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Broadcast Pix Highlights New Products at InfoComm 2014

Billerica, Massachusetts – Broadcast Pix™ will showcase new products and updated software tools at InfoComm 2014 (C5737), which runs June 18-20 in Las Vegas, Nev. Among its new offerings is its ClearKey next generation chromakey upgrade for its integrated production switchers, expanded family of Flint™ systems, and new standalone fX3D real-time 3D graphics system and ReVue HD slow motion replay system.

“We have a lot to show the AV community at InfoComm,” said Steve Ellis, general manager, Broadcast Pix. “This has been an exciting year for Broadcast Pix, withBroadcast Pix at InfoComm our new standalone production products that can help operations with smaller budgets deliver results that rival what you see on national networks. And by expanding the Flint family, we’re making it more affordable than ever to produce live multi-camera productions for broadcast or webcast.”

Part of the new Version 4.0 software for Granite™ and Mica™ systems, as well as Version 3.0 software for Flint, ClearKey features precise, highly adjustable keying that can handle challenging visuals and create more realistic shadow and lighting effects. Its robust color correction removes the most stubborn spill from chromakeyed objects, while a key crop function can confine the keying effect to certain areas of the screen. Chromakey color is selected with a simple eye dropper tool, and intuitive controls make it easy to adjust lighting, shadow and spill correction effects.

Both fX3D and ReVue work independently in existing production environments or can be tightly integrated with Broadcast Pix systems. fX3D features a simplified end-to-end graphics workflow that makes it easy to create and playout high-end graphics. Its three software modules provide an intuitive interface to create graphic content, complete with a built-in 3D modeler and template-based rundown controller. Developed in collaboration with strategic partner EditShare, ReVue plays back two or four channels of video in sync, so it is easy to cut between cameras and find the best replay angle. Its compact controller includes a jog/shuttle wheel for reviewing footage, intuitive controls for manual and preset playback speeds, and dedicated buttons for marking in and out points for playback.

Broadcast Pix has also expanded its family of Flint systems. All three HD models include the same workflow software tools, but provide different input configurations to address different production requirements and budgets. The entry-level system, Flint LE, supports three HDMI or analog (composite, component or S-Video) inputs. Flint LX features four SDI or HDMI input, while Flint LS supports six inputs and offers a choice of six SDI (two of which can be HDMI) or four SDI and two HDMI or analog inputs. All models include two additional network inputs, which are ideal for presentations and Web pages from remote computers.

Flint handles the entire production workflow, from ingest to distribution. It includes a multi-format production mixer that allows operators to include cloud-based content from Skype, Twitter and other resources during live productions. Flint ingests and scales all sources while maintaining constant lip sync. Other built-in tools include an internal Inscriber CG, two-channel clip server, audio mixer with on-screen stereo faders and VU meters, customizable multi-view and HD streaming in a variety of formats.

Also announced for the show is VOX™ Lite, a small-scale version of its popular VOX voice-automated production option. A popular automated solution for visual radio, as well as government and corporate meetings for television, Internet, and in-house projection, VOX Lite eliminates the need for an operator for live productions, as sophisticated software detects which microphone is in use and switches cameras for automatic video-follow-audio productions. VOX Lite supports four microphones and works with any Flint, Granite or Mica integrated production switcher.

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.

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

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PESA Expands Enterprise DRS Audio Distribution System to Accommodate Growing I/O Needs

Huntsville, Alabama – Audio channel capacity requirements have grown significantly for live event production, with the increased use of multi-channel surround sound and multi-lingual broadcast support. PESA, a leading designer and manufacturer of professional audio and video distribution solutions, today announced its Enterprise DRS audio distribution system can now support up to 7,680 inputs and 7,680 outputs, making it one of the industry’s largest audio routing systems. Available now, the upgraded system will be demonstrated at InfoComm 2014 (Booth C6014), which runs June 18-20 in Las Vegas, Nev.

PESA’s DRS Enterprise Exchange Engine (EDXE) has been enhanced to support up to five interconnected units. Each EDXE chassis supports up to 1,536 inputs Enterprise DRS-June 2014and outputs of various formats connected directly to its CAT5 I/O ports, and each unit can now connect with up to four additional EDXEs in a star topology with full duplex communications between units. Previously limited to 4,608×4,608 I/O, existing systems can be expanded in the field with a firmware upgrade and the addition of two SFP fiber transceiver modules.

“Consumers continue to demand more audio channels and more elaborate audio presentations for their home viewing experiences,” explained Chuck Tillett, PESA president and COO. “As the art of capturing sound at a sporting event continues to evolve, you need larger and larger I/O capacities at the venue. Mics on officials, mics on players, game commentary in multiple languages – all these audio sources add up quicker than you’d expect. Our Enterprise DRS audio distribution system can now accommodate 7,680 audio inputs and outputs, and they can be expanded in the field.”

