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Facilis Technology and Marquis Broadcast Announce TerraBlock Compatibility with Medway and Project Parking

26 September  2014, Pangbourne, UK:  Shared storage provider Facilis Technology and Marquis Broadcast, specialists in content workflows and media integration software, have announced that they’ve joined forces to qualify Medway and Project Parking products with TerraBlock shared storage. The strategic partnership will help Facilis customers take advantage of Medway’s extensive media and metadata tracking features for enhanced project management in Avid environments.


TerraBlock is Facilis’ multi-platform, high-capacity shared storage solution that facilitates highly collaborative workflows in post production and content creation environments. Supporting 8/16Gbps Fibre Channel and 1/10Gbps Ethernet through the Facilis Shared File System, TerraBlock delivers advanced performance with industry-standard creative applications. Medway is Marquis Broadcast’s comprehensive software toolkit that integrates broadcast platforms by providing transfer and format conversion tools for media and metadata, and Project Parking is an intuitive solution for analysing and managing media to optimise shared storage utilisation. 


“Our customers desire the flexibility to work with a shared storage solution that best matches their specific workflow needs, so qualifying Medway and Project Parking with TerraBlock was a natural evolution for us,” said Simon Fearn, product manager, Marquis Broadcast.  “We tested TerraBlock with our software and it performed seamlessly, giving editors the ability to share media and projects fast and efficiently.”


“Medway and Project Parking are exceptional tools for post production facilities and broadcasters, and there’s an incredible synergy between the software and TerraBlock. With these products working with TerraBlock, our customers with Avid setups can now opt for an integrated toolset that will streamline project management and accelerate turnaround,” shared James McKenna, VP of Marketing, Facilis Technology.

Cobalt Digital Takes Home IBC Best of Show Award for 9970-QS

AMSTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS — 25 SEPTEMBER 2014 — The 9970-QS Quint-Split Video Processor for openGear® manufactured by Cobalt Digital, is the recipient of one of the industry’s most prestigious technology honours, NewBay Media’s Best of Show Award, presented at the 2014 IBC Show in Amsterdam by TV Technology Europe magazine.

NewBay Media’s Best of Show Awards recognise outstanding new products exhibited at the IBC2014. Entries were evaluated by panels of professional users and editors and selected based on innovation, feature set, cost efficiency and performance in serving the industry. Only a handful of products were chosen from among dozens of entries. Cobalt’s 9970-QS Quint-5plit card was singled out because it provides a much-needed monitoring solution in the openGear platform that allows a customer to view multiple video feeds on a single monitor. With both SDI and HDMI outputs a user has the ability to feed the monitoring output into a plant router, or go directly into a consumer monitor. By accepting both composite and digital inputs, the 9970 has a versatility for both analogue and digital environments. Each video feed is represented by a “PiP” (Picture in Picture) that can be customised for size and position on the monitor. Other elements of the signal like audio levels, timecode, video format, and video source based on router integration, can be displayed for each individual source being monitored. Each PiP also has three GPI associated with it that can be used to control two tallies and one border for visual cues to operators. Presets can be used to recall layout changes making setting-up before shows quick and easy. The 9970-QS was developed with the end-user in mind, providing ease of set-up, with intuitive controls via custom GUI.

“We are enormously proud of our Best of Show recipients,” says TV Technology Europe Publisher Steve Connolly. “Recognition with an award at the IBC Show from NewBay Media’s Broadcast & Video Group is a strong vote of confidence and admiration from our leading industry publications.”

“Bringing practical products to market that help our customers become more efficient and productive is quite satisfying on its own merit, but being recognised by industry experts for innovation is a bonus indeed,” commented Chris Shaw, Cobalt’s executive vice president of sales & marketing. “We are delighted to accept another award and will continue our legacy of developing solutions that result from customer feedback. It’s a win-win formula for success all-around!”

