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Issue 93 - September 2014

In an industry that hands out a lot of awards, it can be easy to take the revelation of each golden statuette or glass embossed brick with a pinch of salt. When NATAS hands out a Technology and Engineering Emmy, however, people sit up and take notice.

This month Video Services Forum, Media Links, Nevion, DVBlink, Inc, Harris Broadcast Corporation (now Imagine Communications), Ericsson, Artel Video Systems, Barco-Silex and IntoPix were all recognized for the work done on the standardization and productization of JPEG 2000 interoperability.

Their contributions aided the development of VSF TR-01, a recommended practice for compressing SDI signals into JPEG 2000 and encapsulating the signals along with audio and ancillary data into an MPEG-2 TS for transport over IP networks.

Why is this important? It’ll potentially make the transporting of high quality video easier than it has been in the past.

As all those companies will no doubt tell you at IBC, J2K is potentially a better compression alogorithm for contribution quality video, better than more familiar options like MPEG2, MPEG 4 or even HEVC. The limitation previously was the lack of transport standards. Now that has been solved, and an Emmy bestowed, the question is why would you send contribution video uncompressed if you can have visually lossless J2K?

Closed and proprietary options have been available before. Now in theory you could have an Artel box at one end and a Nevion box at the other. While the Emmy will not signal an instant shift change it may well alter the way the industry looks at how to distribute contribution quality video.

Video Transport

Artel Video Systems is amongst the companies being honoured with a Technology and Engineering Emmy Award by the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) for its work on the Standardization and Productization of JPEG 2000 (J2K) Interoperability. The Emmy recognizes Artel for its contribution in the development of VSF TR-01, a recommended practice for compressing SDI signals into JPEG 2000 and encapsulating the signals along with audio and ancillary data into an MPEG-2 TS for transport over IP networks.

Digigram will demo the AQORD *LINK/LE codec at IBC (8.C51), a new innovation designed to enable simple, cost-effective transport of high-quality video over IP networks, including fiber, xDSL, and satellite for programme contribution. Able to serve either as an encoder or decoder, the AQORD *LINK/ LE IP video codec is said to “lower barriers to IP-based video transport without forcing users to compromise on video quality.”

www.digigram.com

DNG

Dejero has launched the Dejero LIVE+ Carrier, a rugged and modular carrier system for the company’s portable transmitters. The LIVE+ Carrier is designed to increase a news crew’s mobility and comfort by making it easy to secure and carry a mobile transmitter, such as the LIVE+ 20/20 Transmitter, to the scene of breaking news.

www.dejero.com

DSNG

A new Satmission Streamline SMP 155DA Antenna will be the focus for Satmission at IBC (OE106) this year. The drive-away broadcast satellite antenna system will be shown installed in a Land Rover Discovery DSNG vehicle, designed and built by UKbased systems integrator Broadcast Networks. The all-terrain vehicle supports live SD and HD feeds, with voice and internet communications, making it ideal for live sports and news events. The Antenna is equipped with a redundant/phase-combined 400W amplifier system from Communications & Power Industries.

www.satmission.com

Transmission

Vislink will launch its new Mantis- LT lightweight antenna at IBC. The new unit includes the Ku band feed and materials developed for Vislink’s Mantis MSAT satellite data terminal. Available with either a 90cm or 120cm reflector for Ku band TX/RX operation, the Mantis-LT allows customers to package their own hardware into Vislink’s portable and lightweight terminal design.

www.vislink.com

Arqiva has deployed Thomson Video Networks’ ViBE EM4000 HD/SD encoder as part of an upgrade of the UK’s DTT network. Three new ViBE EM4000 platforms, each with Flextream statistical multiplexer, have been installed to provide DVB-T/T2 video compression, enabling Arqiva Services to launch new TV channels on its existing multiplex and introduce a new HD multiplex.

www.thomson-networks.com

Delivery

Thomson Video Networks has launched Behind Every Screen (BHS), a new approach to video delivery that combines on-premises with cloud-based resources to support broadcast and multi-screen services. BHS brings together the latest ingest, branding, ad insertion, encoding/transcoding, and packaging technologies to provide an all-in-one video infrastructure with key capabilities for convergent multi-platform video delivery.

