Anevia Strengthens Its Commitment To Latin America with New TVC/WESCO Agreement

Under the agreement, TVC will sell all Anevia technologies, including its flagship NEA-LIVE, NEA-DVR, NEA-CDN, Genova-Live and Flamingo products, in Latin America. TVC also will help to reinforce the company’s presence with local pre-sales, sales and technical support primarily in Mexico, Chile and Colombia.

“Anevia already has a strong presence in Latin America, an exciting market with a lot of activity and strong revenue growth over the past two years,” commented Gregory Samson, EVP Global Telco and Media Sales, Anevia. “TVC has a powerful grasp of the market at a local level and, with their help, we will be in a position to take advantage of even more opportunities. In fact, we are already jointly working on a pipeline of potential projects.”

 

“TVC recently expanded our IPTV initiative after focusing mainly on the hardware side,” said Ken Olsen, senior vice president for TVC in the Caribbean and Latin American markets. “The demand for IPTV is accelerating across Latin America, and TVC is ideally positioned to help improve the accessibility of streaming live video and to maximize the opportunities this dynamic and growing area presents. Our engineering team in Latin America is prepared to work with Anevia to help deliver a superior next-generation experience in the most affordable way possible.”

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UltraSync BLUE Brings the Power of Professional Multicamera and Audio Sync to the iPhone

Timecode Systems launched UltraSync BLUE, the first professional timecode synchronisation product to work with the iPhone. The MAVIS professional camera app and Apogee’s MetaRecorder app have both adopted Timecode Systems’ new patented wireless timing protocol which, for the first time, allows sound and video recorded on an iPhone to be synchronised over the Timecode Systems’ network with sub-frame accuracy.

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Advancements in camera and sound recording technology mean smaller, more affordable consumer devices, such as the iPhone, are now routinely used to capture additional content on professional shoots. The ability to accurately combine these creative camera angles with content from professional cameras and separately recorded sound is key to creating compelling, multidimensional content efficiently. However, without the benefit of extremely precise and robust external timecode, editing together footage from multiple iPhone devices is a time-consuming, manual process.

The latest releases of the MAVIS and MetaRecorder apps include compatibility with the new Timecode Systems protocol. Once these apps are connected to an UltraSync BLUE, timecode can be transmitted wirelessly over Bluetooth® to the iPhone, where it is embedded directly into media files generated from video shot on the MAVIS app or sound captured on MetaRecorder.

This allows crews to use one UltraSync BLUE to sync up to four iPhone cameras shooting in close range over Bluetooth. Alternatively, crews can use UltraSync BLUE to sync the iPhone over robust, long-range RF to other camera and audio recorders using Timecode Systems units, or even equipment containing a Timecode Systems OEM sync module (for example, the AtomX® SYNC extension module for the new Atomos Ninja V).

“Imagine you’re out on a reality shoot — there’s a pro camera filming the main content, a sound recordist capturing audio, a DSLR roaming, and GoPros rigged around the set,” said Paul Scurrell, CEO of Timecode Systems Limited. “Sync is under control with Timecode Systems units running on each device. You have a :pulse providing the master timecode from the sound mixer bag, an UltraSync ONE on the big camera, a Ninja V with an AtomX SYNC extension on the DSLR, and SyncBac PROs on the GoPros. Then the director asks for some last-minute additional angles using iPhones. What’s syncing the iPhone? We’re really excited to announce UltraSync BLUE with full compatibility with both the MAVIS professional camera app and Apogee’s MetaRecorder app. It fills a huge gap in the market by allowing us to provide a very accurate, neat, professional solution for crews who find themselves filming with iPhones in this situation.”

MAVIS is a free professional filmmaking camera app for the iPhone. It offers a range of professional-level filming tools (from focus peaking to waveform monitors) that can be purchased in bundles. Once paired with an UltraSync BLUE, the MAVIS timecode bundle is unlocked automatically for free, allowing timecode metadata to be embedded directly into media files generated from video shot on the MAVIS app.

