Monthly Archives: March 2014

Advanced Systems Group Designs Digital Arts Facility for San Lorenzo Unified School District

EMERYVILLE, CALIF. – Advanced Systems Group (ASG), a leading video, data, audio and film integration firm, today announced work is complete on a $6 million production space designed by ASG that serves as the new home of the Bay Area Digital Arts (BADA) Academy for California’s San Lorenzo Unified School District. Located at San Lorenzo High School, the facility includes a 3,100-BADA Studio JPEGsquare-foot NC25 sound stage, production control room, audio control room, voiceover/ADR recording studio, editing classroom, production offices, and private edit suites.

Lance McVay, director of the BADA Academy, said ASG was involved in the project from the beginning. “They assisted with the original grant application to the state and have been involved ever since,” he explained. “Their work and assistance have been vital to the success of the project.”

The BADA program provides media production training, access to professional work sites, and potential internships for its students. It moved to San Lorenzo High School in 2003, where McVay had been teaching television production classes in a converted auto shop since the mid-1990s. The new facility was funded through a state Career Technical Education Facilities grant, for which ASG provided the technical, acoustical and equipment specifications, and matching funds from a 2008 bond measure. After BADA was awarded the grant, ASG was awarded the contract to design the facility with San Francisco-based RLS as part of its team. Thresher Communication & Productivity of Sunnyvale, Calif., handled equipment installation and integration.

The new studio includes three Panasonic AJ-HPX3100 studio cameras connected over SMPTE fiber with Autoscript prompters, an 18-foot lighting grid, cyc wall, BADA Control Room JPEGcurtain track with green screen, video production control, audio production control, machine room, ADR/VO booth and talent green room. A loading bay with wide doors allows space to bring vehicles into the studio for commercial shoots.

McVay said the school never had an actual control room before – all “live-to-tape” productions were actually constructed in an edit suite. The new facility’s control room is built around a Snell Kahuna Flare 2 M/E production switcher, Miranda routing and Compix two-channel CG, with audio control based around a Yamaha DM2000 digital audio console with Genelec 5.1 monitoring.

There are four individual edit suites, plus an editing lab with 36 NLE stations with Adobe CS6 and Final Cut Pro connected to Harmonic Media Grid shared storage. The facility also includes a conference room, teacher office, prop and wardrobe storage, equipment room, and production offices for students to emulate a working studio environment. “My vision was to do it right,” McVay said. “It’s not a studio built for a high school, it’s a studio built for professional production that students run.”

Construction began on the facility in late 2012, and the building had its official ribbon-cutting ceremony last month. McVay said the program will transition into the new facility before the end of the school year, and the studio will be available for rental by regional businesses.

With the center complete, ASG is now working in the local production community to connect Bay Area artists and businesses. “Our goal is to help Lance attract BADA Edit Lab JPEGguest speakers and internship opportunities for BADA students,” said Dave Van Hoy, president, ASG. “In the 35 years I have been helping build facilities at K-12 schools, this is the most sophisticated and realistic environment we have ever been able to provide for students. The goal for BADA is for the space to be used to produce professional media projects, which will provide invaluable experience to students looking to pursue a career in the digital arts or entertainment fields.”

“From the beginning, I knew ASG was totally looking out for the integrity of the project. They made my concerns paramount at every step of the process,” McVay added. “They worked hard to be sure the facility met the needs of my students and curriculum, while paying close attention to maintaining a high industry standard so the students could learn in a professional environment.”

About ASG:

Based in Northern California with offices in the Northwest, Southern California and New York City, Advanced Systems Group LLC of Emeryville, Calif., has provided engineering, systems, integration, support and training to the broadcast, film, creative and corporate video markets since 1997. With unmatched experience in high-speed shared storage, media asset management, archiving, editing, color and VFX systems, ASG has become one of largest installers of post-production and shared storage systems on the West Coast. The ASG team is highly focused on customer success, and has installed and supported more than 300 SANs, production and post-production systems. For more information, visit www.asgllc.com or call 510-654-8300.

