IBC 2017: GMIT with world’s first internet-based broadcast and OTT network monitoring app

IBC 2017: GMIT with world’s first internet-based broadcast and OTT network monitoring app

At IBC 2017, GMIT GmbH will introduce a new commercial web service to supplement the Rohde & Schwarz content monitoring and multiviewing solution R&S PRISMON. R&S PRISMON was launched early this year as a convergent solution for content monitoring in both broadcast and streaming media/OTT environments. Now, for the first time worldwide, this new service provides users with real-time access to comprehensive monitoring and status parameters from R&S PRISMON monitoring probes on mobile internet-enabled devices using a secure web service anywhere, anytime.

Rohde & Schwarz’s A/V monitoring platform R&S PRISMON is designed for advanced, convergent content monitoring in broadcast and OTT delivery networks. It serves as a multiviewer and monitoring probe and helps operators efficiently ensure service quality and availability – supporting formats from SMPTE 2110 to MPEG-DASH.

Now, GMIT GmbH launches the accompanying virtuWall portfolio with a new web service which provides a secure connection to multiple PRISMON devices via a single entry point, making complex virtual private networks (VPNs) obsolete. The virtuWall web service can either be installed on-premises or operated as cloud service by GMIT GmbH.

The virtuWall iOS App provides users with all necessary information on the state and health of all monitored services. If an error is detected, virtuWall notifies its users in real time and provides in-depth analysis capabilities. Accessing the multiviewer streaming output allows visual checking anytime, anywhere. Operators can quickly detect system failures and assess their severity from their mobile device.

“VirtuWall can revolutionize traditional broadcast monitoring workflows,” commented Marcus Ruoff, Product Manager at GMIT GmbH. “Operators are no longer tied to their consoles, working in shifts in case of a very rare system failure. Instead, they can focus on more productive tasks anywhere within their broadcast facility and still receive error notifications whether they are on- or off-site.”

virtuWall revolutionizes broadcast monitoring and control For small and mid-sized network operators without true 24/7 operation, virtuWall dramatically increases service quality, especially outside normal business hours. Compared to traditional automated error notification by SMS or email, virtuWall allows users to further investigate the errors on the mobile device and consequently speeds up recovery.

Similarly, large network operators with a traditional master control room (MCR) or network operations centre (NOC) that is manned around the clock can work more efficiently using virtuWall. Instead of spending entire working shifts in front of monitors waiting for an occasional error to occur, operators and specialists can concentrate on maintaining, optimizing and extending the platform and network. With virtuWall, they remain constantly informed and ready to act in case of an error.

Once downloaded from the app store, virtuWall is easy to set up and use. Access restrictions and configurations for all users are set up at a single central point within the new web service. All connections are highly secured using strong end-to-end encryption and comply with all potential security and privacy requirements.

virtuWall includes the following features:

– Status of all R&S PRISMON monitoring probes at a glance.

– ‘Zero delay’ status indication of all monitored broadcast and OTT services.

– Streamed multiviewer screen for visual checking.

– Access to log books, detailed measurement results, etc.

– Multiple layers of access restriction and protection – including TouchID fingerprint authentication.

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IBC 2017: GMIT launches enhanced RelayCaster for live content contribution over public Internet

IBC 2017: GMIT launches enhanced RelayCaster for live content contribution over public Internet

At IBC 2017, GMIT GmbH will showcase its newly acquired RelayCaster and CodecCaster products for the first time since acquiring the technology of Motama GmbH earlier this year. The company will introduce the latest version of RelayCaster for content contribution over public IP networks and CodecCaster for high-density live transcoding.

IBC 2017, Amsterdam – The new version of RelayCaster features integrated SDI/HDMI input and encoding – features which add further value to this remarkably cost-efficient live content contribution platform. With RelayCaster, reliability of contributing and distributing live content via unmanaged networks is significantly improved, as packet loss issues are efficiently resolved. RelayCaster enables the replacement of expensive, dedicated links or contracts with CDN service providers. In contrast to these services, RelayCaster is not limited to certain regions or data centers. RelayCaster enables distribution of content across any distance, to any place that is reachable by Internet infrastructure. With optional encryption, data streams will be protected between all senders and receivers.

