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Ed Calverley promoted to VP products at Suitcase TV

Suitcase TV, a leader in software engineering for the broadcast industry has announced the promotion of Ed Calverley to VP products as part of the company’s continued expansion. Ed’s new areas of responsibility come into effect immediately.

 

Ed joined Suitcase TV as product manager just one day before BVE 2015. In his short tenure with the company, he has made an impact on the existing range of products and has already implemented an ambitious programme of alterations and enhancements as well as the scoping of new product lines and solutions. The promotion to VP products will enable Ed to steer product development at boardroom level.

 

The new role will benefit greatly from Ed’s considerable experience. Having initially joined the BBC as a project manager in 1999, he was privileged to be put through their broadcast engineering training, a programme he was later involved in delivering as a lecturer at the corporation’s training centre in Worcestershire. Whilst working at OmniBus, he transitioned from project management into product management and oversaw the evolution of their iTX playout solution that led to the company being acquired by Miranda in 2010. More recently, he has worked at OASYS Automated Playout Ltd where he was instrumental in establishing the company as a major supplier of IT-based playout technologies and in its transition into BroadStream Solutions in 2014.

 

“I’m delighted with this promotion as it puts me in a position where I can have a much greater say in the direction of the company,” Ed explains. “Our customers tell us that they rely on us for innovation, robust products, and our continued ability to deliver bespoke solutions, so I look forward to building on that reputation and bringing more of what customers want.”

 

Fraser Jardine, commercial director at Suitcase TV adds: “Ed will leverage the considerable skills and technologies built here at Suitcase TV over the last 15 years to create sensational shifts in broadcast technologies and workflows. With his dynamic style of product development, I’m confident those changes will be coming thick and fast.”

 

Ed and other members of the Suitcase team will be at IBC 2015 where they are keen to demonstrate the company’s groundbreaking products on their stand at 2.C10.

 

200 interface boards for ORF studio upgrade

Crystal Vision has won a contract to provide the core technical
infrastructure for a major upgrade to studio RP3 at the headquarters of ORF
in Vienna, Austria.

The contract calls for close to 200 individual Crystal Vision modules
including fibre connectivity, up/down/cross converters, synchronisers and
analogue/digital conversion. The project also calls for a large number of
distribution amplifiers; this was one of the key requirements in the system
design, and the Crystal Vision architecture is particularly well suited to
delivering multiple outputs simply and cleanly.

ORF is the national broadcaster in Austria, transmitting five channels and
contributing to a joint venture with ZDF and ARD of Germany and SRG of
Switzerland. Studio RP3 is usually equipped with eight cameras, along with
extensive server recording and playback technology, giving it the capability
of supporting a wide range of programming.

The new modules, which are housed in 19 Indigo 2U frames, were supplied and
engineered by Gelantec, Crystal Vision’s distributor in Austria. Gelantec is
working with the ORF planning department to ensure a seamless project to
complete the installation. The new studio will be handed over for acceptance
tests at the beginning of 2016.

“A 2010 upgrade used existing components like the router and monitors to get
RP3 to HD as quickly as possible,” said Ulrich Schoenfisch of ORF. “We are
now building an environment for the studio to match the other production
studios in our centre. Crystal Vision interface products have proved very
successful here, and they are delivering the right functionality for this
upgrade, too.”

For Crystal Vision, Managing Director Philip Scofield said “The advantage of
working with a systems-led distributor like Gelantec is that they develop a
real engineering understanding of our products. That means they identify and
make use of some of the advanced features to make better solutions for the
customer. This has really proved itself in our relationship with ORF.”

TRICKBOX TV SUCCESSFULLY HERDS FLOCKSTARS MULTI-CAM HD SHOOT FOR LIBERTY BELL

London, UK – 27 July 2015 – Trickbox TV, the broadcast services provider, has provided an HD multi-camera flyaway facility for Flockstars, Liberty Bell’s new primetime knockout competition for ITV that sees a group of eight stars learning to herd sheep (and geese) and take part in sheepdog trials. The 8x30min show is scheduled for TX from Thursday 30th July.

 

The competition was filmed over a nine day period at an equestrian centre in East Sussex. Trickbox TV worked with Liberty Bell for two months prior to the shoot to meticulously plan the production workflow, and supplied and installed seven Sony HDC-1500 camera channels, a six-channel EVS server and a flyaway control room, with 10 operational positions. Trickbox TV also supplied on-site technical support staff throughout the production.