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“MAVIS support for UltraSync BLUE means you can literally walk onto set with your iPhone, shoot with MAVIS, and know it is in sync with everything else,” said Patrick Holroyd, CEO and co-founder of MAVIS Broadcast. “By combining the pro-level tools of MAVIS with UltraSync BLUE, we are bringing the outstanding picture quality provided by the iPhone into the professional shooting world.”

MetaRecorder is a two-channel audio recording app from Apogee that allows professional-quality sound to be recorded on an iPhone. It enables audio recording of the highest quality at 24-bit/96kHz and is designed to work seamlessly with Apogee products including MiC+, ONE, and Duet, as well as Apogee co-developed products such as Sennheiser ClipMic digital and MKE 2 digital lavalier microphones. MetaRecorder is free to download, with various in-app options to add features. (These can be added for free if a compatible microphone device is attached.)

“The addition of a timecode workflow to our MetaRecorder 2.0 audio recording app for iOS will be an exciting and valuable feature for our customers,” said Betty Bennett, co-founder and CEO of Apogee Electronics. “Adding accurate timecode metadata to the WAV file opens up huge possibilities for creating a multitrack audio recording that can sync with a multicamera iPhone shoot using the MAVIS camera app or a professional time-coded broadcast or digital movie camera using Timecode Systems’ other wireless sync products. The features of MetaRecorder already offer an intuitive and streamlined workflow for Final Cut Pro® with XML metadata tagging. Adding timecode metadata to our files is another step towards a world of synchronised collaborative content generated from a broad spectrum of creators and devices.”

Timecode Systems is working with other manufacturers and app developers to adopt its patented Bluetooth timing protocol and expand the reach of UltraSync BLUE across a wide range of cameras and sound recorders. Zoom Corporation is working on new releases of H3-VR Handy Recorder and F8n MultiTrack Field Recorder. When released later this year, both of these Zoom sound recorders will have the ability to receive timecode over Bluetooth from UltraSync BLUE.

Timecode Systems is now taking orders for UltraSync BLUE and will be shipping later this month.

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TVU Networks Supports Innovative Remote Production by Moscow’s Transport Department

TVU Networks, the global technology and innovation leader in live IP video solutions, was chosen by Moscow’s Transport Department to deliver an innovative broadcast to mark the eighth Moscow Urban Forum 2018, held in July this year. TVU Networks solutions were used to facilitate live interviews with public officials from two locations, from a studio located in the Forum venue at the Park Zaryadye cultural center near the iconic Kremlin and Red Square, and from a moving carriage on the Moscow Metro’s Circle Line, 84m below ground.

In total, eight hours of content was live streamed to a dedicated YouTube channel accessed by a global audience. The production team needed to undertake a seamless, multi-camera broadcast between the two locations, with trouble-free switching between cameras to maintaining high quality images and sound from start to finish.

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Transport Department chose TVU Networks’ proven TVU Router, which was connected to Moscow Metro’s WiFi network. To ensure even higher reliability, the TVU Router was coupled with SIM cards to deliver unbroken connectivity for the broadcasts. TVU Transceivers were deployed to handle both incoming and outgoing signals, with the powerful TVU Grid IP-based content exchange solution ensuring seamless switching between live feeds.

“We wanted to do something ambitious to mark eight years of the Moscow Urban Forum and so planned this exciting live broadcast . The biggest challenge was ensuring that connectivity and reliable bandwidth were maintained across the remote locations – including the moving carriage on the Circle Line – to deliver a flawless stream to viewers,” said Ekaterina Fadeeva, Managing director of the Moscow Metro Media Center. “We needed a solution that had the flexibility and reliability to turn our vision into reality. With its combination of solutions, TVU Networks met all our requirements, with no compromise on the quality of the final images and zero delays.”

TVU Router provided the Transport Department team with a portable broadband internet access point delivering up to 200Mbps of secure, reliable, high-speed and untethered Internet connectivity wirelessly. TVU Networks’ proprietary Inverse StatMux Plus technology ensured the added stability and reliability needed for this innovative project.

