Cameras

WAYNE, NJ (September 24, 2012) – JVC Professional Products Company, a division of JVC Americas Corp., today announced that Bisk Education, Inc. has added three JVC GY-HM750 ProHD cameras to its HD production studio in Tampa, Fla. The studio is used to produce a variety of courses for higher education programs across the country, and has been using the cameras since February.

One of the leading providers of online professional education, Bisk Education is an end-to-end solutions provider that partners with a number of schools and universities to produce lectures and other coursework. Many college and university courses for degree programs are streamed on the Web, but other content is delivered on DVD, particularly certification and continuing education programs.

Paired with Canon lenses, the ProHD cameras are housed in JVC KA-790G studio sleds and mounted on Vinten pedestals. Each camera includes a JVC VF-HP790G studio viewfinder for the camera operator, along with a 22-inch prompter for the instructor. According to Mike Knight, chief engineer, the studio also has a fourth JVC camera, a GY-HM700, which matches up well with the new cameras.

While the new GY-HM750s are used primarily as studio cameras, Bisk does use them occasionally for shooting in the field. “I think they’re way slick. You have this small camera that feels and performs like a full-size broadcast camera,” Knight explained. “As a group, many field shooters had literally refused to use these smaller cameras – and now it is quite the opposite. They love to get their hands on these smaller, lighter cameras that have the feel and performance of the larger cameras without the weight.”

Bisk used to be a D-9 house, but now captures native QuickTime files on AJA Ki Pro recorders. Knight said the GY-HM750’s native file recording of .MOV files, as well as its use of SDHC cards, were important features.

“Let us suppose that we were recording these through a switcher with a chromakey background, which we are,” he explained. “Let us also suppose that we would like the latitude to replace the background with another background, which we do. The easiest way to accomplish this is to record to the on-board SDHC card with the raw green background. The camera’s recorded images key as precisely as anything we’ve recorded with the external Ki Pro.”

While the compact, shoulder-mount GY-HM750 is very effective for studio applications, it also offers the industry’s fastest shoot-to-edit workflow by recording native HD or SD footage in ready-to-edit file formats on low-cost SDHC memory cards. It includes a 68-pin chassis connector that creates a clean, direct interface with various modules – no external cables needed. Other features includes variable frame rate recording, extensive image customization, two XLR audio inputs with phantom power, Pre Rec (retro cache) that stores up to 20 seconds of footage to help prevent missed shots of breaking events, and simultaneous recording to both SDHC cards for instant backup or client copy.

ABOUT BISK EDUCATION, INC.

Founded in 1971 by Nathan Bisk, Bisk Education is the world’s leading provider of professional education online. The University Alliance (UA), a division of Bisk, facilitates the promotion and online delivery of associate’s, bachelor’s and master’s degrees as well as professional certificate programs from the nation’s leading traditional universities and institutions. Powered by UA’s technology and support services, our university partners have surpassed 450,000 online enrollments – making UA the largest facilitator of e-learning in the country. University partners include Villanova University, the University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business, Florida Institute of Technology, Michigan State University, University of Florida, New England College, University of St. Thomas (Minnesota), University of San Francisco, Jacksonville University, University of Vermont, The University of Scranton, Dominican University, and Tulane University’s Freeman School of Business.U.S. News University Directory, part of the Bisk network, provides comprehensive and unbiased information on more than 2,000 academic institutions directly from U.S. News & World Report, the most trusted source for college and university rankings since 1983.

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.

FUJIFILM Optical Devices Division to Co-Sponsor BLUE Ocean Film Festival

Filmmaker James Cameron to Receive BLUE Ocean’s Lifetime Achievement Award

Wayne, N.J.– FUJIFILM North America Corporation, Optical Devices Division will co-sponsor the BLUE Ocean Film Festival and Conservation Event, taking place from September 24-30that the Monterey Bay Aquarium in Monterey, CA.  The film festival—which brings together the world’s top filmmakers, scientists, environmentalists—is a cornerstone of the organization’s mission to provide entertainment, education, and foster greater appreciation for oceans and marine ecosystems.

During the festival, BLUE Ocean will honor Director James Cameron with an award for “Lifetime Achievement in Ocean Filmmaking.”  The award will be presented at the Legacy Awards Dinner on September 27—an exclusive “Marquee Event” for BLUE Ocean benefactors and sponsors.

