At IBC2019 (Hall 8, Stand B13), software company EcoDigital will exhibit a newly updated version of its DIVA software suite, the world’s leading and most trusted object management system for media. The two major enhancements to DIVA solutions include dynamic support for AWS cloud storage, which makes the software suite cloud-agnostic, and a new partial file restore (PFR) from cloud storage capability. EcoDigital also has created dedicated service and support offerings for the DIVA solutions suite.
“By heavily committing to new R&D, we’re ensuring that the DIVA solutions suite is right where our customers need it to be,” said EcoDigital Chief Technology Officer Geoff Tognetti. “At IBC2019, we will highlight two critical updates that ensure utility across major cloud services and extend valuable partial file restore capabilities to cloud devices. With these and other enhancements, DIVA solutions keep up with — and ahead of — industry trends, particularly in terms of enabling users to leverage their preferred cloud storage more simply and effectively.”
“With these recent enhancements now and major developments to the base DIVA products in the future, we will allow our clients to remain agnostic so they can select the cloud environments and on-premises archival storage devices that best meet their needs. DIVA is truly the center of the client ecosystem. When technology changes, proprietary storage products become obsolete, or a change in vendor becomes necessary, DIVA allows you to gain your independence with no interruption to established workflows.”
AWS Cloud Storage Support
In addition to supporting Microsoft and Google cloud offerings, the DIVA solutions suite now also supports the AWS cloud. Because DIVA solutions can now “talk” to any cloud provider anywhere, users are free to work with any system or cloud. Free from any proprietary standards, protocols, or storage types, DIVA will track an object within any cloud service. This flexibility helps to streamline workflows that bridge on-premises and cloud deployments.
PFR On-Cloud and On-Premises Object Storage
PFR has been an integral part of DIVA solutions for a long time, and now users can apply this functionality to many types of cloud and on-premises object storage. As users restore content, PFR allows them to select just a small segment of a video clip rather than the whole file. PFR can translate to significant savings in bandwidth and retrieval costs. By restoring only the video they need, DIVA users can minimize the costs of taking data out of the cloud.
Along with Amazon S3 Glacier cloud storage support and PFR for cloud and on-premises object storage, EcoDigital has introduced expanded support for Linux operating systems, as well as numerous ease-of-use updates for upgrades and new installations. Significant updates to the DIVA solutions suite, V8, will be completed and announced prior to NAB2020. New product lines and applications that are under development will also be announced.
EcoDigital was formed in June 2019 by its executive team to acquire the DIVA software suite and continue ongoing development, sales, and support of DIVA solutions. Since its founding, the company has launched an R&D division in the United States and created a new solutions group dedicated to integrated global support and development. EcoDigital also is expanding its reach into the video surveillance, government, and education markets.
Tiger Technology, a leader in cloud storage and data management for the broadcast and post-production markets, will use this year’s IBC to demonstrate its products leveraging Amazon Web Services (AWS). These systems are designed to help customers migrate legacy archive content from older tape systems onto cloud or hybrid cloud systems, with the goal of lowering archival costs and increasing accessibility. Tiger systems integrate with Media Translation tape-to-cloud solutions to manage the migration, as well as with Spectra Logic and Qualstar archiving and backup systems. There will also be displays of Tiger Technology’s workflow and data management tools integrated into ERA cloud storage and content creation systems.
The Tiger partner network now includes Nexsan, a StorCentric company. Nexsan and Tiger have signed a worldwide reseller agreement, under which Nexsan will offer Tiger Technology Collaborative Content Creation and Media Management software for Nexsan storage systems. The combination of Nexsan hardware and Tiger software provides a complete, high-performance workflow platform, now available through the worldwide Nexsan sales network.
Visitors to stand 7.B58 at IBC will be able to see live demonstrations of how Tiger Technology is leveraging the power of AWS. The Tiger Technology stand will be connected to the AWS booth in Hall 5, which will be demonstrating content distribution and cloud applications among other services. Files will be restored from tape using Media Translation Inc technology and indexed by Overcast HQ cloud media asset management software, with everything integrated through Tiger Bridge.
