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Matrox and Kontron Collaborate to Deliver Cloud Computing Platforms to OEMs of High Density Video Acquisition and Transcoding Systems

Montreal — Sept. 10, 2014 — Matrox® Video and Kontron today announced that they have integrated the Matrox X.mio3 LP SDI card with the Kontron Symkloud Series of cloud platforms.


OEMs and ISVs serving broadcasters, telcos, cable operators and content delivery networks will have access to fully integrated, high-performance computing platforms that can ingest up to 72 1080p60 or 18 4K live feeds from a single 2U Symkloud platform, only 21 inches deep.


The Symkloud MS2910 supports up to nine Matrox SDI cards, each with eight 3G-SDI channels for ingest and encoding of SD, HD, 3G and UltraHD up to 60fps. The flexibility of the Symkloud design supports integrated 10G switching with redundancy options, and a mix and match of Intel® processors, namely the Intel Core™ i7 processor series and the Intel E3-1200 processor series.


“Scalability and cost reductions are key for the media broadcast and cable market,” said Benoit Robert, Strategy and Business Development, Communications Business Unit, Kontron. “Our collaboration with Matrox is yet another demonstration of the tremendous flexibility of COTS hardware to reduce costs and increase the monetization of cloud-based HD and 4K video workloads.”


Matrox X.mio3 LP is the ideal SDI card for OEMs who need to create advanced yet compact channel-in-a-box systems, video servers, broadcast graphics systems, encoders, transcoders, multiviewers, switchers and other digital media equipment. Each low-profile, half-length PCIe card offers up to eight reconfigurable I/Os, from SD to 4K. Multi-channel hardware processing accelerates compute-intensive operations including motion-adaptive de-interlacing, up/down/cross scaling and mixing/compositing for all resolutions. Built-in frame synchronizers generate clean SDI signals for any environment.


Comprehensive development tools in the Matrox DSX SDKs for Windows® or Linux® include versatile file reading/writing, memory management, streaming synchronization, and a large selection of software codecs and effects. A prototyping tool provides a graphical representation of all hardware components so developers can simulate and test their use cases within minutes, before writing a single line of code. From a single development effort, broadcast equipment manufacturers can create a variety of products at a full range of price/performance levels.


The Matrox SDI card is integrated with a new Symkloud sub-system node that features the 4th generation Intel Core i7 processor and support for half-length PCIe cards for added storage, security or other hardware accelerated applications.


"Our collaboration with Kontron gives OEMs and ISVs serving the broadcast market a one-stop-shop for integrated, fully validated, reliable hardware platforms,” said Alberto Cieri, senior director of sales and marketing, Matrox. "They can focus on developing their unique applications with complete peace of mind.”

CEDAR Audio Ltd grants licence to Sonic Studio

22 September 2014

Cambridge, England and San Francisco, California – CEDAR Audio Ltd and Sonic Studio announced today that they have entered into a non-exclusive licence agreement that enables Sonic Studio to use IPR contained within CEDAR Audio’s US Patent No. 7,978,862 ‘Method and Apparatus For Audio Signal Processing’.

The patent refers to a method of displaying and editing audio content in a spectrogram interface as utilised in Sonic Studio’s proprietary audio restoration technology, and this information can provide professional audio engineers with a means to find problems such a noise and other artefacts in recordings and remove them without affecting the surrounding audio.

"Like CEDAR Audio, Sonic Studio has built a legacy of innovation and technology for audio restoration, and we look forward to a long relationship with them," said Gordon Reid, Managing Director of CEDAR Audio Ltd.

"We are delighted to be have access to this technology so we may support our customers with the best restoration tools available," said Jonathan Reichbach, president and chief engineer at Sonic Studio. "We look forward to continuing to innovate and deliver the very best audio restoration toolset available to mastering professionals everywhere."


Talenthouse teams up with The Prince Charles Cinema to invite emerging filmmakers to have film screened at this year’s London Film Festival

For the first time ever, the Prince Charles Cinema (PCC) has teamed up with Talenthouse, the online community of creatives, to offer emerging filmmakers the opportunity to have their film screened at PCC on the final day of this year’s London Film Festival, the UK’s largest public film event.


The public and emerging filmmakers in the UK can take part by joining Talenthouse for free and uploading their film here http://ow.ly/B1Sb3. The film can be in any medium, of any genre, and should be a short (up to 10mins) and previously unscreened. The deadline for entries is 3 October 6pm GMT and the winner’s film screening will take place on 19 October at The Prince Charles Cinema.


Not only will the winner see their film showcased at The Prince Charles Cinema in London’s Leicester Square but they will also win £1,000 and have their film promoted through the BFI, The Prince Charles Cinema and Talenthouse’s social channels. The film with the most voted from Talenthouse’s community will win £500 and exposure for their work.


