Aveco Brings News and Studio Automation, Media Asset Management Tools, Disaster Recovery, Social Media Integration, and Regional Ad Insertion Solutions to NAB 2013

Date: 14/02/2013
Aveco Brings News and amp; Studio Automation, Media Asset Management Tools, Disaster Recovery, Social Media Integration, and Regional Ad Insertion Solutions to NAB 2013
Aveco®, the worldwide broadcast facility media asset management and automation solutions specialist with over 20 years of experience, will show its ASTRA Studio 2 comprehensive automation solution for news and studio productions at NAB 2013. Also on display will be Aveco's standalone media asset management tools that can run in any environment, disaster recovery solutions to keep broadcasters on-air during emergencies, and the company's regional ad insertion solution that enables higher revenue generation in local regions. Aveco will be located at NAB 2013 in booth N2138 in the North Hall in the Las Vegas Convention Center from April 8-11.
Aveco Content Management and Automation Tools
ASTRA Suite of Tools provides broadcasters with cost-effective solutions for content management, master control and news/live playout automation, studio automation, ingest and archive. ASTRA applications run on a robust, virus-free platform and specialize in multisite operations with desktop and web-based tools for proxy viewing, monitoring and control. ASTRA is on-air at over 275locations worldwide with solutions from single channel playout systems to very large fully redundant systems and specializes in centralcasting, disaster recover sites, and regional ad insertion applications.

ASTRA CMS is the core of ASTRA and provides a comprehensive content management system. It can offer a common interface for archive, production, news and master control departments by synching these databases into the ASTRA database. Rules-based file transfers automatically moves material from any of these systems to the right location either within a facility or to remote locations with or without transcoding.

ASTRA MCR provides frame accurate playout for master control with interfaces to most all popular traffic systems. By controlling new and legacy devices, ASTRA offers a clean migration from analog to digital-based workflows. With Astra MCR, one operator can easily manage a large group of channels.

ASTRA News is similar to Astra MCR but includes MOS links to all popular NRCS systems and is specially designed to handle live events or events that cannot be accurately pre-programmed. Astra News enables flawless newscasts and other live broadcasts with minimal resources.

ASTRA Studio 2 is Aveco's second generation of studio automation, ASTRA
Studio 2 enables a single operator to produce complex live newscasts and news programs. Studio 2 is hardware independent, working with various vendors' studio equipment, allowing users to pick the switcher, graphics, and other equipment that works right for them. New journalist tools and MOS integration with most NRCS systems enable journalists to quickly take advantage of these new capabilities without needing to understand the underlying technology.

ASTRA Ingest automatically or manually ingests content from live feeds, videotape, or files. Based on an off-line generated list from traffic or NRCS, content is recorded and registered into the ASTRA CMS database. Metadata can be automatically generated, loaded from traffic or NRCS systems, imported from external sources such as news agencies, or added manually.

ASTRA Architecture enables various software components to be integrated into one seamless solution. Its flexible architecture starts with systems designed with basic redundancy and grows to systems that use an N+1 design, a fully redundant design, or a design with the specific level of protection required.

