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CampusLore adopts Quicklink for NFL and NBA athlete discussions Posted: 26/05/2020
CampusLore adopts Quicklink for NFL and NBA athlete discussions

CampusLore, a platform for a pro-players’ take on the US College game that creates original video content with professional athletes, has adopted Quicklink for NFL and NBA athlete content creation.

The first content series developed by CampusLore using the Quicklink solution is CL Live. CL Live is a weekly NBA/NCAA college basketball show featuring current NBA players Georges Niang (Utah Jazz ) and Monte Morris (Denver Nuggets), who discuss and breakdown a variety of topics about college basketball and the NBA.

 

 

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Pixotope supercharges the Super Bowl with ambitious live mixed reality production Posted: 06/03/2020
Pixotope supercharges the Super Bowl with ambitious live mixed reality production

The Future Group, provider of live photo-realistic virtual production system, Pixotope™, has revealed its key involvement in the stunning production and delivery of the NFL’s ground-breaking Super Bowl LIV, mixed reality pre-game presentation. The complex, seven-minute production combined live action from multiple moving cameras with augmented virtual stages and graphics. The 2020 Super Bowl was watched by an estimated domestic audience of 100 million people, plus international viewers.

The Future Group provided six installations of its virtual production platform, Pixotope, along with essential technical expertise to liaise with all other aspects of the multi-faceted production.

As an opener to the Super Bowl LIV, NFL planned to reveal its “100 All Time Team”. They approached fan experience company– coincidently named, The Famous Group – to design and choreograph the pre-show content. The brief was to celebrate the history of the sport and the contribution of those 100 players and 10 coaches, using graphics, historical film and live shots of attendees. The Famous Group looked to achieve this through extensive use of mixed reality virtual elements, and selected Pixotope, with expertise from The Future Group, as their technological solution.

The complexities of such a project cannot be overstated. Multiple virtual assets such as stages and screens needed to be designed to exactly match the stadium environment to which they would be augmented. Cameras needed to be tracked in real time and have their lenses aligned so that the virtual elements would be generated at precisely the right angle to accurately match real-world positions. Lighting needed to be measured so that it could be simulated in the virtual world to ensure correct shadows and highlights.

In-stadium screens, which would show the augmented content to the crowd, had to be accurately marked out in the virtual scene so that they could be blocked out to avoid visual “feedback”. All this had to take place under precise time control to synchronise with the voice-over and contributing performers in the stadium.

Pixotope product specialist, David Stroud, was part of a team of experienced mixed reality technicians, helping to specify and install the required technology, and bring together all the constituent departments. The Future Group team were involved from the outset, initially collaborating using a shared virtual project to provide technical assistance for The Famous Group creatives. Then later, the team positioned themselves at the Hard Rock Stadium, Miami FL, where the main event would take place 11 days later.

David Stroud recalled, “Although the virtual scene had been set up “offline” from scans and measurements from the stadium, there are inevitably adjustments that can only be done on site. We used our Pixotope virtual production platform to receive images and tracking data from each of the cameras, one of which was a Skycam “wire-camera”, and augment onto those the virtual elements designed by The Famous Group. This allowed everyone to see the results in real time, making adjustments and improvements as we rehearsed the show in the days leading up to the Super Bowl.”

Stroud continued, “We helped the camera operators visualise how the preshow would come together, as understandably, they were more used to following the unscripted action of a football game than reacting to very specific time cues. Pixotope has the capability to continuously output the final result, even while editing the graphics – a great tool for directors following rapid changes and updates because it’s always live.

“We also worked closely with camera tracking specialists SMT, and in fact, we were able to improve our data exchanges to further perfect the virtual camera motion. And we worked with both the broadcaster (Fox) and the companies providing in-stadium displays to ensure the very highest visual quality possible.”

Andrew Isaacson, Executive VP Business Development for creative agency The Famous Group affirms, “Needless to say, the best creative ideas rely on solid technological platforms and expertise to deliver them. This could not be truer for a live event on the scale of The Super Bowl. We needed to know, without any shadow of a doubt, that what we planned would be delivered faultlessly, accurately and to the highest quality. This is why we chose Pixotope as our platform for delivering cutting edge mixed reality for the Super Bowl.

“Having used Pixotope on previous productions, we know that the system, and expertise from The Future Group, allow our creative ideas to be unleashed to the great benefit of our clients like the NFL. We look forward to working on many more productions with Pixotope.”

