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PROGRAM GUIDE

Future Presents the Nominees and Recipients of the Sixth Annual Honors


Nominees for the Future Product Innovation Awards

Flanders Scientific, Inc.........................11 XM310K — 31-Inch 4K HDR Mastering Monitor

Future presents the nominees for the sixth annual Product Innovation Awards, honoring outstanding product introductions that serve TV, professional video and broadcast/online radio users. The PIA program recognizes excellence in manufacturing of products to serve the TV, professional video and broadcast/online radio markets. The products featured in this Program Guide are nominees submitted by manufacturers who paid an entry fee to be considered. The winners, identified by the awards logo, were selected by a panel of professional users, editors and technical contributors of TV Technology, Digital Video, Creative Planet Network, Government Video, Video Edge, Radio World and Radio magazines.

Harmonic................................................13 VOS360 Video SaaS Solution for Disaster Recovery

Rohde & Schwarz..................................20 SpycerNode

Ross Video.............................................37 Ross Carbonite Mosaic Multi-Screen Image Processor

TV TECHNOLOGY

Ross Video.............................................21 Ross Ultrix FR5 Software-Defined Routing System

GOVERNMENT VIDEO

AJA Video Systems.................................3 AJA HDR Image Analyzer

Rotolight.................................................22 Anova PRO 2 Bi-Color LED

Rotolight.................................................38 Rotolight AEOS Bi-Color LED

AVID technology......................................4 MediaCentral | Editorial Management

Shure inc................................................23 Axient® Digital ADX Wireless Transmitter

RADIO WORLD

Shure inc................................................24 P9RA+ and P10R+ Bodypack Receivers

DB Digital Broadcast.............................39 Mozart NEXT

Simplestream.........................................25 Sports Video Platform — an End-to-End OTT Video Platform

Inovonics Inc..........................................40 AARON 655 FM/HD Radio Rebroadcast Receiver

SoftAtHome............................................26 AddressableTV for Ad Insertion on Multiscreen Compatible With User Privacy

Worldcast Systems................................41 SmartFM — Artificial Intelligence for FM transmitters

Streambox..............................................27 Chroma Advanced Streaming Encoder Decoder

RADIO

Deluxe Entertainment Services Group..... 5 Deluxe One Cloud-Based Content Supply Chain Platform Digital Nirvana Inc...................................6 Metadator EDITSHARE..............................................7 EditShare XStream EFS Auditing Embrionix.................................................8 Embrionix emSFP All-IP UHD Down Converter ENCO Systems........................................9 enCaption4 Live Automated Captioning ENENSYS Technologies........................10 ATSCheduler, ATSC 3.0 Broadcast Gateway

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Grass Valley, a Belden Brand...............12 Ignite v11.0 Automated Production Control (APC) Solution

IBM aspera.............................................14 IBM Aspera on Cloud Interra Systems Inc...............................15 BATON® WINNOWTM Platform for Content Classification and Compliance mediakind...............................................16 MediaKind PRISMA, Advertising and Content Rights Solution

THE TELOS ALLIANCE..........................29 Linear Acoustic® ARC Triveni Digital Inc...................................30 StreamScope XM Verifier TVU Networks........................................31 TVU MediaMind Story Centric Workflow

DIGITAL VIDEO Blackmagic Design...............................32 Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K Handheld 4K Digital Film Camera Blackmagic Design...............................33 Blackmagic eGPU High-Performance Graphics Processor Sigma Corp. of America........................34 Sigma 40mm T1.5 Full-Frame Cine Lens

Net Insight..............................................17 Nimbra 1060

TVU Networks........................................35 TVU Producer Cloud-Based Video Production

Ooyala.....................................................18 Ooyala Flex Media Platform

VIDEO EDGE

Prime Focus Technologies...................19 CLEARTM Vision Cloud Native Media Recognition Artificial Intelligence Platform

IBM Aspera.............................................36 IBM Aspera Streaming for Video

Telestream..............................................28 Telestream iQ Video Monitoring and Analytics Solutions

Veritone..................................................42 Veritone Attribute


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AJA VIDEO SYSTEMS

HDR Image Analyzer Developed in partnership with Colorfront, AJA’s HDR Image Analyzer is a waveform, histogram, vectorscope and Nit-level HDR solution that simplifies monitoring and analysis of 4K/UltraHD/2K/HD, HDR and WCG content for broadcast and OTT production, post production, quality control (QC) and mastering. The user-friendly, “must have” production solution includes an affordable and versatile toolset that helps HDR productions achieve more engag-

successfully produce materials within the range of your desired final results. Combining AJA’s production-proven and powerful video and audio I/O with HDR analysis tools from Colorfront in a compact 1RU chassis, the HDR Image Analyzer offers a flexible solution for monitoring and analyzing HDR formats including PQ (Perceptual Quantizer) and Hybrid Log Gamma (HLG) for 4K/UltraHD workflows. Additional image analysis features include out

ing visuals. HDR Image Analyzer takes in 4K sources across 4x 3G-SDI inputs and loops the video out over 4x 3G-SDI spigots to continue the video chain to wherever desired, allowing analysis at any point required in the workflow. Modern cameras are inherently HDR-capable with wide dynamic ranges available from the sensors; and for live events, recording and broadcasts, it’s crucial to monitor the camera’s dynamic range and gamut outputs being employed for HDR delivery. With support for both leading cameras on input and SDR, HLG and PQ monitoring from a range of sources, HDR Image Analyzer takes the pain out of HDR monitoring with a wide range of analysis tools and automatic error logging with timecode stamping to ensure you

-of-gamut false color mode, which makes it easy to spot out-of-gamut or outof-brightness pixels; error logging; pixel picker; framestore with split screen; line mode, which can focus the region of interest onto a single horizontal or vertical line; audio phase metering and built-in support for the most prevalent camera color spaces including ARRI®, Canon®, Panasonic®, RED® and Sony®. Colorfront has exclusively licensed its Colorfront HDR Image Analyzer software to AJA for HDR Image Analyzer.

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www.aja.com/products/hdr-image-analyzer


AVID TECHNOLOGY

MediaCentral | Editorial Management MediaCentral | Editorial Management is a simple-to-deploy asset management tool that accelerates collaboration among smaller post-production and broadcast teams through secure, reliable and easily configured media workflows. A part of Avid’s latest video post-production workflow, MediaCentral | Editorial Management delivers intuitive media management in a streamlined interface. Media Composer | Ultimate and Adobe Premiere Pro editors alike can utilize MediaCentral | Editorial Management to create, manage and search through shared Media Composer | Ultimate projects and bins from Avid NEXIS or Avid NEXIS | PRO storage.

The fully customizable MediaCentral | Editorial Management can scale to accommodate a team of two to 24 making it a cost-effective solution. Featuring Avid’s new HyperBin technology, MediaCentral | Editorial Management allows everyone from assistants to producers to complete numerous tasks including creating and editing HyperBins, add locator and metadata, create subclips and perform other asset management tasks — all from MediaCentral | Cloud UX. The easy-to-use MediaCentral | Cloud UX web interface works on any desktop, laptop or mobile device and cuts valuable time away from managing media, giving editors the freedom to focus on creating content. Scott Roy, SVP of Post at Trailblazer Studios and beta tester of MediaCentral | Editorial Management: “Being a mid-sized production studio in an atypical market we need to be as nimble and cost-effective as possible, expanding project and media management tasks outside of Media Composer allows our team to collaborate with the speed and efficiency we need to take on demanding jobs under tight deadlines. MediaCentral | Editorial Management allows our teams to stay in sync by giving our show runners, story producers and assistant editors the ability to work within the same environment as our editorial team, giving them the tools, they need to contribute to the story without ever having to leave their creative applications.” www.avid.com/products/mediacentral/mediacentral-editorial-management

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DELUXE ENTERTAINMENT SERVICES GROUP

Deluxe One Cloud-Based Content Supply Chain Platform Today, video content needs to go to more places, devices and regions than ever before. Viewers’ expectations are changing as audiences expect high-quality content delivered on demand anywhere they go. Meeting this demand means that content creators and owners face increased complexity as they juggle multiple formats and content packages to adapt to multiple platforms and viewing experiences. The contemporary supply chain, from

ingest through localization and delivery, strains under the limitations of siloed workflows and monolithic infrastructure as the industry adapts to a new era of content. Addressing the needs of how content reaches audiences today, Deluxe One is a cloud-based platform designed to increase agility and unification in the entertainment and media landscape. Deluxe One allows creators to view and manage their content — from creation to delivery — all in one place, bringing siloes together with unprecedented capacity and agility. It brings all of Deluxe’s gold-standard services into a single, central hub where content can move effortless-

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ly through the end-to-end platform. The unification of these services provides more insight into real-time status, intuitively illustrating where content is and how it moves through each step of the dynamic workflow, with the ability to build consistency and standardizing processes for a clean, globalized operation. With more insight across the entire supply chain, users can leverage automation, allowing Deluxe One to streamline workflows, unearth efficiencies and manage content through its entire lifecycle. As clients begin to adapt Deluxe One, integrating it into their everyday process, it will allow them to seamlessly keep pace with the ever-evolving media industry and simplify how content is created and delivered. By integrating with Deluxe One, clients gain the agility necessary to manage global release windows and permissions or quickly report on their complete inventory to see what audio files, subtitles and other assets are needed to enter a new market. Deluxe One also allows metadata to be systematically tracked and surfaced to make smarter performance-based decisions. The flexibility of the platform extends outside Deluxe as well. The platform’s open-API structure allows for flexible integration with clients’ workflows and their preferred vendors. Clients can connect their business to Deluxe One, making services from other leading industry providers easily accessible from the central, cloud-based platform. For example, if clients prefer different vendors based on existing contracts, Deluxe can easily plug them into Deluxe One, breaking down the silos the industry is known for and encouraging a healthy media marketplace. The current media landscape places a strain on the digital supply chain, but through Deluxe One, companies can begin overcoming those issues from creation to distribution. The future of the entertainment space is cloud-based, and each phase of the supply chain process is connected, unlocking the ability to monetize and customize content in new ways. www.bydeluxe.com/en/one


DIGITAL NIRVANA INC.

Metadator With changes in the media industry becoming a norm, being data driven is now a necessity. Leveraging data to make better business decisions is imperative, but to be a data-driven company amongst all the data that’s available in so many different systems and forms could be pretty arduous, especially for content owners, post-production houses, broadcasters and other media organizations. Data environments in any big organization would be of no use unless the information could be pieced together, and metadata helps doing that by binding the data and aligning its sources for better understanding.

Quality metadata helps the facilitation of discovery, management, access and use of data resources. To ensure secure metadata generation and to better address the requirements of growing media facilities, Digital Nirvana introduces its software application Metadator that makes content-based metadata generation efficient for broadcasters and content owners using the

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Avid media platform. Metadator application, installed at the customers premises, interacts with Avid to extract media, create a low-res version and securely transfer it to generate various types of metadata. Based on customer requirements, Metadator has the option to extract audio-only from the video assets and transfer it outside the customer’s premises. This is done to address data security for highly secure assets that still needs speech content-based metadata or transcripts. The audio/low-res video data is securely transferred to Digital Nirvana’s cloud-based platform over HTTPS for processing, based on customer requirements, whether it be automatic speech-to-text conversion, creation of high-quality transcripts, video description, content context, etc. The data is generated with locators or timestamps to make content retrieval easy within the Avid platform. Once generated, Metadator fetches the metadata created, automatically ingests it back into the Avid Interplay, and creates a searchable database within the Avid MAM infrastructure. Automating what has been a manual process of combing through large amounts of footage for retrieval of specific footage or create scene summaries for a live project streamlines editing and eases the process of closed captioning and subtitling. Managing the job flow and monitoring status is also made easy with Metadator’s monitoring and alerting system, which is integrated within the application. When combined with Digital Nirvana’s metadata, video logging services and closed-captioning solutions, it helps meet client-specific requests including shot description, video summary, closed-caption generation, dialog transcripts, etc., improving turnaround time while reducing costs. The application represents a complete, workable end-to-end solution that can improve overall operational efficiency and provides multiple benefits in an increasing metatdata-centric media world. digital-nirvana.com/campaign/metadator


EDITSHARE

XStream EFS Auditing On the heels of high-profile hacks (Sony Pictures, HBO, Netflix), industry organizations have outlined new security best practices for content suppliers, affecting the technology used to store high-value content. EditShare is pioneering storage security, meeting media and entertainment best practice requirements with its EditShare XStream EFS Auditing dashboard. The first purpose-built shared storage file auditing solution for the M&E industry, the new EFS Auditing dashboard product provides comprehensive auditing on the lifecycle of a file from its inception to its delivery stage. EFS Auditing reports in real time of all file system activity, including file creation, deletion, modification, opens and reads as well as general media space access.

