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BESTOF SHOW SPRING SEASON 2020

Special Edition Program Guide Showcasing Nominated and Winning Products


BESTOF SHOW SPRING SEASON 2020

Special Edition

You can’t hold a convention in a pandemic. Yet innovation in media technology doesn’t stop -- in fact, new solutions become more important than ever for businesses that are reenvisioning their workflows. The Future Best of Show Program Guide introduces you to new products for the TV, film, video, streaming, radio and pro AV business sectors. This digital guide features all of the nominees that participated in this year’s special version of the Best of Show Awards program, held online in the absence of the 2020 NAB Show. An award logo at the top of a page indicates a winning product. The guide provides you with an excellent review of new technology available in our industries. It also allows companies to tell you in their own words why they believe a new product is noteworthy. Ten Future publications participate in the Best of Show Awards at the NAB Show: TV Technology, Digital Video, Video Edge, Next TV, B+C, TVBEurope, Government Video, Radio World, Pro Sound News and Sound & Video Contractor. Companies may nominate multiple products; they pay a fee for each entry. Winners are selected by panels of professional users and editors based on descriptions provided via the nomination form. Thank you to all the participants; congratulations to the winners. And thank YOU for reading. We hope to see you back at the spring show in 2021.

TV TECHNOLOGY

DALET DIGITAL MEDIA SYSTEMS......................16 Dalet CubeNG Graphics Platform

LITRA LLC.........................................................28 LitraStudio Portable RGBWW LED Light

7MOUNTAINS.......................................................4 DiNA - Cloud Newsroom Solution

DIGITAL NIRVANA..............................................17 Trance - AI-Generated Captions

LTN GLOBAL......................................................29 LTN Cue

ADVANTECH CORP...............................................5 VEGA-8300E 8K Broadcast Video Encoder

DREAM CHIP.....................................................18 Atom one SSM500 500fps Slow Motion

MASSTECH........................................................30 Kumulate

ADVANTECH CORP...............................................6 VEGA-3311 4K Encoding/Decoding Card

EDITSHARE.......................................................19 EFSv: Collaborative Editing in the Cloud

MEDIAKIND.......................................................31 Aquila Broadcast, Processing and Delivery

AMAZON WEB SERVICES.....................................7 Amazon Polly Neural Text-to-Speech

ENCO SYSTEMS.................................................20 enCaption Live Automated Captioning

NAGRA..............................................................32 NexGuard ClipMark

AVIWEST..............................................................8 RACK300 HEVC Video Contribution Encoder

EVERTZ MICROSYSTEMS LTD............................21 SCORPION Smart Media Processing Platform

NET INSIGHT.....................................................33 Nimbra 400 for Internet Contribution

BLACK BOX.........................................................9 Emerald PE IP-Based KVM Extenders BRIDGE TECHNOLOGIES...................................10 PoE Instrument View Kit BRIGHTCOVE.....................................................11 Brightcove Beacon BROADPEAK.....................................................12 S4Streaming CANON U.S.A. INC.............................................13 CJ18ex7.6B KASE S UHDgc CINEO LIGHTING...............................................14 ReFlex r15 DALET DIGITAL MEDIA SYSTEMS......................15 Dalet StoreFront Content Marketplace

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EVERTZ MICROSYSTEMS LTD............................22 DreamCatcherTM BRAVO HARMONIC........................................................23 VOS® Cloud-Native Software IBM ASPERA......................................................24 Aspera on Cloud With Irdeto Watermarking INTERRA SYSTEMS INC.....................................25 BATON Captions LG BUSINESS SOLUTIONS.................................26 .44mm Bezel LCD Video Wall (55SVH7PF) LG BUSINESS SOLUTIONS.................................27 LAPE Series 1.5mm Fine-Pitch LED Signage

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NETINT TECHNOLOGIES....................................34 Codensity T4132 - High Density Encoder NPAW (NICE PEOPLE AT WORK)........................35 YOUBORA Suite 6 PHABRIX...........................................................36 QxL - 25G IP-Enabled Rasterizer PRIMESTREAM..................................................37 Primestream Creative Bridge PRIMESTREAM..................................................38 Primestream Xchange Media Cloud PRO VIDEO INSTRUMENTS................................39 INFINIUM®

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PROGRAM PRODUCTION INC............................40 ProCrewz® Labor Mgmt. Software/Mobile App QLIGENT CORP..................................................41 Dymos™ Event-Based Dynamic Monitoring QUANTUM CORP................................................42 Quantum F1000 QUMULO...........................................................43 P-368T All-NVMe File Storage Platform QUMULO...........................................................44 CloudStudio ROHDE & SCHWARZ GMBH & CO. KG................45 R&S NextGen TV Transmitter Solution SIGNIANT..........................................................46 Jet SONY ELECTRONICS.........................................47 PVM-X2400 4K HDR TRIMASTER Monitor

DREAM CHIP.....................................................72 Atom one SSM500 500fps Slow Motion

GOVERNMENT VIDEO

MAXON..............................................................73 Cinema 4D

DEJERO.............................................................99 EnGo 260 Mobile Transmitter

MOOVIT GMBH..................................................74 Helmut4 Post-Production Software Solution

LITRA LLC.......................................................100 LitraStudio Portable RGBWW LED Light

NAGRA..............................................................75 NexGuard Plug-In for Editing Software

RADIO WORLD

RED GIANT........................................................76 VFX Suite - Plug-Ins for After Effects

ANGRY AUDIO.................................................101 Bluetooth Audio Gadget

SIGMA CORP. OF AMERICA................................77 Sigma fp

BROADCAST BIONICS......................................102 Camera One, Visualization System

STREAMGEAR INC.............................................78 VidiMo Go Live Stream Production System

DEVA BROADCAST..........................................103 DB4005 - SDR-Based FM Radio Mod Monitor

VIEWSONIC CORP..............................................79 VP3481 34-Inch Ultra-Wide Curved Monitor

DIGIGRAM.......................................................104 IQOYA CONNECT Codec Manager

TELESTREAM....................................................48 Vantage IMF Producer

VIDEO EDGE

TELESTREAM....................................................49 Wirecast Gear

OWC..................................................................80 ThunderBay FLEX 8-Store Charge and Connect

THEO TECHNOLOGIES.......................................50 High Efficiency Streaming Protocol

WIDEORBIT.......................................................81 WideOrbit Digital Ad Suite

THINKLOGICAL, A BELDEN BRAND...................51 Low-Latency 12G SDI Extenders

ENCO SYSTEMS...............................................105 WebDAD Mobile Radio Automation HENRY ENGINEERING......................................106 BackUPS Failsafe UPS Power Switcher NAUTEL...........................................................107 Nautel LookingGlass RCS.................................................................108 REVMA - Professional-Grade Streaming

BROADCAST+CABLE

WHEATSTONE CORP........................................109 GSX Programmable Console

EDGE NETWORKS.............................................82 Evoca Broadcast Television Service

WHEATSTONE CORP........................................110 Blade-4 for WheatNet-IP Audio Network

MAXON..............................................................83 Cinema 4D

WINMEDIA.......................................................111 WinSales

VELA.................................................................84 Compliance Monitoring Logger/Multiviewer

SOUND & VIDEO CONTRACTOR

VERIZON MEDIA PLATFORM..............................85 Verizon Media Smartplay Prebid

ATEN TECHNOLOGY INC..................................112 StreamLive HD Multichannel AV Mixer

VERIZON MEDIA PLATFORM..............................57 Verizon Media Control

NEXT|TV

AURORA MULTIMEDIA CORP...........................113 Tauri Temperature Tablet Series

VIONLABS..........................................................58 Emotional Fingerprint API

BITCENTRAL INC...............................................86 FUEL Plug-In for WordPress CMS

WHEATSTONE CORP..........................................59 Blade-4 for WheatNet-IP Audio Network

FIRSTLIGHT MEDIA...........................................87 Quickplay TV Storefront

WHEATSTONE CORP..........................................60 Remote Dimension Three Touch

WHEATSTONE CORP..........................................88 Blade-4 for WheatNet-IP Audio Network

WIDEORBIT.......................................................61 WideOrbit Digital Ad Suite

WHEATSTONE CORP..........................................89 Remote Dimension Three Touch

ZIXI...................................................................62 Zixi Software-Defined Video Platform

TVB EUROPE

DIGITAL VIDEO

FIRSTLIGHT MEDIA...........................................90 Quickplay TV Storefront

ADOBE..............................................................63 Productions in Adobe Premiere Pro

LITRA LLC.........................................................91 LitraStudio Portable RGBWW LED Light

AJA VIDEO SYSTEMS.........................................64 HDR Image Analyzer 12G

MOOVIT GMBH..................................................92 Helmut4 Post-Production Software Solution

ATEN TECHNOLOGY INC....................................65 StreamLive HD Multichannel AV Mixer

NAGRA..............................................................93 NexGuard ClipMark

BLACKBIRD.......................................................66 Blackbird: Cloud Video-Editing Platform

OWNONES.........................................................94 Connect™

BLACKMAGIC DESIGN.......................................67 ATEM Mini Pro Live Production Switcher

SINGULA DECISIONS.........................................95 Singula® Subscriber Intelligence

PRO SOUND NEWS

BLACKMAGIC DESIGN.......................................68 Pocket Cinema Camera 6K

VELA.................................................................96 Compliance Monitoring Logger/Multiviewer

ALLEN & HEATH..............................................124 AHM-64 96 kHz Audio Matrix Processor

BORIS FX...........................................................69 Silhouette Paint Plug-In

WHEATSTONE CORP..........................................97 Blade-4 for WheatNet-IP Audio Network

AUDIO DESIGN DESK.......................................125 Audio Design Desk: AI-Assisted DAW

CANON U.S.A.....................................................70 C300 Mark III

WHEATSTONE CORP..........................................98 Remote Dimension Three Touch

Q5X (QUANTUM 5X SYSTEMS INC.).................126 QT-AD10 Axient Digital PlayerMic

TRIVENI DIGITAL INC.........................................52 ATSC 3.0 Cloud TSL PRODUCTS.................................................53 SAM-Q Audio Monitoring With Loudness TVU NETWORKS................................................54 TVU One With Integrated 5G Modem VELA.................................................................55 Compliance Monitoring Logger/Multiviewer VERIMATRIX......................................................56 VCAS 5 for DVB

DOORBELL FON...............................................115 IDoorBell Plus HENRY ENGINEERING......................................116 BackUPS Failsafe UPS Power Switcher JABRA.............................................................117 PanaCast LIBERTY AV SOLUTIONS..................................118 5x1 Table Box Presentation Switcher LIBERTY AV SOLUTIONS..................................119 DigitaLinx Adapter Ring 2.0 LIBERTY AV SOLUTIONS..................................120 DigitaLinx DC Power Supply (DL-PSU8) LIBERTY AV SOLUTIONS..................................121 HDMI & USB-C HDBaseT Wall Plate Extension Set LIBERTY AV SOLUTIONS..................................122 ‘Welcome Space’ by Teleportivity PRO VIDEO INSTRUMENTS..............................123 INFINIUM®

VERITONE INC.................................................127 Content Classification

CANON U.S.A.....................................................71 CINE-SERVO 25-250mm T2.95-3.95 BEST OF SHOW AWARDS SPRING SEASON 2020

AVER INFORMATION INC.................................114 TR530 Auto-Tracking & Streaming Camera

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7MOUNTAINS

DiNA - Cloud Newsroom Solution

Story Planning, Creation, Collaboration and Go Live, All From One iInterface DiNA is a storytelling tool for journalists and editors that is built with modern, web-based technology and with the end-user in mind. DiNA was shown to the European broadcasters at IBC 2019 and will make its debut in the U.S. and wider market the spring of 2020. DiNA is disrupting the traditional newsroom market, offering a journalist tool that is 100% cloud-based and built for collaboration between departments, built for sharing, for using AI technology to empower the journalist and with a story-centric approach. Australian Ausbiz is launching a new business channel, built from the ground up with DiNA as their core newsroom system, in early 2020. Ausbiz says: “When presented with the opportunity to build a newsroom from scratch we wanted to find intuitive, scalable platforms that would allow our journalists to focus on content, not systems. Our use case for DiNA is to plan, create, edit, go live and publish VOD; all from a single interface. It will finally disrupt the traditional workflow of a broadcast newsroom and give journalists 100% control over the output of Ausbiz.” No other newsroom solution in the market offers the story-centric and modern approach to news creation as DiNA does. The solution is built from the ground up for journalistic efficiency and creative freedom. Another key customer, Danish TV 2 /Fyn, which is transforming their entire newsroom to cloud-based solutions, says: “Our philosophy at TV 2/Fyn has always been to put journalists and storytelling first, and technology second. The technology should be there as an enabler: to support our journalistic team and make our storytelling workflow as flexible and efficient as possible.” The project at TV 2/Fyn was featured in the February issue of TVBEu-

rope. See article here: https://issuu.com/futurepublishing/docs/tvb70.digital_ janfeb2020/56?fbclid=IwAR2LRu2XFNQDEw5beSz0T19P8D4CCBQhcwN8xk 5HG3V7mBDkqN3m-2rsNts With DiNA, journalists get a tool where they can collaborate and work in a transparent environment. The journalist can plan, share and publish over multiple platforms; all within one user interface. DiNA key functionality includes a story planning tool, a marketplace for pitching stories internally, using AI tools for related videos and content recommendations, auto-creation of stories for social media and story comments and followers features. DiNA integrates with news feed providers, with MAM systems, with graphics systems, with automation systems and more.

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ADVANTECH CORP.

VEGA-8300E 8K Broadcast Video Encoder Compact 8K LIVE Contribution - Real-Time 8K Capturing and HEVC Encoding

The NEW VEGA-8300E is a fully integrated 8Kp60 live HEVC contribution encoder and streaming appliance in a compact low-power form factor with a user-friendly, web-based control and management interface. The unit is ready to use out of the box, featuring a 4x SDI-12G 8K live audio/video input, a hardware-accelerated 8Kp60 10 bit 4:2:2-capable HEVC encoder and a streaming engine output that can be configured to transmit video point to point to local receivers/players or broadcast across the world via Amazon Cloudfront services. The unit also features local storage that can be used to record encoded video for later if live transmission is not possible. By using hardware encoding linked closely to the capture interface, the size and power, consumption of the VEGA-8300E is significantly lower than software-only equivalents. Proven. VEGA-8300E streaming technology for the FranceTV 8K over 5G trial at French Open tennis tournament. This was the most recent exciting experiment hosted and led by FranceTV. During the experiment, Advantech provided live 8Kp60 HEVC encoding services and demonstrated a point-to-point link with 4 x SDI-12G capture and encode from a Sharp 8K camera, streaming across a 5G network to a software decoder/

player from partner Spin Digital, running on a home theater PC driving a Sharp 8K TV. Features: • Compact, low-power unit, easily transportable • Live 8K video and audio capture on 4 x SDI-12G ports • Real-time 8Kp60 8/10bit 4:2:0/4:2:2 HEVC Encoding up to 500 Mbps • Stream out via HLS, RTP, TSoverIP and via Amazon Cloudfront Main Key Takeaway: The VEGA-8300E is a compact 8K live contribution video encoder capable of real-time 8K capturing and HEVC encoding at 60fps in 4:2:0 and 4:2:2 chroma and streaming at up to 500 Mbps. With a 4 x SDI12G input, up to 22.2 channel audio embedding and web-based management screen, the VEGA-8300E is ideal for trials and early adopters to use now.

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ADVANTECH CORP.

VEGA-3311 4K Encoding/Decoding Card 4K Broadcasting Real-Time Card, AIMS Roadmap Support Including SMPTE 2110

VEGA-3311 enables HEVC, AVC real-time 1-ch 4K UltraHD (2160p60) and 4-ch FHD (1080p60) encode and decode. It is particularly relevant for 4K UltraHD transmission, which requires a much higher stream capacity. VEGA-3311 is tailored for professional media processing and are capable of performing professional grade 4Kp60 Main10 profile HEVC encoding and decoding at less than 35W power consumption. The VEGA-3311 adapter additionally features 4K video capture over built-in 4-ch SDI-3G or 1-ch SDI-12G video inputs for acquisition-based encoding and 4-ch SDI-3G video outputs for acquisition-based decoding in contribution workflows. VEGA3311 can also support low-latency transmission of uncompressed or lightly compressed video over standard IP networks according to industry agreed standards. This card features a simple-to-use API and example code for FFmpeg and GStreamer multimedia frameworks to streamline product development and their integration into existing applications.

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AMAZON WEB SERVICES

Amazon Polly Neural Text-to-Speech Turn Text Into Lifelike Speech Using Deep Learning

customers like The Globe and Mail use it today to bring audiences editorial content read in a high-quality voice that sounds like what they might expect to hear on the TV or radio. By integrating Amazon Translate, audiences can listen to articles that are automatically translated to a language they understand. As of April 16, 2020, the newscaster style is available for two voices in the U.S. English dialect and one voice in the U.S. Spanish dialect with support for both live media applications and on-demand content. Thanks to an improved intonation and emphasis Lupe Newscaster sounds like a news anchor. The new speaking style is dynamic, natural, and crisp. In addition to the newscaster voice style, Amazon Polly uses NTTS to produce new Brand Voices. These voice styles are custom-developed by AWS with contributions from the team that developed the voice of Amazon Alexa. With Brand Voices, content providers work with AWS to develop a persona that reflects the brand that the voice will represent, and a style of voice that is tailored to every aspect of that persona. Content providers can engage their audiences with news, narration and voiceover through a distinct voice that reinforces their brand and differentiates their offerings in highly competitive markets. Amazon Polly with NTTS offers content providers an unmatched tool to integrate naturalsounding voice into their content and applications. It represents a powerful breakthrough in machine learning technology that is fast, cost-efficient and simple for media professionals to use. Supporting audio file: https://aws-ml-blog. s3.amazonaws.com/polly/lupe_blog_news.mp3?_=8

Amazon Polly is an Amazon Web Services (AWS) service that turns text into lifelike speech. Broadcasters and other content providers use Amazon Polly to generate synthesized speech for their audio and video content, reducing the cost and time needed to produce voice content. With new Neural Text-to-Speech (NTTS) technology, Amazon Polly delivers groundbreaking improvements in speech quality through an innovative machine-learning approach, enabling support for new reading styles tailored to media applications. Amazon Polly lets customers quickly integrate speech synthesis into their content or applications through a simple-to-use API. Users send the text they want converted into speech to the Amazon Polly API, and Amazon Polly immediately returns the audio stream in any of 61 voices across 29 languages, formatted for direct streaming or ready for storage in a standard audio file format. In July 2019, Polly introduced Neural Textto-Speech (NTTS) technology, a new machine learning approach that delivers groundbreaking improvements in speech quality. Using a sequenceto-sequence machine-learning model, Amazon Polly with NTTS can use the audio data input to form the voice, and also consider its position in the sequence of outputs. Now, using NTTS, Amazon Polly can provide distinctly natural styles of voice, giving content providers a new way to quickly and efficiently produce lifelike narration. The service offers 13 NTTS voices across four languages, including a newscaster speaking style specifically designed for media applications. From live news to blog posts, NTTS makes synthesized voice sound even more realistic, and

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AVIWEST

RACK300 HEVC Video Contribution Encoder Premium Encoder for Remote/At-Home Production Over Unmanaged Networks

Today’s media organizations are challenged like never before to satisfy the insatiable consumer demand for live and on-demand content delivered on the broadest range of devices. As broadcasters aim to deliver superior-quality video content for live events, data costs are spiraling out of control. With its 1U half-rack form factor, the product reduces costs and space requirements, making it perfect for sports and entertainment live video production and other remote integration or at-home production use cases. The device can synchronously backhaul multiple live feeds with perfect genlock and lip sync across multiple cameras. Featuring the powerful next-generation HEVC encoder, the RACK Series significantly reduces the bitrates typically associated with broadcasting high-quality video in real time over bonded cellular and the public internet. It offers ultra-reliable transmission on any network, thanks to the double Emmy® Awarded AVIWEST SST (Safe Stream Transport) protocol, an intelligent IP-bonding stack that aggregates all available bandwidth without needing to stop a live transmission, even as connections are added or dropped. The RACK encoder is designed to be deployed in fixed locations, directly connected on wired IP networks, offering a real cost-effective alternative to satellite or fiber. In addition, the RACK Series can be used on vans or trucks, connected to a roof-mounted AVIWEST QUAD CellLink 3G/4G antenna or Ka satellite transmitter, enabling video broadcast from any location around the world, even in the midst of unpredictable and unmanaged network conditions. Equipped with a user-friendly, intuitive touchscreen, the unit supports multiple operational modes including live, record, live and record, file forward and data hot spot for high-speed internet connectivity. With its video return function, remote crews are enable to receive in

less than one second the on-air feed from the studio, receive teleprompting information and ensure the live stream is being delivered properly. WHAT’S UNIQUE High-Quality HEVC Encoding: By implementing the best state-of-the art H.265/HEVC hardware encoder in a compact design enclosure, the RACK Series enables video professionals to provide seamless high-quality live video contribution and event coverage. Contribution Over Unmanaged Networks: Leveraging Emmy® Awardwinning AVIWEST’s SST protocol, RACK Series ensures the delivery of live video even in the midst of unpredictable and unmanaged network conditions by aggregating simultaneously multiple network connections dynamically adapting the video bitrate, protecting stream content and supporting retransmission of lost data. Compact Platform: With its 1U half-rack form factor, the product reduces costs and space requirements. Delivered in a “as-a-box” design, it can also be rackmounted thanks to dedicated kits hosting one or two units in 1U. Integration With the AVIWEST Ecosystem: The RACK Series works with the AVIWEST Manager and StreamHub receiver, decoder and distribution platform, enabling stations to receive content and monitor, manage and control all transmissions with a single interface.

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BLACK BOX

Emerald PE IP-Based KVM Extenders High-Performance KVM Supporting Pixel-Perfect HD Video and VM Connectivity

With pixel-perfect video transmission, zero keyboard and mouse latency and built-in network redundancy, EmeraldÂŽ PE IP-based KVM extender units are high-performing yet costeffective solutions for broadcasters still working primarily in HD, but with an eye toward 4K. Developed by the Black Box team in Ireland, this new addition to the award-winning Emerald product family makes it easy to create a point-to-point extension that connects a user with a safely stored remote computer, or to connect multiple PE transmitters and receivers to a Black Box or third-party IP switch to create a managed KVM matrix switching system. Emerald PE transmitters and receivers enable the extension and matrix switching of single- or dual-head HD DVI video, transparent USB 2.0 and bidirectional analog audio between any number of users and computers, servers or virtual machines. Users can extend KVM signals up to 100 meters (328 feet) over CATx, up to 10 kilometers (6.2 miles) over fiber (SFP) or even farther over an IP network or the internet. Redundant network ports provide fast failover switching in case one connection goes down. Emerald PE extenders support flexible and cost-effective signal extension and switching, especially for pre- and post-production environments that work largely with HD content. Delivering every pixel of every video frame with lossless compression and supporting resolutions up to 1920 x 1200 at 60 Hz (DVI), they are a perfect fit for HD-centered applications such as graphics, video, audio and 3D editing; broadcast playout and MCRs; and process or traffic monitoring in control rooms. Because it is an IP-based KVM system, Emerald PE enables simpler system management, as well as the im-

proved flexibility and scalability that come when users are no longer locked into proprietary technology and signal transmission infrastructure. Along with other products in the Black Box Emerald family, Emerald PE transmitter and receiver units can connect directly to create a point-to-point extension or connect to an IP switch and the BoxillaÂŽ KVM Manager to build a high-performing KVM matrix switching setup. Emerald PE devices offer users the means to work on HD video content now while keeping open the option of connecting users with 4K video sources in the future. Because Emerald PE is also fully compatible with Emerald ZeroU from Black Box, the solution also can help broadcasters save space in IT racks.

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BRIDGE TECHNOLOGIES

PoE Instrument View Kit

‘Accessible Anywhere’ Approach to Analytics of IP Network Packets As the capabilities of the VB440 grow with each expansion that Bridge Technologies introduces to its customer base, the ability to access the deep analytical potential of the system on the move becomes increasingly important. As an HTML5based monitoring system, the VB440 is designed specifically for users who are geographically disperse — often in remote broadcast or production locations. It is key that any display used is robust, flexible, efficient, reliable and capable of installation in diverse setups; centralized production centers, media control rooms and OB vans. It is for this reason that Bridge has developed the PoE (Power-over-Ethernet) Instrument View Kit. Contained within a stylish aluminum casing for an Apple iPad Pro, the use of this readily-available screen type excludes the need for expensive production monitors, while maximizing ease-of-use through intuitive touch navigation. With ultra-fast GPU and CPU, and HDR-capable retina display with high color accuracy, the PoE Instrument View Kit is able to display VB440 outputs with speed and precision. Moreover, the kit includes a specifically designed USB-C cable, and the electronics contain PoE+ capability, supplying up to 30-watt power, together with redundant Gigabit Ethernet. The versatility of the kit gives it an unrivalled form factor in production environments, allowing for discreet, spacesaving mounting in whatever configuration is required; combining multiple displays in rackmount, gas arm and tabletop mount setups. Most significantly though, because the system harnesses the highly unique Power-over-Ethernet capability, it provides unrivalled reliability, stability and convenience ­— and eliminates reliance on the presence of a physical power socket or (often unstable) Wi-Fi connection. This robust and flexible solution to display output has been designed to support the fundamental raison d’être of the VB440; the ability to visually access and assess IP network performance and packet transfer from anywhere in the world. Choosing a display system that is both portable and has exceptional resolution, clarity and brightness is vital because visual representation lies at the heart of the VB440 and Instrument View system. The PoE Instrument View Kit allows for complex network analytics to be presented in a way that is intuitive and accessible even to those without a deep understanding of

network behaviors. As such, “creative” engineers such as camera painters are now able to instantly access network behavior information, where they sit, and identify whether packet behaviors are within normal parameters. This “accessible anywhere” approach to analytics is made possible because the VB440 takes Bridge’s unmatched expertise in the behavior of IP network packets across the full range of ST 2110 protocols, including 2110-21, and translates this into intuitive, accessible information using a highly visual GUI. This means that displayed on the PoE Instrument View Kit are not only the expected oscilloscopes, waveforms and vectorscopes, but also novel visual representations of overwhelmingly accurate packet flows, IAT graphs, ST 2022-7 and PTP analysis. In essence, the PoE Instrument View Kits represent the “front end” cherry-on-top of an ultra-low latency, HTML5-based system, which uses dual 100 gigabit interfaces to accommodate remote monitoring across even the highest-end projects, including SD, HD, 4K and 8K. It takes the ability of an already unique and award-winning technology (the VB440), and expands its functionality even further, making it intuitive to a wider range of users; facilitating geographically independent network design through HTML5 access; and providing meaningful commercial benefit to companies by improving strategic decision-making, network performance, cost benefit, QoS and QoE.

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BRIGHTCOVE

Brightcove Beacon SaaS-Based OTT Platform

Brightcove Beason is a SaaS-based OTT platform that delivers captivating OTT experiences on a breadth of devices. As consumers continue to shift their viewing habits, broadcasters, content owners and pay-TV providers are seeking new business models and technology in an effort to stay relevant to their audiences. Brightcove Beacon does just that, allowing organizations across all industries to deliver content to multiple devices and platforms to increase audience reach. Brightcove Beacon helps organizations scale their businesses cost-effectively, reaching viewers on the devices and platforms they favor faster than ever before. One of the biggest differentiators for Brightcove Beacon is its ability to create a broadcast-like experience with an easy-to-navigate electronic program guide. With Beacon, customers can load their program guide and associate it with a live channel, providing a live TV-like experience for viewers. Additionally, Beacon offers live autoplay capabilities so the app starts with live content right when the application is opened, as well as a threestage live event page, so pay-per-view events are prompted — “event is starting,” “event in progress” or “event has ended” ­— where they’re then

guided to watch on-demand. Brightcove Beacon also supports flexible monetization models enabling customers to see value from their content in a way that works best for their business, as well as provides more options for advertising partners to reach viewers. For example, Beacon offers free, live TV with advertisements, an AVOD model, which still remains free for the user, or lastly, a premium SVOD model that does not include advertisements.

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BROADPEAK

S4Streaming

Server-Side Segment Selection for Streaming The video streaming market continues to grow rapidly, with a recent report from Allied Market Research finding the global video streaming market will reach $149.34 billion by 2026. Now more than ever, video service providers need solutions that can guarantee exceptional quality on all screens. Broadpeak S4Streaming is a revolutionary technology that gives video service providers more control over streaming quality and bandwidth usage. Through a unique combination of server-side technologies, S4Streaming assesses and selects the appropriate quality for video streaming, ultimately reducing the latency of live streams, enabling higher bit rates for on-demand content delivery, and decreasing video quality changes when network conditions vary. Using S4Streaming, service providers can deliver a superior quality of experience (QoE) on any device. Broadpeak’s S4Streaming solution accurately measures the bandwidth available from the server side rather than at the player level. The key advantage is that the player level has access to limited information about network congestion compared with the latest generation of streaming servers that rely on modern network transport algorithms. Another unique feature of the S4Streaming solution is centralized control of quality stream selections based on the above server-side assessments or via operator-defined rules, enabling more precise estimations of QoE and dynamic adaptions. Service providers can change video profiles at any time with S4Streaming, which is an unparalleled level of control. The S4Streaming solution is especially efficient for managing low-latency, live video streaming. Through advanced analytics, S4Streaming allows service providers to determine how network investments will translate into an improvement in video QoE, prevent events that can cause QoE degradation, anticipate streaming limits and manage bandwidth intelligently. The solution includes an innovative home network orchestration feature that allows service providers to dynamically distribute bandwidth resources among different devices and monitor bandwidth at the home level. For mobile applications, a cell congestion capability enables effective management of backhaul and radio cell congestion during consumption peaks.

Fully compatible with the existing ABR streaming ecosystem, the S4Streaming solution simplifies deployment. It has proven to be effective in both unicast and multicast ABR environments. Until now, ABR streaming has been exclusively relying on the players to evaluate bandwidth and perform quality selection. The problem with this approach is that it can cause uneven end-user experiences, and bandwidth evaluation may not work in the context of low-latency video streaming, further deteriorating viewer experiences. S4Streaming represents a shift in the industry, giving service providers full control over how their resources are used so that they can deliver highquality video streams with low latency. Broadpeak’s S4Streaming solution deserves to win this award because it solves a very real-world challenge for service providers. Unlike other solutions on the market, S4Streaming implements the bandwidth evaluation and quality selection in the server rather than in the player, while being fully compatible with the existing ABR streaming ecosystem. Beyond solving the bandwidth estimation issue in low-latency live streaming, this approach provides a homogeneous and coherent experience across devices and players while providing new end-user QoE control capabilities to service providers.

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CANON U.S.A. INC.

CJ18ex7.6B KASE S UHDgc

Portable Zoom Lens Is Designed for 4K UHD Broadcast 2/3-INCH Cameras Canon U.S.A. Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced the launch of a new addition to its UHDgc series of 4K UHD broadcast portable zoom lenses: the CJ18ex7.6B KASE S. The new lens, which is designed to be used with 4K UHD broadcast cameras that have 2/3-inch sensors, has the same optical specifications as the existing CJ18ex7.6B IRSE/IASE with the exception of having an optical extender while still delivering 4K UHD imaging quality at a price point that matches well with the many lower-cost 4K cameras in the market. By eliminating the optical range extender, the lens maintains a compact and lightweight design to meet the versatile and everchanging needs of a broad range of video productions, including documentaries, sports, events and news coverage. Additionally, the lens is compatible with the new Canon ZDJ-G01 Zoom Demand and FDJ-G01 Focus Demand accessories that provide operators with enhanced functionality and operational control of the lens.

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CINEO LIGHTING

ReFlex r15

125,000 Lumens of Digital Lighting With Less Than 1,500-Watt AC Power Draw Introducing Cineo ReFlex R15. a whole new category of hybrid media production lighting. ReFlex redefines high-output hard lighting sources, while giving you a new level of high-output, soft lighting options. Cineo has developed many new, groundbreaking technologies to deliver 125,000 lumens of digital lighting with less than a 1,500-watt AC power draw. By providing constantly variable CCT, it can replace a 10K tungsten, a 6K HMI and everything in between. Beam angle adjustment from 15 to 75 degrees is accomplished without mechanical movement, making it remotely adjustable; and the new beam shape control opens a whole new realm of possibilities. By simply pulling a lever, the reflector can be replaced with a variety of soft accessories, including SnapbagsÂŽ, lanterns and spacelight bags. Cineo has completely redesigned its control strategy, making it as easy to use as your smartphone. A full complement of remote control protocols are supported including DMX/RDM and CRMX wireless, with sACN, ArtNet and Bluetooth soon available. All this in a completely integrated, waterproof package weighing 60 pounds.

