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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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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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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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Pixel Artworks Makes A Splash With The International Swimming League Posted: 22/11/2019
Pixel Artworks Makes A Splash With The International Swimming League

Pixel Artworks, the award-winning specialists in light and pixel technology, today announced the company was behind the creation of the dynamic set and show experience for the recent first world tour of The International Swimming League (ISL), a new start up swimming competition that is changing the world of competitive swimming.

Swimming is a hugely popular sport during global events including the Olympics and World Championships, and The International Swimming League aims to re-envisioning the sport, bringing it to a new social audience to increase engagement and promote public health. The ‘matches’ feature fast-paced, electrifying short-course swimming sessions with the world’s most elite swimmers competing, including Olympic and World Champions from over 10 different countries.

The ISL approached Pixel Artworks in October 2018 to create a unique audio visual sporting experience to fit with the leagues vision of reinventing swimming and spectating for a new generation.

Pixel Artworks created the huge modular set with a 67sqm of 2.6mm pixel pitch LED that radically changes the shape and angles of each of the venues. To create a fanfare and an engaging atmosphere throughout each event, Pixel Artworks produced a graphical video that acts as the narrative for each ISL ‘match’. The accompanying sound design was digitally composed to build a soundscape that heightens the senses and intensified the audience and viewer experience, designed to emphasise the narrative of the celestial origins of swimming.

Tags: Pixel Artworks | Pixel Technology | ISL | Audio Visual | LED
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X2X Media Group Announces Formation of Specialized Production Services Division Posted: 20/11/2019
X2X Media Group Announces Formation of Specialized Production Services Division

 

X2X Media Group, the entertainment industry leader in the development of secure communication and content management solutions, has announced the formation of X2X Labs, a highly technical team focused on developing specialised services and workflows in pre-production, on set, and throughout the post process. X2X Labs will help accelerate the adoption of new products and services that brands PIX and CODEX introduce to the market, provide valuable feedback on product direction, and provide tailor-made solutions in the rapidly evolving production landscape.

X2X Labs, will be under the direction of Craig Mumma, a 20-year production industry veteran and his scope is to provide custom solutions including API gateway extensions, third-party integrations, bespoke hardware and software solutions and on-location support.

Tags: X2X | Entertainment Industry | PIX | CODEX | Craig Mumma
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disguise and Evolve Media Group Announce New Partnership Posted: 19/11/2019
disguise and Evolve Media Group Announce New Partnership

disguise is pleased to announce its new partnership with Evolve Media Group as the latest Rental and Sales Partner in the US for disguise solutions.



Tags: disguise | Evolve | technology | Grif Palmer | Tyler Mayne | gx2 | vx 4 | 4K
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DPP launches industry-wide sustainability initiative Posted: 14/11/2019
DPP launches industry-wide sustainability initiative

The DPP Committed to Sustainability Programme provides a self-assessment checklist that enables companies to record their progress in implementing sustainability policies, and awards them a score out of five. Completion of the assessment entitles a company to display the Committed to Sustainability mark, and to publicise their engagement with the Programme.

The score is private to the company concerned, but it can be used in procurement submissions, in marketing, and as a motivating force for further improvement. The DPP will monitor the average score for the media industry as a whole, and report regularly on the sector’s progress.

The Programme is available to all companies, free of charge, irrespective of whether they are a member of the DPP.

“We all have an obligation to take action to address the climate emergency.” says DPP Managing Director, Mark Harrison, “This programme creates a simple and effective means for all media companies to ensure they understand how they can minimise their environmental impact - and record their progress.”

The Committed to Sustainability Programme is enabled by DPP member company Atos, which, along with other members, shared its own expertise to help the DPP shape the new scheme.

Tags: The DPP | Sustainability Programme | Mark Harrison | Atos | OTTs | SVG
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Perfectly in sync: Atomos and Timecode Systems reveal first generation of a new, integrated product range at Inter BEE 2019 Posted: 14/11/2019
Perfectly in sync: Atomos and Timecode Systems reveal first generation of a new, integrated product range at Inter BEE 2019

Take a global leader in recorder-monitors and add to it the clout of a powerful wireless sync platform and you get boundless opportunities for multicamera content creation of every budget and genre. The announcement of the acquisition of Timecode Systems by Atomos a few weeks ago came with a bold promise of a new, more democratic era for multicamera video production. And at this week’s Inter BEE exhibition in Japan, the newly joined companies are showing they’re already making significant headway on delivering this vision.

For InterBEE 2019, Atomos is putting the AtomX SYNC accessory for the Ninja V centre stage. It’s the first product from the recorder-monitor leaders to include fully integrated Timecode Systems sync power. This adds advanced wireless sync and remote device control features to the Ninja V’s feature set. Attaching the module locks the connected camera into a robust, frame-accurate sync with other Ninja Vs, and also any other sound and video devices, and even compatible smartphone camera apps using Timecode Systems products.

