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DK-Technologies Appoints A New ‘Budee’ In China

Audio and video metering specialist DK-Technologies has expanded its sales potential in China by appointing Beijing-based Budee Technology Development Company as its new distribution partner.

Founded by Mao Yanjun in 2002, Budee is now one of the country’s fastest-growing professional audio companies with over 100 employees and two branch offices and five provincial offices in mainland China.

Mr. Cheng Zhongjun, vice president and head of Budee’s Technical Division, says Budee’s new cooperation with DK-Technologies will allow the company to offer customers technology-driven metering products that deliver the right solutions for the broadcast and pro audio industries.

“We are very impressed by the reliaility of DK-Tecnologies’ products and their long standing reputation within the broadcast and pro audio industries,” Mr Zhongjun says. “DK-Technologies’ products cover numerous applications, from video to audio, and from radio to TV and post production. Budee’s business also covers a wide range of installations and we are very interested in expanding into new markets. Our cooperation with DK-Technologies gives us our first core brand in the broadast industry, and it certainly won’t be the only one. Working with an advanced and well respected brand like DK will allow Budee to build its own reputation in the broadcast field.”

Mr. Zhongjun adds that DK-Technologies and Budee both share the same core values of respect for customers and professionalism.

“We believe in always putting customers first and only recommending products and systems that are best suited to their needs,” he says. “Trust and friendship are very important and are central to the way both Budee and DK-Technologies do business. We also believe in long term brand management and we look forward to developing a firm friendship and long relationship with DK-Technologies.”

Uffe Kjems Hansen, of Product Marketing Director at DK-Technologies, says: “Budee is already well established in the pro audio and post production markets and is now expanding its remit into the broadcast sector. This perfectly suits our product line, which includes high end audio and video monitoring and metering products that are renowned for their extreme accuracy and quality. We see China as a major new market for DK, particularly for our Award-winning portable and affordable Loudness metering solutions, and we are very excited to be working with a distribution partner that is so obviously technology-oriented.”

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About DK-Technologies
DK-Technologies develop and produce audio meters, video sync, test signal generators and video waveform monitors. Alongside its worldwide distributor network, DK-Technologies also operates branch offices in Denmark, Germany, UK and USA. www.dk-technologies.com

Junger Audio Helps Polish Broadcasters Get To Grips With Audio Loudness

The issues surrounding audio loudness control were highlighted recently as a training seminar and workshop organised by Polish broadcaster TVP.

Dynamics processing specialist, Jünger Audio, in conjunction with its local distributor, Profi Audio, helped TVP organise and deliver the content for the seminar, which took place at TVP’s headquarters in Warsaw. 60 delegates attended the day-long session, including many from TVP, Polish Radio and private Polish television stations. As well as seminars, there was also lively debate between the delegates and panellists.

“Loudness is obviously a topic that Polish broadcasters are very interested in and we were thrilled by the response to the seminar,” said Jünger Audio’s International Sales Manager Christoph Harm who chaired the event.

Speakers at the seminar included Barbara Turowska, Director of the Department of Monitoring KRRiTV (Poland’s National Broadcasting Countil), who explained the impact on Polish broadcasters of EBU R128-based Loudness regulations that were introduced in 2011. Turowska also stated that KRRiTV is keeping a close eye on the loudness situation in order to satisfy local viewers who complain if commercials are louder than programme material. She added that more restrictive loudness regulations are due to be implemented later in 2014 to combat this issue.

Also on the podium was Peter Pörs, CEO of Jünger Audio, who defined audio loudness and discussed applicable standards including EBU R128, and all versions of ITU 1770. Pörs also highlighted the practical solutions broadcasters can take to control, measure and record audio loudness so that they are prepared for any future legislation that might be introduced.

