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05.14.2002
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Keops Broadcast, a developer of DMAM (digital media asset management) solutions for the broadcast, post-production and corporate markets, announced it is changing its corporate name to Keyvia Inc. The name change follows the company's transformation from a fully-owned subsidiary of Keops Technologies Inc. to an independent business entity.

Sony Electronics Inc. has become a worldwide distributor of The Bulldog Group, Inc.'s Bulldog software and will act as the exclusive distributor for the United States and Japanese broadcast markets with minority investment.

EMMIS Communications, an owner and operator of radio, television and magazine entities in U.S. markets, has purchased Omneon Video Networks' Omneon Networked Content Server System as its infrastructure for recording and playback of Sony HDCAM material.

Inscriber Technology Corporation announced that Quantel is now shipping the new iQ system that integrates Inscriber's text and graphics technology into Quantel's new platform.

Sierra Video Systems recently supplied Cox Communications with a routing switcher built at their Grass Valley Plant. The facility will utilize the Yosemite 128 × 256 fully-populated video plus stereo audio router to distribute video and audio feeds and commercial insertions to Cox's network stations.

NEC America Inc.'s parts and support division has moved. Full sales and support can be obtained at their new address: NEC America Broadcast Equipment Department; 6535 N. State Highway 161; Irving, TX 75039-2402; 888-383-4DTV (toll free); 214-262-3642 (main); 214-262-3687 (fax).

Azteca America, the U.S. Hispanic television network that will be launched next quarter by partners Pappas Telecasting and TV Azteca, has made a $1,150,000 investment in Panasonic DVCPRO50 4:2:2 digital video equipment to support network operations at its new operations center in Dallas.

Harris Corporation announced an agreement to provide Hearst-Argyle Television, Inc. with a full range of DTV transmission equipment, furthering Hearst's digital build-out.

Technology Rentals and Services (TRS), a division of The CIT Group, has purchased six new Ikegami HDK-79D cameras and a TDP-360 HD video switcher, giving TRS the tools for broadcast-quality production in HD or SD.

Canon Broadcast, a division of Canon USA, has officially changed its name to Canon Broadcast and Communications. The division is responsible for three product lines: Broadcast lenses, the Canobeam optical beam communication system and Closed Circuit TV lenses.

Avid Technology, Inc. announced its Avid Media Solutions division has formed a new broadcast group to be headed by Matt Danilowicz, the former president and CEO of iNEWS, LLC.

Clarification: The photographer for the January cover photo of NMT's all digital truck was incorrectly identified. The photo was actually taken by Concept; Deborah Rice and John Benson.

People

Robert Mitchell Sillman, owner, chairman of the board of directors and former president of Electronics Research, Inc. (Evansville, IN) died Feb. 12 in Baltimore.

Before purchasing Electronics Research, Inc., Mr. Silliman was a radio consulting engineer with the FCC, the Radio Research Laboratory at Harvard University and the U.S. Navy Bureau of Aeronautics.

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Canon lenses deliver presidential inauguration

SWTV, mobile production specialists, selected the HD-and SD-ready Canon 86xs lens for its Image Stabilizer system to cover the 2001 presidential inauguration. Providing the feed for national network coverage, the lenses were on Ikegami cameras that were on scaffolding 50 yards from the podium and about 50 feet in the air. With the lens' optical shift Image Stabilizer and the Power Optical System, the crew had a lens that matched the highest zoom ratio to shake-free shooting.

NEC's Digital Microwave Link covers Inaugural Parade

CBS News Washington used NEC's Digital Microwave Link (DML) during the Ingugural Parade as part of their Inauguration coverage. This was the first use of a COFDM moving shot by the News division in Washington, whose shots were called by CBS News in New York.

Picnic is late spring 2001.

Fujinon captures underwater world

The National Park Service is working with the U.S. Geological Survey to produce a film on the sealife of Glacier Bay National Park in Alaska. The 26-minute film, tentatively titled “The Underwater World of Glacier Bay,” will be shown at the park's visitor center and on cruise ships that visit the park.

John Brooks, Producer/Director of Photography with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, shot the film on a Panasonic AJ-HDC 20A DVCPRO HDcam, and captured topside and underwater images with Fujinon's HA36×10.5BERD and HA10×5.2BERM HD lenses. He faced numerous challenges in producing the film, including near-freezing water temperatures and raging currents, as well as a location that was not easily accessible.

PHOTO — 012be36glacierbay

NFL teams practice with Panasonic

The Buffalo Bills and Baltimore Ravens recently purchased Panasonic DVCPRO camcorders to replace the Beta SP currently in use. The football teams will use the camcorders and a DVCPRO studio editing VTR to record football practices and games for coaching analysis. The VTRs digitize material into an Avid Sports Pro NLE editor for output to PCs at the coaches' stations. The teams have also used the equipment in training camps and preseason games.


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