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Vincent Toscano Joins Tool as Senior Interactive Developer

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Tool is pleased to announce that Vincent Toscano has joined its in-house digital team as senior interactive developer. Vincent has a deep background in developing HTML5 and Flash experiences for interactive advertising and gaming applications across multiple mediums.

Toscano joins Tool after a run as senior developer at various LA creative services agencies, including Famous Group Interactive and Kastner & Partners. He also spent time as an associate professor at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, specializing in web design and development, graphic design and visual communications.

About Tool:

Bicoastal Tool is an award-winning production company, representing top live-action directors and interactive directors for advertising projects. From funny… visually engaging… and/or interactive, Tool’s diverse roster of unique talent creates unforgettable commercial and digital content across all platforms.

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ABS Helps Oregon History Museum Visitors Remember Columbus Day Storm with Video Exhibit

SEATAC, WA — Visitors to the Oregon History Museum in downtown Portland are reliving the Columbus Day Storm of 1962 with the help of professional video and audio systems integration firm Advanced Broadcast Solutions (ABS). Presented by Portland General Electric, “The Mightiest Wind” exhibit includes an area engineered by ABS, where patrons can act like a meteorologist by standing in front of a green screen and creating a video weather report.

Considered the most disastrous weather event in Oregon’s history, the Columbus Day Storm was blamed for almost 50 deaths in the region and had damaging wind gusts that knocked out power in some locations for several weeks. According to Marsha Matthews, director of museum services, response to the exhibit has been very positive. “Our attendance was way up in October,” she noted.

KGW, the NBC affiliate in Portland, which is a media sponsor and partner for the exhibit, loaned the museum some video equipment, including a video camera and pedestal. The station also provided file footage and new video interviews for the exhibit, and KGW chief meteorologist Matt Zaffino is serving as a guest curator. KGW’s director of technology, David Boyd, helped the museum connect with ABS to create the green screen area.

ABS designed and installed the system, coordinated content with KGW, and provided training to the museum staff. Using a Blackmagic Design ATEM switcher, LaCie LaCinema PlayHD media player, and Litepanels LED lighting, ABS was able to create an operational and cost effective weather video production demonstration. Matthews said the setup took less than two days and the ABS crew was very professional.

“The green screen area of this exhibit has been a huge hit with museum visitors,” said Mark Siegel, President of ABS. “The Columbus Day Storm was a significant event in Oregon’s history, and we are thankful that KGW helped us contribute to this project.”

“The Mightiest Wind” opened on Oct. 12, the 50th anniversary of the storm, and will be on display through Jan. 6, 2013.

About the Oregon Historical Society:

The Society has served as Oregon’s primary research collection and museum about Oregon history since 1898. OHS has an extensive collection of historical pieces, including over 85,000 artifacts and 3 million photographs and films. It safeguards and presents Oregon’s history through a museum, research library, traveling exhibits, school programs and website content.

About ABS:

Based in SeaTac, WA, ABS (Advanced Broadcast Solutions) delivers customized, technologically superior solutions for broadcast, corporate, house of worship, entertainment, government, and educational facilities – from design and integration to installation and support services. Since 1982, its experienced technical staff has installed more than 700 systems for clients including Fisher Communications, Cowles California Media, Real Networks, Cisco Systems, and Microsoft Studios. For more information, call 206-870-0244 or visit www.advancedbroadcastsolutions.com.

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Visual Data Announces Opening of New Premier Facility

Company to Launch 21st Century Facility in Burbank

(Burbank, CA) Visual Data Media Services – an industry leading provider of integrated end-to-end post production solutions and distribution for all media outlets – has announced the opening date of their new, state-of-the-art facility in Burbank, California. The new location will greatly expand the capacity of Visual Data’s current space and was designed from scratch to support 21st century workflows and accommodate the needs of a changing industry. Upon taking ownership of the Hollywood Way building earlier this year, the veteran post production company gutted the space to its outside walls, and an innovative, data centric facility arose in its place. The new Visual Data location will open its doors, with no interruption in service, on January 2, 2013.

