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Markertek Expands Its Fiber Optic Facility

Markertek.comSAUGERTIES, NY – March 27, 2013Markertek, a global supplier of specialized products and solutions for broadcasting, pro-audio and pro-AV, today announced its expanded in-house fiber optic production facility to better serve its worldwide customer base. Markertek will be showcasing its fiber optic solutions April 8 – 11th at NAB 2013 booth # C5443 in Las Vegas. There will also be a live fiber optic cleaning demo in the booth.

Markertek’s new fiber optic lab manufactures the most specialized collection of highend fiber solutions & custom fiber services for Broadcast, Pro-Audio and Pro-AV. Our in-house shop is fully Lemo trained and ready to build your Hybrid SMPTE 311M compliant camera cables, SMPTE hybrid breakouts, 2 to12 channel tactical fiber snakes as well as custom length ST, SC, LC and MPO cables for studio, outside broadcast or fixed installation.

We also perform full diagnostic and repair services, regardless of manufacturer, with the broadcast industry’s fastest turnaround times. Add in our vast selection of fiber optic rack solutions, adapters, connectors, receivers, transmitters, reels, test gear and cleaners, and it’s no wonder why the industry has made Markertek the #1 Go-to Source for everything fiber.

Markertek VP of Engineering Chris Fisher stated, “It is our goal to be the #1 supplier of custom fiber optic solutions to the broadcasting industry. I believe this newly expanded in-house facility gives Markertek the technical edge to meet and exceed SMPTE 304M/311M standards for custom assemblies.”

To receive a free copy of the Markertek Fiber Edition Catalog visit www.markertek.com, email sales@markertek.com or call 800-522-2025. Customers can also contact their existing Markertek sales contacts for a quick quote or further details.

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About Markertek
Markertek is a highly specialized broadcast and pro-audio supply house serving the technical side of the media industry with over 60,000 unique solutions at reasonable prices – supported with dependable advice from actual pro-audio and broadcast video professionals. The Markertek catalog has achieved cult-like status among digital media professionals as the ultimate design tool for creating the electronic infrastructure required to produce the majority of primetime television shows, feature films, commercials and chart-topping music hits, as well as all other areas in the audio and video industry.

Markertek is the #1 “Go-To” source in the industry for everything fiber optic including SMPTE Hybrid camera cables, 2-12 channel tactical fiber snakes, fiber rack mount solutions, fiber reels, fiber consumables and specialized tooling.

Visit www.markertek.com for more information.

Matrox Expands ISO Recording Feature for Telestream Wirecast on Matrox VS4 Card

Four-channel ISO recording to QuickTime codecs now available

Matrox® Video today announced the immediate availability of support for Telestream® Wirecast® 4.2.4 for Windows® and enhanced ISO recording capabilities on the Matrox VS4™ card. Matrox VS4 not only sends video feeds to Wirecast for streaming, it simultaneously provides ISO recording of all the original video and audio feeds to disk, which is essential for high-quality post-event editing. Now, direct capture of DV, DVCPRO®, DVCPRO50 and DVCPRO HD® to MOV files enables editing with popular apps from Adobe®, Apple® and Avid®.

Matrox VS4, Telestream Wirecast

Four-channel ISO recording to QuickTime codecs now available for Telestream Wirecast with Matrox VS4 card.

“We've expanded Matrox ISO recording to include additional codecs so customers can post produce live events using their editing platform of choice,” said Wayne Andrews, product manager at Matrox. “With support for these additional codecs, and especially the QuickTime® MOV wrapper, this update gives the VS4/Wirecast solution the complete versatility live event producers need to make the most of their video assets.”

Matrox streaming production solutions for Wirecast will be demonstrated at the 2013 NAB Show in booth SL4616.

Price and availability
Priced at $1,495 US (€1295, £995) not including local taxes and delivery, Matrox VS4 is now available through a worldwide network of authorized dealers. Full turnkey HD streaming production systems are available from some certified systems builders starting at under $5000. Support for Wirecast 4.2.4 for Windows is part of Matrox driver release 1.1, which is available to registered users as a free download from the Matrox website.

About Matrox Video
Matrox Video is a technology and market leader in the field of HD and SD digital video hardware and software for accelerated H.264 encoding, realtime editing, audio/video input/output, streaming, A/V signal conversion, capture/playout servers, channel-in-a box systems and CGs. Matrox’s Emmy award-winning technology powers a full range of multi-screen content creation and delivery platforms used by broadcasters, telcos, cable operators, post-production facilities, videographers and A/V professionals worldwide. Founded in 1976, Matrox is a privately held company headquartered in Montreal, Canada. For more information, visit www.matrox.com/video.

