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Digital Nirvana Provides 2012 Corporate Social Responsibility Year-in-Review

2012 efforts focused on educating children, feeding the hungry, sheltering the homeless, and reducing domestic violence

Newark, CA – Digital Nirvana, a provider of monitoring, management and compliance systems for broadcast, cable, and satellite networks, announces details of the company’s corporate social responsibility program this year.

Vibha, a non-profit company dedicated to helping Digital Nirvana has supported domestic violence victim advocacy non-profit organization Safe Alternatives to Violent Environments (SAVE) and sponsored an international amateur online photography contest, Kalakaar 2012, to benefit impoverished children in India. The photography contest was organized by underprivileged children who Digital Nirvana has been involved with for a variety of programs. Digital Nirvana also sponsored the annual breakfast fundraiser for Abode Services, an organization that provides housing and services to homeless people and works to end the cycle of homelessness. In 2012, Digital Nirvana also helped support the Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties, Alameda County Library Foundation, child development agency Kidango and The Akshay Patra Foundation, U.S.A.

“Digital Nirvana strives to be a good Corporate Citizen and is making Corporate Social Responsibility part of its corporate culture,” said Hiren Hindocha, Co-Founder, President, and CEO of Digital Nirvana, who also serves as a board member of Abode Services. “Digital Nirvana plans to continue supporting the efforts of these non-profit organizations in 2013. Our goal is to positively impact the world, in both our community efforts, and as we continue to flourish as an innovative technology provider.”

Digital Nirvana has been working with SAVE for over five years. In 2012, the company sponsored the non-profit’s 10th Annual Breakfast Eye Opener, which brings attention to the ways domestic violence affects us all. The services provided by SAVE help to support domestic violence survivors, give them a sense of empowerment, and aid them on their journey to safety and self-sufficiency.

This year, Digital Nirvana worked with Vibha to sponsor a contest called Kalakaar – a word that translates to “artist” in Hindi. Proceeds from the international online photography competition benefitted children in need. Digital Nirvana pledged to donate one dollar for every photograph submitted, and when Kalakaar ended in mid-November, the project had raised $5,250 and gotten 13,720 ‘likes’ on Facebook. To view the winning photos from the contest, please visit:

“Providing assistance to domestic violence victims is a cause that’s close to my heart,” explained Hindocha. “An old friend of mine was a victim of domestic violence, so I’ve been personally affected by it. Services provided by SAVE and other victim advocacy organizations are critical to survivors of domestic violence. Because we feel that it’s important to have such organizations thrive, Digital Nirvana has supported various events and programs of SAVE over the past several years. Additionally, my wife, Unnati Amin, who also works at Digital Nirvana, is both a member of SAVE’s board of directors and a volunteer on their hotline.”

About Digital Nirvana

Since 1996, Digital Nirvana has been empowering customers with robust, state-of-the-art knowledge management technologies. With extensive media industry expertise, Digital Nirvana makes it possible for organizations to streamline operations and gain competitive advantage with innovative product and service offerings. The industry-leading MonitorIQ Broadcast Monitoring System from Digital Nirvana is a full-featured monitoring platform incorporating the most advanced capabilities available in an affordable, networked appliance. Digital Nirvana is headquartered in Newark, California and has operations in multiple locations globally.

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FSR Announces Plans to Return to ISE 2013

ISE Stand #7-T175

Woodland Park, NJ — FSR, manufacturer of audio and video switching, control products, and connectivity boxes, has affirmed plans to exhibit at ISE 2013, Europe’s largest tradeshow for the professional AV and electronic systems industry held from January 29-31 in Amsterdam. The Company will highlight its new T-6 Flex Control System, and accessories for the popular iPad® tablet including a secure wall holder and a PoE to USB charger.