A wide variety of audio signal formats are supported, including unbalanced, 75 ohm AES over coax, balanced 110 AES over twisted pair with individual plug connectors, and mass terminated ELCO-style connectors. For interconnection to popular audio consoles, analog mono or stereo over twisted pair and MADI over coax are also available. Plus, time code is offered over coax or twisted pair terminations.

The Enterprise DRS system integrates seamlessly with PESA’s Cheetah video routers, which provide access to the full 256 audio channels available in the video signal. Low latency eliminates lip sync errors associated with embedding or de-embedding audio to the video signal path. Embedders and de-embedders provide Level B and ASI pass through for maximum compatibility with installed solutions. Other audio processing tools – including delay, gain control, audio swap, sum and difference signals, and invert on individual input and output channels – are included with the Enterprise DRS and can support the embedded signal path.

Available in a variety of cost effective system configurations starting at 128×128, the Enterprise DRS system can support new system elements as audio needs grow while maintaining the original equipment investment. It supports full EDXE redundancy, and the distributed architecture provides greater protection against individual unit failure. Automatic error detection with built-in CRC checksums determines signal validity and supports seamless operation between redundant signal paths.

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 www.pesaxstream.com. Follow us on Twitter: @PESA_ONLINE.

JVC Unveils New Simulation Projector, Alternate Light Source at I/ITSEC 2013

WAYNE, NJ – JVC Professional Products Company, a division of JVC Americas Corp., will introduce its new DLA-2400ZG projector with e-shift technology and demonstrate an alternate light source for projectors at I/ITSEC 2013 (Booth 1419), which runs Dec. 2-5 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla.

The DLA-VS2400ZG delivers a 5.1 megapixel equivalent image via JVC’s image006proprietary e-shift technology, along with 18,000:1 native contrast ratio and a minimum of 900 ANSI lumens. It offers two HDMI inputs, as well as RS-232C and LAN connectivity for remote access and control, and its unique 120 Hz input interface means reduced image generator (IG) hardware requirements.

JVC will also showcase its newly developed alternate light source technology at I/ITSEC. Ideal for the simulation market, it preserves the native contrast ratio and dynamic range of images, with no restrictions on mounting orientation. Plus, it provides years of operation with reduced maintenance requirements.

“JVC continues to explore new technologies to improve images and performance,” said John Havens, marketing manager, JVC Visual Systems Division. “Our engineers are addressing the growing demand for a different type of illumination in future projects, which provides a more efficient light source without sacrificing image quality.”

The DLA-2400ZG is available now and includes a 2x zoom lens with manual focus and lens shift. The new projector is also available without a lens (DLA-VS2400G). 

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.

JVC Offers 4K Display Solutions, ProHD Camera Line at GV Expo

WAYNE, NJ – JVC Professional Products Company, a division of JVC Americas Corp., will display its ProHD line of studio and ENG cameras and accessories, as well as its Vérité professional monitors and Blu-ray recorders, at Government Video Expo 2013 (Booth 609), which runs Dec. 4-5 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C.

Among its field, studio, and public display monitor choices, JVC will highlight its image006new PS-840UD Professional Series ProVérité 4K 84-inch LCD monitor. It offers native screen resolution of 3840×2160 – four times the resolution of full HD – as well as 60p input and display capability for high-speed content such as sports. Built for rigorous commercial use and housed in a slim bezel with a 178-degree viewing angle, the edge-lit LED illuminated PS-840UD features an IPS LCD panel with 120Hz refresh rate and 10-bit color depth, audio I/O for the built-in 15W speaker, and table base.

“We’re looking forward to showing our affordable 84-inch 4K LCD displays at GV Expo. They are ideal for command and control centers, video production control rooms, even high-end conference rooms,” Dave Walton, assistant vice president of marketing and communications, JVC Professional Products. “With four times the resolution of HD monitors, they are particularly effective for multi-view applications where clarity of the image is mission critical.”

JVC’s GY-HM650 handheld camera can transmit footage to a broadcast facility in real time when equipped with a Verizon 4G LTE modem, which connects directly to the camera via USB, or when used with a Verizon 4G Mobile Hotspot. The camera leverages JVC’s exclusive dual codec design, as well as built-in FTP and Wi-Fi connectivity, to allow live transmission or file transfers in the background as shooters continue to record full HD files to SDHC or SDXC memory cards. The GY-HM650 supports live video streaming of 1080i, 720p, and lower Web-friendly resolutions at various bit rates to adapt to network conditions.

