Broadcast Solutions Moves to the Future with New Broadcast Experience Center and Product Developments

As a tradition, the company occupies the largest outdoor stand (O.E02) of the show, which will be the major networking point for all visitors interested in future-proof technologies and solutions for broadcast and media environments.

One example of the company’s expertise and abilities, a 16 camera HDR/UHD OB Van and built for Polish broadcasting company Ekstraklasa Livepark will be on-site. Together with the Broadcast Solutions engineers visitors also have a chance to discuss the latest trends and technologies in the broadcasting industry. With project examples – finalised or currently under construction – the team will show real and innovative solutions the Broadcast Solutions customers benefit from, allowing them to stay ahead of the competition.

The newly founded subsidiary, Robycam Germany, will premiere a new Robycam cable camera system – Robycam Compact. The system will be flying over the visitors and showing augmented reality integration as well as hi-speed camera support.

On the indoor stand (Hall 8 D74) Broadcast Solutions is presenting its answer to today’s and future challenges in managing media infrastructures. Based on more than 20 years’ experience in system design Broadcast Solutions has developed a new product called hi – an intuitive and easy-to-use control layer for media appliances. Using the latest auto-discovery and zero-config technologies, hi reduces the setup and configuration time of broadcast and media systems dramatically via a user-friendly interface that provides easy control and monitoring of complex infrastructures. Broadcast Solutions’ hi makes the configuration process in broadcast and media environments smart and easy, detects new devices automatically and protects the user from false-configurations.

You will find Broadcast Solutions at IBC Show outdoors, O.E02 and in hall 8.D74.

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Densitron Continues its Innovation for Broadcast

Densitron (Hall 8, Stand C07), a global leader in display technologies and embedded computing solutions, continues its strategy of innovation for the broadcast sector by unveiling an industry-leading technology as part of its UReady™ TFT rackmount display range at this year’s IBC.

On the UReady™ display, Densitron has integrated mechanical buttons with PCT touch technology. Having a mechanical button makes it easier for operators to be sure they have activated it. Currently this isn’t possible with a traditional touchscreen unless an operator is continuously looking at the screen, as it is difficult to ‘feel’ the correct area of the display.

The UReady range of 1U and 2U rackmount displays are designed to bring smartphone type optical performance to rack systems, delivering twice the resolution of those of a similar size currently on the market. The addition of the new mechanical touch technology provides users with a more streamlined and cost-effective solution for their studio environments compared with other ‘buttons’ currently available. This is due to the technology utilising the images on the larger display behind it, instead of smaller, individual displays being incorporated within a button.

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“Since Densitron made the commitment – and the investment – into entering the broadcast market we made it our mission to spot gaps in the industry and offer simple, yet elegant, solutions. We believe the addition of mechanical touch technology, is a seemingly small, but important advance, which further enhances the value of our new UReady range,” says Chris Goodhall, Global Business Development Director, Densitron.

At IBC, Densitron will be demonstrating the new technology on a selection of its UReady displays.

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SMPTE Now Offers Technical Specifications to Address Rapidly Developing Technologies

SMPTE®, the organization whose standards work has supported a century of advances in entertainment technology and whose membership spans the globe, announces SMPTE Technical Specifications (TSPs), a new offering to complement SMPTE Standards by being proactive to rapidly evolving industry technologies and workflows.

The announcement comes with the publication of the first TSP that has document number “SMPTE TSP 2121:2018” and is titled “IMF Application DPP (ProRes).” This TSP was proposed by the Digital Production Partnership (DPP), and it builds on the existing Interoperable Master Format (IMF) standard developed and published by SMPTE, which was originally designed for streamlining the distribution of premium feature film content.

“The global market for quality content has brought enormous opportunity for media organizations by creating demand for different versions of master material. That opportunity brings with it great complexity,” said DPP Managing Director Mark Harrison. “That’s the issue that ‘IMF Application DPP (ProRes)’ solves: it enables faster, less expensive, and higher quality versioning for specific broadcast and online applications, along with financial and operational benefits brought by reduced storage and improved flexibility and tracking.”

SMPTE highlighted the new specifications route for technology developments at the HPA Tech Retreat in Palm Desert, California, earlier this year. SMPTE specifications join the family of SMPTE technical publications, including Standards, Recommended Practices (RPs), Engineering Guidelines (EGs), and Registered Disclosure Documents (RDDs), that assist manufacturers, engineers, and technologists in developing new products and services for broadcast, cinema, and online applications.

SMPTE TSPs will enable industry groups and business users, such as the DPP, to create public and robust delivery documents, to constrain standards, and to foster new workflows that engender long-term interoperability.

