2019 NAB Show: 12G Champion FOR-A Highlights Integrated Product Range, including World’s First 12G Single Link Switcher

After introducing the world’s first single link 12G-SDI production switcher at last year’s NAB convention, FOR-A® forges ahead with a showcase of working 12G technology at the upcoming NAB Show. Production switchers, video servers, keyers and test signal generators that support both 12G-SDI/4K and 3G-SDI/HD resolution will be booth highlights for FOR-A (NAB Booth #C5016.) The 2019 NAB Show will be held from April 8-11 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

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HANABI HVS-6000 video switcher

“With the HANABI HVS-6000, we are the first to create a production switcher with enough bandwidth to carry the signals all the way through using a single coaxial cable,” said Takaaki Imoto, Senior General Manager of FOR-A Overseas Sales & Marketing Division. “This ability to process 4K video signals that input from a single cable of 12G-SDI is a big step, particularly as we advance toward even higher resolution formats for production. With four times the bandwidth of HD, 12G is the current ideal for high-resolution 4K production. We’re moving forward aggressively with this technology, incorporating it into our existing and developing product range.”

Offering 12G-SDI capability on all inputs and outputs, the 3 M/E HANABI HVS-6000 uses a single cable link. Video signals are processed throughout as a single image. The HVS-6000 is a 12 RU switcher, with a maximum of 80 inputs/32 outputs or 64 inputs/48 outputs. It also offers frame synchronization, frame buffer, 3D DVE, and 4 keyers per M/E with DVE function + 4 DSK’s. Its optional board-mounting SFP connector that supports an IP interface will debut at NAB 2019.

The HANABI HVS-1200, a compact 4K/HD compatible switcher, will be on display as a package supporting 12G-SDI, with the MFR-1000 routing switcher. The integrated HVS-1200/MFR-1000 combination creates a compact and affordable 12G-SDI/4K production system. This switcher builds on the features of the HANABI HVS-490 video switcher and adds 12G-SDI support as standard. The switcher also utilizes a single cable for image processing and is configurable as both a 12G-SDI/4K and as a 3G-SDI/HD switcher. In HD mode, the switcher accepts up to 40 inputs, and in 4K mode it accepts up to 10. In 4K mode, the switcher provides 2 ME performance (1 ME + 1 MELite™), and in HD mode it’s a 6 ME (2 ME + 4 MELite) switcher virtually.

Making its introduction at the show is the new DSK-4800 4K downstream keyer. The DSK-4800 accepts mixed 12G-SDI and quad link 3G-SDI input. It includes frame synchronization for all fill/key inputs. Up to 10-channel keying is supported, with 8 fill/key channels, + still + DVE (optional). Using the optional DVE, operators can enlarge, reduce, or move input signals from one input (including line) over other signals.

The ESG-4200 12G/IP test signal generator will also be on hand in FOR-A’s NAB booth. The ESG-4200 supports 12G-SDI, Video-over-IP SMPTE 2022-6 interfaces and provides a range of audio and 4K video testing.

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MBP-1000VS multi-channel video server

A 12G-SDI/IP multi-channel video server will be at the FOR-A booth. The MBP-1000VS is ideal for 4K editing environments, offering multi-input/output 4K and HD support and ingest, playout and 4K recording functionality. Users can choose from four SSD capacities with maximum 15TB to meet their system needs and can add an LTO option for immediate archiving of captured 4K material or extended recording.

In addition to single-link 12G-SDI, FOR-A will also demonstrate products that support 4K, IP and HDR. 4K-supporting switchers in the FOR-A NAB booth will include the powerful HANABI HVS-2000, which offers the performance of a 7 M/E switcher; the compact, affordable HVS-490; and the HVS-100, which offers exceptional performance in a portable unit.

IP video introductions include: the SOM-100 media orchestration platform, the USF-10IP IP Gateway, and the MBP-1000VS-IP video server. An integrated baseband/IP control and monitoring system, the SOM-100 is designed for use in a mixed SDI/IP environment. The SOM-100 offers seamless operation of a variety of video equipment, monitored centrally from its interface.

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USF-212AS universal system frame

The new version of FOR-A’s popular FA-9600 multi-purpose signal processor supports 3D LUT for advanced color grading and Sony’s SR Live workflow for live HDR production. 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.

The entire USF-Series of universal system frames, including the USF-106UDC-12G 4K up/down converter (which offers interlace/progressive and up/down conversion for a range of signals from SD and HD to 4K), will be on hand at the FOR-A NAB booth. Other USF series supporting 12G, such as the USF-105FS-12G frame synchronizer, USF-105UC-12G up converter, and USF-101MDX4-12G/101MDX8-12G audio multiplexer/demultiplexer, will also be introduced.

Additionally, FOR-A will demonstrate efficient HD integration with third party graphics, replay systems and production servers, including partner products such as: the ODYSSEY Insight video server; the ClassX content creation and graphics playout solution; Variant Systems Group’s Envivo Replay sports and live event replay solution; Media Links’ IP Media Gateway, Fujitsu’s IP-HE950 H.265/HEVC real-time video encoders; and InSync’s frame synchronizer, frame rate converter, and up/down converters.

