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intoPIX JPEG2000 technology selected for integration in the new “4K Gateway” product of Visual Unity

intoPIX, the leading provider of JPEG 2000 compression solutions, and Visual Unity, an international Systems Integrator providing turnkey solutions for the broadcast and film industry, today announced their strategic collaboration in Visual Unity’s new 4K Gateway product.

“With the broadcast market discovering the 4K format for Over-the-Top (OTT) delivery and the 4K format taking off in the East-European film industry, there is an increasing call for faster-than-software based compression solutions,” says Jakub Kabourek, CEO of Visual Unity. “Integration of the leading intoPIX JPEG2000 FPGA-based compression technology allows 4K Gateway to meet the new challenges of this growing market.”

“We feel proud to be selected as JPEG2000 technology provider by Visual Unity and its technology partners,” says Katty Van Mele, Director of Business Development at intoPIX. “Visual Unity’s 4K Gateway is a unique hardware compression solution that enables real-time streaming of content, even when bandwidth is limited, when multiple streams are simultaneously transported over gigabit networks or when broadcasting to multiple screens.”

Visual Unity will be showcasing 4K Gateway during the IBC Show (Booth 3:B60) in Amsterdam from September 7th-11th.

The intoPIX team is also exhibiting its latest technology developments at IBC (Booth 10:D31).

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About intoPIX
intoPIX is a leading supplier of image compression technology to audiovisual equipment manufacturers. We are passionate about offering people a higher quality image experience and have developed FPGA IP-cores and compression solutions that enable leading-edge JPEG 2000 image compression, security and hardware enforcement. More information on our company, customers and products can be found on www.intopix.com.

About Visual Unity
Visual Unity is an international Systems Integrator bridging the gap between broadcast, IT and IPTV to help clients reach and engage audiences – wherever they are. Since 1991, the team has been designing and delivering turnkey broadcast systems and multiscreen solutions worldwide – from HD Outside Broadcast vehicles and major playout facilities to automated Direct-to-Web platforms. More information on the company, products and services can be found on www.visualunity.com

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DK-Technologies and TSL Professional Products New Strategic Technology Partnership Delivered its First Product at IBC 2012

The new strategic partnership that was formed in August 2012, between DK-Technologies and TSL Professional Products Ltd, manufacturer of hardware and software audio monitoring, tally and power management products, has yielded its first audio measurement product, which launched at IBC 2012.

TSL unveiled the PAM PICo Audio Loudness Meter – at IBC 2012 (Stand 10.B41). Derived from the award-winning compact DK Meter, this latest member of TSL’s Precision Audio Monitor (PAM) product family meets increasing market demand for simple, cost effective audio metering, specifically with loudness measurement.

The new relationship between TSL Professional Products Ltd and DK-Technologies (Stand 8:E60), which manufactures high-quality audio and video metering equipment, aims to bring a range of unique product solutions to a variety of markets including the broadcast industry.

Andy Page, UK Director, DK-Technologies, says: “The partnership with TSL sprang from meetings we had when both companies were involved with equipping new broadcast facilities for a major UK independent television channel. TSL has excellent loudspeaker-based audio monitoring products, while DK offers exceptional audio metering solutions. We noted the synergy between our product ranges and recognised that, by combining our knowledge, we could provide more efficient workflows to not only broadcast, but to theatre, music productions and AV installations.”

Chris Exelby, managing director of TSL Professional Products Ltd, adds: “TSL is delighted to be collaborating with DK-Technologies, as DK has demonstrated true innovation and reliability when it comes to bringing new audio test and measurement products to market. With our combined knowledge, we’re looking to develop some exciting new ways of managing audio across the broadcast chain that will streamline present production needs while anticipating future trends. We are thoroughly energized to begin working with DK to bring our collective mission to fruition.”

TSL’s new PAM PICo Loudness meter is a compact, standalone unit that features DK’s revolutionary StarFish™ surround sound display technology and measures loudness to all known international standards including ITU, EBU R128 and ATSC. To create PAM PICo, DK has adapted its DK Meter to provide a menu structure and metering scales that are unique to TSL, thus enabling PAM PICo to dovetail perfectly with TSL’s existing product range.