Tiger Bridge enables key cloud storage workflows. The latest version makes retrieving data even faster than before thanks to a new partial restore feature. This enables users to gain time and save on storage space by restoring only the minimum amount of data needed. Tiger Technology has built its reputation on designing software and high-performance, secure data management systems for the enterprise IT, surveillance, media and entertainment markets. Over the last 15 years its products have been recognized by leading users and suppliers in these sectors as reliable, efficient and cost-effective.
Tiger Technology will also display Tiger Store for managing high-performance multi-user collaborative workflows; Tiger Spaces, designed for multi-user project management and Avid bin locking; and the virtual storage manager, Tiger Pool.
Among the top facilities using Tiger Technology is ENVY Post Production. “We have been using Tiger products for over eight years,” says ENVY UK technical operations director Jai Cave. “ENVY works on demanding, often fast turnaround productions and Tiger’s systems provide the capability, reliability and support we need.”
Tiger Bridge will also be shown integrated with Coeus cloud storage from UK IT workflow specialist ERA, which works with Tiger Bridge in its native form, as well as Tiger collaborative content creation tools. Stand-alone or integrated, Tiger Bridge empowers users to have the right data in the right place for the right cost.
All these products and demonstrations can be seen on Tiger Technology’s stand, 7.B58, at IBC in the Amsterdam RAI from 13 to 17 September.
Discover BCE’s online video solutions for both live and on-demand high-quality content serving customers such as TV and radio broadcasters, brands, event organizers and sport and cultural events.
Live streaming massive events such as Tomorrowland and the fashion weeks, BCE has acquired a leading position on the market with a solid player, multiple features and global delivery.
Thanks to BCE’s Online Video Platform (OVP) and services, the customer can create video platforms (VoD, Replay, PayTV, etc.), manage and distribute its content, monitor and analyze its audience.
Produce and broadcast with StudioTalk
StudioTalk is an all-in-one solution to produce shows, manage content, add special effects, control sets and broadcast your programs on any existing platform. Experience live production and 360° distribution through an easy touch interface and powerful system.
Thanks to an intuitive Graphic User Interface and a touchscreen, the customers are able to control cameras, feeds and studio sets.
An automated mode can let StudioTalk work on its own to ensure seamless production and broadcast.
An advanced Content Management System is built-in and can easily be connected to your workflow.
Encrypt the content with BCE DRM.
Itstored, BCE’s cloud backup and storage solution
With S3 (Simple Storage Service) protocol being a worldwide standard, BCE ensures the protection of the files as well as its immediate availability as itstored is directly connected to the customer workflow.
The customer can perform unlimited actions on your content with a single, flat rate
Thanks to BCE’s bandwidth, The customer can access your content at any time
With more than 22 PB, the customer can backup all its content
The content can be stored on two redundant datacenters
Discover as well BCE’s recent system integration projects for Groupe M6, BNJ, RTS and Antenne Reunion, the remastering of Baywatch for Fremantle, BCE’s DRM services and our 4K Broadcast services of Altice and Luxe.tv.
Software company EcoDigital will officially launch at IBC2019 (Hall 8, Stand B13) with its exhibition of the DIVA software suite, the world’s leading and most trusted object management system for media. EcoDigital acquired the software suite from Oracle and will offer its clients and business partners the full DIVA offering, including DIVA Core, DIVA Connect, DIVA View, DIVA Link, and DIVA Analytics.
“We are excited to provide best-in-class software solutions, service, and technical support to the market and our incredible base of DIVA clients,” said EcoDigital CEO Justin Ririe. “With our acquisition of the DIVA software suite, as well as our flexible development capabilities and dynamic business partner network, EcoDigital will be able to deliver comprehensive solutions in all operating environments. We have significant investments allocated for enhancements to the current DIVA platform and a series of new products designed to optimize media storage and workflows in all cloud ecosystems.”
