SMPTE and AIS Partner to Present Entertainment Technology on the Bay 2019

The SMPTE® San Francisco Section and the Advanced Imaging Society (AIS) are partnering to present Entertainment Technology on the Bay 2019 (ET@19), a two-day event in Silicon Valley that will focus on the art and science of next-generation storytelling. Slated for June 5 and 6 at the Santa Clara Marriott, the conference will connect attendees with the technical experts and creative innovators leveraging new and emerging tools and techniques to shape the future media landscape. The price of general admission registration includes a one-year individual membership to both SMPTE and AIS.

“ET@19 is a must for engineers, filmmakers, researchers, production and postproduction creatives, business development strategists, and management looking ahead to the future of storytelling,” said Pat Griffis, SMPTE president and ET@19 conference chair. “With participation from an array of notable experts, the conference will explore the technologies and techniques that will play a critical role in revolutionizing the stories being told, how they are being told, and by whom.”


“With ET@19, SMPTE and AIS are bringing their annual Silicon Valley conferences together in a unified event boasting more than 50 presenters,” said Jim Chabin, AIS president. “Attendees will hear from and meet the industry leaders and innovators who are developing and driving new forms of storytelling enabled by new technologies influencing all aspects of content creation, delivery, and consumption.”

The conference will feature a technology track and a storytellers’ track, as well as evening events including a session on women in technology and entertainment, an 80th anniversary reception at the HP Museum that includes young entertainment professionals and SMPTE Student members, and a special premier screening of “Dark Phoenix” in Dolby Cinema at the close of the conference. Program highlights include an insider’s preview of Hollywood’s summer and fall movie offerings, presented with clips and commentary by Scott “Movie” Mantz and a session on the “Making of Toy Story 4”.

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Vinten’s Creative Robotics Drive Stunning AR/VR Effects in RTÉ’s New Studio

The Vinten robotics equipment is a key component in the newly completed, 1.4 million euros refurbishment and technical upgrade project, designed to enhance the storytelling capabilities of Ireland’s busiest television studio. Provided by Irish reseller Broadcast Video Services Ltd., the Vinten solution includes ceiling track and floor roaming pedestal systems.


Broadcasting more than 1,700 news bulletins and programmes every year, Studio 3 now boasts a large video wall spanning three sides of the set. Broadcasts are further enhanced with sophisticated virtual studio graphics powered by Vizrt. Working in concert with the Vizrt VR/AR graphics engine is a combination of old and new Vinten equipment. RTÉ purchased a new FHR-145 robotic head supported by an FP-188+ robotic pedestal. The network then was able to upgrade an existing FP-145 robotic pedestal with Vinten’s Absolute Positioning System (APS), an exclusive laser scanning technology that constantly references the camera’s position and removes the need for manual retargeting. The newly installed Vinten ceiling track also includes VR/AR capabilities, adding a fresh perspective for viewers. All robotic supports are controlled by upgraded Vinten VRC software, which allowed RTÉ to retain existing control panels.


“As our first studio refresh in 10 years, this project will help us leverage the latest technologies — such as robotics, AR, and VR systems — to create highly engaging content and capture new audiences,” said Myles Donoghue, project manager, RTÉ News. “Because we were already relying on a variety of Vinten camera supports and the HD-VRC control system, the new Vinten robotics components integrated seamlessly into our environment, which helped us maximise our budget. We’re especially pleased with the new APS system on our roaming pedestals, which means our robotic cameras are less likely to lose track and are easy to recalibrate.”


Neil Gardner, global product manager, robotics and automation, at Vinten, commented, “RTÉ’s newly refurbished Studio 3 is an outstanding showcase of modern broadcast technologies and the versatility of our robotic systems. RTÉ was able to create a new cutting-edge look for its news programmes that gives audiences a completely fresh perspective, simply by upgrading and adding onto the existing Vinten equipment the network has relied on for years. It’s a perfect example of how we’re able to support our customers over the long haul and give them the operational flexibility they need to evolve, right along with the industry and audience expectations.”

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IP Showcase to Make Australia Debut at Media + Entertainment Tech Expo 2019 in Sydney

The Australia Section of the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers® (SMPTE®), the Alliance for IP Media Solutions (AIMS), and the IABM have announced that they will stage an IP Showcase for the first time in Australia in conjunction with Media + Entertainment Tech Expo (METExpo 2019) in Sydney, 17-19 July.

The IP Showcase at METExpo 2019 will be an education and demonstration pavilion highlighting the benefits of and momentum behind the move to standards-based IP for real-time professional media across an extensive range of applications and users, from television and film to pro AV, small facilities, and independent operations.

Visitors will be able to see firsthand a collection of hardware and software, integrated and operating, with presentations on technical topics, case studies, and architectures enabled by the SMPTE ST 2110 family of open standards.

The IP Showcase will feature the leading-edge collaborative industry work being facilitated by the following industry partners: the Audio Engineering Society (AES), AIMS, the Advanced Media Workflow Association (AMWA), European Broadcasting Union (EBU), the IABM, SMPTE, and the Video Services Forum (VSF).

