Peace of mind in a complicated world


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For many in the broadcast industry these are challenging times. With competition coming from all angles and different technological camps advocating different approaches to infrastructure and the way forwards. With the number of different variables increasing, the choices of whether to use SDI or IP infrastructures, and the choices around HDR and WCG let alone the on-going distraction of UHD / 4K.

NAB 2017 showed that the early demise of the SDI interface as a bit of an exaggeration, as it has found new life with the adoption of 12G as an interface on a range of new products at the show. The reasons for this are many fold and includes the well-established specifications for 12G-SDI and the inherent understating of how to connect the output of one black box to the input of another, making installation and maintenance straight forward.

There seems to be a desire by many to adopt the SMPTE 2110 video over IP standard which is the final stage of the AIMS Alliance implementation. Many manufacturers who have already implemented SMPTE 2022-6, however, are waiting for full ratification of the standard and implications before further investing in full product implementations supporting SMPTE 2110.

This makes the choice of whether to invest in SDI or IP test equipment a difficult one. Omnitek has decided to simplify the choice with one box that does both.

At IBC this year, Omnitek will be demonstrating its new Ultra TQ which supports the analysis of video over SDI or an IP link as a SMPTE 2110 / SMPTE 2022-6 enabled waveform rasterizer for broadcast applications.

The Ultra TQ can be booted in normal operating mode to allow physical later analysis and monitoring of SDI signals up to 3G or booted in IP mode to allow the monitoring of SDI video or SMPTE 2022-6 video. This means that all the conventional tools such as picture, waveform, vectorscope, gamut meters, CIE charts, audio meters, loudness graphs, etc are available in both SDI, SMPTE 2110 / SMPTE 2022-6 or mixed installations.

The Ultra TQ is a highly cost-effective solution as customers dont have to have 2 distinct sets of equipment or chose SDI or IP. Omnitek believes that IP is just another connection type and it will not penalise its customers for changing technology and advancements in the industry. For all those just wanting to check the quality of the content, and not design an IT infrastructure, the Ultra TQ is an obvious choice.

The IP option on the Ultra TQ can be purchased, at nominal cost, at any time. The Ultra TQ option structure has been designed to provide the basic functionality required as standard with options to enable the more sophisticated functionality for more specialised analysis.

The Ultra TQ was designed to support both SDR and HDR production and provides all of the necessary tools to do this. In the Ultra architecture, it does not matter how the video arrives, it can be monitored and analysed using the same intuitive user interface. The Ultra TQ can support PQ, HLG and S-Log production work flows and allows the section of different input and output profiles to automatically configure the system to suit the chosen work flow.

When you first make the decision to purchase an Ultra TQ you only need to purchase the functionality that you need immediately. Extra functionality can be added in the future as required. If the ground moves under your feet, or the goalposts change, you can upgrade or cross convert to any of the other Ultra family products.


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A 360 degree view of fashion
Michael Parsons Im often asked, what do you do when the students arent around?, and the simple answer is, as it would be from any university technical support member of staff, I get involved in passion projects and these help me to stay up-to-date with the kit and keep my hand-in with video filmmaking.
Tags: iss127 | 360 | vr | portsmouth | university | nokia | ozo | pxw-fs7 | avid media composer | Michael Parsons
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The ITTP - A Review
Graham Reed Five years ago a group of practitioners who were concerned about the poor training provision and a lack of common skills standards in the broadcast industry formed the ITTP. Since then there have been many meetings with senior industry figures and representatives from training organisations and educational establishments.
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Class - Treat your virtual machines like cattle
Bruce Devlin - new

The AWS Summit 2017 in London

For several years I have felt that I should attend the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Summit in London, but never quite found the time to do it. After an exhilarating and educational day, I will now regret that I didn’t go sooner.

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Managing colour from aquisition to delivery
Ollie Kenchington

Start with calibration

The right colour management process can be the difference between being certain of what the end results are going to be, and having to spend time fixing things in post production.

Tags: iss127 | calibration | colour | x-rite | xrite | colorpassort | colorchecker | Ollie Kenchington
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The party is not over until the video is online
Paul Scurrell When we were introduced to the team behind Sensation dance events in Amsterdam they had one big question for Timecode Systems: could our SyncBac VR wireless sync and control solution theoretically make it possible for a high quality, professional 360-degree video of a live dance music event to be edited in the time it takes the DJ to fly to his or her next gig? Intrigued by what our solution could help them achieve, in July they invited us to film at one of their iconic dance music events. Billed as The Final it was a sell-out farewell party to mark the last Sensation event in Amsterdam.
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Image processing with Ikegami
Michael Latzch What do you see as the trend thats most impacting the image-processing sector at this moment in time?
Tags: iss127 | ikegami | hdr | vr | 4k | ptz | Michael Latzch
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State of the Nation - part 2
Dick Hobbs - new This is, of course, the IBC issue of this splendid magazine. Much of the rest of its pages are filled with what you will see there, or (in some cases) what vendors and their marketing communications agencies want you to see there.
Tags: iss127 | ibc | 5g | dejero | liveu | Dick Hobbs - new
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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.
Tags: iss126 | outsight | ghost in the shell | led lighting | Tama Berkeljon
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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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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.
Tags: iss126 | starfish technologies | ad server | ts splicer | ts switch | gop | Peter Blanchford
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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.
Tags: iss126 | remote production | IP | jt-nm | smpte 2110 | suitcase | Ed Calverley
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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!
Tags: iss126 | medialinks | ip | mdp3020 | gateway | John Smith -new
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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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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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