The T6-FLEX merges FSR’s powerful, easy-to-program room control system with its popular T6 table box for easy access to a full-range of AV equipment from an elegant table box. Ideal for classrooms, boardrooms, training facilities and municipal meeting spaces, users can remotely change the volume, turn lights on and off, raise or lower the shades or screen from a touch screen integrated in the cover of a conveniently installed table box.

iPad Accessories – iPad Holder and PoE to USB Charger
FSR will also highlight recently launched and extremely practical iPad® accessories. Engineered for strength, but designed for elegance, the iPad holder provides a graceful housing for digital signage applications. The holder, compatible with the iPad 2 and the new iPad, mounts to a standard 2-gang wall box and provides an attractive, safe and secure method to mount the tablet to a wall in either landscape or portrait mode. It is available with or without access to the home button and camera to fit any application requirements. The tasteful housing features curved edges with no visible hardware, and is available in white, silver and black.

Another useful innovation, the new PoE to USB module, will be at show to offer a sensible tool for charging the iPad. The module meets the Apple iPad charging standards and can be used stand alone, with a table box, or with the iPad holder. It can easily fit inside the 2-gang box behind the iPad mount for a clean installation.

FSR will also show AV table enclosures developed specifically for the European market as well as a sampling of wall, floor and ceiling AV enclosures in Stand # 7-T175 in the RAI. Further information regarding all FSR products can be found at: Please contact to schedule a visit at ISE!

About FSR
FSR, established in 1981, manufactures a wide variety of products for the audio / video, education, hospitality, government, and religious markets, including AV floor, wall, table, and ceiling connectivity boxes, as well as a full line of interfaces, distribution amplifiers, matrix switchers, seamless switchers and CAT-5 solutions.

The company is an Energy Star Partner and complies with the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 to demonstrate its deep commitment to preserving the planet.
FSR offers live 24/7 technical and sales support throughout the country from expertly trained technicians and sales representatives. For more information:

FSR Contact: Jan Sandri
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Press Contact: Desert Moon Communications
Harriet Diener
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HSL Nominated for Two TPi Awards

Blackburn, UK based lighting and visuals rental company, HSL has been nominated for two 2013 Total Production International (TPi) Awards – for Favourite Lighting Rental Company (sponsored by Robe lighting) and Favourite Video Services Company.
HSL is one of the most proactive UK rental companies and has been nominated several times for the TPi Award for Favourite Lighting Rental Company, winning in 2008.
Being nominated for Video Services as well reflects the continuing convergence between lighting and certain elements of live video under the ‘visuals’ banner, and with it, a serious investment by HSL into LED screens and media server technology.
This took a major leap forward last year with the purchase of Martin LED screen and the full complement of Green Hippo Media Servers, Catalyst and AI.
This generally growing trend enables HSL to offer competitive lighting and LED screens/playback control packages coupled with video projectors and bespoke Video Systems, all from the same source.
HSL’s MD Simon Stuart states, “It is an amazing achievement to receive not one but two TPi nominations, especially coming from our peers in the industry, which adds proper value and credibility. It’s also a great tribute to our crew and ‘front-line road warriors’ who are out there representing the company day-to-day on shows and events. We have had an incredible year in terms of business and are really looking forward to the TPi Awards night when we can catch up with all our friends and colleagues and enjoy a fantastic evening”.
The year has been extremely busy for HSL which has seen them supply lighting and visuals to a host of high profile artists and festivals as well as a host of television and theatrical productions, corporate shows and live events.
The 2013 TPi Awards takes place on 11th February 2013 at the Novotel West London.

Blackmagic Design Announces New Low Price for Compact Videohub

Blackmagic Design today announced a new lower price on its popular Compact Videohub to $2,995.

Compact Videohub features 3 Gb/s SDI, ASI, auto switching SD, HD and 3 Gb/s SDI formats, full SDI re-clocking, USB, redundant power inputs, ethernet and serial router control for only $2,995. Compact Videohub is only two rack units and less than an inch deep. It includes advanced features such as 3 Gb/s SDI, ASI, auto switching SD, HD and 3 Gb/s SDI, as well as full SDI re-clocking at an affordable price. Compact Videohub is perfect for customers who need an incredibly tiny router that also meets tough broadcast technical requirements for performance as well as reliability.

