NEP Ireland Selects RTS for New Emerald OB Truck

Named Emerald, the 12m expander truck will be primarily based in Ireland. It hit the road shortly before the commencement of the Rugby Six Nations tournament, where it was deployed to serve the coverage of national broadcaster RTE.

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The result of a collaboration between NEP teams based in both Ireland and the UK, Emerald continues NEP’s ongoing strategy of ensuring IP-based interconnectivity between all of the group’s outside broadcast vehicles.

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Accordingly, the truck is now equipped with an OMNEO-enabled 96 port ADAM matrix plus KP-Series keypanels, all combining to form an easy-to-use and quick-to-deploy Dante-based intercoms environment.

SpherePlay’s Dual-X Is First VR Tool to Bring Two Simultaneous Video Feeds Into the VR Experience

SpherePlay, developer of the leading VR platform for publishers and broadcasters, today introduced the new Dual-X tool for the company’s Launcher VR media player.

The first tool to enable broadcasters to incorporate two simultaneous video feeds — one 360 and one 2D feed — into the VR environment, Dual-X allows users to complement their VR experience with video from a conventional television feed. In so doing, Dual-X significantly reduces broadcasters’ up-front production costs while allowing them to offer all of their available content to all users.

“Dual-X is an exciting addition to our Launcher VR media player because it makes it easy and economical for broadcasters to leverage their regular broadcast content, in turn offering viewers an even more engaging VR experience,” said Christian Eve-Lévesque, CEO at SpherePlay. “The viewer could, for example, watch live immersive video of a hockey game and at the same time check the televised game show — all without leaving the VR environment. This is a game-changing capability.”

Prior to SpherePlay’s development of the Dual-X tool, the only way broadcasters could bring more than one feed into the VR experience was to burn both video feeds into one signal that simulated two different pieces of content. Now, rather than spend extra time and money producing all content in VR, broadcasters working with Dual-X can use a live stream in VR and feed linear 2D video into the experience. With access to dual video streams, viewers are more likely to see content they find compelling and are more inclined to keep using their HMDs to watch that content.

The SpherePlay Experience Manager for the Launcher VR media player makes it easy to manage both the VR and linear broadcast feeds along with other elements of the VR experience. Intuitive controls guide users through the process of uploading content, sharing the unique MediaID associated with the content, and enriching the VR video experience on the fly — even as end users watch the creation. Options for real-time customization include selecting from different cameras and multiple video feeds, changing the background image, and adding or removing widgets for elements such as the game score, a chat room, web browsing, and more.

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AVIWEST Unveils New PRO3 Series HEVC Advance Video Uplink System for Live Remote Production

Integrating a best-in-class H.265/HEVC Advance encoder into a compact design, the PRO3 significantly improves live video remote production, offering a 30 percent savings in data costs compared with other HEVC solutions on the market.

“As broadcasters aim to deliver superior-quality video content for live news and event coverage, data costs are spiraling out of control,” said Samuel Fleischhacker, senior product manager at AVIWEST. “The PRO3 Series features a next-generation encoder that is extremely powerful, significantly reducing the bitrates typically associated with broadcasting high-quality video in real time over bonded cellular and the public internet.”

Using the PRO3 Series, broadcasters and video producers can seamlessly stream live HD interviews and events, and store and forward recorded content even in the midst of unpredictable and unmanaged network conditions. The video uplink system features a compact, portable, and robust design, along with a comprehensive panel of interfaces and functionalities (SDI in and out, HDMI in and out, and analog audio in), making it perfect for on-the-go newsgathering, live multi-camera productions, and sports. Offering a camera-mount or backpack alternative to satellite, the PRO3 can synchronously backhaul multiple live feeds with perfect genlock and lip sync for multicamera, remote, and at-home productions.

