Monthly Archives: December 2012

Digital Nirvana Provides 2012 Corporate Social Responsibility Year-in-Review

2012 efforts focused on educating children, feeding the hungry,

sheltering the homeless, and reducing domestic violence 

logoNewark, CA – Digital Nirvana, a provider of monitoring, management and compliance systems for broadcast, cable, and satellite networks, announces details of the company’s corporate social responsibility program this year.

 Digital Nirvana has supported domestic violence victim advocacy non-profit organization Safe Alternatives to Violent Environments (SAVE) and sponsored an international amateur online photography contest, Kalakaar 2012, to benefit impoverished children in India. The photography contest was organized by Vibha, a non-profit company dedicated to helping underprivileged children who Digital Nirvana has been involved with for a variety of programs. Digital Nirvana also sponsored the annual breakfast fundraiser for Abode Services, an organization that provides housing and services to homeless people and works to end the cycle of homelessness. In 2012, Digital Nirvana also helped support the Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties, Alameda County Library Foundation, child development agency Kidango and The Akshay Patra Foundation, U.S.A.

“Digital Nirvana strives to be a good Corporate Citizen and is making Corporate Social Responsibility part of its corporate

Digital Nirvana recently sponsored a contest to benefit impoverished children in conjunction with Vibha, a non-profit dedicated to helping underprivileged children in India.

culture,” said Hiren Hindocha, Co-Founder, President, and CEO of Digital Nirvana, who also serves as a board member of Abode Services. “Digital Nirvana plans to continue supporting the efforts of these non-profit organizations in 2013. Our goal is to positively impact the world, in both our community efforts, and as we continue to flourish as an innovative technology provider.”

Digital Nirvana has been working with SAVE for over five years. In 2012, the company sponsored the non-profit’s 10th Annual Breakfast Eye Opener, which brings attention to the ways domestic violence affects us all. The services provided by SAVE help to support domestic violence survivors, give them a sense of empowerment, and aid them on their journey to safety and self-sufficiency.

SAVE employees and volunteers pose at the company’s annual breakfast, an event sponsored by Digital Nirvana this year.

This year, Digital Nirvana worked with Vibha to sponsor a contest called Kalakaar – a word that translates to “artist” in Hindi. Proceeds from the international online photography competition benefitted children in need. Digital Nirvana pledged to donate one dollar for every photograph submitted, and when Kalakaar ended in mid-November, the project had raised $5,250 and gotten 13,720 ‘likes’ on Facebook. To view the winning photos from the contest, please visit:http://kalakaar.vibha.org/contest/winners.

“Providing assistance to domestic violence victims is a cause that’s close to my heart,” explained Hindocha. “An old friend of mine was a victim of domestic violence, so I’ve been personally affected by it. Services provided by SAVE and other victim advocacy organizations are critical to survivors of domestic violence. Because we feel that it’s important to have such organizations thrive, Digital Nirvana has supported various events and programs of SAVE over the past several years. Additionally, my wife, Unnati Amin, who also works at Digital Nirvana, is both a member of SAVE’s board of directors and a volunteer on their hotline.”

About Digital Nirvana

Since 1996, Digital Nirvana has been empowering customers with robust, state-of-the-art knowledge management technologies. With extensive media industry expertise, Digital Nirvana makes it possible for organizations to streamline operations and gain competitive advantage with innovative product and service offerings. The industry-leading MonitorIQ Broadcast Monitoring System from Digital Nirvana is a full-featured monitoring platform incorporating the most advanced capabilities available in an affordable, networked appliance. Digital Nirvana is headquartered in Newark, California and has operations in multiple locations globally. 

Further information is available at www.digital-nirvana.com.

 

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U-T TV Adopts Integrated Media Strategy, Relies on JVC ProHD Cameras for News Coverage

WAYNE, NJ – JVC Professional Products Company, a division of JVC Americas Corp., today announced that U-TV TV, the in-house television station for U-T San Diego, the newspaper previously known as The San Diego Union-Tribune, is using six GY-HM790 ProHD cameras for ENG and studio work.

image006Manchester Lynch Integrated Media, which purchased the Tribune in late 2011, built the U-T TV operation from scratch earlier this year. Housed on an upper floor of the U-T San Diego facility, the studio houses three sets and is used to produce 12 hours of live programming each day.

“Our studio was built with an open floor plan and actually is in the middle of the U-T San Diego news floor,” explained Paul Forgét, U-T TV production supervisor. “Part of our morning set looks directly into that newsroom as the background. It’s an appropriate backdrop for the blending of print, television, and Web, which exemplifies the new strategy of an integrated media platform.”

The station covers news from all of San Diego County (DMA #28). Programming is available on the Web at utsandiego.com, and is also available to AT&T U-verse and Cox Cable subscribers. Forgét believes the multi-platform approach will likely become a benchmark for other media outlets.