John Trautman, President of Visual Data, commented, “We simply had to increase capacity to meet demand, and moving was a long term investment we were willing to make. When I first looked at the building, it was apparent that a lot of work would be needed to meet our goals, but I also knew that it presented an amazing opportunity. We had the chance to gut a strong structure in a great location, and then visualize exactly how we would build out a space and infrastructure to meet the demands of today’s industry and tomorrow’s as well. A place that would be thoroughly outstanding for our clients and our staff to work.”

The 30,000 square foot facility features 20 suites for editing, QC, color correction, and captioning, built around a highly secure Data Center, a large Digital Machine Room, and an Encoding Center. The cutting-edge Data Center was built to support the company’s proprietary Asset Management System, which will simplify and refine distribution and archival tasks for the company’s clients. The new space will also offer 2 mix stages, an ADR stage, and a Foley stage that will be unveiled early in 2013. The latest products from a number of leading vendors are being installed; including DVS-SAN, Aspera, Isilon, Avascent, Miranda, and DaVinci.

The increased capacity afforded by the new facility will support Visual Data’s wide ranging service offerings dedicated to the creation, management, repurposing and distribution of content; including Subtitling and Localization, Closed Captioning, DVD services, Syndication services, Asset Management, Encoding, Digital Cinema DCP, and Digital Delivery. “In today’s content driven world, everything is repurposed, repackaged and delivered a number of times. There are many steps involved to the work that we touch, and we’ve made it our business to make that process as easy as possible for our customers. That’s a core part of our business, and we wanted to bring a future-centric strategy to those services, including automation and data centric workflows,” noted Trautman.

The company’s investment, totaling more than eleven million dollars, comes at a time when some independent facilities are facing an economic slowdown. However Visual Data has carefully structured its business in a way that supports the evolving needs of its client base. Concluded Trautman, “This move is a fantastic opportunity for us to grow our footprint and accommodate the changing needs of our customers. We see this as an investment in a bright future.”

About Visual Data Media Services, Inc.
Visual Data earned its reputation for outstanding quality, service and dependability by providing integrated end-to-end post-production solutions for over 17 years. To meet the ever evolving needs of television, feature film, and new media clients, Visual Data focuses on the seamless repurposing and distribution of content for all media outlets; including Domestic Syndication, Network Broadcast, International Distribution, Home Video, Video-On-Demand, the Internet, and Mobile Devices. Visual Data’s veteran management team, with over 85 years of combined industry knowledge, ensures that customers will be met with a high level of service and efficient turn-around on tight deadlines. Strategically integrated services, all under one roof, allow Visual Data to fulfill complex deliveries and solve difficult problems for clients with ease.

Visual Data is currently located at 145 West Magnolia Boulevard, Burbank, CA 91502. The new Visual Data facility will be located at 610 North Hollywood Way, Burbank, CA, 91505.

For more information on our services, please call 818.558.3363 or visit www.VisualDataInc.com.

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Christie Awarded FlightSafety International Contract to Deliver New High Brightness, High Resolution Christie Matrix WQXGA Simulation Projection System to US Coast Guard HC-144A Ocean Sentry Program