The seminar ended with a presentation by Christoph Harm who introduced specific Jünger Audio products that are relevant to this topic, including the Voice Processor D*AP4 VAP edition, a unique unit that includes Spectral Signature™ dynamic EQ. He also highlighted the D*AP 8 MAP Monitoring Processor – the only loudness processor that can act as a successor to the Dolby® DP570 tool, which was discontinued in 2013.

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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. www.jungeraudio.com

Litepanels Unveils Powerful Sola 9 and Inca 9 at NAB 2014

New 9″ LED Fresnels Combine High Powered Illumination Output with Energy Efficiencies and Cost Savings

Litepanels NAB Booth #C6025

CHATSWORTH, Calif. – Litepanels(r), a Vitec Group brand and premier provider of LED lighting for the broadcast and production industries, will debut the Sola 9 (daylight balanced) and Inca 9 (tungsten balanced) LED Fresnels at NAB 2014. Following last year’s breakthrough launch of the Sola 12 and Inca 12, the new 9″ fixtures fill a market demand for medium-sized LED Fresnels. Litepanels’ industry leading collection of LED Fresnels now covers the complete range needed to deliver a full LED solution for broadcast studios, episodic television, and feature film production.

Ideal for studio and remote applications, the Sola 9 and Inca 9 are stronger and brighter than a traditional 1K Fresnel while offering a host of cost effective features. These energy efficient fixtures draw a mere 189 watts of electricity, and generate only a small amount of heat through Litepanels’ patented Cool to the Touch(tm) LED technology that allow for greatly reduced HVAC costs. They also offer years of color accurate service without the need for traditional lamp replacements. Additionally, an integrated DMX module offers unprecedented control by allowing both remote dimming and focusing. This eliminates the need for expensive dimmers and a dedicated, climate controlled dimmer room, and makes the use of ladders to adjust focus obsolete. The proprietary DMX module works with readily available and affordable RJ45 Ethernet connections via any standard DMX512 protocol device. With these energy, facility and labor savings, Litepanels’ LED fixtures have been proven to generate a return on investment (ROI), typically in 3 years or less.

Producing high quality, visually accurate, full spectrum light, the Sola 9 and Inca 9 feature Litepanels’ smooth dimming, from 100 percent to zero with no noticeable color shift, and are flicker-free at any frame rate or shutter angle. The custom 9″ Fresnel lens, with a beam angle from 54° to 15°, emits an even, collimated light source that can be focused and controlled for maximum flexibility.

While the high CRI (Color Rendering Index) LEDs in the versatile Sola 9 and Inca 9 are optimized for lighting talent, they offer a host of applications. The high output allows the Sola 9 to balance natural light in full daylight exterior or interior situations, and it can serve as an artificial sunlight source through a window or other opening on a stage or location setting. The color temperature of the tungsten balanced LED in the Inca 9 is designed to match existing incandescent Fresnel fixtures, so that it can be easily installed for side-by-side use. With no external ballast and only a short restrike period required, the Sola 9 and Inca 9 are as perfect for the rapid pace of episodic television and motion picture productions as they are for the broadcast studio.

“With the introduction of the Sola 9 and Inca 9, Litepanels now offers a complete LED solution for broadcast and production applications,” commented Chris Marchitelli, Vice President of global marketing for Litepanels. “This has been our goal for customers since we first set out to reimagine the traditional Fresnel fixture. We understood the inherent differences between tungsten bulbs and LED emitters, and knew that it demanded a fresh perspective on fixture design. Litepanels’ revolutionary LED Fresnel fixtures were designed from the ground up, and we took great care to ensure that familiar form factor and function were not lost in the process. Now our complete collection can be used to complement existing lighting plots or to create a whole new system, offering color consistency, energy conservation, and cost efficiencies across the board.”

The user-friendly Sola 9 and Inca 9 both include 8-way barndoors, a Standard Yoke with Junior Pin to enable easy mounting and positioning, and an AC power supply. Optional accessories include the 5-piece CTO or CTB Gel Set with Gel Bag and the RJ45 to 5-pin XLR Conversion Cable.
For more information, visit Litepanels on the Web, or follow us on Facebook.