 

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NAB 2014: Digital Nirvana’s Broadcast Monitoring System Streamlines Workflow with Powerful New Features

DN logoNewark, CA – Digital Nirvana will introduce the latest release of its broadcast monitoring software, Monitor IQ 4.0, at the NAB 2014 convention being held from April 5-10th at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Digital Nirvana will exhibit in Booth #SU11017. Monitor IQ is an in-house logging and compliance monitoring solution for traditional broadcasting media.

“We continue to add innovative functionality to Monitor IQ,” said Arco Groenenberg, director of sales and marketing for Broadcast Products, DigitalMonitorIQ NAB 2014_PressImage_nologo Nirvana. “New features like transport stream recording, SmartSearch, editing, playback and advanced engineering alerts make Monitor IQ one of the smartest monitoring solutions in the industry while offering excellent price for performance.”

Monitor IQ 4.0 Broadcast Monitoring System
Monitor IQ combines signal-monitoring, loudness monitoring, aircheck-logging, ad verification, competitive analysis and content repurposing and runs on Digital Nirvana’s Open Media Appliance – a highly scalable, industrial-grade server. The Open Media Appliance accepts multiple inputs including SD/HD SDI, ASI, ASI-IP, ATSC, QAM, 50 Hz, 60 Hz and DVB-TC/S2. It exports content in a wide range of file formats for content repurposing, including Flash, MPEG-2, MPEG-4 and H.264, and XDCAM.

Monitor IQ can record Multi-language Audio/Video and VANC Metadata. Designed with an efficient architecture and a simple Web interface, it integrates seamlessly with third party software. The resulting workflow is quick and easy, making the most of time and money.

With Monitor IQ, there’s no need to install ActiveX. It’s compatible with all standards-compliant web browsers. Its extensive search function can use keywords, CC text, metadata, titles, descriptions, as-run and traffic logs, imported and discrepancy reports.

Web Captioning ensures that programming complies with new FCC closed captioning mandates in the SMPTE Timed Text Format. Program Guide Extraction automatically extracts EIT data directly from the broadcast, enabling recording by program. Plus, an Infrastructure Self-Check performs more than 40 types of ongoing system checks to proactively monitor the total health of the Monitor IQ system.

Available options for Monitor IQ include: an iPad/iPhone/Android interface, NAVE Watermark Decoding, Centralized Management, Director’s Audio Track and a REST API for 3rd party development.

About Digital Nirvana
Since 1996, Digital Nirvana has been empowering customers with innovative knowledge management technologies. By combining media and digital technology expertise, Digital Nirvana makes it possible for organizations to streamline operations and gain competitive advantage with advanced product and service offerings. The company’s product portfolio includes the industry-leading Monitor IQ broadcast monitoring system, AnyStream IQ OTT monitoring solution, and the MediaPro content repurposing system. A comprehensive service portfolio includes media monitoring and analysis, market intelligence and analytics, and learning management services. Digital Nirvana is headquartered in Fremont, California with offices in Hyderabad and Coimbatore, India. For more information visit http://www.digital-nirvana.com.

New Broadcast Pix Software Upgrades Include Next Generation Chromakey, Dual-Channel Clip Server

Billerica, Massachusetts – Broadcast Pix™ will debut ClearKey, its next generation chromakey, as well as a dual-channel clip server and several other upgrades in its Version 4.0 software for Granite™ and Mica™ integrated production switchers. Available in May, the new software features will be demonstrated at the 2014 NAB Show (Booth SL6325), which runs April 7-10 in Las Vegas, Nev. The company also announced Version 3.0 software for its Flint™ end-to-end integrated production switchers, with most of the same upgrades.

Part of Broadcast Pix’s Fluent™ workflow software, ClearKey features precise, highly adjustable keying that can handle challenging visuals, such as glass or fast-moving or out of focus objects. Robust color correction removes the most BroadcastPix V4-V3 JPEGstubborn spill from chromakeyed objects, which is important for virtual set use where color contamination is almost unavoidable. A key crop function can be used to confine the keying effect to certain areas of the screen.

