Monthly Archives: January 2014

Game Creek Video Trusts PESA for Routing Needs at Super Bowl XLVIII

logoHuntsville, Alabama – PESA, a leading U.S.-based designer and manufacturer of professional audio and video connectivity, today announced Game Creek Video, an HD mobile production company based in Hudson, N.H., will use PESA video and audio routers for FOX’s coverage of Super Bowl XLVIII at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey on Sunday, Feb. 2.

Jason Taubman, Game Creek vice president of design and new technologies, said 75 percent of the company’s fleet is in the New York area to cover the Super Bowl for various clients. The entire truck compound at the game will be connected through PESA video and distributed audio routing systems, he said.

FX, the five-truck production system, which includes five 53-foot expando trucks, Game Creek PESA DRS JPEGis in place at the stadium for the FOX game broadcast. It includes a PESA Cheetah 512×1024 digital video router with embedding/de-embedding, along with a DRS 2048×2048 distributed audio router that supports analog, AES and MADI.

Liberty, on location at MetLife for FOX pre-game programming, includes a 53-foot production unit and a 53-foot graphics and support unit. The main truck features a Cheetah 384×720 digital video router, as well as a DRS 1536×1536 distributed audio router with analog, AES, and MADI I/O. “The whole world has not gone digital,” Taubman explained. “We need a variety of connection methods.”

Northstar, another 53-foot expando, was used on Jan. 28 for Super Bowl Media Day coverage at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J., then moved to MetLife for FOX Sports 1 coverage. The truck includes a Cheetah 288×576 digital video router, plus a DRS 704×576 distributed audio router with analog and AES I/O.

The game will be produced in 720p HD, with 55 cameras and 24 six-channel EVS replay systems, plus frame sync sources, 4K composites, graphics, and a “host of new toys” that FOX will reveal during the broadcast, Taubman said. “It’s a pretty straightforward crosspoint matrix,” he noted, “we just have a huge capacity needed.”

PESA has historically been one of Game Creek’s router systems of choice because of product performance and excellent customer support, Taubman said. In fact, Game Creek recently upgraded Liberty to PESA’s PERC3000 IP-based router control system. “It’s been a big plus in giving us better control over the router and providing additional configuration options for our clients,” he added. “We have a long standing relationship with PESA. Their products have been rock solid.”

About PESA

As a leading provider of audio/video connectivity, PESA offers a wide selection of routing switchers, matrix switchers, extenders, converters, media extenders, and signal processing gear to support government, military, industrial, commercial, broadcast and mobile truck applications. PESA offers one of the widest ranges of AV products – from large scale fiber optic routing to single-point CAT-5 DVI extenders – each with the integrity and innovative high performance technology expected from PESA. Our products are available around the world from a leading team of channel partners offering local support and installation; and all of our products are supported by 24/7 technical support. To learn more about our technologies and services visit www.pesa.com. PESA is located in Huntsville, Alabama with regional offices throughout the United States.

All products mentioned herein are trademarked property of their respective owners. Follow us on Twitter @PESA_ONLINE.

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NYIT’s Communications Department Relies on FOR-A’s HVS-390HS Video Switcher

Cypress, CA – When the Communication Arts Department at the Long Island campus of the New York Institute of Technology (NYIT) began the process of upgrading its studio to HD last year, the school looked for a reliable, cost-effective switcher. NYIT uses video production for hands-on classroom training and for show production for its global digital network, so the video switcher had to be easy to use and flexible for a variety of production scenarios. The school NYIT HVS-390HS Switcher (2)-1selected FOR-A’s HVS-390HS switcher, which has proven an ideal fit since its installation last September.

“Our 2 M/E HVS-390HS is a cost-efficient unit that provides NYIT with a variety of features, including extensive DVE and keyer options on each channel, and a variety of multi-viewing and routing capabilities built right into the switcher,” said Herb Savran, NYIT’s Chief Engineer of the Communication Arts Department. “The switcher gives us the flexibility we need to produce a variety of fast-changing shows. We love the light-up buttons and alphanumeric display over the keys and the ability to easily reconfigure settings.”

