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Will Strauss# TV-Bay Magazine
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Issue 93 - September 2014

In less than a month’s time, British television producers will be asked to deliver their programmes to broadcasters as files rather than tape. Some have been doing it for years. For others, it’s a whole new world.

Fundamentally, the change is just replacing physical items like tapes, labels and VT reports with their zeros and ones equivalents. So, instead of a plastic tape case it’ll be an AS-11 DPP wrapper (as agreed by the cross broadcaster initiative the Digital Production Partnership). Inside the wrapper is the programme as a digital fi le and the associated metadata.

Take a quick scan of the IBC announcements this month and it is clear that this is a subject that is focussing the minds of the manufacturing community as automated quality control options for fi le-based content and methods for monitoring loudness abound.

What we still haven’t seen, however, is a method for dropping a late edit into a fi le-based DPP master. If a credit change (or similar) is required at the last minute, as things currently stand, there is no easy or quick way to do this. With tape it was easy. With digital fi les, you have to make the change and then create a new master. And that takes time and costs money.

If an IBC exhibitor or indeed visitor wants to make himself rich and famous, he or she could do worse than try to solve this.

News Production

BroadStream Solutions will unveil a workfl ow accelerator for live news production at IBC (8.B29). Designed to work from ingest and proxy generation through to playout, CURRENT allows news teams to begin working with incoming content directly from their desktops the moment it arrives and play immediately to air without transcoding delays. Content viewing and clip trimming is available inside the News Room Computer System (NRCS). Other features include automated ingest and proxy creation for incoming video feeds and fi le and MOS integration with newsroom computer systems.

www.broadstream.com

Quantel will unveil LiveTouch at IBC (7.A20), a scalable studio highlights system consisting of a new server, a new software client, a new panel and new middleware that links clients with content across a server cluster. The panel is purpose-designed to make highlights selection sure, simple and robust. LiveTouch can be reconfi gured to support different productions across several studios as required and offers bidirectional editor integration direct into the server cluster, speeding operations and simplifying system design.

www.quantel.com

MOG Technologies is using IBC to showcase how it can help broadcasters to reduce costs and quicken production schedules using its mxfSPEEDRAIL centralised ingest technology. The Central System platform within mxfSPEEDRAIL reduces workfl ow complexity by controlling all ingest processes in a single interface covering transcoding, fi le conversion, playback, quality control and task archiving.

www.mog-technologies.com

Media Management

Digital Nirvana will introduce its Media Management Platform at IBC on the EMEA Gateway stand (9.B14). The suite of applications allows users to capture, edit, share, and manage content and provides the ability to monitor and analyse video. Optional modules are available for loudness monitoring, iPad/iPhone encoding and cCentralized management.

www.digital-nirvana.com

Transcoding

Version 6.3 of the Telestream Vantage fi le-based workfl ow automation system now includes Nexidia’s QC, the software verifi cation tool for automating closed caption quality control. The integration will help Vantage users to automate the compliance process for closed caption regulations around the world, including those for the FCC or for partners like iTunes, Netfl ix and Amazon. Also included in the latest release is 4k support and HEVC encoding, auto assembly of DPP compliant bundles and XAVC decoding and ProRes 4444 encoding.

www.telestream.net

Storage

Disk Archive Corporation and Squared Paper have combined to develop ALTO FM, a new hybrid storage concept that overcomes the perceived high costs that make the cloud unusable as a storage platform for long-form broadcast content in native resolution. ALTO FM combines on-site long-term disk storage technology with the security offered by content replication in the cloud. Content for production is held locally on the ALTO system with cloud-based copies used only as a last resort. ALTO FM is available as a multi-petabyte offering for DPP/AS11 tapeless operations.

www.diskarchive.com

Test & Measurement

PHABRIX is showcasing its TAG portable T&M instrument for the first time in Europe at IBC (8.E40). Using the same form factor as its Sx series, the TAG has interfaces for testing analogue, SDI and optical infrastructures. A SFP cage supports both fibre and copper modules. A UHD demo will also be available, with a new platform specifically for higher resolution formats likely to also be on display.

www.phabrix.com

Conversion

At IBC (10.B44) Cobalt Digital will launch a selection of new openGear cards including a quint-split multi-image display processor, a high-quality down-converter, embedder/de-embedder, DA, a MPEG multi-standard broadcast transcoder, and several fibre optic cards. The Blue Box Group is also being expanded with new units while Cobalt’s SPOTCHECK loudness measurement/compliance monitoring system will be upgraded to include full EBU-R128 compliance.

www.CobaltDigital.com

Workflow

Sony is aiming to help content owners protect and maximise the value of their legacy content assets with the launch of Media Lifecycle Service (MLS). Divided into three service areas, which customers can use any or all elements of, it features: Digitisation, which includes Sony’s optical disc archive technology for preservation and restoration of assets, indexing and metadata; Managed storage and secure cloud based archive management; and Distribution and monetisation.

