VITEC Improves Contribution and Distribution with IPTV and Ultra-Low Latency Solutions at IBC2019

VITEC announced it will demonstrate its market-leading broadcast-grade IPTV and contribution solutions in Hall 7, Stand C34 at IBC2019 at the RAI Amsterdam, Sept. 13-17. VITEC will highlight its HEVC contribution solutions, including the MGW Ace Encoder and MGW Ace Decoder that deliver video streams with subframe/ultra-low latency and time synchronization. VITEC will also show the EZ TV IPTV & Digital Signage Platform, an award-winning IP content delivery platform for venues and corporate environments that maximizes the value of all displays on the network, from TVs to video walls to mobile devices.

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“VITEC offers professional video contribution solutions that are powerful and agile enough to deliver video streams over any transmission link, including public internet. Such applications require the best video quality and the lowest latency, and VITEC’s IP video solutions meet those expectations,” said Bruno Teissier, International Sales and Marketing Director, VITEC. “At IBC2019, attendees will be able to see demos of our HEVC solutions, featuring VITEC’s Playout Server and MGW Ace Encoders/Decoders that offer the lowest-latency, highest-quality video streams for multisite contribution or remote production. VITEC will also show the EZ TV IPTV & Digital Signage solution that offers a powerful platform to distribute video and signage to displays in venues of all sizes.”

At IBC2019, VITEC will demonstrate the MGW Ace Encoder and MGW Ace Decoder pair that delivers video with as little as 16 ms glass-to-glass latency. VITEC’s HEVC contribution solutions are powered by a groundbreaking GEN2+ codec that provides best-in-class HEVC video, setting a high bar for industry standards in video quality, bit rate, and latency. Included in the multisite contribution demo is MGW Diamond, a multichannel or 4K HDR encoder, which enables high-quality, low-bandwidth, and reliable 4K contribution over the internet offering a dramatic reduction of operating expenses. For remote production, the VITEC encode/decode solution features time-synchronized playback, ensuring perfect synchronization of multiple independent IP streams for broadcast, government, sports, or any live application in which synchronized IP streams are critical.

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VITEC will also have a live demo of the EZ TV IPTV & Digital Signage Platform, the chosen platform for corporate, government, and sports venues where video streams are a valuable part of the user experience. EZ TV replaces legacy systems cost-effectively, delivering a cutting-edge, enterprise-grade IPTV solution to TVs, desktops, mobile devices, and video walls. The EZ TV IPTV platform includes high-performance endpoints with HEVC decode and 4K HDR video capability. It also features the EZ TV Media Library, which offers powerful tools for archiving, recording, organizing, tagging, and annotating, as well as for performing image searches or running queries based on metadata.

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VITEC’s Zero-Delay Contribution Solutions on Display at BroadcastAsia2019

VITEC will demonstrate its broad portfolio IPTV and contribution solutions for corporate, broadcast, and government at BroadcastAsia2019, June 18-20 in Singapore. On stand 4H2-10, VITEC will highlight its ultra-low-latency and time-synced IP contribution solutions in broadcast-grade HEVC and its EZ TV IPTV & Digital Signage Solution.

“With ultra-low-latency streaming in HEVC, VITEC provides a solution where every bit and millisecond counts for workflows within the broadcast market. A high-quality and ultra-fast HEVC encoder is paramount to reducing latency and bit rate while maintaining excellent video quality during transmission,” said Bruno Teissier, international sales and marketing director, VITEC. “As BroadcastAsia2019 visitors will see, our products align perfectly with those trends, delivering the ultra-low latency, stream protection, and time synchronization that are imperative in today’s broadcast and streaming operations.”

At BroadcastAsia2019, VITEC will demonstrate a host of innovations, including the MGW Ace Encoder and MGW Ace Decoder pair that delivers zero-latency contribution with 16 ms glass-to-glass latency thanks to the VITEC HEVC GEN2+ codec. This groundbreaking codec provides best-in-class HEVC video quality up to 4:2:2 10-bit, setting new industry standards in video quality, bit rate, and latency. Included in the HEVC contribution demo will be the VITEC Playout Server, which enables high-quality, low-bandwidth, and reliable contribution over the internet, leading to a dramatic reduction in operating expenses. In addition, the solution is compatible with industry standard decoders, such as the popular VLC player, ensuring unprecedented latency with a software decoder, as low as 50 ms glass-to-glass.

