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Arvato Systems re-launches Vidispine as go-to-market brand for Media Management and Monetization Posted: 01/07/2020
Arvato Systems re-launches Vidispine as go-to-market brand for Media Management and Monetization

Arvato Systems announced today that it will combine the synergistic product portfolios of its media & entertainment related Arvato Systems and Vidispine businesses, presenting them under a relaunched Vidispine brand. The move will bring the strengths of the two brands together in a more cohesive way, and give customers a clearer understanding of the product offerings.

Tags: Arvato Systems | Vidispine | Bertelsmann Group | Re-launch
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disguise r17.3 is now live: with New Key Features for More Streamlined and Efficient Workflows Posted: 30/06/2020
disguise r17.3 is now live: with New Key Features for More Streamlined and Efficient Workflows

disguise takes on the new ‘normal’ with the launch of r17.3, its latest software release that delivers an improved workflow for enhanced efficiency and successful completion of projects post-lockdown. New features include Indirections, Multi-layer Editing, Object Assignment Hotkeys, Crossfaded Loop Section Mode as well as a number of improvements and bug fixes to further streamline the user experience.

In addition to the above, r17.3 also has a wide range of other improvements guaranteed to streamline workflows including:

NDI SDK has been updated to version 4.5

The ability to point manager at a template project

Alt-drag in the feed mapping editor

Clicking a tag or note now jumps the exact frame where the tag is placed

Dither parameter added to the gradient texture tool to help reduce banding

You can now pause the playback of a Notch block

Import and Export of feed maps

disguise r17.3 is available to download now from www.download.disguise.one

 

Tags: disguise | software | r17.3 | new features | streamline | efficient workflow | user experience | broadcast | production | live events | creative deliver | visual experiences | Bubble Agency
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Clear-Com Teams up with Elevation Church to Explore Worship Workflows in the New Normal Posted: 25/06/2020
Clear-Com Teams up with Elevation Church to Explore Worship Workflows in the and lsquo;New Normal and rsquo;

On Wednesday June 24 at 10:00 a.m. PDT Clear-Com will be hosting a webinar alongside Elevation Church about how their widespread campuses are able to maintain worship services during COVID-19. Church Production’s Brian Blackmore will moderate the discussion with Elevation Church’s Technical Director Zach Kimrey and Justin Emge, Clear-Com’s Applications Engineering Manager. Elevation Church, based in North Carolina, has an extensive broadcast production setup, including audio, visuals, front-of-house, lighting, multi-site streaming and master controls, creating a fairly complex comms environment. Now, consider that Elevation Church has 20 sites and over 25,000 members in attendance across North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Florida, and Toronto, needing to engage and connect with the same standard of worship they’re regularly accustomed to.

Tags: Clear-Com | Elevation Church | Worship | Church Production | Zach Kimrey | Justin Emge
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THE AVERAGE UK VIEWER IS WATCHING MORE TV AND PAYING 25 MONTH FOR TV SERVICES DURING LOCKDOWN Posted: 19/06/2020
THE AVERAGE UK VIEWER IS WATCHING MORE TV AND PAYING and pound;25 MONTH FOR TV SERVICES DURING LOCKDOWN

A large majority of the UK population is watching more TV content since the outbreak of COVID-19, according to a recent study conducted by Netgem TV. The leading TV service has recently completed a survey with over 750 respondents to explore the different ways in which consumers across the UK and Ireland are turning to television to escape from the daily routine in lockdown.

Tags: Netgem TV | consumer research | Live TV | Films | Netflix | YouTube | news | paid for TV | BT | Sky | Bubble Agency
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ERT GREECE UPGRADES MULTI-SITE PLAYOUT FACILITIES WITH PEBBLE BEACH SYSTEMS MARINA Posted: 18/06/2020
ERT GREECE UPGRADES MULTI-SITE PLAYOUT FACILITIES WITH PEBBLE BEACH SYSTEMS MARINA

Leading playout automation and channel in a box specialist, Pebble Beach Systems, today announced that the state-owned public radio and television broadcaster for Greece, The Hellenic Broadcasting Corporation (ERT), has ordered a significant multi-site installation of Pebble’s Marina automation platform to transform the playout capabilities at its Athens headquarters, and their premises in Thessaloniki.

Tags: Pebble Beach Systems | ERT Greece | Playout | automation | channel in a box | broadcast | satellite | Pierides TechnoSystems Ltd. | Marina | Bubble Agency
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disguise xR Delivers Defining Moment in Broadcast With Katy Perry Performance On American Idol Finale Posted: 03/06/2020
disguise xR Delivers Defining Moment in Broadcast With Katy Perry  Performance On American Idol and rsquo; Finale

Technology pioneers XR Studios leveraged the latest technology from disguise to bring the future of broadcast to primetime American television when pop sensation Katy Perry performed her new single ‘Daisies’ on the season finale of American Idol. The project relied on the collaboration between the creative and technical teams led by XR Studios, with content by Silent Partners Studio using Notch VFX, direction by Silent House Productions and PRG North America as the Production Vendor.

