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Marquis’ Project Parking Enhances Edit Storage Management for seaside productions

 

 

25 November 2014: Marquis Broadcast, specialist in content workflows and media integration software, has announced seaside productions GmbH, German creative agency for on air promotion, design and post production, is now using Marquis’ Project Parking to help manage its edit storage more effectively.  The Munich based agency purchased Project Parking through reseller Videocation and the solution will be used on on-air promos for the ProSiebenSat.1 TV channels.

 

“We now use Project Parking for monthly sweeping of orphaned files and exporting finished projects to our archive server,” explains Jörg Goeßler, general manager, seaside productions.  “This keeps our central storage neat and clean and frees up storage space.

 

“In this way, Project Parking helps us to manage our workflow after edit projects are finished and the final sequence is archived,” continues Goeßler.  “Project Parking sweeps only those files that were used by the specific project leaving files needed by other projects in place.  It means we are able to avoid the need to invest in further storage.”

 

“Project Parking enables you to take complete control of your edit storage,” explains Ben Miles, business development manager, Marquis Broadcast.  “Projects can be transferred, content backed-up and parked projects can be restored quickly and easily.

 

“By analysing all of your Avid projects and media you can cross check these against Interplay and acknowledge which projects are using up the most space, how old the projects are, what workspaces the media is residing in and identify orphan or duplicate media,” explains Miles.  “Project Parking then cleverly gives you the tools to either transfer, archive or delete this material as needed. 

 

“With Project Parking, users can create project archives based upon bin selection, move projects between tiers of storage or transfer to different locations easily,” continues Miles.  “After archiving and transferring media off-line, selected Projects or individual Bins can be restored and merged with the original Project or into new Projects enabling the effortless creation of Highlights, revisited and revision of programs.”

Project Parking has proved popular with broadcasters and post houses around the world and is in use at the likes of leading facilities such as: Fox International Channels UK, German public broadcaster Bayerischer Rundfunk (BR), RTL9 and Česká televize, based in Prague.

VidiGo announces premium partnership with leading Asian system integrator Ideal Systems

VidiGo announces premium partnership with leading Asian system integrator Ideal Systems

Amsterdam November 25, 2014 – VidiGo today announced they are extending their partnership network in Asia by launching a premium partnership deal with Ideal Systems, an industry leading systems integrator providing innovative solutions to the broadcast industry.

VidiGo obtained partnerships with seven offices of Ideal Systems introducing exclusive access to countries such as China mainland, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Thailand and India. With its premium status Ideal Systems will be able to provide their clients with new innovative technologies to improve production efficiency and enhance viewing quality.

“Ideal Systems is always targeting emerging markets such as visual radio and AV live studio events. Upon seeing first-hand the current applications and capabilities of VidiGo’s products, Ideal was excited to represent VidiGo as they offer clients unique, user-friendly and intuitive solutions that is incomparable with other solutions out there in the market. Unlike the traditional studio setup, the all-in-one solutions offered by VidiGo provide an excellent platform for clients to handle live events with few complications.”, – said Steven Young, Director, Ideal Systems Asia Pacific Limited.

“With Ideal Systems we believe to have found a strong partner to represent our business in the Asian market. They have a very good reputation and broad network, and really know how to approach the Asian market. But even more important is that they really embrace our vision and understand how our solutions can benefit their customers. It is not always easy in this industry to find partners that are able to bridge the gap between software technology and traditional broadcast workflows.” – said Reinout Lempers, CCO VidiGo.

“We believe this partnership will be beneficial to both parties. On one side we have a new and innovative solutions provider with an established range of products and countless applications, and the other, we have an industry-recognized systems integrator with over 20 years’ experience in the region. The partnership between the two will bring expertise and benefits from different areas to identify and tackle new markets in Asia Pacific”, – said Steven Young.

Imagineer Systems Celebrates a Successful Year with Annual Black Friday and Cyber Monday Sale

Guildford, UK – November 24, 2014 – Imagineer Systems, creators of the Academy Award-winning mocha® Planar Tracking technology, is kicking off the holiday season by giving back with its annual Black Friday and Cyber Monday Sale. Starting November 26 and ending December 1, users will receive 30% off all mocha Pro sales, including upgrades and floating licenses.

