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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FOR-A Highlights Integrated Product Range for House of Worship Applications

At the WFX Conference and Expo later this month, FOR-A® will showcase its range of technology ideal for houses of worship. FOR-A’s WFX booth lineup includes the HVS-490 HANABI video production switcher, Variant Systems Group’s Envivo Studio production suite, ClassX content creation and graphics playout solution, and the ODYSSEY Insight video server. FOR-A will exhibit in Booth #750 during the show which runs from September 17-19 in the Orlando Convention Center.

“WFX Expo continues to be an important show to FOR-A America,” said Ken Truong, President, FOR-A Corporation of America. “It’s very targeted and provides an excellent opportunity to engage with our system integration partners, dealers, and house of worship customers. Plus, many attendees at WFX may not make it out to the NAB Show in Las Vegas or IBC in Amsterdam. We get a chance to show them some of our newest technology and how it directly benefits their applications. It’s always been a very successful event for FOR-A.”

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Envivo Studio production system

Just introduced at NAB 2019, Variant Systems will showcase the new Envivo Studio to WFX attendees. Envivo Studio is an all-in-one live production system that includes a clip player, still store, shot box, and powerful capabilities, including:

  • Live switcher (cut camera inputs)
  • Internal keyer (multi-layer overlay)
  • Switcher support (key/fill
  • Drive multiple venue screens (IMAG)
  • VDCP control
  • 24hr loop record inputs
  • Built-in slow-motion replay
  • Coaching review tool
  • Time shift

The compact HANABI HVS-490 opens the door to more affordable 4K production. HDMI 2.0b specification support provides 4K output to a multi-viewer. Offering exclusive features, including MELite™ technology, which extends the switcher’s 2 M/Es to offer 6 M/E performance, the HVS-490 is designed for use in any live environment, including mobile shoots, events, and in-house corporate productions. The switcher provides users with event memory and macro functions, as well as integrated frame synchronizers and multi viewers – making it easy to set up quickly for live performances.

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HANABI HVS-490 video switcher

A demo of the latest ClassX solution of 2D/3D character generation and live motion graphics and playout software integrated with FOR-A video switchers will be on the FOR-A WFX booth. ClassX’s graphics suite of solutions is popular with universities, digital signage, live event, and sports production applications. FOR-A is the exclusive distributor of ClassX in North, Central and South America. The agreement provides broadcasters and live event producers with the ability to create and play out ClassX real-time broadcast graphics integrated with FOR-A video switchers.

ClassX offers a complete solution with pixel-perfect, real-time 2D and 3D motion graphics and titling, SportsGraphics, SocialServer, MOS newsroom interface, clip playing automation, picture-in-picture and a multi-functional scripting facility. ClassX is 12G-compatible and supports Dante® digital audio for playout.

ODYSSEY’s Insight Production Server is a multi-channel playout system, available in a two- or four-channel configuration. Offering a Web interface for control from any device with a web browser (no installation required), the video server provides a wide range of supported wrappers and codecs for media contribution and video play out with time delay playback. Insight’s flexible event processor allows users to connect multiple devices and interact with FOR-A production video switchers, routing switchers, CG generators, GPIO-connected devices and other studio equipment to orchestrate event triggering for a seamless production.

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Macnica Accelerates Development of Interoperable SMPTE ST 2110 Solutions

Macnica, a leader in live video over IP transport technologies, will bring its latest innovations for broadcast and commercial AV interoperability to IBC2019 next month (September 13-17, RAI Amsterdam). Macnica continues to expand its SMPTE ST 2110 and NMOS OEM developer products, which includes the global debut of its first System on Module (SoM) solution specific to broadcast applications.

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Macnica will also showcase its existing VIPA range of accelerated network interface cards, including its ultra-wideband 25Gb/s VIPA25 module introduced at the 2019 NAB Show in April. The demonstrations will also include Macnica’s MPA1000 module for 1Gb/s AV over IP transport applications.

“Macnica aggressively investing in its portfolio of OEM and develop products, and active in the community effort to develop open standards for the AV over IP transport in the broadcast and AV markets,” said Andrew Starks, Director of Product Management at Macnica. “Our goal is to offer our customers a flexible range of 1Gb/s, 10 Gb/S and 25 Gb/s solutions to cover virtually any transport application and bitrate. We are building these solutions using an open standards, such as ST 2110, to ensure interoperability across the next generation of video products and systems, and the best possible long-term value proposition for our customers worldwide.”

SoM Innovations

IBC2019 marks the global unveiling of EASYSS10, a 10GbE ST 2110 to SDI gateway System on Module. Designed for hybrid routers, signal processing systems and gateway devices, the EASYSS10 and the available reference board make the transition to standards-based Broadcast IP products simple and efficient.

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The EASYSS10 includes six SDI inputs and six SDI outputs that are compatible with HD-SDI and 3G-SDI. On the networking side, dual SFP+ ports support redundant media networks.

At its IBC2019 stand (2.A18), Macnica will exhibit the robust designs and resiliency of EASYSS10 in a live demonstration, showcasing its seamless protection switching over redundant networks. This ensures compliance with the SMPTE 2022-7 standard, which protects broadcasters against dropped packets by moving signals over two parallel networks.

