NAB Education Foundation to Recogonize Excellence in Innovative Technology Award Winners at NAB Show New York
Mon, 24 Oct 2016 17:21:57 -0400
The NAB Education Foundation (NABEF) will recognize winners of the 2016 Excellence in Innovative Technology Awards at the Innovation Celebration on Wednesday, November 9 at NAB Show New York, held at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. The Excellence in Innovative Technology Awards showcase students who develop products, services or applications that impact and promote technology in the communications industry.
Award winners were required to design a product that relates to television, radio, digital, mobile technologies, social media, streaming, information management, web or other telecommunications-based applications. The prototypes will be presented at the luncheon. In addition to being recognized, winners have the opportunity to connect with digital media companies and other exhibitors at NAB Show New York.
“The media industry is in a constant state of evolution. New technologies and products are shaping the way we conduct business and lead our lives,” said NABEF President Marcellus Alexander. “The NAB Education Foundation is honored to highlight the groundbreaking work and innovative projects these forward-thinking students have developed.”
Barry Libert, CEO of leading business model science and network optimization company OpenMatter, will provide the keynote address. Author of “The Network Imperative: How to Survive and Grow in the Age of Digital Business Models,” Libert has advised numerous technology and media companies on how to drive growth with digital platforms and virtual networks. His address will explore an emerging model of social and business growth.
This year’s winners are:
University of Florida
Briz developed the News-ready Hypervideo Player at the University of Florida’s Innovation News Center. The application allows news organizations to create easy navigation between links, videos, charts and graphics. Individuals can utilize the application without any coding education.
Adriana Becerra, Ryan Hayes, Mark Quinones, Garish Rama, Prashanna Raghavan
Arizona State University
With support from Arizona State University’s New Media Innovation and Entrepreneurship Lab, this group of undergraduate and graduate students developed two applications that utilize and showcase the power of 360-technology and virtual reality. One application was created for Cronkite News and includes several 360-technology elements, while the other is an experimental reality application that mixes computer-generated imagery, 360 video and regular video to depict the dangers of crossing the U.S./Mexico border in Arizona.
Texas Tech University
Vela developed the political gaming app Vozra through the Texas Tech College of Media and Communication, with sponsorship from the Jay Harris Institute for Hispanic and International Communication. Through quizzes, surveys and polling, Vozra educates Hispanics ages 13-18 about the nuances of the electoral process in the 2016 election. Constructed using HTML5, the app is available on Android platforms, in addition to tablets, laptops and larger devices.
To attend the Innovation Celebration, individuals can register for NAB Show New York here.
TwitchCon 2016: NewTek IP Series Debuts
Fri, 21 Oct 2016 17:21:30 -0400
NewTek announced the recent debut of the NewTek IP Series at TwitchCon 2016, the annual convention that celebrates the entire Twitch community, including streamers, their viewers and the brands that help unite them. NewTek partnered with Twitch, the world’s leading social video platform and community for gamers, to use their NewTek IP Series with the Kappa Theater, TwitchCon 2016’s primary stage for its keynote and other select large scale presentations.
Using NewTek IP Series, a software-driven, modular video production system, Twitch combined video sources from HD-SDI cameras, gaming machines, gaming consoles, and graphics across an in-house network, creating a single interconnected production environment to drive the Kappa Theater stage. IP Series enabled Twitch to drive onstage video and simultaneously deliver a broadcast feed to Twitch at a fraction of the cost and complexity a traditionally coax based system would demand.
“Working with NewTek to bring NDI switching to the Kappa Theater at TwitchCon 2016 has greatly expanded the capabilities of our production,” says Adam Contini, Video Production Manager, Twitch. “This is our first major event working with NewTek IP Series, and it’s incredible not to worry about how many inputs we have on our switcher. IP Series continues NewTek’s tradition of offering the power we need at a price we can afford. It’s usually cost prohibitive to do what we do, but NewTek has made it possible. Twitch is constantly growing, and this is only the beginning… now we’re only limited by our imagination.”
The esports market has historically relied on expensive and time consuming video and scan converters to connect consumer hardware and professional HD-SDI video. Twitch turned to NewTek to overcome this challenge, and reduced traditional broadcast hardware by replacing most of it with NewTek Scan Converter software, which takes full screen displays or application windows and sends them directly to the IP Series mix engine via the network.