NYIT’s global digital network, Globesville, allows students to leverage the power of social media and engage with students and alumni from across the world. Students at NYIT rely on FOR-A’s HVS-390HS to produce online shows about NYIT HVS-390HS Switcher (1)-1sports, news, and pop culture. Roundtable discussions with participants from around the world, utilizing Skype and FaceTime technology, is just one way that NYIT leverages the switcher’s flexibility.

The HVS-390HS switcher is also used in classroom settings to train and educate students. NYIT has found the ease of setting up and configuring the switcher as an aid in catering to its different classes and programs.

“Not only are we very pleased with the switcher itself, but we have been overwhelmed by the service from FOR-A,” explained Savran. “Our sales manager, Jay Shinn, has been extremely supportive and proactive in making sure we’re happy with the product. I’ve had over 25 years of experience in using FOR-A equipment, and they’ve always been a reliable technology provider with a track record of great products and support.”

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.

Gear for the Journalist on the Go

The following article was published by TV Technology on January 24th. You can view the original article here.

For field ENG crews, versatility and reliability are paramount

SEATTLE—The news shooter’s video tools may be a long way from a Hollywood movie crew’s collection of equipment. But the run and gun style has its own particular needs, and vendors are constantly reinventing and improving what news folk carry into the field.

POWER
An ENG shooter needs battery packs to power his camera, and IDX System figured that as long as he’s carrying a source of energy, the company’s Duo 95 and Duo 150 battery packs ought to have power accessible to run or charge other devices as well.“What we’ve implemented on these new batteries is two D-taps,” said Zachary Shannon, field engineer and technical service for IDX in Torrance, Calif. “They can be used for powering onboard accessories, such as lights, or any recorders, or anything that requires 12 Volts. We’ve also added a USB power output that can charge tablets, smart phones, remote controllers, anything that requires USB power.”

Lithium-ion battery failures continue to make news, though those accidents have been in aircraft and electric cars. “But we went ahead and improved the safety of our Lithium-ion battery packs,” said Graham Sharp, Anton/Bauer general manager. “They’re now the safest on the market.”

First, A/B put in circuitry that’s constantly measuring temperature and current draw. “The minute we see anything strange going on, like a rise in temperature or overcurrent situation, we basically open a switch and shut the battery down,” Sharp said. On the physical side, following the recommendation of battery cell providers, the company has tripled the gap between individual cells to 3mm. Sharp emphasized that existing A/B Lithium-ion battery packs in the field have an excellent safety record.

BHV’s Video Ghost, an alternative to the traditional battery, works by sending a 48 Volt supply over an existing video cable but is designed to prevent damage from incorrect connections.

“The advantage of this system is that it allows the installation of location devices such as POV cameras and monitors in difficult access areas without the need to run a power cable or make regular trips to change batteries,” said Julian Hiorns, president of the U.K. company. The “GhostRack is designed for small trucks, giving the capacity to power four cameras from a single unit, very useful for operation in locations including news, sports arenas and concert halls.”

LIGHTING
Size matters to an ENG shooter, especially when he’s got to pack and carry a piece of equipment. Zylight took that to heart when the company designed its F8 LED Fresnel fixture, which folds down to four inches thick for shipping.

“It’s bright like an HMI, but better suited for run-and-gun news ENG applications,” said Joe Arnao, president of the Los Angeles- based company. “You just snap on a battery and go.” The F8 draws just 100 Watts, but provides the light of a 1,000 Watt tungsten Fresnel. The light is equipped with ZyLink wireless technology, which makes it easy to link multiple Zylights for simultaneous remote control.

Metal halide discharge lamp technology has been a mainstay for ENG shooters wanting a big punch of daylight balance illumination. K5600 in North Hollywood, Calif., has launched a 200 Watt tungsten balance metal halide discharge bulbs for its Joker fixtures, which will let shooters swap bulbs in just minutes to get double- usage out of a single fixture, according to Ryan Smith, K5600 president. “That’s something that’s very unique considering that nobody’s been able to do that before,” he said.

Later in the year, K5600 will roll out 3200K lamps for all of its fixtures: 400W, 800W and 1600W. “Everybody will be able to take their existing Jokers and change their color temperature without gelling them,” said Smith.

