MultiDyne Appoints Sebastian Mucha as Director of Business Development for EMEA

MultiDyne Fiber Optic Solutions has added another broadcast industry veteran to its global business development team with the appointment of Sebastian Mucha as Director of Business Development, EMEA, effective immediately. Based in Poland, Mucha reports directly to MultiDyne headquarters in the USA.

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Mucha brings more than 22 years of project management, business development, and operations experience to MultiDyne, including successful roles with leading broadcast and fiber-optic manufacturers. His key responsibilities include the development of sales and distribution channels throughout Europe, Middle East and Africa, with a focus on growing MultiDyne’s market share and brand visibility throughout his territory.

Prior to joining MultiDyne, Mucha spent 13 years with Grass Valley, a Belden brand, in roles of increasing responsibility. His rise up the ladder came through a series of company acquisitions that began with the purchase of Telecast Fiber Systems. His experience at Telecast, along with his ten prior years at Stratos International, a manufacturer of optical sub-systems and components for network, telecommunications and data storage, provides him with an extensive understanding of the value and opportunity that fiber-optic technologies bring to customers across many industries and applications.

Mucha adds that MultiDyne’s growth opportunity is unlimited, based on its broad product portfolio, the seamless interoperability of its solutions, and the unflagging need for fiber-optic solutions even as broadcasters accelerate their IP transitions. He is also excited about MultiDyne’s aggressive moves into new product areas that take the company deeper into the broadcast infrastructure, and position the company for new markets.

“The industry is seeing a greater push toward IP, particularly in the EMEA region,” said Mucha. “However, there is an enduring need for SDI-to-IP conversions and vice versa, and mobile production companies are still very much operating traditional baseband systems. Whether baseband or IP, all of these customers still need fiber solutions to reliably transport video, audio and more over diverse links and networks, whether regionally, nationally or across continents and oceans. And with MultiDyne’s push into the openGear community and new product areas including advanced compression, I see great opportunity to introduce their technology and value proposition to a very broad customer base.”

Mucha is the second international director of business development for MultiDyne appointed this summer, following the announcement that Kevin Dowd will handle the same responsibilities in the APAC region. Mucha adds that many of the nations across his region, particularly in Europe, require their own dedicated in-country partners to ensure effective communication with end users. One of his most immediate goals is to identify partners that understand local cultures and languages, but also possess the knowledge to customize and configure technical solutions for end users that solve problems and open new opportunities.

“Sebastian’s extensive industry background and knowledge of fiber-optic systems make him the perfect fit for MultiDyne, and his understanding of the EMEA region will help us identify the right partners and establish strong channels for MultiDyne products and solutions,” said Frank Jachetta, CEO, MultiDyne. “We welcome him to MultiDyne and are excited about the expansion of our global presence, both in EMEA and beyond.”

Riedel Further Expands APAC Footprint with Two New Appointments

“We combined Riedel Asia-Pacific into a single region in 2015, and we’ve seen some excellent growth since then,” said Cameron O’Neill, Director, Asia-Pacific. “This has come to include technical service and repair capabilities in the Asia-Pacific region, localized sources for training and education, and generally being able to get closer to our current and future customers.”

To broaden knowledge and empower Riedel customers, Julian Hewitt has been appointed as Regional Training Manager. As part of this very strategic role, Hewitt will lead the development and deployment of various training materials, workshops, and industry educational programs. Hewitt’s 10 years of Riedel experience has covered roles from user to consultant and he has worked extensively with many key customers in the region including Lighthouse Church in Singapore, TV18 in India, PCCW in Hong Kong, and the Sydney Opera House in Australia.

“Having excellent equipment is only half the story. Having amazing operators and engineers using the equipment completes the picture.” said Hewitt. “With comprehensive training materials and educational programs tailored to the specific needs of the region, our APAC customers will get even more out of their Riedel gear.”

To further strengthen pan-regional communication and awareness, Riedel has also appointed Deidre Joubert as Regional Marketing Manager, Asia-Pacific. With experience in commercial roles in both professional sport and event broadcast for events such as the America’s Cup and Ryder Cup, Joubert will focus on supporting the Asia-Pacific region by developing a more localized approach.

“Our marketing strategy needs to reflect, both, the differences and similarities in customer motivations and requirements across this economically and culturally diverse region while providing a conduit to the full range of Riedel’s knowledge and global experience,” said Joubert. “To be effective in our communication and have a genuine impact, we have to be able to talk to our customers where they are, in a language they understand. By developing local support structures, we increase our ability to influence decisions and deliver positive outcomes for Riedel.”

