Monthly Archives: November 2012

Advanced Systems Group Focuses on Asset Management with Free Webinar

EMERYVILLE, CALIF. –Advanced Systems Group (ASG), a leading West Coast video and film integration firm, will host “The ABCs of MAM,” a free webinar that will spotlight media asset management solutions, on Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2012, at 10 a.m. Hosted by ASG’s Tyler Berry, the 90-minute webinar will offer perspectives from axle video, B4M, a Primestream Company, and CatDV, all of which specialize in MAM technologies.

Sam Bogoch, CEO of axle video, will showcase the company’s affordable and intuitive software, which can organize assets on shared storage from any Web browser on a PC, Mac, or iPad. Nicholas Smith, technical sales manager at channel partner JB&A, will explore the CatDV cross-platform software solution, which provides a number of tools beyond asset management, including logging, transcoding, and subtitling. Warren Arenstein, Primestream senior vice president of business development, will talk about FORK software suite, which offers a seamless end-to-end platform for digital acquisition of live and file-based video content, media asset management, cloud asset management, editing, logging, control room and master control playback, smart phone and tablet video contribution, publishing to the Web, and dynamic archiving. The presentations will be followed by a short Q&A session.

“With so much content and so many formats, it’s easy for any broadcaster, production house, or post facility to get disorganized in a hurry,” said Dave Van Hoy, ASG president. “Digital asset management is an essential part of today’s video operations. We hope our webinar will help members of our audience ask the right questions when considering asset management systems for their facilities.”

To register for “The ABC’s of MAM,” or for more information, visit http://www.asgllc.com/events/am-webinar-event.

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.

 

Steve Below Joins PESA as Global Product Manager

Huntsville, Alabama – PESA, a leading U.S.-based custom design and build manufacturing company for professional audio and video signal distribution, today announced that Steve Below joined the company on Aug. 10 as global product manager for PESA’s C58 Digital Media System and HDcctv product lines. He is responsible for business development, marketing, and sales.

Below has held management positions with several of high-tech companies, including Digital Fusion and Analytical Services, Inc. Most recently, he served as director of business development and strategic partnerships at JBM.

“Steve is no stranger to technology, and he has a 20-year track record of successful new business development experience,” said Chuck Tillett, president and COO of PESA. “Under his guidance, we anticipate significant growth of our HDcctv product line and a successful launch of the new C58-DMS.”

Below is based out of the company’s main office in Huntsville. He can be reached at (256) 327-8046 or via e-mail at sbelow@pesa.com.

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.

PESA to Demonstrate Next Generation Streaming Distribution System at GV Expo

Huntsville, Alabama  – PESA, a leading U.S.-based custom design and build manufacturing company for professional audio and video signal distribution, will showcase its new C58-DMS streaming media distribution system, as well as its Vidblox fiber/coax extenders and PRO-QV4VP quad view video processor, at Government Video Expo 2012 (Booth 416), which runs Nov. 28-29 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC. Designed for court recording systems, training rooms, security and surveillance facilities, and more, the C58-DMS seamlessly combines up to eight channels of audio and five channels of video and computer-based content, regardless of format, and delivers synchronized live and on-demand playback.

“The C58-DMS makes it easy to sync and stream up to five video and eight audio sources in real time or on demand for on-site and off-site viewers,” explained Steve Below, global product manager. “It’s truly a new class of hardware – it eliminates latency and sync issues, and simplifies playback of mixed format presentations for a variety of government and security applications. Plus, it’s all contained in a 1 RU chassis, which simplifies installation, integration, and cabling issues.”

H.264 IP camera streams, SDI video up to 720p/60 resolution, and NTSC analog video can be captured simultaneously, plus the C58-DMS can synchronize discrete audio inputs to discrete video and IP video inputs. When it captures and streams multiple HD sources simultaneously, the streams remain associated and synchronized throughout the event. The C58-DMS can simultaneously stream up to six video output streams over IP, including one for each individually selected source and a quad view composed of four sources, and its intuitive software makes it easy to record, store, and playback customized presentations.

PESA’s Vidblox series of independent transmitters and receivers support a common interface between computers and HD video equipment. Available in eight different models to accommodate a variety of applications, Vidblox allows AV professionals to easily and economically convert, extend, scale, distribute, and transport computer-based content to or from serial digital devices over long distance fiber or coax. The PESA PRO-QV4VP 3G-SDI quad-view video processor automatically detects a variety of video inputs and converts signals to match the native resolution of the display device. Dual outputs (VGA and DVI) allow up to four video signals to be displayed simultaneously on two displays.

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.