Shotoku To Pair Gemini Pan Bar Control System With Stagebox For Simplified For And Cost-Effective Remote Camera Control

Click Here to Visit Shotoku at NAB Booth # C9032 or Stagebox NAB Booth # SL11813

WORLD’S FIRST DEMONSTRATIONS TO BE HELD AT NAB 2013, BOOTH SL11813

Torrance, CA • Shotoku Broadcast Systems, a well-established leader in manual and robotic camera support and virtual reality tracking, will present the world’s first demonstrations of its Gemini Pan Bar Control System (PBCS) paired with Stagebox by BBC R&D – a powerful, standards-based solution for connecting video, audio and data between remote locations over standard networks. Demonstrations will be held in Stagebox Booth # SL11813.

In addition, an enhanced version of Shotoku’s popular TR-T touch control system and the SPI-Touch unique positional calibration method for Virtual Studios will be highlighted at the show.

Gemini Pan Bar Control System (PBCS) Meets Stagebox!
Shotoku’s revolutionary Gemini pan-bar controlled remote camera system will take a giant leap forward at NAB when it is demonstrated with Stagebox. Gemini offers easy, uncompromised operation for live events and other difficult-to-reach places where cameras are needed, but operators cannot go. When paired with Stagebox, the combined system allows remote control of multiple cameras over standard communication networks at live productions, such as sports events, resulting in tremendous flexibility and significant cost-savings.

Stagebox uses open standards to allow high definition multi-camera productions to link their equipment and move content in real time. The small but powerful Stagebox unit transforms all the audio, video, timing and remote control signals to and from a camera into packet-based IP networks to streamline field production logistics and workflows. Production teams can use low cost switches instead of traditional high-end SDI routers, and full camera operation, including robotics control data, can be achieved through a single Cat6 connection. Shotoku’s Gemini system, a perfect fit for this technology, provides remote camera operation, while maintaining the unique precision control and natural feel of a standard manual pan & tilt head.

TR-T Touch Control System
An enhanced version of Shotoku’s successful TR-T touch control system will be at NAB. TR-T meets the demands of larger, complex facility-wide installations as well as smaller systems. The flexible TR-T system enables any control system in any location to easily and rapidly re-configure control of cameras and studios in other physical locations. Automated functions allow precise control over shot recall, with minimal intervention, enabling an operator to truly multi-task, without losing any on-air flexibility.

SPI-Touch
SPI-Touch offers a totally new way of positional calibration for Virtual Studios. Simply designate two different points through SPI-Touch’s viewfinder and press the button at each of the points. The camera position will be instantly calibrated. SPI-Touch eliminates the need to mark the studio floor and move the pedestal making calibration easy and fast.

About Shotoku Broadcast Systems
Shotoku Broadcast Systems is an international leader in the manufacture and marketing of a full range of camera support products with emphasis on manual and robotic pedestals and pan/tilt heads for the television broadcast industry. The Company also provides robotic camera systems capable of interfacing with third-party equipment. Established as an engineering design firm specializing in advanced mechanics and electronic control systems, Shotoku maintains headquarters in Japan with offices in Staines, UK and Torrance, CA. The Company’s robotic camera systems are designed, developed and manufactured in Staines, UK. For further information: www.Shotoku.tv

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Shotoku contact: James Eddershaw
+44 (0) 1784 224650 / info@shotoku.co.uk

Press contact: Desert Moon Communications / Harriet Diener
+1-845-512-8283 / Harriet@DesertMoonComm.com

Christie Interactivity Kit and Christie MicroTiles Let Visitors Curate Their Own Tour at Cleveland Museum of Art

Visitors to the celebrated Cleveland Museum of Art and its Gallery One are engaging with displays and curating their own tours thanks to Christie® MicroTiles® and Christie Interactivity Kit. Blending art and technology as part of an elegant $100 million renovation, Gallery One’s Collection Wall is a 40-foot wide multi-touch screen comprising two 15-units wide by 5-units tall Christie MicroTiles video walls using Christie Interactivity Kit. The 4-unit wide by 3-unit tall “Line and Shape” MicroTiles video wall with another Interactivity Kit is located in Studio Play, Gallery One’s early (childhood) learning zone.

Inspiring visitors and motivating the younger, tech-savvy demographic to explore the museum’s thousands of works including Pablo Picasso masterpieces, the Collection Wall allows up to 16 people to interact simultaneously with the wall using RFID tags on iPad stations. The results they create also suggest further topics of interest. Visitors can personalize and build his or her collection, curating their own tour on the iPad using the museum’s ArtLens app.

Christie MicroTiles at Cleveland Museum of Art

The “Line and Shape” wall lets up to three children simultaneously draw lines or shapes. The content management software then finds and displays similar shaped artwork from the museum’s collection, encouraging participants to see shapes in everyday life.