Designed for use in any operational position where ‘at a glance’ audio metering is required, PAM PiCo is available in three formats; to display stereo, multichannel or surround sound audio from analogue, AES or embedded SDI signal sources, all measuring Loudness to international standards and recommendations. Simple to use and easy to configure, PAM PiCo puts high quality metering within easy reach of anyone involved in sound production, from operators working throughout broadcast production to music studio technicians and record producers.

“Everyone benefits as a result of this collaboration,” says DK’s Andy Page. “From DK’s point of view we are able to introduce new customers to our range and provide an upgrade path to our more comprehensive audio metering products such as the MSD600. TSL, meanwhile, benefits from having a highly regarded metering solution that fits in perfectly with its existing product offering – and the customer benefits through having a very affordable Loudness measurement solution that can be supplied as an integral part of TSL’s renowned audio management package.”

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About DK-Technologies
DK-Technologies develops and produces audio meters, video sync and test signal generators, as well as video waveform monitors and colour analysers both for LCD and CRT monitors. Alongside its worldwide distributor network, DK-Technologies also operates branch offices in Denmark, Germany, UK and USA. www.dk-technologies.com

DPA Microphones Help The Fukada Tree To Bloom

Internationally renowned recording engineer and lecturer Akira Fukada made an enormous impact at the New York AES Convention in 1997 when he unveiled the Fukada Tree seven microphone arrangement – a totally new technique for recording orchestral music in surround sound for subsequent broadcast or CD release.

Developed to resolve some of the problems engineers had encountered when trying to record spatial environments with traditional omni-directional microphones, the Fukada Tree clarified microphone positioning and also incorporated directional microphones for main and environmental sounds.

Akira Fukada originally developed the Fukada Tree while working for Japanese state broadcaster NHK, but since 2011 he has been CEO of his own company, Dream Windows Inc., that consults on a wide range of music recording, special sound design and audio issues. From the outset, Mr. Fukada specified DPA microphones as best suited to his Tree arrangement because they offer a rich bass and high frequency sound that doesn’t blot during the recording process. These were supplied by DPA’s Japanese distributor Hibino, with whom Mr. Fukada has subsequently presented a number of seminars and workshops explaining the Fukada Tree.

“I insist on using DPA microphones because I like the transparent feel they deliver,” he explains. “When recording piano, for example, they give me the clear attack sound and the beauty of reverberation when the sound attenuates. Their wide dynamic range and rich bass vigorously catches the expression of an orchestra, while for string ensembles recorded in a studio, they capture the rich overtones and give a better feeling of air.”

Since first announcing the Fukada Tree arrangement, Akira Fukada has made a number of positioning modifications to improve front localization, but his choice of microphones remains constant and continues to be DPA.

He says: “The LL/RR microphones on both sides are intended to pick up the orchestrated sound expanse and a smooth sound envelope covering the front and rear sections of the hall. However, I don’t use LL/RR microphones for small music ensembles. My arrangement incorporates DPA 4011A directional microphones and DPA 4006A omnidirectional microphones from the Reference Standard Microphone Series. The configuration of the tree can vary depending on the hall’s acoustic characteristics, while the intervals at which the microphones are placed can also change to conform to the size and formation of the orchestra.”

Ken Kimura, DPA Microphones’ Regional Sales Director, Asia Pacific, says: “Following the upgrade and release of our finest Reference Standard Microphones, and given Mr. Fukada’s requirement for the best audio equipment, I’m very pleased to see that he continues to rely upon our 4006A, 4011A, and 4015A mics for his recording sessions under Dream Windows Inc.”

In recent months Mr. Fukada has used DPA microphones and The Fukada Tree to record a number of prestigious projects including capturing Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 5 with the Saito Kinen Orchestra, directed by Seiji Ozawa.

“I also use DPA microphones for projects that don’t require the Tree,” he says: “Recently I used a DPA 4006 on a Decca Tree stereo configuration to pick up string ambience in a studio setting. I also use a DPA 4015 wide cardioid ORTF for piano, and if I am recording acoustic guitar I like to use a DPA cardioid 4011 XY. For me, DPA microphones are indispensable because they suit any musical instrument and provide all the accuracy that I need.”

