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Reduced Operating Costs, Superior Quality of Service, and Zer0 Friction Customer Experience, Highlight TAG Video Systems NAB Announcements Posted: 26/02/2020
Reduced Operating Costs, Superior Quality of Service, and Zer0 Friction Customer Experience, Highlight TAG Video Systems NAB Announcements

TAG Video Systems continues to demonstrate its Zer0 Friction customer experience with significant new capabilities added to its flagship system. Already the world leader in 100% SW, 100% IP, 100% COTS Probing, Monitoring and Multiviewing for all four of the major broadcast applications (Live Production, Playout, Delivery and OTT), TAG has increased support for additional sources, interfaces and, formats. In addition, TAG has added new audio output functionality and an updated layout editor. The new features and functionality will further demonstrate TAG’s Zer0 Friction approach to technology, operations and asset utilization at NAB 2020 on TAG’s Booth C2217 in Central Hall.

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Look for TAG Video Systems at VidTrans 2020 Posted: 24/02/2020
Look for TAG Video Systems at VidTrans 2020

TAG Video Systems, the world leader in integrated software-based IP Probing, Monitoring and Multiviewer solutions, has announced plans to be at VidTrans 2020, an annual event that attracts broadcast industry decision makers seeking the latest IP media technologies. TAG, represented by newly appointed Chief Architect, Paul Briscoe and Chief Technology Officer, Tomer Schechter, will join its valued partner Arista Networks, leading provider of software-driven, cognitive cloud networking solutions in Booth #1. VidTrans will be held at the Marina del Rey Marriott in Los Angeles, CA, February 25 to 27.

The theme of this year’s conference, “Delivering the Benefits of IP for Media Production” will focus on many innovative types of IP networking and video technologies and their application both for long-haul video transport and for production studios.

“VidTrans is a perfect venue for TAG to speak directly with television professionals from around the world, all focused on the latest technologies for transporting video and audio over IP networks,” explained Tomer Schechter, TAG CTO. “We’re especially excited this year because we will have Paul at the show demonstrating the interoperability between our Probing, Monitoring and Multiviewer solutions and Arista’s switcher. It's truly as easy as plug and play and a perfect illustration of Zer0 Friction - our concept that allows customers to overcome technical obstacles and constraints by providing one product that addresses any or all applications with absolutely no resistance.”

 

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TAG Video Systems Appoints Paul Briscoe as Chief Architect Posted: 14/02/2020
TAG Video Systems Appoints Paul Briscoe as Chief Architect

TAG Video Systems, the world leader in integrated software-based IP Probing, Monitoring and Multiviewer solutions, has appointed industry veteran and accomplished technologist Paul Briscoe as Chief Architect for the Company’s global operations. Tomer Schechter, TAG CTO made the announcement from TAG R&D headquarters in Tel Aviv, Israel

“We can’t be more pleased that Paul has joined TAG during this period of significant growth,” said Schechter. “Paul’s achievements throughout media and engineering circles and his commitment to the industry are legendary. He’s been at the forefront of major technology advancements, including the SMPTE 2110 IP standard, a development so significant that it serves as the roadmap to the industry’s future. Paul’s knowledge, skill and talent will be invaluable as TAG continues to rise above technical constraints with our Zer0 Friction culture and the industry catches up with our all-IP architecture.”

In his role as Chief Architect at TAG, Briscoe is responsible for evolving TAG products and applications and developing forward-looking solutions ahead of customer needs. Situated at the intersection of product and R&D, his unique abilities will help TAG develop the most innovative and effective solutions available to the market and continue to drive Zer0 Friction, TAG’s corporate strategy that provides customers with one product able to address any or all applications and allows customers to stop struggling against continual technical obstacles and constraints.

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Artel Video Systems at the 2020 NAB Show Posted: 13/02/2020
Artel Video Systems at the 2020 NAB Show

 

On Booth SU5021 at the 2020 NAB Show, Artel will feature products that simplify broadcasters' shift to hybrid IP/SDI and all-IP operations. Visitors to the Artel booth will have the opportunity to see firsthand how new features and capabilities recently added to the company's award-winning SMART Media Delivery Platform™ bring even greater operational simplicity, flexibility, and scalability. Artel also will exhibit the company's Quarra IP PTP switches and FiberLink® family of media transport products.

