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Accedo partners with Xstream

Stockholm, Sweden and Copenhagen, Denmark, May 28th 2015. Xstream, the premium provider of OTT and TV Everywhere services and vendor of the award winning video management system, Xstream MediaMaker™ and Accedo, the global market leader in TV application solutions, today announced that they are entering a strategic partnership.

The joint solution will offer customers a flexible, scalable and agile OTT platform enabling customers to create, manage, monetize and deliver best in breed, personalized Internet TV service combined with captivating applications on any connected device including Smart TVs, game consoles, mobile phones and tablets.

 

"We are excited to be working with Xstream on this joint solution," said Michael Lantz, CEO, Accedo. “The combination of Xstream’s flexible video management system for OTT/TVE services, with Accedo’s suite of multiscreen OTT applications and management solutions empazhises our strengths and will give our clients a seamless offering for delivering, expanding and maintaining attractive video services."

 

“We are delighted to partner with Accedo” said Morten Søger, Global Alliance Director, Xstream. “We’ve recently worked with Accedo on successful deployment of Lightbox, an OTT SVOD service by Spark New Zealand and we’re thrilled to now formalize a proactive partnership. Xstream’s proven OTT platform and Accedo’s unparalleled application experience offers best-in-class Internet TV offering to the market. We share the same passion for helping our customers grow their Internet TV business with flexible and end-user centric solutions enabling our customers to differentiate their service, maximizing monetization of content, reduce churn, and even increase profitability in today’s highly competitive markets”.

 

Together with preferred partners, such as Accedo, Xstream have a market leading end-to-end value proposition with faster time to market, lower TCO and a unique focus on end-user experience. 

Avid Everywhere Drives Media Innovation at Griffin Communications

Burlington, MA, May 27, 2015 – Avid® (Nasdaq: AVID) today announced that Griffin Communications, a market-leading media organization based in Oklahoma, recently embraced Avid Everywhere™ and implemented a complete end-to-end production workflow comprising solutions built on the Avid MediaCentral™ Platform. The new workflow enables Griffin to share content across multiple news and media divisions, collaborate more easily between teams, increase productivity, and maximize resources throughout the entire organization. 

“We spoke with a lot of companies, but only Avid could address our most important issues and challenges through an integrated end-to-end production workflow,” said Steve Schroeder, statewide director of content operations at Griffin. “By sitting down with us and listening to our concerns, Avid was able to provide a solution that enables us to meet our business needs seamlessly, with a minimal amount of effort.”

Reaching more than 90 percent of Oklahoma households, the Griffin network includes two television stations, a statewide radio network, multiple websites, and a mobile information distribution platform. The company’s news stations, located in Oklahoma City and Tulsa, have earned numerous national honors, including a Peabody Award and a National Edward R. Murrow Award.

The new Avid workflow enables Griffin to unite production teams between its Oklahoma City and Tulsa locations, creating an integrated statewide news and media operation. News teams from both stations can now access the same iNEWS® newsroom management system, see all of the available content, and quickly access the media needed for stories. Avid MediaCentral | UX, the cloud-based, web front-end to the Avid MediaCentral Platform, enables Griffin’s news and sports crews working in the field to use iNEWS on their iPads to create and edit stories, work on projects, and access media remotely, greatly enhancing collaboration between reporters and the newsroom staff. 

Both stations can easily access content stored on each ISIS® shared storage system, quickly transfer media, and broadcast programs from either control room, using AirSpeed® servers for playout. The new Avid workflow has made it much faster for production teams to find assets and create compelling news stories, resulting in higher-quality programming.

Finally, the number of newscasts has increased in both markets over the last five years, and the time-saving workflows in Interplay® | Production asset management enable Griffin teams to effectively manage the ever-increasing amount of content without the need for additional staff. Teams can orchestrate time-consuming tasks such as media movement, transcoding, and proxy generation in the background, so they can do more with less.

“Broadcasters like Griffin Communications are facing increased competition and shrinking budgets, so it is critical to improve productivity and operational efficiency throughout the entire organization,” said Kevin Usher, director of Product and Segment Marketing for Broadcast and Media at Avid. “By embracing Avid Everywhere, Griffin is now able to maximize their resources by easily sharing content and collaborating across different locations throughout Oklahoma.”