 

Verity Jackson, Line Producer on Flockstars, said, “The Trickbox TV team worked incredibly hard in pre-production and during the set-up to ensure that the production would run without any issues, and it all worked fantastically well in an unusual and complicated location. We greatly appreciated their attention to detail and calmness throughout, it gave us great confidence that the technical side was taken care of.”

 

Liam Laminman, Managing Director, Trickbox TV, said, “They say never work with animals, but this shoot was a pleasure to work on from start to finish. The core brief was that the production team was producing a studio show that just happened to be an outside broadcast, so we paid specific attention to providing all the features and functions that you’d expect in a studio – everything from the control room lighting, to air-con, to OLED monitors throughout. We’re pleased to have had the opportunity to work with Liberty Bell on such a fun show.”

EYEHEIGHT ANNOUNCES BROADCASTSAFEAUDIO LOUDNESS MEASUREMENT PLUG-IN FOR PROFESSIONAL AUDIO WORKSTATIONS

London, UK, July 27, 2015: Eyeheight announces a new addition to its broad range of compliance products with the introduction of a VST-3 plug-in for loudness measurement on professional audio workstations.

The new BroadcastSafeAudio provides automatic real-time measurement of perceptual loudness and true peak level using ITU-R BS.1770 multi-channel loudness and true-peak estimation algorithms. These are coupled with the ability to correct the level to the target loudness. EBU mode is supported and logging provided.

Embedded stereo or surround audio loudness are continuously monitored and displayed graphically. System gain can be adjusted across all channels to maintain the target loudness while preserving the audio imaging. BroadcastSafeAudio also performs 8 x over-sampling true-peak estimation and instantaneous correction on all stereo or surround channels, ensuring adherence to all peak-programme level limits.

BroadcastSafeAudio is based on the Steinberg Virtual Studio Technology (VST) software interface and therefore compatible with very wide range of IT-based audio recording and editing systems.  It provides the audio compliance features developed for Eyeheight’s highly successful KARMAudioAU which is designed for use with Apple Final Cut 7.

BroadcastSafeAudio is ideal for professionals involved in any aspect of audio production or post production where the end product is likely to be transmitted over a television channel.

IKEGAMI ANNOUNCES HDL-57 FULL-DIGITAL COMPACT 3-CMOS HDTV CAMERA

Neuss, Germany, July 27, 2015: Ikegami announces a new addition to its range of broadcast quality television cameras. The HDL-57 is a compact high-definition camera designed for use on remotely controlled pan/tilt heads in applications such as parliamentary television or robotic studios. It can also be used wherever a high-grade fixed-position compact camera is required for intercutting with the output from full-size studio cameras. Camera head and controller are housed in a single robust rectangular unit measuring 90 x 103 x 180 mm (width x depth x height) and weighing 1.5 kg. The HDL-57 can be operated remotely or via its rear control panel.

Three advanced 2.5 megapixel 2/3 inch CMOS sensors are employed to deliver wide dynamic range and, in principle, no smear. Each sensor incorporates active processing circuitry and delivers a digital output to the camera’s digital signal processor, all in a very small device with low power consumption. The sensors are equipped with native progressive and interlace modes. 1080/59.94i, 1080/50i, 720/59.94p, 720/50p and 1080/23.98p are available from the camera head. 1080/23.98p output is available as an option.

Full digital processing is employed within the HDL-57, from imagers to HD-SDI output, delivering high signal integrity and high picture quality as well as stable and reliable operation.  Master gain is processed through a high-grade low-noise amplifier with negative feedback. Video noise cancellation circuits deliver images of wide dynamic range even at high gain level. Specified performance parameters include F11 at 2,000 lux sensitivity, 60 dB signal-to-noise ratio and 1,000 television lines resolution in 1080i format (700 TVL in 720p format).

Among the operating features of the HDL-57 are six-position switchable gain (0 to +30 dB), six electric shutter speeds (1/100 to 1/2,000 second), four-position optical filter (100, 25, 6.2 and 1.6 per cent) and a two-position electronic colour correction filter (3,200 and 5,600 K). The optical filter wheel is motorised and can be operated from Ikegami remote control panels such as the RM-50B and OCP-300.  Using these filters in combination, the camera can handle a very wide range of lighting conditions. Auto-white-balance mode is available to cover the full range of colour temperatures.