Leader reports growing interest in 4K at IBC2014

Fullerton, California, USA, September 25, 2014: Leader lnstruments reports a buoyant and successful IBC2014 with strong interest in its LV5490 waveform monitor which allows standard-definition, high-definition and 4K ultra-high-definition to be checked from a single compact unit. Leader was represented at IBC2014 by Hiro Sawa (President, Leader America), Richard Heath, Koichi Fukugawa and Christian Young.

"IBC show traffic was healthy this year with around 55,000 registered attendees," Richard Heath comments. "Our stand location in the vicinity of many major camera, lighting and grip equipment manufacturers helped to attract exactly the kind of broadcast and digital film creatives the LV5490 is designed for. We are seeing 4K camera prices follow the pattern experienced in the HD sector a decade ago, becoming more affordable with every passing year.

"The market both in Europe and worldwide has already reached the point where 4K is the logical choice for every production company keen to future-proof its material. The LV5490 is equipped with eight input connectors and accepts up to two 4K signals simultaneously. Another key new feature is the ability to handle the video signals via two-sample interleave as well as square division. In square-division signal mode, the entire image is split into four quadrants and each quadrant is transmitted in turn as a sub-image. In the case of two-sample-interleave, two consecutive pixels are transmitted at a time. The first pair goes to sub-image 1 and the second pair to sub-image 2. The first pair of the next line then goes to sub-image 3, the first pair of the next line going to sub-image 4, and so on. Each sub-image is transmitted separately to the monitor. This type of two-sample interleave is the approved standard for 4K.

"The Focus Assist feature we introduced at IBC this year is a Leader innovation that allows the LV5490 to be used for checking low-contrast content and fine image detail. Other new capabilities include a CIE 1931 color space chart generator. The LV5490 can show 4K signals in the standard’s full ITU Recommendation BT.2020 color space. Operators can also adjust the size of each of the displays on the screen to suit specific tasks. This allows easy magnification and inspection of detail on the instrument’s 9 inch full 1920 x 1080 HD LCD monitor screen instead of being limited to fixed size quadrants. The LV5490 is a uniquely versatile and portable package with a footprint just 223 wide by 360 millimeter deep and a height of 189 mm."

Making its first appearance at IBC2014 was Leader’s LT4600 multi format video generator. Based on the established LT4400 HD-SDI and SD-SDI generator, the LT4600 adds compatibility with 3G-SDI and dual link systems. Features include two SDI outputs which can be used independently, lip sync testing function (previously optional and now standard), QVGA ID character generation and safety area markers. The LT4600 can generate 32 channels of embedded audio. Frequency and level can be set for each channel.

Custom Consoles Module-R desks and Media Walls chosen for BT International Media Centre

London, UK, September 25, 2014: Custom Consoles announces the completion of a new Module-R desk and Media Wall monitor-support installation at the BT International Media Centre (IMC). Located in the BT Tower, one of London’s tallest buildings, the IMC provides technical facilities for practically every television company broadcasting in the UK. BT recently awarded the contract to rebuild the main IMC area at the BT Tower to broadcast systems integrator VSC Design.

"The core of this project was a 39 seat operations area which is being used to monitor and control BT’s media services and platforms for BT Sport and external clients," comments Martyn Hales, Managing Director of VSC Design. "The BT Tower’s circular footprint allowed a departure from the rectangular layout of traditional process control suites. Custom Consoles’ Module-R technical furniture gave us the freedom to specify desks from an established and proven range of modules. These are configured as two V-shaped units with eight operator positions at the front and nine and the rear.

"To the rear left are additional desks in three rows with seating for a total of 11 operators. These face a 5 metre wide Media Wall. A symmetrical but otherwise identical group of three desks and Media Wall is located to the right. Media Wall gave us similar freedom to design support racks for large picture monitor panels which can be assigned to specific video sources or multiplexed. Custom Consoles assembled the furniture on site and our technicians then completed the equipment installation. Everything was completed and live in time for the Commonwealth Games"

"Each control position has storage space for two computers in a ventilated storage bay below the desktop," adds Custom Consoles Sales Manager Gary Fuller. "Every operator also has direct access to two 4U high sloping equipment pods, three 22 inch flat-screen displays on Ergotron manually adjustable support arms plus a recessed power and data distribution module. The desks are finished in maple with hard-wearing blue-grey Marmoleum work-surfaces. We have also supplied a customised circular printer-support unit in matching finish. This is constructed around one of the tower support columns.