exclusively for the M&E market. The new EditShare product, which began shipping September 2018, provides comprehensive auditing and reporting of all file system activity, including file creation, deletion, modification, opens and reads as well as general media space access. The functionality is designed to deter would-be thieves as they will be caught. EFS Auditing tracks content at the storage source, providing full accountability for digital assets and peace of mind for EditShare customers and their clients. The unique intuitive XStream EFS Auditing Dashboard provides administrators a high-level view of activity as the ability to drill down to individual users and files. Previously, any (non-M&E designed) system that featured file auditing ca-

Various layers of protection have been adopted in the M&E space. Application servers, media processing systems, asset management systems and media storage are typically protected from external threats by firewall solutions. LDAP-based User permissions and network policy management systems like Active Directory are being deployed to implement “least permissions” access to critical assets. Encryption and watermarking technologies have been leveraged to prevent or detect piracy or other misuses of media assets. While many of the current security layers focus on blocking physical, internal and external access to critical media access, File Auditing solutions focus on answering “Who did What to Which files, When and Where did they do it?” This capability can enable facility managers to determine the cause of unexpected file changes, for example. The challenge was that until EditShare XStream EFS File Auditing, there were no purpose-built shared storage solutions designed for the M&E space that had auditing technology. In September 2017, EditShare announced the EFS XStream Auditing, the industry’s first shared storage solution with purpose-built auditing designed

pabilities required trained technicians to read and interpret file log data, creating bottlenecks and preventing rapid industry-wide adoption of this critical security practice. With XStream EFS, administrators can analyze which users carried out which action, to what file or directory, and when it took place all in real time. The XStream EFS Auditing Dashboard records audit events that satisfy the analysis criteria and displays them in a visual, easy-to-understand bar graph format with accompanying verbose analysis, which details each event and the complete set of associated audit event attributes. In addition, users are able to describe and find audit events of interest via a full text search bar (ex., search “elephants” and all audit events surrounding files with “elephants” in its title will appear), and/or searching a timestamp range. The dashboard also provides an at-a-glance summary of where the most user activity has occurred. This enables non-technical staff in the facility to easily use, understand and analyze log file data, making widespread industry adoption of this important security measure a real possibility in the very near future.

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www.editshare.com/xstream/efs-file-auditing


EMBRIONIX

Embrionix emSFP All-IP UHD Down Converter bandwidth (up to 10 Gbps for one ST2110 4K stream) that could jeopardize the network when sent to a multiviewer for down conversion/displaying.

This miniaturized software-defined UHD down converter saves bandwidth, energy and reduces costs by removing the down converting function from the multiviewer and bringing it within the COTS IP switch. THE NEED The need to keep costs and footprint low is paramount as broadcasters embrace a media-over-IP landscape and the inevitable virtualization of broadcast functions. Virtualization in an allIP environment will benefit broadcasters by allowing them to leverage COTS (commercial-off-the-shelf) solutions and adapt IT equipment with simple, space-optimizing plug-ins that can be repurposed, rather than investing in expensive, custom-made solutions. CONTEXT Broadcasters are already choosing COTS IP switches to replace routers and distribution amplifiers. They are also using servers to run processing-heavy, software-based multiviewers to downconvert/display the video in multiple windows on a single 3G/SD/HD monitor for applications like signal monitoring and virtual reality. This processing consumes considerable bandwidth and energy. ENTER 4K UHD The advent of 4K UHD video over IP makes down converting prior to sending across the network critical as 4K UHD streams require enormous

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SOLUTION The solution is the Embrionix Miniaturized emSFP All-IP UHD Down Converter. This Embrionix software-defined miniaturized down converter saves bandwidth, energy, and reduces costs by removing the scaling function from the multiviewer and bringing it within the COTS IP switch. The tiny down converter creates broadcast-quality proxies of 4K UHD at the ingest of the 4K UHD signal. A repurposed-down version of the 4K UHD (or 8K, ...) signal is then sent to the multiviewer for display.

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BENEFITS Save on bandwidth, space Efficient use of the IP system Repurpose existing equipment Pristine image quality: A high-quality filter offers pristine video images configurable to the preferred resolution (SD/HD/3G)

EXAMPLE: Sending full 4K to a multiviewer equipped with 100GE connection consumes approximately 10 percent of available bandwidth and permits about 10 viewing/display windows on the monitor. Prescaling with the emSFP enables the multiviewer to display approximately 10 x more windows. www.embrionix.com


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ENCO SYSTEMS

enCaption4 Live Automated Captioning enCaption4 is a patented, totally automated appliance or cloud solution that can automatically generate captioning on video. Content creators and broadcasters can provide real-time, live captioning to their hearing-impaired audience any time, without advance notice and without the high costs of live captioners or signers. In addition to the constantly improving accuracy and speed­— a result of our neural network approach­— the 2018 release of enCaption4 adds powerful offline and batch processing, Mic Check speaker recognition and compatibility with NDI® infrastructures. ENCO’s software-defined enCaption solutions provide accurate closed captioning for both live and pre-recorded content in near real time, helping broadcasters and content producers easily and cost-effectively comply with expanding regulatory requirements. With clips generation and OTT media at the forefront of modern broadcasting, it has never been more important to have a proven solution to quickly and accurately generate captions before sharing your content online. enCaption’s evolved speech-to-text engine speeds through pre-recorded clips at up to 5x real time, so you can keep your online feed relevant and accessible to your hearing-impaired audience. enCaption4 similarly improves end-to-end live captioning latency, cutting in half the time between spoken words and their corresponding on-screen caption representation. Generating captions in live, real-time environments faster than human stenographers, the solution improves the viewing experience for hearing-impaired audiences with much closer synchronization between captions and actual speech. In the past, a fast exchange between multiple personalities would cause mistakes in the captioning process­— automated or human alike. Realizing the need for a better solution, ENCO developed Mic Check, a companion application that runs alongside the latest version of enCaption, instantly identifying a change of speaker and keeping the captions neatly organized by speaker name. In order to improve accuracy even further, enCaption now ships with enhanced noise-reduction technology, which reduces background noise without the warbling distortion typically found in denoisers, allowing the speech

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detection engine to work with a much cleaner signal. Additionally, we’ve expanded the internal dictionary larger than ever before, while tightening the integration with popular newsroom computer systems (NRCS), allowing you to take advantage of news scripts and rundowns to learn and validate the spelling of local names and terminology. The result is greater automated captioning accuracy across a full array of program types, ranging from loud, fast and dynamic sports play-by-play to slower-paced informational shows with industry-specific jargon. For broadcasters who have adopted the powerful NDI® protocol in their workflows, affordable and accurate captioning is finally a reality. enCaption can easily integrate into their existing signal chain. enCaption4 is available as an on-premises system or as a cloud-based solution running on Amazon Web Services, giving customers the freedom to choose their preferred deployment model. The addition of a cloud-based offering to the enCaption family enables users to minimize on-premises equipment while leveraging the vast scalability, resource availability and multilocation collaborative benefits of public cloud platforms. Ideal for meeting captioning needs around the globe, enCaption4 currently supports 28 international languages, including the all-new Global English, which adapts to several different dialects. enCaption4 is protected by U.S. patent number 7047191B2, entitled: Method and System for Providing Automated Captioning for AV Signals, which proves ENCO’s commitment to this product line. www.enco.com/products/encaption4.html


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ENENSYS TECHNOLOGIES

ATSCheduler ATSC 3.0 Broadcast Gateway The ATSCheduler is the ‘Broadcast Gateway’ of the ATSC 3.0 network, providing IP stream adaption, PLP (Physical Layer Pipe) allocation, SFN timing, in-band control and signaling to all the modulators in the ATSC3.0 network. Located at the broadcast playout center or studio side, ATSCheduler encapsulates multiple IP streams coming from live HEVC encoders and non-real time servers — EPG, interactive applications... using ROUTE or MMTP protocols; the services selection is made according to IP multicast destination, source and port numbers. Ensuring the ALP (ATSC Layer Proto-

col) encapsulation, the BBFrame real-time allocation, it outputs the resulting ATSC-compliant STL (Studio to Transmitter Link) stream protocol over IP. Reliable and field proven — ATSCheduler is used in all existing commercial and trial ATSC 3.0 live broadcast networks, in South Korea and United States. ATSCheduler supports single frequency network deployment (SFN), providing the spectrum efficiency required for terrestrial transition. ATSCheduler supports all ATSC 3.0 modulation profiles ­— all modulation’s capabilities — from simple subframe and single PLP, to multiple

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subframe and multiple PLPs, including the advanced management of LDM (Layer Division Multiplex). It allows broadcasters to have the entire possibility to choose its signal coverage and robustness, targeting simultaneously multiple receivers’ capabilities within one RF channel; offering different business models for a network. ATSCheduler manages automatically the ATSC 3.0 signaling, from the different LLS (Low Layer Signaling), including the automatic management, generation and delivery of the SLT (Service List Table) to ensure the exact description of the on-air services. Finaly, ENENSYS has developed a patented technology ensuring a seamless 1+1 redundancy of two ATSC 3.0 broadcast gateway — ATSCheduler — providing the capability to switch from main to backup unit without any perturbation at the transmitter site — no desynchronization — even in SFN mode. The ATSCheduler is the central body of the operational ATSC 3.0 network as it also provides in-band control and signaling to all the ATSC 3.0 modulators. ATSCheduler was the first ATSC3.0 Broadcast Gateway developed and deployed, and is now the reference, used by all U.S. broadcasters making ATSC3.0 test and trial, and is known to facilitate the configuration and monitoring of the ATSC 3.0 network. www.enensys.com/products/atsc3-0


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FLANDERS SCIENTIFIC INC.

XM310K — 31-Inch 4K HDR Mastering Monitor The XM310K is a 31-inch, true 4K resolution HDR and SDR reference master monitor equipped with professional 12 Gbps SDI inputs. The XM310K qualifies as a Dolby Vision mastering monitor. With a peak luminance of 3000cd/m2(nits), support for both PQ and HLG EOTFs, multiple color gamut selections, and a contrast ratio in excess of 1,000,000:1, the XM310K is ideal for a wide variety of demanding HDR workflows. Many professional HDR displays have a peak luminance of just 1000nits. The XM310K is three times brighter at 3000nits, making it one of the brightest professional HDR monitors commercially available. These future-proof specifications ensure the monitor will excel now and be ready for the next generation of consumer displays. 12 Gbps SDI connections greatly simplify room design by allowing you to feed 4K and UHD signals to the display over a single cable. Quad 1.5 Gbps and 3 Gbps SDI connectivity are also supported in both 2SI and Square Division-based variations, ensuring compatibility with practically any type of 4K or UHD output. Setting it apart from less advanced monitoring solutions, the XM310K supports advanced 12-bit 4:4:4 YCbCr, RGB and XYZ signals. The XM310K also features the unique ability to simultaneously supply a clean 12G / 6G loop through and real-time down -converted 3G or 1.5G output. Any incoming single link 4K or UHD signals can be converted to 2K or HD outputs for downstream HD monitors or scopes, all without

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needing any standalone down-conversion equipment. The XM310K is ideal for multi-cam monitoring applications with support for simultaneous viewing of up to four genlocked HD feeds and the additional ability to view any feed full screen as needed. The monitor features direct compatibility with on-set color applications like LiveGrade Pro, Prelight, FireDay and FirePlay for real-time color manipulation without the need for a standalone 4K LUT box. The XM310K comes equipped with 4K compatible real-time waveform and vector scope, as well as a wide assortment of standard markers and safety areas that can be displayed as lines, translucent overlays or solid overlays. Lines and overlays have selectable colors for instant customization. The monitor is power efficient, consuming 80W in SDR mode and only 200W max in HDR mode. The XM310K requires just a single power cable and can be plugged into any standard 110~240V AC outlet. Engineered to meet critical post-production benchmarks for HDR mastering, the XM310K has also been designed with production applications in mind with physical characteristics like recessed SDI inputs, 100mm VESA mounting, a durable, all-metal chassis and mounting points for a protective transport screen cover. The XM310K is available to purchase now. flandersscientific.com/XM310K


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GRASS VALLEY, A BELDEN BRAND

Ignite v11.0 Automated Production Control (APC) Solution Grass Valley’s Ignite automated production control (APC) solution has been designed from the ground up to meet production challenges head on by lowering OPEX costs, reducing complexity and delivering “no compromise” control, so broadcasters and media organizations can deliver tighter, cleaner and more consistent video productions across any platform ­— from linear to OTT to social media.

