Shure Releases Latest Version of Wireless Workbench System Control Software
Thu, 20 Oct 2016 17:10:32 -0400
Shure Incorporated releases the latest version of its Wireless Workbench System Control Software — Version 6.12. The update is designed to put maximum power and flexibility into the user’s hands. The addition of several new features will help wireless users better manage and monitor wireless system performance over the network, from pre-show planning through post-performance analysis.
Shure has created Timeline — a new logging utility designed to capture essential channel status information over time. Information recorded includes RF level, antenna status, audio level, interference, ShowLink Remote Control status, and battery level. With optimized data storage, Timeline can record data from all networked channels for an indefinite amount of time, given sufficient system resources. Capturing and viewing the recorded data enables users to troubleshoot wireless system operation and determine the source of issues, should any arise. Wireless Workbench provides ultimate control over displayed information, enabling complete customization of the visualized data to best suit user needs.
Version 6.12 also includes a new set of frequency coordination enhancements, designed to provide more flexibility and power to users coordinating solutions with high-channel counts, including:
• Scan Peak Management to process and classify peaks more accurately in scan data
• Ignore IMDs to manually ignore the Intermod (or IMD) spacing parameters associated with a given set of frequencies, enabling increased counts of calculated frequencies
• Customizable Coordination Order to adjust the order in which frequencies are coordinated by dragging and dropping groups of frequencies in the Coordination Workspace.
Connecting to devices from a remote location will now be supported with version 6.12. With this update, Wireless Workbench 6 can connect to devices outside of a local network. Ideal for environments where devices are managed in separate subnets — separate VLANs, floors of an office building, venues in a park — the feature extends monitoring and control functionality beyond the local network for significantly increased flexibility and control.
To accompany the extended reach of control that Wireless Workbench now exhibits across subnets, version 6.12 will also introduce support for Access Control – a new feature that will be added to select Shure networked devices. Access Control enables users to specify PINs for networked devices that protect the device from being manipulated by any Shure control software that have not authenticated. This protection lets a team of users benefit from the monitoring aspects of Wireless Workbench without incurring the risk of potentially changing the operational status of wireless systems.
“At its core, the enhanced features in Wireless Workbench 6.12 are dedicated to putting increased flexibility and added control into the hands of users who need it most,” says Sam Drazin, Product Manager at Shure. “By adding Timeline, select frequency coordination enhancements, and Remote Device Connection, we’re addressing the complex challenges that come with enterprise-level networks and high-tier frequency solutions.”
SMPTE 2016: Leader Instruments To Showcase Advanced Test and Measurement Solutions
Tue, 18 Oct 2016 17:15:03 -0400
Leader Instruments will demonstrate its range of advanced test and measurement solutions to broadcasters and digital filmmakers attending the SMPTE 2016 Annual Technical Conference & Exhibition. The event will be held from October 25 through 27 at the Loews Hollywood Hotel, CA.
“We will be introducing new high-dynamic-range features for our LV5490 4K waveform monitor and LV7390 4K upgradeable rasterizer to SMPTE attendees,” says Pete Anderson, Director of Sales. “These will allow people in production to derive the full benefits of the latest-generation cameras operating in ultra-high-definition and high-dynamic-range. High-dynamic-range is expected be the next major innovation for broadcasting, ahead of the mainstream adoption of 4K ultra-high-definition.
“We will also be demonstrating our Leader LV5770A and LV5333 3G/HD/SD-SDI waveform monitors, LV5381 four-input HD/SD-SDI waveform monitor plus our LV7770 multi-SDI and LV7330 rasterizers,” he continues. “These are all compatible with high-definition and standard-definition signal formats currently used around the world.”
The Leader LV7390 is a compact 1RU 3G/HD/SD-SDI rasterizer which can be used to measure up to four 3G-SDI, HD-SDI or SD-SDI source channels simultaneously. It can be deployed for desktop or rack-mounted operation. Designed for easy connection into 3G-SDI, HD-SDI and SD-SDI systems, the LV7390 incorporates full-resolution 3G/HD-SDI and DVI-I rasterized outputs which allow detailed video and audio parameters be checked on a separate monitor in full 1920 x 1080 HD resolution.
The new LV7390SER20 4K upgrade allows the LV7390 to support 4K/UHD production and post. The upgrade includes 4K high-dynamic-range measurement capabilities for the ITU.BT.2100 Hybrid Log Gamma, Dolby PQ and Sony SLOG-3 protocols. This capability plus a compact 1 RU form-factor makes the LV7390 ideal for production environments that cannot accommodate a full size waveform monitor.
Also included with the LV7390SER20 upgrade is Leader’s CINEZONE HDR. This uses false color to display areas of the image extending into 4K HDR, so it can be used with non-HDR monitors. Potential 4K HDR issues can be identified quickly and easily.
The LV7390 can be configured by the operator to display waveform, vector, picture, audio and SDI status. Display of the levels of eight channels of embedded audio is standard. Display layout is customizable from a wide range of available settings including individual full screen or user-defined combinations. These settings can be configured from the front panel and saved for fast recall. 60 user-definable presets are accessible. The LV7390 can also be controlled using a USB mouse.
The LV5490SER07 HDR option for the LV5490 now enables this instrument to measure both 4K and HD HDR in ITU.BT.2100 Hybrid Log Gamma, Dolby PQ, and Sony SLOG-3 protocols.
The LV5490 offers 4K, UHD, 3G, HD and SD test and measurement features in a compact portable unit. Waveform, vector and picture display can all be viewed at the same time on the LV5490’s 9 inch LCD monitor. The monitor is full 1920 x 1080 HD resolution with a wide viewing angle and high color reproduction. A 1920 x 1080 HD DVI and HD-SDI rasterized output is also provided to feed a larger monitor. Simultaneous viewing of up to four SDI inputs is possible, including overlays. The size and location of individual channels can be adjusted on the display using a USB mouse so the user is not limited to fixed-size quadrants. The LV5490 can also be controlled remotely using standard KVM tools. Additional features of the LV5490 include video frame capture, instrumentation screen capture, timecode display, and ID display.
