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AES 139th International Convention in New York City: Registration and Special Hotel Packages Now Available for Upcoming Convention

New York, NY, June 24, 2015 — If it’s about audio, it’s at AES – and this year’s 139th AES International Convention will once again take over the professional audio landscape of New York City, October 29 – November 1, 2015, at the Jacob Javits Center. From the Special Events and Exhibition Floor presentations offered by the free Exhibits-Plus badge, to the four days of in-depth Tech Program available to holders of the premium All Access badge, the 139th AES Convention will offer a of range topics and technologies with points of interest for every aspect of the audio industry. Additionally, the AES has made arrangements with several hotels in the area to offer special pricing and reservations for AES attendees, exclusively available through the AES Housing website.   

Several badge options are available for this year’s Convention: the free Exhibits-Plus badge, the premium All Access badge, a Single-Day All Access badge and a Single Event badge.  

Exhibits-Plus badges are your FREE pass to attending the world’s largest dedicated professional audio Exhibition and Special Events. The Exhibits-Plus badge will also give you access to the Opening Ceremonies and Awards, the popular Project Studio Expo and Live Sound Expo presentation stages, and more. Exhibits-Plus badges are completely free with advance registration through the AES website.  

All Access badges are available to anyone looking to take their knowledge and professional career to the next level. AES will once again be the meeting place for the top names in audio engineering to deliver a diverse Tech Program of Workshops, Tutorials, Papers and more on the latest developments in professional audio. All Access badge-holders may attend all on-site AES events. (Tickets for tech tours cost extra and can be purchased at the Convention.)   

This year, due to overwhelming response, AES is also offering two additional badge designations. Single- and 2-Day All Access badges are available for Friday, October 30; Saturday, October 31; and Sunday, November 1. These options are ideal for people who cannot attend all four days of the Convention.  

Housing:
Once again, the AES has made arrangements with several hotels in the area to offer exclusive competitive pricing and reservations for AES attendees. For access to these special rates, visit the AES139 Convention Housing website and get in on special hotel packages available only through the AES, during this busy time in city, with the New York Marathon and other events also taking place. These deals offer the best deals on accommodations within easy proximity to the Javits Center and other New York City attractions. These reduced-rate rooms will sell out fast, and attendees can request hotel reservations online or contact the AES Housing Customer Contact Center: Monday through Friday, 9am to 9pm (Eastern Time); 1-800-483-2433 (Toll Free U.S. & Canada); 415-979-2296 (Outside U.S. & Canada); AESHousing@cmrus.com. Book today for best availability!   

For the latest information on Registration and Housing for the AES139 Convention visit http://www.aes.org/events/139/

AFRAME PROVIDES CLOUD VIDEO COLLABORATION PLATFORM TO BBC WORLDWIDE’S FORMATS TEAM

Thursday 25th June: Aframe has supplied the BBC Worldwide’s Formats Team with a cloud video platform to help the process of hosting and sharing format screeners with its clients around the world. Aframe provides BBC Worldwide with a centrally managed portal that can be used as a central repository where different versions of screeners such as Strictly Come Dancing and The Great British Bake Off are stored and shared with clients across the globe to stream online or download.

 

Aframe’s cloud video platform removes the need to burn multiple DVDs and post them, which can prove not only costly and time-consuming for content owners, but also cause potential delayed discussions between the team and potential clients. Instead, all content can be shared in a cloud-based environment, which is accessible at any time, from any location.

 

David Peto, Aframe Founder and CEO: “Everything we do is focused on helping our clients manage the complexities of the video workflow – finding, sharing, and reviewing media faster and more cost effectively, wherever they are. And it is great that the BBC Worldwide formats team have also been able to benefit from this.”

Major Spanish Broadcasters Turn to Live Audiovisual and LiveU Technology for Regional and Local Election Coverage

Hackensack, NJ, June 25, 2015 LiveU, the pioneer and leader in IP-based live video services and broadcast solutions for acquisition, management and distribution, announced today that Live Audiovisual (LIVE!) has provided unprecedented coverage of the recent local and regional elections in Spain with a large-scale deployment of LiveU technology across the country. The deal has been overseen by regional LiveU partner Park 7.

 

Major national and regional media turned to Live Audiovisual and LiveU, including: Mediaset;  Atresmedia; Forta; Xarxa; 13 TV; RTVCyLeon; TV Extremadura; and El País.

 

Live Audiovisual facilitated the coverage of both last-minute campaigning as well as the evolving overall picture on election day and night with tens of LiveU units working simultaneously as the day progressed. Units from across the company’s range were deployed, including the small but powerful LU200. They were used both independently as well integrated with Ka-band flyaway technology.

