EVS implements unique AI-Enabled Offside Indicator into XEEBRA 2.0

EVS announces the release of the latest version of its video refereeing system Xeebra 2.0. This new version, which will be presented at the 2018 NAB Show, provides users with new features including AI-driven field calibration, audio support for exports and IFAB protocol support for VAR usage.

Xeebra 2.0 relies on a new technology platform that EVS will introduce at the 2018 NAB Show. This new modular platform is built on a suite of microservices that will sit at the core of all EVS products, and which will offer new AI engines based on machine learning.

The machine learning technology implemented into Xeebra 2.0 automatically calibrates the field of play – something that’s time-consuming and subject to error if not done carefully. The AI-driven calibration in Xeebra 2.0 doesn’t require any pre-game setup or the deployment of additional sensors or cameras. It uses only the images from the live broadcast camera feeds. As a result, operators don’t need to hassle with the calibration process and can feel confident that the graphics that they overlay on the field is done with the highest level of precision.

Additionally, Xeebra 2.0 offers ingest and export of game audio as well as customizable buttons on its dedicated BEPlay controller.

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Built on EVS’ industry-leading replay technology, Xeebra allow sports officials, and on-air analysts to replay any number of live camera angles for review.

Users can swiftly select preferred angles that remain entirely in-sync on the system’s intuitive touchscreen and zoom into the images with a simple touch-and-pinch gesture. Xeebra’s client/server architecture also implies that it can be deployed wherever it needs to be, whether on the sidelines, in a venue production control room or a remote officiating facility.

EVS is accredited as an official technical partner of FIBA, the international governing body for basketball. Xeebra is also widely deployed by leagues, federations and facilities providers all over the world. MEDIAPRO uses Xeebra as a VAR system for top soccer leagues on both sides of the Atlantic, including the Primeira Liga in Portugal and the Liga MX in Mexico (for more information about VAR deployment, read our white paper). Xeebra is also used by the British Horseracing Association and just recently by NEP Ireland for the NatWest 6 Nations’ rugby championship.

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NFHS Network names SlingStudio Official Video Production Technology Partner

For the first time, high schools have access to an affordable, wireless, multi-camera, HD video production system empowering them to record, edit and livestream their school’s sports events, concerts and other functions.

“The desire from high schools to livestream student events has never been stronger, but doing so is out of reach for many due to the high cost and video production complexities,” said Mark Koski, NFHS Network CEO. “Our endorsement means NFHS members can confidently adopt the SlingStudio platform to easily produce and livestream HD video without breaking their annual budgets.”

SlingStudio lets users of all skill levels record, monitor and edit four HD video inputs from up to 10 connected cameras, camcorders, smartphones and drones. SlingStudio can also output live video to streaming services like the NFHS Network, Facebook Live, YouTube and other RTMP destinations, while simultaneously recording to a USB hard drive, USB SSD or SD card for post-production.

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“Part of what makes SlingStudio a compelling video solution for high schools is its intuitive user interface,” said Janet Gipson, vice president of sales & marketing at Sling Media. “The SlingStudio app is a visual, touch-based experience that allows students to take control of the video production process – all they need is an iPad and our system to begin recording, editing and livestreaming within minutes.”

Additional SlingStudio product features include the ability to incorporate real-time scores, instant-program replay, event stats, rosters, sponsor logos and lower-third graphics, with software updates added regularly. To simplify the video setup process, SlingStudio incorporates robust wireless technology that connects cameras from distances up to 300 feet – making it suitable for both indoor and outdoor sports and performance venues.

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Revolabs Given 5-Star Rating in CRN’s 2018 Partner Program Guide

Revolabs® Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Yamaha Corporation, announced today that CRN®, a brand of The Channel Company, has given Revolabs a 5-Star rating in its 2018 Partner Program Guide.

This annual guide is the definitive listing of partner programs from technology vendors that provide products and services through the IT channel. The 5-Star Partner Program Guide rating recognizes an elite subset of companies that offer solution providers the best partnering elements in their channel programs.

