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Grass Valley Launches EDIUS X

Mon, 21 Sep 2020 09:05:45 -0400

Grass Valley has launched EDIUS X and marks the start into a new era of nonlinear editing. The next generation of the award-winning, multiformat software comes with a completely redesigned core engine along with a modular concept allowing even more performance for fully customizable workflows.
 
“The demand for captivating, stunning quality content is at an all-time high; it is therefore imperative for broadcasters, content owners, and production companies to have tools that are reliable, fast, and flexible,” says Katsushi Takeuchi, Grass Valley’s vice president of editing systems. “Building on the industry proliferation of cloud technologies and software-based workflows, the launch of EDIUS X ensures that we continue to provide our customers with the most enhanced capabilities and functionalities.”
 
EDIUS X features background rendering and background export making the workflow a smooth, uninterrupted experience. The enhanced Layouter motion tracking allows the user to easily attach a label, animation, or video clip to a tracked object, and when combined with Anchor Mode reframes a shot with reference to the tracked object.
 
EDIUS X supports the newest codecs and camera releases natively like no other NLE. The software also includes enhanced GPU acceleration. This includes an ultrafast H.265 export which is also available with the new background rendering options. The new modular design allows utilizing the potential of multi core CPUs more efficient than ever before.
 
EDIUS X comes bundled with three new modules for optimizing audio, title creation, and video effects including all new seamless transitions.

EDIUS X is scheduled to ship in September 2020.

Matrox Merges Video, Graphics Divisions Under Matrox Video Brand

Fri, 18 Sep 2020 08:39:05 -0400

Matrox logoMatrox has merged its Video division and its Graphics division under the Matrox Video brand. The merger creates a premium provider of video technologies for the AV/IT, broadcast, and other professional markets requiring video capture, processing, encoding, streaming, recording, decoding, extension, switching, visualization, and control.
 
“Since our leadership announcement last September, Matrox has kept its promise of continued and accelerated growth in all areas of product and corporate development,” said Lorne Trottier, president and owner at Matrox. “This is in large part due to the seamless consolidation of both divisions’ technical experience and expertise, as well as our company’s relentless pursuit of innovative solutions to help solve real-world problems.”
 
As the world moves towards IP, the corporate merger will allow the new company to leverage and harness the synergies between the two divisions to meet today’s evolving video needs. As a result, customers in AV/IT, broadcast & media, control rooms, live events, and a variety of other markets will benefit from the world’s most complete portfolio of broadcast developer products, encoders and decoders, IP KVM extenders, video wall technologies, and more. Matrox Video remains committed to delivering best-in-class products, developer technologies, and superior support to its network of customers, suppliers, and partners.
 
“This merger brings together two of the very best from their respective industries to form what we now refer to as the new Matrox Video 2.0,” said Alberto Cieri, senior VP of sales and marketing, Matrox Video. “This initiative puts us in a unique position to champion new products and technologies for every video requirement and engage in new opportunities for both current and emerging markets. We’re excited about what the future holds.”
 
To reflect its new identity and vision, Matrox Video has launched a new website.

AJA control panel brings Kona and Io customers access to new Adobe Premier Pro features

Thu, 17 Sep 2020 08:53:34 -0400

AJA Video Systems has announced that Kona and Io customers are now able to access the new HLG HDR features in the latest version of Adobe Premiere Pro.
 
Customers using AJA Kona 5, Kona 4, Kona IP, Io 4K Plus, Io 4K or Io IP with the AJA control panel interface and AJA control room software, can simply open the AJA control panel, click the HDR tab and turn on HLG to ensure a seamless monitoring experience when editing and coloring HDR content.
 
Nick Rashby, president at AJA Video Systems, commented: “HDR momentum continues to build as content creators look to captivate and engage audiences with compelling visual imagery. With AJA Control Panel access to Adobe’s new Premiere Pro HLG features, post production professionals can now more easily create rich imagery with the HLG colour space and use AJA Kona or Io products to view their work on a range of HDR monitors.”
 
Sue Skidmore, head of partner relations at Adobe Video, added: “HDR is becoming a standard deliverable for Adobe Premiere Pro customers working in broadcast and post, and our collaboration with AJA allows those users to take advantage of production proven tools like Kona and Io to ensure a pristine output for an accurate, high-quality monitoring experience.”

FCC Proposes Transparency Rules on Foreign Gov't Sponsored Broadcasts

Wed, 16 Sep 2020 08:33:00 -0400

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai has shared with his colleagues a proposal to establish strong, clear disclosure requirements for broadcast television and radio content sponsored or provided by foreign governments.
 
“American TV viewers and radio listeners have the right to know if a foreign government is behind the programming they are consuming,” said Chairman Pai. “With some station content coming from the likes of China and Russia, it is time to update our rules and shed more sunlight on these practices. I hope my colleagues will act quickly to approve this proposal so we can help the American public be informed when they may be watching or listening to foreign-government propaganda.”
 
The Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) seeks to amend section 73.1212 of the Commission’s rules to require a specific disclosure at the time of broadcast if a foreign governmental entity has paid a radio or television station, directly or indirectly, to air material, or if the programming was provided to the station free of charge by such an entity as an inducement to broadcast the material. The proposed rules would provide standardized disclosure language for stations to use in such instances to specifically identify the foreign government involved.
 
The Commission’s current rules require many disclosures related to broadcast sponsorship but do not specify when and how foreign government sponsorship should be disclosed to the public. These existing rules, which date back to the Radio Act of 1927, predate the Commission itself and were intended to prohibit stations from disguising advertising as program content. If ultimately enacted, Chairman Pai’s proposed rules would further the critical goal of transparency and apply it to foreign governments and political parties as well as their agents.

JVC Professional Video Upgrades CONNECTED CAM With Open Source SRT Technology

Tue, 15 Sep 2020 09:01:42 -0400

JVC Professional Video furthers its commitment to providing the video production industry with the highest quality streaming solutions in a complete, plug-and-play package with its latest CONNECTED CAM firmware update. Using the open source Secure Reliable Transport (SRT) technology, JVC adds Forward Error Correction (FEC) and Stream Identifier (ID) to its 500 Series and 900 Series CONNECTED CAM cameras. The new firmware reinforces JVC’s standing in the industry as the leading provider of high-quality end-to-end streaming capable camera solutions.
 
Adding FEC to JVC’s CONNECTED CAM allows for redundant data stream packet loss recovery, meaning that data loss can be corrected before the video must buffer, while Stream ID makes it possible for multiple cameras to stream directly to one device. The company has also incorporated VITC (vertical interval time code) and LTC (longitudinal time code) functions with this latest update, which are essential for live production and synchronized streaming of live events, such as concerts, sports, ceremonies, and conferences.
 
“As the first camera manufacturer to provide streaming direct from the camera itself, JVC offers the complete solution beyond just the camera,” says Joe D’Amico, vice president, JVC Professional Video. “The CONNECTED CAM system, with compatible decoders and switchers and SRT’s open source technology, provides a truly plug-and-play streaming ecosystem that does not require expensive backpacks. It is ideal for IP-based productions as it delivers hiqh-quality, reliable images.”
 
The JVC CONNECTED CAM system, which also includes its SRT-enabled BR-DE900 decoder, BR-EN900 encoder, and the KM-IP6000 switcher, is an easy to use streaming solution that meets a wide range of budgets. The system’s cross-compatibility between brands also means that users can incorporate the latest streaming video capabilities with their existing streaming studio equipment.
 
The new firmware will be available as a free download from the JVC Professional Video website at the end of September.

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