InSync Technology Introduces FrameFormer Frame Rate Converter Plug-in for Adobe Premiere Pro Mac

Simplifying and accelerating deployment through automated settings, FrameFormer provides conversion for all types of content from sub-QCIF up to 8K and beyond.

“Frame rate conversion is an essential requirement for monetizing content domestically and internationally as well as for integrating mixed frame rate footage into a production,” said Managing Director of InSync Technology Paola Hobson. “A high-quality motion compensated standards converter is the only solution for these applications, and we’re adding to our solutions for Mac users with our new FrameFormer plug-in for Adobe Premiere Pro for macOS.”

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The FrameFormer Adobe Premiere Pro Mac plug-in complements InSync’s popular plug-ins for Final Cut Pro (Mac) and Adobe Premiere Pro (Windows), quickly and conveniently meeting any frame rate and format conversion requirements. Integrated seamlessly into Adobe Premiere Pro, the plug-in offers a simple user interface that allows users to select the required conversion and to preview in-progress results via on-screen thumbnails.

“In repurposing different frame rate material for integration into your media projects, attention to detail makes all the difference,” added Hobson. “Picture quality must be preserved at every step because even the smallest error introduced early in the process will propagate, resulting in highly visible defects down the line. Now our family of FrameFormer plug-ins gives Adobe Premiere Pro users working on both Mac and Windows systems confidence in the results of their frame rate conversion processes.”

FrameFormer is available in a standard edition that provides conversions for content up to HD resolution, with presets for common conversions, and in a professional edition that provides conversions for content up to UHD and beyond, with highly flexible custom controls.

InSync Technology will provide demos of the FrameFormer Adobe Premiere Pro Mac plug-in at the 2019 NAB Show (Booth SL7412), April 8-11 in Las Vegas.

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Sýn (Vodafone Iceland) moves to IP in the facilities in record time with Nevion

Nevion announced that Sýn, the Icelandic company formed by merger of Vodafone Iceland and the 365 broadcast media, has deployed an IP solution from Nevion for their new facilities in the country’s capital, Reykjavik.  The project, delivered in collaboration with local system integrator Exton ehf, went live on 8th February 2019.

Sýn wanted to consolidate its telecom and broadcast premises for cost-efficiency and work-effectiveness reasons. This required broadcast production to move to new premises. Rather than transfer the existing SDI production network infrastructure, Sýn opted for a new IP media network that would provide greater flexibility, future-proofing, scalability and cost-effectiveness over time. The production equipment, including cameras, video and audio mixers, would remain unchanged, i.e SDI-based.

The new IP facilities needed to go live in a very short period of time, so Sýn turned to Nevion and Exton to deliver the project.

Árni Finnson head of broadcast, Sýn said: “For us, this was a critical project, that needed to be delivered on time, as we had already served notice on the old building, and of course we could not go off air! We could have taken the safe route and built an SDI infrastructure, but we knew that was not a good investment in the long term. We picked Nevion and Exton because they reassured us that our requirements could be met, and indeed, they delivered on time!”

 

Kristján Magnússon co-founder and project manager for Exton explained: “It’s been a pleasure and a privilege to deliver this project together with Nevion. At a time when many broadcasters are still hesitant to move to IP, this project demonstrates that the technology works and, with the right partners, can be delivered in short time-frames.”

At the core of the solution delivered in the new facilities is an IP network built around Nevion’s COTS (commercial off the shelf) eMerge IP switches. Nevion’s software defined media nodes, Virtuosos, provide the gateways between the SDI equipment and the IP media network, as well as video and audio processing, and 4K TICO encoding.

For the sports and media production, in which many pieces of SDI equipment are used, Nevion’s compact hybrid SDI routers, Sublime X2, are used to enable easy routing between the equipment, without the need to convert to and from IP.

Sýn also has some equipment remaining in other locations – the satellite reception site, as well as in the DVB and IPTV headend site. These two sites are connected via fiber, with Nevion Flashlink equipment enabling the transport of the IP packets.

The orchestration and control of the whole network, including the IP and SDI routers, is handled by Nevion’s VideoIPath. The broadcast control, i.e. the user-interface for the production team, is Nevion’s Multicon.

