Monthly Archives: September 2013

DP Jon Nelson Pairs New FUJINON Cabrio Cine-Style Lens with Sony CineAlta Camera for 4K Resolution Shoots

FUJINON PL 19-90 Cabrio/T2.9 (ZK4.7×19) lens offers superior picture quality and zoom capabilities in a compact package

Wayne, N.J. – FUJIFILM North America Corporation, Optical Devices Division has announced that Director of Photography (DP) Jon Nelson, owner of Production Hero in Orange County, CA, recently acquired a new FUJINON PL 19-90 Cabrio (Model ZK4.7×19) Premier PL Mount cinema-style zoom lens, which he paired with a new Sony PMW-F55 CineAlta 4K digital cinema camera.Jon Nelson 9 25 13 JPG 1 As a professional DP who shoots all types of advertising and marketing video projects, including commercials and Web media, Nelson upgraded his lens of choice at the same time as purchasing the Sony camera.

“Once I decided to move up to a 4K camera, I needed to have better glass,” said Nelson. “While image quality is without question extremely important, I decided to buy this particular camera and lens because they offer very beneficial operational and logistical advantages.”

Nelson often has to pack up his camera gear on short notice to fly to production locations around the U.S., and sometimes even shoot in two different cities in one day. Since he flies on commercial aircraft, he is wary of checking many heavy bags because it adds to travel costs. When he arrives on-location, he wants to set up his camera gear as quickly as possible and minimize lens changes to save time.

“Every time you need to change a lens, that’s time away from shooting, lighting, or talking to the director,” said Nelson. “With Cabrio’s 19-90mm focal range, I don’t have to interrupt the shoot for lens changes as often. Saving time is especially valuable since I work on jobs with smaller crews and very tight deadlines. With its compact, lightweight package, the Cabrio is also very easy to transport and set-up.”

“I shoot a lot of interviews where the subject is between eight to 15 feet away from the camera,” said Nelson “Doing critical focusing in 4K in low light situations can be extremely frustrating with a zoom lens with a focus ring that doesn’t rotate much in the critical 8’ to 15’ range. The Cabrio is an exception because the focus ring rotation gives you ample ability to focus the lens for critical 4K focusing, and the barrel markings are extremely accurate. The features on this lens just make my life a lot easier.”

The PL 19-90 Cabrio (Model ZK4.7×19) features an exclusive detachable servo drive unit, making it suitable for use as a standard cine PL Mount lens or as an ENG-style lens. Nelson prefers to shoot with the handgrip on the lens. Having the handgrip and zoom motor built into the lens—and no need for external zoom motor hardware and cabling—were other key factors leading to his purchase of the lens.

With the longest focal range of any lightweight zoom and a T2.9 aperture, the PL 19-90 Cabrio lens covers a 31.5mm size sensor on a digital cinema style camera, such as the Sony PMW-F55. The F55, which has a 35mm CMOS sensor, can record 4K/2K/HD simultaneously onto an internal recorder as well as 4K/2K onto an external RAW recorder. Nelson said that shooting multiple formats simultaneously is important because his clients increasingly want an immediate compressed version of the footage, so they can start rough cutting it right away, but then take the 4K resolution into post-production.

When Nelson went to the 2013 NAB Show to look at 4K cameras and lenses, he admits that the Cabrio wasn’t on his short list: “As an owner/operator, it’s a big deal to spend more money than you budgeted for equipment, but I just wasn’t happy with the choices in my price range. I was very close to buying another brand lens when I choose to take another look at the Cabrio. When I realized the features and functionality I’d be getting with the Cabrio and Sony F55, I decided to go for it, and now I’m really glad I did. I’ve even been able to take projects I would’ve turned down as a result of having this exceptional camera gear.”

About Fujifilm
FUJIFILM North America Corporation, a marketing subsidiary of FUJIFILM Holdings America Corporation consists of four operating divisions and one subsidiary company. The Imaging Division provides consumer and commercial photographic products and services, including: photographic paper; digital printing equipment, along with service and support; personalized photo products; film; and one-time-use cameras; and also markets motion picture archival film and on-set color management solutions to the motion picture, broadcast and production industries. The Electronic Imaging Division markets consumer digital cameras, and the Graphic Systems Division supplies products and services to the graphic printing industry. The Optical Devices Division provides optical lenses for the broadcast, cinematography, closed circuit television, videography and industrial markets, and also markets binoculars. FUJIFILM Canada Inc. sells and markets a range of Fujifilm products and services in Canada. For more information, please visit www.fujifilmusa.com/northamerica, go to www.twitter.com/fujifilmus to follow Fujifilm on Twitter, or go to www.facebook.com/FujifilmNorthAmerica to Like Fujifilm on Facebook. To receive news and information direct from Fujifilm via RSS, subscribe at www.fujifilmusa.com/rss.