Tags: Atomos | Timecode Systems | Multicamera Video Production | Inter BEE Japan | AtomX SYNC | Ninja V
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CLEAR-COM APPOINTS DWR DISTRIBUTION AS AUTHORIZED PARTNER IN SOUTH AFRICA Posted: 14/11/2019
CLEAR-COM APPOINTS DWR DISTRIBUTION AS AUTHORIZED PARTNER IN SOUTH AFRICA

Clear-Com® has appointed DWR Distribution as a new Authorized Partner in South Africa, as its reach in the local live events and house of worship sectors continues to grow.

DWR Distribution supplies, installs and services audio, lighting and AV equipment for the entertainment sector in South Africa. Established in 2006 in Johannesburg, the company works with leading theaters, auditoriums, shopping malls, museums and houses of worship to provide reliable and trusted solutions for live events. Installations include Johannesburg Civic Theatre, The Freedom Park Museum, The Mandela Museum and Durban Art Gallery.

Richard Palmer, Regional Sales Manager Southern Europe and Africa, Clear-Com, said, “The DWR Distribution team has a well-earned reputation for excellent technical knowledge, honest advice and outstanding customer service. We are pleased to work with them as we continue to extend Clear-Com’s footprint in the region.”

Duncan Riley, founder, DWR, said, “DWR Distribution has grown as a company as well as the product range we offer. Our clients would like a one-stop-shop and there was a need for a communications system to fill the gap. We did a lot of research considering price point versus versatility and quality, and Clear-Com was the clear choice. We are really looking forward to this new opportunity - there’s already excitement in the air to present a robust and flexible communications system to the people working on live performances.”

Tags: Clear-com | house of worship | DWR distribution | South Africa | Richard Palmer
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Atomos releases Sumo 19 switching upgrade at Inter BEE 2019 show Posted: 14/11/2019
Atomos releases Sumo 19 switching upgrade at Inter BEE 2019 show

At the Inter BEE show in Tokyo this week Atomos will make multi-camera switching and recording even easier with the release of a live asynchronous switching and quad ISO recording update for the Sumo 19 HDR monitor/recorder/switcher. AtomOS 9.2 for Sumo 19 turns it into the simplest way to record and switch multi-camera events, being intuitive, extremely portable and highly cost-effective.

 

Up to five 1080p60 streams can be recorded simultaneously - four separate ISOs and the program out to the same SSD drive in Apple ProRes® or Avid DNx formats. This can now be done without the need to synchronize the cameras together using genlock. The channels can be switched in real-time at the touch of the screen and the resulting switched output recorded to the separate fifth channel, as well as output on either HDMI or HD-SDI. Each switch also signals a metadata cut/edit point that the Sumo 19 writes to the disk as an XML file. The ISOs can subsequently brought directly into your NLE’s timeline* with the edits already in place, all ready for fine tuning or re-editing. You can even configure the touchscreen to respond differently to single and double taps, giving the choice between a hard cut or a dissolve being written into the XML file. This will in turn tell the NLE which transition type it should use.

 

Tags: Inter BEE | Tokyo | Atomos | Sumo 19 HDR | AtomOS 9.2
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Visual Data Media Services invests and pound;250k in State-of-the-Art Cinema and Mastering facilities Posted: 14/11/2019
Visual Data Media Services invests and pound;250k in State-of-the-Art Cinema and Mastering facilities

 

Visual Data Media Services, the leading provider of digital supply chain services to global content owners and distributors, has announced the opening of a cutting-edge digital cinema at its leading facility in West London, UK.

The new cinema is fully 4K and Dolby Atmos capable and comprises a 10-seat theatre built around a NEC 4 projector and fed by a Doremi digital cinema server. A Dolby Atmos CP950 sound processor is linked to 28x JBL speakers and 14x 1KW Crown amplifiers.

Of particular interest is the 4-meter-wide acoustically transparent woven fabric screen. This is designed to Dolby and THX standards, and allows users to hear the cinema audio without the distraction of the perforations that are typically required to allow the sound from speakers mounted behind the screen to travel into the auditorium.

“This is the final time that many of our clients will see their film before it is distributed to the cinema network and it’s important that they have no visual distractions and are also assured that they’re reviewing their content in a high-end and fully calibrated environment,” explains David Margolis, Director of Digital Cinema at Visual Data Media Services.

Tags: Visual Data Media Services | digital supply chain | global | digital cinema | 28x JBL speakers | 14x 1KW Crown amplifiers | 4K QC
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