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

In 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

DSNG

A new Satmission Streamline SMP 155DA Antenna will be the focus for Satmission at IBC (OE106) this year. The drive-away broadcast satellite antenna system will be shown installed in a Land Rover Discovery DSNG vehicle, designed and built by UKbased systems integrator Broadcast Networks. The all-terrain vehicle supports live SD and HD feeds, with voice and internet communications, making it ideal for live sports and news events. The Antenna is equipped with a redundant/phase-combined 400W amplifier system from Communications & Power Industries.

www.satmission.com

Transmission

Vislink will launch its new Mantis- LT lightweight antenna at IBC. The new unit includes the Ku band feed and materials developed for Vislink’s Mantis MSAT satellite data terminal. Available with either a 90cm or 120cm reflector for Ku band TX/RX operation, the Mantis-LT allows customers to package their own hardware into Vislink’s portable and lightweight terminal design.

www.vislink.com

Arqiva has deployed Thomson Video Networks’ ViBE EM4000 HD/SD encoder as part of an upgrade of the UK’s DTT network. Three new ViBE EM4000 platforms, each with Flextream statistical multiplexer, have been installed to provide DVB-T/T2 video compression, enabling Arqiva Services to launch new TV channels on its existing multiplex and introduce a new HD multiplex.

www.thomson-networks.com

Delivery

Thomson Video Networks has launched Behind Every Screen (BHS), a new approach to video delivery that combines on-premises with cloud-based resources to support broadcast and multi-screen services. BHS brings together the latest ingest, branding, ad insertion, encoding/transcoding, and packaging technologies to provide an all-in-one video infrastructure with key capabilities for convergent multi-platform video delivery.

www.thomson-networks.com

ioGates, a provider of cloud-based tools for sharing, converting, and distributing professional media files, has signed a three-year partnership agreement with the Danish Broadcasting Corporation (DR). Under the agreement, ioGates will provide DR with its own ioGates-powered portal for sharing content among its various departments and content partners. Based around a simple web interface use of ioGates is said to require no advanced technical knowledge or training.

www.iogates.com

Agama Technologies will use IBC (4.A75) to showcase the version 4.7 of its DTV monitoring solution which covers service distribution from the head-end to the viewing device. Analyzer OTT integration in the central Enterprise Server has been enhanced with new dashboard widgets that give at-a-glance overviews of OTT service quality along with a new top-level service quality reporting function, enabling trending and analysis of service quality and availability on streaming video assets, as well as on the individual adaptive bitrate profi les.

www.agama.tv

Apps

Metrological, provider of a cloud based application framework and TV App store will add to its Application Platform at IBC (Stand 14.E25) by introducing three products and a new TV app store feature. The new items are a real time insights ‘Dashboard’, a cloud based centrally managed ‘UX Platform’ and ‘Instant pairing and interaction’ that links TV viewing to mobile devices. The new App Store feature is the App Manager that enables operators to administer the apps in their Metrological TV App Stores.

www.metrological.com

Playout

IPTV and IP video systems manufacturer Teracue eyevis has announced the availability of ICUEPLAYOUT, a streaming server for up to four 4k streams or 16x Full-HD 1080p60/50 fi les. Available as 2RU appliance, it can be used to deliver IP-video streams into presentation and information applications, and is said to be ideal for looping or scheduling single video fi les or complete playlists into digital signage players.

www.teracue.com

TV9 Surabaya, one of Indonesia’s most highly respected regional broadcasters, has chosen a broadcast system from PlayBox Technology as the core of a major technical upgrade. “TV9 Surabaya currently broadcasts in standard-defi nition and was keen to replace its existing equipment with a fi le-based system,” says Stefanus Tandra who supervised the project. “The channel managers were initially looking for greater automation than was possible with their legacy infrastructure. They were greatly impressed by the fact that PlayBox Technology systems are so easy to use and the ease with which they can be expanded to deliver advanced services such as HD”

www.playbox.tv

Multi-screen

Irdeto will use IBC (1.D51) to show pay media and content owners how being profi table on any screen requires more than just having a multi-screen and OTT solution. As part of this it will highlight Multiscreen, the managed service that can provide TV viewers with a personalised media experience, protect content on any device and generate new revenue streams with different business models.

www.irdeto.com

Infrastructure

Dejero’s LIVE+ Booster technology has been shortlisted in the Content and Communications Infrastructure category of the IABM Design & Innovation Awards. The LIVE+ Booster is a vehicle-mounted device that uses an array of up to 12 high-gain antennas to provide a high-reach connection and signal booster for bonded video uplink transmissions over cellular networks.

www.dejero.com

Live India has chosen an end-to-end contribution solution from Harmonic to improve video quality and optimize connectivity between its regional news bureaus and main headquarters in Noida. Harmonic’s Ellipse 3100 contribution encoders and ProView 7100 integrated receiver-decoders are being used for fixed contribution applications, enabling the broadcaster to expand from two to five streaming news channels.

www.harmonicinc.com

3D Storm, distributor of NewTek products in EMEA and LiveXpert worldwide is extending the NewTek presence at IBC by showcasing LiveXpert solutions, a smart and versatile line of third party products in Hall 7 Stand K21.