A built-in Fujinon wide angle 23x zoom lens includes manual focus, servo zoom, and iris rings, plus three ND filters and a removable hood. Audio features include image011a built-in stereo microphone to capture natural sound on location, two XLR inputs with phantom power, shotgun mic holder, headphone jack, and separate input for a wireless mic receiver. The GY-HM650 records HD or SD footage in multiple file formats, including native XDCAM EX™ (.MP4), Final Cut Pro™ (.MOV), and AVCHD, as well as .MXF files that support rich descriptive metadata optimized for asset management.

“The live HD transmission functionality of our GY-HM650 camera is already helping broadcast stations improve their field reporting while saving them money,” Walton added. “There are several government agencies that could benefit from this technology as well.”

For professional duplication and disc authoring, JVC will showcase its SR-HD2500US combo deck. With its built-in Blu-ray recorder and 500 GB hard drive, the unit provides easy Blu-ray and DVD duplication and disc authoring without a PC. It also includes an HD/SD-SDI input, which allows it to connect to most professional production switchers and provide direct recording of a live signal to Blu-ray disc. USB and i.Link (IEEE-1394) ports, SDHC card slot, and composite and S-Video inputs provide compatibility with a wide variety of digital sources and legacy devices.

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.

 

 

IDC to Display Targeted Advertising and Video Contribution Solutions at CCW 2013

Ottawa, ON – International Datacasting (TSX: IDC), a global leader in digital content distribution for the world’s premiere broadcasters, will feature its targeted ad insertion platforms and MPEG-2/MPEG-4 video encoder at the upcoming Content & Communications World Expo (CCW).

CCW is an annual convention focused on media and entertainment technology and also including includes HDWorld, SATCON and the Production + PostSTAR_9.25.13 conferences. The conference is held from November 13 -14 at the Jacob Javits Center in New York City.  IDC will be exhibiting in Booth #1348.

“CCW attracts high-profile broadcasters, film producers and video production professionals,” said Doug Lowther, President and CEO of IDC. “It’s an exciting show and always a welcoming venue for innovative technology. We’re looking forward to featuring our TV and radio ad insertion platforms which help broadcasters capture a greater share of ad revenue.”

Highlighted products will include: IDC’s LASERTM Targeted Ad Insertion Platform, STAR Pro AudioTM Solution, and the TITAN Video Encoder.

Globally, broadcasters and service providers lose millions of dollars in ad revenues every year because of licensing, regulatory and copyright issues specific to certain regions throughout the world. With the LASER solution, operators can provide regionalized ad insertion and blackout management for satellite delivered content – from one cost-effective platform. The solution’s blackout capabilities ensure that the broadcaster can safely sell and distribute any network-wide ad, even if it is not permitted or suitable for the entire distribution footprint.

Also for TV broadcasters, IDC will feature the TITAN MPEG-2/MPEG-4 video encoder. This cost-effective, high-performance encoder is designed for outside broadcast applications for news and sports programming contribution. With the LASER_9.25.13TITAN, operators can easily set up contribution links using intuitive menus and front panel controls to set compression and modulation parameters. A built-in browser interface is equally user friendly.  The TITAN video encoder interoperates with a wide variety of DSNG systems, provides compression format flexibility and now offers more software/hardware features bundled into one affordable system. IDC has over 20 years of experience delivering professional MPEG video contribution encoding platforms and has over 5,000 installations worldwide.

Additionally, IDC will highlight the second generation of its popular STAR Pro Audio Solution. STAR provides radio networks with localized ad insertion, helping them boost revenue and lower operating costs. The STAR platform’s ad and program insertion capability allows operators to send selected ads to specific regions or receivers. Stored audio files can be inserted seamlessly into live or recorded programming. Cost savings can also be realized through shared hub support, which enables multiple radio networks to share one multi-channel receiver instead of deploying several single-channel receivers.  Additionally, the STAR platform uses up to 70% less satellite bandwidth compared to other solutions, resulting in significant cost savings.

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.

IDC to Showcase its Targeted Ad Insertion Platforms for Radio and TV at AfricaCom 2013

image003-3Ottawa, ON, November 11, 2013 – International Datacasting (TSX: IDC), a global leader in digital content distribution for the world’s premiere radio and television broadcasters, announces its participation at the upcoming AfricaCom show. Taking place November 12-14 at CTICC Cape Town, South Africa, IDC will highlight its STAR Pro AudioTM Solution and LASER™ Targeted Ad Insertion Platform within the booth of its partner Stratosat Datacom (Pty) Ltd (stand A06a). This year marks IDC’s first appearance at AfricaCom.