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Editors’ information:
DPA Microphones is the leading Danish Professional Audio manufacturer of high quality condenser microphones and microphone solutions for professional applications in studio, broadcast, theatre, video/film and sound reinforcement environments. All DPA microphones and components are manufactured at the company’s purpose-built factory in Denmark.
For more information on DPA Microphones, please visit www.dpamicrophones.com

Jazz Artist Esperanza Spalding Chooses DPA’s d:facto™ Vocal Microphone For Her Live Vocals

Bassist and vocalist artist Esperanza Spalding is currently touring with her new project Radio Music Society with a set-up of DPA microphones, including the new DPA d:facto™ Vocal Microphone that she is using for her vocal performances.

Esperanza Spalding draws upon many genres in her own compositions and has garnered numerous accolades for her musicianship and smooth, experimental sound. In 2011, she won a Grammy for Best New Artist, becoming the first jazz musicians to do so, and her career also includes collaborations with great artists like Wayne Shorter and Joe Lovano.

Jaime Armengol, who works as Esperanza’s sound engineer, chose DPA microphones for her 2012 tour because he was already well aware of the sound quality he could achieve with the brand.

He says: “We are using a full range of d:vote™ 4099 Instrument Microphones and have employed them on piano, upright bass and saxophone. They are really great and are giving incredible results that everyone is very happy with.”

Jaime is also delighted with the performance of DPA’s new d:facto™ Vocal Microphone – and he’s not the only one.

“To begin with I didn’t tell Esperanza that I had changed her microphone, but when we started sound checking she said ‘what did you do with my vocal? It sounds much better and more natural’,” he explains. “After that we decided to make the switch to the d:facto™ and Esperanza is now using it for her vocals during this year’s touring.

“It is a very clean microphone, which is typical of the sound you expect from DPA. I usually use a channel strip (first brands like Universal Audio, Empirical Labs, Millennia, Avalon etc) and the clarity at all frequencies is really impressive. The frequency response cuts the lows appropriately and it has a nice HF boost. It is evident that its capsule comes from one of the best mics ever – the DPA 4011 Cardioid Microphone. I was really impressed with the optimized proximity effect and so far I have not had any problems with feedback or pop and handling noise. I also liked the linearity in frequency and phase and the impressive off-axis response. It is a powerful microphone and DPA has done a really good job!”

DPA’s hand-held d:facto™ Vocal Microphone, which was launched earlier this year at Pro Light + Sound, bridges the gap between live stage performances and studio recordings. Offering an exceptionally natural sound, high separation from nearby sound sources and extreme sound level handling, this microphone is ideal for live music performances as it combines a supercardiod pattern with superb definition to give high separation and true sound color on stage. In common with all DPA mics, d:facto™ features superior gain before feedback, while the inbuilt 3-step pop protection grid effectively removes unwanted noise.
“Esperanza enjoyed the d:facto™ from the first minute she used it – and so did I,” Jaime Armengol adds. “Being able to use it on this tour is a wish fulfilled for me.”

To see Esperanza Spalding Live in Concert using the DPA d:facto, please visit this You Tube link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iRipEPBsuTQ

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Editors’ information:
DPA Microphones is the leading Danish Professional Audio manufacturer of high quality condenser microphones and microphone solutions for professional applications in studio, broadcast, theatre, video/film and sound reinforcement environments. All DPA microphones and components are manufactured at the company’s purpose-built factory in Denmark.
For more information on DPA Microphones, please visit www.dpamicrophones.com

NOVA Group Improves Its Viewer’s Audio Experience With Jünger Audio’s LEVEL MAGIC™ Technology

TV Nova, the biggest commercial television station in the Czech Republic, has replaced its former audio processors with Jünger Audio’s LEVEL MAGIC™ technology to help prevent surprise level changes when switching from one audio source to another.

The Prague-based station, which began broadcasting in 1994, is now owned by Central European Media Enterprises (CME). It reaches 98% of the country’s population of 10.2 million and provides a programme mix that includes its own fiction and non-fiction productions, foreign acquisitions, entertainment shows and news.

In 2008, Nova Group began broadcasting in High Definition via its Nova HD and Nova Sport HD channels. It also has a strong internet presence. It is now broadcasting five FTA channels and two online channels.