ClearKey also creates more realistic shadow and lighting effects. Shine a spotlight on the background, for example, and it will shine on the virtual set as well. If a subject casts a shadow on the green or blue background, ClearKey can make the shadow appear on the virtual set, if desired. A simple eye dropper tool simplifies chromakey color selection, and intuitive controls make it easy to adjust lighting, shadow and spill correction effects.

The V4 upgrade includes a dual-channel clip server for Granite and Mica, which handles playback of SD and HD footage in a variety of file formats. (Flint already includes a dual-channel clip server.) Both upgrades add new device controls for Blackmagic Design HyperDeck Studio and Studio Pro video recorders, as well as all AJA Ki Pro recorders, over a TCP/IP connection. Clips can be recorded and played back from the PixPad, and all controls can programmed into a macro for simplified control. The new upgrades also include device control for Lumens VC-G50 and VC-G30 HD PTZ cameras. Plus, Fluent-View, Broadcast Pix’s customizable multi-view, includes a new snap-to-grid feature to make it easier to build new screen layouts.

“When Broadcast Pix has a major software release, you know we’ve listened to our customers and added some pretty significant improvements,” said Steve Ellis, general manager, Broadcast Pix. “ClearKey in particular represents a major step forward that will improve productions for customers who rely on virtual sets. It is highly adjustable but easy to operate – and it delivers outstanding results.”

Flint V3 and Granite/Mica V4 are free upgrades for all respective systems under warranty and will be available in May.

About Broadcast Pix Founded in 2002, Broadcast Pix is the leader in integrated production switchers, with customers in more than 110 countries. Available in several configurations, from compact systems with end-to-end integration to large-scale systems for high-end live productions, Broadcast Pix switchers include CG, dual clip stores, file-based macros, external control software, and customizable multi-view and virtual sets with patented control options. Broadcast Pix also offers ReVue next generation slow motion systems, fX3D real-time 3D graphics, Rapid CG dynamic graphic playout software, and VOX voice-automated live video production, each designed to enhance our highly integrated live production switchers. Customers include leading broadcast, corporate, education, government, religious, sports, streaming, and visual radio studios. Learn more at www.broadcastpix.com.

PESA Upgrades Cheetah DRS MUX/DEMUX 3G Cards with Double Audio Channel Capacity, Reduced Power Consumption

image001Huntsville, Alabama –  PESA, a leading U.S.-based designer and manufacturer of professional audio and video connectivity, today announced its upgraded Cheetah DEMUX-3G de-embedding card and MUX-3G embedding card, which double audio channel capacity to 256 channels per card and reduce power consumption. Designed to fully integrate Cheetah 3G I/O video signals with Cheetah DRS audio routing distribution systems, the new cards will be showcased at the 2014 NAB Show (Booth SL4619), which runs April 7-10 in Las Vegas, Nev.

From HD-SDI and 3G-SDI sources, both cards handle up to 16 individual video signals (input or output, depending on the card) and up to 16 audio channels for each video signal. Eight audio channels are supported from SD-SDI, 270 MbpsCheetah DEMUX 3G JPEG signals. The cards can also detect compressed Dolby audio, 3G-SDI Level B or ASI formatted 270 Mbps signals and pass them through unaltered. Individual time code signals can be embedded (MUX) into each video channel or extracted (DEMUX) for distribution through the DRS system.

The Cheetah DEMUX-3G and MUX-3G support AES, embedded, MADI or analog audio signals and are compliant with SMPTE 259M, 292M and 424M. The cards also include a number of standard audio processing features, including the ability to add up to five seconds of delay per channel, invert audio signal polarity, pair audio signals and switch them as a pair, sum or subtract paired audio signals, and provide internal test tones that can be embedded into output video signals.

With audio and video sharing the same data stream, the cards reduce potential switching errors and lip sync issues while reducing and simplifying cabling. Plus, newer FPGA technology lowers power consumption – almost 40 percent in the DEMUX card and more than 15 percent in the MUX – which provides greater resources for future enhancements. The cards support CAT-5 connectivity for cable runs up to 300 feet and fiber for longer distances.

