Monthly Archives: April 2013

Broadcast Pix Debuts Granite X Series

Large Live Production Systems with End-to-End Integration 

Billerica, Massachusetts  – Broadcast Pix™ recently announced its Granite X Series of live video production systems, which was unveiled at the 2013 NAB Show in Las Vegas, Nev. Designed for large-scale live productions and accessing cloud-based content, its new hardware and software enhance integration from ingest to delivery.

Each of three new Granite X models supports 22 cameras and seven channels of files, which flow into the system through Granite X JPEGwatch-folders from local and cloud-based sources. Enhanced monitoring with more full motion windows across four monitors complements the integrated production toolset. Up to three composited outputs with patented low constant latency can be delivered for multi-screen broadcast, streaming, and live events.

Beyond the traditional live cameras and file-based studio content, today’s live video production environment needs to accommodate cloud-based content from a variety of online sources. Granite X ingests files, even during live production, from Dropbox, Google Drive, Microsoft Sky Drive, and other cloud-based resources, enabling content to be contributed from anywhere. Granite X can also connect on-air graphics to content from Twitter, RSS Feeds, calendars, and clocks, while cloud-based databases can be accessed for sports and election coverage.

“Granite X is the new flagship product line for Broadcast Pix,” said Steve Ellis, Broadcast Pix CEO. “It delivers the features and reliability that broadcasters, sports, large live venues, and other major installations require. With its integrated production tools and workflow, Granite X minimizes crew requirements to produce highly compelling live video.”

The Granite X is available with three different control panels:

  • 6000 is a full-sized panel with 24 source buttons per row, two M/E control banks, two patented device control banks, 143 patented PixButtons™ that show files names on the buttons, and a Fluent Macros bank for recalling switcher effects.
  • 5000 is a more compact version of the 6000 panel with 16 buttons per source row.
  • 2000 is a more compact version of the 5000 panel with one M/E control bank (2 M/E functionality with shift) and one device control bank.

Rather than one panel, a Granite X system can be controlled by multiple Broadcast Pix panels of any type, such as two for outputs feeding projectors and one for streaming.

The Granite X Fluent-View supports four monitors with full motion I/O windows for four outputs, 16 external inputs, and internal clips. Windows are also provided for additional external and internal sources, all key layers, file libraries, status of incoming files, and Tweet pre-screening. The Fluent-View is completely customizable, as each window can be independently sized and replicated across monitors.

All Granite X systems have an integrated two-part chassis comprised of a switcher and a server. The switcher accepts 22 HD/SD-SDI inputs and eight channels of file-based content, including clips, animations, and graphics, and has 12 HD/SD-SDI and two DVI outputs. The server holds up to 180 hours of clips and includes a Harris Inscriber CG.

Granite X Series systems will be available in May.

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 systems 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 streaming, broadcast, sports, corporate, education, religious, and government studios. Learn more at www.broadcastpix.com.

Broadcast Pix, Granite, Fluent, and PixButton are trademarks of Broadcast Pix, Inc. Patented. Made in USA.

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FOR-A’s New FA-1010 Multi-Channel Signal Processor Earns Multiple Awards at NAB 2013

Cypress, CA – At the NAB convention earlier this month, FOR-A Corporation of America was honored with multiple accolades for its FA-1010 signal processor. Introduced at the show, the new FA-1010 is a recipient of both the TV Technology STAR Award and Broadcast Engineering’s Pick Hit Award.

The STAR Awards (short for Superior Technology Award Recipient) have recognized the preeminent technological innovations FA-1010available to the media industry for the past 13 years. To choose award nominees, a judging panel of TV Technology editors, columnists, and broadcast industry experts reviewed a variety of products and services, examined the technical applications and their overall contribution to the industry, and then submitted their award nominees.

The Broadcast Engineering NAB Show Pick Hits winners are chosen after a panel of independent judges tour the show floor for three days looking for innovative products and technology that meet their criteria. Factors taken into consideration include the technical and financial improvements the product can bring to a facility’s operation.

