Grabyo extends cloud video production suite for broadcasters

Grabyo Editor is a browser-based editing tool for creating short video highlights and social videos in seconds. Editor’s intuitive interface enables professional-quality output, inclusive of transitions, audio edits and titling without the need for specific hardware, software licenses or extensive training.

Built for the demands of digital teams, Grabyo’s platform now provides users with a powerful suite of video tools for real-time clipping, live event production and video editing, enabling teams to better serve audiences with videos optimised for digital viewing.

Broadcasters and publishers will be able to reach the vast, engaged digital audiences with live streams, real-time clips and highlights on social, mobile and OTT platforms. Generating audience engagement ‘in the moment’ is a key differentiator in growing social audiences, creating additional monetization opportunities for content and rights owners. Grabyo provides valuable integrations to monetise content through in-stream advertising and brand partnerships.

As audiences turn away from linear broadcasts, being first to market with content across digital platforms is vital. Broadcasters must deliver tailored video viewing experiences to every platform and device. Making video available on OTT is not enough, consumers want content that is aligned with their experience on each platform. Engagement peaks around live events.  Using Grabyo’s full suite of production tools, digital teams can create original, bespoke digital content, both live and in real-time, to build loyalty outside of the traditional broadcast TV base.

Gareth Capon, Grabyo CEO, comments: “The release of Editor continues Grabyo’s mission to make video creation and live production as simple and as flexible as possible. We are customer-driven – our products reflect the needs of our broadcast partners. Editor is a great example of this, a full suite of editing products in the cloud, enabling broadcasters to deliver effective and engaging video highlights in real-time. We are excited to see how this evolves as the broadcast industry looks to reach audiences across every platform and device.”

Grabyo Editor is released with features including transition effects and titling, with support for square, vertical and horizontal video formats, audio replacement and sponsor integration. As a cloud-based platform, Editor will continue to evolve with an exciting roadmap ahead through 2019 and beyond. Check out Grabyo Editor at NAB 2019 – stand SU2202.

Black Box to Unveil New Remote App for Its Emerald Unified KVM Platform at 2019 NAB Show

Black Box announced it will preview its new Remote App for the Emerald™ Unified KVM platform at the NAB Show. The first-of-its-kind software-based solution gives authorized users simultaneous remote access to one or more sources — PCs, servers, or virtual machines — across an Emerald KVM network, enabling cost savings as well as greater flexibility, ease of access, and efficiency.

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Black Box’s new Remote App for the Emerald™ Unified KVM platform

“The Emerald Remote App is the only software-based solution for KVM networks to give users access to both physical and virtual machines,” said Josh Whitney, senior vice president and general manager of the Technology Product Solutions business unit at Black Box. “The software release also makes Black Box the first company to marry hardware- and software-based KVM access, combining high performance and fast connectivity with exceptional flexibility. We view this as the next logical step for KVM networks, and we look forward to helping customers leverage this unique combination of tools to optimize their operations.”

Supporting multiple simultaneous connections and industry-leading performance with up to 45 fps full HD video, the new Emerald Remote App is ideal for tasks such as remote process and applications monitoring. With authentication against the award-winning Boxilla™ KVM network manager from Black Box, the Remote App offers users a convenient list of connections and provides access quickly and easily, just like a standard hardware-based system. However, because the Remote App is not tethered to a fixed location, users can access the Emerald KVM network from anywhere using their own computer or laptop.

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As a software solution, the Remote App deploys quickly and cost-effectively, and then can be maintained easily through regular updates. The Black Box software is free to download and is licensed on a per-connection basis.

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Qligent Hires Business Development and Sales Engineering Experts to Support Global Growth

Qligent, a specialist in enterprise-level, cloud-based content monitoring and analysis, has appointed Art Leisey and Lang Cooksey to newly created business development and sales engineering roles, effective immediately. Both positions report to John Shoemaker, Qligent’s Director of Sales.

The two positions were developed to address business growth in the broadband and broadcast markets, according to Shoemaker. Leisey will serve as Business Development Manager and focus on the North American broadband market, with an emphasis on cable, IPTV and OTT service providers. Cooksey will serve as Project Manager and Sales Engineer and assist Qligent customers in both verticals worldwide on all technical matters throughout the sales journey.