The Ikegami HDL-57 operates on 12 volt DC power (11 to 16 volts), consuming 18 watts or less. It delivers two HD-SDI outputs and has a reference signal input accepting tri-level HD sync. The camera will be demonstrated on the Ikegami stand (11.A31) at IBC2015, Amsterdam, September 11-15.

Dalet Business Solution Increases Production Efficiencies for FOX International Channels Italy and UK Media Operations

Paris, France – July 23, 2015 – Dalet Digital Media Systems, a leading provider of software-based solutions for media organizations, announced today that FOX International channels (FIC) has implemented near identical Dalet business solutions, powered by the Dalet Galaxy Media Asset Management platform (MAM), in its FIC Italy and FIC United Kingdom (UK) facilities. The comprehensive Dalet MAM installations, which were implemented in a few short weeks, allow FIC to underpin its international operations, maximizing content production efficiencies and increasing delivery output across all facets of programming for its Italian and UK operations.

“As custodians of one of the largest and fastest growing digital entertainment portfolios in the world, our overriding aim for the Dalet business solution is to help FIC become more productive. We ramped up to peak content production levels easily in just a few days, enabling our production teams to collaboratively create, repackage and distribute content more efficiently,” says Mauro Panella, Executive Director, Head of Broadcast operations, IT & Facilities for Italy, Germany & UK at Fox International Channels Europe. “But our requirements didn’t end there. With this leap forward, we needed a technical partner that could respond to our growing distribution needs with an infrastructure that supports new industry compliance standards and emerging technology. We’ve found that partner in Dalet.”

To help oversee the design and deployment of the FIC installation, Dalet worked closely with business partner Media Power and system integrator Professional Show.

The underlying Dalet Galaxy platform streamlines the FIC workflow by centralizing programming content into one database, providing bespoke web-based and desktop tools that enhance QC operations, promo production and delivery of new and repackaged program content throughout Europe and Africa as well as to affiliates such as Sky Italy and UK. Several Dalet Brio video servers facilitate the comprehensive content ingest and delivery needs for both facilities. 

“FIC installed Dalet to better manage its global multiplatform production output, regardless of whether content is sourced from a live event, its US operations or purchased outside the FOX brand. In doing so, they were able to streamline manual workflows and consolidate the production infrastructure around fully integrated web-based and desktop tools to speed turnaround for time-critical programming content,” says Massimo Berardi, general manager, Dalet Italy. Combined with the agility to map metadata with video and audio assets within the Dalet MAM, the advanced automation tools facilitate the swift and secure distribution of FIC content to multiple locations and platforms.

Berardi explains the benefits further, “The Dalet workflow not only allows FIC to quickly repackage popular series such as ‘The Walking Dead’ in various languages and formats, it also allows them to distribute these new programs in conjunction with their US air dates – satisfying audience demands for new programming material while lowering the overall cost of purchased content and production time.”

The installation of Dalet also provides system-wide interoperability, enabling a more fluid media exchange among existing third-party postproduction, storage, traffic, delivery and archive systems by managing metadata across the workflow.

EBS DELIVERS EPG DATA SUPPORT FOR EURONEWS MEXICO

Baldock, UK – 22nd July 2015EBS, the leading full-service provider of EPG data for platforms and channels worldwide, has announced that it is delivering EPG data for the Euronews service in Mexico. EBS is supplying EPG data on behalf of Euronews to the DISH platform in its first venture into the LatAm market.

 

In keeping with its existing operations across multiple platforms in 158 countries, Euronews Mexico provides rolling news channel broadcasts. In order to simplify the task of delivering EPG data, details of the EPG file format are received directly from DISH, then setup in EBS’ EPG software solution, Pawa. EBS is able to ingest the channel schedule, enhance as required before delivering it according to the specific requirements of the platform, providing one point of contact throughout the process with a clear, defined workflow. Pawa provides a simple click-once-send-to-many approach that allows EBS to begin sending EPG data for DISH, in addition to the various other platforms already receiving Euronews schedules.

 

Renate Hufsky, Deputy Head of Distribution, Euronews says, "With the growing amount of choice now available to audiences, it’s ever more critical to enable our viewers to easily discover our various news programmes. Having worked with EBS in our other territories, we know that it has both the accuracy and expertise to provide us with the right solution, as well as being able to quickly adapt our EPG requirements as and when required."

 

Keith Bedford, Managing Director, EBS adds, “We’re delighted to announce the expansion of our services with Euronews into the Latin American market. Taking a channel’s EPG data to a new territory can be challenging, which is why we provide an outsourced solution that smooths the way for broadcasters. We simplify the process so the operator receives the correct data in the correct format on time and only has to deal with a single account manager for all queries.”

