MEDIAPRO to produce Virtual Reality live broadcast of the UAE Football League

The UAE professional football league and Mediapro Middle East have agreed to enable the live streaming in Virtual Reality (VR) of matches of the Arabian Gulf League competitions for the remainder of the 2017/18 season.

MEDIAPRO will produce at least 10 of the most attractive remaining matches of the AGL competitions of the current season and has partnered with award-winning specialist Vysion to use its Vroadcaster platform for the delivery of the live streaming and the VOD content that will be made available.

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Viewers in the UAE will enjoy a groundbreaking immersive experience as if they were pitch-sided or sitting at the stadium, being able to select their own camera viewpoint, through a specially designed VR App (Android, IOS and web based), all under the umbrella of what will be called the “AGL VR Seat Experience” and sponsored by telecommunication giant Etisalat.

This innovative project joins those already developed by the MEDIAPRO Group within its growing digital area and represents a step forward in its commitment to the creation of virtual reality content, an investment born from its museum and exhibition space and videogames content development divisions.

MEDIAPRO has a leading position in the TV production of sports events globally, producing +3,500 events per year, including major football properties as LaLiga, UEFA Champions League, AFC and FIFA, and has been technically servicing the TV broadcasting of the UAE football competitions since year 2007.

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EditShare Unveils Brand New QScan Automated Quality Control Product Line

EditShare® (booth SL8620 at NAB 2018) unveiled today the brand new EditShare QScan Automated Quality Control family (AQC) of products, powered by the award winning QUALES QC engine.

The new file based video and audio AQC product line simplifies compliance and delivery requirements with robust quality check capabilities that leverage a patent pending QScan Single-Pass Analysis process which can be applied at any point during the workflow.

New EditShare QScan models include:

  • QScan One – A robust full-featured entry level AQC solution that processes one file at time. Ideal for small post facilities requiring the facility to check the integrity of files on an on-going basis but that don’t need to check large volumes of media concurrently.
  • QScan Pro – A full featured professional AQC solution that processes four files at a time. Designed for a mid sized post facilities, with different departments such as audio, grading, VFX and editing. Each department can set up parameters to test their files, with up to 4 files being tested simultaneously.
  • QScan Max – Fully scalable multi node enterprise AQC solution with each node allowing for processing four concurrent files at a time. Ideal for VOD, OTT and Telco companies, the Max revision has limitless scalability allowing a large operator to test hundreds of files concurrently.

Certified by DPP and AMWA, all EditShare QScan models support DPP compliance, including PSE and, new at NAB, IMF testing.

“Regardless of the size of your facility, if you are delivering content to OTT providers or broadcasters today, having a robust AQC workflow like EditShare QScan is table stakes for doing business,” comments Howard Twine, Director of Software Strategy, EditShare. “While there are many options out there, the beauty of QScan is that it can be utilized at any point in the workflow. For example, in post production, as an editor or post supervisor, you can easily confirm your files are clean before you even start your project. And with the scalable, tiered package options, we are offering everyone from small boutique post facilities to enterprise operations a tailored package and pricing model that meets their exacting AQC requirements and budget. For workflow versatility and cost, QScan is a game changer.”

Maximum Efficiency: Combined Test Templates and Single Pass Analysis
QScan allows users to combine different test templates and with QScan Single Pass Analysis, maximizing efficiency for qualifying essence and container elements across a wide range of project types.

“Users can create a library of audio specific test templates that can be combined with a common set of video tests templates or, for example, different audio test templates to cover the different number of audio tracks for different deliverables. This in itself is very effective in terms of efficiency.” Twine adds, “Combined with the QScan Single Pass Analysis, AQC is made more organically accessible across the organizations.” Twine explains, “One of the biggest problems that users have when adopting AQC solutions is setting up templates. QScan Single Pass Analysis allows users to create a template, test the file and then adjust the threshold for any parameter and see the results of those changes immediately. No need to retest the content every time you adjust the parameter, which can be time consuming and frustrating. This approach makes the adoption of AQC much easier and helps to eliminate false positives.”

EditShare QScan will also perform partial analysis allowing users to skip or set the test templates to skip over the bars, clock or black at the start of a clip.

Visual Timeline and Reporting Designed for Creatives

The intuitive QScan UI is visually designed for the creative. Simple-to-use features and easy-to-read report results expand AQC use across the operation.

“We have made it easy to navigate the QScan timeline,” states Twine. “Users can go frame by frame and understand the values of the selected parameters and the tested results. This makes it particularly easy to spot problems with the content.”