Taking complexity out of workflows ensures a smooth production process and a flawless production for viewers, especially for mission-critical applications such as live news. Ignite excels in live production environments where unexpected changes are a common occurrence. Not all live productions can be scripted. Why settle for an APC solution that doesn’t excel at delivering compelling unscripted live content? Ignite has the ability to run in a standard playlist format and instantly transition to independent, manual control of all devices in a production control room — switching seamlessly between live

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productions without any additional preparation. Adding to its ease of use, Ignite v11.0 now includes Event Builder (EB). This new feature provides quick and easy creation of event libraries, which saves a considerable amount of time during the setup of a program or segment. Other APC solutions take weeks or even months to build out a show library of live events. Ignite EB makes this possible in days. In addition, Ignite EB is designed so that a non-technical person can easily create or modify live production events with little or no formal training. Ignite deployment training can now immediately focus your team on creativity of live productions, instead of wasting time building out event libraries. Ignite EB also enables operators to embrace change. Minutes before a live production, a producer can request a new event, which can be quickly, easily and confidently created in Ignite EB. This scenario would have previously been seen as impossible and fraught with risk. With Ignite, it’s no problem. Ignite EB works to break down the walls that exist between producers and directors. Due to its rapid learning curve, Ignite is easily suited for any application including houses of worship, live sports and venues, live and breaking news and education. In fact, Ignite is the industry’s leading APC technology in the education sector with more than 200 college studios using the solution; giving students the flexibility to switch between traditional production panels and full automation. Ignite also supports a collaborative workflow, enabling users to combine semi-automation with manual control of certain devices, creating an easy learning environment for new students. Fragmented audiences create a pressure point for all content providers. The challenge is to reach audiences wherever and however they choose to engage with content. Ignite enables its users to meet the needs of their viewers wherever and whenever they access their content­— faster than ever before. www.grassvalley.com/products/ignite


HARMONIC

VOS360 Video SaaS Solution for Disaster Recovery Today, many operators are exploring live sports streaming in order to the meet the demand for video on every device and increase monetization. Yet, they can’t afford the disaster recovery costs involved for an event that is only going to last a few days. Disaster recovery systems have been a challenge for operators. It is costly to replicate a complete video delivery system and the investment only pays off when an actual disaster happens. Harmonic’s VOS360 Video SaaS provides operators with an innovative disaster recovery solution that is scalable, flexible, resilient and cost-effective. By running software-based media processing on-premises and disaster recovery simultaneously on the public cloud, VOS360 enables operators to support disaster recovery scenarios for a variety of applications, including live sports streaming. Content providers can cover major sports events, with superior QoE delivered to viewers across all screens at minimum cost using Harmonic’s Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) solution. Harmonic SaaS solution offers operators a load balancing system for live sports streaming to ensure uptime during viewership peaks via the public cloud. It’s the perfect solution for operators that want to cover major sports events across all screens without making a significant investment. UNIQUE FEATURES/BENEFITS Highly flexible and scalable: Harmonic’s VOS360 DRaaS solution is extremely flexible and built to fit any use case, whether it is playout, OTT or broadcast related (e.g., IPTV, cable, DTH, DTT). Leveraging the public cloud, the solution can scale seamlessly to match an operator’s evolving channel lineup. The high flexibility, customization and scalability offered by Harmonic’s DRaaS solution is especially unique and convenient for event services, service testing and launching channels with a quick time to market.

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This is all made possible thanks to powerful statistical multiplexing capabilities that allow operators to statmux multiple UHD channels in a single pool or statmux UHD channels with HD MPEG-4 encoded channels together for broadcast delivery. Robust and secure, with high uptime: Through regular DR testing and always up-to-date software, Harmonic’s DRaaS solution is strong and secure. Once set up, operators can rely upon service definition updates, periodic fire drills and monitoring reports to make sure their DR services are always ready to go on air. The disaster recovery solution is ready when needed and provides high uptime, enabling operators to adopt a proactive approach to DR infrastructure. Significantly lower costs: Running disaster recovery in the public cloud has proven to be cost-effective. With Harmonic’s DRaaS solution, operators no longer need to invest in a permanent on-premises duplicate infrastructure. A usage-based pricing model eliminates the high costs involved with replicating infrastructure, and operators only pay for what they need. In addition, Harmonic’s VOS360 solution offers channel tiering, which enables operators to match the DRaaS service level with their audience. Operators can choose to “deploy and scale up on demand” for long-tail channels or “ready-to-go on-air” for premium channels. VOS360 SaaS deserves to win this award because it provides operators with a solid disaster recovery solution for broadcast and video streaming applications, mixing the benefits of a resilient, elastic and secure offering with a usage-based pricing model, which is an ideal solution for temporary live sports events. www.harmonicinc.com/products/product-detail/vos-360


IBM ASPERA

Aspera on Cloud While media organizations are increasingly adopting a hybrid-cloud workflow that uses a combination of public cloud, private cloud and on-premises storage and compute resources, moving content has become much more challenging. Files that need to be exchanged are often stored in multiple clouds and on-premises systems. Traditional transfer technologies bridging these environments are slow and unreliable, and physical disk shipments between them are timeconsuming and expose data to unnecessary security risks. IBM Aspera on Cloud overcomes the file transfer challenges of the hybrid cloud by allowing media companies to securely and reliably move their content across on-premises and multi-cloud environments at unrivalled speed. SEEMLESSLY ACCESS AND SHARE DATA STORED ANYWHERE Aspera on Cloud offers a simple user interface for accessing content whether it’s stored on-premises or in the cloud. A file-system-like structure allows users to easily move folders across data centers and cloud platforms using drag-and-drop. They can directly send large files from on-premises or cloud storage out to clients and partners and invite them to upload content directly to their storage locations. Access to such transfer functionality and configured content stores is protected by a powerful access control model managed by service administrators. Regardless of network conditions, Aspera on Cloud offers unrivalled performance for transferring large files and large collections of files across any distance. By fully utilizing available bandwidth, transmissions achieve substantially higher speeds than traditional network transfer technologies. Aspera’s unique direct-to-cloud transport technology moves content from the client all the way into the cloud storage layer, ensuring high-speed transfers and immediate post-transfer data availability. SECURELY COLLABORATE WITH ANYONE AROUND THE WORLD Enterprise-grade security protects valuable content as it is shared and exchanged with collaborators located anywhere in the world. The service authenticates users upon login, encrypts data in transit and at rest using strong cryptography, and verifies data integrity to protect against man-in-the middle attacks. Aspera on Cloud is more accessible and flexible than ever before. It’s available in numerous cloud data centers across the United States, Europe and Asia Pacific, and its web interface is available in several languages. It’s also available to order online either as a pay-as-you-go option or an annual pre-committed volume rate plan.

INTUITIVE FILE SHARING AND CONTENT DELIVERY ACROSS A HYBRID-CLOUD ENVIRONMENT Aspera on Cloud’s easy-to-use interface simplifies file uploads, downloads, search, sharing, distribution and content management across on-premises and cloud storage. Users can: • Drag-and-drop files and folders to transfer to any storage location or to share with other users and groups. • Organize files and users into workspaces, which are secure collaboration areas for groups. REAL-TIME CONTROL OVER FILE TRANSFERS Aspera on Cloud provides complete visibility and control over the Aspera high-speed transfer environment. It allows media organizations to monitor transfer activities in real time while embedding their brand into every communication and web asset. Users can: • Manage transfer activities, storage usage, and digital packages in real time. • Monitor activity logs and service alerts. • Manage membership in workspaces, user groups and shared inboxes. CENTRAL ADMINISTRATION OF HYBRID ENVIRONMENTS Aspera on Cloud enables media organizations to connect to all their cloud and on-premises storage and remotely manage their transfer nodes with a single easy-to-use interface. Users can: • Store and readily access files and folders in multiple cloud-based and on-premises storage systems. • Configure access to transfer nodes located in their data center or in any market-leading cloud platform: IBM Cloud, AWS, Azure, and Google. asperasoft.com/cloud/aspera-on-cloud

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BATON® WINNOW Platform for Content Classification and Compliance TM

Video delivery is complex. For global service providers, content is consumed by a wide range of audiences and regions across the world. Different regions have their own broadcasting rules and regulations and content categorization requirements , e.g., violence, explicit content, etc. Video service providers need an efficient and cost-effective way to search and classify files. Manual classification of media content is too time-consuming, inefficient and expensive.

Leveraging years of expertise in perfecting the analysis of file-based content and workflows, Interra Systems has created BATON® WINNOW ™, a powerful software solution for classifying audio-visual content into semantic concepts. WINNOW uses artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) technologies, widely adopted TensorFlow framework and state-of-theart computer vision algorithms to automatically label and categorize both linear and on-demand content, ensuring compliance with regulations in different countries, regions and organizations. Adding advanced classification and compliance capabilities to the core feature set of its industry-leading BATON QC solution, Interra Systems is fundamentally changing the way that service providers manage and deliver traditional video and streaming services. With the field-proven expertise in deep video and audio quality analysis, this major BATON add-on brings the complete content QC and content classification workflow tools under one umbrella and improves efficiency. The way it works is simple: BATON WINNOW classifies scenes in audio-visual content into different categories, such as nudity, violence, alcohol, smoking and strong language use. Relying on user-defined rule sets, the solution then automatically checks compliance and identification

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of content against regulations in different countries, regions and organizations. The classification results are published to broadcasters in the form of reports, which include details like content description, scene/frame wise classification results and compliance reports for different content rating systems. One of the key advantages of BATON WINNOW is its flexibility. WINNOW seamlessly integrates with BATON and can be deployed in both cloud and on-premises environments. In addition, BATON WINNOW can be integrated with third-party applications using a rich set of APIs and smart folders. Being a GPU-intensive platform, the product always provides high performance to keep video operations running smoothly. Another unique advantage of BATON WINNOW is the efficiency it brings to broadcast operations. BATON WINNOW extracts application and user-specific data across all files, breaking down reports into easy-to-comprehend information. Through an intuitive user interface, WINNOW allows video service providers to clearly visualize which files are compliant with industry regulations, streamlining the content categorization process. Technology today is changing rapidly and content is globalizing. WINNOW has emerged as an efficient and cost-effective solution that speeds up and improves automated image identification and categorization of media. BATON WINNOW deserves to win this award because it solves a common challenge that video service providers face, empowering them to succeed in delivering content to different regions and increase their profitability. Powered by AI and ML algorithms using widely adopted TensorFlow framework and state-of-the-art computer vision algorithms, BATON WINNOW brings a high level of innovation to video workflows and regulatory compliance. www.interrasystems.com/content-classification-compliance.php


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PRISMA Advertising and Content Rights Solution Consumers are constantly seeking the best possible viewing experiences, while simultaneously, broadcasters are continually trying to enhance revenue from premium TV video inventory. Linear and dynamic ad insertion (DAI) can greatly improve the relevancy and value of advertising for both groups, leading to a much better and more enjoyable overall experience.

However, advertising is just one part of a clear emerging trend across the industry, in which broadcasters seek to better control which content is delivered to viewers based on geographical, device restrictions or local window programming. This control extends their own or their partner’s distribution network and the growing range of over-the-top (OTT) services that are often under-monetized. Recognizing this untapped potential, broadcasters are increasingly identifying ad breaks to anticipate downstream replacement. Emerging technologies including frame accurate start-over can, when coupled with DAI, provide broadcasters with additional inventory possibilities, in addition to ad replacement of existing ad breaks. MediaKind PRISMA is an advertising and content rights solution developed to overcome these specific challenges and answer broadcasters’ needs. PRISMA gives both TV service providers and broadcasters access to real-time broadcast schedule ingest from the playout automation system, and the ability to frame-accurately identify different placement opportunities such as ad breaks and ad spots or any other program boundaries. In addition, frame accurate signaling allows for multiple-use cases downstream; including blackout, dynamic ad insertion and program substitution.

