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Blackmagic Design Integrates Primestream's Xchange MAM/PAM Into DaVinci Resolve 17

Tue, 24 Nov 2020 08:38:00 -0500

Primestream’s Xchange media asset management and production asset management (MAM/PAM) platform has been integrated with Blackmagic Design’s newly launched DaVinci Resolve 17. The integration drives advanced content creation workflows by giving DaVinci Resolve users direct access to the libraries housed in Xchange and by enabling full round-trip content exchanges between the MAM/PAM system and DaVinci Resolve.
 
“With the release of DaVinci Resolve 17, we’ve taken editing, visual effects, audio, post, and color grading to the next generation with more than 300 improvements. One important aspect of this new release is its ability to play seamlessly with industry-leading content management platforms such as Xchange,” said Dan May, president at Blackmagic Design. “Our partnership with Primestream represents the industry’s first true integration of PAM/MAM with an advanced color grading and NLE platform. It means DaVinci Resolve can now tie directly into MAM/PAM ecosystems in a manner that simply wasn’t possible before, helping users streamline and simplify the workflows that drive content creation.”
 
Xchange is Primestream’s flagship, enterprise-ready, web-based asset management platform that offers single and multisite operations global access to their content and workflows. Using the DaVinci Resolve workflow integration SDK, Primestream has developed an Xchange Creative Panel for Resolve that enables content editors to perform several key content management tasks without leaving their familiar DaVinci Resolve environment. Users can search for media and projects held in Xchange. They can also import media, with markers and subclips, from Xchange to DaVinci Resolve, and they can export a media sequence from DaVinci Resolve and register it to Xchange.
 
“With the launch of DaVinci Resolve 17 and its support for Apple’s powerful new M1 line of Macs, postproduction teams are able to take their cinematic color grading and NLE capabilities to new heights. And now, they can take those workflows even further through seamless, end-to-end access to content assets under management by Xchange,” said Namdev Lisman, executive vice president of Primestream. “The integration brings the power of advanced MAM/PAM to Blackmagic Design’s large installed base of DaVinci Resolve users. At the same time, it brings into the fold creative team members who were previously isolated from content management workflows.”

FCC Modernizes 5.9 GHz Band to Improve Wi-Fi and Automotive Safety

Mon, 23 Nov 2020 08:00:00 -0500

The Federal Communications Commission today adopted new rules for the 5.9 GHz band (5.850-5.925 GHz) to make new spectrum available for unlicensed uses, such as Wi-Fi, and improve automotive safety. Specifically, the new band plan designates the lower 45 megahertz (5.850-5.895 GHz) for unlicensed uses and the upper 30 megahertz (5.895-5.925 GHz) for enhanced automobile safety using Cellular Vehicle-to- Everything (C-V2X) technology.
 
Increasing the amount of spectrum available for unlicensed operations is critical for meeting our nation’s connectivity needs. Today, Wi-Fi carries more than half of the Internet’s traffic. And during the COVID-19 pandemic Wi-Fi connectivity has grown in importance as Americans use it for connecting to videoconferencing, telehealth, and other critical applications and services. Offloading mobile data traffic to Wi-Fi has also helped keep America’s cellular networks from being overwhelmed and will continue to do so in the future. By one estimate, the economic value created by Wi-Fi in the United States is projected to double by 2023— reaching nearly $1 trillion.
 
The new rules also will improve automotive safety by reserving the upper 30 megahertz of the band for Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) services and designating C-V2X as the technology standard for safety-related transportation and vehicular communications. C-V2X uses cellular protocols to provide direct communications between vehicles and obstacles like other vehicles, cyclists, pedestrians, and road workers, and to receive safety information from roadside transmitters. C-V2X has gained momentum both domestically and internationally. While the Commission designated Dedicated Short-Range Communications (DSRC) services as the technology standard for ITS services over twenty years ago, DSRC has not been meaningfully deployed, and this critical mid-band spectrum has largely been unused for decades. Today’s action therefore begins the transition away from DSRC services—which are incompatible with C-V2X—to hasten the actual deployment of ITS services that will improve automotive safety.
 
In addition to the new rules, the Commission adopted a Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking which proposes technical rules for outdoor unlicensed operations across the United States (except for limited number of areas) in the lower part of the band once ITS operations have vacated that spectrum. The Further Notice seeks comment on how to transition ITS operations in the band to C-V2X-based technology, including the appropriate implementation timeline and technical and operational parameters for C-V2X service. The Further Notice also seeks comment on whether the Commission should allocate additional spectrum for ITS applications in the future.

Adder Technology's Stuart Mitchell, Barry Cathrall Join Manufacturer Top 100 List

Fri, 20 Nov 2020 08:26:50 -0500

Adder Technology has made the Manufacturer Top 100 List for the second year running, and this time with two individuals of its manufacturing team. Designed to represent everything inspiring about UK manufacturing, the awards acknowledge individuals who have made a significant impact in the manufacturing industry while carving the way for a successful future in the businesses they represent.
 
Included on this year’s list are Adder’s lean manufacturing manager, Stuart Mitchell, and production engineering manager, Barry Cathrall, who have both been recognized for their ongoing efforts to evolve and grow Adder’s manufacturing division.
 