SMART Media Delivery Platform™

Artel's SMART Media Delivery Platform™ is a software defined, four-channel, auto-sense 3G/HD/SD-SDI-over-IP multifunction gateway with integrated nonblocking Layer 2/3 switching and routing capabilities. The software-enabled solution features four video ports for transport of video, audio, and ancillary data and four GigE data ports bridged to one or two 10G interfaces. Designed to attach seamlessly to the IP network without the need for external network elements, the SMART platform supports SMPTE ST 2022: 1, 2, 5, 6, and 7 hitless switching; J2K compression; QoS; VLAN tagging; and traffic management.

 

Tags: Artel Video Systems | 2020 NAB Show | hybrid IP/SDI | all-IP operations | SMART Media Delivery | Quarra IP PTP | FiberLink media transport | NAB 2020 | NAB 2020
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AJA Gear Helps Freelance Technical Director Lutz Conneus Adapt to Client AV Demands Posted: 22/01/2020
AJA Gear Helps Freelance Technical Director Lutz Conneus Adapt to Client AV Demands

No working day is ever the same for Freelance Technical Director Lutz Conneus. In any given week, the Hamburg, Germany-based professional can be found developing a live stream workflow for a local public broadcaster, live streaming an indie band’s concert to YouTube, or supporting AV for a corporate launch event. A live production chameleon, he’s able meet a range of live streaming and AV needs using a small arsenal of AJA gear, including the HELO H.264 streamer/recorder, the Io 4K audio and video I/O device, and the Ki Pro Ultra Plus digital recorder, among other tools. 

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Taiwan-Based King Communication Taps AJA Gear to Broadcast Cardiology Procedures for Medical Training and amp; Advancement Posted: 12/12/2019
Taiwan-Based King Communication Taps AJA Gear to Broadcast Cardiology Procedures for Medical Training and amp; Advancement

Broadcasting cardiology procedures has the potential to save a life by educating medical professionals and students on the latest new technologies and advancements in the field. To broadcast surgeries to cardiologists around the world, the Taiwan Society of Cardiology (TSOC) relies upon video production services delivered by King Communication, a Taipei City-based specialist in broadcasting and livestreaming content for medical facilities, sporting events, concerts and conferences. Since 1986, King Communication has delivered live video production services for clients across Taiwan, including Da Vinci Robotic 3D medical recording, Taiwan SBL sports broadcasting, the Taiwan Society of Cardiovascular Interventions and the PGA of Taiwan. To streamline broadcast and livestreaming workflows, King Communication depends upon the power and reliability of a range of AJA gear used throughout production chains.

To assist in the TSOC’s mission to promote patient care, research and education in cardiology, King Communication provides full live production services including filming, recording and broadcasting HD content for medical professionals, interns and students across Taiwan and internationally. Live TSOC cardiology procedures are filmed and broadcast to demonstrate surgeries that require new technologies and the latest cutting-edge medical equipment. Throughout production workflows, a range of AJA Ki Pro devices are tapped for recording and backup recording; KUMO 1616 and KUMO CP are used for routing; FS1-X manages frame synchronization; and FiDO-2R and U-TAP SDI are leveraged to transfer video signals from medical devices, pending the specific project requirements.

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Macking Domain Takes Malaysia Open Live on YouTube with AJA HELO Posted: 19/11/2019
Macking Domain Takes Malaysia Open Live on YouTube with AJA HELO

Elite badminton players from around the world congregate each year to compete in the Malaysia Open, an important stop on the circuit of tournaments sanctioned by the Badminton World Federation (BWF). Fans unable to make it to Axiata Arena in Bukit Jalil this year were kept apprised of the latest updates via high-quality YouTube live streams produced by Macking Domain. Over the course of the six-day tournament, more than 12 hours of match footage across four courts were streamed to the Malaysia Open YouTube channel. Macking Domain relied on a host of technology to deliver the action, including four AJA HELO H.264 recording and streaming devices.