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About Litepanels
Litepanels, a Vitec Group brand, was founded in 2001 by five professional gaffers and engineers who saw the future and pioneered LED (light emitting diode) lighting for motion pictures, television, and the audio-visual industry. Their Emmy(r) award-winning technology has now been used on thousands of productions worldwide and is trusted by the world’s leading broadcast organizations. Litepanels continues to expand its suite of flicker-free, color accurate, fully-dimmable soft lights that talent and lighting directors admire. These environmentally friendly fixtures can pay for themselves with power savings and long life, setting a new standard in professional lighting. More information can be found at www.Litepanels.com

About the Vitec Group
Capture the moment(tm)

For over 100 years, through every innovation in photography, film and digital image-making, Vitec businesses have developed a powerful portfolio of brand and products that have enabled some of the most amazing moments to be captured under some of the most challenging conditions. Vitec is an international Group principally serving customers in the broadcast photographic and military aerospace and government (MAG) markets. Vitec is based on strong, well-known premium brands on which its customers worldwide rely. Vitec is organized in three divisions: Videocom, Imaging and Services. Videocom designs and distributes systems and products used in broadcasting and live entertainment, film and video production and MAG. Imaging designs, manufactures and distributes equipment and accessories for photography, video and events. Services provides equipment rental, workflow design and technical support for camera, video, audio, fiber optic and wireless technology used by TV production and film crews. More information can be found at www.vitecgroup.com.

Anton/Bauer Introduces New Digital Battery and Performance Charger Series at NAB 2014

Anton/Bauer NAB Booth #C6025

Innovative Battery and Charger Lines are Designed to Power the Digital Age


Anton/Bauer®
, a Vitec Group brand and premier provider of battery, charging and monitoring technologies for the broadcast, film and video industries, will unveil its Digital Battery Series and Performance Charger Series at NAB 2014. Redefining the power standard for a new generation of cameras and auxiliary equipment, Anton/Bauer’s revolutionary Digital Battery Series is the first battery line designed specifically to power digital production for the professional broadcast, cinema and new media sectors. The Performance Charger Series utilizes new technology to deliver the fastest possible charging sequence, while exceeding the high-efficiency standards required by today’s rigorous shooting schedules. Anton/Bauer will showcase these ground-breaking innovations at their exhibit (booth #C6025) at NAB 2014 in Las Vegas, which runs April 7-10.

As cameras and technology have evolved, so have their power use profiles. The new Digital Battery Series meets the unique needs of 4K camera set-ups and other digital cameras in use today, while providing top-tier levels of safety, performance and reliability. Delivered with a modern, ergonomic, mold-breaking design, the battery contains a proprietary digital filter that increases run-time and lengthens life cycle, eliminating the negative effects incurred when running digital technology with traditional battery circuitry. The series will include three battery sizes (90 Wh, 150 Wh, and 190 Wh), all with Anton/Bauer’s signature Gold Mount connector and balanced, high-quality cells that deliver a long performance life.

The Digital Battery Series utilizes constant calibration to deliver a truly accurate power status and features a new, easy to read fuel gauge. When the battery is attached to a load, such as a camera or a light, it will conveniently report the remaining run-time in hours and minutes, allowing the user to effortlessly track usage. If the load varies, the run-time will update accordingly. When the battery is not attached to a load, it reflects the state of the battery charge as a percentage of capacity.

The innovative Performance Charger Series supports the Digital Battery Series and features a new, efficient charging algorithm for multi-chemistry, simultaneous charging. The new algorithm ensures rapid charging of up to four batteries at a time, all while conserving energy, eliminating waste, and reducing cost of ownership. Software constantly monitors the charging process and discharge curves to ensure that each battery is charged to its peak performance. The Performance Charger series is nearly 40% more efficient than traditional chargers, rendering large power supplies virtually obsolete.

