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We live in the era of the audiovisual contents; we live in a world where technology and art merges. In fact, technological barriers crumble, everything is becoming more open and easy to use, which facilitates the creation of content by many more people. So we decided to create a section in the magazine dedicated to audiovisual content. In it, various creators, distributors, producers, platforms, film makers are going to give their view of audiovisual market. We want to be the leading worldwide magazine merging contents and technology, the whole value chain. This new section will be released in the next issue of TM Broadcast International which also include all the preview information regarding NAB. Stay in tune to the latest news and donâ€™t miss out the upcoming issue. You are warned.
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Rodeo FX wins VES Award for Outstanding Supporting Visual Effects on Birdman Rodeo FX has won a Visual Effects Society (VES) Award for its work on Birdman. The award is for Outstanding Supporting Visual Effects in a Photoreal/Live Action Feature Motion Picture, and is one of the preeminent awards in this industry. Rodeo FX continues its recent run of industry honors, including the Emmy and HPA Awards the facility won in 2014 for the visual effects it created for the TV series Game of Thrones. The VES Award was handed out last night at a black tie event in Beverly Hills to Ara Khanikian, the VFX supervisor, and Ivy Agregan and Isabelle Langlois, the VFX producers on Birdman. The VES Awards recognize outstanding VFX work in film, TV, commercials, and gaming and the VFX producers, supervisors, and artists who create
that work. “This team of visionary filmmakers and artists has invented a new way of making movies,” said Langlois, VFX producer at Rodeo FX. “Audiences don’t realize how much work went into Birdman, which makes this such an extraordinary technical achievement. Ara and I are thrilled to share this award with the amazing team at Rodeo FX who worked so hard on Birdman.” In addition to the obvious VFX in the movie, Rodeo FX was tasked with seamlessly stitching together all the individual scenes to create the illusion that the entire film was shot in one continuous take. “It is so rewarding to create seamless visual effects that serve the story,” said Khanikian, VFX
supervisor at Rodeo FX. “We contribute to the magic of the movie, supporting an amazing story that will carry away the audience with its intense emotional currents.” Birdman was directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu with cinematography by Emmanuel Lubezki and stars Micheal Keaton, Edward Norton, Emma Stone, and Naomi Watts. “Birdman is a real masterpiece, not only because of the storyline and performances, but because of the technical accomplishments of incredible cinematography, editing, and imperceptible visual effects,” said Sébastien Moreau, president of Rodeo FX. “It was an honor to collaborate with these passionate filmmakers on this extraordinary movie.”
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Grass Valley’s Ignite Automated Production System Version 7.5 optimizes media production
New features of Ignite include powerful integration with the GV Director nonlinear live production system, support for the Karrera KFrame S-series production switcher, enhancements to the Lawo audio console interface and support for Solid State Logic (SSL) audio consoles, further strengthening Grass Valley’s position in the area of audio control. The updates in Ignite version 7.5 signify Grass Valley’s commitment to continuously expanding development of the industry’s Emmy Award–winning and most capable automated production system. “Solid State Logic and Grass Valley share a substantial and prestigious customer base around the world,” said Niall Feldman, director of new products at SSL. “It is excellent to see the close integration between SSL digital broadcast consoles and Grass Valley’s Ignite within the release of version 7.5, and we are confident that our clients will enjoy the benefits of using these two firstclass systems together for many years to come.”
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Combining Ignite version 7.5 with other Grass Valley solutions provides more streamlined workflows with optimized production, including Ignite with GV Director for automated control of production processes for video switching, multilayer effects, animated graphics, multiviewer monitoring and more — all in a single, intuitive and highly creative system. Ignite with GV STRATUS helps broadcasters generate alternative revenue streams by providing higher rates of throughput for multi-distribution delivery of content for the web and mobile devices, while Ignite with the Karrera K-Frame S-series production switcher creates an ideal mid-range automated production control and switching platform. “With the broadcast industry embracing digital, nonlinear media production models whereby content is acquired, managed, modified, transferred and played out as digital files, Ignite is a proven and reliable means of choreographing these activities in as streamlined a fashion as possible,” said Mike
Cronk, senior vice president of strategic marketing, Grass Valley. “Through tighter integration with Grass Valley production systems as well as strategic third-party support, version 7.5 represents the latest in a series of ongoing, differentiated enhancements to the Ignite solution that will continuously increase our customers’ overall production value and maximize their return on investment.” Ignite technology enables users to easily control on-air timing, accommodate last-minute show changes and direct any type of production on the fly. The Ignite solution delivers consistency and repeatability of shows with high production values, the broadest and deepest support for audio devices and consoles, and more opportunities to repurpose content for digital multicasting and webcasts. The flexible Ignite solution can be used in multiple broadcast environments, including houses of worship as well as governmental and educational facilities.
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IABM invites entries to its Game-Changer Awards for first time - Playout & delivery systems
For the first time ever, IABM has opened its annual Game-Changer awards for nomination from companies across the broadcast and media industry. The awards recognise new products, processes, systems, services or developments that demonstrate innovation and offer real benefits for end users. Applications are open to IABM members and non-members, offering entrants the opportunity to receive well-deserved recognition for their outstanding products or services. Nine awards will be presented at NAB in the following categories: - Acquisition and production - Post production
- Test, quality control and monitoring - Services
- Content and communication infrastructure - Audio - Storage - System automation and control
John Ive, Director of Business Development and Technology, IABM says: â€œWith the broadcast and media industry transitioning through major changes, the need for innovative and creative solutions that bring real value to end users has never been so important. By opening up the awards for nomination for the first time, companies of all sizes have the chance to showcase their products and services and demonstrate the benefits that are brought to the broadcast and media industry as a whole.â€?
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Lawo upgrades for Bell Media Having completed a series of significant upgrades to six control rooms at its Agincourt and Queen Street campuses in Scarborough, Ontario, in 2011, Bell Media (former CTV Canada) has expanded and integrated its Lawo mc²56 and zirkonXL consoles around a Lawo Nova73 router – creating a networked infrastructure with a total of five mc² series consoles.The initial installation supported migration from SD to HD, and included four mc²56 MkI digital production consoles and two zirkonXL consoles. These have now been joined by a further mc²56 MkII console.
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The audio mixing systems were initially chosen for the broadcast of the 2010 Winter Games by Canada’s Olympic Broadcast Media Consortium and comprised a 64-fader mc²56 console configured with DSP cards, redundant processors, 15 MADI ports, 32 AES3id I/O, and three DALLIS frames which were located at the Agincourt Campus, Control 8. A 48fader mc²56 was installed at Agincourt Control 9, fitted with four DSP cards, a single processor, 15 MADI ports, 32 AES3id I/O, and three DALLIS frames. Lawo systems were also installed in four control rooms at the Queen
Street campus, including a 64-fader mc²56 console with five DSP cards and a 48-fader mc²56. The campus was also the recipient of two Lawo zirkonXL consoles, each with 24 faders, four MADI ports, 12 AES3id I/O, and 24 analog I/O ports. This latest mc-series console is the fifth at Agincourt, with the Nova 76 router installed to enable all existing and new consoles to be integrated together as a centralized networking system using MADI. The entire system update was completed within two days – over the course of a weekend – adding a new control room without interrupting production schedules.
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Harmonic and This Technology transform content regionalization Harmonic which helps MVPDs and programmers monetize and deliver content to any screen, today announced a partnership that enables multichannel video programming distributors (MVPDs) and programmers to deliver regionalized content such as sports or local programming to the right audience on any device. The integration brings together THIS TECHNOLOGY's alternate content delivery system with encoding solutions from Harmonic. Following successful deployment with a tier-one MVPD in 2014, the companies now jointly support network consolidation efforts that result in seamless content switching and enforce market protection via centralized control of content, encoding, and distribution. "Together with Harmonic, we simplify what was once a very hardware-intensive process by offering the flexibility to use virtual IRDs," said Rick Hamilton, vice president of global sales for THIS TECHNOLOGY. "This enables nationwide or market-specific content switching based on programming requirements at any given moment. Looking ahead, we are committed to the expansion of this partnership to address emerging international demand."
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As part of the combined offering, THIS TECHNOLOGY's SwitchStream™ alternate content delivery system is integrated with Harmonic's ProStream® 9100 high-density stream processor to ensure accurate switching instructions. MVPDs can also use SwitchStream to virtualize content acquisition points, automate management, scheduling and auditing of content switches, and interface with Harmonic's Electra™ 9200 universal multiservice encoder to eliminate decoding and reencoding at regional headends. The solution can be deployed across various distribution platforms, including linear broadcast and OTT, to unify IP transition initiatives for MVPDs. "The alternate content delivery solution that we have brought to market with THIS TECHNOLOGY is the most efficient and cost-effective solution for service providers operating a centralized headend and multiple regional headends. Furthermore, it provides programmers all around the world with a more advanced solution while simplifying control over content schedules," said Shahar Bar, senior vice president of corporate development at Harmonic. "THIS TECHNOLOGY proved to be a solid partner focused on enhancing the capabilities of our infrastructure solutions. The value of this software collaboration will be further highlighted as the industry transitions toward a virtualized infrastructure with the Harmonic VOS™ architecture."
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Actus Digital experiences record year of customer and revenue growth
Quantel releases new studio sports highlighting range
Actus Digital concluded 2014 with unprecedented growth in customer acquisition and largescale implementation of its cloud-based post-broadcasting solutions. Actus' data-driven tools collect and analyze huge amounts of TV and A/V data worldwide, allowing broadcasters, marketers and advertisers to "ride the big data wave". Growing demand for the company's rating analyzer and automatic ads detection (AdWatch) are increasing awareness of the application in the expanding adTtech market. "We are extremely proud to see the media industry is acknowledging the quality of Actus broadcast monitoring solutions and relying on Actus to fulfill its broadcast monitoring requirements," said Actus Digital CEO Sima Levy. "Constant communication with our customers gives us invaluable information on future requirements in the industry and makes us aware of needed product improvements, which result in innovative developments like Actus TrackMatchâ„˘."
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Quantel released LiveTouch - a brand new range of studio sports highlighting systems that feature a robust, ergonomic live control panel and unique bi-directional editor integration. LiveTouch encompasses a complete range of studio highlighting applications from single operator standalone set-ups to complete, integrated production systems. LiveTouch has been developed following close consultation with sports broadcasters and their on-air operators, and features a purposedesigned control panel to make highlights selection fast, sure and simple, meeting the rigorous needs of live production. At the system's heart is the new, compact 3U powerefficient LiveTouch server. Interserver streaming allows multiple LiveTouch servers to be used as one large, virtual server, giving operators instant access to any clip irrespective of where it is being recorded. LiveTouch also integrates Quantel editing. The workflow is two-way editors can access the highlights with no media movement and any panel can play back any completed sequence. Thanks to Quantel's unique FrameMagic technology, the system delivers the fastest highlightsto-edit-to-air workflow on the market no media ever needs to be copied or
moved and there is no need to duplicate storage for editing. There are three models in the LiveTouch product range: LiveTouch Highlights LiveTouch Highlights is the entry level, standalone system, comprising a single LiveTouch server and one or two LiveTouch control panels and integrated editing LiveTouch Highlights offers a low entry cost and is easily deployed in any studio environment. LiveTouch Production LiveTouch Production is a complete highlighting system for sophisticated studio applications. LiveTouch Production is powerful enough to support multiple studios and demanding productions, yet is simple to use and configure. LiveTouch Production includes integrated editing as standard, allowing fast editing of highlights and playout of finished pieces. LiveTouch Enterprise LiveTouch Enterprise adds sports highlighting to Quantel Enterprise sQ fast turnaround production systems. The result is unified system covering every aspect of sports highlighting and program production that delivers a complete, efficient workflow that eliminates much of the complexity and duplication that often exist today.
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Former Freesat Head of Strategy joins Genius Digital Genius Digital announced that it has hired Giles Cottle as Director of Consumer Insight Products. Effective immediately, Freesat’s former Head of Strategy will take overall responsibility for Genius Digital’s product portfolio, including strategic direction and development, positioning, pricing and business development. “It is a really exciting time to have Giles on board- especially as broadcasters and operators around the world increasingly recognize the importance of data and the role it is playing in creating profitable TV services,” said Jonathan Sykes, Chairman, Genius Digital. “As we continue to grow and expand, Giles’ knowledge and expertise will play a crucial role in helping operators extract real value from
their data so that they build more compelling, successful services.” With 10 years’ experience in the digital and broadcast industries, Cottle brings a wealth of knowledge to his new role at Genius Digital. During his time at Freesat, Giles was responsible for coordinating and shaping the development of the company’s business and finance strategy. Prior to this, he was a Principal Analyst at Informa, leading coverage of OTT, broadband content and connected devices. He also authored a number of market-leading reports and consulted for some of the world’s largest media and technology firms. “In an era when viewers have more choice than ever before, it is fundamental that TV operators
understand their audience- and what Genius Digital is doing in this space is really exciting,” said Cottle. “Not only is the Genius Digital offering helping companies to Giles Cottle gain a deep understanding of viewer activity, but they can also help companies to develop and evolve their services to meet audience expectations. I look forward to joining the team and showing operators how they can make the most of their data.”
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DiGiCo SD8 in New Delhi
Two days in mid-November saw a unique festival dedicated to stringed instruments take place in New Delhi, India. Featuring acclaimed string musicians from around the world, a DiGiCo SD8 was on hand to tame the dynamics of a wide array of instruments. The festival was founded and is organised by leading Indian violinist Sharat Chandra Shrivastava of world fusion band Mrigya. Its purpose is not only to perform different forms of string music from around the world, but also to showcase stringed instruments which are either rare or whose use has faded into obscurity. “Originally inspired by Indian classical music and the fusion greats like Pandit Ravi Shankar and Shakti, Mrigya evolved a unique style of music signature that incorporates jazz, blues, rock, folk and other styles overlaid on Hindustani Classical. It was this fusion that led to the idea of Strings of the World,” he says. New Delhi-based M/S Audio Design supplied all the sound and lighting requirements of the festival, including a DiGiCo SD8 console at Front of House, which was manned by
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Humayun Atiq - DiGiCo Specialist at Hi-Tech Audio Systems - and Sid Mathur of New Delhi’s Quarter Note Studio. With a large number of artists to accommodate, the SD8’s flexibility was the main reason for it being chosen. “The fact that the SD8 features 60 processing channels at either 48kHz/96kHz, all of which are Flexi Channels - and therefore configurable as either mono or stereo means we had the equivalent of 120 channels of full DSP processing at our fingertips,” says Humayun. “Every performance featured a lot of acoustic stringed instruments like cello, upright bass, violin, Hardanger fiddle, cittern and acoustic guitars. They all have a wide dynamic range and had to co-exist with amplified instruments in the mix. The dynamic EQs and multiband compressors of the SD8 really helped to ensure that all the instruments sat well together, without losing any of the tonal light and shade of the strings. “The processing, flexibility and clean preamp sound made the SD8 the ideal mixer for this show.”