Given a straightforward set of video delivery requirements by its client, Macking Domain set out to establish a workflow built on AJA’s HELO. “We needed to deliver 1080/60p video with audio from each of the four courts and get live scoreboard content from each court integrated into the feed, which is why AJA’s HELO made so much sense,” shared Yoke Tee Tan, General Manager, Macking Domain. “It’s an affordable device that makes it incredibly easy to bring audiences a very high-quality viewing experience.”

Four Sony cameras, one on each court, were connected to a Newtek VMC1 digital media production system and captured live match footage. Courtside laptops housing scoreboard feeds were then encoded to NDI, and audio was embedded from each court using AJA Mini-Converters. Embedded audio signals came in as an NDI stereo channel via a network device interface converter and were split into two separate mono channels on a TriCaster video production system. The eight mono channels were routed to the corresponding scoreboard and linked with the associated court stream using 1 M/E; that signal was then routed to each SDI output on the VMC1. All four SDI outputs from the VMC1 were connected to four AJA HELO units for live streaming straight to YouTube; footage was simultaneously recorded to SD cards in HD using the HELOs.

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AJA Releases Desktop Software v15.5 for KONA, Io and T-TAP Posted: 15/11/2019
AJA Releases Desktop Software v15.5 for KONA, Io and T-TAP

AJA Video Systems released Desktop Software v15.5 for KONA, Io and T-TAP products, featuring additional functionality for both HDR and 8K workflows, plus new performance upgrades enhancing creative freedom and flexibility across Windows®, Linux® and macOS®. New features include Metal support on macOS and full compatibility with macOS Catalina; HDR over SDI via VPID; and HDR Test Patterns for 8K/UHD2/4K/UHD/2K/HD workflows. For the KONA 5 PCIe I/O card, the update also adds full 2SI SMPTE raster support for 8K; RGB support for 8K capture and playback; and 8K to 4K downsample via HDMI.

Desktop Software v15.5 introduces new functionality with NLEs, including deeper HDR integration with Avid Media Composer 2019.11 and native 8K or 4K (downsampled from 8K) playback with Adobe Premiere Pro 2020. The update also adds SMPTE ST 2110-40 monitoring via SDI on AJA Io IP and Avid Artist DNxIP and AJA NMOS support for multiple devices connected to a single host. Additionally, Desktop Software v15.5 increases speed and creative support on Mac workstations – including the new Mac Pro – by featuring full compatibility with macOS Catalina, new Metal support on macOS and other optimizations.

Desktop Software v15.5 highlights include:

Full compatibility with macOS Catalina

New Metal support on macOS

HDR over SDI via VPID 

HDR Test Patterns for UHD2/UHD/HD

Deeper HDR integration with Avid Media Composer

Full 2SI SMPTE raster support for 8K on KONA 5

RGB support for 8K capture and playback on KONA 5

8K downsample to 4K via HDMI on KONA 5

Native 8K or 8K to 4K downsampled output with Adobe Premiere Pro

HDMI input detection improvements

New countdown functionality to mark out or end of clip in AJA Control Room

New fan controls and fan speed indicator in AJA Control Panel

DirectShow updates including addition of support for KONA 5 and KONA IP

Support for Windows®, Linux® and macOS®

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AJA Introduces 8K Support for HDR Image Analyzer 12G Posted: 13/11/2019
AJA Introduces 8K Support for HDR Image Analyzer 12G
AJA Video Systems has announced new 8K support for HDR Image Analyzer 12G, its powerful real-time HDR and WCG monitoring and analysis platform developed in partnership with Colorfront. The upcoming free software release will feature up to 8K/UHD2 HDR monitoring and analysis for high raster content with 12G-SDI for higher bandwidth workflows with the simplicity of single-cable connectivity.
 
HDR Image Analyzer 12G fuses AJA’s production-proven video I/O technology with powerful HDR and WCG image analysis tools from Colorfront, including waveform, histogram and vectorscope monitoring and analysis of up to 8K content over 12G-SDI for broadcast and OTT production, post, QC and mastering. Within a compact 1RU chassis, HDR Image Analyzer 12G provides users with a comprehensive toolset to monitor and analyze SDR and HDR formats, including PQ (Perceptual Quantizer) and Hybrid Log Gamma (HLG). 

