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Editorial We have been hearing about IP Broadcast for a lot time ago now, but little we’ve heard about AIMS (Alliance for IP Media Solutions) that this year debuts at NAB with its own booth, created to bring IP solutions that offer complete interoperability to this market. Among its members we find several of the biggest manufacturers and developers of broadcast and IT market, however several companies are being missed today. The AIMS roadmap for IP in the broadcast industry says that it is critical to follow a standards-based approach that outlines a clear roadmap that both meets the needs of implementations today and presents a clear path to greater functionality in the future. AIMS endorses an IP roadmap that includes SMPTE 2022-6, “the most widely implemented standard in the industry”, and AES67 for audio over IP. And also two recommendations: VSF TR-04, that prescribes the use of SMPTE 2022-6 for video and AES-67 for audio, and VSF TR-03 - A technical recommendation that simplifies production and virtualization using IP. So if we want work on IP, let us join AIMS.
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Vatican’s Pontifical University Selects Blackmagic Studio Cameras for Ultra HD Training Facility students when they walk into the studio and realize that they will be able to get hands on with professional grade equipment. But it was just as important that the cameras were user friendly and easy to get to grips with, and the studio cameras from Blackmagic provide the perfect balance.” The cameras can either be controlled by camera operators, or when working in a smaller team, through the ATEM Camera Control software, which provides CCU like camera control.
Blackmagic Design announced that the Vatican’s Pontificia Università della Santa Croce, which trains the next generation of Catholic priests and leaders of the Church Communication Office, has equipped its dedicated studio facilities with a full multicam production workflow, featuring the Blackmagic Studio Camera 4K and ATEM 1 M/E Production Studio 4K. Forming the hub of the University’s School of Church Communications, it is designed to help students understand every aspect of broadcast production. “The university established a media and communication training faculty in 1996 to complement the existing theological and philosophical curriculum, however it became clear to us that students shouldn’t just learn about presenting in front of camera, but to also have the ability to produce a broadcast
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themselves,” explains Jorge Milan, associate professor of audiovisual communications at Pontificia Università della Santa Croce. The production facilities have been designed to be extremely flexible, not only to enable all students to gain practical hands on experience in all aspects of production, but also to work with a variety of programming, from a news broadcast to documentary shoots and through to prerecorded OB reports. The University is using three Blackmagic Studio Camera 4K for acquisition and programs are cut on an ATEM 1 M/E Production Studio 4K, delivered by reseller Cherubini. “Finding studio quality cameras that would appeal to students beginning to develop their production skills was crucial,” explains Jorge. “It’s wonderful to see the faces of the first year
Signal distribution throughout the studio and post production facilities are managed with a Smart Videohub 20x20 while a MultiView 16 provides monitoring of all incoming and outgoing feeds for the students gaining experience in the production gallery. “Previously we had used rented or second hand equipment but as our student numbers grew, we decided to invest in a Blackmagic Ultra HD workflow to ensure our facilities are future proofed, and are capable of producing impressive results.” “Everyone gets the opportunity to experience all aspects of television production, which we believe is a fundamental part of our communications program,” Jorge concludes. “These students will become the future spokespeople for the Catholic Church, and so if they understand not only how to present in front of the camera, but also what a production team needs for interesting and watchable content, that will help to spread the Church’s message far and wide.”
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SGL announces Major Flashnet Archive installations at CNBC ASIA and CNBC Europe SGL has announced that CNBC Asia and CNBC Europe have installed FlashNet, SGL’s sophisticated and scalable content management system. Both facilities are operated by Singaporeheadquartered CNBC subsidiary CNBC International, which is wholly owned by NBCUniversal. The installations at the headquarters of CNBC Asia in Singapore and CNBC Europe in London are identical. SGL FlashNet is fully integrated with Grass Valley’s STRATUS production suite and manages a SpectraLogic T680 tape library. Access to the SGL archive is transparent via Grass Valley’s toolset. The CNBC Asia
project is part of a major upgrade whilst the installation at CNBC Europe provides a completely new archive environment. The combined SGL and Grass Valley solution enables operators to work collaboratively and accomplish tasks in parallel. It also allows full support for GXF partial file restore; a critical feature for Grass Valley customers. Editors can select clips for archive or restore from the SGL archive via STRATUS and can also view lowres proxies of material held in the archive, and mark in and out points to restore just part of the clip. Donald Li SGL’s Director of Sales
APAC says, “These installations provide CNBC Asia and CNBC Europe with efficient storage management services that grow with the facility. The seamless integration of Grass Valley’s STRATUS production tools and the SGL FlashNet archive provides operators with a simplified toolset with easy-to-understand workflow rules. Configured into a collaborative production environment, the workflows provide media organisations such as CNBC Asia and CNBC Europe with all the tools necessary to plan, create, publish and archive their media.”
QUALES in CLOUD, unique Pay Per Use offer of the automated video quality check QUALES is certified to run on Microsoft Azure, becoming a unique worldwide Pay Per Use Cloud QC QUALES and Microsoft Azure join efforts to launch a groundbreaking CLOUD Pay Per Use Audiovisual Content Quality Check System. Doing so, QUALES becomes the first CLOUD/SaaS based Automated Video Quality Check for audiovisual contents at a popular and affordable pricing, for just a few cents, anyone can have their audiovisual contents analyzed with QUALES at Azure’s Marketplace. QUALES Cloud/SaaS is a
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complete professional automated file-based Quality Check software for video/audio contents analysis. It provides a straightforward online health control system for media, assuring content integrity at an unrivalled price. Through Microsoft Marketplace, Azure and QUALES offer the most costeffective PAY PER USE automated QC solution for media in the market with a launch price promotion starting at 96€/month (average price considering 8hrs daily use – MS virtual machine pricing not included). The Cloud offers higher flexibility, agility and efficiency. Furthermore, QUALES is the QC
for all, no matter the size or budget of your company. QUALES Cloud/SaaS adapts to any market scenario offering 100% of features present in the retail version and the added value of a secure cloud-based environment to make the most of quality control for your video and/or audio contents. This is a unique offer in the market. Make your QC processes efficient, cost-effective, top of class and fully-featured by using QUALES Cloud at Microsoft Azure Marketplace or request extra information at firstname.lastname@example.org
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dB Broadcast chooses ICE for new SSVC broadcast facility line dB Broadcast, one of the UK’s largest systems integrators, has purchased SAM ICE Channel-in-aBox systems with Morpheus automation to handle ingest and playout for the new state-of-the-art production and transmission facility it has constructed for the Services Sound and Vision Corporation (SSVC) at Chalfont in the UK. SSVC provides welfare entertainment and information to British service personnel and their families worldwide under the BFBS (British Forces Broadcasting Service) banner. The new facility, encompassing both equipment rooms and operational areas was commissioned with a controlled migration program to ensure that broadcasting operations were continued uninterrupted. The new
system successfully went on air in December 2015. The SSVC playout operation is based on four ICE and two ICE LE systems, providing ingest and redundant playout for BFBS’s 15 TV channels that are broadcast live to armed forces personnel in over 23 countries and to British Navy ships at sea. Morpheus automation enables full integration with SSVC’s Provys traffic system and IPV MAM. “dB have supplied and commissioned the SAM automation products for several major clients and they were an obvious choice for this application,” said Tom Swan, Sales and Marketing Director at dB Broadcast. “We have a great long term working relationship with Snell Advanced Media and their after-sales support
is excellent." “ICE automation provides BFBS TV with greater flexibility and efficiency to run our complex broadcasting network and unusual workflows,” said Quentin Howard, Director of Technology and Television at SSVC. “I am excited by the new possibilities offered by ICE and Morpheus to enhance our channels.” “We are delighted that dB Broadcast has chosen ICE and Morpheus to handle critical playout operations for SSVC’s futurefocused new broadcast system,” said Tim Thorsteinson, CEO of SAM. “ICE has won a reputation for rock-solid reliability and its flexibility to accommodate changing requirements is second to none.”
Dejero Joins AIMS to Help Drive Interoperability in Broadcast and Media Industry Dejero has joined the recently formed Alliance for IP Media Solutions (AIMS). AIMS was created and is run by leading technology providers to encourage the adoption of open standards and interoperability as the broadcast and media industry transitions from SDI to IP. “Dejero has always advocated for and is a firm believer in the adoption of open standards,” said Dejero CEO Brian Cram. “We are excited to join with like-minded technology leaders that also believe in interoperability and open APIs to help accelerate the transition to IP and cloud technologies.” The mandate of the AIMS organization is to bring IP solutions to the market that feature open standards, complete interoperability, and seamless integration across media workflow environments. Such standards allow broadcasters to meet current needs while giving them the agility and flexibility to adjust business models in the future without having to rebuild workflows. AIMS endorses an IP transition plan that includes support for SMPTE 2022-6, AES67, and VSF recommendations TR-03 and TR-04.
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Lawo supports strong growth plans with Sales Restructuring
Sixty Partners with Ross Video to Deliver Graphics and Studio Packages via e-commerce Platform
Lawo, has re-structured its global sales team following the Lawo company reorganization in January 2016. With strong growth plans based around an expanding IP product portfolio, the restructured Sales organization combines the expertise and experience of all the Lawo entities into a single global concept. This fully supports the strategy to offer full audio and video IP solutions seamlessly integrated with a powerful control layer. For this one-stop, turn-key approach for broadcast, installation and live customers, Lawo has formed focused regional teams to maximize customer service and consultation. This will provide customers and partners with direct local access to strong technical expertise and application knowledge to support the industry move to IP infrastructures and technologies. Jamie Dunn, Head of Global Sales for Lawo coordinating the worldwide sales team: “Lawo is one of the few companies with a fully integrated product portfolio that covers complete solutions for IP Audio, Video and Control. The re-structuring of our talented sales individuals into newly focused regional teams will allow us to meet our strong growth objectives over the coming years whilst maintaining on our main strength; the close connection and trusted partnerships we have with all our customers.” This comprehensive approach is incentive for Lawo striving to reach new heights regarding new and innovative technologies, customer consultation and support with the best service. - Overview: Responsibilities of Lawo Sales - Head of Global Sales: Jamie Dunn - Head of Sales Asia and Pacific Region: Gregor Erlitz - Head of Sales Americas: Erling Hedkvist - Head of Sales Germany, Austria, Switzerland (DACH): Martin Blum - Head of Sales Europe (excluding DACH): Jamie Dunn
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Sixty has announced that it is partnering with Ross Video to make on-air graphics and virtual studio packages available via Ross Video’s e-commerce platform. Graphics and virtual studio packages are available for news, finance, weather and sport. Ross Video will showcase the offering at NAB 2016 in Las Vegas on booth N3705. “Ross needed to enhance its XPression demo content, and was looking for a clean, modern and edgy ’European’ design for both live on-air graphics and a virtual studio set-up,” said Henriette Sæther, Chief Commercial Officer at Sixty. ”That’s why they chose to partner with Sixty.” “This is a completely new way of bringing broadcast designs to market, making it possible for broadcasters to acquire broadcast graphics through an off-the-shelf online store,‘’ she continued. Sixty will be at NAB on booth N319MR. "By partnering with Sixty for our e-commerce platform, we are able to offer broadcasters a wide range of on-air graphics and virtual sets for a variety of production needs,” said Jim Doyle, Director of Creative Services at Ross Video. Sixty’s graphics offering is a complete set of ready-forair real-time broadcast graphics. The graphics are easily customized to suit individual customer needs by using a simple scene hierarchy. The pre-supplied scenes and files also allow broadcasters to develop their own templates. The scenes are also characterized by their use of XPression with transition logic which ensures consistent, seamless, artefact-free transition from one to another – meaning that an operator does not need to be concerned about the impact of any change in, for example, lower third states.
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Riedel MediorNet Provides Simple, Secure, Reliable Solution for Signal Transport at Doha Celebration Complexes
Already acclaimed for its performance in demanding production and broadcast environments, Riedel Communications' MediorNet realtime media network is now being deployed to support weddings and other landmark celebrations. Installed and commissioned by systems integrator eMediaNet at the first two of five state-of-the-art Celebration Complexes being established in Doha, Qatar, the Riedel solution provides a flexible fiber backbone for simple, secure real-time communications and signal transport across the whole celebrations halls. "MediorNet has proved to be a magical solution for the Celebration Complexes, offering exceptional performance and the flexibility needed to guarantee privacy for
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each celebration space," said Mohsen Eldeeb, senior electrical engineer for the Qatar branch of Engineering Consultants Group and a consultant on the project. "The Riedel solution is an optimal solution for efficient sharing of video, audio, intercom, and network resources across the central control room and individual halls." Each of the elegant new complexes consists of five halls, each accommodating up to 500 guests. These halls can be joined together as needed to make one large hall — the largest such hall in Qatar — capable of accommodating 2,500 guests. Under the control of the facility's Crestron switching and control system, a Riedel solution comprising the MediorNet real-time media network, an Artist digital
matrix intercom system, and the RockNet real-time audio network supports ceremonies and celebrations at each complex by delivering media and supporting communications. "Given the versatility of our MediorNet real-time media network, it's no surprise that it has found a home at the new Doha Celebration Complexes," said Ahmed Magd El Din, general manager for the Middle East and Turkey at Riedel Communications. "With features and capabilities designed for the world's most prestigious and demanding live productions, MediorNet — and our Artist and RockNet solutions — are wellsuited to supporting coordination and signal transport for milestone events and celebrations."
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Calrec launches RAVENNA/AES67 interface
Calrec Audio, RAVENNA partners since NAB 2014, are to unveil a number of networking interfaces at the forthcoming NAB show, including a 1U RAVENNA/AES67 interface that can transport 256 channels of audio on a single connection. Designed to interface with Calrec’s powerful Hydra2 audio core which serves Calrec’s Apollo, Artemis and Summa consoles, the 1U box can accept a second expansion card which increases capacity to up to a phenomenal 512 channels of audio. Furthermore, as well as offering native RAVENNA/AES67 connectivity, the unit will also accept an AVB expansion card thereby enabling simultaneous operation of multiple formats. The interface connects redundantly to Hydra2 and appears like any other I/O resource on the Hydra2 network. Hydra2’s integral
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suite of management tools provides additional benefits to allow remote configuration patching, port protection, alias files, virtual patchbays and access rights. This is an especially useful feature in remote environments where multiple trucks are connected as it means that different units can operate across multiple formats in the field. Andreas Hildebrand, RAVENNA Evangelist at ALC NetworX, developers of the RAVENNA highperformance media-over-IP networking technology, welcomes the development from Calrec: “We’re delighted to see another major console manufacturer implementing RAVENNA as a basis for AES67 interoperability. RAVENNA is an excellent vehicle to bridge from an internal high performance network – in this instance, Hydra2 – to a wider, external network whilst still
maintaining all the high performance capabilities required by demanding broadcast applications such as ultra-low latency, high channel capacity and full bit-transparent operation. Implementations are available from various RAVENNA OEM module suppliers, or the technology can be natively implemented into platforms with sufficient performance characteristics.” According to Dave Letson, VP of Sales at Calrec, “It is imperative that Calrec supports RAVENNA and AES67 as they are popular options for broadcasters seeking an AoIP solution. Naturally, we want to support our customers’ working methods so we have developed this solution to provide another option that can be chosen with confidence to be fully integrable with Calrec’s consoles.”
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Affinis Advisory Group Merges with MediAnswers The transition to software-defined workflows touches nearly every organization in the broadcast and media industry today, from manufacturers and trade associations, to ad agencies and television networks. To address this industry-wide challenge, broadcast and media industry visionaries Chris Lennon and Glen Sakata have joined forces as MediAnswers, a global company that focuses on media management and workflow optimization. Lennon formed MediAnswers in 2013 to help organizations manage large pools of media assets, and spearhead standardization projects to automate workflows from program acquisition through playout. Sakata has merged his consulting firm, the Affinis Advisory Group, with MediAnswers to more effectively drive these transitions from a higher level across sales, marketing and product management. He additionally brings a rare expertise in helping hardware manufacturers refocus their energies toward adapting to software-defined workflows, as broadcasters and media organizations worldwide begin migrating more operations to IP and the cloud. Sakata will serve as MediaAnswers’ Vice President.
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“This is an important step in broadening our approach to the ever-changing media business,” said Lennon, MediAnswers President and CEO. “Affinis has a history of offering top-notch analysis of markets, products, strategy and sales development. Couple this with our media systems integration, standards development, custom software development, education and consulting services, and our customers have an industry leader that can more comprehensively drive new strategies, initiatives and transformations that propel them forward.” Prior to forming Affinis Advisory Group, Sakata held influential positions at Vinten, Louth Automation and Harmonic. At Harmonic, he led the company’s EMEA division through a business transformation that paved the foundation for its recent international success. While at Louth Automation he began working with Lennon, then with Enterprise Systems Group, to establish tighter interoperability between automation and traffic systems. Both companies were later acquired by Harris Corporation, where Lennon evolved this initiative into standardization work around BXF
(Broadcast eXchange Format). Today, BXF eliminates manual data entry processes for ad ingestion into traffic systems in favor of automated, XML-based file transport. Lennon has continued driving similar standardization work at MediAnswers with organizations like CIMM (Coalition for Innovative Media Measurement) and NABA (North American Broadcasters Association), driving softwaredefined workflows across audience measurement and automated exchange of file delivery specifications. Sakata’s diverse skillset complements both Lennon and his MediAnswers colleague Peter Storer, another industry veteran who specializes in media software systems. The company’s growing roster also now includes sales executive Paul McNeill, well-known to broadcasters and cable networks alike. “After two decades working closely with Chris on a variety of end user projects, standardization initiatives and partner relationships, a synchronicity of sorts found us launching Affinis and MediAnswers at the same time,” said Sakata. “While focused on different technology areas, we continually found the two firms meeting in the middle—often with the same customers—driven by the same evolving business dynamics found across the broadcast, media and entertainment industries. Combining the diverse skills and expertise of both companies to better address the needs and challenges of our growing client base across front-end acquisition, business process management, content delivery and more instantly became apparent. It’s an ideal meshing of talent to help a diverse range of players from the manufacturer to the media network.”
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TSF uses the VideomentheCloud platform to transfer its files during filming in Montpellier Videomenthe announced that TSF, the supplier of film footage to cinema, broadcast and advertising professionals, has used the VideomentheCloud collaborative media content sharing platform during the shooting of a film pilot in Montpellier (South of France). Used mainly to transfer the footage to post-production in Paris, VideomentheCloud permitted the secure, encrypted, expedited transfer of the files during the fortnight of filming, facilitating the work of the teams in Montpellier and Paris. “The VideomentheCloud platform is an intuitive tool that is simple to use”, says Danys Bruyère, TSF’s Deputy Director for Operations and Technology. “As well as solving the issues of mobility and reducing our infrastructures, this sharing platform gave us thorough control over all of our content during filming, providing complete visibility and traceability and avoiding any loss of files or wasted time. Most of the file transfers were of film footage, so it was crucial not just to preserve quality, but also to save time in the post-production phase, by ensuring the rapid availability of the files. So Videomenthe was able to offer us a reliable solution in step with these
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needs, in the form of its VideomentheCloud platform”. VideomentheCloud, based on the proven MediaShuttle tm system from Signiant, allows users to share content rapidly and securely in a restricted-access storage area provided by Videomenthe. Upstream, the system administrator carries out a simple configuration to customise the interface and establish the access rights: selection of group members, their rights and the method of identification (using a login or SAML2.0 gateway). The user then connects to the portal and ingests files to the platform to make them available. This content can then be downloaded or can equally well either be stored or purged, according to need. This ease of deployment allowed the TSF film crew to transfer a large number of files (an average daily volume of 850GB) to postproduction, helping to improve the productivity of the operation. In fact, TSF’s use of the VideomentheCloud platform is a typical example of the current needs of film crews, who have to transfer footage to distant postproduction facilities rapidly and cost effectively. More generally, this
also applies to broadcast professions as a whole: digitisation is becoming essential and generates a large increase in the number of files needing to be processed. “With VideomentheCloud we are also offering great flexibility: our clients are free to choose how long they want to commit to, allowing them to benefit from a very attractive price for optimal use of the platform. TSF is a perfect example of this, making ad hoc use of VideomentheCloud to transfer its files during filming in Montpellier. By providing this solution to the Parisbased company, Videomenthe has demonstrated its ability to update this type of operation and to simplify its clients’ work for them, Videomenthe Sales Manager Eric Schaffner explains. “We are keen to be able to collaborate with TSF again in the future and so to be involved in this way in the development of French broadcast productions,” he added. The software publisher and distributor also enables the processing of media files (transcoding, QC, loudness...) as well as making them available in its Cloud via its Eolementhe© portal.
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Video Equipment Rentals Selects Grass Valley Switchers for Live Production
To help with live production and 4K acquisition, global rental house VER added a number of new switchers from Grass Valley, a Belden Brand to its product portfolio. VER selected one Kayenne K-Frame and seven Karrera K-Frame S-series video production center switchers to expand its HD and 4K offerings. VER has served the broadcast and A/V market for three decades with offices in the United States, Canada and Europe. It’s worked with Grass Valley for years and has a large selection of Grass Valley solutions in its rental portfolio already. “Our customers come to us because they know we can offer them the very best in broadcast equipment, no matter what their need,” said Howie Rosenthal, executive director, broadcast, VER. “We chose to add Grass Valley switchers to our equipment portfolio based on their reputation for
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outstanding performance and reliability in the market. Our previous experience with the company gave us complete confidence that this was a smart investment to help drive additional growth in our business.” Both the Karrera and Kayenne share the K-Frame platform, allowing VER to mix control panels with mainframes to best suit its clients’ production needs and different budget requirements. The modular design also helps accommodate clients’ power needs in space-constrained environments. The Karrera K-Frame S-series switcher combines the ultimate mid-range switcher performance with proven workflows and simplified control of complex productions—offering multiformat support including 1080p and 4K. These unrivaled capabilities are offered as two system packages, with 3 M/Es or 2 M/Es, for exceptional affordability.
The Kayenne brings the highest level of performance available to live productions. Kayenne provides unprecedented I/O density, up to 9 M/Es; 18 using Double Take, 3G capability with full 1080P 50/60 support; and a suites mode that enables one frame to support multiple panels. Both switchers are now available with IP I/O for SMPTE ST 2022-6 connectivity. “Performance and dependability are critical for companies in the broadcast equipment rental business,” said Stephen Stubelt, senior vice president, sales and marketing, Grass Valley. “VER chose our solutions because of their experience with our equipment in the past, and because they know they are making a wise investment that will give them the variety of robust solutions they need to meet the changing needs of their clients.”