“The African broadcast market is growing rapidly, and is rapidly increasing in importance for IDC,” said Doug Lowther, President and CEO. “AfricaCom is the largest conference and exhibition of its kind in Africa. IDC is looking forward to attending with Stratosat and networking with show attendees to strengthen our relationships and learn more about the needs of broadcasters in this market.”

IDC will highlight the second generation of its popular STAR Pro Audio Solution. The platform provides radio networks with localized ad insertion, helping them to increase revenue and lower operating expenditures. The STAR Pro Audio STAR_9.25.13Solution allows operators to easily insert stored audio files into live or recorded programming, send selected ads to specific regions or receivers, and play the right content at the best time with its time-shifting functionality.

Additionally, the solution allows for significant cost savings. It uses up to 70% less satellite bandwidth compared to other systems by requiring just 120 kHz space segment for a high quality stereo broadcast.  Other cost savings can be realizedthrough shared hub support, which enables multiple radio networks to share one multi-channel receiver instead of deploying several single-channel receivers.

Also to be featured at AfricaCom is IDC’s LASER platform, which provides targeted local ad insertion and DVB-S/S2 satellite video reception in a single LASER_9.25.13cost-effective device. The solution affords broadcasters greater flexibility, eliminating the barriers of licensing constraints and regulatory issues, and enabling regionalized ad insertion and blackout management for satellite delivered content. LASER enables television networks and content distributors to broaden their advertising clientele and increase revenue through a highly targeted, network-wide approach.

The 16th annual AfricaCom will represent over 100 countries and feature more than 350 exhibitors and 300 speakers from all aspects of digital communications. To find out more about the three-day conference and exhibition, visit the show website.

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.

IBC 2013: Vizrt demoing graphics systems exclusively on HP workstations and monitors

At the IBC Show, taking place from September 12-17, 2013, Vizrt is demoing its graphics products using HP high-performance and visualization workstations and monitors exclusively at its booth, Hall 7/Stand A10, in the RAI Convention vizrt_hp_ibceventCenter in Amsterdam.

“Based on our long, rewarding relationship with HP, all of our product displays and demonstrations at IBC will be running on HP workstations, servers, and monitors,” said Gerhard Lang, Chief Engineering Officer for Vizrt. “HP desktop computing hardware is the proven, trusted solution for our customers’ demanding, mission-critical, real-time media and graphics applications.”

At its booth, Vizrt is using a wide range of HP high-performance computing products including 85 workstations, 30 monitors, and several servers. HP ProLiant DL 380p Gen 8 servers—with Intel XEON E5 2640 2.5 GHz of processing power, 16 GB of RAM, and a Matrox G200 video card, will be used to run the IP-based Viz Engine, Viz Map Server, Viz Content Pilot server, Viz Media Engine video transcoder server, and Viz Media Engine Online live transcoder.

Of the 85 workstations, Vizrt is using a mix of HP Z820 and HP Z420 workstations primarily to run Viz Engine systems, while 20 HP Z420 workstations will run other systems including the Viz Trio live graphics generator, Viz Content Pilot, Viz Weather, Viz Multichannel, and the Viz Artist real-time 3D modeling and animation tool. The HP Z820 desktop workstation has Intel XEON E5-2643 3.3 GHz four-core processing with 8 GB of DDR3 and one terabyte of HDD capacity. The HP Z420 mini-tower has the XEON E5-1600 or E5-2600 series with up to eight-core and 3.6 GHz processing power. The Vizrt exhibit is also using a mix of 30 high-resolution HP LED and LCD Z displays to showcase imagery coming from Vizrt graphics and video systems.

On Saturday, September 14 at 5pm, Vizrt and HP are looking forward to meeting visitors at the Vizrt IBC booth. Norwegian cuisine, including Aquavit (a traditional drink in Norway) and Fenalor (a popular, Norwegian dried meat dish.) will give a warm reception.

About Vizrt:

Vizrt provides real-time 3D graphics and asset management tools for the broadcast industry – from award-winning animations & maps to online publishing tools. Vizrt’s products are used by the world’s leading broadcasters and publishing houses, including: CNN, CBS, Fox, the BBC, BSkyB, Al Jazeera, ITN, ZDF, Star TV, Network 18, TV Today, CCTV, NHK, The Globe and Mail, Times Online, The Telegraph, and Welt Online. Furthermore, many world-class production houses and corporate institutions such as the Stock Exchanges in New York and London use Vizrt systems.

Vizrt is a public company traded on the Oslo Main List: VIZ, ISIN: IL0010838154. For further information please refer to www.vizrt.com