A mix-and-matchable control room furniture system, the Module-R product range allows aesthetically attractive and long-life desks to be configured to meet specific shapes and dimensions from a selection of high-quality pods, base sections, 19 inch rack housings, worktops, end-panel modules and legs. Coordinated desk pods are available as single-bay sections with up 10U chassis capacity.

Custom Consoles Media Wall allows flat-screen monitor displays of practically any width to be constructed from standard horizontal and vertical support elements. It can be used as a fully self-supporting structure or coupled directly to the studio wall. Individual screens can be positioned so that their edges meet exactly to form a continuous horizontal display limited only by the boundary of the monitor panel itself. All wiring is fully concealed and can enter or leave the structure at any desired point. Media Wall is available in a silver-anodised or black-powder coated finish and in any specified element widths.

New HD Studio Facility Benefits Journalism Students

25th September 2014 - Cambridgeshire, UK – Students at City University London will now have access to the latest HD TV studio production technology, thanks to a major upgrade designed and implemented by leading broadcast systems integrator dB Broadcast. dB worked fast to upgrade the University’s studio and location camera facilities from SD to an HD virtual studio in time for the start of the new academic year in September.

The facility upgrade will allow students to work with and use the latest TV studio equipment, ensuring that City University students can compete effectively with the best in broadcast journalism, enhancing their employability prospects on graduation.

The system is based around the NewTek TriCaster 8000 vision mixer, Chyron IP graphics and 3play 425 server; the students will be using JVC GY-HM650 ENG cameras.

“This HD TV Studio upgrade will give our Journalism students a ‘virtual TV studio experience’ and so a competitive edge in their broadcasting careers”, said Tony Phillips, TV Studio Manager at City University London. “They will be operating the latest TV studio production technology and ENG live location cameras that are now in current use at broadcasters such as BBC News, ITV News, Channel 4, Sky News, London Live etc. where our students will go to work.”

As part of their course, the students will produce traditional TV News / Current Affairs programmes by making use of virtual sets. The HD TV Studio will also have extra facilities – requested by the Journalism academic staff – including a broadcast system solution capable of taking in sources such as: remote ENG live location feeds via 3G / 4G and Wi-Fi, live Skype interview feeds, Internet feeds, and the ability to quickly exchange video content with social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. The system can also make use of Apple AirPlay devices via Wi-Fi, IPTV, SMART TV etc.

Says Tom Swan, Sales & Marketing Director of dB Broadcast: “We are delighted to have brought this important upgrade in on time for the latest generation of Journalism students to benefit. The studio project has been implemented as part of a resilient system to support the University for the next five years, providing a stable and reliable platform for users.”

After completion of the studio project, dB Broadcast will continue to work with City University, providing warranty support and other support services to ensure the facility can meet its demanding timetable and heavy use.

City University is located in the heart of London, where over the past 100 years it has developed into an innovative, forward-looking centre of excellence, with a well-deserved reputation in professional and business education and research.

Dalet One of the First Manufacturers to Earn DPP Certification

Paris, France – September 25, 2014 – Dalet Digital Media Systems, a leading provider of software-based solutions for media organizations, announced that on September 13, 2014, the company was among one of the first manufacturers in the world to receive AS-11 UK DPP certification from the Digital Production Partnership. At the same time, Dalet was named a finalist, along with BT Sport and Timeline Television, at the prestigious IBC2014 Innovation Award competition for its design and deployment of BT Sport’s new, fully AS-11 UK DPP-based production center located in the 2012 London Olympic park. The state-of-the-art facility, which was launched in August of 2013, is the hub for all content created by BT Sport. The new production facility scores a number of firsts – not least that BT Sport has become the first UK broadcaster to adopt the Digital Production Partnership (DPP) file-based delivery specifications for all of its own internal productions and externally delivered content. BT Sport led the strategic direction of the project, while Timeline Television worked closely with Dalet AmberFin – a supporter of the DPP initiative and developer of a sophisticated family of DPP-enabling products and systems. 

