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Anton/Bauer Powering NBC Olympics’ Games Coverage »

Anton/Bauer will provide 24/7 access to products, repair, service and support to NBC Olympics, a division of the NBC Sports Group, for its production of the 2012 London Olympic Games from July 27 – August 12, 2012.

“Over the last 20 years, Anton/Bauer has increasingly provided equipment and support for NBC Olympics’ production of the Olympic Games,” said Michael Accardi, president, Anton/Bauer. “We are so proud to once again be a part of the production team helping capture the once-in-a-lifetime moments of this year’s London Games for viewers at home.”

“This year we’ll have our lighter-weight batteries available on site for broadcasters, as they are apt for powering high-current applications,” said Joe Teodosio, manager, global customer support, Anton/Bauer. “The DIONIC HCX and DIONIC HC both feature the RealTime display that indicates up to nine hours of run time (under low power-load conditions), ensuring high confidence when using the battery. Many of these events are over in a mere few seconds, so you don’t want to miss even one beat due to a power problem.”

In addition to providing gear, Anton/Bauer will be available in the International Broadcast Center (IBC), supplying NBC Olympics with on-call, 24/7 access to products, repair, service and support throughout the events.

“Anton/Bauer has been a valued partner, providing the latest battery and charging technologies, that keeps our ENG Crews in the field, shooting competition and Olympic participant interviews, which tell the stories of the Olympic Games. The Anton/Bauer support is also exceptional.  Their technicians are always checking in with our crews to make sure the batteries and charging systems are performing up to their expectations. They are always ready to help solve any portable power requirements that may pop up during the 17 days of the Games.” said Chip Adams, vice president, venue engineering, NBC Olympics.

WXEL Enhances Florida Facilities With NVerzion »

NVerzion has announced that PBS member station WXEL-TV42 in Boynton Beach, Fla., has upgraded its facilities to include the latest NVerzion technology for automated master control operations for the station’s main channel, 42.1. The NVerzion technology enables WXEL-TV42 to reap the benefits of a more reliable, efficient, and streamlined tapeless workflow.

NVerzion’s suite of automation software including NControlMC, NGest, NTime, NPoint, and NView was installed along with a Utah Scientific HD master control switcher/router and a SeaChange HD video server. Since much of WXEL’s past programming was recorded on tape, the earlier system ingested daily play logs from the Myers Pro Track system. With the new NVerzion automation system in place, the station now works in conjunction with the latest BXF technology and traffic communications solution from Myers Information Systems, which enables direct file transfer of logs to the NControl transmission playlists for seamless, on-air scheduling.

Using the NVerzion technology, the station’s operators now simply record programming into the Video Server with NGest, and arrange record times for network feeds in both HD and SD into the Video Server with NTime. WXEL is also tapping into the powerful capabilities of the NPoint software, which allows operators to easily trim clips once they are ingested into the video server. Finally, the deployed NView database viewer provides station operators with easy and direct access to detailed information associated with each clip.

“Thanks to our new NVerzion system, we are now one of the most advanced HD broadcast production facilities in southern Florida. This solution is exactly what we needed as we continue to simplify our operations and move toward a fully automated, 24/7 operation,” said Kevin Howie, director of engineering at WXEL.

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Modern VideoFilm Continues To Push Technology Envelope »

Acclaimed for its three decades of post-production excellence, Modern VideoFilm continues to push the technology envelope at its state-of-the-art facilities by expanding its Archion Technologies EditStor ES shared storage system to 80 Terabytes (TB). Modern VideoFilm is using the EditStor ES in its Video On Demand (VOD) ingest operations facility.

“Since our founding nearly 30 years ago, we have focused on providing the best quality, service and environment for our wide range of film and television work, from Avatar and I, Robot to Desperate Housewives and Modern Family, to name just a few,” said Bill Watt, Executive Vice President of Operations at Modern VideoFilm. “As part of that commitment, we evaluate the essential parts of our workflow, such as shared storage technology, very carefully. Archion’s EditStor ES outperformed competitive solutions, offered more features and required a significantly smaller investment in time and money.”

