Sennheiser Launches New Frequency Variant for Evolution Wireless
Fri, 24 Jun 2016 16:47:27 -0400
With the forthcoming changes in spectrum allocation in the U.S. and Canada, audio specialist Sennheiser is anticipating future customer needs with the release of a new frequency variant of its popular evolution wireless ew 100 G3 and ew 300 IEM G3 series. From July, the wireless microphone and monitoring systems will be available in an A1 variant, which covers the frequency range from 470 to 516 MHz.
To accommodate the increasing demand for mobile broadband services in North America, the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and the Department of Industry of Canada (IC) have agreed on a future reallocation of spectrum in the UHF band. The 600 MHz range, which is currently used for TV broadcast and wireless microphones, will be repurposed based on the results of a spectrum auction.
Sennheiser has prepared for future spectrum reallocation with the launch of a new frequency variant for two of its most popular wireless series, offering its customers an additional solution today that is ready for the demands of future years. The ew 100 G3 wireless microphone series and the ew 300 IEM G3 wireless monitoring series (all systems and single components) will be produced in an additional A1 frequency variant for operation between 470 MHz and 516 MHz.
Martin Fischer, product manager for Sennheiser’s Live Performance & Music segment, says: “While the process of spectrum reallocation in North America is expected to take several years, including a transitional stage, we are creating these new versions well in advance of the changes to ensure that customers seeking a high-quality wireless solution today can enjoy the brilliant flexibility and features of evolution wireless into the foreseeable future.”
ew 100 G3-A1 and ew 300 IEM G3-A1 will become available in the U.S. and Canada from July 2016.
New FAA Drone Rules Balance Safety and Innovation, Says CTA
Thu, 23 Jun 2016 16:27:18 -0400
The following statement is attributed to Douglas Johnson, vice president of technology policy, Consumer Technology Association (CTA)™ – who served on the FAA’s Micro UAS Aviation Rulemaking Committee and UAS Registration Task Force – regarding the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) new regulatory framework for the safe operation of commercial drones:
“We’re pleased to see the FAA strike an appropriate balance of innovation and safety in its authorization for commercial drones and recognition of the value this rapidly-evolving technology offers. This is a critical milestone toward the safe integration of drones into the national airspace system – and a far better approach than the current exemption-based system – but clearly additional steps are needed such as addressing ‘beyond-line-of-sight’ operations, which will be a true game changer.
“From the fast delivery of emergency supplies to more efficient crop production and improved safety for our bridge and building maintenance crews, drones have the power to save lives and help millions of people across the country. But the growing tangle of misaligned, conflicting rules at the state and local levels threatens to choke this nascent technology. To fully realize drones’ remarkable economic potential – creating jobs, maximizing efficiencies, lowering consumer costs and fueling the U.S. tech economy – state lawmakers and local officials must defer to federal rules.
“Integrating drone technology into our daily lives and work will offer life-altering innovations across a vast array of sectors – agriculture, transportation, security – and change our lives for the better. The arrival of these rules, and the ongoing industry and government cooperation they promise, will help ensure U.S. businesses and consumers enjoy all the benefits of drones at the lightning-fast speed of innovation.”
According to CTA market research, sales of drones in the U.S. will top 2.8 million units in 2016 – a 149 percent increase over last year’s total – and shipment revenues will reach $953 million, a 115 percent increase from 2015. CTA’s biannual U.S. Consumer Technology Sales and Forecasts report also delineates expected U.S. drone sales for units above and below 250 grams, the FAA’s division for mandatory drone registration. Economic research from CTA says the U.S. will reach one million drone flights per day within the next 20 years, given the right regulatory environment.
Philadelphia Eagles Deliver NFL Draft Coverage With NewTek TriCaster
Tue, 21 Jun 2016 17:41:54 -0400
A variety of NewTek solutions were recently deployed by the Philadelphia Eagles to produce their “Eagles Draft Central” coverage on PhiladelphiaEagles.com. Using NewTek TriCaster Advanced Edition with Network Device Interface (NDI), a free enabling technology for live production IP workflows over Ethernet networks, the Philadelphia Eagles delivered hours of exclusive tailored coverage.
Thousands of Eagles’ fans turned to PhiladelphiaEagles.com, for in-depth insider information about the midnight green and black as 2016 marked their team’s landmark first-round draft pick. As part of their draft coverage, the team’s internal video production department – Eagles Network – undertook a massive effort in an attempt to satisfy their fans’ insatiable demand for “everything draft,” coverage that extended far beyond the Philadelphia media market.