FUJIFILM Holdings Corporation, Tokyo, Japan, brings continuous innovation and leading-edge products to a broad spectrum of industries, including electronic imaging, digital printing equipment, medical systems, life sciences, graphic arts, flat panel display materials, and office products, based on a vast portfolio of digital, optical, fine chemical and thin film coating technologies. The company was among the top 10 companies around the world granted U.S. patents in 2012, and in the year ended March 31, 2013, had global revenues of $26.7 billion*. Fujifilm is committed to environmental stewardship and good corporate citizenship. For more information, please visit www.fujifilmholdings.com.

* At an exchange rate of 83 yen to the dollar.

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

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

FUJINON Sets a New Standard in Optical Technology with 55X Zoom Lens, Ideal for Large Venue Sports, Concerts and Live Events

New XA55x9.5 telephoto zoom showcased at the 2013 IBC show 

Wayne, N.J. – FUJIFILM North America Corporation, Optical Devices Division unveiled its latest offering, the FUJINON XA55x9.5 HDTV Telephoto Box Style lens at IBC this year. First shown as a preliminary model at NAB in April, the new XA55x9.5 lens is designed for large venues that require tight shots from long distances.

Like the popular XA50x9.5, this lens is 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 XA55x9 5BESM-S5L 9 23 13 JPEG 1the 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.

With the end of analog broadcasting in the US, Europe and Japan, and the shift to digital in emerging economies, this lens fills a sweet spot in Fujinon’s complete line of 2/3” studio/field lenses. With a focal length from 9.5 to 525mm (or 19.0 to 1050mm with a 2x extender), this zoom offers outstanding performance in the most challenging environments. In addition, its 16-bit encoder outputs zoom, focus position and other lens data – allowing it to combine CGI seamlessly with live images.

The lens also provides a host of practical features including proprietary Digital Quick Zoom and a detachable DigiPower servo drive for remote control of zoom, focus and iris with 130-bit accuracy. As with all its acclaimed broadcast and film lenses, Fujinon combines the latest optical simulation technology with fast T-stops, quality coatings, exact color reproduction, flare rejection and transparency.

About Fujifilm
FUJIFILM North America Corporation, a marketing subsidiary of FUJIFILM Holdings America Corporation consists of four operating divisions and one subsidiary company. The Imaging Division provides consumer and commercial photographic products and services, including: photographic paper; digital printing equipment, along with service and support; personalized photo products; film; and one-time-use cameras; and also markets motion picture archival film and on-set color management solutions to the motion picture, broadcast and production industries. The Electronic Imaging Division markets consumer digital cameras, and the Graphic Systems Division supplies products and services to the graphic printing industry. The Optical Devices Division provides optical lenses for the broadcast, cinematography, closed circuit television, videography and industrial markets, and also markets binoculars. FUJIFILM Canada Inc. sells and markets a range of Fujifilm products and services in Canada. For more information, please visit www.fujifilmusa.com/northamerica, go to www.twitter.com/fujifilmus to follow Fujifilm on Twitter, or go to www.facebook.com/FujifilmNorthAmerica to Like Fujifilm on Facebook. To receive news and information direct from Fujifilm via RSS, subscribe at www.fujifilmusa.com/rss.

FUJIFILM Holdings Corporation, Tokyo, Japan, brings continuous innovation and leading-edge products to a broad spectrum of industries, including electronic imaging, digital printing equipment, medical systems, life sciences, graphic arts, flat panel display materials, and office products, based on a vast portfolio of digital, optical, fine chemical and thin film coating technologies. The company was among the top 10 companies around the world granted U.S. patents in 2012, and in the year ended March 31, 2013, had global revenues of $26.7 billion*. Fujifilm is committed to environmental stewardship and good corporate citizenship. For more information, please visit www.fujifilmholdings.com.

* At an exchange rate of 83 yen to the dollar.

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

 

New JVC DLA-VS2200ZG Visualization Series Projector Optimized for Simulation Environments

WAYNE, NJ – JVC Professional Products Company, a division of JVC Americas Corp., today announced the DLA-VS2200ZG D-ILA projector. Engineered specifically for simulation environments, planetariums, and other visualization applications, the latest Visualization Series model offers 1920×1080 native resolution, and its next-generation optical engine delivers a minimum 18,000:1 native contrast ratio.

