IBC 2016: Grant Petty on Teranex AV, DeckLink Mini 4K and Blackmagic acquisitions

IBC 2016: Grant Petty on Teranex AV, DeckLink Mini 4K and Blackmagic acquisitions

Blackmagic Design always arrive at events like IBC with a raft of new releases, and for those among who struggle to keep up, Grant Petty’s regular roundups are one of the highlights of the event. Read on to see what the man himself has to say about this year’s releases and the future of Blackmagic Design.


I just wanted to send a quick email to update you on our new product announcements and other major news about Blackmagic Design at IBC this year!

First, we are excited to announce two major acquisitions! Blackmagic Design has acquired Ultimatte and Fairlight. Ultimatte is the worldwide leader in realtime blue and green screen removal solutions for broadcast television, while Fairlight creates cutting edge professional digital audio products for everything from live events to film and television post production!

We’re also thrilled to be introducing Teranex AV, a new broadcast standards converter designed specifically for the professional AV market. We’ve also got updates to our popular DeckLink Mini Monitor and DeckLink Mini Recorder products that bring them from HD up to 4K so you can work with everything up to Ultra HD 2160p30, even HDR! In addition, we have a new low price on our popular HyperDeck Studio 12G.

We’ve also been working on some incredible new software updates. Today we’re announcing an update for the Blackmagic Video Assist 4K which adds false color support, new bit rates for DNx formats and more. We’re also releasing the the final GM for Fusion 8.2 on Linux, along with a great new update for DaVinci Resolve 12.5 customers!

Blackmagic Design Acquires Ultimatte


Almost every newscaster and weather reporter stands in front of a green or blue screen while delivering the news and weather. For the past 40 years, Ultimatte has been the industry standard hardware and software used to place these reporters in front of weather maps, stock charts, and other info graphics.

More recently, Ultimatte’s technology has been used to place entire news teams, sports commentators and talk show hosts into completely virtual sets! So this acquisition is very exciting for us and there is a fantastic team at Ultimate who are excited to be part of Blackmagic Design!


Blackmagic Design Acquires Fairlight


The next acquisition is Fairlight who create some of the world’s most powerful digital audio software and hardware for film and television production. Fairlight also designs consoles for very demanding on-air live productions and these consoles feature full redundancy for mission critical work in broadcast and broadcast trucks plus other areas such as performing arts venues etc.

For post production, Fairlight makes a very wide range of products including compact desktop audio post consoles as well as large format mixers with dedicated controls and audio engines that can deliver up to 1000 tracks of audio with 64 channels of monitoring! Fairlight’s also has some very exciting IP including immersive 3D audio workstations let you deliver 3D sound in formats such as 5.1, DTS, Dolby and more! Its really quite amazing!

The new Teranex AV


Teranex AV is a new broadcast quality standards converter specifically designed for AV professionals. This model is similar to the Teranex Express, however there is specific features for live production use such as low latency, a live freeze frame and internal still store for adding logos and graphics, plus the 1,089 conversions for any format to any other formats up to 2160p60. The very low latency lets you convert video and output it to a projector in sync with the live presenter which is very important for live production.

One exciting feature is that Teranex AV features both 12G-SDI outputs and simultaneous Quad SDI output connections so you can use it for video walls. Another important feature is HDMI 2.0a input with both a loop HDMI output before the processing and a separate HDMI output after the processing. You also get balanced XLR professional audio inputs and consumer HiFi connections so you can plug in laptop computer audio, lapel mics, iPods and more!

The new Teranex AV will be available in September for US$1,695.

New DeckLink Mini 4K Models


We have also announced upgrades to our popular DeckLink Mini Monitor and Mini Recorder products. These new models include all of the same powerful features of the HD models, but add Ultra HD and HDR support.

Both models are low profile 4 lane generation 2 PCIe cards that feature 6G-SDI and HDMI 2.0a connections for working in all SD, HD and Ultra HD formats up to 2160p30. You get both full height and half height PCIe shields so you don’t have to buy any costly extra accessories! Both DeckLink Mini 4K models are fully compatible with the Blackmagic Desktop Video SDK, making them perfect for OEMs or developers that are building custom playback or recording solutions.

