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Video Europe Goes Back to its Roots Posted: 30/06/2020
Video Europe Goes Back to its Roots

Video Europe, leading digital cinema, broadcast and edit hire company has announced an operational restructure to streamline their business proposition.

In a strategic move decided in January and prior to the Covid-19 pandemic lockdown, the company is to return to their original and core business offering of equipment rental to the film and television industry. As part of the process, Video Europe is officially exiting the outside broadcast and flypack services market and is selling their OB trucks. The restructure will enable the company to refocus on three business channels: digital cinema, edit equipment rental and broadcast hire. No staff will be lost.

Tags: Video Europe | Broadcast | Hire Company | Broadcast Hire | Camera Hire | Cinematography | Video Production | Videography | Film Production | OutsideBroadcast | OB | OBTrucks | MCR | MCR Broadcast Hire
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Densitron appoints JAA Systems (JAA.S) as first-ever distributor in Malaysia Posted: 15/06/2020
Densitron appoints JAA Systems (JAA.S) as first-ever distributor in Malaysia

Densitron, the global leader in innovative Human Machine Interaction (HMI) and display technology, has announced the appointment of a new distributor to support the development of its Intelligent Display Systems (IDS) platform in Southeast Asia. Based in the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur, JAA Systems (JAA.S) is a long-established supplier of audio, video, broadcast and IT solutions.

Tags: Densitron | Display Technology | Control Surfaces | Control Systems | HMI | IDS | Malaysia Distributor | JAA Systems
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Mediaproxy helps broadcasters meet challenges of remote workflows Posted: 08/06/2020
Mediaproxy helps broadcasters meet challenges of remote workflows

Mediaproxy, the leading provider of software-based IP broadcast solutions, has been at the forefront of developing new television distribution workflows over the last 20 years. A major part of this has involved allowing increased remote operation of key functions such as monitoring and analyzing streams to ensure quality and compliance with international standards and national regulations.

There has been a growing interest in the potential of remote working over the last five years, particularly in allowing the coverage of news and sports events with smaller crews under the direct control of the main studio gallery. But the coronavirus crisis has forced a major rethink of how TV programs are not only produced but also monitored and distributed.

Mediaproxy has been able to offer its users, who include leading broadcast networks, streaming service operators and facilities, the flexibility to perform quality control (QC) and compliance monitoring away from the main master control room (MCR) or network operations center (NOC).

Tags: Mediaproxy | LogServer | Remote Workflows | Remote Working | Working from Home | Broadcast Monitoring | Broadcast Compliance | Broadcast Analysis | QC | MCR | NOC | OTT | Airchecks
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Densitron Squares up for Test and Measurement Posted: 26/05/2020
Densitron Squares up for Test and Measurement

Densitron, the global leader in innovative Human Machine Interaction (HMI) and display technology, today introduced a novel, square format 1:1 aspect ratio 4.0’’ Industrial Rugged TFT Module with exceptional features designed for operation in challenging environments.

Aimed at instrumentation; handheld test and measurement applications; and niche security products, the module’s in-plane switching (IPS) glass uses automotive grade fluid capable of operating from -30°c to +85°c, ideal for use in harsh environments with extreme temperatures.

Tags: Densitron | HMI | Display Technology | Instrumentation | Test And Measurement | TFT | Industrial TFT | LED | TFT Glass | PCT Sensor
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Densitron becomes alliance partner with Panasonic IT IP Platform Posted: 07/05/2020
Densitron becomes alliance partner with Panasonic IT IP Platform

Densitron, a creator of HMI technologies and a global leader in display, monitor, and embedded computing solutions, today announced that it has become an alliance partner with Panasonic IT/IP Platform.

Panasonic has chosen Densitron’s new UReady Touch Control Surface with Embedded Ethernet to be used as an AUX monitor. The control surface offers an ultra-high performance display, proprietary transparent tactile-touch buttons, and TCP/IP connection in a 2RU form factor.

Tags: Densitron | Panasonic | KAIROS | IT/IP Platform | Control Surfaces | Control Systems | UReady | HMI Technologies
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Work from home options available for Mediaproxy monitoring systems Posted: 28/04/2020
Work from home options available for Mediaproxy monitoring systems

Mediaproxy, the leading provider of software-based IP broadcast solutions, is helping its customers ensure their output of the highest technical quality at a time when many operational staff are having to work from home. The company's compliance analysis and logging systems can be accessed remotely using laptop computers to allow all confidence monitoring to be carried out.

The coronavirus crisis has made broadcasters dramatically reassess not only how programs are produced, but also how distribution operations are managed. The move to both IT and IP-based broadcast infrastructures had already made it possible for technicians to access systems from wherever they are. This option is now widely available, meaning broadcast centers can still run efficiently, while, at the same, time allowing self-isolation and social distancing guidelines to be observed.

