Monthly Archives: February 2013

PAC Engineering Selects Hitachi DK-Z50 HD Cameras for Union-Tribune San Diego Production Studio

WOODBURY, NEW YORK Hitachi Kokusai Electric America, a leading provider of affordable, high performance cameras, today announced that PAC Engineering—a full-service systems design and integration firm in San Diego—installed three Hitachi DK-Z50 multi-format HDTV box cameras at a news production studio they built for Union-Tribune San Diego. The cameras are situated on CamBot robotic camera systems from Ross Video.

U-T TV 2 12 13 JPEGLocated on the third floor of the Union-Tribune San Diego building, the new studio enables the publishing company to expand its reach from traditional newspaper readers to cable television, as well as online, mobile and social media outlets. U-T San Diego’s new broadcast news channel, U-T TV, launched in June 2012, is carried by Cox Communications and AT&T U-verse as well as streamed via its website. While the channel began producing three to four hours of live newscasts per day, this schedule quickly expanded to 12 hours of news and other local programing during the day, with 12 hours of replays overnight.

“We chose these cameras for U-T San Diego because their attractive price-point worked well with our tight budget and they produced a beautiful HD picture from a very small, unobtrusive studio footprint,” said Craig Claytor, who co-owns PAC Engineering with his partner Gail Pineda. “We knew that the DK-Z50’s in combination with the Fujinon lenses would work well with the CamBot robotics system. We’ve held the Hitachi brand in high regard based on our years of experience with the company’s products, sales, and service.”

While PAC Engineering was hired by U-T San Diego in late March 2012, the broadcast studio needed to go live by June because advertisers were already scheduled. When Claytor and Pineda went to NAB with their U-T San Diego clients to select suitable cameras for the new studio, Hitachi Sales Representative David Morris moved quickly to secure and deliver the three DK-Z50 HD box cameras they needed in advance of the channel launch. Art Kubota, Hitachi’s Western Sales Regional Engineer also provided training and technical support to U-T San Diego.

“The Hitachi DK-Z50 camera was not only priced right, it offered operational savings that were extremely important to this client,” said Pineda. “The camera’s IT-friendly TCP/IP interface enabled us to use an RJ45 connector and Cat 6 wiring, which were significantly less expensive than the triax cabling and components required by full-sized studio cameras. And the camera’s three-pound form factor was a perfect fit for the affordable, compact CamBot system, which also saved us money compared to more expensive high-end studio pedestals.”

UT TV 2 12 13 photo 3 JPEGTwo of the DK-Z50’s are situated on CamBot Series 500 pedestals, which provide pan and tilt along with accurate robotic camera controls. One DK-Z50 resides on a CamBot 700 series pedestal, which performs pan/tilt plus elevation so the camera can move up and down. The cameras are set-up and shaded via Ethernet using the Hitachi SU-1000 Master Setup control panel. The cameras move about in a studio space that accommodates three sets for news, sports, and other reports as well as an 80-inch touchscreen display.

U-T TV’s live, multi-camera newscasts are switched using a Ross Vision production switcher, which can be driven by a Ross OverDrive automated production control system. The studio also uses Ross Xpressions for graphics, a Yamaha DM2000 audio mixer, EditShare storage and asset management, and Ross Inception for social media production. With more than 80 reporters on staff, U-T San Diego also leverages its reporting staff, giving them cameras and camcorders to capture video of the stories they cover for the newspaper.

“The Hitachi DK-Z50’s have been performing exceptionally well,” said Claytor, “and this affordable, IT friendly camera produces images that look fantastic whether they’re watched on big-screen HDTVs or streaming over the Web.”

About Hitachi

Hitachi, Ltd., (NYSE: HIT / TSE: 6501), headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, is a leading global electronics company with approximately 400,000 employees worldwide. Fiscal 2009 (ended March 31, 2009) consolidated revenues totaled 10,000 billion yen ($102.0 billion). The company offers a wide range of systems, products and services in market sectors including information systems, electronic devices, power and industrial systems, consumer products, materials, logistics and financial services. For more information on Hitachi, please visit the company’s website at www.hitachi.com.

Hitachi Kokusai Electric America, Ltd. designs, manufacturers and markets video cameras, digital transmission, processing and recording devices for the broadcast television, cable, video production, and industrial vision markets. For more information, please call (516) 921-7200 or visit Hitachi’s web site at http://www.hitachikokusai.us .  Hitachi Kokusai Electric, Inc. (TSE, OSE: 6756), is a Hitachi, Ltd. (NYSE: HIT) group company.