RelayCaster targets live content producers & aggregators as well as live content service operators and OTT operators. It extends the reach of live streams to a global scale, harnessing the power of the internet as a flexible and cost-effective means of content contribution and distribution.

“Eventhough it is utilizing the public, unmanaged IP networks, RelayCaster enables secure and reliable data contribution,” commented Dr. Marco Lohse, Director of R&D IP Gateways at Rohde & Schwarz subsidiary GMIT GmbH. ”It empowers users to create flexible and scaleable do-it-yourself content delivery networks and by doing this it offers unbeatable levels of OPEX using internet capacity in such a creative way.”

High density live encoding

Also being showcased by GMIT GmbH at IBC 2017 is CodecCaster. This system is a turn-key solution for real-time transcoding, offering high-performance and high-quality IP-based format conversion and bitrate reduction for MPEG transport streams. CodecCaster fully supports transcoding and transrating to multiple bitrates for adaptive streaming for MPEG-2, AVC/H.264 and HEVC/H.265. The output of DVB compliant and OTT streams is also supported. In addition, audio pass through and audio transcoding for AAC, MPEG audio and Dolby Digital Plus is available.

The new version of RelayCaster, together with CodecCaster, are shipping immediately and can be purchased through channel partners and Rohde & Schwarz sales agencies worldwide.

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IBC 2017: Rohde & Schwarz to present monitoring and multiviewer solution

IBC 2017: Rohde & Schwarz to present monitoring and multiviewer solution

Rohde & Schwarz will showcase its recently launched R&S PRISMON monitoring and multiviewer solution for broadcast and streaming media with enhanced functionality at IBC 2017. The new solution will also be presented in live demonstrations at IP Showcase, a highlight of the trade show. At IP Showcase, vendors can demonstrate IP interoperability of their products under real-world conditions, based on SMPTE 2110 final draft standards and AMWA IS-04.

More than 40 exhibitors will come together at IP Showcase to demonstrate IP interoperability of their products in a realistic, live environment. They will show the full potential IP offers for realtime media on a single, large stage with devices from different vendors, based on common IP interoperability standards and specifications. The presentations at IP Showcase will be organized into logical application islands, such as live production signal streams, contribution and playout signal streams, to demonstrate the user-friendliness and interoperability of IP solutions. Rohde & Schwarz will take an active part in this event with its R&S PRISMON IP-based monitoring and multiviewer solution. The solution is fully software-based and takes an innovative multistandard, multiprotocol approach, which makes it ideal for the objectives of IP Showcase.

The new R&S PRISMON offers a single-device solution for automatic, convergent monitoring of broadcast and streaming media content transported in networks. It supports, among other features, the SDI, SMPTE 2022-1/2, SMPTE 2022-6, AIMS/SMPTE 2110, ASPEN, HLS and DASH transport standards as well as media formats such as MPEG‑2/4, HEVC and TICO. Future new standards and media formats can be added via software upgrades efficiently and flexibly. R&S PRISMON automatically detects and signals dropouts and content errors in realtime, using sophisticated monitoring functions such as Video freeze with whitelisting and Video content compare. A large number of channels – including those in UHD quality – can be monitored in parallel with R&S PRISMON and visualized in a straightforward manner on a multiviewer video wall.

Also on display will be VirtuWall, a cloud-based supplementary service to R&S PRISMON from Rohde & Schwarz subsidiary GMIT GmbH. Using a mobile app, the optional VirtuWall service transmits monitoring data collected from geographically distributed R&S PRISMON probes via a secure connection to mobile user equipment and displays it in condensed form. As a result, offsite technicians can for the first time quickly identify and assess the sources and effects of errors via remote access, eliminating the need for on-site visits to the place of installation of monitoring and multiviewer probes, as would be required with conventional solutions. The R&S PRISMON monitoring and multiviewer solution is available from Rohde & Schwarz on hardware at various performance levels and as a cloud-based installation. It will be demonstrated together with the VirtuWall cloud service at IBC 2017, booth 7.E25, and at IP Showcase in E.106.

