Delivering multi-platform content with maximum automation and minimal resources

Date: 08/08/2019
Delivering multi-platform content with maximum automation and minimal resources

IBC2019, 13-17 September, Stand 7.A05 and IBCTV 13.A08: IBC2019 will see Pixel Power demonstrate its proven, fully virtualized software solutions for production, playout, automation, branding and graphics. These systems turn the traditional broadcast delivery model on its head by creating an all-encompassing approach to deliver linear, OTT, VOD and catch-up channels using a singular workflow.

“The key issue for media companies today is that they are forced to serve a growing number of outlets but struggle to find resources to make it happen with acceptable quality and reliability,” explained James Gilbert, Pixel Power CEO. “We solve this by automating workflows for creating various content assets such as VOD content, promo-versions and other assets. The cool thing is that this not only opens up new revenue streams but just as important it releases valuable operational resources to focus on creative and commercial tasks – that’s their core talent doing great work and no longer tied up doing repetitive, manual tasks.”

Pixel Power has developed a comprehensive architecture based on simple functional blocks that which can be assembled to create individually tailored workflows to meet specific requirements. These workflows can be implemented in the machine room or virtualized in a data centre or in the public cloud, whichever is most suitable for each individual business. While the architecture is completely modular, it falls under two technology platforms: StreamMaster Media Processing and Gallium Workflow Orchestration.

“The big advantage of truly virtualized products is that, to a large extent, they can be made to do whatever the broadcaster needs,” Gilbert explained. “So while the headlines might be about adding new Video On Demand and online services, the same technology can easily be a like-for-like replacement for life-expired, unsupported hardware from other vendors. We are now frequently asked to replace legacy products, and we can configure StreamMaster on COTS hardware to be a drop-in replacement.”

This further extends the benefit of software-defined, virtualized architectures in providing seamless content flows. StreamMaster and Gallium technology platforms easily scale to meet any media demand – and deliver continuing cost and power efficiencies as they scale up. The virtualized architecture also allows for innovative licensing models, allowing media companies to consider how opex or hybrid capex/opex business models could work for new channels or revenue streams. Pixel Power has built this capability into its virtualized platforms from the start.

A singular workflow, based on StreamMaster and Gallium, can provide broadcast playout for premium channels, including replacement of legacy hardware or infrastructure as required. The same system can produce assets for all other platforms, including re-editing and refreshed branding and promo-versions and deliver them to the publishing platforms completely automatically according to pre-configured rules.

“This is proven technology and is already increasing the creative efficiencies of major broadcasters,” Gilbert concluded. “Indeed, we have recently worked with Sky Television to expand their use of such a solution across all their thematic and premium channels.”

Pixel Power can be found at IBC2019 (Amsterdam, 13 – 17 September) in its regular position in Hall 7, Stand 7.A05. And is also being used as part of the IBCTV production and delivery centre which can be found at 13.A08.



Tags: Pixel Power | Virtualization | playout | automation | branding | grapics | OTT | VOD | IBC 2019 | IBC 2019
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Leeds Trinity University, a university renowned for teaching excellence in television and radio, have adopted the Quicklink TX to introduce guests into their Yorkshire Voice show.

The Yorkshire Voice is a local live news show produced by Journalism students at Leeds Trinity University which is broadcast live across the University’s social media platforms and website.

At the University’s studio, the Quicklink TX is set up next to the vision mixer station. A production team member is assigned to contacting and managing the guest contributors using the Quicklink and Skype TX Controller. The SDI output from the Quicklink TX is fed into the mixer and then into the studio screen and live output.

“The Quicklink TX has enabled our Journalism students to introduce live remote contributors without the need for them to always come to the studio itself for a short interview. The solution allows our BJTC MA Journalism students to replicate remote live feeds as seen on professional broadcast productions.” Mark Willett, Senior Media Technician at Leeds Trinity University.

Mark continues “The Quicklink TX not only supplements our remote live streaming location camera but enables Journalism students in the field using a phone with Skype to provide live remote coverage”.

