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Masstech launches new Adobe Premiere Pro panel for Kumulate Posted: 21/01/2020
Masstech launches new Adobe Premiere Pro panel for Kumulate

Adobe Premiere Pro users can now access the powerful functionality of Masstech’s intelligent storage, workflow and lifecycle management solution, Kumulate, from directly within Premiere Pro via an intuitive panel.

The Adobe panel can be quickly and easily added to any Kumulate system with minimal configuration (individual editing stations don’t need to be added as locations in the system). Storage movement and workflow tools are then presented as a plug-in within Adobe Premiere Pro, allowing users to access their entire inventory across any type of online or deeper storage tier, including cloud, local disk, optical disk, and LTO.

All assets on all storage tiers are searchable to Premiere Pro users from within the new panel, using intuitive search criteria including structured, unstructured, and time-based metadata. These powerful tools allow users to quickly access their content libraries from within Adobe Premiere Pro, dramatically speeding up workflows.

Tags: Masstech | Adobe | Kumulate | Adobe Premiere Pro
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Masstech wins Technology Engineering Emmy award for contribution to media storage management Posted: 16/01/2020
Masstech wins Technology and amp; Engineering Emmy and reg; award for contribution to media storage management

Masstech Innovations Inc has been awarded a Technology & Engineering Emmy by the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) in their 71st Annual Awards.

Masstech was honored for its work in Early Development of HSM Systems that Created a Pivotal Improvement in Broadcast Workflows alongside fellow contributors Dell, IBM and Quantum. Solutions that effectively manage video media across multiple tiers of storage have been underpinning technologies throughout the evolution of M&E workflows to the file-based processes on which M&E organizations rely today. Masstech (and its fellow honorees) played a pivotal role in developing the software management solutions that helped the M&E industry with the transition to file-based.

“We are very honored and grateful to the Academy for recognizing the formative work in media storage management pioneered by Masstech and our fellow recipients,” comments George Kilpatrick, CEO, Masstech. “It’s extremely satisfying to be recognized as one of the industry pioneers, and to be acknowledged for the dedication and innovation that still governs Masstech. We continue to break the mold today by applying software defined storage techniques and advanced workflow to organise customer assets in the hybrid and cloud worlds.”

Tags: Masstech | Emmy | Technology | Dell | IBM | Quantum
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Dear Evan Hansen Opens in London with disguise vx 4 Powering Scenic Video Projections Posted: 14/01/2020
 and lsquo;Dear Evan Hansen and rsquo; Opens in London with disguise vx 4 Powering Scenic Video Projections

The Tony Award-winning Best Musical ‘Dear Evan Hansen’ opened in London 19 November at the Noel Coward Theatre with video projection comprising the shows entire stage scenery.

Supplied by Stage Sound Services, three disguise vx 4 and four gx 1 servers powered projections for the show, highlighting the huge impact of social media on daily life and create an immersive social media environment on stage for the actors.

Tags: disguise | \'Dear Evan Hansen\' | vx4
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Avolites Continues to Innovate Integration Technology with new PIONEER DJ PRO DJ LINK Feature Set Posted: 10/01/2020
Avolites Continues to Innovate Integration Technology with new PIONEER DJ PRO DJ LINK Feature Set

Avolites, leader in state-of-the-art visual (lighting control) canvas consoles, media servers, networking products and dimmers for the entertainment industry today announces its integration with Pioneer DJ’s PRO DJ LINK* on both its Titan and Ai platforms. This exciting new innovation allows users to easily receive real-time feedback from the DJ to their consoles. The features include Pioneer DJ Waveform Display that allows the operator to see the live waveforms from the CDJs in a workspace window and Pioneer DJ BPM Trigger that gives the operator the ability to automatically trigger BPM masters directly from a chosen CDJ in the set up. Avolites continuously strives to innovate new, reliable and constructive features that will give users state of the art performance. This latest integration with Pioneer DJ is set to redefine visual control in the clubbing world by allowing operators to focus more on creating impactful looks and shapes instead of manually pushing executor buttons or entering values. It also removes any guessing work with operators able to anticipate changes in the music with ease, so the visuals are always in sync. 

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NewTek Investing In 2020 Business Growth, Names New Global Leadership Posted: 10/01/2020
NewTek Investing In 2020 Business Growth, Names New Global Leadership

NewTek, the leader in IP-based video technology and part of the Vizrt Group, today announced two new key personnel moves as part of an overall growth strategy focused on deepening relationships with channel partners in order to delight and serve more customers with accessible professional quality video tools.