Nova Group initially invested in 10 Jünger Audio frame-based C8086 LEVEL MAGIC™, which were installed across four of its broadcasting channels. This summer, the broadcaster undertook an upgrade of its loudness processing systems by installing Jünger Audio’s new C8086+ 8ch LEVEL MAGIC™ II modules with R128 loudness processing. This means it can now comply with all current loudness recommendations.

Josef Uher, Technical Director of Nova Group, says: “It is clear to us that the decision to switch to Jünger Audio’s LEVEL MAGIC™ audio processing was the right one.”

Lukáš Kobl, Broadcast Maintenance Manager Nova Group, adds: “LEVEL MAGIC™ provides a safe algorithm for controlling audio level and is functionally very reliable. Our engineers are very pleased with the performance of these units and with their overall sound quality.”

Nova Group’s LEVEL MAGIC™ system was supplied and installed by Jünger Audio’s Czech distributor Mediatronik.

“Jünger Audio’s LEVEL MAGIC™ technology is providing Nova Groups channels with a viable solution to the problem of surprise audio level changes, “ says Mediatronik director Lubos Novacek. “The automated nature of the system makes it very easy for broadcasters to operate. All they have to do is install it into the transmission chain and set the correct parameters – after that there is very little to do because the system effectively looks after itself.”

LEVEL MAGIC is a sophisticated adaptive loudness control algorithm that is designed to adjust the loudness from any source at any time, with no pumping, breathing or distortion. It is based on a simultaneous combination of an AGC, a Transient Processor for fast changes and a “look ahead” Peak Limiter for continuous unattended control of any programme material, regardless of its original source.

Capable of using any kind of I/O (Analog and Digital) sources, as well as SDI, HD/SDI, Dolby 5.1 and all its related metadata, LEVEL MAGIC is available in a variety of configurations to suit different applications.

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About Jünger Audio
Established in Berlin in 1990, Jünger Audio specialises in the design and manufacture of high-quality digital audio dynamics processors. It has developed a unique range of digital processors that are designed to meet the demands of the professional audio market. All of its products are easy to operate and are developed and manufactured in-house, ensuring that the highest standards are maintained throughout. Its customers include many of the world’s top radio and TV broadcasters, IPTV providers, music recording studios and audio post production facilities.

Oxygen DCT Brings A Plethora Of New Broadcast Products to IBC 2012

Oxygen DCT’s recently launched Evolution ProFlex monitors will be on show at IBC 2012 (10.B44) as part of a range of new products that the company will be debuting for the first time in Europe.

The latest addition to Oxygen DCT’s popular Evolution Pro range, the low cost, high performance Evolution ProFlex is targeted at more budget conscious installations by offering broadcast picture quality at consumer pricing levels.

“With Evolution ProFlex monitors we are giving control rooms and galleries access to professional grade monitoring, thus negating the need to use large domestic televisions that don’t offer the same level of picture quality,” says Steve Hathaway, Oxygen DCT’s Managing Director. “This new monitor range is flexible and capable of being driven by multi-viewer systems with between four and 64 signals on a single screen.”

There are seven different sizes in the range, from a super 9.7” to a high performance 10 bit, 1.06 billion colour 55” model and an enormous 70” screen. Unlike consumer screens, these monitors are a consistent ergonomic design that will not change model or design as occurs in the consumer market. They also have broadcast colour reproduction with adjustable colour controls, contrast and backlight setting allowing broadcast users to colour match panels together.

Each screen is equipped with the latest, high performance LCD panels and low energy LED backlighting. ProFlex monitors are designed to be flexible with control from either rear mounted buttons or a plug-in remote control panel. DVI and HDMI inputs are standard whilst 3G-HD-SDI is optional.

Initially developed in conjunction with ITN, which installed them in its new Channel Four News room, Evolution ProFlex monitors have also been supplied to customers such as the British Army Communications Media. Prices for the range start at £355 for the 9.7” to £477 for the 21.5” and £3,330 for the 55” model.

Also making its debut at IBC 2012 is Oxygen DCT’s powerful and feature-rich 3G 2-channel test signal generator that offers all the analysis tools engineers need in a highly portable, hand-held unit.