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Avid Everywhere Transforms Workflow for twofour54
Avid® announced that twofour54 has streamlined and centralized its production processes by leveraging the advanced media management solutions from the Avid Media Suite and implementing an Avid Service Level Agreement. Harnessing the power of Avid Everywhere™, the facility can now offer its clients a reliable, flexible and cost-effective end-to-end 4K workflow based on the Avid MediaCentral™ Platform. twofour54, a tax-free media and entertainment free zone in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, facilitates the development of Arabic media and entertainment content in the region and offers production and post-production services for film and broadcast projects. Working with a strict budget, the facility needed to replace its infrastructure with a more streamlined and future-proof solution with additional storage capacity, in order to remain competitive, maintain its reputation for innovation and attract more filmmakers and high-end broadcast
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content producers. “Our new infrastructure solution has given us an end-to-end collaborative 4K environment that enables us to maintain the high quality services for which we are renowned,” said Jamal Al Awadhi, Head of Commercial for twofour54’s film & TV services division. “We greatly appreciate the openness of the Avid solution with its ability to support third party systems, and the additional storage capacity means we can serve more customers.” After conducting thorough research, twofour54 upgraded its media production infrastructure with Interplay® | Production and Interplay | Archive asset management systems, and implemented Avid MediaCentral | UX, the cloud-based, web front-end for the Avid MediaCentral Platform. The team also chose an Avid enterprise storage solution that enables real-time SD, HD, and 4K collaboration and can scale up for larger projects without interrupting production. It also supports third
party editing solutions including Adobe Premiere and Apple Final Cut Pro, and a wide variety of hires media formats including Avid DNxHR®, REDCODE 5K, 4K DCI (DPX), ProRes, XAVC, and Sony F55 RAW 4K. twofour54 also purchased the Avid Service Level Agreement, which provides free software upgrades for Avid editing systems, enabling a cost-effective upgrade path across the facility. The enterprise solution also includes a Spectra Logic BlackPearl™ Deep Storage Gateway and a Spectra® T120 tape library for video footage archiving. “By embracing Avid Everywhere, twofour54 is able to maintain its competitive edge and attract new customers,” said Tom Cordiner, VP, EMEA Sales, Avid. “The flexibility of Avid’s shared storage and licensing arrangements have ensured that their current needs are met while securing an open and scalable solution for future requirements.”
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SAM appoints Paul Horton as Chief Financial Officer SAM is delighted to announce the appointment of Paul Horton as Chief Financial Officer, effective immediately. Paul qualified as a Chartered Accountant with KPMG and has since gained considerable experience leading finance teams in both public and private equity backed businesses. He has been instrumental in assisting the turnaround of many companies and has 20 years’ experience as a senior finance professional within the manufacturing sector. With the appointment of Paul Horton, the reshaping of the leadership team of SAM is very nearly complete. CEO Tim Thorsteinson commented, "I am delighted that we have been able to secure Paul and I look forward to him making a discernible difference
to our financial performance, processes and optimization. Appointing someone of Paul’s calibre augments the key appointments we have already made in the commercial teams of SAM”. “Paul has a proven track record of value creation, and his knowledge and experience will be invaluable as we continue to grow and transform SAM,” said Chris Hurley, Managing Director Lloyds Development Capital and SAM Board Director. "I'm very excited to be joining SAM," said Paul. "I’ve been impressed with the rich heritage behind the SAM brand and the progress that has already been made in creating an exciting new product offering.”
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NewTek Ships Network Device Interface (NDI™) for IP Production Workflows
NewTek™ has launched Network Device Interface (NDI™), an enabling technology for live production IP workflows over Ethernet networks. NDI is available now as a royalty-free software development kit (SDK) for anyone wanting to enable IP workflows in their facilities, or in production devices and systems they manufacture. In addition to more than 200 developers working with NewTek on IP product integrations, NDI is also backwards compatible with a large number of devices from top manufacturers and developers already using NewTek’s previous technology allowing IP connectivity between devices. This will extend support for NDI to well over 100,000 compatible systems already deployed worldwide, making it by far the most prolific IP video transfer method in the production market. This number is expected to grow substantially as more products become available from more than 200 companies that have signed on as NDI developers. NDI is an end-to-end solution with broad industry support. NewTek is also offering a suite of free NDI software tools designed to leverage
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the unique capabilities made possible by NDI and IP-based workflows. NDI allows multiple video systems to identify and communicate with one another over IP, and to encode, transmit and receive many streams of high quality, low latency, frame-accurate video and audio in real time. This benefits any network-connected video device, including video mixers, graphics systems, capture cards, and many other production devices. This makes it possible to exponentially increase the number of sources available for live production switching, without directly attaching to devices, changing locations, or investing in expensive, high-bandwidth networks that simply replace SDIbased workflows. “Our mission at NewTek has always been to make it easy for anyone to produce a great show. That’s why we created NDI, to provide the industry a toolset for building the next generation of live production solutions that innovate and change the way we work. We have made NDI accessible to
everyone by making it easy to use, free of charge and built to work on existing networking technology,” said Dr. Andrew Cross, NewTek’s president and CTO. “Since we demonstrated NDI at IBC 2015, and released beta versions of the SDK for developers, the response from third party manufacturers has exceeded our highest expectations. NDI works with applications from almost every major vendor and virtually every I/O card on the market. There is no doubt that this move to IP-based production is fundamentally transforming our industry.” NDI’s superb performance over standard GigE networks makes it possible to transition facilities to an incredibly versatile IP video production pipeline without negating existing investments in SDI cameras and infrastructure, or costly new high-speed network infrastructures. Typically, SDI systems and other IP workflows that utilise point-topoint network connections are heavily dependent on expensive high-speed infrastructures. In contrast, NDI is a bi-directional
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standard that can operate over a GigE local area network, with many video streams on a shared connection. The way that we transport video over the network is entirely resolution and frame-rate independent, supporting 4K (and beyond) along with 16 channels (and more) of floating-point audio, making it powerful today and ready for any technology in the future. The protocol also includes tools that implement video access grouping, bi-direction metadata, tally support and IP commands.
Game Changing Benefits Unlike expensive, dual-10Gbps Ethernet networks typical of emerging IP workflows, a standard GigE LAN infrastructure can accommodate NewTek’s efficient, multi-source live IP video switching. NewTek’s experience and expertise
in developing IT-based multicamera production systems provides far-reaching and immediate benefits. Not only does it drastically reduce initial network infrastructure investment, NDIenabled IP workflows can also:
- Minimise network component costs
- Deliver 10x increase in capacity of video signals in an IP infrastructure vs. SDI
- Eliminate concerns about the limited number of physical inputs on a switcher when an additional live video source is needed–just find a network connection on the LAN to plug it into
- Natively encode video of any resolution or format with pristine quality virtually indiscernible from the signal viewed directly from the camera - Enable low-latency, multi-channel frame-accurate video streams, with or without alpha channel, with no buffering - Simplify IT configuration, relieve MIS burden, avoid common IP configuration issues
- Eliminate logistical problemsolving and physical limitations by making a source in one location usable in a production elsewhere
- Raise the ceiling for video source proliferation - Demolish constraints caused by distance, walls and miles of coax The NewTek SDK for NDI, which is available now license-free allowing anyone to use it, can be downloaded by visiting http://ndi.newtek.com.
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TNDV Plays Pivotal Role in Multi-Camera HD Production of The 31st Annual Stellar Awards Executive in Charge of Production, Central City Productions, in Chicago. TNDV built a relationship of trust with CCP over the past 13 years by making small contributions to prior Stellar Awards—such as providing support trucks, equipment rentals, and help with streaming media— culminating this year with responsibility for the technical production and broadcast truck.
The 31st Annual Stellar Awards— held Saturday, February 20, 2016 at The Arena in the Orleans Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada—showcased the top stars, performances and achievements in Gospel Music. Long a contributor to the award show’s live productions, TNDV this year saw its role significantly expanded by the show’s long-time producers, Chicago-based Central City Productions, Inc. (CCP), which put the HD mobile production leader in charge of all technical production management among other tasks. TNDV’s current flagship 40-foot HDTV truck Aspiration made the cross-country trek from Nashville to downtown Las Vegas, where the two-hour show was recorded live onto the truck’s 14 Aja Ki-Pro recorders. CCP delivered the show on hard drives in time for its March 6th premiere on TV One—an American digital cable and satellite television network—and is to be followed by subsequent showings on Bounce TV and syndicated TV stations nationwide.
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“This event is aptly named because it’s considered Gospel Music’s biggest night,” said Nic Dugger, President of TNDV, who served as the show’s technical manager. “This is also CCP’s biggest show of the year, utilizing 11 cameras instead of the five to seven typically used for similar staged musical events.” As part of its technical production management responsibilities, TNDV hired key crew members, operated the overall video and audio architecture, and designed and integrated key AV equipment in the pressroom. TNDV also deployed a communications systems and large multiviewer displays throughout the facility to ensure all crewmembers could share the same visual and audio cues. “We chose TNDV because of their expertise, their problem solving skills, trustworthiness, and, most importantly, the positive, getit-done attitude their entire team brings to TV and event production,” said Jennifer J. Jackson,
Designed with an expanding side, Aspiration’s interior can be customized to fit the production’s needs. It’s equipped with 12 Hitachi SK-HD1000 broadcast cameras (with 11 used for this shoot) paired with an array of Fujinon HD lenses, a Sony MVS8000 production switcher, an integrated Imagine Communications router supporting a multi-definition monitor wall, a large RTS Adam matrix intercom system, and a Soundcraft Vi4 96input digital audio console in the audio booth. “Next year, CCP is planning to bring back the live band, and if so, they’ll need a much larger truck. And, we’ll be ready with our latest and greatest truck, Exclamation,” Dugger said. “So the timing has just been perfect.” When finished, Exclamation will have one of the largest footprints of any single mobile unit available. With seating for 30 people, this ergonomically designed 53-foot double-expando trailer will accommodate 4K production, high-end audio mixing, and other capabilities required by the most demanding shows. “TNDV went above and beyond as always,” said Jackson, “They did an exceptional job keeping our show on time and on budget, and reliably managing all aspects of our television production.”
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MDR goes IP: Lawo mc² infrastructure delivers exciting stories from the radio drama SCR in Halle/Germany German public broadcaster Mitteldeutscher Rundfunk (MDR) maintains a mix of excitement, entertainment and information in its radio dramas and features, which range from children's programs to adult thrillers. These elaborate productions rely on good radio drama and a qualified, dedicated team, and also the facilities equipped with modern, highperformance technology. For its main programming, MDR uses its radio drama complex in Halle, Germany. In the MDR Studio Control Room,
a Lawo mc²66 recently replaced an mc²82 audio mixer after it had operated efficiently and reliably for 13 years. To meet anticipated future demands of radio drama production, the broadcaster decided on a new mixing console and the renewal of its audio infrastructure. Besides the mc²66 – a 56-fader console with 192 DSP channels and integrated plug-in server – the installation includes a 5kx5k Lawo Nova73 for audio routing, with talkback by a Lawo sapphire card. Three DALLIS units provide flexible and cost-efficient
mobile stageboxes that serve the entire drama production complex. The most significant change, however, is the future-facing adoption of an IP infrastructure based on RAVENNA. Dismantling the old gear, setting up the new equipment, and the overall system installation was carried out by MDR’s subsidiary, DREFA MEDIA SERVICE GmbH/Audio System Service, while planning and project management was undertaken by MDR Operation Management/Planning Media Production.
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Cobalt Digital, Net Insight and Utah Scientific: more broadcast technology companies join AIMS Three more technology companies at the front line of digital broadcast media have aligned themselves with the Alliance for IP Media Solutions (AIMS), supporting the roadmap for transition to an IP open standards future. Cobalt Digital Inc., based in Champaign, Illinois in the USA, designs and manufactures awardwinning 3G/HD/SD conversion, throwdown, and multiviewer technology for the broadcast television environment. The company’s expanding product line is built to tackle any broadcast challenge in a multiscreen, multiformat world and its technologies are present in major broadcast networks, production environments, mobile operations, ENG operations, and TV stations worldwide. Bob McAlpine, executive vice president sales and marketing at Cobalt Digital, stated, “The organizational goals of the Alliance for IP Media Solutions (AIMS) are consistent with Cobalt Digital’s IP development path and that of the broadcast industry. As a new member, we are among professionals where technical issues might be collectively shared, promoting a huge benefit in open standards, compatibility, and the standardization of media over IP for our customers.” Net Insight AB in Hägersten, Sweden, is a specialist in lossless video transport, from stadiums, studios and live events all over the world. The company’s Nimbra platform has evolved to become the leading media transport platform for live, high-quality video transportation. It is at the core of many of the world’s largest broadcasters’ and network service providers’ video transportation operations. Speaking to the company’s decision to join the alliance, Martin
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Karlsson, CTO & vice president, product portfolio, said. “Today we are actively working with our customers on their transition from SDI to IP, and share the view of AIMS, that open and interoperable standards are crucial for this technology shift. We see great value in broad industry collaboration and are already members of VSF, SMPTE, MEF and ETSI. We believe that AIMS will be a key driver in the transition to IP, and we look forward to collaborating with the other members of the alliance.” Salt Lake City based Utah Scientific is an industry leader in routing switchers and technology for TV stations worldwide. Development firsts included the first large scale digital router, multiformat routing, integrated A/D and D/A conversions on inputs and outputs, integrated fiber optic conversion, and 300-Mb switching capability on all its digital routers since 1992. Tom Harmon, president and CEO, says, “I believe it’s very important that our industry moves toward a standardized approach to implementing the transition to IP in the broadcast market. That's why it's with great enthusiasm that Utah Scientific has embraced the AIMS initiative. Joining AIMS is really a commitment to our customers – to ensure they will have a seamless transition, with solutions that are interoperable as they move into the future of IP operations.” AIMS’ efforts are focused on promoting the adoption, standardization, development and refinement of open protocols for media over IP, with an initial emphasis on VSF TR-03 and TR04, SMPTE 2022-6 and AES67. Broadcasters and other media companies are seeking to leverage IP to increase the flexibility of their
networks, help streamline workflows and improve agility to better compete in a rapidly evolving ecosystem. Open standards are the key to protecting current investments and ensuring long-term interoperability. Open standards work for the IP transition is already underway by the 77-member Video Services Forum (VSF), with the support of organizations such as SMPTE and the EBU. AIMS endorses the work of the VSF and will continue to lend support in the development of a standard approach to IP; more than 30 broadcast equipment suppliers and broadcasters were involved in the development of VSF TR-03 and companies are actively testing and validating it today. AIMS provides specific guidance in its bylaws to its members and to the media industry via the AIMS Roadmap. The organization endorses an IP transition plan that includes support for SMPTE 20226, AES67 and VSF recommendations TR-03 and TR04. A number of solutions are already on the market to help media companies begin the transition by introducing IP components to an SDI workflow. The transition represents a significant investment and will not happen overnight. An open standards approach allows media companies to implement the technology over time and transition at the pace that makes sense for their businesses.
Grass Valley Expands Entry-Level Camera Features with Flexible, Switchable Focus 75 Live Camera Grass Valley, a Belden Brand, is introducing the new Focus 75 Live, a highly affordable 720p/1080i switchable HD system camera. This camera represents a new entry level into Grass Valley's legendary imaging quality— widening the range of potential applications for customers with more options in format support. Featuring three fully digital Xensium-FT CMOS imagers with global shutter operation, the Focus 75 Live camera boasts a high level of sensitivity for productions where less lighting is available and can be used with a smaller iris setting to deliver an increased depth of field while allowing operators to hold a tighter focus. With a standard B4 2/3-inch lens mount, the Focus 75 Live can accommodate HD lenses already in customers’ inventory. “Not every customer needs a full-featured top-ofthe-line camera to meet their production needs, but they do want the legendary quality and performance for which Grass Valley is known,” said Mike Cronk, senior vice president of strategic marketing, Grass Valley. “The Focus 75 Live camera gives customers an affordable point of entry with the ability to switch production formats on the fly, as needed.” Focus 75 Live offers strong image performance by always capturing the image in full progressive 1920x1080 HD resolution and downconverting to either 1080i50/59.94 or 720p50/59.94 (user switchable). In addition, the highest quality SD signals are available at the camera base station. The Focus 75 Live camera is ideal for smaller live studio and field applications, including regional broadcast stations, SNG vans, small outsidebroadcast (OB) vans, university sports productions, staging and houses of worship. To fully support the Focus 75 Live camera, Grass Valley offers a line of dedicated Focus transmission solutions including adapters and base stations in all versions of triax connections available on the market, and a SMPTE hybrid fiber transmission system based on the Lemo SMPTE fiber connector. The Focus 75 Live camera will be on display at the Grass Valley booth SL106 at NAB 2016.
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EOLEMENENTHE©, the Cloud-Powered Portal for file-based workflow creation The French-based company Videomenthe has just released the latest version of Eolementhe©, its automated cloud-based platform for media assets processing. With this powerful solution, traditional workflows can be fully transferred into the cloud and Videomenthe is demonstrating its ability to simplify the publishing of content in all today platforms. Understanding the changes in the world of television, Videomenthe as a Value Added Reseller dedicated to media files workflow software, also offers its expertise throughout its own solutions. Videomenthe has released Eolementhe© to meet with these new constraints. For a set amount of time, users can absorb a spike in activity while protecting their investment. The portal makes file transfers over IP easier and faster, plans the transcoding and quality control processes, and offers a number of secondary features such as loudness analysis and correction, subtitle insertion, etc. Eolementhe© has been designed for an increasingly competitive market, and it is aimed at all that distribute media contents. Its role is to provide great flexibility
in everyday activities. Using Eolementhe©, all companies and freelances in the media, TV or technical industries can develop their own offsite production workflows. Eolementhe© can be used either for dedicated operations or for the full media chain, from ingest to distribution, including graphics, subtitles, etc., with the entire process being automated. This multi-provider environment automatizes transcoding, QC, loudness etc… from a single interface and streamlines operations from anywhere with a simple connected workstation and also ensures the secure content delivery. Eolementhe as an user-friendly tool allows all types of audiovisual companies or freelances as well to automate their workflow easily. Once the user connected to the
portal, he builds its workflow with simple drag and drops and ingests its media files ; for each step the user can choose amongst various options and automates its workflow and finally get its ready-to-use medias. New features released include automatic and manual mode for metadata management, to access all processed files easily and quickly. A streamer HTML5 compatible player, with a VLC plugin is also available: when the option is activated for the user, they can see a "Play" button next to each file, in the "Status" window. The content delivery via Object Storage is now available : Amazon S3, Microsoft Azure and OpenStack. Eolementhe© can be used as a SaaS web portal or in a stand-alone mode, integrated in an existing architecture.
Omnitek appoints Rob Arnold to oversee worldwide product sales Omnitek has appointed Rob Arnold as its Vice President of Worldwide Sales for its Test and Management products with immediate effect. With over 10 years of test and measurement sales experience, Rob is a prominent figure within the industry. He will be responsible for sales of the Ultra 4K Tool Box, the OTM 1000 and OTR 1001 as well as the PQA Picture Quality Analyzer products worldwide (excluding EMEA). Vice President of Business Development, David Ackroyd, will retain the EMEA sales market as well as taking full responsibility for the growing IP and design services from Omnitek. Commenting on the new appointment, David Ackroyd said: "Rob brings valuable know-how to Omnitek and will be an asset to the sales team. His knowledge in the Test and Measurement domain will be invaluable as we look to launch new tools for the Ultra platform at NAB. His international experience will help grow our presence globally."
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NHK chooses Nevion Flashlink for 8K Super Bowl transmission Nevion has announced its Flashlink DWDM optical transmitter was used by Japanese state broadcaster NHK in its 8K transmission of Super Bowl 50. The event was filmed by NHK using six 8K cameras around the stadium, which was part of a larger 8K outside broadcast (OB) unit. While the footage was not broadcast live over the air — it was only viewable in the compound at the stadium and at NHK headquarters — it was shown on 8 February at a public viewing at the broadcaster’s offices in Japan. Nevion’s distributor in Japan, Networks Electronics Japan, won the project with NHK and supplied the Flashlink system as it met the broadcasters’ stringent requirements. NHK needed a solution to ensure it could transmit the 8K or super-hi vision (SHV) signal in an uncompressed format and in real time. The 8K format needs eightchannel 3GHD-SDI or a 16-channel HD-SDI cabling to transmit the uncompressed baseband signals. The Flashlink optical fiber
distribution and signal processing system was used in the OB unit as it ensures transmission is clear and error free. In addition, with Flashlink, the signal can also be extended over great distances, which is especially important for live transmissions.
“This is a really exciting experiment in 8K broadcasting and Nevion is delighted to be a part of that in some way. We’re looking forward to Rio later in the year to see how this develops,” says Geir Bryn-Jensen, CEO, Nevion.
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Seneca and Navori Labs Align to Simplify Digital Signage Deployments Swiss digital signage software specialist Navori Labs and Seneca, an Arrow Electronics company, have entered into a non-exclusive partnership to bundle reliable, highquality hardware and software solutions for digital signage networks. The alliance teams Seneca’s purpose-built media players with Navori Labs’ QL digital signage engine, with the intention of minimizing costs and labor for systems integrators; and simplifying ease of use of network operators. Navori Labs’ QL digital signage engine is known for its outstanding quality (supporting 4K resolutions and beyond), high reliability, quick learning curve and infinite scalability. The latter benefit is significant to the partnership, given the opportunities to bundle complete solutions for wide-scale, multi-site network deployments – notably in retail, transit, corporate, education and hospitality. However, Seneca’s flexible media player options will support a variety of installations, from single-player to single-screen delivery; to multioutput architectures in support of dynamic video walls. To accelerate deployments, Seneca will pre-install QL Professional or QL Express software on its media players, allowing integrators to focus on hardware installation. Customers will have the option to self-host the QL software – used for content creation and management – or leverage Navori Labs’ cloud hosting options to outsource system maintenance and management. The latter offers customers a true software-as-a-service (SaaS) operation that further reduces total cost of ownership for the end user. And whether deployed on-premises or in the cloud, QL’s intuitive user interface offers a quick learning curve and ongoing ease of use for operators of any experience level.
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“Seneca has always valued purpose-built engineering and validated testing over repacked offthe-shelf solutions, which ensures better quality and a longer lifecycle for our digital signage customers,” said Jami McGraw, product manager, visual media for Seneca. “Navori Labs matches our dexterity and high performance when it comes to software innovation, making this partnership the perfect recipe for integrators and end users alike. Additionally, Navori Labs’ global presence and strong customer base opens many new opportunities for our bundled solutions.” The turnkey systems will additionally build Seneca media player and Navori Labs QL software licenses into each bundled solution, eliminating unexpected costs and configurations for customers upon deployment. Systems integrators will also benefit from a wide variety
of Seneca accessories to support challenging installations, including player mounting systems and internal power supplies that reduce the amount of visible components. “Navori Labs’ QL digital signage engine powers some of today’s largest digital signage networks, including a 20,000 media player deployment that recently went live in an international taxi cab network,” said Jerome Moeri, CEO, Navori Labs. “We share Seneca’s excitement in bringing a new bundled solution option to our respective customers that provides the consistency, reliability, quality and growth opportunities they deserve.” Navori Labs will exhibit its nextgeneration QL digital signage engine with Seneca media players, at the Digital Signage Expo, taking place March 16-17 at Las Vegas Convention Center. Navori Labs will exhibit at Booth 2118.
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German broadcaster Hessischer Rundfunk centralizes its ingest operations with mxfSPEEDRAIL MOG Technologies announced that Hessischer Rundfunk (HR), the public broadcaster in Germany has selected mxfSPEEDRAIL to unify its production workflow environment. As a member of the ARD group of broadcasters and responsible for the entire state of Hessen which includes Frankfurt, home to the ECB, and one of the major financial centers of Europe, HR production challenges don’t differ from most worldwide broadcasters and production houses and include the need to: - Save time and resources; - Free up both operational and editing teams allowing them to focus on more important tasks than ingest; - Automate tasks and unify the production environment into a standard HD format. For HR, MOG has deployed a file-based system based on the mxfSPEEDRAIL F1000 model, that enables the management and control of all the ingest operations
via the intuitive user interface. The solution has been designed to ingest all the broadcasters input formats such as Panasonic P2, Sony XDCAM, Canon and GoPro, transcoding them into AVC-Intra 100 format – the standard HD format at HR – and transfers the assets into the production environment. With there being several studios across the Hessen region, HR uses the mxfSPEEDRAIL to ingest footage into the AVID Interplay/ISIS environment at its Frankfurt headquarters. Besides simplifying the footage delivery with Interplay check-in, mxfSPEEDRAIL enables the broadcaster to transport and annotate all the metadata, making it
simple to track all of the assets. The mxfSPEEDRAIL F1000 automatically generates the clip and sequence naming within the Interplay platform, and is based on the metadata present in the various sources. When necessary the folder/storage locations can also be defined automatically without the need for an operator to perform these tasks. HR’s deployment was made with Media Online consultancy and technical support. As a corporate partner, Media Online has been working with MOG for 6 years, approaching the German market and delivering the most innovative ingest capabilities.
