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Nexidia Wins NewBay Media Product Innovation Award

ATLANTA — Nov. 12, 2013 — Nexidia, developer of dialogue and audio analysis products and technologies for optimizing audio and video media, today announced it has received the 2013 NewBay Media Product Innovation Award for Nexidia Dialogue Search. Nexidia Dialogue Search is a tool that rapidly searches through media libraries large and small to find any spoken word or phrase in seconds. The NewBay Media Product Innovation Awards honor outstanding product introductions that serve TV, professional video, and broadcast/online radio organizations.

Nominations were submitted by manufacturers. Winners were selected by a panel of professional users and will be featured in TV Technology, Digital Video, Creative Planet Network, Government Video, Video Edge, Radio World, and Radio magazines. Evaluation criteria included innovation of concept and design, creative use of technology, value, and suitability for use in a broadcast TV/radio or professional video environment.

“It’s an honor to have been selected for a NewBay Product Innovation Award because winners were chosen by people who actually use the products, and knowing we have their approval is the ultimate validation of our work,” said Drew Lanham, senior vice president and general manager of Nexidia’s Media and Entertainment division. “This award shows us that users see Dialogue Search as an invaluable tool in enabling them to find, manage, and leverage their media assets.”

Rules and other information about the award program can be found at http://bit.ly/155976o.

More information about Nexidia Dialogue Search and other Nexidia products is available at www.nexidia.tv.

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About NewBay Media
NewBay Media’s mission is to connect our audiences to authoritative, informative, and compelling content, in print, digitally, and in person, and to offer unsurpassed value and innovation for our advertisers, sponsors and business partners. Our brands include TV Technology, Digital Video, Creative Planet Network, Government Video, Video Edge, Radio World, Radio magazine, Broadcasting & Cable, Multichannel News, TV Technology, Music Week, MI Pro, TWICE, Systems Contractor News, Tech & Learning, Guitar Player, and Guitar World.

About Nexidia
Nexidia is the audio and video search company with patented technologies and breakthrough applications that make it quick and easy for customers to gain new insight, boost their competitive advantage, and monetize large volumes of audio and video assets from entertainment, sports, news, education, corporate, government, financial, house of worship, and non-profit organizations. More information is available at www.nexidia.tv.

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Projection Studio Illuminates York Again

Creative Projection guru Ross Ashton from The Projection Studio in London and Sound Artist Karen Monid produced their third son et lumière “Triquetra” in the historical city of York, UK, for the 2013 ‘Illuminating York’ Festival of Art.


The acclaimed work – which received massive coverage in the local and national press and an incredible public response – was beamed onto Clifford’s Tower. Once the keep at York’s famous Castle, the imposing Clifford’s Tower sits on top of a tall mound and is one of York’s signature pieces of architecture as well as among the most popular attractions in Yorkshire. English Heritage owns the tower, and Ashton was delighted to have the opportunity to apply his spectacular and unique visual magic.
The giant images stretched 75 metres wide across the base of the mound and were 25 metres tall, filling the whole space, lifting the landmark out of its surroundings using 3D modeling to accentuate the shape of the architecture and landscape for the 15 minute looped video show.
Combined with Monid’s vibrant soundtrack, this was a truly groundbreaking work for the city and the festival as well as for Ashton’s extensive portfolio of projecting onto iconic structures, landmarks and spaces worldwide.
After the first site visit, Ashton and Monid realized the enormous potential of Clifford’s Tower for 3D mapped video and applied the technique on a grand scale. They carried out meticulous research to create the content on which they worked for several months.
The projections were physically realized using eight Christie 18K machines, run as four doubled up pairs to maximize the brightness, with a d3 server control system running all the video content. The equipment was located on specially constructed towers at the base of the mound and supplied by QED with a team led by Richard Porter.
Ashton and Monid unfolded their complex but beautifully engaging narrative about the three Kings of Denmark – Harold Bluetooth, Sweyn Forkbeard, the first Viking King of England and Cnut The Great and followed their dynastic journey from local pagan rulers to Christian empire builders of the North.
The ‘Triquetra’ is a three part ancient symbol that contains three interlocked vesica pieces. Ashton and Monid saw this as the perfect name for the piece as it is a symbol that had significance to the pagan Vikings as a symbol of Odin, and was transformed into a symbol of the Trinity when the Vikings converted to Christianity. A process that was overseen by the three Viking Kings of the narrative.