With up to 12 network connections including eight 3G/4G internal modems with patented high-efficiency custom antenna arrays plus a USB 3.0 port and built-in Wi-Fi modem, the PRO3 Series makes it easy for journalists to conduct live interviews and events with flawless HEVC Advance encoding. The system’s high-performance HEVC encoder achieves low bitrates and low latency, lowering cellular data consumption without compromising on video quality. Using the PRO3 Series, broadcasters have the option to record a premium-quality video file and forward it progressively to the remote receiver while recording, saving a significant amount of time in the field.

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By detecting and bonding together multiple IP network interfaces, the PRO3 Series enables users to take advantage of every IP network in their immediate area as they become available. AVIWEST SafeStreams® technology, featuring an intelligent IP-bonding stack and powerful contribution network protocols, assures the delivery of live transmissions over internet networks with minimum delay (as low as 500 ms), allowing mobile journalists to stream high-quality videos from any location around the world.

Another key benefit of the PRO3 Series is its simplicity and ease of use. The PRO3 Series features a SIP-based intercom to simplify communications between the master control room in the broadcaster premises and remote transmitter operators in the field. Video professionals can connect any of their mobile devices through to the PRO3 bonding connectivity leveraging multiple IP networks and take advantage of high-speed mobile connectivity. Moreover, the PRO3 Series features a user-friendly intuitive interface that allows broadcasting live videos in just two taps on the touchscreen.

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DoCaption’s LRBox Ancillary Data Platform Brings All-in-One Yet Modular Licensing Approach to Closed Captioning Broadcast and Monitoring

DoCaption’s LRBox products now are available in a modular software solution tailor-made for the company’s portfolio of closed-captioning/subtitling encoders, decoders, and monitors.

“By bringing LRBox products into the software realm, we can offer our customers complete solutions with the benefit of modular licensing,” said Renaud Desportes, director of product management and worldwide sales at DoCaption. “LRBox users enjoy state-of-the-art closed-captioning technology and the flexibility to select and configure other critical tools in the manner that best suits their operations.”

The LRBox line includes the WST (ETSI EN300706)/OP42/OP-47/ST-2031 and CEA-608/CEA-708 closed-captioning/subtitling encoders, inserters, databridges, and monitoring devices. All products can be equipped with additional modules including de-embedded audio out, GPI I/Os, RS-232/422 serial I/Os, and more.

The LRBox platform provides as standard a program SDI I/O that is bypass-relay protected, as well as a secondary SDI-configurable input or output, a combination that supports, for example, ancillary data bridging or captioning monitoring with captions overlaid on the video. A fast Ethernet port and a USB port allow for flexible data exchange, simple configuration access, and in-the-field firmware upgrades.

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The LRBox platform is available as a stand-alone, small-form-factor box with optional rack- or shelf-mount brackets; in a single/dual-channel setup in a 19-inch, 1RU rack-mount chassis with redundant power supplies; in a high-density, 3RU 19-inch rack-mount chassis that supports up to 10 channels; or, for OEMs, as a single card (small-form-factor 100-mm x 160-mm Eurocard).

“We are proud to offer our LRBox platform as a tailor-made, modular software solution for our subtitling/closed-captioning encoders, decoders, and monitors portfolio,” added Desportes. “The LRBox product line fills a gap in professional captioning broadcast and confidence monitoring, and it provides a solution that dramatically reduces installation and operational costs.”

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TVU Networks’ Contribution Automation Service Streamlines the Video Content Acquisition Process

At the NAB Show next week, TVU Networks will introduce TVU Contribution Automation Solution (TVU CAS), an innovative service which automates planning, resource management, acquisition, transmission and routing, and also features integrated metadata and contribution management.

Furthermore, TVU also provides an open API (TVU CASAPI) for acquisition devices, transmission devices, receiving devices and routers as well as news systems to be integrated into TVU CAS. TVU Networks will exhibit at NAB in Las Vegas next week in booth C1707.

As demand increases for more live content for news, sports and entertainment, and fast production process in general, streamlining the live video content acquisition and processing of live video content is becoming a necessity for most media organizations, such as TV stations. TVU CAS is able to have the entire acquisition process planned at story creation stage. The resources, such as people, devices and routing are assigned to story and tasks. In addition, all assignments are pushed to field devices, and the personnel who are involved. It will automatically execute the planned tasks according to the plan. Metadata, such as story slug, and information are automatically captured and associated with the corresponding content without human involvement.