The stylish design and LCD touch screen reflect a truly 21st century system. The ergonomic chargers are easy to carry, and the batteries are easily removed from the charger, enabling smooth operation in the field. The Performance Charger series automatically detects which battery has the strongest charge and prioritizes it, ensuring that a fully charged battery is always available in the shortest amount of time possible. The new charger series also has a regulated XLR output to power a camera.

“This is the most exciting thing that’s happened to batteries for our industry in over 30 years,” says Graham Sharp, Senior Vice President of Products for Vitec Videocom. “We’re very pleased to be debuting battery and charger systems at NAB that were truly conceived to power the digital age. The Digital Battery Series is uniquely optimized for today’s cameras, as well as all of the auxiliary equipment now being powered around a camera, and the Performance Charger series is both the ‘greenest’ and most efficient charger on the market. At Anton/Bauer, we pride ourselves on not only delivering the highest levels of quality and performance, but of safety as well. These batteries were extensively tested to meet the most demanding conditions and are specially engineered to encompass numerous safety features.”

Anton/Bauer’s Lithium-Ion Digital Batteries are the safest on the market. From an electrical viewpoint, the batteries contain sensors that consistently check temperature and current, shutting the battery off if any rise in temperature or increase in current is detected. From a physical perspective, the batteries are designed to ensure that every cell in a pack stands alone, with 2 millimeters of space in between and air circulation corridors to prevent overheating. This is achieved with a unique, plastic honeycomb that creates an individual housing for each cell. With a high-impact resistant plastic molding, a double skin, and no danger of cells touching each other, thermal transfer is minimized should a battery be dropped or crushed in any way.

The high performance, competitively priced Digital Battery Series and Performance Charger Series will be available to the marketplace in the second quarter of 2014.

For more information, visit www.antonbauer.com or call (800) 422-3473.

DVEO to Introduce 2-7 Channel IP Multiplexer/Demultiplexer at NAB 2014

T-Mux IP-IP Muxer-Demuxer

IP Transport Stream Multiplexer for Multiple Program Transport Stream Creation -- T-Mux IP/IP

San Diego, California — March 26, 2014 — DVEO, the broadcast division of Computer Modules, Inc. (CMI), will introduce their new IP multiplexer/demultiplexer at the NAB (National Association of Broadcasters) Show, April 7-10, in Las Vegas, Nevada, at booth SU2903.

Multiplexers combine several MPEG-2 and/or H.264 transport streams into a single multiplex transport stream, or “mux” for short. They also combine several multiplexes into a single remultiplex, or “remux”.

DVEO’s T-Mux IP/IP is a professional transport stream multiplexer and demultiplexer with GigE inputs and output. It combines or multiplexes 2 to 7 incoming MPEG-2 and/or H.264 IP Transport Streams, single program transport streams (SPTS) or multiple program transport streams (MPTS), to a single multiple program transport stream.

The muxed stream can be output to IP (UDP or RTP) or optional DVB-ASI. The system also de-muxes transport streams (SPTS/MPTS) to two to seven MPEG-2 and H.264 transport streams.

“This device is designed for cable companies, telcos, and IPTV operators who source their content via dedicated circuits or public internet,” commented Laszlo Zoltan, Vice President of DVEO. “The T-Mux IP/IP provides an affordable way to deliver multiplexed IP streams across broadband infrastructure. It features excellent PID (program identifier) manipulation, including PID filtering, addition, and mapping.”

The T-Mux IP/IP features LCD front panel controls plus web-based management, and front panel connectors for easy setup of the IP inputs.

The optional ASI system includes one ASI input, seven UDP/RTP inputs, one ASI output, and one UDP/RTP output.