Ashton and his team at The Projection Studio created all the artwork either from scratch, or by using contemporary documents and flat artwork.
The sound setup consisted of D&B C7 system and was supplied by Sheffield based AVLS, led by Tom Vickers. The audio was played out using an ADAT machine and the 5.1 surround mix further drew the amassed crowds into the work and fully immersed them in the action.
It featured striking voiceovers in Old English, Old Norse and Latin tongues for which Monid had put out a call for speakers, and received an incredible response from the student and academic community from five universities including York and Cambridge – who welcomed the chance to express themselves like this in these languages. Their readings were taken from manuscripts and documents of that early medieval period.
‘Triquetra’ was the largest and most spectacular of the digital artworks that graced York for the four day 2013 Festival.

Described as “A stunning centrepiece to Illuminating York that worked beautifully and sensitively to re-imagine Clifford.s Tower” by Gill Cooper, Head of Arts, Heritage & Culture at the City of York Council, it helped pull over 27,000 visitors to the city to see and enjoy the installations. Local production management was provided by Ben Pugh.

Says Ashton, “Naturally it was a great honour to be asked back again for the third time and to be able to work in such an amazing location. Its many challenges were a joy to overcome and it has been one of the most interesting and rewarding projects of the year, even more so after seeing and hearing the public’s reaction”.

Russian Broadcast Production Powerhouse TTC Ostankino Upgrades to Calrec Audio

TTC in Final Stage of Commissioning First Eight Audio Consoles

HEBDEN BRIDGE, U.K. — Nov. 12, 2013 — Calrec Audio made a major sale to Television Technical Center Ostankino (TTC), the largest television studio facility and broadcast production company in Russia. TTC has purchased four Apollo consoles and four Artemis Light consoles to date as part of a two-year project to upgrade all 11 studios in its Moscow facility.

The new Calrec gear will enable TTC broadcasters to produce programs in 5.1 format; control audio remotely from third-party routers; share I/O and signals among studios via simple fiber links; and quickly reconfigure consoles between programs, leading to more efficient use of the studios. The consoles have been supplied and are being installed by Russian system integrator OKNO-TV. Four consoles are in use now, and the remaining four are scheduled to be commissioned soon.

The TTC facility houses more than 20 other Russian TV broadcasters transmitting more than 100 hours of programming per day. TTC is linked by cable, radio relay, and satellite with practically all television centers in Russia and also facilitates the exchange of television programs over the Intervision and Eurovision networks. TTC also has production-company clients that will use the consoles for a wide variety of programs, from magazine-type programs to government projects.

“Because we often hire them out to other production companies, our refurbished studios must be reliable, flexible, and able to handle the most complex and diverse programming,” said Roman Katrovsky, sound specialist from OKNO-TV. “The Calrec consoles will give us the ability to connect desks within a studio or cross-connect with other studios for full redundancy and added reliability. Also, as Russia transitions to HD, some programs will be produced in 5.1, some in stereo, and some in both. With these consoles, we’ll be able to change configurations instantly to suit the requirements for different programs. Such features significantly lower downtime and setup time, which saves money.”

So far TTC is installing one 64-fader Apollo console and one 48-fader Artemis Light console in each of four studios. Within each studio, the Apollo desk in the control room is connected via Calrec’s Hydra2 audio routing system to an Artemis Light desk on the studio floor. There are also three flight-cased stage boxes per studio. I/O and signals will be shared between consoles via the Hydra2 network.

TTC chose Calrec consoles for its facility overhaul after leading Russian subscription channel NTV-PLUS — which is in the same building as TTC — adopted Calrec for its own operations.

“It became clear to us that Calrec consoles offered superior technology and networking possibilities compared to the other brands we have been using up to now,” Katrovsky said.

