Monthly Archives: January 2013

Empire City Casino at Yonkers Raceway Expands HD Production with ABS Flypack

SEATAC, WA— Professional video and audio systems integration firm Advanced Broadcast Solutions (ABS) today announced it recently delivered a full-HD video flypack, ordered through the company’s Pittsburgh office, to the Empire City Casino at Yonkers Raceway in Westchester, N.Y. The casino has been using the system since October to produce two ongoing series.

Empire City Casino has had an in-house HD broadcast facility since 2006, when the facility was renovated and expanded Empire City Flypack JPEGfrom the largest harness racing track in the state to include a 5,300 slot casino. One of its regular series is Empire City’s Lucky Break, a three-camera production shot on location in the casino’s entertainment lounge using the new flypack. The one-hour weekly talent show is shown on Sundays on Cablevision throughout the Greater New York area.

The flypack is also used for a horse racing handicapping show, which is produced with a virtual set. Michael Rooney, director of media convergence, plans to use the new flypack to record presentations during other events and concert performances at the casino.

When it was time to purchase its portable production system, Rooney collected multiple quotes. He said ABS went further than most, recommending system components and offering a wide range of product choices. Plus, the company delivered a very competitive quote and “we actually got more bang for the buck.”

The compact system is contained in one case, which is long enough to accommodate three crew stations, but easy enough to roll to various locations on the property. Rooney said the flypack is both functional and aesthetically pleasing.

Anchored by a Broadcast Pix Mica 500 Video Control Center, the flypack features a Mackie audio console, Clear-Com intercom/IFB, JVC HD monitors, Grass Valley Turbo iDDR, and four Blackmagic Design HyperDeck Studio disk recorders. A slide-out shelf provides easy access to the switcher control panel, audio console, and computer keyboard.

Rooney, who has a television engineering background, was particularly impressed with the attention to detail ABS displayed during the design and build process. “The drawings were very comprehensive, and they were willing to fine tune and make adjustments,” he explained. “I appreciate that they had everything laid out nicely. They’re very easy to work with, and I would definitely recommend them.”

About Empire City Casino:

Empire City Casino at Yonkers Raceway is a full entertainment destination offering 5,300 slot machines, video roulette, electronic craps, baccarat & sic bo tables, Italian cuisine in Nonno’s Trattoria, trackside dining in the Empire Terrace Restaurant which overlooks the track for live harness racing, an International Food Court with a wide-ranging menu, year—round live harness racing five nights a week, live entertainment six days a week, including karaoke, comedy, jazz & blues, and the best party and latin bands in the tri-state area. The multi-faceted Good Time Room is available for parties, benefits, weddings, and major events for up to 400. Empire City Casino at Yonkers Raceway is located at 810 Yonkers Avenue (at Central Avenue) in Yonkers, New York, Westchester County, (I-87 to Exit 2) and is open seven days a week from 9:00 AM to 4:00 AM. For more information call 914.968.4200 or log onto www.empirecitycasino.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.

 

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PESA Recognizes Top Channel Partners for 2012

image003-3Huntsville, Alabama  – PESA, a leading U.S.-based custom design and build manufacturing company for professional audio and video signal distribution, today recognized its top performing U.S. and international channel partners for 2012. Last year, PESA’s revenue growth increased by 56 percent over 2011, with indications of continued growth as the company celebrates its 40th anniversary in 2013.

“Thanks in no small part to the support and dedication of our channel partners, the trend line is very positive for PESA,” said John Wright, senior vice president of sales and business development. “In 2013, we are investing heavily in new product development to ensure our channel partners have the greatest solutions to offer their customer base.”

In the United States, the top four channel partners were Audio Video Systems, Inc. (Chantilly, Va.), 5280 Digital (Centennial, Co.), Diversified Systems, Inc. (Gahanna, Ohio), and CEI (Newington, Va.). International top performers included Eurocom Broadcast (Madrid, Spain), Insitel Mexicana (Mexico City, Mexico), Systec International (Osaka, Japan), SK Technology (Seoul, South Korea), TekMark Broadcast (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia), and HDPlusTech (Seoul, South Korea).

“As PESA continues to expand its presence globally, our international channel partners will play a pivotal role in building the PESA brand,” added Wright. “PESA is committed to building brand recognition outside the U.S., and with our exceptional channel partners, we are confident that 2013 will bring continued success.”

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.

 

 

Cathedral of Faith Upgrades to Full HD Broadcast Capability with FOR-A Video Switcher

Fort Lee, N.J. – FOR-A Corporation of America, a leading manufacturer of video and audio systems for the broadcast and professional video industries, announces that San Jose, California-based Cathedral of Faith has implemented a FOR-A HVS-350HS video switcher as part of their HD overhaul. The church’s system was recently converted to HD in two phases and integrated by the Texas-based company Spectaveris.