 

LiveU’s technology has been widely deployed globally for election coverage as media outlets recognise its power and flexibility. This includes a major partnership with Sky News for the recent UK general elections as well as for elections in India, Greece, and Sri Lanka.

 

Following on from its recent success, and in order to provide enhanced service, Live Audiovisual is now rolling out its network of offices at over 10 locations in Spain, all with IPDSNG flyaway Ka-band equipment integrated with LiveU units.

 

Zion Eilam, Head of Business Operations Europe, LiveU, said, “It’s very gratifying to see deployments on this scale as our technology continues to grow in popularity. It’s now a question of how the technology can be used, not whether it should be used, and nowhere is this clearer than in the case of election coverage, where it’s simply ideal.”

 

Anvato Adds Live-to-VOD Capabilities for Instant TV Everywhere Syndication

Mountain View, CA – June 25, 2015 – Anvato, the complete TV Everywhere platform provider, today introduced a new Live-to-VOD capability that allows content owners and programmers to create video-on-demand files from their live linear streams and syndicate these files to multiple online destinations (e.g., Netflix, Hulu) and MVPDs (e.g., cable operators and telcos) in near real time.
 
Available to Anvato Media Content Platform (MCP) customers, the live-to-VOD functionality enables content owners, programmers and broadcasters to syndicate their shows and other premium video assets, such as sporting events and concerts, as video-on-demand files to MVPDs as quickly as possible after the show has aired live.
 
“These new capabilities expand upon the cloud DVR and social syndication functionality we announced recently, and offer our customers the most advanced, integrated solution for simple and accelerated distribution of content on any screen,” said Alper Turgut, Anvato CEO. “The new live-to-VOD service is a software solution that automates asset creation and requires no human intervention. This simplification of the workflow offers outstanding value by acting as a bridge between live and on-demand, and provides benefits including lower costs, faster distribution, and convenience to programmers and MVPDs.” 
 
Typically, syndicated shows need to retain watermarks so that the programmer can get ratings credit and maximize ad revenue for the first couple of days after it is live streamed. Afterwards, a clean asset free of watermarks and commercials needs to be prepared, and the asset must be conditioned for dynamic ad insertion prior to syndication. The clean asset needs to be syndicated, replacing the watermarked asset.
 
Anvato’s live-to-VOD solution automates this workflow and accomplishes the entire process without manual intervention. It performs functions such as:

  • Partitioning live signal using SCTE markers from broadcast automation system
  • Automatically cutting entire shows in a frame accurate manner
  • Associating shows with the right upstream and scheduling metadata
  • Syndicating to the right destinations
  • Producing clean assets by automatically removing commercials
  • Resyndicating to the correct destinations at the right time
  • Reporting on syndication status

Anvato’s powerful yet extremely streamlined TV Everywhere platform is 100% software-based and uses off-the-shelf hardware. This approach provides customers with a more flexible service that is not only significantly more cost-effective, but also easier to deploy and manage compared to other TV Everywhere solutions. To learn more or to set up a demonstration of Anvato solutions, email info@anvato.com

National Library of Norway installs second Scanity in quest to become ‘modern digital national library’

25 June 2015 

The National Library of Norway has recently installed a state-of-the art film scanner from dft. The Scanity HDR is the second film scanner purchased by the National Library, which leads the way as a new modern digital national library and the nation’s ‘national memory bank’, safeguarding its collection for future generations.

The National Library is in the process of systematically digitizing and archiving its entire collection of newspapers, pictures, books, sound, manuscripts, film and parliamentary reports – from the Middle Ages to present day materials. Huge progress has been made, and the library is already able to offer online copies of all books, published up to 2000, to anyone holding a Norwegian IP address.

The Library holds copies of all Norwegian films, videos and television programmes, in addition to many foreign films distributed in Norway – as well as an important collection of documents (such as posters, stills and scripts) related to films distributed across the country.

Located in Mo i Rana and Oslo, the team responsible for digitizing the film content have been tasked with completing the entire film collection of over 21,000 titles before 2030 – a significant project in itself.

Martin Weiss, Audiovisual preservation specialist at the National Library explains why a second Scanity was needed for the project: “We have had a very good experience with our first Scanity, and as the National Library of Norway plans to digitize all of its film titles, we needed to expand our scanning capability.”

The new scanner from dft has been developed specifically for archives and facilities handling delicate or damaged film materials. Its patented HDR technology is adept at capturing data from dense black and white materials and its ‘wet gate’, a fluid tank, which the film passes through, fills any surface imperfections with fluid at the point of scan. In addition to delivering superb, crisp pictures at high scanning speeds, users also benefit from Scanity’s renowned safe and gentle film handling – ensuring even the most delicate of film can be scanned for future generations to enjoy.

