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VR Primestream has added Virtual Reality asset management support to its Xchange Suite. The feature will allow 360-degree content to be produced and stored as part of collaborative workflows. The company believes it will provide a more secure and controlled approach than using online video streaming websites such as YouTube. “Working in a 360-degree space poses new challenges for storytellers and we are all trying to figure out how to move a viewer though a 360-degree space,” said David Schleifer, chief operating officer at Primestream. “Often, a specific part of the 360 content might be the only area of interest and with Xchange spatial markers professionals can now create focus points within the VR/360 media with metadata descriptions or keywords to easily find the area of interest. This helps push the project through the creative process, but also helps with finding the value in assets after they have been archived.” T&M Rome-based production services company DBW Communication has bought a Leader LV5490 multiscreen waveform monitor for use on its 4k UHD output. The purchase was made via Leader’s Italian distributor CVE Communication Video Engineering. The device was purchased following an OB test for the Vatican Television Centre. Giuliano Berretta, president of DBW Communication said: “The LV5490 provides all the signal monitoring resources needed to ensure precise matching between each camera channel. Its built-in Cinezone feature also allows optimal exposure to be achieved using an intuitive display which is ideal for the fast decisions required during a live production. We were also impressed by the compact size which makes the LV5490 ideal both for use adjacent to a camera or in the mobile control room.” T&M ASSET MANAGEMENT Pronology used NAB New York to unveil new updates to its CentrePoint Media Asset Management (MAM) platform The web and Windows-based application uses a flexible workflow engine that is said to simplify the daily tasks of end-to-end content creation, management and distribution. Following the updates, it now offers social media and CMS distribution functions that allow users to publish clips directly from within the MAM system onto DropBox, Vimeo, Facebook, YouTube, among others. Also new is in-place management of pre- existing media via volume-based indexing. This storage feature allows a facility that has existing content – that is not already in the MAM system - to track and index on any storage platform and track assets when they are moved by third party tools, such as NLEs. Video Clarity has launched version 3 of its RTM real- time audio and video monitoring system. RTM 3.0 contains three major additions: MPEG transport stream recording, IP-network packet-loss monitoring, and built-in uncompressed video playback while monitoring and testing are underway. “We consider it an obligation to add functionality continually to our systems so that users have more test options as their environments evolve,” said Blake Homan, president and founder of Video Clarity. “We want our systems to be additional sources of information for our customers, and we’re making it happen by adding these enhancements. RTM 3.0 gives users a new and very valuable set of functions for no extra cost.” The new version is said to be especially beneficial for IP-network transmission- solution developers who run test routines to check product and network performance while continuously making changes to their IP-delivery networks. KITPLUS - THE TV-BAY MAGAZINE: ISSUE 120 December 2016 | 21