“TTC’s commitment to Calrec consoles and the Hydra2 network represents a major inroad for us into the Russian market, which has historically been dominated by other brands,” said Michael Reddick, European sales manager, Calrec Audio. “We expect that other broadcasting facilities will take their cue from one of Eastern Europe’s largest broadcasting centers.”

Information about Calrec and its products is available at www.calrec.com and www.community.calrec.com.

Photo Link: www.wallstcom.com/Calrec/TTC.zip

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About Calrec Audio Ltd.
Calrec Audio, part of D&M Holdings Inc., is exclusively dedicated to excellence in audio mixing for on-air and live production. A broadcast specialist for more than 40 years, Calrec has developed a range of digital consoles relied on by the world’s most successful broadcasters. For putting sound in the picture, broadcasters put their trust in Calrec. More information is available at www.calrec.com and www.community.calrec.com.

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BTV Post Places First Order for Snell Alchemist OD File-Based Standards Conversion

Software-Only Platform Will Enable Flexible, Scalable Conversion in File Domain While Assuring Exceptional Visual Quality

READING, U.K. — Nov. 12, 2013 — Snell today announced that BTV Post has placed the first order for Alchemist On Demand (OD), the new software-only version of Snell’s acclaimed Alchemist Ph.C-HD standards converter. BTV Post and its sister company, Electric Sky, will use Alchemist OD to convert an extensive and varied catalogue of premium content so that they can deliver titles on all platforms and in all territories at every possible frame rate and size.

“We are proud to be the first company to invest in Snell’s new conversion software,” said Jon Lee, the chief technical officer for BTV Post. “BTV Post has been an unrivaled expert in frame-rate conversion for many years, and Snell’s flagship Alchemist has always been at the heart of its workflows. Today, a full 90 percent of BTV Post conversions begin, reside, or end in the digital file domain, and throughout extensive testing, the Alchemist OD conversion solution has demonstrated that it can provide unparalleled quality and breathtaking results in this realm.”

“Alchemist OD makes it easy to bring frame-rate conversion seamlessly into file-based workflows,” said Robert Rowe, chief technology officer at Snell. “The solution supports a wide range of content standards and provides the best results the first time and every time for all variety of demanding content. As a result, companies such as BTV Post and Electric Sky can confidently leverage valuable content to its best possible advantage in markets around the globe.”

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About BTV Post:
BTV Post is a cutting-edge production facility, leading the way in post-production, digital media solutions, and video editing. A specialist in HD, 3D, and 4K content, BTV Post delivers on behalf of the world’s most prominent production companies across all genres, standards, and formats. In 2004 it opened its doors to Brighton’s creative and digital media community, growing rapidly to attract an international client base, as well as a diverse range of creative producers around the world. In 2010 BTV Post opened a second facility in London, Soho, aimed at putting it at the forefront of stereoscopic 3D, digital media services, and traditional post-production. More information is available at www.btvpost.com.

About Snell and Alchemist OD:
Snell is a leading innovator in digital media technology, providing broadcasters and global media companies with a comprehensive range of solutions for creating, managing, and streamlining the distribution of content for today’s multi-screen world. Specializing in TV Everywhere and Live TV applications, Snell provides the necessary tools to transition seamlessly and cost-effectively to 4K UHDTV, file-based, and 3Gbps operations, while enabling broadcasters to monetize and deliver their media assets across multiple distribution platforms. Alchemist OD is the new software-only version of Snell’s acclaimed Alchemist Ph.C-HD standards converter. It offers instant access to high quality, rapid, anytime frame-rate conversion of media files and utilizes Snell’s unique Ph.C (phase correlation) technology for breathtaking quality. From international program delivery to integration of movies or user-generated material into schedules, Alchemist OD makes it easy to bring frame-rate conversion seamlessly into file-based workflows. More information is available at www.snellgroup.com.

