Belarus TV elevates European Games 2019 live production

With 15 sports attracting more than 4,000 participating athletes, the European Games is one of world sports’ largest competitions. ISB was appointed the main contractor, producing the world feed from the Belarusian capital Minsk.

ISB’s mobile production called on Belarus TV’s mobile production resources to cover the opening and closing ceremonies and the event’s most important games, including OB Vans and support vans. Belarus TV deployed the flightcase studios for the unilateral signals. All of the OB Vans are newly commissioned and were developed and delivered by German system integration company Broadcast Solutions at the beginning of this year. During the Games, Broadcast Solutions provided production support with dedicated specialists that monitored the production and technology.

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“We are very happy to support ISB producing the TV-programme for one of the most prestigious sports events that took place in Belarus so far, especially as a Belarusian company,” says Alexey Washjurine, Deputy CTO of Belarus TV. “ISB’s trust in our teams and the newly acquired production tools validates our decision to invest in mobile production tools from Broadcast Solutions. During the event the OB Vans worked smoothly and Broadcast Solutions’ support on-site was just perfect.“

Each mobile production set comprises an 18-camera HD OB Van, a four-camera HD flightcase studio and a support vehicle. All four OB Vans have an identical design and work as 20-ton semitrailers with two extensions and up to 18 cameras operating in HD – two wireless, two SuperSlomo and 14 standard HD-cameras.

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Onboard the OB Vans is a selection of Grass Valley cameras, vision mixers, video routers, multiviewers and slow motion servers. The audio relies on Calrec Audio broadcast consoles and audio routers. IHSE KVM systems secure access to computers and workstations, and the intercoms are based on Riedel Artist systems.

The flightcase studios also employ Grass Valley cameras, with FOR.A vision mixers and Ross Video routers. Yamaha mixers manage the audio, with KVM systems from Guntermann & Drunck.

For orchestration within the OB Vans and flightcase studios, Belarus TV opted for Broadcast Solutions’ proprietary control system, hi – hi controls all production-relevant areas in the vehicles such as video routers, multiviewers, audio routers and tally. Intuitive touch controls and newly developed hi hardware controls simplify day-to-day production operations in the OB Vans.

The European Games are an international multi-sport competition among athletes of the European continent held every four years under the direction of the European Olympic Committees.

The 2nd European Games, hosted by the Belarusian capital of Minsk, comprised 15 sports, eight of which provide qualifying status to the Olympic Games 2020 in Tokyo. Competitions in boxing and judo were held in the European Championships status. A total of more than 4,000 athletes participated.

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Yamaha Makes Meetings Even More Simple With Updates to CS-700 Collaboration System

The update improves the camera performance and adds access to image setting controls, allowing participants to experience a crisp, more true-to-life meeting in any huddle room.

“We developed the CS-700 to simplify the meeting experience, and after listening to our customers, we further strengthened the performance and options of our HD camera to make it even easier to achieve high-quality video,” said Mike Fitch, vice president, global sales and marketing, Yamaha UC. “This is the first of many updates we have planned as part of our commitment to ensuring the CS-700 delivers best-in-class collaboration capabilities.”

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The version 1.1.1 update adds backlight compensation to provide more image brightness and reduce sharpness. It also unlocks control settings, allowing IT to adjust the image to fit the room’s lighting environment. Increasing service response and efficiency, IT staff can update all units simultaneously and control image quality via the system’s integrated network management system.

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Yamaha UC Creates Natural, Clear Interactions for Remote Learning Environments at LTSMG Conference

Enabling superior audio and video conversations to support remote learning environments in higher education, Yamaha Unified Communications has announced it will demonstrate the YVC-200 Portable USB + Bluetooth Speakerphone and CS-700 Video Sound Bar at Learning and Teaching Spaces Managers Group (LTSMG) Conference 2018 at the Loughborough University London, Nov. 14-16.

“Audio and video are vital parts of remote learning classrooms. Users — educators and students alike — must have a clear, natural, and reliable experience no matter where they’re located,” said Phil Stanley, sales director EMEA at Yamaha Unified Communications. “At LTSMG, attendees will see how our YVC-200 and CS-700 solutions support a new generation of students and educators who need tools that are as accessible and easy to use as their laptop and mobile devices, enabling them to learn and teach on the go or in remote learning environments with the best audio and video.”

On display during the conference, the portable YVC-200 provides ample, clear audio for students’ and educators’ remote learning needs. Integrated with Yamaha’s leading sound processing technologies, including adaptive echo cancellation and Human Voice Activity Detection, the unit zeroes in on speech rather than background noise, making it the perfect audio sharing device for educators to record audio for webcast and online presentations.