Christie®, who introduced the world’s first DLP® simulation projection system with LED illumination, today announced that FlightSafety International, with Aero Simulation Inc. (ASI), has awarded Christie the contract to supply a projection system consisting of nine Christie Matrix StIM™ WQ 1-chip DLP® solid state, LED-based projectors, to the U.S. Coast Guard’s HC-144A Ocean Sentry program at the Aviation Training Center (ATC) in Mobile, Alabama. Aero Simulation Inc. (ASI) is the program’s prime contractor responsible for delivering the Operational Flight Trainer (OFT) and supporting subsystems.
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The Christie Matrix StIM WQ is an integrated scalable environment projection system with the capability to display independent RGB and IR channels through Christie’s InfraScene™ technology at WQXGA (2560 x 1600) resolution. It features 800 ANSI lumens, 4.1 megapixels of resolution, fully ruggedized chassis, Christie proprietary technology such as ArrayLOC™, which allows a seamless and uniform performance across a projection array, MotoBlend™ to maximize system contrast and optimize dark scenes, robust and easy to use AutoCal™ to maintain the alignment to precisely match and blend arrays, and the latest fully adjustable Christie AccuFrame™ smear-reduction technology for the most true-to-life image quality in the industry. Unlike alternative approaches to “smear reduction,” Christie AccuFrame is integrated into the Christie Matrix StIM WQ and is fully adjustable in 1 percent increments over a 0-100 percent range. This allows system designers and customers to maximize dynamic image quality over a range of applications and/or training scenarios.

Christie Matrix StIM WQ


The all-new HC-144A Ocean Sentry has been certified by the USCG as its Medium Range Surveillance Maritime Patrol Aircraft. The Ocean Sentry has the capability to perform aerial delivery of search and rescue equipment such as rafts, pumps, and flares. It can serve as an on-scene commander platform for homeland security missions, since it is outfitted with the IDS Command and Control (C2) System, and the state-of-the-art C4ISR suite of sensors and avionics. The HC-144A’s modern C4ISR suite, modular cabin, fuel consumption rate, and short field takeoff and landing capability, make it uniquely suited for U.S. Coast Guard missions.
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Christie is at I/ITSEC in Orlando, FL, Dec 3-6 showcasing several new simulation solutions including the Christie Matrix StIM WQ at Booth #2549.

Christie MicroTiles Help Shaw Communications Speak to Customers at Its Canadian Retail Stores

A waterfall array of Christie® MicroTiles® is inviting customers into the retail stores of Canadian media giant Shaw Communications, where the digital display technology educates customers about the Shaw universe that includes cable television, Internet and phone service.
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Since the first 4-units high by 6-units wide array was installed in May at the Sunridge Mall store in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, the unique waterfall displays are now up and operating in three more Shaw retail locations in Alberta and British Columbia, with more installations planned in the future.
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“We wanted to make the stores exciting enough so the customer would look at the displays and see a reason to walk into the store,” said James Ferguson, national director, Retail, Shaw Communications. “Christie MicroTiles were the answer.”

Shaw Communications uses Christie MicroTiles at Sunridge Mall


Combining proven DLP® technology with the long life and reliability of LED, Christie MicroTiles are designed for maximum image quality in demanding indoor, high-ambient light environments. At just 16 inches wide by 12 tall and less than a foot deep, they are ideal for a wide range of applications, including architectural elements, out-of-home advertising, command and control video walls, and event production.
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An Easy Decision
According to Ferguson, the decision to use Christie MicroTiles was easy because Shaw – parent company of Global Television – wanted a technology that would give it a “leg up” on other stores and Applied Electronics had already installed a 4-high by 10-wide MicroTiles array in Global Television’s Toronto studio for its morning news show. Familiar with the Toronto installation, Julie Shaw, vice president, facilities, design and management at Shaw Communications, suggested MicroTiles as an option.
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“Julie set the tone by raving about what an ‘awesome product’ the MicroTiles were,” said Stephen Monteith, AV design and sales representative at Applied Electronics. “After that, it was an easy decision for the visionaries at Shaw. They immediately realized how the MicroTiles could be used in unique ways within the stores to capture the audiences’ attention.”

