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NC State University Revolutionizes Production Facilities with IP Connectivity Posted: 06/05/2020
NC State University Revolutionizes Production Facilities with IP Connectivity

North Carolina (NC) State University has transformed its live course production capabilities with a networked video infrastructure, based on the SMPTE ST 2110 standard for connectivity, around its campuses in Raleigh, N.C. Technology from Imagine Communications is at the heart of NC State DELTA (Distance Education and Learning Technology Applications) providing a quantum leap in capacity and operational efficiency.

DELTA already had dedicated fiber runs linking their centralized operations center located in Ricks Hall Annex with six other buildings on the main campus and two additional buildings located up to 10.5 kilometers (6.5 miles) away on their Centennial Campus. Fiber links were being used simply as single-mode, point-to-point connections, providing the capacity for just four video signals per classroom transmitted back to the operations center. In addition to replacing systems that were beyond end of life, it was important to DELTA to provide much greater capacity if it was to meet its commitment to the wider university community for high-quality educational media supporting distance learning in an efficient, effective and service-oriented environment. For the year 2018-2019, this included more than 130 live courses and greater than 7,000 hours of classroom recordings, to support almost 50,000 students enrolled in online and distance learning courses.

The new system uses just 16 fibers to provide extensive networked capability, leaving 20 strands from the original installation free for future expansion. By taking a networked IP approach, the new system gave the DELTA team the capability of 32 x 32 HD signals from each remote building. This is achieved thanks to bidirectional 100 gigabit ethernet capacity across the fiber network.

 

Tags: Imagine Communications | NC State University | porduction facility | IP connectivity | COTS solution | North Carolina | SMPTE ST2110 | DELTA | Magellan SDN Orchestrator | EPIC MV Multiviewer | Cisco | Tony Pearson | Cassidy Phillips | MKM Marketing Communications
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GRAVITY MEDIA UK POST-PRODUCTION RENTAL DIVISION MOVES TO BIGGER FACILITY Posted: 23/03/2020
GRAVITY MEDIA UK POST-PRODUCTION RENTAL DIVISION MOVES TO BIGGER FACILITY

Gravity Media, the leading global provider of complex live broadcast facilities and production services to content owners, creators and distributors, has moved its UK post-production equipment rental business to a larger facility. Its new home is a 15,000 square foot (1,400 square metre) building including purpose built mezzanine floor in Southwood on the outskirts of Farnborough, five miles away from its previous base at Ash Vale in neighbouring Surrey.

The division, which specialises in providing non-linear editing and post production services for the long-form television and feature film markets was formerly known as HyperActive Broadcast. Late last year it was rebranded alongside sister companies Gearhouse Broadcast, Input Media and Chief Entertainment as Gravity Media, enabling the single brand to offer more end-to-end solutions and drive greater value for its clients.

It also operates Gravity House, a high-end post-production facility on Frith Street in London’s Soho. This offers networked suites of cutting rooms capable of full end-to-end 4K production workflows, colour grading, motion graphics, visual effects and 3D. The facility is popular with leading productions such as The Crown, Endeavour and The Aeronauts.

Tags: Gravity Media | HyperActive Broadcast | Southwood | Farnborough | Surrey | rental | post-production | facility
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dBs Music Opens A Neve Room At Its Plymouth Teaching Facility Posted: 25/02/2020
dBs Music Opens A Neve Room At Its Plymouth Teaching Facility

dBs offers students facilities for learning real world music production and technology skills. To this end, the institution has recently invested in a new recording studio/studio lecture space with a 16 channel Neve Genesys console at its heart.

Entitled the AMS Neve Room, the new facility is located at dBs Music Plymouth and complements other studio facilities offering industry standard equipment.

Stu Welsh, who is responsible for leading the BA (Hons) Music Production and Sound Engineering and MA Innovation in Sound Post Graduate courses, says: “The console was previously installed in our commercial studio but has been moved to the new classroom so that students can have full access it. We are running the console in conjunction with a Pro Tools HD rig and a Studer A800 MkIII 2" tape machine. Although it is a steep learning curve for students, once they are familiar with the routing and the digital layer they soon appreciate the flexibility and efficiency the console delivers – not to mention the great Neve analogue sound.”

The new studio in Plymouth is being used to create audio and video content and will also be used by most, if not all, guest lecturers.

Welsh adds. “Everyone loves working in the Neve Room, it's become one of the most used recording suites at our Plymouth Campus. It is especially popular for recording and for mixing with lots of analogue outboard gear.”

 

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CBC Radio-Canada Chooses Dejero for Field Contribution Technology Posted: 05/02/2020
CBC Radio-Canada Chooses Dejero for Field Contribution Technology

Dejero, an innovator in cloud-managed solutions that provide award-winning video transport and Internet connectivity while mobile or in remote locations, announced today that it has once again been selected as the primary field contribution solutions provider for Canada's national public broadcaster, CBC/Radio-Canada (CBC). As part of this renewed multi-year agreement, Dejero will help with CBC’s transition to IP workflows.

