New World Symphony Prepares for a 4K Future with HITACHI Cameras

Date: 05/10/2016
New World Symphony Prepares for a 4K Future with HITACHI Cameras

Hitachi Kokusai Electric America Ltd. (Hitachi Kokusai) has partnered with New World Symphony, an orchestral academy based in Miami Beach, to help transition the live production of its world-renowned outdoor WALLCAST¢ concert experiences and other productions to native 4K UHD resolution. 

Along with Christie projectors, the HITACHI SK-UHD4000 cameras represent the first phase of an end-to-end 4K video infrastructure upgrade at the New World Center, campus of the New World Symphony. The multi-format capabilities of the Hitachi cameras will allow the NWS production team to operate the cameras in 1080p HD mode until the remaining infrastructure, including routing and switching gear, is upgraded to 4K.

The seasonal WALLCAST¢ concerts, which this year begin October 15, aim to attract and engage new audiences for classical music. Projected live on a 100x70-foot section of the building fa§ade, spectators enjoy a mix of unique performances from New World Symphony Fellows and globally-recognized musicians in the open air space of the adjoining SoundScape Park. The performances, which take place inside New World Symphonys performance hall, will be captured by 12 SK-UHD4000 cameras and delivered to the Christie system for live projection. An immersive audio experience powered by more than 100 Meyer Sound loudspeakers complementsthe stunning video simulcasts.

While NWS WALLCAST¢ concerts will first benefit from the upgrade, numerous activities throughout the organization will also be enhanced, including its educational concerts and webcasts; recorded master classes; groundbreaking experimental music videos; image magnification at select concerts; business development events; third-party rentals of the center involving recording or webcasts; and NWS archival concert recordings. 

New World Symphony President and CEO Howard Herring notes that the HITACHI cameras excel in low-light environments, whichalong with the companys dedication to training and servicemade the SK-UHD4000 the clear winner against competitive 4K-capable cameras.

We bring video, music and theater together in our orchestral presentations, said Herring. A major advantage of the HITACHI cameras is the ability to capture all of these elements in low light. This will allow us to make our WALLCAST¢ concerts more vivid, theatrical, sophisticated and intriguing for our 3000-plus attendees at every performance. While the moviemakers of the world regularly shoot in low light, this is not yet commonplace in the orchestral world. The ability of these cameras to pristinely capture images of the performances in the theater as they happen will make these events that much more powerful.

Herring adds that Hitachi Kokusai, Christie, and other vendors involved in the first phase of its technology upgradeincluding Fujifilm (lenses) and Telemetrics (camera robotics)have been instrumental in bringing New World Symphonys future vision to life.

When we started down this 4K path, we were not only looking for machines or products; we were looking for partners, he said. All of these companies have listened carefully and addressed our goal in making a true impact on the Miami Beach community, as well as the greater orchestral community. It is not easy to adapt technology to something as specific as orchestral performance, and Hitachi Kokusai has been especially smart and creative in helping us achieve our goals. We now have a partner to help us build on our technical foundation.

Enlighten Digital of Orlando worked closely with New World Symphony to test, evaluate and design the system, with integration work handled by Blackwater Integration of nearby Lakeland, Florida. Rob Ross, president of Enlighten Digital, notes that the HITACHI SK-UHD4000 was selected after three intense shootouts with severalcompetitive cameras.

The SK-UHD4000 is a whisper-quiet cameraextremely important when capturing live orchestral performances, and this camera excelled against the competition, said Ross. In a concert hall with dramatic performances, it often comes down to one pinpoint light on the oboe players finger in a pitch-dark hall. Upon testing a recorded 4K signal magnified to 400 percent in a very dimly lit room, the HITACHI SK-UHD4000s still looked impressively pristine, with no noise in the blacks. That was a big deal, and to me one of the most amazing things youll see.

Each HITACHI camera could be configured to pass 4K video through the infrastructure today using a quad-link configuration with four BNC connections. However, both Ross and New World Symphony Director of Video Production Clyde Scott are happy to await maturation of 4K technology throughout the chain before making a full transition from HD.

The fidelity of the HITACHI SK-UHD4000 in both HD and 4K was confirmed through our tests, said Scott. Were happy to wait for a simplification of how native 4K signals are handled after acquisition, said Scott. We know there are improvements in one-wire and IP transport with evolving SMPTE standards on the way. In the meantime, our WALLCAST¢ concerts will now be broadcast quality, and will only continue to improve in the future.