Compact Videohub includes more control interfaces such as easy to use USB, as well as direct ethernet and RS-422 serial interfaces. Direct ethernet router control allows direct connection to a computer network for control. Ethernet control is fully compatible with Blackmagic Design’s wide and growing range of software control panels, Videohub Smart Control and Videohub Master Control hardware control panels and the exciting software based Videohub Control for Apple iPad.

“We designed the Compact Videohub to be the world’s largest 3 Gb/s SDI router that’s possible to fit into an impossibly small 2 rack unit size, while still being affordable for everyone,” said Grant Petty, CEO, Blackmagic Design, “Now, with this new affordable price, Compact Videohub is now available to smaller studios on the tightest budgets. Unlike other low cost solutions, with Compact Videohub customers get all the professional features they need without any limitations!”

Compact Videohub Key Features
• 40 SDI inputs, supports SD, HD, ASI and 3 Gb/s SDI.
• 40 SDI outputs, supports SD, HD, ASI and 3 Gb/s SDI.
• Ethernet direct network connection for control.
• Serial port for router control, supports Leitch™ protocol.
• 12 volt universal power supply included.
• Main and Redundant power connections for on-air 24/7 reliability.
• Reference input compatible with black burst and tri-sync.
• Includes full SDI re-clocking.
• Allows simultaneous SD, HD and 3 Gb/s SDI formats on the router at the same time.
• Includes free software control panels for Mac and Windows.
• Supports Blackmagic Videohub Smart Control and Videohub Master Control hardware control panels.
• Software control panel for Compact Videohub available free for Apple iPad.

Availability and Price
Compact Videohub is available now for US$2,995 from Blackmagic Design resellers worldwide.

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About Blackmagic Design
Blackmagic Design creates the world’s highest quality video editing products, color correctors, video converters, video monitoring, routers, live production switchers, disk recorders, waveform monitors and film restoration software for the feature film, post-production and television broadcast industries. Blackmagic Design’s DeckLink capture cards launched a revolution in quality and affordability, while the company’s DaVinci Emmy™ award winning color correction products have dominated the television and film industry since 1984. Blackmagic Design continues ground breaking innovations including stereoscopic 3D and 4K workflows. Founded by world leading post production editors and engineers, Blackmagic Design has offices in the USA, UK, Japan, Singapore, and Australia. For more information, please check

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Adorama Offering Special Flashpoint All-Inclusive DSLR/DV Cinema Bundle