Supplemental Information for Press Release

Features:

  • Multiplexes two to seven MPEG-2 and H.264 transport streams (SPTS/MPTS)

    • Inputs: 7 IP inputs (10/100/1000 Mbps, UDP, RTP)
    • Outputs: One multiplexed stream to IP (UDP, RTP, 10/100/1000 Mbps) or optional ASI

  • De-multiplexes single transport streams (SPTS/MPTS) to two to seven MPEG-2 and H.264 transport streams

    • Inputs: One IP input (10/100/1000 Mbps, UDP, RTP) or one optional DVB-ASI input
    • Outputs: 7 IP outputs (10/100/1000 Mbps, UDP, RTP)

  • Option for one ASI input, seven UDP/RTP inputs, one ASI output, and one UDP/RTP output
  • UDP Unicast and Multicast support
  • Supports all video layers and profiles including Multi-view and 4:2:2
  • Audio stream types supported: AC-3, Enhanced AC-3, MPEG Audio (Layers I, II, and III), AAC, DTS
  • SMPTE 302M 8 channel audio (pass through)
  • Transport packet size: 188 bytes
  • LCD front panel controls plus web-based management
  • Front panel connectors for IP inputs, for easy setup
  • Transport stream input rates up to 40 Mbps per channel
  • Transport stream output rates up to 400 Mbps
  • Program filter and mapping
  • PID filtering and mapping
  • PSI (PAT/PMT) signaling
  • PCR dejittering and restamping
  • TS CBR to VBR conversion
  • TS VBR to CBR conversion
  • Bit rate conversion CBR to CBR, VBR to VBR
  • Suggested Retail Prices:
    T-Mux IP/IP: $3,995 U.S.
    T-Mux IP/IP+ASI – Option for one ASI input, and one ASI output: $4,995 U.S.

    DVEO and T-Mux IP/IP are trademarks of Computer Modules, Inc. All other trademarks and registered trademarks are the properties of their respective owners.

    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

    TNDV Captures Creative Energy of Amnesty International Show at Barclays Center

    Mobile production specialist’s use of film-style cameras for musical performances enhances dramatic feel of charitable event

    NASHVILLE, March 26, 2014TNDV has had a busy mobile production schedule through the first quarter of 2014, with Amnesty International’s Bring Human Rights Home Concert last month standing out as its most unique project. The event, which took place at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, featured a roster of interesting musical acts aligned with the organization’s mission of fighting injustice and promoting human rights.

    TNDV brought its 40-foot expanding side truck, Aspiration, to capture live performances for in-venue image magnification; and to serve as the central command center for content acquisition. The uniquely dramatic elements of the event – which included a rousing speech and performance of two recently-imprisoned members of the Russian musical act Pussy Riot — influenced TNDV to make some changes to its mobile production workflow. This included the use of Canon EOS C300 cinema cameras, which introduced new production possibilities while challenging the crew.

    “It was going back to Truck 101,” said Nic Dugger, president and owner, TNDV. “We basically reverse-engineered the truck to work with a camera designed for the film industry, making adjustments across the infrastructure to ensure that the cameras worked with every component. We also lost of a lot of the creature comforts we are used to with the cameras themselves. However, we gained a look and feel that is not easily achievable with broadcast cameras, thanks to a shallow depth of field and some incredibly high resolution images.”

    Dugger and his team engineered nine HD video outputs to support the cameras, with feeds frame synched and time-code locked content for delivery across Aspiration’s switching, routing and multiviewing infrastructure. In addition to magnifying performances from The Flaming Lips, Tegan and Sara, and other performers on large venue screens, live feeds were recorded to in-camera memory cards and Aja KiPro recorders on the truck for future use by the organization. The KiPros recorded the feeds using a progressive segmented frame rate, allowing TNDV to capture the content in the 24p-style preferred by the film director.

    But there were a number of more unusual compensations for which the TNDV team needed to engineer solutions.

    “The most important element we offered this show was a way to monitor cameras and fully understand what was happening,” said Dugger. “Being cinema cameras, the C300s don’t have tally lights, which means there is no obvious way to know what camera is on the air. They also don’t have return video, which means we can’t press a button and watch the line cut in the viewfinder. It made for even higher reliance on our Imagine Communications multiviewer system, while actively listening to the director to understand his next move.”

