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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Tiger Technology showcases collaborative storage and workflows at IBC 2019

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.

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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.

IBC 2019: hi–human interface takes control in Chromaline’s large 30 cam UHD OB Van (0.C02)

With this new OB Van development, named OB X, Chromaline makes a huge step putting the company on the map as one of the leading system integrators in Europe. For their largest OB Van development so far the company chooses hi – human interface by Broadcast Solutions as the core control system within OB X. Developing OB X Chromaline uses a completely new approach in terms of design, room concepts, integrated equipment, workflows and interior design.

Nicola Dall’Asta, CEO Chromaline, on the new OB Van: “Everything in the OB Van is tailor-made, and besides the production capabilities the main goal was to develop an OB comfortable to work in – the people was one focus. In developing OB X, we started from scratch, and our goal was to think OB Vans new. The new hi control system mirrors this approach perfectly; it puts the user first. Therefore, it was a natural decision to deploy it in OB X.”

Implemented in OB X, hi is to control audio/video signal routing, multiviewers and tally. Intuitive touch controls and newly developed hi hardware control panels simplify day-to-day production operations in the OB Vans. hi is a native IP-enabled control tool and in the OB X seamlessly integrates with the Imagine Communications router, embedders and multiviewers.

hi transforms the control and management of complex media infrastructures from nerve-racking tasks for specialists to a piece of cake. hi is made for the IP-world and works without abstractions or crutches, but by nature maps the topologies of the installations in control. Even the most complex facilities can be controlled and managed, and in hi unfold as neat structures. Using the latest auto-discovery and zero-config technologies, hi reduces the setup and configuration time of broadcast and A/V-media systems dramatically. Via a user interface that resembles those of common smart mobile devices, hi provides easy control and monitoring of complex infrastructures. It makes the configuration process smart and easy, detects new devices automatically and protects the user from false-configurations.

The hi system is built on decentralised software architecture and can run on almost any platform – a laptop, dedicated servers, server clusters, and also in data centres or on cloud services like AWS or Microsoft Azure. This architecture ensures uninterrupted availability, even if hardware, power or protocol failures occur. Self-healing algorithms ensure that all parts of the system are up and running properly – even if they are distributed over different hardware platforms, or working from separate locations.

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Speedcast Enhances Global IP Transport Service, Introduces SMN Mobile LTE Fully Managed Service

Speedcast announced enhancements to the Speedcast Media Network™ (SMN) Global IP Transport service and introduced SMN Mobile LTE, the industry’s first fully managed service for news, sports, and event broadcasters that need a quick, low-latency, and cost-effective uplink solution.

Speedcast’s Global IP Transport service now features full H.265 4:2:2 encoding and decoding on all edge devices to ensure superior video quality at lower bandwidths and offers both SRT and RIST interoperability. Fully integrated with legacy platforms via the Layer 2 protocol, the Global IP Transport service from Speedcast enables video to easily move in and out of public and private clouds.

Bonding the bandwidth of multiple cellular services, the new SMN Mobile LTE offering is a fully managed service for quick uplinking of live news, sports, and events as well as for remote communications. Offered as a capex-free service that eliminates expensive hardware costs and the need for an expensive newsgathering fleet or flypack equipment, SMN Mobile LTE is a 5G-ready service that provides real-time video encoding and leverages Speedcast Media Network’s global hybrid network infrastructure to provide satellite-to-fiber, cellular-to-satellite, cellular-to-dedicated fiber, and cellular-to-IP extended connectivity. All live video feeds can be managed from the cloud for scalable and real-time video processing.

“As media companies look to deliver video more economically and increase their flexibility, the SMN Mobile LTE service is breaking new ground, providing the industry with a bonded LTE solution that requires zero capex investment and offers an easy entry point into and exit out of the cloud,” said Alberto Carpenè, vice president of Speedcast Media Network. “With 5G networks promising faster speeds and lower latency, now is the perfect time for media companies to upgrade their mobile uplinking capabilities.”

At IBC2019, Speedcast will also highlight how its relationship with Amazon Web Services (AWS) is providing broadcasters and media companies with dedicated, direct connectivity to the cloud. Designed to handle bandwidth- and process-heavy workloads, Speedcast’s secure connection to AWS reduces network costs. As the first remote communication service provider to be awarded Advanced Consulting Partner status in the AWS Partner Network, Speedcast plays a leading role in simplifying the way media companies deliver content via the cloud.

Speedcast will demonstrate the enhancements to its Speedcast Media Network at IBC2019, Sept. 13-17 in Amsterdam at Stand 5.C45. Combining satellite, fiber, cellular, and internet networks, the Speedcast Media Network is the largest global hybrid infrastructure, answering the critical need for highly scalable, ubiquitous coverage for delivery of broadcast-quality content to every consumer screen.