Zenith Systems Finds the Answer with Christie MicroTiles
When Christie MicroTiles debuted, Doug Fortney of Zenith Systems, project integrator, learned how the museum could eliminate the need to replace projector lamps and not worry about color matching even for a display that runs all day. He was particularly interested in their maintenance since he wanted to install a video wall directly into the architecture.

“When I learned from Bob Christopher (Central Regional Manager, Business Products Fixed Install, Christie) you could repair each tile just by removing its screen – that got really interesting because, as an integrator, we’re always thinking about not only building something, but maintaining it. It was very important to come up with a sustainable design. Part of what is so attractive about MicroTiles and Interactivity Kit is the components are modular, not very big, and everything can be repaired quickly. We don’t really have access to the back – so we needed to be able to fix anything from the front,” said Fortney.

“The big things that appealed to us are no lamps to replace, the 65,000-hour half-life of the LEDs, the technology in the MicroTiles that helps them maintain a uniform color across all the tiles, and the great black levels. Trying to make this art look really spectacular requires fantastic black levels and the MicroTiles give us the blacks we want. The art really ‘pops’ on it and adds to that ‘wow’ effect because the black levels are so good.”

Visitor Interacts with Christie MicroTiles' 40 ft-wide Collection Wall


Christie Interactivity Kit Completes the Visual Solution
“The other piece that became very important was learning about Christie Interactivity Kit at another trade show – because this wall was going to be interactive. Until that point, we were looking at another product for the touch interface because we needed a very high accuracy performance where you touch a small piece of art and manipulate it,” noted Fortney.

Adding to the experience, Fortney and his team also wrote software that generates a dead zone around the initial touch, preventing accidental touches such as a piece of loose clothing from creating an unintentional result.

Powered by Baanto™ ShadowSense™, the Christie Interactivity Kit adds multi-touch interactivity to any large-format, rectangular digital display. It lets multiple users interact simultaneously with a video wall with the resolution and speed needed to support finger-based gestures such as flicking, pinching, rotating and scrolling. Scalable, and designed in pieces, Christie Interactivity Kit attaches to a video wall perimeter and is configurable into 84 different sizes with no drivers or manual calibration of sensors or cameras required.

Fortney said the displays are becoming the iconic symbol of the gallery, calling them a unique application of technology and a beautiful thing to see. He is not alone. The Cleveland Museum of Art and its Christie MicroTiles/Christie Interactivity Kit digital displays are earning enthusiastic reviews from staff, visitors and media.

“From everybody it has been an ‘Oh wow! This is beautiful.’ No one has seen anything like it,” Fortney concluded. “From a distance, the wall has a real ‘wow factor’ and then a completely different ‘oh wow’ experience when you go up and interact with it because now it is right in your face. Rather than simply a traditional static museum, you have interactivity that helps people see, appreciate, and understand the art that is at the museum. The technology draws this new crowd here and they want to experience it.”

BHV Broadcast Reveals Plans to Exhibit Award-Winning Battery Replacement System and Format Convertors at NAB 2013

Click Here to Visit BHV Broadcast at NAB Booth N921

Owslebury, UK – BHV Broadcast, manufacturer of compact, cost-effective equipment for live and post-production, has revealed plans to exhibit its award-winning Video Ghost phantom power system, the Proteus rate converter and the Syntax Essence, a low-cost version of its award-winning up-converter at NAB 2013 in Booth N 921.

Video Ghost
Through the medium of modern technology, BHV Broadcast brings you Video Ghost! Developed as a low-cost, reliable replacement for batteries, Video Ghost brings phantom power to the digital video world! The unit – recipient of TV Technology’s Mario Award, Broadcast Engineering’s Pick Hit AND IBC’s What Caught my Eye – now provides a hefty 65 watts of power at 12V for camera head-ends and remote monitors using the existing serial digital video coaxial cable. Equally at home with SD or HD signals, it can also be used to power composite to SDI converters at the camera, avoiding the signal degradation suffered by composite video over long distances.

Video Ghost will be shown for the first time at NAB using the V-lock universal mounting system and sporting a new, sleek design.

Syntax and Syntax Essence Up/Cross/Down-Converters
BHV Broadcast is also introducing the US market to Syntax Essence, an economical version of its popular and award-winning Syntax SDI up/cross/down converter. Based on advanced Super-Resolution Bandlet Technology like the original, Syntax Essence offers the same essential features and processing power while helping operators maintain their quality standards within the confines of limited budgets. Syntax and Syntax Essence bring the performance advantages of motion-compensated processing without the associated disadvantages of high cost and occasionally severe artefacts. The full Syntax model also features analogue video inputs and ARC facilities.

