LTS Showcase Preview: A Roundup of Exhibitor Offerings, Part 4
The 2012 League Technology Summit is fast approaching, and SVG will have more exhibitors on the Technology Showcase floor than ever before. In the weeks leading up to LTS, SVG is highlighting the new products and latest technologies that will be on display at the New York Hilton on Dec. 10 and 11.
Broadcasters create more content and deliver to more screens than ever before. Adobe broadcast solutions help them meet that challenge by giving production and distribution teams the industry-leading tools they need to effectively create engaging content that can be published, targeted, and optimized—so broadcasters can streamline production workflows and boost revenue while reaching audiences everywhere
Aspera will be showcasing new solutions for next-generation file sharing, new-content distribution, and automation frameworks that exploit Aspera’s fasp transport platform for high-speed, secure global data delivery — including new options for mobile and cloud — and highly scalable data synchronization and replication over the WAN. Aspera technology is redefining what can be achieved with large-scale file-based workflows in support of global content supply chains and is used to transport petabytes of data each day. More than 1,800 organizations worldwide — including Hollywood studios, major broadcasters, and sports leagues — rely on Aspera software for global transport of their most precious digital assets.
The Avid Interplay v. 1.3 user interface extends the media-production environment through Web-based and mobile devices. Created to simplify media production, installation, and maintenance, Interplay Central delivers improved accessibility for media professionals to create, edit, distribute, and manage media. Whether creating news packages, logging reality-TV footage, or editing and sending video for review and approval, users save several steps with a single browser-based view. Interplay Central can be used with Avid’s Interplay Production and iNEWS systems. Specific features include a new sequence pane, DNxHD 85/100-format support for sports workflows, and enhanced field-journalist capabilities.
Bexel, a unit of Vitec Group’s Services Division, will offer attendees a glimpse inside the broadcast announce booth of the future. The booth, already deployed by current Bexel customers, offers maximum versatility and connectivity to the main television compound via only five strands of glass for all audio, video, communications, and data requirements. To accommodate this soon-to-be industry standard, Bexel’s custom “booth fiber kit” allows movement of 18 3G signals, 48 separate audio paths, eight configurable communications channels, eight prewired stereo rewetted IFBs, and multiple data paths, with redundant UPS battery backup. Additionally, the broadcast booth of the future calls for energy-efficient, lightweight, and low-power LED lights. To meet these requirements, Bexel will showcase Litepanels’ Hilio and Sola 6. Other highlights include the Falcon Sportscaster Console, a small, versatile talk-back box; the latest headset mics from Sennheiser; and the new Camera Corps QBall preset HD robotic POV camera.
Blackmagic Design will be showing the Teranex line of video processors, ATEM Production Switchers, and the new Blackmagic Cinema Camera. The Teranex line of video processors are advanced standards converters with up, down, cross, standards conversion, noise reduction, and more. The ATEM Production Switcher family is an advanced range of broadcast quality 1 M/E and 2 M/E live production switchers. And the Blackmagic Cinema Camera is a 2.5K digital film camera with super wide 13 stops of dynamic range for a true film look.
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Brevity will showcase its sports-industry focus that improves file-based workflows across the most demanding, time-sensitive, and complex requirements.
By supporting EVS Broadcast formats as well as Avid DNxHD, ProRes, RLE, and other leading formats, Brevity transcodes sports highlights and graphics known as “melts” on the fly, converting them in transport to editing formats needed to create sports programming. It can then send the finished segments back to the EVS server for immediate playout, without any intermediate steps.
Brevity V3 moves securely encrypted files over Internet, fiber, or data satellite up to 30 times faster than otherwise possible while maintaining high-quality resolution and support for leading industry codecs and formats, such as Avid DNxHD, EVS MXF, Apple Final Cut Pro, Sony cameras, and others. Brevity has been tested successfully on uncompressed, high-bitrate video, 2K and 4K DPX files, as well as compressed HD and SD files. Using a cloud-based enterprise media-management and collaboration solution, Brevity features automated project-driven workflows, advanced algorithms, virtual storage, Web-based interfaces, and teraflops of computing power.
Calrec Audio will be demonstrating its Artemis console. Based on the Apollo platform, the console is available in three sizes and features the same Bluefin2 and Hydra2 technologies. Routing and processing capacity provides up to 680 channel-processing paths, up to 128 program buses, 64 IFB/track outputs, and 32 auxiliaries.
