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Maxon and Red Giant to Combine Forces Posted: 18/12/2019
Maxon and Red Giant to Combine Forces

Maxon, the developers of professional 3D software solutions and Red Giant creators of unique tools for editors, VFX artists, and motion designers, today cooperatively announced that the two companies have reached a definitive agreement to merge under the media and entertainment division of Nemetschek Group to better serve the post production and content creation industries. The transaction is expected to close in January 2020, subject to regulatory approval and customary closing conditions.

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Authors and Literary Celebrities Find Their Festival Voice With DPA Posted: 18/12/2019
Authors and Literary Celebrities Find Their Festival Voice With DPA

Clarity, ease of use and the ability to match the colour of the microphone to different skin tones were all good reasons why Toby Chevis, Director of UK live events company Patch Productions, chose DPA’s 6066 Subminiature Headset Microphones to amplify speakers at the prestigious Cheltenham Literature Festival.

During the 10 day event, the company used a total of 40 6066 Headsets across eight venues, including Cheltenham’s Montpelier Gardens and Town Hall sites. Among the famous participants who happily wore DPA were Andrew Lloyd Webber, Louis Theroux, Rob Drydon and Graham Norton.

“The festival was keen to be as inclusive as possible this year, so being able to offer a microphone with varying colours option, but the same audio quality, was fantastic,” Toby Chevis explains. “I’ve been a big fan of DPA Headset Microphones for eight years now and Patch Productions owns a number of 4000 Series Headsets, but for this event we bought additional microphones.”

The Cheltenham Literature Festival was broadcast on Sky Arts, which took a mixed feed straight from Patch Productions’ desk. Audio quality was very important as it was imperative that the audience could hear every word spoken by the authors on stage.

Tags: DPA Microphones | Cheltenham Literature Festival | 6066 Subminiature Headset Microphone | Patch Productions
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Technicolor uses Baselight to create light and shade in His Dark Materials Posted: 18/12/2019
Technicolor uses Baselight to create light and shade in His Dark Materials

One of the most awaited drama series of 2019, His Dark Materials, produced by Bad Wolf for BBC and HBO, was finished at Technicolor in London. With a story set in a parallel universe that seems like the Britain of a century ago, and with fantastic elements such as giant armoured polar bears and ever-present “daemons” – animal representations of the human soul – the production is a tour de force of visual effects, and therefore somewhat demanding of the colourist, Jean-Clément Soret.

“Over the eight episodes of series one there were four directors and DoPs,” Soret explained. “Justin Brown was DoP for the first two episodes, and I had worked with him a lot in the past on commercials so we had a strong understanding of where we wanted to go. I was really happy to be able to collaborate with him again.

“Justin shot some tests – with the real locations, actors and costumes – in both 35mm and digital,” he continued. “It always surprises me how different film looks! What the tests did was allow us to create a core feel. The decision was also made to add a bit of subtle film grain throughout the episodes. The Technicolor colour science team in LA then created a LUT for Baselight, which gave us that same film feel with the digital footage.”

One of the challenges of the story – based on a trilogy of novels from Philip Pullman – is that each human character has a daemon, and humans are rarely seen on screen without their daemons around them. That meant a large number of VFX shots to insert the CGI daemons. “I found that when it came to the integration of the VFX, contrast and colour was key. The film LUT, together with the control of sharpness and softness from Baselight, was a great help.”

The first series – based on Northern Lights, the opening novel of the trilogy – moves from an Oxford college bathed in warm sunshine to “The North”, Pullman’s name for the Arctic, where the first battles take place. “We may have set the feel in the first episode, but the story develops through different worlds and different eras, so the grade naturally develops,” Soret said.

“With different directors and DoPs across the series, the colourist has to provide the backbone of the look, to create consistency while respecting each cinematographer,” he added. “Baselight allowed me to set the key looks then develop them naturally, freeing me from a constrained palette and allowing us to create a convincing visualisation of this rich and complex story.”

