Nevion adds cinema HDR to its Virtuoso platform for movie post-production

The product already supports HDR for 4:2:2 10-bit content.

Nevion equipment is widely used in movie post-production for remote review and color grading – in fact, for many the process is known as a “T-VIPS session”, named after a company which has been part of Nevion since 2013. By enabling the transport of color-accurate video in real-time over IP networks, Virtuoso allows people involved in the production to work collaboratively over any distance.

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With high-end HDR increasingly being adopted in the movie industry to provide greater color depth and augment the viewer’s experience, Nevion is enhancing Virtuoso, to enable post-production houses to work in 4:4:4 12-bit HDR for various color spaces (RGB and XYZ, as well as YCbCr) and formats (including 2K, 4K and stereoscopic). A single Virtuoso unit can handle, for example, up to eight 2K HDR streams, two 4K HDR streams, or one 4K HDR stereoscopic stream.

Johnny Dolvik, Chief Product and Development Officer at Nevion says: “Our involvement in movie post-production workflows goes back over a decade, and we are very proud that our equipment has been used to produce some of the biggest blockbuster movies of recent years. Adding cinema grade HDR to our media node Virtuoso is just the latest development of the platform to meet the evolving needs of movie industry.”

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CABSAT 2019: FOR-A Continues Push Toward 12G- and IP-Enabled Tech for Live Production

FOR-A will continue to demonstrate its commitment to 12G- and IP-enabled technology during the company’s ninth consecutive appearance at CABSAT, being held March 12-14 at the Dubai World Trade Centre. The company is developing IP interfaces and remote-control capability via standard protocols for the 12G products for its existing 3G/HD product line. FOR-A will exhibit in booth C1-20 during the conference.

“Our focus at CABSAT will be on delivering the latest innovations across our live production solutions – switchers, servers, routers, and graphics systems that align with our vision of 12G- and IP-enabled productions,” said Mr. Takaaki Imoto, Senior General Manager, Overseas Sales & Marketing Division, FOR-A Company Ltd. “Our wide range of technology enables customers to migrate to IP-based operations while protecting their current investment. We’re looking forward to a very successful CABSAT in Dubai next month.”

 

CABSAT has historically proven itself a key platform for FOR-A to connect with customers. “The MENA market continues to grow for us,” said Mr. Imoto. “We’ve secured some sizable, high-profile projects in this region. In previous years, we’ve showcased many new products, connected with our customers and identified new business opportunities and market trends.  This year, we will continue along those lines. And we’re looking forward to the launch of several exciting new products, which we expect to draw more attention to our solutions.”

The technology highlights from FOR-A at CABSAT will include:

  • The SOM-100 media orchestration platform
  • The FA-9600 multi-purpose signal processor
  • Demonstration of the latest developments when using the Fujitsu IP-HE950
  • H.265/HEVC real-time video encoders for remote production
  • A stronger and more efficient HD integration with third party graphics, replay systems and production servers

FOR-A’s new media orchestration platform (SOM-100) provides seamless interoperability between baseband and IP traffic. An integrated baseband/IP control and monitoring system, it’s designed for use in a mixed SDI/IP environment. SDI and IP routing switchers are managed as one routing switcher in a virtual group. The SOM-100 offers seamless operation of a variety of video equipment, monitored centrally from its interface. It can execute routing system control and process control, so that it supports collective operational changes of multiple pieces of equipment and executes time reservation. The system also features a web interface for easy access from multiple computers.

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FA-9600 multi-purpose signal processor

FOR-A will showcase the next generation in its line of signal processors – the FA-9600. The dual-channel unit provides HDR and Wide Color Gamut support and conversion of multiple formats, such as: 12G, 4K (UHD), 1080p, and SD/HD. Each of the FA-9600 processor’s two HD/SD inputs includes a frame synchronizer. Because the multi-purpose signal processor features 12G-SDI terminals, optional software opens the door to 4K(UHD) production. Adding an expansion card provides four more channels of 3G-SDI input/output or six channels of 12G-SDI distributed output. The FA-9600 simplifies all types of video conversion. A newly developed color processing circuit supports the latest gamut and dynamic range specifications, and an optional converter circuit is available for up/down/cross conversion.

