Zylia to Present Immersive Audio/Video-Creation Case Studies at AES New York 2018

Zylia, the Poland-based manufacturer of multitrack audio recording technologies, will present case studies on spatial audio/video creation during a workshop at AES New York 2018, which will run Oct. 17-20 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. On Oct. 17, Zylia experts and guest presenters — professional audio engineers and musicians — will discuss how, in their own productions, they have combined 360-degree, 3D, and ambient sound with visual elements. Presenters at the Zylia workshop titled “Immersive & Spatial Audio: IS01 – Spatial Audio-Video Creations for Music, Virtual Reality and 3D Productions – Case Studies” will include Yao Wang, Florian Grond, Edward Wersocki and Tomasz Zernicki.

“Yao, Florian, and Edward all boast impressive training and experience in developing spatial sound solutions that unite audio and video for immersive content,” said Zylia Co-founder and CTO Tomasz Żernicki. “We’re enormously pleased to be showcasing their insights during our AES New York 2018 workshop.”

Wang is a composer, sound designer, and artist who developed a passion for music at a very young age. She recently graduated from Berklee College of Music with a bachelor’s degree in music (electronic production and design, film scoring). Combining her love for music, sound, and technology, Wang provides spatial audio solutions for immersive experiences including virtual, augmented, and mixed reality (VR, AR, and MR). She artfully blends musical composition and sound design in a soundscape that completes the visual reality.

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In his artistic and academic work, Grond focuses on the intersections between art and science, with a special interest in sound. He is a postdoctoral fellow at the Biosignal Interaction and Personhood Laboratory at McGill University in Montreal and an affiliate member of the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Music Media and Technology, housed at the Schulich School of Music at McGill. He holds a master’s degree from the Karl-Franzens University in Graz (Austria) and a doctorate from Bielefeld University, Germany. He also has worked as a research associate and guest artist at the Center for Art and Media (ZKM in Karlsruhe, Germany).3

Wersocki is a passionate producer, composer, and sound engineer. Until recently, he worked at the Berklee College of Music in the Professional Writing and Music Technology Division, where he provided technical support to faculty for classes and special events and also assisted students with hardware/software operation and curricular concepts. At the moment he works as a technology systems specialist at Emerson College, the nation’s premier institution of higher learning devoted to communication and the arts.

Żernicki and other Zylia experts will be on hand throughout the AES New York 2018 conference to discuss 3D/360 sound applications, as well as the company’s ZYLIA ZM-1 spherical microphone array, ZYLIA Studio PRO VST/AU plug-in, and ZYLIA Ambisonics Converter.

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VITEC Highlights Award-Winning IPTV Solution and Multichannel HEVC Encoder at NAB Show New York 2018

EZ TV combines broadcast-quality IPTV distribution with powerful digital signage capabilities into an all-in-one integrated platform. Designed to seamlessly integrate with any IT environment and run on all types of networks — LAN, WAN, and wireless — EZ TV can be rapidly deployed and is intuitive to operate and maintain for any sized project.

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EZ TV’s end-points and video wall processors feature a full range of professional-grade, hardware-based media players for delivery of live IPTV streams, video-on-demand content, engaging digital signage content, and eye-catching video walls. These end-points and video processors are controlled and operated from a central management interface streamlining day-to-day administration of content, schedules, and user access rights.

With the rapid adoption of video streaming and recording workflows, organizations increasingly face challenges related to effectively storing, searching, and playing back valuable assets. EZ TV’s new Media Library module enables users to quickly find, tag, edit, organize, playback, and share media files. Featuring a user-intuitive HTML5 interface, EZ TV’s Media Library offers powerful tools for accessing and annotating videos from anywhere.

Also at the show, VITEC will demonstrate the latest advancements in its ecosystem of state-of-the-art HEVC video contribution and distribution solutions with the all-new MGW Diamond encoder. The MGW Diamond adds quad-channel HEVC encoding in a compact and portable form factor to the VITEC HEVC family. The versatile HEVC and H.264 HD/SD multichannel encoder enables point-to-point and point-to-multipoint streaming with the benefits of low-bandwidth and low-latency streaming from four inputs with up to eight streams output. Compact, and power-efficient, the MGW Diamond encoder is ideal for any multichannel application with stringent size, weight, and power requirements (SWaP).

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Foxtel Chooses Harmonic to Power First 4K UHD Service in Australia

Harmonic’s solution maximizes workflow efficiencies and ensures exceptional video quality at low bitrates for Foxtel’s next-generation television services.