Maya Bogle, co-founder of Talenthouse said: “This is such a great opportunity for anyone who ever dreamed of seeing their film on the big screen. And what better way to do it than with the celebrated BFI and the legendary Prince Charles Cinema. Talenthouse was set up for just this type of reason; to allow creatives everywhere to take part whatever your background, unlock artistic potential and offer a once-in-a-lifetime, career-boosting opportunity to have work showcased around the world.”

myron: tangible interaction mechanism for seamless control

Neumarkt, Austria – 2014-09-10 – IBC 2014 will see the launch of the myron tangible interaction concept with ruwido’s ‘smart dial’ function, demonstrating how up to 27 commands can be integrated in a remote control without the need of a classic button layout 

One of the central tasks to solve in today’s evolving entertainment landscape is how to support users to remain in control of devices and content. ruwido will demonstrate the company’s new myron interaction concept at this year’s IBC, which enables users to easily communicate their intentions.

“The incorporation of natural tactile feedback into the input device allows the user to enjoy more comprehensive control while scrolling through content. Our findings have shown that access to services must be easy and interaction mechanisms have to be adapted to the needs of modern user interfaces. Using devices that are not specifically developed for navigation is, in effect, like eating a steak with a spoon – difficult and unsatisfying,” says Ferdinand Maier, CEO, ruwido.

The design of myron has been ergonomically adapted to the natural shape of the palm. Pressure gradient perception at three different levels allows the user to scroll through content in a more natural and intuitive way. If the central navigational mechanism is pushed hard, the user quickly moves through lists and menu items. When the navigation mechanism is pushed with less pressure, moving through content step-by-step is supported.

The tangible interaction concept, together with the ‘smart dial’ function integrated within the input device, makes it possible to send up to 27 commands to the interface without the traditional requirements of a button-based layout. With a swipe of a finger on the touch sensitive interface, either to scroll backwards or forwards, the user is able to intuitively control channel selection, volume, and the fast-forward or rewind functionality.

Regina Bernhaupt, director of user experience research at ruwido, adds: “To meet the growing demands from consumers for better methods of intuitive navigation, ruwido france, as a scientific research institution, focuses on new ways of interaction. While some of these developments are radical, our research has shown that they have to be integrated gradually as the living room is a place for evolution, not revolution”.


LONDON, UK – 17 September 2014LipSync Post has appointed William Chetwynd to the role of Senior Online Editor, effective from 22 September 2014. Chetwynd brings over 15 years of experience to the role, having worked on high profile productions including Sherlock, Hustle, Spooks and Midsomer Murders.


Having started out in graphic design, Chetwynd’s artistic background has aided him in producing striking title sequences and in-programme graphics, and a keen interest in film and television technology has helped him hone his online editing and compositing skills using Avid DS and Smoke. His new role at LipSync Post will see him working on high-end TV drama productions and feature films, including Red Planet’s forthcoming World War One drama series, The Passing Bells.

Peter Hampden, Managing Director, LipSync, said, “Will’s extensive experience, polished technical skills and creative ideas will bring a fresh approach to our online department. We are pleased to welcome him to the LipSync team.”


Will Chetwynd said, “LipSync has a strong reputation for quality drama, I’m excited to have the opportunity to work on such challenging and creative projects.”

ChyronHego’s Metacast Weather Graphics Solution Selected by Broadcasters Worldwide

AMSTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS — (Marketwired) — 09/12/14 — Today at IBC2014, ChyronHego (NASDAQ: CHYR) announced multiple customer wins based upon the company’s cutting-edge Metacast® weather graphics presentation system and services. Metacast, a comprehensive solution that includes a high-performance, live-to-air weather graphics and broadcast production system, as well as a complete weather and climate data managing service, continues to successfully support broadcasters around the globe.

Recent wins include:

Al Jazeera
Based in Doha, Qatar, Al Jazeera has upgraded to the latest Metacast system for its English network, in addition to renewing its commitment for extended service provisions for the Metacast system and data for on air, online and mobile platforms.

Based in Helsinki, Finland, private weather service provider Foreca has contracted ChyronHego for the production facilities of multiple broadcasters including VGTRK in Archangels Russia, in addition to various local facilities for on air and mobile content provision.

Based in Tokyo, Japan, National Broadcaster NHK BS has upgraded to the latest Metacast system and expanded its content provision. This contract, established through ChyronHego partner Weatherzone° in Sydney and Tokyo, reaffirms NHK’s commitment to ChyronHego solutions.