The DeckLink Mini Monitor 4K and DeckLink Mini Recorder 4K are both available now for US$195 each.

New Lower HyperDeck Studio 12G Price


Today we announced a US$1,000 price reduction for HyperDeck Studio 12G to only $1,495! This is exciting and it’s possible because more customers have adopted 12G-SDI technology so we have been able to put a lot more work into the manufacturing of the design. This has allowed us to reduce the construction costs and so pass those savings!

This will really help boost 12G-SDI workflows and because 12G-SDI is compatible with all existing equipment it will work with all SD, HD, and of course Ultra HD formats up to 2160p60 over a single cable! This allows you to replace older Quad Link equipment with single cable. HyperDeck Studio 12G has been very popular and it’s the world’s most advanced Ultra HD solid state broadcast recorder with VTR style controls, 12G-SDI and HDMI connections, 10-bit 4:2:2 uncompressed recording, and both ProRes and DNxHD file formats for recording to smaller files that are beyond broadcast quality!

HyperDeck Studio 12G is available now for US$1,495.

New Video Assist 2.2 Update


We will also be showing the new Video Assist 2.2 Update at IBC! This is a major new update which adds new features to the Blackmagic Video Assist 4K model. These new features make it easier for you to adjust exposure and check focus, because it adds new false color monitoring exposure tools and expanded focus assist options.

In addition, if you are using Avid systems running on Windows you now have the ability to save DNxHD 220, 145 and 45, along with DNxHR HQ, SQ and LB files as MXF instead of .mov which improves compatibility and performance. It also adds the ability to manually control the screen orientation and turn off the auto rotate feature which makes it easier for customers to use Video Assist 4K with handheld gimbals and other equipment designed to move the camera and rig simultaneously.

Video Assist 2.2 Update will be available next week as a free update from the Blackmagic Design support web site. Blackmagic Video Assist 4K is available now for US$895.

DaVinci Resolve 12.5.2

Today we released DaVinci Resolve 12.5.2, a new update that adds support for additional metadata embedded into the RAW files from Blackmagic URSA Mini cameras running the new operating software, new color space tag support when exporting QuickTime, Fusion Connect for Linux, additional smart bin options, new color page timeline filtering based on plug-in use and much more! Download it now here.

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IBC 2016: Boris FX acquires Sapphire from GenArts

IBC 2016: Boris FX acquires Sapphire from GenArts

Plug-in providers Boris FX have acquired GenArts’ Sapphire toolkit, effectively merging the two VFX companies into one all-conquering behemoth, or, as the press release puts it, “the powerhouse in post-production software industry,” which sounds almost as good. Here’s the rest: 

Boris FX, the leader in integrated VFX and workflow solutions for video and film, has signed a definitive agreement to acquire GenArts Inc., developers of premium special effects plug-ins. GenArts’ renowned flagship product, Sapphire, is a gold standard for high-end visual effects creation at leading film studios and broadcast facilities around the world.

Since 1996, Sapphire effects have been used in at least one of each year’s VFX Oscar-nominated films, and numerous award-winning television shows. Sapphire will continue to be developed and sold in its current form alongside flagship products Boris Continuum Complete (BCC) and mocha Pro, creating the industry’s most powerful complement to applications from Adobe, Apple, Avid, Autodesk, Blackmagic Design and others.

The acquisition is part of Boris FX founder Boris Yamnitsky’s aggressive growth strategy. Boris FX most recently acquired Imagineer Systems, the UK-based developer of mocha: Academy Award-winning planar tracking tools.

“We are excited to announce this strategic merger and welcome the Sapphire team to the Boris FX/Imagineer group,” says Yamnitsky. “This acquisition makes Boris FX uniquely positioned to serve editors and effects artists with the industry’s leading tools for motion graphics, broadcast design, visual effects, image restoration, motion tracking and finishing — all under one roof. Sapphire’s exceptional suite of creative plug-ins has been used to design many of the last decades’ most memorable film images. Sapphire perfectly complements BCC and mocha as essential tools for professional VFX and we look forward to serving Sapphire’s extremely accomplished users.”