 

Faster video wall installation with Auto Camera Adjustment upgrade

Panasonic has introduced an Auto Camera Adjustment kit for video wall manager software which cuts installation time and improves colour consistency.

The optional kit dovetails with Panasonic’s free Video Wall Manager software and, like the camera upgrade kit already available for the company’s multi-projector software, dramatically reduces the labour time, complexity and costs involved with setting up and adjusting multiple displays.

Enrique Robledo, European Marketing Manager for Panasonic Visual System Solutions, said, “Currently, installers need to adjust each panel for colour and brightness individually using a sensor, which is time-consuming, requires specialist knowledge, and in some cases does not produce completely accurate results.

“After activating Auto Camera Adjustment in Video Wall Manager, the installer connects a compatible camera, photographs the video wall, and the software analyses backlight control and white balance to colour-match each panel with precision.

“The software then automatically adjusts and saves settings for each display—dramatically reducing adjustment time and the associated cost. Plus, should a panel ever need to be replaced, there’s no need to recalibrate the entire video wall by hand.”

The Auto Camera Adjustment package (TY-VUK10) joins a new installation mount featuring interlocking modular display frames and a system of magnets that ensure each panel is accurately aligned through every axis.

Installers can download Video Wall Manager free of charge via Panasonic’s PASS website, while a paid activation code for Auto Camera Adjustment is required for one PC only—not for every display device.

Video Wall Manager with the Auto Camera Adjustment upgrade kit is compatible with Panasonic’s LFV50, LFV5, and LFV70 series displays.

Media 100 and Boris RED Are Ready for Adobe Creative Cloud 2015

Boston, MA and Philadelphia, PA– July 22, 2015 – Boris FX™, the leading developer of visual effects and post-production solutions for film and video, and MacVideo Promo, a promotion company that offers exclusive deals on tools for Mac video editors, announces that Media 100 Suite Version 2.1.6 and Boris RED v5.6 are Adobe CC 2015-compatible.

Media 100 is fast, full-featured video editing software for Mac OS X. Featuring an easy-to-use, responsive interface and broad support for 4K, 2K, HD, and SD standards, Media 100 delivers broadcast-quality output for file-based workflows. Export your Media 100 timeline to Adobe After Effects, including AE CC 2015, using the included XML Transfer plug-in.

Boris RED is integrated 3D titling and visual effects software that launches a user-friendly custom interface directly from the Media 100 timeline for advanced title animation and effects. Every purchase of Media 100 also includes the Boris RED plug-in (a $695 value) for Adobe Premiere Pro for Mac – with support for Premiere Pro CC 2015. (www.borisfx.com/red)

Pricing and Availability
Media 100 Suite v2.1.6 with Boris RED may be purchased from the Media 100 website (www.media100.com) for $99 USD. Download a free 60-day trial.

CLEAR-COM APPOINTS HANS CHIA AS ITS REGIONAL SALES MANAGER FOR SOUTHEAST ASIA

ALAMEDA, USA – 22 July 2015 – Clear-Com®, a global provider of real time communications and connectivity solutions, has appointed Hans Chia to the role of Regional Sales Manager responsible for Southeast Asia. Hans’ responsibilities will include expanding Clear-Com’s market reach in the APAC region by managing and developing local channel partners and championing the company’s broad range of industry-leading intercom and connectivity solutions. 

 

With over 11 years of pro audio industry experience, Chia joins Clear-Com Systems from Sennheiser Audio where he held the role of Integrated Systems Product Specialist, developing, establishing and maintaining contacts with new and existing clients in Southeast Asia. Prior to this he worked at Riedel Communications Singapore office as the Rental Operations Manager / Application Engineer. During his tenure, Chia managed numerous projects within the Southeast Asia region including direct engagements with consultants and key user accounts, channel development and managing trade shows and product demonstrations. 

 

Chia commented, “My real-world experience of working on large-scale deployments throughout the region will help me build on Clear-Com’s already strong foundation in Southeast Asian markets. I am excited to join this dynamic and forward thinking company.”

 

Ann Williams, Director of Sales Asia Pacific, Clear-Com, said, “Hans brings with him an excellent record of pro audio knowledge and a deep understanding of the industry and the region. We have every confidence that he is the right person to lead Clear-Com’s Southeast Asia region as we continue to develop our range of global services.”