“Embedded audio has become increasingly important for complex live Cheetah MUX 3G JPEGproductions such as professional sports coverage, because it makes it easier to integrate a variety of audio signals – such as the television and radio announcers, which are often produced in multiple languages – through one connection,” said Keith Bond, vice president of product management. “Our second generation Cheetah 3G embedder and de-embedder cards have been enhanced with features our customers need for more efficient signal distribution.”

PESA’s Christopher Thomas, executive vice president of engineering and CTO, will be part of a panel debate, “The Role of Audio in the Connected World,” at the 2014 NAB Show on Wednesday, April 9, at 3 p.m. The educational session will be held in the Connected Media World Theatre at the Las Vegas Convention Center and is free to all registered NAB attendees.
About PESA
As a leading provider of audio/video (A/V) Baseband and IP connectivity products, PESA offers a wide selection of multi-path streaming products, routing switchers, matrix switchers, extenders, converters, media extenders, and signal processing gear to support government, military, industrial, commercial, medical, broadcast, and mobile truck applications. From large to small-scale A/V routing and extender products to multiple IP streaming appliances, PESA offers a diverse suite of AV products, all of which are supported by 24/7 technical support. PESA is located in Huntsville, Ala., with regional sales offices throughout North America and China. Our cost effective solutions are available around the world through our industry leading team of Channel Partners offering local support and installation. All products mentioned herein are trademarked property. Learn more about us at www.pesa.com and http://www.pesaxstream.com. Follow us on Twitter: @PESA_ONLINE.

Zylight Hosts Free Lighting Presentations at NAB 2014

image002LOS ANGELES – Zylight, a leading manufacturer of innovative LED lighting solutions, will host three free presentations that detail the use of LED lighting for a variety of production applications at the 2014 NAB Show (Booth C5346). All presentations are at 1 p.m. at the Zylight booth and will feature insights from industry professionals who use Zylight products on location or in the studio.

“We’re looking forward to another successful series of speakers this year,” said Joe Arnao, president of Zylight. “NAB is a great place to share information and introduce potential new customers to the benefits of Zylight’s LED lighting instruments. I can’t think of a better way to illustrate the performance and versatility of our products than to invite some of our customers to share their stories.”

On Monday, April 7, Thaddeus Setla of San Francisco-based Setla Film F8 new photo 1 23 14 JPGProductions will discuss his use of Zylight’s F8 LED Fresnels for location shoots. A trained paramedic, Setla began his video production career producing short training videos. Now he travels the world visiting healthcare providers to share stories and procedures in an effort to improve patient care through Code STEMI, an online documentary series. He’s been using his F8s in the field since October.

“The whole goal is to have compact, dependable equipment,” Setla said. “The output of the light is invaluable. It handles better than anything else I’ve ever had.”

A panel discussion will explore the benefits of migrating from traditional studio lighting to LED technology on Tuesday, April 8, featuring Andrew Boucher, Jeff Hamel and David De Barros. Hamel is an accomplished lighting designer and lighting director who has worked on national television commercials and projects for major broadcast and television networks. Recently, he supervised the design and installation of LED lighting systems at several northeast production facilities. For more than a decade, Boucher has been a production manager at High Output, a production services firm based outside of Boston with additional offices in Charleston, S.C., Providence, R.I., Portland, Maine, and Newport, Conn.

De Barros has served as technical manager of Euro Light System in Sannois, France, since 2009, and is responsible for design, production and installation of broadcast studio lighting systems. The company has delivered nearly 80 full LED studios for customers in France and around the world, and he will explain how their customers are benefitting from Zylight LED lighting instruments.

On Wednesday, April 9, veteran shooter, editor and product designer Mike Sutton will talk about LED lighting and high-speed shooting. Sutton, who also serves as senior account manager at Rule Boston Camera, recently reported on his blog at http://www.wideopencamera.com that he used the F8 on location for a Range Rover commercial shoot. He noted the F8 did not flicker when set at 100 percent output at more than 5,500 frames per second. “This is important as most lights will kill your high-speed shot with rolling bars and bands of light or high pulse flickering,” he added.

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.