Falling for a Unique Waterfall Effect
Having decided on Christie MicroTiles, Ferguson and his team needed to decide where to put them and what content to show while creating a distinctive visual experience that would take advantage of Christie’s technology.
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Rather than have all 24 MicroTiles depicting one piece of content simultaneously, Ferguson opted for a waterfall effect with the tiles slightly staggered with gaps along the X Y and Z access in a special bracket designed by RP Visuals. Content including media, innovative new products and services, in market offers and community initiatives are shown as individual thumbnails on the MicroTiles, allowing each piece of content to cascade across the whole screen, before pulsing back into one thumbnail. Hanging from the ceiling in each store, the waterfall configurations catch the attention of those who enter the store – and those passing by.
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“We wanted to give our video people a cool ‘sandbox’ to play in that provided content versatility and didn’t limit their imagination,” said Ferguson. “And Christie MicroTiles did just that with the content provided by Breakhouse. Our customers love it and their eyes are drawn to it because it is so different from what they are used to seeing. There is an old adage in retail that customers don’t look up – but in this case they do because the MicroTiles display is different, flashy, and it has content that draws their eye to it.”
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“The popularity of Christie MicroTiles continues to grow worldwide and here in Canada, with almost boundless application possibilities and configurations limited only by the imagination,” said Dave Muscat, Christie’s senior director of sales, Canada. “We are glad MicroTiles entice Shaw’s clients to look up when they are in the store since this also increases the value of Shaw’s upper shelf space and revenue possibilities. Christie MicroTiles offer customers a visual solution that enhances the creator’s vision, and we’re thrilled Shaw feels the same way.”
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About Shaw Communications Inc.
Shaw Communications Inc. is a diversified communications and media company, providing consumers with broadband cable television, high-speed internet, home phone, telecommunications services (through Shaw Business), satellite direct-to-home services (through Shaw Direct) and engaging programming content (through Shaw Media). Shaw serves 3.4 million customers, through a reliable and extensive fiber network. Shaw Media operates one of the largest conventional television networks in Canada, Global Television, and 19 specialty networks including HGTV Canada, Food Network Canada, History Television and Showcase. Shaw is traded on the Toronto and New York stock exchanges and is included in the S&P/TSX 60 Index (Symbol: TSX – SJR.B, NYSE – SJR). For more information about Shaw, please visit www.shaw.ca.
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About Applied Electronics
Applied Electronics is Canada’s leader in Broadcast, Post Production and Presentation Technologies in Sales, Systems Design, Integration, After-Sale Service, and Technical Support. With clients and partners all over the world and five offices across Canada, Applied Electronics is a proud family-run business that was started in 1958. Throughout its history, Applied has maintained its status as Canada’s largest broadcast supplier and integrator. Some of the projects Applied Electronics supplies and supports the latest technology for include: stadiums, legislative chambers, digital educational facilities, master control rooms, studio and post production, mobile productions and video conferencing facilities. The company mission is to be the complete technology resource for broadcast, post production and audio visual products and services, providing a range of top-line products combined with the experience required to execute projects of all types and sizes. Visit: www.appliedelectronics.com

Sound Devices Announces Warranty Extension

New Policy Retroactive for all Products, Including Equipment Already in Use

REEDSBURG, WI, DECEMBER 5, 2012 — Sound Devices, experts in portable audio and video products for field production, announces it has changed its warranty policy from one to two years for both parts and labor. This retroactive change extends the product warranty for all Sound Devices products already in the field.

“We are proud to announce that we have extended the warranty on all of our products to our customers,” says Jim Koomar, Vice President of Sales at Sound Devices. “This warranty extension provides an additional year of coverage to our customers and also serves as a way to thank loyal users for choosing our products.”

As a customary part of Sound Devices product ownership, the company also offers regular firmware updates in order to keep its customers up-to-date on the very latest features and technology. These updates, which include numerous functional enhancements, evolve directly from customer feedback. This gives users an effective way to upgrade to the latest technology without having to purchase a new unit. This year alone, the company has offered numerous updates for its audio mixers, audio recorders and video recorders. All firmware updates are available free of charge and can be easily downloaded by visiting http://www.sounddevices.com/download/.

