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FOX Video Services Selects FOR-As HANABI HVS-1000HS

HD/SD video switcher is part of facility's overall upgrade to high definition (August 17, 2005)

CENTURY CITY, CA. 20th Century FOX Video Services, the  DVD and video operations arm of 20th Century FOX,  has purchased FOR-As HANABI HVS-1000HS HD/SD video switcher as part of an overall upgrade to high definition operations at its facility, located on the 20th Century FOX lot in Century City, California.

?FOX Video approached us because they needed a switcher that could perform reliably on their standard definition projects while they gradually moved to high definition, said Chuck Bocan, Western Regional Sales Manager, FOR-A Corporation of America.  ?They chose the HANABI HVS-1000HS because it gives them the best of both worlds: high-quality standard definition performance and high definition capability with a flip of a switch?at about half the price of similarly equipped switchers.

20th Century FOX Video Services provides editorial and telecine transfer services as well as duplication for PAL, NTSC and ATSC to support the business units of 20th Century FOXs television and theatrical units. It is gradually replacing its SD infrastructure with high definition equipment. The HANABI HVS-1000, a one M/E switcher that supports 1080i, 24p, 720p, and standard definition formats, will be used in FOXs linear editing bay in conjunction with a Sony BVE-9100 edit controller.

According to Bocan, in addition to the HD/SD capability of the  HVS-1000HS, another big advantage for 20th Century FOX Video Services is that it can easily and cost-effectively upgrade the HVS-1000HS to  FOR-As new HVS-Dual Link switcher. ?There is an easy upgrade path from the HVS-1000HS to the HVS-Dual Link. It involves simply replacing the main processing unit of the HVS-1000HS with the HVS-Dual Link processing unit. We leave the control panel intact, so operators dont need to adjust to an entirely new system.

Dual Link 4:4:4 video uses two HD-SDI channels to carry full color precision and color space (4:4:4 RGB 10bit). Current HDTV and standard definition video formats are 4:2:2 based, providing just half the color resolution of the original image. When running in Dual Link 4:4:4 the additional color information is carried on the second HD-SDI link, establishing the full color resolution of the original film or graphics, which is ideal for critical keying, heavy effects or feature film work.  

The small 2RU size of the HVS-1000HS will also help 20th Century FOX save space, time and money.  ?Were taking up so little real estate in the rack that FOX can fit four or five units in the same space as one of their NTSC-only units, said Bocan.

The HVS-1000HS SD/HD switchable, multi-bit, multi-format feature is ideal for telecine, production, post-production applications as well as broadcasting. One DVE card comes pre-installed on the HVS-1000HS. And an additional optional DVE card can be installed for increased flexibility on both the SD and HD sides. On the SD side this increases the capacity to two channels of DVE from each card. On the HD side, an optional DVE card provides one DVE channel.

FOR-A is a major manufacturer and distributor of video and audio systems to the broadcast, postproduction and professional video markets. For more information about FOR-As product line, call 714-894-3311 or visit our web site at


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