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AJA Unveils ColorBox for Color-Accurate Broadcast, Production and Post

Thu, 29 Sep 2022 09:20:31 -0400

AJA has announced ColorBox, a portable, high-performance device with unprecedented inline algorithmic color transforms and LUT processing capabilities delivering precise and accurate color space conversions for live broadcast, live events, on-set production and post production. ColorBox enables a range of HDR and SDR conversions and allows DITs to easily load, modify, and save looks, and create reference images for dailies to ensure color accuracy across all production stakeholders and creative vendors.  

ColorBox arrives as more productions are standardizing on 4K/UltraHD HDR, with color and LUT management proving essential to creating and achieving looks for live and scripted content. Designed to support a wide range of look management approaches on-set and in live production environments, ColorBox features 12G-SDI in/out and HDMI 2.0 out for up to 4K/UltraHD 60p 10-bit YCbCr 4:2:2 and 30p 12-bit RGB 4:4:4 signal support. ColorBox includes AJA Color Pipeline (ACP) Mode with a 33-point 3D LUT processor with tetrahedral LUT interpolation, four built-in user-configurable 1D LUTs, and two 3x3 user-configurable matrices. ColorBox users also benefit from a built-in RGB color corrector and ProcAmp, extensive LUT, matrices and image libraries, powerful capture and recall capabilities, ancillary (ANC) metadata management, and more. All of this is easily controlled via an integrated web browser-based interface.

ColorBox packs ultra low-latency, high-density 4K/UltraHD processing into a portable device with a robust feature set of SDR/HDR/WCG color transforms for many applications. Extensive frame capturing features include pre-processed image capture or post-processed output capture for reference stills with overlaid metadata, such as video payload ID’s, pipeline configuration, and customizable user text.  These frame captures can be saved locally and exported to the configuration PC running the web browser-based ColorBox user interface.  

A built-in USB OTG port lets users easily configure ColorBox wirelessly via a 3rd party USB WiFi adapter. 12G-SDI and HDMI 2.0 outputs provide up to 4K/UHD video for local monitoring, and an additional 12G-SDI loop through output is available for connecting the unaltered source to other devices.

ColorBox is available now at Markertek.

FCC Signs Partnerships with Brazilian and Romanian Counterparts

Tue, 27 Sep 2022 08:36:00 -0400

FCC Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel and Chairman Carlos Manuel Baigorri of National Telecommunications Agency of Brazil (Agência Nacional de Telecomunicações or Anatel) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to work together in combatting unwanted robocalls and to promote advanced communications such as 5G and 6G. Chairwoman Rosenworcel today also signed a similar partnership agreement with Vlad Ștefan Stoica, President of Romania’s National Authority for Management and Regulation in Communications (ANCOM).

MOU with Brazil

“As we began talking to our Brazilian counterparts about robocalls, it became clear that we not only shared a desire to combat these attacks on consumers worldwide, but that we had other shared telecommunications priorities that we could, should, and must work together on,” said Chairwoman Rosenworcel. “Together, we want to help connect the U.S. and the Brazilian people with the most modern online services available. This means 5G, advanced Wi-Fi, cybersecurity cooperation, and more. Now we can share best practices and work together to help our peoples excel in this modern age.”

The Memorandum of Understanding signed today at the 2022 Plenipotentiary Conference of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) in Bucharest, Romania expressed the agencies’ “shared interest in effective telecommunications regulation that promotes competitive markets, technological innovation, and reducing the digital divide.” The agencies agreed to collaborate on, among other issues: protecting consumers (including combatting unwanted calls); spectrum management policies; supply chain security and cybersecurity; universal access to telecommunications and broadband services; Wireless Emergency Alert system; and equipment authorization procedures.

MOU with Romania

“This is an important agreement between two great partners,” said Chairwoman Rosenworcel. “I thank our wonderful hosts not only for formalizing this partnership, but also for providing their beautiful country and capital city to host this important international conference. I am grateful that I can not only return home inspired by Romanian hospitality, leadership, and culture, but with a formal partnership upon which we can continue our productive collaboration on these important issues.”

The Memorandum of Understanding signed today with the host country of this vital international telecommunications conference determined to strengthen the relationship between the regulators by “means of increased engagement in regulatory policy dialogue.” This agreement addresses the importance of cooperation in areas including satellite regulatory policy including satellite frequency monitoring; broadband infrastructure deployment; spectrum management, coordination, and policy; robocall mitigation and prevention; and telecom networks and services security and resilience.

Audio-Technica to Launch Enhanced Platform for Content Creators

Mon, 26 Sep 2022 09:23:32 -0400

Audio TechnicaAudio-Technica is officially launching the A-T Creator Community, an exclusive outreach designed to directly connect and engage fans and content creators with the brand.

The Creator Community is an evolution of traditional community outreach and sponsorship programs that allows for a personalized experience, two-way communication, and a way for A-T to reward/provide recognition to fans and creators who are true brand advocates or want to connect with Audio-Technica.

Fans and users of Audio-Technica that sign up for the Creator Community will be sent a gift pack, which includes fun Audio-Technica branded swag. In addition to the gift pack, users will receive exclusive access to product news, tips and tricks, discount codes, and opportunities to be featured as Audio-Technic’s Creator of the Month.