Standalone Applications
SAS Solutions – To compliment the ASTRA Suite of Tools, Aveco recently introduced SAS Standalone Solutions which are standalone versions of some of the ASTRA Suite of Tools, including media asset management, archive, ingest, browse and playout. The key feature of SAS Solutions is that they can run with any vendor's automation system or MAM system. SAS Solutions provide a simple and incremental option for users just beginning their move to a file-based workflow and only need modest capabilities. SAS Solutions are also designed to enhance the operation of larger facilities that already have an automation or media asset management system. Based on the same powerful technology used in the ASTRA Suite of Tools, the SAS Solutions can scale in functionality and size from a single channel shopping network to a fully functional multichannel TV station.
SAS Solutions starts with SAS CMS for media asset management and can be expanded with many different plugin modules including SAS Ingest, SAS Browse, SAS Playout, and SAS Archive to provide extensive capability. This incremental approach avoids many of the pitfall users experience in implementing a complex and expensive media asset management system.
SAS CMS provides the core MAM capability for all the tools. It interfaces with storage devices such as videoservers, SANs, NASs, production systems, NLEs, etc. The actual files remain on the storage systems, only the metadata is stored in the CMS database. This can also be extended to include devices at remote sites.
SAS CMS's powerful rules-based workflow engine automates many common tasks in a file-based workflow. Users can easily add new metadata fields to a file that the workflow engine can read and act upon. For example, when an edit is finished a metadata flag can be set for proxy generation or content repurposing. Content can be sent to other application based on rules defined by the user.
SAS CMS is designed around a modular architecture and built on a powerful Real-Time Operating System (RTOS). It is not impacted by viruses that threaten most PC-based systems. The CMS database is automatically backed up and optionally protected with full redundancy. Hardware and software failures can be protected with backup videoservers.
SAS Comprehensive Security System allows facilities to identify specific users with permissions to read and/or write content. This is especially important for multisite operations where specific content needs to be protected or restricted from various viewers. SAS tools can integrate with an organization's security software to provide the same rights so only authorized users can access a clip's metadata for which they are authorized.
SAS Browse System seamlessly integrates with SAS CMS. It has three options for low-res proxy support:
Scavenge Mode - Proxies are generated from existing content.
File Mode - Work with existing proxies generated by NLEs, file-based cameras, or videoservers.
Real-time Mode - Proxies are generated at the same time as the high-res content is being encoded into the videoserver.
SAS Archive System provides the ability to read/write to storage devices such as videoservers, SANs, NASs, or certain tape-based robotic archive systems. It integrates seamlessly with SAS CMS's file transfer engine to automate the archiving function. Hierarchical systems with online, nearline, and offline storage can also be managed.
SAS Playout provides a simple yet powerful playlist without the complexity of full blown automation. But it includes features such as secondary events not found in simpler playlist applications that come with videoservers.
Disaster Recovery Solutions
Aveco's comprehensive Disaster Recovery Solutions have been deployed in a variety of configurations based on customer requirements and budget. While a disaster is rare, most station outages today are the result of human error or simple equipment failure. The cost of going dark is expensive both in terms of revenue and reputation. Aveco has solutions on-air today that provide frame-accurate synchronization between sites for truly seamless failover—even with last minute changes in the playlist.
Automated Social Media Integration
Aveco gives broadcasters the ability to promote on-air and upcoming programming automatically to both Twitter and Facebook. With this feature, programming information from a channel playlist or a program rundown can be fed to the broadcaster's Twitter and/or Facebook account. Broadcasters can promote programming or news segments as they air, or promote what will be coming up using a look-ahead feature.
Regional Ad Insertion
Aveco's Regional Ad Insertion is a simple and cost-effective solution for Hub and Spoke or Centralized architectures that can generate additional revenue by enabling higher priced ads to be sold that are specific to viewers in different regions. Various configurations enable playlists to be controlled solely from the Hub or shared control with the regional stations. Aveco manages the ad insertion playout in all regions by distributing the playlists and making sure that the media is available in the various locations.


Tags: Automation | Master Control | Production | News | Disaster Recovery | Social Media | Ad Insertion | NAB 2013 | NAB 2013
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Pebble, the leading automation, content management, and integrated channel specialist, is delighted to confirm their presence at CABSAT. They will be in Hall 2, Stand G2-23, as part of the UK Group co-ordinated by Tradefair on behalf of techUK.

Tags: Pebble | Pebble Control | Pebble Automation | IP | Playout Channels | Broadcasters
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Storytelling-Backed Partnership Between World Literacy Foundation and NewTek Keeps Mission-Critical Awards Show Live and Engaging Across the Globe Posted: 21/10/2021
Storytelling-Backed Partnership Between World Literacy Foundation and NewTek Keeps Mission-Critical Awards Show Live and Engaging Across the Globe

The World Literacy Foundation recently announced the winners of its World Literacy Awards – honors given to those who proactively foster literacy skills among the 773 million people across the globe who, according to UNESCO research, still cannot read and write.