AnyClip Media welcomes Advertising Executive Assaf Benjamin as new SVP of Sales and Business Development AnyClip Media announce the appointment of Assaf Benjamin as Senior Vice President of Sales and Business Development. Mr. Benjamin will be responsible for strategically orchestrating the performance, partnerships and sales of AnyClip Media. Mr. Benjamin joins AnyClip Media from his previous post as VP of Advertising and Strategic Partnerships at NativeX, a leader in native advertising platforms for mobile games, where he spearheaded new strategic business initiatives. Prior to his work at NativeX, Mr. Benjamin was the VP of Business Development at Inneractive, a mobile Supply Side Platform (SSP). Mr. Benjamin has also managed strategic account groups for McCann-Erickson, DDB and many others. He led marketing and business development at StarHome, M-Systems and SanDisk, in addition to leading operations for startups like CmyCasa (acquired by AutoDesk), eMazeU (acquired by Zoran), Giraffic, United Parents and others. With an extensive background in advertising and business development, Mr. Benjamin brings a unique and refreshing perspective to the AnyClip team. “The advertising industry is hectic; consolidation and commoditization are becoming rampant, and the space is becoming increasingly crowded. Companies that are able to distinguish themselves in this ecosystem either have a unique business model or exceptional technology—AnyClip Media is one of the rare organizations that possesses both,” says Mr. Benjamin. “Controling premium video content is incredibly important for bridging the gap between demand and supply.
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EVS will be highlighting its latest broadcast technology at CABSAT 2015
Demonstrations on the EVS booth (A4-20) during the show between 10-12 March 2015, will show how using EVS technology can create an enriched live programming experience. EVS’ powerful production servers, content management solutions and multiplatform distribution tools will feature alongside digital archive management tools and the brand new OB tool, Truck Manager.
Future Proof productions with XT3 & XS servers Content providers need the peace of mind of knowing that their workflows are scalable and futureproof, allowing them to easily transition to future standards and formats. With the introduction of its new range of XT3 and XS servers primarily aimed at OB and live studio operations, EVS has again delivered the greatest flexibility possible in one box. Both new servers offer extended format support and capabilities including 4K, 1080p and proxy, as well as new 10 Gigabit Ethernet connectivity and up to 12 HD/SD live recording channels. This allows customers to transition to the next generation of industry standards and workflows as needed.
Content Management for Live Production Designed for live and fast turnaround production, the latest generation of IPDirector offers a wealth of new capabilities and modules. These include web-based remote browsing and content exchange, automated clip management, archive import/export and seamless integration with EVS’ XStore scalable storage solution. EVS’ IPDirector also guarantees advanced interoperability between production and post-production with the new EXPORT feature from IPLink for Adobe and the support of growing files in FCP-X. As a result, editors can access media directly from their editing stations, create advanced edits, which can be pushed back to the EVS environment for playout.
Multimedia Distribution Platform with C-Cast C-Cast technology extends the live content experience beyond the TV screen by providing content owners, rights holders and broadcasters with the ability to
reach and engage more diverse audiences with high-quality and targeted content as the event unfolds. C-Cast connects on-site production infrastructure to a cloudbased platform, allowing the aggregation of multi-angle video and statistics for instant delivery to any platform. This provides an enriched, personalised and exclusive live sports experience. Find out how more than 24 million football fans watched live, C-Cast enabled action during the 2014 FIFA World Cup™ from their portable device.
New Truck Manager Setup Tool Truck Manager is a new software application that detects all EVS devices in an OB van and enables the engineer to configure them from a laptop to meet the needs of the production. Once complete, settings are stored and can be recalled at any time, facilitating the setup for subsequent production teams.
Digital Archive Management Also at the show, EVS will be highlighting its digital archive tools. MediaArchive Director allows for content digitization and storage, and IP2Archive – an IPDirector module – which adds digital archive management to an existing IPDirector workflow.
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Miller Camera Support equipment treks to the Kingdom of Mustang for moving documentary with Grit & Thistle Film Company The documentary tells the tale of a lone Bonpo Monk, Norbu Lama, who is working tirelessly to preserve the traditional Himalayan culture through his teachings to the community’s children. Norbu Lama achieves this goal by teaching about 76 children Tibetan and Bon in the morning and then walks with them across the mountainside to the government school, where they study for six hours before hiking back to continue their studies with Norbu Lama for a few more hours before nighttime.
Students in the Bonpo village of Lubrak practicing traditional Tibetan dance - Photo by Bharu Norbu Lama
Alternatively, Ward found the Solo Pod to be useful when navigating through tight corners in classrooms. “The Solo Pod is fairly lightweight and perfect when I need to move fast and maneuver within limited space,” he says. “Since I was trying to keep my rig weight to a minimum, I didn’t use it with a tripod head, but I will add a head to the Solo Pod in the future to open up more options.”
“By keeping the children in the mountains, it allows them to stay connected to their families and their traditional Himalayan culture,” Ward says. “But conditions are harsh. The children have no warm water to bathe or wash their clothes in, there is sporadic electricity and no heat in the dorms despite harsh winter temperatures, and there is no kitchen and no school supplies. Once I visited, I knew I had to get involved to help raise funds, and the short film is the next step in this process.” Over the course of one week, Ward shot the material for this short film operating as part of a twoperson crew and utilizing the Miller DS10 Tripod System and Solo Pod for his camera support. He hired a local to help him with translations and to assist with carrying the gear over the mountains on both horseback and by foot. To shoot cinematic-style, Ward relied on a Canon DLSR camera with Canon L-Series lenses. For interviews, he incorporated a Beachtek mixer and Rode and Sennheiser microphones into his setup.
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beneficial during shooting. “The DS10 is just light enough to hike with over huge mountains,” Ward says. “It’s fast and easy to use with a skeleton crew. For instance, a nomad who had never seen a tripod before was able to help me set it up and level it in just a couple of minutes. The two-stage leg system is fast and solid, and you can set up the legs with just one hand. The head is simple, just two settings and simple dials to control pan and tilt.”
Nathan Ward Investigating Conditions that Confront Young Women in the Cities of Nepal - Photo Credit Tenzi - 7
Ward chose to use the Miller DS10 primarily to capture timelapse shots and found its light weight and durability particularly
In the upcoming weeks, Grit & Thistle Film Company plans to release the short film, promoting it through live presentations across the United States and Europe to spread awareness. “The Himalayas have always been an area of special interest for me, and it was a real opportunity to be able to travel to Lubrak, show up as a total stranger and leave a week later with a rare look at a unique place on our planet,” concludes Ward. “Norbu Lama is working out there every day, in obscurity, to help educate mountain children and maintain Himalayan culture. He could certainly use some assistance and hopefully this film will help connect him with likeminded people.”
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_wige SOLUTIONS purchases Kahuna 9600 for new mobile production unit Leading German broadcast facilities company, _wige SOLUTIONS GmbH, has purchased a Snell Kahuna 9600 production switcher for a new mobile production unit that will soon be joining its extensive fleet. Based in Meuspath, Germany, _wige SOLUTIONS has been supplying complete outside broadcast event services for over 25 years; this will be the sixth Snell switcher the company has purchased for its OB operations. The new mobile production unit, consisting of modular components to provide maximum flexibility, will be completed in spring 2015 and provide more broadcast possibilities than a conventional OB van. The Kahuna 9600 is the flagship of the new Snell Kahuna production switcher range which was launched at IBC 2014. The new Kahuna 4800, 6400 and 9600 production switchers offer more firepower and flexibility than ever before with added 4K capabilities across the entire range. The new range also benefits from an enhanced feature set, including more power for Mix Effects (M/E) functionality and enhanced DVE resize engines, enabling chromakey capabilities on all keyers and 2.5D DVE on all models in the range. “Although we are very satisfied with the five Kahuna switchers we already use, we looked hard at all the latest offerings across the market before selecting the new Kahuna 9600 for our portfolio,” said Thomas Schäfer, _wige
SOLUTIONS Technical Director. “As well as its ability to handle all production formats, the Kahuna 9600 gives us both the power and the flexibility we need to add more M/Es as required. Its compact mainframe is also a real plus in saving valuable real-estate.” “_wige SOLUTIONS has built its reputation on delivering quality and reliability and I’m delighted that it
has once again chosen Snell technology to be at the heart of its latest Production Unit,” said Robert Rowe, managing director of Live TV at Snell. “The added performance and 4K capabilities of the new Kahuna range ensure that our customers are able to future-proof their infrastructures and productions for whatever the future brings.”
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Harmonic transforms Video Delivery Bringing Ultra HD and Intelligent Function Integration to New Electra™ X Advanced Media Processor Family Harmonic launched the latest generation of its market-leading Electra™ product line, the Electra X family of advanced media processors for broadcast and multiscreen content delivery. As the world's first encoder family to support graphics, branding, and playout functionalities, as well as industry-leading video quality and full-frame Ultra HD (UHD) live encoding, Electra X revolutionizes video delivery. Powered by the Harmonic PURE Compression Engine™, Electra X appliance-based media processors boost video compression efficiency across an extensive range of formats and codecs — including MPEG-2, AVC, and HEVC codecs — over CBR, VBR, and ABR encoding schemes to support a broad array of devices from handhelds to UHD TV. Already deployed by Harmonic customers, the multicodec and multiformat nature of Electra X makes it well suited to solve the video processing challenges of broadcast, cable, satellite, and telco operators today and in the future. "Building on the success of our industry-leading compression family, the Electra X media processors offer a dramatic new
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approach to encoding," said Bart Spriester, senior vice president, video products, Harmonic. "The Electra X simplifies content delivery operations, enabling video content and service providers to offer linear and multiscreen services from low bandwidth profiles all the way up to UHD. Plus the additional function integration can have a profound impact when deploying new services." Integrating real-time SD and HD encoding, high-quality graphics, branding, and playout functionality, the Electra X2 media processor unifies market-leading video quality, unparalleled function integration, and increased operational flexibility in a single 1-RU appliance. "By converging broadcast and multiscreen encoding with the graphics and branding from Harmonic's Spectrum ChannelPort™ integrated channel playout system, plus transport stream playout functionality, into a single, compact appliance, Electra X2 reduces the number of devices required to build a broadcast transmission chain. This approach lowers capital and operating expenditures, resulting in exceptionally low total cost of ownership (TCO)," continued
Spriester. With the Electra X2 media processor, multiple encoding and playout operations can be controlled from a single interface, making operations easier to set up, manage, and maintain, thereby dramatically lowering TCO. Through its pay-as-you-grow approach to scalability, the nextgeneration media processor assures that users pay only for media processing capabilities they need, enabling them to add new capabilities in the future as business requirements change. The Electra X2 media processor is managed via Harmonic's NMX™ Digital Service Manager, a video network management solution that encompasses a powerful set of tools for monitoring and managing compressed digital media services. When paired with other NMXcontrolled systems, such as Harmonic's ProStream® 9100 highdensity stream processor and ProMedia® X Origin multiscreen media server, the Electra X2 media processor becomes part of a highly scalable, converged solution for the deployment of linear broadcast and OTT video services.
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Ikegami announces new-product lineup for CABSAT 2015 Ikegami has chosen CABSAT 2015 as the launch venue for a new development in its Unicam HD range of broadcast camera systems with the introduction of the Super Resolution Technology (SRT) HD to 4K upconverter. Also on display will be the HC-HD300 3CMOS studio camera, first announced in Q3 2014 and now deliverable.
operated via the base station control menu. Source signal formats accepted include 1080i50 as well as 1080p23.98, 1080p25, 1080p29.97 and 1080p50.
Ikegami 4K Hybrid Base Station
MEA market debut: Ikegami HC-HD300 3-CMOS Studio/Field Camera
A plug-in board for the BS-98 Base Station, the new Ikegami HD to 4K upconverter performs intelligent upconversion from 1920 x 1080i and 1920 x 1080p (2K) high-definition source standards to 3840 x 2160p (4K) ultra-highdefinition. The upconverter is compatible with Ikegami HDK790GX/79GX, HDK-970A/97A and HDK-97ARRI cameras, enabling these to be used in a 4K hybrid production environment. With its Super Resolution Engine, the Ikegami upconverter can detect edge artefacts caused by DTL correction in 2K source signals. Intelligent processing ensures that these edges are not exaggerated during the upconversion. Upconversion processing be performed automatically or manually customised. A Remastering mode can enhance the sense of resolution of a 2K signal using a Super Resolution Engine
The processor occupies a 20 x 120 x 124 mm card which slots directly into the rear of the BS-98 base station. Power consumption is 11 watts and operating temperature range is 0 to 40 Celsius.
Also on show at CABSAT 2015 will be Ikegami's HC-HD300 3CMOS studio camera system which makes its MEA market debut. The HC-HD300 is a compact docking-style camera for studio or field operation. An aggressivelypriced addition to Ikegamiâ€™s broadcast-ready Unicam HD product line, it meets the same high standard of imagery and has the same rugged construction. The Ikegami HC-HD300 is equipped with a 1/3 inch bayonet lens mount and employs three 1/3inch CMOS progressive-scan 1920 x 1080 native sensors in RGB prism formation. The camera delivers high quality pictures in all commonly used video formats: 1920 x 1080/50i, 1920 x 1080/59.94i, 1280 x 720/50p, 1280 x 720/59.94p, 720 x 576/50i (PAL) and 720 x 480/59.94i (NTSC). Typical performance characteristics of the HCHD300 in 1080/59.94i output mode are 1,000 television lines horizontal resolution, 58 dB signal-tonoise ratio and 2,000 lux sensitivity
(89.9 per cent white reflection) at F10 aperture. Equivalent aperture in 1080/50i mode for this light level is F11. Camera gain can be attenuated from mid level to -3 or -6 dB, or increased by +3, +6, +9, +12 or + 18 dB. Integral neutral density filters (100 per cent, 25 per cent, 6.2 per cent and 1.6 per cent) can be switched in as required, plus operator-selectable 3,200, 4,300, 6,300 and 8,000 kelvin electronic colour conversion. An electric shutter can be set to 1/100, 1/120, 1/250, 1/500, 1/1,000 or 1/2,000 second speed. The HC-HD300 can be operated under local control or in conjunction with a newly developed control system. This consists of an FA-300 fibre adapter and BSF-300 base station. Light in weight and compact in size (1.5RU), the BSF300 base station is easily integrated into any studio, mobile truck, or portable flypack. When using a hybrid fibre camera cable, the base station provides power to the fibre adapter and the camera itself. OpticalCON Duo connectors allow use of SMPTE hybrid camera cables at up to 350 metres with a 2 inch viewfinder or 250 metres with a 7 inch viewfinder. For longer links of up to 10 kilometres between camera and based station, duplex single-mode fibre with common optical LC connectors for can be deployed. The HC-HD300 weighs 4.5 kg including FA-300 fibre adapter and measures 139 x 270 x 337 mm (width x depth x height). Operating voltage range is 11 to 16 volts and power consumption (excluding FA300) is 19 watts. The camera is designed for use within an ambient temperature range of -20 to +45 Celsius and 30 per cent to 90 per cent non-condensing operating humidity.