Built around an optical engine with three D-ILA imaging devices, the image007DLA-VS2200ZG offers a seven-axis adjustable color management system (CMS), 12-bit gamma correction with six user adjustable gamma presets, 16 step lens aperture control, and 10-bit color depth via its two HDMI 1.4a inputs. Its anti-smear reduction modes reduce image smearing during fast-motion scenes through black frame insertion.

New 1/16 sub-pixel convergence correction delivers more precise picture alignment. Plus, with its 230-watt NSH illumination system, the DLA-VS2200ZG delivers 850 lumens for accurate daytime and nighttime flight training, and 4,000 hours in normal lamp mode, which contribute to a lower cost of ownership.

“Long lamp life is an important consideration for the simulation marketplace, because it can help manage operational costs,” explained Gary Klasmeier, product engineering manager, D-ILA Systems, JVC Professional Products Company. “The DLA-VS2200ZG delivers brightness that exceeds FAA regulations and delivers 4,000 hours of lamp life, which means fewer lamp replacements. And it doesn’t sacrifice image quality in the process – the DLA-VS2200ZG provides exceptional imagery with low latency for an outstanding simulator experience.”

Housed in a rugged chassis for motion-based applications, the DLA-VS2200ZG features wire grid polarizers and inorganic optical components for long life performance. Its 1.4-2.8:1 zoom lens offers remote zoom and focus, +/- 80 percent vertical offset, and +/- 34 percent horizontal offset. The projector also includes RS-232c and LAN connections as well as a wired/IR remote for control.

JVC is also announcing the DLA-VS2200G, which shares the same specifications but does not include a lens. Both projectors maintain the same form factor as previous models, and use the same mounting hardware and lenses, so projector replacement in existing installations is simplified. The DLA-VS2200ZG and DLA-VS2200G are now shipping.

ABOUT JVC PROFESSIONAL PRODUCTS COMPANY

Headquartered in Wayne, New Jersey, JVC Professional Products Company is a division of JVC Americas Corp., a wholly-owned subsidiary of JVC KENWOOD Corporation. JVC is a leading manufacturer and distributor of broadcast and professional video equipment. For further product information, visit JVC’s Web site at http://pro.jvc.com or call (800) 582-5825.

Video Professionals See Value in ABS Media Technology Expo

ABS logoSEATAC, WA — Attendees and exhibitors alike are already looking forward to the 2nd Annual Media Technology Expo(MTE), which begins in Seattle on Oct. 1 at Fremont Studios and concludes at Left Bank Annex in Portland, Ore., on Oct. 3, 2013. Presented by professional video and audio systems integration firm Advanced Broadcast Solutions (ABS), MTE will offer a variety of free educational seminars and an exhibit hall showcasing the industry’s latest technologies and services from more than 50 exhibitors.

“MTE really has something for every segment of the professional video marketplace, from broadcasters to churches, from government and corporate video departments to live event producers,” said Arco Groenenberg, executive vice president and general manager, ABS. “MTE offers valuable information and networking opportunities for all video professionals in the Pacific Northwest.”

Several regional organizations are sponsoring MTE 2013, including Oregon Media Production Association (OMPA), Washington Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors (WATOA), Society of Broadcast Engineers (SBE) Oregon and Washington Chapters, and Access Community Media. According to Jeff Lueders, vice president of WATOA and cable communications and franchise services manager for Tacoma, Wash., WATOA will host two sessions at the show, “State and Federal Legislative Update” and “Franchise Renewal.”

“We are excited about our partnership with ABS and are looking forward to a very successful event,” Lueders added. “As we continue to migrate to high definition video and digital audio, the educational experiences provided in the MTE sessions dedicated to increasing our knowledge and awareness of technology trends and options are invaluable.”

Exhibitors are also excited about the opportunity to interact with the Pacific Northwest professional video community. “We’d like to thank ABS for hosting the event again this year. MTE is a great event to showcase the latest innovations in video processing from 4K resolution to next-generation compression standards such as high efficiency video coding [HEVC],” said Kyle Moredock, marketing associate for Elemental Technologies.

MTE 2013 is open 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. in both locations and offers free registration and free valet parking for all attendees. Registration includes free food and beverages during the show, but space is limited. For registration, vendor information, and full seminar schedule, visit www.mediatechexpo.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.

