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Times Network adopt Quicklink TX for daily news contributions Posted: 04/11/2019
Times Network adopt Quicklink TX for daily news contributions

Times Network, a subsidiary of The Times Group, have adopted the Quicklink TX Quad to introduce guest contributions into their live daily news bulletins.

Times Network, headquartered in Mumbai, India, has a global presence across 100 countries and includes prestigious brands such as Times Now, ET Now, Mirror Now, Movies Now, MN+, Romedy Now and MNX.

Times Now News, the digital arm of Times Network, has adapted itself to serve the diverse nature, interests and delivery of its content-savvy audience.

“We use the Quicklink TX in our daily news bulletins and our recorded shows. The quality of our Quicklink TX is excellent, and the configuration was simple and straight forward” said Vignan Kumar, AVP Technical & Broadcast Operations at Times Network.

The Quicklink TX, designed in partnership with Microsoft, is a video call management system. It is a transceiver that enables professional reception and transmission of multiple Skype video calls through SDI inputs/outputs and HDMI interface. As the Quicklink Skype TX can receive from and send to any Skype user it provides unrivalled global access to millions of Skype users in order to broadcast the calls in HD quality.

Tags: Quicklink | Quicklink TX | Skype TX | Times Network | Times Now | ET Now | Mirror Now | Movies Now | MN+ | Romedy Now and MNX
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Crackerjack is Coming Back with Sam and Mark Presenting Posted: 04/11/2019
Crackerjack is Coming Back with Sam and Mark Presenting

Children's TV favourite Crackerjack is to return to the BBC, 35 years after its last screen outing.

In the new series filmed at dock10, hosts Sam and Mark will follow in the footsteps of previous presenters Eamonn Andrews, Ed "Stewpot" Stewart and Stu Francis.

Last seen in 1984, the teatime staple saw a live studio audience of children entertained by comedy sketches, playful games and music performances.

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GB Labs and Trams target new market sectors for storage solutions Posted: 04/11/2019
GB Labs and Trams target new market sectors for storage solutions

GB Labs, innovators of powerful and intelligent storage solutions for the media and entertainment industries, has formalised a storage systems partnership with Trams Ltd, the award-winning IT solutions provider.

GB Labs and Trams have already enjoyed success in selling and supporting GB Labs systems to some of Trams’ top customers, primarily to the media industry, but increasingly outside that sector.

GB Labs CEO-CTO Dominic Harland said, “Coupled with the depth and breadth of Trams IT experience in media, business, and education, it’s an excellent meeting of minds, markets, and technologies that deliver substantial benefits to customers of both companies. We’re also taking a very close look at jointly developing our respective offerings for the sports market, always a major driver of technical innovation.”

Created and enhanced to help improve demanding workflows - with the added benefit of saving users time and money - the intelligent features included in GB Labs systems are the award-winning Mosaic automatic asset organiser; Analytics Centre, and brand-new CORE.4 and CORE.4 Lite OS software.

Mosaic automatic asset organisation software integrates with AI tagging systems to automatically scour metadata, providing powerful search and highly intuitive retrieval without manual intervention. Analytics Centre provides highly useful network visibility, enabling users to see at a glance how data is being used, and by whom.

Tags: GB Labs | Storage | Trams Ltd | Mosaic automatic asset organiser | Analytics Centre | CORE.4 | Dynamic Bandwidth Control
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Jetblack Selects Yamaha CS-700 Video Sound Bar for Company and Customer-Facing Meetings Posted: 01/11/2019
Jetblack Selects Yamaha CS-700 Video Sound Bar for Company and Customer-Facing Meetings

Yamaha Unified Communications announced that its award-winning CS-700 Video Sound Bar was selected and successfully installed at Jetblack's headquarters in New York. The CS-700's integrated high-quality audio, video, and collaboration capabilities surpassed the requirements for the text-based personal shopping and concierge service company, allowing Jetblack to easily deploy, manage, and operate its 19 conference rooms that are used daily for internal and customer meetings.

"At Jetblack, we promise impeccable service and communication from the very first interaction with our customers," said Henry Yee, IT manager for Jetblack. "The CS-700 reflects that commitment to quality. We are not only able to keep pace with multiple rotating users on a daily basis but also provide an intuitive, natural, and exceptional quality experience without IT assistance or plugging and unplugging multiples cables and peripherals to make meetings happen."