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IBC 2017: Encoding and multiplexing solution from Rohde & Schwarz with premium transcoding for OTT live streaming

IBC 2017: Encoding and multiplexing solution from Rohde & Schwarz with premium transcoding for OTT live streaming

Rohde & Schwarz enhances its successful R&S AVHE100 encoding and multiplexing solution by adding premium-quality adaptive bit rate (ABR) encoding as well as packetising for all established formats for OTT live streaming. The R&S AVHE100 also fully supports high dynamic range (HDR) video transmissions.

The R&S AVHE100 encoding and multiplexing solution offers the best video quality available on the market for HEVC-encoded content from qHD to UHD, as demonstrated by Rohde & Schwarz at several shootouts during the past year. Quality and stability are also of vital importance for OTT providers who stream premium content simultaneously with live broadcasts. With the latest enhancement, the R&S AVHE100 can efficiently generate streaming formats in parallel with broadcast multiplexes on a single platform.

The R&S AVHE100 provides ABR encoding, i.e. it simultaneously encodes multiple OTT live streams using several different video profiles so that the consumer always receives the best possible resolution, depending on the quality of the data connection. The platform’s integrated packetiser fully supports all common formats such as MPEG-DASH, CMAF, HLS and MSS; as a result, the R&S AVHE100 supports a wide range of user devices.

The Rohde & Schwarz solution is unique in that it performs dynamic switchover between SDR and HDR content and also supports mixed statistical multiplexing for traditional broadcasting. The statistical multiplex function means an efficient utilisation of data rates, making it possible to achieve higher picture quality for the transmitted programs or to broadcast more programs at a time.

The R&S AVHE100 also supports a mixture of different video codecs, including MPEG-2, MPEG-4/H.264 and HEVC, and resolutions, such as SD, HD and UHD. This permits operators to continue employing legacy formats until a planned transition to a newer format is completed.

The R&S AVHE100 is a fully software-based solution that employs standard IT components. It provides the entire functionality of an encoding and multiplexing solution on a single server. Its integrated headend management system lets users control and monitor the entire workflow via a single web interface. Enhancements and improvements to coding and transmission standards are easily added, reducing capital and operating expenditures (CAPEX and OPEX) for installation, space, energy and cooling requirements, spare parts management and training. In addition, customers can conclude multi-year service level agreements (SLA) for 24/7 international support for enhanced investment protection.

The independent, family-owned company Rohde & Schwarz has gained decades of experience in the field of broadcasting, which are reflected by the smart redundancy concept and many reliability features employed in the R&S AVHE100 to ensure high availability. The R&S CrossFlowIP function, a Rohde & Schwarz development, provides redundancy for both input and output signals through seamless switchover between the main and the alternate path. In this way, the R&S AVHE100 ensures uninterrupted live transmission in the event a fault is detected and during maintenance. In contrast to conventional solutions, the R&S AVHE100 provides this functionality without requiring an external management system.

“The launch of the R&S AVHE100 4K/HDR scalable video and audio processing platform is a significant step toward the cost-effective deployment of UHD/HDR services alongside legacy SD and HD content. The encoder is widely acknowledged as the industry leading HEVC codec with full support for PQ and HLG as well as legacy codecs and formats,” said David Smith, Marketing Manager for Encoding and Multiplexing Technology at Rohde & Schwarz.

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IBC 2017: Rohde & Schwarz introduces new generation of ingest, live production and channel playout platform

IBC 2017: Rohde & Schwarz introduces new generation of ingest, live production and channel playout platform

At IBC 2017, Rohde & Schwarz will introduce a new approach to live ingest, media processing and channel playout that cost-effectively provides bridging technology between hybrid SDI and IP broadcast operations. Designated R&S VENICE, such is the stability of this software-based media processing and distribution platform that it can be used as a channel playout solution in 24/7 operation applications within medium and large-scale broadcasters. The integration of Rohde & Schwarz’s proprietary virtual storage access technology ensures reliable on-air operations even in the most mission critical applications.

Exhibited for the first time worldwide at IBC, the new generation of R&S VENICE media server represents a radically different approach to media processing and channel playout within transformational broadcast environments. It enables immediate application within existing SDI baseband architectures whilst also future-proofing them by offering the flexibility and sustainability of IP-based broadcast infrastructure and workflows.