Leisey brings three decades of broadband industry experience and problem-solving innovation to his new role. As president and owner of CableCom Specialists, Leisey developed the first PC-based switching system which allowed Emergency Alert System integration into a complete Cable TV channel lineup. He later sold the technology to Trilithic, where he served as Director of Technology for nearly 15 years. This led to the formation of Trilithic’s EAS division, where Leisey successfully directed development of protocols and procedures for EAS systems throughout North America and Canada.

Leisey’s innovations at CableCom Specialists also include hardware and software tools to support early pay-per-view movie switching systems, with several deployments to Top 10 MSOs. He later held technical and regional sales management positions at Alltec Global and Mega Hertz, where he further developed long-term business relationships with leading cable and telecom service providers.

Leisey believes that Qligent’s technology will help solve the escalating quality of experience (QoE) that consumers face with broadband video delivery, particularly with OTT services.

Qligent_Art_Leisey1“The quality of experience is, at best, lacking within these services,” he said. “Consumers are quick to unsubscribe, or move on to another option, if the service is problematic. Qligent brings a problem-solving approach in collecting metrics and data on signals from the source point to the end user, which will help our customers win the battle against churn. Importantly, Qligent’s Vision platform uses common-off-the-shelf (COTS) hardware that quickly delivers an ROI for broadband service providers.”

Cooksey’s 15 years of broadcast and IT experience make him a perfect fit for his project management and sales engineering responsibilities at Qligent, where he will help customers initial system designs, field applications and post-deployment problem-solving among other tasks. Cooksey has held roles of increasing responsibility with some of the broadcast industry’s biggest names, including Harris Broadcast, Snell and Vizrt.

He joins Qligent from Telestream, where he spent five years as Enterprise Sales Engineer. At Telestream, he specialized in helping customers migrate from on-premise to cloud workflows — an opportunity he expects to see often at Qligent.

Qligent_Lang_Cooksey1“The next logical step for many broadcasters is to migrate from on-premise to cloud-based workflows, and integrate more applications within existing IT infrastructure,” said Cooksey. “This is a model that Qligent has pioneered on the monitoring and analysis side of the business. As broadcasters deploy more OTT services and the number of media delivery platforms multiply, it’s important to transition these businesses to more efficient workflows that minimize hardware costs and requirements on the monitoring side, and apply the big data and analytics that can help them retain and grow viewing audiences.”

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Bannister Lake Raises the Bar on IP Video Production With Chameleon NDI Player

Bannister Lake announced that it is fully embracing the NDI® workflow with its powerful Chameleon data aggregation solution. For producers working within the NDI ecosystem, Chameleon provides a straightforward method to bring live data directly into their productions. Chameleon reads multiple data sources, including news, weather, sports, traffic, social media, and financial data content, allowing users to edit, moderate, and customize their data. Using Chameleon’s Query functionality, data can be parsed at a granular level, enabling producers to select subsets of data to target viewers. The solution automates the flow of data to endpoints, ensuring that content is consistently relevant and timely. In turn, using Chameleon’s RESTful API, data content can be reformatted for distribution to virtually any device or endpoint.

Chameleon also extends NDI well beyond broadcast as a data aggregation solution for eSports esports and digital signage, providing producers with new business opportunities. eSports esports events — broadcast, streamed, or in-venue — benefit from Chameleon’s ability to read and display important game-related data feeds and provide fans with score boards, player profiles, standings, and other key data. Live data is an integral part of digital signage, keeping viewers updated with the latest news and information.

“We are excited by the growing popularity of NDI-supported solutions and the significant number of downloads of the NDI SDK,” said Georg Hentsch, president, Bannister Lake. “Chameleon adds an entirely new level of NDI production professionalism by allowing users to manage and display highly relevant and timely data content that their audiences demand.”

In addition to managing traditional editorial data content, Chameleon provides an ideal solution for producers who require a way to display local and hyperlocal content, including election results, school closings, and event calendars. In addition, Chameleon’s custom data feature can ingest data from Google Sheets, providing an opportunity to integrate local sports data content.