The plug-and-play architecture of the Hydra2 audio-routing system means that connecting consoles is as simple as connecting their routers, with a single connection between routers providing 512 audio signals in both directions and enormous network expansion. The router does not require an entire console system to function, so complex networks can be created with minimal cost.
The Canon EOS C100 digital video camera is the latest addition to the Cinema EOS family, bringing together the technology of Canon CMOS sensors, DIGIC DV III image processor, and EF lens compatibility in a smaller, lighter body. Modular and compatible with a host of Canon and third-party accessories, the EOS C100 brings true cinema quality to video production. Operability and customization make the EOS C100 suitable for one-person operation while providing expanded professional capabilities, such as HDMI output with embedded timecode, support for external recorders, remote operation, and complete manual control over both video and audio recording.
Cobalt Digital’s MADI card is designed to enhance audio in trucks. The 2RU 9374-EMDE Quad Stream SDI/AES/MADI embedder/de-embedder offers an unrestricted audio crosspoint for routing between channels up to four SDI streams, discrete AES-3id, and AES-10 MADI interfaces. Also available: embed-/de-embed–only versions, dual SDI stream 9372, and single SDI stream 9371.
The 9257 1×9 MADI audio-distribution amplifier for AES10 MADI signal distribution supports sampling frequencies up to 96 kHz, with a 64-channel payload supported at 48-kHz sampling rate (other sampling rates specified as valid per AES10-2003 also supported).
Cobalt will also feature the affordable Blue Box Group converter boxes, which offer excellent performance and installation practicality.
Ericsson’s Digital Satellite News Gathering (DSNG) products are intended to enable coverage of live events with the best possible picture quality, cost-effectively and reliably.
The AVP 3000 Voyager, Ericsson’s sixth-generation DSNG product, supports all encoding formats and connectivity to both IP and satellite networks in a software-upgradable platform, ensuring maximum flexibility and return on investment.
The RX8200 advanced modular receiver complements the capabilities of the AVP 3000 Voyager. It is a configurable multicodec platform with DVB-S2 satellite, IP, and ASI connectivity options.
Evertz will showcase its Dreamcatcher live slow-motion replay server. Launched at this year’s NAB Show, it features editing technology that produces reliable and precise slo-mo replays.
Highly scalable, flexible system architecture allows Dreamcatcher to scale to suit the needs of any live production event from a small sports event to one of Olympic-sized proportions. The server supports 3G, HD, and SD baseband I/O. An eight-channel system packaged in 2RU can provide more than 70 hours of high-performance, fault-resilient HD storage.
Leveraging Evertz’s intuitive integrated multiviewer and control surface, Dreamcatcher’s control interface allows operators to create customized work surfaces for more-efficient workflows.
Among the new toys that Inertia Unlimited is bringing to the League Technology Summit is X-MO Blue (powered by Phantom), a lighter, more compact, and simplified X-Mo camera body optimized for handheld work. Blue will also demonstrate the X-Mo setup that captured the now-legendary Pence triple-hit double for Fox Sports during the NLCS this year.
Inertia Unlimited’s latest wearable camera, Refcam (as seen on HBO Boxing), is a concealed, HD RF camera, and the new sideways-shooting HD POV lens is super-wide (65 degrees) with no distortion.
Live video production has evolved dramatically into a new generation of programming. Programs once delivered to a single channel for one-time viewing are now intended for multiple screens, on-demand, online, and social media platforms. With this radical shift, producers understand they must engage viewers when and where they are ready; with the compelling, supplementary content they demand.
NewTek has been at the forefront of these changes and will be showcasing a variety of products including TriCaster 8000, a complete live production and media publishing solution with everything that happens on-screen, under your control and 3Play 425, which delivers the professional instant replay that will put you head-and-shoulders above the local competition, and propel you into the majors. Featured with the products will be the ChyronIP, bringing the power of Chyron graphics to NewTek.
NextComputing will showcase high-performance computing solutions for live video production, featuring real-time graphics driven by Vizrt and NVIDIA Quadro.
According to the company, the briefcase-size Radius EX is a mobile workstation with more horsepower than any laptop can provide. With the processing, memory, and storage to smoothly run applications, plus the expansion space for full-size NVIDIA Quadro GPUs, the Radius EX takes the power of a desktop workstation anywhere it’s needed.
