Pixel Power presents virtualized automation and graphics for linear and non-linear services in Asia

Date: 22/05/2019
Pixel Power presents virtualized automation and graphics for linear and non-linear services in Asia

Pixel Power is showcasing its two newest, virtualizable software products, alongside its full range of creation and playout automation systems, ideal for premium services on linear, OTT and VoD. Following its acquisition by Rohde & Schwarz in November 2018, Pixel Power, which retains its individual identity, is co-exhibiting with its parent company on stand 4T3-01.

The two new software products, being seen in Asia for the first time, are CREATE, an application for building graphics templates, and StreamMaster PRODUCE, which fulfils and delivers graphics in real time, supporting multiple channels and multiple operators.

These new products add to the solution set which is based on two technology platforms from Pixel Power: StreamMaster Media Processing and Gallium Workflow Orchestration. These platforms are constructed using a flexible function-block architecture, allowing solutions to be compiled which precisely meet the needs of each individual user, while providing the optimum use of processing power for maximum efficiency.

The architecture is completely virtualizable and can be implemented in dedicated appliances in the machine room, in a corporate data centre or in the cloud. This allows rich systems right up to full premium channel playout in the cloud to be created, that precisely suit the needs of the user. It also means that they can be easily reconfigured should those needs change, for instance to add 4k or HDR Ultra HD.

“Consumers today expect to be able to see their favourite channels on air and online, in seamless quality,” said James Gilbert, CEO of Pixel Power. “That means media companies have to turn content around very quickly from linear playout to catch-up and video on demand services, adding the appropriate branding and messaging as they do so.

“The only way to do this is with a singular approach that takes the building blocks of the channels and constructs each output perfectly,” Gilbert explained. “Our virtualizable platform is the simplest route to achieve this at any scale, allowing them to define their own workflows and deliverables, and modify and update those definitions at any time.”

Pixel Power draws on a 30 year track record of broadcast specialization, delivering playout automation and graphics excellence to broadcast and media companies wordwide. Today’s Pixel Power systems draw on modules from the two core platforms, StreamMaster and Gallium, to create solutions that are not only tailored to requirements, but available with new pricing models to suit the user’s preferences for capital or operational expenditure, such as pay-as-you-use or pay-per-feature.

Gallium PLAYOUT is an integrated, sophisticated and scalable platform for scheduling, asset management and playout automation. In association with StreamMaster DELIVER, the integrated playout engine for linear and OTT channels, it provides a coherent, scalable and infinitely flexible solution for content delivery. The platform can be implemented in the machine room, in the data center or in the cloud – or in a hybrid of all three. This is achieved through the use of identical software virtual machines so the operator and consumer see no difference in quality, performance or functionality.

The same core platforms can deliver other rich functionality, including the new StreamMaster PRODUCE, the multi-channel, multi-operator virtualizable graphics creation and playout solution, and StreamMaster BRAND, a software-defined branding and graphics playout engine for 24/7 transmission. StreamMaster DELIVER is a software-defined integrated playout engine for 24/7 linear/OTT TV using dedicated COTS servers, or virtualized in a data centre or public cloud. It offers real-time master control of live feeds, real-time graphics and DVE over SDI and/or IP streams. Gallium PLAYOUT multi-channel automation is an integrated, sophisticated, scalable scheduling, asset management and automation system that provides the intelligence for complete channel playout, channel-in-a-box or enterprise-standard automated transmission. Gallium FACTORY is a file-based content packaging solution that automatically generates sophisticated clips, promos or trailers through the use of intelligent graphics templates, eliminating unrewarding and unproductive manual work.

“Solving the technical challenges our customers face in the software defined world is one of the most interesting and most exciting things we do at Pixel Power,” concluded James Gilbert. “What is really important is doing so in a way which is operationally convenient and commercially affordable. By providing feature-rich, sophisticated technology purely in software, running on COTS hardware and which is virtualizable, Pixel Power delivers solid, proven solutions.”

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Pixel Power develops software-defined, virtualizable, solutions for broadcast playout, automation, master control, graphics & branding used in linear television channels, OTT and VOD. Our award-winning branding and promotions systems, graphics-enabled master control switchers and sophisticated switchable graphics production systems allow producers to deliver dynamic live and pre-recorded content for any SD, HD, 4k, mobile, online or interactive application.

Pixel Power has 30 years’ experience of engineering prowess and dedication to customer support that has made it the industry’s first choice in graphics, branding and playout. With more than 2500 installations worldwide, customers including market-leading broadcasters such as BBC, Ericsson, ITV, SWR, WDR, TV2 Norway, Danmarks Radio, TV5 Monde, CBC, Disney, Discovery, ESPN, ViaSat and Sky.

