Dancing Fox Productions Tours Ireland with JVC GY-LS300 4KCAM to Shoot Documentary

Based in St. Louis, Mo., Dancing Fox Pictures was hired by Monaghan Productions, also in St. Louis, to serve as cinematographers and crew for the production. Dancing Fox specializes in multi-camera event coverage, promotion videos, and cinema services. The company purchased its GY-LS300s in June just prior to the shoot.

Dancing Fox co-founder Elliott Geolat went to Ireland in June and July, conducting interviews and collecting B-roll footage across the country, from remote rural villages to Dublin.

“We needed something portable and cinematic, and something that would be fast to use,” said Geolat, who shot most of the footage. “The GY-LS300 is a cinema camera that handles like an ENG camera. It was fast and handy, but delivered an image that was filmic.”

The documentary, which should be completed in early 2019, explores several causes of Irish displacement, including emigration to other countries to seek employment, mass evictions by vulture funds, a growing homeless crisis, and citizens with low-paying jobs who are unable to afford housing. The story reflects the life of My Ireland director and producer Anthony Monaghan, who left the country when he was 15 to find employment.

Dancing_Fox_1Most of the interviews were scheduled, but some were added during the shoot. For the impromptu interviews, Geolat needed to be able to setup quickly, often in locations where lighting was far from ideal.

“It’s a compact camera, but all the external controls are at my fingertips. It’s so fast to setup,” he said. “I spent more time leveling the tripod than prepping the camera for a shot.”

For My Ireland, Geolat paired his GY-LS300s with three Rokinon Cine DS prime lenses. To create a cinematic look, My Ireland was shot in 4K/24p in J-Log mode, which expands dynamic range by 800 percent with film-like latitude.

“I didn’t want to make a documentary with a small-chip look,” Geolat explained, “so that Super 35 sensor gave plenty of depth of field. It’s as shallow as you’d ever want it.”

Dancing_Fox_2While Geolat avoided on-screen zooms to maintain a more cinematic look, he did use the camera’s Prime Zoom feature, which allows fixed-focal lenses to zoom in and out without losing resolution or depth of field, for some shots.

“The Prime Zoom feature is amazing,” he noted. “If I needed to zoom in a pinch, I could get closer without moving the tripod.”

Geolat recently shot additional footage for My Ireland in St. Louis with Dancing Fox co-founder Christopher Gibbs, and is already planning to use the cameras to shoot a full-length narrative feature next year. He praised the GY-LS300’s streamlined menu, built-in neutral density filters, and low-light performance.

“Usually the words ‘cinema’ and ‘budget’ don’t go together, but they do in this camera,” Geolat said. “At its price point, it offers a set of features that you just don’t find. This is the best budget cinema camera in the world.”

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Deutsche Telekom Launches Feature-Rich 4K IPTV, OTT, and Satellite STB Powered by Zenterio OS

Zenterio, a leading television solutions provider, announced today that Deutsche Telekom (DT), one of Germany’s largest telecommunications operators, has launched EntertainTV Sat, a new high-end 4K IPTV, OTT, and satellite set-top box (STB) powered by Zenterio OS. Relying on the future-proof, content-centric architecture of Zenterio OS, DT has enabled new client- and cloud-based features and services, including OTT video-on-demand (YouTube, Netflix, and more), hybrid local/network PVR, HTML5 apps, and other broadcast and streaming innovations, with fast time-to-market.

Zenterio OS is an independent operating system for interactive TV that unifies STB deployments in different countries, from multiple vendors and within various ecosystems, via software. It features proven technology that separates hardware from software, making the TV client independent from the backend and the service delivery platform. This reduces integration time and cost for the delivery of advanced video services. Keeping with DT’s strategy to embrace client software harmonization in Germany and across its European TV footprint, Zenterio OS provides the operator with a solid platform for future enhancements and full control of its managed client devices.

EntertainTV Sat comprises more than 300 channels; interactive functions like time-shift, restart, and seven-day replay; on-demand offers; sports content; streaming services such as Netflix; and broadcasters’ catch-up services. With the STB, TV channels are broadcast via satellite and are also available over the IPTV network. The STB decides which reception method is best for the desired channel based on reception conditions and customer preference.

