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NEWS MANAGE & MONITOR As we work in an increasingly global industry, where many broadcast and media people around the planet have a good deal in common with one another, it is interesting to see two worldwide trade bodies both inaugurate UK-specific boards this month. The SMPTE’s board of governors formally approved the creation of an SMPTE UK Region while the IABM announced the appointment of TSL’s Chris Exelby as chair of its recently formed UK Regional Council. Exelby said on his appointment: “The IABM represents its worldwide members interests and this means that it is naturally limited in the strategies that it can pursue so as to remain impartial. The formation of the regional councils allows for the first time activities that better fit the business objectives of the region’s members. In the UK for instance, this might mean leveraging and making better use the of the government help available for the promotion of exports, or perhaps influencing the organisation of the UK broadcast tradeshows.” Re-established in 2012 and chaired by Chris Johns, chief engineer of broadcast strategy at Sky, the SMPTE UK Section has seen increased interest and support from individuals and companies across the creative, manufacturing, broadcasting, and service organisations. As a result of this growth Dalet’s Bruce Devlin will now represent the UK on the SMPTE board. “The growth and influence of the SMPTE UK Section are due solely to the dedicated involvement of our members, who have helped us to expand our activities across the country to meet the demands of the broader U.K. media communities,” said Peter Weitzel, SMPTE membership director. Much like politics in this country, where devolution is considered desirable to many across both the Nations of the UK and several English regions, it seems, despite our industry’s global outlook, local issues have never been more important. And us Brits want a voice. Automated QC Vidcheck has been granted patent protection for the core process used to interrogate and auto-correct digital video and audio signals. UK Patent GB 2475260 was given to Vidcheck founder and chief executive Thomas Dove. “The patent defines the intellectual property implemented across our entire product range,” said Vidcheck chief operating officer Howard Twine. “This is the process that propelled Vidcheck to the forefront of video and audio signal assessment and correction. The patent gives formal recognition to the company and its founder for pioneering a technology which is greatly superior to traditional video and audio legalisation.” The Vidcheck patent defines a multi-stage process based on the concept of the ‘connected area’. Vidcheck products perform this algorithm quickly and transparently. All correction activity is logged and specific levels can be set to issue an alert. Frames The Vision 3 frame system from Crystal Vision will make its UK debut on Stand N01 at BVE. The 3U frame is suitable for adapted variants of the company’s existing SDI video and audio products as well as for future IP and 4k products. The initial Vision cards due to ship in early 2016 are chroma and linear keyers, up and down converters, synchronisers, embedders, video and audio 18 | KITPLUS - THE TV-BAY MAGAZINE: ISSUE 109 JANUARY 2016 delays and audio converters that all benefit from features only available in the Vision frame including higher packing density, extra outputs and dual syncs distributed from the frame. At BVE Crystal Vision will also be discussing its video over IP options for converting between SDI and IP signals, due for release in summer 2016.