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NEWS MANIPULATE & EDIT “ The results of a Snell and Quantel survey provided an interesting talking point this month. While of course you can twist statistics anyway you choose, the overall assumption from the research commissioned by the newly merged companies was that the move from traditional broadcast infrastructure and routing to an all-IP based underbelly may not be as rapid as one might suspect. The results revealed that less than one in five broadcasters and post houses are predicting that SDI routers will be completely replaced by IP within the next 24 months with more than two thirds (69%) predicting at least a five-year transition. However, and this is where the pendulum swings a bit the other way, when asked if they would be sending live signals over IP in 2016, 20% said ‘not at all’, 47% answered ‘somewhat’ while 29% said ‘extensively’. That left 4% indicating that they are going fully IP next year. On the surface that looks like another slow transition but you can spin it another way. Cumulatively those figures suggests that four in five (80%) will send at least some live broadcast video and sound over IP networks next year. Now that is a breakthrough: a breakthrough for 4K. Let me explain why. Sending HD via IP is hardly worth the bother because SDI is still reliable and affordable enough for that. But for higher resolutions plus higher frame rates and HDR, it is easier to argue that fibre and IP are potentially the way forward. It is true, of course, that standard fibre and IP infrastructures cannot handle the large data requirements of 4K in a cost effective way. Therefore, a mezzanine compression standard will be required. And that is coming, probably in the form of TICO. But, that aside, what this research could really be telling us is that the majority of broadcasters and post houses are actually readying themselves to send live 4K down a fibre or Ethernet pipe in the next 12 months. If that is the case, the future did just get a little bit closer. “ On-screen graphics Broadcast graphics services company MOOV will use a Lyric from ChyronHego to produce real-time 3D on-screen visuals for BT Sport’s new Ultra HD channel. The system, which has already been used in various proof- of-concept Ultra High Definition (UHD) broadcasts, will aid coverage of selected matches in football’s Premier League and Champions League as well as Premiership rugby. Two UHD- enabled Lyric production systems have been supplied, both equipped with next-generation I/O boards in order to support ultra-high- performance rendering. ChyronHego has also developed a new version of its Paint on-screen sports analysis product that works on a Mac. Version 6.0 runs natively on OS X and includes a number of upgrades and new features including movable players, editable clip export, and advanced in/out effects. “Paint brings game play to life by giving sports broadcasters the ability to generate dozens of telestrated clips that can be created live or stored at the ready for near-live replays or post-match analysis,” said Johan Apel, chief executive of ChyronHego. The new movable players effect within Paint 6.0 allows the commentator or operator to move players to different positions on the pitch or field.” 12 | KITPLUS - THE TV-BAY MAGAZINE: ISSUE 103 JULY 2015