Working alongside dft’s scanning capability, the National Library’s solution integrates the Dot Hill AssuredSAN® Ultra48™ storage solution, to manage the great quantity of data generated during the process.

Weiss adds: “With our new Scanity HDR, we are looking forward to testing the potential quality improvements that come when scanning black and white film, and also using the new wetgate system.”

Simon Carter, Director, dft added: “dft is delighted that the National Library of Norway has invested in a second Scanity for this important project. The team has already seen what can be achieved using Scanity – in terms of picture quality and through-put – and we hope that this new addition will further enhance their workflow, so that they can manage and capture the best possible images from even the most damaged and delicate film materials.”

 

One Week Left for Limited-time Avid Media Composer Web Offers

Burlington, MA, June 24, 2015 – Avid® (Nasdaq: AVID) today announced that customers have one week remaining to take advantage of a limited-time offer for the industry’s preeminent video editing system, Avid Media Composer®, and the Avid Artist Series Control Surfaces for color grading, editing, mixing or navigation. Now through June 30, 2015, customers who purchase an annual subscription to Media Composer online will save 40%—the lowest Media Composer subscription pricing ever—significantly lowering the cost of entry for the industry’s most trusted video editing software. Customers who purchase a perpetual license or annual subscription to Media Composer through the Avid Store will receive 20% off an Artist Series Control Surface.  

Trusted by the biggest names in film and television to make award-winning movies and TV shows, Media Composer delivers accelerated high-resolution and HD workflows, real-time collaboration, and powerful media management capabilities.

Giving customers more choice over how they access and deploy their tools, a key element of Avid Everywhere™, Media Composer subscription licensing provides monthly and annual subscription options. Customers can gain access to the latest Media Composer toolset, support and upgrades on a low-cost monthly or annual basis, starting at just $29.99 a month until the end of June. The Symphony Color Correction option for Media Composer is included with a monthly or annual subscription.

Alternatively, customers can license the software on a perpetual basis and receive one year of Avid support and upgrades, with additional upgrades available thereafter through annual support plan renewal.

Pricing

  • Media Composer subscription licensing: $29.99/month (£22.80 including VAT, €29.00 excluding VAT) until the end of June
  • Perpetual licenses for Media Composer: $1,299 USD (£939 including VAT, €1,099 excluding VAT)

All versions now include software upgrades and support. Perpetual licenses include a one-year support contract entitling customers to support and upgrades for one year. Upgrades and support after the first year require the annual support contract to be renewed annually for $299 (£219 including VAT, €249 excluding VAT). Subscription licenses include support and upgrades as long as the subscription remains current.

TSL SYSTEMS APPOINTS ROGER HENDERSON AS CEO

MARLOW, UK – 24th June 2015 – TSL Systems, the leading developer of integrated broadcast systems, today announced that it has appointed Roger Henderson to the role of Chief Executive Officer, effective immediately.

Henderson has over 30 years of broadcast industry experience. He joins TSL Systems from Calrec Audio where he spent six years as Managing Director, piloting the company through the challenges of the recession, re-establishing and growing the company’s strong international presence, and launching the industry leading range of Apollo audio consoles. He concurrently held the role of Chairman/Director at Trilogy Communications. Henderson was also CEO and President of Chyron Corporation in USA, and has held Managing Director roles for Ascent Media’s Network Operations in the UK and Pro-Bel.

Julian Knight, Chief Technology Officer, TSL Systems, said, “Roger brings with him an outstanding record of leadership and a deep understanding of the broadcast industry. We have every confidence that he is the right person to lead TSL Systems as we continue to develop our range of global system integration services.”

 

Henderson commented, “I am looking forward to using my leadership experience gained in both the manufacturing and service side of this rapidly changing industry to build on TSL Systems’ strong foundations, in order to grow the business, improve profitability and underpin the company’s standing in the industry.”

 

Red Giant Presents: Film Team Experiments

Portland, OR – June 23, 2015 – Springboarding off their last short film, “Old/New,” narrated by Patton Oswalt, Red Giant’s film team announced that it will be producing new Film Team Experiments each month. Watch one of the first installments, “Death is a Highway,” now at .

Packed with visual effects and running at under 60-seconds each, these short Film Team Experiments will be accompanied by a behind-the-scenes breakdown that walks viewers through the filmmaking and post-production process. To kick it off, Red Giant Films is releasing three experiments, created by Webby Award-winning director Seth Worley: “Hammer Time,” “Dartistry,” and “Death is a Highway.” Watch now at http://redgiant.com/films.