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With greater control and accuracy over the delivery of ad content, the ground is therefore prepared for downstream Server-Side Ad Insertion (SSAI). This in turn removes any latency at the time of switching between original programming and replacing or inserting ad spots — ensuring a true TV-like quality of experience for viewers, with reduced customer churn. The innovative, breakthrough solution offers the following key differentiators: • Holistic viewing rights management for both broadcast and OTT. PRISMA allows broadcasters to understand which program is authorized to be viewed, by which audience. • Features a flexible integration platform, supporting industry standard automation and control interfaces (BxF, SCTE-35, CableLabs and ESAM) allowing broadcasters and operators to maintain their existing ecosystem while delivering new capabilities. • PRISMA forms part of a complete end-to-end solution. It is pre-integrated with advertising insertion (MKPZ), encoding and switching (MKEL), storage and delivery. Through PRISMA, MediaKind is now giving TV service providers and broadcasters new features that allow ads to be delivered seamlessly to the viewer, while maximizing the potential to introduce new offerings such as accurate start over and ad replacement. With PRISMA, broadcasters can deliver a better consumer experience, which helps to reduce customer churn, maintain and grow revenues while also delivering more valuable and better-targeted ad inventory. As part of the newly launched MediaKind Personalization Suite, PRISMA provides new monetization potential, offering content distribution rights definition and enforcement together with the delivery of consistent, high-quality and immersive media experiences through the MediaFirst platform. MediaKind’s comprehensive advertising capabilities address an age where TV advertising has met the internet, and the traditional one-to-many broadcast approach is shifting to one-to-one conversations with targeted audiences. www.mediakind.com


NET INSIGHT

Nimbra 1060 Nimbra 1060 provides a truly game-changing platform for media networks of the future. New audience requirements (4K, HDR, HFR, mobile and OTT, multi-screen, VR and 360) are met by new ways of producing content (at-home, distributed, cloud-based) and new production technologies (IP/ SMPTE 2110). This translates into new network requirements. Requirements on 10-fold more capacity and more flexibility, all with guaranteed quality for hassle-free operations. Net Insight’s answer is a next-generation all-IP media transport platform, Nimbra 1060. It is designed with a common hardware platform to support

flexible deployment of any virtualized media or network function and a datacenter building practice to support new cloud-oriented locations. It allows bringing IP-based media services such as SMPTE 2110 across wide area networks, interconnecting event sites, stadiums, studios and production sites over N x 100 Gbps links easily without complex traffic engineering. Compared to competition it does so with guaranteed isolation of services and guaranteed bandwidth. Both crucial when mixing live content production with things like timing, archiving and other file transfers. It is also unique in that it does so at any level of network utilization. This means that network owners can always use all available network capacity without sacrificing quality. In a compact 3 rack unit (RU) form factor that is designed for 1200 Gbps switching and provides any combination of up to 120 x 10 Gbps ports or 12 x 100 Gbps ports for IP tunneling and IP-based media services. With an 400 Gbps-per-rack-unit density the Nimbra 1060 provides an industry leading 40 x 10 GbE or 4 x 100 GbE ports per rack unit. netinsight.net/product/nimbra-1060

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OOYALA

Ooyala Flex Media Platform Ooyala Flex Media Platform is the world’s fastest growing media asset management and workflow automation solution. The Ooyala Flex Media Platform is an open and extensible video production and delivery solution that simplifies and streamlines the process of managing, curating, orchestrating, publishing, analyzing and monetizing video content.

Designed specifically to meet the needs of today’s media content owners and production companies, the Ooyala Flex Media Platform provides greater flexibility, seamless integration of tools and a common data set across the entire video operation to gain deeper insights, improve customer experience and increase content ROI. Leveraging automation, artificial intelligence and machine learning, the platform streamlines video workflows and processes, connects teams and tools for greater collaboration, and enables richer metadata and analytics that power critical new insights and a single source of truth throughout the entire supply chain. Since launching in 2018, the solution has garnered significant interest and adoption among many of the world’s leading media companies, such as Intel Sports who relied on Ooyala to help manage and deliver all of the VR content for the 2018 Winter Olympic Games. Unlike other media asset management solutions, the Ooyala Flex Media Platform provides an end-to-end, unified framework that optimizes the entire content supply chain. Customers have found other solutions to be fragmented. Ooyala’s content and usage analytics empower customers with collective data and insights from every stage in the content lifecycle to

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better inform business decisions and ensure they deliver the best content to attract and engage audiences. “We are solving one of the media industry’s biggest pain points — how to get the most engaging content to market faster at a lower cost,” said Jonathan Huberman, CEO, Ooyala. “And what we’re hearing today from all broadcasters, studios, media companies and enterprises is that they need efficient tools that easily and efficiently integrate in order to produce, manage and distribute content profitably. This is today’s behind-the-scenes media revolution — a new paradigm in which no company wants to be tied to a proposed ‘one-size-fits-all’ solution, or individual solutions from multiple vendors or legacy systems that cannot be integrated.” Ooyala developed this holistic solution to connect and power all content from production to profit, while providing central workflows, shared metadata infrastructure and APIs that make the content supply chain faster, smarter, more flexible and more profitable. With its open, extensible architecture, the Ooyala Flex Media Platform can be completely configured and customized to meet the particular needs of any content supply chain. The platform integrates seamlessly with, or extends, any existing production system or tools to maximize the return on every media investment without uprooting existing systems or investments. On average, the Ooyala Flex Media Platform enables clients to produce three to four times more projects with the same personnel, cuts time to onboard new projects in half, reduces total project time by 58 percent, and ultimately, reduces the cost per project by 71 percent. Zoomin.TV, which produces 400+ videos a day in 20+ languages, reduced its time per story by roughly 70 percent, meaning it can produce more stories or create more versions from one story. And others have increased productivity as much as 85 percent, with savings upwards of 87 percent. But the Ooyala Flex Media Platform doesn’t just save time and money — it enables new and exciting video experiences. For example, zone.tv leveraged the platform’s AI capabilities to power a first-of-its-kind suite of linear TV channels — available through cable TV providers like Comcast — that are personalized in real time for each individual viewer based on viewing preferences, similar to a Spotify playlist. www.ooyala.com/ooyala-flex-media-platform


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CLEAR Vision Cloud Native Media Recognition Artificial Intelligence Platform TM

Today, many ready-made artificial intelligence (AI) tools are available that recognize specific aspects of video content, such as particular objects, audio dialog, on-screen text, celebrity faces and even emotions. While these are useful for addressing specific tasks, many organizations experience several challenges while working with these. For example, most AI tools are trained to solve generic uses cases across multiple industries, thereby limiting their

effectiveness for media and entertainment use cases. What’s more, standalone AI engines may be able to recognize specific elements within individual video frames, but they lack the ability to combine these findings in a contextual manner and identify complex sequences (like a particular character in a car chase). To address these challenges for the media asset management marketplace, Prime Focus Technologies (PFT) developed CLEAR™ Vision Cloud, a native media recognition AI platform, which builds machine wisdom from intelligence to transform media business operations. A module of PFT’s CLEAR Media ERP, Vision Cloud leverages the collective intelligence of the industry’s most sophisticated AI solutions along with PFT’s homegrown models, and brings context to provide machine wisdom for driving

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better decision-making. Vision Cloud synthesizes and focuses on the most important annotations to deliver search results that are far more meaningful and contextual than can be obtained by any standalone AI tool. What makes Vision Cloud so groundbreaking is its ability to identify complex elements like compound objects, sounds, commentary, actions and best-suited (contextual) thumbnails, which off-the-shelf AI tools cannot. For instance, the platform can detect sequences like a specific character in a car chase/fighting on a train, actions like punching/ kissing and video segments like credits/promos/recaps. It tags all content for Advanced Free Text Intelligent Search, and has a rich feature set based on Natural Language Processing (NLP), Fuzzy Logic and Thesaurus. For ease of use, it also features built-in voice search functionality. This innovative product draws on PFT’s expertise in using machine learning models to solve specific business challenges, plus a decade-long experience of collecting, curating and annotating content (over 400 million tags to date). The platform can be used to search digital media and easily extract relevant content for multiple use cases across the content lifecycle — from creation and post production to distribution and marketing. Specific content operations where the platform can play a critical role include Cataloguing, Promo Creation, Localization, Sports, Compliance Editing and VoD Distribution. By delivering logical, contextual search results, Vision Cloud facilitates faster decision-making, improves scalability and opens up new monetization opportunities. Its immense potential to drive valuable time savings (which in turn results in lower costs) and tap the potential of existing content make it an excellent candidate for TV Technology’s Product Innovation Awards in 2018. www.primefocustechnologies.com/CLEAR_Vision_Cloud


ROHDE & SCHWARZ

R&S SpycerNode Media storage system R&S SpycerNode offers a new and radically different approach to the broadest range of broadcast and media storage requirements. R&S SpycerNode represents the first in a new breed of storage systems that harness the latest advances in High Performance Computing (HPC), a term that refers to the system’s performance, scalability and redundancy. HPC is a combination of hardware, file system and RAID approach. HPC employs redundancy using software “RAID” technologies called erasure coding in combination with declustering to increase overall performance and reduce rebuild times. Also, system scalability is almost infinite and expansion is possible during operation.

The most compelling aspect of R&S SpycerNode is its building-block characteristics. It provides the ability to build a single global name space with different speeds of storage node. In developing R&S SpycerNode, Rohde & Schwarz engineers have looked at many of the key issues that impact media storage systems within high-performance video editing environments from annoying maintenance requirements — such as defraging — to much more serious system failures including dying disk drives, which can have catastrophic consequences to a project that is being worked on.

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R&S SpycerNode features Rohde & Schwarz‘s device manager web application, which makes it much easier to set up and use Rohde & Schwarz solutions in an integrated fashion. Device manager helps to reduce setup times and simplifies maintenance and service due to its intuitive web-based UI operated through a single client. A critical requirement of any high-performance video storage system is proven data security. In developing R&S SpycerNode, Rohde & Schwarz has introduced data protection systems based on erasure coding and declustering. Erasure coding means that a data block is always written including parity. Declustering is a part of the data protection approach of HPC setups (formerly known as RAID). It is software-based and in comparison to a traditional RAID setup the spare disk is spread over all other disks and is not a dedicated disk. This will decrease rebuild times and reduce performance impact. Also, there are no limitations with the RAID controller, which results in much higher IOPS (Input/Output operations per second). Importantly, there is no impact on system performance over time due to declustering. R&S SpycerNode comes in multiple 2U and 5U chassis designs, which are available with NL-SAS HDD and SAS SSDs in different capacities. An additional 2U24 chassis design is a pure flash system. There are main processor units and JBOD units. A main unit is always redundant, equipped with two appliance controllers (AP). Each AP features two 100 Gbit interfaces resulting in four 100 Gbit interfaces per main unit. The combination of different chassis systems makes R&S SpycerNode applicable to a very broad range of applications. The 2U system represents a compact, lightweight unit that is ideal for application within mobile productions as well as offering a very dense, high-speed storage device for on-premise applications. A larger 5U system offers sophisticated large-scale storage facilities on-premise within broadcast production centres and post facilities. www.rohde-schwarz.com


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Ross Ultrix FR5 Software-Defined Routing System The Ross Ultrix-FR5 delivers a full-featured routing platform with integrated MultiViewers and FrameSyncs in an extremely compact 5RU chassis. While this footprint is impressive, offering considerable space and cost savings, it is the software-defined nature of Ultrix that is most appreciated. The ability to change and update functionality via software license means Ultrix customers only buy what they need, when they need it. Installs and strikes occur with a fraction of the cost and time associated with competitive throwaway hardware solutions. Utilizing 12G chipsets throughout the entire router, it allows users to switch anything from 270 Mbps, to single link 12G UHD signals all within the same chassis, providing a very simple path for customers to migrate all or part of their facilities to UHD production. Its internal architecture uses a new, FPGA-based design throughout, allowing customers to add software-defined processing capabilities such as MultiViewers, FrameSyncs and others by ordering software licenses. No special hardware is required, providing users with welcome flexibility. • Up to 24 independent MultiViewer heads in 5RU, each head supports 100 unique PiPs, with access to all video sources in the router are available via Ultriscape, the world’s first software-enabled Multiviewer.