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The company will showcase time-synchronized playback on its MGW Ace Encoder and quad-channel MGW Diamond HEVC encoders that ensure perfect production of multiple independent IP streams across several MGW Ace Decoders. VITEC will also introduce the MGW Ace Decoder OG, a broadcast-quality, dense, multichannel IP decoder in the popular openGear card form factor.

VITEC will give a live demo of the EZ TV IPTV & Digital Signage Solution, which cost-effectively replaces legacy systems, delivering a cutting-edge, enterprise-grade IPTV solution to TVs, video walls, desktops, and even mobile devices. The EZ TV IPTV platform includes high-performance endpoints with HEVC and 4K HDR support. It also includes the EZ TV Media Library, which offers powerful tools for archiving, recording, organizing, tagging, and annotating as well as for performing visual-image searches or running queries based on metadata. The EZ TV Media Library is accessible through a web interface and allows for online, real-time sharing and collaboration.

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Renewed Vision Bringing Powerful Live Production Software Advances to InfoComm 2019

Visitors to the Renewed Vision booth (number 2471) at next week’sInfoComm 2019 conference and exhibition in Orlando, Florida will experience the A/V industry trade show premieres of powerful new versions for two of the company’s highly-acclaimed software solutions. Demonstrations will include new version 3.3 of the feature-rich PVP3 multi-screen media server, video processor and screen control solution for live production environments, alongside new innovations in the ProPresenter Scoreboard multi-sport score presentation platform used widely in high school, college, professional, and youth league sports.

“We continue to innovate across all of our software solutions with a goal of making operators’ jobs easier while enabling them to create even richer, more engaging visual experiences,” said Brad Weston, president, Renewed Vision. “We are looking forward to showcasing our newest capabilities to InfoComm attendees.”

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Enhancements in PVP 3.3 include a new “key and fill” capability for SDI outputs; video input crosspoints that enable users in dynamic live environments to quickly make changes to input slots while automatically updating related cues; and per-layer content masking, allowing customers to apply dynamic alpha effects to video by binding two layers together. Other new PVP 3.3 features include custom content cropping and expanded preview capabilities that facilitate reviewing entire outputs on external displays. These latest features build on the advances in the preceding version 3.2 software update, including expanded synchronization, control and management functionality; increased I/O signal density; simultaneous 4K/1080p playback from the same workstation; and NDI® support for IP-networked environments.

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Built on the powerful video, graphics and text playout engine of Renewed Vision’s renowned ProPresenter live presentation platform, ProPresenter Scoreboard combines the company’s hallmarks of ease of use, affordability and visually sophisticated outputs with optimized user interfaces purpose-built for driving advertising-enriched, video-based LED scoreboards. New advances on display at InfoComm 2019 will include custom scoring logic, clocks and timers that enable the creation of scoreboards for user-defined sports; the ability to display and independently control multiple matches on the same output, making it ideal for tournaments with simultaneous events; and live StatCrew and MLB data support. The new version also features user interface enhancements designed to accelerate live production workflows.

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VITEC’s EZ TV IPTV & Digital Signage Solution Captivates Fans at Northwestern University’s New Arena

VITEC announced that its multi-award-winning EZ TV IPTV & Digital Signage Solution for Sports Venues was successfully installed in the Welsh-Ryan Arena at Northwestern University (NU). As part of the $110-million renovation, EZ TV distributes ultra-low-latency, high-quality live game day feeds, digital signage and video wall content, and IPTV streams from multiple service providers to more than 75 screens in the facility. NU can easily and affordably create eye-catching digital signage campaigns or point-of-sale menu boards and centrally manage every content feed and IPTV streams from the same intuitive user interface, setting a new benchmark in fan engagement, facility management, and revenue.

“The Chicago area is home to many professional sports teams and spectacular entertainment venues. This environment has driven our fans to expect a similar memorable and captivating experience at our games,” said Brian Baptiste, NU’s deputy director of athletics for capital projects and operations. “VITEC’s EZ TV puts NU’s Welsh-Ryan Arena in the same class as the top sports facilities in the world. Now — whether fans are attending a basketball game, volleyball game, or wrestling match — screens throughout the venue are delivering all the action happening on the court, with striking digital signage and video wall content, to every corner of the arena.”

