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Friday, December 06, 2019

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Avid Opens Registration for Avid Connect 2020

Fri, 06 Dec 2019 16:56:49 -0500

The Avid Customer Association (ACA), in collaboration with Avid has opened registration for Avid Connect 2020, the annual gathering of media and entertainment technology users and influencers. Avid Connect 2020 “Collective Vision” presents an exciting opportunity for attendees to collaborate and problem-solve with peers, learn from and inspire others, and gain a fresh perspective to advance their organizations and careers. The conference will be held April 17-18, 2020 at Wynn Las Vegas immediately preceding the NAB Show.
Avid Connect 2020 will feature more customer-led sessions and workshops for creatives and technologists working in the media and entertainment industry. Peers will share innovations and workflows in action to help them keep up with the increasing speed of production. Workshop sessions will challenge participants to work together to brainstorm ideas or initiatives around key industry issues such as artificial intelligence, machine learning, delivering for OTT and streaming revenue. New this year will be “Avid Link lounges,” real-world representations of the online lounges in the Avid Link app, where attendees can meet up to talk about topics of their choosing.
“This year’s Avid Connect 2020 will be a new experience for attendees and is inspired by feedback from ACA members who are eager to share their knowledge, lead sessions and tap the collective knowledge, experience and vision that every ACA member and Avid customer brings to the conference,” said Darren Long, Co-Chair of the ACA Executive Board and Group Content Processing Director at Sky. “Our ‘Collective Vision’ theme captures the spirit and power of this annual gathering. Avid Connect 2020 is open to everyone in the media and entertainment industry and is a perfect professional-development complement for those planning on attending the NAB Show.”

Travel Video Alliance Accepting Submissions for 2020 Travel Video Awards at NAB Show

Wed, 04 Dec 2019 16:44:09 -0500

The Travel Video Awards (TVAs) are open for submissions for the third annual awards program to be held at NAB Show on April 21 in Las Vegas. Created by Citizine Networks, Inc. and presented by the Travel Video Alliance, the awards honor innovative and inspiring travel videos released in 2019 by independent filmmakers, the travel industry, media companies and lifestyle brands.
NAB Show, held April 18-22, will again serve as the presenting sponsor of the awards program.
The 2019 program received entries over 800 entries from filmmakers and brands across 44 countries, including CNN Travel, United Airlines, Marriott International, Tourism Australia, Land Rover, Food Network, Sony, Rimowa luggage, La Mer, and Travel + Leisure magazine, among others.
“Of the $600B+ in online travel bookings, video was part of the decision process for the consumer in over 60 percent of those bookings,” said Citizine and TVA Founder and CEO Philip DeBevoise. “Travel videos are a powerful marketing tool — indie filmmakers, tourism companies, and other brands are creating videos showcasing the lifestyle, culture, and beauty of destinations across the globe that are driving these online bookings.”
The 2020 TVAs will feature increased programming focused on the role of video in the travel industry, including three panel sessions and new award categories, in addition to the annual awards ceremony on April 21. Notably, TVA has garnered new partnerships with Travel + Leisure,, NMG Network, and Obsesh, among others.
DeBevoise added, “We’re excited to announce the new TVA-Steller Award, in partnership with Steller, that recognizes the beautiful ‘mix’media’ travel stories being published on the Steller platform.”
“Travel videos capture the magnificence of some of the most popular and remote destinations on the planet,” said NAB Executive Vice President of Conventions and Business Operations Chris Brown. “It is an honor to again partner with the Travel Video Alliance as they recognize some of the most cutting-edge leaders in digital video creation at NAB Show.”
All video and story submissions must have aired or been digitally published between January 1, 2019 and December 31, 2019. TVA is currently accepting submissions through January 17, 2020. Additional information about the awards and other TVA programming is available here.

FCC Chairman Calls on Congress to Repeal T-Band Mandate

Tue, 03 Dec 2019 17:28:06 -0500

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai issued the following statement calling on Congress to repeal the mandate to auction T-Band spectrum and allow public safety officials to continue saving lives through T-Band communications:


“In 2012, Congress passed legislation requiring the FCC to reallocate and auction T-Band spectrum used for decades by public safety licensees and fund the relocation of those licensees elsewhere. The agency has extensively analyzed the T-Band and concluded that moving forward is not viable—relocation costs for public safety licensees would likely far exceed any potential auction revenue, making it impossible to fund the relocation and comply with the mandate. The Government Accountability Office has agreed—reporting to Congress that the T-Band mandate is unworkable and could deprive first responders of their current ability to communicate by radio.”


“Because of these concerns, I’m calling on Congress to repeal the T-Band mandate. I’m hopeful that Congress can resolve this matter without delay. Doing so will not only protect public safety communications in the T-Band but will also allow our dedicated auction staff to focus in 2020 on auctions that will make new airwaves available for 5G, like spectrum in the 3.5 GHz and 3.7 GHz bands.”


The agency issued a Public Notice today suspending the processing of applications for T-Band licenses, including renewals, in accordance with the current T-Band mandate to hold an auction in 2021.

Happy Thanksgiving from Markertek!

