Blackmagic Design Announces Availability of Teranex 3.2 Update
Mon, 30 Mar 2015 15:12:07 -0400
Blackmagic Design announced the immediate availability of Teranex 3.2 Update which provides a major update to Teranex Express by adding full motion standards conversions for a total of 1089 real time SD, HD and Ultra HD format conversions. With this new software update and Teranex Express’s 12G-SDI technology, now customers can convert between any SD, HD and Ultra HD video format all the way up to 2160p60.
The new Teranex 3.2 Update provides a massive increase to the number of conversions available on Teranex Express. After installing this update, Teranex Express customers see an additional 862 conversions that include new format and frame rate conversions along with 3:2 pull down detection and removal, all with the legendary Teranex image quality that broadcasters have mandated for years. Customers can now convert virtually any video format into any other video format in real time.
With this new update, Teranex Express solves any conversion needed. SD masters can be up converted to HD, frame rate converted and 2:3 pulldown can be removed all in one step. Cadence can be automatically detected and removed, even from edited content so Teranex Express is now the perfect solution for turning older standard definition broadcast masters into high definition online content for modern internet distribution.
Teranex Express is also the perfect production solution for bridging the HD and Ultra HD worlds, because it supports advanced 12G-SDI technology that’s multi rate so the 12G-SDI connections will switch between all SD SDI, HD-SDI, 3G-SDI, 6G-SDI and 12G-SDI automatically depending on the conversion selected. This means customers can move 720p or 1080p sources to Ultra HD in real time.
Teranex Express is also the perfect product for broadcasters who are interested in moving to high frame rate Ultra HD workflows and who need to bridge between frame rates. Teranex Express easily handles converting a 6G-SDI 2160p30 format video feed to 12G-SDI 2160p60 video feed in real time. In this example, Teranex Express could also up convert from any SD or HD format all the way to 2160p60 in one operation allowing high frame rate Ultra HD systems to take a video feed, completely independent of the source format.
The frame rate conversion and image scaling uses the same advanced patented Teranex algorithms as other Teranex models, giving customers visually transparent conversions between formats. That means customers get extremely high quality de-interlacing, up conversion, down conversion, SD, HD and Ultra HD cross and standards conversions, automatic 3:2 pull down detection and removal, noise reduction, adjustable scaling, aspect ratio conversion, timecode, ancillary data, multi-channel audio, and more.
“When Blackmagic Design introduced Teranex Express at NAB 2014 it delivered 178 different real time up and down conversions, which combined with the worlds first 12G-SDI made it a great product,” said Grant Petty, CEO, Blackmagic Design. “However we had secret plans to make Teranex Express much more powerful simply by doing software updates in the future. This new Teranex 3.2 update has lots of extra conversions so now any video format can be converted to any other video format with a massive 1089 SD, HD and Ultra HD standards conversions. It’s like getting a whole new converter for free, just by downloading the new software!”
Teranex Update 3.2 is available now for download from the Blackmagic Design website free of charge for all Teranex Express customers.
FCC Conditionally OKs Telcordia as Number Portability Administrator
Fri, 27 Mar 2015 14:57:37 -0400
The Federal Communications Commission today conditionally approved a recommendation that Telcordia Technologies Inc. serve as the next administrator of the service that allows consumers and businesses to keep their phone numbers when switching carriers, called “local number portability.”
Local number portability fuels competition by allowing consumers and businesses to choose their phone provider based on cost and service, without the inconvenience and expense of losing a familiar number. In addition to the porting of over 100,000 numbers a day, the capabilities built around local number portability are critical to public safety, law enforcement and consumer protection.
The recommendation of Telcordia as Local Number Portability Administrator (LNPA) was developed following a multiyear, competitive process implemented by the FCC’s federal advisory committee on numbering, the North American Numbering Council, with oversight from the FCC. This process included extensive input from industry, consumers, and public safety and government entities, resulting in the recommendation of an experienced, qualified company to administer and keep the system secure.
Neustar, Inc. and its predecessors have administered number porting since 1997, starting with a five-year contract that was extended three times. The FCC’s Wireline Competition Bureau in 2011 issued an Order detailing a process to award the LNPA contract through a competitive process. The process was supported by Neustar, Telcordia, and others, and included evaluation of technical and managerial competence, security and reliability, public safety and law enforcement considerations, cost-effectiveness and neutrality. The process required bidders to respond to questions about service quality and system security and reliability. It also required bidders to describe how they would ensure a smooth and secure transition, including by providing opportunities to test any proposed system.
The Order today does not award a contract. Rather, it authorizes contract negotiations between the NAPM (North American Portability Management, LLC), which is an industry consortium, and Telcordia. The negotiated contract will be subject to Commission review to ensure that the neutrality and security requirements are fully satisfied.
SMPTE Issues Call for Student Papers, Louis F. Wolf Jr. Memorial Scholarship Applications
Thu, 26 Mar 2015 17:24:34 -0400
The Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE), the worldwide leader in motion-imaging standards and education for the communications, media, entertainment, and technology industries, has issued a call for papers for the SMPTE Student Paper Award. The Society is also accepting applications for the Louis F. Wolf Jr. Memorial Scholarship, which is designed to help students further their undergraduate studies in motion pictures and television, with an emphasis on technology.
