ATEME Launches TITAN Playout ahead of IBC2019

With TITAN Playout, ATEME brings content providers, broadcasters and TV stations a new breed of playout solution, delivering a high level of rendering, flexibility and availability. This new solution is the ideal answer to the growing demand for tailored video content: it enables both the origination of 24/7 linear TV channels and the easy creation of pop-up channels for short-term events or personalized programming on D2C/OTT services.

Based on TITAN’s core encoding/muxing/packaging modules, which have been deployed by broadcasters around the globe, reaching hundreds of millions of viewers, TITAN Playout includes a versatile system, bringing a rich feature set for creating and manipulating channels in a very flexible way. TITAN Playout makes it possible for each channel to originate and precisely pick and choose the operations it requires, such as file playback, live playback, graphic overlays and A/V processing.

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In addition to this, the ATEME solution comes with a complete Media Asset Manager, tailored for leveraging video asset libraries for linear or on-demand delivery workflows. It also features an intelligent off-line schedule editing function, designed for preparing channel playlists in an efficient way and for generating virtual programming schedules. Finally, thanks to its native virtualized microservices architecture, TITAN Playout can be deployed both on-premise or in the cloud, lowering CAPEX and OPEX while ensuring a smooth operation.

“We are thrilled to offer a unified and integrated solution able to not only originate but also distribute personalized channels over broadcast or OTT networks,” said Pierre Baumgartner, File & Workflow Product Owner, ATEME. “This function collapse guarantees full interoperability between the playout and compression systems and, consequently, optimizes the daily operation process, all along the video delivery chain.”

Visit ATEME at IBC 2019 on booth Hall 1. D71 on Sept 13-17 for a demonstration of TITAN Playout.

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Ikegami UHK-430 4K UHD HDR Camera Chosen for Multiple Award Winning EVI Project

The university’s Enhanced Video Imaging (EVI) project involved the development of an automatic process to detect and brighten dark sections of video while at the same time sensing and enhancing detail in over-exposed sections.

“One of the main issues involved in progressing from standard dynamic range to high dynamic range television is the need to provide good downward compatibility with the huge number of SDR television receivers already installed and in current use,” says Mike Christmann, Professor of Media Technology at RheinMain University of Applied Sciences.

“The new generation of broadcast cameras can provide a much wider scene contrast range than conventional displays and it is obvious that converters are needed to handle the different formats. A highly dynamic sensor with low noise is key to obtaining the best results from EVI.”

“The more image information we can collect from the camera, the better our system will perform. We chose the Ikegami UHK-430 because it is an excellent-performing 4K UHD HDR broadcast studio camera combined with superb image quality and sensor performance.”

Mike Christmann (mid right) and EVI Project team colleagues with the Ikegami UHK-430 HDR camera

“We are very pleased that the RheinMain University of Applied Sciences chose our technology for this highly successful project,” adds Michael Lätzsch, Broadcast & Professional Video Division Manager at Ikegami Electronics Europe. “EVI has already earned multiple awards and was designated ‘Product Of The Year’ at the NAB 2019 fair in Las Vegas. The UHK-430’s modular design will ensure an easy transition to future transmission standards, supporting ongoing educational and research activity at the highest level for many years to come.”

 

“Our studies demonstrated beyond question that scene luminance values should not always be reproduced one-to-one on an HDR display”, details Lucien Lenzen who managed the project. “Non-uniform scenes can actually look worse in HDR than in SDR due to the effects of glare. Homogenisation techniques, such as using different windows in colour grading, can help to compensate for these effects but are not practical when transmitting live. EVI is designed to produce better images on an automated basis in real time, optimising lighting balance and exposure as well as correcting hue and saturation.”

A prototype EVI HDR to SDR downconverter is currently being evaluated by German broadcasters BR and WDR. It runs on a 1U server processing one UHD or two HD streams in real time. The camera feeds directly to the converter. After conversion, the resulting ‘normal’ SDR signal can be treated in exactly the same way as usual.

The UHK-430 is a 4K-native camera system with simultaneous HDR/SDR processing. Its three 2/3 inch CMOS sensors provide full 3840 x 2160 UHD resolution plus the depth of field needed for studio and outdoor production. The camera is equipped with a B4 bayonet mount compatible with 2/3 inch HD lenses. An optional SE-U430 expander accommodates large studio or OB lenses.