Wed, 27 Nov 2019 16:06:58 -0500

We'd like to take a moment to wish everyone a safe and wonderful Thanksgiving Holiday. Whether you’re spending it with family and friends or just taking some time to yourself, we wish you all the very best.
And just a reminder - Markertek will be closed Thursday the 28th for the holiday as well as Friday the 29th for a long weekend and a little R&R. The Markertek team will be back to work and helping you with the gear and services you need on Monday December 1st.
Once again, we wish you all the best this Thanksgiving!

Panasonic Unveils AW-UE4 Ultra-Wide-Angle Lens PTZ Camera

Tue, 26 Nov 2019 16:27:58 -0500

Panasonic has announced the immediate availability of the ultra-wide-angle lens AW-UE4 compact 4K pan/tilt/zoom camera. With a 111° field of view and capable of video output through three interfaces (HDMI, LAN, and USB), the AW-UE4 is ideal for large or small areas, from huddle spaces to lectures/meetings to e-sports production.
Designed with a single cable solution for video transmission, camera control, and power supply, the unit supports Power over Ethernet (PoE) and can be used as a USB camera powered from a computer. The UE4 boasts high-performance operability through RTMP (Real-Time Messaging Protocol) compatibility for direct upload of video to live-streaming services such as YouTube Live and Facebook Live, and is likewise excellent for other live production implementations.
The camera supports 3840×2160/30p 4K video output and a variety of other formats for use in a wide range of environments. Its ultra-wide-angle lens allows capture of every part of even the largest spaces and the transmission of wide-angle footage from even the smallest installation spaces. With the compact size and versatility of the UE4 body design, it is an optimal remote camera for recording/streaming
The UE4 is equipped with a digital zoom for magni­fication up to four times to capture distant subjects clearly. Expanded images can also be manipulated for pan and tilt-like effects to capture images from a variety of angles.

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IP Video & Audio to 3G-SDI Converter!
The IPR-1G-SDI is a VSF TR-01 (and other JPEG 2000 formats) to 3G-SDI converter suited for point of use applications including source monitoring, digital signage, and video walls. The IPR-1G-SDI decodes VSF TR-01 streams then formats the data for 3G-SDI output. The audio associated with the video stream is extracted, synchronized, and then embedded into the SDI stream as well as output on an analog RCA stereo interface.IPR-1G-SDI extracts a JPEG 2000 essence from an incoming IP stream and presents it for display on SDI devices. It's rugged, fanless, Mini-Converter design is ideal for placement in a wide range of display scenarios,...

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RovoRx-SDI is an UltraHD/HD HDBaseT Receiver with four integrated 6G/3G-SDI outputs and HDMI video and audio outputs specifically designed to receive RovoCam's output. Receive the RovoCam's video and audio up to 100m away from the camera, and output to SDI monitors, routers and recorders and HDMI TVs and devices. RovoRx-SDI also offers a DA (Distribution Amplifier) Mode for extensive output options. The HDBaseT connector on RovoRx-HDMI supports camera uncompressed video, audio, power, and control, all over a single Cat 5e/6 cable, greatly simplifying cabling and systems integration.RovoRx-SDI offers a lot of power for HDBaseT workfl...

AKG K612 PRO Reference Studio Over-ear Headphones
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Simple PurityAKG K612 PRO headphones are reference open, over-ear phones that deliver natural sound imaging for professional monitoring. The advanced open technology offers comfort for long working sessions and a full, spacious sound. AKG's patented Varimotion™ diaphragm technology completes the unique sound of the K612 PRO. Obvious features such as the self-adjusting real leather headband, aluminum arches and solid rivets not only provide a lightweight, maximum comfort fit, but also reinforce the quality AKG has provided to studio engineers for decades.Features:

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Audio-Technica ATW-1701 Portable Camera-Mount Digital Wireless System
Rock Solid Performance!
With its compact and portable design, the Audio-Technica ATW-1701 System 10 Camera-Mount high-fidelity digital wireless system is ideally positioned to capture media on the go. Perfect for video production, electronic news gathering (ENG) and every mobile application in between, the receiver features multiple mounting options to accommodate a variety of cameras and recording devices. Like all of the products in the System 10 digital wireless family, the Camera Mount provides three levels of diversity assurance: frequency, time and space. Instantaneous channel selection, sync and setup make the Camera-Mount extremely easy to u...

Camplex CMX-TACNGO-HDMI HDMI to Fiber Optic Converter / Extender & Tactical Cable Reel System - 1000 Foot

The Camplex All-In-One HDMI Over Fiber Deployment Solution!A complete cost effective HDMI to Fiber optic converter & field deployable cable reel system from Camplex. Convert and extend your HDMI signals over 1000 feet of tactical fiber optical cable using the Camplex Tac-N-Go HDMI system. Utilizing the Camplex CMX-HDMIF HDMI to fiber converter system, the transmitter is built into a super rugged cable reel and connected to 1,000 feet of tactical grade fiber optic cable delivering the handy convenience of rapid field deployment. The receiver is then placed at the signal headend side - whether its a recorder, mo...

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