Imagine Communications Demonstrates End-to-End Workflow in the Cloud at 2017 NAB

Date: 08/06/2017
Imagine Communications Demonstrates End-to-End Workflow in the Cloud at 2017 NAB

Imagine Communications, empowering the media and entertainment industry through transformative innovation, will showcase at the 2017 NAB Show how the companys early embrace of a Cloud-Native strategy has enhanced and accelerated its ability to enable a large cross section of media & entertainment companies to transition portions or all of their operations to virtualized environments, including both public and private clouds. Visitors to the Imagine Communications booth (SL1516) will get a first-hand look at how the companys latest innovations are helping to enable both content producers and distributors to realize significant boosts in agility, scalability and flexibility by moving ingest, playout, graphics, transcoding/encoding, Over-the-Top (OTT) services and dynamic ad insertion workflows to the cloud.

Imagine Communications offers the most comprehensive technology portfolio in the broadcast industry, spanning all aspects of live production, playout, multiscreen and OTT delivery and advanced advertising management, said Steve Reynolds, CTO, Imagine Communications. At this years NAB well be demonstrating the tremendous progress weve made toward making our end-to-end portfolio available from a cloud environment, providing our customers with unprecedented flexibility in choosing a deployment approach on-premises, cloud or hybrid that best matches their current requirements but is also capable of seamlessly evolving to accommodate deployment models that will put their businesses on a path to success in the future. 

In addition to providing new monetization opportunities for broadcasters, video service providers and other media companies, relocating critical functions into an agile, elastic and highly scalable geo-dispersed environment offers the potential to dramatically improve the time to market, efficiency and flexibility of media workflow operations, as well as facilitate the transition from a capital-intensive to a pay-as-you-go operational model.

Imagine Communications is a pioneer in the adoption of Cloud-Native technology based on a microservices design architecture. Zenium¢, the pure microservices technology behind Imagines modular and Cloud-Native platforms, has enabled the company to accelerate the transition of core technology to the cloud and to differentiate its solutions from merely cloud-enabled applications, which are incapable of fully exploiting the benefits of a geo-dispersed setting. 

NAB Cloud Highlights

Cloud-native capabilities that will be demonstrated by Imagine at NAB include the ability to provide content owners and distributors with an end-to-end solution for offering OTT services, including VOD, live/linear and cloud DVR, that supports subscription, targeted advertising and hybrid monetization models. The entire solution, which combines Siemens Convergence Creators Smart Video Engine video platform and Imagines multiscreen media and ad delivery solutions, will be available soon as a service on Microsoft Azure. 

The comprehensive and fast-to-market nature of the joint solution is significantly lowering the barrier of entry for organizations looking to launch an OTT video service. Imagine and Siemens have made it possible for us to build our business with a minimal up-front technical investment, said Frank Deo, CTO, American Theater Channel, a Los Angeles-based group that recently announced the launch of a video service that provides on-demand viewing of a live theater experience and other theater-centric content on smartphones, tablets and smart TV devices. Our new service is not only a source of new revenue, its a great way to build our brand and get theater content to an audience almost anywhere in the world.

With a focus on showcasing the power of a fully virtualized environment to take the integration and synchronization of media operations to new levels, Imagine Communications will demonstrate its Unified Playout, Scheduling and Distribution solution at the 2017 NAB Show. The demonstration, which features Imagines xG¢ Schedule, the industrys first cloud-based planning and scheduling system for linear, on-demand and digital platforms, Versio¢, Imagine Communications fully virtualized Cloud-Native playout system, and Imagines Unified Distribution portfolio, shines a light on the technology and business-related benefits of moving operations to the cloud, including cost decreases and workflow efficiencies, as well as the ability to maximize revenue opportunities. 

With the broadest solutions portfolio in the industry, spanning live production, playout, multiscreen delivery and advanced ad management, Imagine Communications is in a unique position to assist media companies in realizing significant synergies between their business and operational systems. By pushing the integration envelope in the cloud, media companies can reach new levels of efficiency by streamlining workflows and reducing user error through the automation of multiple manual processes.

Also at the NAB Show, Imagine will showcase the integration of its dynamic ad insertion solution within Microsoft Azures Media Services live channel solution. Imagine will also demonstrate a cloud onramp service that provides a secure delivery channel into the Azure network. The solution enables media companies using the Imagine Communications SelenioFlex¢ Live media encoder at a corporate facility to safely stream media into the Azure cloud. Imagine Communications is working with technology partner Zixi, which offers broadcast-stream quality and protected transport both to and across the cloud.  