Following a long and successful career in UK manufacturing, Mitchell joined Adder 18 months ago to head up its lean manufacturing program. Since his arrival, he has completely transformed the mindset of the production team, set up a lean projects environment, implemented a progressive 6S system, and managed Adder’s self-funded training scheme through the apprenticeship levy. His dynamic approach to lean manufacturing and continuous improvement, combined with a passion to inspire young members of the team, has all contributed to him being recognized as a leader in Driving Cultural Change.
 
Cathrall has been part of the Adder family for over 12 years and is a key figure in its manufacturing operation. During his tenure, he has gathered and shared invaluable experience that has allowed him to impact Adder’s manufacturing design process, and coach his team to excel in their individual roles. He has been instrumental in bringing modern manufacturing methods to Adder, which have all contributed towards the business’ shift to become a lean manufacturer. Cathrall’s passion for learning and coaching younger members of the team, along with his advocacy of UK manufacturing, have led to him being recognized in the Unsung Hero category.
 
“It is fantastic to see both Barry and Stuart recognized on the exclusive 2020 Manufacturer Top 100 List,” says Curt Boon, head of production at Adder. “Both have been instrumental in our shift to evolve our manufacturing processes, and they continue to positively influence the wider team! It’s a privilege to have them both on board!”

AJA Releases 12G-AM 12G-SDI Audio Embedder/Disembedder

Thu, 19 Nov 2020 08:45:57 -0500

AJA Video Systems has released a new 12G-SDI eight-channel AES audio embedder/disembedder converter, 12G-AM.
 
With 12G-AM, audio embed/disembed functions are simultaneously active, and eight-channel balanced XLR input and outputs are provided via the supplied breakout cable. The product is available in five 12G-SDI fibre model variations, including 12G-SDI Fibre transmitter, receiver and transceiver models, and ST fibre transmitters and receivers.
 
“To further simplify production and streamline workflows with single-cable transport solutions, we’re bolstering our product line-up of 12G-SDI Mini-Converters with the new 12G-AM and LC fiber and ST fibrer models, featuring rugged reliability and conversion power within a portable and compact device,” says Nick Rashby, president at AJA Video Systems.
 
Additionally, a new AJA Mini-Config v2.26.0 free software update adds support for 12G-AM and all fibre models, enabling simple control and configuration via USB. All mini-converters ship with a universal power supply and are backed by AJA’s five-year warranty and support.

NAB Show and Audio Engineering Society to Co-locate Conventions in 2021

Wed, 18 Nov 2020 10:59:04 -0500

The 2021 Audio Engineering Society (AES) fall convention will co-locate with NAB Show, October 11–13, 2021 in Las Vegas. The co-location brings together the premiere convention for pro audio professionals with the world's largest convention encompassing media, entertainment and technology. The AES Show will take place at the Westgate Hotel, adjacent to the Las Vegas Convention Center where NAB Show will be held October 9–13, 2021.
 
The AES fall convention was previously co-located with NAB Show New York at the Javits Convention Center annually in October from 2017–2019. The two events were held virtually in 2020.
 
The AES Show is the preeminent pro audio convention comprising leaders in audio engineering, exclusive technical presentations, as well as education and networking opportunities. The event focuses on myriad audio disciplines and applications, including cinema, broadcast and online delivery, immersive audio, sound recordings, productions and live events. The AES Show draws more than 15,000 attendees and more than 300 exhibitors, on average.
 
“Our October co-location with NAB Show New York for the past few years has proven mutually beneficial for attendees and exhibitors alike,” said Colleen Harper, AES Executive Director. “We all miss the engagement and excitement of the in-person AES Show and look forward to once again interacting at the convention with professional audio manufacturers and our colleagues.”
 
“We are excited to be building the most significant, in-person media and entertainment event of 2021 and are ready to bring the industry together once again at NAB Show in October,” said NAB Executive Vice President of Conventions and Business Operations Chris Brown. “Together with AES, we will provide unparalleled access to critical information, inspiration and solutions for audio engineers and content creators.”
 
As previously announced, the 2021 NAB Show will also co-locate with the Radio Show as well as NAB’s Sales and Management Television Exchange.

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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 AJA 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...
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


AKG K612 PRO Reference Studio Over-ear Headphones
Simple Purity!
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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    AKG-K612PRO$199.00


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$439.95


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...
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A PDU is a device with multiple outlets designed to distribute electric power to computers or networking equipment within a rack. For example, a blade server installation consisting of four 7U blade server frames in a 42U rack would require sixteen 20A power supplies! PDUs solve this problem by taking the power supplied to the rack and distributing it via multiple outlets to the rack’s servers and networking equipment.
 
With so many types of PDUs from which to choose, it can be a challenge to determine which PDU is best for your rack power design.
 
Our friends at Tripp Lite have put together a handy guide to help you make the choice that best suited for your application. Read the Guide to Choosing the Right PDU from Tripp Lite Here!
 
Tripp Lite PDU12IEC Single-Phase Basic PDU - 16A 100-240V

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