FOR-A TO Introduce 4K Up Converter at NAB

URC-4000 Turns HD Video into 4K in Real-Time

Cypress, CA – At the upcoming NAB Show, the spotlight of FOR-A’s show booth will be an array of new 4K products, including the introduction of the URC-4000 super resolution 4K up converter. The URC-4000 provides powerful up-conversion and turns HD video into 4K in real-time. FOR-A will exhibit in Booth C5117 at the show, which runs April 7-10 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

“The URC-4000 features original input and resolution technology developed by FOR-A,” said Hiro Tanoue, FOR-A Corporation of America president. “This URC-4000_Front_Comp_140226solution unleashes a new era in 4K conversion. We’re excited to be introducing the URC-4000 and other innovative 4K solutions on the biggest show stage in broadcasting.”

The unit features a new approach to input and resolution conversion using spatiotemporal frame interpolation to detect changes in images with high precision on a pixel-by-pixel basis. Using this process, any distortions from conversions are reduced, and the resolution of still image areas is restored. The URC-4000 further improves resolution via multi-scale nonlinear enhancement.

FOR-A’s URC-4000 features: a built-in Web server, supports Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP), and offers the ability to add an optional redundant power supply for critical live applications. It supports outputs of 3G-SDI Level A or B, and multiple input formats, such as: 1080/59.94i, 1080/50i, 720/59.94p and 720/50p.

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.

Sinclair Broadcast Group Orders More Than 70 New JVC GY-HM890 ProHD Cameras with Built-in Live HD Transmission

WAYNE, NJ – JVC Professional Products Company, a division of JVC Americas Corp., today announced Sinclair Broadcast Group, one of the largest television broadcasting companies in the United States, has ordered more than 70 of its new GY-HM890 ProHD shoulder-mount cameras for local news operations. Introduced earlier this month, the GY-HM890 features a built-in streaming engine that allows live HD transmission directly from the camera.

Based in Hunt Valley, Md., Sinclair owns or operates 149 stations in 71 markets. With 85 stations producing news, the company already has almost 100 JVC ProHD cameras in the field, including GY-HM790 shoulder-mount and GY-image006HM650 handheld models. Deliveries of the new GY-HM890s are expected to begin next month, with several cameras slated for WOAI and KABB in San Antonio (DMA #36) and WJAC in Johnstown, Pa. (DMA #103).

The purchase is the first phase of the company’s planned standardization on the camera across its ENG operations. “JVC’s new GY-HM890 provides us with innovative features that save on operational costs without sacrificing quality,” said Del Parks, senior vice president of engineering and operations, Sinclair Broadcast Group. “The camera also provides built-in live HD streaming, which is the game-changing feature we’ve been waiting for in a full-sized camcorder. JVC has delivered, and we look forward to partnering with them for future product development.”

When paired with a Verizon 4G LTE modem, which is connected to the camera via USB, the new GY-HM890 transmits HD footage directly to a broadcast facility for live over-the-air or Web distribution (or FTP file transfer). JVC’s Advanced Streaming Technology (AST) provides content-aware error correction, bandwidth shaping, and real-time feedback of streaming status.

Built for uncompromising ENG environments, the 3-CMOS GY-HM890 features an interchangeable Fujinon 20x autofocus zoom lens, dual SDHC/SDXC card slots for recording HD or SD footage in a variety of native file formats, HD/SD-SDI Pool Feed input, and four-channel audio with two XLR mic/line inputs. Compatible with JVC’s full range of components and accessories, the GY-HM890 is also a versatile studio or multi-camera field production camera, with a 68-pin connection that accommodates JVC fiber or multi-core camera modules.

“Sinclair remains one of the most forward-thinking station groups in the country,” said Lawrence Librach, vice president, broadcast and public sector, JVC Professional Products. “They recognized our commitment to newsgathering operations with the cost saving features in our previous models. Now, the GY-HM890 will provide even more cost savings as well as versatile news delivery options that are unmatched in the industry.”

ABOUT JVC PROFESSIONAL PRODUCTS COMPANY
Headquartered in Wayne, New Jersey, with West Coast operations in Long Beach, California, 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, D-ILA front projection systems, and Super LoLux HD video security products. For further product information, visit JVC’s Web site at http://pro.jvc.com or call (800) 582-5825.