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DALET DIGITAL MEDIA SYSTEMS

Dalet StoreFront Content Marketplace SaaS Portal Brings in Untapped Revenues by Connecting Content to Client

Hungry audiences are demanding more content than ever before. Content creators and owners need to become more efficient at exposing and monetizing their content. However, with this opportunity for increased content ROI come additional supply chain complexities. Dalet StoreFront, a new SaaS service from Dalet, is a portal for Dalet Galaxy five customers to securely expose their content inventory to B2B clients, partners and affiliates with a familiar shopping experience, eliminating the hassle of manual requests and deliveries. This is resonating with content owners worldwide who now need to deliver their assets quickly to partners while their staff work remotely across multiple locations. Powered by AWS, Dalet StoreFront manages multi-user access to content with advanced search tools that quickly locate and show relevant assets to each qualified client. Underpinned by the Dalet MAM orchestration engine for content preparation and delivery, Dalet StoreFront creates an optimal content shopping experience that maximizes inventory exposure and repurposing opportunities, bringing value to the overall media operation and business. This service will be of benefit to a range of content creators and owners, from news networks sharing assets across affiliates to sports leagues servicing licensees. Dalet StoreFront helps resurface and monetize otherwise dormant archives, all within the familiar shopping experience that today’s digital consumers come to expect. The online portal experience is easily actionable, discoverable through an intuitive browsing and online shopping model, and eliminates the need for back and forth email exchanges. Some of Dalet StoreFront functional highlights include: • Easy content search and discovery without the need for user training • Enables collaboration by assembling your favorites into collections prior to requesting • Tight coupling with the Dalet MAM content inventory and supply chain platform, plus open APIs that enable third parties to interact with your content factory • Reporting tools provide accurate insights on browse and transactional trends, such as popular searches and cart checkouts. Usage reports allow you to track your partner’s content usage.

FURTHER DRIVE ENGAGEMENT THROUGH CURATION At Dalet, we have listened to our clients while monitoring market demands, and built a solution that addresses real pain points. We have worked hard to create an intuitive user experience that’s easy to deploy and quick to learn. The logic behind Dalet StoreFront takes into account each user’s profile and presents them with relevant content options, ensuring maximum catalog exposure while keeping content rights intact, reducing the headaches associated with content licensing. Content owners can easily identify and tag content rights for their community of licensees as well as establish rights to visitors and potential licensees. Dalet StoreFront secures rich content inventories by keeping all the source content under the control and management of Dalet MAM. Only after an order has passed through all checks, automated by Dalet Orchestration, can the fulfillment happen, thus creating a segregated browse/shopping experience from the source catalog. You can find the full story about Dalet StoreFront here: https://www.dalet. com/news/story-behind-dalet-storefront-open-innovation-team-collaborationand-workflow-expansion.

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DALET DIGITAL MEDIA SYSTEMS

Dalet CubeNG Graphics Platform Powered by Industry-Leading Brainstorm Real-Time Graphics Engine

Fully integrated across the Dalet Unified News Operations solution powered by Dalet Galaxy five, the state-of-the-art, full-featured Dalet CubeNG graphics platform leverages the industry-leading Brainstorm real-time graphics engine to deliver superior 2D and 3D branding and visuals. Suited for both on-air and file-based graphics creation, the Dalet CubeNG unified approach enables news broadcasters to easily create dynamic branding and up-level visual storytelling across traditional, digital and social channels. A major upgrade to the previous Dalet Cube graphics platform, Dalet CubeNG offers a redesigned, highly scalable architecture and modern web-based UI. The embedded, high-performance Brainstorm real-time 3D graphics engine significantly expands on-air and file-based graphics capabilities with its support for 4K and user-defined options, added primitives for building 2D and 3D graphics, support for Unicode fonts and languages and outstanding transition logic. Noted news broadcasters that rely on the Brainstorm real-time graphics engine include CNBC, NHK, RAI, RTHK, RTVE, TVN and many others. Feature highlights of Dalet CubeNG include: Advanced Materials and Objects ­— Thanks to the Brainstorm graphics engine, Dalet CubeNG supports a wide range of objects including spheres, curves and arrows with extensive control over parameters. It also includes a particle generator for creating visual effects such as fire, smoke, rain and more, and other special objects that can be dynamically linked to external data parameters. Font and Text Management ­— Dalet CubeNG offers full control over 2D and 3D text including size, texture, shading and mapping. It also includes support for Unicode fonts and a wide range of languages including Arabic, Chinese, Cyrillic, Japanese, Korean and Thai. Format and Resolution Independent ­— Dalet CubeNG is resolution independent and supports HD, 2K, 4K, 8K, UHD and beyond, as well as digital and social graphics formats and workflows. Tweet to Graphics ­— No story is complete until it’s been posted on social; the moment users transform a tweet into a graphic, that graphic becomes an object within Dalet that journalists can either schedule in a production rundown or play out on-air with the news package. Ease-of-Use ­— Dalet CubeNG features simple-to-use tools and tight integration with Dalet Galaxy five that facilitate the adoption of graphics creation and use across the newsroom. Fully integrated with Dalet Galaxy five, Dalet CubeNG gives news broadcast-

ers a complete solution for building impactful graphics to enhance a news story. Thanks to this native connection, changes to graphics can be made on playback, with advanced support for updating behavior and conditions. Users can add CG elements into the video project for either playout or burn-in, and graphics will trigger automatically at playout wherever the journalists placed CGs on the timeline. With total control of graphics playout with the on-air video operator, news teams can better allocate resources and improve operations all around. Since its launch, Dalet CubeNG has helped power graphics workflows for Teleticino and IB3. An Italian-language television channel based in Switzerland, Teleticino provides news and entertainment programming for the Ticino canton region. IB3, public radio and television channel of the Balearic Islands in Spain, caters to local viewers’ traditional broadcast and digital platforms. A core component of the Dalet Galaxy five platform for news workflows, Dalet CubeNG enables Teleticino and IB3 to create dynamic branding that up-levels visual news narratives across traditional, digital and social channels. You can find the full Dalet CubeNG announcement here: https://www. dalet.com/news/story-behind-dalet-storefront-open-innovation-teamcollaboration-and-workflow-expansion, and how Teleticino and IB3 have been utilizing Dalet Cube NG here: https://www.dalet.com/news/new-daletcubeng-powers-broadcast-graphics-workflows-teleticino-and-ib3.

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DIGITAL NIRVANA

Trance - AI-Generated Captions Transcription, Translation and Caption Generation

Trance is an enterprise-level, cloud-based web application from Digital Nirvana integrated with cutting-edge STT technology and cloud-based architecture, leading to significant efficiency gains for producing transcripts, captions and translations. Leveraging two decades of experience in providing services to the media industry, Digital Nirvana created the platform as an internal workflow tool for providing creating customers with exceptional transcription, closed-captioning, metadata generation, and translation services. KEY FEATURES & CAPABILITIES Automatic Transcription: • Automatic transcript generation and easy-to-use interface making the process highly efficient and cost-effective • Single-window transcript editor with editing suggestions based on STT confidence scores • Improve efficiencies by 50% than conventional desktop applications Closed Captions/Subtitle Generation: • Pro Caption Editor Window to easily review all captioning parameters • Configurable presets to automatically generate closed captions that conform to a style guide from transcripts • Repurpose and export in various formats for broadcast and digital publishing

Closed Caption Conformance & Quality Assurance: • Configure captions according to style guidelines of each distribution platform such as Netflix, Quibi and others to ensure conformance • Ability to ingest existing closed captions and generate error reports for easy navigation and correction

Text Translation: • Automatic translation from source text with dual pane and source language display for text translations. • Independent spell-check and error alerts for each language with automatic format converters

Orchestration & Project Management: • Improved project management process to streamline workflows • Minimized need for manual oversight and intervention • Automatic routing, prioritization, and assignment of jobs Easy Integration: • APIs for integration into existing workflows resulting in a reduced manual intervention • Off-the-shelf integration with AVID

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DREAM CHIP

Atom one SSM500 500fps Slow Motion Smallest High-Speed SDI Broadcast Camera

This camera has the same Sony 1-inch imaging chip as the ENG-style cameras and it uses the same ENG lenses. It is also the cheapest slow-motion camera in its range at $9,200. The competition is $80,000.

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EDITSHARE

EFSv: Collaborative Editing in the Cloud Storytellers and Teams Transition to Remote Production Workflows

EditShare is making collaborative cloud-based media production possible with its virtualized video editing and storage platform — EFSv. Initially running on AWS infrastructure, the open EFSv platform supports industry-standard, third-party creative tools for editing, audio mixing and grading with best practice security capabilities such as file auditing to propel secure, end-to-end editorial workflows in the cloud. EFSv native drivers eliminate traditional IT bottlenecks and deliver breakneck speed in virtual environments. And, by leveraging our RESTful API, customers and technology partners can easily automate advanced storage management workflows. Commercially available today, EFSv packages include the workstation and GPU resources required to support teams of all sizes. The EFSv packages also include EditShare’s Flow media management and remote production workflow tools. Flow adds a control layer to virtualized storage pools with tools to scan, log, search and organize media, assemble story packages, and move content between tiers of cloud storage including S3 and block and also between cloud and on-premise storage. Flow’s automation capabilities let users orchestrate redundant tasks and

complex workflows, optimizing workflow efficiencies. The flexible EditShare pricing structure provides customers transparency with options to purchase the EFSv subscription alone or inclusive of the AWS cloud services.

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ENCO SYSTEMS

enCaption Live Automated Captioning Enables Users to Save Money and Improve Efficiency

Greatly reduce overall costs by automating your captioning workflows with enCaption by ENCO. enCaption is a turnkey solution, available on-premise or in the cloud, for providing around-the-clock generation of captioning of live or recorded programming. The latest version includes a powerful video delay feature that enables lip-sync grade caption synchronization, native caption embedding, enhanced MOS newsroom integration, as well as updates to its punctuation and speaker separation abilities. enCaption’s latest enhancement helps customers overcome an industrywide challenge in the captioning of live programming. While captions could be aligned with corresponding speech during post production of file-based content, the nature of live captioning has inherently precluded such precise synchronization. Speech-to-text processing of a word or phrase cannot begin until after it has been spoken, and taking the context of surrounding words into account for greater transcription accuracy adds to this latency. enCaption’s newest capability shatters this limitation, effectively synchronizing the live captions with the spoken words. Already highly regarded for minimizing the latency between speech and its resultant captions, enCaption can now delay the associated video and audio by a user-configurable duration to provide lip-sync-like alignment. Two to four seconds of video delay is generally sufficient to provide the desired temporal precision, but by setting a longer delay, customers can choose to expand the audio analysis window to further enhance enCaption4’s renowned speech-to-text accuracy. enCaption’s AI-based deep neural network can embed CEA-608/708 captions natively into your transmission signal (or drive third-party encoders), and also generates real-time transcripts, making that content accessible on the station's website or smartphone app, for those with hearing difficulties or for viewers to simply follow along quietly to your coverage. enCaption’s enhanced MOS newsroom integration can automatically learn correct spellings of unusual words from lists and scripts and does not require the creation of speech pattern profiles for every person speaking. This is an important benefit for news operations automating and captioning speech from various anchors, reporters, meteorologists and studio guests. Other revolutionary features include multispeaker distinction, which can distinguish between multiple people speaking based on separate microphone feeds or audio channels, as well as being able to detect changes between

speakers within a single mixed feed. Additional AI-driven enhancements improve the captioning of punctuation and capitalization, among other challenging scenarios. enCaption continues to be a gamechanger for broadcasters, cable networks and OTT services that crave more efficient and affordable closed-captioning workflows. The patented solution continues to deliver industry-leading speed, accuracy and cost-savings for closed captioning. The on-premise or cloud-based solution can address breaking news without the challenge of finding a live captioner, and do so at a much lower cost. enCaption has proven to be not only a technically reliable solution for automated closed captioning, but also a smart business decision for the user from a long-term, cost-savings perspective.

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EVERTZ MICROSYSTEMS LTD.

SCORPION Smart Media Processing Platform

Modular Design Allows Users to Accomplish Many Workflows SCORPION Smart Media Processing Platform is an ultraversatile tool designed to truly evolve production into a scalable workflow. The SCORPION platform offers dynamic solutions for a range of applications, including post production, remote production and VAR, broadcast AV, transport, stadiums, OB trucks and many more. SCORPION’s media gateway functionality makes it a fundamental building block for facilities transitioning to IP. Its modular frames accommodate Mini I/O Modules that can aggregate a variety of signals, including 12G/6G/3G/ HD/SD/ASI/HDMI, AES, intercom data and more, and deliver them across ST 2110 or ST 2022-6 infrastructures for use in multiple facilities and locations. SCORPION delivers unparalleled processing power through its onboard FPGAs and by accommodating Evertz’ MIO-BLADE-Z21. The FPGA-based MIO-BLADE compute module enhances SCORPION’s versatility, as users can license their required compression function by accessing the robust catalog of software services, including JPEG 2000, JPEG XS, 4K Up/Down/Cross Conversion, 4K HDR conversion and many more. SCORPION’s 12G crosspoint connects all MIOs, SFPs and processing FPGAs for an internal routing capability that allows for a high degree of mobility of signals throughout the SCORPION chassis. Route signals internally in the chassis or over dark fiber/IP networks using Evertz’ VUE operational interface platform and MAGNUM Orchestration and Control to accomplish workflows with ease. Users can be confident each of the three enclosures within the SCORPION family is capable of meeting their aggregation, routing, transport, processing and compression needs. The trio of chassis come loaded with

SCORPION’s powerful features, but the sizing of each enclosure offers another unique element of versatility. SCORPION-X18’s 1RU design is tailored to more permanent installation within a production facility or OB Truck, while the throwdown SCORPION-4 offers greater mobility and can easily be shared between facilities. The SCORPION-2’s compact form-factor delivers even further portability options for small-scale remote productions. SCORPION’s Swiss-Army-knife-style design eliminates the need for single fixed-function once and for all. SCORPION streamlines any production workflow and provides users with solutions for any challenge.

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EVERTZ MICROSYSTEMS LTD.

DreamCatcherTM BRAVO For Collaborative Production

The DreamCatcherTM BRAVO platform is a revolutionary small form-factor tool designed to deliver the same high-end content expected in live production, but at a fraction of the cost — ­ making it ideal for multicamera entertainment and live sports productions. No longer do content creators need to deploy large units of 10 to 12 operators to get broadcast quality content. BRAVO combines multiple DreamCatcherTM Production Suite applications into a single platform, allowing revenue-conscious producers to create live content with less infrastructure and less cost. Do not be mistaken. BRAVO is not a replacement for large-scale resourcing needed for major events. However, harnessing the power of the awardwinning DreamCatcherTM suite, BRAVO can be tailored for one or two person productions, providing producers more freedom to balance resources, budget and revenues. The DreamCatcherTM software tools included in BRAVO allow producers to prioritize storytelling, while having fingertip access to every function within a traditional production control room. Live Switching: Switch between live cameras, while monitoring them through BRAVOs built-in multiviewer. The touchscreen interface allows any level of operator to preview content or easily switch the program feed in quick decision moments. Graphics Insertion: Using BRAVO’s built-in transcoding engine, operators can import preproduced graphics with key/fill layers and decide which graphical layer they will live on. Multiple key/fill layers will allow for various graphics to be placed on program simultaneously. Storyboard: Users can build and produce storylines, packages, show opens and halftime segments prior to the start of a show. The Storyboard interface can be used to play multiple items of preproduced content back-toback with the press of a widget. Integrated Media Player: Users can send preproduced content, graphics, music and in-show clipped content to playback quickly and easily. Utilizing bins and tags to organize content, operators can also place content in a cue to playback multiple clips in a row (using Storyboard). Timeline Record: A built-in EDL timeline records the complete playout of an entire show or preshow, giving the user the ability to edit and make show fixes seconds after a production ends. Live Edit allows the operator to adjust audio and video tracks, and remove, delete or extend content. These

timelines can be flattened for playback as individual clips within your live production or exported to an external drive. Slow Motion Replay: The robust DreamCatcherTM replay system delivers unmatched functionality and integrates seamlessly into the BRAVO workflow. For those larger productions with the need for slow-motion replay, BRAVO is easily scalable to support a multi-operator workflow with the addition of a station for slow motion replay. Clipping: BRAVO allows for clipping of content off any input and can be used with storyboard, the integrated media player or simply clip and export content as needed. Live Logging: BRAVO’s simple metadata/tagging interface allows for content to be logged, marked and tagged with specific keywords and naming conventions, making it easier to quickly return to key points in the production. Integrated Transcode: BRAVO’s built-in transcoding engine allows operators to simply plug in a USB drive and import content of multiple different codecs prior to the start of a production. Operators can customize file structure in order to easily locate content during production. The Integrate Transcode also makes exporting content quick and easy. Program Outputs: Operators can access up to two program outputs for all your productions both a “Clean” without graphics and a “Dirty” to include all graphical elements.

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HARMONIC

VOS® Cloud-Native Software Makes Live Video Streaming Smarter, Faster and Simpler

Today’s service providers are being pushed to the limit to deliver more content with exceptional video quality on an ever-growing number of devices. Harmonic’s VOS® Cloud-Native Software, with new groundbreaking capabilities, makes live video streaming and broadcast delivery smarter, faster and simpler than ever. Leveraging the flexibility of on-premises cloud infrastructures combined with powerful new capabilities such as statistical multiplexing (stamux), geo-redundancy, Low-Latency HLS and SMPTE ST 2110 support, Harmonic is empowering service providers, broadcasters and content owners to deliver high-quality streaming and broadcast services with greater efficiency. Harmonic’s VOS Cloud-Native Software deserves to win this award because it continues to push the envelope for innovation in streaming and broadcast service delivery, helping service providers, broadcasters and content owners achieve increased efficiency, gain more flexibility and provide superior video quality across all screens. Unique new features and benefits of VOS Cloud-Native Software include: • Statmux and Multiplexing: VOS Cloud-Native Software now offers statmux, enhanced multiplexing and support for DVB-CSA simulcrypt for broadcast applications. These critical capabilities enable cable, DTH and DTT operators to deliver broadcast and streaming services from a unified headend, resulting in reduced infrastructure costs, simpler operations and better efficiency. • Support for All-IP Workflows: VOS Cloud-Native Software’s support of the SMPTE ST 2110 suite of standards enables smooth transition to all-IP workflows, up to UHD, without compromising video quality. • 1+1 Geo-Redundancy: Geo-redundancy capabilities available on VOS CloudNative Software ensure uninterrupted and seamless streaming service delivery, even in the event of a site failure. Service continuity is assured through synchronized instances of VOS software located in different geographic locations. Geo-redundancy is offered for all types of OTT service delivery, including live streaming, catch-up TV, start-over TV and nPVR.

• Apple Low Latency HLS Support: New support for Apple Low-Latency HLS protocol enables low-latency video streaming at scale for the entire streaming ecosystem, including new and existing HLS and DASH devices. All HLS features will be supported on VOS software, including DRM. Harmonic’s VOS Cloud-Native Software runs on a wide range of COTS hardware and virtualization layers to power demanding and complex playout, broadcast and OTT systems. Through the VOS Hub connection users can move an entire video platform from a private data center to public cloud and vice versa, with ease. VOS software makes it simple and fast to launch and manage end-to-end professional media workflows in private data centers, as well as ingest live or file-based content, including uncompressed video over IP. With VOS software, users can create schedules, play out channels and process all content for OTT streaming and broadcast delivery with ease. The software is infrastructure neutral, supporting a wide range of COTS hardware and virtualization layers such as Kubernetes, OpenStack, Openshift and other bare metal configurations. This neutrality ensures complete compatibility, making it easy to align IT and business preferences. With VOS software, on-premises deployments can be backed up in a public cloud environment in just minutes. Built-in, AI-enabled and globally deployed VOS core compression technology reduces the typical bandwidth needed for OTT delivery by about half. VOS software is built for agile, hybrid video service delivery, with capabilities for satellite broadcasting, full statmux and OTT streaming. It supports a wide range of use cases, including live streaming, time-shifting, network DVR, targeted ad insertion, packaging and origin on the fly, from one simple platform. Today, VOS Cloud-Native Software powers millions of simultaneous streams, thousands of live channels, countless VOD requests and hundreds of petabytes of storage and delivery.

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IBM ASPERA

Aspera on Cloud With Irdeto Watermarking SaaS Offering Provides Integrated Forensic Watermarking for Cloud Workflows

A content owner’s distribution network plays a vital role in delivering premium content across the globe. If there are any content leaks within the distribution network, the damage to content investment and potential revenues is immediate and substantial. As broadband access becomes predominant in more markets, pirates can steal and share high-quality content to viewers. According to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's Global Innovation Policy Center, global digital piracy costs the U.S. film and TV industry anywhere from $29.2 billion to $71 billion annually. To combat piracy, forensic watermarking adds a unique watermark or forensic identifier to each media file that’s downloaded. But the cost of setting up a forensic watermarking solution in on-premise workflows has traditionally been high as well as technologically and time prohibitive, requiring a lot development work and maintenance of on-premise servers. IBM has teamed up with Irdeto, a world leader in digital platform security, to integrate forensic watermarking into the award-winning IBM Aspera on Cloud platform. Available in the first half of this year, IBM Aspera on Cloud’s integration with Irdeto’s Forensic Watermarking solution provides a first-of-its kind SaaS offering that seamlessly integrates forensic watermarking into cloud workflows without the need to deploy additional infrastructure. IBM Aspera on Cloud provides the fastest way for media companies to securely and reliably move content across on-premises and multicloud environments, reducing production life cycles. It provides seamless access to data wherever it’s stored, enabling users to collaborate in a secure environment that tightly controls access to content and application functionality. Irdeto TraceMark for Distribution is a cloud-based managed service that embeds an invisible, unique forensic watermark in each downloaded media asset, which identifies the content distribution channel. The fully automated solution watermarks a wide range of assets in a centralized and consistent way, replacing disparate visual marking methods and manual workflows

of the past. Combining TraceMark with Irdeto’s Online Piracy Detection service enables immediate detection of any content leaks and tracks back watermarked content to the source, enabling content owners to implement countermeasures. Integrating TraceMark for Distribution with IBM Aspera on Cloud enables users to watermark files from the IBM Aspera on Cloud management interface by simply selecting “watermarked delivery” when uploading

a package for distribution, or by enforcing watermarking as a business rule on accounts or folders. Content is then delivered as an individually watermarked asset to any number of recipients, making it simple and quick to deploy. IBM Aspera on Cloud with Forensic Watermarking by Irdeto is cost effective and easy to implement and integrate into any production or media project. It’s ideal for transferring and streaming content for remote and decentralized production and virtual collaboration. The solution supports various mezzanine and broadcast-quality distribution formats and resolutions, including HD, UHD, HDR, J2K, ProRes, H.264, HD50, XDCAM, MXF and IMX. It creates individualized invisible watermarks without affecting download speeds and without the need for client-side software for a seamless user experience. It doesn’t introduce any bottlenecks into the distribution process, and as a cloud-based service, it automatically scales to handle urgent deliveries and peak demands.

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INTERRA SYSTEMS INC.

BATON Captions

Simplifies Caption Creation and Verification for Live and VOD OTT Content Captions have long been mandated by all major broadcasters, and now with the rise in global consumption of online content, captions and subtitles represent an amazing opportunity for television viewers to watch and comprehend foreign-language content with ease. However, captions can be tedious and expensive to produce. Also, when transitional issues happen throughout the file-based workflow, the delivery of captions becomes more complex. Given the massive amount of content that is being created today, broadcasters and media companies need an efficient way to create high-quality captions, which are legally required in many regions of the world. BATON Captions is a new addition to Interra Systems’ comprehensive solutions that simplifies this process and improves workflow efficiency utilizing ML and automatic speech recognition technology. BATON Captions enables broadcasters and other media professionals to address all of their captioning needs, from caption generation to QC, auto corrections, review and editing. Utilizing this high-performance solution, media companies can dramatically expedite the caption creation and verification processes for both live and VOD content, as well as ensure that when content is delivered in multiple video quality levels within OTT video streams, the captions maintain a high quality. BATON Captions reports on any drop or inaccuracy in captions and audio, as well as compliance issues, providing broadcasters with automated options for correcting alignment, text and spelling mistakes. Captions can be checked against actual audio essence, corrected and exported to any industry-supported caption format. Through auto time stamping with state-of-the-art speech recognition technology, BATON Captions adds accurate time to dialogs in scripts, resulting in faster, more efficient caption generation. One of the unique features of BATON Captions is web-services-based API support, allowing the solution to easily be integrated with third-party tools. Broadcasters have the option of deploying the captioning solution on premises or in the cloud for added flexibility.

In addition, the application comes with a feature-rich review and editing platform with frame-accurate playback options. The BATON Captions solution supports a host of subtitle and closed-caption formats so that broadcasters and other media professionals can deliver content on a global scale with ease. BATON Captions deserves to win this award because it tackles a critical challenge facing broadcasters today: how to generate and distribute a high volume of content while assuring high-quality captions. What sets BATON Captions apart from other solutions on the market is its industry-leading performance and technology innovation. Through ML and state-of-the-art speech recognition technology, BATON Captions dramatically expedites the caption creation and verification processes for both live and VOD content. In doing so, BATON Captions ultimately helps drive globalization of content for broadcasters and other media professionals.

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LG BUSINESS SOLUTIONS

.44mm Bezel LCD Video Wall (55SVH7PF) The Extremely Slim Video Wall Unlocks Great Broadcast Display Opportunities

The 55SVH7PF Even Bezel Video Wall from LG Business Solutions combines LG’s leading IPS technology with the new automated Smart Calibration tool, making it the ideal solution for TV and news broadcasting environments. In addition, this model has hot-swappable external power supplies that can be easily configured to create redundant, failsafe power delivery. Broadcasters need a simple, reliable video wall solution that offers fast installation and followup maintenance, consistent performance and superior appearance. This new display creates a unified image across any size video wall, while the new embedded Smart Calibration tool reduces color and brightness calibration time by up to 97 percent, saving countless calibration hours over the display’s lifetime. The panel’s unprecedented razor-thin bezels enable depiction of broadcasted content like news, graphics and weather forecasts, without any distortions, and each panel features a 178-degree viewing angle for excellent visibility from any direction or distance. The panel also includes an image improvement algorithm that can adjust the appearance of objects on the bezel boundaries to reduce image gaps among tiled displays when playing videos. LG’s Smart Calibration tool, which uses an embedded light sensor and calibration chipset to measure each panel’s brightness and color reproduction, automatically makes adjustments to ensure uniformity across all panels. The new calibration procedure requires no external tools besides the included remote control and amazingly can be completed on a 3x3 video wall in as little as three minutes by any user. This offers time and maintenance cost savings of up to 97 percent because conventional calibration methods generally require up to two hours with a trained specialist. Smart Calibration can be scheduled on a weekly or

monthly basis, enabling true consistency throughout a video wall’s operational lifespan. The 55SVH7PF captures the attention of and captivates more viewers with lifelike colors and vivid, dynamic picture quality thanks to LG’s IPS panel technology, which enables better control of liquid crystals and allows the screen to be viewed from virtually any angle. Making use of LG’s pioneering display technology, the extremely slim 55SVH7PF 0.44mm Even Bezel Video Wall unlocks great display opportunities for broadcasting studios and allows them to depict various content in a virtually true-to-form look.

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LG BUSINESS SOLUTIONS

LAPE Series 1.5mm Fine-Pitch LED Signage This Indoor Display Offers Incredible Color, Shape and Reliability

Broadcasters can bring content to life with LG’s flexible, curvable LAPE Series 1.5mm Fine-Pitch LED Signage. With detailed color and super contrast, this indoor display brings images to life with brilliant colors. No matter the broadcasting or television environment, the LED signage will create a dramatic effect that engages and informs television viewers and can be easily viewed from virtually any angle in-studio. Powered by LG’s display technology, a high refresh rate of 3,840 Hz assures smooth playback of content, and the flicker-free image prevents the black bars that occur from video shooting, as well as eye strain and blurred vision in viewers. LG’s LAPE Series 1.5mm display also gives broadcasters the ability to choose how the signage is powered. Based on environment needs, users can select either the Remote Power Model or the Embedded Power Model. Additionally, with specially designed flexible LED Display Modules (LDM), the solution supports true concave and convex curvature up to 1,000R. LG’s exclusive “Dynamic Contrast Algorithm” delivers vivid and distinctive picture quality through a wide range of color details with deep contrast, and the 16-bit color processing provides a higher grayscale level, which displays different depths and densities of colors with virtually no distortion ­— creating a more realistic image on screen. The display comes with a versatile 4K system controller, providing simplified system configuration in a high-resolution canvas platform. The controller also has a built-in high-performance media player as well as scaler. What’s more, LG’s new management control software platform “LED Assistant” provides easy screen management.

Additionally, the LAPE series comes with front installation and front service access, eliminating the need for rear access space. This feature allows for a sleek screen design and maximum studio space optimization. The freedom of design, seamless viewing and reliable performance of LG’s LAPE Series 1.5mm LED Signage gives broadcasters the tools and power to turn their media into a work of art, day after day.

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LITRA LLC

LitraStudio Portable RGBWW LED Light This Waterproof Compact Light Has an Onboard Battery for Use Anywhere.

The LitraStudio™ is the world’s most powerful portable RGBWW light for filmmaking, broadcasting, videography and photography. This versatile LED cine light is at home on any set or the most remote location. Rectangular in shape, LitraStudio™ delivers 3,000 lumens of color-accurate RGBWW output — totally cable-free thanks to its 9,000 mAh rechargeable, swappable Lithium Ion battery. The battery’s auxiliary USB Type C charger port also offers power backup for laptops, phones or other necessities. For optimum light quality, LitraStudio is fully tunable and color-accurate with a 97 TLCI/CRI and 50-degree beam angle. It is dimmable from 100% down to zero and its unique microstructure lens ensures smooth, even and hotspot-free output. To suit any professional, LitraStudio offers a choice of control methods for single or multiple lights. Bluetooth is onboard and pairs with a downloadable Mobile App for either iOS or Android. DMX is available via an accessory dongle. An OLED display offers manual control. Factory or user-customized presets include CCT, HSI, Gel and the Effects mode that offers simulation of police, paparazzi and candle lighting. The fixture’s high mil spec aluminum housing is built for a long life of rugged use. Uniquely, waterproof and submersible down to 30-feet/10m — this light is ready to illuminate the action in wet or dry locations or sets. Each LitraStudio fixture comes with a rechargeable 9000mAh Lithium Ion battery, slip-on diffuser, 45-watt quick charge adapter with USB PD2 Type C cable, bicycle-style grip handle and padded carrying case. Use individually or with multiple lights for unprecedented output, flexibility and lighting control.

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LTN GLOBAL

LTN Cue

Content Localization and Personalization of Ads for Cable, Satellite and OTT The $177.7 billion TV advertising industry is facing a major challenge. Advertising agencies and media sales companies are growing increasingly dissatisfied with wastage in traditional linear broadcast advertising, compared with the precise targeting and engagement offered by online advertising. Currently, TV channel distributors use linear metadata to enable the insertion of ad breaks or replacement content. Multichannel distribution deals between the channel provider and video distributors allocate a fixed amount of ad inventory to the distributors, generally two minutes an hour. This is done so the distributors can insert their localized advertising that is both relevant for their geographic audience and providers resulting in a higher ROI for the advertiser. Currently, these deals are often inflexible because of the way the industry has historically solved the local ad problem. Typically, channel operators would architect a solution that requires various pieces of software and hardware that identify ad breaks and program boundaries within the channel using SCTE-35 markers. Giving distributors flexible access to more ad inventory requires generating multiple copies of the same video channel, each with their own SCTE-35 profile. That can get expensive, whether it’s done on-premises or in the cloud. Playout automation systems can only apply one profile of SCTE markers, which may not be compatible across different distributors. This lack of signalling interoperability can often lead to SCTE markers being missed or corrupted by video processing infrastructure causing operational errors and wasted ad inventory. Solutions already in the marketplace have trouble applying the broad range of markers that the industry is asking for today. LTN Cue enables frame-accurate ad insertion while simplifying channel management as well as enabling revenue growth from targeted TV ads in addition to content replacement workflows across cable, satellite, OTA and streaming OTT markets. It allows for new channel versions each with relevant SCTE markers for different destinations, improving partnership flexibility and commercial relations between advertisers, channels and MVPDs. LTN Cue takes all SCTE-35 decoration and management off-premise and onto the LTN Global transport network, a highly reliable, low-latency video transport service. This network has a robust media facility footprint that consists of thousands of already-connected endpoints such as broadcast stu-

dios, sports venues and race tracks, along with headend aggregation points for TV as well as streaming. LTN Cue also simplifies channel management by being able to apply SCTE markers, within the transport network, to the video on the way to distribution partners. This unique functionality allows operators to insert different marker profiles for different destinations. This provides interoperable automated translations for distributor-specific SCTE-35 marker profile requirements. The playout automation system communicates specific program information so LTN Cue understands what content is playing and the rights associated with the program content for each distributor. This metadata model facilitates addressable TV ads, blackouts, alternative feeds and linear-to-VOD workflows. It also allows operators to support emerging addressable TV ecosystems across cable TV, satellite DVR, OTT, Connected TV and “Project OAR” (Open Addressable Ready). Because LTN Cue lives in LTN’s Global Network, it has no impact on existing on-prem infrastructure, firewalls or network engineering. This makes it extremely easy to deploy and also makes it highly scalable ­— effectively giving channel providers a simplified approach to driving meaningful revenue growth through extensive flexibility and interoperability that industry has been asking for.