 

_wige SOLUTIONS adds to its fleet of Hitachi broadcast cameras

New outside broadcast truck uses Hitachi for coverage of major sporting events

Waltham Cross, UK – One of the leading broadcast facilities companies in Germany, _wige SOLUTIONS, has added to its stock of Hitachi cameras to equip a new mid-sized outside broadcast production unit, PU3. _wige SOLUTIONS, based in Meuspath, has been using Hitachi cameras for three years. The new truck carries up to eight SK-HD1000 cameras with fiber transmission.

Unit 3 is designed to provide additional coverage at major sporting events, adding interviews and tailored coverage to the main sports action. It provides “fan TV” coverage at virtually all football matches played by both the mens’ and womens’ German football teams, as well as coverage of major motor sports. The unit is also popular for large corporate events, including new model launches for leading brands, including Audi.

One of the key requirements for its sports applications is the ability to provide excellent HD picture quality in variable lighting conditions, including areas away from the pitch used for interviews. The Hitachi SK-HD1000 camera offers a superior signal to noise performance, meaning it produces great images even in low light conditions. The cameras are equipped for fiber transmission as well as a true digital triax system and low delay wireless operating systems.

With outside broadcast companies traditionally relying on freelance operators, it is vital that the cameras are intuitive to use, especially under the pressure of live broadcasting. The Hitachi camera was designed to put all the key controls exactly where experienced camera operators expect to find them, meaning flawless operation at all times. The camera’s light weight and balanced design means it can be used handheld and on Steadicam where necessary.

“Like any broadcast facilities company we are judged by our ability to deliver the highest quality standards at a price that matches our client’s budget,” said Gerald Frank, sales manager for _wige SOLUTIONS. “We carefully evaluated all the manufacturers of top-end system cameras, and we are convinced that the Hitachi SK-HD1000 delivers the right price-performance ratio for our demanding clients.”

Cemal Yilmaz, general manager, sales & marketing at Hitachi Kokusai Electric Europe added, “We are very pleased to continue our excellent relationship with _wige SOLUTIONS. The design of our camera is focused on what people need: operational simplicity for the cameraman, and image excellence for the engineer and the client. Add in good support from the global Hitachi organization and a strong future-proofing strategy, and the SK-HD1000 camera is the right choice for broadcast production facilities like _wige SOLUTIONS.”

About Hitachi Kokusai Electric

Broadcast and professional video cameras made by Hitachi Kokusai Electric are synonymous for innovation and ultimate performance – Hitachi has been one of the most significant Japanese companies in developing broadcast camera technology.

Hitachi launched the first portable Professional Video Camera that could directly compete against studio-cameras in the early 90s – a technical revolution in its time. The company is also responsible for the development of digital TRIAX-technology.

Today Hitachi is even more successful in developing and providing high-end broadcast technology. It is committed to meeting the needs of its users today, while helping to forge a migration path for tomorrow. Studio productions, documentaries, sports or live-events, Hitachi offers sophisticated camera systems for a wide range of production techniques.
www.hitachi-keu.com

Advanced Systems Group Examines Large Raster Acquisition Workflows at Free Annual Workshop

EMERYVILLE, CALIF. – Advanced Systems Group (ASG), a leading West Coast video and film integration firm, will discuss large raster acquisition workflow challenges during 4K Workflow 2012, its annual workshop, on Tuesday, Dec. 4, at the New People Cinema at the New People building in San Francisco. The free workshop begins at 10 a.m. and lunch will be served.

“4K is already being called ‘the new HD’ in some circles. It is certainly becoming a viable acquisition and distribution format, but there are still a number of challenges associated with adopting this technology,” said Dave Van Hoy, ASG president. “4K Workflow 2012 will explore options at every point in the production process, including how to manage 4K file-based workflows.”

The workshop will include a 4K overview led by veteran director of photography and industry consultant Suny Behar. The session will address technical specifications, particularly 4K acquisition and camera technologies. Jordan Livingston, an independent filmmaker and digital imaging technician who serves the Hollywood and Bay Area markets through his company, DIGILOID, will discuss DIT and DAM, file-based workflows for high-resolution camera systems, and workflows for on-set color, dailies, and transcoding.

Westernized Productions, a San Francisco-based design firm specializing in animation and visual effects, will present “Compositing and Motion Graphics in the Large Raster World.” Other sessions will include “Color Correction and Color Management” and “Deliverables and the Delivery Process.”

Registration is free for 4K Workflow 2012, but space is limited. Please visit http://www.asgllc.com/?p-2835 to register or www.asgllc.com for more information.

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.

Gearhouse Broadcast Serves Up Barclays ATP World Tour Tennis Finals with Hitachi Cameras

Watford, England – “In the short time since we took delivery, the Hitachi broadcast cameras have proved themselves to be reliable, versatile and sophisticated, so we are looking forward to what our team can achieve with them at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals,” said Kevin Moorhouse, Gearhouse Broadcast’s Chief Operating Officer at the start of the ATP World Tour showpiece finale in London’s 02 Arena where the company will exclusively use Hitachi high definition cameras to televise the tennis tournament.