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French TV Channel TF1 simplifies delivery of user-generated content with AVIWEST
AVIWEST announced that French TV channel TF1 has selected its digital mobile newsgathering (DMNG) solutions to simplify the capture and delivery of usergenerated content. Utilizing AVIWEST's DMNG APP and DMNG Manager, more than 300 journalists working for TF1 or its partners from the regional daily press will be able to use their smartphones or tablet devices to deliver live video transmissions as well as recordbreaking news and other important events from the remote French countryside. By bonding together available IP networks, the DMNG APP gives TF1 access to wider bandwidth, thereby guaranteeing high video quality at all times. "AVIWEST's DMNG solutions support multiple networks, video resolutions, and devices, allowing us to convert any Android- or iOSbased smartphone or tablet device into a broadcast camera," said Yves Bouillon, head of technical outside broadcast productions at TF1. "The solution from AVIWEST will be beneficial to our journalists who cover news stories in remote locations. Essentially, the solution
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will allow TF1 to deliver high-quality video content anytime and from anywhere, transforming our digital mobile newsgathering operations." Designed to withstand harsh environmental and varying network conditions, the DMNG APP delivers live and recorded video files at the highest possible video quality based on the device camera's capabilities and then forwards the files to the studio server, providing TF1 with a reliable, cost-effective solution for digital mobile newsgathering. The DMNG APP includes sophisticated H.264 encoding capabilities, ensuring that TF1 can deliver high-quality video at the lowest possible bit rates. Designed with ease of use in mind, the mobile application automatically adapts the video parameters to the camera capabilities and the network conditions, providing superior quality of experience for viewers. TF1's journalists can instantly transfer live and recorded video files over 3G/4G cellular wireless and Wi-Fi networks. The DMNG APP will be remotely
controlled by TF1 using AVIWEST's DMNG Manager. The DMNG Manager is a powerful server application that allows Web-based remote configuration and control of any AVIWEST transmitter, enabling news organizations like TF1 to manage a large fleet of smartphones and tablet devices. Through an intuitive, Web-based user interface, the DMNG Manager will allow TF1 to allocate resources easily and route live video content for transmission over multiple networks. "When a breaking news story happens, journalists need to be on the scene immediately. AVIWEST's mobile newsgathering technology will assure that TF1 has competitive edge by broadcasting recorded video content in a matter of seconds," said Erwan Gasc, CEO, AVIWEST. "Additionally, by eliminating the need for extra broadcast cameras and transmitters in the field, TF1 will be able to reduce technical complexities while significantly reducing capital and operational costs."
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DVEO takes over sales and tech support for RealNetworks® Helix broadcaster products DVEO has announced an agreement with RealNetworks Inc. to take over sales and technical support for RealNetworks' discontinued Helix Broadcaster line of streaming encoder appliances. Former RealNetworks customers can purchase DVEO’s comparable products -- the MultiStreamer™, MPEG Gearbox™, and Brutus™ families of real time encoders, streamers, and transcoders. These products map 100% to the RealNetworks Helix Broadcaster product line. "IPTV operators, telcos, mobile
operators, broadcasters, and Over The Top (OTT) video providers who had chosen RealNetworks will be happy to know that we offer encoders and transcoders in all major video formats, and in several different system configurations," stated Laszlo Zoltan, Vice President of DVEO. "Plus, we will add some very useful new upgrades in the coming months." DVEO will also take over tech support for Helix Broadcaster. Existing RealNetworks customers will continue to receive support services through the term of their
DVEO Atlas Media Server
Arkena to deliver NRK online services The national public broadcaster NRK is considered the largest Norwegian streaming service. In 2014, NRK streamed 120 petabytes of data to its audience, and this year NRK expects volume to be over 200 petabytes. "NRK is Norway's largest and most experienced purchaser of CDN services and performed a thorough quality review before deciding on the suppliers. We are both thrilled and proud to have received the top score from NRK and look forward to delivering market leading streaming services to them,"
contracts. "DVEO is absolutely the best qualified company to manage tech support for the Helix Broadcaster product family," said Philip Rutledge, Philip Rutledge, VPHelix, RealNetworks. "This agreement represents a win-win for our customers. They can still purchase similar systems, plus they receive expert assistance for the Helix Broadcaster products they already own." For customers seeking an alternative to RealNetworks’ discontinued Helix Universal Server, DVEO recommends their new multichannel live and VOD media distribution server – the Atlas Media Server™. The system ingests MPEG-2, H.264, and/or H.265/HEVC live streams over IP, then "grooms" the streams by adding wrappers such as MPEG-DASH, HLS, or RTMP, plus subtitles for closed captions or multiple languages. It outputs the live streams and simultaneously stores the streams as VOD files. The Atlas Media Server is available in three different sizes.
says Richard Löfgreen, Managing Director at Arkena Norway.
NRK is upgrading its streaming platform. In parallel, NRK puts a final touch to a new streaming structure where the selected CDN providers will be integrated even closer to ensure a better and more stable service. "This is a great opportunity for Arkena. We will be constantly benchmarked for quality against the other two selected CDN vendors, and we know that NRK is going to compare us closely to optimize traffic flow," says Löfgreen, while also emphasizing that "it is wise for such a large media corporation as NRK to focus on structuring a solid, future-proof online platform with strong redundancy and capacity."
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KBS Radio with new Lawo-equipped master control room As part of its ongoing modernization, Korean Broadcasting System (KBS) has installed Lawo equipment in its master control room (MCR) for a new server-based infrastructure to replace more than ten-year-old technology. Altogether, 14 Nova17 MkII routing systems will be part of KBSâ€™ new era of radio broadcast in combination with VisTool workplaces for visualization and control. The concept behind the project is to establish a state-of-the-art and fully redundant system of core radio broadcast facilities, along with a user-friendly and efficient operation, and sophisticated monitoring and alarm management. An additional benefit is that certain functions no longer need to be accessed via external devices, but are integrated within the Lawo equipment. For each of seven radio stations, KBS installed main and backup Nova17 routers; with two VisTool systems and two KSC control panels. This setup provides full redundancy for each control room.
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The radio engineering team is particularly impressed by the customization of the VisTool user interface with regard to page layout and logic functions that can be easily configured by the end-user. The system status of the seven programs is monitored by two log servers via SNMP, handing over the status to SNMP monitor software from Korean Software house, ADSoft. This is controlled by a Korean APC solution, while the audio file system is from French company
Dalet. Since adopting the new Lawo technology and infrastructure, KBS has benefitted greatly from the integration and user-friendliness of the VisTool operating software. The broadcasterâ€™s teams can carry out configurations without specialist knowledge, and enjoy the efficient, smart and well laid-out design. The system is being tested during the winter months, and is going onair in stages since January 2015.
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Netia names Jérémie Mekaelian Head of International Sales NETIA announced the appointment of Jérémie Mekaelian as the company's head of sales. In this new position, Mekaelian will supervise NETIA's worldwide sales force and lead continued development and implementation of sales and presales programs. "Jérémie comes to this position with a wealth of experience surrounding the sales and marketing of technology for the audiovisual industries," said Thierry Gandilhon, managing director of NETIA. "He is passionate about technology, and his enthusiasm and expertise in virtually all aspects of technology sales make him a wonderful addition to the company." Mekaelian has more than 10 years of experience in the IT, telco, and media industry, and his expertise includes audio, speech, and video coding; technologies for collaborative solutions; network engineering and optimization; and intellectual property protection and enhancement. He has held key roles with several French government-owned companies, including the position of business developer for France Telecom's R&D division. There he helped to rebrand the division as Orange Labs, a globally renowned research and development center with an influential presence in standardization bodies.
PrimeTime Lighting Systems announces the GUS 51 LED Fresnel with Industry Leading Technologies While only drawing 58 watts, the GUS 51 pumps out the equivalent of a 1K traditional Fresnel. PrimeTime's advanced optics produces a perfectly even wash of light from side-to-side and is adjustable from a tight 11° beam angle at full spot to a wide 80° field angle at full flood. Glen Harn, PrimeTime's CEO explained, "PrimeTime's unique "Therma-draw" heat dispersion technology results in a bright LED Fresnel light that is cool to the touch and dead quiet - no fan." He added, "our advanced optics with high quality MicroFresnel lens systems result in the most even wash of light you're likely to find in any LED Fresnel, with less than 2.8% decrease in brightness from center to outer edge." According to Harn, "Our team focused this past year on developing bright and innovative LED lighting instruments for the broadcast studio market. Chief engineers at television stations across the country have told us that our lights are the most durable and long lasting luminaires in their studios." We've introduced three new LED products, the 1SLED, MSLED and the GUS 51 LED Fresnel.
Mekaelian was a 1999 graduate of the ENSI Caen and holds a master's degree in materials science and subsequently became a specialized master at the prestigious ESCP Europe business school, where he spent five years teaching key-account management. "I am thrilled to be part of NETIA," Mekaelian said. "I look forward to helping the company leverage its valuable client portfolio even more effectively and to working with the company's international sales team to extend worldwide deployment of the powerful NETIA product range."
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Corus Entertainment enhances its post production workflow with four new Quantel Pablo Rio color and finishing systems Quantel has been selected by Canadian-based media and entertainment company, Corus Entertainment, to upgrade its current Quantel eQ systems. The four new Pablo Rio 2KO high quality color and finishing systems provide Corus with leading edge post production color and finishing services for short and long form content across the company’s suite of television channels. Corus has also purchased Quantel’s Genetic Engineering 2 (GE2) system to maximize storage and workflow efficiencies on the Pablo Rio systems. Pablo Rio is Quantel's high quality color and finishing system that provides the ultimate productive post workflow. Pablo Rio runs on high performance PC hardware and exploits NVIDIA
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Maximus multi-GPU technology to deliver true interactivity and maximum productivity, with realtime performance at 4K 60p and beyond. Pablo Rio is available as software only and as a range of Quantel-backed turnkey systems. Genetic Engineering 2 provides shared storage and workflow for up to four Pablo Rio systems, enabling better teamworking and more productive post.
broadcaster with additional assets in pay television, children’s animation and animation software. The company’s multimedia entertainment brands include YTV, Treehouse, Nickelodeon (Canada), TELETOON, Cartoon Network (Canada), ABC Spark, W Network, Cosmopolitan TV, OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network (Canada), Historia and HBO Canada.
Quantel Sales Director, Martin Mulligan, said, “Pablo Rio and GE2 is the perfect choice for Corus Entertainment. Pablo Rio’s intuitive interface, immense power and fantastic color toolset will provide Corus with the ultimate post production workflow.”
Scott Dyer, EVP and CTO, Corus Entertainment said, ”We are pleased to be enhancing our post production operations with the addition of Quantel’s Pablo Rio and GE2 systems which provide us with greater speed and flexibility, positioning us well for a variety of content platforms now and in the future.”
Corus Entertainment is a leading specialty television and radio
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Phase 3 Productions chooses ChyronHego Virtual Placement to enhance live football broadcasts
Phase 3 Productions Ltd. has chosen ChyronHego's Virtual Placement to enhance live video production of football matches for the Red Stripe Premier League. Phase 3 Productions is using Virtual Placement to add striking virtual graphics to each broadcast and provide football fans with a richer and more compelling viewing experience. "We are big believers in ChyronHego solutions; in fact we've built most of our graphics workflows around ChyronHego's Lyric PROpowered BlueNet graphics content creation platform. Placing virtual graphics into live video can be difficult and complex, but Virtual Placement is a remarkably powerful tool that makes the process quick and easy," said Delano Forbes, CEO and creative director, Phase 3 Productions. "From the beginning, Phase 3 has been committed to elevating the state of the art in
television production in the Caribbean and to using cuttingedge technologies that are familiar to other television entities from outside Jamaica. ChyronHego is an important partner in that effort." Based in Kingston, Jamaica, Phase 3 Productions has provided video production services for Premier League football matches in the country for the league's sponsor, Red Stripe Beer, for several years. Virtual Placement is the first phase in the company's effort to take the live football broadcasts to new levels of sophistication and production value. For the current 2014-2015 football season, Virtual Placement is being used to streamline product placement for the sponsor, such as placing the Red Stripe logo on the field and creating virtual ads during halftime. In the coming months, Phase 3 Productions will expand its use of virtual placement graphics
with the ChyronHego BlueNetâ„˘ graphics workflow platform to provide detailed player position and game analysis. "By embracing cutting-edge technologies such as ChyronHego's graphics solutions, Phase 3 Productions has done much to elevate the standard for broadcasting not only in Jamaica but the entire Caribbean region," said Aldo Campisi, vice president of Latin America, Caribbean, Spain and Portugal, ChyronHego. "With solutions such as Virtual Placement, the company is building a technical infrastructure that can easily be leveraged by global broadcasters when they come to cover events in Jamaica. We're looking forward to expanding our partnership with Phase 3 Productions as it continues to set the standard for traditional television as well as emerging multimedia technologies."
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Globecast announces a company-wide reorganisation Globecast has announced that it has completed a company-wide reorganisation in order to enhance its position as a fully integrated media solutions provider, operating in a truly unified manner across all its territories and addressing the changing needs of its customers. Olivier Barberot, Globecast CEO, said, “Globecast has expanded tremendously since its inception, and seen enormous success with its satellite and fibre services. We have listened to our customers and closely examined the next phase of our development using their responses and our market expertise.” This is an important milestone in the move from the largest independent teleport operator and satellite services provider to an integrated, global media solutions company. Powered by the ongoing launch of Media Factories around the world, Globecast is building on these strong foundations to deliver an end-toend solution offering. With Media Factory, Globecast has rationalised existing workflows to create a single, efficient process; the company can handle everything from content preparation, formatting, quality control, to creative services and compliance review and editing, in addition to existing contribution, playout and distribution services. Broadcasters and media companies – whatever their size – are having to respond to evolving consumer viewing habits, and Globecast is perfectly positioned to help them take advantage of new market opportunities. Globecast continues to supply market-leading contribution and distribution services, using its unrivalled global connectivity – be that satellite or fibre – easy-to-access PoPs that are strategically positioned, as well as channel packaging and marketing services via its strong relationships with TV platforms around the world.