The OxTPG 1000 offers the full range of High Definition standards including 3G and HD/SDI up to 1080p resolution. While ideally suited to all film and broadcast applications, its portable nature makes it particularly well suited to those working in an Outside Broadcast environment with DSNG vehicles and fly-away units. By taking advantage of new technology, the unit is also significantly lower in price than many of its competitors.
“The OxTPG 1000 is the lowest cost high performance TSG on the market and comes with a selection of moving test patterns to test links and monitor performance,” Hathaway adds. “Users can also personalise the unit by loading their own test patters.”

The OxTPG 1000 features a variety of output modes including SD/SDI, HD/SDI and 3G/SDI test signals. Audio is incorporated within the test signal output and users can also Genlock the unit to a master reference. Optional fibre optic links can be supplied with the OxTPG 1000 should these be required. The unit can also be powered by an on-board battery, making it even more useful and versatile.

As Cinedeck’s leading European distributor, Oxygen DCT will also be showing the new 4-channel Cinedeck MX multi-channel recorder, which will be on display for the first time in Europe. This compliments the latest v3.5 versions of the Cinedeck RX Broadcast and RX Cine/444, and the Cinedeck EX.

Oxygen DCT will complete its IBC line-up with a host of monitors for broadcast and production and a range of studio glue products including the GlueBox™ Mio HD/SD-SDI to HDMI/DVI converter, a high quality, compact, reliable video conversion and interfacing device for broadcast television and digital film industries.

For more information about these products and the entire Oxygen DCT range, please visit the company in Hall 10, Stand B44 or visit www.oxygendct.com

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About Oxygen DCT:
Oxygen DCT is a broadcasts systems solutions provider with a deep knowledge and understanding of the broadcast and professional media markets. This dynamic organisation has amassed in just over five years, a very extensive and comprehensive products portfolio of over 3000 carefully designed broadcast and production products that represent the pinnacle of engineering excellence. Oxygen DCT was the first company in the broadcast industry to fully implement online facilities for its customers and its unique, comprehensive online ordering facility automatically configures equipment systems for customers, saving time and provides industry professionals with the convenience of immediate online pricing. The ‘one-stop-shop’ website caters for the smallest requirements whilst also allowing users to prepare their own quotes and place orders online with immediate order confirmation. Oxygen DCT also provides advice, support and expertise as part of its ‘life cycle’ care scheme, ensuring that customers are fully serviced throughout their career life cycles. www.oxygendct.com

Jünger Audio’s New V*AP Voice Processor Makes Its Debut At IBC 2012

At IBC 2012 (Hall 10, Stand D20), dynamics processing specialist Jünger Audio is unveiling V*AP, a brand new two channel voice processor that is specifically designed to make life easier for engineers working in radio stations and TV production voice-over studios.

V*AP draws on Jünger Audio’s extensive experience with previous Voice Processing devices such as its v-series, but adds new tools and algorithms to create a new, easier and more efficient approach to voice processing with no compromise in sound quality.

V*AP’s main task is to offer perfect control of microphone recordings but Jünger Audio has also included processing such as HP/LP filtering, dynamic section, full parametric EQ and de-essing. All of the V*AP functions can be easily performed with the click of a mouse, making it hassle free for any journalist or reporter to use. Jünger Audio has also provided a dedicated voice leveler combined with a voice over circuit to help integrate voice programs into loudness-based broadcasting on the fly. Using the optional SDI I/O card automated voice over for embedded audio becomes an attractive feature of the V*AP.

Available as either an insert into a mixing desk or as a stand-alone unit, V*AP offers interfaces that allow integration in existing environments via an AES insert. The unit can also use used with an optional analogue board that adds two high quality mic-preamps.

Another key feature of V*AP is the inclusion of Spectral Signature™, Jünger Audio’s automatic spectral sound management algorithm that dynamically boosts and attenuates frequency bands to preserve natural balance while achieving station sound without wide band crushing tools. With Spectral Signature™, users can automatically analyze the ideal recording of their voice (direct or over telephone lines) and easily create pre-defined sound fingerprints that become the reference the algorithm matches to on all subsequent live recordings.

For more information on V*AP and the entire Jünger Audio range, please visit www.junger-audio.com or visit the company at IBC 2012, Hall 10, Stand D20.

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About Jünger Audio
Established in Berlin in 1990, Jünger Audio specialises in the design and manufacture of high-quality digital audio dynamics processors. It has developed a unique range of digital processors that are designed to meet the demands of the professional audio market. All of its products are easy to operate and are developed and manufactured in-house, ensuring that the highest standards are maintained throughout. Its customers include many of the world’s top radio and TV broadcasters, IPTV providers, music recording studios and audio post production facilities.