New ZYLIA Mix & Master Service Allows Musicians to Optimize Spatial Sound From 360-Degree Recordings

For some time, every customer who purchases a ZYLIA MUSIC system, which includes the ZYLIA ZM-1, will get the opportunity to submit four songs to the ZYLIA Mix & Master service — and professional audio mixing and mastering for free.

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“The new ZYLIA Mix & Master service allows musicians to take advantage of the skills and experience of our in-house, 3D audio specialists to achieve a unique spatial sound that fans will love,” said Tomasz Zernicki, Zylia co-founder and chief technology officer. “With our team of 3D audio engineers mixing and mastering recordings on state-of-the-art studio equipment, musicians and bands can bring their sound to a new, binaural level.”

ZYLIA MUSIC is the world’s first portable recording studio that allows musicians to capture the entire 360-degree sound scene via 19 high-quality (48-kHz/24-bit resolution) microphones, all incorporated into one compact recording device, plugged directly to a laptop. Designed for musicians and audio creatives, the ZYLIA ZM-1 microphone and ZYLIA Studio software included in ZYLIA MUSIC can autodetect surrounding sound sources and capture them as separate tracks for further individual mixing or automixing. The highly portable system requires only a USB connection to a Mac®, PC, or Windows® tablet for both data transfer and power supply.

By uploading a ZM-1 recording to the ZYLIA Mix & Master service, musicians can focus on the creative flow and leave engineering to the pros at Zylia. The new ZYLIA Mix & Master option within ZYLIA Studio allows users to export the song to the appropriate format. Once the song is uploaded via a custom link, Zylia’s in-house sound engineers get to work creating and delivering a master.

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For those musicians who want to mix themselves rather than take advantage of the new ZYLIA Mix & Master service, ZYLIA Studio software makes it easy to manually adjust the mix — or quickly and automatically mix tracks in a balanced recording with a single click. Either way, the software is easy to use, offering very natural sound with incredible audio quality.

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Fincons Group and the Associated Press: unbundling content for new products creation

Fincons Group continues to be the Associated Press’ choice as the new flexible distribution platform, the Product and Price Console (PPC) which launched at the start of the year, begins to provide results and shows additional scope for potential. The solution was developed specifically to respond to AP’s content distribution transformation objective of addressing evolving market demand with a more flexible pricing model. The requirement was to create a platform that enabled AP’s sales teams to bundle or unbundle product, improve product definition, and define specific pricing tools to match different customer needs.

AP selected Fincons Group for this project because of its proven track-record in the Media industry where they have delivered various high-profile innovative projects. The solution was launched in January 2019 and initially tested on a limited client range. As of July, the platform is already showing its potential and AP is considering extending the range it currently is applied to.

In particular, the solution is living up to the promise of helping transform the AP’s content distribution model by making it more flexible and suited to modern news fruition patterns. Smaller clients that were looking for on demand, customised or à la carte product bundles for example, were previously difficult to target with a fixed pricing and product model that was originally developed with large corporates that typically purchase huge volumes of content in mind.

Fincons Group designed the platform tailoring it to the AP’s evolving business model but continues to play a key role developing and upgrading the tool based on the client’s changing needs and the market. Specifically, the AP plan is to add new capabilities to this tool such as AI-powered ‘recommendation’ features, based on content usage information, to offer clients more value. Understanding trends more accurately and enabling more timely reaction are just a couple of objectives that the AP is thinking about to assist sales activities.

Both AP’s product and sales teams, that respectively use the product configuration and product pricing aspects of the tool, are already starting to get a feel of the usefulness and potential of the platform. In particular, the sales team are excited about its capacity and are pleased with the initial results provided.

Francesco Moretti, Deputy CEO Fincons Group and CEO Fincons.US, comments: “We are delighted that the custom-designed platform we developed for the AP as part of their business transformation strategy is already living up to its promise and bearing the first fruits. In all our projects we are committed to working flexibly side by side with our clients to meet all their demands and requirements and hearing that we have responded to these optimally is our greatest achievement. To ensure we deliver this level of service we continuously invest in ad hoc development and technology scouting to ensure we provide best-of-breed solutions that really fit their specific strategic needs.”

 

Gianluca D’Aniello, Chief Technology Officer and Senior Vice President at The Associated Press, says: “We were not interested in simply augmenting out developer capacity, what we needed was real vertical expertise in the media sector that could help us design a completely different offer and help us address new customer segments in different ways – we found that in Fincons. In particular, Fincons helped us achieve additional flexibility in our strategy which we think will be a key to success as we continue to refine the tool to respond to our needs and those of the evolving market.”