The Nucleus RM compact 3RU system provides the same fast processing, storage, and I/O found in larger server configurations but in a smaller form factor.
Visitors to the NextComputing table will have the chance to enter a drawing to win a PNY Prevail 240-GB solid-state drive, presented by partners PNY Technologies.
Orad’s new VJ studio server will be controlled by the Playmaker replay server. This is a best-of-both-worlds solution for studio or truck. Orad will also be showing Interact, an iPad graphics controller allowing talent to interact with and control graphics, whether in a standard studio with virtual augmentation or in a true virtual environment. Orad’s iPad Interact solution provides a real-time feedback loop so talent can see the video live.
Quantum’s new Lattus family of wide-area–storage solutions provides globally distributed disc-based archives that are scalable and cost-effective and allow storage of data forever on disc without interruption or migration. Integrating dispersed object storage and Quantum file-system technologies, these solutions offer a new approach to archiving that overcomes the limitations and inefficiencies posed by traditional disc architectures in multi-petabyte storage environments. Lattus-X, the first product in the Lattus family, provides a wide-area–storage solution with NAS access and will be generally available next month. Lattus is built to address the challenges inherent in current solutions based on RAID architectures that grow to the petabyte level and beyond in such industries as digital media, science research, surveillance, and energy exploration.
RTW (Group One)
Group One will exhibit RTW’s TM3 and TM9 TouchMonitors fully equipped with the latest software options, including the popular RTA analyzer for the TM9. RTW invites attendees to stop by the Group One booth for product demonstrations.
The TM3 includes features of the larger TM7 and TM9 TouchMonitor versions and is controlled via touch-sensitive display. With a budget-friendly base price, 4.3-in. touchscreen, and stylish exterior allowing for horizontal and vertical placement, the TM3 is a compact solution suited to editorial offices, edit suites, and small control rooms.
Introduced in 2010, the TouchMonitor series is designed to support all relevant loudness recommendations, such as EBU R128 or ATSC A/85, with true peak metering, flexible I/O options with up to 16/32 input channels, a fully modular software design, and more. On display will be the TM9, which combines flexibility and modularity with an intuitive, 9-in. GUI touchscreen.
SOS Global Express
SOS Global Express opened its London office in 2010 but now can say it was fully tested during the 2012 London Olympics. Among many other jobs during and after the Games, SOS coordinated an MD11 air charter to New York carrying gear needed for delivery the same day of arrival.
The company’s projects this year also included its 25th consecutive Super Bowl; major tennis and golf tournaments worldwide; X Games coverage in the U.S., China, and Europe; and U.S. presidential-election coverage.
The SOS team is preparing to support customers from around the world during the Confederations and World Cups in Brazil, 2014 Winter Olympics (Sochi, Russia), and newly expanded Global X Games.
Telestream will demonstrate several new ingest, transcoding, and live-streaming–production solutions for sports-video professionals. Pipeline Replay live video analysis system allows sports teams and organizations to instantly capture and view multiple synchronized HD camera angles from the timeline. Vantage Multiscreen provides GPU-accelerated, adaptive-bitrate transcoding and packaging for multiscreen distribution, including OTT, tablets, and mobile devices. Telestream Wirecast live-streaming–production software features new integrations with XOS for dynamic digital scoreboard insertion, Matrox VS4 Quad HD-SDI video capture, and 1 Beyond Wrangle Stream Machine portable system. Priced under $5,000, the portable solution is suited for college sports-video needs.
Teradek will showcase Bolt and Link, two products that facilitate live sports broadcasts and performance review. Teradek Bolt, a wireless 3G-SDI transmitter that sends HD video at up to 300 ft. with no delay, provides instantaneous monitoring and review.
Teradek Link mobile bonded cellular hotspot enables sideline videographers to wirelessly stream live HD footage over multiple cellular connections to a destination of their choice. It also enables broadcasting live behind-the-scenes footage from locker rooms or while on the road.
Vizrt will display the LiberoHighlight sports-analysis system, which combines 3D replays with telestration and interactivity to provide stunning game insights.
Vizrt will also display Viz Trio character generator for live sports events. Standings and statistical data are easily imported into the system or changed live, and controls for scoreboards and other graphics are within the operator’s easy reach.