“NewTek IP Series and NDI have been a huge convenience for us, because we have such a variety of content and video sources to manage. The biggest benefit has been using the NDI Scan Converter to send PC feeds out to the switcher without using SDI cables, and with IP Series we’re even pulling feed from arcade machines with an input module and Ethernet feed instead of an SDI cable,” says Josh Shaw, Video Producer, Twitch. “It’s been indistinguishable whether our feeds are coming through NDI or SDI.”
“It is such an exciting time to be on the front lines of IP video production, and we are thrilled that Twitch chose NewTek IP Series,” said Andrew Cross, NewTek President and CTO. “As more and more devices have the ability to communicate on a single network, it becomes vital that the production system can deliver and keep up with demand. NewTek IP Series is giving producers a newfound agility, enabling them to tell stories in ways no one has thought about before. We can’t wait to see what Twitch is going to do next.”
Shure Releases Latest Version of Wireless Workbench System Control Software
Thu, 20 Oct 2016 17:10:32 -0400
Shure Incorporated releases the latest version of its Wireless Workbench System Control Software — Version 6.12. The update is designed to put maximum power and flexibility into the user’s hands. The addition of several new features will help wireless users better manage and monitor wireless system performance over the network, from pre-show planning through post-performance analysis.
Shure has created Timeline — a new logging utility designed to capture essential channel status information over time. Information recorded includes RF level, antenna status, audio level, interference, ShowLink Remote Control status, and battery level. With optimized data storage, Timeline can record data from all networked channels for an indefinite amount of time, given sufficient system resources. Capturing and viewing the recorded data enables users to troubleshoot wireless system operation and determine the source of issues, should any arise. Wireless Workbench provides ultimate control over displayed information, enabling complete customization of the visualized data to best suit user needs.
Version 6.12 also includes a new set of frequency coordination enhancements, designed to provide more flexibility and power to users coordinating solutions with high-channel counts, including:
• Scan Peak Management to process and classify peaks more accurately in scan data
• Ignore IMDs to manually ignore the Intermod (or IMD) spacing parameters associated with a given set of frequencies, enabling increased counts of calculated frequencies
• Customizable Coordination Order to adjust the order in which frequencies are coordinated by dragging and dropping groups of frequencies in the Coordination Workspace.
Connecting to devices from a remote location will now be supported with version 6.12. With this update, Wireless Workbench 6 can connect to devices outside of a local network. Ideal for environments where devices are managed in separate subnets — separate VLANs, floors of an office building, venues in a park — the feature extends monitoring and control functionality beyond the local network for significantly increased flexibility and control.
To accompany the extended reach of control that Wireless Workbench now exhibits across subnets, version 6.12 will also introduce support for Access Control – a new feature that will be added to select Shure networked devices. Access Control enables users to specify PINs for networked devices that protect the device from being manipulated by any Shure control software that have not authenticated. This protection lets a team of users benefit from the monitoring aspects of Wireless Workbench without incurring the risk of potentially changing the operational status of wireless systems.
“At its core, the enhanced features in Wireless Workbench 6.12 are dedicated to putting increased flexibility and added control into the hands of users who need it most,” says Sam Drazin, Product Manager at Shure. “By adding Timeline, select frequency coordination enhancements, and Remote Device Connection, we’re addressing the complex challenges that come with enterprise-level networks and high-tier frequency solutions.”
SMPTE 2016: Leader Instruments To Showcase Advanced Test and Measurement Solutions
Tue, 18 Oct 2016 17:15:03 -0400
Leader Instruments will demonstrate its range of advanced test and measurement solutions to broadcasters and digital filmmakers attending the SMPTE 2016 Annual Technical Conference & Exhibition. The event will be held from October 25 through 27 at the Loews Hollywood Hotel, CA.
“We will be introducing new high-dynamic-range features for our LV5490 4K waveform monitor and LV7390 4K upgradeable rasterizer to SMPTE attendees,” says Pete Anderson, Director of Sales. “These will allow people in production to derive the full benefits of the latest-generation cameras operating in ultra-high-definition and high-dynamic-range. High-dynamic-range is expected be the next major innovation for broadcasting, ahead of the mainstream adoption of 4K ultra-high-definition.
