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ABS Installs Native HD Infrastructure for KHSL

SEATAC, WA — Professional video and audio systems integration firm Advanced Broadcast Solutions (ABS) today announced it designed and installed a new HD-SDI infrastructure with embedded audio for KHSL, the CBS affiliate serving the Chico-Redding, Calif. market (DMA #132). The native HD upgrade included new master control and production control rooms, plus new studio and ENG cameras, NLE systems, and the adoption of a tapeless workflow.

Owned by GOCOM Media of Northern California, KHSL shares operations with KNVN, the local NBC affiliate owned by K4 Media, as part of a joint facilityOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA arrangement. Aaron “Mike” Roberts, director of engineering, said the ABS project provided a technological fresh start for the facility, which had previously transitioned from analog to digital SD, then to an HD/SD hybrid infrastructure. The facility had layers of cables that could not be organized or removed until after the new infrastructure was operational.

ABS completed the project in November 2013, and the facility began using its native HD system in January. The new HD-SDI infrastructure includes embedded audio, which significantly reduced cable runs. In fact, more than four racks of system routing equipment were replaced by a 4 RU 128×128 Utah Scientific router. Other master control upgrades include Harmonic Omneon video servers controlled through NVerizon automation.

Built around a Ross Carbonite production switcher, the new production control room features a Miranda Kaleido multi-viewer, Panasonic LCD monitors, Ross XPression CG, BlackStorm playout server, Yamaha LS9 audio board, Clear-Com intercom system and custom furniture from Martin & Ziegler. All newsroom edit systems were also upgraded to Adobe Premiere CS6 and are connected to an 18 TB SAN system.

For field production, ABS replaced an aging group of tape-based camcorders with eight JVC GY-HM600 ProHD handheld camcorders with built-in 23x Fujinon lenses. Part of KHSL’s new tapeless workflow, the cameras record HD footage to SDHC or SXHC media cards. Roberts said the new cameras were particularly effective shooting low-light footage, which was beneficial at the site of a local April 10 accident between a FedEx truck and school bus that gained national attention.

Rather than traditional studio cameras, ABS installed five Panasonic AW-HE120 robotic PTZ HD cameras, each with a custom 13-inch LCD prompter system mounted on top that maintains the eye line of the news anchors. According to Roberts, the system works very well and was “an innovative, inexpensive way” to update the studio.

During the project, ABS personnel utilized a vacant space on the second floor of the facility to relocate the analog news production. The space formally used by news production was then used to assemble new racks and equipment. Once the HD infrastructure was in place, ABS created the new master control for KHSL and KNVN, and its three multicast channels.

The facility’s original location for master control was designed to support a single station, so master control had been moved several years ago during an upgrade to accommodate multiple channels. However, technological innovations allowed ABS to return master control back in its original location. The new HD news production equipment was then installed in the space previously occupied by master control.

“KHSL was the biggest ‘little’ project we’ve ever done,” explained Mark Siegel, president of ABS. “Coordination was critical. We needed to build and install an HD-SDI with embedded audio infrastructure without interfering with existing operations. It was definitely a challenge, but the end result is a much cleaner and more consolidated operation with a lot less cable.”

“It was a logistical nightmare,” added Roberts. “They handled it like pros, but it was a very complicated move. We had three layers of build-out, and it all had to be worked around. We had to keep it running, yet build this new layer of digital, which ABS did beautifully. Overall, the project went great.”

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.

 

ABS to Address 4K Technology Questions During Free Open House

SEATAC, WA — Professional video and audio systems integration firm Advanced Broadcast Solutions (ABS) today announced a free 4K Open House at its offices in SeaTac on July 17, 2014, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will be a number of vendors at the event, including Adobe, AJA Video Systems, Elemental Technologies, Four Winds Interactive, FUJINON, Infortrend, Quantum, Planar and Sony. Lunch will be provided for registered attendees.

4K and other large raster acquisition formats offer improved resolution and high dynamic range (HDR) that rival film, enough to already convince many episodic television producers to replace 35mm film with video. Plus, 4K or ultra-high definition (UHD) displays are also being considered for a variety of applications, including I-MAG (image magnification), live events and high-end retail. However, a number of questions remain regarding production, post-production and distribution workflows.

“There are many advantages to producing in 4K, but there are disadvantages as well,” explained Mark Siegel, president of ABS. “Just because you can produce in 4K, should you? There are a lot of questions with 4K, and our open house will offer an open and frank opportunity to discuss the technology and its workflows.”

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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.

 

Advanced Systems Group Earns Top Revenue Honors from Quantum

EMERYVILLE, CALIF. – Advanced Systems Group (ASG), a leading video, data, audio and film integration firm, was recognized for “Top Revenue Achievement 2014” for the Americas by Quantum Corporation. ASG received the award for its StorNext sales during the Quantum Dealer Meeting at the 2014 NAB Show in April in Las Vegas, Nev.

“This award is not only an honor for us that we greatly appreciate, but it is a ASG Quantum Awardtestament to Quantum’s outstanding products and services,” said Dave Van Hoy, president of ASG. “We rely on Quantum to help us deliver fast and reliable storage systems for our clients, and we look forward to growing our relationship with Quantum this year.”