EcoDigital was formed in June 2019 by its executive team to acquire the DIVA software suite and continue ongoing development, sales, and support of DIVA solutions. Ririe heads up the company’s team, whose members bring the company deep experience in corporate carve-outs and data management. Ririe himself has 20 years of operational expertise across multiple industries and as an officer in the United States Army. Prior to joining EcoDigital, he served as CEO of ARKIVE Information Management. EcoDigital Chief Financial Officer Ben Nicholson has 17 years of executive experience, most recently as chief financial officer of ARKIVE Information Management. David Gonce is EcoDigital’s vice president, global sales and marketing. His 25 years of sales experience at all levels includes, most recently, that of global vice president at ARKIVE Information Management.
Headquartered in Atlanta, EcoDigital has launched an R&D division in the United States and created a new Solutions group dedicated to integrated global support and development. EcoDigital will retain operational groups in Denver; Annecy, France; and Asia, and, to expand its worldwide presence, the company will triple its sales force by the end of September 2019.
EcoDigital plans to relaunch the DIVA software suite at IBC2019 with enhancements that make DIVA solutions cloud-agnostic, add dynamic support for AWS, and introduce dedicated service and support offerings.
“EcoDigital will employ a client-focused approach to achieve the digital asset management goals for our clients and business partners,” said Gonce. “We will deploy a global team of dedicated account executives to work closely with our clients and channel partners. EcoDigital will be laser-focused on the unique needs of our clients and partners as we continue to build enduring relationships.”
Flashback on the first IP-based broadcast centre with state-of-the-art platforms and numerous innovative production and distribution applications to answer the needs of today and tomorrow media players.
The 36,000 square meter IP-based facility supports 24/7 broadcasting of more than 35 channels, among those RTL Télé Lëtzebuerg, Chamber TV, Luxe.TV (Luxembourg), RTL TVI, Club RTL, Plug TV (Belgium), RTL4, RTL5, RTL7, RTL8, RTL Z, RTL Crime, RTL Telekids, RTL Lounge (Netherlands), RTL9 and AB Groupe movie channels and Altice Group channels (France), RTL Hungary (Hungary) and Love Nature, Love Nature 4K, Blue Ant Extreme, Blue Ant Entertainment (Singapore).
The broadcast centre was three years in the making and features an end-to-end IP infrastructure and well-conceived data IT network that manage mostly HD (and some 4K) content and channels.
“IP-based platforms allow us to rapidly setup new channels,” comments Costas Colombus, Technology Projects & Support Director at BCE. “Whereas it is for continuous or ephemeral channels, we are able to give a fast answer and start broadcasting the content worldwide.”
The new broadcast centre is located in in the centre of Europe. All the radio and television production facilities and playout centre operations employ the latest IP-enabled equipment from technology suppliers like Arista, Grass Valley (GV), Isilon, Juniper, Lawo, Harmonic.
Advanced research and systems integration
All of the equipment and systems were installed and tested by BCE. When plotting out goals for the new building, BCE engineers wanted the new infrastructure to be both future-proof and able to adapt to new workflow challenges as needed.
When it first began to consider replacing its traditional SDI systems in 2014, the available IP technology wasn’t suitable for real-world deployments or mission-critical broadcast use, and most solutions were proprietary. The process resumed in 2015 with six months of intensive interoperable testing. For BCE it was critical that the IP solution had the same quality of service and reliability achieved in the SDI world, but with an increased level of scalability, stability, propagation delays and synchronization.
Working with engineers at The Institut für Rundfunktechnik GmbH (IRT) research centre, BCE began looking at the SMPTE 2022-6 IP spec as a way to connect all of the disparate systems and have them communicate as a fully networked system. This would streamline the production of content and get it to the right TV, radio, and web platform for its own purposes, as well as support the numerous playout and other services it provides for major U.S. content distributors like CBS, NBC Universal, Warner Brothers Television and others.
Laurent Seve, Marketing Manager at BCE, said that when their team began researching different ways of implementing IP technology, they recognized that what was needed was a facility that was significantly different to what had been done in the past.
“The new facility is flexible enough to handle all types of content creation and distribution projects,” Laurent Seve said. “The collaboration between the IT and broadcast teams led to new types of workflow methods and allowed to get the most out of the systems.”
