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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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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ENCO to Showcase Automated Captioning Advances at 2019 NAB Show

ENCO is coming to the 2019 NAB Show in Las Vegas with a bevy of new advances in its award-winning enCaption4 automated captioning solution. Just weeks after introducing new configurations that bring the benefits of captions to radio audiences for the first time, the company will unveil enhancements that further improve enCaption4’s renowned performance and deployment flexibility for television broadcasters, OTT service providers and AV professionals. ENCO will demonstrate these developments in booth N2524.

Providing automated closed and open captioning for live and pre-recorded content in near-real-time, the software-defined enCaption4 platform enables broadcasters and content producers to cost-effectively meet regulatory requirements and growing consumer demand. Building on ENCO’s patented automated captioning approach, enCaption4 combines machine learning with a neural-network speech-to-text engine to deliver exceptional accuracy with extremely low latency.

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The newest enCaption4 advances further enhance these benefits, offering significant accuracy improvements while shortening the delay between spoken words and the corresponding on-screen caption display. Augmenting this elevated accuracy, the new update expands the array of sources from which enCaption4 can learn new vocabulary and names. Already able to access newsroom computer system (NRCS) scripts and rundowns using the MOS protocol, enCaption4 now offers additional forms of newsroom integration. The system can also pull information such as sports team rosters and news articles from third-party websites, growing its dictionary to continuously improve its word recognition and spelling precision.

Complementing enCaption4’s ability to distinguish between multiple people speaking based on separate microphone feeds or audio channels, new multi-speaker distinction functionality leverages AI to detect changes between speakers even within a single mixed feed. Improvements to the system’s intelligent punctuation and capitalization also boost caption quality.

“While enCaption4 continues to lead the market with its combination of accuracy, speed, efficiency and cost-effectiveness, there is always room to improve,” said Ken Frommert, President of ENCO. “The demand for captions continues to increase, not only for complying with accessibility regulations but also for helping audiences understand program narration in noisy public spaces or with the volume muted in sound-sensitive environments. The latest enhancements reflect our commitment to ongoing innovation to address this growing need.”

New Options and Configurations

On-premises enCaption appliances have typically output a serial or IP-based data stream of the generated captions to third-party closed caption encoder hardware, which in turn encodes the data into an SDI output signal with embedded captions. Eliminating the requirement for a separate encoder, ENCO’s new optional closed captioning encoder card can be installed directly within the enCaption4 system. This simplifies the signal chain and minimizes equipment maintenance, while its attractive price tag reduces initial equipment costs for customers who don’t already own a standalone caption encoder.

Two new enCaption4 configurations enable entirely cloud-based automated captioning deployments for customers who don’t require baseband signal I/O. enCaption4 was at the vanguard of automated captioning in video-over-IP workflows based on NewTek’s popular NDI® technology. A new dedicated enCaption4 configuration for NDI workflows generates captions from an NDI input stream and keys them directly over the video as an NDI output. Meanwhile, a streaming-focused enCaption4 cloud package accepts encoded IP streams as inputs and outputs captions in WebVTT or raw data formats for display through web-based media players, mobile or OTT apps.

“The flexible enCaption4 software was always able to be hosted anywhere: on-premises or in the cloud,” said Frommert. “Traditionally, video and audio I/O requirements such as SDI connectivity have driven the need for on-premises components. But as streaming service providers operate entirely virtually and more broadcasters turn to cloud-based playout, it becomes possible to run the full captioning workflow in the cloud. We’re pleased to offer new enCaption4 packages optimized for these evolving deployment models.”

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FOR-A America Touts Popular Line-Up at NAB Show New York

At the upcoming NAB Show New York convention, worldwide industry-leading manufacturer FOR-A® will demonstrate video production solutions ideal for corporate video, worship, sports and live production scenarios. NAB New York runs from October 17-18 at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York. FOR-A will exhibit in booth N425.

FOR-A’s booth lineup includes the HVS-490 HANABI switchers, ClassX content creation and graphics playout solution, Variant Systems Group’s Envivo Replay sports and live event replay solution, and ODYSSEY Insight multi-channel video server.

