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Nevada County companies win awards at National Association of Broadcasters show

Lights, camera and a whole lot of technological action were unleashed in Las Vegas last month for the National Association of Broadcasters show.

Multiple local broadcasting agencies received awards for their products, which were shown and judged by a host of top trade magazines in the world.

AJA Video Systems, Miranda Technologies, the Grass Valley Group and Ensemble Designs received awards during the exhibit displays featured April 8 to 11.

“It’s a four-day conference, so at the beginning, a bunch of industry experts go around and check out everything and drop off awards at different booths,” said Karen Raz, public relations director for AJA Video Systems.

“It’s a combination of editorial staff, contributors and experts who troll the show for the newest, most interesting pieces of technology.”

The show began in 1923 and includes content from exhibitors featuring new products, interactive exhibits, live demonstrations and information about import and export opportunities, according to the NAB website.

The 2013 show held an estimated 1,000 exhibitors from all over the world, said Cindy Zuelsdorf, marketing czar for Emsemble Designs, which received two awards.

Ensemble Designs received the TV Technology Superior Technology Award Recipient and the Broadcast Engineering Tech Pick for the BrightEye compact router, which allows for smooth transition between multiple video cameras, Zuelsdorf said.

“If someone was at a sporting event, for instance, with three cameras on the field, they can take each camera, feed into this router and choose one and switch that to air,” she said. “Most routers can’t switch right to air, but this router can do that seamlessly.”

The router also allows the video at the front of the panel to be seen and show what the video sources are, something Zuelsdorf said she had never seen in a router before.

“We’re just so thrilled and honored,” she said. “We have won awards at this event before, which makes this all the more exciting, that we can come back again with another product that really caught the broadcasters’ attention.”

AJA Video Systems, based out of Grass Valley, received an award for the Broadcast Engineering Pick Hit and TV Technology STAR award for their Region of Interest mini-converter and the Black Diamond “Best of Show” award from DV Magazine for their Corvid Ultra video processing and scaling product.

The Grass Valley Group won a STAR award for its GV Director Nonlinear Live Production Center, which combines the power of a switcher, multiviewer, graphics and effects, according to a company press release.

Miranda Technologies received a TV Technology STAR award for their Kaleido-Imax multiviewer and displayed their 4k ultra high definition products and routers made by NVISION, said Scott Murray, senior vice president of core products, who said the event was busier this year than last, a likely effect of an improved economy.

“Broadcasters have been putting off capital acquisition due to the economy and now we’re seeing a freeing up of capital investment, so there are more projects being done,” Murray said.

“Foot traffic was up and the number of people who came to the booth was up.”

The conference is an opportunity for multiple companies to display their products in a collaborative environment, Zuelsdorf said.

“It was awesome,” Zeulsdorf said. “Everybody works together and all the people there are such pros.”

To contact Staff Writer Jennifer Terman, email or call 530-477-4230.

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