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With New FOR-A HVS-2000 Switcher and ClassXGraphics, WLVT-TV Improves Production Workflows and On-Air Look Posted: 19/02/2020
With New FOR-A HVS-2000 Switcher and ClassXGraphics, and nbsp;WLVT-TV Improves Production Workflows and On-Air Look

FOR-A Corporation of America today announced PBS39/WLVTTV, part of Lehigh Valley Public Media based in Bethlehem, Penn., upgraded its control room last August with a FOR-A HVS-2000 HANABI video production switcher and ClassX broadcast graphics system. The new equipment has improved the on-air look of the station’s original programming as well as its live production workflows.

 

For example, the HVS-2000 can load and playback graphics from the ClassX, so the TD can access them during live productions. As a result, PBS39’s graphics designer does not have to be in the control room for “routine” productions. “When I saw how well the two integrated together, plus the price, it seemed like an obvious choice,” said Andrea Cummis, chief technology officer.

The ClassX also supports the use of RSS feeds for updating election results and other data in graphics, a feature that was not supported by the station’s older graphics system. Cummis said the system “worked great” for local primary election coverage last year, but she is looking forward to using the system to its full potential for Election Night in November.

 

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GB Labs to feature Mosaic and CORE.4 Lite at CABSAT 2020 Posted: 19/02/2020
GB Labs to feature Mosaic and CORE.4 Lite at CABSAT 2020

CABSAT 2020, Dubai, 31 March - 2 April 2020, Stand G3-24: Leaders in intelligent storage solutions, GB Labs, will showcase its award-winning Mosaic automatic asset organiser and the new CORE.4 Lite operating system during CABSAT 2020 at the Dubai World Trade Centre from 31 March – 2 April.

The Mosaic asset organiser makes it far easier to quickly search for, retrieve, and view video assets. Mosaic automatically scans all inbuilt metadata and integrates it with AI tagging enabling the ability to store, catalogue and access assets with no need for manual intervention, making it a substantial time and money saver.

GB Labs new CORE.4 Lite operating system is a custom OS specifically designed to serve media files. Its high degree of speciality guarantees stable performance for every user, whether as workgroups or individuals, while maximising the efficiency of every disk.

A powerful new feature included with CORE.4 Lite is Analytics Centre, a dashboard that runs in the background of GB Labs intelligent storage devices and continuously analyses the network, providing complete visibility of exactly how, and by whom, data is being used.

GB Labs CEO-CTO Dominic Harland said, “Read/write speeds are usually compromised by a misconfigured network, which wastes resources. But configuration issues can be difficult to locate and resolve manually. Analytics Centre automatically analyses the read/write process through the network with specially designed algorithms that identifies, locates, and suggests how to resolve any issues, often before they occur, thereby eliminating the need for painstaking manual intervention.”

GB Labs will also demonstrate how its proprietary Dynamic Bandwidth Control identifies and selects high, medium, and low priority users to guarantee that the storage system automatically adjusts to operate at peak performance for all.

According to Harland, “Dynamic Bandwidth Control makes storage malleable to ensure it can flexibly respond to changes in usage priorities without breaking. This is unique to GB Labs and can be implemented whether storage is in use by one user or an entire workgroup.”

For backup and archiving, the exhibition stand workspaces will be coupled with GB Labs EasyLTO, an easy-to-use, cost-effective, all-in-one, high-speed solution.

Finally, the company will also discuss the success of recent GB Labs deployments to new customers including M for Media; Qatl Al Youm TV; Polimer TV; Craft; Kalvi TV; and Madha TV.

Tags: GB Labs | Media storage | CABSAT | CORE.4 Lite | OS | AI tagging | Mosaic | Analytics Centre | Dynamic Bandwidth Control | EasyLTO
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Ikegami Announces Product Lineup for CABSAT 2020 Posted: 18/02/2020
Ikegami Announces Product Lineup for CABSAT 2020

 

 

 

 

Ikegami representatives head to the Dubai World Trade Centre in March for CABSAT 2020, the largest broadcast media show in the Middle East region. The exhibition together with its supporting conference and workshop will be held from March 31st through April 2nd. Highlights of the Ikegami exhibit on stand C4-20 will be the UHL-43 compact HDR camera which was shown in prototype at CABSAT 2019 and is now fully deliverable, the UHK-430 system camera with IP interface and the HQLM-3125X master grade video monitor.