www.thomson-networks.com

ioGates, a provider of cloud-based tools for sharing, converting, and distributing professional media files, has signed a three-year partnership agreement with the Danish Broadcasting Corporation (DR). Under the agreement, ioGates will provide DR with its own ioGates-powered portal for sharing content among its various departments and content partners. Based around a simple web interface use of ioGates is said to require no advanced technical knowledge or training.

www.iogates.com

Agama Technologies will use IBC (4.A75) to showcase the version 4.7 of its DTV monitoring solution which covers service distribution from the head-end to the viewing device. Analyzer OTT integration in the central Enterprise Server has been enhanced with new dashboard widgets that give at-a-glance overviews of OTT service quality along with a new top-level service quality reporting function, enabling trending and analysis of service quality and availability on streaming video assets, as well as on the individual adaptive bitrate profi les.

www.agama.tv

Apps

Metrological, provider of a cloud based application framework and TV App store will add to its Application Platform at IBC (Stand 14.E25) by introducing three products and a new TV app store feature. The new items are a real time insights ‘Dashboard’, a cloud based centrally managed ‘UX Platform’ and ‘Instant pairing and interaction’ that links TV viewing to mobile devices. The new App Store feature is the App Manager that enables operators to administer the apps in their Metrological TV App Stores.

www.metrological.com

Playout

IPTV and IP video systems manufacturer Teracue eyevis has announced the availability of ICUEPLAYOUT, a streaming server for up to four 4k streams or 16x Full-HD 1080p60/50 fi les. Available as 2RU appliance, it can be used to deliver IP-video streams into presentation and information applications, and is said to be ideal for looping or scheduling single video fi les or complete playlists into digital signage players.

www.teracue.com

TV9 Surabaya, one of Indonesia’s most highly respected regional broadcasters, has chosen a broadcast system from PlayBox Technology as the core of a major technical upgrade. “TV9 Surabaya currently broadcasts in standard-defi nition and was keen to replace its existing equipment with a fi le-based system,” says Stefanus Tandra who supervised the project. “The channel managers were initially looking for greater automation than was possible with their legacy infrastructure. They were greatly impressed by the fact that PlayBox Technology systems are so easy to use and the ease with which they can be expanded to deliver advanced services such as HD”

www.playbox.tv

Multi-screen

Irdeto will use IBC (1.D51) to show pay media and content owners how being profi table on any screen requires more than just having a multi-screen and OTT solution. As part of this it will highlight Multiscreen, the managed service that can provide TV viewers with a personalised media experience, protect content on any device and generate new revenue streams with different business models.

www.irdeto.com

Infrastructure

Dejero’s LIVE+ Booster technology has been shortlisted in the Content and Communications Infrastructure category of the IABM Design & Innovation Awards. The LIVE+ Booster is a vehicle-mounted device that uses an array of up to 12 high-gain antennas to provide a high-reach connection and signal booster for bonded video uplink transmissions over cellular networks.

www.dejero.com

Live India has chosen an end-to-end contribution solution from Harmonic to improve video quality and optimize connectivity between its regional news bureaus and main headquarters in Noida. Harmonic’s Ellipse 3100 contribution encoders and ProView 7100 integrated receiver-decoders are being used for fixed contribution applications, enabling the broadcaster to expand from two to five streaming news channels.

www.harmonicinc.com

3D Storm, distributor of NewTek products in EMEA and LiveXpert worldwide is extending the NewTek presence at IBC by showcasing LiveXpert solutions, a smart and versatile line of third party products in Hall 7 Stand K21.

Member of the NewTek third party developer network, LiveXpert is designed to complement NewTek TriCaster and 3Play instant replay system. The LiveXpert line also includes products compatible with any vision mixers with solutions working in any live production workflow, providing all the tools to manage, create and add graphics, into any live production workflow.