“TV Technology and Broadcast Engineering are two of the most prestigious publications in the industry, and we’re honored to have been recognized by both of them at this year’s NAB Show,” said Hiro Tanoue, FOR-A Corporation of America’s President. “FOR-A’s focus is on staying ahead of the curve by creating reliable, innovative solutions. The new FA-1010 multichannel processor offers a wealth of functionality and connectivity, and we’re happy that it was so well received during its introduction at NAB.”

With 10 video inputs and outputs, the new FA-1010 offers multi-channel routing between sources as well as effective video and audio signal processing for line, relay, reporting, production, editing, and delivery applications. Also known as “THE Processor,” the FA-1010 supports 1080p, 1080i, 720p, NTSC, and PAL video formats. 10 3G/HD/SD-SDI inputs and outputs come standard, each synchronized independently for a clean switch. The FA-1010 provides extensive audio support, with 16 channels of embedded audio for 3G/HD-SDI synchronous/asynchronous input and 12 channels for each synchronous SD-SDI input. The solution’s signal processing ensures ancillary data remains intact while performing delay or level adjustment, down-mixing, remapping, and other functions. The FA-1010 will be available this summer.

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.

JVC GY-HM650 2.0 ProHD Mobile New Camera Receives Numerous Industry Accolades at 2013 NAB Show

WAYNE, NJ – JVC Professional Products Company, a division of JVC Americas Corp., today announced its upgraded GY-HM650 2.0 ProHD mobile news camera received numerous industry accolades during the 2013 NAB Show earlier this month, including awards from Broadcast EngineeringTV Technology, and The Digital Journalist. The camera was also showcased by Verizon chairman and CEO Lowell McAdam during one of the show’s general sessions.

With JVC’s exclusive dual codec design, as well as built-in FTP and Wi-Fi connectivity, the GY-HM650 2.0 allows live GY-HM650transmission or file transfers in the background as shooters continue to record footage in their normal workflow. When equipped with a Verizon 4G LTE modem, which connects directly to the camera via USB, the GY-HM650 can transmit footage to a broadcast facility in real time – no add-on boxes or backpacks required – while simultaneously recording a full HD file to solid-state memory cards.

In a conversation with NAB president and CEO Gordon Smith, McAdam showed the audience a GY-HM650 2.0 equipped with a Verizon LTE modem. He said the solution addresses the problem broadcasters face when trying to get coverage of a natural disaster or other news event when damage makes it difficult to navigate and setup a news van. “This is an example of I think what we’d call a powerful answer for the broadcasters,” McAdam explained. “What we try to do is make the capabilities of an LTE network … available for our partners, and I view the broadcasters as partners.”

Broadcast Engineering awarded the GY-HM650 2.0 with one of its Pick Hits for the 2013 NAB Show. Pick Hits are determined NAB-Conference-Shot by a panel of independent judges who tour the show floor and make their selections based on several criteria, including technical and financial improvements the product can potentially make for a facility. Broadcast Engineering is published by Penton Media.

The upgraded GY-HM650 also received the STAR (Superior Technology Award Recipient) Award from TV Technology. Designed to honor and showcase outstanding technological innovations for the broadcast industry, the award is chosen by a panel of judges, including magazine editors and columnists, as well as industry experts. Celebrating its 30th year covering the television industry, TV Technology is published by NewBay Media.

“The NAB Show serves as the launching pad for thousands of new products and services for audio and video professionals,” said Tom Butts, editor-in-chief, TV Technology. “The products and services that we select for the STAR Award make the cut, demonstrating their ability to help advance the acquisition and distribution of entertainment and information across the media spectrum.”

The Digital Journalist, a multimedia magazine for photojournalists, recognized the camera with its Platinum Award, its highest honor. “How do you get that live truck capability with just your camera? The answer: the JVC GY-HM650,” wrote Dirck Halstead, editor and publisher. “As PF [Bentley] says, ‘It’s a live truck in your pocket.’”