Rohde & Schwarz has developed R&S VENICE with interoperability in mind. The company is committed to using open standards that offer new features, functionality and services rather than being locked in devices and products. R&S VENICE allows communication and integration via the framework for interoperable media services (FIMS) standard. Also, incorporating open standards rather than proprietary APIs grants interoperability with a wide range of third party vendor equipment.

“An open communication standard such as FIMS is an absolute requirement in today’s multi-vendor broadcast environment – by using IT and internet friendly communications technology we have developed R&S VENICE into a production and channel playout platform that is open to adoption and integration with the broadest range of media companies and industry suppliers,” commented Michael Hackl, Product Management, File-based Media Solutions at Rohde & Schwarz. “R&S VENICE empowers broadcasters to make the migration to IP whenever and however they wish. It bridges the technology gap between today’s baseband SDI video and future IP workflows, delivering any I/O from SD to UHD. Thanks to its advanced architecture and codec performance it supports HDR workflows today.”

Best in class channel playout reliability and reduced workflow complexity
In developing R&S VENICE, Rohde & Schwarz has created a new standard in on-air reliability. The system’s implementation of Rohde & Schwarz’s proprietary virtual storage access technology enables uninterrupted broadcast operations with no performance degradation in the event of single or multiple simultaneous failures. When combined with R&S SpycerBox Cell storage systems supported by IBM Spectrum Scale file system, the virtual storage access technology provides multiple layers of data redundancy from low-cost to enterprise-scale configurations capable of covering multiple system failures seamlessly.

Rohde & Schwarz’s modular storage approach enables users to select from different bandwidth, capacity and redundancy levels and for these levels to be modified in the future.

The advanced UHD capabilities of R&S VENICE with parallel 1080 down-conversion functionality enables users to quickly and easily establish high resolution services whilst still maintaining the simple infrastructures used within existing HD workflows. The system’s integrated toolset – which includes features such as data de-interlacing, closed caption extraction and insertion, DolbyE decoding and many more – makes many additional hardware and software products redundant whilst helping customers to reduce the complexity of their production workflows and infrastructures.

R&S VENICE offers a new and radically different approach to the traditional media processing and channel playout challenge. Its architecture is open and it is format agnostic. It meets the need for upcoming high efficiency codecs by delivering purely software-based codec decoding and encoding rather than relying on proprietary hardware acceleration.

André Vent, Sales Manager File Based Media Solutions adds: “The new Rohde & Schwarz broadcast channel playout solution – with R&S VENICE and R&S Spycer Box Cell at its core – offers a new standard in reliability, scalability, and sustainability needed for today’s and tomorrow’s workflow challenges.”

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IBC 2017: Blackmagic Design announce Ultimatte 12

IBC 2017: Blackmagic Design announce Ultimatte 12

12 months after acquiring the company, Blackmagic Design have announced Ultimatte 12, a new realtime hardware compositing processor for broadcast quality keying, adding augmented reality elements into shots, working with virtual sets and more. Ultimatte 12 is available immediately, and US pricing is $9,995 – we’ll confirm the UK price as soon as we can. Here’s the press release…

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Ultimatte 12 will be demonstrated at IBC 2017 on the Blackmagic Design booth in Hall 7, Stand 7 H.20.

The all new Ultimatte 12 is more than the world’s best keyer, it’s an advanced realtime compositing processor designed for the next generation of broadcast graphics. Ultimatte 12 features entirely new algorithms and colour science, incredible edge handling, greater colour separation, amazing colour fidelity and better spill suppression than ever before.

The advanced 12G-SDI design gives Ultimatte 12 customers the flexibility to work in HD today and switch to Ultra HD when they are ready. Customers get sub-pixel processing for amazing image quality and textures in both HD and Ultra HD. Plus it’s compatible with virtually all SD, HD and Ultra HD equipment, so customers can use it with the cameras they already have.

