The year in production: Our highlights from 2016’s trade shows

The year in production: Our highlights from 2016’s trade shows

As well as hitting old favourites like NAB and IBC, 2016 marks the year we made our Media Production Show debut. I asked the production team to whittle down their trade show experience to just the most memorable, non-casino-related moments. Here are the results. 

NAB 2016

We’ve been big Atomos supporters from day one, and getting to see the Atomos Shogun was definitely one of the highlights of NAB. We were happy enough to hear that eight of the Atomos lineup were getting a free software update to support HDR, but the Shogun Inferno’s combination of the most advanced monitor technologies (1500nit/10bit/HDR) with 4Kp60 over Quad-SDI, and playback and editing functionality for on-set collaboration made it a real standout for us.

See our full NAB coverage here.

IBC 2016

IP workflow solutions got their first major airing at NAB and have continued gaining traction ever since, with NewTek continuing to expand their NDI lineup, Sony partnering with manufacturers and standards bodies to develop their own solutions portfolio, and production kit manufacturers releasing IP-ready kit.

We knew IP was going to be a big deal at IBC, but we had no idea just how IP-based the show was. As we’re primarily an IT reseller, this was right up our street. Some of our team attended the IP Interoperability talk with the likes of AIMS/Grass Valley and SMPTE, and the theme was very much how the industry is working together to advance IP workflows, although the standards are still yet to be ratified.

See our full IBC coverage here.

Media Production Show 2016

Back in June, we were at the Media Production Show, demonstrating our key solutions and services around Avid, Blackmagic Design, HP and Rohde & Schwarz (as well as dishing out the pic’n’mix and playing splat a rat). Catch up with everything that went down on day one in this official video from the Media Production Show. 

Want to know more? Give us a call on 03332 409 306 or email broadcast@Jigsaw24.com. For all the latest news, follow @Jigsaw24Video on Twitter or ‘Like’ us on Facebook.

The view from the floor: IP at IBC

The view from the floor: IP at IBC

IP workflow solutions got their first major airing at NAB and have continued gaining traction ever since, with NewTek continuing to expand their NDI lineup, Sony partnering with manufacturers and standards bodies to develop their own solutions portfolio, and production kit manufacturers releasing IP ready kit.

We knew IP was going to be a big deal at IBC, but we had no idea just how IP based the show was. As we’re primarily an IT reseller, this was right up our street.

Some of our team attended the IP Interoperability talk with the likes of AIMS/Grass Valley and SMPTE, and the theme was very much how the industry is working together to advance IP workflows, although the standards are still yet to be ratified.

One thing we gathered was that there are still a lot of questions about how IP workflow is going to affect the industry – for example, how do manufacturers differentiate themselves if the industry has agreed everyone will do the same thing with so many IP standards?

Sony demo live IP workflows

Despite these questions, it’s clear that IP-ready technology has taken a massive leap forward since NAB. We went to the Sony hall to look at their highly impressive range of IP-ready mixers and switchers, and learned that the signals can be sent to a mixer the other side of the Netherlands with only a two frame delay.

Sony has been pushing the IP discussion 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 NMI (Networked Media Interface) framework.

As well as providing us with exciting new acronyms in an industry that definitely doesn’t have enough of them, this has allowed Sony to develop a series of really interesting Networked Media Interface-based products, many of which were on show at IBC. They included:

NXLK-IP45F, a new AV Multiplexer/DeMultiplexer board enables you 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.

NewTek extend NDI range

NewTek’s new IP series range is a massive push forward for NDI and the interoperability between IP, hardware and software. At the heart of their IP workflow is the IP Series Video Mix Engine, which lets you mix up to 44 input sources then output 35 output signals over IP, all of which you can configure independently using NewTek’s software. Significantly, it is compatible with other IP standards including ASPEN and SMPTE 2022, so if you decide to move away from a purely NDI workflow further down the line, it won’t turn into a very expensive brick.

Like all the best NewTek products, it comes with its own control panel, this time a four-stripe model with 72 crosspoints per stripe, so you can make the most of all those input channels. It works exactly the same way every other NewTek control panel does, so if you’ve already spent time with TriCaster, making the move over to working with the Video Mix Engine won’t be hard.

Bridging the gap between your existing workflow and an IP-based one are the Input Module and Output Module, both of which sit on your LAN. The Input Module accepts SDI/HDMI inputs and outputs, and converts them into NDI signals, while the Output Module takes your NDI signal and converts it into something that can be understood by traditional video infrastructure, so you can enjoy the benefits of an NDI workflow in-house, even if your final delivery system isn’t capable of handling the end result.