Five of the GY-HM790 cameras are used for ENG coverage, while one is used in the studio as a handheld unit during broadcasts. “JVC cameras provide the ease of use and reliability needed to quickly acquire and ingest content,” Forgét said. “JVC cameras are a known quantity in the industry. We did well to choose them.”

U-T TV was quick to embrace JVC’s native file recording to non-proprietary SDHC media cards. “I could not imagine ever using tape as media again,” Forgét noted. “Working with SDHC cards gives U-T TV the ability to acquire and manage media quickly and efficiently. The .MOV file format is a no-brainer. It simply allows us to operate at max efficiency with our NLE.”

Forgét said U-T TV’s shooters are also pleased with the performance of the ProHD cameras in the field. “We are very satisfied with the image quality of the GY-HM790s. I never get complaints about these rigs. They work both ergonomically and handle content transfer with great efficiency,” he added. “In the end, it’s about telling a story – and JVC rigs allow us to do this well.”

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 equipment. For further product information, visit JVC’s Web site at http://pro.jvc.com or call (800) 582-5825.

DiaQuest ProductionLink Now Available at ASSIMILATE Online Store

Software Plug-In Earns Positive Feedback from SCRATCH Customers 

image003-3EMERYVILLE, CALIF.– DiaQuest Products, a software development firm with a focus on the video and film industries, today announced that ProductionLink for ASSIMILATE SCRATCH, a plug-in that adds Avid® Interplay to the SCRATCH® list of available render formats, is now available at the ASSIMILATE online store. The new plug-in received positive responses when demonstrated at the ASSIMILATE SCRATCH User Group NYC meeting in October in New York, as well as the ASSIMILATE User Group LA last month in Los Angeles.

SCRATCH is integral to some of the most demanding post-production and dailies DI workflows for motion pictures, independent features, and episodic television. ProductionLink provides a reliable, seamless connection that allows content to be published directly to the Avid Interplay production asset management (PAM) system. Once installed, ProductionLink features appear within the SCRATCH user interface.

“SCRATCH has earned its reputation as one of the most flexible DI products in the industry because of its seamless extensibility via industry standard plug-ins,” said Steve Bannerman, vice president of marketing at ASSIMILATE. “The new ProductionLink for ASSIMILATE SCRATCH plug-in is a perfect example. ProductionLink streamlines what used to be a tiresome process of transferring files into Avid Interplay. It’s a great plug-in that handles everything automatically through the SCRATCH user interface, so artists love its simplicity and elegance. We’ve received very positive feedback from customers around the world, because artists immediately see how ProductionLink improves their workflow.”

ProductionLink adds the file organization and metadata capabilities of Interplay to established SCRATCH workflows automatically. 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.

DiaQuest also offers ProductionLink for Adobe Creative Suite. Both products are available for Mac and Windows systems and are also available throughDiaQuest Direct, the company’s online store, as well as select system integrators and Adobe and Avid resellers. ProductionLink for Adobe Creative Suite is also available through Adobe Exchange, which is accessed through the Creative Suite 6 application. 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.

Broadcast Pix Simplifies Multi-Camera Production for Finland’s Sámi Cultural Centre Sajos

Billerica, Massachusetts – Broadcast Pix™ today announced the Sámi Cultural Centre Sajos in Inari, Finland, is using a Granite™ 1000 Video Control Center™ for live event production. Built to preserve and develop Sámi culture and business, the modern facility was completed in January and has hosted a variety of events, including seminars, workshops, and concerts.

“Granite is a good solution because of the powerful features and because it is a cost effective HD video control system,” said Sajos Sami Cultural Centre JPEGMikko Juntunen, systems specialist, production and post, for Mediatrade in Helsinki, Finland, the systems integrator that installed the system. “The integrated switcher and clip server – and options such as Panasonic camera control – were also important issues in planning the system integration.”

Sajos offers several venues for events, from small and medium-sized conference rooms to a main hall that can accommodate up to 430 people. Multi-camera productions have been streamed on the Internet, recorded for event organizers, distributed on the facility’s internal television channel, and used to provide I-MAG (image magnification) for live audiences. Juntunen said the facility uses a variety of Granite’s built-in workflow tools, including the Fluent™ Clip Store, Harris Inscriber CG, customizable Fluent-View multi-viewer, and chromakey. Granite may also be used as the clip server for all screenings during Skabmagovat 2013, an upcoming film festival, according to Juntenen.

“Granite is an all-in-one package,” said Joonas Saari of the Sajos Centre. “It has made the multi-camera tasks, such as live streaming and video projection projects possible.”

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

Token Creek Mobile Television Acquires a Dozen New FUJINON Lenses

Wayne, N.J. – FUJIFILM North America Corporation, Optical Devices Division announces the recent sale of 12 of its lenses to Wisconsin-based Token Creek Mobile Television. The mobile broadcast production company acquired four XA88x8.8BESM Telephoto Field lenses, six ZA12x4.5BERM Super Wide Angle ENG/EFP lenses, and two XA101x8.9BESM Super Telephoto Field lenses. Nine of the lenses are being used in Token Creek’s newest HD mobile unit, Chippewa, while the others have been outfitted in two of their other mobile trucks, Varsity and Hiawatha.