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Ultrisync software-enabled video FrameSyncs and embedded audio SRC can be purchased on every input. • Ultrimix, the world’s first software-enabled audio fabric allows users to route, process and mix a combination of over 30002 channels of both embedded and discrete audio as standard features. • Ultrispeed software enables all ports of the router are to 12 Gbps, 1 Terabit of bandwidth per RU — the fastest in the industry. • And, Ultriclean, the world’s first 12 Gbps video clean/quiet switch is available on every output of the frame. Overall, the software-defined Ross Ultrix FR5, 144 x 144 routing system with integrated MultiViewers and FrameSyncs in a 5RU chassis is the most compact, versatile routing/signal processing platform in the industry. www.rossvideo.com/products-services/infrastructure/routing-systems/ultrix


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Anova PRO 2 Bi-Color LED The Anova PRO 2 is the latest LED from pioneering British lighting manufacturer Rotolight. Delivering 10,700 lux at three feet, the Anova PRO 2 is a revolutionary studio/location LED that redefines the standard for professional lighting. The Anova PRO 2 is favored by broadcasters worldwide, including Italian state broadcaster RAI, whose location-based ENG teams span the globe, from Cairo, Beijing to Moscow. With tuneable color temperature from 3150–6300K, users are able to match the output to the ambient lighting situation or mimic specific lighting conditions. Perfect for on-location shooting as well as in the studio, the ability to power the unit by battery eliminates any complex cabling, while best-in-class energy efficiency at just a 72W draw reduces studio operation costs and provides unrivalled battery performance. The Anova PRO 2 is also the light of choice for Celebro Media as they enable their clients such as the BBC and MTV to be on air within minutes. Delivering outstanding color rendition (CRI 96, TLCI 91) made possible by Rotolight’s own AccuColour™ LED phosphor technology, the Anova PRO 2 is well-equipped to produce flattering skin tones for on air talent. “As you get older you get more and more excited about soft lights I think,” jokes RTS-nominated presenter, Martin Stanford, who has over 30 years’ experience in broadcast. “The Anova PRO 2s are very flattering. It used to be the case where you’d have to set up reflectors to get nice skin tones, but we don’t have to do that with Rotolight.” Providing an RJ45 port as well as standard five-pin DMX and Rotolight’s wireless DMX, the Anova PRO 2 also offers a variety of control options. “Five-pin DMX is great, but the problem is you end up with massive cables

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across your ceiling and if one light fails, you’re going to lose all of them,” says Wesley Dodd, CEO of Celebro Media. “The advantage of using RJ45 is that every light can be connected independently, and you can run it through a standard Ethernet socket that you’re likely to have already anyway, so it’s easy to set up and is a fraction of the price.” The Anova PRO 2 was also recently used on the set of British reality show “Dancing on Ice,” to capture glamour shots. Mounted on custom-made hex rings, DOP, Chris Yacoubian (“The Voice UK,” “Strictly Come Dancing”), controlled the lights via a lighting desk and five-pin DMX connection that triggered Rotolight’s industry-first suite of built-in lighting effects: CineSFXTM. “We used the Anova PRO 2s to create a number of effects, like firelight or paparazzi and quickly switch between them and the continuous light with just a flick of a button. That gave us the edge over other TV shows and provided the cherry on the cake for the glamour shots,” says Yacoubian. “In a studio literally made of ice, we constantly pushed them to their limits and they didn’t let us down. Apart from the great functionality, the lights are really energy efficient, which was vital for us as we were running so many at the same time, and the set was being powered by generators. They are also safe and generate no heat that we had to worry about, while drawing hardly any power ­— unlike traditional lighting.” The Anova PRO 2 also doubles as a High Speed Sync-capable flash unit, delivering up to 250 percent additional power and providing the perfect hybrid solution for stills and video productions. www.rotolight.com/product/anova-pro-2-bi-colour-50o


SHURE INC.

Axient® Digital ADX Wireless Transmitter Axient® Digital ADX Wireless Transmitter - The Axient® Digital ADX wireless transmitters series is the premier wireless system that offers the most enhanced features and form factors including frequency diversity handhelds and the first micro bodypack with an internal self-tuning antenna.

The Axient® Digital ADX wireless transmitters series is a perfect complement to Shure’s industry-leading Axient Digital Wireless System. Featuring frequency diversity handhelds and the first micro bodypack with an internal self-tuning antenna, the ADX transmitters have the most advanced offerings and form factors on the market. The ShowLink®-enabled transmitters allow real-time remote control plus automatic interference detection and avoidance. The ADX Series caters to the evolving customer landscape through its dedication to providing high-performance RF, exceptional audio quality, software command and control, as well as hardware scalability. The ADX1M micro bodypack transmitter delivers impeccable audio and RF performance along with an internal self-tuning antenna for better concealment and comfortable wear in a variety of production and broadcast settings from televised live events to Broadway shows to concerts. The premier micro bodypack solution enables premium and professional quality wireless digital audio. ShowLink remote control offers real-time parameter monitoring and interference detection and avoidance while providing instantaneous adjust-

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ments of critical settings across the network. When paired with the AD610 ShowLink Access Point, it creates a wireless network between the linked transmitters and receivers enabling real-time control over the entire Axient Digital coverage area. Axient Digital features numerous user-friendly features and benefits that are ideal for telecasted live award shows, variety specials and much more: • High-Performance RF­ — Features True Digital Diversity, Quadversity™ and a robust High Density mode that delivers superior spectral efficiency, significantly mitigating the potential for signal fades or interference that can cause drop outs. Quadversity antenna mode enables users to allocate four antenna inputs to a single channel via patented technology, extending coverage and the option for separate zones. As a result, RF signal-to-noise is greatly improved in challenging environments. • Audio Quality­ — Featuring transparent digital audio via Dante/ AES67 and AES3, Axient Digital has a 20 Hz to 20 kHz range with a flat frequency response and accurate transient response. Axient Digital also boasts wide dynamic range and an impressive 2ms latency from the mic transducer to the analog output. • Command and Control ­— Axient Digital is compatible with Wireless Workbench® for efficient control and configuration, as well as the ShurePlus™ Channels App for optimal spectrum management and frequency monitoring. The system’s Dante Cue and Dante Browse features enable high-fidelity headphone monitoring of Dante-enabled connected devices. • Hardware and Scalability ­— Axient Digital’s wide tuning range of up to 184 MHz for all transmitters and receivers covers an extended range of spectrum and simplifies inventory. Dual and quad receiver options, combined with a common receiver platform supporting both AD and ADX transmitters, maximize user flexibility and scalability. The Axient Digital ADX series transmitters deliver a tremendous level of core benefits that make it the must-choose product for performers who want to ensure their performances both live and televised are flawless. www.shure.com/americas/axient-digital/adx


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P9RA+ and P10R+ Bodypack Receivers The Shure P9RA+ and P10R+ are compact, low-profile bodypack receivers that leverage an analog/digital hybrid system that provide enhanced RF performance, stereo separation and audio fidelity for Shure’s PSM® 900 and PSM® 1000 wireless systems. Shure’s PSM® 900 and PSM® 1000 personal monitoring systems are often regarded as the first choice for premier events, professional installations and prestigious live production tours. Knowing this, Shure is pleased to introduce upgraded bodypack receiver for both systems­ — the P9RA+ and P10R+. Both the P9RA+ and P10R+ deliver enhanced RF performance while preserving unparalleled audio quality and transparency that the PSM 900 and PSM 1000 are recognized for industry-wide. By offering higher RF sensitivity, the P9RA+ and P10R+ deliver a cleaner RF signal and better end-of-range performance. Designed for live performers, broadcasters, sound engineers and rental companies, the updated PSM receivers leverage an analog/digital hybrid system that increases headroom, stereo separation and audio fidelity without the added latency that typically accompanies digital IEM systems. The P9RA+ is a compact, stereo bodypack that works with the PSM 900 wireless system to deliver unparalleled audio quality and increased RF signal strength. All P9RA+ receivers are compatible with original P9T and P10T transmitters and all Shure SE Sound Isolating™ Earphones. Similarly, the P10R+ is a low-profile, twin-antenna diversity bodypack receiver that

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operates with the PSM 1000 wireless system. With premium features like full bandwidth RF scan, precision front-end RF filtering and automatic RF gain control, P10R+ meets the needs of the most demanding professional audio platforms. Built with an integrated FPGA circuit, the updated PSM receivers are equipped with advanced digital signal processing (DSP) technology that provides high-quality digital audio over analog RF transmission. By offering higher RF sensitivity, the P9RA+ and P10R+ deliver a cleaner RF signal and better end-of-range performance. The P10R+ possesses a more robust and reliable RF signal in close proximity to digital transmitters, providing superior operability when used alongside digital wireless microphone systems in crowded spectrum spaces. For sound engineers who wish to retain the identical sound signature of original PSM 900 and PSM 1000 receivers, the new PSM receivers are built with an Input EQ Preset option called Match, which reproduces the audio signature of the P9RA and P10R receivers. Furthermore, PSM 900 and PSM 1000 transmitters and in-ear monitors will remain unchanged. The new P9RA+ and P10R+ bodypacks reflect Shure’s commitment to continually listening and reacting to customer feedback, providing several enhancements that help RF engineers better maneuver everyday workflow challenges without sacrificing audio quality. www.shure.com/americas/search#category_ 1=Personal+Monitor+Systems


SIMPLESTREAM

Sports Video Platform — An End-to-End OTT Video Platform In a world of TV Everywhere and increased fan engagement, supporters now expect greater interaction with the sports they love. For many clubs, federations and leagues, however, their existing consumer-facing OTT offerings are no longer enough to keep their fans engaged with their content — and hungry for more. If they’ve built and are managing their own solution, which can be quite difficult to do and high in both CAPEX and OPEX, they face an uphill struggle to provide the exciting, polished experiences that their fans expect.

Simplestream recognized these issues and moved swiftly to address them with the creation and launch of its new Sports Video Platform: an end-to-end, cloud-based, white label solution that seamlessly enables sports broadcasters, rightsholders and distributors to rapidly launch and maintain next-generation OTT services on multiple screens and territories where the rights permit. Key USPs include: • Reduces the complexity and costs of delivering live streaming, liveto-VOD, VOD, catch-up, advertising, subscriber and data management and clips across every platform and device. It achieves this by enabling the management, editing and distribution of content across broadcast and OTT through a single workflow, ensuring that providers of every size can launch offerings and compete on the same playing field as larger and more established providers. • Virtualized modular infrastructure flexibility provides end-to-end

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functionality for all major workflows and business models, while also providing the power to develop and house unique functionality. Wherever needed, industry-leading third-party components can also be rapidly integrated for niche functionality — such as advanced analytics or social media interactivity. Based on the technology from the company’s Media Manager, Sports Video Platform includes the following key features: • Low latency streaming • Live event management • Automated generation of video highlights and data integrations for real-time match, league and player stats • Immersive HTML5 -based cross-platform applications that can sit across any device, so that fans of any sport can be entertained and delighted for hours on end. This solution helps content owners to compete with new forms of sports broadcasters, FAANG companies and reach new target segments — specifically tech savvy 16-35-year-olds. It also encourages sports properties to create new types of highly engaging content, which is attractive to both existing and new fans and goes beyond classic, live match day experience. The platform delivers a dynamic, highly flexible business model which, compared to traditional ecosystems, gives content owners more opportunities for monetization. The Sports Video Platform comes with AVOD/SVOD and PPV models out of the box, so that any league, channel or federation can now generate increased revenue. This also enables them to concurrently learn about their customers through valuable, real-time return path data, something that traditional methods of TV delivery do not deliver. Building on the heritage of providing solutions for Box Nation, National Women’s Soccer League and Racing UK, Simplestream’s offering is in a league of its own — providing content owners, whatever their size, with a simple route to produce next-generation video experiences. Built from the ground up, Simplestream’s Sports Video Platform can scale efficiently both as consumer viewing habits evolve with changing expectations. Virtualization is aggressively shaping the future of broadcast, creating opportunities for smaller sports providers to break into the market and scaleup, while enabling larger ones to innovate with agility: Sports Video Platform delivers this. www.simplestream.com


SOFTATHOME

AddressableTV for Ad Insertion on Multiscreen Compatible With User Privacy Thanks to AI algorithms, AddressableTV provides a valuable ad insertion mechanism to target real needs while respecting individuals. As European privacy and data regulations are becoming more stringent with the recent GDPR, SoftAtHome has developed a new addressable TV technology for operators to benefit from the programmatic TV market. The new offering targets ads on multiscreen for linear and nonlinear (Replay, nPVR, VOD or catchup TV) content while maintaining user privacy.

