Monthly Archives: July 2013

FOR-A to Exhibit at Annual Texas Association of Broadcasters Convention

Cypress, CA – FOR-A Corporation of America announces plan to exhibit at the upcoming Texas Association of Broadcasters (TAB) Annual Convention and Trade Show. The conference takes place August 7-8 at the Renaissance Austin Hotel. FOR-A will exhibit its range of products in Booth #102.

FOR-A’s HVS-390HS HD/SD video switcher will be featured within the company’s booth. FOR-A recently announced capabilities of the user-friendly, cost-effective solution that sets it apart from other production switchers in its HVS-390HS_Image02class. The new functionality is referred to as MINI M/E, and is an extension of the aux bus system that allows operators to deploy any aux bus transition with cuts, mixes, or wipes, and display a keyer complete with DVE functions.  The MINI M/E feature of the HVS-390HS can be beneficial in a variety of broadcast applications, including productions where distributing an automatic second language feed is desired, or when displaying different information on the monitors viewed by a studio audience is useful.

The FVW-500HS HD/SD video writer will also be showcased at FOR-A’s booth. Ideal for use in sports broadcasts and news productions, the FVW-500HS features freely assignable custom buttons and enables freehand drawing, spotlight effects and positioning of objects and image files over video.

Also at the FOR-A booth will be the FA-9520 dual channel multi-purpose signal processor. Developed as a dual channel version to the company’s popular FA-9500 processor, the unit supports 3G-SDI, HD/SD-SDI, and analog composite I/O, provides up/down/cross/aspect converter, full color corrector, and LTR-120HSautomatic video optimizer as standard features.

The LTR-120HS video archiving recorder will be displayed at TAB as well. Featuring LTO-5 technology, the recorder offers HD/SD-SDI input/output, broadcast quality codec, and MXF wrapping and unwrapping. MXF files recorded on LTO-5 can also be used with non-linear editing systems.

FOR-A will also showcase its MV-1620HS high resolution multi viewer, which accepts up to 16 channels of mixed HD/SD-SDI or analog composite signals for monitoring on up to two screens. At a compact 1RU size, the multi viewer is economical yet equipped with a wealth of functions, including PC-based software that enables users to easily create screen layout, embedded audio level display for up to 16 channels per input and title display of up to 16 characters per input.

The TAB Show is the largest state broadcast association convention in the nation. 2013 marks the 60th year of the annual convention and trade show.

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.

Zylight F8 LED Fresnel Receives Cine Gear Expo Technical Award

LOS ANGELES – Zylight, a leading manufacturer of innovative LED lighting solutions, today announced it was awarded the 2013 Cine Gear Expo Technical Award for Lighting Technology for its new F8 LED Fresnel. Presented to new products in several categories, the awards were selected on site by a panel of industry experts last month during Cine Gear Expo Los Angeles.

“To be recognized by Cine Gear Expo, one of the leading technology shows forZylight F8 JPEG the entertainment industry, is quite an honor for us,” said Joe Arnao, president of Zylight. “The F8 folds flat and provides several other innovative twists on the traditional Fresnel. Our compact LED technology allows us to provide a cooler, more compact, and energy efficient light without compromising performance.”

With quantum dot technology in its U.S.-built LED engine and a CRI (color rendering index) of 97 or better, the fully dimmable F8 offers and adjustable beam spread for even coverage for widescreen productions. Available in tungsten (3200K) or daylight (5600K) versions, it collapses to less than four inches thick for easy transport and storage. It maintains single shadow traditional Fresnel beam shaping through an eight-inch SCHOTT glass lens, and offers a patented focusing system for spot and flood operations.

While the F8 draws only 100 watts, it has close to the light output of a traditional 1000-watt Fresnel. It is also water resistant (IP54) for use in challenging location conditions, and can be powered by a worldwide AC adapter or standard 14.4V camera battery. Like other Zylight models, it is also equipped with ZyLink wireless technology, which makes it easy to link multiple Zylights for simultaneous remote control. The F8 includes a five-year warranty on the LED engine, and ships with barn doors and yoke mount.