NewTek today named Barbara Spicek as senior vice president of Global Sales. With more than 20 years of experience working with channel sales in the software/technology industry, Barbara is a dynamic leader with an innate ability to inspire excellence from her teams while motivating everyone around her to perform their best. Barbara’s expansive industry experience along with her ability to create and elevate trusted partnerships at the highest levels will play a key role in deepening channel partner engagements as NewTek remains 100% channel focused. Barbara will be based at NewTek headquarters in San Antonio, Texas, when she is not on the road visiting channel partners.

Tags: NewTek | Vizrt | growth | appointments | Barbara Spicek | Paul Dobbs
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disguise delivers major improvements to its user experience and workflows with latest software release r17 Posted: 08/01/2020
disguise delivers major improvements to its user experience and workflows with latest software release r17

disguise - the solution for creative and technical professionals to imagine, create and deliver the world’s most spectacular live experiences - today launches r17, the latest update to its award-winning software. Designed in response to feedback gathered from disguise’s community of artists and technicians, r17 dramatically enhances the experience of building projects, unlocks better ways to work and saves time and effort when producing incredible live visuals.“For r17, we've listened intently to our users to ensure we’re meeting their needs. The result is a major upgrade to the usability of our software with a range of improvements that are designed to feel great, and help you achieve a faster production and streamlined workflow process” said Raed Al Tikriti, Chief Product Officer at disguise.disguise software enables users to ‘previsualise’ every pixel of a project before an event or installation.

Tags: disguise | r17
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ZIXI SHOWCASES INDUSTRY LEADING SOFTWARE-DEFINED VIDEO PLATFORM AT CES Posted: 07/01/2020
ZIXI SHOWCASES INDUSTRY LEADING SOFTWARE-DEFINED VIDEO PLATFORM AT CES

Zixi, the industry leader for enabling dependable, live broadcast-quality video over all-IP, and award winning architect of the Software Defined Video Platform (SDVP), today announced that January 7th through the 9th at the 2020 Consumer Electronics Show the company will be featuring with Version 13 extensive new functionalities from the four elements that enable the broadcaster video network to be intelligently and centrally managed using software and integrated devices regardless of the underlying IP network infrastructure including the preeminent Zixi Protocol and 14 supported protocols, the Zixi Video Solutions Stack, Zixi ZEN Master, and the Zixi Enabled Network.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tags: Zixi | CES 2020 | ZEN Master | Control Plane | Video Solutions Stack | Zixi Protocols | Zixi Enabled Network
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Media Production and Technology Show - Registration Now Open and a Host of New Features Announced For 2020 Posted: 06/01/2020
Media Production and Technology Show - Registration Now Open and a Host of New Features Announced For 2020

The organisers of the Media Production and Technology Show 2020 are delighted to announce that registration for this year’s event, which takes place 13-14 May at London Olympia, is now open.

Featuring over 180 leading exhibitors on its show floor and 220 key industry speakers at its insightful panels and discussions, the must-attend content and technology show for the UK media and broadcast industries is projected to attract over 8000+ attendees. 95% of the exhibition space for the 2020 event is already sold, highlighting the strength of its position on the tradeshow calendar as the leading tradeshow in the UK.

Tags: Media Production and Technology Show 2020 | London Olympia | exhibition | tradeshow | NEP | MPTS | The DPP | SMPTE
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ZIXI RECOGNIZED FOR INDUSTRY EXCELLENCE BY TV TECHNOLOGY AND DIGITAL MEDIA WORLD PUBLICATIONS Posted: 19/12/2019
ZIXI RECOGNIZED FOR INDUSTRY EXCELLENCE BY TV TECHNOLOGY AND DIGITAL MEDIA WORLD PUBLICATIONS

Zixi, the industry leader for enabling dependable, live broadcast-quality video over IP, has been recognized with two industry awards: the Gold Award in the category of IP Broadcast Solutions – Distribution from Digital Media World, and a 2019 Product Innovation Award from TV Technology.