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Game Set and Match for Bel Digital at Australian Open Gearhouse Broadcast provided a complete broadcast system for the 2015 Australian Open, with its newly purchased Bel Digital MADI Monitor playing an integral part in the smooth running of a vast MADI network. Held in Melbourne Park from 19th January to 1st February, the Australian Open is the first Grand Slam tennis tournament of the year. It sees all the major players, with Serbia’s Novak Djokovic playing against the UK’s Andy Murray in the final to win this key title in the tennis calendar. Gearhouse Broadcast purchased the Bel Digital BM-A264MADI MADI Monitor to provide assistance with the installation and smooth running of nine networked audio consoles and associated stage boxes, which were connected via a central MADI router. Crucially, the MADI Monitor was used extensively during configuration and setup of the system prior to the event, allowing the Gearhouse team to check the quality of the large number of MADI streams installed. With its ability to analyse the status information within the MADI streams, it quickly helped in identifying any potential issues before they became a problem. This provided the Gearhouse team with a great amount of confidence. “We provided our customers with a very resilient audio network for the Australian Open,” says Gearhouse COO Kevin Moorhouse. “The Bel MADI Monitor fulfilled its purpose well within our MCR area.” During the event, the MADI Monitor was located in the Central Engineering Office and connected back to the central audio router. Throughout the tournament, it was again used as a confidence monitor to check the audio content of the MADI streams “Bel’s MADI Monitor provided two very critical and different functions prior to and during the Australian Open,” says Bel Digital’s Barry Revels. “This is something no other unit is capable of doing.” Gearhouse also deployed over 40 Bel Digital 1U BM-A12SHD and eight of the new BM-A1-16SHD audio monitors, to provide reliable and easy-to-use audio confidence monitoring throughout the broadcast facility.
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Fletcher Sports goes Extreme with Grass Valley’s LDX XtremeSpeed Cameras for live sports production For cutting-edge productions at high-end sporting events, Fletcher Sports has purchased four LDX XtremeSpeed (LDX XS) 6X ultra slow-motion cameras and four XCU XtremeSpeed XF Fiber transmission solutions from Grass Valley, a Belden Brand. The powerful LDX XS camera integrates seamlessly into live workflows with 3X (1080p) and 6X (720p/1080i) speeds for ultimate versatility, including a standard-speed 1X live output. “As a company that operates in a high-demand environment, we need to have reliable equipment that helps us deliver quality content in real-time to hungry audiences,” said Dan Grainge, vice president at Fletcher Sports. “As we sought to upgrade our slow motion cameras from 3X to 6X speed, the decision to go with Grass Valley’s LDX XS camera system was an easy one.
The ergonomics, and the look and feel of the camera make it stand out and the components are easy to use.” Grainge went on to add that “our sports production customers are very happy with the performance of the cameras and we’re very happy because the reliability of the product is outstanding, and the integration and support from Grass Valley is outstanding.” The LDX XS camera is the perfect addition for super-slow motion and ultra-slow motion applications and delivers instant time-to-air capabilities, so that the ultra-slow motion footage from the LDX XS is available immediately to Fletcher Sport's customers. This means they don't have to wait for the camera to transfer clips from an internal storage device. “We take pride in knowing that
Grass Valley products are being used to cover some of the most well-known and watched sporting events in the world,” said Stephen Stubelt, vice president of North American sales, Grass Valley. “In addition to helping us secure market share with the LDX XS on “A” trucks, we are pleased to continue providing the best possible products and service to Fletcher Sports.” To fully support both ultra (6X) and super (3X) slow-motion operations, Fletcher Sports also purchased the high-speed XCU XtremeSpeed XF Fiber transmission system, which utilizes the same XCU cradles as the single-speed range of the XCU base. Because the XCU's unique cradle can be pre-mounted and pre-wired in the rack, it can quickly and easily be transferred between OB vans and studios. TMBi - 29
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Dolce Sport Romania goes live with full Ross Virtual Solution Dolce Sport is one of Romania’s leading terrestrial sports channels, broadcasting international sporting events and breaking the latest sports news to an audience of 1.4 million since 2010. Following the move to a new purpose-built studio building and a brand refresh to celebrate the channel’s 4th birthday, Dolce Sport has now partnered with Ross Video to help give the channel’s output a fresh new look. Ross Video has supplied a full turnkey virtual studio solution including Ross robotics, with the XPression graphics engine driving all virtual set, augmented reality, channel branding and ticker elements. The systems integration work was carried out by StudioTech, a Ross partner in Poland, and Dolce Sport are delighted with the results: “We wanted to refresh the channel’s look and feel around the 4th birthday but we also wanted to build in additional flexibility for the
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future”, notes Vlad Enachescu, General Manager. “ We were very impressed with the Ross solution from a technical perspective but we also really appreciated the company’s approach; it was clear they wanted to fully understand our future plans and develop a partnership with us. They were also happy to arrange visits to customer sites and let us to talk openly with their existing clients, which was refreshing. The Ross virtual solution allows us to design extremely creative studio sets which integrate seamlessly with our branding and graphics, keeping our content fresh and engaging”. The flagship news show on Dolce Sport draws on all elements of the Ross virtual solution. “The system has enabled us to virtually extend our physical sets and augment the sets with animated virtual items”, comments Vlad Enachescu. “We can do incredible things with only small amounts of physical space and our audiences
seem to be very impressed with the results. Making the move to a virtual solution was obviously a big step - repeatability and reliability were two key concerns for us – but we've been delighted with the process and with the choice of Ross as a partner”. According to David Dowling, Ross Video’s Director of Sales for EMEA, the Dolce Sport deal reflects a growing trend in procurement in the region. “We’re seeing more and more broadcasters looking for the simplicity of working with a single manufacturer who can provide a turnkey solution. There are clear benefits to this approach and it’s no accident that Ross Video now has one of the widest and most complete ranges of products in the industry. We believe in making life easy for our customers and our recent successes in EMEA demonstrate that customers really appreciate our approach”.
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RTS launches first OMNEO-based keypanels Coinciding with its 40th anniversary, RTS is proud to introduce the first keypanel series with OMNEO on board at ISE 2015. The KP-Series keypanels set a new milestone within the RTS product range, combining HD color displays, improved single key operation and full compatibility with all existing RTS matrices in a modern design. KP-Series keypanels are suitable for a wide range of intercom product customers such as broadcast production studios, theater and sport venues, houses of worship, and outside broadcast (OB) vans. The new KP-Series family from RTS includes three members: - KP-5032 – two-rack unit keypanel with 32 operation keys - KP-4016 – one-rack unit keypanel with 16 operation keys - EKP-4016 – one-rack unit extension panel with 16 operation keys
Key Features - Backwards compatible with existing RTS analog matrices and forward compatible with futureproof OMNEO open IP architecture using Dante transmission protocol, RTS KPSeries provides a future-proof investment. - OMNEO technology on board. The KP-Series from RTS is the first keypanel series with OMNEO technology developed by Bosch on board. OMNEO is based on two key technologies – the media transmission component Dante from Audinate Pty, Australia and the system-control component OCA (Open Control Architecture). By utilizing open public standards, OMNEO provides highest interoperability, flexibility, reliability, resilience, and futureproof technology. OMNEO enables a secure set up at competitively low system cost due to the use of standard IT
components and lower installation as well as maintenance costs. - Each keypanel features a fullcolor HD display offering superior color, contrast, resolution, and viewing angle. The keypanels are capable of displaying Latin, Cyrillic, and simplified Chinese characters. - Intuitive single hand operation by ergonomically designed four-way levers providing talk/listen and volume. The KP-Series of panels now offer as standard a full range of external connections for GPI/O and ancillary audio functions, which were previously optional. - Superior sound quality with design assistance provided by the EV speaker engineering R&D group. The RTS KP-Series range will be available worldwide in Spring 2015.
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International Datacasting scores during the Big Game International Datacasting Corporation is pleased to announce that Desert Sky Media successfully delivered the Q13 FOX News Seattle broadcast from the site of the Super Bowl using IDC’s stateof-the-art TITAN 3 video contribution encoder. Desert Sky Media used several TITAN 3 encoders to return camera feeds to the Seattle station for production. The broadcast signal was then retransmitted to Arizona for commentary by the Q13 FOX News Seattle on-air talent located at the Super Bowl venue. “The low latency of the TITAN 3 encoders made it easy for our anchors to interact with the broadcast video produced in Seattle,” said Michael Stanton, Director of Special Projects and news Technology, Q13 FOX News Seattle. The TITAN encoder provides the perfect balance of high video quality and best-in-class usability for demanding outside broadcast applications such as live news and sporting events. The TITAN encoder family provides solutions for standard and high definition encoding in MPEG-2 or MPEG-4. TITAN 3 features extremely low latency of 150ms and available 4:2:2 10-bit encoding in high definition. “The TITAN 3 low latency mode works well with other manufacturers’ receive equipment, so the end-to-end setup was quick and easy,” said Mitchell Pietz, Vice-President of Desert Sky Media. “The TITAN 3 front panel controls are simple to figure out and easy to use.” The TITAN encoder design is based on more than a decade of IDC experience serving the outside broadcast industry. TITAN encoders are built from the ground up for the demanding conditions of outside broadcasting, featuring rugged construction to achieve superior reliability. The TITAN encoder has an easy to use front panel which allows quick setup for mission critical operations, and is able to achieve signal on-air from power up in less than 60 seconds.
Cybersecurity expert John Mcafee to address NAB Show technology luncheon John McAfee, founder of McAfee Inc., the world’s largest dedicated security technology company, will speak at the NAB Show Technology Luncheon, held Wednesday, April 15 in Las Vegas. NAB Show is the annual conference and expo for professionals who create, manage and distribute media and entertainment across all platforms.
John McAfee pioneered the commercial antivirus industry when he formed McAfee Associates in 1987. The company was later acquired by Intel for $7.68 billion. He is considered one of the greatest, most outspoken and controversial minds on the topic of information security. At the luncheon, McAfee will discuss his views on the ever-changing media and information technology landscape and how to manage security threats faced by companies daily. He will also share his insights based on more than 20 years of experience working with companies such as NASA, Univac, Computer Sciences Corporation and Lockheed Martin. In a renewed effort to aid consumers in protecting their information and security, McAfee founded Future Tense Central in 2013. The company develops web and mobile applications that allow users to manage accessibility of their data and information. Examples include Chadder, a text message encryption application; D-Vasive, which allows the user to enable and disable various phone features with the swipe of a finger; and DCentral1, an auditing program that reveals which applications are leaking your private information. McAfee will also serve on a panel of experts at the NAB Show Super Session “Protecting our Assets: Cybersecurity and the Media,” held Wednesday, April 15 from 2:30-3:30 in room S222 of the Las Vegas Convention Center.
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Bluebell Opticom at CABSAT 2015 "At CABSAT 2015 we look forward to connecting with current and future customers to hear about their latest needs and challenges. Our products are designed with the features that broadcasters need and the ease of use and durability that they expect.", Paul McCann, Managing Director, Bluebell Opticom
BC364 Multiformat SFP Interface The BC364 is a compact rackbased multiformat converter for use with a wide range of broadcast video and audio signals. The BC364 provides a base unit that comprises input and output SFP cages. With different SFP converter modules, users can adapt the functionality of the unit to suit different applications. Signal input and output formats are defined by selecting appropriate standard SFPs that can perform optical and/or electrical format conversions. The BC364 card offers a range of options including distribution, format conversion, monitoring, and wavelength management including CWDM. Such a wide range of functionality allows the BC364 to act as a "toolkit" for systems engineers, as well as a high-quality converter for any fixed installation. Multiformat SFPs can convert to and from composite, HDMI, DVI, optical, and 3G-SDI. Units can also be used to regenerate optical signals from multimode to singlemode, repeat optical signals, or re-map wavelengths within existing fibre systems.
BN366 4K Fibre Link The BN366 is designed for the cost-effective transport of 4K UHD signals over fibre. Based on fieldproven technology, the compact unit provides the transport of four 3G-SDI signals over a dual fibre link. The BN366 uses premiumgrade broadcast-quality
components to maintain the highest signal integrity and ensure transparent, error-free pathological signal performance. Units have already been successfully deployed to cover a series of major sporting events using the latest 4K UltraHDTV broadcast cameras. Alternatively, the BN366 provides a sturdy, compact conversion unit that allows the outputs from up to four cameras to be transmitted over fibre. Units are fully compatible with Bluebell's BC Series of modular cards and frames, allowing units in the field to be integrated into the main outside broadcast (OB) truck or studio control room.
BN623 Audio, Data, Intercom Link The BN623 is the latest addition to the Bluebell BlueNano range of compact fibre optic interfaces, which provide bidirectional analogue audio and serial control data over fibre. The BN623 is specifically designed to link remote panels in an intercom system back to the main central routing position. The robust design allows the unit to be deployed in outside broadcast (OB) or flypack applications. The BN623 can be supplied in multimode, singlemode, and CWDM variations to suit all applications, offering a perfect
complement to the BC323, BC550, and BC323-63 modules. Power can be supplied direct to the unit from the standard Bluebell PS12 or any readily available DC supply found on-site. A complimentary modular BC Series card is also available when a 19-inch rack-based solution is required.
Caddie-LB 4K At CABSAT 2015, Bluebell Opticom will launch the Caddie-LB 4K, specifically designed for outside broadcast (OB) and deployable applications. Caddie-LB 4K provides a single cable link between cameras and ENG/OB units. Features include four 3G/HD/SD-SDI video paths from the camera's on-air audio, intercom, and control data. Based on field-proven technology, the units offer a range of signals to the operator including program video, audio, comms, data, and genlock for camera control and synchronisation. All signals are multiplexed onto two fibres to ensure easy and quick system rigging. Units have already been successfully deployed at the 2014 Commonwealth Games and at prestigious concert venues for highprofile UHD tests.
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Viaccess Orca at MOBILE WORLD CONGRESS 2015 Hall 5, Stand 5C71
Connected Sentinel Player
At Mobile World Congress 2015, Viaccess-Orca (VO), will demonstrate how content service providers can deliver the ultimate content experience to viewers on multiple devices. VO's vision to engage viewers starts with protecting premium content, continues with enabling smooth delivery of content to users — at any time, on any device, and personalizing the content according to users' preferences — and ends with an immersive user experience. During a series of live demonstrations at the show, Viaccess-Orca will highlight its proven solutions, which major content service providers around the world are currently using to provide an engaging experience for viewers.
Viaccess-Orca will demonstrate how satellite provider 'yes' and Norwegian operator TV2 are using its Connected Sentinel Player for TV Everywhere apps. The downloadable, secure player, a component in Viaccess-Orca's Voyage, supports VOD and live TV delivery on Android™ and iOS devices. Connected Sentinel Player supports Microsoft® PlayReady® as well as VO's proprietary DRM, approved by all major Hollywood studios, integrated with media playback technology by VisualOn's OnStream® MediaPlayer+.