The 2016-17 WALLCAST¢ season, which will comprise 11 live events, commences October 15 with an orchestral concert featuring conductor Michael Tilson Thomas and pianist Emanuel Ax. 

About Hitachi Kokusai Electric Inc.

Hitachi Kokusai Electric Inc. (TSE: 6756), headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, is a company that manufactures broadcasting systems, security and surveillance systems, wireless communications and information systems, and semiconductor manufacturing equipment. Fiscal 2015 (ended March 31, 2016) consolidated net sales totaled 180,740 million Yen ($1,604million). For more information on Hitachi Kokusai Electric Inc., please visit the company's website at http://www.hitachi-kokusai.co.jp/global/en/index.html.

About Hitachi Kokusai Electric America 

Hitachi Kokusai Electric America, Ltd. a wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi Kokusai Electric Inc., markets video cameras, digital transmission, processing and recording devices for the broadcast television, cable, video production, and industrial vision markets. For more information, please call (516) 921-7200 or visit the companys web site at http://www.hitachikokusai.us.



Tags: Hitachi | WALLCAST | cameras | HD | SK-UHD4000 | 4K UHD
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Cobalt® Digital, an industry-leading designer and manufacturer of award-winning edge devices for live video production and master control, and a founding partner in the openGear® initiative, has answered the need for handling and processing multiple video feeds with its 9905-MPx multi-channel processor. The 9905-MPx is a next-generation advanced scaler/frame openGear synchronizer developed in direct response to customer needs for a single module that supports four independent signal paths. The card was highlighted during a press briefing held virtually on October 6th and hosted by Suzana Brady, Cobalt’s SVP Worldwide Sales & Marketing, who noted that the 9905-MPx was developed in response to customer requests for increased density, unprecedented multi-input support, and enhanced flexibility. The event also featured presentations by Dr. Ciro Noronha, EVP of Engineering, and Ryan Wallenberg, VP of Engineering. The 9905-MPx, an audio/video processor for baseband digital signals, is capable of handling up to four independent 3G signals in a single, dense, cost-effective package that provides all common broadcast processing functions without any quality compromises. The card includes individual up/down/cross conversion scalers that are specifically designed for broadcast video formats, with full ARC control suitable for conversions to/from 4:3 and 16:9 aspect ratios. The multi-path design offers discrete AES and MADI audio embedding/routing/mixing/de-embedding to any of the four processing paths. Standard 3D LUT features and available color correction accommodate SDR and HDR processing for downstream HDR systems, on a per-channel basis. The card also supports per-channel logo insertion, as well as ancillary data insertion/extraction.

Tags: Cobalt Digital | Cobalt’s 9971 | Multiviewer | openGear | 9971-MV6-4K | 9904-UDX-4K HDR | Ultra-Low Latency Mode | Encoder | 9992-ENC | BBG-1300-FR Mini openGear | 9905-MPx | Cobalt Digital’s 12G | Chris Shaw | encoders | decoders | 3G-SDI Models | RIST technology | Dr. Ciro Noronha | 9926
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EditShare Continues Expanding Its Global Business Posted: 12/10/2021
EditShare Continues Expanding Its Global Business

EditShare®, a technology leader that delivers software solutions enabling storytellers to create and manage collaborative media workflows, is once again expanding its rapidly growing business, which has recorded back to back Q2/Q3 record quarters and year over year revenue increase, to better serve its customers and channel partners with key hires in sales, sales operations, and service assurance.

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Hella Mega Tour Delivered by ATEM Live Production Workflow Posted: 12/10/2021
Hella Mega Tour Delivered by ATEM Live Production Workflow

The Hella Mega Tour, a joint tour by the bands Green Day, Fall Out Boy and Weezer, used several Blackmagic Design products to produce the images for the big screens and video backdrops. The concerts took place at Major League Baseball Association's stadiums, including Wrigley Field, Fenway Park and Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles.

Tags: Blackmagic Design | Hella Mega Tour | Green Day | Fall Out Boy | Weezer
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Leader Announces New Features for LVB440 IP Analyzer Posted: 12/10/2021
Leader Announces New Features for LVB440 IP Analyzer

Leader Electronics announces new additions to the capabilities of its LVB440 IP analyzer. Four new features are now available as standard: LVB440-SER22 - JPEG XS SMPTE ST.2110-22 compression analysis; Closed captioning measurement; Support for 7.1 surround sound, 5.1 surround sound and mix-down to stereo pair; Rolling packet capture measurement.

