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Marquis Introduces Interplay Orphan Crosschecking (IOC) in Latest Version of Project Parking

25 July 2014: Marquis Broadcast, specialist in content workflows and media integration software has announced the launch of Project Parking V3.8.  The latest functionality of its edit shared storage management software, Project Parking, now includes Interplay Orphan Crosschecking (IOC) which provides verification of orphan material when working with Avid Interplay. The new functionality will be on show on booth 2.A58 at IBC.

“Project Parking enables editors to analyse and manage all the projects and media on their edit storage and has been supplied to broadcasters and post houses all over the world,” confirms Ben Miles, business development manager, Marquis.  “The introduction of IOC opens Project Parking up to more customers who rely on Interplay MAM operating in tandem with ISIS workspaces.

“Customers that use Avid Interplay and Project Parking were looking for a tool that increased user confidence when determining orphaned media within the Interplay domain,” explains Miles. “Avid Interplay users can now use Project Parking IOC to identify orphaned media, while at the same time, leveraging existing tools within Project Parking to sweep orphaned media to another storage device.  In this way, Project Parking gives broadcasters and editors even more control to manage the efficiency of their edit storage.”

Project Parking works by analysing all Avid projects and media so that editors can understand which projects are using up most space and take action to transfer, archive or delete. As well as finding large projects, Project Parking can identify unused or duplicate media which can be deleted or archived. With Project Parking users can create project archives based upon bin selection, move projects between tiers of storage or transfer to different locations. After archiving and transferring media off-line, selected projects or bins can be restored and merged with the original media back on-line.

Orphan checking or cross-checking can now be completed against a pre-exiting orphan list and hence pre-existing Storage Analysis digest database. The Interplay cross-check will use any pre-existing orphan list and correlate against the Interplay Web Services. If the orphaned material is found to be used within the Interplay environment then this item is removed from the original orphaned media list.

Marquis has recently analysed and documented the costs of managing projects on shared storage – illustrating how Project Parking is fundamentally the most cost effective approach available in the industry today. Marquis has looked at four perspectives of how Project Parking saves users money and explored how with regular use of Project Parking’s optimisation of shared storage users can facilitate greater throughput hence driving increased revenues. 

For more information visit http://www.marquisbroadcast.com/project-parking-whitepapers.html

Dr. Andrew Cross Named President of NewTek

SAN ANTONIO, July 25, 2014 – NewTek today announced that Dr. Andrew Cross has been named president of NewTek with responsibility for the overall strategic direction of the company’s video business. Dr. Cross will retain his current title and duties as chief technology officer and report to NewTek chief executive officer, Jim Plant. Dr. Cross joined NewTek in 1998 as a senior software engineer and after several promotions was named chief technology officer in 2010. His technology leadership and guidance shaped the initial concept and development of the TriCaster multi-camera live video production system, which has evolved into the global gold standard for integrated live video production and streaming. Other key products among the more than 50 shipped under his direction include the NewTek Video Toaster and 3Play integrated sports productions systems.

 

“Andrew’s contributions to the success of NewTek cannot be understated. Our company is a driving force behind the current global transformation taking place in today’s broadcast video market, and we would not be in the leadership position we’re in without Andrew’s vision, engineering acumen, and passion for innovating disruptive technologies,” said Plant. “These qualities, combined with his unique ability to understand the complexities of a dynamically evolving marketplace make him the ideal individual to lead our video business now and into the future.” 

 

Cross commented, “We’re in the midst of a massive shift in the way people and organizations communicate using live video. NewTek is uniquely positioned to continue driving innovation and meaningful change in ways that redefine the world of broadcasting as we know it. We will be relentless in our approach to make it easier and more affordable for corporations, schools, governments, houses of worship, entrepreneurs, sports entities and entertainers of all kinds to share network TV-style video experiences with the world.”

PlayBox Technology powers TVPool Thailand’s new DTV channels

Bangkok, Thailand, July 22, 2014: Thai broadcaster TV Pool has upgraded its PlayBox Technology transmission control and playout system to allow high-definition delivery of Thai TV (Channel 17) on the country’s terrestrial digital television platform. Three additional channels also received new HD playout systems. Currently transmitting in SD, Thai TV (Channel 27) and Loca TV (Channel 15 and Channel 25) can start transmitting in high definition whenever necessary. The system is located at TV Pool’s headquarters in Bangkok.

