EcoDigital to Showcase Updates to DIVA Software Suite at IBC2019

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.

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Anton/Bauer Launches DIONIC 26V Batteries for Powering High-End Cinematic Cameras and Lights

Anton/Bauer today introduced the DIONIC® 26V series of cinema batteries. Developed for cinematographers, rental houses, and content creators, these 26V Li-ion batteries offer up to 240 watt-hours of reliable, safe, and efficient power for higher-power-draw cinematic cameras and LED lights. Featuring Anton/Bauer’s new Gold Mount® Plus mount, the DIONIC 26V range includes 98-watt-hour and 240-watt-hour batteries, as well as a quad charger, a quad discharger, and a range of mounting plates for connecting to industry-leading cameras and LED lighting fixtures.

The DIONIC 26V series has been designed to drive high-power cinematic cameras such as the ARRI Alexa LF, SXT, and 65, and will also support mobile power for popular LED panels, including Litepanels’ Gemini Soft panels and ARRI’s SkyPanel series. With their lighter weight and more compact form factor, the DIONIC 26V batteries offer greater mobility for camera operators and more versatility for LED placement over tethered power sources such as AC or block-style batteries. DIONIC 26V batteries can be used as a hot-swappable backup power solution for gear that is using AC power, such as VCLX block-style batteries, eliminating the need to power down cameras or LEDs to change power sources.

The DIONIC 26V charger offers rapid charging for both 14.4V and 26V batteries — charging the 98-watt-hour in around 1.5 hours and the 240-watt-hour in around 3.5 hours — a sharp contrast to competing dual-voltage or hybrid batteries that require as much as two to three times this amount of charge time. The DIONIC 26V series also offers a dual-bracket solution that enables up to 480 watt-hours of power (combining two DIONIC 26V 240 batteries), delivering many hours of untethered lighting power for LED panels.

Like the other batteries in the Anton/Bauer DIONIC product family, the DIONIC 26V series features ultra-high-strength ABS polycarbonate blend construction that protects the battery and ensures peak performance even in the most demanding conditions — including extreme heat, humidity, and cold. The battery’s native 26V configuration balances cell usage and reduces the number of circuit boards packed on top of the cells for reduced heat and maximum cycle life. As a result, the batteries can be recharged many more times than other batteries for superior return on investment.

The DIONIC 26V’s built-in LCD indicator gives users the confidence to know, down to the minute, the exact runtime and remaining available power for the camera and accessories being powered. In addition, the DIONIC 26V series introduces an all-new Gold Mount Plus mount that not only ensures a durable and secure battery connection, but also prevents users from connecting a 26V battery directly to a 14.4V camera or accessory. The DIONIC 26V 98 watt-hour battery is IATA-certified, making it easier to pack, carry, and transport on an airplane than tethered, block-style batteries.

“As the newest addition to our highly popular DIONIC family, which includes the award-winning VCLX and Dionic XT, our new DIONIC 26V series expands Anton/Bauer’s outstanding reputation for delivering reliable and versatile mobile power for demanding cinematic productions. Our rental partners are now able to provide a single solution for customers to power their entire shoot, including power-intensive LED lights and high-end cine cameras,” said Chris Gaughan, Anton/Bauer product manager. “The DIONIC 26V series is a perfect example of Anton/Bauer’s continued commitment to engineer and deliver effective solutions that meet the workflow requirements of cinematographers around the world.”

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MultiDyne Unleashes Next-Generation SMPTE-HUT Series at IBC2019

MultiDyne Fiber Optic Solutions comes to IBC2019 this week with a new generation of its legacy SMPTE-HUT system, a universal camera transceiver that frees camera operators from the limitations of hybrid cabling. The latest iteration streamlines connectivity, reducing the dual-strand architecture to a single fiber strand.

The latest SMPTE-HUT generation also integrates optical budgeting and remote power cycling, removing the need for external docks to regenerate signals for long-distance camera-to-studio transmission.