Finnish Meteorological Institute (FMI)

Based in Helsinki, Finland, the Finnish Meteorological Institute recently established a broadcast, online and mobile content production facility based around Metacast technology. FMI is a long term ChyronHego data and forecasting partner that is now moving into the segment of active graphics content provision for the Finnish market.

Based in Johannesburg, South Africa, People°sWeather has contracted ChyronHego for an expansion of the current production of weather content with the Metacast system as its core graphics generator. Metacast offers efficient graphics content delivery to this highly optimised production facility, allowing People°sWeather to continue to add unique value to forecasting and broadcasting content.

Based in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Newsfirst has chosen Metacast’s content service for its new weather segment provision to include a data and graphics provision from ChyronHego.

Based in Atlanta, Georgia in the U.S., broadcaster CNN has extended its Metacast service and data contract. As a customer of 17 years, CNN continues to utilise ChyronHego’s unique data product offerings, adding value to its on air and portable platform content services.

"Metacast continues to help broadcasters worldwide tell their story with fast-moving, instantly created, sophisticated weather content," said Karl Eggestad, sales director of weather solutions at ChyronHego. "We are delighted to announce these recent wins, which demonstrate Metacast’s flexible approach to weather data and high-value graphics that keep viewers well informed and prepared for any weather scenario."

ChyronHego completed the acquisition of WeatherOne AS and its Metacast technology in July 2014. WeatherOne is now fully rebranded as ChyronHego Norway and will continue to operate from its Oslo offices.

Metacast will be on display at IBC2014, September 12-16, Stand 7.D11.

Matrox Ships VS4Recorder Pro Multi-camera Recording and Multiviewer App

AMSTERDAM — IBC2014 — Sept. 12, 2014 — Matrox® Video today announced immediate availability of VS4Recorder Pro™, a multi-camera recording and multiviewer app for use with Matrox VS4™ quad HD capture cards. Each VS4-based recording system captures up to four video and audio inputs to create files for use with popular editing apps from Adobe, Apple and Avid and for archiving. H.264 is provided in either MOV or MP4 wrappers. AVI files can be created using the high-quality Matrox MPEG 2 I-Frame codec. MOV QuickTime files can be created using DV, DVCPRO, DVCPRO50 and DVCPRO HD. VS4Recoder also functions as a multiviewer, offering pristine video quality even when monitoring interlaced sources on progressive computer monitors.


“Synchronized, frame-accurate, multi-channel HD capture is simpler and more affordable than ever before,” said Wayne Andrews, product manager, Matrox Video. “With VS4 Recorder Pro, live event producers and video editors get the quality, versatility and intuitive control they want, at a fraction of the usual cost. Complete systems can be assembled for as little as $3500 and as much storage as needed can easily be added.”


Additional features of VS4Recorder Pro include automatic input detection for quick on-site set up; event markers for Adobe Premiere CC so that while recording, users can highlight moments of interest for quicker post-event editing; settings for capture duration and file switching without frame loss; VS4Control for gang recording of an unlimted number of video sources simply by networking multiple VS4-enabled machines together in a master-slave configuration; and DirectShow filters for developers to incorporate VS4 functionality in their own applications. VS4-based systems are also ideal for multi-camera live production streaming with Telestream® Wirecast® for Windows® or StudioCoast vMix software.


VS4Recorder Pro will be demonstrated on stand 7.B29 at IBC2014 (Amsterdam, Sept. 12-16).         


Price and availability

VS4Recorder Pro and the Matrox VS4 card are available through a worldwide network of authorized dealers. The bundle that includes the card and software is priced at $2,495 US (€1,995, £1,595) not including local taxes and delivery. The VS4Recorder Pro upgrade software is available to current VS4 card owners at $1,195 US (€995, £795).


ChyronHego and Sky Sports Win IBC2014 Innovation Award

AMSTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS — (Marketwired) — 09/15/14 — Last night at IBC Show, ChyronHego (NASDAQ: CHYR) together with Sky Sports and Vizrt, earned the IBC 2014 Innovation Award as a result of a unique collaboration on Sky’s flagship football discussion show, Monday Night Football. ChyronHego and Vizrt worked alongside Sky Sports’ creative, technology and production teams to achieve a visual masterpiece, incorporating virtual sets and graphics, graphical analysis, player tracking, social media and much more.

"ChyronHego is honoured to have been recognised with Sky Sports and Vizrt with this prestigious IBC Innovation Award," said Mark Bowden, senior product manager at ChyronHego. "We are proud to be a key partner in helping the production of Monday Night Football evolve and stay at the forefront of innovation to remain the UK’s most popular football magazine show."