Executive Speaking Session Viaccess-Orca CEO François Moreau de Saint Martin will be a keynote speaker at 4 Years From Now (4YFN), an international conference sponsored by Mobile World Capital Barcelona and GSMA that brings together the best mobile start-ups and entrepreneurs with investors, accelerators, incubators, and corporations from the mobile ecosystem. François Moreau de Saint Martin's presentation, "7 Internet and Mobile Best Practices to Transform TV" will take place March 4 at 11:30 a.m. at the Audi Theatre.
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COMPASS Content Discovery Solution
Francois Moreau de St Martin
Voyage - TV Everywhere Solution Viaccess-Orca will showcase its Voyage end-to-end multiscreen TV Everywhere solution, delivering live, VOD, and catch-up TV on a smartphone, an Android™ tablet, an iPad®, a PC, and a TV with STB at Mobile World Congress. Attendees can see for the first time a live demo of Voyage powering the newly launched multiscreen service of Telekom Romania ("Telekom TV") as well as multiscreen services by Orange Spain and Swedish operator Boxer TV. Voyage is a comprehensive multiscreen solution that comprises content protection, digital rights management (DRM) including a secure player, unified service delivery, content discovery and recommendation, and companion device applications.
Another highlight will be VO's COMPASS content discovery solution, which provides subscribers with personalized recommendations so that they can quickly and easily find content tailored to their specific interests. By bringing subscribers closer to the content they want, COMPASS increases subscriber engagement and prevents churn, maximizing an operator's revenue streams. At the stand, COMPASS will be shown providing recommendations on an iPad for Israeli-based provider yes' yesGo TV Everywhere service.
DEEP Viaccess-Orca's innovative DEEP enriched second-screen experience is spinning-off into DEEP Magazines, a new independent company that will be focused on the needs of the B2C market. Viaccess-Orca will continue to support DEEP as a shareholder and distributor for the B2B market.
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Aviwest at CABSAT 2015 Stand B4, French Pavilion At CABSAT 2015, AVIWEST, will demonstrate new enhancements to its DMNG (Digital Mobile News Gathering) system, including cloud capabilities. Using the advanced live video contribution platform, broadcasters can capture and broadcast live HD or SD video over multiple networks, including bonded 3G/4G cellular wireless, Wi-Fi, Ethernet, and satellite. Offering seamless integration into existing workflows and headends, extremely low power consumption, high MTBF, and unparalleled mobility, the DMNG system offers broadcasters a fully integrated and cloud-based solution for breaking news and live events coverage.
NEW Linux®-Based DMNG Studio At CABSAT 2015, AVIWEST will launch a new version of its DMNG Studio server, which is capable of receiving incoming streams from DMNG video uplink systems as well as IP cameras and other equipment through a variety of formats such as RTP, RTSP, TS over UDP, and RTMP. The new Linux®-based DMNG Studio supports multiple output formats and allows for pointto-point and point-to-multipoint video distribution.
New Cloud Capabilities for DMNG Manager At CABSAT 2015, AVIWEST will
demonstrate new cloud-based capabilities for the DMNG Manager, an innovative server application that enables broadcasters and video professionals to monitor and manage an entire fleet of DMNG equipment including DMNG transmitters, smartphones with the DMNG APP, and DMNG Studio receivers. Through a unified Webbased user interface, which can be installed through either a cloudbased application or a headend solution, operators can easily allocate resources and route live video content for transmission over 3G/4G cellular wireless, WiFi, Ethernet, and satellite networks. The DMNG Manager also includes geolocation capabilities for easy identification of the exact location of each transmission. By dramatically streamlining digital mobile newsgathering operations, the DMNG Manager provides broadcasters and other video professionals with significant time and cost savings.
DMNG APP — Now Available for Android™ and iOS-Based Smartphones At CABSAT 2015, AVIWEST will showcase the DMNG APP, which turns any smartphone into a live broadcast video camera. Designed with ease of use in mind, the DMNG APP allows any Android™ or iOS-based smartphone user to transmit video content in just
seconds. Using the DMNG APP, video professionals can stream high-quality, live video content via WiFi and 3G/4G-LTE networks (even bonding both together for higher bandwidth, coverage, and reliability) or transmit prerecorded video files from anywhere in the world to the DMNG Studio receiver. Fully integrated into the DMNG ecosystem, the application can be remotely controlled through AVIWEST's DMNG Manager, enabling organizations to effectively manage a large fleet of smartphones.
DMNG RACK180 Contribution Video Encoder With QUAD Antenna Arrays Another key highlight at CABSAT 2015 will be AVIWEST's DMNG RACK180, one of the most reliable, affordable, mobile, and flexible solutions for streaming live HD video signals from anywhere in the world. The DMNG RACK180 provides broadcasters with a powerful encoding solution for live newsgathering applications, enabling them to cost-effectively capture and deliver HD video content in real time over multiple networks, including 3G/4G cellular wireless, WiFi, Ethernet, and satellite. The DMNG RACK180 is especially designed to be installed in OB vans, SNGs, or other vehicles such as smaller news satellite cars.
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Tapeless turnkey TV solution with digitisation services In September 2013, following a call for tender, BCE was selected by EBC (previously ERTA) for the upgrade of their infrastructure to a high definition (HD) and tapeless facility in Addis Ababa (Ethiopia). Taking a step into the future, EBC is now the first Ethiopian media organisation with a state-of-the-art digital workflow. Working with strong partners such as Grass Valley®, Oracle® (Front Porch Digital®), Aveco® and Octopus®, BCE was in charge of the integration of a newsroom, post-production editing rooms, a broadcast platform with master control as well as the digitisation of their archives. “Following our strategy to offer our services to the MENA market, BCE has committed to installing state-of-the-art platforms to media customers using its expertise and its trusted supplier’s network. This major evolution of their infrastructure will drive the company to a leading position on the
Ethiopian media market”, comments Frederic Fievez, Manager Special Projects at BCE.
A NEW TAPELESS
INFRASTRUCTURE As holders of the legacy archives of Ethiopia’s public broadcasting, EBC needed to digitise their content in order to preserve it and to make it accessible for new programmes. As part of this preservation process, EBC also needed a new postproduction platform to edit this content and prepare it for content repurposing and other productions.
After a call for tender, BCE, in partnership with Grass Valley®, was selected for the integration of this infrastructure. BCE, thanks to its strong experience in mass content digitisation for important European media players as well as international content producers and TV channels, was able to answer rapidly to their demand. BCE’s experts were able to install the platform and also train EBC staff to work in this new environment. Following the first preview of BCE’s work steps, the EBC presented to BCE a more complete and more complex infrastructure to be installed. EBC needed to follow European standards in terms of video quality and digital content management. With the strong support of Grass Valley®, Oracle® (Front Porch Digital®), Aveco® and Octopus®, BCE updated the complete workflow of the public Broadcaster, including the ingest platform, the news production, the postproduction editing suites, the multi-playout infrastructure and a disaster recovery platform for ingest, the edition and the production and broadcast archive. As a pioneer in tapeless infrastructure and digitisation processes, BCE holds one of the largest video and audio digitisation platforms in Europe. We are able to digitise more than 50 000 hours of videos per year, the engineers can also install provisory platforms in the customer’s premises as well as full turnkey solution anywhere in the world. BCE ensures stability and the transfer of knowledge to the future team.
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ENSURE A SEAMLESS LAUNCH Taking its first major step in Africa, BCE needed to ensure the perfect installation for its customer. To do so, BCE changed its classical way of working with integration. “Working with EBC demonstrates BCE’s capacity to adapt to any market. It’s a real step forward for the broadcasting market in Africa and a strong evolution for our customer,” comments Jean Lampach, CTDO of BCE. Taking advantage of its strong infrastructure in Luxembourg, with extended room for projects, BCE decided to install the complete platform of the customer in Luxembourg in order to prepare it for the local team. Being able to work directly in Luxembourg is a big advantage to ensure immediate availability of material, drastically reduce the costs and accelerate the integration. With the complete solution installed in Luxembourg, BCE’s engineers were able to ensure it was working properly and prepare it for EBC’s building with all the pre-cabling done. “Having the complete customer infrastructure was a fantastic way to reduce the time between each step of the project. Our engineers were immediately available to configure and update the systems, and our technology experts were able to give the right information to EBC’s team present in Luxembourg with direct interaction with their system,” comments Sven Weisen, Manager Special Projects at BCE. During this first integration in Luxembourg, EBC’s team came to Luxembourg to be trained directly on their new platform. The dual status of BCE as both broadcaster
and integrator was a real advantage for EBC as they could benefit from high quality training sessions from our top broadcast executives, ensuring the best transfer of knowledge for the continuity of their work. Since their platform was fully built in BCE’s premises, the team has been trained to use their new tools, avoiding the need for any time to adapt to the future installation in Africa. “It’s exciting for us to collaborate with EBC because it marks the first time GV STRATUS is being used in a broadcast newsroom setting in Africa,” said Said Bacho, Senior Vice President, EMEA, Grass Valley. “Africa is a vibrant and growing market, and we are committed to providing broadcasters there with the most sophisticated gear for professional use today. As our solutions are both flexible and scalable, they allow EBC to invest in technology for the future while also maximising cost efficiencies and streamlining workflow.” Meanwhile a large volume of EBC legacy content transited to BCE in order to be digitised in BCE’s mass digitisation platform. This was to accelerate the launch of the channel with ready-to-
broadcast content already available in the customer’s digital library. The platform was then moved to Ethiopia where BCE’s experts teamed up with the local architects and EBC’s team to reassemble the parts of the pre-configured platform. The local team finished their training on site as well with BCE experts. “In collaboration with Grass Valley, BCE took its first major step in Africa. Thanks to an off-site preinstallation in Luxembourg, our team succeeded in seamlessly delivering, in a cost-effective way, a high-achieving platform to EBC.” commented Frédéric Lemaire, CEO of BCE. Less than a year after the beginning of the work, the new platform was ready. To ensure a seamless start, BCE provided assistance during the launch and during the first weeks of operations. BCE will also provide remote assistance all year through its Network Operations Centre (NOC) based in Luxembourg, available 24/7. “The work of BCE exceeded all EBC’s expectations” commented EBC. More info: www.bce.lu TMBi - 37
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OB VANÂ´s are tools that have taken an increasing importance in the audio visual world. In fact, they are no longer used only for live production of television programs, or the provision of technical equipment in a program recording, they has expanded its range of use. Itâ€™s easy to see this type of trucks in concerts and all kinds of events, supporting its conclusion. They are no longer just another link in the production chain; they are truly autonomous technological islands able to produce anything. An important part of the technology developed by our industry is specifically intended to OB VANS, and indeed, these trucks are at the forefront of events of special relevance that requires a lot of technology such as sporting events. In this issue we wanted to make an overview of several of these incredible vehicles in Europe.
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CTV OB 11 The newest addition to the CTV fleet, OB 11, is the largest and most powerful OB Truck in Europe. 4K capable, all monitors and work surfaces are servo adjustable by the user to ensure perfect eye lines. The truck has two edit suites as well as a dedicated voiceover suite and is the first CTV unit fitted with windows with servo adjustable blind systems. This whole truck is built on one level for ease of workflow and boasts the largest integral VT/Media room in any unit outside of the USA.
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With over thirty years of experience CTV is one of the largest and well respected independent OB Companies in Europe, maintaining a refreshing and dynamic approach to Outside Broadcasting that is endorsed by a valued client base of blue chip broadcasters and high profile production companies.
MOST RECENT WORK INCLUDES -
2015 BAFTA Film Awards Premier League Football The Brit Awards 2015 The Jump 2015 24 Hours in A&E One Born Every Minute UFC Live – Stockholm NFL, Wembley Masters Golf European Tour Victoria’s Secret, UK Laureus Sports Awards London Marathon
PARKING AND POWER - Recommended Parking Area L x W (m) - 19,0 x 8,0 - Total OB Length (m) - 16,6 - Total OB Width (m) - 5,6 - OB Height (m) - 4,2 - 380-415v 3 Phase Power - 1 x 125a - 220-240v 1 Phase Power - 3 x 125a
HD CAPTURE FORMATS - HD1080 50i or 25psf - HD 1080 59.94i or 29.97psf - HD 1080 23.98psf
Camera Capacity - 30 EVS Channel Capacity - 48 VTR Capacity - 6 Video Router - Snell 312 X 480 Vision Mixer - Sony MVS 8000 Inputs - 80 Aux Outputs - 48 ME Busses - 4 Video FX - 4 DME Satellite Mixer Panel - On request Production Video Displays - NEC LED with VIP
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Audio Console - Calrec Sigma Bluefin Faders - 56 Layers - Dual Hydra - Yes MADI Port - Yes AES I/O - 96
Analogue In - 112 Analogue Out - 112 5.1 Capable - Yes Dolby E fitted - On request Audio Router - 192 x 192 AES/ANA
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Skyline OB7HD More than 30 years of experience and feedback of costumers and colleagues lead to a whole new OB-Van concept which was planed over a period of 2 years. This OB was constructed with multifunctional and most recent technology into a room draft with maximum flexibility, with movable glass screens and workspaces into an innovative, high quality design concept. A triple expanding trailer up to 32 workspaces in 3 production areas that is capable to manage over 30 camera signals Inside the truck you can find the latest generation Ikegami cameras (HDK 97A / HDK 970A), a 4K/3G/HD/SD multi-format switcher Kahuna 360 with Maverick Control Panel. In fact this is the first OB-van which was consequently designed in 1080p and is 4K ready. On the audio side there is a Lawo MCÂ˛66 MKII High End Audio Console.