Technology provider Grass Valley was brought in to help test a series of IP workflows. Fiber-optic cabling, which is bandwidth-friendly, supports the various systems and connects all floors of BCE. There’s also lot of Cat6 cable installed throughout the building for things like data networks, online access and a variety of control (KVM) functions.
“The IP-technology allowed the move to a fiber-based cabling infrastructure,” said Alain Prim, Technology Projects Manager at BCE. “All the areas of the building are connected through a reduced amount of cables which are able to transport a far higher number of services. The multiple changes in media services are now easier to manage without the need of modifications in the basic cable or hardware structure.”
Indeed, BCE is now responsible for the playout of over 35 regional and international channels, from its Luxembourg Network Operations Centre (NOC). This NOC also manages transmission sites, located on remote sites in Luxembourg and Germany. Online and available 24/7, the NOC team ensures the continuity of BCE’s and its customers activities by answering all queries and taking targeted actions.
Thanks to the IP solution implemented, the NOC can fully operate, and control BCE’s Teleport located miles away. All the antennas, uplinks and downlinks, receivers, etc. are remote controlled over IP by the NOC.
The core of the production activities features a 1,000 sqm datacentre with one-megawatt capacity and 366 floor-to-ceiling equipment racks that store and distribute the content (and metadata) internally and outside the building. In-row water-cooled airflows keep the systems at optimal temperatures.
“Numerous customers selected our datacentre for its flexibility, its advanced infrastructure and the access to numerous services,” comments Xavier Boschian IS&T Director at BCE. “As a result, we have already built a second datacentre and are looking to extend the platform to welcome more customers.”
System and content security
Securing the operations of its customers is BCE’s priority, the new IP workflow of RTL City facilitates connections setup to remote sites for disaster recovery (DR) platforms.
Data is handled with the utmost care and stored in BCE’s storage facility. Whereas it is administrative, financial or media content such as videos and audio, BCE holds several solutions including a 20 Petabytes nearline Digital Library, online and offline solutions as well as S3 cloud backup and storage (through its flagship solution: itstored).
There are also three diesel generators for backup power, with UPS technology everywhere for system resilience. In fact, every piece of equipment is connected to two independent electrical power supply paths—with intelligent sensing and monitoring that will automatically connect the device to a third backup supply if two live and active electrical supplies are not detected.
Linked via dark fibre to BCE’s headquarters, the DR site features emergency workstations, playout platforms for the premium channels, a digital library with several Petabytes and a datacentre.
Flexible production and remote control
Due to its IP backbone, several production studios can share control rooms if necessary, with one control room controlling various productions at once. There are also several audio mixing rooms, and advanced lighting grids in the production stages.
About 30 post-production suites support a number of radio and TV channels as well as other outside client needs. These are based around GV edit stations with networked Isilon storage.
All the radio studios have voice-activated broadcast cameras in them so that when a particular on-air talent is talking, the appropriate camera goes live. The system has proved to be very flexible for full spec broadcasting on a main channel as well as generating a web stream.
“We have always anticipated the merge between IT and Broadcast technologies and decided to stop talking about new solutions and change the complete workflow of our activities to IP,” said Andreas Fleuter, Technical Infrastructure & SLA Director at BCE.
IP backbone makes the difference
While the internal network can be expanded as needed, the initial deployment is based around the VSF TR-03 protocol for distributing video over IP, using SMPTE ST 2022-6/7 and AES67 redundant IP streams. This includes multi-level routing support of the VSF TR-03 protocol for audio breakaways.
The building’s architecture supports 10Gbe, 25Gbe and 40GbE connectivity. GV provided an end-to-end IP routing system to meet this, complete with full SMPTE ST 2022-7 redundant hitless operation and seamless recovery from interruption to one IP link. GV also supplied a massive routing matrix that can handle 1036×1584 2022-6 video flows and 1180×1728 AES67 (each x8 AES3) audio flows.
