Ensemble Designs Wins Two Awards at NAB 2010
Grass Valley, California, 18 April 2010 – Ensemble Designs was the recipient of two awards at the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) show in Las Vegas last week.
Broadcast Engineering Magazine awarded its prestigious NAB Pick Hit Award for the BrightEye 57 Sync Pulse and Test Signal Generator. A panel of independent judges toured the show floor for three days, looking for innovative products and technology.
BrightEye 57 is a small device, just over 5 inches wide, that generates video and audio test signals and test patterns, such as color bars, and lets customers make their own custom, animated test signals.
“A reference generator is sort of like a metronome, it helps to keep all of the video and audio signals in a broadcast facility working together, said Cindy Zuelsdorf, Marketing Czar at Ensemble Designs. “Top TV stations and sports networks use our reference generators in all of their locations. It’s an honor to be relied upon for such critical broadcasts.”
TV Technology Magazine gave a STAR Award (for Superior Technology Award Recipient) to Ensemble Designs for the BrightEye 72 Video Converter. The STAR Award celebrates and showcases preeminent technological innovations available to the media industry.
Ensemble’s BrightEye 72 converts a serial digital video feed to HDMI and also lets broadcasters check for closed caption compliance. It provides adjustments for color-temperature which means it’s useful in live applications. For example, news set lighting is adjusted so that the talent looks good under the lights, but that inevitably means if there’s a video monitor on the set it will look wrong to the home viewer; the colors will look incorrect. The BrightEye 72 feeding that on-set monitor can be adjusted to fix this problem and make it right.
“Here’s a way to use an inexpensive consumer monitor for a high-end application,” said Mondae Hott, Director of Sales at Ensemble Designs. Pairing the BrightEye 72 with a consumer monitor is as good as using a high-end broadcast monitor. Colbert Report is using them now.”
Ensemble Designs, started in 1989, manufactures video processing equipment that is used worldwide in television broadcast facilities.
“We get to work with great people in places and organizations such as ESPN, NASA and CBS News,” said David Wood, President and Chief Design Engineer at Ensemble Designs. “We work closely with these and all of our customers. It’s a key part of what’s kept us viable for all these years. Most of the truly standout features in our products originated in a question from one of our users, ‘What if it could . . .’ “
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