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NEWS MANAGE & MONITOR Any broadcast engineers hoping to calculate when IP will completely replace SDI within television would have been given some vital clues at last month’s BVE expo in London. Among the many ‘traditional’ connectors, monitors and systems – those still using, and abusing, good old baseband video - there were clear signs within ExCel that a new order is upon us. On the Boxer Systems stand you could see LEADER Electronics has added three new options to its LV 5490 4k/UHD/HS/SD multiscreen signal monitor: support for 12G SDI; a High Dynamic Range version of CINEZONE; and facilities for testing video over IP. As the company says, this allows “broadcasters to migrate confidently from baseband SD-SDI and HD-SDI to more advanced technologies in line with market demand.” Visit Tektronix and you could witness the UK launch of a hybrid SDI SPG and PTP Grand Master clock for timing and sync. The SPG8000A is said to “deliver features and capabilities that support the migration from traditional SDI-based to the new IP-based video infrastructure.” There was evidence of IP’s growing influence throughout. But don’t think for a second that Tek, for example, is going to cease development of waveform monitors. As a spokesperson told Kit Plus, that couldn’t be further from the truth and, in fact, the company is planning a big announcement at NAB. The death of SDI has been mooted for some time. And it will come soon. But the good news is that broadcast engineers will still be in demand, for the near future at least. Shared storage EditShare is bringing its media workflow experts to NAB (booth SL9716) so that they can talk to customers about migrating production infrastructures to both 4k/UHD and multi-team, multi-location collaborative workflows. “The external forces driving the move to 4k/UHD are far greater today than when the industry made the leap from SD to HD a decade ago,” said Andy Liebman, chief executive of EditShare. “The race to monetise 4k/UHD content is well underway and the time to invest in a scalable infrastructure that delivers is now.” On show will be XStream EFS storage and the Flow media asset management application, products that the company believes offer a “clear path for facility owners to support emerging production needs.” Asset management Content workflows The Danish Broadcasting Corporation (DR) has selected Workspace Parking, Marquis Broadcast’s set-and-forget disaster recovery option for Avid workspaces. It is being used to back-up and restore half a petabyte per day from DR’s three ISIS/Interplay systems. “Previously, we exploited an in-house built solution, however, it had reached capacity and restoring projects was cumbersome,” said Gert Hansen, team leader R&D Media Systems. “Now Workspace Parking backs-up and restores our three ISIS/Interplay systems with 350 Media Composers connected and a total capacity of around 600 TB.” Workspace Parking enables Avid users to back-up entire workspaces, while allowing individual projects or bins to be restored. A retention policy allows DR to control when files deleted from the ISIS are removed from the backup. Cinegy is putting all of its APIs, manuals, and documentation out for public consumption as part of a new initiative. Cinegy Open is designed to allow developers to use Cinegy’s knowledge base as building blocks for building products of their own. Cinegy managing director Daniella Weigner said: “We want to connect with people who have creative ideas but perhaps lack the tools or experience in their work environment to develop and test them. We believe in open standards and want to make a difference in our industry by being different in how we interact and support those who may be an eyelash away from the next big thing, but cant quite get there without the right tools.” 22 | KITPLUS - THE TV-BAY MAGAZINE: ISSUE 111 MARCH 2016 TV-BAY111MARCH_Book.indb 22 11/03/2016 17:17