Macnica will also show MPA1000, a full-stack AV over IP module that brings low-latency IP video transport to OEM manufacturers and an array of professional AV products. Macnica’s MPA1000 transports compressed UHD 60P 4:4:4 video, audio and control over a standard 1GbE connection.

Macnica AVoIP Module

The module is field-configurable to transmit or receive signals; once connected to the network, the media traffic is discoverable through the included NMOS IS-04/05 services – an open standard for publishing and discovery of content streams.

The MPA1000’s innovation is enhanced through simple configuration and control – a core design principle of the module. The module features an integrated web server that will host a RESTful API along with a web application that is fully customizable for each user. Macnica additionally offers an MPA1000 Development Kit for testing and development purposes, with design files available on request.

Network Interface Cards

IBC marks the introduction of Macnica’s VIPA 25 PCI Express (PCIe) card, a wide-bandwidth solution for uncompressed 4K transport. The VIPA 25 is a full-stack ST 2110/NMOS solution that accelerates ST 2110 media flow network processing and timing workload from the CPU. It provides a straightforward, simple API that includes NMOS IS-04/05 and GStreamer filters (source and sync)—making it ready for developers to start creating next-generation, IP-networked broadcast applications on open standards. An optional 12G-SDI daughtercard adds SDI support with seamless API access alongside ST 2110.

Macnica will also show its recently introduced 10GbE card, the VIPA 10, at IBC, including. some of the new capabilities of its software development kit (SDK). Both VIPA solutions support all ratified standard subtypes to optimize flexibility for developers.

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Hitachi Kokusai to Showcase Award-Winning Professional Camera Innovations at InfoComm 2019

Hitachi Kokusai Electric America, Ltd. (Hitachi Kokusai) is bringing its newest professional camera solutions to next week’s InfoComm 2019 conference and exhibition in Orlando, Florida. Demonstrations in booth 4875 will include the A/V industry trade show debut of the award-winning new SK-HD1800 HDTV studio and field production camera, and the latest enhancements to the DK-H200 multi-format, compact box camera for remote and point-of-view (POV) applications.

The SK-HD1800 combines Hitachi Kokusai’s advanced CMOS imaging technology with a motorized, remote filter wheel to deliver spectacular image quality for mobile and event-based productions even in environments with challenging LED lighting and displays. The camera’s global shutter, progressive-scan sensors enable flawless, flicker-free, high-performance video capture in churches, sporting arenas, concert venues, TV studios and other facilities where LED lights or large LED displays are used. The advanced 1080p sensors combine with Hitachi Kokusai’s renowned digital signal processing to deliver pristine visual quality with superior sensitivity, outstanding color reproduction and a remarkable 62dB signal-to-noise ratio.

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Pairing the SK-HD1800 with a camera control unit (CCU) from Hitachi Kokusai’s CU-HD1300 series forms an exceptionally flexible camera system supporting a wide range of video infrastructures and industry trends, from 4K output over 12G-SDI to IP-based workflows using the SMPTE ST 2110 suite of standards. Addressing the growing demand for High Dynamic Range (HDR) video, the SK-HD1800 supports HDR specifications including HLG (Hybrid Log-Gamma) and HPQ, the latter of which is compatible with the HDR10 open standard for consumer TVs. The SK-HD1800 camera system also offers simultaneous HDR and standard dynamic range (SDR) output in conjunction with the CU-HD1300.

HDR support is also the newest feature in Hitachi Kokusai’s recently-upgraded DK-H200 1080p compact box camera for remote observation and POV acquisition. The DK-H200’s 2.6 million pixel, 2/3-inch MOS sensors deliver sharp, clear images and combine with advanced digital signal processing to provide superior picture quality with low noise, faithful color fidelity and exceptional sensitivity. Like the SK-HD1800, with the latest firmware release, the DK-H200 now supports both HLG and HPQ specifications for HDR. Ideal for robotic camera applications, the DK-H200 will be demonstrated in conjunction with a pan/tilt head from KXWELL International.

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“Our new SK-HD1800 camera and updated DK-H200 were both very well-received by broadcasters and content producers when we unveiled them at the NAB Show in April, and we look forward to showcasing their benefits for professional A/V applications to InfoComm attendees,” said Sean Moran, Chief Operating Officer, Hitachi Kokusai Electric America Ltd. “InfoComm continues to be the premier event for systems integrators and A/V end-users to discover the latest innovations and practical solutions in this rapidly-evolving industry. The SK-HD1800 and DK-H200 are designed to address the hottest topics on their minds, from AV over IP to HDR.”

ADTH opens new R and D facility in Taiwan

This coincides with a major expansion of the ADTH Tolka range of broadcast, OTT and IPTV content protection products which was announced at the April 8th though 11th US National Association of Broadcasters’ Show in Las Vegas. “The new facility strengthens our engineering resources at a time when the television industry gearing for the transition from HD to 4K and onward to 8K,” comments ADTH CEO Michael Day.