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SMPTE Fellow Chris Cookson Earns Only Individual Honor at Engineering Emmy Awards

Cookson, President of Sony Pictures Technologies, Is Honored With Charles F. Jenkins Lifetime Achievement Award

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. — Nov. 12, 2013 — The Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE), the worldwide leader in motion-imaging standards and education for the communications, media, entertainment, and technology industries, today congratulates SMPTE fellow Chris Cookson, president of Sony Pictures Technologies, on receiving the Charles F. Jenkins Lifetime Achievement Award, the only individual honor awarded during the 65th Primetime Engineering Emmy(R) Awards held Oct.23 in Hollywood.

“We couldn’t be more pleased that Chris has been so aptly honored for his fine work in the industry,” said SMPTE Executive Director Barbara Lange. “While his contributions to SMPTE’s standards work have been tremendous, his leadership extends into development and strategic implementation of numerous key technology advances.”

The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Charles F. Jenkins Lifetime Achievement Award honors a living individual whose ongoing contributions have significantly affected the state of television technology and engineering.

Cookson has earned three Emmy Awards and holds more than 50 U.S. patents. At Sony Pictures Technologies, he both oversees the development and implementation of the studio’s technology policy, and processes and serves as Sony Pictures’ chief liaison with other Sony Corporation businesses in the technology area. Cookson’s team leads the studio’s effort to evangelize and implement strategic initiatives across Sony Pictures and beyond, including UltraViolet and digital distribution; efforts to curb online piracy; and the transition to 4K, 3D, and digital, file-based workflows in the making of entertainment.

Cookson leads the effort to maintain high standards of quality on theatrical digital postproduction technologies and to roll out cloud-based production tools. In 2009, he opened Sony Pictures’ dedicated 4K Digital Intermediate facility, Colorworks, where renowned colorists use state-of-the-art technology to master movies in 2D and 3D. He also acts as the studio’s representative and a top advisor to the Sony Corp. on all things 3D and 4K.

Prior to joining Sony Pictures, Cookson was CTO of Warner Bros. Entertainment and president of the Warner Bros. Technical Operations Division. He earlier served as vice president and general manager of operations and engineering for the CBS Television Network in New York. Before that, he worked for 10 years at the ABC Television Network, where he won an Emmy Award for his work as director of the ABC and Olympics International Broadcast Centers.

Further information about SMPTE is available at www.smpte.org.

Photo Link: www.wallstcom.com/SMPTE/ChrisCookson.zip

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About the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers
The Oscar(R) and Emmy(R) Award-winning Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE), a professional membership association, is the worldwide leader in developing and providing motion-imaging standards and education for the communications, technology, media, and entertainment industries. An internationally recognized and accredited organization, SMPTE advances moving-imagery education and engineering across the broadband, broadcast, cinema, and IT disciplines. Since its founding in 1916, SMPTE has published the SMPTE Motion Imaging Journal and developed more than 650 standards, recommended practices, and engineering guidelines. More than 6,000 members — motion-imaging executives, engineers, creative and technology professionals, researchers, scientists, educators, and students– who meet in Sections throughout the world, sustain the Society. Information on joining SMPTE is available at www.smpte.org/join.

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Integrated Microwave Technologies, LLC (IMT) Demonstrates Dejero + Nucomm Connect Live at CCW 2013

Demo to Depict Industry-First Hybrid Video Transmission Solution in Real-World Application

NEW YORK, NOVEMBER 12, 2013 – Integrated Microwave Technologies, LLC (IMT), a Business Unit within the Vitec Group’s Videocom Division, and a leader in advanced digital microwave systems serving the Broadcast, Sports & Entertainment and MAG markets, will host live demos of its Dejero + Nucomm Connect Live transmitter at Content & Communications World 2013 (CCW Booth 1011).

Dejero + Nucomm Connect Live transmitter is a highly portable and versatile camera-mount transmitter that enables broadcasters to transmit over cellular, COFDM, WiFi hotspots and satellite connections through Ethernet. The bonded cellular mode is enabled with four internal cards and highly optimized integrated antennas.

If the network capacity deteriorates, the operator can switch between cellular to microwave (COFDM) mode from a 5” LCD touchscreen interface, which doubles as a live video monitor. COFDM mode covers the entire 2GHz and license-free 5.8GHz frequencies; in the microwave mode, latencies below 150ms are achievable. Depending on the type of video shoot, the latency can be set at 1.5 seconds, 3 seconds and 8 seconds to produce the most versatile live wireless video transmission solution available on the market.