A major project that CBC is currently undertaking is relocating the broadcaster's French Services HQ to the groundbreaking all-IP 'Maison de Radio-Canada' (MRC) broadcast center in Montreal. Upon completion later this year, the new SMPTE ST 2110 compliant MRC will stand as one of the most advanced, state-of-the-art IP broadcast facilities in the world, supporting CBC's multiplatform and ever-increasing digital strategy. As a long-time partner of CBC in the area of field contribution, Dejero is supporting the all-IP infrastructure at the MRC by providing the national broadcaster with the latest Dejero solutions including WayPoint 204 SMPTE ST 2110 receivers, EnGo 260 mobile transmitters, rack-mounted PathWay transmitters, and the LivePlus mobile app for iOS and Android devices across the network. Dejero is also providing CBC with connectivity and cloud-management services.

“Dejero’s proven track record, partnership, and ongoing support have been invaluable to CBC over the last decade," commented François Vaillant, executive director, engineering solutions at CBC/Radio-Canada. "Some of the key factors that stood out for us when we examined Dejero’s technology during the selection process, were that their solutions clearly met CBC’s needs and expectations, being reliable and agile, particularly when broadcasting in bandwidth-constrained scenarios from the field."

“We are thrilled to have been re-selected as the field contribution technology partner of CBC/Radio-Canada, a close relationship we have cultivated for over a decade," said Bogdan Frusina, founder of Dejero. “We look forward to continuing our support of CBC/Radio-Canada as it transitions to IP workflows and completes its groundbreaking project in Montreal.”

This announcement comes on the back of a successful year for Dejero that saw the company being awarded a second prestigious Technology and Engineering Emmy® Award recognizing its innovation in the industry, thanks to its Smart Blending Technology and unique hybrid encoding approach. Last year, Dejero was awarded its first Technology and Engineering Emmy® Award for 'excellence in engineering creativity', honoring a decade of achievements in the field of live transmission driven by its vision of reliable connectivity anywhere.

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GRAVITY MEDIA TAKES OVER STAGE 5 AT MELBOURNE DOCKLANDS STUDIOS Posted: 30/01/2020
GRAVITY MEDIA TAKES OVER STAGE 5 AT MELBOURNE DOCKLANDS STUDIOS

Gravity Media, the leading global provider of complex live broadcast facilities and production services to content owners, creators and distributors, has agreed the long-term licensing of Stage 5 at Docklands Studios Melbourne. The 750m2 sound stage is equipped for entertainment, game, panel, lifestyle, live-audience television shows, commercial shoots and events. The decision to take on the large site is part of Gravity Media’s plan to extend its local service offering and also meet growing demand for high-end studio space from content creators.

A key attraction with Stage 5 is its location, just five minutes from the centre of Melbourne, which is widely considered the screen and arts capital of Australia. The facility is ideal for all types of productions. It can hold an audience of up to 400 people and has many of the features of a traditional television studio with a sound attenuation of 50dB(a), motorised lighting hoists, silent air-conditioning and a super flat epoxy floor for camera pedestals. It also comes with eight dressing rooms, an audience holding area and production space.

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Royal Opera House Prepares for 4K Live Broadcasts with Megahertz Posted: 13/11/2019
Royal Opera House Prepares for 4K Live Broadcasts with Megahertz

Megahertz Ltd., the trusted partner for systems integration with years of experience in delivering cost effective, imaginative designs and solutions for fixed and mobile applications, has completed a UHD/HDR production facility upgrade at one of the most prestigious performance and arts venues in the world; The Royal Opera House (ROH) in London’s Covent Garden.

The ROH has been streaming live ballet and opera performances to cinema audiences around the world since 2008. By making a move to ultra-high definition (UHD), initially for recordings and ultimately for live relays, ROH remains at the forefront of high quality 'live to cinema' performance.

Equipped to meet current high-end production standards and emerging new broadcast standards, the newly fitted £800k Media Suite consists of a full UHD/HDR production gallery and engineering room, which now boasts a tapeless workflow, intelligent network control system, improved recording and playout facilities, 4K monitor wall, state-of-the-art vision mixer, bespoke production desks and enhanced camera talkback system.

Following a rigorous tender process, ROH selected Megahertz to supply the turn-key solution not only to future-proof the facility, but also simplify operations for the varying production crews that use it. Megahertz worked collaboratively with ROH, providing a range of services from consultancy to design, construction/interior design liaison, sourcing of equipment, integration, and installation. Steve Zissler, ROH Sound & Broadcast manager and Peter Byram, Broadcast Consultant canvassed opinions from the freelance broadcast staff, ensuring the design met the users’ requirements.