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SPECIFICATIONS CAMERAS - 22x Ikegami HDK 97A / HDK 970A - nAC Hi-Motion II ultra-Slow-Motion Camera (option) - Fujinon / Canon lenses from 14x4,5 to 99x8,4
VISION CONTROL AREA - VSM-Control - 8 x 24“ displays, 4 x 17“ class 1 displays, 2 x 20“ displays, - 1 Sony OLED display - 3G/HD/SD Snell Sirius 840 Hybrid Video/Audiorouter 576x716 - 20 Crystal Vision 3G/HD/SD up/down/cross converter - Crystal Vision videodistribution and active emergency switch - Multiviewer AXOn 288 Inputs 72 Outputs
RECORDING & EDITING -
Up to 6 tape or tapeless recorder Up to 6 EVS + EVS Ip Director 3 EVS Xt Access Server AVID ISIS Media Server, AVID Interplay 2 Media Composer 3 MOG Ingest Server Remote router 32 ports KVM Switch 32 ports Up to 27 x in OB Van Up to 5 x in Multipurpose room (Equipment truck)
MAIN PRODUCTION AREA - 4K/3G/HD/SD Multiformat Switcher Kahuna 360 with Maverick Control panel - 60 Inputs, 40 fully assingnable outputs - 5 M/E (1-3 M/E 4K) - 7 keyers per M/E, 4 super keyers with resize engines, - 3 effects keyers - FormatFusion3 - Powerful 3D DVE with linear and non-linear effects - Internal clipstore with 20 Outputs, - Full RGB input and output color correction - 3 M/E Control panel - 5 x 32“ display, 18 x 24“ display - Dolby 5.1 Soundsystem
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MULTI PURPOSE ROOM (2nd production area in the OB Van) - 2 M/E Control panel for Kahuna - Space for AVID editing, EVS highlight editing Screening room, conference room or an editorial office are possible - 1 Sony 65“ 4 K display, 3 x 24“ display - Dolby 5.1 Soundsystem - 2 M/E Control panel for Kahuna - KVM over Fiber for AVID Editing - 3 x 32“ display, 6 x 24“ display - 2 Audio control area - Dolby 5.1 Soundsystem
MULTI PURPOSE ROOM (3rd production area in the Equipment truck): -
Up to 6 tape or tapeless recorder Up to 6 EVS + EVS Ip Director 3 EVS Xt Access Server AVID ISIS Media Server, AVID Interplay 2 Media Composer 3 MOG Ingest Server Remote router 32 ports KVM Switch 32 ports Up to 27 x in OB Van Up to 5 x in Multipurpose room (Equipment truck)
AUDIO AREA - Lawo MC²66 MKII High End Audio Console With 56 channel stripes HD Core MC²66 router with 8192*8192 Matrixpoints 144 DSp Channel recording Mode 288 DSp Channel Broadcast Mode 28 Madi ports - Dynaudio Air 6 5.1 Speakersystem digital - 2x 128 channel Multitrack recording - K+H M51 Speakersystem - Wohler Audio Controller - Audioprozessing t.C. Electronic System6000 - Limiter: t.C. Electronic DB6 (Dolby Surround 5.1) - Intercom: riedel Artist M - 128 x 128 plus 64 x 64, - 6x Main radio - 24x Portable radios - 5 Stageboxes over Fiber - DSp-redundancy - Power redundancy
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NOVA TV OB VAN 2 Nova TV is the first Croatian commercial television with a nationwide concession. It started airing in 2000, and since 2004 it is owned by the media corporation CME, the leading media group in Central and Eastern Europe. Today Nova TV operates on the Croatian market as a media group with the channels Nova TV, specialized entertainment channel Doma TV, international Nova World and children's channel Mini TV. For the fifth year in a row Nova TV is the first choice of viewers - Nova TV is the most watched channel in the country. Also, the second channel in this Group, for the third year in a row Doma TV carries the title of the most watched specialized channel (on the total population). The company's strategy is a multimedia platform - the synergy of television and the Internet. Therefore Nova TV in its Internet group brings together a number of portals, from the news portal Dnevnik.hr, thematic portals GOL.hr, Zadovoljna.hr and Punkufer.hr, to the largest blog service Blog.hr and the portals OYO - the first Internet service in Croatia, which
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allows you to watch video on demand (VOD) and OYO Cinema the first Croatian film channel on the Internet. The group Nova TV achieves its business success with its own domestic production, as well as with an independent and influential news program. OB VAN 2 is a 13 metres long trailer with video control and production part extension. The OB has separated production parts, an audio cabin, a video gallery with multiview monitoring, a camera control and OB technical control cabin, and a VTR and slow motion cabin.
VISION MIXER KAHUNA HD/SD SDI -
KAHUNA 2M/E production switcher (mainframe) KAHUNA 3M/E remote panel Inputs: 64 - HD/SD SDI Main outputs (programmable):8 - HD/SD SDI Aux outputs: 8 HD/SD SDI 4 keyers-M/E
HD MATRIX HARRIS PLATINUM 128x128 SD MATRIX SONY DVS V6464 64x64 ANALOG MATRIX BTS VENUS 64x64 Klien & Hummel 0 9B
MONITORING - MIRANDA KX - HD/SD SDI 64 inputs, 8 outputs, - MIRANDA KVM (frame) - HD/SD SDI 8 inputs, 2 outputs - 32/8 digital multicore
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GRASS VALLEY LDK 8000: 11 (up to 16) GRASS VALLEY LDK 8300 super slow: 1 VISLINK 2-channel wireless system VIEWFINDER LCD 7“: 6 VIEWFINDER CRT 5“: 4 VIEWFINDER CRT 2,5“: 6 SONY BRC 300P,SD SDI remote camera pedestals, tripods, plates - DOLBY DP570 multi audio tool
GRAPHIC - VizEngine HP XW8400 - VizTrio HP XW4400
RECORDING - GVG K2 Dyno super slow - TELESTREAM PIPELINE HD HARD DISC recording system: - 10 ch (each stream 8 audio channels) - 3Play 6 ch slow motion system
SOUNDCRAFT VI6 digital mixing console STUDER mainframe AES/EBU inputs: 16ch AES/EBU outputs: 16ch Analog inputs: 80ch Analog outputs: 48ch SFX integrated effect processor LEXICON: 8 AUDIOMATRIX Analog 64x64 2ch RIEDEL wireless system: 8
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Senheisser wireless system 3000: 16 AKG 414 stereo SCHOEPS BAYER DYNAMIC AUDIX drum set
DOLBY E system DOLBY DP571 encoder DOLBY DP572 decoder TSL PAM2 surround controller
RIEDEL ARTIST 72x72 RIEDEL external panel: 4 RIEDEL wireless system: 8 TELEX wireless system: 4 TELEX wireless system: 4 MOTOROLA wireless system: 5
ADDITIONAL A/V EQUIPMENT -
EVERTZ 5600 MSC, Master clock/SPG: 2 MULTIPLEXER MIRANDA 16 ch: 2 MULTIPLEXER SNELL&VILCOX 10 ch: 1 FS2 dual-channel frame synchronizer: 2 SDI to OPTICAL converters OPTICAL TO SDI converters
Kaunas Television Services HD OB VAN 1 GENERAL SPECIFICATIONS -
Maximum of Cameras: 14 Sound: 5.1 surround Formats: 1080i, 720p, 576i Length: 10 m Width: 2.7 m Height: 3.7 m Weight: 18 t Voltage: 380 V
VIDEO MIXER - Ross Video Carbonite - C2M-224, 2 M/E, 24 inputs
CAMERAS Kaunas Television Services has been in the outside broadcast industry since 1994 and has developed into the biggest private OB company in the Baltic states. Throughout the years we have managed to maintain the same values - reliability, flexibility, technical expertise and competitive prices. We have grown to be trusted with world feed production of top international events in Scandinavia, Poland and across the Baltics, such as: - Sports (UEFA and FIFA Qualifiers, Euroleague Basketball, World and European Championships of Speedway, Luge, Snowcross, Windsurfing, Rowing, Basketball, Boxing, etc.), - Well-known TV formats (The Voice of…, X-Factor, Got Talent,
Splash!, Release the Hounds, Dancing with the Stars, etc.), - Concerts (Bobby McFerrin, Elton John, Andrea Bocelli, Jennifer Lopez, etc.) - Special events (TV bridge productions, projects with linked OB vans, wireless solutions). With 3 OB vans and adaptable personnel packages, we can meet even the most selective of requirements. Our concept of a flexible fleet enables us to link small and medium-size OB vans together, scale up to a larger broadcast system and in turn, guarantee a 100% reliable service. We are proud of the fact that there has not been a single case of broadcast failure in our company’s history. The biggest is the HD OB VAN 1.
- 13 Sony HXC-100 / HSC-100R, CCU, RCP-920 - 2 GrassValley LDK8300 (super slow motion) - 2 Wireless systems (Gigawave, Boxx Meridian)
VIDEO SERVERS / RECORDERS -
2 3 2 2
GV K2 Summit, 8 channel, Dyno S controllers AJA KiPro Rack HDD Blackmagic HyperDeck Studio
GRAPHICS - Blackmagic DeckLink (Textus software)
AUDIO CONSOLE - Studer Vista 1 (5.1 surround sound)
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INTERCOM - RTS Zeus II 24Ã—24 Matrix - RTS Radiocom BTR-700 UHF Wireless Intercom System - RTS ISDN 2005 - D&R Telephone Hybrids
COMMENTARY UNIT - Glensound GS-CU001B - Beyerdynamic DT-797 Headsets
MICROPHONES - Holophone H3D surround microphone - Variety of shotguns, cabled and wireless microphones on request
OTHER - TC Electronics R6000 + ICON (8 channels effects processor) - TC Electroncis DB4 (8 channels loudness processor) - TC Electronics TM7 (8 channels surround meters) - Dolby DP570 (surround monitor insert) - RME Madiface XT (interface for multitrack recording) - Dolby E encoder, decoder - Fully redundant SNG - 3 Remote Controlled Cameras Sony BRC-Z700 - 2 SteadiCAMs - Camera cranes - Internet streamer Wirecast
Fujinon Canon Canon Canon Fujinon Canon Canon Canon Fujinon Canon Canon
XA88x8.8B ESM XJ86x9.3B IE HJ22ex7.6B IRSE HJ14ex4.3B IASE HA14x4.5BERM-M6B HJ11ex4.7B IASE KJ20x8.5B KRSD J55x9.5 Ah55x9.5 J33Ax11BIAS J21x7.8IRS
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For decades, the name Sennheiser has been synonymous with high-quality products, excellent sound and numerous innovations that have set new standards in audio technology. This year, the audio specialist is celebrating its 70th anniversary. It remains a family-owned and -operated enterprise, now headed by a third generation of the Sennheiser family: today’s CEOs, Daniel Sennheiser and Dr. Andreas Sennheiser, are the grandchildren of the company’s founder, Prof. Dr. Fritz Sennheiser.
The list of product innovations from Sennheiser is as extensive as it is impressive. Sennheiser has made a significant impact on the evolution of audio technology over the past seven decades, from the world’s very first open headphones, the HD 414, to present-day innovations such as the Digital
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9000 wireless microphone system and MobileConnect, an inclusive audio-streaming solution for people with sight and hearing impairments. Numerous patents and awards – including an Emmy, a Grammy, a Scientific and Engineering Award of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and the Engineering
Emmy‘s® Philo T. Farnsworth Award – bear witness to the company’s unique innovative drive. “In the past, our products have surprised and amazed the audio world over and over again. Why? Because they have gone beyond the common standard. As a result, nobody anticipated them,” says Dr. Andreas Sennheiser, who is coCEO of the company alongside his brother Daniel Sennheiser.
The company was founded on 1 June 1945 as Laboratorium Wennebostel – or “Labor W” for short – by electrical engineer Prof. Dr. Fritz Sennheiser in Wennebostel, near Hanover, Germany. Initially, the young enterprise produced tube volt meters. They sold well, but Fritz Sennheiser had higher ambitions: Driven by the ethos of making good existing products even better while advancing new technologies, the lab developed a constant stream of
new solutions. The product range gradually expanded over the years. In 1947, Sennheiser launched its first microphone developed inhouse. The first “shotgun” microphone followed in 1956, and a year later the company was already producing 100 different types of products. In early 1958, Labor W was renamed Sennheiser electronic – the inception of a brand that ten years later would spark a worldwide boom by developing and producing the first open headphones.
SECOND AND SENNHEISER
GENERATION In May 1982, Sennheiser saw its first change of generations. Prof. Dr. Jörg Sennheiser, son of Prof. Dr. Fritz Sennheiser, was appointed Managing Director, while his father became a limited partner. Over the years, Prof. Dr. Jörg Sennheiser gradually modernized and inter–nationalized the company’s structure, turning Sennheiser into a GmbH & Co. KG. Cutting-edge developments across various areas of acoustics, and new sales locations worldwide, followed with unprecedented momentum. Sennheiser opened an additional production plant in Tullamore, Ireland, and a branch office for research and development in the
USA. An additional plant followed in Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA, and a joint venture with Denmark’s William Demant Holding was initiated, forging a path for the founding of Sennheiser Communications A/S in 2003. In July 2013, Daniel Sennheiser and Dr. Andreas Sennheiser, the sons of Prof. Dr. Jörg Sennheiser, took over as the CEOs of Sennheiser electronic GmbH & Co. KG. Both share their grandfather and father’s entrepreneurial ambition of aiming to shape the entire audio sector through a dynamic culture of innovation and an uncompromised passion for excellence. Thanks to this spirit, Labor W, a start-up based in a halftimbered house in Wennebostel, has grown to become a global player, sustaining a continual increase in turnover over the decades. Today, Sennheiser has more than 2,700 employees, with around half of them based in Germany. In 2013, the family company, whose Management Board still regards independence as a core value, generated turnover of €590.4 million.
TO THE FUTURE As an innovation-driven company, Sennheiser will continue playing a
key role in shaping the future of audio. The foundations for this have already been laid with its new Innovation Campus, built on the company site in Germany. “Here, as at our worldwide innovation centres, we will work in crossfunctional teams that bring together our breadth of expertise to shape unique solutions, such as ones to individualize audio content even more,” Daniel Sennheiser explains. “In the future, we will align our product development even more closely to customers’ true needs, wherever they arise – on live stages, at professional studio productions, in offices, or simply while listening to music and relaxing – while always striving to achieve acoustic perfection.” With adaptable and increasingly smart products, Sennheiser will keep on developing and delivering future solutions that redefine audio technology. Throughout 2015, Sennheiser’s anniversary year, the online magazine “Bluestage” will present exciting background stories about the audio specialist’s products and the corporate history every month. More information is available at: http://ende.sennheiser.com/bluestagemagazine.