An integrated Ikegami AXII processor enables the UHK-430 to deliver 40 gigabit/s uncompressed full bandwidth video transmission plus a wide range of features including 16-axis colour correction and focus-assist for 4K and HD video modes. An optional MoIP module for the UHK-430 allows 4K UHD video plus additional signals such as intercom and return-video feeds to be exchanged between the CCU-430 and a local IP network hub along a light weight optical fibre instead of requiring multiple SDI cables, enabling easy and low latency signal distribution.

In its standard form, the UHK-430 weighs just 4.6 kg. Dimensions are 149 mm wide x 243 mm high x 340 mm front-to-back.

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Anevia Named as One of Europe’s Best in European Business Awards’ ‘Ones to Watch’ List

Anevia was chosen as it demonstrates exceptional achievement in one of the 18 European Business Awards categories and reflects the programme’s core values of innovation, success and ethics.

The ‘Ones to Watch’ for 33 countries across Europe can be found at http://www.businessawardseurope.com.

Throughout its 16-year history, Anevia has consistently brought world-first products that have improved the way viewers enjoy TV programmes.

“Innovation is one of the core values at Anevia,” says Anevia CEO Laurent Lafarge. “We are proud to receive this recognition, which attests to how our teams’ innovations have contributed not only to our own business excellence but, more importantly, to that of the TV service providers around the world who use our innovative products.”

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“The companies chosen as ‘Ones to Watch’ are the most inspirational, successful and dynamic in Europe,” adds Adrian Tripp, CEO of the European Business Awards. “The talent and tenacity at the heart of these businesses creates jobs and derives Europe’s prosperity. This ‘Ones to Watch’ list of excellence is a benchmark of success for the rest of the European business community.”

Companies on the ‘Ones to Watch’ list come from all sectors – from manufacturing to retail, agriculture to technology, and all sizes – from start-ups to billion euro businesses.

Anevia will now have the chance to compete in one of the 18 categories of this year’s European Business Awards, to become a National Winner in their country. If successful, Anevia will then take part in the Gala Final in December 2019, where the final 18 European winners will be announced.

The European Business Awards is now in its 12th year. Last year it considered over 111,000 businesses from 34 countries. Sponsors and partners include Inflexion, Germany Trade & Invest and PR Newswire.

Twitter: @The_EBAs
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/businessawardseurope LinkedIn: the company page “The European Business Awards”

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GatesAir to Unveil New DAB Radio Innovations

GatesAir, a global leader in wireless, over-the-air content delivery solutions for radio and TV broadcasters, has expanded its range of DAB Radio transmitters and solutions to include multi-carrier and liquid-cooled innovations at IBC2019. Many of the new innovations result from the company’s recent acquisition of ONEtastic, known forward as GatesAir S.r.l.

While GatesAir has long offered low-power DAB Radio air-cooled solutions through its Maxiva VAXT and VAXTE product lines, the acquisition introduces several key product innovations that will be new to GatesAir customers. In addition to the multi-carrier and liquid-cooled transmitters, GatesAir will demonstrate new intra-mast and outdoor solutions that can support TV and DAB modulations in the same compact chassis. GatesAir will also unveil an expanded range of air-cooled DAB transmitters to cover all power levels starting at 15W.

The acquisition also brings new design and engineering innovations to GatesAir, including no-cable, plug-in architectures that accelerate assembly and maintenance, reduce clutter and maintenance, and increase system reliability. GatesAir’s latest DAB Radio transmitters also leverage a single-band PA module to cover all Band III frequencies – a unique competitive advantage that eliminates jumpers, tuning and other frequency-related adjustments.

“GatesAir’s experience in equipping today’s largest DAB Radio networks is now further strengthened with a product portfolio that covers a broader range of power levels, and introduces several new design innovations and feature sets to our customers,” said Bruce Swail, CEO, GatesAir. “In addition to fortifying our long-standing message of supplying high-efficiency, cost-reducing and turnkey transmission solutions, our latest design innovations strengthen our overall value proposition for broadcasters and network operators managing DAB networks of any scale.”