Power distribution

Canford will use IBC (9.C01) to showcase its new range of IP addressable Mains Distribution Units (MDUs). Amongst the unique features is the ability to control door locks remotely. This enables off-site personnel to remotely grant visiting engineers or support teams with access to server rooms or locked racks and cabinets. Any device with an HTML browser and an Internet connection can securely access the product.

www.canford.co.uk

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Mobile internet connectivity in the field
Bill Nardi Mobile Internet connectivity is critical to the success of remote news crews. Whether they're doing a reporting assignment for news, sports, or live events, they need a strong and reliable Internet connection. To have an edge over their competition and get content to air faster, crews need to be able to work just as if they were in the studio, but from the field.
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Live event streaming solutions
Lorna Garrett It's summer! Just those two words alone are exciting. Combine them with words such as "music festival" or "sports" or "travel" and you have yourself a summer to remember. To ensure you have the hottest summer yet, consider live streaming your event ¦ wherever it is.
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Facebook Workplace - why it might just work
Jake Ward At the Facebook F8 Developer Conference last April, Facebook's Workplace, a collaborative platform for organisations, announced enhanced live video functionality. Being able to stream live into Workplace will fundamentally change the way companies communicate, from broadcasting weekly meetings and webinars to live streaming Q&As. The possibilities really are endless.
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Live sports and event production
Brian Eldredge There is an overwhelming amount of content being recorded by sports broadcasters and digital services teams. A broadcaster might capture hundreds of hours of content over the course of, say, a golf tournament, yet only a fraction of that content makes it to air. But what about the rest of it, such as interviews, scenic shots, promos, and behind-the-scenes footage? Too often, priceless moments that don't make it into the broadcast get left on the cutting room floor because they're either not preserved or the right people can't access them, or both.
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Infrastructure boost with single node storage solutions
Lee Griffin Like other market segments, the motion picture and video production industry is dominated by smaller productions and facilities. Until now, the only option for this portion of the market to take advantage of the performance, fault-tolerance and ease of management of a modern scale-out storage platform was to invest in a storage cluster consisting of three storage nodes and at least one metadata controller.
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The challenges of media workflow automation
Dave Clark The media workflow challenge has never been more complex, and it's growing. In response exploding consumer demand for high-quality, engaging programming, media operations are under the gun to create content and deliver it to an ever-growing range of platforms and devices. Managing video assets - that is finding them, accessing them, and using them efficiently and effectively - is one of the biggest barriers to success in today's environment.
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Ad servers and switching solutions
Peter Blanchford Hardware-based ad servers and switching solutions have been around for a long time and, broadly speaking, do the job just fine.
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IP Based Remote Production
Ed Calverley Over the last few years Suitcase TV has been getting involved in remote production at the software layer, and I want to talk about some of the ways we have been getting involved in remote production, including a specific trial that we did last year with BBC Sport for the Euro 2016 tournament in Paris.
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The Dressing Room - shooting steamy scenes
Josh Portwine W's latest factual entertainment series relies completely on the ability of fixed rig filming setups to make cast members forget their inhibitions. Described as a fly-on-the-wall documentary, "The Dressing Room" gives TV audiences unprecedented access to team-sport dynamics off the field of play by inviting them into the hidden world of dressing rooms at venues across the country.
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State of the Nation - part 1
Dick Hobbs - new Imagine you are the director of the Champions League Final, knowing that 200 million people will be watching your every decision. Or you're directing the Eurovision Song Contest. Or even, to be honest, the Tunbridge Wells local news opt out. And at live minus 30 seconds, all the screens in the monitor wall suddenly go black then show a demand, in broken English, for 300 Bitcoin.
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Media Production Show and other news
Duncan Payne So, the 2nd Media Production Show has been and gone. Hands up who went to Islington by mistake? I know at least two people who did. Their secret is safe with me! For me, the sign of a great trade show is when I come away really enthused about an innovative use of existing technology or a brand new product. When I find something that combines both these things, then I'm a very happy man.
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Canon CN-E 18-80mm T4.4 Review
Ben Sherriff The Canon Cine range of lenses have been around for quite a few years now. The CN-E Cinema Prime lenses became an early alternative to using PL adaptors or the Zeiss Compact Prime lenses. Other than that the choice was rehoused stills lenses or maybe if you were lucky a set of Zeiss super speeds. The cine lens set became a cost effective offering for sharp prime lenses with clear and accurate markings for proper functionality.