NewTek also announced they’d be collaborating with Wowza to create a the Media Distribution System, which is a fantastic tool for editing audio and video in realtime, and then live streaming this over four independent, simultaneous streaming channels. Better still, it has integrated NDI technology supporting input and output over IP.

BirdDog Studio

And lastly, BirdDog Studio. I’ve gone on about this a lot, but that’s because it’s a super affordable way to start your transition to an IP workflow. For £560 ex VAT, you get a box that can convert your existing camera’s SDI/HDMI input into an NDI output, rendering it IP-compatible.

BirdDog Studio can also act as a format convertor for monitor loop out, and display tally onboard or externally. And it accepts power of Ethernet, so you don’t need to worry about lugging round an extra set of batteries and chargers. You can only use one BirdDog with one camera at a time, so you’ll need one for each camera you plan to shoot with simultaneously. However, there is a central, browser-based control panel for configuring and controlling all your BirdDogs in one place, so it shouldn’t be too much of a hassle.

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.

Ultimatte joins Blackmagic Design stable

Ultimatte joins Blackmagic Design stable

Blackmagic Design’s biggest news at IBC wasn’t a product – it was the reveal that they had acquired respected chromakey solution Ultimatte.

Blackmagic have a reputation for acquiring niche companies and using their existing products as a jumping off point to create innovative, low cost technology (see: DaVinci Resolve, Teranex, Cintel), and we’re excited to see how they develop the already impressive Ultimatte lineup.

ultimatte_12_blog

“I went to the Ultimatte stand after the announcement – very impressive stuff,” our Product Manager Meg said after IBC. “The Ultimatte 12 is available in HD and 4K, and one thing I really liked about the virtual sets was the fact that they are dynamic – you can have a moving image set up in the windows of the virtual set. On the stand they used some footage of the outside of the RAI centre that they had shot with a GoPro, and having it in the windows made the virtual set look a lot more active. And that the lighting settings include the shadows from the green screen really adds realism to the virtual set.”

Also impressed are the film and television academies, who’ve gifted Ultimatte with an Oscar and an Emmy. Blackmagic CEO Grant Petty, summed the firm up with: “For the past 40 years, Ultimatte has been the industry standard hardware and software used to key these people in front of weather maps, stock charts, and other info graphics. In fact, many broadcasters use Ultimatte to place entire news teams, weather reporters, talk show hosts, sports commentators and more 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.”

We’re excited to see how this partnership plays out and, while we’ve not heard any official release announcements, we’re crossing our fingers and hoping that they’ll at least have a prototype by next year’s NAB.

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.

IBC 2016: GB Labs launch Echo 36 with complete failover

IBC 2016: GB Labs launch Echo 36 with complete failover

GB Labs have launched some exciting new high availability storage at this year’s IBC. Called Echo 36, it offers complete failover in the case of disk failure or “localised disaster”, a phrase we do not hear enough. Here’s the press release: echo_36_storage

Echo 36 is the big brother of GB Labs Echo nearline storage product. The Echo36 with our new Cloak DR software offers complete failover for power/disk failure and localised disaster. This makes Echo 36 a bulletproof storage solution for large broadcasters where data availability is paramount.

Two Echo 36 units working together provide unparalleled security and high availability with no single point of failure through storage and networking layers. Our unique Core operating system writes to both units simultaneously and in real-time, even when the units are up to 10Km apart.

Should one Echo 36 unit be completely destroyed, the same data is available in seconds from the other. Users on the network would be unaware because our operating system manages this transition over a single virtualized IP address, leading to no downtime and no relinking of media or other servers.

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.

IBC 2016: Sony showcase Beyond Definition vision

IBC 2016: Sony showcase Beyond Definition vision

In case you weren’t excited enough by Prime Support, IP workflow solutions and the NX5R, Sony have another ace up their sleeve: they’re demonstrating their Beyond Definition workflow solutions on their stand, including PTZ cameras, lenses and monitors.

The HDC-P43; a 4K point-of-view from any angle

The HDC-P43 is Sony’s new, unique camera ready for 4K HDR and HFR shooting. A 4K point-of-view camera, the HDC-P43 is based on the HDC-4300 platform, with a light and compact body as well as low power consumption.

