Medaille College Upgrades Studio And Production Facility To HD

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FOR-A HVS-500HS Switcher and MV-1610HS Multi-Viewer Selected CYPRESS, CA, November 13, 2008 – FOR-A Corporation of America, a leading manufacturer of video and audio systems for the broadcast and professional video industries, announces the installation of its HVS-500HS switcher and MV-1610HS 16-channel multi-viewer at Medaille College in Buffalo, NY. Medaille College purchased the HVS-500HS and MV-1610HS through Williamsville, New York-based HD Group as part of an extensive renovation and upgrade for the Communication Department in which the school converted to an all-digital system and established an HD studio. The new facility was renamed the Palisano TV Studio in recognition of a sizeable grant donated by the Palisano Foundation, which provided the bulk of funding for the equipment upgrade. Prior to the upgrade, students in the Communications Department had been working in an analog environment. According to Lisa Van Valkinburgh, Clinical Associate Professor and Chairperson for Medaille’s Communication Program, a technology upgrade was sorely needed to replace outdated equipment. “Our students were able to learn the basics of production. However, it became clear that they were not being exposed to the technology commonly in use today,� said Van Valkinburgh. “Now that we have installed high quality, professional broadcast equipment, such as the FOR-A switcher and multi-viewer, we’re even more confident our students will succeed in their chosen profession.� The HVS-500HS is a self-contained switcher that accepts analog and digital HD and SD formats – with no external conversion required. One of the switcher’s innovations is its variety of input/output interfaces, including SD-SDI, HD-SDI, Analog Component SD and Analog Component HD. The MV-1610HS multi-viewer supports mixed input of HD-SDI, SD-SDI and analog composite signals. High-resolution video output using a DVI terminal is included as standard. Support is also provided for user-created patterns and video transfer over a LAN connection. The viewer can be set to divide the screen in many ways, enabling the combination of small and large images. The upgrade will benefit the entire student body at Medaille College. Other academic departments, including the Athletics Department, will enhance their curriculum thanks to the enhanced services the production facilities now provide. For example, sports management students can simulate mock press conferences or learn play-by-play during athletic competitions on campus. Veterinary students can have surgeries videotaped for further examination and critique by instructors. Given the scope of the renovation, a variety of components were installed at Medaille College’s TV studio. The HVS-500HS digital video switcher installed in the newly renovated control room provides HD-SDI signals for the MV-1610HS 16-input multi-viewer. Three Canon XLH1S cameras, along with Mirror-Image LC-150MP Teleprompters, were also selected. A new lighting grid outfitted with Videssence dimmable fluorescent lighting fixtures and control console were also installed. Monitors included an LG 37� LCD for all sources, as well as two LG 22� LCD’s for preview and program, mounted into a custom-designed Winsted M-wall. And a new ergonomically designed console and rack system provides an efficient workspace for the students. About FOR-A FOR-A Corporation of America 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 (714) 894-3311 or visit our web site at



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