To determine the 2018 5-Star ratings, The Channel Company’s research team assessed each vendor’s partner program based on investments in program offerings, partner profitability, partner training, education and support, marketing programs and resources, sales support, and communication.

Revolabs’ and Yamaha’s professional microphone systems and conference phones for telephony and unified communications are exclusively sold through its CORE (Committed, Open‐Minded, Responsive, Engaged) Reseller Program. This network of global partners is dedicated to delivering the best audio experience through Revolabs’ and Yamaha’s best-in-class audio solutions. The program helps distinguish their business from the competition, with every channel partner receiving the tools and benefits to drive growth. This includes attractive incentive programs, online deal registration, sales support, marketing tools, onboarding support, and training.

“Finding the right technology vendor to partner with can be a daunting task, given the vast array of choices now available to solution providers,” said Robert Faletra, Executive Chairman of The Channel Company. “CRN’s Partner Program Guide and 5-Star ratings help them narrow the field and find the best fit, identifying the most rewarding partner programs and providing crucial insight into their strengths and benefits. We are pleased to present our 2018 PPG list, recognizing the strongest and most successful partner programs in the channel today.”

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“The key challenges for channel partners today are product differentiation and profitability. With our CORE program, our partners separate themselves from the competition with superior audio solutions their customers can trust and depend on,” said Michael Fitch, vice president, North American sales at Revolabs. “Being recognized once again as a 5-Star CRN Partner underscores our commitment in supporting our channel partners in delivering the bedrock of organizational success — natural and effective communication in any space.”

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FUJINON 4K HDR Zoom Series Expands with Two New 46x Zooms Featuring Best-in-Class Stabilization and Accuracy

Fujifilm made the Development Announcement on Tuesday, March 27 in Japan of the company’s latest Premier UA Series of UHD 2/3” lenses, the UA46x9.5B and UA46x13.5B. A prototype will be shown at the Fujifilm booth (#C7225). NAB2018 will be held from April 9-12 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

A newly designed OS-TECH image stabilizer provides the most advanced image stabilization for a lens in this class and makes the new UA46x zooms ideal for sports, wildlife, and documentary production. Versions of each lens will be available for studio, wildlife, remote-control and gyro-stabilized productions.

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FUJINON UA46x9.5B UHD zoom lens

Also enhanced with a fresh design is the Digital Full Servo Drive Unit, which now features 16-bit encoding for highly accurate local or remote operation of the zoom, focus or iris. The drive unit offers a “Virtual Connector,” which outputs the lens’ positional data.

In line with the optical performance of the full family of 10 FUJIFILM 4K UA 2/3” lenses, the two new lenses feature 4K Ultra HD and HDR optical performance throughout the entire zoom range. The UA46x9.5B features a class-leading 46x zoom ratio and a wide angle from 9.5~437mm (19~874mm w/2x) with an F2.0 aperture. The “Tele” version UA46x13.5B lens also features a class-leading 46x zoom ratio and a telephoto reach from 13.5~621mm (27~1242mm w/2x) with an F2.8 aperture.

The lenses employ the latest High Transmittance Electron Beam Coating (HT-EBC), resulting in richer colors and greatly improved blue response and transmittance. They both achieve 4K UHD optical performance from center to corner throughout the zoom range while suppressing image distortion, due to a multi-group zoom system. Availability for the UA46x9.5B and UA46x13.5B is planned for late 2018.

“The adoption of HDR by broadcasters is poised for rapid acceptance, and it’s a trend we are in a unique position to address,” said Thomas Fletcher, Director of Marketing, FUJIFILM Optical Devices Division. “Our high-contrast, high-quality lenses are ideal for HDR. Given the color science expertise of Fujifilm with its motion picture film history, the FUJINON lenses are not only 4K but also produce brilliant, bright, eye-popping HDR images.”