Proteus Multi-Format/Multi-Purpose Converter
The award-winning Proteus motion-adaptive rate converter will be shown in its rack-mount version. The fully-featured broadcast specification converter features 10-bit SDI, analogue video and digital/analogue audio. It employs an advanced rate conversion algorithm, comprehensive audio facilities and Aspect Ratio Conversion. Proteus also offers full format conversion, frame synchronizing, timebase correction, and full video and audio level control. Proteus addresses lip-sync errors with variable audio delay (up to 10 seconds) featuring both tracking and block delay, and also offers audio group switching.

See all of BHV’s award-winning products at NAB 2013. Click on harriet@desertmooncomm.com to schedule a visit!

About BHV Broadcast
BHV Broadcast is the manufacturer of award-winning compact and cost-effective equipment for production and post-production including a full range of rack-mount and portable digital switchers to accommodate any application where space is at a premium. The company also manufactures rate and format converters and video power systems. For further information: www.bhvbroadcast.com

BHV Broadcast contact: Martin Cook
+44 (0) 1962 777733 • sales@BHVBroadcast.com

Press contact: Harriet Diener / Desert Moon Communications
1-845-512-8283 • harriet@desertmooncomm.com

NAB2013: Digital Nirvana to Introduce First Cloud-Based Solution for Streamed Media Monitoring

AnyStream IQ™ Provides Recording, Logging, and Monitoring of Streamed Broadcasts for Web Captioning Compliance and Proof of Advertising

Newark, CA – At NAB 2013 Digital Nirvana will introduce AnyStream IQ™ – the industry’s first cloud-based solution for streamed media monitoring. It provides reliable recording, logging and monitoring of live and recorded streamed broadcasts for web captioning compliance and proof of advertising. Digital Nirvana will exhibit in Booth N3434 during the NAB convention, being held from April 8-11th at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

AnyStream IQ is designed specifically for the new streamed media monitoring requirements of broadcasters, content creators, aggregators and distributors.

Given today’s move toward “TV Anywhere,” broadcasters are expanding the video delivery ecosystem and are streaming video content to desktops and mobile devices. Within this streamed programming, they are inserting ads that are different from ads running during the traditional broadcast. TV stations must create a log of their streaming content in order to provide a “proof of airing” to their advertising clients. There will be a growing need for online ad monitoring since industry experts are expecting a triple digit increase in ad growth for online media through 2017.

Another situation increasing the need for live stream monitoring is the new FCC web captioning requirements. These new mandates require broadcasters to provide web captioning for hearing impaired viewers. Broadcasters must provide proof of compliance for these new mandates as well.

“AnyStream IQ is the first cloud-based solution to record and monitor streamed media for web captioning compliance and proof of advertising,” said Hiren Hindocha, president and CEO of Digital Nirvana. “We’re extremely eager to demonstrate this at NAB this year. We expect a very enthusiastic response from content creators who must comply with the new FCC mandates on streamed content. It addresses many challenges they now face, and greatly simplifies the entire process.”

AnyStream IQ provides the following capabilities:

-Records and monitors live and recorded streams for proof of web caption compliance
-Provides “proof of airing” for advertisers

It is a cloud-based subscription service, with no hardware or software to install. Users just specify the URL of the stream, and AnyStream IQ records the streams, extracts the closed captions (if any), and provides a browser-based interface to search the recorded streams. With its Cut/Clip feature, users can make frame-accurate in and out points on video using the H.264 standard and share the clip for either compliance or proof of airing purposes. AnyStream IQ can easily complement a station’s current, in-house compliance logging system.

AnyStream IQ records both FLV and HLS streaming formats for desktop computers, tablets and smart phones. DIt extracts closed captions accompanying the streams. It also extracts advertisements within the streams.

As a cloud-based solution, AnyStream IQ offers several budget-friendly benefits. It eliminates upfront installation and server maintenance costs, and it turns monitoring into an operating expense as opposed to a capital expense. With subscription-based pricing, the cost of monitoring is spread over the course of an entire year.

In addition to AnyStream IQ, Digital Nirvana offers the traditional broadcast monitoring solution through its flagship product, Monitor IQTM Used by broadcasters worldwide, Monitor IQ provides a range of unique features including centralized management, automatic ad detection, a director’s audio track, as well as an advanced metadata harvester™. Monitor IQ combines the functionality of content recording (HD and SD in full resolution), content searching, retrieve and repurposing, Web publishing, signal monitoring, air-check logging, archiving, ad verification and tracking, and competitive analysis in a scalable networked appliance.

