Hitachi Intros 4K UHD, 2/3-inch Optics Production Camera System
Wed, 17 Sep 2014 09:14:59 -0400
Hitachi Kokusai Electric announced that it has developed the SK-UHD4000, a broadcast 4K Ultra-HDTV camera system which uses the 2/3-inch B4 mount lenses of conventional (2K) HDTV broadcast cameras.
The use of standard HDTV lenses eliminates the need for optically degenerative lens mount adapters. This technological advantage allows broadcasters and production companies to effectively use their existing camera lenses to shoot video in 4K resolution, while capitalizing on well-established TV production workflows associated with normal HDTV cameras. UHD-1 or 4K is quickly becoming the mainstream high-end production picture recording format because of its high-resolution and picture quality.
The SK-UHD4000 is an equally innovative broadcast 2K HDTV camera system since it also has a market-leading, super-sampled, simultaneous 2K resolution image output. It foremost provides effective solutions to some the biggest challenges faced by live sports and television studio production today…one of which is the lack optical depth-of-field and practical lens controls.
The SK-UHD4000 is equipped with new 2/3-inch MOS sensors. These sensors acquire video images with no smear, high sensitivity, high resolution and increases in power efficiency. New functional developments in lens’ aberration corrections allow the SK-UHD4000 to make the best possible image by correcting optical flaws found even in the most expensive HDTV lenses. The camera system comes equipped with the full array of advanced production functions and tools that have become synonymous with HITACHI HDTV broadcast cameras.
Showcased at the Hitachi Kokusai Electric booth at IBC2014, pricing will be announced at the show.
Clear-Com Unveils LINQ Product Line
Tue, 16 Sep 2014 10:05:18 -0400
Clear-Com has introduced the LINQ product line. LINQ interfaces are compact devices that enable connection of two-wire partyline with call signaling and four-wire audio over LAN, WAN or Internet IP infrastructures. Based on Clear-Com’s patented I.V.-Core technology, LINQ provides the industry with the next step in intercom/audio linking technology.
LINQ is available in two-wire (LINQ-2W2) or four-wire (LINQ-4W2) options. The LINQ-2W2 is both Clear-Com and RTS TW compatible. The LINQ-4W2 can interconnect with devices, such as analog ports of any matrix intercom system, analog telephone circuits, two-way radio gateways and audio consoles. A maximum of six LINQ IP interfaces can be linked together in any 2- or 4-wire combination.
LINQ uses the OPUS high quality audio CODEC. The bitrate, bandwidth, and delay can be changed quickly and smoothly without introducing any distortion or discontinuity in the audio. As a low audio latency communication link, LINQ can be used for natural intercom conversation, networked music performances and for audio signals that are transported via different facilities (transmission synchronization).
The creation of virtual partylines within a linked group is an exclusive feature. Channels from any of the six devices in the network can be linked to create common virtual partylines. At least two channels must be associated to each other. LINQ utilizes a touch-friendly web-based user interface to configure, control and monitor any device within a linked group.
Stephen Sandford, Product Manager, Clear-Com, said, “Clear-Com continues to lead the field of connecting or extending intercom over IP. LINQ is a simple yet significant development that enables users to expand their remote communications quickly and easily.”
NewTek Launches TalkShow VS-100 Video-Calling Production System
Mon, 15 Sep 2014 09:01:11 -0400
NewTek unveiled TalkShow VS-100, a video calling production system designed specifically for television studios and live video producers. With TalkShow, any television or live video producer can easily reach 300 million monthly connected Skype users and incorporate them as guest speakers into live programs with full-frame Skype video calls.
The turnkey TalkShow system builds upon Skype TX software from Microsoft for initiating, receiving, monitoring, and managing video calls, with a unique set of live production tools not found in other video calling systems. With TalkShow, users have access to customisable settings for fully color correcting live video calls (including features for automatic color balancing) as well as SDI-embedded audio, and compressor/limiter, equalisation, and adjustable head-room controls for further improving audio quality. These tools allow producers to deliver enhanced video/audio experiences that are critical when producing credible, high-quality broadcast programming and are simply not possible with standard desktop video messaging products. Additionally, producers using TalkShow with TriCaster multi-camera video production systems will be able to route Skype video calls directly to and from a TriCaster over a network connection without tying up an additional HD-SDI input.