“We are very proud to continue our association with Modern VideoFilm, which is truly one of the world-class facilities in the industry, and that they see our products as the choice for storage and digital workflows,” said Mark Bianchi, Archion’s Chief Executive Officer. “We believe our more than 75 years of combined firsthand post-production experience gives us a unique understanding and insight into the daily challenges that these types of facilities face.”

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Manhattan Center Studios Installs SSL C10 »

Manhattan Center Studios, the historic performance, music recording and television production complex in central Manhattan, recently completed a massive upgrade to its Studio 1 TV production facility, choosing a Solid State Logic C10 HD Compact Broadcast Console to handle audio production for its TV1 Control Room. Recent programmes produced using the new C10 include BBC America’s new Would You Rather…? With Graham Norton and Yes Network’s Centerstage.

The selection of the C10 gives Manhattan Center Studios all of the improved audio quality and optimised workflow benefits of an SSL dedicated broadcast audio console.

“Before the physical upgrade to Studio 1, we were constantly struggling with a digital console that was really designed more for a music recording environment, so everyday TV items like generating a simple mix-minus were a chore,” says Marvin Williams, director of video engineering and operations, Manhattan Center Studios. “With the advent of the C10, we now enjoy pushing a button to create one or multiple mix-minus feeds, saving time and letting our engineers focus on critical mixing for live-to-capture sessions.”

Manhattan Center Studios encompasses the magnificent Hammerstein concert space featuring 75-foot ceilings, The Grand, a 10,000 Sq Ft (929 m²) space seating 1,200 people, two audio recording studios and two large TV production studios with associated edit suites. While the C10 in the TV1 Control Room is primarily used for Studio 1 productions, the console can service the audio needs of any of the Manhattan Center’s recording or production spaces, including The Hammerstein, through a 256-channel router.

“We really needed to move into the future and the C10 allows us to do just that,” says Travis Butler, chief engineer, Manhattan Center Studios. “The console addresses how we need to workand because of the industry standard design, the C10 is also familiar to many of the outside engineers we bring in for special sessions.”


George Mason University Upgrades HD Studio with Ross »

GMU-TV (George Mason University) in Fairfax County, Virginia upgrades their HD Studio with a Ross Carbonite 2 Multi-Definition Production Switcher and XPression Character Generator, with plans on upgrading a second studio in Spring 2012. GMU-TV provides Telecourses for distributed learning, public affairs programming promoting community involvement and community outreach for public awareness.
“Mason has a number of staff familiar with Adobe CS software, and we felt that the XPression interface would make for a comfortable transition when upgrading our old CG to HD,” said Greg Smalfelt, Director of Engineering, GMU-TV. “We have always been long time fans of Ross’ switchers, and Carbonite has lived up to our expectations. None the less, we were very excited to have David Ross stop by GMU to not only see how the installation went, but to sign our Carbonite Switcher.”
“It was a great experience visiting GMU,” said David Ross, CEO, Ross Video. “Every month I travel somewhere in the world to meet our customers and I was fortunate last month to meet the dedicated and enthusiastic team at GMU as one of my stops. Meeting customers is essential to understanding what they need and what it takes to continue to build a company to support them.”


ARRI CSC Only Full Service Rental Facility in North East »

ARRI CSC, the largest full service equipment rental group in the United States, has become the only one stop shop in the North Eastern sector. With locations in New Jersey and Florida, ARRI CSC provides camera, lighting, grip and now on-set services to the motion picture industry.

The newly created on-set service department will be headed by Chris MacKarell who will be responsible for the creation and support of effective on-set digital workflow products and services for the ARRI CSC digital imaging departments in New Jersey and Florida and, as Illumination Dynamics, in Charlotte, North Carolina.