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Lighting - the stuff you do not see
Tama Berkeljon Lighting is the stuff you don't see that makes a difference in what you do see. How the audience feels about a character and whether the scene is scary, tense or upbeat are communicated by the quality and placement of light. Lighting can take the drama to a whole new level - think about film noir with all those shadows on the wall.
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Integrated and automating marketing campaign production
James Gilbert ITV, as an integrated producer broadcaster, creates, owns and distributes high-quality content on multiple platforms. It operates the largest commercial family of channels in the UK and delivers its content through traditional television broadcasting as well as on demand via the ITV Hub. ITV has the largest share of the UK television advertising market and its family of channels attracted a total share of viewing of 21.4% in 2016, the largest audience of any UK commercial broadcaster. ITV's main channel is the largest commercial channel in the UK, delivering 99% of all commercial audiences over five million.
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TV Futures
Jane Lawrence When I was younger my dad used to encourage me to be a Jack of all trades and a master of none. One of those clich© things parents hand down to their children. However, as I have grown and gone through different stages of education I have found this little piece of wisdom has followed me. Don't get me wrong, being amazing at one thing is a great skill to have, but for me having a good understanding of everything is also vital.
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Implementing an IP workflow
John Smith -new The eventual move to incorporate IP into your infrastructures is an inevitability. However, with justified concerns about interoperability and uncertainty about which vendors are best placed to help organisations achieve their IP media networking and content delivery goals, is it any wonder there is hesitation about moving forward? Broadcasters very wisely, don't want the pain without the gain!
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Monetizing OTT
Oliver Botti Competition in the TV arena is hotting-up for traditional broadcasters with even ESPN, a strong-hold of sports TV, seeing a reduction in subscriptions with the number of American homes paying to get the service declining by more than 12m since 2011. With Mintel reporting that the subscription video streaming market in the UK is due to exceed revenues of GBP 1 billion (EURO 1.37 billion) by 2019, and account for 38% of the total UK video market, traditional broadcasters clearly cannot afford to turn a blind eye.
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Understanding the process of video production
Joseph Adamson In this article I will focus on understanding the process of video production. The use of miniaturised video equipment and understanding the capability of the kit chosen for the job will be mentioned. The video production process is a road map, which not only helps the producer to minimise problems during production and achieve professional results, but also saves time.This process can be tricky to understand and many videographers are self taught, including myself.
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Advances in LED lighting innovation with Rotolight AEOS
Rod Aaron Gammons There's no doubt that lighting plays a critical role in videography, filmmaking and photography. It's the area of content capture that brings added creativity to shoots, whether that's filming a wedding, producing a commercial or making a movie. Much like cameras have evolved over the past few years, lighting has also evolved; from the traditional tungsten, through to the use of LEDs. Of course LEDs have been revolutionised too, now delivering powerful, cost and energy efficient solutions to creatives.
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Audience engagement with advertising in an OTT world
Hank Frecon Adapting to how we advertise in an OTT world starts by reaching audiences on every screen with tailored content. Most consumers viewing habits include multi-tasking and juggling different activities at the same time, particularly the younger viewing audiences who tend to watch in a more fragmented, on-demand manner. The task of monetizing content in a way that suits this method of viewing pushes monetization strategies to adopt new technologies, so first let's look at the opportunity.
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The 7 Steps to Saving Film
KitPlus We live in a world where - thanks to everything from smartphones to cheaper professional gear - more and more footage is being shot today than ever before. It's a little known fact, however, that as more movies are made, archived physical film works all over the world are in danger of being lost to the damage of time. The Library of Congress alone has documented that only 20% of U.S. feature films from the 1910 and 1920s survive in complete form, and according to European Parliamentary Research, as of 2014, 21% of European film works were held in archives, yet only 1.5% was digitized.
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360 degree video storage requirements
Dave Frederick Swim with bears, run with the bulls, get a pads-eye view of a rocket launch: 360 degree video production, also known as cinematic VR, makes these and many other bucket list-worthy events more accessible than ever. The format has evolved into a powerful storytelling tool, and one that changes not only the way in which visual experiences are shaped, but also the way in which media consumers perceive and interact with video content.
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Remote Production - Speed, Control, Infrastructure
Ian Cookson - new Remote production gives broadcasters the ability to capture a wider range of live events, such as regional sports, news or music festivals, and mix them in a remote facility hundreds or thousands of miles away.

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