The Power of the Cloud

Imagine Communications Cloud-Native solutions are compatible with all datacenter environments based on commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) platforms and are deployable in public and private cloud settings. Imagine is working in tight collaboration with Microsoft to ensure that its end-to-end solutions, from ingest to delivery, are available as services from the Azure Cloud. Imagine Communications software solutions are now available in the Azure Marketplace, which reaches businesses in 140 countries, including China.

Microsoft and Imagine Communications share a common vision of enabling media companies to tap into the power of the cloud to bring new levels of functionality and efficiencies to their operations, said Dario Scacciati, Senior Director Global Business Development, Media & Entertainment at Microsoft Corp. Economic flexibility, speed to market and elastic scalability are just a few of the benefits the cloud brings to media companies to help keep them out in front of consumer demand for a more personalized consumption experience. Imagine and Microsoft are putting those competitive advantages within the reach of all types of media companies whenever they are ready to make the move.

Imagines Unified Distribution architecture, which will be demonstrated at NAB, is also a result of the companys early embrace of a transition to standards-based IP technology and the cloud as a potential deployment destination. Unified Distribution provides an end-to-end platform that broadcasters and service providers can leverage to stream fragment-based content (MPEG-DASH and HLS) to IP-based devices through third-party or private content distribution networks (CDNs). It uses advanced technologies, including adaptive bitrate (ABR) and just-in-time packaging (JITP), to enable media companies to collapse both traditional and OTT operations into a single infrastructure and avoid the expense and complexity of operating multiple networks.

The adoption of a virtualized and cloud-based infrastructure model provides content owners and distributors with an agile and flexible platform for doing everything from content origination to distribution, added Reynolds. Without the scalability and efficiency that a Cloud-Native, unified infrastructure delivers, media companies will be hard pressed to turn back current and future competitive threats to their businesses from new media companies and others.

For more information, please visit www.imaginecommunications.com. 

 



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Ikegami Announces Product Lineup for CABSAT 2020 Posted: 18/02/2020
Ikegami Announces Product Lineup for CABSAT 2020

 

 

 

 

Ikegami representatives head to the Dubai World Trade Centre in March for CABSAT 2020, the largest broadcast media show in the Middle East region. The exhibition together with its supporting conference and workshop will be held from March 31st through April 2nd. Highlights of the Ikegami exhibit on stand C4-20 will be the UHL-43 compact HDR camera which was shown in prototype at CABSAT 2019 and is now fully deliverable, the UHK-430 system camera with IP interface and the HQLM-3125X master grade video monitor.

The Ikegami UHL-43 is a compact HDR camera designed for applications such as robotic studios, outside broadcasting of live events, parliamentary television and point-of-view image capture.

Ikegami's UHK-430 is a 4K-native studio camera system with simultaneous HDR/SDR processing. Its three 2/3 inch CMOS sensors provide full 3840 x 2160 UHD resolution plus the depth of field needed for studio and outdoor production. The camera is equipped with a B4 bayonet mount compatible with 2/3 inch UHD and HD lenses. An optional SE-U430 expander accommodates large studio or OB lenses.

 

Ikegami's recently introduced HQLM-3125X is a 31 inch 4K-UHD master-grade monitor with 4,096 × 2,160 pixel 10-bit resolution and high brightness (1,000 candela per square metre).

 

 

 

 

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PPTV Invests in AirBox Neo-19 CIAB from PlayBox Neo Posted: 18/02/2020
PPTV Invests in AirBox Neo-19 CIAB from PlayBox Neo

PlayBox Neo announces the completion of a new AirBox Channel-in-a-Box playout system for Plovdiv Orthodox TV (PPTV), commissioned by the Metropolis of Plovdiv. It includes a server running Neo-19 ingest, transcoding, titling, scheduling and transmission modules. The new installation augments and upgrades existing AirBox CIAB infrastructure commissioned when PPTV commenced broadcasting 10 years ago.

"This investment provides us with latest-generation software running on new dedicated hardware," says PPTV Technical Director Yuriy Todorov. "It includes many refinements which make our day to day channel management operations more efficient than ever. Particularly appreciated is the low-glare graphic user interface which our presentation colleagues find eye-friendly throughout the duration of a working shift."

"Also appreciated is Neo-19's very logical display structure which provides the information essential to each phase of the content sourcing, finessing and scheduling process without peripheral distractions. Supplementary information, if or when needed, is easily accessible from the main GUI.