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TVU Transceivers enabled the production team to leverage powerful professional video hardware decoders, specifically designed for the centralized viewing, to control and distribute the live video content. Together the two systems created a bidirectional live stream between the interviews taking place on the Circle Line and the studio at the Moscow Urban Forum. TVU’s powerful IP-based video switching solution, TVU Grid, was able to ensure smooth routing of the live video streams with ultra-low latency (just a one second delay) over the two signal lines to the studio.

“We are very proud to have collaborated with Moscow’s Transport Department on such an innovative project. The challenging nature of a delivering feeds from two locations – one of which was in constant motion – highlights the versatility needed for wireless live video contribution,” said Matt McEwen, VP of Product Management at TVU Networks. “The TVU Router provides robust and reliable connectivity in any situation and when combined together with the TVU Transceiver and TVU Grid, delivers uncompromising performance, features and picture quality. Our solutions ensure that broadcasters are free to innovate without worrying about what this means for the quality of the final output.”

TVU Networks has over 2,500 customers in more than 85 countries. The TVU Networks family of IP transmission and live production solutions gives broadcasters and organizations a powerful and reliable workflow to distribute live video content to broadcast, online and mobile platforms. TVU has become a critical part of the operations of many major media companies. The TVU Networks suite of solutions has been used to acquire, transmit, produce, manage and distribute professional-quality live IP HD footage as an integral part of news, sports and major global events.

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ATEME & Optiva Media Support Orange Spain VOD Service with High Quality Video Cloud Solution

Orange Spain has selected Optiva Media to transcode all the operator´s catchup and VOD catalog for its “Orange TV Cine y Series” service by integrating ATEME’s TITAN solution.

Through the TITAN solution, Orange Spain will benefit from ATEME’s best-in-class video encoding to deliver premium quality of experience to their customers, while gaining the flexibility and scalability of a fully operated cloud environment.

With this collaboration, Optiva Media increases and expands its portfolio for video processing and delivery by offering a fully operated end-to-end cloud-based solution.

“We are delighted to support Optiva Media in its development strategy by providing them with our solutions and our expertise. This new partnership demonstrates the innovative and excellence of our solutions and our ability to quickly deploy high quality VOD services.” said Anais Painchault, Director ATEME Iberica.

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Dielectric Welcomes FCC Chairman Ajit Pai to Antenna Facility

Dielectric, the broadcast industry’s premier manufacturer of TV and FM broadcast antenna systems, recently welcomed Ajit Pai, Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), to its repack antenna facility in Lewiston, Maine. Chairman Pai was greeted by Andy Whiteside, President and Keith Pelletier, Vice President and General Manager with a brief discussion of Dielectric’s 75 year history of service to the broadcast industry. The Chairman than met with key Dielectric executives, followed by a guided tour of the facility and repack production operation.

Since opening its doors in December 2017, Dielectric’s Lewiston location has exclusively focused on production of UHF antennas and systems for TV broadcasters migrating to new channel assignments. Dielectric’s leadership in repack orders and deliveries is unquestioned, with the company announcing its 500th repack antenna booking last week, and having already shipped over 200 antennas and systems to broadcasters.

Chairman Pai saw roughly 25 high-power TV antennas in various stages of assembly and testing during the tour. Highlights included in-progress assemblies of the TFU-WB, a cost-efficient, multi-channel, broadband UHF antenna that offers broadcasters a seamless transition to new channel assignments. Also among the antennas on site was a 25,000-pound TV antenna awaiting shipment to storm-ravaged Puerto Rico.

“Since this was Chairman Pai’s first visit, we took the opportunity to familiarize him with our accomplishments, starting with the leadership role we played during our nation’s digital TV transition,” said Pelletier. “We then highlighted how Dielectric is designing, building, and shipping a record number of antenna systems to serve the historic, national spectrum repack initiative.”

Chairman Pai took an interest in the TFU-WB antenna, as it has played an important role in accelerating spectrum clearance.

“Dielectric is in a unique position to gather information from on-going site installations. We expressed our concern to Chairman Pai that a significant number of installations have already been delayed as broadcasters and rigging crews encounter the technical, structural, logistical and weather problems typical of these projects,” said Whiteside.

