Archive for December 7th, 2012

Cobalt Digital’s Blue Box Group™ Wins “SALUTE” Award From the Editors of Government Video

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Cobalt Digital’s Blue Box Group™ is the recipient of the 2012 Government Video SALUTE Award presented by the editorial staff of Government Video magazine during the 2012 Government Video Expo. BlueBox™ is Cobalt’s new line of interface converter boxes that deliver peak performance from low-cost, compact modules.

Founded in 2003, Government Video’s SALUTE Award is designed to honor and showcase innovative technologies, products and services for the public sector demonstrated at Government Video Expo. Industry professionals, Government Video editors and contributors nominate candidates for Government Video SALUTE Awards with the decisions on the final awards made by Government Video’s editors.

“The Government Video SALUTE recognizes some of the innovative products and services for video professionals on display at GV Expo. We are proud to call attention to these tools that specifically help public-sector video professionals support the missions of their agencies and provide better information to the citizenry,” said J.J. Smith, editor of Government Video.

Cobalt’s easy-to-operate BlueBox™ modules attach easily and securely to cameras or host device chassis for dependable, uncomplicated installation. They receive power directly via USB from video monitors or other equipment without bulky and non-secure “wall wart” adapters.

“Cobalt recognized the need for first-class quality and affordable signal conversion in a compact package,” commented Chris Shaw, Cobalt EVP of Sales & Marketing. “BlueBox delivers exceptional performance from a small footprint with a full feature list packed into one convenient converter box; perfect for applications that need to stretch the budget but not compromise on quality.”

Government Video (http://www.governmentvideo.com)is the only magazine dedicated to providing comprehensive coverage of video professionals in all levels of public service. The magazine is published by NewBay Media LLC, the world’s largest publisher of audio and video publications. NewBay Media and Government Video are the organizers of the annual Government Video Expo, the largest trade show targeting government buyers and suppliers of video, AV, broadcast and multimedia technology.


ABOUT COBALT DIGITAL INC.
Cobalt Digital Inc. designs and manufactures award-winning 3G/HD/SD-SDI conversion gear for the broadcast television environment. Distributed through a worldwide network of dealers, system integrators, and other partnerships, Cobalt products are backed with a 5-year warranty. For more information, visit http://www.cobaltdigital.com.

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Company Contact: Chris Shaw, EVP of Sales and Marketing
+1-217-344-1243 / chris.shaw@cobaltdigital.com

Press Contact: Desert Moon Communications / Harriet Diener
+1-845-512-8283 / harriet@desertmooncomm.com

Christie Roadster HD14K-J 3-Chip DLP Projectors Provide Exceptional Brightness and Sharp Images for Casas Church

Christie® is pleased to announce the selection of its projection technology for Tucson, Arizona-based Casas Church. A 61-year-old Christian ministry, Casas was looking for powerful display technology to light up the large stage of its spacious and modern 2,500-seat sanctuary and worship center.
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Dissatisfied with the low brightness and low-resolution images provided by their old projectors, the church leaders were immediately impressed with the quality of the Christie Roadster HD14K-J 3-chip DLP® projectors. They praised the superior, high-definition image and outstanding brightness of the Roadster solution that allowed them to replace the previous three-projector/three screen setup with only two Roadster HD14K-J projectors – each lighting up a 19-foot 5-inch by 11-foot wide-format screen positioned above the stage, one on each side.