The cutting edge Zixi Software-Defined Video Platform was named the Digital Media Awards’ Gold Winner in the category of IP Broadcast Solutions – Distribution. The Zixi Software-Defined Video Platform is the tight integration of four crucial elements that enable broadcast-quality live video workflows to be intelligently and centrally provisioned, deployed, managed and monitored using software and integrated devices, regardless of the underlying network infrastructure. The Digital Media World Awards give recognition to companies that have used their products and services to push media opportunities forward and develop new techniques and possibilities in broadcast content creation, delivery and management.

Tags: Zixi | TV Technology | Digital Media World | Award | ZEN Master | SVP Alliances
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Cooke miniS4 i Lenses Capture Unique Wildlife Footage for Seven Worlds, One Planet Posted: 16/12/2019
Cooke miniS4 i Lenses Capture Unique Wildlife Footage for Seven Worlds, One Planet

 

BBC's new landmark wildlife series, Seven Worlds, One Planet, documents the unique wildlife to be found across all seven continents. The series, which began airing in the UK in October 2019 was shot by Director of Photography, Mark MacEwen on a set of Cooke miniS4/I lenses.

MacEwen, who has over 20 years’ experience in wildlife cinematography, chose the miniS4/i lenses for his sequences to bring the ‘Cooke Look’ in a smaller, more light weight form.“I’ve used Cooke lenses before and always loved them. The look of the Cooke lenses does it all for me, and the way they separate the subject and background and flare is the way I see the world. I also like the way they work on digital sensors - to me, they just help take some of the digital edge off the camera and help keep it looking more organic and natural,” he said. “The miniS4/i’s were great as the size and weight of them allowed me to use them not only for tripod work, but for hand-held gimbal work with animals where I have to hold the MVI Pro rig for hours, following the animals waiting for the right moment or bit of behaviour. The build quality is also amazing and works so well with the follow focus gear.”

“Outside of the flora and fauna, it’s the huge amounts of time we have to invest and of course the extreme demands we place on the kit, due to the environments we subject them to. I am happy to say that the miniS4/i’s performed flawlessly in every situation.”

 

 

Tags: Cooke Optics | Cooke miniS4/i | BBC | Seven World One Planet
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Luc Petit highly anticipated creation of the Qing Show opens in China with disguise at the heart of Projection workflows Posted: 12/12/2019
Luc Petit and rsquo;s highly anticipated creation of the and lsquo;Qing Show and rsquo; opens in China with disguise at the heart of Projection workflows

In April 2019, world renowned artistic director and show creator, Luc Petit, has launched a brand new show in Qingdao, China named the ‘Qing Show’. This permanent show was in development for more than 4 years by international teams from Luc PETIT and Art Team Group Asia Ltd.

The grand opening of this exceptional and one of a kind show attracted more than 1500 spectators.disguise solution sits at the heart of the production with disguise 4x4pro’s powering the show’s extensive video projection mapping.

The show is staged in an innovative immersive theatre seating up to 1,500 spectators, featuring two sets of revolving bleachers and a 360º view of the action. The massive 50-metre wide water stage is backed by a beautiful 15-meter-high projection screen. More than 430 special equipments, 263 costumes, 2D 3D flying systems and thousands of props are used on set for this unique storytelling show.

Qing Show tells the epic tale of The Eight Immortal Beings whose adventures represent archetypes within traditional Chinese society, each applying their unique strength as they work together to cross the sea. Along the way they encounter armies loyal to dragons and a variety of obstacles and must work together to succeed in their quest. “This is a large venue with a cyclorama, big inflatables and some fountains as projection surfaces,” says Stan Walbert of Stello Productions who managed the video mapping for the show. “This ambitious project took four years to design and create. The venue was built for the show and projectors, so their position and coverage had to be determined precisely.” Stan and the team used disguise’s projection study tool to determine luminosity, coverage and the number of projectors to use. He adds, “disguise’s Projection Study tool was an essential part of the process ensuring accuracy in positioning of projectors, as well as providing a way for the content team to test their files with the disguise project.”

 

Tags: disguise | Luc Peiti | Qingdao | Qing Show | Art Team Group Asia Ltd
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Atomos Shogun 7 and Apple ProRes and reg; RAW gives a low budget feature film a cinematic edge Posted: 12/12/2019
Atomos Shogun 7 and Apple ProRes and reg; RAW gives a low budget feature film a cinematic edge

New action comedy, School Fight, uses the Shogun 7 HDR monitor/recorder to give the Sony FS7 a new lease of life

How do you make a full-length feature film, with flawless, cinematic values when your camera budget only stretches to the Sony FS7 cinema cameras already owned by the crew? It’s a conundrum the production team behind new action comedy, School Fight, solved by adding cutting edge recording technology from Atomos and Apple to their arsenal.