ABOUT ZYLIGHT LLC

Zylight was founded in 2003 with one mission: Bring truly intelligent, time-saving lighting to the entertainment production industry. Our award-winning team has more than 80 years of combined industry experience, and we continue to develop innovative LED lighting solutions to help make your job easier. With more than 50 dealers worldwide, Zylight continues to grow its brand to a large international audience. More Than Bright – Zylight. Find out more at www.zylight.com.

 

 

Kensington Church Relies on FOR-A Video Switcher While Transitioning to Full HD Production

Cypress, CA, July 29, 2013 – Kensington Church had been using their existing switcher for years when they decided to upgrade to a FOR-A HVS-390HS video switcher, but the move came sooner than expected when the current switcher gave out right before Easter weekend. The metro Detroit-based church called in local systems integrator Advanced Lighting & Sound to gut out the old equipment, install the new HVS-390HS switcher, have it operational for serviceHVS-390HS_Image02 the next morning, and show a volunteer how to use it. Thanks to the integrator’s expertise, some hard work, and the user friendly HVS-390HS switcher, Kensington Church went on to produce hiccup-free holiday weekend services and has been relying on the switcher ever since.

“Some of the best things about the HVS-390HS switcher are that it’s simple to use, intuitive, and offers great affordability,” said Dennis Andersen, Kensington Church’s Technical Director. “Our volunteer operator learned how to use the switcher in a matter of a few hours, just in the nick of time for Sunday service.”

Kensington Church has five locations – three are portable campuses and two are in permanent locations. The HVS-390HS switcher is installed in the main church’s control room backstage.

According to Andersen, the flexibility of the switcher is crucial to meet the production needs of Kensington Church. The church uses 2D and 3D effects, streams its services on a bi-weekly basis, employs IMAG (image magnification) in its 1,400-person auditorium and shows the services in the chapel overflow room.

Andersen explained, “We’ve really appreciated the flexibility of the switcher. There are so many assignable buttons and aux capabilities. We’ve been able to do a number of modifications based on our needs. Our production team has really relied on the front control panels that allow us to do secondary outputs at our remote campuses.”

Another key consideration in choosing the FOR-A switcher was its ability to accommodate mixed inputs. Because the church is in the process of upgrading to HD, having a switcher that’s compatible with both SD-SDI and HD inputs was a necessity.

“With Kensington Church migrating to HD, we needed to find a cost-effective, high-quality switcher that fit their needs,” said Bob Sullivan, President of Advanced Lighting & Sound. “FOR-A’s HVS-390HS solution was ideal. The switcher has a plug and play set up, so it’s really convenient for the church to have during their HD transition. And with its mix effects, aux, and keyer capabilities, it offers the features the church needs, at an affordable price.”

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.

Broadcast Pix Sparks Interest in Streaming with Flint Integrated Production System at TAB 2013

Billerica, Massachusetts – July 25, 2013 – Broadcast Pix™ will showcase Version 1.1 of its new Flint™ integrated production system at the Texas Association of Broadcasters 60th Annual Convention and Trade Show, which runs Aug. 7-8, 2013, in Austin. With built-in HD streaming, Flint integrates the entire HD production workflow, from ingest to distribution, and is anchored by the company’s established production toolset for creating sophisticated live video. Plus, Flint allows operators to include cloud-based content, in addition to cameras and file-based graphics and video, during live productions.Broadcast Pix Flint

Launched earlier this year at the 2013 NAB Show and already in use by customers worldwide, Flint is designed for today’s broadcast production environment, which needs to accommodate multiple camera formats, file-based studio content, and cloud-based content from resources including Skype, Twitter, RSS feeds, Dropbox, Google Drive, and Microsoft SkyDrive. Flint ingests and scales all sources while maintaining lip sync, and provides up to seven simultaneous outputs to deliver streaming with Adobe Flash at HD resolution, as well as video content for broadcast and recording in various formats.