“With Avid Everywhere, we know the longevity of the system is secure, so we can keep our workflow for years to come,” said Schroeder. “Griffin Communications is constantly looking towards the future, and we don’t see anyone catching up to Avid anytime soon.”

dB Broadcast Lands Major Contract for International Criminal Court

27th May 2015

Cambridgeshire, UK – dB Broadcast has won a major contract to create the Audio Visual broadcast system for the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague.


The Assembly of States Parties of the ICC decided that the ICC – a high profile independent organisation – should be provided with newly built permanent premises in The Hague, and these are nearing completion.


Broadcast quality is a key criterion for the ICC, as the courts handle very high profile cases, and the ICC is called upon to provide broadcast feeds to many of the world’s largest international broadcasters. dB has a proven track record and expertise in remote controlled camera systems where high end broadcast quality video pictures are required.


Audio Visual recording of court proceedings is also a key issue for the ICC.


For this project, dB is able to draw upon extensive experience of working on prestigious buildings, new-build facilities and relocation, including its work at Parliament buildings, and the new BBC facility in central London, which involved relocation from the old BBC Television Centre to New Broadcasting House.


Tom Swan, Sales & Marketing Director of dB Broadcast said: "We are delighted to have won this contract for the ICC. We have completed many such high profile projects to time and to budget for organisations such as the BBC and Sky, and look forward to supporting the ICC this year.”

 

Main Court room current ICC

 

Australia’s Nine Network Transforms Promo Review with Aframe

Westford, MA and London, May 27, 2015 Aframe announced today that by implementing its cloud-based video collaboration platform, Australia’s Nine Network has transformed the review and approval process for hundreds of promos daily, significantly improving productivity and quality. Aframe took the burden of transcoding Nine’s promos off of existing systems, automated processes, enabling same-day, after-hours review of high-quality files by executives on a range of devices.

 

Nine Network Chief Information Officer, Mat Yelavich, noted “What first attracted us to Aframe was its flexibility and ease of use; we needed to get multiple formats to staff for review and approval, wherever they were, as quickly as possible. Aframe has presented productivity gains across multiple business units. We only expect our reliance on Aframe to grow.”

 

Nine is the Network Australia tunes in to watch The Voice, The Block, National Rugby League and Cricket Australia broadcasts, along with locally-produced programs and exclusive international news, sports, entertainment and lifestyle programs. Its promo team produces an average of 300 promos daily, many of them requiring after-hours approval by producers and network executives.

 

“Prior to adopting Aframe, our process was to export QuickTime reference files of finished promos from our post production system manually and have an edit coordinator park on a system to transcode them to H.264.mp4 and WMV files that were small enough to email, then send them out to each reviewer,” explained Dylan Van Dyke, Nine Technology Operations Support Manager. “The impact on our transcoders was becoming a problem. We ingest a terabyte of data daily just to work on the content. Using transcoders to compress promos for review put pressure on that.”

On the other side, upon receiving emails after they’d left the facility, executives and producers found video files that sometimes weren’t of adequate quality to pick up detail, and struggled to make meaningful notes without having accurate timecode references. If they were on a device that didn’t support the file format, they had to make their way to something that did, or wait until the morning when they were back in the office.

 

“The editorial team would leave at night not knowing what would come back, and get in the next day having to re-make promos that had been rejected overnight. We made it work, but it was frustrating for everyone, and it was keeping people in the office a lot longer than they had to be,” Van Dyke said.

 

Aframe automates transcoding, enables mobile review

To address these challenges, Nine Network implemented Aframe’s video Review & Approval solution, setting up a workflow in which editors can export OP1a MXF files that are placed automatically into a shared folder that both Aframe and Nine’s transcode system watch. Aframe picks up the high res export and creates an h.264 proxy that is playable on a wide variety of devices – PC, Android, Mac, etc., and creates a collection of promos or a single promo for review. Reviewers can play the file and approve or reject the promo and provide feedback no matter where they are or what device they’re on, securely and efficiently. Since the file is an exact proxy of the original, it is timecode accurate. Changing to a cloud-based Aframe review workflow has transformed Nine’s workflow, delivering:

 

·         Faster turnaround: Automated transcoding and a one-to-many workflow get links to reviewers fast. Promos are approved or come back with notes on the spot – not the next day.