pro.sony.eu/medialifecycle

Facility Management

Xytech will introduce a cloud-based version of its MediaPulse platform at IBC (6.C22). http://www.tv-bay.com/images/news/hq/xytech_launches_mediapulse_cloud_at_ibc_2014_9950.png MediaPulse Cloud delivers the complete functionality of MediaPulse platform but in a secure, managed offering, negating the need for customers to purchase, maintain and upgrade their own IT infrastructure. MediaPulse Cloud works seamlessly with Windows PCs and tablet computers, Macs and both iOS and Android tablets.

www.XytechSystems.com

Audio

TSL Products (10.B41) will present several European product launches that address the increasing demand for workfl ows based on audio and/or video-over-IP. The PAM AVB range – for monitoring connections based on Audio Video Bridging as well as SDI, AES and analogue audio formats - and the AXIUS range of managed Ethernet switches will both be on show. As will the PAM PiCo Touch audio, loudness and logging meter.

Monitoring

Quantum Leap Technology are introducing the world’s fi rst 55” Grade 1 OLED Reference Monitor as part of the new ‘ODS’ (Orion Display Solution) product range. Reference monitors are not designed for showing high quality video; they are designed as a critical analysis tool for evaluating and measuring artefacts and colour. They are introducing this new technology monitor to the Broadcast, Film, and Post Production Industry due to the many benefi ts of OLED properties.

www.quantumleaptechnology. co.uk

MAM

At IBC (6.C23) Cambridge Imaging Systems will preview the new version of Imagen, the media management and publishing solution, as well as demonstrating strong relationships with Microsoft, Quantum and Spectra Logic that will help users to create scalable, secure end-to-end workflows. Imagen 3.4 will reveal cloud-based object storage support for Microsoft Azure and Amazon cloud services.

www.cambridgeimaging.com

Suitcase TV will use IBC (2.C10 and 2.C15) to exhibit new software modules for its Aqua series. Amongst them is TrakStak which allows a new audio track to be added to content at up to 80 times real-time without the need to re-ingest the video. Another, MetaGenus, gives users the facility to edit metadata associated with a programme or series without having a view of the media. The others are ShotLogger and the EDL creator Splice.

www.suitcasetv.com

Quality Control

Venera will unveil Pulsar Pay-Per-Use (PPU) at IBC (7.C03). The new addition to its Pulsar automated file-based QC system offers users who don’t want to make an upfront investment the option to convert their investments to operational expenditures and adopt QC immediately. Pulsar can automate content QC at various stages in the content workflow including ingest, archive, and playout. Current users can continue to use Pulsar within their facility with the added benefit of pay per use.

www.veneratech.com

Stand 7.D14 at IBC will be the venue for the debut of the Archimedia QuSee Suite, a family of tools for inspecting and measuring video, audio, and metadata. Working in tandem with the Archimedia Master Player, QuSee Suite brings validation and verification functions to the desktop, allowing users to perform tests on files rather than on SDI streams created from files. The Archimedia QuSee Suite replaces aging SDI hardware such as video and audio waveform monitors, vectorscopes, and audio phase meters.