All hardware was provided by Quince Imaging and camera tracking was completed by SMT. The final mixed reality sequence can be viewed online, here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FqXBKweKQ9U

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NINETNINE and Samira TV Launch Original Cooking Show with top French-Arab Influencers Posted: 10/02/2020
NINETNINE and Samira TV Launch Original Cooking Show with top French-Arab Influencers

NINETNINE, the leading content provider to Cable and OTT platforms, has partnered with Samira TV, an Arabic channel available in Middle-East, North Africa and France, which specializes in cooking TV shows focusing on local cuisine. The two companies have produced the first French-Arab TV show, ‘Ezawj Errahal’ presented by French travel and food social media influencers Salim and Linda, known as “the traveling lovers” (Les Amoureux Voyageurs).

The 13-episode series launches on 14th February on Samira TV and will also be available on-demand and via OTT on Le Bouquet Maghreb, the leading Arabic TV package in France. The unique format will deliver an exciting, new TV cooking concept that will take viewers on a culinary trip around the world, allowing them to learn simple, original and mouthwatering recipes created by Salim and Linda while on their adventures.

Salim and Linda were the winners of the French popular TV competition format Pékin Express, which aired on M6 and attracted multi-million daily viewers. They became social media superstars and decided to travel the globe to meet people, discover new cultures and share their stories.

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Extreme Networks Stakes Leadership Position with Increased Momentum in Red-Hot Esports Market Posted: 20/09/2019
Extreme Networks Stakes Leadership Position with Increased Momentum in Red-Hot Esports Market
Esports has reached a tipping point in its expansion from niche gatherings to large-scale, mainstream events and ongoing programs produced, hosted, and sponsored by major institutions. Thirty million in total prize money was awarded at this year’s Fortnite World Cup tournament where a 15-year-old teenager from London placed second and became a millionaire overnight. Today, Extreme Networks, Inc. (Nasdaq: EXTR): reported strong momentum in the esports segment it serves – a lucrative and growing market that is spreading to schools all over the world, as primary and secondary schools and colleges increasingly use esports to recruit, engage, and retain students.
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Insight TV Announces Co-Production with VICE Studios for Streetkings in Jail Posted: 15/08/2019
Insight TV Announces Co-Production with VICE Studios for Streetkings in Jail
Insight TV, the world’s leading 4K UHD HDR broadcaster and producer of native UHD content, is announcing details of its gritty new series Streetkings in Jail, a co-production with VICE Studios, the production company from VICE. Featuring 4 x 44 minute episodes, Streetkings in Jail will launch on Insight TV on September 10th.
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Project Parking and Workspace Tools simplify storage management Posted: 05/04/2019
Project Parking and Workspace Tools simplify storage management
Marquis Broadcast’s Avid Platform Certified Project Parking tool is the industry gold-standard for Avid storage management and project portability, providing project analytics, visualisation, management and archiving. It has been updated with a new dashboard feature, enabling usage tracking for Marquis Workspace Tools and Project Parking systems, which is especially useful for multi-site companies, helping to monitor their data usage. The latest version of Project Parking also adds S3 AWS server-side encryption support, delivering seamless management for Avid ISIS or NEXIS storage. In addition, it provides support for retrieval from Amazon Glacier cloud storage, helping to reduce the costs of hybrid cloud post production.
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GB Labs IDA and Mosaic Automatic Asset Organizer announced as IABM BaM Awards NAB 2019 Finalists Posted: 26/03/2019
GB Labs IDA and Mosaic Automatic Asset Organizer announced as IABM BaM Awards  NAB 2019 Finalists

GB Labs today announced that its InFlight-Data Acceleration (IDA) technology and Mosaic automatic asset organizer have been shortlisted as finalists in the IABM BaM Awards® 2019.

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Marquis Broadcast to demonstrate Fotonflite at BVE 2019 Posted: 11/02/2019
Marquis Broadcast to demonstrate Fotonflite at BVE 2019
Marquis Broadcast will be exhibiting its latest secure transfer system, Fotonflite™, at BVE, ExCeL, London (26-28 February 2019, booth G30-Pod5). Fotonflite is a high-performance, secure, ‘on-the-fly’, point-to-point transfer system for Avid® Media Composer® projects and media workspaces. It is available as an option within the Project Parking and Workflow Tools family of products and allows files to be moved between source Avid NEXIS®/ISIS® systems and a range of target storage types, including Avid, generic and proprietary storage, allowing remote servers to be configured as if they were local.
Tags: Marquis Broadcast | BVE | BVE 2019 | Fotonflite | Avid | editing | projects | workflow | ISIS | NEXIS | production | nearline | storage | Interplay | metadata | BVE 2019 | BVE 2019
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Marquis Broadcast demonstrates latest project integration, backup and cloud developments at IBC 2018 Posted: 24/08/2018
Marquis Broadcast demonstrates latest project integration, backup and cloud developments at IBC 2018

Marquis Broadcast will showcase its world-class disaster recovery and business continuity tools at IBC (stand 7.D39) this September, including the new Fotonflite™ secure transfer system. The company will also showcase its Interplay Metadata Export Tool (IMET) in Europe for the first time, which enables customers to take an Avid® Interplay® project and media metadata and export it, along with developments in its Project Parking, Medway and Edit Bridge solutions. In addition to the Marquis stand, visitors to IBC will be able to explore Marquis Broadcast’s products on the nearby IBM stand (7.B25), with Medway media integrations between Avid and IBM Cloud Object Storage and Fotonflite based project workflows within Marquis’s Avid-certified Workspace Tools suite.