One of the unfortunate truths of the universe is that the sun isn’t always going to be in the perfect position when it’s time for a liveshot. Litepanels’ high output LED field lighting solution, nicknamed “Hilio,” is a powerful bank of 1-inch daylight LEDs that fills in sun-caused shadows on the reporter’s face.

While there are heavyweight and energy gobbling fixtures capable of the same thing, the power- efficient LED Hilio can operate off a pair of A/B 91-Wh Dionic battery packs continuously for up to two hours, and for an unlimited time off a simple 15A wall circuit with power to spare. The Hilio/ HC lighting package includes a pair of A/B Dionic battery packs and a dual charger.

Scott Stueckle, sales and public relations manager for Kino Flo Lighting Systems in Burbank, Calif., pointed out that the film used for news shooting decades ago had well-known and steady spectral curve characteristics for lighting equipment designers to target.

“Now that you have a variety of HD cameras, the rise of the DSLRs and those types of things, each camera has tended to have, by manufacturer, its own spectral sensitivity curve,” he said. Kino Flo has designed their fluorescents and LEDs based on the spectral sensitivity curves of all the major camera manufacturers. “We’ve added into our line of our LED Celebs, and tubes for all of the fluorescent fixtures we made over the past 40 years or so,” he said.

CAMERA SUPPORT
Not everything designed to help the ENG shooter is hi-tech; take Vinten’s blueBridge for example. “It’s a very useful little accessory that has been created as a result of shooters innovating in the types of cameras that they use,” according to Andrew Butler senior product manager for Vinten.

With a news photographer carrying several different cameras with him in the field, the need arose for a payload-expanding device so the shooter doesn’t have to carry several tripods. “The blueBridge is our way of enabling them to use both small and larger cameras on a single support. The blueBridge would lower a tripod’s counterbalance range for a DSLR, where without the blue- Bridge the same tripod could handle a regular 1/3-inch camcorder.”

The trend toward reporter/ photographer video journalists (VJs) has put an emphasis on smaller gear. “They’re basically a one-man show now, carrying their own camera, tripod, microphone, and doing everything themselves as a VJ,” said Tobias Keuthen, global brand manager for Sachtler and Petrol Bags.

Where Sachtler’s larger Video 18 tripod system is a mainstay for traditional camcorder ENG shooters, VJs carrying DSLRs or small camcorders needed a smaller, lighter tripod for lightweight cameras. “The ACE L fluid head works the same way as our larger products, it’s got the DNA of Sachtler, a smooth camera movement,” he said. “It’s also the lightest tripod in this range.”

One of the challenges news shooters have is deploying their tripods with one hand while carrying all matter of equipment in the other. “With traditional three-stage tripods you had three locks on the upper part of the tripod and three locks on the lower part,” said Gus Harilaou, sales manager at Miller Camera Support in Cedar Grove, N.J. “On our Sprinter II tripods, we took the lower locks and raised them to the top, which allows you to unlock the lower and higher stage without having to bend over, without undoing the individual locks. It basically cuts the setup speed and the breakdown speed to less than half the time.”

COMMUNICATE
An ENG shooter has enough on his mind when he arrives at a liveshot location without having to think about actually setting up the liveshot. Broadcast truckmaker Accelerated Media Technologies, a builder of ENG trucks based in Auburn, Mass., looked to simplify that shooter’s life, and came up with their Nissan MV 200, an all IP liveshot vehicle with a Dejero Ka-band system that’s both cellular- and satellite-capable.

“The shooter can literally push one button and have the unit completely connected to its bandwidth, via satellite or via cellular,” said AMT President Tom Jennings. “It’s got satellite backbone components so that if the cellular bandwidth drops off, the satellite bandwidth has the load and will maintain its bandwidth no matter what happens.”

 

New Zero Percent Financing Program on FUJINON Cabrio Zooms

image001-8Wayne, N.J. – FUJIFILM North America Corporation, Optical Devices Division, is conducting a Zero Percent Financing program on purchases of its Premier PL ZK Series of Cabrio lenses. Beginning today through March 31st, 2014, any new purchases of a Premier PL19-90mm Cabrio (ZK4.7×19), PL 85-300mm Cabrio (ZK3.5x85B) or PL 14-35mm Cabrio wide-angle zoom (ZK2.5×14) are eligible for the company’s Zero Percent Financing for 24-month program. The program is currently open to U.S. and Canadian customers only.