“Started on the #AmericalIdol stage, ended up in a whole new world”, as Katy Perry wrote on her Instagram, the performance has since been watched by over 9 million viewers around the globe with over 2 million Youtube hits on top of the 7.3 million strong viewers on the night. The broadcast has left many asking ‘how was the performance achieved?’

“Having disguise for delivery of this content was crucial... there's simply no other solution out there that I would trust with this.” explains JT Rooney of Silent Partner Studios, who was the Screens Producer and led all the creative content creation.

 

Tags: disguise | xR | XR Studios | Scott Millar | Katy Perry | Silent House Productions | American Idol | Silent Partners Studio | The Squared Division | Broadcast | Bubble Agency
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DIT EDUARDO EGUIA ON MAKING THE MANDALORIAN Posted: 29/05/2020
DIT EDUARDO EGUIA ON MAKING THE MANDALORIAN

The Mandalorian is about the travels of a lone bounty hunter in the outer reaches of the galaxy, far from the authority of the New Republic. It is the backstory vision of George Lucas’, to the Star Wars bounty hunter theme that tied together Boba Fett and Hans Solo in the epic tale of Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back. The vision was brought to life by series creator and Executive Producer Jon Favreau.With season 2 production just wrapping in early February and the post-production currently underway, with automated VFX pulls being delivered by FotoKem, and the final finishing being done at Company 3, Disney+ hopes to continue the momentum of this premier franchise that helped launch their streaming service last year.

Tags: CODEX | The Mandalorian | Eduardo Eguia
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BUBBLE AGENCY APPOINTS MELANIE WEBB TO GROW BROADCAST PRODUCTION PORTFOLIO Posted: 27/05/2020
BUBBLE AGENCY APPOINTS MELANIE WEBB TO GROW BROADCAST PRODUCTION PORTFOLIO

Bubble Agency, the global PR, marketing and events specialist for the media and entertainment technology and services sectors, today announced the appointment of Melanie Webb, as a PR and marketing consultant. Melanie brings to Bubble over 15 years of experience working in the production and distribution end of the broadcast sector at agencies including Premier PR and Franklin Rae.

Melanie has held various positions within production, including TV producer, further exemplifying her strong expertise in managing and delivering corporate publicity for TV, film, media companies and brands, as well as consumer programme publicity for a range of broadcasters, independent production companies, distributors and content providers. Her client experience includes: Rough Cut, A&E Networks, Edinburgh TV Festival, Independent Films, Women in Film & Television Awards, DRG and more.

Tags: Bubble Agency | Sadie Groom | Melanie Webb | appointments | Broadcast production | Rough Cut | A&E Networks | Edinburgh TV Festival | Independent Films | Women in Film & Television Awards | DRG
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OWNZONES Connect Wins Future Best of Show Award Posted: 18/05/2020
OWNZONES Connect Wins Future Best of Show Award

 

OWNZONES Entertainment Technologies announces that OWNZONES Connect™ SaaS platform is a recipient of the 2020 Future Best of Show Award, presented by TVB Europe.

“We are very proud to receive this Best of Show Award,” said Dan Goman, CEO of OWNZONES. “Connect truly redefines the media supply chain through cloud workflows and AI toolkits. Receiving this award is meaningful because it further validates the importance of streamlining production, collaboration, and delivery workflows in the cloud in order to give audiences worldwide greater accessibility to content while helping content creators reach more users, more effectively.”

Future’s Best of Show Awards are evaluated by a panel of engineers and industry experts, and are selected based on innovation, feature set, cost efficiency and performance in serving the industry. A Special Edition of the award program was held this year in the absence of a physical NAB Show, with entries judged on their written nominations.

Tags: OWNZONES | media supply chain | OWNZONES Connect | FrameDNA | Deep Analysis | award win | Best of Show | Bubble Agency
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CODEX Media Vault Brings Efficiency and Collaboration to Design at KT Design Company Posted: 15/05/2020
CODEX Media Vault Brings Efficiency and Collaboration to Design at KT Design Company

When you introduce a new product to a mass audience at a sporting event or concert and you want your brand to be remembered and your product to be desired, who do you call? The top brands from the National Hockey League to Red Bull, and the Chicago Bulls, all start with Kristin Territo, owner of KT Design Company.

KT Design Company (KTDC) is a multimedia digital agency based in Miami, Florida that provides full-service premium production for sports presentation, event production and global brands. KTDC creates content that engages, captivates, connects, and inspires. They offer extensive experience in high production value motion graphics, animation and management of the creative process. Their unique production sets, graphic campaigns and videos can be seen on major networks and are on display inside of NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL, NCAA and MLS Stadiums across America. With a reputation for excellence and passion, KT Design Company aims to elevate brands around the world.