“Innovation is ongoing at Deutsche Telekom, and we are proud to be a part of this ambitious project to harmonize client software across all countries where DT has television services,” said Jörgen Nilsson, CEO of Zenterio. “4K service launches are just starting to penetrate the German market, and with the introduction of this new 4K hybrid IP-satellite STB powered by Zenterio OS, DT can meet the growing consumer demand for higher quality, richer featured television services, and drive new revenue streams.”

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InfiNet Wireless makes outdoor broadcast breakthrough in Estonia with “pay as you grow” offering for live events

The screening of live and non-interrupted high-profile events on communal screens in Estonia has been made possible thanks to InfiNet Wireless’ brand new and cost-effective wireless infrastructure for STV.

STV is a telecommunication company based in Tallinn and operates in large Estonian cities, delivering advanced broadband services to hotel chains, shipping companies and other enterprises of all sizes.

To help with demands for faster connectivity at live events, InfiNet Wireless has deployed a major broadcasting platform, designed mostly on its InfiLINK 2×2 Point-to-Point solutions, to transmit live data streams between Rakvere, in Northern Estonia, and two other nearby towns. The solution deployed was designed in such a way as to mitigate known high levels of interference and deliver high-quality video feeds to a number of remote and strategic locations.

STV’s customers are now able to upgrade their viewing packages and pay only for their selected services, thanks to the company’s ‘pay as you grow’ approach which is designed to cater for ever-changing consumer demands, ultimately avoiding locking them for services they do not necessarily need nor require. Today, STV is able to offer a number of additional revenue-generating services, such as customised video streaming for all types of events as well as video-on-demand.

The success of this new wireless platform was once again demonstrated during the FIFA World Cup 2018 Final when STV organized a special broadcast of the match between Croatia and France in the Pae park, Lasnamäe, using the latest InfiNet Wireless technology to deliver live and high definition video streams. This event was broadcast live, with zero downtime, ensuring an enjoyable sporting experience for the hundreds of football fans who gathered to watch the final game of the tournament.

“Sports events are essential communal viewing and activity for families and friends, and this project has delivered invaluable outdoor entertainment to Estonia. The new delivery platform we have selected and deployed will provide us with the means to strengthen our presence as a solid and reliable service provider with a clear focus on broadcasting future outdoor events,” said Alexey Belkin, Chief Network Administrator at STV. “Thanks to the reliability and high performance of InfiNet’s solutions, we can now avoid interruptions and disruptions that cause headaches to viewers and operators and focus our efforts on meeting and exceeding the demands of our growing customer base.”

Along with its well-proven scalability benefits, the InfiLINK 2×2 Point-to-Point (PTP) family of solutions guarantees a throughput of up to 300 Mbps, features the very latest in MIMO technologies (Multiple Input – Multiple Output) and boasts advanced dynamic frequency selection algorithms (known as Instant-DFS) to mitigate radio interference and ensure zero downtime in the delivery of any data or video services. In addition to the PTP units deployed, a number of Qmxb base stations have also been used in the new network, offering STV the latest in beam-steering technology to ensure an error-free solution when operating in unlicensed frequency bands and reaching a capacity of up to 240 Mpbs per sector.

The relationship between InfiNet Wireless and STV only started earlier this year when STV faced a number of unforeseen challenges in delivering full customer satisfaction due to increasing demands for its premium services in densely populated areas. The overlay infrastructure deployed by InfiNet Wireless has ensured that STV can indeed continue to deliver all its current as well as new services via its new broadband wireless platform, reliably and without any delay.

“The deployment of this new broadcast platform based on our InfiLINK 2×2 family of wireless solutions means that STV is now able to deliver highly reliable broadband connectivity to viewing customers, no matter where they are located in the country,” said Kamal Mokrani, Global VP at InfiNet Wireless. “The overall experience has proved so successful to all parties involved that a number of our latest Qmxb base stations have been subsequently deployed across many hotels in Estonia to keep travelling fans up to date on the progress of sporting events of all types.”