“Dalet is committed to staying on the cutting edge of industry standards, and being shortlisted for the IBC Innovation Awards proves that our efforts were well worth it. BT Sport was determined to build a facility based on DPP, a soon to be widely adopted standard, and we’re happy to have had the opportunity to take on the challenge,” comments Ben Davenport, director of marketing, Dalet. “The ability to have a media processing platform that’s flexible enough to not only handle media, but also metadata, is huge. I’d like to thank my colleagues at BT Sport and Timeline Television for the huge role they played in being recognized for this award.”

The Dalet AmberFin platform provides BT Sport the high-speed file playback and transcoding resources as well as comprehensive standards conversion capabilities within the file-based production and playout facility. The addition of Dalet AmberFin’s Unified Quality Control system ensures high media file quality and rapid turnaround of material within the workflow.

DPP/AMWA Certification
As part of its file delivery work, the DPP announced that a number of products have successfully completed testing as part of the DPP’s Compliance Programme, and have already achieved AMWA certification.

The DPP has worked with the Advanced Media Workflow Association (AMWA) to create a robust process for product testing and certification which will provide manufacturers the opportunity to put their products through an external assurance check against the DPP’s criteria, and will help consumers identify products which have been independently assessed.

The first tranche of companies whose products to have met the criteria are Telestream, Root 6 Technology, Cinegy and Dalet (AmberFin), with further companies’ products expected to achieve certification in the weeks ahead.

DPP Technical Standards Lead and CTO Broadcast & Distribution Channel 4 Kevin Burrows said, “The Programme has had a very positive response from the industry. This is a great endorsement of the value of the DPP’s standards and guidelines and thanks to manufacturers’ enthusiastic engagement we are expecting many more products to be certified in the coming weeks.”

AMWA’s Brad Gilmer added, “The AMWA is pleased to work with the DPP on this important project. We believe the steps the DPP have put in place, including a rigorous technical specification, independent testing, and certification all work together to increase end-users’ confidence as they move to file-based workflows.”


Brad Gilmer (AMWA), Bruce Devlin (Dalet), Kevin Burrows (DPP)

6500 lumens laser projector a world’s first

The PT-RZ670 and PT-RW630 are additions to the company’s existing Solid Shine™ line of projectors, and feature 20,000 hours* of working life without lamp replacement and flexible, all angle, installation.

Hartmut Kulessa, Marketing Manager for Panasonic said, “The RZ670 series brings an unparalleled ease of installation for exhibition and museum applications. At the same time, critical applications such as control rooms and signage will benefit from the build quality and absolute reliability of the projector.”

The PT-RZ670 and PT-RW630 both boast 6,500 lumens brightness and are WUXGA and WXGA respectively. Powered by a laser light source, there is no requirement for replacement lamps or filters, and the laser light source has a working life of around 20,000 hours* or more, depending on usage.  

Easy installation allows landscape and portrait mounting as well as vertical/horizontal/tilting 360 degrees projection without any effect on the life of the light source, which is not possible with a traditional lamp source projector.

In addition, the PT-RZ670 model has built in geometric adjustment, enabling projections onto curved and irregular shaped screens, making it ideal for museums, exhibitions and show rooms – where creativity makes a difference.

“The second generation of Solid Shine™ projectors has raised the bar of projection reliability and flexibility,” added Hartmut Kulessa. “The Laser Projector reproduces 150% brighter colours and up to 230% brighter in yellow than a conventional 7000 lumens projector, so users will enjoy peace of mind, as well as excellent picture quality over an extended period of time.”