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Bannister Lake Delivers Cross-Platform and Innovative Graphic Solutions for Canadian Federal Election Coverage Posted: 01/11/2019
Bannister Lake Delivers Cross-Platform and Innovative Graphic Solutions for Canadian Federal Election Coverage

Bannister Lake played an essential role in providing Canadian broadcast and online audiences with live election results during the Oct. 21 national election. In addition to providing the editorial tools to producers, Bannister Lake enabled decision desks and graphic operators to identify key races, declare winners, and organize graphic playlists. The company also devised and implemented on-set touchscreen mapping widgets and social-media solutions.

This marks the 18th time Corus Entertainment's Global Television Network has used Bannister Lake solutions to drive election coverage. Elector software was used to aggregate and manage election results and populate graphics that were rendered by four different engines: HTML5, Avid/Orad, Ross XPression, and Vizrt. This provided Global Television with multiple options to visualize election results and present them in exciting new ways. Graphics appeared as full frame, as part of the broadcast's unique video wall, as regional L-bars, as augmented reality elements, and as online winner cards that were tweeted out.

The broadcast's touch-enabled HTML5-based widgets proved to be a distinctive storytelling device. The solution allowed hosts to blend real-time data with demographics information on electoral district maps and walk viewers through trends and analysis. Since the solution was built entirely in HTML5, editorial and cosmetic changes could be executed quickly without reliance on other hardware or software systems.

"Having Bannister Lake data available on various endpoints meant we had maximum flexibility to tell the election night story," said Gerry Belec, director news technology and operations, Global News. "Once again Bannister Lake ensured that both our editorial and production teams had the data and the tools to execute a great election night broadcast."

Tags: Bannister Lake | Cable Public Affairs Channel | CPAC | Elector Election Race Software | Global Television | Cross-Platform Graphics
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Cooke Optics Brings BAFTA award-winner Peaky Blinders Season 5 into the World of Anamorphic and 4K Posted: 01/11/2019
Cooke Optics Brings BAFTA award-winner Peaky Blinders Season 5 into the World of Anamorphic and 4K

Cinematographer Si Bell and Director Anthony Byrne move crime drama series to a more cinematic look and feel

For four seasons, Thomas Shelby, his family and his gang — Peaky Blinders — have been captivating audiences around the world with this crime drama set in 1920s Birmingham, England in the aftermath of World War I. But the fifth season would mean a total change in how the series was to be shot, moving from Cooke S4/i spherical lenses (used since season three) to anamorphic with Cooke Optics' Anamorphic/i prime lenses as well as 4K for this season’s Netflix full-season distribution in the US, which became available on 4 October 2019 (UK distribution on BBC One began in early September with one episode per week).

One of the challenges for cinematographer Si Bell and director Anthony Byrne — both big fans of the series — was maintaining continuity with the four seasons that came before them, regardless of the new production changes.

“Anthony and I had wanted to do this series for a number of years, having watched all of it and always talking about it,” explained Bell. “When we got the gig, we both watched the entire series again and paid special attention to the things we loved, things we thought could be different and things we thought could be better. But we obviously had to keep continuity.”

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Broadpeak Drives Higher-Quality Television Experiences in the Android TV Environment Posted: 01/11/2019
Broadpeak Drives Higher-Quality Television Experiences in the Android TV Environment

Broadpeak®, a leading provider of content delivery network (CDN) and video streaming solutions for content providers and pay-TV operators worldwide, today announced that its nanoCDN™ multicast ABR and umbrellaCDN™ CDN selection solutions are gaining significant momentum in the Android TV environment. As the popularity of Android TV dramatically grows, with 99.2 million devices expected to be shipped by 2022 and more than 140 pay-TV operators using Android TV, Broadpeak's video delivery solutions are empowering content providers and pay-TV operators around the world to offer better-quality television experiences on Android TV screens.

"Android TV is the fastest-growing platform in the digital TV market, used by tens of millions of consumers and hundreds of operators," said Jacques Le Mancq, CEO at Broadpeak. "By integrating several of Broadpeak's video delivery solutions into the Android TV framework, we're enabling content providers and operators to take full advantage of the environment, offering support for ultra-low-latency live streaming, server-side ad insertion and replacement, advanced video analytics, cloud PVR, and the ability to deliver an exceptional UHD and HDR broadcast-quality experience."