International Datacasting Teams with Irdeto to Deliver End-to-End Solution for Pay TV Operators

New offerings enable DTH operators and broadcasters to expand customer base, launch value-added services and secure new revenues

Ottawa, ON – As global demand for satellite and digital cable services surges, International Datacasting (TSX: IDC) and Irdeto (JSE: NPN) have joined forces to provide a seamless solution for overcoming the hurdles facing pay TV operators in fast-growing markets. The two companies demonstrated their offerings at the IBC 2013 show.

The partnership, which leverages Irdeto Media Protection, enables pay TV operators to launch new IP-based services and add subscribers within Multi-Dwelling Units (MDUs) while providing industry-leading content protection and revenue security. As a result, pay TV operators can significantly increase their subscriber base and revenue. Irdeto and IDC plan to complete integration and testing of these solutions before the end of this year.

Whether it’s via cable, satellite, terrestrial, IP, mobile or hybrid networks, Irdeto’s flexible family of media protection Multiscreen and revenue assurance solutions enable broadcasters to easily deploy new TV services and support new devices without interrupting existing subscriber services or compromising their digital assets. The company’s Media Protection suite ensures content is protected whether on managed or unmanaged devices, including STBs, mobile phones, tablets, computers, connected TVs or game consoles. Irdeto’s Revenue Assurance offering mitigates piracy on multiple platforms, preventing revenue loss and generating business intelligence. Irdeto’s Multiscreen solution increases customer loyalty by providing a personalized user experience that allows consumers to easily find and enjoy content on any device or network. With this full breadth of solutions for pay media available, the Irdeto and IDC partnership is poised for future collaboration and growth.

IDC’s Digital TattooTM DTH Over IP Gateway extends DTH service coverage across IP networks. It enables direct-to-home (DTH) satellite operators to offer services to residential customers over a standard Ethernet network. This approach is easy and cost-effective to implement, and allows the DTH operator to access a large and growing market while enabling the MDU owner to offer residents lucrative additional services like Internet connectivity and voice over IP, using the same infrastructure.

The second generation of IDC’s LASERTM Targeted Ad Insertion Platform made its European debut at IBC 2013. Broadcasters and service providers face licensing, regulatory and copyright issues that cost them millions of dollars in ad revenues. The LASER platform solves these problems and allows television networks and content distributors to maximize their ad revenues by providing targeted local ad insertion, blackout management, and DVB-S/S2 satellite video reception in one cost-effective platform. Regional or local content can be inserted at the edge of the network, significantly increasing the resulting revenue. As a result, broadcasters are no longer constrained by licensing issues, which prevent specific content from being shown in a part of the viewing area.

Bengt Jonsson, VP Sales, Asia Pacific, for Irdeto, explained that the combined strengths of the two companies provide especially important benefits to customers in fast-growing emerging markets: “Irdeto offers a full suite of Media Protection solutions throughout all regions in the world, and has long supported operators in key emerging markets like Russia, Eastern Europe, Asia, Latin America and Africa. Now, those operators can gain a real strategic advantage thanks to the integration with IDC’s solutions.”

“By increasing addressable market size with Digital Tattoo, and opening up targeted ad insertion opportunities with LASER, DTH operators and broadcasters can increase revenues and market share,” said Doug Lowther, CEO of IDC. “In rapidly growing and competitive content markets, that can be a significant competitive advantage.”

About Irdeto:

Irdeto is a world leader in Media Protection, Multiscreen and Revenue Assurance solutions for pay TV operators, OTT service providers and content owners. Irdeto enables pay media companies to provide a personal media experience for their consumers, uncover new revenue opportunities and offer new forms of entertainment on broadcast, broadband and mobile networks.  The company offers an advanced portfolio of conditional access, rights management, multi-screen, home networking, piracy control and business intelligence services. Irdeto’s success in the market is evidenced by its software security solutions being the most widely deployed in the world for pay TV on satellite, cable, terrestrial and IP networks and by helping customers preserve business value and generate new revenue with its Multiscreen services. Irdeto is a subsidiary of multinational media group Naspers (JSE: NPN). Please visit Irdeto at www.irdeto.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.

VGTV Breaks World Record for Longest Television Interview with Broadcast Pix

Billerica, Massachusetts – When VG Direkte (VGTV), a Web-based television station in Oslo, Norway, decided to challenge the world record for longest interview, the live five-camera production was anchored by the station’s Broadcast Pix™ Granite™ 1000 integrated production system. The record-breaking interview of historian and political enthusiast Hans Olav Lahlum by OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAMads A. Andersen began at 11 a.m. on May 22 and ended 30 hours, 1 minute, and 44 seconds later.

