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Thursday, March 05, 2015

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Livestream Introduces Broadcaster mini

Wed, 04 Mar 2015 15:28:55 -0500

Brooklyn-based technology company, Livestream, has announced the launch of its newest product, the Livestream Broadcaster mini™.

The all-new Broadcaster mini is Livestream’s newest addition to its line of live streaming encoders. At about ⅓ the size of the original Broadcaster™, it is small enough to fit in a pocket, and despite its size, it features the top notch specs that Livestream users have come to expect -- fast and reliable 5Ghz WiFi, streaming up to 1080p, an internal rechargeable Li-ion battery, full control and setup via the free Livestream app for iOS or Android, and more.

What really makes the Broadcaster mini stand out are its price and wireless capabilities.

“Today’s launch marks the latest in Livestream’s efforts to democratize live video and it offers a wireless solution to mobile live streaming at a more affordable price. Without having to be tethered to a wall with an ethernet cable, users are free to broadcast live from more locations, and more places within those locations,” said Livestream CEO and Co-founder, Max Haot.

The Broadcaster mini is priced well under comparable encoders on the market. To operate it, the user simply needs to connect the Broadcaster mini to an HDMI camera, pair it with the Livestream app, and be ready to go live to millions of viewers on any device.

The Broadcaster mini is available for pre-order and ships March 16th.

Additionally, Livestream will soon release an update to the original Broadcaster unit, now three years old. The Broadcaster Pro will make its debut in April 2015, keeping many of the great features of the original Broadcaster, with improved specs.

IABM Training Academy a Part of NAB for First Time

Tue, 03 Mar 2015 17:36:12 -0500

The IABM is giving its members a chance to get a jump start on their NAB with two training courses that will be held on April 11 and 12. This marks the first time that IABM will hold Training Academy sessions at NAB. The two topics include Broadcast Technology Workflows and Understanding File Formats.

The Broadcast Technology Workflow session gives an understanding of workflows and integration and considers the changes in the market from the convergence of today to the challenges of tomorrow. It highlights that broadcasters and service providers need different types of products and services than in the past, and explains what impact the need for automation will have on understanding customers’ requirements.

The other two-day course is Understanding File Formats and will provide a thorough understanding of current video and audio file formats plus their associated metadata and workflows. It will explain how file formats are used from production, through the broadcast chain, including quality control and post-production. Delivery and archiving will also be covered.

The two-day courses begin at 9 a.m. and end at 5 p.m. each day and the IABM says that exclusive show rates are available and that space is limited. For more information visit www.theiabm.org/NABtraining.

Communication Specialties, Inc., DoCaption Unveil New Closed-Caption Monitoring Units

Mon, 02 Mar 2015 17:25:38 -0500

In close partnership, Communications Specialties, Inc (CSI) and DoCaption announced two new unique products and solutions based on the CSI’s highly acclaimed Copperlink 2353 3G/HD/SD-SDI to HDMI converter platform: The Copperlink 2353WST and Copperlink 2353CC closed captions monitoring standalone units.

Both Copperlink 2353WST and Copperlink 2353CC devices automatically detect, decode and display closed captioning data out of a 3G/HD/SD-SDI video signal and provide an HDMI signal in native format with captions overlaid on screen.

An audio output, through stereo line or HDMI, also allows confidence consistency check between audio and captions, when required.

The Copperlink 2353WST supports WST (World System Teletext, ETSI EN300706)/OP-42/OP-47 specifications and is targeted to Europe, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa territories, while the Copperlink 2353CC supports CEA-608 and CEA-708 specifications and is targeted to North, Central and South America territories.

“We at DoCaption are proud to have brought our expertise in captioning encoding and decoding to the renown excellence of Communications Specialties” says Renaud Desportes, Head of Sales at DoCaption.

“Our efficient, yet fun and promising partnership led to our monitoring solution that dramatically reduces installation and operational costs; Small footprint box form factor allows easy installation anywhere and setup is pretty straightforward: this allows quick and easy confidence monitoring of caption streams.”