Tags: Leader Instruments | video test equipment | audio test equipment | video waveform monitors | 12G waveform monitors | 12G video analyzers | IP video analysers | video noise meters | HDR test equipment | true-hybrid test equipment | Hi-Vision test equipment
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Overwhelming response to FilmLight Colour Awards Posted: 12/10/2021
Overwhelming response to FilmLight Colour Awards

The first-ever FilmLight Colour Awards has received an enthusiastic welcome from professionals across the imaging industry.

While the awards programme has been initiated by FilmLight, the awards are platform-agnostic and open to users of any grading system, from juniors to veterans, independents or those representing large global facilities.

Tags: FilmLight | Colour Awards | EnergaCAMERIMAGE | Jacqueline Loran | creative | imaging | colour grading | colourist | Eben Bolter | Jet Omoshebi | Beatriz Pineda | judging | winners | global | MKM Marcomms | MKM Marketing Communications | Bradford Young | Danny Cohen
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DHD.audio Mixing Consoles Go On Air at Radio Flamingo Posted: 12/10/2021
DHD.audio Mixing Consoles Go On Air at Radio Flamingo

DHD.audio mixing consoles have been chosen for the newly launched Radio Flamingo channel operating from studios at the headquarters of Antenne Steiermark Regionalradio in Graz, Austria. The project includes a 10-fader SX2 console, two TX compact multitouch consoles and an XC2 core processor with built-in Dante audio-over-IP connectivity.

Tags: DHD.audio GmbH | digital audio studio equipment | digital audio systems | digital audio mixers | broadcast control room systems | DJ-operated radio studio systems | OB truck audio systems | audio routing and talkback matrices | audio-over-IP interfaces
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ATEME Joins Google Cloud Partner Advantage Program to Promote Cloud Solutions to its Joint Customer Base Posted: 12/10/2021
ATEME Joins Google Cloud Partner Advantage Program to Promote Cloud Solutions to its Joint Customer Base

ATEME, a leader in video delivery solutions for broadcast, cable TV, DTH, IPTV and OTT, has announced it has joined the Google Cloud Partner Advantage Program. By joining the Google Cloud Partner Advantage Program, ATEME will empower the tools and technology needed to accelerate cloud deployments designed to meet customer’s business goals faster.

Tags: ATEME | Broadcast | Google | Cloud
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Clear-Com and Ampco Flashlight Sales Give Theater-Enthusiasts New View of Internationaal Theater Amsterdam Stage Productions Posted: 12/10/2021
Clear-Com and Ampco Flashlight Sales Give Theater-Enthusiasts New  View of Internationaal Theater Amsterdam Stage Productions

Live streaming a stage production is not a new approach, but Internationaal Theater Amsterdam (ITA) is adding its own unique twist, with help from Clear-Com’®s Eclipse® HX Digital Matrix, FreeSpeak II® Digital Wireless Intercom and HelixNet® Digital Network Partyline systems, designed and supported by Dutch Clear-Com partner Ampco Flashlight Sales.

Tags: Clear-Com | Eclipse® HX Digital Matrix | FreeSpeak II® Digital Wireless Intercom | HelixNet® Digital Network Partyline systems | Live Events | Broadcast
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IHSE USAs Focus at InfoComm Features Real-Time KVM Workflow Solutions for Remote and Local Operations Posted: 11/10/2021
IHSE USAs Focus at InfoComm Features Real-Time KVM Workflow Solutions for Remote and Local Operations

IHSE USA today announced that it will be showcasing its latest KVM (keyboard, video, and mouse) solutions in booth 3955 at InfoComm 2021, taking place Oct. 27-29 in Orlando, Florida. To meet the demand for high-resolution video in large control rooms at government and commercial facilities, the company will highlight its Draco MultiView 4K60 processor, Draco tera flex series KVM matrix systems, Draco vario ultra DisplayPort 1.1 dual-head extender, and Draco vario ultra HDMI 2.0 extenders.

Tags: IHSE USA LLC | KVM Solutions | InfoComm 2021 | KVM | HDMI 2.0 | Multiviewer 4K
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