On the studio side, the Dejero LIVE+ Broadcast Server receives video transmissions from the Dejero + Nucomm Connect Live transmitter and integrates into the user’s current workflow. The server is designed to fit directly into the rack mount area at a broadcast facility and connect seamlessly to existing equipment. The server outputs real-time genlocked HD or SD video from multiple Dejero + Nucomm Connect Live devices. Transmitting files directly to the server saves time and provides the user with access to files from the field quicker.

The Dejero + Nucomm Connect Live system also comes with the Dejero LIVE+ Portal, an intelligent online management system that can be used in all Dejero + Nucomm Connect Live units. The Dejero LIVE+ Portal is a cloud-based virtual router that provides a powerful dashboard controller to connect the Dejero + Nucomm Connect Live transmitters to the server. The Dejero LIVE+ Portal provides real-time statistics, monitoring and video switching capabilities, and is accessible from a range of browsers and handheld devices with appropriate Internet access.

“The Dejero + Nucomm Connect Live system has received rave reviews since its launch earlier this year, and we are thrilled to bring it to those in attendance at CCW 2013,” says Integrated Microwave Technologies Divisional Chief Executive Stephen Shpock. “The Connect Live is a unique solution that allows broadcasters to cover live breaking news, to receive the video in the studio on the server, and to monitor and control their devices from the portal, including connection and location analysis, transmission health and more.”

The Dejero + Nucomm Connect Live transmitter is manufactured by IMT under its Nucomm brand and is fully integrated with the Dejero LIVE+ platform. During the show, interested customers can arrange for live demos at their television stations and locations.

About Integrated Microwave Technologies, LLC
Integrated Microwave Technologies, LLC (IMT) is a Business Unit within the Vitec Group’s Videocom Division. The company comprises the leading microwave brands Nucomm, RF Central and Microwave Service Company (MSC), offering broadcasters worldwide complete broadcast solutions. Nucomm is a premium brand of digital microwave video systems (including COFDM and VSB) for portable and fixed link applications. RF Central is an innovative brand of compact microwave video equipment for licensed and license free broadcast applications. MSC is a premier provider of engineering, integration, technical support, installation and commissioning services. IMT is an ISO 9001:2008 certified QMS organization and recipient of multiple industry awards for design and innovations.

More information can be found at www.imt-broadcast.com.

A Snapshot of The Vitec Group
Vitec is an international Group principally serving customers in the Broadcast & Video, Photographic and Military, Aerospace and Government (MAG) markets. Listed on the London Stock Exchange with 2012 revenue of £345.3 million, Vitec is based on strong, well known, premium brands on which its customers worldwide rely. Vitec is organised in three Divisions: Videocom, Imaging and Services.

Videocom designs and distributes systems and products used in broadcasting and live entertainment, film and video production and MAG.

Imaging designs, manufactures and distributes equipment and accessories for photography and video.

Services provides equipment rental, workflow design and technical support to TV production teams and film crews.

More information can be found at: www.vitecgroup.com.

Autoscript Showcases E.P.I.C. All-In-One Prompter Display and On-Air Talent Monitor at CCW 2013

Company Also Exhibits Variety of Accessories Designed to Solve Real-World Challenges

NEW YORK, NOVEMBER 12, 2013 — Autoscript, part of Vitec Videocom, a Vitec Group company, and a world-leading teleprompting company, showcases its award-winning E.P.I.C (Enhanced Prompting Information Center) at Content & Communications World (CCW) 2013 — Vitec Videocom Booth 1013. A range of innovative accessories, including the +ClockPlus+ Timecode Display Unit and +TallyPlus+ Numbered Cue Light and Mount, are also on exhibit at the show.

