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News Press & Gazette Choose BroadStream’s OASYS Integrated Playout as their NexGen Playout Platform

Atlanta, GA, USA – 28 January 2016 – Leading playout solutions provider, BroadStream Solutions, has announced that News-Press & Gazette (NPG) has chosen OASYS, one of the most established integrated playout platforms in the industry, as its next generation playout solution.
 
BroadStream’s OASYS will manage playout for Santa Barbara’s KEYT (ABC), Santa Maria’s KCOY (CBS) and San Luis Obispo’s KKFX (FOX) as well as their MyRTV channel.  In Monterey, OASYS will manage KION (CBS), KMUV (Telemundo), NION (CW) and their 24 Hour News Channel.
 
The OASYS platform will interface to NPG’s WideOrbit traffic system to ensure a seamless workflow, and the system’s powerful integrated graphics engine will give NPG advanced on-air graphic and branding capabilities. With OASYS’s Multi-Channel Framework, operators will be able to control multiple channels from one location using the customizable web-based user interface.
 
The simple solution architecture that forms OASYS will enable NPG to add a wide array of optional software modules, to provide additional playout functionality and flexibility, when required. The platform is highly scalable and easily accommodates additional playout servers for new channels and backup, additional ingest servers and expansion of central storage, which can be added at any time without interruption to channels currently on-air.
 
NPG’s broadcast division owns or operates 42 TV network affiliates, 4 radio stations and multiple digital platforms operating in 10 diverse markets throughout the midwest and western United States.
 
“The US local news market is really opening up for BroadStream as more and more broadcasters and playout operators like NPG, understand and will reap the benefits that our integrated playout offering can bring,” said Herbert Brenninkmeijer, CEO BroadStream Solutions Inc. “We’re very proud that OASYS is fast becoming the go-to, next generation, file-based playout platform across the industry”.

Creative and Interactive children programming with the Quicklink TX

Creative and interactive children’s programming with the Quicklink TX

Gorilla is a full service post production house specializing in broadcast media and film. They were looking for innovative ways to create interactive TV programmes allowing for audience participation, specifically within the children’s programming genre for Welsh language broadcaster S4C. The company had the means to obtain videos and to setup phone quizzes but also wished to interact with young viewers via audio and video.

When a contestant was dialing in from home and the quality of the Internet connection was poor – a common issue in rural Wales – the production company would need to send its satellite truck. However, the data transmissions were costly.

To get around this, Gorilla were keen to install a straightforward system that allowed contributors to dial in. Technology Director Rhodri James explained the key issues they faced;

“We are dealing with children. How do we manage them dialing into the system? How do we queue them? How can the production staff check and interact with them before putting them on air?”

Gorilla was one of the first users of the Quicklink TX. The Skype TX powered software solution enables professional reception and transmission of Skype video calls through an SDI and HDMI interface. This provides broadcasters like Gorilla with unrivalled access to millions of connected Skype users.

The Quicklink TX comes complete with the Skype TX controller. Gorilla’s Rhodri James said;

“Being able to queue several people, use multiple TX’s to allocate the contestants to whatever TX you need, being able to speak to them through the talkback beforehand and then put them on air are all key for us. This demonstrates the exceptional level of control that we have.”

Incorporating the Quicklink TX has also given the studio the ability to use the free software called Bondio. This enables the remote Skype caller to increase their network bandwidth speed, guaranteeing a more reliable connection for an improved quality video/audio transmission.

Rhodri James commented on how the Quicklink TX has opened up doors for the production company;

“This system has enabled us to be more creative in our approach to programming. The Quicklink TX is affordable and a fantastic way of extending our studio/gallery to the outside world.”

“We definitely see the Quicklink TX being used in more programmes, in capacities other than children’s programming in the future. It can be used for any genre – I don’t see us being limited in  terms of its uses”.

 

IntoPIX Announces Its New Generation Of AES IP-Cores

Mont-Saint-Guibert, Belgium — January 19, 2015 — intoPIX, a leading provider ofIP cores for security and video compression, announced today the extension ofits AES encryption IP core family to support higher bitrates applications from10 to 100 Gbps and additional features. Thanks to its high performance andscalable architecture, customers can now build optimal solutions for bothcompressed and uncompressed secured video transmission links.

The IPX-AES IP-Cores provide an efficient and flexible implementation of the Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) offering several functions and operating modes. The AES family of cores supports both 128-bit and 256-bit keys and follows the Advanced Encryption Standard.

 

The flexible architecture allows combining several functions and operating modes on very small footprints. Modes can be used separately or combined into a single design: ECB (Electronic Code-Book), CBC (Cipher Block Chaining), CTR (Counter). A specific wrapper to support GCM (Galois/Counter Mode) is also available.