AddressableTV can dynamically and seamlessly replace ads on the ad tunnels. The solution’s frame accuracy enables a transparent experience for end users. Each ad replacement is managed individually, enabling an ad-to-ad replacement that works also when zapping within an ad tunnel. Furthermore, the live video editing is carried out within the STB and does not need complex backend infrastructure to be deployed by content providers. Based on VAST signal, SoftAtHome has developed two new best-in-class technologies: one for live decoding and one for ad insertion itself to ensure a complete synchronization. The video player is able to start buffering the next ad while playing the

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current one. Associated with a precise PTS-based triggering and a frame-accurate start and stop, it can start a new video in less than 200ms. Ad insertion is triggered by SCTE35 tags that control a new bufferization. In order to reduce CDN ads constraints as well, ads can be served from a remote unicast server or pushed to the STB for local storage to optimize network usage. SoftAtHome has as well developed a peer-to-peer architecture in which each STB can become a server for other users, creating a distributed CDN and reducing platform investments for the operators. SoftAtHome has developed AI-embedded profiling techniques to manage targeted ads while securing data privacy. SoftAtHome’s solution is unique in terms of data privacy it brings. Subscribers profiles are only stored and encrypted locally inside the STB so no one can access this private information. The inclusion of breakthrough AI algorithms allows devices powered by SoftAtHome’ solution to segment this data into profiles. The complexity of doing implicit profiling on a TV screen is due to the fact that this is a screen used by the whole family, compared to personal screens of mobile devices for instance. The different profiles are activated based on combinations of time split, usages, remote control usages (in three clicks, we are able to differentiate two people) as well as voice signatures. These precise profiles are then used by AddressableTV to target the right ad to the right user at the right time. SoftAtHome AddressableTV solution includes audience measurement algorithms to bring detailed and precise viewership data to operators so they can optimize user ad viewing and monetization. This solution has been successfully demonstrated in 2018 to major French live TV broadcasters (TF1, France Television, M6 group and Canal+ groups), which were impressed by such a level of rendering and are now convinced by this new revolutionary technology. Embedded profiling provides the best answer to data privacy in the context of GDPR, the European regulatory context. www.softathome.com


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Chroma Advanced Streaming Encoder Decoder Streambox Chroma is a high-performance, software-defined, real-time streaming solution for broadcast applications such as remote newsgathering, live news production and live event contribution, and post-production collaborative applications including live reviews, color grading, VFX creation and editing.

features include UDP unicast, broadcast or multicast, adjustable Forward Error Correction and correction embedded metadata. Master quality video bit rates of up to 120 Mbps enables the delivery of even cinematic quality video contribution. Chroma can be configured to work with Streambox Cloud Services dis-

Linux-based Chroma systems included a number of leading edge and future-ready capabilities such as an updated ACT-Level 5 codec that supports the most advanced color profiles, color spaces, color depths and video resolutions. At a base level, the Chroma Encoder/Decoder offers 10-bit 4:2:2 HD video, but Chroma also works with HDR standards such as SMPTE 372 including HDR modes, Rec.709, DCI P3, Rec.2020, gamut HDR10 PQ/HLG and Dolby Vision. Moving up a step, Chroma works with UHD resolution and can provide up to 12-bit 4:4:4 chroma sampling, again with HDR and Wide Color Gamut support for the best visual experience in the future. In the most demanding post-production environments, Chroma provides RGB/ XYZ color space at 2K and 4K DCI resolutions. Because Chroma can be configured with SDI plus HDMI output, the decoder can be set to include HDR metadata so that other software and hardware is not needed, and additional configuration and support is not required. The latest video interfaces are available as Quad link, Dual link 12G, 6G, 3G SDI I/O and HDMI output with Rec.2020, HDR-10 metadata support. Support of up to 16 channels and of uncompressed PCM audio with 5.1 and 7.1 surround sound makes streaming of productions that even incorporate technologies such as Dolby Atomos and DTS-X no problem. Unique to Streambox, is the specialized low delay multi-path protocol (LDMP) integrated into Chroma for dynamic real-time encoding adjustment of video transport performance, assuring reliable video playout over unreliable Wi-Fi, 3G, 4G and wired public IP networks. Support for network bonding means transport has additional reliability and redundancy. LDMP provides intelligent utilization of available network paths to achieve higher rates of transport and playback with minimal 500 ms to 2 second end-to-end latency even over public internet networks at significantly lower bandwidth than other systems. Other advanced networking

tribution to any number of designated destinations around the world at high quality and low latency, or set to work with a point-to-point connection, or to multiple local and/or globally placed remote decoders and players. A Chroma differentiator is that it can stream out simultaneously to network locations, websites and social media platforms simultaneously. End-to-end strong AES encryption with a symmetric key, forms a protective shield around the transport of valuable video content with no increase in stream latency. As a software-defined system, some capabilities can be added with a software upgrade. Chroma systems can function as just as an encoder, just a decoder, or both by how it is configured, and there is also an integrated software-based media player. Chroma is easy to use taking 30 minutes or less for network setup and use for playout management. A web-based user interface with customizable presets and live video preview permits secure local or remote access. Chroma enables more flexible broadcast workflows, and the costs of covering news and other live events can be reduced by supplementing or removing existing satellite or microwave links.

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Telestream iQ Video Monitoring and Analytics Solutions Streaming performance and viewer QoE (Quality of Experience) have suffered as more and more viewers consume content over unmanaged networks. With so many potential bottlenecks across multiple infrastructures, it has been impossible until now to holistically monitor and analyze video across

the entire distribution pipeline. Amazon’s recent failure to successfully stream the US Open to the U.K. is a recent headline event illustrating a systemic problem. Turner Sports waiving its pay-per-view price for the Tiger Woods vs. Phil Mickelson match is a more recent sign of the big problems encountered streaming live events. Telestream has developed the world’s first fully-virtualized adaptive bit rate (ABR) video monitoring and analytics solution to offer end-to-end correlated video service monitoring from ingest to viewer. With this solution, broadcasters, service providers and network operators gain increased visibility and intelligence, increased flexibility and control and, critically, increased return on investment.

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Leveraging the unique end-to-end integrated monitoring approach pioneered by Telestream’s iQ family of video quality assurance solutions, this approach ensures Quality of Experience (QoE) for subscribers and Quality of Service (QoS) for service providers. It spans the entire content production and distribution network, right up to a consumer’s living room or mobile device. Telestream iQ video monitoring and analytics solutions encompass data ingest to viewer data acquisition, including pre/ post encoder, publishing and post origin/cache stages, through to third-party client-side analytics integration. The system provides a single integrated graphical user interface for intuitive video service management and troubleshooting. Telestream iQ solutions help leading providers ensure the highest video quality, reduce problem resolution time while creating an improved overall customer viewing experience. This approach makes money by reducing subscriber churn, increasing service deployment velocity and growing subscribers through higher-quality services. At the same time, they save money, reducing service level agreement penalties and non-compliance penalties. Telestream iQ video monitoring and analytics help to strengthen user brands: fixing issues before subscriber impact, adding video quality metrics to Customer Experience Management (CEM) and demonstrating competitive advantage with Video Quality Assurance (VQA). “If you are a content owner, broadcaster or service provider you live and die by your ability to provide the best quality experience wherever and whenever your viewers demand. In today’s virtualized, cloud-centric environments monitoring is not an option — it is absolutely essential,” stated Joel Daly. “These unique virtual monitoring capabilities provide agile deployment options for broadcasters and network operators worldwide.” www.telestream.net/iq/overview.htm


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Linear Acoustic速 ARC Linear Acoustic速 is the recognized leader in television loudness control and upmixing. Nearly every major broadcast network and most affiliate stations employ their AERO-series loudness controllers, which are purpose-built for processing multichannel audio, creating a compelling upmix from two-channel content and incorporating features such as Dolby速 coding and audience measurement watermarking into a single comprehensive package. However, much of the world still broadcasts in two-channel audio and requires

The space-saving 1RU ARC features the state-of-the-art APTO速 loudness adaptation algorithm and processes up to four two-channel stereo or mono programs. Designed for fast and easy setup, users simply specify a target output loudness value, choose a processing profile and walk away knowing they are in compliance with all global loudness standards and recommendations, including EBU R128 and ATSC A/85. ARC also includes LUFS/LKFS loudness metering and logging.

a simpler, more straight-forward television audio processor that delivers high-quality audio, but on a much more stringent budget. Secondary and tertiary broadcast channels in the United States fall into this category, as do many other regions and countries. Beyond differences in channel count, features such as the ability to dial in specific target loudness and true peak values are critical in the European market, while affordability is a primary consideration in other parts of the world. As a result, the demand for a television processor that offers exactly the right mix of capabilities, features and audio quality at the proper price point is high. To address this need, Linear Acoustic has developed a television loudness control solution that pairs their latest and most advanced processing and loudness control algorithm with a carefully designed feature set: Linear Acoustic ARC (Automatic Realtime Control).

ARC is compliant with SMPTE 2110 as it offers native Livewire+ AES67 I/O and easily integrates with compatible AoIP equipment from dozens of manufacturers. AES-3 and 3 GHz SDI I/O are also on board. A web-based user interface allows control and monitoring of the system from any computer or mobile device. Broadcasters on a budget no longer have to choose between audio quality and affordability as ARC delivers the audience-pleasing and compliant audio broadcasters and viewers alike have come to expect from Linear Acoustic, now at a competitive price point. Combined with a carefully chosen array of critical global features, the new Linear Acoustic ARC is a strong candidate for the Product Innovation Award for 2018!

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TRIVENI DIGITAL INC.

StreamScope XM Verifier Built as an entry-level device, StreamScope XM Verifier is a Windows-based software visualization tool that allows station engineers and field staff to get a comprehensive view of their ATSC 3.0 service at a glance.

Verifier uses the same comprehensive 3.0 analysis engine as the company’s StreamScope XM MT professional workgroup analyzer. Verifier, however, runs on Windows 10 laptops. It is compatible with many third-party 3.0 input devices, which reduces the number of tools an engineer needs to take to a site. StreamScope XM Verifier allows users to verify a wide range of ATSC 3.0 quality-assurance metrics, including video, metadata, STLTP, ROUTE/MMTP, IP routes and optional advanced RF spectrum analysis. It also supports a variety of input options, such as Ethernet, file-based, basic RF via receiver dongle or advanced RF with a receiver card. www.TriveniDigital.com

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TVU NETWORKS

TVU MediaMind Story Centric Workflow TVU Networks’ TVU MediaMind story centric workflow is an AI-based solution set that enables broadcasters to migrate seamlessly towards the “smart studio” of the future, delivering ROI and efficiency benefits both now and moving forward.

TVU MediaMind comprises TVU Contribution Automation Solution (CAS), TVU AI Engine, TVU Real Time Search Engine and TVU Workflow Engine. It simplifies and improves the process of transporting video to the studio, through the TVU Contribution Automation solution. TVU CAS automates planning, resource management, acquisition, transmission and routing as well as featuring integrated metadata and contribution management. Featuring integration with leading MAM systems such as Dalet and CatDV, TVU CAS allows broadcasters to easily search through metadata indexed content to allow for the creation of stories faster. CAS bypasses the need for inefficient and time-consuming search term logging done manually. At the heart of MediaMind is an AI real-time search engine, which from the start of the video production process, indexes all video. Using an entirely cloud-based model, complete with voice and object recognition, live and pre-produced video clips are located and indexed down to the exact frame

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and are instantly sharable. MediaMind automates the ability for different production groups to find the right content. MediaMind architecture delivers ROI enhancement right now, which will accelerate as the broadcast industry moves towards the considerable financial benefits of “smart studio” AI-led content creation and personalized media distribution. Today, MediaMind ROI enhancing benefits include: • Automatic metadata generation and enrichment • Powerful real-time search through indexing video based upon metadata • Simplifying video acquisition and contribution through bringing the power of AI to all OB scenarios, from video journalists, single camera shoots and multi-camera shoots • Automation of time-consuming necessary tasks such as clip generation, compliance, graphics creation, sub-titling, transcription, translation, etc.. • AI-aided editing can make this time-consuming process more efficient and capable of being handled professionally by non-experts • AI-powered automated optimization of video for distribution to all devices and over all platforms • Enables operators to move towards increasingly granular automated media distribution, leading to personalized distribution of content for specific audiences. The AI-led MediaMind portfolio of solutions will open the floodgates for how media is produced, distributed and consumed. It will do this through simplifying and automating the processes involved in creating one port that can feed all social media, digital and broadcast channels. Currently, producers hand-craft the multiple versions required for audiences. In the “smart studio,” engines, such as MediaMind solutions, will automate the assembly of the material and deliver it in the most effective way to the target audience. www.tvunetworks.com/solutions/mediamind


BLACKMAGIC DESIGN

Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K Handheld 4K Digital Film Camera Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K ($1,295) packs incredibly high-end imaging and professional features into a portable and affordable design that can be used anywhere. The compact body style is perfect for shooting independent films and documentaries, fashion shows, travel blogs, web videos, weddings, corporate video, sports and much more.

Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K features a full-size 4/3 HDR sensor with native 4096 x 2160 resolution and 13 stops of dynamic range for true digital film quality. The full size of the 4/3 sensor is designed to perfectly match MFT lenses, so the crop factor is greatly reduced, providing a wider field of view. Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K has an MFT lens mount, large 5-inch touchscreen monitor, 10-bit ProRes and 12-bit RAW recording, 3D LUTs, four built-in microphones, mini XLR audio input with phantom power, Bluetooth wireless camera control, HDMI on-set monitoring output and more. The latest Blackmagic Design color science lets customers shoot images that are far better than DSLR cameras and even better than professional digital film cameras costing tens of thousands more. Fourth-generation Blackmagic Design color science lets customers shoot HDR images in film, video and new extended video modes. The new extended mode combines the latitude of digital film with an optimized video file.