School Fight is a low budget, independent feature film, but you’d be forgiven for assuming the investment in the on-screen image was far more high-end. This comes from the crew’s unwavering commitment to achieving the highest possible production values by squeezing everything they could out of the camera equipment they had available and a minimal budget.

The concept for the film was the brainchild of seasoned stunt professional Damien Walters, so it’s no surprise that action sequences, fight scenes and all manner of carefully choreographed carnage is all featured heavily. He joined forces with producer Joby Stephens to bring this vision to life in full cinematic glory.

 

Tags: Atomos | School Fight | Sony FS7 | Film | Canon | Shogun 7 HDR
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NEP Announces the Appointment of Lise Heidal as SVP, Global Media Solutions to Lead Worldwide Initiative Posted: 09/12/2019
NEP Announces the Appointment of Lise Heidal as SVP, Global Media Solutions to Lead Worldwide Initiative

NEP Group, the leading outsourced technical production partner supporting premier content producers of live sports and entertainment, announced today that Lise Heidal, Managing Director of NEP Norway AS, has been promoted to SVP, Global Media Solutions. In her new role, she will lead NEP’s Global Media Solutions Team and the company’s strategic initiative in 2020 and beyond. She will report to Mike Werteen, Global President for NEP’s Broadcast Services and Media Solutions, and become part of NEP’s senior leadership team.

 

 

 

Tags: NEP Group | Lisa Heidal | SVP | Global Media Solutions | Mike Werteen | Broadcast
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disguise solutions Powered Video-Intensive Set for Network on Broadway Posted: 06/12/2019
disguise solutions Powered Video-Intensive Set for and lsquo;Network and rsquo; on Broadway

When Tal Yarden created the projection design for ‘Network’ on Broadway he selected disguise gx 2 media servers to drive the video-intensive environment that sets the scene for the iconic story of network anchor Howard Beale. Bryan Cranston won a Tony Award for his portrayal of Beale, an ageing anchor struggling with low ratings, who unravels live on the air only to become a new populist prophet.

Based on the Oscar-winning 1976 film, ‘Network’ was directed by Ivo van Hove and opened at the Belasco Theatre in December 2018. Brian Cranston reprised the role he premiered at the National Theatre in London in 2017. The show’s limited run was extended in 2019 with the final performance in June 2019.

Video was used as a way to heighten the story of Beale and his rise to fame. New York-based disguise rental partner Sound Associates supplied the video and audio equipment for the production. The set design for the TV studio featured over 50 screens across various types of monitors plus a large LED video wall and 6 projectors powered by disguise gx 2 media servers. The capture capabilities of the servers were also used to pipe in live video footage from moving cameras on the set further enhancing the storytelling and video design.

Although the film was written in 1976, the play’s creative team made the story relevant to the time while leaving in the original period references. “We wanted to extrapolate a kind of anachronistic storytelling,” says Tal. “So, technologically, it’s not all period television sets or cameras, and some of the content - although most of it is from the 70’s - spans time.” Interestingly, in doing research for the show he found a correlation between news stories and commercial advertising past and present.

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Masstech Announces Srinivas Gankidi As New Sales Manager For India Posted: 28/11/2019
Masstech Announces Srinivas Gankidi As New Sales Manager For India

Masstech is pleased to announce that Srinivas Gankidi has joined the company as Sales Manager for India.

Srinivas has over 20 years’ experience in the media and entertainment industry, delivering file-based technology solutions to major broadcasters in India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, including Zee TV, Sony TV, SRM Channels, Jain HITS, TV9, RIL (Reliance Infocom), NTV, Star Maa, Somoy TV, and Ghazi TV.

Prior to joining Masstech, Srinivas was Sales Manager for Media & Entertainment at Quantum Storage India Pvt Ltd., and previously held sales engineering positions with Evertz Microsystems and Harmonic Inc.

Srinivas will form part of Masstech’s Asia Pacific team, designing and deploying Masstech’s Kumulate intelligent storage and asset lifecycle management solutions for clients throughout the region.

Tags: Masstech | Sales Manager | India | Srinivas Gankidi
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