"PlayBox Technology was chosen in the first place for its ability to deliver a complete and fully tested system which can be expanded easily whenever TV Pool decides to upgrade to HD," comments Rattanaphol Cha-Em, Project Manager at Thai reseller CNSP which is itself based in Bangkok. "An additional reason for choosing PlayBox Technology was the fact that we were able to provide local support during initial planning and the actual build, as well as in the future. That has helped create a lot of trust."

“We have upgraded six playout servers plus four character generation and graphics servers from SD to HD”, comments Desmon Goh, Country Manager, PlayBox Technology, Asia Pacific continues. “We also provided two ProductionAirBox servers used for advertisement insertion where commercials are sent from the studios to the AirBox servers in the MCR. TitleBox logo servers are used for logo insertion on all four channels. A high level of redundant protection is included to ensure failsafe operation and easy maintenance. The system went to air on schedule and meets TV Pool’s highest expectations.”

AirBox is a universal SD/HD content playout and streaming server designed for continuous unattended operation. Every clip in the playlist, except the one which is currently playing, can be trimmed, edited or repositioned. Playlist order can be changed on-the-fly using commands such as skip-to-next or jump. Changes are performed seamlessly without stopping the current playout session. Live productions are facilitated by a Live Show clipboard, which allows insertion and/or execution of various events or live streams. AirBox accepts formats such as MPEG1/2/H.264, HDV and DV streams from practically every known production platform.

TitleBox delivers on-air graphics which can be controlled interactively. Customers can preconfigure the templates to match their requirements, eliminating any need for subsequent manual interference. TitleBox provides total control during on-air session, including text selection, running speed and transitions.

LIPSYNC TAKES ON BIBLICAL FLOODS AND THE GREAT WAR WITH RED PLANET PICTURES

LONDON, UK – 25 July 2014LipSync will provide full post-production services and equity investment for two major TV productions from Red Planet Pictures (Death in Paradise, The Nativity), both written by Tony Jordan.

 

The Ark, a retelling of the biblical story of Noah, is a one-off TV drama for the BBC, with a stellar cast including David Threlfall and Joanne Whalley. The Passing Bells is a five part drama for BBC One which sees the conflict of the First World War unfold through the eyes of two very ordinary young men, both of whom have enlisted in a war they expect will be over within months.

 

Both projects will require significant visual effects work from the LipSync team, as well as picture and sound post, titles, graphics and delivery masters.

 

Alex Jones, Head of Business and Production, Red Planet Pictures, said, “The Ark and The Passing Bells are two very different but equally ambitious projects with different challenges in VFX and post-production. We chose to partner with LipSync on these two productions because of their proven expertise in these two areas as well as their financial investment which has helped us achieve our ambitious vision.”

 

Beverley Horne, Head of TV, LipSync Post, said, “We’re thrilled to welcome Tony and the Red Planet team to LipSync for the first time. Both projects have some wonderful creative challenges for our post-production teams and we are excited to have the opportunity to work on these must-watch shows.”

Orad Provides France NRJ HITS with Ultra HD Channel Branding

July 22, 2014 — France NRJ HITS implemented Orad’s leading broadcast graphics solutions to manage the channel branding and image conversion for its Ultra High Definition (Ultra HD) Broadcast program. Four times richer in details than high definition, NRJ HITS broadcasted for the first time on July 1, 2014 in Ultra HD on the Paris DTT network. The test broadcast, which represented the full workflow from MCR to playout, demonstrated that Ultra HD is the future of television.

Orad, along with several other manufactures, Pole Experts and TDF worked with NRJ HITS to test the ultra HD broadcast workflow — upscaling, video coding, HEVC, etc. — to ensure the interoperability among the various solutions while increasing the efficiency of the entire broadcast process.

The Orad 3DPlay channel branding solution provided sophisticated channel branding capabilities for the Ultra HD broadcast. 3DPlay also controlled the Orad HDVG4 rendering platform, converting live images from NRJ HITS’ main program into Ultra HD. "3DPlay provides the powerful and compelling Ultra HD quality channel branding required to catapult NRJ to a whole new level of broadcasting quality. For over six years, we have been working with NRJ and we are proud to collaborate with Pole Experts Group in carrying out this experiment," said Guillaume Godet, vice president, Orad.

Godet continues, “While Ultra HD specifications are being approved by the DVB group and the first Ultra HD TVs are entering the market at affordable prices, it is essential that manufacturers like Orad work now on adapting solutions to meet the needs of this new image quality.”