“We are so happy to work with DoCaption” says Paul Seiden, Director of Sales at Communications Specialties. “The Copperlink 2353 series is the perfect platform for adoption to closed captioning support for the broadcast community.”

SMPTE Raises More Than $66K in Crowdfunding Campaign for ‘Moving Images’ Documentary

Fri, 27 Feb 2015 17:11:17 -0500

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 successfully completed a 60-day crowdfunding campaign for its “Moving Images” documentary, with a total of $66,382 raised on Indiegogo and additional funds donated directly to the Society.

SMPTE’s “Moving Images” is currently ranked as the seventh most funded verified nonprofit film project on Indiegogo. The growing list of corporate sponsors for the project includes Ad-ID, Alliance Video and Post Inc., Blackmagic Design, Canon, Codex Digital, DSC Labs, Ewing-Foley Inc., FotoKem, Image Matters, IMAX, Maxell, Modern VideoFilm, Signiant, and Sundog Media Toolkit.

“We have seen individual contributions from all over the world, and the diversity of support for this documentary has been very gratifying,” said Peter Ludé, chair of the SMPTE documentary committee. “Though many donations have come from SMPTE members, a surprising number were from nonmembers which indicates that this project has meaning to a broad audience. Giving has come from all quarters, from students planning to enter the field to the very companies helping to define the future of the motion-imaging industry.”

The SMPTE documentary is just one of the Society’s many activities planned to celebrate its centennial in 2016. The documentary will explore the exciting evolution of motion-imaging technology from the turn of the 20th century through the present while speculating on what the future has in store. Through interviews with top filmmakers, historians, entrepreneurs, and engineers, the film will investigate the influence that art and science have on one another. The first segment of “Moving Images” is now in production with Randall Dark, producer; Howard Lukk, director; and Travis LaBella, director of photography. During the 2015 NAB Show’s Technology Summit on Cinema, produced in partnership with SMPTE, attendees will have the opportunity to watch an exclusive preview of the documentary.

“We’re confident that support for ‘Moving Images’ will continue to grow, and we look forward to showcasing the results of our work during the preview screening during the 2015 NAB Show,” added Ludé.

The Indiegogo campaign lasted just 60 days. Those who missed the original campaign may now contribute directly via SMPTE’s website at www.smpte.org/movingimages. In coordination with the Hollywood Post Alliance (HPA), the “perks” originally offered on Indiegogo will be honored through Feb. 14 to allow attendees of the HPA Tech Retreat the opportunity to participate.

Further information about “Moving Images” is also available at www.smpte.org/movingimages. Besides contributing, website visitors can review videos posted by Lukk; associate producers Richard Welsh and Aimée Ricca; and Dr. Corey Carbonara of Baylor University, who shared a video produced by his students. The “perks” associated with the original Indiegogo campaign may be viewed at http://igg.me/at/smptedoc/.

FCC Adopts Strong, Sustainable Rules to Protect the Open Internet

Thu, 26 Feb 2015 14:16:35 -0500

Ending lingering uncertainty about the future of the Open Internet, the Federal Communications Commission today set sustainable rules of the roads that will protect free expression and innovation on the Internet and promote investment in the nation’s broadband networks.

The FCC has long been committed to protecting and promoting an Internet that nurtures freedom of speech and expression, supports innovation and commerce, and incentivizes expansion and investment by America’s broadband providers. But the agency’s attempts to implement enforceable, sustainable rules to protect the Open Internet have been twice struck down by the courts.

Today, the Commission—once and for all—enacts strong, sustainable rules, grounded in multiple sources of legal authority, to ensure that Americans reap the economic, social, and civic benefits of an Open Internet today and into the future. These new rules are guided by three principles: America’s broadband networks must be fast, fair and open—principles shared by the overwhelming majority of the nearly 4 million commenters who participated in the FCC’s Open Internet proceeding.