Another free tool available to the industry is Wave Agent, a multi-purpose, cross-platform utility for playing, editing and managing WAV files. Wave Agent includes a comprehensive and indispensable range of tools for preparing sound ?les for problem-free passage through complex production work?ows. Designed for production sound mixers and post-production editors, Wave Agent is also available as a free download from the company’s website.

For more information, visit www.sounddevices.com.

Sound Devices, LLC designs and manufactures portable audio mixers, digital audio recorders, and digital video recorders and related equipment for feature film, episodic television, documentary, news-gathering, and acoustical test and measurement applications. The fourteen-year old company designs and manufactures from their Reedsburg, Wisconsin headquarters with additional offices in Madison, WI and Highland Park, IL. For more information, visit the Sound Devices website, www.sounddevices.com.

Digital Vision Empowers Siren Digital

New State-of-the-art Hollywood Facility Relies on Nucoda and Phoenix

(LOS ANGELES, CA) Siren Digital, a film, TV and new media production group, has yet again turned to Digital Vision for a number of solutions to power the company’s new, state-of-the-art facility in Hollywood. Siren Digital has chosen Digital Vision’s Nucoda high-end color grading system with the DVO toolset and Precision control panel to sustain their DI and technological operations. Continuing a long-standing collaborative relationship, the team at Siren has worked with Digital Vision over many years, beginning with installations of Nucoda in Santa Monica and extending overseas to large-scale, facility build-outs in Korea and China. Over the course of many projects, the companies have found new ways to produce and manage the creation and delivery of entertainment content.

Kyle Jackson, co-founder of Siren Digital noted, “We have a significant comfort level and familiarity with Digital Vision’s outstanding toolset, support, and R&D group, built upon years of experience at another facility we designed and operated in Los Angeles, and global projects we’ve managed. Over the past five years, Digital Vision has been the backbone of many of our endeavors. Their software proves time and again to be able to handle the real-world challenges of changing post production workflows.”

Digital Vision’s Nucoda grading and mastering solutions offer a powerful color toolset that integrates easily with customized workflows. It supports ACES, all the major digital camera formats on the market, and provides robust features for creative flexibility. The Precision panel adds a high level of control for colorists, with its unique, industry-leading combination of tactile controls and integrated touch-sensitive panels.

The awarding-winning DVO (Digital Vision Optics) image processing software provides a comprehensive solution for image repair, restoration, enhancement and format conversion whether originated from film or video. DVO tools are only available on Digital Vision’s Nucoda and Phoenix platforms.

Siren Studios, an emerging 360-degree production studio, and Siren Digital together offer a broad base of services to the industry, from creative to advanced production, visual effects, post production audio, film finance, and international distribution. “We are engaged in a number of traditional and emerging processes, globally, and it is crucial that our tools work now and evolve with the way our colleagues want to collaborate in the future. While we are involved in some very technologically advanced work, we are also working daily on digital intermediates, designing post workflows, and delivering projects. We believe that Digital Vision is with us today and for the long run.”

In 2011, Digital Vision supported a massive restoration and color pipeline project for Jackson in South Korea with over 200 licenses for Digital Vision’s Phoenix restoration software. Jackson notes, “We knew from our experience that the range of capabilities – Phoenix for restoration and Nucoda for grading, as well as the tools in the highly regarded DVO toolset – was a perfect fit.”

Jackson adds, “Working with Digital Vision has always been one of the most rewarding technological collaborations we have ever engaged in. Their willingness to work closely with us to devise solutions is crucial. They understand real-world demands as well as creative needs. Just as important as the toolset is their willingness to respond with flexibility, ingenuity and dedication.”

Kelvin Bolah, President of Digital Vision stated, “We have known the Siren team for years, and have seen them consistently do ground breaking, interesting work. They think a bit differently, and they think big. You must be careful with words like ‘visionary,’ but that’s what we consider Siren Digital. We are looking forward to the exciting projects that Kyle, and his partners Jeff Brue and Matthew Treinish, have in their pipeline.”