As well as remarkable creative control, the Baselight grading facilities at Technicolor also provided critical support in the workflow, by giving free access to all the raw footage from the series as well as the VFX shots as they developed. The practicalities of creating eight hours of premium drama in a television timescale meant that grading on specific episodes took place when directors and DoPs were available for supervision. That meant that Jean-Clément Soret could be working on three or four episodes at any one time.

The result is an engaging, enthralling drama that looks ravishing and chilling in turn. This first series is broadcast on BBC1 and HBO in November and December, while the second series is already in production.

Tags: FilmLight. Technicolor | Baselight | His Dark Materials | colour grading | Jean-Clément Soret | Justin Brown | Philip Pullman | colour science | creative control | colour consistency | convincing visualisation | MKM Marcomms | MKM Marketing Communications
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Quantum adds Cisco veteran to board of directors to help guide growth and technology momentum Posted: 18/12/2019
Quantum adds Cisco veteran to board of directors to help guide growth and technology momentum

Quantum Corp. today announced that Rebecca Jacoby has joined the company’s Board of Directors. She will serve on the Board’s Audit Committee and Leadership and Compensation Committee.

Jacoby joins Quantum’s board as the company expands its product portfolio in the high-speed processing and management of video and video-like data, and the long-term, low-cost archive of unstructured data. The addition of Jacoby to the board underscores Quantum’s drive for operational excellence.

“With the company now restored to responsible and accountable governance, and with continued significant shareholder representation on the Board, Quantum is turning its focus to growth,” said Jamie Lerner, President and CEO of Quantum. “With experience as both CIO and Senior Vice President of Operations at Cisco, a highly respected business leader, Rebecca offers a track record of operational excellence and technology leadership that will be a real asset to Quantum’s Board. Rebecca brings greater diversity to our Board, and a technical depth that will be valued.”

Jacoby served as senior vice president of Operations at Cisco Systems Inc., a worldwide leader in IT networking, which was recently ranked fifth best-managed company worldwide in 2019 by The Wall Street Journal. Jacoby held the position of CIO for 8 years and retired from Cisco in 2018 after more than 22 years of service. As SVP of Operations, she led Cisco's global operations, driving profitable growth. She also oversaw various functions including IT, supply chain, security and trust, global procurement and employee services and workplace resources. Known for her demonstrated understanding of how to drive operational excellence, innovative problem solving and talent development, Ms. Jacoby was inducted into the CIO Hall of Fame by CIO magazine and was recognized by Forbes as a “Superstar CIO” in 2012.

“With the restatement completed and new governance practices now in place, and with a sharper focus on innovation and profitable sales, Quantum has been on a roll with a brisk pace of new product development,” said Rebecca Jacoby. “This is a particularly exciting time to join Quantum’s Board, and I look forward to applying my experience to help Quantum grow and realize its true potential.”

 

 

 

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Joseph Electronics Named Exclusive U.S. Distributor for ERECA Optical Fiber Transport Systems Posted: 17/12/2019
Joseph Electronics Named Exclusive U.S. Distributor for ERECA Optical Fiber Transport Systems

Joseph Electronics (JE), the premier one-stop shop for the broadcast industry and provider of fiber termination and custom fiber solutions, today announced that the company has been appointed as exclusive dealer for ERECA, the France-based innovative provider of optical fiber transport systems for the broadcast industry.

For more than 30 years, ERECA has been developing and manufacturing optical fiber transport systems, enabling leading broadcasters to manage and distribute multiple signal formats efficiently within facilities and from remote broadcast sites. ERECA's flagship product, the Stage Racer 2 (SR2), for example, was a central component of the broadcast of the 2019 Tour de France, with 12 units employed by France Television and Euromedia to provide all the signals for worldwide broadcasting of the event.

