Wohler Enters IT, IP Market
Mon, 10 Mar 2014 10:22:17 -0400
Wohler will feature a variety of innovations that reflect the company’s well-established expertise in signal management and monitoring for evolving audio and video formats, as well as its depth of experience in developing fresh, powerful IT- and IP-based solutions for highly efficient media processing in the file-based domain. With its move into the IT/IP realm, Wohler is shifting to a new South Hall location, where the company will highlight key solutions and product developments.
“With forward-looking releases such as the AVB Monitoring Option card, refinements that make our RadiantGrid platform even faster and more powerful, and the uniquely robust capabilities of our MPEG Series monitors, Wohler offers innovative and valuable tools for successful operations in a dynamic digital media landscape,” says Carl Dempsey, President and CEO, Wohler Technologies. “We are excited to be in our new location in the South Hall to showcase these exciting advances.”
AVB Monitoring Option Card
The new AVB Monitoring Option card for Wohler’s flagship AMP2 Series modular audio/video monitoring solution allows media facilities to take advantage of the AVB standard in the monitoring realm. The 2-RU AMP2-E16V has become the industry leader because it provides a complete suite of tools for analyzing and managing audio quality, level, and loudness; metadata; Dolby D, E, and DD+ decoding; and more. Now AMP2-E16V users can simply download the appropriate software update from Wohler and insert the AVB Monitoring Option card into the monitoring unit, and they’ve made their unit AVB-compliant without sacrificing any of their other inputs.
MPEG DVB-ASI and IPTV Monitors
Wohler MPEG monitors decode and provide convenient at-a-glance monitoring of program content from MPEG-2/4 ASI and Ethernet IP streams, as well as 3G/HD-SDI inputs. The MPEG video monitors identify, decode, and display in high resolution both MPEG-2 and MPEG-4 signals (input via BNC or Ethernet) while giving users the ability to browse the PAT, PMT, PID, EIT, and NIT data (both ATSC and DVB tables) for each selected stream. In addition to MPEG ASI and dual-input 3G/HD-SDI with loop-through, the MPEG monitors also accommodate HDMI video and audio with level meters, GPI, and tally.
RMT-173 Video Monitor
The 17-inch RMT-173 video monitor provides the format flexibility and compact form factor critical in studios, master control rooms, edit suites, and electronic newsgathering and outside broadcast production environments. The lightweight unit supports 3G/HD/SD-SDI, HDMI, VGA and DVI; composite Y/C; and component video inputs. Because the monitor can be configured as a dual-split display, as a large screen with one smaller view, or as a single large display screen, it is an ideal solution for any application requiring intensive monitoring.
RadiantGrid Intelligent Media Transformation Platform Version 8
The Wohler RadiantGrid Intelligent Media Transformation Platform provides consolidated media processing capabilities, such as transcoding, standards conversion, audio processing, caption processing, and quality control, with an intelligent content management fabric and workflow layer. Based on an extensible service-oriented architecture, the platform uses TrueGrid processing to accelerate and manage several tasks simultaneously while allowing true scalability across multiple machines.
During the 2014 NAB Show, Wohler will showcase further improvements to version 8 of the RadiantGrid platform in which a brand-new media processing engine parallelizes complex audio and video processes at unprecedented speeds. Along with optimized video pipeline features such as anamorphic video handling, 2K/4K UltraHD support, and bit depths of up to 16-bit YUV, the RadiantGrid platform has been enhanced with the RadiantGrid Detect and Correct™ video legalization option, which leverages Wohler’s unique RightHue algorithm to ensure comprehensive NTSC and PAL color compliance within the file-based domain. RadiantGrid version 8 enables fully compliant over-the-top offerings for leading formats and also introduces a unique solution for U.K. DPP file support.
The Tiffen Company Brings Its Diffusion Effects Filters to Photographers
Fri, 07 Mar 2014 11:43:56 -0500
Originally developed for Hollywood cinematographers, the Tiffen Pearlescent, Satin and Black Satin filters soften excess detail and reduce wrinkles and blemishes, giving DSLR photographers and videographers more creative control over the shot.