Other GV IP technology in use includes its Kahuna IP production switchers, IQ-Edge IP processing systems, IP routing control systems and multiviewers. These are fully networked to a Lawo Virtual Studio Manager (VSM) control layer that manages all of the IP signals and tells the routers where (and when) to send them. There’s also a GV monitoring system that collects data from the IP sub-system, along with a direct interface to a Skyline Communications DataMiner network management and monitoring layer.
Evolution and Revolution
With the new IP infrastructure in place, any room or machine in the building can be accessed and used by any other with just a few router settings. In addition, operators at RTL City can now launch a new channel in a few days, as opposed to the 4-5 months it took previously.
“Technology and innovation are in BCE’s roots,” comments Tun Van Rijswijck, COO at BCE. “This all-IP infrastructure was meant to break the barriers and open to new linear and non-linear developments. Our recent acquisitions and innovations strengthen our conviction that we are on the right track.”
As a matter of fact, since the opening of RTL City, several channels selected BCE as their technological partner: Altice launched a multiplayout control room broadcasting numerous channels over Europe including a Live sport channel in 4K over IP and Blue Ant Media (BAM) launched Love Nature in HD and 4K in multiple languages.
With the acquisition of Freecaster, BCE enriched its portfolio with new hybrid solutions directly connected to the Cloud. Freecaster’s platform was perfectly integrated in BCE’s IP workflow, granting access to live streaming solutions, reaching new horizons with social network but also delivering OTT solutions, VoD portals, replay platforms and more.
“Freecaster is a strong asset for BCE, on one hand it answers our customers’ expectations for new OTT solutions and extension of our content delivery network and on the other hand it opens new markets like sports, institutional, music and fashion related customers.” Adds Tun Van Rijswijck.
On the production side, BCE created a new solution (StudioTalk) facilitating the launch of new programs. StudioTalk is geared up with PTZ cameras, microphones, digital branding and a touchscreen interface to manage the content, the production and the delivery. The solution gives an affordable alternative to cover events that were not financially viable before.
The results are clear, radio goes visual, television shows production is easier, events are covered anywhere, ephemeral studios are installed everywhere… BCE is steering the market to video and screen multiplication.
“Innovation has always paved the way of BCE activities. The all-IP infrastructure leaded our company to hybrid and cloud while increasing the distribution of media content on a global scale. The acquisition of Freecaster and its integration in our workflow was a significant move to the non-linear market. Tomorrow, the engineering of new solutions will enhance the development of BCE in the digital media world.” Concludes Frederic Lemaire, CEO at BCE.
At IBC2019, Sonnet’s upcoming Echo™ Pro 10G Thunderbolt™ 3 Dock will make its European debut. Designed for pro video and audio users who need to copy files to and from multiple drives, the Echo Pro 10G dock features three USB-C ports plus three USB-A ports. Unlike all other docks — which connect all their USB ports to a single USB controller that functions as a hub, splitting bandwidth between them — the Sonnet dock is equipped with three 10Gbps USB 3.1 Gen 2 controllers, each supporting only two ports. This design enables maximum-speed file transfers between multiple high-speed USB 3.1 Gen 2 drives and a computer through a single Thunderbolt 3 (40Gbps) cable.
The Echo Pro 10G includes a blazing-fast 10GBASE-T (copper) 10GbE network port, enabling connection to high-speed network infrastructure and storage systems via inexpensive CAT 6 or CAT 6A cabling. The Echo Pro 10G Thunderbolt 3 Dock also features dual Thunderbolt 3 ports to support daisy chaining of up five additional Thunderbolt peripheral devices, and it provides up to 87W to power and charge compatible notebook and laptop computers.
Thunderbolt™ 3 to PCIe® Card Expansion Systems
At IBC2019, Sonnet will show its Echo Express™ and xMac™ lines of Thunderbolt™-to-PCI Express® (PCIe®) card expansion systems, showcasing the new xMac mini Server Thunderbolt 3 Edition. The expansion systems house PCIe adapter cards that add connectivity options and processing power to computers without card slots and connect them to the computer through a single Thunderbolt cable. Available with one, two, or three card slots, and accommodating from low-profile to full-height, full-length cards — these systems support high-performance non-GPU cards, including pro audio I/O and DSP cards, pro video capture and transcoding cards, network and storage interface cards, and other high-performance PCIe cards. In addition to housing and connecting two PCIe cards, the xMac mini Server Thunderbolt 3 Edition securely mounts a Mac mini® computer with Thunderbolt 3 ports inside its custom 1U enclosure designed for use in 19-inch server, equipment, and portable racks.