Visual Unity Helps Czech TV Viewers Enjoy An Unprecedented Multimedia Sporting Experience

Leading broadcast and multiscreen systems integrator Visual Unity helped Czech public service broadcaster Czech TV to deliver premium coverage of the recent Games in London, with enhanced online and mobile services.

Visual Unity was able to handle this prestigious project on the basis of its extensive experience of designing, delivering and integrating turnkey TV systems, broadcast-IT convergent and multiscreen solutions.

Since 1999, Visual Unity has undertaken a variety of successful projects for Czech Television including the recent design and build of an eight-camera High Definition Outside Broadcast vehicle and powering the broadcaster’s award-winning on-line and mobile service iVysilani with its vuMediaTM multiscreen platform.

Anticipating huge demand for this year’s largest sports event across the full range of mobile devices, Czech TV enhanced iVysilani by providing a dedicated website (www.loh.cz) that offered two HD sports TV channels and 8 further on-line only channels showing live streaming and highlights. All of these channels were available on PCs and smartphones via dedicated apps for iPhone/iPad (iOS) and Android.

“Preparing for the Games was a new challenge for us,” says Pavlina Kvapilova, Executive Director of Czech Television´s New Media Division. “We were very careful to ensure maximum on-line coverage because, in today’s media landscape, it is crucial that traditional TV broadcasting is complemented by streamed coverage that viewers can access from their desktop computers and mobile devices. In cooperation with Visual Unity as our systems integration partner, we are pleased to say that we achieved our goals and made the Games a multiplatform experience for our viewers.”

For the duration of the event in London, Czech TV employed Visual Unity’s own Content Delivery Network with a dedicated 80Gbps capacity (HD 720p/3.5Mbit or SD up to 2Mbit) so that viewers could keep up with the sporting action, the results and highlights, on a 24 hour basis. Eight additional encoders were installed by Visual Unity to maintain the live streaming services and to support Czech Television’s existing capacity.

Visual Unity also designed and delivered two HD channels, linking Czech Television’s Prague centre to the Czech dedicated Games studio in London. The technology, which is based on low latency Teracue encoder/decoder products, enabled smoother communication between the two studios and allowed for the internal distribution of eight traditional broadcast and streaming signals within the Czech TV complex in Prague. RIEDEL MediorNet technology was also deployed to reduce the amount of cables needed to ensure all signals reached all locations during this important broadcasting period.

Tomas Petru, President and MD Visual Unity, says: “We are delighted to have helped Czech Television to deliver the first truly multiscreen Games. By combining our broadcast and multiscreen expertise with cutting-edge technology, we were able to offer a solution that allowed audiences to enjoy this prestigious event on any screen.”

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About Visual Unity

Visual Unity is an international Systems Integrator bridging the gap between linear broadcast, IT and IPTV to help clients reach and engage audiences on any screen. Since 1991, the team has been designing and delivering turnkey broadcast and complex multiscreen solutions worldwide – from HD Outside Broadcast vehicles and major playout facilities to live internet streaming and Video on Demand services.
Visual Unity’s award-winning vuMediaTM platform helps broadcasters and content owners control how their brand and assets are managed and monetized in the multiscreen environment. Highly scalable and flexible, vuMediaTM delivers a cutting-edge live viewing experience on the web or any mobile or connected device, comprehensive VoD services, social network integration and secure robust content distribution – all of which can be deployed into existing workflows and business processes.

Visual Unity is based in Prague, London, Cologne, Moscow, Bratislava, Belgrade, Nairobi and Dubai. For further information, please visit www.visualunity.com

Visual Unity Launches 4K Gateway For Real-Time Low-Latency Video Streaming

At IBC 2012 (Hall 3 Stand B60), leading broadcast and multiscreen systems integration company Visual Unity will launch 4K Gateway, a portable device for real-time low-latency video streaming up to 3D 4K.

Hailed as the latest step in the evolution of online video, 4K digital video offers approximately four times the resolution of the most widely-used HD television format, and 24 times that of a standard broadcast TV signal. This cost-effective streaming device allows film, post production and visualisation companies to harness the power of 4K over unlimited bandwidth/distance in collaborative environments.