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Connecting Sport Relief fundraisers on the high seas to the BBC One Show using RazorLink® technology Six celebrities joined an experienced team of Volvo Ocean Race veterans to sail from Belfast to raise money for Sport Relief. The on-board reporters used the media centre to tell the story. The addition of newly launched RazorLink® technology from Livewire Digital enabled network acceleration, traffic prioritisation and bonding of satellite and cellular services. VOR65 yachts are designed for speed not comfort, and sailors and equipment alike must be capable of taking a 24 by 7 pounding. The onboard equipment needs to survive the physical battering as well as the corrosive nature of salt water. Couple this with a working environment that is noisy, cold, cramped, damp and moves in three dimensions and it is easy to see why it is named the “broadcast studio from hell”. Two highly experienced “on board reporters” (OBR’S) Matt Knighton and Sam Greenfield were tasked with making sure that all angles were covered. All equipment, including the four 1080i custom waterproof HD cameras and waterproof microphones, are powered from the yacht’s 24V DC battery bank; the media workflows have to be simple and always come with a backup plan. The communication system is key and can make use of all available links. This means using cellular when close to shore combined with satellite links when in isolated waters. Not just for media, the communications system is also used for downloading weather files, delivering real time telemetry and providing Internet access for the crew and celebrities. Access to the Internet is through the “services” shown on the right hand side; two Inmarsat Fleet Broadband satellite terminals and four cellular modems. The yacht side network has a wired
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LAN and a wireless access point mounted on the stern of the yacht. The “Network Controller” in combination with “RazorLink” manages the “services”. The Network Controller is responsible for establishing the appropriate satellite connections and managing the different types of traffic generated on board. RazorLink “bonds” the satellite terminals and cellular services, making more bandwidth available to the on-board systems. In addition it accelerates data transfer by overcoming the inherent issues of satellite delay and cellular packet loss. This allows on-board systems to optimise use of the available bandwidth. When the yacht is within cellular coverage data rates in excess of 40Mbps were available. As cellular coverage drops off, the Inmarsat services transparently become the main stay, RazorLink bonds the data services of both the FB250 and FB500 satellite terminals, providing in excess of 500Kbps to the onboard systems from virtually anywhere in the world. The Inmarsat terminals offer telephone and a range of data services. The Media Station makes use the “background” data service for general file transfer and Internet access, and the “streaming services” for Live video feeds. The streaming service guarantees a particular Quality of Service (QoS) and bit rate. For the Sport Relief challenge, Inmarsat made changes to the satellite network to allow the FB500 terminal to establish 384Kbps streaming connections. Previously, the fastest Fleet Broadband streaming service was 256Kbps, so another “first” providing higher quality live feeds. The on-board system was configured to deliver both Live and
File based media to the BBC’s RazorLink enabled M-Link server. File based media was encoded as H.264AVC at 4Mbps, a good compromise between quality and the transmission rates of the Fleet Broadband terminals. Higher encoding rates were chosen when in good cellular coverage. Live feeds could be operated directly over the Inmarsat Fleet broadband services at up to 384Kbps, but where there was good cellular cover RazorLink allowed full HD profiles to be used that adapt to the network conditions. Operating media and satellite equipment on a racing yacht will always be very challenging and an important aspect is line of sight. The OBR could examine a 3D model of the yacht showing the line of sight to the satellite for each terminal in real time. The RazorLink enabled media system was used to great effect during the challenge; moments of high drama were captured using the delay line. Daily live interviews were conducted during the One Show throughout the week, these were complemented by store and forward footage that had been captured, edited and transmitted during the day.
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NUGEN Audio Names Beijing Pacific Budee as Exclusive Distributor in China NUGEN Audio has named Beijing Pacific Budee Technology Development Company, one of China's fastest-growing pro audio companies, as the exclusive distributor of NUGEN Audio's complete family of products throughout greater China. Founded by Mao Yanjun in 2002, Budee is now China's premier distributor of high-quality solutions in the audio and visual communications fields, employing more than 100 people at two branch offices and five provincial sites throughout Mainland China. "For more than 10 years, Budee has served the media industry in China by representing the top brands in audio production, post-production, and broadcast technologies. The company is renowned for its
commitment to high-quality customer support, its reputation as a world-class technology provider, and its deep understanding of the complex dynamics driving the Chinese broadcasting landscape," said Jon Schorah, founder and creative director, NUGEN Audio. "As Chinese broadcasters place growing emphasis on audio quality and loudness solutions, Budee is the ideal partner to help us build our market presence in this exciting and dynamic region." "We are very honored to be chosen to bring NUGEN Audio solutions to the Chinese market," said Cheng Zhongjun, vice president and head of Budee's Technical Division. "NUGEN Audio's solutions are well-known for helping customers deliver high-
quality, compliant audio while saving time, reducing costs, and preserving the creative process. We're confident that the NUGEN Audio brand will be very wellreceived by Chinese broadcasters and studio customers."
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QVC Adds Significant Multi-Camera Control System with Shotoku Broadcast Systems to its US Studio Operation Shotoku Broadcast Systems has announced that QVC, the world’s leading video and e-commerce retailer, has significantly increased its current camera control capabilities with the installation of a complete 32-camera control system driven by a large number of TR-QP panels and TR-XT control systems in its US broadcast facility. The system provides for all cameras to be directly controlled from each compact TR-QP via joystick or a number of key camera functions enabling QVC to change studio configurations rapidly, a key requirement in the demanding live TV production environment. This installation continues the global technical relationship between the two companies that began in 2008 at QVC’s UK broadcast centre and has since grown to every QVC location in the world. QVC is known for providing consumers with thousands of the most innovative and contemporary beauty, fashion, jewelry and home products. Its programming is
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distributed to approximately 350 million homes worldwide through operations in the U.S., Japan, Germany, United Kingdom, Italy, France and a joint venture in China. QVC is a leading video and e-commerce retailer in all the markets in which it operates and continues to invest in its broadcast and digital platform experience. “Shotoku has consistently demonstrated to QVC that the technology meets the unique needs of our live broadcast operations and growing global business,” says Joseph Micucci, Vice President of Global Broadcast Engineering for QVC US. “As we’ve expanded our relationship, the support structure and customer service remains constant in each of the markets in which we operate.” “Our global relationship with QVC has always been highly appreciated throughout Shotoku,” says James Eddershaw, Sales Director, Shotoku. “Not simply for commercial reasons, but because of the high technical and operational bar required of the
work, ensuring that in all our product development plans we never lose sight of the overriding need for performance, reliability and flexibility.” Over the years, QVC has standardized on Shotoku’s TG-19 heavy duty Pan and Tilt head providing exceptional flexibility for use robotically or, at the press of a button, in manual mode. The TG19 supports payloads ranging from small ENG cameras and lenses to full-sized 66x studio lenses. The heads are installed on a combination of existing QVC manual pedestals or new Shotoku TP-80 or TP-200 manual pedestals. Most of the camera systems in use across the world are also using the Ti-12 height drive system supporting remote control of the camera height, while allowing full manual use when necessary. The TR-T and TR-XT control systems used on all sites provide the operators with fingertip control of all the cameras and the confidence to adjust the camera position at any time, live on air, day after day.
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Suitcase TV continues expansion with appointment of former KPMG auditor and opening of new premises Suitcase TV has continued to boost its numbers with the appointment of a new financial controller. Fiona Watt, who has worked for more than a decade in audit and assurance, most recently at KPMG, comes to Suitcase TV with a wealth of experience and knowledge. She will be fully responsible for the company’s financial activities and new accounts procedures as it continues to grow. “This is a really exciting time to join Suitcase TV as the company is growing fast. My first priority is to make the important transition from small, owner-managed business to one that is much larger in scope,”
explains Watt. “The company is very well respected and has huge potential with new product development that will make a big impact over the next 12 months.” Experienced in evaluating companies of varying sizes across a range of different industries, Watt will use her expertise to analyse areas of the business that do and don’t work and will put procedures in place that enable the company to achieve its aims. To accommodate its recent growth, Suitcase TV has expanded its premises in Ipswich, UK. The company has opened the doors to a new facility that provides
dedicated space for support and QA as well as additional office space. The company’s Silent Street offices in the centre of Ipswich will remain as its HQ. Fraser Jardine, Commercial Director, Suitcase TV adds, “We’re delighted to welcome Fiona to the team. As the company grows, we need to continue to raise working capital and increase turnover through more efficient use of resources. I am in no doubt that Fiona is fully equipped to take us through this exciting period of growth and beyond.”
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TVU Networks Establishes Presence in Brazil said Paul Shen, CEO of TVU Networks. “We’re excited to have Claudio spearhead our new office and work with our resellers to deliver the full TVU family of solutions throughout the region. He understands the needs of Brazilian broadcasters and will therefore be able to ensure an outstanding customer experience with all of our products. We’re pleased to welcome him to our team.” Frugis joins TVU Networks with over 35 years of professional industry experience. He previously held the position of Sales Vice President in the Brazilian Market for Advantech Wireless for nearly a decade. Frugis also worked in Business Development at Nera America Latina Satcom, and also held the position of Intelligent Network & Data Communications Manager at Ericsson. He earned his MBA from University of Sao Paulo and Electronic Engineering degree from Fundação Armando Alvares Penteado.
TVU Networks announces the opening of its office in Sao Paulo, Brazil to better serve Brazilian customers and the growing number of TVU customers throughout Latin America. The company has also hired industry veteran Claudio Frugis as its South American Sales Director. Based out of the new Sao Paulo office, Frugis will work with TVU’s regional partners, including Phase Engineering and STI Telecom, to address the needs of
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customers moving toward IP-based video solutions. Frugis will also assist with customer support throughout the region. The Brazilian office will provide local customer support for leading media companies around the world using TVU equipment at the upcoming summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. “We recognize Brazil in particular as an important market, and are investing for the long term there,”
Already in use by hundreds of leading broadcast organisations around the world, the TVU Networks family of IP transmission solutions gives broadcasters and organisations a powerful and reliable tool to distribute live video content to broadcast, online and mobile platforms. The TVU Networks suite of solutions has been used to deliver professionalquality live HD footage of a number of important events around the world including the World Cup, both Summer and Winter Olympic Games, U.S. presidential elections, natural disasters, the 2013 Papal conclave, the Super Bowl, the 2015 Papal visit to the United States and several international sporting events.
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Leslie I. Barnes Joins PESA as Marketing Communications Specialist PESA announced it has hired Leslie I. Barnes as its marketing communications specialist, effective Jan. 25. Based out of the company’s office in Toronto, Canada, he is focused on developing traditional and online marketing efforts. Barnes has extensive experience with technology companies. Most recently, he served as marketing and communications director for Jandgeo, Inc., where he developed and managed the company’s identity and strategies that drove acquisition and enhanced brand awareness. Previously, he served
as a marketing manager for both Visual Defence and Varicent, an IBM Company. “We are very happy to welcome Leslie to PESA,” said John T. Wright, senior vice president of sales and business development. “Our company continues to grow beyond our routing and streaming core competencies, and Leslie will help PESA share information with our existing customers and build brand awareness for new customers.”
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RT Software tops the Brazilian football league for ESPN ESPN Brazil holds the rights for the Copa do Brasil, broadcasting live fixtures for audiences in the region, as well as the rights to National and State leagues’ highlights. The broadcaster recently won the live broadcast rights to the Spanish league La Liga in a new five year deal, in addition to being awarded a brand new three year deal for English Premier League exclusive rights, with coverage starting at the start of the 2016/7 season. RT Software has developed its tOG-Sports solution for the broadcaster to deliver enhanced on screen graphics and provide more in-depth performance statistics and positional data in its coverage. The tOG-Sports system is integrated with ESPN Brazil’s OPTA data feed to power the on screen presentation graphics before, during and after channel’s football matches. The broadcaster’s graphics licence was due for renewal last summer and ESPN Brazil sought the opportunity to look for a more innovative and cost effective solution. Mike Fredriksen, Commercial Director, RT Software said: “ESPN Brazil wanted to continue with its popular standard telestration graphics, which have featured in its coverage for several years, and include the capability of full screen graphics showing a range of heat maps, pass maps and touch maps. This required integrating to an external data source to get the information up on the screen as quickly as possible. “ESPN Brazil had already purchased data feed from OPTA, and we were able to provide the software to help deliver a stunning range of graphical insights.” The OPTA data is converted from HTML into an on screen graphic – achieved using a software module
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from RT Software called tOG media watcher, which is capable of accepting incoming feeds such as RSS, XML. Fredriksen explains: “The process involves the tOG-Media Watcher capturing the live feed from OPTA and converting the data to send to tOG-Sports, which in turn converts it to a graphic. This is all transparent, ESPN Brazil now has an interface built by RT Software, where they can pull up a menu and look at the stats on the current game or data from a previous game from the database. If the channel wants to show an individual player’s heat map, they can simply press a button and tOG-Sports will put the information to air. The viewer will see a full graphic with a virtual stadium in the background.” The heat map element of the solution went live in October 2015, however another requirement from ESPN Brazil was for touch maps to plot the location of touches on the pitch, pass maps to show passes between two players and how two specific players can link up and also the routes to goal. These capabilities will go live on the
channel later this month. Fredriksen concluded: ““We developed new full screen graphics and an interface to push data to these graphics specifically for ESPN Brazil and we are delighted with the results. This installation is a perfect demonstration of how a cost effective and easy to use solution like tOG-Sports can still continue to push the boundaries of 3D telestration.” Ricardo Spinelli, ESPN Brazil said: “We selected RTSoftware to develop a new system that could integrate with Opta Sports and allow us to have football heat maps for the teams and players. Introducing the solution has really improved our content and storytelling and enabled us to deliver new and exclusive information to our viewers. Graphics form a vital part of our coverage, it means we can display clear and comprehensive to the audience, and from a marketing perspective it really strengthens our offering and takes ESPN technology to the next level.”
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DigitalGlue Provides Multichannel Cable Network with Bridge Technologies Signal Analysis and Monitoring Solution
DigitalGlue recently designed and installed a signal monitoring and management system for a major multi-channel cable network providing programming worldwide. The company will also service and support the system. The project includes an end-toend solution for the analysis of the transport stream at their primary U.S. uplink facility. The configuration utilizes telco-grade Bridge Technologies VB120 Broadcast and VB272 DVB-S/S2 probes for powerful analysis of live
satellite signals. The VB120 continuously measures signal loss, packet loss and packet jitter. Network engineers are now able to monitor RF parameters, such as signal level, pre/post FEC and signal margin, while also facilitating transport stream structural checks (ETR101-290). The Bridge Technologies products provide intelligent alarming and logging throughout the system, allowing staff to quickly isolate and troubleshoot signal issues. The system includes a
VideoBRIDGE Controller (VBC) for central management and status displaying of all monitored services. The VBC provides insight into network health and the flow of media streams throughout the network, and generates real-time alarms when any parameter exceeds pre-set thresholds. System engineers can access the VideoBRIDGE Controller from anywhere on the network and easily make point-to-point comparisons along the signal flow.
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Atomos Ignites HDR & High Brightness in the Field 1500 nits, 10 stops, 10 bit from $1295
The Atomos Flame Series delivers the world’s most advanced 7” field monitor, accurately displaying 10 stops of the luminance detail of Log with 10 bit HDR Post Production color accuracy, for the first time in a field monitor. The AtomHDR engine not only resolves HDR brightness detail (dynamic range), with 10-bit color accuracy it also resolves 64 times more color information than traditional 8-bit panels. For Rec709 standard dynamic range scenes, the 1500nits brightness aids with outdoor shooting as does the upgraded continuous power management system that will keep you shooting longer in the field. Of course you also get the professional 4K/HD Apple ProRes/DNxHR Recording, Playback and Editing that has made Atomos famous. Shogun Flame and Ninja Flame are available for sale in quantity week
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of March 28th, from the authorized Atomos reseller network. “HDR is simply amazing, it’s the next revolution for filmmaking, once again Atomos are first with the technical solution to make it quicker, easier and more affordable for filmmakers” said Atomos CEO and co-founder Jeromy Young, “Anyone that sees HDR, from content creators to consumers are immediately sold, more life like shots and real world detail. Our job is to open up HDR to all filmmakers by removing the technical and affordability hurdles that might slow its progress.” The Flame series of monitorrecorders are equipped with the AtomHDR engine, utilising the power of the 1500nit panel in tandem with Atomos’ patent pending image processing to resolve the brightness detail of Log camera signals with the color
accuracy of 10 bit HDR images mastered in post production. This means that the usual complications of exposing Log signals on a washed out image are eliminated – with AtomHDR you simply frame, expose, focus and shoot. All major camera makers log formats are supported - Sony, Canon, Panansonic, Arri, Red and JVC. The monitor itself is a calibrated 7” 1920x1200 325ppi IPS with upgraded 10-bit color accuracy, resolving 1.07 billion colors compared to the 16.7 million colors of traditional 8-bit panels. This all but eliminates the color banding seen on traditional panels and in tandem with AtomHDR lets you see images as you would with your own eyes. For existing SDR, Rec709 delivery or scenes that do not have the wide brightness variation required for HDR shooting, switch
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to traditional video mode (Rec709) and activate a Brightness slider that lets you take advantage of the impressive “Daylight Viewable” 1500nits of brightness emanating from the Flame units. This adds huge versatility for the Flame series – if you have scenes that call for HDR, activate the AtomHDR mode. If you don’t, switch to High Bright mode for outdoor monitoring hood free. Shogun and Ninja Flame have a rugged built in armour ensuring it is battle-ready for the field and also now inherits the Atomos patented continuous power system pioneered on our HD range. The hot-swappable dual battery system automatically swaps to the second battery when power is low, allowing hot swapping to new fresh batteries. This coupled with our new improved battery charger which is 3 times faster means that power is always taken care of.
The addition of AtomHDR, the 1500nit brightness, 10-bit colour accuracy and Continuous power genuinely positions the Flame Series as the best 7” Field Monitors in the world, but as we know with Atomos they are much more than monitors alone, featuring advanced recording, playback and editing capability as well. Both units record 4K/HD direct from the sensor to 10bit 4:2:2 Apple ProRes or AVID DNxHR/DNxHD onto affordable yet reliable SSD’s from the world’s leading media brands. They also feature on the fly 3:2 and 2:2 pulldown removal and advanced recording features such as Timelapse & Pre-roll. Playback with controls is possible on screen or out to larger monitors and you can even use the built-in focus, framing and exposure tools to judge the shot and then start tagging to make decision making in Post faster and
easier. The Ninja Flame is a HDMI only model with all of the above features and ships with a host of accessories including a HPRC hard case, a snap-fast HDR sunhood, fast battery charger, control cable, 2 x NP-F750 4 cell batteries, USB 3 Docking Station, D-Tap Cable, 5 x Master Caddy Cases and a 12 V 3A AC-DC Power Adapter. MSRP is US $1295 The Shogun Flame is a HDMI & SDI model with bi-directional SDI/HDMI conversion, Raw to Apple ProRes/DNxHR recording for select Sony and Canon cameras, balanced XLR audio input/output and LTC/Genlock connectivity. It features the same above accessories as well as the XLR breakout cable for an MSRP of $1695.
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Flexible SAT FTTH and FTTB Solution by WISI WISI Communications GmbH & Co. KG (WISI) introduces a brand new and comprehensive optical distribution system, the OL-series. Optically distributing digital satellite and terrestrial DTT, DAB and FM signals, is the future-proof solution for any size of network. Largescale structures with an unlimited number of subscribers can be supplied via fiber without incurring any signal or quality losses. Since fiber cabling can be installed much faster, optical signal distribution is also very efficient. Fiber cabling provides furthermore for space savings and comes at a more favourable price than comparable coaxial cable installations. Moreover, optical distribution systems are less sensitive to interference.
Optical distribution of SAT signals The optical distribution of SAT signals is based around a simple concept. An optical LNB converts the incoming signals into light waves right at the dish antenna. The following distribution uses preassembled monomode fiber optic cables and dedicated splitters. Connected optical converters change the light-wave signal back into the electrical satellite IF signal. Using quad converters, up to four receivers can be connected. Quattro converters can furthermore be used to set up a connection to a mutiswitch system.
OL-series offers a wide variety of components WISI’s new OL-series consists of numerous products that offer maximum flexibility to the operator of a reception system: optical LNBs, converters, switchblades, optical
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splitters, monomode fiber cable for indoor and outdoor use, and additional components such as active splitters, N-connecting cables, adapters, optical measuring and power devices. The two LNBs with optical output, OL 11 0000 (up to 32 converters) and OL 12 0000 (up to 64 converters), convert the four SAT bands HH, VH, HL, VL into a single optical output signal that is then distributed via monomode fiber cables. WISI offers two quad converters, OL 21 0003 and OL 21 0002, and the quattro converter OL 22 0002, for conversion of optical signals into electrical satellite IF signals. Powering may be supplied by the customer’s connected set-top-box or, optionally, via the 20 V DC power supply (OLPS 0230). One quad converter can be connected to up to four receivers or TV sets with integrated DVBS/S2 tuners. Quattro converters are required if an additional distribution is required, via coaxial cable and multiswitches. WISI has a special package for operators of reception systems who would like to also feed in terrestrial DTT, DAB and FM channels. This
package consists of full band LNB OL 15 0000, electric-optical converter OL 14 0000 and the connection cable OL 82 0002. The OL 15 0000 LNB converts four SAT frequencies into one combined output signal to feed into the electric converter. The electric converter has one input for terrestrial feeds of DTT, DAB and FM signals and converts all received signals into optical signals. In addition, OL 14 0000 has two independent optical outputs for up to 64 converters. WISI’s OL-series also offers multiswitches in a space saving design with one direct input and 8 respectively 16 outputs. The two basic switchblades, OL 41 0008 (8 outputs) and OL 41 0016 (16 outputs), are powered by a 20 V DC power supply (included). For the two expansion switchblades, OL 42 0008 (8 outputs) and 42 0016 (16 outputs), power will be supplied by the base unit. The multiswitches can easily be cascaded and extended if required, by up to four satellites. For indoor use, WISI offers single mode optical cables with different lengths, ranging from 1 to 200 meters (OL 95 1001 to OL 95 1200). A special feature of the OLseries is an optical twin mode cable for outdoor use. This cable can be supplied in different lengths, ranging from 30 to 200 meters (OL 95 2030 to OL 95 2200). Additional components include different symmetrical and asymmetrical optical splitters, optical power meter OL 51 0000, the optical measurement receiver OL 55 00000, active 4-way splitter OL 72 0004 and additional connectors and spares are available.
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I-MOVIX Launches INFINITE for Continuous Loop Ultra Motion Recording
I-MOVIX has launched INFINITE, the first to provide continuous onboard loop recording of more than one hour of high frame rate in HD and frame-accurate ramping of speed without compensation and
cost of this unique technology.