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VITEC’s EZ TV Solution Installed at Welsh-Ryan Arena at Northwestern University
Photo Credit: Denise Reisen Photography.

As the premier platform for some of the nation’s most advanced sports and entertainment venues, including the Sacramento Kings’ Golden 1 Center and the Green Bay Packers’ Lambeau Field, VITEC’s EZ TV IPTV & Digital Signage Solutions for Sports Venues was an easy choice for NU and Mortensen, the general contractor for the renovation. EZ TV’s high-performance, hardware-based endpoints carry the on-court action to more than 75 displays installed around the concourse, at the concessions, and within the Wilson Club over the facility’s existing network infrastructure, engaging fans while reducing the capital and operational expenses associated with legacy solutions. Within the same centralized platform, the school’s small broadcast operations staff and sponsorship team is able to quickly create and manage video wall content, campaigns, and point-of-sale menu boards while generating new revenue opportunities. VITEC’s 100-percent hardware-based video processors feature ultra-low-latency native playback of IPTV streams up to 4K and support interactive content, video, and imagery transformations. More than 50 displays can be managed from a single processor, including nonstandard layouts and resolutions of TVs. The high-performance solution also supports scalability into the future with VITEC’s mobile app, Media Library, and a suite of modular tools that further streamline media processes from live streaming to recording, archiving, and collaboration — easily allowing users to manage a full digital video experience across an entire venue.

“NU’s Welsh-Ryan Arena is a great example of the IPTV, digital signage, and video content demands facing collegiate athletics today,” said Joe Walsh, VP of Sales, Sports & Entertainment Venues, at VITEC. “With the superior quality, proven reliability, and versality of EZ TV, NU has created an exciting fan experience while being able to meet any future video and streaming requirements down the road. We are proud to be a part of revving up the fan energy and entertainment that will keep fans coming back for years to come.”

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Bannister Lake’s Chameleon Powers Waterloo Region District School Board Digital Signage Network

Bannister Lake announced the implementation of a digital signage pilot project with the Waterloo Region District School Board in Southern Ontario. The project consists of a networked digital signage solution in 16 regional high schools located about an hour west of Toronto. The project is powered by Bannister Lake’s Chameleon data aggregation and management product. Chameleon captures data from a wide variety of incoming sources and allows student, faculty, and staff network operators to moderate, edit, schedule, and distribute content to various displays.

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Students are actively involved in the programming of the network, which provides an innovative way to communicate with students, faculty, and staff. The network displays both highly localized content targeting individual schools as well as global content that originates with the Waterloo Region District School Board and is shown in all 16 high schools.

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Bannister Lake’s Chameleon data aggregation and management solution powers the Waterloo Region District School Board digital signage network across 16 regional high schools located west of Toronto.

Using Chameleon’s data readers and management modules, operators can easily program and update content that includes high school sports scores, local weather, event calendars, and special announcements. The digital signage system is also programmed with student-produced content from YouTube and from Google Slides.

“Bannister Lake’s signage solution provided us with an easy way for staff and students to communicate about school and community events,” said Jane Mitchinson, head librarian, Glenview Park Secondary School, Waterloo Regional District School Board. “The visual nature of the medium and the immediacy of the messaging is very impactful and captures the attention of everyone in our buildings. We are especially impressed with Chameleon’s networking capabilities, which give the entire team the opportunity to collaborate on content. Bannister Lake walked us through the entire process, showed us ways to optimize the system, and are always there for support.”

Students who take part in programming the signage network gain valuable experience as content creators and receive academic credit for their participation. The system takes advantage of automation to repurpose existing content automatically and consistently keep the network fresh and up to date.

“Our pilot project with the Waterloo Region District School Board represents another exciting application of our Chameleon product,” said Danny Ljubisic, business development & project management, Bannister Lake. “The digital signage network within the high schools leverages our extensive data capabilities, while providing students with an exciting new medium to share important information digitally.”

The pilot project will continue to evolve and expand over the next few months and will eventually include expanded content from student newspapers and more extensive community news and events calendars.

