National TeleConsultants Joins AIMS to Support Standards‑Based IP Media Networks

NTC provides strategic technology and operations consulting, engineering design, software development, and systems integration to the media and entertainment industry. Clients rely on NTC’s industry expertise to select, customize, develop, and deploy innovative advanced technology solutions. As such, the company has valuable information to contribute to help standards-based IP become a reality.

AIMS comprises broadcast and media companies and technology suppliers working together to promote industry standards for transmitting video, audio, and ancillary information over IP infrastructure in professional applications, as well as products based on those standards.

“Open standards developed by SMPTE, AES, EBU, and AMWA and promoted by AIMS are an important foundation for the transition to all-IP workflows in television production and distribution,” said Ken Long, NTC principal consultant, who led an NTC team that provided systems-integration support for the IP Showcase interoperability demonstration at the 2018 NAB Show and who will represent NTC in the AIMS Technical Working Group. “We believe strongly in the AIMS roadmap, which seeks to tie all those standards together into a single system that benefits all of us.”

NTC is expanding its participation in industry-wide activities to accelerate the IP transition.

“We see IP technology as fundamental to our clients’ efforts to meet increasing audience expectations for technical quality while improving flexibility and reducing costs,” said Laurie Morse, head of corporate strategy at NTC. “That’s why we found it so important to be a part of the charge toward an all-IP world.”

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RED Camera Users Purchase 136 Litepanels Gemini 2×1 Soft Panels

Litepanels today announced that RED camera users have purchased 136 Gemini 2×1 soft panels, along with countless Gemini accessories, through a coordinated group buy with the REDUSER.net online community.

Travis Wears, a director of photography based in Kansas City, Missouri, had the daunting task of managing the group buy, a process that began when he received an introduction to Gemini in the Litepanels booth at the 2018 NAB Show. From there, Wears worked around the clock with REDUSER.net members to answer any questions about the product, pricing, and other factors. Established in 2016, REDUSER.net comprises RED camera users based primarily in the U.S.

Vitec Production Solutions worked with Wears to put together a tiered, discounted pricing plan that was based on the quantity of Geminis purchased. This ensured that REDUSER.net members could purchase Gemini at an unbeatable price, along with Gemini-specific accessories such as the Snapbag Softbox, Snapgrid, honeycomb grids, Bluetooth dongles, and more.

“I knew the Gemini would be a big hit with the other members of the REDUSER group. It’s a great product with powerful capabilities you usually don’t see in a 2×1 softlight, and it’s still relatively new to the market,” said Wears. “When you’re using a piece of equipment every day, it’s the little things that make it easier to pull one light out to use over another. I take at least one Gemini on every shoot with me, and I don’t hesitate to use it with any camera system in my arsenal.”

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“This impressive sale came together through a trifecta of elements,” said Tony Cacciarelli, director of OEM business development, Vitec Production Solutions. “First was Travis’ tireless effort in spreading the word about Gemini, and then Vitec Production Solutions and Adorama were able to put together some attractive discount pricing for REDUSER.net members. Finally, Adorama’s outstanding work on the fulfillment side closed the loop, getting Gemini into the hands of end users. It has been our pleasure to offer Gemini to so many REDUSER.net members, and we now have a blueprint for executing similar offers in the future.”

The versatile Gemini 2×1 combines daylight, tungsten, and red-green-blue LEDs to deliver highly flexible and precise color adjustment. The soft panel produces flicker-free, full-spectrum white light for any frame rate, shutter angle, or intensity, and it features an extensive choice of control options designed to suit any professional lighting application.

“Gemini is an incredibly ergonomic, lightweight, and well-built panel. Two key selling points are the outstanding quality of light on any skin tone and the ability to dial in colors, along with the light’s built-in power supply and simple, easy-to-navigate menus,” Wears added. “I haven’t heard a single complaint about the Gemini or any regrets from anyone in the group who purchased one. In fact, I’ve had a few members tell me they wished they had purchased more of them!”

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