Based on Vision Research’s Phantom® Flex4K camera and the I-MOVIX X10 platform, INFINITE can be operated in a range of modes to meet the most challenging production constraints, either technical or financial. INFINITE helps streamline production logistics when used either in standalone mode without a server, or in conjunction with a server, where it only requires a single channel, saving cost and space in the mobile truck. The trigger-less workflow empowers production teams to review and save ample content for the live show, for post-game analysis and for marketing – all of which dramatically reduces the per-minute
The system captures more than one hour of continuous action in high speed and in high resolution, allowing an entire sports event to be recorded non-stop. INFINITE’s ability to provide trigger-less coverage means a dedicated operator is not required, the camera workflow is greatly simplified, and the production team never risks missing anything. INFINITE also has the capability to be used for remote/IP operation, and in wireless configuration. The remote production capability also has potential applications in sports refereeing, allowing the same referee to provide ultra-slow motion adjudication of several sport events
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Renewed Vision Unleashes ProPresenter 6 Live Presentation Software for Windows Renewed Vision has released the Windows version of its ProPresenter 6 live multimedia presentation software. Available immediately, the Windows edition joins the Mac version of ProPresenter 6 in delivering a wide range of powerful new features that simplify and enhance the live production process while elevating the quality and visual richness of the resulting presentations. Demonstrations of ProPresenter 6 at the 2016 NAB Show, taking place April 18-21 in Las Vegas, will highlight the software’s benefits for an expanding array of markets and applications. Renewed Vision will exhibit in booth N7112. The affordable, multi-award winning ProPresenter 6 continues the software’s tradition of delivering powerful, easy-to-use storytelling and production capabilities for creating engaging live media experiences spanning one or more
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displays. ProPresenter’s featurerich and flexible editing toolset enables users to combine images, video, text and more into sophisticated, dynamic productions that capture and captivate audience attention. Field-proven in professional presentation applications ranging from corporate conferences, live concert productions and studio broadcasts to in-venue displays at the world’s largest international multi-sport event, ProPresenter 6 is ideal for diverse markets well beyond its original focus on houses of worship. ProPresenter 6 continues to garner prestigious industry accolades, most recently being honored as the best presentation software with a 2015 WFX New Product Technology Award and a Worship Leader Magazine 2015 Editor’s Pick. “We’re extremely proud of the
ProPresenter 6 release,” said Brad Weston, president of Renewed Vision. “Its expanded feature set and enhanced video quality make it well-suited for a wide variety of live environments, applications and organizations, while offering significant new production capabilities for our existing users. We believe that this is by far the best product we’ve ever made, and the tremendous customer response and accolades we’ve received further validate the benefits we’re delivering.” Bolstering ProPresenter’s advantages for broadcast, sports and professional AV environments is its new video rendering and playback engine. Re-engineered from the ground up, the video engine in ProPresenter 6 combines new features and capabilities with significantly improved playback quality that is unmatched in its class. “Our new playout engine is
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robust enough for even the most demanding video applications,” continued Weston. “No other software-only player delivers this level of pristine quality and consistent, full frame-rate playout at this price point.” Other new features introduced in ProPresenter 6 include: - Video enhancements – users can dynamically set in and out points, adjust color and brightness, crop or zoom video, and apply effects to live sources and pre-produced clips - Multi-layered architecture – elements including backgrounds, live video, slides, props, masks, text and more can be independently controlled, cropped, scaled and transitioned - Enhanced social media integration – moderated
Instagram and Twitter support are integrated into a single search field for easy, real-time social media management - Web objects – new HTML5 web elements dynamically display websites within slides - Dynamic text tickers – newschannel style scrolling messages can be defined locally or via RSS feeds - Telestrator tools – users can draw on top of live outputs in real time from the ProPresenter interface or optional remote iPad app - Mobile apps – ProPresenter Remote enables control of ProPresenter from iOS and Android devices, while ProPresenter Stage Display communicates information on timing, current and next slides, and more to on-stage presenters
and production personnel - Optional modules – ProPresenter 6 enables three options previously unavailable on the Windows platform: broadcastgrade alpha keying for CG; edge blending for seamless, multiprojector images; and SDI output through supported Blackmagic Design cards ProPresenter 6 also adds new features for the worship market, where ProPresenter is already in use at more than 90 of the 100 largest churches in the U.S. Enhancements include correlation of Planning Center Online Sequences with ProPresenter Arrangements, integration of PCO Live into ProPresenter's Stage Display for time management, and remote submission of "Nursery" alerts.
NABSHOW 2016 PREVIEW
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NABSHOW 2016 PREVIEW
The NAB Show is the world's largest event covering filmed entertainment and the development, management and delivery of content across all mediums. From creation to consumption, across multiple platforms and countless nationalities, the NAB Show is the center of the solutions that transcend traditional broadcasting and embrace content delivery to new screens in new ways.
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AJA Video Systems SL2505
AJA Video Systems – a frontrunner in developing video and audio products that form the foundation of future-proof workflows across the professional post, broadcast, production and AV markets – will have several important announcements at NAB 2016, including updates to its KONA and Io products, as well as new surprises. At the show, the company will announce new
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developments in its lines of I/O devices, converters, recorders and cameras that offer new ways of working, and simplify integration of new formats into existing technology infrastructure. Several unique workflows will be showcased at AJA’s NAB stand illustrating the new and updated AJA products working alone and together with other industry-leading technologies to demonstrate new
ways of working in post production, broadcast, Pro AV, live event production and more. Products on the AJA stand will include a range of AJA Mini-Converters, the new RovoCam UltraHD/HD compact block camera, CION production camera, KONA and Corvid families of capture cards, Ki Pro family of recorders, FS family of up/down/cross converters and more!
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AVIWEST will introduce two new products, as well as announce strategic technology partnerships, at the 2016 NAB Show. Attendees can stop by the booth for a sneak peek of the company's DMNG 220-HE ultraportable HEVC video contribution encoder for cellular, Wi-Fi, satellite, and Ethernet networks, and the DMNG HE4000 HEVC 4K rack-mounted contribution encoder.
DMNG Laptop AVIWEST's DMNG Laptop is now available for purchase. The DMNG Laptop is a powerful newsgathering tool that combines an H.264/AVC and H.265/HEVC encoder in an Apple MacBook Pro速 to enable high-quality streaming. Using the DMNG Laptop, broadcasters can receive video content from a wide range of video sources, including webcams and external SDI/HDMI cameras. The laptop application includes an intuitive GUI that makes it easy to manage various content delivery profiles (e.g., BGAN, cellular, ADSL, etc.), providing support for a variety of broadcast use cases, including live streaming, file transfer via various networks (e.g., wireless, cellular, satellite, LAN/WAN, public internet), and storage. By
detecting and bonding together multiple IP network interfaces (e.g. 4G, 3G, Wi-Fi, Ethernet, Satellite), the DMNG Laptop enables broadcasters to take advantage of every IP network in their immediate area as they become available.
NEW Version of DMNG Manager With Video Grid and Statistics View At the 2016 NAB Show, AVIWEST will showcase two major evolutions of the DMNG Manager: video grid and statistics capabilities. AVIWEST's DMNG Manager is an innovative application that enables broadcasters and video professionals to monitor and manage an entire fleet of DMNG equipment. The DMNG Manager provides broadcasters with a video thumbnail of each feed coming from the field units or from any standard IP video sources. When arranged in a grid-view, these thumbnails ease system resource allocation by helping operators route the video streams to one or multiple receiver outputs or CDNs, with simple drag and drop. A new statistics feature for the DMNG Manager supplies broadcasters with essential information such as SIM card consumption and bandwidth statistics.
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NEW Features for DMNG StreamHub At the 2016 NAB Show, AVIWEST will demonstrate new features for its DMNG StreamHub receiver, decoder, and distribution platform, including an advanced playback functionality and dynamic latency designed to improve the quality of live video. The DMNG StreamHub supports a rich set of input IP protocols, enabling reception of up to 16 concurrent incoming streams from remote AVIWEST DMNG PRO transmitters, DMNG smartphone applications, or third-party systems such as IP cameras. Leveraging the platform's four SDI outputs with a genlock input, broadcasters can decode up to four videos simultaneously. Multiple input and output streaming protocols (e.g., RTMP, RTSP/RTP, HLS, TS/IP, AVIWEST SafeStreams) are supported on the DMNG StreamHub, allowing video content to be freely distributed over any IP network. Up to 16 IP outputs can be used to enable re-streaming of video content over LAN or WAN to CDNs, media servers, streaming platforms, IRDs, and interconnect with other DMNG StreamHubs. Designed to fit customers' unique needs and headend constraints, the DMNG StreamHub application can be hosted on a 1RU or 2RU server platform with various software
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configurations. The DMNG StreamHub also operates in virtualized mode to deliver all of the economic benefits of the cloud without compromising the performance required by today's media environments
DMNG PRO Video Uplink System AVIWEST will demonstrate v2.6 of its popular DMNG PRO video uplink system at the 2016 NAB Show. The new software upgrade provides broadcasters with a wide range of benefits, including the ability to deliver higher bit rate, lower latency, webcast-resolution video. A new "Gateway" mode will also be introduced to the DMNG PRO system, allowing operators to use the unit as a high-speed Internet access point by aggregating together cellular connections. Featuring a compact, lightweight, and portable design, the DMNG PRO Series is the world's most advanced 3G/4G video uplink family designed for newsgathering applications. Using the pocket-sized systems, broadcasters can stream live HD video down to the receiver with minimal delay. The DMNG PRO systems include multiple cellular connections, a built-in Wi-Fi modem, and best-in-class H.264 video encoders that speed up newsgathering operations while enabling seamless live news coverage.
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AVT shows full range of IP Products at NAB During this year’s NAB show, AVT displays its products with the main focus on Voice-over-IP and Audioover-IP applications. All telephone hybrids and talkshow systems – starting with the simple 1-line MAGIC TH1 Go and going up to the most flexible and fully-featured MAGIC THipPro – are equipped with Ethernet interfaces for VoIP applications with SIP. All AVT telephone hybrids are supporting Quality of Service to prioritize the VoIP transmission in the local network and VLAN (Virtual LAN). For broadcasters who are not yet using the IP technology, AVT is offering its telephone hybrids also in a POTS or ISDN version which can be upgraded later on to VoIP simply via software upgrade. In this way, it is not necessary to invest in a complete new product. For the biggest system, the MAGIC THipPro Telephone Hybrid for up to 16 callers, a DANTE interface will soon be available so that it can be connected to the mixing console in the broadcasting station via LAN
using the DANTE protocol which is also compatible to the AES67 standard. For smaller broadcasting stations, AVT recommends the MAGIC TH1 Go Telephone Hybrids. These one channel systems for POTS and IP lines have been developed with a special focus on user-friendliness. Full system control is possible via a connected POTS Telephone. Alternatively, control is also possible with the front keypad and display or very comfortably via a web browser. The MAGIC TH1ipGo Hybrid provides a further highlight on top: HD Voice - calls from HD Voice compatible telephones – which are basically the majority of IP Telephones - can be received in 7-kHz (G.722) quality. Of course, outgoing calls can also be transmitted in 7-kHz quality. The HD Voice feature is available for all AVT Telephone Hybrids.
quality is required, e.g. reporting or Studio-Transmitter-Links, AVT’s Audio Codecs are the right choice. Both MAGIC AC1 XIP and the new MAGIC ACip3 are capable of highquality Audio over IP transmissions over LAN Leased Lines or SIP connections according to the N/ACIP standard. MAGIC AC1 XIP provides additionally an ISDN interface which can be used as backup. The new MAGIC ACip3 is a pure IP Audio Codec and can transmit even two Stereo Audio signals in one hardware box. A handy feature of this product is the possibility to use in parallel to the high-quality MPEG, Opus or apt-X a command channel in G.722 quality.
For applications where higher Audio
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Barco Silex C8530
Transition to IP with Open Standard VC-2 codec Text: Jean-Marie Cloquet, Video Product Manager at Barco Silex The broadcast contribution facilities are now moving away from SDI to the more flexible and scalable IP network. At the same time, the video experience will continue to improve through higher resolution, frame rate and color depth increasing the video bandwidth. The lightweight VC-2 HQ video compression (SMPTE 2042 standard) is the logical answer to reduce the infrastructure cost resulting from the uncompressed video bitrate. VC-2 HQ achieves a compression ratio up to 4 times without any compromise on the image quality. There are currently two ongoing trends regarding the IP transport. The first one is to directly map the SDI payload to networking packets according to the SMPTE 2022 standards. The second one, according to the VSF TR-03, consists in a simple encapsulation of each video/audio stream individually to RTP packets. The VC-2 codec has the advantage to be useable in both scenarios. The SMPTE 2022 mapping is directly supported by the existing SMPTE 2047 standard, while the VSF TR03 RTP mapping for VC-2 is already drafted in an RFC document proposed at IETF. The VC-2 video codec is a real opportunity for the broadcast market. It is an open standard ready for adoption. Anyone requiring lightweight compression in his product development has the
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choice to either implement it himself or integrate one of the VC-2 libraries available on the market in order to get a faster time to market. The recently released open source implementation of VC-2 is a real-time software solution to encode or decode a video stream on a usual CPU based platform. This software library is directly downloadable from the collaborative Github website under the VC2HQEncode and VC2HQDecode projects. It didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t take long before these libraries were integrated into the common FFmpeg package. To be complete, a GStreamer plugin is also available for the RTP mapping of the VC-2 codestream. VC-2 being an open standard provides many advantages to the broadcast market. It guarantees competitiveness of the available
solutions on the market and avoids arbitrary pricing. It will also reduce the chance of being locked to a specific vendor. The adoption of the VC-2 codec is made easy, as anyone can start developing a product at lower cost, or even implementing open source libraries. These advantages guarantee a safe long-term choice for VC-2 as a codec for the IP based transport in the broadcast market. For those looking for a more integrated solution, Barco Silex has announced the new Viper boards. The Viper boards enable 4K HDMI audio and video transport over IP network thanks to the VC-2 open standard. The Viper product is available as an OEM module that accelerates the prototyping and development of your own product. This is yet another option to start using the VC-2 codec.
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Bluebell Creates Compact, Versatile, End-to-End Link Between Camera and CCU One of the conundrums in outside broadcast operations is how to get signals and power back and forth between the remote camera and the CCU … easily, reliably, and affordably. The more distance between the camera and the CCU, the greater the challenge. The ideal solution is to use standard, single-mode, preinstalled fibre to create a round-trip link between the two. Whether connected to an OB truck using a venue’s fibre infrastructure, or connected to a central control room at a crosstown broadcast station through a city’s dark fibre network, an end-to-end fibre link offers broadcasters time- and moneysaving flexibility when deploying cameras at an event. For one thing, it gives OB crews the ability to mux multiple cameras and signals onto fewer fibres, which not only saves money in cable and time in rigging, but can be especially important when fibre cores are broken in an OB environment. It also means there is no need to put CCUs at the remote position, which affords much more flexibility in positioning the cameras wherever they would be most effective. Broadcasters can take that flexibility even further by using a complementary power-insertion solution, which makes it possible to transfer not only signals, but power, and frees crews to put cameras anywhere, regardless of the location of power sources. Very few companies offer such a
complete end- to- end link, and even fewer offer it in as compact a form and with as much versatility as Bluebell. Bluebell’s fibre interface cards are the building blocks for scalable networks of any size and degree of complexity. The cards are designed to mix with different Bluebell components, such as switches, splitters, and distribution amplifiers, while swappable SFP modules make it easy to accommodate various interfaces.
preinstalled fibre networks. By combining Bluebell’s Shax or ShaxX products with its BC Series cards, OB crews can connect multiple cameras and CCUs together over fibre. In this way, Bluebell offers a complete, end-toend fibre solution for getting signals from the camera to the CCU, with the flexibility to add to or reconfigure the system as needed for different applications.
Bluebell's BC Series cards are compact, rack-mountable multiformat converters that support an array of broadcast signals. Each card has functions ranging from distribution and format conversion to monitoring and wavelength management. Such a broad range of functionality enables flexibility in both system design and onsite reconfiguration. Users can mix and match Bluebell's multiformat converter cards with other Bluebell components to accommodate an almost unlimited number of scenarios. To complement the BC Series cards, Bluebell also offers the rugged Shax and ShaxX systems as replacements for bulky and distance-limiting SMPTE hybrid cables. These alternative connectors link broadcast cameras and CCUs over standard singlemode fibre. As a result, outside broadcasters can make better use of
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Bluefish444 will be exhibiting a wide variety of SDI workflow solutions at NAB Show 2016, SL9021 including VR, 4K HDR Post and Multi-Channel live production. To demonstrate the breadth and diversity of Bluefish444 video cards, NAB Show 2016 will showcase end to end SDI video workflows using software products from our technology partners including Adobe, Avid, Assimilate, The Foundry, Drastic Technologies, and our own Fluid ingeSTore software to capture, create, edit, stitch, correct and finish 4K / 2K / HDR and VR workflows, all powered by Bluefish444 SDI / HDMI hardware. 4K 60P workflows have now arrived for Bluefish444 customers on the MAC OSX platform through both PCIe and Thunderbolt connectivity. Supported by Bluefish444 Epoch | 4K Neutron Turbo, and Epoch | 4K Supernova S+ Turbo cards enable high bandwidth 4K editing and content creation with software such as Adobe Premiere Pro CC, AVID Media Composer, and Assimilate SCRATCH. Bluefish444 has brought together some of the industry’s best VR tools from cameras and rigs right through to the VR headset. Live multi-camera 360 degree video capture with Bluefish ingeSTore, VR stitching, correction and rendering tools from The Foundry, and VR grading / finishing / review from Assimilate Scratch will all be powered by Bluefish444 SDI / HDMI. At NAB Show 2016 Bluefish444
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announces a significant functionality update to the popular ingeSTore multi-channel capture software. IngeSTore is Bluefish444’s free multi-channel ingest software compatible with all Bluefish444 video cards. It captures multiple simultaneous channels of SD/HD/3G SDI to popular media files for archive, edit, encoding or analysis. IngeSTore drives efficiency in the digitization workflow by enabling multiple simultaneous recordings from VTR’s, camera’s and any other SDI source. The update to ingeSTore software adds important new functionality including additional CODEC upgrade options and “Edit-WhileRecord” functionality both commonly requested features from Bluefish444 customers. The additional CODEC options available in ingeSTore v184.108.40.206 include MPEG, XDCAM, Cineform, Jpeg 2000, AVCi and more. The DV, DVCPro, and DVCPro HD CODEC’s will be made available free to Bluefish444 customers in
this update to ingeSTore software. The much anticipated “EditWhile-Record” functionality allows editors using popular NLE’s to access captured files while they are still being recorded to disk. This feature is used heavily in live broadcast video workflows and in time critical environments when media needs to be accessed while live recordings continue. NAB Show 2016 will showcase forthcoming support for intoPIX TICO lightweight compression in the Bluefish Software Development Kit. Bluefish444 will show how TICO lightweight compression enables 4K 60FPS video to be transported over a single 3G SDI link, normally requiring Quad Link 3G SDI for uncompressed video. The Epoch | 4K Neutron, Epoch | 4K Supernova and Epoch | 4K Supernova S+ ranges will benefit from the TICO support provided by the Bluefish444 SDK and available in Q2/Q3 2016 timeframe.
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Egripment Support Systems C8612
Egripment Support Systems is presenting its New Carbon Fiber Telescoping Xtreme T10 Crane. “Egripment has long been known for its outstanding line of remote camera cranes and has built a reputation as a world-leader in the manufacturing of professional camera support equipment,” says Richard Villhaber, Sales Director for Egripment. “Like all Egripment products, the Xtreme T10 Telescoping Crane is the result of a perfect combination of top quality design and advanced engineering technology. Following our ground breaking Telescoping Xtreme T12 Carbon Fiber Crane first produced in 2010, Egripment has now created a further extension of this line of cranes with more innovation and creative engineering.
Rather than first building a crane, then deciding how to make it work for this fast growing segment of the Broadcast and Film Industry, we engineered the Xtreme T10 directly toward AR / VR utilization. However, because of the ease of use designed into every Egripment product, the Xtreme T10 is also completely suitable for conventional Telescoping Crane use in the industry.
All axis of the Crane Arm, Dolly and Telescoping column may be fully encoded to become an integral part of any AR / VR system.
Carbon Fiber Our use of laid up Carbon Fiber technology, along with Cold-drawn, Rolled Carbon Bearing steel, enabled Egripment to create a Lightweight, fast action, and incredibly smooth crane operation.
New Dolly In addition to the Xtreme T10 Telescoping Crane, we also created an entirely new Dolly and Telescoping column to augment the operation of this crane arm.
Economical Costs. Whether an operator’s needs include the best and latest technology for Augmented and Virtual Reality, or you just need a 100% reliable, smooth and easy to set up and use telescoping crane, the Egripment Xtreme T10 will suit your needs at a very economical cost.
Specifications: - Very easy to switch from: Underslung to Overslung, - Max height and length of the arm is 7,50 mtr/24,6 ft to min length of 2,10 mtr/6,2 ft - Telescopic range: 5,40 mtr/17,7 ft - Maximum telescoping arm speed is 2,1 mtr/7 ft per second, - The weight of the arm is only: 275 kg/605 Lbs.
Ready for Virtual or Augmented operation. The Xtreme T10 is not just a scaled down version of the Xtreme T12. Instead, we utilized our Carbon Fiber technology and engineering experience with both conventional and telescoping cranes over the last 35+ years, to produce a new Ground Up engineering model, designed around the need for precise and smooth operation for Augmented and Virtual Reality. TMBi - 59
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Tired of sitting idle during a shooting? One simple step to increase productivity on set Everyone who has ever been on a movie set knows: at times, shootings can be agonizingly slow. With more and more projects shot digitally today, it is a blessing that the need for time-consuming changes of film reels anymore; however, there are still significant waiting times involved in every shoot â&#x20AC;&#x201C; and certain processes that seem to drag on for hours. While a small number of people are frantically working to prepare the set, or adjust the lights, or fulfill any other important task, numerous people are sitting idle, waiting for a signal to set in motion again. Wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t it be nice to use those waiting times more efficiently? Especially when shooting digitally, hence, the footage is stored on digital disks already, the director or the editors on set should be able to do more than just watch the assets. But until now they usually had to wait to actually do something with it till it was made available at the post-production facility. Today, thankfully all of this can change dramatically, and the procedures as described above are actually already a thing of the past. A savvy developer of advanced hardware and software technologies for the media&entertainment industry, Germany-based company ELEMENTS, has launched the latest generation of ELEMENTS CUBE, an ultra-portable media storage with up to 32TB in an ultra-small form factor chassis. Developed specifically for video professionals, as opposed to IT professionals, the new and improved ELEMENTS CUBE requires virtually no IT skills, neither regarding the initial setup nor the ongoing maintenance. As small and mobile as the yellow little CUBE is, it is a lot more than just portable highperformance storage though that supports SAS, SATA and even SSD drives. The comprehensive set of field-proven and fully intuitive workflow enhancement features and media asset management tools embedded in ELEMENTS CUBE simplify the transfer of the media assets to the central storage at the post-production facility. However, another truly unique feature make ELEMENTS CUBE really stand out from the crowd:
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View, pre-select, cut – right away and directly on set The exclusive web-based media asset management, ELEMENTS Media Library, is accessible though ELEMENTS CUBE, allowing the director and the editor to view and preselect media assets on a HTML5 platform directly on set, using any standard computer or tablet. Interesting and meaningful features such as adding notes or comments to certain clips or even single frames, and even rating particular sequences significantly simplify the preselection process. With the Media Library even allowing for on-screen drawings, pointing out certain issues with an image just got a lot easier, as well. But it gets even better: the also embedded Rough-Cut editing tool, a vital part of the ELEMENTS’ Media Library package, enables the director or editor to create rough-cuts right on set! Again, using any standard MAC or PC, the easyto-use rough-cut editor allows for highest productivity by grating access to the media assets through the web-based fully intuitive GUI. “We don’t intend to replace professional editing applications,” says Kamps. “But when we learned from our customers that a quick rough-cut, conducted on-set, at the airport or even at home and with a real simple and intuitive tool that anyone can operate, would save them so much time and hassle, we got busy developing just exactly that.” he adds. By being fully compatible with virtually every professional editing application available today, including Avid Media Composer and Adobe Premiere, rough-cuts created in the Media Library can easily be transferred to any other editing application, while fully supporting Avid bin-locking and project sharing. Hence, projects started in the Media Library can easily be finished in any of the high-end editing applications, with even all comments, remarks and drawings added in the Media Library being fully visible and accessible in those professionals editing suites. The Media Library dramatically improves and streamlines workflow and approval processes during the editing stage of any project, increasing productivity in post-production and broadcast environments. Accessing the assets directly on the media storage via an HTML5 portal, the issue about data security and protection is well thought-out at ELEMENTS' solution: only accredited users, authorized through the embedded user and rights management tool, can access the project data. For those who want an extra layer of security, the system provides the option to create unique token-based access keys that only the dedicated team member can utilize. To learn more about ELEMENTS products at NAB contact Catrin Beck at +1-818-876-5850 or +1-775-303-7597.