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Marquis Broadcast Launches Fotonflite Secure Transfer System Posted: 25/07/2018
Marquis Broadcast Launches Fotonflite Secure Transfer System
Marquis Broadcast has launched Fotonflite™ – a high-performance, secure ‘on-the-fly’, point-to-point transfer system for Avid Media Composer projects and media workspaces. It allows files to be moved between source Avid ISIS/NEXIS systems and a range of target storage types, including Avid, generic and proprietary storage. Fotonflite™ is unique in its ability to directly connect and securely synchronise live Avid ISIS/NEXIS systems, especially with Avid work-in-progress, and is ideal for connecting production centres over the internet, for example, Pinewood and Hollywood.
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Dejero and Draganfly Partner to Provide High Quality Realtime Video Transport from the Skies Posted: 10/07/2018
Dejero and Draganfly Partner to Provide High Quality Realtime Video Transport from the Skies

Dejero, an innovator in cloud-managed solutions that provide video transport and Internet connectivity while mobile or in remote locations, has formed a technology partnership with Canadian-based sUAS (small Unmanned Aircraft System) industry experts, Draganfly Innovations Inc. The collaboration sees Draganfly’s Commander UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) quadcopter bundled together with the Dejero EnGo mobile transmitter—providing real-time video transport from the air. In addition, the companies’ combined expert knowledge will bring new and innovative solutions and services to Dejero’s broadcast customers and Draganfly’s customers across the many industry verticals they serve.

Tags: Dejero | Draganfly | sUAS | UAV | quadcopter | EnGo | real-time video | wireless camera | high endurance | mobile transmitter | Kevin Fernandes | Zenon Dragan | MKM Marcomms | MKM Marketing Communications
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Carolina Panthers Upgrade to Grass Valley Router for More Efficient, Flexible Game Day Broadcasting Posted: 11/04/2018
Carolina Panthers Upgrade to Grass Valley Router for More Efficient, Flexible Game Day Broadcasting

At every home game, the Carolina Panthers broadcasting team, based at the Bank of America stadium, delivers the high-quality footage, highlights and replays their fans expect. Even after game day, the team compiles highlight packages for local TV stations and supports additional events taking place at the stadium. To enhance its broadcast initiatives on and off season, the Panthers organization utilizes the K2 Dyno Replay System powered by the K2 Summit 3G production server, K2 Fast Storage and NVISION 8140 Hybrid router from Grass Valley, a Belden Brand.

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SAM to Demonstrate Combined News and Sports Leadership at New Yorks SVG Summit and NewsTECH Forum Posted: 11/12/2017
SAM to Demonstrate Combined News and Sports Leadership at New Yorks SVG Summit and NewsTECH Forum

SAM (Snell Advanced Media) today announces that it will demonstrate leadership in sports and news video production and distribution through taking part in both SVG Summit and NewsTECH Forum events in New York, December 11-12.

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INSIGHT TV SIGNS GLOBAL SOCIAL INFLUENCERS THE F2 FREESTYLERS AND COMMISSIONS FOOTBALL REALITY SHOW Posted: 23/05/2017
INSIGHT TV SIGNS GLOBAL SOCIAL INFLUENCERS  THE F2 FREESTYLERS AND COMMISSIONS FOOTBALL REALITY SHOW

INSIGHT TV, the worlds largest producer and broadcaster of adventure travel and extreme sports genres in true, unscripted 4K UHD, has commissioned a major new football reality show Lost in Europe, starring global social influencers the F2 Freestylers. With over five and a half million YouTube subscribers (F2 Freestylers Ultimate Soccer Skills Channel) and more than four million Instagram followers (thef2), the F2 Freestylers, made up of British football super stars Billy Wingrove and Jeremy Lynch, are huge social media celebrities. The show, which will launch in 4K UHD on INSIGHT TV in October 2017, is being produced by Renowned Films. INSIGHT

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Cablevisin Argentina deploys machine learning for personalized TV with ContentWise latest solution Posted: 20/04/2017
Cablevisin Argentina deploys machine learning for personalized TV with ContentWise latest solution

ContentWise, the personalization, discovery, analytics and metadata expert, today announced that Cablevisin Argentina (CVA) has successfully deployed  the ContentWise personalization system in Cablevisin Flow, its new suite of multiscreen television services as part of its drive to provide new, next-generation services to its customers.

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