FOR-A America Appoints High-Ranking Sony Executive as President

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FOR-A Corporation of America today announced that industry veteran Satoshi Kanemura has been appointed president of the company, effective April 1. Mr. Kanemura joins FOR-A America from Sony Electronics where he was Vice President of Professional Products and Solutions. Former FOR-A America President, Ken Truong, has become Chief Technology Officer of FOR-A America.

During his 35-year career at Sony, Mr. Kanemura was instrumental in the development of several, new business initiatives, including the world’s first 1080/60P live production system, 4K/8K and cloud-based production solutions, as well as Sony’s deep expansion into digital cinematography. While at Sony, he collaborated with director George Lucas on the first fully digital feature series, Star Wars: Episode II & III and with director James Cameron on the fully 3D digital feature series, Avatar and Avatar 2 & 3. Mr. Kanemura was also head of Sony’s Digital Motion Picture Center, which served as a focal point for the Hollywood community looking for hands-on experience with new technologies. He also led Sony’s U.S. efforts into xR virtual reality production, immersive education solutions, and AI-based edge computing technology.

Obsidian Control Systems Marks a Year of NETRON

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Obsidian Control Systems marks a successful year of shipping its comprehensive NETRON data distribution line of RDM splitters and EtherDMX nodes and announces a new Version 2.6 firmware release. Prompted by the increasing fixture counts and continuous growth in the number of Universes used on a show, NETRON supports applications from live production and venue installations to architectural environments and has enjoyed strong market adaptation globally since its release.

“The introduction of the NETRON line has been a real success story despite the difficult circumstances of 2020,” states Obsidian Control Systems Product Manager Matthias Hinrichs. “The feature set, plug-and-play design and competitive pricing have really hit the sweet spot and the feedback from our users has been phenomenal. It is a perfect complement to our ONYX console range and a well-designed package for anyone requiring rugged, reliable, and affordable data distribution systems.”

The Rapids Rise Again as Antix Digital Acquires Live Streaming and Compression Portfolio from Imagine Communications

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The technology behind one of the most respected brands that helped ignite today’s streaming media landscape is back as an independent, sharply-focused company again, as newly-formed Antix Digital Inc. has acquired the live streaming and compression solutions portfolio from Imagine Communications. Led by Tony Huang, the former head of product management for the same product family at Digital Rapids, the new company will accelerate future development of the solutions while taking over service and support for existing customers and systems.

The transaction encompasses software-based compression, processing and streaming solutions that enable leading media enterprises to efficiently and profitably engage audiences across delivery platforms ranging from mobile and OTT services to linear broadcast and cable channels. The foundation of the storied product line was developed by pioneering streaming solutions developer Digital Rapids, which Imagine Communications acquired in 2014. Imagine continued to evolve the portfolio with enhanced features and new products, but with streaming media delivery now deeply entrenched in today’s society far beyond commercial media and entertainment applications, it became clear that there are broader opportunities.

MARSHALL ELECTRONICS CV506 INCLUDED AS ESSENTIAL FOR 5 WORDS MEDIA’S #FREECHURCHAV CONTEST

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5 Words Media (5WM), an AV and lighting integrator based in Phoenix with offices located in Austin and San Diego, recently embarked on its #FreeChurchAV contest as a way to give back to the HOW industry. The contest, which garnered over 580 entrants, had an impressive prize package ̶ a brand new state-of-the-art AV system, which included three CV506 Full-HD Miniature Cameras from Marshall Electronics.

“The #FreeChurchAV contest was conceived by our team internally when we were looking for a way to give back to the church community that has been so good to us as a company,” says Daniel Gourley, 5 Words Media Owner/Design Principle. “We are a Christian-based company and #FreeChurchAV was a great way to provide value to a church in need of an equipment upgrade.”

Atlona Launches New AV Training Certifications for Educational Technologists and Designers

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As the convergence of AV and IT technologies continues to sweep across higher education and K-12 facilities worldwide, Atlona – a Panduit company – is introducing two new training pathways to strengthen AV understanding for instructional technologists and systems designers within educational institutions. The AV Education Technician certification sets learners up for success when installing modern AV solutions in educational environments, while the AV Education Designer certification delivers similar benefits for those tasked with planning and designing AV systems for educational applications.