Digital Vision’s Nucoda and Phoenix systems are in use around the globe on thousands of features, commercials, broadcast programs and restoration projects. To learn more about Siren Digital, visit www.siren6500.com. For further information about Digital Vision please visit www.digitalvision.tv.

About Digital Vision
Digital Vision is the supplier of the world’s best colour grading, restoration and film scanning solutions for the broadcast, film, commercial and archive industries. Founded in 1988 in Stockholm, Sweden, Digital Vision has offices in London, Los Angeles, New Zealand, and Linköping in Sweden. Digital Vision’s Emmy award winning technology and products include Nucoda and Phoenix colour grading, finishing, mastering and restoration solutions that are used to create much of the worlds’ high profile television, film and commercials media broadcast and distributed today. In addition to the Nucoda and Phoenix ranges, Golden Eye film scanners and the Vintage Cloud solution provide innovative tools to create the industry recognized highest quality in scanning, film digitization, preservation and archiving.

In April 2011, Digital Vision acquired Image Systems and is now a division of the Image Systems group of companies.

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Digital Vision Marketing Contact:
Alexa Maza | alexa.maza@digitalvision.se | Tel: +1 (818) 769-8111

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Hitachi Now Offers CP-AW252WN Ultra Short Throw 3LCD Projector With Networking Capabilities and Wireless Operation

CHULA VISTA, California, December 5, 2012 — Hitachi America, Ltd., Digital Media Division, Business Solutions Group now offers its CP-AW252WN ultra short throw 3LCD projector, which combines an array of versatile features including a new Projector Quick Connection iOS App, a Projector Cloning function and in a compact, cost-effective design. The networkable, ultraportable
CP-AW252WN can project a 100-inch (diagonal) image at just 15.4 inches from the front of the projector, making it ideal for use in educational and commercial applications where space is limited yet where bright, clear image quality is required.

The new Projector Quick Connection iOS App enables users to monitor and control multiple Hitachi projectors from a single Apple® iOS device. The app provides access to the projector’s Projector, Contents, Control and Settings menus.

The CP-AW252WN includes a new Projector Cloning function: a Hitachi convenience feature that lets users copy the settings data from one projector and transfer it to other projectors via USB memory. The Projector Cloning function can copy and transfer almost all projector settings such as gamma and keystone.

The CP-AW252WN’s ultra short throw lens design enables it to be mounted close to a projection screen or whiteboard, which prevents obstructed images and shadows and avoids light shining in the presenter’s eyes. The projector can also be used with an optional tabletop stand that enables images to be projected directly onto a tabletop—ideal for small group presentations or where space is at a premium. Hitachi’s Perfect Fit 2 image adjustment system corrects for any geometric image distortion and precisely fits the images to the screen or tabletop.

The CP-AW252WN features wired and wireless network connectivity via its RJ-45 Ethernet jack or optional USB wireless adapter. Once connected, content can be sent directly from a computer to the projector via the network. In addition, control monitoring and maintenance can be facilitated via the LAN. Hitachi’s PJMessenger function allows text messages and audio alerts to be sent on all networked projectors throughout an entire campus or facility.

The projector offers WXGA (1280 x 800) resolution with 2,500 ANSI lumens white/color output and a 4000:1 contrast ratio, and includes a wide selection of inputs and outputs including HDMI, S-Video and composite video inputs, USB and RGB computer connections, RCA, stereo mini-jack and microphone audio inputs, and audio and video monitor outputs. In addition, an RS-232C port enables integrated system control when used with Crestron® and AMX® automation systems.

The CP-AW252WN provides a number of useful convenience features. Its PC-Less Presentation function enables use of the projector without a computer, by means of a USB stick or other storage device. The projector offers Hitachi’s exclusive Template function which projects four types of line templates, making it easier to write on a whiteboard. In addition, the optional TB-1 wireless drawing tablet and pen enable users to write over the projected image for more engaging presentations.