“The perspective of our student members is of enormous value to the Society, as they hint at the shape our industry will take in coming decades,” said Pat Griffis, education vice president at SMPTE. “Through the SMPTE Student Paper Award and applications for the Louis F. Wolf Jr. Memorial Scholarship, we get an exciting glimpse at this future.”
SMPTE’s Student Paper Award honors a Student Member that prepares and submits an outstanding paper dealing with some technical phase of motion pictures, television, photographic instrumentation, or their closely allied arts and sciences. The paper will be published in the SMPTE Motion Imaging Journal, providing recognition both for the author and the institution at which the work was done. The application form and requirements are online at www.smpte.org/student-paper-award. The deadline is May 18.
The Louis F. Wolf Jr. Memorial Scholarship offers $5,000 toward the cost of tuition at the student’s educational institution. The scholarship is open to SMPTE student members who are full-time undergraduate students enrolled in an accredited two- or four-year college or university. Applicants must be majoring in a program emphasizing the engineering, science, advanced technologies, or fundamental theories associated with motion imaging, sound, metadata, and workflows consistent with SMPTE’s field of interest, and each must have completed a minimum of four courses toward said major in good academic standing.
The application form and requirements are online at www.smpte.org/scholarships. The application deadline is May 18. The award winner and the scholarship recipient will receive a full conference registration for the SMPTE 2015 Annual Technical Conference & Exhibition, Oct. 26-29 in Hollywood, California, where they will be recognized during the SMPTE 2015 Honors and Awards Ceremony.
Students may join SMPTE as student members for just $35, or for free if this is their first year of membership and they apply via the Student Membership Challenge. Further information is available at www.smpte.org/membership/student-membership-challenge.
New CEA Subcommittee to Address Health and Fitness Technology Standards
Wed, 25 Mar 2015 17:21:16 -0400
Today at the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)® Technology & Standards Forum, CEA announced the creation of its new Health and Fitness Technology Subcommittee. The new group will develop standards, recommended practices and technical reports addressing health and fitness technology.
“CEA is constantly evaluating the evolving technology landscape to see where collaborative efforts on industry standards might have a strong impact,” said Dave Wilson, vice president, Technology & Standards, CEA. “Consumers want to understand how the information they receive from their health and fitness products can benefit their wellness, and that’s why we’re developing industry standards that will help people feel confident that the information they’re receiving is reliable.”
Dr. Matthew Diamond, medical director, Misfit Wearables; and Nitesh Jain, sr. manager, Strategy and Operations, Samsung Electronics, chair the new subcommittee, which held its first meeting today. Initial projects for the group will address wearable sleep monitors, which have been the subject of collaborative work between CEA and the National Sleep Foundation for the past year.
“Technology is rapidly advancing to the point where consumers have access to increasingly sophisticated devices that can help them lead healthier lives,” said Diamond. “As these products proliferate, our goals are twofold: first, to standardize the measurements and other functions performed by a wide variety of different health and fitness devices; and second, to help consumers understand what their devices do and the meaning of the information they provide.”
“There is nothing more important than health,” said Jain. “And technology is now opening up vast opportunities for new products that will help us better monitor and improve. Our efforts to ensure consistent, meaningful results from these products will be very important.”
The formation of the Subcommittee comes at a time of strong growth for the health and fitness technology industry. According to CEA’s U.S. Consumer Electronics Sales and Forecasts report, health and fitness devices will lead unit sales among all wearables in 2015 with a projected 20 million units sold to dealers (a 19 percent increase from 2014), surpassing a projected $1.8 billion in revenue (a 21 percent increase over last year).
Communications Specialties Inc. To Premiere Fiberlink SDI Flex Series
Tue, 24 Mar 2015 17:19:41 -0400
Communications Specialties, Inc. (CSI) will introduce, for the first time, its latest innovative addition to its Fiberlink line of broadcast quality fiber optic transmission products. The SDI Flex series of products combines the transmission of five different bi-directional baseband signals: 3G/HD/SD-SDI, audio, data, contact closure and Ethernet in a compact box using only one fiber.
“The visitors at NAB have been asking for SDI Flex to make their fiber installation more efficient and we are excited to be exhibiting in Las Vegas this year with such an unique and timely product.” said Paul Seiden, CSI’s Director of Sales.
SDI Flex is available in various versions to support single mode and multimode fiber, as well as a throw-down box or as a card for the Fiberlink card-cage. It can also be ordered without SDI support for applications needing only Ethernet, data, contact closure and audio functions at a lower cost. It is powered by CSI’s standard Fiberlink power supply or from a customer’s low voltage AC or DC source.
Also at the booth, CSI will be demonstrating its Fiberlink 3500 Series for the transmission of up to four independent 3G/HD/SD-SDI signals or 4K/60 with no compression or latency. Variations of the product are available for both one-way and bi-directional transmission of multiple SDI signals over both single mode and multimode fiber.