EditShare End-to-End AQC Workflow

All EditShare QScan solutions are natively connected to the EditShare Flow MAM solution. While traditional AQC simply checks files on the output, QScan integrated with Flow validates files throughout the production – from ingest to editorial, VFX and grading, through to delivery. Errors detected by QScan are added to the content timeline as metadata, visually flagging issues to users. This fully integrated approach allows facilities to check files before expending valuable creative time on potentially unsupported media files.

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Integration with Third Party Solutions

In addition to Flow integration, EditShare QScan also offers flexible workflow configurations. Purchase as a stand alone system or leverage the QScan RESTful API for seamless integration with third party products including industry standard MAM and ingest solutions.

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Nevion enhances IP audio capabilities

Nevion announced enhanced support for audio over IP and audio processing in the latest software upgrades for its flagship products – Nevion Virtuoso, its software-defined media node and VideoIPath, its orchestration and SDN control system.

Together, VideoIPath and Virtuoso offer a complete solution for IP-based audio and video routing for facilities and remote production applications.

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Virtuoso can handle many input and output formats, including composite formats such as SDI and SMPTE ST 2022-6, and essence-based formats such as AES67 and SMPTE ST 2110. It offers any-to-any conversion, and routing and processing of individual audio channels. VideoIPath provides orchestration of routing and processing of the video or audio composite and essence flows.

Virtuoso audio processing capabilities now include synchronization, embedding, de-embedding, mono shuffling, audio delay as well as gain control on a channel by channel basis.

The new software release of Virtuoso also significantly extends the number of SMPTE 2110-30/AES67 RTP audio flows, allowing all audio to be routed in its native form on IP. This means, for example, that mono channels are routed as single channel streams and stereo audio is routed as two-channel streams.

The software now also supports SMPTE ST 2022-7 hitless switching (SIPS – Seamless IP Protection Switching) for all IP audio streams.

Further enhancements expected soon will include MADI to SMPTE 2110-30 conversion, and support for Dolby-E transport and audio embedding (draft SMPTE 2110-31).

VideoIPath can orchestrate audio essence flows (in addition to video flows) across an IP network, as well as through Nevion Virtuoso. It also provides a northbound interface to any broadcast controller (using EMBER+ or a RESTful API), that enables existing control panels to be used to manage the signal flows along with control of Virtuoso endpoints. These capabilities combine with the recently announced data orchestration capabilities to provide fully convergent SDN control.

Johnny Dolvik, Chief Product And Development Officer for Nevion says: ”The latest enhancements to Virtuoso and VideoIPath bring a whole new level of versatility to these products. These products’ ability to handle video and audio transport over IP is already well established, but with the addition of comprehensive audio processing, they provide a real value-add, especially in the facilities. We are already seeing this translating into customer wins, which we will announce once deployed.”

Nevion will be showcasing Virtuoso and VideoIPath on its booth (SU5510) at the NABshow 2018, April 7-12, Las Vegas Convention Center.

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24i acquires Vigour to accelerate innovation and growth in OTT Multiscreen solutions

24i Media, an industry-leading streaming applications developer for the world’s top media companies, today announced that it has acquired Vigour, a leading multiscreen video platform provider.

The acquisition further enhances 24i’s leadership position globally and accelerates its innovation and growth, with its technology platform at the heart of its ambitions.

Dutch video technology providers 24i and Vigour have joined forces to build a powerful, innovation driven partnership within the global market that will develop foundational multiscreen solutions to meet the evolving needs of today’s digital subscribers. With the acquisition of Vigour, 24i executes on its vision to drive innovation for video application technology, grow its international market share and build the most talented team in the industry. For Vigour, the acquisition provides an opportunity to expand the reach of its unique multiscreen vision across a much larger network, within an environment that provides the optimal operational conditions for the execution of a shared vision.

“Reaching consumers regardless of the devices they use is crucial in securing their long-term business. The more devices they use, the more hours of content they will consume, and the more value they will gain from their subscription. In pursuit of these goals, the rate of innovation has accelerated considerably over the last few years,” said Martijn Van Horssen, CEO at 24i Media. “Our acquisition of Vigour strengthens our ability to lead this innovation curve and provide attractive, cutting edge applications that empower our customers to deliver immersive experiences for their subscribers across any device.”

24i’s module-based technology framework allows broadcasters, operators and media companies to create and launch personalized streaming services on all screens, tailored to their needs.

“Our platform is like a giant box of Lego, where customers can build their own apps with our state-of-the-art components, or they can purchase a fully completed package,” Martijn commented.

“This is a tremendous step forward for 24i and our growth as a company. Bringing together our two companies ties directly to 24i’s strategy to deliver valuable outcomes to our customers and to extend our leadership in the rapidly expanding market for personalized cloud TV and video app technology. Together, our strong engineering talent, leading technology and deep video app expertise will unlock incredible innovation, choice and value for customers around the world. We warmly welcome the Vigour team and its leading technology expertise to 24i.” Martijn added.

