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Pixotope Version 1.4 unleashes creative functionality of Unreal Engine 4.25 for photo-realistic mixed reality Posted: 19/10/2020
Pixotope Version 1.4 unleashes creative functionality of Unreal Engine 4.25 for photo-realistic mixed reality

The Future Group, creators of live photo-realistic virtual production system Pixotope®, today announced it has introduced version 1.4 of the software. This includes full support for Unreal Engine version 4.25, as well as other improvements around connectivity and workflows.

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Ideal Systems Powers Cloud-Based Remote Productions across Asia with Dejero Reliable Connectivity Solutions Posted: 15/10/2020
Ideal Systems Powers Cloud-Based Remote Productions across Asia with Dejero and rsquo;s Reliable Connectivity Solutions

Dejero is providing Asia’s leading media and technology services company, Ideal Systems and its live broadcast and production division, ‘Ideal LIVE’, with the robust connectivity required to produce high quality live coverage of major events in the cloud.

Tags: Dejero | Ideal Systems | Updesh Singh | Fintan Mc Kiernan | Sofiyant Neo | Ideal LIVE | Malaysian Football League | Smart Blending Technology | cloud-based | Asia | live coverage | EnGo | MKM Marcomms | MKM Marketing Communications
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Discovery Taps Imagine to Take Ad Management to the Cloud Posted: 30/09/2020
Discovery Taps Imagine to Take Ad Management to the Cloud

Imagine Communications, which helps broadcasters, content owners, MVPDs and vMVPDs make and monetize TV, today announced that Discovery Sweden and Finland have transitioned to the latest cloud-based release of Landmark™ Sales operated by Imagine’s Managed Service. Discovery will benefit from reduced infrastructure costs, increased performance and improved management of linear airtime sales across a diverse advertising ecosystem. Imagine’s turnkey, cloud-based advertising management solution enables Discovery’s ad operations team to focus on core business priorities and maximize sales without the burden of managing underlying technical complexity.

Tags: Imagine Communications | Discovery | Landmark Sales | managed service | infrastructure | Ross Goodall | AutoBook engine | Mark Senecal | xG GamePlan | ad sales | multiple platforms | maximise revenue | MKM Marcomms | MKM Marketing Communications
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Euro Media Group Standardizes on Selenio Network Processor for Unique, Large-Scale Modular Live Production Architecture Posted: 09/09/2020
Euro Media Group Standardizes on Selenio Network Processor for Unique, Large-Scale Modular Live Production Architecture

Euro Media Group S.A (EMG), Europe’s leading provider of media facilities and services, has taken a unique, modular approach to implementing standardized IP technology across its organization with the development of diPloy (formerly Objective 2020). Designed with the largest sports events in mind, diPloy allows EMG to quickly create powerful, scalable live production architectures from preconfigured IP modules.

Tags: Imagine Communications | Euro Media Group | EMG | Selenio Network Processor | SNP | IP technology | diPloy | live production | SMPTE ST 2110 | Timo Koch | IP connectivity | Mathias Eckert | video production | MKM Marketing Communications
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Argosy Adds Boston Stream+ Encoder to Active Hardware Range for Large-Scale Ultra-Density Video Encoding Posted: 25/08/2020
Argosy Adds Boston Stream+ Encoder to Active Hardware Range for Large-Scale Ultra-Density Video Encoding

Argosy, a leading international supplier of broadcast cables and infrastructure products, has announced it has added the powerful 1RU Stream+ encoder to its active hardware range, bringing this large-scale, ultra-density video encoding device to the broadcast market for the first time. As a result, Argosy has now become an official ‘channel reseller’ for British technology specialist Boston Limited.

Tags: Argosy | Boston Limited | Stream+ | encoder | Josh Simons | Manoj Nayee | hardware | video encoder | infrastructure | channel reseller | broadcast | cables | power management | switches | MKM Marcomms | MKM Marketing Communications
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Dejero helps NBA 2K League Shift Third Season to Large-Scale Remote Production during Pandemic Posted: 20/08/2020
Dejero helps NBA 2K League Shift Third Season to Large-Scale Remote Production during Pandemic

Dejero has provided the NBA 2K League with a variety of remote connectivity equipment, via Defacto Entertainment and facilities partner Dome Productions, to help the professional esports league save its third season threatened by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic that prevented its 23 teams from gaming together in the league’s new Manhattan studio. The esports league shifted its entire season 3 production from a studio-based model to a large-scale pan-North-America remote gameplay production model in record time, with the help of Dejero.