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TV2000 Deploys Dalet Enterprise MAM for Program Preparation and News Production

Paris, France – July 22, 2014 – Dalet Digital Media Systems, a leading provider of Media Asset Management (MAM) solutions software and services for content producers, announced today that TV2000 has successfully deployed the Dalet News Suite solution for news production, broadcasting and web publication and Dalet Media Life to manage program preparation. The Dalet solutions share the same Dalet MAM platform to manage media and metadata across different workflows, offering task-specific tools tailored to production needs. TV2000 is Italy’s primary television channel for news related to the Pope, the Vatican and the Catholic Church. Newscasts, live magazine-style shows, religious programs and live liturgical services are key elements of the channel’s schedule, which is supplemented with family-oriented and themed movies.

The Dalet MAM manages the essential business and operational functions including lifecycle media, essence and metadata management. It also provides workflow orchestration. Each Dalet solution offers dedicated toolsets. Dalet News Suite includes a complete Newsroom Computer System (NRCS) and tools for editing, ingest, playout, repurposing, multimedia distribution and archiving. Dalet Media Life includes fully integrated tools for functions such as bulk ingest, automatic QC, compliance and rough-cut editing, language/captioning and content repurposing.

System deployment was successfully completed with the assistance of Dalet’s integration partner MediaPower.

“TV2000 quickly realized the advantage of using the single Dalet MAM platform and database to manage both news and content preparation in the same system,” says Massimo Berardi, general manager, Dalet-Italy. “All the toolsets for the unique tasks of each workflow—whether video production in news or QC and captioning in program prep—are fully integrated and accessible to everyone who needs them. This enterprise approach offers great flexibility and a good return on investment and helps TV2000 to produce its high-quality content more quickly, more efficiently and for more platforms.”

The Dalet system at TV2000 includes 45 workstations for News and 15 workstations for program preparation. News content is broadcast live from three broadcast studios throughout the day. Four Dalet Brio video servers are configured for a total of eight inputs to handle SD-centralized ingest. These same Brio servers have 16 outputs, which are distributed among three different studios for playout and contribution. In addition, XDCAM and P2 imports modules allow users to import content from their Sony/Panasonic camcorders. For faster sharing, archiving and repurposing of content, ingest operators use the Dalet Media Logger to enter metadata according to the channel’s preferred fields to ensure metadata integrity and easy search and retrieval from the Dalet MAM catalogue as well as from the existing DIVArchive system. They can also create clip cuts and organize them in the Dalet Clipbin for immediate sharing and to accelerate production. From 60 Dalet client workstations, journalists have access to Dalet’s full-featured NRCS for planning and assignments, rundown management, text writing and script preparation. Also from their desktops, Dalet Media Cutter is utilized to preview and edit video and assemble packages complete with voiceovers. Additional Dalet WebSpace licenses provide access to newsroom functionalities and content by using a simple Web browser via the Internet. The Dalet Cube graphics program, which is natively integrated with News Suite, allows journalists to easily apply template graphics such as upper and lower thirds for automated playout. Dalet Cube also supports live date feeds during playout. The Dalet Brio server provides A/B roll playout.

The powerful MAM platform included with Dalet News Suite and Dalet Media Life unifies the different components of TV2000’s existing infrastructure to provide a fluid workflow. Some of the Dalet third-party integrations at the channel include the Baton Quality Control, NETAPP storage, Harmonic ProMedia Carbon transcoders, Etere automation and Front Porch DIVArchive. Dalet Xtend integration for Adobe® Premiere Pro® editing systems has also been deployed. Xtend facilitates collaboration between the NLEs and Dalet MAM by providing transparent content and metadata sharing including inherited metadata such as rights and usage. From start to finish, the MAM with its powerful workflow engine orchestrates the production chain. It also automates many background tasks, such as file movement, transcoding and Web posting.

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ProMAX Systems Acquires Cache-A

(July 22nd, 2014; Santa Ana, CA) ProMAX Systems, manufacturer of multi-functional, high-performance video storage servers and editing workstations, has announced the acquisition of Cache-A, a leading supplier of network-attached video archive appliances.

 

Noting a number of synergies between Cache-A and ProMAX product lines, Jess Hartmann, ProMAX CEO stated, “This acquisition builds on ProMAX’s vision of developing technology solutions that enable end-to-end integrated workflows, and improve the video content creation process.” ProMAX will continue to sell the Cache-A appliance product line including Prime-Cache, Pro-Cache, Power Cache as well as the associated libraries and expansion chassis. Hartmann added that ProMAX’s plans include integrating Cache-A’s archival technology into the multi-functional capabilities of Platform storage solutions. Cache-A archival systems have historically been a complementary tool set for ProMAX’s Platform shared storage solutions.