“Equally impressive is the team behind the technology,” continues Yamnitsky. “Key GenArts staff from engineering, sales, marketing and support will join our Boston office to ensure the smoothest transition for customers. Our shared goal is to serve our combined customer base with useful new tools and the highest quality training and technical support.”

The Sapphire team agrees on the value the merger will bring to the industry. “I’m excited about what a combined Boris FX/Imagineer/GenArts company can create,” states Gary Oberbrunner, Chief Scientist and VP of Engineering at GenArts. “We are impressed with the collaborative integration of mocha technology in the recent BCC 10 release and look forward to exploring similar technology sharing and product improvement opportunities.”

Oberbrunner continues, “All of us share a passion for innovation, quality and creativity. Combining resources and knowledge, and working with our amazing customers, will enable us not just to continue the pace of innovation we’ve had separately, but to move even faster, creating entirely new effects, tools and combinations to delight our users.” Oberbrunner will now join the Boris FX senior management team as Chief Technical Officer for the combined group.

Longtime users of Continuum Complete and Sapphire are now sharing positive first impressions of the announcement:

Seth Buncher, Senior Finishing Editor at NYC’s Post Factory, recently completed the color grading and finishing on ESPN’s acclaimed mini-series O.J.: Made in America. According to Buncher, “BCC and Sapphire have been part of my finishing tools for over 10 years. I use Sapphire to create unique looks and BCC’s image restoration tools to help salvage and fix problematic footage. Both packages are essential to my finishing workflow on Avid Symphony and DaVinci Resolve, so learning that my favorite plug-in developers are joining forces is exciting news. I look forward to more BCC/Sapphire/mocha developments in the future.”

Yuhei Ogawa, longtime Sapphire user and current editor at Trailer Park in Hollywood, is thrilled at the announcement and all future collaborative possibilities. “Boris, Imagineer and GenArts joining forces is a colossal move for the post-production industry. Here at Trailer Park, we use all three products on a regular basis and they are a big part of our success. I can’t wait to see what the future holds for this new plug-in powerhouse.”

Attendees visiting the IBC tradeshow in Amsterdam will have the opportunity to meet with teams from both GenArts and Boris FX and preview the latest new products and technology for professional post-production. Boris FX/Imagineer can be found at Booth 7.K29 and GenArts at Booth 7.J05.

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IBC 2016: Sony are bringing back Prime Support

IBC 2016: Sony are bringing back Prime Support

Worried about the health and wellbeing of your Sony devices? Sony are bringing back Prime Support – this time in four new configurations – so you can be sure you’re covered. 

For those who don’t remember the halcyon days on Prime Support, it’s an elite version of Sony’s support programme designed to give you a better quality of service, faster turnarounds on queries and repairs, and overall better return on your support investment.

This time round, there are four variants of Prime Support, so you could choose a package that share your priorities when it comes to support.

Prime Support Pro is effectively a more comprehensive warranty, covering repairs and providing you with helpdesk support from Sony should anything so wrong with your device. You’re covered during normal working hours and get a 14 day turnaround on repairs.

Prime Support Elite designed to get you the fastest possible turnaround, so is great if you’re trying to keep a large amount of kit healthy and  in the field. You get extended opening hours, automatic fast-tracking and the option of loan units and advanced swaps.

Prime Support On Demand bypasses the traditional helpdesk system and gets you as-and-when advice from Sony’s technical specialists, with a guaranteed 60 minute response time. It can also cover any third party products that work with your Sony gear, and Sony will handle the logistics of your repair. Ideal for those of us who exist in a constant state of crisis.

Prime Support Bespoke isn’t an out of the box solution, but rather a tailored contract that’s agreed with you and Sony once you’ve bought your kit (if you speak to us about it while you’re putting your kit list together, we’re more than happy to make support recommendations). Your options extend beyond support to include things like training, health checks, and even having your very own Sony expert onsite.

Here’s very similar information, but presented in a colourful table:



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IBC Show: Sony unveil “transformational” advances in IP workflows

IBC Show: Sony unveil “transformational” advances in IP workflows

Today, Sony unveiled how it is reshaping the field of media solutions, introducing new ideas, approaches and technology on the opening day of IBC 2016.