Customers save $100 off regular cost of bundle for a limited time only
New York, NY – December 20, 2012 – Adorama, the leading supplier of photographic and consumer electronics products, is now selling the Flashpoint All-Inclusive DSLR/DV Cinema Bundle. The bundle ships with Flashpoint’s DSLR Shoulder Rig II with Rails and Quick Release System, a Matte Box System II and the Follow Focus Pro II with clip-on system, all backed by a two-year warranty. Flashpoint is Adorama’s product line featuring high quality video accessories and gear such as the DSLR/DV Cinema Bundle at price points lower than the competing name brands.
On sale now at just 499.95 USD (a savings of 100.00 USD from the list price of 599.95 USD) until January 25, the All-Inclusive DSLR/DV Cinema Bundle comes with everything a filmmaker needs. Made up of three Flashpoint components, the bundle includes: Flashpoint’s Matte Box System II, the Follow Focus Pro II, and the DSLR Shoulder Rig with Rails and Quick Release. Flashpoint’s Matte Box System II features a hinged, fold-flat flag system and can be angled to prevent stray light from striking the front of the lens, which can cause both image-fogging flare and unwanted artifacts. The Flashpoint Follow Focus Pro II quickly attaches to the rig and connects via a geared system to the lens’s focusing ring. The foundation of the All-Inclusive DSLR/DV Cinema Bundle is the DSLR Shoulder Rig with Rails and Quick Release. It can be used both for shoulder-mounted run-and-gun shooting or tripod-mounted video capturing. It features a dual 15mm carbon fiber rod system; a pair of soft, comfortable hand grips; and a molded, cushioned shoulder pad. Altogether, the shoulder rig has an effective length of just over 30 inches including the end plugs.
This solidly constructed, customizable system from Flashpoint allows a DSLR or camcorder to be perfectly positioned for the shooter’s individual size and specific shooting requirements, and spares filmmakers the need to piece together the right components for video work.
Flashpoint All-Inclusive DSLR/DV Cinema Bundle comes with:
• DSLR Shoulder Rig II with Rails and Quick Release System
• Matte Box System II
• Follow Focus Pro II with clip-on system
• Two-year warranty
See the Flashpoint All-Inclusive DSLR/DV Cinema Bundle on AdoramaTV
Pricing and Availability – Special Pricing Until January 25
The Flashpoint All-Inclusive DSLR/DV Cinema Bundle retails at 499.95 USD, regularly $599.95, for a savings of $100.00. The bundle is available online at or at the Adorama superstore located at 42 West 18th Street New York, NY 10011.
About Adorama
ADORAMA: More than a camera store.
Adorama is more than a camera store. It is one of the world’s largest photography, imaging and electronics retailers serving customers for over 30 years. Adorama has grown from its flagship NYC store to a global destination for photography and imaging. Adorama’s vast product offerings now encompass home entertainment, mobile computing, and professional audio, while its services include an in-house photo lab (AdoramaPix) and pro equipment rental (Adorama Rental Company) and its award-winning Adorama Learning Center, which offers free Learning Resources for photographers.
Adorama is listed as Forbes.coms “Best of the Web,” Internet Retailers Top 100, and in Consumer Reports as a leading Photography & Electronic Retailer. Visit ADORAMA at
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U-T TV Adopts Integrated Media Strategy, Relies on JVC ProHD Cameras for News Coverage

WAYNE, NJ – JVC Professional Products Company, a division of JVC Americas Corp., today announced that U-TV TV, the in-house television station for U-T San Diego, the newspaper previously known as The San Diego Union-Tribune, is using six GY-HM790 ProHD cameras for ENG and studio work.

Manchester Lynch Integrated Media, which purchased the Tribune in late 2011, built the U-T TV operation from scratch earlier this year. Housed on an upper floor of the U-T San Diego facility, the studio houses three sets and is used to produce 12 hours of live programming each day.

“Our studio was built with an open floor plan and actually is in the middle of the U-T San Diego news floor,” explained Paul Forgét, U-T TV production supervisor. “Part of our morning set looks directly into that newsroom as the background. It’s an appropriate backdrop for the blending of print, television, and Web, which exemplifies the new strategy of an integrated media platform.”

The station covers news from all of San Diego County (DMA #28). Programming is available on the Web at, and is also available to AT&T U-verse and Cox Cable subscribers. Forgét believes the multi-platform approach will likely become a benchmark for other media outlets.

Five of the GY-HM790 cameras are used for ENG coverage, while one is used in the studio as a handheld unit during broadcasts. “JVC cameras provide the ease of use and reliability needed to quickly acquire and ingest content,” Forgét said. “JVC cameras are a known quantity in the industry. We did well to choose them.”

U-T TV was quick to embrace JVC’s native file recording to non-proprietary SDHC media cards. “I could not imagine ever using tape as media again,” Forgét noted. “Working with SDHC cards gives U-T TV the ability to acquire and manage media quickly and efficiently. The .MOV file format is a no-brainer. It simply allows us to operate at max efficiency with our NLE.”

Forgét said U-T TV’s shooters are also pleased with the performance of the ProHD cameras in the field. “We are very satisfied with the image quality of the GY-HM790s. I never get complaints about these rigs. They work both ergonomically and handle content transfer with great efficiency,” he added. “In the end, it’s about telling a story – and JVC rigs allow us to do this well.”


Headquartered in Wayne, New Jersey, 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 equipment. For further product information, visit JVC’s Web site at or call (800) 582-5825.

Professional Wireless Systems Completes Studio Upgrade in the Windy City

CHICAGO, DECEMBER 19, 2012—Professional Wireless Systems (PWS), a Masque Sound Company and experts in supplying and supporting wireless systems for live and broadcast events, recently completed a quality assurance review and upgrades to the state-of-the-art WMAQ-TV studio located in downtown Chicago.