Hitachi’s ImageCare technology is a lamp power control function that combines optimal picture performance with maximum energy savings by decreasing energy usage, improving contrast ratio and lengthening lamp life. The results are decreased maintenance cost and a lower total cost of ownership.

Additional useful features include an Input Source Naming feature that lets the user customize the names of input sources instead of using the factory default settings. The projector’s power saving Eco standby mode enables up to 5,000 hours of lamp life, and an improved hybrid filter provides up to 4,000 hours between maintenance.

For more information on Hitachi visit www.hitachi-america.us/digitalmedia

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About Hitachi, Ltd.
Hitachi America, Ltd., headquartered in Tarrytown, New York, a subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd., and its subsidiary companies offer a broad range of electronics, power and industrial equipment and services, automotive products and consumer electronics with operations throughout the Americas. For more information, visit www.hitachi-america.us. For information on other Hitachi Group companies in the United States, please visit www.hitachi.us.

Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE: 6501), headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, is a leading global electronics company with approximately 320,000 employees worldwide. Fiscal 2011 (ended March 31, 2012) consolidated revenues totaled 9,665 billion yen ($117.8 billion). Hitachi will focus more than ever on the Social Innovation Business, which includes information and telecommunication systems, power systems, environmental, industrial and transportation systems, and social and urban systems, as well as the sophisticated materials and key devices that support them. For more information on Hitachi, please visit the company’s website at http://www.hitachi.com.

Vizrt integrates with OpenStreetMap to provide global street maps for broadcasters

Vizrt announced today that it has upgraded the map and geographical animations tool, Viz World, to integrate with OpenStreetMap (OSM). With the new integration, Viz World users can access OSM community data from within the Viz World interface, effectively allowing Vizrt’s customers access to vector street data for most of the world.

OpenStreetMap is an open source online map database accessible at www.openstreetmaps.org. It provides a free, editable map of the world through the efforts of many contributors around the world.

For Vizrt customers, OSM street data is converted to shape files by an OSM approved 3rd party. The shape files are then converted to a format that is optimized for use in Vizrt’s rendering engine. The conversion makes it faster to render the vectors and search the database. Using a downloader interface, broadcasters load the data for their region or anywhere in the world where the data is needed. The data is then searched by street, address, intersection or point of interest.

Vizrt will update the extensive street data provided by the OpenStreetMap community to its servers twice a year to provide the latest street mapping information to its customers.

To recognize OSM for its pioneering work providing this global street map database, Vizrt is requiring customers who use OSM data to place an attribution on the screen with the simple text attribution of “OpenStreetMap.”

“OpenStreetMap has created an invaluable and high-quality geographic database.” said Petter Ole Jakobsen, CTO of Vizrt. “We hope this attribution gives the community the recognition it deserves, while serving our customers the highest quality maps so they can accurately report on world events.”

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, 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

Embed, de-embed and decode Dolby E in a single module with Crystal Vision’s TANDEM 310

TANDEM 310 is Crystal Vision’s most powerful audio embedder/de-embedder yet. Working with 3Gb/s, HD and SD sources, TANDEM 310 can embed and de-embed a mixture of up to four groups of AES and two groups of analog audio at the same time, and includes full audio routing, audio and video processing, integrated fiber connectivity, flexible delay compensation and Dolby E decoding. TANDEM 310 is Crystal Vision’s first 3Gb/s-capable embedder for analog audio (as well as digital) making it ideal for use with microphones in the studio, and the first Crystal Vision product to include Dolby decoding.
 
TANDEM 310 embeds and de-embeds external audio by fitting up to two audio piggybacks to the main board, with three different piggybacks available. For analog audio the HD-AIP2 is used for embedding two stereo pairs or four mono channels and the HD-AOP2 for de-embedding two stereo pairs or four mono channels. For digital audio the DIOP4 piggyback will embed or de-embed four stereo pairs, with four bi-directional AES ports available on each piggyback and the engineer able to select whether to embed or de-embed each channel independently.
 
