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2013 HPA Tech Retreat Opens Registration

Thought Leaders Gather to Converse, Present and Demonstrate New Technologies

(Los Angeles, CA) The Hollywood Post Alliance(r) – the trade association for the post production community – has opened registration for the 2013 HPA Tech Retreat. The HPA Tech Retreat is the annual conference that brings together thought leaders from digital and content creation, media and entertainment, forensics, medicine, digital imaging, government, academic research and others for four days of intense conversation, learning and networking. This progressive industry event always delivers important technological developments in production, post production and broadcast. The HPA Tech Retreat is a not-to-be-missed opportunity for industry professionals.

The HPA Tech Retreat takes place February 18-22, 2013 at the Hyatt Regency in Indian Wells, California (Palm Springs area). The event features cocktail receptions, a welcome dinner, breakfast roundtables, and fireside chats, as well as opportunities for networking throughout each day.

The four-day conference also includes a Demo Room, where groundbreaking new technologies are presented. There have been significant changes in the Demo Room and in addition to new technologies, new and unique services, which haven’t been included in the past, will be on hand during the event.

While the deadline to be included in the Demo Room has passed, the HPA will continue to try to accommodate worthy submissions. Companies and service providers are urged to act quickly if they wish to be included. Inquiries concerning the Demo Room should be directed to this year’s managers, Vincent Maza or Alexa Maza at Also, the Early Bird registration deadline is Monday, January 7.

The HPA Tech Retreat program is being updated continuously and you will find it and all other information and registration at the HPA website: For questions, please contact the HPA office at 213-614-0860.

The 2013 Tech Retreat is sponsored by the Hollywood Post Alliance(r), Foundation Sponsor Dolby, as well as others to be announced soon. Media Sponsors include; Post Magazine, Shoot Magazine, Creative Handbook, Production Hub, and Sound & Picture.

About the HPA Tech Retreat(r)
The HPA Tech Retreat(r) is an informal gathering, in the Palm Springs area, of the top industry engineering, technical, and creative talent, as well as strategic business leaders focused on technology, from all aspects of digital cinema, post-production, film, television, video, broadcast, and related technology areas, for the exchange of information.

About the Hollywood Post Alliance(r)
Hollywood Post Alliance (HPA) serves the professional community of businesses and individuals who provide expertise, support, tools and the infrastructure for the creation and finishing of motion pictures, television, commercials, digital media and other dynamic media content.

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Juanes Gets Loud & Unplugged With DiGiCo & 3G Productions

?juanes.jpgFollowing the success of his MTV Unplugged special—nominated for five 2012 Latin Grammy Awards—Colombian singer-songwriter Juanes embarked on the Loud and Unplugged Tour for the greater part of 2012 with dates across the United States and Europe. The concerts echoed the intimate yet celebratory tone of the record, on which Juanes was joined by his Latin roots rock band, and guests including more


