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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Bannister Lake Announces MAM Integration Into Its Zeus Digital Media Storage and Playout Solution

Bannister Lake announced today that its browser-based media storage and playout solution, Zeus, can be fully integrated with popular media asset management (MAM) systems. With minimal customization the Zeus solution can access content within a MAM and still take full advantage of Zeus’ impressive search features and its convenient drag and drop playlist and sequence building capabilities.

Zeus is an ideal solution for productions that require a high number of images and video clips that need to be turned around quickly in a fast-paced and unpredictable environment. Home shopping channels, and news, entertainment, and sports productions are typical use cases.

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Zeus features a centralized asset management structure allowing multiple users to access the system simultaneously, while ensuring the overall system is consistently synchronized. This dramatically speeds up the production workflow providing the entire production team with access to the solution. Producers are able to use their web browsers to access Zeus and build shows or content sequences offline saving valuable studio production time. An intuitive UI lets users import folders and conveniently move assets into the appropriate output framebuffer.

“Productions that depend on a very large number of clips and images and need to access them extremely quickly require a solution that complements their workflows,” said Georg Hentsch, president, Bannister Lake. “Zeus has the functionality to achieve this and with MAM integration the product is even stronger.”

Zeus supports up to 4 SDI (HD/SD) channels as well as NDI and also supports the ability to record incoming video.

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Square Box Systems CEO Dave Clack to Present at IABM Future Trends Theatre in IBC2018 Future Zone

Square Box Systems, the company behind the industry-leading CatDV media asset management (MAM) system, today announced that CEO Dave Clack has been chosen to speak at the IABM Future Trends Theatre in the IBC2018 Future Zone.

Clack’s presentation, titled “Transforming Media Asset Management With Artificial Intelligence,” is scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 16, 11:20-11:40 a.m. The IBC2018 Future Zone will be located in Hall 8 of the RAI Amsterdam.

Clack will present a new vision for MAM driven by AI-based speech recognition, video analysis, and image analysis capabilities. He will describe how partnerships with leading AI vendors and aggregators can put a world of powerful new logging, tagging, and search capabilities at MAM users’ fingertips and make it easier than ever for operations to access, manage, and archive tremendous volumes of content.

“In this presentation, we’re looking forward to how media workflows can be transformed through the pairing of leading-edge AI-based media analysis platforms with today’s most advanced MAM solutions,” Clack said. “Combining AI engines that automatically log and tag content with the power of MAM and media workflow automation tools yields powerful benefits. Users can unlock the potential of speech to text and automatic language translation, and they can tag content automatically based on attributes such as people, places, things, and even sentiment.”

Square Box Systems’ CatDV, one of the world’s most widely adopted MAMs, helps teams organize, communicate, and collaborate effectively in organizations that create or manage a large volume of digital media. Targeting production, postproduction, and repurposing of finished media assets, CatDV is well-suited to content creators in traditional broadcast and production, as well as many other types of businesses.

At IBC2018, CatDV will be on display in Square Box Systems’ stand, 7.A51.

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InSync Technology at IBC2018

InSync Technology is a specialist in motion compensated frame rate conversion. Content owners with assets that aren’t in the format or frame rate needed for their chosen audience’s displays must carry out standards conversion in order to match the various display sizes and frame rates. Good standards conversion is essential to preserve the quality (and therefore the value) of the material.

FrameFormer by InSync is a software motion compensated standards converter that is available as a plug-in for popular edit software such as Adobe Premiere Pro and Final Cut Pro X, as a component in Imagine Communications’ SelenioFlex™ File, and as a stand-alone application supplied by InSync Technology for integration into custom workflows.

FrameFormer runs under Linux, Windows, and Mac operating systems and targets CPU-only deployment for maximum flexibility.

At IBC2018, InSync will announce several new integrations — including deployments within Dalet AmberFin and other media asset management systems, Marquise Technologies’ MIST mastering system, and the Hiscale FLICS transcoding environment — that provide more flexibility and options when deploying FrameFormer.

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Frame rate and format conversions are often essential elements in a content workflow. Repurposing material for international distribution, reformatting movies for TV broadcast, or converting assets for web and mobile delivery all require high quality standards conversion within the media chain.