Member of the NewTek third party developer network, LiveXpert is designed to complement NewTek TriCaster and 3Play instant replay system. The LiveXpert line also includes products compatible with any vision mixers with solutions working in any live production workflow, providing all the tools to manage, create and add graphics, into any live production workflow.

Power distribution

Canford will use IBC (9.C01) to showcase its new range of IP addressable Mains Distribution Units (MDUs). Amongst the unique features is the ability to control door locks remotely. This enables off-site personnel to remotely grant visiting engineers or support teams with access to server rooms or locked racks and cabinets. Any device with an HTML browser and an Internet connection can securely access the product.

www.canford.co.uk

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UHD 4k and HDR Picture Quality
Tobias Kronenwett And as good as it is, and as easy as it is to do, one of the raps on HDR is that some feel that it’s so bright and sharp that it looks odd, unnatural, almost harsh. It’s similar to when we did our first trials with 4K. The resolution was so high you could easily see, for example, even very minor blemishes. It’s perhaps an irony of new technology that the higher the resolution of natural objects the more artificial they tend to look. It’s often a case of capturing images with more resolution or a greater colour space than our eyes and brains can actually perceive.
Tags: iss131 | sonovts | uhd | 4k | hdr | oled | Tobias Kronenwett
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Listening to the needs of audio engineers
Alan Wheable Monitoring SDI video content within an installation is and has always been straight forwards. If you have a monitor, and you can see the image correctly, all is well. This is not necessarily the case for metadata and especially not for audio.
Tags: iss131 | omnitek | audio monitoring | aes | ebu | smpte 2110 | st2110 | smpte 352 | dolby | Alan Wheable
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Betting Industry Transformed by Video Technology
Chris Thornton In the betting and gaming industry, the streaming of live sports from across the globe is a big business. It’s proven that revenues increase when bettors are able to watch the event that they have placed a bet on, providing a far more engaging experience.
Tags: iss131 | sis | betting | latency | satellite | jpeg2000 | Chris Thornton
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What is Serial Communication
Mike Colyer

Don’t get me wrong - the advent of IP technology has done wonders for the broadcasting universe, especially here in Special Cams land where changing a setting could have involved a rather long walk and climb to a remote camera location! Nevertheless, this said, I still feel that serial communication is a huge contender - not only just in the realm of odd robotics systems, but also across broadcast in general.

In this article, I will walk through the very basics - introducing a few different types of serial and how they work.