Tags: Dejero | NBA | 2K League | Third Season | pandemic | COVID-19 | esports | remote gameplay | North America | Defacto Entertainment | Dome Productions | Manhattan studio | Chris Mitchell | Smart Blending Technology | SportsNet | Brian Carr | MKM Marketing Communications
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Dejero Announces New European Channel Partnerships Posted: 05/08/2020
Dejero Announces New European Channel Partnerships

Dejero has brought onboard new European partners in Ireland, Hungary and Portugal, strengthening its market presence and local support offering. The company’s expanding network of regional channel partners will enable Dejero to provide its full range of solutions and services in support of the delivery of mission-critical live video and real-time data to European broadcast and media organizations, as well as other organizations that need reliable connectivity.

“As we continue to grow in the European market, we’re seeing increased demand for our connectivity solutions in a number of untapped geographical and vertical markets, as well as demand for on-the-ground support,” said Rob Waters, Dejero’s director of sales for EMEA. “These new partnerships bring in very local and experienced representation and prove our commitment to address the needs of our European customers.”

 

Tags: Dejero | European | channel partners | Ireland | Hungary | Portugal | commitment | customer support | mission-critical | live video | broadcast | media organisations | reliable connectivity | Rob Waters | Bonifacio Ribeiro | MKM Marketing Communications
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The Future Group Unveils Significant Mixed Reality Advances in Pixotope Version 1.3 Posted: 23/07/2020
The Future Group Unveils Significant Mixed Reality Advances in Pixotope Version 1.3

The Future Group, creators of live photo-realistic virtual production system Pixotope®, today unveils its latest Version 1.3 software featuring a wide range of advances that significantly improve how virtual environments interact with real-world elements.

Pixotope enables the production of mixed-reality (MR) content by bringing together physical components such as presenters, actors, props and free-moving cameras, with virtually created assets such as scenes, graphics, animated characters, or any other computer-generated elements. Pixotope forms the central production hub when creating mixed-reality content for broadcast and live events, with Version 1.3 offering new object tracking, powerful lighting integration, enhanced colour management and more.

 

Tags: The Future Group | Pixotope | Version 1.3 | virtual elements | object tracking | virtual production | mixed-reality | Oystein Larsen | lighting control | colour management | Unreal game engine | Marcus Blom Brodersen | MKM Marcomms | MKM Marketing Communications
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Dejero Releases Latest Core Software to Boost its Video Transport Solutions and Streamline Live Video Workflows Posted: 15/07/2020
Dejero Releases Latest Core Software to Boost its Video Transport Solutions and Streamline Live Video Workflows

Dejero, an innovator in cloud-managed solutions that provide Emmy® award winning video transport and Internet connectivity while mobile or in remote locations, has announced the latest version of its Core software. Core 5.4 will benefit those who use Dejero’s video transport solutions, including the EnGo mobile transmitter, rack-mounted FlexPoint transceiver, PathWay encoder and WayPoint receiver. Core software runs on all Dejero transmitters, encoders, transceivers and receivers, and includes proprietary Smart Blending Technology that enhances the reliability of the connection paths, expands coverage, and delivers greater bandwidth. It’s unique hardware/software Hybrid Encoding Technology delivers high-quality video even in the most challenging bandwidth-constrained scenarios.

Tags: Dejero | core software | video transport solutions | live video workflows | stream encryptions | Core 5.4 | EnGo | mobile transmitter | FlexPoint | PathWay | WayPoint | Smart Blending Technology | Yvonne Monterroso | MKM Marketing Communications
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Dejero LivePlus Mobile App Revolutionizes San Diego KFMB-TV Emergency Reporting Posted: 30/06/2020
Dejero LivePlus Mobile App Revolutionizes San Diego and rsquo;s KFMB-TV Emergency Reporting

Dejero, an innovator in cloud-managed solutions that provide Emmy® award winning video transport and Internet connectivity while mobile or in remote locations, has provided San Diego TV station KFMB-TV, also known as CBS 8, with over 60 Dejero LivePlus mobile apps to support the broadcaster’s emergency news coverage strategy. The LivePlus app, which is downloadable to smartphones and tablets, has allowed KFMB-TV to deliver incredible live footage from the recent Black Lives Matter rallies, inside of San Diego’s recent wildfires, and to respond with agility to the broadcasting challenges of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Tags: Dejero | LivePlus | mobile app | San Diego | KFMB-TV | emergency reporting | breaking news | CBS 8 | EnGo | Kenny McGregor | Smart Blending Technology | multiple viewpoints | wild fires | Black Lives Matter | COVID-19 | MKM Marketing Communications | MKM Marcomms
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Saudi Broadcasting Authority Selects Imagine Communications to Deliver Integrated Multichannel Networking and Playout Solution Posted: 04/06/2020
Saudi Broadcasting Authority Selects Imagine Communications to Deliver Integrated Multichannel Networking and Playout Solution

Saudi Broadcasting Authority (SBA), part of the Ministry of Media in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, is replacing the playout technology for its main channels with an integrated solution from Imagine Communications. SBA, one of the most prestigious broadcasters in the Gulf region, is seeking to boost daily operational efficiency and eliminate human error for reliable and professional broadcasting.

