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Abel Cine Tech Taps FOR-A Switchers

New York, NY--Equipment sales and rental company Abel Cine Tech has selected For-A's Hanabi HVS-1000HS multi-format digital video switcher for its arsenal. The switcher is the centerpiece of a new portable SD/HD production strategy developed and offered by Abel that can include multiple Panasonic VariCam HD cameras and is targeted at all types of 720p HD format productions.
Throughout the past month, Abel Cine Tech has used the HVS-1000HS switcher for a live gospel concert for the Grace Baptist Church, in New York City, and for the "Bonnaroo" music festival in Nashville, TN. For the latter production, the Hanabi switcher served as the centerpiece of a complex production system that included 17 Panasonic VariCam cameras on site in Nashville.
"I was amazed at how easy the switcher's interface screen was to learn and operate," said Arthur Rosato, freelance director/TD for the Bonaroo production, who uses a wide range of switchers. "I found the Hanabi switcher very easy to program, which saved me a lot of time during the event. After using it, I went out and told all of my director/TD friends. Now they can't wait to use it too."
"The key aspect that immediately attracted us to the Hanabi switcher was the unit's small footprint," said Richard Abel, vice president and director of operations, Abel Cine Tech, who added that it's the ideal switcher for his company's style of production. "Since it can handle eight channels in such a small space, it's more conceivable to configure fly packs and to take on other non-truck-based HD jobs that need live switching."
Abel said that the Hanabi HD switcher has enabled the company to expand its rental market to include more live events, concerts, and TV shows. He added that several considerations attracted them to the FOR-A Hanabi HD switcher: It's affordable without sacrificing key features; fully expandable to 16 channels; and can handle any type of SDI and HD signal. And because of the switcher's flexibility, Abel Cine Tech can employ the Hanabi on a wide variety of rental projects, keeping it constantly busy.
"The Hanabi HVS-1000HS is very well suited for this type of multi-use application," said Hiro Tanoue, sales manager, eastern region and Central/South America, FOR-A Corporation of America. "We're pleased that Abel Cine Tech has chosen the Hanabi switcher and consider the company a great resource to get the word out on the value of this multi-standard, multi-format switcher."
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