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FOR-A Brought New 4K Camera and Broadcast Gear to IBC 2015

At IBC 2015, FOR-A expanded its 4K offerings with a new, high speed 4K camera, a 3 M/E HD/4K video switcher, and 4K frame rate converter.

“FOR-A is in a constant development schedule for many products,” Jay Shinn, vice president of FOR-A America told The Broadcast Bridge during IBC 2015. “We know that fast time to market is key to our success and key to our customers as they can start realizing the benefits of FOR-A.

Living up to Shinn’s promise, FOR-A introduced several new broadcast products in Amsterdam, including the compact FT-ONE-S, the latest entry in the company’s line of 4K variable frame rate cameras. Shinn heralded its breakthrough cost efficient design.

FT-ONE-S 4K Camera

FT-ONE-S 4K Camera

“Customers are asking for more affordable 4K solutions,” Shinn said, “and the FT-ONE-S provides a new balance of price to performance.”

Smaller and lighter than the company’s flagship FT-ONE, this new camera allows operators to separate the camera head from the body, letting you get shots from angles a larger camera could not attempt to go, and can capture them at up to 360 fps.

Videographers can shoot in the field with up to one km distance between the camera unit and base station since the camera links operators optically and via an intercom system.

Also for the first time at IBC, FOR-A displayed the HVS-2000 video switcher that now has a 3-row control panel.

HVS-2000 Video Switcher

HVS-2000 Video Switcher

The versatile, unit provides up to 48 inputs and 23 outputs, 12 DVEs, 12 keyers and 4 multi-viewers, and can be used for SD, HD, 3G and 4K productions.

“Many customers have asked for a 3ME panel for the HVS-2000 class of product,” Shinn said. “Having a virtual 6ME switcher makes a 3ME panel a natural fit for many customers.”

Among the other switchers FOR-A brought to IBC were the HVS-390HS 1-2.5 M/E unit, as well as the HVS-100 and HVS-110 portable video switchers.

HVS-390HS Video Switcher (left), HVS-100 Switcher (center), HVS-110 Switcher (right)

Rounding out their 4K offerings, FOR-A showed off their 4K compatible FRC-9000 frame rate converter which offers up, down and cross-conversion and multi-format support with advanced motion compensation processing.

FRC-9000 Frame Rate Converter

“As 4K becomes more and more an adopted format, being able to achieve the best picture fidelity is key in the standards conversion process as well,” Shinn said. “4K adds an additional set of customer expectations that crystal clear images be delivered at every stage of the transmission process…the FRC-9000 delivers that expectation.”

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