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NAB Statement on Senate Introduction of SANDY Act

Fri, 27 May 2016 17:41:20 -0400

In response to today's introduction of the Securing Access to Networks in Disasters Act of 2016 in the Senate, the following statement can be attributed to NAB Executive Vice President of Communications Dennis Wharton:
"NAB thanks Sens. Cantwell, Booker and Schumer for introducing legislation enabling local radio and television stations to access necessary resources to stay on the air during times of emergencies. When disaster strikes and other networks go down, local broadcasters play a lifeline role in keeping audiences out of harm's way. We applaud Rep. Pallone for his leadership on this issue through the SANDY Act and urge lawmakers to ensure Americans have access to critical broadcast information during a crisis."

InfoComm 2016: Sony Unveils New CLEDIS Display Featuring Ultrafine LEDs

Thu, 26 May 2016 15:52:18 -0400

At InfoComm 2016, Sony will highlight Crystal LED Integrated Structure (CLEDIS), a new technology that uses Sony’s ultrafine LEDs in a unique surface mounting structure as its light source to deliver a visual experience not possible with even the highest-end conventional LED array, according to the company.
"It’s a new type of canvas for limitless flexibility and creativity in public spaces and high-end visual entertainment,” says Kevin O’Connor, senior manager, sales and marketing, visual simulation and entertainment at Sony Electronics. “Compared to the technologies currently available for large-scale display, it’s a leap forward in depth, contrast, color, resolution – and pure visual impact.”
The new display technology is designed for commercial applications and immersive experiences, from industrial product design and manufacturing, theme parks, museums, and high-traffic lobbies to corporate boardrooms and broadcast studios – any environment requiring realistic simulation on a large scale and detailed video displays.
The self-emitting display technology uses R (red), G (green), and B (blue) ultrafine LEDs mounted on the display surface, with each pixel emitting light independently. Each pixel is only 0.003 mm2 in size, allowing the remaining surface area to be more than 99% black.
This high black-to-surface ratio contributes to the technology’s high contrast ratio in light and dark viewing environments. The surface-mounted light source also improves light use efficiency.
The technology has a viewing angle of nearly 180 degrees, with corner-to-corner image uniformity in terms of brightness and color, even on a large screen, and the canvas has a brightness of 1000 cd/m2 (1000 nits), and will support High Dynamic Range (HDR) content, producing imagery with 10-bit color depth and a wide color gamut (approximately 140% of sRGB). The scalable system is made up of multiple display units (each measuring 18 x 16 inches) that can be joined together with no bezels to create a limitless and seamless large-screen display and the canvas also features Sony’s unique pixel drive circuitry, to achieve fast video response with a frame rate of 120fps. This is critical for sports, concerts, or training simulations, where users need to present large screen visuals with no delay or motion artifacts.
The new technology — display unit and display controller — will be shown for the first time in public at InfoComm 2016 (Booth C7708) in Las Vegas, June 8 to 10, in an 8Kx2K, 32’x9’ configuration and is planned to be available in early 2017.

BroadcastAsia 2016: RED Digital Cinema To Roll out DSMC2 Cameras in Singapore

Tue, 24 May 2016 17:24:54 -0400

RED Digital Cinema will showcase its line of DSMC2 cameras and intuitive workflow via demonstrations from industry experts at BroadcastAsia in Singapore from May 31 through June 3. Located in PEONY 4501B (L4), RED will showcase the WEAPON camera, which boasts up to 6K resolution at 100 frames per second, 19 megapixel stills from motion, and incredibly fast data speeds up to 300 MB/s.
In addition to WEAPON, RED will also show the 5K SCARLET-W and 4.5K RAVEN cameras. At just $9,950 for the camera BRAIN and $14,500 for the complete Base I/O V-Lock Package, SCARLET-W blends flexibility and accessibility with high-end performance.  RAVEN – the smallest camera in the RED ecosystem – is priced at $6,950 or $10,950 for the V-Lock I/O Package and has a lightweight durable design that makes it perfect for professionals looking to shoot on the move.
All of RED’s DSMC2 cameras offer superior image quality through the award-winning RED DRAGON sensor, high dynamic range, simultaneous recording of REDCODE RAW and Apple ProRes or Avid DNxHR/HD, and adhere to the company’s dedication to OBSOLESCENCE OBSOLETE — a core operating principle that allows current RED owners to move between DSMC2 cameras without having to purchase all new gear.