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VITEC Delivers Zero-Delay Contribution Solutions at the 2019 NAB Show

VITEC will demonstrate its broad portfolio of leading IPTV and contribution solutions for enterprise, broadcast, and entertainment applications at the 2019 NAB Show, April 8-11 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. In booth SL6005, VITEC demonstrations will include its subframe/ultra-low-latency and time-sync IP contribution solutions in broadcast-grade HEVC and its EZ TV IPTV & Digital Signage Solution.

“Customers are managing workflow complexity with video that spans from high-frame-rate 4K down to content for mobile devices. They need a comprehensive, flexible solution that will deliver contribution without adding delay over satellite links, private networks, or even public internet,” said Bryan Reksten, VP of marketing, VITEC. “Attendees will have an opportunity to see VITEC’s high-quality streaming solution and discover how it can deliver unprecedented service and experience across a multitude of mission-critical broadcast applications.”

At the 2019 NAB Show, VITEC will demonstrate a host of innovations, including the MGW Ace Encoder and MGW Ace Decoder pair that delivers zero-latency contribution with 16-millisecond glass-to-glass latency thanks to the VITEC HEVC GEN2+ codec. This groundbreaking codec provides best-in-class HEVC video quality up to 4:2:2 10 bit, setting new industry standards in video quality, bit rate, and latency. Included in the HEVC contribution demo is the VITEC Playout Server, which enables high-quality, low-bandwidth, and reliable contribution over the internet, leading to a dramatic reduction of operating expenses (OPEX).

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The company will showcase MGW Ace Encoder and MGW Diamond Encoder that both feature time-synchronized playback, ensuring perfect synchronization of multiple independent IP streams using MGW Ace Decoder for house of worship, remote production, or any live application where IP streams must be played back in sync. VITEC will also introduce the MGW Ace Decoder OG, a broadcast-quality, dense, multichannel IP decoder in the popular openGear card form factor.

VITEC will have a live demo of the EZ TV IPTV & Digital Signage Solution, which is ideal for corporate, government, and sports venue IPTV and signage applications where video streams are a valuable part of the user experience. It replaces legacy systems cost-effectively, delivering a cutting-edge, enterprise-grade IPTV solution to TVs, video walls, desktops, and even mobile devices.

The EZ TV IPTV platform will include high-performance endpoints with HEVC and 4K HDR support. It also includes the EZ TV Media Library, which offers powerful tools for archiving, recording, organizing, tagging, and annotating as well as for performing visual-image searches or running queries based on metadata. The EZ TV Media Library is accessible through a web interface and allows for online, real-time sharing and collaboration.

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Bannister Lake’s Chameleon Delivers 4K Graphic Content Over IP

The solution was recently showcased at the InterBEE exhibition in Japan using Visionary Solutions’ PacketAV 4K DUET encoder and decoders.

Visionary Solutions’ PacketAV 4K video over IP encoders and decoders solve the transportation issues common with non-IP cabling solutions, allowing Chameleon graphics to play back smoothly on 4K monitors in any location.

“We are thrilled to see Chameleon successfully operational in a 4K over IP environment,” said Georg Hentsch, President, Bannister Lake. “This marks an important milestone as we continue to build on years of consistent innovation and presents a data and graphics management solution that performs exceptionally well in any resolution and in any broadcast environment.”

 

“I love how clients marvel at the simplicity and efficiency of this system,” said Doug Strable, sales representative for Bannister Lake and Visionary Solutions products in Japan. “Chameleon’s web-based interface allows a non-technical user to update the information on all platforms, and the PacketAV DUET 4K encoders and decoders allow content to be displayed through a standard LAN network. The combined system is easy to set up, easy to maintain and easy to update.”

bannisterlake_4kChameleon graphics rendered to HTML5 were transported over a standard 1 Gigabyte network to multiple 4K video monitors with native 4K image quality, while maintaining its industry-leading data management functionality.

As the international broadcast industry continues to experiment and migrate to 4K over IP workflows, it is vitally important that graphics technologies keep pace with developments and support the trend. Similarly, the production community requires solutions that allows data content to be quickly repurposed to find value in a 4K environment.

Bannister Lake is an industry leader in data and graphics management, providing software and services for a broad range of broadcast and digital signage projects, including real-time election results, social media integration, financial, sports, news, and eSports.

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