Tags: newtek | streaming | video
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Rise Awards Announces Shortlist for 2021 Posted: 21/10/2021
Rise Awards Announces Shortlist for 2021

Rise, the award-winning advocacy group for women in the broadcast media technology sector, is thrilled to reveal the shortlist for this year’s Rise Awards.

The judges saw an outstanding selection of global nominations from women in a variety of roles across the industry in several categories including: Business, Marketer/PR, Product Innovation, Production Support Engineer, R&D Engineer, Rising Star, Sales, Technical Operations, Woman of the Year, and this year’s three new categories, Company Award For Investment in Women, Influencer and Student.

The awards ceremony will be held on Thursday 18 November from 17:00 BST as part of the DPP Leaders’ Briefing event in London and streamed globally, courtesy of Red Bee Media. The winners will be announced during the live ceremony with attendees in person and virtually.

Details on attendance will be announced shortly.



Tags: Rise Women in Broadcast | Rise Awards 2021 | Rise Up | Rise Up UTC Mentoring Programme
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DPA Captures Sound for Netflix Original Film Posted: 21/10/2021
DPA Captures Sound for Netflix Original Film: Oxyg and egrave;ne

When it came time to record the Netflix original French-language film, Oxygène (Oxygen in English), the audio team had quite the challenge in front of them. The premise of the scientific horror film focuses on a scientist, played by French Actress Melanie Laurent, who has lost her memory, awakens, trapped in a medical pod and must find her way out before the oxygen levels diminish. Given the setting, the pod is used for 90 percent of the film and, with its tight quarters, Production Sound Mixer Ken Yasumoto and Boom Operator Josselin Panchout knew they needed a reliable and unobtrusive microphone solution, which they found in DPA Microphones.

Tags: DPA Microphones | film sound | subminiature mics
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Back to Broadcast at IBC 2021 Posted: 21/10/2021
Back to Broadcast at IBC 2021

Calrec is looking forward to meeting up with customers and partners again at IBC 2021 (stand 8.F56). The broadcast market is rapidly evolving as it rises to the challenges of greater competition and the issues created by Covid. At IBC 2021 Calrec will show a range of solutions that enable broadcasters to meet these challenges, with a focus on remote working, virtualization, remote production and IP.



Tags: Calrec | audio | IBC | broadcast | IP | consoles | Brio | Artemis | TypeR | IBC 2021
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Spectra Logic Transforms Entire Product Portfolio with Attack-Hardened Data Management and Storage Solutions that Unify and Secure Data Across Multiple Clouds, Multiple Sites and On-Premises Posted: 20/10/2021
Spectra Logic Transforms Entire Product Portfolio with Attack-Hardened Data Management and Storage Solutions that Unify and Secure Data Across Multiple Clouds, Multiple Sites and On-Premises

Spectra Logic, a global leader in data management and data storage solutions, today announced the transformation and expansion of its entire product portfolio with Attack Hardened™ and multi-cloud solutions. The introduction ofSpectra’s Vail®is a pivotal addition to Spectra’s new data storage and management ecosystem. Vail is a distributed multi-cloud software designed to provide universal access and placement of data across multi-site and multi-cloud storage, enabling seamless hybrid and multi-cloud workflows.

Tags: Spectra Logic | Spectra’s Vail® | Vail | Distributed Multi-Cloud Software | data management | data storage | BlackPearl | StorCycle | Spectra Stack Tape Library | hybrid cloud | multi-cloud | cloud | NAS | S3 | Storage Lifecycle Management | Attack-Hardened | IBC 2021
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Ghost VFX Artists Reveal How They Created Emmy-Winning Effects for Star Trek Posted: 20/10/2021
Ghost VFX Artists Reveal How They Created Emmy-Winning Effects for Star Trek: Discovery and ldquo;Su and rsquo;Kal and rdquo;

Ghost VFX artists received a 2021 Emmy® for Outstanding Visual Effects in a Single Episode for the Star Trek: Discovery installment “Su’Kal.” Led by Supervising Producer / Lead VFX Supervisor Jason Michael Zimmerman, the Emmy-winning Ghost team included VFX Supervisor Ivan Kondrup Jensen and VFX Producer Kristen Prahl. Also taking home Emmys were VFX Supervisor Ante Dekovic, VFX Producer Aleksandra Kochoska, Lead VFX Artist Charles Collyer, and On Set VFX Supervisor Alexander Wood.