·         Better promos: Anywhere/anytime access lets executives and editors react to competitive content and improve promos with faster iterations

Van Dyke noted one more benefit. “In my group our motto is ‘Get People Home.’ We apply that to everything we do. If a piece of kit goes down or a process takes longer than it should, we try to fix it. If something can be done at home after hours vs. having to sit in the office we try to make that happen. Aframe has helped us keep people connected to the internal process wherever they are. This has made things easier.”

 

Anevia’s ViaMotion becomes first Cablelabs® certified multi-encoder packager

Paris, May 22, 2015 – Anevia, a global leader in software infrastructure for live television and video-on-demand services, announces CableLabs® certification for ViaMotion Plus, its flagship packaging, streaming and recording solution.
 
ViaMotion is the first on-the-fly, multi-encoder packager to be certified for CableLabs’ two key content encoding specifications, Adaptive Transport Stream (ATS) and Encoder Boundary Point (EBP). As such, it becomes the first truly encoder-agnostic packaging solution for providers seeking unrestricted expansion and enhancement of their multi-screen, OTT services.
 
With new encoders on to market offering improvements in both bandwidth utilization and picture quality, the only obstacle for many service providers has been that of interoperability with their existing packaging solution.

"Prior to these CableLabs specifications, we had to develop custom input protocols for each new encoder vendor," commented Damien Lucas, Anevia co-founder and CTO. "Now, our customers can immediately deploy the very latest, high-performance encoders they need, safe in the knowledge that, providing they’re ATS-EBP compliant, they will all interoperate seamlessly with ViaMotion "

"In addition to this, all those providers who until now, due to their choice of encoder, have been unable to take advantage of ViaMotion’s unique, on-the-fly packaging and DVR capabilities, can now switch without fear of compatibility issues,” Lucas concludes "

Continued Strong Sales for Visionary Routing Platform from Imagine Communications

MUNICH, May 20, 2015 — Imagine Communications, a global leader in video infrastructure, advertising systems and workflow management solutions serving media networks, broadcast stations, digital media, communication service providers and enterprise markets, has supplied more than 50 Platinum™ IP3 multi-path routing switchers to European broadcasters and facilities in recent months. In particular, the router is becoming the de facto standard in many new and upgraded outside broadcast trucks throughout Europe.

 

Platinum IP3 is the latest evolution in Imagine Communications’ innovative Platinum router technology. Like the rest of the acclaimed Platinum line, the enterprise-scale IP3 router integrates mixed-format video and audio routing, copper and fiber inputs and encoded signals such as AES and MADI audio, as well as multiviewers, frame synchronization and quality control. The Platinum IP3 control system helps enable hybrid SDN-IP infrastructures, offering a path to an all-IP future alongside traditional broadcast audio and video, making it an ideal platform for the transition to software-defined broadcast networks and workflows.

 

Recent users include Dutch systems engineers Infostrada which has built the technical infrastructure for a major German reality show. Broadcasters SWR and Hessischer Rundfunk in Germany, Master Films in France and UK-based outside broadcast specialist CTV have also updated their facilities with the Platinum IP3. According to Fabio Bertini, owner and CTO of broadcast production company Telerecord, virtually every new outside broadcast truck built in Italy in the last year has featured a Platinum IP3.

 

“Designing and building an outside broadcast truck is a careful balance of practicalities, operational resilience and future proofing,” said Mr. Bertini. “Multi-purpose trucks need completely different set-ups for each job, so the flexibility and ease of configuration of the router is vital. With the Platinum IP3 we can simply store configurations, and then recall them instantly, saving time and operator resources when we get on site.

 

“The real benefit of the Platinum IP3, though, is its ability to support a path to an all-IP future. Like all broadcast providers, we have to plan how we are going to make a smooth transition from baseband audio and video to IP. With the new Platinum control system, we can take it a step at a time, knowing the system will switch the signals whether they are on co-ax or Ethernet, and operationally nothing will change so we have no risks on location.”

 

“The Platinum IP3 router is designed to grow as the user’s requirements grow,” said Mathias Eckert, vice president, EMEA, Imagine Communications. “The router can expand to sizes of 2048 x 2048 and beyond, with signals of up to 3Gb/s video or 10 gigabit Ethernet. Most importantly, it can be reconfigured or expanded without even taking the router off air. That is a remarkable benefit for a broadcaster or transmission facility.”