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Funky Junk Italy Enjoys Sales Success With AMS Neve Technology Posted: 20/01/2020
Funky Junk Italy Enjoys Sales Success With AMS Neve Technology

AMS Neve’s Exclusive Dealer for Italy Funky Junk Italy has installed the country’s first Neve Genesys Black G64 console in LG Studio Modena, bringing the number of Genesys consoles installed in Italy in 2019 to four. The studio, which is owned by producer Gabriele Ferrini, already had a Neve Genesys Black G32 console but upgraded to a G64 by adding a 16 channel extension.

There is also huge Italian demand for AMS Neve’s 1073DPA Dual Mic Preamp, which is easily the most successful piece of outboard equipment in Funky Junk Italy’s catalogue. This cost-effective, 1U stereo rackmount solution features two legendary 1073 microphone preamps and exclusive Neve Marinair™ transformers on the input and output stages.

At the recent NAMM convention in California, Funky Junk Italy Director Paolo Orizio placed an order for a 20 AMS Neve 1073DPA units, which will be distributed among pro audio dealers throughout Italy.

 

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Intinor joins SRT Alliance Posted: 17/01/2020
Intinor joins SRT Alliance

Intinor, Sweden’s leading developer of products and solutions for high-quality video over internet, has joined the Secure Reliable Transport (SRT) Alliance.

SRT is an open source video transport protocol that optimizes streaming performance across unpredictable networks, enabling the best quality live video to be transported over even the most questionable networks. The SRT Open Source project, which is spearheaded by the SRT Alliance, is a collaborative community of industry leaders and developers striving to achieve lower latency internet video transport by continuously improving open-source SRT.

As part of its participation in the alliance, Intinor has added support for SRT’s “Listener” delivery mode, soon to be followed by SRT’s “Caller” and “Rendezvous” mode to the entire Intinor Direkt Router range. Intinor has also used the opportunity to add support for NDI® connectivity.

Intinor CEO Roland Axelsson said, “The industry has embraced SRT, which has proven to be a truly collaborative and beneficial way of working together to establish a streaming protocol that mitigates or resolves issues that still surround video transport latency without having to resort to resourcing expensive alternatives.

 

Tags: Intinor | SRT | SRT Alliance | Secure Reliable Transport Alliance | open source video transportr protocol | streaming | low latency | Intinor Direjkt Router | NDI | IP | Bifrost Reliable Transport | BRT
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Bannister Lake Integrates MPEG-DASH Streaming Protocol Into Chameleon Data Aggregation Workflow Posted: 16/01/2020
Bannister Lake Integrates MPEG-DASH Streaming Protocol Into Chameleon Data Aggregation Workflow

Bannister Lake announced today that MPEG dynamic adaptive streaming over HTTP (DASH) video content is now fully supported through its flagship Chameleon data management product. Responding to high market demand for the integration of the popular streaming format, Bannister Lake has added DASH playback support in the Chameleon Web Server and has integrated the streaming standard as a media material within its design tool, Chameleon Designer. Utilizing Chameleon Designer, users can build sophisticated graphic templates that incorporate multiple real-time and static data sources.

The combination of DASH and Chameleon helps ensure that over-the-top (OTT) operators can take full advantage of the streaming standard's ability to adapt to changing network conditions while providing superior quality playback and simultaneously displaying timely, real-time data content. As the broadcast industry moves toward streaming and new distribution models that include multiple devices, the incorporation of the DASH streaming protocol into television technology solutions has become an industry priority. DASH has quickly become a favored international standard and is widely supported on virtually all platforms.

 

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SMPTE 2020 Call for Papers Now Open Under New Review Procedure Posted: 16/01/2020
SMPTE 2020 Call for Papers Now Open Under New Review Procedure

SMPTE®, the organization that is defining the future of storytelling, is seeking technical manuscript proposals for the SMPTE 2020 Annual Technical Conference & Exhibition (SMPTE 2020), Nov. 9-12, at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel & Suites in Los Angeles. With this year's call for papers, the Society has introduced a new two-phase submission and review process designed to enhance the quality above the already high standard for SMPTE 2020 presentations and to increase the opportunity for publication in the SMPTE Motion Imaging Journal.