Sony’s announcements at IBC explore how its innovations in the fields of image, IP and media workflow are helping broadcasters rethink the ways audiences and production teams alike engage and interact with creators and their content. Sony also showcased how its ‘Beyond Definition’ vision and rich technology heritage serve as the foundation for exciting new consumer experiences and a range of business opportunities for media organisations.

“Sony is committed to exceeding our customer expectations” said Adam Fry, Vice President, Sony Professional Solutions Europe. “The Image, IP and Workflow innovations we’re demonstrating at IBC show how we’re continuously reshaping our technology and services to exceed the demands of the ever-changing media industry. From sensors to full blown Media Operations Management,” continued Adam Fry, “Sony is continuing its mission to unleash the incredible power of images, through innovative technologies and with great people.”

End to end production workflow for HDR and SDR production

Creating lifelike images involves more than just resolution: content creators familiar with the production of higher resolution 4K images are now turning to areas such as High Dynamic Range (HDR) to improve the viewer experience even further and create more long term asset value. Throughout IBC Sony will present the benefits of an end-to-end HDR production workflow across different production needs including, live sports production and program production:

4K Live sports: HDR is a game changer

Sony is introducing the HDRC-4000 HDR production converter unit that fills in a missing piece of 4K HDR and HD SDR simultaneous live production workflow. Based on Sony’s recommended S-Log3 and BT.2020 production workflow in 4K HDR live production, the unit is able to do real-time conversions to the appropriate delivery formats for various applications (broadcast, OTT, public viewing), as well as formats for input (OETF/EOTF, colour space, HDR/SDR and resolution), including conventional HD content production, and video signals apart from S-Log3 (Hybrid Log Gamma, ST.2084) without compromising picture quality.

It eliminates the need for independent workflows for HDR and SDR on the same event and saving a production time and money. This innovative end-to-end workflow solution for 4K HDR Live Production is introduced as “SR Live for HDR”. This enables broadcasters to enjoy outstanding HDR image production as well as conventional 4K SDR and HD production.

4K Program production: XAVC allows excellent HDR capture in S-Log3

The version eight firmware update for F55 and F5 (PMW-F5 requires CBKZ-55FX installed) enables support for XAVC 4K Class 480 recording, enabling a higher bit rate, and capture of excellent HDR in S-Log3. XAVC allows for reviewing of images captures immediately after shooting on-site, making it ideal for HDR production of documentaries and natural history programmes.

4K OLED Monitor for HDR production

Sony has two 4K OLED monitors capable for HDR production. Both are high performance TRIMASTER EL OLED monitors providing professional quality black performance, colour reproduction, quick pixel response, and accurate signal processing. They also support high dynamic range mode and a wide colour gamut conforming to DCI-P3 and most of the ITU-R BT.2020 Recommendation.

BVM-X300, an award-winning 30-inch 4K OLED Master monitor, the flagship model in its professional monitor line-up will feature updated Version 2 firmware including additional HDR EOTF and function support, a new hardware with an HDMI input for easy connection to cameras or Blu-ray players, and a second 3G/HD-SDI 4K input for simpler system integration.

The PVM-X550, 55-inch 4K OLED picture monitor offers a large 3840 x 2160 pixels high-grade picture for critical monitoring performance. A Quad view display mode allows individual picture settings for each display quadrant.

Enhancing solutions for an IP Live system that is ready today, open for tomorrow

Sony further demonstrated its commitment to leading an industry-wide shift to interoperable IP. A core part of Sony’s strategy is its commitment to deliver fully interoperable solutions & systems that are ready to implement today, using current available standards while remaining open to upcoming future standards.

Sony has played a strong role in the industry since 2012, starting from the Joint Taskforce for Networked Media (JT-NM), later joining the ASPEN and AIMS alliance groups, and more recently the AMWA NMI incubator project, driving the development of the Networked Media Interface framework.