"A great strength of Neo-19 is that it alerts the operator if any aspect of a prescheduled playout process still needs attention. The PlayBox Neo system also gives our staff the option of working with full automation while retaining the ability to insert live content whenever required."

 

 

 

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Tedial to Demonstrate Expanded MAM Platform at NAB 2020 with New Tools to Enhance Sports and Live Production, Improve Storytelling, Streamline Workflows and Optimize Cloud Architecture Posted: 18/02/2020
Tedial to Demonstrate Expanded MAM Platform at NAB 2020 with New Tools to Enhance Sports and Live Production, Improve Storytelling, Streamline Workflows and Optimize Cloud Architecture

Tedial, the leading independent MAM technology solutions specialist, has announced plans to launch a complement of significant enhancements to the Company’s award-winning MAM platform at NAB. Tedial’s cutting-edge, award-winning SMARTLIVE sports and live events solution has integrated new cloud-based technology for a better viewing experience. HYPER IMF continues to lead the industry with unique features and can now be deployed in numerous configurations, and the Company has deployed and supports a field proven HYBRID-CLOUD architectural model. Tedial will be in the South Upper Hall, Booth SU5921.

 

Tags: MAM | Storage | archive | content management | media management | cloud | hybrid cloud | partial file restore | disaster recovery | workflow | sports | production | AI | SMARTLIVE | HYPERIMF | NAB 2020 | NAB 2020
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GB Labs FastNAS F-16 Nitro Installed at Kingdom Creative Posted: 17/02/2020
GB Labs FastNAS F-16 Nitro Installed at Kingdom Creative

GB Labs, innovators of powerful and intelligent media storage solutions for the media and entertainment industries, today confirmed that the specialist video production company, Kingdom Creative Studios, has installed GB Labs’ FastNAS F-16 Nitro storage system.

Kingdom Creative founder and Managing Director, Simon Harrison, said, “Our talented in-house team works closely with major brands¬ - primarily in automotive but rapidly expanding into new markets - to deliver powerful video content tailored to engage audiences on every platform, from television to social media.

“However, our expansion, coupled with the advent of 4K, multi-cam shoots and the increasing demand for rapid turnaround, meant that we reached the practical limits of what our existing storage system could do. We had to find a better way to manage and operate storage.”

For the majority of its existence, Kingdom Creative had relied on what many still rely on today, i.e., storing video content on individual drives, backing them up, and walking them up and down corridors or transferring them via couriers.

“As we began taking on larger and more complicated projects,” said Kingdom Creative Head of Creative Technology Ben Treston, “especially when collaboration between editors became important, it turned out that the old methods were no longer viable. Today, we have multiple editors working on many pieces of content from the same project. You can’t share individual hard drives and meet today’s expectations for speed and reliability in those types of scenarios.”

The FastNAS F-16 Nitro system meets those objectives for speed, reliability and value in shared storage. Unlike other NAS products on the market, FastNAS is purpose built to sustain heavy workloads and provide stable and reliable performance, based on best of breed technology exclusively developed in-house, and is comprised of a high-performance unit with unique hybrid disk technology, powered by GB Labs’ proprietary CORE.3 OS.

GB Labs CEO-CTO Dominic Harland said, “Kingdom Creative emerged from a motorsport world built for speed, and that’s what modern shared storage has been engineered to deal with. FastNAS F-16 Nitro easily accommodates the need for speed – and safety – when dealing with fast turnarounds and sharp bends.”

 

 

 

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Adler Mannheim, Champion German Ice Hockey Club, Scores With Riedels Bolero Wireless Intercom Posted: 14/02/2020
Adler Mannheim, Champion German Ice Hockey Club, Scores With Riedels Bolero Wireless Intercom

Adler Mannheim, the ranking champion in the German ice hockey league (), has adopted Riedel Communications' award-winning Bolero wireless intercom and Bolero S managed communication service for its 2019/2020 season. Bolero and Bolero S enable clear three-way communications between the goalie coach in the stands, the video analyst in the locker room, and the assistant coach on the bench for every Adler Mannheim game.

"As a top team in the DEL, we aim to be the technological pioneer in European ice hockey and have a deep commitment to technical innovation. To give one example, we have been using live tagging for video analysis for many years," said Youri Ziffzer, Team Manager, Adler Mannheim. "Riedel is the ideal partner to ensure absolutely reliable communication between our coaching staff and video analyst. The Bolero solutions give us maximum flexibility, especially for away games, freeing our staff from having to worry about acquiring radio frequencies."

