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Will Strauss# TV-Bay Magazine
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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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Why OTT needs multicast ABR
Damien Lucas Last year, Netflix’s global revenue reached $11 billion, with 24 million new names added to its subscribers’ list. Viewers are certainly making their preferences heard – and voting with their remote controls to show that over-the-top (OTT) content is here to stay.
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TV Futures, Tales on Location
Georgia Thirtle If I think back to last May, I was just finishing my second year at the University of Portsmouth, studying Television and Broadcasting, and winding down for the summer. Then out of the blue I got a message from my course leader, saying I might be getting a call from someone who was a location manager working for Raider productions, you know, the production company behind the upcoming Tomb Raider film, I mean, what!?
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Transforming asset management and monetization
Chad Hamilton FremantleMedia is one of the largest global television-production companies in the world — with one of the biggest and most valuable catalogs. We operate in 36 markets, creating, producing, and distributing content across traditional TV and digital platforms at a rate of more than 10,000 hours of programming per year.
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VR and the importance of tracking
KitPlus I would like to begin this article by clarifying what we at Shotoku mean when we talk about VR in live production. It’s not the production of immersive, 360 content where you need to wear a headset; we are talking about virtual studio (VS) and augmented reality (AR) work, such as placing graphics into a green screen environment or physical set. The technology used for this work is entirely different, though equally specialist – therefore it is important to understand the challenges of this kind of production in order to make informed kit choices.
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Reliable back-up at the Music City Bowl
Sam Gordon WLEX – LEX18 – is the NBC affiliate in Lexington, Kentucky, and part of the Cordillera Communications Group. As a very popular local station with a broadcast area that covers 40 counties across central Kentucky we have a big commitment to news, broadcasting more than seven hours of live programming on a typical day.
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NAB is all about people
John Smith -new The relative success of NAB is down to people. The individuals we meet, the relationships we make and renew with customers and the desire to work together to develop a technology solution to any given challenge.
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Tried and tested: DPA d:vice
KitPlus KitPlus recently took delivery of an interesting piece of equipment for review. We like our iPhone gadgets here. For us, useful iPhone gadgets started when the Olloclip lens gave us a wide angle adaptor. This was a good start, finally evolving into a proper tool when Ziess produced the Exolens system for the 5,6 & 7 series iPhones. Around the same time as the Olloclip came out we were testing the Fostex AR4i which was a very exciting development at the time. You have a portable device, that you carry everywhere with you, connected to the world but with very limited audio capabilities. A stereo interface with decent microphones was a real boon!
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Meet the experts: Six steps for award winning sound design
Chris Turner Few can argue that great sound design is one of the most important elements to any moving picture. Mute most horrors, and the difference in fear factor will be enormous. Visualize Jaws or Star Wars, and John Williams’s iconic score will instantly come to mind.
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Technological advances in the broadcast industry
Alan Wheable Since it is Omnitek’s 20th anniversary this year, I thought it would be interesting to look back over the technological advances in the broadcast industry over the last few decades and look at the similarities between then and now.
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Grand slam IPTV and digital signage platform
Joe Walsh Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri, is home to major league baseball’s Kansas City Royals. Built in 1973, “The K” has a proud baseball legacy, and goes down in history for winning two World Series championship titles; one in 1985 and another in 2015 — exactly 20 years apart. The most recent win brought a resurgence of baseball fever to the stadium, hosting more than 2.7 million fans during its 2015 winning season.
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State of the Nation
Dick Hobbs - new

On the most recent occasion I was trimmed, my hairdresser had just returned from a holiday in Hawaii.

Where she thought she was going to die. She thought this because the state’s emergency alert system was triggered, sending messages across all available platforms, for 38 minutes, that a ballistic missile was about to strike. That, I suspect, is the sort of thing that casts a pall across your holiday.

Why did it happen? Essentially it happened because an operator selected the wrong menu item. “I feel very badly from what’s happened,” he is quoted as saying, in a somewhat mangled version of English which may at least in part explain his difficulties with menu items.