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MASSTECH

Kumulate

Optimized Hybrid Cloud Media and Content Management Kumulate is the latest evolution in intelligent storage, workflow orchestration and lifecycle management for video assets. Scalable from a single server to multisite enterprise system, it is a modular platform that optimizes the storage, transformation and processing of assets across multitier, hybrid cloud storage ecosystems. Kumulate itself is deployable on-premise or as cloud compute to suit cloud-specific ecosystems. Kumulate optimizes storage of assets by automatically moving content to the most cost-effective storage layer based on its age and usage. The system presents all storage options to the user in a single interface and single name space, eliminating siloed storage systems to construct a true hybrid environment managed via a single interface. Kumulate generates and stores structured and unstructured metadata to help users locate content more easily, while the federated search function allows users to locate and retrieve assets from any linked Kumulate system, cloud or on-prem and across geographically distinct sites. The system enables partial file restore from any storage layer, including cloud tiers, and stores segment markers from major editing systems as part of the asset metadata, re-importing them with the media when it is restored to local storage. Kumulate’s accelerated migration workf lows provide rapid asset transfer between storage layers, such as from LTO tape to public cloud. Kumulate is integrated with all major MAMs, PAMs and NRCSs, and has application level plug-ins to enable storage and content management functionality from directly within Avid and Premiere Pro applications. In addition, it enables seamless plug-in of third-party services into workflows, including AI and cognitive services such as speech-to-text and facial or object recognition to enrich asset metadata as part of standard or migration workflows. Kumulate also features content transformation, packaging and publishing workflows designed for specific environments, such as news, sports, post production, houses of worship and others. The Kumulate Orchestrator automates batch processes, including transcode, packaging and delivery, freeing operators from resource-intensive administrative tasks. Kumulate’s media player and manager provides a sub-

stantial broadcast toolset, including segment marking for partial file restore from any storage layer, including progressive cloud tiers. Kumulate features a web app and other web-based tools for easy remote working and system management. Kumulate provides smooth, efficient transition to hybrid cloud storage for organizations moving to cloud storage and compute, quickly and easily migrating content from on-prem to cloud as background tasks, eliminating painful and time-consuming manual processes. Kumulate offers flexible financial options, with capex or subscription models available, and analytic and reporting modules allow users to predict and model ongoing storage and content processing costs. Two modules slated for release in the next quarter due for unveiling add functionality to each end of the media supply chain: Gateway is a content acquisition portal that provides delivery, compliance checking and autoapprove/reject functionality, and Gallery is an e-commerce front-end that gives Kumulate users a shop window and e-store from which to distribute their B2B and B2C content.

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MEDIAKIND

Aquila Broadcast, Processing and Delivery Next-Gen Broadcast Solution Enabling Transition to All-IP Media Delivery

Consumer trends are clearly showing a definitive push towards OTT-based delivery for live events, be it sports, music, news or other entertainment — driving major competition in the live video streaming market. As the demand for live content increases, satellite and terrestrial broadcasters, as well as some cable and IPTV operators, are faced with the challenge of growing costs ­— and reduced availability ­— of satellite capacity. Meanwhile, the need to efficiently deliver seamless live content to a range of end-parties becomes ever more critical as fans increasingly turn towards flexible, OTT-based streaming. Launching this spring, MediaKind’s Aquila Broadcast solution enables broadcasters and operators to make a seamless, stepby-step transition from appliance-based platforms to all-IP media delivery. Powered by MediaKind’s award-winning, software-based, video compression, control and stream processing capabilities, Aquila Broadcast enables best-in-class picture quality with resolutions up to UHD with HDR support, while also offering wide codec support and large bandwidth savings. This highly efficient, broadcast-grade service enables innovative consumer experiences with flexible deployment models and operating choices. Today’s broadcasters are increasingly migrating from broadcast-specific architectures to IT-based solutions to leverage the economies of scale and flexibility of IT infrastructure. MediaKind has developed Aquila Broadcast to ensure compatibility across all-IP technologies and standards, including SMPTE 2022 and SMPTE ST 2110. The solution is deployable as an appliance or as pure software, with the ability to support on-premise and cloud-based deployments. Aquila Broadcast supports a range of video encoding formats, including MPEG-2, MPEG-4 and HEVC and is built to handle multicodec requirements without compromise on experience to the end user. The solution also

offers a year-on-year gain of 10% in video quality for customers wishing to invest in this new solution. The flexible deployment approach allows content owners and operators a greater selection choice in how they deliver media, depending upon preferred technology. It also reduces the reliance on satellite and matured equipment, making it an increasingly attractive proposition for major broadcasters and operators looking to maintain efficient media delivery workflows without compromising on the quality of the broadcast. The software suite is designed for the cloud and sharing common analytics, orchestration and management. The software subscription allows ease of access to all releases of the solution reducing operational complexity. To enable best-in-class picture quality and bandwidth savings with an extensive appliance, software and cloud support system, Aquila Broadcast combines a number of leading MediaKind products, including Encoding Live, Stream Processor and nCompass control. When combined with MediaKind’s Aquila Streaming solution, this converged offering provides a cost-efficient broadcast and streaming platform. This more tightly integrated workflow ensures smooth delivery of seamless consumer experiences to any device and big screen. With MediaKind’s Aquila Broadcast, customers are guaranteed a solution that ensures smooth operations and best time-to-market, enabling broadcast and pay-TV operators to deliver tailored, innovative media services. At its core, Aquila Broadcast offers market-leading picture quality and efficiency, providing the capability to support broadcasters and operators to leverage the full power of all-IP delivery. The Aquila Broadcast solution also integrates with the Aquila suite of solutions, which are centered around consumer delivery, and benefits customers with the flexibility to transition from appliances to software to cloud-centric offerings.

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NAGRA

NexGuard ClipMark

Detect Any Source of Pre-Release Leaks on Very Short Video Clips NexGuard ClipMark is the industry’s only forensic watermarking technology designed to detect the source of prerelease content leaks on very short video clips, down to thirty seconds. The launch is a significant milestone for the movie and TV industry as it enables content owners and post-production houses to supplement existing NexGuard watermarking technologies for prerelease workflows and extend those capabilities to all types of high-value prerelease assets. NexGuard ClipMark is a game changer in the fight against prerelease leaks, enabling traceability of short-form assets that previous watermarking technologies could not protect. While being very short in duration, most dailies, trailers and scenes extracted from proxy deliveries of full features or TV series are just as valuable as the mezzanine and master files. With NexGuard ClipMark, content owners and post-production houses have an extra tool to actively fight any prerelease leaks. NAGRA has partnered with industry-leading transcoder vendors to make NexGuard ClipMark available on premise and in the cloud in transcoder plug-ins. These partnerships ensure the seamless deployment into existing workflows, while leveraging the cloud-based NexGuard Detection Service

for fast, highly scalable and fully automated detection of watermarks on any type of assets. NexGuard ClipMark is the latest addition to the suite of NexGuard forensic watermarking technologies designed to deter and combat leaks during premium content production, post production, promotion and distribution, including for direct-to-consumer services. It is a key component of NAGRA’s comprehensive lineup of solutions to guard against service and content piracy.

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NET INSIGHT

Nimbra 400 for Internet Contribution Live Media Transport Over IP, Open to Major Cloud Providers and ARQ

With its Swiss-Army-knife approach, the Nimbra 400 family is the very definition of versatility. Engineered for the harsh realities of the internet, the Nimbra 400 supports a wide range of video and transport technologies. The combination of native support for both AVC and HEVC encoding/decoding, compressed video over IP and ASI and an open and flexible approach to IP networking in a super-efficient 1RU form factor makes the Nimbra 400 family a perfect companion for space constrained remote sites and flight kits. With native support for RIST, SRT, Zixi and our own Edge Connect software means you can get your content anywhere.

Nimbra 400 reduces costs and operational complexities by IP/Ethernet based at-home production solution through multistream alignments. Two to four camera video and audio feeds can be sent over IP back to the central studio and camera controls over Ethernet connection. The integrated encryption and firewall paired with transport of any remote management traffic and comms also minimizes the need for thirdparty equipment on site.

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NETINT TECHNOLOGIES

Codensity T4132 - High Density Encoder Video Transcoding for OTT/AR/VR/Cloud Mobile Gaming/E-Learning

NETINT’s Codensity T4132 is a next-generation, ultra-dense video encoding platform targeting applications including OTT, IPTV, e-learning, augmented reality (AR), virtual reality (VR) and cloud mobile gaming. Leveraging its expertise in computational storage technology, NETINT’s Codensity T4132 gives content distributors the ability to rapidly scale their infrastructures to meet growing transcoding requirements. The heart of the T4132 is NETINT’s in-house designed Codensity G4 ASIC (application specific integrated circuit). The advanced functionality of the Codensity G4 ASIC enables the T4132 to provide the industry’s highest density encoding solution with 10x the encoding density of software-based encoding solutions. Streaming video is the dominant type of internet traffic and existing software-based encoding infrastructures are straining to meet this new growing demand. Content distributors need a solution that increases encoding capacity and density, with low latency while optimizing the use of available network bandwidth. The growing demand for streaming video is forcing content distributors to re-architect their encoding infrastructures in order to increase density. The Codensity T4132 is a compact half-height/half-length PCIe card, which is significantly smaller than other hardware-based solutions and can be easily installed into an existing server. Unlike expanding a software-based encoding infrastructure, this flexible plug-in architecture facilitates an increase in existing encoding capacity without increasing the overall server footprint size. This eliminates capital expenditures associated with expanding the physical size of a datacenter as well as a reduction in operational expenses, including power and HVAC costs. The Codensity T4132 is equipped with an ultra-high capacity H.264 AVC/H.265 HEVC encoder and decoder. A single T4132 module can transcode 4x 4Kp60 streams or up to 32x 1080p30 streams. In addition, each T4132 module consumes only 20 watts of power. A typical server populated with 4x T4132s has over 10x the encoding capacity of a server with softwarebased encoding. The high-density encoding architecture and ultra-low power consumption of the T4132 enables content distributors to address the growing demand for internet-based streaming video while minimizing overall capital and operational expenditures. New emerging AR/VR and cloud gaming infrastructures require ultra-

low-latency performance to maintain a high QoE for interactive video applications. Existing centralized datacenter architectures would likely not be able to consistently sustain this level of latency performance. For these new applications, encoding must move to the network Edge to minimize network latency and to ensure an acceptable QoE for the end user. Edge datacenters bring with them their own set of constraints including limited physical space and available power. The Codensity T4132 features sub-frame latency, faster than real-time encoding and combined with ultra-dense encoding capacity and low power consumption enable it to be used in Edge encoding applications where other software and hardware-based encoding technologies would not be able to offer acceptable performance. Content distributors are continuously looking for solutions to optimize the use of available network bandwidth. Today’s de-facto video codec for video streaming is H.264 AVC due to its broad platform interoperability including smartphones, OTT devices, tablets and smart televisions. However, content distributors are now deploying newer more efficient codecs including H.265 HEVC, which utilizes up to 50% less network bandwidth than H.264 AVC. The Codensity T4132 with its high-density, faster than real-time transcoding of H.264 AVC to H.265 HEVC gives datacenter operators the ability to optimize the use of network bandwidth. NETINT’s Codensity T4132 gives content distributors the ability to adapt to rapidly changing business conditions while minimizing total cost of ownership.

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NPAW (NICE PEOPLE AT WORK)

YOUBORA Suite 6 The Most Advanced Video AI Platform

The streaming video industry is a constantly changing environment; understanding how viewers interact with video services is crucial. For more than a decade, NPAW has helped video providers make smarter, data-driven decisions to build engaging media experiences that maximize revenue. We’re proud to present YOUBORA Suite 6 ­— a greatly enhanced version of the market’s most advanced AI-powered video analytics platform, providing precise insights of video service performance across the entire session, audience behavior, content consumption and ad strategy efficiency. Regardless of their business model, YOUBORA Suite 6 now gives providers unprecedented ability to discover shortcomings in video delivery architecture to ensure optimal technology performance, prioritize deployments and select top-performing vendors. Also, to proactively manage user engagement with view-by-view visibility to examine the full user experience, identifying behaviors, consumption trends and user segments to adjust all pillars of the user experience. YOUBORA Suite 6 comes with several new intelligence boosters and wide UI improvements to bring all teams together, such as: • Identify top-performing elements of their service, from most watched titles to top-used devices, in real-time • Investigate any metric with minute granularity using the improved Zoom tool to know, for example, why exits peaked during an inserted ad, cloning searches across customized dashboards • Save time with a single Experience Score, a metric of distilled key elements of user engagement cross-analyzed against millions of devices and users for faster impact analysis • Compare how metrics or combinations of metrics stand up against past performance to maintain service quality that meets customer expectations YOUBORA 6 brings media businesses the direction they need to take streaming experiences to the next level, translating vast sets of data into highvalue and actionable insights for different organization stakeholders.

For technical teams, V6 provides improved troubleshooting capacities to its predecessor, using intuitive and editable multi-KPI dashboards to isolate high-impact service disruptions to specific CDNs, ISPs, players, devices or networks. Teams can leverage vendor-agnostic data to monitor performance of third-party providers — like ad servers and CDNs. For example, with V6’s Renditions Dashboard, providers can monitor their audience’s usage of different resolutions, enabling greater efficiencies in encoding costs without compromising on quality. V6 also boosts pre-existing YOUBORA benefits such as issue resolution for customer care, with immediately accessible and detailed information of every view thanks to custom dashboards, an improved AI-powered alerting system and 1:1 reporting allowing real-time investigation of issues and their causes. For business profiles, YOUBORA 6’s Correlation Engine is an industryunique tool that identifies the impact of external factors on video performance and engagement, ingesting events such as device launches or marketing campaigns and correlating hundreds of data-points to localize the driver of streaming issues or upticks in subscribers. Similarly, faster and improved UI for unlimited filtering permits advanced analysis and reporting of consumption by user segments, titles, time and more, delivering real-time understanding of catalog performance to increase engagement with data-driven content recommendations and proactively combat churn with custom communications and deals for disengaged users. With data visualization improvements including drag-and-drop customizable dashboards, dark mode, multi-KPI tooltips and a widget editor and creator, V6 is intuitive and adaptable to each team’s needs. With these developments (among several others), YOUBORA 6 is nextgeneration video intelligence that will improve the streaming industry, creating a single source of truth for video providers, bringing teams together behind a complete picture of service performance.

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PHABRIX

QxL - 25G IP-Enabled Rasterizer The World’s Most Compact, Feature-Rich 25G Rasterizer

The QxL, the world’s most flexible and most compact, feature-rich 25G rasterizer, has been conceived from the outset to address the needs of Professional Broadcast Media IP workflows. Out of the box, this 10G/25G IP-enabled rasterizer supports JT-NM TR 1001-1:2018, 2110-20 (video), 2110-30 (PCM) and 2110-31 (AES transport) audio, 2110-40 ANC media flows all with 2022-7 Seamless IP Protection Switching (SIPS), and independent PTP slaves on both media ports for fully redundant media network operation. The QxL, the new big brother of the renowned Qx, addresses the needs of professional broadcast media IP workflows in the same compact form factor. IP media interfaces are provided as standard and SDI media interfaces with optional SDI Eye and Jitter measurement are available as a factory-fitted option. The flexible user-friendly GUI provides up to 16 user-configurable windows with presets for rapid visualization of different traffic and workflow configurations. The QxL is fully 10G/25G IP-enabled, with support for JT-NM TR 1001-1:2018, ST 2110-20 (video), 2110-30 (PCM) and 2110-31 (AES transport) audio, 2110-40 ANC media flows, all with 2022-7 Seamless IP Protection Switching (SIPS), and independent PTP slaves on both media ports for fully redundant media network operation. Simultaneous support is provided for 1 video payload, 2 audio payloads of 2110-30 (PCM) or 2110-31 (AES3 transport) at level C operation with automatic detection of audio flow configuration and Dolby™ audio formats and one ANC flow. The Qx IP JT-NM TR 1001-1:2018 toolset provides support for default DHCP on all IP ports, unicast DNS-SD, AMWA IS-04 Discovery and Registration, IS-05 Connection management, system resource and Network Topology Discovery using Link Layer Discovery protocol (LLDP). The user interface and stereo monitoring bus are available as IP media flows as standard and can be switched into HDR mode. The optional IP to single link SDI and AES3 gateway provides up to 16 channels of embedded audio and 4 AES3 outputs as part of the base chassis. A suite of operator level IP flow health and PTP monitoring is provided with warnings and alarms. For detailed analysis and debug, the new IP-

Measure toolset provides advanced engineering-grade information including four 2022-7 Packet Interval Time (PIT) displays, media port network statistics, real-time measurements of Flow to PTP relationships and latency plus real-time measures of 2110-21 Cinst and Vrx. The QxL is among the first devices of its type for which SDI is an option ­— not part of the core. It therefore delivers an unparalleled price performance entry point for the modern HD IP broadcast ops user — ­ with the flexibility to evolve the firmware for UHD over IP, QC, engineering, HDR, on the same platform to meet the evolving needs of the business, future proofing the investment. The QxL retains the same highly innovative and accessible user interface of the Qx, meaning that there are minimal retraining costs for existing Qx users — ­ and that the complexities of ST 2110 and NMOS operation are presented to the user in an intuitive and accessible manner. The optional SDI interfaces still provide all of the advanced SDI connectivity and analysis that PHABIX is famous for with optional highly advanced development or manufacturer-grade SDI-STRESS toolset that has already been pioneered by its smaller cousin.

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PRIMESTREAM

Primestream Creative Bridge

Remote Workers Now Can Have Seamless Access to Creative Tools Creative teams today want to be more connected and unified, which requires greater visibility into the overall workflows as well as the reliability and security essential to modern media production. This is particularly true in these challenging days of global pandemic, as more and more employees are mandated to work from home and find themselves disconnected from their usual media workflows. Many media organizations and content creators are having to adapt quickly to working remotely, which requires solutions that deliver enterprise functionality to remote workstations. Primestream is addressing these requirements with Creative Bridge, the only MAM that integrates with all the major creative tools. Creative Bridge is an add-on to the company’s Xchange media management platform that allows all members of the content creation team to access any creative tool — Adobe Creative Cloud, Apple Final Cut Pro X, DaVinci Resolve and Avid Pro Tools. Creative Bridge enables accelerated workflows across departments and geographies, boosting collaborative capabilities and improving visibility into managed media. Establishing convenient and intuitive connections between both in-house and remote users, managed media and creative tools, this new solution brings greater efficiency and productivity to content creation in any organization. Creative Bridge offers a powerful and unique solution to a challenge most creative teams will recognize: the inefficiencies that come from siloed workflows, a lack of connectivity and a lack of visibility into different projects created with different tools. By unifying content creation workflows, Creative Bridge empowers anyone working in creative services to work more efficiently and effectively. The solution is ideal for production studios, post-production houses, new media operations, content creators, VFX production, corporate teams, creative services ad agencies, educational institutions, sports organizations ­— anyone or any team engaged in creating content.

With Creative Bridge, producers, editors, graphic designers, visual effects artists and other creatives gain access to multiple creative tools through a single easy-to-use application. Remote team members can access and collaborate on content and projects as easily as if they were sitting in the office. Because all projects and assets within the MAM/PAM platform are connected to these key creative tools, Xchange users can access those tools seamlessly. Additionally, team members can register new assets into the MAM/PAM with rich metadata and organizational folder structures. Personnel across the organization gain greater visibility into media and can quickly search, import, and register managed media. With visibility and a much closer connection between managed media and creative tools, teams can work more efficiently with media and collaborate more closely in producing compelling content. Time-consuming manual processes are reduced or eliminated, and collaboration is increased through accelerated workflows between departments. Users have greater visibility into managed media including the ability to search, download, import and register managed media or assets. In addition, by giving remote collaborators easy access to content, projects and the creative tools they’re used to, Creative Bridge removes roadblocks and ensures continuity in the media supply chain.

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Primestream Xchange Media Cloud Brings Workflow Continuity to Remote Content Creators

These are challenging days for enterprise video departments, as more and more employees are mandated to work from home and find themselves disconnected from their usual media workflows. Xchange Media Cloud brings the robust functionality of our enterprise-grade Xchange MAM right to remote workstations. By giving remote collaborators easy access to content, projects and the creative tools they’re used to, Xchange Media Cloud removes roadblocks and ensures continuity in the video production supply chain. Targeted to video, sound, graphics, creative and visual effects teams in broadcast news, enterprise video and other media operations, Xchange Media Cloud enables complete cloud production workflows from start to finish. With system setup guided and supported by Primestream, media teams are able to focus on their work and stay productive. The cloud-based solution offers integration with Adobe Creative Cloud software applications including Premiere®, After Effects® and Photoshop®, with Xchange Media Cloud enabling teams to browse, search, edit and organize content from any location. When combined with the Primestream Workflow Server™ and ingest modules in the cloud, Xchange Media Cloud provides the ability to record and monitor incoming live cloud streams including HLS, NDI or RTSP. With real-time transcoding of the incoming feed to any house format such as XDCAM, AVC, H.264, ProRes and HEVC, this capability allows broadcasters and production teams to work with cloud streams in the same way they currently work with SDI or baseband sources. For existing Primestream customers, Xchange Media Cloud is a smooth and easy extension to their current Xchange deployment, and for new customers, the solution solves an immediate and pressing need to deploy remote video production workflows. However, Xchange Media Cloud is far from a

temporary solution that will become obsolete in three months; it can form the core of a more comprehensive, longer-term strategy for a media operation to migrate to cloud-based workflows. Primestream has helped customers tackle their most complex content creation challenges for more than 20 years, and our solutions offer unparalleled flexibility and proven reliability for end-to-end media workflows. We’re more committed to our customers than ever as the coronavirus continues to redefine “business as usual” and safety becomes a prime concern for team members, companies and communities. With Xchange Media Cloud, we’re ready to help ensure that content creators can continue to tell the great stories that entertain and inform the world.

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PRO VIDEO INSTRUMENTS

INFINIUM®

An Integrated Solution for Unified Distribution PVI’s newest product, INFINIUM, is the smartest, integrated solution that can distribute any HD 4K television content to any network, format, media and resolution, from the legacy MPEG-2 televisions to the newest HAVC 4K TVs and mobile devices, such as iPhone, iPad, android, tablet, over Wi-Fi, LAN and the internet. INFINIUM is smart TV-compatible through any smart TV app via the M3U8 playlist, providing features such as simultaneous multirate, multiresolution encoding, as well as simultaneous MPEG-2, MPEG-4, MPEG-5 HEVC encoding and MJPG encoding for preview on remote controls. INFINIUM has built in the SRT protocol for Reliable Ultra-Low Latency performances over busy networks. It can accept feeds from third-party IPTV providers to distribute as needed. With our dual encoding technology, the customer has the ability to broadcast simultaneously different resolutions to provide the upmost compatibility to all devices.

Another key benefit of the dual encoding is the capability to live streaming to multiple RTMP(s) streaming services at the same time. A built-in four-zone OSD — on-screen display is provided for the use of logos images or text. With its modular design, INFINIUM is scalable at any time, simply adding hot-swap modules as needed. It has the option of 4K HEVC over coax simultaneously. Finally, an all-in-one solution to converge any video signal input to any possible playback device anywhere on any possible network.

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PROGRAM PRODUCTION INC.

ProCrewz® Labor Mgmt. Software/Mobile App

The Industry's Most Innovative Event Software and App ProCrewz® is the event industry’s most innovative labor management software and mobile application; conceptualized and developed by Program Productions Inc., North America’s largest crewing and live event management firm. Custom-built by veteran operations managers alongside developers, ProCrewz® stands alone in our broadcast industry. Scaled to handle an unlimited number of live events and technicians, this game-changing technology provides clients with an end-to-end — ­ event to payroll ­— solution for event labor management. The intuitive workflow and collaborative space for creating and managing events, clients using ProCrewz® save time and money. A central database for event managers to access event and technician information allows for company-wide, efficient coordination. Sharing of real-time information via the ProCrewz® mobile app, such as technician schedules and event details largely eliminates human error and miscommunication. The venue-specific, geo-fenced punch in and out function has helped decrease errant overtime by 9.5% for ProCrewz® clients. Clients managing their events with the ProCrewz® management platform begin with creating an event in the ProCrewz® client portal where they can “create a job” and push hire request notifications to desired technicians. Once a technician accepts a job, coordinators confirm acceptance and confirm and publish event crews. The event becomes visible on the technician’s mobile app. Clients can generate labor estimates that include rates, overtime, travel cost and more. During events, clients are able to see real-time status of crews, review and update daily schedules, generate an event summary and communicate with technicians’ job-wide. Once an event is complete, clients review and approve all hours and expenses, then submit for payroll. With the technician-friendly ProCrewz® mobile app, crews can view work schedules, event details and estimated pay right from their phone. Technicians record and submit their hours via the venue-specific, geofenced punch in and out function. This electronic record of hours popu-

lates in the ProCrewz® client portal for review and approval. Technicians also are able to submit work expenses and upload receipts directly from the mobile app. Key highlights of ProCrewz® Event Management Software and Mobile App include: • Broadcast industry event management platform and mobile app • Streamlined event creation through payroll process • Real-time event communication • Geo-fenced technician punch in and out • Simple electronic submission of hours and expense • Elimination of spreadsheets, paper time sheets and receipts • Visible payroll and expense approval confirmation

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QLIGENT CORP.

Dymos™ Event-Based Dynamic Monitoring Monitoring OTT Stream Events in the Cloud With a True-SaaS Structure

Dymos™ Event-Based Dynamic Monitoring Service gives event-driven streaming originators the ability to leverage the convenience of cloud technology on a truly consumption-based cost structure. Properly instantiating and spinning down virtual machines in cloud instances ensures that cloud compute costs are only accrued for the duration of the event monitoring, as opposed to the always-on, 24/7 monitoring of the past. The new Dynamic Monitoring Service is a true SaaS, pay-as-you-go event stream monitoring solution in the cloud. No additional on-premises hardware is required to monitor live streams on-demand, eliminating the need for the expensive hardware or cloudintensive 24/7 monitoring systems of the past. The capability of stream monitoring for quality of experience (QoE), quality of service (QoS), and Compliance during streaming events for customers who do not want or need 24/7 monitoring is an advancement in technology infrastructure. The ability to access cloud stream monitoring service on an as-needed basis is a true SaaS, pay-as-you-go model, with no ongoing contracts. To benefit from this technology the customer manually or programmatically sends event-driven information to create a Qligent instance in the cloud. Qligent processes the information and at the appropriate time instantiates a probe in another instance, accesses the stream content and begins monitoring. The client is presented a dashboard in real time to access the video, audio and alarms in a browser. When the event is over, a command is

sent to the Qligent instance to stop recording. All recorded video/audio and associated data is transferred to the Qligent Cloud Aggregation Server and the probe is properly terminated so as not to corrupt video or audio recordings and data. The customer is provided access via a browser to recorded video/audio and data for a configurable number of days. Dymos meets the needs of the OTT market by monitoring stream events in the cloud with a true-SaaS, pay-as-you-go cost structure. This helps make costs more predictable and manageable.

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QUANTUM CORP.

Quantum F1000

Quantum F1000: Lower-Priced NVMe With Best-in-Class Price Performance Demand for compelling, high-quality video content is rising rapidly. From broadcasters and post-production houses to corporate video teams and VFX/animation studios, media companies need storage that can handle today’s higher shooting ratios, higher-resolution media, the proliferation of content formats and extremely tight deadlines. To tackle this challenge Quantum recently introduced the F1000, a lower-priced addition to the award-winning Quantum® F-Series family of NVMe storage appliances. Leveraging software-defined architecture introduced with the F2000, the F1000 exemplifies Quantum’s commitment to an accelerated pace of product innovation, offering ultra-fast streaming performance and response times at a lower entry price. The F-Series is used by major studios, corporations and government agencies to accelerate the capture, edit and finishing of high-definition content, and speeds VFX and CGI render performance by 10x-100x, to develop cutting-edge augmented and virtual reality. Unlike more general-purpose NVMe storage arrays, the Quantum F-Series was designed specifically for the video and image-based workloads that are critical to media and entertainment companies. This content can be high-definition video used for movie, TV and sports production, marketing and advertising content, and image-based workloads that require high-speed processing, such as the data from a satellite feed, a drone and more. Quantum’s customers are deploying F-Series NVMe systems as part of Quantum’s StorNext® scale-out file storage cluster and leveraging the StorNext data management capabilities to move data between NVMe storage pools and other storage pools. Customers can take advantage of the performance boost NVMe provides for workloads that require it, while continuing to use lower-cost storage for data where performance is less critical. Quantum customers are recognizing the benefits of F-Series NVMe appliances, not only to accelerate the workloads above, but to move from fibre channel networks to less expensive IP-based networks. However, many

customers had voiced the need for a less expensive entry point into NVMe technology, which ultimately led Quantum to develop the Quantum F1000. The F1000 is a 1U NVMe storage server optimized for performance, without the high-availability design of the F2000. Using a single-controller server and optimizing the F-Series software stack to run with less CPU, the F1000 offers the same ultra-fast streaming performance and extremely fast response times as the F2000 at a lower entry price. The Quantum F1000 offers performance that is 5X to 10X faster than an equivalent SAS SSD storage array, at a similar price. The F1000 is available in two capacity points: 39 TB and 77 TB. It offers the same connectivity options as the F2000: 32 Gb fibre channel or iSER / RDMA using 100 Gb Ethernet, and is designed to be deployed as part of a StorNext scale-out file storage cluster. The F1000 leverages the same software-defined block storage platform that was introduced with the Quantum F2000, which enabled Quantum’s developers to go from concept to completed design in less than three months. The introduction of the F1000 illustrates the power of Quantum’s software-defined architecture and is an example of the accelerated pace of innovation that defines the new Quantum.

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QUMULO

P-368T All-NVMe File Storage Platform Extremely Consistent, High Performant and Scalable File Software

For media and entertainment (M&E) companies, digital media files are the core asset of their business; if their storage fails to perform, their creativity and production stalls as well. Qumulo’s latest all-NVMe file storage platform, the P-368T, delivers fast responsiveness with low latency and consistent high performance, making it ideal for use in M&E post production. With simple replication to other on-prem or cloud environments, Qumulo’s hybrid file software and P-368T all-NVMe file storage platform enables multilocation production teams to access content easily, collaborate more efficiently and accelerate the completion of projects. Qumulo’s P-368T all-NVMe manages 4K and 8K resolutions efficiently. It ensures fast and seamless collaboration, smooth playback and editing of video footage ­— even when multiple editors are working with multiple footage streams. Qumulo’s P-368T all-NVMe file storage platform is the only all-flash solution that gives the low latency of NVMe in the data center while seamlessly moving data to the cloud for processing and analytics when needed. The all-NVMe platform eliminates the historical cost/performance trade-off in the data center and enables media organizations to accelerate cloud IT initiatives. New software and hardware advancements are enabling M&E companies to capitalize on dynamic market conditions, such as rapidly falling NVMe prices, to gain data center efficiencies and to benefit from the

increased reliability and performance of all-NVMe-based platforms. Together with Qumulo’s hybrid file software, the P-368T provides continuous replication, snapshots, auditing, quotas and built-in integration with security servers, such as active directory and LDAP, so users can protect their data and optimally manage their storage. The combination offers best-in-class cross-protocol support automatically managing NTFS and POSIX permissions and preserving ACL inheritance, allowing true collaboration without compromise. Qumulo’s multiprotocol support includes SMB, NFS, FTP and REST, which are written from the ground up to be optimized for distributed systems and high efficiency. The P-368T is housed in a 2U form factor, uses 100 GbE, and provides 368 TB of raw NVMe storage capacity. Automation is becoming a requirement to effectively manage the multipetabyte storage and the billions of files that are becoming common in unstructured data environments. Qumulo’s software solution, together with the P-368T platform, provides a RESTful API and CLI to enable organizations to automate mundane tasks, so their headcounts don’t have to grow as fast as their storage. Finally, Qumulo's software solution with the P-368T’s real-time analytics eliminates data blindness. The analytics provide insight into capacity usage, throughput and IOPS, providing actionable data so that administrators can easily manage hot spots, control storage usage and plan for growth.