At the tournament, Gearhouse Broadcast provides all technical, crewing and production facilities for its client, Tennis Properties Limited (TPL), which operates the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tennis tournaments. It will use 12 HD-SK1200 high-end multi-format 1080p/3G production cameras as well as two channels of Hitachi’s new SK-HD1500 HD Supermotion system camera to equip its production team.

Within its production system, which is provided as a Fly-away facility, the role played by the production cameras is massive. Hence Gearhouse Broadcast’s decision earlier this year to make a major capital investment in the new Hitachi cameras marked a strategic milestone for the company.

“Out of the box, we have found the Hitachi cameras to be versatile and reliable – in the first month we took 22 of our HD-SK 1200 cameras and two Supermotion SK-HD 1500 slo-mo cameras to equip the team that televised the ATP World Tour tennis event in Cincinnati,” remarked Kevin Moorhouse. “Once there, we confirmed what we already knew – the Hitachi cameras performed outstandingly in this demanding production environment. In a wide range of different lighting conditions in Cincinnati we enjoyed excellent picture quality and where impressed by the cameras signal to noise performance.”

During the Barclay’s ATP World Tour Finals, Gearhouse Broadcast’s team of audio, video, and communications specialists will be constantly on hand to support the production team and ensure all facilities and broadcast equipment run smoothly. This year, they will be joined by a Hitachi support engineering team that will help support the event as well as gaining valuable user feedback, which the company will use in its on-going camera development programme.

“Through major sporting events such as this, we can build our reputation as a leading supplier of 3G and future broadcast camera technology,” commented Paddy Roache, Director and General Manager of Hitachi Kokusai Electric Europe. “We are developing a close strategic partnership with Gearhouse Broadcast and we are very pleased to support their international broadcast operations.”

Australian Open tennis tournament

Following hot on the heels of the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals, Gearhouse Broadcast has announced its intention to use Hitachi cameras to televise the Australian Open Tennis Tournament in Melbourne next January. The company will provide broadcast services for host broadcaster Channel 7, as well as bespoke support to international broadcasters, ESPN, the Tennis Channel and Tennis Australia.

In Melbourne, Gearhouse Broadcast will install 55 SK-HD1200 high-end multi-format 1080p/3G production cameras as well as seven channels of Hitachi’s new SK-HD 1500 HD Supermotion system camera.The cameras will provide coverage of the event’s seven main show courts at Melbourne Park, split between the iconic Rod Laver Arena and the newer Hisense Arena.

In addition to the Hitachi SK-HD1200 3G production cameras and SK-HD1500 6G super motion cameras, Gearhouse Broadcast will construct a Fly-away TV broadcast facility complete with all technical, crewing and production resources to create a sophisticated and multi-faceted broadcast workflow at the tournament.

About Gearhouse Broadcast

Gearhouse Broadcast are a market leader in the field of Broadcast Services specialising in broadcast equipment rental, equipment sales, project solutions and systems integration, operating globally with offices in the UK, US, Australia, India and Qatar.  The company offers a vast degree of experience and a proven track record in its involvement in major world sports events.

Gearhouse Broadcast can meet the most complex, mission critical project requirements locally or on location anywhere in the world.  The people are among the best in the industry, drawing on a broad spectrum of experience, offering the latest technology equipment for hire or as part of an overall project solution.

Advanced Systems Group Offers Free Video Archive Webinar

EMERYVILLE, CALIF. –Advanced Systems Group (ASG), a leading West Coast video and film integration firm, will host “How To Avoid Archive Anarchy,” a free webinar to explore video archive solutions, on Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2012, at 10 a.m. Hosted by ASG’s Tyler Berry, the 90-minute webinar will feature presentations from Cache-A, Quantum, and XenData – three leading providers of archiving products for professional video applications.

“There are many archiving choices in our market, so it’s important to understand the differences in approach and technology between manufacturers,” said Dave Van Hoy, ASG president. “Our webinar will spotlight solutions from three different companies and show how their products integrate with today’s file-based workflows.”

Cache-A specializes in the development of cost effective archive appliances for the digital film and professional video industries. Mark Ostlund, vice president of sales and marketing, will discuss the company’s LTO data tape-based solutions. XenData, with its focus on media and entertainment industry requirements, has digital video archives in more than 50 countries. CEO Phil Storey will detail the company’s tape and disk-based approach. And Quantum offers specialized tape, disk, and cloud-based storage solutions for a variety of industries, but will focus specifically on its StorNext line of archive appliances and software. The presentations will be followed by a short Q&A session.

To register for “How To Avoid Archive Anarchy,” or for more information, visit http://www.asgllc.com/events/archive-webinar-event.

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.