Designed for mobile news and reality documentary production, the lightweight GY-HM650 features a Fujinon wide angle 23x zoom lens includes manual focus, servo zoom, and iris rings, plus three ND filters and a removable hood. The camera records HD or SD footage in multiple file formats, includingnative XDCAM EX™ (.MP4), Final Cut Pro™ (.MOV), and AVCHD, as well as .MXF files that support rich descriptive metadata optimized for asset management. The GY-HM650 also supports live video streaming of 1080i, 720p, and lower Web-friendly resolutions at various bit rates to adapt to network conditions, and in-camera clip trimming reduces file sizes for more efficient video file transfer.

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.

 

Broadcast Pix Flint Receives TV Technology ‘STAR’ Award

Las Vegas, Nev. – Broadcast Pix™, the leader in live video production systems with end-to-end integration, recently announced its new Flint integrated production system received the 2013 STAR Award, presented by the editorial staff of TV Technology magazine,earlier this month at the 2013 NAB Show. Flint delivers built-in HD streaming and allows operators to include cloud-based content, in addition to cameras and file-based graphics and video, during live productions, and is anchored by the company’s established production toolset for creating sophisticated live video with minimal staff.

The STAR (Superior Technology Award Recipient) Award honors and showcases outstanding technological innovations OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAavailable to the broadcast industry. A panel of judges, which includes TV Technology editors, columnists, and industry experts – reviewed a variety of products, examined the technical applications and overall contributions to the industry, and then submitted their award nominees. Published by NewBay Media, TV Technology is celebrating its 30th year covering the television industry.

“Our panel of judges walk the show floor in search of the most innovative technologies,” said Tom Butts, editor-in-chief, TV Technology. “The products and services that we select for the STAR Award make the cut, demonstrating their ability to help advance the acquisition and distribution of entertainment and information across the media spectrum.”

“We are extremely proud that Flint was chosen as a STAR Award winner at NAB,” said Steve Ellis, Broadcast Pix CEO. “This is the professional solution that streaming video producers have been waiting for, with built-in HD streaming, access to cloud-based content, and a complete set of professional production tools in one affordable package.”

Priced from $8,995 and available with a variety of control choices, Flint integrates the entire production workflow, from ingest to distribution. Its multi-format production switcher supports up to six HD/SD-SDI, HDMI, and analog cameras, plus eight channels of clips and graphics. It includes three keyers for layering, each with PiP and customizable DVE. An internal Harris Inscriber CG provides six graphic channels, while a built-in, two-channel clip server stores up to 30 hours of clips and animations.

To accommodate today’s evolving live video production environment, Flint can add video and data files from cloud-based sources such as Skype, Twitter, RSS feeds, and Google Drive. Flint ingests and scales all sources while maintaining lip sync, and provides up to seven simultaneous outputs. Other features include patented device control for rapid access to any file; Fluent-View, a comprehensive and fully customizable multi-view; Fluent Macros, which easily executes any combination of video, files, and device moves for complex effects with the push of a button; customizable virtual sets; and control of robotic cameras, video servers, audio mixers, recorders, and other external studio devices.

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 systems 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 streaming, broadcast, sports, corporate, education, religious, and government studios. Learn more at www.broadcastpix.com.

Broadcast Pix, Fluent, and Flint are trademarks of Broadcast Pix, Inc. Patented. Made in USA.

Egyptian Broadcaster Al-Nahar TV Chooses Virtual Studio and Robotic Camera Solutions from Hybrid

Plans installation in two studios used for live sports and entertainment shows

Montrouge, France – Hybrid, a leading provider of real-time graphics and robotic camera systems, announces that Al-Nahar Amr El-Kahky Head of Al-Nahar TV NetworkTV—a global entertainment and news network leader in Egypt—has purchased Hybrid 3D virtual studio solutions and robotic camera heads. The equipment will transform two studios used for daily news, entertainment and live sports programming for Al Nahar Entertainment and Al-Nahar Sports channels respectively.

Each studio will employ the same configuration of Hybrid products: two Silver II PTZF robotic camera heads, a Cobalt control panel with Mercury control software, and one camera in the ceiling for beauty shots using Hybrid’s Neon trackless virtual set solution.