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UNLV Thomas & Mack Center Upgrades to HD with ABS

SEATAC, WA — Professional video and audio systems integration firm Advanced Broadcast Solutions (ABS) today announced the Thomas & Mack Center at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) has upgraded its control room to full image003-3HD production with equipment purchased through ABS. Primarily, the new system is used for in-house video scoreboard presentations, though some projects are produced for live and on-demand streaming.

Brian Williams, video facilities manager, said the center installed  an HD-compatible video scoreboard about five years ago, but a full HD upgrade was out of reach at that time. The recent HD upgrade included a Ross Carbonite 2M switcher, Fujinon XA50x9.5BESM HD telephoto box style lens, and Utah Scientific UTAH-100/UDS router from ABS.

Home of the UNLV Runnin’ Rebels men’s basketball and Lady Rebels women’s basketball teams, the Thomas & Mack thomas-and-mack-JPEGCenter hosts a variety of events throughout the year. The new equipment was used for the first time when the center hosted the Los Angeles Lakers vs. Sacramento Kings NBA basketball game on Oct. 19. The system was also in place for last year’s National Finals Rodeo and some UNLV graduation ceremonies in December, and is currently being used for all home basketball games.

UNLV purchased equipment from ABS and other sources, but installation and integration, as well as the center’s control room remodel, was handled in house. Williams said ABS was very customer service driven and offered competitive pricing. “Their knowledge of the equipment was what sealed the deal for us to do business with ABS,” he added.

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.

 

Vizrt brings a complete workflow for video and graphics production to CABSAT 2013

See us in Dubai, March 12th – 14th 2013. Booth D8-10

CABSAT is the Middle East and Africa’s largest broadcast digital media and satellite expo. Held annually in Dubai, the show gives media companies across the region access to the latest technologies in the media industry.

Vizrt Middle East, based in Dubai, will be on hand at the show with a large booth designed to display the complete graphics and video workflow Vizrt has created for broadcasters.

Newsroom workflow

Vizrt gives journalists the edge for getting a story on-air and online efficiently with a newsroom workflow that integrates Cabsat 2013 Vizrt Booth JPGeasy-to-use templates with the journalists’ native newsroom control system (NRCS). With Viz Content Pilot, journalists access these templates for creating graphics, editing maps and selecting videos from Viz Media Engine to add to a playlist for on-air use and online multi-platform delivery.

IP Streaming

The powerful Viz Engine, Vizrt’s real-time 3D compositing system, now has IP-streaming capability. This allows broadcasters to stream multiple formats and resolutions for creating online and mobile graphic and video content.

Video integration

Adobe and Vizrt combine to create a package that gives the editor complete control of graphic and video content from within Adobe Premiere Pro CS6 for live and post-production requirements.

Video content can be reached from the Viz Media Engine through the Viz NLE plugin giving Adobe Premiere Pro CS6 editors access to content across the complete asset management solution from Vizrt or using the Viz Media Engine as a bridge to other asset management systems.

Viz NLE is Vizrt’s plugin for non-linear editing systems that allows editors to have access to templates extending the branding from live on-air to pre and post production.

The latest version of the Viz Media Engine offers a comprehensive media management platform from ingest to playout for local clip and still stores up to full enterprise media asset management and archive systems. At CABSAT we will be showing the Viz Media Engine as an integral component of the unique unified workflow solution offering the tools to present efficient multi-platform delivery with consistent branding across all media channels.

Unlimited studio possibilities

Viz Virtual Studio presents producers with unrivaled possibilities. Complex 2D and 3D virtual sets, which include interactivity, can be easily created using an intuitive interface. The solution was created to fully support the Vizrt family of applications and can be seamlessly integrated with existing software installations. Viz Virtual Studio supports all major camera-tracking solutions and other studio peripherals, offering broadcasters a cutting- edge solution for the creation of virtual sets.

Social TV

With the Social TV solution, Vizrt brings a workflow that captures social media content and allows presenters to tell a story in visually compelling ways. Content is captured from Twitter, Facebook, Flickr, YouTube, Instagram as well as third party partners like never.no, TrendrrTV and Mass Relevance.

Weather and news maps

Viz World is Vizrt’s premiere mapping solutions and with new integrations with OpenStreetMaps, broadcasters now have access to a world of local street data. Add in the capabilities of Viz Weather with the new sandstorm data and Vizrt continues to bring broadcasters everything needed in a template-based mapping workflow.

At CABSAT 2013 Vizrt will be showing all these systems and much more. Make an appointment today and we will see you at the show!

About Vizrt:

Vizrt provides real-time 3D graphics and asset management tools for the broadcast industry – from award-winning animations & maps to online publishing tools. Vizrt’s products are used by the world’s leading broadcasters and publishing houses, including: CNN, CBS, Fox, the BBC, BSkyB, ITN, ZDF, Star TV, Network 18, TV Today, CCTV, NHK, The Globe and Mail, Times Online, The Telegraph, and Welt Online. Furthermore, many world-class production houses and corporate institutions such as the Stock Exchanges in New York and London use Vizrt systems.