Francesco Moretti and Gianluca D’Aniello will be presenting the initial results of this exciting new venture at IBC on Saturday 14th September at 12.30 at the CE HUB, Hall 14.

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Actus Digital Appoints Vice President of Sales, Americas and Customer Services Manager

Actus Digital announced that it has appointed Doug Hinahara vice president of sales, Americas, and Matthew Osman as customer services manager. The new positions were created as part of the company’s response to meet the growing demand for broadcast compliance and media monitoring solutions and an increasing customer base in the U.S. and throughout the Americas.

Hinahara is based in Madison, Wisconsin, and will manage Actus Digital sales activities across the Americas. He has more than 30 years of experience in the broadcast industry, including recently as a regional sales director at Telestream and as senior vice president of field operations at Masstech.

“Doug brings a wide range of experience to Actus Digital including managing the entire sales cycle process and account management,” said Sima Levy, Actus Digital CEO. “His extensive experience and deep understanding of broadcast workflows are invaluable assets to our company and an incredible resource for our customers. Doug understands our customers’ requirements and concerns and is available to work with them to define and deliver an optimal solution. Leveraging Doug’s long-standing relationships with broadcasters and his knowledge of the industry, Actus Digital is now perfectly positioned to better serve our fast-growing customer base in the Americas.”

 

“Actus Digital’s broadcast compliance and media monitoring systems solve several key challenges facing broadcasters today, not only in terms of compliance but also as they look to deliver high-quality content to social media, OTT and add more AI to their workflow, all from the same platform,” said Hinahara. “Actus is growing quickly right now, fueled in part by the demise of Volicon, but also because our technology is excellent. I am very excited to work with all of our partners and customers as we expand the Actus Digital brand across the Americas.”

Osman is based in Los Angeles and his key responsibility is to provide pre-sales/post-sales support and services to customers, primarily in North America. Osman will assist broadcasters and media companies with system setup, training, support, and other professional services. Previously, Osman was a senior product engineer at Volicon.

“Many years of experience in the broadcast domain give Matthew valuable insight into broadcasters’ expectations and requirements, and this will greatly benefit our customers,” said Raphael Renous, CTO at Actus Digital. “The timing of Matthew joining Actus Digital could not be better as the industry undergoes rapid change and broadcasters are looking for innovative solutions, and in fact many are looking to replace Volicon systems.”

 

“I’m excited to join Actus Digital and contribute my knowledge in compliance and media monitoring solutions to its growth strategy,” said Osman. “When it was announced that Volicon would discontinue its appliance-based solutions, I determined that Actus Digital’s products looked to be the most promising in terms of the innovation, 24/7 support, and roadmap for the future. That’s why I’m here.”

The Actus media monitoring platform delivers an intelligent approach to monitoring and support for multiple deployment environments including on-premise, virtualization, cloud, and hybrid. Actus simplifies the replacement of legacy Volicon systems by providing a number of transition options that make the migration process both cost-effective and transparent for technical and end-users alike.

Actus Digital will demonstrate the latest innovations for its media compliance and monitoring platforms at IBC2019, Sept. 13-17 in Amsterdam at stand 3.C69.

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Riedel Networks Finalizes Miami Triangle Project, Signs Agreement with Neutrona Networks

The company also made public that it has once more been named as one of the world’s leading Managed WAN service providers by ISG, an independent technology research group.

During the last week of June, Riedel Networks attended the ITW show in Atlanta, one of the most important industry conferences with more than 7,000 attendees and 2,000 exhibiting companies from 135 countries. The network provider from Butzbach, Germany, participated in more than 100 meetings over the three days with carrier partners, customers, and prospects.

The trade show also saw the signing ceremony for the bandwidth update of Riedel Networks’ circuits connecting Sao Paulo to New York and Miami. Michael Martens, CEO, Riedel Networks, and Mateo Ward, CEO, Neutrona Networks, signed the contract on-site in the newly designed Riedel Networks booth.

“This agreement opens a new chapter in the partnership between Neutrona and Riedel Networks in LATAM, delivering fully diverse and low-latency connectivity to enable Riedel to provide a superior level of customer experience to their end users,” emphasized Ward.

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“In conjunction with our newly formed Miami Triangle, this bandwidth update will ensure secure and reliable access for our customers in the Americas,” Martens added.

The conclusion of the Miami Triangle project brings a wide range of benefits to Riedel Networks and its customers. First, the new PoP in Miami will accommodate the ever-increasing traffic originating from Sao Paulo. Moreover, the triangle construction greatly improves network resilience, as each of the three cornerstones can easily take over the traffic in case of a network failure. And finally, it reduces Riedel’s network coast-to-coast round-trip delay by 11ms.