Tiffen ImageMaker and award-winning photographer Clay Blackmore, one of the first to use these Tiffen filters, comments on their versatility, “I show quite a bit of my work immediately. This means no time for touch-ups in post. With the Tiffen MPTV filters, I can add a hint of softness that takes the shot to a whole new level. The results are impressive and the workflow is incredibly fast.”
Tiffen’s Pearlescent filters create a subtle new look with a slight softening of contrast and a luxurious Pearlescent halo around highlights. These new filters aid photographers in taking the edge off the image, reducing blemishes on talent while adding a softness in the images highlights.
Tiffen’s Satin and Black Satin filters soften excessive sharpness and add a mild contrast reduction to smooth out unwanted blemishes and wrinkles. The filters give a smooth look to textured surfaces.
Attendees to the WPPI can see Clay Blackmore demonstrate these and other Tiffen award-winning filters in booth 327.
“The Tiffen Company pioneered Optical Filter development for photographers more than 75 years ago and to this day continues to innovate with new product offerings such as the Pearlescent, Satin and Black Satin filters,” says Steve Tiffen, President and CEO, The Tiffen Company. “After decades of enjoying how Hollywood has used these Tiffen MPTV filters to achieve their visions, we look forward to seeing an entire new group of image-makers capture and enhance their subjects using the Tiffen Pearlescent, Satin and Black Satin filters for photography and videography.”
The Tiffen Pearlescent, Tiffen Satin and Tiffen Black Satin filters are now available in 40.5, 43, 46, 49, 52, 55, 58, 62, 72, 77 and 82mm ring sizes.
FCC Proposes $1.9 Million in Penalties Against Viacom, ESPN and NBCUniversal
Thu, 06 Mar 2014 10:10:48 -0500
The Federal Communications Commission today proposed fines against Viacom, ESPN, and NBCUniversal for repeatedly transmitting an advertisement that misuses the warning sounds of the nationwide Emergency Alert System (EAS).
The EAS is a national public warning system that requires broadcasters, cable television operators, wireless cable operators, wireline video service providers, satellite digital audio radio service providers, and direct broadcast satellite providers to make it possible for the President of the United States to address the American public during a national emergency. Federal, state, and local authorities may also use the EAS to deliver important emergency information, such as Amber Alerts and weather information, like tornado warnings, targeted to specific areas.
The FCC has long prohibited the transmission of actual or simulated EAS Attention Signals or tones in circumstances other than a real alert or an authorized test of the EAS system. This case is the latest in a series of FCC enforcement actions to address a recent spike in consumer complaints.
The FCC’s Enforcement Bureau initiated a wide-ranging investigation in response to consumer complaints about a commercial being transmitted on multiple cable networks. The complaints described an advertisement promoting the release of the film “Olympus has Fallen.” In response to the Bureau’s Letters of Inquiry, the Companies each admitted that the commercial appeared multiple times on multiple
national and regional networks under their control, and that it used actual EAS codes and the Attention Signal to advertise the film.
As a result of the investigation, the FCC has issued an omnibus Notice of Apparent Liability for a total of $1,930,000 to the Companies. Seven Viacom-owned networks transmitted the advertisement a total of 108 times over five days, resulting in a proposed forfeiture of $1,120,000. Three ESPN-owned networks transmitted the advertisement a total of 13 times over four days, resulting in a proposed forfeiture of $280,000. Finally, seven NBCUniversal-owned cable networks transmitted the advertisement a total of 38 times over a span of six days, resulting in a proposed forfeiture of $530,000.
The Walt Disney Company Strikes Major Distribution Deal with DISH Network
Tue, 04 Mar 2014 10:19:43 -0500
The Walt Disney Company and DISH Network Corporation announced a groundbreaking, long-term, wide-ranging distribution agreement that will provide DISH customers with access to Disney’s robust lineup of sports, news and entertainment content across televisions, computers, smartphones, tablets, gaming consoles and connected devices.