The Tiffen Company CEO Steve Tiffen joins a panel of top executives and imaging leaders to discuss the industry’s future at the PMA Official Business Keynote: Photo Industry Visionary Panel at PMA@CES
Hauppauge, NY — January 4, 2013 — The Tiffen Company, a leading manufacturer and distributor of award-winning accessories for the still imaging, video, motion picture and broadcast markets, today announced CEO Steve Tiffen will be joining top industry professionals for the PMA Official Business Keynote, the Photo Industry Visionary Panel, to be held on Wednesday, January 9, 2013 from 8:30AM – 10:15AM, in the Shimmer Cabaret Theater at the LVH. A panel of industry executives and imaging leaders, participants will share insights and their vision of where the industry is headed, presenting their personal views on the short- and long-term changes that will shape the still and moving imaging industry. In addition to Steve Tiffen, the panel will also include Mike Kahn of Sony Electronics, Reid Sullivan of Samsung and Jirair Christianian of Mike’s Camera in Boulder, Colorado. Antonio Neves of Thinqaction will moderate the panel.
PMA@CES is the place for the most concentrated exhibits of photo/imaging products and services. From capture to output, PMA@CES at The LVH (formerly the Las Vegas Hilton) is the place to be to learn about profitable products and services, reconnect with industry friends and establish vital new business connections.
International CES 2013 Lineup – What to See at the Tiffen Booth
CES press and attendees are invited to stop by the Tiffen booth (31133) for a look at Tiffen technology gear and products. Tiffen ImageMakers are scheduled to appear, along with other professional photographers, giving hands-on product demonstrations and presentations.
Steadicam Smoothee for iPhone 5: Combining the iPhone 5’s much improved camera optics with the Steadicam Smoothee technology akin to the professional $60,000 rigs used in Hollywood, users can shoot smooth high-quality footage right from their iPhones. Also on display from the Steadicam Smoothee family will be the Smoothee for the Apple® iPod touch, iPhone 3 and 4/4s, and GoPro HERO2® and the new GoPro HERO3®.
Next Generation Domke Camera Bags and Gear: For over thirty years, photographers from amateurs to pros have relied on the quality and reliability of Domke’s weather-tough camera bags, accessories and utility clothing. Tiffen’s Next Generation Domke line keeps the core Domke DNA and personality, expanding upon the line to offer the new Journalist, Metropolitan, Visionary and Adventurer series. Now with the latest PocketFlex™ and GearProtex™ technology to offer the most advanced customization capabilities, Domke bags can be ultra-personalized to fit every shooter.
Lowel Lighting: The completely portable Lowel GL-1 Power LED lets shooters move freely, focusing the light source selectively using the warm, flattering nature of the tungsten color as key, fill or accent. With the Lowel Blender 3-Light Kit, shooters can set each light output to tungsten color, or daylight, or any blend of the two for the classic three-light interview. Lowel Prime Power LEDs are brighter than many similarly sized production LEDs, with a wider, more usable 50-degree beam angle. Lowel Prime LEDs are fully DMX addressable and dimmable, and available in dedicated high CRI daylight and tungsten color models.
• Tiffen Optical Filters Featuring the Variable ND: Tiffen filters are manufactured using the company’s award-winning ColorCore™ technology, which enables Tiffen to control the color and density of its filters with greater accuracy than typical dyed-in-the-mass filters. The Variable ND filter is a versatile and flexible filter that offers users the convenience of leveraging seven Neutral Density filters in one, with eight true stops.
Tiffen Dfx 3.0: Simulating 2,000+ popular award-winning Tiffen glass filters, specialized lenses, optical lab processes, film grain, exacting color correction, plus natural light and photographic effects, the Tiffen Dfx digital filter suite is the definitive set of digital optical filters for both amateur and professional photographers and video enthusiasts worldwide.
Davis & Sanford Magnum, Artisan and Traverse Tripod Lines: A must-have tripod for the traveling photographer, the Davis & Sanford Traverse Tripod line offers compact, lightweight and versatile tripods that can be transported almost anywhere, even under the seat of an airplane. Ideal for the DSLR shooter, the Davis & Sanford Magnum XG13 tripod with FX 13 Head is the perfect combination of solid lightweight tripod legs and a very attractive multi-functional photo/video head. Light, strong and compact, the new Artisan Tripod Series offers tremendous versatility for nature and sports shooters on the go. With a maximum working height of 60 inches, Artisan Tripods have one of the highest working heights in its class.
Genustech Camera Accessories: Ideal for enthusiast to the professional, Genustech camera accessories offer a wide range of digital imaging accessories including matte boxes, 3D camera rigs, ND fader filters, camera adaptor plates and rod supports, shoulder mount kits, cheeseplates and accessories, and cages and supports.
Listec: On display at CES, the new PromptWare PW-04 and PW-10 mini teleprompter products turn your smartphone, iPod touch, tablet and similar devices into a professional teleprompter. Ideal for corporate training, small productions, presentations, interviews, blogging, and YouTube videos, the PW-04 and PW-10 come complete with case, remote control and software.
Book A Private Press Briefing
Members of the media are invited to set up a press appointment with a member of the Tiffen management team or a private product viewing. To schedule a meeting, please contact Anya Oskolkova at
About International CES 2013
The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) is the owner and producer of the International CES. CEA is the preeminent trade association promoting growth in the $186 billion U.S. consumer electronics industry. More than 2,000 companies enjoy the benefits of CEA membership, including legislative advocacy, market research, technical training and education, industry promotion, standards development and the fostering of business and strategic relationships. All profits from CES are reinvested into CEA’s industry services. Find CEA online at and
About Tiffen
Tiffen has been a leading manufacturer of photographic filters, lens accessories, software, and camera accessories for the consumer/professional imaging and the motion picture and broadcast television industries for over 70 years. The company has a rich history of innovative product design, superior optical consistency, and unparalleled quality. Tiffen has been recognized for its product and engineering excellence, earning two Technical Achievement Awards and a Scientific and Engineering Award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, as well as multiple Emmy® Awards from the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. Today, the company offers a wide range of products, which include: Tiffen® filters, Steadicam® camera stabilizing systems, Lowel® lights, Listec™ teleprompters, Tiffen Dfx® digital imaging software, Domke® bags, Davis & Sanford® tripods, Genustech® camera accessories, Zing® camera covers, Stroboframe® flash brackets, Saunders® professional trimmers, and Kodak Wratten® filters. Tiffen continues to enhance its reputation as a leading imaging accessory manufacturer through aggressive growth in the image-making accessory industry.
For more information on Tiffen, please visit:
Tiffen is a registered trademark of The Tiffen Company. All other trademarks and products mentioned herein belong to their respective owners.
Press Contact
Tiffen North America
Anya Oskolkova
Zazil Media Group
(p) 617.817.6559
(skype) anya.oskolkova