In the first phase of this new selection process, which begins today and extends until March 10, SMPTE will accept abstract submissions. The SMPTE 2020 program committee will review these submissions and create a shortlist of preliminary acceptances by April 20. Authors will be notified of their abstract's status shortly after April 20.

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Masstech wins Technology Engineering Emmy award for contribution to media storage management Posted: 16/01/2020
Masstech wins Technology and amp; Engineering Emmy and reg; award for contribution to media storage management

Masstech Innovations Inc has been awarded a Technology & Engineering Emmy by the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) in their 71st Annual Awards.

Masstech was honored for its work in Early Development of HSM Systems that Created a Pivotal Improvement in Broadcast Workflows alongside fellow contributors Dell, IBM and Quantum. Solutions that effectively manage video media across multiple tiers of storage have been underpinning technologies throughout the evolution of M&E workflows to the file-based processes on which M&E organizations rely today. Masstech (and its fellow honorees) played a pivotal role in developing the software management solutions that helped the M&E industry with the transition to file-based.

“We are very honored and grateful to the Academy for recognizing the formative work in media storage management pioneered by Masstech and our fellow recipients,” comments George Kilpatrick, CEO, Masstech. “It’s extremely satisfying to be recognized as one of the industry pioneers, and to be acknowledged for the dedication and innovation that still governs Masstech. We continue to break the mold today by applying software defined storage techniques and advanced workflow to organise customer assets in the hybrid and cloud worlds.”

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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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RUSHWORKS introduces REMO NDI Portable Touchscreen PTZ Production System Posted: 15/01/2020
RUSHWORKS introduces REMO NDI Portable Touchscreen PTZ Production System

RUSHWORKS, provider of cool technology for production, playback and streaming since 2001, enters the market with a bang for 2020, introducing another “powerfully simple” integrated PTZ production system for remote and studio operation.

“It’s truly astounding what technology is serving up” says Rush Beesley, RUSHWORKS president. REMO NDI incorporates a touch screen computer with super-fast processing, providing a small footprint system with enormous capabilities that marry well with RUSHWORKS mature production and camera control technology.

“NDI connectivity has transformed traditional wiring requirements into a few CAT5 cables that carry video, audio, PTZ camera protocols and power”, Beesley says. “We put more power and functionality into a couple of rugged Pelican cases than you’ll find in most OB (Outside Broadcast) vans … at a fraction of the size, cost and operational complexity.”

The standard REMO NDI system is powered by an All-In-One computer with 24” touchscreen and blazing fast i9 processor operating on Windows 10 Pro with 1TB SSD storage. It includes the RUSHWORKS custom shortcut keyboard, six-button Hall-effect joystick, an eight-port PoE GigE switch, and two (2) NDI PTZ cameras with 30x optical zoom lenses. It all fits in two ruggedized traveling containers with wheels and extendable handle.

 

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Vidgo Launches 100+ Channel Live Streaming Service Powered by Harmonic Posted: 15/01/2020
Vidgo Launches 100+ Channel Live Streaming Service Powered by Harmonic

VOS360 Live Streaming Platform Provides Rapid Service Scaling for OTT Delivery

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Jan. 14, 2020 — Harmonic (NASDAQ: HLIT) today announced that Vidgo has launched a new OTT service powered by Harmonic's VOS®360 Live Streaming Platform. Vidgo's live TV streaming service featuring sports, news and entertainment, boasts more than 100 premium channels including ABC, Comedy Central, ESPN, Fox, and the NFL Network as well as a Latino package for Spanish-speaking viewers. By handling the complete end-to-end media processing and delivery workflow for Vidgo, Harmonic's VOS360 platform simplifies live streaming from source to screen, speeds up time to market for new channels and enables rapid service scaling.

"A large, diverse content catalog is critically important for an OTT streaming service to be successful, and Vidgo has set a high bar in this regard. Our new streaming service gives subscribers a simple, convenient way to watch live TV anytime, on any device, ensuring that sports fans never miss important matches, fights and games on some of the most popular channels available," said Shane Cannon, CEO at Vidgo. 

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