Recently acquired by Rohde & Schwarz GmbH, Pixel Power corporate headquarters are in Cambridge UK with regional offices in Grass Valley California and Dubai UAE. www.pixelpower.com.



Tags: Pixel Power | Rohde & Schwarz | Broadcast Asia | virtualizable software products | playout automation systems | linear | OTT and VoD | CREATE | StreamMaster PRODUCE | graphics | StreamMaster Media Processing | Gallium Workflow Orchestration | 4k | HDR UHD
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Actus Digital Agrees to Distributor Partnership With Video Systems in Brazil Posted: 16/10/2019
Actus Digital Agrees to Distributor Partnership With Video Systems in Brazil

Actus Digital, a leading provider of compliance and media monitoring solutions, today announced a new partnership with Video Systems. Video Systems, located in São Paulo, will serve as Actus Digital's Brazilian distributor, driving growth in the South American market. Previously, Video Systems represented Volicon in Brazil.

"When Volicon announced the end of life of its product line, it became critical that we identify the best replacement solution for our customers," said Kazuyuki Tsurumaki, president of Video Systems. "Actus Digital is the most compelling solution, offering an advanced and flexible approach to media monitoring, an unmatched feature set, and the ability for customers to repurpose their existing Volicon hardware with Actus Digital software. Actus Digital also provides SLA coverage for existing Volicon users, which is extremely valuable during this transition period."

"Video Systems has a long history of success in the Brazilian market. Its past achievements and market dominance with Volicon make this a clear distribution choice for Actus Digital," said Actus Digital CEO Sima Levy. "We look forward to serving Video Systems' customer base and effectively assisting them in making a smooth and cost-effective transition to the future of media monitoring."

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Tags: Actus Digital | Video Systems | 2019 NAB Show New York
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Shop LC and The Jewelry Channel Elevate Online Shopping Experience with Harmonic Posted: 16/10/2019
Shop LC and The Jewelry Channel Elevate Online Shopping Experience with Harmonic

Harmonic have announced that Austin, Texas-based online auction shopping network Shop LC and its U.K.-based sister company, The Jewelry Channel (TJC), leaders in internet retailing of jewelry and lifestyle products, will use Harmonic solutions to power their OTT services. Using Harmonic's VOS®360 SaaS, Shop LC and TJC will be able to distribute live OTT content to any screen with exceptional quality of experience and low latency, as well as deliver on-demand content for web shoppers.

"Low latency is critical for live OTT. Having Harmonic as a video delivery partner gives us the confidence to provide an outstanding online shopping experience to our customers," said Vineet Vashisht, chief technology officer at VGL Group, Shop LC's and TJC's parent company. "Harmonic's VOS360 SaaS sets the benchmark for delivering high-quality, low-latency live video streams, and that is why we're also looking at replacing our on-prem playout system and creating pop-up channels with Harmonic in the near future."

Harmonic's VOS360 SaaS will give Shop LC and TJC the unique capability to stream CMAF DASH and low-latency HLS video. Using its time-shift feature, Shop LC and TJC can easily create high-quality VOD assets for use on their website, including videos and images related to retail products, thereby offering an enhanced shopping experience to customers.

Tags: Shop LC | The Jewelry Channel | Harmonic | VOS360 SaaS | 2019 NAB Show New York | OTT
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VuWall Increases Control Room Productivity With New VuWall2 Features Posted: 16/10/2019
VuWall Increases Control Room Productivity With New VuWall2 Features

VuWall, a leader in video wall control and AV network management, today announced an update to its flagship video wall control and collaboration platform, VuWall2. New enhancements to the powerful software solution include colored borders and color detection, support for the Milestone XProtect unified security platform, further integration with the IHSE Draco tera matrix, and extended KVM support of IP sources.

"A control room must be a highly flexible environment where end users can monitor multiple streams of information efficiently and effectively in order to make critical decisions quickly and accurately," said Paul Vander Plaetse, CEO. "This update to VuWall2 is part of our commitment to ensure our customers work as optimally as possible. Each of these enhancements serves to make the integration and operation process seamless, which is key when there's an ever-increasing number of equipment, data streams, and sources needed to support real-time decision-making."

Colored Borders and Color Detection
VuWall2 boosts operational awareness and productivity with new colored borders around windows that are automatically triggered by events such as intrusion detection or fire alarms. The borders' width and colors are configurable and can even be enhanced with a flashing effect, increasing operator responsiveness. Furthering the platform's automation and awareness capabilities, the software also includes a color-detection feature that triggers a new layout on the video wall after a color change has occurred in a specific pixel location on a source computer running process-control applications. This enables unattended operator stations to remain under 24/7 surveillance.