Broadpeak will demonstrate its solutions for Android TV during the APAC Android TV Summit, Nov. 12-14, in Bangkok, Thailand at The Berkeley Hotel Pratunam in Suite 13304. Key highlights will include:

nanoCDN™ multicast ABR for Android TV operator tier: Deployed on more than 100 devices, Broadpeak's nanoCDN multicast ABR solution enables pay-TV operators to deliver content on an Android TV operator-tier set-top box (STB), using multicast to carry ABR formats (e.g., CMAF) and solving the issues of scalability and latency raised by ABR distribution.

Tags: Broadpeak | Android TV | nanoCDN multicast ABR | umbrellaCDN | APAC Android TV Summit | content delivery network
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Riedel Communications Appoints Chris Johnson as General Manager, Australia and New Zealand Posted: 01/11/2019
Riedel Communications Appoints Chris Johnson as General Manager, Australia and New Zealand

Riedel Communications today announced the appointment of Chris Johnson as General Manager of Riedel Australia. Johnson first joined Riedel Australia in 2016 to head up the company's rental operation. In the meantime, he has charted significant success in developing the business and delivering complex solutions to high-profile customers across Australia, including Vivid Sydney and the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

Before joining Riedel, Johnson was based in the U.K., where he operated his own business providing production engineering and design services to global clients such as the BBC and IAAF. In that role, he worked with Riedel on several events, including the 2012 Summer Games and the 2015 Rugby World Cup.

"Riedel Australia remains one of the key hubs for our company globally, and it has been a launching point for our growth into Asia," said Cameron O'Neill, Director, Asia-Pacific, Riedel Communications. "As the region grows, we've worked on building a strong leadership pipeline in Australia. Chris has not only been fundamental in that effort, but his technical expertise and keen understanding of our customers' requirements make him the ideal professional to step into this important position."

Johnson commented, "It's been an exciting few years at Riedel Australia as we've grown our rental operations, and I'm thrilled to continue that work across the rest of our business here in Australia and New Zealand. The broadcast and events industries are going through some really big changes at the moment, and we're fortunate to be able to help our clients navigate those changes with our solutions. We're in a unique position to be able to directly provide both the technology and the operational support that our customers need."

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GRAVITY MEDIA: A BRAND-NEW COMPANY WITH A 30-YEAR PEDIGREE Posted: 01/11/2019
GRAVITY MEDIA: A BRAND-NEW COMPANY WITH A 30-YEAR PEDIGREE

Gravity Media Group was formed in 2000 to purchase leading broadcast solutions provider Gearhouse Broadcast which was founded in 1993. In 2015 the group acquired HyperActive Broadcast, a leading international provider of post-production and live workflow solutions for both film and TV which was established in 1985.

In 2016 the group secured substantial investment from TowerBrook Capital Partners and in 2017 it took over leading sports production company Input Media and Australian communications solutions company Stranger Designs. In 2018 Gravity Media bought Germany-based Genesis Broadcast Services to meet the needs of the production markets of Northern Europe and acquired Proshow Broadcast, a leading supplier of mobile production solutions to broadcasters, producers and rights holders throughout North America. In September 2019, Gravity Media acquired Chief Entertainment, a leading Sydney, Australia-based provider of live studio and production services.

Gravity Media worked with Superunion, the leading global brand agency, to develop its new brand strategy and visual identity which is now being rolled out across the business world-wide.

John Newton, CEO at Gravity Media, commented:

“At Gravity Media we are driven by client service excellence, and we never stand still. We’re always looking and listening, keeping up with the latest broadcast innovations – or pioneering them. Above all, we channel our energy into maintaining our reputation for flawless execution, deep technical expertise, and efficient delivery.

“We use the collective pull of our people and resources to capture, craft and create world-class content that inspires and excites. Gravity Media is a brand-new company with a 30-year pedigree, a force to be reckoned with formed by the coming together of four well known broadcast and production houses: Gearhouse Broadcast, HyperActive Broadcast, Input Media and Chief Entertainment.

“We are confident that this change and our new modern branding will make it easier for our clients to recognise Gravity Media as the leading provider of live broadcast facilities and production services.”

 

Tags: broadcast | production | sport | media | news | entertainment | Gearhouse Broadcast | Hyperactive Broadcast | Input Media | Chief Entertainment | Gravity Media
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Directors Cut upgrades to Baselight for HDR and 4K Posted: 31/10/2019
Directors Cut upgrades to Baselight for HDR and 4K

Independent London post house Directors Cut Films – owned and operated by its creative staff – has invested in a Baselight TWO colour grading workstation with a Blackboard 2 control panel. Directors Cut works primarily in premium long-form television, as well as drama series, documentaries and feature films, with increasing interest in 4K and HDR.