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This gives customers working on fast turnaround projects an ideal solution for shooting great looking images that don’t need a lot of color correction or post-production work. Images can be recorded onto standard SD cards, faster UHS-II cards or CFast 2.0 cards in either ProRes or RAW formats. Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K can record 4K images at up to 60 frames per second and windowed HD at up to 120 frames per second. It also lets customers record directly onto the same exact external USB-C media drives they use for editing and color correction. That means customers can turn projects around much more quickly because they don’t have to transfer files. Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K uses the same MFT lens mount as the original Pocket Cinema Camera so customers can use the investment in lenses they already own. The MFT mount is extremely flexible and allows for different lens adapters so customers can also use PL, C, EF and other types of lenses from manufacturers such as Canon, Nikon, Pentax, Leica and even Panavision. It also uses the same Blackmagic OS as URSA Mini, so customers can use simple tap and swipe gestures to adjust settings, add metadata and view recording status. On-screen overlays make it easy to see recording parameters, status, histogram, focus and peaking indicators, and playback controls. In addition, 3D LUTs can be applied for both monitoring and recording. For audio, Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K features multiple builtin microphones with an extremely low noise floor, a mini XLR input with 48 volts of phantom power to connect professional lapel and boom mics, and a 3.5mm stereo audio jack for connecting different types of video camera microphones. Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K also includes a full-size HDMI connector, which can output HDR video as well as a clean 10-bit video feed with optional on-screen overlays. There’s also an innovative high-speed USB-C Expansion Port for adding external accessories such as flash drives and an SSD for external recording. The camera uses standard LP-E6 batteries and can be charged via USB-C or the locking DC power connector. It includes a full license for DaVinci Resolve Studio. www.blackmagicdesign.com/products/blackmagicpocketcinemacamera


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Blackmagic eGPU High-Performance Graphics Processor The Blackmagic eGPU ($699) is a high-performance graphics processor for pro creative software such as DaVinci Resolve, 3D games and VR. Designed in collaboration with Apple, the Blackmagic eGPU features a built-in Radeon Pro 580, two Thunderbolt 3 ports, HDMI 2.0, 85W of charging power and four USB 3.1 connections. It comes in an integrated design that brings high-end, desktop-class graphics processing to MacBook Pro for professional video workflows, 3D games and immersive VR. And, the Blackmagic eGPU is the first to support Thunderbolt 3 displays. Designed to address the needs of professional video editors, Hollywood colorists and visual effects artists who need to remain mobile but want the power of a desktop-class GPU added to their MacBook Pro, the Blackmagic eGPU is incredibly flexible and simply plugs in via Thunderbolt 3 so users can benefit from improved graphics performance and acceleration of computational tasks. It’s perfect for speeding up professional creative application workflows including editing, color correction and visual effects with DaVinci Resolve. The Blackmagic eGPU adds the performance customers need to make the latest 3D games and VR look more realistic than ever. That means customers will get higher resolution images, higher frame rate gameplay, better lighting and more detailed textures for truly immersive experiences, even on a laptop computer. Featuring an elegant, textured finish design, Blackmagic eGPU is extruded from a single piece of aluminum and features a unique thermal cooling system that’s been designed to perfectly balance the airflow and dissipate heat more efficiently. The cooling system also enables extremely quiet operation as low as 18 dB, vital for those working in video production and audio engineering environments. The Blackmagic eGPU features a Radeon Pro 580 graphics processor that delivers stunning graphics and incredible computational performance. You get 8 GB of GDDR5 RAM, 256-bit memory bandwidth and 36 discreet compute units for up to 5.5 teraflops of processing power. The Radeon Pro

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580 can fill a massive 38.4 billion textured pixels per second! In addition, the Blackmagic eGPU supports Metal graphics technology from Apple, which provides near-direct access to the GPU for maximizing graphics and compute performance with games and applications. Customers running DaVinci Resolve 15 can expect increased performance for editing with more real-time effects, color corrections with more nodes and spectacular ResolveFX such as film grain, light rays, blurs and more. DaVinci Resolve 15 also fully supports multiple GPUs, as well as Metal, so it’s the best way to get the full benefit of the Blackmagic eGPU. Customers can download DaVinci Resolve 15 now free of charge. In addition to graphics and computational acceleration, the Blackmagic eGPU is also the perfect docking hub for connecting devices such as keyboards, mice, Thunderbolt monitors, big screen HDMI televisions, high-speed storage and more. It features two 40 Gbps Thunderbolt 3 connections, a built-in four port USB hub and HDMI, which supports 4K output. Plus, the connections are ergonomically spaced, making it easy to connect and disconnect peripherals. When it comes to power, the Blackmagic eGPU has a massive built-in power supply that powers the GPU while also providing 85W of downstream power via Thunderbolt 3 for charging laptop computers and powering peripherals. The power supply works from 100V to 240V and features a standard IEC power connector so it can be used anywhere in the world. www.blackmagicdesign.com/products/blackmagicegpu


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SIGMA CORP. OF AMERICA

Sigma 40mm T1.5 Full-Frame Cine Lens Sigma always strives to deliver products that can fully meet the requirements of visual creators, no matter the project. In the era of high-resolution content production, the latest reasonably-priced, high-performance digital cinema cameras have changed the standards of what makes an excellent product and has expanded the freedom and potential of any kind of production. At the same time, when it comes to cine lenses, pricing and brand recognition are still often taken as proof of performance, which ends up being proportional to the production budget. Sigma is determined to change this perception. Responding to the demanding requirements for lenses in the era of ultra-high-megapixel photography, Sigma has developed the technology required to produce high-performance lenses in volume. Based on this technological advantage, Sigma Cine lenses combine everything one could ask for: superior optical design, affordability and durability, together with high-quality materials and finish. One of the latest and most unique introductions to its cine lens lineup is the new Sigma Cine 40mm T1.5 full-frame lens. It’s a fast and sharp T1.5 cine lens compatible with full-frame camera sensors and optimized for ultra-high-resolution 6K-8K productions. Featuring a 180-degree focus rotation, this lens is available in EF, E and PL mounts with lens support foot and cap included. To satisfy the demands of the cine market, Sigma typically leverages and retains the optical formula of its acclaimed still photography lenses but reinvents the mechanical structure of its cine lenses to cater to the industry standards of cinematography. As a result, Sigma delivers lightweight and compact cine lenses that offer the unprecedented performance and value combination to further facilitate artistic expression. But Sigma Cine 40mm T1.5 FF is the first lens developed for the cine line first and then replicated as an art lens for still photography. This development illustrates Sigma’s commit-

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ment to the cine market — by always listening to its customers and what their needs are, and now even more than ever with the opening of the new Sigma Burbank showcase facility, Sigma R&D innovates with that feedback and those requests in mind. This lens has one of the best MTF charts ever, making it an excellent choice for all levels of filmmakers. Sigma Cine FF High Speed Prime lens lineup includes a total of 10 lenses: 14mm T2 FF, 20mm T1.5 FF, 24 mm T1.5 FF, 28mm T1.5 FF, 35 mm T1.5 FF, 40mm T1.5 FF, 50 mm T1.5 FF, 85 mm T1.5 FF, 105mm T1.5 FF and 135mm T2 FF lenses. These primes deliver outstanding optical performance, offering consistency and clarity to a wide variety of motion picture projects. PROMINENT CHARACTERISTICS OF SIGMA CINE LENSES • Individual inspection of every single lens with A1 proprietary Modulation Transfer Function (MTF) measuring system. • Computer-based ray tracing has been used from the design stage onward to minimize flare and ghosting and enhance contrast in backlit conditions. • Color balance standardized across the line to make color correction a breeze. • Dust-proof and splash-proof construction, with each ring and mount sealed to prevent water and dust from entering. • The body is made 100 percent of metal to stand up to tough professional use over the long term. • Luminous paint for enhanced visibility • Laser engraving for enhanced durability Mount Conversion Service allows users to convert their lenses to and from EF and E-mounts. If the camera system changes, it is possible to simply convert the mount system to continue using the high-performance Sigma lenses. www.sigmaphoto.com/cinema-lenses/40mm-t1-5


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TVU Producer Cloud-Based Video Production With TVU Producer, video content can be cost-effectively produced for different platforms or even audience groups completely in the cloud. Part of TVU Network’s range of innovative remote production solutions, TVU Producer enables anyone to produce professional, multi-camera video, eliminating the need for expensive hardware and software or prior training. Non-professionals can easily manipulate graphics, scoring and text overlays during production, thanks to its WYSIWYG interface. TVU Producer can handle multi-camera production from virtually any location. It supports simultaneous output directly to major social media platforms (Facebook Live, YouTube Live, Periscope, etc.) and virtually any CDN platform. SDI delivery is supported through a TVU transceiver. It also offers a multichannel IP video switcher, graphics and slowmotion replay. Producer’s patent-pending frame-accurate switch technology overcomes the issue of internet delay, which can impact processes such as switching, enabling frame accurate previews in the web-based interface. Producer also supports multi-user operation enabling a number of production teams to collaborate. The cost and complexity involved in covering live, multi-camera events is often a barrier for content producers; as a result, multi-camera productions are often confined to large premium events. With Producer TVU is providing a flexible, economical and simple-to-use alternative that can be used by any operator — regardless of training. It is an ideal solution for broadcasters

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wanting to deliver more and better content with less resources. Producer integrates with existing TVU transmitters, including TVU Anywhere, TVU One and TVU MLink , as well as with any IP video source or any standard IP video stream (HTTP, RTP, RTSP, UDP, etc.). Up to six live streams can easily be added at any time directly from the Producer interface and any user of an iOS, Android or MacOS device can be added as a live video source within seconds by downloading the TVU Anywhere application. www.tvunetworks.com/products/tvu-producer


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IBM Aspera Streaming for Video Building on the success of its FASP® protocol, the IBM Aspera team continues to disrupt the status quo with exciting new capabilities and advancements to its Streaming for Video solution. As an example, IBM® Aspera® Streaming for Video powered by FASPStream enables customers to centralize remote production of high bit-rate live programming, eliminating the need to co-locate costly production staff at remote venues. It supports in-line transcoding and packaging to accelerate live‚ video delivery and facilitates open file workflows for real-time editing and production. By lowering the production costs for all kinds of events, broadcasters can create and deliver new content targeting new audiences. Designed to revolutionize the way live and near-live high definition video is delivered, IBM Aspera Streaming for Video software can replace or minimize the use of expensive satellite and dedicated fiber with the timely delivery of any bit rate video over unmanaged public internet. The underlying FASPStream technology can also be seamlessly embedded via a set of APIs that enable a new, broader set of IP network and cloud-based use cases and workflows. Video can be streamed as a uniform, unaltered, in-order byte stream that equally supports constant bit rate and adaptive bit rate formats. FASPStream-enabled solutions perform exceptionally well over long-haul WANs, with negligible startup delay. With the latest version of the software, users can quickly launch, stop and monitor video streams through a new web-based user interface. The upcoming release of Streaming for Video will include the Connection Manager, which showcases a robust, easy-to-use web application in Streaming for

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Video that enables: • Auto-discovery of streaming devices for fast, simple setup • Centralized monitoring of networked streaming devices • Location status (online/offline) and management features • View devices, streams and connections from any vantage point (both sending and receiving locations) www.ibm.com/us-en/marketplace/aspera-streaming-for-video


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ROSS VIDEO

Ross Carbonite Mosaic Multi-Screen Image Processor The Ross Carbonite Mosaic is an innovative new compositing tool built on the Carbonite Black Plus engine that can output a canvas size of over 20 million pixels. Carbonite Mosaic provides the high resolution and layering capability needed to create epic large-screen imagery in any entertainment or sports venue, and at half the price of competitive offerings. Carbonite Mosaic is built to get high-quality video onto your large-screen display. This powerful system’s single frame latency ensures your video content keeps up with the live action, for a smooth viewing experience. Prepare to stun your audience with live productions across a canvas size of more than 20 million pixels. Carbonite Mosaic’s live video processing and scaling is part of a powerful Ross solution for large displays. In tandem, the XPression Tessera system provides frame-accurate, non-tearing recall of graphics across large or irregular assembled display panels. The combination of Carbonite Mosaic and XPression Tessera come together for beautifully composited video and graphics on the big screen.