 

“Our AES IP cores are ideal for high speed networking and video over IP. Thanks to our unique architecture, we propose a flexible solution enabling trade-off between area, performance and technology”, said Gael Rouvroy, CTO of intoPIX. 

Draper Introduces Larger Optically Seamless TecVision Surfaces

(Spiceland, Ind.) – Draper, Inc. will be showing new, larger sizes for its award-winning TecVision Engineered Surface Technology line at Integrated Systems Europe 2016.

Optically Seamless TecVision screens are now available up to 23 feet high.

“When we introduced TecVision we limited the sizes to 15 feet in viewing height because 15 feet was the largest we could provide without traditional seams,” according to Bob Mathes, AV/Video Sales & Marketing Manager for Draper, Inc. “We decided that we should leverage our seaming expertise along with our state of the art TecVision technology to come up with a way to make bigger surfaces.”

Instead of using traditional seams, or taking the very expensive approach of having a seamless substrate, Draper took a different approach.

“We decided to fuse a base substrate which resulted in a flatter base material with a stronger weld,” says Mathes. “With the ideal substrate perfected we could then use our TecVision formulation process to create a perfect and optically seamless viewing surface.”

TecVision’s Optically Seamless viewing surfaces can be seen in action during Integrated Systems Europe, February 9-12 in Amsterdam, in stand 6-H132. For more information, visit www.draperinc.co.uk/projectionscreens/tecvision.aspx.

StoryBoard Artist Version 7 Now Available

Los Gatos, CA – January 25, 2016 – PowerProduction Software, the leading developer of visualization solutions for film and video production, announced today the availability of StoryBoard Artist Version 7, the essential digital and animatic storyboard creation tool for filmmakers. The new version 7 release amps up 3D capabilities, adding an unlimited number of character poses, advanced motion graphics, and integration with StoryBoard mobile apps for previs creation across devices.

“StoryBoard Artist Version 7 gives you the simplicity and speed of working in 2D environments with all the flexibility you want when creating a 3D representation of your vision. It’s really the best of both worlds," says Paul Clatworthy, creative director at PowerProduction. "Artist 7 eliminates the time and learning curve that comes with creating an entire 3D world. With all the assets at your fingertips, users can quickly and easily create the shot they want. They can tweak characters in 3D just as if they were directing actors. Artist 7 is our best upgrade ever, building on our rich history of innovation in media production software.”

StoryBoard Artist Version 7 Key Features

·         Unlimited character posing with straightforward adjustment tools lets users get started quickly and tweak poses as needed

·         New motion graphics capabilities let users define character movement within shots, providing an exact representation of the director’s vision for that scene

·         Supports standard 3D formats as well as Autodesk .FBX and Google SketchUp

·         Integration with StoryBoard mobile apps allows users to storyboard on any of their devices

·         Expanded timeline editing and sound sweetening

·         Imports native screenplay formats such as Final Draft, Screenwriter and more

·         Floating licensing, no hardware key

·         Streamlined interface

Pricing and Availability
StoryBoard Artist Version 7 is immediately available through the PowerProduction Software worldwide reseller channel and direct from the PowerProduction Software website at www.powerproduction.com for 499.99 USD.

StoryBoard Artist owners can upgrade to the new version 7.0 for 199.00 USD.

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EBS EXPANDS WITH EPG IMAGE TEAM PROVIDING QUALITY IMAGES AND ANNOUNCES AMC NETWORKS INTERNATIONAL – UK AS FIRST CUSTOMER

Baldock, UK – 26th January 2016EBS, the leading full-service provider of EPG data for platforms and channels worldwide, has announced that it has expanded with the formation of an image team and is creating a comprehensive EPG image library for existing and future clients. EBS is answering the needs of platforms, channels and content owners worldwide that require high-quality programme images that reflect the expectations of today’s viewers across multiple channels and platforms.

 

The first client to use EBS’ new image resource is AMC Networks International – UK. EBS is now supplying images for all of AMCNI – UK’s channel brands including AMC, CBS Reality, CBS Action and Sundance Channel. Images are a key element of the EPG enticing viewers by providing an important visual element to the programme or series.

 

The EBS library will provide quality images that are rights-approved for appropriate territories and that allow channels to maintain editorial control with images that are associated with their brand. Platforms including Sky now stipulate images as part of their channels’ EPG data requirements and this is likely to become a standard requirement for platforms globally.

 

Keith Bedford EBS’ Managing Director explains, “Channels have to deal with increasing amounts of images in different sizes and formats to satisfy the number of platforms that require them. It’s not unusual for a channel to have to produce between 40 and 50 images per programme. This expansion allows us to provide a dedicated, high-quality image resource that significantly simplifies this process.”