“Being owned and run by ex-editors, we know what is required to meet and exceed expectations in post,” said Senior Colourist Andy Elliott. “We felt it was the right time to invest and embrace HDR and 4K workflows. HDR in particular produces much more of a positive visual impact, with real benefits in the immersive experience for the viewer.”

Leading broadcasters and production companies in the UK routinely turn to Directors Cut to finish major projects. While the work includes major dramas and some feature films, the company has a reputation for long form TV, especially documentaries. Recent projects graded by Elliott include biographies of Cher and Elton John, an investigation of the Bauhaus for BBC4, and Sir David Attenborough’s call to action Climate Change: The Facts.

Elliott pointed out that such programmes frequently bring together footage shot on multiple different cameras and formats, often in less than ideal circumstances. The task for the colourist is to integrate all of the footage as well as create a coherent look that reflects the story the director wishes to tell. That makes the speed and power of the upgraded Baselight suite an important asset.

Tags: FilmLight | Directors Cut Films | independent post house | Baselight TWO | colour grading | Blackboard control panel | Andy Elliott | HDR | 4K | grading suite | powerful system | asset | colourist | MKM Marcomms | MKM Marketing Communications
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First Baptist Dallas Implements DPA Subminis For TV Broadcasts and Worldwide Streaming Posted: 31/10/2019
First Baptist Dallas Implements DPA Subminis For TV Broadcasts and Worldwide Streaming

Through broadcast and online digital channels, First Baptist Dallas’ reach expands beyond its in-house attendance. With a following that spans tens of thousands of worshippers, the megachurch takes its audio and video capabilities very seriously, looking to Lead Audio Engineer Brad Roberts to choose just the right gear. Most recently, Roberts became one of the first U.S. users of DPA Microphones’ new 6066 CORE Subminiature Headset Microphone, relying on its capabilities to provide a discreet, high-quality sound for the church’s lead pastor, Dr. Robert Jeffress.

 

“I chose to upgrade the lead pastor’s microphone to DPA’s 6066 because of its impressively small capsule and redesigned headset—for such an unobtrusive solution, the sound quality is impeccable,” explains Roberts. “The 6066 is completely hidden from close-up HD camera shots and its non-reflective boom further improves the aesthetic, as it does not catch undesirable stage light.”

 

The church’s arsenal of DPA microphones also includes numerous 4061 Omnidirectional Microphones for acoustic pianos and violins in the band, a 4098 Supercardioid Gooseneck Microphone at the podium, the 4018VL Vocal Microphone when a handheld mic is needed and a wide array of 4066 Omnidirectional Headset Microphones in all 12 of its worship venues. Roberts relies on the headset mics most often during speaking/teaching presentations, baptisms and drama productions, including the church’s annual Christmas concert. Together, these solutions provide Roberts with the audio quality he desires for these large services, where all eyes—and ears—are tuned in closely.

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EditShare Advanced Security Capabilities Safeguard Trailerhaus Valuable Feature Film Content Posted: 31/10/2019
EditShare Advanced Security Capabilities Safeguard Trailerhaus Valuable Feature Film Content

EditShare®, a technology leader that specializes in collaboration, security, and intelligent storage solutions for media creation and management, announced today that Germany’s leading editorial creative facility, Trailerhaus, has revamped its media management infrastructure and security measures to meet new TPN security standards with EditShare workflow solutions. Turning out more than 300 theatrical trailers and editorial projects for the German-speaking market, the state-of-the-art facility features EditShare’s EFS media engineered shared storage platform coupled with EditShare Flow for workflow media management.

Known for its world-class creative work, the Trailerhaus post-production service offering has attracted every major production studio as well as a wide range of independent filmmakers across Germany, Austria and Switzerland. When researching its next-generation media management infrastructure, Trailerhaus Founder and Chief Creative Officer, Norbert Keil, put security alongside performance at the top of their list of requirements.

“For a facility like ours, security is priority number one. It’s as important as being known creatively. Stolen content costs clients millions of dollars and is the end of your business. And today, for our industry, the biggest risk is not so much cyber as it is the people that have access to the content and the lack of protocols around how they are supposed to handle, modify and distribute the material.” Keil elaborates, “It is good to have organizations like the CDSA and MPAA identifying best practices and TPN defining security standards that we can all follow. It gives our clients peace of mind that we are implementing the highest degree of security measurements. It also gives vendors like EditShare a path to develop the capabilities we require such as the digital audit trail.”