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“At Vigour we have always worked from vision and content,” said Ramon Duivenvoorden, CEO at Vigour Duivenvoorden. “We are enormously driven by innovation to push the boundaries in the way we deal with technology and media in our daily lives. The acquisition by 24i offers us the opportunity to pursue this shared vision together with much more power, resources and scope.”

The acquisition will result in a unique combination of Vigour’s innovation, design, and engineering expertise with 24i’s industry knowledge, platform and full range of solutions and technology. The combination will enable the creation of an integrated set of flexible products for creating cross-screen, personalized Internet TV applications, better positioning 24i to help companies rapidly develop OTT business models and capture new revenue streams in the high-growth and fast evolving market.

Together with newly acquired Vigour, 24i will be showcasing their feature rich set of TV applications at the NAB Show in Las Vegas, booth SU9301CM, April 9-12. Visitors are welcome to drop by the booth or book a meeting to discover how they can leverage 24i’s next generation tools and technologies to stand out from competitors and capitalize on 24i’s flexible and proven solutions.

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Cobalt Digital Releases Next-Generation HEVC Professional 4K and Multichannel HD/SD Encoder Series

Cobalt Digital today announced the release of its new 9992-ENC series of HEVC/H.265/MPEG-5-ready encoders for openGear.

These new encoders represent the state of the art both in 4K/HD baseband video processing and in compression technology — all in one highly upgradeable, future-proof platform.

“The low-latency performance of our new HEVC encoders makes them ideal for ENG and remote studio contribution,” said Bob McAlpine, CEO of Cobalt Digital. “With their advanced processing and next-gen compression capabilities, these new encoders are what the industry has been waiting for.”

The 9992-ENC series’ flagship product, the 9992-ENC-4K-HEVC encoder, represents the superset of the new encoding platform’s capabilities. It takes advantage of the hardware’s quad 3G-SDI and 12G-SDI inputs by accepting a full 3840×2160 signal at up to 60 frames per second and then encoding the signal to HEVC for output over IP and or DVB-ASI.

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The platform on which the 9992-ENC series is built is the convergence of Cobalt’s compression hardware and software design expertise with the company’s popular line of FPGA-accelerated production and broadcast baseband SDI products. It is extremely scalable in terms of channel capacity and with respect to the availability of software-definable feature sets that can be licensed in the field as needed. Thanks to these feature sets, 9992-ENC series encoders offer a wide range of configurations that serve as economical entry points for multiple markets.

The flexibility of the encoding platform has enabled Cobalt to design a package of features and options that address a specific market’s basic requirements while also supporting an unprecedented choice of upgrade paths that include adding encoder channels and advanced video processing features such as up/down/cross conversion. Baseband video processing options can eliminate the need for external converters and frame syncs, and straightforward field upgrades ensure a long useful life. A user can start with a single-channel 1080 60p MPEG-2/AVC H.264 encoder, for example, and add up to three additional channels of compression, turning the unit into a quad-channel encoder with the knowledge that the system can upgraded to HEVC at any point in the future if application requirements change.

The encoder card can be upgraded in the field all the way from 4:2:0 8 bit to 4:2:2 10 bit, and the base openGear card design accepts multiple hardware expansion modules as well, so the user’s investment is protected when it comes to fiber and SMPTE ST 2110 SDI over IP I/O and emerging audio processing requirements such as 22.2-channel encoding.

In addition to the highly capable 12G/6G/3G/HD/SD-SDI input stage of the product, the output stage supports simultaneous output over DVB-ASI via a rich set of streaming IP protocols including Forward Error Correction (FEC) and Automatic Repeat ReQuest (ARQ) packet-loss protection schemes. Each encoding path handles up to 16 channels of embedded audio and supports all common audio codecs including MPEG-1 Layer II, AAC (all flavors), Dolby 2.0, and 5.1 AC-3, as well as pass-through of pre-encoded Dolby. The encoder features a low-latency mode, and sub-frame, ultra-low-latency performance is possible when the encoder is paired with Cobalt’s companion 9992-DEC decoders.

Integration of Cobalt’s extensive library of production and broadcast-centric features gives users the benefits of linear frame rate-based standards conversion and Technicolor’s HDR ITM-powered SDR-to-HDR and HDR-to-SDR up-mapping and down-mapping.

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Televisa improves local News and increases Live ENG reports

JVC Professional Video, a division of JVCKENWOOD USA Corporation, today announced Televisa, the largest mass media company in Hispanic America, has purchased 25 JVC ProHD Wireless Bridge bonded video-over-IP units to transmit live ENG field reports from 21 different markets throughout Mexico.