The HDC-P43 supports a variety of applications and greatly expands 4K shooting capabilities for production teams: it can be used as large studio camera systems, including the PMW-F55 and CA4000, as stand-alone 4K camera for setup in limited space, as well as for shooting on a crane and shooting overhead views of hall and event venue. The HDC-P43 is also highly configurable using optional software licenses. Licenses are available for 4K and HFR capture, allowing for a customizable solution for HD, 4K, HDR, and HFR live productions

4K/HD PTZ remote cameras

The new BRC-X1000 and BRC-H800 provide impressive picture quality with high sensitivity and low noise. Ideal for small-to-midsize production companies as a primary camera for local broadcast affiliates, cable TV operations, education, hospital and government applications, as well as live event recording for houses of worship or weddings. It can also serve as a key production element in large, advanced media production facilities requiring the proven efficiencies BRC remote-operated cameras bring to a production workflow

Interchangeable lens E PZ 18-110mm F4 G OSS Super 35mm/APS-C lens with power zoom capability

The latest addition to α interchangeable lens line-up is an ideal companion to α Mount System cameras, from PXW-FS7 professional camcorders to α7 series interchangeable-lens cameras offering 18mm to 110mm (27mm to 165mm in 35mm format) standard zoom range and greater operability. It benefits from Sony’s Smooth Motion Optics (SMO) design developed to eliminate unwanted image shifts during movie shooting like focus shift and axial shift during zooming, and focus breathing as well.

Professional Master monitors for HD production

Sony’s recently announced BVM-E171 (17-inch) and BVM-E251 (25-inch) TRIMASTER ELTM OLED Master Monitors support ITU-R BT.2020 colour space, the broadcasting standard for Ultra HD, for accurate colour reproduction. To eliminate possible flicker especially in case that low frequency signal is displayed (24p, 24PsF 50i and so on), the BVM-E171 and BVM-E251 are equipped with flicker-free mode

Professional audio

Sony has introduced new ENG models in the DWX-N series, the DWR-S02DN dual channel slot-in receiver and the DWT-P01N plug-on transmitter. In addition to current codec mode one, mode two (high sound quality with low latency) and mode three (more reliable RF transmission) will be added. Also, a new configuration menu for XDCAM Shoulder Camcorders will add wireless audio features such as remote control of transmitter’s RF output power and a power save setting.

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.

IBC 2016: Avid introduce NEXIS | E5 and Avid NEXIS High Availability

IBC 2016: Avid introduce NEXIS | E5 and Avid NEXIS High Availability

New high-density, high-availability Avid NEXIS solutions enable large-scale broadcast and post-production organizations to accelerate production and increase efficiency.

Avid today introduced new innovations for Avid NEXIS, the industry’s first and only software-defined storage platform specifically designed for storing and managing media. Leveraging the power of the Avid MediaCentral Platform, Avid NEXIS provides dynamic virtualisation, adaptive protection, and media-savvy collaboration so media organizations of all sizes can accelerate production and increase efficiency. The newly extended Avid NEXIS family now includes high-density and high-availability solutions that provide unrivaled reliability and performance for the most demanding environments.

“Across the industry, we are seeing an unprecedented explosion of content, which drives the need for more robust storage infrastructure, greater reliability and control, and closer collaboration,” said Avid Chairman, President and CEO, Louis Hernandez, Jr. “To address these key customer issues, we delivered Avid NEXIS earlier this year, and the adoption from media organizations of all sizes has been incredible. Now we are continuing to innovate with new high-density and high-availability Avid NEXIS solutions that help the largest broadcast and post-production organizations to increase operational efficiency and maximize the lifetime value of their assets.”

Introducing Avid NEXIS | E5 and Avid NEXIS High Availability

Avid NEXIS | E5 is an enterprise-class, hyper-dense storage engine that offers real-time editorial collaboration and the highest levels of scalability, performance, and client connections for large-scale broadcast and post-production environments. Avid NEXIS | E5 provides 40GbE connectivity and 80–480 TB of storage capacity per engine, with the ability to scale up to 1.4PB of capacity and 9.6GBps of bandwidth, supporting more than 2000 Avid DNxHR HD streams or 500 Avid DNxHR 4K streams across over 300 connected clients in a mere 17U of rackspace.

Avid NEXIS High Availability options increase the reliability and performance of Avid NEXIS E-class storage systems for the most critical deployments. The Avid NEXIS Redundant Storage Controller, Redundant System Director, and Redundant Networking options protect against potential hardware performance issues, while the Media Mirroring option protects an entire Avid NEXIS system against up to five simultaneous disk failures, and even an entire engine failure.