Cathedral of Faith HVS-350HS-1Besides their main location in San Jose, Cathedral of Faith has seven remote locations around the San Francisco Bay area. Each week, the main church’s Saturday service is recorded, duplicated onto hard drives, and sent by car to each remote church. The sermon is then shown at each remote campus church using ProPresenter technology. Cathedral of Faith also broadcasts its services online at http://live.cathedraloffaith.org/ and has live HD feeds to the church’s outdoor pavilion every Sunday morning. All church services, which include five on the weekend, one midweek service, and a Spanish service on Sunday, are recorded. DVDs of the services are also available to the congregation for purchase.

Broadcasting since 1965, Cathedral of Faith first worked with Spectaveris to upgrade their system to standard definition six years ago. When called upon this year to convert the church to HD production, Spectaveris discovered some initial design challenges. First, they had to work around the church’s weekly broadcast schedule. The integrator also needed to consider that the vast majority of the church’s production staff were volunteers, so keeping a user-friendly workflow was crucial. There was also the usual challenge of delivering high-quality technology while keeping within the church’s budget.

Spectaveris began equipment selection for the church in April at the NAB 2012 show. Company representatives met withCathedral of Faith HVS-350HS-1-4 several vendors to choose the switcher that best fit Cathedral of Faith’s needs. After considerable competitive evaluation, Spectaveris found that FOR-A’s HVS-350HS solution met their criteria better than any other switcher on the market. Because they were able to implement the HVS-350HS with two control panels and two multiviewers, one FOR-A switcher replaced the two switchers that the church had been using.

“FOR-A’s HVS-350HS solution is the only switcher out there that offers such a high-quality, cost-effective product with flexible control panels and remote capability control,” said Dean Stone, President, Spectaveris. “Our installations frequently include FOR-A switchers. We continually find that our customers are extremely pleased with the performance of their switcher, and are confident that FOR-A will keep bringing high-quality, reliable solutions to the market.”

The FOR-A switcher was installed this past September during the first phase of the church’s upgrade. The second phase, which involved integrating and testing new cameras and reducing rack size, was executed a few months later. Other equipment installed includes: a Sony OLED picture monitor, Mutec video and digital audio sync master clock generator and a Dell UltraSharp LCD monitor. The project was completed mid-November, and Cathedral of Faith now has full HD broadcast capability. To view a video regarding the church’s upgrade with Spectaveris, please visit the following link: http://vimeo.com/57464828

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.

Hitachi HDTV cameras chosen to capture French National Assembly parliamentary sessions

 

Hitachi DK-H100 HDTV box cameras selected for compact size and high-level technical spec, as the Assembly upgraded its equipment to HD

Paris, January 28, 2013 – Hitachi Kokusai Electric Europe has announced a significant win in the French market, with the recent deployment of its DK-H100 HDTV box cameras by the French National Assembly as part of a HD upgrade. The new cameras are being used to record the Assembly’s daily sessions at the Palais Bourbon in Paris. All footage is subsequently transmitted over a fiber optic connection to the master control room, located 350m away, for redistribution.

Following a call for tender, the French National Assembly purchased eight Hitachi Kokusai Electric Europe DK-H100 Assemblee Nationale France JPEGbroadcast cameras through local systems integrator, Preview GM System. The Hitachi cameras, by replacing existing SDI equipment, become part of the first HD broadcast deployment within the bounds of the parliamentary ‘hemicycle’.

Christian Castelli, audiovisual system engineer at the French National Assembly, explained that the team started using the new cameras in September 2012. “Having examined cameras from various providers, we chose the DK-H100 model from Hitachi because of its size and the value for money it provided us”, he said. “The cameras are small and discreet and we are particularly happy with the outstanding picture quality they provide as well as their handy fibre optic connection.”

With 577 deputies and over 1000 hours of yearly debates, The French National Assembly is at the heart of the country’s parliamentary democracy, with recorded daily sittings which can often run into the night. The HD recordings from the Hitachi cameras on-site are immediately made available to the LCP-AN parliamentary channel and to the media. France 3, for example, offers live coverage of delegates’ questions to the government in a public service program called ‘Questions au gouvernement’ on Wednesday afternoons.

“This was a significant integration project in a prestigious location and a very historic building: it’s a project we are very proud of,” said Mikaël Graignic, French commercial director at Preview GM System. “We believe the DK-H100 Hitachi cameras offered the French National Assembly a different and compelling option during the tender, one which impressed the technical team at the Assembly because of the combined size and technical performance of the cameras.”

The DK-H100 is a multi-purpose HDTV box type POV camera that is ideal for applications such as graphics stand, point of view and remote observation. With a small light-weight head, the camera provides outstanding performance with its new 2.3 million pixels native 1080i 3-CCD. It offers sharper and cleaner HD images due to its 14-bit A/D converters and Hitachi’s latest digital processing technology. The camera achieves outstanding high sensitivity and low vertical smear specifications.

