FOR-A to showcase five new products at IBC 2007

Corporation (IBC Hall 2, Stand #141) a manufacturer of video and audio systems
for the broadcast and professional video industries, will demonstrate five new
products at this year’s IBC. FOR-A will introduce the next generation of its
VPS series of switchers, the VPS-715 GINGA, a 1.5 M/E digital switcher, for the
first time in
Europe at IBC 2007. FOR-A will
also demonstrate the FRC-7000 frame rate converter, which includes many new
features such as the world’s first 23.98psf motion-compensated conversion
support and Dolby E support.

IBC 2007
marks the first showing of the company’s HVS-1500HS HANABI 1.5 M/E switcher and
the HVS-600HS HANABI 1 M/E switcher in
since debuting at NAB2007. FOR-A will also demonstrate the FA-9100RPS HD/SD,
its newest FA Series model of super signal processor, first introduced in
Europe at the Broadcast Live show in June.

“FOR-A is
continually refining and advancing our products to offer the ideal solution for
a variety of broadcast applications,” said Peter Jones, General Manager FOR-A
UK. “We’ve created high-quality switchers like the HVS-1500HS and HVS-600HS
with a compact design, offering portability, and cost-effective HD/SD
production. Our FA-9100RPS super signal processor contains several enhancements
that make it the premier signal processor on the market today. The reputation
of our FRC-7000 frame rate converter has been well established, given its
performance on many high-profile international events, such as Live Earth. Our
recent upgrades to its capabilities make it stand out even further from the

VPS-715 GINGA switcher contains all the valuable features of the VPS-700 in a
1.5 M/E digital switcher. The VPS-715 switcher includes a frame synchronizer
for every input, up to 16 SD inputs and outputs, six keyers, and six channels
of 3D DVE. As an option on the VPS-715, users can add 2D DVE in every
input, delivering up to 32 DVE channels and total flexibility for multi-source
productions, as well as the Flash recorder option for clips up to 120 seconds.
It supports the 525/60 and 625/50 standard definition formats and is ideally
suited for mobile production and in-studio broadcasting applications.

FRC-7000 uses vector motion compensation processing to analyze and determine
the pixel movement in each image frame. This is accomplished by comparing the
movement in the frames before and after the ones being converted. The
FRC-7000’s advanced scene cut detection automatically detects scene changes and
turns off motion compensation processing so as to not affect the scenes before and
after the frames being converted. A complete, new set of frames is then created
in the required output standard. Dolby E materials can be extracted or
re-inserted using the FRC-7000’s embed/de-embed option then passed through or
changed using an external Dolby E encoder/decoder.

HVS-1500HS and the HVS-600HS are both compact, powerful switchers that support
all major HD formats. The HVS-1500HS offers three types of control panels:
24-button, 16-button, and rack mountable 12-button versions. Within its 4RU
main chassis, it’s possible to add memory cards and optional storage. An
optional frame memory provides three seconds in each of its two channels to
record HD, or 19 seconds in each of two channels to record SD video. With
memory expansion, these recording times can be doubled.

HVS-600HS “HANABI Portable” expands the features included in the HVS-500HS, and
accepts both HD and SD. The HVS-600HS offers four HD/SD-SDI inputs and
five HD/SD-SDI outputs in the base configuration. Four additional HD/SD-SDI
inputs and up to four analog inputs including PC input can be installed as an
option. On the HVS-600HS, the Downstream Keyer (DSK) includes FOR-A’s advanced
chromakey function as standard, and a full functional keyer can be installed as
an option. The HVS-600HS offers 10-bit, 4:2:2 internal processing for a
fraction the price of comparable HD switchers.

HVS-1500HS and HVS-600HS switchers offer a high-performance DVE capable of real
3D DVE effects. This true 3D DVE has polygonal-based effects where video
is literally wrapped around 3D shapes. It can produce an amazing variety of
splashy effects including 3D slabs that are very popular in sports
broadcasting. This DVE operates as a dual channel in SD mode or as a single
channel in HD mode. The HVS-600HS still offers a dual-channel picture in
picture function that can be used without tying up the 3D DVE. The other new
feature added to the HVS-600HS is a bus for selecting keys or inputs to the aux
bus. The HVS-1500HS can also accommodate an optional two quad split-screen

The new
FA-9100RPS is an affordable HD-based super signal processor. Its functionality
goes beyond a typical frame synchronizer and converter by offering several
options, including HDV/DV stream conversion, Dolby E encoder/decoder, and HD/SD
up/down and cross conversion. Other enhancements to the FA-9100RPS include a
powerful video delay circuit that can delay video by up to four frames. This
video delay can be useful in a variety of applications including the signal
timing involved in FOR-A’s virtual studio systems. This video delay is also
useful for applications such as introducing delay to adjust for Dolby E

FA-9100RPS can perform color correction via an optional color corrector that
integrates technology from the FOR-A DCC color corrector series – the broadcast
industry standard. This technology enables many different types of color
correction, gamma correction, clip functions, and other adjustments.

FRC-7000, HVS-600HS, HVS-1500HS, and FA-9100RPS are all currently shipping, and
the VPS-715 will be available at end of October.

FOR-A is a
major manufacturer and distributor of audio and video systems to the broadcast,
postproduction and professional video markets. For more information about
FOR-A’s product line, call: +44 (0)20-8391 7979 or visit our web site at

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