“We’ve been extremely thorough in our review of the available virtual studio systems,” said Amr El-Kahky, the Head of Al-Nahar TV Network. “We feel confident that the Hybrid virtual studio solutions and robotic camera support will meet our needs. We’re looking forward to all of the design and operational benefits they’ll provide our network.”

Al-Nahar TV Network, who’s clinched a dozen awards since launching in June 2011, has been among the top three TV networks in Egypt’s post revolution era. The Egyptian broadcaster’s management seeks modern and robust technology to jump to the top of the competitive charts.

The sale agreement was finalized at the 2013 CABSAT Show, which occurred from March 12-14, 2013 in Dubai, UAE. Systems Design and Technology KAR— two systems integration firms and Hybrid technology partners based in Egypt—facilitated the silverII JPEGsale and will manage the installation. Al-Nahar TV, which operates a total of five satellite channels in Arabic and English, is currently designing the virtual sets.

“We’re very happy to enter into this new relationship with Al-Nahar TV. We’ve been in communication with them for a long time, so this is a very rewarding win for us. We believe that our virtual studio solution enables them to meet and expand their high-quality live program offerings,” said Olivier Cohen, CEO of Hybrid.

The trackless virtual set Neon is based upon the same core engine as Hybrid’s higher-end Krypton system, but it allows for virtual camera movements in real-time from fixed cameras on set. It requires only a PC and software and operates with a simple drag-and-drop process. It creates the illusion of sophisticated camera moves within a virtual set without use of a tracking system, chroma keyer or other accessories – this allows Neon to be a fully portable virtual studio system. Neon can import 3D scenes and models from all common modeling software, such as 3D Max, Maya, Softimage.

Al-Nahar TV also ordered two Hybrid Silver II robotic pan/tilt/zoom/focus (PTZF) camera control systems for tracking virtual studio camera moves, such as zooms from wide to close-up. A fixed camera will be mounted at ceiling height for dramatic camera tracking effects during live shows, such as camera moves that start from the studio entry and zooming in toward the talent.

“Al-Nahar TV has many current shows and plans to produce many more. So Hybrid technology will be an ideal solution,” said Ahmed Gamal, managing director of Systems Design. “They’ll be able to save money they would have spent building physical sets, plus they’ll be able to easily modify the scenes whenever necessary. With their Hybrid virtual studio solutions, they’ll be able to produce shows with greater creativity and flexibility.”

About Hybrid

Hybrid is a leading manufacturer of broadcast production technologies. The company’s mission is to develop solutions and products that allow the digital media market to produce value-added content within an integrated workflow. Our product range includes virtual studio and augmented reality solutions and broadcast robotic camera supports. Hybrid consistently develops new products and solutions that push the limits of content creation while providing a clear rationalization of costs. Further information is available at www.hybridtv.tv.

Vizrt Wins ACE Award for Best Large Island Booth at NAB 2013

NAB 2013 Vizrt booth front-desk JPGVizrt Ltd. is proud to have won the ACE Award for Best Large Island Booth from NAB Show. The ACE (Awesome Cool Exhibits) award was announced Wednesday, April 10th during the NAB show.

The criteria for the award is a combination of creativity, overall structure, effectiveness – how well the booth draws in and engages visitors – and a peer review by other exhibitors. The judges also include representatives from Freeman, NAB and the NAB Exhibitor Advisory Committee. 40 booths were nominated for the awards, and four awards were presented based upon booth square footage.

Vizrt’s 460 sq. meter (5000 sq. ft.) booth was designed with the idea of maximizing the usage of space and creating an easy flow of traffic through the booth to the many demo pods and lounges. The most visible part of the booth from the main hall was a five meter illuminated Vizrt logo that was suspended from the ceiling of the convention hall and a 3×2 panel (1920×1200 pixels per panel) video wall by Christie. Real-time, interactive graphics were displayed on the video wall, and visitors to the booth could interact with the wall through a multi-touch screen set into the reception desk.

Tour the Vizrt booth http://www.vizrt.com/news/newsgrid/article19090.ece

A large public show exhibiting every hour invited passers to stop and see the innovative capabilities of Viz Virtual Studio and take a look at the graphics, video and online tools Vizrt has to offer.