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The unit’s intelligent microphone delivers full-duplex conversation without sound dropouts, even when multiple people are speaking at once in online discussion sessions. Its powerful speaker presents audio that sounds as clean and crisp as in-person, so students never miss critical information. Equipped with USB, Bluetooth, and fast pairing to NFC-enabled devices, the YVC-200 can connect to a PC or smart device so users can start or join a remote class offered over any audio, video, or web conferencing application. The lightweight device is available in white or black and fits in the palm of the user’s hand for convenient portability.

The CS-700 Video Sound Bar is the perfect system to support administration and departmental meetings or for small tech rooms and labs for learning teams on remote campuses. The solution optimizes audio, video, and presentation capabilities to ensure the highest quality collaboration experience in a wall-mounted unit. The all-in-one, space-saving system is easy to install and deploy.

It features an adaptive beamforming microphone array for perfectly captured conversation; four Yamaha speaker elements to provide the highest degree of audio intelligibility; and a wide-angle HD camera for far-end participants to see everyone in clear detail. Users can quickly connect to an organization’s chosen UC platform, eliminating the frustrations and inefficiencies of operating disparate video, audio, and collaboration components. In addition, the CS-700’s integrated network management system allows IT staff to deploy and remotely manage each unit from one location, increasing service response and efficiency.

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AIMS Membership Swells to 96 Members Following MNA Merger

Since the organization’s merger with the Media Networking Alliance (MNA) was announced late last year, more than 20 companies have joined AIMS.

The following companies have joined AIMS since the MNA merger, bringing the total number of member organizations to 96: ALC Networx, Attero Tech, Alteros Inc., Axis, the BBC, Bosch, Digigram, Direct Out, DongGuan 3G Audio Technology Co. Ltd., Focusrite, Genelec, Hangzhou Linker Technology, Luminex, LYNX- Technik, Mellanox, Merging Technologies, Ningbo Soundking, QSC, Suzhou FITCAN, TOA, Ward-Beck Systems, Wheatstone Corporation, and Yamaha.

The former MNA organization was focused on AES67 interoperability, and its membership included companies doing business in the broadcast, professional audio, pro AV, and installation markets. After a two-year history of collaboration, the MNA and AIMS memberships voted to merge last December and form a single trade association for promoting IP in the media and entertainment industry. The new joint organization has retained the AIMS name and is governed by the existing AIMS bylaws. Through the merger, former MNA members are now working through AIMS on adopting common methodologies for transport, registration and discovery, connection management, and other areas of interoperability.

“Like AIMS, MNA members were committed to adopting a standards-based approach to interoperability. In their case, it was interoperability between various IP-based audio networks via the use of AES67, and they made tremendous strides toward that goal,” said Michael Cronk, AIMS chairman of the board. “By merging with AIMS, these companies are having even broader impact on the industries they serve — and they’re a driving force behind true industry-wide AV IP interoperability across the broadcast, installed systems, and live sound markets. We’re proud to welcome former MNA member companies to the AIMS fold, and with their input we’re continuing to expand our influence across a larger cross section of the media and entertainment industry.”

Revolabs Given 5-Star Rating in CRN’s 2018 Partner Program Guide

Revolabs® Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Yamaha Corporation, announced today that CRN®, a brand of The Channel Company, has given Revolabs a 5-Star rating in its 2018 Partner Program Guide.

This annual guide is the definitive listing of partner programs from technology vendors that provide products and services through the IT channel. The 5-Star Partner Program Guide rating recognizes an elite subset of companies that offer solution providers the best partnering elements in their channel programs.

To determine the 2018 5-Star ratings, The Channel Company’s research team assessed each vendor’s partner program based on investments in program offerings, partner profitability, partner training, education and support, marketing programs and resources, sales support, and communication.

Revolabs’ and Yamaha’s professional microphone systems and conference phones for telephony and unified communications are exclusively sold through its CORE (Committed, Open‐Minded, Responsive, Engaged) Reseller Program. This network of global partners is dedicated to delivering the best audio experience through Revolabs’ and Yamaha’s best-in-class audio solutions. The program helps distinguish their business from the competition, with every channel partner receiving the tools and benefits to drive growth. This includes attractive incentive programs, online deal registration, sales support, marketing tools, onboarding support, and training.

“Finding the right technology vendor to partner with can be a daunting task, given the vast array of choices now available to solution providers,” said Robert Faletra, Executive Chairman of The Channel Company. “CRN’s Partner Program Guide and 5-Star ratings help them narrow the field and find the best fit, identifying the most rewarding partner programs and providing crucial insight into their strengths and benefits. We are pleased to present our 2018 PPG list, recognizing the strongest and most successful partner programs in the channel today.”

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“The key challenges for channel partners today are product differentiation and profitability. With our CORE program, our partners separate themselves from the competition with superior audio solutions their customers can trust and depend on,” said Michael Fitch, vice president, North American sales at Revolabs. “Being recognized once again as a 5-Star CRN Partner underscores our commitment in supporting our channel partners in delivering the bedrock of organizational success — natural and effective communication in any space.”

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