    TNDV achieved that last point by taking advantage of the Barclays Center’s extensive fiber infrastructure. Dugger used Aja Fido bricks to convert HD-SDI signals to fiber and transport signals from every corner of the venue to the loading dock, where Aspiration was parked. That same infrastructure carried multiple RTS intercom feeds, enabling digital point-to-point communications with anyone connected to the matrix.

    “That is where the world of film and TV really came together for this project,” said Dugger. “The film director and his camera crew were able to use a mix of matrix-station intercom connections and belt packs on a party line to communicate across the venue — something they typically don’t get to do. This enabled very effective communications across all cameras and departments.”

    Dugger added that using the C300 cameras provided a taste of what’s to come with 4K, as he and other truck companies start to consider the most effective upgrade strategies to meet those next-generation production requirements.

    “We’ll have to retrain our brains to become more familiar with the film approach to production, where lens millimeters and F-Stops have a major effect on high-resolution image characteristics,” he said. “This project helped us understand how to achieve better light-balance in the absence of traditional shading, for example. The transition to 4K is going to force us to pay more attention to focus, resolution and other aspects related to the intensive imaging requirements.”

    ABOUT TNDV: Television
    Formed in 2004, TNDV: Television represents the culmination of many years of broadcast and live production for Nic Dugger, owner and president; and his staff of full time engineers. TNDV produces events from small single-camera productions all the way up to multi-million dollar international TV events, and takes pride in building custom solutions for challenging productions of any size, in any situation. Recent productions include the live concert productions at the NCAA Final Four, the 2013 Re/Max Long Drive Challenge on ESPN, and the inaugural season of Sing for Your Supper on PBS. Please call 615-585-6528 or visit www.tndv.com for more information.

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    Matrox Maevex H.264 Encoders and Decoders Named 2014 SCN InfoComm Installation Product Awards Finalist

    Vote “Maevex” for Most Innovative Video Processing (Transport) Product

    Matrox® Graphics Inc. today announced the selection of Matrox Maevex™ 5100 Series H.264 encoders and decoders to the list of finalists for the 2014 SCN InfoComm Installation Product Awards in the Most Innovative Video Processing (Transport) category.

    Matrox Maevex H.264 encoders and decoders extend Full HD-quality 1080p60 video and audio over standard IP networks at user definable bitrates between 100Kbps and 25Mbps. They are ideal for driving dynamic digital signage, delivering multimedia materials to different classrooms, and letting operators share desktop, video, and other content on collaborative video walls. Maevex encoders also support software-based decoding on non-Maevex devices and will soon include video recording to capture and store video/audio to a network shared drive or NAS. The flexible and innovative PowerStream™ software lets administrators remotely discover, manage and adjust encode/decode settings on a network of Maevex devices.

    Vote for Maevex today! Voting closes May 1 and the winners will be revealed at InfoComm 2014.

    See Maevex in action at upcoming tradeshows — NAB Show (Las Vegas, April 7-10, booth SL5019), ITEC (Cologne Messe, Germany, May 20-22, stand E170) and InfoComm (Las Vegas, June 18-20, booth 2247).

    About Matrox Graphics Inc.
    Matrox Graphics is a leading manufacturer of graphics solutions for professional markets. In-house design expertise, top-to-bottom manufacturing, and dedicated customer support make our solutions the premier choice in industries that require stable, high-reliability products. Matrox is a privately held company headquartered in Montreal, Canada. For more information, visit www.matrox.com/graphics.

    NAB 2014: Digital Nirvana’s Broadcast Monitoring System Streamlines Workflow with Powerful New Features

    Newark, CA – Digital Nirvana will introduce the latest release of its broadcast monitoring software, Monitor IQ 4.0, at the NAB 2014 convention being held from April 5-10th at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Digital Nirvana will exhibit in Booth #SU11017. Monitor IQ is an in-house logging and compliance monitoring solution for traditional broadcasting media.