Suitest Introduces First Test Automation Solution for Apps on Roku Devices

Suitest, a leading provider of object-based, codeless test automation and debugging tools for OTT apps, today announced that it is one of the first companies in the world to offer a comprehensive test automation solution for the Roku platform. Using Suitest’s solution, app developers can now easily create end-to-end, codeless or Javascript, API-based test scenarios for all the latest Roku devices, including Roku TV, Express, Streaming Stick, and Ultra, on top of already supported major living room devices running Tizen, webOS, Android TV, tvOS, HbbTV/Freeview Play, Xbox One, and more.

“After hearing the outcry of developers and testers looking for a test automation tool for the Roku platform, it was a logical decision to add it to our solution,” said Mirko Nedeljkovic, CSO at Suitest. “Only a few companies, like Amazon and Netflix, have the resources to invest in massive device labs with hundreds of TVs, set-top boxes, and consoles. At Suitest, we aim to change the way device labs are created and controlled with our unique remote device-sharing concept. Without making a significant initial investment, developers can have access to hundreds of devices for application testing purposes. With Roku devices being one of the most widely used streaming platforms, this announcement is an important advancement for our industry.”

Suitest CandyBox automation hardware simplifies device management, enabling users to control a limitless number of devices at once using infrared technology to simulate various remote controllers. Users can manage a device’s power wall sockets with CandyBox, amongst other functionalities. Leveraging the Suitest mobile companion application, which supports both Android and iOS devices, users can control and manage devices right from the palms of their hands.

The Suitest platform is used globally by companies in a wide range of sectors, including hardware manufacturers, broadcasters, app developers, and OTT providers.

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Middle Atlantic SR Series Wall-Mounted Pivoting Rack Grants Space-Saving Flexibility to Oregon-Based Theatre

Middle Atlantic Products today announced that Bag&Baggage Productions (B&B) has installed the SR Series Pivoting Wall Rack in the company’s new theater and multipurpose venue, The Vault, in Hillsboro, Oregon. Installed by integrator Delta AV, the SR Series Pivoting Rack’s compact footprint is perfectly suited to B&B’s small control booth and the lack of space for an equipment closet or rack room.

Originally developed to combine the advantages of a floor-standing enclosure and wall-mounted cabinet in one unit, the SR Series provides the easy rear access and space savings of a wall rack via a unique swing-out cabinet section that pivots on a weight-bearing floor base. The innovative design provides quick and convenient access to rear equipment connections needed for show production without requiring an access room behind it.

Originally a bank building, The Vault is an intimate 5,000 square foot venue that serves not only as the home to B&B’s five-show performance season but also a demanding schedule of special events, additional programming, and community meetings. Due to the small-footprint, black-box style of The Vault and the company’s move away from costly physical sets toward digital landscapes, B&B relies heavily on lighting and projection technology for scenic design. The SR Series Pivoting Wall Rack provides B&B staff with a rack solution that neatly mounts, cools, and protects a wide range of audio, video, and lighting gear while providing quick access to inputs during shows.

View From the Control Booth of the Vault Theater

“Having the ability to control and plug and play all of the technology to exact show or event specifications has afforded us an incredible amount of freedom,” said Jim Ricks-White, technical director for Bag&Baggage. “Though we’re operating from a smaller space now compared to our previous venue, everything we need is right there in the rack — our camera input and monitor, all our HDMI connections, and our entire sound system. The pivoting access feature of the rack has been incredibly useful in getting to our HDMI ports, which are in the back of the rack. Being able to swing open the rack and quickly plug into my next inputs is critical. It’s fast and simple.”

SR Series Rack in Vault Booth

With a pivoting floor base, the SR Series rack saves an average of nine square feet per cabinet, which is ideal for compact spaces or those that do not allow for clearance at the rear of the cabinet. The rack also incorporates Middle Atlantic’s built-in cable management and patented tool-free QuickMount™ system for center section mounting and integration of technology to best practice standards. Middle Atlantic’s latest space-saving SR Series model also features a wider design, which increases the equipment capacity to meet the growing requirements of AV installations, offering integrators a different option for mounting systems closer to the point of use.