Another Premier UA Series of UHD 2/3” lens will be a booth highlight in Las Vegas. First introduced at IBC2017, the UA24x7.8 will make its NAB debut. With a total length of 8.68“ (220.5mm) and weight of 4.36 lbs. (1.98kg), the UA24x7.8 zoom is the smallest and lightest 4K HDR broadcast lens. Its compact body offers a powerful 24x high magnification zoom, covering a focal length from the wide angle of 7.8mm to 187mm (374 with the 2x extender.) This new portable lens allows users to shoot high-resolution video in environments requiring significant mobility and extended shoulder time, such as live sports news and reality TV.

The Premier UA Series of 4K 2/3” lenses is the first series designed specifically for UHD broadcast applications. Other handheld zooms in this line up include: the UA14x4.5, UA18x5.5, UA13x4.5 and UA22x8 lenses. The UA27x6.5 studio lens and field lenses, the UA80x9 and UA107x8.4, round out the series.

Thanks to the extreme popularity of the FUJINON MK lenses, third party providers have introduced a range of solutions to benefit MK lens owners and broaden their compatibility. One of the most popular accessories are additional camera mounts. MK Series lenses come standard with an E Mount. Showcased in the Fujifilm NAB booth will be the Duclos Lenses’ FZ mount, which allows the lens to work with the popular Sony F5 and F55 cameras. Also shown at NAB, will be MTF’s Micro Four Thirds mount for the MK series. This mount allows for use on Panasonic, JVC, and other manufacturers’ cameras.

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Duclos 1.7x Expander on FUJINON Premier Series 18-85mm Zoom

Among those with new gear for the FUJINON MK Series are lens control, accessory manufacturers and service providers: Heden, Chrosziel, Bright Tangerine and Zacuto.

In addition, the new Duclos 1.7x expander enables FUJINON Cabrio and Premier Series Super 35mm zooms to be used on the latest larger sensor cameras, such as Sony’s Venice, RED’s Vista Vision 8K, and ARRI Alexa LF. With a unique combination fast T stops and exceptional optical performance, the HK Premier lenses are PL-mount zooms poised for both current and emerging digital cinematography trends

The Electronic Imaging Division will have a dedicated space in the Fujifilm NAB2018 booth to showcase the new FUJIFILM X-H1 camera and FUJINON MKX18-55mmT2.9 and FUJINON MKX50-135mmT2.9 cinema lenses for X Mount, providing the ideal compact combination for both video reproduction and still photography.

The X-H1 is the first camera in the X Series line to feature in-body image stabilization and produces uncompromised image quality and precision when combined with compensating mechanisms. This camera also brings a comprehensive range of new features to the market to support movie production, including ETERNA, a new film simulation mode that is ideal for shooting movies. The X-H1 boasts many functional and performance improvements to video image quality, including the 1080/120P high-speed video mode (1/2, 1/4 and 1/5 speed slow motion) for recording spectacular slow-motion footage; F-log SD card recording which aids smooth workflow; a DCI 4K shooting mode (4096×2160); a 400% dynamic range setting (approximately 12 stops); 200 Mbps high bit rate recording; a high-sound quality internal microphone (24 bit/48 kHz); and verbal time codes.

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X-H1 Camera with MKX18-55mm Zoom

The new X Mount FUJINON MKX18-55mmT2.9 and FUJINON MKX50-135mmT2.9 cinema lenses are compatible with all FUJIFILM X Series interchangeable system cameras and offer a lightweight and compact design with the same optical performance and operability as larger cinema lenses in their class. They cover 18-135mm–the most frequently used focal length in video production–and achieve a constant T2.9 aperture across the entire zoom range, enabling a shallow depth of field and beautiful bokeh effect. The optical and mechanical approach employed in these new MKX lenses is ideal for video shooting, allowing for elimination of time lag that is usually experienced with electrical control systems, suppression of focus shifts while zooming, and reduction of lens breathing to ensure continuous sharp output.