“NAB New York is an important show to FOR-A America,” said Ken Truong, President, FOR-A Corporation of America. “The show is an excellent opportunity to engage with our system integration partners, our family of end users and prospective customers. A regional show allows us an additional opportunity to meet with everyone who was not able to attend the NAB Show in Las Vegas. We look forward to showcasing some of our most popular and latest technology at NAB New York.”

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One focus of FOR-A’s NAB New York booth will be the latest HANABI production video switcher. FOR-A will demonstrate a new workflow solution to provide mux/demux of Dante digital audio into the HVS-490. (Developed by Audiante, Dante distributes uncompressed, multi-channel digital media via standard Ethernet networks.) Dante integration is an addition to the HVS-490’s exclusive feature set, which includes MELite™ technology. MELite extends the switcher’s 2 M/Es to offer 6 M/E performance.

The compact HVS-490 provides users with event memory, macro functions, integrated frame synchronizers and video processors on all inputs, with three multi-viewers available via the HDMI 2.0b output to 4K monitors – making it easy to set up quickly for live performances. The HVS-490 has a new suggested list price of $29,000 in the U.S.

At NAB New York, FOR-A will also provide demonstrations of the ClassX (CG) content creation and graphics playout solution. ClassX is a dedicated broadcast solution for 2D/3D character generation, live motion and play out graphics with numerous layers available. Support for NDI is standard. ClassX is integrated with all of FOR-A’s HANABI production video switchers. ClassX’ graphics suite is popular worldwide with universities, digital signage, live event, and sports production applications. FOR-A is the exclusive distributor of ClassX in North, Central and South America. Suggested list price starts at $9,900 in the U.S.

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ClassX content creation and graphics playout suite

FOR-A will conduct live demonstrations of the latest FOR-A partnership with Variant Systems Group (VSG). Variant’s Envivo Replay is a complete replay solution packaged with an intuitive touch screen user interface that can be learned how to use in 20 minutes. Envivo Replay is being used by several major broadcasters and universities for slow motion replay applications. Integration with all of FOR-A’s HANABI production switchers comes standard.

Highlights of Replay include:

  • four or six iso-channel recording capabilities
  • simultaneous clip storage of multiple angles to clip bins
  • playlists for highlight playback
  • built-in branding capabilities
  • direct and instant publishing to social media platforms
  • supports 3x and 4x high-speed, super slow-motion cameras

Plan a visit to FOR-A’s NAB New York booth to see this unique sports replay solution in action, with promotional pricing (valid through Dec 31, 2018) of $22,000 in the U.S. with four input and two output channels. FOR-A America is the exclusive distributor of Envivo Replay in the U.S. and Canada, along with Central and South Americas.

FOR-A will also showcase ODYSSEY’s Insight Production Server – a versatile four channel playout system designed for studio and OB Van environments. Offering a Web interface for control from any device with a web browser (no installation required), the multi-channel 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. Suggested list price of the Insight server begins at $19,900 in the U.S.

NEP Mobile Unit Selects FUJINON 4K UHD Zoom Lenses

Premier mobile production provider, NEP Group, has equipped its latest truck, the M-15 – a 4K unit with advanced IP delivery capability – with a range of FUJINON 4K UHD lenses.

While build on the M-15 is in its final stages of completion, the new lenses are being used to cover Seattle Mariner baseball games for the Root Sports Northwest network.

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UA107x8.4BESM shooting a Seattle Mariners’ Game at Safeco Field

Currently, the eight FUJINON UA107x8.4BESM 4K Box Field lenses, three UA24x7.8BERM 4K UHD lenses and three UA14x4.5BERD 4K UHD Wide-Angle lenses complement Grass Valley LDK Series 4K UHD cameras on NEP’s M-5 for Seattle area baseball coverage.

In addition to being a fully 4K capable production truck, the M-15 will be NEP USMU’s second ST 2110-capable regional mobile unit. (SMPTE ST 2110 standards specify the carriage, synchronization, and description of IP streams for real-time video production and playout).

“We appreciate our longstanding relationship with Fujifilm and are looking forward to M-15 hitting the road, complete with our new 4K UHD lenses,” said Glen Levine, President, NEP U.S. “The IP system alongside the superior production tools will propel live coverage to a whole new level. For now, the lenses are already creating outstanding images of the Mariner games on the M-5.”