The first unit was tested last year at XEFB in Monterrey; now, there are three Wireless Bridge units at XEFB and three at XHG in Guadalajara, with the rest assigned to 19 other Televisa Regional stations.

According to Gabriel Herran Galaviz, Televisa technical director of regional stations, news crews are very happy with the JVC news-over-IP solution. “Before this, it was very complicated to produce a live report because we needed a microwave truck – and it cost a lot of money and required a lot of resources,” he explained. “Now they can report from anywhere using one of our fleet vehicles.”

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Previously, Televisa had used its JVC GY-HM850 ProHD cameras to send files via FTP, but the Bridge investment has allowed its news stations to provide more live reports for their viewers.

“We think that we don’t need to buy microwave trucks anymore,” Galaviz said. “Although we depend on the bandwidth and service of the 4G providers, we think this is the best solution for the moment.”

Compatible with JVC’s ProHD and 4KCAM streaming camera models, the ProHD Wireless Bridge is ideal for broadcasts that require high reliability and camera mobility. Each camera in the system is equipped with a transceiver module, which plugs directly into the camera’s USB connector and operates up to 2,000 feet from the vehicle-mounted base station. The cellular uplink with high-gain antenna turns the vehicle into a remote broadcasting hub, receiving signals from one or more field cameras and creating a virtual private network (VPN) for secure transmission.

Broadcasters like Televisa can equip all their fleet vehicles with ProHD Wireless Bridge systems and direct them to a single IP address. While the stations in Guadalajara, Monterrey, and Tijuana have their own IP routers, the other 18 stations use a cloud-based Peplink FusionHub virtual appliance to connect their cameras to a Zixi cloud-based server, which routes live footage to a JVC BR-DE800 ProHD decoder at each station.

The Wireless Bridge units were installed primarily for local news, but Galaviz said they could be used for commercial projects as well as Univision content for U.S. audiences as well. Televisa is already planning to invest in more ProHD Bridge units.

“We are very happy with this solution,” Galaviz added.

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Beyond the Wireless Bridge, JVC offers the Dockable Bridge that connects directly to 800 Series cameras and the handheld Portable Bridge, which is powered by AC or attached Anton/Bauer battery. Unlike other bonded solutions, ProHD Bridge products allow live streaming from multiple cameras to HD-SDI decoders or servers at a central location, as well as CDNs like JVCVIDEOCLOUD and Facebook Live. JVC will demonstrate its entire line of ProHD Bridge products at the 2018 NAB Show (Booth C4315) next month in Las Vegas.

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ENCO to Launch IP-Enabled Control Surface for Playout Solutions

Blending IP-based innovation with traditional tactile control, ENCO will unveil the new ClipBoard next-generation control interface for its market-leading broadcast automation and instant playout solutions at the 2018 NAB Show (April 9-12, Las Vegas Convention Center). The ground-breaking hardware controller will be one of many new advances that the company will debut in booth N3824.

ClipBoard provides an intuitive, physical control surface for ENCO’s comprehensive range of television and radio solutions, including the MOM (Media Operations Manager) TV automation and production platform, ClipFire instant video playout appliance, DAD radio automation and playout solution, and HotShot instant audio playback system. ClipBoard’s unique operational benefits particularly shine when used with ENCO’s video solutions, as the controller’s OLED-based buttons display 96×64 pixel graphics.

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ClipBoard’s button layout mirrors and complements ENCO’s highly-regarded, touchscreen-optimized software interfaces. ClipBoard buttons can trigger any asset available in the automation or playout system, including video, audio, graphics and DCL (DAD Command Language) commands. Thumbnails of available audio or video are shown on the buttons for easy identification, while countdown timers display in-progress elements.

“Some hardware controllers simply map their buttons to the software’s on-screen array, so users must look at both the button box and the screen to locate what they want to play and see the result,” said Ken Frommert, President of ENCO. “With ClipBoard, operators don’t even need a screen to find their desired assets. Similarly, rather than just seeing audio or video playout on a separate monitor when a button is pressed, ClipBoard displays a countdown timer on the button itself, providing instant visual feedback.”

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ClipBoard units feature 56 buttons, each measuring one inch wide by 7/8 of an inch high. 48 of these buttons can be used to trigger media assets on the current array page, while the remaining eight provide additional functionality such as switching between banks of buttons. ClipBoard features RJ45 Ethernet connectivity and controls ENCO automation and playout solutions over an IP network, enabling it for use with both physical and virtualized systems.

“As user-friendly as our software interfaces are, hardware buttons are still often the fastest and most comfortable means of operation for a variety of use cases,” continued Frommert. “ClipBoard brings tactile control into the IP-enhanced era, providing a cost-effective control surface for audio playout while delivering unique benefits for video applications.”

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