According to Pål Hansen, VGTV’s chief technology officer, two cameras provided static shots throughout the production, including a two-shot of Lahlum and Anderson. Two camera operators provided close-ups of the discussion, while another operator handled a crane-mounted camera, which provided dynamic moving shots throughout the interview.

A backup production was produced simultaneously using a Broadcast Pix Mica™, along with a static camera. The main production used wireless microphones along with a redundant set of cabled backup mics, while the backup production had a separate set of mics as well.

Produced at VGTV’s media house in the center of Oslo, the interview was conducted in a street-level studio with large windows, so pedestrians could look in and watch the action. A studio audience was invited as well. Hansen said VGTV attempted to break the record to build publicity for the network, which is owned by one of Norway’s largest print newspapers, and its regular interview programming.

VGTV has been using its Granite 1000 since 2011, and the station added a Broadcast Pix Mica™ system last year. The built-in Fluent™ workflow tools were major selling points, particularly the Inscriber CG and Fluent Clip Store. “For the interview we didn’t use clips, of course. That was all live,” Hansen said. “We used CG and the animation player for lower-thirds.”

During the production, there was only one major technical issue. Power in the studio shut down once due to a rain leak that short circuited a power connection on the wall. As a result, the production lost light for a few minutes and the backup mics had to be used. Otherwise, the show went smoothly. “There were no problems with the Broadcast Pix whatsoever,” Hansen added.

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

 

ABS Updates Washington County Control Room for Improved TVCTV Meeting Coverage

SEATAC, WA — Professional video and audio systems integration firm Advanced Broadcast Solutions (ABS) announced it overhauled one of several control rooms use for coverage of city council meetings by Tualatin Valley Community TV (TVCTV), a division of the Metropolitan Area Communications Commission. ABS was tasked with reducing the equipment footprint, TVCTV Controls JPEG 9 10 13modernizing the technology, and installing equipment that could handle the county’s SD production needs of today and potential HD production needs of the future.

From its two-studio facility in Beaverton, Ore., TVCTV produces PEG (public, educational, and government) programming for cable subscribers in 15 cities and Washington County. Annually, TVCTV produces more than 400 local programs for its five cable channels, in addition to live coverage of city council meetings for eight cities.

With aging equipment in all of its local city council control rooms, TVCTV is moving forward with plans to update each location over the next few years. The first project was the Washington County Board of Commissioners, the largest jurisdiction in its coverage area, which would serve as a template for the other seven facilities.

Located in the County Administrative Office Building in Hillsboro, the control room was the oldest of the bunch and came with its own unique challenges. According to Thaddeus Girard, TVCTV production services manager, it had been crammed into a “very challenging small space” along with IT equipment behind the dais in the auditorium. Equipment had been packed into one 12-foot rack as well as an Anthro equipment cart, which housed an Echolab switcher, camera control units, and black-and-white monitors.

Not a total rebuild, the Washington County project focused on replacing outdated video equipment; the new system would have to work with the auditorium’s legacy audio gear, which would not be replaced. Plus, there was only a short window between board meetings, so the installation would have to be completed in about four days. “ABS has a good reputation,” Girard said, “and they came out with a very good plan.”

The 12-foot rack is still being used, but it is no longer filled to capacity. A Broadcast Pix Granite 1000 integrated production system serves as production switcher and CG. All jurisdictions already use Inscriber-based graphics, so the Granite’s built-in Inscriber CG provided a seamless transition for operators. Various CRT monitors were replaced with two 42-inch LCD monitors, which receive multi-view feeds from the Granite as well. The Washington County operation was also upgraded to a file-based workflow, with meetings recorded to AJA Ki Pro recorders.

“I knew it’d be different, but I didn’t know it would be that different,” Girard boasted. “We have a lot more space. It is more professional by far – it looks better and functions better. It didn’t take long for our technicians to get up to speed.”

ABS also replaced four older Panasonic SD cameras with AW-HE120 HD/SD PTZ cameras in the auditorium, but mounting the cameras posed another challenge. Freight and commuter trains run very near the building, so ABS had to take special precautions to ensure the new, lighter cameras would not shake from the vibrations of the trains. Instead of multiple CCUs, all camera control is now handled through one unit in the control room, which saved additional space and expense.

This was TVCTV’s first experience with ABS, which has managed a number of similar PEG station projects. “We knew we were in good hands, and they didn’t disappoint,” Girard said. “I’m not an engineer, but I knew what was going on at all times. That comfort was huge, and there has been no shortage of customer service. I can’t recommend them enough.”

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.