 

 "Both of our companies have been built with the focus of making workflows easier for video production, postproduction and broadcast applications,” noted, Phil Ritti-Cache-A President & CEO and one of the firm’s original founders.  Ritti commented, “Cache-A has worked with ProMAX for many years and we have a great deal of respect for the organization.  "ProMAX is the perfect manufacturer to continue to develop innovative solutions for professional video customers with Cache-A.”

 

Cache-A is a leading provider of archival solutions, especially within the media & entertainment industry.  Since its 2008 launch, Cache-A has brought unique offerings to professional video archiving and notably remains one of the only archival systems that equally supports TAR and LTFS formats.  The company has earned a massive customer presence, holding a leading global position as the preeminent archiving solution, preferred among customers in media & entertainment, including major motion picture studios and television networks, leading post facilities, professional sports teams/franchises, corporate production, higher education, house of worship and government.

 

Effective immediately, ProMAX will provide ongoing support to existing Cache-A customers, honoring existing warranties, extended warranties and support contracts moving forward.

Metrological selected by UPC Hungary to bring TV Apps to its customers

23rd July 2014, Rotterdam, Netherlands In an industry first, Metrological, provider of a cloud based software application platform, today announced that it has deployed a cloud based TV app store on UPC Hungary’s HD mediaboxes by partnering with ActiveVideo. As a result of this partnership UPC Hungary launched a TV App store, without replacing its existing mediaboxes. This means that the cable operator has been able to stay one step ahead of the competition by rolling out its app store in a short time frame and avoiding the costly and time-consuming process of replacing all of its mediaboxes.

 

Metrological’s cloud based approach is enabling UPC Hungary to virtualize mediabox functionality, using ActiveVideo’s CloudTV™ StreamCast platform.  In order for UPC TV Apps to be accessed, the Metrological platform uses the thin client application running on the UPC mediaboxes. Customers have access to a host of new apps, such as YouTube, CNN News, Picasa and Facebook on their TVs, while online content providers and app developers can expand their market footprints to include UPC Hungary television viewers.

 

The framework ensures there’s no need to develop and maintain different versions of the same app. The Metrological framework also gives UPC Hungary the flexibility to deliver new content quickly as the management and deployment of apps is taken care of centrally, by Metrological.

 

Albert Dahan, CTO Metrological comments:  "The achievement with this deployment is that cloud technology has brought the advantages of the browser-based app store to existing set-top boxes. It’s a case in point of the opportunities that are opening up to operators who are faced with a similar challenge; how to bring online video services to subscribers, quickly and cost-effectively."

 

He continues: "It means that operators can reap the benefits – the revenue opportunities and competitive advantage that app stores open up – whilst protecting existing investments."

 

Árpád Jordán, CTO UPC Central and Eastern Europe added: “The app store now enables us to increase customer satisfaction by offering them high quality innovative products, beyond our Live TV and Video on Demand services. UPC TV Apps offer the customer a wide variety of popular and user friendly apps on their TV screen. Through the Metrological Application Framework, UPC can deliver apps and features to different mediabox platforms, which helps us with our goal to offer our customers our services whenever and wherever they want.”

 

Shotoku Makes Gains With El Financiero | Bloomberg TV

Mexico City (23 July 2014)Shotoku Broadcast Systems, a leading international manufacturer of advanced camera support products, has announced the recent installation of its highly regarded Shotoku TK-53LVR Dolly Crane System for a Virtual Studio at El Financiero|Bloomberg TV, a station based in Mexico City that broadcasts, through an alliance with Bloomberg NY, both worldwide and local financial-based programming to Mexico and Central America. The sale was facilitated through long-time Shotoku dealer Comtelsat, based in Mexico City with offices in US, Brazil and Central America, to help the station deliver stunning graphics and visuals to viewers.

According to Ricardo Granada, IT & TV support manager, El Financiero|Bloomberg TV, the station is using the TK-53LVR system, alongside a Vizrt Virtual Studio solution, Grass Valley LDX camera dedicated to the Shotoku system, and a Kayak production switcher, as an augmented reality system, for the graphics and statistics, as well as logos of the station’s sponsors in some sections. It is used for augmented reality and virtual elements matched to the real studio.