Sony’s persistent advances support of open protocols is what cements Sony’s place as a technology innovator and leader in interoperability. Sony has disclosed technical specification of related NMI technology components to the SMPTE (Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers) as a Registered Disclosure Document (RDD): Essence Independent Mapping (RDD40), LLVC (RDD34) & NDCP (RDD38).

Working together to lead the industry towards interoperability, the expansion of the IP Live Alliance includes the addition of four new members: Asaca Corporation, ASTRODESIGN,Inc. , Lambda Systems Inc. and Studer by Harman.

Sony also introduced several new products that are built around its Network Media Interface (NMI):

NXLK-IP45F, a new AV Multiplexer/DeMultiplexer board enables to multiplex and de-multiplex video and audio over IP signals, with an SDI signal output that includes embedded audio.

NXL-IP4F, an SDI-IP Converter Unit ideal for 4K/HD standalone source or destination to integrate with an IP-based Production System.

HKCU-IP43F, an NMI board for HDCU-4300 camera control system enables easy connection to the IP Live System network.

XKS-Q8111 and XKS-Q8166, an NMI supported QSFP+ I/O board (output) for XVS switchers that allows the direct connection to the core switch of an IP Live System network using 40Gbps fiber link.

PWA-MV1N, Multi-viewer Software enables a very efficient monitoring solution into an IP Live Production Infrastructure, reducing drastically the video matrix resources used for monitoring.

Sony is taking action to bridge the gap to IP Live by providing a venue for training and education. In June 2016, Sony opened a unique facility in the UK, the Digital Motion Picture Centre IP Live at Pinewood Studios. This landmark centre provides educational resources, training and practical tools to aid the excellence and growth in IP for broadcasters and productions companies alike.

Since its opening in June this year, Sony has trained numerous people from leading broadcasters, enabling them to go beyond isolated proof of concept demonstrations and theory to experience interoperable products in a functioning live environment and upskill to become the professionals of tomorrow.

Transforming production and distribution workflows

Sony also emphasised its pledge to working with media organisations as a strategic business partner, evolving their production and distribution workflows to help them transform across various production platforms. Specifically focusing in on news production, Sony also introduced a number of solutions and services that add intelligence and greater communication between the on-field camera and the news centre.

XDCAM Air, harnessing the power of cloud computing and XDCAM: XDCAM Air services address the growing need for speed to air. Harnessing the power of cloud computing and the strengths of Sony’s XDCAM solutions, operators now have the ability to work more quickly and efficiently, concentrating on the story at hand, with the camera directly hooked into the workflow.

XDCAM Air is a portal for content workflows with intelligent functions such as new mobile applications, content management by metadata automation, connection control using GPS geo-location and distribution to multiple locations. Additionally, XDCAM Air will be interoperable with most of major systems, both from Sony and 3rd parties

Sony’s Media Backbone Hive introduced to European broadcasters: Media Backbone Hive utilises the latest IT technologies built using datacentre infrastructure to deliver a complete news and sport production workflow. Showcasing a range of intuitive web-based applications, Hive exists to deliver fast ‘Omni-media’ publishing serving all Web, mobile and social media as well as traditional TV playout. It gives access to clever and tailored dashboards that can inform business decisions, delivering efficiencies driven by insight.

Hive gives media companies the opportunity to truly excel in content creation by empowering their creative teams. Hive is dynamically scalable, drives better management of operational costs, as well as lowering total cost of ownership and avoiding unnecessary investment in underutilised resource.

Protecting, preserving and preparing content with scalable asset management

To meet the ever-growing demands for managing, storing and repurposing digital content, Sony introduced robust, long-term solutions that maximise flexibility, scalability, reliability, and performance.

Media Backbone NavigatorX, an upgraded version of Sony’s Media Navigator solution, offers new features to deliver easier, quicker and more efficient asset and workflow management. Building on the launch of Media Navigator last year, Media Backbone NavigatorX has been designed based on customer feedback to suit multiple modern workflow environments. Users will be able to manage content assets in a range of formats, with flexible feature options for production, archiving and workflow automation. Media Backbone NavigatorX features a simple user interface and is HTML-based web application compatible with multiple browsers.

