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FFV's DigiDeck Digital Video Recorder Used by

Provides 24-frame video and computer playback for film and television production (March 09, 2005)

Fast Forward Video, Inc. (FFV) today announced that its DigiDeck Digital Video Recorder systems are being used by Hollywood-based to provide 24-frame video and computer playback for film and television production including the television series "Las Vegas."

"After the pilot was complete, we knew we would have to switch from our DV decks to digital video to be able to record and playback for the regular series," said Robert Chartier, founder of "After exploring different possibilities, we purchased 10 DigiDeck Digital Video Recorders from Fast Forward Video to do the job." uses the DVRs to deliver simultaneous, frame-accurate release of multiple video feeds for application in productions like "Las Vegas," where Security Chief Ed Deline (James Caan) calls up information or recalls images on a computer or video display. With 32 GE dome security cameras mounted throughout the set of the fictional Montecito Resort & Casino, records live, scripted shots to its Fast Forward Video decks. Then, during shooting of security room scenes, the decks are used to play back footage, captured over about a week of shooting, together and in sync to the security room monitors.

"Timecode was an important feature for us, and the DigiDeck offers this capability," continued Chartier. "The Fast Forward Video decks offer the recording space and, with removable drives, the flexibility we need to address the production schedule and playback required. They also allow random access to multiple versions of the same scene, and allow us to locate footage quickly for directors' review."

FFV was one of the first companies to bring digital computer technology to the video industry by applying random-access disk storage to a video device. The company's cost-effective DigiDeck Digital Video Recorder provides high-performance technology and rugged, reliable operation for sporting events, security and remote monitoring, and other remote and mobile broadcast applications.

Learn more about Fast Forward Video's complete line of digital video recording systems at

About specializes in providing 24- and 30-frame video and computer playback for the film and television production industries. The company has one of Hollywood's largest inventories of vintage and contemporary television monitors, digital, " and Beta tape playback systems, video/computer projection systems, studio video cameras, and an assortment of electronic props. Additionally,'s video editing and computer graphics department designs interactive hero and generic graphics suitable for everything from cable channel commercials to the biggest budget movies ever made like "Titanic," "Armageddon," "Virus," "Pushing Tin," and "Starship Troopers," just to name a few.

More information is available at

About Fast Forward Video
Fast Forward Video, Inc. designs, manufactures, and markets digital video recorders and time-code systems for professional broadcast, presentation, industrial, and military applications worldwide. Founded in 1985, the company was the first to incorporate digital computer technology, including random-access disk storage and data-compression capabilities, into professional video products. Today the company provides video technology solutions into a wide range of applications in broadcast, presentation, security, and graphics and animation markets.

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