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The Ongoing Evolution of Subtitling Technology
Dean Wales As a subtitling technology developer and manufacturer we’re currently and frequently hearing remarks along the lines of us ‘having it easy’ at the moment. This has typically spun out from the fact that there hasn’t been any really significant and therefore demanding technology shifts in the industry that have affected us for a while.
Tags: iss131 | captions | subtitling | ott | speechmatics | live subtitling | live subtitles | Dean Wales
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Artificial Intelligence and Economics
Dick Hobbs - new It’s May, so it seems inevitable that this month’s column should be a bit of a reflection on NAB. And it will, in due course. But first, some news which I think is interesting. Cisco, the IT giant, is selling off its video software solutions business. It is being bought by an as-yet unnamed new company, backed by venture capitalist Permira Funds.
Tags: iss131 | AI | dejero | evs | sky news | xeebra | state of the nation | Dick Hobbs - new
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The Pitfalls of Online File Sharing and Sending Services
Mike Nash Easy-to-use, readily-accessible, and consumer-oriented, online file sharing platforms such as Dropbox and Google Drive are, to end users, a pleasant replacement to older file transfer methods such as FTP. FTP is complex to use and requires IT intervention to make almost any change. The pain associated with FTP, which was developed in the 1970s, is one of the factors that opened the door for the rise of online file sharing services in the workplace.
Tags: iss131 | ftp | signiant | efss | dropbox | google drive | ftp | ofss | media shuttle | Mike Nash
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Security, Identity and Privacy
Bruce Devlin - new Put your hand up if you have more than one online-identity. Keep your hand up if the adverts for your latest online purchase follow you between identities as you surf the web. You can now let your hand fall into your lap because adverts that follow you indicate algorithms that have merged your multiple identities into the one and only you.
Tags: iss131 | class | Security | Identity | Privacy | gdpr | Bruce Devlin - new
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Opting In or Opting Out
Peter Savage 2 Peter Savage, CEO of Azule, explains whether you should opt in or opt out of the current red tape nightmare facing businesses large and small.
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How to shoot the perfect lighting mix
Alan Ipakchian Advances in high-quality LED lighting over the past couple of decades might be one of the best things that’s ever happened to broadcast and cinema production. Compared to traditional tungsten fixtures, LED lights offer powerful operational and financial benefits from longer life and lower energy bills to brighter, more consistent light and greater control over color temperature. LEDs generate much lower heat and are relatively cool to the touch, meaning they can be used in much smaller rooms and studios without sweating out the talent and crew or damaging property. Plus, compared to traditional tungsten bulbs, LED lights are virtually maintenance-free and can deliver tens of thousands of hours of lamp life.
Tags: iss131 | litepanels | led | lighting | 2 person interview lighting | Alan Ipakchian
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Tips and Tricks to Giving Sci-Fi a New Look
Mathieu Marano From Terminator to Blade Runner, Alien, and even E.T., science fiction is a genre that will never fail to capture an audience’s imagination. It’s also a genre that encompasses so much more than just space crafts or time travel: frequently providing filmmakers with a platform from which to not only highlight social and political issues, but also explore innovations in the world of filmmaking itself.
Tags: iss131 | sci-fi | blackmagic design | vfx | resolve | 4k | cinemadng | davinci | ursa mini | Mathieu Marano
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Slow Motion Video Techniques
Phil Vinter Well, those kinds of higher frame rates still pretty much belong to the big guns. The Phantom Flex will give you 2,000 frames a second at ultra HD or 1,000 fps at 4K. It produces truly stunning images, but at a price that is beyond the reach of all but those with the biggest budgets. The camera retails at a cool £100,000 (I’ll have three please) with a daily hire out charge of around £3,000 (including lighting and a technician). IDT’s OS series cameras produce equally high quality images at a cheaper price, but you’re still talking tens of thousands.
Tags: iss131 | slo-mo | phantom | idt | fs7 | fs5 | rx10 mk111 | hfr | Phil Vinter
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Broadcasting Indoor Sky Diving
Daniel Harker Barnes When you say you’re broadcasting skydiving, there are two types of reactions. One is the creative, who’ll say something along the lines of “Wow. Those shots must look great” and other is the engineer who’ll say “That must be a real hassle to get all the infrastructure in and secure.”
Tags: iss131 | sky diving | ally adams | roaming camera | Daniel Harker Barnes
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NAB is all about people
John Smith -new The relative success of NAB is down to people. The individuals we meet, the relationships we make and renew with customers and the desire to work together to develop a technology solution to any given challenge.
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TV Futures, Tales on Location
Georgia Thirtle If I think back to last May, I was just finishing my second year at the University of Portsmouth, studying Television and Broadcasting, and winding down for the summer. Then out of the blue I got a message from my course leader, saying I might be getting a call from someone who was a location manager working for Raider productions, you know, the production company behind the upcoming Tomb Raider film, I mean, what!?
Tags: iss130 | portsmouth university | tomb raider | cci tv | ccitv | Georgia Thirtle
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Transforming asset management and monetization
Chad Hamilton FremantleMedia is one of the largest global television-production companies in the world — with one of the biggest and most valuable catalogs. We operate in 36 markets, creating, producing, and distributing content across traditional TV and digital platforms at a rate of more than 10,000 hours of programming per year.
Tags: iss130 | freemantlemedia | core | wazee | Chad Hamilton
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Grand slam IPTV and digital signage platform
Joe Walsh Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri, is home to major league baseball’s Kansas City Royals. Built in 1973, “The K” has a proud baseball legacy, and goes down in history for winning two World Series championship titles; one in 1985 and another in 2015 — exactly 20 years apart. The most recent win brought a resurgence of baseball fever to the stadium, hosting more than 2.7 million fans during its 2015 winning season.
Tags: iss130 | iptv | vitec | eztv | Joe Walsh
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The shining star of Dancing On Ice
Rod Aaron Gammons Lighting is an incredibly important part of any TV production, and it can make a huge difference to what is seen on-screen. If the right lights are used in the right way, it can create a mood, set a tone and convey a certain atmosphere.
Tags: iss130 | rotolight | led lighting | anova pro 2 | chris yacoubian | Rod Aaron Gammons
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Technological advances in the broadcast industry
Alan Wheable Since it is Omnitek’s 20th anniversary this year, I thought it would be interesting to look back over the technological advances in the broadcast industry over the last few decades and look at the similarities between then and now.
Tags: iss130 | omnitek | test and measurement | smpte 2110 | untra tq | 2022 | sdi 2022-6 | Alan Wheable
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Interview with Peter Rowsell, Polar Graphics
Polar If you don’t recognise the name Peter Rowsell instantly you no doubt would recognise him in person, from the famous ‘Pink Coconut’ parties during IBC (Brighton) in the 80s or the name ‘Polar Video or Polar Graphics’ both companies which he’s built up over the years.
Tags: iss130 | polar graphics | apantac | bluefish | cinedeck | focalpoint | mediaproxy | stardom | storagedna | Polar
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How IP-based KVM can improve workflow in broadcast control rooms
John Halksworth One of the most significant shifts the broadcast industry has seen over recent years is the adoption of IP technology as a standard infrastructure across the entire broadcast workflow. IP provides a network suitable for routing audio, video and control around a broadcast facility and is providing the answers to many industry challenges.
Tags: iss130 | kvm | adder | adderlink | alif100t | John Halksworth
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VR and the importance of tracking
KitPlus I would like to begin this article by clarifying what we at Shotoku mean when we talk about VR in live production. It’s not the production of immersive, 360 content where you need to wear a headset; we are talking about virtual studio (VS) and augmented reality (AR) work, such as placing graphics into a green screen environment or physical set. The technology used for this work is entirely different, though equally specialist – therefore it is important to understand the challenges of this kind of production in order to make informed kit choices.
Tags: iss130 | shotoku | vr | live production | KitPlus
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Reliable back-up at the Music City Bowl
Sam Gordon WLEX – LEX18 – is the NBC affiliate in Lexington, Kentucky, and part of the Cordillera Communications Group. As a very popular local station with a broadcast area that covers 40 counties across central Kentucky we have a big commitment to news, broadcasting more than seven hours of live programming on a typical day.
Tags: iss130 | wlex-tv | dejero | engo | gobox | cellsat | Sam Gordon
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Out of the box: Sennheiser Ambeo VR microphone
Jon Pratchett 2 The use of 360 video, especially on platforms like Facebook and YouTube is really starting to take off. Gone are the days when you needed to buy multiple GoPros and rigs in order to get something decent looking. Now players like Insta360 and even GoPro with their fusion 360 camera are providing single camera, high quality solutions, enabling the masses to put out reasonable quality, certainly watchable, 360 video.
Tags: iss130 | vr | virtual reality | audio | ambiosonic | Jon Pratchett 2
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Six steps for award winning sound design with Jungle Studios
Chris Turner Few can argue that great sound design is one of the most important elements to any moving picture. Mute most horrors, and the difference in fear factor will be enormous. Visualize Jaws or Star Wars, and John Williams’s iconic score will instantly come to mind.
Tags: iss130 | jungle studios | fairlight | blackmagic design | davinci | Chris Turner
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State of the Nation
Dick Hobbs - new