PILOT Innovation Challenge Announces 10 Fianlists
Mon, 17 Oct 2016 17:08:39 -0400
PILOT, an innovation initiative of the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB), announced the 10 finalists of its first-ever PILOT Innovation Challenge. The PILOT Innovation Challenge recognizes creative ideas that leverage technological advances in the production, distribution and display of engaging content. Winners will be selected and announced October 31 at the NAB Futures conference.
Over 150 ideas were submitted to address the challenge question, “How might local television and radio broadcasters engage their communities with next generation content on any device, whether big, small or moving?” The first place winner will receive $20,000, second place $15,000 and third place $10,000 to assist with prototyping the concepts. Additionally, the top three winners will receive expert guidance, access to key broadcast executives and exclusive exposure at industry events, such as NAB Show New York and NAB Show.
“The PILOT Innovation Challenge showcases and helps develop creative ideas and solutions that have the potential to positively impact the broadcast industry and its consumers,” said Executive Director of PILOT John Clark. “Our 10 finalists have come up with a variety of proposed concepts to address this year’s challenge question. We’re excited to announce our finalists and ultimately decide the winners at NAB Futures.”
See this year’s finalists here.
2016 NAB Show New York: Artel To Demo New Broadcast Media Transport Solution
Fri, 14 Oct 2016 17:14:36 -0400
At the 2016 NAB Show New York, Artel Video Systems will showcase a comprehensive range of media transport solutions including the new InfinityLink broadcast media transport solution, and will feature the latest capabilities in its flagship DigiLink media transport platform and FiberLink fiber-optic transmission product lines.
Artel’s new fully integrated InfinityLink broadcast media transport solution will make its debut featuring the IL6000 1RU four-slot chassis with active routing and SNMP management system. The InfinityLink platform provides transport of video, audio, and data over IP- and fiber-based networks for 3G/HD/SD-SDI, DVB-ASI, and Ethernet and is ideal for broadcast, sports and education, government, and house of worship applications.
Dual-Port L-Band Demodulator and Satellite Scanner (DLC510).
Artel will showcase its award-winning Dual-Port L-band Demodulator and Satellite Scanner, which adds new fully automatic L-Band satellite-scanning functionality to the company’s media transport solutions. Also, the DLC510 supports Carrier ID monitoring per ETSI TS 103 129. Using Artel’s flexible HTTP- and SNMPv2-based element management systems, the DLC510 provides essential RF information, modulation data, and other key metrics used in daily operations in an easy-to-read list. Operators can then select a specific satellite transponder and send the demodulated signal to the ASI output for transport by other InfinityLink or DigiLink modules, or by FiberLink® products over IP and fiber networks.
Reliable IP transport of live, broadcast-quality media is now a reality, and Artel offers standards-based solutions designed specifically to address customers’ growing requirements as they migrate from direct fiber to IP networks. Supporting auto-sensing of broadcast-quality HD-SDI, SD-SDI, and ASI video formats, Artel’s IP-based solutions utilize SMPTE 2022-1/2/5/6 IP encapsulation and optional forward error correction (FEC) algorithms for flexible configurations that maximize reliable performance and minimize latency. A 1 GigE IP interface allows end users to bridge IP data for greater bandwidth utilization of the 10G Ethernet interface. Artel offers IP-based solutions in its InfinityLink and DigiLink platforms.
The interest in 4K/UHD continues to rise, and Artel offers a wide range of 3500 Series FiberLink products to support 4K/UHD at up to 60 frames per second one way. Supporting nearly every type of video, audio, and data signal, FiberLink products are perfect for broadcast or corporate studios, OB vans, point-of-view cameras, rental and staging, auditoriums, stadiums and theaters, transportation hubs, distance learning, and more.
RyderCup.com, Ryder Cup App Deliver All-Time Audience Records
Thu, 13 Oct 2016 10:48:11 -0400
RyderCup.com and the Ryder Cup App, managed by Turner Sports in partnership with The PGA of America and the European Tour, delivered record-setting metrics across all platforms for its live coverage of this year’s 2016 Ryder Cup from Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, MN.
RyderCup.com and the Ryder Cup App generated 3.3 million live video views over the three-day event to garner its most-viewed Ryder Cup coverage on record and nearly a 250% increase over the comparable coverage in 2014. Additionally, the 1.2 million live hours of consumption – up 293% over 2014 – are an all-time high for the event.
Friday Scores Best Single Day of All Time
Friday’s Ryder Cup coverage via RyderCup.com and the Ryder Cup App netted single-day records with 1.6 million live video views and 740,000 live hours consumed, up 175% and 272%, respectively, over the same window in 2014.
More Than Six Million Unique Visitors
This year’s Ryder Cup generated more than six million unique visitors via RyderCup.com, up 27% vs. 2014.
PGA.com’s Social Platforms Deliver Nearly 39 Million Impressions
PGA.com Facebook and Twitter accounts drove nearly 39 million social impressions and five million video views, both records for the Ryder Cup.
This year, RyderCup.com and the Ryder Cup app debuted new “Featured Match” live programming on Friday and Saturday, along with in-depth coverage of Sunday’s single match play. Additionally, a new 1st Tee Experience show showcased the atmosphere surrounding the first tee amphitheater all three days.
PGA.com is the official site of The PGA of America operated by Turner Sports, and RyderCup.com and the Ryder Cup apps are managed by Turner Sports on behalf of The PGA of America and Ryder Cup Europe.