The projectors are also compatible with Digital Link™, that allows transmission of digital signals (HDMI, uncompressed HD video, and control signals) up to 100 m (328 ft) with a single LAN cable.

Screen4All Forum to shed light on disruptive technologies in cinema television and new media

Sèvres, France – September 24, 2014 - Screen4All offers a comprehensive programme of conferences dedicated to concrete as well as forward-looking topics related to technological developments and new funding avenues in the television, cinema and new screen industries. The forum is supported by the French department of Seine-Saint-Denis, the CNC (a French public administrative organisation, which manages allocations from the ministry of culture for the cinema), Cap Digital and Est Ensemble.

The talks held during Screen4All Forum are organized around three main topics:

- What’s next: this three-day series of conferences will present the latest opportunities of disruptive technological innovations, as well as the new working habits and use values that they create. The talks will discuss innovations in filming, workflows, virtual reality in video games, 3D printing, augmented reality, and the future of movie theaters. Alexandre Michelin, general manager of Microsoft Online Media and Publishing EMEA, and Thibaud Artur de La Villarmois, author at GoGlasses – the French-speaking community of connected eyewear – and founder of nonsurtaxe.com and sqweb.com, will speak during this conference.

- Ultra HDay: Wednesday will be dedicated to 4K/Ultra HD formats and issues related to their adoption, offering a unique opportunity to meet international experts during talks on filming, post-production and distribution, but also during demonstrations, workshops and screenings. Matthieu Parmentier, project manager, research and development at France Télévisions, Morgan Bouchet, vice-president Digital Content & Innovation at Orange, head of TransmediaLab.org and teacher at Sciences Po, Torsten Hoffman, CEO of 3D/4K Content Hub, and Adi Kouadio, senior project manager at EBU UER, will share their expertise during this day.

- Gear Up Solutions: The "Gear Up" conferences are organised by 7th Degree Consulting, a strategy financing and tax advisory consulting company, offering insight on the new funding avenues for R&D and launching new solutions and services with a high technological added value. These talks are dedicated to start-ups and SMEs, offering an overview of the public funding opportunities in France and Europe as well as the potential of crowdfunding, including during the initial launching phase of services and technologies. Julien Seri, who directed Yamakasi, Sons of the Wind, Scorpion, and the recent Night Fare, will share his experience.

"This programme of conferences is dedicated to the entire ecosystem of cinema, television and audiovisual communication industries, by exploring all issues related to content production and funding, all the way up to the screening stage. In a world with more and more disruptive innovations, we believe entrepreneurs and decision-makers in these industries should have a comprehensive overview of the market in order to better understand the challenges and take initiative for their success," explains Stéphan Faudeux, director of Screen4All Forum.

Click on the following link to view Screen4All’s conference programme: http://bit.ly/1rtSSJm

In addition, Screen4All Forum offers a series of 45-minute workshops where participants can find out about the latest tools and innovations. They will learn how to create their own Netflix platform, explore new workflows from production to post, and discover the RIAM network, supported by the CNC and Bpifrance.

Click on the following link to view Screen4All’s workshop programme: http://bit.ly/1qmHiMm

Practical information:

Screen4All Forum will be held from October 28 to 30, 2014, at the Centre National de la Danse in Pantin (Paris region, France). Free admission for participants who register online (restricted to professionals and students in the image industry).

BBC Studios and Post Production welcomes Strictly Come Dancing back to Elstree

25 September 2014: BBC Studios and Post Production is providing full studio facilities, post production services and technical support from Elstree Studios for BBC’s multi-award winning Strictly Come Dancing. Celebrating a vintage 10 years of tangos, tiaras and twinkle-toed TV stars, the show returns stronger than ever with a stellar all-star line-up. Pop star Pixie Lott, EastEnders Jake Wood, international rugby star Thom Evans and MasterChef critic Gregg Wallace are amongst the 15 celebrities taking to the dance floor with their professional partners to impress the judges and win viewers’ votes to lift the Glitterball trophy.