Hans Hasselbach, Chief Commercial Officer, Nevion, concluded: “IP media networks have now reached a level of maturity that allows them to be delivered as quickly as SDI networks. In fact, given the cabling is so much simpler, with a few lightweight fibers being used instead of the multitude of bulky SDI cables, IP media networks can even be delivered faster in greenfield sites like Sýn’s facilities. Of course, this does require the supplier and the delivery team to have the right expertise and experience – which Nevion and Exton have. We are of course very pleased with the result.”

In addition to products and delivery services, Sýn selected maintenance for the Virtuoso and VideoIPath, which enables them to benefit from software upgrades, and picked a service level agreement (SLA) that includes 24/7 support for maximum peace of mind.

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Anevia’s New Software Head-End to Offer OTT and Virtual Channels

Anevia’s Flamingo 4.2, developed using Anevia’s inhouse expertise in OTT, offers a host of new TV services including Web TV, virtual channels and Replay TV, as well as allowing users to record content.

Thanks to the integration with Infinitum Media’s à la carte TV portal (Web TV), hotels can now increase the guest experience by offering a large choice of TV channels from all over the world, with cleared license rights.

This new release can also create virtual channels with content that is specific to the customer’s business, including adverts and its own internal programming. It treats such content as a TV channel within the Flamingo 4.2 head-end, rather than playing it from a separate media player. This brings organisations significant cost benefits, as there is no need for a separate HDMI encoder or media player, and it is easy to update.

The new Flamingo enables Replay TV, meaning that the provider can record content so that viewers can catch up on their favourite show whenever they want. No more rushing after work or skipping dinner to watch a scheduled broadcast.

With the new Flamingo, users can choose to record a programme and watch it at some future date – without requiring extra hardware.

Moreover, this powerful hybrid head-end enables organisations, such as hospitals, hotels and enterprises, to cater to the increasing demand for high-quality video through its HEVC descrambling function. The function has been field-tested by Canal+ Afrique, guaranteeing compatibility with its streams.

Ivonne Prugnaud, Vice President Sales Worldwide Enterprise, Anevia commented: “The world is becoming more global, and the number of international guests at hotels is exploding. What channels people choose to watch on TV, and in what language, will vary from country to country. So it’s crucial for hotels to offer a wider range of channels – including Web TV. We’re excited to be making this possible through Flamingo 4.2, with a pre-integrated catalogue of foreign channels.”

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Interra Systems Introduces BMP Industry-Grade Media Player

Interra Systems, a global leader and provider of media QC, monitoring, and analysis solutions, today announced BMP, a powerful new feature-rich media player with support for the widest range of formats and easy integration with broadcast workflows at any stage. Built for heavy-duty applications, BMP offers a broad spectrum of functionality in a single tool, enabling media professionals to play, inspect, and verify audio/video from various content locations, while collaborating across multiple teams and projects.

BMP brings greater efficiency to the process of content readiness throughout the various workflow stages, from ingest to distribution. The visual and technical information provided by BMP ensures that content looks and plays exactly the way it was intended. Supporting SDI playout and a wide range of audio, video, elementary, and container formats, along with extensive support for closed captions and subtitle formats, BMP offers video professionals one of the most comprehensive media players on the market.

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“Interra Systems has long offered its media player as part of BATON, our acclaimed file-based QC solution. BMP enhances the media player with features that bring greater ease of use and efficiency to a broad range of broadcast and ABR applications,” said Anupama Anantharaman, vice president, product marketing at Interra Systems. “Video production and distribution workflows today are quite sophisticated, and having powerful tools to review and rectify quality issues is more important than ever before. We believe BMP will ultimately enable better viewing experiences for consumers.”

BMP features frame-accurate playback of high-quality video, playlist capabilities, mark-in mark-out to mark specific sections, audio waveform, loudness, and audio-level meters. BMP also has advanced tools to monitor the color intensity and range during playback to ensure pristine images.

BMP is offered both as a standalone media player and as an integrated part of BATON. When used for QC, BMP can be set up to play the detected errors in an automated manner, without requiring any manual intervention. It can also be used for fast navigation to different error locations, manual validation of error severity, error region marking, slow playback of the error, and more.

BMP is now shipping and has successfully been deployed by leading media companies around the world.

Interra Systems will demonstrate BMP at the 2019 NAB Show, April 8-11 in Las Vegas at booth SU7605.

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