“Our channel is vital to our go-to-market strategy at Quantum, and ASG is a valued and trusted partner that has made a significant investment in helping to grow our business,” said Andy Brinck, senior director, Channel Sales – Scale-Out Storage. “ASG’s success is a result of their capabilities and professional attention to solving our customers’ complex media workflows.”

Quantum’s StorNext product line offers a variety of archive, storage and content management solutions. StorNext 5, Quantum’s recently re-architected platform, enables complete end-to-end content management for modern media workflows with improved ingest and transcoding, optimized SAN and LAN client workflows, and integrated high-speed archive and data management. StorNext AEL Archives provide active archiving to LTO tape, automatically migrating content with built-in data protection and self-healing capabilities.

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.

Sarasota Upgrades to HD Production for City Commission Coverage with Broadcast Pix

Billerica, Massachusetts – Broadcast Pix™ today announced the city of Sarasota, Fla., has upgraded its City Hall facilities to a native HD infrastructure, anchored by a Granite™ 2000 integrated production switcher, to produce its city commission meetings for television and the Web.

In 2000, the city upgraded its small production facility in City Hall with an S-Video infrastructure. More than a dozen years later, however, the city found it difficult to maintain or replace its outdated equipment. In February, Encore Broadcast Solutions of Tampa, Fla., installed a system-wide upgrade, including an HD-SDI signal path.

“Part of our impetus for doing the upgrade was to upgrade to HD production and adopt a digital workflow,” said Miles Larsen, public broadcasting manager, city of Sarasota.

Coverage of city commission meetings is sent via fiber to master control in a nearby county building for Access Sarasota, a unique government access channel available locally on Comcast Cable and Verizon FiOS that is shared between Sarasota County and the city. Neither Comcast nor Verizon provides an HD channel, so Access Sarasota sends a 4:3 letterbox signal of its meeting coverage to maintain the wide aspect ratio. The city also provides live and on-demand HD meeting coverage on its Web site.

The upgraded system includes three new Panasonic PTZ HD cameras (as well as a previously purchased document camera) in the commission chambers. One camera provides a wide shot of the commission, another shoots close-ups of commission members, and a third is positioned to shoot presenters. The chamber upgrade also included new microphones and an electronic voting system.

In the control room, the Granite system replaced an aging Echolab switcher and PC-based graphics system. “We were not planning on doing a lot of crazy, elaborate stuff,” Larsen recalled. “This is a dedicated switcher just for covering meetings. We actually went back to Encore and asked if the Granite was more than what we needed, and they said we’d want room to grow. They were right.”

With 11 SDI inputs, Granite provides the city commission with enough inputs for all four cameras, as well as DVDs, USB thumb drives and tablets supplied by residents, when necessary. Plus, Encore and Broadcast Pix engineers were able to create an API to allow our switcher to integrate with the AMX control system in the commission chambers, so a staff member can run the production, if necessary.

Granite’s built-in production tools, including the customizable Fluent-View multi-view, have also improved workflow during meetings. In particular, the Inscriber CG is a “huge upgrade” from the previous graphics system, which Larsen said was poorly integrated and poorly positioned in the control room. “Having the CG inside the switcher is so nice,” he added. “There’s no rolling your chair back and forth between workstations, and it’s so much easier to make changes.”

The new system has only been in use since March, but Larsen is already planning to use Granite’s built-in clip store to add roll-ins to open and close meeting coverage. “We can do things we just couldn’t do before, and we have the freedom to think creatively and improve our production values,” he said. “Every time I sit down in front of the Granite, from the beginning of the meeting to the end of the meeting, I’m more convinced it was the right decision. It makes our productions easier and better.”

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.

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ABS to Open Systems Integration Company in Singapore

SEATAC, WA — Professional video and audio systems integration firm Advanced Broadcast Solutions (ABS) today announced it will open Advanced Broadcast Solutions – Asia Pte. Ltd. in Singapore on June 17. The new company will provide consulting and design services, systems integration, and maintenance and support for professional video, audio, and IT solutions in the Asia-Pacific region.

Mark Siegel, president of ABS, said the new company will improve support and Dennis Breckenridge JPEGservice for its customers. “We’ve had great success in the region over the last several years, but we’ve been conducting business out of the U.S.,” he explained. “The strong demand from our customers in the Asia-Pacific region warrants a dedicated company with local resources in Singapore. With the new focused company, we will be able to provide even better service for our new and existing customers in the region.”

Industry veteran Dennis Breckenridge, who has been established in the region for years, will serve as managing director for Advanced Broadcast Solutions – Asia Pte. Ltd. Most recently, Breckenridge was based in Singapore for Grass Valley as systems sales manager. During that time, he designed and delivered major projects throughout the region including the International Broadcast Center for the 27th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games in Myanmar, OB trucks and portable systems, and new broadcast and news production facilities. Previously, he spent more than four years as director of sales, Asia Pacific Region, for Broadcast Pix.

“Dennis is well respected in the professional video industry and is very familiar with the Asia Pacific markets,” said Siegel. “We are excited to welcome him to the ABS team and lead our efforts to become the premier systems integrator in Singapore.”