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“As a side-mounted, easily installed, auxiliary antenna solution, the TFU-WB offers broadcasters nationwide a strategy to vacate their legacy channel positions,” Jay Martin, Vice President of Sales added. “It gives tower crews time to prepare for the typically more complex and time-consuming main antenna installation, along with transmission line.”

 

“Chairman Pai was clearly intrigued with the complex and unique nature of each antenna system, and the lengths we go to make sure our antennas and brand meet broadcaster expectations,” said Pelletier. “He also seemed extremely interested in the technology we’ve developed to enable ATSC 3.0 for next-generation television, which is a particularly hot topic right now. We have provided RF equipment to just about all the current ATSC 3.0 projects on-going throughout the country, and we hope that US broadcasters will quickly embrace the opportunities of the new standard to develop robust business models for broadcasting’s future,” added Pelletier.

The Dielectric team also detailed how they continue to work with broadcasters to meet their challenging spectrum repack commitments, including those that have agreements with T-Mobile to free spectrum early by vacating their current channels ahead of the FCC repack schedule.

“We at Dielectric were extremely proud to welcome Chairman Pai and demonstrate our contribution and commitment to the multi-year spectrum repack and forthcoming ATSC 3.0 transition,” said Whiteside. “Our doors are always open to the Chairman, the Commissioners and their staff,” added Pelletier.

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HITACHI Z-HD5500 Cameras Improve Studio Production Quality for WTLW and WOSN

Broadcasting from Lima, Ohio, viewer-supported television station WTLW (Witness the Living Word) delivers high-quality Christian and family-centered programming to its viewers. When the station upgraded the video acquisition capabilities in its production studio to HD this summer, they chose Z-HD5500 HDTV cameras from Hitachi Kokusai Electric America, Ltd. (Hitachi Kokusai) to provide the rich features, outstanding quality and long-lasting durability they wanted.

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Owned by American Christian Television Services, WTLW operates two channels: WTLW-TV44, which has been broadcasting since 1982, and 24-hour all-sports network WOSN (West Ohio Sports Network), launched in 2010. The two channels share the same production studio, which had until recently employed standard-definition HITACHI cameras.

“We upgraded the infrastructure in our studio to HD a few years ago, but we were still using SD cameras and up-converting them to 1080i,” explained Jeff Klingler, chief engineer at WTLW. “Our usage of the studio is ramping up, so our goal this year was to bring our studio acquisition up to true HD. The new Z-HD5500 cameras were the last piece of the puzzle.”

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While Klingler’s past success with HITACHI cameras made them the leading contender for the upgrade, it was the powerful yet cost-effective capabilities of the Z-HD5500 that solidified their decision.

“The Z-HD5500 is an excellent product with a really strong feature set, and the price point is awesome,” said Klingler. “It’s a perfect fit for what we do.”

The ability of the Z-HD5500’s global-shutter CMOS image sensors to capture flawless video under varying LED lighting conditions was one of the features Klingler found appealing.

“We knew that we would be replacing our existing incandescent lighting with new LED lights as part of the studio upgrade,” he recounted. “The Z-HD5500 cameras play very nicely with the different temperature ranges.”

WTLW purchased three Z-HD5500s through integrator AVI Systems and began using them in production in June of this year. Two of the cameras are operated on pedestals, with the third mounted on a newly-installed jib. Already using solutions from Ross Video for switching, graphics and news production, the station quickly took advantage of the HITACHI cameras’ integration with the Ross Dashboard open control and monitoring platform for remote camera management.

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WTLW has not owned the Z-HD5500s long enough to truly judge their longevity yet, but Klingler expects to get the same outstanding durability and reliability that he has experienced with earlier models.

“Our SD HITACHI cameras were 10 years old and we never had any problems with them,” he said. “In fact, they’re still going strong, and we sold them to a local production company. As a small independent Christian TV station in a small market, we don’t have the budgets of network TV, so we really like to get a lot of bang for our buck when we buy something. HITACHI cameras consistently give us that.”

Klingler also highlights the benefits of dealing with Hitachi Kokusai from a customer service perspective.