To give customers more choice in how and where they use FrameFormer, InSync has partnered with a number of broadcast workflow solutions providers, making FrameFormer available within a range of products. At IBC2018, InSync will announce several new integrations, including deployment within Dalet AmberFin and other media asset management systems and the Marquise Technologies MIST mastering system.

IBC visitors can see these integrations on Dalet Stand 8.B77 and Marquise Technologies Stand 7.D49.

Hiscale FLICS Integration for Cloud Pay-Per-Use Converter Option

Many broadcasters and content owners face unexpected needs for frame rate and format conversion. For example, footage that was expected to be 1080 50i turns out to be 720 30p, and there’s no option to reshoot, or a client requests a clip for integration into a UHD 59p program, but the only version on the server is HD 50i. Keeping a standards converter on standby for such situations is not cost-effective.

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At IBC2018, a new option for a pay-per-use standards conversion solution will be demonstrated — FrameFormer for FLICS. The FrameFormer for FLICS solution is already in evaluation with a major European broadcaster. The demonstration will show the outstanding quality available from the FrameFormer standards converter within the Hiscale FLICS video transcoding platform.

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On InSync Stand 8.D97, visitors will see results of the FrameFormer software motion compensated standards converter converting a range of UHD content between multiple different frame rates. The demonstrations will allow customers to see up-close the superb quality available with FrameFormer and its ability to handle a wide range of material, including content produced with High Dynamic Range.

InSync invites customers to compare the UHD source with the FrameFormer conversion to verify the quality of conversion. The proof of a great standards converter is in its ability to handle high contrast, fast moving, detailed content, which the demonstration will clearly show.

“Multiplatform distribution of content is essential in today’s broadcast and media services, and with the proliferation of different content formats, new tools such as HDR and WCG, and production now at 8K and beyond, there’s never been more need for high quality standards conversion. Repurposing material for multiple distribution platforms not only allows you to grow your audience, it also enables you to generate more value from each asset. However, the value of your assets can be lost, and audiences can switch off if you don’t pay attention to quality. FrameFormer by InSync ensures that you get the best from your assets, whatever the application.” Paola Hobson, Managing Director, InSync Technology Ltd.

DMC Improves Content Quality and Operational Efficiency With Interra Systems’ QC Solution

Interra Systems, a leading global provider of software products and solutions to the digital media industry, today announced that DMC, an Egyptian media company with entertainment and sports television channels, is using Interra Systems’ BATON® file-based QC solution to bring increased scalability, flexibility, and consistency to its QC operations.

BATON provides ultra-precise, automated video, audio, and closed caption checks to improve DMC’s content quality.

“When content quality problems exist, viewers are left dissatisfied, which in turn can hurt our revenue opportunities,” said Ahmed Mostafa, channel technical director at DMC. “We like how flexible the BATON platform is, in terms of communicating seamlessly with our media asset management system and allowing us to switch between automated and manual QC modes. Ultimately, BATON streamlines the delivery of superior quality content, keeping viewers watching longer.”

With manual QC, television channels can perform only a limited number of checks. BATON allows DMC to conduct detailed checks, including standards compliance, regulatory, MXF level, SDI playout, and baseband. DMC is using the BATON Media Player, an optional media player with SDI playout capability, for fast, frame-accurate manual review of content.

BATON’s scalable architecture will enable DMC to expand QC operations as its needs grow and provide high availability at all times, even if a hardware component breaks down. The BATON platform has been seamlessly integrated with DMC’s media asset management (MAM) system for increased operational efficiency.

“Over the years, DMC has been focused on creating a world-class infrastructure in order to maintain its position as a regional leader in media and television,” said Kanishka Tongya, sales director for APAC and MEA at Interra Systems. “All of DMC’s file-based assets pass through the BATON system before being delivered to viewers. By installing BATON, the industry’s most reliable and flexible file-based QC solution, DMC dramatically improves quality of experience for viewers.”

Interra Systems will demonstrate its industry-leading solutions for comprehensive video insights at the 2018 ABE SHOW, Aug. 7-9, Stand 1, with partner Digistor.

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Edmonton Police Service Reaches Milestone of 200,000 Video Assets Stored in CatDV MAM

Through CatDV’s robust search, automation, and storage management capabilities, EPS can cost-effectively access and manage its large and growing library of content for outreach, training, and internal communications.