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Ultimatte 12 can create incredibly lifelike composites and place talent into any scene, working with both fixed cameras and static backgrounds, or automated virtual set systems. Imagine presenting the weather, sports, news and entertainment in a cinematic quality environment, all composited in real time. Ultimatte 12 is also perfect for on set pre-visualisation in television and film production because it lets actors and directors see the virtual sets they’re interacting with while shooting against a green screen.

Ultimatte 12 is designed to be affordable, so customers can use it on even more cameras to increase production quality. For example, when working on live shoots with multiple cameras shooting from different angles, it’s common for the green or blue screen to suffer from variations. The keyers built into live production switchers use the same keying parameters for all cameras, which complicates keying and image quality because each camera sees the green screen a little differently. Ultimatte 12 eliminates this problem with incredible new technology at an affordable price so it’s now possible to add keyers to every camera for the highest possible quality keys. With the power of a dedicated keyer on every camera, Ultimatte 12 is perfect for live broadcast news, weather, sports, virtual studios and more!

Augmented reality is becoming more and more popular. On air talent now interacts with glass like computer generated charts, graphs, displays and other objects with coloured translucency on virtually every broadcast television show. Adding tinted translucent objects is virtually impossible with a traditional keyer and the results customers see on television don’t look realistic. That’s because when blue or green is subtracted out of a semi-transparent tinted object, it changes the object’s original colour. Now, with Ultimatte 12, customers get a revolutionary new “realistic” layer compositing mode that can add tinted objects on top of the foreground image and key them correctly. This means that the object properly transmits the colours seen through it. Talent can even walk behind it and the tinted colours are accurately preserved, making the shot look completely realistic.

Ultimatte 12 also features one touch keying technology that analyses a scene and automatically sets over a 100 parameters so pulling great keys is easy without having to do a lot of extra work. Of course, customers still have to ensure the scene is well lit and the cameras are properly white balanced. One touch keying is dramatically faster and helps accurately pull a key with minimum effort, leaving operators free to focus on the program with less distractions, while Ultimatte 12 takes care of the rest.

The incredible new image processing algorithms, huge internal colour space, and automatic internal matte generation lets Ultimatte 12 work on different parts of the image separately. It’s like having the power of multiple Ultimatte keyers all working together on the same image. Fine edge detail is preserved where it’s needed the most, like on hair, and transitions between colours or other objects in the scene is completely smooth. Everything is handled by new math and sub pixel processing that’s designed for incredible quality and clarity in both HD and Ultra HD.

When it comes to color handling, Ultimatte 12, has new flare, edge and transition processing to remove backgrounds, without affecting other colors. The improved flare algorithms can remove green tinting and spill from anything, even dark shadow areas or through transparent objects. This means Ultimatte 12 can retain and faithfully reproduce colors that are impossible on other keyers, such as a bright yellow dress in front of a green screen. Unlike other keyers, Ultimatte 12 delivers crisp clear, photorealistic images with vibrant colours that pop!

Ultimatte 12 is controlled via Ultimatte Smart Remote 4, which is a touch screen remote that connects via Ethernet. Up to eight Ultimatte 12 units can be daisy chained together and connected to the same Smart Remote, so customers don’t have worry about adding a video router or hub. Smart Remote 4 features physical buttons for switching and controlling any attached Ultimatte 12. There are also buttons for quickly loading and saving presets, along with a touch screen that provides total control over every parameter. Customers can also create their own custom control solutions because Ultimatte 12 uses a simple, open text based protocol. Simply Telnet into Ultimatte 12, to start developing and testing custom solutions.

“Ultimatte has been the world’s highest quality broadcast keyer for 40 years,” said Grant Petty, Blackmagic Design CEO. “We’re excited about taking this incredible technology to the next level! Ultimatte 12 is no longer just a simple keyer, it’s an Ultra HD realtime compositing engine designed specifically for the needs of today’s live broadcast, television and film production needs!”

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IBC 2017: Panasonic showcase first footage from the EVA1

Panasonic introduced the EVA1 at Cine Expo, and we’ve been waiting to get our hands on it ever since. Those of you lucky enough to be in Amsterdam can see it on their stand at IBC, but we can all enjoy the first test footage, released today. 

Shot in Iceland by DoP Filippo Chiesa and graded by Frederic Savoir, the clip highlights some of the great features the EVA1 has inherited from Panasonic’s Varicam range.