The sale also includes upgrades to mocha Pro 4.1 from the Adobe Creative Cloud bundled mocha AE CC, and from FXHome-bundled mocha HitFilm. mocha Pro 4.1 is the most recent version of the award-winning planar tracking system, adding new tracking and roto enhancements and support formats. Upgrading to mocha Pro adds advanced modules for object removal, image stabilization, 3D camera solving, Python scripting and more. The Black Friday and Cyber Monday Sale is the perfect opportunity to upgrade and take advantage of the latest features just in time for the holiday season.

Take Advantage of Major Discounts!

·         mocha AE CC (bundled with Adobe After Effects) – List price: $795; Sale price $556.50

·         mocha HitFilm (bundled with HitFilm 2 Ultimate) – List price: $795; Sale price: $556.50

·         mocha Pro v3 (previously purchased) – List price: $495; Sale price: $346.50

·         New Customer (no registered mocha software) – List price: $1495; Sale price: $1,046.50

For more information on the Black Friday and Cyber Monday Sale, and to learn more about mocha, please visit http://www.imagineersystems.com/blackfriday2014/.

Celebrating a Year of Achievements
Imagineer is closing out 2014 with an exciting list of accomplishments, making its mark on a handful of the year’s best blockbuster films. Recently, mocha Pro was used to perfect features such as Gone Girl, Birdman, Maleficent and Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1. It was also used on the upcoming trilogy finale film, The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies. mocha Pro was also praised for success in popular television series including The Leftovers and House of Cards.

More About mocha Pro v4
Packed with new innovative features for post-production, mocha Pro 4 offers groundbreaking native Stereo 3D (S3D) workflow capabilities, advanced support for Python scripting and more. mocha’s new stereoscopic 3D workflow adds unique stereo support to planar tracking, rotoscoping, object removal and 3D camera solving. It also adds the ability to work on uncorrected, native stereo 3D footage, allowing users to quickly analyze differences between right and left camera streams. Support for Python scripting allows facilities to further customize their workflows, integrating mocha Pro 4 deeper into their content management systems for broadcast or visual effects pipelines.

The customizable keyboard shortcut interface on mocha Pro 4 allows users to edit and save customizable keyboard layouts or select industry standard keyboard layouts such as Adobe After Effects or Nuke. New exports and format handling includes support for Adobe Premiere Pro masks, Nuke 7 Tracker export and improved Nuke Roto exports. Version 4 also improves QuickTime and MPEG support. Premiere editors can now paste mocha roto masks directly to their timeline for advanced isolation, blurring and color correction tasks. mocha Pro 4’s improved user interface plus high-resolution retina display support greatly enhances the end user experience.

Watch the mocha Pro 4 promo video

What’s New in mocha Pro v4.1?
The latest point release of mocha Pro incorporates a number of powerful new features and improvements. Version 4.1 includes:

·         New format support for RED Dragon 6K footage and OpenEXR2

·         New “open spline” export

·         Improved features and support for Autodesk Flame and Smoke users

·         Improved 3D Camera Solving

·         Python Scripting

·         Support for new Mac Pros and OS-X Yosemite

·         Feathered Remove support

·         Edge width subtraction

·         Enhanced Linear Controls for Parameter fields

Tedial announces technology expansion at Oman TV further improving production procedures

Malaga, Spain November 24th, 2014Tedial, the leading independent MAM technology solutions specialist, has announced that it has further expanded its state-of-the-art MAM offering at Oman TV. The expansion at the broadcaster’s HD digital studio facility has enabled the launch of its new channel Oman TV Live with the addition of increased storage and MAM client licences. The new contract also includes a 12-month service level agreement with an upgrade to the latest version of Tedial’s Tarsys MAM system. Oman TV is the national broadcaster in Sultanate of Oman and currently broadcasts three HD channels including: Oman TV General, Oman TV Sport and Oman TV Live.

 

The new expansion provided by Tedial also increases the speed at which content ingested into the Avid production workflow can be broadcast, significantly improving productivity and efficiency. Now operators can select content that hasn’t previously been archived for fast-turnaround playout. The archive process includes: editing, compliance-censorship, automatic QC, segmentation, subtitling, validation and archiving. Now the operator can decide if content needs go through the validation process or if it can be bypassed via the shortcut workflow for immediate playout.