 

 

 

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AJA Upgrades Ki Pro GO and Ki Pro Ultra Plus Posted: 13/11/2019
AJA Upgrades Ki Pro GO and amp; Ki Pro Ultra Plus

 AJA Video Systems has introduced new upgrades for its Ki Pro Family of production-proven file-based recorders. A new v1.5 firmware update for Ki Pro GO adds timecode recording and playback, expanded primary and backup recording to all USB ports and new clip naming and segment recording. Ki Pro Ultra Plus v5.0 introduces a new Infinite Recording feature that allows the unit to act as an always running backup recorder. Both firmware updates will be available soon to customers as free downloads.

Ki Pro GO is AJA’s new portable, multi-channel H.264 recorder and player, featuring up to 4-channels of simultaneous HD and SD capture to affordable, off-the-shelf USB media. With the v1.5 firmware update, Ki Pro GO now records and plays video with timecode. The timecode can originate from an incoming SDI video’s RP188 data, be recorded as the time of date or be specified to start at a specific hour. For playback, timecode values are automatically embedded as RP188 data on Ki Pro GO’s SDI outputs. The v1.5 update also expands backup and primary recording to all five USB ports, providing users with increased flexibility to choose their desired recording destination. Additionally, the update adds new clip naming and segment recording, automatically creating a unique file name for each clip and identifying each segment of a continuous recording for extended event time needs.

 

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AJA Announces OG-12GDA-2x4 openGear 12G-SDI Distribution Amplifier Posted: 13/11/2019
AJA Announces OG-12GDA-2x4 openGear and reg; 12G-SDI Distribution Amplifier

AJA Video Systems has announced the OG-12GDA-2x4, an openGear 12G-SDI distribution amplifier, featuring support for High Dynamic Range video and Ross® DashBoard software for remote monitoring.

Designed for critical broadcast, OB truck and live event production environments, OG-12GDA-2x4 features dual-channel inputs for incoming 12G-SDI signals, with reclocking of the distributed signals to dual 4x 12G-SDI outputs. In an AJA OG-X-FR openGear frame, this allows for incredibly high density with up to 20x 12G-SDI inputs distributed to a total of 80x 12G-SDI outputs when fully loaded with ten cards.

OG-12GDA-2x4 features compatibility with OGX, OG3 and DFR-8321 openGear frames, and DashBoard software support on Windows®, macOS® and Linux® for flexible device control and monitoring over a local network or remotely.

 

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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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Artel Video Systems Gear Allows Cablenet to Establish Media-Over-IP Connectivity Between Sites Across Cyprus Posted: 01/10/2019
Artel Video Systems Gear Allows Cablenet to Establish Media-Over-IP Connectivity Between Sites Across Cyprus

Artel Video Systems, a world-class provider of innovative, real-time multimedia delivery solutions, today announced that its InfinityLink and FiberLink® solutions are supporting IP-based media transport for Cablenet, an independent alternative telco provider in Cyprus. Cablenet is using the Artel media transport systems to connect stadiums across Cyprus and two remote production sites through the company's network and headends.

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AJA Upgrades IP Mini-Converter Receivers with New UltraHD Reference Input Support Posted: 13/09/2019
AJA Upgrades IP Mini-Converter Receivers with  New UltraHD and amp; Reference Input Support

Today at IBC 2019, AJA Video Systems announced a new v2.2 firmware update that introduces a host of performance improvements for its IP Mini-Converter receivers, including new UltraHD support up to 50p for IPR-10G2-HDMI and IPR-10G-HDMI, as well as Reference Input support for IPR-10G2-HDMI and IPR-10G2-SDI.

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AJA Announces Desktop Software v15.5 Posted: 13/09/2019
AJA Announces Desktop Software v15.5

AJA Video Systems introduced Desktop Software v15.5 for KONA, Io and T-TAP products today at IBC 2019. The free software update features key performance enhancements that provide video professionals with enhanced creative freedom and workflow flexibility across Windows®, Linux® and macOS®, with improvements including full 2SI SMPTE raster support for 8K, RGB support for 8K capture and playback and new HDR Test Patterns in AJA Control Room.

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