A highly acclaimed writer, director and producer of blockbuster films and documentaries, James Cameron was chosen for BLUE’s Lifetime Achievement Award because his passion for diving and deep-sea exploration led him to produce a treasure trove of memorable ocean-oriented films.  Many of these films, including: “Ghosts of the Abyss” (2003), “Expedition: Bismarck” (2002), and the epic “Titanic” (1997), feature dramas on the high seas or fearless expeditions of the ocean floor in specially crafted submersibles.

For many of his movies and 3D epics, like “Avatar,” “Ghosts of the Abyss,” and “Aliens of the Deep,” Cameron has relied on a variety of FUJINON lenses.  In many cases, Cameron chose lenses from the FUJINON HA Series of high-performance, 2/3-inch HDTV portable lenses.  The FUJINON HA16x6.3BERM/BERD lens, used on “Avatar,” gives filmmakers a 16x zoom and focal length ranging from 6.3-101mm.

“For over a decade, Fujifilm worked closely with us to customize select FUJINON lenses to meet the exacting requirements of digital stereographic production,” said Vince Pace, ASC,  co-inventor of the FUSION 3D technology along with Cameron and Patrick Campbell, used by Cameron on many of his groundbreaking 3D movies.  Cameron and Pace are co-chairmen of CAMERON | PACE Group (CPG) where Patrick Campbell serves as Chief Technology Officer.

“When we began developing the FUSION 3D camera system,” Pace continued, “Fujifilm contributed their experts, engineering resources, and factory support to build precision lenses that captured incredible, outstanding 3D imagery for the big screen.” Custom FUJINON lenses were paired with Sony cameras such as the HDC-F950 and HDC-1500on Cameron’s 3D movies.

Fujifilm’s sponsorship of the BLUE Ocean Film Festival is consistent with its Green Policy, which promotes efficient management of chemical substances during lens manufacturing to reduce environmental risks.   Besides FUJINON, other BLUE Ocean Film Festival sponsors include Google Earth, Disney Nature, Monterey Bay Aquarium, Codeblue Foundation, which funds marine conservation efforts, and OceanGate, which organizes marine expeditions.

“Fujifilm would like to congratulate Director James Cameron on being chosen for BLUE Ocean’s Lifetime Achievement Award,” said Thom Calabro, director, Marketing and Product Development, FUJIFILM North America Corporation, Optical Devices Division.  “We’re gratified by the trust and confidence he places in FUJINON lenses to capture the beauty of the oceans and other breathtaking imagery.  We look forward to a continued close working relationship with James and Vince, and to supporting their innovative use of our optical lens technology on their future cinematic expeditions.”

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.

 

FOR-A’s FT-ONE 4K Super Slow Motion Camera Wins Prestigious STAR Award

Fort Lee, N.J. – TV Technology Europe has recognized FOR-A as a recipient of the publication’s 2012 IBC Show STAR Awards for its FT-ONE full 4K high resolution variable frame rate camera. FOR-A, a leading manufacturer of video and audio systems for the broadcast and professional video industries, unveiled the FT-ONE earlier this year at Cine Gear Expo in Hollywood, while IBC 2012 marked the camera’s European debut.

The STAR Awards (Superior Technology Award Recipient) honor products that help to advance the broadcast industry. The FT-ONE is the world’s first full 4K super slow motion camera, with the ability to record up to 900 frames per second. Harnessing the power of FOR-A’s high-sensitivity CMOS color sensor “FT1-CMOS”, the FT-ONE records and plays back full 4K (4096 x 2160.) One output channel can provide full 4K (four 1080p HD-SDI) outputs, while the other output channel provides down-converted HD-SDI for live viewing and play back.

“Showcasing the FT-ONE at IBC was very exciting for us, and we’re thrilled that TV Technology Europe recognized the innovative nature of this camera with a STAR Award,” said Mr. Hiro Tanoue, President of FOR-A Corporation of America. “It provides a capability that’s been missing up until now – recording super slow motion with full 4K resolution. With this camera rolling, operators can rest assured they won’t miss that critical action shot. We look forward to seeing the innovative ways it’s used in sports and digital cinema production.”