Thanks to the openness of the Avid MediaCentral Platform, Avid NEXIS solutions work with all top media creation applications, including Media Composer, Pro Tools, Apple Final Cut Pro X, Adobe Premiere Pro CC, Grass Valley EDIUS, and many more. Production teams can quickly access a shared pool of virtualised storage resources, which dramatically increases their efficiency.

Avid NEXIS enables fully virtualized storage so media organizations can adjust storage capacity mid-project, without disrupting workflows. Customers can select components that meet their current needs, and easily grow as their needs change. Avid NEXIS is the only scale-out storage solution that enables customers to dynamically tune the system to ensure that high-priority workflows always have the capacity, performance and data protection levels they require. Customers can give critical projects maximum performance, while throttling back on less critical workflows. This ability lets teams react quickly to changes, adjusting performance and protection levels to match the needs of a project at any stage in the workflow.

Availability

Avid NEXIS | E5 is available now
Avid NEXIS Redundant Storage Controller option is available now
Avid NEXIS Redundant System Director option is available now
Avid NEXIS Redundant Networking option will be available in Q4 2016
Avid NEXIS Media Mirroring option will be available in Q4 2016

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.

IBC 2016: Avid demonstrates leadership in emerging IP and UHD workflows

IBC 2016: Avid demonstrates leadership in emerging IP and UHD workflows

At IBC 2016, Avid showcases IP and UHD workflow innovation on the open, interoperable Avid MediaCentral Platform.

Avid today previewed solutions for several converging technologies that are driving significant change for the media industry. By supporting real-time IP signals natively in key components of the Avid MediaCentral Platform, Avid is accelerating the industry’s transition to IP and delivering a unified environment for file-based and live signal-based media workflows that will ease the migration to emerging image formats, including UHD.

“To address the intensifying changes that our industry is facing, we are continuing to invest heavily in key technologies and innovations that are important for customer success,” said Dana Ruzicka, vice president and chief product officer at Avid. “At IBC 2016, we are demonstrating how the open, integrated Avid MediaCentral Platform will accelerate the transition to IP stream-based workflows, and make it possible for customers to create, manage, and deliver UHD content powerfully and efficiently.”

Historically, media companies have relied on specialized technologies for transporting video and audio signals throughout facilities and across geographies. Legacy technologies like coaxial cabling and baseband SDI signals were necessary because IP data networks lacked adequate bandwidth. But rapid technological advancement has made it feasible to pass professional audio and video signals over standard IP networks. Unlike traditional baseband infrastructure, IP networks are intrinsically format agnostic, paving the way for adoption of new formats like UHD. Converging on IP networks for file-based and signal-based traffic will provide media companies with increased flexibility, agility, and lower costs.

New Avid video IP integrations at IBC

Avid will demonstrate support for a variety of emerging IP standards, including SMPTE 2022-6 and VSF TR-03, illustrating how media companies can easily manage the transition to converged IP infrastructure over time. Technology presentations will showcase IP ingest, editing, playout, graphics insertion, and monitoring workflows spanning several Avid products, including Media Composer, Maestro, 3DPlay, and Playmaker.

“The innovative architecture of Avid’s MediaCentral Platform treats all content equally, regardless of its format or source,” said Alan Hoff, Vice President, Market Solutions at Avid. “We are delivering upon our vision to provide a unified, open platform for converged file and signal-based workflows by expanding support for emerging standards like IP and UHD.”

New Avid UHD integrations at IBC

Avid will showcase innovative UHD broadcast solutions that integrate seamlessly with both standard SDI production infrastructure, as well as IP production workflows. The Avid UHD workflow enables broadcasters to deliver richer, sharper content without over-investing in new solutions, and is centered on Media Composer | Software, Interplay | Production, Media | Director, Pro Tools, Avid DNxHR, and Avid NEXIS, along with graphics and replay servers.

Avid is also participating fully in the AIMS alliance and showcasing its interoperability at IBC 2016 with products from other vendors at the IP Interoperability Zone in Hall 8.

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.

IBC 2016: Adobe unveils new virtual reality, character animation and 3D innovations

IBC 2016: Adobe unveils new virtual reality, character animation and 3D innovations

Adobe today revealed a series of innovations coming soon in Adobe Creative Cloud and Adobe Marketing Cloud in advance of IBC in Amsterdam. Keeping pace with high velocity content demands across both new and traditional platforms, Adobe will showcase advancements in VR, 3D, motion graphics and character animation supported by tools to deliver, measure and monetise TV and film content across multiple screens.