By fitting two of these piggybacks TANDEM 310 can be configured as a two group analog audio embedder/de-embedder or a four group AES embedder/de-embedder. Alternatively analog and digital piggybacks can be mixed to create a hybrid system – ideal for those using analog microphones with digital audio mixers in the studio.
 
TANDEM 310 is Crystal Vision’s first product to be fitted with the DBE-D top board to create a combined embedder, de-embedder and Dolby decoder, which is a more convenient and space-saving way to decode Dolby E signals that need to be de-embedded or re-embedded than using separate products for the task.
 
The DBE-D Dolby decoder connects directly to the main TANDEM 310 module through an expansion connector, hooking into the onboard audio router, and is perfect for those applications where the audio within the Dolby E stream needs to be processed in some way, or where the Dolby E needs to be decoded before transmission. The DBE-D allows a Dolby E signal to be decoded and then either output as analog or AES audio (using the appropriate output piggybacks) or re-embedded into the output video, with the Dolby signal coming either from the embedded video input or from an external audio stream which is input via a DIOP4 piggyback. The DBE-D also includes a stereo down mix, which mixes the multiple audio channels within the 5.1 surround sound down to a single stereo pair for easier monitoring.
 
TANDEM 310 can shuffle and overwrite audio channels taken from the incoming video input, input piggybacks and DBE-D Dolby E decoder. As well as featuring short minimum delays for both the audio and video to help prevent system lip-sync complications, TANDEM 310 makes it easy to match all the signals – with an adjustable audio delay of up to 400ms and ten frames of video delay which can be used to match any big system delays, such as those created by Dolby E encoding and decoding or transcoding to AC3 and re-embedding.
 
The audio and video can both be optimized, with audio gain adjustments, stereo to mono conversion and a video proc-amp allowing adjustment of the video gain, black level and independent RGB and YUV gains.
 
Explained Crystal Vision’s Managing Director Philip Scofield: “TANDEM 310 is the first of a generation of infrastructure products from Crystal Vision with new hardware and software to give increased functionality, simplicity of operation and reduced cost. The embedding and de-embedding of both analog and digital audio, combined with the programmable delays, audio routing and Dolby options, allows it to be used in almost any applications that process embedded audio.”
 
TANDEM 310 can also easily be given integrated fiber input/output connectivity by fitting the FIP fiber input option, FOP fiber output option or FIO fiber input and output option, which makes it easy to embed or de-embed signals from beyond the local equipment bay. Having the fiber integral to the board reduces the need to use additional rack space for separate fiber optic transmitters and receivers, and also brings financial savings.
 
TANDEM 310 is a space-saving 4 x 10.5 inches module, which fits in the standard Crystal Vision frames available in 4RU, 2RU, 1RU and desk top box sizes and with up to 12 boards housed in 2RU. Five different frame rear modules are available (the RM47, RM49, RM60, RM61 and RM70) allowing use with both 75 ohm and 110 ohm audio. If a DBE-D Dolby decoder is fitted, TANDEM 310 can be used with two different rear module combinations: either the RM47 + RM46 for standard applications or the RM60 + RM46 for fiber applications.
 
TANDEM 310 is very straightforward to operate, with control options including board edge switches, an active front panel on the frame, a remote control panel, GPIs, SNMP and the Statesman PC software. One GPI output is reserved for alarm indication and may be assigned any number of 37 video and audio alarms, providing comprehensive signal monitoring.
 
TANDEM 310 will be shipping in January.
 
Based at Whittlesford near Cambridge in the UK and with an office in the USA, Crystal Vision provides digital keyers, picture storage modules and a full range of interface equipment including converters, synchronizers, distribution amplifiers and audio embedders to the professional broadcasting industry worldwide.
 
www.crystalvision.tv

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