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CloudStudio

Lets Creative Suites Run With Unlimited Speed, Scale in Public Clouds In 2020, media and entertainment digital content creators are faced with adapting their workflows to keep production on schedule as teams worldwide produced content from home. In the face of this worldwide disruption, organizations have realized that tools and architectures that enable them to continue running specialized workflows, like editing, rendering and post production effects, from anywhere allow for incredible flexibility. Qumulo CloudStudio allows creative agencies, post-production studios, broadcasters and visual effects studios to more efficiently collaborate on editorial projects, such as creative content development, rendering and production, by securely moving on-prem workspaces, including desktops, applications and data, to the public cloud. CloudStudio leverages the power of Qumulo’s file software and meets the demands of today’s data-driven M&E organizations for massive content production and storage, providing a modern infrastructure that can handle the toughest 4K and 8K workloads with limitless scalability both on-prem and in the cloud. Qumulo’s file software is the same on-prem or in the cloud, making the transition seamless and easy, and eliminating the need to reconfigure applications or retrain users. Deployable on Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Google Cloud, CloudStudio allows artists to use the creative suites they know and that studios already own, such as Adobe Premiere Pro, Adobe After Effects, Cinema 4D, 3ds Max and many others, to accelerate production schedules and work on projects from anywhere in the world with uncompromising speed, flexibility and security. Qumulo CloudStudio provides seamless 30+ frames per second (FPS) video playback while giving administrators peace of mind, as all assets are stored in Qumulo’s distributed file system where data access can be seen, managed and controlled in real time. It also enables studios to better leverage a growing global talent pool across time zones, to meet demanding deadlines, and to more effectively collaborate with globally dispersed teams.

DYNAMIC SCALABILITY FOR PERFORMANCE AND CAPACITY As studios grow and take on more work, they are challenged to meet the enormous demands placed on their infrastructures and the need to keep the systems accessible for their artists. CloudStudio enables administrators to scale up to meet performance and capacity requirements, delivering 20 GBps or more in read throughput plus petabytes of data storage. It also offers a flexible deployment model that can be scaled back once the project is completed. Powered by Qumulo’s file software, CloudStudio provides significant flexibility, efficiency and cost savings. MISSION-CRITICAL RELIABILITY Today’s storage infrastructures must protect mission-critical studio assets, and the production pipeline must be available 24/7/365 to support employees and customers who are located all over the world. CloudStudio’s distributed file system and built-in replication features make it simple to create one or more instances in other Availability Zones and Regions to support a robust business continuity strategy. DATA AND INSIGHT TO OPTIMIZE AND PLAN CloudStudio provides real-time visibility into storage capacity and usage to help improve the decision-making process. By tapping into system-wide analytics for actionable insights, studios can quickly track performance and data for every project. It also allows them to drill two or three layers deep and get a listing of sub-parts in the file system so that they can diagnose issues as they occur. It provides insight into what’s happened, so users can evaluate if they need to make adjustments or quickly troubleshoot any potential issues. With CloudStudio, media organizations can leverage resources and collaboration across geographies and keep up with the fast pace and complexity demanded by modern visual effects workflows.

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ROHDE & SCHWARZ GMBH & CO. KG

R&S NextGen TV Transmitter Solution Enhanced World-Leading Solution Offers Flexibility, Efficiency, Reliability

NextGen TV (ATSC 3.0) offers broadcast network operators a greater degree of flexibility in their service offerings, since it is designed to evolve together with broadcasters’ future operational roadmap. Rohde & Schwarz strongly supports this development with its R&S NextGen TV solution for TV transmitters: it will show how this technology addresses broadcaster’s needs for flexibility, operational efficiency and reliability being totally software-based. It enables network operators to leverage the full capabilities of the ATSC 3.0 standard and flexibly respond to future signal processing requirements. NextGen TV is bringing wide-scale terrestrial broadcasting into the IP age. The new R&S solution is supporting broadcast network operators in their transition by supplying the world’s first software-based NextGen TV system and the world’s only field-proven solution. It allows a seamless switch process. The totally software-based Rohde & Schwarz solution enables network operators to leverage the full capabilities of the ATSC 3.0 standard and flexibly respond to future signal processing requirements with its product flexibility with Multi-Sub Frame, LDM and SFN capability. Rohde & Schwarz transmitters fully support ATSC 3.0 core features, including multiple physical layer pipes (PLP), multiple subframes and single frequency networks (SFN) capabilities for optimal spectrum utilization and highest flexibility. Also, it supports ATSC 3.0 layered division multiplexing (LDM), helping network operators maximize coverage

in different reception scenarios, including fixed and mobile reception. With the transition to NextGen TV, operators can extend their coverage via Single Frequency Networks. The coverage of existing high-power sites can be efficiently extended by adding lower-power auxiliary sites and generate a single frequency network.

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SIGNIANT

Jet

A Unique Cloud-Native SaaS Solution Jet is a unique cloud-native SaaS solution for automating high-speed transfers of large media files between global locations. Jet meets the growing need to replace tools like rsync, scripted FTP and other legacy transfer software with a faster, more reliable and more secure alternative — ­ offering powerful, enterprise-grade capabilities to any size business that regularly moves data between their own locations or with partners, customers and suppliers. Jet offers a unique and innovative mechanism for companies to more easily exchange content with partners, a growing need in this highly collaborative market. With this advancement, Jet offers a secure cloud handshake so companies can request a connection with a partner. Once both sides accept, specific jobs can be configured and mutually approved to allow for secure, automated transfers between the companies. While Signiant has long been a trusted broker of content exchange between companies, this new capability will make it far easier, more secure and accessible to any-sized business. In addition, Signiant Jet provides many key benefits to media companies, including: • Speed: Jet employs Signiant’s fastest transport technology yet and is capable of multi-Gbps transport speed. • Advanced Next-Generation Transport: Jet employs a new intelligent transport mechanism that uses machine learning to adapt to network conditions in real time. • Ease: Within Jet’s intuitive visual interface, administrators can easily deploy and monitor transfers and configure alerts. Customers can be up and running in a day. • No Limits: Jet can handle any size file quickly, and never imposes limits on the amount of data transferred or puts constraints on bandwidth use. • Checkpoint Restart: Any transfers that are interrupted are automatically restarted from the point of failure, which is critical for automated, large file transfers. • Visibility: In the fast-paced, security-conscious world of media, it’s important to have a reliable record of when and where files were transferred.

Jet provides customers with easy access to this information. • Security: Following defense-in-depth design principles, Jet incorporates multiple layers of security controls. Signiant is a recognized security leader across the M&E industry, including earning the DPP “Committed to Security” mark. • SRE Team: The Jet solution is built on Signiant’s multitenant, auto-scaling, load-balanced cloud control layer, managed 24/7 by the company’s professional Site Reliability Engineering (SRE) team. • Simple Pricing for Every Size Company: Jet’s SaaS implementation scales to the needs and budget of every size media company. Jet’s simple pricing model is based on the number of locations that need to exchange data without limits on file size, amount of data transferred or users. Jet’s lights-out automated file transfers bridge the gap between time zones and locations, allowing fast and reliable file transfers across any distance and easing the pressure of today’s fast-paced content creation and distribution cycle. Jet’s unique model brings advanced acceleration and automation to any size business furthering Signiant’s mission to connect the global media supply chain.

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SONY ELECTRONICS

PVM-X2400 4K HDR TRIMASTER Monitor This Monitor Features 1,000,000:1 Dynamic Contrast Ratio

This 4K HDR monitor provides high picture quality and accurate color reproduction thanks to Sony’s specified and dedicated panels, which offer ultra-high definition with a resolution of 3840 x 2160 pixels and an impressive brightness of all-white luminance of 1,000 cd/m2. For optimum film production, its wide color gamut matches the industry-leading Sony BVM-HX310 TRIMASTER HX master monitor. This means the monitor offers accurate color reproduction and precise grayscale, giving filmmakers a reliable tool to help make critical imaging decisions and faithful color matching throughout the workflow. With its compact size and high portability, the PVM-X2400 is aimed to expand footprints in 4K HDR production, including versatile applications such as on-set monitoring, nonlinear video editing, studio wall monitoring and rackmount monitoring in OB trucks or machine rooms.

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TELESTREAM

Vantage IMF Producer

A Vantage Option That Automates the Creation of IMF Packages Telestream’s Vantage IMF Producer is a Vantage option that automates the creation of IMF (Interoperable Master Format) packages from Adobe Premiere Pro. IMF packages are the preferred method to deliver show masters to companies like Netflix, 20th Century Studios, Disney and many others. Through the use of automated processing, editing staff can focus on the creative functions of storytelling and pacing without worrying about the complexities of the IMF delivery format. IMF is a SMPTE standard for providing a single, interchangeable master file format and structure for the distribution of content between businesses around the world. IMF provides a framework for creating a true file-based final master. Part of the Vantage Media Processing Platform, IMF Producer automates the creation of all files required in an IMF package from a single output render of an Adobe Premiere Pro timeline. In addition to generating the primary package, editors can create additional sequences, which become supplemental IMF packages that contain different versions of audio, subtitles, edit points, Dolby Vision HDR metadata and more. What really stands out here is that the ability to manage IMF workflows in an application like Adobe Premiere Pro. It provides an economical and highly powerful way of managing IMF supplemental package requirements. Creating IMF Packages that properly conform to specifications is a complex endeavor, and by automating the task, Telestream ensures that humans and

computers focus on the skills they are best at. Vantage IMF Producer automatically creates well-formed supplemental IMF packages, which can be sent to media management systems that can automatically extract the correct content for final distribution. IMF Producer can process up to four jobs simultaneously. Using Vantage Timed Text Flip, IMF producer also provides full support for IMSC-1 Subtitles. The subtitle feature is required for IMG packages and is frequently missing from other solutions.

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Wirecast Gear

Next-Generation Live Video Streaming Production System The latest version of Wirecast Gear represents a new generation of the company’s awardwinning live video streaming production hardware. Powerful, purpose-built and easy to use, the fully configured workstation allows anyone to broadcast professional live productions in a matter of minutes. Wirecast software and Wirecast Gear hardware are in use around the world as professionals transition to remote streaming broadcasts and distance education workflows. With Wirecast Gear, live event producers can focus on production and streaming instead of worrying about hardware system compatibility, configuration and integration. It is ideally suited for marketers, educators, corporate and online trainers, event producers, sports broadcasters, worship service staff, news gatherers and anyone who wants to deliver professional live-streamed productions out of the box. Wirecast Gear was created specifically to get the maximum performance out of Wirecast software. Building a capable streaming workstation can be challenging for those not familiar with the technical hurdles encountered when optimizing components specifically for real-time production and streaming performance. While the options for configuring a PC appear almost limitless, the wrong configuration can severely impact functionality. Wirecast Gear’s new hardware represents a significant performance increase compared to previous generation hardware. With more CPU cores, higher clock speeds, faster RAM and the latest NVMe storage, Wirecast Gear is the highest performing turnkey system offered in its price range. The 400 series builds on the Gear — 300 series’ server-grade processing and adds a professional NVIDIA Quadro GPU that can produce up to four simultaneous 1080p 60fps encodes and an SDI program output or multiview without using additional CPU bandwidth. Wirecast Gear can also create more ISO and archival grade encodes simultaneously for future repurposing of content. Wirecast Gear supports up to five simultaneous cameras via baseband SDI or four cameras via HDMI depending on model. With six channels of audio and professional XLR/TRS balanced audio inputs, audio signals are

always pristine even with longer cables. For enhanced portability and durability, the system has no moving parts except for the fan. Wirecast Gear includes: Telestream Wirecast Pro software; NewBlue Live titling software — advanced title and 3D engine; Telestream Switch Player software, dual 1 Gbps NIC cards — to spread the load across networks, 60FPS input and encode capabilities, 250GB NVMe SSD OS drive and 1TB SATA SSD for media storage; NVIDIA Quadro GPU on 400 series — no limits on NVENC hardware accelerated encodes and additional graphics horsepower, professional XLR/TRS balanced audio inputs; rackmountable chassis with certified thermal cooling system and IPMI interface for enterprise management and remote network login and control. Windows 10 Enterprise LTSC enables increased stability and control over Windows updates. Wirecast Gear offers a choice of unlimited destinations (Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Periscope and any RTMP stream destination). Wirecast users can take advantage of the new stock media library to easily find additional B-roll video, audio and graphics. With the Wirecast Rendezvous feature, up to seven remote guests can be invited into the streaming program from anywhere a good internet connection exists.

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THEO TECHNOLOGIES

High Efficiency Streaming Protocol

Scalable, Efficient Video Streaming With Sub-Second Latency and Instant Zapping Video streaming is growing exponentially. We face a growing need for an efficient and scalable approach that is adaptable to variable network conditions. Viewers become increasingly demanding when it comes to streaming video. Studies indicated that longer startup times, video buffering and delays in comparison to the real-life event are major turnoffs for viewers. Latencies and zapping times are expected to be as low as in traditional broadcast technologies. Viewers expect true interactivity and community watching. Viewers also expect the synchronized playback of multiple videos in the same player and across multiple devices. Current low-latency video distribution approaches, such as Apple LLHLS, DASH CMAF-CTE, webRTC, etc., require a tradeoff between latency, scalability and/or viewing experience (zapping times, cross-platform support, playback quality). This tradeoff results in suboptimal video delivery solutions. That is where our novel streaming protocol, the High Efficiency Streaming Protocol (HESP), kicks in. HESP has been built from the ground up to satisfy all requirements. The patented High Efficiency Streaming Protocol (HESP) is an HTTP Adaptive Streaming technology built on HTTP/1.1 CTE or HTTP/2 frame-based streaming, and enables efficient delivery using standard encoders and CDN’s. HESP enables video streaming with sub-second latency, allowing near real-time interactivity and in-sync delivery across multiple windows and devices. HESP is bandwidth-efficient (up to a 10–20% reduction) and uses complementary coding profiles, allowing a switch on a per image frame basis between streams. This fast switchover is the basis for record-breaking startup and zapping times. The ABR (Adaptive Bit Rate) approach built in HESP promptly responds to dynamic network conditions and optimally uses the available bandwidth, which guarantees the best possible video quality. HESP more aggressively manages changing network conditions while maintaining low latency for unparalleled playback experiences. By construction, HESP allows for a very accurate playback synchronization. Because HESP relies on HTTP, it is a universal and network-friendly solution that can reach virtually every client device. The same protocol can be used across a wide range of devices and platforms, resulting in operational savings, and offering the same user experience on all target platforms. The HESP technology is materialized through an HESP-certified packager and player. HESP packagers receive streams with the right encoding

profile from standard encoders and prepare HESP-compliant video streams. The HESP video streams are distributed using standard CDNs. The players receive the streams, make decisions on the best instantaneous quality to be transferred, and render the video. HESP has support for DRM, Server-Side Ad Insertion, subtitling and other metadata, emergency alerts and much more. HESP is the cornerstone for a compelling video streaming experience. It is the next-generation protocol for video delivery, eliminating the viewer frustrations with existing solutions. HESP will ensure that online viewers no longer lag behind. Video services based on HESP will impress viewers and attract additional eyeballs. HESP is highly suited for interactive services, boosting viewer engagement. In order to support the adoption of HESP and to create an industry-wide ecosystem of both backend technology suppliers, player suppliers and users, THEO Technologies, together with other major companies in the streaming video industry, initiated the HESP Alliance. The HESP Alliance strives to onboard many new members and to boost the number of product developments and deployments. HESP products will be available from THEO Technologies and the HESP Alliance.

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THINKLOGICAL, A BELDEN BRAND

Low-Latency 12G SDI Extenders Cross-Convert SDI Video to and From HDMI and DisplayPort

The new 12G SDI Extenders from Thinklogical, A Belden Brand supports a variety of 12G input and output formats over one or two fibers, extending 12G video with no compression, added latency, artifacts or lost frames. The extenders also offer the ability to cross convert SDI signals from and to HDMI or DisplayPort outputs. Creative professionals working in broadcast and video-intensive postproduction applications such as editing, color grading, digital intermediate and visual special effects can become easily fatigued and unproductive when working long hours on systems with the less-thanoptimal image resolution quality and unreliable computer peripheral performance that comes from compressed or IP-based KVM signal management systems. Thinklogical solves this problem by providing 12G SDI extension and switching through a 100-percent uncompressed signal path with the lowest latency in the industry, offering precise pixelfor-pixel transmission of video with no visual artifacts, added jitter or lost frames and instantaneous computer peripheral responsiveness. This increases user creativity, efficiency and productivity without compromising image quality or system reliability and performance. The new 12G SDI Extender from Thinklogical is ideally suited for video distribution, broadcast, media and entertainment, medical, live event and rental and staging applications requiring SDI signal support and high-resolution video, such as filming, image magnification and projection mapping, camera connectivity, video editing and post production, video analysis and simulation. The extenders come in two formats: a chassis-mounted module that provides cross conversion capabilities using two fibers and a matrix switch, and

a standalone extender pair without cross conversion that uses one fiber. With a protocol-agnostic architecture, virtually any signal — regardless of type or standard — can be extended and routed through a Thinklogical matrix switch, and any port on the matrix can be quickly configured to accommodate any signal format or direction, in or out. It is easy to change any port on the switch to be video or audio or machine-or-tablet control — whatever configuration is required to accomplish a task — ­ in just minutes. With this true “any-to-any” switching capability, a flexible and efficient “virtualsuite” design concept is made possible, where operators in all of the rooms in a post-production facility —including edit suites, VFX, digital intermediate and color grading, theaters and viewing rooms — can instantly switch in and out of whatever computer they are controlling with a simple keyboard command. This increases staff productivity and reduces infrastructure cost and complexity. • Cross conversion option available for DisplayPort or HDMI inputs and outputs • Video extension in multiple SDI formats: single 12G SDI, dual 6G SDI, quad 3G SDI • Supports up to 4K DCI (4096 x 2160) resolution: 60Hz 4:2:2 10-bit; 30/24 Hz 4:4:4 10-bit; 30/24Hz 4:2:2 12-bit • Extend 10/100 Ethernet and RS-422 signals for remote equipment control • Able to be switched using Thinklogical TLX matrix switches • Passes all video and ancillary data uncompressed and unaltered • Extend 12G SDI signals up to 80 km between source and destination using only one or two fibers

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TRIVENI DIGITAL INC.

ATSC 3.0 Cloud

ATSC 3.0 Cloud Enables Efficient, Cost-Effective Transition to NextGen TV ATSC 3.0 will create important new opportunities for U.S. broadcast television stations, including the ability to deliver advanced emergency alerts, program guides and targeted advertising. However, the ATSC 3.0 environment is complex, and broadcasters need a fast and efficient way to launch NextGen TV services. Triveni Digital’s new solution for streaming ATSC 3.0 from the cloud answers a critical industry need for a fast and flexible transition path to NextGen TV. By integrating Triveni Digital’s software-based ATSC 3.0 Broadcast Gateway scheduler, GuideBuilder® XM ATSC 3.0 Transport Encoder and state-of-the-art third-party systems, ATSC 3.0 Cloud enables broadcasters to launch NextGen TV services faster and more efficiently. Unique features and benefits include: • Cost-Effective Transition Path: Anytime the broadcast industry undergoes a major technology transition, cost is a major hurdle, especially for small and mid-size stations. Triveni Digital’s ATSC 3.0 Cloud service is available with a software-as-a-service (SaaS) business model, lowering the cost to market for new channels and services by eliminating capex costs. This pay-as-you-go pricing model is especially valuable for broadcasters in small and midsize markets. By lowering the cost to launch ATSC 3.0 services, Triveni Digital’s solution allows broadcasters to transition faster. • Increased Efficiency: Today, as broadcasters undergo the transition to ATSC 3.0, they are navigating a range of new ecosystem complexities. Operational efficiency is critical now more than ever. By adopting Triveni Digital’s ATSC 3.0 Cloud, broadcasters can deliver NextGen TV services with maximum efficiency.

Triveni Digital’s service increases efficiencies by providing broadcasters with a fully integrated and managed service for ATSC 3.0 streaming from the cloud. The service supports the entire ATSC 3.0 broadcast chain and includes a Broadcast Gateway scheduler, Transport Encoder and other thirdparty systems — all of the essential components that broadcasters need to simplify the delivery of NextGen TV services.

• Instant Scalability and Upgradeability: A key benefit of Triveni Digital’s new ATSC 3.0 Cloud is instant scalability and upgradeability, providing broadcasters with flexibility for future growth. Broadcasters can easily add new services, on the fly. This type of agility can only be achieved with the cloud. • Secure Cloud Communications: Triveni Digital’s ATSC 3.0 Cloud includes support for the Secure Reliable Transport (SRT) protocol to minimize the effects of jitter and bandwidth changes and ensure a secure communications path in the cloud. Using SRT, content is protected from contribution and distribution. Triveni Digital’s ATSC 3.0 Cloud service is an essential solution for broadcasters today. Flexible, efficient, scalable and secure, it is empowering broadcasters to make a smooth, cost-effective transition to the next era of TV.

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TSL PRODUCTS

SAM-Q Audio Monitoring With Loudness SAM-Q Represents a New Approach to Rackmount Audio Monitoring Design

TSL Products’ SAM-Q platform represents a new approach to audio monitoring, offering the most flexible and powerful audio monitoring platform ever provided to the broadcast market. From the most demanding engineer to the operator who simply needs to listen to their chosen source, the SAM-Q caters to all. Customers can determine how they wish to control and visualize their audio content based on application, environment and or simple personal preference. Using a fourdigit pin key, engineers and supervisors can restrict specific audio sources, operational modes and front-panel control functions to help speed up operation and meet the preference of operational staff. The ability to add further operational and engineering modes to the SAM-Q, provides customers with both a flexible and powerful audio monitoring platform. The SAM-Q is an ideal solution to loudness measurement and logging within a broadcast production environment because it not only provides the sound engineer with a visual check of loudness performance, but it also enables the loudness performance to be viewed remotely over an Ethernet network. During and after production rehearsals for a TV show or event, the loudness history can be reviewed, and if appropriate, any potential areas of concern can be identified, allowing the sound engineer to anticipate and adjust the audio mix accordingly. This helps to ensure that target loudness values are being adhered to without compromising the production. The most recent release for the SAM-Q platform includes the brand-new audio phase metering mode and the ability to add loudness monitoring licenses. SAM-Q’s new loudness license provides three additional loudness modes to the user while also providing short-term, momentary and integrated loudness values over an Ethernet network. With up to eight independent loudness probes and the ability to calculate loudness values from a variety of program configurations from mono through to 9.1+4, the SAM-Q provides both operational simplicity and deep audio analysis simultaneously. Dennis Klas, president at Heartland Video Systems Inc. says, “We were introduced to TSL in October 2019 through our contact Fred Scott, with whom we have worked very closely on projects led by the TSL Northridge team. The new release of the SAM-Q-SDI with loudness capabilities offers a platform that is agile at its core. This software/license-based approach is becoming vitally important as the industry changes, and even more flexibility is needed in these unprecedented times. We are now able to offer our

customers an audio monitoring solution that protects their investment and has the ability to adapt and change with their ongoing needs.” The SAM-Q-SDI is the first audio monitor to realize the benefits of TSL’s new SAM-Q audio platform. Designed for customers operating with SDI infrastructures, the SAM-Q-SDI demonstrates exactly how customers can maximize operational efficiency and reduce operational error by simply choosing their preferred method of interaction. The latest SAM-Q release also allows customers to further expand the capability of the SAM-Q-SDI by purchasing one or two MADI Input license options at any time, allowing one or both BNC Inputs on the SAM-Q-SDI to be used with MADI sources. With a single SAM-Q MADI Input License, SAM-Q-SDI customers will be able to mix, monitor and measure 64 MADI audio sources alongside SDI Embedded Audio sources, while customers purchasing two MADI Input Licenses will be able to mix, monitor and measure 128 MADI audio sources. SAM-Q’s agile approach to audio monitoring, with licensed capabilities, remote monitoring and customer configurable behaviors, delivers solid operational and economical efficiencies throughout a truck or facility.

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TVU NETWORKS

TVU One With Integrated 5G Modem Portable Cellular Transmitter Features a Carrier-Certified 5G Modem

TVU Network’s flagship TVU One cellular mobile transmitter is now available with an integrated carrier-certified true 5G modem. The modem is based on the 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) Release 15 LTE technology and supports both 5G SA and NSA operating modes. It is compatible with 5G NR sub-6 GHz and millimeter wave bands. With this future-proofed TVU One, a broadcaster can now transmit in full HD or 4K on a 5G network in supported countries with deployed 5G cellular infrastructure. Also, the TVU One with 5G modem was fully tested under different conditions, such as news field reporting, to mimic historical real-world use of our portable transmitter on deployed sub-6 GHz 5G networks in global locations such as China and Korea during development. TVU One is capable of transmitting simultaneously over multiple aggregated connections, including cellular 3G/4G LTE and the newer 5G, microwave, satellite, BGAN, Wi-Fi, and Ethernet. Featuring HEVC/H.265 efficient video compression and TVU’s patented Inverse StatMux Plus (IS+) transmission algorithm, the TVU One can transmit HD quality video at 3 Mbps with half-second latency. By utilizing the H.265 compression standard, TVU One uses less data and generates less overhead leading to lower operational costs while delivering even greater transmission reliability.

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VELA

Compliance Monitoring Logger/Multiviewer Comprehensive Next-Gen Volicon Replacement System Deployed by 450 Stations

Vela’s Encompass & Luna Smart Loggers are comprehensive and feature-rich compliance, monitoring, capturing, logging, multiviewer, Volicon-replacement solutions. The advanced base model includes an extensive list of valuable features such as original and proxy quality capture with live multiviewer, Transport Stream analytics and QoS/regulation-compliance logging and alerting. They integrate with As-Run logs for air-check and ad-verification and have many additional features and benefits, including: clipping/repurposing back to air, OTT or social/digital media, monitoring of competitive channels with ratings graph comparisons and team collaboration, return-feed monitoring and comparison with auto-identification of commercial differences, VOD and HLS creation and packaging, and competitor-aired commercial-identification and analysis with prioritized lead-list generation for sales teams. Vela smart loggers include five multiviewers designed for various departments, including: 1) Live Multiviewer that provides zero latency and replaces legacy primary Master Control multiviewers; 2) Penalty Box Multiviewer that flags channels when content violates defined parameters; 3) Engineering Multiviewer that shows all pertinent engineering details; 4) Clean-View Multiviewer with a simplified view preferred by News, Sales and Management; and 5) a standalone Vela Software Multiviewer, which provides elegant layouts for linking multiple systems (local and/or remote) with numerous video windows, displayed on one or several monitors. The system records 24/7, giving access to years of content with the ability to search by date, closed captions, PSIP program name/description, user annotations, discrepancies, compliance/quality infractions and As-Run/Playlist details for Air-Check, Ad-Verification or Clipping and repurposing to air or transcoding to digital. A suite of competitive news monitoring, recording and analysis tools enable news departments to sync and compare competitor programming next to ratings graphs and collaborate with colleagues using speech-to-text, recorded-audio and notes. Each Vela system includes many advanced and unique features that greatly expand the value of this system throughout an organization and can even produce an ROI. Content Compare automatically compares original content to OTT, vMVPDs, cable and other return feeds with auto-detection of variances that flag incorrect or unauthorized ad insertions.Vela’s unique Ad|Recon technology leverages its competitive monitoring, fingerprint algorithms and AI to analyze all local commercials and generate prioritized sales leads that enable stations to increase their ad revenue and market share. Another Vela smart-logger-exclusive is its Volicon Media Mover tool, which is the only proven method of converting media from legacy infrastructures. It

provides seamless migration from Volicon and other systems allowing users to access legacy content in their new Vela interface for continued proof of compliance, advertiser audits, and content research and repurposing. There are no optional SW features, as all Vela Encompass and Luna features are included in the base-configuration, which also includes unlimited simultaneous users that can be created manually or linked to Active Directory/OKTA. The GUI automatically hides unauthorized features to show users only the tools available for their use. This dynamically adjusting interface streamlines user-adoption and creates a productive and efficient environment. Vela Encompass and Luna can be deployed on-premises, on Amazon AWS/Microsoft Azure, or hypervisor-based instances in private-cloud or virtualized environments. One of the best things about this new industry standard, adopted by over 400 U.S. TV stations in the last year, is the Emmy Award-winning company behind the product. Vela builds all of its own systems and provides a single number to dial, 24/7, to connect to the largest U.S. technical support and engineering team. Vela's project management experience helps customers transition their organizations to their new platform and is extremely valuable in providing a successful and on-time transition with enthusiastic user-acceptance.

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VERIMATRIX

VCAS 5 for DVB

A Newly Engineered Cardless Security Platform for the Future of Video The support cost and frustration of black screens are major issues for video service operators. Limitations in broadcast security solutions also cause concerns about cycle times and bandwidth, but broadcasters often feel that migrating to a new cardless security solution is overwhelming and fear vendor lock-in. That is why Verimatrix is launching a newly engineered cardless security platform for the future of video — VCAS™ 5 for DVB. VCAS 5 for DVB provides a futureproof revenue security architecture as the pay-TV industry undergoes rapid transformation, giving video service operators a competitive edge in multiscreen services. It expands subscriber reach with instant key and entitlement distribution. As the pioneer of cardless broadcast security, Verimatrix offers deep expertise and proven processes of migrating one-way network operators to hybrid platforms. Beyond offering the highest levels of broadcast security available on the market today, VCAS 5 for DVB incorporates these capabilities: • No black screens ­— Instant set-top box key and entitlement provisioning plus recovery ensures that subscribers have a connected always-on experience. This is especially important with new set-top setup or after a period of inactivity from the set-top. • Optimized bandwidth utilization ­— Highly efficient key distribution speeds bootup times, and has been integrated into a single headend for multiple network types, reducing operational overhead. • Comprehensive chipset integration — ­ Full integration with the industry’s most comprehensive list of leading system-on-chip (SoC) vendors minimizes the attack surface, offers flexible chipset selection, reduces integration costs, and enables two-way network functionality. • Cloud-ready design for reliable and cost-efficient operations. VCAS 5 for DVB offers video operators the highest levels of broadcast security available on the market today. It’s been fully re-engineered based on

feedback from our customers. VCAS 5 for DVB modernizes one-way networks to be more cost-effective, easier-to-implement, with an improved end-user experience. Full integration with the industry’s most comprehensive list of leading system-onchip (SoC) vendors offers unparalleled flexibility. Enjoy a wide selection of robust client devices at different price points to satisfy any need and budget. VCAS 5 for DVB sets a higher standard for scaling capabilities ­— even for the largest networks. Sophisticated addressing schemes allow operators to not only entitle packages to a large audience; it is even possible to provide highly individual à la carte program choices in very large populations, without compromises regarding network reliability and bandwidth efficiency. Networks can also be segmented so data is only delivered where it is really needed. VCAS 5 for DVB is the first product release within the Verimatrix Video Content Authority System (VCAS) family as part of the company’s new Gen5 cloud-ready platform. VCAS 5 for DVB was tailor-made to satisfy customer demand for speed, adaptability, scalability and cost-savings. By offering a fully connected, “always-on” experience with VCAS 5 for DVB, operators can simplify the migration to hybrid and two-way services and provide subscribers with a positive user experience by preventing unforeseen black-screen scenarios. Now that cardless security has become the standard for broadcast networks, Verimatrix has invested in this completely new security solution to set a higher standard for scaling capabilities — ­ even for the largest networks. VCAS 5 for DVB goes further by addressing limitations in broadcast solutions deployed today with a fully connected experience that eliminates operators’ concerns about bandwidth utilization. Plus, operators gain peace of mind that we’re able to fluctuate their network capabilities with ease based on our deep expertise and proven processes of migrating one-way network operators to hybrid platforms.