As a consequence ARRI CSC has enhanced its range of digital equipment. Besides Digital Transfer Stations the rental group has added the ALEXA STUDIO to its inventory and upgraded the majority of the ALEXA camera systems to shoot high-speed. ARRI CSC’s extensive inventory includes a vast selection of optics, film, digital and digital high-speed cameras, the latest lighting, grip and crane equipment as well as a widespread fleet of trucks and generators.


QuetzSat-1 in Place for Echostar »

International Launch Services (ILS) has successfully carried the QuetzSat-1 satellite into geostationary transfer orbit on an ILS Proton for SES of Luxembourg. This was the 19th SES satellite launched on ILS Proton.
QuetzSat-1 is an all Ku-band high-powered (20-kilowatt) communications
broadcasting satellite with coverage of Mexico, USA, and Central America
which is fully contracted to a subsidiary of EchoStar Corporation. The
spacecraft is based on Space Systems/Loral’s highly reliable 1300
satellite platform and carries 32 Ku-band transponders. QuetzSat-1
provides the flexibility to support a broad range of applications and
technology advances and provides high power for advanced DTH television.
It is designed to deliver service for 15 years or longer.
The ILS Proton Breeze M launched from Pad 39 at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on September 29. After a 9 hour, 13-minute mission, the Breeze M successfully released the QuetzSat-1 satellite into geosynchronous transfer orbit.
This was the 368th launch for Proton since its inaugural flight in 1965, and the 67th ILS Proton launch overall. The Proton Breeze M launch vehicle was developed and built by Khrunichev Research and Production Space Center of Moscow, one of the pillars of the Russian space industry and the majority shareholder in ILS.
ILS President, Frank McKenna said, “SES has a long history with ILS and is an integral part of our heritage with 19 missions launched on ILS Proton, dating back to the groundbreaking first launch on ILS Proton in 1996 with SES’s Astra 1F satellite. This long-term partnership illustrates a high level of confidence and trust in ILS Proton to launch over a third of their satellite fleet. We are honored to have launched the important QuetzSat-1 satellite for SES to serve EchoStar and thank SES, Space Systems/Loral and the ILS and Khrunichev teams for ensuring a successful launch of QuetzSat-1 to provide DTH services to Mexico and North and Central America.”
“The successful launch on ILS Proton of QuetzSat-1 satellite was critical for SES and our customer, EchoStar. We know we can count on ILS as they share the same dedication and commitment to facilitating the expansion of satellite communications worldwide with a launch on the heritage Proton launch vehicle. We look forward to our upcoming launches on ILS Proton to support the continued growth and replacement of our satellite fleet, continuing to reach new markets across the globe,” said SES President and CEO, Romain Bausch.
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Advanced Systems Group Covers Northwest for DaVinci »

Advanced Systems Group (ASG), a leading West Coast video and film integration firm, has been named the Northwest regional reseller for the DaVinci Resolve control surface. ASG will also be a reseller for the Blackmagic Design DaVinci Resolve for Mac nonlinear color correction system. 
The DaVinci Resolve control surface features controls placed near natural hand positions, with track balls placed together so lift, gamma, and gain can be adjusted simultaneously. Buttons can be set to custom colors, and 38 independent soft knobs with automatic labels provide easy access to common adjustments. The surface also includes built-in playback deck control, complete with jog and shuttle.
“DaVinci color correctors have been setting the standard for more than 25 years, and the DaVinci Resolve for Mac has turned out to be a huge hit, bringing amazing real-time color correction to the Mac. With the addition of this amazing control hardware, we look forward to sharing the DaVinci Resolve for Mac with post houses throughout the region,” said Dave Van Hoy, president of ASG.
“We are excited to welcome ASG as one of the regional resellers for our DaVinci Resolve for Mac and the DaVinci Resolve Control Surface,” said Dan May, president of U.S. operations, Blackmagic Design.