Before the three-day draft event was finished, “Eagles Draft Central” would provide almost 12 hours of live coverage to the team’s rabid fan base, originating from two different studios inside the team’s headquarters at the NovaCare Complex, from Lincoln Financial Field, the stadium site a mile away, from site of the draft in Chicago, the historic Auditorium Theater at Roosevelt University, and from other remote locations using NewTek’s TalkShow VS 100 for professional Skype video calling. At the heart of this massive production effort were the Eagles’ two NewTek TriCaster 8000s, one of them running the latest TriCaster Advanced Edition software, incorporating NewTek’s NDI technology.
“Professional sports teams are the perfect demographic for what NewTek offers right now,” says Mark Leblang, Studio/Live Production Manager at the Philadelphia Eagles. “TriCaster, and a lot of their other devices; 3Play, TalkShow, and the other products NewTek offers, suit our needs extremely well. I would recommend NewTek products to anyone in our industry – professional sports teams, colleges, and high school programs. I think NewTek’s product line is so attractively priced and their capabilities exceed those of would-be competitors, that it would be considered a no-brainer to go with them.”
Now that the team’s production facility is equipped with TriCaster Advanced Edition software supporting NewTek’s NDI technology, the upcoming season’s productions promise to be even more elaborate and ambitious.
NBC Olympics Unveils Copacabana Beach Set Design for Rio 2016
Mon, 20 Jun 2016 17:18:12 -0400
NBC Olympics unveiled the set design for NBC’s daytime and late-night studio, which will be located on Rio de Janeiro’s iconic Copacabana Beach.
The state-of-the-art studio will feature two sets, one indoor and one outdoor; a main anchor desk; an interview area; and a news-update desk — all positioned to capture the panoramic views of the beach, Sugarloaf Mountain, and the Rio coastline. In addition, HD video monitors will help showcase highlights from the Games.
“Copacabana Beach is one of the most breathtaking sights in the world. It is the ideal backdrop for our daytime and late-night studio,” says Michael Sheehan, coordinating director, NBC Olympics. “With the Beach Volleyball venue just steps away and thousands of athletes and fans visiting Copacabana and Ipanema every day, we will be able to perfectly capture the excitement and celebration taking place in Rio during the Olympics.”
Ryan Seacrest will serve as host for NBC’s late-night coverage of the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. Hosts for the daytime coverage will be announced soon. Bob Costas will serve as primetime host for a U.S. television-record 11th time. Primetime coverage will originate from the NBC Olympics studio located inside the International Broadcast Center (IBC) in Rio.
This is the first time in 24 years, since the 1992 Barcelona Games, that NBC Olympics has had a major studio outside of the IBC. Its morning show for the 1992 Barcelona Olympics originated from the Athletes Village. In addition, NBC Olympics’ presentation of the 1988 Seoul Games featured daytime and late-night coverage from pagodas located outside the IBC.
NBC Olympics’ daytime and late-night studio in Rio is designed by award-winning set designer Bryan Higgason, of New York-based HD Studio.
The Opening Ceremony of the 2016 Rio Olympics will be Friday Aug, 5 on NBC.
AJA Video Systems Now Shipping KONA IP
Fri, 17 Jun 2016 10:51:57 -0400
AJA Video Systems released KONA IP, the company’s first desktop video and audio I/O product for professional IP-based workflows. Simultaneously, AJA rolled out a free v12.4 Desktop software update for KONA, Io and T-TAP, adding support for Adobe CC June 2016 releases, Avid Media Composer 8.5.3, updated Avid DNxHR support in AJA Control Room, and more.
KONA IP is the next generation of AJA’s KONA line of PCIe capture cards and is already supported by several industry-leading content creation software and solutions companies including Avid, Adobe and Grass Valley. KONA IP works seamlessly with AJA Desktop software, including AJA Control Room, Control Panel, and SDK tools. A founding member of the AIMS Alliance and participating member of the Aspen Community and Sony’s IP Live Alliance, AJA designed KONA IP to be a flexible platform that offers support for SMPTE 2022-6 IP-encapsulated uncompressed 3G-SDI video, audio and VANC data. Through future firmware updates and codec package offerings KONA IP will also support compressed codecs like J2K and advanced IP protocols including VSF TR-04, VSF TR-03 and more.
KONA IP feature highlights include:
— SMPTE 2022-6 support, offering uncompressed video and audio, with support planned for additional IP standards in the future.
— HDMI output for local monitoring.
— Multi-channel input and/or output to read or send multiple IP-based encapsulated 3G-SDI video streams to and from software applications.
— Two 10GigE SFP cages supporting several standard SFP+ modules, for easy routing of video over IP and 10GigE networks.
— Support for major third-party NLE, compositing and streaming applications.
— Software compatibility with AJA Control Room and Control Panel software.
— Compatibility with AJA’s widely adopted NTV2 SDK, for seamless integration by AJA Developer Partners.
— 8-lane PCIe 2.0 video and audio desktop I/O card.