Archive for January 7th, 2013

Faith Assembly of God Installs FOR-A’S HVS-350HS Video Switcher as Central Video Production Hub of New Campus

Fort Lee, N.J.– When Faith Assembly Church moved from their main campus in Orlando, Florida to a nearby significantly larger 300,000 square foot space, the organization had big plans of making their megachurch technically savvy on a tight budget. After two and a half years of construction, the first phase of the process is finished, and the church recently opened its doors for services. Included in the list of new equipment installed and key to the church’s video production is a FOR-A HVS-350HS HD/SD 1.5 M/E Video Switcher, which is set in the video control room of the complex. The Encore Broadcast Solutions team, led by Jeff Cameron of the company’s Winter Springs, FL, office, provided systems integration services on this large-scale project. Encore was tasked with design, sales, and installation of all audio, video, and lighting systems in the entire complex.

“We put a lot of time and effort into determining the products that would best fit the church’s needs,” said Gadiel Marquez, Encore’s systems design engineer. “We chose FOR-A’s switcher because of the flexibility it offers. The HVS-350HS brings powerful production value, and has the ability to easily accommodate all of Faith Assembly’s video production needs. Our experience with FOR-A equipment is that their products are extremely reliable and long lasting. We believe that with the HVS-350HS switcher, we’ve prepped Faith Assembly for a long future of dependable video production.”

Faith Assembly utilizes video in a variety of ways, including live streaming of church services to reach its audience in multiple continents, streaming of baptisms, concert production, and production of wedding ceremonies.

The main campus includes six main venues, each with full audio, video, and lighting capabilities. They are: the main sanctuary, the wedding chapel, two theaters for children, an atrium and a dining hall. The entire complex is completely integrated, with HD/SDI capability from one location to the next and a common intercom channel that runs throughout the entire campus. To simplify the learning curve for the church’s mix of paid employees and volunteer staff, all buildings on the property have the exact same video package.

“We did this to allow our personnel to familiarize themselves with the technology in one control room, then walk into another venue and have the exact same setup to deal with,” said Robb Hawks, Faith Assembly’s Executive Pastor. “We’ve made video production easier in other ways too. All of the equipment in our dining hall is on rolling racks, so that we can easily transport the gear to another room if needed. The ability to quickly move production equipment from one venue to the next is particularly handy as we move forward with our next phase of construction in different areas of the complex.”

The 2,700-seat auditorium in the main sanctuary features a multi-screen configuration, including a 60-foot wide main center screen and DPI Quad Projectors. Faith Assembly selected Hitachi HD cameras, which they felt offered excellent high definition quality with a reasonable price tag. The cameras are equipped with Angenieux lenses and are set in the sound booth in the back of the auditorium. The church is also equipped with Turbo Sound speakers.

In all of the design criterion within the new Faith Assembly campus, there is a strict attention to detail. For example, to streamline the process of checking people into the church for various activities, an automated system was installed to quickly sign family members into different venues. A 9×16 LED jumbo screen video wall was purchased from the Orlando Magic NBA team to provide digital signage in the church’s bookstore. Three of the venues have robotic camera systems, including the wedding chapel, which was custom built to switch wedding ceremonies live, then quickly render a DVD for viewing during the reception.

The church looked for ways to cut costs in the long term, in addition to selecting cost-effective equipment. Faith Assembly purchased LED light fixtures for use on the main floor of their sanctuary, which cut their electrical use down by 75 percent. With this lighting, the church continually saves money on both electricity and air conditioning, since the lighting fixtures use only a fraction of the heat as typical lighting solutions.

“So much time and effort was put into this project and in working with Encore, we were able to put together a very open infrastructure with a lot of flexibility,” said Hawks. “We’re extremely pleased with the level of sophistication we’ve been able to achieve technically and within our budget. Using FOR-A’s video switcher has greatly contributed to our success, and Faith Assembly is confident that our efficient video production setup will help us thrive as an organization.”

About FOR-A

FOR-A is a major manufacturer and distributor of video and audio systems to the broadcast, postproduction and professional video markets. For more information about FOR-A’s product line, call 201-944-1120 or visit our web site at www.for-a.com.

Anton/Bauer Honored with Academy Award® for Scientific and Technical Achievement

Cine VCLX Portable Power System Recognized for Contributing Significant Value to the Making of Motion Pictures

BEVERLY HILLS, JANUARY 7, 2013—Anton/Bauer®, part of Vitec Videocom, a Vitec Group company, and a premier global provider of batteries, chargers, lighting and other mobile power systems for the professional broadcast, video and film industries, is pleased to announce that its CINE VCLX Portable Power System has been honored with a Scientific and Engineering Award (Academy Plaque) from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (A.M.P.A.S®). Representatives from the company will accept this prestigious award at the annual A.M.P.A.S® Scientific and Technical Awards presentation, taking place on Saturday, February 9, 2013. Anton/Bauer engineers Joe Murtha, William Frederick and Jim Markland have been recognized for their design and creation of the CINE VCLX.