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Fujitsu IP-HE950 real-time video encoder

Finally, FOR-A will show the latest developments in the area of remote production using Fujitsu IP-HE950 H.265/HEVC real-time video encoders. Employing the latest compression tools and image processing algorithms to provide best-in-class video fidelity, the IP-HE950 supports real-time 4K contribution, as well as SD and HD. FOR-A is a distributor of Fujitsu’s high-performance encoders and decoders in North America, Europe, Middle-East and Africa, as well as select regions in Latin America.

FOR-A will also demonstrate a stronger and more efficient HD integration with third party graphics, replay systems and production servers – resulting in greater flexibility and improved cost savings. FOR-A recently partnered 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. Integration with all of FOR-A’s HANABI production switchers comes standard. FOR-A will also demonstrate ODYSSEY’s Insight Production Server – a versatile four channel playout system designed for studio and OB Van environments. 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. 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.  ClassX is integrated with all of FOR-A’s HANABI video switchers.

CABSAT features over 900 exhibiting companies and is the premiere technology show for vendors looking to reach broadcasters, production houses and studios, content owners and creators, systems integration firms and distribution channels in the Middle East/Africa/South Asia region.

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SMPTE Expands Global Reach With New EMEA Advertising Representative

SMPTE®, the organization whose standards work has supported a century of advances in entertainment technology and whose membership spans the globe, today announced that Phil Guy will serve as the Society’s sales representative for EMEA. Working in this new role, Guy will focus on securing and developing advertising partnerships with individuals, businesses, and brands across SMPTE publications and platforms including the SMPTE website, the award-winning SMPTE Motion Imaging Journal, and the Society’s eNewsletters.

“One of the key elements of the Society’s new three-year strategic plan, which will guide us through 2021, is a renewed focus on serving as a global organization,” said SMPTE Executive Director Barbara Lange. “With Phil working to build partnerships across Europe, SMPTE is taking a concrete step toward achieving that critical goal.”

Guy’s work as SMPTE European sales representative will complement the ongoing efforts of Joyce Cataldo, who serves as SMPTE business development manager, and Jeff Victor, who represents SMPTE for advertising and sponsorships in North America. Guy’s recent industry experience includes 15 years as sponsorship, promotions, and events manager for IBC. Guy earlier was involved in the trade magazine industry, publishing and working on highly regarded titles such as Studio Sound, World Broadcast News, and media technology publications that are now part of the FUTURE technology group, as well as the AES, ITS, and NAB Dailies.

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FloSports Relies on TVU’s Video-Over-IP Technology to Reliably, Cost Effectively Air Live Events

FloSports, the innovator in live digital sports and original content, live streams more than 10,000 live competitions per year across its platform. In order to keep pace with its 24/7 schedule of live and on-demand sports coverage, the company selected TVU Networks, the global technology and innovation leader in live IP video solutions, to help address its growing need for on-location live video capturing and sharing.

Based on FloSports’ previous rental experience with TVU Networks’ equipment, they knew the company’s gear was more than up to its rigorous video content demands. FloSports uses TVU to simulcast events, produce live programming from remote locations, record footage for raw archiving material, and more. They also bring along their TVU One cellular mobile units to every venue as a backup to ensure they can always provide live coverage.

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Dirt track racing coverage for FloRacing using TVU One mobile IP transmitter

“We are currently using TVU for both primary and backup event coverage,” FloSports Director of Production Eric Helton said. “We’ve used equipment from other video-over-IP providers, but it did not perform well covering events like cross country where the camera has to move with the athletes across a course, which can cause fluctuations in cellular connections. In contrast, we found TVU One to be very reliable for this type of coverage, and we experienced better results. Additionally, TVU’s customer support is superior to the support offered by other providers.”

Powered by IS+, TVU’s proprietary transmission algorithm, TVU transmitters can simultaneously aggregate any combination of bandwidth mediums including cellular 3G/4G LTE, WiFi, Ethernet, Ka-band and Ku-band satellite, microwave, microwave mesh and BGAN to deliver a reliable and dependable broadcast picture with sub-second latency, as low as 0.5 seconds.

