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Fox Sports To Deploy High-Speed Rail Cam at NASCAR Coca-Cola 600

Tue, 22 May 2018 17:28:37 -0400

NASCAR viewers are in store for a brand-new perspective this Sunday. Fox Sports will deploy a Mega Trax MX 500 RF-controlled robotic rail cam during its Coca-Cola 600 race coverage at Charlotte Motor Speedway. The rail-cam deployment will follow a successful test in March at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, CA.
Rather than use the Mega Trax MX500 for pit coverage, as it did at Auto Club Speedway, Fox will depend on the system for unique views of race coverage in Charlotte.
“We had great luck with the rail-cam test in Fontana earlier this year and now wanted to use it in a completely different way than we used there,” says Davies. “We are placing it in a location that could give us some really interesting views of actual race coverage.”
Fox Sports and Mega Trax will construct about 850 ft. of rail behind the inside wall on the backstretch at Charlotte Motor Speedway. The system will be focused on covering the cars as they exit Turn 2.
With nearly silent operation, the MX 500 rail cam accelerates from 0 mph to 60 mph in about three seconds, topping out at speeds in excess of 90 mph. Although the system can function with a variety of camera heads, it will be outfitted with a Sony HDC-P43 camera this weekend.
BSI is also working with Fox Sports and Mega Trax to provide RF connectivity for both the camera and the control system.
Although Fox doesn’t yet have plans for further rail-cam deployments following the Coca-Cola 600, Davies says the team will continue to evaluate the system, and he sees its being used again on high-profile NASCAR races and, potentially, other Fox Sports properties.

Grass Valley Enhances HDR Capabilities in New EDIUS 9.2 Editing Software

Fri, 18 May 2018 17:25:46 -0400

At NAB 2018, Grass Valley (a Belden Brand) introduced the latest version of EDIUS Nonlinear Editing Software. EDIUS 9.2 incorporates new features for increased speed, creativity, and flexibility in broadcast studios. The latest version of the editing software remains tightly integrated with GV STRATUS Video Production and Content Management System to efficiently meet the needs of news broadcasters and includes several upgrades to support enhanced HDR editing.
“Though EDIUS is the industry standard in editing software, we’re continually improving and adding functions to prepare for current and upcoming broadcast trends and technology,” says Katsushi Takeuchi, vice president and general manager, editing systems, Grass Valley. “Over nearly a decade of accumulated developments and upgrades, Grass Valley has solidified EDIUS as the most versatile editing solution in the industry, supporting more resolutions, formats and frame rates than any other software.”
New functions encompassed in EDIUS 9.2 include:
• New video scope supporting HDR (RGB Parade, “nits” display)
• Color space list editing and ability to add new color space (ARRI – ALEXA Wide Gamut/Log C, DJI – D-Gamut/D-Log)
• Monitor control for EIZO 4K HDR monitor (EDIUS Workgroup 9 only)
• Mync HDR support (preview, storyboard, export)
• Apple ProRes MXF and Sony VENICE RAW import support
• Improvement of Canon Cinema RAW Light decoding performance
• Matrox IO hardware driver v8 support
Also now available for increased flexibility when using EDIUS, the EDIUS Floating License for Pro and Workgroup versions allows management of multiple EDIUS licenses in a closed network environment. Users can install EDIUS to any number of machines and manage the number of EDIUS 9.2 clients running simultaneously in the network from a central license management server, so there is no need to manage multiple serial numbers.
EDIUS 9 users benefit from the EDIUS 9.2 update free of charge as part of the regular product enhancement program.

Panasonic To Host HDR/SDR Webinar Livestream May 24

Thu, 17 May 2018 17:18:04 -0400

Learn how easy it can be to paint and shade cameras for live simultaneous HDR and SDR outputs. We’ll be sharing a demonstration of how this can be achieved with Panasonic’s studio camera systems, including the brand-new AK-UC4000 4K HDR camera and AK-UCU600 camera control unit. This is your chance to see one of the hottest new 4K HDR live production camera systems in action! The livestream is hosted by Michael Bergeron, Panasonic Product Manager, Studio Camera Systems. You can register for the webinar here.