The E.P.I.C. is a unique all-in-one prompter display and on-air talent monitor that vastly simplifies studio equipment while retaining the advanced features and functions of the Autoscript LED prompter series. The groundbreaking design, which replaces two pieces of equipment with one, features a unique integrated flip-down talent monitor, making the system ideal for both studio and location production. Compared to separate prompter-monitor configurations, this ergonomic system reduces overall weight, increasing its compatibility with robotic/support systems. It also streamlines cable management for video, tally signal and timecode display, and lowers power consumption with the capability to run the entire system via one power cable. E.P.I.C. can also incorporate Autoscript’s WinPlus newsroom software—the most popular prompting application in daily usage around the world. The Windows-based WinPlus adds the ease of point-and-click functionality to an intuitive on-screen edit display.

“E.P.I.C. addresses many major concerns for today’s broadcasters and we are excited to be able to bring it to those in attendance at CCW 2013,” says Robin Brown, product manager, Autoscript. “Displaying our related accessory products alongside E.P.I.C. demonstrates our commitment to making Autoscript the go-to manufacturer for all our customers’ prompting needs.”

Autoscript’s +Clock-Plus+ is an LED SMPTE/EBU timecode display that can change in color from green to red when a suitable tally input is applied. The clock face has 2.25” tall digits that display HH:MM:SS A/P in 12-hour mode or HH:MM:SS in 24-hour mode. The timecode input is taken from either VITC embedded in the video input or from LTC. When a timecode source is connected, the clock will instantly set itself to the input time. If the timecode source is removed, the display will continue to update the time under control of an internal crystal oscillator.

Also at CCW 2013 will be the +TallyPlus+, a unique camera number system that features a large LED indicator. This displays the camera in green while in standby mode, then in red when the camera is live. Switching from green to red is achieved by a photo-electric cell that can be attached to the camera tally light. +TallyPlus+ retrofits to the whole range of Autoscript TFTs and has the unique feature of a second photo-electric cell built into the rear of +TallyPlus+. This docks with the cue light on the TFT.

About Autoscript
Autoscript is the world leader in the prompting industry, providing professional teleprompting equipment to broadcasters across the globe. Established in the UK in 1984, with headquarters in the UK and the US, Autoscript designs and builds innovative hardware, PC cards and software to meet real world needs and continually enhance the production process. A prime example of this is Autoscript’s latest product, the E.P.I.C. (Enhanced Prompting Information Centre), an all-in-one prompter display and on-air talent monitor that vastly simplifies studio equipment, reduces power consumption and enables easier location prompting. Autoscript is a member of the Vitec Group.
For more information visit www.autoscript.tv

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, Camera Corps, Litepanels, OConnor, Petrol Bags, 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 – advancing the quality and science of media production.

Panavision Unveils New Primo V Lenses Optimized for Digital Cameras

(WOODLAND HILLS, CA) – Panavision, the company behind many of the industry’s most respected cinema lenses for the last 60 years, has introduced a new line of Primo lenses, the Primo V series, specifically designed to work with today’s high-resolution 35mm digital cameras.

"Panavision's unmatched optical expertise and high-quality manufacturing capabilities have now been brought to bear on lenses adapted for digital cameras," says Kim Snyder, Panavision's Chief Executive Officer. "We're focused on providing cinematographers with the best tools to tell their stories with vision and creativity. With the industry's ongoing transition to digital capture, we want our customers to know they can continue to trust Panavision to bring innovative, world-class solutions to the marketplace."

The Primo V lenses are designed to bring the look and feel of Panavision Primos to digital cinematography, using the lens elements from existing Primo lenses, long an industry standard for top cinematographers. Primo V lenses take advantage of specific design adaptations to work in harmony with digital cameras, maximizing image quality while delivering Primo quality and character.

"Cinematographers tell us that the hyper-sharp sensors in today's digital cameras can result in images that are harsh and lack personality," says Panavision's VP of Optical Engineering Dan Sasaki. "That's one reason why there's so much emphasis on glass these days. The Primo V lenses bring the smooth, organic flavor of Primo lenses to the high fidelity digital image. Our philosophy is to take what cinematographers love about the Primos, and update them for the digital world."

Digital cameras require additional optical elements including low-pass and IR filters that increase off-axis aberrations. ND filters are sometimes part of the chain. Primo V lenses have been re-engineered to correct for this. Patent pending modifications eliminate the coma, astigmatism, and other aberrations introduced by the additional glass between the lens and the sensor, while preserving the desirable imaging characteristics of the Primo optics. The resulting image appears more balanced center-to-edge.