Tags: Mediaproxy | LogServer | Logging | Monitoring | Analysis | Compliance | OTT | Streaming | Hybrid Multiviewer | SMPTE | 4k | HDR | 8K | Workflows | Remote Working | COVID-19
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Densitron introduces new UReady Control Surfaces Posted: 22/04/2020
Densitron introduces new UReady Control Surfaces

Densitron, a creator of HMI technologies and a global leader in display, monitor, and embedded computing solutions today announced the addition of three new models to its acclaimed UReady 2RU Control Surface range.

The UReady 2RU display range are large, high-resolution control surfaces that provide a comfortable, wide-angle viewing experience that can be easily configured for multiple applications and user preferences. UReady is engineered to fully respond to the needs of broadcast, telecommunications, and many other networked business applications where monitoring and control are vital operational requirements.

The new models include a standalone UReady 2RU 16.3” control surface with Ethernet connectivity operating on an ARM® platform. HMI options can then be added through the use of Densitron’s proprietary tactile-touch transparent buttons. Options range from a single row of 16 buttons up to a fully populated surface with 54 buttons for even more control and flexibility.

Densitron Global Product Manager – HMI Solutions, Bazile Peter, said, “Densitron’s HMI solutions enable our customers to create exactly the right product for their applications. Whether this is a high-performance multi-touch touchscreen, or a touchscreen with transparent buttons, or a combination of buttons and touchscreen. This modular approach ensures that a vast array of control and monitoring requirements are flexibly met.”

Tags: Densitron | Display Solutions | Display Technology | Control Surfaces | Control Systems | Haptics | HMI | UReady
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V-Nova Collaborates with Amazon Web Services for On-Demand Low-cost High-quality Contribution over Commercial Internet Posted: 21/04/2020
V-Nova Collaborates with Amazon Web Services for On-Demand Low-cost High-quality Contribution over Commercial Internet

Video compression experts V-Nova have collaborated with Amazon Web Services (AWS) to offer a contribution solution based on SMPTE VC-6 that provides an important new option for broadcasters and producers worldwide, helping to drive up quality whilst avoiding the need for costly leased connections.

The volume of premium live sport and event contribution has been growing steadily in recent years and has been primarily reliant upon dedicated dark fibre backbones. However, the bandwidth requirements of low-latency contribution encoders have meant the cost of these dedicated connections has been prohibitive for many. Lower-quality, higher-latency encoders often have to be used to mitigate against this.

The combination of V-Nova’s P.Link contribution solution based on SMPTE VC-6 compression with AWS Elemental MediaConnect and AWS Direct Connect addresses these challenges directly. P.Link offers Intra-frame low latencies and equivalent quality at up to 70% lower bitrates than JPEG 2000 solutions. Transporting these feeds with AWS enables mission-critical one-to-one or one-to-many links that are easy to set up and are available in a cost-effective on-demand basis. SMPTE VC-6 encoding also notably reduces processing power requirements providing higher-density and lower operating costs. Extensive testing conducted so far has demonstrated excellent low-latency performance for feeds including 4Kp60 transport at less than 200ms between London and Sydney.

Tags: V-Nova | Amazon Web Services | AWS | AWS Elemental MediaConnect | AWS Direct Connect | SMPTE VC-6 | Compression | Low Latency | OTT | VOD | Encoders
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IPV CuratorNow powers remote video production for Trailer Park Group Posted: 01/04/2020
IPV and rsquo;s CuratorNow powers remote video production for Trailer Park Group

Trailer Park Group, the award-winning global entertainment marketing company, which counts many of the world’s most prestigious and successful companies, brands, media properties and film franchises among its clients, is the newest customer of IPV and will be using its latest release—CuratorNow—to allow their editors and producers to continue to produce video from home. IPV is delighted to welcome them aboard.

As global events force a change in the way people have to work, CuratorNow gives Trailer Park Group the functionality they need to seamlessly continue to produce secure, high-level content for their clients at full capacity from home.

IPV CEO Mark Fagan said, “As the world headed into temporary lockdown, Trailer Park Group realised that they needed a robust solution to enable their editorial team to continue to deliver new material for their clients under these unprecedented circumstances.

“The nature of their work required a rapid deployment solution that would both scale to meet their urgent needs but also give major studios the assurance that their content was secure even in the current, highly disruptive environment.”

Trailer Park Group CEO, Rick Eiserman, said, “Video editing brings a unique set of challenges to working from home so finding a robust, cloud editing solution was absolutely critical for Trailer Park Group. With over 300 creatives working on projects for the world’s top media and entertainment clients, we required a state-of-the-art product that both we and our clients can trust.