www.archimediatech.com

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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.
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TV Futures
Jane Lawrence When I was younger my dad used to encourage me to be a Jack of all trades and a master of none. One of those clich© things parents hand down to their children. However, as I have grown and gone through different stages of education I have found this little piece of wisdom has followed me. Don't get me wrong, being amazing at one thing is a great skill to have, but for me having a good understanding of everything is also vital.
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Advances in LED lighting innovation with Rotolight AEOS
Rod Aaron Gammons There's no doubt that lighting plays a critical role in videography, filmmaking and photography. It's the area of content capture that brings added creativity to shoots, whether that's filming a wedding, producing a commercial or making a movie. Much like cameras have evolved over the past few years, lighting has also evolved; from the traditional tungsten, through to the use of LEDs. Of course LEDs have been revolutionised too, now delivering powerful, cost and energy efficient solutions to creatives.
Tags: iss126 | location light | led lighting | AEOS | rotolight | anova | neo | Rod Aaron Gammons
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Infrastructure boost with single node storage solutions
Lee Griffin Like other market segments, the motion picture and video production industry is dominated by smaller productions and facilities. Until now, the only option for this portion of the market to take advantage of the performance, fault-tolerance and ease of management of a modern scale-out storage platform was to invest in a storage cluster consisting of three storage nodes and at least one metadata controller.
Tags: iss126 | storage | san | nas | single-node | efs | xstream | efs200 | efs300 | editshare | Lee Griffin
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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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Live sports and event production
Brian Eldredge There is an overwhelming amount of content being recorded by sports broadcasters and digital services teams. A broadcaster might capture hundreds of hours of content over the course of, say, a golf tournament, yet only a fraction of that content makes it to air. But what about the rest of it, such as interviews, scenic shots, promos, and behind-the-scenes footage? Too often, priceless moments that don't make it into the broadcast get left on the cutting room floor because they're either not preserved or the right people can't access them, or both.
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The Dressing Room - shooting steamy scenes
Josh Portwine W's latest factual entertainment series relies completely on the ability of fixed rig filming setups to make cast members forget their inhibitions. Described as a fly-on-the-wall documentary, "The Dressing Room" gives TV audiences unprecedented access to team-sport dynamics off the field of play by inviting them into the hidden world of dressing rooms at venues across the country.
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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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Facebook Workplace - why it might just work
Jake Ward At the Facebook F8 Developer Conference last April, Facebook's Workplace, a collaborative platform for organisations, announced enhanced live video functionality. Being able to stream live into Workplace will fundamentally change the way companies communicate, from broadcasting weekly meetings and webinars to live streaming Q&As. The possibilities really are endless.
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State of the Nation - part 1
Dick Hobbs - new Imagine you are the director of the Champions League Final, knowing that 200 million people will be watching your every decision. Or you're directing the Eurovision Song Contest. Or even, to be honest, the Tunbridge Wells local news opt out. And at live minus 30 seconds, all the screens in the monitor wall suddenly go black then show a demand, in broken English, for 300 Bitcoin.
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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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Monetizing OTT
Oliver Botti Competition in the TV arena is hotting-up for traditional broadcasters with even ESPN, a strong-hold of sports TV, seeing a reduction in subscriptions with the number of American homes paying to get the service declining by more than 12m since 2011. With Mintel reporting that the subscription video streaming market in the UK is due to exceed revenues of GBP 1 billion (EURO 1.37 billion) by 2019, and account for 38% of the total UK video market, traditional broadcasters clearly cannot afford to turn a blind eye.
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Live event streaming solutions
Lorna Garrett It's summer! Just those two words alone are exciting. Combine them with words such as "music festival" or "sports" or "travel" and you have yourself a summer to remember. To ensure you have the hottest summer yet, consider live streaming your event ¦ wherever it is.
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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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Understanding the process of video production
Joseph Adamson In this article I will focus on understanding the process of video production. The use of miniaturised video equipment and understanding the capability of the kit chosen for the job will be mentioned. The video production process is a road map, which not only helps the producer to minimise problems during production and achieve professional results, but also saves time.This process can be tricky to understand and many videographers are self taught, including myself.
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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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Getting started with IMF
Bruce Devlin - new Content is still King, but only if you can get it out to the consumer. I have just had the privilege of doing a live episode of Bruce's Shorts at the EBU IMF Workshop in Geneva. It was a privilege because I was able to talk about real world issues in making IMF compositions rather than talking about the theory of IMF. I was happy that people laughed at the jokes but even happier that people were taking notes and came up to discuss practical solutions to these difficult problems.
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Audience engagement with advertising in an OTT world
Hank Frecon Adapting to how we advertise in an OTT world starts by reaching audiences on every screen with tailored content. Most consumers viewing habits include multi-tasking and juggling different activities at the same time, particularly the younger viewing audiences who tend to watch in a more fragmented, on-demand manner. The task of monetizing content in a way that suits this method of viewing pushes monetization strategies to adopt new technologies, so first let's look at the opportunity.
Tags: iss126 | ott | advertise | acr | source digital | Hank Frecon
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360 degree video storage requirements
Dave Frederick Swim with bears, run with the bulls, get a pads-eye view of a rocket launch: 360 degree video production, also known as cinematic VR, makes these and many other bucket list-worthy events more accessible than ever. The format has evolved into a powerful storytelling tool, and one that changes not only the way in which visual experiences are shaped, but also the way in which media consumers perceive and interact with video content.
Tags: iss126 | 360 degree | vr | storage | vfx | ssd | san | nas | quantum | Dave Frederick
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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!
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The challenges of media workflow automation
Dave Clark The media workflow challenge has never been more complex, and it's growing. In response exploding consumer demand for high-quality, engaging programming, media operations are under the gun to create content and deliver it to an ever-growing range of platforms and devices. Managing video assets - that is finding them, accessing them, and using them efficiently and effectively - is one of the biggest barriers to success in today's environment.
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Remote Production - Speed, Control, Infrastructure
Ian Cookson - new Remote production gives broadcasters the ability to capture a wider range of live events, such as regional sports, news or music festivals, and mix them in a remote facility hundreds or thousands of miles away.

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