Launched in April 2016, Sony’s second generation Optical Disc Archive system provides a secure long term archive on a proven format, the disc. This newest media is rated with a 100 year shelf life, achieve 3.3TB as a capacity of a single cartridge with affordable price. Optical Disc Archive System has higher accessibility than other general archive media and able to use for several workflow like exchange media, project backup and nearline archive. Additionally, Memnon Archiving Services (a member of the Sony group) offers large-scale audiovisual archive digitalisation for wider archiving projects. Further demonstrating Sony’s commitment to securing precious data and investments for generations to come.

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IBC 2016: Sony announce updates for the F5/F55 and PXW-X400

IBC 2016: Sony announce updates for the F5/F55 and PXW-X400

Not in the market for a new camera currently? Sony don’t want you to feel left out. That’s why they’ve announced new firmware for the F5 and F55, plus a sensor update for the PXW-X400.

Version 8 of the F5 and F55 firmware will add support for Sony’s latest AXS-R7 on-board recorder and XQD G-Series cards (although these will require an adaptor).

Aside from new device support, the main update is that your F5 and F55 will now record XAVC class 480 in 4K/QFHD up to 30fps.

The X400, on the other hand, is going to get a sensor upgrade to turn it into a 4K camcorder. This is a hardware upgrade that’s available to Sony users through the Prime Support programme (itself relaunched at IBC).

The upgrade gives your X400 all the features of the PXW-Z450 we first saw at NAB in April.

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IBC 2016: Blackmagic Design acquires Ultimatte and Fairlight

IBC 2016: Blackmagic Design acquires Ultimatte and Fairlight

Not content with bringing Resolve to the masses and supporting the Cintel scanner, Blackmagic Design have announced that they’ve acquired Fairlight, specialists in 3D immersive audio mixing and finishing, and Ultimatte,  the excellently-named world leaders in blue and green screen removal. 


Fairlight has an impressive history of designing and manufacturing integrated audio control surfaces and software that are renowned for their speed, flexibility and exceptional sonic quality. Fairlight Live products feature consoles that are designed for the most demanding on-air and live productions, giving customers leading edge audio processing and control surfaces that range from 12 to 60 faders, along with audio I/O interfaces with full redundancy for mission critical work in broadcast facilities, outside broadcast trucks, performing arts venues and houses of worship.

For post production solutions, Fairlight creates everything from compact desktop audio post systems to large format mixing consoles with dedicated controls. Fairlight audio engines can deliver up to 1000 tracks which lets customers create complex productions without premixing, along with a massive 64 channels of monitoring.

Fairlight’s editing software and fully featured audio post consoles give customers complete tactile control along with unique features like time compression and expansion that allows audio within a single clip to be precisely aligned to picture. Designed for the film and television post production markets, Fairlight also creates immersive 3D audio workstations so customers can deliver 3D sound in formats such as 5.1, DTS MDA, Dolby Atmos, NHK’s 22.2 and more. Fairlight’s 3D audio workstations are large format mixers with complete support for both 2K and 4K video playback.

“Fairlight creates the world’s most powerful digital audio software and hardware for video production,” said Grant Petty, Blackmagic Design CEO. “The exciting part about this acquisition is that it will add incredibly high end professional audio technology to Blackmagic Design’s amazing video products. We look forward to working with the Fairlight team to build even more exciting new products for our customers!”


Ultimatte is known worldwide for delivering broadcast quality compositing results that make virtual sets indistinguishable from real sets. Ultimatte creates realtime blue and green screen removal hardware that is used in broadcast studios around the world to seamlessly composite reporters, talk show hosts and more into virtual sets. Almost every newscaster and weather reporter stands in front of a green or blue screen while delivering the news and weather. For the past 40 years, Ultimatte has been the industry standard hardware or software responsible for keying these people in front of weather maps, stock charts, and other info graphics. In fact, many of these newscasters are using Ultimatte to place them into completely virtual sets.

Ultimatte uses advanced 4:4:4:4 image processing and provides enhanced matte controls that lets customers accurately separate the subject from the background. Customers also get matte correction features, indirect and direct lighting features, spill suppression tools, edge artifact controls and more, all in realtime.