 

Tedial’s MAM technology forms the heart of Oman TV’s digital production facility, which initially launched three years ago, providing the country’s first HD studios.

 

“The Oman TV HD digital facility is cutting-edge and provides a reference for broadcasters across the world,” explains Esther Mesas, Vice President Sales & Marketing, Tedial.  “With our office in MEA we are perfectly placed to assist customers like Oman TV with a hands-on approach. By working closely with the team at Oman TV we have further simplified and automated business processes without compromising reliability and functionality. The new shortcut workflow is a key example of this as it allows operators even greater control regarding the speed at which content is broadcast.”

 

Scott Gentry Joins NewTek as Vice President of Worldwide Marketing Communications

SAN ANTONIO, USA – 24 November 2014 – NewTek™ today announced that Scott Gentry has joined the company as vice president of Worldwide Marketing Communications with responsibilities for corporate and product positioning, branding and identity, public relations, and ensuring continued customer and worldwide growth in market position.

 

"Our goal at NewTek is to revolutionise the way that people create video. With new products like TalkShow™ and TriCaster Mini we plan on expanding the momentum we already have with live production, streaming and replay,” said Dr. Andrew Cross, NewTek president and CTO. "Scott’s background and experience in the media and professional video industry make him ideally suited to lead NewTek’s growth strategy in the year ahead and into the future.”
 

Prior to joining NewTek, Gentry was founder and CEO of ProVideo Coalition and held a range of executive-level positions in the media industry including DV Magazine, Film & Video, CableWorld, CableFax, and AV Video. He was show director for DV Expo and a founder of StudioDaily.com. His relationship with NewTek started over 25 years ago with the Video Toaster at his automotive-focused production company. He has also worked for ABC Sports, “All My Children,” and the NFL New York Jets and New York Giants.

 

"Video production, distribution and consumption are increasing at historic rates and NewTek has long been at the center of enabling creative story tellers to do things they didn’t realise they were capable of,” said Gentry. “Whether it’s providing cost-effective alternatives to traditional broadcasters or delivering broadcast-quality capabilities to a new generation of video producers, it’s an exciting time to be joining NewTek and be a part of that great story.”

 

Leading International Post House Chooses Imagine Communications Platinum IP3 Router

WINNERSH, UK, Nov. 24, 2014 — Imagine Communications, a market leader in advertising optimization and video infrastructure solutions serving global TV networks, broadcast stations, multichannel video programming distributors (MVPD), governments and enterprise markets, today announced that its Platinum™ IP3 routing technology has been deployed in the new London headquarters of international post production company Smoke & Mirrors. The installation is part of a multimillion pound investment by Smoke & Mirrors to move to a larger facility that incorporates the latest technology and workflows.

 

Smoke & Mirrors was founded in 1995 in London as a specialist visual effects and post production company. It now also has operations in New York and Shanghai, primarily serving commercial producers looking for visually stimulating and contemporary creative work. To meet this goal, the company relies on a technical infrastructure that handles content at multiple resolutions, both as real-time video and as files.  Supplied by UK distributor Thameside TV, the Platinum IP3 routing and signal distribution solution deployed at Smoke & Mirrors allows for considerable expansion on its initial 225 x 288, 3 Gb/s-ready configuration. The Platinum IP3 is fully redundant to provide highly secure, nonstop operation for the vital communications hub of their London facility. Smoke & Mirrors is using fibre cabling extensively in the new building, making the ability of Platinum IP3 to handle both coax and fibre connectivity an additional operational benefit.

 

“We have a lot of experience with Imagine Communications’ networking infrastructure and primarily chose the Platinum IP3 router for its ability to handle frame synchronisation, mux and demux, as well as path to the IP future,” said George Cook, Head of Engineering at Smoke & Mirrors. “The Platinum IP3 gives us all the security we can wish for, particularly with its built-in redundancy and the ability to hot-swap components for maintenance and expansion. It is something we can rely on now and build on as our future requirements develop.”

 

Imagine Communications’ Platinum IP3 routers combine a highly robust architecture with a path to an IP-enabled future and rich, integrated, modular functionality including mixed-format video and audio routing, multiplexing and demultiplexing, multiviewers and advanced I/O support. Supporting up to 576×1024 signal routing in a single 28RU frame, Platinum IP3 can seamlessly scale to matrices beyond 2Kx2K in multi-frame configurations, while its redundant crosspoints protect all signals — including multiviewers — to maximise reliability.