DISH will make available ESPN Goal Line, ESPN Buzzer Beater, as well as Longhorn Network and the upcoming SEC ESPN Network upon its launch. In addition, DISH, ESPN and ESPN Deportes customers will have access to the live and video-on-demand channel ESPN3.
As part of the agreement, DISH will launch ESPNEWS, ESPNU, Disney Channel, and ABC Family in high definition. ESPN Classic will be reintroduced as a video-on-demand channel.
The renewal agreement supports the companies’ mutual goal to deliver the best video content to customers across multiple platforms by strengthening the value of the multichannel video subscription today and by creating the opportunity for DISH to deliver new services in the future.
The extensive and expanded distribution agreement grants DISH rights to stream cleared linear and video-on-demand content from the ABC-owned broadcast stations, ABC Family, Disney Channel, ESPN and ESPN2, as part of an Internet delivered, IP-based multichannel offering.
Additionally, for the first time, DISH customers will be able to access Disney’s authenticated live and video-on-demand products, including WatchESPN, WATCH Disney, WATCH ABC Family and WATCH ABC using Internet devices in the home and on the go.
The agreement will result in dismissal of all pending litigation between the two companies, including disputes over PrimeTime Anytime and AutoHop. As part of the accord, DISH will disable AutoHop functionality for ABC content within the C3 ratings window. The deal also provides a structure for other advertising models as the market evolves, including dynamic ad insertion, advertising on mobile devices and extended advertising measurement periods.
“The creation of this agreement has really been about predicting the future of television with a visionary and forward-leaning partner,” said Joseph P. Clayton, DISH chief executive officer and president. “Not only will the exceptional Disney, ABC, ESPN entertainment portfolio continue to delight our customers today, but we have a model from which to deliver exciting new services tomorrow.”
The companies also renewed carriage agreement for ABC’s eight owned local stations, including WABC-TV in New York City, KABC-TV in Los Angeles, WLS-TV in Chicago, WPVI-TV in Philadelphia, KGO-TV in San Francisco, WTVD-TV in Raleigh-Durham, KTRK-TV in Houston, and KFSN in Fresno.
At NAB 2014, Panasonic To Introduce High-Speed, 4K VariCams
Mon, 03 Mar 2014 09:09:52 -0500
Panasonic’s NAB 2014 booth will feature products designed with sports production in mind, including a new P2 camcorder, a VariCam high-speed camera that can record at 1080p/240 fps, the company’s first 4K VariCam, and the new AV-HS6000 production switcher with two mix effects.
The two new VariCam units, one offering 4K and the other offering 1080p high-speed recording, feature a new form factor that separates the camera head from the recording deck. That allows the camera head to be placed on jibs or cranes and deliver signals to a recorder located elsewhere.
The new VariCam HS (high speed), which will ship in the fall, delivers up to 240 frames per second and can record at either 12-bit 4:4:4 for mastering and archiving or 10-bit 4:2:2 for documentaries and sports at 1920x1080p resolution via three ⅔-in. MOS sensors.
“That allows those who want to use long zoom lenses to have a quality camera,” says Panasonic Senior Product Manager Steve Cooperman.
The 4K camera, known as the VariCam 35, can simultaneously record 2K images as well as lo-res AVC proxies to make it easier to review 4K content.
“It also can record at up to 120 frames per second,” he adds. “Our customers have been asking for higher frame rates without sacrificing video quality.”
Other features include a new OLED viewfinder with optical-zoom functionality and a removable control panel to make real-time control easier. It also has four 3-Gbps HD-SDI outputs for 4K quad support as well as two 3-Gbps HD-SDI outputs for RAW output for external drives. There is also HD-SDI output for monitoring needs.
Both VariCam units will ship in the fall with pricing to be announced.