Tags: VuWall | Control Room | VuWall2 | video wall control | AV network | Milestone XProtect | IHSE Switcher | KVM IP
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LundHalsey Premier Broadcast Consoles Now Available in the U.S. and Showcased at 2019 NAB Show New York Posted: 16/10/2019
LundHalsey Premier Broadcast Consoles Now Available in the U.S. and Showcased at 2019 NAB Show New York

At InfoComm 2019, LundHalsey announced a partnership with Middle Atlantic Products, a brand of Legrand | AV, making LundHalsey's premier line of furniture solutions available in the U.S. for first time. Now broadcasters can experience the Kontrol Command fixed-height console, the Kontrol Air height-adjustable console, and the E-Type II fixed-height broadcast console at 2019 NAB Show New York, Oct. 16-17, in booth N275.

Stylish and ergonomically designed, the Kontrol Command, Kontrol Air, and E-Type II all feature a modular steel bay system architecture and a .5-inch-thick compact laminate work surface with unmatched durability, manufacturability, and integrated cable management. Each unit can be customized and enhanced to customer specifications with a wide range of accessories, including LED lighting in different colors, touch-sensitive cable outlets that automatically open and close with the lightest touch, monitor arms that fully adjust to any user height and reach, pullout PC trays, and more. Additionally, the Kontrol Air features a height-adjustable work surface that can be moved at the touch of a button or remotely via the Kontrol Air mobile app.

Broadcasters will also receive complimentary custom design services to achieve the perfect solution for any broadcast and control space. A dedicated project manager at Middle Atlantic will work with customers throughout the project, from design, to quote, to shipment. Services will include concept drawings and high-quality 3D renderings for an accurate vision of what the finished product will look like in the environment.

https://info.legrandav.com/LundHalsey.

Tags: LundHalsey Premier | Broadcast Consoles | 2019 NAB Show New York | Middle Atlantic Products | Legrand | AV | Kontrol Air | E-Type II
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LTN Global Promotes Rick Young to SVP, Global Products Posted: 16/10/2019
LTN Global Promotes Rick Young to SVP, Global Products

LTN® Global, the global leader in broadcast-quality IP video transport solutions, has promoted Rick Young to the role of senior vice president, global products. In this new role, Young will be responsible for the LTN Global product portfolio across all divisions. Working closely with divisional product management teams, he will set the company's strategic direction and cultivate key partnerships that enable the company to offer unique services within the media ecosystem.

Tags: LTN Global | Rick Young | 2019 NAB New York | IP video transport
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Netflixs French-Language Original Series Osmosis Shot with Cooke S7 i Posted: 16/10/2019
Netflix and rsquo;s French-Language Original Series Osmosis Shot with Cooke S7 i

Imagine that in the not too distant future, a dating app could match you with your soulmate by mining the data in your brain. That’s the premise of Osmosis, the French-language original series from Netflix; however, things don’t always go as planned. Cinematographer Jean-François Hensgens was chosen by Netflix to shoot the first six episodes of the eight-episode series with multiple directors, including Julius Berg, Pierre Aknine and Mona Achache, while maintaining visual and artistic continuity from episode to episode.

Tags: Cooke | S7/i | Netflix | Osmosis | Hensgens
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Starfish provides compliance recording to The National Library of Sweden Posted: 16/10/2019
Starfish provides compliance recording to The National Library of Sweden

Starfish Technologies, a pioneer in transport stream processing and advertising insertion, has supplied a multi-channel compliance recording system to Kungliga biblioteket, The National Library of Sweden in Stockholm, Sweden, in cooperation with Starfish’s Swedish partner Lanlink Digital Broadcast.

The system utilises Starfish’s ‘Verify’ compliance recording technology which can record multiple channels of live TV broadcast and features a fully managed system with auto failover. Built using generic IT hardware from HP, it includes the Starfish web-based monitoring application to view and manage the operation of the N+N configuration. Input signals are presented as encoded transport streams from both the satellite and terrestrial feeds for each channel automatically switching between the two feeds when detecting a missing input.

Starfish Marketing Director Peter Blatchford said, “We have been building systems in Sweden for many years with companies such as TV4 and Red Bee Media and are delighted to have been chosen to now supply The National Library of Sweden. The Starfish Verify Compliance Recording System is highly configurable and utilises our expertise with transport stream processing and web based system monitoring’.

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Tags: Starfish Technologies | transport stream processing | ad insertion | multi-channel compliance | Lanlink Digital Broadcast | Verify | auto failover | IP | N+Nconfiguration | transport streams | encoders
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Globecast selected by Orby TV to provide media operations for new US pay-as-you-go DTH satellite service Posted: 16/10/2019
Globecast selected by Orby TV to provide media operations for new US pay-as-you-go DTH satellite service
Globecast, the global solutions provider for media, announced that the company has been selected by Orby TV to provide a wide range of turnkey broadcast media operational services for the nascent pay TV startup. Launched throughout the lower 48 United States in spring 2019, Orby TV offers a high-quality and affordable prepaid, pay-as-you-go satellite pay TV service directly to consumers at a low cost with no contract and no Internet service required.
 