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

FOR-A Announces Participation at West 2013 Show

Fort Lee, N.J., January 25, 2013 – FOR-A Corporation of America has announced its plans for West 2013 – the largest West Coast trade show for communications, electronics, intelligence, information systems, military weapon systems, and aviation. Co-sponsored by the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA) International and the U.S. Naval Institute, the show takes place from January 29-31 at the San Diego Convention Center. FOR-A will showcase its product line in Booth 1903.

“We offer a variety of reliable solutions that are particularly well designed for government applications,” said Pedro FT-ONE 9 4 12Silvestre, Sales Director, FOR-A Corp. of America. “FOR-A is firmly committed to supporting this industry, and through our participation at West 2013, we are showcasing our products and strengthening our relationships with this community.”

FOR-A will display footage from its FT-ONE full 4K variable frame rate camera. The FT-ONE is the world’s first high-speed camera designed for super slow-motion acquisition at 4K resolution. The camera has the ability to record up to 900 frames per second and incorporates FOR-A’s global shutter CMOS color sensor, FTI-CMOS. Developed by FOR-A to provide superior resolution and sensitivity, the FT-ONE can be used in slow motion video analysis for military and aerospace applications.

Also to be shown in the FOR-A booth is their IVS video stabilizer series. The IVS-200 analog video stabilizer and video optimizer corrects vertical, horizontal, and rotational video shaking while shooting in real time. The video optimizer, which automatically corrects video to appropriate signal levels, comes standard with the unit. FOR-A will also add to the IVSIVS-200 series the IVS-710HS HD video stabilizer. The solution uses a moving image processor to electrically correct unintentional shaky camera images, while maintaining pan and tilt movements of the camera. The IVS series can correct unsteady images in both real time and on recorded VCR tapes.

Included in the product line up at the FOR-A booth will be the FLOVEL FZ-B1 ultra high sensitivity HD digital camera. Ideal for demanding high-resolution applications and government use, the camera is the latest addition to FLOVEL’s extensive line of high-end HD specialty cameras. The FZ-B1 features a 2/3-inch CMOS 1.3 megapixel color image sensor and has an unprecedented low-light sensitivity of only 0.01 lux. The compact camera operates in 1080/59.94i, 1080/50i, 720p/60p and 720/50p formats.

FOR-A will also demo products from its line of multi viewers, including the MV-42HS Quad Viewer and the MV-1620HS MV-42HSmulti-viewer. The MV-42HS HD/SD multi-viewer supports up to four asynchronous or mixed HD-SDI and SD-SDI inputs at a variety of frame rates. The MV-1620HS HD/SD high resolution multi-viewer is equipped with a wealth of features, including embedded audio level and title displays for up to 16 channels per input, and PC-based software that enables users to easily create screen layouts. Both units feature a simple user interface and an array of on-screen features for a customized display environment.

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.

Broadcast Pix Ships Version 3.2 Software

Upgrade Enhances Camera Control, Clip Server, Switcher and More

Billerica, Massachusetts  – Broadcast Pix™ today began shipping its Video Control Center™ 3.2 software, a free upgrade that improves its Granite™ and Mica™ integrated live video production systems. Camera control enhancements include thumbnail displays of each preset position, as well as auto-follow of camera switching and enhanced macro Version 3 2 Thumbnails JPEGintegration. The built-in clip server now supports native Avid DNxHD clips and multi-definition ProRes and H.264 clips, while the six-channel graphic store adds frame capture. Plus, custom monitor layouts and macros can now be tied to each show, and a new option turns any Granite 2000 system into a 2 M/E switcher.

“Today’s announcement enhances our leading end-to-end integration,” said Ken Swanton, Broadcast Pix CEO. “Reaching out and controlling cameras with the kind of integration in Version 3.2 really sets Broadcast Pix apart. Plus our enhanced clip, graphic, and switching systems provides a level of integration that enables a small crew to create amazing video.”

The new camera control software displays a thumbnail of each camera preset position, rather than just the number of each preset, on the system’s Fluent-View enhanced multi-view display. The visual reference helps an operator quickly select the desired camera position. Plus, with new camera follow, each camera’s preset choices appear automatically when that camera is previewed on the switcher. Thumbnails can be created for 100 preset positions on each of up to 12 Panasonic robotic cameras, as well as 16 preset positions on each of up to 12 Sony robotic cameras.

Camera control is now tightly integrated with Fluent™ Macros, a unique macro system that allows switching, file recalls, effects, and camera moves to be recalled with one button push. Additional camera control enhancements include finer manual control of pan, tilt, and zoom to allow very slow zooms for long-range camera shots, plus support for Panasonic cameras installed using IP cabling instead of serial, which greatly simplifies wiring.