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NAB Show New York: Xytech Now Shipping Latest Updates to MediaPulse 2019 Posted: 04/10/2019
NAB Show New York: Xytech Now Shipping Latest Updates to MediaPulse 2019

Xytech, the leader in facility management software for the broadcast, studio, media services and video transmission industries, is showcasing several major updates to its MediaPulse product line, now shipping, during NAB Show New York at booth N823 in the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, Oct. 16–17.

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Imagine Communications Upgrades Playout at Australias Largest Managed Media Services Provider, NPC Media Posted: 13/09/2019
Imagine Communications Upgrades Playout at Australias Largest Managed Media Services Provider, NPC Media

Imagine Communications has been selected by NPC Media Pty Ltd, a venture formed between Australia’s largest commercial broadcasters, Seven (ASX:SWM) and Nine (ASX:NEC), to provide an extensive infrastructure upgrade of the National Playout Centre (NPC) in Sydney, Australia.

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Plymouth Marjon University chooses Altered Images for radio and TV facility Posted: 11/07/2019
Plymouth Marjon University chooses Altered Images for radio and TV facility

Leading technology supplier, Altered Images, has been chosen to supply and install a complete radio and TV facility at Plymouth Marjon University. The new facility will be located on the old BBC South West villa site at Plymouth and will house the latest technology for the university’s production and journalism courses. It will feature industry-standard equipment that students are likely to experience in professional studios and newsrooms, with clever media workflows allowing students to focus on storytelling and multi-platform publishing.

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Megahertz Wins Large-Scale IP infrastructure Project for Major US Broadcaster Posted: 22/05/2019
Megahertz Wins Large-Scale IP infrastructure Project for Major US Broadcaster
Megahertz Ltd, the trusted partner for systems integration with years of experience in delivering cost effective, imaginative designs and solutions for fixed and mobile applications, has been appointed by a large American news-based broadcaster to implement, build, test and deliver the IP workflows supporting its large-scale London offices and European HQ relocation to Old Street in Central London.
Tags: Megahertz | IP infrastructure | US Broadcaster | London | design and integration services | all-IP production facility | production | contribution | studio programmes | ENG support | film crews | editing | Jon Flay | MKM Marcomms | MKM Marketing Communications
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Shaping the Future of Broadcast Riedel and tpc Collaborate on Innovative Full-IP Broadcast Facility Posted: 11/04/2019
Shaping the Future of Broadcast and ndash; Riedel and tpc Collaborate on Innovative Full-IP Broadcast Facility
Riedel Communications and tpc, an SRG subsidiary and Swiss broadcast technology leader, today announced their collaboration in the development of Project Metechno, Switzerland's first full-IP broadcast facility. Located in the Leutschenbach district of Zurich, the new campus for the Swiss public broadcasters SRG, SRF, and tpc is set to open in autumn 2019. The IP technology beacon project will include several studios, postproduction facilities, a new MCR, and a centralized playout center — all based on a full-IP infrastructure that unites intercom, audio, and video.
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Nonprofit Veterans-TV Prepares to Launch Free TV Production Training for Vets and Their Families Posted: 22/01/2019
Nonprofit Veterans-TV Prepares to Launch Free TV Production Training for Vets and Their Families
Newly formed 501(c)3 nonprofit Veterans-TV Inc. (VETV, www.veterans-tv.org) is preparing to launch hands-on professional television production training courses for veterans of the U.S. armed forces, law enforcement veterans, and firefighters who have lost their employment due to injury or attrition. VETV is creating a mobile classroom within Denali Gold, a remote production truck donated to the cause by NEP, and will provide courses in cities across the U.S. when integration of donated broadcast equipment is complete.
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Stephan Heimbecher Joins Imagine Communications from Sky Deutschland Posted: 27/11/2018
Stephan Heimbecher Joins Imagine Communications from Sky Deutschland

Imagine Communications has appointed Stephan Heimbecher as its new international director of consulting services, based out of Munich, Germany. Heimbecher joins Imagine Communications from Sky Deutschland, where he spent the last 16 years at the helm of innovation and standards for the German media company.

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Nick Cooke Mastering Opens In Somerset With A White Mark Designed Mastering Room Posted: 19/11/2018
Nick Cooke Mastering Opens In Somerset With A White Mark Designed Mastering Room
Musician and mastering engineer Nick Cooke has opened a state of the art mastering facility in Wrington, near Bristol, which is now the base for his new enterprise, Nick Cooke Mastering.
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Atresmedia Boosts its Playout Facilities with New Disaster Recovery from Imagine Communications Posted: 31/08/2018
Atresmedia Boosts its Playout Facilities with New Disaster Recovery from Imagine Communications

Leading Spanish commercial broadcaster Atresmedia, home of Antena 3 and other popular entertainment channels, has complemented its existing Imagine Communications Versio™ integrated playout installation by deploying a Versio-based disaster recovery playout centre. The new backup facility maintains tight synchronisation with the primary playout centre to ensure instant and seamless failover should it be necessary.

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