The Ikegami UHL-43 is a compact HDR camera designed for applications such as robotic studios, outside broadcasting of live events, parliamentary television and point-of-view image capture.

Ikegami's UHK-430 is a 4K-native studio camera system with simultaneous HDR/SDR processing. Its three 2/3 inch CMOS sensors provide full 3840 x 2160 UHD resolution plus the depth of field needed for studio and outdoor production. The camera is equipped with a B4 bayonet mount compatible with 2/3 inch UHD and HD lenses. An optional SE-U430 expander accommodates large studio or OB lenses.

 

Ikegami's recently introduced HQLM-3125X is a 31 inch 4K-UHD master-grade monitor with 4,096 × 2,160 pixel 10-bit resolution and high brightness (1,000 candela per square metre).

 

 

 

 

Tags: Ikegami Electronics | broadcast cameras | 4K HDR video monitors | optical camera links | medical imaging equipment | 4K hybrid base station | 4K EFP cameras | 4K studio cameras | 8K EFP cameras | 8K studio cameras | optical camera links | IP camera links | fibre came
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Sony creates the ideal future for education and the workplace at ISE 2020 Posted: 12/02/2020
Sony creates the ideal future for education and the workplace at ISE 2020

Sony Professional Solutions Europe demonstrates a bold vision to create the ideal future for education and work at ISE 2020, as it reveals its latest AV and IT solutions. These include a new beamforming microphone MAS-A100 for lectures and presentations, an upgrade to the transformative workplace management solution with TEOS 2.2, and significant expansions to its laser projector line up.

The future of education:

Sony is expanding its range of advanced solutions for delivering, recording and streaming engaging presentations and video content in education environments. The MAS-A100 is a new IP-based ceiling beamforming microphone enabling flexible and creative “hands-free” lectures and presentations. 

The future of work:

TEOS 2.2 is the latest update allowing for more collaboration and flexibility. It uses the advances in IoT sensor technology to boost integration and unlock efficiencies with 20 new functionalities and features. The tailored Smart Automation is a new customisable Meeting Display interface and an intuitive Outlook integration for room booking, reception sign-in and content sharing.

The future of laser projection

From entry-level through to premium projectors, Sony offers a solution for any space and budget, whether in classrooms and conference venues or museums and churches. VPL-FHZ131L is the newest and brightest premium WUXGA projector from Sony, boasting outputs of 13,000lm. 

Tags: Sony | ISE | TEOS | VPL-FHZ131L | Edge Analytics | REA-C1000 | MAS-A100 | Crystal LED | TEOS 2.2 | UbiCast | future of work | future of broadcast | laser projection
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Marshall Electronics New IP Cameras are the Main Focus at ISE 2020 Posted: 04/02/2020
Marshall Electronics New IP Cameras are the Main Focus at ISE 2020

Marshall Electronics, a leading provider of professional cameras, monitors and accessories for professional AV and broadcast production, will showcase three new IP cameras, the CV630-IP PTZ Camera, the CV420-30X-IP Camera and the CV355-30X-IP Camera,at ISE 2020 (Stand 11-D150).

These new cameras provide a wide variety of resolution options – CV630-IP PTZ Camera offers 4K Ultra HD output at 30fps, and 1080p output at 60fps; the CV420-30X-IP provides up to UHD (3840x2160p) resolution at 60fps through simultaneous HDMI and IP streams; and the CV355-30X-IP delivers up to HD (1920x1080p) resolution at 60fps through 3G/HD-SDI (BNC), IP and HDMI. All three models offer 30X Optical Zoom range, allowing users to capture fine detail in every shot, even from a distance.

All three cameras are equipped with a next generation 8.5 Megapixel image sensor. Power can be supplied over Ethernet (PoE) or powered separately with a 12V power supply providing flexible and easy solutions for integrators. Remote control and adjustment can be delivered using the same PoE input, or dedicated RS-232 (Cat5/6) using published Visca over IP commands. Additionally, a 3.5mm audio input on the rear panel enables stereo audio embedding via AAC/G.711 encoding over IP with 44.1/48K sampling frequency.