“As 4K comes of age, media organisations face the challenge of efficiently and cost-effectively delivering a more immersive and engaging visual experience to their demanding audiences, says Tomas Petru, President of Visual Unity. “4K Gateway is an elegant solution to this challenge as it addresses the need for high quality and reliable transmission of high resolution content, whether it be for collaborative film post production, the streaming of live events in digital cinemas or e-Learning in medical and educational establishments.”

Linear and multiscreen systems integrator Visual Unity has a strong track recording for designing and implementing leading solutions for broadcasters and media organizations worldwide. To develop 4K Gateway, Visual Unity worked in conjunction with Czech academic association CESNET and Prague-based independent post-production facility ACE.
Operating over dedicated photonic networks or shared Internet, 4K Gateway offers very low latency of less than 1 ms plus networking delay, thus ensuring a truly interactive experience. Higher buffering can be optionally selected to compensate high network jitter or for special applications. 4K Gateway uses industry standard HD-SDI interfaces for eight video inputs and eight video outputs, all working simultaneously in multi-channel full-duplex operation. Each HD-SDI channel can operate in full mode (all dark areas transmitted) or view mode (dark areas not transmitted). The latter allows the transmission of eight HD-SDI channels over a single 10 Gigabit Ethernet interface, thus enabling uncompressed 3D 4K or 4K RGB (4:4:4) transmissions.

Visual Unity and its development partners have already put 4K Gateway through its paces on a series of projects. These include a remote real-time low-latency collaboration on color grading of 4K video content, which was demonstrated over a distance of more than 6200 miles (10000 km) from Prague to San Diego, California. Another successful project saw 4K Gateway employed to remotely access scientific visualisations using low-latency real-time interactive navigation in a remote 3D building model.

“We have proved that 4K Gateway can overcome bandwidth constrains to provide a truly flexible and efficient distribution platform for high-end content,” Petru adds. “Our successful collaboration with CESNET and ACE has resulted in a product that makes the breath-taking image quality of 4K native resolution even more accessible.”
Visual Unity’s 4K Gateway was previewed at NAB 2012 to great critical acclaim. It can now be seen by European audiences at IBC 2012 (Hall 3 Stand B60). For further information please visit the vu4K Gateway dedicated website – www.4kgateway.com or visit Visual Unity’s website – www.visualunity.com

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About Visual Unity

Visual Unity is an international Systems Integrator bridging the gap between linear broadcast, IT and IPTV to help clients reach and engage audiences on any screen. Since 1991, the team has been designing and delivering turnkey broadcast and complex multiscreen solutions worldwide – from HD Outside Broadcast vehicles and major playout facilities to live internet streaming and Video on Demand services.
Visual Unity’s award-winning vuMediaTM platform helps broadcasters and content owners control how their brand and assets are managed and monetized in the multiscreen environment. Highly scalable and flexible, vuMediaTM delivers a cutting-edge live viewing experience on the web or any mobile or connected device, comprehensive VoD services, social network integration and secure robust content distribution – all of which can be deployed into existing workflows and business processes.
Visual Unity is based in Prague, London, Cologne, Moscow, Bratislava, Belgrade, Nairobi and Dubai. For further information, please visit www.visualunity.com

Visual Unity: Na hrebenech II 1718/8, Prague 4, 147 00, Czech Republic
T: +420 271 742 111 F: +420 271 742 112 E: info@visualunity.com

Salam Media Cast Appoints Niels Thomas To Head Its New European Headquarters

Salam Media Cast has consolidated its position as a leading integrated broadcasting solutions provider by opening a new London office that will enhance its service offering to its well-established network of international clients.

Salam Media Cast UK, the first of a number of offices Salam Media Cast (SMC) plans to open in new geographic locations, is headed by Niels Thomas, formerly Head of Sales for North Europe at Sony Professional Solutions Europe. Thomas has an impressive track record in the broadcast and media industries having previously worked for companies such as Omneon, Thomson and Grass Valley. As Managing Director of Salam Media Cast UK, he will use his extensive contacts and professional reputation to develop new business opportunities and strengthen existing customer relationships.