 

KFX Technology debuts high end motorised slider with Ronford Baker at BSC Expo 2016

New York and London, 21st January 2016: KFX Technology will launch their new high end motorised slider at the BSC Expo 2016 on the Ronford Baker stand, #209.
KFX Technology was chosen by Ronford Baker to collaborate on motorising their well known sliders after impressing them with the high quality engineering of the KFX Aurora Remote Head. The Aurora head is precision engineered, easy and intuitive to use, with more than enough power for the most demanding applications, and already has an established success and reputation in the movie industry worldwide.

KFX Technology’s CEO Steve Scammell: “KFX Technology, now based in New York, emerged from Kontrol Freax Ltd, a company that was among the first to offer lightweight motion control to the UK film market. Eventually working world wide from USA to China to Indonesia, Kontrol Freax worked with the BBC Planet Earth Team to bring Hollywood production values to natural history programming. KFX’ second collaboration with the BBC Natural History Unit saw us design a bespoke lightweight motion control system for use on the Frozen Planet TV series.”

“The experience gained from creating technology that works reliably and is easy to use in those extreme conditions was put to use in the development of the Aurora remote head and now the slider motor. Plug and play design and ease of use are at the core of our design philosophy as well as reliability. Recent productions include Mission Impossible 5, Spectre, Star Wars the Force Awakens, Insurgent, Daddy’s Home and Downton Abbey, Game of Thrones and Victor Frankenstein.
“Now the Aurora head and slider motor work together to form a 3 axis system remotely controlled through just one cable. The 5 minute set up time for the head and slider allows for more flexibility on set to create more unique shots without lengthy rigging time, using the slider and head in either overslung or underslung mode.”
-see YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gtsrvnpK0HI

ATEME Powers 4K Content on Globo Play, the New OTT Video Platform Launched by Globo

Globo, the largest commercial TV network in Latin America, has deployed ATEME’s innovative TITAN stream processing system to power 4K content on its new OTT multi-screen services. The newly launched Globo Play services are available on smart TVs, PCs, smartphones and tablets. The first TV shows to benefit from this UHD resolution will be the 2014 mini-series "Dupla identidade", followed by "Ligações perigosas", which will air in January 2016.

 

The TITAN solution delivers the highest video quality at minimum bitrates for cable, DTT, DTH and OTT. Utilizing high density software compression, TITAN is based on the ATEME fifth Generation STREAM© compression engine, and runs on any operating system — Linux, Windows and virtual machines. TITAN is the ideal solution for converged headend, servicing main and multi-screen applications.

 

“Globo Play platform enhances our offering to our current customers by delivering their favorite shows live and on demand to any screen” said Marcelo Souza, Digital Media Technology Director at Globo “ATEME TITAN enables us to launch our UHD OTT service at minimal bitrates and at the same time, deliver high video quality.”

 

Gustavo Dutra, Brazil’s Country Manager at ATEME, said: “Working closely with Globo, we fine-tuned our TITAN solution to provide the highest quality service at minimal bit rate. Our global experience in OTT UHD deployments led to a seamless integration with TV Globo eco-system, from the CDN to mobile device players and smart TVs. ATEME’s solutions offer the industry-leading video quality, scalability, and growth options that will support TV Globo’s continued development for the years to come.”

 

ISE 2016 – Leading business experts participate in Opening Panel Discussion

AMSTERDAM, 25 JANUARY 2016: The pre-show Opening Panel Discussion is set to take place on the day before Integrated Systems Europe opens its doors on 8 February at the RAI, Amsterdam. The event will be led by David Rowan, Editor-in-Chief of WIRED UK magazine, who will moderate a panel made up of leading business and technology experts.

The Opening Panel Discussion will explore how the convergence of AV and IT, driven by the rapid evolution and implementation of IP technology, has created increasing technical challenges and business opportunities for the installation and integration market sector. Under the theme and title of ‘How Sensors are Bringing AV and IT Together’, the expert panel will seek to answer key questions on one of the businesses hottest topics.

Rowan commented: “IP has proven to be the ‘Great Unifier’, bringing together many diverse industries onto the network. Given the ramp-up of cloud, video, unified communications and collaboration, digital signage, smart building and mobile, this panel brings together experts to discuss how AV and IT share today’s voice/video/data network.”

WIRED UK is the award-winning technology, innovation and trends magazine covering innovation and the people and businesses that are building the future. Rowan has addressed TED Global and Google Zeitgeist events, and frequently contributes on Newsnight and the Today programme in the UK. He is in touch with many of the world’s leading trend-setters and travels the world searching out the latest apps and gadgets, the cutting-edge R&D departments, universities and start-ups that are, or soon will be changing business, culture and every aspect of our lives from AI to wearable technology to smart homes.

Participants in the Opening Panel Discussion:

Toni Barnett:  CDEC, Managing Director.  Barnett leads a £13m business with a team of 40 operations, sales and admin staff and around 50 engineers working across the UK for professional integrator CDEC. She first started selling into the education sector (CDEC’s core business today) over 20 years ago and has a first-hand understanding of how technology in education has evolved. The company has won Reseller /Integrator of the Year at the AV Awards twice in succession, amongst a number of other accolades. Under her direction, CDEC is now involved in high level projects and covers a broad range of verticals nationwide.

