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NAB 2019: MultiDyne's BULLET Series Adds Dante, Ethernet Option

Mon, 18 Mar 2019 17:09:12 -0400

MultiDyne Fiber Optic Solutions (Booth C5013) will introduce its new BULLET series (formerly SilverBULLET) of miniature, rugged fiber-optic link products. In addition to the 12G-capable BULLET for high-bandwidth video launched at IBC, MultiDyne will introduce Dante-enabled BULLET for digital audio — also capable of Ethernet transport.
 
The latest BULLET transmitters and receivers unveil a significant design transformation that accelerates deployment and streamlines systems management. These improvements include patented interlocked mounting, centralized power, and built-in OLED monitoring — all dramatic design enhancements from previous generations that improve ease of use. All BULLET products remain highly portable and economical, making them equally useful for fixed links or last-minute video and audio feeds.
 
Shipping soon, MultiDyne’s 12G BULLET solves the problem of high-bandwidth, single-link transport to and from any video source. At only three inches in length, the 12G BULLET connects to the back of any camera, monitor, or other video source, with the ability to add more units without additional power cabling. A camera operator with four video outputs can interlock four units together, and support a multichannel production off of a single power supply without the need for multiple wall warts.
 
The new BULLET for Dante and Ethernet adds another layer of efficiency to field and mobile production teams managing digital audio feeds over long-distances. The common interlocked mounting capability across both products means that users have a quickly scalable and problem-solving option for video, audio and Ethernet feeds in the field. That patented interlocked mounting innovation, along with centralized power distribution, are key differentiators from previous BULLET generations and competitive products.
 
The 12G BULLET integrates cable equalization and re-clocking techniques to optimize signal integrity across all short- and long-distance transport needs, removing the presence of jitter from existing signals. Integrated OLED monitoring adds value through consistent readings of jitter rates, signal type, optimal power and more. BULLET products are also available with a special 1RU tray capable of housing up to 24 devices, and support 12G SDI rates down to 5Mbps. This makes the BULLET series ideal for virtually any broadcast and AV-related field acquisition need, from high-end sports production and pre-fibered venues to courtesy feeds, confidence monitoring, and distance learning.

Cobalt Digital, Starfish Technologies Teams Up for Transport Stream Splicing

Fri, 15 Mar 2019 16:39:17 -0400

Cobalt Digital and Starfish Technologies, a U.K.-based broadcast technology company, are partnering to provide transport stream splicing using the Starfish Technologies TS Splicer software and the Cobalt SCTE-104/35 insertion system. The new solution creates an affordable, automated ad insertion or media replacement system for broadcast, IPTV, satellite, and cable TV applications.
 
Designed to be a complete replacement for ad insertion or content blocking applications, the TS Splicer combines the functionality of an integrated ad server, SCTE-35 opt-out signal decoding, input stream switching, and transport stream splicing. It takes in transport streams with SCTE-35 triggers and inserts advertisements based on the embedded control signals. The fully configurable TS Splicer performs a technically clean media switch with minimal propagation delay.
 
Cobalt offers a range of MPEG encoders and decoders, as well as a series of frame synchronizers and scalers, with SCTE-104 injection support. Compatible units include the BBG-1002 Series of standalone encoders, 9902 and 9904 Series openGear cards, and the new 9992-ENC-HEVC (H.265) card, which offers upgradable multi-channel MPEG-2/AVC encoding.
 
“Ad insertion is a vital part of any content distribution system, and we are excited to work with Starfish Technologies to add transport stream splicing to our offerings,” says Chris Shaw, executive vice president of sales and marketing, Cobalt Digital. “This partnership adds further functionality to meet the needs of our customers.”
 
“Starfish are delighted to be working with such a highly respected supplier. Forming this partnership allows both Cobalt Digital and Starfish Technologies to share their expertise and develop leading solutions which will undoubtedly benefit a wide range of customers,” adds Peter Blatchford, sales and marketing director, Starfish Technologies.

NAB 2019: LYNX Technik AG Debuts HDR Evie Video Image Engine Powered By greenMachine Processor

Wed, 13 Mar 2019 16:53:28 -0400

At NAB 2019, LYNX Technik AG (booth N2827), a provider of modular interfaces for broadcast and professional AV signal processing applications, will introduce HDR Evie, an enhanced video image engine powered by the greenMachine multi-purpose processing platform.
 
Identified as one of the top key trends for 2019 and beyond, HDR (High Dynamic Range) provides viewers with a brilliant visual experience unlike any other. The demand for more realistic and vibrant colors and enhanced dynamic range is ever-increasing. This creates a demand for broadcasters and media professionals to implement HDR solutions into their workflows to not only deliver enhanced content to the new HDR equipped displays, but more importantly to provide equally stunning content to the vast installed base of standard SDR displays.
 
HDR Evie uses advanced algorithms which automatically analyze and apply optimal corrections in real time on a frame by frame basis. This capability is a production tool for sports or any live broadcast event needing high-quality real-time HDR to SDR conversions.
 
Typically, HDR to SDR conversion is achieved using a single static correction for the entire production, which can be accomplished with LYNX Technik’s greenMachine HDR Static Conversion solution. This is effective for fixed, predictable applications such as TV studio production. However, for more dynamically demanding and unpredictable content, such as live sports or news broadcasts, the analysis and corrections must be adapted on a frame by frame basis to cope with challenging lighting conditions, brightness levels, and image composition. Until now “frame by frame” corrections were only possible by manually applying correction metadata to each frame which is then utilized during live playback; a non-real-time process, both time consuming and expensive.
 