On top of that, Riedel Networks has again been positioned, for the fourth consecutive year, in the Leader Quadrant for Software Defined Solutions & Services by leading technology research and advisory firm ISG. “We are very happy that our efforts with the focus on global SD-WAN and direct MPLS access have once again been approved by an independent market survey,” said Bernhard Pussel, Head of Sales, Riedel Networks.

 

Just recently, the company launched its new SD-WAN product portfolio, delivering enhanced security and increased efficiency. “Riedel Networks is the first network provider to use a 100% homogenous hardware and software solution by Cisco,” said Dr. Joachim Sinzig, Director of Product Management, Riedel Networks. “Therefore, our customers can count on the perfect interaction of all components — and on their constant improvement.”

 

FOR-A’s 12G and 4K Focus Continues Along with Emphasis on IP Connectivity and HDR

For years FOR-A® has been at the forefront of 12G-SDI/4K technology, designing and manufacturing production switchers, video servers, keyers and test signal generators that support both 12G-SDI/4K and 3G-SDI/HD resolution. At IBC 2019 the company will again highlight its wide range of 12G-SDI/4K systems but will also emphasize the capabilities of its video-over-IP compatible technology. Other FOR-A booth highlights will include HDR upgrades to the FA-9600 signal processor and FT-ONE-SS4K Ultra High-Speed Camera.

IBC 2019 will be held from September 13-17th at the RAI Amsterdam. FOR-A will exhibit in Hall 2, Stand A51.

Video-Over-IP Highlights

IP video solutions taking the spotlight for FOR-A at IBC include FOR-A’s SOM-100 media orchestration platform, the USF-10IP IP Gateway, and the MBP-1000VS-IP video server, transmission system in collaboration with MediaLinks.  In addition to those, FOR-A’s IP IF product line-up includes video switchers, processors and test signal generators.

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. SDI and IP routing switchers are managed as one routing switcher in a virtual group. 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.

A 12G-SDI/IP multi-channel video server, 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 three 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.

New at IBC this year, the 12G-SDI/IP USF-101MDX4-12G/101MDX8-12G audio multiplexer/demultiplexer supports eight channels of AES I/O. It can support transfer rates of 270Mbps to 12Gbps.

The ESG-4200 12G/IP test signal generator will also be on hand in FOR-A’s IBC booth. The ESG-4200 supports 12G-SDI, Video-over-IP SMPTE ST2022-6 or ST2110 interfaces and provides a range of audio and 4K video testing.

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An optional SFP connector that supports an IP interface on the 3 M/E HANABI HVS-6000 will be shown for the first time in Europe at IBC. The HVS-6000 newly offers 25G IP input/output capability and HD input capability. Offering 12G-SDI capability on all inputs and outputs, the 12G-SDI production switcher 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 at 4K operations.

12G-SDI Solution

FOR-A’s new FRC-9100 builds upon the success of the FRC-9000 frame rate converter, delivering full motion compensation high-quality frame rate conversion. Designed for live broadcast transmission, the system offers up to two independent 3G/HD/SD-SDI frame rate converters, along with optional 4K and 12G-SDI support.  The FRC-9000 has a proven track record for the broadcast conversion of, live sports, and other live applications, offering high quality real-time conversion.

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Support for Live HDR Production

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 FA-9600 flexibility allows for customers own LUT’s to be loaded into the FA-9600 and saved to a user LUT for instant recall. The dual-channel unit provides HDR and Wide Color Gamut support and conversion of multiple formats, such as: 12G-SDI, 4K (UHD), 1080p, and SD/HD-SDI. SR Live for HDR to 2K-SDR down conversion provides the same picture quality without deterioration. Each of the FA-9600 processor’s two HD/SD-SDI inputs includes a frame synchronizer. Because the multi-purpose signal processor features 12G-SDI terminals, optional software opens the door to 4K(UHD) production.

Specially designed for live, instant replay in ultra-slow motion, the FT-ONE-SS4K ultra high-speed camera is another IBC booth highlight. The FT-ONE-SS4K camera offers UHD frame rates of up to 1000 frames per second, along with a 4K real-time live output. The use of native 2/3-inch imagers, enables the use of standard 4K broadcast lens (B4 bayonet) directly with the cameras. With a 2.5 stop light advantage over previous generations of super slow-motion cameras, the FT-ONE-SS4K offers higher frame rate image capture than was possible before. During one of the most prestigious football tournaments this year, several FT-ONE-SS4K camera systems were used in the live broadcast from Madrid.

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