Globecast is handling Orby TV’s full broadcast operations on a 24/7 basis at its Globecast Media Center in Culver City, CA. Using its extensive fiber and satellite network, Globecast is managing for Orby TV channel aggregation, providing Orby TV’s co-location services, handling technical operations and the uplinking of the channels to the high-powered Ku-band capacity on Eutelsat’s EUTELSAT 117 West A satellite at 117° West.
 
This deal with Globecast allows Orby TV to benefit from advanced DTH delivery services, along with the satellite space segment and disaster recovery services from a geographically diverse third-party uplink site. This collaboration provides a complete and fully integrated satellite transmission infrastructure, giving Orby TV a fully managed and resilient transmission solution.
Tags: satellite | DTH | channel distribution | uplinking | pay-TV
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Shanxi Television in China purchases second Calrec Brio console for its new studio Posted: 16/10/2019
Shanxi Television in China purchases second Calrec Brio console for its new studio
China-based Shanxi Television has chosen a Calrec Brio36 audio console for its news programming and multi-purpose talk shows. The Brio is installed in a new studio, which was initially used for covering the China National Youth Games, held this August, with more than 10 hours of live broadcasting produced in the studio each day. This is the broadcaster’s second Brio installation with the first installed a year ago.
 
Mr. Wu Jie, Supervisor of the technical department of Shanxi Television, commented, “We have been very happy with our first Brio, which has proved to be intuitive to use, with great sound quality and stability. The last point is very important. The intuitive I/O connections and simple-to-use software and surface helped us save a lot of time during installation in this new studio and with the training, too.”
 
Shanxi Television is a network in the Taiyuan and Shanxi province that broadcasts in Jin Chinese. For the China National Youth Games, they received signals from multiple venues and the hosts and guests adding commentary and comment in the studio.
 
Mr. Wu Jie explains that they set up the new studio in 10 days, with five days of training, with the Brio’s clear design making it easy for operators to master quickly. Also, functions like swapping a fader on an individual strip, ALT-input, auto mixing and the fact that labelling channel strips is easy are also highlighted, along with the support Calrec partner RAC Pro provided throughout the process.
 
Later this year, Shanxi Television will be working with 4K content and they anticipate that the Brio’s 5.1 capabilities and expandability will make the use of 4K go smoothly.
Tags: Audio; audio consoles; audio routing;
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Primestream and rsquo;s Renewed Vision Bolsters Success for 2019 Posted: 16/10/2019
Primestream and rsquo;s Renewed Vision Bolsters Success for 2019

Straight off the back of winning TVBEurope’s ‘Best of Show’ award at IBC2019, Primestream, the industry leader in Media Asset Management and workflow automation, will continue to demonstrate its software solutions that enable media organizations, broadcasters and multinational organizations to capture, produce, manage and deliver content, at global trade shows, including NAB Show New York and Broadcast India during the week of October 14, and CAPER later in the month.

Tags: Primestream | MAM | AI | Elastic Data Viewer | IBC2019 | NAB NY | Broadcast India | CAPER | Bubble Agency
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SPORTELMonaco 2019 - LiveU and Athletic Sports Group Team Up to Showcase Cost-Efficient Sports Content Contribution and amp; Distribution Posted: 16/10/2019
SPORTELMonaco 2019 - LiveU and Athletic Sports Group Team Up to Showcase Cost-Efficient Sports Content Contribution and amp; Distribution
LiveU and Athletic Sport Group (ASG) are joining forces to offer broadcasters and publishers a full service for sports production and the distribution of live content over IP. The solution offered by ASG Broadcast Services, incorporates LiveU’s cloud-based Matrix video distribution platform, which enables sports rightsholders and content owners to live stream their sporting event reliably and cost-effectively to multiple destinations and TV stations worldwide.
 
ASG Broadcast Services manages hundreds of live broadcasts around the world. The group originally used LiveU’s cost-effective contribution and distribution solutions for fight sports and now uses its technology for various sports properties, including football and the recent international distribution of the Swiss National Ice Hockey League.
 
“LiveU offers a great solution for our clients, delivering high-quality sports content to broadcasters and media outlets at a fraction of the cost of satellite or fibre transmissions. The Matrix platform will enable our clients to share their live feeds worldwide and from local sports teams within a single region so fans can experience the excitement of the game wherever they are,” said Nino Ockhuysen, Group CEO of ASG.
Tags: Cellular bonding | acquisition | uplinking | contribution | HEVC | 4K
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