Like the Varicam LT, the AU-EVA1 is capable of dual native ISO, a technology that allows you to extract more information from the sensor increasing the level of noise or artefacts in the film, leading to crisper images and better low light performance.

Also imported from the VariCam range is V-Log/V-Gamut capture, which gives you high dynamic range, bolder colours and more realistic skin tones – the log curves of V-Log are reminiscent of those of negative film, and V-Gamut delivers a colour space even larger than that of film.

If you want to see. more of the EVA1 in action, there’s a making of video, too. Alternatively, we hear last minute flights to Amsterdam are very reasonable.

 

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IBC 2017: G-Technology releases SDK for G-RACK 12 high-performance NAS solution

IBC 2017: G-Technology releases SDK for G-RACK 12 high-performance NAS solution

Western Digital Corp., a global data storage technology and solutions leader, today announced the availability of a new software development kit (SDK) for its G-Technology 12-bay G-RACK 12 high-performance NAS solution for content creation professionals managing libraries of video and audio.

Utilising the SDK, G-RACK 12 third party partners now have the capability to develop customised applications for the G-NAS operating system (OS) that can run natively on the G-RACK 12 and its dual 6-core Xeon processors, offloading tasks from local machines and streamlining workflow.

A handful of key strategic G-Technology partners have already developed various workflow solutions running directly on the G-NAS OS-powered G-RACK 12 high-performance NAS solution, including Archiware, Avalache.io, and axle Video. The below solutions will be showcased in the G-Technology booth (Hall 7, Stand 7.J31) at IBC, September 14-19, in Amsterdam:

Archiware, an expert in data management software, have integrated its P5 Software Suite with the G-RACK 12 high-performance NAS to create a solution that will facilitate disaster recovery, data migration, and archival options for Media and Entertainment workflows.

Avalache.io, a leading innovator of cloud-based media production technology, has enabled the G-RACK 12 to be one of the first storage solutions to fully implement the new SMPTE standard for asset identification for the Cinema Content Creation Cloud Identification System or C4 ID.

axle Video, a pioneer of affordable “radically simple” media management, is delivering a version of its axle 2017 flagship media management software that runs directly on the G-RACK 12, eliminating the need for an extra server appliance and simplifying facility management, space, and logistics, while providing high performance for search, browse, annotation, and sharing tasks constantly performed by production teams of any size.

The G-RACK 12 high-performance NAS solution streamlines demanding media and entertainment video workflows, including 4K and above resolution, with a scalable 12-bay server offering capacities up to 144TB – and now 720TB raw capacity with the four G-RACK 12 Expansion units and the newly available 12TB HGST Ultrastar enterprise-class hard drives. Its reliability, high-performance, and centralised storage capabilities are perfect for small-to-medium size post-production houses, TV/broadcast studios, ad agencies, and in-house creative departments using Adobe Premiere Pro, Apple Final Cut Pro X, Avid Media Composer or other creative applications. The G-RACK 12 high-performance NAS solution is the ideal storage solution for collaboration, utilising four 10-gigabit Ethernet RJ-45 connections for high-speed data transfers, saving both time and money.

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IBC 2017: SmallHD debuts brighter daylight viewable 17″ monitor

IBC 2017: SmallHD debuts brighter daylight viewable 17″ monitor

Due to the success of its daylight viewable monitors, SmallHD introduces its brightest, full-featured 17” reference grade monitor ever made, the 1703-P3X. Double the brightness of other 17” reference monitors, it is at home in full sunlight, and covers 100 percent of the DCI-P3 and Rec 709 color spaces.

The 1703-P3X features a 1500:1 contrast ratio and a 179° viewing angle, along with SmallHD’s Pagebuilder OS toolset. The new monitor is being unveiled at IBC (stand 12.E65).

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“This monitor is both bright, extremely color accurate, and offers true reference grade cinema color,” said Wes Philips, SmallHD co-founder. “Covering 100% of the DCI-P3 color space, it’s the perfect monitor for DIT’s on-set or location and for mastering in post.”