Ultimatte was founded in 1976 and has won an Emmy for their realtime compositing technology, a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, as well as an Oscar.

“Ultimatte’s realtime blue and green screen compositing solutions have been the standard for 40 years,” said Grant Petty, Blackmagic Design CEO. “Ultimatte has been used by virtually every major broadcast network in the world. We are thrilled to bring Ultimatte and Blackmagic Design together, and are excited about continuing to build innovative products for our customers!”

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IBC 2016: AJA expands IP-based workflow technologies

IBC 2016: AJA expands IP-based workflow technologies

AJA Video Systems has announced two new Mini-Converters supporting IP-based video and audio workflows at IBC 2016. The company simultaneously announced free v12.5 Desktop Software with new features for KONA IP that improve redundancy and reliability in Broadcast IP pipelines, including SMPTE 2022-7 support for protection switching.

IP-based workflows and interop demos with Arista and LAWO will be showcased during the IBC Conference at the RAI in Amsterdam from September 9-16 at the AJA stand 7.F11; AJA solutions will also be demonstrated at the AIMS (Alliance for IP Media Solutions) and IABM Interoperability Zone (8.D10).

IPR-1G-HDMI and IPR-1G-SDI Mini-Converters 
IPR-1G-HDMI decodes VSF TR-01 and other JPEG 2000 streams, and formats the data for output on a full size HDMI 1.4 interface. IPR-1G-SDI decodes VSF TR-01 and other JPEG 2000 streams, and formats the data for 3G-SDI BNC output. The rugged, fanless converters support a range of HD and SD formats, and are designed for several point of use applications – including source monitoring, digital signage, and video walls. Key features include: embedded and RCA analog audio outputs, a full 10-bit pixel processing pipeline, LAN control and status, and a USB 2.0 Mini-B Connector for simple network setup with AJA eMini-Setup Software.

New KONA IP features in v12.5 Desktop Software 
AJA v12.5 software adds SMPTE 2022-7 to KONA IP, which offers a seamless protection switching experience. It allows users to send the same uncompressed data stream from the top and bottom SFP+ cages onto two separate networks for easy routing of video over IP networks. New v12.5 software support for KONA IP also includes HDR 10 metadata support in AJA Control Panel. Support for SMPTE 2022-2 workflows with JPEG 2000 is planned for future updates.

“We’re continually exploring how we can alleviate the challenges professionals face in the transition to IP by creating futureproof solutions that will carry facilities through this new era of IP and beyond. Our new Mini-Converters and v12.5 software features for KONA IP deliver the latest IP video workflow features our customers have been asking for,” shared AJA President Nick Rashby.

Pricing and Availability
The IPR-1G-HDMI Mini-Converter will be available soon through AJA’s worldwide network of resellers at a US MSRP of $795, with the IPR-1G-SDI Mini-Converter also available soon at a US MSRP of $795.

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IBC 2016: Codex and Panasonic continue their successful partnership with VariCam Pure

IBC 2016: Codex and Panasonic continue their successful partnership with VariCam Pure

Panasonic has once again called on the engineering and technical expertise of Codex to develop with them a totally integrated and smaller VariCam camera – the new VariCam Pure digital cinematography camera.

The new Panasonic VariCam Pure is a RAW-only camera that takes the VariCam range to a whole new level. The combination of Codex and Panasonic was proven with the VariCam 35 and Codex V-RAW recorder, used on projects such as Netflix’s Death Note and The OA, so Panasonic of course turned to Codex for this next generation camera.

The VariCam Pure is a modular camera solution providing in-camera recording that directly addresses the needs of cinematographers and camera crew who desired a compact but powerful camera system that could be used in any situation.

Michael Bravin, engineering supervisor at Sim Digital in Hollywood, said, “It’s great to see such purposeful product development in the collaboration between Codex and Panasonic. They have teamed-up, to not only offer RAW recording for the VariCam 35, but to raise the bar even higher. By tightly integrating this new V-RAW recorder with the VariCam for a smaller lighter, frankly better, system we now can more effectively meet the needs of our clients on high end 4K RAW productions.”