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Gates Air N2512
Efficiency and Performance Gains for the Future RF Plant In anticipation of the TV spectrum repack and ATSC 3.0 in the United States and ongoing digital TV transitions internationally, GatesAir, is unveiling its next-generation solutions for the RF plant at the 2016 NAB Show. The demonstration will showcase advances in transmitter and exciter technology, as well as multichannel signal monitoring that help drive efficiency and performance in the RF plant to powerful new heights. GatesAir’s innovations in RF plant efficiency go back decades, but made an especially big leap with the integration of 50-volt LDMOS technology in its PowerSmart® transmitter architecture, introduced nearly 10 years ago. The company has continued to make annual advances in transmitter efficiency, with the latest big leap three years ago via PowerSmart 3D. Powered by true broadband amplification, PowerSmart 3D can increase AC to RF efficiencies for ATSC operations from nearly 30 percent to approximately 40 percent, and reduced power consumption by up to 50 percent. At NAB, GatesAir unveils PowerSmart Plus, the nextgeneration of GatesAir’s PowerSmart innovations. Designed for the green economy, PowerSmart Plus can raise AC to RF efficiencies up to industry-high levels of 50 percent ATSC. At this level, GatesAir Maxiva™ ULXT liquid-cooled and UAXT air-cooled TV UHF transmitters can operate
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with 20 percent more efficiency than the leading competitive offerings; and 170 percent more than legacy air-cooled UHF transmitters in operation today, without performance compromises.
architectures provide the benefits of wideband amplification (fewer spare parts, simplified maintenance and modulation adjustments) that can further lower overall total cost of ownership, and accelerate ROI.
PowerSmart Plus achieves its latest efficiency gains through newly available, next-generation LDMOS power amplifiers that additionally further reduce power consumption and transmitter footprint. GatesAir customers can order new Maxiva UHF transmitters with either PowerSmart Plus or PowerSmart 3D. Both design
“PowerSmart Plus goes above and beyond the efficiency attained by GatesAir’s previous energysaving technologies,” said Rich Redmond, chief product officer, GatesAir. “This higher level of efficiency translates directly into less energy consumption, resulting in much lower power bills for our customers. Along with our software-
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space-challenged RF plants. The market-leading efficiency gains of the high-power UAX-T design deliver 10.8 kW (UAXT-12) and 14.4 kW (UAXT-16) of pre-filter ATSC power to the broadcaster, outperforming the competition by more than 20 percent. “These two new UAXT configurations deliver marketleading transmitter efficiency with simplified maintenance and operation—all very significant benefits for broadcasters facing new challenges associated with channel relocation,” said Redmond. “These transmitters also integrate more advanced IP connectivity to help broadcasters more flexibly adapt to IP transport capabilities within advanced DTV standards like DVB-T2, ISDB-Tb, and looking forward, ATSC 3.0.” The new Maxiva UAXT-12 and UAXT-16 transmitters join a growing UAXT product line that offers six power levels from 1kW to 14kW for low-to-medium power needs. As with all Maxiva transmitters, the new UAXT models offer unparalleled modularity to simplify field maintenance with hotswappable power amplifiers and supplies, and minimize spare parts. defined Maxiva exciters, TV broadcasters now have the industry’s highest-efficiency, highest-performance over-the-air solution for today and tomorrow’s opportunities, including the nextgeneration ATSC 3.0 TV standard; and the continued embracing of DVB-T2 internationally.” Similar to the efficiency gains advances in liquid-cooled technology via its ULXT transmitter range introduced in 2015, this year GatesAir will debut the Maxiva UAXT-12 and UAXT-16, the newest members of its Maxiva™ UAXT high-efficiency, air-cooled UHF transmitter product family. The new transmitters extend the UAXT range, introduced in late 2014, to higher power levels not previously available in air-cooled transmitters.
This gives UHF broadcasters the improved power efficiency and greater modularity of GatesAir’s advanced PowerSmart® transmitter designs, including the thirdgeneration PowerSmart Plus architecture along with the simplicity of air-cooled operation. The UAXT with advanced PowerSmart designs provide the convenience of air cooling at higher power levels. This offers a clear operational value proposition for broadcasters unable to support liquid-cooling architectures for highpower TV due to the remote location of, or limited real estate within, the RF plant. With GatesAir’s broadband amplification at the core of the transmitters, broadcasters are assured a smaller footprint for cleaner installation in
Further boosting performance is Maxiva StreamAssure, a first-of-itskind QoS and QoE solution for the RF plant. Based on software from cloud monitoring visionary Qligent, StreamAssure gives broadcasters a way to visualize multiple transport layers and streams coming in and out of the transmitter, giving users a clear picture of signal quality and compliance from the time they leave the studio. Scalable from single transmitter deployments to large-scale, national over-the-air networks, StreamAssure is built to help RF engineers quickly identify and address the source of the problem, which more often than not originates outside the transmitter. The end benefit is improved visibility and quality control across the air chain.
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GB Labs SL5517
By Tim Grant GB Labs have a host of exciting announcements at this years NAB. Latest developments have led to our software breaking further boundaries to give you even more performance, as well as new intelligent workflow tools. We will be demonstrating our new multi layered data protection system, available with our Echo nearline products. Not only does Echo have the performance to stand in for your online storage in the event of a problem, but we have engineered extreme resilience into our new model. If you can’t afford to have downtime on your storage, we’ve made it bullet proof. Our new product ‘Vault’ will be launching at NAB – The World’s fastest multi drive LTO platform. Vault includes LTO7 drives with
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40GbE connectivity making it a real powerhouse. This combined with our unique HyperWrite technology gives us the confidence to call Vault the ‘World’s fastest’. Feel free to disagree until you’ve visited our stand and seen Vault in action. GB Labs has been pioneering SDD shared storage for many years now and this year we will be showing our 3 step SSD platform. The range is designed to serve anyone working with multiple users in a high-resolution environment. Our Space SSD is the only storage solution that allows online editing of 2K and 4K DPX files in a shared environment. Options are split by sustained disk performance starting at 3000MB/sec, moving to 6000MB/sec and then 9000MB/sec. If you are wondering which one is best for you, please just come and ask.
At the core of all our systems is our intelligent operating system. The launch of Core V.3.4 is packed with new features to improve and optimize your workflow. An exciting new feature ‘Snapshot’ will literally allow you to go back in time, allowing you to retrieve projects before problems occurred and restore them. We can even ‘Snapshot’ any third party storage. We’ve had V3.4 tested with clients and we’re confident you will love it as much as they did. We will have a wealth of knowledge and experience on our stand at NAB and will be happy to advise you on any storage or workflow issues you may be facing. We look forward to seeing you there.
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Grass Valley SL106
Grass Valley, a Belden Brand, will be demonstrating complete IP integration and format flexibility enabled by its Glass-to-Glass solutions in booth SL106 at NAB 2016. With Grass Valley tools, customers are more easily able to support any format at any time for better storytelling. The company has been developing advanced IP connectivity and solutions across its entire product line, which it will be showcasing along with a full range of other broadcast products at the show. Building on its unique Broadcast Data Center model that leverages all the benefits of traditional data centers, Grass Valley is embracing IP in all of its products, enabling connectivity that makes the movement of content more efficient. As the demands for live production continue to intensify, broadcasters will bring IP solutions into the mix while maintaining SDI capability with integration solutions such as GV Node IP processing and edge routing platform and GV Convergent IP router control and configuration system. Committed to ensuring that all IP solutions will integrate seamlessly, Grass Valley is embracing open industry standards in its development, and is one of the founding companies of AIMS, the Alliance for IP Media Solutions, an independent trade association committed to IP interoperability. Broadcasters also will see solutions that are designed to enable complete format flexibility,
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from HD to 4K or HDR, making it easier to tell better stories. For those venturing into 4K production, Grass Valley’s 4K 1-Wire solution uses TICO 4:1 visually lossless compression from intoPIX to carry a high-quality signal across a single wire. With a focus on upgradability and interoperability, Grass Valley gives broadcasters the confidence to invest in solutions today while preparing to embrace new opportunities in the future. Regardless of whether content is being prepared for broadcast, OTT or video-on-demand, Grass Valley’s digital media solutions make it easier to deliver content to multiple platforms and deploy new services. GV STRATUS Video Production and Content Management System is designed for simplicity, efficiency and speed, offering a full set of production tools in one application that helps broadcasters better manage entertainment, on-air operations and production media workflows to stay competitive. Grass Valley’s new Focus 75 Live camera is a highly affordable 720p/1080i switchable HD system camera that represents a new entry level into Grass Valley's legendary imaging quality—widening the
range of potential applications for customers with more options in format support. It features three fully digital Xensium-FT CMOS imagers with global shutter operation, and boasts a high level of sensitivity for productions where less lighting is available. The LDX 86 camera family offers everything from super-slow-motion to 4K, extended color gamut and 15 Fstops of high dynamic range (HDR). The K2 Dyno replay family handles everything from 6X SSM to 4K, while modular Kayenne and Karrera switchers are offering increased 4K functionality and IP connectivity and iTX playout solutions offer IT-based integrated control, cloud-enabled control or server/automation. Grass Valley’s NVISION routers, Kaleido multiviewers, K2 servers and storage, EDIUS nonlinear editing software, Densité frames for signal processing, Vertigo graphics automation, and so much more are in use around the world making broadcasters more productive, efficient and successful every day. All of these solutions will be on display in Grass Valley’s booth at NAB.
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IKEGAMI TO DEBUT UHK-430 4K CAMERA, SUPER RESOLUTION CONVERTER & MORE AT 2016 NAB SHOW Ikegami (www.ikegami.com), will debut new technology and exhibit an advanced range of systems at the 2016 NAB Show. This year's NAB exhibition halls will be open April 18-21 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. The show will mark the debut of the Ikegami UHK-430 4K camera. Designed for use in the studio and field, the UHK-430 provides Ikegami's superb imagery in true 4K. It features three 2/3-inch 4K (3840x2160) CMOS sensors with RGB prism optics, for "Real 4K" resolution from 24 million pixels (8 million per sensor). Equipped with the new ASIC for low power and new digital signal processing features, the Ikegami UHK-430 attains 16-axis color
correction from a 3D linear matrix. It also enables iLog, the Ikegami log transfer characteristic for HDR (high dynamic range). The UHK430 is capable of 40G transmission using standard SMPTE hybrid fiber/copper camera cable, uncompressed 4:4:4 resolution RGB transmission, with four HD channels from CCU to camera, and one HD trunk channel from camera to CCU. In addition, a Gigabit Ethernet connection is available on the Ikegami UHK-430 camera for external use. There are simultaneous 4K and 2K outputs from the CCU, with available 2K cutout from the 4K picture. A plugin output module allows for flexible 4K signal formats including Quad 3G, 12G, and IP. The Ikegami HDK-97ARRI and HDK-95C are now 4K-ready. Both cameras benefit from the Super Resolution Converter integrated with Ikegami's BS-98/CCU-980 Multi-format Base Stations. The 4K Super Resolution Converter
provides a simultaneous 4K output when the camera is operating in a 1080p format, such as 1080p/59.94Hz. Ultra HD band image enhancement is provided for the 4K signal. Two new Ikegami-designed 4K monitors will be introduced. The HQLM-3120W is a 31.1-inch broadcast quality monitor. It incorporates a 10-bit, LED backlit, UHD LCD panel with a contrast ratio of 1450:1. Also planned is a tentative 31.1-inch alternate model with a special panel supporting HDR high dynamic range. In addition, Ikegami will once again host a leading-edge 8K Technology Exhibit, which will update attendees on the newest developments in the extremely high resolution format, Super Hi Vision. These Ikegami systems and more will be on display throughout NAB, at Booth C7825, April 18-21, 2016, at the Las Vegas Convention Center.
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JĂźnger Audio C2333
Smart Audio is the way forward for live broadcast production. Todays broadcast facilities are facing ever-increasing demands on their resources as they strive to keep up with consumers who expect more content, on more devices both where and when they want it. Amongst all the various elements broadcasters have to handle including video, graphics, data, captions and subtitles, the importance of audio should not be underestimated. To attract and retain viewers, consistent, stable and coherent audio is a vital requirement. One aspect that is particularly important to pay attention to is speech intelligibility. In todays file based environment, for content being recorded to be stored and subsequently broadcast at a later date, the task of creating good audio, especially dialog, involves many techniques. Appropriate
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microphone choice and placement, post-production modifications and a myriad of software tools that can analyse and enhance faster than real time. In a live broadcast situation however, things are very different. Think about a breaking news story that needs to be on air as quickly as possible. There is simply no time to use all the techniques used for say a drama production. A feed from an outside broadcast needs to be combined with a local studio presenter and perhaps a correspondent reporter speaking from a remote studio. Audio levels cannot be assumed to be consistent with each other and may not be compliant with relevant loudness standards. To ensure that viewers receive a consistent and above all clear, audio experience, it is necessary to find a way of dealing with potential issues in a more efficient way and one that requires minimal intervention and manual control or operation.
The answer is to utilize real time processing algorithms that are both intelligent and adaptive. Devices need to be fully interoperable with others in the broadcast environment and need to seamlessly integrate with both playout automation systems and logging and monitoring processes. Automated leveling of individual sources to pre-condition the audio before final loudness based management combined with auto up-mix to maintain a constant surround experience. The use of adaptive EQ to ensure consistency of spectral balance and that all important speech intelligibility. The ability to interface with Audio Over IP networks just by plugging in a single cable. Now, bring all this together into a solution that requires just a minimal number of initial parameters to be set and then it just â&#x20AC;&#x153;worksâ&#x20AC;?. That is Smart Audio.
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From Germany to the World: Lawo presents Innovative Network-, Audio, Video-, and ControlSolutions at NAB 2016 Lawo designs and manufactures high quality video and audio equipment as well as control and networking solutions for broadcast production, live and theatre applications. Every product combines solid engineering and innovation with outstanding quality. From first idea to final solution, the complete product creation process takes place at the company’s headquarters in Rastatt, Germany, where Lawo has expanded from a small engineering office to a company of more than 200 employees with offices and subsidiaries in Switzerland, Australia, North America, China
and Singapore, and partners all over the globe. With over 45 years of experience in the field of professional broadcast technology, Lawo stands for reliability and innovative technology with worldwide reputation. Lawo’s product ranges include highly customizable control solutions, digital audio mixing consoles, routers, video processing tools and IP-based transport and infrastructure solutions. All Lawo IP products are future-proof; based on open standards such as RAVENNA/AES67, TR-03 and SMPTE2022-6/-7. In addition to product development and manufacturing, the company also provides hire services for audio and video systems. Lawo’s Global Events division provides turnkey systems to the world’s major sporting events and theatrical
presentations. This is done with the highest standard of system-based expertise that delivers comprehensive solutions and service, from initial consultation through to completion of every project, handling logistics, system configuration and support, providing skilled teams with international experience. Lawo is supporting the MNA initiative for promoting the AES67 standard with the adoption and implementation of AES67 across the full product range. In order to support the transition to IP-based infrastructures, Lawo encourages all manufacturers to embrace interoperability and open standards for the benefit of all customers. Lawo, founding member of the ‘Alliance for IP Media Solutions’ (AIMS), supports open Video- and
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Audio-over-IP standards. AIMS is founded to ensure that all videoand audio-over-IP solutions brought to market offer complete interoperability and are based on open standards for seamless integration into media workflow environments.
Lawo at NAB 2016 / Las Vegas At NAB 2016 in Las Vegas, Lawo will be presenting on Booth N1822 pioneering solutions for IP video core infrastructure, video processing and routing tools, and IP-based digital audio mixing consoles and audio routers. In addition to Lawo’s world premiere product launch on Monday, April 18 at 11:00am, the
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company’s showcases include VSM, Lawo’s independent broadcast control and monitoring for both baseband- and IP-based broadcast installations. VSM manages production equipment, abstracting control from the physical production hardware and thus allowing for a seamless transition from baseband to IP. VSM provides unmatched support of control protocols from all major brands and models of video and audio routers, video and audio mixers, intercoms, UMDs and multiviewers, glue equipment, and other third-party devices. Further on show: Lawo’s IP-based V__line video interfacing, processing and routing devices. V__remote4 is a bidirectional
multichannel video/audio to IPinterface for remote production, providing video and audio signal transport and processing in WANbased remote productions. Also on show: Lawo’s renowned mc² consoles mc²36, mc²56XT and mc²66. With KICK, Lawo shows a revolutionary close-ball mix automation for sports production. Also on display: A__line, a series of high-quality RAVENNA/AES67 compatible 19”/1RU audio-to-IP interfaces. For radio-focused visitors, Lawo will unveil more virtual radio products and displays its crystal and sapphire consoles plus the Nova audio routers.
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LEMO will be exhibiting this year at NABSHOW. After presenting last year a PVC SMPTE cable manufactured by Northwire Inc., this year LEMO extends its SMPTE line once again. The SMPTE PUR cable is specially adapted to low temperature broadcast situations where cables require to maintain their flex. Thanks to its PUR outer jacket, these high flex SMPTE hybrid cables can be reeled onto drums even in very low temperatures (-40Â°C). These cables are low smoke zero halogen (LSZH) and are resistant to cuts, kinks and abrasions, so they are suitably used for close confinement
areas where public health and safety are paramount. In addition to cables, LEMO continues to serve the broadcast marketplace with their high-quality connection solutions for outdoors (harsh environments) and studio (indoor-use) applications. LEMOâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s
products include the wellestablished 3K.93C HDTV connection system (SMPTE 304 compatible), audio/video connectors, digital media converters, portable fusion splicing, cable assemblies, fiber optic maintenance, inspection and cleaning tools.
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Nice People at Work – NPAW SU13910
YOUBORA Business Intelligence & Video Analytics Platform The ability to harness data across multiple screens and networks is becoming increasingly important to support the TV Experience and drive consumer loyalty and engagement. NPAW is a big data & business intelligence company serving the online media industry. Using real-time data we help our customers to deliver excellent video experiences. Our platform leads the industry in technologies integrated and devices supported, enabling our customers to take smart business decisions using in-depth and complete data. YOUBORA Analytics is the business intelligence solution for broadcasters, OTTs, and other media companies to support their business decision making process, promote excellent video experiences and strengthen user engagement. YOUBORA provides an end to end view of the online video delivery ecosystem that allows video providers to make the best decisions based on real time data and to ensure the best quality of experience (QoE) for final users. Together with YOUBORA’s line of Smart Modules (SmartSwitch, SmartTracking, SmartAlerts, SmartReports & SmartAds), YOUBORA offers the most holistic and complete suite of products for video distributors to help them maximize revenues based on advanced and powerful analytics. Promoting information, YOUBORA
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allows video companies to solve the problems they face in a way no other solution on the market allows. Metrics provided by YOUBORA turn into insights via our Smart Modules and later into actions, helping companies expedite problem solving with actionable data and driving an effective decision making process. YOUBORA provides our users with up to 5 levels of filters for their data, in real time, without any need to customize or pre-define them. These filters (CDN, ISP, device, title, country…) also work backwards during any retrospective analysis. This helps our customers to identify, diagnose, resolve and/or prevent delivery errors, again, in real time. YOUBORA allows our customers to identify peering, network capacity, congestion issues, player errors, in-stream errors, operative systems incompatibilities and browser issues that act as bottlenecks for delivery, which may reduce
customer revenues or increase support costs. YOUBORA has a state-of-the-art user interface. The new YOUBORA dashboard is designed to build an extremely powerful, interactive interface where you can create as many custom dashboards as you want to monitor what is most relevant to you. Select from the different sets of widgets available to present data in the shape, size and form that best fits your requirements, and set up your own widgets using YOUBORA data or imported data from third party applications. Pre-configure filters and apply them to widgets globally or independently. Mix and combine data on dashboards, blending all available metrics in the YOUBORA platform regardless of their nature. With the new dashboard customers can leverage a fast, reliable, and flexible interface to pinpoint essential information for any aspect of the service.
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OpenHeadend is gearing up to showcase its future-proofing broadcast and media solution at this year’s NAB Show. Combining in a single system a configurable workflow engine, a robust and proven content management platform, and a comprehensive set of purpose-built tools, OpenHeadend compact and software-based solution revolutionizes monitoring operations and streamlines multi-platform distribution. Eliminating the needs for costly, space-consuming and task-specific equipment, this powerful solution combines many features and runs several processes within a single commodity hardware. Its IP-based architecture allows for the reception and processing of Transport Streams without using expensive broadcast-specific connectivity, making it particularly cost-effective. At NAB 2016, OpenHeadend will demonstrate numerous applications of its productivity-enhancing solution, among which:
Logging, Monitoring and Switching OpenHeadend solution constantly monitors the presence and quality of broadcasted signals and manages a wide diversity of sources, including baseband, MPEG-TS and Post-STB. By preserving signals as they are received, it eliminates conversion needs and gives broadcasters the edge to maintain pristine signals throughout their workflows. Frame
accurate, it offers the utmost in performance, flexibility and highdensity to ensure that missioncritical infrastructures are protected for seamless operations. It also encodes live, network contribution and cable/satellite/IPTV feeds to fulfill legal obligations or to easily repurpose content in fast-paced environments.
Mosaic To further simplify troubleshooting and analysis, an interactive mosaic view displays all video streams in the video head-end.
Catch-up & VOD OpenHeadend powerful workflow engine streamlines Catch-up and VOD workflows by automating the ingest, video sequence recognition, extraction, encoding and multiplatform delivery processes. Designed from the ground up for the broadcast and media industries, it produces pristine video quality at the lowest bit rates, offers content protection, conditional access, right management and ad insertion capabilities, while ensuring fast turnaround.
Splicing OpenHeadend’s ability to seamlessly splice content in real time directly into an MPEG
transport stream (TS) eliminates conversion needs and gives broadcasters the edge to efficiently generate new revenues by allowing advertisers to reach differentiated viewers with targeted ads.