The Primo V lenses are compatible with any digital camera equipped with PL or Panavision 35 mount systems. They cannot be used on film cameras. The internal transports and mechanics of the Primo V lenses will retain the familiar Primo feel. Since the Primo V lenses retain the essential Primo character, imagery from Primo V and standard Primo lenses will intercut well. A set of Primo V primes will include 14.5, 17.5, 21, 27, 35, 40, 50, 75, and 100mm focal lengths.

"Filmmakers have embraced Panavision Primo lenses since their introduction 25 years ago," notes Snyder. "Now the classic Primo look has been refined and optimized for use with the latest generation of 35mm sensor digital cameras."

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About Panavision
Panavision Inc. is a leading designer and manufacturer of high-precision camera systems, including both film and digital cameras, and lenses and accessories for the motion picture and television industries. Renowned for its world-wide service and support, Panavision systems are rented through its domestic and internationally owned and operated facilities and distributor network. Panavision also supplies lighting, grip and crane equipment for use by motion picture and television productions

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Camera Corps Q-Ball Captures Unique Angles at CCW 2013

Camera Corps, a Vitec Group Company, and a leading innovator of specialty remote cameras, tracking systems and camera support systems, showcases its Q-Ball robotic camera system at Content & Communications World (CCW) 2013 this week — Vitec Videocom Booth 1013. Q-Ball offers a robust, high-level mini-cam system with excellent performance in the most demanding remote-camera applications.

“Camera Corps is excited to highlight Q-Ball’s extensive feature set at CCW 2013,” says Shaun Glanville, Camera Corps. “We look forward to demonstrating how the Q-Ball enhances productions.”

Camera Corps’ Q-Ball offers a robust, exceptionally high-level mini-cam system with excellent performance in the most demanding remote-camera applications. An ultra-compact, weather-resistant HD/SD remotely controlled camera, it features an integral 10-times-zoom optical lens and smooth-accelerating pan/tilt motors. Housed in a robust 115-mm diameter aluminium sphere, the Q-Ball camera has a two-megapixel CMOS sensor and is capable of operating in daylight or with infrared illumination. It delivers 1080i/720p high definition or 625/525 standard definition imagery at 50- or 59.94-Hz refresh rates. In addition, its ease of use makes for prompt on-location installation.

Q-Ball is designed to go places where camera operators typically cannot, enabling them to capture B-roll beauty shots with ease. Beyond the standard camera shots, it can provide much needed close-ups for out-of-the-box, unique broadcast shots, making viewers feel like they are a part of the action. As the camera blends into the background, it does not impact on-camera behavior, giving broadcasters the added ability to capture more realistic interviews/reactions from those that tend to be camera shy on-air. Users can mount the camera upright or in an inverted position from a ceiling, post, scaffold rig, wall, cabinet, floor, backboard, tree or virtually anywhere, allowing the system to discreetly capture new angles.

The Q-Ball system is available globally for both sale and rental. For more information regarding rentals in the Americas, please contact sister Vitec company Bexel at 1 (800) 225-6185 / www.bexel.com or Camera Corps direct at www.cameracorps.co.uk.

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About Camera Corps Ltd.
Camera Corps Ltd. is a leading innovator of specialty remote cameras, mini cameras tracking systems and camera support systems. A Vitec Group Company, Camera Corps is recognized for the development and manufacture of bespoke camera systems, such as the Q-Ball. Camera Corps got its start developing customized camera solutions for its rental clients, and evolved into a full-time developer of innovative specialty camera systems. Today, the company’s solutions are employed worldwide by leading broadcasters and production companies looking to capture sports, entertainment and reality TV performances from unique and often previously unattainable angles. For more information, visit http://www.cameracorps.co.uk.