 

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Astucemedia Augments Executive Team, Supports Growth Worldwide With Appointment of Darin Crosby as COO Posted: 29/01/2020
Astucemedia Augments Executive Team, Supports Growth Worldwide With Appointment of Darin Crosby as COO

Astucemedia, a pioneer in immersive experiences, live production, graphics, and data management software, today announced that Darin Crosby has joined the company as its Chief Operating Officer (COO). Crosby has decades of experience guiding the development and marketing of broadcast and AV technologies — and particularly advanced data-driven broadcast graphics — for leading suppliers to the media and entertainment market. Crosby is now at the helm of the company's expansion across its software engineering, quality assurance, tech support and creative services departments.

"Darin's incredible wealth of experience with broadcast graphics technology will be invaluable to Astucemedia as we continue to bring to market sophisticated solutions for immersing viewers more fully in live news and sports," said Alexandre Leclerc, president at Astucemedia. "Broadcasters recognize the engagement impact that graphics bring to high-value content, and they are looking to Astucemedia for solutions to manage the creative aspect and the high-end data integration."

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Cooke Optics Anamorphic i Special Flair Lenses Bring Big Screen Epic Saga Feel to Star Trek: Picard Posted: 29/01/2020
Cooke Optics Anamorphic i Special Flair Lenses Bring Big Screen Epic Saga Feel to Star Trek: Picard

DP Philip Lanyon goes for a different look for follow-up series to Star Trek: The Next Generation while remaining true to the TV and film franchise

Star Trek: Picard, the highly anticipated streaming series from CBS All Access, relied on two complete sets of Cooke Optics Anamorphic/i SF (“Special Flair”) lenses to tell the story for the follow-up series to Star Trek: The Next Generation, and centres on Captain Jean-Luc Picard (Sir Patrick Stewart) in the next chapter of his life. Director of Photography Philip Lanyon’s goal was to give this new series a big movie adventure epic saga feel — while keeping fans in a familiar visual world.

“Almost all of the Star Trek movies have been shot using anamorphic lenses and so is the [CBS All Access] Star Trek: Discovery series, which switched to Cooke Anamorphic/i lenses in its second season,” explained Lanyon. “I was given the opportunity to shoot the second season’s sixth episode and I just fell in love with the Cooke lenses. I tested a lot of lenses for Picard and a lot of different looks. But in the end, the Cooke Anamorphic/i SF lenses gave me the exact look and control I wanted.”

 

 

 

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Marshall Electronics Showcases Miniature and Compact Cameras at ISE 2020 Posted: 28/01/2020
Marshall Electronics Showcases Miniature and Compact Cameras at ISE 2020

Marshall Electronics, a leading provider of professional cameras, monitors and accessories for professional AV and broadcast production, will feature its CV506 HD Miniature Camera and CV380-CS Compact 4K Camera at ISE 2020 (Stand 11-D150).

Marshall recently upgraded its miniature and compact HDMI/3GSDI cameras with larger HD sensors, powerful next generation processors and improved industrial design. POV camera users will notice a true step-up in color and clarity, as well as improved signal strength and ultra-low noise output with stereo embedding ability (mic or line level) on all models. The updated line features a new body style with locking I/O connections, enhanced remote adjustable settings, and an expanded selection of output frame rates and formats. New models also include a micro-USB port for field-upgradable firmware updates as new features are added.

A frontrunner of Marshall’s next generation HD camera line is the CV506 HD Miniature Camera, which offers simultaneous 3GSDI and HDMI options, flexibility, and great value in a tiny form factor. The new CV506 serves as an upgrade over the popular Marshall CV505, with a 30 percent larger sensor for better picture, dynamic color depth, and low light performance, along with an improved housing design. The CV506 delivers ultra-crisp, clear progressive HD video up to 1920x1080p at 60/59/50fps and interlaced 1920x1080i at 60/59.94/50fps. With interchangeable lenses and remote adjustability for matching with other cameras, the CV506 is suitable for a range of professional workflows as it can capture detailed shots while maintaining an ultra-discreet point-of-view perspective without sacrificing versatility or convenience.

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Scale Logic announces official partnership with UK-based Polar Graphics to manage European sales operations Posted: 16/01/2020
Scale Logic announces official partnership with UK-based Polar Graphics to manage European sales operations

Scale Logic, the global leader in advanced media workflow solutions, announced today that it is embarking on a new agreement and relationship with industry veteran Polar Graphics, a leading UK-based manufacturer’s representative for the broadcast, post-production, and professional audiovisual industries.

