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NBC Sports Group Offers NHL Fans Every Playoff Game Every Night

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 09:52:06 -0400

The NBC Sports Group hit the ground running on Wednesday night, broadcasting a tripleheader of 2014 Stanley Cup Playoff games that did not disappoint. A come-from-behind victory by the Pittsburgh Penguins over the Columbus Blue Jackets, Montreal’s overtime goal in Tampa Bay, and the Anaheim Ducks’ first-period three-goal barrage against the Dallas Stars promise an exciting postseason for the Peacock.

“I would say the hockey gods are smiling on us right now,” says Executive Producer Sam Flood of the first-round matchups.

For the third straight year, NBC Sports will cover every game every night throughout the Stanley Cup Playoffs. In order to televise as many as five games on a given day/night during the first round, NBC Sports Group will present matchups on NBC, NBCSN, NHL Network, and NBCUniversal business channel CNBC in primetime.

For the second year, the NBC Sports team will have the state-of-the-art Stamford facility at its disposal. “With up to five games in one night during the playoffs, we need two studios for all the pregame, postgame, and intermission reports,” says Flood. “The new facility affords us two world-class studios for our NBCSN and CNBC shows. In addition, we have a state-of-the-art central tape area that flows content around the building.”

Through NBC Sports’0 regional networks, comprehensive coverage of the Stanley Cup Playoffs will be provided daily via NBC Sports’ lineup of Comcast SportsNet RSNs. Comcast SportsNet will provide the hometown fans of the Chicago Blackhawks, Philadelphia Flyers, San Jose Sharks, and Boston Bruins with comprehensive coverage throughout their teams’ Stanley Cup Playoff runs, including exclusive regional coverage of first-round games, pre- and post-game shows, and extensive online coverage via Comcast SportsNet’s team of NHL Insiders.

For teams that advance past the first round, NBC Sports regional networks will deliver extensive pre- and post-game coverage as well as breaking news and analysis throughout each team’s playoff run.

NBC Sports Live Extra — a live-streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, and tablets — will live-stream all games airing on NBC, NBCSN, and CNBC, including comprehensive coverage of the Stanley Cup Final. The vast majority of games will be live-streamed via TV Everywhere. The second-screen product can also be accessed on desktops at NBCSports.com/liveextra.

Throughout the two-month postseason, NBC Sports plans to keep its focus squarely on storytelling. “Our philosophy does not change for the playoffs,” says Flood. “The game and the players are the stars.” - See more at: http://sportsvideo.org/main/blog/2014/04/nbc-sports-group-offers-nhl-fans-every-playoff-game-every-night/#sthash.Iksy4K48.dpuf

Litepanels Hilio T12 LED Panels Offer Latest Advances

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 09:48:18 -0400

The new Hilio D12 (daylight balanced) and Hilio T12 (tungsten balanced) high light output panels from Litepanels will debut at NAB. The panels provide the the characteristics of an open source fixture while offering all of the benefits of Litepanels’ proprietary LED fixture design, according to the company.

The Hilio D12/T12 fixtures were designed by Litepanels to augment the lighting requirements of broadcast studios, as well as motion picture, episodic television, and commercial location shoots. The versatile panels emit a raw, narrow beam that provides high intensity for long throws. This intensity can also be harnessed and shaped with an array of available accessories to light an exterior, wash a set with soft light, or illuminate a cyc wall or green screen.

Eliminating the need for external dimmers, the fixtures feature Litepanels’ smooth dimming, from 100 percent to zero with no noticeable colour shift, and are flicker-free at any frame rate or shutter angle. The panels also offer an integrated DMX module, with readily available and affordable RJ45 Ethernet connections for remote dimming control via any standard DMX512 protocol device.

With no need for a heavy ballast or cabling, the incredibly energy efficient Hilio D12/T12 fixtures draw only 350 watts of electricity, comparable to a 2K Tungsten Par in terms of output. The consistently colour accurate, long life LEDs provide years of service without the need for traditional lamp replacement, and they emit no UV or infrared wavelengths.

Each panel contains a microprocessor operated, active cooling system, which increases manageability and lowers temperature control costs. The Hilio D12/T12 fixtures feature a removable, external power supply with convenient mounting bracket and optional accessories that include a stand mounted plate and an extension power cable.

The Hilio D12/T12 panels come complete with integrated slots to hold colour and diffusion gel filters and Litepanels’ new Nanoptic lenses. The Nanoptic lenses spread and shape the light in circular, horizontal or vertical patterns and essentially convert the powerful open source into a soft light or broad directional fill. The rear of the unit features an LCD display and a multi-functional control with a menu-based button interface. An SD card slot is also built-in to easily facilitate future software upgrades. The user-friendly fixtures include a Standard Yoke with Junior Pin to enable easy mounting and positioning.

“Our new Hilio 12 series is a great compliment to our Sola and Inca LED Fresnel lines,” comments Chris Marchitelli, Vice President of global marketing for Litepanels. “The Hilio D12 and T12 provide a big, broad wash of light, and they are an ideal lighting source for interiors and protected exteriors. In combination with our new Nanoptic lenses, these fixtures are a real breakthrough in lumen output and flexibility. This pair of panels sets a new standard and continues to move our LED solution forward for our customers.”

The complete optional accessories set for the Hilio D12/T12 includes the 5-piece CTB or CTO Gel Set with Gel Bag, the 4-piece Nanoptic lens set, an eight foot power supply extension cable, and a power supply stand/mounting bracket.

AJA Launches LUT-box for Precise Color and Look Management

Tue, 15 Apr 2014 09:21:13 -0400

AJA Video Systems (Booth SL2505) has released LUT-box, a new mini converter that allows monitors to display accurate color space and look for any SDI video signal.