 

“Companies like Smoke & Mirrors succeed because their creative staff can get on with the job without worrying about the underlying technology,” said Steve Reynolds, Chief Technology Officer for Imagine Communications. “Getting the right signals to the right places cleanly and accurately is critical, and our Platinum router family was designed with those uncompromising principles. We are delighted to be a part of the continuing success of Smoke & Mirrors.”

Avid Everywhere Brings Foo Fighters Sonic Highways Recording Odyssey To Life

Burlington, MA, November 24, 2014 – Avid® (OTC: AVID) today announced that the creative teams behind Foo Fighters Sonic Highways embraced Avid Everywhere to create the HBO documentary series commemorating the band’s 20th anniversary. The Avid MediaCentral Platform powered a fast, efficient and collaborative workflow that gave the teams the creative freedom to infuse each episode with a different style, while managing a vast amount of footage and tight timescales.

Directed by Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl, the eight-part series sees the band travel to legendary music studios in cities across the nation – Chicago, Austin, Nashville, Los Angeles, Seattle, New Orleans, Washington, D.C. and New York – to write and record their latest album, Sonic Highways, which was released on November 10. Each episode features interviews with influential artists, producers and studio owners – from superstars like Dolly Parton and Willie Nelson, to pioneers like Steve Albini and Daniel Lanois.

The editing and sound teams established a collaborative post production environment with the Avid Artist Suite’s Avid Media Composer® | Software and Avid Pro Tools® | Software. According to sound mixer Jeff Fuller, Pro Tools helped the sound teams cope with increasingly tight timescales and give each episode a different style. “We went from having a week-and-a-half to turn around the first episodes to just three or four days by the end, but Pro Tools was amazingly robust,” he said. “We had absolutely no glitches with it throughout the entire production. The workflow didn’t change much, but we changed the mix stylistically for each episode to keep it fresh.”

Six video editors – Brian Lazarte, Scott Hanson, Grant MacDowell, Kristin McCasey, Lenny Mesina, and Meg Ramsay – each took the lead on one or two episodes. As the editors finished their episodes, they helped out on others, sharing sequences and footage, to meet the tight deadlines. The editors also collaborated closely with Grohl, and writer Mark Monroe.

With an average of 400 hours of footage per episode, Media Composer’s media management and project sharing capabilities helped the editors cope with the sheer volume of footage as well as facilitating collaboration. “Project sharing in Media Composer across all the editors and assistants makes a huge difference in terms of being able to collaborate and work efficiently,” explained Hanson, who cut the Austin episode.

Media Composer’s tight integration with Pro Tools also helped boost efficiency and collaboration between the editing and sound teams. “Using Avid Artist Suite solutions for both the audio and video delivered reliability and stellar results,” said Lazarte, who cut the Seattle episode. “I’ve used this workflow on every major project, and I love and trust it.”

“With Avid Everywhere, creative professionals can connect and collaborate seamlessly to bring their stories to life,” said Jennifer Smith, senior vice president and chief marketing officer, Avid. “To create such a unique and compelling documentary – while managing huge volumes of content and extremely tight deadlines – is testament to the power of Avid Everywhere, and the talent of the Foo Fighters Sonic Highways team.”

ANEVIA RECEIVES FUTUR40 AWARD

Paris, 24 November 2014: Anevia, a leader in video streaming and infrastructure solutions for OTT, live TV and video-on-demand (VoD), today announced that it received the Futur40 award at the 2014 Actionaria Show in Paris.

Supported by prestigious sponsors – FIIC, CNCEF, Anacofi, CGPME, France Digitale, France Biotech, Medef, Europlace and Amafi – the first edition of the Futur40 award was launched by PME Finance in association with Morningstar. It puts growth companies quoted on the Paris Stock Exchange in the spotlight, rewarding the best growth rates over the past three financial years.

"We are very happy and very proud to have received this honor. It rewards our efforts, since the inception of the company, to build an international group radiating today over more than 100 countries. I would like to thank all the Anevia teams for the hard work they carry out daily, which enables Anevia to be one of the most dynamic companies quoted on the Paris Stock Exchange today," Tristan Leteurtre, Anevia CEO, proudly said on this occasion.