OTT & Multiscreen Thanks to simplified workflow processes, OpenHeadend OTT and multiscreen solution helps content owners and broadcasters to overcome the numerous challenges of delivering reliable, superior quality video content on all screens. Boasting support for all major industry codecs and formats, including MPEG transport streams, this versatile platform is a futureproof investment offering smooth upgrade path to future compression or streaming formats.
Contribution OpenHeadend’s expertise in the transport of professional-grade SD and HD services allows to provide a carrier-grade contribution and distribution solution, premium quality picture with optimum use of available bandwidth. Ideal for studio-to-studio deployments, event coverage, distribution to and from broadcast centers, content delivery to digital head-ends over telecom and satellite networks, this solution delivers all required formats.
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Orban will exhibit its extensive product line at the National Association of Broadcasters convention in Las Vegas April 18th21st. The 2,000 square foot Orban exhibit area will be in the North Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center in booth #N5006. On display will be Orban's new "Gold Standard" flagship: OptimodFM 8700, Optimod-TV 8685 for 5.1 and 7.1 surround sound, and the latest version of the award-winning Optimod-PCn 1600 for streaming audio. The 8700 builds on the proven, reliable 8600 platform by adding AES67-compliant audioover-IP connectivity, dualredundant hot-swappable power supplies, a 192 kHz AES3 digital composite output, and a programadaptive subharmonic synthesizer that generates punchy bass from bass-deficient program material.
available for surround processing in addition to stereo and mono. Its extensive feature set now includes parallel compression, more versatile filtering and equalization, and dynamic noise reduction with different settings for speech and music.
Running natively on Windows computers, the 1600 is now
Orban founder and V.P. of Engineering Bob Orban and the
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team of engineering and sales professionals will be on hand for demonstrations and to answer questions. On Tuesday April 19th at 3:30, Orban will conduct the 3rd annual "Station Rejuvenation" promotion, when $30,000 worth of Orban TV, radio, and streaming audio processors will be given away.
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ProTelevision Technologies SU8521
ATSC 3.0 At the NAB2016 Show ProTelevision Technologies from Denmark launches their new ATSC 3.0 exciters built-in their world recognized hardware platform PT3000. The ProTelevision Technologies exciter is characterized by its high RF and MER performance and its unique ability to optimize efficiency of any DTT amplifier using its patented OptiPower technology. “The OptiPower technology operating in thousands of installations worldwide has proven its worth and provided Broadcasters a reduction in OPEX cost due to the reduced power consumption” says Javier Verduch Golfe, Sales Manager for the Americas. “With the imminent introduction of the ATSC 3.0 standard in US and South Korea we recognize we have a unique value proposition for Broadcasters and transmitter manufacturers providing a cost effective product
based on our established software defined hardware platform”. A unique feature important to mention is the fully IP interface connectivity that the PT3000 platform offers. “When developing the PT3000 platform back in 2011, we predicted that TV technology was heading towards IP distribution. Therefore we developed a hardware platform with four (4) Gigabit IP ports; two of them we dedicate for IP content input and the other two for control and management. Supporting seamless switching on the IP ports and combined with the ASI inputs on SFN gives our customers a full IP redundancy and robustness in the transmitting signal which of course is a huge advantage and differs us technologically from the competitor’s products.” Protelevision Technologies plans for the upcoming NAB Show, Mr. Golfe declares “At the moment we can only disclose that even the ATSC 3.0 standard is not yet
completed due to the absence of fully defined STL interface format, ProTelevision Technologies has developed a proprietary solution in order to demonstrate an ATSC 3.0 modulated signal through our exciter. Therefore we are very excited after a long development and testing period that we are ready to demonstrate our ATSC 3.0 exciters during the NAB 2016 show.” ProTelevision Technologies, formerly Philips TV Test Equipment, has more than 50 years of experience and is represented in more than 60 countries around the world. With over 30.000 units in operation worldwide we are dedicated to provide our customers with superior, cutting edge hardware and software solutions for COFDM modulation. See us also at Unisoft Corporation’s Booth SU15712 at the ATSC 3.0 Broadcast Pavillon.
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The latest developments of PROVYSâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s unique integrated software solutions for media will be on show this NAB, stand No. N4330, Las Vegas Convention Centre. PROVYS is an ideal solution for broadcasters who schedule and deliver programmes for one or more TV or radio channels. PROVYS optimises station workflows, improves management efficiency and facilitates information sharing among producers, channel managers, schedulers, media managers, air-time sellers, VOD publishers, and many others. The PROVYS team is going to present the latest experience with ongoing projects, which include: Non-linear services - enhancing efficiency of non-linear content planning - utilising content on various platforms - saving time with the new GUI for scheduling Production control via the web - booking the requested resources - verifying production plans and approving them - allowing production teams to check individual plans, to confirm them and to report completion Promotion campaigns - managing production of promotions - optimising campaigns and raising viewer ratings
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- enhancing channel value with the PROVYS Promo Tool In addition to these new developments, the PROVYSâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new Broadcast Management Dashboard (BMD) will be on show, professionally built upon a standard Broadcast Management System (BMS). Although this is a back-office tool which can never be as fancy as some broadcast production technology, the influence on the health of any broadcast organisation is enormously positive. The Broadcast Management Dashboard collects data from the BMS and financial systems and visualises both current and historical outputs for managers to quickly get an overview as to how the organisation or its divisions perform and the reasons behind such performance. The BMD allows
individual managers to monitor important broadcast processes and using KPIs (Key Performance Indicators), to give accurate information of how the particular division is performing without the need for deep data analysis. KPIs provide a very efficient path for delivering critical information. In addition to that, the BMD lets users easily understand the reasons for performance from different perspectives and makes it straightforward for the management to react accordingly, and without delay. For the PROVYS team, it is with great pleasure to unveil the Broadcast Management Dashboard at NAB in Las Vegas. It is well known that throughout the last few centuries, the dashboard was an important part of every stagecoach. It protected coachmen from stones
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and dust thrown up by the carthorses’ hooves which now “dashed” against the board instead of the coachman’s legs. At the beginning of the 20th century, dashboards changed their face by incorporating meters and gauges. It took just a few decades for all modes of transport to follow suit with dashboards becoming standard equipment in aeroplanes, trains, boats and even spaceships. In the world of computers, virtual dashboards arrived quite soon after, bringing with them a clear and fast overview of any system status. Nowadays, these digital dashboards are exploited in many different industries including finance, energy, healthcare, manufacturing, retail, etc. It is still relatively new in broadcasting and media. In the mid Nineties, PROVYS developed a few embryonic reporting screens upon the newly developed Broadcast Management System. Users often printed these reports and used them mainly for management information. In the meantime, the development of the
media industry gained much higher speed and immediate decisions are today crucial to survival in this increasingly competitive environment. This is why PROVYS decided to develop specialised Broadcast Management Dashboards for different areas of the media industry. There are just a few truly professional BMS systems available in the world today. The common attribute of these systems is the fact that they collate and master all metadata flowing through the organisation. In addition, they are mostly tightly connected to the financial systems. These are the main reasons why BMS systems hold all vitally important information for all media operations. It has now become natural to source the data either from the BMS database or independently, acting as Software as a Service (SaaS) which can data-mine from other generic BMS and financial applications. The newly designed dashboards precisely target specialised user groups of individual managers such as finance, chief executives,
producers, channel managers, schedulers, media managers, airtime sellers, self-promotion managers, archivists, VOD publishers, and their teams. Standard KPIs are accurately identified and embedded in a clear graphical form. For more demanding users and managers, the dashboards can be customised to fit their ever evolving requirements. Web interface for mobile devices is under development. Broadcast Management Dashboards by PROVYS bring an unprecedented advantage for broadcasters. They gather and present key business indicators for easier and much more competent management decisions. Gathering data from different corners of the media industry such as new nonlinear services, they can influence market share, advertising revenues and the ultimate financial results of the organisation. Broadcast Management Dashboard simply puts you in the driving seat.
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QUALES presents the newest QUALES ON the GO, a unique cloud PAY PER USE QC certified and running at worldwide platforms.
us/marketplace/). From 96€/month, any player in the content industry is able to analyze audio/video content with all the great benefits of QUALES ON The GO, where all acclaimed features of QUALES are now available in SaaS Pay Per Use model. This OPEX model has been developed to bring a proven and professional Quality Check solution to any budget and customer profile.
Alternatively, QUALES QC also becomes available through ORFAST´s cloud based MAM.
Having your contents QC´s is easier than ever with Click2QC (www.click2QC.com), direct access to online QC, powered by CUBIX and QUALES. With just a simple click, you will get an efficient, professional analysis, through a comprehensive web service for prosumers seeking a fast, efficient and complete QC analysis. This innovative offer is not only a genuine and innovative solution in the market, but also an excellent combination of ORTANA´s CUBIX orchestration and workflow control and QUALES’ fully featured QC.
QUALES have been certified to run on Microsoft Azure Marketplace to execute a unique, global and accessible, pay per use QC (www.azure.microsoft.com/en-
QUALES is also available as an add-on to ORFAST cloud based MAM platform (http://www.orfast.com/) providing QC functionalities among their
QUALES, the Automated Quality Check for Audiovisual Contents, becomes one of first CLOUD based Quality Check. QUALES has expanded its boundaries, promoting unique PAY PER USE QC offers: QUALES On the Go -QC solution certified to run directly on Microsoft Azure Marketplace- and Click2QC easy and accessible QC online service.
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traditional content processing operations. This Integration agreement with ORFAST allows a step further in QUALES strategy to be available from any existing platform. CLOUD operations make QC processes more efficient and costeffective, with 100% features present in the standalone version of QUALES. Try it now from Microsoft Azure Marketplace, Click2QC or ORFAST, or request extra information and details at email@example.com. Additionally, QUALES confirms certified qualification to run within ETERE infrastructure (www.etere.com), worldwide widespread MAM systems. You can now execute your QC directly from ETERE systems, verify all your audio/video contents, create reports, or access detailed analysis and the rest of exciting features present in QUALES. QUALESETERE compatibility entails introducing a fully featured QC within ETERE’s workflow able to supervise contents in a very flexible, effective and scalable way.
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Riedel Comunications C7233 Riedel to Highlight Innovative Network Solutions and 4K/IP Readiness by Christian Bockskopf, Head of Marketing, Riedel Communications During the 2016 NAB Show, Riedel Communications will feature a complement of pioneering realtime video, audio, data, and communications networks that scale readily and adapt with agility to accommodate virtually communications or signal distribution application. The company’s portfolio has been engineered to allow users to adopt the infrastructure and workflow that best supports their operations, and this commitment is evident in the innovative and versatile products Riedel is highlighting at the show. The first example of Riedel
innovation is the company’s MicroN high-density distribution network for Riedel’s MediorNet line of real-time media transport and management solutions. With on-board signalprocessing capabilities including frame synchronization, embedding/de-embedding, and delays, a MicroN-based solution can handle SDI signals in a very powerful, tremendously versatile, and highly scalable routing solution. Through a technology demonstration that illustrates the MicroN network’s readiness to support 4K and IP workflows, the company show interconnected MicroN units deployed to create a decentralized routing system that distributes signal load, takes advantage of flexible node placement, and eliminates any single point of failure to create a viable alternative to traditional monolithic routers. The NAB Show also will see the launch of Riedel’s new Expansion
Smartpanel. When directly connected to an RSP-2318 Smartpanel, the expansion keypanel provides four additional displays and 24 keys. Riedel’s RSP-2318 Smartpanel is a powerful multifunctional user interface that offers features and capabilities that enrich the user experience and change the way broadcasters and A/V professionals communicate. The RSP-2318 Smartpanel itself includes three high-resolution multitouch color displays, premiumquality stereo audio, a multilingual character set, and built-in matrix connectivity via AES67 or AVB in just 1 RU. Showcasing its commitment to enabling customers to choose and implement the broadcast communications standards that are best for their operations and businesses, Riedel also will feature the new AES67 client card for the company’s Artist digital matrix intercom system. This simple addon card makes it possible for users to take advantage of AES67 audio networks. Along with the existing AVB card, Artist now can function with both AVB and AES67 audio networks. Show attendees also will have the chance to meet the newest members of Riedel’s rapidly growing North American team, and sales engineers will be on hand to discuss how Riedel communications and network solutions can best support specific use cases.
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Multi-format switcher complements SAM’s market leading Kahuna SAM announces the brand new Kula range of multi-format production switchers, combining SD, HD and 4K capabilities. Built on the heritage of SAM’s awardwinning Kahuna switcher, Kula uses innovative FormatFusion3 technology to seamlessly mix any format, up to and including 4K, eliminating the need for external conversion equipment. The new Kula switcher combines a powerful feature set with a market leading price point, while easy installation and set-up means operators can work quickly and efficiently, focusing on high value creative tasks. Ideal for multiple applications, from live events (flyaway packs, OB vehicles), broadcast production, sports and house of worship to entertainment and conference/events, Kula has been designed to meet a wide range of production needs. Capable of handling 4K/1080p/HD and SD in 1M/E and 2M/E versions, Kula can handle multiple formats making it both future-proof and adaptable for today’s production environment. The 2M/E HD/SD version can be switched to 1M/E 4K mode, allowing users to benefit from higher production values. Kula provides a choice of three easy to operate control panels for maximum flexibility and these are in turn expandable with additional
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control modules from the Kahuna Range. Kula also delivers up to five key layers per M/E, 20 channels of DVE and floating/auxiliary keying resources and up to 36 inputs and 18 assignable outputs, plus an extensive internal clip and still store to guarantee high impact productions. Tim Felstead, Head of Product Marketing at SAM, said, “Today’s broadcasters face a situation that can only be described as challenging; content is being captured and delivered in a wider range of formats than ever before
and all of it within the same production workflow. Kula addresses this need by drawing on the heritage of Kahuna – namely its ability to handle any format. Added to this, we’re seeing content creation explode beyond the traditional broadcast sphere, so there are a growing number of organizations that want to benefit from high production values in order to achieve the flexibility and onscreen result they desire. Kula is an ideal solution for any of these applications, offering marketleading features at a remarkable price point.”
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At the 2016 NAB Show, SAPEC will highlight significant enhancements to its AVANTOS encoder/decoder line, SIVAC ONE modular encoder, GREDOS encoder/IRD solutions, and ALTUMII HDTV encoders.
AVANTOS HEVC/H.265 Encoders/Decoders At the 2016 NAB Show, SAPEC will feature AVANTOS, the company’s advanced line of realtime HD/SD encoders and decoders based on the HEVC/H.265 compression standard. This technology enables customers to maintain video quality with up to 50 percent bandwidth savings. The latest enhancements to AVANTOS being introduced at the show include support of Main 4:2:2 profile (8/10 bits) and features for video delivery with sub-second latency; in fact, AVANTOS solutions operate with one of the most optimized coding-decoding latencies in the market. In addition to Main 4:2:2, AVANTOS encoders and decoders support Main and Main-10 profiles for HD (720p and 1080i) and SD (480i, 575i) signals. For audio, AVANTOS encoders offer the option to compress streams into MPEG-1, AAC, and Dolby AC3 and EAC3.
SIVAC ONE Modular H.264/MPEG-2 Encoders SAPEC is introducing SIVAC ONE, a new modular video encoding solution for HDTV H.264/MPEG-2 deployments. Supporting up to three encoder
cards in a 1-RU frame, SIVAC ONE enables encoding of H-264/MPEG2, with extremely low latency and low power consumption. SIVAC ONE has one video HD-SDI/SDI input and four interfaces supporting up to 8 stereo embedded audio channels and up to 8 AES/EBU channels. The SIVAC ONE SHE module provides HD compression in H.264 and/or MPEG-2 Main, High, and H422 profiles (8/10 bits). For SD compression, SIVAC ONE SVE supports H.264 and/or MPEG2 at Main and/or 4:2:2 profiles and is upgradeable by license to HD compression.
GREDOS Encoders+Modulator/IRD Line for DSNG At the 2016 NAB Show, SAPEC will highlight its GREDOS line of video encoders and integrated receiver decoders (IRDs) for digital satellite newsgathering (DSNG). GREDOS now supports Carrier ID, and DVB-S2X support. The family includes the: GREDOS GHM encoder with integrated DVBS2 modulator (upgradable to DVBS2X) and the GREDOS GHR IRD. The GREDOS devices support both contribution and distribution over ASI, IP, and L-Band connections for both MPEG2/H.264 video in both SD and HD.
ALTUM-II HDTV Encoders $ Decoders SAPEC’s fourth-generation ALTUM-II is a line of professional HDTV video and audio encoders
supporting H.264/MPEG-2 Main, High, and H422 profiles with lower latency, lower power consumption, greater functionality, and high reliability. New ALTUM-II encoders offer advanced compression algorithms for preserving picture quality at lower bitrates, as well as a reduction of total video-to-video latency of 20 percent and an improvement in energy efficiency of more than 50 percent over previous models, ALTUM II devices also feature a more powerful processing technology and a bigger front display allowing full configuration from it. At the 2016 NAB Show, SAPEC will showcase the latest innovations and features in ALTUM II including a new internal MPTS generation function, which combines encoded video and audio to generate television and radio programs in a single unit. “At SAPEC, we understand that video can be generated anywhere and transported over many paths, from satellite to fiber optics and IP networks. But in the end, it must be delivered consistently and with high quality to viewers’ televisions and mobile devices. This year at the NAB Show, we’re looking forward to showing attendees how our solutions can simplify this process and provide networks with an advantage that reduces the transport cost of each signal without affecting quality.” — Jose M. López, Sales Manager. SAPEC
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Screen Systems – Suitcase TV SU5805 & Booth SL5826
MediaStor – A modern approach to storage and archiving If you are in the business of generating high volumes of digital assets, it is likely that you regularly consider how best to store your valuable files. Rather than utilising a single storage technology such as spinning disk, the key to efficiency may be to adopt a strategy involving a range of storage hardware organised by a high-powered file management system. Powered by Suitcase TV, MediaStor is now available from Screen Systems, the leading provider of subtitling creation and delivery solutions and other products used by media companies across the globe. MediaStor is a software defined storage platform that provides flexible options for scalable online, nearline and archive storage built on commodity IT hardware. At the heart of every MediaStor system is a virtual file system that utilises object based storage to provide a near infinitely scalable distributed storage platform whilst providing a familiar user experience using a traditional file/folder structure. Media companies are already discovering that a scalable and flexible solution for nearline storage
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is MediaStor Archive Blade, a 1RU storage chassis providing 128TB of storage as MAID (massive array of independent disks) architecture utilising SMR (shingled magnetic recording) disks. MediaStor Archive Blade is transparently integrated as part of a MediaStor clustered storage platform. Total cost of ownership analysis shows the solution to be comparable to LTO with significantly lower maintenance requirements and the added benefit of near-online file access. Each MediaStor Archive Blade is connected via a dual 10Gb Ethernet link with all files first being held on RAID-based storage on a MediaStor cluster node. Each chassis is managed by MediaStor’s Archivist HSM software to ensure data is written in one continuous process with an optional mirrored disk in a separate chassis. The archive duplication can be done between the MAID array and a traditional LTO tape system, or
second copy disks can be removed from the blades and stored. MediaStor provides a fully integrated MAID solution that works seamlessly with RAID-based storage. Movement between the different tiers is hidden from users thanks to the embedded HSM functions provided by the Archivist software which runs on the MediaStor clustered storage platform. Media files can be migrated to this new lower cost storage platform and once there can be used in-situ without needing to be restored first. Modified files are automatically stored in RAID-based storage and will be re-archived to MAID if they continue to meet the archive criteria. The solution provides a hybrid model that allows higher cost, higher performance RAID-based storage to be used when it’s really needed and for all long-term archiving to make use of the lower-cost lower-power MAID architectures.
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transfer material directly to the cloud from their MAM system via SGL FlashNet.
SGL is launching FlashNet Infinity at NAB 2016. Due to be incrementally rolled out over the next 12 months, FlashNet Infinity provides broadcasters and content owners with an elegant dashboard that further simplifies archive procedures. FlashNet Infinity delivers a sophisticated toolset for archive and restore functionality, system health, monitoring, analysis and more. It is available as a free upgrade to all SGL FlashNet users covered by a current support contract. As well as the FlashNet Infinity launch SGL will also be highlighting its new integration with Sony’s cloud-based service Ci, which enables broadcasters and content owners to quickly and easily
Throughout the show, SGL will be showing its strong partner support with third-party demonstrations. This will include a demo on the SGL booth highlighting the Avid® Interplay® Web Services plug-in with Partial File Restore. Powered by Glookast, Partial File Restore is a unique feature of SGL’s Avid® Interplay® Web Services solution. SGL’s support for Avid® Interplay® Web Services means that customers can use the archive capabilities that they currently require, but can employ Avid Interplay | Archive at any time in the future without the need to rearchive any content. The partial file restore feature enables operators to easily select and restore elements of a clip directly from the archive in high resolution. Prior to this, partial file restore functionality could only be achieved using the full Avid Interplay | Archive system.
A further partner demonstration on the SGL booth will be hosted by North Shore Automation (NSA), a software development and digital asset management consultancy and Square Box partner. NSA will demonstrate the integration between Square Box’s CatDV MAM solution and FlashNet providing small-to-medium sized broadcasters with a highly costeffective MAM and archive solution. The middleware connecting SGL FlashNet and CatDV, which was developed by NSA, opens up the market to content owners in other sectors that want to manage and archive their assets. SGL will also be hosting key presentations on its booth by Arvato Systems, Empress, EVS, Grass Valley, Marquis and VSN, highlighting joint projects and integrated archiving solutions. Each partner presentation will be followed by a brief demonstration of new FlashNet Infinity. All partner demonstrations on the SGL booth SL5306 can be booked online.
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Suitcase TV SL5826
Established in 2000, Suitcase TV develops a range of software solutions for broadcast including MAM, compliance recording and live production. Suitcase TV received the 2015 IABM Design and Innovation Award for its iphrame Vision Remote solution and NAB delegates will be able to see demonstrations of this and the latest iteration of MediaStor, the company’s enterprise level storage and archiving platform.
New for NAB 2016 MediaStor Standalone Storage and Archiving Platform: Suitcase TV’s tried and trusted storage platform MediaStor is now available as a stand-alone product. Demonstrated for the first time in the US on booth SL5826, MediaStor now includes support for archiving to spinning disk using new SMR disk technology combined with MAID architectures. This provides a low-cost, lowpower, fast access storage solution. The new MediaStor Archive enclosure provides up to
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128TB of usable storage in a 1RU enclosed with an idle power consumption of only 10W. Additional enclosures can be easily added as storage requirements increase. In addition to managing storage, every MediaStor server can offer resources to perform media related tasks. Unlike other storage platforms, which may be built upon proprietary or Linux based operating systems, MediaStor is built upon Microsoft Windows, significantly simplifying integrations with third-party processing and file transfer software. Iphrame Vision Remote Centralised Production System: Suitcase TV’s award-winning Iphrame Vision Remote is part of the iphrame suite; a range of software based solutions enabling combined SDI and IP-based operations. The solution facilitates the centralised production of outside broadcasts and other live events and enables broadcasters to significantly reduce their costs by
allowing key personnel to operate the system from virtually any location where there is an internet connection. Additional cost savings can be achieved due to reduced travel and transport costs of personnel and equipment. Only the cameras and associated technical teams need to be deployed on-site.