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

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

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

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

 

Vizrt brings a complete workflow for online video and graphics production to Mobile World Congress 2013

See us in Barcelona, February 25th-28th 2013. Booth 7H40 Hall 7

For the 2013 Mobile World Congress, Vizrt will demonstrate a workflow to distribute and monetize content to mobile devices_2 13 13 JPGdevices, web portals and any screen. Vizrt offers the full solution for high-resolution video and imagery ingest, transcoding and publishing; we also provide tools for streaming live content from mobile devices, Skype integration for news gathering and real-time graphics insertion for custom branding of online videos.

Live mobile streaming

Vizrt’s app for streaming live video from mobile devices, Viz Reporter, has been a powerful tool for broadcasters around the world including Al Jazeera, TVN Chile, TV 2 Norway and Solar TV. The app, which is available on the iOS and Android platforms, first gained fame during the Arabic revolutions in 2010 as a tool journalists could easily conceal yet still do live HD reports from the field.

Vizrt also allows streaming from Skype directly into Vizrt on-air production systems such as Viz Trio, Viz Content Pilot and Viz Engine.

Live encoding and transcoding

Encode live video from high-resolution to any format for online and mobile devices with the Viz Media Engine. The online and mobile production workflow allows broadcasters to have high-quality video and custom graphics and logos for every device, all happening in a single step.

Automated transcoding of video content is also processed through the Viz Media Engine for Video on Demand services. Graphics and logos are added to the video content during the transcoding process ensuring a high-quality presentation for the end user.

Complete online workflow

This year at Mobile World Congress Vizrt presents a highly integrated workflow for online publishing that equally supports video along with the other web content. Journalists and publishers can produce video and other content from the same solution and use video very efficiently in the storytelling.

Monetize your video content online with a premium workflow with DRM through a cross platform implementation with the Viz Media Engine and Vizrt partner Vimond.

Vizrt will also present our new integrated offering consisting of Viz Media Engine and the Viz Engine to enhance your online video content with device adapted graphics and logo insertion, courtesy or watermark to make the content more visually attractive. All this can be achieved in a real-time workflow.

Set an appointment today to learn more about how Vizrt can build an online and mobile production workflow for all your video and graphics needs. Booth 7H40 Hall 7

About Vizrt:

Vizrt provides real-time 3D graphics and asset management tools for the broadcast industry – from award-winning animations & maps to online publishing tools. Vizrt’s products are used by the world’s leading broadcasters and publishing houses, including: CNN, CBS, Fox, the BBC, BSkyB, ITN, ZDF, Star TV, Network 18, TV Today, CCTV, NHK, The Globe and Mail, Times Online, The Telegraph, and Welt Online. Furthermore, many world-class production houses and corporate institutions such as the Stock Exchanges in New York and London use Vizrt systems.

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

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

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

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

 

JVC’s New GY-HM600 Series ProHD Mobile News Cameras Approved by the European Broadcast Union

The Latest Cameras from JVC Professional Meet

European Standards for News and Journalism

LONDON (February 12, 2013) – JVC Professional Europe Ltd. is pleased to announce that both the recently released GY-HM600 and Wi-Fi enabled GY-HM650 camcorders are now fully EBU approved for broadcast use for news and journalism.

image006These two new JVC ProHD cameras have been designed specifically to be in line with European Broadcasting Union (EBU) guidelines for broadcast use. The EBU recommendations are designed to provide a common set of performance standards for broadcast production across Europe. Cameras are independently tested and approved by the EBU.

The testing of the GY-HM600 and GY-HM650 cameras was carried out by Alan Roberts in accordance with the EBU guidelines.

Gustav Emrich, European Product Manager for JVC Professional said:  “We are delighted that the GY-HM600 series has easily met the EBU standard requirements for broadcast journalism. We are pleased with the reports for these cameras which were designed to be innovative new tools for mobile news gathering in challenging situations. JVC believe that the 600 series cameras are a big step forward for both us and our customers in terms of ease of use and versatility, as well as features and functions, and EBU approval is a validation of this.”

The EBU test report for the GY-HM600E and GY-HM650E can be viewed at http://tech.ebu.ch/camtest/CamTestReports04.

The full EBU recommendations for camera types can be seen at http://tech.ebu.ch/camtest.

ABOUT JVC PROFESSIONAL EUROPE LTD.