“Video quality, HDR support and reliability were our key considerations when choosing a technology partner,” said Darren Windus, distribution systems manager at Foxtel. “Harmonic has a strong track record of delivering amazing video quality and world-class deployment support, making this an easy business decision for Foxtel. When we are ready to introduce HDR to this new service, Harmonic’s software-centric approach to video delivery will make it a simple, quick upgrade.”

Harmonic handles the entire UHD production and delivery workflow for Foxtel’s new service using the Electra® video processor for live UHD HEVC encoding, the ProStream® X stream processor for scrambling and the RD9000 decoder to achieve superior video quality for broadcast contribution.

“This is a significant technology breakthrough for Foxtel and will undeniably attract many new subscribers who are excited about the raw beauty of UHD,” said Tony Berthaud, vice president of sales, APAC, at Harmonic. “With UHD’s improved resolution, Foxtel’s viewers can now feel like they are standing on the field during live sports events and become immersed in the latest movies. Our video processing solutions are at the heart of many UHD service offerings around the world, and we’re proud to be leading the charge for stunning video experiences.”

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FOR-A America Touts Popular Line-Up at NAB Show New York

At the upcoming NAB Show New York convention, worldwide industry-leading manufacturer FOR-A® will demonstrate video production solutions ideal for corporate video, worship, sports and live production scenarios. NAB New York runs from October 17-18 at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York. FOR-A will exhibit in booth N425.

FOR-A’s booth lineup includes the HVS-490 HANABI switchers, ClassX content creation and graphics playout solution, Variant Systems Group’s Envivo Replay sports and live event replay solution, and ODYSSEY Insight multi-channel video server.

“NAB New York is an important show to FOR-A America,” said Ken Truong, President, FOR-A Corporation of America. “The show is an excellent opportunity to engage with our system integration partners, our family of end users and prospective customers. A regional show allows us an additional opportunity to meet with everyone who was not able to attend the NAB Show in Las Vegas. We look forward to showcasing some of our most popular and latest technology at NAB New York.”

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One focus of FOR-A’s NAB New York booth will be the latest HANABI production video switcher. FOR-A will demonstrate a new workflow solution to provide mux/demux of Dante digital audio into the HVS-490. (Developed by Audiante, Dante distributes uncompressed, multi-channel digital media via standard Ethernet networks.) Dante integration is an addition to the HVS-490’s exclusive feature set, which includes MELite™ technology. MELite extends the switcher’s 2 M/Es to offer 6 M/E performance.

The compact HVS-490 provides users with event memory, macro functions, integrated frame synchronizers and video processors on all inputs, with three multi-viewers available via the HDMI 2.0b output to 4K monitors – making it easy to set up quickly for live performances. The HVS-490 has a new suggested list price of $29,000 in the U.S.

At NAB New York, FOR-A will also provide demonstrations of the ClassX (CG) content creation and graphics playout solution. ClassX is a dedicated broadcast solution for 2D/3D character generation, live motion and play out graphics with numerous layers available. Support for NDI is standard. ClassX is integrated with all of FOR-A’s HANABI production video switchers. ClassX’ graphics suite is popular worldwide with universities, digital signage, live event, and sports production applications. FOR-A is the exclusive distributor of ClassX in North, Central and South America. Suggested list price starts at $9,900 in the U.S.

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ClassX content creation and graphics playout suite

FOR-A will conduct live demonstrations of the latest FOR-A partnership with Variant Systems Group (VSG). Variant’s Envivo Replay is a complete replay solution packaged with an intuitive touch screen user interface that can be learned how to use in 20 minutes. Envivo Replay is being used by several major broadcasters and universities for slow motion replay applications. Integration with all of FOR-A’s HANABI production switchers comes standard.

Highlights of Replay include:

  • four or six iso-channel recording capabilities
  • simultaneous clip storage of multiple angles to clip bins
  • playlists for highlight playback
  • built-in branding capabilities
  • direct and instant publishing to social media platforms
  • supports 3x and 4x high-speed, super slow-motion cameras

Plan a visit to FOR-A’s NAB New York booth to see this unique sports replay solution in action, with promotional pricing (valid through Dec 31, 2018) of $22,000 in the U.S. with four input and two output channels. FOR-A America is the exclusive distributor of Envivo Replay in the U.S. and Canada, along with Central and South Americas.

FOR-A will also showcase ODYSSEY’s Insight Production Server – a versatile four channel playout system designed for studio and OB Van environments. Offering a Web interface for control from any device with a web browser (no installation required), the multi-channel video server provides a wide range of supported wrappers and codecs for media contribution and video play out with time delay playback. Insight’s flexible event processor allows users to connect multiple devices and interact with FOR-A production video switchers, routing switchers, CG generators, GPIO-connected devices and other studio equipment to orchestrate event triggering for a seamless production. Suggested list price of the Insight server begins at $19,900 in the U.S.