New Transmitter Innovations

GatesAir’s MultiD multi-carrier platform brings three DAB transmitters together into a compact 1RU chassis — a unique design attribute that reduces space and equipment costs, and simplifies installation. The multi-carrier architecture removes the need for external RF combining, and instead generates and re-transmits all three channels through a single amplifier. The multi-carrier modulation built into the transmitter supports both adjacent and non-adjacent frequencies, providing a flexible solution for DAB networks of any size. GatesAir will exhibit an operating transmitter, together with a spectrum analyzer display, to demonstrate the optimized performance and flexibility of the MultiD innovation.

GatesAir will also unveil a liquid-cooled VHF Band III power amplifier from its new Maxiva VLXTE range of high-efficiency, liquid-cooled transmitters. Starting at 3 kW, all VLXTE liquid-cooled transmitters cover DAB/DAB+ frequencies from 170-240MHz, with a modular design that support inputs for ETI (coaxial) and EDI (IP) distribution across DAB networks. Maxiva VLXTE transmitters are completely frequency-agile across the Band III spectrum, providing a cost-effective, high-efficiency solution for all N+1 applications. GatesAir’s liquid-cooled architecture also gives customers a cost-efficient solution for all power levels up to 15 kW, with increased cost-savings and ROI as power levels rise.

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GatesAir Liquid Cooled VHF DAB

GatesAir will also demonstrate two flexible transmission platforms with uncommon architectures that can support TV and DAB Radio modulations simultaneously in the same platform:

  • A new outdoor pole-mounted solution sealed by a telecom-grade, weatherproof enclosure that can house multiple low-power DAB Radio transmitters and gap fillers. The DC-powered, pole-mount design eliminates all moving parts and air filters, dissipating heat to the pole’s surface for optimized efficiency and performance.
  • A new “intra-mast” transmitter, designed for installation inside a cylindrical tower that can house up to six 70 W DAB transmitter or gap filler modules.

GatesAir exhibits at Stand 8.D60 from September 13-17 at the RAI Conference and Exhibition Center in Amsterdam.

Three Media launches XEN:Pipeline during IBC 2019

Three Media has announced that it has reserved designated space in the IABM Member Lounge for the duration of IBC 2019 and will invite IBC delegates to demos of XEN:Pipeline. The company’s design, workflow and metadata specialists will also be available to IBC delegates to discuss any technical or business transformation projects that they may require help with.

XEN:Pipeline is a new generation metadata and content management system that can discover and process all types of files and metadata, from programme inception through to packaging and delivery. Supported by a fully flexible data schema and a powerful business process layer, this highly automated system supports all methods of processing and transformation of assets, files and metadata for delivery to any linear or non-linear location.

Three Media CTO Craig Bury said, “We have attended IBC as delegates for more than 25 years, but this will mark the first time we have attended to actively promote our new product line. We believe it is unique. It ticks all the boxes; it enables increased revenue generation, it reduces costs and timelines, it improves accuracy, it offers greater visibility and supported by reduced code it provides a simplified user experience.

We re-built our previous generation products from the ground up and following a year-long development project conducted jointly with Imperial College London, we significantly advanced the application of machine learning and data analytics as a key part of simulation and real time optimisation of workflows. This also improved our ability to identify and curate volumes of archive type content. Coupled with the capability to quickly and efficiently model complex workflow parameters and identify areas for improvement, XEN:Pipeline ultimately delivers substantial time and cost savings.”

Provided as a Platform as a Service (PaaS) via the cloud or local instances, XEN:Pipeline supports all existing – and anticipated – media processing platform services.

Bury added, “XEN:Pipeline is a highly configurable and scalable platform that helps discover and associate misplaced content as well as finding hidden bottlenecks and under utilisation, all of which in turn enables users to dramatically reduce overheads and simultaneously identify and create new revenue streams. This design includes artificial intelligence, machine learning, and big data analytics which are now core functions within the product”.

Three Media representatives will be available by appointment during IBC in the IABM Member Lounge Hall 4, Level 2, Meeting Room 3.