JVC Professional Europe Ltd. is a subsidiary of JVC Kenwood Corporation, one of the world’s leading manufacturers and suppliers of a wide range of sophisticated high quality broadcast, professional, recording, playback and presentation equipment. JVC also manufactures computer imaging, internet communications, data storage and CCTV solutions. The company is committed to providing video and data-related solutions and service to customers in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. For more information, please visit www.jvcpro.eu or contact Victoria Sayce, Marketing Executive, E:vsayce@jvcpro.co.uk, T: +44 (0)20 8208 6217.

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.

City of Bellingham Expands Local Event Coverage with New Portable Production System from ABS

SEATAC, WA — Bellingham TV Channel 10 (BTV10), the government and education channel for the city of Bellingham, Wash., produces multi-camera coverage of meetings from City Hall and single-camera event coverage throughout Whatcom County. However, a new portable production system from professional video and audio systems integration firm Advanced Broadcast Solutions (ABS) is helping the channel produce multi-camera HD productions throughout its community.

Before the city purchased its remote production system from ABS, very few meetings or events were covered beyond City Hall. City of Bellingham 2 7 13 JPEGA multi-camera remote production required a cost-prohibitive crew of six, including three camera operators. Then, footage from each camera (recorded separately) had to be placed in a multi-cam editing  environment and assembled with graphics, which often added another day in post before the program was completed.

In contrast, BTV10 covered an event last month on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day with four cameras and a two-man crew – and the program was ready later that evening after minor trimming at the beginning and end. Featured on Comcast Cable throughout Whatcom County, BTV10 has covered almost a dozen meetings and other events with its portable system since last September.

When he met with ABS at an industry event last summer, station coordinator Dal Neitzel was impressed that the company could build a low-cost, portable multi-camera production solution tailored for a crew of one or two people. “We were looking for a way to cover meetings, indoor events, and presentations in other locations that were of interest to our community,” he said. “ABS had answers. They had solutions.”

The remote production system is built around three Panasonic AW-HE120K HD PTZ cameras with Libec LS-22 tripods, Panasonic AW-RP50 remote camera controller, and Panasonic AG-HMX100 digital AV mixer with built-in multi-viewer and audio mixer. Each camera is connected by a custom-built 60-foot SDI multi-conductor camera cable with power, LAN, and serial control.

“I was skeptical at first,” Neitzel admitted, “but once I saw the cameras in action, they were definitely a step up from what we had. The images just look wonderful.”

A Matrox Convert DVI Plus scan converter allows BTV10 to feed presentations from a computer or projector directly into the Panasonic switcher, rather than use a camera to shoot an on-site projector screen or monitor. Lower-third graphics are produced on a laptop using Adobe Photoshop. Productions are recorded to an AJA Ki Pro Mini, while a Viewcast Niagara streaming media system allows live HD streaming to the Internet. The equipment is transported in four wheeled SKB waterproof cases, and the system can be setup quickly on a small utility table.

“It’s fair to say our solution is unconventional – PTZ cameras aren’t typically mounted to tripods – but it was the solution that worked within BTV10’s budget and crew limitations,” explained Arco Groenenberg, ABS vice president of sales and marketing. “The remote system is easy to transport, requires minimal setup, and delivers a quality HD production.”

“There’s still a lot of equipment involved in what we do. Technology moves so fast, it’s just really hard to keep up with it,” Neitzel added. “I have to depend on folks like ABS to help. They have the engineering skills and the production background. They’re my engineers, my advisors, and my consultants. We are very happy with the service and the products that ABS has provided.”

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.

New JVC D-ILA Remote App Turns iPhone, iPad into Projector Remote Control

WAYNE, NJ – JVC Professional Products Company, a division of JVC Americas Corp., today announced D-ILA Remote, a free app available through the iTunes Store that allows a variety of iPhone, iPod, and iPad devices to serve as a remote control for select JVC D-ILA projectors.

image006The intuitive interface provides easy access to picture, lens, and 3D settings, as well as other controls and exclusive features not found on the projectors’ supplied remote controls. Plus, the D-ILA Remote system communicates via wireless LAN, not remote sensor, allowing the user to control the projector from virtually any position within the Wi-Fi environment.

“With D-ILA Remote, you can perform simple tasks like changing inputs or execute more advanced operations, such as color management and 3D calibration,” said John Havens, national manager of marketing and communications. “It’s a very convenient way to control and customize your JVC D-ILA projector.”

D-ILA Remote supports the latest JVC Reference Series projectors: DLA-RS46, DLA-RS48, DLA-RS4810, DLA-RS56, and DLA-RS66. The app is compatible with iOS 5.1 and works with iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPod touch (3rd, 4th, and 5th generation), and iPad (3rd generation). The JVC projector must be connected to the network via wired LAN.

D-ILA Remote can be accessed at: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/d-ila-remote/id586871855?mt=8.

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.