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Entries Now Open for 2020 Rise Awards Posted: 27/07/2020
Entries Now Open for 2020 Rise Awards

Rise, the award-winning membership group for gender diversity within the broadcast technology sector, is pleased to announce that entries are open for its annual Rise Awards. The Rise Awards are sponsored by Clear-Com, Editshare, OWNZONES, Ross Video and Zixi.

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Mo-Sys puts the crowd back into sport Posted: 19/06/2020
Mo-Sys puts the crowd back into sport

London, UK, 19 June 2020: Mo-Sys Engineering, a global leader in real time camera tracking and remote systems, has announced a revolutionary approach to bringing the atmosphere back to live sport amid covid-19 restrictions. Providing precision, zero-latency tracking for any camera (including ultra-long box lenses for sport), the Mo-Sys camera tracking kit interfaces directly to the Unreal Engine or any broadcast render engine, allowing production companies to add virtual crowds to stands.

“After so many weeks, sports fans are desperate for any action,” said Michael Geissler, CEO of Mo-Sys. “But the frustration will turn to disappointment if the atmosphere of the game falls flat because of empty stands. We have developed a camera tracking kit which any outside broadcast can implement quickly and simply, capable of filling the stands with a virtual, but enthusiastic, crowd.”

The Mo-Sys camera tracking encoders are quickly mounted onto broadcast standard Vinten Vector heads, with no impact on the camera’s perfect balance and no backlash when panning and tilting. Zoom data is collected either by gear encoders or by a serial data link to digital lenses. The combined tracking data is sent over ethernet to the workstation hosting the augmented reality software.

“We are known for the absolute precision and stability of our camera tracking – that’s why Hollywood relies on our technology,” Geissler added. “In this application, we deliver precise tracking, including compensation for lens distortion, even when a 100:1 lens is zoomed fully.”

Mo-Sys has worked with Epic Games to develop a tight interface to the Unreal Engine, including support for the latest version 4.25 software. The result is that highly photo-realistic augmented reality – such as crowds filling the stands – can be integrated into live production with no limitations and negligible latency. The kit includes the bolt-on encoding kit for Vinten heads and the lens calibration tools.

Users can see the technology in action in a Mo-Sys LiveLab webinar, which will also include contributions from Epic Games and Canon. The webinars are on 30 June, at 10.00 (register at https://bit.ly/2N1Ve44) and repeated at 18.00 (register at https://bit.ly/30GqFZP). Michael Geissler of Mo-Sys will also join a distinguished panel with the RTS Thames Valley Creative Centre’s look at production techniques for audience shows in a time of pandemic on Thursday 25 June at 17.00 (register free at https://rts.org.uk/event/future-studio-audience).

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About Mo-Sys:

Mo-Sys is a world-leading provider of camera tracking and camera robotic systems supplying to broadcasters such as BBC, Sky, Fox, ESPN, CNN Discovery Channel, The Weather Channel and Netflix among many more. With a passion for innovation and design, Mo-Sys is at the forefront of live AR and virtual production technology with their StarTracker camera tracking system now powering more than 100 virtual TV studios around the world. For further information, www.mo-sys.com

Mo-Sys Company Contact:

Adam Smith, Marketing

adam@mo-sys.com

+44 (0) 208 858 3205


Mo-Sys Media Contact:

Jennie Marwick-Evans

jennie@manormarketing.tv

+44 (0) 7748 636 171



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SMPTE Expands Access to Educational Programs, Events, and Standards Documents Posted: 24/04/2020
SMPTE Expands Access to Educational Programs, Events, and Standards Documents

SMPTE®, the organization that is defining the future of storytelling, today announced changes to its educational programming designed to make it easier for industry professionals to keep up with the latest technology and to learn new skills. In addition to supporting professional development, the Society's robust array of webcasts, meetings, and online courses offers members a way to connect with colleagues and to prepare for future opportunities in a changing industry and world.

 

 

 

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ASG Strengthens Los Angeles Sales, Service Efforts with Industry Veteran Team of Kym Cannon and Kelli Clark Posted: 24/03/2020
ASG Strengthens Los Angeles Sales, Service Efforts with Industry Veteran Team of Kym Cannon and Kelli Clark

Advanced Systems Group (ASG), a leading media technology and engineering firm, today announced it has added the team of Kymberly Cannon and Kelli Clark to enhance sales and service efforts across Southern California. Cannon, a regional sales manager, and Clark, a solutions engineer, worked together at Quantum before joining ASG earlier this month.

Before Clark was a solutions architect at Quantum, she served for 23 years as the senior SAN/fiber channel architect and supervising engineer for 20th Century Fox, and also held technical roles for Pixar Animation Studios and Skywalker Sound. Cannon spent seven years as a regional sales manager for Quantum, often partnering with ASG on top strategic accounts. Previously, she was an account manager for Dell EMC/Isilon, HP, CommVault, and HDS.