 

Tedial brings Tedial Evolution™ to Broadcast Asia 2015

Singapore – Broadcast Asia 2015 – May 20, 2015Tedial, the leading independent MAM technology solutions specialist, is revealing IABM Game Changer Award Winner Tedial Evolution™, an enhanced version of its Media IT platform, to the Asia market at Broadcast Asia 2015. Tedial Evolution, which is being demonstrated on the Magna stand #5C2-01, significantly extends MAM functionality with advanced search/indexing tools, new services to surf/explore archives, and improved integration between archive and workflow engines to reinforce a collaborative environment.

 

NEW GUI: The user experience of Tedial Evolution™ has been built on the existing tried and trusted Tedial platform including HTML5 and is designed to speed both manual and automated workflows. The design philosophy of the new user interface surface is to improve efficiency and performance through reducing key strokes and menu interactions, as well as keeping frequently used tools on the screen. True multi-screen (Smartphone, Tablet, etc.) and multi-platform (IOS, Android, Windows, etc.) operations allow users to manage tasks, validate media or monitor workflows status from mobile devices, a key element in an collaborative workflow environment where not everyone can be guaranteed to be at a fixed workstation.

 

The interface is fully customizable for individual preferences or work assignments, including different metadata views and screen configurations, with an integrated activity monitor and unified view of archives, workflows and business processes. And the new interface features a configurable ”logging” board with shortcuts for actions and actors, specially designed for sports and live events.

 

NEW Tarsys Search/Indexing Engine:  The Tedial Evolution™ Search/Indexing engine has been extended to organize/search collections and other object related entities, to index very large databases via shared indexes, and to automatically tag descriptive metadata based on scoring of texts using stop words. The system now autocompletes user keyword inputs and generates suggestions for every entry as it is typed. It offers new methods to surf the MAM through “departments” using an “Amazon.com style” facets category and/or group entities. The system can also auto-tag, relating assets based on most relevant tags.


True Object Relational Database:
Harnessing the power of the existing true Object Relational Database, a new set of tools provides a service to manage group entities, a multi-level classification schema (collections, albums, series, projects, rights, delivery packages, etc.) based on dynamic, changing relations.

Extended Business Process Management Services: Business Process Management services have been extended to reinforce collaboration, allowing several users to work with the same asset. New collaborative processes can be defined using an extended library of foundation workflows and activities.

 

Esther Mesas, Tedial’s Chief Sales & Marketing Officer said, “We are delighted to be exhibiting at Broadcast Asia alongside our partner Magna Systems & Engineering. This is the first time that Tedial Evolution has been shown in Asia and we look forward to demonstrating a completely new user experience designed to accelerate both manual and automated media workflow. Tedial Evolution enables broadcasters and content owners to take real advantage of file-based workflows, cloud computing and other emerging technologies with minimum risk and maximum benefits.”

 

BNN uses the Quicklink Mac Live for the UK Shetland elections

This month saw the UK elections commence. News on the run up, during and post elections have been covered extensively by the world’s press. Even the most northern parts of the UK -The Orkney and subarctic Shetland Islands needed a solution for low latency, high quality live transmissions.

 

Lerwick in the Shetland Islands, was the UK’s most Northerly election count. The seat is a Liberal Democrat stronghold held by Alistair Carmichael MP and was of particular media interest as the last stand for the party in Scotland.

 

Heavy seas and bad weather proved a challenge for the News team getting to the island. However, BNN’s setup included a MacBook Pro running the Quicklink Mac Live 5.9 software encoder. The Eutelsat NewsSpotter Ka network was used for the satellite transmission link. The video/audio was captured using a Sony FS700RH camera, Blackmagic Design TV Studio and Blackmagic Design mini recorder via a thunderbolt cable. Audio Talkback was also available with the Quicklink IFB talkback.

 

Despite the bad weather BNN achieved superb quality footage. BNN’s Bobby Nelson comments on the quality of the software:

“I have compared the quality to previous transmissions and we were not able to differentiate any quality difference between the content that came out of a little island far north of Scotland in the middle of nowhere compared to what is produced daily in the City of Glasgow. The picture and sound quality were excellent.”