Also Highlighting Support for AMWA’s Networked Media Incubator (NMI) Project: Suitcase TV is also highlighting its support for the Advanced Media Workflow Associations’ (AMWA) NMI project. Launched as a longterm initiative to support the industry's move towards IP-based systems, NMI brings together broadcasters that share a vision to adopt IP infrastructures and industry suppliers who wish to provide interoperability. The continued goal of AMWA’s NMI is to solve important business problems and to help media companies achieve business agility and flexibility.
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New TLX CATx Uncompressed 4K@60Hz 4:4:4 KVM & Video Extension & Switching from Thinklogical Thinklogical's new TLX Series CATx matrix switches and extenders will make their US debut at NABShow 2016 in Las Vegas. The new uncompressed TLX CATx product line is priced to be highly competitive with compressed signal management solutions from other vendors. TLX CATx is the first KVM system in the market capable of extending and switching uncompressed 4K and Ultra High Definition (UHD) video at full resolution and color depth (up to 4096 x 2160 resolution, 4:4:4 color depth), and full 60Hz frame rate -using only two CATx cables. With the lowest signal latency in the industry (microseconds, vs. milliseconds for compressed solutions), TLX offers precise pixelfor-pixel transmission of 4K/UHD video and computer with no visual artifacts, jitter or lost frames.
increasing user efficiency and productivity without compromising quality, resolution, reliability or performance.
TLX Series Product Features and Specifications TLX Video and KVM Extenders - Uncompressed signal extension of up to 80km over fiber, 100m over CAT6a - DisplayPort 1.2 and HDMI 1.4 extenders - Support for a single display up to 4096x2160 @ 30Hz - Support for a single display up to 4096x2160 @ 60Hz, or two displays up to 4096x2160 @ 30Hz over two fibers or CATx cables - Support for two displays up to 4096x2160 @ 60Hz over four fibers - Supports HDCP content - Local output port(s) on fiber modules - Ethernet port for configuration, management and updates - Support for full duplex stereo and
embedded audio, with ability to de-embed at the receiver Support for unbalanced analog audio and serial RS-232 Support for USB 2.0 (480Mbps) and USB HID Modular, hot-swappable form factor for fiber modules Compact chassis for CATx surface mount models
TLX Matrix Switches - Non-blocking and protocol agnostic - Scalable chassis sizes from 12 ports to 640 ports - Hot-swappable critical system components available: power supplies, fan trays, control cards, data input/output cards - Redundant and current-sharing power supplies available - Redundant control cards with automatic failover available - Interoperable with Thinklogicalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 6.25Gbps Velocity series products - Expected to achieve Common Criteria EAL4, TEMPEST SDIP 27 Level B and NATO NIAPC Evaluation Scheme: GREEN information assurance (IA) accreditations
With this new product line, Thinklogical has leveraged its industry-leading expertise in fiberoptic extension and switching to develop an innovative, uncompressed 10Gbps signal transmission architecture using standard CATx copper network cabling. With a flexible and modular hybrid form factor, TLX supports both fiber and CATx cabling and reduces the cost and infrastructure required to manage video content created in resolutions up to 4K/UHD --
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Transvideo-Aaton Digital C7138 - N3436
This year, at NAB 2016, Transvideo presents a new wireless transmission system to enhance production and workflow for feature films, television drama and commercials. Her sister company, Aaton Digital, showcases the complete CantarX3 digital sound recorder package at NAB 2016, including the new Cantarem2 panel and recorder accessories, and launches the new advanced mixing surface, the Cantaress. Since 1985, engineers in Normandy, France have designed and manufactured high-end on-board picture monitors that have changed the motion picture industry. “I have worked with Transvideo products now for over 15 years, having purchased the original Rainbow RFSB Titan system and Starlite SD SB onboard monitor” said UKbased DOP Steven Gray, of Barefoot Pictures. “They were robust and had great visual quality, used on a mixture of jobs from a documentary in Antarctica to commercials in Jordan. They consistently delivered what was required of them. We have now upgraded to the Rainbow HD Superbright and the Starlite HDARRI. The quality of the products is once again, fantastic. We are particularly keen on the compatibility of the Starlite HDARRI with our Mini Alexa, with access to menu functions on the camera.
Transvideo’s CineMonitorHD 6’’ and 8’’ XSBL line-up became the reference monitors for the Steadicam community Andrew Fletcher –Steadicam
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operator: “To me, Transvideo has always been the top of the range monitor solution for Steadicam. The stand-out feature for me is reliability, having been let down by other manufactures in the past. My X-SBL 6” CinemonitorHD has been doused in rain, dust, mud and still refuses to fail. It is the only monitor I have used that really holds up when shooting in direct sunlight, and has certainly set the standard for daylight viewable monitors.”
Transvideo StarliteRF This year, Transvideo launched a new wireless transmission system, StarliteRF, a 3G-SDI touch-screen OLED wireless monitor- recorder with built-in receiver. With a range of 200 metres (LOS) it can be used for monitoring and recording aerial shots from drones. It can also serve as a program feed monitor for a Steadicam, or other camera rigs or gimbals. The Titan HD2 wireless system has been tested and proven in working television studio environments to be interference free, and will work with up to 3 receivers. Emily-Jane Robinson, Cinematographer , Camera operator and founder of Emmyland Limited: “The Transvideo StarliteRF will now complete my Alexa Mini setup. I already have the Arri Transvideo Starlite monitor onboard my Alexa Mini and the StarliteRF will complete my system either attached to the Arri WCU-4 for my focus puller, or in the director's hand if we are pulling focus manually.” “The StarliteHD controls my camera with its touch screen
interface and does pretty much everything I've ever wanted or needed and more- waveform, vectorscope and internal h.264 recording. With the StarliteRF system, I can hook up just one tiny receiver to my rig and send out a perfect image to the director or focus puller in a super lightweight versatile setup and not have to worry about a thing- it's reliable up to 200m and cable free. ”
Transvideo StargateFHD ENG crews will be delighted to discover the new Transvideo StargateFHD, a 7” high-end monitor-recorder with a 3G HD/SD 1920 x 1080 full HD display with a bright 1000 Nits screen luminance, compatible with 4K. It features fast path processing with immediate display capability, and no latency. The camera output is directly available without any introduced delay, increasingly important in many shooting situations. It has the ability to record dailies (H264 -> MP4/MKV) on SD cards, and has built in tools: Job-Oriented Views,
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Andrew Fletcher - Steadicam operator - with his Transvideo CineMonitorHD 6” X-SBL
Focus Helper, Peaking, Markers, 3D LUTS, Zoom and Tally. A focus puller, Benjamin Tubb, recently said: “A monitor like that, with 1080p, daylight viewing, and no delay is going to be the best focus monitor out there.”
Aaton Digital CantarX3 , Cantarem2 and Cantaress The CantarX3 recorder has already made a huge impact on the sound recording sector for
cinematography, broadcast, drama, and orchestral work. Many early adopters were users of previous CantarX1 and X2 recorders, but now the wider market is recognising the true potential of this outstanding design, a flexible tool for those who need to record professional audio for years to come. Major Broadcasters across Europe are working with CantarX3 for TV dramas. The new Cantaress panel is an advanced 12 channel sliders mixing panel with new
technology and using new materials that present an extraordinary feel even when using gloves, and offers high durability for the heavy user. The ergonomics and design follow that of the CantarX3 and seamlessly extend the operational capabilities further. Tully Chen Sound mixer: "First let me tell you that it is a joy to work with the new CantarX3, I feel that it became a part of myself - Audio quality is superb, the faders are silky and responsive." TMBi - 87
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Ventuz Technology SL9627
Ventuz Technology Shows New Software Generation at NAB 2016 Graphics software developer Ventuz Technology has chosen NAB 2016 to present the advantages of the new generation of its real-time graphics software suite to the broadcast market. The recently released Ventuz 5 shows significant changes in usability and 3rd party software and hardware integrations. It also offers higher real-time graphics performance due to a completely new render engine at the software’s core. “The motto we chose for Ventuz 5 is: Made for the Artist”, explained Erik Beaumont, CEO of Ventuz Technology. “With this release, we are committing ourselves to the users, those who operate Ventuz on a daily basis. We want to guarantee that they have a great work experience and find that Ventuz allows them to put every
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ounce of their creativity and innovative spirit into reality.” Ventuz has already been used for a wide variety of high-end broadcast projects during the last years, among them the augmented reality setup at the Nanjing Youth Olympics opening ceremony, where the entire sky was turned into a graphics spectacle for the TV audience. Also, Ventuz finds great popularity at game show productions all over the world, where media installations are bespoke and need to communicate with a number of data sources and hardware devices, such as timers, interactive screens, buzzers and the like.
User friendly design On its quest to make the operators’ life easier, Ventuz has first and foremost concentrated on enhancing usability. The new generation now features many modes of operation that are
standard to the graphics and 3D industry, such as a layer based 3D compositing editor, widely known blending modes and effects, a freeflight camera and a global animation timeline. Beaumont said: “We are sure that these changes will lower the entry threshold for newcomers from the 3D and broadcast realm alike.” When taking a look into the new release, it becomes obvious that the Ventuz development team has stayed true to its goal of creating a solution that is focused on high-end graphic design. Ventuz 5 features a new state-of-the-art material engine and editor to easily create complex materials that are fully optimized for real-time environments. A brand new render engine with HDR support and advanced lighting techniques allow not only for a more realistic look, but also make sure that performance never becomes an issue.
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Integration made simple Designers will also benefit from a number of 3rd party integrations. For example, it is now possible to import entire Photoshop files including all layers and blending modes into Ventuz. Additionally, Ventuz has established a Live Link to Cinema 4D, which transfers any changes made to an object in
Cinema 4D directly into the corresponding Ventuz project. “Photoshop and Cinema 4D are the tools most commonly used alongside Ventuz”, explained Beaumont. “We wanted to give operators the opportunity to use all the tools they love in the most efficient way without having to sacrifice any functionalities.”
Partnerships What these changes mean for broadcasters will be shown at NAB 2016 in a number of proof of concept installations on the booth of Ventuz Technology as well as partner stands. Together with Molden Media, who are contributing their graphics control and playout solution M2Control, Ventuz will show live production graphics workflows for news, sports and shopping channels. M2Control also offers connections to database and automation systems, through which the two companies are able to display a complete live production workflow that is flexible and can be easily adapted to specific requirements. This same integration will be on display at the booth of Molden Media in a virtual studio setup together with Trackmen, who are providing fully automated camera tracking. “Virtual and augmented graphics have been a big topic during the last months”, said Beaumont. “We want to show networks that these installations can be easily implemented into any broadcast environment at a reasonable price point.”
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VSNEXPLORER expands its features with a state-ofthe-art integration with Microsoft Azure Media Services VSN has successfully carried out a full integration of its Media Asset Management software and its modules with the Microsoft Azure platform. Now, VSNEXPLORER benefits from Azure Media Services for all its media stored at Microsoft’s platform, enabling interesting actions and enhancing workflows for companies with media management needs. Thanks to Azure, VSNEXPLORER can now work as a Video on Demand (VoD) or Live Streaming platform without bandwidth constraints thanks to the integration with Azure’s CDN. Also, thanks to Azure Media Player, VSNEXPLORER incorporates MPEG-DASH support, multi-device and DRM management, protection and encryption provided by AES,
PlayReady, Widevine and fairPlay. This way, VSN keeps integrating its media management solutions with the most demanded features in the market. These features enable advanced automatic cataloguing, such as speech-to-text processes in multiple languages, allowing the user to run text searches on the audio layer. The system also delivers, together with the text, the segments with its mark-in and mark-out times, allowing for automatic generation of subtitles in several languages. All of that, indexed in the system so it can be easily searched and retrieved. Some other relevant features included in VSNEXPLORER thanks to this integration are: adult content automatic detection, advanced cloud transcoding in multiple formats, face blurring in videos, automatic detection of content (fingerprinting), and many others. “We are very excited with the results of our synergies with
Microsoft Azure and our integration with its Media Services; our flagship product really benefits from this state-of-the-art solution,” declares Jordi Utiel, CEO at VSN. “We truly believe that VSNEXPLORER, our Media Asset Management system, has taken a huge step ahead by incorporating so many new features, becoming an enhanced system that really solves nowadays needs and that is already prepared for what’s next to come.” “The Broadcast, Media and Entertainment work environments need, more than ever, to be capable of managing its content with all the advanced features that cloud technologies can provide,” declares Tony Emerson, Managing Director, Worldwide Media & Cable Industry at Microsoft Corp. “The integration of VSNEXPLORER and its modules with Azure Media Services allows its users to develop efficient, collaborative and flexible cloud workflows that highly improve efficiency and productivity.” Thanks to the integration with Azure, VSN brings all the power of the cloud to its star solution with a renewed Pay-per-Use payment mode, without initial costs (Opex model), creating collaborative workflows that increase client’s efficiency. This integration will be presented for the first time at the upcoming NAB Show 2016 in Las Vegas (USA). Attendees to this trade show will be able to bear witness of all the possibilities of this integration at VSN’s stand, SL8006.
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AccuWeather announces the launch of StormDirector+, the allnew weather system that provides the most interactive, customizable, and complete weather presentations to television stations worldwide. The transformational, turnkey weather presentation system will be showcased during live demonstrations at the 2016 NAB Show. Direct local, regional, and national weather coverage on-air first and fast with StormDirector+... plus much more! Quickly and easily create customized local weather forecasts using mapping with radar, satellite, severe weather watches and warnings, comprehensive model data, health indices, hourly and extended forecasts and more, in an engaging
presentation that will connect with the audience. Seamlessly integrated with Baron's radar and severe weather products for breaking storm coverage, weather alerts, and updates, StormDirector+ offers broadcasters the next level of real-time storm tracking and weather graphics to best inform, attract, and engage viewers. Also, set weather coverage apart from the competition and provide forecasts that matter most to your audience with AccuWeather's patented MinuteCast速, the world's only minute-by-minute hyper-local precipitation forecast for an exact
street or GPS location, available in StormDirector+ to Audience Building Partnership stations. StormDirector+ provides an easy to use, affordable network-quality solution that transforms weather presentations. Its intuitive, userfriendly interface makes it easy for anyone to customize and present the most engaging local weather presentations, complimenting a stations' branded look and feel.
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Adder Technology SL11109 New products Adder Technology will be launching several new products on booth SL 11109 at NAB, including the AdderLink XD150FX fibre extender and Adder RED-PSU; a power distribution unit with optional redundancy. Adder will also be launching a professional grade VGA to DVI conversion module and further augmenting the DDX30 range with analogue computer access modules. The AdderLink XD150FX is a high-performance point-to-point fibre extender with USB2.0 that can transmit high quality video — up to 2560x1600 — and analogue audio over a duplex fibre optic cable. The extender enables users to locate critical computing hardware away from workspaces in an access and temperature controlled environment. This latest addition to the range includes a built-in level of IP control with the inclusion of a network port, which enables it to be controlled by other systems. NAB will also be the first time that North American audiences get to see the fully ULapproved Adder RED-PSU, a power distribution unit, with redundancy, in operation. The newly launched 19 inch rack-mountable solution features 16 lockable power outputs, two hot-swappable power modules, a web interface and intelligent load balancing for 24/7 reliability. Additional new technologies on stand include two new A/D converters. The first is a VGA computer access module (CAM) to complement the range of modules available for the AdderView DDX matrix. The VGA CAM is designed specifically for use with the AdderView DDX30, a compact and flexible digital matrix solution. This new module supports VGA connections which ensures all DDX matrix systems can flexibly handle both analogue and digital sources. The second solution is the Adder DVA, a professional grade VGA to DVI converter that adds to the Adder range of toolkit solutions. A product developed for the US market, the Adder DVA broadens the capabilities across the range of Adder solutions including the AdderLink Infinity matrix by ensuring analogue sources can be seamlessly integrated with this state-of-the-art digital solution.
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The Alliance for IP Media Solutions (AIMS) is preparing a full schedule of events and activities throughout the forthcoming NAB show. During its first full trade show event, AIMS will be promoting the open standards and interoperability based transition to media production over IP. AIMS kicks off its NAB activities with a Monday morning press conference in conference room N242. The alliance’s booth (SL9406) will be the central location for information and advice about AIMS’ objectives, activities, and roadmap for the transition to IP based on open standards and interoperability. Interoperability demonstrations will feature on a variety of members’ booths throughout the LVCC, with the AIMS booth providing information on all AIMS related technology demonstrations and presentations by member companies on their booths and in the sessions and conference program. The booth will be manned throughout the duration of the show by member company representatives; member companies now number 22 and include leading manufacturers, consultants, service providers, media content producers and distributors. Exhibitors and visitors alike are invited to meet with AIMS representatives on the booth to discuss all matters relating to the adoption of IP technologies and workflows in media, and to learn of the opportunities and support afforded by AIMS membership. The morning press conference – 09:00 Monday 18th, LVCC conference room N242 – will showcase the AIMS roadmap for the adoption and standardization of open protocols in the transition to a fully IP based workflow, as well as the alliance’s alignment with the multiple associations and standards bodies, whose work and proposals the AIMS Roadmap endorses. AIMS’ efforts are focused on promoting the adoption, standardization, development and refinement of open protocols for media over IP, with an initial emphasis on VSF TR-03 and TR-04, SMPTE 2022-6 and AES67. Broadcasters and other media companies are seeking to leverage IP to increase the flexibility of their networks, help streamline workflows and improve agility to better compete in a rapidly evolving ecosystem. Open standards are the key to protecting current investments and ensuring longterm interoperability. Open standards work for the IP transition is already underway by the 77-member Video Services Forum (VSF), with the support of organizations such as SMPTE and the EBU. AIMS endorses the work of the VSF and will continue to lend support in the development of a standard approach to IP; more than 30 broadcast equipment suppliers and broadcasters were involved in the development of VSF TR03 and companies are actively testing and validating it today.
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At the 2016 NAB Show, ChyronHego will showcase the solutions and workflows that are easing the path to all-IP operations for its broadcast customers. The spotlight will be on end-to-end workflows for news and sports production, channel branding and tickers, and weather production that integrate ChyronHego's core product family as well as new and recently acquired technologies. "The migration to IP is top-of-mind for many broadcast operations, but so far the focus has been mostly on standards for video transmission over Ethernet connections. We believe that the IP migration is about much more than replacing a cable; it requires a completely integrated, end-to-end, softwarebased approach that leverages standard IT equipment and infrastructure. At ChyronHego, we've channeled a strong development effort into making sure all of our solutions are integrated to power complete software-based workflows. Those workflows are ChyronHego's central focus and our main theme at this year's NAB Show." â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Johan Apel, President and CEO, ChyronHego
News Production ChyronHego will demonstrate a fully integrated end-to-end news production workflow powered by the award-winning CAMIO asset and data management solution. With CAMIO as the newsroom control center, the workflow integrates ChyronHego's worldleading Lyric graphics creation and playout system, VidiGo Live Compositor for multicamera TV production, Metacast weather graphics solution, and Hybrid virtual studio and robotic camera head technologies. The result is a comprehensive solution by which anyone in the entire newsroom environment can create, control, and play out a full newscast, including broadcast graphics, virtual studio and augmented graphics, and weather graphics, all using templates.
Sports Production For live sports broadcasting, ChyronHego will showcase its industry-leading Paint telestration and analysis solution. Through its feature-rich toolset and sheer simplicity of use, Paint enables "illustrated replay" â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a combination
of replay, graphics, and analysis that brings game play to life and enhances fans' understanding and enjoyment of the action.
Channel Branding and Tickers At the 2016 NAB Show, ChyronHego will demonstrate a state-of-the-art deployment for election graphics based on the NewsTicker Elections system from the company's newest acquisition, Newsroom Solutions. With NewsTicker Elections, news productions are able to deploy accurate, data-driven, real-time ticker graphics for complete confidence in live reporting of election results.
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At the 2016 NAB Show, Digigram will present IP solutions that help broadcasters around the world to improve their productivity, flexibility, and program quality.
IP Solutions Thanks to the company's unrivalled expertise in digital and IP technologies, and to its early involvement in the development of norms and standards including AES67 and RAVENNA, Digigram is able to provide a wide range of solutions that meet customers' specific requirements.
IP Audio Codecs IQOYA *SERV/LINK MultipleStereo or Multichannel AudioOver-IP Codec for Audio Contribution Networks, SSL, STL, DVB, and Web Radio Program Distribution Digigram's IQOYA *SERV/LINK codec incorporates multiple distribution codec instances and the company's advanced FluidIP™ technology on a single, hardware-based processing platform to simplify the transport of multiple audio programs (mono, stereo, multichannel) over IP networks in a high-density format. Designed for radio broadcasting and for intercom and commentary for both radio and TV, the IQOYA *SERV/LINK codec allows users to configure multiple-stereo or multichannel solutions for links between studios and between the studio
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and transmitters, DVB operators, or content delivery networks. IQOYA *LINK and IQOYA *LINK/LE Audio-Over-IP Codecs for SSL and STL Applications The IQOYA *LINK and IQOYA *LINK/LE codecs are full-duplex encoding and decoding solutions that provide uncompromising performance for IP-based studio-to-studio and studio-to-transmitter links, as well as audio program delivery to DVB operators. Developed in collaboration with major European telcos, the IQOYA *LINK/LE codec is a cost-effective version of Digigram's full-featured IQOYA *LINK codec that gives broadcasters the benefit of 24/7 reliability, audio format flexibility, ease of use, and affordability. IQOYA *CALL and IQOYA *CALL/LE Audio-Over-IP Codec for Professional IP Audio in Outside Broadcast Applications Digigram will highlight IQOYA *CALL and IQOYA *CALL/LE codecs, which allow users to build reliable low-latency IP audio contribution links while keeping costs under control. These codecs are utilized by Digigram's Mobile Studio and Ultra Mobility solutions, which bring professional quality to fullduplex connections between a remote site and a studio.
Dalet Digital Media Systems SL3905 Dalet Digital Media Systems will be showcasing its media management solutions and workflow advancements at this year’s NAB Show. Visitors to the Dalet booth can book a private demonstration or workflow consultation with a Dalet expert to learn how enhancements to the Dalet Galaxy, Brio and AmberFin platforms can help them better manage and distribute content. “As an industry, our experience of new infrastructure technologies, such as IP and cloud, is now reaching a level of maturity that matches the proven robustness of Dalet software-based solutions,” comments Ben Davenport, director of marketing, Dalet. “It is these advancements that gift content owners the power of opportunity – the opportunity to make content and infrastructure work better for them and their businesses.” Getting Social Leading the way in exploiting social media as a source for newsroom journalists, Dalet Galaxy MAM for news is perfectly tailored for end-toend news production and distribution workflows. Embedded tools let personnel plan, collect, research, write, edit, and distribute text, audio and video instantly to television, radio, web and social media. As a result, news organizations have additional resources to cover and produce more stories. Dalet experts will be on hand to show how these and other new tools can be used to support radio, sports, archive, program prep and production workflows.
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N2518 area for ENCO well into the future.”
ENCO Introduces enCloud Suite for Mobile Journalism, Remote Production and Control The enCloud family essentially lays the foundation for future expansion of ENCO’s mobile and browser-based tools, which today includes remote voice tracking for off-site audio production, remote content manipulation, remote control, and flexible iOS and Android apps to simplify live newsgathering and contribution from the field. At NAB, ENCO is adding its new iDAD-Live application to the enCloud suite, which allows journalists to stream audio from their iOS device, in real time, to their DAD automation systems for playout.