Tags: KTDC | CODEX | CODEX Media Vault | Collaboration
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Rise and Rise APAC Announces 2020 Pairings for Mentoring Scheme Posted: 14/05/2020
Rise and Rise APAC Announces 2020 Pairings for Mentoring Scheme

Rise, the membership group for gender diversity within the broadcast technology sector today announced the pairing up of mentees and mentors for its third annual mentoring scheme in the UK, and its first mentoring scheme in the APAC region.

The 2020 programme sees a variety of experienced broadcast sector industry leaders, at a diversity of levels of seniority, ready to offer expertise, knowledge and guidance to 30 women.

The scheme is made possible due the support from industry partners including:

• Gold sponsors – Avid | Sky

• Silver sponsors – Clear-Com | Audio-Technica Europe | Ross Video | Sony | DPP | Pixelogic

This year, Sports Video Group (SVG) Europe Women, a powerful network of women working in the sports media arena made up of members from across TV sports broadcasting, production, distribution and technology, joins as an industry partner. The initiative is supporting two women in the programme. SVG Europe Women will offer those women specific sports industry advice, sessions, events and additional guidance.

Tags: rise | broadcast | mentoring | mentee | mentor | award-winning | Bubble agency | avid | sky | clear-com | audio technica europe | ross | sony | DPP | pixelogic | Bubble agency
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vortechConnect conference goes online to focus on the technology behind media supply chains in the cloud Posted: 14/05/2020
vortechConnect conference goes online to focus on  the technology behind media supply chains in the cloud

Vidispine and Arvato Systems are pleased to announce vortechConnect, the second in the vortech.by technical conference series aimed at developers, solution architects and senior technologists in the media and video platform industry. The virtual conference will be held on 27 May 2020, together with vortechConnect’s technology partner, Kaltura, providing the virtual event platform for the event. This year, vortechConnect is co-hosted by 7FiveFive, Adobe, Bitmovin, Embrace, Hiscale, LOGIC, Nablet, Object Matrix and premium sponsor, Amazon Web Services (AWS).

Tags: Vidispine | Arvato Systems | VortechConnect
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All Of It Now deploys disguise gx 2c on Manic World Tour Posted: 30/04/2020
All Of It Now deploys disguise gx 2c on Halsey and rsquo;s Manic World Tour

American singer Halsey kicked off her Manic World Tour 2020 in Madrid in February supporting her just released studio album, also called Manic. The Manic World Tour spans 48 shows, and kicked off in Europe, with the next legs currently being planned for Asia and North America later this year. disguise gx 2c media servers were selected by All Of It Now to drive the show’s video and Notch IMAG real-time effects.

Numerous features of the disguise solutions came into play for the tour starting in pre-pro. “The show’s video design used a multi-layered frame, and the 3D workflow of disguise Designer allowed us to create parallel maps that placed content on the screen spatially without requiring specific renders for certain songs,” explains Danny Firpo of All of It Now, a disguise Rental Partner and Workflow Specialist based in San Francisco, who did the tour’s video programming with Cade Moore. “This gave us the creative flexibility to move content around the screen and explore different approaches for certain songs.

 

Tags: disguise | concert touring | live events | gx 2c | media server | Notch | 3D workflow | All Of It Now | IMAG | real-time effects | Bubble Agency
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Pebble Beach Systems Announces Strong 2019 Financial Results Posted: 30/04/2020
Pebble Beach Systems Announces Strong 2019 Financial Results

Pebble Beach Systems, the leading automation, content management and integrated channel specialist, today announced a strong set of results for the year ended 31 December 2019, with all key financial metrics ahead of 2018’s impressive figures.

The company increased its gross margin, and the net cash inflow from its operating activities. At £3.8m, the adjusted EBITDA figure was 52% higher than that for 2018. Revenues were also significantly up, at £11.2m compared to £9.2m in 2018, an increase of 22%.

Tags: Pebble Beach Systems | automation | channel in a box | integrated and virtualised playout | scalable products | flexible | financial results | Bubble Agency
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IMAGICA LIVE ELECTS ZIXI FOR INNOVATIVE CLOUD MEDIA CENTER Posted: 23/04/2020
IMAGICA LIVE ELECTS ZIXI FOR INNOVATIVE CLOUD MEDIA CENTER

Software-Defined Video Platform facilitates distribution of live sports streaming to media partners

Zixi, the industry leader for enabling dependable, live broadcast-quality video over any-IP, and award winning architect of the Software-Defined Video Platform (SDVP), today announced that Imagica Live, the innovator of the world’s first cloud-based media center for live sports streaming, has adopted Zixi and Zixi ZEN Master as the foundation of its robust worldwide video transmission network.

Since 2017, Imagica Live has operated the virtual media center for professional sports leagues and other major sporting events, ingesting and aggregating live streams from more than 60 stadiums and arenas across Japan over an IP network into a dynamic cloud video system. The real-time transcoding of those video streams is delivered in variable formats, allowing for the appropriate video to reach the teams, professional referees, Japan’s national and local broadcasting networks and overseas publishing points immediately.

Tags: Zixi | Imagica | IP | Sports leagues | ZEN Master | Yasuhiro Kawata | Michael Poppler
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