At IBC, Adobe will demonstrate these advancements at Stand 7.G27 in the RAI Amsterdam Convention Center and at over 107 partner booths from September 9-13.

“Adobe is helping video creators of all kinds – from broadcasters and big movie studios to YouTubers and brands – create their best work,” said Bill Roberts, senior director of product management at Adobe. “As these stories take shape, ideas need to seamlessly move between tools, technologies and teams. Adobe’s multiscreen solution helps media companies connect with their audiences in a personalised way by delivering compelling experiences and adopting immersive capabilities such as 3D, VR and AR.”

Video editors from Hollywood to Sundance to YouTube are taking note of Adobe Creative Cloud, most recently Disney’s Pete’s Dragon, and through the work of next-generation creators like Smosh, RocketJump and SoKrispyMedia. Television networks are making history by bringing characters to life with Character Animator in The Simpsons and Cartoon Donald Trump on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. Additionally, NBC Sports recently leveraged Adobe Marketing Cloud solutions to power the digital delivery of the 2016 Rio Olympics.

“I love keeping everything under one roof. I love the idea that it’s all housed under one banner and that all the apps within Adobe Creative Cloud can talk to each other. And for all of my future projects I want to really explore that workflow. It’s a really exciting sphere to be working within,” said David Lowery, director of Disney’s Pete’s Dragon.

Driving the future of VR, 3D and animation

Expanding on the new VR features launched earlier this year, Adobe is unveiling additional innovation in the next release of Premiere Pro CC including auto-aware VR that seamlessly detects and applies the correct setting to stereoscopic and monoscopic media. Capabilities in Adobe Primetime empower media companies to capture the full potential of VR by building sustainable businesses and delivering premium viewing experiences. These include video playback support, dynamic ad insertion and content protection via Adobe’s Virtual Reality Digital Rights Management (VRDRM).

Rapidly accelerating 3D content creation, Adobe will showcase a 3D rendering engine which increases the pace and efficiency of 3D content generation. Artists can also now create editable 3D elements such as text and shape layers intuitively from within After Effects CC with new Cinerender technology from MAXON. Puppet creation and animation with Character Animator, Adobe’s popular live motion-capture tool, will get even better with faster and easier through integrated round-trip functionality between Adobe Photoshop CC and Adobe Illustrator CC.

Powerful integrated workflows and performance enhancements

With Adobe Creative Cloud, post-production teams can move freely from application to application without interrupting the creative flow. New features in both Creative Cloud and Marketing Cloud let media companies and content creators engage their audiences more effectively across any screen:

Huge productivity gains (up to six times faster) with Adobe Stock video are reported in a new study by Pfeiffer Consulting, which compares using video with Adobe Stock and other stock services.

Performance improvements with real-time playback in a new After Effects video preview architecture lets users play raw footage in real-time, eliminating the need to cache before previewing footage. GPU-accelerated effects enable faster render compositions.

Refined Lumetri Color tools in Premiere Pro CC now provides HDR10 metadata support for editing and delivering HDR10 for new HDR-enabled TVs and displays, plus expanded support for color space metadata, providing greater precision for delivering brilliant imagery.

Destination Publishing to render and share video to Behance, the world’s largest creative community, is now possible along with YouTube, Facebook and Twitter.

Better captions and subtitles in Premiere Pro CC lets users easily create and fine-tune captions to enliven silent auto-play video previews on Facebook for higher engagement, target different languages or improve accessibility for hearing impaired viewers.

Actionable analytics in Adobe Analytics for Video allows users to measure streams instead of just video starts and stops, delivering a more comprehensive view of how videos are consumed.

Premium ad-supported viewing on connected devices is now supported in Adobe Primetime, allowing media companies to deliver quality and buffer-free experiences, while weaving content and ads together into a single stream.

Collaboration for Connected Teams

Adobe will showcase its new hosted collaboration service, Team Projects, to address the challenge of working with other editors and designers across multiple projects and tools. Built on Adobe Anywhere technology, Team Projects integrates deep collaboration features such as version control and smart conflict resolutions and allows editors and motion graphics artists to work simultaneously within Adobe Premiere Pro CC, After Effects CC and Adobe Prelude CC. Additionally, the data in Team Projects will be securely hosted in the cloud and media files referenced by Team Projects can be locally stored source files or shared lightweight proxies.

