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NEWS MOVE & DELIVER I n 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 24 | KITPLUS - THE TV-BAY MAGAZINE: ISSUE 93 SEPTEMBER 2014 DEJERO