Desktop and Portable eGPU Solutions
Sonnet will demonstrate its Apple®-qualified eGFX Breakaway™ Box 650 and eGFX Breakaway™ Puck Radeon RX 570 Thunderbolt™ 3 external graphics solutions (eGPU). These systems significantly accelerate video production workflows, boosting the graphics performance of eGFX-compatible computers with the most popular pro video editing, rendering, color grading, animation, and special effects applications. eGFX Breakaway Boxes were designed to support large, high-performance video graphics processing unit (GPU) cards including the latest GPU cards from both AMD and NVIDIA®, enabling users to choose a card best matching their performance and budget needs. The all-in-one eGFX Breakaway Puck is compact and powerful, highly portable, and offers users tremendously improved graphics performance — on the computer’s primary screen or on an externally connected display — when used with thin and light laptops, mini desktops, and all-in-one computers.
10 Gigabit Ethernet (10GbE) Networking Product Family
At IBC2019, Sonnet will feature the industry’s most comprehensive line of 10 Gigabit Ethernet (10GbE) adapters and cards: Solo10G™ single-port and Twin10G™ dual-port 10GbE Thunderbolt™ adapters, plus Solo10G single-port and Presto™ 10GbE dual-port 10GbE PCI Express® (PCIe®) cards, including all-new, low-cost 10GbE optical adapters. Sonnet’s 10GbE solutions enable users to connect their computers easily via copper or optical cables to high-speed network infrastructure and storage systems using the 10GbE standard.
SF3™ Series Pro Card Readers
Sonnet will show its line of SF3™ Series dual-slot Thunderbolt™ 3 pro media readers, showcasing the new SF3 Series — Sonnet RED MINI-MAG® Card Reader. Featuring dual Thunderbolt 3 ports, the reader can simultaneously ingest files from two RED MINI-MAG cards at their maximum supported data transfer speeds, and can support a bus-powered device (such as the SF3 Series — CFast™ 2.0 Pro Card Reader). Each SF3 Series reader, including the SF3 Series — SxS™ Pro Card Reader, features a compact rugged aluminum enclosure designed for stacking multiple readers and simultaneously ingesting files from two cards at their maximum supported data transfer speeds. Depending on media type, concurrent data transfer speeds up to 1,000+ MB/s from two cards are supported, while daisy-chained SF3 Series readers can leverage Thunderbolt 3’s 2,750 MB/s bandwidth, enabling users to ingest four, six, or more cards simultaneously.
Veritone, Inc. announced that Solution Engineer Garron Bateman will give a joint presentation at the AWS M&E Symposium. Bateman will join fellow speakers including Golden Boy, a Veritone Digital Media Hub client and one of boxing’s most active and respected promoters, for the session titled “Using AI/ML to Monetize Video Archives.”
The coffee-talk-style session will highlight how Veritone Digital Media Hub helps M&E organizations and content creators manage, distribute, and monetize their content and how aiWARE’s cognitive services can be leveraged to index and enrich media files for quick search and discovery. Bateman, together with Golden Boy’s Jackie Grant, manager of international television, and David Tetreault, executive vice president of media and entertainment, will describe the Digital Media Hub use case for Golden Boy, including their plans to leverage AI and machine learning (ML) within their branded portal, their move from an on-premise to a cloud-based media asset management solution, and more.
“Veritone’s powerful and easy-to-use digital asset management solution has increased our efficiency and improved the organization and accessibility of our content,” said Grant. “During our presentation with Garron, we will highlight the benefits we have seen since moving to a Digital Media Hub and the expected advantages of AI and ML in monetizing our content.”