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Big Ten Cross Country Championships covered on FloTrack with TVU One mobile IP transmitter

FloSports consistently delivers high-quality, live and on-demand coverage to its viewers regardless of the sport or venue.

“The flexibility and dependability of TVU products enables us to push the limits of traditional broadcasting,” Helton added. “The technology has proved itself cost and time effective and works flawlessly every time. We’re thankful to have found them. TVU’s solid performance strengthens our commitment to the FloSports model of remote production and IP video transmission. It is truly the future of broadcast.”

 

“FloSports’ business model fits perfectly within the sweet spot of our video-over-IP technology,” TVU Networks Vice President, North America Sales Matt Keiler said. “The sports they cover require remote production in challenging environments often without cellular or with unstable connections, with fast moving content, constantly changing locales, and a finite budget. We’re thrilled they’ve selected our technology to bring reliable and cost-effective live video sports content to their millions of passionate viewers.”

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New Cablecast Community Media Platform Upgrade Speeds and Simplifies Scheduling with Enhanced Automation

Tightrope Media Systems today unleashed a significant new software upgrade for its Cablecast Community Media broadcast automation, playout and publishing platform. Cablecast 6.6 expands the system’s powerful features for automating repetitive scheduling tasks, thus speeding and simplifying day-to-day programming operations for community TV broadcasters. The new version will be demonstrated in the company’s suite at the Renaissance Las Vegas Hotel (Ren Exhibitor C) at the upcoming 2019 NAB Show, taking place April 8-11.

“While our recent software upgrades have added features to help PEG stations expand their reach and better engage their audiences through online and OTT delivery, version 6.6 is all about the core scheduling tasks that community TV programmers deal with every day,” said Michelle Alimoradi, Marketing Manager, Cablecast Community Media. “Users switching to Cablecast from other systems have always been delighted by the time savings it offered, but we wanted to take it even further. Our goal with this release is to help them complete their scheduling in as little as half the time, by eliminating tedious, repetitious actions.”

The new Gap Filler tool intelligently fills breaks between shows with content beyond just the channel’s community bulletin board. Short-form videos such as public service announcements and event promos are intrinsic to community TV programming but are very tedious to schedule individually. With Cablecast 6.6, programmers can click on a gap in the schedule and select a saved search comprised of short-form content. Gap Filler will then automatically calculate and schedule the appropriate clips from that search to best fill the gap’s duration. Users can define intro and outro messages – such as station IDs – to bracket the gap, while options such as “Do Not Allow Repeats” ensure that viewers don’t simply see the same short-form clips over and over.

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The new Auto-Scheduler feature automatically populates recurring time slots, sparing programmers from needing to schedule each episode individually. Users can define recurring time slots indefinitely into the future and set the Auto-Scheduler to dynamically populate them with the most recent show from a specified project, continually updating the schedule with the latest episode – a massive time-saver for customers running daily shows such as “Democracy Now!” Programmers also have the option of intentionally repeating a single show across all recurring slots and can flexibly override automatically-scheduled entries if they wish, with an event log reporting any such edits that superseded the defined rule.

The Gap Filler and Auto-Scheduler features both take advantage of Cablecast 6.6’s new allowable date range parameters. Start and/or end dates can be set for each show to define when the content is permitted to be broadcast – thereby preventing programs from being shown too soon or after they are no longer relevant, such as promos for past events or last month’s city council meeting. Gap Filler and Auto-Scheduler will automatically exclude any videos that would be outside their allowed date range, while users who attempt to manually schedule a clip for a prohibited date will receive a warning in the scheduling interface.

“We have always designed Cablecast to be like having a savvy, reliable, additional staff member at customers’ stations,” said Alimoradi. “You want to be able to train it, and then just let it do its thing. Version 6.6 makes the system an even more valuable team member, automatically filling up the channels’ schedule to free up real staff members’ calendars. By helping users do their scheduling faster, Cablecast gives them more time to create great content.”

The Cablecast 6.6 upgrade will be available at the end of February, and will be free for Cablecast customers on active support agreements.

