Magewell Wins Trio of Prestigious Awards for New Ultra Stream HDMI Encoder

Magewell’s debut of its flexible Ultra Stream HDMI standalone streaming encoder at the 2018 NAB Show garnered immediate acclaim, as the company received three significant industry accolades for the intuitive new device.

Magewell was honored with a Video Innovation Award (VIA) from the British Columbia Professional Videographers Association (BCPVA) for the second consecutive year, earned a Best of Show Award from NewBay Media’s Video Edge, and was named one of the “Top 5 Products for Churches from NAB 2018” by Church Production Magazine.

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Magewell’s Ultra Stream HDMI encoder makes live streaming simple even for non-professional users, enabling them to record or stream high-quality video with one click using on-device buttons or an intuitive smartphone app. Designed for users who want to stream but may have minimal technical knowledge, the encoder is ideal for everyone from church volunteers and educators to live event organizers and gamers.

NewBay’s Best of Show Awards are evaluated by a panel of industry experts and are selected based on innovation, feature set, cost efficiency and performance in serving the industry. Winners are featured in Video Edge, which covers content production and delivery for every screen, and all nominated products are included in a special Best of Show Awards Program Guide that will be distributed in digital form after the event.

“The NewBay Best of Show Awards at NAB are now in their fifth year,” said Paul McLane, NewBay managing director, content. “The program seeks to shine a spotlight on relevant innovations in technology as seen around the million-square-foot exhibit floor of the industry’s top trade show. The list of 2018 winners and nominees gives real insight into where and how rapidly our media tech businesses are evolving.”

Church Production Magazine has served as a leading resource for church technical leadership since 1999, delivering information and education on topics of audio, video, lighting, and streaming technologies used in worship production environments. Each year, its staff, stealth writers and advisors select the top five products for churches from among the thousands of products on display at the NAB Show.

“We have long admired Magewell’s converters and capture cards, which are well-accepted in the church market,” said Brian Blackmore, editor-in-chief and publisher of Church Production Magazine. “”Their new Ultra Stream HDMI standalone streaming encoder appears to be an amazing little unit, and could be great for both smaller churches and for larger churches that want to stream from secondary or remote locations.”

The BCPVA’s annual Video Innovation Awards are given to companies who have introduced new products that are game-changers for corporate and event video producers. The 2018 VIA for Ultra Stream HDMI follows last year’s similar honor for Magewell’s USB Capture Plus external capture devices. The award was presented by BCPVA representatives Shawn Lam and Michael Rendulic.

“With the Ultra Stream HDMI, Magewell has again demonstrated an exceptional understanding of the evolving needs of event video production professionals,” said Lam. “We were impressed with the device’s feature-richness and price/performance value, and are pleased to award it a 2018 VIA.”

Ultra Stream HDMI users can stream to popular services such as Twitch, YouTube and Facebook Live or to a custom-specified RTMP server with a single tap. Streams can be output to multiple target services simultaneously, while real-time video preview in the smartphone app allows easy monitoring. In addition to outputting live streams, the unit can record video as MP4 files to a directly-connected USB drive, embedded storage or the associated smartphone. The device encodes video up to 1080p60 from an HDMI input and also supports 4K sources, down-converting them automatically to HD.

“The Ultra Stream HDMI is designed to make high-quality live streaming remarkably easy for every type of user regardless of their level of technical experience, all while delivering exceptional value,” said Nick Ma, CEO and CTO at Magewell. “We are thrilled that the benefits of this powerful yet intuitive new solution have been recognized with these awards.”

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Quicklink wins Queen’s Award for Enterprise in Innovation

The award is the most prestigious award for UK businesses and is the highest accolade for business success.

The awards are made annually by HM The Queen and are only given for the highest levels of excellence demonstrated in each category. They are judged to a demanding level and winners receive a number of benefits and worldwide recognition.

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As a leading global provider of software and hardware IP solutions for live and edited video, innovation and quality are at the core of Quicklink’s beliefs. Its broadcasters and customers require solutions that they can rely on for high-quality, live content contributions and broadcasts.

Richard Rees, CEO and founder of Quicklink states: “We are truly honored to receive a Queen’s award for Enterprise in Innovation and delighted in the recognition of the benefits that the Quicklink TX brings broadcasters and customers. In today’s content hungry age, contributions need to be accessed from anywhere, at any time allowing news, opinions and events to be broadcast live”.

Richard continues: “Developing solutions which incorporate market leading technologies, together with a focus on quality and reliability, ensures customers can rely on Quicklink solutions whenever they need to. This award further strengthens our credentials and supports our customers’ experiences of our leading quality and innovative broadcast products”.

Quicklink TX is a video call management system which allows the integration of high quality live Skype video calls for entertainment shows, radio and other live video conferencing events. The solution has been designed in partnership with Microsoft and enables professional reception and transmission of TX has been used by companies such as BBC, Aljazeera, CNN, BT Sport, ITN, Microsoft, Bloomberg, Comcast and Fox Sports.

Founded in 2003, Quicklink, headquartered in Swansea, Wales, is committed to the development and production of innovative solutions, such as the Quicklink TX, to meet the ever-changing needs of their customers.

Welsh Government Economy Secretary, Ken Skates AM, said: “The Queen’s Award for Innovation is a significant achievement and I’m delighted Swansea-based Quicklink has been recognised for the superb, innovative solutions it is offering to its customers world-wide. This accolade demonstrates how well Welsh companies can successfully compete on a global platform through expansion and growth.

“The Welsh Government has worked closely with Quicklink since 2014, to support their exports and the development of their design and production base in Wales. This is one of many ways we seek to increase the recognition and use of home-grown innovative technology on a national and international basis.”