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“The existing human-driven content acquisition process is inefficient for the increased demand for production efficiency. TVU CAS addresses today’s production needs because it focuses on people and stories rather than machines and manual process,” said Paul Shen, CEO, TVU Networks. “The entire content acquisition process becomes streamlined and more efficient with TVU CAS and allows the focus to shift from a rigid program centric to a flexible story centric workflow.”

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The Convergence TV Project Demonstrates World First SHVC Based HD/UHD Hybrid Delivery

Thanks to the use of scalable HEVC (SHVC) for audio & video compression, no simulcasting will be needed.

The broadcast path delivers the HD signal while the broadband path delivers only the enhancement signal from HD to UHD.

Both paths are fed from a single SHVC encoder providing the base layer signal to the broadcast chain and the enhancement layer to the broadband chain.

Two receivers show the service enhancement. There are a regular ATSC 3.0 TV set displaying the basic HD HDR service and a PC based hybrid receiver prototype able to combine the base and enhancement layers thanks to a SHVC decoder.

The regular ATSC 3.0 TV set will show the backward compatibility of the approach, as a regular HEVC enabled TV set can decode the SHVC base layer without requiring specific upgrade.

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This world first demo intends to showcase one of the exclusive features of the ATSC 3.0 system approach – the native hybrid delivery mechanism – which ensures quasi-unlimited flexibility for enhancing the user experience.

It illustrates a business case where regular broadcast HD service delivery (2K) can be enriched to UHD (4K) – and monetized – through an optional broadband connection.

Samsung supports the project by providing the ATSC 3.0 TV set for the backward compatibility demonstration. Being fully UHD and SHVC compliant, this TV set is another world first through its ability to display UHD services when both the base layer and enhancement layer are distributed through the broadcast path.

About the Convergence TV Project

Convergence TV is a research project powered by five French innovative and high tech companies: TeamCast (lead), ATEME, Broadpeak, Motion Spell, TDF and two prestigious academic research institutes: INSA Rennes and Telecom Paristech.

The main objective of the project is to work on hybrid delivery of advanced TV services, using a broadcast delivery as mainstream and broadband add-ons for a better Quality of Experience, immersivity or interactivity. The project has chosen ATSC 3.0 as the all IP hybrid delivery system.

The Convergence TV project is sponsored by the French government and two local councils (Region Bretagne and Region Ile-De-France).

Bluebell Opticom to Present New Remote Configuration Features of BN390 Multiplexer

A standalone interface that enables single-cable 4K UHDTV transport, the BN390 now offers even greater versatility and flexibility for OB trucks, stadiums, news facilities, and event venues, which until now have had to rely on big, bulky, rack-based equipment for remote configuration of signals.

The BN390 is designed for cost-effective transport of 4K UHD signals over fibre, with the ability to multiplex four 3G-SDI signals onto a single 12G-SDI signal. The latest version of the BN390 includes an intuitive new software interface for easy remote configuration and signal monitoring. Besides supporting SNMP access, the BN390 can now serve its own web page via a simple RJ45 connector to give users the ability to set up, configure, and manage signals remotely.

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The BN390 maps the existing control software to Bluebell’s emerging GUI technology, built for simple hardware control during remote production. The GUI is a powerful, fast interface that controls the input signal format and the output format, and it also works as a network monitor that reports signal loss and other error states.

“When we introduced the BN390 over a year ago, we put a great deal of thought into a solution for single-cable transport of 4K signals that could meet our customers’ needs as UHDTV continued to come to the fore. And even today, there are few, if any, other products like it on the market,” said Paul McCann, managing director, Bluebell Opticom. “The BN390’s small, robust throw-down multiplexer and demultiplexer modules offer a truly elegant solution for any 4K UHD workflow. And now the BN390 is even easier to control and manage over the Web or SNMP, a critical capability now that remote production is becoming more of a reality for live sports.”

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