To help the NDI community better understand the business, operational, and technical capabilities of Chameleon and data content in general, Alain Savoie, Bannister Lake’s creative and technical director, will present his co-authored technical paper, “New Methodologies in Real-Time Data Aggregation and Management for Broadcast Presentation and Distribution,” at the 2019 NAB Show. Along with Savoie, the paper was written by Hentsch and Bannister Lake’s Vernon Freedlander, who heads strategic partnerships. The presentation will take place on Wednesday, April 10, at 4 p.m. at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Room N260.

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Dielectric to Ship FM Antenna and Dual-Manifold Combiner for Channel Sharing to Peruvian Broadcaster CRP Medios y Entretenimiento

Dielectric is preparing to ship a unique DCBR 20-panel FM antenna and dual-manifold combiner to CRP Medios y Entretenimiento, a privately-held commercial radio station group based in Lima, Peru.

Considering that the tower site—el Morro Solar in the Chorrillos district of Lima—is one of the most crowded broadcast antenna farms in the world, CRP chose the Dielectric package for its ability to cost-efficiently combine eight FM stations onto a single antenna system while covering the entire target market.

After carefully evaluating several technical proposals submitted by competing antenna manufacturers, CRP’s Operations Manager Giancarlo Garzon, engineering team; and RF consultant Luis Bordo recommended the purchase of the Dielectric solution to CRP management on the basis of its innovative design, reliability, and price/performance.

“With its total power input of 240kW and dual input array, our antenna system offered CRP the best option for improving their stations’ signal strength, reception, and coverage across the Greater Lima area. In addition to meeting CRP’s expectations about the target coverage pattern, the dual-manifold combiner makes it possible for the company’s eight separate high-power FM channels to share the same antenna,” said Federico d’Avis, Dielectric’s International Sales Manager.

Factors leading to the sale

CRP’s management, engineering team, and third-party consultant were also impressed by the detailed technical presentation given in Lima by Jay Martin, Dielectric’s Vice President of Sales. Martin and d’Avis also invited CRP’s CEO Abraham Zavala to tour Sutro Tower in San Francisco, and to speak with Eric Dausman—the site’s technical operations manager—about the performance of the many Dielectric FM antennas installed at that site.

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 Engineers from the CRP team on a visit to Dielectric’s Raymond, Maine facility, standing on front of Dielectric’s outside trestle for antenna testing. L/R: Jesus Uribe (CRP), Luis Garcia (CRP), Federico d’Avis (Dielectric) and Juan Pablo Salazar (CRP). 

CRP management was also persuaded by their consultant’s familiarity with several Dielectric-brand antennas that have been in continuous service across Peru for over 20 years. The hilltop site, which is jam-packed with towers, antennas, and transmitter buildings, is a coastal perch overlooking the sea – a location that brings a unique set of operational challenges around performance and longevity.

“Dielectric has antennas that have been installed and fully operational in coastal regions like Florida and the Caribbean for many years,” said d’Avis. “CRP’s engineering team felt confident that the Dielectric antenna and combiner would perform reliably and resist corrosion in the salty sea air and high winds that are prevalent at el Morro Solar.”

An engineering team from CRP visited Dielectric’s Raymond Maine factory in mid-March to inspect their equipment and witness a factory acceptance test of the new system.

Dielectric is now preparing the RF system—including the antenna, combiner, and filters—for shipping to the Lima site this month.

“We’re delighted that CRP has placed their trust and confidence in our efficient, economical antenna and combiner system,” said Martin. “We look forward to building a long, rewarding relationship with CRP and standing behind our technology so that it serves them for years to come.”

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ENCO Launches enTranslate Automated, Live Translation and Captioning System

Furthering its mission to help make content more accessible and fully understandable to a wider range of people, ENCO will take the wraps of its new enTranslate automated translation and captioning system in booth N2524 at 2019 NAB Show. Combining the powerful speech-to-text engine from ENCO’s patented, market-leading enCaption automated captioning solution with advanced translation algorithms, enTranslate provides near-real-time translation of live or pre-recorded content for alternative-language closed captioning, subtitling and more.