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EcoDigital to Launch at IBC2019 With Exhibition of Newly Acquired DIVA Software Suite

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.”

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V-Nova announces first implementation of upcoming standard MPEG-5 Part 2 (LCEVC) as part of its P+ SDK

The solution will be demonstrated at IBC 2019 on Stand 14.A07 in Amsterdam (September 13-17).

The development of the LCEVC standard is expected to be completed next year. When enhanced with LCEVC, any existing encoding pipeline – using codecs such as AVC/H.264, HEVC, VP9 or AV1 and in the future VVC – will achieve the same or better quality as a next-generation codec at the same bitrate and at up to 4x lower computational complexity.

P+ incorporates fully optimized encoding and decoding for the upcoming MPEG-5 Part 2 (LCEVC) standard which is set to transform the codec landscape by providing operators a way to deploy substantially better video quality with lower encoding costs to existing (and future) workflows. The software-oriented implementation also means that P+ will continuously optimize its implementation to benefit different solutions.

“P+ represents the culmination of years of research and advancement” said Guido Meardi, CEO and co-founder at V-Nova. “We have implemented a broad range of new features and optimizations. Most importantly, it includes the world’s first implementation of MPEG’s most exciting new standard, MPEG-5 Part 2 (LCEVC), a brand new approach in video compression, demonstrating its benefits and ease of adoption. Unlike a typical codec standard rollout, due to the software nature of the approach, operators and broadcasters will be able to deploy LCEVC immediately.”

P+ is available as a containerized transcoding microservice, as an SDK for x86 (Linux, Windows), ARM (Android, iOS), FPGA and HTML5 scripted decoding, pre-integrated into a number of open-source options (including FFmpeg) and also directly from the V-Nova Platform in AWS.

Insys Video Technologies to Unveil New Cloud Media Recording Solution and Expanded OTT Platform at IBC2019

In addition to its own standalone presence in pod P03 (located in the walkway between IBC Halls 7 and 8), the company will highlight its collaborations with Amazon Web Services (AWS) in demonstrations at the AWS stand (5.C80).

Making its world debut at IBC2019 will be the new Insys Cloud Video Recorder, which expands the scope of Insys’ offerings beyond commercial OTT media services into broader applications and markets. Targeting educational institutions and public sector organizations such as governments, the cloud-based Insys Cloud Video Recorder is designed to enable customers to record live video streams; store, analyze and catalog the recordings; and play out the content whenever and wherever viewers want.

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Leveraging proven technology from Insys’ enterprise-class OTT video platform, the elastic Insys Cloud Video Recorder is well-suited to any live-stream archiving needs, but particularly ideal for recording content such as Parliamentary Assembly meetings, conference sessions and university lectures. Live streams and recordings can be viewed online through an embeddable player, while on-demand clips can be downloaded in a wide variety of output formats. Other key features include advance scheduling of recordings and automated audio transcription.

Insys will also demonstrate the latest enhancements in its flexible, white-label OTT solutions, which allow media enterprises to easily manage, monetize, distribute, and promote their content through branded, full-featured websites and apps. InsysGO lets MVPDs and service providers launch compelling OTT offerings spanning many channels in as little as 30 days, while Insys OneChannel delivers similar functionality with a streamlined viewer experience tailored for presenting a smaller number of channels. Last but not least, Insys VoD allows content providers to easily offer their video libraries for on-demand viewing across a broad range of devices.

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Product demos will highlight Insys’ API integration with AWS Media Services, a family of fully-managed services that make it fast and easy to transport, prepare, process, and deliver broadcast and OTT video. Insys solutions feature API integration with the AWS Elemental MediaLive broadcast-grade live video processing service; the AWS Elemental MediaConvert file-based video transcoding service with broadcast-grade features; the AWS Elemental MediaConnect high-quality transport service for live video; and the AWS Elemental MediaPackage service, which reliably prepares and protects video for delivery over the Internet.

Insys solutions also incorporate API integration with Amazon Rekognition Video, a deep learning-powered video analysis service that detects activities; understands the movement of people in frame; and recognizes people, objects, celebrities, and inappropriate content. Insys’ OTT platform and the Insys Cloud Video Recorder use the API integration with Amazon Rekognition Video to automatically identify people such as celebrities and politicians within recorded content, while the OTT solutions can also detect and blur out viewer-sensitive content such as nudity and violence. Meanwhile, the audio transcription feature in Insys Cloud Video Recorder is powered by API integration with the Amazon Transcribe automatic speech recognition service.

“While we continue to expand the capabilities of our renowned solutions for OTT service providers, we are excited to bring our proven technology and expertise to a wider range of customers with the launch of Insys Cloud Video Recorder,” said Insys CEO Krzysztof Bartkowski. “We look forward to unveiling it to IBC attendees, and to showcasing our ongoing relationship with AWS in demonstrations both at their stand and our own.”

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