Tags: IPV | Curator | CuratorNow | Media Asset Management | MAM | Collaborative Cloud | Remote Editing | Video Editing | Video Production | Ingest | Metadata | Adobe Premiere Pro | Media Workflows | Trailer Park Group | Movie Trailers
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Polar Graphics announces product support and technical sales appointments Posted: 24/03/2020
Polar Graphics announces product support and technical sales appointments

Polar Graphics, a UK leading distributor for the broadcast, post and pro-AV industries, has announced the appointments of Alexandros Galanos and Christopher Stone to further enhance ongoing business growth.

Galanos joins Polar Graphics as a product support specialist with responsibility for providing technical liaison with resellers and end users as well as support for product demos. Prior to Polar Graphics, Galanos was at Tyrell as a senior engineer with extensive experience in technical auditing, installation, workflow design, and technical support.

Stone takes on the role of technical sales manager, responsible for advising resellers and end users of the best product fit from the Polar Graphics product range for their specific workflow and providing full, first-hand guidance through the entire purchase process. Before his arrival at Polar Graphics, Stone was EMEA and APAC director of business development for XenData Ltd.

Polar Graphics Managing Director Peter Rowsell said, “Alexdandros and Christopher are seasoned professionals who bring a wealth of industry experience to their respective roles and I am delighted to welcome them both. The hands-on knowledge and decades of experience they possess will be of great benefit to our customers and is a clear indication of the ongoing expansion of Polar Graphics’ business.”

Galanos said, “Polar Graphics has a long and enviable reputation as a first-class distributor, and I look forward to using what I know to the benefit of the company and its customers.”

Stone echoed Galanos, saying, “With 40 years of experience around the broadcast world, I believe I am very well-placed to guide Polar Graphics customers, traditional and new, through a process that identifies the best product fits for their operation and, even more specifically, for their world region.”

Both appointments are effective immediately.

Tags: Polar Graphics | Appointment | Alexandros Galanos | Christopher Stone | Reseller | Distributor | AV | Broadcast | Post Poroduction
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IPV Names Highly Experienced Broadcast Media Leader Philip McDanell as Chairman Posted: 23/03/2020
IPV Names Highly Experienced Broadcast Media Leader Philip McDanell as Chairman

Industry leading media asset management software provider IPV today announced the appointment of Philip McDanell as Chairman of the Board.

McDanell is a highly knowledgeable executive director with extensive experience in the media and technology sector, having held senior board positions at MTV, Chrysalis Group, and most recently Peach, formerly Group IMD, where he helped devise and execute the company’s global business strategy, growing the business value from £14m to £100m.

McDanell said, “I am excited to be joining IPV at this interesting stage of its growth. IPV’s Curator platform is without doubt one of the best products that I have seen. I am particularly pleased that IPV has just launched CuratorNow to help the broadcast industry address the present market difficulties by enabling editors to work remotely on frame accurate proxy videos.”

Available immediately and deployable in days, CuratorNow fast-tracks the ability of creatives to work from any location, including their home, with just basic Wi-Fi for project collaboration using the core tools of Curator, IPV’s proven flagship video content management platform, allowing for simple scalability and an easy upgrade path.

IPV CEO Mark Fagan said, “Philip brings highly relevant experience to IPV, especially from his most recent position at Peach during which time the business expanded from a UK-centric business to operating in more than 40 countries after having transitioned from original legacy software to a world-beating cloud platform.

“We are currently in a similar position with the expansion of our Curator platform to include the remote operation benefits of CuratorNow and very much look forward to gaining from Philip’s expertise at a corporate level, as well as the demonstrable benefits that will naturally accrue to our customers, existing and new, worldwide.”

McDanell’s appointment is effective immediately.

Tags: IPV | Appointment | Chairman | Philip McDanell | Curator | CuratorNow | Media Asset Management | MAM | Collaborative Cloud | Remote Editing | Video Editing | Video Production | Ingest | Metadata | Adobe Premiere Pro | Media Workflows
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Mediaproxy organizes compliance monitoring webinar program Posted: 18/03/2020
Mediaproxy organizes compliance monitoring webinar program

Mediaproxy, the leading provider of software-based IP broadcast solutions, will host a series of webinars to connect with customers and prospects it would have otherwise met during the now cancelled NAB Show. The aim behind the online sessions is to allow people to hear about the latest version of the globally leading LogServer logging, monitoring and analysis system.

Tags: Mediaproxy | Virtual NAB | NAB Show | Webinar | Online Conference | LogServer | Logging | Monitoring | Analysis | OTT | Streaming | SMPTE | 4k | HDR | 8K | Workflows | NAB 2020 | NAB 2020
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CuratorNow Launches to Quickly Enable Remote, Collaborative Cloud Video Production Posted: 16/03/2020
CuratorNow Launches to Quickly Enable Remote, Collaborative Cloud Video Production

World leaders in Media Asset Management software, IPV, today announced the immediate launch of “CuratorNow”, a private cloud, remote editing studio for professional video editors and producers to continue to create the content their businesses’ need from home, or indeed anywhere else as global events force changes in the way people have to work.