Crystal Vision shows latest virtual studio and infrastructure products at BVE 2013 (Booth D01)

ViViD 3G video delayCrystal Vision will be unveiling a mixture of its specialist products plus some essential ‘broadcast plumbing’ interface modules at BVE 2013, taking place at ExCeL in London between 26th and 28th February. Products on show on Stand D01 will include Crystal Vision’s most impressive chroma keyer yet, plus a new range of 3Gb/s-compatible video delays, a very flexible video synchronizer with Dolby decoder, and three new features for the company’s up and down converters.
BVE 2013 will see the UK launch of Crystal Vision’s new real-time chroma keyer, Safire 3, with the London venue providing an excellent opportunity for broadcasters to view the quality of the keying through hands-on demonstrations. Safire 3′s enhanced chroma keying uses an extremely sophisticated algorithm, giving excellent results with minimal sensitivity to camera noise. New key processing features include blacks, whites and greys reject for realistic shadows and a solid key, edge shaping to eliminate hard outlines, key noise reduction through the application of various filters and two-dimensional compensation for uneven illumination of the backdrop.
Working with 3Gb/s, HD and SD sources, Safire 3 makes it easy to set up a realistic chroma key by using up to 12 points on the backdrop as well as four points on the Foreground object to automatically set up the optimized processing. It includes Foreground color correction and Background video adjustments to help create a natural-looking composite picture, as well as up to ten frames of video delay adjustment for offsetting the delay caused by the graphics generators. Ideal for all live virtual productions, Safire 3 forms part of a space-saving modular system, with this single height module allowing up to 12 chroma keyers in 2RU.
Unveiled for the first time will be another of Crystal Vision’s specialist products: the ViViD 3G variable video delay – available in four versions to suit all applications and ideal for matching any system delays, from virtual studio graphics to MPEG encoders and decoders. New features appearing on a Crystal Vision video delay for the first time include 3Gb/s support, integrated fiber input/output, video proc-amp and signal timing – with a framestore synchronizer on the ‘S’ versions making it possible to apply a long delay to a video path and lock the signal to a station reference using a neat single board solution. ViViD 3G and ViViD 3GS provide half a second of video delay in 3Gb/s, one second in HD and 5.5 seconds in SD. Where a longer delay is needed, ViViD 3G-20 and ViViD 3GS-20 give ten seconds in 3Gb/s, 20 seconds in HD and 110 seconds in SD. With the flexible adjustments available in increments of pixels, lines, frames and seconds, it is easy to set the exact delay required.
SYNNER 310 is the latest addition to Crystal Vision’s embedded audio range and combines multiple functions on one board to save engineers money and rack space as well as simplify system designs. SYNNER 310 is a video synchronizer, tracking audio delay and embedder/de-embedder for 3Gb/s, HD and SD sources and up to two groups of analog and four groups of digital audio, with the additional ability to decode Dolby E by fitting the DBE-D Dolby decoder top board.
Crystal Vision has added three significant new features to its range of Up-Down 3G up/down/cross converters. Up-Down 3G allows flexible up, down and cross conversions between 3Gb/s, HD and SD sources and can perform two different conversions simultaneously and give out co-timed dual outputs, while the synchronizing version uses two synchronizers downstream of the converter to keep the output valid at all times.
Up-Down 3G’s down conversion performance has been further improved to ensure it maintains its best-in-industry status, including enhanced motion compensation de-interlacing to remove ‘jaggies’ on near horizontal lines, and improved horizontal and vertical low pass filtering to reduce the flickering of a slow vertical pan on shots with significant detail. A multitude of new aspect ratio conversions have also been added to Up-Down 3G to deal with any conceivable misshaped image that comes in, which means that the broadcaster can quickly put anything on air that they get from anywhere in any condition, particularly useful for news applications. Finally, the Up-Down-ATX 3G and Up-Down-ATXS 3G variants can now support SMPTE 2031 (as well as OP-47) to carry teletext information across different definitions.
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.


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