Also today, the sponsors announced a call for presentations for the IP Showcase Theatre. The submission deadline for speaking proposals is 7 June 2019.

The presentation stages at previous IP Showcase Theatres have been visited by hundreds of attendees each day at shows since 2016, often with standing-room-only crowds. With the growing interest in IP implementation by broadcasters worldwide, attendance at METExpo2019 is expected to be strong. The significant early adoption of SMPTE ST 2110 products and architectures by broadcasters and outside broadcast providers in Australia is paving the way for uptake by the audiovisual industry segment and other adjacent industries. Presenting at the METExpo2019 IP Showcase Theatre, companies gain a matchless opportunity to offer their unique viewpoint on IP video and audio for production using SMPTE ST 2110 and AES67, as well as on the latest developments in the AMWA NMOS technology stack.

End users, industry associations, solutions providers, and technology developers are all invited to share their knowledge and perspectives on how the developments in IP signal transport will impact the broadcast industry, pro AV, small independent operations, and freelancers today and in the future.

Speaking times are limited during the three-day exhibition, and companies are encouraged to act quickly and submit proposals early. The selection committee is looking for the following types of presentations:

  • Tutorial (basic, intermediate, advanced)
  • Case study
  • Panel discussion
  • Market/business case analysis
  • Point-of-view/advocacy
  • Standards progress/update

Preference will be given to presentations related to the following technology areas on the Joint Task Force on Networked Media (JT-NM) Roadmap:

  • AES67
  • SMPTE ST 2110 suite of standards for Professional Media Over Managed IP Networks
  • AMWA NMOS specifications such as IS-04, IS-05, IS-07, and IS-08
  • SMPTE ST 2059 suite of standards for timing and synchronization
  • JT-NM TR-1001-1 framework for installing, configuring, and interconnecting equipment

End users and facility operators in broadcast and pro AV are particularly encouraged to present their insight and experience related to deployments of the technology areas above. Systems integrators, service providers, and manufacturers are also encouraged to apply. Product marketing presentations are discouraged, as the theatre is an opportunity to discuss advances in working with media using open IP-based technologies.

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Cobalt Digital Offers 4K Solutions at BroadcastAsia 2019

“4K production is here, and our products help broadcasters produce, monitor, and distribute 4K content with compact, cost-effective, and customizable openGear cards,” said Chris Shaw, Cobalt executive vice president of sales and marketing. “BroadcastAsia is an excellent opportunity for Cobalt to demonstrate our 4K solutions for numerous international markets.”

With Cobalt’s 9904-UDX-4K up/down/cross converter and image processor, broadcasters have an economical SDR-to-HDR and HDR-to-SDR conversion option for 4K ad HD live sports production. The card allows truck operators to convert legacy cameras, servers, graphics systems, and other SDR sources for HDR productions. As a result, the 9904-UDX-4K reduces the need for new equipment purchases to produce HDR footage, and eliminates the need for separate SDR and HDR cameras and processing paths.

Cobalt’s flexible 9992-ENC series of HEVC/AVC/MPEG-2 encoders offers customized I/O options and extensive audio support. Low-latency 8-bit and 10-bit 4:2:0 encoding is standard, with optional license keys for HEVC and 4:2:2 encoding. Its pay-as-you-go licensing structure means users only pay for required features when needed. The 9992-ENC base model includes one 3G-SDI input, but can be upgraded to support four 3G-SDI (1080p60) signals or one 12G-SDI signal (4Kp60).

Designed to deliver uncomplicated monitoring of asynchronous 4K and HD signals, Cobalt’s 9971 Series of multiviewers accommodate a variety of signals and applications. Up to five 9971 cards can be installed in one 2 RU openGear frame – and multiple cards can be included in a cascaded chain to provide multiviewer layouts of up to 64 sources. Users can create and save customized layouts, or use one-button template presets for simple setup. All three models can output ST 2082 12G-SDI for single-wire 4K transport, while up to two HDMI 2.0 outputs at 3840×2160 resolution allow for economical viewing on consumer-grade 4K monitors.

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PlayBox Neo to demonstrate totally scalable media playout at Broadcast Asia 2019

Exhibiting on stand 6H4-01 (Level 6), PlayBox Neo will demonstrate the latest versions of its Channel-in-a-Box modular channel branding and playout product range plus the software-as-a-service based Cloud2TV offering.

Senior representatives attending will include CEO Pavlin Rahnev, Asia Pacific General Manager Desmon Goh, Sales Manager Iulian Ionescu and colleagues from the company’s Asia Pacific offices.

“The broadcast market is becoming even larger thanks to heavy global investment in optical fiber networking and CDN-based content delivery,” says Desmon Goh. “APAC broadcasters were among the first to adopt OTT techniques for second-screen and catch-up channels. They are now leading the way into OTT-based primary channel transmission both to mobile devices and to internet-connectable domestic TV sets. Our role is to provide the resources that enable entrepreneurs to create new channels quickly, easily, affordably and efficiently.”