In 2017, Skype TX, the technology behind the Quicklink TX, was also honored with an Emmy® Award for Technology & Engineering. Skype TX has been used by over 1,200 broadcasters internationally and has delivered over 20-million minutes of high-quality Skype calls.

Adnan Jamil-Mir, Head of Skype in Media states: “Skype are delighted to see the Queen’s Award for Enterprise being awarded to its partner Quicklink, in recognition of its innovative Quicklink TX solution. Working together since 2014, Quicklink and the Skype TX provides broadcasters and customers unlimited access to content contributions, from web browsers or mobile apps, to meet their needs of broadcast quality content. Skype TX continues to drive access to live, broadcast quality content and working with our partner Quicklink ensures that broadcaster always get the reliable and high quality service they require”.

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Carolina Panthers Upgrade to Grass Valley Router for More Efficient, Flexible Game Day Broadcasting

At every home game, the Carolina Panthers broadcasting team, based at the Bank of America stadium, delivers the high-quality footage, highlights and replays their fans expect.

Even after game day, the team compiles highlight packages for local TV stations and supports additional events taking place at the stadium. To enhance its broadcast initiatives on and off season, the Panthers organization utilizes the K2 Dyno Replay System powered by the K2 Summit 3G production server, K2 Fast Storage and NVISION 8140 Hybrid router from Grass Valley, a Belden Brand.

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“When we needed to replace our router it only made sense to expand our relationship with Grass Valley. Not only did the NVISION 8140 meet our unique needs, but Grass Valley’s post-purchase support has always been second to none,” said Berkley Dickens, manager of broadcast engineering, PantherVision/Panthers Broadcasting. “The features and technology included in Grass Valley’s replay solution, servers, storage and routers, coupled with their support have helped us grow our production capabilities without adding to the team’s workload.”

For the Carolina Panthers, the NVISION 8140 Hybrid router offers the advanced features of an enterprise class router, such as redundant power supplies, control cards and crosspoints, in a 144×288 matrix; but most important to the Panthers broadcast teams, the NVISION 8140 supports integrated audio routing capabilities with no need for external embedding and de-embedding of audio. Unlike other routers on the market, NVISION 8140 requires no additional equipment when separating and re-integrating audio to a different video file. Additionally, the ability to pre-set game settings before the game clock starts allows the team increased operational flexibility and efficiency as anyone can help operate the router after it’s been set up for the game.

The K2 Summit 3G server with K2 Dyno controller allows the Carolina Panthers to easily meet the NFL requirement to replay each play of the game. K2 Dyno’s unique AnySpeed technology dynamically provides the smoothest playback at any speed from zero to 200 percent; and the DynoZoom tool allows for pan/zoom functions to be applied to high frame-rate camera systems including 3X 1080p, 6X and 4K UHD. The team uses three K2 Dyno replay systems for multi-angle replay of every play at Panthers’ games plus highlights of relevant out-of-town games being played at the same time. The efficiency of the replay system allows operators to easily mark clips to be used in the highlight show the Panthers produce for the local TV station after each game. With the added power of K2 Fast Storage, the Panthers can store an entire season’s worth of clips from K2 Dyno for future use.

“A long-standing customer relationship, like that with the Carolina Panthers, gives us an opportunity to truly understand their operation, and the unique challenges the team is facing,” said Rich Zabel, vice president sales, eastern region, Grass Valley. “Whether through our solutions or through our ongoing support, we’re proud to play a role in their broadcast efforts now and moving forward.”

Due to the fast-paced nature of live sports, the Panthers’ broadcast team looks to invest in solutions that can be quickly and efficiently operated with minimal training as different members of the team may need to manage different roles throughout a game. Grass Valley solutions provide the flexibility and reliability necessary for the Carolina Panthers to engage fans throughout the game and comply with NFL broadcast guidelines.

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RTL Radio chooses StudioTalk

“The transition to high quality Visual Radio was one of the objectives for the new studios. StudioTalk is a modular solution that can meet the needs for optimized operations with the production automation, but which also allows to meet the needs of television production, thanks to the manual controls, the servers and graphics stations management with high-end cameras” explains Mathias Bejanin, technical director, Groupe M6.

StudioTalk, the one touch production solution, is a all-in-one software which allows the production of television shows, the creation and control of the studio branding and sets, the management of content and the broadcast and distribution to multiple screens.

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RTL Radio was looking for a solution which would be simple to use, allow live production and deliver content to make it available afterwards on their website and replay platform. The optimised user interface (UI) allows fast high quality productions with almost no learning curve. StudioTalk flexible system welcomes up to 20 different inputs, live feeds, pc, videos etc… for live production on TV and Internet.

RTL Radio can choose whether to supervise the production of its shows or to switch to automatic production with the detection of the speakers and active scene change. With the integrated branding and sets management, RTL Radio is able to create unlimited sets and apply them in real-time during its productions.

With the advanced video clip management, the operator can easily interact during the shows with featured content or simply follow the established playlist. Thanks to its fast distribution platform, StudioTalk broadcasts live to RTL Radio website and stores the videos for on demand features on the replay platforms of the customer.

“What is interesting about StudioTalk, is to be able to produce quality programs that meet the requirements and standards of broadcast and professional production, with very light products,” explains Michel Nougué, Directeur de Marque,Groupe M6.

On the system integration side, BCE France installed the three new studios of RTL Radio. Equipped with cameras, RTL radio can produce dynamic shows in manual or automatic mode. Each studio has multiple televisions to screen the animated sets coming from StudioTalk.

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The control rooms feature the best of both radio and TV world, with standard radio equipments and StudioTalk single touch-screen interface to manage the complete production workflow.

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With StudioTalk, BCE is re-defining TV production with a flexible infrastructure which suits easily any activities. With a low learning curve the solution gives access to broadcast quality productions and 360° distribution on TV, radio and Internet.

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