3D LUTs can be easily loaded at up to 17x17x17 points via the integrated USB connection and free MiniConfig software on either Mac or Windows. Simultaneous outputs support both HDMI and SDI monitors from a single LUT-box.

“With the growth of high-dynamic-range capture and post workflows, knowing that your monitor is displaying the right color space is essential,” says Nick Rashby, president, AJA Video Systems. “LUT-box is affordable, small, really simple to use, and our early testers tell us it’s a ‘no-brainer’ addition to their kit to ensure that they’re working in the correct color space.”

Features include the following:
- Ensure proper image monitoring on-set or in the studio
- Two 3G-SDI inputs
- Simultaneous 3G-SDI and HDMI outputs
- 3D LUT support up to 17x17x17 point, 10/12-bit
- Supports standard .LUT, .TXT, .3DL, and .CUBE 3D LUT formats
- Configurable on USB via supplied AJA MiniConfig software for Mac and PC
- 2-bit image processing
- 16-channel embedded SDI and eight-channel HDMI audio
- 2-channel RCA analog audio output
- Five-year warranty

LUT-box will be available in May priced at $695, including a universal power supply and USB cable.

Thinklogical Launches System-Management Portfolio, Demos 4K Postproduction

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 09:52:06 -0400

The demonstrations highlight how the company’s fiber-optic-based video and KVM switching and extension solutions address many of the complex signal-management challenges facing today’s broadcast and video postproduction professionals. Signal-management products from Thinklogical are optimized for broadcast, mobile-production trucks, and postproduction applications where quality, performance, and security are paramount.

To help users easily manage and maintain Thinklogical deployments of any size, the System Management Portfolio encompasses four specialized software packages. Its remote-management and -maintenance capabilities make it easier for users to set up, configure, operate, and update a Thinklogical signal-extension and switching system.

A standard software package included with every Thinklogical MX and VX matrix switch, the Configurator features an intuitive graphical user interface (GUI), enabling faster router setup and helping simplify defining users, groups, stations, and macros.

The Premium Configurator offers synchronized system management for use with redundant routing systems, enabling automatic configuration synchronization. It also provides users with premium tie-line management for bidirectional tie lines, with no restrictions for video-path direction over tie lines. Included with the Premium Configurator is a drag-and-drop GUI, which allows users to easily model the physical system layout on-screen and quickly switch sources and destinations by simply moving the content-source icon to the desired destination. As room configurations evolve over time, users can easily add or remove icons representing sources and destinations from the layout as required, making it simple to adapt to changing requirements.

The Hot-Key Manager provides control access from workstations, granting any authorized receiver on the router the ability to make a switch. Users define a set of keystrokes to deliver routing control to the desktop, all managed through an easy-to-understand on-screen display. With a simple keystroke or movement of the mouse, multiple users in different locations can easily exchange a single source’s keyboard and mouse to more efficiently collaborate and share resources.

The System Management Interface introduces system diagnostics, remote-monitoring, and software-updating capabilities to Thinklogical system administration. The Interface monitors the connection and the system hardware and software, providing such details as product type, serial number, power-supply status, board temperature, optical-module status DDC mode, and software version. The included System Update software allows users to remotely update their KVM system hardware over a fiber connection up to 80 km (50 miles) away.

The new System Management Portfolio from Thinklogical improves overall system performance and value by reducing support effort, lowering total cost of ownership, enhancing productivity and maximizing system uptime.

Sennheiser Showcases Surround

Mon, 14 Apr 2014 10:07:45 -0400

Sennheiser has joined the 5.1 surround club. At NAB 2014, the company demonstrated its new Esfera (“sphere” or “area” in Spanish) 5.1-processing system.

It consists of two cardioid microphone capsules configured at 45-degree angles to each other and tethered to a DSP processor that converts the incoming analog signals to AES3 digital audio, then processes them to produce six channels of audio that can be arrayed in a surround field for broadcast. The processing is done in real time with virtually no latency.

The processor has four presets; these are user-configurable from a remote tablet via an Internet interface.

According to Kai Lange, product manager for professional wired microphones, the Esfera came about as a result of requests from broadcasters for a simple-to-use surround microphone processor that offers some flexibility in terms of configuration but was robust enough for use in outside-broadcast environments, particularly for sports.

“There is more demand for audio in 5.1, but some systems can be quite complicated,” he says. “Esfera’s microphone capsules are already set, and the processor gives the users a simple interface but one that also gives them some options, such as removing the center channel.”

Esfera will be available globally by mid May at an estimated cost of $9,000.

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Keeping it Clean - Preventing Signal Degradation with DeoxIT

High-end audio and video equipment requires maximum protection on the connections. Over time, signal degradation occurs. DeoxIT D-Series contact cleaner improves signal quality, dynamic range and provides long-lasting protection on audio and video connections. If the part is used or in service, assume it’s oxidized.

1. Apply DeoxIT D-Series contact cleaner to metal contact/connector surface. When connectors contain surface particles (dust, dirt, etc.) along with oxidation, use DeoxIT spray with flushing solvent. When the surface is free from most surface particles, use DeoxIT without a flushing solvent (#DN5S-6N, #DN5MS-15).
2. Operate device to help displace contaminants from contact surface.
3. Repeat Step “1”.
4. If surface is heavily oxidized, leaving DeoxIT D-Series contact cleaner on overnight, is recommended.
5. The next day remove the contaminants lifted by DeoxIT with lint free swab, cloth on accessible surfaces or repeat Step 1 to displace contaminants from contact surface. Process may need to be repeated if surface is heavily oxidized. When surface is clean, no residue on the cloth,
finish with a couple short bursts of DeoxIT D-Series.
6. For extended protection: After surface is clean, apply DeoxIT Gold G-Series for indoor applications or DeoxIT Shield S-Series for outdoor applications.

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