Earlier this year, the Steve Harvey show moved into the WMAQ-TV studios inside NBC Tower. Since PWS previously installed the wireless solutions at the studio, it was tasked with conducting several modifications and upgrades to the system. “Steve Harvey has a lot more gear, especially since they have an additional six to eight people using IFBs,” says John Garrido, PWS. “Due to the show’s relocation, WMAQ asked us to check their system to ensure everything was working properly and was up to par, since they were moving the shows and studios around. We had some tweaks and made certain the studio’s capabilities were on the same level from before the move.”

In addition, PWS provided a custom RF remote panel to accommodate outdoor shoots. The team modified antennas near a window, allowing the production team to easily enable/disable set levels for outdoor wireless capabilities. “We customized it to give them more control to turn on/off from a remote location,” adds Garrido. “If they want to shoot outside, they can simply flip a switch, making it much easier. Now, Steve Harvey or someone on his team can go outside and interview people on the street.”

WMAQ-TV is the NBC owned-and-operated television station in Chicago. It maintains primary studios and business offices at the NBC Tower in the Streeterville neighborhood and operates an auxiliary street-level studio at 401 North Michigan Avenue, on the Magnificent Mile. Currently, WMAQ broadcasts a total of 26 hours of local news per week.

About Masque Sound
Founded in 1936 by a trio of Broadway stagehands, Masque Sound evolved into one of NYC’s most successful theatrical sound reinforcement, installation and design companies specializing in theatrical, house of worship, sporting, corporate, TV broadcast and live concert events. Celebrating more than 75 years in the industry, the company is lead by Geoff Shearing, the firm’s 3rd generation owner, and General Manager Stephanie Hansen. The company also operates Florida-based Professional Wireless Systems, a leader in the development and implementation of wireless technology. Credits range from major Broadway shows and tours including “Phantom of the Opera,” “Mamma Mia!,” “Lion King,” “Jersey Boys,” “Memphis,” “The Book of Mormon,” “Newsies” and “Once” to yearly Super Bowl broadcasts and installations of varying sizes, including New York’s New Victory Theater and historic St. Bartholomew’s Church. Masque Sound’s 70,000 sq. ft. corporate headquarters and main assembly facility is located at 21 East Union Ave., East Rutherford, NJ, 20 minutes from midtown Manhattan. For more information, call (201) 939-8666 or visit

MediaSilo Offering New Class of Hybrid Cloud/Ground Solutions That Provide Enterprise Search and Workflow Automation

First Solution, Ubiquity, Makes Any SAN, NAS, or MAM System Searchable Anywhere and From Any Device

BOSTON — Dec. 18, 2012 — MediaSilo, a provider of cloud-based media workflow and collaboration solutions, today announced that it is partnering with key systems integrators (SIs) to launch hybrid solutions giving enterprise customers anywhere, anytime access to content stored in their ground-based SAN, NAS, or MAM media repositories. The first of these hybrid solutions is the server appliance Ubiquity. Developed by media SI XPlatform Consulting, Ubiquity enables users to perform a single federated search across multiple SAN, NAS, or MAM systems and facilitates hybrid ground/cloud workflows for capturing, transcoding, and reviewing media assets.

“Creatives at large enterprises have complex workflows for storing and managing their media, coupled with a requirement to collaborate remotely for the creation, approval, and release of content,” said Kai Pradel, CEO, MediaSilo. “Many of these companies have a large investment in multiple SAN, NAS, or MAM systems spread over multiple sites, but their employees lack an easy means of finding and accessing the content remotely. By integrating with partners such as XPlatform, we’re able to offer these enterprises the best of both worlds: the anywhere, anytime access of the cloud, combined with the security and familiarity of their SAN, NAS, or MAM systems on the ground.”