"ERECA's optical fiber transport systems are well known and respected in the international market, and we're pleased to be able to offer them to our customers in the USA," said Carl Roszczybiuk, director of engineering for Joseph Electronics. "The SR2 is a great example of the kind of innovation that will serve our customers well, accepting virtually all standard broadcast formats from baseband to IP, with easy setup and incredible flexibility."

 

 

Tags: Joseph Electronics | ERECA | Optical Fiber Transport | JE | Stage Racer 2 | CAM Racer 8K | TOPAS 4K UE150
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Cobalt Digital New Software Defined Decoder Wins Future Product Innovation Award, Presented by TV Technology Posted: 17/12/2019
Cobalt Digital and rsquo;s New Software Defined Decoder Wins  Future Product Innovation Award, Presented by TV Technology

The 9992-DEC-4K-HEVC software defined decoder from Cobalt Digital is a recipient of Future’s Product Innovation Award presented by TV Technology. Future’s Product Innovation Awards recognize excellence in manufacturing and are evaluated by a panel of engineers and industry experts. Winners are selected based on innovation, feature set, cost efficiency and performance for use in a broadcast TV/pro Video or broadcast/online radio environment.

The RIST enabled Cobalt® 9992-DEC-4K-HEVC 4K/AVC/MPEG-2 is a broadcast-grade, multi-standard, software defined decoder that easily met the criteria set forth by TV Technology. The card is designed to address the strictest requirements of today's broadcasters while providing a painless path to state-of-the-art decoding capabilities. It offers a flexible licensing structure allowing customers to manage CAPEX while simultaneously preparing for future growth. The platform, with single-channel 4K or dual-channel 2K video paths, supports MPEG-2, AVC (H.264) and HEVC (H.265) with resolution up to 4K.

“The Future Product Innovation Awards are now in their seventh year,” said Paul McLane, Future managing director content for media technology titles. “The program focuses attention on innovation, cost-effectiveness and reliability. We are proud to recognize such excellence in our industry.”

“We are honored to have our 9992-DEC-4K-HEVC recognized by TV Technology, a premiere publication and iconic industry resource, as a product that represents the best of 2019,” said Chris Shaw, Cobalt EVP of Sales & Marketing. “We always engineer our solutions to meet our customers’ needs, today and tomorrow, with emphasis on useful feature-sets as well as respect for budget economy, and this new decoder ticks every box.”

Winners receive an award for display and will be featured in TV Technology, the leading brand covering television and media technology. All nominated products are featured in the special Product Innovation Awards ebook which will be made available to more than 100,000 readers of Future’s Business to Business brands.

 

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Cobalt Iron Launches IronClad Partner Advantage Program Posted: 17/12/2019
Cobalt Iron Launches IronClad Partner Advantage Program

Cobalt Iron Inc., a leading provider of SaaS-based enterprise data protection, today announced IronClad Partner Advantage (IPA), an all-new program for Cobalt Iron channel partners. IPA offers the data protection industry's most innovative partner program, creating a complete business ecosystem to help value-added resellers (VARs), value-added distributors (VADs), global systems integrators (GSIs), and managed service providers (MSPs) build pipeline and maintain market share.

"With IPA, we're empowering our partners to compete in the multicloud, next-generation data protection world by offering support through their customers' entire journey," said Rodney Foreman, chief revenue officer, Cobalt Iron. "That means everything from providing sales leads to backing our partners with marketing experience and providing training with advanced, proven sales techniques. IPA is the most lucrative and rewarding partner program in the industry, and it's backed by a proven sales team with laser-light focus on supporting VARs, VADs, GSIs, and MSPs."