“We will also be demonstrating our Leader LV5770A and LV5333 3G/HD/SD-SDI waveform monitors, LV5381 four-input HD/SD-SDI waveform monitor plus our LV7770 multi-SDI and LV7330 rasterizers,” he continues. “These are all compatible with high-definition and standard-definition signal formats currently used around the world.”
The Leader LV7390 is a compact 1RU 3G/HD/SD-SDI rasterizer which can be used to measure up to four 3G-SDI, HD-SDI or SD-SDI source channels simultaneously. It can be deployed for desktop or rack-mounted operation. Designed for easy connection into 3G-SDI, HD-SDI and SD-SDI systems, the LV7390 incorporates full-resolution 3G/HD-SDI and DVI-I rasterized outputs which allow detailed video and audio parameters be checked on a separate monitor in full 1920 x 1080 HD resolution.
The new LV7390SER20 4K upgrade allows the LV7390 to support 4K/UHD production and post. The upgrade includes 4K high-dynamic-range measurement capabilities for the ITU.BT.2100 Hybrid Log Gamma, Dolby PQ and Sony SLOG-3 protocols. This capability plus a compact 1 RU form-factor makes the LV7390 ideal for production environments that cannot accommodate a full size waveform monitor.
Also included with the LV7390SER20 upgrade is Leader’s CINEZONE HDR. This uses false color to display areas of the image extending into 4K HDR, so it can be used with non-HDR monitors. Potential 4K HDR issues can be identified quickly and easily.
The LV7390 can be configured by the operator to display waveform, vector, picture, audio and SDI status. Display of the levels of eight channels of embedded audio is standard. Display layout is customizable from a wide range of available settings including individual full screen or user-defined combinations. These settings can be configured from the front panel and saved for fast recall. 60 user-definable presets are accessible. The LV7390 can also be controlled using a USB mouse.
The LV5490SER07 HDR option for the LV5490 now enables this instrument to measure both 4K and HD HDR in ITU.BT.2100 Hybrid Log Gamma, Dolby PQ, and Sony SLOG-3 protocols.
The LV5490 offers 4K, UHD, 3G, HD and SD test and measurement features in a compact portable unit. Waveform, vector and picture display can all be viewed at the same time on the LV5490’s 9 inch LCD monitor. The monitor is full 1920 x 1080 HD resolution with a wide viewing angle and high color reproduction. A 1920 x 1080 HD DVI and HD-SDI rasterized output is also provided to feed a larger monitor. Simultaneous viewing of up to four SDI inputs is possible, including overlays. The size and location of individual channels can be adjusted on the display using a USB mouse so the user is not limited to fixed-size quadrants. The LV5490 can also be controlled remotely using standard KVM tools. Additional features of the LV5490 include video frame capture, instrumentation screen capture, timecode display, and ID display.
PILOT Innovation Challenge Announces 10 Fianlists
Mon, 17 Oct 2016 17:08:39 -0400
PILOT, an innovation initiative of the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB), announced the 10 finalists of its first-ever PILOT Innovation Challenge. The PILOT Innovation Challenge recognizes creative ideas that leverage technological advances in the production, distribution and display of engaging content. Winners will be selected and announced October 31 at the NAB Futures conference.
Over 150 ideas were submitted to address the challenge question, “How might local television and radio broadcasters engage their communities with next generation content on any device, whether big, small or moving?” The first place winner will receive $20,000, second place $15,000 and third place $10,000 to assist with prototyping the concepts. Additionally, the top three winners will receive expert guidance, access to key broadcast executives and exclusive exposure at industry events, such as NAB Show New York and NAB Show.
“The PILOT Innovation Challenge showcases and helps develop creative ideas and solutions that have the potential to positively impact the broadcast industry and its consumers,” said Executive Director of PILOT John Clark. “Our 10 finalists have come up with a variety of proposed concepts to address this year’s challenge question. We’re excited to announce our finalists and ultimately decide the winners at NAB Futures.”
See this year’s finalists here.