Tags: Adler Mannheim | Bolero Wireless Intercom | Riedel Communications | Bolero S | Deutsche Eishockey Liga | DEL
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Riedel MediorNet, Artist, and Bolero Form Complete Comms and Signal Transport Backbone for Parliament of Catalonia Posted: 14/02/2020
Riedel MediorNet, Artist, and Bolero Form Complete Comms and Signal Transport Backbone for Parliament of Catalonia

The Parliament of Catalonia in Barcelona has installed a comprehensive signal routing and communications backbone based on Riedel's MediorNet real-time signal transport, processing, and routing technology, together with the Artist digital matrix intercom and Bolero wireless intercom. The new networking infrastructure is a core element in a multiyear HD upgrade of the Parliament's video recording and broadcast capabilities.

The Parliament of Catalonia is the unicameral legislature of Spain's autonomous community of Catalonia, occupying a historic, 300-year-old palace in Barcelona's Ciutadella Park. Since 2002, the Parliament has been producing its own institutional television signal and making it available, free of charge, to media outlets.

 

Tags: Riedel Communications | MediorNet signal transport | Artist digital matrix | Bolero wireless intercom | Parliament of Catalonia | signal routing
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Riedels MediorNet, Artist, and Bolero Drive Integrated and Reliable Comms in Paris La Defense Arena Posted: 14/02/2020
Riedels MediorNet, Artist, and Bolero Drive Integrated and Reliable Comms in Paris La D and eacute;fense Arena

Riedel Communications' MediorNet real-time media network, Artist digital matrix intercom, and Bolero wireless intercom are providing a comprehensive signal routing and communications backbone for Paris La Défense Arena, a showpiece domed stadium located in the famous La Défense business area west of Paris. MediorNet provides integrated, decentralized, and fully redundant signal distribution and processing throughout the 40,000-seat arena, which opened to much acclaim in October 2017. Through tight integration with MediorNet, Artist and Bolero enable flexible communications with crystal-clear audio quality.

One of only two multiuse domed stadiums in Europe, Paris La Défense Arena features moveable seating that enables it to be used for a variety of indoor sports and entertainment events at various capacities. The arena is the home venue for the French rugby union club, Racing 92, and will play host to gymnastics events for the 2024 summer games.

 

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Riedel Provides Comprehensive, Future-Proof Comms Solution for Belgiums Historic Theatre Royal de la Monnaie Posted: 14/02/2020
Riedel Provides Comprehensive, Future-Proof Comms Solution for Belgiums Historic Th and eacute; and acirc;tre Royal de la Monnaie

The historic Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie, also known as the De Munt Theatre, has upgraded its entire staff communications infrastructure based on intercom equipment from Riedel Communications. Consisting of the Artist digital matrix intercom, Bolero wireless intercom in both integrated and standalone modes, and SmartPanel multifunctional user interfaces, the Riedel solution surpasses the theater's requirements for highly flexible, reliable, high-quality, and future-proof intercom operations.

Located in the heart of Brussels at the Place de la Monnaie, the De Munt Theatre is one of the most prestigious opera houses in the world and the largest in Belgium, with more than 450 employees. Over its 300-year history, the theater has survived a revolution, a fire, and two world wars, as well as the normal passage of time and evolution of technology. The Riedel upgrade was part of a massive renovation project that closed the De Munt Theatre for two years beginning in 2016.

 

Tags: Riedel Communications | Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie | De Munt Theatre | Artist digital matrix | Bolero wireless intercom | SmartPanel multifunctional interfaces
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VuWall Enhances VuScape Video Wall Controller With Collaboration and KVM Features Posted: 13/02/2020
VuWall Enhances VuScape Video Wall Controller With Collaboration and KVM Features

VuWall, a leader in video wall control systems, continues its commitment to bridging AV and IT sources and allowing users to easily and intelligently control and manage any video wall deployment with the addition of new collaboration and KVM features to its VuScape video wall controller. With VuScape's full-featured management software, users can "control what they see" and distribute all content sources to any display on the network with the utmost flexibility.

"Today's control room is a complex hub of incoming data from a range of sources — including IP cameras, encoders, applications and documents, as well as HDMI/DVI/DP inputs — that users must command easily at any given moment," said Paul Vander Plaetse, CEO at VuWall. "VuScape simplifies the control room workflow, giving users everything they need to manage all their content streams. Whether at the video wall or from a desktop, VuScape effectively closes the gap between the different source formats in a user-friendly, future-proof controller."

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