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VERIZON MEDIA PLATFORM

Verizon Media Control

Giving Broadcasters the Power to Maximize Streaming Reach and Revenues Today’s audiences are more fragmented than ever before, and content owners need to be able to find new ways to maximize the reach and monetization opportunities for their content. Video clipping can greatly increase the number of engagements a piece of content receives. For example, a key moment from a VOD or live event, which is then published on a social media platform, can significantly boost awareness and engagement. Yet, sourcing and editing those clips, and then transcoding them to be distributed to multiple devices and platforms can be costly and time-consuming. Verizon Media Control is addressing this market challenge with a number of new features and enhancements, which make it possible to curate content and simulate live channels as well as syndicate to multiple platforms within a single platform. New features include its Channel scheduler, which allows content owners to create virtual live linear experiences using assets from their VOD library, a live feed or event. This eliminates the need for expensive broadcast playout technologies to curate and develop new channels for their audiences. Syndication Publishing empowers content owners with the ability to extend their content reach and grow their audience via syndication of their live streams or scheduled content to social media platforms, such as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Twitch via a single integrated workflow. Future enhancements will enable content owners to add elements of personalization \and publish directly to MVPD and OTT platforms, all of which can be done from a console. Verizon Media’s Control capabilities include a Live Events Dashboard, a self-service interface for live event operators to stop and start events, trigger ad breaks and create clips of the event. The dashboard

includes a new Live Event Markers feature, which enables operators to tag moments of interest such as scoring plays or songs in a set list, during any live event. These tags or markers enrich the content and create opportunities for content enhancements such as scheduling ad breaks or inserting overlays that create a better viewing experience. As the global online video market becomes even more competitive, it has become crucial for players in this space to diversify revenue streams by finding new ways to reach new audiences and monetize content. The latest features and enhancements to Verizon Media Control were created with this market challenge in mind and are poised to help forward thinking broadcasters get ahead of competitors.

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VIONLABS

Emotional Fingerprint API

Detailed Emotional Data About Your Content Accessible Through a Simple API Emotional Fingerprint API, a cloud-based solution that enables media companies to make better decisions based on deep AI-generated video data and insights. The cloud-based solution is easily integrated with existing workflows throughout the entire video acquisition, production and distribution chain. Emotional Fingerprint API provides a significant advantage in areas such as determining acquisition and production strategies, personalized UI and video recommendations, as well as enabling intriguing opportunities in advertising. Emotional Fingerprint API provides deeper analysis and data by measuring thousands of factors throughout the duration of the video, including colors, pace, audio, object recognition and many more variables to produce an AI-derived fingerprint timeline, frame-by-frame, that represents the emotional structure of content that the industry needs to empower its decision making.

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WHEATSTONE CORP.

Blade-4 for WheatNet-IP Audio Network Enhances AoIP With Codecs, SIP and More

Wheatstone’s new Blade-4 for its WheatNet-IP audio network platform steps outside the AoIP box by integrating audio codecs, software apps and interoperability protocols with audio transport and control in one I/O unit. Blade-4 adds new functionality never before found in an AoIP I/O access unit for consolidating facilities and driving AoIP capabilities past the technical as well as geographic limitations of audio networked studios. Completely compatible with existing Blade-3 network systems, the 1RU Blade-4 includes: • Selectable AAC, Opus and MP3 codecs targeting high to low bit rates • Support for Session Initiation Protocol (SIP), critical for transporting encoded audio between physically separated WheatNet-IP audio networked facilities • Internal CPU with built-in OS for running customized scripts and client automation software, metering apps and virtual interfaces; separate PC not needed • HDMI connectivity for touchscreen or monitor viewing

• AES67 compliance, from .125 ms to 5 ms packets, with IEEE-1588 PTPv2 master clock and slave for interoperability with other AES67 devices and networks • Support for SMPTE ST 2110, including discovery standard NMOS for NextGeneration TV • 11-inch full-color LCD front-panel display • Dual Ethernet ports for redundancy These new functions are in addition to existing Blade features, such as two 8x2 stereo utility mixers for online mixing of sounds or segueing remotely between feeds; routable stereo processor with parametric equalizer, compressor and limiter; and 12 universal logic ports plus 128 software LIO ports, programmable as inputs or outputs, and routable through the network. WheatNet-IP is a complete IP audio network ecosystem of consoles, talent stations, I/O units, accessories, virtual tools and appliances.

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WHEATSTONE CORP.

Remote Dimension Three Touch Studio Access, Mixing and Control From Home

New from Wheatstone, remote client software for accessing and controlling a Dimension Three Touch audio console from home or other location. Remote Dimension Three Touch is a multitouch virtual TV audio console with up to 64 faders layered onscreen for remote control of a WheatNet-IP audio networked Dimension Three console at the studio. Used anywhere there’s a PC touchscreen or several touchscreens connected over the audio network, Remote Dimension Three Touch offers real-time fader tracking and live synchronization of buttons and controls between the virtual surface and the physical board. Remote Dimension Three Touch software displays two screens — ­ the main screen is the fader bank and masters section; the second screen is a software replication of the Dimension Three Touch’s touch screen interface. It includes familiar buttons, knobs and multitouch navigation and menuing for adjusting EQ curves, filtering and other custom settings. The Dimension Three Touch IP audio console comes in three physical frame sizes for up to 32 physical input faders, with virtual options available in two configurations: the remote client software above or a standalone virtual surface with 1RU interface unit that can be used in place of a physical console surface. Dimension Three Touch is one of several IP audio consoles for the WheatNet-IP audio network, a complete IP audio ecosystem of consoles, talent stations, I/O units, accessories, virtual tools and appliances.

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WIDEORBIT

WideOrbit Digital Ad Suite

From Podcasts to NextGen TV: Digital Media Management and Monetization WideOrbit Digital Ad Suite is a toolset for distributing and monetizing digital inventory for delivery on any device. Supporting streaming, podcasting, time-shifted and videoon-demand content, WideOrbit’s comprehensive suite of products helps stations of all sizes streamline operations and monetize their digital audio and video content. WideOrbit Digital Ad Suite consists of three complementary tools: WO Streaming: Platform to distribute and monetize live audio streams to any device, anywhere. Includes digital order management, ad server, server-side ad insertion (SSAI), dynamic ad insertion (DAI), detailed reporting, audience analytics, rich media players and royalty reporting. WO On Demand: Inventory management, monetization and measurement platform for podcast and on-demand content. Includes broadcast-to-podcast functionality, podcast hosting, dynamic server-side ad insertion (DSSAI), ad templates, dynamic RSS engine, reporting engine and single sign-on support. WO Programmatic Digital: Programmatic Sell-Side Platform (SSP) that increases publishers’ digital ad revenue by enabling Real Time Bidding (RTB) and private deal transactions (Deal ID) against live and on-demand digital inventory. Includes dynamic floor pricing, holistic yield optimization, advertiser blacklists, campaign language, category separation, first-price auction, geo-targeting and more. Sixty percent of Americans listen to online radio each week, with 23% of those listening through smart speakers and 22% listening to one or more podcast. In addition, 82.8% of American internet users watch video content online, while more than 50% watch live streaming video on OTT services and other streams. Whether they’re listening to audio through a mobile

phone or in the car, watching live events, on-demand or time-shifted TV, audiences are consuming audio and video content on their own terms. To reach those audiences, WRAL-TV of Raleigh, North Carolina, leverages WideOrbit and the Digital Ad Suite to manage and monetize their audio and video products, across multiple media types and delivery channels. Their system of record is WO Traffic. They use WO Digital Orders to manage digital display inventory within WO Traffic, and they use the Digital Ad Suite to manage their digital audio streams, as well as to provide targeted, dynamic, server-side ad insertion into those streams. In addition, the Digital Ad Suite allows WRAL to manage their digital video content within the same WideOrbit toolset, using the same workflows. Even more exciting is the fact that WRAL is also using WideOrbit’s suite of products to manage their emerging NextGen TV/ATSC 3.0 inventory. In June of 2016, WRAL became the first U.S. television station to begin broadcasting a full-time service using the ATSC 3.0 digital television standard. Operating on UHF Channel 39 as WRAL-EX, the service broadcasts two subchannels, including a simulcast of WRAL’s main programming in 1080p high definition and a demo loop of content in 4K Ultra HD. WideOrbit’s powerful suite of products empowers WRAL to manage and monetize their entire inventory, including Live Linear programming, Live and On Demand OTT Channels, Live Streaming Audio and Podcasts, and even their NextGen TV/ATSC 3.0 inventory, all within a single platform. With WideOrbit, WRAL is primed for success, able to reach audiences whenever and wherever they’re watching or listening, now and well into the future.

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ZIXI

Zixi Software-Defined Video Platform Any IP Network, Any Protocol, Any Cloud Provider and Any Edge Device

Zixi, the award-winning architect of the Software-Defined Video Platform, is the only platform enabling dependable, live broadcast-quality video over any IP network, any protocol, any cloud and any edge device, making it easy and economical to source, manage and distribute live events and 24/7 live linear channels securely and at scale. Broadcast quality live video contribution, transport and delivery over IP is the problem Zixi is solving for our clients and we do this by bringing hardware, software and cloud solutions under one platform. The Zixi Software-Defined Video Platform consists of a tight integration of four crucial elements. First are the protocols, including the time-tested Zixi protocol, which has been in mission-critical use for a decade, as well as newer protocols such as RIST and SRT and common industry protocols such as RTP, RTMP, HLS and DASH. In total we support 17 different protocols and containers ­— the only software platform designed for live video to do so. Second is the Zixi video solutions stack, which is the software that manages all the protocols and collects analytics and layers intelligence on top of the protocols such as bonding and hitless failover. Third is the ZEN Master control plane that allows users to intelligently provision, deploy, manage and monitor thousands of content channels across the Zixi Enabled Network. The fourth element is all the Zixi-enabled devices around the world that make up the Zixi Enabled Network. The Zixi Enabled Network provides a scalable platform to easily, quickly and cost-effectively interconnect the world’s leading media companies, their cloud and service providers and thousands of edge devices around the world. For over 10+ years the Zixi Enabled Network has grown to over 180 OEM and Service Provider Partners, adding 100 partners in the past year alone

that span every part of the end-to-end broadcast workflow. Recent partners include Ad Insertion Platform, Blackbird, Net Insight, Irdeto, Vimond, EditShare and MediaKind. Zixi serves well over 700 customers, with 20,000+ channel services delivered daily to 100,000+ endpoints globally. Some of our recent customers are Warner Media, Vimeo, FuboTV, Univision, Imagica Live and U.S. Agency for Global Media. In today’s current climate, there’s been a sudden shift to remote working for many leading media companies, which means it’s more important than ever to be able to deliver reliable, broadcast-quality video from homes and remote facilities. For broadcast media engineers working remotely, visibility to and management of the video supply chain is key. With the Zixi Software-Defined Video Platform and SaaS model ZEN Master control plane, remote workers can have a unified view to the IP media supply chain from content acquisition through media processing to delivery to social platforms, OTT targets and traditional IRDs across the distribution landscape. Zixi’s Software-Defined Video Platform enables media and entertainment companies to migrate their workflow control points from on-premise infrastructures with local operational and engineering resources to remotely managed workflows that leverage existing infrastructures and extend those capabilities to the Cloud (public and private) while allowing the agility, flexibility, scale and security with the Quality of Service that professional broadcast requires. By using all the elements of Zixi’s Software-Defined Video Platform, remote users can maintain business continuity and securely orchestrate, manage and monitor broadcast quality, low-latency live video workflows from anywhere in the world.

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ADOBE

Productions in Adobe Premiere Pro New Tools for Organizing Narrative Projects and Collaborative Workflow

Productions in Premiere Pro provides a new, highly scalable framework for organizing multiproject workflows, sharing assets between them, and keeping everything streamlined whether you’re working on your own or collaborating with a team. Designed from the ground up with input from top filmmakers including the editorial teams behind “Terminator: Dark Fate,” “Dolemite Is My Name” and David Fincher’s upcoming film “MANK,” Productions answers users’ needs for collaboration, efficiency and scalability in post production. For teams with large and complex workflows, Productions allows you to organize elements into smaller components, improving performance and enabling users to divide up tasks to work in parallel. For example, an editorial team working on a film can use Productions to organize their workflow around reels and scenes. Episodic shows can be grouped by season, so it’s easy to access other shows to retrieve things like title sequences or audio elements. Agencies can allocate a Production to each client, so they can quickly reference and retrieve assets from existing projects. Additionally, because only open clips and sequences use system memory and processing power, editors benefit from faster open and save times instead of having to wait for the entirety of a large project to load before being able to work on the sequence they need. The new Productions panel also provides a command center for managing multiproject workflows keeping everything organized and in sync. Media referencing across projects means you can reuse assets within your production without creating duplicates, helping keep individual projects light and fast. And whether you’re working on macOS or Windows, any changes you make on disk are reflected in Premiere Pro and changes in Premiere Pro are applied on disk. Designed for collaboration, Productions uses shared local storage so multiple editors can work on different projects in the same production. Project Locking provides intrinsic version management to ensure that no one overwrites each other’s work. Your colleagues can still access your project and copy content from it, but they can’t make changes until you’ve completed

your edit. And, because all projects in a Production share the same settings, including scratch disks, preview files rendered by one editor can be available for all editors who use that project, ensuring smooth playback and timesaving for the whole team. Finally, with Productions you have full control of your content. Your projects and assets can live entirely on your localized storage, and nothing is on the cloud unless you put it there. If needed, you can do all your work without an internet connection. Alternatively for cloud-based deployments, our virtualization partners are adopting Productions to enable flexible remote collaboration workflows. The Adobe creative applications are continually evolving, meeting the real-world needs of modern filmmakers. Productions improves workflows for feature film, documentary, broadcast and web-based episodic content, providing established professionals and aspiring storytellers alike with new tools for staying organized, managing complex workflows efficiently and collaborating easily.

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AJA VIDEO SYSTEMS

HDR Image Analyzer 12G

HDR Waveform, Histogram and Vectorscope Monitoring HDR production requires a reliable, predictable way to monitor and analyze all the steps in the process to ensure that the desired artistic vision is carried from camera through to the end user’s final display. AJA’s HDR Image Analyzer 12G supports this need, giving professionals more control over technical choices as they capture, pass on and deliver HDR/SDR materials. Its powerful toolset supports a range of monitoring and analysis demands for everything from production to DIT pipelines, broadcast monitoring, post production, QC (Quality Control) and final HDR mastering. Specifically designed to be used wherever needed, its 1RU form factor fits into a range of environments, providing the confidence required for consistent and predictable HDR production and mastering. The HDR Image Analyzer 12G provides a comprehensive array of tools for the effective analysis of the latest 4K/UltraHD HDR standards, over a single cable with 12G-SDI, ­— including HLG, PQ, Rec.2020 and Rec.709 — ­ from 8K/UltraHD2/4K/ UltraHD/2K/HD content in a convenient real-time 1RU device. Developed in partnership with Colorfront, the device supports a wealth of inputs from camera LOG formats to SDR (REC 709), PQ (ST 2084) and HLG, and offers color gamut support for BT.2020 alongside traditional BT.709. AJA hardware

prowess ensures high reliability and performance with 4x 12G-SDI bidirectional I/O and DisplayPort connections. As 8K/UltraHD2 HDR production begins to ramp up, the device also brings production professionals the necessary connectivity to support both 8K/UltraHD2 HDR and SDR production. For a complete overview of HDR Image Analyzer 12G’s feature set, visit: https://www.aja.com/products/ hdr-image-analyzer-12g or check out this video from AJA: https://vimeo. com/306216093.

Colorist Samuel Bilodeau from Mystery Box also shares his favorite features and why the HDR Image Analyzer is vital to his workflow in this video: https://vimeo.com/389786229. AJA HDR Image Analyzer 12G fills a niche need for a growing number of HDR productions and is a strong contender for a Best of Show Award given its extensive feature set and the flexibility it brings to professionals working in HDR to ensure they can achieve their desired aesthetic.

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ATEN TECHNOLOGY INC.

StreamLive HD Multichannel AV Mixer UC9020 Helps Users Create Professional Multicamera Productions Anywhere

ATEN’s UC9020 StreamLIVE™ HD all-in-one multichannel AV mixer allows users to capture, stream and switch between two full HD video inputs over the internet, creating a professional, dynamic multicamera production that instantly takes video production to the next level. The UC9020 is ideal for commercial product promotion, conferences and meetings, lectures and seminars and individual live event broadcasting. The UC9020 offers users a simple, all-in-one TV-quality livestreaming solution that integrates dual-source 1080p video capture, 4K preview output, video switch, 1080p@60 stream broadcaster, video converter, video splitter and audio mixer in one compact box. Additionally, the ATEN OnAir™ App (available on The App Store: https://apps.apple.com/il/app/aten-onair/id1431642369) turns an iPad into a touch interface for controlling, preview monitoring, realtime editing and arranging multi-elements into program mixing. Designed to simplify your video production workflow, the UC9020 can reduce equipment and the cabling required to carry for streaming, but its compact size also allows for extreme portability. Key features: • Simplifies streaming workflow ­— integrates 1080p video capture, video switch, streaming encoder, video converter, video splitter and audio mixer all in one. • Plug and play — ­ no computer, monitor or complicated setups or software settings necessary. • Easy connect ­— built-in encoder and streaming server means users only need to connect to their video sources and network. • Control and streaming in one — ­ competitors offer separate boxes, but the UC9020 has both control and stream functions built in. • Go live, anywhere ­— compatible with every major platform and can livestream to two platforms at the same time — ­ Facebook, YouTube, Vimeo, Livestream or any custom RTMP destination, all in high-quality full HD. • No more post production ­— the ATEN OnAir App turns a user’s iPad into a personal video editing suite; design and present up to eight custom scenes with the intuitive touchscreen and custom scene editor; combine, crop and scale video to make outstanding PnP layouts; add transparent png images, backgrounds and text overlays with professional-looking effects.

“Whether you want to be a YouTuber or livestream your gaming, conference or church event, the UC9020 allows users to create online content and livestream at the pro level. Small in size, but big on capability, the lightweight, compact solution is easy to use and addresses challenges like carrying around various AV equipment and cables or running complicated software that independent live streaming broadcasters and individual streamers encounter daily,” said Aaron Johnson, senior product manager, ATEN Technology Inc.

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BLACKBIRD

Blackbird: Cloud Video-Editing Platform The World’s Fastest, Most Powerful Cloud Video-Editing Platform

Blackbird is the world’s fastest, most powerful professional cloud video-editing and publishing platform. Blackbird provides rapid access to video content for the easy creation of clips and highlights to multiple devices and platforms. A fully-featured editor accessed through any browser, easy to learn and needing only limited bandwidth to use, Blackbird powers significant productivity and efficiency benefits for any enterprise organization producing video at scale. An ultra green technology, Blackbird supports the sustainability goals of the media production industry. Blackbird very easily enables highly responsive and fully featured remote editing for live and file-based content and can be used in a browser with a standard laptop. Blackbird empowers production teams to work collaboratively ­— easily and rapidly creating clips and highlights for multiple devices and platforms including web, broadcast, OTT and social. Blackbird can be used on-premise or as part of a hybrid workflow. Blackbird also integrates with the major public clouds ­— Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud Platform (GCP). Blackbird enables: • frame-accurate editing from anywhere ­— even on low bandwidth • remote and collaborative production of great video content • the only professional video editing in a browser • instant precision access to video • the easy and quick creation of clips, highlights and longer form content

• the re-purposing of archived content • publishing of video content in seconds — ­ to everywhere • monetization of video content Unique and transformative, Blackbird is proven with blue chip customers such as IMG, A+E Networks, Deltatre, Peloton, U.S. Department of State, Eleven Sports and many others.

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BLACKMAGIC DESIGN

ATEM Mini Pro Live Production Switcher Model Has Hardware Streaming Engine via Ethernet, USB Flash Disk Recording

ATEM Mini Pro ($595) is a new low-cost live production switcher with all the features of ATEM Mini as well as additional features for recording, streaming and monitoring. ATEM Mini Pro includes a new hardware streaming engine to allow direct streaming via its Ethernet connection to YouTube Live, Facebook and Twitch. There is also support for recording the stream directly to USB flash disks in H.264 and support for recording to multiple disks for continuous recording. ATEM Mini Pro also includes a multiview on the HDMI video output that allows all inputs to be monitored on a single monitor, as well as live status of recording, streaming and the audio mixer. ATEM Mini Pro makes it easy to create professional multicamera productions for live streaming to YouTube and innovative business presentations using Skype or Zoom. ATEM Mini Pro includes four standards converted HDMI inputs, and all video sources will resync to the switcher if they operate at different video standards. It also includes USB webcam out, HDMI out, Fairlight audio mixer with EQ and dynamics, DVE for picturein-picture, transition effects, green screen chroma key, 20 stills media pool for titles and free ATEM Software Control. To ensure maximum compatibility, ATEM Mini Pro features a USB connection that operates as a simple webcam source. Users can plug in and instantly get working with any video software. The software is tricked into thinking the ATEM Mini Pro is a common webcam, but it’s really a live production switcher. That guarantees full compatibility with any video software and in full resolution 1080HD quality. ATEM Mini Pro works with software and platforms such as Open Broadcaster, XSplit Broadcaster, YouTube Live, Facebook Live, Skype, Zoom, Twitch, Periscope, Livestream, Wirecast and more. ATEM Mini Pro has a built-in hardware streaming engine for live streaming via its Ethernet connection in better quality, without dropped frames and with much simpler settings. Just select the streaming service and enter the streaming key. There are palettes in ATEM Software Control for streaming setup, and streaming status is also displayed in the multiview.

Streaming status is easy to understand as the data rate indicator shows the internet speed required for the video format users are using. ATEM Mini Pro supports direct recording of streaming data to USB flash disks. Users get very long recordings in the same H.264 video files with AAC audio that they streamed, allowing them to directly upload to any online video site. ATEM Mini Pro supports multiple disks when used with a USB hub or Blackmagic MultiDock, so when a disk fills recording can continue to a second disk for nonstop recording. Record settings and disk selection are set up in ATEM Software Control, and there’s a record status view in the built-in multiview. For a more broadcast-style workflow, users can remote control their cameras from ATEM Mini Pro. Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K and 6K models can work as studio cameras with control sent via the HDMI connection to ATEM Mini Pro. That means users can control the camera’s settings and color corrector from ATEM Software Control for changing ISO and tint, plus lens iris, focus and zoom. There are two types of control interface: CCU layout for traditional tint color control and a DaVinci color corrector interface allowing the camera’s built-in DaVinci color corrector to add incredible digital film “looks” to the live production.

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BLACKMAGIC DESIGN

Pocket Cinema Camera 6K

Next-Generation 6K Digital Film Camera Now With Studio Camera Features Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 6K (new lower price of $1,995) is a new handheld digital film camera with a full Super 35 size 6K HDR image sensor, 13 stops of dynamic range, EF lens mount, dual native ISO up to 25,600 for incredible low light performance, and built-in SD/UHS-II and CFast 2.0 recorders for Blackmagic RAW or ProRes recording, as well as a USB-C expansion port for recording externally to disks. Building on the popularity of the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K, this model has a larger Super 35 sensor size with 6K resolution, allowing higher image quality. Pocket Cinema Camera 6K has everything needed for feature films, television programing and documentaries, however, these same features can also be used to revolutionize other types of work, such as blog videos, YouTube content and more. Users can connect a Pocket Cinema Camera 6K to an ATEM Mini or ATEM Mini Pro switcher and get control of the camera parameters, lens and tally light for a professional live studio workflow. Pocket Cinema Camera 6K’s record light becomes a tally light for seeing which camera is on air. The ATEM Software Control’s camera page has a camera control unit (CCU) style interface for adjusting and matching the camera. Users can move the CCU control vertically for iris and left to right to adjust black level. There are also controls for color tint to balance the camera as well as focus, gain and shutter speed. Users can ISO record Blackmagic RAW in the camera for editing later. Now, the same Pocket Cinema Camera 6K can work as a digital film camera and a studio camera. Featuring a larger 6144 x 3456 Super 35 sensor and EF lens mount, larger EF photographic lenses can be used to create cinematic images with shallower depth of field, allowing creative defocussed backgrounds and bokeh effects. Users can shoot in 6K and then zoom and reframe in post production to create wide shots and closeups, all from a single camera and without losing image quality. The Pocket Cinema Camera 6K’s 13 stops of dynamic range preserve more detail in the lightest and darkest areas of an image than simple video cameras can. This allows users to set exposure for an indoor scene and still retain the details of bright outdoor light coming through a window. Users get more colors than the standard DCI-P3 colorspace used for feature films. Pocket Cinema Camera 6K features dual gain ISO up to 25,600, which

means it’s optimized to minimize grain or noise in images, while maintaining the full dynamic range of the sensor. The native ISO of 400 is ideal for scenes with on-set lighting. The gain is set automatically as the ISO setting is adjusted on the camera, so it's easy to capture great images when lighting setups are not available. Featuring Blackmagic Generation 4 Color Science, Pocket Cinema Camera 6K delivers stunning, accurate skin tones and faithful color in every shot. Blackmagic Generation 4 Color Science uses a complex dynamic 12-bit gamma curve designed to capture more color data in the highlights and shadows for better looking images. The color science also handles some of the complex Blackmagic RAW image processing, so color and dynamic range data from the sensor is preserved via metadata for use in post production. Pocket Cinema Camera 6K includes a full version of DaVinci Resolve Studio, the professional editing, color correction, audio post and visual effects post-production application.

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BORIS FX

Silhouette Paint Plug-In

Superior Paint and Tracking Plug-In for Video Editing and Visual Effects Silhouette Paint is the industry's first multihost paint and motion tracking plug-in designed to bring best-of-breed, 32-bit, high dynamic range paint tools to editing and effects applications. Artists and editors can now access Silhouette’s Academy and Emmy Award-winning paint tools inside their host of choice including Adobe After Effects and Premiere Pro, Foundry’s Nuke, Blackmagic Resolve, Autodesk Flame and Magic Vega Pro. Available on macOS, Windows and Linux. Multihost workflow for professional finishing. Silhouette’s interface is optimized for film and video and is regularly used in the film industry for matte painting, beauty work, touch-ups, marker removal and more. Paint on individual RGBA channels or choose to work on separated detail (coarse, medium and fine) and color views for advanced control. A large library of keyboard shortcuts speeds up repetitive tasks. Core tools include Color, Clone, Blur, Dodge, Burn, Grain, Drag, Mosaic, Repair and more. Silhouette Paint includes full OCIO support and is the industry’s only paint plug-in to fully comply across ACES and color managed workflows enabling a unique shared project format from editorial, to VFX, to finishing stages. Performance for artistic control. Built on a nondestructive Auto Paint stroke recording system, Silhouette Paint delivers unparalleled performance for interactive, pressure-sensitive artistic control at any resolution. Work on 4K/8K, 32-bit float projects with literally hundreds of animated paint layers with no performance hits. As you paint, every action is recorded and can be selectively played back with or without tracking data applied. Silhouette’s Auto Paint delivers the speed of raster paint with the repeatability of vector paint. Paint that moves. Silhouette Paint includes integrated motion tracking, including Mocha’s award-winning planar tracker for rock-solid results. Strokes or groups of layers can each be assigned to their own tracker within one effect, simplifying advanced object removals and cleanups. Track and apply paint to position, scale, rotation, skew and perspective. Quick Stabilize by layer, allows the artist to paint on a locked-down view for an intuitive and fast stabilize/destabilize workflow. The viewer can also be rotated to any angle to compensate for gyrating camera motion. Sophisticated Cloning to speed up difficult object removal and touch-ups. When clean frames do not exist, artists use clone and offset techniques to remove unwanted objects. Silhouette Paint’s interface is designed for us-

ability with onion skinning, advanced offset display and multiple compare mode options to enable sophisticated cloning and clean plating. Clone from the same clip with position, scale, rotate, skew, corner pin, warp and time offsets, or channel another input layer to clone from one clip onto another. Industry Stamp of Approval. Don’t take our word for it, Silhouette is a tool the pros use. With a history of success, Silhouette has been used on the world’s most notable films and TV shows, by the industry’s most prominent VFX studios. Recent customer work includes 1917, “Avengers: End Game,” “Black Panther,” “The Mandalorian,” “Game of Thrones” and many, many more. The Silhouette team was doubly honored in 2019 with Academy and Emmy Awards for technical engineering achievement and contribution to the film and television industries. Now with Silhouette Paint, Boris FX brings these highly regarded professional tools to a new generation of users as an affordable plug-in option. Watch the introduction video here: https://borisfx.com/videos/intro-to-si-paint/ Press Release: https://borisfx.com/press-releases/boris-fx-s-new-silhouettepaint-plugin-delivers-affordable-award-winning-paint-tools/

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CANON U.S.A.

C300 Mark III

The New EOS Cinema Camera Is a Super 35MM Modular Workhorse Adding to its robust and expansive line up of Cinema EOS digital cinema cameras, Canon U.S.A. Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, is excited to announce the EOS C300 Mark III. The next-generation Super 35mm workhorse features a new Dual Gain Output (DGO) sensor and, like the fullframe EOS C500 Mark II digital cinema camera, employs a modular design and an interchangeable lens mount optional accessory that allows users to easily customize the camera according to the needs of each project, making it an ideal tool for a wide range of video content production. The introduction of C300 Mark III, alongside the already announced C500 Mark II, signal Canon’s equal and high attention to the two important constituencies of Super 35mm and full-frame content creation.

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CANON U.S.A.

CINE-SERVO 25-250mm T2.95-3.95 Focal Range, Size and Weight Makes It Ideal for Broadcast and Cinema Use

Canon U.S.A. Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions today announced the CINE-SERVO 25-250mm T2.95-3.95 (CN10x25 IAS S), a new CINE-SERVO cinema lens designed for use with 4K cameras. The new lens, which is available in both EF and PL mount, features 10x optical zoom, a built-in 1.5x extender and a powerful and removable servo motor drive unit, providing broadcast-friendly shoulder operation for ENG/EFP and documentary style shooters. The lightweight design of the lens (6.7 pounds) is remarkable given the zoom range and feature set, especially when compared with other lenses of similar focal lengths. This outstanding model, as well as the Sumire Prime Lenses announced in 2019, have further strengthened Canon’s robust lineup of cinema lenses.

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DREAM CHIP

Atom one SSM500 500fps Slow Motion Smallest High-Speed SDI Broadcast Camera

This camera has the same Sony 1-inch imaging chip as the ENG-style cameras and it uses the same ENG lenses. It is also the cheapest slow-motion camera in its range at $9,200. The competition is $80,000.

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MAXON

Cinema 4D

Accessible Yet Extremely Powerful Professional 3D Animation Software Cinema 4D is a professional 3D modeling, animation and rendering software solution. Its fast, powerful, flexible and stable toolset conquer the complex challenges of 3D content creation for design, motion design, VFX, games and visualization professionals. Cinema 4D is the most accessible 3D software package on the market and provides a uniquely efficient workflow. A playground-like feel gives artists the freedom to be creative — producing outstanding results, whether working on their own or in a team. In addition to the professional version, a “Lite” version of Cinema 4D comes packaged with Adobe After Effects CC.

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MOOVIT GMBH

Helmut4 Post-Production Software Solution The Interplay for Adobe Premiere Pro

• Setup watch folders in simple and easy way. • Handle all import and export logistics from/to Adobe Premiere and After Effects.

With the launch of the Helmut4 software for Adobe Premiere Pro, After Effects and Audition, MoovIT provides a project management tool to the Adobe world comparing to Interplay for Media Composer while also offering a high level of f lexibility. In contrast to Interplay, however, Helmut4 is an open ecosystem that can be integrated into any archiving, PAM, MAM or distribution infrastructure with a suitable API. Customers such as ORF Austria, NDR Germany and TVI Portugal have already opted to leverage Premiere Pro and Helmut4 for their editing project management tasks. The decisive factor for these customers was Helmut4’s unique ability to offer customizable functionality. The Helmut4 ecosystem includes the HelmutFX project management software, the HelmutIO render farm, the HelmutCO smart database (“Cosmo”) and the HelmutHK asset manager (“Housekeeper”). Users have the option to deploy all four components in an integrated solution or just activate them on a step-by-step basis as required. The different roles of the components are:

Cosmo — ­ the Project Database — ­ enables you to: • Upload assets and metadata to any HelmutFX project using an intuitive web interface. • Easily access and import any project asset using Helmut4 panel for Adobe Premiere and After Effects. • Export compositions, sequences and singles clips to any destination via web interface. • Visualize, query and synchronize project asset with third-party systems. Housekeeper* ­— the Project Lifecycle Manager ­— enables you to: • Park, archive, restore and delete project files and project-related assets. • Set different housekeeping profile to meet different archiving requirements (for example, all files or unique files, used on timeline, not used on timeline). • Trigger housekeeping tasks on-demand or through a powerful scheduler. • Interact with third-party HSM systems. *Housekeeper relies on Cosmo’s database, so Cosmo needs to be licensed and configured.

FX ­— the Project and User Manager - enables you to: • Add and access projects from a simple yet powerful web interface. • Manage Premiere, After Effects, Audition templates from a central location • Manage users, groups and permissions. • Manage Adobe Premiere, After Effects and Audition user preferences. • Provide powerful and extensive metadata capabilities. • Trigger third-party systems, like e.g. EditShare’s Flow, CatDV, Medialoopster and many more. IO — ­ the Media Handling Backbone — ­ enables you to: • Create scalable and fully customizable media workflows using Helmut’s workflow builder “Streams Engine.” • Easily build and control a distributed Adobe Media Encoder render farm.