“There are certainly cost- and labor-saving benefits through using a single fiber strand, notably in stadiums or metropolitan areas where it’s necessary to lease fiber,” said Frank Jachetta, CEO, MultiDyne. “The real value comes through the SMPTE-HUT’s ability to regenerate optical power within the fiber. The optical budget is also now viewable on the device, giving camera operators a detailed troubleshooting tool to quickly determine if there is a power issue or another problem. The ability to remotely cycle power adds further value, allowing operators to reset cameras and make power adjustments as required.”

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The next-generation SMPTE-HUT also integrates a higher level of intelligence than previous versions. For example, the devices will now operate with every SMPTE camera model and vendor, and translate important settings and details to the built-in display.

The SMPTE-HUT remains one of MultiDyne’s popular product lines with outside broadcast and mobile production companies for long-distance transmission. The devices eliminate the need to mix copper connectivity with fiber, enabling faster setup and strike times while reducing weight on trucks. The elimination of copper also removes RF, EMI and grounding issues from the infrastructure, ensuring the best possible signal integrity over very long distances.

MultiDyne will demonstrate the SMPTE-HUT alongside other new and existing innovations at IBC2019, beginning this Friday, September 13 through Tuesday, September 17. MultiDyne exhibits at Stand 11.D40 in the RAI Exhibition and Convention Center.

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BCE, Take Media To The Next Level

Live stream and manage your OTT platforms

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.

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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.

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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.

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StudioTalk touchscreen interface
  • 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.
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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

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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.

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Wisdom Audio to Demonstrate New Power Amplifiers at CEDIA Expo 2019

Wisdom Audio, a designer and manufacturer of high-performance entertainment solutions tailored for the most discerning audiophiles, will demonstrate its new SA-8 and SA-8 DSP multichannel power amplifiers for attendees of CEDIA Expo 2019 in Denver, in High Performance Room 401.

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Designed and built in the United States, the SA-8 and SA-8 DSP are compact 2RU amplifiers that deliver eight channels of high-performance amplification at 200W RMS per channel into eight ohms and 400W per channel into four ohms, all channel-driven. Additionally, the channels can be bridged for even higher performance, delivering up to 600W into a four-ohm load.

“These high-efficiency, multichannel amplifiers are the perfect addition to our existing powerhouse SA-X amplifier range,” said Luc Guillaume, managing director, Wisdom Audio. “The SA-8 and SA-8 DSP deliver pristine audio, achieving high current delivery in a no-fan design that is flat-stackable. Both models boast eight balanced XLR inputs for low-noise connectivity and include rack ears as standard. Stable down to two ohms, these amplifiers feature our unique solid aluminum “Wave” front panel to match the existing amplifier range. We’re delighted to have these amplifiers make their CEDIA debut.”

The SA-8 DSP model adds a DSP board, enabling all eight channels to provide the necessary digital active crossover and digital EQ profiles for all Wisdom Audio loudspeakers.

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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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Densitron introduces two new WUXGA HDMI monitors

Both of the monitors feature convenient HDMI connectivity, in-plane switching, high contrast, 1200×1920 resolution, improved colour saturation, a native four-lane MIPI interface, and single VDD power supply.

Densitron Global Business Development Director, Chris Goodhall, said, “We are launching these new displays because there is a distinct need for exceptional high-resolution and wide viewing angle displays for a number of applications that the market is not currently addressing. We are confident that these models will join the rest of our range as the best and most optically pristine high-performance displays of their size in the market.”

The 7” version provides peak luminance of 450cd/m2, adjustable brightness, and includes IPS technology that provides 80/80/80/80 symmetric viewing.

Similarly, the 10.1” display provides peak luminance of 600cd/m2, adjustable brightness, as well as IPS technology that provides 85/85/85/85 symmetric viewing.

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Both models also provide the twin benefits of optical bonding with Projected Capacitive Touch (PCT) as standard. Furthermore, both are designed to operate continuously in “24/7” mode, with a backlight half-life of 50,000 hours, which is approximately five years.

Goodhall added, “Reliability and longevity are hallmarks of Densitron, which has stood for quality for more than 45 years. By continually improving processes and technologies, we are able to introduce new monitors such as these that are built to, and beyond, the industry’s highest standards.”

Both new monitors are available immediately and will make their public debut at IBC 2019 in Amsterdam from 13-17 September on Stand 8.B41.

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