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IP for everyone and 4k everywhere - that will be 2018
John Smith -new My first prediction for the coming year is that the use of IP to move broadcast content will increase dramatically.  Ultimately, it will become the commonplace, just as the use of IP has become part of our everyday, consumer lives.  Live sports are closely linked to this growth, as conversion of broadcast signals for transportation across established telecos networks enables content to be viewed in real-time, regardless if it’s in the next room or across the globe.
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Taking the lead in the HEVC and 4k revolution
Malcolm Harland There’s probably a good reason that BVE is held in late February — it offers you a few weeks to set your annual plans in place. Then, once you’ve decided on the opportunities you want to take advantage of and improvements you want to make, you have a chance to visit this massive exhibition to see the latest technological innovations that will help to bring your plans to fruition.
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Playing with Pink Floyd
KitPlus For the founder of London-based Hangman, James Tonkin, this has indeed been a summer to remember. After sixteen years of working in the same suites, he designed and moved his team into a new future proofed facility in Kew Gardens created specifically for the manipulation and delivery of formats in up to 8K HDR.
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Steadicam M-1 Volt: Tried and Tested
John E Fry Early in November some of us lucky Steadicam Operators from around the UK were invited to try out the new Tiffen M1 Volt, which is essentially an electronic motorized horizon assist unit attached to the gimbal of the latest Steadicam M1. Is it a good idea? As experienced Steadicam Operators, directors or producers, why would we be interested? Let’s investigate KitPlus fans!
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A new AEON in Wireless 4k
JP Delport Whatever production companies are doing right here, right now, today, with wireless HD production tools, they want to do right here, right now, today with 4K UHD. That’s great, but common wisdom would share a host of challenges around 4k UHD, not least, the fact that 4K UHD requires 8x the processing power to transmit, then demands additional horsepower (and bandwidth) to accommodate the data and controls, wireless or otherwise, and of course, when you ramp up processing power, you ramp up heat generation, which needs to be efficiently evacuated.
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Capturing the spirit of Mexico
Leonardo Dalessandri Filmmaker, director and editor, Leonardo Dalessandri first came to fame with his stunning video ‘Watchtower of Turkey,’ which with more than 200 million views, garnered the accolade of Best Vimeo Video in 2014. His vibrant images are combined with a unique editing style, incorporating slow motion, hyper lapses and invisible match cuts to produce genuinely breathtaking final results.
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TVFutures: Learning is the key
Abbie Neill If you asked me the question ‘where do you see yourself after you graduate’ three years ago I would have probably answered  ‘in a lot of debt, but if you don't think about it, it doesn't exist because three years is a long time right ?’. WRONG! These three years studying Television and Broadcasting at the University of Portsmouth have been the quickest three years of my life. Back when I started I didn't really have any idea what I wanted to specialise in and the dreaded four letter word AVID used to be my biggest enemy. However I persevered through the 3792871 hours of lectures learning how to use the software, how it functions, neither did I think I'd be a one woman match of the day by graduation'.
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Innovation in cameras moving to 4k
Tony Valentino For a number of reasons, wireless camera links needed time to migrate to 4K. However Broadcast Sports International, BSI, designs their own cameras and builds their own hardware and their transition to 4K is already complete.
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Class: Do we still need standards
Bruce Devlin - new On the 1st January 2018, I officially took on the post of SMPTE Standards Vice President. The role has responsibility for all of SMPTE’s standardisation activities and it fills me with equal measures of excitement and terror.
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The Outlook for 2018
Duncan Payne January has arrived…and the New Year promises great opportunities for those prepared to seek them out, with the one certainty that change is constant.
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A Bluffers Guide to Batteries
Mike Colyer The Christmas decorations are down; the family have all headed home – and the New Year’s festivities have drawn to a close. I put my hand up to it – I’m a little drained. As such, I figured I’d start the new year with a Bluffer’s Guide to Batteries. With the cold weather setting in, it can be a nightmare to pick the right disposable batteries for small kit – and maintain rechargeable batteries in larger items. This article will take an overview of which batteries will last longer under certain usage conditions – and how to achieve the cell’s maximum potential.   
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State of the Nation
Dick Hobbs - new This morning I was eating my healthy muesli and idly listening to Radio 4 when someone came on who claimed to be from the Oxford University Computational Propaganda Project.
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Canon C200: Tried and Tested
Ben Sherriff There are many reviews about this camera online and a heap of incredibly detailed comparison and behind the scenes footage that will really give you a full insight into what it can do. So first a disclaimer - this review is less detailed and based on my personal reading of what this camera means for Canon and all other camera manufacturers and us – the users of these technologies. So, what’s all the fuss about?
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Epictech makes headway: A case study
Daniel Harker Barnes Founded in January 2014, EpicTech Media have been providing high end video production to companies and musicians across the U.K. for over three and a half years. When approached earlier this year by the band Bodkin Lane, we relished the challenge of producing a video of their charity concert, in aid of Headway (www.headway.org.uk), despite the challenging size of the venue. 
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A Pandoras Box to empower the filmmaker
KitPlus The setting was Celebro Studios London, home to their fully 4k television studios, where journalists and industry commentators gathered late last November to witness the launch of the revolutionary Rotolight Anova PRO 2. This was no ordinary unveiling though, the launch was streamed live on Facebook and YouTube and hosted by award winning news anchor man Martin Stanford with Wesley Dodd, CEO of Celebro Media Group and Rotolight MD Rod Gammons in the studio.
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Studio Invate - Case Studio
KitPlus Studio INVATE is a video company based in Bangkok, with an inventive reputation. Its public persona is everyday commercial work, such as producing highly creative videos, live broadcasts and commercials, for companies ranging from large industrial brands and retail businesses to educational institutions. But in between the studio and on-location work for clients, the company’s crew of 14 employees and a few dozen freelancers enjoy live-streaming video game tournaments.
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