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Qligent CTO to Explore Cloud-based Data Analytics as IBC2019 Content Everywhere Panelist

Qligent, a specialist in cloud-based, enterprise-level content monitoring and analysis, announces that its Chief Technology Officer, Ted Korte, will be a featured IBC2019 Content Everywhere panelist. Korte will contribute his expertise to Running Content Everywhere Businesses from the Cloud on Saturday, September 14, 2019 from 3:30-4:15pm (15:30-16:15). The session is scheduled at the Content Everywhere Hub Theater in Hall 14 of the RAI Amsterdam Exhibition and Conference Center.

Korte will speak alongside other panelists, including Laszlo Zoltan, VP of DVEO and Andreas Jacobi, CEO and Co-Founder of Make.TV, with IABM CTO Stan Moote serving as the panel’s moderator. The synopsis shared on the IBC website teases that the “three experts will share their practical experiences” of using the cloud across the entire broadcast and production ecosystem, and how big data can both streamline media operations and open up new business models.

“Data-driven strategies comprise currently one of the biggest trends in the industry today, and these require cloud technologies at a foundation whether public, private or hybrid,” said Korte. “Cloud and big data are no longer just interesting technologies; they are required to remain competitive. Data silos must be broken down into their least common denominator, augmented to fill in gaps, and reconstructed to support new and dynamic workflows.”

Korte has become an in-demand speaker on the topic of analytics, having presented at the 2017, 2018 and 2019 NAB Shows, the 2018 IEEE Broadcast Symposium, and the TecnoTelevisión México Conference last month. Korte brings further validity as a speaker through his development work with Qligent’s Vision Analytics platform. On demonstration at Qligent’s Hall 14 Stand (14.C19), Vision Analytics harnesses advanced technologies (AI, machine learning, virtual IoT-based probes, data mining) to analyze massive datasets that detail the quality of service and experience, as well as measure, manage and monetize viewer engagement. This helps users prevent viewer churn by predicting and detecting problems out to the last mile, including penetration into end user devices.

“Media and Entertainment (M&E) companies face unique challenges as they curate, program, and distribute their high-value content across multiple—often global—distribution chains,” Korte explained. “Maintaining a very high viewer quality of experience (QoE) across such a complex, dynamic media ecosystem requires reliance on big data analytics—and the predictive capabilities of data science technologies—all customized and scaled to the specific mission at hand. When this rich, valuable, near-real-time data is shared freely by different departments across the enterprise, M&E organizations can be far more responsive to its viewer and subscriber needs, more in control of its branded medium content, and much more competitive in the marketplace.”

VRT and Broadcast Solutions to show tailor-made ENG at IBC

The ENG on display is part of a large frame contract about seven vehicles. The one presented at IBC is part of a final delivery of three identical news gathering vans, concluded earlier this year. The van is heavily used in the field for the VRT news program VRT NWS and to fulfil VRT’s approach to develop new news formats – fast, flexible and with the most innovative production tools.

The ENG is based on a Mercedes V-class and Broadcast Solutions adapted it heavily to meet VRTs wishes in terms of broadcast technology, data transmission, interior design concepts and independent power supply solutions.

The concept of the van is to give the teams in the field as much flexibility as possible to produce on-site or on the road. The room concepts allow for two people to work even when the van is moving. When driving to a location the editors and journalists can prepare the piece they are about to shoot. In the same way they can edit and playout material right away after shooting a feature, before reaching the VRT facilities.

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The basic broadcast equipment used in the van is an Axon video router and multiviewer, a DHD audio console with Genelec monitors plus a workstation running Adobe Premiere and several storage cards.

For data transmission Broadcast Solutions integrated Pepwave LTU transmitters as well as a TNG system plus a LiveU200 for camera mount use. The VRT van is equipped with a dedicated power generator included in the van and Lithium Ion batteries to enable up to five hours autonomous activity. When parking the van and switching to battery mode, the crew is able to work without any possible impairments by disturbing noises. The power options can be switched easily by using a special panel included in the edit workspace.

The overall interior design, the workspace and storage solutions reflect Broadcast Solutions’ approach to always keep the user in mind. When in the field producing live footage or on tape, anything can happen and the team and the van needs to prepared for everything. Including tailor-made solutions, clever gadgets, individualised storage compartments, desk and chair adaptations or charging stations the crew can work with ease trusting in the equipment and the vehicle, even under high pressure.