During its thirteen week run, Strictly’s dazzling Saturday night live performances and Sunday nights results show will come from George Lucas Stage 2 at Elstree Studios. Its 15,825 square foot studio space easily houses the iconic set and an audience of 750 people and is specifically designed to support large-scale fast-turnaround TV productions. The George Lucas stages dedicated production gallery suites are equipped with the latest HD technology to deliver tapeless post production.  

Now in its 12th series, the production set-up for Strictly follows a tried and tested design. 10 cameras capture all the drama of the sparkling competition, including one 30MovieBird Technocrane, four pedestal cameras, a radio Steadicam and four other handheld/lightweight tripod cameras. An extraHot Head camera, was used for the Strictly launch show, to capture the giant overhead shots of the dance floor action.

This year’s Strictly sees the addition of two brand new screens that run along the sides of the upper balconies, enhancing the visual impact of graphics and bringing a whole new dimension to the studio and overall production.

The audio requirements are complex and BBC Studios and Post Production provides nearly 50 radio mics, talkback services and six portable stage boxes, equipped with 40 mic inputs and 16 line outputs to capture the orchestra and audience reaction. Over at BBC Studios and Post Production’s BBC Elstree facility, a bespoke editing complex boasts ten Avid Symphony suites to meet the fast turnaround post production requirements of the show –  between them they handle up to 100 hours of training material each week.

Optimising the connectivity between the two Elstree sites, material is ingested, logged and edited at BBC Elstree and reviewed and incorporated into the live shows via the HD production galleries at the George Lucas Stage. Content is also edited for It Takes Two and delivered to the show’s central London studio via HD Baseband video line connectivity. The results show is recorded on Saturday night, and edited through the night and Sunday morning for delivery on Sunday afternoon, ready for transmission at tea time.

John O’Callaghan, Head of Studios and Post Production Services at BBC Studios and Post Production, said: “We are delighted to welcome Strictly back to Elstree for a second time and to be supporting the nation’s favourite dancing show for the 10th year running. As you’d expect from the team behind the shiniest floor in showbiz, the production requirements get bolder and more ambitious every year, but our fantastic production facilities and technical crew are up for the challenge!”


Tedial announces key partnership with Magna Systems and Engineering in APAC

Malaga, Spain September 25th, 2014Tedial, the leading independent MAM technology solutions specialist, is announcing a key partnership agreement with specialist Australian broadcast supplier Magna Systems & Engineering.


The agreement covers the Asia Pacific region and focuses on Tedial’s unique, next-generation Media IT solutions for business driven MAM and media workflow. Magna Systems will provide expert sales and technical support to Tedial customers in the region.


Commenting on the company’s new partnership with Magna Systems and Engineering Tedial Sales Director David Abel said, “Tedial and Magna Systems and Engineering are independent companies that share a set of common business values and approach to the market. We are both leaders in our field and focus on building lasting relationships with customers to provide them with the best business and operational benefits. It is these values that are exhibited in the competence, expertise and experience of the Magna team, which will drive success for both companies in the Asia Pacific market.”


Magna Systems and Engineering Director of Sales Barry Pegg added, “We are delighted to have such a talented and forward thinking company as Tedial as a new strategic partner. Tedial’s solutions using its Media IT technologies are truly cutting-edge and the business opportunities and ongoing benefits they present our customers within the Asia Pacific region are significant. We will be supporting Tedial at every opportunity.”


Photo – Left to right – Jose Mesas Tedial’s CEO, David Abel Tedial’s Sales Director, Esther Mesas Tedial’s Chief Sales & Marketing Officer, Barry Pegg Magna Systems & Engineering Director of Sales, Robert Clemesha Magna Systems & Engineering Executive Chairman and Dr. Emilio Lopez Tedial’s Scientific Advisor.