Creator Community users will have access to Audio-Technica’s Discord server, an exclusive channel where fans and content creators can communicate with other creators about projects, products, ask questions, and more. The channel will provide creators with product details, tips and tricks on how to use specific products, as well as news and updates, directly from the Audio-Technica team.

To learn more about the Creator Community, visit www.audio-technica.com/en-us/creator-community.

FCC Expands Covered List to Include China Unicom and PacNet/ComNet

Thu, 22 Sep 2022 08:26:00 -0400

The FCC’s Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau today added equipment and services from two entities – Pacific Network Corp. and its wholly-owned subsidiary ComNet (USA) LLC and China Unicom (Americas) Operations Limited – to its list of communications equipment and services that have been deemed a threat to national security.

“Today we take another critical step to protect our communications networks from foreign national security threats,” said Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel. “Earlier this year the FCC revoked China Unicom America’s and PacNet/ComNet’s authorities to provide service in the United States because of the national security risks they posed to communications in the United States. Now, working with our national security partners, we are taking additional action to close the door to these companies by adding them to the FCC’s Covered List. This action demonstrates our whole-of-government effort to protect network security and privacy.”

Today’s actions implement recommendations in letters filed by NTIA on behalf Executive Branch interagency bodies. These letters explain how PacNet/ComNet and China Unicom are subject to the exploitation, influence and control of the Chinese government, and the national security risks associated with such exploitation, influence, and control. In recent filings, the Department of Justice, in coordination with the Department of Defense, confirms that the Executive Branch’s views these companies as posing “an unacceptable risk to the national security of the United States or the security and safety of United States persons” under section 2 of the Secure and Trusted Communications Networks Act of 2019—thus requiring the addition of these services to the Covered List. Today’s actions are part of our ongoing effort to protect and strengthen the integrity of our nation’s critical communications network.

The Secure and Trusted Communications Networks Act requires the Commission to publish and maintain a list of communications equipment and services that pose an unacceptable risk to national security or the security and safety of U.S. persons. The FCC published the initial list, commonly referred to as the covered list, in March 2021, and will continue to update the list as other communications equipment and services meet the criteria under the law.

NFL and German Football League DFL Sign Collaboration Agreement

Tue, 20 Sep 2022 08:45:47 -0400

footballThe National Football League (NFL) and the German Football League (DFL Deutsche Fußball Liga), organizing body of Bundesliga and Bundesliga 2, have signed an agreement to collaborate in key business areas with a particular focus on the U.S. and German markets.

The NFL and the Bundesliga – which are among the most prominent sports leagues in the world – have cooperated in the past, sharing expertise in various areas since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Bundesliga was the first major sports league to return to the field during the pandemic while the NFL completed two full seasons without cancellations during this time. Both leagues have supported other sports organizations around the world during the pandemic by sharing their expertise and best practices.

With this agreement, the NFL and DFL will increase communication and collaboration in the areas of production, broadcast and programming, digital innovation and marketing. The partnership agreement was signed by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and DFL CEO Donata Hopfen.

Roger Goodell: “Our first regular season game in Germany this fall also presents an opportunity to work with and learn from some of the most successful sports leagues around the world. The Bundesliga has long been regarded as the leading league in Germany and one of the finest throughout Europe. We look forward to collaborating with the DFL in a process that we believe will be mutually beneficial.”

Donata Hopfen: “The DFL has always worked openly and cooperatively with leagues and organizations around the world to promote the development of sport worldwide. We look forward to working closely with our colleagues from the NFL on a variety of issues and gaining new insights, particularly with regard to sports in the U.S.”
In 2018, the DFL opened its New York office, which covers the North and South American region and serves as a point of contact for media and marketing partners, as well as aiding clubs with local market initiatives. The partnership with the NFL marks another step in the DFL’s dynamic internationalization strategy and supports the approach to grow the Bundesliga’s popularity globally, ensuring that even more fans around the world can experience the best of German football.

For its part, the NFL will play its first regular-season game in Germany on Nov. 13, 2022 at Munich’s Allianz Arena between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Seattle Seahawks. Germany will host one regular season NFL game in each of the next four years, alternating between Munich and Frankfurt.

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The ABCs of Multimeter Safety from Fluke

Where safety is a concern, choosing a multimeter is like choosing a motorcycle helmet, if you have a “ten dollar” head, choose a “ten dollar” helmet. If you value your head, get a quality helmet. The hazards of motorcycle riding are obvious, but what’s the issue with multimeters? As long as you choose a multimeter with a high enough voltage rating, aren’t you safe? Voltage is voltage, isn’t it?

Not exactly. Engineers who analyze multimeter safety often discover that failed units were subjected to a much higher voltage than the user thought he was measuring. There are the occasional accidents when the meter, rated for low voltage (1000 V or less), was used to measure medium voltage, such as 4160 V. Just as common, the knock-out blow had nothing to do with misuse - it was a momentary high-voltage spike or transient that hit the multimeter input without warning.

To protect you against transients, safety must be built into the test equipment. What performance specification should you look for, especially if you know that you could be working on high-energy circuits? The task of defining safety standards for test equipment is addressed by the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC). This organization develops international safety standards for electrical test equipment.

The good folks at Fluke have put together a truly informative and important guide on the subject. It describes in full detail the how's and why's of the subject and how to get the job done and stay safe every time. You can read the entire paper here.

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