On the most recent occasion I was trimmed, my hairdresser had just returned from a holiday in Hawaii.

Where she thought she was going to die. She thought this because the state’s emergency alert system was triggered, sending messages across all available platforms, for 38 minutes, that a ballistic missile was about to strike. That, I suspect, is the sort of thing that casts a pall across your holiday.

Why did it happen? Essentially it happened because an operator selected the wrong menu item. “I feel very badly from what’s happened,” he is quoted as saying, in a somewhat mangled version of English which may at least in part explain his difficulties with menu items.

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Tried and tested: DPA d:vice
KitPlus KitPlus recently took delivery of an interesting piece of equipment for review. We like our iPhone gadgets here. For us, useful iPhone gadgets started when the Olloclip lens gave us a wide angle adaptor. This was a good start, finally evolving into a proper tool when Ziess produced the Exolens system for the 5,6 & 7 series iPhones. Around the same time as the Olloclip came out we were testing the Fostex AR4i which was a very exciting development at the time. You have a portable device, that you carry everywhere with you, connected to the world but with very limited audio capabilities. A stereo interface with decent microphones was a real boon!
Tags: iss130 | dpa | dvice | iphone | journalist mic | filmic | ios | microdot | KitPlus
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Why OTT needs multicast ABR
Damien Lucas Last year, Netflix’s global revenue reached $11 billion, with 24 million new names added to its subscribers’ list. Viewers are certainly making their preferences heard – and voting with their remote controls to show that over-the-top (OTT) content is here to stay.
Tags: iss130 | ott | abr | adaptive bit rate | cdn | dsl | lte | Damien Lucas
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Class: Do we still need standards
Bruce Devlin - new On the 1st January 2018, I officially took on the post of SMPTE Standards Vice President. The role has responsibility for all of SMPTE’s standardisation activities and it fills me with equal measures of excitement and terror.
Tags: iss129 | smpte | st2110 | dpp | Bruce Devlin - new
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