 

Tags: Cobalt Iron | IronClad Partner Advantage | Compass SaaS | Enterprise Data Protection | MSP | GSI
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Middle Atlantic Celebrates 40 Years of Helping Integrators Build Great Systems Posted: 17/12/2019
Middle Atlantic Celebrates 40 Years of Helping Integrators Build Great Systems

Middle Atlantic Products, a brand of Legrand | AV, is celebrating 40 years of engineering professional AV solutions that deliver greater system reliability, efficiency, and flexibility to commercial and residential applications. To mark the occasion, the company held a full week of activities last month, which included opportunities for its manufacturing and office employees to come together to reminisce about Middle Atlantic's rich history, which has led the company to where it is today, and share their passion for the future of AV. In addition, Middle Atlantic sent treats to its 40 oldest customers to thank them for all their years of support.

 

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EditShare Opens Creative Production Channels for Digital Agency TeamWorks Media Posted: 17/12/2019
EditShare Opens Creative Production Channels for Digital Agency TeamWorks Media

EditShare a technology leader that specializes in collaboration, security, media management and intelligent storage solutions, today announced that leading digital agency TeamWorks Media has chosen EditShare workflow solutions as the production foundation for creating its highly engaging brand campaigns. TeamWork Media’s iconic client roster includes The Big Ten Conference, National Baseball Hall of Fame and Northwestern University as well as popular digital media property La Vida Baseball. EditShare’s workflow solutions create a connected workflow, making it easier to share content across the organization with embedded tools to collaborate on projects, streamlining the way producers, editors and copywriters evolve narratives for multiple platforms.

To power their dynamic multimedia production efforts, TeamWorks Media implemented an EFS single-node platform, coupled with Flow media management and Ark long-term storage. The tiered storage environment with embedded media management enables the creative team to better manage multiple projects and support an increase in production requirements and resources on the fly.

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ITV News boosts news gathering operations with Sony camcorders and audio kits Posted: 17/12/2019
ITV News boosts news gathering operations with Sony camcorders and audio kits

ITV News invested in 180 Sony PXW-Z280 4K professional handheld camcorders and 180 URX-P03D UWP-D wireless audio kits and Sony is pleased to announce that it has completed its full product roll out across UK regional news teams.

The new product line-up provides news gathering teams with greater operational flexibility and 4K production capability. The products were integrated into the ITV News production workflow and the TV broadcaster is now seeing the benefits.

Tags: Content creation | content | ITV News | camcorders | audio kits | PXW-Z280 | URX-P03D UWP-D
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Broadpeak at CES 2020 Posted: 16/12/2019
Broadpeak at CES 2020

 

 

Today, quality is a critical success factor for video streaming services. Consumers want to watch video in the highest resolutions, with the lowest latency, on every screen. To deliver an amazing quality of experience (QoE) anywhere on any device, content providers and pay-TV operators need innovative content delivery solutions.

At CES 2020, Broadpeak® will showcase its groundbreaking solutions that provide the best video QoE through improved delivery within the operator's network, as well as inside the home network.  Demos will include:

• Gaining control over streaming quality: Broadpeak will give a sneak peak of its new solution that improves the quality of video streaming on any ABR screen — independently from the player. The solution can be used to reduce latency on live streams, deliver higher bit-rates for on-demand content and reduce video quality changes when networking conditions vary.

• Optimizing Wi-Fi: At CES 2020, Broadpeak will launch its new Wi-Fi Optimizer, which prioritizes video delivery over the other traffic in the home (e.g., video streaming vs. downloading a file), assuring optimum quality for consumers.

 

 

Tags: Broadpeak | CES 2020 | video streaming services | content providers | pay-TV operators | content delivery solutions
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Smart-Way Raceway System Goes to the Head of the Class with Award of Excellence Posted: 16/12/2019
Smart-Way Raceway System Goes to the Head of the Class with Award of Excellence

FSR, a leading manufacturer of a wide variety of infrastructure solution products for the audio/video, Information and Communications Technologies (ICT), education, corporate, hospitality, and government markets, has announced that its recently released Smart-Way Raceway system is the recipient of an Award of Excellence from Tech & Learning Magazine. The awards program evaluates and salutes outstanding products that are improving the way educators work and students learn. Smart-Way Raceway was honored in the “Best re-invention of a classic” category.