Under the newly forged partnership, Polar Graphics will begin managing Scale Logic's entire European sales operations, making it responsible for penetrating European markets and providing comprehensive sales management of Scale Logic’s products and services. With this new partnership, Scale Logic, which currently boasts many of the world’s top brands as clients, will be able to mirror its already tremendous global success.

Furthermore, the Polar Graphics partnership will also see a highly scaled expansion of the Scale Logic European team, enabling Scale Logic to make significant and further inroads into the European market.

Tags: Scale Logic | Polar Graphics | Advanced Media Workflows | Storage | Network | Data Migration | Data Recycling | Multi-tiered Storage | Data Management Solutions
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ChyronHego Releases CAMIO 4.8 Posted: 20/12/2019
ChyronHego Releases CAMIO 4.8

ChyronHego today released for shipping CAMIO® 4.8, the newest release of the company's award-winning MOS-driven graphic asset management system. Serving as an end-to-end, all-software solution for multiplatform news content creation, production, and playout, CAMIO gives designers, producers, and directors the flexibility and functionality to bring engaging stories to air efficiently. Enhancements to CAMIO 4.8 simplify quality control, add greater control over saved items, streamline media rendering across linear and nonlinear production, and significantly extend the capabilities of CAMIO's popular Replication feature.

"With its template-based and story-driven workflow, CAMIO strips away layers of complexity, empowering both new and experienced producers to fulfill creative elements for any digital canvas," said Teus Groenewoud, vice president of product and technology at ChyronHego. "New features within CAMIO 4.8 simplify day-to-day tasks for these users while further optimizing the system for distributed teams and making it even easier to ‘create once, publish many' in a hub-and-spoke graphics workflow."

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Joseph Electronics Named Exclusive U.S. Distributor for ERECA Optical Fiber Transport Systems Posted: 17/12/2019
Joseph Electronics Named Exclusive U.S. Distributor for ERECA Optical Fiber Transport Systems

Joseph Electronics (JE), the premier one-stop shop for the broadcast industry and provider of fiber termination and custom fiber solutions, today announced that the company has been appointed as exclusive dealer for ERECA, the France-based innovative provider of optical fiber transport systems for the broadcast industry.

For more than 30 years, ERECA has been developing and manufacturing optical fiber transport systems, enabling leading broadcasters to manage and distribute multiple signal formats efficiently within facilities and from remote broadcast sites. ERECA's flagship product, the Stage Racer 2 (SR2), for example, was a central component of the broadcast of the 2019 Tour de France, with 12 units employed by France Television and Euromedia to provide all the signals for worldwide broadcasting of the event.

"ERECA's optical fiber transport systems are well known and respected in the international market, and we're pleased to be able to offer them to our customers in the USA," said Carl Roszczybiuk, director of engineering for Joseph Electronics. "The SR2 is a great example of the kind of innovation that will serve our customers well, accepting virtually all standard broadcast formats from baseband to IP, with easy setup and incredible flexibility."

 

 

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Cooke miniS4 i Lenses Capture Unique Wildlife Footage for Seven Worlds, One Planet Posted: 16/12/2019
Cooke miniS4 i Lenses Capture Unique Wildlife Footage for Seven Worlds, One Planet

 

BBC's new landmark wildlife series, Seven Worlds, One Planet, documents the unique wildlife to be found across all seven continents. The series, which began airing in the UK in October 2019 was shot by Director of Photography, Mark MacEwen on a set of Cooke miniS4/I lenses.

MacEwen, who has over 20 years’ experience in wildlife cinematography, chose the miniS4/i lenses for his sequences to bring the ‘Cooke Look’ in a smaller, more light weight form.“I’ve used Cooke lenses before and always loved them. The look of the Cooke lenses does it all for me, and the way they separate the subject and background and flare is the way I see the world. I also like the way they work on digital sensors - to me, they just help take some of the digital edge off the camera and help keep it looking more organic and natural,” he said. “The miniS4/i’s were great as the size and weight of them allowed me to use them not only for tripod work, but for hand-held gimbal work with animals where I have to hold the MVI Pro rig for hours, following the animals waiting for the right moment or bit of behaviour. The build quality is also amazing and works so well with the follow focus gear.”

“Outside of the flora and fauna, it’s the huge amounts of time we have to invest and of course the extreme demands we place on the kit, due to the environments we subject them to. I am happy to say that the miniS4/i’s performed flawlessly in every situation.”