Ubiquity is a workflow orchestration and automation platform that seamlessly integrates the MediaSilo cloud service with leading digital asset management, video encoding, cloud storage, CDN, and digital file delivery technologies. With Ubiquity, media companies can catalog multiple components of ground media storage including NAS systems, SANs, or MAM systems and then live-sync these repositories to the MediaSilo cloud. MediaSilo automatically stores metadata and low-res proxy versions of the full-resolution content stored on the ground, making it easy for media professionals at any location to browse the content they’re looking for simply by logging onto the MediaSilo interface.

Through Ubiquity’s business process management (BPM) features, XPlatform can create custom workflows that integrate multiple vendor technologies such as transcoding and accelerated file transfer. One instance would be an on-location dailies workflow that automatically ingests content, generates high-quality proxies, and uploads the proxies to MediaSilo to enable people at remote locations to review the dailies. Many manual steps are eliminated, and the review workflow is accelerated through ubiquitous access to the content, giving media companies immediate and transparent awareness of their available media assets, wherever they originate and wherever they’re stored.

Ubiquity is the first in a series of third-party solutions that will integrate with the MediaSilo cloud system to give media enterprises a new level of transparency, access, and control over their global content workflows. More information about MediaSilo solutions is available at

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About MediaSilo
Based in Boston, MediaSilo Inc. provides cloud-based media workflow and collaboration solutions for creative teams. Built by media professionals for media professionals, the MediaSilo platform provides content creators and production teams with the ability to search, review, store, manage, share, and convert media quickly and easily from anywhere in the world. More information can be found at

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Vista Systems’ Spyders and J3 Productions LLC Team Visually Energize ABC Election Night 2012 Set

As if Election Night 2012 wasn’t exciting enough, TV and cable networks pulled out all the stops and spared no expense to generate visually compelling election results programming. At ABC, having Vista Systems’ Spyders in the house meant easy image delivery to a dynamic set designed for hosts Diane Sawyer and George Stephanopoulos working from a studio at the epicenter of New York City’s Times Square.

John Mims, of J3 Productions LLC in Austin, Texas, once again chose the powerful Spyder platform to manage digital video signal distribution and pixel mapping for the background video displays seen on the ABC set. Mims selected two Spyder X20 1608 systems running in a parallel configuration to handle Election Night tasks.

The Spyders fed imagery to a number of destinations on the set. A seamless video wall, comprised of 27 60-inch Sharp monitors in a 9×3 configuration, formed an atmospheric background for the news anchors. “I took three HD cameras fixed on three points in Times Square – the Reuters’ sign, the NASDAQ sign and ABC’s outside reader board – and blended them and overlapped them to get a soft border effect for the outdoor atmosphere of this large, beautiful canvas,” Mims explains.

The Spyders also fed seven 60-inch Sharp displays, which were rotated 90 degrees and seamlessly joined to create a roughly 4:1 aspect ratio used as a background image for a panel of expert political analysts. “The studio initially thought that creating seven media files rotated to feed the wall was going to be a challenge with media production,” he says. “Because of Spyder’s processing ability I was able to propose another more cost-effective method. Once sold on the idea, I designed a media template for the ABC designers to run with.”

Mims resolved the issue by simply creating media at the native resolution of all the displays combined and then applying that media to a custom pixel space matching that resolution. “This worked flawlessly, and the studio was impressed with the amiable capabilities of the Spyders’ mapping engine to handle the seven rotated outputs,” he points out. “The Spyders’ superior pixel mapping ability made applying content simple, streamlined and very effective.”

Additionally, the Spyders delivered content to a Barco NX 4mm LED wall in a circular shape, which displayed an interactive map of the national polling results. “The main challenge of this application was the angle from which the floor was seen on camera,” says Mims. “It’s natural, when viewing or shooting LED from extreme angles, that the eye doesn’t comprehend all sub RGB pixels in each LED pixel. In most cases, depending on the angle and content, the images look cyan or magenta. Our solution for this problem was to stretch a rear projection surface across the screen to create a flat, evenly colored surface for the camera to shoot. The result was a stunning mix of creativity and technology in a simple form.”