“We’re starting this program as a service to our customers,” said Thom Calabro, Director, Marketing and Product Development, FUJIFILM North America Corporation, Optical Devices Division.  “A financing program like this makes it easier for more of our customers to own a Cabrio and opens up a larger potential user base among rental houses, DPs, production companies, and all kinds of cine and video professionals looking to own the most versatile, highest quality, and lightest zooms in industry.” 

FUJINON’s PL 14-35mm lens is the latest development in the company’s popular Cabrio series, which includes the recently introduced Premier PL 85-300 mm, as well as the established PL 19-90. Introduced at IBC in mid-September last year, ZK Cabrio Family of Lenses 9 5 13 JPGthe 14-35mm Cabrio wide-angle lens is lightweight, easy to use with today’s 4K cameras, and is a fast T2.9 with 200-degree focus rotation. It’s ideal for shooters looking for a lightweight zoom that can be used as a handheld. It has a detachable digital servo drive and can be used as a self-contained ENG-style lens or as a cine style lens.

The PL 14-35 lens offers exceptional optical performance in the center of the image and in the corners of the frame. The digital servo’s 16-bit encoding assures operators that all lens meta data output—including the position of the zoom, iris, and focus—is extremely accurate. The PL 14-35 lens supports Lens Data System (LDS) and /i metadata formats, All Cabrio lenses can be controlled using cinema industry standard accessories, wireless controllers, as well as existing FUJINON wired and wireless units.

The high-performance FUJINON PL 85-300 Cabrio zoom lens was designed using the latest optical simulation technology, offering exceptional optical performance in both the center of the image and in the corners of the frame. The PL 85-300’s longer lens makes it ideal for professional cinematographers and videographers. The PL 85-300 is similar in weight and size to the other Cabrio lenses, and starts at a fast T2.9

The lightweight and compact PL 19-90 Cabrio weighs only 2.85kg including servo Premier PL 14-35mm Cabrio wide-angle lens ZK2.5x14 (1280x823) JPEGmotors, this lens has the longest focal range available in a light weight zoom . Cinematographers will be right at home with these lenses. With the detachable drive removed, the lens is set to accept industry standard cine motors and matte boxes. Plus, the lens has all the data output that appeals to a Cine-style shooter.

To take advantage of this new Zero Percent Financing option on FUJINON Cabrios, customers can contact their local FUJIFILM Optical Devices Division sales representative. 

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.

Innovative Zylight Selected for Investment and Support from Lighting Leader Ushio America

image002LOS ANGELES – Zylight LLC., a privately-owned manufacturer of intelligent LED lighting instruments for the cinema and broadcast production industries was selected by specialty and general market lighting leader Ushio America, Inc. to receive a strategic investment that brings additional funding and infrastructure support to Zylight.

“This partnership allows Zylight to accelerate our speed in bringing innovations to our customers,” said Joe Arnao, President, Zylight. “We’re thrilled at the confidence Ushio has shown in us, selecting our technology above all others toF8 new photo 1 23 14 JPG drive their entry into the broadcast lighting market. We’ve always been confident in the value and benefits of our innovative instruments. With the resources and stature of Ushio behind us, we’re excited about the future and in our expanded level of service we’ll offer customers.”

Founded in 2003, Zylight is known for its many technological firsts, including: wireless and remote lighting control; High-Density light-emitting diode (HD-led™) for the brightest, most natural lighting available in a compact LED; Color Mode for the production of millions of colors without gels or filters; and its collapsible F8 LED Fresnel with quantum dot technology. Zylight is based in Los Angeles.  The company will continue to operate independently under the Zylight name and assemble products in the USA.

Zylight pioneered several solid state lighting instrument platforms and wireless integration technology. The company’s patented products have been used in extreme conditions from the deserts of Africa to the frigid summit of Mount Everest and many places in between.

Started in 1967, Ushio America is one of the world’s largest specialty lighting companies and has a leadership position in several markets such as SSTV, Digital Cinema, Scientific and Medical, Video Projection, UV Curing and Semiconductor. Ushio America has over 4,000 products in its portfolio, from unique specialty light sources to general illumination lamps for architectural and task lighting.