“The Vault is a real-world example of an AV-intensive installation where a rack has to do more,” said Paul Dolynchuk, director of product management, Middle Atlantic Products. “The SR Series brought together the benefits of a free-standing rack with the footprint of a wall cabinet to make it easier to service and support AV components without sacrificing square footage, reliability, or capability. As a result, users have all of the room and accessibility they need without squeezing behind a rack, or accidentally damaging or disconnecting cables blindly reaching into the back.”

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Middle Atlantic Scoops Up Industry Awards at CEDIA 2018

Middle Atlantic Products today announced that the High Power DC Power Distribution solution and Proximity Series Sliding Plate received top industry awards at CEDIA 2018 in San Diego. The DC Power Distribution series earned Technology Integrator’s EXC!TE Award and Residential Systems’ Best of Show Award. The Proximity Series Sliding Plate took home EH’s Product of the Year. The awards recognize Middle Atlantic’s continued commitment to create innovative solutions that enable customers to design reliable, amazing AV experiences.

“When we designed the High Power DC Power Distribution family and the Proximity Series Sliding Plate, we talked with our customers about the biggest power and infrastructure roadblocks they face when designing installations. The resulting products are a culmination of their feedback and an eye toward the shifting and shrinking size of critical AV assets and installation spaces,” Tim Troast, vice president of product management at Legrand AV – Middle Atlantic Products. “These awards are a great recognition of the time, energy, and passion our team put into these solutions, but more importantly, they highlight our commitment to always place the needs of our customers and the integration community first.”

At the Legrand booth, Middle Atlantic showcased its universal, best-in-class High Power DC Power Distribution family for North American and European installations. The new 200W and 300W models provide high current capacity to an industry-leading quantity of outputs — up to 24 devices — maximizing the same voltage in a single unit, 5V, 12V, or 24V, or splitting between 12/24V. These models deliver the same innovative features as the 45W DC compact and 125W DC 1RU systems, eliminating power-cabling clutter caused by the growing number of small devices within residential installations. The solutions’ reliable multilevel protection on both AC input and DC outputs and built-in individual redundancy ensure maximum uptime.

Middle Atlantic Products’ High Power DC Power Distribution solution was the winner of Technology Integrator’s EXC!TE Award and Residential Systems’ Best of Show Award at CEDIA 2018.

Middle Atlantic Products’ Proximity Series Sliding Mounting Plate offers unrivalled ease of customization and convenient small-device mounting thanks to its patent-pending sliding design. It’s the industry’s first mounting plate with a slide-out design to provide easily accessible AV storage right behind the display, enabling effortless installation, maintenance, and concealment of equipment. Patented Lever Lock technology and a UMS mounting pattern lets integrators easily unhook the plate from the sliding mechanism and mount small components onto its 15-inch by 10-inch surface. When it’s time for maintenance, integrators can service those components without having to remove the display — saving time and speeding up serviceability.

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DataMiner awarded best NMS & orchestration solution at IBC

Skyline impressed the judges with the AI-powered DataMiner Augmented Operations, and demonstrates once again that the DataMiner end-to-end multi-vendor network management and orchestration solution is truly unrivaled.

“Skyline’s extremely happy with this prestigious award. This is the result of our continuous and relentless efforts to redefine how broadcast and media companies can manage and orchestrate their entire operation end to end, literally across any vendor and technology boundaries, and to continue to be a real trail blazer. And that’s one of the many reasons that so many broadcast and media companies around the world partner up with Skyline,” commented Ben Vandenberghe, CEO at Skyline Communications. “The fact that we have that track record of continuous innovation, combined with the fact that we are a truly vendor-independent partner of our customers, which eliminates all potential conflicts of interest, is of huge strategic value for broadcast and media companies. In today’s changing environments, it is so essential to constantly adapt and integrate new emerging technologies on the fly in a true devops style. Our DataMiner provides that ability, along with many other strategical advantages.”

Skyline’s DataMiner is the only NMS and OSS platform on the market that leverages state-of-the-art big data and artificial intelligence technology. At IBC 2018, the spotlight was put on DataMiner Augmented Operations, which truly unlocks proactive management. The cutting-edge artificial intelligence technology is built into the core of the network management fabric and creates an omnipresent intelligent entity that is particularly designed to operate in a highly contextual and real-time fashion. There’s no doubt that these innovative DataMiner features made the decision of the CSI Awards judges much easier.