See the Vizrt Public Show http://www.vizrt.com/news/newsgrid/article19094.ece

An automated robotic design feature by Austrian artist Res Veltmann was added to the booth as a continuously evolving mural NAB 2013 Vizrt empty-virtual setdrawn over the four days of the show. The mural was drawn using a hand-made robotics system on the front and back of the booth’s upper level.

“We’re extremely pleased to have won this award at NAB 2013,” said Håvard Myklebust, Executive VP of Products and Marketing, Vizrt. “This booth was the perfect combination of design, function and creative content. Our content team, R&D and build team did an outstanding job creating a booth experience none of our guests would forget.”

The booth was designed by First Exhibition Services in collaboration with the Orange Team, Vizrt’s marketing division. Final booth design was completed in January with the booth being constructed in the UK, then shipped in pieces to Las Vegas. The First Exhibition Services team and Vizrt build team spent the week leading up to NAB building the massive booth. Meanwhile, content for the demonstrations were developed in Austria, Israel, New York and Norway.

Over 40 partners were represented on the booth, and Vizrt provided content to 15 other vendors throughout NAB.

Vizrt will have a major booth during IBC in Amsterdam this fall and will be back at NAB 2014 with another booth designed to be an innovative standout 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

Optical Devices Division of FUJIFILM Provides a Sneak Peek of Wide-Angle Cabrio and 55X Box Style Lens with Built-in Stabilization

Wayne, N.J. – FUJIFILM North America Corporation, Optical Devices Division showed preliminary models of two new lenses in its NAB 2013 booth earlier this month at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

PL 14-28mm NAB-MockupOn display at the booth was the new Premier PL 14-28mm Cabrio wide angle lens (model ZK2x14) – an ideal choice for close-up, ENG or Cine style shooting. The PL 14-28 offers a focal length of 14-28mm at T2.9, with 200-degree focus rotation.

“The development of this lens has not been widely known,” said Thom Calabro, director of marketing and product development for the Optical Devices Division of FUJIFILM. “It’s the result of considerable customer feedback asking for a light weight zoom wide angle lens with a detachable servo drive, so it can be used as a handheld, capturing wide angles on tight shots.”

Designed using the latest optical simulation technology, the PL 14-28mm wide angle Cabrio lens offers exceptional optical performance in the center of the image and in the corners of the frame as well.  The digital servo’s 16-bit encoding assures operators that all lens data output—such as the position of the zoom, iris, and focus—is extremely accurate and the lens supports Lens Data System (LDS) and /i metadata formats. Like the highly acclaimed PL 19-90 and PL 85-300, the new PL 14-28 Cabrio XA55x9 5features an exclusive detachable servo drive unit, making it suitable for use as a standard PL lens or as an ENG-style lens.  And it can be controlled using cinema industry standard wireless controllers as well as existing FUJINON wired and wireless units.

The new PL 14-28 is equipped with the same features as the PL 19-90mm, such as: flange focal distance adjustment, detachable, self-aligning servo drive, and coverage of a 31.5mm diagonal sensor. Other specifications for this model are still being determined.

The entire range of Premier PL 4K+ cine lenses was shown in the NAB booth. The, 14.5-45mm T2.0, 18-85mm T2.0, 24-180mm T2.6, and 75-400mm T2.8-T3.8 were all on display, as well as the PL 19-90 and PL 85-300 Premier Cabrios.

A second lens was also shown as a preliminary model – the new XA55x9.5 HDTV Telephoto Box Style lens – designed for large venues that require tight shots from long distances. Like the very popular XA50x9.5, this lens will be available with a built-in lens support bracket for mounting on an ENG-style camera.  Removing the need for additional camera lens support increases the cost efficiency of this lens.

Also built-in to the new XA55x is optical image stabilization. This is standard on the lens, making it ideal for any application where the camera operator must maintain a rock steady close up shot for long periods, such as sporting events, houses of worship, corporate presentations, or concerts.

The PL 14-28mm Cabrio lens and XA55x9.5 have tentative delivery dates of end of this year.