While ASG has been an established media and entertainment service provider in Los Angeles for almost a decade, the company also supports high-end corporate video clients representing a diverse group of industries in the region. The Los Angeles office is led by Andy Darcy, who relocated to the market in 2018 after previously handling business development for ASG’s New York-based operations.

“This was a rare opportunity to recruit a successful industry team to our Los Angeles operations,” said Dave Van Hoy, president of ASG. “With Kym and Kelli, we look forward to building our customer base across a number of vertical markets, growing our Managed Services efforts, and continuing to lead with service across Southern California.”

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Mo-Sys Transforms Remote Production and Virtual Studios Posted: 11/03/2020
Mo-Sys Transforms Remote Production and Virtual Studios

Mo-Sys Engineering, a global leader in real time camera tracking and camera remote systems, can now remotely operate cameras on the other side of the world, without perceived delay, with the launch of TimeCam.

TimeCam represents a triple benefit to production companies. First, there is the saving in cost and environmental impact in sending camera operators to site. Second, it means that the most in-demand operators can be much more productive, providing excellent coverage at a live event each day rather than losing time through travel. Third, it means that you can add cameras to your coverage without adding headcount: for instance, a downhill ski race might have eight cameras along the course, with one operator controlling cameras 1, 3, 5 and 7 and a second controlling 2, 4, 6 and 8.

“’Traditional’ remote production puts the control back at base, but still needs camera operators to travel to the location,” explained Mo-Sys CEO Michael Geissler. “By compensating for latency in transmission and compression/decoding, TimeCam means that operators too can stay at base and be much more productive by operating on several events, when normally they could only be on one.”

As well as unveiling TimeCam, Mo-Sys will also demonstrate its flagship virtual studio technology StarTracker, which uses a constellation of dots on the studio ceiling as a camera tracking system. This is now extensively used by many prestige broadcasters to provide the tracking for augmented reality studios and is increasingly being built-in to studio cameras.

Whereas most virtual studios use a proprietary graphics system which in turn uses the Unreal gaming engine from Epic Games, StarTracker Studio (in a 19” rack) now features the plug-in Mo-Sys VP which we like to call Unreal Unleashed, a direct interface between the camera tracking and the UE4 render engine. Through the plug-in, control is direct, and no other software layer is wrapped around the Unreal Engine allowing full access to the latest UE4 features.

“Both TimeCam and StarTracker with Unreal Unleashed are transformative technologies, capable of bringing new creativity and productivity to the broadcast and movie worlds, allowing sophisticated productions around the globe,” Geissler said.

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Tags: Mo-Sys Engineering | NAB | real time camera tracking | camera remote systems | TimeCam | virtual studio | augmented reality | latency | transmission | compression/decoding | StarTracker | Mo-Sys VP .Unreal Unleashed | UE4 render engine | turnkey | NAB 2020 | NAB 2020
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JT-NM Announces Additions to Testing and Badging Program Posted: 24/01/2020
JT-NM Announces Additions to Testing and Badging Program

The Joint Task Force on Networked Media (JT-NM) announced today that it will be enhancing its JT-NM Tested program to improve transparency and to foster even greater industry participation. The JT-NM will publish testing criteria, and vendors will perform testing at their own facilities. The Joint Task Force is made up of a consortium of industry partners including the Advanced Media Workflow Association (AMWA), the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE®), and the Video Services Forum (VSF).

Standards validation of vendor test results will be confirmed at a testing event scheduled for the week of March 16. The overall results will be made available to the industry via a published catalog of results and via badges that participants can display on their booths at the 2020 NAB Show. (Past catalogs are available at http://jt-nm.org.)

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Dejero Wins Second Prestigious Technology and Engineering Emmy Award Posted: 21/01/2020
Dejero Wins Second Prestigious Technology and Engineering Emmy Award

Globally recognized award underlines how Dejero exponentially improves flexibility in location coverage for newsgathering and live events crews

Dejero, an innovator in cloud-managed solutions that provide award-winning video transport and Internet connectivity while mobile or in remote locations, has been awarded a second prestigious Technology and Engineering Emmy® Award. The award, in the category of Video over Bonded Cellular Internet (VoCIP) technology, recognizes Dejero’s innovation in the industry, thanks to its Smart Blending Technology and unique hybrid encoding approach.

Headquartered in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, Dejero has perfected its patented and patent-pending Smart Blending and hybrid encoding technologies over the course of the last decade. The technologies work in concert to form a tightly integrated system which responds in real time to changes in network quality and video content. This has helped transform how broadcasters contribute live content from the field using cellular networks, providing newsgathering crews with greater flexibility in terms of the location from where they can transmit a live shot, at a fraction of the cost of conventional uplink technology.