“Our aim is to ensure television viewers have the greatest possible choice in what, when and where they choose to watch. One of Tolka’s greatest strengths is its ability to think outside the box, quite literally in the case of our DGI 1012 which we introduced to the US market at NAB. This is a plug-in micro-receiver which allows customers of Tolka network operators to view free-to-air or pay-TV on their mobile phones or tablet computers.”

Located at Taiwan’s capital city, Taipei, the ADTH R & D facility will operate as a centre of excellence with a dedicated engineering team focused on the development of new products and services as well as the enhancement of the existing Tolka product range.

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Hitachi Kokusai Wins Best of Show Award from TV Technology for SK-HD1800 Studio and Mobile Production Camera at NAB 2019

The new SK-HD1800 HDTV studio and fieldproduction camera from Hitachi Kokusai Electric America, Ltd. (Hitachi Kokusai) was honored at the 2019 NAB Show with a Best of Show Award from Future plc publication TV Technology. The feature-packed SK-HD1800 combines the advanced CMOS imaging technology first implemented in Hitachi Kokusai’s popular Z-HD5500 camera – itself a previous Best of Show Award winner – with a motorized, remote filter wheel to deliver impeccable image quality for mobile and event-based productions even in venues with challenging LED lighting and displays.

Future’s TV Technology Best of Show Awards are evaluated by a panel of engineers and industry experts, and are selected based on innovation, feature set, cost efficiency and performance in serving the industry. The winners will be featured in TV Technology, the digital television authority serving the broadcast, cable, production, post production, business and new media markets. TV Technology is read in print and online by thousands ofindustry professionals in the United States and around the world.

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“We are thrilled that TV Technology has selected the SK-HD1800 as a Best of Show Award winner,” said John J. Humphrey, Vice President of Business Development, Hitachi Kokusai Electric America Ltd. “Our goal with the SK-HD1800 was to incorporate all of the features that customers are looking for in a broadcast-class HDTV camera today, and combine them with future-friendly flexibility at an easily-accessible price point. Recognition with this award is sign that we’ve succeeded in meeting these objectives and delivering what today’s broadcasters and production professionals need.”

The SK-HD1800’s global shutter, progressive-scan, CMOS imagers adapt easily to a wide range of LED lighting conditions, enabling flawless, high-performance video capture in TV studios, churches, sporting arenas, concert venues and other facilities where LED lights or large LED displays are used. The advanced 1080p sensors combine with Hitachi Kokusai’s renowned digital signal processing to deliver pristine visual quality with superior sensitivity, excellent color fidelity and a remarkable 62dB signal-to-noise ratio. The SK-HD1800 supports High Dynamic Range specifications includingHLG (Hybrid Log-Gamma) and HPQ, which is compatible with the HDR10 open standard for consumer TVs.

Pairing the HDR-capable SK-HD1800 with a CCU from Hitachi Kokusai’s CU-HD1300 series forms an exceptionally flexible camera system supporting a wide range of production infrastructures and industry trends, from 4K output over 12G-SDI to IP-based workflows using the SMPTE ST 2110 suite of standards.

“The Future Best of Show Awards at NAB are in their sixth year,” said Paul McLane, Future managing director, content. “The program focuses attention on superb innovations in technology as seen around the million-square-foot exhibit floor of the industry’s top trade show. The list of 2019 winners and nominees shows where media technology businesses are headed.”

Broadpeak Wins Three Awards at 2019 NAB Show, Champions Ultra-Low Latency With Multicast ABR

The company’s nanoCDN™ multicast ABR solution with ultra-low latency and device synchronization for live streaming was presented with the 2019 NAB Show Product of the Year Award and IABM’s BaM Award in the Consume category. In addition, Broadpeak’s BroadCache Box was recognized by PRODU magazine in the IP delivery category.

“Broadpeak’s nanoCDN is the only multicast ABR technology on the market today that combines multicast delivery with CMAF and chunked transfer encoding, allowing operators to send video chunks while they are being processed,” said Jacques Le Mancq, CEO at Broadpeak. “Winning these awards acknowledges our hard work, swift responsiveness to industry challenges, and pioneering role in bringing ultra-low-latency multicast ABR, as well as local video caching technology, to the market.”

As the first provider of multicast ABR technology, Broadpeak has set the benchmark for scalable, live multiscreen video delivery. The company’s nanoCDN solution leverages multicast ABR technology to synchronize all devices receiving a live feed in the HLS or MPEG-DASH format. As a result, it eliminates the echo effects of several screens in the same location. It also significantly reduces end-to-end latency, bringing it down from 30 to 40 seconds to where it is with traditional digital TV. By solving these issues, the solution enables pay-TV operators to switch from IPTV technology to full ABR.

In addition, PRODU recognized Broadpeak for its BroadCache Box solution. The solution, deployed by HBO Latin America, leverages local video caching technology to lower CDN costs for broadcasters and content providers. Using BroadCache Box, broadcasters can dramatically reduce CDN costs while boosting subscriber QoE by deploying local caches into the networks of telecom or cable operators. Since the content is streamed from a location closer to end users, latency and network congestion are reduced, resulting in higher video bit rates, faster start times, and uninterrupted viewing sessions.

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