Nevion Showcasing Real-Life Case Studies at IBC2019

Nevion will be dedicating its booth (1-B79) at IBC2019 to sharing real-life stories of the projects it has recently undertaken and how its solutions have been used to transform its customers’ workflows.

The “Architects of Virtualized Media Production” will be using real-world case studies and demo networks to explain the capabilities of its solutions and products. Nevion will also emphasize the importance of people, their expertise and experience, in ensuring the success of transformative solutions enabled by IP and virtualization.

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Visitors to the Nevion stand will be able to find out about the newest features of VideoIPath, its comprehensive orchestration and SDN control system, which includes a new connect tool to simplify SMPTE ST 2110 element stream connections with support for grouping, shuffling and copying of element streams. VideoIPath now also has a new Kubernetes Docker architecture. This container-based architecture, designed for Cloud applications, automates deployment, scaling, and management of the system, which enables VideoIPath to handle even the largest broadcast facilities.

Nevion will also showcase the latest updates to Nevion Virtuoso, its flagship software-defined media node, which now boasts the world’s first deployment of JPEG XS and was one of the first products in its category to test successfully for the SMPTE ST 2110 standard.

Nevion staff will also be on hand to talk about the company’s services, which are designed to help customers before, during and after the deployment of solutions. In particular, they will highlight Nevion’s Service Operation Center, which allows customers to outsource the monitoring and optimization of their network to Nevion – enabling them to concentrate on content creation.

The event will also be an opportunity for Nevion to highlight its new strategic partnership with Sony Imaging Products & Solutions Inc. (“Sony”), with the help of a joint remote production demo.

Geir Bryn-Jensen, CEO, Nevion, said: “So far, this year has been very successful for Nevion, with many new customer projects agreed and delivered and exciting developments in our products, including Nevion Virtuoso passing rigorous SMPTE ST 2110 qualification tests performed by the JT-NM. This has, of course, been topped off by the recently announced Sony partnership. IBC will be a great opportunity for us to elaborate on the details of our success, as well as our plans for the coming months, and to share our insights and expertise as the move to IP gathers pace.”

Nevion will also be hosting its annual pre-IBC event on Thursday 12 September at 2pm at Bimhuis, Amsterdam. The event will include presentations on real industry case studies from Nevion’s customers including Global Connect and tpc AG, as well as a panel discussion featuring representatives from the BBC, Sony and EBU.

Visit Nevion at booth 1-B79 at IBC2019 at RAI, Amsterdam 13-17 September.

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Actus Digital Drives Media Monitoring Efficiency With New Artificial Intelligence Capabilities

Actus Digital announced that its world-renowned media monitoring system has been enhanced with artificial intelligence (AI) capabilities that dramatically speed up workflows. Using Actus Digital’s intelligent, data-driven platform, media companies can automatically tag, organize, and categorize video recordings to enable rapid retrieval of relevant content and clips creation for social media outlets and the web.

“In today’s media environment, companies are dealing with a massive amount of content and data. How fast they can analyze data, find relevant content, and turn that content into engaging clips is a major differentiator,” said Raphael Renous, CTO, Actus Digital. “AI is a game changer for media monitoring, as it opens up an entire new range of workflows and automation options. With our AI media monitoring platform, tagging and clips creation is an instantaneous process based on comprehensive content analysis, and we’re excited to bring that unique value prop to our customers.”

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Actus Digital’s media monitoring platform, newly enhanced with AI, allows media companies to more intelligently monitor and search for content beyond the channel name, date/time, extracted metadata (i.e., as run/EPG, closed caption), and manually entered metadata. In addition, users can use the platform to search for spoken words (speech to text), text that appears in the videos, specific faces (facial recognition), logos and logo changes, and detect advertising. The AI capabilities are among ongoing improvements to the compliance solution, which offers detailed reports on loudness, SCTE, closed captions, automatic configuration options, OTT monitoring, and more.

AI capabilities have also been added to Actus Digital’s Clip Factory clips creation workflow for increased speed and efficiency. With these new options, media companies can decrease manual labor and gain an edge on the competition.