Helpful Links from Adobe

Unveiling Created Connectivity – Creative Cloud.
YouTube Live Event with Jason Levine on September 7 from 8-9 a.m. PT.

Learn more about Creative Cloud Video.
Adobe Feature Reveal “What’s New?” and data sheet.
Adobe Feature Reveal Blog

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.

IBC 2016: NewTek and Wowza deliver the first ever global and local media distribution platform

IBC 2016: NewTek and Wowza deliver the first ever global and local media distribution platform

NewTek and Wowza Media Systems today launched the MDS, a revolutionary real-time media encoding and live streaming video delivery platform.

The MDS is a fully integrated hardware and software solution merging NewTek’s industry-leading live production technology with the powerful, proven Wowza streaming software in a 1RU footprint. The result is the industry’s first integrated production system establishing a direct link between the producers who create the content and the viewers that consume it. Attendees of IBC 2016 can see the MDS at NewTek’s booth 7.K11, or the Wowza Media Systems booth 5.C42.

Fully equipped for existing and emerging SDI, IP, and hybrid workflows, the MDS, delivers flawless processing of up to 4 channels of video. Streaming sources are acquired through direct, physical input using 3G/HD/SD-SDI hardware connections, over IP via NDI, NewTek’s innovative Network Device Interface technology, and from other sources, including TCP/IP, webcams, and USB capture devices. Local input sources are also automatically translated to NDI within the system; enabling streaming sources to be delivered and deployed through multiple MDS to maximize resources, performance, and delivery potential.

The MDS enables any production, presentation, or live event to be seen by anyone, anywhere on a mobile device, desktop or OTT device, by supporting delivery to Wowza Cloud, Wowza CDN and Wowza Player, or alternative workflows, allowing users to launch their own multi-channel content networks. Support for all common CDNs is provided with out-of-the-box support for Facebook, Microsoft Azure, Wowza, YouTube, custom RTMP, and many more.

“The MDS, is designed to bring video encoding and streaming to more users and use cases,” said Dr. Andrew Cross, president and chief technology officer for NewTek. “Born out of a relationship between NewTek and Wowza Media Systems, we integrated everything needed to deliver video from the production either to the viewer directly or through the cloud. The result is an industry first, allowing users to launch their own multi-channel content networks. Productions, presentations and live events can be seen by anyone, anywhere on any device – directly from the control room, studio, or production site.”

“The MDS democratizes video encoding and streaming for producers of live and linear programming, introducing a myriad of new opportunities for distribution, expansion, and content monetization,” said Dave Stubenvoll, chief executive officer for Wowza Media Systems. “With support for multi-bitrate delivery to the Wowza Streaming Engine, Wowza Streaming Cloud, Wowza CDN, and all common streaming services and websites, organizations can reach all intended audiences, wherever they watch.”

Producers can easily deliver content between locations by connecting two MDS together – either through a local area network, or remotely crossing wide geographic boundaries. Video production to content delivery over IP makes enterprise deployments effortless.

Signature online experience

The MDS also allows organizations to extend their brand and exposure beyond actual video content. Each streaming channel includes its own independently customizable web page for audience viewing, with support for HTML and CSS editing to ensure that the on-screen experience adheres to organizational brand guidelines. Embed codes are also available to insert the hosted Wowza Player into existing webpages to complement your current web presence.

Extensive channel configuration

The MDS ensures the optimal audio-visual experience for viewing audiences right from the system by introducing another layer of quality control into any signal flow. With support for dedicated multiviewer monitoring, a local operator can observe all video streams in real time or focus on a specific channel full-screen, and manage image and sound quality with integrated waveform and vectorscope displays, independent color correction tools, and multi-channel audio level control available for every stream.

MDS highlights

– Built-in Wowza streaming media server software.
– Integrated NDI™ technology supporting input and output over IP.
– 4 multi-format SDI inputs supporting up to 3G 1080p.
– 4 streaming channels.
– NewTek’s real-time video and audio production tools.
– Support for LAN, WAN, Wowza CDN, and Wowza Streaming Cloud and alternative streaming workflows including to Facebook, Microsoft Azure, Wowza, YouTube, custom RTMP, and more.

Pricing and Availability

The MDS will be available in Q4 2016 for $11,995 USMSRP. International pricing may vary.

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.

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.

Hi,

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

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

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

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

decklink

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

hyperdeck

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

video-assist

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.

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.