“Today’s educational institutions frequently handle their own AV planning, design, and deployment, and require training resources that align with their distinct needs,” said Roger Takacs, Strategic Account Manager at Atlona, who is spearheading the company’s initiatives in the education vertical market. “Our new training certifications for educational technologists and designers combine the relevant core components of our existing, proven courseware with new content specifically developed around the needs of universities, colleges, and K-12 schools.”

StreamGear Wins 2020 NAB Show Product of the Year Award for VidiMo Go Live Streaming Production Solution

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Streaming solutions innovator StreamGear Inc. has been honored as the winner of a 2020 NAB Show Product of the Year Award for the company’s smartphone-empowered VidiMo Go handheld, live video production system. Now in their second year, the official NAB Show Product of the Year Awards recognize the industry’s most significant and promising new products and technologies. This year’s winners were announced earlier this week during the NAB Show New York digital experience.

The VidiMo Go hardware-and-app combination turns a smartphone and HDMI video source (such as a camera) into a full-featured, virtual production and streaming studio. Enabling a single operator to produce multi-source, television-style shows, VidiMo – short for Video director on Mobile – offers an easier way for video professionals and enthusiasts to create and stream engaging, high-quality, live productions.

During 50th Anniversary Celebration, FOR-A Invites Video Professionals to ‘Find Your Next Innovation’

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FOR-A Company Limited, the parent company of FOR-A Corporation of America, is celebrating its 50th year in business this month. Through its new slogan, FOR-A is inviting broadcast and video professionals to “Find Your Next Innovation” during its yearlong celebration. The company has also updated the for-a.com website to highlight the milestone and provide easier navigation for visitors.

“Since its founding in October 1971, FOR-A Company Limited has adopted cutting-edge technologies to provide a wide range of products to countless customers,” said Katsuaki Kiyohara, president and representative director of FOR-A Company Limited. “Rather than resting on our past success, we are using our 50th anniversary to rededicate ourselves to delivering affordable, high-end video solutions.”

Green Hippo Launches HippoSchool Online

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Video manipulation expert Green Hippo is launching an online version of its popular ‘HippoSchool’ training for the first time, making it universally accessible in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The move means more emerging users of its industry-leading Hippotizer Media Server range can access learning in a virtual environment anywhere, anytime, while adhering to social distancing guildelines.

HippoSchool Online offers complete basic training of the Hippotizer ZooKeeper software – the control interface for Hippotizer and the hub for real-time control of the engine and all of its components. Sessions consist of two online courses that take approximately five hours to complete, with more courses in the pipeline. They are modular, with videos that the user can follow in their own time, featuring ‘Try It Yourself’ tasks to ensure full immersion into as-real-world use of the feature-packed software.

AV University From Legrand | AV Now Offers 37 Free Renewal Units for AVIXA CTS Certification

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Legrand | AV is proud to announce that AV University now offers over 40 free renewal units for AVIXA CTS certification.

AV University is a free resource provided by Legrand | AV offering online courses on a wide range of topics to help AV experts be more effective on the job. Users are able to pick and choose from over 60 courses ranging from highly technical training and installation tips and tricks all the way to hot industry topics.

AV University is home to all of Legrand | AV’s commercial product training (C2G, Chief, Da-Lite, Luxul, Middle Atlantic, Projecta, Wiremold and Vaddio) plus Legrand-wide solutions and industry training all in one location. All courses are free and many offer AVIXA CTS renewal unit credits, AIA LUs and BICSI CEUs.

Live Streaming and Video Production Guidebook Released to Help Amateurs Gain Studio-Level Skills

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The Unofficial Guide to vMix,” a book focused on uncovering live video production with vMix software – one of the most powerful video production solutions available for live streaming, recording and IP video connectivity – is now available. Written by live streaming and video production expert Paul Richards, Chief Streaming Officer for StreamGeeks and PTZOptics, the book is meant to be used as a guide for anyone interested in sharpening their video production skills with one of the world’s top streaming software solutions. The book is part of a blended learning environment and has an accompanying on-demand Udemy course.

“vMix can turn a regular Windows computer into a modern video production studio, which helps thousands of Windows users around the world leverage the power of live streaming technology and connect their events, activities and ideas with the world,” says Richards. “It’s vMix’s consistency listening to their customers that has made the product so powerful for today’s modern, live video production.”