To meet the requirements of SBA, Imagine Communications was able to propose a coherent end-to-end system covering network infrastructure, routing, monitoring, ingest, asset management and playout under ADC™ automation control, to replace the current system based on hardware from multiple vendors. The Imagine Communications proposal is largely based on software solutions running on commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) hardware, using industry-standard workstations from Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE). It includes a Platinum™ IP3 router to switch SD, HD and 3G signals, with the capability of adding real-time IP switching to support SBA’s development plans. Additionally, the IP3 router provides integrated multiviewer functionality to ensure all monitoring is handled in a space-saving frame.

Tags: Imagine Communications | Saudi Broadcasting Authority | SBA | playout solution | multichannel | centralized workflow | Hatim Abounassf | Anas Hantash | INC System Integration | Digital Studio Middle East | Tom Cotney | MKM Marketing Communications
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Dejero Supports COVID-19 Business Continuity Strategy at The Jewellery Channel Posted: 14/05/2020
Dejero Supports COVID-19 Business Continuity Strategy at The Jewellery Channel

Dejero, an innovator in cloud-managed solutions that provide Emmy® award winning video transport and Internet connectivity while mobile or in remote locations, has provided British teleshopping channel The Jewellery Channel (TJC) with EnGo mobile transmitters, a WayPoint receiver, a CuePoint return feed server and complimentary LivePlus mobile apps, that have formed a key part of the broadcaster's business continuity plan during the COVID-19 pandemic. TJC has also been using this Dejero equipment to lead a significant change in how live teleshopping is produced and broadcast.

"While we intend to continue broadcasting from our main studio in Surrey house, London, for as long as possible, we are all dependent on government policy during this extraordinary time and TJC wanted to be ready to broadcast from home if this was required," said Martin Willingham, technical director at TJC. "Dejero's technology has been a great comfort blanket for us in that scenario. As one of the main TV shopping channels in the UK, we broadcast 24/7, 365 days a year and our reputation depends on us not having technical problems. The reliability and sturdiness of the Dejero workflow has really impressed us."

Tags: Dejero | The Jewellery Channel | COVID-19 | business continuity | Smart Blending Technology | flexible remote broadcasting | EnGo | TJC | WayPoint | CuePoint | LivePlus | teleshopping | Martin Willingham | MKM Marcomms | MKM Marketing Communications
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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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Texas A and M Goes IP with Imagine Communications for Integrated Sports Production Posted: 28/04/2020
Texas A and amp;M Goes IP with Imagine Communications for Integrated Sports Production

12th Man Productions, the sports broadcast and post facility for Texas A&M University, has moved to IP connectivity to provide a common production platform for all its sports venues. A cornerstone of the new installation is the Selenio™ Network Processor (SNP) from Imagine Communications.

The A&M campus in College Station, Texas, incorporates seven sports venues, spread across the site, which host as many as 110 events a year. As well as offering broadcast outputs from any event at any location, 12th Man Productions also provides in-stadium big screen entertainment and information. The football stadium, Kyle Field, was rebuilt in 2014, and as part of that project, a central studio was planned.

Today, fiber circuits connect every field back to the Kyle Field stadium, allowing resources to be allocated to any venue dynamically. Four control rooms allow two venues to broadcast live, while also producing big screen shows at two more venues. This calls for a large number of feeds in each direction, supporting monitors, multiple digital signage networks and big screen replays, as well as feeds for home and visiting teams. There is also a need to provide for official replay facilities in many sports. All signals are handled as uncompressed HD, minimizing latency by eliminating the delays of compression math, and allowing for live remote production even when venues are 10 kilometers from the control room.

Tags: Imagine Communications | Texas A&M | SMPTE ST 2110 | 12th Man Productions | IP connectivity | SNP | Selenio Network Processor | live remote production | Zack Bacon | Cassidy Phillips | MKM Marketing Communications | MKM Marcomms
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Berlin Film Festival winners finished with Baselight Posted: 15/04/2020
Berlin Film Festival winners finished with Baselight

There is No Evil and Delete History prize winners completed at Optical Art in Germany and Color in Paris

 

At the 70th Berlinale, the 2020 Berlin Film Festival, the Golden Bear was won by There is No Evil, directed by Mohammed Rasoulof; the Silver Bear special prize went to Delete History, directed by Benoît Delépine and Gustave Kerven. Both movies depended on detailed grading and finishing on Baselight.

 

Tags: FilmLight | Baselight | Berlin Film Festival | colourist | colour grading | Berlinale | Golden Bear | Mohammed Rasoulof | Silver Bear | Benoît Delépine | Gustave Kerven | Jochen Hinrichs-Stöldt | MKM Marketing Communications
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