About Bexel
Bexel is the pre-eminent worldwide provider of broadcast services including video and audio equipment rentals, fiber services, new audio sales, used equipment sales, and repairs/maintenance. Bexel provides brilliantly designed and flawlessly executed systems and solutions to all customers – including producers of the biggest and most important televised events in the world. For more information, visit www.bexel.com, and follow Bexel on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/BexelBroadcast) and Twitter (@Bexel).

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, Camera Corps, Litepanels, OConnor, Petrol Bags, 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 – advancing the quality and science of media production.

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Artscape Extends Artistic Scope With HARMAN’s Martin Lighting Fixtures

AARHUS, Denmark — The Artscape Theatre Centre in Cape Town’s foreshore area is in the process of upgrading the lighting facilities of its three theatre spaces. The centre was originally established in 1971 as the Nico Malan and was renamed Artscape in 2001 under the aegis of the provincial administration.

With its close proximity to Cape Town’s central business district, the new International Convention Centre and the V & A Waterfront, Artscape is ideally situated to serve the Cape’s performing arts, film, tourism, entertainment, conference and exhibition industries. ??

Covering an area of some 14,000 square meters, the Artscape complex consists of a fully equipped Opera House seating 1,487, a theatre auditorium seating 540, the smaller Arena theatre seating 140, a piazza, gardens, rehearsal rooms and ample parking. ??

It is a prominent feature of the Cape Town cultural scene with thousands of top acts and actors entertaining hundreds of thousands of people over four decades. ??

In late 2012, the complex received funding to upgrade the lighting rigs of the theatre spaces. Artscape’s Senior Lighting Technician, Nicholas Tilney, says there were two objectives with the upgrade: “Firstly, our Martin MAC 2000s, which were installed in 2000 and 2004, were getting old. Secondly, all three venues at the Centre are getting busier and we needed a system with a quicker turnaround time.” ??

With more shows and with shorter runs it was essential that time spent setting up and focusing be kept to a minimum. Nicholas and the rest of the crew discussed this and came up with a list of equipment that would cut down the time they spent focusing lights by half. “We feel we came up with a list that matched good quality with the versatility and flexibility that is essential to our multi-discipline venue,” explains Nicholas. ??

The Artscape crew’s decision was to stick with Martin Professional products because of the incredible service the MAC 2000s had given over more than a decade. This meant they turned to Electrosonic SA’s Robbi Nassi to guide them through the process. “Electrosonic SA was an automatic choice,” says Nicholas. “Their service – and that includes back-up, spares, and especially training – is superb, I can’t fault them.” ??

The upgrade was planned to take place in two phases. The first phase was the delivery and installation of 15 Martin MAC III’s. The second phase included an additional nine MAC III’s and 24 MAC 700s. This does not mean the MAC 2000s were being thrown out. “After 12 years they are still great, we’ve given them lots of love and attention and they have given us fantastic service, and they will for a while yet,” says Nicholas. ??

For Nicholas the most attractive element of the MAC III is its zoom capability. “It has the widest zoom on any unit I have ever seen and is extremely useful for our venue,” he explains. Another attribute Nicholas appreciates is that the shutter module that can be added to the lamp is included in the initial offering and does not have to be purchased separately. The 1500-watt output is also impressive. “No other moving head that I know of has that high a lamp rating,” he says. ??

Nicholas is looking forward to setting up for a production with a long run. “We don’t fully appreciate yet what the features can do for us. We’ll learn as we go,” he laughs; “We can’t wait to use them to their full capacity in a full artistic environment.” ?

As a world leader in the creation of dynamic lighting solutions for the entertainment, architectural, and commercial sectors, Martin lighting and video systems are renowned the world over. Martin also offers a range of advanced lighting controllers and media servers, as well as a complete line of smoke machines as a complement to intelligent lighting. Martin operates the industry’s most complete and capable distributor network with local partners in nearly 100 countries. Founded in 1987 and based in Aarhus, Denmark, Martin is the lighting division of global infotainment and audio company HARMAN International Industries. For more information please visit: http://www.martin.com.

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets a wide range of audio and infotainment solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets – supported by 15 leading brands, including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon® and Mark Levinson®. The Company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the venues where they perform. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of 14,600 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $4.5 billion for the last twelve months ended September 30, 2013.

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