“Specifications are a part of SMPTE’s future,” said SMPTE Standards Vice President Bruce Devlin. “With ‘IMF Application DPP (ProRes),’ we are beginning a new chapter in SMPTE’s activities to encourage global interoperability and to foster the emergence of new and stable technologies.”

The DPP will now launch a compliance testing program for “SMPTE TSP 2121:2018 IMF Application DPP (ProRes).” This program will provide buyers and sellers with the confidence that DPP-tested tools and IMF packages will be interoperable and can be exchanged globally.

“SMPTE TSP 2121:2018 IMF Application DPP (ProRes)” represents a significant milestone in industry collaboration. The DPP worked with the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), North American Broadcasters Association (NABA), and the IMF User Group to create the specification.

The new TSP 2121:2018 is now published on the SMPTE website at smpte.org/technical-specifications, where inquiries may also be made about creating a TSP.

Magewell Introduces Robust Hardware and Software Converters to Bring Video into NDI®-Enhanced Live Production Workflows

Magewell today announced two powerful new products designed to help users reliably bring traditional video signals into live, IP-based production infrastructures using NewTek’s royalty-free NDI® technology.

The new Pro Convert HDMI 4K Plus IP encoder hardware provides a standalone, plug-and-play on-ramp from HDMI sources to NDI-based production networks, while the Magewell Bridge software for NDI enables users of Magewell’s popular capture devices to convert one or more channels of source video into live NDI streams. Both products will make their world premieres at the IBC2018 exhibition in Amsterdam, where Magewell will exhibit in stand 8.A84.

“The use of live, IP-based media transport has expanded from its roots in content distribution to become an integral part of many professional production workflows, giving customers massive flexibility while helping reduce deployment costs,” said Nick Ma, CEO and CTO at Magewell. “NDI has been one of the key enabling technologies driving this transition. While some new products such as cameras support NDI directly, many customers want to use their current equipment with NDI-compatible production software. The Pro Convert HDMI 4K Plus and Magewell Bridge for NDI give users a choice of easy-to-use, cost-effective and reliable hardware or software solutions to connect their existing sources to NDI-enabled networks, systems and software.”

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“Magewell’s award-winning video interface products are highly regarded by media professionals for their reliability and simplicity in bringing high-quality video signals into software-based production workflows, and we are excited that they are now offering similar benefits for NDI-enabled workflows,” said Dr. Andrew Cross, president and CTO, NewTek. “Pro Convert HDMI 4K Plus and Magewell Bridge for NDI will let users easily connect existing gear into NDI-based infrastructures, helping more producers join the NDI ecosystem.”

Magewell’s self-contained Pro Convert HDMI 4K Plus encoder converts HDMI 2.0 signals into full-bandwidth NDI streams with extremely low latency and is truly plug-and-play, with automatic input signal format detection and DHCP-based network configuration eliminating the need for manual setup. Source video is converted at its native resolution and frame rate by default, while a browser-based interface offers users control of FPGA-based up/down/cross-conversion, de-interlacing, image adjustments and other video processing. Performing these functions within the Pro Convert HDMI 4K Plus hardware can reduce network bandwidth usage and processing requirements for subsequent tools in the production workflow.

Supporting the growing adoption of 4K video in professional production workflows, the Pro Convert HDMI 4K Plus transforms sources up to 4K Ultra HD at full 60 frames per second. Measuring just 117.5mm by 66.7mm (4.63″ by 2.63″) and 23.4mm (0.92″) thick, the exceptionally compact and energy-efficient device can be powered over its Ethernet connection (PoE) or the included power adapter. The Pro Convert HDMI 4K Plus can make HDMI input signals from any type of device available on a network as an NDI source, and offers value-added features for camera-mounted use including tally lights and NDI-based PTZ camera control. Additional Pro Convert models — including 1080p60 configurations for users requiring only 2K or HD resolution — are also planned.

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For existing users of Magewell ingest products or customers who prefer a software-based conversion solution, Magewell Bridge for NDI allows video and audio from any Magewell capture device to appear as a live source to any other NDI-enabled software and systems on the network. Running on the Windows operating system, the software is compatible with Magewell’s USB Capture and USB Capture Plus external devices, Pro Capture PCIe cards and Eco Capture M.2 hardware.

The Magewell Bridge software supports all resolutions and frame rates available through the associated capture device — including Ultra HD video with Magewell’s 4K capture models — plus up to eight channels of audio. The software can convert multiple input channels to NDI simultaneously when used with multi-channel capture card models or several Magewell capture devices in the same computer.

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