HDR Evie is powered by the greenMachine titan platform, a compact self-contained AV processing appliance. Along with dynamic HDR conversions, greenMachine is also equipped with integrated frame synchronization, up/down cross conversion and a suite of powerful audio processing capabilities.
 
greenMachine HDR Evie supports single channel 12G SDI 4K/UHD conversions or can be configured as a four channel device for 3G (HD) applications. 4K Quad 2SI inputs and optional 12G fiber I/O connectivity makes it compatible with almost any system. A wide array of conversion possibilities are supported including: 4K HDR to 4K SDR, 4K HDR to HD SDR, and even conversion between HDR standards. HDR Evie supports a range of open standards for conversion, tone mapping, and color gamut including HLG, PQ, SDR, and SLog3.
 
HDR Evie’s advanced technology is proprietary and patented, following years of research and development in close cooperation with the Technology team led by Professor Mike Christmann at Hochschule RheinMain University of Applied Sciences in Wiesbaden, Germany.

Drone Racing League Reaches Twitter Streaming, NBC Broadcast Deal for 2019 DRL Allianz World Championship

Tue, 12 Mar 2019 17:36:17 -0400

The Drone Racing League (DRL) announced a new streaming partnership with Twitter and broadcast agreement with NBC and NBC Sports (NBCSN) to air the 2019 DRL Allianz World Championship Season. Premiering on Sunday, August 11 at 2pm ET on NBC and Twitter, DRL will extend its global reach on premier sports networks and increase access to fans of the world’s fast-growing sport.
 
Currently bringing a wide range of video content from the biggest leagues and esports partners, Twitter is collaborating with DRL to expand into robotic sports and share non-stop drone racing action on Twitter for the first time. DRL’s partnership with NBC and NBCSN, the U.S. television home of motorsports, will offer racing fans the opportunity to watch more than 44 hours of DRL coverage on NBC and NBCSN alongside NASCAR, INDYCAR, and Pro Motocross in 2019. For the first time ever, DRL will feature pro drone racing content concurrently on all screens, including mobile phones, tablets, PCs, and TVs, immersing fans worldwide into their thrilling FPV (First Person View) action.
 
Starting in August, sports fans can tune into DRL on NBCSN and Twitter via @DroneRaceLeague, binging on high-speed, minute-long heats throughout the 2019 DRL Allianz World Championship Season. Fans can now engage as real-time commentators and follow elite pilots as they race (and crash) identical, custom-built DRL drones at 90+ MPH through 3D courses with sky-high dives, inverted loops, and razor-sharp turns in iconic venues like palaces, museums and football stadiums around the world.
 
DRL recently announced a three-year partnership with Youku, one of the largest streaming networks in China. To date, more than 57 million fans have tuned into DRL’s first three seasons, which were exclusively broadcast on linear TV.
 
“Speed and racing are featured throughout the events that NBC Sports covers, from Olympic sports to motorsports and horse racing’s Triple Crown,” says Jeff Macaluso, Senior Director, Programming, NBC Sports. “The Drone Racing League showcases a unique blend of speed and skill and we’re excited to partner with them for the 2019 and 2020 seasons.”

FCC Library Invites IT Vendors to Participate in 2019 Open House

Mon, 11 Mar 2019 17:13:43 -0400

The FCC Library celebrates National Library Week with its Annual Open House to take place on Tuesday, April 9, 2019. Once again, in partnership with the FCC Technology Experience Center, the FCC Library will showcase how local, state, federal, and academic libraries use electronic or digital content to provide 24/7 cyberspace access for a wide array of personal use devices.
 
The FCC Technology Experience Center, located within the FCC Library, is a communications technology repository where FCC staff and visitors have hands-on opportunities to preview communications content and devices. In recognition of National Library Week, there will be library- specific experiences for accessing content, using devices, and reviewing application solutions. In addition, there will be an electronic compilation of library websites dedicated to providing free access to local, state, and federal electronic content.
 
Manufacturers and vendors are invited to participate in this event. Of particular interest are:
 
▪ Smart phones
▪ e-Book readers
▪ Tablet
▪ Technology kiosks
▪ Library-specific application solutions
 
For consideration and further information contact the FCC Library at [email protected]

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AJA IPR-1G-SDI JPEG 2000 IP Video and Audio to 3G-SDI Converter
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,...
AJA-IPR-1G-SDI$795.00


AJA RovoRx-SDI UltraHD/HD HDBaseT Receiver to 6G/3G-SDI & HDMI Frame Sync with PoH & Genlock
RovoCam Ready!
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...
AJA-ROVORX-SDI$995.00


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...
AT-ATW-1701$379.95


Camplex CMX-TACNGO-HDMI HDMI to Fiber Optic Converter / Extender & Tactical Cable Reel System - 1000 Foot
All-In-One!
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...
CMX-TACNGO-HDMI$999.00


Decimator Design DMON-12S 12 Channel 3G/HD/SD Multiviewer with SDI and HDMI Out
Multi-Task!
1 to 12 Channel Multi-Viewer with SDI and HDMI outputs for 3G/HD/SD and Custom Layouts, UMDs, Audio Meters, Graticules and TalliesThe DMON-12S is a truly portable converter, that incorporates our new easy to use LCD and button control system. This gives you easy access to all of the amazing features without using complicated LED/button control, dip switches or having to carry around a computer to change a simple setting.This unit also includes: - 32 GPI - USB port for control and firmware updatesUCP (USB Control Panel) Version 2.0.6 Released for both the Mac OS X and Windows 3...
DEC-DMON-12S$1,295.00


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In our modern digital lives, we have an endless number of ways we use our computers, including using them to produce video. We may want to send full-screen output as video to a switcher or recorder to make training or demonstration videos. We may want to send just the output of one program as a video source like a dedicated text or graphics program specifically for broadcast production, or it could be a program used daily for common business or personal tasks.
 
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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