Jonathan Wagstaff: Context, Country Manager.  Wagstaff has managed global data-collection projects for major IT vendors and is currently responsible for the UK and IE IT distribution, reseller, and retail panel for Context.  The company collects both sales and pricing data at every point in the supply chain to provide fact-based detail of total end user consumption; complete margin visibility; and real channel sales figures for both B2B and retail clients. He has close relationships with many UK GTDC members and is active in panel recruitment. Wagstaff has also held roles as a consultant with Accenture UK and Essex County Council.

Kevin Morrison: Harman, Executive Vice President.  Morrison has been involved in the AV & IT (Hardware & Software) and Broadcast industries internationally for over 25 years. Previously Morrison was the CEO and a founder of Endeleo Group, which was acquired by AMX in October 2006. Initially responsible for the creation and development of the AMX Network Media Group, Morrison was appointed to the role of Managing Director of AMX Europe in 2008. AMX was acquired by the Harman Group in April 2014 and in October 2015 he was appointed the Senior Vice President of the Enterprise Strategic Business Unit. He is now responsible for global sales of Harman brands under the Harman Professional Division.

Mark Grady: Google, Android & Chrome for Work, Channel Sales Lead, EMEA.  Working with business customers Grady looks after the sales and business development of Google’s suite of Chrome and Android products in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. This includes Chromebox for Meetings which is Google’s video conferencing product, and management of Chrome devices in digital signage solutions. Prior to joining Google in 2013, he worked for over 15 years in marketing, business development and management roles with Virgin, Orange and Microsoft.

Bernd Eberhardt: NEC, President and CEO, NEC Display Solutions.  NEC Display Solutions Europe has its European headquarters in Munich, Germany and is responsible for all business activities in EMEA. It benefits from the technological know-how and technologies of the NEC Corporation and, with its own R&D, is one of the world’s leading manufacturers offering a wide product range of leading display solutions. The display product portfolio ranges from entry-level to professional and specialist desktop LCDs, via large-size public displays for digital and retail signage.

Free to attend for all registered ISE attendees, the Opening Panel Discussion will take place in the Forum at 18.00 and be followed by the official Opening Reception in the Forum Lounge. Complimentary food and drink will be available for all attendees.

For more information and registration, please go to: www.iseurope.org/opening-panel-discussion

Marquis Helps Warner Bros. Park Projects

Greg Light, senior edit assistant, Warner Bros

 

25 January 2016: Marquis Broadcast, experts in content workflows and media integration software, specialise in moving media.  The Company has today announced its archive and retrieve solution, Project Parking, now developed to be a complete Avid storage management solution, has been selected by Warner Bros. Television Production UK Ltd (WBTVP UK) to park projects.

 

“Based at Grays Inn Road, London, WBTVP UK is an internal post house for large group of production companies,” confirms Simon Brett, technical manager, Warner Bros.  “WBTVP UK is using Project Parking to manage the Avid projects on its 250 TB EditShare and 96 TB Isis storage.

 

“Projects span multiple workspaces and having a clear, top down view of those spaces is essential for media management as well as archiving Avid projects internally or between storage or sharing Avid projects externally,” explains Brett.  “Project Parking is also being used to allow projects started on EditShare, to be moved over to Avid Isis storage with the goal of lowering the cost of nearline storage.”

 

Greg Light, senior edit assistant, Warner Bros comments: “Our main challenge was how to archive a production that has nearly complete but for some reason been put on hold or had TX/completion dates pushed back.  Material needs to be kept safe but be more accessible and have faster recovery than deep LTO based steps.  Previously, large projects would end up using both nearline and online quality storage or if space became critical, conforming back to high resolution LTO restores would be an option.   The workspace analysis in Project Parking is now key in offering a clear view of storage usage per production/project.  Finding orphaned files or those that have been saved to incorrect locations is also very useful.  It also enables us to move projects from our expensive on line storage out to cheaper nearline as necessary.”

With the ever increasing demands to use more media there is a growing need for organisations to optimise shared storage resources and Project Parking offers an intuitive toolset to analyse and manage media to optimise shared storage utilisation,” confirms Chris Steele, managing director, Marquis Broadcast.  “In a single application the solution analyses all Avid projects and media to identify which projects are using up most space and take appropriate action to transfer, archive or delete.  It enables analysis of all Avid projects and workspaces on shared edit storage by size, age and location. Then, projects can be copied to any storage device, taken offsite to re-edit and then later merged back on-line, resulting in the management and optimisation of Avid shared storage and other storage platforms.  By taking care of the technical know-how, Marquis enables end users to focus on the important task of creativity.”