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Mediaproxy To Show New Exception-Based Monitoring and Content Matching Workflows at NAB 2019

Mediaproxy  will be showcasing its updated LogServer software suite for compliance, monitoring and analysis at NAB on its booth SU2802.

That broadcasting has become more complex with the advent of OTT services is an understatement. Playout is no longer the final point of quality control. Going further down the content delivery chain, CDN edge points, targeted ad-insertion, multi-language support, and event-based channels require the expert scrutiny of broadcast engineers. The need to manage a more complex ecosystem with an ever-growing list of logging and compliance requirements has become a priority for content owners and regulators alike.

At this year’s show, Mediaproxy will introduce the concept of exception-based monitoring via IP penalty boxes to enable broadcasters and MSOs working at scale to more efficiently handle quality control and compliance.

For network operators managing multiple stations and playouts, Mediaproxy has introduced a new live source comparison feature for real-time identification of mismatched content. One or more live sources can be compared based on video content and alert operators immediately when they are not matching.

Support for Newtek NDI and SMPTE 2110 media over IP formats further enhances the options available for compliance recording and monitoring solutions. By capturing NDI and SMPTE 2110 sources including metadata Mediaproxy LogServer allows broadcasters to ensure full compliance during all stages of IP deployment.

Erik Otto, CEO of Mediaproxy, explains, “Reigning in control over a large number of OTT streams can be daunting, which is why having a unified system for monitoring compliance and identifying issues across all traditional and OTT playouts is critical. To ensure that the right content is at the right place at the right time, Mediaproxy LogServer enables operators to log and monitor outgoing ABR streams as well as Transport Stream and OTT stream metadata including SCTE triggers, closed captions, and audio information, all from one place. It is the key to surviving the multiformat game of the future and we are delighted to demonstrate our latest advances in this area at NAB 2019.”

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New Videon EdgeCaster Edge Compute Encoder Enables Ultra-Low-Latency Live Streaming at Low Cost

Videon, a cutting-edge developer of 4K and HD streaming products that enable users to move media from any source to any screen, is addressing professional and prosumer demand for lower-cost, lower-latency live streaming with its new EdgeCaster edge compute encoder. Videon’s unique edge compute encoding technology bypasses a layer of cloud-based processing, in turn reducing latency to as little as <4 seconds and cutting the average user’s streaming costs by 50%.

“Our new EdgeCaster edge compute encoder makes it easier and more economical than ever to deliver high-quality streaming content to emerging markets — smaller groups of viewers dedicated to specific events or interest areas — that represent a quickly growing share of content consumption today,” said Todd Erdley, Videon co-founder and CEO. “Ease of use, low latency, and a low price point combine to make the EdgeCaster a transformative live streaming option across a wide range of use cases.”

Traditional live streaming models can add 20 or 30 seconds of latency. By comparison, traditional live broadcast introduces 5 seconds of latency. Videon’s EdgeCaster edge compute encoder technology enables a wide range of emerging applications with <4 second latency from camera to playback using public internet connections.

The EdgeCaster HD and EdgeCaster 4K encoders eliminate heavy computational processes — transcoding, format repackaging from RTMP to HLS/DASH, and creation of multiple bit rates — in the cloud by handling these tasks efficiently at the network edge. As a result, the Videon encoders offer higher performance and a lower fixed cost per stream in addressing the requirements of delay-sensitive video applications, as well as applications with high-volume streaming to limited numbers of viewers per stream.

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Built for professionals in the prosumer, pro AV, and broadcast markets, the EdgeCaster line offers an advanced streaming feature set with capabilities including ultra-low-latency streaming, cost-saving edge compute processing, forward error correction, and full duplex encoding/decoding.

The EdgeCaster HD boasts latency of less than 4 seconds and provides multiple RTMP, SRT, and HLS support. The Videon EdgeCaster 4K includes these capabilities, plus the ability to output up to 6 streams simultaneously in multiple bit rates/resolutions, power over Ethernet (PoE), support for H.265/HEVC, and video resolution up to 4K30.

Videon will begin shipping the EdgeCaster HD and EdgeCaster 4K during the 2019 NAB Show.

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