 

 

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Polar Graphics takes a stand at ISE 2020 Posted: 11/12/2019
Polar Graphics takes a stand at ISE 2020

Polar Graphics, a UK leading distributor for the broadcast, post and pro-AV industries, has taken a stand with one of its longest serving partners Bluefish444 for ISE, taking place at the Amsterdam RAI from 11-14 February 2020.

Bluefish444 is a manufacturer of the professional video industry’s highest-quality uncompressed 4K SDI, ASI, Video Over IP & HDMI I/O cards. Bluefish444 also offers IngeSTore Server, a recording appliance supporting SDI, HDMI, NDI, RTP/RTSP and SMPTE IP capture, suitable for any live production workflow in the AV market.

Polar Graphics Managing Director Peter Rowsell said, “Although I have been personally visiting ISE for a dozen years, 2020 will mark our first participation as a co-exhibitor. It will be an excellent opportunity to further expand our business and that of our valued partners.

“We represent a range of products that are ideal for the AV market, and as the world’s largest pro-AV show, ISE is the ideal venue to discuss our entire product range while featuring one of our most relevant product partners.”

Alongside a focus on Bluefish444, Polar Graphics representatives will be on hand for discussions on other brands represented: Apantac, Cinedeck; Imagine Products; MagStor; Mediaproxy; Stardom; StorageDNA; and Studio Network Solutions (SNS).

Tags: Polar Graphics | ISE 2020 | AV | AV Tradeshow | Pro- AV | AV Distributor | Bluefish444 | IngeSTore Server | KRONOS K8
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SKY NEWS AUSTRALIA INSTALLS VINTEN ROBOTICS AND AUTOSCRIPT INTELLIGENT PROMPTING IN REMOTE STUDIOS Posted: 06/12/2019
SKY NEWS AUSTRALIA INSTALLS VINTEN ROBOTICS AND AUTOSCRIPT INTELLIGENT PROMPTING IN REMOTE STUDIOS

Sky News Australia has made a major investment in state-of-the-art robotic camera support systems from Vinten and Intelligent Prompting solutions from Autoscript for its six remote studios in Australia. With the latest build-out just completed in Sky News' Canberra Parliament House studio, the Vinten and Autoscript equipment is a vital link in the network's strategy to reduce operational costs through centralised, IP-based control of remote broadcasts.

Sky News is a 24/7 multi-channel network providing international news, local news, and current affairs programmes to viewers throughout Australia and New Zealand. With headquarters, master control, and main studio based in Sydney, the network operates remote studios in Canberra, Adelaide, Perth, Melbourne, and Brisbane.

Sky News has fitted its Canberra Parliament House studio with three Vinten FH-145 robotic pan/tilt camera heads, driven by the Vinten HD-VRC control system, three Vinten Quattro pedestals, and three Autoscript EPIC-IP 19" prompting monitors with integrated talent feedback monitors, driven by Autoscript WinPlus-IP News prompting software. Amber Technology, a Vitec Production Solutions Premier Partner, supplied the Vinten and Autoscript solutions and partnered for the build-out.

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Cooke Optics opens LA service operation for increased customer support in key market Posted: 26/11/2019
Cooke Optics opens LA service operation for increased customer support  in key market

Cooke Optics announced today that it has opened a service operation in Los Angeles, CA to provide full lens servicing and testing. This new operation further strengthens Cooke Optics’ dedication to worldwide service and support.

Les Zellan, Chairman, Cooke Optics, said, “With hundreds of movies and TV shows shot in and around LA each year, and many local rental houses stocking Cooke lenses, we’re proud to offer full lens servicing at a convenient location. The LA operation joins the Cooke service operations around the world, so customers can now reach us directly on both US coasts, the UK, São Paulo in Brazil and Shanghai in China.”

Michael Nadas has joined Cooke Americas as the company’s Optical Engineer in LA. He comes to the team with 28-plus years of technical experience in the film and television production industry, specializing in evaluating, testing and repairing both cinematic and broadcast lenses from multiple manufacturers to factory specifications. Michael established the quality control standards for lens testing and evaluating procedures company-wide at Sim, a leading supplier of studios, production equipment, workflow/dailies and post-production solutions. Over the course of his career, he has acquired an in-depth technical knowledge of specific types of lenses that are unique to our industry and most recently led Sim’s Motion Picture Optics department out of Los Angeles.

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