“We are thrilled to win not just one Emmy® – the most recognized broadcast award in the world – but two,” said Bogdan Frusina, founder of Dejero. "Last year the committee rewarded our decade of innovation for pioneering reliable transmission methods that enable live contribution and distribution of TV signals over the public Internet. This year they have gone on to further recognize our industry-leading technologies, showing that our continuous development is raising the quality and reliability standards of mobile video and data transmission.”

 

Tags: Dejero | Emmy Awards | Technology and Engineering Emmy Award | globally recognised | location coverage | newsgathering | live events | cloud-managed solutions | Video over Bonded Cellular Internet | MKM Marketing Communications | Bogdan Frusina | winners
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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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Middle Atlantic Celebrates 40 Years of Helping Integrators Build Great Systems Posted: 17/12/2019
Middle Atlantic Celebrates 40 Years of Helping Integrators Build Great Systems

Middle Atlantic Products, a brand of Legrand | AV, is celebrating 40 years of engineering professional AV solutions that deliver greater system reliability, efficiency, and flexibility to commercial and residential applications. To mark the occasion, the company held a full week of activities last month, which included opportunities for its manufacturing and office employees to come together to reminisce about Middle Atlantic's rich history, which has led the company to where it is today, and share their passion for the future of AV. In addition, Middle Atlantic sent treats to its 40 oldest customers to thank them for all their years of support.

 

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Cobalt Iron Selects Randy Jones as VP of Engineering Posted: 22/10/2019
Cobalt Iron Selects Randy Jones as VP of Engineering

Cobalt Iron Inc., a leading provider of cloud-based data protection, today announced that Randy Jones has joined the company as vice president of engineering. In this newly created position, Jones will lead and grow the software and system engineering teams in a push to further enhance product capabilities.

"Cobalt Iron is dedicated to pushing the limits of what our products can do, so we're scaling our engineering department to make it happen," said Rob Marett, chief technology officer of Cobalt Iron. "Randy is just the person to lead this effort, because he brings a wealth of experience building teams and developing process and structure to help scale."

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Steve Wozniak to Present Newly Elevated SMPTE Fellows During the SMPTE Awards Gala Posted: 18/10/2019
Steve Wozniak to Present Newly Elevated SMPTE Fellows During the SMPTE Awards Gala

SMPTE®, the organization that is defining the future of storytelling, today announced that Silicon Valley icon and renowned philanthropist Steve Wozniak will help to honor the motion-imaging industry leaders being elevated to SMPTE Fellow status at the SMPTE 2019 annual technical conference (SMPTE 2019), which runs from Oct. 21-24 at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel & Suites in downtown Los Angeles. During the SMPTE Awards Gala on Thursday, Oct. 24, Wozniak will introduce new SMPTE Fellows and present them with plaques recognizing their achievements.

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Science Writer and Comedian Kasha Patel to Host SMPTE 2019 Awards Gala Posted: 11/10/2019
Science Writer and Comedian Kasha Patel to Host SMPTE 2019 Awards Gala

SMPTE®, the organization that is defining the future of storytelling, today announced that science writer and science comedian Kasha Patel will host the 2019 SMPTE Awards Gala. Scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 24, the gala and afterparty will serve as the concluding events of the SMPTE 2019 annual technical conference (SMPTE 2019), which runs from Oct. 21-24 at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel & Suites in downtown Los Angeles.

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National TeleConsultants Peter Adamiak Honored as SMPTE Fellow Posted: 21/08/2019
National TeleConsultants Peter Adamiak Honored as SMPTE Fellow

National TeleConsultants (NTC), one of the most respected media technology consulting, design, and systems integration companies in the world, is proud to announce that its co-founder and managing partner, Peter Adamiak, has been named by the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers® (SMPTE®) as a 2019 SMPTE Fellow. Adamiak will be recognized at the SMPTE Annual Awards Gala on Thursday, Oct. 24 in Los Angeles, California.

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SMPTE 2019 Lineup Now Available Posted: 15/08/2019
SMPTE 2019 Lineup Now Available

SMPTE®, the organization that is defining the future of storytelling, today announced the full event lineup for the Society's annual technical conference and exhibition, the world's premier forum for the exploration of media and entertainment technology. SMPTE 2019 will be held Oct. 21-24 at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel & Suites in downtown Los Angeles. Complete information about SMPTE 2019, including a detailed schedule and registration, is available at 2019.smpte.org.

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Inaugural Rise Awards Announces Shortlist Posted: 07/08/2019
Inaugural Rise Awards Announces Shortlist

Rise, the award-winning advocate group for gender diversity within the broadcast manufacturing and services sector, is pleased to reveal the shortlist for its first ever Rise Awards.

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