“I can’t say enough about my relationship with my HITACHI representative,” he praised. “Customer service is always his top priority.”

Beyond the operational and business benefits that the Z-HD5500s bring WTLW, the viewer-facing impact has been equally positive.

“It was a great upgrade from what we had before to where we are now,” said Klingler. “As an engineer, I love the robust features from a technical perspective, but it’s the resulting productions that our audience cares about. The cameras really make a difference, and what we are producing now is a lot better looking. Our viewers absolutely notice the improvement, which is what’s most important to us.”

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Custom-Engineered Bolero S Ensures Reliable Referee Communications for German Bundesliga

To meet and surpass these requirements, Riedel Communications has initiated their Managed Sports Services division, comprised of custom-engineered technologies paired with extensive supervision and support by Riedel-qualified engineers. Among the first to profit from these services is DFL Deutsche Fußball Liga, who has partnered with Riedel to design a reliable infrastructure for German Bundesliga referee communications.

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With the Bolero wireless intercom system, introduced in 2017, Riedel has a reliable intercom platform with outstanding audio quality that is perfectly suited for sports broadcasts. The challenge was to deliver a solution that would provide crystal-clear communications between Bundesliga referees and their assistants on the sidelines, and with the Video-Assist-Center (VAC) located in Cologne. In addition, the beltpack itself had to be acceptable to the referees and suitable for live-game environments.

Bolero-DFL-AuswahlFor this joint effort, DFL experts and Riedel’s team of engineers and product managers took on the task of designing a smaller version of the Bolero system that offered unlimited freedom of movement on the pitch while still preserving key characteristics such as multiple channels, high voice clarity, and unsurpassed RF reliability. Early on, it was decided that voice activated transmission (VOX) would offer the hands-free convenience to make the project successful. The result is a VOX-operated hands-free Bolero beltpack and lightweight headset combination that allows Bundesliga referees, assistants, and Video Assistant Referees (VAR) to communicate effortlessly via a real-time connection to Riedel’s brand-new Remote Operations Center (ROC) in Wuppertal.

A year of intense collaboration bore fruit just in time for the start of the 2018/2019 season when the Bolero S passed its trial run during the 2018 DFL-Supercup, exceeding all expectations with its compact size, light weight, and simple operation. As Riedel’s Corporate Business Development Manager, Jacqueline Voss, points out, “This was the result of great synergies between Riedel, DFL and the refereeing department of Deutscher Fußball-Bund. A stadium with 80,000 cheering fans, like Signal Iduna Park in Dortmund, is a very demanding environment for clear communications. Experimenting with different headset configurations, microphone cartridges, and sound transducers in our lab alone would not have sufficed. Thanks to our fantastic partnership with DFL, we could conduct extensive field tests at official Bundesliga stadiums and we are more than happy with the result of this team effort.”

Beltpack_Rasen_5Riedel Managed Sports Services and Bolero S will provide reliable referee communications for all 306 Bundesliga matches this season. In each of the 18 Bundesliga stadiums, three Bolero antennas provide full coverage on and beside the pitch, inside the referee locker rooms, and in the players’ tunnels. Their signals converge into a Riedel Artist 32 intercom matrix which then connects to the VAC in Cologne and to the ROC in Wuppertal via WAN VoIP. In the ROC, engineers monitor every single system component and respond to changing circumstances on the pitch in real time. By controlling parameters like gate, release time, and limiter thresholds, every VOX-microphone can be individually calibrated for each referee and then fine-tuned to the conditions in the stadium in real time. With Riedel’s specialists overseeing the beltpack battery charge and system integrity, the referees can now fully concentrate on guiding and directing fair matches.

“With Riedel we have found the ideal partner for referee communications. Having provided customized solutions for high-profile sports events such as premier motorsports or major soccer tournaments, Riedel Communications is unmatched in their experience,” said Ansgar Schwenken, DFL Director of Football Affairs & Supporters and Member of the DFL e.V. Executive Committee. “Our collaboration with Riedel has resulted in the fantastic Bolero S and, with support from their Remote Operations Center, we now enjoy a carefree, full-service solution.”

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