About Digital Nirvana

Since 1996, Digital Nirvana has been empowering customers with innovative knowledge management technologies. By combining media and digital technology expertise, Digital Nirvana makes it possible for organizations to streamline operations and gain competitive advantage with advanced product and service offerings. The company’s portfolio includes the industry-leading Monitor IQ broadcast monitoring system, AnyStream IQ live stream monitoring solution, MediaPro content repurposing system, and repeat audio detection systems (RADS) for song tracking and ad tracking. A comprehensive service portfolio includes media monitoring and analysis, market intelligence and analytics, learning management services, and professional services. Digital Nirvana is headquartered in Newark, California with offices in Hyderabad and Coimbatore, India. For more information, visit www.digital-nirvana.com.

Cobalt Digital’s Exhibition NAB 2013 Plans Reflect Direct Response to Customer Requests

Press Conference: Tuesday • April 9, 9AM • Booth N4624 – Click to RSVP

Urbana, IL – Cobalt Digital (www.CobaltDigital.com), has revealed an NAB 2013 line-up that reflects its commitment to accommodate customer requests. The manufacturer of award-winning 3G/HD/SD-SDI conversion gear for broadcast environments will display a complement of never before seen products, as well as numerous enhancements, developed to keep customers ahead of the technology curve in a competitive market with reliable, cost effective gear in Booth N4624.

Highlights Include:
Obsidian3G - a new series of terminal gear cards offering the highest quality performance with pricing sensibility will be launched featuring a DCDA down converter/distribution amplifier. This will be followed by DCDA-3G and DCDA-3G2 dual down converters with 3G, frame sync and AES outputs. Further units to be added include UDC-SDI-SD12, full single and dual up/down/cross converters respectively.

• Fiber units for the recently released Blue Box Group™ – a range of throw-down modular bricks designed to answer the demand for first class quality, price competitive, signal conversion equipment.

• Cobalt’s widely embraced Fusion3G® cards will now offer even higher performance with Dolby DD+ with simultaneous 5.1 and 2.0 in addition to their comprehensive array of processing features that include format conversion, frame sync, wings insertion, keying, color correction, advanced audio processing, full analog I/O, audio/video delay, audio embed/de-embed/cross-point and up/down mixing.

SpotCheck®, Cobalt’s audio loudness measurement and recorded data logging system, has been enhanced with up to 16 video channels containing up to 32 audio channels. The new version – SpotCheck®-2016 – monitors, meters and logs loudness compliance over extended time-periods and now supports codecs H.264, MPEG2, MP1L2, DD, AAC.

• Demonstrations of the new Descriptive Video Services technology – Video for the vision impaired – will be available on the booth.

•The Company will also now offer a timecode burner inserter on its 9000 series card.

Cobalt will present all new offerings and enhancements at a Press Conference on Tuesday, April 9, 2013 at 10AM in Booth N4624. Please click on harriet@desertmooncomm.com to RSVP.

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ABOUT COBALT DIGITAL INC.
Cobalt Digital Inc. designs and manufactures award-winning 3G/HD/SD conversion gear for the broadcast television environment. Distributed through a worldwide network of dealers, system integrators, and other partnerships, Cobalt products are backed with a 5-year warranty. For more information, visit http://www.cobaltdigital.com.

Company Contact: Chris Shaw, EVP of Sales and Marketing
+1-217-344-1243 / chris.shaw@cobaltdigital.com

Press Contact: Desert Moon Communications / Harriet Diener
+1-845-512-8283 / harriet@desertmooncomm.com

Sure Shot Adds DiGiCo’s SD10B Console To Its Newest Mobile Broadcast Truck

Sure Shot Transmissions is a mobile production and satellite services outfit with offices located in New York, Dallas, and Youngstown, Ohio. Last fall, owner Dennis Kunce added a fourth 40′ full-service expandable truck to its offerings. The Cynthia Lee, outfitted with DiGiCo’s SD10B console, will handle sporting and entertainment events under the direction of EIC Kory Loy. Kunce picked the SD10B based on a recommendation from one of the audio principals at ESPN, as the console has been a mainstay in X Games’ submix trucks for the past several years at events around the globe.

Since hitting the road back in September, the Cynthia Lee has made its debut handling install feeds at a host of high-profile events including the 39th Ryder Cup for the UK’s Sky Sports News, the 2012 Allstate BCS National Championship and the Daytona 500 for ESPN in the U.S., as well as the 2013 Super Bowl for Nippon TV in Japan. The console’s ability to interface with the other trucks via MADI and fiber networks, as well as its easy learning curve, made it a natural fit for these fast-paced events.