“For 40 years, Tech & Learning has reported on how edtech products are improving teaching and learning,” says Tech & Learning Group Publisher Christine Weiser. “In keeping with this mission, our 2019 Awards of Excellence contest focused on stand-out products that are both unique in the K-12 market, as well as those that are helping schools solve specific problems.”

The Smart-Way Raceway System provides a cost-effective way for schools to get the power and data connections to the exact locations they need for reliable, safe connectivity, making it ideal for classrooms and collaborative work environments. Today’s classrooms are breaking from traditional settings with more flexible furniture and seating arrangements creating a real challenge to transport power and data efficiently. Smart-Way eliminates obstacles by allowing schools to position connections anywhere in the room, delivering the power necessary for students to benefit from the technology that comes with today’s advanced devices and connected workspaces.

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NativeWaves Uses the AWS Cloud Portfolio To Deliver A Multiview Experience To Austrian MotGP Viewers Posted: 16/12/2019
NativeWaves Uses the AWS Cloud Portfolio To Deliver A Multiview Experience To Austrian MotGP Viewers

Fans watching live broadcasts of MotoGP races in Austria have been given an exclusive opportunity to personalise their viewing experience thanks to pioneering broadcast technology developed by Austrian solutions provider NativeWaves GmBH.

NativeWaves collaborated with Red Bull Media House to debut this exciting innovation at the Austrian MotoGP in Spielberg. Fans watching broadcast coverage on Austria’s ServusTV have been able to download a free MotoGP 2nd Screen App and use this to select their preferred perspective from various camera views on their mobile devices. This allows viewers to watch all the action perfectly synchronised across multiple screens. This innovation was available for all races following the Austrian MotoGP.

NativeWaves utilized the Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud service portfolio to bring this groundbreaking experience to viewers. AWS CloudFront was used to distribute the content and achieve scale, while various other AWS services contributed towards easy development and management of this operation. Starting from managed database services to serverless solutions, AWS provided dependable cloud services to ensure the success of this project.

Marcel Hasenrader, CEO, NativeWaves, says: “NativeWaves technology answers a problem that the industry has faced for many years and we are delighted our solution allows broadcasters to engage viewers by offering additional content seamlessly across multiple devices.”

 

 

 

Tags: NativeWaves | MotoGP | ServusTV | AWS | Amazon Web Services | Second Screen
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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.”

 

 

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BroadwayHD Launches Next GenerationStreaming Video Service with 24i Posted: 13/12/2019
BroadwayHD Launches Next GenerationStreaming Video Service with 24i

24i, the industry-leading, global video experience company, today announced that it has created, and launched a new suite of applications and Subscription Video-On-Demand (VOD) services for US-based video streaming service BroadwayHD.

The premier streaming service for live theatre BroadwayHD is available online at broadwayhd.com, and via a dedicated app on iOS,Android, Apple TV, Amazon Firestick and Roku.

Included among the recent hit productions released on the service are 42nd Street and Kinky Boots, both filmed on the West End by the BroadwayHD team, along with other recent and iconic stage shows such as Cats, King and I, and An American in Paris.

“We’re committed to providing the very best Broadway streaming experience to our growing global fanbase,“ said Stewart F. Lane and Bonnie Comley, co-founders and co-owners, BroadwayHD. “We’re extremely pleased with the OTT solution provided by 24i, which has enabled us to launch our next-generation video service across multiple platforms and devices, introduce new business models and refresh and enrich our user experience. The high performance of this new platform enables us to concentrate on the quality of our content and growing the global audience for BroadwayHD.”

24i has worked in partnership with the subscriber retention management company Cleeng to deliver BroadwayHD a robust end-to-end OTT video solution that accelerates growth by simplifying the management, marketing, and monetization of its content while providing subscribers with a rich, personalized and easy to navigate experience on any device.

 

Tags: Amino | 24i | OTT | SVOD | Broadway | HD | Musical | Streaming
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