“SMC’s expansion into Europe will enable the company to engage more thoroughly with its international customers by providing much closer cooperation and ensuring tighter control of project timelines and costs,” Niels Thomas says. “SMC has always been a client-focused company and I am looking forward to helping our valued customers achieve their goals and ambitions through a thorough understanding of their objectives so that we can create the best solutions for their needs.”

Based in Doha, Qatar, SMC has over 35 years’ experience of systems integration in the Gulf region and an enviable reputation for delivering innovative workflows that benefit customer specific requirements. It represents many worldwide manufacturers such as Avid Technology, Quantel, SeaChange, Leitch, Drake Electronics, Vinten Broadcast Ltd., Strand Lighting, Telestream, Vizrt and EVS Broadcasting. It also serves TV channels and networks, movie studios and network operators in the region, providing telecommunications, broadcasting, integrated systems and state-of-the-art security.

In 2010, SMC joined GSSG Holdings as part of its Media Group, with offices in Qatar, UAE, Oman, and Saudi Arabia. More recently, the company has been expanding its team by acquiring local and international talent and diversifying its activities to reflect the technological changes that are taking place within the broadcast and media industries. This shift in focus, which includes forming innovative partnerships with new media companies such as multiscreen systems integrator Visual Unity, is enabling SMC to enter new markets and develop its business in the burgeoning multiscreen environment. It is also introducing new services such as Salam Media Cast Support, a cost effective service that is designed to help customers deal with their day to day maintenance requirements and simplify the management of multi-vendor hardware and software to ensure that systems operate at peak performance.

“SMC is changing,” says CEO Paul Hennessy. “We are acquiring world class skills and capabilities to provide a genuine distinction amongst our peers in the industry. SMC’s vision is to be the leading international media systems integrator and we are achieving this by building meaningful relationships with our customers that are based on in-depth knowledge of their technical and business requirements.”

Salam Media Cast is active in numerous business areas, from equipping professional television stations, studios, master control rooms and newsrooms to providing light and sound technology for concert stages and theatres and equipping whole multivendor environments. The solutions it provides include safeguarding national security in government operations, creating the best venues for education in museums and classrooms, enhancing sports environments, revolutionizing health facilities and delivering state-of-the-art satellite telecommunications facilities.

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About Ghanim bin Saad Al Saad & Sons Group Holdings

Ghanim bin Saad Al Saad & Sons Group Holdings (GSSG) was founded by Ghanim bin Saad Al Saad in 1993 and incorporated in 2007. Today it is one of Qatar’s most successful private sector business groups, making a major contribution to the country’s economic growth.
GSSG has enjoyed steady growth and success in many fields and industries locally and international. GSSG’s diverse portfolio gives it strength and enables its companies within the group to maximise global business opportunities wherever and whenever they arise.
The founder, Mr. Ghanim bin Saad al Saad, has enabled the group to grow to over 40 companies around the world. As an inspirational business leader, he has steered the group to achieve its success in industries that include aviation, maritime, automobiles, oil & gas, real estate, manufacturing, contracting and trading, finance & asset management, engineering, education, fitness, hotels, hospitality and fashion, information technology and telecommunications.
In addition to its corporate headquarters in Doha, GSSG also has five international offices located in London, Zurich, Cairo, Singapore and Dubai.
www.gssg.com

Salam Media Cast (SMC)
Salam Media Cast is a proven Media Broadcast and Communications Technologies solutions provider, serving the Media, Telecommunications, Security, Education, Hospitality and advertising industries in the Gulf region for nearly 40 years. In 2010, SMC joined GSSG Holdings as part of its Media Group, with offices in Qatar, UAE, Oman, and Saudi Arabia.
Salam Media Cast pioneers not only in equipping professional television stations and studios, master control rooms, newsrooms, concert stages and theatres providing light and sound technology, but also equips whole multivendor environments. SMC provides solutions from safeguarding national security such as in government operations, creating the best venues for education such as museums and classrooms, enhancing sports environments and revolutionizing health facilities and satellite telecommunications.
To support the workflow and innovation demands of our valued customers, we have recently expanded our team with new local and international talent. We use our expertise to help realise your goals and ambitions – we listen, advise, design and build great workflows that work for you. Our ambition is to be your trusted partner in the Gulf region.
www.salammediacast.com

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