“I think TAB attendees will agree that Flint is an outstanding solution for broadcasters on a budget,” said Steve Ellis, Broadcast Pix CEO. “It includes a complete suite of production tools, which minimizes control room personnel requirements, plus it offers built-in streaming for easy distribution on the Web.”

Flint’s 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 in a variety of file formats, including ProRes, H.264, DNxHD, and QuickTime animations.

Files from a local network or from cloud-based sources can be easily added to a program, even during a live production, with Fluent Watch-Folders. With enhanced Fluent Rapid CG, Flint can flow Twitter and RSS feeds directly to air or pre-screen them. Graphics can also be updated from local and cloud-based databases to automate multiple graphics in two channels. And graphics can be automatically updated from Daktronics and OES scoreboards.

Flint also includes the entire Broadcast Pix production control environment, so a single operator or small staff can create compelling live video. 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.

Priced from $8,995, Flint offers a variety of control choices, including the optional 1000 panel with patented PixButtons that dynamically change to show the device icon and file name on the button, and the 2000 panel, a large broadcast-grade panel with expanded device control bank and dedicated Fluent Macros controls. Each system supports two monitors and can also be controlled via touch screen, iPad, tablet, or keyboard and mouse.

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, Mica, and Slate are trademarks of Broadcast Pix, Inc. Patented. Made in USA.

 

IDC Management Slate Elected at Annual General Meeting

IDC-logoOttawa, ON, July 24, 2013 – International Datacasting Corporation (TSX: IDC) is pleased to announce that the Management slate consisting of the following directors was elected at its Annual General Meeting (AGM) held earlier today:

  • Mr. Del Lippert, retired, past President and CEO of Med-Eng Systems
  • Mr. Georges Ata, President and CEO of Intelcan Technosystems Inc.
  • Mr. Peter Strom, President and CEO of March Networks
  • Mr. Graham McBride, President and CEO of Larchhill Capital Inc.
  • Mr. Chris Van Staveren, President of Chrysalis4 Investments
  • Mr. Doug Lowther, President and CEO of International Datacasting Corporation

All existing members of the Board prior to the AGM have been re-elected, with the exception of Mr. Chris Van Staveren, who is a newly elected director.  Mr. Van Staveren is the President of Chrysalis4 Investments, an independent advisory firm focused on developing new business ventures and investing in private companies. Mr. Van Staveren was formerly a partner at KPMG, an international accounting and advisory firm, where he focused on mergers and acquisitions for numerous North American and international-based clients with particular emphasis on the satellite and broadcast/technology sectors.

Doug Lowther, President and Chief Executive Officer of IDC stated, “IDC has a strong, seasoned leadership team with the experience to take IDC to the next level of performance. IDC is appreciated by customers for delivering innovative solutions and is focused on driving revenue growth and profitability.”

A total of 18,185,056 common shares were represented at the AGM, being 31.1% of IDC’s issued and outstanding shares as of May 27, 2013, the record date for the AGM. Shareholders voted in favour of all matters brought before the AGM. Detailed results of the vote based on proxies submitted for the election of directors are set out below.

Director

Votes For

% For

Votes Withheld

% Withheld

Del Lippert

14,994,973

90.0%

1,667,966

10.0%

Georges Ata

15,074,523

90.5%

1,588,416

9.5%

Peter Strom

15,343,609

92.1%

1,319,330

7.9%

Graham McBride

10,317,738

61.9%

6,345,201

38.1%

Chris Van Staveren

16,339,338

98.1%

323,601

1.9%

Doug Lowther

16,474,609

98.9%

188,330

1.1%

Final voting results on all matters voted on at the AGM have been filed with Canadian securities regulators and are available at www.sedar.com.