Key advantages of Helmut4: The concept of the open Helmut4 ecosystem stays true to the fundamental belief that the workflow should adapt to the needs of users, rather than the other way around. Helmut4 achieves this goal through a completely new approach to workflow configuration known as its “Streams Engine.” Postproduction administrators can use the Streams Engine to add functions in the form of action nodes and can adapt and adjust these functions as often as necessary until the functionality perfectly reflects the desired workflow. Moreover, Helmut4 also supports remote VPN editing and cloud-based working. With regard to the current situation, Helmut4 customers like the Austrian Broadcasting Station ORF, are also benefitting from being able to complete all important tasks with ease from their home offices. Helmut4 reflects the principle that “editing@home” should be just the same as “editing@ work” ­— for individual tasks and collaborative projects alike.

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NAGRA

NexGuard Plug-In for Editing Software Forensic Watermarking for Editing and Collaboration Workflows

The NexGuard Plug-in for Editing Software allows studios, content owners and post-production houses to share pre-release content such as feature films or TV series with their editing department, reviewers or their creative agencies, to ensure protection of high-value assets. Any leak occurring on pre-released or pre-aired content has a high negative impact on revenues and marketing activities. The NexGuard Plug-in for Editing Software ensures an added layer of security and traceability in editing and collaboration workflows while limiting the number of steps in the watermarking process. Content owners now have an extra safeguard in place to protect high value assets as they edit, review and approve the rough cuts or final cuts of their full feature films or TV series. The NexGuard Plug-in for Editing Software, which works as a simple video filter, quickly and seamlessly adds a unique, robust and imperceptible forensic watermark to each copy of the content exported from the nonlinear editing software, regardless of input and output file formats. The NexGuard Plug-in for Editing Software is supported by the NexGuard Detection Service, a cloud-based forensic watermark detection

service that is fast, highly scalable and fully automated, meeting the needs of content owners who require detection in conjunction with anti-piracy services. NexGuard forensic watermarking solutions are a key component of NAGRA’s comprehensive lineup of solutions to guard against service and content piracy.

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RED GIANT

VFX Suite - Plug-Ins for After Effects Keying, Tracking, Cleanup and Visual Effects Compositing, Right Inside of AE

Comprised of nine tools in total, Red Giant VFX Suite offers a powerful toolkit for realistic VFX composites, automatic chromakeying, lightning-fast and accurate planar tracking, object replacement/removal, photo-realistic glow effects, beautiful prismatic displacement effects and camera-inspired lens flares for visual effects and motion graphics. All plug-ins come with a GPU-accelerated engine, giving artists great results at incredibly fast speeds. VFX Suite stands out in its product category because it was built from the ground up for more than two years by a uniquely skilled team of veteran artists, filmmakers and developers, with a desire to create something that would offset some of the biggest challenges faced by visual effects artists today. Artists were in need of powerful, fast and professional tools that they could use without ever leaving Adobe After Effects; VFX Suite was Red Giant’s answer. VFX Suite has received glowing reviews by prominent thoughtleaders in the VFX industry including Victoria Nece, senior product manager of Motion Design and VFX at Adobe. She mentioned that “VFX Suite is a fantastic, realistic toolkit to up your VFX game due to its breadth of compositing tools inside AE.” VFX Suite is comprised of nine tools for realistic VFX in Adobe AE: • Supercomp is a compositing environment that makes it easy to create complex, seamless composites. In Supercomp, light and atmospheric effects interact with all layers and elements of a scene in a natural way, and with far less precomposing in AE than ever before. • Primatte Keyer is a powerful tool for fast, automatic chroma keying. Whether you are using a green screen or blue screen, Primatte Keyer’s auto-compute algorithms can often pull a perfect key automatically. The new user interface and cleanup tools make it easy to select and separate your background and foreground. • King Pin Tracker gives you fast, accurate planar tracking. King Pin Tracker makes it simple to place signs or objects into a shot, even if they aren’t simple rectangular shapes. With powerful To and From pins, and the ability to offset and rotate in planar space, you can pin whatever you want, wherever you want. • Spot Clone Tracker is a tool for lightning-fast, simple object removal with a built-in tracker for moving footage. It even matches your lighting automatically.

• Optical Glow is a blazing fast, photo-realistic glow effect that offers tons of control for making lightsabers, starship engines, police lights, neon signs and more. • Chromatic Displacement, designed to create professional visual effects, such as force fields, heat ripples, light refractions, etc., uses one layer to displace the pixels of another, while smoothly separating out the colors. Unlike the Displacement Map effect in After Effects, Chromatic Displacement uses the displacement image as a height map, which gives you beautiful, organic results. • Knoll Light Factory 3.1 creates camera-inspired, photo-realistic lens flares that render fast, thanks to new GPU acceleration. Using the intuitive Lens Editor, artists can create their own flares from scratch, or customize one of the 200 included presets inspired by some of the most iconic films of the past decades. • Shadow makes it easy to add a perspective shadow in front of or behind a layer, based on its alpha channel, brightness, etc., and has options for softness, bend, length and color, beyond what’s available in After Effects. • Reflection makes it easy to add a reflection to your layers with controls for softness, distance fade, length and more. This effect goes far beyond the standard methods for creating reflections.

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SIGMA CORP. OF AMERICA

Sigma fp

The World’s Smallest and Lightest Full-Frame Mirrorless Digital Camera The Sigma fp is the full-frame digital camera, reinvented; it is the world’s smallest full-frame mirrorless digital camera for professional video and photo use. A deft video production powerhouse, it supports 12-bit CinemaDNG external recording for RAW video data and 4K UHD/24fps recording. The Sigma fp is also Sigma’s first L-mount camera and the first Sigma camera to feature a backlit CMOS Bayer-Pattern sensor. While intentionally small in physical appearance, the Sigma fp is a heavyweight in terms of features and extensibility. Highly customizable in format and function, the pocketable full-frame Sigma fp is a modular camera body that can be morphed into any configuration based on the user’s needs. Pared down, it becomes the perfect scene-scouting and test shot companion, even allowing cinematographers to envision exactly how their shot will look with other cameras in their kit using the Director’s Viewfinder. This function allows the user to simulate how an image will look on different cinema cameras, offering a library of camera formats from major manufacturers commonly used in filmmaking. Small but mighty, the Sigma fp is purpose-built with durability in mind. Its dust and splash-proof body make it ideal for long hours in various shooting environments; the absence of a mechanical shutter removes the potential for noise and shutter shock while increasing reliability. The Sigma fp uses the L-mount, characterized by a short flange focal length, large diameter and superior durability. In addition to the wide-ranging choices of Sigma lenses, other manufacturers’ lenses can be used through the L-Mount Alliance with Leica Camera AG and Panasonic Corp. Further expanding its potential for customization, the Sigma fp is compatible with an incredible variety of lenses beyond the native L-mount lens offerings from Sigma, Leica and Panasonic when the Sigma Mount Converter MC-21 is employed; users can easily convert Canon EF-Mount DSLR and EF-Mount Cine lenses to L-mount, exponentially expanding the number of compatible lenses. With the Sigma Mount Converter MC-31, the fp becomes a full-fledged professional cinema camera capable of supporting PL-Mount Cine lenses, including Sigma Cine Prime and Zoom lenses. The modular design principles of the Sigma fp and its accessible price

point ($1899 USD, camera body only; $2199 USD, camera body bundled with Sigma 45mm F2.8 DG DN Contemporary lens) lowers the barrier to entry for content creators without sacrificing a world-class professional featureset. Its near-infinite scalability makes it suitable for projects of varying size and cost from indie documentarians to multimillion dollar Hollywood films to YouTubers. The built-in teal and orange color mode gives footage an instant dramatic “Hollywood look” while the metadata found in the fp’s CinemaDNG files is supremely gradeable. The Sigma fp is an innovative reimagining of what a digital camera can be. By stripping away everything but the essentials, users are unencumbered by the distracting bulk typically associated with filmmaking gear. The result is a camera with unmatched creative potential that allows artistic vision to take priority. With a camera that can change with the project to achieve the desired results, creatives will think less about positioning, rigging and transporting gear and more about the aesthetic opportunities that best serve the narrative.

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STREAMGEAR INC.

VidiMo Go Live Stream Production System The Easiest Way to Create Engaging, High-Quality, Live Video Content

StreamGear’s new VidiMo hardware-and-app combination lets any user become a [Vi]deo [Di]rector on [Mo]bile. Together, the VidiMo Go hardware and VidiMo Show app turn a smartphone and HDMI video source (such as a camera) into a full-fledged, handheld, virtual video production and transmission studio. The easiest way to create and share engaging, high-quality, live video content, the VidiMo system enables a single operator with a smartphone and camera to produce multisource, television-style shows that can be streamed live, recorded or both. While smartphone camera quality has improved in recent years, it’s still no match for the rich creative functionality of a dedicated video or DSLR camera — ­ such as greater optical zoom, tactile focus, iris control and depth of field. VidiMo lets users have the best of both worlds, bringing an HDMI video source into their smartphone and combining it with the phone’s camera and other sources. VidiMo offers video content creators ranging from professionals to social media enthusiasts a better way to share their vision with their audience through high-quality live productions. With VidiMo, anyone can become a multicamera producer, social media video star or citizen journalist. In its simplest use, VidiMo lets users capture an external HDMI video source into their iOS or Android smartphone and stream it. But the VidiMo Show app’s extensive, advanced features and fast, intuitive interface also enable producers to create visually compelling, professional-looking live shows in real time without needing to edit and upload them later. The innovative VidiMo Go hardware doubles as both a capture device and camera mounting system to position the phone for convenient, touchscreen user control and program monitoring. VidiMo Go captures live HDMI and analog audio signals into the smartphone, and is powered by an interchangeable, rechargeable battery. The VidiMo Go hardware’s unique combination of functionality and ergonomics led to it being selected as a finalist in the 2019 International Design Excellence Awards (IDEA) by the Industrial Designers Society of America. Meanwhile, the VidiMo Show app provides a complete live production

toolkit on the smartphone, letting the user be the director, operator and onscreen talent all at once. For each show, users can switch between fully-customizable scene layouts that mix live video and audio sources ­— including the HDMI source and the phone’s front or rear camera ­— with graphics, text and prerecorded media clips. A multibutton remote control enables users to trigger app functions even while performing live in front of the camera. Shows can be recorded on the smartphone as they happen, or streamed live to a private server or a growing list of popular third-party platforms including YouTube™ Live, Facebook™ Live and Twitch™. Share your vision with VidiMo.

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VIEWSONIC CORP.

VP3481 34-Inch Ultra-Wide Curved Monitor

Color-Accurate Curved Monitor With 100 Hz Refresh Rate, FreeSync With an immersive curved screen and stunning WQHD+ 3440x1440 resolution, the ViewSonic VP3481 monitor elevates the viewing experience from flat to panoramic. Delivering incredible detail and vivid colors across wide viewing angles, this monitor is engineered to provide precise color accuracy, while HDR10 compatibility delivers a wider dynamic range of vivid colors and richer contrast. Thanks to an expansive 34-inch frameless screen, ultra-wide 21:9 aspect ratio and integrated speakers, this monitor is ideal for video editing, content development and other color-critical applications. Featuring an incredible 100 Hz refresh rate and AMD FreeSync™ technology, this monitor delivers smooth, tear-free playback ideal for video editors and game developers. With a sleek and modern design, the VP3481 features a future-proof USB 3.1 Type-C port as well as DisplayPort technology and HDMI. What’s more, HDCP 2.2 content protection is standard across all ports to provide secure 4K content playback, streaming and gaming. The VP3481 provides an amazing Delta E<2 value and 99% sRGB color accuracy for superior and precise color accuracy. An integrated color uniformity function ensures consistent chromaticity across the screen, while a 14-bit 3D lookup table generates a stunningly smooth palette of 4.39 trillion colors. Hardware calibration is also available with

the optional ViewSonic Colorbration Kit, which allows you to quickly and easily calibrate the monitor for photography, graphic design and other professional applications.

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OWC

ThunderBay FLEX 8-Store Charge and Connect

First 3-in-1 Thunderbolt 3 Storage, Docking, and PCIe Expansion Solution ThunderBay FLEX 8 is the world's first 3-in-1 Thunderbolt 3 storage, docking and PCIe expansion solution that offers a highly configurable platform. Saturate the Thunderbolt 3 speed threshold with realworld read/write speeds of 2750 MBps. Ingest multistream large-format footage by adding a video card to the PCIe x 16 slot. Connect video and audio mixers, digital cameras, desktop devices and charge mobile devices via Thunderbolt 3, USB-C and USB-A ports. The ThunderBay FLEX 8 was designed as the solution for the most advanced, demanding workflow needs, with enormous capacity and flexible connectivity for streamlined and worry-free video production. The integrated storage, docking and PCIe expansion solution is available as a 0 GB enclosure (add your own drives) or from 16 TB to 128 TB solutions. ThunderBay FLEX 8 offers eight drive bays supporting a mix of SATA/ SAS/U.2 NVMe drives for up to an immense 128 TB of storage capacity. A plethora of ports include (2) Thunderbolt 3, (1) USB-C and (2) USB-A ports for device docking and charging. See works with greater clarity by adding an up to 8K display via the built-in DisplayPort 1.4 connection. Ingest video and hires images via front-side SD 4.0 and CF-Express card readers. When desktop capabilities need expansion there’s a PCIe x16 slot for specific project needs.

ThunderBay FLEX 8 was built from the ground up to address storage standards of today and tomorrow. All eight bays can utilize legacy SATA 6 Gbps 2.5-inch SSDs or 3.5-inch HDDs. To take advantage of the direct connection PCIe technology offers to achieve transfer rates up to 40 Gbps, the top four bays are NVMe U.2 SSD-ready. With super-fast SSDs the preferred drive form factor of media and entertainment industry professionals, ThunderBay FLEX 8 answers current and future storage needs of video production pros. Highlights: • Connect up to five additional Thunderbolt devices in a daisy-chain • Includes SoftRAID: robust software for creating, monitoring and managing advanced RAID sets • Deployment ready: preconfigured solutions undergo rigorous multi-hour drive burn-in • Connect and charge devices: (1) USB-C and (2) USB-A ports for audio or video mixers, digital cameras, peripherals and mobile devices • See your work: DisplayPort 1.4 connects up to two 4K displays or one 8K display • Fast and easy camera uploads: up to 985 MBps with frontside SD 4.0 and CF-Express card readers • Play your card: (1) PCIe (x16) slot for half-length, full-height, single-width audio and video capture cards, high-speed networking card, SSD storage card, hardware RAID card and I/O cards like FireWire, Fiber Channel or USB 3.2. • Power to spare: 500-watt handles drives, expansion cards and more The ThunderBay FLEX 8 was designed with video production pros in mind, offering storage and connectivity in one space to keep projects running smoothly. With schedules only getting tighter and production deadlines more demanding, OWC remains focused on producing the workflow solutions that will make the job faster and easier for creative professionals. The ThunderBay FLEX 8 continues in the tradition of the ThunderBlade, Envoy Pro EX, a complete line of connectivity solutions and more, that OWC has produced for more than 30 years, keeping every level of user’s production, capture and storage top of mind.

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WIDEORBIT

WideOrbit Digital Ad Suite

From Podcasts to NextGen TV: Digital Media Management and Monetization WideOrbit Digital Ad Suite is a toolset for distributing and monetizing digital inventory for delivery on any device. Supporting streaming, podcasting, time-shifted and video-on-demand content, WideOrbit’s comprehensive suite of products helps stations of all sizes streamline operations and monetize their digital audio and video content. WideOrbit Digital Ad Suite consists of three complementary tools: WO Streaming: Platform to distribute and monetize live audio streams to any device, anywhere. Includes digital order management, ad server, server-side ad insertion (SSAI), dynamic ad insertion (DAI), detailed reporting, audience analytics, rich media players and royalty reporting. WO On Demand: Inventory management, monetization and measurement platform for podcast and on-demand content. Includes broadcast-to-podcast functionality, podcast hosting, dynamic server-side ad insertion (DSSAI), ad templates, dynamic RSS engine, reporting engine and single sign-on support. WO Programmatic Digital: Programmatic Sell-Side Platform (SSP) that increases publishers’ digital ad revenue by enabling Real Time Bidding (RTB) and private deal transactions (Deal ID) against live and on-demand digital inventory. Includes dynamic floor pricing, holistic yield optimization, advertiser blacklists, campaign language, category separation, first-price auction, geo-targeting and more. Sixty percent of Americans listen to online radio each week, with 23% of those listening through smart speakers and 22% listening to one or more podcast. In addition, 82.8% of American internet users watch video content online, while over 50% watch live streaming video on OTT services and other streams. Whether they’re listening to audio through a mobile phone or in the car, watching live events, on-demand or time-shifted TV, audiences are consuming audio and video content on their own terms. To reach those audiences, WRAL-TV of Raleigh, N.C., leverages WideOrbit and the Digital Ad Suite to manage and monetize their audio and video products, across multiple media types and delivery channels. Their system of record is WO Traffic, they use WO Digital Orders to manage digital display inventory within WO Traffic, and they use the Digital Ad Suite to manage their digital audio streams, as well as to provide targeted,

dynamic, server-side ad insertion into those streams. In addition, the Digital Ad Suite allows WRAL to manage their digital video content within the same WideOrbit toolset, using the same workflows. Even more exciting is the fact that WRAL is also using WideOrbit’s suite of products to manage their emerging NextGen TV/ATSC 3.0 inventory. In June, 2016, WRAL became the first U.S. television station to begin broadcasting a full-time service using the ATSC 3.0 digital television standard. Operating on UHF Channel 39 as WRAL-EX, the service broadcasts two subchannels, including a simulcast of WRAL’s main programming in 1080p high definition and a demo loop of content in 4K Ultra HD. WideOrbit’s powerful suite of products empowers WRAL to manage and monetize their entire inventory, including live linear programming, Live and on-demand OTT channels, live streaming audio and podcasts, and even their NextGen TV/ATSC 3.0 inventory, all within a single platform. With WideOrbit, WRAL is primed for success, able to reach audiences whenever and wherever they’re watching or listening, now and well into the future.

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EDGE NETWORKS

Evoca Broadcast Television Service

Affordable High-Quality Broadcast TV Solution With the Power of ATSC 3.0 Evoca is a new over-the-air television service offering 80+ news, sports, local and live TV channels with superior quality at half the cost of current cable, broadcast and streaming solutions. With a TV antenna and proprietary receiver, Evoca delivers HD and 4K picture-quality television without the buffering or interruptions as it doesn’t rely on internet bandwidth or hardwire. Evoca harnesses the power of ATSC 3.0 to provide an affordable TV solution to small and mid-sized markets. ATSC 3.0 allows Evoca to use a

high modulation and code rate, HEVC encoding and proprietary STB to maximize over-the-air capacity and deliver a bigger bundle of channels to the consumer. Launching this summer in Boise, Idaho, Evoca aims to provide consumers with a television solution that addresses today’s limited bandwidth options, like satellite and wireless, and offers a price that’s much less than expensive cable packages.

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MAXON

Cinema 4D

Accessible Yet Extremely Powerful Professional 3D Animation Software Cinema 4D is a professional 3D modeling, animation and rendering software solution. Its fast, powerful, flexible and stable toolset conquer the complex challenges of 3D content creation for design, motion design, VFX, games and visualization professionals. Cinema 4D is the most accessible 3D software package on the market and provides a uniquely efficient workflow. A playground-like feel gives artists the freedom to be creative — producing outstanding results, whether working on their own or in a team. In addition to the professional version, a “Lite” version of Cinema 4D comes packaged with Adobe After Effects CC.

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VELA

Compliance Monitoring Logger/Multiviewer Comprehensive Next-Gen Volicon Replacement System Deployed by 450 Stations

Vela’s Encompass & Luna Smart Loggers are comprehensive and feature-rich compliance, monitoring, capturing, logging, multiviewer, Volicon-replacement solutions. The advanced base model includes an extensive list of valuable features such as original and proxy quality capture with live multiviewer, Transport Stream analytics and QoS/regulation-compliance logging and alerting. They integrate with As-Run logs for air-check and ad-verification and have many additional features and benefits, including: clipping/repurposing back to air, OTT or social/digital media, monitoring of competitive channels with ratings graph comparisons and team collaboration, return-feed monitoring and comparison with auto-identification of commercial differences, VOD and HLS creation and packaging, and competitor-aired commercial-identification and analysis with prioritized lead-list generation for sales teams. Vela smart loggers include five multiviewers designed for various departments, including: 1) Live Multiviewer that provides zero latency and replaces legacy primary Master Control multiviewers; 2) Penalty Box Multiviewer that flags channels when content violates defined parameters; 3) Engineering Multiviewer that shows all pertinent engineering details; 4) Clean-View Multiviewer with a simplified view preferred by News, Sales and Management; and 5) a standalone Vela Software Multiviewer, which provides elegant layouts for linking multiple systems (local and/or remote) with numerous video windows, displayed on one or several monitors. The system records 24/7, giving access to years of content with the ability to search by date, closed captions, PSIP program name/description, user annotations, discrepancies, compliance/quality infractions and As-Run/Playlist details for Air-Check, Ad-Verification or Clipping and repurposing to air or transcoding to digital. A suite of competitive news monitoring, recording and analysis tools enable news departments to sync and compare competitor programming next to ratings graphs and collaborate with colleagues using speech-to-text, recorded-audio and notes. Each Vela system includes many advanced and unique features that greatly expand the value of this system throughout an organization and can even produce an ROI. Content Compare automatically compares original content to OTT, vMVPDs, cable and other return feeds with auto-detection of variances that flag incorrect or unauthorized ad insertions.Vela’s unique Ad|Recon technology leverages its competitive monitoring, fingerprint algorithms and AI to analyze all local commercials and generate prioritized sales leads that enable stations to increase their ad revenue and market share. Another Vela smart-logger-exclusive is its Volicon Media Mover tool, which is the only proven method of converting media from legacy infrastructures. It

provides seamless migration from Volicon and other systems allowing users to access legacy content in their new Vela interface for continued proof of compliance, advertiser audits, and content research and repurposing. There are no optional SW features, as all Vela Encompass and Luna features are included in the base-configuration, which also includes unlimited simultaneous users that can be created manually or linked to Active Directory/OKTA. The GUI automatically hides unauthorized features to show users only the tools available for their use. This dynamically adjusting interface streamlines user-adoption and creates a productive and efficient environment. Vela Encompass and Luna can be deployed on-premises, on Amazon AWS/Microsoft Azure, or hypervisor-based instances in private-cloud or virtualized environments. One of the best things about this new industry standard, adopted by over 400 U.S. TV stations in the last year, is the Emmy Award-winning company behind the product. Vela builds all of its own systems and provides a single number to dial, 24/7, to connect to the largest U.S. technical support and engineering team. Vela's project management experience helps customers transition their organizations to their new platform and is extremely valuable in providing a successful and on-time transition with enthusiastic user-acceptance.

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VERIZON MEDIA PLATFORM

Verizon Media Smartplay Prebid

Maximizing OTT Providers' Ad Yield With Innovative Programmatic Technology Programmatic advertising has helped automate a traditionally manual process, which required proposals, human negotiation and manual insertion orders. Now, a transaction, from beginning to end takes milliseconds and is much more dynamic, benefiting from features such as ad personalization and real-time measurement. However, one of the challenges of OTT advertising is the ad decisioning waterfall where direct buys are prioritized and realtime bids are rarely considered. This limits content owners ability to maximize revenue because ad space is sold based on an established pecking order instead of the highest bidder. Prebid is an innovative programmatic technology for long-form video. It uses an open-source framework, similar to “header bidding,” that now supports TV-style commercial breaks. Sometimes referred to as “advance bidding,” prebid enables content providers to expose their ad inventory in realtime and conduct simultaneous auctions with more demand partners — all ahead of the regular ad call workflow. These bids are then evaluated alongside their other ad buys. This gives advertisers without direct buys the opportunity to bid on this premium ad space, driving up content value. It is a low-risk solution that customers can easily implement into current content workflows and ad servers. Verizon Media has integrated this new technology seamlessly into Smartplay, its industry-leading manifest generation and session management technology. This core technology was purpose-built to scale to tens of millions of concurrent viewers without degrading anyone’s experience, dynamically deliver optimized streams across ever-growing devices and platforms, and reach global audiences across varying network conditions. Because Smartplay makes a 1-to-1 direct connection with each viewer and generates a unique manifest, Smartplay enables true 1-to-1 ad targeting. Beyond relevant ad placement, it also powers advanced backend, personalization such as ensuring the video and ad content match for a seamless transition with TV-like quality. The result is ultra-personalized OTT experiences.

Customers can retain users with memorable experiences while simultaneously maximizing ad yield by driving higher eCPMs and fill rates. Prebid also offers content providers full price transparency into how much advertisers value their content. When combined with Smartplay’s session data, visibility and control are put back into content owners’ hands ­— not behind OTT-walled gardens. Verizon Media provides a unique lens across comprehensive streaming and advertising workflows and supplies powerful tools like Smartplay Prebid to all streaming customers as an added value to support their success. Smartplay’s first prebid integration is with Verizon Media’s OTT Smart Auction and is the result of close collaboration among all Verizon Media advertising teams. Verizon Media is committed to enforcing industry quality and transparency initiatives and is among the first companies to offer this innovative advanced ad technology. This joint offering highlights Verizon Media’s broad view of the OTT advertising landscape.

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BITCENTRAL INC.

FUEL Plug-In for WordPress CMS For Video Automation and Monetization

FUEL, a video automation and monetization plug-in for the WordPress CMS, automates publishing of dynamic, personalized video channels directly to WordPress and enables curating a WordPress website with video without any human interaction. Web publishers’ editorial and content teams are using the WordPress CMS to create and curate their websites. They are looking for ways to increase the production of their video curation and distribution without increasing costs associated with the increased production. The FUEL streaming and monetization platform includes a comprehensive toolbox that makes the content curation process simple and effective, saving time, hassle and costs. FUEL utilizes metadata to seamlessly automate dynamic, personalized playlists from a variety of sources, turning a collection of short-form content into a long-form experience. With FUEL’s new plug-in for WordPress, the publishing of dynamic, personalized video streams is automated directly from a WordPress website, displaying content by category, including thumbnails and title displays and creating an engaging video experience. Easily turn a collection of short-form content into a long-form experience that is easily navigated by viewers and monetized through WordPress

without the human interaction required with other methods. With FUEL and WordPress, everything a content team needs is at their fingertips. Easily curate and deploy content with seamlessly embedded ads in minutes. The formula is simple: An extraordinary viewing experience = longer viewing times = more revenue.

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FIRSTLIGHT MEDIA

Quickplay TV Storefront

Content Management System, Powered by AI and Machine Learning In today’s highly competitive streaming environment, engagement and monetization are essential to attracting viewers, establishing real service differentiation and converting eyeballs to revenue. With a seemingly infinite number of choices competing for mindshare, there is a need to quickly capture attention by anticipating wants and desires. Firstlight Media’s Content Management System has been designed specifically to support OTT providers’ need for an integrated solution that uniquely combines two critical functions: 1) a datastore for real-time publishing and ensuring content availability at scale, and 2) a storefront for driving user engagement with assisted content curation and personalization. Strategically positioned at the heart of the Firstlight Media ecosystem, the CMS turbocharges media asset management, content enrichment and external catalogs with the addition of the storefront’s layer of recommendations, engagement metrics and policy management. Designed to meet the demands of the largest service providers, the CMS scales to millions of subscribers and supports high-concurrency live events and deep catalogs of video on-demand, enabling users to discover and enjoy content they love. Capabilities include: • The ability to leverage flexible blueprints, multiple source ingesting and auditing tools to ensure availability of content at scale. • A specialized workflow powered by artificial intelligence and machine learning that drives analysis of content, extraction of metadata features and unsupervised learning of user consumption patterns. • Sophisticated media intelligence that can offer providers unprecedented visibility into important engagement metrics, such as watch time and time between visits, to improve audience retention and monetization. • Smart tools embedded across customer touch points for assisted curation, including search, recommendations, subscriptions and merchandising.

The multitenant datastore enables aggregation of content from multiple live and on-demand sources, enrichment via partnerships with third-party services, and the ability to publish and refresh metadata in real time and to manage rights to media assets, as well as a flexible data model with versioning for easy integration. The integrated storefront unlocks the full potential of the datastore by delivering recommendation feeds, content performance and engagement metrics and policy management to handle market/regional complexity. It provides powerful publishing features, like live previews and drag-and-drop carousel layouts and curation in advance with cloning, editing and saving stores for future release. It is purpose-built to drive assisted curation using tags, queries and personalization feeds, and is auto-configurable across the vast universe of device types, platforms and form factors. In an era when true engagement will make a difference for streaming video providers, the Firstlight Media Content Management System is designed to simply and seamlessly accomplish their subscriber satisfaction, retention and monetization objectives.

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WHEATSTONE CORP.

Blade-4 for WheatNet-IP Audio Network Enhances AoIP With Codecs, SIP and More

Wheatstone’s new Blade-4 for its WheatNet-IP audio network platform steps outside the AoIP box by integrating audio codecs, software apps and interoperability protocols with audio transport and control in one I/O unit. Blade-4 adds new functionality never before found in an AoIP I/O access unit for consolidating facilities and driving AoIP capabilities past the technical as well as geographic limitations of audio networked studios. Completely compatible with existing Blade-3 network systems, the 1RU Blade-4 includes: • Selectable AAC, Opus and MP3 codecs targeting high to low bit rates • Support for Session Initiation Protocol (SIP), critical for transporting encoded audio between physically separated WheatNet-IP audio networked facilities • Internal CPU with built-in OS for running customized scripts and client automation software, metering apps and virtual interfaces; separate PC not needed • HDMI connectivity for touchscreen or monitor viewing

• AES67 compliance, from .125 ms to 5 ms packets, with IEEE-1588 PTPv2 master clock and slave for interoperability with other AES67 devices and networks • Support for SMPTE ST 2110, including discovery standard NMOS for NextGeneration TV • 11-inch full-color LCD front-panel display • Dual Ethernet ports for redundancy These new functions are in addition to existing Blade features, such as two 8x2 stereo utility mixers for online mixing of sounds or segueing remotely between feeds; routable stereo processor with parametric equalizer, compressor and limiter; and 12 universal logic ports plus 128 software LIO ports, programmable as inputs or outputs, and routable through the network. WheatNet-IP is a complete IP audio network ecosystem of consoles, talent stations, I/O units, accessories, virtual tools and appliances.

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WHEATSTONE CORP.

Remote Dimension Three Touch Studio Access, Mixing and Control From Home

New from Wheatstone, remote client software for accessing and controlling a Dimension Three Touch audio console from home or other location. Remote Dimension Three Touch is a multitouch virtual TV audio console with up to 64 faders layered onscreen for remote control of a WheatNet-IP audio networked Dimension Three console at the studio. Used anywhere there’s a PC touchscreen or several touchscreens connected over the audio network, Remote Dimension Three Touch offers real-time fader tracking and live synchronization of buttons and controls between the virtual surface and the physical board. Remote Dimension Three Touch software displays two screens — ­ the main screen is the fader bank and masters section; the second screen is a software replication of the Dimension Three Touch’s touch screen interface. It includes familiar buttons, knobs and multitouch navigation and menuing for adjusting EQ curves, filtering and other custom settings. The Dimension Three Touch IP audio console comes in three physical frame sizes for up to 32 physical input faders, with virtual options available in two configurations: the remote client software above or a standalone virtual surface with 1RU interface unit that can be used in place of a physical console surface. Dimension Three Touch is one of several IP audio consoles for the WheatNet-IP audio network, a complete IP audio ecosystem of consoles, talent stations, I/O units, accessories, virtual tools and appliances.

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FIRSTLIGHT MEDIA

Quickplay TV Storefront

Content Management System, Powered by AI and Machine Learning In today’s highly competitive streaming environment, engagement and monetization are essential to attracting viewers, establishing real service differentiation and converting eyeballs to revenue. With a seemingly infinite number of choices competing for mindshare, there is a need to quickly capture attention by anticipating wants and desires. Firstlight Media’s Content Management System has been designed specifically to support OTT providers’ need for an integrated solution that uniquely combines two critical functions: 1) a datastore for real-time publishing and ensuring content availability at scale, and 2) a storefront for driving user engagement with assisted content curation and personalization. Strategically positioned at the heart of the Firstlight Media ecosystem, the CMS turbocharges media asset management, content enrichment and external catalogs with the addition of the storefront’s layer of recommendations, engagement metrics and policy management. Designed to meet the demands of the largest service providers, the CMS scales to millions of subscribers and supports high-concurrency live events and deep catalogs of video on-demand, enabling users to discover and enjoy content they love. Capabilities include: • The ability to leverage flexible blueprints, multiple source ingesting and auditing tools to ensure availability of content at scale. • A specialized workflow powered by artificial intelligence and machine learning that drives analysis of content, extraction of metadata features and unsupervised learning of user consumption patterns. • Sophisticated media intelligence that can offer providers unprecedented visibility into important engagement metrics, such as watch time and time between visits, to improve audience retention and monetization. • Smart tools embedded across customer touch points for assisted curation, including search, recommendations, subscriptions and merchandising.

