HITACHI Z-HD6000 Cameras Fuel Revenue Increases for Jewelry TV

JTV (Jewelry Television) leverages an omni-digital strategy designed to elevate their customers’ experience through digitally-driven touchpoints including live television, a mobile-optimized e-commerce platform and social media. Building on the quantifiable success of their first deployment of Z-HD6000 HDTV cameras from Hitachi Kokusai Electric America, Ltd. (Hitachi Kokusai), the retailer purchased an additional 12 Z-HD6000 cameras this June as part of a major studio overhaul project.

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Headquartered in Knoxville, Tennessee and backed by a proven, 25-year history, JTV is the leading retailer of jewelry and gemstones in the United States. JTV’s live programming is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to 85 million U.S. households through a variety of television providers and the company’s website, JTV.COM.

When JTV renovated its third studio (Studio C) and control room in 2015, they took the opportunity to replace the studio’s aging cameras from a different manufacturer.

“Our goal was to change the look of the studio with a more modern set and LED lighting,” said Dennis Wilson, chief engineer at JTV. “We decided to look at different cameras as part of that project. We compared the HITACHI Z-HD6000s to our existing cameras and felt that the Z-HD6000s were much better.”

The resulting business benefits were tangible, validating JTV’s choice.

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“With the new set, lighting and HITACHI cameras, sales from that studio improved,” Wilson explained. “That shows we’re on the right track, and it’s one of the reasons that we’re now updating Studios A and B and that we bought the additional Z-HD6000 cameras – to try to get the same boost.”

Hitachi_JTV_2Purchased through reseller Technical Video Systems in North Carolina, five Z-HD6000 cameras are deployed on pedestals in Studio C, with four additional units allocated to each of Studios A and B. Three cameras are used in JTV’s “lightbox” for product-focused specialty shots, while another two Z-HD6000s are deployed in the facility’s recently-built, 450-seat auditorium. The auditorium’s fiber infrastructure is wired to accommodate up to nine cameras that can be brought in from the other studios for shows with live, participating audiences.

Wilson points to the Z-HD6000’s superior visual quality and sensitivity as favorite features of the cameras.

“They produce a great picture and great color,” he said. “I can’t directly compare the results to those from our previous vendor because we also changed the lighting, but in my opinion the Z-HD6000s have better chroma saturation and better light sensitivity than our earlier cameras. I don’t have to run as many lights to get the same effect as I used to.”

Those reduced lighting requirements benefit not only the resulting productions but also the on-camera hosts.

“We need to light the jewelry to make it sparkle, while also keeping our on-camera talent happy,” said Wilson. “The Z-HD6000s adapt more easily to the lighting than our previous cameras, so we don’t have to blast lights into the talent’s eyes for hours at a time.”

The robust reliability of the Z-HD6000s contrasts with Wilson’s experience with the cameras from JTV’s previous vendor.

“Our earlier cameras had a lot of overheating problems and other failures, and we needed to repair or replace every one of them,” he said. “I have not had any problems whatsoever with the HITACHI cameras. Once we have them set up, we never have to go back and do anything to them. Even when we move them between sets, it’s just an easy white balance and we’re ready to go.”

Very satisfied with the Z-HD6000s and the benefits they help enable, Wilson plans to make HITACHI cameras part of JTV’s future projects as well.

“We’ve already begun physical construction on another new studio and control room, and we will use HITACHI cameras for that too,” he noted. “I have been very pleased with the Z-HD6000s. They proved to be much better than our previous cameras, and as we replace the remaining older units, we will continue to do so with HITACHI.”

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Acclaimed ZYLIA ZM-1 360-Degree Sound Recording System Available for Sale in Europe

Zylia, the Poland-based manufacturer of multitrack audio recording technologies, today announced that its acclaimed ZYLIA ZM-1 microphone is available for sale in Europe. Designed for bands and musical ensembles; sound engineers; podcasters; and audio creatives working in 3D audio, Ambisonics, and virtual reality, the new ZYLIA ZM-1 is an incredibly light, compact, and beautifully designed recording solution capable of delivering 48-kilohertz/24-bit resolution while capturing the full spatial sound scene.

The microphone is available for purchase online in Europe through Thomann.

“We’re happy to share the remarkable technology of ZYLIA ZM-1 with musicians and audio engineers in Europe,” said Zylia co-founder and chief operating officer Piotr Szczechowiak. “We think people will be impressed by its performance and attractive pricing.”