    “We continue to add innovative functionality to Monitor IQ,” said Arco Groenenberg, director of sales and marketing for Broadcast Products, DigitalNirvana. “New features like transport stream recording, SmartSearch, editing, playback and advanced engineering alerts make Monitor IQ one of the smartest monitoring solutions in the industry while offering excellent price for performance.”

    Monitor IQ 4.0 Broadcast Monitoring System
    Monitor IQ combines signal-monitoring, loudness monitoring, aircheck-logging, ad verification, competitive analysis and content repurposing and runs on Digital Nirvana’s Open Media Appliance – a highly scalable, industrial-grade server. The Open Media Appliance accepts multiple inputs including SD/HD SDI, ASI, ASI-IP, ATSC, QAM, 50 Hz, 60 Hz and DVB-TC/S2. It exports content in a wide range of file formats for content repurposing, including Flash, MPEG-2, MPEG-4 and H.264, and XDCAM.

    Monitor IQ can record Multi-language Audio/Video and VANC Metadata. Designed with an efficient architecture and a simple Web interface, it integrates seamlessly with third party software. The resulting workflow is quick and easy, making the most of time and money.

    With Monitor IQ, there’s no need to install ActiveX. It’s compatible with all standards-compliant web browsers. Its extensive search function can use keywords, CC text, metadata, titles, descriptions, as-run and traffic logs, imported and discrepancy reports.

    Web Captioning ensures that programming complies with new FCC closed captioning mandates in the SMPTE Timed Text Format. Program Guide Extraction automatically extracts EIT data directly from the broadcast, enabling recording by program. Plus, an Infrastructure Self-Check performs more than 40 types of ongoing system checks to proactively monitor the total health of the Monitor IQ system.

    Available options for Monitor IQ include: an iPad/iPhone/Android interface, NAVE Watermark Decoding, Centralized Management, Director’s Audio Track and a REST API for 3rd party development.

    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 product portfolio includes the industry-leading Monitor IQ broadcast monitoring system, AnyStream IQ OTT monitoring solution, and the MediaPro content repurposing system. A comprehensive service portfolio includes media monitoring and analysis, market intelligence and analytics, and learning management services. Digital Nirvana is headquartered in Fremont, California with offices in Hyderabad and Coimbatore, India. For more information visit http://www.digital-nirvana.com.

    New Broadcast Pix Software Upgrades Include Next Generation Chromakey, Dual-Channel Clip Server

    Billerica, Massachusetts – Broadcast Pix™ will debut ClearKey, its next generation chromakey, as well as a dual-channel clip server and several other upgrades in its Version 4.0 software for Granite™ and Mica™ integrated production switchers. Available in May, the new software features will be demonstrated at the 2014 NAB Show (Booth SL6325), which runs April 7-10 in Las Vegas, Nev. The company also announced Version 3.0 software for its Flint™ end-to-end integrated production switchers, with most of the same upgrades.

    Part of Broadcast Pix’s Fluent™ workflow software, ClearKey features precise, highly adjustable keying that can handle challenging visuals, such as glass or fast-moving or out of focus objects. Robust color correction removes the most stubborn spill from chromakeyed objects, which is important for virtual set use where color contamination is almost unavoidable. A key crop function can be used to confine the keying effect to certain areas of the screen.

    ClearKey also creates more realistic shadow and lighting effects. Shine a spotlight on the background, for example, and it will shine on the virtual set as well. If a subject casts a shadow on the green or blue background, ClearKey can make the shadow appear on the virtual set, if desired. A simple eye dropper tool simplifies chromakey color selection, and intuitive controls make it easy to adjust lighting, shadow and spill correction effects.