Tags: ghost vfx | vfx | behind the scenes
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DoPchoice Intro Light Directing Tools for Aputure Nova P600c New Snapbags Snapgrid Rabbit Ear Mount Adapter Posted: 20/10/2021
DoPchoice Intro and rsquo;s Light Directing Tools for Aputure Nova P600c New Snapbags and reg;, Snapgrid and reg; and amp; Rabbit Ear Mount Adapter

DoPchoice now offers light directing Snapbag® soft boxes and Snapgrids® to make the most of Aputure’s new P600c LED fixture. To complement this panel light, DoPchoice has designed a dedicated new Snapbag® soft box and Rabbit Ears Mount Adapter, plus a host of other choice tools.

Tags: DoPchoice GmbH | Light Modifiers | ARRI Orbiter | Obiter | Lightbank | Snapbag | lighting | cinematography | Local 728 | Local 80 | gaffer | light control | cinema tools | LED | Rabbit Rounder | Snapgrid | TRP Worldwide | Snapbag | reflective fabric | internal 3D Baffle | IBC 2021
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HPA Young Entertainment Professionals Program Opens Call for Applications Posted: 20/10/2021
HPA Young Entertainment Professionals Program Opens Call for Applications

HPA (Hollywood Professional Association) has opened the call for applications for the 2022 Young Entertainment Professionals (YEP) program. Since its inception in 2015, the growing YEP program has supported the careers of talented creative, technical, project management and administrative professionals between the ages of 21 and 32 through mentorship, community building and educational offerings. Applications are due Monday, November 8 and applicants will be notified of their status in early December. The 2022 YEP class will begin in January 2022.

Tags: HPA | HPA YEP | professional development
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Lead Singer Billy Lunn Puts Neve Firmly At The Heart Of His Latest Recordings Posted: 20/10/2021
The Subways and rsquo; Lead Singer Billy Lunn Puts Neve Firmly At The Heart Of His Latest Recordings

Billy Lunn, lead singer, guitarist, songwriter and producer of the rock band The Subways, has made Neve outboard units the centrepiece of his new studio after recognising the positive impact Neve equipment had on the sound of the band’s second album, All or Nothing.

Released in 2008, All or Nothing was produced by Butch Vig and recorded on a Neve® 88R desk at Conway Studios in Los Angeles.

Tags: Billy Lunn | The Subways | AMS Neve | Neve 1073SPX | Neve Pre Amps | Butch Vig
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TSL Products Hosts Virtual and Interactive Showcase to Spotlight New Products and Latest Advancements Posted: 20/10/2021
TSL Products Hosts Virtual and Interactive Showcase to Spotlight New Products and Latest R and amp;D Advancements

TSL Products will spotlight its latest product developments in audio monitoring, control systems and power solutions with a virtual and interactive showcase. The new digitalplatform will allow customers to visit a virtual representation of TSL’s tradeshow booth, with access to product demos and exclusive interviews, as well as the opportunity to speak live with product specialists via a custom-built set up based out of TSL’s Marlow office.

Tags: TSL Products | NAB 2021 | virtual tradeshow
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Pebble continues 2021 expansion with new hires Posted: 20/10/2021
Pebble continues 2021 expansion with new hires

Pebble, the leading automation, content management, and integrated channel specialist, is pleased to announce a range of new hires across its business as it continues to build on its successes over the last year. The company announced an impressive set of figures for H1 2021 last month, buoyed by an up-tick in all key financial metrics over the Covid-impacted 2020, including revenue, pre-tax profits, and net cash.

Tags: Pebble | automation | content | channel | hires
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