Absent action by the FCC, Internet openness is at risk, as recognized by the very court that struck down the FCC’s 2010 Open Internet rules last year in Verizon v. FCC.

Broadband providers have economic incentives that “represent a threat to Internet openness and could act in ways that would ultimately inhibit the speed and extent of future broadband deployment,” as affirmed by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia. The court upheld the Commission’s finding that Internet openness drives a “virtuous cycle” in which innovations at the edges of the network enhance consumer demand, leading to expanded investments in broadband infrastructure that, in turn, spark new innovations at the edge.

With a firm legal foundation established, the Order sets three “bright-line” rules of the road for behavior known to harm the Open Internet, adopts an additional, flexible standard to future-proof Internet openness rules, and protects mobile broadband users with the full array of Open Internet rules. It does so while preserving incentives for investment and innovation by broadband providers by affording them an even more tailored version of the light-touch regulatory treatment that fostered tremendous growth in the mobile wireless industry.

Bright Line Rules: The first three rules ban practices that are known to harm the Open Internet:

- No Blocking: broadband providers may not block access to legal content, applications, services, or non-harmful devices.
- No Throttling: broadband providers may not impair or degrade lawful Internet traffic on the basis of content, applications, services, or non-harmful devices.
- No Paid Prioritization: broadband providers may not favor some lawful Internet traffic over other lawful traffic in exchange for consideration of any kind—in other words, no “fast lanes.” This rule also bans ISPs from prioritizing content and services of their affiliates.

Action by the Commission February 26, 2015, by Report and Order on Remand, Declaratory Ruling, and Order (FCC 15-24). Chairman Wheeler, Commissioners Clyburn and Rosenworcel with Commissioners Pai and O’Rielly dissenting. Chairman Wheeler, Commissioners Clyburn, Rosenworcel, Pai and O’Rielly issuing statements.

Read the full document here.

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The Building Blocks of a Wireless System

Wireless microphone and monitoring systems have become standard equipment for musicians, broadcasters, theatre productions, television shows, and sound contractors alike.

Wireless systems operate in the UHF (Ultra High Frequency) range. UHF is the most common, most reliable format for wireless systems today. Within the US, wireless systems are allowed to operate from 470 - 698 MHz.

Every wireless system consists of three main components:

1. Transmitter
The transmitter accepts a (mic or line) input signal, converts it into an RF (radio frequency) signal, and then transmits it.

2. Receiver
The receiver picks up the transmitted RF signal, converts it back into an audio signal, and then outputs it for mixing and amplification.

3. Antennas
Antennas handle the sending and receiving of the RF signal between the two components. Antennas may be either active or passive, depending on the system configuration.

Easy enough. Unfortunately, there's more to consider when choosing a wireless system. Some of the most important considerations in selecting the right wireless system for an application is avoiding sources of potential interference, the number of channels required, the number of and type of microphones needed, antennas, mounts, accessories and the list goes on. However, choosing the right equipment and frequencies for your application doesn't have to be a chore.

Using the ComprehensIve Guide to Setting Up, Configuring and Using Evolution Wireless G3 Systems guide from Sennheiser, we see that evolution wireless G3 systems elegantly solve two classic challenges: avoiding interference and building complex, multi-channel systems. Sennheiser evolution wireless G3 offers 1,680 tunable UHF frequencies across 42 MHz and an easy-to-use "Easy Setup" function that scans for interference and recommends "free" frequencies that will yield the most reliable operation. For setting up multi-channel systems, evolution wireless G3 includes 20 banks of coordinated frequencies, each set calculated to work together without interference - an undesirable effect called intermodulation. With evolution wireless G3, building a reliable, interference-free multi-channel setup has never been easier!

From small clubs to boardrooms to Broadway stages or stadium-sized concert halls, Sennheiser evolution wireless G3 is used with confidence every day by professional users the world over.

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