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TV Skyline chose Ikegami HDK97ARRI cameras to broadcast the recent PUR & Friends 2014 annual concert from the massive Veltins Arena in Gelsenkirchen. Working in partnership with Neoxfilm, TV Skyline captured the performance for transmission by executive producer, Sky Germany. "Formed in 1975, PUR is a highly innovative and popular rock group with many best-selling albums to its credit," comments TV Skyline founder Wolfgang Reeh. "Our objective was to capture the full excitement of this very high-profile musical event for television viewers. We naturally needed images that would reflect the dynamism of the music. "The Veltins Arena is the home ground of the Bundesliga club Schalke 04. It has a retractable pitch which was taken up for the
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duration of the concert. The roof was closed to achieve the best possible acoustics. The stage itself was illuminated with controlled lighting which also extended over the seated and promenading audience. "We have 22 Ikegami HDK-97A cameras in our fleet. They have given excellent results in every project we have worked on, whether shooting at wide angle, mid-range or high-magnification close-up zoom. To get maximum impact from the PUR & Friends stage shots, we deployed three HDK-97ARRI camera heads: one at the stage rim, one on a dolly and one on a crane. "The HDK-97ARRI is based on the Ikegami HDK-97A docking camera head and incorporates extra features developed for digital film-making. These include a larger
Super 35 sensor which delivers cinematic depth of field, clean highlights, extremely low noise and very natural skin tones. The HDK97ARRI is fully compatible with our HDK-97A infrastructure, using the same base station, CCU and cable interfaces, so everything connected together very easily. "Intercutting between the HDK97A and HDK-97ARRI cameras in our coverage of the PUR & Friends concert allowed us to combine the realism and immediacy of a high quality outside broadcast with the extra impact associated with digital cinematography. "Particularly impressive was the HDK-97ARRI's dynamic and lownoise rendering of the performers's high-contrast clothing, from dark areas of clothing through to very vibrant highlights. The client producer was also delighted so we
have high hopes of winning the contract to televise PUR's 30th anniversary concert this year." "Selecting Ikegami’s HDK97ARRI Super 35 cameras was a key element of the creative realisation," adds Neoxfilm's Creative Director Marc Schütrumpf. "We relied on early planning and arrangements, choosing the right lenses and optimal camera positions. By maintaining a constant lens aperture, the depth of field could be permanently kept shallow. By using the optimum focal lengths, we were able to generate a cinematic look that brought the PUR concert at its most impressive into every viewer's home." Jointly developed by Ikegami and ARRI, the HDK-97ARRI is a broadcast-style production camera with digital cinema characteristics enabling a large format sensor to be deployed in multiple camera operation. Centered around ARRI's Super 35 CMOS sensor and its associated support circuitry, the
system provides cinematic qualities including natural colour rendering, exceptional dynamic range and progressive frame rates such as 23.98p. Broadcast-grade distribution can be performed using the latest Ikegami technology, via fibre transmission using up to 2 kilometres of SMPTE hybrid fibre and cable. The ARRI large-format front end is famed for its film-like organic look, characterised by extended, clean highlights, an extremely low noise floor, natural skin tones, excellent colour separation and a cinematic depth-of-field. Employing large pixels and a custom-designed read-out architecture, it delivers exceptionally wide dynamic range. ARRI’s stainless steel lens mount system ensures super stable flange focal depth between lens and sensor. The HDK-97ARRI is housed in a docking style camera head from Ikegami's successful Unicam HD camera series. Powered by
Ikegami’s latest 3G FPGA-based DSP, the camera provides complete real time control of all grey-scale, colour, and detail functions. A new 3G transmission system transports video from camera head to CCU, as well as 3G transmission from CCU to camera head. The camera head supports return video in HD, two channels of prompter video in SD, and (when using the CCU-970M) one channel of prompter video in HD. Other signals transported via the camera cable include two channels of intercom, two channels of programme audio, two channels of microphone audio, genlock phase control, camera control, and external auxiliary data. Ikegami’s powerful 200-series remote control system enables video operators to manage multiple cameras using OCP, MCP, and network hubs.
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ISE has announced that the total of registered attendees for ISE 2015 was 59,350 – the biggest number ever in the show’s history. This represented an increase of 8,347 registered attendees on 2014, a 16.4% increase year on year. “The volume of attendance confirmed ISE’s position as the destination of choice for anyone involved in professional AV and systems integration,” said Mike
Blackman, Integrated Systems Events Managing Director. “In addition to the ongoing attendance success story,” he continued, “the announcement that ISE has entered into a joint venture with invidis consulting to develop its highly successful Digital Signage conference demonstrates our commitment to grow ISE’s profile in key market sectors.” Not only was the exhibition the most compelling to date, ISE 2015
also offered attendees a wide range of educational training programmes and workshops provided by ISE coowners InfoComm International and CEDIA. These sessions attracted over 700 individuals, the most ever. Both associations also contributed to the three vibrant Showfloor Solutions Theatres dedicated to Residential, Commercial and Unified Communications. Here, over 90 sessions were presented by representatives from ISE exhibitors to over 3,000 attendees. On site free-to-attend conferences such as the Capital Summit and Sports Facility Integration Summit also offered expert insight into securing investment for companies operating in the AV marketplace and sports venue system integration. David Labuskes, Executive Director and CEO, InfoComm International commented: “Everyone at InfoComm International is so proud to be associated with another recordbreaking ISE show. Our Guest Membership scheme, which made its debut at this year’s event, attracted almost 1,200 sign-ups, and we are looking forward to giving these ISE attendees a taste of InfoComm membership that extends beyond the education and hospitality they received in Amsterdam to the delivery of a range of post-show benefits. “Our industry is on the rise globally,” he continued, “and nothing reflects that trend more succinctly than the continued growth of ISE and of our association’s membership internationally.” Don Gilpin, Executive Director & COO, CEDIA, was equally upbeat: “ISE has become the most important platform for the CEDIA channel outside of North America and the 2015 event was the best edition yet,” he said. “Manufacturers and integrators
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from all over world that concentrate on electronic systems for the home tell me that ISE is now an annual event that simply cannot be missed.” The next Integrated Systems Europe will take place at the Amsterdam RAI on 9-12 February 2016.
3D STORM - NEWTEK NewTek TriCaster Mini The TriCaster Mini sports all the functions inherent to any TriCaster Proline, such as Mix effects, Digital Disk Recorders, Recording capacity, IP input and output, graphics capabilities for titling and transitions, an integrated streaming engine and social network publishing system in a very compact system. Such amount of
capabilities, gives any video maker the ability to make any ordinary presentation looks like an extraordinary video program.
NewTek TalkShow NewTek TalkShow gives an exclusive access to 300 million potential monthly connected Skype users and the ability to incorporate them as guest speakers and experts into live conference or program with full-frame Skype video calls. Live Skype video calls can be controlled and managed directly from the control room like any other video source.
LiveXpert LiveXpert offers a complete range of tools carefully selected to increase productivity and make life easier for all video production operators. The key criteria are: time saving at every stage, user-
friendliness and rationalized data exchange for workstations, optimized investment budget and operating costs, and great stability for live video operations. LiveXpert software and devices round out the control room equipment in TV studios and conference facilities, control rooms for entertainment and sports events, as well as outside broadcast vans. LiveCG Broadcast gives all the tools to display all graphics needed for a high professional video production, in a stand-alone 1RU device. Create fixed and animated titles and logos, crawled or rolled tickers, clocks, countdown, dynamic data and bitmap sequences. Manage social networks incoming messages, from platforms such as Facebook®, Twitter®, Flickr®, or WhatsApp. LiveCG™ Football and LiveCG Tennis, the professional statistics and scoring management
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applications for NewTek TriCaster and 3Play, dedicated to Football and Tennis games production, run from a remote computer or laptop connected through IP.
ADDER The AdderLink Infinity 2020 is a new solution that fits neatly into the IP-based high performance KVM (keyboard, video and mouse) portfolio. The 2020 features a transmitter and receiver and provides a dual head, single link solution that delivers IP-based, high performance KVM capabilities. This new model is based on the existing AdderLink Infinity Dual and was developed based on customer feedback, to complement the range of AdderLink Infinity products. “This new cost-effective solution is ideal for customers that don’t require the full functionality of the AdderLink Infinity Dual and is an excellent complement to the range,” says John Halksworth, senior product manager, Adder Technology. New Version 4 of A.I.M. provides an easy and powerful centralised management solution for a digital matrix. It features a new hardware platform that is more powerful than previous versions and includes configurable user access rights with full audit trail. The new design is also sleeker, ensuring that it can be efficiently rack mounted with up to two fitting back to back in 1U of 19 inch rack space. “One area we’ve focused on is making service and support more efficient for our customers. Version 4 features remote access options, whereby if given access by the customer, our technicians can log on remotely and trouble shoot any problems or work with them to solve issues. This is made possible through our extensive security upgrades and continued emphasis on making sure our products are secure,” says Halksworth.
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BARIX At ISE 2015, Barix demonstrated the complete cost-reducing, revenue-generating capabilities of SoundScape as the company brings the fully integrated solution to market – including cloud-based content management and live status monitoring via the SoundScape Portal; and new compact, multi-format Exstreamer SoundScape IP audio players for location-based media playout.
SoundScape is the only “in-store radio” solution capable of integrated audio distribution, remote device management, dynamic contact scheduling, system-wide reporting and monitoring, and high-quality, multi-format audio playout. Essentially, SoundScape brings together several traditional Barix strengths previously available as separate applications—including dynamic, targeted ad insertion—to simplify, accelerate and monetize deployments for content providers
and systems integrators. SoundScape’s cloud-based, software-as-a-service (SaaS) design also establishes a centrally hosted model to increase network accessibility and availability, reducing overall operating costs and maintenance. As a result, SoundScape is more than a basic in-store radio solution: It is a fully functioning, revenue-generating music and entertainment system with hierarchical user management for single locations (clubs,
supermarkets), large campuses (universities, corporate complexes) and multi-location networks (retail and hotel chains).
BLACK BOX New 4K Video Line Black Box showcased its 4K video products at ISE 2015. The company's line is designed to help professionals deploy 4K in
their corporate video and signage applications. All of the products are designed to support Ultra HighDefinition (UHD) resolutions of 3840 x 2160. Digital signage users can now deploy a 4K version of the company's award-winning iCOMPEL™. This appliance-based digital signage solution supports deployments of 1 to 1000s of screens. The innovative 4K VideoPlex Video Wall Controller enables users to create individuallyshaped wall designs for displaying real time video across four or more screens. To extend 4K signals over CATx, the KVM 4K DisplayPort CATx Extender supports transmission of 4K signals up to 100 meters. For longer distances, the new KVM 4K HDMI single fiber Extender ensures uncompressed HDMI extension up to 500 meters, supporting Gigabit Ethernet, USB2.0 and 4K at 30fps. To switch UHD signals among multiple sources, the company has two 4K HDMI switches, a 4x1 model and an 8x8 matrix model. A 4K HDMI splitter outputs one UHD signal to two UHD displays. To support 4K transmissions, the company has HDMI High-Speed cables, including a hybrid copper/fiber cable, and cables with RedMere™ equalizers. In addition, Black Box's GigaTrue® CAT6 and GigaBase® CAT5e UTP and STP bulk cable are HDBaseT certified.
BTECH This year was B-Tech’s 10 year ISE anniversary, making it the perfect occasion to unveil the System X Range for the first time our latest range of flat screen and video wall mounting solutions. This hugely comprehensive range is built around aluminium extrusion sections and includes solutions for video walls, menu boards, video conferencing and digital signage. Amongst the System X products on show was the BT8371 Universal Video Wall Trolley, for which the
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preview sheet can be viewed online here, or you can see a product overview video filmed at ISE courtesy of InAVate TV. Other products from the range on display were the BT8370 Universal Freestanding Video Wall Mount, BT8330 Universal Menu Board Mounting System and BT8324 Universal Flat Screen Ceiling Mount.
manufacturer, MADI.BRIDGE acts as a patchbay, signal distributor, signal buffer and input selector all in one device. The latest incarnation sports a complete redesign and has gained a number of extra features including redundant power supplies, a USB port to enable firmware updates for future enhancements and additional remote control capabilities.
B-Tech's crowd-drawing setups included a 3x3 portrait video wall using LG Super Narrow Bezel Screens mounted to B-Techâ€™s BT8310, a control room install using a giant curved video wall mounted to the new BT8352 along with B-Tech desk mounts mounted to a Winsted control room console.
MADI.BRIDGE enables the connection of up to 16 devices via six coaxial (BNC) MADI I/Os and two optical multi-mode MADI I/Os. All input signals are routed to the desired outputs in their native state, thus supporting any format regardless of channel count, whether or not control data and/or sample rates are included, or even violations of the MADI protocol. Highly sensitive input stages mean that up to 100m coaxial cable runs can be supported, even between
DIRECTOUT Initially developed as a simple link between MADI devices from any
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devices. An intuitive and easy to navigate user interface makes for fast and straightforward operation. MADI.BRIDGE features: 6 x MADI coaxial BNC, 75 ÎŠ 2 x MADI optical SC, multi-mode (single-mode available on request) 1 x MIDI I/O for remote control 1 x USB for firmware updates and remote control 2 x power supply for redundancy Preset management Device lock to prevent accidental changes
EPSON CoverPlus365 support service CoverPlus365 gives installation customers direct access to trained
experts to provide guidance and support, as well as providing customers with replacement products to store onsite for added peace of mind. With an extensive service centre network of over 370 projector service points across 63 countries, Epson can provide a wide-reaching range of support services.
At ISE 2015 was a demonstration of a large portrait projection using the latest Z-series projectors. Visitors will be able to see the benefit of good CLO in producing a large, clear image without the need for extremely high brightness. Three Z-series models were used to make a projection map on a 3D model of a Z-series projector to
help show its inner workings and overall build quality.
LAWO Lawo mc²36 With the mc²36, Lawo shows its RAVENNA live audio mixing
Daniel Rose, product manager, Epson Europe, says: “ISE provides Epson with the ideal venue for the launch of our new best-in-class support programme. This new service helps cement our position as the world leader in the projector market and enhance our growing reputation in the pro-AV market.”
New laser projector (EHLS10000) ISE 2015 marked the first European showing of Epson’s new EH-LS10000 laser projector, featuring 4K enhancement technology. Home cinema enthusiasts can now enjoy the ultimate in picture quality with this 1080p Full HD laser projector with 3LCD Reflective technology. The EH-LS10000 is Epson’s first projector to feature 4K enhancement technology, and it utilises a dual laser light source to deliver an ultra-high native contrast ratio of 70,000:1, absolute blacks and our widest colour gamut.
Updated EB-G6000 series Epson also showcased an update to its EB-G6000 range of superiorquality corporate and higher education installation projectors. Ideal for use in office meeting rooms, lecture theatres or large classrooms, the new range features improved connectivity and an enhanced standard lens to help better address the needs of the market.
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console, an all-in-one mixing desk, with a comprehensive feature set that covers broadcast, theater, house of worship, live and install applications. Along with uncompromised sound quality and Lawo-grade mic preamps, it offers unprecedented value for money. A powerful DSP micro-core with internal 512x512 port audio matrix, and integrated I/O make it ideally suited to permanent installations with limited space. As it is natively
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equipped with RAVENNA/AES67 technology, the mc²36 integrates seamlessly into IP infrastructures. And for operational security, the console not only has redundant power-supplies but also DSP redundancy.
Lawo mc² Compact I/O The mc²36 offers plenty of local interfacing - and if plenty is not enough, the mc² Compact I/O is a convenient and cost-efficient way to
expand the mc² 36’s connectivity and to provide a distant stagebox solution in addition to the on-board I/O. Connected via CAT5 or fiber (optional), the ruggedized 5RU stagebox provides 32 Mic/Line inputs, 32 Line outputs, 8 digital AES3 inputs, 8 digital AES3 outputs, 8 GPIO and a MADI (SFP) port. The mc² 36 allows for connecting up to three mc² Compact I/O units.
V__link4 The V__link4 is the professional broadcast tool for signal contribution, distribution and remote production via qualified LAN and WAN structures. V__link4 offers Video-over-IP coding, signal processing and a video/audio delay measuring system - all in a compact tool. This allows for more rack space, improves flexibility and saves setup time and production costs
V__pro8 The V_line equipment comprises also this compact, fully digital 8channel video processor. It provides all glue features required within the workflow of broadcast productions.