“Our intention when we built the truck was to meet ESPN’s need for a mid-level production truck; one that was more like a 6-8 camera production rather than the typical 10-15 one,” explains Sure Shot owner, Dennis Kunce. “We worked closely with ESPN to determine what audio board would be suitable for them in this specific application and DiGiCo is what they recommended and gave us their blessing. The people at DiGiCo worked with us to meet our price point to stay within the budget. But more importantly, the SD10B’s footprint, versatility, and power—all those things came into play in our decision. DiGiCo was also very supportive with their training; they came to our facility in Ohio and worked with Kory and our chief engineer Scott Tucker to show us the things needed to make the board workable out in the field. You’ve got to have a console that is very user-friendly or else you’re in trouble and the DiGiCo console offers us the kind of flexibility and versatility we have to have as an independent contractor working with all the major networks including NBC, Fox, Turner, ESPN, Sky Sports… right down the line. The exposure we’re getting by having the board in our truck has been very positive. Overall, it has been a very positive experience across the board.”

“As the engineer in charge of the mobile unit,” explains Loy, “I’m tasked with ensuring that all the pieces of equipment in the truck are up and running for the freelance crew to operate—everything from the audio console to the video switchers to the cameras. So, even though I’m not one of the hands-on operators at these events, I do have to train, or at least show the different operators how to use the console, with only a couple days training. A lot of our events are setup, shoot and strike and in a single, 10-hour day and I’ve got to give individuals that have never operated the console before a generic overview in 45 minutes to an hour time before I have to move on to doing other functions in the truck. And I believe I’m able to do that rather well because the console is very easy to use.”

This spring, Sure Shot will be covering a host of major league baseball and basketball events for the major networks and ESPN, as well events as for the NHK channel in Japan. “We will be handling a lot of split feeds for them, the same thing as we did for the Super Bowl,” Loy says. “Nippon TV operator Shuhei Anraku took generic feeds from the NFL, supplemented by several of their own cameras, to create and produce their own game with their own announcers, which was fed to the broadcast headquarters in Japan.”

Loy says the fact that everything can connect via fiber is a huge bonus for them. “Another benefit is that the console is scalable, you can literally have as many inputs/outputs as you want. So, if we ever find a need for more ins or outs, we can add a few and connect them via fiber. Having MADI available in and out (the SD10 has 2 MADI ins and 2 MADI outs), also makes it very flexible to integrate either into a router or an intercom system. Another added benefit of DiGiCo is being able to assign any input to any fader on the console.”

For Janice Stief, a 30-year audio veteran who has worked on sporting and entertainment events ranging from the Olympics to the most recent Ryder Cup in the Sure Shot truck, this was her first outing on a DiGiCo of any variety. “I was handling cut-ins for the Sky Sports news show back in London. I had about 8-10 mics set up around the course, from stick and RF mics to in-studio lavalieres. I was handling EVS inputs into my console for playbacks, as well as program feeds from NBC and the world feed, which added up to about 36-40 inputs on the console in addition to mikes I was controlling. Prior to getting started, I was given a quick tutorial from Kory, who was fantastic and very knowledgeable. There’s a lot to the console that clearly you have got learn over time; you can’t learn it all on one show. It has a lot of depth. I liked that once I would attention a fader, I could do most of my adjustments to that fader input right from the corresponding touchscreen strip, without moving to other areas of the console. Adding delay, which we often need to do on golf in order to sync up on-air talent to RF cameras, is quick and easy.”

“I think the neatest feature of the DiGiCo SD10B is the ability to have MADI interfacing to the trucks and Optocore to the SD Racks,” adds Shawn Peacock, who was the main console operator for the Daytona 500 and has worked with DiGiCo consoles on several X Games events in Los Angeles. “The ability for us to talk across MADI in these situations is huge.”

Ultimately, however, the measure of a good manufacturer goes beyond that of its gear, and Loy says DiGiCo’s customer support is stellar. “When every single thing in the truck is a computer, chances are stuff is going to fail. It’s how a manufacturer supports its products after the gear is sold and installed that gives a good or bad impression. DiGiCo’s training and customer service in that area is exceptional.”

NAB2013: Hybrid to Showcase New Features, Third Party Interfaces to Range of Virtual Studio and Robotics Camera Systems

Photo-Realistic Virtual Set, Social Media Interface and Enhanced Anchor/Video Interaction among New Highlights

Montrouge, France –At NAB 2013 Hybrid, a leading provider of real-time graphics and robotic camera systems, will present a dynamic display of its product line working together and with third party products to deliver interactive presentations with unsurpassed visual imagery. Groundbreaking new features to several products will be introduced. Hybrid will exhibit in Booth C9908 during the NAB convention, being held from April 8-11th at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

Among the highlights in the Hybrid stand will be demonstrations of its line of tracked and trackless virtual studio solutions, augmented reality technology, robotic camera systems, social media integration, second screen interaction, and integration between its product line and Snell and Blackmagic Design switchers.