Finally, the Spyder duo fed an Everbrighten 5mm LED wall, which formed a header completely rimming the upper section of the set.

A long-time Spyder user, Mims credits the Vista Systems staff with being “instrumental in helping me achieve an expert level understanding of their product and how it works. Years ago, they were kind enough to take me through very privileged, in-depth, component-level training that has been very critical in my success as an operator. While the Spyder is a superior video scaling, switching, source and destination management system, its true advantage is the people behind the product: Every individual behind the Spyder is simply the best in the industry.”

About Vista Systems
Vista Systems’ switchers have become the industry standard for live multiple-destination video and data mixed signal switching with real-time windowing and composition. Vista Systems is a part of Christie, a global leader in visual solutions for business, entertainment and industry, to create a comprehensive source for image processing and projection solutions. For more information on Vista Systems, visit their website at

German Systems Integrator Broadcast Solutions Selects Axon 3G Glue for Two New Outside Broadcast Vehicles for Russia

Netherlands-based AV conversion, processing and compliance recording specialist, AXON Digital Design, has been selected by leading German systems integration company, Broadcast Solutions GmbH, to provide Synapse modular processing equipment for two new high definition (HD) outside broadcast (OB) vehicles.
The 3Gb/s capable vehicles have been commissioned by Russian broadcast systems company, ANO Sports Broadcasting and will add to its extensive mobile production facilities that are being developed to support the broadcast of the forthcoming Olympic Winter Games in Russia.
One vehicle is configured as a large master control room for ANO Sports Broadcasting’s extensive fleet of OB trucks with five discrete areas providing feed/line control, supervisor area, server control, audio control and a main technical area. A second support vehicle contains a complete flight-case based eight-camera production unit. Also, the vehicle includes a 2.4 meter SNG System.
In both trucks, Axon has installed a number of different 3Gb/s capable broadcast glue modules from its Synapse range. These will fulfill a range of signal processing requirements from analogue video D/A to dual-channel up conversion.
All basic SD/HD up, down and cross signal conversion and synchronization – the fundamental glue that binds together the vehicles’ production workflows – is supported by Axon’s GXGO10 module. The GXG010 is a low latency up, down, cross converters with 16 channel audio transparency. The GXG010 are compatible with 270Mb/s,1.5Gb/s and 3Gb/s for full 1080p/50 or 1080p/59.94 use.
Another key component in the vehicle’s production workflow is the Axon GQW220 quad split modules since within the MCR vehicle they control 160 picture feeds which are simultaneously viewed over a bank of ten 47-inch monitors.
The GQW220 is a high-quality 4x 3Gb/s or HD or SD-SDI (in any combination) to QWXGA converter based on DVI or 3Gb/s HD SDI output. The unit supports resolutions up to 1920×1200 resolution and a Tally and UMD OSD is also included. This advanced feature set enables a very compact monitor solution with the UMD and Tally as part of the set. Time code support is also included. It supports LTC, SNTP, ATC and VITC standards. Axon developed de-interlacing and scaling algorithms ensure crisp picture quality.

“Our customer, ANO Sports Broadcasting, is a highly ambitious broadcast service provider with a great vision of the future,” commented Stefan Breder, CEO at Broadcast Solutions. “To match their vision we needed technology partners that share this vision and Axon is such a company. Already, Synapse is found in many of the ANO Sports Broadcasting OB vehicles and it meets all of their requirements for advanced broadcast glue.”
Already, ANO Sport has a good experience in using Axon equipment for other projects, so they made a clear decision to integrate Axon technology in this project. The result is that, at the next Olympic Winter Games Axon will be the main supplier of infrastructure equipment used for the broadcast coverage.
“Broadcast Solutions is a leading systems integrator, not only in Germany but also throughout the world, so we are delighted to support them in the design and construction of these two advanced OB facilities,” said Harry Kanters, Axon’s Director of Marketing & Sales “We are seeing strong growth in our German operations and these prestigious projects help to grow our profile in this important European market, which is stressed by the appointment of Michael Schneider, Area Sales Manager at Axon Germany. ”


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