“They don’t use a traditional lower third or a bumper to show some sponsored section of the news show,” explains Angélica Elizalde, sales executive and specialist in graphic solutions for Comtelsat. “Instead, they use the logo of the sponsor in augmented reality during the whole section — which is way more spectacular, since the anchor is interacting with the virtual element. Also, the anchors can present statistics and schemes that come out right from the floor of the studio — which is a simpler and more creative way to present the information to the audiences. And those graphics can get sponsored, too.”

“We knew the brand from other installations and knew it was a reliable and very stable system,” says Granada. “We were quite impressed because of the length of the crane and the possibilities it has for live production; and also by the fact that no other vendor has a product with the same quality, accuracy and level of service we are used to receive from Shotoku.”

The Shotoku TK-53LVR Dolly Crane System for Virtual Studio offers a unique set of VR features coupled with a sturdy twin arm structure that provides vibration-free, high performance with a single operator. The VR Dolly Crane System allows any studio to be easily transformed into a virtual environment without the need for targets on the ceiling, floors, or walls, or infrared sensors. Reliable, accurate and immediate VR data, including pan/tilt, zoom, focus and X/Y camera date is sent to the graphic computer via an RS422 cable. A Pan Bar control unit maximizes optimal pan & tilt operation. The TK-53LVR also features Shotoku’s unique SPi-Touch 2 point calibration system for quick set-up.

“We’ve been dealers for Shotoku for a number of years, and we have always preferred the system because of its reliability and accuracy in the mechanical tracking data –it’s just the best,” adds Elizalde. “They can have a 360-degree tracking of virtual elements; the arm of the crane is totally vibration free (no matter the length of it, which is quite large). They can make a very large range of movements without worrying about undesired bumping; plus they just need one operator to manage the whole system (nevertheless, they often use two people just to make sure, but most of the time is just one). Also, unlike some other systems, Shotoku guarantees that there won’t be any delay or loss on the receiving of the mechanical tracking data.”

Granada adds, “I have been a user for a few years, but I never worked with a crane system, so this was a challenge. Nevertheless, the system has proved to be as reliable as all other Shotoku products I know. Once you get to know it, it is fairly simple and straightforward to use. Overall, it’s easy to manage, it’s accurate and the final result is always impressive.”

Eyeheight announces BroadcastSafe Version 1.5 compliance plug-ins

London, UK, July 23, 2014: Eyeheight announces a major expansion to the capabilities of its BroadcastSafe compliance plug-ins for Avid’s Media Composer and Adobe’s Premiere Pro post-production software.

Version 1.5 BroadcastSafeMC (for Media Composer) and BroadcastSafePP (for Premiere Pro) both incorporate a new Broadcast Evaluate display indicating which parts of a video image require adjustment in order to be fully broadcast compliant.

Non-compliant areas of content are displayed in a user-definable colour with the option of manual or automatic correction, giving editors greater choice in the way they work. Previously, this was an auto-only function. BroadcastEvaluate supports all common compliance standards. Users can alternatively define their own compliance standard as an XML file.

Also new for BroadcastSafeMC and BroadcastSafePP is BroadcastSafeArea. This allows a wide range of safe-area markers to be superimposed over the video monitor display. BroadcastSafeArea supports a multitude of standards including SMPTE, EBU and DPP, in 525/625 standard definition, 720/1080 high definition and 2K line formats. Also included is a centre marker plus a measurement utility to ensure minimum text height conformance in commercials. Any marker colour can be assigned by the operator.

Eyeheight’s BroadcastSafe is a complete plug-in legalizer, safe-area generator and graphic measurement toolset. It allows users to verify and conform content prior to submission to any file-based quality control system. BroadcastSafe can perform composite, RGB, RGB-plus-Y and simultaneous composite-plus-RGB legalizing, all with user-adjustable soft clipping at high and low thresholds. Precise chroma-space conversion and accurate limiting ensure compliance while keeping the full gamut available for creative use. Editors can select from an extensive range of presets, or work in custom mode which gives full access to 15 configurable parameters. Facility administrators can assign which built-in presets are available to users, create new presets or disable the custom option to ensure that only approved configurations are implemented.

BroadcastSafe Version 1.5 will be introduced at IBC2014, Amsterdam, September 12-16. Exhibiting on stand 8.B97, Eyeheight will be represented by Martin Moore, Steve Crocker and Linda Underwood.