Breckenridge will be available for consultations at BroadcastAsia 2014, which runs June 17-20 at the Marina Bay Sands in Singapore. Contact him at +65 8499 3337 or via e-mail at dbreck@advancedbroadcastsolutions.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.

Advanced Systems Group Welcomes New Additions to Engineering Team

EMERYVILLE, CALIF. – Advanced Systems Group (ASG), a leading data, video, audio and film integration firm, today announced the addition of Gary Schneider, Keith Pintner and Chris Sullivan to its engineering team, effective April 1. All three are veterans of Media Vision Integration (MVI), a California-based professional AV systems integrator, with extensive experience in designing and building broadcast, film, and post-production facilities, high-end boardrooms and briefing centers, and other specialized AV systems.

Chris Sullivan

Chris Sullivan

For more than 16 years, Schneider served as president and CEO of MVI. Before he established MVI, he worked for nine years as an engineer and project manager for David Carroll Electronics, where he served as the systems engineer for a custom audio system for the U.S. Senate.

Pintner spent 14 years at MVI as a senior project manager and system engineer, where he worked on projects for Apple, Pixar Animation Studios and ENG Mobile Systems. Previously, he began his eight-year career at David Carroll Electronics as an installation technician, and was quickly promoted to support engineer and project manager.

Gary Scheider

Gary Schneider

Sullivan was a systems engineer at MVI for six years, working on projects for a number of high profile companies, including LinkedIn, Dreamworks Animation and Lucasfilm. Independently, he has produced promotional videos for the California wine industry since 2009, and previously served as a stage manager and machine room operator for American Zoetrope for nine years.

“It is rare for a company to have the opportunity to welcome three employees with this level of engineering expertise at the same time,” said Dave Van Hoy, president, ASG. “We are very pleased to add Gary, Keith and Chris to the ASG team, and we look forward to adding their talents to our upcoming projects.”

Keith Pintner

Keith Pintner

Schneider, Pintner and Sullivan are based out of the company’s main office in Emeryville. Contact them at 510-654-8300 or via e-mail at gds@asgllc.com, kpintner@asgllc.com and csullivan@asgllc.com.

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.

ABS to Design, Integrate HD Upgrade of Television Production Facilities at San Jose State University

SEATAC, WA — Professional video and audio systems integration firm Advanced Broadcast Solutions (ABS) today announced it has been contracted to provide a comprehensive HD upgrade of the video production facilities for the School of Journalism and Mass Communications (JMC) at San Jose State University in San Jose, Calif. ABS will design, procure, and install the systemABS Dwight Bentel Hall JPEG, which should be completed in April.

Since ABS won the bid process, Bob Rucker, director of the JMC School, has been impressed by the company’s expertise in classroom technology designed specifically for journalism education. “They understood what we were trying to do from day one,” he said. “ABS has done a fantastic job staying on budget, being creative with innovations in the technology and enabling new ideas throughout the process.”

Budgeted at more than $600,000, the project will include an overhaul of the television studio, control room and a separate newsroom “flashcam” location in the new converged newsroom in Dwight Bentel Hall. The upgrade is funded by the Jack and Emma Anderson Fund, an $8.7 million endowment from the couple who owned the print shop that published the school’s Spartan Daily newspaper for more than 40 years, and administered by the university’s Tower Foundation.

A 24-input Ross Video Carbonite 1-A M/E production switcher with built-in multi-view will anchor the control room. Other components will include a Yamaha LS9-32 digital audio console, Clear-Com intercom system and Panasonic 55-inch LED monitors. The new Ross XPression Studio CG will be configured to connect with the school’s convergence newsroom computer system for automatic loading of graphics through a MOS gateway.

Four new HD cameras will be housed in the updated studio, three Sony HXC-D70K cameras coupled with Autocue 17-inch prompters on Libec pedestals, plus one Sony BRC-Z330 PTZ camera mounted to the lighting grid for overhead shots. ABS will also install custom curtains, a Pro Cyc 3B-EZ System and a new lighting package.

Inside the newly renovated newsroom, where award-winning newspaper, television,  magazine and advertising students work together,  the “Breaking News Desk” will be used to produce live standups and other segments for Web-based news reports and Update News, the school’s television newscast. The area will feature a wall-mounted Sony PTZ camera that can be operated from the control room or locally via handheld remote.

“Educational institutions don’t often get a chance to upgrade their production facilities, especially not on a scale like this project for San Jose State,” said Mark Siegel, president of ABS. “We’ve designed an HD workflow that mirrors the file-based operations found in broadcast news environments across the country to prepare students for the real world. The new system will be a viable teaching environment for years to come, and it’s been specifically engineered for future expansion.”

While Rucker acknowledged the school’s last major video technology upgrade was in the mid-1990s, new equipment and a new strategic plan will help raise the school’s international profile. “We’ve got some very big plans for this new studio,” he said. “Our goal is to create a center for social media research in Silicon Valley. We’re going to create a global learning opportunity for our school that will excite and enable our diverse student body to test their creative new media ideas and technology approaches alongside the world class experts of Silicon Valley.”

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.