“When we created our first film, ‘Plot Device,’ we got an unprecedented reaction and a demand for more,” comments Aharon Rabinowitz, executive producer at Red Giant Films. “We’ve made six more films since then, and we hear from our customers that our films and behind-the-scenes videos inspire them to pick up a camera and create something. With Red Giant Film Team Experiments, we’re stoked to be bringing even more inspiration – but really, we’re just looking forward to having some fun and working together more.”

“Whenever we set out to create a new film, we tend to put our heads down for several months before we have an end product, and we stay pretty focused on just that,” adds Worley. “This is an opportunity for our team to try new techniques, without the burden of a bigger story or deadline.”

Every Film Team Experiment will feature visual effects techniques – both practical and CGI – that achieve Hollywood-quality results on a small budget. Viewers will learn how to create amazing visuals, such as heat waves off of a bullet, Thor-like lightning effects, dangerous-looking stunt driving, and more. Behind-the-scenes films will explain the techniques used to create each effect, showing novice and experienced filmmakers alike how they can apply the same effect to their films. In addition to the Film Team Experiments, the team will continue to produce their award-winning short films. You can subscribe to the Red Giant Films YouTube Channel HERE.

“Rest assured, we have some great stuff coming both in the realm of short films and experiments,” said Rabinowitz. “And maybe some bigger stories too. Stay tuned.”

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AJA CION Takes the 4K Spotlight at Pacific Producers Group

An appreciation for filmmaking quickly turned into a full-time gig for Shawn Serdar. Channeling a passion for the craft, he took over the reigns at Pacific Producers Group (PPG) in 2007, and the Vancouver-based production company has been thriving ever since. Operating out of Gak Studio, a video and photography studio where Serdar is Partner, PPG provides multimedia services to industrial, government, legal and commercial clients. Favoring 4K capture for greater creative flexibility, Serdar and the Gak partners keep the studio stocked with an arsenal of 4K gear, including a new AJA CION camera.

Before using the camera in-studio, Serdar took it out for a test-run to see if he could film as a one-man band. To his surprise, it was easier than anticipated. “I was shocked by how simple CION was to set up and operate; I could put it on a tripod with an ENG plate, release the lever and be shooting 4K ProRes 444 or ProRes 422 HQ on my shoulder in seconds. It’s a really practical and versatile camera,” he said. “CION also has built-in audio inputs, so you don’t need a separate audio recorder, and the ergonomics make it easy to handle. The camera worked perfectly in a variety of environments–indoor and outdoor–giving me ready-to-edit footage right out of the camera.”

CION made its first PPG project debut when vitamin manufacturer Natural Factors enlisted the production company to shoot a series of promotional videos earlier this year. The project called for a green screen live-action shoot, with motion graphics to be added in post. Opting to use CION for its in-camera ProRes 444 recording capabilities, Serdar explained, “With green screen production, you want to record in the codec that gives you the most color information. By recording ProRes 444 with CION, I knew we’d be able to get the highest quality color information and bit depth in-camera; it was an ideal setup.”

PPG, in collaboration with Oregon-based boutique creative agency Mountain Hut Media, set up shop at Gak to deliver a 20-minute video for Natural Factors retailers; a two minute promo for its consumers; and a handful of audio takes for radio promos. They pre-rigged and pre-lit the set; equipped the CION with an EVF and ENG Plate, Zeiss CP 2 Prime Lens and a matte box; stationed a teleprompter in front of it; began filming; and wrapped production within four hours.

“I was blown away by how great CION worked and how it sped things along; the quality of the footage also looked amazing in-camera,” Serdar shared. “We had an on-set editor who was going to be our DI tech, but he didn’t need to, because we were able to transfer the footage from CION quickly with Thunderbolt 2, and use the ProRes files immediately in After Effects.”
Since adopting CION into PPG’s workflow, Serdar has seen a significant drop in the time required between production and delivery. The improvement was most apparent while working on a shoot for another client, for which PPG captured event footage and cut it into a 5-minute video montage on-site, in under an hour using a laptop.

“I couldn’t believe how quickly we could do it, and how little color grading it involved. We’ve worked with other cameras, but often find that they’re bulky, the menus are labyrinthine and they require a ton of transcoding,” Serdar expressed. “With CION, we’re saving about 40-50 percent time on projects, because the ergonomics are great, the menu is straightforward and we can shoot and edit in ProRes without any transcoding. It’s a smart and efficient camera that delivers outstanding quality at a great price point.”

With Serdar recognizing AJA’s commitment to bring CION users new features and improvements on a regular basis, he concluded, “I also love to see AJA delivering on its promise. Prior to NAB I’d made a few suggestions for CION improvements and was pleased to see some of those suggestions implemented in the firmware announced at the show. It’s that kind of responsiveness that makes customers feel valued and keeps them coming back for more.”