RT Software Announces 4k UHD Graphics Solutions

London 17th November, 2014. RT Software today announced support of 4k UHD in its overlay and sports analysis real time graphics products. Available with immediate effect to selected customers, the solutions have already been proven in TX tests in the UK.

 

“Whilst 4k is in its infancy we have no doubt that it will establish itself over the coming years.  Consumers are already committing themselves to 4k screens and there is much discussion amongst broadcasters and production companies about the generation of 4k content.” stated Mike Fredriksen, Commercial Director RTSW. “We took a decision to make our 2014 IBC booth 4k across the board, and our partners and major broadcasters all showed good interest in our capabilities in this emerging area.”

 

One immediate real world application is in the sports sector. “Content is increasingly being captured in 4k.” stated Luke Harrison, Technical Product Marketing Manager, RT Software. “We can make use of that today in a HD TX chain. Our 4k tOG-Sports system includes a zoom window tool that gives high quality HD output, either live or on the replay. For the replay scenario, keyframing of pan and zoom makes it very easy to generate useful content. Add the fact that all our tied to pitch analysis tools are available in 4k and I suspect we have a truly unique solution.”

RT Software partnered with Moov – a UK graphics services company – for the field tests, during which the systems performed faultlessly. “We’ve worked with RT Software for a number of years on several high-profile projects, they were a natural choice when it came to selecting a reliable partner for our 4k trials. What makes RT Software unique is their blend of technical innovation with creative talent.” 
Commented Duncan Foot, MD Moov Ltd.

 

From a hardware perspective, RTSW’s 4k solutions use HP z820/840 workstations, AJA or Bluefish video i/o boards and nVidia Quadro k series GPUs and a Windows or Linux operating system. Video in, fill and key out and composited video and graphics out are all supported.

ChyronHego Partners With Fraunhofer IIS to Market and Develop GoalRef

MELVILLE, NY — 11/21/14 — In its ongoing commitment to provide best-of-breed technologies for the world’s most popular sports, ChyronHego (NASDAQ: CHYR) today announced a new licensing agreement with the renowned Fraunhofer IIS. Under the agreement, ChyronHego will bring to market Fraunhofer’s GoalRef system, a Goal-Line Technology (GLT) solution for measuring whether a goal has been scored or not.

The Fraunhofer GoalRef system, which is licensed by FIFA, is a highly innovative approach to GLT that uses a magnetic field within the goal and a specially designed ball bladder within the balls supplied by most major ball manufacturers. The system can accurately and precisely determine whether a ball has crossed the goal-line or not, even if the ball is completely hidden from view. Once a goal is detected, the system communicates through a dedicated, secure, and encrypted wireless network to a specially designed watch that indicates the goal visually and through vibration to the referee. As a licensee of the GoalRef technology, ChyronHego will continue to develop the system by applying its own special expertise in compelling, intuitive, and visually impressive replays of goal-line events, which can be used either by broadcasters or on big screens in stadiums.

"At ChyronHego, we’re excited to have entered into regulatory assistance within football; in fact, we have been considering possible solutions to the goal-line challenge for a number of years. One possible scenario we had considered in the past was to provide this as a capability of our award-winning camera-based Tracab live player-tracking system, already in widespread use by many of the top football leagues around the world," said Ian Wray, sports industry director, ChyronHego. "However, by partnering with Fraunhofer IIS, we firmly believe we have identified the ideal technology approach in providing the highest level of accuracy required in all circumstances to assist in this very important aspect of the game. We strongly believe that the Fraunhofer GoalRef technology offers the most practical and cost-effective solution for goal-line technology to be more widely deployed, and also provides us with a stable platform to offer further innovation in the future if the IFAB decide to amend the Laws of the Game to allow the use of additional technology as a support for referees."

"Fraunhofer solutions keep our clients in the sport industry competitive and successful. Through this licensing agreement, ChyronHego will bring all the necessary components to the table for GoalRef to be effectively deployed for leagues and tournaments," said Thomas von der Grün, head of department locating and communication systems at Fraunhofer IIS. "We are especially excited by the opportunities that ChyronHego brings to the table with their graphics technology and video expertise to create visually compelling and intuitive visualization replays. We look forward to working in close cooperation with ChyronHego moving forward on this and other related initiatives."