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Abel Cine Tech Selects FOR-A Hanabi Switcher

"Go-Anywhere" SD/HD production systems use FOR-A switcher (July 06, 2004)

Looking to satisfy an increasing demand for cost-effective high definition (HD) production among its clients, veteran equipment sales and rental company Abel Cine Tech selected the Hanabi HVS-1000HS multi-format digital video switcher from FOR-A. The switcher is the centerpiece of a new portable SD/HD production strategy developed and offered by Abel that can include multiple Panasonic VariCam HD cameras and is targeted at all types of 720p HD format productions.

Throughout the past month alone Abel Cine Tech has used the HVS-1000HS switcher for a live gospel concert for the Grace Baptist Church, in New York City, and for a major music festival in Nashville, Tennessee called "Bonnaroo". For the latter production the Hanabi switcher served as the centerpiece of a complex production system that included 17 Panasonic VariCam cameras on site in Nashville.

Arthur Rosato, freelance director/TD for the Bonaroo production (which will be available on DVD), said the Hanabi switcher opened his eyes to the unique possibilities of using such a compact frame and having a wide range of functions at his fingertips.

"I was amazed at how easy the switcher's interface screen was to learn and operate," said Rosato, who uses a wide range of switchers, including higher-end models from other manufacturers that cost twice as much. "I found the Hanabi switcher very easy to program, which saved me a lot of time during the event. After using it, I went out and told all of my director/TD friends. Now they can't wait to use it too."

"The key aspect that immediately attracted us to the Hanabi switcher was the unit's small footprint," said Richard Abel, Vice President and Director of Operations, Abel Cine Tech, who added that it's the ideal switcher for his company's style of production. "Since it can handle eight channels in such a small space, it's more conceivable to configure fly packs and to take on other non-truck based HD jobs that need live switching."

Abel said that the Hanabi HD switcher has enabled the company to expand its rental market to include more live events, concerts and TV shows. He added that several considerations attracted them to the FOR-A Hanabi HD switcher: it's affordable without sacrificing key features; fully expandable to 16 channels; and can handle any type of SDI and HD signal. And because of the switcher's flexibility, Abel Cine Tech can employ the Hanabi on a wide variety of rental projects, keeping it constantly busy.

"The Hanabi HVS-1000HS is very well suited for this type of multi-use application," said Hiro Tanoue, Sales Manager/Eastern Region and Central/South America, FOR-A Corporation of America. "We're pleased that Abel Cine Tech has chosen the Hanabi switcher and consider the company a great resource to get the word out on the value of this multi-standard, multi-format switcher."

About the Hanabi HVS-1000HS Multi-Format Switcher
The compact Hanabi HVS-1000HS multi-format 1M/E switcher is 2RU high and well suited for mobile production trucks and live applications where space is limited. Offering 4:2:2:4 digital component, 10-bit processing, it supports all common SD and HD formats, including 480p (525/60 [NTSC] 625/50 [PAL], 1080/60i, 59.94i, 24sF, 23.98sF, 24p, 23.98p720/60p, 59.94p.

The HVS-1000HS digital video switcher has been reinforced with an additional edit control panel, enabling easy operation and the implementation of HD production that's as affordable and practical as SD, with its low price performance.

About FOR-A
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 714-894-3311 or visit our web site at

About Abel Cine Tech
Abel Cine Tech Inc., established in 1989, is a film/broadcast sales, service and rental organization with offices in New York and Los Angeles. Abel Cine Tech is recognized as one of the most comprehensive and knowledgeable sources for HD, SD, DV and film equipment in the US. For more information on the company and its services, go to


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Related Keywords:Abel Cine Tech, FOR-A, Hanabi, SD/HD, HVS-1000HS, digital video switcher, Panasonic, VariCam HD, Arthur Rosato, Richard Abel, Hiro Tanoue,

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