InfoComm 2016: Artel Video Systems Focuses on IP, Satellite, and 4K

Mon, 23 May 2016 16:57:19 -0400

CSIArtel Video Systems is gearing up for InfoComm 2016, where the company will be showcasing a full range of IP and fiber-based video, audio, and data transport solutions for higher education, houses of worship, government/military, sports, broadcast, and telco applications.
4K Solutions: FiberLink 3514 4-Channel 3G/HD/SD-SDI (4K/UHD) Series
The FiberLink 3514 Series supports four channels of independent 3G/HD/SD-SDI or DVB-ASI, with or without embedded audio and data, and transmits it over one single mode or multimode fiber. When using all four inputs, FiberLink 3514 supports 4K/UHD resolutions at 60 fps. FiberLink 3514 is capable of transmitting two 4K/UHD signals at 30 fps simultaneously.  For information on our 4K and other FiberLink solutions, stop by booth N356 or use our new Product Selector.
New: DLC510 Dual-Port L-Band Demodulator and Satellite Scanner
The new satellite scanning features in the DLC510 expand the capabilities of the DigiLink Media Transport Platform, functioning as an L-band satellite demodulator and as a fully automatic L-band satellite scanner. As a scanner, DigiLink scans L-band transponders on a satellite, and using DL Manager provides essential RF information, modulation data, and other key metrics 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 DigiLink modules over IP or fiber networks.
New: Quad SD/HD/3G SDI Multiviewer
The DLC910 adds full featured 4-Channel 3G/HD/SD-SDI multiviewer capabilities to the DigiLink Platform. The DLC910 auto detects formats, supports standard SMPTE SDI formats, and features audio monitoring, automatic aspect ratio, flexible input and output options, and more. Stop by Booth N356 for a demonstration.
Artel to Demonstrate Integration of DigiLink, FiberLink, and ScanDo
Artel provides one of the largest portfolios of media transport solutions from low-cost, easy-to-deploy throw downs for remote deployments to multi-functional platforms ideal for operating environments where active management of signal routing is critical. At InfoComm 2016, Artel will demonstrate how end users can design a complete system for video, audio, and data transmission integrating products from the DigiLink media transport platform, FiberLink fiber transmission products, and ScanDo scan converters.
Whether you are transitioning to an IP network, looking for 4K solutions, or seeking professional services to help with your next project, Artel’s team of experts are available to answer questions and assist you with finding the right media transport solutions to meet your needs.  Visit Artel at booth N356 to learn more.

NBC Sports To Stream Multi-Video Mosaic View of the Preakness Stakes

Fri, 20 May 2016 17:12:54 -0400

There’s one day left until the Preakness Stakes in Baltimore, when America finds out whether Nyquist can do it again. One thing is certain: NBC Sports will be doing it again, offering the same NBC Sports Live Extra streaming multicamera view that it debuted at the Kentucky Derby.
From its production headquarters in Stamford, CT, NBC Sports will create a mosaic viewing experience, pre-producing a video stream that offers four camera angles. Online fans will have the option of watching the linear broadcast feed or this four-shot, which will offer a mix of views from around Pimlico Race Course.
NBC Sports’ Preakness coverage begins at 2:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN on Saturday, then at 5:00 p m. both on broadcast TV and online. Producers will rotate shots in the mosaic view as the day unfolds. Expect to see a dedicated view of Nyquist, the unbeaten two-year-old that won this year’s Derby. During the race, producers will mix in an overhead view of the action. For the Derby, NBC included a shot from the announcer’s booth and offered a separate dedicated stream of the grandstand for desktop viewers but hasn’t yet decided exactly what views it will offer this time around.
“We’re still locking down our full production plans for Saturday, gauging based on consumption and what the users want to see,” says Eric Black, CTO, digital, NBC Sports. “Really, it’s producing an event to make sure that we’re hitting off on everything the users are consuming and want to be consuming on Saturday.”
NBC Sports will stream video at seven bitrates, with the highest at 1080p/7 Mbps, its standard. It will use telemetry tools provided by the content-delivery network (CDN) and third-party vendors to monitor performance.
Although NBC Sports is hoping viewers will stick around for the full coverage, there’s bound to be massive viewer demand around post time. Even a slight delay during the two-minute race would be disaster, so the network is working with a reliable set of vendors. Akamai is the CDN, delivering the online streams to viewers. Accessing the streams requires pay-TV authentication, which will be handled by Adobe. Microsoft will manage encoding and cloud origin services, and iStreamPlanet will monitor performance and help with encoding. The stream-quality experts at Conviva will look to solve network performance issues before they impact viewers.
“I don’t know if there are specific technical challenges to multicam, versus straight simulcast,” Black says. “For us, it is maintaining and ensuring that we follow a standardized process that works well. If we’re doing four-box, with multiple camera angles, it’s a production task for us that we are leveraging our broadcast team on, and making sure that we are getting the right cameras produced, into an asset and then following standard video workflow, which is fairly complicated, to make sure that we are delivering the best bits out to our end users.”
Desktop viewers can find NBC Sports’ Preakness coverage at The network also offers NBC Sport Live Extra apps for iOS, Android, Windows Mobile, Roku, Apple TV, and Fire TV.

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Broadcasting is all about transmitting a message and having it understood by those that are listening. The fundamental principle behind broadcast acoustics is that the treatment should improve communication and bring intelligibility up to the very highest level.

If left untreated, sound from the talent’s voice will echo off wall surfaces and come back into the microphone causing comb-filtering as various frequencies combine and cancel making it difficult to comprehend what is being said. Add to this, the echo and reverberant field and clarity is lost.

The solution is simple: Apply acoustic treatment to the wall surfaces. This will eliminate flutter echo, significantly reduce first order reflections and vastly improve communication. Following the acoustic bell curve, the more treatment you put up on the wall, the greater the ambient noise you will attenuate.

Check out the acoustic treatment guide for broadcast from Primacoustic!

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