Token Creek 12 13 12 Close Up JPG“We’ve been a customer of FUJINON lenses for a long time, and have been continually pleased with the quality of their products,” said John Salzwedel, President of Token Creek Mobile TV. “When rolling out our newest HD production truck, it was an easy decision for us to include FUJINON HD lenses. We’ve been particularly happy with the cost of their lenses and the company’s excellent customer service.”

The FUJINON XA101x8.9 lens features a combination of wide angle and 101x zoom range, and the XA88x8.8 offers the industry’s widest angle in class with an 88x zoom range. Both telephoto field lenses feature FUJINON’s exclusive anti-fogging design to minimize lens fogging and reduce downtime due to climate change.  The FUJINON ZA12x4.5BERM ENG lens features a 2x range extender and Digital Quick & Cruise Zoom. All three of the lenses boast exclusive FUJINON technology, including the DIGI POWER digital servo control system, EBC coating, and built-in F.I.N.D. diagnostics.

The Chippewa HD mobile unit was first used for a Thanksgiving Day parade telecast in Detroit. The next day, the truck wasToken Creek 12 13 12 JPG used for production of the Chicago Public School City Football Championship Game at Soldier Field, home of the NFL’s Chicago Bears. Chippewa is also set to be used for NBA game coverage, and is expected to be in high demand for many upcoming live sporting events.

Other equipment in Chippewa includes: Grass Valley LDK-8000 HD Elite cameras, Grass Valley Kayenne 4 M/E switcher, PESA routing system, EVS XT-3 servers, Calrec Artemis audio console, and a Chyron Hyper X3 Graphics system.

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 16 companies around the world granted U.S. patents in 2010, and in the year ended March 31, 2011, had global revenues of $25.8 billion*. Fujifilm is committed to environmental stewardship and good corporate citizenship. For more information, please visit www.fujifilmholdings.com.

* At an exchange rate of 86 yen to the dollar.

All product and company names herein may be trademarks of their registered owners.

FUJIFILM Optical Devices Division, 10 High Point Drive, Wayne, New Jersey 07470. Phone: 973-633-5600. Fax: 973-633-5216. Web site:www.FUJINON.com

FOR-A to Showcase the FT-ONE 4K Super Slow Motion Camera at Band Pro’s One World Open House 2012

Cypress, California – FOR-A Company Limited, a leading manufacturer of video and audio systems for the broadcast and professional video industries, will display the FT-ONE full 4K high resolution variable frame rate camera at Band Pro Film & Digital’s annual One World Open House. The event will be hosted at Band Pro’s location in Burbank, CA, on December 13.

FT-ONE 9 4 12The award-winning FT-ONE has received a lot of attention since its introduction earlier this year at Cine Gear Expo. Harnessing the power of FOR-A’s originally developed, state-of-the-art high-sensitivity CMOS color sensor “FT1-CMOS”, the FT-ONE records and plays back full 4K film look imagery.  To achieve its full 4K super slow motion capabilities, the FT-ONE has the ability to record up to 900 frames per second. 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. 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 Band Pro event always attracts highly regarded film and video professionals from around the industry who are constantly on the lookout for innovative solutions for high-end entertainment production,” said Pedro Silvestre, Sales Director, FOR-A America. “As the world’s first full 4K super slow motion camera, the FT-ONE offers the latest advancements in the world of digital cinematography. Showcasing the camera at this year’s Open House gives us an opportunity to talk one on one with attendees about its features and receive valuable feedback.”

Band Pro hosts One World Open House annually to show appreciation to clients, friends, and professionals around the industry.  The event features exhibitors who will showcase the latest technology in action and an inventory sale. The event’s guest of honor this year is Oscar-winning cinematographer Vilmos Zsigmond, ASC.

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.

PESA Welcomes Dewaine McClellan as International Sales 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 Dewaine McClellan joined the company on Nov. 5 as international sales manager. He is responsible for sales of all PESA product lines to territories outside the United States and Canada.

Dewaine McClellan JPEGMcClellan has built his sales career through positions with several communication and video technology companies. Most recently, he served as director of telecom sales for Kavveri Telecom. Previously, he was the Eastern U.S. director of telecom sales for Rymsa and a sales liaison for Telecast Fiber Systems. McClellan also spent more than a decade at PESA in various positions, including sales manager for the Asia/Pacific region and customer service manager.

“We are happy to welcome Dewaine back to the PESA family. Previously, he developed an understanding of our products from both an engineering and a sales and support standpoint, and in his new role he will help the company better serve the global markets,” said Chuck Tillett, president and COO of PESA. “As we move to strengthen PESA’s worldwide sales, Dewaine’s experience in working with a variety of clients and broadcast applications will be a great asset in introducing our products to a broader user base.”

McClellan is based out of the company’s main office in Huntsville. He can be reached at (256) 479-4052 or via e-mail at dmcclellan@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.

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