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“Production teams and crews like the quality of NEP’s newest set of FUJINON lenses.” Speaking about the UA107x, Levine added, “We went with these lenses because of their 900mm telephoto and their ability to do tight shots from long distances. Camera operators have come back from the games happy with how tight they were able to go.”

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NEP’s M-15 will be fully 4K capable. “The cost/performance ratio of the entire FUJINON 4K lens range makes them ideal for this new truck,” said Levine. “We always do a thorough cost evaluation, but we will never sacrifice quality to cut costs. These lenses offer great quality while being cost-effective.”

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BFE to renew Ingest and Playout servers for ZDF

Main, backup and test playout systems in Mainz as well as a DR playout server in Berlin will be replaced with Harmonic Spectrum X components.

The ingest systems will use Harmonic Spectrum X components with a Harmonic MediaGrid storage system as well as Adobe Premiere Pro Creative Cloud for editing and error correction. The new servers will be integrated in the existing Pebble Beach Automation Marina and the Avid Interplay MAM system.

With a proof of concept, BFE was able to demonstrate the performance and qualification of the offered system and thus began working on the detailed specifications in February. In this phase, BFE is collaborating with the ZDF to create a detailed migration concept, which ensures safe “on air” exchange of the video servers while maintaining the performance of the running system at any time.

Following the project handover, ZDF will rely, within a 60-month SLA contract, on BFE’s service and support competencies.

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La Télé Chooses Harmonic Playout Solution

Tight Integration of Harmonic’s Spectrum™ X Solution and Polaris™ Automation With Chyro™ Traffic System, Aveco ASTRA News Production Automation and Incite MAM Streamlines HD Broadcast Operations.

Harmonic, the worldwide leader in video delivery technology and services, today announced that La Télé, a broadcast news channel based in Switzerland, has deployed a comprehensive live and scheduled playout solution that leverages the power of Harmonic’s Spectrum™ X media server and Polaris™ Play automation to control scheduled playout operations and Aveco automation for live news coverage. Featuring powerful playout, news production and channel-in-a-box (CiaB) capabilities, the solution increases workflow efficiency and reliability for the delivery of high-quality live and recorded HD video, enabling La Télé to deliver a rich on-air presentation to its viewers.

“Recently, we decided to upgrade our playout workflow. Having a powerful media server at the heart of our operations was a top priority,” said François Vittoz, technical director at La Télé. “Harmonic offers the most critical component for any playout system — rock-solid reliability, along with extensive deployment experience and a stellar reputation in powering leading news channels. The Spectrum X media server simplifies our workflow, saving us money and allowing us to deliver higher quality branded programming to consumers.”

La Télé is using Harmonic’s Spectrum X media server and Polaris Play automation system integrated with a Chyro™ traffic system and IMC Technologies Incite MAM software to ensure uninterrupted execution of the playlist and optimal playout of local news and events, including playlists, on-air graphics and subtitles. Combining file and live ingest with comprehensive integrated channel playout capabilities, Harmonic’s Spectrum X system lowers La Télé’s capital and operational costs. IMC Technologies provided supplier and integration services, ensuring a quick and seamless deployment.

During live events, video is recorded on the Spectrum X media server. The Aveco ASTRA automation system takes control of the Spectrum X media server and a Caspar CG system, allowing La Télé to brand its live programming with custom graphics. The Aveco automation system is also integrated with the Incite MAM and a newsroom computer system (NRCS) from Octopus to further ensure flawless playout of live news and events.

“La Télé wanted a faster workflow, and upgrading its media asset management solution was a great way to achieve that,” said Georges Nakhlé managing director at IMC Technologies. “We designed and integrated a complete system for the channel that includes a simple traffic system and a robust media server.”

“Our Spectrum X media server features high availability, making it ideal for a local news organization like La Télé, where it’s important to get on-air quickly,” said Ian Graham, vice president of sales, EMEA and LATAM, at Harmonic. “Being embedded in the Spectrum X server core software, Polaris Play enables seamless integration with the Chyro traffic system to ensure uninterrupted execution of the playlist. By supporting fixed and open-ended live events, Harmonic’s end-to-end playout solution provides maximum flexibility for fast-changing news environments.”

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