About International Datacasting Corporation:

International Datacasting Corporation (TSX: IDC) is a global leader in digital content distribution for the world’s premiere broadcasters in radio, television, data and digital cinema. IDC offers a broad portfolio of advanced solutions including the STAR Pro AudioTM Solution, LASERTM Targeted Ad Insertion Platform, and the Digital TattooTM DTH Over IP Gateway. The company’s products and solutions are in demand for radio and television networks, targeted ad insertion, digital cinema, 3D live events, satellite news gathering, sports contribution, VOD, and IPTV. IDC is headquartered in Ottawa, Canada, with regional offices in Arnhem, the Netherlands and in San Diego, California. The company has installations in over 100 countries and service offices in Thailand and Singapore, and an international network of value-added partners and resellers. For more information visit: www.datacast.com.

JVC IP-Based Dome Security Cameras Meet ONVIF Profile S Specifications

WAYNE, NJ – JVC Professional Products Company, a division of JVC Americas Corp., today announced its VN-H657U PTZ dome and VN-H657WPU outdoor PTZ dome IP-based security cameras are now officially listed as Profile S supporting devices by the Open Network Video Interface Forum (ONVIF).

image009Since 2008, ONVIF has been a global industry forum dedicated to integrating network security and safety devices using a global open standard. Profile S, released in 2012, makes it easier to manage interoperable features between IP-based cameras, video management systems, and other devices. Among its requirements, Profile S includes support for video, audio, and metadata streaming, plus PTZ control and relay outputs for devices that include those features.

The VN-H657U and VN-H657WPU both feature a 2 Megapixel Super LoLuximage006 HD™ CMOS sensor for True Day/Night performance, 18x optical zoom lens, 360-degree endless PTZ function, MJPEG/H.264 High Profile dual stream, and a newly-developed Direct Drive Motor for quieter and more accurate pan/tilt operation. Three additional JVC cameras offer Profile S support as well: the VN-T16U box camera, VN-T216U mini-dome, and VN-T216VPRU outdoor (IP66) dome with IR.

“We are proud to support ONVIF’s efforts toward building a global open standard for video security products,” said John Grabowski, national sales and marketing manager, JVC Security Division. “Our VN-H657U and VN-H657WPU dome cameras are the latest JVC models to meet Profile S specifications, so they are compatible with equipment from a variety of other companies.”

ABOUT JVC PROFESSIONAL PRODUCTS

JVC Professional Products Company, located in Wayne, New Jersey, is a division of JVC Americas Corp., a wholly-owned subsidiary of JVC Kenwood Corporation, and a leading supplier of IP network and analog security cameras and monitors for the video security industry. Its V.Networks product line of has earned a solid reputation for quality and reliability, and provides superior picture quality for thousands of installations worldwide. For more information about this, or any other JVC professional product, contact JVC at (800) 582-5825 or visit JVC’s Web site at http://pro.jvc.com.

 

Vizrt Virtual Presenter Places Talent Among The Action

Check out the following article that was published on TVNewsCheck earlier today about Virtual Presenter, Vizrt’s solution that allows users to place their talent on the field with the players during sports analysis:

Similar to a basketball or football coach hopping onto the field or court during a practice to position players for specific plays, Vizrt is giving on-air broadcast talent an opportunity to show viewers at home how important plays unfold from right in the middle of the action.

The broadcast graphics company unveiled its Virtual Presenter in May on pay TV channel Canal+ in Spain. While analyzing plays from the UEFA Champions League game between FC Bayern and FC Barcelona, Julio Maldonado appeared to be right in the middle of the field. I have no idea what he’s saying.

Virtual Presenter is part of Viz Libero, Vizrt’s sports production solution. Using a pre-produced clip, Viz Engine, the company’s real-time graphics and video solution, takes that clip and combines it live with a greenroom recording of the talent for on-air playout. Camera tracking technology locks onto the talent and keeps the sports scene glued to the field during the entirety of the clip. Think of the live sports action — in this case, a soccer match — as a virtual set design that talent can seamlessly walk around on.

Vizrt shows the workflow in this video:

A Vizrt spokesperson said no U.S. customers are using Virtual Presenter, but I could definitely see ESPN, Fox Sports 1 or any of the major networks that produce live NFL games using it to show everything from run patterns to wide receiver crossing routes.

You can view the article on TVNewsCheck here.