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NYIT's Communications Department Switches To FOR-A

ImageWhen the Communication Arts Department at the Long Island campus of the New York Institute of Technology (NYIT) began the process of upgrading its studio to HD last year, the school looked for a reliable, cost-effective switcher. NYIT uses video production for hands-on classroom training and for show production for its global digital network, so the video switcher had to be easy to use and flexible for a variety of production scenarios. The school selected FOR-A's HVS-390HS switcher, which has proven an ideal fit since its installation last September.  "Our 2 M/E HVS-390HS is a cost-efficient unit that provides NYIT with a variety of features, including extensive DVE and keyer options on each channel, and a variety of multi-viewing and routing capabilities built right into the switcher," said Herb Savran, NYIT's Chief Engineer of the Communication Arts Department.

NewTek Unveils Next-Generation TriCaster 40

ImageNewTek has announced the next-generation of its entry-level TriCaster 40, a complete HD multi-camera video production studio that enables anyone to create professional streaming television on a small budget. Version 2 of TriCaster 40 gives students, schools, corporate video departments, small organizations and communities, video bloggers and independent producers unprecedented access to the same production capabilities used by major networks--including customizable animated transitions, network-style titles and graphics and improved file interoperability. "At NewTek, we are constantly striving to help people with ideas use video in new ways, so that they can tell stories and make a big impact when sharing them with the world," said Dr. Andrew Cross.

Panasonic and Dejero Join for Bonded Cellular

ImagePanasonic has partnered with Dejero of Kitchener, Ontario to offer a bonded cellular video uplink solution utilizing Panasonic's ruggedized Toughbook laptop computers and Dejero LIVE+ NewsBook software. Running on the Toughbook laptops, LIVE+ NewsBook offers a newsgathering solution that enables news crews to transmit live video feeds as well as recorded/edited files back to the station.

ChyronIP for NewTek's TriCaster Brings State-of-the-Art Chyron Graphics to St. John's Television Network Telecasts

ImageChyron has announced that St. John's University has built a ChyronIP real-time HD/SD 2D and 3D character and graphics generator into its Tricaster-based mobile production unit to bring graphics to its live HD sports telecasts. Leveraging Chyron's Lyric PRO software, ChyronIP allows users to create live, full-motion broadcast graphics, 3D animations, and transitions--similar to that of premier sports broadcasts--and stream them directly through TriCaster systems.  As a result, St. Johns has taken college Internet sports productions to a whole new level.

Editing for Smartphone Videos

ImageSeveral free or inexpensive apps are available to doing basic video editing on your smartphone.  CuteCUT, for Apple's iPhone, is available on iTunes as a free download, but it has a logo on screen. For $4.00, you can get the app without the logo.  Also for the iPhone is Video Edit, which costs $2.99. With it you can assemble your clips and trim them, but it lacks effects and transitions.