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InSync Technology at the 2019 NAB Show

FrameFormer is ideal for situations where content assets aren’t in the format or frame rate needed for an application, such as in international content distribution or repurposing of material for new projects.

At the 2019 NAB Show, InSync will announce availability of the new FrameFormer plug-in for Adobe Premiere Pro for macOS. This addition to the range provides further flexibility and options for deploying FrameFormer.

For those who want to dig deeper into the technology, InSync will present two papers at the Broadcast Engineering Information Technology Conference (BEITC) which runs alongside the 2019 NAB Show. One paper will discuss intelligent standards conversion, and the other will discuss methods for HDR conversion.

New FrameFormer for Adobe Premiere Pro Mac Integration

At the 2019 NAB Show, InSync will announce a new plug-in version of FrameFormer for Adobe Premiere Pro macOS. Adding to the already popular FrameFormer Windows plug-in for Adobe Premiere Pro, the new Mac version enables simple and repeatable repurposing of material for international distribution, reformatting of movies for TV broadcast, and conversion of assets for web and mobile delivery, all in the high quality required in today’s competitive content markets.

InSync FrameFormer Conversions Demonstration

On InSync Booth SL7412 at the 2019 NAB Show, visitors will see results of the FrameFormer software motion compensated standards converter converting a variety of UHD content between different frame rates. The demonstrations will allow customers to see up close the superb quality available with FrameFormer and its ability to handle a wide range of material, including content produced with High Dynamic Range (HDR).

InSync invites attendees to compare the UHD source with the FrameFormer conversion to verify the quality of conversion. The proof of a great standards converter is in its ability to handle high contrast, fast-moving, detailed content, the results of which InSync invites visitors to view.

InSync Presents at the BEITC

InSync is presenting two papers at the Broadcast Engineering Information Technology Conference (BEITC), which runs alongside the 2019 NAB Show. Visitors are invited to top up their technical knowledge by attending these interesting and informative presentations.

  • On Sunday, April 7, at 10:40 a.m. in Room N260E, Paola Hobson, Managing Director of InSync Technology, will discuss intelligent cloud-based standards conversion.
  • On Wednesday, April 10, at 9 a.m. in Room N260, James Shepherd, Chief Technology Officer at InSync Technology, will present a paper on 3D LUT interpolation for HDR conversions.

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DVB to Make the Case for Standards-Based OTT at 2019 NAB Show

This marks the first time DVB has exhibited at the NAB Show since 2010.

“Broadcast TV works. It just works. You turn it on, and it’s there. It works because of open standards and the reliable, robust delivery methods at the heart of broadcasting,” said Peter MacAvock, Chair of DVB. “We believe that OTT should work just as well, if not better. If you agree, then come and talk to us at the NAB Show about how we can collaborate on standards to ensure TV continues to work flawlessly, even when it’s not always on a TV.”

At the 2019 NAB Show, DVB Will Highlight the Following:

New DVB-I Specifications Ensure High QoS, Robust Delivery, and Interoperability for OTT
At the 2019 NAB Show, DVB will showcase DVB-I, a new suite of specifications that will make OTT delivery just as user-friendly and robust as classical delivery solutions (e.g., DVB-S/C/T and IPTV). Taking advantage of the internet as a distribution platform, DVB-I will bring the best features of broadcast TV into the world of broadband delivery, including integrated channel lists, interactive content guides, and simple lean-back channel selection. As a standardized solution, DVB-I will provide significant advantages related to scalability and cost savings.

Low Latency DASH and mABR Improve Video Streaming Experiences

Also highlighted at the 2019 NAB Show will be Low Latency DASH (LL-DASH) and Multicast Adaptive Bit Rate (mABR), standards that are currently under development by DVB. LL-DASH will ensure that the zapping experience for OTT channels is the equivalent to broadcast, while mABR will allow broadcasters and network operators to work together to optimize IP-based delivery to large numbers of receivers simultaneously.

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Cobalt Digital Promotes Jacob Kinsey, Adds Kurt Caruthers as Central Region Sales Manager

He replaces Jacob Kinsey, who has been promoted to chief development officer after more than 10 years with the company.

An industry veteran, Caruthers most recently was a regional account manager for Grass Valley. He has also led regional sales efforts for LiveU, Miranda Technologies, Avid, and Odetics. He started his career as a station engineer for KOAM-TV in Pittsburg, Kan., where he maintained equipment and served as TD for the local newscast. At Cobalt, Caruthers is tasked with building new business and providing service to current customers in the region.

“Kurt is very familiar with customers and business opportunities in the central region, and we are happy to have him on board,” said Chris Shaw, Cobalt executive vice president of sales and marketing. “Jacob’s new role will help our company be more efficient and, as a result, even more responsive to our customers.”

In his new role, Kinsey is involved in helping to manage the company’s growth by working cross functionally throughout the organization on revenue generation and cost optimization initiatives. He will remain in Cobalt’s main offices in Champaign.

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