    The V4 upgrade includes a dual-channel clip server for Granite and Mica, which handles playback of SD and HD footage in a variety of file formats. (Flint already includes a dual-channel clip server.) Both upgrades add new device controls for Blackmagic Design HyperDeck Studio and Studio Pro video recorders, as well as all AJA Ki Pro recorders, over a TCP/IP connection. Clips can be recorded and played back from the PixPad, and all controls can programmed into a macro for simplified control. The new upgrades also include device control for Lumens VC-G50 and VC-G30 HD PTZ cameras. Plus, Fluent-View, Broadcast Pix’s customizable multi-view, includes a new snap-to-grid feature to make it easier to build new screen layouts.

    “When Broadcast Pix has a major software release, you know we’ve listened to our customers and added some pretty significant improvements,” said Steve Ellis, general manager, Broadcast Pix. “ClearKey in particular represents a major step forward that will improve productions for customers who rely on virtual sets. It is highly adjustable but easy to operate – and it delivers outstanding results.”

    Flint V3 and Granite/Mica V4 are free upgrades for all respective systems under warranty and will be available in May.

    About Broadcast Pix Founded in 2002, Broadcast Pix is the leader in integrated production switchers, with customers in more than 110 countries. Available in several configurations, from compact systems with end-to-end integration to large-scale systems for high-end live productions, Broadcast Pix switchers include CG, dual clip stores, file-based macros, external control software, and customizable multi-view and virtual sets with patented control options. Broadcast Pix also offers ReVue next generation slow motion systems, fX3D real-time 3D graphics, Rapid CG dynamic graphic playout software, and VOX voice-automated live video production, each designed to enhance our highly integrated live production switchers. Customers include leading broadcast, corporate, education, government, religious, sports, streaming, and visual radio studios. Learn more at www.broadcastpix.com.

    AVnu Alliance Member Sheds Light on Broadcast Market Transition to Ethernet AVB at NAB 2014

    Alliance Member, Jan Eveleens, CEO Axon Digital Design to present AVB as an opportunity for new generation of broadcast

    Beaverton, Ore. – March 25, 2014AVnu Alliance, the industry consortium that certifies Audio Video Bridging (AVB) products for interoperability, is proud to have Jan Eveleens, AVnu Alliance Pro Video Group Chair and CEO of Axon Digital Design, present at next month’s National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Broadcast Engineering Conference (BEC).  Eveleens will outline the benefits of AVB networking, and how it will foster an entirely new generation of broadcast infrastructure architectures and products, enabling innovative and more efficient workflows.

    “We’ve already seen strong interest from broadcasters who agree with us that AVB is a game-changing technology for the industry. The underlying standards and technology are already available,” said Eveleens. “As part of the existing IEEE 802.1 suite, AVB makes a standard Ethernet network suitable for a full-blown production backbone.”

    Eveleens, an active member of the AVnu Alliance, has recently led the group to complete the final draft of the market requirements for Pro Video and Broadcast AVB networks. At NAB Show, he will demonstrate how IT-based technologies and AVB will become powerful drivers for the demanding broadcast market, creating a profound change in how broadcast infrastructures are designed and built.

    What:   “The End of SDI? Introducing Ethernet AVB Technology in Live Production Environments

    Who:      Jan Eveleens, Chair, AVnu Alliance Pro-Video Group

    Where:  NAB Show, Broadcast Engineering Conference – Las Vegas Convention Center, South Hall – room S228

    When:   10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, April 8, 2014

    Registration for this session at the 2014 NAB BEC Conference is open now to NAB Show attendees.  The NAB Show is the world’s largest electronic media show covering filmed entertainment and the development, management and delivery of content across all mediums.

    About AVnu Alliance

    The AVnu Alliance is dedicated to the advancement of streaming audio video by promoting the adoption of IEEE 802.1 Audio Video Bridging (AVB) standards over the network infrastructure. The organization strives to create an open path to AVB standards, define AVB compliance test procedures, and an AVnu certification program that ensures AVB interoperability of networked A/V devices to provide the highest quality streaming experience in professional A/V, automotive, and consumer applications to deliver a compelling end user experience.

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