The ZYLIA ZM-1 is a spherical microphone comprising 19 high-quality MEMS microphone capsules and offering 360-degree sound capture that can be configured and manipulated using ZYLIA Studio, ZYLIA Studio PRO, and ZYLIA Ambisonics converter software. The ZYLIA ZM-1 can auto-detect sound sources from around the microphone and capture that sound into the software as separate tracks for further editing on a digital audio workstation. The system is very portable and requires only a USB connection to Mac or PC for both data transfer and power supply.

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Starlite Trusts LynTec for 24/7 Power Protection and Control in Parx Casino

LynTec and lighting (AVL) systems, announced that New Jersey-based systems integration company Starlite installed LynTec’s RPC remote control breaker panels in Parx Casino’s new Xcite Center. The RPC panels provided complete power control for the extensive AVL systems within the new 55,000-square-foot addition at the Bensalem, Pennsylvania, based casino.

“Parx Casino takes power very seriously. The entire facility is backed up by a three-megawatt generator and anything that’s critical is further backed up by a UPS system,” said Brandon Creel, ETCP, CTS-D, director of engineering at Starlite. “For the new AVL installation, they wanted unwavering power control, protection, and reliability. We’ve trusted LynTec’s power control solutions on our projects for a decade and even installed it in the casino’s recent bar expansion. We knew LynTec would be another power control ace for the new facility.”

For the new addition, Starlite installed seven LynTec RPC breaker panels and two RPC slave panels for a total of 443 controllable circuits. The RPC solution provides power control and proper on/off power sequencing to two 16-by-9-foot left/right video walls, a massive 36-by-12-foot on stage video wall, a professional-grade sound system, a custom rigging system, and more than 4,800 architectural and stage lighting fixtures in the 1500-seat venue. In addition, the RPC panels allow the casino to effortlessly control and protect the AVL systems in the facility’s two restaurants as well as a poker room.

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RPC remote control breaker panels are designed based on the G3 Powerlink hardware platform by Square D, a universally recognized and trusted hardware foundation. This cost-effective and open platform eliminates the expense of custom designed and manufactured products that are hard to replace when discontinued. It also removes the additional step and space needed to install a separate relay panel. Electricians can quickly and easily wire the system and provide additional circuit switching control capabilities in the same enclosure while integrators can effortlessly set up, program, monitor, and control loads on a circuit-specific level.

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Accessible from any web-enabled device, the solution provides a complete overview and allows users to act remotely, resulting in greater installation flexibility, more efficient power control, and the ability to provide direct on/off control for LED lighting for an extended lifespan and less energy costs and maintenance. The panelboards also enable built-in under- and over-voltage protection, optional customizable sequential circuit level on/off capabilities and the ability to interface with third-party control systems via contact closure, TCP/IP, DMX, or RS-232.

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“There’s a lot at stake when large venues can’t reliably power and easily control their AVL systems and provide around-the-clock entertainment,” said Mark Bishop, president of LynTec. “We’re proud to work with Starlite once again to provide Parx Casino with an unfaltering experience for their patrons. This project highlights how our solutions’ incredible installation flexibility and extensive power control capabilities can take the complexity out of even the largest installations.”

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MX1 Joins DPP and Will Bring Media Expertise to Technology Leaders’ Briefing 2018

Through its attendance, MX1 has added its unique insights to an event that seeks to provide a diverse and influential range of broadcasters, content owners, and service providers with the most technologically and commercially relevant snapshot of where the industry is heading in the coming months.

“The DPP Technology Leaders’ Briefing is a great opportunity for us to engage with media influencers to learn about new market developments and technology trends,” said Erich Glaeser, chief commercial officer at MX1. “Innovation is at the heart of our business, and being part of the DPP community will help us stay ahead of the changes in technology and viewing habits in the media landscape. We look forward to connecting with other industry experts to find new ways to streamline operations and maintain our competitive edge.”

MX1 has provided attendees with demonstrations of its managed media services in the DPP Club Lounge area at the Technology Leaders’ Briefing. MX1’s managed media services are used by leading media companies around the world and support all aspects of video operations, enabling media companies to focus on what they do best: creating the most amazing content. From content aggregation to preparation, packaging, management, and delivery, MX1’s media services ensure the highest quality for live and VOD content on every screen and can be customized to fit the needs of any media company.

As a member of the DPP, MX1 now has a unique opportunity to influence industry specifications and shape major industry change. As media companies adopt the DPP-developed Interoperable Master Format (IMF) as their new master delivery format, MX1 will be able to utilize DPP’s Test Lab & Compliance programmes to run technology proofs of concept with customers.

Moreover, being a DPP member will enable MX1 to continue its legacy of complying with the highest content-security standards in the industry. MX1 currently holds pretheatrical security approval from three major Hollywood studios. The DPP’s Committed to Security Programme and the Committed to Security mark perfectly align with MX1’s commitment to achieving security best practices.

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