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enTranslate offers broadcasters and live presenters an easy and affordable solution to automatically translate television programming, board meetings, legislative sessions, lectures, sermons and other content. TV broadcasters can engage wider audiences by offering additional closed caption options – such as CC2 or CC3 – in multiple languages, while government institutions, universities, houses of worship and corporations can embed translated captions in recorded content for subsequent viewing or display live, open-captioned subtitles on local displays for in-person attendees.

“Just like enCaption makes the audio element of video content accessible to hearing-impaired audiences, enTranslate makes it understandable to viewers who aren’t native speakers of the material’s original language,” said Ken Frommert, President of ENCO. “enTranslate delivers fast, high-quality translations at a fraction of the cost of traditional translation services, making live translation practical and affordable for both broadcast and non-broadcast applications. And because it’s available 24/7/365, users can translate content such as breaking news alerts or ad hoc presentations at a moment’s notice, without having to wait for a human translator to arrive.”

enTranslate builds on the highly-accurate, low-latency speech recognition core first implemented in ENCO’s award-winning enCaption closed and open captioning system. Leveraging machine learning technology and a deep neural network approach, the speech-to-text engine interprets incoming live or file-based audio in near real time with continually improving exactitude.

enTranslate then feeds the resulting text to its advanced translation process, which supports 46 languages including English, Spanish, French and more. Blending artificial intelligence with sophisticated linguistics modelling, enTranslate uses a Neural Machine Translation (NMT) methodology to provide high-quality translations based on the context surrounding the current words and phrases.

Deployable on-premises or in the cloud, enTranslate’s flexible architecture supports a wide range of live baseband and network-based audio and video inputs including analog, AES, HDMI, SDI, AoIP, NDI® and MADI. Translated results can be output in standard caption file formats; embedded as closed captions using an external or optional integrated encoder; or keyed as open captions over an SDI, HDMI or NDI® video output.

enTranslate offers both live and offline translation. For file-based applications, audio or video clips can be easily ingested into the system and translated into any supported language, enabling users to quickly and affordably process large libraries of previously recorded content.

enTranslate is expected to be commercially released in Q2, and like all ENCO solutions, will be backed by the company’s renowned, world-class, 24/7 technical support services.

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MNC Group Selects Anevia for OTT Streaming Platform

With 2.5 million subscribers, pay-TV operator and content provider MNC is expanding its OTT offering through its MNC Now platform. Anevia’s OTT solutions will provide MNC Now with multiscreen functionality, live TV, catch-up TV and VOD services for 160 channels.

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Anevia’s NEA-DVR is a multiscreen TV origin/packager that will enable MNC Now to launch broadcast-quality, full-HD live, time-shifted and on-demand TV services quickly, securely, and with minimum latency.

NEA-CDN, which includes CDN selector technology, will allow MNC Now to load-balance the traffic across multiple CDNs, thereby improving the quality of service. This means both better video quality and less waiting for the video to arrive. NEA-CDN is fully virtualised, allows automated deployment, and can efficiently scale up for peak viewing, and then down again afterwards.

The scalability and performance of Anevia’s solutions will enable MNC to increase in scale and reach millions of customers. In fact, NEA-DVR makes it easy to scale up infrastructure by just adding nodes to the cluster, simplifying the integration between streaming and storage, thanks to its hyper-converged environment known as Embedded Distributed Storage (EDS). The solution is also open and easy to integrate with MNC’s current ecosystem of suppliers and with its in-house developments. MNC will also benefit from support from Intech – Anevia’s local partner that will be on hand to help the team at MNC.

Grégory Samson, Anevia’s EVP WW Sales Telco & Media, said: “The market for OTT solutions is speeding up in the APAC region, which is predicted to account for 43% of global VOD subscriptions by 2022, up from 35% in 2016. Huge growth is also expected in live streaming. This partnership highlights Anevia’s investments and market penetration in the region, as well as its willingness to accompany local players in their OTT ventures.”

 

Yudi Hamka, MNC Innovation Center COO & Group CTO, said: “Anevia’s solutions will not only help us to increase the scale and performance of MNC Now, but also to benefit from Anevia’s presence in SE Asia and its local support, through Intech, to accompany our business growth.”

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