The Quicklink Mac Live solution gave BNN the opportunity to transmit live two way audio interviews both to the studio in Glasgow and also the ITV Network studio.

 

The Quicklink Mac Live continues to be used at BNN and is certainly going to be used in future projects said Bobby: “We’ve used Quicklink over many major events now and it has worked very well for us. It’s a robust piece of software, so we have a lot of faith and that’s why we continue to use it.”

 

The Quicklink Mac Live offers a new improved codec, improved Inmarsat satellite functionality and customised audio bitrate selection if a higher audio quality is desired. In addition the software also automatically protects the stream over high-loss networks and offers superior quality on low bandwidth networks.

 

Clients prosper with Panasonic Partner Portal

Panasonic has launched a new B2B Partner Portal, to cover more products and make it easier for distributors and resellers to access customer facing information and register new business.

The new web-based service is open to clients across the company’s Visual Systems and Communications divisions Europe wide, and will be expanded to other business divisions later this year. Professionals who sign up for the scheme have access to the latest product information, sales news and business incentives, with rewards scaled according to the level of partnership.

The Partner Portal categorises clients between three different partner levels – Registered, Expert or Solutions – depending on the client’s level of training and sales volume. This level tailors the content which partners can see, with more exclusive benefits for ‘Expert’ and ‘Solutions’ partners.

The Partner Portal features a full product library linked to a central database, an online training programme and provides instant answers to product related questions. High level partners will also benefit from end user business lead allocation.

Valerie Poret, Panasonic European Channel Manager, said, “The Partner Portal is about closing the gap between Panasonic, our channel partners and the end user. Clients will have access to a wealth of resources through the portal allowing them to maximise potential sales and achieve the highest levels of service for our shared customers.”

Depending on products, partners can find easy tools to support their daily business, such as “eConfig” which helps telecommunications specialists to build their customer offer and select, at a glance, the system perfectly matching end user requirements.

For visual technologies, AV rental companies have access to a community platform allowing them to share information about their fleet of products available for cross-rental. This platform makes it much easier to find local suppliers for touring events, rent a specific lens or to pool a large quantity of assets for very big projects.

Panasonic has Europe’s largest B2B technology line-up. 70 per cent of the company’s revenue globally is generated within the B2B market.

GB Labs and Marquis Team Up for Broadcast Asia

21 May 2015: Marquis Broadcast, experts in content workflows and media integration software, specialise in moving media.  The Company has today announced it has teamed up with GB Labs to show the integration of its collaborative Avid editing tools with both Marquis’ Workspace Parking, the ‘set & forget’ disaster recovery solution for Avid workspaces first launched at NAB 2015, plus Project Parking, Marquis’ popular archive and retrieve solution, at Broadcast Asia on booth 5E1-01.

“We have been working closely with GB Labs for a number of years,” confirms Ben Miles, business development manager, Marquis Broadcast.   “Our collaboration and the integration of our solutions now means Avid facilities can have total control over their media files and video projects.  The result of the integration is a seamless shared editing and archiving workflow that delivers considerable cost-savings and greatly enhanced productivity.” 

 

“GB Labs’ Avid editing tools for our Space units in combination with Project Parking enables supervisors to have a complete oversight of every project and each associated file, which is essential for storage management data security, project restoration and disaster recovery,” explains GB Labs’ vice president, Ben Pearce.  “For Avid workgroups this means that projects can be archived and restored very quickly and primary storage arrays can be managed far more efficiently. GB Labs’ fast networked storage is optimised for Avid sharing; its primary, nearline and tape-based systems sit on the same network for instant user access and very high speed data transfer.

 

“Thanks to the Marquis software, GB Labs’ Avid customers can immediately locate every project wherever it is stored on the network, recognize every duplicate file, manage redundant clips and easily transfer completed jobs to nearline or offline storage, ready to be restored as needed.

 

“With the new integration of Workspace Parking, it is also easy to store the back-up entire workspaces,” continues Pearce.  “Individual projects or bins of older versions of projects can then be easily identified and restored to an ISIS or laptop immediately, providing a complete and rapid business continuity solution.  We are looking forward to demonstrating these innovative solutions at Broadcast Asia.”