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“Some broadcasters like to own and operate their own equipment while others prefer a service-based model,” details Iulian Ionescu. “We cater for both. The PlayBox Neo Channel-in-a-Box series is based on standard modules which can be combined to match practically any scale and size of playout operation, from a single channel transmitting in one language up to a full scale multi-channel network for viewers across many language areas and time zones. Content scheduling, promos, commercials, graphics preparation, subtitling and billing can all be handled within a single server under fully automated control while retaining the freedom to insert live content after any currently airing file or, for a big-breaking story, to switch instantly to live pass-through.”

Broadcast Asia this year will also host the APAC introduction of Cloud2TV, an IP-based and totally software-centric media playout and channel branding solution. This can be deployed standalone or to extend the scale and versatility of PlayBox Neo Channel-in-a-Box systems.

“Cloud2TV takes playout up to the next level in terms of new-start-up flexibility,” adds Pavlin Rahnev. “Fast and easy to deploy, it gives network operators the freedom to scale their activities with unprecedented precision while side-stepping the capital cost of holding reserve equipment on standby. Cloud2TV is also the perfect solution for any channel manager seeking the security of a disaster-recovery center without the rental and staffing costs entailed in equipping and operating an off-site studio.”

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Embrionix Supplies CBC/Radio-Canada With 25GE IP Monitoring and Conversion Solutions

In 2018, CBC/Radio-Canada also chose Embrionix gateways for all of the new facility’s HD/UHD IP/SDI conversion requirements.

Maison de Radio-Canada will be home to production and postproduction activities for CBC/Radio-Canada’s French services national and English services regional TV, radio, and digital services. This state-of-the-art facility includes 14 studio floors of various size, six TV control rooms, and 18 radio studios. Its massive master control and playout room is designed to accommodate 40 TV channels, 40 web channels, and 160 radio channels.

“With such a massive new undertaking as the buildout of Maison de Radio-Canada, we must be both flexible and forward looking,” said François Legrand, senior director, Core Systems Engineering, CBC/Radio-Canada. “With this in mind, Embrionix offers us the most seamless solution for 25GE single-stream SMPTE ST 2110 IP UHD-to-HDMI 2.0 conversion with full SMPTE ST 2022-7 hitless redundancy.”

Embrionix brings 25GE compatibility to its entire IP solutions portfolio. The company’s compact emVIEW, emFUSION-3, and emFUSION-6 IP gateways can now be ordered with 25GE emSFPs inside, and as either single or multimode, greatly reducing the cost of migrating to UHD. Additionally, the new Embrionix 25GE emVIRTU all-IP processing platform enables unprecedent media processing capability in just 1 RU.

“We are thrilled to have been selected once again by CBC/Radio-Canada for their very impressive new Maison Radio-Canada facility, adding to their already-deployed Embrionix HD/UHD gateways with our new, stand-alone SMPTE ST 2110 UHD-to-HDMI 2.0 solutions,” said Renaud Lavoie, CEO of Embrionix.

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Ikegami introduces Media-over-IP interface for CCU-430 camera control unit

Scheduled for introduction at the June 11th-12th Media Production Show in London’s Olympia event centre, the Media-Over-IP GW module incorporates a 25GbE optical interface to enable the transmission of uncompressed video. This conforms to the SMPTE ST-2110 IP standard and can be realised in conjunction with either one 25GbE module or two 10GbE SFP modules. 2 x 12G SDI is included as standard for easy workflow transition.

Two recently introduced monitors will be demonstrated at the show: the high brightness HQLM-3125X broadcast master monitor and the HLM-1760 with high dynamic range electro-optical transfer function support.

The Ikegami HQLM-3125X incorporates a 4,096 × 2,160 pixel 10-bit resolution LED-backlit double-LCD panel with a 1,000,000:1 contrast ratio and a panel brightness of 1,000 candela per square metre. Fully compliant with BT.2020 wide colour gamut, the HQLM-3125X incorporates single-channel 12G-SDI x 2, 3G-SDI × 5, 3G/HD-SDI and HDMI inputs as standard features. Square-division and two-sample interleave sources can be connected to the monitor via 3G-SDI × 4.  Viewing angle for critical image evaluation is a wide 178 degrees (horizontal/vertical). 1D and 3D LUTs are supported.


In the same series, the Ikegami HQLM-1720WR is a compact UHD HDR monitor equipped with two 12G-SDI input channels as standard for efficient configuration with 4K equipment such as cameras and switchers. 3G-SDI, HD-SDI and HDMI inputs are also provided as standard. The HQLM-1720WR employs a 16.5 inch 3840×2160 pixel UHD LCD panel using LED backlight and can reproduce high resolution 4K and 2K images.

Ikegami is a leading supplier of high quality professional broadcast equipment. The Ikegami name is recognised globally for state-of-the-art television cameras, medical cameras and CCTV equipment. World-class CMOS imagery, 4K and 8K technology, multi-format flexibility and unparalleled customer support define the Ikegami experience for users in broadcast, sports venues, mobile production, houses of worship, education, corporate and many more applications.

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