MATROX Multi-display Graphics Cards C-Series cards feature 2 GB of on-board memory and secure mini DisplayPort connectivity. Matrox C680 supports up to six 4K/UHD displays. More displays can be supported by inserting two C680 cards into a system. The board-toboard framelock feature ensures synchronization of all displays to reduce tearing on digital signage and video walls. Matrox C420 is the fastest quad card with passive cooling for increased reliability and silent operation.
H.264 Encoders/Decoders Maevex encoders can be combined with Maevex decoders or a third-party software decoder to stream up to Full HD AV content to displays and projectors for digital signage, presentation/education, corporate information display, collaborative video wall and many other applications. Maevex is multifunctional in design and can also be used to record desktop sessions to NAS, whether for review or
evaluation purposes. Maevex comes bundled with Matrox PowerStream™ software for easy remote device management, stream switching and streaming/recording parameter adjustment, including userdefinable bit rates between 100 Kbps and 25 Mbps.
Video Streaming and Recording Appliance From any HDMI input source such as a camera or switcher, Matrox Monarch HD generates an H.264-encoded stream compliant with RTSP or RTMP protocol. While encoding the video at bitrates suitable for live streaming, Matrox Monarch HD simultaneously records a high-quality MP4 or MOV file to an SD card, a USB drive, or a network-mapped drive. The Monarch SDK, an HTTP-based API, includes documentation and sample code that let AV and broadcast equipment developers write applications to configure and control Monarch HD streaming capabilities, giving them a very straightforward way to include a high-quality webcasting service as part of their overall product offerings. Monarch HD can also be integrated with a Crestron® controller, which allows operators to easily start and stop streaming and
recording from within the familiar Crestron interface.
Multi-camera Recording App Each VS4Recorder Pro system frame-accurately captures up to four video and audio inputs to create files for use with popular editing apps from Adobe, Apple and Avid and for archiving. H.264 is provided in either MOV or MP4 wrappers. AVI files can be created using the high-quality Matrox MPEG 2 I-Frame codec. MOV QuickTime files can be created using DV, DVCPRO, DVCPRO50 and DVCPRO HD. VS4Recorder Pro also functions as a multiviewer, offering pristine video quality even when monitoring interlaced sources on progressive computer monitors. VS4-based systems are also ideal for multi-camera live production streaming with Telestream® Wirecast® for Windows® or StudioCoast vMix software.
MUXLAB 4K Digital AV Line Up The new products launched at ISE join the MuxLab Pro Digital family of products which includes extenders, splitters, switchers, HDMI & multimedia matrix switches, and more.
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Always striving to remain at the forefront of innovation while maintaining its reputation in both high quality and affordability, MuxLab is looking forward to presenting its new products; Extenders & Converters: - HDMI – VGA/Audio Wall-Plate Transmitter, 500455-TX - HDMI Wall-Plate Extender Kit, HDBT, 500451-WP-KIT - HDMI / Bi-IR Extender Kit, 500404 - HDMI 5-Play Extender Kit, UHD4K, 500456 - VGA to HDMI converter with Scaler 500149 - HDMI to HDMI with Audio Extraction, UHD-4K, 500431
4HDMI+4HDBT, PoE, 500468PoE - 4x4 HDMI to HDMI Matrix, 4K, 500440 AV over IP: - HDMI/RS232 Over IP Extender Kit, 500753
AV Automation Control Software requiring MuxLab’s Pro Digital Network Controller, 500810 “Muxlab is proud of the release of these new Pro A/V products which address the 4K era. Muxlab is committed to continuing to design state of the art solutions and address the constantly changing and emerging needs of the Pro A/V & Broadcast markets.” said Daniel Assaraf, MuxLab’s President.
Pro Audio: - Digital Audio 5.1-Channel & DTS Converter 500088 Matrix Switches: - HDMI 4x8 Matrix Switch, 4HDMI+4HDBT, PoE, 500419PoE - HDMI 8x8 Matrix Switch, HDBT, 500469-PoE - HDMI 8x8 Matrix Switch,
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RIEDEL COMMUNICATIONS Tango TNG-200 - RSP-2318 Smartpanel - STX-200 Professional Broadcast-Grade Interface The Tango TNG-200 represents Riedel's first network-based
platform supporting RAVENNA/AES67 and AVB standards. With its own dedicated intercom application, the platform can be turned into a flexible, cutting-edge solution for a variety of communications scenarios. The unit itself is equipped with a highresolution, full-color TFT display that ensures perfect readability at all times. Intuitive front-panel controls simplify the recall of presets and adjustment of audio levels. Along with powerful processing capabilities, the Tango TNG-200 features two integrated Riedel digital partylines, two RAVENNA/AES67- and AVBcompatible ports, two Ethernet ports, one option slot, and redundant power supplies. The dedicated intercom application, "My First Riedel," turns the Tango platform into an efficient intercom system that users can tailor according to their needs. The asymmetric 40 x 80 matrix size is another Riedel innovation, allowing for standard premium-quality stereo audio connections to panels. The new RSP-2318 Smartpanel offers features and capabilities that will enrich the user experience and change the way broadcasters and AV professionals communicate.
The world's first control panel designed to serve as a powerful multifunctional user interface, the Riedel device boasts a unique feature set that includes three highresolution, sunlight-readable, multitouch color displays; premiumquality stereo audio; a multilingual character set; and 18 keys in just 1RU. These features make Riedel's new Smartpanel a powerful user interface that can be further expanded through the use of apps. Riedel's first app for the RSP-2318 turns the Smartpanel into an innovative and smart intercom panel. RAVENNA/AES67 and AVB connectivity are standard, with AES3 over CAT/coax optional. Additional features include exchangeable headset connectors for mono or stereo applications, an integrated power supply, individual volume controls for each key, two USB ports, two Ethernet connectors, GPIO, audio I/O, an option slot, a removable gooseneck microphone, an SD card slot, and an HDMI output. The STX-200 professional broadcast-grade interface brings any Skype user worldwide into the professional broadcast environment. Licensed by Microsoft, the new Riedel product meets broadcasters' increasing need for a reliable single-box solution that enables them to bring live contributions from both reporters and viewers into live programming — all while avoiding typical problems such as consumer PCs running common Skype clients, having to add scan and HDMI-to-SDI converters, or audio dropouts and menu pop-ups on the live feed. Serving as more than a stand-alone solution, Riedel's STX200 integrates Skype into the intercom solution to enable even more powerful, flexible applications and workflows. The 1RU box offers broadcast-quality HD-SDI and balanced XLR audio I/Os and is packaged with professional Microsoft Skype TX software. The solution's broad feature set
includes remote management and monitoring of Skype calls.
work around the additional latency created in those compressed solutions.”
Pajer added, “Thinklogical’s TLX series is an industry breakthrough that brings 4K signal management into the mainstream, improving productivity and quality while minimizing cable and equipment footprint. A true 4K extension and switching solution for customers with mission-critical applications is now available, and only from Thinklogical.”
Uncompressed 60Hz 4K Video (4096 x 2160 Resolution, 4-4-4 Color Depth) Extended and Switched Using Only Two Fiber or CATx Cables The innovative 4K signal management solution is enabled through the company’s new TLX KVM matrix switches and extenders. TLX matrix switches and extenders are based on an innovative new, single-data-stream 10Gbps architecture that supports delivery of uncompressed video, audio and peripheral data over both fiber-optic and CATx infrastructure, minimizing the number of components and cables required when compared to alternative solutions. TLX offers the lowest signal latency in the industry (microseconds, vs. milliseconds for compressed solutions), and no visual artifacts, jitter or lost frames. It is ideal for mission-critical, videorich applications in defense and intelligence, broadcast and postproduction, oil and gas, energy management, air traffic control, simulation and visualization, rental and staging, and other markets with advanced customer requirements.
Thinklogical also includes an innovative connector on its TLX extenders. The connector can receive both HDMI and DisplayPort cables, reducing the number of extenders needed, eliminating the requirement for an external adapter or dongle to convert from DisplayPort to DVI or HDMI, and allowing the customer to upgrade from HDMI to DisplayPort when and as they need to in the future, with no change in equipment. When combined with a Thinklogical TLX matrix switch, it becomes easy to intermingle and connect HDMI/DVI and DisplayPort sources and displays.
“Building on Thinklogical’s proven track record of technology-focused and customer-driven innovation, we are proud to introduce the first truly uncompressed 4K video signal management solution in the industry, capable of extending and switching 60Hz 4K video with full resolution and color depth over just two cables, which can be either fiber or CATx,” said Joe Pajer, president and CEO of Thinklogical. “Users needing to extend and switch 4K video no longer have to compromise performance and resolution with lower-bandwidth KVM products that compress and alter the signal, nor do they need to
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THE BEST OPTION In this new TM BROADCAST issue we analyze a kind of equipment that has a big presence in all our audiovisual productions. We are talking about the PRM217-3G monitor from the American manufacturer " Plura Broadcast" represented by its subsidiary in Europe " Plura Europe GmbH ".
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Plura Broadcast, has extensive experience in the manufacture of technical systems for the broadcast industry worldwide , with excellent results. Always focused in facilitate the work of media professionals, with designs made considering the needs of the end user as described in the numerous positive reviews for their teams. We are in a situation in which the technology goes fast forward increasing multi - purpose products, with the highest possible characteristics and reasonable prices. On this monitor these premises have presence. I work with all kinds of monitors during my workday. I meet with such classic tube monitors, although evicted years ago, but we still find them in almost all facilities, and also LCD panels, TFT, LED, etc, with different characteristics. With multi - screen generators is becoming increasingly complicated, through the screens on which are implemented, confirm that the
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image you are monitoring is the standard reference we want in our productions. Hence the need for monitors capable of offering a reliable reference video, with the possibility of external calibration to adjust its parameters over the years, without having to perform on a single monitor a relatively excessive financial outlay.
WE VALUE THE POTENTIAL We have a monitor that allows us to control quality of different signals, giving us several options for displaying data measured on the video and audio signal. Its main features are: - •HD/SD SDI 2Input / 2Output. - WAVEFORM / Vector Scope / Time code Display. - Dual waveform display available - 16 ch Audio Lever Meter Display. (SDI only) - Analog & Digital Signal Audio Lever Meter Display. - Lever Meter Size display selectable (Small or Large)
- Dual Link MODE & 1080p 60 Compatible
- LCD Dimming Control - Manual Dimming Level Control.
- Closed Caption CEA 608, 708, Line 801 & OP-47 • H Flip, H/V Delay.
- Rack Mount (OPTION)
- Audio Disembedder & Internal Speaker & Headphone out & Monitor out
- Battery Mount (OPTION) - UMD - Native Calibration: CA-310, CA210 (Minolta), K-10 (Klein)
- Color Temperature – User, VAR, 11000K, 9300K, 6500K, 5400K, 3200K
- 10bits 3D LUT Color Calibration (BT.709, SMPTE-C, EBU, NTSC, D-Cinema)
- Over Scan/Zero Scan/Under Scan/Pixel to Pixel
- Multi Control(RS-232C)
- PIP (Picture In Picture)/PIP Blend
- Audio Loudness(LKFS)
- Tally LED function (Green/Red/AMBER)
- Support External GPI Control (RJ-45).
The PRM- 217-3G monitor provides quick access to configuration menus, allowing you to create six memories functioning shortcut on the main keypad. A function that allows us to streamline the exchange of information and configuration data to display on screen, just pressing a memory button. The menu that shows the equipment is intuitive and logically structured, with easy navigation and selection of the various parameters to configure.
- OSD: Graphic based OSD, 7 Languages (UNICODE System).
Once technically analyzed the signal quality monitor provides,
- Integrated DVI (HDCP) function. - HDMI (HDCP) function. - Supports VESA DDC2B and a subset of VESA standards. - Single board is suitable for mounting behind an LCD panel. - Support RS-232C.
- Lan To Serial
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comparing patterns on several samples of video and audio and real signal, we get perfect results. The next step is to put it into production for verification of operation in a real environment. I support whenever I possibly can , making laboratories involving the personnel operating firsthand the different teams that I evaluate, so in this case I tested two different situations, because of the versatile this monitor is. First was installed as measure monitor and main reference in the technical camera control site with a dual screen setup, the first switchable through the matrix, and a second fixed source in which we have the produced signal for On Air. This configuration on the same monitor allows us to easily manage the levels of video sources that we use in this production, making natural settings for control of cameras seeing reflected with vivid clarity on the monitor, and I did not detect problems at work and monitor response. In the second displayed signal I wanted to monitor on a given field video line, a feature included with this monitor that allows me to easily select the video line to check and monitor the data provided for faults. On this position I did a test for temperature and stress along 48 hours. For which was injected video / audio signal on each input with loop video standard patterns and modified patterns, forcing levels of luminance and chrominance to check if it altered in some measure the sample and monitor display, for measurements on screen using a professional calibrator and its associated software, always on the same position. The results after 15 hours testing were represented by a variation of 0.01% over the initial levels of monitoring and signal processing, the signal values remained quite stable during this period. Personally I will say that I find some extremely good data
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when compared to the alternatives in the market. Once done this test to other brand products offer a far superior error was obtained in comparison with the monitor Plura.
Once this first field test , the feeling of operators who could work with this monitor was overwhelming, highlighting the quality of the image and offered them operational con-
CONCLUSION We are facing am extremely good equipment,for the versatility offered by the signals that can be analyzed and complementary functions that normally are not integrated in this type of monitor, with its robustness and price, is becoming one of the best options if we need to analyze and monitor video and audio signals. This laboratory is just a small sample of what they can do and their settings. I invite all our readers to visit Plura website, where you will find out all the details and possibilities offered. Thanks to IB3TV for the use of
trol and measurement of two independent signals on the same monitor. I also installed the monitor on a quality control position in the Master Control Room, where all incoming & outcoming signals of the TV Station are controlled. We placed a reflection of this monitor on the position of the technical supervisor where the management software allowed us to perform sampling data to generate quality reports on the different monitored signals. Three memories were performed on the monitor to visualize in a quick manner all necessary parameters for this quality control. Again, the PRM- 217-3G monitor demonstrated its ability to provide a quick interpretation of the received signals and to manage the checking of quality. Having the ability to perform the calibration settings for several standardized measurement equipment in the broadcast market, this added an additional value on the reliability of the monitor.
WHAT IS MISSED The reality on Plura Monitor PRM- 217-3G is that nothing is missing , but I would appreciate the inclusion of external power supply within the basic purchase-package.
their facilities to perform these tests and to my colleagues for sharing their concerns to work with it, as well as Plura Europe GmbH for the transfer of equipment to perform this test.
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Published on Mar 9, 2015
In this issue: a special review about the biggest OB VANS in Europe, The Sennheiser anniversary, Ikegami, a review about ISE 2015 and in ou...