ChyronHego’s leading-edge graphics solutions enable the delivery of the most technically advanced sports-analysis shows on television. ChyronHego technology on the Monday Night Football production includes the interactive GS2 Multi-Touch in-studio touchscreen solution, the ultra high resolution Vistacam video backdrop, and ChyronHego’s data-rich player tracking.

Eutelsat and Cisco demonstrate “Cloud video over satellite” using smartLNBtechnology at IBC

  Amsterdam, Paris,13September 2014- Eutelsat Communications (Euronext Paris:  ETL)and Cisco are unveiling the integration of Cisco Videoscape and Eutelsat’s “smartLNB”technology at this year’s IBC exhibition.The two companiesarecombiningtheir expertise fora demonstrationofliveIP streaming and Push VideoOn Demand (VOD) servicesaccessed throughaneasy-to-navigateuser interfacethat can offer broadcastersthe most advancedturnkey solution for connected TV services.

 The integration of CiscoVideoscape, includingMediaHighway®set-top box software, VideoGuard conditional accessanda Cisco user interface withEutelsat’s “smart LNB” technologyenables subscribersto easily navigate their way through a multi-dimensional programme guideincorporating high-quality live andrecordedcontent. It delivers a unique experience that connects subscribers to broadcaster services,increasing customerchoice andloyalty.

 The demo at IBC shows how the combination of the “smartLNB” and Cisco’sset-topbox embeddingCiscoVideoscapetechnology lights up the possibility of Connected TV inboth mature and developingmarketsfrom today.

  Eutelsat’s“smartLNB”is a low-cost device that bundles DTH reception of TV channels with a narrowband satellite return channel forshort transmissions of IP packets.As such, it opens the door for broadcasters to operate their own ecosystem of linear television and connected TV services directly by satellite.

  CiscoVideoscapeis acloud videoplatform, developedto enablea new generation of compelling, differentiated video experiences. Itresponds to user expectationfor video experiences on multiple screensandempowersservice providers and media companies to rapidly create and connect new synchronised, personalised, and intuitive multiscreen experiences.

 TheliveIP streaming service providesa secure multiscreen experience touserswho canaccess content on any connected device. Push VODenablessecure delivery of subscription-based VOD services with large-scale cataloguesatatransmissioncostthat isindependent ofthe number of subscribers.Using the IP connectivity afforded by the “smart LNB”,other value added services can be offered includingreal-time audience measurement, customer intelligence,advanced customer supportandhome automation.

 Visit Eutelsat at IBC from 12 – 16 September

Hall 1 – Stand D59



Dot Hill to Showcase Advanced Video Post-Production Storage Solutions, at IBC2014

Amsterdam, Netherlands ­ 13th September 2014 ­ IBC2014, Hall 6, Stand A.16

— Dot Hill Systems Corp <http://www.dothill.com/> . (Nasdaq: HILL), a

trusted supplier of innovative storage systems to the media and

entertainment industry, will be exhibiting its AssuredSAN® Series of storage

arrays, (including its new Ultra48 system, which is an award-winning,

industry-first 2U 48 disk array) at IBC2014 <http://www.ibc.org/)>  in

Amsterdam between 12th and 16th September. Dot Hill storage solutions are

designed to handle the high bandwidth performance demands of high quality

frame per second transfers faster and more predictably, resulting in time

and money savings in video production, editing and broadcast applications.


IBC visitors will be able to view Dot Hill¹s end-to-end post-production

workflow demonstrations in Hall 6, Stand A.16. Dot Hill will demonstrate its

AssuredSAN Ultra Series solutions, which support multiple streams of content

in HD (1920×1080), UHD (3840×2160) and 4K (4096×2160) resolutions. Attendees

also will see the unique AssuredSAN Ultra48, high-density 2U array with 48

disk devices plus a preview of the new, even higher density, AssuredSAN

based solutions. The AssuredSAN Ultra48 will be running high definition

uncompressed 4K (4096×2160) content direct from disk with Adobe® Premiere®

Pro CC video editing software alongside 12 and 24 drive AssuredSAN 4004

models demonstrating SGO Mistika for stereoscopic 3D editing.


The  AssuredSAN storage solutions deliver the flexibility to incorporate

multiple storage device types in the same NEBS compliant MIL spec enclosure

including SSD, SFF and LFF spinning disk. Combining this versatility with

unique accelerated read-write performance makes the Dot Hill AssuredSAN

models perfect for speeding up editing, production or rendering while

virtually eliminating dropped frames resulting in time and money savings for

M&E professionals. The Rock Solid Wicked Fast Dot Hill AssuredSAN storage

portfolio offers over half a petabyte of capacity in a single system, great

ease of use and certified 99.999% availability.


Dot Hill AssuredSAN solutions will also be featured in exhibits by ATTO

Technology, SGO and Tiger Technology.