This expanded toolkit for digital capture is enabled by Codex’s battle-tested recording media – Codex Capture Drive – and provides the gateway to an entire production to post workflow via Codex Production Suite. Codex continues to provide one workflow, no matter what camera you shoot with.

“Those who have seen this new camera system have been impressed,” said Codex VP Brian Gaffney who added, “This combination is a powerful new tool for 4K RAW recording, and is just the kind of camera that studios are looking for to produce 4K content for the cinema or the home. We support camera choices at the front-end with a single workflow that simply and safely moves your data from production into post and beyond.”

Panasonic will showcase VariCam Pure at IBC 2016, Hall 11, Stand C45 and Cinec 2016, Stand 2-B01.

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IBC 2016: Announcing BirdDog Studio IP solution

IBC 2016: Announcing BirdDog Studio IP solution

Our first must-see of IBC is BirdDog Studio, a great solution that lets you include existing cameras in your new IP workflow. We highly recommend BirdDog Studio because a) it’s only £560 per unit and b) we really like their logo. 


BirdDog Studio makes most cameras IP compatible by encoding their SDI/HDMI input into an NDI output, complete with tally cross-conversion and power over Ethernet.

While easy access to NDI is obviously the headline feature, BirdDog Studio does far more, including:

Dual colour tally. Display tally onboard or externally via tally out. You can receive Programme and Preview tally indicators over NDI, and just need to choose full or split screen tally to show one or both.

Power from anywhere. BirdDog Studio can accept power over Ethernet using PoE technology or, if you’re not set up with PoE infrastructure yet, DC power is fine, and there’s a V/Gold-mount battery plate with power pass-thorough due to be released soon.

Central fleet control. BirdDog’s control panel lets you control and configure multiple BirdDog Studio devices. It’s browser based, so is accessible anywhere you can get on the internet, and will work on desktops and mobile devices.

Monitor loop-out/format converter. With BirdDog, SDI and HDMI outputs are always live, so you switch from one to the other. You can either connect your monitor directly to BirdDog Studio, or just use it to loop out to other gear.

We’re told more features are on the way, and BirdDog’s policy so far has been to make these available as free software updates, which is very egalitarian of them. They even include a built-in deployment wizard that’ll check all your BirdDogs are updated and running the same software version, a strategy of which we approve.

You can buy BirdDog studio here. For more on the latest IBC releases, take a look at our roundup post, give us a call on 03332 409 306, email broadcast@Jigsaw24.com or pop your details in the form below. For all the latest news, follow @WeAreJigsaw24 on Twitter or ‘Like’ us on Facebook.

Introducing the Apple Watch Series 2

Introducing the Apple Watch Series 2

Apple have dug deep for the latest Apple Watch update, adding a white ceramic and Hermes model Watches to the lineup ,while making improvements to internals and functionality across the board. 

Nike have also scored an exclusive Apple Watch Nike Plus designed specifically for running, which we’re far more likely to start doing now that we know the Apple Watch Series 2 will support Pokemon GO.

Internal improvements

Apple Watch Series 2 features a faster processor than its predecessor (it’s dual core and 50% faster), a GPU that doubles your graphics performance, and a GPS chip (to help you use up all that extra battery, and/or track your workout more accurately).

If you don’t fancy getting the latest Apple Watch, the Apple Watch Series 1 will still be available. New models will get the same dual processor as the series 2, and continue to be available for $269.

The body

The display is Apple’s brightest ever at 1000 nits, which means it should be easily readable in sunlight – also useful on your run.

The nautically minded among you will be happy to hear that Apple Watch is now swimproof, which is excellent if you’re the sort of person who buys the Sport model and uses it for Sport, but is unlikely to impact the Jigsaw24 blog team directly.

It’s resistant to water up to 50m, and new workouts have been added to Health in celebration. Because counting calories burned during swimming is so imprecise, the app is actually designed to learn about your fitness based on your swim performance, and adjust the calories count it displays as it learns more about your metabolism.


Apple have confirmed that this will be winging its way to your wristwatch on September 13th, and be available for pre-order from September 9th. It’s priced at $369. It will, we repeat, have Pokemon GO on. We may never do anything productive again.

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