The Actus Digital media monitoring platform delivers an intelligent approach to monitoring and support for multiple deployment environments, including on-premise, virtualization, cloud, and hybrid.

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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InSync Technology Showcases New FrameFormer Live at IBC2019

FrameFormer Live can run in any standard IT environment, on premises or in the cloud, and can be accessed as a stand alone application or an integrated service.

“Broadcasters and content owners continue to rely on proprietary hardware for cost effective, real time frame rate and format conversion for live applications,” said InSync Technology Chief Technology Officer James Shepherd. “Software solutions for live standards conversion are beginning to emerge, but they require expensive, dedicated compute resources with provision of GPUs, which is inflexible and can be costly. FrameFormer Live breaks that paradigm by offering live, software based standards conversion that can run on any suitable CPU devices.”

Unlike other solutions, FrameFormer Live does not require access to GPUs, giving users complete freedom to choose what server to run their conversions on or, in the case of cloud-based deployments, the flexibility to quickly scale the service up/down with the ready provision of CPU-only compute resources.

FrameFormer Live opens up new possibilities for workflow efficiencies for broadcasters and content owners of all sizes and scales. Building on InSync Technology’s 16 years of experience in video and signal processing research and product development, FrameFormer Live uses a suite of highly efficient, proprietary motion compensated processing tools to achieve consistently high quality conversion for any originating size, frame rate, and aspect ratio.

InSync Technology will provide demos of FrameFormer Live at IBC2019 (Stand 2.A46), Sept. 13-17 in Amsterdam.

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Viaccess-Orca Inks System Integrator Agreement with Divitel

Based in the Netherlands, Divitel has over 20 years of experience as a solutions provider for all things video, offering cutting-edge technologies, end-to-end deployment support, and continuous data-driven operational improvements for pay-TV operators and service providers.

“Our goal is to work towards achieving superfast, low risk, and future-proof convergence between our customers’ networks and their advanced video services. By combining our unified video SI expertise, AI-driven data strategy, automation, and Divitel’s NOC, together with VO’s multiple state-of-the-art, proven products, we look forward to shortening the delivery time of flexible and robust converged solutions. This partnership is an important step in our mission to form strategic alliances with different video solutions vendors,” said Reuven Elmalem, Director of Service Strategy and Business Development EMEA at Divitel.

 

“Partnering with Divitel is a strategic decision that increases our competitive advantage across EMEA in project life cycle management, managed operations, and maintenance,” said Pierre-Alexandre Bidard, Vice President, Partnership and Product Security at Viaccess-Orca. “Teaming up with Divitel will help pay-TV operators quickly launch revenue-generating TV Everywhere offerings with a high quality of service.”

VO’s global network of system integrators is designed to deliver the best OTT and TV experience to operators through the company’s enhanced solutions, including its Service Delivery Platform, multi-DRM, recommendation engine, analytics, secure video player, Anti-Piracy Center, and more.

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GatesAir Transitions MediaWorks New Zealand to Uncompressed Audio over IP Networking

GatesAir, a global leader in wireless, over-the-air content delivery solutions for TV and radio broadcasters, has transitioned longtime customer MediaWorks, a New Zealand-based television, radio and interactive media company, to an uncompressed Audio over IP networking architecture. The new transport solution keeps all signals in the digital domain and streamlines signal delivery, at once improving audio quality, reducing system complexity, and lowering the costs of live distribution linking across a single-frequency FM radio network (SFN).

Specifically upgrading the transport infrastructure of MediaWorks Radio’s iconic commercial brand, The Sound, the project refines and enhances the delivery of program audio from its studio in Ponsonby, Auckland, to synchronous transmitters on 93.8MHz FM at Auckland’s Sky Tower and Mount Ruru in the Waikato region. GatesAir’s regional channel partner Gencom Technology provided all presales design support, working with GatesAir product specialists and MediaWorks engineers to develop the now-live IP-based configuration.