Designed to serve the demanding color display requirements of both on-set and post production color grading professionals, the 1703-P3X comes pre-calibrated for DCI-P3 and Rec 709 for both broadcast use and cinema mastering. Covering 100% DCI-P3 with a Delta E average of <0.5, it offers easy installation of the user’s own 3D LUT calibration with advanced color management solutions like Light Illusion’s, LightSpace CMS, or SpectraCal’s CalMAN.

The 1703-P3X features one HDMI and two SDI inputs plus one HDMI and two SDI outputs. The fast and intuitive operating system allows ganging of on-screen tools like HD waveform, vectorscope, false color, focus peaking and 2x zebra bars simultaneously. Its Dual View function allows users to monitor two input sources simultaneously with side-by-side viewing.

The new monitor’s bright display supports any LUT workflow through SmallHD’s ColorFlow 3D LUT Engine which enables 3D LUT support, allowing previously created look-up tables to be used on-set. LUTS can be applied via the monitor’s full-size SD slot. This information can also be pushed downstream to other monitors. A LUT altered on-set with third party software, such as LiveGrade, can be viewed on the monitor and/or downstream monitors, and uploaded to an SD card for reference in post.

The 1703P3X is constructed of rugged milled aluminum to withstand the rigor of production. It features numerous ¼-inch and 3/8-inch threaded mounting points, a VESA mount and RapidRail accessory mounting system. The monitor can easily power wireless accessories like Teradek with built in 12V 2-pin LEMO auxiliary power. It can be powered via 4-pin XLR by optional V-mount and Gold-mount battery packs for wireless operation.

MSRP for the 1703-P3X is $3,999.

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IBC 2017: Avid add SSD support to NEXIS storage

IBC 2017: Avid add SSD support to NEXIS storage

Avid’s NEXIS software is ‘software-defined’, meaning you can manage the storage system independently from its underlying hardware – something you’ll get to do very soon, as Avid have released another update.

Avid NEXIS | FS software version 7.7 was released just last month (if that’s not ringing a bell, it’s the one that introduced support for single-disk mirrored workspace protection, so you get more storage capacity and better protection in one swoop).

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But Avid don’t like to rest on their laurels, and have released another update at IBC. As the Avid blog explains, “To accommodate high resolution (4K/UHD and above) finishing, we’ve added the option of SSD drives to the Avid NEXIS | E2 engines. Available as either 9.6 TB or 19.2 TB Media Packs, you can edit bandwidth-intensive media in realtime with up to eight times greater read performance over hard disk drives. There are no moving parts, so it adds greater robustness to your workflow. And since Avid NEXIS is a scalable storage platform, this is a simple, additive process.

“All Avid NEXIS | Enterprise storage engines are fully compatible with one another. They can be mixed, matched and augmented, so a storage investment in Avid NEXIS never becomes obsolete as capacity, bandwidth performance and availability can be upgraded to meet changing content and production demands.

“As Avid is committed to improving collaboration across the broadest range of media workflows, we extensively test not just our own creative software tools like Avid Media Composer and Pro Tools, but also those from third parties, including Adobe Premiere Pro, Apple Final Cut Pro and Grass Valley EDIUS.

“At IBC 2017, we’re excited to announce MediaCentral for Post – a solution comprising Avid NEXIS, Media Composer and a component of the all-new MediaCentral ecosystem, MediaCentral | Editorial Management, a robust, yet lightweight file management application. It’s a snap to install and configure, so you’ll be up and running in no time. Its MediaCentral Core indexing engine and service keep track of all projects and media stored, so everyone on the team can view what’s available in realtime. For post production in particular, we truly believe that this will be a real game changer in terms of collaborative content creation, whatever resolution you are working in.

“With over 1500 installations in just a year since its first release, Avid NEXIS is being adopted quickly by media producers all around the world — from pre-eminent global broadcasters to boutique post houses, and everything in between. Avid NEXIS is proven and trusted in the most demanding and bandwidth-intensive workflows. It continues to lead the market as reliable, high-performance, intelligent storage for media that can scale and adjust quickly to change, without interrupting production. At IBC 2017, we’re taking productivity to new levels, not just by tweaking the tech, but also by turbocharging the capacity for teamwork.”

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