A.M.P.A.S® Scientific and Technical Awards honor those technologies and solutions that have demonstrated a proven record of contributing significant value to the process of making motion pictures. Understanding the unique needs of film and digital cinema production, Anton/Bauer designed the CINE VCLX power system to provide ultimate power performance, extended run times and flexibility. Solving a common production dilemma, the CINE VCLX series allows users to not only power cameras, but also the supplementary equipment, such as lighting, required for production. Thanks to the safety and high-power-draw performance of the Nickel Metal Hydride (Ni-MH) cell chemistry technology found in the CINE VCLX series, this one solution can handle the specific needs of 24V film, 14V video and 28V digital cinema equipment, plus all accessories. Anton/Bauer CINE batteries also feature a RealTime® LCD that accurately displays remaining run time and a visual LED warning indicator, which is activated when 15 minutes of run time remain.

“We could not be more pleased to have received such a distinguished honor for the CINE VCLX Portable Power System,” says Dan Fitzpatrick, general manager, Anton/Bauer. “Our engineering team consistently strives to create solutions that are specific to the needs of our end users. The CINE VCLX has become an industry standard, powerful enough to safely and reliably run cameras such as the ARRI® ALEXA for more than four hours, while also powering 200W HMI lights, LED panels and portable microwave units. There’s no greater stamp of approval than recognition from The Academy®.”

Portions of the Scientific and Technical Awards presentation will be included in the telecast of the Academy Awards® for outstanding film achievements of 2012 on Sunday, February 24, 2013, at the Dolby Theatre™ at Hollywood & Highland Center®, and televised live on the ABC Television Network. The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 225 countries worldwide.

For more information, visit www.antonbauer.com or call (203) 929-1100.

About Anton/Bauer
Anton/Bauer is recognized as the world’s innovator and a premier provider of batteries, chargers, lighting and other key mobile power systems for the professional broadcast, video and film and medical technology industries. Based in the United States in Shelton, CT with offices in Europe and Asia, Anton/Bauer was established in 1970 and has expanded its product offerings to include many signature lines such as its leading Gold Mount® system, InterActive® chargers and Logic Series® batteries such as the HyTRON® 50, 100 and 140, and DIONIC® 90, HD, HC and HCX. Their products are compatible with every camera brand on the market today. Other Anton/Bauer high performance products include the Ultralight® 2, ElipZ®, CINE VCLX and the Tandem 150 Modular Charging System. Their superior-quality products have become an industry standard. For more information on Anton/Bauer, visit www.antonbauer.com.

About Vitec Videocom
Vitec Videocom brings together some of the most respected, most innovative and most sought-after brands in the industry: Anton/Bauer, Autoscript, Litepanels, OConnor, Petrol, Sachtler, Vinten and Vinten Radamec. It acts as an endorsing brand for these market-leading broadcast, film and pro video products, encouraging multi-brand system sales and simplifying the way that customers worldwide do business.

Vitec Videocom is an operating division within the Vitec Group, an international business serving customers in the broadcast, photographic and military aerospace and government markets. Vitec is based on strong, well known, premium brands on which its customers rely on worldwide.

Vitec Videocom – innovative products around the camera.

Colorflow Debuts Next Generation Post Facility in the San Francisco Bay Area

Berkeley, CA—Colorflow, a full-service post-production company specializing in color grading for independent films, documentaries, long-form television and similar projects, has opened an all-new, state-of-the-art facility in the historic Saul Zaentz Media Center in Berkeley, California. The 7500-square foot facility features three color grading and finishing suites, and a DCI-compliant DI grading theater. Colorflow has recently provided color grading and finishing services for a number of films, including Heatstroke, a suspense thriller from Bold Films; and A River Changes Course, a documentary set to premiere at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival.

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A.C.T Lighting Named as Clay Paky’s Exclusive North American Distributor

A.C.T Lighting, Inc. is pleased to announce that it has been named the exclusive distributor for Clay Paky lighting in the US and Canada.

Based on A.C.T Lighting’s performance as a North American distributor of Clay Paky fixtures over the past two years, comments Clay Paky Area Manager for North and Latin America, Francesco Romagnoli said, “We felt that naming A.C.T Lighting as our exclusive distributor is the best step we could take to ensure our growth in this very important market. A.C.T Lighting has not only set sales records for North America but also provided the excellent after-sales service that Clay Paky has been known for.”

Bob Gordon, president and CEO of A.C.T Lighting, affirmed his company’s extraordinary sales records with Clay Paky products and said, “We are proud that our sales records in North America have propelled us to the position of number-one Clay Paky distributor in the world by sales during the past two years. We are delighted to have achieved exclusive status with Clay Paky’s wide array of cutting-edge products.”

A.C.T Lighting, with offices in New York, Los Angeles and Canada, was founded in 1993 with the mission to identify leading high-technology products, gain exclusivity, and stock, support and service those products as if they were their own.

Italy-based Clay Paky has been producing lighting systems since 1976 for theater, television, live events, clubs, trade shows, theme parks, conferences, corporate presentations and architecture. The company is renowned for its moving-body and moving-mirror projectors, color changers, followspots, and projectors for architectural lighting and lighting effects.

About A.C.T Lighting

A leading importer and distributor of lighting products, A.C.T Lighting, Inc. strives to identify future trends and cutting-edge products, and stock, sell and support their inventory. The company provides superior customer service and value for money to all of its clients.

For more information call 818-707-0884.

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