The multitenant datastore enables aggregation of content from multiple live and on-demand sources, enrichment via partnerships with third-party services, and the ability to publish and refresh metadata in real time and to manage rights to media assets, as well as a flexible data model with versioning for easy integration. The integrated storefront unlocks the full potential of the datastore by delivering recommendation feeds, content performance and engagement metrics and policy management to handle market/regional complexity. It provides powerful publishing features, like live previews and drag-and-drop carousel layouts and curation in advance with cloning, editing and saving stores for future release. It is purpose-built to drive assisted curation using tags, queries and personalization feeds, and is auto-configurable across the vast universe of device types, platforms and form factors. In an era when true engagement will make a difference for streaming video providers, the Firstlight Media Content Management System is designed to simply and seamlessly accomplish their subscriber satisfaction, retention and monetization objectives.

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LITRA LLC

LitraStudio Portable RGBWW LED Light This Waterproof Compact Light Has an Onboard Battery for Use Anywhere.

The LitraStudio™ is the world’s most powerful portable RGBWW light for filmmaking, broadcasting, videography and photography. This versatile LED cine light is at home on any set or the most remote location. Rectangular in shape, LitraStudio™ delivers 3,000 lumens of color-accurate RGBWW output — totally cable-free thanks to its 9,000 mAh rechargeable, swappable Lithium Ion battery. The battery’s auxiliary USB Type C charger port also offers power backup for laptops, phones or other necessities. For optimum light quality, LitraStudio is fully tunable and color-accurate with a 97 TLCI/CRI and 50-degree beam angle. It is dimmable from 100% down to zero and its unique microstructure lens ensures smooth, even and hotspot-free output. To suit any professional, LitraStudio offers a choice of control methods for single or multiple lights. Bluetooth is onboard and pairs with a downloadable Mobile App for either iOS or Android. DMX is available via an accessory dongle. An OLED display offers manual control. Factory or user-customized presets include CCT, HSI, Gel and the Effects mode that offers simulation of police, paparazzi and candle lighting. The fixture’s high mil spec aluminum housing is built for a long life of rugged use. Uniquely, waterproof and submersible down to 30-feet/10m — this light is ready to illuminate the action in wet or dry locations or sets. Each LitraStudio fixture comes with a rechargeable 9000mAh Lithium Ion battery, slip-on diffuser, 45-watt quick charge adapter with USB PD2 Type C cable, bicycle-style grip handle and padded carrying case. Use individually or with multiple lights for unprecedented output, flexibility and lighting control.

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MOOVIT GMBH

Helmut4 Post-Production Software Solution The Interplay for Adobe Premiere Pro

• Setup watch folders in simple and easy way. • Handle all import and export logistics from/to Adobe Premiere and After Effects.

With the launch of the Helmut4 software for Adobe Premiere Pro, After Effects and Audition, MoovIT provides a project management tool to the Adobe world comparing to Interplay for Media Composer while also offering a high level of f lexibility. In contrast to Interplay, however, Helmut4 is an open ecosystem that can be integrated into any archiving, PAM, MAM or distribution infrastructure with a suitable API. Customers such as ORF Austria, NDR Germany and TVI Portugal have already opted to leverage Premiere Pro and Helmut4 for their editing project management tasks. The decisive factor for these customers was Helmut4’s unique ability to offer customizable functionality. The Helmut4 ecosystem includes the HelmutFX project management software, the HelmutIO render farm, the HelmutCO smart database (“Cosmo”) and the HelmutHK asset manager (“Housekeeper”). Users have the option to deploy all four components in an integrated solution or just activate them on a step-by-step basis as required. The different roles of the components are:

Cosmo — ­ the Project Database — ­ enables you to: • Upload assets and metadata to any HelmutFX project using an intuitive web interface. • Easily access and import any project asset using Helmut4 panel for Adobe Premiere and After Effects. • Export compositions, sequences and singles clips to any destination via web interface. • Visualize, query and synchronize project asset with third-party systems. Housekeeper* ­— the Project Lifecycle Manager ­— enables you to: • Park, archive, restore and delete project files and project-related assets. • Set different housekeeping profile to meet different archiving requirements (for example, all files or unique files, used on timeline, not used on timeline). • Trigger housekeeping tasks on-demand or through a powerful scheduler. • Interact with third-party HSM systems. *Housekeeper relies on Cosmo’s database, so Cosmo needs to be licensed and configured.

FX ­— the Project and User Manager - enables you to: • Add and access projects from a simple yet powerful web interface. • Manage Premiere, After Effects, Audition templates from a central location • Manage users, groups and permissions. • Manage Adobe Premiere, After Effects and Audition user preferences. • Provide powerful and extensive metadata capabilities. • Trigger third-party systems, like e.g. EditShare’s Flow, CatDV, Medialoopster and many more. IO — ­ the Media Handling Backbone — ­ enables you to: • Create scalable and fully customizable media workflows using Helmut’s workflow builder “Streams Engine.” • Easily build and control a distributed Adobe Media Encoder render farm.

Key advantages of Helmut4: The concept of the open Helmut4 ecosystem stays true to the fundamental belief that the workflow should adapt to the needs of users, rather than the other way around. Helmut4 achieves this goal through a completely new approach to workflow configuration known as its “Streams Engine.” Postproduction administrators can use the Streams Engine to add functions in the form of action nodes and can adapt and adjust these functions as often as necessary until the functionality perfectly reflects the desired workflow. Moreover, Helmut4 also supports remote VPN editing and cloud-based working. With regard to the current situation, Helmut4 customers like the Austrian Broadcasting Station ORF, are also benefitting from being able to complete all important tasks with ease from their home offices. Helmut4 reflects the principle that “editing@home” should be just the same as “editing@ work” ­— for individual tasks and collaborative projects alike.

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NAGRA

NexGuard ClipMark

Detect Any Source of Pre-Release Leaks on Very Short Video Clips NexGuard ClipMark is the industry’s only forensic watermarking technology designed to detect the source of prerelease content leaks on very short video clips, down to thirty seconds. The launch is a significant milestone for the movie and TV industry as it enables content owners and post-production houses to supplement existing NexGuard watermarking technologies for prerelease workflows and extend those capabilities to all types of high-value prerelease assets. NexGuard ClipMark is a game changer in the fight against prerelease leaks, enabling traceability of short-form assets that previous watermarking technologies could not protect. While being very short in duration, most dailies, trailers and scenes extracted from proxy deliveries of full features or TV series are just as valuable as the mezzanine and master files. With NexGuard ClipMark, content owners and post-production houses have an extra tool to actively fight any prerelease leaks. NAGRA has partnered with industry-leading transcoder vendors to make NexGuard ClipMark available on premise and in the cloud in transcoder plug-ins. These partnerships ensure the seamless deployment into existing workflows, while leveraging the cloud-based NexGuard Detection Service

for fast, highly scalable and fully automated detection of watermarks on any type of assets. NexGuard ClipMark is the latest addition to the suite of NexGuard forensic watermarking technologies designed to deter and combat leaks during premium content production, post production, promotion and distribution, including for direct-to-consumer services. It is a key component of NAGRA’s comprehensive lineup of solutions to guard against service and content piracy.

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OWNONES

Connect™

Redefining the Media Supply Chain Through Cloud Workflows and AI Toolkits OWNZONES Connect is the next-gen content servicing and supply chain platform. The cloud-native platform offers content owners and providers an efficient, cost-effective and futureproof alternative to on-premise infrastructure. Connect does exactly what its name implies, joining together the fragmented pieces of many post-production supply chains by replacing multiple incompatible vendor workflows with a unified cloud-based platform that ties them all together. Because Connect was born in the cloud, it replaces the need for extensive capital investment in heavy infrastructure with a low-cost platform accessible via a browser window that runs on operating expenditure. Due to various automations that are constantly being refined, Connect orchestrates workflows through AI tools that ensure accuracy and eliminate manual tasks. The first cloud-based solution to support SMPTE IMF and ACES workflows, Connect can transcode video content up to 35x faster while reducing costs up to 90%. With Connect, content creators own the entire process, from ingest to delivery. More companies are recognizing the benefits of cloud-based platforms, increasingly migrating their media libraries, projects and infrastructures from legacy servers to the cloud. This shift was only accelerated as a result of the COVID-19 crisis, and now the cloud is the only solution for a lot of companies. Companies need to monetize their content as efficiently as possible — ­ a key area where physical, on-prem servers can’t deliver, especially during the pandemic. Upgrading and processing existing video libraries to a new format would normally require massive capex spending that can reach upwards of millions of dollars, still requiring further updates and physical upgrades every three to five years. Using Connect enables professionals to securely log into the cloud-based platform remotely via a browser window and continue to process content and fulfill orders. They can get the full processing power of a data center from a browser in their living room. Connect can scale up to 1,000 nodes in the cloud with 7,000 processors. To achieve that level of processing power from home with an on-prem infrastructure, a user would need to have their house full of data racks. Connect contains a suite of microservices that streamline production and delivery supply chains in the cloud. FrameDNA™, an AI-driven tool within Connect, scans, analyzes, dedupli-

cates, and consolidates content into IMF packages ready for distribution. It reduces storage footprints by an average of 73% and creates localized/edited versions 5x faster than traditional tools. FrameDNA can convert 100,000 on-prem flat files into 10,000 cloud-based IMF packages for distribution in any format. FrameDNA works in tandem with Deep Analysis, a media probing tool that scans content so users can better understand its layout and formatting. It locates scene changes, color bars, blacks, texted scenes and essences without the user having to watch it back in real time. This information is presented in an easy-to-understand graphic timeline interface and users can save scanned content to reuse in future projects. Both of these tools make it easier to understand what assets companies have in their content libraries and enable them to consolidate all their different localized and edited versions in the cloud. In addition, Connect’s new Metadata Service is a module that dynamically maps asset metadata onto the requirements for more than 100 different platform endpoints. Companies can now deliver more titles to more platforms with accuracy and ease. Connect delivers a range of benefits that help streamline production, collaboration and delivery workflows in the cloud, redefining the media supply chain to meet the ever-increasing demand for fresh content.

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SINGULA DECISIONS

Singula® Subscriber Intelligence

Driving Subscriber Growth Through Brilliant Decisions and Intelligent Actions With the explosive growth of online viewing and fierce competition in the marketplace, TV subscription businesses of all types are under increasing pressure to grow and retain customers; therefore finding and executing the perfect growth strategy has become critical to survival. Many businesses invest significant time, resources and money on data projects, however most fail to truly understand how to activate data to drive subscriber loyalty. The daunting challenge for subscription businesses today is to translate subscriber data into actions that transform the way customers behave. The biggest issue they face is bridging the gap between where siloed customer data sits — the subscriber data layer — and activating the data in real time where the consumer interacts with the service, the subscriber touch layer. The gap in between is what Singula Decisions calls the “Air Gap.” Many subscription businesses work instinctively between these layers, trying to make sense of things manually, but this is slow and inaccurate leading to the wrong decisions and actions that are too late to make an impact. To solve this “Air Gap,” businesses need subscriber intelligence to know where their subscribers are in the journey, how they got there and where they are going ­— and what actions can be taken to alter their behaviour. The new Singula® Subscriber Intelligence platform helps TV subscription businesses bridge this gap; activating vast amounts of customer data quickly enough to help them make informed decisions in real time to acquire subscribers, reduce churn and grow Average Revenue per User (ARPU). Combining Singula Decisions’ extensive domain knowledge and practical experience with artificial intelligence (AI) and machine-learning techniques, the Singula® Subscriber Intelligence platform is split into three fundamental components to drive subscriber growth. First is the Decision Moments segmentation model, which helps businesses to understand where their subscribers are in the eight key stages of the customer journey (Join, Trial, Consume, Upgrade, Downgrade, Bill, Leave, Win Back). Then the Subscription Scorecard determines the true characteristics of each customer and ensures the content, service and communication being supplied meet the demand-driven factors, like usage, satisfaction and willingness to pay. The final component is the Action Library, which provides preloaded and tested actions that can be used to react and change customer behavior in real time.

More than 20+ years helping some of the biggest TV subscription brands worldwide, including BT Sport, ABS-CBN and eir Sports, to build their customer and revenue bases, Singula Decisions has both the experience and the expertise to take subscriber intelligence to the next level with this product. It empowers TV subscription businesses to find and execute the best growth model by providing a solution that bridges the “Air Gap” between subscriber data and the operator’s ability to activate next best actions at every customer touchpoint. Singula® Subscriber Intelligence platform was created to turn subscriber data into something tangible that will transform the way that TV operators engage with subscribers. It enables operators to have sustained protection and growth of their subscriber base to help forward-thinking subscription businesses compete for eyeballs and stay ahead of competitors. Subscription businesses must find and execute the perfect growth strategy to survive and Singula® Subscriber Intelligence is the tool to do this.

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VELA

Compliance Monitoring Logger/Multiviewer Comprehensive Next-Gen Volicon Replacement System Deployed by 450 Stations

Vela’s Encompass & Luna Smart Loggers are comprehensive and feature-rich compliance, monitoring, capturing, logging, multiviewer, Volicon-replacement solutions. The advanced base model includes an extensive list of valuable features such as original and proxy quality capture with live multiviewer, Transport Stream analytics and QoS/regulation-compliance logging and alerting. They integrate with As-Run logs for air-check and ad-verification and have many additional features and benefits, including: clipping/repurposing back to air, OTT or social/digital media, monitoring of competitive channels with ratings graph comparisons and team collaboration, return-feed monitoring and comparison with auto-identification of commercial differences, VOD and HLS creation and packaging, and competitor-aired commercial-identification and analysis with prioritized lead-list generation for sales teams. Vela smart loggers include five multiviewers designed for various departments, including: 1) Live Multiviewer that provides zero latency and replaces legacy primary Master Control multiviewers; 2) Penalty Box Multiviewer that flags channels when content violates defined parameters; 3) Engineering Multiviewer that shows all pertinent engineering details; 4) Clean-View Multiviewer with a simplified view preferred by News, Sales and Management; and 5) a standalone Vela Software Multiviewer, which provides elegant layouts for linking multiple systems (local and/or remote) with numerous video windows, displayed on one or several monitors. The system records 24/7, giving access to years of content with the ability to search by date, closed captions, PSIP program name/description, user annotations, discrepancies, compliance/quality infractions and As-Run/Playlist details for Air-Check, Ad-Verification or Clipping and repurposing to air or transcoding to digital. A suite of competitive news monitoring, recording and analysis tools enable news departments to sync and compare competitor programming next to ratings graphs and collaborate with colleagues using speech-to-text, recorded-audio and notes. Each Vela system includes many advanced and unique features that greatly expand the value of this system throughout an organization and can even produce an ROI. Content Compare automatically compares original content to OTT, vMVPDs, cable and other return feeds with auto-detection of variances that flag incorrect or unauthorized ad insertions.Vela’s unique Ad|Recon technology leverages its competitive monitoring, fingerprint algorithms and AI to analyze all local commercials and generate prioritized sales leads that enable stations to increase their ad revenue and market share. Another Vela smart-logger-exclusive is its Volicon Media Mover tool, which is the only proven method of converting media from legacy infrastructures. It

provides seamless migration from Volicon and other systems allowing users to access legacy content in their new Vela interface for continued proof of compliance, advertiser audits, and content research and repurposing. There are no optional SW features, as all Vela Encompass and Luna features are included in the base-configuration, which also includes unlimited simultaneous users that can be created manually or linked to Active Directory/OKTA. The GUI automatically hides unauthorized features to show users only the tools available for their use. This dynamically adjusting interface streamlines user-adoption and creates a productive and efficient environment. Vela Encompass and Luna can be deployed on-premises, on Amazon AWS/Microsoft Azure, or hypervisor-based instances in private-cloud or virtualized environments. One of the best things about this new industry standard, adopted by over 400 U.S. TV stations in the last year, is the Emmy Award-winning company behind the product. Vela builds all of its own systems and provides a single number to dial, 24/7, to connect to the largest U.S. technical support and engineering team. Vela's project management experience helps customers transition their organizations to their new platform and is extremely valuable in providing a successful and on-time transition with enthusiastic user-acceptance.

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WHEATSTONE CORP.

Blade-4 for WheatNet-IP Audio Network Enhances AoIP With Codecs, SIP and More

Wheatstone’s new Blade-4 for its WheatNet-IP audio network platform steps outside the AoIP box by integrating audio codecs, software apps and interoperability protocols with audio transport and control in one I/O unit. Blade-4 adds new functionality never before found in an AoIP I/O access unit for consolidating facilities and driving AoIP capabilities past the technical as well as geographic limitations of audio networked studios. Completely compatible with existing Blade-3 network systems, the 1RU Blade-4 includes: • Selectable AAC, Opus and MP3 codecs targeting high to low bit rates • Support for Session Initiation Protocol (SIP), critical for transporting encoded audio between physically separated WheatNet-IP audio networked facilities • Internal CPU with built-in OS for running customized scripts and client automation software, metering apps and virtual interfaces; separate PC not needed • HDMI connectivity for touchscreen or monitor viewing

• AES67 compliance, from .125 ms to 5 ms packets, with IEEE-1588 PTPv2 master clock and slave for interoperability with other AES67 devices and networks • Support for SMPTE ST 2110, including discovery standard NMOS for NextGeneration TV • 11-inch full-color LCD front-panel display • Dual Ethernet ports for redundancy These new functions are in addition to existing Blade features, such as two 8x2 stereo utility mixers for online mixing of sounds or segueing remotely between feeds; routable stereo processor with parametric equalizer, compressor and limiter; and 12 universal logic ports plus 128 software LIO ports, programmable as inputs or outputs, and routable through the network. WheatNet-IP is a complete IP audio network ecosystem of consoles, talent stations, I/O units, accessories, virtual tools and appliances.

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WHEATSTONE CORP.

Remote Dimension Three Touch Studio Access, Mixing and Control From Home

New from Wheatstone, remote client software for accessing and controlling a Dimension Three Touch audio console from home or other location. Remote Dimension Three Touch is a multitouch virtual TV audio console with up to 64 faders layered onscreen for remote control of a WheatNet-IP audio networked Dimension Three console at the studio. Used anywhere there’s a PC touchscreen or several touchscreens connected over the audio network, Remote Dimension Three Touch offers real-time fader tracking and live synchronization of buttons and controls between the virtual surface and the physical board. Remote Dimension Three Touch software displays two screens — ­ the main screen is the fader bank and masters section; the second screen is a software replication of the Dimension Three Touch’s touch screen interface. It includes familiar buttons, knobs and multitouch navigation and menuing for adjusting EQ curves, filtering and other custom settings. The Dimension Three Touch IP audio console comes in three physical frame sizes for up to 32 physical input faders, with virtual options available in two configurations: the remote client software above or a standalone virtual surface with 1RU interface unit that can be used in place of a physical console surface. Dimension Three Touch is one of several IP audio consoles for the WheatNet-IP audio network, a complete IP audio ecosystem of consoles, talent stations, I/O units, accessories, virtual tools and appliances.

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DEJERO

EnGo 260 Mobile Transmitter

Emmy® Award-Winning, Patented Smart Blending and Hybrid Encoding Technologies This 5G-ready EnGo 260 mobile transmitter is relied upon by government and public safety agencies in the United States, Canada and internationally. Live video feeds from unmanned aerial systems (UAS) in the sky, command-andcontrol vehicles and from cameras carried by personnel positioned in different vantage points gives field and base commanders real-time information to enhance situational awareness and faster decision-making, whether monitoring large crowds or fighting wildfires. The EnGo 260 mobile transmitter provides enhanced picture quality for extra detail, is easy to operate and continues the tradition of providing the most versatile and durable mobile transmitter on the market. It weighs 30% less than its predecessor and features an 85% larger capacitive touch screen that provides vibrant monitoring as well as status information to the operator in the field. EnGo 260 comes with a long-life rechargeable internal battery that provides three hours of live video transmission and is compatible with external professional camera batteries to extend runtime further. The transmitter works seamlessly with unmanned aerial systems to provide high-quality live video transmission from the drone’s onboard camera. Drone pilots can carry the EnGo in a backpack or it can be mounted securely in a mobile command vehicle. EnGo 260 incorporates Dejero’s double Emmy Award-winning Smart Blending Technology. Unlike traditional failover or link aggregation solutions, the technology simultaneously blends wireless IP connections (such

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as 3G/4G/5G cellular, Wi-Fi and satellite) from multiple providers to form a virtual “network of networks.” The technology dynamically and intelligently manages the fluctuating bandwidth, packet loss and latency differences of individual network connections in real time to deliver greater bandwidth and expanded coverage with enhanced reliability. The EnGo 260 offers exceptional live video picture quality with HEVC compression, bitrates up to 20 Mbps at 1080p 50/60, and latency as low as 0.8 seconds. Hybrid hardware/software encoding dynamically adapts in real time based on the amount of motion and complexity of the video being captured and the throughput capacity and latency of the networks being used to transport the video. It’s proprietary RF design optimally separates the internal antennas to deliver ultra-reliable cellular reception in challenging network environments. It is tested and certified for SAR and other safety considerations, as well as certified by regulatory, industry and mobile network operators in the United States and internationally. Built with aircraft-grade aluminum monocoque construction and polycarbonate ABS bumpers, the EnGo 260 is vibration, shock and crash tested to transportation safety specs, making it the most rugged transmitter on the market. A fast, onebutton startup time, easy-to-navigate user interface and automated settings that adapt to the available bandwidth make EnGo 260 an unparalleled experience in terms of usability and picture quality in the field.

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LITRA LLC

LitraStudio Portable RGBWW LED Light This Waterproof Compact Light Has an Onboard Battery for Use Anywhere.

The LitraStudio™ is the world’s most powerful portable RGBWW light for filmmaking, broadcasting, videography and photography. This versatile LED cine light is at home on any set or the most remote location. Rectangular in shape, LitraStudio™ delivers 3,000 lumens of color-accurate RGBWW output — totally cable-free thanks to its 9,000 mAh rechargeable, swappable Lithium Ion battery. The battery’s auxiliary USB Type C charger port also offers power backup for laptops, phones or other necessities. For optimum light quality, LitraStudio is fully tunable and color-accurate with a 97 TLCI/CRI and 50-degree beam angle. It is dimmable from 100% down to zero and its unique microstructure lens ensures smooth, even and hotspot-free output. To suit any professional, LitraStudio offers a choice of control methods for single or multiple lights. Bluetooth is onboard and pairs with a downloadable Mobile App for either iOS or Android. DMX is available via an accessory dongle. An OLED display offers manual control. Factory or user-customized presets include CCT, HSI, Gel and the Effects mode that offers simulation of police, paparazzi and candle lighting. The fixture’s high mil spec aluminum housing is built for a long life of rugged use. Uniquely, waterproof and submersible down to 30-feet/10m — this light is ready to illuminate the action in wet or dry locations or sets. Each LitraStudio fixture comes with a rechargeable 9000mAh Lithium Ion battery, slip-on diffuser, 45-watt quick charge adapter with USB PD2 Type C cable, bicycle-style grip handle and padded carrying case. Use individually or with multiple lights for unprecedented output, flexibility and lighting control.

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ANGRY AUDIO

Bluetooth Audio Gadget

Make Your Smartphone the Star of Your Radio Show There are plenty of ways a smartphone could be useful on air. Playing recorded audio, voice clips or music, for instance. How about using a SIP client as a codec? Or Skype? And of course, putting callers on the air. If only there was a professional bidirectional audio interface for cell phones. Problem solved. The Bluetooth Audio Gadget makes it easy to put a smartphone on the air. Just pair your phone and the Bluetooth Audio Gadget

automatically negotiates the optimal codec algorithm (usually APT-X for Android, AAC for iPhone). Balanced audio I/O connects the Gadget to your console. The sound quality is amazing. And the Bluetooth Audio Gadget is bidirectional, so you can even send mix-minus to your caller. Like all Angry Audio products, the Bluetooth Audio Gadget is built-forbroadcast with premium components like an all-steel enclosure, internal AC power supply and gold-plated audio connectors and switch contacts. Place it on your desktop or mount it in your rack with our rackmount kit.

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BROADCAST BIONICS

Camera One, Visualization System

Affordable, easy to use camera switching, recording, streaming and sharing Camera One is the brand new visualization solution from Broadcast Bionics enabling all radio stations to quickly and easily create live video streams and sharable video clips. For 10 years Bionics has helped broadcasters achieve millions of likes, views and shares, and now Camera One delivers this same functionality in a way that anyone can use and everyone can afford. Setup and operation are quick and easy using Camera One’s intuitive HTML5 interface. Camera One brings automated camera switching, graphic generation, recording, streaming and sharing within the reach of every studio.

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DEVA BROADCAST

DB4005 - SDR-Based FM Radio Mod Monitor

Third-Generation FM Radio Modulation Analyzer With MPX Input DB4005 is DEVA Broadcast’s third-generation digital FM Radio modulation analyzer and receiver, the result of long years of experience and a desire to always provide intelligent near-perfect solutions, while keeping pace with the very latest technological developments and trends. With this product, upon demodulation of the FM signal, the RF signal is digitalized by the SDR FM tuner and all signal processing is achieved through sophisticated DSP algorithms. The high precision of the powerful digital filters used in this equipment enables the FM signal to be accurately and repeatedly analyzed with each device. An important asset to the DB4005 is the MPX input, which allows you to monitor external composite signals,

regardless of whether they are from a composite STL receiver/stereo FM encoder or from an off-air source. As this is a tool of great processing power, it provides detailed readings of all the multiplex FM signal components, while all measurements are refreshed simultaneously and synchronously. Another useful feature of the DB4005 is the Loudness Meter, which allows for measurements to be shown as defined by ITU BS.1770-4 and EBU R128 recommendations, as the product supports both standards. The DB4005 has an easy-to-read, high-resolution OLED graphical display and ultra-bright bargraph LED 60 segment indicators that allow reading the main signal parameters at a glance.

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DIGIGRAM

IQOYA CONNECT Codec Manager A SIP Infrastructure and a Web Application to Be Always in Control

DIGIGRAM created the most efficient remote broadcasting preparation tool to simplify a broadcaster’s life, IQOYA CONNECT, both a SIP infrastructure and a web application. Journalists today are expected to be quick and focused on conveying the story, but also operate complex portable codecs while in the field. The technicians, on the other hand, are expected to ensure all systems work well even if they are not in the field. IQOYA CONNECT is just the perfect link between the journalist on the field and the technician at the radio station. IQOYA CONNECT is Digigram’s SIP infrastructure that enables successful, secure and simple communications between multiple codecs. Apart from being a SIP infrastructure, IQOYA CONNECT also comes with a suite of premium web-based monitoring, controlling and managing tools that the broadcaster can subscribe to, for additional functionalities while operating a fleet of codecs, regardless of where it is placed. Thanks to IQOYA CONNECT, a technician can remotely access and take complete control over an on-field codec directly from the studio and make any changes to the settings if need be. This allows the journalists to focus on the story at hand and saves precious time that is currently expended on coordinating with the studio for making the necessary setting adjustments manually. IQOYA CONNECT not only simplifies the life of a journalist but also ensures that they are never alone in the field. By the journalist’s side, the connexion to the radio station is as simple as making a phone call. There is no configuration to do on the portable codec from the field, everything is already set. It’s a kind of magic. Having spent decades in the broadcast industry, Digigram clearly understands the mission-critical responsibilities of a broadcast technician. IQOYA CONNECT redefines what “simplicity” means to the broadcast industry, thanks to a very intuitive and user-focused interface. Apart from allowing them to take complete control of the in-field codecs, IQOYA CONNECT also enables broadcast technicians to: • Have a centralized view of all equipment and individual codec instances • Monitor the call quality • Maintain call logs and conduct past broadcast quality checks • Discover codecs • Manage contact list and audio profile management • Place, accept, deny or hang up calls

IQOYA CONNECT’s web-applications improve efficiency, increase overall productivity and grant unprecedented control and convenience to the broadcasters. Additionally, as a SIP infrastructure, IQOYA CONNECT also ensures ultimate security, reliability and quality of all the connections. It acts as a rock-solid backbone to the broadcaster’s codec infrastructure. Some of the key features that this powerful SIP infrastructure provides are: • High availability of connections • IP audio streams with multiple redundancy schemes • ACIP compliance • Presence management (matching broadcast needs) • Traversal features to ensure 100% successful communications • Reduced and predictive audio latency • Audio format transparency To further demonstrate our commitment towards making the lives of broadcasters easy, IQOYA CONNECT is also 100% interoperable with other non-Digigram codecs in the market today. Persistent testing and quality monitoring has enabled us to create a SIP infrastructure that seamlessly interacts with all main remote and distribution codecs available in the market today. A broadcaster will not be forced to retire their existing codec fleet, until they realize it is time to upgrade to Digigram codecs. IQOYA CONNECT is a well thought-out and carefully executed product that we strongly believe can positively impact broadcasting as we know it today.

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ENCO SYSTEMS

WebDAD Mobile Radio Automation

Access Your Automation System From Any Web-Enabled Device With WebDAD The ability to work remotely and leverage automated workflows is more important than ever at this moment, and WebDAD mobile automation can help operations to continue unabated. WebDAD is a browser-based remote automation control system, with a virtualized platform that allows users to remotely access and manage studio-based ENCO DAD automation systems. These solutions allow broadcasters to maintain employee health and safety by supporting work-from-home models. It also helps with keeping operating costs low in a very challenging economic environment. WebDAD empowers cloud-based operation through an updated, HTML5-enabled user interface. Users have the freedom of a fully-virtualized platform to remotely access and control their studio-based ENCO DAD radio automation systems ­— a benefit made all the more powerful with the addition of ENCO’s Presenter On-Air interface. This interface further optimizes ENCO’s modular, touchscreen design for customizing production workflows and providing instant access to media libraries, playlists and more. The latest version of WebDAD offers voice tracking enhancements including ENCO’s powerful and efficient FastTRAK one-button voice track creation and insertion feature — ­ previously available in the local DAD interface but appearing in WebDAD for the first time ­— alongside improved sound quality. Its refined user interface sports responsive adaptation to the operator’s browser window, improving the user experience across desktop and mobile devices alike. WebDAD has evolved to support a true “Studio in the Cloud” operation that removes the limitation of maintaining an on-premises physical workstation. In addition to reducing operational costs at the station, WebDAD customers have broad control and playout capabilities across on-air

presentation, playlist manipulation, voice tracking and other workflow tasks. With the powerful ENCO Presenter On-Air interface, WebDAD is the most powerful and comprehensive browser-based interface on the market. WebDAD also helps stations work more freely with on-air and production talent around the world by making it easy to bring in part-time, contract and remote staff to access the playout system from anywhere there is an internet connection. Advanced security features allow administrator accounts to add or remove access easily, making it easier than ever to work with contract workers, even if they are only needed to cover one event.

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BackUPS Failsafe UPS Power Switcher Automatically Monitor and Bypass a Failed or Unstable UPS

BackUPS is a power controller for ensuring reliable AC power to critical equipment that is powered with an Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS). BackUPS constantly monitors the output of the UPS, and automatically bypasses the UPS if its output fails or becomes unstable. This prevents power shutoff to the load, keeping critical equipment online. BackUPS can be remotely controlled, so that the UPS can be “force-bypassed” if necessary. A unique timing circuit prevents the UPS from coming back online if it’s output is unstable. BackUPS can also be used as a “remote rebooter,” to remotely power-cycle equipment that requires a reset or reboot.

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NAUTEL

Nautel LookingGlass

RF Monitoring, Recording and Analysis for Up to 30 Frequencies at Once Nautel LookingGlass is a 3RU rackmount unit that can monitor, record and analyze up to 30 discrete analog FM broadcast signals simultaneously. Verify your stations are transmitting what you think they are, capture data for affidavits, keep an eye on your local competition and a lot more. This one unit does what would otherwise take a hefty budget and a lot more rack space and expertise to achieve. LookingGlass includes a powerful workbench of tools, including oscilloscope, baseband scope, injection and modulation levels, power monitor, loudness monitor, RDS data logger, HD presence, LKFS metering, RF recorder and real-time audio analysis. It uses wideband SDR technology and captures 25 MHz of spectrum at 12-bit depth. The unit has a large touchscreen front panel UI, massive 13 TB of storage and included software enables remote access software from anywhere in the world, including streamed RF, locally decoded so you can listen to your station live.