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Power of Baselight X on display at the heart of Inter BEE Posted: 31/10/2019
Power of Baselight X on display at the heart of Inter BEE

At Inter BEE, the FilmLight presence will be led by Koichi Matsui, General Manager of FilmLight KK, along with Yoko Kimura, newly appointed sales and product specialist. “FilmLight is one of the world’s leading companies for production and post production technology,” said Koichi Matsui “Yoko’s recent appointment underlines this region’s importance to us, and is a clear indication of the support we are giving to our existing and future customers in Japan.”

Top end post-production is placing ever-more stringent technical demands on technology, in support of the creative ambitions of directors, cinematographers and colourists. 4K and HDR are now commonplace, and 8K is being broadcast today in Japan. Recently, Baselight workstations were chosen for grading and finishing Ang Lee’s new movie, Gemini Man, shot and delivered in 120 frames per second, 4K, high dynamic range 3D.

Only the power of the Baselight X system can handle such a data-intensive project, while still giving the colourist free rein with next-generation creative tools and realtime response. FilmLight will demonstrate these tools as part of its latest software version at Inter BEE 2019, on an 8K display powered by a Baselight X grading system. This includes new productivity features such as the enhanced timeline with collapsing stacks and multiple tracks.

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ITV Sport Deploys LiveU Technology at the 2019 Rugby World Cup for Enhanced Live Coverage and Disaster Recovery Posted: 31/10/2019
ITV Sport Deploys LiveU Technology at the 2019 Rugby World Cup for Enhanced Live Coverage and Disaster Recovery

ITV Sport, premier UK sports producer for the ITV network, has turned to LiveU to provide an enhanced viewer experience at the 2019 Rugby World Cup (RWC) and as a tertiary disaster recovery (DR) solution, backing up satellite and fibre feeds.

ITV Sport is using portable LU600 HEVC units around the country in three teams, each providing a range of additional material beyond match coverage. These roving teams, with embedded reporters, send their material direct to ITV Sport in the UK for both edits and live reports. This enables the producer to concentrate on the content without having to worry about how the material gets back to the UK. Additionally, highlights presentation links are also sometimes fed via LiveU.

Roger Pearce, Technical Director, Sport, ITV Sport Productions, said, “We’ve used LiveU with our reporting teams for a number of years successfully to enhance coverage. At this year’s RWC we have two separate jobs for LiveU: live/store/forward material from our reporting teams and DR feeds from our presentation studios and OBs.”

Pearce explains that the idea to use it as a traditional contribution path only came to the forefront when they were looking at low-cost options to provide high-quality DR feeds that are completely diverse to normal fibre and satellite delivery. After testing using existing LiveU infrastructure, it proved a simple and cost-effective solution, according to Pearce.

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SPLNTR An Immersive Projection Installation Showcasing Cutting Edge Technology Posted: 30/10/2019
SPLNTR and ndash; An Immersive Projection Installation Showcasing Cutting Edge Technology

Ed Shaw of NEICO and Brett Bolton create a stunning immersive projection mapping project in the heart of Las Vegas’ Art District with the help of some of the industry’s top brands.

Tucked away in the Arts District of Las Vegas, a unique installation is taking shape. Ed Shaw of NEICO and Brett Bolton are working tirelessly to create the first of its kind audio visual art installation in Las Vegas. With the support of Avolites, Group One Ltd, AG Light and Sound, X-Laser, GLP and Notch, NEICO presents SPLNTR.

Shaw has had a love for projection since working with 1024 Architecture on the BOOMBOX, one of the first world-wide touring productions of its kind. The spark for SPLNTR came earlier this year when he saw a projection project named ‘POETIC AI' by Ouchhh in Paris and decided that having never seen anything like this in Las Vegas before, now was the time to develop his own idea for an installation. After speaking to a few people, the vision became a reality and he had the go ahead with some help from Avolites. “We were looking for an alternative to a trade show that was more appealing to our clients and designers” Stephen Baird-Smith sales manager of Avolites says “At the same time Ed had the idea for an interactive installation. We’d worked with him and NEICO before on the OMNIA and JEWEL projects so we knew we would work well together. It was the perfect opportunity to bring it together”

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