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NEWS MANIPULATE & EDIT Broadcast audio As part of an expansion and upgrade project, Bosnia’s Al Jazeera Balkans has installed a Calrec router core, two Artemis audio consoles, and a Summa console. The router core provides the hub for a centralised audio network that allows resources to be shared among all of its studios. Mirad Isakovic, manager of the broadcast technology department at Al Jazeera Balkans, said: “Calrec makes the operators’ lives easier. Now we have two television studios and we can share cameras, microphones, and other sources from one studio to another.” Identical Artemis Light consoles have been installed in the two TV studios and a Summa console added to the new radio studio. The consoles, along with eight I/O boxes placed throughout the facility, connect to the router core via Calrec’s Hydra2 networking protocol. Clip cutting Dolby Digital Plus Minnetonka Audio has revealed that the SurCode for Dolby Digital Plus decoder and encoder are both now available for Avid AAX products, including Pro Tools and Media Composer. The decoder enables users to audition and decode/ confidence monitor Dolby Digital Plus and Dolby Digital encoded audio files for post production, film, TV, mobile, gaming and VOD. It also has the ability to decode back to multichannel PCM audio directly into the timeline. The encoder allows users to create fully compliant Dolby Digital Plus E-AC-3 files from multichannel WAV or AIFF sources. When working with legacy content, it also provides encoding and decoding of Dolby Digital AC-3 files. Markus Hintz, vice president of global sales and business development for Minnetonka said: “The capability to directly audition encoded audio files can be a very valuable feature when creating new content or upmixing existing 5.1 materials to 6.1 or 7.1.” 16 | KITPLUS - THE TV-BAY MAGAZINE: ISSUE 109 JANUARY 2016 RTVE, the Spanish national broadcaster, has installed Vimond Highlights so that it can publish video clips as part of its online news coverage and use them within trailers for scheduled broadcast content. Vimond Highlights is for live-to-VOD conversion. It combines rapid short-form clip production and distribution to social media with broadcast quality recording and editing tools. Vimond Highlights can be used in the cloud as a SaaS or on a customer’s own hardware. Glenn Pedersen, chief technology officer at Vimond, said: “For many broadcasters, getting clips published online is an unnecessarily complicated and time- consuming business, and any delay reduces the ability to stay topical with online media. With Highlights, RTVE can really streamline their clip- publishing for a vibrant online presence.” Vimond Highlights offers native support for MPEG-Dash, HLS, Smooth Streaming and RTMP formats and accepts multi-bitrate source streams.