“Almost every live TV and video program includes a conversation between people—whether it’s a news or entertainment show, a sporting event, or even a corporate meeting,” said Dr. Andrew Cross, president and CTO of NewTek. “While there’s been a growing trend to incorporate social media—such as live Twitter feeds—directly into these programs, integrating a two-way dialogue over Skype dramatically shifts the experience to a more engaging and participatory event. TalkShow truly breaks down the fourth-wall in traditional live television. It’s a fast, easy, low-cost way to reach anyone in any location with a simple Skype video call and to enrich program content with immediate access to the fresh perspective, analysis and opinions that only a guest speaker can deliver.”
Angie Hill, general manager for Audience Marketing from Skype added, “Skype TX is an important part of our offering to media so we’re delighted to welcome NewTek to the Skype family. We’re now able to bring new dimensions to broadcaster’s productions and inspire a brand new generation of media moments.”
Blackmagic Design intros Ultra HD Multiviewer, Monitor
Fri, 12 Sep 2014 08:45:26 -0400
Blackmagic Design opened IBC2014 with a number of new product announcements geared toward the sports-broadcasting industry, including a new Ultra HD multiviewer, a new Ultra HD monitor, and new cameras.
Blackmagic MultiView 16, a brand-new product, is the world’s first native Ultra HD multi viewer that allows customers to use the new large screen Ultra HD televisions and Ultra HD monitors for displaying images at twice the resolution of an HD multi view. With full frame re-sync in each input Blackmagic MultiView 16 supports the display of up to 16 mixed SD, HD and Ultra HD video sources all at the same time. MultiView 16 will be priced at only US$1,495.
SmartView 4K is a full resolution Ultra HD broadcast monitor with 12G-SDI inputs for compatibility with virtually all SD, HD and Ultra HD formats up to 2160p60 for only US$1,995. This professional Ultra HD broadcast monitor has a native resolution of 3840 x 2160, an amazingly bright LCD screen with a wide viewing angle, and broadcast features such as 3D LUTs, adjustable on screen markers, H/V delay, blue only and more. SmartView 4K features multi rate 12G-SDI inputs that automatically switch between SD, HD and Ultra HD formats up to 2160p60. With 12G-SDI, SmartView 4K has an incredible future proof design with unprecedented full resolution Ultra HD high frame rate support all built into the attractive thin rack mount design.
The company also announced the immediate availability of two new cinema cameras, the Blackmagic Production Camera 4K PL and Blackmagic Cinema Camera PL. Both cameras now include PL mount models for using professional cinema lenses or even vintage cinema lenses. This means cinematographers now have a professional PL mount digital film camera that’s so small, the camera body is only a little larger than the lens mount itself. Customers then get a design that can fit into the tightest locations while still allowing decades of classic professional film lenses to be used. Both cameras are now available from $2,295.
NRSC Adopts Updated Guideline on RDS Usage
Thu, 11 Sep 2014 10:12:35 -0400
The National Radio Systems Committee (NRSC) today adopted an updated NRSC Guideline that focuses on recommendations for broadcasters and receiver manufacturers in the use of the Radio Data System (RDS) data broadcasting technology. NRSC-G300-B, RDS Usage Guideline was adopted by the Radio Broadcasting Data System (RBDS) Subcommittee, chaired by Dan Mansergh, director of engineering, KQED Public Radio, San Francisco, CA. Approximately 70 pages in length, G300-B includes a new section, 4.6, providing information on establishing adequate RDS encoder security at broadcast facilities.
This updated Guideline will be available free-of-charge on the NRSC's website (www.NRSCstandards.org), following a final, procedural review that will take approximately two weeks. Additional information about the NRSC, including information on becoming a member, is also available on the website.