“We’re thrilled with the opportunity that NAB presents to our company,” said Olivier Cohen, CEO, Hybrid. “This is an exciting time for Hybrid, and we’re looking forward to showing off our latest advances on such a high-profile stage as NAB.”

New Features of Tracking and Trackless Virtual Studio Systems
Hybrid’s tracking virtual set solution, Krypton 3D, boasts a complete range of new features to be introduced at NAB 2013. Already a powerful system, Krypton’s real-time 3D engine can be coupled with Hybrid’s Chrome compact, broadcast robotic jib to make it even more precise. Using a Krypton system, the company will present a photo-realistic virtual set within its NAB booth this year.

Among Krypton’s new features:

-Shaders such as bump mapping and automatic depth of field
-Multi-layering ability
-New 3D effects module

Unlike other virtual studio solutions, there is zero audio or video delay when Krypton is used in conjunction with Hybrid robotic systems. It can also interface to all third party motion tracking devices. Krypton can also import 3D models, including geometry, textures, shaders and lights from all major 3D modeling software. It supports an unlimited number of pre-recorded video files and HD/SD live video insertion.

New for Hybrid’s trackless virtual set, Neon, is the ability to shoot in remote locations for the same production. Neon is based upon the same core engine as the higher-end Krypton system, but it allows for virtual camera movements in real-time from fixed cameras on set. It requires only a PC and software and operates with a simple drag-and-drop process. It creates the illusion of sophisticated camera moves within a virtual set without use of a tracking system, chroma keyer or other accessories – this allows Neon to be a fully portable virtual studio system. Neon can import 3D scenes and models from all common modeling software, such as 3D Max, Maya, Softimage.

Neon comes at a price point that makes the system accessible to video producers at many levels, including local TV stations, schools, new media facilities, independent production companies, in-house corporate studios, etc.

The demonstration of virtual sets continues in the Hybrid/NAB booth with a journey through augmented reality. Hybrid will show the use of virtual set technology to replace video walls in a physical set environment, while enhancing program production with spectacular graphics.

New Social Media Interfaces

Hybrid will show a new interface with never.no that enables an on-air presenter to see and respond to live feeds from Google+, Twitter and Facebook when using a Hybrid virtual set. Using URL’s specific to the program they’re watching, viewers can respond in real-time to social media comments and what’s happening on screen.

All Hybrid solutions are now designed with interaction between the anchor and the content in mind. New at NAB is the ability for the television host to interact with content via second screen applications or with interactive devices like Microsoft’s Kinect. The graphic controller is now available for download on Android devices.

Broadcast Robotics
Hybrid will showcase its entire line of robotics camera systems within a dedicated area of its NAB booth. Titanium and Silver, Hybrid’s two pan/tilt/zoom/focus systems, will be used in the robotics zone as part of a non-virtual production demonstration. And the company’s unique robotic jib, Chrome, will be utilized for a virtual set/augmented reality presentation.

Switcher Integration

Also new at NAB this year are native interfaces between Hybrid products and Snell’s Kahuna and Blackmagic Design’s ATEM switchers that enable users to control camera robotics, virtual cameras, 3D animation, and virtual set switching directly from the switcher.

About Hybrid

Hybrid is a leading manufacturer of broadcast production technologies. The company’s mission is to develop solutions and products that allow the digital media market to produce value-added content within an integrated workflow. Our product range includes virtual studio and augmented reality solutions and broadcast robotic camera supports. Hybrid consistently develops new products and solutions that push the limits of content creation while providing a clear rationalization of costs. Further information is available at www.hybridtv.tv.

DVEO Launches 40 Channel Real Time Transcoder, Scaler and Streamer for OTT and IPTV Applications at NAB 2013

San Diego, California –- March 26, 2013 — At NAB 2013, DVEO, the broadcast division of CMI, is introducing their new multi format, multi function 40 channel RF capturing transcoder, scaler, and streamer. The real time, broadcast quality MPEG Magnus™ MF transcodes up to 20 720p HD streams, or 10 1080i/p HD streams, or 40 SD streams from MPEG-2 to H.264, all in a 3 RU system. For satellite input (DVB-S/S2), the system sees 200 satellite streams and transcodes up to 40 SD streams.

The MPEG Magnus MF will make its debut at the NAB (National Association of Broadcasters) Show, April 8-11, in Las Vegas, Nevada, at booth SU6505.

Based on Embedded Linux®, the MPEG Magnus MF features multiprotocol, multiresolution, and multiwrapper support including RTMP, RTSP, RTMP, HTTP, Smooth, and Live Streaming. It relies on an Intel® Dual 8 Core processor as an accelerator.