EPS employs almost 1,800 sworn officers and an additional 700 civilian staff, operating out of 15 stations throughout the city. With such a large workforce, effective training and consistent communications are a top priority for the EPS digital media unit. In addition to managing the department’s website and social media presence, the digital media team produces many terabytes of video content every year, the majority of which is used internally for officer and employee training.

“We are primarily a video production unit, with a minimal crew to produce and manage high volumes of output,” said Bob Allman, video producer with the EPS digital media team. “When we migrated to HD production and a fully digital production workflow almost seven years ago, we looked for a robust media asset management system that could help us store, manage, and access our video assets. It was also important that the system scale to support our future growth. We’re very glad we chose CatDV from Square Box Systems, and it has exceeded all our expectations.”

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EPS has built a smooth and seamless workflow using CatDV for ingest, categorizing and tagging, and archiving. Assets are primarily video footage for internal training but also include video for public outreach campaigns and a large volume of still photos. Once video footage or stills are ingested, the CatDV Worker Node uses predefined workflows to save the clip to the appropriate folder and archive the assets to the EPS shared storage system, with simultaneous backups to nearline and offline storage. For large files, Worker Node automatically creates a low-resolution proxy for user access and review, preserving system resources by enabling sharing of the proxy rather than the full-resolution file.

“We realized right from the beginning how much more efficient we could be with CatDV, but it’s especially valuable now that we’ve begun to work with 4K and very large files,” Allman added. “Our team members can start ingesting a file and then go home for the evening, and then when they come in the next morning, Worker Node has backed it up and put it in the media pool, ready for cataloguing in CatDV.”

CatDV’s customizable interface has allowed the digital media team to adapt the system over the years as its needs have evolved. As the organization grows and requirements change, the team is flagging types of content that might not have even existed a few years ago. CatDV’s on-screen customization makes it very easy to adapt the system to the team’s workflows.

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“The seamless integration of CatDV with storage systems means that the EPS digital media team members can always find the content they need, without having to worry about where it lives and without ever having to leave the CatDV interface,” said Dave Clack, CEO, Square Box Systems. “Plus, CatDV’s ability to handle large volumes of content and scale with the organization is particularly valuable to EPS, all enabled by its metadata-handling capabilities. When EPS recently celebrated its 125th anniversary, CatDV played a big role in the celebration by helping the team access historical footage and photos. We are confident that they’ll still be using CatDV when the 150th celebration comes around!”

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Ooyala and Avid Collaborate on MAM Solution

The new Flex Media Platform now provides comprehensive, fully integrated media logistics functionality.

With this new integration, Ooyala and Avid now offer a best-of-breed solution to get content to consumers seamlessly, rapidly and in a manner that is truly streamlined to maximize ROI.

“Media companies are managing growing inventories of high quality content, and they want a solution that eliminates the complexity of the process while increasing operational efficiencies,” said Jonathan Huberman, CEO, Ooyala. “Being an Avid Alliance Partner means customers won’t have to uproot their existing tools and systems in order to have the most comprehensive solution possible. They can now leverage the advanced Media Logistics capabilities of the Flex Media Platform seamlessly within their existing Avid infrastructure.”

Managing video assets is a common challenge for many media companies that handle large amounts of content yet lack efficient metadata capabilities. Ooyala, a leading provider of software and services that simplify the complexity of producing, streaming and monetizing video, solves this challenge with the Flex Media Platform. It is an open and extensible video production, delivery and content-supply-chain-optimization platform that simplifies and streamlines the process of managing, curating, orchestrating, publishing, measuring and monetizing video content. Among other features, the platform can automate the assignment and management of metadata across complex, fast-growing inventories of video assets.

The integration empowers customers with advanced metadata modelling using metadata aggregated from a variety of sources. Assets can be seamlessly transferred from cloud-based storage into existing Avid production environments.

“By integrating the metadata capabilities of the Ooyala Flex Media Platform, we’re powering a best-of-breed solution that provides a ‘single source of truth’ and better overall orchestration of the process,” said Ed Caracappa, Sr. Director Global Alliances at Avid. “We’re now able to provide modern content supply chain solutions to digital media production processes that continue to become vastly more complex.”

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