“We continue to introduce new programs and applications that integrate with ENCO DAD radio automation workflows based on customer requests and industry trends,” said Ken Frommert, General Manager, ENCO. “The unifying element is making sure that these tools are accessible for our customers in the cloud, from any connected location outside of the studio. The enCloud suite represents an important growth
At NAB, ENCO will emphasize mobile journalism at its booth, with demonstrations of its iDAD and enDroid applications. These apps allow news reporters and announcers to record, label, transport, and now even stream audio directly to ENCO automation systems, with ENCO’s Interchange utility enabling a secure connection between the two worlds. Further emphasizing ENCO’s leadership in this segment, ENCO Broadcast Automation Specialist Paul Stewart will serve as a panelist for the Mobile Journalism, taking place Monday at 1pm at the NABShow Studio 1 production facility in the Grand Lobby of the Las Vegas Convention Center.
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Globecast opened its new Media Center in LA in 2015 offering fully managed playout services as well as media preparation and VOD logistics service. It also provides a point of presence for the company’s global coverage. Globecast’s Media Factory leverages the company’s proven expertise in handling both linear and on-demand services through playout and over-the-top solutions. It delivers on the promise to take content from anywhere in the world, process it in any way required, and then deliver it anywhere to any device. In competitive media landscape, Globecast understands the business imperatives and the complexity of efficient content monetization on every screen. The
company has multiple solutions to help broadcasters achieve this objective: from handling local channel branding through advertising management, compliance work, rights management services, to advanced content selling tools and analytics
Late last year Globecast launched a new platform on the AMC-11 satellite. As a result, prospective and current clients can benefit from the most powerful orbital position in the Americas for distribution to cable headends. This is evidenced by the fact that the satellite already hosts over 70 major Tier1 American channels. Sports channel Gol TV, a 24/7 network dedicated to soccer and an existing customer, is the first to have taken the opportunity to transition their HD feed onto Globecast’s new platform. As well as Gol TV, Globecast has signed additional contracts with companies including Revenue Frontier.
Following its acquisition of Thomson Video Networks, Harmonic will showcase its latest innovations for agile video delivery at the 2016 NAB Show. Using the combined company's comprehensive portfolio of solutions, content and service providers can quickly launch new revenue-generating services with the industry's lowest TCO, deploy more flexible video infrastructures,
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for all online video services.
increase workflow efficiency and deliver pristine video quality. "Harmonic and Thomson Video Networks are now one company, and at NAB we will showcase our unified vision for agile video delivery," said Bart Spriester, senior vice president, Video Products at Harmonic. "In one booth, visitors can see innovative solutions that simplify the ability to distribute and deliver pristine video to any device,
add great flexibility to broadcast workflows through cloud-based media processing, and take optimal advantage of available bandwidth via next-generation compression technologies. The joint innovation of Harmonic and Thomson Video Networks lets our customers create, deliver and monetize superior-quality video on any screen with extraordinary agility and cost efficiency."
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Hitachi Kokusai to Showcase Advanced Camera Technology Leadership at 2016 NAB Show Hitachi Kokusai will provide working demonstrations and insightful discussions of the latest developments in leading-edge topics, including 8K acquisition and IP-based production infrastructure. “Hitachi Kokusai is fully committed to the Americas’ HD and UHD television production market and now, more than ever before, we are prepared to quickly adopt new, developing standards and technologies that will significantly improve our customer’s ROI, workflow and profitability,” said Hitachi Kokusai Electric America’s new CEO, Mr. Hiroaki Ohashi. The centerpiece of Hitachi Kokusai’s 8K showcase will be fully-working demonstrations of the SK-UHD8060 Super Hi-Vision camera. The world’s first dockable 8K camera, the SK-UHD8060 is Hitachi Kokusai’s fourth-generation 8K production solution and is ideal for studio and outside broadcast (OB) applications.
Developed in conjunction with Japan Broadcasting Corporation (NHK), the SK-UHD8060 will be shown in the Hitachi Kokusai booth. Hitachi Kokusai’s multi-year development of advanced 8K cameras has been and will continue supporting NHK’s plans to deliver Super Hi-Vision broadcasts. The SK-UHD8060 is a complete 8K television production system, featuring a Super 35mm CMOS sensor with 7,680 x 4,320 pixel resolution, PL-mount lens, and on-
board recording capabilities. Designed to support the latest advances in High Dynamic Range (HDR), Wide Color Gamut (WCG) and High Frame Rate (HFR) standards and technologies, the camera conforms to Japan’s ARIB specifications while delivering 16 times the picture information of HDTV. Adding to the camera’s flexibility, the SK-UHD8060 can simultaneously output multiple television standards including 8K, 4K/UHD, 1080p, 1080i and 720p.
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Integrated Microwave Technologies
C1321 Integrated Microwave Technologies (IMT) showcases its Nucomm Central Integrated Radome System x6 (CIRAS-x6) and Nucomm DR3 Diversity Receiver at NAB 2016. The Nucomm CIRAS-x6 is a ruggedized COFDM (DVB-T compliant) six-way diversity receiver integrated into a six-segment antenna pod. The Nucomm DR3 is a third-generation diversity receiver that includes sixway MaxRC diversity, IP diversity, MPEG-2/4 decoding, a WebPage interface and integration into IP networks. The CIRAS-x6 features six vertical polarized antennas, with each having 14 dB gain. Offering exceptional RF performance in a compact, lightweight IP66-rated weatherproof radome housing, the receiver enables users to mount it on vehicles, towers, building tops or a tripod in any weather condition. It also features optional two-channel six-way diversity reception in the same package. The system is designed to optimize the receive signal automatically at all times, virtually eliminating human intervention. In contrast to the older single antenna, which is highly directional, the CIRAS-x6 covers 360 degrees of azimuth with no moving parts. The system sends an MPEG Transport Stream over IP either by Ethernet cable or over ruggedized fiber to a remote decoder. The CIRAS-x6 is powered from a PoE switch or auxiliary DC input.
LiveU will feature an exclusive live studio at this year’s NAB in collaboration with TWiT.tv, NewTek and Panasonic. The studio offers a broadcast technology showcase, integrating three leading broadcast brands – LiveU, NewTek and Panasonic. Three Panasonic AWHE130 PTZ robotic cameras and two AGPX270 cameras along with a roaming camera connected to LiveU’s award winning LU500 lightweight backpacks will stream directly into a NewTek TriCaster multi-camera production system. The TriCaster will be connected to LiveU’s LU700 hybrid rackmount encoder, which will stream live to TWiT.tv. Leo Laporte, the founder and owner of the TWiT Netcast Network, will host “Triangulation” and “iOS Today” from the LiveU booth. Additionally, TWiT’s Megan Morrone and Jason Howell will present “Tech News Today,” Monday through Wednesday,
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and Scott Wilkinson will record an episode of TWiT’s “Home Theater Geeks.” Father Robert Ballecer will also be recording TWiT Live Specials from the NAB show floor, including interviews with marquee guests.
NAB Debut of LiveU Solo LiveU will also demonstrate its new plug-and-play live streaming bonded solution for the online media market, LiveU Solo. LiveU Solo allows users to live-stream seamlessly into any web streaming workflow by connecting automatically to popular content delivery networks such as YouTube Live and Wowza Streaming Cloud™. Solo is simple to manage and control remotely via a web interface or smart device.
Also on show: LiveU will present its full range of live video acquisition, management and distribution solutions over IP
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“NAB is the Mecca of the broadcasting world and we will be bringing our full arsenal of Miller products that show our commitment to the industry,” says Charles Montesin, global sales and marketing manager, Miller Camera Support, LLC. “Our products feature the ‘right feel,’ with their smooth starts and stops and quick setup, that consumers in the broadcast industry have come to expect. We also plan to unveil several new product ranges and technological advancements during the show that will be sure to leave a lasting impression.”
system also allows for quick payload balancing. The Combo Live Pedestal series features precise-smooth low noise in the shot column with a 450mm (17.7”) stroke, an independent dolly wheel axle brake system, multiple wheel positions for linear or radius dolly tracking, 125mm dual ball bearing wheels for quick swivel-turn action and a central hub locking column with adjustable spider arm supports. Finally, the series was built with a steering wheel diameter of 294mm (11.6”) and 400mm (15.7”), a dolly tracking width of 964mm (38”), sturdy adjustable cable guards and a portable hand pump with pressure gauge. The pedestals will be available as a system paired with several of Miller’s popular fluid heads.
Miller will be introducing the new Combo Live Pedestal Series at NAB 2016, which offers users a sturdy design for maximum stability, with reliable and simple to use features, making it perfect for live studio applications. With a carry handle for the column and dolly, this compact and portable pedestal range offers an easy setup with column tension control and a safety lock. Its air adjustable column
The Compass 23 Fluid Head is the newest entrant to Miller’s 100mm range and provides users with the capability to add more lens and rig options without completely going out of the 75mm price point. It is designed to handle a variety of setups, from those that employ a light rigging with just a camera and a lens to a full rig adding on monitors, wireless mics, batteries and more, where standout features
New Combo Live Pedestal Series and Compass 23 Fluid Head for the U.S. market at NAB 2016
such as pan and tilt smoothness and multiple counterbalance selection are also required.
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Qligent Expands Scalability of Multiplatform TV Monitoring in the Cloud at 2016 NAB Show Introduced in 2014, Vision’s flexible approach to multiplatform TV monitoring has caught on with broadcasters and MVPDs globally. In the past 12 months, Qligent has deployed more than 3000 networked probes worldwide for major broadcasters including RT (Russia Today) and 1+1 Media Group. Each probe monitors 10 to 250 streams of programming across terrestrial, cable, satellite, OTT and other delivery platforms, which means Vision today enables the remote monitoring, analysis and troubleshooting of more than 30,000 program streams across six continents. This early success has empowered Qligent to invest in Vision’s continued development based on industry trends and customer requests. Qligent’s flexible model for Vision offers both an on-premises option and deployment via its Oversight managed service, the industry’s first monitoring-as-a-service (MaaS) platform. The latter option offers a pay-as-you-go model that can additionally fill resource and skillset gaps for customers as needed. “Smaller and smaller probe footprints along with cloud-based scale has enabled huge deployments more efficiently than ever thought possible,” said Ted Korte, COO, Qligent. “Qligent remains the only monitoring and analysis supplier that can effectively deploy these systems as both a SaaS and MaaS platform, depending on the customer’s needs and goals.” Among the new scalability features for Vision include the introduction of Qligent’s Virtual Probes, which can analyze IPbased streams from anywhere in
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the field; and present that data on a centralized Vision dashboard in the cloud. Benefits include a simple monthly fee, with installation and configuration achieved remotely in one day or less. Qligent’s Virtual Probes eliminate travel expenses and onsite commissioning, and since they are virtual they can quickly be relocated to a new server anywhere in the world. This provides a unique benefit for monitoring one-time events like sports and live special broadcasts, enabling users to rent a virtual server or cloud, and avoid the labor associated with setup and teardown. Other key scalability benefits added to Vision include: • Multi-Layer Stream monitoring: Each probe platform is selected to handle what the broadcaster needs instead of a one-size-fitsall approach. This allows for
incredibly cost-effective last-mile probes, even when RF Layer monitoring is required. • IT Integration: Vision’s flexible platform ensures any customer can adhere to in-house IT policies for security and access, with protocol support such as LDAP (Lightweight Directory Access Protocol). Also included is IPbased stream capture with Wireshark equivalent recording to analyze the lowest levels of the stream, and capture data in a way IT professionals can leverage. • System Management: New rolebased access, group policies and remote probe configuration dramatically reduces time spent managing Vision deployments of any size. This software-defined approach simplifies system widemanagement, and becomes incrementally more powerful as the monitoring footprint scales.
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SL8416 their efficiency, productivity and creativity in delivering the products and services that drive their businesses. Xcellis consolidates media and metadata management, extends connectivity options for both Fibre Channel and Ethernet clients, and supports hosted applications in a single hardware solution that greatly enhances productivity in collaborative media environments. Working with a growing array of technology partners and application providers, Quantum is continually extending the ways in which Xcellis can optimize end-to-end workflows.
â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Quantum presence at the 2016 NAB Show will reflect our focus on simplification through technology integration. We are dedicated to helping customers deploy storage technology faster and in a more usable format so that they can accelerate their productivity and creativity. To this end, we have gone beyond making performance enhancements to our shared storage platform, also improving ease of use, simplifying management, and boosting integration to set a new standard
for storage infrastructure."â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Geoff Stedman, Senior Vice President, Scale-out Storage Solutions, at Quantum.
NAB Show Debut: Xcellis Shared Workflow Storage System The award-winning Xcellis workflow storage system will make its NAB Show debut, and Quantum will demonstrate how the unique converged capabilities of this solution empower users to boost
Q-Cloud Vault Support in the New StorNext 5.3 Platform Quantum will showcase its new Q-Cloud Vault long-term cloud storage service at the 2016 NAB Show. Fully integrated within workflows powered by StorNext 5.3, Q-Cloud Vault provides low-cost, Quantum-managed "cold storage" in the public cloud. Because StorNext 5.3 enables end-to-end encryption, users can leverage the cloud as a part of their storage infrastructure to facilitate secure, cost-effective storage of their media content, both on-site and off-site.
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Ross Video announced that it is planning its biggest NAB in the companyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s history. Following the theme of Smart Production, Ross will be showing how its technologies, services and expertise can help customers achieve their creative, business and technical goals.
Production Switchers Carbonite will show the new Black control panels, now available on all models as well as a host of new features with version 12.0 software. One of the cool feature additions is Multi-Panel operation, an unprecedented feature in this segment of the switcher market. It enables users to operate their Carbonite ME, MiniMEs or MultiScreen outputs from multiple control panels and DashBoard control points. This configuration is ideal for Live Event and House of Worship applications. The largest Ross Production Switcher Series Acuity is being shown with integrated IP (Internet Protocol) 10Gb/s I/O capabilities. This solution provides a direct connection into the Evertz IP routing environment without requiring a top of the rack gateway. Acuity IP I/O is compatible with the Evertz ASPEN and SMPTE 2022-6 encapsulation standards for media integration within IP networks and is plug-and-play with the Evertz Magnum control system. Acuity with ASPEN I/O will be showing in the ASPEN Community booth.
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Graphics Systems XPression continues swift development, adding features to extend its functionality to address new applications and workflows. XPression has added new user interface enhancements for 3D design, easier clip looping, and faster animation control. The XPression MOS Plug-in works with all the popular news editorial systems and makes it easy for journalists to prepare graphics and clips for news programs. The new version of this Plug-In will be at NAB. It has been significantly upgraded, adding a number of new features making it easier and faster to build graphics for a news show. Adobe XMP Metadata is now available for use inside XPression. Available for entry in every Adobe software tool, XMP metadata can be used to automatically populate text, or make scene changes like color changes and image replacements.
Media Asset Management Version 3.1 of the Streamline media asset management application introduces tight workflow integration with XPression Clips for seamless playback operation and automatic transcoding into the highly efficient XPression codec, as well as a complete integration with OverDrive automated production control systems. XPression Trackless Studio,
launched at IBC is making its North American debut at NAB. XPression Trackless is a purpose-built solution for cost-effective virtual production without requiring camera tracking. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s built on top of XPression to be a cost-effective solution for bringing virtual environments to a whole new set of users. Trackless Studio permits users to perform dramatic virtual camera moves, utilize multiple cameras, perform transitions, add live inputs, trigger real-time 3D graphics, recall clips or still images, and create macros for complex events. XPression Trackless Studio uses stationary physical cameras instead of encoded camera heads or optical tracking systems, and with camera movement handled by virtual cameras inside of the XPression scene.
Infrastructure The openGear SPG-8260 Sync Pulse Generator is now available with a true AES Word Clock output with a new version, the SPG-8260W. It is ideal for synchronizing both video and audio devices. The new Ultrix Routing System will make its NAB debut. Supporting 12G SDI for single link UHD routing and incorporating software upgradable features including Ultriscape multiviewers and the Ultrimix embedded audio routing and processing matrix, Ultrix brings high-end router capabilities to costeffective compact routing systems.
NABSHOW 2016 PREVIEW
VITEC will showcase its IPTV Sports Venue Solution, featuring EZ TV; MGW Ace/D265 HEVC pointto-point portable streaming solutions with Zixiâ&#x201E;˘ stream protection; and Pico TOUGH video encoder. "At this year's NAB Show, we will highlight our comprehensive IPTV Sports Venue Solution along with its new digital signage capabilities," said Philippe Wetzel, CEO of VITEC. "Sports fans today want to be entertained in and out of their seats, but until now, the options were cost prohibitive. Our latest streaming technology provides customers with an affordable and reliable solution to optimize their displays and IP infrastructure, boosting fan engagement and creating additional revenue opportunities." VITEC's EZ TV is an integral
platform to the company's cuttingedge IPTV Sports Venue Solution, which allows any stadium or arena to stream high-quality live, ondemand, or recorded video over its existing IP infrastructure, creating highly effective sponsorship inventory by turning every display into a digital asset that people will connect with and dwell on. The IPTV Sports Venue Solution features low latency across all
displays, synchronized playback, efficient scalability, and intuitive Web-based admin capabilities. Along with showcasing the IPTV Sports Venue Solution, VITEC will highlight its new solutions for houses of worship, introducing secure and fast multisite streaming over the public Internet, time shift, and other playback and recording features.
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THE PORTABLE BLACK BOX
Test bench made by Pablo MartĂnez In this new issue of TMBroadcast I will be analyzing one of the products of the GB Labs SPACE series: the MiniSpace. The British company GB Labs have been manufacturing storage systems since 2000, through the continuous innovation of its products it has achieved considerable success. They have shown commitment, among others, for the post-production market, where they have extensive knowledge on main non-linear editing environments, which enables seamless system integration. The MiniSpace is a portable storage unit, perfect for any work environment, optimised for digital content management anywhere. It provides simplicity and advanced performance, along with centralised storage in any situation, both in fixed locations and possible editing
facilities. When using it, you know for sure that editors' work is supported at all times. It has a simple and user-friendly interface that can easily be integrated with highly advanced editing software; its installation does not need constant technical supervision, which makes this small black box a major stake in environments where reliability, speed and security are paramount, and this is definitely what we are looking for these days. The Space series works with standard protocols, and therefore works with any existing infrastructure. With open Linux XFS, this server's file system offers maximum compatibility and guarantees access to data with no vendor lockin. One of the things that caught my attention most about GB Labs is its
"five golden rules", which apply to the manufacturing, development and implementation of its systems, and are based on 5 very clear concepts: 1.Fast 2.Easy to own 3.Expandable 4.Scalable 5.Feature rich They give us what we need to assess their products; they are designed to be quick in production environments. Plus, they use file systems and open standard network architecture, which guarantees that their systems are easy to install, update and maintain. Similarly, we should note the growing capacity by adding expansion modules, and its scalability to work TMBi - 105
with groups of 2 or 100 users, depending on the needs and integration of third parties. The SPACE series supports open standard file structures, and is compatible with all media formats, and with projects created by leading editing systems, effects and 3D applications. Its open architecture makes it the perfect complement for audiovisual asset management solutions, transcoding farms and animation and rendering systems.
It is a robust and easy to carry system, with several integrated Ethernet ports, which will help us at different times to set an outdoor multi edit central storage.
LET'S KNOW MORE ABOUT IT
Cut Pro or any other edit software, MiniSPACE delivers speed and stability for fast content creation.
Key features: - Portable storage system for use on location or in small studios - Performance: Ideal for smallsized HD workgroups - Connectivity: 1 Gb or optional 10 Gb - Capacities: 4 TB or 8 TB - Unit dimensions 270mm x 410mm x 220mm - 8 hot swap drive compact portable model - RAID 6 operation for ultimate data protection - Supports any mix of Windows, Mac and Linux clients - No user licensing costs - No client software to install - Quiet operation ideal for small office workgroups - 4 off 1G Ethernet (GbE) ports for client connections - 2 off 1G Ethernet (GbE) ports for system monitoring - 1 off IPMI Ethernet port for hardware monitoring - No new cabling or card adaptor. Whether teams are using Adobe Premiere Pro, Grass Valley Edius, Avid Media Composer, AppleFinal
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GB Labs has turned the ownership and use of shared storage systems into a totally new experience. Mac, PC, Linux and OS in mix working groups can access files for their editing in an easy and quick way. Projects and content can be moved or copied into high-speed storage units, with integrated tools to manage automation data and a storage system connected to a level 1 network. It supports multiple HD simultaneous editors.
WHAT IT OFFERS On the outside, it is a robust and easy to carry system, with several integrated Ethernet ports, which will help us at different times to set an outdoor multi edit central storage (with no external switch). We will only need to be there, connect the edit stations and get ready to work. On the inside, it is an innovative and simple system that works with an optimised operating system (OS) owned by GB Labs. The Core OS that I have tested is version 3, and it has a web interface that is easy and simple to work with. As we saw earlier when looking at its features, one of the key parts about editing environments (in my case in particular,) is the seamless integration with the editing software and the operating speed that the
system provides. In order to exploit MiniSPACE's potential, we created a real working environment, with four editing stations (two Premier Pro and two FCP7) and a general monitoring laptop. We defined two working methods to carry out the test:
1.- Intake of images into a common working folder and evaluation of two simultaneous projects, in ProRes HD format for each editing station with the same format (given that the project was relatively small); and to set out the work environment as if it were an outdoor location, with a time working limit. We decided not to use asset cataloguing, the working format that we normally use in larger environments. With this working format (in pairs) with the editing stations, the MiniSPACE achieved high data transfer and file processing rate, which is one of the factors that merits special attention within the editing process. Editors were very happy with the workflow obtained.
2.- The second planned method was to generate a stress test. To that end we created several ProRes HD format files and we forced the editing stations to work in multi-track projects, with several common files and some single files for each project. We specifically worked with four video tracks in each station, and applied effects to some of them. When using the huge multiplying effect of simultaneous access demand to material, hardly any "loop playbacksâ&#x20AC;? drops in the editing stations were generated. As for the transfer and rendering of the projects, bottlenecks on the MiniSPACE were not generated, which means that its speed and safety is way beyond other devices with similar features. Having done the test, I am not going to give speed/performance
data or configuration data because I think that these numbers depend on the end user and are subjective. I know that the approach of each one of you will be very different. I have performed the test with the configuration that I normally use, and I just have to say that, when
compared to the system with which I normally work, MiniSPACE wins by a landslide.
WHAT WE MISS Honestly, with the bespoke OS and the easy integration with the editing software, nothing is missing. Maybe it could include a redundant power supply because even though it is an option given when shopping it, I think that it is a key element in all portable systems, where most of the time we do not have a UPS.
I have performed the test with the configuration that I normally use, and I just have to say that, when CONCLUSION compared to the When I first started working with system with which I MiniSPACE for this test bench I normally work, really wasn't expecting such an extraordinary performance nor its MiniSPACE wins by a use and configuration to be so simlandslide. ple and intuitive. I have to highlight
the facilities offered by the manufacturer for the initial start-up of the MiniSPACE, which I refused, so that I could start and evaluate its features from scratch, including the first start-up, which is normally the most difficult one. I worked on that for almost an hour, setting working groups, user permissions and using them in production to start with the editing work. When compared to other similar systems, the time spent is far less, almost a third, and this is all thanks to its standard connections and to its open architecture. It has a great quality-toprice ratio. I recommend you visit their website, where you will find a detailed description of the possibilities that the SPACE series offers. I want to thank Tim Grant for lending me the MiniSpace to carry out this test bench, and IB3TV for their facilities.
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