“The new features will definitely benefit our use of robotic cameras,” said Dennis Bergeron, station manager for Holliston Cable Access, Inc., in Holliston, Mass. “Broadcast Pix has significantly improved our production of in-studio shows. Fluent Macros and built-in graphics, clip stores, and animations have allowed us to improve the professional look of our productions. The number of enhancements that come out with every software release is impressive, and I look forward to every release to see what has been added or improved.”

DNxHD, the native Avid 1080i or 720p file format, is the third clip format supported by Fluent Clip Server in every Granite and Mica system. Using Fluent Watch-Folders, 1080i DNxHD clips can flow into Broadcast Pix systems over a TCP/IP network directly from Avid editing stations, even in the middle of a live production. V3.2 also delivers expanded options for ProRes and H.264 formats, adding 720p and SD to existing support for 1080i files.

Originally offered as a 1 M/E panel, the Granite 2000 can now be upgraded to be used as a 2 M/E panel, providing a low-cost system with a small footprint and full 2 M/E functionality. The $1,900 option activates four buttons on the control panel that enable its entire M/E bank to shift to M/E 2, and adds buttons for transitions between M/Es. V3.2 also allows operators to use two control panels simultaneously (1 M/E per panel). For example, one operator can control a live television broadcast while a second operator switches an Internet-based stream, or two panels can control two screens at a live event.

The new Show Link feature allows each show to save and recall its own Fluent-View monitor layout and Fluent Macros. This allows different programs or operators to customize their productions to match their resources, removing unnecessary elements from the Fluent-View layout, resizing and repositioning elements on the screen, and having a list of show-specific Fluent Macros at the ready.

The V3.2 software upgrade is the third software upgrade since 2012; earlier enhancements have added optimized touch-screen controls, integrated virtual set software, multi-screen support for 1 M/E systems, scoreboard integration, multi-lingual user interface, and optional voice-automated video production.

About Broadcast Pix The leader in live video production systems with end-to-end integration, 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 external control software with patented control panels, unique touch-screens, and exceptional displays. Systems range from compact systems controlled by touch-screen or voice automation to large sophisticated control panels. Customers include leading broadcast, streaming, sports, corporate, education, religious, and government studios. Learn more at www.broadcastpix.com.

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

FOR-A Unveils New Feature for Frame Rate Converter that Caters to Winter Sports Production

Unit optimizes conversion in environments with fast motion and high contrast

Fort Lee, N.J. – FOR-A Corporation of America, a leading manufacturer of video and audio systems for the broadcast and professional video industries, announces a new update for its FRC-8000HS HD/SD Frame Rate Converter to better accommodate the production of winter sports. With this software release, the FRC-8000 offers a unique level of in-depth FRC-8000_FP_100218user control, giving operators the ability to customize settings based on their specific needs. Users of the frame rate converter will now be able to select a ‘winter sports’ scene type, a special mode created by FOR-A to optimize the conversion process in environments with high-speed moving objects in highly saturated backgrounds that contain a lot of bright white, such as snow or ice.

“One of the strongest features of our FRC-8000 is the ability to fine tune our vector motion process,” explained Pedro Silvestre, Sales Director, FOR-A Corporation of America. “The FRC-8000 will produce world class results using the automatic conversion modes, but the new ‘scene type’ setting provides a new level of conversion, not available on any other motion vector converter.”

Offering simultaneous HD and SD output and an optional front touch panel for easy operation, the FRC-8000 is a popular frame rate conversion solution that has been utilized by many broadcasters to convert footage to the appropriate standard. Equipped with FOR-A’s proven motion compensation processing technology, the FRC-8000 supports a wide range of signals, including 1080i, 720p, NTSC and PAL. Up, down, and cross converters provide both frame rate and format conversion in a single unit. The solution’s new winter sports function will benefit broadcasters who are working on winter sporting events, such as speed skating, figure skating, skiing and snowboarding. While the FRC-8000 already offered a host of advanced functions to ensure excellent image quality, the new feature allowing users to customize the pre-set mode presents an even greater advantage. Broadcasters now have a wide range of control parameters, and can select from ‘normal,’ ‘sports,’ or ‘winter sports’ as their menu setting.

“We’re excited to offer this new feature,” said Silvestre, “The FRC-8000 was successfully used by a variety of broadcasters for the London Games last summer, and we anticipate that this new winter sports setting will prove popular for the 2014 Winter Games in Russia. More immediately, we look forward to seeing the new setting in action for upcoming winter sports productions.”

Customers deploying the FRC-8000 for sports production include: ESPN; the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC/Radio-Canada); Mexico City-based television network Televisa; Rogers Sportsnet, a Canadian live-event and high definition broadcaster; and Casablanca, a Brazilian provide of satellite communication services to customers such as Fox Sports Latin America.

The updated FRC-8000 software was released at the end of November 2012.

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.