AES Milan 2018: AIMS to Offer Practical Guidance on AES67 and SMTPE ST 2110 Audio Networking

Tue, 15 May 2018 15:48:08 -0400

The Alliance for IP Media Solutions (AIMS) announced that five member companies will participate in workshops and tutorials about audio networking at AES Milan 2018.
“With the publication of SMPTE ST 2110 and the industrywide push toward all-IP workflows, audio engineers are working to implement the newest standards and ensure their AES67-compatible devices will play well in the new IP world. World-class audio networking experts from AIMS member companies will share their insights at AES Milan to help audio engineers navigate the changing landscape,” says Michael Cronk, AIMS board chair. “This is the first AES convention since AIMS merged with the Media Networking Alliance, and as a result of the merger, we can offer AES Milan visitors even deeper, broader expertise on perfecting audio networking within media-over-IP workflows.”
Andreas Hildebrand of AIMS member company ALC NetworX GmbH will give the tutorial “AES67 & ST 2110 — An Overview” on Wednesday, May 23, at 4:30 p.m. In this tutorial, Hildebrand will describe the basic principles of and the commonalities and differences between SMPTE ST 2110 and AES67, and he will expand upon the constraints defined in ST 2110 with respect to AES67. Hildebrand will also share a brief outlook on how transport of nonlinear audio formats (AES3) will be defined in ST 2110.
On May 24, at 1 p.m., Hildebrand will offer a workshop titled “AES67 Practical — A Guide on How to Set Up AES67 Networks.” This hourlong session will give insight and provide tips on system planning, device and network configuration, management, and monitoring.
Jeff Berryman of Bosch Communications, Greg Shay of The Telos Alliance, and Nicolas Sturmel of Merging Technologies — all AIMS member companies — will present a workshop on Friday, May 25, starting at 9:30 a.m. The 90-minute workshop, “Beyond AES67, a Better and Unified Experience of the Audio Network,” will address the issue of controlling and monitoring an audio network through various open initiatives that provide a level of unification on the network. The renowned experts will explore the AES70 standardized control protocol — the open interface specification and API for connection management of NMOS and some other network-oriented tools — and welcome questions from attendees. The session will be presented in association with the AES Technical Committee on Network Audio Systems.
Finally, Hildebrand and Sturmel will join colleague Claudio Becker-Foss of AIMS member company DirectOut for a workshop titled “AES67 in Real-World Applications.” The workshop and Q&A session will take place Friday, May 25, from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. The workshop will focus on practical aspects of using AES67 and ST 2110-30 in the field, answering such questions as: What are the benefits of using AES67? What are the difficulties? What should I do / not do when configuring my network? Panelists experienced in real-world applications will provide valuable insights and share opinions on the importance of AES67 and its role as part of ST 2110 for the wider broadcast market. This session will be presented in association with the AES Technical Committee on Network Audio Systems.

FCC Considers Eliminating Broadcaster License Posting Requirement

Fri, 11 May 2018 16:06:15 -0400

The Federal Communications Commission today launched a proceeding to consider eliminating various rules that require the maintenance and posting of broadcast licenses and related information in specific locations.
The Commission originally adopted broadcast license posting rules in 1930. Over the years, it expanded these rules to apply to new services that were deployed by broadcasters. Because the vast majority of the information contained on these licenses is now available through the Commission’s electronic databases, the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking asks whether regulations requiring broadcast licenses and related authorizations to be physically posted are outdated and no longer necessary.
This marks the tenth proceeding that has been launched as part of the Commission’s ongoing effort to modernize its rules by eliminating or modifying regulations that are outdated, unnecessary or unduly burdensome.

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Decimator Design DMON-12S 12 Channel 3G/HD/SD Multiviewer with SDI and HDMI Out
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DaLite 34516LS Advantage Electrol 113D 60X96NPA MW
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Many broadcast production applications have adopted NewTek’s Network Device Interface (NDI) and are able to send their output to the network where any NDI-enabled production system can receive it. Products and applications that don’t yet include IP workflows can do so by using NewTek NDI Scan Converter, one of the applications in the free NewTek NDI Tools Pack.
The NewTek NDI Tools Pack is a free download: NewTek NDI Tools Pack Download Page
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