Casas Church Upgrades with Christie Projection


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Phoenix-based Audio Video Resources (AVR) recommended a new HD projection system based on a dual-screen configuration that provides a better viewing experience for the congregation – and the Christie Roadster HD14K-J proved the perfect solution.
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“It was a no-brainer to choose Christie when you looked at performance and cost,” said Chris Henley, account manager, AVR. “We did a demo of the projectors that provided a dramatic and convincing case for choosing Christie versus the competition. In fact, the projectors proved so bright that when we installed them, we set them at only 75 percent brightness level, which will also prolong the already long life of the Xenon lamps.”
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Adam Taylor, who manages Casas Church’s light and sound system, said the previous system simply did not have adequate brightness – even in low lighting. It also couldn’t produce HD-quality graphics or video content for the three Sunday services, business conferences and various concerts the Church holds throughout the year.
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Ideal for large venues, including churches, classrooms and major live events, the Christie Roadster HD14K-J 3-chip DLP® projectors deliver 13,200 lumens of brightness and Xenon illumination for the most natural colors. Equipped with Christie Twist™ HD resolution (1920 x 1080), and 3D upgradeability, the Roadster HD14K-J provides exceptional durability and stability.
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“I have always known Christie to be the industry standard and had heard great things about its customer service, so I was confident they would be right for our ministry and offer the performance and reliability required to effectively light up our worship facility,” Taylor said. “More importantly, because they are cost-effective, they also meet the frugal needs of our church leaders, who must focus our financial resources on meeting the spiritual needs of our congregation.”
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About Audio Video Resources
Audio Video Resources has over 60 years of experience in custom design, sales, integration and service of Audio Video systems. AVR provides services throughout the United States from its headquarters in Phoenix, Arizona, through its PSNI network of fifty affiliate offices across the country. AVR is recognized by InfoComm International as an Audio Visual Solutions Provider (AVSP) that provides the highest level of credibility, knowledge and recognition in the industry. It is staffed with over 50 highly qualified professionals to deliver the very best products, service and value to its clients and industry partners and is a licensed contractor in the State of Arizona. For more information, visit www.audiovideoaz.com.

Feature Productions Delivers MMA Coverage with Broadcast Pix

Billerica, Massachusetts – Broadcast Pix™ today announced that Feature Productions, a live production company based in Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada, is using Broadcast Pix Slate™ 1000 Video Control Centers™ as part of two portable production flypacks for live coverage of Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) matches and other events. The company had been renting a Slate-equipped flypack since 2009, but began using its own flypack in late May.

In southern Alberta, Feature Productions has gained a reputation for MMA video production and now works with four different MMA affiliations. According to co-owner Chris Cooke, the company was originally hired to provide image magnification (I-MAG) – featuring live coverage, instant replays, graphics, and commercials – to on-site audiences. However, event promoters took notice of the HD productions and began offering them to broadcasters. Some matches are also streamed to GoFightLive, an online pay-per-view service.

Although Cooke and co-owner Steve Prankard designed and built the first flypack three years ago, pairing the Slate with Sony cameras and a Yamaha audio board, the system was purchased through an investor. Earlier this year, Feature Productions purchased the new flypack, which is also anchored by a Slate but features JVC cameras and some logistical improvements. “We did our research and we decided Broadcast Pix was the best for us,” said Cooke.

Important selling points were Slate’s built-in clip store, CG, multi-viewer, and other Fluent™ workflow tools, which improve production efficiencies and minimize additional components in the flypacks. For example, Cooke rarely uses a USB stick to transfer files. Instead, he relies on Fluent Watch-Folders, which allow him to insert commercials and other elements into a program over the network, even in the middle of a live production. “That’s a great aspect of the Broadcast Pix,” he explained. “It’s a pretty quick process and it’s so easy during a show.”

Cooke estimated that 80 percent of the company’s business is live production. Beyond MMA, Feature Productions produces corporate events, conferences, and Western Major Baseball League (WMBL) coverage. Currently in the second year of a three-year contract, Feature Productions also handles video scoreboard productions for the ENMAX Centre in Lethbridge. Home of the Western Hockey League (WHL) Lethbridge Hurricanes and host to a number of concerts and other events, the venue features a control room built around a Broadcast Pix Granite 2000.

“We’re comfortable with Broadcast Pix, and it has a very good track record with us. We’re very confident with its reliability,” Cooke said. “Our clients love the results, and that’s the true test.”

About Broadcast Pix The leader in live video production systems, Broadcast Pix was founded in 2002 and has customers in more than 110 countries. Its Video Control Centers™ combine an integrated switcher, clip server, CG, and device control software with patented control panels, unique touch-screens, and exceptional displays that enable operators to create with confidence. That confidence is further enhanced with rock-solid stability, patented technologies to maintain lip sync, and great technical support. Systems range from compact systems controlled by touch-screen or voice automation to sophisticated 2 M/E control panels. Customers include leading broadcast, corporate, education, religious, government, webcast, entertainment and mobile studios. Learn more at www.broadcastpix.com.

Broadcast Pix, Fluent, Slate, and Video Control Centers are trademarks of Broadcast Pix, Inc. Patented. Made in USA.

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