According to Keith SanGiacomo, General Manager, Marketing and New Business Development for Ushio America, Inc., “The investment in Zylight brings the solid financial and technological backing of Ushio together with Zylight’s leading edge technology. The Zylight products speak for themselves in terms of innovation, advanced technology and value to our customers, and we’re excited about the new offerings and future developments. This strategic partnership not only provides Ushio with an expanded offering in the entertainment fixture market, but also allows us access to Zylight’s innovative technology for applications in other market segments as well.”

About USHIO America, Inc.

USHIO America, Inc. is a leading manufacturer of Specialty and General Illumination lighting solutions based in Cypress, California. Established in 1967 as a subsidiary of USHIO Inc, in Tokyo, Japan, USHIO now carries over 3,500 General Lighting and Specialty products. These Lighting-Edge Technologies™ are provided to a variety of industries such as general illumination, audio-visual, photographic, stage, studio and television, semiconductor, printed circuit, video projection, cinema, UV curing, germicidal, horticulture, graphic arts, flashlight, scientific, medical, dental, ophthalmic, infra-red heating, and many others. For further information, visit www.USHIO.com.

ABOUT ZYLIGHT LLC

Founded in 2003, Zylight LLC is the leading manufacturer of intelligent LED lighting instruments for the film and video production industry. Every model in its easy-to-use lighting system produces fully calibrated bright white light, while some also provide a spectrum of adjustable colors without gels. Full wireless control and DMX integration are included, and AC or DC power options are available. The Zylight state-of-the-art LED system is truly the most unique and flexible lighting system on the market today. With more than 50 dealers worldwide, Zylight continues to develop innovative LED lighting solutions to help make your job easier. More Than Bright – Zylight. Find out more at www.zylight.com.

ABS, Experience Church.tv Present AVL Expo 2014, Provide Free AV Training for Northwest Worship Community

ABS logoSEATAC, WA — Professional video and audio systems integration firm Advanced Broadcast Solutions (ABS), in collaboration with ExperienceChurch.tv®,  will present the Audio, Video, Lighting Conference and Expo (AVL Expo) on Friday, Jan. 31, 2014, at Experience Church in Puyallup, Wash. Designed for the worship community, the free, one-day event will include a full conference program that includes advanced sessions for returning attendees. Plus, the exhibit hall will feature several new exhibitors, including Sony Electronics, De Sisti Lighting, Tightrope Media Systems, QSC, and Williams Sound.

The expo opens at 9 a.m., with a general session beginning at 10 a.m. hosted by Dennis Cummins, Pastor at Experience Church.tv and well known advocate for AV technology in worship facilities. “Every session will be unique this year, and we have some very practical, hands-on instruction for audio applications,” he said.

Mark Siegel, president of ABS, will lead the “Live Production” breakout session at 1 p.m. “We have been working with Experience Church.tv since 2009 to produce AVL Expo, and the show continues to be an important resource for church pastors and their AV crews in the Northwest,” he said. “It’s not enough to invest in AV technology – church personnel also need to invest in training to create compelling content. My session will help our attendees learn how to mix a live show for broadcast on TV or the Web. ”

Other conference sessions include an audio production sessions from Sennheiser and Roland, as well as “Important Things to Know about In-Ear-Monitoring” by myMix. Plus, JVC Professional Products Company will lead a session on cameras, Sony will address production switchers, and Atomos will highlight capture, playback, and storage. Cloud-based resources for file sharing and storage, as well as lighting, will also be addressed. The program ends with a 4 p.m. Q &A general session.

Registration is free for the first two people registered from each church, and complimentary lunch will be provided, courtesy of ABS. Additional attendees will be permitted based on availability, but space is limited. For more information and registration information, please visit www.avlexpo.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 GOCOM Media, Cowles California Media, Cisco Systems, Meredith, and Time Warner Communications. For more information, call 206-870-0244 or visit www.advancedbroadcastsolutions.com.