LookingGlass gives you both a tactical tool for day-to-day operations monitoring and data analysis tools that enable strategic decisions. Plus the peace of mind from being built and supported by Nautel.

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RCS

REVMA - Professional-Grade Streaming An Affordable and Complete Online Professional Streaming Solution

Revma is an affordable and complete online professional streaming solution with guaranteed reliability, 24/7 support, professional audio processing and integrated listener reports. Own your listeners, manage the audio content, control where your streams play. A complete streaming package designed for demanding radio groups: • Administration portal with user management, customizable on demand • Listener reports designed for radio people, per stream or aggregated for all sources • Compatible with the most popular audio ad-providers for alternate ads for your online streams • Multiple audio outputs at any quality and format — ­ HLS, MPEGDASH, HTTPs, F-MP4

• No cross-platform restrictions, infinite scale for any number of sources and listeners • Real-time online audio transcoding, stitch alternate audio ads and content at any format. • Open new streams in few seconds, manage all your stations from one place.

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WHEATSTONE CORP.

GSX Programmable Console

New Programmable Console With Soft Controls by Wheatstone A new sister console to Wheatstone’s flagship LXE control surface, the GSX has been specially scaled for the modern broadcast studio. The GSX is a user-configurable 24-channel surface with soft switches and controls. Like the LXE, this console surface for the WheatNet-IP audio network features the following functions and options: • ConsoleBuilder™ UI for programming the hardware surface ­— any knob, button or fader can be assigned one or several of more than 25 functions • ScreenBuilder™ UI for creating custom touch screens using simple dragand-drop objects and scripting wizard • Tap-through graphic menus for setting parameters, triggering presets, storing snapshots of events and monitoring signals • On-board full-color OLED displays, scriptable to show EQ overview, levels, dynamic performance and a variety of helpful information • Optional Remote GSX client software that can be set up on a laptop or desktop at home or elsewhere to mirror and remotely control the GSX physical console at the station facility. GSX integrates with the WheatNet-IP Blade 4 audio network, a complete AES67-compatible network system with end-to-end audio transport, logic control and an audio toolkit at every I/O point in the network to enable exceptionally intelligent deployment and operation.

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WHEATSTONE CORP.

Blade-4 for WheatNet-IP Audio Network Enhances AoIP With Codecs, SIP and More

Wheatstone’s new Blade-4 for its WheatNet-IP audio network platform steps outside the AoIP box by integrating audio codecs, software apps and interoperability protocols with audio transport and control in one I/O unit. Blade-4 adds new functionality never before found in an AoIP I/O access unit for consolidating facilities and driving AoIP capabilities past the technical as well as geographic limitations of audio networked studios. Completely compatible with existing Blade-3 network systems, the 1RU Blade-4 includes: • Selectable AAC, Opus and MP3 codecs targeting high to low bit rates • Support for Session Initiation Protocol (SIP), critical for transporting encoded audio between physically separated WheatNet-IP audio networked facilities • Internal CPU with built-in OS for running customized scripts and client automation software, metering apps and virtual interfaces; separate PC not needed • HDMI connectivity for touchscreen or monitor viewing

• AES67 compliance, from .125 ms to 5 ms packets, with IEEE-1588 PTPv2 master clock and slave for interoperability with other AES67 devices and networks • Support for SMPTE ST 2110, including discovery standard NMOS for NextGeneration TV • 11-inch full-color LCD front-panel display • Dual Ethernet ports for redundancy These new functions are in addition to existing Blade features, such as two 8x2 stereo utility mixers for online mixing of sounds or segueing remotely between feeds; routable stereo processor with parametric equalizer, compressor and limiter; and 12 universal logic ports plus 128 software LIO ports, programmable as inputs or outputs, and routable through the network. WheatNet-IP is a complete IP audio network ecosystem of consoles, talent stations, I/O units, accessories, virtual tools and appliances.

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WINMEDIA

WinSales

A CRM System Specially Developed for Broadcast Advertising Booking, revenue management and billing are critical to your business operations. In today’s challenging environment, we offer you a solution that will help you drive your organization to be more efficient and effective and enable you to easily add new revenue streams. Fully-integrated with WinMedia Radio and WinMedia TV, WinSales streamlines booking and billing operations by providing real-time online booking, tailor-made customer relationship management and a wide range of planning, management, billing and reporting options. WinSales is a secured extranet (https), which means that it uses its own database and can be accessed from anywhere, anytime from a standard web browser. WinSales enables broadcasters to manage multiple stations, as well as multiple media including TV, radio, media networks, internet, smartphones preroll and tablets from a single system. Highly scalable, WinSales offers real-time, flexible reporting that delivers extraordinary visibility and control at all levels of your business. WinSales’s main features • Prospects management • Price lists and discount management • Sales proposal creation • Customer Relationship Management (CRM) • Commercial spot booking • Terms of payment and credit lines management

• Give access to the production studio to take the purchase order • Submit their spots to the customer for approval • The audio or video files go directly into the WinMedia module linked to the campaign • Empower your sales staff with real-time online booking from anywhere • Create quotes quickly and efficiently while offering sales management better insight on pending proposals • Optimize revenue powerful Yield Management algorithm that optimizes spot placement and calculates pricing in real time • Gain visibility with tailor-made Customer Relationship Management • Make better decisions with easy-to-understand reports including realtime information on inventory, revenue, pacing and projected revenue • Synchronize breaks across multiple stations from a single user interface • Expand to new channels and media with a single system • Export to account systems in CSV format WinSales is a modular solution; you can start by purchasing a few modules and add more tools as your needs evolve. All modules are available within a single user interface, which provides a complete vision on your station or network. Benefits • Web-based, real-time, online access • Multiple radio station and TV channel pricing and discounts • Spots, off-media and package price management • Quickly and efficiently book spots and generate proposals from anywhere, on any device • A CRM tool provides a complete view of your sales cycle • Pipeline to manage all offers made and pending • Team management by sales report • Strong and complete statistical tools • Easy and efficient interaction with your production studios including letting your customers listen to and approve commercials • Automatic transfer into WinMedia Traffic module upon client’s approval • A wide range of billing and follow-up options • Export to your accounting system

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ATEN TECHNOLOGY INC.

StreamLive HD Multichannel AV Mixer UC9020 Helps Users Create Professional Multicamera Productions Anywhere

ATEN’s UC9020 StreamLIVE™ HD all-in-one multichannel AV mixer allows users to capture, stream and switch between two full HD video inputs over the internet, creating a professional, dynamic multicamera production that instantly takes video production to the next level. The UC9020 is ideal for commercial product promotion, conferences and meetings, lectures and seminars and individual live event broadcasting. The UC9020 offers users a simple, all-in-one TV-quality livestreaming solution that integrates dual-source 1080p video capture, 4K preview output, video switch, 1080p@60 stream broadcaster, video converter, video splitter and audio mixer in one compact box. Additionally, the ATEN OnAir™ App (available on The App Store: https://apps.apple.com/il/app/aten-onair/id1431642369) turns an iPad into a touch interface for controlling, preview monitoring, realtime editing and arranging multi-elements into program mixing. Designed to simplify your video production workflow, the UC9020 can reduce equipment and the cabling required to carry for streaming, but its compact size also allows for extreme portability. Key features: • Simplifies streaming workflow ­— integrates 1080p video capture, video switch, streaming encoder, video converter, video splitter and audio mixer all in one. • Plug and play — ­ no computer, monitor or complicated setups or software settings necessary. • Easy connect ­— built-in encoder and streaming server means users only need to connect to their video sources and network. • Control and streaming in one — ­ competitors offer separate boxes, but the UC9020 has both control and stream functions built in. • Go live, anywhere ­— compatible with every major platform and can livestream to two platforms at the same time — ­ Facebook, YouTube, Vimeo, Livestream or any custom RTMP destination, all in high-quality full HD. • No more post production ­— the ATEN OnAir App turns a user’s iPad into a personal video editing suite; design and present up to eight custom scenes with the intuitive touchscreen and custom scene editor; combine, crop and scale video to make outstanding PnP layouts; add transparent png images, backgrounds and text overlays with professional-looking effects.

“Whether you want to be a YouTuber or livestream your gaming, conference or church event, the UC9020 allows users to create online content and livestream at the pro level. Small in size, but big on capability, the lightweight, compact solution is easy to use and addresses challenges like carrying around various AV equipment and cables or running complicated software that independent live streaming broadcasters and individual streamers encounter daily,” said Aaron Johnson, senior product manager, ATEN Technology Inc.

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AURORA MULTIMEDIA CORP.

Tauri Temperature Tablet Series Accurate Temperature-Checking in Less Than 1 Second

To ensure that individuals entering a location are not running a high temperature, Aurora introduces the new infrared temperature sensor/detector. It provides alerts when a person is running a high temperature within one second. The system uses an advanced algorithm for detecting and calculating heat signatures. Based on technology developed in Germany, the highly accurate sensor measures with a tolerance of +/- 0.3 degrees Celsius (+/- 0.5 degrees Fahrenheit). Key specifications: • Scan distance: 0.5 to 1 meter (approx. 1 foot 8 inches to 3 feet 3 inches) • Accuracy: +/- 0.3 degrees C (+/- 0.5 degrees F) • Scan speed: within 1 second • Camera reversible 180 degrees • 10-inch, 15.6-inch and 21.5-inch models • Quad-core 1.8 Ghz processor • HDMI out for remote viewing • Wi-Fi and Ethernet • PoE (TTS-10 only) • VESA mount capable

Options: • APS-1 adjustable pole stand with weighted base • WMT-1 wall mount • DTM-1/DTM-2 desktop stands • Future firmware upgrade options • Photo and thermal result email alerts • Facial detection • Customized flagging • ReAX control engine for automation and integration with third-party devices and access systems • Digital signage capabilities

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AVER INFORMATION INC.

TR530 Auto-Tracking & Streaming Camera Easily Track Your Presenter Without a Videographer With Auto-Tracking

The camera is protected by the industry-leading AVerCare three-year warranty that delivers advance replacement with free RMA shipping and 24-hour turnaround time so integrators and their customers have the best protection available. The TR530 is live streaming-ready with a simple web interface that allows for complete control of the camera and integration with a number of leading video platforms to suit the needs of various AV environments.

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DOORBELL FON

IDoorBell Plus

The First and Only Third-Generation Video Doorbell in the World

Video doorbell can ring cellphone with video, unlock door, remote non-Wi-Fi chime and also ring the home phone. With its own memory to save images. Means even if the internet or Wi-Fi is down, the unit will still ring the chime, home phone, unlock the door and continue recording.

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HENRY ENGINEERING

BackUPS Failsafe UPS Power Switcher Automatically Monitor and Bypass a Failed or Unstable UPS

BackUPS is a power controller for ensuring reliable AC power to critical equipment that is powered with an Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS). BackUPS constantly monitors the output of the UPS, and automatically bypasses the UPS if its output fails or becomes unstable. This prevents power shutoff to the load, keeping critical equipment online. BackUPS can be remotely controlled, so that the UPS can be “force-bypassed” if necessary. A unique timing circuit prevents the UPS from coming back online if it’s output is unstable. BackUPS can also be used as a “remote rebooter,” to remotely power-cycle equipment that requires a reset or reboot.

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JABRA

PanaCast

The World’s First Intelligent 180-Degree Panoramic-4K Video Solution Jabra PanaCast is engineered to be the world’s first 180degree Panoramic-4K plug-and-play video solution, designed to bring huddle rooms to life with high-definition video. It is the perfect partner for the Jabra Speak range, with this combination of products offering an unrivalled combination of crystal-clear audio and Panoramic-4K video, to bring remote meeting participants and huddle room meeting attendees closer together. PanaCast features three 13-megapixel cameras, which stream continuously, and patented real-time video stitching technology to create a full, 180-degree view of the huddle room in Panoramic-4K. This view mimics what we naturally see, and therefore creates a more inclusive human perspective, with no blind spots or missing participants. This system is the only plug-and-play solution available, which provides a full field of vision, with most ultrawide cameras offering a maximum horizontal field of view of 120 degrees. Intelligent Zoom detects where the people are and automatically and continuously adjusts the field of view to include everyone in the conversation, while Vivid HDR automatically optimizes video quality under a wide range of lighting conditions. This technology is exclusive to the Jabra PanaCast. The PanaCast also features plug-and-play technology, which means that the device is incredibly easy to set up and use; simply plug the Jabra PanaCast into your computer’s USB port, and it’s ready to provide you and your remote colleagues with a clear, panoramic view of the huddle room. With certification for Microsoft Teams and compatibility with leading audio and video-conferencing solutions, you can also be sure that the PanaCast is compatible with your setup. This gives teams the ability to collaborate

quickly and easily, wherever they are in the world, whatever equipment they’re using. Now is the time to bring remote workers and huddle room participants closer together through the addition of high-definition video to your huddle rooms. Unlock the full picture of collaboration with no blind spots, because when we see the full room, we see the full picture; and when we see the full picture, we hear the full story.

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LIBERTY AV SOLUTIONS

5x1 Table Box Presentation Switcher "TeamUp+ Series” Multi-Format Table Box Collaboration Switcher/Extender

The DL-SC41UP-BXTX is a “TeamUp+ Series” MultiFormat Table Box Presentation/Collaboration Switcher/ Extender — conference, huddle, training room 4x1 Matrix presentation switcher that becomes 5x1 when using optional HDBaseT receiver with HDMI input. Offers HDMI and USB-C inputs, USB3.0 hub, simple display control and pass-through power: • 3 HDMI, 1 USB-C on transmitter plus 1 HDMI input on receiver when used, pass-through Ethernet and AC power • 1 HDMI and 1 HDBaseT output up to 70 meters • Six-port USB3.0 high speed hub (split between top and bottom of device) includes two USB-B host ports and four USB-A peripheral ports. USB-C acts as a third host port. All USB ports auto-switch with AV or can be switched via control system. Two additional USB2.0 type A client ports can be added when combined with HDBaseT receiver. When HDBaseT is required, combine with the DL-SCU-RX for software-based video teleconference rooms that require the consolidation and sync of A/V and USB signals from a laptop or room PC. AC Power for switch and pass-through will provide AC power to the top as well as 40-watt USB-C charging power, or power via one-way PoC from HDBaseT RX. The DL-SC41UP-BXTX is HDCP2.2-compliant and supports resolutions up to HDMI 2.0b, 4K/60 Hz/4:4:4 8-bit, and HDR 10. Its fully functional USB-C port provides up to 40-watt charging power when the device is locally powered. Power delivery can be PoH from RX to

TX or locally powered when standalone or when USB-C power is desired. It has an Auto Display control to power on/off display when source is detected. It also offers two relays for screen, shades, etc., when combined with HDBaseT RX. It may be controlled via Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol (TCP/IP), RS-232 or front-panel buttons. Provides an easy switching solution for collaboration rooms with or without dedicated room computers. Add BYOM (Bring your own meeting) capability to your Zoom or Teams rooms.

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DigitaLinx Adapter Ring 2.0

Connect and Share With This All-in-One Presentation Solution Liberty’s new and improved HDMI Adapter Ring 2.0 is an upgrade to the original industry classic — a simple, yet revolutionary solution for all future presentations. It lets you keep multiple adapters at your fingertips while allowing you to convert to HDMI quickly and seamlessly with the connections needed for today’s devices. This upgraded version offers a flexible new way to keep the latest technology “in line” with two different ways to tether your adapters. Our tensile aircraft strength ring and clamp can be locked to an HDMI cable (not included) so you can enjoy quick and easy video conversion from any device — simply plug one end of your adapter into the HDMI going to the display and the other end into your laptop, phone or tablet to quickly access your presentations. Perfect for meeting rooms, classrooms, lecture halls or boardrooms. Set the adapters in a ring or line format; your choice. Both formats are designed to tuck easily away in table-top enclosures. New tougher cable metal improves durability and deters a determined thief. Previous molded, plastic hinge and clamp has been updated to a new smaller aluminum clamp with jointed hinge for durability, longevity and strength. Now includes new threaded screw holes, eliminating the need for nuts. Thanks to the clamp’s new design, there is no need to completely disassemble the clamp to replace or add new adapters. Plus, it only requires one tool for assembly and adjustment. Additionally, each Adapter Ring 2.0 is shipped with a scannable Teleportivity tag providing valuable product information, which can be quickly accessed by simply using your phone’s camera (no app needed). DigitaLinx Adapter Ring 2.0 is available in our three most popular preconfigured sets. Digital Adapter Ring (DL-ARD): • Includes three most common adapters for use in BYOD device scenarios — DisplayPort, Mini-DisplayPort, USB-C • Designed for Android and Windows-based platforms (non-Apple) Digital Adapter Cable Ring (DL-ARDD): • Includes same adapters as the DL-ARD, but each adapter is on 5-inch cable to provide more flexibility when connecting to a thin device that lays flat on a table. • Designed for Android and Windows-based platforms (non-Apple)

Digital Adapter Cable Ring plus AppleCertified Adapters (DLARDA): • Includes Apple Certified Adapters — Lightning and Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) — plus DisplayPort Mini-DisplayPort, USB-C on 5-inch cables • Designed to provide the most connectivity options for today’s mobile devices: Android, Windows-based platforms and Apple. CUSTOMIZE YOUR ADAPTER RING 2.0. Choose from 10 of the top-used connection adapters to build a custom HDMI Adapter Ring, including Slimport, DVI-D, VGA, USB-C, Apple USB-C, Apple Lightning, Display Port, Mini C HDMI, Mini DisplayPort, Micro D HDMI and Mini C HDMI. Attach it to the room’s HDMI cable, and have confidence that your needed adaptors will be available for every presentation. The HDMI Adapter Ring is a patented (U.S. Pat. No. 9,784,338) customizable secure adaptor ring. Our tensile aircraft strength ring and clamp locks on the HDMI cable going to your display keeping any adapter you may need at your fingertips. The Adapter Ring’s CXTag is also customizable, allowing you to implement a unique strategy to reach, engage and inform your audience. Contact us for a demonstration.

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DigitaLinx DC Power Supply (DL-PSU8) Power and Remotely Manage Five Varying Voltages in One Power Supply Unit

Control and select any combination of five voltages in one unit. The DLPSU8 from DigitaLinx is an integrated switching power supply designed for converting AC into DC power — it has two AC (Alternating Current) input channels and eight DC (Direct Current) output channels. It is adjustable per output and capable of being remotely managed. What makes this multivoltage power supply unique in its category? It offers all five of the voltages used in the vast majority of AV extension devices. Output voltage is selectable per output channel — 5V, 12V, 18V, 24V and 48V DC; input voltage is 100~240VAC. The voltage for each output channel can be adjusted and switched on/off through front panel buttons, RS-232/IP

commands or using the built-in web GUI. The DL-PSU8 can replace those bulky AC/DC power adapters and power strips with a universal power solution located in a single rack system. It also gives integrators the ability to remotely power cycle each device for service purposes if needed. Perfect for: • HDBaseT Extenders • Networking devices • Security • IOT devices • Fiber Extenders

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HDMI & USB-C HDBaseT Wall Plate Extension Set HDMI Extension and A/V Routing for Presentation

Enhance your presentation experience with the Digita-Linx HDMI & USB-C HDBaseT Wall Plate Extension Set with USB. Extend HDMI and A/V routing for presentation. Perfect for education, boardrooms, houses of worship and collaboration. The DigitaLinx DL-1H1A1UC-WPKT-W HDBaseT 2.0 extender set auto switches and transmits HDMI or USB-C audio and video, analog audio, USB 2.0 high-speed data signals (up to 240 Mbps) and RS-232 over single category 6 twisted pair cable. It can transmit 4K resolutions up to 4K@60Hz, 4:2:0 up to 40m/120 feet and 1080P up to 70m/230 feet. The 3.5 audio input/output on the system is completely separate and is not dependent on the HDMI or USB input source to be active, this way stereo audio can be transmitted through the system independently. The USB-C input supports ALT-DP mode and can support video, audio, data and power charging up to 40 watts and is a USB host port allowing for true one cable connection from connected computers. The DL-1H1A1UC-WPKT-W supports auto switching; however, an input select button is provided to switch between the HDMI and USB-C inputs manually. This device is HDMI 1.4b and HDCP 2.2-compliant. There is no need for an external power supply for the wall plate because the DL-1H1A1UC-WPKT-W HDBaseT receiver powers wall plate transmitter via HDBaseT. However, if using the USB-C input for a source device and power charging is required, a second power supply has been included for powering the wall plate.

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LIBERTY AV SOLUTIONS

‘Welcome Space’ by Teleportivity Meet, Greet and Guide as If You Were Physically There.

“Welcome Space” by Teleportivity is an interactive video deployment technology that lets you scale and deploy staff where required, whether it’s from across the building or across the globe. This modern approach to remote connectivity allows you to transform your help desk or reception area — an excellent alternative when staffing is low or when direct person-to-person customer support is not available or practical. Your designated Welcome Space personnel can remotely communicate and engage with customers as if they were physically there. Provided through a fixed iPad or Android tablet, Welcome Space enables live support, sales and concierge services via video. It can be used in two ways — video concierge may instantly greet guests and assist them in real time, or customers can scan a QR code using their own personal device to easily access customized information and self-guided resources. No need to touch anything. Guests won’t have to touch anything other than their personal device. For example, they can simply scan a QR Code placed on the screen using their personal device’s camera and follow the prompts to scan their driver’s license in order to sign their name to a digital sign-in log. Voila. Guests are instantly connected to a customer support member that will greet and assist them via video chat, in real time. Welcome

Space lets you expertly handle high-traffic locations while maintaining a constant, seamless customer experience. It gives integrators and end users the flexibility to scale down in-person resources in welcome areas or help desks, and instead, offer staff support from any remote location. Even the most demanding customers will be pleased with this simple and convenient form of communication. Teleportivity is fully customizable to meet your security needs as well as your company’s branded information. Contact our support team or visit Liberty AV’s website to learn more.

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PRO VIDEO INSTRUMENTS

INFINIUMÂŽ

An Integrated Solution for Unified Distribution PVI’s newest product, INFINIUM, is the smartest, integrated solution that can distribute any HD 4K television content to any network, format, media and resolution, from the legacy MPEG-2 televisions to the newest HAVC 4K TVs and mobile devices, such as iPhone, iPad, android, tablet, over Wi-Fi, LAN and the internet. INFINIUM is smart TV-compatible through any smart TV app via the M3U8 playlist, providing features such as simultaneous multirate, multiresolution encoding, as well as simultaneous MPEG-2, MPEG-4, MPEG-5 HEVC encoding and MJPG encoding for preview on remote controls. INFINIUM has built in the SRT protocol for Reliable Ultra-Low Latency performances over busy networks. It can accept feeds from third-party IPTV providers to distribute as needed. With our dual encoding technology, the customer has the ability to broadcast simultaneously different resolutions to provide the upmost compatibility to all devices.

Another key benefit of the dual encoding is the capability to live stream to multiple RTMP(s) streaming services at the same time. A built-in four-zone OSD (on-screen display) is provided for the use of logos images or text. With its modular design, INFINIUM is scalable at any time, simply adding hot-swap modules as needed. It has the option of 4K HEVC over coax simultaneously. Finally, an all-in-one solution to converge any video signal input to any possible playback device anywhere on any possible network.

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ALLEN & HEATH

AHM-64 96 kHz Audio Matrix Processor A 64x64 Processor Supported by a Comprehensive I/O and Control Ecosystem

AHM-64 is a powerful 96 kHz 64x64 audio matrix processor supported by a comprehensive ecosystem of scalable I/O, control and Dante solutions. AHM-64’s powerful fixed architecture lets the user apply any and all processing to every one of its 64x64 inputs and outputs as needed without running out of processing or spending time juggling resources. Aftersales callouts are kept to a minimum with Automatic Firmware Matching; updates to the AHM-64 unit are reflected in all connected IP remote controllers. With its slick, smart GUI, AHM-64 System Manager software makes creating powerful audio systems easier than ever, with no third-party programming or certified training needed. Features include: 12x12 local analog I/O, I/O Port for audio networking (up to 128x128), Dante 96 kHz 64x64 optional card (AES67- and DDM-ready), 128x128 builtin SLink port for audio expansion, 64 configurable processing outputs ­— mono/stereo zones or speaker processing, 96 kHz FPGA core with ultra-low latency, compatibility with remote controllers (IP1, IP6 and IP8), 2x2 local GPIO plus networkable GPIO interface, TCP/IP protocol for third-party integration, third-party drivers (Crestron, AMX and Extron), support of up to 96 IP remote controllers over a standard TCP/IP network, DC backup power supply, Mac/Windows System Manager software, Custom Control app and editor for BYOD (including multiple user interfaces per user, multiple user interfaces per device type, custom graphics and background, kiosk mode), 32 user profiles, integrated stereo playback, event scheduler. Sound management tools include 8x automatic mic mixers, ANC (Ambient Noise Compensation), priority ducking, speaker processing (x-over filter, delay, limiter and PEQ), processing expansion module and 8-band PEQ, dynamics and delay on every input and zone.

Intuitive AHM System Manager software and AHM-64’s flexible architecture allow rapid configuration, with no certified programming training required. AHM-64 strikes a balance between the simplicity and set latency of fixed architecture, and the flexibility normally reserved for open architecture platforms, allowing it to handle sound management, paging, audio distribution, conferencing and speaker processing roles. AHM-64 deploys next-generation FPGA technology and a 96 kHz sample rate, bringing acclaimed Allen & Heath sound quality and sub-millisecond latency to installation. The audio engine has the power to deliver far more processing than the usual open architecture platforms, including 8-band PEQ, gate, compressor and delay on all input channels, and 8-band PEQ/ 30-band GEQ, compressor, ANC, source selector, limiter and delay on all zone outputs. Designed to excel in corporate, retail, hospitality and education environments, AHM-64 allows for quick creation of systems that build from a single boardroom to a complete campus.

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AUDIO DESIGN DESK

Audio Design Desk: AI-Assisted DAW The Only Product in the Market Using Sonic Intelligence to Improve Workflow

Audio Design Desk is an AI-assisted content creation tool that reinvents the process of connecting audio to video, turning hours of frustrating work into minutes of inspired fun. It is an entirely new breed of digital audio workstation that artists can play like an instrument, revolutionizing how sound for video is produced, refined and delivered. Our powerful AI engine notices users’ likes and dislikes, so over time, Audio Design Desk gets to know each user’s taste. It comes bundled with more than 20,000 sounds embedded with patentpending Sonic Intelligence™, which makes our groundbreaking technology possible. Audio Design Desk’s intuitive and innovative content creation tools empower filmmakers, sound designers, composers and creators to produce cinema-quality compositions at the speed of thought, giving them a level of creative control that is unmatched by any other software. Here’s how it works: Every sound in the “add.app” library is assigned identifying characteristics and carries an embedded sync point, which means that as sounds are previewed and chosen, they automatically land on the timeline in the exact right position relative to the video. The user simply imports a video file into the app and presses keys on their keyboard — H for hits, R for rises, D for drones or users can assign sets of sounds to their numeric keys. The user can then strike the keys to position sound elements in real time while watching the video playback — in effect, using the QWERTY like a Smart Sampler. For users who would rather select audio manually, add.app can search, audition and place sounds right from the timeline, completely eliminating the need to parse through libraries, import sounds and then find where they sync. Once a composition is set, add.app understands where sound connects to video and, by adjusting replacement criteria such as intensity, complexity, genre or feel, Audio Design Desk can use its Sonic Intelligence™ to instantly

turn a single composition into infinite alternates without losing sync. Perhaps the most mind-blowing of all, add.app uses artificial intelligence and has built the foundation for machine learning to understand which sounds a user likes and which sounds they reject so, over time, add.app will learn and adjust to its user’s taste. add.app seamlessly integrates with the industry’s leading NLE software, including Adobe Premiere Pro, Apple Final Cut Pro, Apple Logic, DaVinci Resolve, Avid Pro Tools and Avid Media Composer, with frame.io integration coming soon. add.app also works with hardware controllers like the Elgato Stream Deck, which makes the process of adding sound effects via keystrokes even easier. Already being used by editors at Netflix, Hulu, Hallmark and Discovery Channel, add.app is fueling creativity everywhere.

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Q5X (QUANTUM 5X SYSTEMS INC.)

QT-AD10 Axient Digital PlayerMic Wireless Transmitter Combines Digital With Ruggedness and Safety

cal requirements of the NBA, NFL and other major sports organizations for encryption and increased channel density for wireless microphones. This unique combination was successfully used during the NBA All-Star Game on Feb. 16, 2020, in Chicago. Uniqueness: The combination of both companies’ strengths unites the competitive edge of Q5X in customerdriven wireless audio transmitter form factors and Shure’s Axient Digital wireless capabilities. The result matches the long-requested technical requirements of leading production companies and major sports organizations. This platform capability unleashes creativity in audio designers for new methods to capture sound and enhance the audience experience without compromising on the safety or comfort of the wearer. About Q5X: Q5X is known for their ability to respond to custom, small volume requests for transmitters in unique environments. Their existing analog product has been adapted for use as a BuoyMic for rowing competitions, a GolfHoleMic in a format that conforms to PGA specs and a TapShoeMic in the heals of the Rockettes at Radio City Music Hall. Now, custom Axient digital-enabled transmitters can be created to optimize audience experiences. As a result of the collaboration with Shure, key benefits of the innovative Q5X form factors have been transferred from analog to digital including transmitters that are waterproof and flexible, while keeping the world’s thinnest profile by using rechargeable batteries with 4–16 hours of life.

Through a collaboration between Shure and Q5X, the wireless audio transmitter form-factors adopted by professional sports for their safety and ruggedness are now available on Shure’s advanced Axient Digital transmission technology platform. Announcing the Q5X QT-AD10 Digital PlayerMic. Background: To audio engineers in sports broadcast and film/TV production, Q5X products are the go-to solution for difficult mic’ing challenges. In sports, Q5X’s distinctive polymer cases are small, safe, flexible and sweat-resistant. Following customer requests for sophisticated encryption and advanced spectrum efficiency, a collaboration with Shure Inc. was established resulting in the Q5X Digital PlayerMic, which combines the proven physical benefits of Q5X’s distinctive transmitter packaging with the advanced performance of Shure Axient Digital. Details: This month Shure and Q5X are unveiling a new generation of Q5X PlayerMic compatible with Shure’s Axient Digital receivers. The QT-AD10 Digital PlayerMic is totally remote-controlled utilizing Q5X’s RCAS (Remote Control Audio System). This Digital PlayerMic is the result of 18 months of joint development between Q5X and Shure to combine the strengths of both companies, uniting the dominance of Q5X in customerdriven transmitter design and Shure’s Axient Digital wireless capabilities. The result matches the long-requested techni-

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VERITONE INC.

Content Classification

Content Classification Expanded to Power Advertising at Scale for Podcasts Veritone is a leading provider of AI technology and solutions. The company’s proprietary operating system, aiWARE™, powers diverse AI applications and intelligent process automation solutions that are transforming organizations. Veritone has expanded its content classification capabilities to power contextual advertising at scale for podcasts. The expansion enables Veritone’s aiWARE to produce IAB Tech Lab Content Taxonomy-compliant metadata output. This will enable podcast distribution platforms to transcribe and tag audio streams programmatically with topical, descriptive and time-correlated keyword metadata prior to publishing, allowing for advanced contextual ad targeting at scale. More than 30 million podcast episodes are available today (versus 18.5 million in 2018), and consumer demand continues to increase. At the same time, consumer privacy laws are changing and severely curtailing the tracking of audience data. As a result, the ability to tag content with descriptive metadata is critical to enabling an alternative, contextual ad targeting approach. Until now, tagging of media such as podcasts with contextual metadata has been a labor-intensive and time-consuming manual process, and has largely been limited to program descriptions at the show and episode level, limiting a publisher’s or advertiser’s ability to find specific types of content for advertisement placement consideration. This manual process is not scalable to handle

the ever-increasing amount of new content being produced daily, and cannot support programmatic contextual ad targeting. Veritone aiWARE’s new content classification capability removes these hurdles through comprehensive and automated topic analysis, extraction and time-coded tagging of the podcast with the applicable content category codes from the IAB Tech Lab Content Taxonomy. Podcast publishers can easily integrate the solution into their existing infrastructure and workflows. Every brand wants to reach its target audiences as efficiently and cost-effectively as possible. Veritone’s newest offering is game-changing for content publishers, producers and advertisers as it delivers richer intelligence about what topics are discussed at specific times within an audio stream, allowing insertion of more targeted ads while also providing advertisers with a more efficient way to ensure brand safety. In addition to the benefits of this new capability to content creators, distributors and advertisers, consumers also benefit, as they get served ads that are relevant to the topics they are interested in.

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