Carbonite Mosaic makes it easy to get creative with your unique display arrangement: • Up to 10 independently-controlled canvas outputs for use on a massive single display or across multiple displays. • Simple layout creation and recall from Ross switchers, network-connected DashBoard control interfaces or directly from the Mosaic system. For a ten-canvas video-image processor, Carbonite Mosaic has a game-changing price point. www.rossvideo.com/products-services/acquisition-production/ led-video-processors/carbonite-mosaic

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Rotolight AEOS Bi-Color LED The AEOS is the award-winning, ultra-portable location light from British LED lighting manufacturer, Rotolight. As the world’s first bi-color LED to offer both a continuous output as well as High Speed Sync flash capability, the AEOS is perfectly suited to capture both stills and video, eliminating the extra cost of purchasing separate lighting setups. Despite its size, the AEOS’ continuous output delivers 5750 lux at 3 feet while the flash offers 200 percent more power; both offering fully tuneable color temperature from 3150-6300K. With users able to match the output to the ambient light, the AEOS is perfect for shooting on location to match or mimic specific lighting conditions. Even when working with limited manpower or resources, the AEOS is easy to operate; weighing just 1.4 kg and 1 inch thick with integrated aluminium handles for handheld use and reducing excess weight when travelling. Due to its light weight, the AEOS is also able to be mounted on a ball head rather than a standard yoke, for added versatility, especially when using modifiers such as barn doors, allowing more possibilities for creative lighting angles. All of the settings are visible on a clear, accurate display located on the back of the light and, using two rotary controls, can adjust settings or trigger the flash. Also offering a built-in Elinchrom Skyport receiver, the AEOS is able to be controlled using a transmitter from up to 200m away. Rotolight’s own AccuColour™ LED phosphor technology delivers outstanding color rendition (CRI 96, TLCI 91) saving user’s time, money and

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hassle. With accurate replication of colors playing such a vital role in the quality of image and video production, the AEOS is well-equipped to accurately replicate color across the whole spectrum, especially skintones. Allowing users to work both quickly and safely, the AEOS’ LED bulbs run entirely cool — unlike traditional tungsten bulbs — and remain safe to touch no matter the quantity of lights or the length of time they’re running for. The AEOS also offers the option for the unit to be powered by V-lock battery as well as mains, allowing not only for ease of use on location, but also minimizing the risks associated with complex cabling setups; an advantage particularly when working in public spaces with larger crews or members of the public present. Recognized for the benefits it affords creatives across the photo, video and film industries, the AEOS has garnered numerous awards since its launch, including Newsshooter’s Gear of the Year award for the versatility it affords teams. “If you are running the AEOS off a 95Wh V-lock battery you can do so at full output for hours and hours. If you use that same battery on a competitors’ 1x1 panel, you can’t even run the light at 100 percent output because of the power draw,” says Newsshooter’s Matt Allard. “The ability to take a light on location and be able to run it off a camera battery, which is fairly easy to travel with as well, at full power for long periods of time is something that shouldn’t be taken lightly.” www.rotolight.com/product-category/aeos


DB DIGITAL BROADCAST

Mozart NEXT Mozart NEXT is an Ultra-High-Efficiency, Hot Swappable PSU compact FM transmitter. DB Digital Broadcast has created the new Mozart NEXT line of transmitters to respond to its customers’ demand to save energy and to have the latest technology advantages. This transmitter line represents the highest technology point for FM compact transmitters.

EASY MAINTENANCE, HIGH REDUNDANCY The Mozart NEXT is designed for radio broadcasters who want an infallible FM transmitter. In fact, the groundbreaking Hot Swappable Power Supply Units make the Mozart NEXT suitable for critical environment systems where no down time can be tolerated: highest redundancy for minimum power loss in case of failures, two minutes maintenance time, no need to open or switch off the unit. Moreover, the external fans can be safely and instantly removed from the back panel without reducing or interrupting the transmission. An extremely prestigious point with Mozart NEXT is the intelligent software Automatic Current balancing Sharing system (ACS). The ACS Software is present on each unit to grant a perfect load distribution and so best power supply operating conditions. Thanks to the various available configurations, we can grant nowadays the best solution matching network requirements and granting maximum robustness and highest efficiency operation. Combining our technology background with the introduction of the ACS software we have been able to get the transmitter working in the worst fault conditions while maintaining the highest output power ever seen. For instance, if we consider the optional configuration with dual power supply (/DSP1), the power loss, in case of one module fails, will be less than 35 percent. Furthermore, in case the optional chosen configuration would be /DPS2, (dual high power PSU), the power loss will be less than 10 percent,

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this means that the transmitter will keep on working almost at its full power. ENERGY SAVING The Mozart NEXT transmitter includes also the GREEN RF™ technology, combined with new 65:1 device, which is the latest evolution of the wellknown COLD-FET™ technology. The main advantages are: • Ultra high RF efficiency (up to 75 percent) • Higher safety • Higher reliability • Lower heating • Lower AC power consumption No more load mismatch failures ­— all devices have VSWR 65:1 built-in protection. Latest-generation LD-MOS devices increase DC to RF efficiency up to 85 percent, with a drastic reduction of energy consumption. This means not only you will save energy, but there will be a significant reduction of heat dissipation and an extension of the overall life of the transmitter. Moreover, the over-dimensioned air cooling system limits heat sink temperature rise only max 10 degrees C above air temperature. STAY CONNECTED EVERYWHERE Mozart NEXT is extremely easy to program as it can be controlled by a web server (with a simple connection to a web browser and no proprietary software) or SNMP. Weekly scheduler is available from web page with up to four events scheduled for each day to optimize your energy consumption. Besides, the firmware can be remotely upgraded by TCP/IP for modulator board and web board, with downgrade facility. With the colorful touch screen display available as an option everything becomes simple and can be controlled everywhere. COMPACTNESS AND ROBUSTNESS The compactness of Mozart NEXT lowers the logistics and transportation costs. Furthermore, Mozart NEXT is the ideal transmitter for maritime areas and all the critical stations where salt air and dust generally reduce the transmitter life. In fact, all the electronic boards and cablings are tropicalized with a conformal coating process to protect the circuits. www.dbbroadcast.com/en_gb/products/fm-1/fm_transmitter_ compact_mozart_next_series-20.html


INOVONICS INC.

AARON 655 FM/HD Radio Rebroadcast Receiver The AARON 655 is the latest addition to the Inovonics’ family of rebroadcast receivers — designed specifically for FM broadcast translators — also referred to as relay transmitters. The AARON 655 is like no other product in radio broadcasting. It combines an uncompromising DSP-based HD-Radio/FM Receiver combined with a powerful three-band audio processor and dynamic RDS encoder. IP-connectivity adds streaming capabilities and a web-browser interface gives you total remote control of the unit from any PC or mobile device.

The AARON 655 gives you maximum flexibility for program sources. Select program audio from analog FM, digital channels HD1 through 8, streaming sources and analog or AES-digital line inputs, all with assignable failover audio backup. The internal RDS encoder allows you to customize your RDS messaging. You can use Incoming off-air RDS data, convert HD Radio PAD Data to RDS,

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convert streamed metadata to RDS or receive IP Telnet data. Comprehensive audio processing includes gated and “windowed” AGC, a unique “syllabic” leveler, three bands of compression and both wideband and independent HF limiting. Easy set-up is achieved by using 10 Factory presets and 10 customizeable presets. The processor also supports Dayparting — allowing automatic preset changes to follow different programing formats throughout your broadcast day. The front panel has an OLED display and jog wheel with intuitive menus for easy setup, advanced control and editing for all operating parameters. The AARON 655 dynamic web interface gives you total remote control of the unit — from any PC or mobile device. A comprehensive set of menus includes a Quick Overview of Now Playing info; Input/ Output control; Precessor Options; RDS Encoder; Alarms & Notifications, SNMP settings and much more. The AARON 655 is compatible with worldwide radio broadcast standards and operates on 90 or 230 volts AC. It comes complete with a printed Installation & User Guide to get you up and running quickly, and provides In-Depth knowledge of the product. Like all Inovonics’ products, it is backed by a three-year factory warranty and Premiere after sales service. www.inovonicsbroadcast.com/product/655


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SmartFM — Artificial Intelligence for FM transmitters WorldCast Systems, with its Ecreso FM transmitter brand, launches the first Artificial Intelligence dedicated to FM radio. This worldwide patented technology brings significant benefits to radio broadcasters in terms of transmitter performance and efficiency. SmartFM is engineered to • • •

enhance the listening experience, lower energy costs by 10 to 40%, and empower broadcasters to limit their impact on the environment with lower CO2 emissions.

Significantly Improving FM Radio With AI There is continuing pressure to reduce operating costs and optimize service coverage while improving energy consumption. For a long time, engineers have been trying to make radio more efficient. AM broadcasting - which requires huge quantities of electricity - has seen technologies such as Dynamic Carrier Control or Enhance AM Companding dynamically adapt power consumption to the program content. Unfortunately, these AM technologies noticeably impact audio quality (audible distortion, pumping effects) but were used anyway given the tremendous cost savings of 40% to 50%! More recently, 5G infrastructures have been developed for better efficiency. There is continuing pressure to implement “greener” solutions and the energy consumption per bit becomes increasingly important for the future of mobile networks. Back to FM broadcasting, energy savings had already been reached with solutions such as LDMOS efficiencies to broadcasting chain optimizations (embedded stereo encoders, monitoring tools, RDS, sound

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After 3 years of state-of-the-art engineering, R&D, and rigorous performance and field testing, WorldCast Systems is proud to introduce the first Artificial Intelligence dedicated to the FM radio listener experience. SmartFM is the result of the company’s expertise in signal processing, FM broadcasting and field measurement. It is available on new WorldCast Systems FM devices as well as the thousands of Ecreso FM transmitters already deployed worldwide. Committed to delivering industry leading FM broadcasting solutions, the engineers at WorldCast Systems have been searching, developing, and testing a disruptive innovation that elevates FM to a new, unprecedented level of performance and efficiency: SmartFM. www.worldcastsystems.com/en/c116p109


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Veritone Attribute Veritone Attribute is an AI-powered media attribution application that tracks the efficacy of advertising in broadcast radio. The technology, which delivers customer behavior impact analytics from prerecorded, native and organic mentions, enables broadcasters to systematically verify and analyze the effect

of the customers’ advertising placements in near real time. Veritone’s new intelligent media attribution solution empowers broadcaster sales representatives and campaign managers to demonstrate an advertiser’s campaign effectiveness and reveal data-driven insights for optimization of ad placements to drive greater customer return on investment (ROI), helping to drive increases in customer advertising spending. According to one survey of marketing professionals, the attribution goal of highest priority for marketers was optimization of marketing program spend across media channels, but a majority of the respondents stated that technology limitations restrict their ability to carry out attribution properly. For media broadcasters whose business models rely primarily on advertising, this lack of empirical evidence makes it difficult to lure customer advertising budgets away from digital channels that provide data-rich, real-time attribution. What’s more, increasingly popular native advertisements are not captured in programming logs, requiring manual verification of ad delivery, and further extending reporting times. Put simply, today’s manual ad verification workflows are often painfully slow and attribution analysis incomplete. By the time broadcasters are able to report on ad placements and their customers attempt to manually correlate online transac-

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tions, campaigns have often already run their course before the ad placements can be optimized. In the end, advertisers are left with incomplete broadcast attribution data, making it difficult for broadcasters to demonstrate the value of advertising campaigns during contract negotiations in order to keep and increase the ad spend of their customers. Veritone Attribute equips broadcasters and their advertising customers with tools to make informed cause-and-effect connections between any reference to an advertiser during a broadcast, such as a preproduced spot, a live read or an organic mention and the desired target audience’s actions taken on the advertiser’s website. Through the intelligent correlation of a broadcaster’s programming and an advertiser’s Google Analytics website data, Veritone Attribute helps broadcasters advise customers throughout their campaigns in near real time of how their ad dollars are best leveraged to accelerate the target audience’s path to purchase. Advertisers gain assurance in their broadcast advertising investments through a data-driven feedback loop that identifies areas of optimization across ad placements, dayparts and ad creatives to drive the greatest ROI. Veritone Attribute is a quantum leap forward in the analysis of broadcast advertising efficacy. Until now, there was no scalable technology with industry-wide application capable of capturing offline consumer response to broadcast mentions. With Veritone Attribute, we elevate broadcast media measurement to new levels of precision and provide a path to custom attribution modeling. The technology will have a major impact for broadcasters by generating rapid, comprehensive performance and optimization reports that broadcasters and advertisers can use for directional guidance in their radio advertising decisions. Veritone Attribute systematically verifies advertisements and mentions in broadcasts and correlates their affect to customer website traffic and subsequent online product or service purchases. Correlated information is displayed in a near real-time media attribution dashboard, empowering broadcasters to demonstrate advertising efficacy to customers. www.veritone.com

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2018 Product Innovation Awards Program Guide  

2018 Product Innovation Awards Program Guide

2018 Product Innovation Awards Program Guide  

2018 Product Innovation Awards Program Guide