American Airlines Center Upgrades Routing Infrastructure with PESA

Huntsville, Alabama  – PESA, a leading U.S.-based manufacturer of professional audio and video connectivity, today announced the American Airlines Center in Dallas, home of the NBA Dallas Mavericks and NHL Dallas Stars as well as one of the top ticket-selling concert venues in the country, recently upgraded its routing infrastructure with a variety of PESA products. American Airlines AC Touch72 JPEGInstalled last summer, the new system is built around a PESA Cheetah 288×288 digital video routing switcher and includes PESA’s new Touch72 LCD router control panel.

On any given game day, there are close to 100 technical employees on site, including broadcast personnel, at the 20,000-seat venue. Beyond its live in-house video presentations, the AAC has a number of video-related responsibilities, including providing live feeds of game coverage to NBA and NHL officials via high-speed fiber networks.

While the AAC has access to multiple cameras from the broadcast feed, it tends to use footage from its own six-camera setup for in-house video presentations. Inside the venue, four HD cameras capture the action, including one handheld on each end of the basketball court or hockey rink and two cameras with 72x lenses operated from the stands. There are also two handheld SD cameras (upconverted to HD) outside in AT&T Plaza to cover concerts and other pre-game activities.

Three control rooms housed in the American Airlines Center produce its in-house video presentations. The primary control room handles all cameras and live video for the arena, including game action shown on 72×30-foot screens on either side of the arena and four HD video screens hung in the center. The secondary control room manages all live switching to the AT&T Plaza, an area outside the arena that features large HD video screens and often hosts pre-game concerts. Located in the press area, the third control room is tasked with graphics for the main screens and other displays throughout the facility.

According to Randy Breedlove, manager of broadcast services, the American Airlines Center had been relying on multiple routing platforms to service the entire facility. “It became obvious to us that we needed to get all of this consolidated,” he recalled, “and we needed to get into the embedded digital audio realm.”

The Cheetah 288×288 frame is currently populated at about 128×128. Half of the American Airlines AC Breedlove Router JPEGconnections are equipped with embedded audio, which is important to the AAC because of its integration with broadcasters during basketball and hockey games. Beyond the main stereo announce audio for the facility, embedded audio provides access to additional audio sources – including the television broadcast, English and Spanish radio coverage, and effects feeds – through the same coax connection.

Breedlove said the embedded audio is a feature that has improved the arena’s video workflow. “It’s very useful to have any audio feeds associated with the broadcast in addition to the arena feeds,” he added.

While the facility will “definitely grow” into the Cheetah router, Breedlove said his engineers were initially drawn to PESA because of its PERC3000 router control solution with Cattrax software for system setup, maintenance, and monitoring. “The software is powerful but not complicated,” Breedlove said. “It’s very user friendly. That was a huge part of our decision.”

The new routing system was also an opportunity to upgrade to LCD router control panels with PESA’s Touch72 LCD, which features 72 programmable LCD push button switches in an 2 RU configuration, along with a color touch-screen display. Each push button can be configured as a source, destination, level, or salvo. Up to 16 characters and individual background colors can be used to identify each switch, and names are dynamically updated on each affected LCD switch as the system configuration is changed.

The AAC has already installed one Touch72 LCD, and Breedlove said three more will be installed in early 2014. “We are very happy. It’s so intuitive,” he added. “It really has changed how you can control routers now. You can take full advantage of all the sources in a plant. PESA definitely delivered there.”

For Breedlove, the most important feature for the new router was reliability. “That’s one of the things that attracted us to PESA,” he recalled. “The router is the heart of your plant. You take for granted it’s going to work. We were sure PESA built a device that was rock solid. It was a very easy decision to go with PESA.”

About PESA

As a leading provider of audio/video connectivity, PESA offers a wide selection of routing switchers, matrix switchers, extenders, converters, media extenders, and signal processing gear to support government, military, industrial, commercial, broadcast and mobile truck applications. PESA offers one of the widest ranges of AV products – from large scale fiber optic routing to single-point CAT-5 DVI extenders – each with the integrity and innovative high performance technology expected from PESA. Our products are available around the world from a leading team of channel partners offering local support and installation; and all of our products are supported by 24/7 technical support. To learn more about our technologies and services visit www.pesa.com. PESA is located in Huntsville, Alabama with regional offices throughout the United States.

All products mentioned herein are trademarked property of their respective owners. Follow us on Twitter @PESA_ONLINE.