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Mark Simpson, Account Manager, Transmission and Distribution Systems at Gencom Technology, confirms that migration from a more complex legacy TDM networking infrastructure was the “prime catalyst” for the upgrade. The complete solution leverages Intraplex IP Link MPXp codecs with built-in SynchroCast technology to transport FM baseband and manage local ad insertions across its single-frequency transmission network (SFN), with Flexiva FAX50 exciters to support FM radio signal generation at each transmission site. The modernized design eliminates the need to transport program audio to a separate studio for local ad insertions.

“The migration from older E1 linking technology to IP, while partially prompted by the recent availability of the latter, also enabled simplification of the routing for the Auckland transmitter as it now comes directly from the Auckland studio,” said Simpson. “This eliminates signal drops and vulnerability issues of the legacy architecture, which required Mediaworks to route the Auckland program to Hamilton for local ad insertion. The synchronous performance across the SFN has been outstanding, and Mediaworks reports excellent audio quality and stability from the next-generation Flexiva exciters.”

Ray Smith, Transmission Manager for MediaWorks New Zealand, correlates the audio quality improvements with the flexibility of MPX over IP transport. The IP Link MPXp codecs support AES192 digital signal transport, which minimizes analog-to-digital conversions and positions all audio processing and limiting functions at the studio. The latter removes audio adjustment requirements at the transmitter sites.

“By leveraging AES192, we can maintain high-end digital audio quality throughout the entire chain all the way to the exciter,” said Smith. “Uncompressed MPX over IP transport ensures that the transmitters can be fully modulated without any decibel overshoot generated by compression algorithms. The average audio levels are higher, which means the transmitted signal offers the best possible audio quality that FM radio can offer.”

The SFN covers Auckland City and hilltop site Mount Ruru, which transmits the station’s signal throughout the city of Hamilton and a large portion of the rural Waikato province. Simpson adds that the IP Link MPXp codecs have introduced a “significant cost benefit” across the expansive SFN by transitioning from expensive E1 circuits to IP, with an expected ROI of three to four years.

“Audio over IP adoption continues to accelerate as more broadcasters report on its operational benefits and reliability as a transport platform,” said Rich Redmond, President and Managing Director, International for GatesAir. “We are grateful to report the success of MediaWorks New Zealand’s migration to IP and their anticipated return on investment, as well as the professionalism and technical expertise of our partners at Gencom Technology.”

Stewart Filmscreen Debuts New Balón Edge Projection Screen with a Sleek, Ultra-Thin Frame

Stewart Filmscreen introduced the all-new Balón Edge. This new addition to the Balón series combines the best projection screen surface available with an ultra-thin frame, providing a minimalistic black border finish.

“The new Balón Edge is the perfect wall-mount screen for those who want a thinly framed projection screen,” said Mary Stewart, CEO and owner of Stewart Filmscreen. “Each Balón Edge projection screen is handmade to match your specific viewing needs and made to order for your particular venue. You know you are getting the best when you choose Stewart Filmscreen, and you’ll know this as soon as you open the box. No other company builds to the exacting quality of Stewart, and no other screen company has the breadth of screen fabrics that we do.”

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Both a residential and a pro AV projection screen, the Balón Edge is ideal anywhere two-piece projection is needed. Like the original Balón Borderless, this new screen can be custom-fabricated in any size, up to 16 feet in image width — all seamless — and in any aspect ratio. The Balón Edge features a 0.4-inch border that either can be wrapped in luxurious, Velux light-deadening material that is perfect for overscan light absorption or kept minimalist as a bare-metal painted frame. Both the Balón Borderless and Balón Edge have a one-inch frame depth, keeping the screen snug to the wall.

The Balón series video projection screens feature impeccable fit and finish and offer the same unlimited fabric options customers have come to expect from Stewart Filmscreen. All of Stewart Filmscreen’s 16,000+ flexible front projection screen fabrics are available for Balón Edge along with MicroPerf X2 THX Ultra and CinemaPerf screen perforation for sound transparency. LED lighting is available as an option.

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