The FT-ONE captures images as uncompressed raw data on the system’s internal memory, which has a recording capacity of 9.4 seconds. This data is then stored on one of two hot-swappable SSD cartridges, each of which is capable of storing 84 seconds of full 4K resolution images. The FT-ONE camera uses a PL mount lens and the global shutter system. The camera is designed as a self-contained unit that is dependable and easy to use.  It weights 8.5kg in a size of 235mm(W)x294mm(H)x384mm(D).

The technical details shown here are provisional (as of September 2012). This information is subject to change without notice.

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 714-894-3311 or visit our web site at www.for-a.com.

Media Technology Expo Exhibitors Highlight New Products on Show Floor

SEATAC, WA — Presented by professional video and audio systems integration firm Advanced Broadcast Solutions (ABS), next week’s Media Technology Expo (MTE) will feature an exhibit hall with some of the industry’s newest and most innovative products. The show, which runs Sept. 26-27 at Leftbank Annex in Portland, Ore., will include more than 50 exhibitors showcasing a variety of cameras, lenses, projectors, monitors, audio equipment, prompters, LED lighting systems, switchers and integrated production systems, and more.

“This has been an exciting year for cameras, with new models from Canon, JVC, Panasonic, and even Blackmagic Design. But many video professionals in the Pacific Northwest were not able to attend IBC or the NAB Show to see them in action,” said Arco Groenenberg, expo manager. “Media Technology Expo will give our attendees the chance to get their hands on these new cameras, as well as hundreds of other products.”

Designed for broadcast, house of worship, corporate, cable, live event, government, and independent video professionals, MTE also features more than a dozen free educational seminars, as well as numerous networking opportunities. Sponsors include the Oregon Media Production Association (OMPA), Access Community Media (ACM), Washington Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors (WATOA), Society of Broadcast Engineers (SBE) Oregon Chapters, and AVL (Experience Church.tv).

Registration is free and includes food and beverages during the show, but space is limited. For a complete list of exhibitors, as well as registration and vendor information, visit www.mediatechexpo.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.

JVC Demonstrates Next-Generation Handheld Camera at Digital Video Expo

WAYNE, NJ – JVC Professional Products Company, a division of JVC Americas Corp., will demonstrate its new GY-HM650 ProHD handheld mobile news camera at Digital Video Expo 2012 (Booth 101), which runs Sept. 19-20 at the Pasadena Convention Center in Pasadena, Calif. The JVC booth will also showcase the award-winning ProHD camera line, as well as a variety of studio solutions and professional LCD monitors for studio, location, and public display applications.

“Digital Video Expo remains an important regional show for us. It provides an ideal platform for JVC to showcase our products to thousands of video professionals on the West Coast,” said Craig Yanagi, JVC national marketing and brand manager. “For many attendees, this will be their first chance to test our next-generation GY-HM650 WiFi-based mobile camcorder, which has built-in USB hosting capability, class-leading imaging, and is ideal for today’s file-based workflows.”

Available this winter, the new GY-HM650 is equipped with dual processors that enables it to produce full HD files on one SDHC or SDXC media card while simultaneously creating smaller, Web-friendly files (1/4 HD) on a second card. With built-in FTP and WiFi connectivity, the camera is able to deliver the footage file back to a station without a microwave or satellite connection.

Combined with three, 1/3-inch 1920×1080 12-bit CMOS sensors, a built-in Fujinon wide angle 23x optical zoom lens delivers superior low-light performanceand excellent sensitivity (F11 at 2000 lux) for challenging shooting environments. The HD lens has a focal range of 29mm-667mm (35mm equivalent) and includes JVC’s auto-focus with face detection and an optical image stabilizer, as well as manual focus, servo zoom, and iris rings.

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. It also records .MXF files with rich descriptive metadata that is optimized for asset management.HD-SDI and HDMI outputs allow easy monitoring of HD footage.

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. Plus, the Pre Rec (retro cache) feature continuously records and stores up to 20 seconds of footage in cache memory to help prevent missed shots of breaking events. A built-in stereo microphone is standard, as well as two XLR inputs with phantom power and a shotgun mic holder, plus a headphone jack and separate input for a wireless mic receiver.

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.