Able to be deployed in days, CuratorNow fast-tracks the ability of creatives to work from any location, including their home, with just basic Wi-Fi for project collaboration using the core tools of Curator, IPV’s proven flagship Media Asset Management platform, allowing for simple scalability and an easy upgrade path.

IPV CEO, Mark Fagan, said, “Curator has demonstrated capability to support complex media workflows across teams and organisations, around the world. CuratorNow, a rapid-deployment version, delivered through private cloud to ensure data ownership is retained by the user, will give enterprise grade video projects the continuity they need by supporting remote, collaborative working and ensure that video projects stay highly organised irrespective of user locations.”

CuratorNow quickly enables media managers to ingest hi-res video and log crucial technical metadata; the ability to easily search and find assets remotely; to edit with frame-accurate proxies using 98% less bandwidth than the hi-res files; to collaborate seamlessly on Adobe Premiere Pro projects and to conform completed content back to hi-res, all delivered through highly secure private cloud.

Fagan adds, “To collaborate quickly and effectively, video teams need, and expect an intuitive user experience. As Curator has been developed specifically for video professionals, CuratorNow benefits from both its best-in-class UI and best-practice media workflows making it incredibly easy to use and ready to go immediately requiring no configuration.”

CuratorNow is available now!

Tags: IPV | Curator | CuratorNow | Media Asset Management | MAM | Collaborative Cloud | Remote Editing | Video Editing | Video Production | Ingest | Metadata | Adobe Premiere Pro | Media Workflows
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Mediaproxy to focus on future of IP-based solutions and OTT monitoring with LogServer at NAB 2020 Posted: 03/03/2020
Mediaproxy to focus on future of IP-based solutions and OTT monitoring with LogServer at NAB 2020

Mediaproxy, the leading provider of software-based IP broadcast solutions, will highlight recent upgrades to its industry leading LogServer logging, monitoring, and analysis system on Booth SU8502 at NAB Show 2020, taking place in Las Vegas from April 18-22.

With a growing change in direction by broadcasters away from SDI towards new uncompressed IP standards, Mediaproxy has established the way forward with its on-going engineering to support the wider gamut of the SMPTE 2110 standard. This not only includes 2110-20/30/40, but also the new compressed video essence standard of 2110-22 for 4K HDR sources and beyond.

LogServer already seamlessly supports SMPTE ST 2022-6 for both logging and the Monwall multi-panel live streaming multiviewer, which has been successfully deployed at scale, even in virtualized environments, to service the growing use of uncompressed IP formats.

Tags: Mediaproxy | LogServer | NAB 2020 | NABShow | Volicon | IP | OTT | SMPTE 2110 | SMPTE ST 2022-6 | AI | Compliance | Monitoring | Logging | Multiviewer | Monwall | LogPlayer | NAB 2020 | NAB 2020
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Densitron appoints Mark Brown to head sales and operations for the Americas Posted: 02/03/2020
Densitron appoints Mark Brown to head sales and operations for the Americas

Densitron, a creator of HMI technologies and a global leader in display, monitor, and embedded computing solutions, has announced the appointment of Mark Brown as Director of Sales and Operations for the Americas. A sales and business development executive with extensive knowledge and relationships in the IoT space of Industrial, Medical, Security, Consumer and Test & Measurement markets.

Brown joins Densitron having led technical sales organisations focusing on hardware, software, firmware and associated development tools for complex semiconductors such as FPGAs, custom ICs, wireless connectivity solutions and control systems.

Brown held senior positions at QuickLogic, OKI Semiconductor and ChipX. He also drove sales of RF microwave, wireless modules and services at California Eastern Laboratories across the Americas; and serving as VP, Business Development and Sales at wireless solutions company MMB Networks.

At Densitron Brown will be charged with further expanding the global reach of the company’s control surfaces, control systems, monitors and displays. In particular, Brown will be exploring new markets, in broadcast and elsewhere, for the Intelligent Display System (IDS) platform. Combining proprietary hardware and software that allow broadcasters to connect, control and automate devices and activities in and around the studio.

Simon Jones, Managing Director of Densitron, says: “Mark’s unique background and extensive relationships across the Americas will help bring Densitron’s game-changing control surfaces and control systems to new markets and customers. We are hugely excited by the potential to raise awareness of our entire product range, and Mark will be an integral part of this next major stage of our development.”

Mark Brown adds: “I’m honored to be a part of this team, and I look forward to implementing sales and operational strategies that foster long-term partnerships and long-term growth. I’m excited to put my experience to work at Densitron, delivering value-added display solutions and exceeding our customer expectations.”

Tags: Densitron | Appointment | Mark Brown | Densitron USA | HMI Technology | Control Surfaces | Control Systems | Broadcast
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