The MPEG Magnus MF creates simultaneous high, medium, and low bitrate streams. The inputs can be simultaneous choices from HD-SDI, SDI, DVB-S/S2, 8VSB, QAM, DVB-C, DVB-T, DVB-ASI, Analog, or GigE and IP (H.264, MPEG-2, or VC-1).

“We are proud to offer this very powerful transcoder to our customers,” stated Laszlo Zoltan, Sales Manager for DVEO. “The MPEG Magnus MF makes it easy for broadcasters, content providers, and cable or mobile companies to deliver content to iPads, laptops, OTT televisions, IP capable set-top boxes, and mobile devices via IP.”

The MPEG Magnus is also available in a variety of versions with 6 to 12 simultaneous inputs of a single video format, including DVB-S+S2 (12 inputs), 8VSB (10 inputs), DVB-T+T2 (8 inputs), Analog (6 inputs), DVB-ASI (8 inputs), IP (8 inputs), QAM (8 inputs), or DVB-C (8 inputs). Customized versions are available.

The system features a web-based GUI with SNMP support for remote access. Supported resolutions include qHD, H.264up, SQVGA, QCIF, QVGA, CIF, or any custom size up to 1080p. Audio support is AAC, Ogg Vorbis, MPEG-1 Layer II, optional MP3, and/or optional “SurCode for Dolby Digital” AC-3. The MPEG Magnus is tested to work with Wowza®, Adobe® Flash®, and RealNetworks® Helix® servers.

Supplemental Information for Press Release

Features:

  • Supports HTTP adaptive Smooth and Live streaming protocol for output to mobile devices
  • Capable of near real time FTP output of segmented TS streams with I-Frame boundaries
  • Inputs: Simultaneous choices from HD-SDI, SDI, DVB-S, DVB-S2, 8VSB, QAM (digital or analog), DVB-C, DVB-T, DVB-T2, DVB-ASI, Analog, or GigE and IP (H.264, MPEG-2, or VC-1)
  • Output: Multiple simultaneous IP streams (MPEG-2 or H.264) – HTTP Live (HLS), HTTP, UDP, RTP, RTSP, multicast and unicast with transport stream envelope, HTTP Smooth, FTP, RTMP (Open Flash), or WMV9 with HTTP/ASF
  • Supports M3u8 playlist files (standalone and through HTTP Live)
  • Transcoding bit rates: .1 to 15 Mbps
  • Creates simultaneous High, Medium, and Low bitrate streams
  • Resolutions: qHD, H.264up, SQVGA, QCIF, QVGA, CIF, or any custom size up to 1080p
  • Simultaneous demodulation, transcoding, and encapsulation
  • Transcodes up to 20 720p HD streams, or 10 1080i/p HD streams, or 40 SD streams from MPEG-2 to H.264 or vice-versa
  • SNMP support
  • Tested to work with Wowza®, Adobe® Flash®, and RealNetworks® Helix® servers
  • Tested compatible with major brands of IP devices including Amino™, Roku®, Atlanta DTH, and Apple iPad® and iPhone®
  • Tested compatible with major brands of H.264 decoders
  • Audio support: AAC, Embedded pass-through, Ogg Vorbis, MPEG-1 Layer II, optional MP3, and/or optional “SurCode for Dolby Digital” AC-3
  • Settings are remembered when power cycled
  • Based on embedded Linux®
  • Redundant power supply

Note: This system is typically deployed in “closed” systems where bandwidth is dedicated and is used for this purpose only. It is not guaranteed to work over the public internet. Performance depends on available bandwidth.

Suggested Retail Prices:
MPEG Magnus MF: $16,995 U.S.
MPEG Magnus DVB-S-S2 12Tr/IP: $16,995 U.S.
MPEG Magnus 8VSB 10Ch/IP: $16,795 U.S.
MPEG Magnus ASI 8Ch/IP: $18,995 U.S.
MPEG Magnus QAM 8Ch/IP: $16,995 U.S.
MPEG Magnus IP/IP: $15,995 U.S.

Customized versions: Call for pricing

DVEO and MPEG Magnus are trademarks of Computer Modules, Inc. All other trademarks and registered trademarks are the properties of their respective owners. AAC licensed via Via Licensing.

About CMI and DVEO
CMI, founded in 1982, is a privately held company headquartered in San Diego, California. DVEO, the Broadcast Division of Computer Modules, Inc., sells digital video and high definition television (HDTV) products to the top television broadcast companies throughout the world.

For more information on CMI and DVEO, please contact Rebecca Gray at +1 (858) 613-1818 or rebecca@dveo.com. To download DVEO’s press releases and product images, visit the news section at www.dveo.com.

DVEO, 11409 West Bernardo Court, San Diego, California, 92127
Web: www.dveo.com phone: +1 (858) 613-1818, fax: +1 (858) 613-1815

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