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FOR-A’s HVS-6000 4K 3 M/E Video Switcher to Make Show Debut

The new switcher is one of the many 12G supported solutions that FOR-A will highlight at the NAB Show in Las Vegas in booth #C5117.

“FOR-A has a long history of developing reliable, cost-effective video switchers fit for a wide variety of users,” said Takaaki Imoto, Senior General Manager of FOR-A Overseas Sales & Marketing Division. “In fact, FOR-A first brought a video switcher to market back in 1985, when we introduced the world’s first component switcher. We always strive to remain a step ahead of the curve in our video switcher technologies, and look forward to showcasing the new HVS-6000 at the upcoming NAB Show, alongside numerous other forward-thinking product introductions.”

With a maximum of 80 inputs/32 outputs or 64 inputs/48 outputs in 12G-SDI, the HVS-6000 is a 12 RU switcher that’s ideal for users upgrading from HD to full 4K. It also offers future-looking scalability to users looking to transition to 8K further down the line. FOR-A’s other model, the HVS-6000M, is a 7 RU switcher that offers 2 M/E performances and maximum of 32 inputs/24 outputs in 12G-SDI.

The HVS-6000 video switcher is a 3 M/E unit that offers 4 keyers per M/E. Frame synchronization and still store features are available for inputs, and the HVS-6000 offers two channels of multi viewer or four channels of DSK. It also includes color correction for input and output video, frame buffer, mutual HDR and SDR conversion, and up/down conversion capabilities. In this era of video over IP popularity, the new HVS-6000 anticipates future needs by enabling IP interfaces to be mounted on its I/O slots. GearBox functionality is available for I/O to enable system building. The HVS-6000 offers integrated management capabilities with other FOR-A 12G products for easy 12G-SDI system solution building, including the MFR-6000 12G routing switcher and MV-4300 12G multi-viewer.

The new HVS-6000 unit will be shown in FOR-A’s video switcher booth area alongside its existing 4K supported units, including the HVS-2000, HVS-490, and HVS-100 switchers.

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Belar Develops SNMP Management Application for Multi-User Remote Control and Monitoring

Belar Electronics has developed a new server-based software application that will allow multiple engineers to simultaneously access its FM and HD Radio modulation monitors at transmitter sites and distant studios via SNMP.

To be introduced at the 2018 NAB Show next week at the Las Vegas Convention Center, the innovation is especially useful for Belar users in station groups and networks that were previously limited in how they could connect. Belar exhibits at Booth N7127.

The SNMP standard defines how to identify data-rich objects in hardware connected to an IT network, and includes a protocol that enables engineers to set and/or query parameters as well as trap events. This functionality is delivered in real-time over the network connection.

Belar’s new multi-user approach adds an SNMP-based server application that engineers can remotely access from anywhere with a network connection, without limiting the number of simultaneous users. Previously, engineers were limited to a single connection direct from Belar’s WizWin software.

“Our new lightweight SNMP application provides no limitations on where and how any number of engineers remotely connect to configure settings, enable alarms and notifications, and monitor health and status of their Belar units, among other needs,” said Mark Grant, CEO, Belar Electronics. “This is an open application that will enable us to add even richer software applications for control, monitoring and more over IP networks in the future, with a long-term plan of integrating the application directly inside our modulation monitors.”

In an SNMP ecosystem, the server application acts as the “agent,” and allows the engineer to access the equipment using their SNMP management software. In the case of Belar’s SNMP application, once the connection between “manager” and “agent” are made, the application opens up access to the Belar FMCS-1 (All-in-One) or FMHD-1 (HD Radio) modulation monitor, delivering a rich amount of data and enabling full SNMP control and monitoring.

The new SNMP management application is the latest software-defined enhancement for Belar’s modulation monitors. Other recent innovations include the integration of historical graphs to chart activity over the previous 24 hours. That recent software enhancement greatly expanded the window that Belar users can access and review performance and compliance data from its previous 30-minute limit. Graphical options now include dynamic histograms and raw value tables, providing both immediate evidence of performance; and detailed insight into trends over time.

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